Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary 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=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=bd7d337621