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Geraldine M. Solano

January 23, 2021 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Geraldine M. Solano, age 75, of White Oak, died January 19, 2021, at home. Born May 4, 1945, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Peter Joseph and Julia Elizabeth (DiNino) Solano.
Geraldine retired from Mann's Home Medical Products as a medical biller. She received her Associate's degree in Accounting from CCAC South. Geraldine was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Angela Merici site. In her free time, she enjoyed going to eat with her friends and celebrating their birthdays together.
Geraldine is survived by her brother, Francis (Carol) Solano of Renfrew, PA, many nieces and a nephew.

 
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Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz

January 23, 2021 |

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

Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz, age 55 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021.  He was a Marine and Industrial Sales Representative for Sherwin Williams, Eastern Region, a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare Church in Clairton, and a US Army Veteran.  In his spare time, he coached Clairton youth recreation football and baseball for many years, was a motorsport enthusiast, and loved motocross and his Harley-Davidson.  Tony was known as the “Fig Whisperer” after proudly and successfully growing one in his yard.  He loved to garden and looked after any youths that needed his help and will be remembered as a loving husband and father.  Born July 21, 1965 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Randall Koontz Sr. and Judith Piasente (Melvin) Long of Clairton.  Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife Nicole  (Saputo) Koontz;  son, Bryson A. Koontz of Clairton; brothers Randall (Ruth) Koontz, Jr. of Donora, Christopher (Brenda) Koontz of Mount Pleasant and Brian (the late Erin Pittman) Koontz of Clairton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

 
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Thomas L. Andrew

January 23, 2021 |

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

Thomas L. Andrew, 76, of West Mifflin, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. He was born December 2, 1944 in McKeesport and was the son of the late William A. and Edna (Hager) Andrew.

 
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Thomas Edward Tancibok

January 23, 2021 |

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

Thomas Edward Tancibok, 67, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was born November 17, 1953 in McKeesport and was the son the late Albert and Madeline (Oshea) Tancibok.

 
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Claudia Sue Geary

January 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

A bright light went out of our lives on Christmas Day when Claudia Sue Geary ended her journey here with us. After a short stay at Halifax Medical & Brooks Rehab. in Daytona Beach, she was briefly at Halifax Hospice in Port Orange. Claudia was born in 1949 in McKeesport, Pa, graduated from Clairton High School and matriculated at California University in Pennsylvania for her Bachelor's degree.

Although a Volusia County resident for over 40 years, she maintained close ties to her McKeesport friends and relatives and for many years attended annual reunions. Claudia enjoyed exploring her family history and genealogy, which led to her being installed in 2014 into the Jane Sheldon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Claudia's professional career was devoted to assisting both parents and students in financing higher education. She was Director of Student Financial Aid at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at University of South Florida in Tampa and for Bank of America assisted colleges & universities throughout the southeastern region. She was also past President of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA). Claudia enjoyed knitting, contributing numerous items to friends, relatives and charitable groups. Cooking, sharing recipes and landscaping were also favorite hobbies.

 
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Patricia M. Grainger

January 22, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Patricia M. Grainger, 90, a resident of Walden’s View Personal Care, North Huntingdon, formerly of Clairton, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  She was born May 19, 1930 in New Castle, a daughter of the late Howard F. and Margaret (Walls) Rowland. 

She was a member and longtime children’s choir director for Pine Run United Methodist Church, Clairton.  She was a very talented person singing, dancing, and playing the drums, and performing with her late husband  Gordon Grainger with the Yankee Doodle Dandies. 

They performed in many civic centers and parades, and entertained at nursing homes.

 
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Vincent Gelser “Vinny” Crane

January 22, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Vincent Gelser “Vinny” Crane, 89 of Jefferson, formerly of Fort Meyers Florida, passed away on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at Jefferson Hills Wellness and Rehab Center. He was born on March 29th, 1931 to the late Edward P. and Mildred Gelser Crane. Vincent was the loving husband of 67 years to Dolores F. Teetsel Crane. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey (Kimberly) Crane of Elrama, David Crane of Clairton, 4 grandchildren Mitchell, Marshall, Carina, and Anthony, great grandchildren Riley, Royce, Renlee, Nolan. Vincent was preceded in death by his son Randolph Robert Crane and sister Marlene Sue. He was involved in a golf league in Del Tura, Fl. Vincent served in the U.S. Navy during Korea on the U.S.S New Jersey. He worked at Airside, Acutherm, and Haeck Crane Company as a sales Engineer. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Marvin Lewis Herren

January 22, 2021 |

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

Marvin Lewis Herren, age 84, of White Oak, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Braddock on November 8, 1936 and is the son of the late Oscar and Marie Danielson Peterson. He was employed for many years as a manager in various Thorofare Supermarkets in the produce department. He was a 62 year member of the Polaris Lodge #375, formerly Aliquippa Lodge, F & AM Masons, where he earned his 32nd degree. He was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, Faith Lutheran Church of White Oak, the Sons of Italy Band, and the Postal Workers Band. He loved to play the trumpet, was an avid reader, and a historian of museums and trains.

 
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Craig Kirschner

January 22, 2021 |

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

Craig Kirschner, 71, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Born and raised in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Vaun and Leona (Franko) Kirschner.

 
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Robert E. Haden II

January 22, 2021 |

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

Robert E. Haden II, 70, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Some people say that, no matter how old you are, your mind is still 25 years old. Bob Haden was one of those people. Forever young at heart, Bob traded in phrases like "Age is just a number," and "All to excess." For those who knew him in his 70 years, he lived these maxims; he was a force of nature, a cosmic prototype, but even the best-made machines eventually break down. After his latest cardiac tune-up, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Bob did the final upload, sending his consciousness to the Cloud. A member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and active in the Mon Valley RC Club, some may know him by his ham radio call sign, K3OIU ("Old Indian Underwear"), an homage to his father's amateur radio moniker. He enjoyed meticulously building and flying model aircrafts, forever enchanted by the ability to trace majestic geometries in the air. Off the flying field, Bob was a MacGyver, custom-making equipment, and he loved being on the leading edge of technology. He indulged his love of sports cars throughout his life, their customization and impeccable cleanliness, starting with drag racing through Irwin in his youth. Back then, a threat from the police to tell his mother was all the discipline needed. Despite his beloved Corvettes and the like, he stated his Chrysler Crossfire was the most fun he had ever had on four wheels. Perhaps Bob's greatest legacy is his genius, sometimes arriving at work solutions during lucid dreams. At the age of 19, he began what would become a 47-year-long career at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. He started out as a technician, became a supervisor, and finished as a brilliant designer of thermohydraulic tests, all without ever obtaining a college degree. His children grew up under the tutelage of a self-made man who instilled in them passion, drive and an example of seeking one's own destiny. Inside this beloved man was a tender heart invested in his family, encouraging them to discover their highest happiness, whatever form that should take. Bob is survived by wife, Diana; children, Kim, Rob, Jonathan and Heather; grandchildren, Samantha, Shellbie and Maeve; great-grandson, Hero; and sister, Kathy. The mark he made on their lives and the lives of many is immeasurable; he will be greatly missed. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements were made by the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Harriet K. Kruszyna

January 22, 2021 |

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

Harriet K. Kruszyna, 98, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Transitions Health Care Center, North Huntingdon.  She was born May 5, 1922 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Frank and Ida Kruzynski.  Prior to her retirement, Harriet was a secretary for St. Agnes where she was a member of the church, Christian Mothers and card club.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Kruszyna.  She is survived by her children, Linda K. Simmeth and her husband, Michael, Richard M. Kruszyna and his wife, Patricia; grandsons, Richard and Michael Kruszyna; sister-in-law, Ann Kruzynski; nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Kathy and Dave Blazer.  Services are private.  Arrangements were made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Alexander A. "Butch" Nemeth Jr.

January 22, 2021 |

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

Alexander A. “Butch” Nemeth Jr., 71, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Newhaven Court at Linwood, Greensburg.  He was born May 7, 1949 in McKeesport, a son of the late Alexander A. and Rosezella (Holby) Nemeth.  Prior to his retirement, Alexander was a laborer for Pitt Service Center.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his grandchildren, and was an avid Steelers fan.   He is survived by his sons, Sean (Jodie) Nemeth, Scott (Emily) Nemeth; sisters, Elaine (Ken) Shaw, Christine (Randy) Altman; grandchildren, Elliott, Megan, Ashley; and former wife and caregiver, Linda Nemeth.  There will be no visitations or service.  Donations may be made in memory of Alexander  to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


William John Henry

January 21, 2021 |

By Robert A. Waters Funeral Home | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

William John Henry, 76, was born April 18, 1944, in McKeesport, PA. The beloved son of the late John Hubert Bray, Richard J. Henry III (stepfather), and Dorothy Mae (Baker) Henry departed this life on January 17, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Johnny, as he was known as, retired from U.S. Steel, Irvin Works Plant where he held a variety of positions for almost 40 years.

When at all possible; you would see him pulling up to the coffee shop, with a ball cap on and driving a Cadillac. He loved his daughters, granddaughters and the Pittsburgh steelers.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union. Johnny is survived by his ex-wife, Dayle (Obradovich) Henry; two daughters, Michelle Elaine (Raheem) Muhammad and Denise Henry (Thomas) Barnes of McKeesport, PA; 3 grandchildren; Tommi Lynn Barnes, Mulana Anjail and Naylah Elaine Muhammad; brothers, Richard J. IV of Fort Wayne, IN, Michael (Darlene) of Elizabeth, Keith Henry of McKeesport, John and Marlowe Bray of McKeesport. Sisters, Audrey (Kenneth) Hamlin of Clairton, Sharryl (Richard) Kokoska of Port Vue, Carol Bennett, Danella, Phyllis, Loretta, Sherlyn (Lamont) Butler, Yvonne and Shelarise Bray of McKeesport. Many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 
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Doris Amelia (Gonzales) Amatuzzi

January 21, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Doris Amelia (Gonzales) Amatuzzi, age 88, formerly of North Huntingdon, PA, passed away peacefully at Kane McKeesport Regional Community Living Center on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. She was born March 24, 1932 in McKeesport, PA, a daughter of the late Joseph L. and Molly (Weiss) Gonzales.

She was a previous member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Huntingdon. She worked for Digital Paging and as a switchboard operator for the UPMC McKeesport Hospital before retiring.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Vincent P. Amatuzzi; sisters Miriam Diggs, Rosalie Hansen, Esther Micklo and Rachel Conrad and brother Joseph “Buddy” Gonzales, Jr.

She is survived by sisters Sylvia Hannen and Linda Micklo; and brothers David “Punch”, Howard, Albert, and Carl Gonzales; her three children Vincent J. (Terri) Amatuzzi of Wetumpka, Alabama, Louise C. (David) Popko of Elizabeth Twp., PA, and Joseph (Anny Nielsen) Amatuzzi of England, U.K.; loving grandchildren Stephanie (Kishore Sawh) Popko, Jaron Popko, Tristan (Joey) Sgarlata and Vincent “Jamie” (Viv) Amatuzzi; and great grandchildren Conner, Jaidyn, Sparrow, Alessia “Lulu”, and Maeve.

 
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Jerrie Lee (Richey) Guldin

January 21, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Jerrie Lee (Richey) Guldin, 77, of Irwin, peacefully passed away January 19, 2021 with her two sons by her side. She was born May 25, 1943 in Pittsburgh.

She was the beloved mother of Scott (Colleen) Guldin and Eric (Dina) Guldin. She is survived by her grandchildren, Hannah, Mary, Gabriella, Emma, and Bryce Guldin; best friend and sister Carole (Jack) Rayburg, and brother David Richey Sr., including many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Along with her extra children, Ronald (Renee) Howard Jr., John (Rachel) McGurk Jr., the late Charles Burkhart and many others who fondly called her “Mama G.” She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford W. and Lois C. (Graham) Richey and husband David R. Guldin. Always leading a conversation with a compliment, she impacted many lives through her dedication, generosity, and wisdom.

 
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