Obituaries for Mc-Donald-Aeberli Funeral Home Obituary for Harold E. "Hal" WillsHarold E. “Hal” Wills, age 73, of Cranberry Twp., died on Tuesday morning, October 28, 2014 at Family Hospice at Canterbury Place in Pittsburgh. Born in Allentown, PA on January 27, 1941, he was the son of the late Harold Ernest and Dorothy Beatrice Mathias Wills. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Wensell Wills, who he married on August 7, 1991, his siblings, John (Vicki) Wills of Mobile, Ala., Douglas (Tammy) Wills of Altoona, Kenneth (Debbie) Wills of Elmwood, Ill., Kathleen (Charles) Dyer of Sun City West, AZ., Patricia (Budd) Siverd of North Cambria, Barbara (Douglas) Lyon of Bloomsburg, Brenda McIntire of Catonsville, Md., Barry (Susan) Wills of Sunbury, Bruce of Bowie, Md., Judith (Gene) Bialecki of Danville, and Peggy Lawson of Tampa, Fla. Also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Wills. Hal was a talented musician and played multiple instruments for the enjoyment of his classmates and family; he had a special way with the clarinet. He was a voracious reader who especially enjoyed reading science fiction novels. His logical mind loved technology and accounting. This led him to a career in government and with multiple software firms. Hal retired from software engineering at the age of 64 from the McKesson Corporation after 22 years of service. He was widely known there for writing eloquent code for the patient accounting system. Hal loved animals and was fond of the doctors and staff at Green Valley Veterinary Hospital. Although he loved his many pets, Mia continued to be his favorite; she had touched his heart in a special way. Hal possessed a gentle nature, which was a source of comfort to several nieces and nephews. They admired his talents, and he was always proud of their many accomplishments; receiving their texts and emails brightened his days. The family expresses deep appreciation to many close friends and TeleTracking (Barb’s workplace) who supported Hal throughout his battle with cancer. The family is especially grateful for Michael Wusylko, MD and Kiran Rajasenan, MD and their staffs as well as, more recently, Family Hospice and Palliative Care. You all do noble work and your many kindnesses will never be forgotten. One of Hal’s favorite email tag lines sums up his last years: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” He fought his illness to the end. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 6-8 PM and Saturday from 10-11:30 AM. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation is welcome at:Family Hospice and Palliative Care www.familyhospicepa.org/donate or to the UPMC Passavant Cancer Center www.upmccancercenter.com/giving/giftsHonor.cfm Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8ed9346483Obituary for Sharon Koegler KovacSharon Koegler Kovac, age 63, of Mars, formerly of Cranberry Twp., died unexpectedly on Friday morning, October 24, 2014 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 30, 1951, she was the daughter of the late John and Ina Nolder Koegler. Sharon enjoyed camping and fishing, metal detecting, sewing and crafting, but spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, was what she loved the most. “My sweet princess, your love was the strength of my life. You will live in my heart forever, Luv Wayne. Beloved wife of J. Wayne Kovac, who she married on May 1, 1971, loving mother of Brenda Wittman and her husband, Scott of Cranberry Twp., Crystal Horan and her husband, Edward of Zelienople, and Brian Kovac and his wife, Jennifer of Cranberry Twp., loving grammy of Tyler, Alex, Darian, Ethan, Nathan and Kendall, sister of Luvia Melnyk and her husband, Raymond and Deborah Mentel and her husband, Harry, both of Warrendale, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles L. Koegler. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Monday from 7-9 PM and on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 AM at the funeral home, with her sister, Rev. Deborah Mentel, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Following the Committal Service, friends are invited to a Wake at the Kovac residence from 12-5 PM. Memorials may be given to the family, who are establishing a Scholarship Fund in her memory. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. .http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=884c346112Obituary for Marion Woodling EmerickMarion A. Woodling Emerick, age 93, of Butler, formerly of Mars, died Tuesday afternoon, October 21, 2014 at Sunnyview Home. Born in Sewickley, PA on December 31, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Agnes McHugh Woodling. She was a graduate of Robert Morris School of Business. Marion had been an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of National Steel in Pittsburgh and was also a retired Executive Secretary for LTV Steel (formerly J.&L. Steel). She had served as a Director of the National Secretary’s Association. A member of Holy Sepulcher Church, she was also member and Past Matron of the Mars Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and had belonged to the Mars American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are her sons, Alan C. Emerick and his wife, Janet of Butler and David W. Emerick of Tarentum, her grandchildren, James T. (Nichole) Emerick, William A. (Dawn) Emerick, Sarah (David) Essary and Michael (Amanda) Emerick and her great grandchildren, Noah, Jackson, Chase, Violet, Abram, Paige, Cora and Liam. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Emerick, who she married on July 23, 1948 and who died on September 1, 2009, and by four brothers. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-8:30 PM. Blessing Services will follow at 8:30 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd. Butler, PA 16053. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=7cf1345803Obituary for Michael Anthony ColonelloMichael Anthony Colonello, age 66, of Foxburg, formerly of Mars, died Thursday morning, October 16, 2014 at his home. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 15, 1948, he was the son of Beatrice J. Lehnig Colonello and the late Anthony B. Colonello. A 1967 graduate of Mars High School, he had been a crew member for Peoples Natural Gas and then moved to North Carolina, where he worked as a guard at the State Prison, before retiring. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving are his mother, Beatrice Colonello of Mars, his children, Barbara, Carol, Paula, Tammy and Anthony, his brother, Terry of Mars, his sister, Cynthia Wise (Ernie) in Florida and several grandchildren. He will be missed and was loved by all. Service and interment are private under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d69e345345Obituary for Alexander A. ThomasAlexander A. Thomas, age 50, of Gibsonia, Pine Twp., died Tuesday evening, October 14, 2014 at Lifesteps in Monaca. Born in Sewickley, PA on June 2, 1964, he was the son of Jamile Nehme Thomas and the late Norman Thomas. Alexander and his family had attended St. Alphonsus Church in Wexford. Surviving are his mother, Jamile Thomas of Pine Twp., two sisters, Theresa and Carol Thomas of Gibsonia and a brother, Norman John Thomas in Texas. Services with private burial were held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hopewell Twp. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8304345536Obituary for Keith D. SlaterKeith D. Slater, age 44, of Cranberry Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in New Orleans. Born on July 1, 1970 in Penn Hills, he was the son of Barbara Johnson Shaffer and Richard Slater. He was an apprentice electrician for Hilltop Electric. Surviving are his mother and step-father, Barbara Johnson Shaffer and her husband, Thomas of Cranberry Twp., his father, Richard Slater in Mississippi, a son, Kalan Slater and a daughter, Paige Slater, both of Hammond, LA, two brothers, Scott Slater of Cranberry Twp. and Sean Slater and his wife, Tia of Kingwood, TX and two nieces, Alyssa and Kiersten Slater. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday from 6-8 PM. Prayers will follow at 8:00 PM, with Rev. Richard Neumann, officiating. Graveside Services will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Franklin Rd. Warrendale, PA on Thursday at 10:00 AM. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2940344702Obituary for Dr. Lillian R. "Lil" PeltzDr. Lillian R. (Lil) Peltz of Gibsonia passed away on October 1st 2014. Lillian was born in Millvale, PA on November 6, 1939 where she grew up and was a 1957 graduate of Millvale High School. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Pearl Kozler. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 23 years, Richard J Peltz Sr and dear sister Mary Ann Vossoughi (Houshang). She is survived by 3 children: David N Hollinger Jr (Diane), Michele R. Weldon (Chuck) and Richard J. Peltz Jr. Lillian also leaves 3 grandchildren: David N Hollinger III (Beth), Alexis R Weldon and Chad J Weldon Jr. She was a doctor of Psychology and a doctor of Metaphysical Science. Lillian was a member and supporter of numerous charities and foundations. Private Services and burial are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc.238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0abd344054Obituary for Jean McGeever BentonJean Benton, age 69, of Steamboat Springs, CO, formerly of Mars, PA passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 29, 2014 in Colorado. Born on March 4, 1945 in Homestead, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen McGeever. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry P. Benton, who she married on April 1, 1967 and who died on October 17, 2012. Surviving are her sister, Kathy Davis of Lexington, KY, her daughter, Mikie of Steamboat Springs, her sons, Jay of Steamboat Springs, Andy of Park City, UT and Tom of Hilo, HI. Friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life at St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts. Mars on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Tom McMeekin will officiate. A reception with follow at the Cobblestone Village Clubhouse, 1000 Cobblestone Lane, Valencia, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Jean Benton Memorial Fund, in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Local arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=6b7b344355Obituary for Lynne M. KobertLynne M. Kobert, age 72, of Butler, died Friday morning, September 26, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Ellen Cook Martin. Lynne had been a dog groomer for Canine and Kitty Cleaners in Mars for many years and enjoyed collecting baby dolls. She was a member of the Wildwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended the Zelienople Kingdom Hall. She loved her family and enjoyed travelling and spending time with them. Beloved wife of Ralph M. Kobert, who she married on June 4, 1960, loving mother of Kendra Leonhard of Mars, Kimberly LaCaze (James) of Boyers, George Kobert of Tarentum, Eric Kobert (Julie) of Mars and Michael Kobert of Butler, loving grandmother of Jessica Sauers (Brian), Sara Schlichtkrull (Derek), Adam Kobert (Brooke), Aaron Kobert (Leah) and Amelia Kobert, great grandmother of Norah, Mabel, Mason, Keeton and Vanessa. Sister of Junie Tagliavia (John) of Henderson, NV and Dale Martin (Bobbi) in California. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Brian and Mark Kobert. Friends are invited to services at the Zelienople Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 250 Evans Rd. Zelienople, PA 16063 of Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8fc1343476Obituary for Theodore E. "Ted" HelgermanTheodore E. “Ted” Helgerman, age 77, of New Castle, formerly of Adams Twp., died Friday afternoon, September 26, 2014 at Ellwood City Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 2, 1936, he was the son of the late Theodore and Elvina Shillinger Helgerman. Ted had been a lineman for Duquesne Light. He was member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Kilian Church and St. Joseph the Worker Church and belonged to the St. Vincent dePaul Society of St. Kilian’s. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a Sr. Master Sgt. for the Air National Guard at the 112th Air Refueling Wing in Pgh. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Moyes Helgerman, who he married on January 9, 1957, his children, Patrick Helgerman (Keri) of Columbus, OH, Christina Weigand (Albert) of Cranberry Twp., Annette Brusca (Jeff) of West View, Mary Lou Kingan (Bill) of Penn Twp., Stephanie Ann Helgerman of Columbus, OH, Rebecca Ann Selzer (Scott) of Kent, VA, and Trinity Ann Helgerman of Columbus, OH, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl, his grandson, Tyler and his brothers, Richard, Jerry and Jimmy. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts., Mars Boro on Tuesday at 10:00 AM. Fr. Charles Bober, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Rd. Cranberry Twp., PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=cf89343498