Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Paul R. MossoPaul R. Mosso, 93, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at his home. He was born April 11, 1921, in Mercenasco, Italy and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 18 months old. He was a graduate of Latrobe High School and received a B.S. degree in chemistry from St. Vincent College and an Associate Masters Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a Technical Manager at PPG Industries in the Coatings and Resins Division where he led a team of chemists who pioneered in the development of rigid polyurethane foam as an outstanding insulation material for domestic refrigerators and water heaters. In 1983 PPG awarded him the honorary title of Scientist. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Society of Plastics Engineers. He is the author or co-author of 23 US and foreign patents. His previous employment was at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Michigan and American Cyanamid Co. in Linden, New Jersey before joining PPG Industries where he was employed for 33 years before retiring in 1985. He was a T-$ Sergeant in the US Amry during WWII and served in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Austria. He received a Bronze Star in the Rome-Arno-campaign. When the Germans capitulated in Italy he was transferred to Headquarters, 15th Army Group which eventually became the U.S. Forces in Austria where he served in the Adjutant General's office commanded by General Mark Clark. At the end of the war in Italy he obtained a 10 day leave of absence to Mercenasco, Italy to visit his Aunts, Uncles, and many cousins who he had never seen. He was the first American soldier to arrive in that town to bring them long awaited news of the well being of relatives in the United States. He remembered this as one of the most exciting time of his life. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church in Natrona Heights. He was a life time member of both the American legion Post 226 in Brackenridge and VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. His great passion was tennis which he took up in his early fifties. He enjoyed reading and traveling. He also enjoyed creating new recipes and cooking and baking. He was also an avid gardner. He developed a new art method and won prizes at Art shows. He also exhibited his new art form at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Art Festival. Paul is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anna Grace Mastrorocco Mosso; his two sons, Dr. Gary (Joan) and Dr. Eric (Laura) Mosso who practice dentistry together in Natrona Heights and Wexford; his daughter, Karen (Mark) Henkels of Lansdale; and by his seven grandchildren, Emily, Denise and Eric Henkels, Mark and Nicholas Mosso, and Camille and Olivia O'Connor. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rose Mosso of Derry; three sisters, Mary Cignetto of Bradenville, Louise Levrio and Jessie Vittone and a brother Anthony V. Mosso of Latrobe. There will be no public visitation. Services will be private with burial in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e483336997Obituary for Gloria M. OrrisGloria M. Orris, 85, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born September 19, 1928, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late John and Anna Dubovi Balucha. She was the devoted wife of the late A. James Orris who passed away on June 3, 2014. Gloria was a 1946 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. Gloria enjoyed cooking and worked along with her late husband at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church bingo. She was the loving mother of, Dr. Cheryl (Dr. Henry) Peresie of Muncie, Indiana and Gregory (Teri) Orris of Allentown; six grandchildren, Michelle (Adam) Sheridan, Deb (Eric) Cross, Megan (Michael) Miller, Tim (Joanna) Peresie, John (Chelsea) Peresie and Julie Peresie; eight great grandchildren; and by her sisters, Evelyn Turner of Pittsburgh and Joan Silliman of Natrona Heights. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Johnston. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be private. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=a1b2336892Obituary for Sandra Kay TaraborrelliSandra Kay Taraborrelli, 49, of Fombell and Tarentum, passed away thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia in Cabot, after a long and brave battle with cancer. She was born October 9, 1964, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of Nick and Judith Momberger Taraborrelli, of Tarentum. Sandra was a 1982 graduate of Highlands High School and a graduate of Computer Tech. Sandra was a secretary fro the former Textile Chemical Corporation in Oakmont, Vesuvius Corporation, and PPT in Harmony. She was also a clerk for the Marion Township Municipal Authority. Sandra enjoyed living on hr farm, caring for her seven horses, raising peacocks and chickens and tending to her many flower gardens. She spent her summers at her cottage, and loved boating and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her longtime boyfriend, Roy Raida of Fombell; and his parents, Robert C. and Joanna Raida of North Hills; her siblings, Nick (Julie) Taraborrelli of Lower Burrell, Janice (Don) Snider of Pittsburgh, Anthony (Linda) Taraborrelli of Natrona Heights, and Amy (jeff) Weissert of Natrona Heights; nieces and nephews, Logan and Brady Taraborrelli, Alex and Kate Snider, Leah and Luke Taraborrelli and Chad and Emily Weissert; maternal grandmother, Emelia Momberger; several aunts, uncles and cousins; her dog, Rivey; and her pet cats. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-8 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 Holy Martyrs Church with her pastor the Rev. Aaron Kriss as celebrant. Entombment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery Mausoleum, Frazer Township. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=cd05336920Obituary for Fay R. ConroyFay A. Arnold Conroy, 94, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born November 27, 1914, in Brackenridge, the daughter of the late John and Katherine Keppel Arnold She had lived in the area all her life prior to moving to Buffalo Township eight years to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Fay was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint, crossword puzzles, bingo and computer games. Fay is survived by her son, John (Karen) Conroy of Moon Township; daughter, Fran (Ron) Shirey of Buffalo Township; her grandchildren, Patrick (Susan) Shirey of South Bend, Ind., Erin (Joe) Damiano of Allison Park, Forrest (Kristy) Conroy of Morgantown, W.Va., and Caitlin Conroy of Bellevue; her great grandchildren, Saige and Violet Conroy and Maria Shirey; caregivers, Ruth Markwell, Janice Moore, Diane Conroy and Nancy Ballentine, and 25 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Francis T. "Bucko" Conroy on March 27, 1999; brother, John Arnold Conroy; and sisters, Anna Frantz, Dolores Montgomery and Betty Vitagliano. Special thanks to her caregivers. Friends will be received on Sunday 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 Monday at 12 noon. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:30 PM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. Contributions in memory of Fay may be made to St. Joseph High School, 1526 Union Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ab25336349Obituary for Edmund J. GrzywinskiEdmund J. Grzywinski, 88, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the Southwestern Veterans Administration Center, Pittsburgh. He was born November 16, 1925, in West Natrona, the son of the late Frank and Lottie Wisniewski Grzywinski. Edmund had worked for Allegheny County as a mechanic for 32 years before retiring in 1988. He had served in the Army Air Corps as a right gunner, flying a B-29 during WWII. Edmund had flown 28 missions in the Pacific, flying the B-29 bomber named "The Good Deal". He and two other planes had the longest air mission, flying for a solid 18 hours over the Pacific. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, inducted to the Hall of Valor. Edmund was also awarded Air Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights. He served on the Democratic Committee for more than 50 years and served as a commissioner for Harrison Township for one year. He was a member of the Brackenridge American Legion Post 226, lifetime member of the Tarentum VFW Post 5758 and a lifetime member of the Oregon Club. Edmund enjoyed working on cars, was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and loved to dance and listen to polka music. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Theresa (Dolny) Grzywinski; sons, Edward Grzywinski of Natrona Heights, Robert (Cecelia) Grzywinski of North Hills, Joseph Grzywinski of Natrona Heights and Timothy Grzywinski of Natrona Heights; daughter, Mary Beth Vantine of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) McCormick of McCandless, Edmund Grzywinski II, of Imperial and Vince Vantine of Brackenridge; great grandson, Bryce McCormick and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by hsi brothers, Anthony and Walter Grzywinski; sister, Lottie Wesolowski; Son, James Grzywinski in 2009; and daughter Rose Mary Grzywinski in 1971. Friends will be received on Sunday 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 Monday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the Brackenridge American Legion and Tarentum VFW will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery Mausoleum, Frazer Twp. The Oregon Club will hold services in the funeral home on Sunday at 7:30 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ab94336350Obituary for Marilyn L (Hudak) BarkerMarilyn L. (Hudak) Barker, 60, of Natrona, Harrison Township, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Sept 23, 1953, in Natrona Heights, to the late John Hudak and Sophie (Bartosiewicz) Hudak. She had lived in the area all her life. Marilyn had worked for Freeport Transport Inc. for 40 years as a log clerk and also in the billing department. She was a member of ST. Joseph Parish, where she was very involved and active in her church. She was a 1970 graduate of Highland's High School. Marilyn was a member of the Natrona P.N.A. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and especially loved her family. Survivors include her loving husband of 30 years, Arthur W. Barker, of Natrona; son, John W. Barker, of Natrona; two brothers, John "Dickie" (Deborah) Hudak, of Duncannon; brother, Robert Hudak, of Chambersburg; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Linda Teorsky. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Officiating will be the Rev. James Mazurek. Burial will follow in St. Ladislaus Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2b12336005Obituary for Susan A (Mikula) SmithSusan A. (Mikula) Smith, 63, of Natrona Heights, Harrison Township, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Harmer Village Care Center. She was born April 14, 1951, in Johnstown, to the late Anthony Mikula. Susan had lived in the area for the last 32 years. She was a full time stay at home mother and a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Natrona Heights, where she was a member of the rosary society, alter decorating committee and attended the Monday Thursday prayer groups. Susan received a degree from Community College of Allegheny County. She loved to bake, be with her grandchildren and going in her RV. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, David E. Smith, of Natrona Heights; five sons, Justin (Robynn) Smith, of Natrona Heights, Kyle (Tanya) Smith, of Natrona Heights, Colin Smith, Air Force, of Little Rock, Ark., Jonathan Smith, of Natrona Heights, and Brandon Smith, of Natrona Heights; mother, Vera (Pizarchik) Mikula, of Armagh; and grandson, Tyler, Dominic and Riley Smith. She was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Gregory Mikula. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. A blessing service will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Natrona Heights. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Rosary Society will recite the rosary 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6250335965Obituary for James G. MontgomeryJames G "Scotty" Montgomery 69, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014,in his residence, surrounded by has family. He was born Jan 28, 1945, in Brackenridge, to the late William Paul Montgomery and Lillian Norris Montgomery. He had lived in the area all his life. James had worked for Allegheny Ludlum as a heavy equipment operator in the 8-3 Department, retiring in 1998 after 30 years of service. He served in the Marine Corps as a sergeant serving during the Vietnam Era in artillery division. James was a member of the Natrona PNA, the Natrona American Legion and lifetime member of the Natrona Heights VFW. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and loved watching Nascar. Survivors include his companion of 31 years, Beverly Paganelli Davis of Natrona Heights; Janice Janello Montgomery of Freeport; son, John (Kelly Newcomer) Montgomery of Freeport; daughter Jennifer (Ryan) Volek, of Buffalo Township; brothers , Robert (Shirley) Montgomery, of North Carolina, and Terry Montgomery, of Brackenridge; grandchildren, Angela Davis, Denny McClain, Haley (Nathan) Connelly, John Montgomery, Levi Montgomery, Brian Welsh, Shane, Natalie and Katie Volek; and great-grandson, Vice Montgomery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter; Jamie Lynn Montgomery. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until time of service at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle ST., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. Burial will be private in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Officiating will be the Rev. Jeff Vanderhoff.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=296c335858Obituary for A. Richard PukalA. Richard Pukal, 73, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born December 23, 1940, in Sarver, the son of the late Joseph and Pauline Podolan Pukal. Richard was a 1958 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran of the US Navy. Richard retired in 2000 from the Harison Township Public Works Department where he worked as a mechanic. He was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed restoring farm tractors and trucks and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Richard is survived by his wife, Teddi Homoney Pukal; his children, Joseph L. (Hollie) Pukal of Brackenridge, Barb Pukal of East Deer and Paula (JR) Rutkowski of Hampton; his granddaughter, Hannah Pukal and by his dog, Bo and cat, Kitty. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Pukal. Friends will be received on Sunday from 1-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held on Monday at 10 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. Nick Spirko. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ef95335487Obituary for Frank J. Drahos Jr.Frank J. Drahos Jr., 42, of Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born October 28, 1971, in Natrona Heights, the son of Frank and Sandra Pajer Drahos Sr. of Buffalo Township. Frank was a 1989 graduate of Freeport High School. He was employed as a plant operator for N.R.G. Power Plant in Cheswick. Frank was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the family camp in Sigel and family vacations. In addition to his parents, Frank is survived by his children, Airman First Class Frank V. Drahos stationed in Fussa, Japan and Victoria Drahos of Rural Valley; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, many good friends and by his dogs, Storm and Paps. He was preceded in death by his son, Zachary Bombalski; maternal grandparents, George and Helen Pajer; paternal grandparents, Frank and Josephine Drahos; and by his uncle, Thomas Pajer. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on thursday at 10:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d918333172