Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary 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=4244339102Obituary for Frank J. KoconFrank J. Kocon, 94, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Platinum Ridge Center, Brackenridge. He was born January 29, 1920, in Emiegh Run, Cambria County, the son of the late Ludwig and Josephine Pacela Kocon. Frank was a veteran of WWII serving as Tech Sergeant in the US Army Air Force. He worked as a mechanic first at the former Eich Motors in New Kensington and later at the former Widmer Dodge in Brackenridge. Frank retired as the owner of Natrona Auto Electric and Transmission. He 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. Frank enjoyed doing handyman work. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Irene T. Jendrejeski Kocon; children, Diane (Thomas) Elliott of Lower Burrell, Francis Kocon of Buffalo Township and Richard Kocon of Cabot; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; son-in-law, John S. Stanik of McMurray; brothers, Edward Kocon of Natrona Heights and Joseph (Olga) of Saxonburg; and by his sisters, Mary Skrowronski of Lower Burrell and Della (Fred) Derringer of Tarentum. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Yvonne Stanik on July 6, 2014; brothers, John and Stanley Kocon; and by his sister, Genevieve Basar. 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 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.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1baa338358Obituary for Kathleen BergKathleen Berg, 67, of Tarentum, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born May 5, 1947, in McKees Rocks, the daughter of the late Anthony B. and Ruth M. Tresky Kapinski. Kathleen retried from Jefferson Hospital, where she worked first in Food Services department and later as an aide. She was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with friends and family. Services and burial for Kathleen will be private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=20d9338273Obituary for Alba Mary DeAngelisAlba Mary DeAngelis, 96, of Brackenridge, was called to heaven by our Lord on Friday, July 25, 2014. She was born March 25, 1918, in Bradley, Ohio, the daughter of the late Antonio and Adelina Campanelli Monti. After leaving Bradley, Ohio Mrs. DeAngelis was a lifelong resident of Brackenridge, and for the past seven years was a resident at Fairwinds Manor in Sarver. Prior to retirement Mrs. DeAngelis was a Dietary Supervisor at the former Georgian Manor in Brackenridge. She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. Mrs. DeAngelis enjoyed music, cooking, and most of all her family. She is survived by her son Paul, wife Sandra of Natrona Heights; daughter, JoAnn Slagle and husband Donald Kent of New Bern, NC., grandchildren, James Slagle of Richmond, Va., Jennifer Russell (David) of Buffalo, NY, Nicholas DeAngelis and Natalie (Chris) Albaugh of Natrona Heights; great grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Russell; sister, Vera Lanciotti; daughter-in-law, Lillian DeAngelis; sisters-in-law, Isabel DeAngelis, Agnes Monti, and Katie Monti; cousin, Betty Monti; and several dear nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred DeAngelis; son, Alfred DeAngelis; and brothers, Bruno, Frank, Aldo, and Leo Monti. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Susan Schwartz and the staff at Fariwinds Manor for their compassionate care and treatment of Mrs. DeAngelis over the past seven years. "Most of us go to our graves with our music still in us". Mrs. DeAngelis' family members are invited to attend a visitation 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 724-224-8688. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be private. The family requests no flowers, but donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. To send an on line condolence please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bd7d337621Obituary 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=cd05336920