Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director
Carl Joseph Kolar Sr.
Carl Joseph Kolar Sr., 91, formerly of Masontown, passed away from this life Sunday, February 16, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 15, 1928 in Sunshine, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Martin and Martha Malinsky Kolar.
On May 10, 1952, he married his loving wife of over 67 years, Gertrude C. Pavlick Kolar, who survives.
Carl graduated from Masontown High School on May 15, 1946. He attended the Toledo School of Meat Cutting, where he became a kosher trained butcher. After starting his career at Union Market at age 10, he was then hired as the head butcher for Union Supply at the young age of 17. Carl went on to manage several grocery store chains which included Loblaws and Gee Bees. He received a state award from Senator Arlen Spector for hiring and assisting those with special needs in the workplace. After retiring, he worked for Enterprise Car Rental in Waynesburg transporting cars.
As an avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He frequently visited the cabin in northern PA with friends for recreation. Carl especially enjoyed yearly trips to Wyoming to hunt elk, moose, and deer with his son. One of his favorite places he had traveled to was Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Carl was a member of the former All Saints Church in Masontown. He was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus of Uniontown. Carl was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America, Isaac Walton League, and an officer of Amend Sportsman Club. He was a Cub and Boy Scout leader and coached for the Little Knights League.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Carl (Kathy) Kolar of Carmichaels; a daughter and special beloved caregivers Tama (CJ) Kowalski of Bethel Park; a daughter Lisa (Leonard) Marovich of Uniontown; four grandchildren, Erika Lesnick-Baldauff (fiancé Anthony Habbit); Larissa (Conley) Rusko; Leonard Marovich; and Kelly (Jared) Lapkowicz; and two great-grandchildren, Haley Rusko and Alexander Baldauff. A brother, John (Carol) Kolar; brother in law, Henry Barto; many loving nieces and nephews and their families who also survive.
Deceased are two brothers, Martin and George Kolar, and three sisters Betty Barto, Anna Christoff, and Rose Smargie.
Carl was a devoted father and grandfather who loved, cherished, and supported his family. He will be deeply missed by his children and grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a special thanks and gratitude to the Valley Hospice staff in Wheeling, WV for their professional and compassionate care.
A private service was held under the direction of Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Betty Ellenberger, age 89, a former resident of Rices Landing died February 6, 2020.
A committal service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Greene County Memorial Park at 11 AM. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Gregory “Greg” Francis Peccon, 72 of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania passed away in the caring hands of the Madison Center, Morgantown, WV on February 3, 2020 after a long struggle with respiratory complications.
Gregory, a lifelong resident of Carmichaels, was born in Waynesburg to Salvatore “Ted” and Dorothy (Urbany) Peccon on November 13,1947.
Greg was an active member of the greater Carmichaels community. He was a proprietor of Carmichaels Furniture and Hardware store. He served as a volunteer with the Carmichaels Fire Department EMT Rescue Unit. He was musically talented and a member of the Uniontown VFW marching band which played at many events throughout the country; including Presidential Inaugurations in Washington, DC. He was a member of the VFW National Band. Greg played at the National Convention for every president from Kennedy to Ronald Reagan. Greg was a member of the Carmichaels volunteer fire department, president of chamber of commerce, Knights of Columbus 4th degree, Freemasons, Member of the Moose, American Legion, VFW Post 47 and a member of Jessop Boat Club.
Greg is survived by his mom, Dorothy Peccon, son, Michael Peccon (Scarlett) of Lander, TX, grandchildren Kinleigh and Brooklyn Peccon, uncle, Francis Urbany, aunts Elizabeth Sayre, Shirley Peccon and Alejandra Urbany, cousins Chris, Mark, Anthony, John Peccon, Patricia Williams, Jeffrey, Francis, Natasha, and Maximillian Urbany.
Greg is preceded in death by his father, Theodore “Ted” Peccon, and his paternal and maternal grandparents. He spent time in his early youth with his grandparents, Frank and Ursula Urbany.
A special thank you goes to Frank Martin, and the staff at Fike Chevrolet, Masontown, David Demniak and wife Cindy (nurse at Ruby Hospital), Annie Thomas and Tiggie; high school friends, Butch DeFrank, Ed Roscoe, and Paul (Mick) Lesako, neighbors Kevin and Vanessa Pratt, and devoted caregiver and driver Dina Kuykendall, of Rices Landing.
There will be no public viewing and interment services will be private at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, Saturday February 8, 2020 with arrangements by 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 Humane Society of Greene County,183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA. Greg’s last dog was Victoria, a black Labrador. She was a comfort to him, and was greatly loved and missed.
James P. Dobrowolski
James P. Dobrowolski, age 79, of Carmichaels, formerly of Baden, died in his home on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
James was born May 23, 1940 in McKees Rocks, the son of the late Ted and Katherine Fedek Dobrowolski.
He was a graduate of Stowe Twp. Highschool, and served in the PA. National Guard.
James worked in sales for Castrol and PPC Lubricants.
On September 11, 1989 James married Ann Miller Dobrowolski, who survives. Also surviving are 2 children; Susan Hofmeister, of Thurmont, MD, and Mark Dobrowolski, of Leetsdale, 1 brother; John of McKees Rocks, and 2 nieces, Pamela and Debra Dobrowolski.
In addition to his parents, 2 brothers, David and Stanley, and a son-in-law, Carl Hofmeister are deceased.
Jimmy enjoyed trout fishing in Pennsylvania, and ocean fishing in the Outer Banks. He loved to hunt, and he and Ann took good care of their horses.
He was a friend to all men, and a generous vegetable gardener to his friends and neighbors. James grew beautiful flowers in his yard, and along the road by his farm.
Arrangements 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 and in memory of his many rescue pets Jimmy and Ann took in, please consider donations to the Greene County Humane Society, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA, 15370.
Joseph D. Rush
Joseph D. Rush, age 48, of Carmichaels, died suddenly on January 22, 2020 while at work in Coraopolis.
Mr. Rush was born May 20, 1971 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Albert and Mary Cobb Rush.
He worked for Ford Business Managements as an office machine repair technician.
In his spare time, he enjoyed computers and radio control cars.
Joe is survived by a brother, David Rush and wife Brandee, of Greensboro, N.C., 3 nephews, Gage Murphy, Brendon Rush, and Harrison Rush, and several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Saturday, January 25 from 3 to 5 pm.
Maryann Broadwater Pry
Maryann Broadwater Pry, age 76, of Waynesburg died January 18, 2020 in Waynesburg.
Arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
William David Speelman
William David Speelman, age 73, of Greensboro, formerly of Nemacolin died January 20, 2020 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.V.
Mr. Speelman was born June 16, 1946 in Waynesburg, PA, the son of the late William F. and Marion E. Tennant Speelman.
On July 12, 1974, Bill married Mary Thomas Speelman who survives. Also surviving are 8 children; William A. Speelman (Terri), Daniel Speelman (Jeniffer), Michael Speelman (Chris), Dawn Speelman (Dave), Mary Miscovish (Jay), Dwight Phillips, Bill Phillips (Debbie), and Robert (Red) Phillips (Tammy), 21 grandchildren; Anthony, Trevor, Dominic, Brodie, Daniel J., Jacob, and Sarah Speelman, Stacy Clark, Kody and Jonathan Miskovish, Robert T., Mara (Brian Young), David, Autumn, Austin Phillips, Jessica Jordan (Nic), Samantha Ocker (Jason), Shelby Bentley, Morgan Musgrove, and Kathryn “Alex” Lover, 8 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Katherine Shumaker (Keith), and Sandra Dodds, a brother Joey Speelman; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Speelman proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the Pt. Marion and Greensboro VFW, and Masontown American Legion.
He worked at Nemacolin Mine, and was a member of the U.M.W.A. 6290.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 4 to 8pm, and from 10-11am Thursday. Military rites will be accorded at the funeral home by the American Legion of Masontown, and the U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Patricia Ann Tarr Virgili
Patricia Ann Tarr Virgili, age 85, of Clarksville, died January 14, 2020 in the home of her granddaughter, Olivia.
Mrs. Virgili was born March 22, 1934 in Farmington, W.V., the daughter of the late Paul W. and Melba Emery Tarr.
Patricia is survived by a son; Ricky Snyder (Ramona), a daughter, Rhoda Bushta (Ron), grandchildren Olivia Stohon (Fiancée Joe Gantle), Brenna Cipoletti (Mike), Mario Barchiesi (Shirley), Curtis, Wesley, and Jamie Synder; great grandchildren Taylor Barchiesi (Aubrey), Anthony Barchiesi (Jada), Nikki Barchiesi, and Giovanni and Antonia Cipoletti, and 7 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, a daughter, Rhonda Stohan, and 2 sisters, Pauline Stebelton and Ida Spivey are deceased.
At Patricia’s request, there will be no viewing or services.
She said, “Say goodbye and ship me off”.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Albert E. Ohler
Albert E. Ohler, age 89, of Brunswick, Ohio, formerly of Crucible, PA died January 9, 2020 in his home.
Mr. Ohler was born May 23, 1930 in Marianna, PA, the son of the late John and Mary Zappone Ohler.
Albert was a retired miner from the Crucible and Marianna mines, and a member of the U.M.W.A.
He served for 30 years in the Crucible Volunteer Fire Department, and was Chief for 5 years.
Mr. Ohler is survived by his son, Gene Ohler and wife Terri, 2 grandchildren, Tracy and husband Tom, and Brian, 3 great grandchildren, Ashley, Emma, and Madison.
Albert was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Ruth Marie Sands Ohler; 3 brothers, John, Sinibaldo, and Robert Ohler, and 4 sisters; Mary Ellen Krause, Almarie, Audrey, and Sarah.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 11am to 2pm, the time of service.
Interment will follow in Hewitt Cemetery, Rices Landing, PA.
Mary Rita Antal Rusnock
Mary Rita Antal Rusnock, age 101 of Jefferson died Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Evergreen Assisted Living in Waynesburg, PA, where the staff has been taking excellent care of her since 2015. OSPTA Hospice has added an extra level of care for several months.
She was born January 23, 1918, the daughter of the late Mike and Mary Nesbitt Havrilesko.
Mary was a member of the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Brownsville for many years. Mary also loved to crochet, cook, play cards, bowl and square dance.
Mary is survived by her sister-in-law Elizabeth Havrilesko; daughters Emily Bull and Mary Lou Roscoe (Edmund), grandchildren Mike and Kelly Bull, Tony and Phillis Bull, Laura and George Bommer, James and Wendy Bull, Julie Kelly, Ryan and Megan, Zachary and Rebecca Roscoe, and Joshua Roscoe, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Mary is preceded in death by her husbands Louis Antal and Mike Rusnock, siblings John, George, Steve, Mike, Betty, and Helen, grand daughters Tina Coyle and Amanda Roscoe, and an infant son.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10am – 12pm. A mass will follow at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Brownsville. Internment will follow at Taylor Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 302 Third Ave., Brownsville, PA, 15417, or to the cemetery at Taylor Cemetery Association, 600 Old National Pike, Brownsville, PA, 15417.
Clarice I. Wright
Clarice I. Wright, age 90, of Carmichaels died December 28, 2019 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
Clarice was born November 27, 1929 in New Freeport (Greene County), the daughter of the late Leslie and Goldie Fonner Smith.
Clarice was a graduate of Waynesburg High School, class of 1948. She worked at Greenway and Republic Shirt Factories.
In 1949 Clarice married Milton Wright.
Clarice is survived by 2 sons; Eric Wright and Jamie Wright (Treasa), both of Carmichaels, a granddaughter, Patricia King (Mark), and 3 great-grandchildren; Evan, Emma, and Eastyn King, sisters JoAnne Wright, Mary Lou Miller, Shirley Clark, Patricia Harper, Joyce Vickers, and special friend, Mary Anne Mapstone.
Deceased in addition to her parents and husband is a son, Dennis Wright; a brother, John Smith, a sister, Ruth Frances, and a dear friend, Clifford Blackburn.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Thursday, January 2, 2019 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will begin at 7:30pm with Reverend Dan Hennessey, officiating.
John R. Clarchick
John R. Clarchick, 84, of Carmichaels, PA died Tuesday, December 24, 2019 in Longs, SC.
John was born June 19, 1935 in Rices Landing, PA, a son of the late Joseph and Pauline (Tomko) Clarchick. He was raised in Rices Landing, PA where he attended Cumberland Township School and worked on a farm as a youth. As a young teen, John attended St. Vincent in Latrobe, PA. Upon graduation, he worked as a mechanic for his father at Clarchick Motors in Rices Landing, PA. In 1958, he was drafted to serve in the Korean War where he was stationed in Anyong, Korea. When John returned from Korea, he continued to serve in the Army Reserves rising to the rank of 1st Sargent.
On June 30, 1962, John married Adeline R. Michael. John attended California University while raising a family of 3 in Carmichaels, PA. After graduation, John became an Industrial Arts Teacher at Waynesburg High School in Waynesburg, PA where he worked until he retired.
John was an active member of St. Hugh Catholic Church in Carmichaels, PA. He was an avid volunteer who served on many committees as well as performed many duties including Eucharistic Minister, Catechism Teacher, Lector, and Altar Server. Later in life, John was also a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
John was a positive influence to all those who met him. He will be remembered by his children as a dedicated and loving father who was always willing to provide support and guidance with love. His co-workers from school will remember John as a diligent man who was known for his commitment to providing an atmosphere where students could learn a trade in a safe environment. The teachers all knew if something was broken, John could probably fix it. John’s many years in the military influenced those that he served for and those that he served with. He spent decades with the Army Corp of Engineers and was a natural leader with excellent work ethics and a sense of military pride. In his spare time, John enjoyed working in his garden. He was also an avid skier and golfer.
John is survived by 3 children: John R. Clarchick Jr. of Carmichaels, PA, Michael J. Clarchick (Sandra) of Boynton Beach, FL and Mary E. Silverthorn (Dean) of Carmichaels, PA; 8 Grandchildren: Pauline and Victoria Clarchick, Ryan (Alicia) Haller and Heather Clarchick, Rachael, Patrick, and Stephanie Pratt and Deanna Silverthorn; 7 Great-Grandchildren; Lillian Hardy and Gracelyn Pratt, Mya, Adeline, and Parker Pratt, and Mason and Carson Silverthorn. Also surviving are his sister Lois Martin of Arnold, PA and his companion Eleanore Kloes of Longs, SC.
Deceased in addition to his parents are John’s wife, Adeline (Michael) Clarchick; brothers Joseph P. Clarchick Jr. and William Clarchick; and sister, P. MaChelle Ream.
Friends and family will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Thursday, January 2, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. and from 9:30-10:30am, Friday. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11am at St. Matthais Parish (St. Hugh Church). Full military rites will be accorded from the American Legion Post 400, and the U.S. Army. Intenment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: St. Matthias CCD Fund, 408 Rt. 88 Road, Carmichaels, PA 15320
Jason Albert Kelly
Jason Albert Kelly, age 35, of Rices Landing, was murdered on December 2, 2019 at S.C.I.-Mercer Prison.
Jason was born in Baltimore, MD on September 27, 1984, the son of Kenneth Walter Kelly and Carolyn Wheeler Brown, and stepson of Kenneth R. Brown, of Rices Landing.
Also surviving are two sisters; Jessica Horton, and Jamie Titchenell (Cory), and 1 step-sister, Annie Gray (Brian).
Jason attended Carmichaels Area High School, and played on the football team.
He was a member of the former Calvary Chapel, of Fredericktown.
Jason suffered from the disease of addiction, which shaped his life since he was 16. It was not this addiction that ended his life so early, but it was taken from him just 53 days before he was due to be released and to start a new life.
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, December 6, 2019 from 5-8pm, where a memorial service will be held at 7:30pm with Pastor Ron Hudson, officiating.
Mary Jo Rutkosky
Mary Jo Rutkosky, age 91, of Carmichaels, formerly of Crucible, died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Mount St. Macrina Manor, Uniontown.
Mary Jo was born September 3, 1928 in Brownsville, the daughter of the late Earl and Laura Ethel Blevins, and Evelyn Blevins.
On August 17, 1963, Mary Jo married James Edward Rutkosky who preceded her in death.
Mary Jo was a member of the New Apostolic Church of Crucible.
She is survived by 4 children; Edward (Cheri) Deblock, of Northeast PA, Lori (Lonnie)Taylor, of Morgantown, W.V., Frank Rutkosky, of Garards Fort, and Carol Ann (Brian) Fortney , of Carmichaels, 10 grandchildren; Eddie(Heather) Deblock Jr., Jimmy (Susan) Deblock, and Whitney Deblock, Radine (Jeremy) Gum, Stephanie Corley, Seth Taylor, D’Artagnan Fabean, Rhiannon Fabean, Blanee-Jo Fabean, and Bodyn Fortney, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Portia Fulgrabe and Dorothy McCombs, many nieces and nephews, including a special niece and nephew Roxanne and Chuck Gasti.
Deceased in addition to her parents and her husband, are her stepmother, Evelyn Blevins; siblings, Ardiste (Art) Blevins, Pauline Garvin, Avenell Ledgerton, Neadean Stevens, Gene, Johnny, and Grant Franks.
Friends and family will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 Monday, December 2, 2019 from 5-8pm, and Tuesday from 10-11am. Services will begin at 11:00 in the funeral home chapel.
Bryan Lee Smith
Bryan Lee Smith, 60, formerly of Wauseon, OH, passed away Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at his parent’s home in Crucible, PA, after battling the effects of cancer for more than a year with his family by his side. Bryan was born on April 25, 1959 to Marianne Ellen (Huston) and the late James Lee Smith. After graduating from Wauseon HS, Bryan joined the US Navy where he served aboard the USS Midway and USS Forrestal as an Aviation Fire Control Technician. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, Bryan continued working in Raleigh, NC and Dallas, TX as an electronics technician and team leader in telecommunications and national defense sensitive projects including US Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles such as Predator and subsequent Reaper and US military and aerospace systems testing platforms. Bryan was highly regarded in his field and was continually promoted to more senior responsibilities.
Bryan is survived by his mother Marianne and Step-Father Clarence Odell Brewer; three brothers Jeffrey Allen, Michael Jay and David Wayne Smith; and step-brothers Scott Odell, Jeffrey Allen, and Timothy David Brewer. Bryan is also survived by Kayleigh Smith of the Raleigh, North Carolina Area. Bryan’s earthly remains will be interred at the Union Cemetery in Wauseon near his biological father, Jim.
Lois Huha, age 88, of Carmichaels died November 5, 2019 in the Donnell House, Washington.
Mrs. Huha was born June 30, 1931 in Carmichaels, the daughter of the late Noah and Pearl Sue Homrock Cutlip.
On December 8, 1950, Lois married John Huha who died in 2013.
Lois was a member of the Carmichaels Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 72 years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, and her brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall.
Lois is survived by a daughter; Sharon Thistlethwaite (Raymond), a sister; Joan Cutwright (Daniel); daughter-in-law Diana Huha; 3 grandchildren; Caleb Huha (Lauren), Jessica Mooney (David), and Raymond J. Thistlethwaite (Sharon); 3 great-grandchildren; Mikayla, Corinna, and Geoffrey Thistlethwaite.
Deceased in addition to her parents and her husband are a son, Mark D. Huha, and a daughter, Stacey who died in infancy.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm November 10, 2019 in the Kingdom Hall of Carmichaels, on Route 21.
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 can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Cancer Society.
Loretta Joyce Presock Denny
Loretta Joyce Presock Denny, age 80, of Carmichaels died November 2, 2019 in her home.
Mrs. Denny was born February 5, 1939 in Daybrook, W.V., the daughter of the late Jacob and Nellie Tennant Presock.
Loretta is survived by 3 daughters; Rhonda Murphy Peterson (Col. Robert), of Proctorville, Ohio, Robin Murphy Thomas, of Carmichaels, and Tammy Murphy Hill (David), of Portland, Oregon, 7 grandchild, and 13 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters; Deloris Presock Pratt, Ruth Presock Swan, Sharon Presock Lippencott, and Lena Biasella, a brother, Bernard Presock (Patty), and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Vance.
A sister, Bonnie Sebulsky; brother Dale Vance; brothers-in-law Dale Pratt, and Charles Swan are deceased.
Loretta was married to the late William Eugene Murphy and then, to the late Norman S. Denny.
She worked as a manager of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Ft. Worth, Texas for several years.
Loretta was a member of the Red Hat Society, the senior citizens.
Loretta loved her family and grandchildren. She was a bingo player and enjoyed travelling.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 1-3pm. A celebration of her life will immediately follow at the Carmichaels Senior Citizen Center, 100 Nemacolin Road, Carmichaels, PA from 3-5pm.
Mark Allen Meese
Mark Allen Meese, age 64, of Rincon, Georgia passed away on October 29, 2019 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Meese was born November 22, 1954 in Waynesburg, PA., the son of the late Howard and Geraldine Hawk Meese, who survives.
Mark was a graduate of Mapletown High School in 1972, and of the Gulf Stream University with a degree in engineering (manufacturing design). He worked for 37 years for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in jet plane manufacturing. Mark received numerous citations and accreditations for tooling designs and processes for Gulfstream jets.
In addition to his mother, Mark is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Jacqueline Rose Meese, who stood by him with love as she fought cancer with him.
Mark is also survived by his brothers; Tim, of Greensboro, PA., Vaughn(Janet), of Beaufort, S.C., sisters, Melinda Johnson (Keith), of Winchester, VA., and Melissa Holcombe(Ron), of Redlands, CA., his in-laws Elizabeth and Kenneth Freese, of Summerfield, FL., a sister-in-law, Rhonda Freese, of Wolcott, CT., a daughter, Karaline Meese Vansuch (Rockford), grandson, Knox, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 12pm at the funeral home, with Pastor Jim Shiflett, officiating. The Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 is in charge of arrangements.
Sonia (Tootie) Yeager, age 81, of Carmichaels, PA. died November 1, 2019 in her home.
Sonia was born February 6, 1938 in Uniontown, the daughter of the late Andy Varesko and Edith Johnston Yeager.
Mrs. Yeager is survived by 2 children; Patty and Michael Yeager, both of Carmichaels, and a grandchild, Hayden Yeager.
Her husband, Charles (Yogi) Yeager is deceased.
Sonia was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels.
She worked at the Waynesburg Sewing Factory for years.
Her hobbies were music, reading, and movies.
There are no services. Donations may be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100.
Mary Frances Yankura
Mary Frances Yankura, age 85, of Jefferson, died Monday, October 21, 2019 in UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Yankura was born April 22, 1934 in Jefferson, the daughter of the late Earl and Mary Prunty Holbert.
Mary is survived by 5 children; Michael (Robin), Steve, Mark, Carl, and Joe Yankura, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Holt (Bill), a brother, Willard (Buzz) Holbert, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mary’s husband, Michael F. Yankura, sisters Paul Montgomery and Alice Yankura (in infancy), brother Earl Holbert, a grand daughter Michele Hayes are deceased.
Mary was a catholic and attended St. Marcellus Church (St. Mathias Parish) of Jefferson.
Friends and family will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and from 10-11am Friday. A prayer service will be held at 11am with Reverend Francis Frazier, officiating.
Internment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg.
Joseph T. Kubacki Sr.
Joseph T. Kubacki Sr., age 77, of Carmichaels, formerly of Strabane, died October 19, 2019 in his home.
Mr. Kubacki was born November 7, 1941 in Strabane, the son of the late Joseph and Sophie Stanisheski Kubacki.
On November 13, 1961, Joseph married Betty Sue Burris Kubacki who survives. Also surviving are 7 children; Joseph Kubacki Jr. (Mary), of Washington, James Michael Kubacki, of Carmichaels, Tina Hutchens (Danny), of Kernerville, N.C., Ronald Kubacki (Stephanie), of Avella, George Kubacki, of Brownsville, Richard Kubacki (Patty), of Claysville, and Cynthia Bane, of High Point, N.C., 21 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Catherine Sluciak and Mary Ann Skoylak.
A son, William and a brother, John are deceased.
Mr. Kubacki served his country in the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s.
He worked as a truck driver for Black Top Paving and as on owner/operator of his own trucks.
He was a member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church (St. Matthias Parish), of Carmichaels.
His hobbies included antique collecting, finishing, and fishing.
Friends and family will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6-8pm, and from 10-11am on Thursday. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Hugh Church at 11:30am with Father Francis Frazier, celebrant.
Internment will follow in the Nation Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville with full military rites.
Herbert Edward Gump Sr.
Herbert Edward Gump Sr., age 69, of Carmichaels, formerly of Dilliner died October 19, 2019 in the Waynesburg Health and Rehabilitation center.
Mr. Gump was born September 15, 1950 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Fred and Margaret Wise Gump.
He was a former employee of Yost Drilling and Preferable Sanitation.
Mr. Gump is survived by 2 children; Christina Bellis (William), of Dilliner, and Herbert E. Gump Jr., of Norfolk, VA, 4 grandchildren; Tiffany Thomas, Montana Bellis, and Hunter and Joshua Gump, 3 great grandchildren; Adriana Thomas, Haylee Thomas, Kolton Bane, 7 siblings; Elsie Conard, Fred Gump, Lavonne Gump, Donna (Dee) McKahan, Wilma Juracko (Rudy), Kimberly Stiles (Greg), and Mark Gump.
A brother, Oscar Gump is deceased.
Herb loved riding and training horses, and hunting in the fall. He was a good, kind man.
Friends and family are welcome in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 6-8pm, and Wednesday from 12-1pm. The funeral service will begin at 1pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ed Hanley, officiating.
Burial will follow in Garards Fort cemetery.
Ryan Mathew Lohr
Ryan Mathew Lohr, age 21, of Wind Ridge died in an accident on October 16, 2019.
He was born July 3, 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Deborah L. Baker and William Lohr Sr.
Ryan was a graduate of Cameron (W.V.) High School and had done construction work.
He enjoyed Rap music and was himself a rapper.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his siblings; William Jr., Gage, and Alexandra Lohr (Derek Mitchell), and William, Isabella, and Natasha Brown (their mother Tiffany), maternal grandmother, Sarah Ann Baker of Wind Ridge, great grandmother Rose Franks, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Deceased are his grandparents, Jerry A. Baker and David and Sondra Lohr.
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, October 22, 2019 from 11am to 2pm. A memorial service will begin at 2pm in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Michael Brown, officiating.
Walter Ray Smith
Walter Ray Smith, age 80, of Greensboro died October 17, 2019 in his home.
Mr. Smith was born November 7, 1938 in Waynesburg, the son of the late James A. and Ruth A. Rush Smith.
Walter worked as a sawyer at the former Headlee sawmill at Greensboro.
He is survived by his beloved wife Shirleen Joan Vernon Smith, a daughter; Penny Iams (Dwayne), of Carmichaels, 3 sons; Timothy Smith, of Carmichaels, Gregory Smith (Christine), of Greensboro, and Samuel Smith (Heather), of Greensboro, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, 5 siblings; Violet English, James, Robert, and Earl Smith, and Betty Lou Knoll, and many nieces and nephews.
Six siblings are deceased. Glenn, Melvin, and John Smith, Maxine Areford, Loretta Patterson, and Kay Paterson.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA., 15320, (724)966-5100 on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and Sunday from 11am – 1pm. The funeral service will begin at 1pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Garards Fort Cemetery.
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.