MYRN O. COGAN
Myrn O. Cogan, 81, of Latrobe, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at home. She was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Adam and Mary Pharkness Cogan. She was a current employee of the Latrobe Construction Co. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Edgar Cogan and Adam Cogan. She is survived by a brother, Charles "Pat" Cogan and his wife, Lucille, and their son Adam; two nephews, Kenneth Cogan and Robert Cogan; and several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. Friends will be received Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Trinity pastors officiating. Interment Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.
John Cosgrove, 81, of Winston-Salem, N.C., formerly of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, in Winston-Salem. He was born May 8, 1919, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Loretta Cosgrove. Prior to retirement, he was self-employed as a bricklayer, and was a veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Cosgrove. Surviving are a son, John "Jack" and his wife, Theresa Cosgrove, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, John and his wife, Cindy Cosgrove, and Theresa and her husband, Chuck Vogel, both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, John Cosgrove Jr. and Charles and Anthony Vogel. There will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Arrangements provided by the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin.
JANE F. HENSEL
Jane F. Hensel, 66, of Purvis Road, Butler, died at 10:57 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2000, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Francis X. and Thelma (McGee) McCulloch. Mrs. Hensel was a 1951 graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Pittsburgh, and a 1976 graduate of LaRoche College. For the past 32 years, she had taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, most recently as a professor of commercial and visual arts. She has authored many published works, including a children's book entitled, "The Boy Who Loved Cats," and several other children's publications. She has also published interactive CD games for children's learning on computers, and had written an unpublished screenplay. A member of St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in Meridian, she had also been an active member of the Keystone Squares square dancing group. She was the widow of Frederick W. Hensel, III. They were married Nov. 25, 1954, until his death on Feb. 29, 1996. Survivors include three sons, Frederick W. Hensel of Mt. Chestnut, Christopher R. Hensel of Newfoundland, Pa., and Mark F. Hensel of Mt. Chestnut; a sister, Barbara Beatty of Woodstock, Conn.; a brother, Thomas M. McCulloch of Wheeling, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Fidelis R.C. Church, 125 Buttercup Road (Meridian), Butler, with the Rev. James Murphy, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Cemetery, Bakerstown Road, Tarentum.
William Horgas, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. Beloved husband of Freda (Misura) Horgas. Father of Audean (Horgas) and husband, Berkley Godean of Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., and Blaise and wife, Lori Horgas of Munhall. Brother of Edward of Duquesne and Bernard of Allison Park. Grandfather of Lauren and Bradley Horgas. Friends will be received at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Therese Church, Munhall. Mr. Horgas was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in the South Pacific in World War II.
Maxine "Maude" McCauley, 83, of Jeannette, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, in the William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. She was born Aug. 30, 1916, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Josiah and Lavada McQuay Reeger. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Jeannette, the Grandview Women's Club and the B.P.O.E. #486 Ladies Auxiliary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. "Alex" McCauley; and a sister, Vivian Osborne. She is survived by a daughter, Marlene McCauley of Jeannette; a brother, Earle Reeger of Las Vegas; and a sister, Marion Gardner of Manor. Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Dale W. Roddy officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.
ROBERT LEE SLAUGHTERBECK
Robert Lee Slaughterbeck, 51, a resident of Oklahoma City, Okla., for the past 26 years, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 15, 2000, after a short battle with lymphoma. He was born Jan. 3, 1949, in White Township, Pa., to James Leroy and Phyllis Mildred (Moore&url=http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=34&rank=1&new=1&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=angs-g&uidh=vg4&so=2&gsln=Moore">Moore) Slaughterbeck. In 1970, Robert married Kathaleen Veal. Robert worked as a CNC Tech for KF Industries. In his spare time, he liked to invent things, and he had a patent on the Trot Line Caddy. Robert was also a member of the Antioch Christian Church in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Kathy of the home; son, Robbie Slaughterbeck of Oklahoma City; parents, James and Phyllis Slaughterbeck of Latrobe; brothers, James Lynn Slaughterbeck of Latrobe, Clarence Roy "Budd" Slaughterbeck and John Lawrence "Jack" Slaughterbeck, both of Campbell, Calif.; and many other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 3613 NW 56th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Antioch Christian Church in Oklahoma City. Services are under the direction of VONDEL L. SMITH & SON MORTUARIES, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Thomas Tuskan, 75, of Manor, died, June 18, 2000, in Penn Township. He was born July 20, 1924, in Wall. He was an iron worker for Roche Brothers in Braddock, and a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 157th engineering group. He was a member of the VFW Post #781, the American Legion Post #472 in Manor and St. Joseph's Polish Club, Westmoreland City. He also was a member of St. Boniface Church in Penn. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael Tuskan and Catherine Hovatic Tuskan; his wife, Florence E. Voll Tuskan; four brothers, George, Joseph, Michael and Carl Tuskan; two sisters, Ann Hudson and Mary Lavelle. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James (Pamela) Burke of Cortland, Ill.; a brother, John Tuskan of Manor; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Burke. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.J. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 140 Race St., Manor. Time of service to be announced.
ROCKY (ROBERT E.) WALLER JR.
Rocky (Robert E.) Waller Jr., 51, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at his home. He was born March 1, 1949, in McKeesport, a son of Nick and Mary Ann White Waller of Scottdale. Rocky taught for 28 years in the Southmoreland School District. He graduated from Southmoreland High School in 1966, and from California State University in 1971. He was the golf coach for 22 years at Southmoreland High School and was a committee member of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. He also worked summers with young children as a golf instructor at the Swing and Hit on Route 119. He was a member of the P.S.E.A., and of the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. He was preceded in death by a sister, Janny, in 1955; and a brother, Charlie, in 1983. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Bernice Zelenak Waller; a son, Michael; a daughter, Dawn Marie; and his dog, Chester, all at home; two sisters, Kathleen Waller of North Huntingdon and Margarete Trigg and her husband, Malcolm, of Fern Park, Fla.; three nephews; and a niece. Friends will be received in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Transfiguration R.C. Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration parish cemetery.
BROOK ALAN BURKHART
Brook Alan Burkhart, 26, of Latrobe, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at home. He was born April 22, 1974, in Latrobe, a loving son of Karl F. Jr. and Linda Kay (Stile) Burkhart of Latrobe RD4. He worked for Donegal Construction, Unity Township. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Youngstown, and the Youngstown VFD social club. He was a graduate of Greater Latrobe High School, Class of 1993, was a former district and state champion quadrunner racer, and was also a member of the AMA. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Oma (Mershon) Stile. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Shawn Burkhart and wife, Karen, of Bradenville; a nephew, Matthew Burkhart; a niece, Sarah Jane Burkhart; maternal grandfather, Walter W. Stile of Latrobe RD5; paternal grandparents, Karl F. Sr. and Anna (Hayes) Burkhart of Youngstown; his fiancee, Kristen Hoyman; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received at the GAUT-BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Pleasant Unity, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 9:20 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Youngstown, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Chad R. Ficorilli, O.S.B., and the Rev. Ralph Tajak, O.S.B., as concelebrants. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.
CLIFFORD H. ECKHARDT
Clifford H. Eckhardt, 76, of Jeannette, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Sept. 10, 1923, in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Herman and Jane (Thompson) Eckhardt. Clifford was a retired machinist from Westinghouse Electric. He was an avid golfer, belonging to the Hannastown Golf Club for 35 years. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, having served in World War II, Clifford was a member of the Latrobe Elks #907, the Jeannette VFW Post #8240 and the South Greensburg American Legion Post #981. In addition to his parents, Clifford was preceded in death by a sister, Jane (Eckhardt) Kifer; and a nephew, R. Edward Kifer. He is survived by his nephew, Daniel H. Kifer and wife, Nancy M., of Salem Township; and a brother-in-law, Robert H. Kifer and wife, Dorothy, of Ford City. Family and friends received at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Clifford's funeral service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. H. Clifton Foster of the Congruity Presbyterian Church, New Alexandria, officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Kevin P. Altman, supervisor, in charge of arrangements.
HELEN C. FERRETTI
Helen C. Ferretti, 78, of Greensburg, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. She was born May 18, 1922, in Bovard, a daughter of the late Alfonso Evangelista and Carmella Lamonica Evangelista Minyon. She was a member of the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg, the Women's Interfaith Bowling League for 18 years, and was an avid bingo player. She is survived by her husband, Eugene A. Ferretti; and their children, Eugene and his wife, Linda Ferretti, of Erie, Anthony and his wife, Carol Ferretti, of Uniontown, Dennis and his wife, Mary Ann Ferretti, of Greensburg, Tina and her husband, James R. Ressler, of Greensburg and James and his wife, Sherrie Ferretti, of Hillsborough, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Eugene Evangelista of Greensburg; and two sisters, Mary Illich of Jeannette and Annette Baughman of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Salvadore Minyon; and a brother, Anthony Evangelista. Friends received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Paul, Greensburg, with the Rev. Leonard W. Stoviak as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.
ALLAN F. FLETCHER JR.
Allan F. Fletcher Jr., 53, of Levelgreen, died Saturday, June 17, 2000. Son of Beatrice M. (Harvey) Fletcher and the late Allan F. Fletcher; and brother of Janice A. DiVito of Trafford, Virginia Solar of North Huntingdon, Mirriam "Cookie" Mattern of Levelgreen, Jerry L. Geyer of Levelgreen, George H. Fletcher of Nevada, Darlene K. LaLiberte of Mt. Pleasant and Leslie L. Costelnock of Harrison City. Allan was a Vietnam veteran. Friends received Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn, where services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Robert Grimm, 74, of Stahlstown, died Friday evening, June 16, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Melcroft, a son of the late McKinley and Mary Thedrow Grimm. He was a member of Fairmont Church, Cook Township, and was retired from Union Local #66 as a heavy equipment operator. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Dale, Harold, Raymond, Eugene and Wilbur Grimm. He is survived by his wife, Anna May Roadman Grimm; eight children: Robert I. and his wife, Judy, of Waterford, Victor C. and his wife, Loretta, of Stahlstown, Sandra L. and her husband, William Roadman Jr., of Ligonier RD4, William T. and special friend, Kathy Siemone, Dennis W. and his wife, Barb, of Latrobe, Peggy A. Umbaugh and friend, Jeff Levic, of Stahlstown, Linda M. and her husband, Gerald Roadman, of Ligonier RD4 and Terry L. and his wife, April, of Stahlstown; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, June Fisher of Rockwood and Helen Brown of Acme. The family will receive friends at the L. BOYD SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Church Street, Donegal, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Chad Somerville officiating. Interment will be in Stahlstown Cemetery, with military services by the local veterans organizations. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Bob's memory to the Fairmont Church, RD4, Box 123, Ligonier, PA 15658. Jamie Snyder Brown, funeral director.
ERNEST S. HARSHMAN
Ernest S. "Pete" Harshman, 70, of Dickerson Run, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at his home. Friends will be received at the RALPH E. GALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Dawson, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday until 11 a.m., the hour of service at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Moskowitz as officiating minister. Interment Dickerson Run Cemetery.