Obituaries 6-7-13

Catherine Tunney
Catherine C. "Kitty" Scheidlmeier Tunney of Avalon died Thursday, May 30, 2013.
She is survived by two children, Shawn Tunney and Maureen Cortazzo and her husband Patrick; four brothers, Ronald and his wife Rose, Donald, Charles and his wife Kathleen and John Scheidlmeier and his wife Sally; four grandchildren, Patrick Jr., Jack, Casey Shea and Casey Ann; and nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon. Services were private. Contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

Charles Howard Muse Jr.
Charles Howard Muse Jr., Coal Executive, Penguins Partner and Family Man.
The son of the late C. Howard Muse and Elizabeth V. Muse, Charlie grew up in Ben Avon Heights. His happiest memories as a young boy recall exploring the neighboring woods with his cousin Albert. He loved Lake Chautauqua where as a child he spent his summers -- a love he shared with his children and grandchildren when he established his own summer house there. Charlie never tired of driving the boat and trying to bounce laughing grandchildren off the trailing inner tubes, building campfires with his dog by his side, and enjoying the laughter with his wife, Karen. A gift he passed along to future generations, Charlie's optimism and unique sense of humor were infectious. A Sigma Alpha Epsilon graduate of Penn State University, Charlie worked his entire career for the family company, Crown Coal & Coke Company. He was a director of the Southern Coal Conference and the Interstate Coal Conference as well. Even at the age of 77, Charlie's hands-on interest found him in the office several days a week.
In 1967 he was one of the original investors who brought the Penguins to Pittsburgh. Charlie was a passionate Penguins fan. If he wasn't attending the home games, he was watching on his television in Florida. He watched the Pens play their first game and was there to see their last game at the famed Igloo.
He was a long-term director and officer of the Sewickley Valley YMCA, Sewickley Valley Hospital, and Allegheny Country Club. He also served on the board of the homeowners association of The Village of Golf, FL and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, FL. His adventurous spirit and interest in people made him a good listener and an even better storyteller. He traveled the globe, swimming with the piranha in the Amazon, playing ping-pong with a young Sen. John Kennedy and playing golf at some of the most challenging courses of the world. Charlie's lifelong passion for the game of golf developed after he took up the sport to rebuild his strength after illness kept him confined to bed for months on end in his teens. A formidable competitor, Charlie's talent and temperament made him a sought-after golf partner and earned him friends everywhere he played.
He was a member of the Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, PA, Rolling Rock Club, Ligonier, PA, Country Club of Florida, and The Ocean Club, Delray Beach, FL. and Moonbrook Country Club, Jamestown, NY.
For all the boards and organizations Charlie belonged to, none had a greater impact on his life than Alcoholics Anonymous. The love and mutual support he found there gave him the strength to change not only his own life, but the lives of so many he sponsored through the years. His longstanding commitment to sobriety also includes his work with the CRC Foundation of Delray Beach, FL for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and dependency.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Andersen Muse; three children, Amy M. Lang and her husband, Robert of Sewickley, PA, Charles H. Muse III and his wife Courtney also of Sewickley, PA and James G. Muse and his wife Jennifer of Pittsburgh; and sister, Betty Ann Austin of Pittsburgh, PA. Also surviving are nine grandchildren. Further, he is survived by Karen's children: Thomas S. Robinson and his wife Kathleen of Denver, Kirsten Robinson King and her husband, Andrew of Akron, OH and St. Claire Okie Oliver and her husband, George of Sewickley, PA, and six step- grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 9, 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, Sewickley. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Sewickley Valley YMCA, 625 Blackburn Rd., Sewickley, PA 15143 or The Crossroads Club (CRC), 1700 Lake Ida Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33443. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome .com)

Mary Jane Bogatay
Mary Jane Morida Bogatay, 84, of Groveton, PA, wife of the late Ralph "Bogie" Bogatay, died Friday, May 31, 2013.
Mrs. Bogatay was a member of St. Joseph Church, Groveton Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary and the Ladies Aid Society of St. Martha Church.
She is survived by two children, Christine Burnip and her husband William of Ohio Township and Ralph P. Bogatay and his wife Janice of Groveton; six grandchildren, Jennifer Ortiz and her husband Guillermo, Lauren Beam and her husband Rich, Paige Bogatay, Austin Bogatay, Wendy Woolett and Stephen Burnip and his wife Louise; and two great-granddaughters, Amber and Adrianna. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary Morida; and four siblings, Stella Rossi, Genevieve Burik, John and Paul Morida.
Friends were received at Copeland's Coraopolis Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Masonic Village of Sewickley.

Dorothy Conners
Dorothy Jean Baumbeck Conners died Friday, May 31, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick C. Conners; three children, Karen A. Conners of Florida, Cindy J. Verdi and her husband Ron and Chuck Conners of Florida; four grandchildren, Brian, Justin, Lisa and Katie; a great-grandchild, Riley; her son-in-law, Randy Anderton; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three children, Freddy Conners, Dan Conners and his wife Jeannie and Debbie Anderton; seven siblings, Edward, Chuckie, Rosemary, Lois, Moody, Mary Jane and Clare; and her grandson, Jeffrey W. Wilson Jr.
Friends were received at O'Brien Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to her church.

Judith Shelton
Judith E. Shelton, 72, of Bellevue, wife of the late Hyldren Shelton, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
She is survived by two sons, Glen William Jr. and Michael Wayne Whitehead and his wife Teri; three granddaughters, Kayla, Jaqueline and Katie; and her step-families, the Sheltons, the Schmitts and the McBurneys.
Services and burial were private. Arrangements were made by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon.

Janice Deen
Janice Hodge Deen, 75, of Avalon died Thursday, May 30, 2013.
Mrs. Deen was a counselor at Gaiser Addiction Center in Butler, A for many years. She was a volunteer at ARC of Butler County where she served as a board member and president.
She is survived by three sons, Thomas Deen and his wife Tracy, David Deen and his wife Ruthann and Andrew Deen and his wife Yassiris; her brother, Joseph Hodge; and three grandchildren, Kennedy, Madison and Riley. She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. and Connie Dial Hodge.
Memorials services will be held on the June 15 weekend. For more details, contact McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, (412)766-7000.

Thomas Ward
Thomas J. Ward, 84, died Saturday, June 1, 2013.
Mr. Ward was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Technical Institute with an associate degree in industrial engineering. He was retired from US Steel with 30 years of service. He was a member of the National Genealogical Society and had traced his lineage to Ireland. He was a counselor and mentor to drug and alcohol addicted individuals. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling and jazz music.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Julia Mansfield Ward; six children, Denise Niel of Las Vegas, NV, Joseph Ward and his wife Linda, Stephen Ward, Mary Ward and her partner Paul Cavolo, John Ward and his wife Darlene and Margaret Ann Ward Robbibaro and her husband Bruce; his sister, Joan Marki; 15 grandchildren; six great-granddaughters; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Violet Rose McClain Ward; and his brother, Daniel Ward.
Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Sacred Heart Church in Emsworth on Friday. Burial was private with military honors. Memorials are suggested to his church.

Valentina Sniadach
Valentina A. Wisniewski Sniadach, wife of the late Aloysius Sniadach, died Monday, June 3, 2013.
She is survived by four children, Antoinette Mustovic and her husband Ray, Anna M. Wilkens, Eugene F. Sniadach and Charles A. Sniadach; her sister, Genevieve Meyers; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter; and two grandsons.
Friends were received at O'Brien Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Friday.

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