Feb. 26

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Madeline Ashcraft

Co-owned Hemlock Grinding for many years

Madeline Ashcraft, 61, of Finleyville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 24, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington.


She was born October 24, 1951, in Homestead, a daughter of the late John and Mary Lou Emery Hruby.


While here on Earth, Mrs. Ashcraft was greatly blessed by the Lord with a wonderful husband, parents, children, family, friends, neighbors and church family. She attended St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Transfiguration in Monongahela and Edwards Chapel United Methodist in Finleyville.


For many years, she and her husband, Russell, owned and operated Hemlock Grinding in Finleyville.


She enjoyed knitting, quilting, crocheting, gardening and nature.


Surviving are her daughter, Christine Knicely Vogel of El Paso, Texas; son James Knicely and wife Jane of Wexford; grandson Joshua Knicely; brother John Hruby and wife Andrea of Finleyville; and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, deceased is her husband, Russell Ashcraft, who died October 10, 2011.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Funeral Home Inc., 427 West Main Street, Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 28, with the Rev. Thomas Hoeke officiating. Interment will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.


Kenneth L. Corey

Active in Robinson Rotary

Kenneth L. Corey, 61, of Canonsburg, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013, in Canonsburg General Hospital, following a six-month illness.


He was born September 17, 1951, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of the late Kenneth and Lillian Corey.


Mr. Corey lived in Canonsburg for the past 31 years and was a member of Houston United Presbyterian Church.


He was employed in sales at Sam’s Club and was very active in Robinson Rotary. He was a volunteer for Partners In Healthcare and enjoyed gardening.


On October 17, 1981, he married Eileen Hemphill Frye, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Eric (Debbie) Frye of West Alexander; two daughters, Jill (Rich) Rutkowski of Canonsburg and Lisa (Rob) Bistle of Washington; six grandchildren, Dustin and Danny Patrick, Jacob (Lindsay) Fisher, Eric Frye Jr., Kayley and Rachel Rutkowski; and two great-grandchildren, Braylen and Vincenzo.


Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 28, with the Rev. C.J. Haury officiating. Private interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.


Mary Jean Cowden

Longtime, active member of Hickory U.P. Church

Mary Jean Cowden, 82, of Washington, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, in Presbyterian SeniorCare, Washington.


She was born January 21, 1931, in Monongahela, a daughter of the late Andrew Azzo Jr. and Mary Marcinko Azzo.


Mrs. Cowden was a 1948 graduate of Trinity High School.


She worked as a commercial loan officer at Mellon Bank for 16 years, retiring in 1987.


For more than 50 years, Mrs. Cowden was a member of Hickory United Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the choir, served as an elder and was an active member of many committees over the years. In addition, she had been a Cub Scout den mother and was a volunteer at the Washington Hospital gift shop and a member of Washington Community Choir and Hickory Women’s Club.


She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.


On December 4, 1948, she married Wayne L. Cowden, who died June 24, 2004.


Surviving are a son, Gerald W. (Marti L.) Cowden of Akron, Ohio; five grandchildren, Margaux Cowden (Beck Bailey) of Williamstown, Mass., Meredith Cowden of Lakewood, Ohio, Blythe Katherine Cowden (Justin Jonas) of Columbus, Ohio, Lucas Cowden of Erie and Ean Cowden of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Lynne Cowden; three sisters-in-law, Nova Jones, Lois Cowden and Florence Masteller; two brothers-in-law, James Renshaw and Paul Cowden; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are two sons, Gregg E. Cowden and Scott N. Cowden; and two sisters, Betty Fleissner and Irene Renshaw.


Friends will be received from noon to 1 p.m., the time of service, Saturday, March 2, in Hickory United Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Bob Shull officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory United Presbyterian Church, 210 Main Street, Hickory, PA 15340. Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Sanford J. Dalglish

McDonald resident

Sanford J. “Sandy” Dalglish, 70, of McDonald, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, in Donnell House Hospice Center, Washington.


He was born February 28, 1942, in Erie.


Mr. Dalglish worked in hospital equipment sales for Steris Corp. of Mentor, Ohio, before retiring in 2002.


Surviving are his wife, Debra Gahagan Dalglish of McDonald; daughter Amanda Menzies and husband Sean of McDonald; and grandchildren Alyson, Ava, Ella and Ryan Menzies.


Deceased are his parents.


At the request of the deceased, services will be private. Burial will be in Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Cemetery, Dayton. Contributions may be made in Mr. Dalglish’s memory to Donnell House Hospice Center, 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements are being handled by Bauer-Bly Funeral Home Inc. To express condolences to Mr. Dalglish’s family or view a tribute honoring his life, visit www.bauerfuneral.com.


Joseph Leone Duche

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel retiree was U.S. Marine

Joseph Leone Duche, 74, of North Charleroi, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013, in his home, after a lengthy illness.


He was born April 13, 1938, in Brownsville, a son of the late Joseph Duche and Mary Turice and John Schoka.


Mr. Duche was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Allenport.


He served in the U.S. Marines from 1956 to 1958.


Mr. Duche was a Golden Gloves Champion in his early years. After his boxing days were done, he remained on the boxing scene, training many young boxers.


Surviving are his wife, Janet Post Duche; sons Joseph (Kim) Duche of North Charleroi and Jon M. Duche of Johnstown; daughter Jennifer (Chris) Jones of Monongahela; sisters Rose (Robert) Vercamen of North Charleroi and Mary Ann (Dennis) Kostolansky of Charleroi; grandchildren Kiley and Kelsey Jones, Ashley, Amanda and Michael Kope, and Gabrielle Duche; and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, deceased is his twin brother, Dominick Duche.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home, 819 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. A blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 28, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Monessen. Condolences may be sent to www.spallinofuneralhome.com.


Carol Lee Haines

Washington Hospital employee enjoyed nature

Carol Lee Haines, 59, of Washington, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, in Washington Hospital.


She was born July 20, 1953, in Washington, a daughter of the late Frank and Betty Machacek Rock.


Ms. Haines was a graduate of Trinity High School and worked in the housekeeping department at Washington Hospital.


She enjoyed nature and the outdoors, music and playing pool.


Mrs. Haines was a member of St. Hilary Church.


Surviving are a son, Curtis Gregg of Pataskala, Ohio; two daughters, Brooke Haines and Beth Widenor, both of Washington; her fiancé, Ray Hampton; two brothers, Frank Rock of Hilton, N.Y., and Thomas Rock of Concord, Mass.; a sister, Joanne Jones of Washington; and four grandchildren, Kurt, Phoenix, Autumn and Serenity.


Deceased are a son, Robert T. Gregg, and a grandson, Alexander P. Gregg.


Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, in Washington Cemetery, with Father Thomas O’Neil officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 225 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.


Additional information and guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


Aldene Lemmon Nicholls

Aldene Lemmon Nicholls, 90, of Washington, formerly of Scenery Hill, died Monday, February 25, 2013.


Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of John B. Greenlee, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville.


A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.


Joseph Wayne Savage

Joseph Wayne Savage, 63, of Morgantown, W.Va., died Thursday, February 21, 2013, in his home.


He was born May 9, 1949, in Morgantown, a son of Mary Ellen Petrucci Savage of Morgantown and the late Bruce Savage Jr.


Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 until 11 a.m., the time of services, Saturday, March 2, in Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home, Morgantown, with the Rev. Kevin Cain officiating. Burial will follow in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joe Savage to the Bill Long Scholarship Fund, Mt. Morris Sportsman’s Association, P.O. Box 132, Mt. Morris, PA 15349.


James T. Schollaert

Raised in Atlasburg

James T. Schollaert, 73, a retired foreign service officer and Washington lobbyist for domestic manufacturing companies, died of heart failure Sunday, February 17, 2013.


Mr. Schollaert, a longtime resident of Arlington, Va., was born in Raccoon Township and raised in Atlasburg.


He was a graduate of Bethany College, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School and the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduate school, he worked one year as an English instructor at West Virginia University. He joined the state department in 1966 as an economic officer, and his foreign service career took him to assignments in Austria, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Bosnia. During the 1980s, he was detailed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


Surviving are Elizabeth Schollaert, his wife of nearly 48 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Mete Uz of Arlington; his son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Alicia Schollaert of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Charles Schollaert of Boulder, Colo.; six grandchildren; and his brothers, William Schollaert of Anthem, Ariz., and Robert Schollaert of Chambersburg.


Robert J. Skolyak

Retired Gutman Oil Co. employee

Robert J. “Bob” Skolyak, 78, of Daisytown, died Monday, February 25, 2013, in Nevaeh Cove, Charleroi.


He was born September 21, 1934, in Washington, a son of the late Joseph and Josephine Fedis Skolyak.


In 1999, he retired from Gutman Oil Co., Charleroi, where he was employed doing maintenance and mechanical work. He retired with 42 1/2 years of service.


Mr. Skolyak enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening and tinkering in his garage. He was always willing to help anyone in any way he could.


On October 15, 1955, he married Patricia Elliott, who died February 1, 2010.


Surviving are three children, Russell Skolyak (Renee) of Daisytown, Kathleen Dietz (Frank) of Olathe, Kansas, and Susan Coleman (George) of Daisytown; five grandchildren, April Santory (John Collins), Jessica Skolyak, Robert Dietz (Cherish), Tracy Mazon (Chase) and George “Sam” Coleman (Megan Kolick); eight great-grandchildren, James and Aden Ritter, Odin and Liam Collins, Nathan and Lucas Mazon and Sara and Leah Dietz; brother Fred Skolyak (Maryann) of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are a granddaughter, Amber Skolyak; and two brothers, John and Dave Skolyak.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 28, with the Rev. Paul Grunebach officiating. Entombment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.


Andrew Swestyn Sr.

Retired coal miner

Andrew Swestyn Sr., 97, died peacefully Sunday, February 24, 2013, in his home.


He was born November 25, 1915, in Ronco, a son of the late Charles “Wasyl” and Mary Clarchick (Kolarcsik) Swestyn (Swiastyn), immigrants from Austria-Hungary. The family moved to Rices Landing.


On October 1, 1938, he married Garnet Mabel Hopton and moved to Carmichaels. She died February 20, 1987.


Surviving are three children, Bob, Alma (Joe) Simon and Andrew Jr. (the Rev. Lois F. May); four grandchildren, Kim Simon Pratt, Joseph Simon Jr., Thaddeus (Ashley Holbert) Swestyn and Andrea Swestyn; seven great-grandchildren, Hillary and Cayleigh Pratt, Alayna Simon and Emily, Mia, Andrew and Eli Swestyn, all of Carmichaels; and many nieces and nephews.


Deceased are brothers John, who died in infancy, Stephen, William and Daniel.


Also surviving are all of his sisters, Helen (Marcel) Shickel of Harrisonburg, Va., Kay Pecharka of Rockville, Md., Mary Jane (Kelvin) Keith of Miami Springs, Fla., and Lillian Zemba of Streetsboro, Ohio.


Mr. Swestyn was a retired coal miner who worked for 26 1/2 years in the Crucible Fuel Mine. He continued to be a proud United Mine Workers of America member until the time of his death. When the mine closed, he worked at the GiGi shoe factory and Grumman Boat factory, both in Carmichaels. After the boat factory closed, he worked at Lynmar Manufacturing Co. in Masontown. At one time, he found it necessary to leave home to get a job with Hupp Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio.


He was quite the handyman, having built two of his own homes. He also helped relatives and friends who needed a hand with their projects. He took a lot of pride in raising a nice vegetable garden, and for years he entered vegetables in the Greene County Fair and won many ribbons for his prize entries. He and his wife canned a lot of vegetables, which would be enjoyed by the family all winter long.


Mr. Swestyn was a member of St. Hugh Catholic Church in Carmichaels and a member and officer of the Holy Name Society. He volunteered at the turkey bingos and clothing drives held annually at Thanksgiving. He was a church usher and money counter for as long as he was able to do so.


He really enjoyed and looked forward to the visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday, February 27, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/director/supervisor, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Hugh Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. A parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Amedisys Hospice of Pennsylvania, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA 15461. www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com


Gayle H. Warner

1960 – 2013

Gayle H. Warner, 52, of Washington, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 24, 2013, in his home, with his family by his side. He was born May 3, 1960, in Washington, a son of Shirley Warner Richards and the late George Warner.


Mr. Warner was employed by Coen Tire for 13 years.


Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his beloved wife, Belinda Sprowls Warner of Washington; children Danyelle Levy (Will), Erika Warner, Ami Behrens (Brandon), Kelli Lewis (Ed) and Meghan Warner, all of Washington; brother Michael Warner of Pittsburgh; sisters Shawn Williams (Glenn) of Pittsburgh, Stephanie Anderson of Columbia, Md., Margaret Prater, Carol Walker, Georgeann Walker and Roberta Gaberial, all of Ohio, Barbara Odom and Glenda Hughes, both of Erie, Sydney Cochran of Chicago, Ill., and Melva Brown of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.


Deceased, in addition to his father, are brothers George Warner Jr. and Daniel Hardin Warner; stepdad Melvin Richards; and sister Florence Walker.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of service, Wednesday, February 27, in St. Paul AME Church, 16 Ridge Avenue, Washington. Lantz Funeral Home, 121 Ridge Avenue, Washington, is handling arrangements.


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