William C. Samples Sr.
William C. Samples Sr., 88, Masontown died December 7, 2013 in his home.
Mr. Samples was born December 15, 1924 in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Harvey and Lavonna Brown Samples.
He was married to Edna Mae Durst Samples who died February 6, 2011.
Mr. Samples is survived by 7 children: Calvin Samples Jr. (Tammy), Masontown, Cynthia L. Samples, Uniontown, Deborah S. Darnell (Randy A.), Uniontown, Paul E. Samples (Janet), Republic, Stephen C. Samples, Masontown, Robin E. Core (John V. Sr.) Masontown, and Mary Ann Samples, Uniontown; grandchildren, Grant Samples and Nicholas Samples, Randy A. Darnell Jr., Brandon L. Darnell, Angela Darnell, Paul Samples, Crystal Samples, Lindsey E. Core, Alexandra R. (Allie) Core, John V. Core Jr., David Jordan, Harry Shaffer, and Christopher Samples, great grandchildren, Alexis Darnell, Paul Samples, K.C. Samples, Morgan Darnell.
He was the last of his immediate family.
Mr. Samples served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Marsolino Construction Co.
His favorite pastimes were eating out, gardening, and listening to music.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow in Greendale Cemetery, Masontown, Pa.
Joseph Katusa, age 85, Carmichaels died November 26, 2013 in Arden Court, Jefferson Hills, Pa.
Mr. Katusa was born July 11, 1928 in Crucible, the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Mladjenovich Katusa Sr. Also deceased are his wife Ann who died May 15, 2012, an infant son, a brother John Katusa and sister Julie Bogucki.
Mr. Katusa is survived by 3 daughters, Sharon Pauley (Ed), Tornado, WV, Christine Zupancic (John), Bethel Park, and Jacqueline (Paul) Okonak, Nashua, N.H., a son, David Katusa (Amy), Newport, N.Y., 12 grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Mary Downs, Alexandria, Va., and Josephine Cote (Tom), Sun City, Az., and several nieces and nephews.
Joe was a member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Masontown.
During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Later in his life, Joe volunteered as a legislative chairman of the American Merchant Marines Veterans Association working to successfully enact legislation by the U.S. Congress to recognize Merchant Marines during WW II. For his efforts he was honored at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
Joe was a graduate of Waynesburg College, and was a prominent businessman in the Carmichaels area, and later became a field engineer for SAI Consulting Engineers. He was a past president of the Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Fraternal Union, Lodge 354 and past president of the Junior Tamburitzans, the Serb National Federation, American Legion Post 816, Rices Landing, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3491, Carmichaels, and past president of the American Society of Highway Engineers.
Joe began work to start a group recognizing the Dalmatian regions sons and daughters in America and to preserve their music and culture.
Friends will be received on Saturday from 10 to 12 in St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Masontown. A Funeral Service will begin at noon with the Very Reverend Dr. Rodney E. Torbic officiating.
Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels with Full Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491, Carmichaels.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite 3-201, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.
Paula K. Palone,79, of Belle Vernon, passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2013, at Mon Valley Hospital.
She was born on June 7,1934, in Nemacolin, a daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Sloboda.
She married Ralph R. Palone in 1952 who passed away in 1997 after celebrating 45 years of marriage.
They raised two children. A son, Dino R. Palone wife Holly, of Belle Vernon, and a daughter, Karen Ealy, husband Robert of Fairfield, Idaho.
Paula lived the past 18 yrs. in Gooding, Idaho where she made many close friends. She was the Asst. Mgr. of Aspen Grove Asst. Living, in Bellevue, until her retirement in 1997.
Her hobbies included traveling, going to the casino with friends, gardening, eating out, rock hounding and gold prospecting. She was a member of the G.P.A.A. and was known to catch "Gold Fever" on occasion.
She was a wonderful cook who expressed her love for her family and friends in many delicious ways. Holidays wont be the same without her nut rolls and apricot horns.
Paula will be remembered for her warmth, her cheerful disposition, her willingness to help anyone in need. Her devotion to family, her spirit and her never failing sense of humor.
She was preceeded in death by her twin sister, Pearl Georgiana.
Besides her children, she is survived by her sister, Audrey Leyko of Westminster, Ca., four grandchildren, Aimee Shepard husband Robert of Nampa, Id., Robin Somerville husband Michael, of Jeannette, Pa., Joseph Palone, wife Donna of Lancaster CA, Shannon Daniels, husband Lawrence of Oxnard, Ca. Six great grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Somerville, Sydney Palone, Hayley and Jayden Daniels, and Olivia Shepard. Also many nieces and nephews, "adopted children", Quoi and Ba Van Ngo, their children Bobby and Annie. Also Lee Ann Huckans of CA, (mother of Joe and Shannon.)
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Hilda Janetta Coger Harris Cameron
Hilda Janetta Coger Harris Cameron, age 74, of Reader, W.V., and formerly of Crucible and Waynesburg died November 23, 2013 in Genesis Health Care Center, Sistersville, WV.
Mrs. Cameron was born September 28, 1939, the daughter of the late Walter and Audrey Howard Coger.
Mrs. Cameron is survived by 4 children, Russell Harris, Belingtton, WV, Raymond Harris (Hien), Webster, N.H., Rhonda Thomas and Evelyn Matusik, both of Reader, WV, 2 brothers, Robert Coger (Joanne), Blacksville, WV, and Harry Coger (Wilda Jean), Marianna, Pa., 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are Hilda’s 2 husbands, Floyd Harris and George Cameron, 2 children, Rance Harris and Robin Titchnelle, 4 brothers, Denzil, Franklin, William, and Paul Coger, a granddaughter, Janetta Ratliff and great granddaughter, Mia Dawn Kuhn.
Hilda was a member of the New Apostolic Church, Crucible.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, playing cards, and working on puzzles with her family.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako, Funeral Director/Supervisor on Tuesday November 26, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Mike Brown, officiating.
1949 – 2013
Dorothy Baker, age 63, Nemacolin, died November 4, 2013 in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.
Dorothy was born December 23, 1949 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Babella Slezak.
Her husband, Ernest Arthur Baker is deceased.
Mrs. Baker is survived by 3 children, Begene Bahl and husband Derek, Harrisburg, Christine Baker and fiancé, Eric Palmer, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Ernest Baker, Carmichaels, a grandson, Dawson Ball, and 3 sisters, Rosemarie Slesak, Marlene Quesenberry and husband, James, and Annette Slezak.
Dorothy was a graduate of West Mifflin High School (North), Waynesburg College in 1998, and was working on her Masters in Education at Waynesburg University. She worked as a substitute teacher.
Mrs. Baker was a member of St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church, Carmichaels.
She enjoyed singing, reading, writing poems, and cooking.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home, Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. A Blessing Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend John Bauer, officiating at 2:00 p.m.
Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, California at a later date.
Julia S. Kerr
1919 – 2013
Julia S. Kerr, age 93, of Carmichaels passed away November 4, 2013 at her home.
Julia was born November 30, 1919 in Fayette Co., the daughter of the late Charles and Pauline Sabo Swistak.
Julia was married to the late Nathan B. Kerr.
Mrs. Kerr is survived by 3 children, Charles C. Kerr and wife Sharon, Nathan B. Kerr, and Judity R. Price, 7 grandchildren, Charles Kerr II, Dawn Ringling, Brian Ker, Lance Kerr, Julia Price, Heidi Grayer, and Shannon Irvin, eight great great grandchildren, and her extended family, Glen and Marianne Dale, Dorothy Fabery Cunningham Kerr, and Thomas W. Petron. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Julia lived for her God, family, and farming. She loved all that nature provided.
She takes with her fond memories of the kindness and generosity of her friends and neighbors; her cherished collection of post cards from around the world and greeting cards of cheer.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
To honor Julia’s request, a private funeral service has been arranged for the immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
The Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320, Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor is in charge of the arrangements.
George R. (Bob) Gideon
George R. (Bob) Gideon, age 88, of Carmichaels died October 25, 2013 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Care, Waynesburg.
Mr. Gideon was born October 27, 1924, in Greene County, the son of the late William Clarence and Mary Ellen Patterson Gideon.
On June 9, 1951, Mr. Gideon married Melva Miller who survives. Also surviving are 3 children, Bob Gideon (Karen), Carmichaels, Debbie Ritchey (Robert), Carmichaels, and Kevin Gideon (Jackie), Kansas City, Mo., 6 grandchildren: Ryan Gideon, Renee Gideon, Blair Ritchey (Emily), Jennifer Madlock (Brian), Stacy Ray (MacKelly), Kelley Mahle (Jeffrey), great grandchildren: Haley and Caleb Ritchey, Brianna and Brody Madlock, Ethan and Molly Ray, Logan and Emma Mahle, a brother, Al Gideon (Dolly), Carmichaels, and sister, Betty Anne Fox.
Mr. Gideon served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Signalman.
Mr. Gideon was a retired miner from the Nemacolin Mine, and a member of the UMWA. He was also a skilled electrician.
He was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, Carmichaels.
He was also a member of the American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491.
Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, and listening to music with his family and friends.
Deceased in addition to his parents are 2 brothers, John and William Gideon, and a sister, Ruth Jean Crane.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Sunday October 27, 2013 from 2 to 4p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Keith Larson, officiating.
Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery with Full Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491.
Betty L. Beatty
Betty L. Beatty, age 71, Waynesburg, formerly of Carmichaels, died Oct. 16, 2013 in Golden Living Center, Waynesburg.
Miss Beatty was born August 11, 1942 in Fairchance, the daughter of the late Charles and Leona Guthrie Beatty.
Betty is survived by a brother Charles Beatty and wife, Louisa, Massillon, Ohio, and 3 sisters, Charlotte White and husband, Albert, Clarksville, Geraldine Howard, and husband, Richard, Ocean View, Delaware, and Leona Joyce Olesko, and husband, Andrew, Republic. Many nieces and nephews survive, and all her friends and the staff at Golden Living Center she considered her family.
Miss Beatty was a Baptist.
Friends and family will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa., 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Friday, October 18, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 a.m.
Evelyn Lorraine Gephart
Evelyn Lorraine Gephart, age 57, of Garards Fort became an angel on September 30, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Evelyn was born December 4, 1955 in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Robert B. Gephart (deceased May 15, 1965) and Margaret L. Lipscomb Gephart (deceased August 24, 2012).
Evelyn is survived by 2 sons, Robert (Fred) Gephart (Tiffany) and Daniel Conard, a daughter, Autumn Conard Fike (Robert), 5 grandchildren, Kendra, Robert, and Warren Gephart, Emily and Josh Conard, 6 sisters, Sally Harbarger (James Yoders), Robin Conklin, Dessie Conard, Ellen Higginbotham, Alice Conard (Larry), Virginia Mosley, 2 brothers, Bennie Gephart, and Ira Brewer (Theresa). She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Deceased ae 4 brothers, William and Robert Gephart, Ward and Richard Brewer, and 1 sister, Shelby Hetz.
Evelyn loved her grandchildren dearly. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling to Florida, and going to flea markets.
Friends will be received on Thursday October 3, 2013 from, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Harold O. Kelley, officiating.
Interment will be private at a later date.
William G. (Gabby) Gabeletto III
William G. (Gabby) Gabeletto III, age 42, of Nemacolin died September 26, 2013.
Mr. Gabeletto was born December 15, 1971 in Uniontown, the son of William G. and Cindy L. Shipley Gabeletto, of Nemacolin.
Mr. Gabeletto is also survived by 2 children, Chelsie Gabeletto and Destinee Haney, a brother Christopher Gabeletto, Nemacolin and his former wife, Bobbie Gabeletto, Nemacolin.
Mr. Gabeletto worked as a truck driver, and was an excellent carpenter.
He was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, Carmichaels.
Mr. Gabeletto enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was a devoted father to Chelsie and Destinee, and will be missed by all who loved him.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Reagan Fike, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul Lesako Funeral Home, Inc.
1920 – 2013
Ruth T. Smugle, 93, of Waynesburg, formerly of Nemacolin died September 27, 2013 in Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg.
Mrs. Smugle was born August 25, 1920 in Bristoria, the daughter of the late Ellis and Virginia M. Crow Tuttle.
Mrs. Smugle was married to the late Stanley J. Smugle who died in 1975.
She is survived by 3 daughters, Blanche Hutchinson, Leesburg, Florida, Louise Woolsey (Tommy), Kemmerer, Wyoming, Shirley Tennant (Sonny), Waynesburg, and 2 sons, William (Bronco) Taylor (Pat), Inglis, Florida, and John Taylor, Rices Landing, Pa., 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren.
Ruth was a Baptist.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100), Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Edward Woods, officiating.
Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels.
Rachelle (Rae) Nicholson
Jane Rachelle (Rae) Nicholson, age 67, of Uniontown died September 17, 2013 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Nicholson was born March 3, 1946 in Uniontown, the daughter of the late Robert A. and Brunetta Jane Andrews McLaughlin. She was raised in Nemacolin.
Rae is survived by her husband of 30 years, William A. Nicholson. Also surviving are a son Edward John Vuknic and wife Sharon, Anderson, S.C. and a daughter, Heather Vuknic, Washington, Pa., a grandson, Jeremy Hentz and granddaughter, Sarah Grace Vuknic, a sister, Idessa Hricisak and husband, David, Pittsburgh.
Two sisters, Patsy Ann McLaughlin, and Betsy Bailey, and brother Butch McLaughlin are deceased.
Mrs. Nicholson was employed as a legal secretary in Uniontown until her retirement. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women of Masontown.
Rae attended St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church in Carmichaels, and was a member of the Altar-Rosary Society.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Hugh Church, 408 Route 88 Road, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with the Reverend John Bauer, Celebrant. Paul M. Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100). Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor.
Althea Levina Vance Sands
Althea Levina Vance Sands, 89, of Waynesburg formerly of Jefferson, passed away September 18, 2013 in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
Mrs. Sands was born in 1924 in Washington, Pa. to the late Clarence (Red) and Dora Campbell Vance.
Althea was a graduate of Cumberland Twp. High School, class of 1943, and in 1944 she married the late William Howard Sands who had been a Prisoner of War. They were married for 63 years, and resided in Jefferson.
Mrs. Sands is survived by 2 children, Jeffrey Lynn Sands (Deborah), Althea L. Sands Barcome, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 1 step great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased in addition to her parents and husband are 2 children, Kenneth Robert Sands, and Kathleen Joyce Sands who died at age 5, 2 brothers, Clarence (Milton) Vance and Harry Vance, and a sister, Elvira Zink.
Mrs. Sands loved music, and played the guitar and clarinet in her youth. She loved Jesus, and was a long time member of the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene. She was the Church Treasurer for 14 years.
Mrs. Sands was also affiliated with the East View Assembly of God Church.
She was devoted to her family and hospitable to all who visited her at home.
Mrs. Sands was a caregiver to her young daughter, husband, brother , mother, and others who came into her home.
She resided the last four years of her life with her daughter, Althea, prior to going to Rolling Meadows.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320 (724-966-5100) Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Carl Kibler, officiating.
Interment will follow in Greene Co. Memorial Park, Waynesburg.
David A. Van Sickle, Jr.
David A. Van Sickle, Jr., age 87, of Point Marion died September 15, 2013 in his home.
Mr. Van Sickle was born January 2, 1926 in Greensboro, the son of the late David and Mary Ann Martin VanSickle Sr.
David attended Mapletown High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, and served on a minesweeper for thirty months. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
After his Naval Service, in World War II, David worked for 37 years for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at Lock 8, Point Marion.
Mr. Van Sickle was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, The Hutchison Sportsman Club, and a past President of the Point Marion Lions Club.
David’s wife Betty Birch Van Sickle died February 22, 2012. Also deceased are three brothers, James, Charles, and Raleigh Van Sickle, and two sisters, Leona “Toot” Rafferty Bezock and Lena Glisan.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews, and will be missed by his Saturday night friends.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. 15320. Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Friday September 20, 2013 from 10 to 11 a.m. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Scott Teets, officiating.
Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Greene Co. Memorial Park Mausoleum, Waynesburg.
William E. Smearcheck
William E. Smearcheck, 87, of Nemacolin, died September 9, 2013 in Point Manor, Pt. Marion, Pa.
Mr. Smearcheck was born April 7, 1926 in Nemacolin, the son of the late Edward and Katherine Wisnieski Smearcheck
On August 25, 1951, Mr. Smearcheck married Florence Bogacik Smearcheck who survives.
Also surviving are 3 children, Richard Smearcheck (Debra) N. Canton, Ohio, William Smearcheck Jr. (Maureen) Nemacolin, and Renee Bosco (Robert), Waynesburg, 8 grandchildren, Mark Smearcheck (Dylan), Jeffrey Smearcheck, Matthew Smearcheck, Sara Snyder (Jeremy), Meghan Ricciuti (Jeremy), William Smearcheck III, Laura Coss (Jeffrey), Robert Bosco Jr. (Alicia), 9 great grandchildren, Benjamin Smearcheck, Lauren Rudinsky, Owen and Aiden Snyder, Jack and Nate Ricciuti, Kristen and Brett Coss, Wesley Bosco, a brother, Richard (Butch) Smearcheck and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are 2 sisters, Cecilia Logan and Josephine Caputo, and 3 brothers, Thomas, Edward (Rusty), and Marion Smearcheck.
Bill served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy.
He was a retired coal miner from Gateway Mine, and a member of the UMWA.
He was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Nemacolin. He served as an usher and on the Parish Council.
Mr. Smearcheck was a life-long member of the Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Dept., the Masontown VFW and Legion. He served on the Nemacolin Playground Committee and the Miners’ Monument Committee for the I-79 Monument at Mt. Morris.
He was a loyal fan of Penn State football and worked as an usher at games in State College for years.
Friends will be received in the Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, Pa. Paul M. Lesako Funeral Director/Supervisor on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. A Prayer Service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church, Nemacolin.
Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park Mausoleum. Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Masontown VFW and Legion.