Washington County PA Obituaries and Death Notices

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Anna Buchanan

The Daily Independent, 27 May 1922

Funeral services were held in Charleroi yesterday for Miss Anna Buchanan, who died after a lingering illness. Miss Buchanan contracted influenza during the epidemic several years ago and never fully recovered. She was very popular among the young folks and her sad demise is generally regreted. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


Cornelius Buchanan

16 May 1957

Cornelius Buchanan of 360 Meyran avenue, Pittsburgh, died suddenly in St. Joseph's hospital, Pittsburgh, May 15, 1957. Mr. Buchanan, a former Charleroi resident, was born in Ireland. While living here, he was superintendent of the Pittsburgh Railways.  He is survived by his wife, Theresa Lambert Buchanan, one son, Thomas of Freeport, Illinois, three bothers, James and Stephen of Charleroi, Mathew of Charleston, West Virginia, one sister, Mrs. Seward Might of Charleroi, and two grandchildren.


Francis Buchanan

The Charleroi Mail, 29 Aug 1910

Francis Buchanan, 55 years old, a retired merchant and the head of one of the best known families of this section ,died at his home, 207 McKean Avenue, Sunday morning at 8:40 o'clock from a complication of diseases chief among which was a cancerous tumor. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with requiem high mass. Owing to the 40 hours devotiees begining then at St. Jerome's church, the services will be heald at the Slavish Catholic Church, Rev W.D. Fries, pastor of St. Jerome's church will have charge of the service and will be assisted by Rev. Kirby and Rev. Treffney. Internment will be at Calvary cemetary.

The deceased had been in ill health for more than a year, and for the past seven or eight months had been bedfast. Specialists in several cities were unable to elieve his suffering and he gradually wore away.He is survived by his widow and six sons and three daughters, as follows: John, Cornelius, Stephen, James, Frank, Matthew, Marie, Anna and Viola. All these children were by his bedside when the end came, and also a sister of the deceased, Mrs. Anna Emerson of New York City.Mr Buchanan retired from active business life in Stockdale a few years ago and with his family moved to Charleroi where he has since lived. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


Frank E Buchanan

The Charleroi Mail, 02 April 1931

Obituary Text: Stricken suddenly with a heart attack, Frank E Buchanan,aged 43, proprietor and partner in the firm of Buchanan and Brauter Bird Shop, and a well known local resident, died at his home 701 Fallowfield avenue at 10:55 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday, April 1, 1931. While not in the best of health for some time his condition had shown improvement lately and the news of his death was a shock to many friends yesterday. Frank Buchanan, known as "Buck" was born at Fayette City in 1888, the son of Mrs. Mary Buchanan and the late Francis B Buchanan. Twenty years ago he was known as a baseball pitcher and played in several of the valley and church leagues.He served with the American forces during the world war and was a member of the famed Eightieth Division which saw intensive service in France.He was a member of Charleroi Post No. 22, American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. Upon his discharge from service, he returned home and later became associated in the firm which bears his name.A full military funeral will be accorded Buchanan, arrangements having been put under way today to accord him the honors of a veteran of the World War.Besides his sorrowing mother he is survived by five brothers, John, Cornelius, James, Stephen and Matthew; Mrs. Seward Might of Charleroi, and Mrs. M.C. Haffey of Beaver, Pa.Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the late home, 701 Fallowfield aveneu, officers of the Charelori Post, American Legion in charge. Blessing services will follow at St. Jerome's church at 9 a.m. Internment in Calvary Cemetary. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


James Buchanan

: The Charleroi Mail, 01 July 1960

James Buchanan of 214 Fallowfield avenue, Charleroi, died at West Penn hospital, Pittsburgh, yesterday at 8:19 a.m. He was born in Fayette City, March 6, 1884, the son of Francis and Mary Shanley Buchanan. He spent most of his life in Charleroi, and was a member of St. Jerome's church. He was employed by the Pittsburgh railways and was a boxing promoter.  He is survived by two brothers, Matthew of Charleston, WV; Stephen of Charleroi; one sister, Mrs. Seward M. Might of Charleroi, with whom he made his home. Friends are being received at the Frances C Slezak FUneral Home, Charleroi. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


Thomas Buchanan

The Roscoe Ledger, 9 March 1906

Death of Thomas Buchanan

Was treated for Appendicitis, but was low with pneumonia

Thomas, son of Mr and Mrs Frank Buchannan of Stockdate died Saturday morning at Mercy hospital, Pittsburg after an illness of less than a week with pneumonia. The young man took ill the fore part of last week and a physician was called who pronounced his ailment appendicitis and ordered him removed to the hospital for an operation. Upon his arrival at the hospital, the physicians in charge said that he was suffering with pneumonia and not appendicitis. He rallied several times during his stay at the hospital but again sunk until Saturday when the end came. To barrow more on the feelings of the bereaved family, the railroad company made a mistake in shipping the body home and instead of it coming to Stockdale it went to Scottdale, thus making it a day late in arriving at the home of his parents.

Thomas was 17 years of age and a young man who had many friends in this part of the valley. His death was a shock not only to his immediate family, but to the many friends who had seen him only a few days before. He is survived by his father, mother, six brother and three sisters. The shock of his death so affected his mother that she was prostrate and unable to attend the funeral Monday. Services were held at the Coal Center Catholic Church and interment took place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Coal Center. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


Matthew C Buchanan

The Charleston Daily Mail, 24 July 1962

Matthew C Buchanan, 64, of 6623 Roosevelt Ave, SE, died yesterday shortly after admission to a Charleston hospital. He was an inspector at the Liberty-Owens-Ford glass plant where he had worked for the past 29 years. A native of Stockdale, PA, Mr. Buchanan was a member of St. Agnes Church in Kanawha City. Survivors are his wife, Jean, a sister, Mrs. Viola Might of Charleroi, PA and a brother, Stephen of Charleroi. The body is at the Simpson-Chandler Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o'clock. Tomorrow the body will be taken to the Frye Funeral Home at Monongahela, PA, for requiem mass and burial Thursday from the Transfiguation Church. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

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Stewart M. Fowler

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Stewart M. Fowler

Stewart M. Fowler, 55, of 116 Eleanor Street, Langeloth, died Sunday, January 12, 1964 in West Allegheny hospital. He was born April 14, 1908, in Junction City, Ohio, and had lived in the Burgettstown area for the last 20 years. He was a 35-year employee of Pennsylvania Railroad. Mr. Fowler was a member of the Nazarene church, Atlasburg and was active in Boy Scout work. Surviving are two sons, Gary Lee Fowler of Columbus, Ohio ......(remainder missing)

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William Glass

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
October 23, 1822 Page 3

Washington, PA, Oct 21

Suicide

Mr. William Glass, of Chartiers township, hung himself, on the morning of the 13th inst., with a leather line, tied to a dogwood bush, in the vicinity of his own house. He was an industrious inoffensive man, of about 33 years of age, with an amiable wife and 5 children. Has evidenced some symptoms of despair and horror of mind for a considerable time before he committed the horrid deed. - Reporter


Alexander Griffith

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
December 12, 1821

Died on the 14th ult., at Washington (Penn.) Mr. Alexander Griffith, Shoemaker, aged 32 years, having a wife and two children to mourn their loss. The deceased had accidentally cut a piece off one of his great toes with an axe; the wound had nearly healed up, when he took a cold in it, the lock jaw ensued, and terminated his life in about two weeks after the accident.


William F. Guder

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964

Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

William F. Guder

William Frederick Guder of 204 Third street, California, died Sunday, Jan. 12, in Brownsville General Hospital. He was born in Germany Nov. 12, 1880, a son of Henry and Amanda Lobeck Guder. He was a member of the California ........... (remainder missing)


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Mrs. Marie Buchanan Haffey

The Charleroi Mail, 23 Oct 1943

Mrs. Marie Buchanan Haffey, former well known resident of Charleroi and member of the pioneer Buchanan family here, died October 21, 1943 in Providence Hospital, Beaver Falls, after a prolonged illness. Surviving are her husband Jerome Haffey, one son, Pvt Gerald Haffey, four brothers Cornelius and James Buchanan of Pittsburgh, Stephen of Charleroi, and Matthew C Buchanan of Charleston, WV. One sister, Mrs. Seward H. Might of Charleroi. Rites will be held Monday at New Brighton and internment will be near Beaver Falls. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston

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Mrs. Rebecca Lawrence

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
January 23 1822

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Died on Friday morning, the 11th inst. In Washington county, Pa., Mrs. Rebecca Lawrence, consort of Joseph Lawrence, esq., Speaker of the House of Representatives.


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Eli Marinkovich

Valley Independent
June 9, 1997
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Eli Marinkovich, 81, of 70 Mancha St., Eighty Four, died Friday, June 6, 1997 in Washington Hospital. Born Aug. 14, 1915 in Cokesburg, he was the son of the late Steve and Anna Matiovich Marinkovich. Mr. Marinkovich was a coal miner and had retired in 1977 from Consolidated Coal, Westland Mine.  He was a member of the United Mine Workers #1157, St. George Serbian Church of Masontown and St. George Croatian Lodge #354 of Cokesburg.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Fiem Marinkovich, whome he married Sept. 28, 1938; two sons, Steve "Sonny" Marinkovich of Madison Heights, Mich; and Louis "Butch" Marinkovich of Beallsville; three sisters, Diane Husarchick and Mary Atnip, both of Warren, Mich., and Dorothy Smith of LaCross, Texas; four grandchildren, Lisa, Mary Ann, Alan and Jay Marinkovich; and four stepgrandchildren.

Internment followed in Beallsville Cemetery.


Bertha M. Mitchell (nee Keefer)

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964

Bertha M. Mitchell

Mrs. Bertha C. Mitchell, 73, of 620 High Street, California died Saturday, January 11, 1964, at 9 a.m. in Brownsville General Hospital. She was born at Woodale June 9, 1890, a daughter of Edward and Sarah Ann Ritcher Keefer. She was a member of the California Presbyterian Church and the Woman's Benefit Association of California. Her husband, Robert Mitchell died in 1940. Surviving are two sons, Edward and James, both of California; one sister, Mrs. Muriel Smith, California; one sister, Miss Myrtle Keefer, Mt. Pleasant, R.D. 2, and six grandchildren. - Donated by Margaret Gagliardi


Mrs. Viola B Might

31 Jan 1968

Mrs. Viola B Might, 72, of 214 Fallowfield Ave, Charleroi, died yesterday at 10 p.m. in Charleroi-Monessen Hospital after a lingering illness. Mrs. Might, who had lived in Charleroi 65 years, was a member of St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Charleroi. Born in Brownstown on May 16, 1895, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Shanley Buchanan. Her husband, Seward H., died in 1948. Surviving are one son, George S., and a brother Stephen R. Buchanan, both of  Charleroi; eight grandchildren. Friends will be received at Francis C Slezak Funeral Home, Charleroi, from 7 - 10 p.m. today and from 2-5 and 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. -- Contributed by Cindy Denniston


James D. Mitchell

The Washington Observer, Dated 23 Apr 1917, Page 1
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi:

Quits Steamboat to Be Railroader and Is Killed

California, April 22, Struck by a Pennsylvania passenger train at the bridge here and knocked 20 feet to the pavement below, James D. Mitchell, railroad night watchman and a well known young man of this place, died Saturday a few hours after his injuries, at the Memorial hospital at Monongahela. He never regained consciousness.

Mitchell had only been at work as night watchman for one month. He was by occupation a steamboat navigator and had been employed on many of the river towboats as mate. He was a member of the California Methodist Episcopal church.

Mitchell was born at Coulterville, near McKeesport, August 21, 1881, the son of Robert R. and Caroline Bowdler Mitchell. He never married and lived with his parents. Besides his father and mother following brother and sisters survive: Robert R. Mitchell, Jr., of this place, Mrs. Lillian Schmitt of East Chicago and Mrs. Lucy Ross of Brownsville.

The body was brought to the Mitchell home here this evening and the funeral will be held Tuesday or Wednesday. Interment will be in the Highland cemetery.


James Mitchell

June 23, 1997
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

James David Mitchell, 76, of 611 America Street, California, died Sunday, June 22, 1997 in Brownsville General Hospital. Born September 4, 1920, in California, he was the son of the late Robert and Bertha Keefer Mitchell. Educated in California Area schools, Mr. Mitchell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of California. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of JFK American Legion Post 377, California.

Mr. Mitchell was a retired railroader, working as a car inspector. Survivors include his wife, Florence Sampler Mitchell; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Debra Mitchell of Charleroi; James and Amelia Mitchell of Coal Center and Sam Mitchell of Youngstown, Ohio; two stepgrandchildren, Katrina and Christopher Libengood; one brother Edward R. Mitchell of Somerset; and one sister, Muriel Smith of California, PA.


Robert R. Mitchell

Morning Observer, Dated 27 Sep 1940, Page 2
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi:

Robert R. Mitchell 54, a native of Washington County, died at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, September 25 1940, at his home, 620 High street, California.

Mr. Mitchell had been employed by the Carnegie Steel Company for a number of years. He was ill only one week.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Kiefer Mitchell, two sons, Edward and James, one daughter, Muriel, and two sisters, Mrs. E. J. Schmidt, of Hammond, Ind., and Mrs. H. J. Ross, of Brownsville. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family home with the Rev. L. K. Teal, pastor of California Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery


Reynold Morgan

July 18, 1997 (Source Unknown)
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Reynold Morgan, 63, of Fallowfield Township, died Thursday, July 17, 1997 in Mon Valley Hospital. A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced in Saturday's Edition by the L. M. Frye Funeral Home Inc., Monongahela.


Paul W. Mudry 

June 17, 1997 (Source Unknown)
Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Paul W. Mudry, 49, of Stockdale and a native of Smallwood, PA, died Sunday, June 15, 1997 in Monogahela Valley Hospital Inc. Emergency Room, Carroll Township.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Mastern Mudry; sons, Paul B. Mudry and Matthew W. Mudry, both of Stockdale; brother John Mudry of Ellsworth; sisters, Ann Mudry Ermlich and Margaret Mudry Sungala both of Pittsburgh, Ethel Mudry Carini of Belle Vernon, Catherine Mudry Powell and Bernadine Mudry both of California, PA and Midred Mudry Bates of Alhambra, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews.


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Michael Pirnik

The Washington Observer, Washington PA
January 13, 1964

Donated by Margaret Gagliardi

Michael Pirnik

Michael Pirnik, 73, of 203 Forest street, Canonsburg, died unexpectedly at 4 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 1964, in Washington hospital. Mr. Pirnik was born September 13, 1890 in Austria. He had resided in the Canonsburg-Muse district since 1925 and was a former employee of the Muse mine.  He was a member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, where he served as secretary-treasurer for 42 years. He was also a member of Holy Name Society; Knights of Columbus Canonsburg Council 3291, and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Surviving are his wife Anna; one son Andrew, Canonsburg; one daughter Mary, wife of James Donaldson, Canonsburg; four stepchildren, Andrew Davadick, Clairton; Steve Davadick, Houston; Helen, wife of Andrew Hornak, Canonsburg and Margaret, wife of Edward Popiolkowski, Canonsburg; one sister, Mrs. Mary Lett, Binghamton, N.Y.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Urias Venum

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 3, 1822 Page 3

A short time since, Urias Venum, son of Col. Thomas Venum, of Amwell township, was accidentally shot by a young man, an acquaintance of his, with whom he was gunning. The rifle was discharged at a bird, which was killed, and the ball struck Mr. Venum, at the distance, it is supposed, of 150 yards, entered his body about one inch below and forward the right nipple, and lodged near the back bone on the same side. The ball still remains in the chest. His recovery is considered rather doubtful. - Wash. Exam.

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