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Subject: [PAWESTMO-L] Tribune Review Obituaries - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 (part II)
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 22:42:01 -0400

Obituaries - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 (part II)

Margaret M. Morris
North Side

Margaret M. Morris, 92, died peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2001, in
Montefiore Hospital. She was born June 19, 1908, in Pittsburgh, son of
Alexander and Eva Klopek Matthews. She was a homemaker and was a Jehovah's
Witness. Survived by a daughter, Lois A. Morris of the North Side; a sister,
Stella Stasik of Bethel Park; a brother, Edwin Matthews of Gilbert, Ariz.;
nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by
her husband, Thomas J. Morris, a son, David Morris, and a daughter, Joan
Morris. Visitation Wednesday, June 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the
H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross,, where services will be Thursday, June 21, at 10
a.m. with the Rev. Leonard Patrick as officiant. Interment in Mt. Royal
Cemetery, Glenshaw.

Alberta Marian (Dodds) Nelson
Turtle Creek

Alberta Marian (Dodds) Nelson, age 77, on Sunday, June 17, 2001, in Easy
Living Estates in New Stanton. Beloved wife of the late Edward W. Nelson
Sr.; loving mother of Phyllis M. Mrosco and her husband John of New Stanton,
Susan L. Nelson of Penn Hills, Peggy A. Patterson and her husband Tom of
South Fayette, Edward Nelson and his wife Debbie of Westampton, N.J., Roger
Nelson and his wife Diane of Murrysville, Roy Nelson and his wife Margie of
Mount Pleasant and Michael Nelson of Turtle Creek; grandmother of Bethany
Nelson, Michael, Thomas, Zachary, Joshua and Tyler Patterson, Samantha and
Amanda Nelson, Nicole, Michael, Jennifer and Dylan Nelson; sister of Edward
and Louise Dodds of Murrysville, Gerald Dodds of Youngwood, and the late
Howard, Richard and George Dodds. Also survived by brothers-in-law, John and
his wife Betty Nelson, and Clair and his wife Helen Nelson; and
sisters-in-law, Ethel Light of Hunker and Emma Donaldson of Monroeville.
Daughter of the late Howard and Blanche (Phillips) Dodds. Mrs. Nelson loved
and was loved. She touched a great number of people and will be remembered
for her enormous capacity to care about people. The family would like to
express their appreciation to the staff of Easy Living Estates and
Westmoreland Hospice for their compassionate care. Visitation Tuesday and
Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN L. QUINLAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
11th and Airbrake avenues, Turtle Creek. Services in Alpha Lutheran Church,
Turtle Creek, Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Reed officiating. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland Hospice, 532 West
Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.

Walter E. Niemi
Level Green

Walter E. Niemi, 82, of Level Green, died Monday, June 18, 2001, in the
Woodhaven Care Center, Monroeville. He was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Nanty
Glo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved
wife, Elvira Koerth Niemi. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church of
Trafford and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Prior to retirement, he
was employed by Union Railroad as a crew dispatcher. Surviving are his two
sons, Eric R. (Susan) Niemi of Penn Hills and Carl M. Niemi of Level Green.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the DAVID
A. RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 220 Edgewood Ave., Trafford, where service will be
held Thursday at 11 a.m. with Dr. Robert Seilhammer officiating. Entombment
will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park.

Donald E. Roy

Donald E. "Cookie" Roy, 60, of Connellsville, died Saturday, June 16, 2001,
in the Uniontown Hospital. Friends received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC.,
111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2
to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will be held Wednesday from 10 to 11
a.m., the hour of service, in the Pennsville Baptist Church with Dr. Terry
V. Murray officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park,
Pennsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions
be made to the American Heart Association or to the Donald H. Roy Memorial
Fund, c/o of the Pennsville Baptist Church, RD2, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666.

Gladys Blanche Roy
McKees Rocks

Gladys Blanche Roy, age 78, died Sunday, June 17, 2001. Daughter of the late
Clyde G. and Loona G. Smith Roy; sister of the late Clyde G. Roy Jr.;
sister-in-law of Dolores A. Roy. Also survived by one niece and three
nephews. Friends welcome in the MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1225 Chartiers
Ave., McKees Rocks (Family owned and operated since 1886), Tuesday 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m., where funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Robert G. Sapalio

Robert G. Sapalio, 47, of Rector, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at his home.
He was born March 11, 1954, in Somerset, the son of Betty "B.J." Borek
Sapalio Larson of McKees Rocks and the late Stanley J. "Bob" Sapalio. He is
survived by his wife of 16 years, Lorraine A. "Lori" Harbison Sapalio; two
daughters, Amy R. Sapalio and Deanna R. Sapalio, both at home; his
stepfather, Robert Larson of McKees Rocks; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Mary
Jane) Sellers of Brush Valley and Mrs. David (Jeanne) Slick of Seward; and
his in-laws, Donald and Anna Harbison of Ligonier. Bob was employed as a
respiratory therapist at the Latrobe Area Hospital. He was a member of Holy
Trinity Catholic Church, the Promise Keepers and the Laughlintown Protective
Association. Bob was known for an undying faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
He was a man of integrity and faith. Friends will be received Tuesday from 6
to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN
FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. A Funeral Mass will be
celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier,
with the Rev. Joseph P. Maddalena as celebrant. Interment Somerset County
Memorial Park. Memorial gifts may be made to the Amy and Deanna Sapalio
Scholarship Fund, c/o HC 64 Box 535, Rector, PA 15677, or to the Bruno
Ferrari Cancer Unit, Latrobe Area Hospital. A vigil for the deceased will be
held Wednesday at 6 p.m., and a blessing service will be held Thursday at
9:30 a.m., both in the funeral chapel.

Ruth (Hudak) Sesti

Ruth (Hudak) Sesti, 78, died Saturday, June 16, 2001. Wife of the late
Joseph Sesti; daughter of the late Mark and Barbara Hudak; sister of Edna
Artim, Esther Frey and Alice Buanno. Also survived by nephews and nieces. No
visitation. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Nicholas
Church, Millvale. Everyone please meet at the church. Arrangments by

Martha (Tabak) Sisak

Martha (Tabak) Sisak died Sunday, June 17, 2001. Mrs. Sisak was a homemaker.
She was the beloved wife of the late Steve Sisak; mother of Ann Egnatz of
Murrysville, Martha Jean Solman of Shaler, Nicholas N. Sisak of Austin,
Texas and the late Stephen R. Sisak; mother-in-law of Stephen Egnatz, Ronald
Solman and LaRue Sisak. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 12
great-grandchildren. Celebrating Mrs. Sisak's life with her family in the
FRANK R. PERMAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler,
Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Liturgy in St. John Orthodox Church,
East Pittsburgh, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Sister Maureen Soltis
Vincentian Sisters of Charity, North Hills

Sister Maureen Soltis, 87, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, in the Vincentian
Home in North Hills. She was in the 73rd year of her religious life. She
entered the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from Holy Trinity Parish in
Duquesne and graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor's of science
and master's degree in secondary education majoring in library science. She
continued her education in library science, Spanish and theology at Mt.
Mercy College and earned her degree in 1960. Sister Maureen also attended
summer sessions in Spanish and public speaking at Notre Dame University,
Georgetown University and Loyola University for four years. Sister Maureen
served in the following ministries during her religious life: 16 years
teaching upper elementary grades in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg Dioceses;
20 years as librarian in schools and the Motherhouse; 14 years teaching
Spanish in high schools in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg dioceses; four
years as principal in Holy Trinity School, McKeesport; one year in social
work in Canonsburg; two years in the Motherhouse Printery and Mail Room,
until her illness. She was admitted to the Vincentian Home as a patient a
year ago. Sister Maureen is survived by half-sisters and half-brothers,
Helen Mullen of West Mifflin, Agnes Makatura of Burbank, Calif., Albert
Soltis of West Mifflin, Joseph Soltis of Duquesne, John Soltis of Mars and
Tom Soltis of Swissvale. Friends received at the Motherhouse on McKnight
Road Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m., after which time a Mass of Christian Burial
will be offered in St. Vincent Hall. Burial will be in the Sister's cemetery
on the Motherhouse grounds. Donations may be made to the Chapel Renovation

Alice LaVerne Soyka

Alice LaVerne "Bernie" Soyka, 71, of Lowber, died tragically Friday, June
15, 2001, at home, from injuries sustained while tending her farm. She was
born Sept. 13, 1929, in Collinsburg, the daughter of the late John and Alice
Couchenour Soyka. She was a former employee of the A&P food chain and
retired from the Foodland grocery chain. In addition to her parents, she was
preceded in death by a nephew, Gary Soyka. She is survived by a brother,
John G. "Jerry" Soyka and wife, Martha, of Sutersville; three nephews, John
"Jerry" and wife, Barb, and Jeff, all of Tampa, Fla., and Ricky of
Sutersville; a niece, Cheryl Soyka Menser and husband, Greg, of Bovard; and
several grandnieces and -nephews. Friends received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR.
FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton, where service will be held Wednesday at 11
a.m. with the Rev. Darrel Evans officiating. Interment West Newton Cemetery.

Georgia L. Tipton

Georgia L. Tipton, 90, died Monday, June 18, 2001. Born in Somerset, Mrs.
Tipton was a retired elementary school teacher with the Wilkinsburg School
District and a member of Homestead Park United Methodist Church. Aunt of
David Jones of Munhall; great-aunt of Debbie Cimino and Gregg Jones;
great-great-aunt of David Cimino, and Jennifer and Jessica Jones. Friends
received Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL
HOME, 3511 Main St., Munhall, where services will be Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Leora J. Toward
Jacobs Creek

Leora J. Toward, 65, of Jacobs Creek, passed away quietly the morning of
Monday, June 18, 2001. Leora was born in Jacobs Creek, Jan. 9, 1936, a
daughter of the late Nicholas and Josephine (Weber) Manack. She had recently
retired as a nurse aide from Westmoreland Manor. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Toward. She is survived by her
husband, Don Toward; a grandson, Michael Toward; two sisters, Lucille
Bosetti and Louella Manack; and two brothers, John and Jack Manack. Service
and interment were private. The L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Smithton,
in charge of arrangements.

Frank G. Uhrin
Mt. Pleasant

Frank G. Uhrin, 94, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, June 18, 2001, in Frick
Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born March 25, 1907, a son of Paul J. and
Mary Ann Vikartovsky Uhrin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by his wife, Dorothy Junick Uhrin, on Dec. 14, 1983; four brothers,
John, Joseph, Robert and Paul Uhrin; and five sisters, Mary Kanalwalsky,
Anne Hribal, Elizabeth Nowe, Irene Smith and Pauline Kiral. He is survived
by three children and their spouses, Dorothy and Robert Cousins, Francis J.
"Bo" and Janice Cower Uhrin of Mt. Pleasant, and David C. and Linda Steudler
Uhrin of Blackridge; a brother, Richard A. Uhrin of Mt. Pleasant; and seven
grandchildren, of whom he was especially proud, Elizabeth Cousins, a
graduate of West Virginia University and Wheeling Jesuit University,
Benjamin Turin, Courtney Cousins and Christina Uhrin, all graduates of the
University of Notre Dame, David Cousins, a senior at Millersville
University, Kathryn Uhrin, a junior at North Carolina State University and
Merrie Cousins, a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. At the time of
his death, he was an active member of the Mt. Pleasant Borough council,
serving for 35 years since 1964. Until Jan. 2000, he had been a longtime
member of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Pleasant Public Library. For
more than 50 years, he was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club and was
instrumental in organizing the community fundraising effort to restore the
town clock in the bell tower of the United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant.
He was also an original member of the Mt. Pleasant Civic and Business
Association and a forerunner of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. He was
a lifelong member of Visitation Roman Catholic Church, where he had served
as a lector and a parish council member. As a master woodworker, he built
and carved the doors for the church's confessionals. A pioneer in the
electrical field, he was the founder and original owner of Frank G. Uhrin
and Son Electrical Contractors. Family and friends received in
GALONE-CARUSO'S, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and
Wednesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated
Thursday at 10 a.m. in Visitation Church, Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Father
Anthony Ditto as celebrant. Interment will follow in Visitation Parish
Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be placed with Mt. Pleasant
Area Endowment Trust, c/o Dale Walker, CPA, 841 W. Main Street, Mt.
Pleasant, or the Mt. Pleasant Public Library, Church Street, Mt. Pleasant,
or Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Walnut Street, Mt. Pleasant.

Marian F. 'Meena' Wilczynski
Kennedy Township

Marian F. "Meena" Wilczynski, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2001.
She was the daughter of Antonina (Papst) and John Wilczynski; sister of
Joseph, Walter, Hilda, Victoria and Jean Wilczynski, Katherine Koller,
Virginia Weber, Rose Martonik, and the late Rudolph, Fred, Alfred and Ralph
Wilczynski and Anna Korn; also survived by 21 nieces and nephews and
numerous great and great-great-nieces and -nephews. Friends received from 2
to 9 p.m. Tuesday in MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 334 Forest Grove Road,
Kennedy Township (Family owned and operated since 1886.) Mass of Christian
Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Malachy Parish.

John R. Willard

John R. "Jack" Willard, 79, of Scottdale, died Saturday evening, June 16,
2001, in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Westmoreland Regional Hospital,
Greensburg. Jack's family will receive friends in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL
HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. Parting prayers will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral
home followed by his funeral service at 11 a.m. in Trinity United Methodist
Church, Mulberry Street, Scottdale, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Paul B.
Morris, officiating. Chapel service and interment will follow in Green Ridge
Memorial Park, Pennsville.

Iona M. Wilson

Iona M. Wilson, 83, of Connellsville, went to be with the Lord Monday, June
18, 2001, at her home. She was born July 25, 1917, in Connellsville, a
daughter of the late Allen and Mildred Dyer Morris. She was a licensed
practical nurse and was a past president of the Western Pennsylvania
Licensed Practical Nurses Association. She was the owner and operator of
Adventure in Ceramics for 23 years on East End Road, Connellsville. She was
Protestant by faith and was active for many years in the East End E.U.B.
Church, and later attended the Church of the Open Door. She is survived by
her husband of 66 years, Logan K. Wilson; a daughter, Nancy Feniello and
husband, Garry; a son, Kenneth E. Wilson and wife, Barbara; and a
granddaughter, Deborah Larson, all of Connellsville; a grandson, James
Feniello and wife, Stephanie, of Wexford; a stepgrandson, Garry Feniello Jr.
and wife, Carmen, of Connellsville; a great-grandson, Joey Feniello of
Wexford; and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Dominique Feniello of Waynesburg.
She was the last surviving member of her family. In addition to her parents,
she was predeceased by two sisters, Grace Guynn of Dunbar RD and Dorothy
Hausele of Gary, Ind.; and a brother, Ralph Morris of Vanderbilt. Friends
will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to
9 p.m. at the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville,
where service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Bruce A.
Storms officiating. Entombment will follow in the Sanctuary of Love, Green
Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.

Jack, Claude E., 78, Monroeville, 10 a.m. Thur., Gene H. Corl, Monroeville

Shirland, Fred A., 82, Murrysville, 10 a.m. Thur., John T. Hart, Murrysville

Tornichio, Samuel J., 70, of Canonsburg, Washington County, on Monday, June
18. Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., Canonsburg.

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