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John L. Betonte

June 19, 1923 ~ December 12, 2018 (age 95)

John L. Betonte, 95, of Houston, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, in his home.

He was born June 19, 1923, in Strabane, a son of Dominic and Mamie Wright Betonte.

Mr. Betonte was a veteran serving with the Army Air Force during World War II.

He had worked for 40 years at Conrail, retiring in 1982.

Mr. Betonte was a member of the South Canonsburg Church and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 553 in Strabane.

He loved his vegetable garden and was an avid Pirate and Steeler fan.

On December 31, 1966, he married Mary Louise Laschinsky Novak and lost the love of his life, September 3, 2009.

Surviving are: a daughter, Sondra Trainer (John) of Houston; a son, James Novak (Lisa) of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Sondra Stefano (Donald), Tina Barnhart, Mary Miller (Steve) and Teckla O’Connor (Michael); five great grandchildren, Halena Griffith, Crystal Barnhart, Jaimie Stockavas (Jake), Lacie Barnhart and Niko Putz; a great great grandson, Collin Barnhart; and two sisters, Rosella Lytle of Strabane and Eleanor “Dude” Zaricki of Canonsburg; his best friend and brother-in-law, John “Bernie” Harrison (Lola); and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are: a son, Ronald “Toose” Novak; a brother, Frank Betonte; and a sister, Martha Hartman.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342, where services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2018.

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