Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director
Billie Jo Balazick
Billie Jo Balazick was a caring daughter, wife, mother, nana, sister, and friend. Her battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed her courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile. She was a warrior up until the very end, and gained her wings on September 16,2021 at age 61.
Billie is survived by her husband Joseph Balazick of Amity and two children Leah (Adam) Bialowas of Amity and Brian (Kayla) Balazick of Jefferson; and four grandchildren Mason, Cooper, Malina & Bain.
Billie touched the hearts of everyone that had the opportunity to meet her and was loved by all. She was the most beautiful soul inside and out. She enjoyed spending time on the pickleball court with her friends and loved summer trips to the beach. But her greatest pride and joy were her 4 beautiful grandchildren who she absolutely adored and spent most of her time with.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held from 2pm – 5pm on October 9, 2021 at the Valley View Farm (102 Orndoff Road, Waynesburg, PA) for family & friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Colby’s Stars Foundation on her behalf.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. Carmichaels PA
Sherri Lynn Broadwater
Sherri Lynn Broadwater, age 50, of New Salem, died September 16, 2021, in the Uniontown Hospital Emergency Room.
Sherri was born August 28, 1971, in Uniontown Hospital, the daughter of the late Janet Bowers.
On June 14,1999, Sherri married Kevin T. Broadwater who survives. Also surviving are two sons: Robert James Magnetta (fiancé Anna Yusko), of Irwin, Donovan C. Magnetta, of New Salem, and a daughter, Jessica Hensley (Tyler), of Bethel Park; two grandchildren, Beau and Zoey Hensley; a sister Tina Staggers (John), of Garards Fort; two brothers, John and Jeff Stage, both of Waynesburg, along with many nieces and nephews.
Sherri was a member of Laborers Union #1058, of Pittsburgh, and for the past five years worked on a blacktop paving crew.
Sherri and Kevin enjoyed playing Bingo at the Hutchison Sportsman’s club in their spare time.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday September 21, 2021, from 11am to 1pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels PA. 724-966-5100. A committal service will follow at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels PA.
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Mary Dice, age 96, of Masontown PA, died September 9, 2021, in Waynesburg Health Care and Rehabilitation.
Mary resided in the Masontown- Grays Landing area with her late husband.
She was a homemaker. Her last known residence was Woodside Manor, Carmichaels PA.
Mary is survived by several nephews: a niece, Virginia Louk, of Masontown PA, and great niece, Heather Dice, of Nemacolin, PA.
If we find any additional information on Mary we will add it on our website.
Thank you Senior Care and Waynesburg Health and Rehabilitation.
Mary requested cremation and those arrangements will be handled by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc.
Frances Louise Mehal Barnhart
Frances Louise Mehal Barnhart, age 79, of Carmichaels, PA died September 10, 2021, in her home.
Frances was born December 22, 1941, in Adah, Fayette County, the daughter of the late Francis Martin and Mary Elizabeth Meyers Mehal.
On July 23,1962, Fran married Daniel Craig Barnhart Jr. Daniel died January 13, 1992.
Fran is survived by 3 children: Theresa L. Barnhart, of Pittsburgh, Jacqueline R. McCarthy, of Greensburg, Kirsten M. Wolfe, of Wellsburg, WV (fiancé John C. Brady), 5 grandchildren: Alyssa M. Barnhart (fiancé Justin Shuff), Neil P. McCarthy, Daniel C. Barnhart IV, Laura A. McCarthy, and Addilynn G. Barnhart; 2 great grandchildren, Justin Shuff and Jace Shuff, 2 sisters: Mary E. Stuchal and Rose C. Stone (John); a brother-in-law: Bobbie J. Asbury, a daughter in law Carol Barnhart, many nieces and nephews, an aunt Rose Liptok (Charles) and good friend Patricia Farley.
Deceased in addition to her parents are her son Daniel C. Barnhart III; Siblings: Gladys E. Asbury, Frank M. Mehal Jr., Martha who died in infancy; a dear friend, Charles (Bill) Chapman.
Frans career went from beautician, bank teller, CNA at Greene County Memorial Hospital, and in home health care nurse.
Fran enjoyed spending time and playing with her youngest granddaughter, Addie, who kept her entertained and always busy. She also enjoyed crocheting, cross stitching, and doing Cryptogram puzzles. Fran had 2 beloved cats, Cricket and Milo. Cricket was given to her by her late son Dan, in 2008. They were best buds and Milo was always Frans' little baby and guard cat.
Services are private.
Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Lectrone, PA on September 15,2021.
Arrangements are being handled by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels PA.
Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director. 724-966-5100
Tara Brianne (Winslow) Hixon
Tara Brianne (Winslow) Hixon, 41, was called home to our Lord on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. She was born on November 27, 1979, in Uniontown, PA, the middle child of the Reverend Norman D. Winslow and Elizabeth (Lowery) Winslow.
Tara was a graduate of Brownsville Area High School and a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. She was a free spirit and held numerous occupations throughout her life including store manager, bartender, house painter, contractor, and nursing home aide. Additionally, Tara was the sole caretaker for her mother until her mother's passing.
Tara's talents were many. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing. She was a talented artist and resumed her love of drawing and painting shortly before her passing. She was a good cook and enjoyed replicating her mother's recipes as well as trying new ones.
With a love of four-letter words, knives, skulls, and tattoos, Tara was hardcore. However, despite her sometimes tough exterior, she was compassionate and kind, and she would do anything to help the people she cared about. Those who knew Tara will remember her candor and fighting spirit. She spoke her mind, made her opinions known, and sugar coated nothing. No matter what hardships or struggles she faced, she remained strong and hopeful in her faith.
Tara was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Elizabeth Winslow. Those left to cherish her memories are her three children: Lakota, Kaleb, and Dani Hixon; brother, Norman Winslow, and wife Shelby; sister Krista Robertson; sister Julie Lautenslager, and wife Megan; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held in Tara's honor on September 25, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carroll Township Social Hall in Monongahela, PA. In lieu of flowers, a monetary donation can be made to Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home in Carmichaels, PA, to assist her family with memorial costs.
Hodge Hanlan, age 76, of Jefferson, died August 25, 2021, in Washington Hospital.
Mr. Hanlan was born May 1, 1945, in West Virginia, the son of the late Richard and Mary Jane Hanlan.
He is survived by 10 children, 21 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 5 siblings. Three siblings are deceased.
Mr. Hanlan enjoyed working on cars.
Services are Private and being handled by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc, Carmichaels, PA.
Ivela Marshall, age 86, of Greensboro, died Friday, August 20th, 2021, in Mount Macrina Manor, Uniontown PA.
Mrs. Marshall was born July 2nd, 1935, in Coffee County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Alto Malone and Mary Etta Sawyer Johnson.
In the early 1950s Ivela met a young soldier from Pennsylvania named William F Marshall Sr. They married on December 10, 1952. Bill died in 2003.
Ivela was a member of the Greensboro Baptist Church. She enjoyed flower gardening, and taking care of her two dogs, Maxine and Taco.
Mrs. Marshall is survived by four children; William F Marshall Jr of Greensboro, Linda Marshall (Don), of North Carolina, Carolyn Koratich (Michael), of Colorado, and Karen Deter (Rick), of Greensboro; 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Ilene Arnold and Ione Nolan, both in Alabama
Family and friends will be received at the Paul M Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels PA, Paul M Lesako, Owner/ Funeral Director, on Wednesday August 25th, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 12 noon. The service will begin at noon with Pastor Tim Tanner officiating. Burial will follow in Monongahela Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, PA.
Lucille Anita Walker Treat
Lucille Anita Walker Treat, age 70, of Waynesburg, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Thursday August 19, 2021
Lucille was born January 10, 1951, in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of the late Inez and Donald Dale Walker Sr.
Mrs. Trent is survived by 3 children: Patsy Massie, at home, James W. Strawser (Dorothy), of Holbrook, and Robert Scott Husner, 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
A daughter, Rebecca Lynn Eddy and 6 grandchildren are deceased.
Lucille liked to fish, crochet, camp, and karaoke.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Paul M. Lesako, owner/Supervisor, 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels PA 15320 on Saturday August 21, 2021, from 6-8pm. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made directly to the Funeral Home. 724-966-5100
Robert Leroy Swestyn
Robert Leroy Swestyn, age 80, formerly of Carmichaels passed away in Jacksonville, Florida on June 26, 2021. He was born in Carmichaels, Pa. on September 7, 1940 the eldest of three children to the late Andrew Sr. and Garnet Hopton Swestyn.
Bob graduated from Cumberland Township High School in 1958. He was a 1963 electrical engineering graduate of Grove City College. Bob was employed for 20 years by ITE Imperial Corp. and Gould, Brown, Boveri Corp., Greensburg, Pa. He was known among his peers as one of the finest electrical engineers, being very precise and dedicated to his work. When the company moved south, Bob returned to school and obtained a BS degree in mathematics with certificate to teach from California University, California, Pa. He was an engineer and mathematics teacher for the Western Area Vocational-Technical School for ten years.
Bob was a lifetime and faithful member of the St. Hugh, now St. Matthias Parish in Carmichaels. He served as an altar boy, then later as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society. Bob was a Fourth Degree Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus serving as financial secretary for many years in Carmichaels.
Bob was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Carmichaels and Waynesburg, Pa. as well as belonging to the VFW, NRA, and PSEAR. He was called upon many times to play taps for veterans’ graveside services. He played for several years on a team for the Greene County Dart Ball League and he was avid at shooting pool. Bob enjoyed his time spent with his buddies at Serb’s Red Star Inn, Carmichaels. His legacy lives on in the many photographs and videos that he enjoyed taking as the family historian.
Bob is survived by his sister, Alma Jean (Joseph) Simon, Carmichaels and his brother, Andy Jr. (Rev. Lois) Swestyn, St. Augustine, Fl. He was Uncle Bob to Kimberly Simon-Pratt and Joe Simon of Carmichaels, Thad (Michelle) Swestyn and Andrea (Ryan) Cirota of St. Augustine, Fl. He was Great Uncle Bob to Hillary and Cayleigh Pratt, Alayna Simon, Emily, Mia, Andrew, and Eli Swestyn and Ryanna Cirota. He is survived by his aunt, Lil Zemba, Chardon, Ohio and aunt Mary Hopton, Carmichaels plus several cousins.
The family will welcome friends and family members on August 11, 2021, from 10:00am to 11:30am at Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels PA 15320. A brief service will be held at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Hugh Church in Carmichaels, PA. at 12:00pm. Interment will be in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Grove City College, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, Pa. 16127 or Heartland Hospice Care, 8130 Baymeadows Way West, Suite 201, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
Thomas Kurt Audia
Thomas Kurt Audia, age 59, of Clarksville PA, died Monday, July 26,2021 in his home after a long illness.
Mr. Audia was born February 22, 1962 in Morgantown, WV., the son of Luigi John Edgar Audia Sr. and Sandra K. Normand Audia.
He was a self-employed house painter in the Morgantown area.
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, PA 15320.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Stanley M. Hetz
Stanley M. Hetz, age 48, of Smithfield PA, died July 17,2021 in his home.
Mr. Hetz was born September 29, 1972, in Waynesburg PA, the son of the late Joseph P. and Anna Grmek Hetz.
Stanley was a graduate of Albert Gallatin High School, served a brief time in the military, and later worked at Teletech in Uniontown.
He is survived by a sister; Melissa Shawl (Brian), of Uniontown; three nephews, Tristan, Brayden, and Liam Shawl; an aunt, Lois Beckner, of Aberdeen, SC., and a fiancé Krista McDaniel of South Carolina.
His hobbies were collecting comic books and watching movies.
Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, July 28th, from 10 AM to 12 PM. The funeral service will start at 12 PM at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels PA.
Heather Lee Grow Victor
Heather Lee Grow Victor, age 33, of Waynesburg, died July 14, 2021, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Heather was born February 28, 1988, in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Danny Rushin and Mary C. Rush, of Sycamore.
On June 28, 2019, Heather married Ronald Victor, of Waynesburg. Surviving in addition to her mother and husband are three children, Jadin, Camryn, and Kaylynn, all of Waynesburg; a brother, John E. Grow, of Waynesburg, a sister, Kayleigh M. Rush, of Sycamore, and a stepfather, Roy Rush.
Heather was employed by Waynesburg Health and Rehabilitation. She was a devoted mother and loved life to the fullest.
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA. Paul M Lesako Funeral Director/ Supervisor, on Tuesday July 20, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-9pm.
A memorial service will be held at 7pm.
Donations can be made in Heather’s name to the Lesako Funeral Home. They will be forwarded to a charity of the family’s choice.
Marla Jean Walker
Marla Jean Walker, age 76, of Nemacolin, died July 14, 2021, in her home.
Marla was born July 6, 1945, the daughter of the late Junior Eugene and Esther Mae Kenley Gency. On September 6, 1962, Marla married Charles (Bud) Walker Jr. who passed away on April 23, 2018. Also deceased are two siblings, Diven E. Gency and Donna M. Boyd.
Mrs Walker is survived by four children; Charles M. Walker III (Elizabeth), Eugene Scott Walker, both of Carmichaels, John Thomas Walker (Peggy), Krisann Walker Tackett, both of Nemacolin, and a granddaughter, Kayla Brown who was raised by Bud and Marla; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; and three siblings; Terry Gency, of Nemacolin, Thomas A. Gency (Lori), of Inverness, Florida, and Richard Gency (Susie) of North Carolina; in addition to several nieces and nephews.
Marla was an active member of the former Carmichaels Free Methodist Church and helped at the Corner Cupboard Food bank in Waynesburg for numerous years.
Funeral Arrangements are private, and services are being handled by Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels Pa. 724-966-5100
Thomas E. Stimmell
Thomas E. Stimmell, age 88, of Mather, died July 8, 2021, at the home of his niece and nephew.
Mr. Stimmell was born September 27, 1932, in Denbo PA, the son of the late Clarence C. and Mary Chester Stimmell.
Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army in the Korean War. He then worked for 38 years at the Bethlehem Steel Mill in Baltimore, MD.
Mr. Stimmell was the last member of his immediate family.
Deceased are 3 brothers; Lee, Woodrow, and Jim Stimmell; 6 sisters, Frances Stimmell, Violet Hutchinson, Jean Maison, Bea Colvin, Mary Wortman, and Esther Ross.
Tom was lovingly cared for by his niece and nephew, Phil and Rachelle Zebro. Several other nieces and nephews survive.
He was a boxer in his youth, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, The Pittsburgh Steelers, and even the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Cootiettes since 1957.
Full Military rites will be accorded by the Greene County Honor Guard and United States Army at a later date to be announced.
Arrangements are being handled by Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home, INC., Carmichaels, PA. Mr. Paul Lesako Funeral Director Supervisor/Owner.
Ronald Kramer, age 56, of Carmichaels, PA, formerly of Waynesburg, PA, died July 4, 2021, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
Mr. Kramer was born June 12, 1965, in Waynesburg, the son of the late Raymond and Carol Benamatti Kramer.
Ron worked on the railroad and as a carpenter building homes.
He enjoyed fishing, motorcycle riding, listening to music and singing songs.
Mr. Kramer is survived by his beloved daughter, Ronni Kramer, the “Apple of his Eye”, his grandson Dayton Kramer, and three siblings, Mark, Amy, and Natalia Kramer.
Services are private and provided by Lesako Funeral Home Inc.
Helen Louise Wotring
Helen Louise Wotring, age 82, of Carmichaels, PA died in her home on Friday June 25, 2021.
Helen was born July 19, 1938, in Waynesburg, PA, the daughter of the late Franklin and Margaret Shoenberger Fox.
Mrs Wotring is survived by her children; Mark and Carrie Wotring and Tammy Hawk (Michael Strope), of Carmichaels; six grandchildren, Justin Hawk, Stephanie Moore, Aaron and Cory Wotring, Lacey Cramer, and Cheyenne Stuck; eight great grandchildren, Lizzy, Mika, Taylor, Mason, Rusty, Waylon and Bayleigh.
A brother, Charles Fox; grandson Christopher Hawk, and longtime companion Randy Russ are deceased.
Mrs. Wotring enjoyed crafting and tending to her flowers in her spare time.
Her grand and great grandchildren are her lasting legacy.
Funeral arrangements are private and provided by Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, PA. 724-966-5100
Bertha (Bunny) Myers
Bertha (Bunny) Myers, age 65, of Clarksville, PA died Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Washington Hospital.
Bunny was born February 23, 1956, in Waynesburg, PA, the daughter of the late Robert and Bertha Naylor Morris Sr.
Bunny is survived by her husband, Wayne Myers; a son, Nathan S. Danforth, of Clarksville; a sister, Marcia Knestrick, of Nemacolin; two brothers, Robert Jr. and Glenn Morris; nieces, Melissa Renaldi, Miranda Riggleman, and Nicole Lash, nephew, Levi Morris; great nieces, Gianna Renaldi and Chloe Riggleman; great nephew Roy Riggleman V
A daughter, Rebecca Danforth, died in infancy.
Bunny was a graduate of The Washington Hospital School of Nursing and was licensed in 1977. She worked as head nurse and lead trauma nurse at the former Greene County Memorial Hospital for 15 years, and at Albert Gallatin Health Care until retirement.
She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels, President of United Methodist Women, and a past treasurer of the United Methodist Women at the district level. Bunny worked in the A.C.T.S. shop, and at funeral and election dinners. She had a heart of gold. “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers; that you do unto me.”
Family and friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home, Inc. Carmichaels, PA, Paul M. Lesako Supervisor, on Wednesday June 30,2021 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, and Thursday July 1,2021 from 10-11am in the First United Methodist Church, Carmichaels PA. The service will begin at 11:00am in the church with Reverend Dayton Mix officiating.
Burial will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the United Methodist Women.
John Paletta Jr.
John Paletta Jr, 96, passed into the next life on June 18, 2021 in Delran, New Jersey after a long and very full existence.
Born in Clarksville, PA in 1924, John spent his young life in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey before settling to raise his family in Carmichaels, PA. His story is one of service. He honorably took up arms for his country as a B-25 gunner in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Later in life, as he set up roots in Carmichaels, he would serve his chosen hometown on the Borough Council for nearly four decades; striving to improve the quality of life and the pride of his neighbors. As a man of faith, he also was humbled to lead and serve his spiritual community at the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church.
John was a man who appreciated both intellect and hard work. He was employed for many years by Nationwide Insurance before entering into the car business with his younger brother Frank, opening Paletta Ford. His passion for automobiles would follow him long after retirement, as he could often be found talking shop in his nephew’s local garage well into his 90s. It was one of his many passions. He loved music. On any given day, a passerby would be greeted by the sounds of Sinatra or other classic singers drifting from his home. He loved movies. It was a love affair that began as a teenager working at the Paramount Theatre in Patterson, NJ. He loved sports. He found joy in supporting not only the professional Pittsburgh teams, but his alma mater Syracuse University and the alma maters of his family; Penn State, Pitt, WVU, and Waynesburg University.
John was a fixture in his community and the surrounding area. He could always be found around town either having a meal at the Hartley Inn or Dolfi’s, sharpening his mind at the Flenniken Library, buying a lotto ticket, or watching the comings and goings from his porch on South Market Street.
But of all the things that defined John, it was his love and devotion to his family that surpassed all else. He was a dedicated husband to his wife Helen, who preceded him into the next life in 1986. He leaves behind his three daughters (Marilynn, Lori, and Rochelle), his sons-in-law (Jerome and Mark), his grandchildren (Matthew, Jason, Christina, John-Glen, and Angelina) and his great-grandchildren (Zealand, Lily, Karis, Callan, and Noah). His warmth, steadiness, and wisdom enriched all of their lives and helped define the people they have become.
His family is comforted knowing that John is now at peace and reunited with his wife Helen, sons-in-law David and Dan, grandson Daniel, sister Rosemary, brother Frank, beloved parents Mary and John Sr, and all those who reside in the next life.
Viewings will be held at Lesako Funeral Home in Carmichaels, PA on Sunday, June 27th from 6pm to 8pm and Monday, June 28th from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. The evening viewing on Monday will include a special service from the Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 29th at 11am at the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, followed by a burial at the Laurel Point Cemetery and a lunch back at the church.
The family appreciates your love and support, whether through flowers, shared memories, or a donation which will be gifted to a community cause important to John.
Ruth M. Brozik
Ruth M. Brozik, age 72, of Nemacolin died at her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
Ruth was born October 10, 1948 in New Eagle, the daughter of the late William and Margaret Butler Thomas.
On July 18, 1974, Ruth married Max E. Brozik who survives. Also surviving are 4 children; Max Brozik II (Angela), of Nemacolin, Jodie Brozik (William Simmons), of Rices Landing, RayLynn and Rylee Brozik, both of Nemacolin, a stepson, David Brozik (Cindi), of Bakersfield, California, 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a sister, Mary Speelman, of Greensboro, and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a sister, Lucy Harbarger, and brother-in-law, Bill Speelman.
Ruth graduated from Carmichaels Area High School class of 1966, and formerly worked at the Curry Home as a nurses aide.
She loved to cook, and collect cook books and teddy bears. The pride and joy of her life was looking after her large family.
Ruth was an honorary member of the Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Department in support of her fire men.
It’s difficult to sum up a life in a few lines; pull bits of facts together that lead to this single sentence. She was a good wife and mother.
Family and friends are welcome to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The service will begin at noon with Pastor Gump, officiating.
Interment will follow at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels, Pa.
As we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, remember all those fathers and mothers. As the old saying goes “They gave their today’s for our tomorrow’s”.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to RayLynn or Rylee Brozik, or to the Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Department.
John Porter Reagan
John Porter Reagan, age 67, of Masontown died June 4, 2021 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He had suffered a heart attack.
Mr. Reagan was born June 3, 1954 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Porter and Mildred Brewer Reagan.
On December 27, 1975, John married Julie Ann Sebella Reagan. He is also survived by a son, George M. Reagan (Allison), of Masontown, 2 brothers; Ronald Reagan (Lennie), of Stark, Fl., and Randy Reagan (Kathy), of Brownsville, 2 sisters; Cathy Fraley, of Houston, Tx., and Marilyn Graham, of Stark, Fl., 2 grandchildren, Ariel and Phillip Reagan, and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased in addition to his parents are 2 sisters; Carolyn Hornauer and Joy Hillier.
Mr. Reagan served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. He was stationed at Fort Meade, Md., and worked in cryptology.
He was a 1972 graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania in 1984, and an Associate Degree in Mining Engineering from Penn State University. He was a coordinator of production at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, WV, and a member of the United SteelWorkers of America.
He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and uncle. His grandchildren called him “Po” for the popsicles he bought for them. He had a love for music, Polkas, Rock and Roll, the Supremes, Pittsburgh sports teams, and Penn State football. He enjoyed monthly breakfasts with classmates.
To relax he played cards, board games, crosswords, and gardened.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 11.
Interment will follow in Hewitt Cemetery, Rices Landing, with full military rites.
John loved Jesus. He was a hero who donated his organs so that others may live. He will be deeply missed.
Linda Carol Lewis
Linda Carol Lewis, age 81, of Clarksville, Pa, and Brewton, Alabama died May 31, 2021 in McMillan Memorial Hospital, Brewton.
Linda was born February 10, 1940 in Marianna, the daughter of the late Henry and Edna L. Kisner Howes.
On July 6, 1963, Linda married Pastor James D. Lewis Sr. who died May 7, 2021. Also deceased are her siblings; Donald Lee Howes and spouse Mary Ellen, James Dale Howes and spouse Barbara, and Sandra Kay McDaniel and spouse Perry.
Linda is survived by her 5 devoted children; James D. Lewis Jr. (Diana), of Arkansas, Linda Lucille Lawry (James), of Brewton, Jeffrey L. Lewis (Sharon), of Clarksville, Timothy A. Lewis (Susan), of Millsboro, and Christine Fisher (James), of Ohio, 10 grand and 8 great grand children, and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are in-laws George R. Lewis, Judith Ann Lightner, Dorothy Lewis, Kathy Conley (Butch) and Mary Anne Lewis.
Linda was a women of abiding faith. She helped her late husband in his ministry for many years. Linda was a member of the Fordyce Methodist Church, the Methodist Women, and sang with Jim in the “Gospelaires”. They both loved square dancing.
She worked as a cook at McDaniel’s Personal Care home, Clarksville after the kids grew up. Linda was a little lady with a big heart that led a full, rich 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, June 4 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. The service will begin at 12 p.m. with the Pastor Tim Tanner, officiating.
Interment will follow in Horne Cemetery, Marianna.
Gregory A. Martin
Gregory A. Martin, age 69, of Crucible died June 2, 2021 at his residence after a long illness.
Mr. Martin was born September 12, 1951 in Waynesburg, the son of the late Alvin G. and Margaret J. Mihalovich Martin.
On July 15, 1983 Greg married Margaret (Peggy) Welch, who survives. Also surviving is his son, William Terry (fiancée Sherry Brown), of Waynesburg, 4 siblings; Sylvia Abbott, Barbara Tenny (Dalton), Celeste Griffith, and Robert Martin (Carrie), and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, deceased is a son, Christopher Martin, 4 brothers; David, Tat, Eugene, and Gary Martin.
Greg was a retired coal miner from Maple Creek Mine. He was a loyal member of U.M.W.A. #1248, District 2. He travelled with brother union members to rally’s in support of miner causes. He also enjoyed flea markets and yard sales.
Mr. Martin requested no services. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Pastor Frank M. Vucic
“Though all things perish from under the sky. Music and Joy shall Live”
Pastor Frank M Vucic, age 78, of Rices Landing died May 26, 2021 in Rolling Meadows
Nursing Home, Waynesburg. He was being aided by Amedysis Hospice following his cancer surgery.
Frank was born October 23, 1942 in Braddock, the son of the late Michael and Catherine
On August 8, 1964, Frank married his beloved Elizabeth Ginzer Vucic, who survives. Also
surviving are his devoted children; Amy Chess (Ed), of Carmichaels, Michael Vucic, of
Shavertown, Jennifer Shumar (Ron) of Hiller, and Bryan Vucic of Greensboro, grandchildren
Emily and Annie Chess, Jacob and Julia Shumar; a brother, Larry Vucic (Becky), of Knox; and
Brother-in-law, Mike Stanovich, of Murrysville, as well as 2 nieces and nephews. A sister
Cecilia Stanovich is deceased.
Frank graduated from Central Catholic High School and was a graduate of Duquesne
University. He was band director at Mapletown (South Eastern Greene) from 1964 to 1974,
Bethlehem Center from 1974 to 1980, and a music teacher at Margaret Bell Miller School,
Waynesburg, where he finished his teaching career.
He was a professional musician who played bass for music greats, Bobby Vinton, the
Vogues, Jack Jones, Jerry Vale, and comedian Joan Rivers. Frank played with the Richard Lewis
orchestra, the New Naturals, the Jolly Premiers, and the Jim Vincent Combo.
As for other activities during this time, Frank was a referee for WPIAL Basketball for 25 years,
helped found the Greene All County Band, and did color commentary for Waynesburg
University football and basketball games on WANB with John Loeper.
He was chancel choir director at the First Baptist Church in Waynesburg.
After years of devotion to children and music education, Frank was called to the ministry
and ordained in 1991. He served as pastor and choir director at Sugar Grove Baptist Church of
Greensboro until the end.
As we reflect on Memorial Day and the sacrifices made by those who came before us, remember Pastor Frank who devoted his life to God, his family, friends, and students.
“Music and Joy will live, never to die.”
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 31, 2021 from 3 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 303 West High Street, Waynesburg, Pa, 15370. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. with Reverend Dr. Frank Frischkorn, Regional Executive Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sugar Grove Baptist Church, in care of John Rowe, Treasurer, 490 Mapletown Road, Garards Fort, Pa, 15334.
Myra Shaffer, age 71, of Jefferson, formerly of Carmichaels died May 26, 2021 in her home.
Myra was born August 21, 1949 in Connellsville, the daughter of the late Wilbur and Agnes Wilson Marietta.
Myra is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Shaffer (Dave), of Jefferson, a son, Dale Shaffer (Judy), of Beaverton, Oregon, grandchildren; Shana Hutchinson (Greg), Paxton Krajnak (fiancée Jade), Skyler Shaffer (fiancée Brandi), Kelsee Shaffer (fiancé David Garnica), and Linda Bui, great grandchildren, Aubrey Krajnak, Jacob Kehoe, and Kennedy Hutchinson.
A brother, Phil Marietta is deceased.
Myra loved gardening, Western and Godzilla movies, and crocheting. But most of all she loved her grand and great grandchildren.
Service are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100. Please donate to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, Va, 22202, in remembrance of Myra if you wish.
Eunice Pearl Lewandowski
Eunice Pearl Lewandowski, age 99, of South Carolina, formerly of Carmichaels died May 18, 2021. She was the widow of the late John Lewandowski.
Interment was private, and provided by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Judith Ann Buday
Judith Ann (Judie) Buday, age 68, of Carmichaels died Sunday May 16, 2021 in Uniontown Hospital.
Judie was born February 24, 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Stephen P. and Josephine Scholbe Buday.
Judie graduated from Waynesburg College in 1975. She worked at Honsaker’s Foodland, and as director of Carmichaels Senior Citizens Center, with autistic children in Uniontown, and the pharmacy department at the Medicine Mine. She also helped on the family farm.
She was devoted to her Catholic faith, to St. Hugh (St. Matthias Parish), and to helping people in her various occupations.
Judie is survived by her beloved sister, Stephanie Chambers, 2 nieces; Megan Collins (James), of Uniontown, and Floretta Chambers (fiancé Mike Pavlic), of Carmichaels, a grand nephew, Elias Collins, many cousins, and her loyal dog, Forest, and 3 cats; Twinkles, Cuddles, and Garlique of assumed loyalty.
In her spare time, she was an avid Penguins fan, liked to cook, and was a movie buff.
Judie and Stephanie made a memorable trip to Italy, Turkey, and Greece several years ago. They came away with a love for Italy most of all.
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, May 20, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and again on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Hugh Church, 408, Route 88, Carmichaels, Pa.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible, Pa.
Tammy Renee King
Tammy Renee King, age 59, of Washington, Pa died May 10, 2021 in Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.
Tammy was born December 28, 1961, the daughter of the late Zeno and Margaret Louise Booze King.
Tammy is survived by her children, Christina Swaniger (Rustin), Raymond, Cierra, T’ona, Arthur and James, a granddaughter, Brianna, step mother, Margaret King, siblings Todd King (Marie), Michael Booze (Rikki), and Shelly King (Clemson), 2 step brothers, Robert and Paul Edwards, and half brother, Joseph King.
In addition to her parents, deceased is a brother, Troy King.
She was a homemaker and loved her children and family dearly, and passed from us too early. She helped people, liked to shop, and go for rides.
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, May 20, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.
Reverend James D. Lewis
Reverend James D. Lewis Sr., age 78, of Brewton, Alabama, formerly of Clarksville died May 7, 2021 in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Florida.
James was born December 21, 1942 in Millsboro, the son of the late William M. and Elsie M. Bane Lewis.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Carol Howes Lewis (married July 6, 1963), 5 children; James D. Lewis Jr. (Diana), of Arkansas, Linda Lucille Lawry (James), of Brewton, who was his caregiver, Jeffrey L. Lewis (Sharon), of Clarksville, Timothy A. Lewis (Susan), of Millsboro, and Christina Fisher, of Ohio, 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 3 siblings, George R. Lewis, Judith Ann Lightner, and Kathy Jean Conley(Butch), several nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law Mary Anne and Dottie Lewis.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by brothers Harry Joseph in infancy, William F. (Bill), Thomas Ronald Lewis, and sister, Mary Ellen Howes, sister-in-law Doris Lewis, and brothers-in-law Donald Howes and Jack Lightner.
James graduated from Jefferson Morgan High School. He worked as a coal miner and machinist for Beth Energy Corp. He also served as a tax collector for Clarksville Boro.
James was called to be a United Methodist Minister later in life, and continued for 27 years as a Pastor in churches at Fordyce, Mt. Pleasant, and Point Marion.
In his spare time he enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and working on old cars. He was a singer and guitarist for the group, The Gospelaires.
He lived a long, productive, faith driven life.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a viewing of Reverend Lewis on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 11a.m. to 12 p.m. The service will begin at noon with the Reverend Tim Tanner, officiating.
Burial will follow in Horne Cemetery, Marianna.
Karrie Ann Ball
Karrie Ann Ball, age 40, of Masontown, Pa, formerly of Nemacolin died May 5, 2021 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Karrie Ann was born November 4, 1980, the daughter of the late Kenneth Lee and Cheryl Lee Burnsworth Ball.
Karrie was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, class of 2000. She loved spending time with her family and oldies music. She worked at several local clubs and resturants.
Karrie is survived by her mother, Cheryl Lee Ball (Glenn Snyder), of Republic, her beloved daughter, McKenzie White, and beloved sons Bryan and William White, sisters Dana Martelli, of Uniontown, and Terrie Ball (her twin), brother Jessy Ball, of Carmichaels, boyfriend John Jordan, and 3 nieces.
Services for Karrie are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Helen Louise Berezansky
Helen Louise Berezansky, age 77, of Greensboro passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 in Washington Hospital.
Helen was born July 23, 1943 in Indiana, Pa, the daughter of the late Michael and Martha Zahoransky Berezansky.
Ms. Berezansky was a devout Catholic. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish (St. Hugh Church), of Carmichaels, the Altar-Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of America.
She enjoyed going to the Carmichaels Senior Citizens Center, working at puzzles, playing bingo, and being with friends.
Helen is survived by a sister, Josephine Niznik, 3 nephews; Joseph, John, and Thomas Niznik, and a niece, Diane Niznik, all in Ohio.
Deceased is addition to her parents is a brother, Michael Peter who died in infancy.
A sincere thanks to the staff at Respi Center of Waynesburg for their loving care over the past year, and the staff on the 4th and 5th floors at Washington Hospital.
Thank you to all those who helped and guided Helen all these years. You know who you are. God Bless You.
Family and friends are welcome on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 4 – 6 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 5:30p.m. in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Interment will follow in Clymer, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthias Parish, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, Pa, 15320.
All Covid-19 restrictions required.
Walter J. (Blackie) Markiewich, age 90, of Carmichaels died May 2, 2021 in Uniontown Hospital.
Mr. Markiewich was born September 6, 1930 in Republic, the son of the late Albert and Violet Pinskey Markiewich.
He was a graduate of Cumberland Township High School, and served for 45 years as a lead lineman for the West Power Company. He was also a member of the Utility Workers of America.
Walter is survived by his wife, Naomi Campbell Markiewich, a daughter; Carla Swartz (Greg Ranieri), of Carmichaels, a grandson; Ryan Swartz, a sister; Betty Hamilton, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, deceased are 3 brothers; Joseph, Vincent, and Albert Jr. Markiewich.
In 1962, a little league team from Carmichaels coached by Blackie played at Williamsport in the World Series.
In retirement, he enjoyed walking with his friends, and watching all of the Pittsburgh sports teams.
He can be paid the highest accolade of all, “He was a good man”.
Family and friends are welcome in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 4 – 7 p.m., and on Thursday, May 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 11a.m. with Reverend Dayton Mix, officiating.
Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg, Pa.
Walter J. (Blackie) Markiewich age 90, of Carmichaels died Sunday, May 2, 2021 in Uniontown Hospital.
Kaylia Lee Ross
Kaylia Lee Ross, age 27, of Nemacolin died April 25, 2021 in Morgantown, W.Va.
Kaylia was born February 20, 1994 in Morgantown, WV, the daughter of Tania Lee Kisner of Nemacolin, and Michael Ross Jr., of Greensboro.
She was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, class of 2012. Kaylia was an outdoor person. She loved to hunt, fish, ride quads, and go to demolition derbies. Music was another pastime.
She dearly loved her daughter, Emma Lee Ann Bowden.
In addition to her parents and children, Kaylia is survived by her grandparents, Charles and Mickey Bowser, and Debbie Ross, a brother; Charles Bowser and Fiancée, Patricia Ruffner, a sister, Shania Kay Keener, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a nephew, and step brother and sister, Felicia and Michael Ross.
Her grandfather, Michael Ross Sr. is deceased.
Funeral arrangements are delayed. A funeral notice will be published at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Due to the tragic circumstances of Kaylia’s sudden death, the family is requesting donations be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc. to defray expenses.
The visitation will be on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 6-8pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Mary Louise (Wahula) McKean
Mary Louise (Wahula) McKean, 71, of Carmichaels, PA passed away on Friday April 23, 2021 at home peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 16, 1949 in Waynesburg, PA to the late Walter Wahula and Mary (Guzik) Wahula. She is survived by her two daughters: Amber R (McKean) Trickett with husband Dennis Trickett of Carmichaels and Anita M (McKean) Sherwood with husband Allen Sherwood of Upper St Clair, PA. She was proud of her granddaughters, Carly (Trickett) Fisher with husband Brandon of Fairmount WV and Cassy Trickett of FT. Worth, TX as well as many special nieces and nephews. Mrs. McKean is also survived by her younger brother Stanley Wahula and Brother-in-law James Hughes, both of Carmichaels.
Preceding her in death, was her beloved husband Adam V. McKean, sister Nancy Hughes, and sister-in-law Terri Wahula.
Mrs. McKean graduated from Carmichaels Area High School. Upon graduation, she worked for Republic Sportswear in Masontown, PA. In 1971, she met her husband, Adam V. McKean of Hiller, PA. They married on July 7, 1973. Together they raised their daughters. Mrs. McKean returned to the workforce in 1986 and worked as a seamstress until retiring from Flushing Shirt Factory formerly of Jefferson, PA.
Mary continued an active lifestyle while in retirement being involved at Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Nemacolin, PA (Now part of St. Matthias Parish). She was a member of the Rosary Society of Christian Mothers. Mrs. McKean loved the farm where she grew up and lived her whole life. She was also an award-winning master gardener, and Mary had enjoyed caring for her Apiary with her late husband Adam.
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, April 30, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9-10 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Hugh Church (St. Matthias Parish) 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, Pa.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible, Pa.
Lue Ann Pawlick
Lue Ann Pawlick, of McMurray, formerly of Carmichaels, passed away April 19, 2021 after a short and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born November 19, 1960 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Luella A. and the late John D. Galatic of Carmichaels, Pa.
Lue Ann graduated form Carmichaels Area High School in 1978. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 1982 and later her MBA, both from California University of Pennsylvania.
Lue Ann was a very successful entrepreneur, business woman, Real Estate Agent, Economic Developer who spent most of her career building her own businesses, or helping develop businesses in the Mon Valley Area of Pennsylvania. Her involvement in middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association (MIDA) helped bring industry to the area. Her energy, knowledge and personal relationships will be missed by many.
Lue Ann was a successful owner of her own companies she started and grew organically, which included, Frac Water Resources. Her business success was as much a part of her as her desire to share time with others.
Lue Ann’s life was one of celebration centered around loving and entertaining those close to her. Lue Ann’s ability to have gatherings was unparalleled. She had many circles of friends who wanted her with them while celebrating special occasions. If there were no special occasions happening, she created one, and each person invited was a special guest. Lue Ann loved deeply.
Lue Ann is survived by her son and greatest part of her legacy, Peter Pawlick, the love of her life, Lindo Rendina, her mother, Luella A. Galatic, brothers John V. Galatic(Sandy) and Alexander Galatic(Colleen), and sisters Valerie Mihota(John), Julie D. Thistlewaite, and Madelynne K. Galatic(Mike Karafa).
Because of the limited ability for the funeral home to accommodate all those close to Lue Ann, there will be a viewing for family only at the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2 to 5 p.m. A service of remembrance will be held at 4 p.m.
A private burial will take place later at Laurel Point Cemetery.
All Covid-19 requirements are required.
Thomas A. Sedmak
Thomas A. Sedmak, age 77, of Jefferson Pa died Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Washington Hospital.
Mr. Sedmak was born November 23, 1943 in Waynesburg, Pa, the son of the late Anthony and Josephine Sedmak.
He was a graduate of Cumberland Township High School (now known as Carmichaels Area), and served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Iceland.
On February 11, 1977, Tom married Joanne Tennant Sedmak who survives. Also surviving are a son, Rob Barclay (Anita), of Waynesburg, 2 grandchildren; Chip Barclay (Elizabeth) and Bayli Barclay, and several cousins.
Tom started working at Nemacolin Mine, and retired from Cumberland Mine.
He was a proud member of the U.M.W.A., the NRA-Life, the American Trap Association, and the Waynesburg Sportsman Association.
Tom belonged to the Mather Christian Church. He loved his family, pets, and enjoyed shopping with Joanne.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to 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.
Thomas Pevarnik Sr.
Thomas R. Pevarnik Sr, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2021. He was born September 2, 1930, in Hibbs, PA, the son of the late Adam and Mary Volchko Pevarnik. In 1945, he and his family moved to Carmichaels. He was a 1948 graduate of Cumberland Township High School. He was a standout football player and was named Most Valuable Football Player in Greene County in 1947.
His athletic ability earned him a college scholarship. He spent his freshman year at California State Teachers College. Tom went on to attend Penn State University. He was a proud member of the Nittany Lions Offensive Line, earning a letter in football in 1951. Tom earned his degree from Penn State in Animal Husbandry in 1952
After graduating from Penn State, he returned to Greene County, where he owned and operated Pevarnik Brothers Dairy Farm with his family for almost 60 years. He could be found from the early morning hours until long after the sun went down tending the crops and caring for the livestock on the land that he loved
In his later years, he could be found sitting in his shop reminiscing about days gone by with those who stopped to visit. Tom enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and watching old westerns and sitcoms on TV. He liked to watch Bucco Baseball and Steeler Football. He especially loved watching his beloved Nittany Lions play football.
On October 20, 1956, he married Alice Miller, who preceded him in death on January 26, 1985. He is survived by their four children. Carrie Swing and her husband Jeff, Priscilla Michalik and her husband Frank, Thomas Pevarnik Jr. and his wife Robin and Ruth Lawrence and her companion Allan Junggust. He was known as Pap to his grandchildren, Laura Michalik Giacobbi and her husband Allen, Edward Michalik, Mary Michalik, David Swing, Andrew Swing, Adam Lawrence and his wife LaShay, Brian Pevarnik, and Anne Lawrence . His great grandchildren, Sam, Alice, Evie and Charlie Giacobbi brought him great joy.
In addition to his wife and parents, his brother John and sister Mary Kathryn Holonich preceded him in death. Tom is survived by his brother Robert Pevarnik and his wife Linda and his brother in law Herbert Miller Jr. and his wife Joan and numerous nieces and nephews
Tom’s family would like to thank Carol Assad and the staff at Cloverdale Personal Care Home, Amedisys Hospice and his Caregiver, Valarie, for their kind and compassionate care.
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, April 17, 2021 from 1-4 pm. A memorial service will be held at 4pm with Pastor David McElroy.
Memorial Donations can be made to Amedisys Hospice, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA. 15461. Masontown Helping Hands Ministry, 14 S. Main St. Masontown PA. 15461 or a charity of your choice.
Windora Lorene Rochison
Windora Lorene Rochison, age 90, of Greensboro and Carmichaels Arbors died Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
Windora was born December 28, 1930 in Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late Rev. William C. and Flora M. Titchnell May.
On June 2, 1951, Windora married Vincent J. Rochison in Clarksburg. Vincent passed away in 1978. Also deceased are a brother, William May Jr., a sister, Velma I. Butcher, and a nephew, Jody Butcher.
Mrs. Rochison is survived by a sister, Karen S. Fox (Robert F.), of Greensboro, and a brother, Jeffrey A. May (Elizabeth), of Morgantown, WV, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Windora retired from the former Hills Department Store in Morgantown. She Also worked in the American Red Cross GrandParents program.
She loved flea markets and jewelry collecting.
Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Shaun J. Smitley
Shaun J. Smitley, age 38, of Carmichaels died March 22, 2021 in his home. He struggled for many years with drug addiction. Mercy on all families that struggle and suffer with them.
Shaun was born June 10, 1982, the son of the late Ronald (Jake) Smitley and Eve Prodan Smitley, of Carmichaels.
He was a graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, class of 2000, and graduated from Culinary School in Pittsburgh. He worked at several local restaurants in the area. He enjoyed fishing with his cousin and friend Grant Prodan.
Shaun is survived by his sister, Rachelle Katruska (Joey), of Clarksville, a stepbrother and sister; Russell (R.J.) and Jocelyn Kramer, Aunts and Uncles, Don and Brenda Prodan and Connie and Bob Nyswaner, grandmother, Patricia Hammercheck, nieces and nephews, Jillian, Joelle, Jacob Katruska, and cousins.
A celebration of Shaun’s life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Betty Vaun Rockwell, age 94, of Jefferson died Friday, March 19, 2021 in her home.
Mrs. Rockwell was born June 17, 1926 near Carmichaels, the daughter of the late Ewing and Cecil Knight Areford. She was married to the late Clyde Rockwell.
Mrs. Rockwell is survived by 3 children; Kenneth Rockwell (Vivian), of Greensboro, Norman Rockwell, of Jefferson, and Kathleen Haines (Donald), of Jefferson, 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Deceased in addition to her parents and husband are 11 siblings; Dorothy Headlee, Sarah Boone, Leatha Vernon, Daniel, Ewing Jr., Dale, Jim, Frank, Bill, Walker, and Sam Areford, and a great-granddaughter, Christina Rockwell.
Betty was a former member of the First Christian Church of Clarksville.
She loved her large family, and enjoyed buying and selling antiques, and going to flea markets. She kept a garden and chickens to sell vegetables and brown eggs.
Betty was an accomplished guitar player and loved to sing.
Friends and family will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, and Tuesday from 10-11 am. The funeral service will begin at 11 am with Reverend Nelson Boone, officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson cemetery.
All Covid-19 regulations must be followed.
Adam V. McKean, 73 of Carmichaels, PA passed away on Sunday March 7, 2021 at UPMC Shadyside Pittsburgh surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. McKean was born on May 5, 1947 in Hiller PA to the late Mr. Vincent McKean and Mrs. Agnes (Patsko) McKean. Mr. McKean is survived by two younger siblings. Mr. Thomas (wife, Carol) McKean of Uniontown PA and Ms. Kathleen Bellan of Hiller PA.
Mr. McKean graduated from Redstone High School and attended Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College, subsequently serving his country with honor in the United Stated Army during the Vietnam War.
Upon his return to civilian life, he met and married his adoring wife Mary L McKean of Carmichaels, PA. who survives him. Together they raised two wonderful daughters Amber R (McKean) Trickett with husband Dennis Trickett of Carmichaels and Daughter Anita M (McKean) Sherwood with husband Allen Sherwood of Upper St Clair, PA
Survived by admiring granddaughters, Carly (Trickett) Fisher and her husband Brandon of Fairmont, WV and Cassy Trickett of FT. Worth, TX as well as many special nieces and nephews.
Mr. McKean worked at Nemacolin Mines until its closing in 1986. He then became employed with the Department of Correction, retiring in 2009.
Mr. McKean continued an active lifestyle while in retirement always putting God first; and being incredibly involved at Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Nemacolin, PA (Now part of St. Matthias Parish). He was a 4th degree Knight and served as an officer of the Knights of Columbus Assembly #975 Carmichaels PA
After God, his most important task was the care of the woman of his dreams, his wife Mary. Mr. McKean was an avid outdoorsman, plus enjoyed becoming a Beekeeper, studying and caring for his Apiary.
Until his death Mr. McKean was a member of the UMWA Local #6290 where he served as President.
Family and friends were received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, and Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 9-10 am. A funeral mass followed in St. Hugh Church, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, Interment with full military rites were held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Crucible Pa. by the Greene County Honor Guard. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus stood watch from 7-8 pm Friday evening.
George Walter Guthrie
George Walter Guthrie, age 64, of Bruceton Mills, WV died Thursday, February 18, 2021 in his home.
Mr. Guthrie was born February 22, 1956 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late Samuel Playford and Zelda Herring Guthrie.
Mr. Guthrie served his country in the U.S. Army and worked as a famer most of his life.
George is survived by 3 sons; George Leonard Riley, of Akron, Ohio, Shawn Allen Guthrie (Crystal Love), of Stowe, Ohio, and Ryan Guthrie, of Mogadore, Ohio, 4 grandchildren, and a great grandson, 3 brothers; Jim, Sam, and Bob Guthrie.
Besides his parents, deceased brothers, Richard and Charles Guthrie, and sister, Rose Savage.
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, February 26 from 2-4 p.m.
Bambi Sue Peters
Bambi Sue Peters, age 40, of Washington, Pa went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2021.
She was born February 16, 1981, the daughter of Raymond Peters of Pittsburgh and the late Cindy Peters of Nemacolin, Pa. She graduated from Carmichaels Area High School class of 1999, and attended the Culinary Arts program at the Greene County Vo-Tech.
She leaves behind 4 loving children; Gaige, Ethan, Lelan, and Kaile Harbarger of Fredericktown, Pa, 2 sisters; Sara Thistlewaite, of Mather, and Meranda Peters, of Pittsburgh, 1 maternal grandparent, John Fecsko, of Bobtown, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Family and friends are welcome in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, Pa, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m.