Obituaries 9-22-17

Robert Michael Colecchia
Robert M. Colecchia, 77, of Avalon, died Thursday, September 14, 2017, after a courageous battle with bladder cancer.
He was the son of the late Anthony and Columbia (Viscusi) Colecchia; brother to Tony (Chris) Colecchia and Ann Marie (Ed) Huber; devoted uncle to Dana Getz, Andrea Korade, Sarah Cardosi and Joshua Huber; great-uncle to Maia and Anna Getz, Luca and Jonah Korade, Anthony and Maria Cardosi, and Eli and Scarlett Huber.
Bob's passion in life was food, and his love of gardening and cooking earned him the nickname "Farmer Bob". He was a graduate of Oliver High School and worked as a draftsman/designer for PennDOT for over 30 years.
A US Navy veteran, Bob served aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff for the exceptional care given to Bob at the hospice center at West Penn Hospital.
Memorial donations are suggested in Bob’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, memorials@ woundedwarriorproject.org or Light of Life Rescue Mission, 913 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

Mary Louise (Stack) Hill
Mary Louise (Stack) Hill, 92, of Ben Avon, died Friday, August 18, 2017.
She was the wife of the late William W. Hill, Jr; mother of Mary Lynne (Bob) Eakin, of New York, Martha (Chuck) Weiss, of Delaware, and the late William W. (Nancy) Hill III, of Emsworth; predeceased by her brothers, William J. Stack, Jr. and J. Philip Stack; also survived by eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mary Louise graduated with a Master of Education from the University of Pittsburgh and devoted her life to the teaching profession. At Pitt she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and the Heinz Chapel Choir. She was an avid music lover, who enjoyed playing the piano and sang in various church choirs and musical ensembles. An accomplished seamstress and quilter, she was also skilled in embroidery, needlepoint, and the creation of miniature doll houses.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, starting at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church, 2365 McAleer Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. A memorial service will begin at 10:45, followed by a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her name to Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Healthcare at Home Hospice, Four Allegheny Center, 9th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, Attn Lori Marshall or The Community at Holy Family Manor (CHFM), 301 Nazareth Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15229, Attn Lynn Stys.
Arrangements by Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Duke Bope
Duke Bope, 61, of Franklin Park, formerly of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Saturday, September 16, 2017.
He was the son of Joan and the late George Bope, Jr; brother of Mark Bope and Janet (Patrick) Bope McCloskey; uncle of Jack McCloskey; nephew of John and Jane Carpenter; also survived by countless friends and relatives.
Duke was a graduate of North Catholic High School, where he accomplished the designation of Big 33 in football. Duke went on to attend Milford Military Academy in Connecticut and Boston University, playing football at both schools.
Using his strong work ethic, Duke helped to build Architectural Clay Products with his brother and father, which his father started in 1960.
Duke was a very strong Christian man.
Arrangements by Devlin Funeral Home.

Joseph R. Cotton
Joseph R. Cotton, 88, died Friday, September 15, 2017.
He was the father of Alan Cotton, Laura (Larry) Ott, Arlene Guastella and Paul (Faye) Cotton; brother of Genevieve Shaffer and the late Vincent Cotton, Josephine Biggart, Anthony Cotton, Theresa Schneiderlochner and Andrew Cotton, Jr.; grandfather of Jennifer (Mike) Makary, Emily Ott, Jason Guastella, Marlene Guastella, John Cotton and Katie Cotton; great-grandfather of Riley and Rex; also many nieces and nephews.
Joseph was a Korean War Veteran of the US Army and was a glazier with Local #751. He was also an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Memorial donations are suggested to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Dr., #1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or to FARE-Food Allergy Research and Education, Teal Pumpkin Project, www.foodallergy.org.
Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Karen Ann Dressler
Karen Ann Dressler, 58, formerly of Bellevue, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Kane Regional Health Center in Scott Township.
She is survived by her mother, Erna Kourian of Providence Point; a sister, Catherine Dressler (Mark) Erickson of Mt. Lebanon; two brothers, Donald (Renee') Dressler of Houston, TX, and Robert (Rosann) Dressler of Louisville, CO. Also surviving are four nieces: Marie Erickson of Mt. Lebanon, Anna (Scott) Deans and Sarah (Bobby) Tyson, both of Houston, TX, and Catherine Dressler of Denver, CO; one nephew, Thomas (Amanda) Dressler of Louisville, CO; and grandnieces, Jillian and Elsie Deans and Avery Dressler; and grandnephew, Milo Tyson.
Karen was born in St. Louis, MO, and grew up in New Orleans, LA. She studied landscape architecture at Louisiana State University and loved to draw and paint. About 13 years ago, Karen moved to Bellevue, where she enjoyed living and made many friends. In January 2016, she suffered an aortic dissection and moved to Kane.
Memorial donations are suggested to Kane Foundation, Scott Township Center Fund, 955 Rivermont Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
Arrangements by the Laughlin Funeral Services.

Alice (Leicher) Houy
Alice (Leicher) Houy, 89, of Bellevue, died Thursday, September 14, 2017,
Born June 20, 1938 in Pittsburgh, she was the wife of the late Ben L. Houy, Jr.; mother of Richard (Maureen) Houy and the late Janet Ann Houy; daughter of the late Carl and Cora (Mitchell) Leicher; sister of Edward (Joan) Leicher, Harry (Peggy) Leicher, Carl (Mary Anne) Leicher, Jennifer (Clyde) Laughery, Barry (Dorothy Mae) Leicher, and the late Marie (Norman) Schlick and the late Lois (Robert) Krepp; stepdaughter of the late Hilda D. Leicher; aunt to many numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home.

Edward C. Martin, Sr.
Edward C. Martin, Sr., 87, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
He was the husband of the late Betty (Cassandro) Martin; father of Anna Marie (Richard Amorose) Martin, Edward C. (Linda) Martin, Jr. and Duane (Janet) Martin; also survived by seven grandchildren; preceded in death by brothers and sisters.
Ed was a member of the Teamsters #249.
Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

William J. Spolar, Jr.
William J. Spolar, Jr., 87, of Kilbuck Township, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Passavant Hospital.
Bill was the former husband of Margaret (Dusky) Bischak; husband of the late Betty and Evelyn Spolar and the companion of Vicki Ivancki. He is survived by his children; Kathy Mathis of Fort Worth, Texas, Linda Spolar of Fombell, PA, Mark Spolar of Allison Park, PA and Beth Spolar of Dayton, Ohio; grandpap of Jonathan and Jesse, Michael and Eric, David and one great-grandson, Hayden; brother of the late Donald and Richard Spolar.
Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.