Obituaries 9-21-12

Everett Niemela
Everett Arthur Niemela, 90, educator, woodworker, and WWII veteran, died Sept. 13, 2012 of natural causes at White Horse Village continuing care community in Newtown Square, PA. Mr. Niemela was a long-time resident of Ben Avon.
Born in rural Long Branch, PA to Finnish immigrants, Mr. Niemela was the youngest of 11 children growing up on a working farm. He graduated from Charleroi High School in 1939. He volunteered for the Army Air Force at the start of World War II and served as a flight engineer on a B-24 crew stationed in England, earning three Bronze Stars.
After the war, Mr. Niemela worked at the Allenport steel mill while attending college on the G. I. Bill. He received his B.S. degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania, followed by an M.S. in education from the University of Pittsburgh. While in college, he met his future wife, the former Virginia Gene Bennati, on a class field trip. When one of the transport cars overheated, students were forced to squeeze into the remaining autos. The future Mrs. Niemela ended up sitting in his lap. They married in 1950.
Residing for nearly 50 years in Ben Avon, Mr. Niemela was a well-loved teacher specializing in secondary education. Before retiring in 1986, he spent most of his career teaching industrial arts at Quaker Valley Junior High School. An expert woodworker, Mr. Niemela designed, created and restored furniture in a wide variety of styles. He was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers Association.
Tracing his family background to the 1500s through extensive research travel abroad, Mr. Niemela wrote several books about his Finnish heritage. He wrote it was "my duty to preserve the history of my family so that the story of their struggles and triumphs would not be lost forever." Mr. Niemela belonged to the Scandinavian Society of Western Pennsylvania and was a founding member of the Finnish Nationality Committee at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Niemela served as a deacon, elder, and trustee of the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, and later was a member of the Newtown Square Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, Virginia, Mr. Niemela is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Niemela Tang; his granddaughter, Grace Tang; and two step-grandchildren, Yuefung and Gregory Tang. He was preceded in death by six sisters, four brothers, and his son-in-law, Philip Tang.
A celebration of his life will be held at White Horse Village on Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Art and Education program of COSACOSA art at large, Inc., 4427 Main St., Philadelphia 19127.

Nigel Paga
Nigel F. Paga, 18, of Kilbuck Township, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.
He is survived by his parents, Rebecca Rockey and her husband Robert of Kilbuck Township and Domenic Paga of Butler, PA; two brothers, Carter and Harris Horton; his grandparents, Mildred and Dan O'Neil, Frank and Judy Page; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard R. Jageman Sr.
Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. Funeral services were held on Monday in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. John Snyder officiating.

Donna Davey
Donna L. Winter Davey, 57, of Baden, PA, formerly of West View, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.
She is survived by her husband, Ernie Davey; her sister, Linda Weiss and her husband Jim; aunt of Courtney and Bobby Davey and Danielle Weiss; and two cousins, Cindi and Robert Latimer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Jane Winter.
Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Wednesday.

Patricia Peters
Patricia R. Niehaus Peters, 85, of Bellevue, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
Mrs. Peters taught CCD classes as Assumption School for 30 years and was a pre-school teacher's aide at Y-Tots for 10 years. She was a longtime member of Suburban General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, John W. Peters; two children, Susan Kremmel and her husband David and John T. Peters and his wife Joann; three siblings, Lee Niehaus, Eleanor Craig and her husband Henry and Joy Keib and her husband Dick; five grandchildren, Laura, Gregory and Emily Kremmel and Elizabeth and Catherine Peters; and her sister-in-law, Eleanor Niehaus. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bud Niehaus.
Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Thursday. Burial was in St. Augustine Cemetery. Donations are suggested to the Church of the Assumption, Animal Friends or the Animal Rescue League.

Joseph Bolkovac
Joseph John Bolkovac died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.
Mr. Bolkovac was retired from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Bellevue Council #1400 and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by two siblings, Nicholas Bolkovac and Helen Dornetto; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Catherine Bolkovac; and four siblings, Albert, John and Alberta Bolkovac and Katherine McCartney.
Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption today, Friday, at 10 a.m.

Katherine McCartney
Katherine M. Bolkovac McCartney, wife of the late William McCartney, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
Mrs. McCartney had worked as a secretary for many years.
She is survived by two siblings, Nicholas Bolkovac and Helen Dornetto; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine Bolkovac; and three siblings, Albert, John, and Alberta Bolkovac. She was survived briefly by her brother, Joseph Bolkovac.
Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption today, Friday, at 10 a.m.

Cory Hruska
Cory T. Hruska, 50, of Brighton Heights, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
Mr. Hruska enjoyed many outdoor activities.
He is survived by his parents, Kenneth G. and Sharon Collins Hruska; four siblings, Chris Hruska and his wife Jill, Sandra Hruska, Nicole Lewis and Matthew Hruska; and nieces and nephews.
There was no visitation. A memorial service will be held in Bellevue Christian Church on Saturday, at 1 p.m. Contributions are suggested to his church at 680 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202. Arrangements were made by T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills.


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