Obituaries for Mc-Donald-Aeberli Funeral Home Obituary for Joseph S. ScottJoseph S. Scott, On Thursday, July 24, 2014, age 98 of Mars, After a long and active career as an athlete, World War II Marine Sargent, master plumber, union shop steward, and a lifetime as a gardener and outdoorsmen, Joseph Seaman Scott passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot, Pa. Joe was born on July 29, 1915 in Homewood, the first of four sons by Sarah Snyder Scott, from the Troy Hill neighborhood, and Walter Grant Scott. Joe’s grandfather, Martin Scott, was a Civil War U.S. Army veteran who was wounded and captured, barely surviving captivity. Joe and his younger brothers, Frank, of Clarksburg, WV, Walter, of Penn Hills, and Howard, of Shadyside and Point Breeze, also served in the armed forces, during World War II. Joe’s service lasted four years, in which he sustained a hand grenade injury, and rose to the rank of Master Sargent. His brothers preceded him in death. Joe’s early years included golden glove boxing competitions and awards, and football, mainly at Westinghouse High School. He probably inherited from his father, who was a City of Pittsburgh employee, his great interest in nature, plants, animals, fish and other aspects of natural science, especially those familiar to the Pennsylvania landscape. When the Great Depression required belt-tightening for the Scotts and most other area families, Joe recalled spending entire summers at a family hunting camp in the Pennsylvania mountains, living from fish caught, small game hunted, produce from local farms. Joe decided on a trade, plumbing, hoping for regular employment. He was a meticulous worker who took great pride in a job well done. In 1937 he began working for Harris Pump Co. in downtown Pittsburgh and later Neville Island. After his discharge from the service, he resumed his job at Harris Pump, where he served as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union shop steward. He also was also a mechanical contractor for J. & S. Plumbing and Heating in North Hills. He married Florence Imperato before leaving for the armed service. Florence worked tirelessly during the war years as a caterer and clothing worker in the Pittsburgh area, earning enough to buy a home in the West View community. They had one daughter, Sandra Scott Somple. Upon his retirement, Joe built a new home in Chicora, PA, using his plumbing and pipefitting skills to build in a solar energy system that circulated sun-warmed water for heating, quite advanced for the time. Florence passed away in 1980. In 1986 he married Doris Brooks (Wagner) Scott of Mars, PA. The couple lived in Florida for a time before returning to Butler and then Mars, PA. Joe was a well-known and well-liked figure to his many friends, and beloved by family. He was a tall, striking man with a quick, infectious smile who greatly enjoyed socializing with others. He was a well-dressed man who enjoyed good cooking as well. Joe was an early advocate of healthful eating, exercise and lifestyle choices, eagerly reading the latest books on vitamins, Reflexology and other subjects related to healthfulness, probably accounting for his strong countenance for most of his 98 years. Joe is survived by his wife, Doris, his daughter, Sandy. Grandchildren include Teresa Celestin, (Cody) Butler, John J. Somple, Chicora, and the late M. Jay Somple. His great grandchildren are Demi Somple Emigh, Madalyn Somple, and Gabriel Somple, and great-great-grandchildren, Blaise and Makenna Somple. He remained closed to the families of his brothers, as well as those of niece Betty Fidel and others. Joe is also survived by his step-children, William Wagner (Carla), Susan Bacon (Jim), and Barbara Hepler (Dale) all of Saxonburg, and Kimberly Foster (Tom) Middlesex Twp. Also 5 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Greg Wiest, pastor of Glade Run Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Church Cemetery, Chicora, PA. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 134 Marwood Rd. Cabot, PA 16023. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1483337486Obituary for Elizabeth "Betty Lou" BelzElizabeth (Betty Lou)Belz, Of Berkeley Hills, Ross Township. Died peacefully on July 23, 2014 at age 89. Beloved mother of Betsy Gahagan (husband Ken) and Thomas Belz (wife Nancy). Survived by loving granddaughter, Rachel Miller and husband, Cameron, and her loving grandson, Trevor Belz. She is the daughter of the late Ella Bennett of Sistersville, West Virginia. Elizabeth worked in telecommunications, first with Bell Telephone and then with LTV Steel. She was proud to be daughter of the Order of Eastern Star, Norwood Herrington Chapter # 356 and also member of the Mellwood-Pittsburgh AARP. She found pleasure in the company of her family and friends and enjoyed traveling, singing and playing games. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 7 at 2:00 in the chapel of the Arbors at St. Barnabas Valencia. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 (1-866-232-8484). 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=df7f337371Obituary for Edward J. Colonello, Jr.Edward J. Colonello, Jr., age 61, of Mars, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 14, 1952, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Mary Delsandro Colonello, Sr. Ed was a postal employee at the Pittsburgh Post Office on the Northside and later at the Bulk Mail Center in Warrendale. He was a member of Holy Sepulcher Church in Glade Mills. Surviving are a brother, Frank M. Colonello and his wife, Susan of Allison Park, a sister, Donna Gamble and her husband, Donald of Delmont, PA, a nephew, Nicholas Colonello of Allison Park, his uncles, John Colonello of Middlesex Twp., and Pete Colonello of Gibsonia, and many cousins. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 E. Cruikshank Rd. Butler, PA 16002 on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Fr. Phil Farrell, will officiate. 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=9968337197Obituary for Timothy J. RuzbackiTimothy J. Ruzbacki, age 68, of Seven Fields, formerly of Wexford, died on Thursday afternoon, July 17, 2014 at UPMC Cranberry Place in Cranberry Twp. Born in East Vandergrift, PA on February 16, 1946, he was the son of the late William and Stella Kaszubski Ruzbacki. A graduate of Kiski Area High School, he then graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Finance and later earned his MBA at the University of Michigan. He had also earned multiple Degrees at several Universities. A huge sports fan, he followed the Big-10 and he and his family often traveled great distances to attend many sporting events. Tim had been a corporate controller for NEP Supershooters in Pittsburgh, and had previously worked for 20 years at Union Switch and Signal, a division of American Standard. He was a member of St. Kilian Church in Cranberry Twp. Loving father of Allisyn Pascaralla and her husband, David of Cranberry Twp., devoted G-Pap of Jack David, Nicholas Timothy and Grace Carren Pascaralla, his companion, Teresa Laret of Seven Fields, brother of Jerome Ruzbacki and his wife, Loretta of Surfside Beach, S.C., and step brother of Patricia Bettineschi and her husband, Gene in Georgia. Also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Renee Bober Ruzbacki, who he married on April 8, 1972 and who died on March 18, 2000. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts. Mars Boro on Monday at 10:00 AM. Fr. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, Vandergrift, PA. Memorials may be made to the Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer, 4017 Washington Rd. PMB 352, McMurray, PA 15317-2520. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=e918336856Obituary for Eli K. SacharEli K. Sachar, age 8, of Arlington, VA, died on Saturday afternoon, July 12, 2014, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, following a pedestrian accident in Chagrin Falls. Born in Arlington, VA on March 23, 2006, he was the son of Ricky and Jennifer L. Scherer Sachar. He would have started Third Grade in the fall and enjoyed soccer, baseball, swimming and tennis. In addition to his parents, surviving are his brother, Wes and his sister, Ava, his maternal grandparents, Gordon and JoAnne Scherer of Mars, his paternal grandparents, Rajinder and Baljit Sachar of Buffalo, also many aunts, uncles and cousins. There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts. Mars Boro on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Fr. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Please meet at the church. Memorials may be made to the Eli Memorial Account, Attention: Brad Coyle in care of Wells Fargo Advisors, 1650 Tyson's Blvd. Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. 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=2d50336418Obituary for William Henry Higbee, Jr.William Henry Higbee, Jr., age 67, of Jefferson Twp., Butler, formerly of Pine and Ross Townships, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Veterans Hospital in Aspinwall. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 25, 1947, he was the son of the late William Henry and Helen Marie Stefanko Higbee, Sr. Bill had been a welder for Pullman Standard and Trinity Industries, both in Butler. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War serving on the U.S.S. Okinawa as helicopter crew chief. Surviving are two sisters, Barbara Schmitt and her husband, James of Gibsonia and Roberta Coplan and her husband, Kent in Arizona, a nephew, James Schmitt, Jr. and Anna Schmitt, and six great nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday from 6-8 PM. Burial with Military Honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Twp., PA on Monday at 2:30 PM at the cemetery. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=2e78336238Obituary for Dalton Wesley LambingDalton Wesley Lambing, age 19, of West Chester, PA, formerly of Mars, died Monday afternoon, July 7, 2014. Born in McCandless Twp., PA on August 25, 1994, he was the son of Russell W. Lambing of West Chester and Jill L. Williams of Mars. He worked for his father's company, Dlamb Fencing in West Chester. Dalton was very active with Cross Fit Explode in West Chester. In addition to his parents, surviving are a brother, Derek Howard of Richland Twp., his maternal grandparents, Donald and Sandra Williams Meanor of Mars, his paternal grandmother, Alice Lambing of Evans City, and his maternal great grandmother, Wanda L. Greynolds of Tucson, AZ. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Services will follow at 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=cd81336049Obituary for Dorothy P. "Dotty" LucasDorothy P. “Dotty” Lucas, age 79, of Mars, died Saturday morning, July 5, 2014, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. Born in Chicora, PA on June 14, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth Hunsberger Ford. Dotty had worked as a Hostess for the Pines Tavern in Gibsonia for 14 years. She was a member of St. Kilian Church, where she was a member and past president of the Christian Mothers. She had been active with the Girl and Boy Scouts, the Mars A.A.R.P. and the Mars Sr. Center. Surviving are her husband, Joseph R. Lucas, who she married on May 25, 1957, three daughters, Elaine Gray and her husband, Allen of Canonsburg, Laurel Leitzel and her husband, Matthew of Mechanicsburg and Catherine Baxter of Mars, a son, Joseph E. Lucas of Greensburg, her grandchildren, William, Nathaniel and Christopher Baxter, Lucas and Joshua Gray and Jonathan Leitzel, and her great granddaughter, Peyton Baxter. Also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary McCall, Irene Porter and Henrietta Doctor, and a brother, Francis Ford. Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts. Mars Boro on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Rev. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o 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=023b335576Obituary for John L. StifflerJohn L. Stiffler, age 59, of Mars, formerly of Wildwood, Hampton Twp., died Thursday evening, July 3, 2014 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless Twp. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 3, 1954, the son of the late Harold K. Stiffler and the late Marie Marino Stiffler Petrone. John had lived at Penn-Mar Plaza in Mars for the past 33 years and enjoyed the social activities there. He was a member of St. Kilian Church in Cranberry Twp. Surviving are three brothers, Kenneth Stiffler (Amanda McLaughlin) of Courtland, Ohio, James Stiffler of Redlands, CA., and Richard Stiffler of Courtland, Ohio. Also nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Community Room at Penn-Mar Plaza, Mars, PA 16046 Memorial donations may be sent to the March of Dimes at www.marchofdimes.com. 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=6a8f335546Obituary for E. Marlene SponslerE. Marlene Sponsler, age 79, of Bradford Woods, formerly of Cranberry Twp., died Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Marshall Twp. Born in Warrendale, PA on October 26, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Melva Nolder Hitt. Marlene had been a computer technician for American Eagle in Cranberry Twp. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Marshall Twp. Surviving are her daughter, Tracey Cullen and her husband, Thomas of Bradford Woods, and her grandchildren, Kathryn, Carolyn, Sean and Eleanor Cullen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel L. Sponsler, Jr., who she married on February 24, 1950 and who died on January 1, 1996, by a sister, Juanita Sponsler and two brothers, Paul and Robert Hitt. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 670 Pleasant Hills Rd. Wexford, PA 15090 on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM, with Rev. Dr. Daniel Corll, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Warrendale, PA. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Rd. Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090. 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=469a335055