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Year-End Fund Drive: Thank You for Your Support!

December 15, 2019 |

By Editor | Posted in: General Information

This is a time of year when people give thanks --- and on behalf of our board, volunteers and contributors, I want to thank each of you.

Several months ago, Tube City Community Media's websites hit a milestone I never thought we'd reach --- we had 10 million hits in a single calendar year. It's undoubtedly higher now.

When we launched this obituary service a few days after the McKeesport Daily News closed, we promised never to turn away any family for lack of ability to pay for a death notice, and we promised to keep it free of charge for readers. We are keeping that promise.

But to keep Tube City Almanac online, we do need your financial support.

We try not to ask for money all the time --- and we run only two fund drives, one in the summer and this one at the end of the year.

Tube City Community Media Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity and is eligible for tax-deductible donations.

If you are financially able, and would like to make a gift, please consider doing so.

Donations may be made by check or money order to:

Tube City Community Media Inc.
P.O. Box 94
McKeesport PA 15134

Or via PayPal at: http://www.tubecityonline.com/contact/

We are especially grateful to Scott Finney and his team at Finney Funeral Homes for their steadfast and generous support, and to Chris Odasso and his team at Willig Funeral Home and Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home for their continued support.

We also are grateful to the G.C. Murphy Co. Foundation and the E.R. Crawford Estate Trust Fund for their grants that have provided us with a stable base of operations for the past few years.

We are hoping we can grow again in 2020, and we look forward to continuing to provide you, and McKeesport-area residents, with this service.

Best wishes for a safe holiday and successful new year!

Sincerely,
Jason Togyer
Executive Director and Board Member
Tube City Community Media Inc.

 
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William J. McManus

December 15, 2019 |

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

William J. “Pockets” McManus, age 75, of Elizabeth, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired craneman from Steelmet - ELG Metals in Port Vue and a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and loved hot rods and attending car shows. Born March 5, 1944 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late William J. McManus, Sr. and Claire (Peterman) McManus. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” M. (Hohn) McManus; daughter, Diane Bullister of Pittsburgh; son, Rennie McManus of South Park; grandchildren, Erin, Sean and Ryan Bullister; sister-in-law, Barbara (Donald) Yanko of Jefferson Hills; niece, Jamie (Greg) Geis of Elizabeth; nephew, Jesse Yanko of Bethel Park; also, sisters and a brother. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8PM. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


JoAnn Eisele

December 14, 2019 |

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

JoAnn Eisele, age 83, of McKeesport, formally of North Versailles, died on December 13, 2019. She was born in Morgantown, WV on November 21, 1936 and is the daughter of the late Hobert and Opal McCartney Hennessey. She was a long-time member of Christy Park United Methodist Church where she enjoyed being a part of the choir, and a devoted member to the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport. JoAnn worked, with her late husband John, at the former Wiltshire Poultry Farm for several years.

She is survived by her loving son John W. (Pam) Eisele Jr. of McKeesport; loving grandchildren, Nadine Eisele, Erica and Angeline Bottger, Kelly Stanich and Kari Hurley; great grandchildren Austin, Max and Benjamin. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Bottger, siblings; Maxine (Steve) Bill, Marie (Jim) Smith and James (Martha) Hennessey.

 
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Eileen G. Bekavac

December 13, 2019 |

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

Eileen G. Bekavac, age 84 of Clairton, passed away at home on Thursday, December 12, 2019.  Born January 13, 1935 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Toth) Gaydos.  A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Eileen worked for many years at the Clairton Works FCU, retiring in 2000, and with Mike's Jewelry.  She is survived by her sons A. Blaise (Constance) Bekavac of Edgewater, MD and Gregory T. Bekavac of Clairton; her grandchildren Chelsey and Christin; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Eileen is preceded in death by her siblings Robert Gaydos and Eleanor M. Lowe. 

 
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Geracimos "Jerry" D. Hionis

December 13, 2019 |

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

Geracimos “Jerry” D. Hionis, age 88, of White Oak, fell asleep peacefully with the Lord on December 13, 2019 at home surrounded by his beloved family.  He was born in Kefalonia, Greece on March 27, 1931 and is the son of the late Dennis and Theodora Yakoumatos Hionis.  Although he endured poverty and war, the great earthquake of 1953 which destroyed most of the island, was the main reason he came to the United States for a better life.  Jerry was employed at US Steel in Homestead and was a painter in his spare time.  He has been a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in White Oak which he eagerly assisted many others in building the church.   He was the life of the party, and was known for his zest for life, his generosity for helping others, sense of humor and a passion for hunting and his yearly trips to Greece.

 
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Richard W. Baldridge

December 13, 2019 |

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

Richard W. Baldridge, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Richard was born on December 3, 1934 to the late William Ray and Leona (Ault) Baldridge of McKeesport. Richard was a U.S. Army veteran and he was a former employee of Papercraft of Jeannette and Blawnox. He was an avid model train collector, enjoyed watching his Pittsburgh sports teams on T.V., and spending time socializing with all of his neighborhood retired friends. He is survived by his former wife Karen Baldridge; his children Rick (Doreen) Baldridge, Scott Baldridge and companion Jeannie Sonnenberg, and Dennis Baldridge all of North Huntingdon; grandsons Rick and Chris Baldridge.

 
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Dr. Harry K. Gillespie

December 13, 2019 |

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

Dr. Harry K. Gillespie, retired pediatrician, age 94 of Irwin, passed away peacefully on Monday December 9, 2019. Loving father of seven children, Mary Ellen (Joseph) Ferragonio, James (Ana) Gillespie, David (Rose Mary) Gillespie, Charlotte (Charles) Fisher, Sarah (Eugene) Pile, Elizabeth (David) Haushalter, and Douglas (Heidi) Gillespie.

Caring grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle to numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their families. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Troy and cousin Lucy (Joe) Russell. In addition to his wife Eleanor, Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Loretta, and siblings Richard, Philip Jr., and Susan Mormon.

A graduate of Central Catholic High School, a U.S. Navy veteran, and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Gillespie was a longtime practicing pediatrician in Irwin and White Oak as well as at Jeannette and McKeesport hospitals, touching the lives of many patients and families over the length of his career.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, where he cantered mass and served as a member of the choir for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #1480 Greensburg. Dr. Gillespie was ahead of his time when it came to enjoying the great outdoors, recycling, and doing his part in taking care of Mother Earth. He will be fondly remembered for his kindness, his steadfast faith, his gentle demeanor, maintaining an active lifestyle, and his ever-present sense of humor.

 
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Cecelia A. (Valco) Schorr

December 12, 2019 |

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

Cecelia A. (Valco) Schorr age 95, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on December 10, 2019.  Daughter of the late Michael & Mary E. (Dobrancin) Valco, she was a retired Department of Central Data Supervisor and, following that, worked in retail sales.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, a member of the former Christian Mothers, Past President of the GFWC Women’s Club of Duquesne, and Past President of the AARP-former Duquesne Chapter #1456.  She was the wife of the late Paul G. Schorr.  She is survived by her step-daughter Mary Ann (James) St. Clair of East Lake, Ohio; her niece Susan (Boyd) Anastas of West Mifflin; cousin Rona Fearon of Florida. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Andrew Valco & Joseph Valco and nephews Thomas (Joanne survives) Valco & Gene (late Kathy) Valco. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 15 from 12-6 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300.  Blessing service will be held at the Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 16 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. John McKenna, her great nephew, officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.  In lieu of flowers, Cecelia requested contributions for masses.

 


Christine M. Brown

December 12, 2019 |

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

Christine M. Brown age 68, of Clairton, passed away on December 11, 2019 at  Arden Courts in Jefferson Hills.  Born on February 18, 1951, she was the daughter of the late John I. Brown and Dolores (Kogut) Brown.  She was a retired school teacher at St. Edward the Confessor School in Dana Point, California.  Besides her mother, she is survived by her brothers John (Helene) Brown of Jefferson Hills and Kevin (Josie) Brown of Lancaster and sister, Beth (Jack) Savulak of Harrison City and nieces and nephews.  There is no visitation.  Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. Memorial contributions can be made to: Altzehimer’s Disease Research Center 3459 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15213 Or Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills 300 Wray Large Road Jefferson Hills, PA  15025.

 

 


M. Shirley Pikula

December 12, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

M. Shirley Pikula, age 87, of McKeesport, died December 9, 2019, at Riverside Care Center. Born June 18, 1932, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ella (Jacobs) Zoltak and the wife of the late Joseph G. Pikula.
 As a young woman, Shirley was one of the top models in the Pittsburgh area. She went on to teaching "Charm" classes to young women in the old Sears building, and retired from the J.C. Penney Company. Her biggest love was setting a table that was unmatched and providing a meal and a prayer that people who experienced it still speak of. She was a member of the Port Vue United Methodist Church.

 
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Theodore J. "Ted" Squires

December 12, 2019 |

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

Theodore J. "Ted" Squires, 86, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born December 19, 1932 in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Clara (Jakoski) Squires.  Prior to his retirement, Ted was a rigger for US Steel National Tube Works and a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War where he was proud to cook and serve the troops.  He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and St. Agnes Parish where he sang in the choir for 49 years.  He enjoyed music all of his life playing the guitar and organ.    Over the years, Ted enjoyed bowling, golfing, baseball, polka dancing and vacationing in Florida. He was most proud of his daughters and all of their musical talents.   He adored his grandchildren and all of their accomplishments.   He was the most loving and friendly gentleman and was noted for having the the most beautiful blue eyes that everyone noticed and commented on.  Ted was a devout Catholic who faithfully prayed the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack and Robert "Lefty" Squires.  He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Loretta (Kuznar) Squires; daughters, Karen Kustra and her husband, Ray, Sharon "Sherri" Estrada and her husband, Mike, Lorraine "Lori" Kudla and her husband, Mark, Dona Alverson and her husband, Lee; and 5 grandchildren, Tom, Stephen, Amanda, Rachel and Amy; and great-granddaughter, Hazel.  Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon.  Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Versailles.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ruth Elizabeth Johnson

December 12, 2019 |

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

Ruth Elizabeth Johnson, 95, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at home. She was born September 29, 1924 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John H. and Elizabeth Murman Swainson. She was the wife of 50 years to the late Norman C. Johnson, Sr., who passed away July 30, 2002.  She was a member of The Evangelical Congregation Church in McKeesport where she was a member of the Faith Class for 50 years and taught Sunday school for 30 years.

 
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Elinore J. Stearns

December 11, 2019 |

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

Elinore J. Stearns of New Eagle and formerly of Clairton, passed away on her 84th Birthday, December 11, 2019, in Jefferson Hospital.  Born December 11, 1935 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Stephanik) Dwyer.  A former sales clerk for many years at G.C. Murphy and Co. in Clairton, Elinore was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Stearns, who passed away December 6, 2000, and her sister Louise Smith.  Elinore is survived by her daughter Lorrie (Scott) Bellavance of New Eagle; her three grandchildren Tabitha (Joe) DeBerry, Brianna Romero, and Scott Bellavance; her six great-grandchildren Danika and Coltyn DeBerry, Izabella and Zayla Romero, Waylon DeBerry, and Veronica Bellavance; her siblings Betty Morally of Baldwin, Ruth Clarke of Wexford, Donald Dwyer of Jefferson Hills, and Harold Dwyer of Westmoreland City; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Tom Leonard Wardropper

December 11, 2019 |

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

Tom Leonard Wardropper, age 78, of Elizabeth, went to be with the Lord Monday, December 9, 2019.  He was born in McKeesport on September 19, 1941 and is the son of the late Harry James and Edna Samantha Littleton Wardropper.  He was retired from the U.S. Navy serving his country for over 21 years.  He then was employed at GE Apparatus Plant in West Mifflin until retirement.  He was a member of Port Vue United Methodist Church and enjoyed travelling, especially to his place in Palm Beach Shores, Florida.

 
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Ann Morrison

December 11, 2019 |

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

Ann Morrison, age 94, of Carroll Twp., formerly of Elrama, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was a retired cashier for A&P Supermarket in Clairton. She was a member of Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Monongahela. 

 
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Andrew Caprio

December 11, 2019 |

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

Andrew "Butch" Caprio, age 74, formerly of Manowon in Forward Twp., passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Mon Valley Care Center. A graduate of Mon Valley Catholic High School, he attended Robert Morris University. He was the former proprietor of Foodland in Donora and Monongahela and Save-a-Lot in Butler. He was a former member of the Monongahela Elks and IMBS Club in Monongahela. 

 
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Gerald J. “Jerry” Robinson

December 10, 2019 |

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

Gerald J. “Jerry” Robinson, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Jerry, also known as Chico, also known as Buddy, was born on October 11, 1950 to the late George and Violet (Donati) Robinson of Pitcairn. Jerry was a veteran of the US Navy serving in the Vietnam Conflict. He spent his career in the construction field as one of the finest plasterers in the area and was a member of the OPCMIA, Local 31. His work can be admired all around Pittsburgh, including Heinz Hall and Kennywood.

He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. Jerry was infamous for many things. He loved being outdoors on his quad, fishing, hunting, and camping. He was known for his secret recipe grilled chicken and making homemade wine, prosciutto, sauerkraut and sausage. In his recent years, Jerry spent his time babysitting his grandchildren, whom he spoiled with whatever they wanted. They remember him for his love cowboy shows on TV, Ovaltine, and buying them happy meals.

 
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Robin C. Williams

December 10, 2019 |

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

Robin C. Williams, 58, died Dec. 7, 2019. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, PA, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

 


Jonathan Joseph Fonos

December 10, 2019 |

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

Jonathan Joseph Fonos, 27, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019. He was born October 12, 1992 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Larry (Sherry) Vargo of Jefferson Hills,  and Kathy Hanky of Port Vue. Jonathan worked for Interstate NDT in Belle Vernon and was a US Army Veteran. He was also a member and Legion Rider of the Smithton American Legion. 

 
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June A. Hayden

December 10, 2019 |

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

June A. Hayden, age 91, of Dravosburg, died December 9, 2019, at Locust Grove Personal Care of West Mifflin. Born June 7, 1928, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Oscar E. and Olga C. (Larson) Anderson and the wife of the late Howard R. "Ray" Hayden.

 
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William "Bill" Clyde Patterson

December 09, 2019 |

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

William "Bill" Clyde Patterson,  77, of Buena Vista, passed away at home on Sunday, December 8, 2019. He was born October 30, 1942 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John and Lucille (Wolfgang) Patterson. Bill was a Master Chief  in the US Navy and retired after 30 years of service. For his service in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation, 4 Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of Youghiogheny Lodge 375 F & AM.

 
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Stephen T. Skowronski

December 09, 2019 |

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

Stephen T. Skowronski, 95, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019.  He was born August 18, 1924 in Braddock, a son of the late Bronislaw and Josephine (Casper) Skowronski.  Prior to his retirement, Stephen was a steelworker for US Steel and was a veteran of the US Army having served during WWII.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, a volunteer for Rescue 8 and enjoyed traveling.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma J. Berthold Skowronski; infant sister, Sofie; and brothers, Stanley, Kie, Chester, Frank, Adam, Vincent, Andrew and twin brother, Walter.  He is survived by his niece, Elaine Merkel and her husband Tom, and numerous nieces and nephews.  There will be no public visitation.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Irene Bernadine Monezis

December 09, 2019 |

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

Irene Bernadine Monezis, 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, December 8, 2019. She was born February 25, 1929 in Hosttetter, and was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Pavlok) Godula. She was the wife of the late George M. Monezis, Jr., who passed away September 21, 2016. They were married for  65 years. Irene was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, and was formerly Proprietor of Minerva Bakery in McKeesport.

 
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Jay P. Graft

December 09, 2019 |

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

Jay P. Graft, age 77, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. A retired instrument repairman supercraft from U.S. Steel Clairton Works, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the OMNI masonic lodge #582 of Dravosburg. 

 
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Robert P. Keenan

December 09, 2019 |

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

Robert P. Keenan, age 87, of White Oak died December 7, 2019, at home. Born January 28, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Hazel Gertrude Peirson and David Russell Keenan and the husband of the late Betty Joan Davis-Keenan.

 
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Robert D. Wunderley

December 09, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Robert D. Wunderley, age 81, of Liberty Borough, died December 6, 2019, at home. Born March 21, 1938, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William G. and Alma Rosella (Elliott) Wunderley and the husband of Dorothy E. (Hartzell) Wunderley.
Robert was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Active within his church, he served as president of the corporation, elder, trustee, deacon and Sunday school superintendent. Robert was a member and past master of Masonic Youghiogheny Lodge #583.  He was a member of Al-O-Mon Forest #138 Tall Cedars and their clown unit, bringing joy and laughter to children of all ages. Robert was former director of operations for Elteg Mgt. Co. Inc., at Chatham Center, for twenty one years and former vice president of Equibank’s building and properties division for twenty six years. A life member of Liberty Borough Volunteer Fire Department, Robert served as former president, secretary and line officer of the department. He was a U.S. Army sergeant with the 336th Military Police Battalion. A disabled veteran of his country, Robert belonged to the White Oak American Legion Post #447 and to Liberty Borough Seniors, where he served as former president. A kind and gentle man, Robert treasured his family and the friends he made throughout his life.

 
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Charles J. Sudey

December 08, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Charles J. Sudey, age 70, of McKeesport died December 7, 2019, at UPMC East. Born May 22, 1949, in Braddock, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Urda) Sudey.

 
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Mark E. Laber

December 07, 2019 |

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

Mark E. Laber, 56, of Irwin, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 6, 2019.  He was born May 28, 1963 in Miami, FL, a son of the late Joseph and Barbara (Tomajko) Laber.  Mark was a machine set up operator for Wabtec Corp.  in Greensburg.  He was a 1982 graduate of Norwin Sr. High School and later earned his degree in Industrial Technology from California University of PA.  He loved fishing and boating and enjoyed being a part of family gatherings.  He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Laber and his wife, Doreen; sister, Laurie Gillott and her husband, Greg; niece Madeline (Tyson) Stupy; and nephew, Matthew Gillott.  Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA  02339 in memory of his mother Barbara.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Esther J. (Gonzales) Micklo

December 07, 2019 |

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

(This obituary was updated after publication.)

Esther J. (Gonzales) Micklo, 73, of McKeesport, died Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Kane Community Living Center, McKeesport.  She was born March 1, 1946 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mollie (Weiss) Gonzales.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother Joseph Gonzales and sisters Rosalie Hansen and Miriam Diggs.  She is survived by brothers David Gonzales, Howard Gonzales, Albert Gonzales, and Carl Gonzales and sisters Sylvia Hannen, Doris Amatuzzi, Rachel Conrad, and Linda Micklo.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 
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Iona G. Diamond

December 07, 2019 |

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

Iona G. Diamond, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019.  She was born May 15, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Orie (Davis) Bowman.  Iona was a member of St. Agnes Parish and AARP 3221 N. Huntingdon.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Diamond; brother, Frank Bender; sisters, June Bennett and Hazel Wood.  She is survived by her children, Patricia Peripanos and her husband, Gus, James Diamond and his wife, Betty, Judy Pozzuto, Richard Diamond and his wife, Chris; sister, Velma Mimnaugh; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, McKeesport.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Janice J. Brisbine

December 07, 2019 |

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

Janice J. Brisbine, 83, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019.  She was born October 12, 1936 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Clarence D. and Dorothy (Baum) Brown.  Prior to her retirement, Janice worked for S&T Bank in Irwin in the mortgage department and was a member of Norwin Church of the Nazarene and was involved with the keenagers at the Norwin Alliance Church.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, especially around Christmas, crocheting baby quilts and afghans and attending church with her grandchildren. Although her mind and body failed her at the end, Janice's faith remained strong, and she is now at peace with the Lord.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence A. Brisbine; son, Clarence "Joe" Brisbine; grandson, Shawn Brisbine; brothers, Melvin D. and Paul J. Brown.  She is survived by her son, Gary Brisbine (Kathy), daughter-in-law, Leslie Brisbine; grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Chris (Alicia), Evan and Amber; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Andrianna, Luke, Avalina, Raymond, Evelyn and Gabriel; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and Carol; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow in Harold's Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hempfield township.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Church of the Nazarene.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Edgar "Ed" "Red" McCloskey

December 07, 2019 |

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

Edgar "Ed" "Red" McCloskey age 91, of Elizabeth, PA, formerly of Duquesne, on December 5, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends. He was a son of the late Leo and Hermina “Minnie” (Kampert) McCloskey. He was retired from US Steel Duquesne Works as a High Tension Lineman. He was a former member of St. Joseph's Church, Duquesne and a current member of St. Michael Church in Elizabeth. He proudly served his country in the Air Force. Husband of the late Dorothy (Gyduska) McCloskey; father of Chris McCloskey of Buena Vista; grandfather of Brandon Iams and April Iams; brother of the late Esther Marie (late Ernest) Morris; uncle of Kathy (Kurt) Kullberg, Robert (Dorothy) Morris and Richard Morris. Visitation Monday, December 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave. Duquesne 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Mifflin, with Military Honors.  

 


James E. Cowans Sr.

December 07, 2019 |

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

James E. Cowans Sr., 75, died Dec. 4, 2019. Arrangements in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 


Martin W. Sudzina

December 07, 2019 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Martin W. Sudzina, age 68.  He passed peacefully on December 3, 2019. Our family has found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from all. They have been heard and appreciated.

Marty was born on November 10, 1951 to the late Edward and Helen (Kovacs) Sudzina.

He is survived by his son, Gregory J. Sudzina, and sisters, Debra Keane (Mike) and Mari Lynn Klein (Rick).

 
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Kenneth A. Ritchie

December 06, 2019 |

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

Kenneth A. Ritchie, age 62 of Elizabeth, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 03, 2019. The son of the late Alan Ritchie and Wanda LoPresti, he is survived by: sisters, Judith, Yvonne, Charlene, and Karen; brothers, Jeffrey and Robert; daughters, Jessica, Kaylee, Crystal, and Danielle; grandchildren, Dylan, Tallie, and Taylen. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. Ken built a career as a hardworking auto mechanic and scrap worker. Though never married, he shared the best years of his life with the mother of his daughters, the late Angela Karan. Together, they were passionate about music, riding Harley Davidsons, and just enjoying the good times. Ken lived a hard life and dealt with various health issues but he never let that stand in his way. He leaves behind beautiful memories for his family and friends who will miss him dearly and remember him as fun-loving, silly, and charismatic. Ken’s body was cremated but friends and family will be received for a memorial service at the Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home in Duquesne on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family.

 


Robert L. Heffner

December 06, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 Robert L. Heffner, 60, of Belle Vernon, died Dec. 4, 2019.  He is the son of the late Kenneth and Evelyn Heffner.  He is survived by his beloved wife Patty (Burkette) Heffner, daughter Heather Heffner; son Robert K. Heffner; grandchildren Kaylee, Maleena, Layla and Chase; brothers Allen Heffner and Ronald (Rebecca) Heffner; goddaughters Arizona and Victoria Archibeque; also nieces and nephews.  Bob was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed camping, boating and the outdoors.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Sat. Dec. 14, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 at which time a funeral service will be held.  Interment will be held Mon., Dec. 16, 2019 at 11:00 am at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth.
 


Melva "Cookie" Tranchini

December 06, 2019 |

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

Melva "Cookie" Tranchini, age 83 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born August 10, 1936 in New York, NY, she was a daughter of the late Theodore Mirkovich and Zorka (Terzich) Mirkovich Check.  A member of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, its Kola Sisters, and the SNF, Cookie worked as a secretary at both Fisher Scientific and the City of Clairton.  She loved her Serbian culture, and loved to bake, cook, and parasail.  Cookie is survived by her husband of 59 1/2 years Joseph Tranchini; her children Leslie (Johnathan) Thomas of Arlington, VA and Joseph (Carla) Tranchini of Jefferson Hills; her grandchildren Nicole (Daniel) Muhr, Bryan Wish, and Alexandra and Laura Tranchini; and also nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, Cookie was preceded in death by her sister Nedra Drobac.  

 
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Jean Suhy

December 06, 2019 |

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

Jean Suhy,  88, of McKeesport, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019. She was born March 10, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Stanley  and Wilma (Markus) Smolnicky, Sr.  Jean had worked for White Oak Bowl and the former Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Elizabeth Township.

 
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Doris Spargal

December 06, 2019 |

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

Doris (Roth) Spargal, age 76, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. She was a retired custodian for Dick Corporation in Jefferson Hills and a member of the Floreffe Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Elrama. 

 
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Mary Ann Rakochy

December 05, 2019 |

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

Mary Ann Rakochy, age 86 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Overlook Green Senior Living in Whitehall.  Born July 22, 1933 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Mitro and Mary J. (Makuh) Rakochy and last surviving sibling of the late Mike Wagel, Margaret McGuiness, Ann Bernhard, John Rakochy, and Helen Glegyak.  Mary Ann was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and retired after 53 years as an office clerk for the City of Clairton.  She is survived by nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700), on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:30 AM until a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Clare of Assisi Church.  Burial will follow to Ascension Cemetery, Clairton.  www.bekavacfuneralhome.com 

 
 


Richard J. Luketic

December 05, 2019 |

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

Richard J. Luketic, age 68, of McKeesport, died December 3, 2019, at home. Born March 9, 1951, in Orlando, FL, he was the son of the late Stephen and Catherine (Kesser) Luketic

 
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Betty Jane Hodge

December 05, 2019 |

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

Betty Jane Hodge,  71, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, December  4, 2019. She was born December 16, 1947 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth  (Toth) Lukondi.  Betty  was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church, and had worked for the former Giant Eagle in Olympia Shopping Center. She loved flower and vegetable gardening and playing Farmville on her computer.

 
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Paul L. Gala

December 05, 2019 |

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

Paul L. Gala, 55, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2019. He was in the presence of his loving family. Paul was diagnosed with gastric cancer in May of 2018. Facing his foe with unwavering courage and dignity, Paul spent the last 19 months making indelible memories with his beloved wife and children. Paul was born on March 16, 1964 in Elizabeth Township, PA to the late Charles and Margaret Gala. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and the following year, his MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business. Paul dedicated 30 years to IBM as a business executive and market leader and most recently, 2 years as the Senior Director of Sales Operations at Blackboard.

 
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Frances Marie "Fran" Shultz

December 05, 2019 |

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

Frances Marie "Fran" Shultz age 87, of Duquesne, on December 3, 2019 at Kane Regional Medical Center, McKeesport, PA after a long battle of Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Clariton, PA to the late Robert and Bertha (Veitch) Tachoir. She was a home maker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Duquesne, PA. She enjoyed plastic canvas crafting, word search puzzles, bingo and reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books, as well as family time. She is survived by her children, Paul L. “Larry” Shultz of Duquesne, Kenneth W. Shultz of Alexandria, LA, Robert D. Shultz of Duquesne, Daniel A. (Linda) Shultz of Duquesne, Cathy J. (William) Leonard of Holly Springs, NC and Maryanne Shultz of Orlando, FL; grandmother of William Leonard, Jr., Jonathon Shultz, John Paul Leonard, Brittney Shultz and Danielle Matta; great-grandmother of J.R. Shultz, Joey Matta, and August Olivia Leonard. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Paul “Iggy” Shultz who passed away in 2011; also brothers and sisters, Leo Forrest, Thomas, Patrick, Jacques, Joseph, Lois White, Agnes Rushe and Catherine Odoski; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation on Sunday from 2-7 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave. Duquense 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. Followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

 


Bernard A. “Ace” Curran

December 05, 2019 |

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

Bernard A. “Ace” Curran age 93, of Duquesne, on December 3, 2019. he was a son of the late Joseph and Catherine (McNally) Curran. He was a retired CORE maker from Fort Pitt Steel in Christy Park. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, the former owner of the former Duquesne Taxi Cab company in the 50s. He loved to garden and enjoyed music. He and his late wife were avid fans of Duquesne High School Sports and were strong supporters of the city of Duquesne, and would attend all the council meetings. He proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII. Husband of 45 years to the late Anna M. (Bogacik) Curran; father of the late Bernard Michael Curren; brother of the late Joseph Curran, Catherine, William Curran, Margaret and Ellen Ann. Visitation on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park with Military Honors

 


Thomas J. Domer

December 05, 2019 |

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

Thomas J. Domer age 74, of West Mifflin, on December 4, 2019 at home. He was a son of the late John and Myrtle (Lawrence) Domer. Tom was a retired custodian of Community College of Allegheny County, West Mifflin South. Beloved husband of 43 years to Faye (McLindon) Domer; father of Thomas J. (Tomi) Domer II of Slippery Rock and Gillian Domer of West Mifflin and Kelly Domer Curry; grandfather of Rebecca, Sydney and Madison Domer and Christian Anastasiu;  Christopher and Kenneth Curry; brother of John Domer of Port Vue, Martha (Robert) Drusbasky of Elizabeth, Emil Domer of Plum Boro, Rita (Herb) Petticord of Elizabeth and the late Mary Randall, late Genevieve Ferry, late Barbara Janiki, and the late Joseph and Robert Domer. Visitation Friday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held Saturday at 9:30 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish at 10 a.m.

 


Evelyn A. Makara

December 04, 2019 |

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

Evelyn A. Makara, 92, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  She was born October 31, 1927 in Homestead, a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Horkavy.  Prior to her retirement, Evelyn was a registered nurse and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Makara; daughter, Cynthia Stevens; sisters, Lillian Dillabaugh and Irene Ingham.  She is survived by her sons, Robert Makara and his wife, Elizabeth, Richard Makara and his wife, Susan, Ronald Makara and Raymond Makara; daughter, Ellen Woomer; son-in-law, Frank Stevens; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Colleen Harkcom Wilson

December 04, 2019 |

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

Colleen (Harkcom) Wilson, North Huntingdon Township, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and at the time of her death was a resident of Walden's View Personal Care, Irwin.  Colleen was born in Somerset, Pa., on March 17, 1937, a daughter of Dorse Harkcom and Rosalind (Walker) Harkcom.  Colleen attended the Somerset Area Schools, and graduated from Somerset High School in the class of 1955.  Colleen had various places of employment during her lifetime, and last worked at Thrift Drug Store where she was employed for approximately 18 years.  On December 27, 1966 in Bentleyville, Pa., Colleen married Lawrence M. Wilson who passed away on March 27, 2019.  Colleen and her late husband were active members of Christian Life Church in Trafford.  Colleen is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws.  During her last illness, Colleen was assisted by members of her congregation, her Pastors, and was helped in every sense of the word by her good friend, Cheryl Sturm.  Arrangements are under the supervision of James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, and at the request of the deceased, all services are private.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joan Marie Bradley

December 04, 2019 |

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

Joan Marie Bradley, age 61 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Allegheny General Hospital.  Born March 2, 1958 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Alfred L. and Frances L. (Bachowski) Bradley.  A self-employed caregiver and member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Joan is survived by her siblings Nannette Bradley of Port Vue and Dean Bradley of Liberty Borough, her nephew Bradley, her niece Natalie, and her dear friend Cindy Grossman.  Interment will be private at the request of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan's name should be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.  Arrangements are in the care of the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 
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Kenneth Lee McKissick Sr.

December 03, 2019 |

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

Kenneth Lee McKissick Sr., 57, died Nov. 29, 2019. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 2019, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA 15110, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 7, 2019. Arrangements in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home.

 


Adelaide “Della” A. (Martinelli) Simonetta

December 03, 2019 |

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

Adelaide “Della” A. (Martinelli) Simonetta, age 96, of McKeesport, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019. She was born December 22, 1922 in Blythedale, a daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Martinelli. She was a former member of St. Patrick’s Church in McKeesport and worked for over 12 years in the produce department at Shop N Save in McKeesport before retiring.

 
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Scott A. Wisneski

December 02, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Scott A. Wisneski, 47 of Port Vue, died Nov. 30, 2019.  He is the son of Robert Wisneski and Terry (John D'Angelo) Woytovich.  Scott is survived by his son Tyler S. Wisneski; grandson Johnathon Wisneski; brother David (Pam Bell) Andres and girlfriend Susan Wahrenger.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Wed. from 4 to 8 pm.

 


Frank Vlasic

December 02, 2019 |

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

Frank Vlasic, age 88 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth Assisted Living.   Born May 27, 1931 in Yugoslavia, he was the son of the late John and Ana (Bogovic) Vlasic.  A retired steelworker for US Steel - National Tube Works in McKeesport, he joins his wife, the late Dorothy Jane (Vugrincic) Vlasic, who passed away September 3, 2018.  Frank lived in White Oak for almost 50 years before having to give up his beloved home and yard where he loved to spend his days outside cutting grass, planting flowers or working on cars. Frank was an active member of CFU Lodge 146 in Versailles for more than 60 years. Frank will always be remembered for his strong work ethic, his outgoing personality, willingness to always lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it and of being a proud Croatian!  His heritage meant everything to him and he never hesitated to tell anyone who would listen how he was Croatian and then would try to teach them his native language.  

 
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Ronald Peter Grebur Jr

December 02, 2019 |

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

Ronald Peter Grebur Jr, age 47, of White Oak, peacefully passed away in his sleep at UPMC Montefiore Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born August 14, 1972, in McKeesport, Pa, he was the son of the late Ronald Sr. and Brenda (Sweeney) Grebur.

 
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John Kravetz Jr.

December 02, 2019 |

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

John Kravetz Jr.,70, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019.  He was born March 4, 1949 in Vestaburg, Pa., a son of the late John and Ruth (Kveder) Kravetz Sr.  John was a 1967 graduate of Beth Center High School and was self-employed as a furniture repairman. He was a member of St. Agnes Parish and was an avid outdoorsman, and especially loved hunting, fishing and fly tying.  He enjoyed flying remote control airplanes and making his own wine.  John is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carol Matyasovsky Kravetz; sons, John Kravetz and his wife, Beth, Brian Kravetz and his wife, Erika; daughter, Cynthia Chew and her husband, Douglas, Pamela Puskar and her husband, Jonathan; sisters, Sandra Isariyawongse and her husband, Dr. Prakorb, Ruthann Davidovich and her husband, Steve, Tina Kravetz and her husband, Jeff Weber; ten grandchildren, Owen, Austin, Hailey, Noelle, Joseph, Andrew, Lucas, Tyler, Gracie and Trevor.  Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday in St. Agnes Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Kenneth F. West

December 01, 2019 |

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

Kenneth F. West, age 88, of Penn Hills passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019. He was born August 12, 1931 in Duquesne, a son of the late Lewis and Elizabeth West. He attended the Grace Baptist Church in Monroeville. He was an Army veteran that went on to work as a computer operator for U.S. Steel for over 40 years before retiring. Ken coached the little leagues baseball, participated in the neighborhood bowling league, and delivered Meals-on-Wheels food. He had a great sense of humor, was kind-hearted and will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son Wayne West.

 
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Constance P. (Kushnir) Rapach

December 01, 2019 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Constance P. (Kushnir) Rapach, 92, of Cranberry Twp., formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully Friday, November 29, 2019 in Laurel Wood Care Center, Johnstown. Born in Duquesne on April 16, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Michael J and Pauline (Vesonder) Kushnir. Mrs Rapach was a former member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin and a very active former member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers at Holy Trinity Church. Beloved wife of the late Michael Rapach, she is survived by two sons, Michael T Rapach and Luke M. (Ronna) Rapach, a brother, Bernard (Joy) Kushnir, three grandchildren, Natalie, Emily and Melanie Rapach and nieces, nephews and cousins.

 
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Laura Margaret Lotto Burchesky

December 01, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

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Laura Margaret Lotto Burchesky, 99, of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Manor Care in Whitehall. She was born in Coal Valley, Jefferson Hills on June 18, 1920 to the late Carl and Mary Sinatra Lotto. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert A. Burchesky; loving mother of JoAnn (Barry) Kylander, of Pleasant Hills, Robert M. Burchesky, of Clairton, Connie (Craig) Ramsey, of Elizabeth; sister of Anthony Lotto, of Jefferson Hills and sister-in-law, of Emma Lotto, of Akron, Ohio; cherished grandmother of, Erin (Sam) Nunnery, of Gibsonia and Jessica (Nick Chiavetta) Ramsey, of McKees Rocks; great-grandmother of Samuel Wilson Nunney V. Also survived by special niece Angel Lotto-Rose and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Laura was preceded in death by brothers: Paul, Anthony, John, and Carl Lotto; sisters: Madeline Burgy, Mary McClanahan, Minnie Foster, Abbie Jordan and Josephine Lotto. Laura was a member of St. Paulinus Church, Holy Angel’s Church and most recently St. Michael’s Church in Elizabeth. She was the owner of Lotto’s Beauty Salon for over 60 years. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A funeral prayer will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday at 9:00 am followed by a mass of the Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church at 10:00 am, presided by Father Thomas Wagner. Interment will follow at St. Clare Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Manor Care at 505 Weyman Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 in thanks for their compassion and care. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 

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