Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary 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=8150359435Obituary for Pearl J. GallagherPearl J. Gallagher, 92, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015, at Golden Living, Erie. She was born June 28, 1922, in Freeport, a daughter of the late Roberto and Lucy Bonatti. Pearl worked as a secretary for the former Joseph S. Finch Schenley Plant and later worked in the cafeteria at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Natrona Heights. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, the Ladies Guild of the church and she also cooked for the annual church festival. Pearl enjoyed word search puzzles, was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her two sons, Dennis "Tyke" (Eileen) Gallagher, of Natrona Heights and Gary Gallagher (fiancee, Cathy Nadolski), of Wexford; son-in-law, Ronald Hanford, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Holli (Darin) King, Ryan (Erin) Hanford, Sean Gallagher, Scott (Sharyn) Gallagher, Staci Gallagher and Shane Gallagher; great grandchildren, Robbie Hanford, Dylan King and Noah King; and by her brother, Joseph Bonatti, of Garland Tx. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Gallagher in 1983; daughter, Marsha Hanford in 2012; and by 5 brothers and 3 sisters. The family would like to thank the staff of Asera Care Hospice for their care and support. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle Street, 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 Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Freeport.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0e83359228Obituary for Ann M. MuscoAnn M. Musco, 88, of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born August 17, 1926, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late Matthew and Terezija "Rose" Strle Bavetz. Ann was a 1944 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked as a clerk at the former Central Drug Store in Tarentum and retired as a foreman after 43 years of service from Liberty Mirror in Brackenridge. Ann was a member of Holy Martyrs Church in Tarentum, the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ) Lodge # 715, was a Girl Scout leader in Tarentum, and also was an advisor for Junior Achievement in Brackenridge. She enjoyed polka music, crocheting, knitting, gardening, baking, cooking and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ann is survived by her daughter, Sandra Musco Bresuciak, of Tarentum; grandchildren, Tamara (Tom) Rounce, Kevin Bresuciak and Chrystal (Kenneth) Kelley; and by her great grandchildren, Kyla and Julia Kelley and Jacob, Corey and Alexis Rounce. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Bavetz. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 5-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights where a blessing service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Holy Martyrs Church with her pastor the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ann may be made to the Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065 or to the Salvation Army, 917 Brackenridge Avenue, Brackenridge, Pa. 15014.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4edc359222Obituary for Peter SoterinPeter "Pantelis" Soterin, 83, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Pleasant Ridge Mature Living, Allegheny Township. He was born July 26, 1931, in Kastoria, Greece, a son of the late George and Mary Podares Hadzisotirou. Peter lived much of his life in Springdale where he was known as "Pete the Greek". Peter arrived in the United States in 1950 and worked as a steelworker at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge and Edgewater Steel in Oakmont, before retiring in 1987. He was very proud of his Greek heritage, music and culture, and loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Peter is survived by his children, George (Julie) Soterin, of Stephenson, Va., Maria Soterin, of Springdale and Anastasia (James) Hamilton, of Lower Burrell; and by his granddaughter, Haley Angelique Hamilton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Angeline (Koula) Patsakis Soterin in 1994; and by his two brothers, Petekli and Manoli Hazidsoteriou, both in Greece. Services and burial for Peter will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b112359326Obituary for Kathleen OlszewskiKathleen Olszewski, 66, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born December 8, 1948, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Irene Piotrowski Olszewski. Kathy was a 1966 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked as a payroll clerk at the former Benke Motors in Culmerville for many years, and most recently she worked at CVS Caremark in Monroeville. Kathy was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed playing bingo and loved spending time with her nephews and family. Kathy is survived by her brother, Raymond Olszewski, of Natrona Heights; nephews, Daniel and Ryan Olszewski; aunts, Victoria Ozimek, of Natrona Heights and Mary Olszewski, of Monroeville; and by several cousins. Friends will be received on Friday from 5-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Saturday at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 AM in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8df2358844Obituary for Elizabeth A. MartonikElizabeth A. "Betty" Martonik, 77, of Brackenridge, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born December 21, 1937, in Freeport, a daughter of the late William and Anna Thomas Thompson. Betty was the owner for the past 39 years of the Ships Wheel Tavern in Brackenridge. She was a member of Holy Martyrs R.C. Church in Tarentum and a life member of the Tarentum VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Betty enjoyed cooking, gardening, trips to the casino, her dogs, and was a Penguin fan. Betty is survived by her children, Deborah Allen, of Brackenridge and William J. Martonik, of Brackenridge; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Allen in 1973; her second husband, William L. Martonik in 1995; and by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Ida Ajian. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 PM and on Friday 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 Saturday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Holy Martyrs Church with her pastor the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=18ff358083Obituary for Rita M. McPheronRita M. McPheron, 79, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at her home. She was born November 12, 1935, in Farrell, a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Telthorster Cervenak. Rita retired in 2013 as a legal secretary for Jacques & Jacques Law Office in Natrona Heights. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Rita enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, crossword puzzles, her cats and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. McPheron, her daughter, Nancy (Pat) Robertson, of Natrona Heights; her son, Jon (Kim) McPheron, of Butler; three granddaughters, Shannon Mell, Correy Robertson and Morgan Robertson; great grandson, Brayden Mell; brother, Edmund Cervenak, of Mt. Pleasant; and by her sister, Mary Ann Longdon, of Bay Village, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Meryl Little. Services and burial for Rita will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rita may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b93d358044