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Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director


  Nancy Scharler                                                    

 Nancy Scharler (Nichols), 72, of Uniontown, PA passed away on January 4, 2021, with her husband Reverend Peter J. Scharler by her side. Nancy is survived by her husband, Peter J. Scharler, her brothers, Ellis Raymond Nichols III (Connie), Marvin Nichols (Carol), Thomas Nichols (Penny), Paul Nichols (Anna), sister Penny Cooksey, and sons Thomas J. Malone, Jr. (Jodi), Peter Hans Scharler (Rebecca), and Mark Scharler. She had 9 grandchildren, Austin, Trevor, Holden, Hunter, Zoey, Casey, Emilee, Katelyn, and George, and 1 great-grandchild, River.


Nancy loved her brothers and sister, husband, her three sons, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, Elvis, clocks, and Pepsi. She cared deeply for everyone around her. She often sent messages of encouragement when she detected you were down. Nancy had several published articles and recipes, enjoyed baking, and crocheting. Nancy will be remembered for how tough she was. She survived two rounds of breast cancer, over 45 years of marriage, and raising three boys. Her favorite color was purple. She often quoted the poem, “When I am old, I shall wear purple.” She had purple dresses, a purple iPad, a purple blanket, and occasionally purple hair. Her biggest smiles came when she was holding one of the grandkids. Nancy lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Nancy will be laid to rest at Laurel Point Cemetery in Carmichaels, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.


In lieu of flowers, it is requested that you donate to the Nancy Scharler Memorial Donation site (http://www2.heart.org/goto/nancy_scharler) for the American Heart Association or to a charity of your choice in Nancy’s honor.

             
Ronald Edward

Ronald Edward (Coxy) Cox, age 52, of Garards Fort died at his home of a heart attack.

    Mr. Cox was born September 13, 1968 in Warren, Ohio, the son of Calvin Cox Jr. and Lavonne Gump. He is also survived by his wife, Christy Ann Cox, 4 children; Ronald Allen, Kristin Ariel, Jeffrey Edward, and Paisley Ann Cox, all at home, 1 Granddaughter, Ariella Cox, 3 sisters; Ronda Archbold (Ken), of Uniontown, Melody Lemley (Ron), of Core, W.V., and Charlotte Sabol (Scott), of Dilliner.

    Ron was employed as a carpenter by Johnson Brothers Construction.

    He loved to hunt, fish, and play slots. He was an expert pool shooter and poker player.

    He was a beloved son, husband, father, and brother.

    Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8p.m., and Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 12-1p.m. The funeral service will begin at 1p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ed Hanley, officiating. All Covid-19 guidelines must be followed. 

    Interment will follow in Garards Fort Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. to cover burial costs.


Duane Leroy Rush

Duane Leroy Rush, 79, of Carmichaels peacefully entered his Lord’s presence on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. 

Duane was born in Carmichaels, PA on August 17, 1941 to the late Fred L. and Mary E. Moore Rush. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and brother. He was married to his beloved Elizabeth Crow Rush of Nemacolin for 57 years. They were blessed with three children: Christine Rush Marsilio (Mike), Suzan Lee Rush and Duane “Skip” Rush (Carla). His family includes six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, all of whom he loved and adored. He leaves behind his younger brother, Norman Rush (Debbie), several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Duane served his country from 1959 to 1962 in the U.S. Navy with deployment aboard the USS Little Rock. After his military service moved to Northern Virginia where he and Elizabeth built their home and raised their children. Duane worked faithfully at George Washington University for over 30 years and then Howard University. Duane settled back into Carmichaels, PA to enjoy his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with family, telling stories and running around the hills of PA with his brother Norman. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary, as well as his brothers, George (Joann) and Robert (Martha). 

Above all, Duane passionately loved God and serving Him however called. He would want each of you to find a joyful relationship with Jesus as Savior.

Duane will be laid to rest in Greene County Memorial Park with a private family graveside service and military honors by the Greene County Honor Guard. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.


John P. Paidakovich

John P. Paidakovich (affectionately known to many friends as Pa-dock), age 96, formerly of Nemacolin, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2020 at the Adventist Medical Center in Rockville MD due to COVID related complications. John was born on June 16, 1924 in Barracksville, WV to Joseph and Lucy Paidakovich. He was one of four children – John, Mary, Steve and Matt. They were a devout Roman Catholic family of Croatian descent. John grew up in Nemacolin, PA and was married to Teresa Bizub in Our Lady of Consolation Church.

John and his family resided in Cabin John, MD for over fifty years. John attended the St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Bethesda, MD., was a member of the UMW union and was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was a proud board member and frequent visitor of the Citizens Club.

John was a military veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict. He was proud of his military service with the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. He always wondered why he was drafted twice. That shall remain a mystery. Prior to his military service, John worked as a coal miner at the Nemacolin mine for several years, following in his father Joe’s footsteps. After his military service, John worked for the United States Postal Service for over 20 years.

John was married to Teresa Bizub (Nemacolin PA) for over 60 years. They had two daughters, Mary Ann and Lucy, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. John and Teresa spent much of their retirement years babysitting and attending their grandchildren’s sporting and other events. They loved their family unconditionally.

There will be a private funeral service for John (immediate family only due to COVID) at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. Interment will follow at St Mary’s Cemetery in Crucible PA. Military services provided by the Greene county Honor Guard. A celebration of life for John will scheduled in the future for John’s many friends and family.

John’s survivors include his daughter Mary Ann (David), Lucy (Chris), his grandchildren Sarah Gardina, John Seifert (Jhonna), Amy Feldman (Josh) and Elizabeth Shura (Aaron) and his great grandchildren: TJ Gardina, Jenna Seifert, Brooks Seifert and Andie Feldman. John is also survived by his sister Mary Goldner (Paidakovich) of San Antonio TX, brother-in-law Marcellus Fitzwater of Charlottesville VA and sister in law Mary Ann Bizub of Milwaukee WI.. Additionally, John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. John is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers (Steve and Matt), his wife (Teresa) and his grand-daughter Sarah’s husband, Tim Gardina.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in John’s name to the charity of your choice.




Mary Teresa LoBianco Pascuzzo

Mary Teresa LoBianco Pascuzzo, 84, of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania died peacefully on

December 24, 2020 at Washington Hospital following an extended illness. Mary was born on

July 3, 1936 in Anmore, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Nicola Salvatore

LoBianco and Rose Renzelli LoBianco.

On September 27, 1958, she married Carmine “Tony” Pascuzzo in Clarksburg. She and

Tony celebrated 62 years of marriage and a beautiful life together this past September. She

worked alongside her husband at their family business, Pascuzzo’s Beer Distributor, until she

and Tony retired in 1995.

Mary was an active member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church in Carmichaels. She was

a member and past president of the Altar Rosary Society, a past member of the Catholic

Daughters of America, and a past member of the church choir. Mary was steadfast in her faith

until the very end. You could always count on her for prayers.

Mary was a sweet, caring, and selfless woman all of her life. She loved cooking for and

taking care of her family. She had a deep love of music; she loved to listen to her favorite Italian

songs and sing along with her kids and grandkids. She also loved to read; you could often find

Mary with a good book in her hands. Above all else, Mary was the best wife, mother, and

grandmother, and she loved to spend time with her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband Tony are a sister Gabriella “Gay” Giere of

Coldwater, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Peter Capozzi of Long Island, New York and Paul Medlick

of Mather, Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Pascuzzo of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania and

Virginia Sadlek of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; two sons, Anthony (Suzanne) Pascuzzo and Joe

(Suzie) Pascuzzo; two daughters, Donna (Mark) Clarke and Linda (Timm) Reeves; four

grandchildren, Nicholas (Sarah) Clarke, Sara, Jessica, and Gina Reeves; and one

great-grandchild, Micah Clarke, all of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. Additionally, she is survived by

many cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she adored.

Deceased in addition to her parents are a sister, Alba Capozzi and two brothers, Vincent

and Nicholas LoBianco; three sisters-in-law, Mary Medlick, Elaine LoBianco, and Pauline

LoBianco; two brothers-in-law, Louis Pascuzzo and Earl Giere; and her mother and father-in law,

Olivia and Isidoro Pascuzzo.

    There will be a private viewing for Mary, followed by a mass at St. Matthias (formerly St. Hugh) Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.




Marian Jacqueline Kostak

“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.”—Mother Teresa

Our mother was small in stature but she had a heart as big as the great outdoors. Her love and generosity was fueled by an unwavering faith in God. Prayer and family was the center of her daily routine. Marian Kostak, 87, was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, extended family member and loyal friend. She died on December 19, 2020 at her son’s home in Clemmons, North Carolina.

Marian Kesock was born on August 13, 1933. She was raised in Carmichaels, PA with her 2 brothers Jack and Bernard. Marian married George Kostak on June 27, 1953. They moved to Maryland in 1954 where they raised three children, Georgetta, Linda and John until 1973 when they returned to Carmichaels, PA. Marian was a beautician and enjoyed running Marian’s Beauty Shop out of her home in Carmichaels. She was also an active member of the Rosary Society at St Hugh Roman Catholic Church. Marian and George enjoyed visiting and hosting family, doting on grandchildren, polka dancing and traveling with friends. Marian also loved to bake, tend to her house plants, and cheer on her favorite football teams: The Steelers and Notre Dame!

Marian and George downsized to a smaller home in Uniontown, PA in 2002 where they developed lifelong friendships among neighbors and their church family at St Joseph Catholic Church. In 2016, Marian moved to Creekside Terrace in Winston-Salem, NC where she enjoyed living near her son and his family. Marian became well known and loved among her retirement community of friends and enjoyed attending mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons, NC.

Marian is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Georgetta McKenzie (Emmett) of Carmichaels, PA; son John Kostak (Patricia) of Clemmons,

NC; grandchildren, Alicia Crilly, Bryan Csanady (Ashley) and Joshua Kostak (Abigail) and six great grandchildren, Victoria, Caleb, Sydney Enci, Charlotte, Alexander Crilly and Piper Csanady. She was preceded in death by parents Josephine and Charles Kesock, brothers Jack and Bernard Kesock, husband George Kostak and daughter Linda Kostak.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation to your local Salvation Army chapter be made in honor of our mother’s legacy by extending love and help to those who are suffering in this time of need.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. Due to CDC guidelines, arrangements are private and private interment will take place at St Mary’s Cemetery in Crucible, PA.



Laura Lemmons Stephens

Laura Lemmons Stephens, age 88, of Carmichaels died December 17, 2020 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

    Mrs. Stephens was born November 11, 1932.

    Mrs. Stephens is survived by her daughter-in-law, Lucille Stephens, 3 grandchildren: Homer J. Stephens Jr. (Amy), Denise Bowser (Brady Gibson), Kevin Stephens (Pam), and McKenzie Bowser.

    Deceased is her husband, Harold G. Stephens Sr., 2 sons: Harold Jr., and Homer James Stephens Jr.

    Laura was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church of Carmichaels.

    Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. A private committal service will be held on Monday at Muddy Creek Cemetery.


Sally Kay Bowman

Sally Kay Bowman, age 63, of Carmichaels died December 18, 2020 in her home. Sally was born February 23, 1957 in Blair, Ohio, the daughter of the late Raymond and Jessie McNair Baker.

    Mrs. Bowman is survived by her husband, Robert Bowman, 3 children; Martin Hughes Jr. (Lisa), Tracy Hughes, and Andria Brangard (Bryan), 8 grandchildren; Brandi Hughes, Martin Hughes 3rd, Nevena Hull, Brayden Zackary Hull, Faith Brangard, Glen Miller 3rd, Eddie Bryant, and Billy King, 8 siblings; Vernon Baker (June), Judy Brown, Margaret Moore (Thomas), Hubert Baker, Roy Baker, Charles Baker, Gary Baker, and James Baker (Emma). 1 brother-in-law, George Forsythe.

    Deceased are 4 siblings, Robert Baker, Raymond Baker, Patricia Park, and Hazel Forsythe, 2 deceased brothers-in-law, Richard Park and Dave Brown.

    Sally worked at Stahl’s Hotronix Co. of Masontown, Pa until she became ill.

    She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother to her large family.

    Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. A private visitation will be held for family members only in keeping with Covid-19 regulations. 

    Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, Pa.



Leona M. Butalla 

 July 22, 1929-December 8, 2020 

Leona M (Stiehm) Butalla, formerly of Carmichaels, PA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec 8th.  

Leona, born in Donora, PA, was the daughter of John F and Irene M (Schaub) Stiehm. She is survived by  her son, Franz (Helen) Butalla, two daughters, Eugena (Edward) Andreone and Levida Rice, grandchildren, Brianna Riggi, Lauren Rice, Morgan Rice, Natalie Rice, Kristin D’Amico and Dominick  D’Amico and many nieces and nephews.  

In 2002, Leona was preceded in death by her husband Joseph David Butalla. Also preceding her in death were her only brother, Louis Stiehm, an infant son, Joseph and daughter, Elena Marie. 

Leona was quite an independent trailblazer in the late 1940s. She attended and graduated from  Slippery Rock State Teachers College with a teaching degree in Physical Education. After graduation, she accepted her first teaching position in Masontown, PA, and moved there alone where she met her  husband Joseph (Dave). They moved to Carmichaels in the early 1950s and raised their family there. 

Leona continued her education at California State College and was then certified to teach K-12 in Health,  Science and Phys Ed. She was a substitute and permanent teacher for many years in the Carmichaels  Area.  

Leona loved her family, her dogs, that were mostly rescues, books, teaching, gardening, and traveling.  She was the centerpiece of every family celebration and will be greatly missed by all. 

Should you be interested, memorial donations may be made to her two favorite places, any Humane  Society or Flenniken Memorial Library in Carmichaels. The family would also appreciate any donations in  Leona’s memory to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, so that a cure may be found for this terrible  disease. 

There was not time to say goodbye 

But this I ask-please don’t cry. 

Remember me as you think best. 

Remember the happy times, but forget the rest. 


​William H. Stallard


William H. Stallard, age 67, of Jefferson, formerly of Rices Landing died December 9, 2020 in his home after a long illness.

    Mr. Stallard was born May 5, 1953 in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Robert J. and Margaret (Peg) Sands Stallard.

    On July 4, 1993, Bill married Holly Lynn Adamson Stallard who survives. Also surviving are 3 siblings; Roberta Ann Stallard, of New Salem, James Stallard (Leona), of Rices Landing, Dean Stallard (Chrissy), of Morgantown, and a brother-in-law, Randy McCain of Hopwood.

    Two sisters are deceased, Janet Bowers and Diane McCain.

    Bill worked as a handyman all of his life, and helped Ronnie Hathaway in his T.V. repair shop.

    He was a fisherman and poker player. He loved dogs, especially his dog Shadow, who passed on.

    Arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. A memorial service will be held at a later date.




Ronald E. Shaffer


Ronald E. Shaffer, age 80, of Carmichaels died December 7, 2020 in Washington Health System Greene, Waynesburg.

    Mr. Shaffer was born January 1, 1940 in Somerset, Pa, the son of the late Lloyd and Pearl Emert Shaffer.

    Ron was a retired coal miner from the former Robena and Maple Creek Mines.

    He is survived by 5 children; Pamela Shaffer, of Somerset, Ronald E. Shaffer Jr. (Barbara), of Rices Landing, David A. Shaffer Sr. or Carmichaels, Brian L. Shaffer, or Ronco, and Rhonda R. Vasos, of Acme, 15 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren, 4 siblings; Arlene DeArnitt, Janet Gnagey, Mary Esther Myers, and Nancy Vanscoy.

    A brother, Merle Shaffer is deceased.

    Ron enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing.

    He will be dearly missed by his children, 15 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

    Arrangements are private and entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. 






    Donovan Kole (Donnie) Brock


Donovan Kole (Donnie) Brock, age 17, of Spraggs died December 3, 2020 in his home. Donnie was born November 10, 2003 in Washington, Pa, the son of Roy Brock and Jamie Blouir. 

Also surviving are 5 siblings; Chase Blouir, Jayleia Blouir, Jordyn Blouir, Conner Brock, and Roy Brock Jr.; step-father, Robert Cain; maternal grandparents Edna and Sonny Schrader; paternal grandmother, Lexa Esh; step-grandparents, Burl and Harriet Cain; good friend, Jessie Evans, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

    Deceased is his paternal grandfather, Roy A. Brock Jr.

    Donnie had formerly attended Central Greene High School. He was on the football team.

    His hobbies included hunting, fishing, riding his BMX Bike, and working his grand paps salvage yard. He loved the great outdoors.

    Funeral arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. Donations are being accepted at the funeral home on behalf of the family.



Paige Shea

Paige Danielle Shea of Carmichaels, passed away unexpectedly in her home Sunday, November 29, 2020, at the age of 25.  Paige was born February 23, 1995 and was the beloved daughter of Rita and Sean Shea.  Paige is survived by her parents and two brothers, Liam and Taggart, and grandmother Mary Bayard.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather Richard Bayard, and grandparents Robert and Mary (Nanny) Shea.  Paige will be missed by her aunts and uncles, and by her many cousins.  

Paige led a challenged life, but never expressed anger or resentment, and always had a smile for anyone who interacted with her.  She loved spending time with family, riding horses and listening to happy music.  Paige attended the LAVI day program at the Western PA School for Blind Children in Pittsburgh.  She was her Daddy’s girl and Mommy’s little angel, and words cannot express the loss felt by her early passing.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, (724)966-5100, but due to the current pandemic, they will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Western PA Epilepsy Association, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 or the Western PA School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.



Carolyn Wheeler Brown

Carolyn Wheeler Brown, 53 of Rices Landing was greeted into God’s loving arms on November 21, 2020 in Uniontown Hospital due to complications of COVID-19. Carolyn held many titles in her life, but her greatest were “Mom” and “Nunnie”. 

Carol is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Brown Jr, a stepdaughter Annie Gray, and two daughters Jessica Horton and Jamie (Cory) Titchenell. And 3 of her greatest joys, her grandchildren, Kylie and Mason Titchenell, and Brooklyn Chambers. Also surviving are brother Paul (Liz) Wheeler Jr., sister Christina Wheeler, brother Stephen (Jeny) Wheeler, Patrick (Lauren) Wheeler, 

Proceeding Carolyn in death is a son, Jason Kelly, Parents Dale (Nancy) Higgs, and Paul (Nancy) Wheeler Sr. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins that she truly loved and cared about. 

For the past 6 years Carol held the position of Vocational Director at Greene Arc where she enjoyed working with individuals with disabilities. Her prior work experience included working at the Behavioral Health Unit at the former Waynesburg Hospital and a teacher at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Fredericktown. Carol was also an active member of Calvary Baptist of Uniontown. 

Her family would like her to be remembered for her infectious laugh and her ability to brighten anyone’s day. Her family takes peace in knowing that she knew and loved her Lord and Savior, and is now dancing in heaven with Jesus! 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. Due to COVID restrictions a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home.




Charles F. Houston


Charles F. Houston passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Carrington Place, Wytheville, Va.  He was born on November 13, 1924, in Apollo, Armstrong Co., Pa., to William A. Houston and Mary Ellen Uptegraph Houston,  He served in the US Army during WWII in Company G, 315th Infantry, 79th Cross of Lorraine Division.  Charles was wounded in the Battle of Saint-Lo, France.

He was a member of the Fort Chiswell, Va., United Methodist Church.  Charlie never met a stranger.  He was quick to make friendships, and had a great sense of humor and a wide smile

A retired machinist, he is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Polly Kiracofe Houston. They loved animals and always had dogs as well as having rescued birds, cats and even a duck.  In his retirement, he enjoyed wood working and vegetable gardening

He was previously married to Elizabeth King Boyle and Dorla Corbin, both deceased.  He is also preceded in death by a grandson, Bryan Allen, son-in-law, Sam Winsboro, and son-in-law Jake Powers, and a great granddaughter, May Kjenstad. 

He is survived by his six children, Linda Houston (Walker Kennedy), Charles Houston (Patricia), Peggie Sue Stubblefield (David), Joyce Houston, Joseph Houston (Ann), and Julia Rush (Jason), five step-children, Diane Winsboro (friend, John Sorrells) Andy Kiracofe (Edith), Judy Allen, Joy Taylor (John), and Bruce Kiracofe (Elizabeth Torrey), as well as 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren

Arrangements are private and entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.




Donald Jacob Ross Jr.

Donald Jacob Ross Jr., age 45 of Carmichaels, formerly of Waynesburg, died November 16, 2020 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after a long illness.

    Mr. Ross was born January 15, 1975 in Uniontown, the son of Margaret Riley and Donald J. Ross Sr. who survive.

    Donald is also survived by 2 children; Alexis Ross and Kelley Smith, both of Bobtown, 3 siblings, Leona Warnick, Amanda Cramer, and Chad Wyland; 2 grandchildren, and his stepfather, George Wyland.

    Deceased are a brother, David Warnick, and sister, Shannon Riley.

    Mr. Ross worked at a car washer in Waynesburg when he was able.

    Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.



    Allen Charles Brief

Allen Charles Brief, age 86, of Nemacolin died November 9, 2020 in his home.

    Mr. Brief was born June 6, 1934, the son of the late Charles and Marie Brief.

    Al is survived by his beloved wife, Josephine Della Pozza Brief.

    He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

    Al served his country in the U.S. Army and retired from the former Gimbles Department Store in Pittsburgh.

    Funeral arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.


Homer B. Miller

Homer B. Miller, age 88, of Carmichaels died November 6, 2020 in Washington Health System Greene, Waynesburg, Pa.

    Mr. Miller was born in Windber, Somerset County, Pa, the son of the late Blair Homer and Julia V. Bencie Miller.

    He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

    Mr. Miler was a well known local carpenter, and after his retirement enjoyed building craft furniture items.

    Homer was a Baptist. He read his bible daily, and encouraged others to believe and have faith.

    Homer is survived by his wife, Ruthe Miller, 3 daughters; Laurie Miller, Sharon Miller, and Donna Scott(Scott), 3 stepdaughters; Tammy Miller, Kimberly Foster (Steve), and Amy Hunyady (Lou), and several grand and great grandchildren.

    A daughter, Kimberly, brother, Bill Miller, and sister, Emma Wolfe, are deceased.

    Mr. Miller requested services to be private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.

    

Charles Lee Glassmeyer

Charles Lee Glassmeyer, age 45, of Waynesburg died Thursday, November 5, 2020, in his home.

    Mr. Glassmeyer was born March 6, 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Charles Joseph Glassmeyer and Sherelee Ann Potoma.

    Mr. Glassmeyer worked as a mobile home park manager.

    He is survived by 4 children; Andrew Robert Sallmen, of New Castle, Judas Salem Glassmeyer, of Warren, Ohio, Kathryn Rose Glassmeyer, and Nathan Charles Glassmeyer, both of Niles, Ohio, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters, and a half sister.     Mr. Glassmeyer’s services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.




Joseph P. Hetz

Joseph P. Hetz, age 80, of Smithfield died October 29, 2020 in his home.

    Mr. Hetz was born April 16, 1940 near Sugar Grove, Monongahela Township, Greene County, the son of the late Stanley L. and Louise Yamrick Hetz.

    On November 6, 1971, Joseph married his beloved wife Anna E. Grmek Hetz who passed away November 11, 2017.

    Mr. Hetz is survived by 2 children; Stanley M. Hetz, of Smithfield and Melissa Shawl (Brian), of Uniontown, 3 grandsons; Liam(Pearl Cordwell), Brayden, and Tristan Shawl.

    Deceased in addition to his wife and parents are 4 siblings; Rosemarie Emmanuele, Betty Lincoln, Henry and John Hetz.

    Joseph served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962. In his youth, Joe did barbering. He retired as a coal miner from Duquesne Light Company mine at Greensboro.

    In his spare time he liked hunting, fishing, boating, and golfing. He built model motorized airplanes also.

    Mr. Hetz was a member of the U.M.W.A., the Pt. Marion American Legion, and Smithfield Senior Citizens.

    Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 5-8p.m., and Wednesday from 10-11a.m.. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Full military rites will be accorded at Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Mask wearing and social distancing are required. 

    In lieu of flowers that donations be made to Smithfield/Fairchance American Legion Auxiliary Post 278 (Chasity Wilson at 724-564-1444).                                                            


Shirleen Joan Smith

Shirleen Joan Smith, age 79, of Greensboro died October 31, 2020 in her home.

    Mrs. Smith was born April 4, 1941 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Frank and Dorothy Headlee Vernon.

    Shirleen is survived by 4 children; Penny Iams (Dwayne), Timothy Smith, both of Carmichaels, Gregory Smith (Christine), and Samuel Smith )Heather), both of Greensboro, 8 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren, 3 siblings; Shirl Vernon (Neila), of Dilliner, Patty Verna, of Bobtown, and Sally Henry (Joe), of Greensboro, and many nieces and nephews.

    Shirleen’s husband, Walter passed away in 2019. Also deceased are 5 siblings; Frank Jr., Raymond, and Billy Vernon, Margaret Conard and Joyce Butcho.

    Shirleen worked many jobs during her life; Lumberman at Headlee’s sawmill, cook for Head Start, Giant Eagle employee, school bus driver just to name a few.

    She had a heart of gold. She was always a giver, and what better praise can you say of someone?

    Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 2-4p.m. and 6-8p.m., and Thursday from 10-11a.m.. The funeral service will begin at 11a.m. in the funeral home chapel.

    Interment will follow in Garards Fort Cemetery, Garards Fort, Pa.    


Irene M. Ludrosky Zieglar

Irene M. Ludrosky Zieglar, age 88, of Greensboro died October 31, 2020 in Evergreen Care, Waynesburg.

    Irene was born April 14, 1932 in Gallatin, Fayette County, the daughter of the late John and Anna Kovach Ludrosky.

    Irene is survived by 3 children; Joseph M. Zieglar (Maria), Anthony P. Zieglar (MaryAnn), and Louise Hall (John), all of Dilliner, brother Richard Ludrosky, and step sister, Judith Sparks, 5 grandchildren; Joseph D, Alaina, and Ashley “A.J.” Zieglar, Nicole Hall Maley (Ryan), and Ben Hall (Stacey), 4 great-grandchildren; Brynn and Colt Maley, and Alivia and Mia Hall, and many nieces and nephews.

    Deceased in addition to her parents are her husband, Joseph Zieglar, sister Frances Balog, stepmother Pearl Ludrosky, and brothers; Joseph, Charles, Frank, and Clarence Ludrosky.

    Irene was a homemaker for her beloved family. She attended the former Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, of Greensboro. She was currently a member of St. Matthias parish of Greene County.

    Arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. Interment will be in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Greensboro. 


    Joseph P. Hetz

Joseph P. Hetz, age 80, of Smithfield died October 29, 2020 in his home.

    Mr. Hetz was born April 16, 1940 near Sugar Grove, Monongahela Township, Greene County, the son of the late Stanley L. and Louise Yamrick Hetz.

    On November 6, 1971, Joseph married his beloved wife Anna E. Grmek Hetz who passed away November 11, 2017.

    Mr. Hetz is survived by 2 children; Stanley M. Hetz, of Smithfield and Melissa Shawl (Brian), of Uniontown, 3 grandsons; William, Brayden, and Tristan Shawl.

    Deceased in addition to his wife and parents are 4 siblings; Rosemarie Emmanuele, Betty Lincoln, Henry and John Hetz.

    Joseph served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962. In his youth, Joe did barbering. He retired as a coal miner from Duquesne Light Company mine at Greensboro.

    In his spare time he liked hunting, fishing, boating, and golfing. He built model motorized airplanes also.

    Mr. Hetz was a member of the U.M.W.A., the Point Marion American Legion, and Smithfield Senior Citizens.

    Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 5-8p.m., and Wednesday from 10-11a.m.. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Full military rites will be accorded at Greene Country Memorial Park, Waynesburg. Mask wearing and social distancing are required. 

    In lieu of flowers that donations be made to Smithfield/Fairchance American Legion Auxiliary Post 278 (Chasity Wilson at 724-564-1444).


Wanda R. Kopp

Wanda R. Kopp, age 62, of Waynesburg died October 10, 2020 in Washington Health System Greene, Waynesburg, PA.

    Ms. Kopp was born September 2, 1958 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late William J. and Bernice Klemski Kopp.

    Wanda is survived by her devoted brother, Richard Kopp of Waynesburg, and 2 sisters; Tracy Kopp and Ann Jones.

    A brother, Andy Kopp and sister, Rose Galloway are deceased.

    Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
    

James H. Van Meter Jr.

James H. Van Meter Jr., age 72, of Bobtown died October 15, 2020 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.V.

    James was born August 13, 1948 in Fairmont, W.V., the son of the late James H. and Louise Van Meter Sr.

    Mr. Van Meter was a retired truck driver, and was formerly employed by Jordan’s Auto Parts Company of Dilliner.

    James is survived by his wife, Margaret Laskody Van Meter, a son, Jeffrey Van Meter; 2 stepsons, John P. Weston and Jeffrey L. Weston (Laura); and 3 grandchildren.

    A son, James Van Meter, and his first wife are deceased.

    Funeral services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.

    A family gathering will be held at a later date. 

Heather Beth Grable

    Heather Beth Grable, age 55, of Morgantown, W.V., formerly of Carmichaels, died October 9, 2020 in Carmichaels.

    Mrs. Grable was born March 1, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of the late Darla Faye (Kucik) Varesko and Monty Blashill, of Michigan.

    Heather is survived by her husband, John Grable of Carmichaels; 3 children, Beth Gustafson Ammel, Marki (Jesse) Peacock, and Blaine Powell Jr.; 4 siblings, Amanda Pitchford, Teresa Schall, Stephanie Minor, and Todd Varesko; and several grandchildren.

    Heather worked as a waitress. She was a loving person who cared for her family and children. She always carried their pictures with her wherever she went.

    Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.


Brian Douglas Metcalf

Brian Douglas Metcalf, age 38, of Greensboro died Monday October 12, 2020 in his home.

    Brian was born September 11, 1982 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Dennis J. and Carol (C.D.) Hogue Metcalf.

    On March 29, 2014, Brian married his beloved wife Rachel Elizabeth Drew Metcalf who survives. Also surviving are 2 sisters; Tara Dawn Donai (Jeremy), of Morgantown, W.V., and Melissa Jane Cramer (Craig), of Myerstown, PA; brother-in-law Jason Drew; sister-in-law Sarah Hlopick (Nick); father and mother-in-law Harry and Rebecca Drew; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Brian was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, and worked at Gerome Manufacturing Co. of Uniontown as a metal fabricator. He was a “jack of all trades” and became skilled at anything he attempted including being a certified HVAC technician. He enjoyed working on Dodge neon cars, repairing them and souping them up.

    He and Rachel were great cat lovers and rescuers. Brian was a fur-dad to their 6 cats, and a friend to every cat he met. 

    Family and friends will be received at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Thursday, October 15 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.. A service will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Appalachian Peace Paws Rescue at APPR c/o Lauren Martin, 120 Ohio Ave., Westover W.V., 26501, or to Mountaineer Spay and Neuter Assistance Program at P.O. Box 4335, Morgantown, W.V., 26504.




Harry E. Workman

    
Harry E. (Hank) Workman, age 51, of Carmichaels died Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at home after a valiant fight to overcome the traumatic brain injury he sustained on March 28, 2016.

    Hank was born March 16, 1969 in Waynesburg, the son of Harry A. Workman Jr. and the late Rachel Kuntz Workman.

    Hank was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels.

    Hank was a 1988 graduate of Carmichaels Area High School.

    He was an arborist and landscaper working for Asplundh and Davey Tree Services prior to starting his own business, Workman’s Tree and Lawn Service in 2003.

    Hank joined the Carmichaels & Cumberland Twp. Volunteer Fire Company in 1997. He served several years as trustee and was serving as lieutenant at the time of his accident. Hank enjoyed teaching youth to hunt and fish.

    On September 16, 1995 he married Judith E. Kerr who survives.

    In addition to his father and wife, surviving are Stepmother, Linda Workman, of Carmichaels; sisters, Tina White and Patty (Robby) Patton of Carmichaels; father and mother-in-law, James “Bob” and Sue Kerr, of Carmichaels, brother-in-law Glenn Kerr, of Greensburg, and sister-in-law Dr. Nancy Kerr, of Carmichaels, 6 nieces and nephews; David Wise, Lorianna Wise, Sheila Patton, Levi, Regan and Aleah Kerr, 2 great nieces, Kayley Wise and Baylee Rose.

    Deceased in addition to his mother are his grandparents, Harry A. and Betty J. Workman, and sister-in-law Jodi Kerr.

    The family wishes to thank their family, friends, nurses, therapists, and the community for all of their overwhelming generosity and support

    Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.

    The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Carmichaels & Cumberland Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 123, Carmichaels, PA, 15320, or to the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 363, Carmichaels, PA, 15320.





Mary Kathryn Holonich

     Mary Kathryn Holonich, age 94, of Carmichaels, died September 29, 2020 in Evergreen Care Home, Waynesburg.

     Mrs. Holonich was born 6-9-26 in Hibbs, Fayette Co., the daughter of the late Adam and Mary Volchko Pevarnik.

     Mary is survived by her husband, Michael E. Holonich, a daughter, Karen E. Holonich, of Carmichaels; daughter-in-law, Rose M. Holonich, of Rockport, Indiana; 2 granddaughters, Alisha M. Shull (Joe), of Grovetown, Ga. and Theresa A. Lawson (Tony), of West Monroe, La.; a great grandson, Zayn E. Shull; 2 brothers, Thomas R. Pevarnik, of Carmichaels, and Robert G. Pevarnik Sr. (Linda), of Martinsburg, W.V.; and many nieces and nephews.

     Deceased in addition to her parents are a son, Thomas Holonich; a brother, John Pevarnik; and Marc Collins (Karen), whom Mary loved like a son-in-law.

     Mary grew up in Ralph, Pa. and graduated from German Twp. High school in 1943.  She moved to Carmichaels in 1945, and married Mike on October 2, 1948.

     She worked at the former Robena Union Supply Company, in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

     She was a member of St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, of Carmichaels.

     In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, cooking, and quilting,   She loved to travel and camping.

     Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels 15320 on Sunday October 3, 2020 from 2 to 8 p.m.

     A Prayer Service will be held on Monday October 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthias Church (St. Hugh’s site).

     Interment will follow in Greene Co. Memorial Park, Waynesburg.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.



Homer James Stephens Sr.

    
 Homer James Stephens Sr., age 72, of Carmichaels died September 28, 2020 in his home after a long illness.

     Mr. Stephens was born May 24, 1948 in Uniontown, the son of the late Harold G. Stephens Sr. and Laura Mae Lemons Stephens who survives.

     Also surviving are his wife Lucille Higginbotham Stephens who Homer married February 7, 1967; 3 children, Homer J. Stephens Jr. (Amy), of Waynesburg, Denise Bowser (Brady Gibson), of Carmichaels, and Kevin Stephens (Pam), of Spraggs and his precious granddaughter, McKenzie Bowser (Fiance-Jason Stabile).

      A brother, Harold Stephens Jr. is deceased.

     Mr. Stephens was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School.  He served his country In the U.S. Navy in Vietnam with 2 tours of duty.  Homer worked as a mine foreman at Nemacolin and Dilworth mines until his illness.

     He loved his family dearly.  He never let his disability slow him down, and continued to enjoy his hobbies, fishing and woodworking.

     He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Carmichaels.

     Services are private.

      The Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Owner is in charge of arrangements.

     Full Military Rites will be accorded by the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 400.


Constance Lee Bowman Lawrence


Constance Lee Bowman Lawrence, age 82, of Stringtown, Carmichaels, PA died Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in Washington Hospital.

    Connie was born April 27, 1937 in Masontown, PA, the daughter of the late Albert and Anne Collins Bowman.

    Also deceased are her husband, John (Little John) Lawrence, a brother, Bob Bowman, a sister, Edna Elias, and brother-in-law, Jim Elias.

    Surviving are her sons, John A. Lawrence (Sharon), of Pittsburgh, and David A. Lawrence (Kim Ross), of Carmichaels, a grandson, Alex Lawrence, and a brother, Keith Bowman (Janet), of Carmichaels.

    Connie dearly loved her grandson, Alex, her horses, and her little farm. She loved her husband John to her last breath. She was a nonjudgmental person who kept her opinions to herself. But if she were pushed hard, she would speak her mind.

    Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 6:00p.m.


​Guy Samuel Riggi

Guy Samuel Riggi, age 46, of Carmichaels died August 30, 2020 in Uniontown.

Mr. Riggi was born August 3, 1974 in Uniontown, the son of Guy and Gloria Cardilli Riggi, of Carmichaels.

He was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, and worked construction.

In addition to his parents, Guy is survived by a son, Gavin Riggi, of Dunbar, 2 siblings; Nicole Lechner (Brent), of Washington, D.C., and Brandy Schooly (Jim), of Carmichaels, a niece, Katelynn Schooly, 2 nephews; Peyton Schooly and Steele Lechner, and several Aunts and Uncles.

Guy never met a stranger. He lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed working on motorcycles with his father and helping his mother around the house on Sundays. He never missed an opportunity to joke and play with his niece and nephews at family gatherings. He was loved and will be missed by many. Guy is at peace and surrounded by God's love.

Funeral services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.



    Martin Dane Hughes

Martin Dane Hughes, age 66, of Point Marion, died Friday, August 28, 2020 in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Pittsburgh.

    Mr. Hughes was born October 4, 1953 in Uniontown, the son of the late Elmer and Christina Lowry Hughes, who survives.

    Also surviving is his wife, Brenda Lee Harding Hughes, children; Martin D. Hughes Jr. (Lisa), of Mt. Pleasant, Tracy Hughes Miller (Glen), of Carmichaels, William Johnson, of Nemacolin, Katie Reffner, of Everett, Larry Barton, of Point Marion, David Barton, of Morgantown, W.V., and Craig Civit, 14 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, siblings; John, Jim, and Dwayne Hughes, Joanne Synder (Willie), Donna Yeager, Malina Swindel (Elmer), Deb Bates, and Angie McManis (Gene).

    In addition to his father, deceased is a brother, Dustin Oswald.

    Martin was a retired building contractor. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

    Family and friends are welcome to attend a visitation at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 11:00a.m.-1p.m. Interment will follow at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. 

    Face masks and social distancing are required per state regulation.
    

​David Allen Black Sr.

David Allen Black Sr., age 70, of Greensboro died Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in his home.

    Mr. Black was born March 12, 1950 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Fred C. and Elizabeth Reese Black.

    He was a graduate of South Eastern Greene High School in Mapletown and worked for the Army Corp. of Engineers at the former Point Marion locks for 30 years.

    Mr. Black was very passionate about Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He was a Harley-Davidson HOG member and loved to ride. He was also an avid pool player.

    The great loves of his life were his wife, Blainetta Hope Black whom he married May 10, 2000, and his children; Shane Elli Black (Emily), of Greensboro, David A. Black Jr. (Meghan), of Bobtown, Eric Elli Black, of Greensboro, Brittany Black, at home, Angelia L. Mancini (Tony) Olmstead, Ohio, Amber M. Tennant (Kevin), of Blacksville, W.V., a sister, Marsha Remington (Roy), of Jefferson.

    David was a member of the Waynesburg Baptist Church.

    Family and friends are welcome to attend a visitation at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:00am.

    Everyone must wear a mask and observe social distancing.


Mary Margaret Bonenberger Shea

Mary Margaret Bonenberger Shea, 92, of Carmichaels, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Mary was born May 22, 1928, in Pittsburgh. She was the daughter of the late Leo Aloysius and Ella May Scully Bonenberger and sister to Leo F. Bonenberger, Jacob H. Bonenberger, Bernadette Tozzi, Ethel Rita “Peanuts” Gormley, and Alberta T. “Sue” Rush. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, Robert “Bob” Shea. She is survived by her children, Linda Waterman, Patricia Fahey, Robert Jr., Kimberly Fitzgerald, Sallie Valentine and Patrick Sean. Mary was a loving grandmother to Malichi, Erik and Brendan Waterman, Damian, Caleb and Meghan Fahey, Will and Melissa Shea, Timothy, Robert and Joseph Fitzgerald, Hannah, Emma and Ethan Valentine, Paige, Liam and Taggart Shea. She also had 12 great-grandchildren.

Mary was a native of Pittsburgh and attended St. Rosalia's Parish and School. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother that enjoyed time with her family, camping, traveling through the United States, Ireland, Germany, and France, and watching her birds. Mary was an active member of the Rosary Society, Greene County 4-H Sponsor, and Carmichaels Grange.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday August 11, 2020, in St. Rosalia Catholic Church, Pittsburgh. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery. Viewing and mass are private. A memorial service and wake will be held in the spring of 2021.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Western PA Epilepsy Association, 1501 Reedsdale St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15233.    


Lori A. Fisher

Lori A. Fisher, age 59, of Waynesburg died in Southwest Regional Medical Center on August 4, 2020.

    Lori was born January 30, 1961 in Camp Lejeune, N.C., the daughter of the late Donald Fisher and Gayle Gebeau Fisher Yost.

    Mrs. Fisher had formerly worked at Waynesburg Giant Eagle, and was currently working at Wal-Mart.

    She is survived by a daughter, Dana Marie Rodriguez (Carlos), of Corpus Christi TX, son, Corey Kiger, of Waynesburg, 3 grandchildren; Jasmin and Julian Rodriguez, and Kyzer Kiger, 2 brothers; Douglas Fisher (Denise) and Lt. Col. John Fisher (Mary), a niece, Larissa Dring, dear friend, Troy Martin, and several cousins.

    Lori had previously lived in Corpus Christi and Tucson. She travelled and camped in 48 states. She was a member of the Waynesburg Moose Lodge.

    Her grandchildren were the lights of her life.

    Friends and family will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 6-8pm. The service will be held at 7:30pm. Social distancing and mask wearing are required.     


Randy James Pyle

Randy James Pyle, age 60, of Marianna, and formerly of Greene County died August 6, 2020 in Washington Hospital.

    Mr. Pyle was born on December 24, 1959, the son of the late John (Big John) and Elizabeth Kobasik Pyles.

    He is survived by his mom, Sharon Pyles, of Marianna; sisters Debra Tharp, of Waynesburg, Debra Hager, of California, PA, Michele Pyle (Jet Tharp), of Jefferson; brothers, Terry Pyle (Patty), of Waynesburg, Gary Pyle, of South Carolina, Thomas Holmes (Beverly), of Washington, PA, Allen Hager, of West Virginia, Michael Pyle (Shelly), of Avella, and John (J.D.) Pyle, of Marianna, several nieces and nephews.

    A brother-in-law, Jan Tharp, is deceased.

    Mr. Pyle was a self-employed gardener and operated green houses. He enjoyed fishing in Ten mile creek.

    Family and friends are welcome to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8pm.

    Masks and social distancing are required due to Covid-19 restrictions. 


Patricia Louise Gera

Patricia Louise Gera, age 73, of Carmichaels died August 7, 2020 in Uniontown Hospital.

    Patty was born April 28, 1947 in Waynesburg, PA, the daughter of the late Robert (Peck) Brown and Louise Udovich Brown Weaver.

    On March 3, 1976, Patty married the late Ronald (Sino) Gera who died in 2010.

    Patty is survived by 3 children; Jonathan Klimek (Beverly), of Carmichaels, Jason Klimek (Elizabeth), of Gaithersburg, MD, and Jennifer Cama (Timothy), of Washington D.C., a brother, Lawrence Brown (Katie), of San Antonio, TX, a sister, Lindy Kelley (Patrick), of St Petersburg, FL, sister-in-law Carol Zipp (Gene), of Lemont Furnace, 5 granddaughters; Jade Klimek (Paxton Krajnak), Maddie Beyer (Tyler), Sophie Klimek, Lily Patricia Cama, Alyssa Bowser (Brandon Bane), 2 great granddaughters; Mia Fahringer and Lilah Bane, and her former husband, John R. Klimek, brother-in-law William Klimek, and sister-in-law Stella Sertich, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    In addition to her parents and husband, a sister, Carol Kerr, is deceased.

    Patty loved all her children, and spending time with them. She was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, the great class of 1965. Patty was a talented artist who enjoyed toll painting and digital illustrations. She loved playing (Farmville), keeping up on social media, and watching scary movies, especially the classics.

    The family wishes to thank the exceptional staff at the Uniontown Hospital.

    Family and friends are welcome to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100, on Monday, August 10, 2020 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm. A prayer service will begin at 10:00am Tuesday, followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

    Masks must be worn at all times and distancing as best as possible practiced for Covid-19 protection. 



Heather Marie Vuknic


Heather Marie Vuknic, age 50 of Uniontown, formerly of Carmichaels died July 30, 2020 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.V.

    Heather was born June 27, 1970 in Boston, MA., the daughter of the late Edward Vuknic and Jane Rachelle (Rae) McLaughlin Vuknic Nicholson.

    Heather was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, and earned an electrical engineering degree from Penn State University. She was formerly employed by Allegheny Power Company.

    Heather is survived by her son, Jeremy Hentz (Melissa), of Herrin, Illinois, 3 brothers; Edward J. Vuknic II (Sharon), of Anderson, S.C., David Vuknic, of Oklahoma City, OK, and John Vuknic, of Fort Myers Fl, a niece; Sarah Vuknic, 3 nephews; Bishop and Bryce Vuknic, and London Robinson, and her loving stepfather, William Nicholson, of Uniontown.

    She was a Lutheran. 

Heather had a zest for life.  Everything that she did, she did with her whole heart.  She loved her son, Jeremy particularly.  Heather was an avid runner and enjoyed competing in road races.  She also was a devoted advocate for dogs.  Heather spent many hours with her beloved Akita, Mowgli.  Heather also took great pride in her work as an electrical engineer. She worked diligently to ensure that her job was done efficiently and safely.  She enjoyed time with her friends and family and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

    Funeral arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date. 


    Patty Lou White

Patty Lou White, age 70, of Carmichaels died Friday, July 15, 2020 in McGee Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh.

    Patty was born January 15, 1950 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late John and Mary White.

    She resided in Carmichaels the past 30 years, and was well loved by all who knew her.

    Arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.


William Barry Porembka 

William Barry Porembka (Bill), age 75, of Carmichaels died July 4, 2020 in A.H.S. Canonsburg

Hospital.

Mr. Porembka was born April 26, 1945 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late William Stanley and

Eleanor Pylo Porembka.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Lise Courtney Spriggle ( J.R.), of Houston, TX, a sister; Elizabeth

Helfman (David), of Canonsburg, and 3 nieces; Paige Wilhelm, Megan Rohrkaste, and Brooke Shrift and

countless friends who have supported him throughout his struggle.

A brother, Thomas is deceased.

Bill served his country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion

Post 400 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Carmichaels.

He played football on the great Carmichaels football teams of the early 1960’s and ran on the

title winning track team. He loved sports, especially the Penguins, and was honored to be hired as the

time keeper for the CAHS football team for several years.

Bill started his Bachelor’s Degree at Salem college in West Virginia and received his Bachelors of

Science in Education from George Mason University in Virginia. He returned to Carmichaels after retiring with 27 years of service with Globe Tool and Die Co. in Minneapolis, MN. He will be remembered for his friendly spirit, welcoming nature and engaging sense of humor.

Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels,

PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday July 7, 2020 from 6-8pm. A prayer service will be held on

Wednesday at 10:00am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s cemetery,

Crucible next to his father and brother.

The U.S. Army and the American Legion Post 400 will provide military honors.

Masks and social distancing are required per the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health.

    

Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard, age 51 of Waynesburg died July 5, 2020. Arrangements are incomplete by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.    


Diania Lee Kerley Kronk

Diania Lee Kerley Kronk, 54, of Carmichaels, died July 2, 2020 in Sycamore.

    Diania was born January 4, 1966 in Vestaburg, the daughter of the late Frances Lorraine Housel Kerley.

    Mrs. Kronk is survived by 3 children; Kelly Titchenell, of Mather, and Robert and Tyler Kronk, both of Carmichaels; 5 grandchildren; Kelystah, Marymae, and Shawn Martisko, Karson and Kayden Kronk, a sister, Nola Smith of Marianna, and brother Harold Kerley (Kim), of Orofino, Idaho; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    A sister, Kimberly Kerley, is deceased.

    Diania worked as a home health aid for Don’s Services.

    She enjoyed cooking, dancing, and watching the Steelers.

    Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 12-2pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc.

    Masks and social distancing must be maintained in the funeral home and surrounding porch. 



    Mary Margaret Donaldson

Mary Margaret Donaldson, 66, of Carmichaels died June 26, 2020 in UPMC Hospital, Pittsburgh.

    Mary Margaret was born November 26, 1953 in Oberlin, Ohio, the daughter of the late Harry and Dolores Kundrick Thomas.

    Mrs. Donaldson is survived by three daughters; Michelle Grago (David), of Masontown, Chrissy Bertovich (Jason), of Vanderbilt, and Ashley Donaldson, of Baden, 5 sisters; Saundra Thomas, of Carmichaels, Cynthia Thomas, of Maryland, Annette Thomas (William “Tiggie” Teagarden), of Carmichaels, Andrea Saylor (Will), of North Carolina, and Laura Danforth (Bill), of Carmichaels, 3 grandchildren; Sage Grago, Jason, and Reed Bertovich, and many nieces and nephews.

    A sister, Janette Estep and nephew, Joey Estep are deceased.

    Mary Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church of Carmichaels.

    She had been a quality control inspector at the former Burrell-Leder plant in Carmichaels, and had recently been a driver for Michaels Auto.

    Our Mother received her wings into heaven from UPMC Presby with her daughters, Michelle and Ashley by her side. Through out her life she took pride in being a military wife for 25 years, raising her children, and teaching them to make the best decisions in life as well as being supportive of their choices no matter what. Her children and grandchildren were all Mary talked about. She loved them all equally, and was so proud of each and everyone of them, and all the accomplishments they made. She will be missed by all. 

    There will be no visitation or services in keeping with Mrs. Donaldson’s wishes. Memorial donations may be made to Neurological Surgery Dept. c/o Justin Meyer 412-578-9273 mjustin@pmhsf.org. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.


                Joyce Arlene Roscoe

Joyce Arlene Roscoe, age 72, of Carmichaels, died Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Morgantown Health and Rehabilitation Center. 

    Ms. Roscoe was born December 7, 1947 in Uniontown, the daughter of the late Edmund and Garnet Evelyn Dennis Roscoe.

    Joyce graduated from Carmichaels Area High School in the legendary class of 1965 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania. She worked at the former Waynesburg Clothing factory and Giant Eagle until retirement.

    Joyce was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels, and the Sunday school class.

    She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Dallas Cowboys.

    Ms. Roscoe is survived by a brother; Edmund A. Roscoe and wife Mary Lou, of Prosperity, nephews; Edmund Zachary Roscoe and wife Rebecca, and Joshua M. Roscoe, a niece; Julie Ann Kelley and husband Ryan and great niece Megan, and special friends; Raymond and Sharon Lockhart.

    A niece, Tina Coyle is deceased.

    Family and friends will be received on Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 10am to 12 noon in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100. Masks should continue to be worn for Covid-19 risks. 

    All are welcome to attend a committal service at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels at 12:15pm with Reverend Dayton Mix, officiating.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church.