Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Elizabeth A. MartonikElizabeth A. "Betty" Martonik, 77, of Brackenridge, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born December 21, 1937, in Freeport, a daughter of the late William and Anna Thomas Thompson. Betty was the owner for the past 39 years of the Ships Wheel Tavern in Brackenridge. She was a member of Holy Martyrs R.C. Church in Tarentum and a life member of the Tarentum VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Betty enjoyed cooking, gardening, trips to the casino, her dogs, and was a Penguin fan. Betty is survived by her children, Deborah Allen, of Brackenridge and William J. Martonik, of Brackenridge; and by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Allen in 1973; her second husband, William L. Martonik in 1995; and by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Ida Ajian. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 PM and 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 9:30 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 Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=18ff358083Obituary for Rita M. McPheronRita M. McPheron, 79, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at her home. She was born November 12, 1935, in Farrell, a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Telthorster Cervenak. Rita retired in 2013 as a legal secretary for Jacques & Jacques Law Office in Natrona Heights. She was of the Presbyterian faith. Rita enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, crossword puzzles, her cats and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. McPheron, her daughter, Nancy (Pat) Robertson, of Natrona Heights; her son, Jon (Kim) McPheron, of Butler; three granddaughters, Shannon Mell, Correy Robertson and Morgan Robertson; great grandson, Brayden Mell; brother, Edmund Cervenak, of Mt. Pleasant; and by her sister, Mary Ann Longdon, of Bay Village, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Meryl Little. Services and burial for Rita will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Rita may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b93d358044Obituary for Jane R. OrzechowskiJane R. Orzechowski, 97, of Natrona Heights, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Platinum Ridge Care Center, Brackenridge. She was born May 13, 1917, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Antoni and MaryAnna Lubiniecki Zaluski. 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 Rosary Society, Ladies Aid and Fellowship Circle all of the church. She was also an officer and member of the Polish Women's Alliance of America. Jane was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She also enjoyed craft work, cooking and gardening. Jane is survived by her son, Robert J. (JoAnn) Orzechowski, of Maryland; daughter, Rose Marie Miller, of Wisconsin; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and by her sister, Irene Schultz, of Natrona Heights. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Orzechowski; brother, Walter Zaluski; and sister, Sophie Rozewicz. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle Street, 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 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The Rosary Society will recite the rosary in the funeral home on Sunday at 1:45 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7fb5357517Obituary for Jack Paul ChobanianJack Paul Chobanian, 89, formerly of New Kensington, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 22, 1925, in Kittanning, a son of the late Eghia and Julia Repak Chobanian. Jack was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Marine Corp. He retired in 1998 from the VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, where he worked as an electric engineer. Jack was a member of the Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church, and a former member of the Natrona American Legion Post 48. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family. Jack is survived by his children, Paul (Pam), of Illinois, Raymond, of Natrona Heights, Sharon, of New Kensington, Melissa, of New Kensington, Mary, of California, and Dawn, of Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, brothers, Matt, of New Kensington, and Bill, of Las Vegas; sisters, Susan, of New Kensington, Pauline, of Freeport, Mary, of Tennessee, and Julie, of Apollo; and by his good friend, Russ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jack; daughter, Karen; brothers, Anthony during WWII, Nazereth, and Steve; and by his sister, Betty. 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 funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 AM. Officiating will be his pastor the Rev. R. Cameron Malcolm, IV. Burial will be in Plumcreek Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ed0d357309Obituary for Bernardine E. RezakBernardine E. Rezak Mengel, 89, of Natrona Heights passed away peacefully on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was bron September 19, 1925, in Natrona, the youngest of four children born to the late Thomas and Pauline Pomajbo Rezak. Bernie graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1944. She was the wife of the late Ralph T. Mengel and resided in Natrona Heights most of her life. She worked at the "Birdville Pharmacy" in Natrona Heights for many years from the early 1950's through the 1960's. In addition to being an avid amateur photographer, she had many hobbies and interests. She enjoyed doing a variety of arts and crafts projects, she liked to do crossword puzzles, play card games, Scrabble. She always made time to follow her nephews and nieces sports endeavors from Little League through high school. She enjoyed all sports but particularly loved watching baseball on TV. Her favorite team was the Philadelphia Phillies. Mainly, she loved traveling with her husband, Ralph to the eastern part of Pennsylvania, taking pictures and visiting with family and friends along the way. Bernie was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. We will miss our beloved "Aunt Bernie' but find comfort in knowing that she's now with her family in Heaven. Survivors include nephews, Robert (Mary Beth) Mengel, of Freeport, Timothy (Marsha) Mengel, of Freeport, Tom (Cathy) Rezak, of Lower Burrell, John (Violet) Rezak, of Natrona Heights, Mike (Cheryl) Rezak, of Natrona Heights; nieces, Geraldine Rezak-Macura, of Lower Burrell, and Jo-Anne (Bill) Bartnikowski, of South Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, infant daughter, Raydelle; sister, Pauline Rezak; brothers, Joseph and Louis Rezak; and nephew, Joe Rezak. Friends will be received on Sunday from 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Monday at 11:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 Noon in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bernie may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=9530357105Obituary for Lyda Emma TruckleyLyda Emma Truckley, 75, of Natrona passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 surrounded by her family at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. Born December 21, 1939, in Plum Borough, she was one of 12 children born to the late Harry and Grace Lape Anderson. Lyda retired after 18 years of service in the housekeeping department from Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. Lyda enjoyed gardening, going to flea markets and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also was an animal lover and especially loved her cat, Bootsie. Lyda is survived by her children, Cindy (Jeffrey) Allenberg, of Natrona Heights, Larry "Kutch" Truckley, of Saxonburg, Kim Martin (Fiancee, Denny Baker), of Slate Lick, Paul Truckley, of Natrona, and Keith Truckley (Fiancee, Sarah Falon), of Natrona; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Dolores (Andrew) Kraynik, of Natrona Heights, and brother-in-law, Rudy (Sandra) Truckley, of West Deer Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Parker; brothers, Bud and Bill Anderson; and by her sisters, Bety Kubla, Lucille Peli, Barb Kantorski, Helen Chapman, Agens Royer, Martha Booher, and by three other sisters. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 6:00 PM with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek officiating. Burial will be private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d2a3357115Obituary for Herbert C. AmentHerbert C. Ament, 88, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born September 25, 1926, in Apollo, a son of the late John M. and Leona Graden Ament. Herbert was a 1948 graduate of the former Eckels Mortuary School in Philadelphia. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. Hebert retired after 32 years of service as a senior analytical technician from Gulf Research and Development in Harmarville. He was of the Lutheran faith and a member of the VFW Post 894 in Natrona Heights, and the Apollo Hose Company #2. Herbert enjoyed watching TV, listening to music and doing volunteer work, especially at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra J. Ament, of Natrona Heights; sisters-in-law, Helen Heist, of Stuart, Florida, Mary Ruth Larimer, of Luthersburg, and Edna Jones, of Dubois; niece, Linda (Leonard) Shellhammer; nephews, Kevin (Mary) Gibbons, and Robert (Chris) Gibbons; and by numerous other nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine M. Wayland Ament on February 2, 2012; his daughter in infancy, Susan Ament; brother, John Ament; and by his sister, Louise Ament Gibbons. 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 funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. Philip Ramstad. Entombment with full military honor's accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery Masuoleum, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Herbert may be made to Orphans of the Storm, Inc., 111878 State Route 83, Kittanning, Pa. 16201.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e313357080Obituary for Phyllis M. DiGirolamoPhyllis M. DiGirolamo, 90 of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Natrona, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at her home. She was born September 3, 1924, in Leechburg, a daughter of the late John and Anna Pochyba Chovanes. Phyllis worked as a teacher's aide for Highlands School District for 25 years. She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona, the Catholic Daughter of America, the Integrity Lodge, and the Slovak Club. Phyllis was also a volunteer for the Highlands Area Meals-on-Wheels, and at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing and doing many charitable works. Phyllis is survived by her children, Cheryl (William) Ghauri, of Alexandria, Va., Lydia (Richard) Linville, of Columbus, Ohio, and Louis (Debbie) DiGirolamo, of Fridley, Minnesota; 4 grandchildren, Matthew and Joshua DiGirolamo and Emily and Ashley Linville; and by her great grandchildren, Matthew, Noura and Mario. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mario DiGirolamo on May 4, 1999, brothers, Joseph, Andrew, Paul, George, Martin, Adam, and Steve Chovanes; and by her sisters, Anna Ross, Henrietta Romanik and Julia Coakley. 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 10:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona, with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin Township. The C.D. of A. will recite the rosary in the funeral home on Thursday at 1:45 PM.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f894356606Obituary for Phillip FoglePhillip Fogle, 75, of Natrona Heights, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at home on Friday, February 13, 2015. He was born January 22, 1940, in New Kensington, a son of the late Elmer and Angeline Biricocchi Fogle. Phil was a veteran of the US Marine Corp serving from 1957 to 1961. He retired in 2001 after 22 years of service as a shipper/receiver from PPG in Springdale. Phil was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, American Legion Post 868 in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County Marine Corp., PNA in Natrona, Kosciuszko Polish Patriotic Social Society in Natrona and a former member of the Brackenridge American Legion Post 226. He enjoyed playing guitar, country music, western movies, his dog "Ace", and especially spending time with his family and friends. Phil is survived by his four daughters, Debi Martinka, of Natrona Heights, Nancy (Rich) Kengor, of Warrensburg, MO., Diane Bollinger, of Natrona Heights, and Renee (Robert) Luzik, of Ford City; 5 grandchildren, Phillip Martinka (Lisa McKrell), Randy Bollinger (Ashley Stover), Justin (Morgan) Bollinger, Adam Kengor, and Alexis Kengor; 4 great grandchildren, Emma, Reese, Aviana, & Jaxson; brother, Raymond (Cathy) Fogle, of Lower Burrell, brother-in-law, Vincent (Jeri Lou) Fantuzzo, of Louisville, Ky.; sister-in-law, Joyce Laney, of Lower Burrell; and by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy C. Fantuzzo Fogle on September 15, 2007; brother, Elmer Fogle Jr.; sister, Barbara Vokes; son-in-law, John J. Martinka; and brother-in-law, Neil Laney. Friends will be received on Sunday from 6-8 PM and 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 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 Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The Westmoreland County Marines will hold services in the funeral home on Sunday at 7:00 PM. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=855b356491Obituary for Angela A. ZiemianskiAngela A. Kaczynski Ziemianski, 91, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler. She was born June 18, 1923, in Wyandotte, Michigan, a daughter of the late Karol and Julia Grabowski Kaczynski. Angela retired in 1970 after 25 years of service as an administration supervisor for Chrysler Corporation in Michigan. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, the Ambassador Club of the Church, the Polish Women's Alliance and the Polish Falcons. Angela enjoyed knitting, crocheting, bowling, reading, flower gardening and was a Pirate fan. She is survived by her daughter, Gina Z (J.L.) Kelly, of Tega Cay, South Carolina; grandson, Nathan J. Kelly; brother, Stanley Kaczynski, of Allen Park, Michigan; and sisters, Stasia Boisvenue, of Allen Park, Michigan, and Cynthia Simmons, of Southgate, Michigan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Nardelli; her second husband, Stanley H. Ziemianski on April 30, 2007; brothers, Alexander and L. Leon Kaczynski; and sisters, Jean Armstrong and Genevieve Strzelecki. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 PM and 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 her pastor, theRev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery Mausoleum, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=42ee356253