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John M. Santoro

September 15, 2019 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

, age 86 of North Huntingdon died September 14, 2019 at home. He was born October 12, 1932  in Waterbury, Connecticut, a son of the late Michael and Anna Maria D'Anella. John was a member of St. Agnes Church.Prior to his retirement, he was employed by CMS East as a counselor and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Joseph. Anthony, Carmen and Danny, two sisters, Rose Santoro, Sue VanBuren, an infant brother and friends Roland and Guy. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Przybyla, son Michael (Rhonda), two daughters, Charlene Santoro, Carla (Joseph) Deitrich, brother Vito, grandchildren, Emma, Alyssa, Jack and Lily, great grandchildren Evelyn, Oscar and Audrey, special nephew, Roy Jr and life long friends, Sammy and Peachy.  Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon,Pa 15642 Tues 2-4,6-8 p.m. Service Wednesday 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Westmoreland Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Carolyn M. Wakefield

September 15, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Carolyn M. (Hager) Wakefield, age 76 of White Oak, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at home.  Born September 16, 1942 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Santez) Hager.  She enjoyed ceramics, calligraphy but most of all spending time with her grandchildren.  Carolyn is survived by her husband of 56 years Alan Wakefield; sons Jon (Joey) Wakefield of McKeesport and Jeff (Katie) Wakefield of Spartanburg, SC; grandchildren who live with her Alexia and Elise Wakefield; other grandchildren Frank A., Landon, Brady, Riley, Haston, Abigail, Hanna, Jessica, and Ethan; sister Nancy (George) Madeja of Brentwood; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons Frank Wakefield and Robert K. Wakefield and grandson Vaughn Wakefield.  

 
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Bai Cai Lu

September 15, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Bai Cai Lu, 60, of Glassport, died Sept. 1, 2019.  He is survived by his wife Mei Ling Lu; daughters Wei Yee Lu and Wei Mon Lu.  Bai Cai was the owner/operator of China Park Restaurant in Glassport, and he loved gardening. He spent his last days surrounded by family & died without pain. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sat., Sept. 21,  2019 from 9:30 am until Noon.  Interment following Homewood Cemetery.

 


Betty A. Pikula

September 14, 2019 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Betty A. Pikula, age 68, of Liberty Boro, died Friday, September 13, 2019. She was born in Pittsburgh on May 7, 1951 and is the daughter of the late Steve and Betty Maleski. She worked as the Administrative Assistant of the Medical Education Department of UPMC St. Margaret’s. She was a member of St. Mark’s, St. Michael’s and Queen of the Rosary Grouping.  

Betty is survived by her husband of 39 years, Deacon Stephen Pikula, daughter, Stephanie Pikula of Liberty Boro, her sister, Harriet (Donald) Franklin of Mechanicsberg, PA, sisters-in-law, Nadine Fusillo of Vandergrift and Damaris Wise of White Oak and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Mary Louise Holliday

September 14, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

God has called another angel home. Mary Louise (Pysz) Holliday, age 79, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at ManorCare Health Services in Whitehall. She was a retired self-employed Home Interior’s accessory specialist, a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township and a former member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton. She and her husband Mitchell were members of the musical group, THE HOLLIDAYS, and were also owners of their own farm raising beef cattle, chickens, horses and crops.

 
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Edward J. Horgas

September 13, 2019 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Edward J. Horgas, 99, of Duquesne, died peacefully Thursday, September 12, 2019, in Golden Heights Personal Care, Irwin. Born in Duquesne, June 9, 1920, he was the son of the Late John and Elizabeth (Sabol) Horgos. Mr. Horgas was a member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, American Legion Post 308 in Dravosburg, and a proud U.S. Army Veteran of W.W. II, and the former VFW Post 188 in Duquesne. Mr. Horgas was a retired employee of the Union Railroad Company. Beloved husband of the late Betty J. (Argilan) Horgas. He is survived by two sons, Edward (Diane) Horgas and Mark (Ona) Horgas; a brother Bernard (Lucy) Horgas, a sister-in-law Freda Horgas; four grandchildren, Michelle (Robert) Donofrio, Mark (Julie) Horgas, Kristen Horgas, and John Henry Horgas; and three great grandsons, Nickolas, Jacob, and Declan; and several nieces and nephews.

 
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Ronald R. “Tugboat” Bodnar Sr.

September 13, 2019 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Ronald R. “Tugboat” Bodnar, Sr. aged 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Ron was born in McKeesport, PA on July 7th, 1952 to the late Robert and Frances Bodnar.  

He was affectionately known by friends and family as “Tugboat”, a nickname he earned from his 35-year career as a tugboat captain at U.S. Steel. 

His favorite place to spend time was his “retirement home”, a camper and community near Pymatuming Lake, where he loved boating, fishing and spending his days with friends and family. 

Ron had a larger than life personality and he lit up the room with his raucous laughter. He was a devoted husband, father, “Pap”, and friend. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deborah (Seng) Bodnar, son Ron Jr. (Kristy) Bodnar, son Brad (Noel) Bodnar, 3 adoring grandchildren, Carson, Mason and Olivia who lovingly knew him as “Pap”, and sister Debra (James) Reynolds.

 
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Helen S. Buckholz

September 13, 2019 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Helen S. Buckholz, 94, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019.  She was born, January 16, 1925 in Ottawa, WV, wife of the late Edward Buckholz.  Prior to her retirement, Helen was a collator for Paper Craft and an avid gardener.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, William and Alex Sebeni; sisters, Maria Nagy and Margaret Gallo.  She is survived by her three sons, Tim E. (Maggie) Buckholz, Garry M. (Cheryl) Buckholz and William A. (Effie) Buckholz; daughter, Suzanne (David) Ulakovic; grandchildren, Adrienne (Neil) Devlin, Michael Buckholz, Peter (Arianna) Buckholz, Phillip (Breonna) Buckholz, Christine (Jason) Baverso, Shelly Buckholz, Russell (Anna Jean) Buckholz, Joseph (Kristen) Ulakovic, Carrie (Don) Ulakovic Lee, Dana Ulakovic, Justin and Carley Buckholz; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, LaVerne Corwin; and nieces and nephews.  Visitation 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Service Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Entombment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Eugene J. Scarlato

September 12, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Eugene J. Scarlato, age 90 of Clairton, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Born May 2, 1929 in Clairton, he was the son of the late Rocco and Elizabeth (Desiderio) Scarlato.  A US Army Veteran, Eugene was a longtime barber in Clairton.

 
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Virginia "Jean" M. Panchak

September 12, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Virginia "Jean" M. Panchak, 90 of Glassport, died Sept. 11, 2019.  She is the daughter of the late Peter DiSciullo and Mary (Reynolds)  DiSciullo Wallett; step daughter of the late Maynard “Chips” Wallett and beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Panchak.  She is survived by her daughter Tina M. (the late Jeffrey) Busko; sons Joseph M. (Cheryl) Panchak and Jeffrey D. (Milissa) Panchak; grandchildren Joshua and Jared Busko, Jacob and Luke Panchak, Kristen (Ryan) Romano and Lauren Panchak; great grandchildren, who knew her as "Gigi", Piper and Aurora; brother Anthony (the late June) DiSciullo; brother-in-law Roman Tudek; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Thomas P. Korp

September 11, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Thonas P. Korp, 56, of Glassport died Aug. 3, 2019 at home. He was born Sept. 2, 1962, the son of the late John W. Korp and Ruth A. Honick Korp Hoak. He is survived by children Stacie Korp, James Wiehagen, Shayann Wiehagen and Tyler Lewis; siblings William J. Korp of McKeesport; John (Jan) Korp of McKeesport; Tim Korp of Verona; Melonie (Dave) Sandusky of White Oak; and Becky (Bob) Bodzer of Versailles; his fiance, Maryjane McMasters; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 
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Ginger Allene Dunmire

September 10, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Ginger Allene Dunmire, age 52, formerly of Glassport, passed away peacefully at her home in Rostraver on Monday, September 9, 2019. Ginger was a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and went on to a career in pharmaceutical sales. Her intelligence and dedication to hard work enabled her to become very successful at her chosen profession. She will be remembered for her kind heart, love of animals, and her beautiful smile. 

 
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Katherine M. Redinger

September 10, 2019 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Katherine “Kay” Margaret (Fien) Redinger, 96, formerly of Glassport, Pa, died Sunday, September 8, 2019, at McKeesport Hospital where she was born on August 21, 1923.

Daughter of the late Wojciech (Adalbert) Fien and Helen (Karnas) Fien, and wife of the late Anton Lawrence Redinger. 

Katherine is survived by her daughters, Diane Chellevold and Susan (William) Droskey; grandchildren, Tiffany (Chris) Blakely, Jennifer (Michael) Hooper, Blair Droskey, Clark Droskey, Jessica Chellevold; great-grandchildren, Jerimiah Borg and Jamis Borg; sisters Bernice Nevitt and Florence Welesko; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Redinger; brothers, Casimir and John; and sisters Helen, Anna, Sister Mary Liliose (Leona), Sister Mary Edith CSSF (Theresa), Marie, and Dolores.

She was a member of the Queen of the Rosary Parish and Ladies of Charity in Glassport and a graduate of Glassport High School. She was a past employee of Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1943 to 1948 as a taper, Mica builder and assembler; and worked at the Purdy Dairy and the Pittsburgh Glass Company, Glassport plant as a secretary.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Parish, 530 Michigan Avenue, Glassport, with Rev. Miroslaus Wojcicki as celebrant.

Funeral service and interment will be held following mass at 11:30 a.m. in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, 14679 State Route 30, Irwin, and luncheon to follow.

Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


Charles J. "Jeff" Blawas

September 10, 2019 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Charles J. "Jeff" Blawas, 56, of Jeannette, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born December 6, 1962 in Jeannette was the son of the late Joseph Henry and Anna Marie Lokay Blawas. Jeff was a US Marine Veteran, serving in the first Desert Storm and was also in the Marine reserves for 20 years. He worked as a plumber for Newco in Scottdale and also enjoyed woodworking, especially cabinets and cupboards. He enjoyed skeet shooting, and car racing, but most of all loved his family. Jeff loved family reunions and was known for being a trouble maker, especially with water balloons at the reunions.

 
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Robert A. Szepesi

September 09, 2019 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, Robert A. Szepesi, 81, of White Oak, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his daughters. He was born July 17, 1938 in Duquesne and was the son of the late Stephen and Irene (Serfozo) Szepesi. He was the loving husband of the late Joan (Savel) Szepesi, who passed away May 18, 2002. Robert was an active member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church, McKeesport. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 and was honorably discharged. He was a Draftsman and CAD designer for Dravo Corporation. After his retirement, Bob enjoyed reminiscing about classic cars, watching Penguins hockey and Pirates baseball, and working on projects at his daughters' houses.

 
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