Obituaries 9-23-11

Rita Collins
Rita S. Collins, wife of the late Michael J. Collins, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
Mrs. Collins was a member of Catholic War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Post #1365.
She is survived by seven sons, Michael D. Collins, Timothy G. Collins and his wife Nancy, Patrick J. Collins and his wife Susan, Dennis J. Collins and his wife Michaele, Gregory K. Collins and his wife Linda, James T. Collins and David J. Collins and his wife Mary Ann; her sister, Frances Bischak; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three siblings, Mary Yurkovich, Agnes Lako and Joseph Saffa.
Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church on Thursday.

Harry Dunn
Harry "Buddy" Dunn, 57, of Crafton, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.
Mr. Dunn was retired from Asbestos Workers and was a member of Local #2. He was an active community member.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Dunn; two children, Christina Dunn and Brian Dunn and his wife Kristen; his mother, Dorothy Dunn; and five siblings, Mike, Bob, Nancy, Ralph and Chuck. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Dunn; and his brother, Lenny Dunn.
Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Philip Church, Crafton, on Thursday.

Edith Hughes
Edith Margaret Hughes of Monroeville, wife of the late Ronald M. Ladick, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.
Ms. Hughes was a University of Pittsburgh graduate with a degree in journalism. She worked for community newspapers for almost 65 years. She started at Peabody High School and the Pitt News. She worked for the Pekin Illinois Times, the Hammond Tennesee Times and Gateway Publications, where she was executive editor for many years. She worked as community development director for Trib Total Media, where she edited Westmoreland magazine as well as Caregiver magazine. She was an active member of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors. She received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the President's Award from the Press Club of Western PA, and many Golden Quill, Keystone and Suburban Newspapers of America awards.
She is survived by four children, Dr. Ronald Ladick Jr. and his wife Sharon of Aliquippa, Dr. Sandra Collins and her husband Mark of Ben Avon, Linda Rothschild and her husband Robert of Tappan, NY and Jeannine Farina and her husband Arthur of Monroeville; her sister, Alice Hughes Woods of McLean, VA; five granddaughters, Faith, Hope and Grace Collins, Sabrina and Naomi Rothschild; a dear friend, Roseann Watt; and Puddy.
Friends were received at a celebration of life in Calvary Episcopal Church on Thursday. Memorial contributions are suggested to East End Cooperative Ministry, 250 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA15206 or Forbes Hospice, 2570 Haymaker Rd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Arrangements were made by D'Allessandro Funeral Home and Crematory.

Eleanor Nettrour
Eleanor Hanshumaker Nettrour, 90, of McCandless Township, wife of the late Byron F. "Bill" Nettrour, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.
She is survived by three children, Byron F. Nettrour Jr. and his wife Jung Hwa of Fairfax, VA, Susan E. Mangel and her husband Ronald of Gifford, PA and Kevin K. Nettrour and his wife Cynthia S. of Mascoutah, IL; her brother, William R. Hanshumaker of Lantana, FL; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.
There was no visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to Emsworth United Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiland Ave., Emsworth, PA 15202. Arrangements were made by McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon.

Robert Fohl
Robert P. Fohl, of McCandless Township, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
Mr. Fohl was a graduate of Avalon High School and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Intelligence Agency, and studied at the Army Language School in Monterey, CA, where he graduated in the Czechoslovakian language with highest honors. He then served in Europe, broadcasting for the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. After the war, he worked for PPG for 12 years and US Steel for 22 years. With a leave of absence, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention from 1967-68, and later served as county chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Allegheny County. He then served for three years as a member of the PA Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board and 12 years on the PA Liquor Control Board. He enjoyed golf and Pittsburgh politics.
He is survived by his wife, Joann Magerl Fohl; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack and Lois Kort of Gibsonia and Robert and Teresa Magerl of Spokane, WA; and nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward L. and Anne Fohl.
Friends were received at T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Sebastian Church, Ross Township Contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or his church at 311 Siebert Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Constance Phillips
Constance B. Parker Phillips, of Ohio Township, wife of the late Robert Phillips, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.
She is survived by seven siblings; nieces and nephews; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kim Kaan.
Friends were received at H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, Ross Township, until the time of services on Sunday in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ross Township.

Linda Sherman
Linda Lee Sherman, 68, of Charlotte, NC, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 in Carolinas Medical Center University.
Mrs. Sherman enjoyed spending time at the beach, dancing, cooking and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Sherman; two children, Joseph Schuler and his wife Cheryl and Melissa Schuler Averi and her husband Mark; her brother, Gary Hannes; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Schuler, Mary Reimer and Amanda Reimer; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ward and Margaret McIntyre Hannes; and her sister, Joy Dallessandro.
A service of remembrance was held in Charlotte on Saturday and a memorial service was held in the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon, on Tuesday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Arrangements were made by Heritage Funeral Home.

Cecelia Tomczak
Cecelia E. Mish Tomczak, 88, formerly of Hopewell Township and wife of the late Casper D. Tomczak, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.
Mrs. Tomczak was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Church and its Christian Mothers. She also was a member of SOAR in Beaver County and Housewives Brunch Bowling League. She worked at Aliquippa Hospital in the dietary department.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Lynch of Pittsburgh; her sister, Leona Taylor of Holly Springs, NC; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Ann Panek Mish; and five siblings, Frank and Walter Mish, Julianna Kokoski, Rose Langdon and Helen Mish.
Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue, until the time of a blessing service on Saturday. Burial was in Sylvania Hills Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Vitas Hospice.

Roberta Bates
Roberta Mae Bates, 61, of the North Boroughs, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.
Ms. Bates worked in the registrar's office at the University of Pittsburgh for 42 years.
She is survived by three siblings, Laverne M. Young, Lynette M. Baca and Jeffery A. Bates; her nephew, William Young; and her niece, Rebecca Young. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert T. and Elizabeth A. Bates.
A memorial service will be held in Greenstone United Methodist Church in Avalon on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. Donations are suggested to Spencer and Friends, P.O. Box 41074, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Arrangements were made by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon.

Ethel Gottshall
Ethel Marie Schultz Gottshall, 98, of Avalon, formerly of Lansdale, PA and wife of the late Leroy Gottshall, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.
Mrs. Gottshall was a graduate of Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. She enjoyed traveling to all 50 states and the Galapagos Islands.
She is survived by two children, Ted Gottshall and his wife Shirley of Bellevue and Phyllis Gottshall of Escondido, CA; her brother, Gene Schultz and his wife Jan of Tioga, PA; her grandson, Todd Gottshall and his wife Melissa of Redwood, CA; two great-grandchildren, Annika and Joseph Gottshall; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Mary Schultz; and two siblings, Byron and Ida Beth.
Services were private. Arrangements were made by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon.

Rose Marie Blazier
Rose Marie Rozanski Blazier, 80, of Bellevue, wife of the late James D. Blazier Jr., died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.
She is survived by 10 children, James D. Blazier III, Michele Kavanagh and her husband Ed, William J. Blazier and his wife Candi, Jacqueline Matela, Denise Friday, Geraldine Famoso and her husband Aldo, Donald R. Blazier and his wife Jean Bujalski, Stephen M. Blazier and his wife Amy, Mary A. Blazier and John A. Blazier and his wife Jennifer; three siblings, Eleanor Dwojakowski, Evelyn Plantz and John Rozanski; 24 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six siblings.
Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday.

James Scott
James H. "Sonny" Scott, 82, of McDonald, PA, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in St. Clair Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Frances L. Edmonds Scott; his daughter, Leigh Donna Scott Moss and her husband Edward; his sister, Gaynell Williamson and her husband John; his grandson, Adam Scott Moss of Emsworth; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four siblings, John R., Sarah G., Minnie E. and Lina Mae Scott.
Friends were received at Nation Funeral Home, McDonald, where services were held on Wednesday. Burial was in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Memorials are suggested to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

Stephania Vankovic
Stephania "Stella" Vankovic, wife of the late Gustave Vankovic, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.
She is survived by five nieces and nephews, Carl Spitz, Loretta Spitz, Marcella Mateer, Eugene and Edward Adasiewicz. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Spitz and Sophie Adasiewicz.
Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Wednesday.

Catherine Kurywchak
Catherine Puchar Kurywchak, wife of the late Mike Kurywchak, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.
She is survived by two sons, Michael J. Kurywchak and his wife Sandra and Joseph Kurywchak and his wife Cheryl; three sisters, Stella Hrycyk, Mary Puchar and Stephanie Affeltranger; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Puchar.
Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral service was held in St. George Ukrainian Church on Thursday. Contributions are suggested to her church at 3455 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Paul Zappas
Paul Zappas, 86, of McCandless Township died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.
Mr. Zappas had owned Republic Restaurant, McKnight Smorg-A-Style, Gerber's Market, Ondeck Market and Miller's Seafood Restaurant.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Athas Zappas; three children, George Zappas and his wife Linda, John Zappas and his wife Christine and Amy Marshall and her husband David; his daughter-in-law, Brigida Mertz; his brother, William Zappas of California; 11 grandchildren, Paul and his wife Kelly, William and his wife Noel, Christopher and his wife Jennifer, Matthew and his wife Krista, Michael and his wife Jennifer, Kelli, Jason and his wife Erin, George and his wife Bethany, Jeremy, Jacob and Brieyanna; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, William Zappas; and three siblings, Michael, Gus and Betty.
Friends were received at Stephen M. Brady Funeral Home, North Side, and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Holy Trinity Building Fund.

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