David H. Lawhead
David H. Lawhead, 82, of Avalon, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joanne Bixler Lawhead, and five children; Lori (Jack) Pingree, Janet (Robert) Mannella, Curt (Nena) Lawhead, Sharon (Eric) Comini and Craig (Mary Ann) Lawhead. He was grandfather to Jennifer (Kevin) McIntire, Colin Pingree, Jonathan Reinheardt, Artem and Lina Lawhead and Christina and Morgan Comini and great-grandfather to Braden and Kylie McIntire. He is also survived by his "little" sister Leona Montgomery of Las Vegas, and sisters-in-law Jean Harvey and Carolyn Lawhead, and many nieces and nephews.
David was most proud of his service with the Marines during the Korean conflict, earning a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Ohio Valley Marines Corps League, Detachment #882, Perry-Ionic Lodge #796, Islam Grotto and West View VFW Post 2754.
Dave retired from the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1992. During his retirement he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, traveling and was a master wood carver.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eva Binnington Lawhead and Howard Lawhead, brother Donald Lawhead, and a sister Viola Bishoff.
The family suggests donations to The Semper Fi Fund, 715 Broadway St., Quantico, VA 22134.
Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.
Sally (Hathaway) Lewis Horner
Sally Lewis Horner passed away quietly after a 10 year struggle with dementia, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 24, 2017, just two weeks after her 81st birthday. Sally was born in Pittsburgh on Jan.7, 1936, the daughter of Janet Fraser Lewis and Mahlon E. Lewis. She was the granddaughter of Walter Pringle Fraser, founder of Ben Avon Heights, where she grew up on Devon Lane. Sally graduated from Winchester-Thurston School, and from Connecticut College for Women in New London, CT, with a degree in Western European history. The summer following her freshman year she met the love of her life, Michael H. Horner who had just finished his freshman year at Cornell University. Mike and Sally were married in September, 1958, starting a 58-year marriage. Their early years included time living in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Ohio and Philadelphia and also marked the arrival of son Tom and daughters Ginny and Sarah. In 1967, Mike received his MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Sally and Mike and their three young children then moved across the country to La Canada where Mike joined the international management consulting firm, McKinsey and Company. Sally quickly became involved as a volunteer in a number of community activities including the Junior League, Children’s Hospital, Huntington Hospital, the PTA, Girl Scouts, Newcomers, Visiting Nurses and many others. . At the recommendation of a friend who lived in La Canada, they enrolled little Tommy Horner in Tom Sawyer Camps. The biggest change in her life, however, came in 1974 when, through a series of circumstances, Mike and Sally bought Tom Sawyer Camps.
After working in the TSC office for a summer, in 1975 Sally appointed herself executive director, starting a 30-year career in organized camping that would make her nationally prominent in the camp world. She quickly became involved with the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Western Association of Independent Camps (WAIC). During her career Sally touched innumerable lives with her leadership and infectious drive to be better. She had high expectations for herself, her staff and the program and inspired others to do the same by her example. She fully committed herself to camp with a dogged determination to be the best and transmitted the value of hard work to all those that worked for TSC.
Sally took the same attitude to ACA and WAIC where she found a supportive community dedicated to kids and the organizations that support them. She held a number of positions with these organizations including Board Member and President of the Southern California Section of the ACA, Standards Visitor and Standards Instructor for camps seeking accreditation. She was invited to join the National Standards Board of the ACA where she served for 8 years and was the only day camp board member when separate standards were established for day camps. She also served as the I Believe Chair and was actively involved in the Legacy Fund, Pioneers of Camping and the Acorn Society. She received many awards during her tenure including the Outstanding Service award (1991), the Distinguished Service Award (1986) and the National Service Award (2009). She also served on the L.A. Times Campership Council for many years.
Sally is survived by her husband of 58 years, Mike, her son Tom (Maria), her daughter Virginia Villa (Luis) and daughter Sarah Fish (Guy). She also left granddaughter Grace Villa and grandson Nick. A memorial service celebrating the wonderful life of Sally Lewis Horner, who influenced the lives of thousands of children and young adults, will be held at 2 p.m. at the La Canada Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Camp Association Campership Fund, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Los Angeles or a charity of your choice.
Frederick Carl Trent
Frederick Carl Trent, 59, of Glenshaw, died unexpectedly Feb. 6, 2017.
He was born June 27, 1957, in Summit, NJ, and grew up in Ben Avon. After graduating Avonworth High School in 1975, he earned a degree in business at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. He worked for many years at Michael Baker Co. as a government contractor and conducted several assignments overseas, after which, his passion for travel was unrelenting, keeping him continuously planning trips that would inspire his own daughter’s passion for travel. As a proud Penguins fan, he was overjoyed to share his passion for the game and teach his wife and daughter the love of the sport. Fred remained politically active throughout his life and loved to discuss government and social issues on Internet sites, at family gatherings and whenever and wherever people would listen. He loved a good story, and entertained his friends and foes alike with his comments on the news, and his gruff voice carried far and wide. A lifelong hunter also, he spent many happy hours at the log cabin that he built with his parents and siblings along the Clarion River. His lifelong dream was to ensure that his daughter and family would maintain the family cabin for future generations.
He is survived by his wife, Allison; daughter, Kelly; mother, Ruth; four sisters, Kathryn Trent of Emsworth, Kristin Toberman (David) of Oak Island, NC, Gretchen McKay (Peter) of Ben Avon, Rosemary Stoner (Daniel) of Bethesda, MD; two brothers, George Trent (Debra) of Loxley, AL, and Tom (Victoria) of Tucker, GA; three sisters-in-law, Marilou Protulipac (Albert) of Ross, Elaine Morman (Paul) of Kettering, OH, and Karen Paquette (Steve) of Lakeland, FL; two brothers-in-law, Dale Visokey (Kim) of Winnetka, IL and Paul Visokey (Carol) of Philadelphia, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Samantha.
The family suggests contributions to either the American Heart Association or the St. Jude’s Childrens Research Center for Childhood Cancer.
Arrangements by McDonald-Linn Funeral Home.
Gregory John "Wiz" Wisniewski
Gregory John “Wiz” Wisniewski, 51, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Highland Park, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.
He was the friend of Tina Marie Dugan, loving dog owner of Junior and the late Maxx; son of the late Chester and Bernadette Wisniewski, brother of Sharon (Ron) Heisel, Keith (Sharon K.) Wisniewski and Gary Wisniewski, also survived by nieces and nephews.
Greg was a 1983 graduate of Central Catholic. He met many friends throughout his life playing sports through adulthood, working in the restaurant/bar business, for Blue Cross and in car sales. He was a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan and loved to golf, ski and the great outdoors all year round. Family and friends will be received Friday, noon-8 pm at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, 412-766-5600. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of the Assumption on Saturday at 10 am.
Josephine V. “Pina” Guarnaccia
Josephine V. “Pina” Guarnaccia, 93, of Bellevue, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
She was the wife of the late Enrico Guarnaccia; mother of Francine Guarnaccia (Donna Simko), Mario Guarnaccia (Charlene), Bianca Daum (Jeffrey) and Enrico Guarnaccia (Karen Cortes); sister of Maria Brescia Cantarella and the late Rosa Brescia and Enzo Brescia (surviving wife Anna); grandmother of Jimmy Guarnaccia, Mario Guarnaccia Jr. (Heather), Alysa Sakson (Kevin), Sara Daum (Jon Marc) and Heather Guarnaccia (Frank), great grandmother of Katie, Luca and Trent; also survived nieces and nephews in Italy.
Josephine was a seamstress for many years with Hughes and Hatcher. Arrangements by Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.