LA PLATA, MD. — SINGLE – Marilyn “Mari” Elaine (Shanks), 55, La Plata, Md., passed away peacefully Nov. 20, 2012, at her home surrounded by family. Born April 15, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio, to James Richard and Marilyn Jean (Steel) Shanks. She grew up in Winchester, Ind., and graduated from Winchester Community High School. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in music theory from Duquesne University. She was married in 1985 to Andrew Michael Single, and loved her job as an instrumental music teacher. After teaching band and strings in Prince George’s County, Md., she pioneered a widely-respected strings program at the elementary level in Charles County, Md. Mari enjoyed playing the flute and listening to music, traveling, doing anything outdoors, swimming, hiking, ice skating and spending time with family. Survived by daughters, Rachel Ann, Elizabeth Joan and Tabitha Renee; sister, Belinda Hull; brothers, John Shanks, Steve Shanks and Dan Shanks; nieces, Kristine, Julianna and Oksana; and nephews, Charlie, Tim, Kevin, Ned, Joshua and Oleksa. Family received friends for Mari’s life celebration Friday at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata, Md. 20646. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4419 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, Md. 20602. Family also will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber, where Panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Friends also will be received from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by interment at 10:30 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery, Windber, the Very Rev. Miles Zdinak, officiating. Mari loved flowers, but donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (ocrf.org, CFC 11154) or St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, Waldorf, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com/index.cfm.
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H. Ross Blackburn
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Lois Ann (Malonek) Holgash
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Anna (Cicmansky) Leftow
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LUBERT – Helen, 88, New York City, N.Y., and Northern Cambria, passed away July 19, 2014, peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer.
Stanley J. Pinkas
PINKAS – Stanley J., 86, St. Michael, died July 20, 2014, at Forest Hills Personal Care.
Norbert J. Teklinsky
TEKLINSKY – Norbert J. “Tick,” 82, Windber, passed away July 19, 2014, following a courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
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RUSNAK – Margaret, 85, Richland, died July 20, 2014, at her residence.
Jennie B. Slaventa
SLAVENTA – Jennie B., 89, Johnstown, formerly of Richland Township, passed away July 18, 2014, at Atrium Manor.
Lawrence G. Fretzel Jr.
FRETZEL – Lawrence “Larry” G. Jr., 82, Sidman, passed away July 19, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
The Very Rev. Father Christian R. Oravec, TOR
ORAVEC – The Very Rev. Father Christian R., TOR, 77, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died suddenly Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital, Johnstown.
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Charles R. Eppley
EPPLEY – Charles R., 69, Sidman, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
June Louise Turchak
TURCHAK – June Louise, 87, South Fork, died July 18, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Barbara Ann (Tredennick) Bretz
BRETZ – Barbara Ann (Tredennick), 83, Cape Haze, Fla., went to meet her Lord Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with her husband, Earle, at her side.
Anna Marie Fisher
FISHER – Anna Marie, 90, died at her residence, Arbutus Park Manor, July 18, 2014, on her husband’s birthday.
Alice O. (Ochsenhirt) Phillips
PHILLIPS – Alice O. (Ochsenhirt), 88, Davidsville, formerly of Allison Park, died July 18, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Samuel C. Carpenter
CARPENTER – Samuel C., 81, formerly of Nice Avenue, Upper Yoder Township, went to be with the Lord July 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
OSSIP – Sydney, 97, Westmont, died July 18, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
LACO – Gus. At 91 years, God has called Gus Frank Laco home on July 18, 2014.
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