CHARLES W. ROADMAN
Charles W. Roadman, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Jones Mills, Pa., who had resided for six months of the year in Donegal, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at 8:45 a.m. Born July 5, 1920. He was preceded in death by his mother, Grace B. Monticue and his stepfather, Theodore R. Monticue; and his father, James Roadman. Also a brother, Robert L. Monticue. Survived by his wife, Ruth Clark Roadman; two sisters, Betty Monticue-Yeckel and Shirley Monticue-Chearney; six children, Carol Mae Benson, Charlene Thomas, Cindy Roadman, Charlotte Roadman-Johnson, Thomas Roadman and Charles "Buzz" Roadman; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was in the 1st Division of the Big Red One, Blue Spaders, the 27th Division, World War II, and the 26th Infantry in Africa. He was acting 1st sergeant across the Rhine. He earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart with seven Bronze Stars. Also he was a Tech Sergeant. Small military service, no flowers, please send donations to the World War II Memorial.
LINDA M. SMITH
Linda M. Smith, 52, of Latrobe, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, in IHS at Mountain View, Unity Township. She was born July 20, 1947, in Latrobe, the daughter of Nancy J. Felgar Smith Gergas of Latrobe and the late John W. Smith. She was an employee of Kennametal Employees Federal Credit Union. She was a member of the Latrobe United Presbyterian Church. She was an avid bowler and was a member of the Mixed Nuts Bowling League. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her stepfather, Frank "Popeye" Gergas. In addition to her mother, survivors include a son, Scott E. Harr and his wife, Amy, of Derry; a daughter, Christine M. Butz of New Derry; a brother, Mark Gergas and his wife, Sue, of Mt. Pleasant; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Emily, Nathan and Donald "Buddy." Friends were received Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Graff officiating. Interment Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.
MARTHA K. HALL WATT
Martha K. Hall Watt, 93, of New Alexandria, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2000, in the Greensburg Nursing and Convalescent Center. She was born Aug. 3, 1906, in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Jerry and Emma Barnhart Hall. She was a school teacher, having graduated from Indiana State Teachers College. She was a member of the Community United Presbyterian Church of New Alexandria. She also belonged to the O.E.S. 281 of Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bevington Watt Sr.; a son, Bevington Watt Jr.; a grandson, Timothy Wall; four brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by two sons, James P. and wife, Maxine Watt, and William O. and wife, Mary Lu Watt, all of New Alexandria; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Watt of New Alexandria; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Friends were received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets, New Alexandria. Services will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Terry A. Carnahan officiating. Entombment will follow in Union Cemetery, New Alexandria. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community United Presbyterian Church, New Alexandria.
PAUL N. YATES
Paul N. "Shorty" Yates, 83, of Delmont, formerly of Manor, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, in the Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. He was born Sept. 8, 1916, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late George and Myrtle Painter Yates. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Harrison City, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart in Europe. He was a member of the Manor American Legion Post 472, the Oak Hollow Senior Citizens and the Saturday Night Bowlers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence "Doll" Hawk Yates; a brother, George "Lefty" Yates; and two sisters, Ruth Taylor and Helen Yates. He is survived by his wife, Minnie M. "Myrt" Kistler Yates; a son, Clyde P. and wife, Angelyn Yates, of Huntsville, Ala.; three stepsons, Blake A. and wife, Delores Richert, of Level Green, Ronald E. and wife, Patricia Richert, of Harrison City and Randy L. and wife, Sharon Richert, of Hudson, Ohio; a niece he raised, Evelyn Hensler; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., Main Street, Harrison City, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Donald C. Book officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery. The Manor American Legion will hold services Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
MARY (KUZY) BALKOVEC
Mary (Kuzy) Balkovec, of Baldwin, formerly of Washington, Pa., died peacefully at home with her family on Tuesday, March 21, 2000. Beloved wife of the late Stephen Balkovec. Dear mother of Donna (Blair) Mahoney of Jefferson Hills, Jan (Bill) Puhl of Baldwin, Debby (Brian) Rampolla of Whitehall, and the late Karen and John Bogus. Dear grandma of William Puhl of Wilcox, Pa., Jason, Stephen and Jeffery Mahoney of Jefferson Hills and Christopher and Lauren Rampolla of Whitehall. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral prayer Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Wendelin Church at 10 a.m. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Mary was a member of the St. Wendelin Church Choir for 28 years and a volunteer at Kane Hospital for many years. Mary's wish was to thank all of you who touched her in life and helped her with her journey home.
GEORGE WESLEY BROKER
George Wesley Broker, 63, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at home. He was born Oct. 14, 1936, in Greensburg, a son of Mabel L. Kiehl Broker Elliott of North Huntingdon and the late George W. Broker. He was a former draftsman for the John W. Galbraith Co. and had attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Irwin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, a member of the Greater Greensburg Detachment of the Marine Corps League, and the National Rifle Association. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Debbie Ann Broker of Irwin and Nadine A. Pomposelli and her husband, Angelo, of North Huntingdon; and three grandchildren, Jacqueline P. Kelly, Dominic A. Pomposelli and Davina G. Broker. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. John C. Pressler officiating. Interment will follow in Long Run Cemetery, North Huntingdon.
JESSIE MARIE COVNER
Jessie Marie Covner, 70, of Youngwood, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at home. She was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Harry Grover and Jessie Margarite Williams Tompkins. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Youngwood; a member and treasurer of Principessa Marie Jose #43 of Sons of Columbus; AARP; Senior Citizens of the Presbyterian Church in Youngwood; and Lutheran Church Women. Also she was a former Youngwood election board member and a former volunteer for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. She is survived by her husband, Joseph C. Covner; three daughters, Mrs. David (Joyce) Bouchard of Frederick, Md., the Rev. Richard (Rev. Janice) Jorgensen of Jacobus, Pa., and Mrs. Brad (Joanne) Watkiss of Arona; two grandchildren, Mark Joseph Jorgensen and Leah Frances Jorgensen; and a brother, Fredrick Tompkins of Youngwood. Friends will be received at the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Youngwood, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. Luke's Church, Youngwood, Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Theodore Bessey officiating. Interment Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Family suggests memorial contributions to either the Youngwood Area Library or to St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Youngwood.
AGNES P. FARRAH
Agnes P. Farrah, 81, of Brown Street, Everson, passed away Wednesday morning, March 22, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Agnes was born in Everson, Nov. 18, 1918, a daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah Srur Farrah. Agnes was a lifetime resident of the Everson community and a longtime and faithful member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Scottdale. She was also a former manager of the PA. State Liquor Store in Connellsville for many years and a graduate of Scottdale High School. Agnes is survived by her loving family: her sister-in-law, Abla Farrah of Johnstown; along with numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and several godchildren. In addition to her parents, Agnes was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Farrah and Margaret Simon; and four brothers, George, Jacob, Alex, and Michael Farrah. Family and friends will be received at the ROBERT B. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 105 Spring St., Scottdale, (724) 887-5300, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a prayer service will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at noon in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church with the Rev. Father Emil S. Payer as celebrant. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery. The rosary will be recited Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and a parish wake service will be held Thursday at 8:15 p.m., both in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to: St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, 416 S. Broadway, Scottdale, PA 15683, in memory of Agnes P. Farrah.
DENNIS M. FEARON
Dennis M. Fearon, 45, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Lori McGee Fearon; two sons, Tyler Michael and Nathan Thomas; his parents, Dennis F. and Dolores J. Fearon; 13 brothers and sisters, Dale, David, Don, Drew, Daniel, Dean, Derek and Dane Fearon, Deborah Nash, Denine Samek, Diane Turkowski, Delia Campbell and Dory Goldman; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOME, 433 Greensburg Ave., Route 30, East McKeesport. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, East McKeesport. Interment will be in New St. Joseph Cemetery.
BERL K. HOLDERBAUM
Berl K. Holderbaum, 75, of Circleville, North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Circleville, a son of the late James and Alice Leasure Holderbaum. He was owner/operator of Welty's Auto Parts Store in Irwin, where he worked since 1945 and became owner in 1981. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church of North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, William and John Holderbaum; and a sister, Kathryn Holderbaum. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Lena Coccia Holderbaum; a son, Robert Berl and wife, Diane Holderbaum, and a granddaughter, Sarah Beth Holderbaum, all of North Huntingdon; a sister, Elsie Woleslagle of North Huntingdon; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.
GLORIA ROSE HUTCHISON
Gloria Rose Hutchison, 53, of North Versailles and North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000. Mother of Jeannie and James Aber of North Versailles and North Huntingdon; sister of Lewis (wife, Joann) Bromer of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, William (wife, Barbara) Hutchison of Greensburg and the late James Hutchison; grandmother of A.J. Cerra; and aunt of Curtis, Cindy, Chrissie and William. Friends received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 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 Saturday at 11 a.m.
WAYNE L. JOHNS
Wayne L. Johns, 81, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, in Mt. Pleasant. He was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Rillton, a son of the late Robert W. and Sarah (Ludwick) Johns. He was a self-employed business owner for Dairy Queen Association of Pennsylvania Inc. He was first secretary-treasurer of the Norwin Band Aids, 25 years operational manager for Gibraltor Refinery and Chemical Co., a past president and member of the Dairy Queen Association of Pennsylvania since 1954 and also secretary-treasurer for 25 years, a member of Shidle Lodge F&AM #601, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Westmoreland Forest #77, and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marian (Carlson) Johns; and three brothers, Frank, Harry, and Robert W. Johns. Survived by a son, William W. Johns and wife, Trudy, of North Huntingdon; a daughter, Dr. Sandra Davidson and husband, Timothy, of Columbus, N.C.; a brother, Jay Johns of New Stanton; three grandchildren, Steven W. Johns of Tacoma, Wash., Michael E. Johns of Ruffsdale, and Amanda L. Johns of North Huntingdon; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Jane Miner of Mt. Pleasant. Friends will be received at the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 612 Chestnut St., Irwin, with the Rev. Norman E. Nething officiating. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery.
ANNE L. (MELEGA) MELAGO
Anne L. (Melega) Melago, 85, of Bovard, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, in the St. Anne Home for the Elderly in Greensburg. She was born Oct. 17, 1914, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Lazur Lukan. She was a member of St. Bede Roman Catholic Church in Bovard, the Altar Rosary Society of the church, and Catholic Daughters of America Court Seton #306 in Greensburg. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis A. Steeley; a brother, George Lukan; and two sisters, Elizabeth Lukan and Mary Shambora. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John E. Melago. The Melagos were the oldest living, married couple in Bovard. She is also survived by two sons, Eugene Melago of Bovard and Robert A. Melago and his wife, Linda, of Greensburg; two daughters, Elizabeth Santo of Bovard and Nancy Miles of Greensburg; a son-in-law, James V. Steeley of Greensburg; nine grandchildren, Tony Parfitt and his wife, Michelle, Ann Parfitt, Andrea Parfitt, Tim Melago, Carrie Melago, Jim Steeley and his wife, Danielle, Amy Steeley Grace and her husband, Jeff, Josh Miles and Jason Miles; a great-grandson, Eric Parfitt; a sister, Mrs. Helen Rapach of Bovard; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Friday at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Bede Roman Catholic Church, Bovard, with the Rev. Brinstan G. Takach, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anne Home for the Elderly, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. The CD of A Court Seton #306 and the St. Bede Altar Rosary Society will meet at the funeral home Thursday at 3 p.m. to recite the rosary. Anne's family would like to give sincere thanks to the Sisters and entire staff of St. Anne Home for their loving and thoughtful care shown to her during her stay at St. Anne Home.