Arlene Rose Findura, 71, of White Oak, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. Arlene was born August 16, 1946 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Maneer. . She is survived by her husband, Jack W. "Wolfman" Findura, (past-secretary of Joppa Lodge F & AM), daughters, Tracy Marie (George) Orbin of White Oak and Elizabeth Ann (Joseph) Kulasa of Coulter, brother, Frank (Bonnie) Maneer of Bowie, MD, grandchildren, Peyton and Delaney Stajduhar, Jocelyn Orbin and River Joseph Kulasa, cousin, Janet (Don) Williams of North Versailles, nieces and nephews. Arlene was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park and was a Manager at the former Hills Department Store. There is no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick Parish on Friday August 25, at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Thomas Galvin, officiating. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln way, White Oak (412) 672-6322) Troy J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Neil C. Mance, 55, of Irwin, died Thursday August 17, 2017, peacefully in his sleep at home. He was born December 24, 1961 in Jeannette, a son of the late Thomas V. and Mildred N. (Gongaware) Mance. Neil had over thirty years’ service with the North Huntingdon Township Municipal Authority where he worked as a lab supervisor. He loved to fish which he did on the day he passed and loved camping with his son Andrew. He was a loving grandfather. Neil was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin. Surviving are his children, Sarah J. (Chad) Coughanour of Grapeville and Andrew T. (Melodi) Mance of Jeannette; his grandchildren Rosalyn, Austin, Chase, and Rowan; his brothers Val Mance of Sugarloaf, Dale Mance of Arizona, and Joel Mance of North Huntingdon; also nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kimberly M. Kiraly, age 70 of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died Friday, August 11, 2017. She was born in McKeesport on April 24, 1947, the daughter of the late John J. and Betty Yotter Stanich. Kimberly is survived by her daughters; Amy (Harry) Austin of Myrtle Beach, SC, Kathy (Bill) Nagy of York, PA, Jennifer (Jim)Blair of Overbrook, Jill (Michael) Clark of Dormont, sister; Michelle (Emil) Olson of Jefferson Hills, brothers; John (Cyndy) Stanich of Bethel Park, James (Debbie) Stanich of Ruffsdale, William (Barbara) Stanich of Reading, PA, grandchildren; Tiffany (Brian) Jacobs, Sarah Austin, Harry Austin, Jiri Nagy, Zachary Blair, Dylan Blair, Carly Blair, Melanie Nagy, and Jonathan Nagy, also 1 great grandchild Jackson Jacobs.
Services were held Friday, August 18th at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor 412-678-6177). Condolences may be made at www.strifflerfuneralhomes.com.
Edward J. Bolga, age 82 of North Huntingdon, died August 18, 2017 at Transitions Healthcare. Born June 9, 1935 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Cservenyak) Bolga and the beloved husband of Sylvia (Cernava) Bolga for 33 years. Ed was an Air Force Veteran, and while in the service, he was a jet engine mechanic. After serving for over 4 years in the military, he was honorably discharged and took up the trade of carpentry. He loved his trains, garden, and polka dancing. In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by brother, James (Jean) Bolga; sister, Margie (Michael) Stefanko; brother-in-law, Tom Madden; nieces and a nephew, Jeannie Sonnenberg, Kathy (Michael) Osiecki and Michael (Missy) Madden; great nieces and great nephews, Samantha, Sierra , Malone, and Macklen. He was preceded in death by his first wife Kay Fleming and a sister, Maryann Madden. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at New St. Joseph Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Karen (Sheilds) Knight, age 62 of Augusta, GA, formerly of McKeesport, died August 17, 2017 at home in Georgia. Born January 16, 1955 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Gertrude (Miller) Sheilds and wife of Jarvis C. Knight, Sr. Karen worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Briarcliff Nursing Home and then went on to raise her children and grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren dearly. In addition her husband, she is survived by children, Billie Jo Eastman, Eric (Danielle) Demeri, and Ruth; grandchildren, Nick, Chelsea, Melissa, Derek, Eric, Butters, Ian, Owen, and Eli; siblings, William, Mary Ellen, Bethany, and Timothy. She was preceded in death by brothers, Clinton and Luke. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Michelle Ann "Mickey" Malloy Coughlin, 56, of Versailles, died peacefully at home on Thursday, August 17, 2017. She was born February 19, 1961 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Mark Thomas and Joan Zuzo Malloy. She was a devoted mother, loving and helpful to all, had an awesome sense of humor and was truly one of a kind. She will be sincerely missed by all who had the opportunity to know her and love her. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Allen Coughlin, sons, Christopher Michael (Lindsay) Coughlin and Chad Allen (Betty Rhodes) Coughlin, brothers, Mark Thomas (Lisa) Malloy, III, and their children, Jaclyn and Mariah, Thomas Michael Malloy and his son, Justyn, Daniel Edward (Crissy) Malloy and their son, Tyler, sisters, Donna Lynn Goretzka, and Shannon Marie Malloy, Linda Marie Carek and her children, Jason, Amanda, and Colton, , great-nephew, Markus "Pudge" Conroy, great-niece, Arianna Conroy, and many friends, cousins, aunts and uncles.
John A. Rezes, Age 87, of West Mifflin on August 16, 2017. He was a son of the late Michael and Julia (Walko) Rezes. He was retired from the Port Authority as a Bus Driver, Movement Director, and Route Foreman. He proudly served his country in the Army in WWII. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Charlotte (Sabo) Rezes; father of John M. Rezes, at home and Suzanne (late Robert) Koribanic, of West Mifflin; grandfather of Brandon Schnelzer, at home; brother of Margaret (late Ernest) Menhart, of West Mifflin, late Michael (late Esther) Rezes, late Helen (late Albert ) Bertak; also survived by nieces and nephews. Private Funeral Service will be held at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, on Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Penn Lincoln Cemetery with military honors.
Louise Ann (Cindric) Kartesz, age 95, of Addison, and formerly of Elizabeth Twp. passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 at home. She was a former member of the former Sacred Heart Church in McKeesport.
Norma Jean (Ault-Stumme) Stover, age 82 of West Newton, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, surrounded by her family. Born June 19, 1935 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William E. Ault and Anna Naomi (Grant-Ault) Bales. She leaves behind her husband, Richard "Smokey" Clay Stover, and children, Cindy (Stumme) Maldonado of McKeesport, Richard (Donna) Stumme of North Huntingdon, Terri Stumme of Elizabeth, Patty (Tom) Fike of Delmont, and Sam Stover of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Kelly (John) Hatfield, Katy (Layne) Hurst, Chad (Sarah)Maldonado, Tom Stumme, Jamie Stumme, Megan (Adam) D’Andrea, Joel (Melina) Stumme, Cameron (Annie) Stumme, Taren Stumme, Jessica (Joe) Dinardo, Austin Holtzman, JT and Nick Fike; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Cash Hatfield, Jordan and Alexis Hurst, Olivia Maldonado, Joshua D’Andrea, Vincent and Dominic Dinardo, and Justin Fike, EllieAnna Morgan, McKinley and Serafina Stumme; sisters, Sandra J. Ault of West Newton, Olive (Ceil) Ault of Babylon, NY, and brother, Lawrence (Susan) Ault of Monroeville. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by first husband, Thomas D. Stumme; brother, William Ault; sister, Virginia Holmes; son-in-law, Raymond Maldonado; and granddaughter, Jennifer Luehm. A graduate of McKeesport Area High School Class of 1953, Norma Jean was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in McKeesport. Throughout her life, Norma (Mean-Jean) enjoyed every life milestone to the fullest. She enjoyed scratch off tickets and playing her daily numbers. She loved music and played the piano, and was a member of the Tennis Team in high school. Along with gardening, sewing, baking, swimming (floating in her pool), dancing, and ‘marching’, she was a long time marching aide and assistant with the McKeesport Majorette Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, from 1965 to 1987. She also enjoyed several activities all involving her children and grandchildren, including being a Den Mother for Boy Scouts of America. She proudly wore her McKeesport Tiger Attire to all band tournaments and parades and would always say “Once a Tiger always a Tiger. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Susan Ault will officiate. Burial will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Mercedes G. Stanley Wilson, 89, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017. She was born on February 7, 1928 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late John F. and Verda Mae Stilley Schultz. She was the wife of the late Frank A. Stanley who died October 23, 1974 and the late Seth C. Wilson who died April 8, 2017. She worked for over 28 years as a supervisor in the filing department at Equibank in Pittsburgh. Mercedes was a Deacon and Clerk of Session at Round Hill Presbyterian Church and was also a member of Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens, Meals on Wheels, the Survivors group and was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. She is survived by her son, Frank A. Stanley, Jr. of Indiana, daughter-in-law, Bonnie Stanley of Wellsboro, step-daughters, Donna Marie (Fred) Jeffcoat of McKeesport, Deborah Gile of Elizabeth, Diana (Donald) Hill of Elizabeth, brother, Billy Schultz of Belle Vernon, sister, Mary Lou Miller of Florida, 16 Grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren.
Marilyn Wisbar Kurutz, 67, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at her home after a long battle with muscular dystrophy and heart disease.
She will be remembered for her spirit and sense of humor, her passion and dedication to do what was right. Despite being wheelchair-bound for the past 25 years, she carried a sunny disposition and an “I can beat this” attitude. She was often known as “the lady with butterflies on her wheelchair.”
Born in 1950 to Ed and Thelma Wisbar, she was a 1968 graduate of Duquesne High School. She attended Point Park College, where she studied accounting. She spent more than a decade working in the insurance industry and was a fashion model for Gateway Associated Photography.
She married Stephen (Ray) Kurutz in 1981 and the couple had one daughter, Daveen. She devoted her life to taking care of her family, as a stay-at-home mom and wife until 1999. Diagnosed in her 40s with mitochondrial myopathy and confined to a wheelchair, she didn’t let that stop her from working at Kennywood Park in security for four years. She was a Pittsburgh Penguins season ticket holder, where she enjoyed cheering for her fellow Lithuanian, Darius Kasparaitis.
Marilyn was a fighter and a lover. She loved her family and friends fiercely and had a deep love for animals. Dubbed the “downstairs mayor” of Duquesne, she successfully fought to get city hall made handicap accessible. She twice ran the city’s crime watch program, cultivating a large citizen’s group dedicated to helping keep the city she called home safe.
She fought and won numerous medical battles and was a breast cancer survivor.
She was preceeded in death by her parents and will meet her dogs Ginger, Jo Jo, Buffy, Lucky, Bee-Bee, Stanford and Jo Jo at the rainbow bridge. She is survived by her adoring husband, Ray; her loving daughter Daveen Kurutz, son-in-law Shawn McLaughlin, of Munhall; sister Susan Kobak (Jack) of Angola, Ind.; goddaughter Kara Kobak, of Los Angeles; sister-in-law Julia Laverne Moreman (Pat) of Greensburg; niece Kelly Moreman of Greensburg; nephews Donald Moreman (Tammy), of Connelsville and Patrick Moreman (Michelle) of Greensburg; a fur grandson, Crosby; a four-legged companion Girlie Girl; and numerous cousins.
Veronica A. Hredocik, 95, of Sewickley, formerly of Greenock, died Sunday August 13, 2017. She was born August 21, 1921 in Glassport and was the daughter of the late Valentine J. and Justyna Raczewski Kurzydlo and was the wife of the late Albert L. Hredocik. Veronica was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park and was a private caregiver. She is survived by her daughter, Justine A. (Larry) Bajek of Sewickley, sons, Gregory E. (Joyce) Hredocik of Elizabeth Township and Robert R. (Beth Ann) Hredocik of Harwich, MA, grandchildren, Tracey (Jim), Brian (Nicki), Lindsey (Gabe), Michael (Amy), Brian (Monica), Justine (Chris) and Missy, great-grandchildren, Lacey, Lyndie, Lauren, Julien, Taliah, Haley, Gabby, Ryan, Kyla and Bryce, great-great-grandchildren, A.J. and Payton, nieces and nephews.
George Eric "Unc" Lundberg, 49, of Liberty Borough, died Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was born October 11, 1967 in Portsmouth, VA, and was the son of Shirley A. Petrunyak Lundberg of Elizabeth Township and the late George Thomas Lundberg. He worked for American Works Corp, and Expert Drywall. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed teaching his sons, nephews and great-nephews to be a great hunter like him. He was also a longtime coach for the Liberty Borough athletic Association. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Kelecava Lundberg, sons, Jake (Hadja) Lundberg of Turtle Creek and Kodi (Shelby) Lundberg of Liberty Borough, granddaughter, Jolena Irene Lundberg, sister, Nadine (Don) Hodge of Elizabeth Township and Mary (Ron) Lundberg of Coulter, God son, nephew , hunting buddy and best friend, Dane (Cory) Dusi, nephews, Travis Dusi, John (Lisa) McCay, Luke (Erin) McCay, Mark Mycka, Matt Bean, Damon DiPaolo, Jr., and Colin Pastor, nieces, Brittany Bean, Erika (Chris) Beltz, Katrina Mycka, Lacey (Adam) Harkins, Rachel Hodge, Darienne Dusi, and Rachel Pastor, great-nephews, Travis, Aidan, Hunter, Ethan, Trigger, Jackson, Justice, Dane, Christopher, and Dylan, great-nieces, Charlie, Joie, Oakleigh and Sophia, brothers-in-law, John (Alene) Pastor and Greg (Lori) Pastor, sisters-in-law, Adrienne (Joe) Dusi, Coleen (Jerry) McCay, and Maureen (Ricky) Bean, aunts, Eleanor Pohorilak, Alice Bertok, and Mary Lundberg, and his dogs, Gunnar and Loki.
Harold W. "Pete" Fuller, age 90, of Clairton, and formerly of Elizabeth passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Southwestern Nursing Center. He was a retired mechanic for Hercules Inc. in Jefferson Hills. An Army veteran serving in the South Pacific during World War II, he was a member of Olivet United Presbyterian Church of West Elizabeth.