Herbert Kees Howell, 89, of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, September 30, 2017. He was born September 4, 1928 in Elizabeth Township and was the son of the late David and Sarah Jane Belsar Howell.
Herb was the only student in first grade at the Harmony One Room School, then went on to Wylie School, and then graduated from Elizabeth High School in 1946. During his junior year of high school he left at 1pm and worked until 10 pm during World War II at Jones and Laughlin Steel in Port Vue. Herb was a member of the PA National Guard Unit “Pittsburgh” during the Korean War.
In 1946, Herb would start his own business as a bricklayer, the business would grow over the years to become Howell Marble, Mantel and Stone Company and in 1995 would become Howell Craft, Inc., and is still located at 591 Simpson-Howell Road with 12 employees. He was a member of Central Highland Community United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the planning committee for the new addition of the church, was past president of the administrative board and was also a Sunday school teacher. He was past president and a lifetime member of the Central Volunteer Fire Company.
Marie Virginia Killian Race, 86, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, September 29. 2017. She was born November 17, 1930 at home on 28th Street in Christy Park and was the daughter of the late Peter and Marie Kreson Killian. She was the wife of the late Thomas Edward Race, Jr. who passed away March 15, 2013. They were married for 60 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Romanian Byzantine Church, Christy Park, where she was a former choir director, and bulletin preparer. She also designed pass outs and announcements, participated in cooking dinners, bake sales, bingos and various other money raising projects. Marie was active in International Village, She took part in the first festivity in 1960, and helped design Romanian floats and booths until 1975. At the 2009 Village, Marie was recognized for having designed the first International Village symbol in 1960 and was honored and given a "key to the city" from Mayor Brewster.
William J. Brown, age 90, of North Huntingdon, passed way Friday, September 29, 2017. He was born July 12, 1927 in Harrison City, a son of the late Harry and Mary (Lauffer) Brown. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marine and the Army during the occupation forces after WWII, and went on to be a tool and die worker at Fisher Auto Body in Dravosburg before retiring. He enjoyed traveling, especially to his trailer in Holiday, Florida. He was also a past member of the Elks in Harrison City.
Michael Richard Tutko, age 26, of Indiana, PA, formerly of White Oak, died Wed. Sept. 27, 2017 at his place of employment. He was born in McKeesport on July 16, 1991 and is the son of Michael Thomas and Ellen Bayer Tutko.
Michelle Anne Swanson-Price, 54, of Liberty Borough passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at home after a long illness. She was born in McKeesport on January 26, 1963, the daughter of the late Edwin and Donnalee Swanson.
Margaret H. (Hrtyanski) Piovesan, age 96, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She was born September 7, 1921 in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Paul and Julia (Skito) Hrtyanski. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and participated in the church quilting group. She loved to cook and bake every chance she got. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of over 41 years Glenn C. Piovesan; son David H. Piovesan; sisters Mildred Hrtyanski and Julia Zwald; and brother Julius Hrtyansky. She is survived by her daughter Karen (Gary) Shupe; grandsons Brian (Alisha) Shupe and Steve (Joe Lascar) Shupe.
Pamela Sue Kynor Cassin, 43, of Elizabeth Township, died Monday, September 25, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 16, 1974 in McKeesport and was the daughter of Dorothy "Dot" Bryce Mihalic of Elizabeth Township and Garrett "Gary" (Denise) Kynor of Versailles. Pam was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon and was a hairdresser and bartender. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Hannah Hughes, Dylan Winters, Leah Cassin and Chaise Faychak, sisters, Cynthia Lee (Jay) Weinberg of North Huntingdon and Melissa Ann Mihalic Raynes of Jefferson Hills, brothers, Charles Allen (Peaches) Boyles of Elizabeth Township and Garrett Clyde Kynor, Jr., of Pleasant Hills, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Winters, daughter, Shelby Lynn Albeck, sister, Lisa Kynor and brother, Richard Crammer.
Gary S. Dillinger, 65, of Dravosburg, died Sunday, September 24, 2017. He was born April 30, 1952 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John and Anna L. Shollenberger Dillinger . He was the husband of 29 years of Georgette M. Momich Dillinger of Dravosburg. Gary was a USMC veteran and worked as both a crane operator and river boat operator for The Union Railroad for 31 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Tina M. (Jeff) Pancoast of West Mifflin, Jennifer Dillinger of West Mifflin, and Dawn Pancoast of Munhall, sons, David Dillinger of West Mifflin, Michael Crux of Las Vegas, NV, grandchildren, Katelynn Mozes, Brandon Orr, Maddie Holby and Katelynn Gavel, great-grandson, Avery Mozes, brothers, John "Jack" (Diane) of New Kensington, Robert "Dobe" (Diane) of Whitaker and George Dillinger of White Oak, and nieces and nephews.
ROBERT TORBIC, 81, formerly of West Mifflin, died Sept. 24, 2017. He is the son of the late Jovan and Luba (Mazinia) Torbic. He is survived by daughters Lisa Cherish, Andrea (Ken) Rudek and son Mark Jovan (Gina) Torbic; grandchildren Nick (Kristen) Cherish, Marko and Gabe Rudek; great granddaughter Sloane Cherish; sister Martha Zidkovich. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers Myles, Nick and George and sister Bertha L. Forrest. Robert was the President and Chief Operating Officer of APASCO, Inc. in West Mifflin; served in the US Army and was a member of St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church. Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Tues. 2-4 and 6-8. A funeral service will be held on Wed. at Noon at St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage (everyone is asked to please meet at the church). Interment following Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Robert A. Amantea, 73, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his home. He was born November 6, 1943 in Wilkinsburg, PA, a son of the late Thomas and Antoinette "Dolly" Biase Amantea.
Frank Cosharek, 99, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday September 23, 2017. He was born January 27, 1918 in Johnstown, a son of the late John and Mary (Prunchak) Cosharek. He was also preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane (Mlinarchik) Cosharek, sons James Cosharek and Kenneth Cosharek, and siblings Ann Lavely, Catherine Cosharek, Michael Cosharek, and Nicholas Cosharek who was killed during WWII. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a retired foreman for U.S. Steel, Vandergrift, and an Army Veteran of WWII participating in the Normandy invasion and the European Theater. He is survived by his children Robert (Charlotte) Cosharek of Blairsville, Eileen (William) Spevak of Tucson, AZ, William Cosharek of North Huntingdon, and Thomas (Missy) Cosharek of Rillton; his grandchildren Rebecca Wiegering, and Elizabeth, John, Janine, Makenzie, and Logan Cosharek; his great grandchildren Alejandro, Gabriella, and Rafael; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Mildred C. Mihalov Ondick, age 73 of Bradenton, FL and formerly of Clairton and Punta Gorda, FL, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Born October 9, 1943 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Larry and Stella McAllister and Mildred and Matt Johnson.
Patsy Lou (Fellabaum) Skrinjorich, age 75, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Allegheny General Hospital. She was a retired nurse at the VA Hospital Healthcare System in Oakland, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a former member and vice-president of the Floreffe Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
Helmut Herbert Weber, age 64 of North Huntingdon, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on September 22, 2017. Born August 2, 1953 in Leipzig, Germany, he was the son of Rolf H. and Margot E. (Geira) Weber, and loving husband of Mary Kay (Smith) Weber for over 19 years. Helmut served in the West German Navy as a Morse Code operator for two years. Following his service, he decided to move to the Pittsburgh area in 1975. He went on to dedicate over 35 years to GE Healthcare as an MRI Field Service Engineer. Helmut was a unique and creative man who was loved by many and will be missed by many. In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his children, Catherine Mary Weber of Avon Lake, OH and Christopher Herbert Weber of McMurray; also many in-laws, extended family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Weber and brothers, Juergen and Stephan Weber. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Jody Dausey will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Cancer Research Institute at www.cancerresearch.org. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Wilbert “Bill” C. Gobbel, age 87 of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of McKeesport, died September 21, 2017 at Kane Regional Center - McKeesport. Born March 2, 1930 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Wilbert J. and Elizabeth (Purkiss) Gobbel and the husband of the late Carole (Lynch) Gobbel for 64 years. Bill worked for U.S. Steel National Tube Works as a rigger for 37 years. He belonged to McKeesport Turners and the 11th Ward Club and he loved to take his grandchildren fishing when they were younger, all 12 of them. Bill is survived by sons, Timothy, Terri (Vanessa), and Todd (Deanne) Gobbel; grandchildren, Matthew, Eric, Jason, Patrick, Nathan, Lori Morgan, Josh, Rebekah, Aaron, Amber, and Zac; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Elayne Sparico; daughter-in-law, Diane Gobbel and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Rev. Scott Gobbel; daughter-in-law, Pamela Gobbel; grandson, Guy Gobbel; great-grandson, Luke Gobbel; brother, Donald Gobbel and sister-in-law, Betty Gobbel. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Committal will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
PAUL HOYDICH age 87, of Rochester, PA, formerly of Duquesne, on September 21, 2017. He was a son of the late Paul and Justina (Repella) Hoydich; he was a retired TV repairman and salesman. He was a former member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Duquesne. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. Beloved husband of 57 years to Anna (Dendak) Hoydich; father of Paul George (Cathy) Hoydich of Shaler, PA and George Steven (Anastasia) Hoydich of Beaver, PA; grandfather of Brittany, Zacharia, Ashley and Jeremiah Hoydich; brother of Thomas Hoydich of Brentwood and the late Nina Hoydich and the late Mary Shubert. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne 412-466-3300 where funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. Very Rev. David Lesko officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park with military honors.
Robert Jones, 87, of West Mifflin died Sept. 22, 2017 at Cranberry Place. Born July 11, 1930 in Duquesne, the son of the late Robert and Hazel (Ring) Jones. He is the husband of the late Margaret (Lash) Jones. Bob is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Richard) Corrins; grandchildren Mellisa (Tony) Ross, Jessie Corrins and Greg (Krystina) Corrins; and great grandchildren Nathan, Lilly and Sophia Ross. He was preceded in death by sisters Mildred, Hazel and Thora and brother W. Herbert Jones. Bob was retired from US Steel Duquesne Works and was a member of the West Mifflin Community Baptist Church. Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home Sunday 2 to 8. A funeral service will be held Mon 11 am in the funeral home. Interment following a Jefferson Memorial Park
John T. Scheetz, age 91 of McKeesport, died Thursday, September 21, 2017.He was born on April 3, 1926 in McKeesport, the son of the late William and Elizabeth Kurth Scheetz and the husband of the late Joan Albrighton Scheetz.
Dorothy Mae Walter, 86, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, September 22, 2017. She was born April 10, 1931 in Jefferson Township and was the daughter of the late John W. and Edna E. Williams Greenewald. Dorothy was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Boston where she was a member of the choir and taught Sunday School for 60 years. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert N. Walter, sons, The Rev. R. Paul (Lorrie) Walter of Liberty Borough and Thomas C. (Deborah) Walter of Elizabeth Township, daughter, Jeanne (John) Hutchison of Jefferson Hills, sisters, Mary Godlewski of Perryopolis and The Rev. Joan (Armand) Rousseaux of Ringold, 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Arlene R. (Bobak) Williams, 71, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017. She was born January 9, 1946 in Turtle Creek, the daughter of the late Rev. Paul and Lillian (Snyder) Bobak and was also preceded in death by her husband of over 43 years Paul W. Williams and brothers Ronald Paul Bobak and Robert Bobak.
Arlene was a member of Greater Works Outreach, Monroeville, where she was a part of the GAP ministry and a spiritual mother to many. She was the former host of Cornerstone Ministries Television, At Home With Arlene Williams, and also a co-host of the Signs and Wonders segment of the television show Real Life at CTV. Arlene had a great love for people and was loved by many. She was an avid Pirates fan.
Carl E. Short, 54, of Greensburg, died Thursday September 15, 2017. He was born June 3, 1963, in McKeesport, a son of Larry Short and the late Dorothy Ann Taylor. Carl Short was an ordained minister and committed to community service and helping the lives of others.
The last years of his life were spent helping the lives of people suffering from addiction and mental illness, working with the Democratic Party to promote positive change, and ministering throughout the community. He was an excellent cook, a sharp dresser, and an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved to laugh, make others smile and laugh, and watch scary movies with his family and friends. He loved his children and his grandchildren dearly. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many relatives whom he loved.
Carl is survived by his seven children, Justin short and wife, Paula; Shamira Gelin and husband, Jean; KC Short, Shawn Short, Shakeem Short, Kelli Short, and Lamicah Short; four grandchildren, Jayden Gelin, Ava Gelin, Sophia Short, and Amara Gelin; his uncles James Taylor and Tony Taylor, their children and grandchildren; his aunts Brenda Lawrence and Shirley Weatherspoon, their children and grandchildren; his sister Kimberly Jones and her children, and his siblings, Herman Jordan, Gary Smith III, Lakitta Smith, Kimberly Jordan, Paul Baker, and Malik Smith, as well as many relatives too numerous to mention.
Martha Marie Hubans, 85, of Lincoln Borough, died Sunday, September 17, 2017. She was born October 31, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Mary M. Banik Gajdzik. She was the wife of the late Stephen A. Hubans who died May 2, 2011. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township and was also a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church in McKeesport where she was the church's organist for 40 years. Martha owned and operated her own Beauty Shop at home. She is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Flister of West Mifflin and Marcy (Michael) Hall of Elizabeth Township, son, Robert J. (Judy) Hubans of Elizabeth Township, sister, Maryann (Mike) Palyo of Lincoln Borough, 4 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Florence E. Johnson Hinkle, 79, of Irwin, died Saturday September 16, 2017. She was born April 2, 1938 in New Castle, a daughter of the late Joseph Gordon and Eva (James) Plush. She is survived by her husband David P. Hinkle; her children Darlene B. Anthony of Greensburg, Dan Johnson of Liberty Boro, and Dean Johnson of West Newton; her step children Sharon Jacobs of SC, Lori Gutshall of North Huntingdon, Kelly Celsic of Bentleyville, and Amy Gerwing of TX; twenty one grandchildren; a brother Larry Plush of New Baltimore; and her beloved dog Pepper.
DUANE G. BRADLEY age 65, of Duquesne, on September 18, 2017. He was a son of the late George and Matilda (Kalan) Bradley. He was a former employee of US Steel Homestead Works and retired from Bakewell Corp. A member of Christ Lutheran Church, he was an avid golfer and for 15 years coached the Duquesne Little League and also umpired in the City Parks League and belonged to the Pittsburgh Umpire Association. He was the husband of the late Hazel (Carman) Bradley; father of Matthew Bradley, Heather Bradley and Joseph Bradley, Sr., all of Duquesne; grandfather of Joseph Bradley, Jr.; brother of Sherrie (Joseph) Kiss of Oakdale, George (Joy) Bradley of Mars and Faith (Keith) Edwards of West Mifflin. Visitation on Monday 2-8 p.m. at the MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor John Gropp, officiating. Burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Duquesne Youth Athletic Association, 12 S. Second St., Duquesne, PA 15110.
DERREK V. HAYWOOD, 44, of Glassport, died Sept. 19, 2017. He is the son of Art Haywood and Linda (the late William) Breitinger. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters Jessica (Jesse Ingram) Breitinger and Jamie (Mark Fairbaugh) Breitinger and nephew Nicholas Uhren. Derrek was a member of the PNA in Glassport. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Thurs. 2-4 and 6-8.
Elva Louise Boissin, 79, of Monongahela, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was born April 28, 1938 in Manown, the daughter of Charles R. and Louise L. Staffen Cain, Sr.
Elva was a 1957 graduate of Monongahela High School. She was a lifetime member of the River Hill Church of Christ in Monongahela where she taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, was involved in their youth group, active in the prayer chain and flea markets and was in charge of sending cards to church members for all occasions. Elva worked on the Honor Roll committee for the War Memorial that was erected on the church property. She was the family historian for the Staffen's and the Cain's. Elva loved to travel, enjoyed going to the Red Caboose, eating pizza and wings and loved being with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Allen Boissin with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage on October 3, 2016; three daughters, Nancy Tencer and husband Joe of California, Debbie Boissin of Fallowfield Township, Lynne Boissin of Forward Township; twin granddaughters, Merry Andrejchak and fiance' Chad Cyktor, Roxanne Lewis and husband Lance; great grandson, Jaxson Lewis; two brothers, Charles R. Cain, Jr. and wife Shirley and Raymond Cain both of River Hill.
Sandra L. Schuler, age 67 of McKeesport, died Saturday, September 9, 2017. She was born in McKeesport on September 4, 1950, the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Virginia George Kyne. Sandra was an avid bowler and enjoyed bingo and puzzles. She loved animals, especially cats and birds. She is survived by her daughter Kim (Sara Stumme) Schuler of McKeesport, sister; Michelle Kyne of Port Vue, and many nieces and nephew.
Gerald “Coke” John Cola Sr., 83, of Clairton, formerly of Glassport, passed away at home on Monday, September 18, 2017. He was born September 15, 1934 in McKeesport to the late Pasquale and Irma Stipa Cola. Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elsie Germek Cola; sons, Gerald J. (Shari) Cola Jr. of Clairton, Gregory Cola of McKeesport; sister, Patricia (Angelo) Donofrio of Glassport; step-grandchildren, Jessica, Malarie, and Richard “R.J.”; step-great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Ian, Serenity, Alyssa, Colton, and Devlin. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, a veteran of the US Army, a retiree of Peoples Natural Gas Company’s Monongahela Office, enjoyed sports, high school football, gardening, collecting coins, spending time with his family and was an animal lover. Arrangements have been entrusted to S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Interment will be private at Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Marie (DePaolo) "Sissy" Bradich, 80, of West Mifflin, died peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Sycamore Estates, Duquesne. Born May 15, 1937, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Nicolene (Vendetti) DePaolo. Beloved wife of the late Jacob T. Bradich, she is survived by a son, Jacob T. Bradich II of West Mifflin, a brother, Anthony DePaolo of Grafton, Ohio, and a sister, Josephine Tortorella of Dormont. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Victoria Bradich and a sister, Norma Kester.
Elaine M. Minnick, 91, of McKeesport, died Monday, September 18, 2017. She was born August 12, 1926 in McKeesport and was the wife of 53 years to the late Oscar F. Minnick. She was a member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church in McKeesport and was a member of St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Elaine loved crossword puzzles and Polka dancing. She is survived by her sons, John R. (Christy) Minnick of Phoenix, AZ, David P. (Jill) Minnick of White Oak, and granddaughter, Nicole L. Minnick of White Oak who was the apple of Grandma's eye, and nieces and nephews.
Robert "Bob" Terrance Jones, 64, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was born December 5, 1952 in McKeesport and was the son of the late William "Casey" Jones and the late Lenora Cuppett Jones McAllister. Bob was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Boston and worked for ECOLAB. He was a member of F & AM Polaris Lodge # 375 and was a Volunteer Fireman for the Buena Vista Fire Co. He is survived by his wife, Terri Lynn Jordan Jones, sons, Scott Jones of Lincoln and Erik R. Jones of Elizabeth Township, brother, Ted (Kathleen) Jones of Andover, OH, aunt, Georgie Gallo of Pittsburgh, mother-in-law, Virginia Jordan of Elizabeth Township, brothers-in-law, Bruce (Joan) Jordan of McKeesport and Dale Jordan of Elizabeth Township, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Annette M. Kulasa, 68, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Orlando, FL after a long struggle with MS. She was born July 21, 1948 and was the daughter of the late Helen and Leon Kulasa of McKeesport, PA. She was Aunt Nettie to all of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who loved her dearly. She was a loving sister to her brothers Bo Kulasa of Monroeville, PA; Ben (Kathy) Kulasa of Delmont, PA; and sisters Janice Kulasa of Enterprise, FL; MaryAnn (John) Boicourt of Peachtree City, GA and Dottie (Tom) Drake of Kissimmee, FL. A resident of Pennsylvania, Atlanta, GA, and, since 1996, in Orlando, FL, Annette devoted herself to God and the Catholic Church in its schools and parishes.
DALE WORTON age 65, of Pittsburgh, on September 13, 2017. He was the son of the late Howard and Norma (Schulz) Worton. He was a retired maintenance man for J.J. Land Company. Father of the late Gary Wayne Worton; brother of Lynn Worton, Wayne Worton, Tim Worton, all of Pittsburgh and his sister, Loretta Lee Davis, of North Carolina; and by the families of Jeremy Vroman and Samantha Vroman. There will be no visitation. Memorial Funeral Services will be be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Christ Lutheran Church, Duquesne at 12:30 p.m. Pastor John Gropp officiating. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY -SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, PA, 412-466-3300.
MARCELLA YAROSIK age 95, of McKeesport, formerly of White Oak and Duquesne, on September 14, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Furbish) Cibula. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. She was the wife of the late George Yarosik; mother of Marlene (George) Prosnik, of Springfield, VA, Donna (Charles) Dyer, of Tucson, AZ, Patricia Anderson, of Arlington, VA, Mary Louise Yarosik, of Monroeville, and Janet Yarosik, of North Carolina; sister of Joseph Cibula, of West Mifflin, Rosella Lofe, of Georgia, Gertrude Krohe, of Illinois, and the late Lawrence Cibula, the late Andrew Cibula, Jr., and the late Dolores Hast; also six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 12 Noon at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY -SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, 412-466-3300.
DOLORES ANN BILLS age 83, of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, on September 15, 2017. She was a daughter of the late John and Ann (Galatka) Pavlak. She was retired from the G.C. Murphy Company. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. She was the wife of the late Theodore J. Bills; mother of the late Michael John Bills; sister of Rita Marie Pavlak, of Pittsburgh; also survived by many friends at Community Life, in Homestead. There will be no visitation. There will be a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. Reverend Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY -SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, 412-466-3300.
Donald M. Lotz, Sr., age 86, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Irwin, died Sept. 14, 2017, at his home. Born Nov. 23, 1930, in Christy Park, he was the son of the late Herman M. and Martha J. (Bildhauser) Lotz and the husband of the late Cheryl L. (Lasica) Lotz.
Richard D. Sarver, age 100, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017. He was born May 11, 1917, in Berlin, PA, son of the late Jacob and Sara Ellen (Stevanus) Sarver. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Clara M. (Altfather) Sarver; brothers Edgar, Robert, and Glenn Sarver; and sisters Olive Jones and Vera Deist. He is survived by his sons Lynn (Betsy) Sarver, Larry (Maria) Sarver and Blaine (Lisa) Sarver; grandchildren Jeff Sarver, Michael (Ashley) Sarver, Paul (Kim) Sarver, Lexi (Justin) Coulthurst, Abbey Miller, Arianne (Allan) Ward, Noelle Sarver and Mallory Sarver; and great grandchildren Caleb, Ian, Ryan, Molly, Connor and Emma Sarver, Ethan and Sydney Coulthurst, and Maverick Ward. He was employed by the Union Railroad for 37 years and also a member of the URR chorus.
Margaret D. Kern, 90, of Greenock, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017. She was born December 20, 1926 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rena Bullister Donnelly. She was the wife of the late Albion Ray Kern who died February 1, 2002. Together they owned and operated the former Sunray Pools in McKeesport. She had previously worked in the accounting department of the former Carnegie Tech in Oakland. She is survived by her son, Gary R. (Shelley) Kern of Elizabeth Township, daughters, Janet (Dean) Harbry of Atlanta, GA, and Karen Greenwald of Greenock, grandchildren, Heather, Amber, Zoe, Shannon, Evan, Ryan, Liam, Erin, Megan, Kern, and Keith, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Doris Torrence, age 89 of McKeesport, died September 13, 2017 at Riverside Care Center. Born December 6, 1927 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Naomi (Shanley) Maneer, and wife of the late John Robert Torrence.
Jane Lowe, age 92 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in Jefferson Hospital. Born April 8, 1925 in Monessen, she was a daughter of the late Glenn and Sara I. (McGauhey) Braddock.
Ann Vranesevic, formerly a resident of Duquesne and North Huntingdon, died on September 12, 2017, at St. Anne’s Home, Greensburg, PA. She celebrated her 100th birthday on July 2, 2017, and was born the fifth of 10 children in Yukon to Petar and Milka Cheran.
Josephine Mills, 59, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born August 19, 1958 in Braddock, PA, a daughter of the late Edward and Grace DeThomas Spara.
Nicholas P. Papadakos, retired Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, age 92 of McKeesport, died Monday, September 11, 2017. Born January 24, 1925, in Hoboken, New Jersey, son of the late Reverend Petros M. Papadakos and Presbytera Olga Christopoulou Papadakos, he served as a Sergeant in World War II, Honorably Discharged in 1946, and was the recipient of four Bronze Star medals.
Marilyn Rotharmel, age 52 of McKeesport, died September 9, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport. Born October 2, 1964 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Barbara (Hall) Bova and the late Charles Mossburg, step-daughter of the late Frank J. Bova, and loving wife of Brian Rotharmel.
Victoria K. “Vikki” Harper, age 65 of White Oak, died Monday, September 11, 2017. She was born in McKeesport on September 30, 1951, the daughter of the late James and Lois McAdoo Figola, and wife of the late William D. Harper.
Andrew J. Knapp, 29, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Shadyside Hospital with his family at his side. He was born June 7, 1988, the beloved son of James and Rosemary Gregory Knapp.
Edward James Maloney, age 89 of McKeesport, died September 9, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport. Born November 26, 1927 in Homestead, he was the son of the late Edward James and May (Sibley) Maloney, and loving husband of Lois Jean (Gilda) Maloney for 59 years. Edward honorably served in the US Army 88th Infantry Division during WWII. Following his military service, he worked for Firth Sterling Mill in McKeesport and later went to work for the City of McKeesport for their maintenance department. Ed was also a talented painter, devoting his time to painting houses and working on roofing jobs. He was a member of the AMVETS and American Legion. In his free time, he enjoyed drawing and sketching, however his biggest passion was spending time with his daughter and grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Tony) Sherlock-Fonzi of McKeesport; grandchildren, Patrick (Laura) Sherlock, Crystal Sherlock, Anthony Fonzi and Darius Fonzi; great-grandchildren, Tyson and Emmit Sherlock; brother, William Maloney; brothers-in-law, Gene Dandrea and Lavino Dandrea; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Maloney; sister, May Maloney; and nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. with a Blessing Service at 5 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with continued visitation until 7 p.m. Deacon Stephen C. Pikula will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the family. Condolences may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Dustin Jay Rivera, 36, of Munhall, passed away unexpectedly on September 9, 2017. Born July 11, 1981, he was the son Valerie Mahmoud and Ramon Rivera, Sr. He was the father of Marie Jane Lekovich. Dustin was recently engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Diahana Rea. Known as “Dud” to his friends, he was raised Catholic and selected Simon for his confirmation name.
Frank P. Miriello, age 91, of North Versailles, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea that went on to work in the payroll department of the Post Office in Pittsburgh for over 40 years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in East McKeesport and the American Legion in White Oak and was an avid bowler that enjoyed events with the Senior Bowlers in North Versailles. He is preceded in death by his parents Francesco A. and Cecelia (Weis) Miriello; and brothers Alfred, Richard, Leonard and Eugene Miriello. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years Dorothea L. (Mitchell) Miriello; children David F. (Suzann) Miriello and Lisa F. (Karl Probola) Miriello; grandson Anton Raphael (Rachel) Miriello; and brothers Raymond and Kenneth (Mary) Miriello.
Bert L. Heyz, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, September 08, 2017. He was born December 7, 1929 in McKeesport to the late Bert and Elizabeth (Pogyor) Heyz and was also preceded in death by his wife Corrine (Dvorsky) Heyz and his brother Richard W. Heyz. He worked as a general superintendent for the Dick Corporation. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Holy Trinty Lutheran Church; Shidle Lodge 601 F & A.M., Bromas Club, AASR, Valley of Pittsburgh Syria Temple, Tall Cedars and enjoyed bowling and golf. Bert is survived by children Russell B. of North Versailles, Brian K. (fiancée Beth) of North Huntingdon and Donnell C. (Tad) Minerva of Jeanette; grandchildren Brian K. II, Brandon K. and Corrine D.; loving companion Mary Shubert and his dog Mia.
Donald S. Hansel, 93, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Excela Health Westmoreland. He was born April 4, 1924 in Vale Summit, MD, a son of the late Robert and Jessie Gerlach Hansel.
LUCILLE B. RUNGE Age 85, of West Mifflin, on September 7, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Peter and Augusta (Miller) Boyer. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Duquesne Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild, and she partook in the Church’s Fish Fry.
Beloved wife of Bernard J. Runge for 65 years; mother of Wilma (Edward) Krien, of White Oak, Robert Runge, of West Mifflin, and LouAnn (Robert) Kraus, of Warrenton, VA; grandmother of Shanna Krien, Brandon Krien, Keith (Jen) Kraus, and Courtney Kraus; great-grandmother of Collin Krien.
She was predeceased by brothers, William Boyer, Raymond Boyer, and Sylvester “Red” Boyer. Visitation on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, where a Blessing Service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating.
Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Bridges Hospice, 1200 Gulf Lab Rd., Pgh., PA 15238.
Age 96, of Duquesne and former resident of McKeesport, died on September 7, 2017, in St. Anne's Nursing Home, Greensburg, PA. She was born on January 9, 1921, in McKeesport to Michael and Virginia (Coulter) Kushner and was the oldest of five children. On October 26, 1946, she married Stanley Belback. Together they were loving parents of four sons and three daughters. Madeline was an active member at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne where she belonged to the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild, and was a Third Order Carmelite in the "Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Chapter" for 36 years. She also belonged to Our Lady's Rosary Makers, was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and a volunteer at John J. Kane Hospital for 13 years at the Scott Twp. and McKeesport centers. She was a former Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) teacher of religion, and a teacher for Catholic Awards for Girl Scouts of Catholic Faith. She also served on the Home Mass Committee for shut-ins. She is survived by her children, Stanley (Theresa) Belback, Lanexa, VA, Marlene (Stephen) Smith, North Huntingdon, PA, Anita (John) King, Mineral, VA, Regis (Marianne) Belback, Steubenville, OH, John (Valerie) Belback, West Mifflin, PA, Virginia Belback, Williamsville, NY, Joseph (Robin) Belback, North Huntingdon, PA; 13 grandchildren and one step- grandchild; 16 great- grandchildren; sister, Catherine Crovak, Greensburg, PA; and many nieces and nephews. Madeline was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley "Stush" Belback; parents, Michael and Virginia (Coulter) Kushner; brother, Michael S. Kushner; sisters, Virginia (Ernest) Williams, and Rita (Walter) Belback. Madeline was a woman of great Faith who had an abundance of love for her husband, children, family, and friends with sincere caring and compassion for others. We'll all miss her! Visitation will be on Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 12-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 12:00 Noon at St. Joseph Church. Madeline's nephew, Rev. Thomas Lewandowski and Rev. Emmanuel will officiate the Mass. Entombment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of the Little Flower (Carmelite), 1313 North Frontage Rd., Darian, IL 60561 for masses.
Kenneth Banner, age 69 of McKeesport, formerly of Pittsburgh, died September 7, 2017 at his home. Born March 24, 1948 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Wilbur Allen and Janet (Kenny) Nicholson. Ken devoted his time working as a McKeesport professional drug counselor at First Step Recovery for many years. After retirement, Ken started his own recovery program called Resources Unlimited where he dedicated his life to helping others overcome. He spent hours volunteering for the AARP Hunger Services Food Bank in Wilkinsburg continuing his ministry to help others. He is survived by his children, Renee Clark-Smith and Chris Sowell; brothers, Clifford Nicholson and Donald Nicholson; sister, Valerie Williams; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, 321 Kittanning Pike, Sharpsburg, PA 15215. (Please meet at the cemetery) In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to AARP Food Bank Foundation, PO Box 93207, Long Beach, CA 90809. Condolences may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Rev. William P. Wood, 83, of North Huntingdon, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday September 6, 2017. He was born December 29, 1933 in McKeesport, a son of the late Emmett and Agnes (Bumbarger) Wood and was also preceded in death by a brother Robert Wood. Bill was a graduate of McKeesport High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Nyack College, Nyack, NY. He served as a Pastor in Christian & Missionary Alliance Churchs for thirty nine years. He served Somerset Alliance Church from 1959 to 1965, Blairsville Alliance Church from 1965 to 1976 and then served as Director of Development at the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Western Pennsylvania District Office from 1976 to 1984. He served as Pastor of Norwin Alliance Church, North Huntingdon, from 1984 until his retirement in 1999 then served as interim pastor after retirement.
Frank J. Urban, age 99, of North Versailles, passed away September 6, 2017. He was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport. Frank was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II that went on to work for over 40 years in the Boiler House at Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock. He is preceded in death by his wife Sophie Urban; parents Jacob and Catherine Urban; brothers Joseph and Richard Urban; and sisters Stella Rowlands and Bernice Wasko. He is survived by his daughters Patricia (Dennis) Numer, Judith Liebert and Joyce (Simeon) Siau; grandchildren Brian (Lina) Numer, Matthew Numer, Melissa (James) Heckert, Chad (Stacie) Liebert, Jason Liebert, Angela (Dan) Limbacher, Joel Siau, Jeremy (Esther) Siau, Jesse (Lacie) Siau and Charis Siau; great grandchildren Solomon, Jewel, and Grace Liebert, Aubrie and Lucas Heckert, Victoria and Solomon Siau and Ethan Limbacher; brother Peter Urban; and nieces and nephews.
Jamie Norbert Winters, 47, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, September 5, 2017. He was born December 31, 1969 in McKeesport and was the son of Agnes J. Martis Winters of Elizabeth Township and the late Norbert Ralph Winters. Jamie was a Chef at Woody's Restaurant in Versailles. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters, Valerie (Kerry) Jones of Londonderry Township, and Judy (David) Hall of Greenock, brothers, Jerry and Gregg Winters of Elizabeth Township and Pastor Jeff (Michelle) Winters of Finleyville, aunt, Joan Winters of White Oak, his fiancée, Dayna Blazek and her son, Tyler of Uniontown, a niece, Brittany (Keegan) McGregor, nephews, Barrett (Holly) Jones, Brent (Mary) Jones, Blake (Heather) Jones, Brandon (Kate) Jones, and Brent and Brock Winters, great-nieces, Ellie and Sophie Jones, great-nephews, Zachary, Charlie, Teddy, Noah, and Owen Jones, and his loving dog, Spike.
BERNARD F. DWOREK, JR., 79, known as “Butch” or “Bernie”, died at home Sept. 7, 2017. He is the son of the late Bernard and Emily (Krukowski) Dworek, and devoted husband to his beloved wife Carol, who preceded him in death. He is also preceded by sister Emily Rusnock and brother William “Bill” Dworek. Butch was the Daddy of Lisa (Daniel) Hommel, of Monroeville, proud PapPap of Matthew and Benny, and “big brother” to cousin Michelle Vancas and her family. Butch was a police officer in Glassport for over 40 years, capping his career as Chief of Police before retiring in 1999. As Police Chief, he coordinated many activities for children, including the popular Annual Fishing Contest, as well as food drives and Christmas activities partnered (through his wife, Carol) with the Glassport Girl Scouts. He also assisted in her Scouting activities, and greatly enjoyed trips to Pymatuning, fishing, game nights with in-laws ’Sis’ and ‘Budg’, time with “the Kids”, and watching his grandsons perform in musicals. He belonged to Queen of the Rosary Parish, the Fraternal Order of Police, Citizen Hose Co. #2, and the Oldtimers Baseball Club. After retirement, he became a bus monitor for special needs children, known to coworkers and kids as “Mr. Bernie”. Butch and his ’soulmate’ Carol were always a team; he steadfastly cared for her at home during her prolonged battle with complications from renal failure until her death in 2013. Friends will be received at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Sat. 6-8 and Sun. 2-4 and 6-8. A funeral Mass will be held Mon. 10:00 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Parish with Rev. Miroslaus Wojcicki. Internment will follow at Round Hill Cemetary.
MARIAN K. ADAMS Age 81, of Duquesne, on September 5, 2017, at home. She was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Babir) Cicak. She was a former clerk from Macy's and Kaufmann's at Century III Mall. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Duquesne and their Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Third Order of Carmelites. Beloved wife of 64 years to Albert B. Adams; mother of Dennis (Carol) Adams of Jefferson Hills, Kathleen Firle of Duquesne and the late Kevin (surviving spouse, Tracy) Adams of McMurray; grandmother of Keith Firle, Eric Firle, Sr., late Joelle Mateya, Nicole Adams and Jacob Adams; great-grandmother of Eric Firle, Jr. and Gavin Firle; sister of Patricia (late John) Dupal of Harrison City and Michael Cicak of Duquesne; sister-in-law of Mary Adams of Duquesne; aunt of Joyce and John Dupal; also great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation Saturday, 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, where a Blessing Service will be held Monday, September 11, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Thomas Lewandowski, officiating and burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Carol Catherine O'Connell, 94, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Mount Vernon, died Monday, September 4, 2017 at home. She was born December 18, 1922 in Elizabeth and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Trasp Bauer. She was the wife of the late Francis Xavier "Fritz" O'Connell who died August 15, 2012. They were married for 61 years. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park and was also a member of the Ladies Guild and Resurrection Society. She was also a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Huntingdon. She was the proprietor of her own in home beauty shop and had worked for US Steel Christy Park Works testing bomb shells during WWII. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Mary (Gery) Stafford of Gaithersburg, MD, son, Daniel Francis ( Karen Jean) O'Connell of Severna Park, MD, sisters, Jean Conn of White Oak and Elaine Jackson of Irwin, grandchildren, Jeremy, Meghan, and Ross Stafford and Daniel O'Connell, sisters-in-law, Mabel Bauer and Jane Bauer, nieces and nephews.
Agnes A. Guzewicz, age 77, of North Versailles and formerly of McKeesport, died Sept. 4, 2017, at UPMC East in Monroeville. Born Nov. 17, 1939, in Braddock, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Walendziewicz) Boruch and the wife of the late Joseph R. Guzewicz.
Kathy Tomas, 86, of Lenexa, KS, formerly of Duquesne, PA, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Zaborsko Selo, Croatia, to Mijo and Jela Smenderovac. In 1955, she married her late husband Michael and they had two children before the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Duquesne in 1973. After her husband passed, Kathy moved to Lenexa to stay with her daughter who compassionately cared for her to the end. She was retired from Riverview Center-Jewish Senior Assisted Living Center - Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked as a seamstress for almost 20 years. Kathy loved flowers and enjoyed sewing, needlepointing and gardening. She was a loving, generous and kind person who enjoyed her family and little children. She could light-up a room with a most beautiful smile and, even in her most difficult moments, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren could bring a smile to her face.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister.
Kathy is survived by her daughter Mary (Walter) Rendulic; son David (Carla) Tomas; grandchildren Adam and Maria Tomas and Monica (Carlos) Bello; great-grandchildren Julian and Adrian Bello; brother-in-law John (Josephine) Baic; sister-in-law Marica (late Drago) Spudic; and the late Josip (Micika) Tomas and nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Peter Holt and the St. Luke’s Hospice staff of Kansas City for their exceptional care, compassion and support.
Visitation will be on Friday, 9/8/2017 from 3-8 PM. at the MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 9/9/2017 at 10:00 AM.Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, PA 15110
Lawrence F. "Larry" Miller, 72, of White Oak, died Sunday, September 3, 2017. He was born April 3, 1945 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Francis S. and Martha L. Hollen Miller. Larry was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish and was a US Army Veteran. He was a retired electrician and had worked for US Steel Irvin Works, Lorraine Works and the former Duquesne Works. Larry was a coach at the White Oak Athletic Association for 15 years and was also a former White Oak Councilman. He is survived by his wife, Janet Sue Buchleitner Miller, sons, Matthew L. (Leah) Miller of Indiana and Martin P. Miller of White Oak, sister, Lois Brosky of Greensburg, grandchildren, Michael Barker and Leah Jane Bogdanski, 4 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome Wednesday, September 6 from 6-8:00 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday at 8:00 pm with his brother-in-law, The Rev. Donald Buchleitner, officiating. Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Richard Potochny, 76, of Greenock, died Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Butler Memorial Hospital. He was born April 27, 1941 in New York, and was the son of the late John and Inger Olsen Potochny. Richard was an Elected Primary Official with Teamster's Local 273 retiring in June, 2000. He was a Senior Captain in the US Army and served from 1960-1972, which included 2 tours in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Julia "Judy" Elizabeth Bryant Potochny, sons, Mark (Dena) Potochny of Madison, IN, Jim (Christine) Potochny of Alexandria, VA, Michael (Mary Kay) Potochny of Greenock, and John H. Potochny of Madison, IN, daughters, Julie Denise (Joe) Osche of Butler and Esther Michelle (Robert) Marasco of Poughkeepsie, NY, grandchildren, Heather, Michael (Alyssa), Julia, Charlotte, Lissy, Joseph, Emma, Samantha, Alex, PK, Tyler, Savannah, Tyler, and Krystina, brother, Robert (Jeanie) Potochny of Butler, nieces and nephews.
James E. "Jim" Sabo, 68, of Versailles, died Saturday, September 2, 2017. He was born May 23, 1949 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John J. "Tony" and Alice Marie Wilkins Sabo. Jim was a member of the Port Vue United Methodist Church. He was a retired Letter Carrier and worked 8 years in McKeesport and 28 years in Glassport. He was a US Army Veteran and served in the Vietnam War. For his service he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat infantryman Badge. He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. Lapsley Sabo, sons, Jeffrey Sabo of Elizabeth Township and Brian James (Jenny Cook) Sabo of Newport News, VA, and grandchildren, Madison and Marisa Sabo and Caylyn Cook.
Melodie Joan Robb, 52, of McKeesport, died Friday September 1, 2017. She was born May 8, 1965 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Lorin Charles and Gloria Jean "Dewy" Sokol Lesko. Melodie was a member of St. Mary's Romanian Church in Christy Park and was a house keeper. She was the most giving and loving person anyone would have ever known. She had the biggest heart. She loved going to church and serving the Lord everyday. She is survived by her brothers, Terry (Suzanne) Lesko of Greenfield and Andrew Lesko of McKeesport, sister, Toni Lesko of Boston, nieces, Kristie (Sean) Egnatz, Melonie Lesko and Amber Jones, nephews, Jerid Lesko, David Lesko, Everett Lesko, and Terry Lesko, Jr., Thaddias Anderson, Jeromie (Mandi) Anderson and Jordan (Jelitza) Anderson, Joey, Jack and Max, great-nieces, Shelbie, Mikayla and Jasmine, great-nephews, Sean Jr., Jeromie Jr., Mateo, Jordan and Jacob, and many friends.
Kimberly Jean "Kimmie" Lesko, 55, of Versailles, died Friday, September 1, 2017. She was born June 15, 1962 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Lorin Charles Lesko and Gloria Jean "Dewy" Sokol Lesko. Kimberly was a member of St. Mary's Romanian Church and was a Private Duty Nurse. She had previously worked for Kane Regional Center and Riverside Care Center in McKeesport. Kimberly was a devoted daughter, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and a friend to everyone she knew. She loved her family. She is survived by sons, Thaddias Anderson, Sr., and Jeromie (Mandi) Anderson of Versailles and Jordan (Jelitza) Anderson of Butler,the father of her children, Larry "Toots" Anderson of Butler, brothers, Terry (Suzanne) Lesko of Greenfield and Andrew Lesko of McKeesport, sister, Toni Lesko of Boston, grandchildren, Thaddias Jr., Jeromie Jr., Mikayla, Jordan, Jacob, Jazmine and twins on the way, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Thomas R. Stephenson, Sr., age 71 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Jefferson Hospital. Born July 26, 1946 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Thomas H. Stephenson, Jr. and Elizabeth J. (Blaha) Stephenson.
Jennifer Nichole Benjock Sprowls, known lovingly as “Bunny” to some, 41, of Dravosburg, passed away on Saturday September 2, 2017. She was born June 7, 1976 in Pittsburgh to Paul J. Benjock and Deeni Chismar Tarre. Along with her parents, Jennifer is survived by step-mother, Sandra Benjock; brothers, Ryan A., Paul V., and Matthew J. Benjock all of West Mifflin; sister Emily E. Benjock also of West Mifflin; step-sisters, Debora (Michael) Gianelli of CA, and Patricia Tarre of Elizabeth City, NC; step brothers, Philip Tarre of Hope Mills, NC and Patrick (Amanda) Tarre of Fayetteville, NC, and her beloved dogs and cats. She was a 1994 graduate of McKeesport Area High School, a 1996 graduate of Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, co-owner of Lou Louz Beauty Salon in Wilmerding, a beauty consultant for nursing homes and elderly shut-ins, a volunteer at Carnegie Library in Homestead, and a lover of animals. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday September 5, 2017 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11:00 am followed by interment at St. John’s Cathedral Byzantine Cemetery in Munhall. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Earl H. Bernath, age 71 of Glassport, formerly of West Mifflin, died September 1, 2017 at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born November 8, 1945 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Earl H. and Zella I. (Paxon) Bernath, and loving husband of Elby (Orbin) Bernath for 50 years. Earl worked for US Steel National Tube Works for many years where he ran the overhead cranes and also worked in the rolling pits. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially loved spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Bernath of Glassport, Tina Bernath of Glassport, and Earl (Cary) Bernath of Port Vue; grandchildren, Timmy Tatters of Glassport, Destiny (Zach) Tatters of Elizabeth, and Bailee Bernath of Port Vue; great-grandchildren, Gabbie Bryne and Joseph Delancey; siblings, Linda Savage of McKeesport, Jeannie Garish of Irwin, Beverly Birr of McKeesport, Kathy Luera of White Oak, Clarence Moffitt of Meadville, and Charles Bernath of McKeesport; also many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Donna Ehrhardt, Edna Oatman, and James Moffitt. Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the family. Condolences may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Thomas W. "Puck" Paquet, Jr., age 65 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 in Jefferson Hospital. Born April 7, 1952 in Elizabeth Twp., he was the son of Dorothy (Caster) Paquet of Elizabeth Twp. and the late Thomas W. Paquet, Sr..
HELEN ZALEWSKI, 98, a longtime resident of Glassport, passed away on Sept. 3, 2017. Wife of the late Joseph H. Zalewski and mother of recently deceased son, Joseph W. Zalewski (Joseph died 5/21/17). Helen is survived by beloved son, Francis E. (Margaret) Zalewski; grandchildren Thomas (Stephanie) Zalewski, Molly Zalewski, Anna (Keith) Etzweiler and Maureen (Edward) Regnier; 6 great grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Paulette Zalewski. The family thanks the staff at the Woodhaven Care Center in Monroeville for the diligent and personal care given the past 4 years. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport Wed. 2-4 and 6-8. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thurs. at Queen of the Rosary Parish. Interment following Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh Pa 15237.
NICK “SHOOSH” PILIPOVICH, 85, South Park, formerly of Duquesne, died Sept. 2, 2017. He is the son of the late Bozo and Anna (Buchko) Pilipovich. He is survived by his beloved wife Milica “Mitzie” (Baskot); sons Nick Pilipovich of South Park and David (Kelly) Pilipovich of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren Kyle and Kelsey Pilipovich; brother George (the late Sally) Pilipovich and his wife Joanne; brother-in-law Walter “Vlade” and his wife Diane “DeeDee” Baskot; also many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by brother Michael “Flip” Pilipovich; sister Ann “Anka” Kresovich and her husband Steve; brother-in-law Dushan “Duddy” Baskot and his wife Mary; sister-in-laws Zora Nedzbala and her husband Gabe; Myra Farrell and niece Lisa Farrell. Nick graduated from C.B. Weaver Real Estate School and was the owner/operator of Huckster’s Bar and Restaurant. Nick was a member of St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church, where he served as a tutor (usher); Masonic Lodge 765; Syrian Shriner’s Tall Cedars Caravan 38; SNF Federation Lodge 76; Pres. of the Duquesne-Duquesne Annex Tavern Assoc. for 40 years; Pres. of Duquesne School Authority for the construction of JFK Elementary School; Vice Pres. of Duquesne School Board; Pres. of Hucksters Booster Travel Club; booked all the events for the Duquesne Serbian Club in the 1950’s. He loved all Pittsburgh sports and playing cards with his friends; traveling and attending Serbian basketball tournaments. He lived for his sons, including watching Air Force Academy Basketball games. He often told his sons “Don’t ever forget where you came from”. Nick was a very generous man and loved to help everyone. He will be sadly missed by all, especially his St. Sava’s family. Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Mon. 2-8. A funeral blessing will be held 10:30 am Tues. in the funeral home followed by an 11:00 am funeral serbice at St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage. Entombment following Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church or the American Cancer Society.
Caroline Przywarty, age 94 of North Versailles, formerly of Liberty Borough, died August 31, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport. Born April 23, 1923 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine (Pasko) Piotrowski, and loving wife of the late Edward P. Przywarty. During the war, she worked at J&L Mill, however her greatest achievement was being a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandma. Caroline was truly everyone’s grandma! She spent her life enjoying the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She rode quads with her grandsons into her 90’s. She lived in Liberty Borough for 30 years before moving to Point Pleasant Retirement Community. Caroline found pleasure in the simple things in life, whether it be the sun shining on her face, or the beauty of growing her vegetable garden. She was quiet and unassuming and was an attentive listener. She was simply the best! She is survived by her children, Pamela (Wayne) Kucich of White Oak, Karen (Don) Coughenour of Orangeburg, SC, and Cindy (Tom) Owoc of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Kristy (John) Scherf, Michael (Carolyn) Kucich, Branden (Heather) Kucich, Jessica (Dan) Holland, Lindsay (Matt) Brown, Donnie Coughenour, Clay Owoc, Zachary Owoc, and Kylie Owoc; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Parker, Emily, Abigail, Anthony, Karsen, Dixie, Mason, Reagan, Reese, Franklin, Ruby, Noah, Emma Grace, Sage, Riley, McKenzie, and Cash; siblings, Sophie (the late Sam) Bondi of Fox Chapel and Thomas (the late Dorothy) Piotrowski of McKeesport; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Edmund Przywarty; and siblings, Stanley Piotrowski, John Piotrowski, Victoria Ploszay, Eleanor Sharik, and Louis Piotrowski. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, September 4, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark Parish, Liberty Borough Site. Father Daniel Straughn will officiate. Burial will follow at New St. Joseph Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Ray A. "Granny" Armstrong, age 77, of West Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at home. He was a tire man for PJ Dick and Trumbull. He was a lifetime member of 61 years of the West Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Company, a former member of West Elizabeth Borough Council, and a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66.
Matthew R. Young, 45, of North Huntington, died Monday August 28, 2017. He was born January 2, 1972 in Pittsburgh, a son of Dale Albert Young and Carol (Moore) Young of Ligonier, formerly of Penn Hills. Matthew was a graduate of Penn Hills High School and received a master’s degree from Point Park University. He had worked in quality control and regulatory affairs for various medical device companies. He is survived by his wife Lisa Ann (Yarabinetz) Young; his daughter Kayla Young; his brothers Dale Young and wife Susan of Penn Hills and Douglas Young and wife Kathy of Cabot; in-laws Thomas and Donna Yarabinetz; brother-in-law Douglas Yarabinetz and wife Elaine of Murrysville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.