Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Mary C. TomkoMary C. Tomko, 96, of Natrona, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Amber Woods at Harmar Village in Harmarville. She was born December 20, 1917, in Natrona, the daughter of the late Emil and Apolonia Mialki Sobkiewicz. Mary was a graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked at the former Miller Shoe Store in New Kensington. Mary was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. She enjoyed dancing and visiting with friends. Mary is survived by her children, Richard (Martha) Tomko of Glenshaw and Geraldine (Tim) McCormick of Mukwonago, Wis.; five grandchildren, Erik Tomko, Mark (Allison) Tomko, Jennifer McCormick, Andrew (Halle) McCormick and Paul McCormick,; five great grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Rychlinski of Lower Burrell; sister-in-law, Cecelia Sobkiewicz of New York, and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Tomko in 1994, brother, Wallace Sobkiewicz; and by her sister, Sophia Salata. Friends will be received on Friday from 3-7 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 St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be next to her husband in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary may be made to St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0e3c342662Obituary for Bernard R. BerlinskiBernard R. Berlinski, 84, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born February 19, 1930, in West Natrona, the son of the late Boleslaus and Stanislava Ozimek Berlinski. Bernard was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the US Air Force. He retired in 1992 after 44 years of service from Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge where he worked in the #3 Department. Bernard was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance in New Kensington. An avid fisherman, Bernard enjoyed gardening, traveling, the Civic Light Opera, raising tropical fish and spending time with his granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jenny Hopkins Berlinski; his daughters, Denise (Marc) Aiello of Oakmont and Julia (Kenneth) Kulczyski of Monroeville; by his granddaughter, Gillian Aiello; and by numerous cousins. Friends will be received on Sunday 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. Officiating will be his pastor the Rev. George Beattie. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bernard may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d533341529Obituary for Robert H. Hazlett Jr.Robert H. Hazlett Jr., 67, of South Buffalo Township, entered his eternal life with the Lord on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. He was born March 1, 1947 and was the son of the late Robert H. and Alice M. Lavrich Hazlett Sr. Bob was a 1964 graduate of West Deer High School and attended Point Park College. He worked many years in restaurant management in Philadelphia and Chicago before coming back home and starting his own business, Decks Etc. He was very successful in designing and building high end decks as well as home remodeling. He was highly intelligent and most creative in design and special affects. He always said "he never built the same deck twice". His talents were remarkable and unique in every way. Bob loved playing the saxophone which he received when he was twelve. He was mostly self taught and had the ability to hear a song and play it afterwards. Bob was of the Pentecostal faith for over thirty years and served as a missionary in Louisiana and South Africa. Above all he was a jokester and had an amazing quick wit. There was never a dull moment with him and his friends in Chicago called him "Crazy Bob". Bob is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ruth Emery; his step-daughters, Lori (Gary) Emery Carney of Freeport and their children, Caleb, Raine and Gavin, Missy (Keith) Emery Oravetz of Imperial and their children, Brodie and Bayleigh, and Kylee Emery of Freeport; his six sisters, Susan Brant and Adriann Richards of Allegheny Township, JoAnn Hazlett of Vandergrift, Heidi (Brian) Hacker of Sarver, Hallie (Christopher) Doerr of Freeport and Patricia Hazlett of Tarentum; his sisters-in-law, Ginny (Bud) Burris and Kelly (Jim) Coller of Freeport, Trena Raub of Butler, Penny (Bob) Mills of Kittanning and Judy (John) Merryman of Freeport; "his adopted sisters', Deborah Willard of Allegheny Township and E. Jane Davis of Vandergrift. He is also survived by his cherished friends of 42 years Jeffrey (Diane) Lynch of Chicago, his ten nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles, and by his loyal companion and dearest little "puppin dog', Dusty. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Jo in 1965; his brother, Jeffrey J. in 1970; his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Anna Lavrich and his paternal grandparents, Howard and Henrietta Hazlett. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-9 PM and on Friday from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Officiating will be Pastor William Laird. Private burial will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=aae3341318Obituary for Helen D. HerrHelen D. Herr, 96, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Platinum Ridge Center, Brackenridge. She had been ill for the past several years. Helen was born May 26, 1918, in New Kensington, the daughter of the late Francis and Helen Havrilla Miller. She served as a crossing guard for Highlands School District for 25 years at the corner of Freeport Road and Montana Avenue. Helen was a resident of the area for most of her life and was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Brackenridge. She is survived by her daughter, Marlene (Joseph) Horning of Natrona Heights; her granddaughter, Jennifer (David) Luzik of Natrona Heights; and grandson, Terry McInnes of New Kensington. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Gustav Herr on February 21, 1974, and by her daughter, Evelyn McInnes on May 3, 1994. Funeral services for Helen were private. Burial was in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=da30340849Obituary for Gilda E. KuchtaGilda E. "Jill" Scanga Kuchta, 92, of Fawn Township, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Harmar Village Care Center, Harmarville. She was born November 8, 1921, in Lower Burrell, the daughter of the late Frank and Eleanor Maglisco Scanga. Mrs. Kuchta retried from the maintenance department at the former Gulf Research and Development in Harmarville. She was a member of Holy Martyrs R.C. Church in Tarentum and enjoyed gardening. crocheting and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kuchta is survived by her sisters, Emma (John) Pastorek of Natrona Heights and Evelyn (John) Atchison of Woodbridge, Va.; brothers, Carl (Mary Lynn) Scanga of Fawn Township, Robert (Betty) Scanga of Hackettstown, NJ., and Ted (Teresa) Scanga of Lower Burrell; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Kuchta in 1979; brothers, Richard and Ben Scanga; and sisters, Rose S. Scanga, Jean Venturella and Amelia Debold. 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 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.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=20d4340376Obituary for Adeline ChiliaAdeline (Mattioli) Chilia, 87, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Asbury Health Center, Pittsburgh. She was born June 4, 1927, in Brackenridge, the daughter of the late Filippo and Antonietta Bianco Mattioli. She was a 1944 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Adeline enjoyed working as a secretary first at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and later for Dr. Raymond Kahn. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the former Ladies Guild of the church. Adeline enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, cooking and baking. In the past eight years Adeline continued to teach her family through her expression of love, compassion, and patience to everyone she encountered. Adeline is survived by her children, Celeste (Michael) Calabrese of Natrona Heights, Susan (Barry) Hodges of Bethel Park, and John (Kathleen) Chilia of Natrona Heights; six grandchildren, Alyssa (Brett) Vongroven, Elizabeth Calabrese, Patrick Hodges, Christina Hodges, Sara Oligee and Joe Bloch; two great granddaughters, Madi Oligee and Molly Vongroven; brother, Dr. Rudy J. Mattioli of Brackenridge; and by her sister, Louisa (Lawrence) Nitowski of Brackenridge. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Chilia on March 17, 2009, and by her brother, Thomas Mattioli in infancy. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 7-9 PM and on Wednesday 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 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 Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Adeline may be made to the Alle-Kiski Health Foundation, P.O. Box 92, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ce73340450Obituary for Lawrence J. Chertik Sr.Lawrence J. Chertik Sr., 80, formerly of Fawn Township, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Life Care Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born June 27, 1934, in Natrona, the son of the late John and Mary Kolek Chertik, and lived in the area all his life, but for the past ten years resided in Punta Gorda, Florida. Larry worked for 32 years at the former Gulf Research and Development in Harmarville and retired after 11 years of service from PPG Industries in Allison Park, where he worked as a lab analyst. He was a member of the former St. Mathias R.C. Church in Natrona. Larry enjoyed dancing, singing in the men's choir at St. Mathias Church, fly fishing and tying his own flies, traveling, was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed tickling the ivory. He is survived by his children, Mary Rose Chertik of Brackenridge, Lawrence J. Chertik Jr. of Natrona Heights, Kathy (Timothy) Sample of Buffalo Township, Bryon (Suzy) Chertik of Allegheny Township, and Lisa (Michael) "Opie" Compton of Orlando, Florida; 6 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, and by his sister, Betty Kozier of Boiling Springs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor DeLeo Chertik. Friends will be received 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 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Union Cemetery,Arnold.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=25c5340081Obituary for Helen S. JosefoskiHelen S, Josefoski, 89, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born June 16, 1925, in Brackenridge, the daughter of the late John and Catherine Petrek Skuta. Helen was a 1944 graduate of Har-Brack High School and also from Franco's Beauty School in New Kensington. She was the owner of the former Helen's Beauty Shop in Natrona Heights. Helen was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights, 1st Catholic Slovak Ladies Association where she was an officer and past president, Tarentum Historical Society where she enjoyed the history and keeping ethnic traditions alive and she was a CCD teacher at the church. She enjoyed cooking, baking and most of all her grandchildren. Helen is survived by her children, Edward (Mary) Josefoski of Saxonburg, Susan (George) Allen of Gibsonia, John (Ann) Josefoski of Tarentum and Joseph Josefoski of Sarver; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and by her sister, Ciel Szymkiewicz of Natrona Heights. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Josefoski on January 20, 1999; brothers, Joseph, Martin and Stephen Skuta; and by her sisters, Anna Petros and Josephine Jendrejeski. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 6-8 PM and 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 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with the Rev. Nick Spirko as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Helen may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7c94339896Obituary for Thomas A. EtzrodtThomas A. Etzrodt, 73, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Platinum Ridge Center, Brackenridge. He was born January 3, 1941, in Natrona Heights, the son of the late Walter and Virginia Kurn Etzrodt. Tom was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Army. He retired from Gulf Research and Development in Harmarville in 1984, where he worked as a computer programmer. Tom was of the Presbyterian faith. He enjoyed woodworking. Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marsha Sherrieb Etzrodt; his children, David Etzrodt of Natrona Heights, Cheryl (Kenneth) Barner of Natrona Heights, and Debbie (Mark) Davis of Sarver, two grandsons; two great grandchildren, mother-in-law, Helen Sherrieb of Natrona Heights and by his beloved dog, Brumis III. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Etzrodt, and by his father-in-law, Richard Sherrieb. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 10 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. Officiating will be the Rev. Kenneth Kezmarsky. 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 Tom may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2b2e339678Obituary for Stanley T. MackowskiStanley T. Mackowski, 94, of Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014. He was born February 14, 1920, in Natrona, the son of the late Walter and Michalina Mackowski. Stanley was a veteran of WWII serving as a Tec-3 in the US Army. He retired in 1982 after 41 years of service from Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge where he worked in the 8-3 department. After retiring he moved to Port Richey, Florida returning to the area in 2001. Stanley was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights, and the American Legion Post 48 in Natrona. He enjoyed swimming, bowling and gardening. Stanley is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pearl Szczesny Malak Mackowski; his children, Sandra Sakala of Altoona, Stanley (Karen) Mackowski of Cozad, Nebraska, Jeffrey (Diane) Mackowski of Buffalo Township, and Neal (Jo) Mackowski of Natrona Heights; step-children, Thomas Malak of Florida, Paul Malak of Carbondale, John (Elaine) Malak of Freedom, and Joseph (Marsha) Malak of Buffalo Township, by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Miska Mackowski in 1969; his brother, Walter Mackowski; and sisters, Anne Haduch, Violet Jabczanka, Helen Bartkoski and Irene Perman. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 4-8 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. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Stanley may be made to the Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4244339102