Effie M. (Matthews) Striffler
Cape Cod, Mass.
Effie M. (Matthews) Striffler, 70, died Saturday, August 12, 2000, in Shadyside Hospital after a short illness. She was the wife of Edward Striffler; mother of Mark Striffler and Wendy Veith; grandmother (Yai Yai) of Matthew and Ashley Veith; sister of Marie Ladd of Calif. and the late Nestor and Strate Matthews; daughter of the late Dimitros and Anastasia (Lagakos) Matthews. Friends received from 6 to 9 p.m. MONDAY ONLY in CIESLAK & TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Burial services will be on Saturday, August 19, 2000 in Cape Cod, Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America or Meals on Wheels.
Jeny E. Whitehead
Jeny E. Whitehead, 77, of Irwin, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at home. She was born May 13, 1923, in Irwin, a daughter of the late H. Earl and Elizabeth H. John Whitehead. She was a member of Brush Creek United Church of Christ, the Order of the Eastern Star, Irwin Chapter #400, where she served as Past Worthy Matron. She also served as a District Deputy Grand Matron of District 7 and held various appointed offices and was a member of Amaranth. She was a member of the Greenridge Garden Club and Laurel Mountain Quilters. She is survived by two daughters, Lana Lunn-Boyle of Export and Rene L. Amen and her husband, Richard, of Irwin; a son, Timothy M. Lunn of Irwin; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Brush Creek United Church of Christ with the Rev. F. Edmund Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Those wishing may contribute to Brush Creek United Church of Christ, Brush Creek Manor Road, Irwin, PA 15642. Eastern Star services will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Pearl Arcolli (Brunori), 94, of Monroeville, died on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000. Beloved wife of the late Mario Arcolli; loving mother of Gloria Logan (Donald) and Norma Corletti (Michael); grandmother of Paula Daily (Frances), Donna Meityler (Paul), Michael Corletti (Janet), Daniel Corletti (Beth), Donald Logan and Kevin Logan (Rhonda); also nine great-grandchildren. Sister of Mary Burla, Jean Dapiran and the late Reno Brunori, Henry Brunori, Rena Visco, Theresa (Nina) Brunori and Santina Dapiran. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in GENE VAN HORN, Monroeville, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, Beatty Road at Route 48 North. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church.
Blanche M. Ashcroft
Blanche M. Ashcroft, 74, of McKeesport, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport. She was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport and had previously taught Sunday school and played piano for various functions in the church. Born May 8, 1926, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William and Mabel (Haler) Nowell. The wife of the late Crawford "Lynn" Ashcroft. She is survived by five daughters, Marlen Rowe of Elizabeth Township, Dianne Rogers of Paintertown, Patricia Staley of McKeesport, Susan Adams of Sheridan and Mary Ashcroft of McKeesport; three sons, Gary Marlatt of Hays, Pa., Daryl Ashcroft of Port Vue and John Ashcroft of Liberty Borough; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Roy Marlatt, who died in the Vietnam War, and Richard Ashcroft; and a brother, William Nowell, who died earlier this year. Visitation will be held at the WILLIG FUNERAL HOME, 220 Ninth Ave. in McKeesport, Saturday evening, Sept. 2, at 7 and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held Monday morning, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Phil Ashey will officiate. Inurnment will follow at the church columbarium. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the church or the American Diabetes. Association.
Joyce A. (Shibilski) Bleakney
On Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, Joyce A. (Shibiliski) Bleakney, of South Park. Daughter of Charles J. and Nancy (Kucera) Shibilski; sister of Janette (Greg) Kane of Akron, Ohio; aunt of Aubrey Kane; also survived by aunts and uncles. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in GRIFFITH MORTUARY INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Township. Funeral prayer will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Nativity Church. Please make memorials in her name to Nativity Church, 5802 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
Joseph J. Bernadowski
Joseph J. Bernadowski, 82, of Sutersville, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Elizabeth, a son of the late Stanley and Teresa Zawislak Bernadowski. He was the former owner of Joe's Amoco and retired from U.S. Steel, Irvin Works. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Sutersville; also a member of the L.O.O.M. #1358 and the Senior Citizens, both of Sutersville, the AARP, and the Polish National Alliance of Glassport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann (Novacek) Bernadowski, in 1979; two granddaughters, Lynn Ann Yablonsky and Tammy Jo Zywicki; a sister, Laura; and brothers, Frank, John, Adam, Tony, and Walter. He is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann Zywicki and husband, Hank, of Florida and Bonnie Yablonsky and husband, Herb, of Elizabeth Township; four grandsons, Todd Zywicki and wife, Kim, Dean Zywicki and wife, Christina, Daren Zywicki and wife, Sara, and Matthew Yablonsky; a great-granddaughter, Megan Zywicki; a special companion, Eleanor Morgan; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Sutersville, Saturday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James D. Vasil as celebrant. Interment West Newton Cemetery.
Helen (Polak) Bowser
Helen (Polak) Bowser, of North Braddock, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000. Born Jan. 7, 1924 in Braddock, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Polak. Helen was a homemaker and the wife of the late Doran Bowser. She is survived by three sons, Donald, Doran and William Bowser; one daughter, Gloria Kobielus/Cole; a brother, William Pollak; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Polak. Friends were received in the RONALD V. LUCAS FUNERAL HOME, corner of Bell and Jones Avenues, North Braddock (271-1361) where funeral services will be officiated by Rev. Robert J. Zajdel at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2000. Interment will follow in the Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
Earl W. Campbell Jr.
Earl W. Campbell Jr., 77, of Latrobe, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at home. He was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Greensburg, a son of the late Earl W. Sr. and Eva Mae Bowman Campbell. He was a self-employed salesman and had served in the Army during World War II. He is survived by three sons, Gerry Campbell and his wife, Bonnie, of Blairsville, Rex A. Campbell of Latrobe, and Michael A. Campbell of Fairmont, W.Va.; two daughters, Mrs. Tom (Carla) Yates of Latrobe and Mrs. Daniel J. (Dina) Elder of Latrobe; a sister, Patricia Mikita, of Green Tree; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two nephews. Friends received at the FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., where service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Harry C. Losier officiating. Interment Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.
Joseph Decroo, 92, of Tarentum, Pa., former resident of East Deer Township, Creighton, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born Aug. 19, 1908 in Bonanza, Ark., he was a son of the late Joseph and Aline (Gros) Decroo. After 45 years of service, he retired from PPG Industries, Creighton, where he was a general foreman in a pipe shop. He was a member of Janes United Methodist Church, Creighton, where he was a former trustee and board member. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Fred Jean Findon of Clairemont, Calif.; a son, Kirby A. Decroo of Sarver, Pa.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth R. Decroo, who died in 1993; a daughter, Rosemarie Wyble; three sisters, Mary Marietti, Filonene Kubichan and Rose Molchen; and two brothers, Homer and Jules Decroo. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in PAUL R. AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 921 Freeport Road, Creighton. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Janes United Methodist Church, Creighton. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township.
Doyle Gillespie, 71, of Greensburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at home. He was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Jeannette, a son of the late Doyle Gillespie Sr. and Lillian Preoni Hoffman. He was retired from the Elliott Co. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan Romasco Gillespie; four children, Sean Gillespie and wife, Rita, of Irwin, Drew Gillespie, and Kristen Miller and husband, Timothy, all of Greensburg, and Jason Gillespie of Moon Township; six grandchildren, Taylor, Kalyn and Brennen Gillespie, and Jade, Brook and Bailey Miller; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends will be received at the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, (724) 837-0020, www.pantalone.com, Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.
Formerly of Lawrenceville
Catherine Goston, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, in UPMC St. Margaret, Pittsburgh. She was born May 26, 1914, in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Goston was a homemaker. She was a member of First Primitive Methodist Church, Lawrenceville. Survivors include a son, Richard Goston; two sisters, Helen Ryan and Ruth Miller; and two brothers, Raymond Seyerle and Fred Seyerle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Goston. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in BOCK FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Shaler, where services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Robert Priest as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, O'Hara.