Harold N. "Buzz" Phillips, Jr., 64 of Glassport, died March 30, 2018. He is the son of the late Harold and Donaldeen (Beitler) Phillips, Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife Louise Phillips; sons Brian Phillips and Jim (Lisa) Phillips; grandchildren Jim Phillips, Jr, Alex, Ben and Elizabeth and sister Sheryl Perozich; also nieces and nephews. Buzz worked at National Tubes for 13 years and then Kane Regional Center. Buzz was a member of Port Vue Athletic Association and church council at Queen of the Rosary. He was also very active in Glassport and South Allegheny's football, basketball and baseball programs where he coached for many years. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Mon. 2-8. A funeral mass will be held Tues 1:00 pm at St. Mark's Liberty Boro with Father Daniel Straughn. Interment following New St. Joseph Cemetery.
Marie R. (Tomko) Mourey, age 91 of Jefferson Hills and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Jefferson Hospital. Born December 7, 1926 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Michael P. and Anna (Cominsky) Tomko.
LEONARD HORNFECK, Age 80, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Beloved Son of the Leonard and Virginia Hornfeck; Beloved Brother of Diane, the late Barbara Reilly, Joan and Linda; Beloved Father of Cindy Hornfeck, Susan Yesensky the late Michael Hornfeck, Lee Hornfeck, Melissa Borrelli and Lane Mills; Beloved Grandfather of Natalie Brown, Timothy Yesensky, Kelsey Mutkus, Josh Turner Joseph, Justin and Jessie Borrelli, and Jack, Asher and Sloane Mills. Retiree of United States Steel – Irvin Works. Known as Rizzo, he loved to play softball, watch Steelers games, drink just one glass of Stroh’s (at each place he went), and listen to classic oldies, particularly Creedence Clearwater Revival. Visitation will be held Mon. from 4-8 at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home. A funeral blessing will be held Tues. 10:00 am at the funeral home with Father Miroslaus Wojcicki. Interment following Jefferson Memorial Park.
Elsie M. Holmes, age 79, of Dravosburg, died peacefully March 27, 2018, at home. Born July 10, 1938, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Kathleen (Galvin) Lynn and the wife of Melvin D. "Rod" Holmes, for over 63 years.
Virginia “Jeanie” Dorothy Loomis, 95, of Clairton, formerly of Glassport, passed away at Jefferson Regional Hospital on Thursday, March 29, 2018. She was born September 4, 1922 in McKeesport to the late John and Mary Germek Pavol. Virginia was the loving wife of the late Leland Russell Loomis for 39 years. She is survived by her son, Donald R. Loomis and her dog Shadow. Along with her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by brother, Robert Pavol. She was a graduate of Glassport High School & Duffs Business School, was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Church, loved sports, sewing, bingo, ceramics, and was a member of Wilson Civic Association. Visitation will take place from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 on Monday, April 2, 2018 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A mass will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
John Joseph Giles Jr., age 70, of Liberty Borough, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon, WV. Owner of John Giles Trucking Inc. in Liberty Borough for more than 40 years, he was a self-employed truck driver. A Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the NRA, Goldwing Road Riders Association, and AARP. He enjoyed flying his powered parachute.
William Francis Denney, age 101, of North Huntingdon, formerly of New Jersey, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018. He was born August 15, 1916, in Orange, New Jersey, a son of the late Daniel and Matilda Denney. He retired after 32 years as a production manager at the Newark News and was a former member of St. Joseph Church in West Orange, and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was an Army veteran of WWII. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Lorene (Rutledge) Denney; and brothers Daniel and James Denney. He is survived by his children William F. (Maggie) Denney Jr. of North Huntingdon and Robert D. (Kathleen) Denney of Boonton, NJ; grandchildren Lauren and Collin Denney; and sister a Helen Knight of Lancaster. A funeral service and interment will take place in New Jersey.
Mary Ann Dworek, 80, of Port Vue, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. She was born July 17, 1937 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Plichta) Bertoti. She was the wife of the late Paul Dworek who died April 6, 2010. Mary Ann was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the McKeesport Garden Club. She was retired from the Borough of Port Vue after 38 years of service. She is survived by her daughter, Celeste (Bob) Soubeyrand of Port Vue, twin sons, Christopher P. (Betsy) Dworek of Mercer and Cary P. Dworek of West Middlesex, grandchildren, Heather Atkinson, Nicholas Yaksic, Tyler Soubeyrand and Madeline Dworek, great-granddaughter, Anastasia "Annie" Atkinson, nieces and nephews.
Rita Mae Popovich, age 86, of Liberty Borough, died March 26, 2018 at Riverside Care Center. Born November 28, 1931, in Munhall, she was the daughter of the late Stephan and Helen (Lengyel) Kostelnik and the wife of the late John Popovich.
George Boros, age 86, of McKeesport died Tuesday, March 27, 2018.He was born in Braddock on February 3, 1932 and is the son of the late Andrew and Marie Matta Boros.He was the husband of the late Rose Marie Kopolovich Boros.George served in the Ary duringthe Korea war. He was employed at Mesta Machine in Homestead and then at Thermal Industries in Murrysville.He volunteered at Meals on Wheels in McKeesport, he loved listening and dancing to Polka music; in fact, everyone wanted to “dance the Polka with Uncle George.”He had a kind smile that made you smile and everyone enjoyed spending time with him.
Emil "Moe" Brunazzi, Jr., 95, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018. He was born November 22, 1922 in Blythedale and was the son of the late Emil Brunazzi, Sr. and Narcissa Morpanini Brunazzi. He was the husband of 65 years to the late Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Hamadock Brunazzi. Moe graduated from Sewickley Township High School in Herminie in 1942 and went on to work as a milkman for Menzie Dairy in McKeesport and delivered milk in the Pittsburgh area for 27 years. He also worked at his parent's farm in Irwin. After his retirement from Menzie Dairy, he was employed by Walter Schmitt and Associates in West Newton. Emil loved his children and grandchildren, to garden, watch the deer, turkeys and squirrels in his back yard, planting flowers, crossword puzzles and to go fishing in Potter County with his son-in-law, Ray Homa. Emil was a member of the Shelocta Sportsman's Club. He is survived by 3 generations of family including his five children, whom he loved very much, Sharon A. (Ray) Luzier of Elizabeth Township, Terry (Jane) Brunazzi, Sr. of Belle Vernon, Barbara (Ray) Homa of Indiana, Gary (and friend, Linda) Brunazzi and Emil Brunazzi III of Irwin, four grandchildren, Laurie Luzier (Rob) Salvio of Smithton, Raymond (Aspen) Luzier Jr. of Franklin, TN, Terry (Trisha) Brunazzi Jr. of Greensburg and Jessica (David) Brunazzi McDermott of Philadelphia, six great-grandchildren, Nico, Mayla and Talia Brunazzi, Hudson Ray and Beck Jagger Luzier and Josephine Jane McDermott (and another great-granddaughter on the way), a sister, Joy B. DeClaudio of Irwin, many nieces, nephews and cousins and good friend Debbie Raymer of Galeton.
Edward “Flip” Phillips, 84, of Little River, SC, and formerly of McKeesport and Elizabeth Borough, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018 at home. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he retired from the Maintenance Department of the Airbrake Division of Westinghouse in Turtle Creek.
Helen Marie Fencik, age 96, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. She was born September 22, 1921 in McKeesport, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ann Vojnik Bilohlavek and the wife of the late Stephen Fencik. She belonged to the Liberty Boro Senior Citizens and loved to walk and visit her family in Colorado.
Betty Ann (Charney) Horensky, 79, of Greenock, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. She was born May 26, 1938 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William F. and Anna (Cholock) Charney. She was the wife of the late George Edward Horensky, Jr., who died February 19, 2012. Betty was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the Ladies of Charity, Fish Fry Ministry, Peanut Butter and Jelly Ministry for the Boys and Girls Club and the Festival Committee there. She was formerly the secretary at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenock and with the former Department of Energy in West Mifflin. She is survived by her son, George William (Katherine) Horensky of Rostraver, sister, Deborah Charney of Port Vue, grandchildren, Vincent W. Horensky and Elizabeth Mary Horensky, and brother-in-law, David Horensky.
Jimmie Joe Berggren, Jr., 35, of West Newton, died Saturday, March 24, 2018. He was born March 15, 1983 in Jeannette and was the son of Jimmie Berggren and Naoma Harvey of West Newton. Jimmie worked for Blank Welding in Elizabeth. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Erik (Susan Zombek) Berggren and their sons, Ian and Ryan of Glassport, uncles, Eric Berggren of Monessen, Seth Fellabaum of Elizabeth and Shane Matthews of Latrobe, close friend Melissa Richardson and their dog Sarge, and cousins.
Diane Jean Craig, 60, of McKeesport passed away March 25, 2018 at home. She was born in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late James and Yvonne (Coleman) Workman. She was a member of Beulah Park United Methodist Church.
Diane is survived by her husband, Edward L. Craig Sr.; a daughter Dawn L. (Anthony) Harper; sons, Edward L. (Diane) Craig Jr., Shawn J. Craig and Brian L. Craig. She is also survived by her twin sister, Donna Harper, and brothers Kevin (Sally) Westfall and Kenneth Workman. She has 24 grandchildren.
Philip E. Carnahan, 89, of North Versailles, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. He was born December 18, 1928 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert L. and Elizabeth (Baker) Carnahan. Philip worked for the former Teslovic builders and served in the National Guard. He is survived by his brother, Robert L. Carnahan of White Oak, nieces, Lynne A. (John) Straub and Susan L. Salley, great-nieces, Melissa and Sara and great-nephews, Shaun and Michael.
Gertrude Ida (Schroter) Blaha, 92, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. She was born August 20, 1925 in Glassport and was the daughter of the late Karl and Martha (Bartz) Schroter and was the wife of the late John E. Blaha. Gertrude was a member of the former St. John's Lutheran Church in Glassport. She had worked at the former Glass House in Glassport for many years. She had also worked at the Christy Park Works and Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh. She is survived by her son, Karl (Carol) Blaha and daughter, Carol (William) Hageman of Elizabeth Township, grandchildren, John and Candace Blaha and Suzanne and Christine Hageman. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Hedwig Olson and Lota Kirschner.
Louise Zivkovich, age 101 of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. She was born March 23, 1917 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Peter Ivkovich and Mary Kusic Ivkovich, and wife of the late Michael Zivkovich. Louise is survived by her son, Michael (Kathleen) Zivkovich, Jr. of Columbia, Maryland, daughter Marilyn Milkovich of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, grandchildren; Michael Trent (Margaret) Zivkovich, Catherine Erin (David) Harris, Ashley (Christopher) Barwick, great grandchildren; Charlie, Anna, Wyatt, and Pierce.
Daniel Pellecchia, age 85, of Lincoln Borough, formerly of Christy Park, died March 25, 2018, at Walnut Ridge Memory Care of Greensburg. Born April 16, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Pietro and Helena (Porretta) Pellecchia and the husband of the late Pauline (Pollock) Pellecchia.
Jean L. Zalac, age 90 of White Oak, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in John J. Kane Regional Center - McKeesport. Born May 11, 1927 in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Mihach) Kellar. A member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and the former Sacred Heart and St. Martin de Porres Parishes, Jean was a 1944 graduate of Duquesne High School, a volunteer with both the Rainbow V.F.C. and Senior Care at Lifespan, and a member of S.O.A.R..
Marlene Fay Claar, age 79 of McKeesport, passed away at home on Saturday March 24, 2018. Born June 11, 1938 in Palmer, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Fay (Teufel) Olsavsky A former real estate agent with Matthew Cracolice Agency in White Oak, Marlene also operated her own day care. She loved her cats and loved children, especially babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Nancy Ann Coleman, age 75 of Glassport and formerly of Elizabeth Twp. and Wilmerding, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born October 6, 1942 in Wilmerding, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Praskavich) Miskow. A very talented artist, photographer, and gardener, Nancy worked in the art department at G.C. Murphy and Co. in McKeesport.
Sallie L. Prihode, age 81 of McKeesport, died Saturday, March 24, 2018. She was born June 16, 1936 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Ernest and Judy Welsh Lofstrom, and wife of the late Edward P. Prihode. Sallie graduated from McKeesport School of Nursing and worked forty-two years as a nurse for Dr. Laurence T. Ritchie in White Oak, until her retirement. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 47 years. She was a member of the Clairton Chapter #316, past Matron of White Oak Chapter #542, past District Deputy, and 1989 Grand Warder of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania.
Wayne N. Washowich, age 74 of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of Glassport, White Oak and McKeesport, died surrounded by his family on Friday, March 23, 2018. He was born December 19, 1943 in McKeesport is the son of the late Samuel Washowich and Cecelia Campbell Washowich Ferry and the step son of the late Harry (KO) Ferry.
Judge Zoran Popovich, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina and formerly of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, passed away on March 20, 2018 at 87 years of age.Born February 4, 1931 in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Very Rev. Dr. Milan Gabriel and Zoritza Popovich. The Judge’s wife and mother of their four children, Helen Bodnar Popovich, preceded him in death on May 17, 2010.They were married for 52 years.
Edith Marie Kampert, age 86, of McKeesport, died March 22, 2018, at UPMC McKeesport. Born January 11, 1932, in White Oak, she was the daughter of the late Walter B. and Edith (Chapman) Pickell and the wife of the late Joseph Kampert.
William A. Green, 83 of Liberty Borough, died March 23, 2018. He is the son of the late William and Elsie Green. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda (Przywarty) Green; daughter Darla (Anthony) Trunzo; son William C. Green and grandson Nicholas Trunzo. He was preceded in death by his brother Edgar Green. Bill was a retired mechanic and was a member of the Vets in Liberty Borough. Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.
Debra Ann (Halt) Vice, age 54, of Elizabeth passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Center for Compassate Care. Born December 9, 1963 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Harry E. and Marian E. (Cuttler) Halt. She is survived by her sister, Kimberly Hanna of Elizabeth Twp.; brother, Matthew Halt of Elizabeth; nephew, Bryce Hanna; niece, Taylor Hanna; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. No visitation is planned. A memorial service will take place in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home Chapel, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12 Noon with the Rev. William K. Little officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
Barbara J. (Davis) Harrington, age 84, of West Elizabeth, and formerly of Duquesne, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at UPMC Montefiore. She loved her grandchildren and cats. Born September 7, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, she was a daughter of the late Edward W. and Bertha (Hiles) Davis and wife of the late Ralph P. Harrington Sr. She is survived by son, Ralph P. (Kimberly) Harrington Jr. of Jefferson Hills; daughter, Sharon (Denny Bishop) Denne of Ligonier; son, Donald Wheeler of Clairton; eight grandchildren; and her cat, Tiny. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, Robert "Peanut" Wheeler; brothers, James Davis and George "Jock" Davis; and sister, Darlene Stoffa. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, March 26, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
ALBERTA L. VASH age 77, of West Mifflin, on March 22, 2018, at the home of her brother. She was a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret I. (Moriarty) Vash. Alberta was a retired secretary from the West Mifflin School District, a member of the Grace United Church of Christ and a graduate of Duquesne High School Class of 1959. She was a sister of Verda M. (Stephen) Mastandrea of West Mifflin, Catherine A. (Gerald) Noga of West View, Lawrence A. (Mary Ann) Vash of West Mifflin; also survived by her fiancé, Robert C. Spencer of West Mifflin. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation on Sunday 12-4 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 11 a.m
David Hugh Kushner, 68, of Gainesville, GA, formerly of Peters Township and Glassport, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at North East Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA. He was born in Pittsburgh on August 8, 1949 to the late Michael Kushner and Dixie B. Ronk. David was the loving husband of the late Barbara Haas Kushner who passed away in 2006. He is survived by his daughters Amy Sue and Dana Lynn, sister, Peggy Ronk of Dawsonville, GA and nieces Liliann Moser and Suezette Dickey. Arrangements have been entrusted to E. C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport, PA 15045. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in David’s name be made to Medical Center Foundation, Attention Ronnie Green Heart Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, GA 30051, or medicalcenterfoundation.org/donate. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Dolly E. Ceryak, age 97 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Heritage Manor Senior Living in Brentwood. Born April 10, 1920 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Angelo and Esterina (Biancia) Demis. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Dolly was a janitress with the Clairton School District.
Helen Lichtenstein, 81 of White Oak passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday March 21, 2018. She was born January 27, 1937 in Queens, New York and was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Josephine Kestenbaum. She was a member of Gemilas Chesed Congregation and it's Sisterhood and Hadassah. She was Vice President and CFO of her family business Lico, Inc., McKeesport. She is survived by her husband, Stanley Lichtenstein, children, Steven Lichtenstein of Orlando, FL, Sam (Randi) Lichtenstein of Monroeville and Shari (Henry) Rondon of Pembroke Pines, FL, grandchildren, Stephanie (Jesse) Naber, Matt (Riley) Lichtenstein, Ashley Cuneo, and Ryan Lichtenstein, great grandchildren, Jace and Luke, and also her grand fur babies.
Thomas David Kurta, Jr., 39, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was born June 7, 1978 in McKeesport and was a member of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in McKeesport and was a 1996 graduate of Hudson High School in Hudson, OH. Tom loved hockey, riding his Harley-Davidson, watching a good movie and going out with friends. He was proprietor of TK Window Cleaning. He is survived by his parents, Thomas D. and Mary Jane (Leibold) Kurta of Elizabeth Township, sister, Tammy Lynn (Jeff Corsello) Kurta of Mars, grandmother, Helen Leibold of Elizabeth Township and nieces, Lila Monroe and Amelia Grace.
Lois Jean Hensell, 77, of Adamsburg, formerly of Manor, died Sunday March 18, 2018. She was born September 22, 1940 in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Joseph and Vera (Winfield) Hare and was also preceded in death by her husband Ralph E. Hensell Jr. and a grandson Joseph Hensell. She was a former longtime employee of Monsour Hospital and also worked at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon. She is survived by her sons Ralph Hensell and his wife Adrian of Manor, James Hensell of Adamsburg, and Gregory Hensell and his wife Susan of Manor; her grandchildren Ralph Hensell, Jaime (Brian) Evans, Matthew (Amy) Hertzog, Jonathan Hensell, Rachel (David) Eckberg, Michael (Chrisato) Hensell, Jacob (Ashley) Hensell, and Jeffrey Hensell; her great grandchildren Ethan Hensell, Kailyn Evans, Bryce Hensell, Alexis Evans, Blake and Grant Hertzog, Kartar and Nikki Hensell, Zack Eckberg, Lucas Hensell, and what she was anxiously waiting for, her eleventh great grandchild Evan Hensell on the way. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Maier of Penn; her brother Gerald (JoAnn) Hare of Greensburg; brothers in law John (Phyllis) Hensell of Manor and Louis Valenti of Biddle; also nieces and nephews and her faithful dog Callie.
Jeffrey P. Marzaloes, age 57, of White Oak, died March 18, 2018, at home. Born March 16, 1961, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Geraldine (Hillegas) Marzaloes and the husband of Catherine (Haley) Marzaloes for 21 years.
John Michael Divinchi, 67, of Latrobe, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at Presbyterian University Medical Center, Oakland. Born July 24, 1950 in Waterbury, CT, he was the son of Michael and Anne Daniks Divinchi, and is survived by his sister, Merry Morash of Okemos, MI. John was a financial services provider in Latrobe. Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Sandra (Call) Breakiron, age 73, of Forward Twp. passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born August 3, 1944 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Ernie and Hazel (Frazier) Call. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dan Breakiron; son, Russ Matich of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Sarah Burrl of Mechanicsburg, MD, and Ryan Matich of Elizabeth Twp.; brothers, Kevin Call of Arizona and Don Frazier of Monongahela; also, nieces and nephews. No visitation or service is planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
Thomas J. Moore, age 76, of Christy Park, died March 19, 2018, at home. Born December 2, 1941, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Leonard Clifford and Katherine (Holmes) Moore and the husband of the living Josephine "Cookie" (Munoz) Moore.
Margaret P. Telega, age 100 and a lifelong resident of Clairton, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018. Born December 1, 1917 in Large, to the late John and Eva (D’Abbodanza) Palumbo. Margaret is a retired Milliner for K-Mart in Pleasant Hills and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton.
Larry Hartos, age 69, of Duquesne, died Sunday, March 18, 2018. He was born September 20, 1948 in McKeesport, the son of the late Arthur L. and Blanche Melcarsky Hartos. Larry was employed at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory as an industrial electrical technician for thirty-eight years. He was the board president of the White Oak American Legion post 701, and former member of the Bethlehem Congregational Church.
ROBERT L. SAPOS age 73, on March 3, 2018, of North Huntingdon, PA,. He was the son of the late Andrew and Helen (Szegedy) Sapos. Bob was retired from sales from Home Depot and also worked at Boyer-Pentek Construction and US Steel Duquesne Works. Bob was a handyman and enjoyed old cars and doo-wop music. He was the beloved husband of 49 years to Karen C. (Boyer) Sapos; father of Kerry Reese of Pittsburgh and Kim (Sean) McMurray of Wexford; Pap Pap of Shane McMurray and Cade McMurray; brother of Dennis (Cathy) Sapos of Rankin, Sharon Sapos of North Carolina, and the late Andrew Sapos, late David Sapos and the late Ruth Weber; brother-in-law of Denny (Lynn) Boyer and Debby (David) Ackerman; also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service followed by a luncheon on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the American Serbian Club, 2524 Sarah St., Pgh, PA 15203. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Foundation at https://shop.arborday.org Arrangements entrusted to MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, PA, 412-466-330
John David Patrick, 63, of McKeesport, died Saturday, March 17, 2018 at home. He was born February 7, 1955 in Youngstown, Ohio, and was the son of Olga (Roshesky) Patrick of Youngstown and the late John Patrick. John was a deacon and choir member at the Norwin Alliance Church and was also a member of Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dance Society and the Tuesday Musical Club. He graduated from Youngstown University with 2 Engineering Degrees. He retired from US Steel - Edgar Thomson Works after 40 years of service. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Carole Sue (Gardner) Patrick, stepsons, Kirk (Niddavone) Zecchini and Keith Zecchini, grandchildren, Dominic, Zachary, Isabella, Eva, and Miranda, great-grandchildren, Julian and Olivia, brothers, Greg Patrick of Austintown, OH, Daniel (Coleen) Patrick of Salem, OH, and Michael Patrick of Ben Avon, PA, sisters, Karen (Steve) Baumgarten of Beachwood, OH, Denise (Frank) DeCenso of Virginia Beach, VA, and Marilyn (Jeff) Carnahan of Norfolk, VA, nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5-8 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Visitation will also be held in the Norwin Alliance Church from 10 am until Funeral service at 11 am. (Everyone please meet at the church). Pastor Bob Daniels will officiate. Interment will be in the Scottdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Fairview Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Ilse Hildegard (Schneider) Eichler, 94, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, March 16, 2018. She was born November 4, 1923 in Plauen, Germany and was the daughter of the late Walther Kurt and Ella Frieda (Schuebel) Schneider. She was the wife of the late Martin Eichler who died February 21, 2010. She was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth and wife Linda Eichler of Murrysville, Alan and wife Roxanne Eichler of North Versailles, daughter, Wendy and husband Daniel Seager of Lake Park, FL, grandchildren, Kristen Norona and Kaytlin Mooney, Alex, Erich, Adam, Elissa, and Annie Eichler, and great-grandchildren, John, Elisabeth Kay, and Raegan Kennedy.
Carolyn C. Leech, age 75 of McKeesport, died March 16, 2018. She was born February 6, 1943 in Dawson, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Harriett Culler Burec, and wife of the late James N. Leech. She was preceded in death by her daughter Kathryn Reeves.
Chester Leonard Mols, age 94, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully on his birthday, Friday, March 16, 2018, at home. Born March 16, 1924, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John and Alexandria (Izbicki) Mols and the husband of Dolores (Wise) Mols for over 63 years.
Carl S. "Skip" Mowry, Sr., 76 of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died March 14, 2018. He is the son of the late Victor E. and Sylvia J. (Miller) Mowry. Carl is survived by his ex wife and constant companion, Norma (Burgman) Mowry; children Christine A. Mowry, Carl S. (Theresa White) Mowry, Jr. and Shari (Willie) Mowry Williams; sister Clara P. Fady; brother Ronald J. Mowry; sister-in-law Marjorie Mowry; pap to 9 grandchildren; pap pap to 9 great grandchildren; also nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard P. Mowry and mother-in-law Ruth F. Lloyd. Carl was retired from US Steel and as head of gate security for Kennywood Park. He was a member of St. John Mark Lutheran Church; US Steelworkers Union; Moose; Kennywood Police and served in the US Navy. Carl was also a boy scout leader for many years. Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Tues. 2-8. A private funeral service will be held Wed. in the funeral home.
Helene M. "Helen" McConeghy, age 82 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Southwestern Nursing Center in West Mifflin. Born May 1, 1935 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Nick J. and Sophia (Vukovich) Cisco. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Helen was a local hairdresser who also worked at the former Thompson's Convenience Store in Elizabeth.
Antonio “Tony” J. Sparico, 83, of West Mifflin passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday March 14, 2018. He was born in McKeesport May 5, 1934 to the late John B. and Marie Anna Rera Sparico. Tony is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia A. Lister Sparico; son, Anthony (Trina) Sparico of Upper St. Clair; daughter, Jannine (Bert) Ackerman of West Homestead; grandchildren, Megan (Alex Gennari) Sparico, Tracy Johnson, Anthony (Amanda) Sparico, Natalie Sparico, Annalee Sparico; great-grandchild, Wyatt Antonio Johnson. Along with his parents, Tony was preceded in death by daughter, Kristin Sparico; brother, Peter J. Sparico and sister Mary Antonella. He resided in West Mifflin for most of his life, served in the US Army during the Korean War, was employed by US Steel National Tube Plant in McKeesport and Hechingers in West Mifflin, was a lifetime member & past president of West Mifflin #3 VFC, enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, his grandchildren, Carmella (his dog), was a member of VFW Post 914 in West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to VFW Post 914, 4901 Ball Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122. Visitation will take place Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm and Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place Sunday, at the funeral home, immediately following visitation at 1 pm. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Theresa (Uziel) Kuzio, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of Glassport, died March 7, 2018 in Franklin, MA. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Raszewski) Uziel. Beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Kuzio., whom she married on July 1, 1950 at Holy Cross Church. She is survived by son Mark Kuzio of Belfast, ME, daughter Mary Anne Lindner of Virginia Beach, VA and son Neil Kuzio of Franklin, MA; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brothers Stanley Uziel of Glassport, Eugene Uziel of Monroeville and sister-in-law Dolores Nizanty of Hollywood FL. Her brother Valentine Uziel and wife Irene were a special part of Theresa and Joe's life, sharing many special moments over the years. Theresa will be remembered as a loving, dedicated mother and wife, her great fortitude through difficult times and teaching her children many valuable life skills through example of "where there's a will, there's a way." Always greeting family and friends alike with a warm smile, she will be remembered for her optimism and supportive nature. We will always be grateful and will keep her in our hearts. A private memorial service will be held in Glassport. Arrangments by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.
A Requiem Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by the Rev. Gregory Madeya at 10 a.m. March 17, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 1907 Eden Park Blvd., McKeesport, for James M. Verrier Jr., who died in 2016, and his wife, Patricia, who died last month in Springfield, Va.
The Verriers were cremated in Virginia and will be inurned in St. John's Cemetery following the Mass.
The Verriers are survived by daughter, Jennifer Verrier, a son, James Verrier III, and a sister-in-law, Juli Verrier.
Evan E. Hughes, 79, of Boston, Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018. He was born January 24, 1939 in Clairton and was the son of the late Henry C. Hughes, Sr., and the late Katherine (Watson) Hughes. He was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, the National Education Association and was a member and past president of the former Versailles AARP. Evan was a collective bargaining expert and was a retired Negotiator with the Florida Teaching Profession. He is survived by his wife, Ethel (Anater) Hughes, son, Glen (Nita) Hughes of Albuquerque, NM, daughter, Dana Sorick of Munhall, grandchildren, Jessica and Daniel Snyder, brother, Henry Hughes, Jr. of Pottstown, niece, Linda (Marty) Vollmuth and nephew, Brian (Christine) Hughes.
Howard Benjamin Herchelroath formerly of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, PA and recently of Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, PA went to join his Lord on March 13, 2018. He was born July 22, 1925 in McKeesport, Allegheny County, PA to John T. and Harriet (Todd) Herchelroath.
Nadine Cornelious, 60, of McKeesport died March 10, 2018. She was born Nov. 1, 1957. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead, with a service to follow at 3 p.m.
Mary R. Mizgorski, 92, a life long resident of Bloomfield, died Monday, March 12, 2018. She was born July 10, 1925 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Vicenzo and Antoinette (Scapes) Trapani. She was the wife of the late A. William Mizgorski. Mary worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Workman's Compensation Division and had previously worked for Ayob's Produce Yards in the Strip District. She was a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joanne E. Mizgorski of Shadyside, brother, Dominic (Pat) Trapani of Verona, and many nieces and nephews.
Vivian "Pat" (Kropp) Eakin, age 98, formerly of White Oak, died March 12, 2018, at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg. Born January 21, 1920, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Kropp.
It is with great sadness the family of Bryan David Angelo announces his passing on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the age of 45. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends in New York Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
Helaine J. Phillips, age 78, of White Oak, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018. She was born in Pittsburgh on September 9, 1939 and is the daughter of the late Marian R. Michael Ferraro Wotherspoon and Anthony Ferraro, and wife of the late Jon Phillips. Helaine was employed by PA Coach Lines for years where she held numerous different jobs. She was a driver, a dispatcher, a bookkeeper, worked in payroll and was a school bus monitor. She was a member of Corpus Christi Church and was past president of the Christian Mothers Rosary Society and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Steve Deliman, 85 of Belle Vernon, formerly of Glassport, died March 12, 2018. He is the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Bartko) Deliman. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (Shimrak) Deliman. He is survived by his children Steve Deliman, Patricia Deliman and John (Heather) Deliman; also 8 grandchildren. Steve was a member of the Church of St. Ann; the longest standing member of the Glassport American Legion and served in the US AirForce. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Wed. 2-4 and 6-8. A funeral mass will be held Thurs. 11:00 am at the Church of St. Anne, Rostraver with Rev. James Bump.
Edward J. Vojtek, age 89 of West Mifflin, died Saturday, January 20, 2018. He was born in McKeesport, the son of the late John and Agnes Vojtek, Sr., and husband of the late Phyllis Gray Vojtek. Edward served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska. He worked as a press operator for GM in West Mifflin until his retirement. Edward loved hunting, was an avid trap shooter and belonged to several gun clubs. He is survived by his daughter Donna (John) Nixon of Mansfield, Ohio, granddaughter Erin (Dean) Pontikos of Brecksville, Ohio, 2 great grandsons, William and Johnny, and brother Albert (Martha) Vojtek of Fort Gratoit, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his brother John Jr., and sister Emma Mehalik.
James F. Lafferty, 75, of Irwin, died Saturday March 10, 2018. He was born December 11, 1942 in Braddock, a son of the late James R. and Doris (Miller) Lafferty. Jim was a retired corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution, Greene County, and a veteran of the Army National Guard during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of the Trafford American Legion and the Italian Miners Society, Hahntown. He is survived by his wife of over 25 years Tanya (Grubb) Lafferty; his children Kenneth A. (Ami) Lafferty of Charleroi and Jaime L. (Jon) Edwards of Rochester, MN; his siblings Carole (Fran) Santorello of Penn Hills and Al (Cathy) Lafferty of Aurora, OH; nieces and nephews Danielle Cole, Joey Santorello, Kelly Howe, Deana Romanov, and Megan, Stephen, and Katie Grubb; also great nieces and nephews and his faithful companion Bingo.
Zachary Edward Segady, 14, of White Oak, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. He was born January 2, 2004 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Meri (Speake) Segady and Ernest Segady Jr. of White Oak. Zach was an eighth grade student at Founder's Hall and was a member of the youth group at First Evangelical Free Church. He was also a member of the White Oak Athletic Association Basketball and Baseball program. He was a volunteer at the White Oak Fire Co. and loved to play computer and Xbox video games. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Kayla Segady and brother, Dan Pfeffer, grandmother, Georgette Bemesderfer of North Versailles, grandfather, Ernest Segady, Sr. of McKeesport, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Dennis W. Mathe, 70, of White Oak, passed away peacefully Friday, March 9, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 15, 1947 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Alexander and Irene Szalko Mathe. Dennis worked as a bander for Precoat metals and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, The Eleventh Ward Welfare Club and the Croatian Club. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a wonderful grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joy Cecchini Mathe of White Oak, daughter, Dena (Tony) Pugliano of East McKeesport, son, Dennis L. (Jessica) Mathe of White Oak, grandchildren, Mylee Pugliano, Marena Mathe, Nico Pugliano and Camryn Noll, brothers, Arnold and Thomas Mathe, brother-in-law, Joe Cecchini, mother-in-law, Marie Cecchini, nieces and nephews.
Mona Lee (Jonseof) Cazimero, 64, of Trafford, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. She was born February 20, 1954 in Wilkinsburg and was the daughter of the late William H. and June F. (Shonefelt) Jonseof. She was the wife of the late Alvin Cazimero who died August 19, 2015. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William "Butch" Jonseof, Jr. and Gene Jonseof. She is survived by her cousin, Margaret R. "Marty" Magill of North Huntingdon and many friends.
Ronald A. Mance, age 70 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Born April 28, 2018 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Anthony and Mary (Verbanovic) Mance. Ronald was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the CFU Lodge #248 and American Legion Daniel Keffer Post #75, both of Clairton.
Lillian T. Kondratenko, age 91 of Culpeper, VA and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Culpeper Medical Center. Born December 19, 1926 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late William and Virginia (Bracken) Allen. Lillian was very active in her church, Wilson Presbyterian in Clairton, where she served as a member of the Board of Practical Ministries.
Gary W. Cartia, age 70 of Port Vue, passed away in his home on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Born September 25, 1947 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Samuel S. and Frances (Clark) Cartia. The retired police chief of Port Vue Borough, Gary was a beloved and respected officer in the area.
Rose Marie Grdich, 91, of Christy Park, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. She was born April 24, 1926 in Uniontown and was the daughter of the late John and Rose Coltus Kovach. She was the wife of the late Frank Grdich who died June 19, 1990. She was a member of the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McKeesport and retired from McKeesport Area School District. She is survived by her son, Frank Joseph Grdich of Christy Park, sisters, Dorothy (Sam) Kirk of McKeesport, Elizabeth Allsworth of Versaillles, Mary Czura of Dravosburg, Josephine Voytek of Uniontown, Martha Gadish of Allison, Patricia Samol, Stella Carpenter, and Helen Fialko of Cleveland, OH, granddaughter, Jennifer (Brian) Case of Elizabeth Township, great-grandchildren, Justin Sturkie and Jonathan Mayersky, nieces and nephews.
Joyce Dorothy Malec, 73, of Elizabeth Township, died peacefully at home on Thursday March 8, 2018. She was born August 14, 1944 in Wilkinsburg and was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Dryer) Whitehead. She was the wife of the late Ronald Thomas Malec, Sr, who died November 16, 2012. Joyce was a homemaker and also worked for Union Cleaners. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle L. Malec of Elizabeth Township, sons, Ronald Thomas Malec, Jr, of Elizabeth Township and Daniel J. Malec of Sutersville, brother, Harry (Patricia) Whitehead of Pleasant Hills, grandson, Isadore F. Malec of Sutersville, nieces and nephews.
Helaine J. Phillips, age 78, of White Oak, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018. She was born in Pittsburgh on September 9, 1939 and is the daughter of the late Marian R. Michael Ferraro Wotherspoon and Anthony Ferraro, and wife of the late Jon Phillips. Helaine was employed by PA Coach Lines for years where she held numerous different jobs. She was a driver, a dispatcher, a bookkeeper, worked in payroll and was a school bus monitor. She was a member of Corpus Christi Church and was past president of the Christian Mothers Rosary Society and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Mary Ann Scapellato, 86, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Clairton, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Belair Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lower Burrell. She was born June 10, 1931, in Clairton, to the late Andrew and Mary Faith Butvin. Mary Ann was the loving wife of the late Samuel Scapellato. She is survived by daughters, Rose Mary (Bob) Mozes of Mars, Donna McGivern of Lower Burrell, Denise Salaske (George) of Elizabeth; son, Daniel (Karen) Scapellato of Jefferson; sisters, Theresa (Gary) Thayer of Finleyville, Helen Huss of Lakewood, Pauline (Elmer) Fournier of Elizabeth; brothers, Andy (Sandy) Butvin of Portage, Joe Butvin of Donegal; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Along with her parents and spouse, Mary Ann was preceded in death by daughters, Anna Marie Ellis and Anita Shiner. Mary Ann resided in Clairton for 81 years, loved crocheting, gardening, artistic painting, word puzzles, sewing and dogs. Visitation will take place Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5 – 8 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00 am followed by interment at St. Clare Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Russell V. Babeo, Jr., age 49, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018. He was born in Pittsburgh on August 29, 1968 and is the son of Marjorie D. Meyers Babeo of N. Huntingdon and the late Russell V. Babeo, Sr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, Vincent Peter and Tanner Alden Babeo of North Huntingdon.
Virginia "Ginger" M. (Luketic) Elder, age 68, of Pittsburgh, died March 2, 2018, at UPMC Shadyside. Born July 24, 1949, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Stephen E. and Catherine V. (Kesser) Luketic and the wife of the late Dean E. Elder.
Joy L. Moffat, age 79, of McKeesport, died February 28, 2018, at Riverside Care Center. Born August 28, 1938, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late David and Hannah (Norton) Lindberg and the wife of the late Charles W. Moffat.
Blayze Edward Danielson passed on March 6, 2018. He is the infant son of Cassie Buhl and James Danielson. He is also survived by his grandparents Rick and Cathy Buhl, Bob and Jody Upperman, Gary Donkin, and Stephen Kossuth; also many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Thur. from 6-8.
Beverly Williams, age 71 of McKeesport, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018. She was born in McKeesport on May 24, 1946 and was the daughter of the late Elmer J. Pastories and the late Lottie Domino Pastories Yednak and wife of the late David H. Williams.She was retired from UPMC McKeesport as a dietary aide, a welder at Advanced Metallurgy Inc., worked at Renzie Mini Mart, a Deli worker at Shop N Save in Olympia Shopping Plaza and a cook at Tillies Restaurant.
WILLIAM H. VALIQUETTE Jr. age 91, of West Mifflin, March 4, 2018. He was a son of the late William H. and Elizabeth (Foster) Valiquette, Sr. He was a retired clerk from the US Steel Duquesne Works, Irvin Works and the Homestead Works. Bill was a member of the Croatian Club of Duquesne and a member of the Duquesne High School 1944 State Basketball Championship Team, he proudly served his country in the Army during WWII. Husband of the late Virginia M. (Johnson) Valiquette; father of William H. (Chris Ann) Valiquette III of West Mifflin and the late Janet Renshaw who is survived by her former husband, Daniel Pollak; also seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter; brother of Gloria (late Ted) Shell of Port Vue, Arlene Gida and the late Jack Valiquette. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. Pastor Peter B. Roy, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pgh., PA 15243. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, PA, 412-466-3300
Helen Louise (Hayden) Bickerton, age 96, of Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at UPMC Mercy. She retired after 19 years as an executive secretary for Westinghouse at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin. She was a member of Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Elizabeth where she was the church secretary in the 1960s. She was also a bank teller in Elizabeth.
Elizabeth "Betty" (Cartia) Vozar, 88, of North Versailles, passed away peacefully at home on March 5, 2018. She was born July 2, 1929 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Charles Carmela and Maria Rosa (Urblik) Cartia. She was the wife of the late John Vozar. Elizabeth was a member of Miller United Methodist Church in North Versailles. She had previously worked for Orlando's Fruit Market, Cox's Dept. Store and the Salvation Army, all in McKeesport. She enjoyed cooking and baking daily for her family and friends. She also liked Sudoku and variety puzzle books. She loved watching the Food Network, game shows and the news. She never thought of herself, instead, always put others first. She was constantly thinking of what else she can do to make people happy - especially her family. She attended McKeesport High School, but had to quit at 15 years old to take care of her mother. She is survived by her sons, John (Becca) Vozar of Liberty Borough, Kenneth (Kathy) Vozar of North Versailles, and Pastor Ron (JoAnn) Vozar of Fredericktown, Ohio, and her daughter, Liz Vozar of Lincoln Borough. She was the sister of Jim (Nancy) Cartia of Manteca, CA, grandmother of Breanne (Michael) Cleary, Chelsea Vozar, Shaun Vozar, Wayne (Kellie) Vozar, Kristy (Bryan) Conklin, and Kelly (Jay) Russell. She was the great-grandmother of Emmalyn, Taylor, Zach, Ethan, Blake, Annalise, Caleb, and Luke. Elizabeth was one of thirteen children.
Mark Thomas Melonja, age 30 of Forward Twp. and formerly of West Jefferson Hills, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Born August 22, 1987 in McKeesport, he is a son of Mark Melonja and his wife Kathy Miller-Melonja of Carroll Twp.. An operating technician at US Steel Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock, Mark was a devoted father who enjoyed riding dirt bikes in his spare time.
Michael J. Deak, age 84, of White Oak, died March 3, 2018, at UPMC East of Monroeville. Born March 4, 1934, in Rankin, PA, he was the son of the late Michael and Sadie (Smecker) Deak and the husband of Kathy (Marciniec) Deak.
Regis Alan Hinerman, Jr., 49, of Forward Township, died Friday, March 2, 2018 at home. He was born June 17, 1968 in McKeesport and was the son of Peggy J. Stiens Hinerman of Elizabeth Township and the late Regis Alan Hinerman, Sr. Regis was a 1986 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and had worked for Basic Carbide. He had a passion for cars and mechanics. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his twin children, Emily Elizabeth and Nicholas James Hinerman at home along with their mother, Lisa Danca and Toni Lynn, sister, Dana Hinerman-Augustine of Collinswood, NJ, brother, Brandon J. (Emily) Hinerman of Forward Township, aunt, Janet (John) Agnew of Eighty-Four, uncles, Jerry (Rosalie) Hinerman of McKeesport, David (Bella) Hinerman of White Oak, Michael (Dana) Younge of Elizabeth Township, Jim Younge of West Mifflin, and Richard Younge of Kissimmee, FL, nephews, Damien and Logan, and many cousins and friends.
Melanie Sue Moffat, 63, of Dravosburg, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. She was born September 28, 1954 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Alma Mae Eisenhuth Moffat and Robert (Evelyn Farkas) Moffat of Boston. Melanie was a retired Administrative Assistant at Elizabeth Forward School District with 35 years of service. She was secretary to the High School Principal, Guidance Dept, Athletic Dept. and District Business Manager as well as the District Special Education Dept. Melanie was instrumental in organizing the Senior Citizen's Luncheon, Graduation Ceremonies and the Crisis Control Team. She was also the Assistant Drama Director at the high school and started the former Girls Club of Boston. Melanie was secretary to the Board of Directors of the Dravosburg Housing Authority and was also the Board Secretary of White Thorn Lodge Nudist Camp in Chippewa. She had also worked for Sears' Jewelry Dept. in Century III Mall. In addition to her father, she is survived by sisters, Belinda (David) Donahoe and Angel (Terry ) McCormley of Dravosburg and Janine (Daniel) McBride of White Oak, brothers, Gordon (Joni) Moffat of Butler and Robert (Annette) Moffat of North Port, FL, step-sisters, Renee (Steven) Spitzer of Somerset, KY, and Tabitha (Charles) Geramita of Castle Shannon, aunts, uncles, cousins, 14 nieces and nephews, and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mary Esther Kratzenberg, 77, of Dravosburg, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Lawson’s personal care home in Jefferson Hills. She was born February 17, 1941 in McKeesport to the late Joseph and Marion Koontz Chonko. Mary was the loving wife of 51 years to the late Joseph A. “Bud” Kratzenberg who passed away in 2008. She is survived by daughters, Sandy Flanagan of West Mifflin, Wendy Curran of Dravosburg, Diane (Ed) Losteter of Jefferson Hills, Lauren (Scott) Seach of Glassport; grandchildren, Nikki, Joe, Jessi, Sam, Megan, A. J., Joseph; great-grandchildren, Dominic, Noah, Gwen, Isaac, Grayson; sisters, Pat Bucy, Ona (Mark) Horgas, Ginny (Ralph) Lemak, Ruth (Lud) Pisko; brother James “Jimbo” (Marie) Chonko. Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by siblings, Joellen Wigton, Timothy Chonko; sons-in-law, James Flanagan, and Mark Curran. She was a lifelong Coal Valley resident, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton, liked QVC, Hallmark Channel, cooking channels, and loved the beach. Visitation will take place Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will take place at the funeral home at 10:30 am, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Inurnment will take place later at Lebanon Church Cemetery Mausoleum. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Karl E. "Sonny" Haney, 86, of West Mifflin, died March 2, 2018. He is the son of the late Karl and Bertha (Evans) Haney. Karl is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Madeline (Shidel) Haney; children Karl (Jillian) Haney, Kathleen (the late Nicholas) Bracco, Patti Walendziewicz and Marcia (Chris) Rogers; grandchildren Anthony (Tanaz), Joseph and Leeanne Bracco, Andrew, Erin and Danielle Walendziewicz; Kaitlyn Haney; Samantha and Nicholas Rogers; great grandchildren Gabriella, Isabella, Adalina, Hannah, Kasey, Aiden and Elijah. Karl was retired from Keystone Auto Parts in Christy Park; was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish; American Legion Post 701 and served in the US Army Korean War where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He loved spending time with his family and friends, his plants and animals, camping and working with his hands. Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Mon. 6-8 and Tues. 2-8. A funeral blessing will be held Wed. 9:30 am in the funeral home followed by a 10:00 am mass at Holy Name Church with Father Tom Lewandowski. Interment immediately following at Lebanon Church Cemetery.
CAROLE A. BODNAR age 70, of West Mifflin, on March 2, 2018, at home. She was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Banchansky) Banyasz. Carole was a retired magisterial clerk for Albert V. “Buddy” Belan and Dan Olasz. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Bodnar for 44 years; mother of Bethany (David) Wingerson of West Mifflin and Richard B. (Danielle) Bodnar of Moon Twp.; sister of the late William (late Janice) Banyasz; survived by her sister-in-law, Judith (late Donald) Hornfeck of West Mifflin and Susan (Kevin) Manns of West Mifflin; also survived by her caregiver, Rosemarie (late Edward) Zedo of West Mifflin; and her feline friend, Holly. Visitation on Sunday from 2-4 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 on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 9 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, 1501 Reesdale St., Suite 105, Pgh., PA 15233 or www.nationalmssociety.org.
EARL W. LLOYD SR. 63, of Clairton, died on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 2, 1954, in McKeesport, to the late Thomas George Lloyd Sr. and Elizabeth (Conroy) Lloyd. He was a box assembler at the Box Factory, Pittsburgh. He was the husband of the late Lois Lloyd. He is survived by his son, Earl William Lloyd Jr. of Clairton. He was the brother of Mary Jane (James) Groff of Duquesne, Thomas G. Lloyd Jr. of Donora, the late Elizabeth Snyder and late Donna Lloyd. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. John Gropp officiating. Burial will immediately follow at the McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery.
Edward Greenewald, 89, of Elizabeth Township and Whitacre, VA , died Thursday, March 1, 2018. He was born May 16, 1928 in Christy Park and was the son of the late Herman and Marie Greenewald. He was the husband of the late Betty Lee Whitacre Greenewald who died February 21, 2014. Edward was a member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Twp., and was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the Elizabeth Pantry. He worked for US Steel Irvin Works Engineering Department and retired from the Accounting Department of US Steel Homestead Works. Edward was a Korean veteran and served in the Armored Division. He kept active playing golf and traveling. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Lee (Dr. Kerry) Bertschinger and his son, Robert E. Greenewald of Gore, VA, grandchildren, Brandy Lee, Bridget Lee and Brent Van Bertschinger, sister, Marie Plencik of North Versailles, great-grandchildren, Vannah, Aubrey, Zander and Keidan, nieces and nephews.
Sharon R. Street, 51, of Glassport, died March 2, 2018. She is the daughter of Cassandra (Lukas) Stefanakis and the late George Stefanakis. Sharon is survived by her husband, Ted Street, daughter Kayla Rose (Josh) Krupp; dear friend Michelle Newsome and her beloved dogs, Beau, Georgie Girl and Dexter. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport Tues. 6-8.
Thurman D. "Butch" Keifer, age 72, of Port Vue, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Jefferson Hospital. He retired after 24 years as a bus driver for Allegheny County Port Authority in West Mifflin. He was a former member of Glassport Assembly of God Church, a former Eastern District Commander with Royal Rangers of Pennsylvania, a former board member of Glendale Yearound and their Water Authority, a former member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Coalport and a member of its Prime Timers.
Lois F. Sechrist 89, of Somerset and formerly Glassport, PA, died March 1, 2018 at Somerset Hospital. Born January 20, 1929, in Glassport, she is the daughter of the late James W. and Grace (Oates) Forbes. Also preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Sechrist, and brother, Donald Forbes. She is survived by sons, Bruce David and Denis Craig Sechrist and a daughter, June L. (Sechrist) Weakland. Nephew James Forbes and niece Cheryl (Forbes) Lebada. Grandchildren: Bruce Edward Sechrist of Somerset, Laura Fortenberry of New Jersey, Skip Weakland of New Jersey and Danielle Kline of Wyoming. Also 7 great grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews. Lois was a graduate of Glassport High School and a member of the First Baptist Church, Glassport and attended the Roof Garden Christian Church, Somerset. She was formerly employed by G. C. Murphy Company and the Copperweld Company in Glassport. She was known for her ready smile, great generosity and her deep faith, showing kindness to everyone that she met. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 Saturday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home in Somerset and from 10 -1pm Monday, March 5, 2018 at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045 where services will immediately follow with Roy A. Worsham officiating. Interment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin, PA. Condolences may be made at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Lucinda “Luci” Jane Tritt, age 56 of McKeesport, died Tuesday, February 27, 2018.She was born in Columbus Ohio on March 24, 1961 and was the daughter of the late Geraldine Covalt Tritt.Luci was employed by PEER Network Warm Line for 4 years and had great empathy for people who needed to have a sympathetic ear.She was deeply loved for her warmth and humor.
Mildred L. "Millie" (Machek) Cmar, 90, of Duquesne, died peacefully Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Riverside Nursing Center, McKeesport. Born in Duquesne, January 23, 1928, she was the daughter of the Late Charles and Anna (Carpek) Machek. Mrs. Cmar was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, The Confraternity of Christian Mothers, K of C Senior Citizens, K of C 4210 Auxiliary, Duquesne Annex Senior Citizens, and a graduate of Mason/Frederick Beauty School. She was the beloved wife of the Late Joseph B. Cmar. This year they would have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. She is survived by their loving daughters, Eileen (Patrick) Bridge of Forest Hills, Joanne (David) Jordan of Port Vue, and Mary Lou (Charles) Mahoney of West Mifflin, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, and lifelong friend Dorothy Stringer. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Szabo and Mary Ann Cohen.
Warren H. McCarthy Sr., age 67, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018. He was born February 28, 1951 in McKeesport, a son of Shirley (Dannenhauer) McCarthy and the late Harry G. McCarthy. He was proud to be a truck driver and volunteered as a fireman at Dept. 4 in Hartford Heights, Dept. 10 in Adamsburg and most recently at Dept. 61 in Hyde Park. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his brother Dale McCarthy. He is survived by his loving wife of over 27 years Norma (Dempsey) McCarthy; children Warren McCarthy Jr., Justin McCarthy, Christopher (Tarah) McCarthy and Melanie McCarthy; many grandchildren; and brother Kim McCarthy.
Charles W. Burke, age 60 of White Oak, died Thursday, March 1, 2018. He was born January 31, 1958 in McKeesport, the son of the late Charles L. and Jean Surovy Burke. Chuck was an auto mechanic at Graham’s Service Station and then worked for Tennant for 33 years as a supervisor and trainer. He lived a full life, loved his beagles, lumberjacking, and timber sports.
Josephine M. "Jo" Krajack, age 97 of Liberty Borough, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Southwestern Medical Center in West Mifflin. Born January 24, 1921 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Stephan and Anna (Sotak) Osika.
James Vincent Bonessi, M.D., age 89, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of White Oak and Elizabeth Twp., died Wednesday, February 28, 2018.He was born in Chester, West Virginia on August 17, 1928 and is the son of the late James and Elizabeth Fiala Bonessi.
Linda Marie Polakovic, age 55 of Baldwin, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018. She was born in McKeesport on November 18, 1962, the daughter of Michael and Mary Nabuda Polakovic. Linda was employed as a Direct Care Assistant for Partners for Quality, Inc. and was a member of Holy Trinity Church of McKeesport.
Marilyn F. “Sis” Hobaugh, age 85, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Baldwin Health Center. A member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp., she was a retired butcher's helper for the former M. Marraccini and Company. A former member of the Blaine Hill Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, she was a former employee of John Lalli News and Lou's Place.
Larry "Earl" Sleith, age 57, of Forward Twp., passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at home. He was the proprietor of the family business, M & S Pallets in Forward Twp. He enjoyed going to his family camp in Normalville with his grandchildren.
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