Obituaries for Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home Obituary for Donald V. WituckiDonald V. Witucki, 79, of Irwin, formerly of Lower Burrell, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015, after a brave battle with Leukemia. He was born April 5, 1935 in West Natrona, a son of the late Alfred and Frances Simcoviak Witucki. Don was a 1953 graduate of Har-Brack High School. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. Don was above all a devoted family man. His greatest joy in life was Sunday dinner for the whole family. He was an ardent Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt basketball fan. Every day he could be seen walking his beloved cat, Charlie. He was a kind, selfless man, a legend in the building world, and was loved by everyone whose life he touched. Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Mohan Witucki; daughter, Kathy (Laurie) Faunce; daughter-in-law, Judy Witucki; and by his grandchildren, Kylie and Nick Witucki. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Matt Witucki on January 3, 2011; and by his sister, Toni Sluka. Friends will be received on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until the time of service at 8:00 p.m. in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Holmes. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Avenue, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bfeb355079Obituary for Olympia E. SkohutOlympia E. (Christopher) Skohut, 93, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Paramount Senior Living of Cranberry, Cranberry Township. She was born May 4, 1921, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Antonio and Adeline Petretta Christopher. Olympia was a 1939 graduate of Ken High. She retired after many years of service from Alcoa in New Kensington. Olympia was a member of Mt. St. Peter R.C. Church in New Kensington. She enjoyed traveling and dancing. Olympia is survived by her two sisters, Virginia Bilinski and Betty Christopher, both of Brackenridge; and by several nieces and nephews and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Skohut on July 24, 2010; brother, Michael A. Christopher; and sister, Julia M. Veitch. There will be no public visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10 AM in Mt. St. Peter Church, New Kensington. Entombment will follow in Union Cemetery Mausoleum, Arnold. Arrangements are under the care of the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=aebb355010Obituary for Henrietta P. KostewiczHenrietta P. (Zandarski) Kostewicz, 95, of Natrona Heights, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot. She was born November 16, 1919, in Natrona, a daughter of the late Stephen and Valentina (Jozwiak) Zandarski. Henrietta was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish in Natrona Heights, the Catholic Daughters of America in Natrona and the Christian Mothers of St. Ladislaus Church in Natrona. She was a devoted mother who enjoyed taking care of her home for her family, and her dog, Schnapsey. Henrietta traveled across the country with her family and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She was the loving mother of Thaddeus (Jeanne) Kostewicz, of Natrona Heights, Judy (Gayland) Beresik, of Natrona Heights, and Mary Beth Kostewicz, of Buffalo township; mother-in-law of Sheila Kostewicz, of Shaler; grandmother of, Douglas (Christina) Kostewicz, Brian Kostewicz, Adam (Jessica) Kostewicz, Kellee Beresik and Curt Kostewicz; and great-grandmother of Nicholas and Ava Kostewicz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alexander J. Kostewicz on August 8, 1996; her son, Gene Kostewicz; brothers, Chester Zandarski and one in infancy; and sisters, Edna Modrzejewski and one in infancy. 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 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Natrona Heights, with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. The Catholic Daughters of America will recite the rosary in the funeral home on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ce68354134Obituary for Melva B. JonesMelva B. (Torrence) Jones, 90, of Fawn Township, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. She was born February 21, 1924, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late Roy and Olive Woodrow Torrence. Melva was a 1943 graduate of Tarentum High School. She was the oldest member of Pleasant Unity United Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Fawn #1 Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a 20 year member of the Allegheny Valley Firemen's Association. Melva enjoyed bowling, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family. She is survived by her two daughters, Donna (C. Wayne) Garris, of Kennett Square, and Carol (Thomas) Macura, of Fawn Township; 6 grandchildren, Kevin (Beth) Garris, Shawn Garris, Michael (Colleen) Wood, Jeff (Terri) Miller, Deborah Lewis (Kerry Ekas), and Carrie Miller; and by her 11 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley W. Jones on June 20, 1987; brother, Darrell Torrence; and by her sister, Vljean Beacom. 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 funeral ceremonies will be held on Saturday at 11 AM. Officiating will be her pastor the Rev. John Gehring-Anders. Burial will be in Pleasant Unity Cemetery, West Deer Township.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=923b354160Obituary for Bernadette DavisBernadette "Bunny" Davis, 67, of Natrona, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, with her family by her side at the Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, Cabot. She was born January 24, 1947, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Jane O'Donnell Plocki. Bunny was a 1965 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She also studied at Franco's Beauty Academy in New Kensington. She was a homemaker and previously worked a number of years as a cook/clerk at Eddie Mack's Corner Store in Natrona. Bunny was of the Catholic faith and a life member of the Natrona P.N.A. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy, and spending time with her family. Bunny is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Donald "Lee" Davis; daughters, Mary Jane (Richard) Behning of Allegheny Township and Dawn (Matthew) Gardina of Gilpin Township; stepdaughters, Mala Davis (Dennis McClain) of Fawn Township and Laura (Brian) Welsh of Sarver; and by her grandchildren, Courtney Timura, Angela Davis, Dennis McClain, Haley (Nathan) Connolly, Brian Welsh and Addyson Gardina. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Neal Plocki; and stepson, Donald "Duck" Davis. Friends will be received on Saturday from 6-8 PM and Sunday 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 Monday at 9:30 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow 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 Bunny may be made to Frankies Friends, 421 9th Street, New Kensington, Pa. 15068 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL. 60601.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1ef7353724Obituary for Thomas KlimkowskiThomas Klimkowski 73, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born March 26, 1941, in Natrona Heights, a son of the late Alex and Sophie Wloczewski Klimkowski. Tom was a 1959 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Tom retired as a foreman from Liberty Mirror in Brackenridge in 2003 after more then 40 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights, the Tarentum Elks, Tarentum Eagles and the Slovak American Club also in Tarentum. Tom enjoyed golfing and his sports cars. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rebecca Brown Klimkowski; daughter, Alicia (Henry )Gonzales III of Crestview, Florida; granddaughter, Ava Gonzales; and by his brothers, Ralph (Wanda) Klims of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Richard (Paulette) Klimkowski of Lower Burrell. There will be no public visitation. Services and burial for Thomas will be private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5871352150Obituary for John K. BruknerJohn K. Brukner, 65, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born May 31, 1949, in New Kensington, a son of the late John "Jack" Brukner and D. Maxine Wagner Ziencik. John was a 1967 graduate of Ken High. He worked as a self employed painter in the valley for many years. John was a member of the Kiski Valley Pool League for 3 years, the Springdale Pool League and a 30 year member of the Dugout Pool League. John was an artist at heart and enjoyed photography, animals and beach vacations. He is survived by his siblings, Jayne (Chuck) Dietrich of Freeport, Eric (Lori) Ziencik of Frazer Township, Thomas Ziencik of New Kensington and Paula (David) Takosky of Leechburg; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 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 Sunday at 8:00 PM. Officiating will be the Rev. Edward Carter. Burial will be private.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=5a9d352166Obituary for Kirby A. DecrooKirby A. Decroo, 78, of Buffalo Township, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 29, 2014 at Fair Winds Manor, Winfield Township. He was born December 28, 1936, in Creighton, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Pease Decroo. Kirby was a veteran of the US Army serving in Germany. He worked as an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life and Prudential Life Insurance Companies and also was the owner of his own agency in Natrona Heights. Kirby was the owner of the former Kirby's Kandles and Kards in Natrona Heights. Upon retiring Kirby and his wife, Gerri, moved to Arizona for 5 years returning back to the area to be close to their family. Kirby was a member of Janes United Methodist Church in Creighton and the Gideon's of Westmoreland North, Pa. He served as a Little League Coach in Natrona Heights and was a WPIAL official for baseball, basketball, football and softball. He enjoyed hunting for golfballs at Pheasant Ridge Golf Club, especially when he found Titleist Pro V-1's. Kirby was married for 58 years to his high school sweatheart, Gerri Marino Decroo. He is also survived by his children, Joe (Sue) DeCroo of Buffalo Township, Brenda DeCroo of Buffalo Township, Greg (Lisa) Decroo of Lower Burrell and Kirby (Patti) Decroo Jr. of Buffalo Township; 6 grandchildren, Bethani (Adam) Decroo-Boyer, Nick DeCroo, Josh Decroo, Noelle (Mike)DeCroo-Holden, Neal DeCroo and Nevin DeCroo; and by his sister, Jean Findon of Natrona Heights. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Rosemary Decroo Wyble. Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:30 AM in Janes United Methodist Church, Creighton. Everyone is asked to please meet at the Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Dawn Lynn Check. Entombment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery Mausoleum, Frazer Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kirby may be made to Younglife, 6003 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=23dd351964Obituary for Elva Mae YajkoElva Mae (Brukner) Yajko, 95, of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. She was born March 2, 1919, in Natrona Heights, the daughter of the late Godfrey and Frances Heilman Brukner. Elva Mae worked for many years at the former Brukner Grocery Store in Natrona Heights. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. Elva Mae was also a member and past president of the Ladies Guild of the church, past president and member of the Hilltop Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary and Tarentum Elks. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards. Elva Mae is survived by her children, Dr. R. Douglas (Alexandra) Yajko, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Christine Yajko (Anthony Akillian), of Watertown, MA.; 3 grandchildren, Tracey Yajko, Mindy (Brian) Tagler and Sebastian (Kathleen) Wanatowicz; by her twin great grandchildren, Will and Winnie Tagler, and by her niece, Pamela (James) Kane, of Natrona Heights. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. Yajko, on May 26, 2003; and by her brother, Robert W. Brukner. Friends will be received on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights, where a blessing service will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek as celebrant. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Elva Mae may be made to Highlands Area Meals-on-Wheels, PO Box 395, Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065 or to the Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, Pa. 15065.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d5b0351594Obituary for Cecelia L. ClowesCecelia L. "Chili" (Molnar) Clowes, 93, of Fawn Township, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born December 1, 1921, in Windber, the daughter of the late Mike and Cecelia Richards Molnar. Cecelia was employed at PPG Industries, Creighton, for 10 years and later at Butler County Mushroom Farm, West Winfield, for 30 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. Cecelia enjoyed dancing, bingo, movies and casinos. She is survived by her nephew, Robert (Camille) Pollock; two nieces, Phyllis (Bert) Drum and Paula (Dave) Sekeras; by five great-nieces and nephews; and five great-great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Clowes; her longtime companion, Fred Guenther; brother, Mike Molnar; sisters, Rose Pollock DeSellem and Maria Sekeras; and two nieces, Sandra Pollock Dowell and Sylvia Sekeras Croyle. A blessing service was held at 3:00 PM Saturday, December 27, 2014, in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522 Carlisle St. Natrona Heights. Officiating was her pastor the Rev. James Mazurek. Burial was in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bca6351686