Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Domenic CorsoDomenic Corso, 87, of Brackenridge, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born December 5, 1927, in San Procopio, Italy, a son of the late Anthony and Rose Tigani Corso. Dom immigrated to the United States on March 5, 1928. He served in the US Army for16 months, stationed in Japan for 9 of those months. Dom was a graduate of Robert Morris University with an associate degree in business. He retired from the General Accounting Department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Pittsburgh in 1990 after 45 years of service. Dom was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, where he served on church council for 6 years, Brackenridge American Legion Post 226, Brackenridge School Board for 6 years and organized the Brackenridge Corner Gang Reunion. He served as a WPIAL and Collegiate Official with 35 years officiating football, 25 years in Basketball and 9 years in Baseball. Dom was also a football observer for West Virginia University at home games for 5 years. He was also a member of the Har-Brack Joint School Board for 6 years, Past President of the AK Basketball Association, Past President of the AK Football Association, Past President of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials, Board of Directors of the AK Hall of Fame for 20 years, and was inducted into the AK Hall of Fame on May 17, 2003. Dom was also manager of the Fairmount Cardinals Softball Team for 3 years and helped organize Cub Scout Troop 513 in Brackenridge. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, especially family gatherings and vacations. Dom is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Strapac Corso; loving father of, Cynthia Miller (Paul Pcolinsky), of Pittsburgh, Kathryn Szczesny, of South Buffalo Township, and Domenic J. (Melissa) Corso, of Bradfordwoods; grandfather of, Tyler Domenic Miller and Gianni Domenic Corso; brother of, Angelo (Elda) Corso, of Natrona Heights and Toni (Larry) Hamm, of Brackenridge. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws, Vinnie Corso, of Tarentum and Audrey Corso, of Natrona Heights; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Mario and Frank P. Corso; sister, Grace Vicker; son-in-laws, John W. Miller and Gary Szczesny; and by his brother-in-law, Robert Vicker. 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 11:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 Noon in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=037a364547Obituary for Cornelius A. JankoskyCornelius A. "Neil" Jankosky, 83, of Buffalo Township, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 at his home. He was born June 4, 1931, in Natrona, a son of the late J. Francis and Theresa Zeppenfeld Jankosky. Neil was a 1949 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 1960 graduate of California State University with a degree in Engineering. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the US Navy. Neil retired in 1991 from West Penn Power in Washington Township, where he worked as a customer service representative. He also was the loan officer for the West Penn Power Credit Union for 25 years. Neil was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, where he was a Eucharist minister and usher. He was also on the Harrison Township Recreation Board, was an advisor for the former Junior Achievement Program in Tarentum, and was a volunteer at the Butler VA Hospital and Highlands Area Meals-on-Wheels. Neil was an avid gardener, golfer, hunter , card and game player. Neil is survived by his wife, Mary Fran Sincell Jankosky with whom he celebrated their 60th anniversary on April 16th; his childen, Neil (Cathy) Jankosky Jr., of Lower Burrell, Terri Jankosky, of Buffalo Township, Mary (Bill) Dearwater, of Florence, Ky., Ann (Tom) Conroy, of Fleming Island, Florida, Dave Jankosky, of San Diego, Jim (Danetta) Jankosky, of Virginia Beach, Va., Jean (Steve) Goldstein, of Harrisburg, Mark Jankosky, of Arnold, and Ben Jankosky, of Arnold; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Toni) Jankosky, of Lower Burrell; and sister, Jean Ann (Jack) Huth, of San Diego. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son in infancy, Charles Francis Jankosky; brother, John Francis Jankosky and Franklin D. Jankosky; sisters, Marie Long and Lorraine Jankosky in infancy. Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeal Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on 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. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Neil may be made to the Highlands Area Meals-on-Wheels, PO Box 395, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065, Tri City Life Center, 1155 Wildlife Lodge Road, Lower Burrell, Pa. 15068, or St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7bc3364374Obituary for Judith Christine CholtcoJudith Christine (Pavlik) Choltco, 72, of Fawn Township, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born December 26, 1942, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late Albert G. and Juliana Martin Pavlik. Judith was a graduate of Tarentum High School and Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelors of Science and Masters Degree of Music Education. She retired from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Piitsburgh and had previously worked as a medical secretary for the Russelton Medical Group (former Miner's Clinic). Judith was a member of the Center United Methodist Church in Fawn Township where she was on Church Council, Staff/Parish Relations Committee, Worship Committee and was a Lay member of the Annual Conference. She was also a Leader/Committee member of Boy Scout Troop 394, former William D. Boyce District for 23 years, District Commissioner for the former William D. Boyce District, completed BSA Woodbadge training, and was awarded the BSA District Award of Merit for the former William D. Boyce District. Judith is survived by her son, Timothy C. Choltco, of Fawn Township. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert, on December 2, 2008; her mother, Juliana, on July 1, 1989; and by her son, David J. Choltco Jr., on November 25, 1993. Friends will be received on Saturday from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11 AM in the Center United Methodist Church, 1575 Donnellville Road, Natrona Heights. Officiating will be her pastor the Rev. James H. Ritchie Jr. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. In lieu of flowers (please no house plants), contributions in memory of Judith may be made to the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank, 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. To send an on line condolence please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b557364046Obituary for Mary Ann CrawfordMary Ann Crawford, 63, of Creighton, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born April 23, 1952, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late George F. and Helen Nesturek Barch. Mary Ann was a graduate of Divine Providence Academy and attended nursing classes at the Bradford Business School in Pittsburgh. She was an avid sports fan and Yahtzee/Uno afficiando. Mary Ann was the beloved wife of Richard Crawford for more than 30 years; loving mother to Robert (Rachel) and Jon (Kristin) and stepmother to Bonita (Dan) Mudrinch; and a devoted grandmother to Austin, Pierce and Cooper Crawford and Alan Duncan. She is also survived by her twin brother, Robert (Jayne) Barch, of Springdale; and brothers, John (Judy) Barch, of Natrona Heights, and James (Nancy) Barch, of Washington, D.C. Friends will be received on Friday from 5:00 PM until the time of service at 7:00 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary Ann may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=76de363552Obituary for Quentin W. NickolausQuentin W. Nickolaus, 91, a longtime resident of North East and formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015. He was born November 1, 1923, in Tarentum, a son of the late Albert "Abby" and Ruth Blakley Nickolaus. Quentin attended high school in Tarentum and later enlister in the Navy and was a veteran of WWII. After his separation from the Navy he began working for Peter J. Schmitt (Loblaws, Bells, Delfarm). His first job was assigned as a meat manager in 1947. Years later he was promoted to the Director of Meat and Deli Operations, until retirement 42 years later in 1989. After retirement he enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a lifetime member of the Natrona Heights VFW Post 894 and the First Presbyterian Church in North East. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Sharp; grandson, Jared "Jamie" Sharp; granddaughter, Alexandra all of Rochester, NY., and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Quentin was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline "Polly" Ravera Nickolaus of 56 years; brother, Robert Nickolaus; and sister Betty Ann Taraszewski. Friends will be received on Monday from 11 AM until the time of service at 1:00 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Officiating will be the Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm, IV. Entombment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5902363131Obituary for Anna Mae ConroyAnna Mae Conroy, 67, of Natrona Heights, beloved wife, mother, and high school teacher, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 after a two-and-a-half month battle with pancreatic cancer. Anna Mae was born on November 16, 1947, in Russellton, to Bruno, a coal miner, and Jennie Chelpanoff Lutynsky, a homemaker. A 1965 graduate of West Deer High School and 1969 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (the first in her immediate family to graduate college), she was the business teacher at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights from 1977 until her retirement in 2004. Anna Mae was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. She is survived and will be missed by her husband of nearly 45 years, Bob Conroy; her son, Rob Conroy (Allison Ruppert), of Pittsburgh; brother, Mitchell (Loretta) Lutynsky, of Saxonburg; and by numerous brothers-/sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. A talented seamstress with a flair for interior design, she enjoyed reading, the beach, and trips to both Disney World and Atlantic City, but devoted most of her life to taking care of her family and her friends. There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c1ab362981Obituary 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=4b43361794