Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director
Tyler Lynn Doman
The world got a little bit darker when, on November 11, 2017, one of it’s brightest lights went out. Tyler Lynn Doman was 26 years old. Our Cherished, bright-eyed boy will forever be remembered by all whose lives he touched. Tyler was a 2010 graduate of Carmichaels High School, an avid outdoorsman, a union coal miner, a motorhead, loved golfing with his dad, an athlete, occasional guitar player-he simply got the most out of life. It was impossible to have a bad day with Ty-Too in the room. Mischievous, a prankster, so so witty, he had an infectious sense of humor. He helped with the Crucible Veterans’ Memorial and loved his crew at the Greene County Slavonic Club. When they were all younger, Tyler was the first grandchild, and he led his mostly girl cousins on grand adventures in his beloved woods. They adored him, their polar star. Tyler was a Boy Scout in every sense of the word, and was quite simply a genuinely good and decent young man. We shall never be the same.
He is survived by his adoring parents, Frank and Mary John Doman, his Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Martin Coode; aunts Leigh Ellen Coode Bibb and Kimberly Doman Neighbors and husband John, Uncles Thomas R. Doman Jr. (Pattie), James M., Kelly D. (and Cynthia Marietta), T. Saundy, and Stephen Lynn Coode (Amanda). His cousins include Sarah G. and Hannah M. Bibb, Thomas R. 3rd, Zachary and Zane Doman, Elizabeth M., Breanna R., Thomas M., Connor D., Ripley S. Coode, and Aimee Dow. Tyler was pre-deceased by his grandfathers, Thomas R. Doman, Dr. Thomas H. Coode, and his grandmother Francis Ann Smalish Doman, Aunt Philomena Doman Dow, and her husband Larry; cousins Rocky and Nina Doman, and cousin James Dow.
In Lier of flowers, please donate your time or money to your favorite charity.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 on Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7pm. The funeral service will begin at 7:00pm with Reverend John M. Bauer, officiating.
Anna E. Hetz
Anna E. Hetz, age 70, of Smithfield, Pa., died November 11, 2017 in Uniontown Hospital.
Mrs. Hetz was born August 14, 1947 in Waynesburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Martin and Annie E. Neff Grmek.
On November 6, 1971, Anna married Joseph P. Hetz who survives. Also surviving are 2 children; Stanley Hetz, of Smithfield and Melissa Shawl (Brian), of Uniontown; a sister, Lois Jane Beckner (Dave), and 2 nephews.
A brother, Martin Grmek is deceased.
Anna served proudly in the U.S. Army as a dental technician in the 1960’s. She continued to help her fellow veterans by making lap robes for the Veterans Hospital.
She was a member of the Smithfield Senior Citizens, and the Fairchance Legion Auxiliary.
She was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home, Inc. 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320, Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday.
A Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment with Full Military Rites will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Pa.
Ruby Darling Wise Casseday
Ruby Darling Wise Casseday, age 76, of Greensboro, Pa. died on her birthday, November 12, 2017.
Mrs. Casseday was born November 12, 1941 in Waynesburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Burns Wesley and Goldie Thelma Wise.
Ruby is survived by her husband, Blaine A. Casseday, 3 sons, Raymond Casseday, of Carmichaels, Damon Casseday, of Greensboro, and Sonny Casseday, of Seabeck, Washington, a daughter Hope Black (David), of Greensboro; a brother, David Wise and a sister, Alice Sarapa, both of Greensboro, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, and a beloved aunt Sylvia Carter.
Deceased are a brother, William Burns Wise, and sister Sylvia Loueva Wise.
Ruby operated a beauty shop in Greensboro for many years.
She was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, and the Greensboro Baptist Church. She was a former member of the Dunkard Grange.
She loved crochet and singing Karaoke at Two Rivers in DIlliner.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave Carmichaels on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and from 1-2pm Thursday. The service will begin at 2:00 with the Reverend H.O. Kelley officiating.
Beverly Ann Shaffer
Beverly Ann Shaffer, age 57, of Dilliner died November 2, 2017 in her home.
Beverly was born November 12, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Sylvia Less McDowell.
Surviving is her daughter, Brenda Ellis, of Dilliner.
Services are private.
Donations are requested to be made to the family to defer funeral costs.
Lesako Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Dickey
Robert L. Dickey, age 68, of Rices Landing, Pa. died November 9, 2017.
Mr. Dickey was born December 7, 1948 in Brownsville, Pa., the son of the late Henry Ford and Lorma Grace Dickey.
He served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea in the 1970’s.
Mr. Dickey worked as a heating technician.
He enjoyed bow hunting and trout fishing.
Robert is survived by 4 children: Robert Lance Dickey, Abrahm Dickey (Erica), Shane Dickey (Tasha), and Beth Uveges, and several grandchildren, and 2 brothers; Henry F. Dickey Jr. and Kenneth Dickey.
Friends will be received Wednesday November 15, 2017 in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels.
Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Carmichaels American Legion Post 400.
Nathan B. Kerr
Nathan B. Kerr, born May 6, 1943 on Stringtown Rd., of Carmichaels, Pa. passed away November 9, 2017.
Nathan is survived by his three children, Lance (Angie), Brian (Kelly) and Dawn. Four granddaughters, Elaine, Grace, Baylee and Briana, his sister, Judith, and brother Charles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan Barns Kerr and Julia Svistack.
Nathan retired as Director of Pharmacy at Greene County Memorial Hospital for 25 years and was a farmer all his life.
At his request, no memorial services will be held.
Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, is in charge of arrangements. Online obituary: www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com
Loretta Ruth Seese Koratich
Loretta Ruth Seese Koratich, age 81, of Rices Landing, Pa died November 9, 2017 in her home.
Mrs. Koratich was born December 24, 1935 in Ohiopyle, Pa., the daughter of the late Walter H. and Nancy M. King Seese.
Mrs. Koratich is survived by 2 children; Randy Koratich (Mary Anne), of Pittsburgh, and Lynn Largent (Ronald), of Rices Landing, Pa.; 3 grandchildren, Stephanie Mugnano (Chris), Bryan Largent (Paige), and Miranda Koratich, and 3 great grandchildren, Shane Largent, Elizabeth Largent, and Bianca Mugnano, and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her husband, George Koratich Jr, 3 Sisters, Helen and Velma Severini and Fay Guesman, and 2 brothers, Thomas and Walter Seese.
Services are private by Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, Pa. 15320. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grane Hospice.
George N. Lesko IV
It is with great sadness that the Lesko family announces the passing of George N. Lesko IV, age 57, of Waynesburg. He was the loving brother of Melody Lesko and life long friend of Anthony Zites.
George was the son of the late George N. Lesko III and Ruth Marie Plance Lesko.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy as a welder, and worked as a welder/fabricator all his life. He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union #354
When he wasn’t working, he could be found in his recliner rooting for his Pittsburgh teams.
George wished no services. In lieu of flowers, sympathy cards can be sent to Melody Lesko at 109 Orndoff Lane, Waynesburg, Pa 15370.
Anthony T. Jaswa
Anthony (Tony) T. Jaswa, age 89, of Ross Township PA, died Friday October 27, 2017 in UPMC Passavant Hospital.
Tony was born in Waterbox, PA on October 1, 1928, the son of the late Andrew and Mary Zajac Jaswa. He is survived by 3 children; Jeffrey Jaswa (Patricia) of Columbus, OH, Rhonda Matt (Joseph) of Pittsburgh, PA and Christopher Jaswa (Tammy) of St. Thomas, USVI; grandchildren, Andrea Sparr-Jaswa and Nicole Matt, many nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Andrew Belvis.
Deceased are his wife, Ann Lesako Jaswa, a brother, Frank Jaswa; 4 sisters; Stella Levenkron, Mary Widlak-Kubich, Helen Polander, Katherine Hathaway, and daughter-in-law, Phyllis Sparr.
Tony lived much of his life in Ohio and was a proud follower of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Indians; although he remained an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates all his life. He graduated from the University of Akron and worked as a Transportation Manager for Barefoot Sole Company, Ohio Brass and Yoder Brothers.
Tony served in the U.S. Navy and was a Veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He served on the USS Tarawa and was stationed in Guam for a number of years.
Friends will be received on November 2, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM in the H. P. Brandt Funeral Home at 1032 Perry Hwy, Ross Twp, PA. (412-364-4444).
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on November 3, 2017 in St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, 311 Siebert Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels Pa. Is in charge of arrangements. Interment will follow in Beallsville, PA. Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by the Carmichaels Honor Guard.
Brenda Gail Burkett
Brenda Gail Burkett, age 65, of Waynesburg died October 20, 2017 in Washington Health System, Washington, Pa.
Brenda was born October 5, 1952 in Bakersfield, California, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Mary Ann Havanas Pierce.
She was an organ donor so that others might live.
Brenda is survived by a sister, Bonita Pitcock, of Jefferson, Pa.
Deceased are her parents; husband, Homer Burkett; and 4 brothers, Michael, William, and John Pierce, and Robert Havanas.
Services are private under the direction of the LesakoFuneral Home Inc., Carmichaels, Pa.
George Koratich Jr.
George Koratich Jr., age 83, of Rices Landing, Pa died October 19, 2017.
Mr. Koratich was born March 20, 1934 in Rices Landing, the son of the late George and Elizabeth Matty Koratich Sr.
George was a graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, and worked for many years as a crane operator for Crain Brothers Corp., Pittsburgh. He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers.
He was a member of the Rices Landing Athletic Club and the Crucible Slavonic Club.
George had a love of the land and was an avid gardener.
Mr. Koratich is survived by his wife; Loretta Seese Koratich; a son, Randy Koratich (Maryanne), of Pittsburgh, PA, and a daughter, Lynn Largent (Ronald), of Rices Landing; 3 Grandchildren, Stephanie Mugnano (Chris), Bryan Largent (Paige), Miranda Koratich; 3 great-grandchildren, Shane Largent, Elizabeth Largent, and Biana Mugnano; one sister, Betty Schleper (Dave), and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are 5 sisters; Mary Balog, Annie Meihe, Stella Koratich, Mildred Silveus, and Dorothy Karpuch, and 3 brothers, Steve, Mike, and Joseph Koratich (in infancy).
Friends will be received on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6 to 8pm at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. Carmichaels, Pa, (724-966-5100), Paul Lesako, supervisor and Robert Lippencott, funeral director.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grane Hospice Care, 260 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa 15238.
Benny Irwin Staggers
Benny Irwin Staggers, age 68, of Waynesburg, Pa. died Saturday October 7, 2017 in Waynesburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Staggers was born October 24, 1948 in West Finley, Pa., the son of the late Milo and Cleo Allum Staggers.
He worked as a construction worker until he was no longer able.
Mr. Staggers is survived by 2 sons; Scott Staggers (Jennifer), of Spraggs and Steven L. Staggers, of Waynesburg; 2 step daughters, Missy Boone (Ken), and Wendy Ackman (Josh) both of Washington, and 2 step sons, Bill Roe (Letitia Lynne) and Travis Roe, also of Washington, and several grandchildren.
His wife, Betty is deceased.
No services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lesako Funeral Home Inc. Online obituary: www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com
Sharon Jane Smith
Sharon Jane Smith, age 75, of Waynesburg, died September 30, 2017 in her home.
Mrs. Smith was born March 13, 1942 in Blakeslee, Ohio, the daughter of the late Jesse and
Gertie Heiser Saurbeck.
She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Kennedy (Brian Judy, Fiancée), and granddaughter,
Machele Hammon, all of Morgantown, W.Va., and a grandson, Arion Hammon, of Defiance, Ohio, and
her beloved dog, Heidi Rae.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Smith, six brothers, and 3 sisters.
She retired from Allied Mold Co., of Bryan, Ohio with 29 years of service.
She loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed travelling, baking, and animals.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her daughter to defray her private funeral services
at Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, Inc.
Joseph J. Matusik Sr.
Joseph J. Matusik Sr., age 70, of Mt. Morris, died September 21, 2017 in Town View Nursing Home, Canonsburg.
Mr. Matusik was born February 19, 1947 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, the son of the late Joseph A. and Mary Morrell Matusik.
He is survived by 8 children; Dolores Carley (Charles), Joanne Matusik Flowers (David Stanley), Joseph J. Matusik Jr. (Shawna), Christina Cunningham (Rigoberto Balcon), Jennifer Nagy, Jessica Frazier (Chris Holcomb), Kimberly Hall (Bill), and Candi Matusik Wolfe (Chuck); 40 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Shirley Frazier and Rosemary McGlumphy, and his Fiancé, Lydia Carey.
A daughter, Holly Matusik, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a great grandchild are deceased.
Mr. Matusik worked as a miner, landscaper, and factory worker during his life. He retired from Norland Plastics Corp. of Wichita, KS.
He was a member of the Waynesburg Eagles Club #598.
Joseph enjoyed motorcycling, crocheting, crafting, and fishing.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels Pa, Paul Lesako Supervisor, Robert Lippencott Funeral Director, on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm. The funeral service will begin at 4:00 in the funeral home chapel.
John Barry Storey
John Barry Storey, age 73, of Carmichaels, Pa died September 15, 2017 in his residence.
Mr. Storey was born Oct 8, 1943 in Brownsville, Pa, the son of the late John Henry and Dorothy Fell Storey.
He served his country in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Mr. Storey worked as a draftsman for Gilbert Associates, an engineering firm in Reading, Pa.
He is survived by 3 daughters; Lisa Mate Vonderschmidt (Kevin), of McKinney, TX, Kristy Lynn Sass (Charles), of Virginia, and Cynthia Dyann Lorady (Dave), of Schuylkill Haven, Pa, and 8 grandchildren.
Services are private and under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, Pa.
Sandra Gesko Bruckner
Sandra Gesko Bruckner, age 67, of College Park, Md. died September 6, 2017 in Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, Md. after a long illness.
Mrs. Bruckner was born June 2, 1950 in Brownsville, Pa., the daughter of the late John S. and Mary A. Kriss Gesko.
Mrs. Bruckner was a graduate of Brownsville Area High School in 1968. She served her country in the U.S. government for 49 years. Her last Duty was as Director of Field Support Office, Africa n Area Division in the Office of American Spaces of the U.S. Dept. of State. Her position took her all over the world.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Sandra enjoyed Science Fiction in her spare time, and was President for 4 years of the Babylon 5 Fan Club.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Daniel Bruckner. They were married August 4, 1973. Also surviving are 2 sisters; Linda Angel (Paul), of Prince Frederick, Md. and Jeanne Rohland, of Sarver; 2 nieces, Jill Lesko, of Sarver, and Paula Angel, of Prince Frederick, Md.; and a nephew, Jack W. Rohland, of Butler; 2 grandnieces and 4 grand nephews.
Friends and family will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc, 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor and Robert Lippencott, Funeral Director on Thursday from 10 to 12 noon.
The Funeral Service will begin at Noon in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dayton Mixx, officiating.
Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Pa. Condolences: www.legacy.com
Loretta B. Kooser
Loretta B. Kooser, age 81, of Carmichaels, died Thursday September 7, 2017 in Evergreen Care, Waynesburg, Pa.
Mrs. Kooser was born March 2, 1936 in Coal Center, Pa., the daughter of the late Mitchell and Johanna Lane Shaffer.
She was married to the late John Husenits and Clarence R. Kooser.
Mrs. Kooser is survived by 2 sons; Darryl Husenits (Linda), of Carmichaels and Chris Husenits (Cindy), of Rices Landing; 4 daughters, JoAnn Crow, of Erie, Diana Huggins, of Crucible, Delores Haky (Keith), of Jefferson, and Frances Balazick, of Rices Landing; 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; 3 step children; Johnny, Carol, and Connie Kooser; a brother, Frank Shaffer (Kathy) and 4 sisters; Mary Rea (Loretta’s twin), Rosella Guenthardt (Al), Alma Jones (Bob), and Delores Swartz (Steve).
A grandson, Keith Haky is deceased.
Mrs. Kooser was a member of the New Apostolic Church of Crucible.
She enjoyed playing the lottery and the slots.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor and Robert Lippencott, Funeral Director. Condolences: www.legacy.com
Kyle Edward Drown
Kyle Edward Drown, age 23, of Greensboro, NC died August 10, 2017 in Waynesburg, Pa.
Mr. Drown was a carnival worker at the Greene County fair.
Kyle was born April 22, 1994 in Derby, CT, the son of Paul Edward Drown and Laura Sears. He is also survived by 5 siblings; Britney, Dustin, and Jason Drown, Jasmine and Brandon Rodney.
Burial will be in Greensboro, NC.
The Lesako Funeral Home Inc. 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa 15320 are in charge of arrangements. Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor, Robert Lippencott, Funeral Director.
Elizabeth (Betty) Kowalewski
Elizabeth (Betty) Kowalewski, age 86, of Waynesburg died August 10, 2017 in her home.
Elizabeth was born August 16, 1930 in McKeesport, PA, the daughter of the late Harry and Anna Smith Hull.
On August 10, 1952, Elizabeth married August Kowalewski.
Elizabeth is survived by 4 children; Elizabeth Daily (Steve), of Cleveland, OH, Margaret Cain (Larry), of Crucible, Sharon Gilmore (Jeff), of Cincinnati, OH, and Harriet Cain (Burl), of Waynesburg, 13 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
Deceased in addition to her parents and husband are 2 sons, August S. and Richard Wayne Kowalewski, a grandson Spec 4 Richard Kowalewski killed in Somalia, and a granddaughter Becky Cain.
She loved her grandchildren dearly.
Friends will be received in Lesako Funeral Home, Inc. 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels PA 15320 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and Monday from 10-11am. The service will begin at 11am in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Hewitt Cemetery, Rices Landing, PA. Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor, Robert Lippencott, Funeral Director. 724-966-5100 Lesakofuneralhomeinc.com Condolences legacy.com
Helga May, age 86, of Greensboro, PA died August 7, 2017 at Donnell House, Washington, Pa.
Mrs May was born July 14, 1931 in Wockendorf, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of the late Alfred and Emilie Kowar Kauf.
On January 28, 1959 Helga married Robert Lee May who died in 1992.
Helga is survived by her son, Ronald May, of Greensboro, a brother Arthur Kauf, in Germany, several nephews and cousins, her closest friends, Paulette Dankovich and Bobbie Romines, and her caregivers at Rolling Meadows and the Donnell House.
As a young woman, Helga worked as a secretary in Europe, and then spent many years as a waitress in Greene Co.
She enjoyed playing bingo, and was an excellent bowler.
Helga was a member of the American Legion Post 400 Auxiliey.
Family and Friends will be received on Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. A funeral service will be held at 7pm in the funeral home chapel.
The American Legion Auxillary will hold a service at 6:45 pm prior to the service.
Private interment will take place at Laurel Point cemetery in Carmichaels on Friday.
The Lesako Funeral Home Inc. 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa 15320 is in charge of arrangements. Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor, Robert Lippencott, Funeral Director.
Dolores Marie McCurdy
Dolores Marie McCurdy of Waynesburg died July 23, 2017 at Rolling Meadows, where she had been for the past year. She was born in Mt. Morris on February 15, 1922, daughter of Stanley R. and Blanche McDonald Brewer. She moved with her parents to Waynesburg, where she graduated from high school in 1939, and married John Edward McCurdy in 1943.
Dolores became a licensed practical nurse and worked in many medical facilities as well as serving as a home care specialist. She was also a trained beautician.
Surviving are two daughters and a son; Kathlyn McCurdy (Fred Grable) of Palm Bay, FL, Lisa McCurdy (Laurie Jenkins) of Weaverville, NC, and Mark McCurdy (Deborah) of Washington, PA; a grandson, Maximilian McCurdy, two great grandchildren, Isabella Aberegg and Xylus McCurdy, all of Waynesburg. Surviving also are numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Deceased in addition to her parents and husband, who died March 14, 1962, is a brother, William Brewer, of State College, who died two days after his sister at age 93, and a niece, Sharon Brewer Leming, of Clairmont, CA.
Dolores loved animals, especially her pets, and took great pleasure in the arts, theatre, film, books, architecture, and enjoyed painting seascapes from her wonderful memories of Cape May, NJ.
There will be no public service. Arrangements are being handled by Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, Paul M. Lesako Supervisor, Robert T. Lippencott Funeral Director. Memorial donations may be made to the Waynesburg Humane Society.
Melanie Jane Howells
Melanie Jane Howells, age 43 of Waynesburg, Pa. died July 25, 2017 in her home.
Mrs. Howells was born May 18, 1974 in Bedford, England, the daughter of David and Sheila Gooch Gladding, who survive.
Mrs. Howells served in the U.S. Air Force as a nurse from 1988-1992. She had recently worked at Wal-Mart.
She is also survived by 2 sons; Justin Howells (Chelsey Blake), of Mather, Pa., John Howells, of Waynesburg, 2 daughters; Courtney Howells (Cory), and Lindsey Howells, both of Waynesburg; 3 grandchildren, Aubree Hanlin, Riley Howells, and Noah Howells; a brother, David Gladding, and her former husband, Mark Howells of Waynesburg.
Funeral services are private and under the direction of Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, Pa.
John Clifford Wunder
John Clifford Wunder, age 41, of Waynesburg, Pa. was found dead in his home, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
John was born April 16, 1976 in Burnet, Texas, the son of John Peter and Eva (Kathy) Lacy Wunder, of Waynesburg.
He was a graduate of Waynesburg Central High School.
John served his country in the U.S. Air Force with a tour of duty in Iraq.
He was married to the late Melanie J. Howells.
In addition to his parents, John is survived by a son, John Michael Wunder, of Waynesburg; 2 daughters, Gabrielle Eva-Eileen Wunder and Gracelyn Elizabeth Wunder, both of Masontown; step-children, Justin Howells, of Mather, Courtney Howells, Johnny Howells and Lindsey Howells all of Waynesburg; a step-granddaughter, Audrey and many aunts and uncles.
Private services are provided by Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels Pa.
Barry “Butch” L. Kern
Barry “Butch” L. Kern passed away at home on July 18, 2017 from an unforgiving 15 year illness. He was the son of Paul and Nina Greathouse Kern and lived his entire life in Jefferson, Pa. He graduated from Jefferson-Morgan High School in 1968. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy and the PA National Guard until 1975. He was a 43 year member of the Filer-Sadlek American Legion, Post 954 in Jefferson. He was employed at Vesta 5 and Gateway coal mine until it’s closing in 1990. He also worked at the Jefferson Hotel until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nelda Thorn Kern, a brother Terry (Wilma Lee) of Conneaut, OH., a sister Linda Batch of Townsend TN., 5 children Barry Kern Jr. of Jefferson, Sarah Kern of Mather, David Kovach (Julie) of Saunderstown, RI., Jeffery Kovach (Renee) of Jefferson, and Matthew Kovach of Falls Creek, PA., 15 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Also at home, is his friend and companion Sammi.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post #954, PO Box 407 Jefferson, PA 15344
Edward J. Kaczmarczyk
Edward J. Kaczmarczyk, age 74, of Crucible died July 15, 2017 in his home.
Mr. Kaczmarczyk was born November 28, 1942 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Bruno and Louise Tennant Kaczmarczyk.
Edward is survived by 2 children; Eric Kaczmarczyk, of Crucible, and Shara Dorsey (Bill), of Rices Landing, 8 grandchildren, Erica, Hanna, and Noah Kaczmarczyk; First Lt. Joshua Wolfe and fiancé, Rachel Simmons, Michael, Jenna, and Katey Wolfe, and Samantha Dorsey; 3 great grandchildren, Nathan Kaczmarczyk, Maxxen Dorsey, and Ethan Miller.
Deceased are his wife, Judith Ann Jurdan Kaczmarczyk, and 2 siblings, Linda and Thomas Kaczmarczyk.
Edward Kaczmarczyk retired from the Air Force after a 20 year career. He worked briefly for the secret service on Air Force One." After his military retirement he persued a career in hospital administration as the purchasing agent for Brownsville General Hospital.
He was a member of St. Hugh Church, Carmichaels, and the American Legion Post 400, Carmichaels.
Edward enjoyed coaching softball, baseball, and football. He loved camping travelling and the outdoors.
Family and close friends will be received on Saturday July 22, 2017 in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Paul Lesako supervisor and Robert Lippencott, F.D. Viewing will be from 10-11 am with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 in the funeral home with Rev. John M. Bauer officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the Carmichaels honor guard.
Kenneth Lee Ball
Kenneth Lee Ball, age 59, of Nemacolin, Pa. died July 14, 2017 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh Pa.
Mr. Ball was born August 19, 1957 in New Eagle, Pa., son of the late Clarence Bert and Mary Rose McAvoy Ball.
Mr. Ball is survived by his former wife; Cheryl Ball, of Carmichaels; 3 daughters, Karrie Ball, of Nemacolin, Dana Ball (Justin Martelli) of Uniontown, and Teri Ball (David Lemasters), of Carmichaels ; a son, Jessy Ball. 5 grandchildren ; 2 brothers, Paul and Clarence Ball, and 3 sisters, Rose Carbone (Andy), Sissy Chester (Charles), and Lucille Ball.
Services are private. Donations may be made to the Ball Family.
Cindy Fecsko Peters
Cindy Fecsko Peters, 56, of Nemacolin, PA, went to be with the Good Lord at 5:40pm on July 13, 2017 at Transitions Healthcare in Washington Pa.
She was born on October 29, 1960, the daughter of John Fecsko and the late Helen Mayowski Fecsko.
She was a home maker who enjoyed painting Indian ceramics and sewing. She also enjoyed canning vegetables.
She left behind to cherish her memories are her fiancé Daniel Conard of Nemacolin PA. Her ex-husband Raymond Peters of Pittsburgh Pa, three loving daughters, Bambi Peters (Robert) of Washington Pa, Sara (Blair) Thistlewaite of Mather PA, and Meranda Peters (Brad) of Waynesburg Pa. Seven grandchildren, Gaige, Ethan, Lelan, and Kaile Harbarger, Hunter and Michael Thistlewaite, and Lucas Kronk. One brother John Fecsko Jr of Irwin Pa, two sisters Brenda Stone (Todd) and Diane Guerriero (Joseph) both of Bobtown Pa, and several neices and nephews.
She also leaves behind her beloved companion, her dog Max.
Friends and family will be received on Sunday July 16, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, Inc. chapel In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, Inc 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, Pa, 15320. Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor, and Robert Lippencott, Funeral Director.
Karen Lee Sowden Wise
Karen Lee Sowden Wise, age 70, of Greensboro, PA, died Tuesday July 11, 2017 in Waynesburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation after a 4 year struggle with cancer.
Mrs. Wise was born September 9, 1946 in Greensboro, PA, the daughter of the late Charles H. and Hazel Rock Sowden.
She was a graduate of Mapletown High School, and served on the Greene Twp. Board of Elections.
Karen attended the First Baptist Church of Carmichaels.
She was a member of the Greensboro-Monogahela Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. in the 1980’s.
Mrs. Wise is survived by her husband, David L. Wise Sr. whom she married on August 18, 1971. Also surviving are 4 children; Paula Haddock (Tommy), of Panama City, Florida, Jennifer Samek (Jeff), of Greensboro, PA, David Wise Jr., of Bobtown, PA, and Shelby Wise of Morgantown, W.V., 2 brothers, Charles H. Sowden Jr. (Beverly), of Carmichaels, PA, and Charles Sowden III, of Carmichaels, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Deceased are 2 sisters; Shialey McCarty and Mary Lou McGulla, and her in-laws, Burns and Goldie Wise.
Friends will be received on Friday in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels PA, 15320, Paul Lesako Supervisor, Robert Lippencott F.D. from 2-4 and 6-8pm, Saturday from 10-11, and the service at 11:00 with Pastor Charles Sowden, officiating.
Edward A. Mack
Edward A. Mack, age 90, of Jefferson, Pa. died July 9, 2017 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Care, Waynesburg, Pa.
Mr. Mack was born March 7, 1927 in Mather, Pa., the son of the late Andrew and Blanche Surgonski Mucudzinski (Mack).
Edward served his country in the U.S. Army 5th Infantry just after WWII.
He was a retired United Mine Worker from the Gateway Mine.
Edward is survived by his second wife, Marlene Scott Bodnar Mack, and 3 sons; Edward C. Mack (Janna), of Westerville, Ohio, Donald E. Mack (Deborah), of Smock, Pa., and Thomas E. Mack (Deborah), of Jefferson, Pa.
His first wife, Agnes D’Antonio Mack is deceased.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Thursday July 13, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Prayer Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend John Bauer, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible, Pa.
Janice Krajnak Jeffries
Janice Krajnak Jeffries, age 70, of Carmichaels died July 1, 2017 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Care, Waynesburg, Pa.
Mrs. Jeffries was born October 22, 1946 in Uniontown, the daughter of the late George and Eleanor Fulton Krajnak.
She retired after 25 years of devoted service to the Flenniken Public Library of Carmichaels.
Mrs. Jeffries is survived by her son, Thomas Stephen Jeffries, and daughter, Jennifer Marie and her husband John Wesley Hardin Sr., grandchildren; Haley Marie Sanner, Chloe Dawn Hardin, John Wesley Hardin Jr., Kirk Stephen Jeffries, and Cole Jacob Jeffries; a sister, Patricia Krajnak Baniecki; nieces, Lara Jean (Denis) and Mary Lynn Baniecki, and nephew, John David Baniecki (Emi); and great niece and nephew, Tsuki Elina and Taiyo Baniecki, and several cousins.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa., 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Wednesday July 5, 2017 from 6 to 7 p.m. A Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dayton Mix, officiating. Condolences: www.legacy.com
Phyillis Jo Thomas
Phyllis Jo Thomas, age 75, of Waynesburg, formerly of Catonsville, Md., died Sunday, June 25, 2017 in her home.
Mrs. Thomas was born September 9, 1941 in Jefferson Twp, the daughter of the late John Lindsey and Hazel Zimmerman Fox.
She was a graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School in 1959.
On March 10, 1961, Phyllis married Charles A. Thomas who survives. Also surviving are 2 children; John Allen Thomas (Ada) of Brogue, Pa. and Bryan Lee Thomas (Deborah), of Carmichaels; 3 grandchildren; several step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews; 2 sisters, Thelma Fletcher of Gaithersburg, Md., Matilda Carter, of Carmichaels, and 3 brothers; Donald Fox, of Lakewood, Ohio, Ronald Fox, of Strongsville, Ohio, and John “Son” Fox, of Carmichaels.
Deceased are 6 siblings, Betty Workman, Dorothy Clark, Rosa Phillips, Jim, Allen, and Pete Fox.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Whitely Creek Community Church and the Cumberland Twp. Farm Women. She belonged to several bowling leagues while living in Catonsville, and enjoyed sewing.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 to 11:00 a.m., the time of the Service (11:00) with Pastor Joe Weaver, officiating.
Burial will follow in Claughton Chapel Cemetery. Condolences: www.legacy.com
Stephen Charles. Rapchak
Stephen Charles Rapchak, age 76, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of Nemacolin died June 23, 2017.
Mr. Rapchak was born March 23, 1941, the son of the late Stephen and Mary Rapchak.
Mr. Rapchak is survived by his wife, Charlene Plues Rapchak; 2 children, Joel Rapchak and Larisa Rapchak-Erwin; 8 grandchildren, his sister, Mary Lou Swatty and brother, Bruce Rapchak.
A son, Eric John Rapchak is deceased.
Mr. Rapchak was a Mining Engineer, and managed mines in the United States and a Gold Mine in Ghana.
Stephen and Charlene were world travelers.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Wednesday June 28, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 to 12:00 in St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 296 Old Rt. 21 Rd., Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 with the Very Reverend Thomas Galloway.
Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Condolences: www.legacy.com
James R. Clites
James R. Clites, age 92, of Bobtown, Pa. died Thursday June 22, 2017 in Point Manor Nursing Home, Point Marion, Pa.
Mr. Clites was born November 6, 1924 in Everson, Pa., the son of the late Ray and Emma Jean Hinkle Clites.
On July 3, 1951, James married Darla Faye Ridenour Clites who died in 2014.
Surviving are 3 children; Judy Carr (Mike), of Morgantown, W.V., Daniel Clites, of Bobtown , and Mark Clites (Carol), of Newark, Ohio; 2 grandchildren, Ty and Tara Carr, and a brother; Donald Clites (Linda), of Bobtown.
A twin sister, Betty Treece, and 3 brothers, William, Robert, and Eugene Clites are deceased.
Mr. Clites served his country in the U.S. Navy, as a Radioman in the South Pacific. He was a retired miner from the Shannopin Mine in Bobtown, and a member of the U.M.W.A.
He was a member of the Bobtown United Methodist Church.
He liked to go fishing and maintain his yard.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Sunday June 25, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Monday from 10 to 11:00 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Gail Cobb, officiating.
Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Pa.
Seth Ryan Lowry
Seth Ryan Lowry, age 27, of Uniontown died June 23, 2017 in Uniontown.
Seth was born February 14, 1990 in Morgantown, W.V., the son of Cheyenne and Amy R. Casseday Lowry, of Uniontown.
He was an employee of Waste Management Company.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Gabrielle R. Lowry, of Uniontown, and his grandmother, Naomi French, of Dilliner.
A sister, Holly Lynn Lowry, is deceased.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.. and Tuesday from 9 to 10:00 a.m. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, Pa.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family.
Anthony Charles Riggleman
Anthony Charles Riggleman, age 30, of Nemacolin, died June 20, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Rt. 88, near Dry Tavern, Pa.
Mr. Riggleman was born November 28, 1986 in Berchestagedan, Germany, the son of Roy Blair Riggleman III and Andrea Sowden Shaffer.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Wesley Shaffer, his wife, Angelina Riggleman, 4 children; Megan Riggleman and mother Kala, Anthony Jr., Jazmynn, and Trevor Riggleman, 4 brothers; Roy Riggleman IV and wife Miranda, Wesley Shaffer Jr. and fiance’ Tesla Devault, Richard Riggleman and Joshua Blakslee; grandparents; Linda Evans, Charles and Beverly Sowden Jr., George and Wilda Shaffer; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, and friend, Becca Reynolds.
Grandparents, Roy and Sue Riggleman Jr. are deceased.
Mr. Riggleman graduated from Carmichaels Area High School in 2005. He played football for “The Mikes.”
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, of Carmichaels.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc, 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Charles Sowden, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lesako Funeral Home Inc. Condolences: www.legacy.com