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Mary Veligdan

Mary Veligdan

 Mary Veligdan, 91, of Aliquippa passed away on Friday December 11, 2020 in Forbes Regional Hospital.  She was born in Lucky, Czechoslovakia on August 3, 1929, the daughter of the late Michal and Maria Vinc.  She was a longtime member of Mt. Carmel Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George Veligdan in 1969 and her three siblings, two brothers & one sister.

She is survived by her three sons: Robert Veligdan & Rosa Antonelli, NYC , NY; James & Marietta Veligdan, Manorville, NY; and George Veligdan, Penn Hills , PA; 2 grandsons: Matthew (Elsa Marty) Veligdan, and Benjamin (Tracy) Veligdan: 3 great grandchildren: Nora, Joshua, and Marty.

Friends will be received on Saturday from 10am to12:30 pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Aliquippa.  A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday at 1pm in Mt. Carmel Church 2720 Brodhead Rd. Aliquippa.

Private interment will be in in Woodlawn Cemetery.   

Robert “Jeff” McLaughlin

Robert “Jeff” McLaughlin

Robert “Jeff” McLaughlin, 60, of Hopewell Twp., passed away suddenly on Monday, December 7, 2020 in his home.  He was born in Sewickley the son of Robert “Buzz”  and Eunice McLaughlin.  He was retired from the US Post Office and was currently working as a ramp agent with Southwest Airlines.  He loved to golf.  He truly loved spending time with his grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son: Ryan (Kathrine) McLaughlin; 4 grandchildren: Grace, Elaine, Sidney and Alexandria; 3 siblings: Randy (Rhonda) McLaughlin, Rodney McLaughlin, and Robin (James) Burd, and numerous nieces and nephews.   Due to Covid-19 all services are private.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Donald Hoffman

Donald Hoffman

Donald Hoffman, 90, of Chippewa, formerly of East Rochester, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020, at Heritage Valley Beaver Medical Center.Born January 26, 1930, in Freedom, Pa., he was the son of the late Irene Lyndway Hoffman and Rudolph Hoffman.Don graduated from Freedom High School, then proudly served his country in the Korean War in the 57th Field Artillery.   He graduated from Geneva College, with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from Westminster University with a Masters in Education.  He also obtained his Principal Certification from the University of Pittsburgh.  A beloved teacher, well-known for his lifelong dedication to the field and his way of making even the most mundane topics sound interesting with his unorthodox teaching style, natural charisma and charm, his students fondly remember him for his inspiration and his classic toothpick.Don was a devoted and supportive father; his love of education extended beyond the classroom with his own children and grandchildren through his passion for learning and teaching.  He was kind, gentle and dependable; he was always there to listen. Most importantly, he was always fair. His positive influence and loving kindness will stay in his children’s and grandchildren’s hearts forever.Known as “Geep” to his grandchildren, one of his favorite pastimes was spent cheering them on at their sporting events with his trademark whistle.He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him. He brought joy to everyone he met with his light-hearted, happy spirit and many jokes. He loved to laugh, listen to music and dance and was the life of the party. He lived an adventure-filled life as an inventor, marathon runner, author and song writer.Surviving are his daughter, Renee Hoffman; daughter and son-in-law, Donna (Hoffman) and Tom Brew and three grandchildren, Amanda Tkacik, Eric Tkacik and wife, Lyndsay and Andrew Tkacik.The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Heritage Valley Beaver Medical Center for their compassion, kindness and care of their father and grandfather.In observance of COVID 19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Don’s life.  Because of Don’s love of children, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html.

Carol L. Stacho

Carol L. Stacho

Carol L. Stacho, 79, of Aliquippa passed away on Friday December 4, 2020 in Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver.  She was born in Aliquippa on February 5, 1941 the daughter of the late Kenneth Todd and Henrietta Anderson and her step-father Harold Anderson. She was a nurse’s aide working in numerous nursing homes and home health care.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Janice Hart, and Paul Stacho.

She is survived by her 4 children: Denise (Robert Kastler) Simpson, Aliquippa; John (Lisa) Stacho, Aliquippa; Robert (Shanie) Stacho, Aliquippa; and Dana (Michael) Mancini, Newington, CT; 5 grandchildren: Kellee Hunt, Neil (Brittany) Simpson, Mary-Michaela Mancini, Sabrina Mancini, and Justin Stacho; and three great grandchildren: Ava, Ari, & Ace Simpson. 

At Carols request, all services are private. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice 116 Browns Hill Rd. Suite 100 Valencia, PA 16059.

Frank Waryck

Frank Waryck

Frank Waryck, aged 88, of Aliquippa, beloved father, grandfather, and dearest friend, passed into the House of his Lord on Thursday, December 3, 2020 following a brief but courageous battle with complications from COVID-19. 

Frank was born on March 20, 1932 to the late Stanley and Anna (née Kraycic) Waryck of Aliquippa.  After graduating from Aliquippa High School in 1951, he served in the US Army 25th Military Police Company in Korea where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  On January 29, 1955, he married his soul mate, partner, and the joy of his life, the late Sarah Jane “Sally” Orr.

Throughout his life, Frank had a passion of helping others.  Frank touched countless lives through his service to the Ohio United Presbyterian Church as elder, deacon, and Sunday School leader, in addition to his many years of coaching little league and softball.  Frank was also a proud Mason and member of both the Salvation Army and VFW.  Because of the lasting impact that he made with others, Frank always seemed to know somebody anywhere that he went.  His family fondly remembers that Frank would strike up a conversation with seeming strangers, only to quickly find a mutual connection—somebody whose life he had brightened with his unending love.

Vocationally, Frank worked at the seamless mill at J&L Aliquippa Works for 33 years, until his retirement in 1983.  Frank was blessed to enjoy the next 37 years in retirement, playing golf twice per week with his golf league, spending time with his family, and traveling the world with his beloved Sally.

In addition to his wife and parents, Frank was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammi; his brothers Stanley Waryck and William Waryck; his sister, Frances Mudrick, and his niece, Judy DeWitt.  He is survived by his children, Traci (Brian) Anderson and Frank (Sara) Waryck Jr.; grandchildren, Natalie (Daniel) Mendelsohn, Caitlin (Justin) Brosi, Kristin Waryck, and Steven (Maura) Anderson; great-granddaughter, Lia Mendelsohn; sister, Catherine (Jess) Gasper; 12 nieces and nephews; multiple grandnieces and grandnephews; and his many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank’s memory to the Salvation Army or other charitable organization that strives to help others in need.

In order to keep friends and loved ones safe in these difficult times, in-person funeral services will be private.  A livestream of the funeral service can be viewed on the Ohio United Presbyterian Church’s Facebook page at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 9.  The family will host an in-person celebration of Frank’s life at a later date.

Cindy Louise Fletcher

Cindy Louise Fletcher

Cindy Louise Fletcher, age 64, passed away on December 3, 2020. She was born in Great Falls, Montana on September 11, 1956, a daughter of Myrtle (Swager) and Manuel Sanchez.

She is preceded in death by her brother Gary, and two infant siblings.

She is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends including her special friend Linda Knott and Terry Fox.

All services are private, an interment will take place at a later date in Beaver Cemetery.

Per her wishes, memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus or Kidney foundation.

Arrangements by the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, inc. of Rochester

Ruth K. (Piggott) Sperry

Ruth K. (Piggott) Sperry

Ruth K. (Piggott) Sperry, 100, of Hopewell Twp. died in Masonic Village of Sewickley on November 28, 2020.  She was born in Beaver on October 12, 1920 the daughter of the late Andrew & Ethel (Bergquist) Piggott.    In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harold C. Sperry in 2009.  And two sisters, Claire Freytag & Virginia Porter.    Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Susan S. Mach (Stanley), NC & Joan E. Fawcett (Kenneth), FL.  Three grandchildren, Seven great-grandchildren & two great great-grandchildren. And a brother, George Piggott.    All services are private.  The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Aliquippa is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester.    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:  Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church Library Fund, 2720 Brodhead Rd. Aliquippa, PA 15001.

Earl William Dunfee

Earl William Dunfee

Earl William Dunfee, 86, of Hopewell Twp., passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Heritage Valley Beaver Medical Center.  He was born in Aliquippa on October 13, 1934 the son of the late Daniel Earl and Anna Hilda Dunfee.  He graduated from Geneva College with his bachelor’s degree and began his career at Townsend Corporation as a Certified Public Accountant and later Financial Controller.  He then went on to become Chief Financial Officer at Armco Steel Corporation.  He ended his career by establishing his own auditing and financial consulting company. 

He proudly served his country in the National Guard for fifteen years and ended his military career as Supply Sergeant.

He was a very active member of New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Aliquippa, serving as Clerk of Session and Elder for many years.  He also served as Moderator for the Beaver-Butler Presbytery for eight years and enjoyed visiting many different churches in the area alongside his wife. 

He greatly enjoyed having dogs throughout his life, his favorite and most loved being Heidi and Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter Julie Mae Fisher, and his sister, Lois Jean Pittman. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Janis M Dunfee; three children: Connie Lee (Bob J) Long, Roanoke, VA; Shelley Dunfee, Hopewell Twp., and Daniel Earl Dunfee, Hopewell Twp.; three grandchildren: Jenna Marie (Matthew Earl) Bates, Daniel William (Jenna) Dunfee, and John Mark Dunfee; a sister Suzanne (Brian) Frommer, VA and many special nieces and nephews.

Earl was loved immeasurably will be missed greatly by his family and his numerous friends.  He was an honorable man, a strong leader, and the most loyal and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend.  He was respected, trusted, and cherished by all.  Earl lived a full life filled with love, laughter, and joy. 

Due to the restrictions for Covid-19, services will be private.

Interment is in New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Mary Louise Phillips

Mary Louise Phillips

Mary Louise Phillips went home in the loving arms of the lord on November 16, 2020, at the age of 93. She was born in New Sewickley twp., on December 24, 1926, a daughter of the late James and Alice (Veazey) Phillips.

Mary never married, but lived a Godly, selfless and fulfilling life as a caring sister, loving aunt and a friend to many. Her sparkling eyes, peaceful smile and gentle words, invited all to celebrate life. She enjoyed spending time with her sister, Alice, traveling together. She also loved her church, St. Felix Parish in Freedom, where she was a devoted member for many years. She will be deeply missed and will always be cherished.

Mary is survived by her sister, Alice Phillips; nieces and nephew, Carol (Roland) McClinton, Donna Peck and John Phillips, and great nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.  She is preceded in death by her brothers, James and Harry.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 10am until time of service, 12PM., at the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Rochester, (502 Adams St.)  A private interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery. Following the CDC guidelines, masks are required.

The family would like to thank the staff of Gateway Hospice and Elmcroft Senior Living in Chippewa for the care given to Mary.

Eunice L. Swogger

Eunice L. Swogger

Eunice L. (Swogger) Espey, 96, of Aliquippa, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2020, in Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab.
She was born in Aliquippa on July 25, 1924, the daughter of the late Francis and Gladys Swogger. She was a longtime member of St. Titus Roman Catholic Parish where she participated in Christian Mothers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Espey, and two sisters, Helen (Pete) Juber and Eleanor (Ralph) Householder.
She is survived by her son, Gary (Marilyn Matsey) Espey; two granddaughters, Amber (Devin) Phillis and April (Danny Stevens-Cleric) Espey; one great-granddaughter, Riley Phillis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES OF ALIQUIPPA, www.huntsmanfuneralhomes.com, 2345 Mill St., where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m.
Private interment will take place in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Beaver County, 3394 Brodhead Rd., Aliquippa, PA 15001.