Obituaries 2-23-18

William R. Bender
William R. Bender, 90, of Avalon, died Saturday, February 17, 2018.
He was the husband of the late Rita (Thieret) Bender; father of Marilyn Bender, William K. (Anne) Bender, Christine (Henry) Stephens, Joan (Larry) Kresek, Thomas J. Bender, Nancy (Dave) Roman, Loraine (late Larry) Jeter and the late Stephanie Rose Bender; brother to Mary Bender Henning, Paul Bender, Bernard Bender and the late Kenneth Bender. William was proud of his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Bill lived in Pittsburgh all his life, mostly in Southside, Carrick and Avalon. He was a retired employee of Avalon Borough, a devout Catholic and member of the Church of the Assumption, a longtime usher, church festival volunteer and co-organizer of annual Catholic retreats. He served as a member of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Company for 60 plus years and was a 50 years plus member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1400.
During his lifetime, he had many interests including gardening, woodworking, fishing, listening to country western music and collecting ball caps from his travels. As a young man, he honorably served in the Merchant Marines, performed in the St. Michael's Passion Play, and for many years acted as Santa delivering treats to community children on Christmas Eve. He was a good sport -- from tasting alligator meat to sitting high up on a Brahma bull at the National Western Stock Show. After marrying Rita and raising a family, their joy was traveling through the United States to vacation with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was known as a kind and cheerful man. He loved joking and making people smile. Bill's life revolved around his family and his community. His life exemplified one of his favorite sayings: "what goes around comes around". He will be missed by many.
Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Mary “Diz” (Van Loan) Fader
Mary “Diz” (Van Loan) Fader, 104, of Ben Avon Heights, died February 12, 2018.
Diz was born and raised in Athens, New York. She was the daughter of Eugene Merritt Van Loan and Helene Denoe Lassen Van Loan, and the older sister of Jane Eleanor Erickson and Eugene Merritt Van Loan, Jr. She married William Lewis Fader (deceased December 10, 1991) from Sewickley, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1939. She had five children: Connie (deceased), Peter, Tim, John and Laurie. She also had 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Diz attended Wellesley College where she was a member of the Classics Society and played on the varsity tennis team. She graduated from Wellesley in 1935 with a degree in Anthropology.
For much of her life she was a faithful member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. She was fully devoted to the life of her family, supporting her husband and raising her children. She was also involved in various community activities throughout her life: Wellesley Club, 20th Century Club, garden clubs, book clubs, the American Red Cross, and Knit and Sip at the Anchor & Anvil. She was a longtime member of the Shannopin Country Club. She was well known in the community for her quick wit. Diz loved sports of many kinds. She was a keen tennis player and played well into her 80's. She also enjoyed badminton, bowling, golf, sailing, swimming, skiing, and snowshoeing.
Other interests included gourmet cooking, properly played bridge, study-travel, reading, armchair archeology, and savvy investing in the stock market.
Friends and family are welcome to a memorial service celebrating her life on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10 a.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.

Eric F. Ewing
Eric F. Ewing, 60, of Coraopolis, formerly of Ben Avon, died Sunday, February 4, 2018.
He was the father of Caitlin and Lauren Ewing; brother of Kristin Bahner and Patrick (Rebecca) Ewing; former spouse of Donna M. Ewing; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marline Ewing.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.

Mary Ruth (Weakland) Ott
Mary Ruth (Weakland) Ott, 87, formerly of Ben Avon, died Friday, February 9, 2018, in Raleigh, NC .
She was born January 1, 1931, in St. Boniface, PA and was the daughter of the late Paul and Agatha (Thomas) Weakland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T.; sons, Robert P. and William; sisters, Pauline Peppetti, Patricia Link, Dorothy Smychynsky; and a brother, Fred Weakland.
She is survived by her children, Marie Lenyo, Margaret (David) Sling, of St. Augustine, FL, Ellen (Angelo) Fonzi, of Dyer, IN, Karen (Mike Lorey) Ott, of Raleigh, NC, who were also her caregivers, Diane (Bill) Kolesar, of Eldersburg, MD, Eric (Jeanette) Ott, of Ohio Township, PA; and daughter-in-law, Lana Ott, of Wexford; grandchildren, Jason (Samantha and future great-granddaughter) Sling, Kenneth Bubien, Karley Ott, Alex Ott, Kevin Ott and Derick Ott; great-grandchild, Ethan Bubien; granddog, Geno; sisters, Ethel Cunningham, St. Benedict, PA, Peggy Boothman, of Northern Cambria, PA and Cinda Sodmont, of Hastings, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
Ruth loved spending time with her family, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, bingo and trips to Atlantic City. She is a former member of Sacred Heart Church, in Emsworth, PA. She retired after 30 years at Bel-Aire Foods.Arrangements by the Moriconi Funeral Home, Inc., Northern Cambria, PA.