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Owens Funeral Service (Ashland)
Thursday November 5th, 2015
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Friday November 6th, 2015
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Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes, Inc.
Thursday January 30th, 2020
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Thursday January 30th, 2020
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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Friday January 31st, 2020

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Carol A. Claybaugh

Carol Claybaugh,76 of Fallowfield Township, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday January 25, 2020 in Allegheny General Hospital while surrounded by her family.  She was the daughter of the late Mary and Michael Sematic.

Carol is survived by her husband Gerald F. Claybaugh, Jr, her sons Brendan (wife Tracy), Brodie (wife Becky), and her grandchildren Brenna, Braedan, Benjamin, Logan, and Royce.  In addition, Carol is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Gloria and John Gombala and her sister-in-law Geraldine Yowonske.

Carol was a graduate of Charleroi High School. As a Charleroi High School Cougar Marching Band alumna, she was the featured Twirler and Drum Major.  While marching and twirling with pride,one of her most memorable events was leading the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City in 1960.  In 1962, Carol twirled for the Pittsburgh Steelers cheer leading squad, The Steelerettes, as the Steeler Strutter. She was founding member of the Mon Valley Super Stars (Candy Stripers) baton twirling group of Charleroi in 1962.  The Super Star students marched and twirled in parades, festivals, shows, and competitions for 57 years.  Carol was an instructor and sponsor of the Charleroi Area High School Majorette, Color Guard, and Cougarette teams of the Cougar marching band for almost three decades.  She was also a National Baton Twirling Association Judge.  Carol loved teaching and twirling baton which she most often called her art form.  Most importantly, she loved all of her students and all the great times they had together.

Carol was the Vice President of the Charleroi Area School District Education Foundation Board. Membership and affiliations include Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce-Team Charleroi Promotions and, Blast From the Past show committees, Charleroi American Legion Post 22 Ladies Auxiliary and Mary Mother of the Church Charleroi.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Leonard M. Pavlic Funeral Homes Inc., 235 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi, PA 724-489-9551, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  on Friday January 31, at 10 a.m. at the Charleroi Campus of St. Andrew the Apostle Church. Interment will follow at Belle Vernon Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to the Charleroi Area School District Education Foundation Board. The mailing address is P.O. Box 382, Charleroi, Pa 15022. Please visit www.pavlicfuneralhomes.com to leave condolences.  Carol’s family would like to thank the Doctors and nurses of Allegheny General Hospital Neurological Staff and the staff of Mt. Macrina Short Term Stay Rehabilitation Center


Sorry for your loss- and you have my condolences!

Eric Henderson Jan 30 2020 12:00 AM

Sending prayers and sympathy to the family during this time of sorrow. Carol was such a sweet, loving person. A wonderful teacher and talent. She will be missed by so many.

Andrea Hess Jan 29 2020 12:00 AM

Some of my best memories from my childhood included being in the Superstars and Carol. She truly loved what she did and working with kids, it was her passion. Every Saturday my cousin Lisa Michaux and I would go to practice in Charleroi with my Aunt Julie Rose Michaux. Carol was so talented and loving with so many young people. She made such an impact on my life growing up and I feel so lucky to have had her influence in my life. Rest easy Carol, I am sure you are organizing the Angels into a beautiful show in heaven...

Kimberly Lorenz Balko Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Carol had such a passion for what she did! I was in Superstars in the late 80's and a majorette in the early 90's with Carol leading every step of the way. She taught us discipline, and gave us confidence. She was one of the most dedicated people I've ever known. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. I'll never forget her.

Angela Kovach Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Hey everyone remember when we held field practice in Montgomery Wards parking lot?

Well we were all lined up, (all 150 of us) perfectly spaced, I was mad at her so I said to myself Ill fix her and walked off and then home!!!!

Why was I angry because when I helped teach that was fine, I went to competition and watched all the kids participate but she was making me participate at the next competition and not just the twirling part. I had to be in the stupid (what I thought) beauty pageant part).

What was she thinking? I was ugly not pretty as those other girls!!!

I did it though just for her cause I couldnt tell her no, but I could walk off at practice.

All these years Ive never paid for that display of anger but instead she continued to teach me to love me!!!!

Thank you Carol, glad I got to tell you how you helped raise me!!!!

See you later!! Rest well my mentor and my friend!!!!

I love you!!!

Connie Doty Allensworth Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Sending out my condolences to her family and friends... I had the privilege of getting private lessons from her many years ago and many fond memories- God Bless - heaven gained another Angel!

Diane Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

I had taken private lessons from Carol as a majorette and also became feature twirler of my high school as a result of Carols teaching and discipline. I will miss her tremendously. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor. Fly with the angels Carol. Many prayers for her family. Love, Debbie Davis Gallagher

Deborah Davis Gallagher Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Sending out my condolences to her family and friends.I will always have the upmost respect for Carol she is an ANGEL. My experience when I was just 4 years old as a Candy Striper/Mon Valley Super Star was such an inspiration to me with the knowledge that she had given me throughout my high school years to become a Majorette for Charleroi Area School District. Thank you Carol for the confidence, work ethic and instilling my dreams to become whom I am today! RIP Carol heaven has received an ANGEL! I will miss you!!!!

Michelle (Horner) Cheatham Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Carol was an amazing woman. She gave you the push you needed and led you to know and believe in who you are and what you wanted to be. She may have pushed you but it was always with love. She believed in her girls. Thank You Carol. You will surely be missed. Rest easy now Our loving SuperStar. .

Michele Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

I was talking with a friend this morning about my participation in the Candy Stripers / Super Stars and how the leader was such a strong and amazing woman. 5 minutes later, my cousin texted me a picture of her obituary. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and would like to express my condolences to her family. Carol was a huge part of my young life and taught me about self-confidence, dedication, strength, poise, beauty, etiquette, and more about being a proper lady. But above all of that, she was truly a dear friend to me and my family. I will remember always as one of the most influential women in my life. Eternal rest grant unto her and my Perpetual Light sine upon her. Amen.

Ellen (Shuty) Buchegger Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

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