Eliza Helen Watts (nee Werchowski), age 102, passed away on April 11, 2015 in Valparaiso, IN. Eliza moved from Trafford, PA to Valparaiso, IN in 2006. Eliza was born on July 15, 1912, in Pittsburgh, PA to Walter and Aniela (Lewicka) Werchowski. On August 24, 1944, she married Francis J. Gill, who preceded her in death on December 18, 1944. On June 14, 1947, she married Clement P. Watts, who preceded her in death on April 15, 2006. Eliza is survived by her sons, Thomas R. Watts Sr. of Farmington, PA and William R. Watts (Michele) of Valparaiso, IN. She is also survived by grandchildren, Thomas Watts Jr., Kevin Watts, Michael Watts (Kate), Kathryn Demitroulas (Robert) and Daniel Watts; by great grandchildren, Samantha Watts, Isabella Watts and 2 great grandchildren expected to arrive in September 2015. Eliza was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Elizabeth Baugher, Stella Luff, Nellie Werchowski, August Werchowski, Albert Werchowski, Josephine Waldschmidt and Lawrence Werchowski. Eliza was a very caring woman, who always had a smile on her face. She loved her children and grandchildren very much and enjoyed making all kinds of treats for them. Throughout her life, Eliza worked at various jobs such as the Joseph Horne Company, Kubric’s Farm Market, St. Regis Church, the Trafford Public Library and Sherm Edwards Candy Store. She was a dedicated den mother to her boys during their Cub Scout days. Eliza touched many hearts during her long stay on this earth and she will be missed by all those who knew her. Family and friends will be received on Friday only from 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111. Parting prayers will be on Saturday at 9AM in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will be private in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Gallitzin. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave. Trafford PA 15085. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Steve Novakovich, 93, of Manchester, CT, formerly of Trafford, passed away on April 8, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Angeline Novakovich. Steve is survived by his daughter Kathleen Brooky and her husband Jim, son Stephen Novakovich and his wife Sandra. Grandchildren are Scott Brooky and his wife Whitney Street, Keith Brooky and his wife Jennifer, Stephen Novakovich and his wife Rebecca, Dawn Robertson and her husband Shawn, Rebecca Gray and her husband Jeffrey; Great grandchildren Michael, John, Catherine, Aidan, Liam, Beckett, Jacey, Presley, Ben and the late Brandon Melton and two Great-great grandchildren Shane and Cordillia. Steve lived most of his life in Trafford and he also lived in Clearwater FL and Manchester, CT. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 7-9 PM only in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th Street (State Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday in the St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 2110 Haymaker Rd. Monroeville with Rev. Fr. D.C. Malich officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, N. Versailles. Pomen services will be at 8PM Monday in the funeral home. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
John Joseph Baric passed away on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at the age of 91. John was the son of Frank and Anna Baric of Trafford, Pennsylvania and was born on October 28, 1923. John is survived by his wife Ann “Praskeiwich” of 30 years, and his sister Helen “Lane” and brother Joseph. John was predeceased by sisters, Ann “Kvaternik”, Mary “Badanjak”, Catherine “Schendel”, Elizabeth “Ondrey”, and Margaret “Sabol”, and his brother Frank Jr who passed away last Easter. John was a veteran of WW2 and served proudly in the 8th Air Force Division. John was stationed in England during the war and was proud of his affiliation with the military and particularly the 8th Air Force. He attended several military reunions and spoke often about the amazing capabilities of the B-24 Bomber which he serviced. John never had children of his own but he had 28 nieces and nephews who were like his immediate family – they referred to him as Unk, or UJ (Uncle John) and loved him dearly. He loved the outdoors and taught many of them to hunt and fish – a tradition that has been passed down to not only his nephews, but to their children as well. Now there are over 20 hunters in the family, all because of John. John was known to frequently take the nieces and nephews to Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games and most notably took a group not only to the World Series, but also to the last game at Forbes Field. Chairs and Section signs from Forbes Field still can be found in their family homes today.
Unk made a road trip each summer to Long Island, New York to visit his sister Helen, her husband Joe and their seven children. During those annual visits he took just about every one of his nieces and nephews at one time or another. For some of us it was the only vacation we would go on that year. We would drive the 400+plus miles and UJ could smell a pig truck on the PA turnpike miles before we ever passed it. It took us a while but we figured out that he must have seen it first and it just took him a while to overtake the smelly truck, or maybe his nose was really just better that ours. John was probably the most generous person you will ever meet. He has over 30 great grand nieces and nephews who attended college. He has a picture of each of them in his home and still writes to them, particularly during their college years. In each letter to these college students they would find a $20 bill. His heart was richer than his wallet – a sign of a truly generous person. UJ was a sign of inspiration to his nieces and nephews and he always fostered and supported their interests, whether hunting, fishing, photography or model trains. He not only taught them his crafts and skills, but also his personal intangibles of integrity and generosity. Unk, you will be greatly missed – thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration, brother, husband, uncle and friend. Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 4-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be in the Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Twp. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
Nancy Lee (Tulley) Parrish age 63 of Forest Hills passed away on Saturday March 28, 2015 in the Golden Living Center, Murrysville. She was born on November 30 1951 in Indiana, PA the daughter of Eugene Tulley of Trafford and the late Freida McLaughlin Tulley. Nancy retired from Del Laboratories as a sales representative. Nancy loved her family and her friends and they were a central part of her life. She was a passionate fan of the Steelers, the beach and Bernie’s music. Nancy is survived by her husband of five years Bernard M. Parrish, her siblings Linda J. Towson (Bill) of Tampa FL, Gregory A. Tulley (Dave Peters) of Trafford; her niece Stephanie L. Mont (Cesar) and great-niece Amelia of San Antonio TX. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 1-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford. A celebration of her life service will be held on Tuesday at 12:30 PM in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations can be made to either American Cancer Society 320 Bilmar Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15205 or Light of Life Ministries, 915 Western Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15233. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
Helen Schweikarth age 93 of Level Green passed away on Friday March 27, 2015 in her home. Helen was born on July 8, 1921 in Wall the daughter of the late Ivan Richard and Catherine (Dugan) Kelly. Helen was an active member of the St. Regis Church in Trafford, a member of its former Altar Rosary Society, actively involved with its Sleeping Bag Ministry and the Cursillo Movement at the church and Young at Heart. Helen was a retired Nurse working for the former Braddock Hospital and Agency of Aging for Westmoreland County. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Philip T. Schweikarth and four brothers Fr. Kenneth Kelly, Robert, John and Paul Schwartz. Helen is survived by her children Patricia Jones of Ohio, James (Sandy) Schweikarth, Larry Schweikarth both of Level Green and Kathy Casale (Jim) of Jeannette; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and counting and a sister-in-law Louise Schwartz of Eighty-Four PA. Family and friends will be received from 2-8 PM on Sunday in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek and Fr. Joseph Bonafed as co-celebrants. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Excela Health Home Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg PA 15601. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Irene (Kocsuta) Haurilesko, age 77, of Level Green, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Manor Care Monroeville, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Kocsuta and Mary Badza. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Paul Haurilesko, son Eric A. Haurilesko (Patricia), and grandchildren Sarah and John Carlson, all of Level Green; daughter Paula J. Haurilesko, of Alexandria, Virginia; and brother Charles Sterchack, of Pitcairn and the late Tony Badza. She was a long-time volunteer and board member of Penn Area Library, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Rankin and a 25 year member of the Level Green Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford. A service of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Tuesday in the funeral home with Rev. John D. Lazarek officiating. Interment will be in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, N. Huntingdon. Memorial donations can be made to the Penn Area Library, 2001 Municipal Ct. Harrison City PA or a Glioblastoma Research Organization of your choice. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
Linda B. Agate age 65 of Level Green passed away on Friday March 27, 2015 in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Linda was born on October 10, 1949 in Monongahela the daughter of the late Ken and Bernadette (Ruffner) Maley. Linda was a member of the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Norwin Art League, an accomplished professional artist and an instructor at the art league as well. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 41 years to Ed Agate, dedicated mother and grandmother to Melissa Yannascoli (Doug), Milana and Nico of Hempfield Twp. and Eddie Agate (Melody) Kiara, Fiona and Malachi of Level Green; and her sister Sharon Alexander (Alan) of Del Rio TX. Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 AM in the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church, 312 Highland Ave. Pitcairn with the Rev. David Schweissing and Rev. Jim Spitzel co-officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, N. Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church or the Norwin Art League, 306 Main St. Irwin PA 15642. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Deborah Lee Drylie age 57 of Trafford passed away on Thursday March 12, 2015 in the Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. Deborah was born on April 14, 1957 in Braddock, the daughter of the late Robert J. and Gertrude (Martchek) Drylie. Deborah is survived by her son Jason Friedline and wife Traci of Trafford. Family and friends will be received on Saturday for a memorial visitation from 10 AM until 12 Noon in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111. A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon following visitation. Burial will be private. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Ruth M. Yanuzo age 94 of Trafford passed away on Sunday March 1, 2015 in the William Penn Care Center, Penn Twp. Ruth was born on November 7, 1920 in Braddock the daughter of the late David R. and Ruth E. (Miller) Matthews. Ruth retired from Westinghouse and she was an active member of the Christian Life Church Trafford. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband John Yanuzo and brothers Paul, Clyde and Dave Matthews. She is survived by her nieces and nephews David Joel (Joanne) Matthews, Dale (De) Matthews, Dan (Marlene) Matthews, Tim (Dee) Matthews, Sharon Cook-Harrison, Nanette Matthews, Diane Strapac, Nancy and Kathleen Yanuzo and Paul Matthews; great nieces Dayna Matthews Ceresa and Dianna Matthews. Family and friends will be received on in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford on Thursday from 3-7 PM. Funeral services will be on Friday at 11 AM in the Christian Life Church 900 7th St. Trafford with Pastor Gary Simpson officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Private entombment will follow in the Restland-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, Monroeville.
Angela D. Meyer, 92, of Penn Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. She was born March 26, 1922, in Italy, a daughter of the late Nicolino and Nicoletta (DiNinno) DeSaia. Angela was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. Angela loved to sing at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress in Atlantic City, N.J. She also loved to cook, with her specialty being pasta. Angela was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” Meyer; and her sister, Carmella Carter. Angela is survived by her sisters, Jessie Matta (the late Don), of Portland, Ore., and Esther Palamone (the late Tony), of Penn Township; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St., Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.