Obituaries 3-19-10

Margaret Nichols
Margaret A. Owens Nichols, 85, of Emsworth, died Friday, March 12, 2010.
She was survived briefly by her husband, Robert E. Nichols; two children, Donald Nichols and his wife Roberta and Alice Hoffmaster and her husband Russell; and nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Monday.

Robert Nichols
Robert E. Nichols, 86, of Emsworth, husband of the late Margaret A. Owens Nichols, died Friday, March 12, 2010.
He is survived by two children, Donald Nichols and his wife Roberta and Alice Hoffmaster and her husband Russell; his sister, Luella Davis of New Jersey; and nieces and nephews.
Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Monday.

Clyde Brooks
Clyde S. Brooks, 82, of St. Barnabas in Gibsonia, formerly of Glastonbury, CT, Houston, TX and Bellevue and husband of the late Ruth Bolton Brooks, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
Mr. Brooks was a 1940 graduate of Duke University with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Pi Mu Epsilon fraternities. Between 1946 and 1949, he did his post graduate studies at Carnegie Institute. Under the auspices of a Koppers Co. fellowship, he worked at Mellon Institute. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard LST 49 as the executive officer navigator and communications officer in the Pacific Theatre between 1944 and 1946 with the rank of lieutenant jg, and in the Naval Reserve, where he retired as lieutenant commander in 1969. He worked as a chemist for Shell Development Co. in Houston, United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT and his own consulting firm, Recycle Metals of Glastonbury, CT. He authored "Metal Recovery from Industrial Waste," and held three patents. He had published and presented many articles, mainly in the field of catalysis. He was an active member of Ingomar Methodist Church and in professional associations including Sigma XI, American Chemical Society, Emeritus Fellow and many others. In 1984, he was appointed by then Gov. William A. O'Neil to a task force to classify hazardous waste. He was active in many environmental organizations and an avid photographer, water colorist and hiker.
He is survived by two children, Suzanne B. Taylor and her husband Jeff of Jefferson, NC and Phillip L. Brooks and his wife Jan of Wexford; four grandchildren, Carter T. Seaton and her husband John, Ashley M. Taylor and her husband Philemon I. Barau, Jordan P. Brooks and Mollie A. Brooks; two great-grandchildren, Redekah Barau and Jack T. Seaton; and his niece, Joan M. Webb. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Webb.
A memorial service will be held in Ingomar United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Burial was private. Memorials are suggested to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606. Arrangements were made by McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Mars.

Helenclaire Ingold
Helenclaire Goldsberry Ingold, 94, of Bellevue, wife of the late Lawrence W. Ingold, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
Mrs. Ingold was a 1938 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in geography. She was an active member of Christian Science Church in Avalon for many years.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Kim and David Wesley Ingold. She was preceded in death by two children, Skylar and Sherrie.
Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Saturday. Burial was in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Donations are suggested to First Church of Christ Scientist, 222 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143.

William Dobransky
William "Beaver" Dobransky, 81, of Emsworth, formerly of Woods Run, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
Mr. Dobransky was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn M. Charnock Dobransky; two children, Deborah J. Dobransky and her husband John Sale of Memphis, TN and William J. Dobransky and his wife Marie E. of Gibsonia; and four grandchildren, Max Sale, Michael, Miranda and Cole Dobransky.
Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, until the time of services on Monday.

Roy Cress
Roy H. Cress, 79, of Sewickley, died Friday, March 12, 2010.
Mr. Cress was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a 1949 graduate of Sewickley High School and had attended Westminster College. In 1995, he retired from Sewickley Water Authority with 37 years of service. He was a member of St. James Church and American Legion Post #450, and a life member of Sewickley VFW Post #5756.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Fluskey Cress; his sister, Donna Cress of Bellevue; three nieces and a nephew, Debbie Dillinger, Denise Stetzer and her husband Mark, Diane and Douglas Dillinger; and other nieces and nephews. He was the granduncle of Alicia and Joseph Stetzer and Arina Dillinger;. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy N. and Ida M. Gross Cress; and his sister, Marjorie Brinke.

Friends were received at Copeland's Sewickley Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. James Church on Monday. Burial was in St. James Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Home Not Alone Inc., 300 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, PA 15139 or the American Cancer Society.

Patricia Grande
Patricia Loeffler Grande of Ben Avon died Sunday, March 14, 2010.

She is survived by her husband, James J. Grande; three sons, James E. Grande and his wife Kathleen of Hampton Township, Frank Grande and his wife Eileen of Ross and Alan Grande and his wife Carol of Emsworth; four siblings, Louise Loeffler of Baden, Cheri Molina and her husband Albert of Florida, Jack Loeffler and Tom Furman of Florida; seven grandchildren, Kristy, Kevin, Jennifer, Michael, Caroline, Jacob and Therese; and Dave Reid and family of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, William R. Loeffler and Catherine McDonough Furman; and her brother, Larry Loeffler.

Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Wednesday.

Adele Siegman
Adele Siegman, 96, wife of the late Joseph Siegman, died Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Country Meadows Nursing Home in Bridgeville.

She is survived by three children, James Edward Siegman of Louisville, KY, Kenneth Siegman of Providence Forge, VA and Anice Marie Sokolowski of Emsworth; her brother, Paul Weiner of Baltimore, MD; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Donna Pete of Pittsburgh and Sandra Singer of Philadelphia; and her nephew, Donald Crigger of Akron, OH. She was preceded in death by two siblings, Rebecca Crigger and Ray Wesokey.

Graveside services and burial were held in New Light Cemetery on Sunday. Arrangements were made by Ralph Schugar Chapel.

Ronald Cernansky
Ronald York Cernansky, 50, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010.

He is survived by his mother, Marlene Cernansky; two siblings, Genevieve "Mitzi" Kello and her husband Jeffrey of West View and George N. Cernansky Jr. of Atlanta, GA. He was the nephew of Vernon Connell and his wife Katherine of West View, Porter Rickley and his wife Gloria of Arizona, Ronald Rickley and his wife Helen of Moon Township and Mary Hodanich of Ross;and the uncle of Melissa, Jeff "J.J." and Mike Kello. He also leaves cousins; and dear friends, Rob and Madeline Kort and family. He was preceded in death by his father, George N. Cernansky Sr.

Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon. Services were private. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Clyde Ehrler
Clyde Wilmer Ehrler, 93, of Brighton Heights, died Sunday, March 14, 2010.

Mr. Ehrler owned a bakery for many years and taught baking and candy-making classes at Beattie Tech. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served as an officer and baker. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Banjo Club.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Ehrler; his daughter, Daryl Lynn Ehrler and her husband Ron Miller; his sister, May Inderbitzen; and nieces and nephews.

Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side, where services were held on Thursday. Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

William Pflugh
William R. Pflugh of Aleppo Township died Monday, March 15, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Doerper Pflugh; eight children, Carol Jean Smith of Bellevue, Joanne Pflugh of Sewickley, Bernice Cewe of Beaver Falls, Glenn Pflugh and his wife Cheryl Yant of Bell Acres, Erin Pflugh and her fiancé Christopher Lynch, Ashley, Katherine and Jay Pflugh, all of Sewickley; two brothers; and two sisters; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by six siblings.

Friends were received at Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Sewickley. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, 615 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

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