Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Ruthann TomkoRuthann Tomko, 85, of Verona, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, April 24, 2015. She was born June 11, 1929, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Anton and Catherine Vegely. Ruthann graduated from McKeesport High School in 1947. In 1950, she married Joseph E. Tomko shortly before his deployment to Korea as a U.S. Marine. Upon Joe's discharge, they settled in North Versailles and began a family. Throughout the years, she worked as an executive assistant in various retail and financial institutions. However, the job she loved the most was being a mother to her two children, Cheryl (John Scarfutti) and Randy (Carolyn). Once the family was raised, she and Joe became quite the pair at square dancing and round dancing both locally and nationally. Ruthann and Joe relocated to Florida, first Deltona, the Leesburg to begin their "golden years', enjoying the sun, walking, bike riding, yard work and their puppies. Che and Winston. Ruthann returned to Western Pennsylvania in 2013, to Longwood at Oakmont where she met and enjoyed the company of many new friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph; and her sister Stephanie. In addition to her children, she is also survived by her brother, Frank. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12 Noon in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Natrona Heights. She will be laid to rest next to her husband. The interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles, will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you take someone you love to lunch and let them know how much you care. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e062362639Obituary for Joseph S. VojteckyJoseph Stephen Vojtecky, 90, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Lifecare Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born March 18, 1925, in Tarentum, a son of the late Charles and Stephania Rovnianek Vojtecky. Joseph was a 1942 graduate of Tarentum High School. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Marine Corp. Joseph worked as an engineer for United Engineers and Constructors, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, former St. Mathias R.C. Church in Natrona and the American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge. Joseph was an avid Steeler fan and enjoyed playing the guitar, traveling, crossword Puzzles and watching Jeopardy. He is survived by his two sons, Michael A. Vojtecky, of Natrona Heights and Mark A. (Shriley A.) Vojtecky, of Middletown, Delaware; 5 grandchildren, Shannon (Chris) Braxton, Katherine (Shawn) Curran, Jennifer (Matthew) Kaminski, Stephanie Vojtecky and Andrew Vojtecky; and by his great granddaughter, Logan Braxton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret M. Hrnciar Vojtecky on June 24, 1995; his son, Joseph E. Vojtecky on May 18, 2002; brother, Clarence Vojtecky; and sisters, Olga Sicilia, Helen Vojtecky, Ethel Pajewski, Isabelle Rossi and Marion Czekalski. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-5 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Monday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. The USMC League, Allegheny Valley Detachment 827 will hold services in the funeral home on Sunday at 4:00 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e06f362447Obituary for Richard E. TownsendRichard E. "Dick" Townsend, 78, of Brackenridge, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at his home. He was born June 23, 1936, in Kiski Township, a son of the late Levi W. and Marie J. Libengood Townsend. Dick was a 1954 graduate of Apollo High School. He retired from the Valley News Dispatch in Taretnum where he worked as a printer. Dick was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge. He enjoyed woodworking and yard work. Dick is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Mraz Townsend; son, Scott A. Townsend, of Brackenridge; grandson, Dylan L. Townsend; and by his sister, LaRue Ferrero, of Apollo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Leyland and Robert Townsend; and sister, Betty Miller. Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Friday at 11:30 AM. Officiating will be his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=91f0362250Obituary for Thomas Lee RossThomas Lee Ross, 66, of Brackenridge, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. Oscar, as his friends and family affectionately knew him, was born September 18, 1948, in Natrona Heights, to the late James and Shirley (Towne) Ross. He was a lifelong resident of Brackenridge and worked in the continuous caster at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge until retiring in 2010 after 38 years of service. Tom was a selfless man who put everyone else first. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, taking long drives, and rooting for his favorite Pittsburgh sports teams. Tom was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge, and the V.F.W. Post 92 in Lower Burrell. He was a decorated Marine Corp veteran serving in Vietnam in 1969. Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol (Rybicki) Ross; two sons, Chris (Jennifer) Ross, of Lower Burrell and Timothy (Kristen) Ross, of Saxonburg; his daughter, Erin (John) Dippel, of Brackenridge; along with his five grandchildren, Julia and Alex Ross, Elaina and Andrew Ross, and Avery Dippel. Also Surviving are two brothers, Ronald and the late Marcia Ross, of Brooklyn, CT. and Terry and Linda Ross, of Katy, Tx.; his mother-in-law, Albina Rybicki, of Concordia Care Home, Cabot; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Frank Rybicki. Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4, 7-9 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Saturday at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The U.S.M.C. League, Allegheny Valley Detachment 827 will hold services in the funeral home on Friday at 7:00 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4b43361794Obituary for Cecelia KonopkaCecelia Konopka, 91, of Natrona, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at Amber Woods Assisted Living, Harmarville. She was born March 30, 1924, in East Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Boleslaw and Alexandria Rulka Ropelewski. Cecelia was a homemaker living in Natrona for almost 60 years before moving to Amber Woods Assisted Living, where she resided for the past 6 years. She was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. Cecelia was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. She enjoyed baking, sewing, bingo and caring for her grandson, Christian. Cecelia is survived by her two daughters, Carol Gannon and her husband, John, of Charlotte, NC., and Joan Crowley, of Natrona Heights; grandson, Christian Crowley; and by her sister, Irene (John) McElhoes, of Indiana. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Henry J. Konopka on June 20, 2000; brothers, Larry, Steve and Ed Ropelewski; and by her sister, Helen Vaughn. Cecelia's family would like to thank the caring staff of Three Rivers Hospice, Louise, Jackie and Christine, and her other loving family the entire staff at Amber Woods. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cichoslki-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights where a blessing service will be held on Thursday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=93d7360940Obituary for Rose Irene RicailRose Irene Ricail, 95, of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born February 2, 1920, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Steve and Anna Skaper Pentek. Rose was a member of Holy Martyrs R.C. Church in Tarentum. She had a flair for decorating and knowing what to wear. Rose is survived by her granddaughter, Pamela. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Ricail; and two daughters, Lonie Lee Starcher and Linda Anne Ricail. Services and burial for Rose were private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=63a6362139Obituary for Martin J. KovacMartin J. Kovac, 87, of West Natrona, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Harmarville. He was born September 7, 1927, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late John and Eva Simun Kovac. Martin was a 1945 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He retired from PPG in Creighton where he worked for over 30 years. Martin was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. He enjoyed reading and loved nature. Martin is survived by his niece and nephews, Frank Gajdosik, Barbara Gajdosik, Joseph (Joanne) Gajdosik, Matthew (Susan) Kovac, and Mark (Judy) Kovac; and by 8 great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Joseph Kovac and 2 in infancy, by his sister, Anna Gajdosik, and niece, Cynthia DelBianco. Friends will be received on Friday from 3-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona, with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=fd15360057Obituary for Madeline E. PostonMadeline E. Poston, 91, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born September 25, 1923, in Natrona, a daughter of the late William R. and Emma (Dudek) Traenkner. Madeline lived most of her life in Natrona Heights, and had lived in Plant City, Florida for 10 years. She graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1942. Madeline formerly worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Joe Clark Candies, Sterling Furniture Company and while living in Florida, she worked at Walmart. She was a member of the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church and the Raymond Bible Class. Madeline was also a member of the former Brackenridge Heights Country Club, the V.F.W. Post 92 Ladies Auliliary in Lower Burrell, and was a member of the singing organization, Sweet Adelines International for 15 years. She loved singing, bowling, golf and spending time with her family. Madeline is survived by her two sons, William R. (Billie) Poston and James R. (Diane) Poston, both of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Pamela Poston, of Wyoming, Edward (Carolyn) Poston, of West Virginia, Kimberly (Nathan) Fritzler, of Colorado, Jennifer (Timothy) Oddis, of Natrona Heights and Heather (Adam) Jonczak, of Natrona Heights; great grandchildren, Colter Byers, Dylan Poston, Lukas, Liam and Luciana Oddis, Adam James and Parker Robert Jonczak, Ethan, Randy and Payton Fritzler; and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John L. Poston. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Funeral ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11 AM in the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church (Everyone is asked to please meet at the church). Officiating will be her pastor the Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm, IV. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Madeline may be made to the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church, 1428 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0755360061Obituary for Marcia M. KraynikMarcia (Babcia) M. (Hank) (Frantz) (Zier) Kraynik, 61, of Natrona, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 peacefully in her home. She was born, July 6, 1953, in Creighton, a daughter of the late Steve and Stella V. (Drag) Kraynik. A former East Deer resident and Deer Lakes graduate, she was a very proud mother of her three boys. She enjoyed staring at her children at their bedside until they woke up, making the best scrambled eggs ever, hiking up Billy Goat and Tom-Tom just to watch her boy's baseball practice, decorating her beautiful home, and spending time talking with her friends while smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee. She was the best mother that three sons could have ever dreamed of having. She did the best she could with the very little that she had. Babcia loved all of her grandchildren and absolutely adored her first grandson, Jaden. The best mother in the world is survived by her three boys, Jason (Andrea) Zier, of East Deer and her grandchildren, Hyde, Zane and Presley, Jesse Zier, of Natrona and her grandson Jaden, and Frank (Monica) Frantz, of Freeport and her grandsons, Nick, Logan and Blaz. She is also survived by her ever loving and always giving husband, Russell Hank Sr.; her stepson, Russell (Rachel) Hank Jr. and grandchildren, Kassitty, Lance, Kana, Kaylee, Russel and Bubba, of Natrona; her stepdaughter, Cindy (Jay) Sciubba and grandchildren, Jason and Lindsey, of Natrona; her brother, Mike (Sue) Kraynik, of Harrison City; and by her niece, Sandra (Chris) Gibbs, of Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her niece, Danielle Kraynik. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. Barbara Ravenstahl. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e1be359677Obituary for John W. NygaJohn W. Nyga, 82, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born February 24, 1933, in Natrona, a son of the late Walter and Blanche Wisniewski Nyga. John was a 1951 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army from 1951-1953. John retired in 2000 from the Harrison Township Public Works Department. He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish, P.N.A., and the American Legion Post 48 all in Natrona. John enjoyed reading, going out to dinner and was an avid sports fan. John is survived by his daughter, Beth Anne Nyga, of New Kensington; and by his sister, Sophia Brucker, of Natrona Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary G. Michel Nyga on December 15, 1995, and by his brothers, Victor and Walter Nyga. There will be no public visitation. Services and burial for John will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8150359435