Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Robert D. ValasekRobert D. Valasek, 62, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born January 2, 1953, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Frank and Bertha Gazda Valasek. Bob retired in 2010 after 37 years of service as a crane man from Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge. He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona, Harrison Hills Volunteer Fire Company in Natrona Heights, Freeport Sportsman Club in South Buffalo Township, American Legion Post 48 in Natrona, and a member of the former Slovak Hall Association in Natrona. Bob was also a Harrison Township Auxiliary Policeman, a Pennsylvania Fire Policeman, Harrison Township Fire Policeman and a Brackenridge Fire Policeman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, doing yard work, his pool and was a Pittsburgh sports fan and Highlands Hornets fan. Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Teresa Petit Valasek; his children, Chad (Jamie) Valasek, Ryan (Kristi) Valasek and Cristina Valasek all of Natrona Heights; granddaughter, Allie Valasek; brother-in-law, Edward (Marian) Petit, of Brackenridge; nephews, Nathan (April) Petit and Tyler Petit; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received on Tuesday 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 Wednesday at 11:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 Noon in St. Ladislaus Church with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Harrison Hills Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 221, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2e99367387Obituary for Donald L. SchmidtDonald L. Schmidt, 71, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. He was born July 1, 1943, in Buffalo Township, a son of the late Andrew and Elma Wetzel Schmidt. Don was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Navy. He retired as an electrician from Resco Products, in Tarentum, after 45 years of service. Don 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 48 in Natrona. He enjoyed doing yard work, his dog "Zoey" and spending time with his family especially his grandsons. Don is survived by his children, Denise (John) Price, of Natrona Heights and Donald (Stacey) Schmidt, of Parks Township; 4 grandsons, Benjamin and Nicholas Krason and Kevin and Jonathan James Schmidt; brothers, Paul (Vivian) Schmidt, of Sarver and James (Janice) Schmidt, of Sarver; and by his sisters, Dorothea Harvey, of Sarver, Helen Skrabak, of Everett, Wa., Betty Shulik, of Saxonburg and Susan Wise, of Butler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne K. "Sis" Hoover Schmidt on December 10, 2008; brother, Louis Schmidt; and sister, Sarah Crighton. 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 a blessing service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Donald may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=56df367324Obituary for Emelia M. MombergerEmelia M. (Basnak) Momberger, 101, of Tarentum, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Harmar Village Care Center, Harmarville. She was born February 27, 1914, in Tarentum, a daughter of the late Stephen and Julia Osusky Basnak. Emelia was a retired employee of Tarentum Borough. She was a member of Holy Martyrs R.C. Church in Tarentum, the C.D. of A. and Christian Mothers of the church. Emelia was also a former CCD teacher at the former St. Clements Church in Tarentum. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and dice, traveling and fishing. Emelia is survived by her children, John (Gerri) Momberger, of Rural Ridge, Judith (Nick) Taraborrelli, of Tarentum, Charles (Sandra) Momberger, of Sarver, and Keith (Betty) Momberger, of New Hampshire; 7 grandchildren, Nick (Julie) Taraborrelli, Janice (Don)Snider, Anthony (Linda) Taraborrelli, Amy (Jeff) Weissert, Kelly Momberger, Daniel (Buffy) Momberger, and Brad Momberger; 9 great grandchildren; and by her sister, Mary (William) Krause, of Coraopolis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Edward Momberger in 1952; son, Kenneth Momberger; grandchildren, Sandra Taraborrelli and Keith Momberger; brothers, Frank and John Basnak; and sisters, Helen Swartzlander and Elizabeth Basnak. Friends will be received on Friday from 9:00 AM until the time of a blessing service at 11:30 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 Noon in Holy Martyrs Church with her pastor the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Emelia may be made to Holy Martyrs Chruch, 344 West 9th Avenue, Tarentum, Pa. 15084.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3828367056Obituary for Stephen J. ButkoStephen J. Butko, 90, of Sarver, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the VA Hospital, H.J. Heinz Campus, Pittsburgh. He was born May 25, 1925, in Glassmere, a son of the late Alvin and Mary L. (Lukac) Butko. Steve was a WWII veteran who served our country under the Company L, 3rd Battalion: 242 Regiment of the 42nd Infantry Division. He was assigned with the 8th Infantry Division to be a machine gunner even though he never fired a gun in his life fighting in the Hurtgen Forest in Germany. He was medically and honorably discharged from the Army on July 21, 1945. Steve received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European Theatre of Operations Medal with two Campaign Stars. He was a Supervisor at PPG in Creighton retiring with 45 years of service. Steve was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights where he was an usher for several years and was also a life member of VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights where he was a past commander. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fine dining, bingo and traveling. Steve is survived by his children, Andrea M. Favareau, of Flint Hill, Va., and David S. (Dora) Butko, of Sarver; loving grandfather of, Sherie Lynn (Edward) Cirino, Laura Marie (Joshua) Hatajik, and James Edward Favareau III; proud great grandfather of 2 great granddaughters and 4 great grandsons; brother of, George (Wanda) Butko, of Pearl River, LA., and Connie Gilliam, of Lower Burrell, brother-in-law, Frank Palko, of Tarentum; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Ann (Vanhook) Butko on January 21, 1981; infant son, Stephen Butko; sister, Mary L. Palko, son-in-law, James E. Favareau II, and by his loving companion, May Boyer. Friends will be received on Wednesday 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 Thursday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM 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=63a5366843Obituary for Rudolph S. PalkoRudolph S. Palko, 91, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. He was born August 20, 1923, in Tarentum, a son of the late Paul and Mary Kulisek Palko. Rudy was a veteran of WWII serving as a Motor Machinist Mate Second Class in the US Navy. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater for 29 months. Rudy retired in 1985 after 39 years of service from PPG in Creighton, where he workded as a machinist. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. a 30 year member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society where he was a former secretary and treasurer, and a former member of American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge. He was an avid Steeler and Pirate fan and enjoyed traveling, gardening, doing handyman work, but especially enjoyed fly fishing and tying his own flies. Rudy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia S. Robson Palko; his children, Joan (Edward) Sikora, of Moon Township, Elaine Kushner (Sam McCune), of Springdale, Mark Palko (Rebecca Daugherty), of Natrona Heights and Laura Ann (Richard) Palko Crawford, of Columbus, Ohio; 5 grandchldren, Erin (John) Wilfong, Justin (Dorothy) Sikora, Elyse Sikora, Ashley (Quino) Martin and Scott Kushner; 10 great grandchildren; brothers, Rev. John Palko, of New Brighton and Frank Palko, of Tarentum; and by his sister, Agnes Dubnicay, of Tarentum. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul and Matthew Palko. Friends will be received on Monday 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 Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rudy may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d88b366813Obituary for Carolyn R. AdamsCarolyn R. Rogalski Adams, 85, of Saxonburg, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born February 13, 1930, in Natrona, a daughter of the late John and Sophie Sobczak Rogalski. Carol was a 1948 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. Carol enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, table games and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Carol is survived by her husband of 61 years, John R. Adams; children, Scott (Carlene) Adams, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Kathy Chopp (Joe Carozza), of Gibsonia; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and by her sister, Freda Petit, of Natrona Heights. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John R. Adams Jr on February 17, 2002; brothers, Casimir and Stanley Rogalski; and sisters, Frances Grabowski, Claire Kitlas and Sophie Stanoski. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11:15 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Entombment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Carol may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC. 20090 or to the American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43211.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=babb365551Obituary for Joanne A. KesickiJoanne A. Maturo Kesicki, 84, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born August 5, 1930, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of the late John and Carmina Fucci Maturo. Joanne was a 1948 graduate of St. Joseph High School. She worked as a sales clerk at the former Horne's Department Store in Natrona Heights and later as a cashier at the former Bi Lo Grocery Store in Natrona Heights. Joanne was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed playing cards. Joanne is survived by her two sons, John L. Kesicki (Vita Altmeyer), of Natrona Heights, and Gary P. (Mary Beth) Kesicki, of Natrona Heights; and by her three granddaughters, Alyson Kesicki, Sheldon Kesicki, and Marissa Kesicki. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard R. Kesicki on September 8, 2001; and by her sister, Marie Dettore. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Joanne may be made to the Saxony Health Center Activity Fund, 223 Pittsburgh Street, Saxonburg, Pa. 16056.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0e06365576Obituary for Patricia R. SmithPatricia R. Tajak Smith, 83, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born January 24, 1932, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of the late Michael A. and Mary Ann Harenski Tajak. Patricia was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed reading, embroidery and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Patricia is survived by her children, Jeanne (Ted) Kostewicz, of Natrona Heights, and Mark (Lesa) Smith, Of Natrona Heights; five grandchildren, Brian Kostewicz, Adam (Jessica) Kostewicz, Ian Smith, Curt Kostewicz and Benjamin Smith; and by her great granddaughter, Ava Kostewicz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Smith, on November 6, 2014; brothers, Ralph M. and Andrew Tajak; and by her sister, Joan Huth. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 6-8 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 Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her nephew, the Rev. Ralph Tajak as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5015365292Obituary for Mark A. WardMark A. Ward, 66, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born July 23, 1948, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Marlin W. and Naomi E. Milliron Ward. Mark attended Har-Brack High School. He worked as an iron worker for Local #1 in Homestead, Florida, and as a welder for the former Pullman Standard in Butler. Mark was a member of the South Buffalo Sportsman Club in South Buffalo Township. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, was a great outdoor cook and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mark was affectionately known to his family as the "Fonz". Mark is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marcia A. Hatfield Ward; daughters, Sue Ward, of New Kensington, and Joyce Sabotka, of Natrona Heights; six grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; brothers, Thomas C. (Carol) Ward, of North Buffalo Township, Barry L. (Paula) Ward, of Brackenridge, and Kent L. (Judy) Ward, of Natrona Heights; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford Ward in infancy and Paige M. Ward. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2:00 PM until the time of service at 6:00 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. Officiating will be the Rev. Harold Mele. Burial will be private. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=13e6365380Obituary for Genevieve RychlikGenevieve Rychlik, 88, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Platinum Ridge, Brackenridge. She was born March 21, 1927, in West Natrona, a daughter of the late Kazimir and Anna Rafalko Barila. Genevieve was a 1945 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked at the former Ted & Leo's Grocery Store in West Natrona and as a operator for Bell Telephone in Tarentum, Springdale and Oakmont. Genevieve 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 gardening, flowers, crafts and was devoted to the Blessed Mother, praying the rosary daily. Genevieve is survived by her sister, Helen Barila, of Natrona Heights; sister-in-law, Mary Anuszek, of East Vandergrift; nieces and nephews, Elaine (Jack) Zajdel, Donald A. (Joann) Turowski, Donna (Troy) Farrington, Lawrence (Karin) Turowski, Sharon Glath, Thomas (Ronita) Glath, Charlene (Pete) Butch, Marla (Paul) Wawrzyniak, Lisa (Quentin) Taraszewski, Gregory (Audrey) Pawlik and Carla Pawlik (John); and by numerous cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rychlik, on December 21, 1997; and by her brother, Francis "Sonny" Barila, on September 8, 2005. Friends will be received on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of a blessing service at 10:30 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=67b3365132