OBITUARIES

RECENT OBITUARIES

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  Reynold E. Bell, age 77, of Uniontown passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024.  He was born September 1, 1946 in Uniontown son of the late Anthony (Tony) Bell and Frances Germi Bell.  In addition to his parents, Reynold is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (Filmeck) Bell in August 2019 and brother Ronald Bell.   Reynold was a 1964 graduate of Uniontown High School.  He served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  He was a member of St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church where he served as an usher.  He worked at J.C. Penney, Famous Supply and recently at Apothecare Pharmacy, who he regarded as extended family.  Reynold enjoyed gardening and gifting his friends and neighbors with vegies and fruit.   Left to cherish Reynold’s memory are his brothers Harold Bell (Jean) and Donald Bell (Dolores) both of Uniontown; sisters Mary Jane Slamecka (Jerry) of Butler and Dawnel Nanney (Charles) of Shelby, NC.  Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA.  A funeral mass celebrating Reynold’s life will be held Friday, February 23rd at 10:00 at St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church.  Interment will be private.   The family extends a special thank you to Apothecare Pharmacy, Walter Lizza and staff.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.
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Nancy G. Jenkins, age 86, of Uniontown, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024.  She was born May 18, 1937 in Uniontown daughter of Alfred Glass and Elsie Nehls Glass.  In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Russell I. Jenkins, JD.   Nancy was a 1955 graduate of Uniontown High School.  She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Nancy enjoyed cooking, baking, crossword puzzles and working with flowers.   Left to cherish Nancy’s memory are her son, Russell Jenkins, Jr. of Uniontown; daughter, Carol Jenkins, of Uniontown; and nieces and nephews, Linda Fisher (Roy) of Uniontown, Jeannie Bingham (Tim) of Coraopolis, Martha Gorecki (Joseph) of Shalimar, FL, Connie Lepore (Steven) of Herndon, VA Hodge Jenkins (Carol) of McDonough GA; Joyce Hrutkay of Washington, PA and many great nieces and nephews.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Friday, February 23rd from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m.  Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 AM with Rev. Kevin Anderson officiation.  Interment will follow Laurel Hill Presbyterian Cemetery.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Barry L. Breakiron, age 84, of Smithfield, passed away, Friday, February 9, 2024.  He was born February 17 1939 in Smithfield, PA son of the late Jake Breakiron and Minnie Garletts Breakiron.  In addition to his parents, Barry was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Breakiron; daughter, Sharon Myers; brothers, Raymond Breakiron and Ralph Breakiron; sisters, Mary Etta Upton, Laura Breakiron, Bertha Bilavosky and Edith Moser and grandchildren, Malorie Amanda Hummel.   Barry did maintenance and factory work in his early years and recently did outside maintenance for the Ferguson-Brownfield Funeral Home. He enjoyed bowling at Manor Lanes and doing yardwork.  Barry was an all-around outdoor person.   Left to cherish Barry’s memory are his daughters, Shirley Hummel and husband Arthur of Quakertown, PA and Debbie Breakiron of Telford, PA; six grandchildren; caregiver and good friend, Sue Adams and many nieces, nephews and cousins.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the FERGUSON-BROWNFIELD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 78 Main Street, Smithfield, PA where family and friends will be received Saturday, February 17th from Noon until 2:00 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Barry’s life at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Darrell Edgar officiating.  Interment will be private.   Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Linda Lee Kisner Cavinee, age 83 of Uniontown and formerly of Farmington, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024 in Uniontown Hospital.  She was born November 16, 1940 in Uniontown, PA daughter of the late Omer Kisner and Madge Jones Kisner.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Matthews, Freda Radabaugh and Gypsie Fretwell. Linda was a 1958 graduate of Uniontown High School. After high school she went to flight attendant school in California and later attended Waynesburg College.  Linda then joined the United States Navy and found the shipmate she was looking for. She served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Linda was a member of Central Christian Church.  She enjoyed reading, dancing, traveling and spending time in Florida.  Linda also enjoyed camping and hosting family and friends at their home in the mountains. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband of 60 years, Ralph E. Cavinee of Uniontown; son, Scott Cavinee and wife Diane of Uniontown; daughter Felice Hart and husband Tom of Uniontown; grandchildren, Heather (John), Alex (Taryn), Cory, Andrew, Daniel; great grandchildren Riylee, Baylee, Layne and Crew. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Sunday, February 18th from 1 until 5 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Linda’s life at 5:00 PM with Rev. Dr. Heather Simpson officiating.  Interment will be private. The family requests in lieu of flowers, plant a dogwood tree for someone you love. General George C. Marshall Post #103 of Hopwood will accord full military rites at the funeral home.        Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.
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John M. Guseman, age 81, of Uniontown, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024 in his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born November 18, 1942 in Uniontown son of the late Arthur P. Guseman and Fay Moore Guseman.  In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his son, John Michael Guseman; brother, Philip Guseman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George Matthews and R. Matthews Genelli; brothers-in-law, Rick Anderson, Dick Brashear, and Barry Matthews; step-father-in-law, Alphoneo Genelli; son-in-law, Paul Klausmeyer and sister-in-law, Marilyn Coffman Matthews.   John was a 1960 graduate of Uniontown High School where he was a member of the Red Raider Marching Band that went to Pasadena, CA to march in the 1960 Rose Ball.  He attended the University of Arizona for one year.  John graduated from Waynesburg College in 1967 with a major in Spanish.   In his early years John worked in his father’s Uniontown Hardware Store.  He taught Spanish for one year in the Uniontown School District.  In 1969 John was hired by the Department of Justice to be a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.  During his time as a drug agent (1972 – 1975) he and his family traveled to many countries, including Caracas, Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire, Trinidad, Tobago, Columbia, Ecuador, Surinam and Mexico.  The family then moved back to Uniontown and John worked in Pittsburgh.  After his retirement from the Drug Enforcement Administration John worked for the FBI as a background investigator for the fingerprinting center in West Virginia.  He volunteered with the Uniontown Police Reserve as a Captain.  During his retirement John enjoyed woodworking and collecting and restoring O27 gage Lionel trains.  He was a member of the Federal Criminal Investigator’s Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Train Collectors of America and Theta Chi Fraternity.   Left to cherish John’s memory are his wife of 58 years, Judy Matthews Guseman; daughter, Jennifer Klausmeyer; his beloved grandchildren, whom he dearly loved and looked forward to time spent with them, Eleanor Klausmeyer, Rosie Klausmeyer, Madison Guseman and John Michael Guseman; sisters-in-law, Louise Brashear, Peggy Matthews and Sandy Guseman; former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Brumley and her husband Ray and their children, Ray Brumley and Chase Brumley.           Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA and will be announced at a later date.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Face Book page.
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John R. “Jack” Hollowood, age 83, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh with his loving family by his side. He was born February 26, 1940, in New Eagle, PA, son of the late Margaret Cook Seaman Hollowood and John Herbert Hollowood. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Gene Hollowood. Left to cherish Jack’s memory are his wife of 53 years, Mary Jo (Shoaf) Hollowood of Uniontown; daughter Sarah Jane Hollowood (Brad Simon) of Portland, OR; sister Margaret Ann Eckberg (John) of Los Angeles, CA; brother-in-law Robert Shoaf; niece Synthia Rozzo and her daughter Isabella; nephew Marc Rozzo (Tara); and countless lifetime friends who were so special to him. A 1958 graduate of Uniontown Senior High School, Jack went on to attend Chicago Technical College and the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a draftsman at Rockwell Manufacturing Co., taught drafting at North Fayette Area Vo-Tech School, and owned and operated Mt. Vernon Motors for years. He was a race car driver in the past and an auto enthusiast forever. Jack was a member of Third Presbyterian Church. When he wasn’t helping out with their yard sales, you could find him at local flea markets and estate sales, the Carlisle Collector Car Flea Market, or at the annual Christmas at the Barn Sale in West Virginia. Jack will always be in our hearts as a cat lover, teacher, draftsman, antique aficionado, collector, flea market buyer and seller, master Christmas tree decorator, race car driver, mechanic and auto body fixer, basketball player, train hopper, endless note-maker, storyteller, prankster, early riser, diner breakfast-goer, salted peanut fanatic, ice cream and fried shrimp eater, high temps and ocean lover, jeans and work boot wearer, paper map user, fighter, caretaker, amazing father and husband, selfless friend, and a generally not-give-a-crap-what-anyone-thinks, one-of-a-kind guy to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Jack will be incredibly missed, but as he always said, we have to “keep on chuggin’.”   Thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses at the Hillman Cancer Center, the compassionate doctors, nurses, and staff at Presbyterian and Montefiore Hospitals, and to his friends and family who spent time with him over his last days. He knew that he was loved. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA, where friends will be received on Thursday February 8th from 2–4pm and 6–8pm, and on Friday February 9th from 10–11am. There will be a brief service celebrating Jack’s life at 11am with Pastor Patrick Ewing officiating, and interment will follow in Saint John Byzantine Cemetery in Hopwood. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home’s Facebook page. To honor Jack, donations may be made in his name to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Fixin’ Pets Cat Rescue, and Summit Mountain Early Iron Car Club.
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Richard D. Cook, age 66, of Smithfield, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2024 in the Uniontown Hospital.  He was born July 7, 1957 in Old Frame, the son of Bobby Cook and Mary Hoppe Hayduk.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jordan Cook; and a brother, Adolf Carl Cook.   Richard was a 1975 graduate of Albert Gallatin High School. He was employed by the Uniontown Hospital as a Storage Room Laborer and then for the Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation as a bus driver. Richard enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping. His family was his life.   Left to cherish Richard’s memory are two sons, Jason Cook, Sr of Masontown, Adam Swink Cook of Perryopolis; a daughter, Angel Cook of Perryopolis; four grandchildren; two brothers, John Connelly and wife Patricia of Smithfield and George Connelly and wife Charlotte of Carmichaels.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the FERGUSON-BROWNFIELD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, INC., 78 Main St., Smithfield, PA. His service was private at his request.   Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Helen K. Miller Rudik, age 93, of Scottdale, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024 at her residence with her loving family by her side.  She was born December 25, 1930 in Uniontown daughter of the late Edward Miller and Marie Maurer Miller.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Rudik; brothers, Edward Miller, Jr. and James Miller and sister, Marie Miller.   Helen was a graduate of St. John’s High School.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  Helen enjoyed baking cookies “and was affectionately known as the cookie lady” and she enjoyed collecting clown and angel ornaments.   Left to cherish Helen’s memory are her son, John E. Rudik (Kathy) of Uniontown; daughter, Kathy Spellman (Richard) of Uniontown; brother Jack Miller (Dolores) of Uniontown; grandchildren, Brandon Spellman (Lauren) and Michelle Barsanti and four great grandchildren.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where friends will be received on Saturday, February 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Helen’s life at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jim Engle officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Saint Macrina Cemetery.   Donations in memory of Helen can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 Walnut Hill Rd., Uniontown, PA 15401.   The family would like to thank Woodcrest Senior Living staff and Amedysis Hospice for all the loving care they provided for Helen.   Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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It is with great sadness that the family of Edgar W. “Ed” Price, Jr., age 81, of Uniontown, announces his passing on the evening of Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Ed was born June 6, 1942 in Uniontown, son of the late Edgar W. Price, Sr. and Gwendolyn White Price Crossland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Price Crossland. Ed was a 1960 graduate of South Union High School. Following graduation, Ed joined the United States Navy and served in Formosa, Taiwan, and onboard the USS Uhlmann (DD687). In 1965 Ed entered on board with the Central Intelligence Agency as a Communications Officer, serving nearly 30 years before retiring to Uniontown, Pa. During his career with the CIA, Ed served in Asia during the Vietnam war, Kabul, Afghanistan during the Russian invasion, and at numerous Embassies and Consulates in locations throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, as well as Central and South America. While often serving under very austere conditions, Ed also had the opportunity to serve in less hostile environments such as Rio de Janeiro, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Nea Makri, Greece. Ed was a true patriot, and extremely loyal to both his country and his family. Ed was also an avid Pittsburgh sports fan since childhood. He was a fifty-four-year member of the American Legion Post #51, Hutchinson Sportsman’s Club, AMVETS Post #103 and VFW Post 8543 where he spent many years enjoying fellowship with his numerous friends. Left to cherish Ed’s memory are his brother, Maurice “Maurie” Crossland of Pensacola, Florida; nephew, Nathan Crossland and family of Gulf Breeze Florida; niece Jodi Lynn Kersten and family, and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA where friends will be received on Monday, January 29, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a service celebrating Ed’s life with Rev. Dr. Mac Reed officiating. Entombment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.
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Robert Lowman, age 88, of Lemont Furnace, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024 with his loving family at his side. He was born in Uniontown on February 9, 1935, the son of the late Norman E. Lowman and Marie Patterson Lowman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 ½ years, Barbara Ann Thompson-Lowman; brother, Charles Lowman and his wife Tennie; nephews, Bill and Regis and a very special friend Evelyn.   Robert was a 1953 graduate of North Union High School. He was a proud member of plumbers and pipe fitters local #354. Robert proudly served in the Army for 4 ½ years, and was the founding father of the Triumphant Fellowship Church, along with being an usher and on the Pastors Cabinet.   Robert is survived by his seven children, Norman Lowan of Virginia, Amy Barnhart and husband Brian of Dunbar, Charles Lowman and wife Teresa of Lemont Furnace, Keith Lowman and wife Missy of Mt. Pleasant, Lyndel Spiker and husband Tom of Gibbon Glade, Terry Lowman of Uniontown, and Beth Leighty and husband Jeff of Waltersburg; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA. Where visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM and will continue on Wednesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, an Honor Guard Service will be held at 6 PM at the Funeral home. A service to celebrate Robert’s life will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Triumphant Fellowship Church, friends will be received from 10-11 AM followed by a service at 11 AM at the Church with Pastor A.J. Byers officiating. Interment will follow at Sylvan Heights Cemetery.   In the words of Robert, “I want to thank Dr. Chalfant and his nursing staff for keeping me going all of these years!!! A special thank you to my grandson Kyle for all his help. I want to thank my girls at Marc C’s Restaurant for the good service. I also want to thank “Sweet Thing” for all the hugs, I will miss them. Thank you to Amedisys Hospice for the wonderful care.”   Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.
Kathryn Cahn
Kathryn Elaine Sell Cahn passed away peacefully on January 17, 2024.  Kathryn was born December 17, 1938, the daughter of Pennsylvania Dutch farmers whose ancestors migrated to Eastern Pennsylvania before the American Revolutionary War.  Kathryn had a passion for history and genealogy, which she summarized in albums for her family, and was endlessly fond of retelling the story of “our Civil War soldier” who fought in the Battle of Antietam.   After graduating from Slatington High School in 1956, Kathryn attended Allentown School of Nursing and received her RN license in 1959.   She met her husband-to-be, Robert W. Cahn, while he was a minister-intern at the Allentown State Hospital where Kathryn was interning as a student nurse.  They fell deeply in love and married on July 11, 1959, a love and marriage which lasted more than 60 years until Robert’s passing in January 2022.   In 1967, Kathryn, Robert and their four children moved to Waynesburg College (now University), where Robert worked in the college administration and Kathryn eventually became Waynesburg University’s Director of Student Health Services.  During her many years at Waynesburg, Kathryn enjoyed working with college students, providing them with primary care and counseling and organizing annual student health information fairs to create broader health awareness on campus.  Kathryn loved being a nurse and volunteered with hospice in Fayette County. After retiring, Kathryn threw herself into a new mission as “Nana” to her grandchildren.  Kathryn wrapped her life around them with joy and attention; they truly are her legacy.   In 1984, Kathryn and Robert moved to Uniontown where Kathryn was an active member and Deacon at Trinity United Presbyterian Church.  Kathryn sang in the Trinity church choir for more than 30 years and had a gift for finding the Alto part.   In addition to family and church, Kathryn’s other passions included the American Southwest and its Native American culture, Tony Hillerman novels, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and trips to Chautauqua Institution where four generations of her family spent many vacations together over a span of 35 years.  Kathryn was a beautiful soul who will be deeply missed by many.   Kathryn is survived by her four children – Leslie Chaverin (Daniel), Timothy Cahn (Minh), Laura Sobolevitch (Stephen), and William Cahn (Meg);  twelve grandchildren – Nathaniel, Samuel (Jordan), Benjamin (Megan), and Anna Chaverin;  Hannah Kathryn, Sarah, Luke, and Rachel Sobolevitch; Morgan Cahn Dugan (Robert), Bailey Kathryn Bugajski (Christoper), Jacob Cahn (Rachel), and Grace Cahn; two great grandsons — Callen Dugan and Bennett Dugan; and one great granddaughter, Ada Kathryn Bugajski.   In lieu of flowers, the public is welcome to donate to Trinity United Presbyterian Church for the Trinity Choir and music program, please use the following address and link, 79 West Fayette St. Uniontown, PA 15401, please indicate music program on your check; you may donate directly to trinityupc.com.   Kathryn’s family would like to thank publicly the great staff of Beechwood Court at Lafayette Manor and hospice staff for their exemplary, compassionate care of Kathryn.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA.  At the request of the family there will be no public viewing.   Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Mary E. Kohler, 88, of Uniontown, passed away Friday January 12, 2024 at Lafayette Manor. She was born on December 16, 1935 in Betheleham, PA, the daughter of the late John Erkinger and Naomi Ruch Erkinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald F. Kohler, Jr., son, Ronald D. Kohler; daughter, Debra A. Kohler; brother, Jackie Erkinger and sister, Francis Duh. Mary was a seamstress for many years, she really enjoyed knitting more than anything. Mary loved baking Christmas cookies so thin that her family couldn’t stop eating them. She loved her family above all and was an amazing mother and person. She was there for anyone that needed her. Left to cherish Mary’s memory are her daughter, Patricia Heckman; brother, John Erkinger of Bath, PA; sister, Betty Fenstaker of Hellertown, PA; two grandchildren, Heather Felgar and husband Mark of Dunbar and Christopher Heckman and wife Melissa of Easton; two great grandchildren, Savannah Heckman and Josephine Heckman. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA where services will be private per Mary’s request.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.
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Mark W. Upole, 65 of McClellandtown, died Thursday, January 11, 2024 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born February 25, 1958 in Uniontown, a son of Dorcas Grimm Upole of McClellandtown, PA and the late Frank Upole.   Mark was a graduate of German High School with the class of 1976. He was employed by Sensus Technologies, Inc as a mold repairman for forty-eight years of faithful service. Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, working on his farm and spending time with family.   He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Virginia Bloom Upole; a son, Eric Upole and wife Lauri of McClellandtown; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Upole, Hunter Upole Cole and husband Johnathan; a great grandson, Flynn; three brothers, Marty Upole of McClellandtown, Mike Upole and wife, Leslie of Glenn Burnie, MD, Mickey Upole and wife Kelley of Masontown; two sisters, Mandi Cerullo and husband Scott of Adah, PA, Mindy Graham of McClellandtown; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his hunting buddy and best friend, Rick Lemro.   Arrangements have been entrusted to the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematories, Inc, 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, where family will receive friends on Monday from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 PM. Viewing will continue in the funeral home on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 10 until 11 AM followed by a service celebrating Marks life at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, McClellandtown, PA.   Memories and condolences maybe shared at adferguson.com and the funeral home Facebook page.
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Our dear mother, Ruth Ellen Feuster Franks, 95, passed away Friday, December 29th, 2023 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Chantilly, VA. Born in Uniontown, Pa on September 04, 1928, she was the daughter of Ralph and Belle Feuster. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Bendik and Elda Moyer, and two brothers, Wallace Feuster and James Feuster. Ruth graduated from Uniontown High School in 1948. After high school she married Jerry Smouse and became a Switchboard Operator for Bell Telephone Systems in 1949. After one year of marriage and the untimely death of her husband, Ruth moved back home where she eventually met the love of her life, Daniel Herbert Franks. Jr. They married in Los Angeles, CA on August 10, 1956. Ruth became a full-time wife and mother of two, Darlene and Cheryl. While raising her girls, she was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, seamstress and crafter, and even taught her daughters the ukulele. She returned to the switchboard in 1972 as a PBX Operator for the Airport Marina/AMFAC Hotel in Westchester, CA where she worked until retirement. Ruth was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Westchester, CA for 67 years and the Hornsby Bible Study Group in her later years. She was a believer in prayer and loved angels, swans, chocolate, ice cream cones and lollipops! Ruth is survived by her daughters, Darlene (Joe) Sanger, and Cheryl (Jeff) Price; sister, Frances Antram, and brother Samuel (Ruth) Feuster; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Our special gratitude to Treina Day, Ruth’s caregiver for 3½ years, who went above and beyond in her loving assistance to us all. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA, where family and friends will be received Monday from 2 until 4 PM and 6 until 8 PM. Viewing will continue in the funeral home January 9th from 10 until 11AM followed by a service celebrating Ruth’s life at 11 AM with Pastor Paul Wolfe officiating. Interment will follow in Jacob’s Lutheran Cemetery, Masontown. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Research, 225 North Michigan Ave., 417 Chicago, IL 60601 Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com. and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Margaret A. Mehallic Tomechko, age 96, of Leonardtown, MD, (formerly of Uniontown, PA) passed away Friday, January 5, 2024 at St. Mary’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 9, 1927 in Uniontown, daughter of the late Samuel Mehallic and Mary Rusnick Mehallic. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Freddie Schreckengost; second husband, John T. Tomechko; daughter, Sharon Hall; brothers, Mike Mehallic, John Mehallic, Joseph Mehallic, Steve Mehallic, Samuel Mehallic, Andrew Mehallic, and Robert Mehallic; sisters, Vera Dzamba and Mary Cunningham; and nieces Marlene Culp and Kathy Mehallic. Margaret was a 1946 graduate of North Union High School. She was a long-time member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church where she enjoyed going to mass on Saturday evenings with her family. She was a caring, devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Margaret held various jobs in her life including, but not limited to, working in a bakery, a pharmacy, Metzler’s Department store and even a fireworks factory. Evolving from her love of cleaning and keeping things neat and orderly, she started her own cleaning service in the 1980’s. The greatest joy in Margaret’s life was her family and home. She took great pride in caring for others and often opened her home to family members and friends. Spoiling her grandchildren and providing family and friends with hospitality, love and delicious home cooked meals is how she will be remembered by those closest to her. Left to cherish Margaret’s memory are son, John R. Tomechko, wife Jennifer Young-Tomechko and granddaughter, Olivia Tomechko of Leonardtown, MD; son-in-law, Larry Hall, grandsons, Christopher Hall, Brent Hall, Adam Hall, all of West Virginia; great-grandsons, Payton Hall, Andrew Hall and Parker Hall all of West Virginia; several nieces and nephews, including Placeda Hall (CT), Dee Bove (OH), Tracy Otero (OH), Mary Francis Kapencinski (CA), James Hanabeck (PA) and Steven Mehallic (OH) and many other great-nieces and great-nephews. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, Inc., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA where family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January 10th from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. followed by prayers of transfer.  A funeral mass celebrating Margaret’s life will be held at 11:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.   Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.  
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Michael Cover Miller, a Uniontown native, passed away peacefully at the age of 81 on January 7 at his home on Charles Street. Michael was born in Uniontown on April 18, 1942 to the late Robert W. and Merda Mae Miller. His father, Robert, owned Wallace Miller & Bro. Jewelry Store on Main Street. After graduating from Uniontown High School in 1960, Michael attended the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman and transferred to West Virginia University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in business and finance. He continued with graduate studies in Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University and received a MBA. In 1968 he married Josephine Victoria Cuciti, a registered nurse and realtor born in New Salem. Together they raised two children: Elizabeth and Michael in their Chalk Hill mountain home a beloved gathering spot for family and friends. At home they would share stories and laughter around authentic Italian cuisine prepared by Josie, or Michael’s excellent California burgers and pork loin. He lived there for over 30 years before moving to Charles Street, the same street where his father and grandparents had lived. Michael’s professional career included finance and business management of small and medium sized enterprises in Fayette and Westmoreland Counties as well as in Youngstown, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina, Washington state and Monterrey Mexico. Since 2016 he has been an adjunct instructor of Global Marketing for upper level marketing majors at West Virginia University and had just completed teaching the fall 2023 semester. He loved his BMW motorcycles and Vespa scooters and continued to take Allegheny mountain road trips well into his 70’s solo and with friends. Michael got his private pilot’s license and flew small propeller planes out of the Connellsville airport from time to time. His daughter Elizabeth has lived in Italy for over 35 years and he and Josie both really loved visiting her at every opportunity. He enjoyed eating out with his local buddies and could often be found at Melonis, the Uniontown Country Club and Potter’s Grill. Michael was kindhearted to animals and took in stray cats including those from Europe. Michael’s family included next of kin and lifelong friends. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth, four sisters: Abby Dowling, Wendy Miller, Ann Halliday (Jay Halliday, husband) and Emily Miller; his niece Julia Dowling (Adis Alagic, husband) and nephew Will Halliday. Michael is preceded in death by his wife, Josie and son, Michael. His memory will be forever cherished by those whose lives he touched and shared. He was a devoted husband and father as well as a loyal friend. Michael shared a very special bond with a small group of his high school friends who enriched his life. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Uniontown from 11 AM until noon, interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity.