JOHN ROBERT CLINE
John Robert Cline, 83, of Derry, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Dec. 10, 1916, in Derry, a son of the late John R. and Florence I. (Heilman) Cline. He was a member of Derry Presbyterian Church; U.S. Army Air Corps veteran; Prudential representative for 23 years, retiring in 1978; 50-year member of LaMonte Lodge 568 F&AM; and active with Derry Township Agricultural Fair. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Ann; two brothers; and a sister. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn I. Bonsall Cline; two daughters, Evelyn I. (and her husband, Dr. Tjalle T.) Vandergraaf of Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada, and Nancy L. Cline of Blairsville; three sons, Robert E. (and his wife, Karen) of Apollo, Charles E. (and his wife, Christine) of Mechesneytown and George R. (and his wife, Brenda) of Jacksonville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, Sunday from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service with the Rev. F. Neal Galley officiating. LaMonte Lodge 568 F&AM of Derry will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Derry Presbyterian Church, Derry Volunteer Fire Department, or Latrobe Area Hospital Rehabilitation.
ESTHER RICCARDO FISHER
Esther Riccardo Fisher, 81, formerly of Rillton and North Huntingdon, died Friday, March 3, 2000, in the Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. She was born March 17, 1918, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Riccardo. She was a member of St. Edward's Catholic Church of Herminie and a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Irwin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund "Dutch" Fisher. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., Fifth and Oak streets, Irwin, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon.
Adolph "Dolph" Fossi, 81, of Lowber, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. He was born Feb. 16, 1919, in Blythdale, a son of the late Achilles "Kelly" and Olivia (Fontanesi) Fossi. Mr. Fossi "Adolph" was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II with the rank of private 1st class. Prior to his retirement, Adolph was employed by the Monongahela Valley Hospital as a custodian. He was a member of St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Byzon Fossi; and three brothers, Aldo, Alfred, and Nello Fossi. Mr. Fossi is survived by his daughter, Barbara Ann Glover and her husband, James, of Harrison City; a grandson, Brandon Robert Glover; a brother, Adam Fossi, and a sister, Mrs. Nelli Martinelli, both of Blythdale; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Herminie, with Father Lawrence L. Manchas as celebrant. Interment will follow in the West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1032, Greensburg, PA 15601.
LESTER S. KLECKNER
Lester S. Kleckner, 90, of Manor, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born June 1, 1909, in Irwin, a son of the late Oscar S. and Blanche (Allshouse) Kleckner. Prior to his retirement, he was a teacher with the Hempfield Area School District, having taught for 41 years. An avid golfer and bowler, he belonged to the Irwin Pensioners League and the Irwin Country Club League. He was also a member and past president of the Irwin Lions Club. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Annabelle (Edwards) Kleckner; a son, Terry (wife, Henrietta) Kleckner of Hempfield Township; a daughter, Pamela (husband, David) Eckels of Manor; seven grandchildren, Denise Sylvester of South Carolina, Leslie Dean of Cranberry Township, Stephanie Carney of Natrona Heights, Jill Renee DuBreucq of Mt. Pleasant, Robyn Eckels of Manor, Melissa Kleckner of Hempfield Township and Joseph Eckels of Manor; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Louis Kleckner; and three sisters, Edith Lees, Hazel VanDyke and Arabell Kleckner. Friends were received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.J. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 140 Race St., Manor, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donna Havrisko officiating. Interment in Brush Creek Cemetery.
ROY S. KUNKLE
Roy S. Kunkle, 70, of New Stanton RD1, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 22, 1929, in Middletown, a son of the late Homer and Mildred Miller Kunkle. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served with the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver by the former Ryder Trucking Co. in Irwin. He was a member of the Norwin Alliance Church and the Teamsters Retirees Local 30. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Kunkle. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Hodge Kunkle; two sons, Bruce and his wife, Susan, of Toledo, Ohio, and Kenneth and his wife, Donna, of New Stanton RD1; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Alison, Kristie and Kandi Kunkle; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Kunkle. Also surviving are six brothers, Melvin and his wife, Mildred, of Harrison City, Charles and his wife, Jean, of Greensburg RD6, Keith and his wife, Carol, of Chambersburg, Pa., Richard and his wife, Frieda, of Greensburg RD6, a half brother, Dale and his wife, Sandra, of Greensburg RD6, and a stepbrother, Ronald Strasser and his wife, Eva, of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BEATTY-RICH FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 136, Madison, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Additional viewing will take place at the Norwin Alliance Church, Farview Drive, North Huntingdon Township, Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery A. Norris officiating and Mr. Bryan T. Cinelli and the Rev. William P. Wood co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Middletown Church Cemetery, Hempfield Township.
ANNA M. KUSINSKY
Anna M. Kusinsky, 97, a resident of Westmoreland Manor in Hempfield Township, formerly of Latrobe, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in the Manor. She was born May 1, 1902, in Derry, a daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Eglhaut) Fern. She was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latrobe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Kusinsky, in 1960; and her sister, Viola Sopo. She was the last surviving member of her family. Friends will be received at the HARTMAN-GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at which time services will be held in the funeral home chapel with the Trinity Lutheran pastors officiating. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery, Unity Township.
ANNE M. LAVIGNE
Anne M. LaVigne, 85, of Autumn Estates, Hollidaysburg RR1, formerly of 74 Clover Drive, Hollidaysburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 2, 2000, at the Estates, following a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a daughter of the late John Joseph and Sarah Frances Fitzmaurice Reilly. She was married to Richard H. LaVigne on March 7, 1946, in New York City; he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 1994. Surviving are a daughter, Pamela A. Levitt of Suisun City, Calif.; and a son, Michael L. LaVigne of Altoona. Friends will be received Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the JOHN C. BOLGER FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Allegheny St., Martinsburg. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona, by the Rev. James F. Crookston. Committal will be in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y. The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Expansion Fund.
PAUL R. McHAIL
Paul R. McHail, 79, of Murrysville, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in the Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 8, 1920, in Export, a son of the late Paul Lloyd and Florence Remaley McHail. He was a graduate of Bucknell University and a retired manager for PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, with 38 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville and a former member of the Highland Hackers Golf League. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Evelyn Barton McHail; three children, Sue Skillings and her husband, John, of Oxford, Ohio, Mark McHail of Murrysville and Kim Young and her husband, Charles, of Laurel, Md.; four grandchildren, Alan Skillings, Diana Smith, and Christopher and Samantha Young; and a brother, Harold McHail of Export. Visitation Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOHN T. HART FUNERAL HOME, Murrysville. A service will be held in the funeral home Monday at 11 a.m. with Dr. T. Ewen Holmes officiating. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville.
BOYD L. MUIR
Boyd L. Muir, 80, of Ligonier, died Friday, March 3, 2000, in Ligonier Gardens, Ligonier. He was born April 20, 1919, in Fairfield Township, a son of the late Ralph and Annie Smith Muir. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Violet M. Sharp Muir; two daughters, Mrs. Robert E. (Lois) Stickney of Ligonier RD5 and Mrs. Lewis O. (Connie) Douglass of Cowansville; a son, Edward L. (and wife Shirley) Muir of Fairborn, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Henry O. (Hazel) Palmer of Bolivar RD1; a brother, Eugene (and wife Catherine) Muir of Bolivar RD1; and several nieces and nephews. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as director of training for the Vale Technical Institute, Blairsville, for over 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Laurel Antique Auto Club and the Western Antique Auto Club. Boyd collected and restored antique cars all his life. He freely shared his knowledge and expertise with his friends from all over the Ligonier Valley and beyond. Friends will be received at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Herbert G. Gates III officiating. Interment Ligonier Valley Cemetery. Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will present full military honors in the funeral home Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ligonier Gardens, c/o the Boyd L. Muir Fund.
RALPH K. SPRINGER
Ralph K. Springer, 78, of Mt. Pleasant RD4, died Friday, March 3, 2000, in Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. He was born Sept. 14, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Charles and Manilla Painter Springer. He retired from the Elliott Co. of Jeannette. He was a member of the former United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant. He was a deputy game warden for many years and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a charter member of the Tri-Town Sportsmen Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Springer, in 1995, Robert Springer, in 1972, and Richard Springer, in 1999; and two sisters, Irene Cecario, in 1967, and Emma Craig, in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Martha Mardis Springer of Mt. Pleasant RD4; three brothers, Earl Springer of Twinsburg, Ohio, Chuck Springer of Mt. Pleasant and Eugene Springer, also of Twinsburg, Ohio; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Nancy) Dibler of Leichburg, Ohio, and Mrs. John (Sally) Ahrens of St. Cloud, Fla. Friends will be received at the LUTHER J. GRIMM FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Pleasant, Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. At Mr. Springer's request, there will be no funeral service.
CLYDE L. WINGARD
Clyde L. Wingard, 68, of Latrobe, died Friday, March 3, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born in Derry, Nov. 7, 1931, he was the son of the late Clyde L. and Marie A. Jones Wingard. He was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Church, Snydertown, and had retired from Latrobe Steel Company. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. Surviving are his wife, Martha G. Siko Wingard; two sons, Patrick L. Wingard and his wife, Carol, of Southwest, Pa., and Christopher L. Wingard and his wife, Kim, of Latrobe; four daughters, Roxann Wingard, Cheryl Oplinger and her husband, Ken, Lori Vaglia and her husband, James, and JoAnn Campbell and her husband, Brad, all of Latrobe; 11 grandchildren, Pat, Michael, Lance, Chad, Sara, Ryan, Kori, Camryn, Megan, Gabrielle and Marcus; three aunts; and a number of cousins. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Parastas service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Church. Interment in the church cemetery. Military services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.
ROLAND E. WRIGHT
Roland E. Wright, 62, of Natrona Heights (Harrison Township), died at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the home of his sister in Braddock, after a long illness. He was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Brackenridge, a son of the late Claude and Willie Smith Wright. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two terms in Vietnam. He was a mail handler at the Northside post office for 15 years, retiring in 2000. He graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1955. He was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, Brackenridge, and the Elks Lodge, New Kensington. He enjoyed reading, listening to sports, and listening to the gospels. He is survived by three daughters, Veronica Jones of Jeannette, Ludell Guest of Kittanning and Rosyln Williams of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Keith Jones of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren; a brother, Nelson Wright of Harrison Township; and three sisters, Delores Hughes of Brackenridge, Priscilla Parks of Stanford, Fla., and Kathleen Smith of Braddock. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman and Barry Wright. The family will receive friends at the KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held in the Shiloh Baptist Church, Brackenridge, Tuesday, March 7, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Edward Carter, pastor, officiating. Interment Mt. Airy Cemetery, Harrison Township.
ROSCOE NICHOLAS CUP
Roscoe Nicholas Cup, 81, of Avonmore, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Nov. 10, 1918, in Edri, Pa., a son of the late Nicholas and Kathryn Trygar Cup. Mr. Cup lived in Avonmore most of his life. He was a coal miner for 42 years and retired in 1981 from Canterbury Coal Co. A World War II veteran, he had served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre with the 531st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, where he achieved the rank of private and was awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Cup was a member of the St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Avonmore, the Polish National Alliance #1234 in Avonmore, American Legion Post 57 in Saltsburg, VFW in Avonmore and Nowrytown Sportsmen's Club. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting and reading. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Stella Rachwal Cup of Avonmore; a daughter, Patricia Shannon and her husband, Scott, of Sugar Land, Texas; two sons, Ronald Cup and his wife, Kathy, of Avonmore and Raymond Cup and his wife, Minde, of Apollo; two brothers, Paul Cup of Euclid, Ohio, and George Cup and his wife, Lorraine, of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Antoinette Cup of Pittsburgh, Ann Yerep of Indiana, Pa., Mary Suwinski and her husband, Steve, of Saltsburg, and Helen Kochonowski and her husband, Albin, also of Saltsburg; and two grandchildren, Stephanie and Stephen Cup of Avonmore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Cup. Friends will be received Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Avonmore, with the Rev. William J. Homolak as celebrant. Interment in Westview Cemetery, Avonmore. Parish wake service will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home.