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Today's death record

  • Virginia Kloss, 93, Mariner Health of North Hills, Wexford, Pa.
  • Frank Matetich, 89, of 86 Stone Ridge Blvd., Hermitage.
  • Josephine M. Sanata, 69, of 297 Westview Drive, Hubbard.
  • Donald C. Wilson, 74, of 3545 Panin Road, Hermitage



Today's obituaries
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Virginia Kloss
Frank Matetich
Josephine M. Sanata
 
Donald C. Wilson


Carl J. Zappa
Decorated WWII vet, VFW official had worked at WE

Carl J. Zappa, Nugent Convalescent Home, 500 Clarksville Road, Hermitage, formerly of Farrell; and Concord Apartments, Hermitage, died of natural causes at 12:15 a.m. Friday (1-31-03) in the nursing home. He was 82.

Mr. Zappa was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Farrell to Guiseppe and Elizabeth DeMartinis Zappa.

Carl was a graduate of Farrell High School class of 1938. He loved woodworking, hunting, fishing and bowling.

He was a welder for the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Mr. Zappa was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell; and its Holy Name Society.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and Central Europe.

He was awarded the American Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the European Campaign Service Ribbon and three Bronze Service Stars. He was a combat infantryman and a platoon sergeant. Following the war, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a jump master.

He was a charter and life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5286, Farrell. He was a past post commander. Carl served on the Post Military Honors Burial Detail for many years.

In 1987, he was appointed to the VFW National Voice of Democracy Committee. In announcing the appointment, Earl L. Stock Jr., commander-in-chief of the VFW in the United States, said that his record of service and achievement to both the nation and the VFW were the key consideration in making the selection. The committee is responsible for establishing goals and objectives for the VFW.

Carl was a member of the VFW Mercer County Council and a past commander. He served as the assistant inspector general. He was a past District 28 Pennsylvania commander. He was named Outstanding District Commander in Pennsylvania. He was a national deputy chief of staff. He belonged to Pennsylvania 32 Seam Squirrel Member of Cooties.

Carl was particularly dedicated to visiting veterans in area veterans hospital facilities.

Surviving are: three daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Stephanie) Alter, Masury; Mrs. Wade (Valorie) Gilliland, Sharon; and Mrs. Bernie (Monica) Sigler, Sharpsville; three sisters, Marie Zappa, Sharon; Ernestine Orrico, New Castle; and Mrs. Paul (Rose) Pendel, Farrell; and six grandchildren, Christopher Alter, Shawn Alter, Lauren Gilliland, Marcus Gilliland, Erica Sigler and Shane Sigler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Felix Zappa, Clyde Zappa, Leo Zappa and John Zappa; and two sisters, Leonelda Kahl and Philomena Barretta.

ZAPPA
    Carl J., 82, Nugent Convalescent Home, 500 Clarksville Road, Hermitage, formerly of Farrell; and Concord Apartments, Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (2-2-03) in A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell. Rosary recited at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to pustinger@adelphia.net. Military honors to be rendered by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286 in Farrell.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday (2-3-03) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hermitage.

Virginia Kloss
Thiel College alumna loved gardening, camping, travel

WEXFORD -- Virginia Kloss, Mariner Health of North Hills, Wexford, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday (1-31-03) in the nursing home. She was 93.

Mrs. Kloss was born Dec. 21, 1909, in Pittsburgh to Susanna and Clyde Stroyer. She grew up in Greenville.

Virginia was married to Dr. Alton G. Kloss, former superintendent of Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in Pittsburgh. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 24, 2000. Dr. Kloss died Dec. 27, 2000.

Virginia is survived by a daughter, Joyce Teese, Gibsonia, education supervisor at Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children; two sons, Eric Kloss, a jazz musician; and Alan Kloss, who lives in eastern Pennsylvania; a sister, Helen Smith, Michigan; and a brother, Glen Stoyer, Florida.

She is a sister of the late Wayne, Ray, Ralph, Clayton and George Stoyer.

Virginia Stoyer graduated from Thiel College, Greenville. Following graduation, she worked in a bank in Greenville while Dr. Kloss served as an administrator at Thiel.

When Dr. Kloss became superintendent of Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, the Kloss family moved to Pittsburgh. From 1950 to 1979, she worked as a purchasing agent for Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children while Dr. Kloss was superintendent of the school.

Upon retirement in 1979, Dr. and Mrs. Kloss moved to Bridgewater, N.J., where they lived for several years before returning to Pittsburgh. There, they enjoyed many happy years together as residents of Hunters' Point in Franklin Park, located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. They spent their final years as residents of Cumberland Crossing, an assisted living facility on the grounds of UPMC Passavant in Pittsburgh; and finally, Mariner Health of North Hills, which is located in Wexford.

Virginia Kloss loved gardening, the beauty of nature, camping and traveling with her family, reading, bicycle riding with her husband as members of a Pittsburgh bicycle club and interior decorating. She planted and tended gardens wherever she lived throughout her life and will leave the world a more beautiful place as a result. She was a wonderful mother who will be very much missed.


KLOSS

    Mrs. Dr. Alton G. (Virginia), 93, Wexford.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private.
    Interment: Mount Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.
    Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 1500 Mount Royal Blvd., Glenshaw.


Frank Matetich

Frank Matetich, of 86 Stone Ridge Blvd., Hermitage, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (2-1-03) following a brief illness. He was 89.

Obituary information was incomplete.

MATETICH
    Frank, 86 Stone Ridge Blvd., Hermitage.
    Arrangements will be announced by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME, INC., Sharon.


Josephine M. Sanata

1951 Brookfield graduate

enjoyed gardening, crafts

Josephine M. Sanata, of 297 Westview Drive, Hubbard, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday (2-1-03) at her residence. She was 69.

Mrs. Sanata was born in Masury on Sept. 23, 1933, a daughter of Anthony and Santa Catanese Guaetta.

A homemaker, Mrs. Sanata was a 1951 graduate of Brookfield High School.

Her memberships included the Sacred Heart Church, Sharon. She also enjoyed gardening and crafts.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Sanata, whom she married April 25, 1953; three sons, Ron Sanata of Brookfield, Tom Sanata of Dallas, Texas, and Donald Sanata of Hubbard; one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Denise) Kasula, Hermitage; two sisters, Mary Totin of Masury and Rose Krznar of Aliquippa, Pa.; and six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Bobby and Denise Sanata and Mike, Amanda and Madelyn Kasula.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio, 44512.



SANATA
    Josephine M., 69, of 297 Westview Drive, Hubbard.
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday (2-03-03) at MADASZ FUNERAL HOME, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday (2-04-03) at Sacred Heart Church, 40 S. Irvine Ave., Sharon, with Father Stanley J. Swacha officiating.
    Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage
Donald C. Wilson
Korean Conflict vet was

active with Hickory VFW

A funeral service will be held on Monday for Mr. Donald C. Wilson, 3545 Panin Road, Hermitage, who passed away on Friday (1-31-03) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 74.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1929, in Masury, the son of James D. Wilson and Beatrice Sheasley Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was a 1948 alumnus of Sharon High School.

A draftsman, he was employed at the former Transformer Division of the Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 32 years, working in both the Sharon and Reynolds plants until he retired in 1985.

Mr. Wilson enjoyed golf and was instrumental in the development of the Hickory VFW golf course in Hermitage, where he was the manager for 13 years.

He was an active member of the Hickory Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6166, where he served on the board of directors and was a past commander.

Mr. Wilson was a war veteran and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

His wife, the former Kathryn Sarchet, whom he married Sept. 18, 1964, survives at home.

He also leaves two daughters, Liz Shuttleworth and her husband, Brian, of the Freedom area of Pittsburgh and Laura Santos and her husband, Tony, of Erie; two sons, Thomas S. Wilson and his wife, Lori, of Sharpsville and James P. Sims and his wife, Christa, of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Shuttleworth, Benjamin and Elizabeth Wilson and Veronica and Sydney Sims.

Mr. Wilson also leaves his five brothers, James Wilson and his wife, Maxine; Richard Wilson and his wife, Clara and Russell Wilson, all of Florida; Alan Wilson and his wife, Ruth, of Colorado; and Edward Wilson and his wife, Kiko, of Iowa.

His parents and two brothers, Duane and Robert Wilson, and one sister, Lois Crawford, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Youngstown Chapter, 3736 Boardman-Canfield Road, P.O. Box 321, Canfield, Ohio, 44406-0321.



WILSON
    Donald C., 74, of 3545 Panin Road, Hermitage.
    Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. today (2-2-03) in the J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends not able to attend may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net.
    Service: A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday (2-3-03) in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Douglas Dayton, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Sharon, officiating. The honor guard from the Hickory Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6166, Hermitage, will provide military honors.
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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BAKER
    
Mrs. Dwight B. (Jean Warner), 80, of 331 Center St., Slippery Rock.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (2-2-03) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle Road, Slippery Rock, and 10 a.m. to time of service Monday (2-3-03) in Highland Presbyterian Church, Slippery Rock.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday in the church with the Rev. Timothy Bauler, pastor, officiating.
    Interment: Slippery Rock Cemetery.


BEEMAN
    
Valerie J., 62, Youngstown, formerly of Sharon.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday (2-3-03) in FABRIZIO FUNERAL HOME, 619 E. Indianola Ave., Youngstown.
    Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday (2-4-03) in the funeral home.
    Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.


BORTZ
    
Mrs. Myron H. (Helen E.), 87, of 502 Lake Wilhelm Road, New Vernon Township.
    Obituary was published 1-31-03
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (2-2-03) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral and committal services at 11 a.m. Monday (2-3-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Galen Joe MacDonald, pastor of Sandy Lake (Township) Presbyterian Church, officiating.
    Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.


GARRETT
    
Mrs. Russell Livingston (Aldene M.), 90, West Salem Township, formerly of 310 North St., West Middlesex.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (2-2-03) in W. WAYNE CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 3126 Main St., West Middlesex.
    Service: Funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Monday (2-3-03) in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. John Kees, pastor of West Middlesex United Methodist Church, officiating.
    Burial: Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.


MADASZ
    
David R., 75, of 6785 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Obituary was published 1-28-03
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday (2-3-03) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield, with the Rev. David Searle, pastor of South Pymatuning (Township) Community Church; and the Rev. David Madasz, the deceased's son, officiating.


POLTOR
    
Mrs. Joseph (Dorothy M.) 77, of 1028 N. Albright McKay Road, Brookfield.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: 3 p.m. to time of service today (2-2-03) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral service at 4 p.m. today in the funeral home with the Rev. Daniel Cesene, pastor of Faith Assembly of God, Brookfield, officiating.
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.


REESE
    
R. Clifford, 1430 Roemer Blvd., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: 1 to 4 p.m. today (2-2-03) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday (2-3-03) in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. John R. Boeckman, pastor of St. Adalbert's Church, Farrell, officiating.
    Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.


STULTZ
    
Mrs. Willie C. (Fay E.), 82, Sharon, formerly of Lincoln Avenue, Farrell.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: None in the funeral home. Gathering at the home of Angela Askerneese, her granddaughter, 275 Sterling Ave., Apartment 119, Sharon.
    Service: Memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (2-4-03) in Greater Morris Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 926 Darr Ave., Farrell, with the Rev. Clem Ragster, associate minister, officiating.
    Burial: Cremation.
    Arrangements by WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.


ZAPPA
    
Carl J., 82, Nugent Convalescent Home, 500 Clarksville Road, Hermitage, formerly of Farrell; and Concord Apartments, Hermitage.
    Obituary was published 2-1-03
    Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. today (2-2-03) in A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell. Rosary recited at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to pustinger@adelphia.net
    Military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286, Farrell.
    Service: Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday (2-3-03) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with the Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hermitage.



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