HAROLD C. PIPER
Harold C. Piper, 72, of Latrobe RD4, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at home. He was born May 8, 1928, in Cook Township, a son of the late Albert C. and Minerva Piper Piper. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Standard Steel, Latrobe, and was a union carpenter and mechanic for Carpenters Local 333 of New Kensington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Albert C. Jr.; and two grandchildren. Harold is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Rupert Piper; six sons, Larry and his wife, Nora, of Sligo, Harold C. Jr. and his wife, Stacie, of Ligonier, Clayton and his wife, Teresa, Albert and his wife, Nancy, Leroy and his wife, Erin, and Bryan and his wife, Angela, all of Latrobe; three daughters, Mrs. James (Sandra) McKeel, Mrs. John (Joyce) David and Mrs. Craig (Becky) Stairs, all of Latrobe; 25 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger and his wife, Mary, of Latrobe; three sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Patricia) Campbell Jr. and Mrs. Donald (Thelma) Overly, both of Latrobe, and Mrs. Charles (Geraldine) Olinger of New Bethlehem; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MICHAEL J. QUINLISK FUNERAL HOME INC., 548 N. Chestnut St., Derry. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Church of God, Youngstown, Pa., with the Reverends David Lam, Roy Piper, Ralph Campbell III and Dave Dillie co-officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Lutheran Cemetery, Youngstown. ANN ROMAN
Ann Roman, of Saltsburg RD3 (Loyalhanna Township), died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at her home. She was born in Foster (Indiana County), a daughter of the late Michael and Katherine Valgas Roman. She was a member of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Slickville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Dorothy Roman; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary L. Tkach in 1988 and Stanley Tkach in 1986; and a brother and sister-in-law, John Roman Sr. and Virginia Hall Roman both in 1994. She is survived by a sister, Josephine Roman, with whom she resided; eight nieces and nephews, Judy and Franklin Doverspike of Salina, John and Kim Roman of Clarksburg, Donna Lee Rhoades of Carlisle, Beverly and Ed Vozar of Delmont, Tammy and Joe Wilson of Nowrytown, Tom and Leslie Roman of Saltsburg, Steve and Sheila Roman of Avonmore and Mike and Felicia Roman of Saltsburg; a number of grandnieces and grandnephews; and her best friend and "adopted sister" Kay Cicio of Saltsburg RD3. Miss Roman's family will receive friends at the JOHN L. BASH FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, (724) 468-8381, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral home hours: Monday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. A Parastas service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. An Orthodox funeral service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. with her pastor, the Rev. Robert Popichak, officiating. A graveside service and interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
JULIA V. SHEFFLER
Julia V. Sheffler, 92, of Greensburg, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, in the St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born Feb. 12, 1908, in Export, a daughter of the late Anton and Mary Hribar. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas G. Sheffler, on Aug. 2, 1989; and by several brothers and sisters. She is survived by two sons, Thomas B. and his wife, Charlene Sheffler, of North Springfield, Va., and Dr. Alvin W. and his wife, Frances Sheffler, of Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Dr. Thomas J. Sheffler of San Francisco, Calif., Gregory J. Sheffler of Oakton, Va., David A. Sheffler of West Palm Beach, Fla., Laura Kuzniar and Carissa Sheffler, both of Chicago, Ill.; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton at Green streets, Greensburg, Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Bruno Catholic Church, South Greensburg, with the Rev. Blane L. Resko, O.S.B., as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery, Hempfield Township. WAYNE WHITE
Wayne "Slats" White, 74, of Jones Mills, died suddenly Saturday, June 10, 2000 in the Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Friends will be received in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., Route 711, Melcroft, Monday from 2 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Barry Conn and the Rev. Dennis Arndt co-officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.
DONALD S. WOODWARD
Donald S. Woodward, 76, of Ligonier, died Friday, June 9, 2000, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born March 6, 1924, in Indiana, Pa., he was a son of the late Clyde C. and Vera Stone Woodward. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he had been employed by Kennametal in Latrobe for over 32 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Ligonier, member and Past Master of Ligonier Lodge #331 F&AM, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, New Alexandria, the Valley of Pittsburgh Consistory, and the Ligonier Township Sportsmen's Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia K. Helmick Woodward, in 1995; a sister, Carol May Bell; and a brother, Frederick A. Woodward. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James S. (Susie) Spangler of Warren, Pa.; three sons, Lewis C. (and wife, Margaret) Woodward of Ligonier RD2, Donald G. Woodward of Greensburg and James A. Woodward of Waterford; three grandchildren, Brandie Woodward Stewart, Amy and Brian Neiport; a sister, Mary Louise Sokol of Kittanning; a brother, John C. Woodward of Torrance, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, where services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert D. Cummings officiating. Interment in Ligonier Valley Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorial gifts may be made to Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels. Ligonier Lodge #331 F&AM will hold services in the funeral home Monday at 7:30 p.m.
JOHN ABRAMOVIC JR.
Memorial service for John "Brooms" Abramovic Jr., 81, who died suddenly Friday, June 9, 2000, at Memorial Hospital-Ormond, Florida, will be Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at ORMOND FUNERAL HOME, Ormond Beach, Fla., with Chaplain Leslie Azchin officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., preceding the service. John moved to Ormond Beach, Fla., with his wife, Jessie, in 1981 after retiring from his family business, Etna Broom and Mop Manufacturing Co., which he owned and operated with his brothers. He worked as a starter at Riverbend Golf Club for a number of years. John or "Brooms" as everyone knew him, made a tremendous mark in the basketball world. As a junior and senior at Salem College in West Virginia (1942-1943) he led the entire nation in scoring. He averaged nearly 30 points per game, which was unheard of at that time. He made First Team All-American in '42 and '43. John still holds the Salem College record of most points in a game (57) and in the season (777). John was the first player in college history to score 2,000 points in a career (2,170). After spending three years in the Navy during World War II, he signed and went on to play professional basketball for several teams in the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America. These two leagues formed the National Basketball Association (NBA) the year after "Brooms" retired. He was inducted into the West Virginia and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to his basketball career, John played professional baseball and also was an avid golfer and bowler during his lifetime. He was also a high school and college basketball referee. He was very involved in coaching and raising his two children. He was a school board member for six years with the Mars Area School District and he was a part-time scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Organization. He is survived by his loving wife, Jessie; his son, John III and daughter-in-law, Cindy, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and David McFadden of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his stepdaughter, Jeanne Russell of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and his four grandchildren, Andrew Ehrman of Ormond Beach, Fla., Christie and Jonathan IV Abramovic of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Anna Skultety of Boynton Beach, Fla. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes. Association, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, #415, Maitland, FL 32751-7105.
DAVID E. ALBERT JR.
David E. Albert Jr., 68, of Laughlintown, formerly of Latrobe, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born June 19, 1931, in Latrobe, a son of the late David E. and Esther Saxman Albert. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he was a computer systems supervisor for Latrobe Steel. He was a member of the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, a member of the Fort Ligonier Association, a member of the Ligonier Valley Historical Society, a member of the Penn Ligonier Railroad Club, Latrobe, and was very active with the Valley Players from 1967 to present and was in charge of the lights and sound. He was owner of the Loyalhanna Dockyards, a foreign car enthusiast, a world traveler and a docent for the Compass Inn, Laughlintown. Survived by his brother, Harry S. (and wife, Carolyn) Albert of Latrobe; nieces, Mrs. Darren (Marcia) Hemminger and Nona Peachey; and nephews, Harry Albert and Olin Hyde. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Service will be held Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. in Unity Chapel, Unity Township, Latrobe, with Dr. David A. Eversdyke officiating. Interment Unity Cemetery, Latrobe (Unity Township). Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Players of Ligonier, 210 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658 or Ligonier Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 167, Laughlintown, PA 15655.
Ralph Berg, 81, of Salem Township, formerly of Universal, on Monday, June 12, 2000. Beloved husband of Vivian; father of R. David, Thomas W. and the late Merle S. Berg. Also survived by three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Wednesday ONLY from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills, where services will be held Thursday (time later).
JAMES M. COBRANDO
James M. Cobrando, 70, of Latrobe, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at his home. He was born March 2, 1930, in McChesneytown, a son of the late Dominick and Sophia Hera Cobrando. He was a member of the Holy Family Church, Latrobe. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, having served in the U.S. Army; he retired with 20 years service from the U.S. Army as a drill sergeant at Fort Dix, N.J. He was also retired from Westmoreland Amusements, Latrobe. He was a member of American Legion Post #515, the VFW and the St. Joseph Club, all of Latrobe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard D. Cobrando. Survivors include his wife, Theresa Erschwendner Cobrando; a sister-in-law, Louise Cobrando of Latrobe; an aunt, Virginia Kahl of Latrobe; six nephews and a niece. Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Interment St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township. military services will be held Thursday at 8:45 a.m. in the funeral home.
JANICE L. GYURKE
Janice L. Gyurke, 46, of Carmichaels, died at 5:45 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2000, at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Feb. 27, 1954, in Uniontown, a daughter of the late Delbert and Marie Ross Breakiron. Mrs. Gyurke was a 1972 graduate of the former German Township High School at McClellandtown and was raised in the High House area. She had resided in Carmichaels since 1978 and was a member of the St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church of Carmichaels. For many years, Mrs. Gyurke was the organist and pianist at the Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church of High House. She worked in various offices of the National City Bank in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties for several years, and was last employed at the Carmichaels office of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County. She was a member of the Carmichaels Area Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Directors of the King Coal Association. Mrs. Gyurke loved animals. On Aug. 2, 1975, she married Michael S. Gyurke Sr., who survives. Also surviving are a son, Michael S. Gyurke Jr. at home; a daughter, Shannon N. Gyurke at home; two brothers, Jay E. Breakiron of Mt. Airy, Md., and Jack H. Breakiron of McClellandtown; and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Breakiron; and her maternal grandparents, Jay and Nora Ross. Friends will be received at the YOSKOVICH FUNERAL HOME, Martin J. Yoskovich, funeral director, 300 S. Vine St. (Route 88), Carmichaels, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Friends are asked to meet by 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at the funeral home in order to proceed to the St. Hugh R.C. Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow at Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. See www.legacy.com.
DOROTHY L. HOFFMAN
Dorothy L. "Dotty" Hoffman, 80, of Williamson Road, Greencastle, Pa., died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in her home. Born Dec. 29, 1919, in Pleasant Unity, Westmoreland County, she was a daughter of the late James and Cora (Lenhart) Davis. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Greensburg. Mrs. Hoffman attended the Greencastle Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed doing hand crafts. She graduated from Hurst High School in Norvelt. Her husband, Arthur G. Hoffman, died in 1983. Surviving are a son, Raymond Hoffman of Greencastle; a daughter, Jacqueline Ziglear of Greenville; a brother, Ernie Davis of Latrobe; a granddaughter, Beverly (Mrs. Robert) Newton of Grove City; a grandson, Alan Ziglear of Ohio; and two great-grandsons, Ryan Newton and Bobby Newton, both of Grove City. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers and six sisters. A memorial service will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. from the HAROLD M. ZIMMERMAN AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, with the Rev. Gayle Ruble Sr. officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md. There will be no viewing.
JOHN GILBERT IACHINI
John Gilbert Iachini, 48, of Jamestown, N.C., died Friday, June 9, 2000, at High Point Regional Hospital, North Carolina. Mr. Iachini was born May 23, 1952, in Altoona, a son of Gilbert John Iachini and Barbara Ann Brannan Iachini. He was a graduate of Penn State University and was director of marketing at Ansell Protective Products. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, High Point, N.C., and a member of Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of Jamestown Youth League as a coach and referee. On Sept. 2, 1972, he married Mary Jo Alvarez and she survives, of the home. He was preceded in death by a son, Gabriel Iachini. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ami Schiffbauer and husband, Jarrod, of Athens, Ohio, and Miss Julia Ann Iachini of the home; three sons, Michael Joseph Iachini of Tallahassee, Fla., Daniel Robert Iachini of the home, and Vincent Paul Iachini of the home; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert John and Barbara Ann Iachini of Penn Hills; a sister, Mrs. Beth Caliendo of Pittsburgh; and a brother, Kevin Iachini of Penn Hills. Funeral service was held Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church by Father Jack Kelly, OSFS. Memorials may be directed to the Iachini Family College Fund, c/o Wachovia Bank, 124 E. Main St., Jamestown, NC 27282.
EMMA H. LUX
Emma H. Lux, 93, of West Newton, died Monday, June 12, 2000, in Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon. She was born Aug. 5, 1906, in West Newton, a daughter of the late Matthias and Sophia Szeckler Lux. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, West Newton. Emma is survived by her sister, Esther Lux; nieces, Elizabeth Achtzehn, Patricia Lindauer, and Esther Jones; five grandnieces and two grandnephews; three great-grandnephews and a great-grandniece; and a sister-in-law, Mary Fetkenhour. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Frieda Munyat and Sophia Lux; brothers, Joseph, John, Samuel, Michael, and Robert Lux; and a nephew, Joseph Lux. Friends will be received at the J. WILLIAM McCAULEY JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., West Newton, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be held in Faith Lutheran Church, West Newton, Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gary F. Schult officiating. Everyone please go directly to church. Interment West Newton Cemetery.
THOMAS D. MORELL
Thomas D. Morell, 53, of Plum, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at his home. He was born May 9, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Thomas and Helen (Bailecki) Morell. Thomas is survived by two brothers, Anthony Thomas Morell and wife, Joann, of Pittsburgh and Raymond L. Morell and his wife, Sharon, and their children, Samantha and J.R. of Grandsonville, Md. No viewing. A blessing service for Thomas will be held in the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177, Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dismas Young of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Export, officiating. Private entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Hospice of Greater Pittsburgh, 3520 Route 130, Suite 3001, Leverington Office Complex, Irwin, PA 15642.