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Obituary: Franklin Cole, Class of 1954

on Jun 23, 2019 in Obituary
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Franklin M. Cole, 84 of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday afternoon, June 21, 2019 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, surrounded by the love of his family.

He was born in Mt. Pleasant, January 7, 1935, a Son of the late Clarence B. and Mable May Cole.

Franklin was a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh, Class of 1954.

He was presently an employee of Carry All Products of Connellsville, as a laborer, for a number of years.  Previously he was employed, most of his life, by numerous Lumber Companies in the area.

Franklin was also owner/operator of his Family Farm, Coleland Dairy Farm.

Franklin was an avid hunter, and participated in numerous hunting trips within the United States, Africa and Canada.

Franklin was an honorable and kind gentleman who loved his family and was loved in return. 

He is survived by his loving wife, of 62 years, Della E. Miller Cole whom he married September 22, 1956,  in the Alverton Church of God.

Also survived by his adoring children;Emmett L. Cole and wife Kathleen of Connellsville, Candy S. Sefchik and husband Jeffrey of Alverton, James R. Cole and wife Mariya of Brookville, Timothy L. Cole and wife Edith of Mt. Pleasant.

His loving Grandchildren; Benjamin Byriel, Regina Arbogast and husband Philip, Robert Cole and wife Jennifer Thorne and husband Michael, Jacob Sefchik, Elizabeth Chestnutt and husband Stewart, Cameron Glenn, Nicholas and Preston Cole, Natalie, Katelyn and Alex Arbogast Preston and Adaleigh Cole.

Family and friends are cordially invited to the Frank Kapr Funeral Home, Inc., 417 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, Monday from 1 PM to 8 PM and Tuesday from 9 AM to 10 AM, the hour of his Funeral Service in the Funeral Home, with Pastor Lee Kline of the Alverton Church of God, Officiating.

To view on line obituary, Sign Guest Registry or obtain directions please contact www.kapr.com 

WPSD Graduate of 1954


Obituary: Marjorie “Jeannie” Capozzi

on Jun 19, 2019 in Obituary

Marjorie “Jeannie” Capozzi, 75, of New Brighton, passed away peacefully in her home with her daughter by her side on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with sarcoma cancer. Marjorie was a student of Western PA School for the Deaf after losing her hearing at age four. Within WPSD, she created […]


15th Annual WPSD Cup 2019

on Jun 17, 2019 in Events

When: September 7, 2019 at 9 A.M. Name of Golf Course: Oak Lake Golf Course Golfers & Non-Golfers are WelcomeAll women and men are welcome to play. If you do not wish to play, you are welcome to spend the day with us, and join us for social. See enclosed form for details. Who’s invited? […]


Obituary: James Stubbs, Class of 1979

on Jun 2, 2019 in Obituary

James R. Stubbs, Jr., 60, of Franklin, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2019. He was born on April 23, 1959 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to the late James R. and Erma L. (Fellner) Stubbs, Sr. James was a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh.  He formerly worked for JOY.  […]


Obituary: Connie Sanchez, Class of 1971

on May 25, 2019 in Obituary

Connie Marie Sanchez, 69, of Donora, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 21, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Feb. 28, 1950, to the late Julio “Happy” and Mary “Lucy” Medina Sanchez. She will be reunited with her parents and beloved dog, Brownie. Connie was a graduate of Western Pennsylvania School for […]


Obituary: Don Kuhn (WPSD Enrolled)

on May 23, 2019 in Obituary

Donald S. Kuhn 81 of Mount Pleasant passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at his home.  Donald was born October 26, 1937 in South Huntingdon Twp. son of Samuel and Anna Samudosky Kuhn. He was a retired equipment operator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and a member of the Western Pennsylvania Deaf Senior Citizens and the Central Pennsylvania Deaf […]


Mark Kite (1978), Deaf Fire Chief

on Mar 30, 2019 in News

Mark Kite, WPSD Class of 1978 is interviewed Can Deaf people become a firefighters? How about a Fire Chief! 🔥🚒💨 TRANSCRIPT: OPENING TEXT:MARK KITE: (with TEXT: Mark Kite, Sr. from Yukon, PA)I’ve been a firefighter since I was 16 years old. I am now a fire chief and have been since 2009.[MONTAGE]FIRE CHIEF FOR YUKON VALLEY […]


Obituary: Edward Kooser, Class of 1951

on Mar 30, 2019 in Obituary

Edward “Eddie” Kooser was born on August 25, 1931 and died on March 23, 2019. He was 87. He lived in Wilkinsburg for many years until his death. He graduated in 1951. He worked WPSD in fall 1951 till his retirement in 1993. Beloved Husband of Elsie E. (Gilliland); loving father of Edward Kooser, Jr.; […]


Obituary: Evelyn (Vettorel) Horkey, Class of 1951

on Mar 20, 2019 in Obituary

Evelyn was born July 10, 1930 in McDonald, Pennsylvania to the late Angelo and Antonietta (Tonetti) Vetterol.She was a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf where she lettered in Cheerleading. Evelyn loved crafts of all kinds! She also like to crochet, and play cards with family or with friends at the Warren […]


2019 Alumni Night Gallery

on Mar 14, 2019 in News

WPSD big gym is packed with alumnus and students. WPSD Girls Volleyball team and WPSD Boys’ Basketball team dominate the games and they enjoyed seeing old and new friends. Check out the photo album to see 136 pictures for your memories. WPSD Lady Lions and Alumnus


Obituary: Rosemary Mangan, Class of 1977

on Mar 13, 2019 in Obituary

Rosemary Mangan (R.M.) died in afternoon of March 12, 2019. She was born on August 27, 1957. She likes babysitting, reading magazines, and nice clothes. She dislikes waiting, study hall and mustard. Her favorite saying, “How do you feel?”. Her activities during high school in WPSD was Student Assembly Committee (grade 11), Tole Club (senior). […]


Star student-athlete shines at WPSD

on Mar 10, 2019 in News

Cheyenne Sloan plans to play volleyball in college Many high school students are multisport athletes. Not many are all-stars, MVPs and champions in more than one sport, though.  Cheyenne Sloan’s list of accomplishments wouldn’t fit on just one banner in her school’s gym. She’s a volleyball national champion, a volleyball and basketball tournament MVP, and […]


Obituary: Mildred “Millie” Vagli

on Mar 9, 2019 in Obituary

Mildred Vagli, 95, of Monroeville, formerly of Monessen died Wednesday Feb. 27, 2018 at her residence. She was born on February 23, 1924 in McKees Rocks, the daughter of the late Matthew and Mary Muzich Popovich. Mildred attended Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and retired from the U.S. Postal Service having worked at their […]


Obituary: Virginia (Zamperini) John

on Feb 24, 2019 in Obituary

Virginia (Zamperini) John, 86, of Leechburg went to be with the Lord February 21, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born May 22, 1932 and the daughter of the late John and Lena (Gaioni) Zamperini. Virginia was a 1952 Graduate of Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and a member of Christ […]


Deaf student’s dream onstage with Pgh Playwrights

on Feb 12, 2019 in News

Published on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on February 12, 2019 Aaliyah Sanders was in the right place at the right time, and now, says the 16-year-old aspiring actress, “I’m living the dream.” The Scranton native and 10th-grader at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood was on the scene when Mark Clayton Southers, the head of […]


Obituary: Mary Colyer, Class of 1959

on Feb 9, 2019 in Obituary

Oct. 4, 1940 – Feb. 6, 2019 Mary E. Colyer, 78, Hollidaysburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning at the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Harry and Mary Colyer. Surviving are two sisters: Gertrude A. Parsons of Altoona and Violet Murphy of Hollidaysburg; as well as several […]


Obituary: Michael Moses, Class of 1972

on Feb 5, 2019 in Obituary

Michael T. Moses, 66, of New Castle passed away the morning of Feb. 2, 2019, at Jameson Care Center. Born May 1, 1952, in New Kensington, Pa., he was the son of Edward Moses Sr. and Joan (George) Moses. Michael attended the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh. He was employed with Jameson […]


Obituary: Clara (Reiner) Dunn, Class of 1961

on Dec 30, 2018 in Obituary

Clara M. (Reiner) Dunn, 76, of Derry, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born December 11, 1942, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Crystal (Snyder) Reiner. Clara was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Latrobe and the Johnstown Deaf Club. She loved cleaning and […]


Obituary: Herbert Overly

on Dec 29, 2018 in Obituary

Herbert D. Overly, 81, of Penn Twp., passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2018. He was born on September 17, 1937 in Mt. Braddock, PA, to Jesse and Alice (Martin) Overly. Herbert is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Frances (Orange) Overly. Also survived by his sister, Martha Rae Herwitt; special […]


Obituary: Gary Hamilton, Class of ’71

on Dec 7, 2018 in Obituary

Gary L. Hamilton, 66, formerly of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 4, 2018. Born on August 18, 1952, he was the son of the late Francis and Dorothy Hamilton. He raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania. During his childhood, his hobby was working on the farm. During his activity at WPSD, he played soccer, wrestling, auto […]


Megan Majocha in VoA article

on Dec 4, 2018 in News, Video

Student Hopes Genetics Will Raise the Voice of the Deaf This article is published on December 3, 2018, by Donald Winzer. Megan Majocha’s schedule will leave you breathless. As an undergrad, she worked three internships. She knows three languages and is a dedicated follower of the very popular medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” Add to that a […]


WPSD celebrate historic soccer, volleyball champs

on Nov 8, 2018 in News

Students at the Western Pennsylvania School of the Deaf had a lot to cheer about Thursday as they celebrated the school’s championship volleyball and soccer teams. Teammates ran into the gym holding their trophies to the roar of the crowd. “Truly, it’s indescribable, the feeling, and you can see it on the cameras,” Valentine Wojton […]


Obituary: Nancy (Mahann) Simmons

on Nov 6, 2018 in Obituary

Nancy Simmons, 85, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. She was born April 9, 1933, in Latrobe, and attended was a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood. Mrs. Simmons was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, of New Kensington. She enjoyed playing bingo and […]


Obituary: Andrew MacKay, WPSD Class of 1958

on Oct 23, 2018 in Obituary

Andrew S. Mackay, age 78, of Millcreek passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at Fairvew Manor. Andrew was born February 4, 1940, in Punxsutawney, Pa., son of Margaret Kollar Makay and the late Andrew Makay. He attended the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh.He is WPSD Graduate of 1958.  He worked for Eriez […]


Stephen Rute, Chairman of Nomination for 2020

on Sep 25, 2018 in News

Hello everyone, This is Stephen Rute (Class of 1974), Chairman of the Nomination with five different awards.  Those awards are: Alumni Merit Award  (PDF file or PNG image) Athletic Award  (PDF file or PNG image) Distinguished Alumnus Award  (PDF file or PNG image) Rev. John G. Brown Service Award  (PDF file or PNG image) Distinguished Service Award […]

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