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Ernest G. Shifko -- Obituary --

Ernest G. Shifko

Ernest G. "Bookie" Shifko, 69, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Greensburg, a son of the late Michael E. and Tillie C. (Mandziara) Shifko. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Hillview Motors, Greensburg. He was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, a social member of the Mid-Way St. Clair Fire Department. Bookie was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Robert M. Shifko in 1969, Paul Shifko in 1929, Richard F. Shifko in 1993, Leonard H. "Mike" Shifko in 2002 and Donald J. Shifko in 2005; a sister, Bernice Trout in 2011 and her husband, Ronald. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen L. (Elliott) Shifko; their son, Robert E. Shifko and his wife, Amy (Bowman) Shifko, of Greensburg; a granddaughter, Julia Rose Shifko; a brother, Carl Shifko and his wife, Connie, of Jeannette; two sisters, Lorraine Overly and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg and Diana Stefaniak and her husband, Wayne, of Connecticut; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Shifko, Angelina "Dolly" Shifko and Patricia Shifko, all of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Carol (Tompkins) Bushnell -- Obituary --

Carol (Tompkins) Bushnell

Carol (Tompkins) Bushnell 57, of Yukon, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at IHS of Greater Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She was born Jan. 30, 1943, in Greensburg, a daughter of Doris M. Dean Tompkins of Adamsburg and the late Wade E. Tompkins Sr., who died in 1982. She was a member of the Grace United Church of Christ, Yukon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay A. Bushnell Sr., in 1970. In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Jay A. Bushnell Jr. and Jeff A. Bushnell, both of Yukon; two grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Bushnell; a brother, Wade E. Tompkins Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Herminie; and four nieces.

Richard A. Crescenzo -- Obituary --

Richard A. Crescenzo

Richard A. "Dick" Crescenzo, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at home. He was born July 1, 1942, in Latrobe, a son of the late Jesse and Helen Baltic Crescenzo, and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Pamela. He was a retired employee of Westinghouse Printing, Trafford, and was an Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. Dick was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited, Irwin Sportsmen's Club, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association and the NRA. He enjoyed gardening, fly and trout fishing and hunting with his son, Steven, vacations at the Outer Banks and watching NASCAR racing. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, celebrated September 2, Judith M. (Simpson) Crescenzo; a son, Steven R. Crescenzo, of North Huntingdon; siblings, Linda Crescenzo, of Wegley, and Michael (Debbie) Crescenzo, of St. Louis; stepbrother, Ronald Crescenzo, of Jeannette; mother-in-law, Julia Simpson; sisters-in-law, Sandra Simpson, Donna (Dan) Carey and Terri Simpson; and nephews, Joseph and Colin Carey

Loretta (Zundel) D'Aurora -- Obituary --

Loretta (Zundel) D'Aurora

Loretta (Zundel) D'Aurora, 60, of Export, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at her home in Salem Township. She was born Feb. 11, 1942, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late Ray and Christina Zundel. Loretta was a member of the Harrold Zion Lutheran Church and was a former organist. She was employed by Festival Foods and Five Points Gas and Go and enjoyed flea marketing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Kathy Hufford, in July. She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Joseph D'Aurora; two stepsons, Darrell D'Aurora and wife, Diane, and Tim D'Aurora and wife, Caroline, and a stepdaughter, Dorothy D'Aurora, all of Greensburg; a stepson-in-law, Bill Hufford of Export; three brothers, Warren Zundel and wife, Shirley, of Florida, Larry Zundel of Greensburg and Denny Zundel and wife, Donna, of Greensburg; and a sister, Eileen Lux and husband, Ronnie, of Philadelphia. In addition, she is survived by four granddaughters, Alicia and Jessica D'Aurora, Jennifer and Allison Hufford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert L. Wilkinson Jr. -- Obituary --

Robert L. Wilkinson Jr.

Robert L. "Bob" Wilkinson Jr., 63, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at home. He was born Sept. 24, 1941, in Greensburg, a son of Mildred Powers Wilkinson Grieff, of Youngwood, and the late Robert L. Wilkinson Sr. He was a retired sales account manager from Ralph A. Hiller Co. He was preceded in death by his father, and stepfather, Donald Grieff. In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, Robert L. Wilkinson III and wife, Mary, of Monroeville, Beth Johnson, of McKeesport, and Scott K. Wilkinson and wife, Kristine, of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas, Matthew and Emily; three sisters, Linda Brown and husband, Vernon, of Budd Lake, N.J., Janice Hannon and husband, Jim, of Valrico, Fla., and Jean Ann Smolkowiez and husband, Frank, of North Carolina; a number of nieces and nephews; his former wives, Marsha Kelly Wilkinson and Janice Fritz Wilkinson; and a special friend, Patty Smith. He enjoyed motorcycling, woodworking, scuba diving and spending time with his cats, Toby, Midnight and Harley.

Alice L. Jeffrey -- Obituary --

Alice L. Jeffrey

Alice L. Jeffrey, 67, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Jay A. Jeffrey and the late Jean Louise Hanson Jeffrey Donoughe. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepfather, Arthur F. Donoughe, who raised her; and two brothers, Jay and William Jeffrey. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a custodian for the Hempfield Area School District. Alice was an avid bingo player and enjoyed playing at the Greensburg Moose and St. Bartholomew's. She is survived by two sisters, Madelyn "Lynn" Donoughe, of Greensburg, and Donna Cooper, of Woodford, Va.; a stepbrother, Richard F. Donoughe, of Johnstown; a nephew, Richard W. Donoughe, of Greensburg; and many other nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly.

James E. Trout -- Obituary --

James E. Trout

James E. "Fish" Trout, 66, of New Stanton, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in UPMC Shadyside hospital. Fish was loved by many and will be missed by all. He was born March 25, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Frances E. Menhorn Trout Ruffner, of Youngwood, and the late John M. Trout. He served in the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a member of VFW 3368, Mt Pleasant, American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, LOOM, Greensburg, and Youngwood Sportsmans. He enjoyed gardening, camping, hunting, golf and NASCAR racing. He really loved music, especially Buddy Holly and Marty Stewart. He worked as an electrician for Westinghouse in Youngwood and East Pittsburgh. He retired from the Westmoreland Manor in 2004. He was a wonderful and caring husband for 37 years to his wife, Barbara R. Cox Trout. He is also survived by a sister, Sharon E. Stoner and her husband, J.D., of Hunker; and a brother, John L. Trout and his wife, Jennifer, of New Stanton.

Theresa J. (Spor) Loughner -- Obituary --

Theresa J. (Spor) Loughner

Theresa J. (Spor) Loughner, 69, of Greensburg, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 22, 1942, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Charles William and Ethel M. (Montgomery) Spor. She formerly had been employed by Seton Hill College, and was a graduate of Hempfield Area High School. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ethelreda Brandanio; and three brothers, Bernard, Charles and Joseph Robert Spor. She is survived by her husband, Floyd R. Loughner; five daughters, Theresa A. "Terrie" Prevenslik (Jason), of Greensburg, Cheryl Stein, of Penn, Lisa Ponzetti (Michael), of Jeannette, Christine Wojciechowski (Joseph), of Saxonburg, and Lorraine Daugherty (Edward), of Hunker; a son, Ronald G. Loughner (Vicki), of Jeannette; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Spor, of Greensburg; a sister, Bernice Pushnik (Jerome), of Greensburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Anthony J. Octavio Jr. -- Obituary --

Anthony J. Octavio Jr.

Anthony J. Octavio Jr., 60, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Jeannette, the son of the late Anthony Sr. and Helen Yuhas Octavio. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of the World Prophetic Ministry of Colton, Calif. Anthony was a devoted Christian with a deep faith in God. He is survived by his wife, Susanne J. Visley Octavio; a son, Cary G. Octavio and his wife, Marcia, of Latrobe; two daughters, Denise O. "Deanie" Boyle and her husband, Robert, of Greensburg, and Maxine Octavio, of Treasure Island, Fla.; three grandsons, Brandon, Trevor and Connor; a sister, Eleanea McGee, of Greensburg; a sister-in-law, Mary Reiss, of Irwin; four nieces; a nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

David J. Fait -- Obituary --

David J. Fait

David J. Fait, 64, of Youngwood, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Dec. 31, 1941, in Washington, D.C., he was a son of the late Joe Fait and Marjorie (Lingenfield) Fait Henderson. He was a graduate of Hempfield High School in 1960 and California University of Pennsylvania in 1963. He taught industrial arts at Gettysburg School District and Mt. Pleasant Area School District for 17 years. While building, he was president of the Westmoreland Home Builders Association and was Builder of the Year. He also won Best of Show for two houses that he entered in the Builders Parade of Homes. After leaving the building business, he returned to teaching for seven more years at Mon Valley Career and Technology Center, where he was past president of the PSEA. He was an avid supporter of Rails-To-Trails and was president of the Five Star Trail. He was a member and past president of the trustees of Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood, a delegate to conference, and served on the district building and location committee. He was a person who loved life and was very interested in people. He had a great sense of humor and many varied interests. He enjoyed nature, golfing, traveling, theater, art and collecting pottery. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and will be remembered for his easygoing personality and gentle spirit. He is survived by his wife, Laural M. (Crawford) Fait, with whom he had a wonderful, loving relationship for 32 years; two children, Scott Fait and wife, Lisa, and Laura Mitchell; and three grandchildren, Matthew Skodak, Chelsea Foster and Molly Fait. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Don Fait.

Henry D. Chedrick -- Obituary --

Henry D. Chedrick

Henry D. "Porky" Chedrick, 63, of Greensburg, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at his home. He was born March 26, 1942, in Hempfield Township, a son of Ruth E. Croushore Chedrick, of Greensburg, and the late Nicholas Chedrick. He had been employed by the Greensburg Concrete Block Company and had been a member of the Roosevelt Club. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Ronald Kochis. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Paula Omlor Chedrick; their son, Chad Joseph Chedrick; daughter, Kelly R. Chedrick and her son, Joshua; son, Kent D. Chedrick; five brothers and sisters, Donald F. Chedrick and his wife, Joanne, of Greensburg, Sylvia R. Marks and her husband, Benjamin, of Greensburg, Gary K. Chedrick and his wife, Ginny, of Irwin, Rosemary H. Kochis, of Greensburg, and Karen J. Miscovich and her husband, Chuck, of Greensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Andrew Joseph Cambruzzi Jr. -- Obituary --

Andrew J. Cambruzzi

Andrew Joseph Cambruzzi Jr., 66, of New Stanton, was called to service at the Lord's Cattle Ranch in heaven, Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2008. Andy is the dearly loved husband of Patricia Ann (Menanno) Cambruzzi; devoted and loving father of Rita Jane Shaver, Andrew Joseph Cambruzzi III, and Jamie Lynn Cambruzzi, all of Charlotte, N.C., and Blaze Lewis Cambruzzi, of Lancaster, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Muehlbauer) Cambruzzi, and son-in-law, Jeffrey Shaver; adoring grandfather, "Nonno" of Madison Patricia Shaver, Caroline Jane Cambruzzi, Jackson Wyatt Shaver, Cate Marie Cambruzzi and Colt Blaze Cambruzzi; loving son of Andrew J. Cambruzzi Sr. and Rita W. (Miller) Cambruzzi, of Darragh; loyal brother of Sandra Marie Ovitsky, of Mt. Pleasant, and David Wayne Cambruzzi, of Darragh; and devoted friend to Ruby, Windy, Bishop and Dingo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rita. Andy was the "One of a kind" generous and caring real estate broker / owner of Cambruzzi Real Estate, Est. 1976; and a vibrant member of the PA Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Westmoreland West Association of Realtors, PA Hereford Association and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a spirited and active contributor to athletic programs throughout Western Pennsylvania and North and South Carolina.

Keith P. Brockett -- Obituary --

Keith P. Brockett

Keith P. Brockett, 61, of Johnstown, formerly of Manor, passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at his home. He was born June 5, 1941, a son of Russell and Betty Brockett of North Huntington. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Betty Lou and her husband, Joe Goffner, of Manor; a niece; two nephews; an uncle, William Pearce; several cousins; and his beloved soulmate of several years, Shirley Donitzen of Davidsville. Keith was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was employed by the State of Pennsylvania as an auditor and was self-employed as a designer/builder of sports and body building equipment. He was previously employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and as an oil rig welder while living in Texas. Keith is sadly missed by his family and friends.

Jay B. Johnston -- Obituary --

Jay B. Johnston

Jay B. "Sandy" Johnston, 65, of 646 Park Ave., Woolrich, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, in the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport. He was born Oct. 26, 1942, in Greensburg, the son of the late Stanford V. Johnston and the former Margaret Fultz Johnston. Jay was a 1960 graduate of Hempfield Area High School and was a veteran of the Air Force. He retired from the North Central Division of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in 1994, after 26 years of service. Jay loved to hunt and fish in central Pennsylvania, as well as traveling to other parts of the United States to hunt and fish with his friends. To many of his friends in central Pa., he was known as the "Old Ranger." He is survived by a brother, Jan T. (Delores) Johnston, of Greensburg; and a sister, Jill (John) Rady, of Youngwood.

Lawrence Steban -- Obituary --

Lawrence Steban

Lawrence R. "Larry" Steban, 62, of Herminie, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born June 13, 1941, in Herminie, a son of the late Michael Sr. and Anna (Fisber) Steban. He was a member of the Herminie United Methodist Church and the Italian Miners Society, Hahntown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Roberts; and a brother, Michael A. Steban Jr. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Nancy (Bair) Steban; a brother, Vincent A. and his wife, Mary Jane Steban, of Greensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Shirlene (Lydic) Hileman -- Obituary --

Shirlene (Lydic) Hileman

Shirlene A. Hileman, 66, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at her home. She was born July 2, 1942, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Harry W. and Twila B. Lydic. Shirlene was a member and active volunteer with the Word of Life Ministries in Greensburg and enjoyed volunteering for the different nursing homes in the area. Her passion was working in her garden. She was a retired employee of the Powerex Corp. of Youngwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, David Curtis Lydic. Surviving are a daughter, Laurie Lydic and her husband, Timothy McPherson, of Sewickley; brothers, Harry Carl Lydic, of Pittsburgh, and Jack Allen Lydic, of Newark; sisters, Linda Golembiewski and her husband, Gerald, of Ligonier, and Sally Lydic, of Trafford; and several nieces and nephews.

Dolores (Orlo) Gongaware -- Obituary --

Dolores (Orlo) Gongaware

Dolores ``Doe'' Gongaware, 59, of Hempfield Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, in the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was born July 23, 1942, in Hempfield Township, a daughter of the late Michael C. and Viola Josephine Bartosh Orlo. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, the Rosary Altar Society and the Friendship Club of Lincoln Heights. She loved to walk and was an avid card player. She is survived by her husband, Robert Gongaware Sr.; two sons, Robert Jr. of Houston and Brian of Wegley; two brothers, Michael Orlo of Latrobe and Thomas Orlo of Greensburg; two sisters, Carol Tallarico and her husband, Richard, of Lower Burrell and Frances Orlo Farabaugh and her husband, Christopher, of Greensburg; two brothers-in-law, Russell Gongaware and his wife, Jan, of Jeannette and Jerry Gongaware and his wife, Diane, of New Derry; four sisters-in-law, Lois Jaffre and her husband, Maurice, Dorothy Lowstuter, Marilyn ``Jeannie'' Hartman and her husband, Charles, and Joyce Randolph, all of Jeannette; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Rose Ann (Storkel) Andiorio -- Obituary --

Rose Ann (Storkel) Andiorio

Rose Ann Andiorio, 62, of Greensburg, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, in UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. She was born March 10, 1942, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Stephen and Susan (Ribovich) Storkel. She was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church, Bovard. Rose was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who cherished her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Joseph L. Andiorio Jr.; two daughters, Kathy Takitch and her husband, Gary, of Unity Township and Charlene Andiorio, at home, and her fiance, Ron Puskar; two grandchildren, Nathan and Lauren Takitch; two brothers, Stephen Storkel and his wife, Diana, of Schaumburg, Ill., and Joseph Storkel and his wife, Gloria, of Greensburg; a sister, Clara Copeland and her husband, Frank, of Akron, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

December 2011

Patti (Haines) Shoaf

I was saddened to see that we have lost so many of our classmates in the past few years. Deepest sympathy to their families.

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you all be blessed with health, wealth and joy in 2012. Patti (Haines) Shoaf. . .

Lawrence W. Hartzell -- Obituary --

Lawrence W. Hartzell

Dr. Lawrence W. Hartzell, 65, of Berea, Ohio, formerly of Youngwood, and former chairman of the music theory department at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and director of many local musical productions, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, of complications from cancer at Southwest General Health Center's Hospice Services. He was born July 1, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, to the late George William and Helen (Fidler) Hartzell. He started taking piano lessons from the late Emma Roberts when he was 5 years old. He attended elementary and junior high schools in Youngwood and graduated from Hempfield Area Senior High School with the Class of 1960. He enrolled at Baldwin-Wallace College and graduated in 1965 with a major in music theory and trumpet. He earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Kansas and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, before joining the Baldwin-Wallace faculty in 1973. He founded the Electronic Music Studio at Baldwin-Wallace and established the MIDI Multimedia Computer Lab at the Conservatory. He was recognized with Baldwin-Wallace's Gigax Award (1994) for scholarly research and the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995), the college's highest honor. Hartzell retired from Baldwin-Wallace in 2006. He twice chaired the music theory department, from 1974 to 1980, and from 1985 to 2003. His love of musical theater prompted him to spearhead the college's efforts to rebuild Baldwin-Wallace's musical theater program. Hartzell won much acclaim for his musical direction of productions throughout Northeast Ohio. They included the Berea Summer Theater, the Halle Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, Porthouse Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls and Cain Park in Cleveland Heights. His favorite musical was "My Fair Lady." Before his death, he was completing a book on the life of the play's composer, Frederick Loewe. He was known as an expert on Ohio Moravian music and the award, in part, recognized him for his book, "Ohio Moravian Music," published in 1988. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists. He played for the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Berea and was choir director at Lakewood Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Native American Flute Society. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, P.C. and Lulu (Peffer) Hartzell; his maternal grandparents, Lawrence R. and Ima (Morgan) Fidler; an uncle, Ernest M. Johnson; and a cousin, Pamela Sue Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Vickie (Bowman) Hartzell; two sons, William Hartzell and wife, Jodi, of Berea, Ohio, and Adam Hartzell, of San Francisco, Calif.; a brother, John R. Hartzell and wife, Karen, of West Alexander; a grandson, Keith Hartzell, of Berea, Ohio; and an aunt, Ellamae Johnson, of Youngwood.

Barry E. Rosensteel -- Obituary --

Barry E. Rosensteel

Barry E. Rosensteel, 59, of Stahlstown, formerly of Greensburg, died Saturday, July 19, 2003, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. He was born March 31, 1944, in Greensburg, a son of the late Ernest and Helen Berlin Rosensteel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam conflict. He was a member of Harrold Zion Lutheran Church and employed by Greensburg Concrete Block Co. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Rosensteel. Surviving are a son, Shawn Rosensteel, of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Lynn Rosensteel, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Vaughn Rosensteel, of Greensburg RD6; and his former wife, Catherine Rosensteel.

Connie (Walthour) Daugherty -- Obituary --

Connie (Walthour) Daugherty

Connie W. Daugherty, 64, of Hempfield Township, died Saturday, March 31, 2007, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Hempfield Township, the daughter of the late R. Kenneth Walthour and the late Golden F. Firestone Walthour. She worked as a licensed practical nurse. Surviving are four sons, Russ Daugherty and wife, Fay, of Mt. Pleasant, Scott Daugherty and wife, Diane, of Ravenna, Ohio, Matthew Daugherty, of Hempfield Township, and Kenneth Daugherty, at home; four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Brian, Tristan and Alyssa; and two brothers, Wayne Walthour and Dean Walthour, both of Hempfield Township.

Richard V. Landers -- Obituary --

Richard V. Landers Richard V. Landers

Richard V. "Dick" Landers, 69, of Greensburg, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 16, 1942, in Asheville, N.C., a son of the late Ben W. "Sam" and Willie Mae Allen Landers. He was a proud graduate of Hempfield Area High School Class of 1960. He served in the Marine Corps. Mr. Landers was a gun enthusiast and member of the NRA. He also belonged to the Fox Hill Club and the Hannastown Firemen's Club. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Edd Landers. He is survived by two daughters, Britten Landers Pisowicz and husband, Brian, of Tampa, Fla., and Ashley Copeman and husband, Clayton, of Greensburg; four grandchildren, Lucas, Breena, Baylinn and Aubrey; a brother, Roy Landers, of New Alexandria; several nieces and nephews; and his companion of 25 years, Diane Hays.

Susan (Zona) Ritson -- Obituary --

Susan (Zona) Ritson

Susan (Zona) Ritson, age 68, of Adamsburg, formerly of North Huntingdon, died Dec. 2, 2010 at her home. She was born Jan. 25, 1942, a daughter of the late Albert and Ruth Zona. Susan was preceded in death by her husband, John Ritson, and her grandson, Sean Solo. She was survived by her children, Nicole Baker and her husband Keith of New Stanton, Tyler Clark and his wife Beverly of Sheldon, Iowa; a brother Michael Zona and his wife Geri of Southern Shores, N.C.; a sister, Michele Clark and her husband Tom of Summersville, W.Va., and grandchildren Brittany Broker, Lindsay Clark, and Katelynn Brawdy.

Anita Louise (Wertz) Willochell -- Obituary --

Anita Louise (Wertz) Willochell

Anita Louise (Wertz) Willochell, 69, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Excela Health Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, after a long illness. Anita was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister and friend. She was born Dec. 14, 1941, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Charles Vincent and Frances Louise (Schisler) Wertz. She was a homemaker, planner of the holidays, especially Christmas, a cook, a baker, loved to knit and crochet, and loved animals. She also enjoyed vacationing in Deep Creek, Md., as a teenager, and in recent years trips to Lancaster with her husband and family. She graduated from Hempfield High School in 1960, and attended Pittsburgh Beauty Academy in Greensburg with teaching skills. She was a member of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends, but will continue to pass on her legacy and traditions. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her older brother, Charles William Wertz, in 1992. She is survived by her loving husband, Carmen C. "Red" Willochell, with whom she would have celebrated their 49th anniversary this October. She is survived by her daughters, Carmelita J. and William Kemerer, Jacquelyn Willochell, and Louise F. and Brian Widdows; a grandson, Vincent Carmen Kemerer and his new wife, Maria, and new great-grandchildren, Tessa and Samantha; her baby brother, Carl Vincent and Annette Wertz; and many nieces and nephews.

Vennor J. Weaver -- Obituary --

Vennor J. Weaver

Vennor Joseph Weaver, 68, of Wilmerding, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at his home. Born Aug. 26, 1942, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of the late Joseph Gardner and Ruth Weaver Keefner. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Walter; and children, Cynthia Weaver, of Florida, Maureen Weaver Black, of Seward, Vennor James "Jim" (Kimberly) Weaver, of Elizabeth, Vennor Joseph "Butch" Weaver Jr., of Greensburg; and sister, Vanita L. Permar, of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Weaver. Mr. Weaver, a Penn State graduate, was employed as a heat treated for Westinghouse and belonged to Biltmore Pool League

Shirley M. (Raynor) Couvillion -- Obituary --

Shirley M. Raynor Couvillion

Shirley M. Raynor Couvillion, of Dripping Springs, Texas, passed away Saturday, March, 5, 2011, in Christopher House Hospice of Austin, Texas. She was born in Manor to William Wilkens Raynor and Anna Elchik Raynor. Shirley loved and was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Marion V. Couvillion, to whom she was married 49 wonderful years. She is also survived by sons, Casimir and his wife, Joyce, and son, Mark and his wife, Janet; and one dearly loved grandson, Joel. Surviving also are brothers, William, John, Richard and Frank; and sisters, Lila Caroselli and Isabelle Shields. She was predeceased by a son, Franz; her mother, father and a brother, Ronald. Shirley was employed for 25 years with Coastal Corporation of Houston Texas as administrative assistant to the company president.

Claude G. Myers-- Obituary --

Claude G. Myers

Claude G. Myers, 70, of Latrobe, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at his residence. He was born Feb. 1, 1941, in Greensburg, the son of the late Gibson Myers and Elizabeth (Gruber) Myers Dyer. Claude was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, its Holy Name Society, and had also served as a Eucharistic minister, and was past president of the parish council and also on the Deanery of Pastoral Council. He was on the board of the Catholic Holy Family Society. He had been retired from Greater Latrobe School District as assistant principal, and was also the owner/operator of Myers Income Tax. His memberships included PA Secondary Officer, Principals Association, the Greater Latrobe School Board, a lifetime member of PSEA and NEA, founding member and treasurer of the GLSD Credit Union, and The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He was also a member of the Latrobe Rotary Club, the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus Council 940. He is survived by his wife, Frances G. (Marcius) Myers, of Latrobe; three sons, Matthew C. Myers and friend, Rebecca, of Latrobe, Dr. Christopher J. Myers and wife, Mitzy, of Hermitage, and Sean A. Myers and wife, Kelly, of Latrobe; six grandchildren, Levi, Taylor, C.J., Madeline, Peyton and Mia; special friends, Ed and Suzanne Markiewicz, Barbara and Mary Griffin, Jim and Jan Bates, MaryAnn and Pat Conroy, Ron, Toni and Greg Aromatorio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jesse A. Baker Jr. -- Obituary --

Jesse A. Baker Jr.

Jesse A. Baker Jr., 66, of Hempfield Township, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, in UPMC Mercy hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 1, 1942, in Hempfield Township, a son of the late Jesse A. Sr. and Luemma (Musgrove) Baker. Prior to retirement, he was employed at Lucent Technologies as a system technician. He was a member of Arlington Sportsman's Club, American Legion Post 344 of Jeannette and a social member of Grapeville VFD. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Air Force. Jesse is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Miller) Baker; son, Paul Jesse Baker, of Hempfield Township; daughter, Carolyn Jessica Baker and her partner, Debbie Wilburn, of Grand Prairie, Tex.; sister, Glenda Berg and her husband, Paul, of Hempfield Township; niece, Callie Buzard and her husband, Joseph; nephew, Paul Berg and his wife, Carol, all of Pittsburgh; two great-nephews, Eric and Kyle; and numerous cousins.

Anne (Briscoe) Pacek -- Obituary --

Anne (Briscoe) Pacek

Anne R. Pacek, 69, of Greensburg (Unity Township), died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 29, 1942, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Glenn and Mildred (Rahne) Briscoe. Anne was a member of St. Benedict Church, Marguerite, and was very proud of her nursing career. She was a retired registered nurse with the Veteran's Administration and was a graduate of McKeesport School of Nursing. Anne is survived by her son, James W. Pacek and his wife, Alicia, of Latrobe; her daughter, Meri Beth Elder and her husband, John, of Latrobe; her grandchildren, Michael Leonescu, John Elder, Margaret Elder, Abby Pacek, Ally Pacek and Adam Pacek; her brother, Michael Briscoe and his wife, JoAnne, of North Huntingdon; and her special friend, Anne Brumfield, of Whitney. In honoring Anne's wishes, there were no visitations. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Church with the Rev. Martin Bartel, OSB, as celebrant. Interment is private.

Elizabeth (Agnew) Albinson -- Obituary --

Elizabeth (Agnew) Albinson

Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Albinson, 66, passed away Feb. 12, 2009 in her home. She was the beloved wife of Donald E. Albinson and they would have observed their 33rd wedding anniversary on June 26. The couple lived in Towamencin since 1979 and were formerly of East Norriton.

Born in Greensburg, she was the daughter of the late Carlisle and Gwladys (Thomas) Agnew and graduated from Hempfield Area High School. She continued her education at Penn State University and earned her Masters Degree from Temple University. Betsy had a 21 year career with Air Jamaica, Ltd. in Valley Forge as a reservationist and before that had worked in the same capacity for United Airlines.

She was an active, faithful member of Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, Lansdale, where she had served as moderator of the Board of Deacons and was a member of the Book Club.

In addition to her love of reading, she also enjoyed traveling and was fond of animals.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Dr. Jessica A. Suckle-Nelson and her husband, Scott Nelson, of Thomaston, CT; a son, Brian T. Albinson and his wife, Jennifer, of Exton; a grandson, Elias Goodwin Nelson; and a brother, Carl Agnew of San Diego, CA.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew W. Albinson in 1981.

December 2011

Herb Fulmer

Georgie, I was looking at the web site which is very informative and well done. I Wanted to let you know that Betsy Elizabeth (Agnew) Albinson passed away two years Ago. She had battled breast cancer For several years but lost the battle In 2009 (I think). You might want To verify this with her husband, Don. Regards, Herb Fulmer. . .

December 2011

Dave Kerr

I saw the name of Dave Kerr in your class. He is an old friend I'd like to re-connect with. Do you have an Email, home address or phone for him? Larry Buttermore. . .

December 2011

Larry per our Privacy Policy we do not rent, sell, or exchange ANY personal information. But we will pass along your information. Webmaster. . .

October 2011

Mike Sabol

We have received a few e-mails asking:

“Can you use a different photo of me rather than the one appearing in the 1960 Year Book?” Yes! If you send a different photo or request “No Photo”. We will be happy to accommodate your wishes… Also if you have any additional photos that you would like to share with your classmates, we can accommodate that with a photo slideshow. Send Georgie the photos you would like in your slideshow, that’s it.

A few have asked for information on the 55th reunion. It’s a little too soon. . WHY THE WEBSITE? The reunion committee thought the best way to correspond with classmates is through a website that acts as a communications center where you can disseminate important reunion details, reconnect with your long-lost-friends (BFF’s), see who’s coming and much more.

We would also like to thank those that are helping to locate missing classmates. Webmaster. . .

August 2011

Patty (Packe) Miller

I do not plan on attending the reunion.

I retired from Adelphoi Village, Latrobe, Pa. as the Purchasing Supervisor in July, 2009 I am married, have three grown children, and seven grandchildren. Patty (Packe) Miller. . .

August 2011

Patricia (Haines) Shoaf

Just a couple of things I noticed on the classmate list. Carol Minard’s married Name is McGuffy and she is married to Bill McGuffy also a classmate. Barbara Palien is married to Don Rothwell another classmate. Hope this helps. Patricia (Haines) Shoaf. . .

July 2011

Carol (Skillings) Roberts

Georgetta, I plan to attend the reunion and wasn't sure how to respond on the page. Thanks! Carol (Skillings) Roberts. . .

July 2011

Lois (Kuhn) Firmstone

My name is Lois Firmstone and I would like to come to the class reunion. Would you please send me all the information. thank you and hope to see you soon. Lois (Kuhn) Firmstone. . .

July 2011

Patricia (Haines) Shoaf

I am so sorry to hear of Hope’s passing. She was a very sweet friend and sister in Christ. We lost track of each other the past several years. My deepest sympathy to Thomas and family. Patricia (Haines) Shoaf. . .

Hope (Claiborne) Roberts -- Death --

Hope (Claiborne) Roberts

Georgie, my name is Thomas, I'm husband of your friend Hope. I was hoping that Johnny had told U that my beautiful wife, my soulmate passed away June 6, 2008, I know she would l have loved to attend. It sadden me to tell U this. Thomas Roberts. . .

June 2011

Mary Ann (Lytle) Anthony

Hi Georgie: We talked about a website at the reunion, and you’ve done it! It looks great. If health and finances allow in 2015 I will attend. So far so good, but you never know. My 50th reunion at Mount Holyoke is in 2014, which is a really big deal – especially since my granddaughter will be a student there, class of 2015. She’ll be graduating that year.

We’ll see.

By the way, the mailing address on the postcard you sent is wrong.

Take care, and thanks again for doing this. I will be checking the website regularly. Mary Ann (Lytle) Anthony. . .

June 2011

Harry Lopes

First of all, I personally want to thank Mike for creating and maintaining this site. I also want to thank Georgie for taking care of the class events. This site brings back so many good memories of our high school years. My wife and I often reminisce of those uncomplicated, simple times.

After graduating and just days later, I entered the Navy and was stationed in Japan with a classmate who became a shipmate, Don McClain.

The following is for Don, “Hey good looking, you buy girl drink”, from our days of socialization in Sagaminoska - Ha Ha!!

Shortly after coming back home, I met the love of my life, Connie (Dean), and we have been married for almost 47 years. We raised our family (two children: Todd and Kristin), in western Pennsylvania. In 1986, we moved to the 'Land of Fruit and Nuts and neighborhood Pot Farms - Ha Ha!!, and settled in the Central Valley of 'Kalifornia' in Fresno. As a boy I wanted to do a lot of different things, and my Heavenly Father has made that possible. I have lived in many different places and traveled overseas several times, once by Uncle Sam where I saw many countries in Asia; and when Connie and I retired, visiting the British Isles and Europe. In my livelihood, I have worked with every dysfunctional population, from gangs to families in trouble, to the most dysfunctional population, 'Church People'- Ha Ha!! I am a published author of “The Grand Illusion,” a booklet which many people did not want to read. It is about what church has become in America. I continue to write and give a weekly offering over the Internet called the Remnant Report to those who request it. I volunteer at the local library two days a week and have become the 'Czar' of DVD's, CD's, and Audio books. Of the CD's in the 'Rock Section,' I have never found a copy of 'Bill Haley and The Comets!' Our family has lived here in California for almost 25 years. We are blessed to have both of our children living close to us. Our daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters live just two streets away, and those knocks at the door from the granddaughters are the reason we remain “young in heart.” Our son, a business man, is only three hours away. I am looking forward to life's next adventure whether it is here, elsewhere, or 'up er'! Having been raised at the time I was, going to the schools I attended, and having the experiences I had, has made me realize how early my life's blessings began. (And that includes all of my former classmates!!) Harry Lopes. . .

June 2011

 Patricia (Haines) Shoaf

Hi! Thank you so much for the great website. The 50th reunion was a lot of fun. It was great to see people I haven’t seen since graduation. I am looking forward to attending the 55th.

I married Dean Shoaf in 1965 and we were married 44 years when he passed away in 2009. We have two children, a son in GA and a daughter in Greensburg. We also have two grandsons and a great granddaughter, all in the Atlanta area. I worked in various office positions for approximately 18 years. I am now retired, but volunteer at my church office three days a week. I also volunteer for a Spanish church in Greensburg called Fuente de Vida. (Learning a little Spanish along the way.)

Thanks again for the awesome website. I am looking forward to hearing from more of our classmates. I encourage all of you to plan to attend the 55th reunion. See you there! Patti (Haines) Shoaf. . .

June 2011

Nora  (Anthony) Charnesky

Hi thank you for the post card . I am interested in attending the 55th Hempfield high class Reunion. I am in need of more information concerning the reunion.

  • The Date
  • Where is the function to be held
  • The Time
  • The Cost
  • May we bring a guest

Nora Anthony Charnesky. . .

June 2011

Gloria (Smith) Blackwell

Received your post card today and visited the site moments ago!

Great job and a great idea.

I hope to attend the next reunion.

Thanks again to you and Mike for setting up the website. Gloria (Smith) Blackwell. . .

June 2011

Bonnie (Pecarchik) Kasparek

I received your post card today re the website for our class of 1960 and I want to thank you for all that you have done for our class. I haven't attended a reunion since we moved 24 years ago. However, I do get back to western PA often because our older daughter and her family live there along with other relatives. I did want to tell you that Patricia Neilson Smith (a good friend) passed away sometime around 1990 (my memory isn't what it should be).

Dick and I moved to this suburb of Cincinnati 24 years ago, and it has become our home. We have two daughters and 4 grandchildren. Our older daughter is in Harrison City and our younger one is near Cleveland. I worked in healthcare finance for a total of 39 years and have been retired for 7. Dick is retired also and has a fun job in a "fine wine store". Dick and I keep busy volunteering, visiting our family, friends, and places of interest. We will be attending his 50th class reunion this summer, Hempfield class of 1961.

Once again, thank you so much! Bonnie (Pecarchik) Kasparek. . .

June 2011

 Cosetta (Como) Kerr

Thank you very much for the wonderful site you've created. I was searching for some old classmates and your site answered my inquiries.

Best Regards, Cosy (Como) Kerr

William (Billy) Haile -- Death --

William (Billy) Haile

Mike, Good to hear from you again. Thanks for the information on the high School reunion. Received an email form Mary Jane Haile informing me that her brother William (Billy) Haile passed away on September 9, 2010. He was in the VA Hospital in Boulder City, CO. He had just celebrated his 69th birthday and death was attributed to complications from Parkinson's disease. November 9, 2010 -- signed Dave Compton. . .

April 2011

Georgetta (Georgie) (Gavatorta) Myers

Well, after working for Bank of America for 34 years, as a consumer loan manager I now have been retired for almost 20 years. I can truthfully say that I have never been bored for one day. My husband Ray and /I have the "best of both" worlds. We spend winter in Florida and summer in Pennsylvania. We have one daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. They live very close to us, so we are truly blessed. I do hope that more classmates would send in their bio's, pictures or any info that may be of interest to the 60 grads. Georgetta (Georgie) (Gavatorta) Myers

April 2011

mike Sabol

Yes, 50 plus years! Married to my best friend, we have 2 sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren. I'm balding and my doctor wants me to lose 20 pounds. I retired from IBM in 1997, with over 32 years of service. I started my second career with a few of my buddies at, AOL. In 2002 I decided to hang it up. I have been fortunate to live in Germany, Pittsburgh, and Boca Raton, FL. IBM then moved us to Washington DC, with temp assignments in Las Vegas, England, twice and travel throughout the US. The last 20 years with IBM, I worked on some very exciting things that we now take for granted. The most exciting and challenging was NSFNET, which became the principal Internet backbone.

We presently live in Lititz, PA just north of Lancaster, in Amish country. We moved up here in 99 from D.C. after I retired from IBM. BUT! You knew a but was coming, I can’t retire! I was asked to take a few photographs for some real estate agents, here in the area and now I have my own photography business going….

My wife and I go back to western PA a few times a year and the last time we took a ride around Hempfield High… WOW! More like a college campus… not like the "good old days"!!! Mike Sabol. . .

April 2011

Dave Compton

After Hempfield, I went to Penn State and was graduated from there in 1964 with a degree in CE and a commission in the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. Never used the engineering degree but spent 21 1/2 years working for Uncle Sam. My assignments were James Connally AFB, Waco TX, Dow AFB, Bangor ME, Barksdale AFB, Andersen AFB, Guam, Mather AFB, Sacramento CA and Fairchild AFB, Spokane, WA. We retired here in 1985. I then went to work for a youth sports organizations for 18 years and I am now retired, retired. Dave Compton. . .

Coach Nicholas Chopich Sr -- Obituary --

Nicholas Chopich Sr

Nicholas Chopich Sr., 79, of Greensburg, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Sept. 11, 1931, in Irwin, he was a son of the late George and Mildred (Louch) Chopich. Nick was a 1950 graduate of North Huntingdon High School, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He taught physical education and health for 36 years at Hempfield Area High School and was a coach for the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He was an Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Nicholas Chopich Jr.; two brothers, Ted and George Chopich; and an infant sister. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Neri Chopich; his son, Mark Alan Chopich and his wife, Maureen Darcy Chopich, of Pacifica, Calif.; his granddaughter, Haley Elizabeth Chopich, who was the joy of his life; two sisters, Helen Weiss, of Ocala, Fla., and Sophie Ivanoff, of Greensburg; a brother, Mike Chopich and wife, Betty, of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nicholas from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, 724-837-0020. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Monsignor Lawrence R. Kiniry officiating. Entombment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 707 Grant St., 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

March 2011

Robert Gillingham

I am anticipating not being back there for the 55th reunion. I am living in Anchorage, Alaska and just absolutely loving it. The years come and go hardly with any advance notice. It is so easy to miss the passing of the years and the coming of any next reunion.

It is very sad to learn of so many of my old Friends having left this life. It is as if they all left today and that makes it seem a greater loss for me. Rest in Peace "Old Trojans".

I am retired as a Master Craftsman (CNC Programmer / Machinist). I worked for Concurrent Technologies in Johnstown, Pa for nearly 22 years.

I am providing pictures (View Pictures) that some may find interesting. Coming home from Mass today we stopped for a stop sign and had to wait till a young moose walked just a foot or so in front of my car. I usually have my camera handy for such an occurance but not so this day. So I am attaching a photo of a moose in my neighbors driveway which os from last winter. I was only 4 feet from her. It is usually relatively safe if they are not with their young. We have had moose and black bear walk thru our front yard many times.

I keep busy and I eat very well, while at the same time it is very healthy. I have a recording computer and a lot of professional software. I have 12 hours of my own vocals and 4 hours of my own guitar work, acoustic and electric. I am attaching my own version of "Amazing Grace" which is acoustic with some electric towards the end. I am sending a copy that is somewhat less than CD quality just to keep the download to a minimum. I may a few vocals in future if you don't mind. You may share the photos and the song as you may wish.

Take care,
Bob (Gil) -- Robert Gillingham