(December 28, 1974 – May 19, 2004)
PACYNA – Friends of Michael John Pacyna of Hickory, who died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held that evening at 7, with the Rev. Gary Gibson officiating.
She was born June 7, 1925, a daughter of John and Rose Palamone Verrone.
Mrs. Palermo was a high school graduate and attended Duff’s Iron City Business Institute for 2 years.
She worked at McGraw-Edison as an executive secretary for 18 years. Prior to working at McGraw-Edison, she worked at Washington and Jefferson College as secretary to the dean of development.
Mrs. Palermo enjoyed playing bridge and knitting.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
On August 6, 1947, she married Frank Joseph Palermo, Sr., who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John (JoAnn) Palermo of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Frank (Amy) Palermo, Jr., of Upper St Clair; two sisters, Sylvia (Frank) Andy of Washington and Jean (Joe) Mascetta of Canonsburg; and six grandchildren, Emily Knier, Katie, Frank, Anne and John Palermo and Annie Chamberlin.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 395 East Maiden Street, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, with Father Nicholas Spirko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray. Memorial contributions may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
Betty Jane Paletta, 79, of Washington, died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2007, in Donnell House, Washington, following a seven-week illness.
She was born July 22, 1927, in Washington, a daughter of Clarence and Mary Herschell Hall.
Mrs. Paletta attended Washington High School. She was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church and was a homemaker.
On October 31, 1948, she married Frank Louis Paletta, who died May 20, 2002.
Surviving are five daughters, Rosemary Paletta, at home, Karen Paletta, Pamela Paletta and Kimberly (Lawrence) Sibert, all of Washington, and Lisa Paletta of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren, Anthony and Danny Sibert; and two stepgrandchildren, Bryon and Todd Sibert.
Deceased is a brother, Robert Hall.
At the request of the deceased, services were private. A blessing service was held in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, with Father Nicholas Spirko officiating. Interment was in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Donnell House, c/o Hospice Care of Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301.
(July 19, 1922 – May 20, 2002)
Friends of Melvin L. Pallett, 73, of Washington who died on Monday, July 21, 2003, will be received on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM in the William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at 1:00 PM at Jehovah’s Witness’s Kingdom Hall, Cleveland Road, Washington, Gerald Dungee officiating.
PALLETTE – Friends of Bernard (Bennie) Pallette of Washington, who died Monday, September 1, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 5, with the Rev. Floyd Marasco officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg. The family requests memorial donations to Friendship Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box J, Washington, PA 15301.
Betty Jane Horner Palmer, 87, of Washington, died Thursday, February 28, 2008, in Presbyterian Senior Care.
She was born January 6, 1921, in Amity, a daughter of John Oliver and Blanche Rush Horner.
Mrs. Palmer graduated from Washington High School in 1941.
She was a homemaker and co-owner of Palmer Beverage, and, during World War II, worked in a defense plant.
She was member of First Christian Church for 69 years.
On July 29, 1947, she married Nicholas R. Palmer, who died in December 1988.
Surviving is a sister, Jeanetta Ruth Maust, of Washington.
Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 395 East Maiden Street, Washington. Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Former Washington Steel maintenance mechanic.
George Lawrence Paluda, 59, of Washington, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Washington Hospital.
He was born January 16, 1950, in Washington, a son of Steven Paluda of Washington and the late Virginia Knox Paluda.
Mr. Paluda graduated from Trinity High School.
For 25 years, he worked as a maintenance mechanic at Washington Steel and then worked at Union Electric for six years.
He enjoyed being with his family and friends, going to the movies and fishing at Outer Banks, N.C. He was an avid fan of the Steelers and Penguins.
A Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Navy, he served from October 9, 1969, until his honorable discharge September 23, 1975, with a rank of machinist’s mate, first class. During his naval service, he served aboard the submarine USS Skate. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Award. After discharge from the Navy, he served in the Army National Guard of Pennsylvania as a staff sergeant.
Mr. Paluda was Christian.
On December 23, 1969, he married Joyce Mancina, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Brian Scott (Pam) Paluda of Washington; a daughter, Jennifer Paluda of Pittsburgh; three brothers, Stephen T. (Debra) Paluda and Daniel P. (Samantha) Paluda, both of Washington, and David B. (Fran) Paluda of Houston; a sister, Sandra L. (Robert) Reck of Washington; two grandchildren, Brendan and Devin; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at noon Wednesday, July 29. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
Steve Lawrence Paluda, 83, of Washington, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Washington County Health Center.
He was born January 14, 1928, in Ontario, PA, a son of George and Louise Paluda.
Mr. Paluda graduated from Trinity High School in 1945.
He first worked at Hazel Atlas while in high school, and later worked for Trinity School District as a custodian for thirty years, starting at Hayes Avenue School and later at Trinity High School.
He loved baseball and especially enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons play all sports, and enjoyed reading, music, and solving puzzles.
On October 29, 1949, he married Virginia June Knox, who died August 15, 2000.
Surviving are three sons, Stephen T. (Debbie) Paluda, and Daniel P. (Samantha) Paluda, both of Washington, and David B. (Franny) Paluda, of Houston; a daughter, Sandra P. (Bob) Reck, of Washington; two sisters, Alice Syrek and Elaine (Paul) Belcastro, both of Washington; and ten grandchildren, Jennifer Paluda, Brian (Pam) Paluda, Jason (Johanna) Paluda, Patrick and Jeremy Reck, Ryan, Michael, and Maria Paluda, and Stephanie and Laura “Lizzy” Paluda; and four grandchildren, Asia Joy, Kaya June, Brendan, and Devin; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Paluda.
Deceased are a son, George L. “Larry” Paluda, five brothers, Robert, George, Bill, John and Joseph Paluda; and four sisters, Anne Graham, Peggy Murray, Louise Dobos, and Joan Yosinsky.
There will be no visitation or services. The family suggests memorial contributions to Citizens Library, 55 S. College Street, Washington, PA 15301, or Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.
Arrangements are by William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington.
(Died March 29, 2011)
Thomas Charles Panian, 64, of Washington, Pa., died March 29, 2011, at The Greenery Specialty Care Center in Canonsburg, Pa., of complications from a traumatic brain injury.
Tom was born Sept. 7, 1946, in Somerset, Pa., to Thomas J. and Elisabeth V. Panian. He grew up in Essex, Md., a suburb of Baltimore, graduating from Kenwood High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964. He served in the Marines until 1968. While serving as platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division in 1967 in Vietnam, he earned the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in combat and three Purple Hearts. After his honorable discharge, he received a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Towson State University and a juris doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law.
He worked as an assistant prosecutor, including as chief assistant, and in private practice in Midland, Mich., from 1976 to 1983 before moving to Washington, Pa., where he kept a private law practice until 2008. He also worked as a Washington County divorce master. He married Judith Welch in 2001.
Tom was inducted into the Soldiers & Sailors Hall of Valor in Pittsburgh in 2002. He was a member of the bar associations of Michigan and Pennsylvania, the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Mon Valley Leathernecks, American Legion Post 175 in Washington and the Vietnam Veterans Association.
Tom enjoyed the outdoors, including many trips to his camp in Bedford County, Pa.; military history; collecting guns; Shakespeare; reunions with his Marine friends; and cooking. He won several first-place ribbons for his jams and jellies at the Washington County Fair.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Paul Turner. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and her children, Jacob Welch and Misty (Scott) Kaposy, both of Washington; his children, David of Tecumseh, Mich., Sara (Mike) Brown of Chicago and Joel of Washington; his sisters, Mary Turner of Baltimore and Patricia (Tom) Rainer of Bad Aibling, Germany; several nieces and nephews; and his beagle, Harry.
The funeral service will be Friday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home on Allison Avenue in Washington. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. He will be cremated and his cremains interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., at a later date.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org; www.vincentcapodanno.org to support the canonization of the Rev. Vincent Capodanno; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
*“Marine, God is with us all today, and you’re going to be OK.” — Rev. Vincent R. Capodanno, lieutenant, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps*