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Sarah Marshall

March 31, 2020 |

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

Sarah Marshall, 89, daughter of the late Leslie and Mozelia Smith was born on April 6, 1930 in Jefferson Boro, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Marshall passed away peacefully at Riverside Care Center on  March 27, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Herbert Marshall, Sr.; sons, Herbert Marshall, Jr., Albert Marshall, Marcel Marshall; grandson, Alexander Marshall; brothers, Lee Smith, Leslie Smith, Russell Smith and sisters Beula Dixon, Elizabeth Fennell, Lillian McCray, and Laura Alford.

Mrs. Sarah attended McKeesport High School. After graduation, she obtained an associate degree from Robert Morris University. For many years, Mrs. Sarah worked as a Beautician. It suited her eye for fashion. She loved flowers. Her true love was for her family.

 
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Barbara A. Gonzales

March 31, 2020 |

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

Barbara A. Gonzales, 75, of McKeesport, died Friday, March 27, 2020, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She was born April 13, 1944 in Braddock the daughter of the late Emil and Ann Morgan Kahlan. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her son Timothy Gonzales. She is survived by her husband Carl Gonzales, her sons David Gonzales and Donnie Gonzales, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a brother William Kahlan.

 
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Arnold E. Handley

March 31, 2020 |

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

Arnold E. Handley, age 85, of Elizabeth, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills. An Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War and member of American Legion Post 712 in Pleasant Hills, he was a retired sheet metal fabricator for Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 66 in Everett, WA. Born August 19, 1934 in Monroe, he was a son of the late Arnold and Gladys (Quigley) Handley and husband of the late Virginia L. (LaFrankie) Handley. He is survived by his brothers, Paul (Lorraine) Handley and George (Christine) Handley, both of Fayetteville, GA; grandson, Adam Handley of Washington State; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Handley of Washington State; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by son, Scott Handley; brother, Donald Handley; and sister, Irene Sickles. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolenes at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Valerie A. Marecic Tkocs

March 31, 2020 |

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

 

Valerie A  Marecic Tkocs November 12, 1961 – March 30, 2020 of West Mifflin Peacefully passed away with her family by her side on March 30th at the age of 58. She was the wife of 28 years to Douglas Tkocs. She was a remarkable mother to Kayla, with constant love, care, and support flowing through her.  She was amazing and loving “Juju” to Gianna. She absolutely adored her future son in law, Justin Lutheran. She was the daughter of the late Ruldolph and Evelyn (Sabino) Marecic. She is survived by her siblings Marian Marecic Stephen Marecic Gregory Marecic Joseph (Shelly) Marecic Richard (Jennifer) Marecic Patricia (John) Tour James Marecic preceded in death by the late Michael (surving spouse Robin) Marecic Francis Marecic. She was a second mother and an amazing aunt to many nieces and nephews 
Mika Taira Joey Jessie  Stevie  Frankie Nicolette Mason Paige Marisa  Vinnie Ryan. And great aunt of Jade Gavin Brok Aidan Wyatt Francis.
She dedicated her life advocating and supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities/autism with Rankin Christian Center/Mon Valley Supports as a Senior Supports Coordinator. She touched the hearts of many clients and their families.  Given current circumstances, there will be no funeral service at this time. In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions can be sent to Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home 212 Wilmot St., Duquesne PA 15110 for a guardian trust to be made for her granddaughter Gianna Lutheran who was the light of her life.

 


Edward L. Phillips

March 31, 2020 |

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

Edward L. Phillips, age 94, of North Versailles, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children on March 29, 2020. Born October 17, 1925, in Brownsville, PA, he was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Zoltan) Phillips and the beloved husband of Emilia (Sauchin) Phillips.

 
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Diane Wilhelm

March 30, 2020 |

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

Diane Wilhelm, of Greensburg, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 26, 2020. She was born in Greensburg on February 17, 1939 and is the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Marion Tulloch Moore. She was a graduate of St. Xavier Academy.  She volunteered for the Salvation Army as a bell ringer around the holidays.  She was a longtime member of Alpha Ministries, an avid reader and a breast cancer survivor.

 
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Wayne Newton Stuckey

March 30, 2020 |

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

Wayne Newton Stuckey, 82, of Plum Borough, formerly of Cranberry Township, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 29, 2020. He was born May 28, 1937 in Kearnysville, WV and was the son of the late Jeremiah Newton and Mary Francis (Swartz) Stuckey.  Wayne was the husband of 55 years to the late Ann Matthews (Gum) Stuckey who passed away January 1, 2016. Wayne was a graduate of Shepherdstown High School Class of 1955. He was a US Marine Corps Veteran.   Wayne worked in finance all of his life. He belonged to the Elks in Cranberry Twp., and was an avid hunter. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and was celebrated for his 50 years in the Martinsburg Chapter. 

 
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Robert Melvin Callahan

March 30, 2020 |

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

Robert Melvin Callahan, age 95 died on March 27, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1924 in New Kensington. He was the son of the late Frank and Edith Ferguson Callahan.

Robert was a Staff Sergeant for the United States Marine Corps. He served his country during WWII. He was stationed on the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea. He fought in the Battle of Mindinao, part of Operation VICTOR V, which was the campaign to liberate the Philippines. He also fought in the Battle of Okinawa, and was later stationed in China where he worked on the return of Japanese prisoners to Japan.

He enjoyed vacationing in Key West, FL, visiting casinos, watching the sports channel with his dogs, sunbathing, and cutting grass on his riding mower.

 
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Dr. Thomas E. Vrabec DDS

March 30, 2020 |

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

Dr. Thomas E. Vrabec DDS, 89, passed peacefully from this life to the next on March 30, 2020. He was a longtime resident of Oakland (Pittsburgh) and practiced dentistry there for many years before retiring to Redstone Highlands in N. Huntingdon, PA.
Tom was born in Smock, PA on March 18, 1931 to Thomas and Anna (Turosak) Vrabec. He graduated from Uniontown High School in 1949 and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dentistry in 1955. He served in the US Army for three years, then returned to Pittsburgh to open his dental practice. He loved his work and being with people every day.
Tom was an avid sports fan especially of Pittsburgh teams, the Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, and Panthers. He spent many hours watching in the stadiums and on TV. He participated in the sports of golf and bowling. Also he collected sports memorabilia, Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and decorative elephant figures.
He was an active member, officer and President of the Oakland Lions Club. He was a member of St. Paul’s Cathedral Parish.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and by a special person, Ann Harper.
He is survived by a brother, Dr. Donald P. Vrabec (Eleanor) of Danville, PA, and two sisters, (Anna) Eleanor Vrabec of Uniontown, and Judith Radic (George) of Huber Heights, OH, a very special lady, Rose Lee Martin, an aunt Elaine Babbony (Paul) and an uncle Frederick Crall. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Dr. Tamara Vrabec (Dr. Vincent Baldassano), Dr. Jeffrey Vrabec (Kathy), Dr. Keith Vrabec, Kevin Radic (Katherine), April DeLorenzo (Mark), and Justin Radic (Angela). He will be missed by these, several cousins and many friends.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, funeral services will be private. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


James F. "Jimmy" Yanity

March 30, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

James F. "Jimmy" Yanity, 49 of Canonsburg, died March 29, 2020.  He is the son of Frances (Grzywinski) Yanity and the late Michael Yanity.  He is survived by his fiance Michelle Polimadei; sons Alexander and Jacob Yanity; step children Tanner and Linnea Pilarski; brothers Michael (Mary Ellen) Yanity, Fred (Jan) Yanity, Rick (Darlene) Yanity; Dan Yanity and Don (Laurie) Yanity; nephews Keith, Jason, Freddy, and Justin and nieces Tori, Melissa, Angeline, Amber and Courtney.  Due to the strict guidelines we must adhere to at this crucial time, visitation will be private.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Doris Jean McCracken

March 30, 2020 |

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

Doris Jean McCracken, 88, of Boston, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020. She was born June 11, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ella (Opal) Palm. She was the wife of the late Kenneth A. McCracken who passed away February 21, 1995. She was a member of the former First United Presbyterian Church of Boston, the former Boston Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, and was a member of the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens. She was a former chaperone for the McKeesport Majorette and Drill Team. She worked at the former Boston Diner for 25 years. 

 
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John Ratesic

March 29, 2020 |

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

John Ratesic, age 79 of White Oak, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Born August 25, 1940 in Braddock, PA, John was the son of the late John and Bernardine Ratesic, who raised him in McKeesport, PA.  John is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 49 years, Dorothy (Dokmanovich) Ratesic, daughter Dr. Mara Dawn (David) Koetke and granddaughter Alexandra Koetke of New York City and son, Marko (Julie) Ratesic and grandchildren Nicholas, Milena and Luke John Ratesic of Chicago.  Also surviving are his siblings Patrick (Mickey) Ratesic of Norwin, Ann (Ed) Bell of Coulter and Kay (Gerry) Feagles of Canton, Ohio.

John graduated from McKeesport High School in 1958, received a football scholarship and played for the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1962.  He received his Masters Degree and Principal Certification in 1975 from Duquesne University. 

John proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965.  He was a valued member of the undefeated 7th Infantry Football Team in 1963 and was named 1st Team on the All-Army Squad.

 
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Irene M. George

March 29, 2020 |

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

Irene M. George, age 88 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in UPMC McKeesport Hospital.  Born March 20, 1932 in Pitcairn, she was a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Ersik) Golick.  A member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Twp. and its Christian Mothers Club, Irene worked as a bookkeeper at area auto dealerships, including Golick's in Pitcarin, Pivirotto's in Homestead, and Kelly Chevrolet in Clairton.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years Edgar L. George; her sons James M. George of Elizabeth Twp., Steven L. (Diane) George of North Huntingdon, and Keith A. (Irene) George of Oakdale; her grandchildren Steven, Alexa, and Eyan George; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother James Golick.

 
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Karen M. Paterra

March 29, 2020 |

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

Karen M. (Tom Katona) Paterra, 71, lifelong resident of Versailles Borough, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in White Oak. Karen was born in McKeesport on April 14, 1948, daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Smith) Paterra of Versailles Borough. She was preceded in death by her sister, Paula Paterra who died in 1972. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Church - St. Patrick Worship Site, The Palenese League of America, and served as a past officer of the Palenese Women's Auxiliary She was retired from the County of Allegheny where she worked for over 24 years as an administrative secretary.

 
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Ruth Rushe

March 29, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Ruth Rushe 78, of Glassport, passed away on Saturday March 28, 2020 in her home. She was born in Glassport on August 8, 1941 to the late William Rushe and Agnes Tachoir Rushe. Ruth is survived by her two sisters JoAnne Rushe of Glassport and Agnes Barrett of Glassport, as well as her two brothers Robert (Lori) Rushe of Duquesne, and Ralph Rushe of New Baltimore Michigan. Ruth is also survived by her many beloved nieces and nephews whom she cared for deeply. She was preceded in death by her three brothers Billy, Terry, and Tommy Rushe. Ruth spent her earlier years as an Administrative Clerk at the Credit Union where she could help people with their day to day routines. Ruth was a member of the Queen of The Rosary Catholic Church in Glassport where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. Some of her favorite things to do were to bake cakes and candies as well as her many crafts. Private services have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. A private internment will take place at St. Josephs Cemetery in North Versailles. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Queen of The Rosary Catholic Church at 530 Michigan Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


C. Gary Dinsel

March 28, 2020 |

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

C. Gary Dinsel, 76, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday March 27, 2020 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital as a result of complications from open heart surgery. He was born October 14, 1943 in Altoona, PA, a son of the late Charles A. and Ruth M. (Burger) Dinsel. Gary was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting and was a licensed CPA.

He formerly owned Extrude Hone Corporation, North Huntingdon, and was a partner/owner of Greensburg Country Club. He also had served in the Army Reserves as a field medic for several years. He was a very active member of Circleville United Methodist Church, where he served on the pastoral counsel and finance committee, having been a past chairman of both groups.

He was also a longtime active member and past president of Norwin Rotary, a former board member of the Norwin Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Pitt Alumni Association, and a member of the Workforce Investment Board Westmoreland/Fayette County Economic Growth Connection.

 
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Carol A. Butler

March 28, 2020 |

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

Carol A. (Winkler) Butler, 75, of West Mifflin, died peacefully at home on Friday March 27, 2020. Born in Pittsburgh on May 9, 1944, she was the daughter of the late William Winkler and Blanche Meyer. Ms. Butler was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and retired from John J. Kane Regional Medical Center.

 
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Concetta "Connie" (Prestia) Delconte

March 28, 2020 |

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

Concetta “Connie” (Prestia) Delconte, 94, of Clairton, PA (formerly of Donora, PA) passed away peacefully on March 26, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy on August 9, 1925, beloved daughter of the late Frank Prestia and Filomena (Tarzia) Prestia.  In addition to her parents, Connie’s sister, Rose Prestia Fronzaglio, preceded her in death in 1999.  Older brothers, Domenico and Vincenzo, died at early ages.  Connie was the youngest of her 3 siblings.

For 56 years, Connie was married to James G. “Jimmy/Jim” Delconte of Clairton, PA who preceded her in death on January 9, 2006.  She is survived by her 3 cherished children, son Vince (Bonnie) of Franklin Park, PA; daughter Linda Delconte Kushner (Larry, deceased, February 27, 2019) of Washington, PA; and son John (Susan) of Nashville (Franklin), TN.  She was the proud “Gramma” of Domenic James Delconte, deceased,(September 24, 2002) and Maria (Delconte) Minerd (Mark) of Upper St. Clair, PA; and “Nana” of Anthony Kushner of Washington, PA; Michael Kushner of New York City; and Gianna and Jason Delconte of Nashville (Franklin), TN.  Connie also felt blessed to be the “Great Nana” of Sienna, Vivienne, and Maela Minerd of Upper St. Clair, PA.   Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.  Connie’s eldest nephew, Philip Maffeo (of Clairton, PA), preceded her in death in March, 2014.

 
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Thomas Motteram Jr.

March 28, 2020 |

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

Thomas Motteram Jr., age 52, of Wheeling, WV, died March 26, 2020, at Wheeling Hospital. Born November 18, 1967, in Homestead, he was the son of the late Thomas and Lois (Eaton) Motteram.

 
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Gary Allen Perkins

March 27, 2020 |

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

Gary Allen Perkins, loving son and father, passed away March 22, 2020, at the age of 57.

Gary was born on June 23, 1962, in McKeesport, PA to Mildred Nails and the late Milton Perkins. He graduated from Clairton High School in 1980. After graduation, he attended Austin Peay State University on a football scholarship. Shortly after going to college, Gary joined the Marine Corps Reserve. He worked as a repair technician for John Hopkins University.

Gary had a passion for learning and teaching African spirituality. He also loved to play the drums for his Pan African Religious organization; Auser Auset. When Gary moved to Washington, D.C. he researched and practiced living a healthy plant-based lifestyle. He specifically studied the African Bio-mineral Balance. Gary was also an avid music and sports lover. Whenever he walked into a room or greeted a family member or friend, he would always say the phrase, “What’s Happening!” He always brought joy and happiness to everyone in his path.

 
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Allen Albert Teegarden Sr.

March 27, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Allen Albert Teegarden, 75, of Glassport died Thursday March 26, 2020. He is the son of the late Frank and Mae Teegarden. He is survived by his children Carrie (Jay Hohman) Teegarden; Allen Albert (Michelle) Teegarden Jr.; grandchildren Travis Allen, Troy Allen, and Denne Teegarden; sisters Donna (Joe) Gazboda, Patty Clutter, Emily (Matt) Stasicha, and Carlyn (Denny) Dorcon; brothers Frank Teegarden and Gregory Teegarden; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Allen was retired from Edgar Thompson in Braddock. A celebration of Allen’s life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements by WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport.

 


Vida Joi Porter

March 27, 2020 |

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

Vida Joi Porter, 46, of Clairton, departed this life on March 16, 2020. She was born on February 6, 1974, to Sheila Demshar. Vida was a graduate of McKeesport High School.  After high school, Vida studied nursing at CCAC and worked as a Health Unit Coordinator for UPMC McKeesport. Later, Vida received her bachelor’s degree in Criminology at Point Park University. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed puzzles, reading and sewing.

 
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Elizabeth Sexton Jordan Carrozza

March 25, 2020 |

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

Elizabeth Sexton Jordan Carrozza, age 92, of White Oak, died peacefully on March 24, 2020, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Born January 9, 1928 in Columbia Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Charles Talmage Jordan and Elizabeth Lee Carpenter. She was the wife of the late Falco Anthony Carrozza.  Elizabeth was a 1949 graduate of USM (University of Southern Mississippi) Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree and Certificate in Home Economics and Science. Before her retirement, she was a teacher at West Newton High School in 1951, Port Vue Junior High School from 1951-1956, and McKeesport School District from 1968-1992.  She was a longtime member of both McKeesport College Club and the Home Gardener‘s Guild, where she previously served as President for both organizations. McKeesport College Club recently honored her by awarding her emeritus standing for her dedicated service to the club throughout her sixty-five years as a member. She was a founding member of Christ United Methodist Church, North Huntingdon, where she was an active member of the Methodist Women’s Society, Happy Hearts Senior Group, and in the early years of the church she taught Sunday School. Also she was a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver delivering meals until she was 89 years old.

 
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Sarah Kolakowski

March 25, 2020 |

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

Sarah Shank Trasp Kolakowski, 85, passed away on March 21, 2020 in McKeesport Hospital. An amazing woman who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her. Due to the corona virus, a celebration of her life will be held at later date. At that time a private burial will take place at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. A loving mother to Paula Tortorice (Art), and Wendy Trasp, of Elizabeth Township, and step-children, David Kolakowski (Yvonne) of Middletown, Jimmy Kolakowski (Julie) of Half Moon Bay, CA , and Rob Kolakowski, of Mt. Joy. 

 
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John Philip Horne

March 25, 2020 |

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

John Philip Horne, 85, of McKeesport, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born March 28, 1934 in Jeannette and was the son of the late Raymond J. Horne, Sr. and the late Mable Marie (Anderson) Horne. He was the husband of the late Irene (Noble) Horne who passed away in 2000. John was a Cemetery Grounds Keeper in Washington, D.C. and was a US Marine Corps Veteran. 

 
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Virginia Bowie

March 25, 2020 |

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

Virginia Bowie, age 81, of Port Vue, died March 23, 2020, at home. Born June 18, 1938, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ann Ruth (Tukot) Laughlin, and wife of the late Charles Bowie.

 
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Patricia L. Gardner

March 24, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Patricia L. Gardner, 82, of Glassport died Tuesday March 24, 2020. She is the daughter of the late Lawrence “Ed” and Edna Hysmith. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John “Jack” Gardner. She is survived by her children Deborah Coban, Lawrence (Ladonna) Gardner, Tracey (Richard) Costa, and Lesley Russen; grandchildren Erin (Matthew) Dick, Kevin (Jeannine) Zebroski, Amanda Coban, Nicholas (Christine) Coban, Michael Gardner, Lucas Gardner, Stephanie (Steve) Taylor, and Corey (Leah) Russen; step-grandchildren Jessica Hallie; great-grandchildren Tracey, Paul, Reghan, Logan, Luka, Emma and John; and great-great-grandson Ronan; brothers Edward Hysmith and Bill Hysmith. She was preceded in death by sisters Shirley Payo, Bonnie Wray, and Barbara Zebroski. Due to the strict guidelines we must adhere to at this crucial time, visititation will be private. There will be a celebration of her life and memorial service at a later date. Funeral arrangements by WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport.

 


Ronald Joseph Pastor

March 24, 2020 |

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

Ronald Joseph Pastor, 84, of Penn Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 23, 2020 after a long illness.  He was born January 1, 1936 in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Anna (Dzama) Pastor.  Prior to his retirement, Ronald was a quality control inspector for the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory for 42 years where he worked on the reactor for the first nuclear submarine, the USS NAUTILUS.  He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, loved spending time with his family and was an avid Steelers fan.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at his hunting camp in Tionesta, woodworking, golfing, and bowling.  He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mildred J. Potoma Pastor; sons, Robert (Kathy) Pastor, Daniel (Lisa) Pastor; daughters, Rhonda Sonson, Marianne (Tom) Simko, Sherry (Kevin) Kozlowski; brother, John "Jack" (Evelyn) Pastor; grandchildren, Emily, Josh, Joseph, Anthony, Christine, Jennifer, Tommy, Drake, Grant, Michael, Steven; and nine great-grandchildren.  Service and interment are private for family only.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Foundation.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Brittany Lee Alker

March 24, 2020 |

By Elmer L Herman Funeral Home | Posted in: Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home

Brittany L. Alker, age 30, of West Mifflin, on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted into the care of Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, 5204 Second Ave., Pittsburgh.

"Where Every Life is Cherished & Every Family is Treasured"

"Dignified Funerals, Celebrations of Life, Green Burials and Cremations with Care"

In this challenging, confusing and concerning time of our communities dealing with COVID-19 (corona virus), our funeral homes want to assure you that we are all in this together. We are all here committed to the care and concern to the families we serve. The Funeral Director’s of Allegheny County are working diligently within the Federal and State guidelines to continue to provide the utmost care while respecting the health concerns now facing our community. We would like to assure every family that we will continue to respond immediately when our services are needed. While large gatherings are not permitted at the moment, we assure you that small private viewings, services and burials will still be accomplished.

As we can control the cleanliness of our facilities, we cannot control the amount of people that attend visitations or funeral ceremonies. With that said, we ask that anyone feeling ill, anyone who has recently traveled through COVID-9 infected areas and any high risk individuals refrain from attending. Our funeral homes have online condolences that we encourage you to visit. We will continue to monitor the ever changing situation and make decisions based on guidance from the CDC and local health agencies. While we are going through some unprecedented times, we want you to know that we will continue to be here to serve you with the comfort and support as you have come to expect.

 


James William Carter Sr.

March 23, 2020 |

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

James William Carter Sr., was born on June 25, 1942, in Troy, Virginia. He resided in McKeesport, PA until he was called home to be with the Lord. During his younger years, you could find him on the softball field or under the hood of a car. He loved to hunt and was an avid fisherman. He retired from Westinghouse Airbrake and was a hard worker. His family meant the world to him.

James leaves to cherish his memories, his loving daughters, Sherry  Vaughn of Pittsburgh, PA, Marisa Fennell of McKeesport, PA; sons, Prescott Hearns of Troy, VA, James  (Stacey) Carter, Jr., Michael  Carter, Sterling  Lawrence all of McKeesport, PA; his grandchildren, James, Marc Anthony, Jamara, Evander, Monique, Sharell, Roman, Harrison, Arshaya, Me'khi, Tyzhaun, Arianna;13 great-grandchildren his siblings, Helen Brown of Cleveland, OH, Barbara Pendleton of Keswick, VA, Teresa (Odell) Carter of Louis, VA, Abigail (Orlando) Martin of Troy, VA, Eric White of Pittsburgh, PA, Philip (Joanna) Carter of Brandywine, MD, Clifford (Julia) Carter of Palmyra, VA, Michael, Thomas, Stanley and Cornelius Carter all of Troy, VA; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.

 
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Dr. Marcos Bryan Manning

March 23, 2020 |

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

Dr. Marcos Bryan Manning, age 78, of McKeesport, PA passed away in his sleep on March 22, 2020. He was born in London, Ontario, Canada on May 7, 1941 and was the son of the late Patrick and his beloved mother, Lola Swanton Manning.

 
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Arlene P. Burgman

March 23, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Arlene P. Burgman, 86, of Glassport died Monday March 23, 2020. She is the daughter of the late Andrew and Gladys (Austin) George. Beloved wife of the late John “Jack” Burgman. She is survived by children Jim (Roxanne) Humanic, Lori (Paul) McGough, and Kip (Pam) Burgman; grandchildren John, Kelli, Samantha, Katie, Jessica, Kip Jr., Jayme, Julianna, and Andrew; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Gloria Smith; brother Frank George; and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter Alexandra and her brother John George. Arlene was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish and the Sons of Italy. Due to the strict guidelines we must adhere to at this crucial time, visititation will be private. There will be a celebration of her life and memorial service at a later date. Funeral arrangements by WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport.

 


David Wayne Watazychyn

March 23, 2020 |

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

David W. Watazychyn, age 67 of McKeesport and formerly of Clairton, passed away peacefully at UPMC Mercy on March 22, 2020 after a period of declining health. Born August 8, 1952 in McKeesport, he was the son of John Watazychyn, formerly of Clairton, and the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Martis) Watazychyn.  David married Alberta M. Pezel on September 7, 1984, and she preceded him in death on July 29, 1991.  He attended Clairton High School, Class of 1970, and worked in the service industry, starting at Eat ‘N Park in Large and then at CVS in Pleasant Hills, until he retired in 2007 due to his health.  David was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, and enjoyed taking walks and spending time with friends and family. He was a former member of the Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton and more recently attended St. Mary Czestochowa in McKeesport.  David as preceded in death by his wife of 6 years, Alberta M. Pezel, on July 29, 1991.  David was survived by his father John Watazychyn of Meadville; sisters Kathryn (Mike) Parks of Meadville, Patricia (Bill) Dangel of North Huntingdon, Janice (Rowland) Ferwerda of Durand MI; brother Kenneth (Sandy) Watazychyn of Clairton; nephew Steven (Alyssa) Dangel of Greensburg; niece Carolyn (Derek Rinchuse) Dangel of Greensburg; aunts Ann Watazychyn of Mission KS, Helen Watts of Denver, CO, and June Watazychyn of McDonald; and uncle Joseph Watazychyn of McKeesport. He is also survived by many cousins whom he loved very much. Along with his mother and wife, David was preceded in death by in-laws Albert E. and Clara M. Pezel; and his infant son David Aaron who passed away stillborn March 26, 1985.  He will be sadly missed by his friends at the New Life Personal Care Home in McKeesport.  David fulfilled his wish to be an organ donor through CORE.

 
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Ruth Ann Seech

March 23, 2020 |

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

Ruth Ann Seech, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. She was born February 5, 1948 in Munhall, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen (Kracunovsky)
Durica. Prior to her retirement, Ruth was an elementary school teacher for Norwin School District for 35 years. She was a graduate of Clarion University and was a member of St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Church, PSEA and Moose Lodge #236 Irwin. Ruth enjoyed going to lunch with her fellow retirees, making Pierogis with the women of St. Stephen’s Church Group, attending sports events for the grandkids, and playing Bingo and slot machines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Helen (Timko) Seech and son-in-law Keith Choby. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Seech Sr.; children, Michele Choby and her fiancé, Brian Bassegio, Raymond Seech Jr. and his wife, Jamie and Pamela Dawson and her husband, Jeremiah; brothers, Albert (Debbie) Durica, James (Judy)
Durica, David (Monica)Durica; sister, Janice (Dave) Matthews, sister in law, Sandie Seech; grandchildren, Karac and fiancé Kali Halterman, Kody, Dane, Alek, Nathan, SPC Colin, Samuel, Derek and Mycah; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins; and her fur baby, Sassy. Services are private for family members only. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Society or St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church. The family would like to thank UPMC East Monroeville for their compassion and care. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Grant Leslie Scott

March 23, 2020 |

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

Grant Leslie Scott, 74, of White Oak, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born October 24, 1945 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Daniel I. and Mary (King) Scott. He was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport, and was a life member of the McKeesport Sportsman's Association and the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association. Grant was a US Army Veteran serving in Vietnam and was a retired Environmental Services Section Chief at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Aspinwal. He had previously worked for US Steel - Irvin Works. 

 
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Muriel Meredith Boyle

March 21, 2020 |

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

Muriel Meredith Boyle, age 95, of Brighton Heights died on March 21, 2020. She was born in Pittsburgh on June 16, 1924 and is the daughter of the late Paul A. and Sara Liebler Knorr. She was preceded in death by her husband John M. Boyle.

 
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Ralph J. Whitney

March 20, 2020 |

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

Ralph J. Whitney, 74, of McKeesport, died Friday, March 20, 2020 at home. He was born September 12, 1945 in McKeesport, and was the  son of the late Joseph and Nora Whitney and brother of the late John “Jack” Whitney, Lenora Gibbons, Joseph “Billy” Whitney, and Charles Whitney.  He was a retired supervisor for American Bridge.  He was a proud member of the Mary Mother of God Parish (Corpus Christi Site), where he also served as an usher. Ralph was a member of the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association in McKeesport and the Sutersville Moose.  He also served as the president of the McKeesport Senior Center.

 
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Stella M. Smith

March 20, 2020 |

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

Stella M. (Session) Smith, age 89, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Grandview Estates surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Born September 10, 1930 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Ignatz and Josephine (Belarsky) Session and wife of the late Paul B. Smith. She is survived by daughters, Julia (Keith) Renquist of Liberty Borough, Pamela (William) Allan of Liberty Borough and Sharon (William) Toth of North Huntingdon; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Mary Babiak. Visitation and service are private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Shannon Ray Kemple

March 20, 2020 |

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

Shannon Ray Kemple, age 48, of North Fort Myers, FL, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at home. He was a satellite installer for Florida Totalcom in Brandon, FL. Born February 26, 1972 in Monongahela, he was a son of Raymond King and Deborah A. (Don) Kemple Victor of Elizabeth Twp. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sons, Michael A. Kemple of Elizabeth Twp. and Anthony Kemple of North Fort Myers, FL; maternal grandfather, Michael Kemple of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Private family viewing took place at the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Jody E. (Jasper) Brunecz

March 19, 2020 |

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

Jody E. (Jasper) Brunecz, 58, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 16, 2020. She was born January 7, 1962 in Jeannette, a daughter of Doris J (Graybrook) Jasper of Irwin and the late Lee R. Jasper. Jody was a graduate of Norwin High School class of 1980 and was a former administrative assistant. She recently enjoyed briefly working at the Norwin Community Center.

She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Irwin, where she served as a Deacon, a choir member, and a former Sunday School teacher. She loved camping and vacationing at the beach. She also was very interested in and had learned sign language.

 
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Robert M. Urban

March 19, 2020 |

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

Robert M. Urban, 72, of Munhall, died Tuesday March 17, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills. Born July 25, 1947, in Munhall, he was the son of the late Michael and Jacqueline Urban. Mr. Urban was a retired employee of the U. S. Steel Corporation, Clairton Works and a proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the U. S. Army. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda S. (Rhodes) Urban, four loving sons, Todd Urban, Brandon (Traci) Urban, Derek (Courtney) Urban, and Evan Urban, and a grandson, Mason Urban.

 
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Edward A. Osolinski

March 19, 2020 |

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

Edward A. Osolinski, age 96, of McKeesport died March 15, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport, with his son Edward by his side. Born May 6, 1923, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Frank and Catherine (Kuk) Osolinski-Englert and the husband of the late Catherine (Belan) Osolinski.

 
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LaVerne J. Sweet

March 19, 2020 |

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

LaVerne J. Sweet, age 88, of White Oak, died March 18, 2020, at the home of her daughter, Becky. She was born in Pittsburgh on April 15, 1931 and is the daughter of the late John George and Anna D. Netrick Belschner. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas R. Sweet, Sr., and husband Jerome Kieffer.

She was employed for many years as a cook at the former Viking Lounge and was a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf.

 
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Timothy John Spiegel

March 18, 2020 |

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

Timothy John Spiegel, age 61, of Brookville, PA, formerly of McKeesport, died March 12, 2020, at home. Born June 14, 1958, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ann (Sirak) Spiegel, the husband of the late Cynthia (Rava) Spiegel.

 
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Michael Zilich

March 18, 2020 |

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

Michael Zilich, age 35, of McKees Rocks, formerly of McKeesport, died March 14, 2020. Born October 16, 1984, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Michael and Nancy Zilich.

 
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Ruth M. Smitley

March 17, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 

Ruth M. “G.G” Hodge Smitley, 98 of Finleyville, formerly of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday March 17, 2020 at her home. She was born on May 18, 1921 to the late David Hodge and Anna Kennedy Hodge. Ruth was the loving wife and best friend to the late George L. Smitley for 51 years before his death at the age of 72. Ruth enjoyed her role as a domestic engineer where she could care for her family and give them the best life possible. She is survived by her daughter Ruthann (George) Adams of Finleyville, her daughter Mary Lincoln of Point Marion, her daughter Priscilla Martin of McKeesport, and her son George (Judy) Smitley of Jefferson Hills. Ruth is also survived by her sisters MaryJane McCorkle of Elizabeth and Alice Bucy of Indiana. Ruth was preceded in death by her two daughters Ethel Porter and Alice Lewis as well as her brothers Clyde, David, Robert, and John Hodge. She was also preceded by her sisters Margaret Swarz, Annamae Core, and Gwendolyn Hodge.

 
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Lawrence P. Robertson

March 17, 2020 |

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

Lawrence P. Robertson, age 86, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  He was born in Duquesne on August 17, 1933 and is the son of the late Preston and Josephine Robertson Doggette.

Lawrence served in the Army.  He was employed by US Steel Duquesne Works until retirement.  He enjoyed watching his TV, doing crosswords and spending time with his family.

 
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Vera E. Mehlman

March 17, 2020 |

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

Vera E. Mehlman, 94, of Boston, passed away Tuesday March 17, 2020. She was born June 10, 1925 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Clarence B. and Mary (West) Campbell. She was the wife of the late Herman Mehlman. Vera was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church,  McKeesport Hospital Alumni Association, Elizabeth Township AARP, and the Sunshiners Club. She was a Registered Nurse at McKeesport Hospital and retired after 25 Years of service.

 
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Betty Langan

March 17, 2020 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

“Betty” Elizabeth Erwin Langan of McKeesport, 90, died on March 16, 2020.  The daughter of Shelby Erwin and Beatrice Cohoon Erwin.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James “Jim” Langan, brother Frank Erwin and sister in-law Margret Erwin of  Dallas, TX, brother and sister in law Thomas Langan and Lois Langan of McKeesport, brother and sister in law Bob and Mary Berquist of Detroit MI. 

She is survived by sons, Jim (Mikel Lynn) of Johnstown  and Patrick Langan of McKeesport, nephews Dave Erwin and Mark Erwin of Austin TX, Jeff  (Terry) Erwin of Fort Worth Texas and their children, Erin Erwin of Chicago, Curtis Erwin of Denver Colorado, Thomas (Stephanie) Erwin of Dallas and their children Gabriel and Samantha, Cindy (Ian) Larsen of Dallas, Texas, Bob (Maureen) Berquist of Mulberry, Florida, Carl (Bobbie) Berquist of Vienna, VA, Nora (Matty) Moroun of Gross Point Shores,  Donald (Kathy) Berquist of Troy, Michigan, Jimmy (Cathy) Berquist of Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. 

She graduated 4th in her class of 735 people from McKeesport High School and received her teaching degree from Indiana State Teachers college (now IUP) going on to receive a master’s degree in education from Penn State.  She taught first, second, and fourth grade at Mifflin School in Pittsburgh for 13 years then retired to raise two children.  She worked as a lifeguard at the McKeesport YMCA where she rescued a man by using CPR and received a Christmas card from him for the rest of his life. 

Never one to stay still she took a course in computers when PCs first became popular and turned it into a second career.  

She taught for 15 years at CCAC South Campus, working in the computer lab and educating students in Intro to Computers.  She further developed a Page Maker course writing the curriculum and a book for the course.  She enjoyed teaching, flea markets, estate sales, collecting Depression glass and Ethan Allen Furniture, mystery books, and Downton Abbey.

 
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Barbara Lujetic

March 17, 2020 |

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

Barbara Lujetic, age 81 of Liberty Borough, passed away at home on Sunday, March 15, 2020.  Born June 7, 1938 in Spartanburg, SC, she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Mary (Cline) Vaughn.  Barbara retired after 19 years as secretary to the superintendent of South Allegheny School District, and prior to that, worked in the same capacity at Bettis Atomic Labs.  She is survived by her husband Daniel E. Lujetic; sons Dr. Daniel C. (Deborah) Lujetic of Elizabeth Borough and Timothy (Sarah) Lujetic of Liberty Borough; granddaughters Victoria (William) Bauer and Lisa and Olivia Lujetic; great-grandsons Jace and Silas; great-granddaughter Helena; and her brother Thomas Vaughn of Glassport. 

 
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Mary Ellen (Flanagan) Andrejchak

March 17, 2020 |

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

Mary Ellen (Flanagan) Andrejchak age 89, of Elizabeth, on March 14, 2020, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  Born on August 15, 1930 in Van Buren, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Dean & Leota (Hartman) Flanagan. She was a homemaker and former employee of Bettis Atomic Plant.  She was the wife of the late George B. Andrejchak for 58 years; mother of Thomas Andrejchak of Arcadia, Ohio, Donna (Dennis) Welsh of Greenville, Maine; grandmother of twins Merry (Chad) Cyktor & Roxanne (Lance) Lewis, and Erin Welsh; great grandmother of Jaxson Lewis & Claire Cyktor; sister of the late Donald Flanagan (surviving spouse Mary Lou of Findlay, Ohio).  There is no visitation or service.  Burial will be private in Van Buren, Ohio.  Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300.

 


Joseph J. Zatorsky

March 17, 2020 |

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

Joseph J. Zatorsky, 92 of North Huntingdon died March 16, 2020 at his home. He was born February 2, 1928 in Monessen, Pa., a son of the late Andrew and Mary Miso Zatorsky. Joseph was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin. Prior to his retirement he was employed by Bethlehem Steel as a project manager and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Military Police. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Lenhart Zatorsky, son-in-law Henry T. Cocain, brother, Andrew Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Cocain, 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild. Visitation and services will be private. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Susan M. Pietraszewski

March 16, 2020 |

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

Susan M. (Livingston) Pietraszewski, age 79, of Clairton, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. She retired from Library Services at Community College of Allegheny County South Campus in West Mifflin. She was a former member of St. Paulinus Church in Clairton and St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. She was a former employee of the Clairton Public Library and loved reading, the flower shows at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and spending time with her husband and talking with her brothers and sisters. Born May 2, 1940 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Connell) Livingston. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, James E. Pietraszewski; daughters, Marie T. Pietraszewski of Ross Twp. and Nancy B. (David) Kurutz of Dawson; grandson, William James (Marissa Harris) Kurutz of Bullskin Twp.; sisters, Anne (Orrin) Butterfield of Minnesota and Clare (Frank) Pokorney of the state of Indiana; brothers, Clifford Livingston of Ohio, Jack (Roseann) Livingston of Florida and Richard (Patti) Livingston of Clairton; also, nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh, 1133 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 or the American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Duane Dale Richardson

March 16, 2020 |

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

Duane Dale Richardson, 75, of Forward Township, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was born November 24, 1944 in New Eagle and was the son of the late Vincent and Elizabeth (Chesney) Richardson. Duane was a retired Diesel Mechanic and had worked for Brockway Trucking, Blackburn International, John Lipp Construction and Patterson Supply Co. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

 
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Bernice S. Ryan

March 15, 2020 |

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

Bernice S. Ryan, age 91 of North Huntingdon died March 14, 2020 at Elizabeth Seton Memory Care. She was born June 23, 1928 in Chalfant Boro, a daughter of the late Andrew and Katherine Delle Karth. Bernice was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Hunitingdon. She enjoyed baking, needlework, ceramics and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William,  daughter, Elaine Lane, two brothers William and Edward Soltis, two sisters, Florence Wilson and Mildred Speer. She is survived by her son, William (Tracie), her daughter, Pat Lutz (Frank), 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Visitation will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Charity, Seton Hill. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Gladys Marie George Keith

March 15, 2020 |

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

Gladys Marie George Keith was born September 27, 1923, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Albert Benjamin and Anna Louise George. Gladys moved to Clairton, Pennsylvania as a young girl. She graduated from high school in Large, Pennsylvania, currently known as Jefferson Hills. Gladys met and was married to Deacon Robert Henry Keith Sr. in 1940. This union produced three children Anna Louise, Robert Henry Jr., and Sandra Marie. Deacon and Deaconess Keith were married for over 47 years until his death in 1988.

Gladys loved people and her life was full of friends and family. Gladys was a remarkably sweet and caring person who gave of herself and her possessions freely, generously, selflessly and without any expectation of return. She was employed by the Jefferson Hills Police Department where she retired as a crossing guard for West Jefferson Hills School District. Before his death, Deacon and Deaconess Keith enjoyed traveling domestically and internationally to visit relatives in places such as the Virgin Islands, California, Texas and Hawaii.

 
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Joanne Nadine Sekowski

March 14, 2020 |

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

Joanne Nadine Sekowski, age 91, of West Mifflin, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. She was born in Altoona, PA on January 8, 1929, the only child of the late John and Eleanor Cassidy Aites. She told stories of living in tents with her parents during the Great Depression. She was Native American (Seneca Tribe), Irish, and Patriotic to the core. Her home is filled with American Indian memorabilia, shamrocks, and American flags.

 
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Georgienne M. Maraffi

March 13, 2020 |

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

Georgienne M. Maraffi, age 75 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away at home on Friday, March 13, 2020.  Born September 10, 1944 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late George Matola and Nada "Nancy" (Byich) (the late Cyril) Vrabel.  A former manager at Frank's Auto Supermarket in Versailles, Georgienne was active in her sons' youth athletics and was one of the founders and first officers of the Elizabeth Forward Athletic Association.  More importantly, she will be remembered as an amazing and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Richard L. Maraffi, Jr., who passed away January 12, 2014.  Georgienne is survived by her husband Richard L. Maraffi, Sr.; her sons Ramon Maraffi of Elizabeth Twp. and Ronald (Wendy) Maraffi of Slippery Rock; her grandsons Ryan (fiancee' Allie Peterson) and Kyle (fiancee' Carlee Graham) Maraffi; her brother Jeff (Sherry) Matola of Powell, OH; her nephew Jordan (Liz) Matola; and her great-nieces Brianna and Ellie.

 
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Joseph Pankuch

March 13, 2020 |

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

 

Joseph Pankuch died peacefully in his home on March 13, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 87. Joe emigrated from Vranov, Slovakia in 1938 at the age of five and settled with his family in Duquesne, PA.  A lover of history, geography, and algebra, Joe enjoyed sharing his passion on topics ranging from The Civil War to Genghis Khan. Always up for a good debate, he had an open heart and an open mind. Joe was a devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church in Duquesne, PA. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, dinners out, and was a huge fan of Pittsburgh sports.

 
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Lisa Faye Allen

March 13, 2020 |

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

Lisa Faye (Jenkins) Allen, age 67, of Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at home. She was a shipping coordinator for 43 years at Eastman Chemical in West Elizabeth. She was active at First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth where she was a member and enjoyed making cakes and candies. Born May 16, 1952 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Thomas R. "Tinks" and Susanna (Bendel) Jenkins Bowman. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Robert D. Allen; daughter, Tara D. Allen of Forward Twp.; sister-in-law, Flo Jenkins of Greensburg; also, nieces, nephews and one aunt. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 1-5 PM. A funeral service will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12 NOON in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jim Davidson officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Gary J. Traczynski

March 13, 2020 |

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

Gary J. Traczynski, age 66, of McKeesport, died March 12, 2020, at Monroeville Rehab and Wellness Center.  Born April 2, 1953, in McKeesport, he was the son of Dorothy "Duka" Frinsco and the late Edmund Traczynski, and husband of JoAnn Stinson.

 
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Robert B. Todd

March 13, 2020 |

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

Robert B. Todd, age 79, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. A Navy veteran, he was a retired crane dispatcher, craneman and grievance man for U.S. Steel, Homestead. Born September 25, 1940 in Homestead, he was a son of the late Jack W. and Edith J. (Williams) Todd. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol L. (Harter) Todd, and brother, Richard J. Todd of West Mifflin; also, nieces and nephews. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Debra D. McGauley

March 12, 2020 |

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

Debra D. McGauley, age 66, of North Versailles, died March 6, 2020 at home.  Born October 4, 1953, in Wilkinsburg, she was the daughter of the late William and Martha (Patterson) McGauley.    Sister of Scott McGauley, and niece of Patricia Tartline.  Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.  Memories and condolences may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com

 


Henry P. Feola

March 12, 2020 |

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

Henry P. Feola, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020.  He was born April 18, 1936 in Jeannette, Pa., a son of the late Augustine and Christine (Pandolph) Feola.  Prior to his retirement, Henry was a truck driver for Matlack, Joy Best Feeds and Farm. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War Era. Henry is finally at peace and reunited with his wife of over 50 years, Helen.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Feola; brothers, Michael, Phillip, Joseph and Charles Feola; and sister, Rose Grosley. He is survived by his sons, Robert, Henry Jr. (Lisa), Michael (Gail); daughter, Jennifer Walak (Terry), brothers, Pasquale Feola (Barbara); sister, Cecila Austin (David); brother-in-law, Martin Grosley; numerous grandchildren and  great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will be private in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Claire (Painter) Kadar

March 12, 2020 |

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

Claire Kadar, age 61, of Elizabeth, died March 10, 2020, at Allegheny General Hospital.  Born September 24, 1958, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Claire (Jensen) Painter and the wife of the late Daniel Kadar.

 
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Geraldine “Gerry” Jeannette Sabol

March 11, 2020 |

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

Geraldine “Gerry” Jeannette Sabol, age 96, of McKeesport, PA, died March 11, 2020.  She was born in Kissimmee, Florida on March 7, 1924 and is the daughter of the late Samuel Earl and Rose Elizabeth Brownell Kallenbaugh and the beloved wife of the late Elmer V. Sabol.

 
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Barbara Ann Custer

March 11, 2020 |

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

Barbara Ann (Amore) Custer, age 86, of Bethel Park, formerly from Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. She worked various jobs throughout her career but was most happy when she worked with the public as she loved to talk to people. She was part owner of the former Village Italian in Caste Village and worked for many years at her son’s Bethel Deli store. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and especially loved her Pens. Born July 10, 1933 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Elviro “Benny” and Yolanda (Campea) Amore, and wife of 55 years to the late Donald R. Custer Sr. She is survived by her children, Kathy (George Kotsenas) Custer of Long Beach, CA, Donald R. Custer Jr. of Bethel Park, Diana (Kevin) Brucha of Baldwin and Douglas W. Custer of Bethel Park; grandchildren, Eric (Amy Edwards) Brucha of Pittsburgh and Carly (Brandon Cassel) Brucha of Pittsburgh; sister, Patricia Fuller of Elizabeth; brother, Charles (Deborah) Amore of Cannonsburg; grandpup, Scooby; also, many nieces, nephews and a great-niece. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings,  Donald Amore, Margaret Donkin, Julia Amore, Angie Peger, Elva Louise Amore, Imogene McGregor and Sondra Minford. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will be Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jim Crosby officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Robert Stoney

March 11, 2020 |

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

Robert Stoney, age 91, of White Oak, died March 10, 2020. He was born in McKeesport on Sept. 26, 1928 and is the son of the late Rufus and Louise Roper Stoney. He was a navy veteran of WW ll, retired from GM in security and was a member of St. Paul AME Church in McKeesport, until his health failed. He was a former Mason of Pride of the West #84.

 
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William Kisner Jr.

March 11, 2020 |

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

William "Billy" Kisner Jr., age 59, of Forward Twp., passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a plant manager for AEP Contracting in Monaca. A member of the West Newton Moose, he was a fun-loving jokester who enjoyed riding motorcycles and ATVs, spending time with his grandchildren, working on the farm, and most enjoyed sitting by his fire. Born May 8, 1960 in New Eagle, he was a son of the late William Kisner Sr. and the late Mary Ann (Anderson) Kisner. He is survived by daughters, Melissa (Ryan) Thompson of West Newton and Kaelin (Joey) Henderson of Perryopolis; grandchildren, Gavin Thompson, and Nova and Kyler Henderson; brother, Bobby (Anna) Kisner of Elizabeth Twp. and their children, Josh, Jennifer and Joellie; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. There will be a memorial gathering in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Friday, March 13, 2020, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. An additional gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1 PM at the West Newton Moose.  Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Elijah Jamaal Brewer

March 11, 2020 |

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

Elijah Jamaal “EZ” Brewer, 25, of Mt. Oliver, died March 5, 2020. He was born to Clinton and Jarmayne Brewer Oct. 29, 1994.

He obtained his GED from Pittsburgh Job Corps September of 2011 soon after getting his GED he attended CCAC to study Music and Business management. He became a certified Fitness Trainer in March 2019.

He enjoyed music, bodybuilding, and nutrition as well as playing basketball, reading, writing, and poetry. He was employed at Roots in Oakland as a Food Service Worker.

 
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Darron William Main, Jr.

March 11, 2020 |

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

Darron William Main, Jr.,  34, of Bunola, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020. He was born December 17, 1985 in McKeesport and was the son of Darron Lee Main, Sr., of McKeesport and the late Tammi Lou Fresh. Darron worked for Family Tent Rental in Large. His hobbies included Lego's, spending time with his children and family, and Bunola Bon Fires and BBQ's. 

 
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Anne D. Vunovic

March 11, 2020 |

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

Anne D. Vunovic, 91, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020. She was born March 24, 1928 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Burke and Mildred Ivosevich. She was the wife of the late Milan George Vunovic who passed away June 18, 1957. Anne was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport. She was retired from the McKeesport Area School District after more than 25 years of service. 

 
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James Walter Ludwig, Jr.

March 11, 2020 |

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

James Walter Ludwig, Jr, 56, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020. He was born February 28, 1964 in Bennettsville, SC, and was the son of the late James W. Ludwig Sr. and Betty (Spivey) Ludwig . James was an Electrician for Signstat in Jeannette and was a US Army Veteran.

 
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Dean Alan Rinella

March 10, 2020 |

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

Dean Alan Rinella, 70, of White Oak passed away peacefully on March 10, 2020 at home, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on April 25, 1949 to the late Samuel J. Rinella and Helen (Zabelsky) Rinella.

Dean received a BS in Political Science and History from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He received a Master of Public Management (MPM) degree from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. 

He served his country in the US Army from 1972-1976 with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam as a Cryptographer. For his service, he received a Bronze Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He worked as a Relief Foreman at United States Steel, National Works in McKeesport and a Testing Coordinator at the Allegheny County Community College, Evening Division, Northside Campus.

He is survived by his wife of over 41 years, Rosemary “Rosie” (Smith) Rinella, daughter Jennifer Rinella, son Sean Rinella, and his daughter in law, Rachna Unnithan.

Arrangements are private. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dean’s name to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (Arlington, VA). Donations may be made at https://donate.vvmf.org/page/contribute/support-vvmf-now.

 


Nancy B. Lombardo

March 10, 2020 |

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

Nancy B. Lombardo, age 81, of North Huntingdon, died March 10, 2020. She was born in McKeesport on September 12, 1938 and is the daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Johovic Bernick.

 
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Madeline Phillips

March 10, 2020 |

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

Madeline (Hunt) Phillips, age 91, of Forward Twp., passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. She retired as a consultant for Congoleum in Trenton, NJ.

She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. and enjoyed playing Bingo and shopping with her daughter. Born April 18, 1928 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Regis and Anne V. (Banavich) Hunt and wife of the late George J. Phillips. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Eric) Newmeyer of Forward Twp.; brother, Joseph (Carol) Hunt of Washington; also, nieces and nephews.

 

 
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Annette I. Glaser

March 10, 2020 |

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

Annette I. Glaser, age 99, of Port Vue, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2020 at Woodhaven Care Center in Monroeville, PA. She was born August 17, 1920 in Pittsburgh to the late John Anthony and Margaret Daily Mitchell. She was also preceded in death by her husband the late Arthur E. Glaser and her daughter, Jayne Plescia and sister, Florence McConnell. Annette retired as a medical secretary from Steel Valley Orthopedics and was a member of St. Mark Parish, (the former St. Joseph Church) where she was a former president and former secretary of the parish council  and served on the Ladies of Charity, was a former president of the McKeesport Art Group, former secretary of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, and former secretary of the Port Vue Seniors.

 
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LaVerne Zollars Forbes

March 09, 2020 |

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

LaVerne Zollars Forbes, age 100 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 in Southwestern Nursing Center in West Mifflin.  Born May 23, 1919 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph P. and Cecelia (Clark) Leis.  A 1938 graduate of Clairton High School and graduate of the Thompson Business Institute in Pittsburgh, LaVerne worked as a Key Punch Operator for Blue Cross of Western PA in Pittsburgh and later at the JC Penney's in Southland Shopping Center. 

A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and its Women's Guild, LaVerne was also a member of the AARP # 2862 and loved to play cards in her spare time.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by both of her husbands James Zollars and Donald Forbes; her brothers J. Clark and Jack Leis; and her step-son James Forbes. 

LaVerne is survived by her children Charlene (Robert) Thomas of Elizabeth Twp. and Richard (Janice) Zollars of Bethel Park; her step-daughter Cheryl (James) Lebeda of Glassport; her step-daughter-in-law Diane Forbes of Ormond Beach, FL; her four grandchildren Gentry (fiancee' Sally Gernel) Zollars, Scott (Jennifer) Thomas, Kelly (Steve) Byers, and Christopher (Kim) Thomas; her great-grandchildren Zachary, Lindsey, and Sydney Thomas and Julia and Josh Byers; her brother William (Marilyn) Leis of Belle Vernon; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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George W. Paliscak

March 09, 2020 |

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

George W. Paliscak, 88, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020,   He was born August 29, 1931 in East Pittsburgh, a son of the late George W. and Anna Polesnak Paliscak.  Prior to his retirement, George was employed as a union carpenter and was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War.  He was a member of St. Agnes Church, enjoyed woodworking, making rosary's and donating them to the church and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Kapisak Paliscak; son, Christopher; brother, William Paliscak; and sisters, Theresa Churik and Mary Paliscak.  He is  survived by his sons, David Paliscak (Sally), Daniel Paliscak; daughter, Julie Puhl (Michael); daughter-in-law, Jennifer Paliscak; nine grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.  Visitation  3-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon.  Interment will be private in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.  In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Emma's Monastery, Greensburg.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Donald Lee Campbell

March 09, 2020 |

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

Donald Lee Campbell, age 86 of North Huntingdon died March 7, 2020 in Transitions Health Center. He was born August 11, 1933 in Butler, Pa., a son of the late Edmund C. and Myrtle Bowers Campbell. Prior to his retirement Don was employed by the Port Authority as a city bus driver. He was a U.S. Army Corporal having served during the Korean War as a Paratrooper and a former boy scout leader. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Campbell, two sons, Edward (Darlene) and Michael (Sharon), one daughter Kimberly Novak (John), one sister, Nancy  Deal, 3 grandchildren Shelby and Dalton Novak, and Juliana Rossi. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A blessing service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Bernard G. Tkac, Jr.

March 08, 2020 |

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

Our special angel, Bernard G. Tkac, Jr., age 63, of Floreffe, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at St. Clair Hospital. Bernie enjoyed cartoons, superheroes, attending his daycare program with friends and he was excellent at TV trivia. Born May 1, 1956 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Bernard G. Tkac, Sr. and Emily (Swartz) Tkac. He is survived by sisters, Debbie (the late Edward) Andresky-Baumgart of Greeneville, TN and Annette "Tina" Mulvaney of Pittsburgh; brothers, Dale W. (Patti) Tkac of Goodyear, AZ and Alan J. Tkac of Jefferson Hills; also, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 1-8 PM. A blessing service will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10 AM in the funeral home with the Rev. Pierre Falkenhan officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isaac Jogues Church, 1216 Collins Avenue, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Daniel T. Kolodziej

March 08, 2020 |

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

Daniel T. Kolodziej, age 81, of McKeesport, PA passed away on March 7, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born on May 8, 1938, in McKeesport, PA, he was the son of the late George and late Victoria (Martinec) Kolodziej.  He is survived by his loving wife Therese (Zawilla) Kolodziej.

 
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Elizabeth "Betty" Kaczkowski

March 07, 2020 |

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

Elizabeth "Betty" Kaczkowski, age 97 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 in Grandview Estates in Elizabeth Twp.  Born December 23, 1922 in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late Stephen Budai and Elizabeth (Vargo) Budai Simons.  A 1941 graduate of McKeesport High School, Betty was an assembler at Westinghouse during World War II, retired as a department manager at Zayre's in Olympia Shopping Center, and was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Twp. and the AARP Boston Chapter.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Theodore S. Kaczkowski, who passed away September 24, 2012; her son Eric Kaczkowski, who passed away in 1972; and her grandson Eric D. Kaczkowski who passed away in 2011.  Betty is survived by her son Thaddeus W. (Cheryll) Kaczkowski of Elizabeth Twp. and her grandson Stephen (Sadie) Kaczkowski of Wexford. 

 
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Joseph W. Kapis, Jr.

March 06, 2020 |

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

Joseph W. Kapis, Jr., 82, of Buena Vista, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020. He was born February 22, 1938 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Joseph W. Kapis Sr., and the late Anna (Marish) Kapis. He was the husband of the late Diane (McNulty) Kapis who passed away April 27, 2008. Joseph was a retired Machinist for the former Westinghouse Air Brake and was a member of the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association, the Elizabeth Township Ex-serviceman's Association and the Buena Vista Fire Co.

 
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Betty D. Kramer

March 06, 2020 |

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

Betty D. Kramer, 92, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020.  She was born November 12, 1927 in Mars, Pa., a daughter of the late James and Mildred (Croft) Lyon.  Prior to her retirement, Betty worked as a cafeteria worker for the Norwin School District.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ralph, Kenneth and Walter Lyon.  She is survived by her husband, Earl Kramer; sons, Earl Kramer and his wife, Cheri, James Kramer and his wife, Laurene; grandchildren, Melissa, Chris, Jamie, Brandan, Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Trent, Chase, Kolten, Nico, Damion, Jaylynd, Landyn and Blaise.  Services are private.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Jonathan B. "Jon" Stajger

March 06, 2020 |

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

Jonathan B. "Jon" Stajger age 37, of North Huntingdon, formerly of West Mifflin, on March 5, 2020 in Forbes Hospital, Monroeville.  Born July 12, 1982 in Pittsburgh, PA to the Late Dennis Stajger and Patricia (Domes) (Richard) Hall of West Newton, he was a steamfitter with Local 449, enjoyed being with his children, and coached baseball in West Mifflin.  Husband of Angeline “Angie” (Boytos) Stajger; father of Aiden Stajger, age 15, Liliana Stajger, age 5 and Ella Stajger, age 2, all at home; son-in law of Victor & Karen (Sloss) Boytos of West Mifflin, brother-in-law of Abby Boytos of West Mifflin, Dylan Boytos of West Mifflin and the late Victor C. "Charlie" Boytos. Nephew of Ronald Domes of West Newton, James Domes of West Mifflin and James (Lisa) Stajger of West Mifflin.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 2-4 & 6-8 at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, PA, 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held on Monday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name Church  at 10 a.m. of Christ The Light of the World Parish. Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the children’s future education in C/O funeral home. 

 


Doris Ruth Patellis

March 06, 2020 |

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

Doris Ruth Patellis, age 88 of Elizabeth Twp. and formerly of Clairton, passed away at home on Thursday, March 5, 2020.  Born October 18, 1931 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Margaret (Owens) Theobald.  A graduate of Clairton High School and retired secretary with Landmark Trucking of Jefferson Hills, Doris was an active member of Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton.  She is survived by her daughter Peggie (the late Joe) Mitchko of Elizabeth Twp., her granddaughter Renee (Brett) Mitchko Bennedetti of Jersey City, NJ, her sister Alberta (Ronal) Freiwald of Pleasant Hills, her nephew Eric (Kelli) Freiwald of Jefferson Hills, her niece Jerilyn (Steve) Simpson of Pittsburgh, her three great-nephews, and her great-niece.

 
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John G. Burk Sr.

March 06, 2020 |

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

John G. Burk, Sr., formerly of Herminie, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 100 years of age. John was born August 19, 1919 on a farm now known as Kerber’s Dairy. He spent his youth living and working on tenant farms rented by his grandfather during the Great Depression and graduated from Norwin High School in 1938. He married Betty Mae Stough on August 11, 1943. John was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and served at Fort Slocum in New Rochelle, New York during World War II, until his discharge in 1945, having attained the rank of sergeant. John and Betty settled in North Huntingdon to raise their family. John was a rural carrier for the United States Post Office, sold insurance and worked as an investigator for Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebeneck & Eck until his retirement.
While he may have left the farm, the farm never left John. He was a lifelong lover of horses, dogs, hunting, the outdoors, cowboy songs and bluegrass music. John was a gifted fiddle player, dabbled with the guitar and dulcimer, and recorded a few albums that are treasured by his family. He enjoyed woodworking, making small crafts as well as building and refinishing furniture. John’s family will particularly miss his wit, charm and quirky sayings, aphorisms and songs.
John was preceded in death by Betty, his wife of 68 years, his brothers Joseph and William Burk, sister Mary Gess and daughter-in-law Judy Burk. He is survived by his son, John G. Burk Jr. and daughters Roxy Palmer (Alan), Betty Harris (Jay) and Donna Kenney (Lawrence); grandchildren John Garret Burk, Nicholas Brannick (Erin), John (J.J.) Jankowski (Kelli), Ashley Riestra (Fernando) and Logan Jankowski; and great-grandchildren, Liam, Kaelin and Nathaniel Brannick, Conor Jankowski and Emma Riestra.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 11 in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont with military honors. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Stephen Filler Tunnel to Towers.
www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joan D. Petrocsko

March 06, 2020 |

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

Joan D. Petrocsko, age 89, of North Huntingdon died March 5, 2020 at her home. She was born May 26, 1930 in Manhattan, NYC, a daughter of the late Robert and Molly Manning Scholz. Joan was a member of the former St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. She enjoyed reading, canning, gardening and was known by her friends and family to make the best homemade pickles, and Haluski. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother along with being a lifelong collector of knickknacks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Paul and her brother Robert Scholz . She is survived by her beloved husband, Peter, three sons, David P., William P. (wife Cheryl), Edward W. Petrocsko and one daughter Pamela Jayne Craven, 3 grandchildren, Amy L. Petrocsko, Robert E. and Kenneth P. Craven, step granddaughter, Amanda Painter and her fiance, Tom Benevento, one great-grandchild, Aiden Caldarelli and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Sunday 2-4, 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Long Run Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Rose M. Cafiero

March 05, 2020 |

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

Rose M. Cafiero,  95, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020. She was born October 4, 1924 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Nick and Clorinda (Liberatore) Cafiero . She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick Church in Christy Park. She was a graduate of McKeesport High School Class of 1942 where she was an accomplished flutist in the Orchestra and Marching Band. Rose worked for the former G.C. Murphy Co. Home Office in their Sales Promotion Department for 42 years and was a member of the S.M.E.R.F. organization.

 
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Jesse Lee Ingram

March 05, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 

Jesse Lee Ingram 40, of Glassport, passed away on Tuesday March 03, 2020 at his place of employment in McKeesport. He was born in McKeesport on April 21, 1979 to his mother Sheryl LaFollette Ingram and father Joseph L. Ingram. Jesse was the loving husband to his wife and best friend Jessica L. Breitinger. Jesse is survived by his grandmother Barbara LaFollette of Clairton, his mother Sheryl Ingram and father Joseph L. Ingram of Port View, his brother Joseph (Cyndee Carroll) Ingram of Port View, his sister Jennifer (Yusef Rollins) Katana of Port View, his wife Jessica Breitinger of Glassport, and his three children, Alexis Ingram, Ashleigh Ingram, and Jesse Joseph Ingram of Monongahela, as well as his stepson Nicholas Uhren of Glassport. Jesse is also survived by his mother in law Linda Breitinger of Glassport and sister in law Jamie (Mark Fairbaugh Jr.) Breitinger of South Park. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jesse LaFollette. Jesse was very passionate about Landscaping and gory zombie movies; he loved and cherished his furry best friend Loki, a Pitbull mix that he unwound with at the end of a rough shift. He was a member of the PNA club in Glassport. When Jesse wasn’t with his family and friends he was employed as a steel worker with Tygart steel and was a former lead deck hand for the barges that ran through the Monongahela River. Family and friends will be received on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. A service will take place 8pm on Saturday March 7, 2020. Inurnment will take place at a later date and time. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Claire (McCarty) Grove

March 05, 2020 |

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

Claire (McCarty) Grove, age 94, of McKeesport, died March 4, 2020, at AHN Forbes Hospital.  Born September 18, 1925, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late James Lester and Carolyn (Denny) Brinker and the wife of the late Eugene McCarty and Walter Grove.

 
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Mark E. Withers

March 05, 2020 |

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

Mark E. Withers, age 54, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at home. A Navy veteran, he was the owner of Mark Withers Window Cleaning. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with friends. Born July 10, 1965 in Columbus, OH, he was a son Barbara J. (Black) Withers of Elizabeth and the late Edward M. Withers. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, Jacob (Anthony Pane) Withers of Elizabeth Twp. and Nathan Withers of Elizabeth Twp.; loving companion, Mary Jo Wagner of Finleyville; sisters, Lori Nicholson of Chatham, VA, Holly (Jeff) Slavin of Painesville, OH and Jill Withers of Columbus, OH; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12 Noon-2 PM and 4 until the time of service at 6 PM in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William K. Little officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Jacqueline Doyle

March 05, 2020 |

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

Jacqueline Doyle, age 72 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born September 10, 1947 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Florence (Gates) Schnorr.  A graduate of the California University of PA, Jacqueline worked as a librarian at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport.  She is survived by her husband Francis E. Doyle; her daughters Christina Spano of Jefferson Hills and Roberta Franz of South Park; her grandchildren Matthew, Rebecca, and Robert John; her sister Janice Hill of Tennessee; and also nieces.

 
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Virginia B. Bratton

March 05, 2020 |

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

Virginia B. Bratton, age 77 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born November 10, 1942 in Uniontown, she was a daughter of the late Chris and Laurel Geruschat.  A former caregiver, besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Paul E. Bratton, who passed away March 30, 2012.  Virginia is survived by her children Laurel (Mitch) Smith of Yakima, WA and Paul J. Bratton of Clairton; her six cats, her many in-laws; and nieces and nephews.  

 
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Patricia C. Kovac

March 04, 2020 |

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

Patricia C. Kovac, 79 of North Huntingdon died March 4, 2020 at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born March 24, 1940 in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of the late Albert and Anne Miller Grant Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence in 2008, her daughter KellyAnn Kovac. She is survived by her daughter Kristin Dressler and her husband Donald, one son Keith and his wife Roxanne, one sister JoAnn Grant, 3 grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Services will be private.

 


Richard Allen Carl

March 04, 2020 |

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

Richard Allen Carl, 68, of "Little Boston" Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Monday, March 2, 2020. His clear and never ending love of his family is all he would want to be remembered for so, "Don't make a big fuss about it". Born March 26, 1951 in Aliquippa he was the son of the late Richard G. Carl and Arnetta (Besch) Cheuvront. Richard was a retired Senior Systems Analyst for BNY-Mellon in Pittsburgh but his true passion was being an artist, with a specialty in photography and mixed media.

 
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Diane M. House

March 04, 2020 |

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

Diane M. House (Bazzone) age 66, of McKeesport, died February 26, 2020, in her home. Born July 7, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Jane (Hrubovcak) Bazzone.

 
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Herbert Vickers

March 04, 2020 |

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

Herbert “Herb” P. Vickers, age 81, of Port Vue, died March 3, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport.  Born February 6, 1939, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Roy and Anna Margaret Vickers and the beloved husband of Marie (Benoit) Vickers for 55 years.

 
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Andrew P. Butsko

March 04, 2020 |

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

Andrew P. Butsko, of West Mifflin, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, two days before his 83rd birthday. Born in Duquesne on March 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Sersen) Butsko. Mr. Butsko was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

 
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Doris Jean Fazekas

March 04, 2020 |

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

Doris Jean Fazekas,  94, of Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She was born November 18, 1925 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Daniel F. and Blanche (Dalton) McLaughlin. Doris was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish- St. Patrick Church in Christy Park. She was a former nurse's Aid at McKeesport Hospital and had also worked for the former Kill's Drug Store in Glassport.

 
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Sarah Guntrum

March 04, 2020 |

By Elmer L Herman Funeral Home | Posted in: Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home

Sarah (Thompson) Guntrum, 50, of Duquesne, formerly of McKeesport, went to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, March 1, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents George and Dorothy Thompson and her sisters Shirley Kratochvil and Mary Thompson. She is survived by her husband Rocky Guntrum, her sons Timothy, Rocky, Ray, and Michael (Ashley) and her daughter Melissa. She is also survived by her sisters Clara "Dutchie" (Daniel) Colclaser, Emma Snyder, Lois Guajardo, and her brother George Thompson. She was the loving grandmother of Logan, Bailey, Elijah, and Ezekiel. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Amanda and Jesse Owens and Hailey Kratochvil for all their help. Sarah was a huge local wrestling fan and always the loudest fan there. She was an avid collector of snow globes and all things dolphin and unicorns. She will be missed terribly by all that knew her.

Friends received 3-6 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 in the Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, 5204 Second Ave, Hazelwood.  Prayers of Farewell Service 5:30 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted into the care of Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, 5204 Second Ave., Pittsburgh.

Saying "goodbye" is never easy..."Where Every Life is Cherished & Every Family is Treasured"

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Anthony Richard Niedzwecki

March 03, 2020 |

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

 Anthony Richard Niedzwecki,  87, of Liberty Borough, passed away at home on February 29, 2020. He was born June 12, 1932 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Adam and Helen (Wauldman) Niedzwecki . He was a member of St. Mark  Parish in Liberty Borough, and was a retired Supervisor for Carbidie in Greenock. He was a US Army Veteran. Anthony was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time at his hunting camp in St. Mary's, PA.

 
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James P. "Jim" Valecko

March 03, 2020 |

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

James P. "Jim" Valecko, 81, of Liberty Boro, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020. He was born June 25, 1938 in Port Vue and was the son of the late John and Barbara O'Branovich Valecko.  Jim was a US Army Veteran and for his service he was awarded The Good Conduct Medal.  He was a member of the former Holy Trinity Church in McKeesport, where he was an usher and a member of the choir. He was also a current member of St. Mark's Parish- Liberty Boro Worship Site.

 
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Jeffrey William Hartung

March 03, 2020 |

By Ott Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: Joseph F. Ott Funeral Home

Jeffrey William Hartung, 74, of McKeesport

 
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Lois "Elaine" Sydeski

March 03, 2020 |

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

Lois “Elaine” (Russell) Sydeski, age 86, of Monroeville, formerly of Glassport where she lived for many years and Ripley, WV,  passed away suddenly surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Forbes Hospital. A graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, she retired as a sales associate for Hills Department Store in West Mifflin and as a secretary for G.C. Murphy Company’s Home Office in McKeesport. She was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, recently winning an award for her work. She enjoyed making frequent trips to the casino and the highlights of her life included walking the New River Gorge Bridge with her son and grandson, and spending quality time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all. Born March 22, 1933 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late William Russell Jr. and Hannah (Dowden) Russell, and wife of the late Edwin “Legs” Sydeski. She is survived by her son, Tom (fiancée Dee) Sydeski of Newcomerstown, OH; daughter, Linda Sydeski with whom she resided; grandchildren, Shaun, Allison and Jennifer; and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Augustus; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Elizabeth Holmes, Alice Lutheran, Daisy Mathews and Lillian Puckey. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 10 AM until the time of service at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor James Crosby officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Marlene M. Zirkle

March 02, 2020 |

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

Marlene M. (Geary) Zirkle, age 69, of Port Vue, died February 29, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born January 1, 1951, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Alice (Mikina) Geary and wife of Kenneth Zirkle, Sr.

 
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Arnold Mattes

March 02, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 

Arnold, “Arnie” Earnest Mattes 76, of Clairton, formerly of Jefferson Borough passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. Arnold was born in McKeesport on May 13, 1943 to the late Viola Edwards and Edward, Mattes. Arnold is survived by his son Lance (Judy) Mattes of Bethel park and his granddaughter Ashley Mattes. He is also survived by his two sisters Donna Kettish of Orlando Florida and Karen (Jeff) Dowd of Orlando Florida. He was a member of the Masons in Pleasant Hills at the F&AM lodge, the Syria Shrine, and he also attended the Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Arnold was a Project Engineer at the local #5 where he was employed for most of his life.  One of his favorite things to do in his down time was listen to oldies music. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday March 4, 2020 from 2-4pm, and 6-8pm at the S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place at the funeral home on Thursday March 5, 2020 at 11am to be followed by interment at the Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Syria Shrine at 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick PA, 15024. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Judith H. Burk

March 02, 2020 |

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

Judith (Judy) H. Burk, an award-winning University of Pittsburgh graphic designer, successful sports memorabilia entrepreneur and dedicated church leader, died Wednesday, Feb. 26. 

The Sewickley Twp. resident was 75.

Judy’s passing ended a four-year courageous, dignified quest to overcome the effects of a medical procedure that left her almost completely paralyzed.  She died in the arms of John Burk, her husband of 45 years, in the presence of Bob Green, her pastor. 

Although Judy always considered herself a native Pittsburgher, she was born on Aug. 10, 1944, in Long Beach, CA.  Her father, a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, was a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot stationed there.  Her mother was a homemaker.  In 1962, Judy graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School near Pittsburgh, then attended Carnegie Tech for one year, and earned a degree at Pittsburgh’s Ivy School of Professional Art.

 
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Edward Anthony Scarpari Jr.

March 02, 2020 |

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

Edward Anthony Scarpari Jr., age 51, of Tours, France, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020. A 1986 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, he attended Muskingum College and graduated from Ambassador College in 1993 and the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. He taught English as a Second Language in France, was the author of two books, and enjoyed running. Born November 29, 1968, he was a son of Edward and Brenda Marlene (Snyder) Scarpari of Elizabeth. In addition to his parents he is survived by his daughters, Margot and Madeleine, his fiancée, Sophie Caplat and her daughters, Lucille, Garance and Suzanne, all of Tours, France; brothers, Tony (Debbie) Scarpari of Castle Shannon and Adrian (Jamie) Scarpari of Baldwin; nieces, Rianna (Alec) Scarpari, and Julia and Naomi Scarpari; nephews, Michael and Brandon Rickerd, and Connor and Braeden Flynn; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. There will be no memorials per his request. Local arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


John "Jack" Druga Jr.

March 02, 2020 |

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

John "Jack" Druga Jr., 94, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020.  He was born January 11, 1926 in Duquesne, a son of the late John and Susan (Homol) Druga.  Prior to his retirement, Jack was a production coordinator for Westinghouse and a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War.  He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, Emerald Club, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 781 and belonged to two bowling leagues.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Mary Druga; brother, Edward Druga; and sister, Agnes Druga.  He is survived by his son, Larry Druga and his wife, Cindy; daughters, Christine Garlow and her husband, Richard, Barbara Eager and her husband, Jack; grandchildren, Michael Garlow, Lynn Eager, Aaron Eager, Miranda Druga, Camden Druga; and great-grandchild, Mackenzie Garlow.  Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday in St. Agnes Church with Msgr. Paul Fitzmaurice officiating.  Interment to follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Dorothy T. (Terek) Valencik

March 02, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 

Dorothy T. (Terek) Valencik, age 94, of Glassport, died February 28, 2020. She is the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Yevchak) Terek. She is the beloved wife of the late Edward A. Valencik, “Mr V.”; children, Elaine (Samuel) DeMarco, Ron (Claudia) Valencik, Janine (Angelo Norelli) Valencik and Linda (Bob) Dzialowski; grandchildren, Emily (Dave) Kelly, Elise DeMarco, Julia (David) Callahan, Luke Urbanski, Zachery (Victoria Davis) Urbanski, Lauren Dzialowski, Megan Dzialowski, Erin Dzialowski and John Dzialowski; great-grandchildren, Hawthorne Kelly, Asher Kelly, Ailee Callahan, Dorothy Callahan, and Selah Callahan. The sixth of eight children, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward, and all siblings: Sister Mary Josephine VSC, John (Nancy) Terek, Helen (William) Ogurchak, Pauline (Michael) Hrehocik, Michael Terek, Mildred “Millie” (Joseph) Mongelluzzo and Frank Terek. Dorothy was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and bowled with the Glassport Women's Bowling League. Dorothy was an incredible baker and everyone loved her delicious Nut Rolls. Most of all, Dorothy dedicated her life to taking care of her family and she will be missed by everyone. Friends received at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport, Sunday, 2 to 6. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Queen of the Rosary Church. Entombment following at New St. Joseph Cemetery joining her beloved husband Edward.

 


Pamela J. Kavalukas

March 01, 2020 |

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

Pamela J. Kavalukas, 70 passed away on January 29, 2020 at the Riverside Care Center after a long illness. She was born in McKeesport the daughter of the late Peter and Catherine Kavalukas. Besides her parents she was predeceased her brother Gregory. She is survived by her sister Roberta Simeral  and close friend Nancy Halt. 

Friends are welcome to a memorial gathering on Wednesday March 4,2020 in the activities room At the Riverside Care Center 100 8th Ave. McKeesport Pa. at 2:00 pm a blessing service will follow. Inurnment will be at a later date. Arrangments are under the care of the William H. Craig Funeral Home, McKeesport,Pa.

 

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