Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Rita P. RukRita P. Ruk, 88, of St. Barnabas Village, Richland Township, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at her home. She was born October 19, 1926, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Paul and Sophie Bojanowski. Rita retired after nearly 30 years of service as a Geography teacher for the Highlands School District. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish, St. Ladislaus Church in Natrona. Rita was an avid Pirate fan and enjoyed playing bingo, taking trips to the casino and traveling. She was the loving mother of Donn (LeeAnn) Ruk; proud grandmother of Bryan (Mandy), Brandon (Amy), Olivia and Cameron Ruk. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four sisters, Josephine, Monica, Jean and Mildred. 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 St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c352372005Obituary for Darlene J. IacopinoDarlene J. Iacopino, 78, of New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born November 14, 1936, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late James and Ethel Meredith Lyle. Darlene worked first as a respiratory therapist at the former Citizens General Hospital in New Kensington and retired in 1996 from Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights where she worked as a ward secretary. She was a member of the former Gospel Tabernacle in New Kensington. Darlene enjoyed traveling to Las vegas and Atlantic City. She is survived by her daughter, Robbin (Fred) Ramsey, Of New Kensington; granddaughter, Danette Iacopino; five great grandchildren, Kaylyn, James, Jayvon, Jackai and Natyia; step sisters, Janice Ruediger, of North Carolina and Faye Andrzejewski, of New Kensington; and by several cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Pennington on February 18, 1974; her second husband, Battista S. "Bud" Iacopino on May 23, 2007; her son, Darrell Pennington; and step brother, James Lyle. Funeral services and burial for Darlene will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Darlene may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beaugegard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6cc3371820Obituary for Dr. Rudolph J. MattioliDr. Rudolph J. Mattioli, 82, of Brackenridge, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born May 22, 1933, in Brackenridge, a son of the late Filippo and Antonietta Bianco Mattioli. Rudy was a 1951 graduate of Har-Brack High School and a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry. He was a standout quarterback at Har-Brack High School and continued his football career playing quarterback for the University of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran serving in the US Navy. Rudy practiced dentistry for over 45 years at his office in Lower Burrell. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church in Lower Burrell, the Golden Panthers and the Liar's Club. Rudy enjoyed golf, tennis, reading and especially watching and attending Pitt football and basketball games. He is survived by his four daughters, Jody (James) Chickowski, of Suwanne, Ga., Dina (Brendon) Keenan, of Portland, Oregon, Jamie (Robert) Nitowski, of Bristow, Va., and Cassie (James) Budzilek, of Mars; seven grandchildren, Alexander, Corey & Jake Chickowski, Olivia, Lucas & Lexie Nitowski, and Adam Budzilek; sister, Louisa (Lawrence) Nitowski, of Brackenridge; longtime companion, Patty Swaney; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Donahue Mattioli on April 24, 2001, sister, Adeline Chilia; and brother, Thomas Mattioli in infancy. 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 9:15 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in St. Margaret Mary Church. Entombment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rudy may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=242d371468Obituary for Johanna P. KnapekJohanna P. "Jennie" Knapek, 94, of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, August 14, 2015 at West Haven Manor, Washington Township. She was born May 25, 1921, in Springdale, a daughter of the Andrew and Mary Czmarik Cambal. Johanna was a 1939 graduate of Leechburg High School. She worked in an airplane factory in New Kensington during WWII building engine cowls. While she was married, Johanna was a homemaker, and weekly assisted her husband in his tailor shop in Natrona. Johanna was an active member of the Christian Mothers for St. Mathias Church then after in closed she became a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Pairsh, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. She was also an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of both the Slovak Hall and American Legion, both in Natrona. She was an avid Steeler fan and enjoyed baking, cooking and 'loved' her children's dog's. Johanna is survived by her son, Ronald (Lucy) Knapek, of Lower Burrell; her daughter, Patricia (Michael) Witte, of Miromar Lakes, Florida; sister, Veronica Piecka, of Leechburg; as well as nieces, nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John R. "Hunzi" Knapek on October 29, 2002; sisters, Frances Dubovi and Margaret Sutorka; and brother, Andrew Cambal Jr. 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 with the Rev. Nick Spirko as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Johanna may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8ff1370859Obituary for Donald R. BushmanDonald R. "Ducky", "Mr. B" Bushman, 76, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 at his home. He was born April 12, 1939, in Harrison Township, a son of the late Edward and Sarah Emma Walsh Bushman. Don was a 1957 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He retired after over 30 years of service as the superintendent for the Harrison Township Public Works Department. Don was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. He was the founder and head coach of the Highlands Hornets Football program since it started in 1969, and was also the head of football operations for the organization. Don enjoyed watching sports, but his passion was coaching sports. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Jane Horan Bushman; three sons, Greg Bushman, of Moon Township, Todd (Jamie) Bushman, of Natrona Heights, and Donald Bushman II, of Natrona Heights; six grandchildren, Justin Bushman, Cory (Lacey) Bushman, Donnie Bushman III, Sarah Bushman, Elliot Bushman and Elaina Bushman; and three great grandchildren, Bentleigh, Noah and Brody Bushman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Bushman and daughter-in-law, Dawn Elizabeth Bushman. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 6-8 PM and 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. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Highlands Hornets, PO Box 82, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3143370453Obituary for Nora M. ClaypoolNora M. Warriner Claypool, 87, of Fawn Township, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015 at her home. She was born November 18, 1927, in Fawn township, a daughter of the late Theodore and Ethel Whitlatch Warriner. Nora had lived in the area all her life. She was a homemaker, and of the Protestant faith. Nora enjoyed taking photographs, camping and going on bus trips. She was also a member of the Saxonburg Golden Agers, NOra is survived by her two sons, Raymond D. Claypool, of Butler, and David A. (Robin) Claypool, of Tarentum; two daughters, Janice Stewart, of Tarentum, and Nancy M. Kadunce, of Clarion; four grandchildren, Branden Kadunce, Nicole Smith, Sara Andervich and Emilie Claypool; a great grandson, "Oakley"; brother-in-law, Leon Claypool; stepbrother-in-law, Neville (Phyllis) Breck; stepsisters-in-law, Vanetta Harvey, Willevene Wiley and Elsie Warriner; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 66 years, Alton D. Claypool, on September 28, 2012; brother, Charles Warriner; sons-in-law, Robert Stewart and Brady D. Kadunce; and daughter-in-law, Rita Claypool. Friends will be received on Monday from 3-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral HOme, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where funeral ceremonies will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. James Young. Private burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Nora may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, Pa. 16023.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b4c2370429Obituary for Simon P. FiloSimon P. "Sam" Filo, 95, of Brackenridge, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home. He was born October 27, 1919, in Vandergrift, a son of the late Simon and Rose Kovach Filo. Sam had lived in the area all of his life. He had worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Natrona for 40 years as a machinist in the #9 machine shop before retiring in 1981. Sam had served in the US Army as a Tech 5 during WWII, where he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the EAME Campaign Medal. He was a member of St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brackenridge and also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. Sam enjoyed woodworking, weight lifting, golfing and going to his grandchildren's sporting events. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Amelia "Millie" Kovac Filo; three daughters, Joyce E. Helfer, of Natrona Heights, Sandra J. (David) Vassar, of Lower Burrell, and Susan L. (Steven) Kish, of Lower Burrell; sister, Stephanie "Anna Mae" Getty, of Natrona Heights; Kristen Vassar, wife of deceased grandson, David Vassar; grandchildren, Lori (Michael) Flaherty, Autumn (Robert McCullough) Vassar, Angela Kish, Steven Kish and fiancee, Ashly Smith; and five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, David Vassar; brothers, John, Frank and Lawrence Filo; and sister, Mary Samay. 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 parting prayer service will be held on Monday at 10:30 AM. Funeral ceremonies will follow at 11 AM in St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church with his pastor the Rev. Jerome Panzigrau, officiating. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery Mausoleum, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c802370431Obituary for Helen Mitchell MedleyHelen (Mitchell) Medley, 101, formerly of New Kensington, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Apollo. She was born March 28,1914, in Indianola, Pa, to the late John Misinkanis and Helen Selix. She lived in the area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of St Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Lower Burrell. Helen enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening, cooking, and especially was a Pittsburgh Pirate fan. Survivors include two sons, Robert G. Medley,of Plum Borough, and Jack R (Thelma) Medley, of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; grandchildren, Karen (Joseph) Johnston, and Jacqueline (Frank) Brunner, and three great-children, Tyler Miller, Jacob Miller and Melissa Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Horace Medley, 1954, grandson, Michael Medley, brother,Ted Mason, and sister, Catherine Cousin. Family and friends will be received from 10a.m. until time of blessing service at 12:15 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2015 in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. A Christian Funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. in St Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contribution to be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205 or Pittsburgh Chapter of Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, Pa.15222http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3fc2370274Obituary for Florence PorterFlorence Porter, 92, of Cabot, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, in the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born February 14, 1923, in Sagamore, a daughter of the late Verner and Lydia Lefdahl Bergstrom. Florence was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Natrona Heights. She had been employed by an airplane assembly plant in Detroit during WWII and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Florence enjoyed baking pies, designing floral arrangements and had been a beautician for her family and friends. She is survived by her three daughters, Marilyn (Vernon) Simmons, of Cabot, Joyce (Nicholas) Nyardy, of Salem, Ohio, and Pam ( Richard) Ortz, of Cabot; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two brothers, Edward and Robert Bergstrom. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin G. Porter,in 2008; sister, Elizabeth Carney; brother, Oscar Bergstrom, and an infant brother at birth. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights, where funeral ceremonies will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. Jack Hartman. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Florence May be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit or The Lund center at Concordia, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, Pa. 16023 or the Alzheimer's Association of Pittsburgh, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0fe2370006Obituary for Sophie HatalskySophie (Roebuck) Hatalsky, 92, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Burrell. She was born July 31, 1922, in Yatesboro, a daughter of the late Anthony and Helen Grela Roebuck. Sophie worked as a clerk at the former Walzers Dry Cleaners in Natrona Heights for 22 years retiring in 1988. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights, the Burtner House Historical Society, Fawndale Garden Club and the Fellowship Circle of the church. Sophie enjoyed gardening and arts and crafts. She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Floyd "Bucky") Taraszewski, of Natrona Heights, Charles E. Hatalsky Jr., of Jersey Shore, Pa., and Roberta "Bobbie" (Charles) Korman, of New Kensington; seven grandchildren, Carrie J. Taraszewski, Charles (Tina) Hatalsky III, Andrew (Dana) Hatalsky, B.J. (Meghan) Taraszewski, Danielle Suity, Andrea Korman and Sophie Hatalsky; 8 great grandchildren; brother, Michael (Jan) Roebuck, of Oregon; and sisters, Viola Bibza, of Natrona Heights and Julia Hufnagel, of Penn Hills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Hatalsky Sr., on NOvember 9, 1996; brother, Stanley Roebuck; and sisters, Nellie McFadden, Frances Zakonis, Anna Roebuck, Mary Simcoviak and Josephine Simpson. 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. Burial will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Twp. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sophie may be made to the Burtner House Restoration Society, PO Box 292, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=3562369671