Paul M. Lesako, Supervisor/Funeral Director
Heather Marie Vuknic
Heather Marie Vuknic, age 50 of Uniontown, formerly of Carmichaels died July 30, 2020 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.V.
Heather was born June 27, 1970 in Boston, MA., the daughter of the late Edward Vuknic and Jane Rachelle (Rae) McLaughlin Vuknic Nicholson.
Heather was a graduate of Carmichaels Area High School, and earned an electrical engineering degree from Penn State University. She was formerly employed by Allegheny Power Company.
Heather is survived by her son, Jeremy Hentz (Melissa), of Herrin, Illinois, 3 brothers; Edward J. Vuknic II (Sharon), of Anderson, S.C., David Vuknic, of Oklahoma City, OK, and John Vuknic, of Fort Myers Fl, a niece; Sarah Vuknic, 3 nephews; Bishop and Bryce Vuknic, and London Robinson, and her loving stepfather, William Nicholson, of Uniontown.
She was a Lutheran.
Heather had a zest for life. Everything that she did, she did with her whole heart. She loved her son, Jeremy particularly. Heather was an avid runner and enjoyed competing in road races. She also was a devoted advocate for dogs. Heather spent many hours with her beloved Akita, Mowgli. Heather also took great pride in her work as an electrical engineer. She worked diligently to ensure that her job was done efficiently and safely. She enjoyed time with her friends and family and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Funeral arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Patty Lou White
Patty Lou White, age 70, of Carmichaels died Friday, July 15, 2020 in McGee Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Patty was born January 15, 1950 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late John and Mary White.
She resided in Carmichaels the past 30 years, and was well loved by all who knew her.
Arrangements are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
William Barry Porembka
William Barry Porembka (Bill), age 75, of Carmichaels died July 4, 2020 in A.H.S. Canonsburg
Mr. Porembka was born April 26, 1945 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late William Stanley and
Eleanor Pylo Porembka.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Lise Courtney Spriggle ( J.R.), of Houston, TX, a sister; Elizabeth
Helfman (David), of Canonsburg, and 3 nieces; Paige Wilhelm, Megan Rohrkaste, and Brooke Shrift and
countless friends who have supported him throughout his struggle.
A brother, Thomas is deceased.
Bill served his country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion
Post 400 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Carmichaels.
He played football on the great Carmichaels football teams of the early 1960’s and ran on the
title winning track team. He loved sports, especially the Penguins, and was honored to be hired as the
time keeper for the CAHS football team for several years.
Bill started his Bachelor’s Degree at Salem college in West Virginia and received his Bachelors of
Science in Education from George Mason University in Virginia. He returned to Carmichaels after retiring with 27 years of service with Globe Tool and Die Co. in Minneapolis, MN. He will be remembered for his friendly spirit, welcoming nature and engaging sense of humor.
Friends will be received in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels,
PA, 15320, (724)966-5100 on Tuesday July 7, 2020 from 6-8pm. A prayer service will be held on
Wednesday at 10:00am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s cemetery,
Crucible next to his father and brother.
The U.S. Army and the American Legion Post 400 will provide military honors.
Masks and social distancing are required per the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health.
Robert Leonard, age 51 of Waynesburg died July 5, 2020. Arrangements are incomplete by the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Diania Lee Kerley Kronk
Diania Lee Kerley Kronk, 54, of Carmichaels, died July 2, 2020 in Sycamore.
Diania was born January 4, 1966 in Vestaburg, the daughter of the late Frances Lorraine Housel Kerley.
Mrs. Kronk is survived by 3 children; Kelly Titchenell, of Mather, and Robert and Tyler Kronk, both of Carmichaels; 5 grandchildren; Kelystah, Marymae, and Shawn Martisko, Karson and Kayden Kronk, a sister, Nola Smith of Marianna, and brother Harold Kerley (Kim), of Orofino, Idaho; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A sister, Kimberly Kerley, is deceased.
Diania worked as a home health aid for Don’s Services.
She enjoyed cooking, dancing, and watching the Steelers.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 12-2pm in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc.
Masks and social distancing must be maintained in the funeral home and surrounding porch.
Mary Margaret Donaldson
Mary Margaret Donaldson, 66, of Carmichaels died June 26, 2020 in UPMC Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mary Margaret was born November 26, 1953 in Oberlin, Ohio, the daughter of the late Harry and Dolores Kundrick Thomas.
Mrs. Donaldson is survived by three daughters; Michelle Grago (David), of Masontown, Chrissy Bertovich (Jason), of Vanderbilt, and Ashley Donaldson, of Baden, 5 sisters; Saundra Thomas, of Carmichaels, Cynthia Thomas, of Maryland, Annette Thomas (William “Tiggie” Teagarden), of Carmichaels, Andrea Saylor (Will), of North Carolina, and Laura Danforth (Bill), of Carmichaels, 3 grandchildren; Sage Grago, Jason, and Reed Bertovich, and many nieces and nephews.
A sister, Janette Estep and nephew, Joey Estep are deceased.
Mary Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church of Carmichaels.
She had been a quality control inspector at the former Burrell-Leder plant in Carmichaels, and had recently been a driver for Michaels Auto.
Our Mother received her wings into heaven from UPMC Presby with her daughters, Michelle and Ashley by her side. Through out her life she took pride in being a military wife for 25 years, raising her children, and teaching them to make the best decisions in life as well as being supportive of their choices no matter what. Her children and grandchildren were all Mary talked about. She loved them all equally, and was so proud of each and everyone of them, and all the accomplishments they made. She will be missed by all.
There will be no visitation or services in keeping with Mrs. Donaldson’s wishes. Memorial donations may be made to Neurological Surgery Dept. c/o Justin Meyer 412-578-9273 firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Joyce Arlene Roscoe
Joyce Arlene Roscoe, age 72, of Carmichaels, died Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Morgantown Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Ms. Roscoe was born December 7, 1947 in Uniontown, the daughter of the late Edmund and Garnet Evelyn Dennis Roscoe.
Joyce graduated from Carmichaels Area High School in the legendary class of 1965 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania. She worked at the former Waynesburg Clothing factory and Giant Eagle until retirement.
Joyce was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels, and the Sunday school class.
She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Dallas Cowboys.
Ms. Roscoe is survived by a brother; Edmund A. Roscoe and wife Mary Lou, of Prosperity, nephews; Edmund Zachary Roscoe and wife Rebecca, and Joshua M. Roscoe, a niece; Julie Ann Kelley and husband Ryan and great niece Megan, and special friends; Raymond and Sharon Lockhart.
A niece, Tina Coyle is deceased.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 10am to 12 noon in the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100. Masks should continue to be worn for Covid-19 risks.
All are welcome to attend a committal service at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels at 12:15pm with Reverend Dayton Mix, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Dolores (Dorie) R. McCabe
Dolores (Dorie) R. McCabe, age 92, of Bessemer, Alabama, formerly of Carmichaels, PA, died May 16, 2020 in the skilled nursing facility at “The Oaks on Parkwood”, where all the nurses and CNA’s loved her beautiful smile.
Mrs. McCabe was born January 26, 1928 in Star Junction, PA, the daughter of the late Ezra and Helen Pike. Dolores met Robert C. McCabe on a blind date, and they were married on June 28, 1955. They were married 30 years until his passing on Sept 19, 1985. They had two children: Barbara McCabe of Beckley, WV (now Hoover, AL) and Robert J. McCabe of Hoover, Alabama.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, and baker. The entire family including grandchildren loved her fudge, sugar cookies, apricot rolls, and gobs. She loved decorating the house and making beautiful flower arrangements. She loved her cocker spaniel dogs and Pittsburgh Steelers, but she especially loved being a homemaker and spending time with her family. Dolores was a longtime employee of the former Honsaker’s Foodland in Carmichaels.
Dolores is survived by her children, daughter-in-law Kathleen McCabe, grandchildren Jaclyn Mahoney and Jenna Elgie, along with five great grandchildren: Caitlin, Thomas, Patrick, and Erin Mahoney, and Danny Elgie.
Services are entrusted to Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724) 966-5100. Viewing will be held from 10:30 – 12:00 on Friday, May29th with a funeral mass to follow at 12:00 at St. Hugh’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Laurel Point Cemetery in Carmichaels.
Ann Pratt Blair
Ann Pratt Blair, 70, of Wind Ridge, formerly of Carmichaels died Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in her home after a long illness.
Ann was born February 22, 1950 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Robert E. and Annabelle Rankin Pratt.
On October 5, 1968, Ann married Larry Blair. Mr. Blair passed away several years ago.
Ann is survived by 2 brothers; Robert (Pete) Pratt (Alta), of Crucible and Jeff Pratt (Lori), of Carmichaels, a sister; Joyce Krcelich (Joey), of Carmichaels, sisters-in-law Betty Pratt, of Carmichaels, Wilma Blair, of Waynesburg, and Carol Spragg, of Dover, Delaware, and brothers-in-law John Blair, and Bob Spragg, and a special friend, Travis Jones of Graysville, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A brother, Jack Pratt died in 2019.
Ann was a member of the Crabapple Community Church.
Ann was a person who would have been referred to back in the day as “a salt of the earth”. She chose farming as her life’s work. Her and Larry’s cattle were well taken care of. No abandoned cat that wondered on to her farm was not fed, given vet care, and a clean barn to live in. She was a great cook following in the foot steps of her mother, Annabelle. Family and friends will miss her kindness and frankness.
Funeral 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, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Shirley H. Gottfreid
Shirley H. Gottfreid, age 83, of Nemacolin died May 7, 2020 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg after a long illness.
Mrs. Gottfreid was born October 19, 1936 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Rack Suncine. She attended McKeesport schools, and worked at the G.C. Murphy Co.
On October 9, 1954, Shirley married Richard J. Gottfreid. They had 65 wonderful years together.
She was a great wife, mother, cook, and baker. By nature, she was kind and friendly to everyone.
Shirley enjoyed playing cards, buying lottery tickets, casino gambling, and travelling with her family and friends.
She was a member of the Red Hats of Jefferson, and a former member of Our Lady of Consolation Church, Nemacolin.
Surviving in addition to her husband, Richard, are 2 sons; Richard Jr., of McKeesport, and Ramon, of Vero Beach, Florida, a grandson; Branden Gottfreid, of Republic, who quilted and did crafts with his grandma; a sister, Minnie Dubiach; and brother, Joseph Suncine.
Shirley was loved, and will be missed by all who knew her.
Services are private due to COVID-19 restrictions. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100. Interment will be in St. Mary’s cemetery, Crucible, PA.
Dorothy Julia Hanko
Dorothy Julia Hanko, 89, of Crucible, died Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Waynesburg Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 16, 1930, in Crucible, a daughter of the late Paul and Lucille Wojtowicz Varesko.
She married Edward Hanko on June 24, 1950.
Mrs. Hanko was a homemaker. She graduated from Cumberland Township High School in 1948. She was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and the Fraternity of Christian Mothers, where she served as secretary for 12 years. She was known for her chicken soup, cream puffs and homemade jelly. She had a beautiful smile and was often whistling, humming, or singing. She was an avid bingo player. She especially loved spending time with her family.
Surviving are four daughters, Cynthia Hanko Giler (Mark) of Pasadena, Md., Victoria Hanko (Bill Dagan) of Chester Springs, Christine Hanko Hayhurst (John) of Waynesburg, and Pamela Hanko Stephens (Kevin) of Spraggs; two granddaughters, Erin Kelley-Anderson (Brian) and Jaime Kelley Corso (Justin), both of Canonsburg; four great-grandchildren, Seth and Ainslee Anderson and Greyson and Lukas Corso; a brother-in-law, Donald Hathaway of Bolivar, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; two sisters, Ruth Varesko and Virginia Varesko Hathaway; and a brother, Paul Varesko.
Arrangements are private due to COVID-19 and 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 Crucible Volunteer Fire Company, 117 1st Street, Crucible, PA 15325 or Via Quest Hospice Foundation, 525 Metro Place North, Suite 300, Dublin, OH 43017. Interment will be at St. Mary’s cemetery, Crucible, PA.
Lola Marie Feree Nichols
Lola Marie Feree Nichols, age 88, of Nemacolin, died April 25, 2020 in Washington Hospital, Washington, PA.
Lola was born October 28, 1931 in Nemacolin, the daughter of the late George R. and Frances Nedley Feree.
Mrs. Nichols was a longtime employee of the former Honsaker’s Foodland in Carmichaels. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and listening to music to relax.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Waynesburg.
Lola is survived by a daughter, Laura J. Wilhelm, of Nemacolin, 2 stepdaughters, Janet Carnicom and Edith Lezaic, a sister, Ruth Nesmith, and many grand, great, and great greatgrandchildren.
In addition to her parents, her husband Harry N. (Bart) Nichols, 2 daughters, Deborah M Boyce and Faith McDade, brother, George R II, 2 sisters, Frances Kahl and Caroline Deaver, 4 stepchildren, Gerald E., Harry, Duane Nichols, and Marian Swift are deceased.
Lola requested no services. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Joyce V. Kraynak
Joyce V. Kraynak, age 70, of Carmichaels, died April 26, 2020 in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.V. of complications from bypass surgery. Her beloved children were at her side as she passed into the waiting arms of the love of her life, Sonny.
John “Sonny” Kraynak and Joyce met as teenagers, and were married September 20, 1965. They were inseparable until his death in 2001.
Joyce was born March 18, 1950 in Uniontown. She was the daughter of the late Steve H. and Margaret Borsos Chapley. Joyce was a graduate of Laurel Highlands High School class of 1968. She worked as a cook and cashier in the cafeteria at the Carmichaels Elementary School for 30 years. During her employment, she was an active member of 32BJ-SEIU union.
She was a member of St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Carmichaels. Her life centered around looking after her family and enjoying her grandchildren.
Joyce is survived by her children; Michelle Barnish (James Jr.), of Rices Landing, Melissa Swaney (Dean), of Carmichaels, and John A. Kraynak IV (Michelle), of Rices Landing, 7 grandchildren; Jacob, Jadyn, and Luke Barnish, Nicholas and Nathan Swaney, Macie and Johnny Kraynak; a sister, Nancy Frye; dear brothers and sisters-in-law of the Kraynak family, along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, 2 brothers; Stephen and Edward Chapley are deceased.
Services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100. Interment will be at Sylvan Heights Cemetery, Uniontown, PA.
Albert Russell Kerr
Albert Russell (Rusty) Kerr, 65, of Carmichaels, PA went home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by loved ones on April 12, 2020 after a long and difficult battle with brain and spinal cancer. Rusty was born on June 18, 1954 to Waneta Maxine Kerr DeLuca and Albert Rex Kerr in Waynesburg, Pa.
After graduating from Carmichaels Area High School, he married his high school sweetheart Paula Oliphant on July 21, 1973. Together they had three children; Jennifer Turco (Marc) of Stringtown, PA, Tanya Woody (Bruce) of Huntsville, AL, and Ryan Kerr of Carmichaels, PA.
In his earlier years, Rusty was a fire boss at Gateway Mine, Dilworth Mine and Dana Mining company. He was also a truck driver for many years with G. Edward Minder Jr. Nursery in Carmichaels and Smith Trucking in Smithfield, PA.
He was an exceptional musician from an early age, and played in the bands The Falcons, The Revelations, Wee and The Revelations, the Impromptu, Praise Band and the Redeemed. He was multi-talented and could play just about any instrument handed to him. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmichaels and was the Pianist/Organist for many years. He also served on various boards and committees within the church throughout his life.
He loved gardening, cooking, and playing music at home in his spare time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycling, and snowmobiling in his younger years. He was a member of the NRA, VFW, American Legion, and the Carmichaels Sportsman’s Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Paula, his three children, four sisters, Beth Ledgerton of Nokesvillle, VA, Wendy Taylor of Manassas, VA, Dayna Sellner (Kevin) of Nokesville VA, and Dina Laughlin (John) of Jeffersonton, VA, two brothers, Kevin Kerr (Linda) of Waterford, MI, and Randy Kerr of Washington DC. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Ryan Horsley, Autumn Turco, Trenton Bates, Leo, Patrick and Ian Woody, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the family has requested that any monetary donations be sent to their home to aid in funeral costs.
There will be a Celebration Of Life service announced at a later date. Details are under the direction of Paul M Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave, Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100, and will take place once it is safe to do so.
Rusty will be cremated and laid to rest at Laurel Point Cemetery. He will be sadly missed by family and friends more than words can say.
Thomas W. Russell Jr.
Thomas W. Russell Jr., age 45, of Carmichaels passed away at his home on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Tommy was the beloved son of Carol L. DeLuca Russell, of Carmichaels, and the late Thomas W. Russell Sr.. He was born August 24, 1974 in Waynesburg, PA.
On July 14, 2007, Tommy married his love, Paula Uribe Russell. He is survived in addition to his wife and mother by 2 sons; Brian and Kaden Russell, both at home, his sister, Audra Pickron (Thaddeus), of Lady Lake, Florida, 2 nieces; Lauren and Jordan Adams, Mother-in-law, Stella Castrillon, and Stepfather, Henry Pisegna.
Deceased in addition to his father is a brother, Perry Angelo Russell, his maternal grandparents, Angelo(Babe) and Mary DeLuca.
Tommy was a graduate of Waynesburg University class of 1995. From his Dad he inherited a lifelong interest in cars. He was a licensed auto auctioneer and did charity auction events. He enjoyed hunting with his friends.
Tommy was a member of the Crosspoint Assembly of God Church in Carmichaels.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at Crosspoint Church at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Kristian Elicia-Marie Loriston
Kristian Elicia-Marie Loriston, age 30, of Monessen, formerly of Carmichaels, went to be with the Lord and her nanny, Alice Pier in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh shortly after giving birth to her daughter Kalena on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Kristian was born May 28, 1989 in Washington D.C., the daughter of Angel Brooke.
In addition to her mother, Kristian is survived by her fiancé, Luck (Kenny) Michel, 3 children, Nevaeh and Klayton Loriston, and Kalena Michel; 4 siblings; Joshua and Jessica Halliday and their father, Craig Halliday (Lisa), Jordan and Jeremy Rannick and their father, Ronald Rannick; her mawmaw, Connie Conway; her best friend, Norma Bowser, and several aunts, uncles, cousins; the parents and brother of Kenny Michel, Mary Ann and Lucner Michel, of the Bahama Islands, and Venchy Michel.
Kristian was a graduate of Monessen High School, was studying nursing, and working as a home health aide. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Days Saints. Kristian was a beautiful woman who loved to dance, sing, all this Disney and bling. She had a bold straight forward personality but also a very sweet and giving heart that touched so many. Kristian loved her children so much that she gave her children so much that she gave her last breath to her beautiful baby girl.
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, March 14, 2020 from 5 to 6 pm. A memorial service will follow at 6pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home.
Johnna Cumpston, age 57, of Carmichaels died February 27, 2020 in her home after a long illness.
Johnna was born July 20, 1962 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late John H. and Dorothy D. Krucker Katusa.
On September 16, 1989, Johnna married Doug Cumpston who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons; Lucas J. Cumpston, and Jacob B. Cumpston (Danielle), all of Carmichaels, and stepson, Douglas A. Cumpston (Jacki), of Greensboro; 4 grandchildren, Easton, Dominic, and Helena Cumpston, and Gage Kundly; 5 sisters; Debbie Batis (Dave), of Carmichaels, Melanie Katusa (Roy), of Lorton VA, Karen Romah (Phil), of Garards Fort, Dorothy (Cootsy) Katusa, of Carmichaels, and Joetta Andrews, of Carmichaels; her mother-in-law, Virginia Cumpston; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Deceased in addition to her parents, are her father-in-law, Tom Cumpston, and brother-in-law, Pete Andrews.
Johnna was a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania in 1984 in education. She had worked with special needs children for United Cerebral early in her career.
She was a member of St. Matthias Roman Catholic Parish in Carmichaels. Johnna was an avid gardener, baker and cook. In addition to feeding those that she loved, Johnna managed the Hartley Inn, and could be found enjoying the animals on their family farm. She will be most remembered for her welcoming spirit, compassion and the love that she shared with immediate and extended family.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12 noon in St. Matthias Parish (St. Hugh), 408 Rt. 88, Carmichaels, PA, 15320. Arrangements are entrusted to the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Kathy J Hopton
09/17/1955 – 02/22/2020
The gift of life is precious. In the final analysis of one’s life, what truly matters is whether the person has lived their life to the fullest and if they have given love and received love. It is crystal clear that Kathy gave love bountifully to her soulmate, to her children and to her grandchildren.
Kathy loved her family more than life itself. Her surviving family members will forever remember the way she loved unconditionally with her whole heart, the way she looked at the world, the way she adored her animals, and the way she protected her children even after they were all grown up. Those who loved her will miss her straight-forward personality, her kind and gentle soul, infectious laugh, and fighting spirit.
Kathy will forever be irreplaceable. Though her loss will be felt by her loved ones for years to come; her presence will be everlasting and her love will live on.
Funeral services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
Helen A. Zetti
Helen A. Zetti, age 94, of Crucible died Friday, February 21, 2020 in her home.
Mrs. Zetti was born September 19, 1925 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Bayus Kasuba.
On September 7, 1946 Helen married Louis F. Zetti who died in 2016.
Helen is survived by her daughter Arlene M. Zetti, of Crucible, and a brother, Ralph P. Zetti (Ann), of Lancaster, PA, 1 grandson, Dominick Zetti, and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased in addition to her parents and husband are 2 brothers, John and Joe Bayus. She was the last of her immediate family.
Helen was a member of the former St. Mary Roman Catholic Church of Crucible, and the Altar-Rosary Society.
She liked making crafts, bird watching and feeding, cooking, and baking. Stray cats were always able to find a bowl of food on her back porch.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the staff and nurses of Amedysis Hospice for their loving care.
Please remember Helen, if you are able to, with a gift to the Humane Society of Greene County, Waynesburg, PA, 15370.
At Helen’s request, her services are private under the direction of the Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Ave., Carmichaels, PA, 15320, (724)966-5100.
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.