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December 12, 2018 |

Published By Editor | Posted in: General Information

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Fay Jones

December 12, 2018 |

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

E. Fay Landis-Thomas Jones went home to be with her Lord on December 12, 2018.  Fay was born on November 19, 1927 in Central City, Pa., to the late Harry E. and Elizabeth Landis.  Fay loved the Lord and served Him at Penn Township Christian Church as pianist and Sunday School teacher for the Beginner Class.  She was loved by, and preceded in death by, husbands, E. Lloyd Thomas (1959) and Harry M. Jones (2015).  She is survived by her grateful daughter, Gwen Thomas Wolfgang and son-in-law, John.  During Gwen's childhood Fay was a wonderful mother and later they became treasured friends.  Remaining to enjoy the memories are her loving grandsons, Jonathan (Lori) Wolfgang and Mark (Nicole) Wolfgang, who brought her so much joy and pride.  Although she lost her vision before her great-grandchildren, Stone, Macy, Piper, Abigail and Elise Wolfgang were born, God gave her the opportunity to hold them and she cherished the love they shared.  Preceding her in death were five siblings, Ruth Gordon, Frank Landis, Louise Klages, Bernice Lenhart, and Jack Landis.  She is survived by her sister and best friend, Elma Koch; brother, Jeff (Joetta) Landis; and many nieces and nephews.  Family was always important to Fay.  Through health issues, blindness and the ravages of aging, she held true to her faith in God.  What a blessing to know that after years of vision loss, she is now able to clearly see the face of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa., on Friday from 2-7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Brush Creek Cemetery.  Donations can be made in Fay's name to Camp Christian, PO Box 230, Mill Run, PA  15464.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

Marlene (Murray) Weston

December 12, 2018 |

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

Marlene (Murray) Weston, 85, of North Irwin, passed away December 9, 2018, at home. She was born June 1, 1933 in Rankin, a daughter of the late Richard H. and Edith P. (Sleigh) Murray and was also preceded in death by a brother Richard (the late Gabriella) Murray. After graduating from North Huntingdon High School in 1951 she worked as a Bell Telephone operator for ten years and also operated Ceramics by Marlene in Shafton for many years. She is survived by her husband of over 65 years Neil H. Weston; her sons Scott W. Weston and his wife Stephanie of Jeannette, Kirk R. Weston and his wife Sharon of Irwin, and Erik J. Weston and his wife Tracy of Bluefield, WV; her grandsons Zachary and Lucas Weston; siblings Edith (the late Donald) Rhodes and John Murray Sr. and his wife Peggy both of North Huntingdon; also nieces and nephews.
 
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W. Ross Graham, Jr.

December 12, 2018 |

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

W. Ross Graham, Jr., age 70 of Ormond Beach, Florida died Tuesday, December 11, 2018. He was born September 19, 1948 in McKeesport, the son of the late William R. Graham, Sr. and Donna M. Pivido Graham.

He served as a medic in the U. S. Airforce during Vietnam. He enjoyed driving race cars, golfing and was an avid sports fan. He loved his Porche and spending time with his dog, Steve and grand dog, Bentley. He was a past member of Beulah Park United Methodist Church. Ross was retired six years as a physician’s assistant from Allegheny General Hospital. He is survived by his son, Matthew H. (Sarah) Graham of Richmond, Virginia; brothers, Drew (Cindy) Graham of White Oak, and Jay (Debbie) Graham of McKeesport; former wife, Beverly Holt Graham of Versailles; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, December 13th at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor 412-678-6177), from 5:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm with Pastor Shawn Caroll officiating. Military honors will follow.

Condolences may be made at www.strifflerfuneralhomes.com.

 

Betty Jane Worthy

December 12, 2018 |

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

Betty Jane Worthy,  91, of White Oak, passed away December 10, 2018.  She was born June 12, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of  the late George and Anna (Stark) Mezoff.   She was the wife of the late Eugene Howard Worthy, who passed away September 17, 2018. Betty Jane was a member of the former St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in McKeesport. She was retired from Bell of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Bell Pioneers.

 
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Cleveland Adams, Jr. “Bubba Dee”

December 12, 2018 |

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

Cleveland Adams, Jr. “Bubba Dee”, 86 of Clairton, Pennsylvania, departed this life on Sunday December 9, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

 
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Florence "Honey" Fisher

December 11, 2018 |

Published By Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home | Posted in: Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home

FLORENCE "HONEY" FISHER age 81, on December 9, 2018, of West Mifflin. She was a daughter of the late Arthur and Catherine (Nee) Fisher; sister of Barbara (late William) Rowell of West Mifflin, Lynn (Daniel) Gluvna of Aiken, SC, late John Fisher; sister-in-law of Audrey Fisher of West Mifflin; aunt of Kathy Dickson, Amy Metz, Diane Rowell, James Fisher, Doreen Reynolds, Loren Fisher, Timothy Fisher and Brienne Arthur. Flo's family would like to thank Eldercrest Nursing Center for their kind and compassionate care, especially nurse Crystal. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, December 14, 2018, at St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Friends of Pgh. Arrangements have been entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, PA, 412-466-3300.

 
 

Eleanor M. Francetic

December 11, 2018 |

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

Eleanor M. Francetic, age 89 of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in HCR ManorCare of Monroeville.  Born January 31, 1929 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Luketic) Francetic and sister of the late Josephine Fencik, Emma Braun, Ann Jackson, Julia Cipriani, and Helen Francetic.  A former secretary and translator for the Croatian Fraternal Union, Eleanor was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and the former Sacred Heart Parish, both of McKeesport, and was active in the parish ministries, including the Rosary Society, the Eucharistic Ministry, and the Ladies of Charity.  She was also a member of CFU Lodges # 44 and # 3.  Eleanor is survived by her nieces and nephews. 

 
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Anna L. (Dorko) Borges

December 11, 2018 |

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

Anna L. Borges, age 88 of Versailles, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 in the VA Hospital Healthcare System - Aspinwall.  Born April 14, 1930 in Homestead, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Puchy) Dorko.  A retired clerk from the North Versailles K-Mart, Anna was a Veteran of US Marine Corps, serving as a WAVE during the Korean War.  She was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and the CFU Lodge #148 and its Ladies' and Pensioneers' Clubs, the White Oak American Legion #701, the Waves National #28 of Pittsburgh, the Women's Overseas Service Legion, and the Royal Neighbors of America.  

 
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Helene D. Wechsler

December 11, 2018 |

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

Helene D. Wechsler, age 91, died on Saturday, December 8, 2018. She was born in New York City on August 17, 1927 and is the daughter of the late Leo and Irene Barth Dreyfus. She was the wife of the late Dr. Harry L. Wechsler who died on June 17, 1996. Helene received her Bachelor of Science from New York University and worked as a buyer, at Lerner’s Department Store in New York City. After marrying Harry and moving to McKeesport, her life was devoted to her beloved husband and her three children. She served on the board of directors of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport and was a member of Temple B’Nai Israel. She volunteered at the Bryn Mawr-Vassar Book Store.

 
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Frank Jacob Storch

December 11, 2018 |

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

Frank Jacob Storch, age 86, of North Versailles, formerly of McKeesport,
died December 10, 2018, at UPMC Shadyside.

 
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Carole McGinty

December 11, 2018 |

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

Carole McGinty, age 76, of McKeesport, died December 10, 2018, at home. Born December 23, 1941, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Emil and Stefania "Steffy" (Matwij) Tomko and the wife of the late Robert "Bubbles" McGinty.

 
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Therese S. Isadore

December 11, 2018 |

Published By Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home | Posted in: Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home

THERESE S. ISADORE, age 91 of Delmont, PA, formerly of Duquesne on December 8, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Henrietta (Ruhe) Denne. Therese was a self employed aesthetician. Wife of the late Raymond Isadore; mother of Raymond B. (Margaret) Isadore of Shaler Twp. and Dennis J. (Elisa) Isadore of Delmont; also eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; sister of Leo (Pauline) Denne, Grace (late Charles) Mosser, Regis (Toni) Denne and the late William (late Ada) Denne. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne 412-466-3300.

 

Robert G. Hodge

December 10, 2018 |

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

Robert G. Hodge, age 84, of Jefferson Hills, died on Monday, December 10, 2018. He was born in Smithfield, PA on June 18, 1934, the son of the late David and Anna Mae Kennedy Hodge. Robert worked as a production foreman for US Steel Corporation, Irvin Works until his retirement in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Marie A. Hodge; children, Robert C. Hodge of Levittown, NY, Pamela Baronti of Charleroi, Stephanie (Christopher) Classic of Dravosburg, and Michele (Blaine) McLaughlin of Four Oaks, NC; grandchildren, Tracy Baronti, Richard Baronti, Ronald Hodge, Marie Thomas, Katie Hodge, Crystal Jeznis, Breanne Morabito, Jamie Merlino, Katie Thomas, Vincent Baronti and Jessica Baronti; 14 great granchildren; siblings, Ruth Smitley of Jefferson Hills, Mary Jane McCorkle of Elizabeth Township, Alice Bucy of Portersville, IN. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Margaret Schwarz, John Hodge, Anna Mae Core, Clyde Hodge, David Hodge, Jr., and Gwendolyn Hodge.

 
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Charles "Chick" Honick

December 10, 2018 |

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

The Lord calls each of us by name. On December 9, 2018 Charles “Chick” Honick of Elizabeth passed peacefully to join Jesus. He was born September 13, 1936 in McKeesport, the son of the late Joseph and Florence Randolph Honick. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Patricia Honick and his children Cheryl (Michael) Fullerton, Denise (Raymond) Schultz, Deborah Micallef, Edward (Cindy) Honick and Justin Honick. He was preceded in death by sons, William and Charles Honick. “Chick” was one of 13 children. He left behind 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was a devoted Christian and a member of “The Church” of Sutersville, PA. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired police officer. “Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven” John 3:3.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 7:00 pm at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor 412-678-6177). Pastor Frank Rocco officiating.

 

Mary Jane Kann

December 10, 2018 |

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

Mary Jane Kann, age 86, of Pittsburgh, died December 9, 2018, at  Reformed Presbyterian Home of Pittsburgh. Born July 14, 1932, the daughter of the late Dr. Walter and Mrs. Almeda (Brandt) Kann.

 
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Elizabeth "Liz" Reist

December 10, 2018 |

Published By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Elizabeth "Liz" Reist, age 62, of McKeesport, died December 8, 2018, at UPMC McKeesport. Born August 31, 1956, in Lancaster, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Sarah (Harshberger) Reist and the fiance of Mark "Jakes" Jacobs.

 
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Dolores Wise

December 10, 2018 |

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

Dolores Wise, 78,  of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, December  9, 2018. She was born December  30, 1939 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late William and Helen (Kovka) Smith. Dolores was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township. Her family was everything in the world to her.

 
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Emil Cominotti

December 10, 2018 |

Published By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Emil Cominotti, 94, of Dravosburg, passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  He was born December 31, 1923, in Willock, PA, to the late Primo and Sylvia Natek Cominotti.  Emil was a loving husband, for 59 years, to the late Loretta “Gerry” Geraldine McCallister Cominotti.  Emil is survived by son, Mark Cominotti of Dravosburg; daughter, Christine (Mike) Gobbie of Glassport; grandchildren, Stephanie, Bob, Emily, Nicki, Erin, Anthony, Wesley, Michael, Mark, and Carly; great-grandchildren, Luke and Morgan who he loved dearly; sister, Jane Muller of OH; nieces and nephews.  Along with his parents and spouse, Emil was preceded in death by sons, James and Dale Cominotti.  He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during WWII, a member of St. Marks Roman Catholic Church,  a lifetime member of  Dravosburg American Legion Post 380, and Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Company #1.  Emil retired from US Steel Edgar Thomson works after 44 years of employment, he was known to his co-workers in the Bop Shop as “Ponzi”. In the 60’s and 70’s, he was proud to be a baseball coach and vice president of  the Dravosburg Boys’ Club.  He was an avid hunter/fisherman and Pittsburgh Sports aficionado. Visitation will take place Friday, December 14, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 6 - 8 at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4TH Street, Dravosburg,  PA   15034.  A mass will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:30 am at St. Marks Catholic Church in Liberty Boro, followed by interment at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Light of Life Rescue Mission, 913 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh,  PA  15233 or at give.lightoflife.org  Online condolences may be offered at  www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 

Annabelle (Flenner) Prough

December 10, 2018 |

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

Annabelle (Flenner) Prough, 82, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, passed away there Saturday December 8, 2018. She was born May 8, 1936 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Ernest and Annie (Wolfgang) Flenner and was also preceded in death by brothers Eugene, Ken, Bill, and Ernie Flenner. She was a member of Muhleman Memorial United Methodist Church, North Braddock. She is survived by her husband of over 62 years Richard J. Prough Sr.; her children Candy Omlor and her husband Garry of North Huntingdon and Dr. Rick Prough Jr. and his wife Julie of Bethel Park; her grandchildren; Ann Marie (Tim) Thompson of Whitehall, Cheryl (Sam) Colaianne and Brian (Kristen) Omlor both of North Huntingdon, Lauren (Eftakar) Alam of Virginia, Haley Prough of Bethel Park, and Saundra Joy DelGross of Texas; her great grandchildren; Em, Shay, Lori, Skylar, Vincent, Tabitha, Avery, Rylee, Noah James, and Cayden; sisters Joanne Kuzniewicz of Wisconsin and Blanche (Joe) Hachey and Nancy Lewis both of Maine; also nieces and nephews.
 
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Devin Matta

December 10, 2018 |

Published By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Devin Matta, 25, passed in peace on December 8, 2018, surrounded by her family and close friends. She was born on November 18, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and survived by her parents, Gary and Rona Matta; her boyfriend, Nate Hall; older sister, Langley and her fiancé, Tyler Shope; brothers, Austin and Jaquan; grandmothers, Roseanna Stein and Florence Matta; and many devoted aunts, uncles, and cousins. While she left this life at 25 years young, Devin has touched all our lives through her enthusiastic humor, spirited opinions, and warm compassion in all she did and accomplished. Devin leaves this world a better place for having been here. Devin graduated from Elizabeth-Forward High School, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania in 2012 and earned a dual Bachelor of Science degrees in both Marketing and Fashion Merchandise from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016, while being a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

 
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Blaine Oliver Owens

December 10, 2018 |

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

Blaine Oliver Owens, 84, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, December  8, 2018. He was born May  29, 1934 in Glassport and was the son of the late Stewart Joseph and Olive (Cummins) Owens. Blaine was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church and was retired from the former G.C. Murphy Co. Warehouse in Christy Park. He was a US Army Veteran.

 
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Thomas J. Scheetz

December 07, 2018 |

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

Thomas J. Scheetz, age 88 of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, December 6, 2018. He was born July 26, 1930 in McKeesport, the son of the late William F., Sr. and Elizabeth Kurth Scheetz and the husband of the late Dorothy M. Raible Scheetz. He is survived by his son, Thomas (Ladonna) Scheetz of Johnsonburg, PA, daughter, Michaelette Coder of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Ashley Coder (Scott) Spalding, Sikira Scheetz and Lloyd Thomas Scheetz; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Matt, Dilyn and Jase Spalding; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin C. (Kim) Raible of Greensburg and Gloria (Luke) Knapp of Dawson, PA, also several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Thomas was preceded in death by his brothers William and John Scheetz.

 
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Florence Bentley

December 07, 2018 |

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

Florence Bentley, 91, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 3, 2018. She was born May 14, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Rosalie (Stroka) Jackowski. She is survived by her husband, Gerald L. Bentley, son, Gary E. (Glynis) Jordan of Peters Township, daughter, Cheryl M. Thomas of Butler, 3 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, James R. Jordan who died November 22, 2017, sister, Clara Kovac, and brothers, Stanley, Edward, John, Leo, Richard, Edwin, and Thomas Jackowski. There is no visitation.

 
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David H. Potts

December 06, 2018 |

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

David H. Potts, age 61 of McKeesport, died Thursday, December 6, 2018. He was born April 9, 1957 in Akron, Ohio and is the son of the late William E. and Gloria J. Tosi Potts. David is survived by his brothers, William E. (Kathleen) Potts of McKeesport, Joseph W. (Barbara) Potts of White Oak, Arthur W. (Susan) Potts of White Oak, Shawn (Kimberly) Potts of North Versailles; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a great-great niece.

 
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Lavonne Gertrude Sowers

December 06, 2018 |

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

Lavonne Gertrude Sowers, age 91 of Monongahela, reunited with her husband and parents on Saturday, November 17, 2018. She was born October 25, 1927 in Monongahela, the daughter of the late Clyde Francis and Mildred Lewellyn Crookham, and wife of the late Norvelle James Sowers. She worked at First National Bank in Monongahela prior to becoming a full-time homemaker. Lavonne was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Monongahela.  She loved caring for her grandchildren, shopping, watching Judge Judy, and she never missed an opportunity to cast her vote. A beloved mother, she is survived by her daughters, Vicki J. Lyons of McKeesport, Jeri S. (Paul) King of Monongahela, Penni (Michael) Cooper of Norton, OH, and Donna (Tracy) Ames of Fallowfield Twp., PA; grandchildren, William (Abbe) King of Leander, TX, Ann King of Allenwood, PA, Samuel and Zachary Ames of Fallowfield Twp.; great-grandchildren, Alexander and Andrew King; nieces, Linda (Davis) Yohe and Natalie (Craig) Bowen; great nieces and nephews, Allison, Christopher, Ashley and Brody; and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Harry E. and Jesse Crookham. 

 
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Theresa K. Marino

December 06, 2018 |

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

Theresa K. Marino ("Terry", "Tee Dee", and recently, "Ti Ti"), 91, of North Versailles, passed away peacefully on December  5, 2018. She was born March 29, 1927, in Elwood, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Harold "Pete" and Mary Katherine (Dyer) Walman. Terry was a member of Corpus Christi Parish. She was politically engaged and served at the election polls for more than 40 years. She was compassionate and social, and quick to make new friends.  She worked as a pharmacist technician at Revco, a cashier at Marraccini's, and a caregiver for many years. Terry will be remembered as feisty, strong-willed, and a loving mother, grandmother, and friend of strong Catholic faith.

 
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Albert J. Vavra

December 06, 2018 |

Published By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Albert J. Vavra, age 71, of Duquesne, died November 21, 2018, from an accident on the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge. Born January 18, 1947, he was the son of the late Albert J. and Theresa (Moran) Vavra.

 
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Clifford J. "Slim" Berry

December 06, 2018 |

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

Clifford J. "Slim" Berry, 73, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, departed this life on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Southwestern Healthcare Center.

 
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Carol Bury

December 05, 2018 |

Published By William H. Craig Funeral Home | Posted in: William H Craig Funeral Home

Carol Bury, 78 of North Huntingdon passed away December 3, 2018 in Forbes Hospital Monroeviille, Pa.She was born August 7, 1940 in McKeesport the daughter of the late Francis and Bertha (Skiba) Semenko. Carol was the wife of the late John G. Bury. She is survived by daughters Dorene Ancosky and Denise Halter (Robert) and a son John G. Bury (Shelly). She is also survived by brother Edward "Sonny" Semenko (Cheryl),and a sister Patricia Laney, and 7 grandchildren. Friends may call thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm in the William H. Craig Funeral Home 3000 Versailles Ave. McKeesport, Pa.15132. Funeral Mass will be friday at 11:00am in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish North Huntingdon Pa. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue, Pa.

 

Carol L. Hettler

December 05, 2018 |

Published By William H. Craig Funeral Home | Posted in: William H Craig Funeral Home

Carol L. Hettler,57 passed away December 3, 2018 at her home in Trafford. She was born in McKeesport on April 18,1961 the daughter of the late James and Joyce Robertson. Carol was an avid NASCAR fan,and country music fan she also liked reading books. She is survived a daughter Hannah Brown and a son Brian Hettler. She was predeceased by a son James Robertson. She is also survived by a brother Daniel (lynn) Robertson. 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Friends may call Thursday from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm in William H. Craig Funeral Home,Inc. 3000 Versailles Ave. McKeespoert,Pa. 15132. A service will be held at 2:00pm in the funeral home.

 

Betty Lynn Zoltak

December 05, 2018 |

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

Betty Lynn Zoltak, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  She was born June 22, 1946 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Seitz.  Prior to her retirement, Betty was a Math teacher for Norwin School District and a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon.  After retirement, Betty continued tutoring students and she dedicated many years sponsoring and mentoring people thru AA.  She served as a deacon and elder at New Hope Presbyterian Church and enjoyed photography and fishing on the family boat.  She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Richard Zoltak; nephew, David Watson and his wife, Shannan; and niece Jodi Ozegovich and her husband, Gary; great nephews, Isaac, Benjamin, Joshua and Nicholas.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Thursday 6-8 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Entombment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

Alfrieda Joy (Steiner) Bruno

December 04, 2018 |

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

Alfrieda Joy (Steiner) Bruno 83, formerly of Upper St. Clair and Greensburg, PA entered heaven on December 2, surrounded by her family at home in Wellsville, PA. She was born May 16, 1935 in Adamsburg, PA and is the daughter of the late Vida and William Steiner. In addition to her parents, she is greeted in heaven by her loving husband John Currie Bruno, Sr. and beloved son John Bruno, Jr. 
Celebrating her life are daughter and son-in-law Cheryl (Bruno) and Doug Gamber (Wellsville, PA), cherished grandchildren Emily (Gamber) and Andrew Lambert (Newtown, PA) and John (Wellsville), sister and brother-in-law Anna Marie and Floyd Gillott (North Huntingdon, PA) and brother and sister-in-law Bill and Mary Ann Steiner (Rome, GA), many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and family dog Lainey. 
The family is especially thankful for Charleen, Connie and Sharon who provided loving care and support and enabled Alfrieda to stay at home with Cheryl and Doug for six years as the Alzheimer’s and dementia progressed.
Alfrieda was a 1953 graduate of Sewickley Township High School in Herminie, PA. She attended business school and worked as an executive secretary at Fisher Body/General Motors in West Mifflin, PA. After Cheryl was born she became a full-time homemaker and loved her role as mom and wife. She was active in Cheryl and John’s school events at Upper St. Clair High School and never missed a game or performance. She was a devoted Penn State football fan.
After moves to several states with her husband John for his job at J&L Steel, Alfrieda settled with her family in Upper St. Clair. Alfrieda and John were long-time members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair where she served on the communion committee for years faithfully baking communion bread and as a Sunday School teacher with John. 
Her life was guided by her deep faith and devotion to family. She shared her love of Christ with everyone she met and served as a role model for all who knew her. Her beautiful smile brought joy and comfort to many. Her positive outlook, kind and generous spirit, attendance at countless sporting events and school activities and commitment to family and friends will long be cherished by all who knew and loved her. We know she is happy to be Home.
Family and friends will be received Friday, December 7 from 3 – 7 pm at James W. Shirley Funeral Home, North Huntingdon; Funeral service Saturday December 8, 10 am at the funeral home. Visitation prior to the service. Intermittent Westmoreland Cemetery, Greensburg. Luncheon to follow at Banquets Unlimited, Irwin.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and mailed to University Development; Mail code A120, 90 Hope Drive; Hershey, PA 17033 (Checks should be made payable to Penn State) or to donate online visit: www.giveto.psu.edu/MelanomaCenter

 

 

Gene E. Minerva

December 03, 2018 |

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

Gene E. Minerva, 80, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018.  He was born October 10, 1938 in McKeesport, PA, a son of the late James and Velma (Dakin) Minerva.  Prior to his retirement, Gene was a truck driver and a veteran of the US Army having served in the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Guffey Club since 1977 where he served as president for 30 years, member of Frederick Franklin Masonic Lodge 14 for 45 years and Youngwood Sportsman's Club, and loved taking motorcycle trips.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sue Beasley;  brother, Vincent James Minerva; and sister, Louella Taylor.  He is survived by his wife, Joanne Raynak; sons, Jim Minerva and his wife, Elizabeth, Tim Minerva and his wife, Jill; stepson David Raynak and his wife, Saundra, Jonathan Raynak and his wife Stacey; brother, Glenn Minerva and his wife, Jean; grandchildren, Nicholas (Maureen) Minerva, Jonna (Brandon) Nedley, Isla Minerva, Camden Minerva, Matthew, Kayla and Cameron Raynak; great-grandchildren, Carson and Payton Nedley; and his beloved spaniel, Brittany.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Thursday from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Wounded Warriors Project.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 

Andrew L. Papson, Jr.

December 03, 2018 |

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

Andrew L. Papson, Jr., age 79 of Clairton, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born June 15, 1939 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Andrew L. Papson, Sr. and Kathryn (Roberts) Papson.  A US Army Veteran and past president of the I.U.E., Andrew retired as a mechanic for Liberty Poly Glass in West Mifflin and also worked as a greeter for WalMart in West Mifflin for 16 years.  He gave of his time as a little league coach for many years, coaching the AllStar Travel team, and was an enthusiastic fan of Clairton Bears sports and the local, Pittsburgh pro teams.  

 
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David A. Graham

December 03, 2018 |

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

David A. Graham, age 77, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Jefferson Hospital. An Army veteran, he retired as a police officer and former police chief in Elizabeth Township. A member of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Twp., he was a former president and board member of the Elizabeth Township Area Emergency Medical Services and a member of the Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge No. 526 of Elizabeth. Born November 6, 1941 in Large, he was a son of the late Walter R. Graham Sr. and the late Margaret (Biddle) Graham, and husband of the late Kathy (Heil) Graham.

 
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John T. Benedek, Jr.

December 03, 2018 |

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

John Timothy Benedek, Jr., 41, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, November  30, 2018. He was born June  5, 1977 in Jeannette and was the son of John T. (Joy A. ) Benedek, Sr. of North Huntingdon and the late Rosalie (Zaffuto) Benedek. John was co-owner of J & M Automotive Repair Service, LLC., in McKeesport.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, wonderful life-partner, loving son, super amazing father, great step-dad, pap pap and uncle. He was a great automotive restoration specialist, painter and mechanic. He enjoyed building R C cars for his son and family trips to the beach. John would help anyone, anytime, and was someone you could always count on.

 
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Michael T. Horvath

December 03, 2018 |

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

Michael T. Horvath, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Harbour Senior Living of Monroeville.  He was born July 8, 1929 in Lansford, Pa., a son of the late Martin and Mary (Yadvish) Horvath.  Prior to his retirement, Michael was a conductor for the Union Railroad and a WWII and Korean War veteran having served as a paratrooper in the US Army.  He loved to play the organ, gamble and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia Horvath and second wife, Antoinette Horvath; sons, Michael S. and Ronald M. Horvath; daughters, Carol Knapp and Linda J. Miller; and sister, Mary Benko.  He is survived by his brother, Martin Horvath; stepson, Richard Yednak and his wife, Jeanne; step-daughter, Diane Haag and her husband, Gregory; grandchildren, James (Jennifer) Miller, John (Darci) Miller, Nicholas (Lea) Horvath, Jennifer (Tim) Davis; step grandchildren, Robin (David) Ente, Darren Haag, Kelli (Jerod) Hobbs, Travis Yednak; and six great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  A funeral service will follow at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will be private in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, PA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.[[image

 

Florence E. Zolczer

December 03, 2018 |

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

Florence E. Zolczer, age 87, of McKeesport, died November 30, 2018, at Family Hospice & Palliative Care of Mt. Lebanon. Born January 9, 1931, in Buena Vista, she was the daughter of the late Valentine and Josephine (Strohen) Stieman and the wife of the late Adolph F. Zolczer.

 
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James L. Waugh

December 02, 2018 |

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

James L. Waugh, 70, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday November 29, 2018. He was born February 7, 1948 in McKeesport, the son of the late Lester and Louise (Schultz) Waugh. James was a retired employee of Alstom, Charleroi. He loved golf and bowling and was a big Steelers fan. He was always the practical joker. He is survived by his wife Kathy L. (Ralph) Waugh of North Huntingdon; his daughter Britt Waugh; his sister Trish Radican; sisters in-law Irene Johnson and Marion (Frank) Baker; brother in law Gomer (Arlene) Ralph; nieces Tara, Jamie, and Jess; and great nephews.
 
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Arvid H. Stitely

December 02, 2018 |

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

Arvid H. Stitely, age 81, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018. He was born April 16, 1937 in Irwin, a son of the late Edward and Genevieve (Decker) Stitely. He worked for over 40 years at Fix’s Auto Body in North Huntingdon before retiring. He is survived by his loving wife of over 43 years Sharon (Sentesi) Stitely; daughter Amy Stitely of North Versailles; brother Edward; and sister Linda. Per his request, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements handled by the Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.


 

Merle Judd

December 02, 2018 |

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

Merle Judd, 97, of White Oak, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. He was born August 15, 1921 in McKeesport and was the son of the late David and Sally (Spitz) Judd. He was proprietor of Judd Refrigeration and was a US Army Veteran serving in WWII as a Corporal in the  27th Calvary. In 1945, he was seriously wounded in Okinawa, Japan and spent 7 months recovering in an Army Hospital.

For his service, he received 2 Purple Hearts and the Medal of Honor. Merle was a member of White Oak American Post  701, and was a life member of the former Swinging Swedish Society. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Shirley A. (Walker) Judd,  son, David (Neva) Judd of Rogers, Arkansas, daughter, Jody Vavrek of Versailles, stepsons, Guy (Judy) Criado of White Oak, and Gregg (Mary) Criado of Elizabeth Township, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 
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Genevieve "Ginny" Mihalov

December 02, 2018 |

Published By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Genevieve “Ginny” Margaret Gusky Mihalov, 93, of Clairton, passed away peacefully, in her sleep, Saturday, December 1, 2018.  She was born September 30, 1925 in Shadyside, OH to the late Stanley and Josephine Mackwiecz Gusky.  Ginny was the loving wife of the late Laurence “Larry” J. Mihalov who passed away in 2012.  She is survived by daughters, Linda (John) Donnelly of Clairton, Kristine (Sven) Nelson of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Kristy-Lynne, Sven Jr., Holly, Patrick, Bridget, Alex; 7 great-grandchildren; brother John (Wanita) Gusky; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Michaels; nieces and nephews.  Along with her parents and husband, Ginny was preceded in death by sisters, Lois Kanda, Pearl Martin; brothers, Charles Gusky and Stanley Gusky.  She was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton, AARP Clairton Chapter # 1612. Ginny loved playing games with her grandchildren, was an excellent seamstress who enjoyed sewing for herself and her family, made the very best apple pie, was an avid reader as well as an enthusiastic traveler, visiting Europe, Asia, the Holy Land,  North and Central America.  Visitation will take place Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 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 Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10 am followed by interment at Ascension Cemetery in Clairton.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Salvation Army, Western PA Division, PO Box 742, Carnegie,  PA  15106. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Grandview Estates for the care they provided.  Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 

Saundra L. Moses

December 02, 2018 |

Published By Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Saundra L. Moses, 72 of Glassport passed away peacefully Dec. 2, 2018.  She is the daughter of the late Frank and Patricia “Pansy” Waratuke and is survived by her sons Phillip (Donna Sowerby) Moses and Tim Beck; grandchildren Brynn Richards and Evelyn Moses; great grandchildren Liam, Lenore, Brayden, Aria and Remi and brother Gary Waratuke also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother David Waratuke.  Saundra was retired from UPMC and also worked as a bander/welder for US Steel Irvin Works.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport Sat. Dec. 8, 2018 from 4 to 7:30, at which time a funeral service will be held.
 

Thomas R. Schultz

December 02, 2018 |

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

Thomas R. Schultz, age 92, of White Oak, died November 30, 2018, at The Palms At O'Neil, in McKeesport.  Born March 25, 1926, in Duquesne, he was a son of the late John W. and Marie A (Steimer) Schultz and the husband of the late Frances (Orzechowski) Martin Schultz.

 
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Elsie J. Stroka

December 01, 2018 |

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

Elsie J. Stroka, age 84, of White Oak, formerly of McKeesport, died Nov. 30, 2018, at her home.  Born June 28, 1934, in Sagamore, she was a daughter of the late Emanuel and Mary Ann (Steish) Stroka.

 
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John L. "Monk" Willard

December 01, 2018 |

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

It is with great sadness but also rejoicing that the family of John L. “Monk” Willard, age 73, of Glassport, announces his passing into the arms of His Savior early on the morning of December 1, 2018.

 
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Sandra K. Wootton

December 01, 2018 |

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

Sandra Booher Wootton, 80, of North Huntingdon passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family following a long illness.  She was born on December 29, 1937 in Pitcairn, to the late Dorothy and Chester Booher.  Sandra spent her life dedicated to her family and her community.  In 1959 she graduated from California State Teaching College and began teaching in White Oak, then moved to the Norwin School District where she taught kindergarten and substituted for many years.  She was also a Sunday school teacher and board member at Christ United Presbyterian Church and a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader.  She is survived by her loving husband of over 60 years, Enoch "Woody" Wootton; her children, Jeffrey (Shery) Wootton, Sharyl Dickie (the late Robert Dickie) and Cristine (David) Dempsey; grandchildren, Greg Thomas, Scott (Stephanie) Swanson, and Chelsea Dempsey; great-grandsons, Brenden and Owen Swanson; brother, Donald (Lana) Booher; numerous nieces and nephews; and her partner-in-crime, Max (Puggle).  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  During the service, there will be a time to share memories of Sandra.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland County Food Bank.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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