Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary 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=3562369671Obituary for Eugene J. RutkowskiEugene J. Rutkowski, 74, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born May 27, 1941, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Peter and Mary Szymkowiak Rutkowski. Eugene was a Navy veteran. He was of the Catholic faith. Eugene retired from the weld line at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge after over 40 years of service. He enjoyed playing pool and working the jumble and crossword puzzles in the paper. Eugene is survived by his children, Eugene (Veronica) Rutkowski II, of Natrona, Cathy (Bill) Cornwell, of Murrysville, Cindy (Mark) Comperatore, of Natrona, and Chris (Jamie) Rutkowski, of Natrona Heights; seven grandchildren, Jessica Rutkowski, Josh Rutkowski, Eugene J. Rutkowski III, Sherrie (Matt) Slaugenhaupt, Matt Cornwell, Barb Comperatore and Brooke Rutkowski; and four great grandchildren, Xavier Clark, Ciera Cornwell, Pasiley Clark and Eugene J. Rutkowski IV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen B. Olszewski Rutkowski, on April 7, 2014; and by his sister, Patricia Rutkowski. 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 10 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. James Mazurek. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Twp.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=be61369609Obituary for Elaine M. CieslinskiElaine M. Cieslinski, 65, of Buffalo Township, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born January 4, 1950, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of the late Stanley and Angela Pawlowski Cieslinski. Elaine was a graduate of the Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as an Oncology Nurse at Allegheny Valley Hospital for over 44 years. Elaine was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. She enjoyed reading, traveling and playing the lottery. Elaine is survived by her brother, John (Shelley) Cieslinski, of Buffalo Township; niece, Laura (Andrew) Rupp, of Atlanta, Ga.; and nephews, Adam Cieslinski, of Buffalo Township, Joseph Cieslinski, of Spring Church and Michael Cieslinski, of Spring Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley Cieslinski. 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 10 AM. Officiating will be her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Elaine may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5747369381Obituary for Genevieve L. DudiakGenevieve L. Dudiak, 84, of Melbourne, Florida, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 in the Holmes Regional Healthcare Center, Melbourne, Florida. She was born August 29, 1930, in Brackenridge, a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Ploszaj Dudiak. Genevieve was a 1949 graduate of St. Joseph High School and attended Business Training College (BTC) in Pittsburgh. Genevieve retired from Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh in 1993 after over 40 years of service. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights. Genevieve enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She is survived by her siblings, Chester (Helen) Dudiak, of Cabot, Steffie (Edward) Barent, of Tarentum and Frances (Robert) Kukowski, of Tarentum; nieces and nephews, Mariam (Fred) Fedorka, Joseph (Linda), Robert (Susan) and John Dudiak, Virginia (James) Rosensteel, Carol (Rick) Hoag, Janet (Dan) Vorp, and Mary, Judy and Rob Kukowski; 14 great nieces and nephews, and 9 great-great nieces and nephews. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC VISITATION. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10 AM in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Genevieve may be mae to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, 1526 Union Avenue, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065 or to the Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d80d369469Obituary for Denny D. MatsikDenny D. Matsik, 99, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot. He was born April 29, 1916, in South Fayette, Allegheny County, a son of the late Stephen and Katherine Washnia Matsik. Denny was a WWII veteran serving as a machinist mate first class in the US Navy from 1943-1946 on the USS Cape Esperance (CVE88). He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Metallurgy. Denny retired as a metallurgist from Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge in 1978 after 30 years of service. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Tarentum, the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights, former member of the Tarentum Lion Club, former member of the M.O.R.A. Club and was on the engineering committee for the building of Sylvan Pool. Denny enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and was a Pittsburgh sports fan. He is survived by his son, Robert D. (Colleen) Matsik, of Tarentum; grandchildren, Sarah (Christian) Brenner, Molly (Jesse) Smith, and James (Ashley) Matsik; great grandchildren, Lucas, Lilly, Violet and Malli; brother, George (Betty Ann) Matsik, of Boston, MA.; and sister, Rose Walters, of Natrona Heights. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Carol O'Malley Matsik on May 20, 2000; son, Gerald A. Matsik; daughter, Jeanine Matsik; brothers, Michael and John Matsik; and sisters, Anna Matsik, Mary Connor and Sophie Wachter. Friends will be received on Friday from 4-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Funeral ceremonies will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM in the First United Presbyterian Church with his pastor the Rev. Philip Beck, officiating. Entombment with full military honor's accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery Mausoleum, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Denny may ve made to the charity of the donor's choice.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=43da369200Obituary for Brady D. KadunceBrady D. Kadunce, 66, of Highland Township, Clarion County, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pitsburgh. He was born March 10, 1949, in New Castle, a son of the late David and Eleanore Orkis Kadunce. Brady was a 1967 graduate of Burrell High School and attended Spring Garden College. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a corporal in the Marine Corp. for two tours of duty from June 1967 to June 1971. Brady was employed as a programs coordinator for Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company (formerly Beckwith Machinery) Caterpillar Dealerships in Murrysville, he previously worked for Adobe Mining Company. He was an active board member in the Clarion Venango Forest County Farm Bureau also serving as it's past President, Clarion County Democratic Party, past member of Local 66 Operating Engineers and was an originating member of the Silvermoon Riders Motorcycle Club that hosted the original bike shows during Autumn Leaf Festival at the Clarion Mall. Brady raised dairy goats and was involved with the Clarion County 4-H program, and along with his wife and son were instrumental in starting the goat program at the Clarion County Fair for 4-H. Brady was known to have strong opinions on a number of topics and always had a good sense of humor. He had many special valued friends. In particular he had a great appreciation toward his special Aunt Joanie Kline , and his cousins Keith Orkis and Jeff Longo. Brady enjoyed riding his Harley, giving it up for a fishing boat and a camping trailer to enjoy time in the Finger Lakes and especially in recent years at Camp Prendergast near Lake Chautauqua, New York. Brady is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy M. Claypool Kadunce; his son, Branden D. Kadunce and his girlfriend Amber Roth, of Frisco, NC.; brother, Kevin C. Kadunce, of Daphane AL.; mother-in-law, Nora M. Claypool, of Tarentum; sisters-in-law, Diana Kadunce, of New Kensington and Janice Stewart, of Tarentum; brothers-in-law, Raymond Claypool, of Butler and David (Robin) Claypool, of Tarentum; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and 3 nieces and a grand niece and nephew. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Kadunce; father-in-law, Alton D. Claypool; brother-in-law, Robert Stewart; sister-in-law, Rita Claypool; maternal grandparents, Zigmund and Cecilia Orkis; and paternal grandparents, Max and Sophia Kadunce. Friends will be received on Saturday from 4-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights 724-224-8688 and on Sunday from 1-5 PM in the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home 638 Wood Street, Clarion. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, Clarion, with his pastor the Rev. Monty Sayers as celebrant. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Brady may be made to the Clarion Venango Forest County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, c/o Rick Griebel, 946 Engel Run Road, Lucinda, Pa. 16235. To send an on line condolence please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com or www.rvburnsfuneralhome.com. The U.S.M.C. League, Allegheny Valley Detachment 827 will hold services in the funeral home on Saturday at 4:30 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8aba369129Obituary for George A. Woods Jr.George A. Woods Jr., 67, of Winfield Township, passed into the arms of his Lord on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Butler Memorial Hospital, Butler. He was born April 14, 1948, in Natrona Heights, a son of Roberta Seminko Woods, of New Kensington and the late George A. Woods Sr. George was a 1968 graduate of Tarentum High School going on to earn a degree in Auto Repair. He was a disabled veteran who served as a machine gunner in the US Army 1st Air Cavalry during the Vietnam War. George was wounded in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart for bravery in action, when he went into the line of fire to obtain ammunition for his squadron. George will be remembered for his strength and courage. He worked for Shoup Bronze in Tarentum, Conrail of Pennsylvania and Pullman Standard of Butler before finally entering his life-long career at the New Kensington Post Office, where he enjoyed being outside and interacting with his customers on his route. George retired from the post office in 2006. George loved to live life in the fast lane and had a passion for motorcycles, corvettes and Nascar. He could often be found under the hood of his friends cars and would be the first one to stop and help a stranded motorist along the highway. George was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Sarver and a life member of the Saxonburg Sportsman Club. George is survived by his wife, Virginia "Gina" Anthony Woods; his son, Michael Paul Woods, of Sarver; his daughter, Corie Elizabeth Anne Woods, of Freeport; his grandchildren that he adored, Dylan Michael and Isaac Andrew Woods and Austin Michael and Journie Raiyne Dick; they will miss taking rides in Pappy's corvette. George is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Sandy (Raymond) Jones, of Natrona Heights, Larry Woods, of Lower Burrell, Cheryl Seddiki, of Tarentum, Debra Sesnovich, of Glen Lyon, June Woods, of Apollo, Steve (Dolly) Woods, of Tarentum; special friends, Wayne and Diane Beigay, of Lower Burrell; and by numerous nieces and nephews; and by his beloved dog, Buddy. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM and on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11 AM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Officiating will be his pastor the Rev. Robert Wilson. Burial with full militry honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Winfield Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of George may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675, or to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d225368844Obituary for Justin S. StawinskiJustin S. Stawinski, 24, of Freeport, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015. He was born April 4, 1991, in Natrona Heights, the son of Jackie Capoccioni Stawinski, of Buffalo Township and the late Mark Stawinski. Justin was a 2009 graduate of the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. He worked as a Fire Fighter/Paramedic for the North Versailles Fire Department. Justin was a member of St. Mary, Mother of God R.C. Parish in Freeport, the South Buffalo Sportsman Club and was Captain of the Sarver Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being a Fire Fighter. Justin is survived by his mother, Jackie Capoccioni Stawinski, of Buffalo Township; his loving companion and her son, Audrey and Jace McGarrity, of Freeport, maternal grandmother, Rita Capoccioni, of Buffalo Township; paternal grandmother, Shirley Stawinski, of Clermont, Florida; uncle, Thomas Capoccioni, of New Bethlehem; aunt, Vicki Wolfe, of Freeport; aunt, Heather (Jim) Walters, of Clermont, Floirda; cousins, Kelsey Wolfe, of Freeport and Beau Walters, of Clermont, Florida; and by his fire fighter and EMS brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Stawinski on December 1, 2012; his aunt, Joni Capoccioni; maternal grandfather, Thomas Capoccioni; and paternal grandfather, Ronald Stawinski. Friends will be received 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 9:15 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in St. Mary, Mother of God Church with his pastor the Rev. Ronald Maquinana as celebrant. Burial will be private. Father Maquinana will lead a parish wake service in the funeral home on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Justin may be made to the Sarver Volunteer Fire company, 110 Elliott Road, Sarver, Pa. 16055http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5791368436Obituary for Ralph W. DickeyRalph W. Dickey, 87, of Fawn Township, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015, peacefully, and surrounded by his loving family, in the home of his daughter, Janie Gale (Dickey) Hill and son-in-law, Eugene R. Hill in Willowick, Ohio, after bravely fighting a 10 month battle with cancer. He was born January 17, 1928, in Butler, to John S. and Hazel Carter Dickey. After the family moved to Brackenridge in 1938, Ralph remained an Alle-Kiski resident for the rest of his life. He attended Har-Brack High School, then enlisted in the Army, where he was stationed in the Philippines. Upon returning home from the war, he took a job with PPG Paints in Springdale, where he remained until retiring in 1986. He married Betty Jane Cornelius on May 12, 1949, then moved to Fawn Township, where they have resided for 63 years. A former member of Center United Methodist Church in Fawn Township, he was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights. His interests included being a country music fan, having traveled to see both Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson multiple times, also a huge lifelong automobile enthusiast, who in his younger years, loved driving race cars and even would travel out-of-state to participate in amateur Drag racing. In recent years, he's loved working around his house and yard, then regularly spending time with his friends at the Natrona Heights McDonlad's! In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen M., Mary Louise (Clyde) Hughes, and Helen Marie (Clarence) Cypher, his brother, John Dawson Dickey, brothers-in-law, Clyde Hughes, Clarence Cypher, and Charles George. In addition to his wife, daughter and son-in-law, he is survived by his brother, Roy M. (Deanna) Dickey; sister, Ellen M. George, multiple nieces and nephews, as well as a multitude of friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Nemunaitis and the entire staff of the Oncology department of the Hirsch Cancer Center of Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and the entire staff of the Crossrords Hospice of Cleveland, for their loving care. In respect ot Ralph's wishes, there will be no viewing and funeral services. The family instead plans a memorial service at a time and location to be determined at a late date.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7b20368658Obituary for Tracy L. SmithTracy L. Smith, 44, of Tarentum, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015 in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born September 26, 1970, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of Georgene Dillon Smith, of Brackenridge and the late Thomas J. Smith. Tracy was a 1988 graduate of Highlands High School. She worked in the housekeeping department at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and at the membership desk at Sam's Club at Pittsburgh Mills. Tracy was a life member of Pioneer Hose Company Auxiliary and a member of the Eagles in Tarentum and American Legion in Brackenridge. She enjoyed spending time in her pool, walking and just hanging out with friends. Tracy is survived by her mother, Georgene Dillon Smith, of Brackenridge; her spouse, Susan Reesman, of Tarentum; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 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 funeral ceremonies will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Officiating will be the Rev. Philip Beck. Burial will be private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=09a4368366