Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director
Louise Elizabeth Giacomel
Louise Elizabeth Giacomel, age 97, of Nemacolin, died October 12, 2019 in Evergreen Care, Waynesburg.
Louise was born July 25, 1922 in Fayette County, the daughter of the late Jack and Giovanna Zucco Giacomel.
Louise worked at the former Gateway Manufacturing Company in Masontown until retirement.
She was a devout member of the former Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church of Nemacolin.
She loved dancing polkas with her longtime friend, the late beloved Rudy Gotch. Her other pastime was watching the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.
Louise had a remarkable sense of humor.
She is survived by a niece, Leslee Meiser (Roy), of Celina, Ohio, and nephew, Eric Giacomel (Lettie), of Lockhart, Texas, godchild Nadine Gotch (Terry), of Knox, PA., close friends and caregivers, Lara Keene and Cathy Perkins.
Deceased in a brother, Alfred.
Thank you to the wonderful caregivers at Evergreen and the nurses from O.S.P.T.A. Hospice.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 today (Tuesday) from 12-1:15pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Marcellus Catholic Church, Jefferson, PA. at 2pm. Entombment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.
Michael Patrick Baumann
Michael Patrick Baumann, age 61, of Brodak’s Home Park, Carmichaels, died October 8, 2019 in Uniontown Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Baumann was born November 6, 1958 in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Robert Leo and Martha Lipinski Baumann.
Michael worked as a deckhand on river boats until he was disabled. His hobbies were music and videos.
Michael is survived by 8 siblings; Roberta Shirley, Patty, Jeannie (Darwin), Robbie, and Nora, Marty, his foster brother Norman Rush, whose parents were the late Fred and Mary Rush were Mike’s foster parents, many uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.
A sister, Phyllis is deceased.
There will be no public services. Please make donations to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 to cover funeral costs.
George G. Dickson
George G. Dickson, age 73, of Carmichaels passed away peacefully Sunday, October 6, 2019 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg. He was under the care of the Amedysis Hospice Team, and his wife, Judy.
George was born April 24, 1946 in Brownsville, the son of the late John and Marie Dickson.
He attended Carmichaels Area High School and earned his G.E.D. while in the military.
George served in the U.S. Army, and fought in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division.
He worked as a coal miner for 40 years of service at the Robena, Dilworth, and Eighty-Four mines. George was a proud member of the U.M.W.A., local 1980.
He battled cancer for 8 years.
Mr. Dickson is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Judith Rawles Dickson, and beloved son, Shawn and wife Kristie, of Sanford, Florida, a brother; Edward Dickson, and sister; Nancy Truntich.
In honoring George’s final wishes, there will be no public visitation.
Interment will be in the Nation Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA, with full military honors.
Carole E. Babyak
Carole E. Babyak, age 83, of Crucible died October 2, 2019 in Waynesburg.
A memorial service will be held October 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc, 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Donna J. Rulong
Donna J. Rulong, age 65, of Crucible died September 28, 2019 in her home following a long illness.
Mrs. Rulong was born January 29, 1954 in Brownsville, the daughter of the late Eugene and Patricia McGarity Watson.
On April 24, 1978, Donna married William E. Rulong who passed away in 2003.
Donna is survived by 3 children; Priscilla Rulong (James Rex) of Crucible, Lorraine Conard (Richard), of Nemacolin, and Matthew Rulong, of Crucible, 7 grandchildren; Isaiah and Selena Rex, Matthew Jr., Austin Rulong, Trinity and Swayde Conard, and Kala Riggleman, 4 great-grandchildren; Stormie Grace Rex, Aurora Conard, Megan and Sophia Riggleman, a sister; Patricia Watson, and a brother; Bill Watson.
Donna was a homemaker. She dearly loved her many grand and great-grandchildren.
Her favorite pastime was bingo.
Family and friends will be received Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 6-9pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100. A funeral service will be held at 8:00pm in the funeral home chapel Wednesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc.
Rita M. Whoolery
Rita M. Whoolery, 92, of Carmichaels, died September 13, 2019 at the home of her daughter Judy in Odenton, MD.
Mrs. Whoolery was born October 29, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA., the daughter of the late John and Anna Wich.
Mrs. Whoolery is survived by her daughters, Judy White, of Odenton, MD, and Dolores Glowa, of Summerville, SC, 5 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Arthur G. Whoolery and her son, George A. Whoolery are deceased.
She was a the last of her immediate family.
Rita worked at a caregiver for the elderly until retirement. She had a kind personality and a good sense of humor.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and from 10-11am Saturday. The funeral service will begin at 11am. Burial will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, PA.
Gregory E. Cutwright
Gregory E. Cutwright, age 73, of Nemacolin, passed away unexpectedly on September 6, 2019 in his home.
Greg was born May 21, 1946 in Uniontown, PA., the son of the late Lawrence and Evelyn Brashear Cutwright.
Greg attended Cumberland High School where he met his wife, Wanda Burnett Cutwright. Greg spent over 40 years doing what he loved the most, operating crane on the river. He was also a security officer for Capital Asset Protection.
Greg could fix anything he looked at. If you knew Greg after retirement, you could find him in his favorite chair watching Netflix with a glass of tea nearby.
Greg was a proud member of the Local Chapter 66 of the Operating Engineers.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Greg was most proud of all the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but he loved no one more than his wife, Wanda.
Greg is survived by his loving wife Wanda, sister, Emmaline Mayle, and brother Dan (Joan) Cutwright, 4 daughters, Dawn (Bill) Gordon, Diane Cutwright, Denise (Brian) Cree, and Dana (Greg) Walters, 8 grandchildren; Sara (Ryan) Shade, Kelsey (John) Whilden, Natalie Balog, Kaylee Cutwright, Anna Cree, Abigail Walters, Caroline (Cedric) Gray, and John Walters, 2 great-grandchildren, Jase Whilden and Apollo Gray, also many loving nieces and nephews, especially David and Robbie, the 3 were known to put away some wings.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lawrence, Boyd, Robert, Richard, Thomas and a sister, Rose.
Services are private under the direction of 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 a charity of your choice.
John L. (Jack) Pratt, age 75 died August 12, 2019 in Uniontown Hospital.
Mr. Pratt was born March 8. 1944 in Carmichaels. He was the son of the late Robert E. and Annabelle Rankin Pratt.
Jack was a graduate of Penn State and California Universities. He was the owner and operator of Jack’s Excavating Co.
On September 5, 1964, Jack married Betty Skoda Pratt who survives.
Also surviving are 4 children; Jerilyn McNeely (Mark), of Waynesburg, Stephen Pratt (Crystal), of Carmichaels, Mouse Pratt (Beth Ann), of Jefferson, and Marcus Pratt (Kelli), of Carmichaels, 4 siblings; Robert (Pete) Pratt, of Crucible (Alta), Ann Blair of Aleppo, Joyce Krcelich (Joey), of Carmichaels, and Jeff Pratt (Lori), of Carmichaels, 4 grandsons; Ayden, Brody, Joby, and Bronson Pratt, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing, and driving his loyal dog, Hemi, to McDonald’s for a burger for each of them.
Jack requested that his funeral service be private.
Interment will be in Laurel Point cemetery in Carmichaels.
Funeral 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 Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Department, Nemacolin, PA.
Mark Richard Kurincak
Mark Richard Kurincak, age 65, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, formerly of Carmichaels passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
He was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, one of four children born to the late Joseph and Pauline Kurincak. Mark was always a high achiever, obtaining a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University before leading successful career in banking as a Vice-President at Iberia Bank in Boca Raton, Florida.
Mark was a kind and loving man. Those who knew him will remember him for his sense of humor, gentleness and generosity. Mark was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing the numerous courses in South Florida with his friends and sons. He was an athlete his entire life and greatly enjoyed running, completing multiple marathons and numerous charity runs. Everyone who knew Mark appreciated his love of sports; he was a zealous fan and could out-wit most with his knowledge of sports trivia and statistics. He was a lifelong supporter of his Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Penn State Nittany Lions. Most importantly, Mark was a family man who dearly loved his wife, family and friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Milagros E. Gonzalez; sons, Colin Kurincak, Aaron (Janal) Kurincak, and Alex (Amanda) Kurincak; brothers, Joseph (Patricia) Kurincak, Bernard (Elizabeth) Kurincak, and Paul (Kathleen) Kurincak; grandchildren, Nicholas and Mackenzie Kurincak and Elena Sarmiento; his former wife, Jennifer Thomas; as well as his family and friends.
His wife and family are grateful to God for the opportunity to love and have known him - He will be in their hearts forever.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 12:00 Noon at St. Hugh Church, St. Mathias Parish, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, PA.
Peter Paul Guritza Sr.
Peter Paul Guritza Sr., age 90, of Greensboro died Sunday July 28, 2019 in J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
Mr. Guritza was born June 6, 1929 in Greensboro, the son of the late John and Mary Timar Guritza Sr.
On May 1, 1954 Pete married his beloved wife, Edna Mae Cech, who survives.
Also surviving are 2 sons; Michael Guritza (Sandi), of Greensboro, and Peter Guritza Jr. of Richmond, VA., 2 grandchildren; Brian Guritza and Kristi Patterson (Jacob), a brother, Steve Guritza, and nephews, nieces, and godchildren.
Deceased in addition to his parents are a grandson, David Michael Guritza in infancy, 2 sisters; Elizabeth Guritza and Theresa Stralets, 2 brothers; John Jr. and Albert Guritza.
Pete was a graduate of Mapletown High School class of 1947.
He served his country in Germany in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953.
Mr. Guritza was a miner at the Duquesne Light Warwick Mine for 44 years, and a proud member of the U.M.W.A. for 72 years. He was also a member of the V.F.W. post 6303.
Pete was a devoted family man and a devout Roman Catholic. He was one of the founders and hand builders of the Holy Family Church in Greensboro, served as an altar server and Eucharistic Minister, and sang in the Men’s Choir.
In their spare time, Pete and Edna loved camping at Pymatuning and Big Bear Lake, travelling to Richmond to visit their son, music and polka dancing. They also attended Mass, prayed the Rosary, and Divine Chaplet together daily.
Family and friends will be received at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and on Thursday from 9:30-10:30am.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Matthias Church (St. Hugh) in Carmichaels, PA., with Father Albin McGiness, Celebrant.
Internment will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, PA. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 400 at the cemetery.
Debbie J. Prevost
Debbie J. Prevost, age 57, of Waynesburg, PA. died June 27, 2019 in her home after a long illness.
Debbie was born October 6, 1962 in Waynesburg, to the late James and Mary Joann Sickles Jones.
Debbie was a former resident of Graysville.
She loved her grandchildren dearly.
Debbie is survived by 2 daughters; Amanda Ringer (Charles), of Waynesburg, and Melissa Miller (Gary), of New Freeport, 4 grandchildren; Zoey, Kody, and Jacob Miller, and Joanna Ringer, 4 sisters; Vickie Salisbury, Brenda, Mary, and Jamie Jones, and a brother; James Jones Jr.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100.
Diana L. Husenits Huggins
Diana L. Husenits Huggins, age 62, of Crucible, PA. passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at her home after a long illness.
She was the daughter of Loretta Shaffer Husenits Kooser and Clarence Kooser. She was born November 16, 1956 in Republic, PA.
On November 27, 1977 she married Donnie R. Huggins who preceded her in death in 2005. Also preceding her in death were her parents, and nephew Keith Haky.
Diana is survived by 2 daughters; Dawn L. Colón (Mike) of Crucible, PA., and Jessicia Huggins of Carmichaels, PA., 4 grandchildren; Jessie and Cristian Rychtarsky, and Gracie and Harmony Huggins, 2 brothers; Darryl Husenits (Linda), and Chris Husenits (Cindy), both of Carmichaels, PA, 3 sisters; JoAnn Crow of Greenville, PA., Delores Haky (Keith) of Mather, PA., and Frances Balazick of Rices Landing, PA, and several nieces and nephews.
Diana was a faithful member of the New Apostolic Church, of Crucible, PA. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. Diana was kind hearted, and always had a kind word for everyone!
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019 at New Apostolic Church, Ferry Road, Rices Landing, PA with priest Ahmed Sheriff at 6 pm.
Michele Lynn “Pollock-Yankura” Hayes
Michele Lynn “Pollock-Yankura” Hayes, age 37, of Waynesburg, PA died June 20, 2019 in her home.
Michele was born November 17, 1981 to Michael and Robin Deyell Yankura, of Jefferson, PA.
She was a graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, class of 2001, and had worked at Evergreen Care and in-Home Health Care.
Michele is survived by her parents; her husband, Jason Hayes, a sister; Heather Campbell (Allen), of Dry Tavern; a paternal grandmother, Mary Yankura; a stepson, Derek Gamble; several aunts and uncles, and nephews Ryker and Kreed Campbell.
Her maternal grandparents, Hilda and John Deyell and paternal grandfather, Mike Yankura Sr. are deceased.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held at 7:30pm in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. toward Michele’s services.
Mark W. Knestrick
Mark W. Knestrick, age 58, of Nemacolin died June 11, 2019 in Uniontown Hospital.
Mr. Knestrick was born May 6, 1961 in Waynesburg, PA, the son of the late Carl E. and Ruby J. Seese Knestrick Sr.
He was a graduate of Jefferson Morgan High School, Class of 1979.
Mark is survived by his wife, Marcia Morris Knestrick; 2 daughters, Melissa Renaldi (Chad Bergman), of Masontown and Miranda Riggleman (Roy IV), of Nemacolin; 9 grandchildren, Gianna Renaldi, Roy R. Riggleman V, Chloe Riggleman, Lyndy Fike, Austin, Chloe, Logan, Bella, and Hoyt Bergman; 3 brothers, Dennis R., Harvey J., and Jeff Knestrick (Sonja); a sister, Carla Krajnak (Randy), and a half-sister, Merle Gates.
A half brother, Carl E. Knestrick Jr., and a sister-in-law, Tina Knestrick are deceased.
Mark worked at Brodak’s Shop and Save for years, then managed the Circle K store, both in Carmichaels.
He loved his grandchildren dearly, and spending time with them.
His hobbies included gardening and trying his luck at the Meadows.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 Friday, June 14, 2019 from 3-8pm. The funeral service will begin at 7:30pm with the Reverend Dayton Mix, officiating.
Charmaine (Courtwright) Jolliffe
Charmaine “Nane” (Courtwright) Jolliffe, age 57, of Waynesburg, PA. passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. with her family by her side.
Born April 8, 1962 in Aleppo, PA., the daughter of Raymond Courtwright, of Waynesburg and the late Wanda Jean (Neely) Courtwright.
Charmaine was a Greene county resident her whole life. She married David Jolliffe on December 19, 2006 and they were happily married for 12 years. Charmaine was employed with WVU University as a Housekeeper for 22 years until her retirement in 2017. She enjoyed cooking for her family gatherings and cookouts, collecting recipes, watching YouTube videos, and traveling. Charmaine loved her family most of all, she was the “glue” that kept them together.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Alisha (Mike) Seybold, of Waynesburg, PA, Carrie (John Hicks III) Whipkey, of Waynesburg, PA, and Jennifer Whipkey, of Waynesburg, PA; 13 grandchildren, Preston, Chad, Gracie, Mykiah, Mason, Odin, Jude, Nate, Jocelyn, Seth, Hayden, Kenzie, and Brysen; six siblings, Terry (Judy) Courtwright, of Spraggs, PA, Donna (Jerry) Rex, of Carmichaels, PA, Brenda (Lonnie) Scherich, of Cameron, WV, Violet (Darrell) Williams, of Waynesburg, PA, Betty (Jason) Hoge, of Waynesburg, PA, and Sherry Lynn Courtwright, of Jefferson, PA.
In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by one brother who was still born.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 5-9pm. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 31, 2019 at 1:00pm in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.
Joseph Cybak, age 71, of Carmichaels died Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Uniontown Hospital.
Mr. Cybak was born June 19, 1947, the son of the late Joseph and Thelma Marie Bowser Cybak.
Also deceased are his wife, Kathleen (Kate) Skursha Cybak, brother Ira (Skip) Cybak, and two sisters; Catherine Babyak and Betty Ann Cybak.
He is survived by his brothers-in-law, Andrew Babyak, Ed and Butch Skursha; a sister-in-law, Sandra Dunlap; several nieces and nephews, his caregiver, Peggy Thomas, and his good friends at the Saturday morning Democratic Club; Jimmy, Jolene, Bob, Wendy, Norma, Mickey, Buster, and Mick.
Joe attended Penn State (Fayette), and graduated from Point Park University. He was a retired sales representative for Bell’s Wholesale Grocery of Mt. Morris, PA.
He was a devoted member of the First Christian Church of Carmichaels.
Mr. Cybak belonged to the King Coal Association, and the Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce where he was a past president.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, and from 12-1pm on Tuesday. The funeral service will begin at 1pm with Reverend Reagan Fike, officiating.
Internment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church of Carmichaels.
Daniel J. Davidson
Daniel J. Davidson, age 78, of Carmichaels died May 8, 2019 in his home.
Mr. Davidson was born September 5, 1940 in Bobtown, PA., the son of the late Joseph and Grace Kenney Davidson.
On June 7, 1961 Daniel married Geraldine Mundell Davidson who survives. Also surviving are three children; Michael J. Davidson (Josephine), of Uniontown, Barbara A. Shaffer (Ronald Jr.), and Joey Davidson (fiancée Misty Wilson), all of Carmichaels, 7 grandchildren; Mark D. Davidson, Kimberly A. Davidson, Danyelle Davidson, Ronald E. Shaffer III, Tyler L. Shaffer, Beth Ann Humphrey, Thomas Jordan; a sister, Elizabeth Davidson.
A brother, Roger Davidson is deceased.
Mr. Davidson served his country in the U.S. Army in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
He was a retired welder from J & L Vesta 5 shop, taught welding, and he and Gerry operated Davidson’s Greenhouse at Paisley for many years.
Daniel loved the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and raising pigeons.
His love of nature made him become a deputy fish and game warden for the PA state commission.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, May 10 from 6-8pm and Saturday from 10-11am. The funeral service will begin at 11am with Pastor David McElroy, officiating.
The American Legion post 400 and U.S. Army will provide military honors.
Dillon D. Baker
Dillon D. Baker, age 27, of Carmichaels died April 27, 2019 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in West Finley Twp.
Visitation will be Friday, May 3, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. And from 10-11am Saturday, May 4 at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, PA, 15320.
Rosa Marie Sorgiovanni Buday
May 12, 1928 - April 22, 2019
On April 22, 2019, Rose received an invitation to a heavenly reunion of family and friends. She accepted the invitation with dignity and grace. Her farewell, though tearful, was ever so peaceful. She was sent off surrounded by the love and gratitude of her family.
Rose was gifted to this world on May 12, 1928. She was born to Cosmo Sorgiovanni and Dorinda Salvati Sorgiovanni in Crucible, Pennsylvania. On May 6, 1949, she married John V. Buday Sr. Together, they had two sons, John V. Buday Jr of Crucible and Nicholas J. Buday of Rices Landing. She was a fierce protector of her two sons. Never wavering in her devotion as a mother, she went on to set the bar as a grandma. Her entire world revolved around her grandchildren: Nicole Swartz (Mike), Sarah Buday (Rennie Barchiesi), and Niko Buday.
Just when we thought she couldn’t be any more amazing, along came her most prized possessions, her five great grandchildren: Mikee Pratt (Matt), Remington Swartz, Carter Swartz, Canyon Swartz, and Giada Buday. The sun rose and set on her five treasures. Rose spoiled them with tokens of her love but most importantly she showered them with wisdom, advice, compassion, delicious food, endless prayers, and unconditional love. She gave them all the priceless gift of her time.
Family was everything to Rose. Her five siblings were among her greatest joys. Surviving are her sisters: Mary Hopton, Anna Kushon, and Gena Everly.
She met her two brothers, Nick Sorgiovanni, Jim Sargiovanni, and her infant sister Dorinda Sorgiovanni at the heavenly reunion. Rose had many cherished nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own. Even the grand-dogs adored Rose, especially Jezebel who was a faithful companion. Rose was the embodiment of love and joy. She never met a stranger. Rose welcomed everyone as family. Rose was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she loved to sing. Her prayer book contained nearly two hundred hand written names. She could be heard in the early morning hours reciting each name in ardent prayer. Rose lived to make others happy. She was known for her gifts of sweet bread, poppyseed cake, and log rolls. She wrote countless personal letters and cards to spread cheer and concern to those she loved. As a young girl, Rose dreamed of becoming a teacher and although she never obtained a degree, she was a teacher, nonetheless. Rose taught us all about strength, courage, forgiveness, faith, and love. The world is a better place because Rose lived. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Saint Jude’s and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in her memory.
A mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church in Rices Landing at 11am. A Christian burial will follow at Saint Mary’s Catholic cemetery in Crucible.
Immediately following her burial, an invitation is extended for all to join in family and friendship from 1pm-4pm at Sacred Heart Church Social Hall, Rices Landing to have a bite to eat, share cherished memories, reflect on photographs, and enjoy each other’s company.
Rose often mentioned her hope was for others to someday honor her memory by practicing the values she held so dear. Enjoy your family, choose joy, forgive, have faith, befriend the forgotten, and above all, love one another.
Christa Marie Ward
Christa Marie Ward, age 42, of Eighty-Four, PA., unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Beloved by all, Christa was born September 16, 1976, in Edison, N.J., the daughter of the late James P. Ward Jr. and Clara A. (Welsh) Ward
Christa was a graduate of Piscataway (N.J.) Vocational & Technical High School.
She most recently worked as a health care giver to the elderly in Carmichaels.
Christa is survived by a large loving family including her very special friend, Le Moore; siblings; Edythe Marx, James P. Ward III, Helen Burson, Stephen J. Ward (Kristy), and Shannon Ferrari (Marc); many nieces, nephews, cousins she helped raise, and aunts and uncles.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Cokeburg (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Department Hall on, April 27, 2019 at 2:00pm.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100.
Linda L. Hargis
Linda L. Hargis, age 74, of Carmichaels, Pa. died Tuesday March 26, 2019 in Madison Rehabilitation Center, Morgantown, W.V.
Mrs. Hargis was born August 10, 1944 in Bud, W.V., the daughter of the late Dewey L. and Violet L. Church McKinney.
She was the beloved mother of Christy McAfee (William) of Carmichaels, and the late, Craig Evan Hargis.
In addition to her daughter, Linda is survived by 4 grandchildren; Courtney Hargis, and Chris, Chase, and Jason McAfee; a brother, Dr. Douglas McKinney (Sue), and 2 sisters, Andrea Anderson (Charles) and Sandrea Hill (Jerry).
A brother, Rodney McKinney, died in infancy.
Linda was a former resident of Pineville, W.V., and worked as a secretary at the Wyoming Co. Board of Education for many years.
She enjoyed Nascar and travelling in her spare time, and was an excellent seamstress.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) on Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
The Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, McClellandtown, Pa.
Joshua Thomas Rodriguez
Joshua Thomas Rodriguez, age 27, of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, formerly of Crucible died March 10, 2019 on St. Johns.
Joshua was born August 13, 1991 in Waynesburg, PA, the son of the late Richard Rodriguez Jr. and Tammy Harris Rodriguez, of Washington PA.
Mr. Rodriguez worked for Palone Construction, helping to restore St. Johns.
Joshua was a member of the Crucible Citizens Club and its pool team.
He is survived by a half-brother; Richard Rodriguez, a brother, Robert Rodriguez (Ashley), of Washington; a nephew, Elijah Rodriguez, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 from 6-8pm on March 25, 2019. A prayer service will be held at 7:30pm in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rodriguez family.
John D. Ross
John D. Ross, age 64, of Greensboro, PA., passed away peacefully into the waiting arms of his father. He was surrounded by his loving family. John fought a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 14, 1954 in Uniontown, PA., the son of the late John D. Ross Sr. and G. Arlene Ross, surviving.
After high school John joined the United States Navy.
John drove coal truck for many years, before going underground, and living the life of a coal miner. He was a hard worker.
John enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and Nascar. He was well known for teasing those he loved, particularly his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John had a great sense of humor, and the orneriest laugh.
John made his home in the small patch town of Alicia. He enjoyed bonfires with his many friends and neighbors.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Deb Buttermore Ross, his children; Michael Ross (Cindy) and BJ Ross, both of Greensboro; 6 grandchildren, John-Anthony Ross (whom he loved and raised as his son), and his fiancé Jessica, Danyelle (who he raised and loved as a daughter) Kaylia, Megan, Felicia, and Michael. And eight great-grandchildren. All held a special place in his heart. Also surviving are 2 sisters; Bonnie Bezjak (Nick), and Carol Ross, also of Greensboro, 2 brothers, Terry of Greensboro and Scott (Nanette) of Alabama, and many nieces and nephews, who adored him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday March 23, 2019 from 2-4pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Amedysis Hospice Team.
Special thanks to his many doctors, and nurses, particularly Amedysis Hospice.
Mary Elizabeth Martin Coode
Our Mother was an exceptional woman that was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, the best listener and the kindest person you ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Mary Elizabeth Martin Coode was born on June 21, 1939. She was adopted by James Lynn and Isabel Macintosh Martin of Niagara Falls, NY. She gained an adopted brother as well, Robert Lynn Martin, whom she adored. She finished middle school in Niagara Falls and then the family moved to Columbia, TN. She attended Bowling Green University in Kentucky. It was during this time she would meet her future husband, Thomas H. Coode.
The couple moved to Nashville and had their first child. They moved again, this time to Watkinsville, GA, where they had three more children. After her husband was hired as a history professor, the family moved to Southwestern Pennsylvania where she would have her last two children. When the youngest of six children went off the first grade, Liz, as most knew her, began her career with the Curriculum Department at the Intermediate Unit One in California, PA. Although, she continued to make her children and home her first priority, she gave twenty-seven years of impeccable service to the IU and was always grateful for the precious relationships she built there with lifelong friends.
LIz and “T” had six children that she raised with a gentle tongue, a listening ear and the patience of a saint. Her quiet strength and perseverance was immense. She was so nurturing, always giving. All who knew her felt genuinely welcomed by her smile and never did she say an unkind word about another person. She was a cancer survivor and certainly experienced her share of loss.. Yet, all the while she would give hope and support to others, never once putting herself first.
She had eight grandchildren who kept her home bright, cheery and full of activity; making gingerbread houses, wandering through the woods and having endless celebrations where she would always make sure you had a wrapped gift.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. Coode; parents James and Isabel Macintosh Martin; brother Robert Lynn Martin and beloved grandson, Tyler Lynn Doman.
She is survived by her six children and grandchildren, for which her love and support never waivered: James Martin, Mary John (Frank Doman), Kelly Demetrius (Cynthia Marietta), Thomas Saundy, Leigh Ellen, Stephen Lynn (Amanda Coode). Also surviving her beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth Mae, Sarah Grace, Brianna Rose, Thomas Michael, Hannah Marie, Connor Demetrius, Ripley Selene
Friends and Family will be received on March 23rd for a celebration of life at the Duck Hollow Golf Club, 374 Duck Hollow Rd., Uniontown PA 15401, from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Her dear friend Frank Palo will deliver a eulogy at 5:00pm. The floor will then be open for everyone to share thoughts, memories or stories about our dearest Liz. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100.
Deborah Jean Ritchey
Deborah Jean Ritchey, BSN, RN, age 65, of Carmichaels died Friday, March 8, 2019 in her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Ritchey was born August 8, 1953, in Waynesburg PA, the daughter of the late George Robert Gideon and Melva Jean Miller Gideon.
On October 6, 1974, Deborah married Robert B. Ritchey who survives. Also surviving are two children; Jennifer Madlock, of La Salle, Michigan, and Blair Ritchey (Emily), of Delmar, MD; 4 grandchildren; Hailey and Caleb Ritchey, and Brody and Brianna Madlock; a brother, Kevin Gideon (Jackie); a sister-in-law, Karen Gideon, all in North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A brother, Robert Gideon Jr., is deceased.
Mrs. Gideon graduated from Waynesburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She worked at Uniontown Hospital as a Registered Nurse until becoming ill.
She was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, of Carmichaels, and sang in the church choir.
She loved her grandchildren dearly.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 10-11am. A memorial service will be held at 11am in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Keith Larsen, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church.
Barry Dean Chambers
Barry Dean Chambers, age 62, of Carmichaels died March 4, 2019 in his home after a long illness.
Mr. Chambers was born August 1, 1956 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late Anthony and June Danley Chambers.
On June 20, 1992, Barry married Stephanie Buday, who survives.
Also surviving are his daughters, Megan Collins (James), of Uniontown, and Floretta Chambers, at home, a grandson, Elias Anthony Dean Collins, family friend Michael Pavlic, who helped take care of Barry with Stephanie and Floretta; 2 sisters, Darlene Hathaway, of Pitt Gas, and Marlene Reid (David), of Carmichaels; 3 brothers, Eugene Chambers, of Richeyville, Ronald Chambers (Marianne), of Ambridge, and Jaime Chambers (Lisa), of Crucible, a sister-in-law, Judie Buday, of Carmichaels, and several nieces and nephews, and his pets, Kona and Lela.
A brother, Anthony Chambers, is deceased.
Mr. Chambers was employed for 19 years by All-Clad Metal Crafters, of Canonsburg. He also worked on the family farm until becoming ill.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320 (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and Thursday from 9:30-10:30am the time of a prayer service at the funeral home, followed by a mass at 11:00am at St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, 408 Route Eighty Eight Rd., Carmichaels, PA, 15320 with Father Francis Frazier, celebrant.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible, PA.
Robert M. Uphold Jr.
Robert M. (Bobby) Uphold Jr., age 53, of Nemacolin died February 26, 2019 in his home following a long illness.
Mr. Uphold was born June 21, 1965 in Morgantown, WV, the son of the late Robert M. Uphold Sr., and Edna Mae Katolsky Latusek Uphold.
Bobby was a PA State Certified auto inspection mechanic. His final workplace was Washington Honda before becoming ill.
In his youth, Bobby worked as a baker’s helper at the W.V.U. student union, and as a wheel chair escort at WVU Hospital. He later worked for Mon River Towing and Jordan Auto Parts Co.
Mr. Uphold had owned 88 Car Care in Carmichaels.
He enjoyed racing cycles in motocross competitions.
Bobby is survived by his former wife and caregiver, Joanne Hewitt Uphold, a daughter, Jessica Mae Uphold, a sister, Tina Latusek Helfferich (Mark), of Latrobe, a brother, Eugene Latusek (Debbie), of Greensboro, mother-in-law, Patricia Hewitt, brother and sisters-in-law, Susan Lewis (Tim), Angela Baker (Derek), Paul Hewitt (Judy), Glenda Latusek, Charlotte Tenney, and Lorn Murray, and many nieces and nephews..
Deceased in addition to his parents are 2 brothers, Frank and John (Kirby) Latusek, a sister, Kathleen L. Murray, and sister-in-law, Teresa Hewitt.
The family wishes to thank Amedysis Hospice for their care of Bobby.
Friends will be received in the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in McClellandtown, PA Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 10-11am. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 in the Church with Pastors Derek Baker Sr., and Tim Tanner, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100.
Jamie Fonner, age 32, of Waynesburg, died February 25, 2019 in his home.
Jamie was born January 28, 1987 in Morgantown, WV., the son of James Allen Fonner, of Waynesburg, and Pamela Lynn Woodring, of Waynesburg. He is survived by his wife, Ashley Fonner, 3 children; Alex Jones, Elizabeth and Michael; 3 siblings; Chasity Whitlatch (Craig), Chrystal Rose (Joshua), and Jacob Fonner, several Aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his step father, James Woodring.
Jamie had previously been employed at Ross Mould, Washington, PA, and drove truck.
He was a loving father and enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, and four wheeling.
Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320 (724)966-5100.
Bessie Mae Shuckhart
Bessie Mae Shuckhart, age 88, of Nemacolin, PA died February 8, 2019 in Cloverdale Nursing Home, Masontown, PA.
Mae was born December 20, 1930 in Paisley, PA, the daughter of the late William Walter and Della McNatt Skiles.
On September 23, 1950, Mae married Charles Allen Shuckhart who died in 1987.
Mrs. Shuckhart is survived by 6 children; Deborah Shuckhart, Victor Shuckhart, Gary E. Shuckhart (Charlene), Paulette Myers (Howard), Lester Franklin Shuckhart, and Tracey Lynn Shuckhart; a daughter-in-law Margaret Shuckhart; a sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Skiles; 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mae was an election day worker at Nemacolin for many years.
She was a strong supporter with her husband of the U.M.W.A. and went on many trips to DC and elsewhere in support of the coal miners.
Her hobbies were embroidery and doing word search puzzles.
Her kindness and gentle nature are an example to all.
In addition to her parents and husband, 3 children are deceased; Charles Shuckhart Jr., Ada Shuckhart, and Roger Dale Shuckhart.
A special thanks goes out to Cloverdale Nursing Home and Amedysis Hospice.
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, February 13, 2019 from 4-8pm, and Thursday from 10-11am. The funeral service will be held at 11am in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Mark Tinstman, officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association at http://goo.gl/aOa5p2