Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Casimir R. SokolowskiCasimir R. "Sam" Sokolowski, 87, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at UPMC St, Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born August 16, 1927, in Nanticoke, the son of the late Charles and Josephine Bobowicz Sokolowski. Sam was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Navy. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in business. Sam retired after 35 years of service as an internal auditor for Allegheny Ludlum Steel, working at both the Pittsburgh and Natrona Heights offices. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, the American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge and the Tarentum Lions Club. Sam was also a former member of the school board for Most Blessed Sacrament School in Natrona Heights, headed the fund raising for the installation of air conditioning at Most Blessed Sacrament Church and was on the initial board of directors for the start and completion of Sylvan Pool in Natrona Heights. Sam is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Sabol Sokolowski; his children, David (Anna Mae) Sokolowski of Natrona Heights and Lynne Williams of Gibsonia; 8 grandchildren, Niki McBride, John Williams, Jaime Michaels, Andrea Sokolowski, Magdalena (Ed) Huybrecht, Matthew Sokolowski, Dana Sokolowski and Aylse Sokolowski; 15 great grandchildren; and by his sister, Eleanor Lewczyk of Natrona Heights. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean R. Sokolowski on February 6, 2008, brother, Rev. Edward Sokolowski; and sister, Geraldine Toone. Friends will be received 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 11 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Sam may be made to the Alzheimer,s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c3e4350757Obituary for Amelio VenturiniAmelio Venturini, 102, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Logan Place, Lower Burrell. He was born May 15, 1912, in Gilpin Township, a son of the late Alberto and Rosa Chiappelli Venturini. Amelio was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army. He retired from ALCOA in New Kensington and later worked as a security guard at Paper Craft in Blawnox. Amelio was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. He enjoyed gardening and jigsaw puzzles. Amelio is survived by his two daughters, Emma (Stephen) Sekeras of Cheswick and Betty (Albert) Palko of New Kensington; 6 grandchildren; and by 9 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Salto Venturini on November 9, 2007; his son Paul Louis Venturini in infancy; grandson, Curt Alan Sekeras; and by his siblings, Adriano Venturini, Natalina Salvatore, Luigino Venturini, Tulio Venturini, Marco Venturini, Torbe Venturini and Carlo Venturini. 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 his pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=290a350784Obituary for Paul A. MazakPaul A. Mazak, 90, of North Vandergrift, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born January 6, 1924, in North Vandergrift, the son of the late Peter and Veronica Pasterik Mazak. Paul was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army. He worked as a crane men at the West Leechburg works of Allegheny Ludlum Steel, retiring in 1987. Paul was a member of Our Lady Queen Peace R.C. Church in East Vandergrift, USWA Local 1138 retirees, and the VFW in Vandergrift. Paul was very proud of his Slovak heritage. He is survived by his two sisters, Margaret Zidek, of Allegheny Township and Amelia (Milton "Pete") Sharp of Leechburg; his niece and nephews, Eugene (Rebecca) Kaminski, Daniel (Deborah) Zidek, Nancy (Rick) Parrotta, Thomas (Deborah) Zidek, Peter Sharp (Corinna Hill), Patrick (Barb) Sharp, and Joseph (Melissa) Sharp; and by his 11 great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Agnes Kaminski. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Dunmire-Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home, Inc. 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift where a blessing service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church with his pastor the Rev. Michael J. Sciberras as celebrant. Burial with full military honros accorded by the Vandergrift Veteran Honor Guard will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Allegheny Township. A vigil service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 1:30PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6614350443Obituary for Michael A. Sheftick Sr.Michael A. Sheftick Sr., 73, of Natrona, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his home. He was born October 18, 1941, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Stanley and Suzanne Sheftick. Michael was a veteran of the US Army. He retired from the H. J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh where he worked as a mechanic after 31 years of service. Michael was a member of the Springdale Veterans Association. He is survived by his children, Michelle (Robert) Ackerson, of Florida, Michael A. Sheftick Jr., of McKeesport, and Laina Kos, of Natrona; and by his grandchildren, Meghan Ackerson, Jessica Kos, and Morgan Ackerson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Dillon; brothers, Raymond and Stanley Sheftick; and by his sister, Maryann Cupka. There will be no public visitation. Services and burial for Michael will be private. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0464350121Obituary for Virginia T. SakalaVirginia T. "Virgie" (Stanoski) Sakala, 88, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at West Haven Manor, Washington Township. She was born April 12, 1926, in Natrona, a daughter of the late Joseph and Eva Dombrowski Stanoski. Mrs. Sakala worked as a cook at the Holiday Inn in New Kensington, Willowbrook Country Club in Allegheny Township and finally at Allegheny Valley Residence in Tarentum before retiring in 1989. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights where she was also a member of the Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of America. Mrs. Sakala enjoyed crocheting, cooking and making people laugh. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and adored her four great-grandchildren. Virgie was known for striking up a conversation with anyone she met and would soon have them laughing with one of her many stories or jokes. She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Jack) Miller of Allegheny Township; grandsons, Scott (Collette) Miller of Lower Burrell and Jason (Mary) Miller of South Buffalo Township; great-grandchildren, Madison, Zachary, Jacob and Grayson; brothers, Francis "Zip" (Pat) Stanoski of Maryland and W. John (Helen) Stanoski of Natrona Heights; and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis "Luddy" Sakala on December 28, 2006; brothers, Alvin, Edmund and Leonard Stanoski; and sisters, Valeria Bieranoski, Josephine Ziencik, and Elizabeth Stanoski who died 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 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Ladislaus Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The Rosary Society and Catholic Daughter of America will recite the rosary in the funeral home on Monday at 1:45 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=08f9349819Obituary for Lawrence P. KulikLawrence P. Kulik, 90, of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014, in the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. He was born June 25, 1924, in Tarentum, the son of the late Lawrence P. and Pauline Chernan Kulik. He lived all his life in Tarentum, residing at Logan House in Lower Burrell for the past four years. Lawrence was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army. He retired in 1989 as the plant monitor at the water treatment plant for the Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority. Lawrence was a member of Holy Martyrs R.C. Parish in Tarentum, a life member of Summit Hose Company in Tarentum, the Jednota and was a Tarentum Councilman for many years. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his home. Lawrence is survived by his daughter, Roxanne (Donald) Arbuckle, of Tarentum; brothers, Andrew (Rita) Kulick, of Lower Burrell, and Clem (Yumi) Kulick, of Lower Burrell; sisters, Marge Kulik, of Tarentum, and Wilma (Bill) Moret, of Lower Burrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Wagner Kulik, on July 26, 2010; and by his sisters, Mary Makara, Ann Pastrick and Stella Bednarofsky. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4, 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 Thursday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Holy Martyrs Church with his pastor, the Rev. Aaron Kriss, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery Mausoleum, Frazer Twp. Summit Hose Company will hold services at 7:00 PM Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lawrence may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, Pa. 16023.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=adb4349418Obituary for Joseph J. MariettiJoseph J. Marietti, 90, of Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born December 2, 1923, in Bonanza, Ark., the son of the late Joseph and Mary Decroo Marietti, and had lived in Buffalo Township since 1962. Joseph was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy. He retired as a maintenance foreman from Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge after 38 years of service. Joseph was a member of St. Mary, Mother of God R.C. Church in Freeport, where he was a longtime usher, the Knights of Columbus Council 2602 in Natrona and the Kit-Han-Ne Rock and Gem Club in Kittanning. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, hunting, fishing, camping and being with family and friends. Joseph is survived by his wife of 65 years, Stella Malecki Marietti; his sister, Marguerite Mosovsky, of Cheswick; sisters-in-law, Laura Marietti and Lois Marietti, both of Lower Burrell; brother-in-law, Joseph (Helen) Malecki, of New Kensington; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Leo, Leon and Peter Marietti. 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 9:15 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in St. Mary Church with his pastor the Rev. Edward Volz as celebrant. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Knights of Columbus will hold services in the funeral home on Thursday at 6:00 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=dc6e349420Obituary for Walter J. KrawieckiWalter J. Krawiecki, 86, of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 in the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin Township surrounded by those who cared and loved him. He was born December 20, 1927, in Natrona Heights, the son of the late Kostanty and Stella Jankowski Krawiecki. Walt was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. He retired from the 8-7 department of Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge. Walt was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish, the American Legion Post 48 and the Knights of Columbus Council 2602 all in Natrona. He was also a member of the Sons of Rest, the Natrona Legion Golf League and numerous other golf leagues throughout the years. Walt was an avid golfer and was a baseball fan, especially the Pirates. He is survived by George and Cathy Aretz of Natrona Heights and their children, Lauren and Jake, and by many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Krawiecki, and sister, Jane F. Krawiecki. As per Walt's request, there will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 12:30 PM in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6a9c349226Obituary for Mary Beth MaleskiMary Beth Maleski, 55, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 at her home. She was born August 29, 1959, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of Richard A. Maleski of Natrona Heights and the late Helen E. Palovcak Maleski. Mary Beth studied art at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and then worked in the Art Department at Allegheny Ludlum Steel and also as a floral designer at the former Allegheny Floral in Natrona Heights. She also won a national modeling competition based in New York, and was featured in photo shoots for national fashion magazines. Mary Beth was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, She enjoyed arts & crafts, photography, crocheting, floral designing, and loved animals, especially cats. Mary Beth is survived by her father, Richard A. Maleski; sister, Attorney Cynthia (Andrzej) Maleski Groch of Natrona Heights; brothers, Dr. Richard M. (Lisa) Maleski of Gibsonia and Daniel R. (Cathy) Maleski of Mt. Airy, Md.; .and by her nieces and nephew, Richard J. Maleski, Elizabeth M. Groch, Kathleen A. Maleski and Kristina M. Maleski. Friends will be received on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of a blessing service at 9:30 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Entombment will be in Mt. Airy Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary Beth may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6f4a349135Obituary for Alfreda L. SeriaAlfreda L. Dabkowski Seria, 90, formerly of Springdale, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Golden Living Center, Murrysville where she was a resident for the past 5 years. She was born August 23, 1924, in Natrona, the daughter of the late John and Helen Jeziorski Dabkowski and had lived in Springdale for 60 years. Alfreda was of the Catholic faith. she enjoyed crocheting, sewing and loved to bake. Alfreda is survived by her daughter, Karen L. (Michael) Sredzienski of Irwin; two grandchildren, Ken (Jenn) Sredzienski of Canonsburg and Lisa Zredzienski of Chalfant; two great granddaughters, Kendyl and Lilly; and by her two sisters, Constance (Richard) Jarosinski of Buffalo Township and Carol (Jackson) Morris of San Mateo, Calif. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James Seria in 2001; brother, Zygmunt Dabkowski; and by ehr sisters, Ida Brinks, Teressa Dabkowski, Dorothy Dudzinski, Frances Siemianowski and Veronica Durcho. Friends will be received on Friday from 4-7 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights with the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant, Entombment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery Mausoleum, Frazer Twp.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b5eb349003