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Willie Mahone

July 31, 2020 |

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

Willie Mahone, 66, died July 27, 2020. He was born June 10, 1954.

Arrangements are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.

 
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Niko Eugene Dawson

July 31, 2020 |

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

Niko Eugene Dawson, 31, died July 22, 2020. He was born October 14, 1988.

Arrangements are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 
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Edward John Dziak

July 31, 2020 |

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

Edward John Dziak, age 70, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his residence.  He was born in Braddock on September 9, 1949 and is the son of the late Edward and Anna Zalko Dziak.  He is the husband of the late Lynn Pierro Dziak, who died on July 25, 2020.

 
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Lynn Dziak

July 31, 2020 |

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

Lynn Dziak, age 62, of N. Versailles, died Saturday, July 25, 2020 at her residence. She was born in McKeesport on Feb. 3, 1958 and is the daughter of Joan Guder Pierro of N. Versailles and the late Dr. Thomas Pierro. She was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in political science, raised her family and then formerly served as a secretary for Linway United Methodist Church. She is the wife of the late Edward John Dziak, who died on July 28, 2020.

 
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Betty Jane (Robinson) Gibson

July 31, 2020 |

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

Betty Jane (Robinson) Gibson, age 99 of Hurricane, WV, passed away on July 30, 2020 at the Genesis Putnam Center in Hurricane after a long illness.  Born April 1, 1921 in Clairton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. and Elizabeth (Cochenour) Shawl.  She graduated from Clairton High School in 1939.  She resided in Clairton until 1979 when she moved to Port Charlotte, FL.  She had many jobs during her life, but she most enjoyed her time as a travel agent with Fletcher’s in Brentwood.  She traveled to many areas of the world as a tour host but loved Hawaii the most. She was preceded in death by her first husband Joseph Warren Robinson and her second husband Harry E. Gibson, her son Wayne C. Robinson, as well as two sisters, Hazel Brisky and Jean Wagner. Betty is survived by her son Jim (Sharon) Robinson of Hurricane, WV; her five grandchildren Amy (Tom) Alphin of Kirkland, WA, Laura Robinson of Midlothian, VA, Scott (Sheri) Robinson of Irwin, Tracy (Dennis) Chakey of Irwin, and Kelly (Josh) Robinson of Akron, PA;  nine great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Kim Robinson of Red Lion, PA; a niece and two nephews. Until 10 years ago, when illness required her to be placed in a long-term care facility, she was active in Presbyterian churches in Clairton and Port Charlotte, FL.

 
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Brenda J. Amspoker

July 31, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Brenda J. Amspoker, age 73, of McKeesport, died July 25, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born January 2, 1947, in Wyandotte, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Berle and Marie (Gleghorn) Amspoker.
Brenda was a former nursing aide from Saint Clair Hospital and Kane Regional Hospitals. She loved to play bingo and taking care of stray animals.

 
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David E. Roberts

July 31, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

David E. Roberts, 78, of Glassport, died July 31, 2020.  He is the son of the late David and Marie (Smith) Roberts and husband of the late Mary (Mowry) Roberts.  David is survived by his children Mary (Joe) Dombrowski, Lori Ofchinick, Kelly (Jeff) Keating, David (Kelly) Roberts, Nikki (Ben) Latini, Natalie Roberts and Lisa Roberts; grandchildren Breanne, Joe, Devin, Skyler, Shane, Sam, Cody, Courtney, Conner, Ryan, Christina, Jade and Dennis; great granddaughter Lyla; brother Don (the late Linda) Roberts and sister Virginia “Gin” (the late Andy) Simko.  Friends recieved Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sunday from 2 to 6 and on Monday from 11 to 11:30.  Interment following Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

 


Ferne Feig Alpern

July 31, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Ferne Feig Alpern, age 85,  passed away on July 28, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease, formerly of Duquesne and White Oak, until living in Pittsburgh for a number of years. She was the daughter of the late Emil and Jenny (Kline) Silberman. Ferne is survived by her son Mark (Linda) Alpern of Delaware; grandchildren, Alexa and Brett Alpern of Delaware; niece and nephews, Jack (Bridget) Wintner, Dr. Morton (Lisa) Wintner, and Nancy Wintner.

 
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Melissa A. Jakub

July 31, 2020 |

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

Melissa A. Jakub age 36, of West Mifflin, passed away on July 29, 2020.  Born on October 19, 1983 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Donna (Bugan) Jakub of West Mifflin and the late Ramon M. “Jake” Jakub. She worked as a laborer/secretary for Black Electric and played softball when in high school. She was the sister of Adam (Jill) Jakub of West Mifflin, Erika (Mike) Armstrong of McKeesport, and Holly Jakub of West Mifflin; granddaughter of Emiline “Emily” Homa of Elizabeth and the late Samuel “Babe” Homa, and the late Michael and Genevieve “Jenny” (Brown) Jakub; niece of Gery (Virginia “Ginny”) Jakub of Eighty Four and the late Charles Bugan; aunt of Max & Jenna Jakub, Malanya & Kobe Armstrong; and many great aunts, great uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. The funeral service will be live-streamed on the funeral home website www.maloy-schleiferfuneralhome.com. Due to current restrictions, the funeral home is limited to 25 visitors in the building at one time. The funeral home staff will be directing visitors upon entry. Masks are required.    

 


Catherine G. “Kitty” Bialobok

July 31, 2020 |

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

Catherine G. “Kitty” Bialobok age 101, of Duquesne, passed away on July 17, 2020, at home. Born on August 16, 1918, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Marko & Catherine (Roper) Francetic.  During World War II, she worked as a Brinell Operator at U.S. Steel Duquesne Works, testing steel to be used to manufacture 3000 lb. “blockbusters” (bombs) for the war effort.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, and its former Confraternity of Christian Mothers.  She was an honorary member of the G.F.W.C. Women’s Club of Duquesne, a member of the American Croatian Club in Duquesne, and a former kitchen volunteer for Meals on Wheels, McKeesport for 17 years.  In her younger days, she liked to roller skate with her brothers at the Palisades in McKeesport and liked to go polka dancing with her husband.  In her twilight years, she enjoyed watching the Steelers and the Pirates, and WVU football and basketball games.  She liked watching movies starring Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly.  Her favorite music was Big Bands and Classic Country.  She like poached eggs for breakfast, anything made with noodles, and a good cup of freshly brewed coffee...and then maybe a second one.  She prayed the rosary every evening at 7 P.M.  She was the beloved wife of 64 years to the late Stephen J. Bialobok; mother of Stephanie (David Lourie) Bialobok of Metairie, LA, Thomas (Kristin) Bialobok of Portland, OR, and the late Phyllis Bowers (husband, Dr. Doug Bowers, survives); grandmother of Genevieve Bialobok; sister of Evelyn (late Frank) Ravey of Oakmont, late Rose (late Andy) Usko, late Mark Francetic, late George (late Dolores) Francetic, and late Lawrence Francetic.  She is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  The family expresses heart-felt thanks to her many friends and neighbors, as well as her dedicated caregivers, especially Stephanie Hagood and Kimberly McCarrell.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2020 (which would have been her 102nd birthday) from 1-4 P.M. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE 15110, 412-466-3300 where the rosary will be recited at 4:15 P.M. with a Funeral Service to follow with the Rev. Matthew Elanjileth officiating.  The funeral service will be live streamed on the funeral home website  www.maloy-schleiferfuneralhome.com.  Private family burial will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020 in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Due to current restrictions, the funeral home is limited to 25 visitors in the building at one time. The funeral home staff will be directing visitors upon entry. Masks are required.    

 


Eleanor (Yesko) Brletic

July 30, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Eleanor (Yesko) Brletic, 91, of Monroeville, peacefully passed on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Eleanor was the devoted wife of the late John “Tom” Brletic. Loving mother of Thomas (Melanie) Brletic, Patricia “Sweetie” Brletic and the late Sandra Smith. Adoring Grandmother of Shannon (Josh) Alfer, Kelly (Geff McEwen) Smith, great-grandmother of Tyler and Chase Alfer.

In addition to her daughter Sandra, Eleanor was preceded in passing by her parents George and Mary Yesko and brother, John (Surviving Mathilda) Yesko.

 
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Angeline Kaloz

July 30, 2020 |

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

Angeline Kaloz, age 90, of McKeesport, died July 29, 2020, at UPMC East Hospital. Born September 29, 1929, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Fannie (Mastrianna) Mendicino and the wife of the late Ray Kaloz.

 
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Dolores A. Labuda-Gans

July 30, 2020 |

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

Dolores A. Labuda, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020 at her home.  She was born April 7, 1938 in Latrobe, a daughter of the late George A. and Frances (Osenkowski) Labuda.  Prior to her retirement, Dolores was a school teacher for the Duquesne Public Schools and later helped others through nutrition and meditation practices.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Don Labuda.  She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, George Paul Gans; sister, Denise King and her husband, Joe; and niece, Dianne and nephews, Dan, David and Nicolas.  She will be sadly missed by family and friends and all the lives she has touched along life’s journey.  There will be no visitation.  Donations may be made to the White Oak No Kill Animal Shelter in memory of Dolores.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Kireacos (Harry) Sotirianos

July 30, 2020 |

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

Kireacos (Harry) Sotirianos, age 88 of White Oak, died peacefully at home on July 29, 2020.  Born February 25, 1932, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Constantinos and Marcella Sotereanos.

 
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Charles W. Hershey

July 30, 2020 |

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

Charles Wilbur Hershey, age 91 of North Huntingdon died July 29, 2020 at his home. He was born July 28, 1929 in Madison County, Indiana, a son of the late Charles Danford and Minnie Mabel (King) Hershey. He was preceded in death by his wife Verona Zofchak Hershey; brothers, George Danford Hershey and Edward King Hershey.  He is survived by a sister Martha Hershey Raugh; nephews, nieces, and countless cousins.  He served with the Army Security Agency, which is now under the National Security Agency.  He was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War, and was a longtime member of the American Legion.  Charles was an avid genealogist and the Hershey family historian, and loved fishing and reading.  He was retired from US Steel Irvin Works and a longtime member of The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in N. Huntingdon, where he and his wife had been active in the youth program.  Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc., 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park with military honors.  Please wear a mask if attending visitation or services.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Gertrude Virginia Jackson

July 30, 2020 |

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

Gertrude Virginia Jackson, 74, was born September 10, 1945, to the late Moylan and Grace (Willis) Turner in McKeesport, Pa. Gertrude passed away on  July 25, 2020, at Jefferson Hospital, Jefferson Hills, PA. She was also preceded in death by her sister Lana Williams.

She was a life long member of First A.M.E. where she served on the Adult Usher Board and was a member of the Hospitality Committee. Gertrude worked as a Mail Clerk for Jefferson Hospital until she retired. She loved to cook, especially chicken. Her hobbies included crocheting and in her pastime, she would love to go to the casino. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Gertrude is survived by her children sons, Gerald Turner of McKeesport, Avanalist (Rachel) Jackson, Jr. of Hazelwood, Dwayne (Regina) Jackson of Clairton, Steven (Sonya) Jackson of Mississippi; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren;    sisters, Delores  Russell of Levittown, Norma Smith of Clairton, Sherrill Marbra of Bristol, Thymi Turner of Jefferson Hills; brother, Moylan  Turner of Clairton; devoted companion, Thomas Webb; aunts, Edith (James) Worthy, Janice Watts, both of Clairton, Geraldine Jackson of Pittsburgh; uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 
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Jacqueline Czarnecki

July 30, 2020 |

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

Jacqueline “Jackie” Czarniecki, 25, of West Mifflin, formerly of McKeesport, passed away peacefully July 19, 2020, in her home. Born February 14, 1995, in Pittsburgh. Loving daughter of Jennifer Czarniecki and John Jones. Survived by grandmother, Jean Zebroski; aunt Jessica Richter; uncles Anthony Jaskulski and Dan Czarniecki; cousin Austin George and her countless friends. A 2013 graduate of McKeesport High School, Jacqueline was a compassionate, vibrant personality, who unconditionally loved her family, her friends, and her two dogs Bella and Fendi. Jacqueline enjoyed basketball, hanging out with her family and friends, music, and embodying the heart and soul of a people person, keeping all of those people around her flowing with joy and laughter.

 
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Tera Meade-Smith

July 30, 2020 |

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

Tera Meade-Smith, 49, of Clairton, was born on March 14, 1971 to Patricia (Weatherspoon) Meade and the late Terry Meade in McKeesport, Pa. Peachcake, as she was affectionately called by family and friends, unexpectedly passed away on July 22, 2020 in her home. She was preceded in death by her son Tauveá Hurt and brother Patrick Meade of Detroit, Michigan.  

Peachcake, a graduate of Clairton High School, was loved. For many years she worked as a Direct Care Specialist at Q.A.C.S. She loved people, and she shared that love while working as a Home Health Aide. She lived her life to the fullest, she was a member of the Hollywood Club Ladies Darts team.

Peachcake was a dedicated mother who loved spending time with her children, especially her grandchildren. A loving wife, who embraced spending time at home with her husband. She treasured her time with family and friends, often cooking and feeding them. Peachcake enjoyed playing cards, sitting on her porch and listening to good music. In addition to a good laugh, she loved to shop, go to the movies, and out to eat.

 
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Anne M. Sims

July 29, 2020 |

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

Anne M. Sims, age 60 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in West Penn Hospital.  Born August 22, 1959 in McKeesport, she is the daughter of Marjorie (Palumbo) Miller of Penn Hills and the late David P. Miller.  A member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Twp., Anne was an underwriter for the GBU who also worked for Dowling Insurance and Bonno and Grey.  Also, she proudly started and operated Red's Cleaning Service with her daughter.  Besides her mother, Anne is survived by her husband Walter Sims; her daughters Marissa Sims at home and Shannon Sims of Penn Hills; her brothers Chris (Lois) Miller of Elizabeth, Mark Miller of Pleasant Hills, and Paul Miller of Charleroi; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Darla Pohodich

July 29, 2020 |

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

Darla Pohodich, age 60, of Elizabeth, died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at her residence.  She was born in McKeesport on May 30, 1960 and is the daughter of the late Gilbert and Irene Popovich Falco. She was employed as a bartender at the Buena Vista Firehall, and previously at Woody’s Restaurant, The Carriage Inn and Rich’s Place.

 
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Mary Jean "Sandy" Young

July 29, 2020 |

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

Mary Jean "Sandy" Young,  94, of White Oak, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020. She was born August 8, 1925 in Port Chester, NY, and was the daughter of the late Donald and Marie (Sichel) Walter. She was the wife of the late George Fleming Young, Jr., who passed away June 29, 2009. Mary Jean was a member of Mary, Mother of God Church- St. Angela Parish in White Oak and the Clairton AARP.

 
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Ruth Ann E. Johnson

July 29, 2020 |

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

Ruth Ann E. Johnson, age 71, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at her residence.  She was born in Clairton on June 6, 1949 and is the daughter of the late Joseph and Olga Bachowski Lasich.

 
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Samantha Briana Bock

July 28, 2020 |

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

Samantha Briana Bock, 28, of Braddock, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020. She was born October 15, 1991 in McKeesport and was a graduate of Yough High School. She is survived by her mother, Sharon (Elm) Bock, son, Dane Ethan Bock, and brothers, Christopher and Kevin Elm of Braddock. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Sheila A. Gamble

July 28, 2020 |

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

Sheila A. Gamble, 66, of Dravosburg, passed away, Sunday, July 26, 2020. She was born March 6, 1954 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Matthew C. and Joan Ann (Schmitt) Long.  She was a member of Bridge City Church in White Oak.

 
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Laurie A. Rinkes

July 28, 2020 |

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

Laurie A. Rinkes, 69, of North Huntingdon, passed away on July 28, 2020 at the William Penn Care Center, Penn Township.  She was born May 5, 1951, to the late Thomas J. Logan Jr. and Lorraine McKinley Logan in Cincinnati, OH.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Richard Rinkes.

She is survived by her two sons, Daniel and his wife Katherine “Katie”, of Frederick, MD, Brian, and his wife Alicia, of North Huntingdon; adoring grandchildren Nathan, Aubrey, Julia, and Emilia; two brothers, Thomas J. Logan III of Worcester, MA,  Xavier Logan of Redondo Beach, CA; and sister, Colleen Elles and her husband Ed Elles of Ardmore, OK.  

While her children were school age, Laurie was a tireless volunteer at St. Agnes School, serving as a teacher’s assistant, cafeteria worker, playground monitor and librarian.  Subsequently, she moved on to a career as a purchasing agent for a local company, and continued to volunteer at the St. Agnes/St. Vincent DePaul Society food bank. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, in Irwin. In recent years, her grandchildren, who called her “Gigi”, were her passion.  She continued to support charities that were close to her heart.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church with Father John Moineau as celebrant. Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 


Emma Jean Pilipovich

July 28, 2020 |

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

Emma Jean Pilipovich, 94, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  She was born October 13, 1925 in Irwin, a daughter of the late Earl and Elizabeth (Bender) Gongaware.  Emma Jean was a former member of the Norwin Art League, was an avid seamstress and loved to read.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Pilipovich; son, Jack Proctor; brothers, James and Earl "Butch" Gongaware; and sisters, Helen Humphries and Eileen Plesniak. She is survived by her son, George Pilipovich and his wife, Cindy; daughters, Penny Pilipovich and her fiance, Bob Campbell, Marcy Burgess and her husband, Jim; daughter-in-law, Linda Proctor; and two grandchildren, Pam Pilipovich and A.J. Bergman.  Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will take place on Friday at 11  a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Entombment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Patricia Ann “Mamma G.” Leccia Gallo

July 27, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Patricia Ann “Mamma G.” Leccia Gallo, 84 of Conneaut Lake, formerly of Clairton, died on July 26th, 2020 at her home. She was the loving wife of 42 years to the late Sunda Gallo. Patricia Gallo was born November 5th 1935 in Derry, PA., the daughter of the late Domenic and Clara Leccia of Corsica, France. Patricia is survived by daughters; Annette M. (Uwe) Reins, of Calabash, N.C., and Karol A. (Keith) Goodman of North Ridgeville, OH, sons; Sunda (Debbie) Gallo Jr., of Dayton, VA, John S. (Kim) Gallo, of Conneaut Lake, PA, Michael D. (Shannon) Gallo of Mt. Pleasant, SC, grandchildren; Bryan, Michael, Johnny, Danielle, Chase, Jared, Marisa, Ava, Mason, Grant, and Owin and seventeen great-grandchildren, sisters; Jolene Eaglehouse, of Latrobe, PA, Marie (Terry) Harrison, of Irwin, PA, brothers; Samuel (Regina) Leccia, of Belle Vernon, PA, James Leccia, of Belle Vernon, PA, and John (Joy) Leccia of Belle Vernon, PA. Patricia was preceded in death by her brother, Dominic Leccia, and sisters; Janie Pickering and Marcella Margo. She was known by many as an outstanding cook. Patricia worked as the Head Chef for Elby’s, Head Cook for Fairfax School System, and Head Chef and Logistics Coordinator for Meals on Wheels. Patricia enjoyed her family, knitting, playing cards, and bingo. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 30th2020 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place on Friday, July 31st at 10 am at the funeral home, to be followed by interment at St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton. In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Patricia to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at: Development and Donor Relations Department, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie, In Memory of Patricia Gallo, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 or online by using the link below. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

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Chami Hawkins

July 27, 2020 |

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

Chami Hawkins, 47, was born on January 23, 1973, to Patricia A. Hawkins and the late James E. Tedder in McKeesport, PA. Chami departed this life on July 23, 2020, she was preceded in death by her son, Walter James Hawkins, and brother, Dale Andre Hawkins.  

Chami, a graduate of the Duquesne City High School, worked in the childcare industry for nearly twenty-years. She was the Site Coordinator for the Beverly Jewel Wallace Lovelace (B.J.W.L.) After-School & Summer Camp Program at the Duquesne-Orchard Park Location (formerly known as Burns Heights). Chami, accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, at an early age, and was baptized at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Duquesne, under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Norman E. Gant.

Chami, truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family over the phone, baking and cooking delicious meals for all to enjoy, and using her God-given artistic ability to design clothing, and other items. Chami’s children and grandchildren were her heart and joy, and she would go-without, for them to have and experience some of the finer things in life.

 
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John B. Polivka

July 27, 2020 |

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

John B. Polivka, 83 of North Huntingdon, passed into the Lord's arms on Friday, July 24, 2020, at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born on March 4, 1937, in Duquesne and was the son of the late John and Mary (Chonko) Polivka Jr. He married his high school sweetheart, Arlene J. (Takacs) Polivka who he met in the Penny Arcade in Kennywood and they would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in August of this year.

He was Byzantine Catholic by faith and belonged to SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. John was a 11th Grade U.S. History teacher at Norwin High School from 1966 - 1995, he served as Social Studies Department Head, introduced and designed new courses (TODAE) and (PUSH) which he taught until his retirement.

He is remembered by his students for his Teddy Roosevelt lecture, First Day of School RESPECT lecture, the History Baseball Game, 10 quizzes per 6 weeks, day before Christmas Vacation 6 week exam, and the Presidents Page. John's interest ran from travel, tennis, birding, cross country skiing, movies, photography and music (he played the trumpet) and of course, teasing Arlene, "Say goodnight Gracie!"

He also was the treasurer of the Norwin Teacher's Federal Credit Union (1986 - 1999). He loved teaching and took great pride in the fact that he never wanted to be off from that job. He was always ready to go back after a long holiday.

 
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Josephine L. Piper

July 27, 2020 |

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

Josephine L. Piper, 72, of White Oak, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at home. She was born October 13, 1947 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Magdalyn (Goettler) Slack. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Church-St. Angela Parish where she was a Lector. She was a Eucharistic Minister, Youth Volunteer and Minister, and CCD Teacher for over 30 years. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers and Ladies of Charity and took Communion to the sick and homebound. Josephine was a housekeeper for the former Holy Trinity/St. Martin DePorres Parish in McKeesport.

 
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Carmen P. Brusco

July 27, 2020 |

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

Carmen P. Brusco, age 87 of West Mifflin, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born March 6, 1933 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Vincent and Virginia (Martini) Brusco.  A graduate of Clairton High School, Carmen was a retired truck mechanic for Continental Baking Company, a US Army Veteran of the Korean War, a member of Holy Spirit Parish in West Mifflin, and a member of the Clairton AARP #1612.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years Sherry (Simpson) Brusco; his son Paul Brusco of West Mifflin; his sisters-in-law Patricia Brusco of Clairton and Marlyn Leonard of Mt. Pleasant; his nieces Debbie, Lisa, Carol, and Wendy; and his nephews Barry and Gary.  Besides his parents, Carmen was preceded in death by his brother Anthony Brusco.

 
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Ruth Milton

July 27, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Ruth Milton, age 61, of West Mifflin, died July 24, 2020, at home. Born September 17, 1958, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Ruth E. (Fuller) Englert and the wife of the late Roy Ellis Milton.

 
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David Paul Dragosin

July 25, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

David Paul “Big Daddy Drag” Dragosin, of Clairton, PA, Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the age of 71. David was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Paul and Carmela DaBaldo Dragosin. He was a graduate of Clairton High school in 1967 and continued his education at California University of Pennsylvania where he studied Radio/T.V. Communications-Pathology and Audiology and later received the University’s Outstanding Alumni Award. He married Cynthia Coburn-Dragosin on June 23rd, 1973 in Connellsville, PA. They raised four children together, which survive David. Daughters, Kimberly (Phil) Kellar, of Elizabeth, Colleen Dragosin, of Clairton, Crysta Dragosin, of Long Branch, NJ, and one son, Adam (Lisa) Dragosin of Barrington, IL. David is also survived by his loving wife Cynthia Dragosin, of Clairton, sister, Deborah “Debbie” Bielec, of Jefferson, grandchildren, Celina Maselli, Ashton Maselli, Delaney Kellar, Bruno Dragosin, and new baby Dragosin, Born July 25th. David was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Carmela Dragosin. He worked in the radio broadcast industry as a disc jockey, radio talk show host, and general manager for 23 years before focusing his passion in the T.V. broadcast industry where he was owner-operator of Dragosin Production Works from 1996-2020. David was a Jaycee, a member of the Sons of Italy in Uniontown, where he was the co-organizer of the Italian Festivals of Uniontown and Fayette County, and charity fund-raiser in Fayette County for the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association for several years. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, in Clairton, was active as an altar server, and also participated in the choir. David was a school director in Clairton for over 10 years, and was the co-president of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. Family and friends will be received for a Memorial on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 2-4p.m at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will follow at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Eileen DeFelice

July 25, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Our beloved mother, Evelyn Eileen DeFelice passed peacefully Friday, July 24, 2020. Born January 16, 1932 in McKeesport, PA. Eileen was the daughter of the late Dexter Jackson Armstrong Sr. and Rose Naugle Armstrong. She is preceded in death by the love of her life “Bo”, Albert James DeFelice Sr., her husband of 52 years. Eileen was the mother to the late Jacqueline Lettieri, Robert J. DeFelice, Albert J. DeFelice Jr. (Sonny), and Brian K. DeFelice and grandmother to the late Matthew DeFelice.

She is survived by her children Adele and son-in-law Tim Bach, Thomas and Daughter-in-law Donita DeFelice, Louis and daughter-in-law Carol DeFelice, Shirley Sarver and son-in-law John Caserio, Antoinnette and son-in-law Steve Yuhas, Pamela and son-in-law the late William Brummett Sr., Lois Ponsonby, son Stephen DeFelice, and her baby girl Donita and son-in-law Glenn Galbraith. She was also the mother-in-law to Jenny Williams, Larry Sarver and Brian Ponsonby.

 
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Kenneth Petrulli

July 25, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Kenneth M. Petrulli, age 75, of McKeesport died July 24, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born June 8, 1945, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Jane (Gladkowski) Petrulli and the husband of Jayne (Brierly) Petrulli.

 
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Theresa Marie “Terry” Wise

July 25, 2020 |

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

Theresa Marie “Terry” Wise, age 88, of White Oak, formerly of West Palm Beach and McKeesport, died July 24, 2020. She was born in McKeesport on February 29, 1932 and is the daughter of the late Daniel and Louise Yenneral Moffa.  She was employed by the former Bell Telephone as a router, raised her son, and then but returned to Bell South as a computer technician.

 
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William King

July 25, 2020 |

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

William King, age 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, July 19, 2020. He was born in McKeesport on April 17, 1930 and is the son of the late John and Nettie Glover McFarlane King.  He was a draftsman and proprietor of former King’s Arco Garage in White Oak and then the proprietor of the former Kings Rent-All of McKeesport. He also drove a bus for the McKeesport Area School District.

 
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Jill L. Mattey

July 25, 2020 |

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

Jill L. Mattey, 65, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 surrounded by her loving family,  at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  She was born August 24, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, a daughter of the late George and Luella (Taylor) Opalenik.   Jill was a nurse’s assistant and later retired from Westmoreland County as a switchboard operator.  She was a member of Norwin Christian Church.  She closely followed politics, enjoyed shopping, going out to eat with friends, and taking vacations with her family.  She is survived by her son, John Mattey and his wife, Kristy; daughters, Jennifer Mattey-Limppo and her husband, Barry, Jaclyn Dogrul and her husband, Adam; brothers, Peter (Linda) Opalenik, Michael (Mary) Opalenik, George (Sandy) Opalenik; and five grandchildren, Azrael, Adam, Mason, Logan and Blake; and former husband, John “Duke” Mattey.  Friends will be received on Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Olive Branch Cemetery, Belle Vernon, PA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Betty Smith

July 24, 2020 |

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

Betty Smith, 63, of Clairton, was born on October 4, 1956, to the late Anne Conover (Gallop) in Greensboro, NC. Betty passed away on July 18, 2020, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Thomas Smith Jr, mother and father Delma and Edmund Saunders, Anne Conover, aunt and uncle Hazel and Floyd Spellman, mother in law Willie Dean Smith, father in law Thomas Smith Sr, sister in law Emma Smith.

Betty graduated from Clairton High school. Before developing a career as a certified nursing assistant she worked in the Clairton Steel Mill. She moved to Frederick, Maryland where she started her CNA career at Beverly manor nursing home.  She worked as a CNA for Superior home health before she retired. She married Thomas Smith Jr on October 31, 1987, and to this union, daughter Zenaida Smith was birthed.

 
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Bernard M. Bubanic

July 24, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Bernard M. Bubanic, age 88, of Port Vue, died July 23, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born September 1, 1931, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Pancurak) Bubanic and the husband of the late Roseann (Martin) Bubanic.

 
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Michael Mraz, Jr.

July 24, 2020 |

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

Michael Mraz, Jr., age 71, of McKeesport died Friday, July 17, 2020. He was born in McKeesport on January 3, 1949 and is the son of the late Michael and Teresa Soltesz Mraz. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He retired as an engineer from USS Clairton Works, and was previously employed at Duquesne Slag and Murphy’s warehouse.

 
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Mark Z. Pavlack

July 23, 2020 |

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

Mark Z. Pavlack, age 60, of Buena Vista, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired patcher for U.S. Steel Clairton Works and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Born June 2, 1960 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Terry Lee and Nancy (Vilsack) Pavlack. He is survived by brothers, Eric Pavlack of Great Falls, MT, Terry Lee Pavlack of Buena Vista, Shawn (Adrianne) Pavlack of West Mifflin and Christian Pavlack of Elizabeth; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Thomas John Dineen

July 23, 2020 |

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

Thomas John Dineen, of Port Vue, age 77, died, Saturday, July 18, 2020. He was born in McKeesport, PA on November 23, 1942 and is the son of the late Thomas and Louise Villella Dineen. He is survived by his sons, Randy Dineen of Hilliard, Ohio and Ryan (Andrea) Dineen of Jacksonville, Florida, grandchildren, Katelynn, Preston, and Camryn, loving companion, Patricia Doctorick of Port Vue, and wife, Donna Smocer Dineen of N. Huntingdon.

 
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Stephanie A. Christie

July 23, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Stephanie A. Christie, age 60, of McKeesport, died July 22, 2020, at home.  Born August 30, 1959, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Ruben and Caroline (Wargo) Madera and the wife of Roger Christie.  Stephanie worked as a cook for over 21 years at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

 
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James Thomas Ferranti

July 23, 2020 |

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

James Thomas Ferranti. 78 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with his wife and daughters by his side. James was born on June 14, 1942 and resided in Quebec, Canada until he was adopted by an America Family at the age of ten. James overcame many challenges throughout life.

His American roots grew strong starting from the moment he stepped foot onto American soil. Learning the English language, becoming a US Citizen and becoming one of the most Patriotic Americans ever. His Patriotism went so deep that he chose to serve in the American Army. He served from March 1964 to July 1964 and served five years in the US Army Reserves. James lived most of his childhood years in Masontown, PA with his Guardians from the Ferranti Family.

He was a 1962 alumnus of Father Kolb Memorial High School, Masontown, PA. In 1970 after serving his Country, James met the love of his life, Gloria Jean (Molinaro) Ferranti who he married in 1971 and shared a life with for 49 years. James and Gloria have two daughters: Kimberly Jean Ferranti of North Huntington, PA and Jamie Lynn (Ferranti) Shuster and her spouse Chris Shuster of Butler, PA and four grandchildren: Samantha Shuster, Alexander Shuster, Sydney Shuster and Jordan Shuster.

 
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Keith Jones

July 23, 2020 |

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

Keith Jones, 20, of McKeesport, was born April 28, 2000, to Ephriem Wanzo and Dalia Scott in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He departed this life unexpectedly on July 16, 2020.

Keith, a student at McKeesport Area High School, impacted many people in his 20 years. He enjoyed basketball and was a loyal friend to whoever crossed his path. He was very protective of whomever he considered a friend. He loved all his Duquesne and McKeesport Family. He received numerous certificates for goals that he set and accomplished. Keith was very respectful toward elders. Above all, he enjoyed making music.

 
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Dale James Wright

July 22, 2020 |

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

Dale James Wright, age 73, of Coulters, died Friday, July 17, 2020 in UPMC McKeesport. He was born on June 18, 1947 in Guffey, PA and is the son of the late John and Chlora Tinney Wright.

 
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Craig A. Helsel

July 22, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Craig A. Helsel, 53, of West Mifflin died July 20, 2020.  He is the son of Wayne and Linda (Harbst) Helsel; brother of Pamela (the late John) Relja and uncle of Sean Relja.  He is also survived by many friends.  Craig was an iron worker for Local 3; served in the US Navy  and was a former member of the Whitehall Church of Christ.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Fri. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.

 


Roberta A. (Regan) Veverka

July 22, 2020 |

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

Roberta A. (Regan) Veverka, 74, of North Huntingdon passed away at her home on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. She was born May 29, 1946, in Braddock, a daughter of the late Robert and Agnes (Suprek) Regan. Roberta attended St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier and was a former member of The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, North Huntingdon.  She loved to bake, watching baseball and listening to music.  She is survived by her husband, Ronald R. Veverka; son, Robert Veverka and his wife, Jennifer; daughter, Roni A. Johnson; and three loving grandchildren, Ryan and Claire Veverka and Dannon M. Johnson.  Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Irwin Union Cemetery.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Carol L. Ackerman

July 22, 2020 |

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

Carol L. Ackerman, 67, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020 after a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer.  She was born October 17, 1952 in McKeesport, PA the daughter of the late Carl L. Ackerman Sr., and the late Jean Claire Magee Ackerman Rodman.  In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her sisters, Merry (David) Singler and Lisa (Quinton) Ackerman-Wimbs.

Prior to her retirement, Carol was a registered nurse and worked 25 years at UPMC Braddock and the last 14 1/2 years at UPMC McKeesport as a clinician.  Carol obtained her basic nursing degree at CCAC South in 1979, her Bachelor's degree in nursing from California University of Pennsylvania in 2005, and her Master's Degree in Nursing Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007.  Carol was also a Certified Medical Surgical Nurse and Certified Gerontology Nurse.  Carols was the Chemo Trainer to Trainer on her unit and taught CPR.   She was an advocate for the patients for preventing skin breakdown.  She published an article titled "Not on my Watch-Preventing Skin Breakdown" in Med/Surg Nursing.  She also published a book titled "Chemotherapy for the Medical-Surgical Nurses".  Carol was also featured on the cover of Med/Surg Nursing administering chemotherapy to one of her patients.  Carol received the Clinical Leadership Award from the Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing in 2011. 

She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, N. Huntingdon and loved to travel to her favorite spots, especially Disney World and taking Disney cruises.  Carol was a veteran of the US Army, where she served in Alabama, Missouri and Kansas.  She was the first area married woman to join the US Army in 1973 while married to the John A. Orbin. In her memory, her grandson, Lucas Ackerman will receive her flag after the 21 gun salute.

Carol was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.  She is survived by her two best friends; daughter, Dr. Bethany L. Ackerman; and grandson, Lucas G. Ackerman who were her pride and joy.  She was so proud of Bethany when she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in 2018.  Lucas was her best friend and advocate while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments and surgical procedures.  He always made her laugh and was truly her “best buddy”.  Both were her strongest supporters and were there when she was going through cancer treatments.  She is also survived by her two beloved dogs, Skyler and Mickey.

Carol is also survived by her eleven siblings, Linda Penn, Harry (Rosalinda) Ackerman, Patricia (Thomas) Maldonado, Carl (Denise) Ackerman Jr., Allen (Emma) Ackerman, Perry (Donna) Ackerman, Irene Alvarez, Bruce Ackerman, Kathy McNelis, Glenn (Frank), and Roberta (Jon) Rodman.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Our thanks to Carol's PCP Dr. John Smith, her oncologist Dr. Sarah Taylor and the UMPC Magee Gyn/Oncology and Cancer Center for the excellent care she received.  We would like to thank Dr. Grace Campbell and Teal Hearts Network (Ovarian Cancer Support Group) for the support and encouragement she received during her illness.  Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  The funeral service is private for family members only. Interment will take place in Irwin Union Cemetery on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.  In honor of Carol and her courageous battle with ovarian cancer, she has requested that attendees wear teal clothing, if possible.  I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith.  IITimothy 4:7   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany and Lucas Ackerman.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ruth C. Pastorik

July 22, 2020 |

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

Martha C. Pastorik, age 97 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born November 16, 1922 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Matilda (Lesko) Geletko.  A devout member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and its former Christian Mothers Association, Martha was an excellent seamstress and, more importantly, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years John W. Pastorik, who passed away on April 7, 2009, and her seven older siblings.  Martha is survived by her daughters Jean (Warren) Stoffer of Canonsburg, Nancy Sims of Clairton, and Louise (James) Ganss of Decatur, TN; her son John (Becky) Pastorik of Punta Gorda, FL; her six grandchildren; her eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

 
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Michael J. Moonis

July 21, 2020 |

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

Michael J. Moonis, age 44, died on Saturday, July 11,2020. Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on March 19, 1976. He is the son of the late Edward Moonis and Carol (Faust) Bourke.

 
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Ruth Elizabeth Schnur

July 21, 2020 |

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

Ruth Elizabeth (Baker) Schnur, age 79, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at UPMC East. She was a retired aide for Soltis Personal Care Home in Clairton and a member of Elizabeth United Methodist Church. She loved her family, grandkids and great-grandkids. Born September 10, 1940 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Bush) Baker and wife of the late Duane F. Schnur. She is survived by daughter, Diane (Harold "Bugs") Michaels of Elizabeth; sons, Paul (Rita) Schnur of Rostraver Twp. and George (Lisa) Schnur of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Chuck Baker of Pittsburgh and Jerry (Patricia) Baker of Pittsburgh; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, Patrick Schnur, and brother, William Baker.

 
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Robert A. Full

July 21, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Robert A. Full, 65, died suddenly on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was the former Chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services, resident of Pittsburgh, and beloved husband of Geraldine (Dongweck) Full for 39 wonderful years.

Loving father of Courtney (Richard II) Spicuzza and Robert “Rob” Full, both of Pittsburgh. Cherished grandfather of Ricky, Vincent, and Livia Spicuzza. Brother of Sharon (Michael) Morton. Son-in-law of Olive Dongweck. Brother-in-law of Eugene Dongweck. Dear family friend of Rebecca Mannella. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Bob began his lifelong career in emergency services as a Junior Firefighter for the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department, where he is a life member.  Beginning in 1975, Bob worked for the city of Pittsburgh as a paramedic where he was promoted to Assistant Chief.  Bob served the role as President of the Pennsylvania Association of HazMat Technicians from 1997 to 1999 and was also a director of its Western Region.

 
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Irene A. Myers

July 21, 2020 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Irene A. Myers, 88, of Port Vue, died Sunday, July 19, 2020, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Oakland.  Born in Czechoslovakia on June 28, 1932, she was the daughter of John C. and Ann M. Macus Baran.  Wife of the late Thomas W. Myers, she is survived by 3 sons, Thomas J. Myers of Elizabeth Township, Craig A. (Mary Ann) Myers of Somerset, and Brian F. (Mary Beth) Myers of Lincoln Place, sister, Eleanor B. Baron of Jefferson Hills, also by 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.  Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


Maribeth Winters

July 21, 2020 |

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

Maribeth Winters, age 60, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, July 16, 2020. She was born on April 12, 1960 in McKeesport to Betty Jane Welch Lickert of McKeesport and the late William Lickert. She is the wife of John C. Winters.  She was employed as a bookkeeper for Teamsters Local #205. Her family is her pride and joy and she loved spending all the time she could with her grandchildren.
 
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Shannon C. (Jesko) Lebrato

July 21, 2020 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Shannon C. (Jesko) Lebrato was born on January 10, 1965 in Pittsburgh, PA.  

Shannon went to be with her Savior peacefully on July 17. Preceded in death by her parents Larry and Fay Jesko (Hazlett) She is survived by her loving husband and best friend Kevin Lebrato also her beautiful daughters Amanda and Katrina. Three siblings Sharon (Jesko) and Michael Puskar, Larry and Michelle (Gardner), and Matthew Jesko.  Shannon worked in food service at Broad Street Bistro and enjoyed serving others.  She was fond of cats and over the years has rescued and cared for many.

 
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Michael “Mike” DeRosse

July 21, 2020 |

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

Michael “Mike” DeRosse, age 93, of Duquesne, on July 19, 2020 at Sycamore Estates. 

Born on April 24, 1927 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Ralph & Marie J. (Boccihia) DeRosse. He was a retired truck driver for Long’s Hauling for 40 years, a member of the former Christ the Light of the World Parish, enjoyed Marsh-Wheeling cigars, liked to bowl duck pins at the  Moose, went to numerous Hobo conventions and proudly served his country in the Army during World War II.

He was the husband of 48 years to Lorraine (Gonzales) Pawling; father of Vicki Malloy of Duquesne, Diana Fierst of Turtle Creek and Michael (Anna) Gorscak of Baldwin.  He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and nephews Alan J. Procacina, Dennis Procacina, Ralph DeRose and Joe DeRose.

 
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Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Harrison O’Bryon

July 20, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Harrison O’Bryon, 88 of Jefferson Hills passed away on Monday July 20th, 2020 at the Arden Courts of Jefferson Hills. She was born in Dravosburg on August 9th, 1931 to the late Harry and Martha Wainwright Harrison. Elizabeth was the loving wife of 59 years to the late James O’Bryon.

She is survived by her daughter Marsha J. (Douglas) Murphy, of Chantilly, Virginia, grandchildren Mathew and Kyle Murphy of Chantilly, Virginia and loving dog Bear. Along with her parents Elizabeth was preceded in death by brothers; Harry Harrison, Charles Harrison, and sister, Dorothy Beard.

She was a member of the Pine Run United Methodist Church and member of Order of the Eastern Star, Clairton Chapter, as well as The Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She enjoyed bingo, volunteered for food banks in Clairton and Duquesne, was a member of the voting board in Jefferson, and was formerly employed by U.S. Steel Irvin Works as a Billing Clerk.

 
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Mary B. Buchleitner

July 20, 2020 |

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

Mary B. Buchleitner, 85, of West Mifflin, died July 19, 2020.  She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Weis) Strauss and beloved wife of the late Leroy N. Buchleitner, Jr.  

She was the loving mother of Nicholas (Jill) Buchleitner, Mary Margaret (Vinny) Butera, the late John (Jackie) Buchleitner, Donna (Jim) Sabo, Dianne Furnival, Denny (Betsy) Buchleitner, Lee Anne (Jim) Phillippi, Steven (Lisa) Buchleitner, Paul (Jamie) Buchleitner and Andrew (Jen) Buchleitner.

 
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Angeline M. Barch

July 20, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Angeline M. Barch of Myrtle Beach, formerly of Glassport, died July 17, 2020.  She is the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Barch. She is survived by her daughter Diane (Leonard) Chuderewicz; grandchildren Cara (Jorge Sanchez-Salazar) Chuderewicz, Jason (Amy) Chuderewicz and Ryan (Melissa) Chuderewicz; great grandchildren Lauren, Max, Justin, Lucy, Ava, Alyssa, Lucas and Gavin.

 
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Leilani Jade Brooks-Vazquez

July 20, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Leilani Jade Brooks-Vazquez, died peacefully in the arms of her parents on July 11, 2020, at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. Born July 10, 2020, in Pittsburgh, and met the eyes of Jesus the very next day. She was the daughter of Leonard Brooks and Savannah Vazquez. Her life was a brief gift to us that will live on in our hearts forever.

 
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William R. "Bill" Linn

July 19, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

William R. "Bill" Linn, 64, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17th 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 28th 1956 in McKeesport to the late Charles E. Linn Jr. and Eleanor Duvall Linn of White Oak. Along with his mother, Bill is survived by his two daughters; Angela (Donald Rudberg Jr.) Linn of Liberty Borough and Jessica (David) Gross of Elizabeth Township. Sister, Kathy DeMarco of Glassport; brother, Charles E. Linn III of White Oak. Grandchildren; Shane, Ryder, and Levi Rudberg, Emma and Jackson. Nephew, Jason (Holly) DeMarco; niece, Shannon (Ryan) Campbell; great-nephew/nieces, Ethan DeMarco, Isabella and Zoey Campbell; and close cousin Michael (Sharon) Dorich.

 
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Irene R. Somales

July 19, 2020 |

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

Irene R. Somales, age 98, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of Homestead, died July 17, 2020, at Manor Care of Bethel Park. Born January 1, 1922, in Homestead, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Evangelia (Seftalis) Somales.

 
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Brian Keith DeFelice

July 17, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 

Brian Keith DeFelice, born Sept 4, 1967 in McKeesport, Pa passed away on July 16, 2020. He is the son of the late Albert J. DeFelice and Eileen (Armstrong) DeFelice.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his daughters, Stephanie DeFelice of North Versailles, and Karley and Harley DeFelice of Jeannette; grandchildren Dominic and Aurora; siblings Adele (Tim) Bach of Hempfield Township, Thomas (Donita) DeFelice of White Oak, Louis (Carol) DeFelice of Sarasota, FL, Shirley (John) Sarver Caserio of Jeannette, Antoinette "Toni" (Steve) Yuhas of McKeesport, Pamela Brummett of Jeannette, Lois Ponsonby of North Huntingdon Steve DeFelice of East McKeesport, and Donita "DeeDee" (Glenn) Galbraith of FL; also many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

 
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Theresa M. Kozlowski

July 17, 2020 |

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

Theresa Margaret Kozlowski, 93, of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 three days shy of her 94th birthday. She was born July 19, 1926 in Versailles and was the daughter of the late Basil and Ann (Cortes) Curcio. She was the wife of the late Arthur L. Kozlowski who passed away March 13, 2002.

 
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Mary Ann Dirling

July 17, 2020 |

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

Mary Ann (Antoinette) Antczak Dirling, age 84 and longtime resident of White Oak, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in HCR ManorCare, Monroeville, after battling an enduring illness.  Born June 22, 1936 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Plavchak) Antczak.  Mary Ann graduated from Divine Redeemer Academy in 1954, where she held the title of Miss Pinetum.  After graduation, she worked at Apter Bros., where she met her husband on the switchboard, Kundman's and Fitzy's Confectioners, later in life with Eckerd Drug, and, after retirement, at Phyllis' Fashions, formerly in White Oak.  A member of St. Edward's Parish in Herminie, in her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, reading, shopping, talking with people, and feeding the animals in her yard.  Mary Ann will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.  She was a kind and thoughtful person with a heart of gold that would do anything for anyone.

 
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Rosella J. Faust

July 17, 2020 |

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

Rosella J. (Winkelvoss) Faust, age 95, of Elizabeth Twp., died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Born on July 6, 1925 in Buena Vista, she was the daughter of the late Chris and Annie (Thompson) Winkelvoss.  She was married to the late Allen Ellsworth Faust who passed away in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Ronald) O'Rourke of Greensburg; grandchildren, Bridget Anne O'Rourke, MD of Wexford and Ryan Robert O'Rourke of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by sisters, Ruth (Richard) Smith of Delmont, Edna (Bo) Rook of Buena Vista and Martha Bird of Cranberry Twp., also numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Helen Billick, Edward "Bud" Winkelvoss and Sylvia Sebest.

 
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James E. Peddicord

July 17, 2020 |

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

James E. Peddicord, 65 of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his home.  He was born, November 26, 1954 in Pittsburgh, son of Catherine (Artman) Peddicord and the late Louis Peddicord.  Jim was a member of St. Agnes Parish and loved singing in the choir.  He was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan and enjoyed fishing in Erie, singing karaoke, spending time with his family and especially eating sweets.  In addition to his father, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Jack and Mike; sister-in-law, Laurie Peddicord; and nephew, Mike.  He is survived by his brothers, Louie (Karen), John, Kenwood, Sam (Laurie), Mick and Steve (Rena); sisters, Linda Proctor, Debbie Constantine, Kate Hawk and JoAnn Brugnoli; aunt, Mary Pogel; Goddaughter, Pilar Swankler; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

 
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LaQuay Mack-Oden

July 17, 2020 |

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

LaQuay Mack-Oden, 37, of McKeesport, departed this life on July 13, 2020, at UPMC Shadyside. She was also preceded in death by her grandmother Mildred Mack, cousins John and Cedric Mack.

LaQuay, daughter of Karen Mack Jones and Sam Magwood, was born on September 21, 1982. She spent much of her childhood in Brooklyn, NY and the other half growing up in McKeesport, PA. LaQuay graduated from McKeesport Area High School in 2000 and furthered her education by receiving a bachelor’s degree at Perdue University Global and a degree in Cosmetology from Empire Beauty School. LaQuay worked as a Central Scheduler for Excela.

LaQuay loved to sing, write music, and dance; she embraced all types of artistry. She had an eye for fashion; very trendy and loved to create different outfits. She often created outfits for her friends. She truly loved the Lord and was a member of the Fountain of Life Church in Hazelwood, PA.

 
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Patricia Krandel

July 16, 2020 |

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

Patricia Krandel, age 95, of Jefferson Hills, and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Arrowood at Southwestern. Born March 1, 1925 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late William Walker and Ethel (Krill) Walker. She was an executive secretary for Hercules Corp. in West Elizabeth, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, and was a longtime volunteer at the Bethel Schoolhouse. She loved to quilt and crochet, creating amazing ornaments and infant blankets.

 
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Edna JoAnn Kelso

July 15, 2020 |

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

Edna JoAnn Kelso, 69, of Pleasant Hills, departed this life July 11, 2020 at AHN Jefferson Hospital. She was born October 25, 1950, daughter of the late Audrey Jane Dinkins Lowery and Edward Burns in McKeesport. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Kelso, brothers, Darryl Dinkins, Paul Lowery, and sisters, Darlene, Gail, and Anette Burns.

JoAnn was a graduate of West Mifflin High School. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for Bechtel Bettis. She was a member of Oasis Ministries, where she served as the Church Administrator, Pastor’s Executive Secretary, President of the Pastor’s Aid Ministry and Oasis’ Board Member.

Survivors include Edwin Joseph Kelso, wife Stephanie of Coraopolis, Kevin Richard Kelso of West Mifflin; sister, Pastor Kim Dinkins Lankford of McKeesport; brother, William Woodrow Lowery of Swissvale, PA; nieces, nephews, and friends.

 
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Joseph E. DeChicchis

July 14, 2020 |

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

Joseph E. DeChicchis, age 96, of Elizabeth, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital in the company of his beloved wife and eldest child. He retired as a Command Pilot of the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Lt. Colonel, having flown "the Hump" during World War II (China-Burma-India), with subsequent combat service during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a former Director of Operations at the Pittsburgh Air Base and a former Wing Commander of the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol.

A member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp., he retired as a local area builder, having founded Joseph E. DeChicchis & Co. and J&E Building, and he was also the founder of J&E Rentals. Born December 26, 1923 in Painesville, Ohio, he was the eldest child of the late Caesar and Jennie (Perifano) DeChicchis.

 
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Albert G. Estochin, Jr.

July 14, 2020 |

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

Albert G. Estochin, Jr., age 47 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at home. 

Born October 31, 1972 in McKeesport, he is the son of Albert G. Estochin, Sr. of Baldwin and Bonnie (Churchfield) Estochin, with whom he resided.  A certified electrician, Albert will be remembered as a generous and loving man who was loved in turn by all.  Albert got along with everyone, and everyone got along with Albert.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Tracy Kostovnik of West Homestead; his girlfriend Angela Kutrek of North Huntingdon; his step-siblings Donna Estochin, Kim McFarland, and George Estochin; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Kimberly A. Kaskin

July 13, 2020 |

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

Kimberly A. Kaskin, age 58 of Glassport, passed away at home on Monday, July 13, 2020.  Born July 1, 1962 in Braddock, she was a daughter of Joanne (Geletko) Kaskin of Clairton and the late William J. Kaskin. 

A cook at the Terrace Garden Restaurant in Clairton, besides her mother, Kimberly is also survived by her children Misty (Dave Forrester) Laverick of Liberty Borough and Olivia and Shane Goodrum, both of Clairton; her grandchildren Brooklyn, Josephine, Davae, and Destini Forrester and Cassius Gardner; her sisters Jennifer (Rick) Scott of Stroudsburg and Kristin Kaskin of Long Island, NY; her special friend Arnold Ackerman of Glassport; and also many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

 
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Frances J. Grunwald

July 13, 2020 |

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

Frances J. Grunwald, age 75, of Belle Vernon, died on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Quality Life Services in Markleysburg, PA. Born September 25, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Walchok Grunwald.

 
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Helen Marie Piccola

July 13, 2020 |

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

Helen Marie Piccola, 52, of North Versailles, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020. She was born January 7, 1968 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of Elizabeth (Costello) McCorkle of Port St. Lucie, FL, and the late Daniel Kendrick. She was raised by her grandparents, the late Ray and Helen Costello of Greenfield. Helen was a Payroll Manager and worked for Roman Bistro in Forest Hills. She had previously worked for the City of Pittsburgh and the Central Blood Bank. 

 
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Helen “Sis” E. (Patterson) Kalkbrenner

July 13, 2020 |

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

Helen “Sis” E. (Patterson) Kalkbrenner, age 80, of East McKeesport, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020. She was born November 29, 1939 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late John and Lola Patterson.

She worked for over 45 years at American General Insurance Company before retiring. “Sis” was always happy and telling jokes. She enjoyed camping, shopping and spending time with family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Robert N. Patterson.

She is survived by her husband James Kalkbrenner; and nieces and nephews.

 
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Steven J. Seeman

July 12, 2020 |

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

Steven J. Seeman age 90, of Duquesne, on July 11, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. 

Born in Braddock on February 12, 1930, he was the son of the late John & Agnes (O’Masta) Seeman. He served in the Army as a firefighter during World War II, worked as a welder in the fabrication industry, was a member of St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening and making violins. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Shigo) Seeman; father of Curtis (Sharon) Seeman of Duquesne, Christopher Seeman of Duquesne, Craig (Deborah) Seeman of Belle Vernon and Monica Shultz of Duquesne; grandfather of Brittney Shultz, Jonathan Shultz, Dayna Seeman and Jenna Seeman; brother of  John “Red” Seeman Jr., late Richard Seeman, late Paul Seeman, late Beverley Bickus,  late Lawrence “Larry” Seeman and late Kenneth Seeman.

 
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Patricia Helen Morra

July 12, 2020 |

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

Patricia Helen (Samuel) Morra, age 81, of White Oak, passed peacefully into the Lord's hands on July 11, 2020.  Born February 4, 1939, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Balcerik) Samuel and the wife of the late Frank Morra.  She was a Preschool Aide for the Pittsburgh Board of Education for 35 years.  Once she retired, she took care of her grandsons so that her daughter could continue to work.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

 
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Celestine J. "Tina" Mowery

July 12, 2020 |

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

Celestine J. "Tina" Mowery, age 56, of McKeesport, died July 5, 2020, at home. Born April 14, 1964, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Betty (Hockenberry) Obies and the wife of Kenneth L. "Kennie" Mowery.

 
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Francis “Jack” McCombs

July 12, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Francis “Jack” McCombs passed away on April 22, 2019 at his home in Alachua, Fla., with his sister and companion by his side.

Jack was born Feb. 23, 1932 in McKeesport, Pa., the son of Frank and Gladys McCombs of Versailles, Pa. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1950.

Jack graduated from Kiski Prep School second in class and received athletic awards in five sports. He was admitted to Brown University in Providence, R.I., but decided that a liberal arts degree would not assist him in future
endeavors, and so he transferred to the University of Miami where he majored in aviation and graduated in 1956.

 
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Howard E. Robb

July 11, 2020 |

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

Howard E. Robb, age 92, of Forward Twp., passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Mohawk Valley Health System. He was a retired crane operator for Fisher Body in West Mifflin and a U.S. Navy veteran. He enjoyed flying and building remote control airplanes. He loved traveling with his wife in their Airstream and was a former president of the Airstream Club. Born January 20, 1928 in Floreffe, he was a son of the late William A. and Goldie M. (Sesher) Robb and husband of the late Barbara A. (O'Dell) Robb. He is survived by a son, Richard A. (Melinda) Robb of Vernon Center, NY; grandchildren, Kasey Robb of Binghamton, NY, Nashua R. Robb of Vernon Center, NY and Eric (Dani) Kegel of Harvest, AL. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Jean Stadmueller. Private services and burial at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


James M. Minarchin

July 11, 2020 |

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

James M. Minarchin, age 77, of Dauberville, Pa., formerly of White Oak, died July 10, 2020 at the Hershey Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1943 in Duquesne, Pa., a son of the late Michael and LaVerne Pilcher Minarchin. James was a member of the Glad Tidings Church, Wyomissing, Pa. Prior to his retirement he was employed as an outside machinist at Carpenter  Technology and formerly employed by U.S. Steel in Duquesne. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Korea. Jim enjoyed bike riding and was a devoted family man who enjoyed  spending time with his grandchildren . He was an avid sports enthusiast who loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Robert Minarchin. He is survived by his wife, Bonita Wiles Minarchin; three daughters, Lori Gergley (Ronald), Lisa Minarchin, Linda Werner; one sister Sharon Patrick; 7 grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, Seth, Angelina, Madison, Riley, Ariana; 5 great-grandchildren, Jayce, Aiden, Xander, Roman and Colton. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon  Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment 2:30 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Rosemarie A. Glunt

July 11, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Rosemarie A. Glunt, age 72, of Greensburg, formerly of McKeesport, died July 9, 2020, at Golden Heights Personal Care Home of Irwin. Born February 11, 1948, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Bernadine (Jaskolski) Denicola and the wife of the late William Glunt.

 
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Nancy Tascarella

July 10, 2020 |

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

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NANCY TASCARELLA age 86, of West Mifflin, on July 10, 2020 at Grandview Estates in Elizabeth Twp. Born in Pittsburgh on December 29, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ernst V. & Christina (Kress) Gehringer. She was a retired consolidating accountant for Ohio Barge Line, a member of St. Agnes Church of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, a member of the Ladies of Charity, and enjoyed Arts and Crafts. She was the wife of the late Saverio “Sam” Tascarella; mother of Christine (Joe) Albarella of New Port Richey, FL, Mark John Tascarella of Charleston, SC, Marion Joy (Jeffrey) Saunders of West Mifflin, and Sam James Tascarella of Jefferson Hills; grandmother of Nicholas Benjamin (Katie) Saunders; sister of Fred Gehringer of Springhill, FL, Genevieve (Del) Lance of Richardson, TX and Cordelia (late Lawrence) McDaniel of Johnson City, TN.

 
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Janet C. Jenkins

July 10, 2020 |

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

Janet C. Jenkins, age 75, of Pittsburgh, formerly of White Oak, died July 9, 2020, at Vincentian Marian Manor of Pittsburgh. Born August 12, 1944, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late James L. and Jane (Fritchey) Crosby and the wife of the late Joseph W. Jenkins.

 
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Margaret "Peggy" C. Baron

July 10, 2020 |

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

Margaret "Peggy" Caroline Baron,  61, of McKeesport, formerly of Greenock, passed away Monday, June 6, 2020 at home. She was born November 28, 1958 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Edwin V. and Eileen (O'Bryon) Baron. Peggy is survived by her companion, George Eric Seman.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Loretta Baron. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director.  Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Dontrelle Yvonne Norfleet

July 10, 2020 |

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

Dontrelle Yvonne Norfleet, 50, died July 3, 2020, in her home.

She was born on September 18, 1969, to Floyd Norfleet and Teri Williams in McKeesport, PA. Dontrelle had a way with children and she worked as a Childcare and Daycare provider for private families. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was proud to show them off. 

Prior to her death, Dontrelle boasted to family and friends that she was looking forward to spending the 4th of July with her grandchildren.  Dontrelle was a foodie and a master at the grill.  She loved her Facebook page and was always posting something positive and spiritual. 

Dontrelle loved God and she recently devoted her life back to Christ.  One of Dontrelle's favorite gospel songs was "Every Praise", by Hezekiah Walker, she would play that song over and over again, and she taught it to her grandchildren too.

 
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Stephen F. Lugarich

July 10, 2020 |

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

Stephen F. Lugarich, age 69 of Mt. Vernon, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, July 10, 2020.  Born April 7, 1951 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Steve and Bessie (Pekarsky) Lugarich.  A 1973 graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Accounting, Stephen retired in 2019 as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank.  He was also a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Patrick's Church), the CFU Lodge #146, and the Penn State Alumni Association.  His family will always regard Stephen as a kind, thoughtful, driven, honest, nurturing, and grounded man; and remember him as an artist, father, golfer, doting grandfather, and a man that we should all aspire to be.  Also, Stephen is survived by his wife Paula (LoBue) Lugarich, whom he married in 1975; his children Kristin (Kevin) Wasko of Jefferson Hills, Stephen (Kathleen) Lugarich of Alexandria, VA, and Michael (Laura) Lugarich of McCandless; his grandchildren Brayden and Madison Wasko; his sister Kathy (Dane) Yancic of Elizabeth Twp.; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two cousins who were raised with him: Daniel and Milan Dimich.

 
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Lois Jean Kandsberger

July 10, 2020 |

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

Lois Jean (Reich) Kandsberger, age 86, of West Mifflin, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Colonial Park Care Center. She retired as a secretary for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin and a former secretary at Community College of Allegheny County. She was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross in West Mifflin where she was a Eucharistic Minister and active with numerous church groups. Born December 23, 1933 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Gerhard and Margaret (Nath) Reich and wife of the late Herman J. Kandsberger. She is survived by daughter, Donna (Art Jr.) Bamert of Elizabethtown; son, Ronald (Florie Forsythe) Kandsberger of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Rebekka Bamert of Elizabethtown, Noah Bamert of Elizabethtown and Ryan Kandsberger of York; son-in-law, Jamison Beck of Surfside, SC; sister, Gertrude "Gerry" (Dave) McCullough of Seattle, WA; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Kathy Beck, and brother, George Reich. Visitation is private. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 11 AM in Triumph of the Holy Cross, Holy Spirit Worship Site, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin. Masks are required and social distancing rules apply. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cloverleaf Area Ecumenical Assistance Program, 1 Grove Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Sarah L. Fronzaglio

July 10, 2020 |

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

Sarah Leona Fronzaglio,  82, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020. She was born June 19, 1938 in Elizabeth and was the daughter of the late George Leo and Sarah (Opfar) Bauerschmidt. Sarah was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenock.

 
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Lorraine Hughes Holmes

July 09, 2020 |

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

Lorraine (Miss Money) Hughes Holmes of Duquesne, PA, departed this life on July 6, 2020. Lorraine was born July 20, 1936 in Smithdale, PA and was the daughter of the late Virgil Robertson, Sr. And Jessie Lee Vincent Robertson. She was preceded in death by her husband James Holmes, Sr., sister Geraldine Stephens, brothers, Virgil Robertson, James Robertson, Willie Robertson, Clifford Robertson, and Leonard Robertson, and stepson David Dickerson.

Lorraine, a graduate of Duquesne High School, was employed by the Allegheny Health Department working with pre-school children and Magee Women’s Hospital of Oakland, PA. She left her nursing career at the age of 51 to acquire an Associate’s degree in Social Service. She loved helping people with anything that they needed help with. She would go to AA meetings, drug counseling, and anything else that would help a person out. She held skating parties for the children in her neighborhood, sold ice cups to help children pay for their tickets that couldn’t afford it. She wanted to be a wealth of walking information for her community. She also loved taking care of the sick cancer patients and bringing children in her home that needed a place to stay. Whether they needed clothes, baths, food, and just a place to sleep, she was willing to provide that.

 
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Vince Kelly Sr.

July 09, 2020 |

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

Vince Kelly Sr., 59, was born on July 15, 1960 to the late Charlie Kelly and Dolores Leggett in Chicago, Ill. Vince passed away on July 1, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was preceded in death by father, Charlie Kelly, mother, Dolores Leggett and brother Erik Westbrook.

He graduated from McKeesport Area High School and enlisted in the US Marine Corps. Vince worked at General Motors for some years. He loved cars, sports, And loved to laugh and make everyone smile.

 
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Celeste Fullard Green

July 09, 2020 |

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

Celeste Fullard Green passed away on July 3, 2020, in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. Celeste was born in Timmonsville, South Carolina to Beatrice and Clarence on July 3, 1931.  She was one of ten children.  She had a loving relationship with her sisters: Earlease, Ardella, Annie, Shirley and Febrey and with her brothers:  Kenneth, Clarence Jr., James and Curtis.   She married Archie Green in 1956 in Pittsburgh who passed away in 1974.

In the early ‘60s, Celeste became a dedicated baptized Jehovah’s Witness and served faithfully until she passed.  She had a long and successful career at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh for 25 years, where she excelled in her position as a Labor and Delivery Assistant.

 
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Major A. Mason III

July 09, 2020 |

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

Major A. Mason, III, Ph.D, 79, son of Gordon and Nannie Mason Sr., was born on July 15, 1940 in McKeesport, PA. He departed this life on June 28, 2020 at UPMC Presbyterian. He was also preceded in death by his wife Ann Mason. He leaves behind his daughter, Arianna Mason; son, Major A. Mason, IV; brother, Gordon Mason, Jr. of White Oak, PA; sisters, Margaret Friend, Sylvia Carter, Lorraine Turner; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Dr. Mason served as the Co-editor with Ralph Bangs, Ph.D., of The State of Black Youth in Pittsburgh, a 562-page book printed by the University of Pittsburgh for the Urban League of Pittsburgh, Inc. in 1997. It was very well received by former University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Marc Nordenberg who purchased 210 copies for the Board of Trustees.  Dr. Mason also served as the Editor of the Youth Edition, which contains excerpts from the larger book told in story form.  The 60-page Youth Edition is entitled "It's Just About Making the Right Choices."

 
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Geraldine D. "Gerry" (Balombiny) Selznick

July 09, 2020 |

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

Geraldine D. "Gerry" (Balombiny) Selznick, 86, of Duquesne, Fell asleep in the Lord, peacefully, on Friday June 26, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills. Born in Duquesne, June 18, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Hayduk) Balombiny. Beloved wife of the late Edgar A. Selznick, she is survived by a daughter, Kathleen McCormick, a son, David Selznick, a brother, Francis Balombiny, one granddaughter, Jacqueline Fraas, a great grandchild, Carson Fraas, a nephew, Edward Balombiny, and a great niece, Heather Myer. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Selznick was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Edward Balombiny, a sister, Irene Bartos, and a nephew, Jan Balombiny.

 
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Corrine S. Timko

July 09, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Corrine S. Timko, 93, of Deland, Fl died Monday, June 22, 2020. She was born in Versailles Boro, Pa. Corrine was the daughter of the late Homer Sweeney and Mary Belle (Exton) Reynolds. She was the wife of the late John Timko from Orange City, Fla. who passed in February of 1998.

She is survived by her loving children: John D (Bonnie) Timko of Elizabeth, Pa., Rebecca A Puskaric of Winter Springs, Fl., Susan M (Jerry) Bunda of Moon Twp., Pa., and Barbara L Frazee of Oviedo, Fla. Corrine is also survived by her loving grandchildren (7) and great-grandchildren (6): Chassidy (Shawn) Wilson, Blake and Tanner of Winter Springs, Fl. Jason (Erin) Bunda, Bryce and Cameron of Moon Twp., Pa. Heather (Matthew Lignelli) Timko, Alessandra and Christiana of Monongahela, Pa. Stacy (Jeff) Beck of Washington, Pa. Dillon Timko of Elizabeth, Pa., Eric Puskaric of Winter Springs, Fl., and Anthony Frazee of Oviedo, Fla. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

 
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Ronald H. "Ronnie Mac" McKeever

July 09, 2020 |

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

Ronald H. "Ronnie Mac" McKeever, age 62 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away at home on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  Born October 26, 1957 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Harold "Irv" and Lois Jean (Nelson) McKeever.  A recipient of a BA in Administration of Justice from Penn State University, Ronald worked for more than 30 years as a juvenile probation officer for the Allegheny County Juvenile Courts and also as a patio host at Stone Villa Wineries in Acme.  He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, and generous man; a wonderful father and grandfather; and for always having a genuine love of people.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years Debra A. (Balocik) McKeever; his children Laurie (Greg) Geibel of North Huntingdon and Randy (Cari) Winkler of Baldwin; his grandchildren Dylan, Abby, Grace, and Ben; his siblings James, Robert, Gary, Richard, and John "Jack" McKeever and Nancy Lou Shaffer McKeever; and many nieces and nephews.  Ronald was also a wonderful father to four cats currently and many more through the years. 

 
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Eleanor Sawyers

July 08, 2020 |

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

Eleanor (Shunk) Sawyers, age 87, of Forward Twp., passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Mon Valley Care Center. She enjoyed traveling and loved animals. Born April 26, 1933 in Brownsville, she was a daughter of the late Guy and Minnie (Sack) Shunk and wife of the late Richard Sawyers. She is survived by daughter, Nancy (Bobby) Shaffer of Forward Twp.; son, Rodney M. (Donna) Sawyers of Forward Twp.; numerous grandchildren; sister, Louise Illig of Royalton, OH; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sons, Richard and Randy Lee Sawyers, and grandson, Matthew J. Metts. Visitation and service are private. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Dennis M. Dooen

July 08, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Dennis M. Dooen, 70, of Port Vue, died July 5, 2020.  He is the son of the late John and Maryann Dooen.  He is survived by his wife Donna (Younkin) Dooen; sons Patrick (Renee) Dooen and Daniel Dooen; step daughter Katherine (Corey) Winters; grandchildren Ryan, Jared and Allyson Dooen; step granddaughter Avery Winters and sister Linda (Michael) Handra.  Dennis was retired from the VA; was a member of TCA and served in the Marine Corp.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Wed. from 1 to 7.  A funeral blessing will be held Thurs. 10:00 am in the funeral home with Father Tom Lewandowski.  Interment following New St. Joseph Cemetery.

 


Patricia E. Baldridge

July 08, 2020 |

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

Patricia E. Baldridge, age 78, of McKeesport, PA, died on June 26, 2020. She was born in McKeesport on February 18, 1942 and is the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Downie Baldridge.

 
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Duane M. Colclaser

July 08, 2020 |

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

Duane M. Colclaser, 62, of Boston, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He was born August 12, 1957 in Medina, OH, and was the son of the late David P. and Doris L. (French) Colclaser. Duane was a mechanic and bus driver.

 
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Richard D. “Rich” Kostyzak, Sr.

July 07, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Richard D. “Rich” Kostyzak, Sr., 55, of Glassport passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at his home. He was born in McKeesport on April 7, 1965 to William Peter Kostyzak, Sr. and Enise M. Donofrio Kostyzak. In addition to his parents he is survived by daughters Dania Kostyzak, of Glassport and Paige Fields of McKeesport, son Richard D. (Erin) Kostyzak, Jr. of Freeport, grandchildren, Richard III and Evelyn, brother Mike “Zak” Kostyzak, of Glassport, and Melanie Bradley, the mother of his two children. Rich was preceded in death by his brother, William Kostyzak., Jr. He enjoyed music of all kinds, reading, and watching historical documentaries.

Services have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045.  Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery & Mausoleum in North Versailles. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Helen S. Holko

July 07, 2020 |

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

Helen S. Holko died peacefully on Monday, June 6, 2020, a daughter of the late Fred and Ann Semko originally from Rankin, Pa.  She is the wife of the late Stephen A. Holko, Sr. and is survived by daughters Diane (Tom) Stanesic and Mary Ellen (Donny) Minchoff and sons Stephen A. (Judith) Holko, Jr., David (Karen) Holko and John (Kim) Holko.  In addition, she is survived by her granddaughters Jennifer, Jackie, Becky, Jessica, Tara, Janeace, Paula, Amy and Stephanie and grandsons Todd and John, Jr.  Helen was also blessed with 19 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by her siblings.

 
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Nicole A. Davis

July 07, 2020 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Nicole A. Davis, 38, of East McKeesport, died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at her home.  Born in McKeesport, June 1, 1982, daughter of the late Charles D. Davis, Jr., she was the daughter of Richard and Michele Lukas Parrish of McKeesport.  Nicole is survived by her parents; daughter, Ladaija Glover of Clairton; brother, Brandon Davis of North Huntingdon; sister, Brooke Davis of McKeesport; also by 2 nieces, 2 nephews, 4 aunts, 1 uncle, and 2 kittens.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 2-7 PM, at which time a celebration of life service will be held.  Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery at a later date.

 


Barbara Ann Fairbaugh

July 06, 2020 |

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

Barbara Ann Fairbaugh, age 93 of North Huntingdon formerly of Liberty Boro died July 6, 2020, She was born May 26, 1927 in Wall, Pa , where she grew up. She was the  daughter of the late Pete and Frances Yunitz Hurwatic. Throughout her life, Barbara was employed as a waitress at various restaurants including Stratigos, The Bellmont, Club Car and the White Elephant. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, shopping and fine shoes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James F. Fairbaugh and 6 brothers and sisters.

 
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Doris M. Teti

July 06, 2020 |

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

Doris M. Teti, age 74, of McKeesport, died July 4, 2020, at home. Born May 2, 1946, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Chester L. and Doris (O'Neal) McCarthy and the wife of the late Falco J. Teti, Sr.

 
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Edward J. Algas

July 06, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Edward J. Algas, 80, of Glassport died July 3, 2020.  He is the son of the late Edward and Anna Algas.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy (Pfluger) Algas; son James (Brianna) Algas and step sons Edwin (Diane) Losteter and Kenneth (Darla) Losteter.  He was preceded in death by his son John Algas.  Edward was retired from Westinghouse Electric.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Duane R. Brokenbek Jr.

July 04, 2020 |

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

Duane R. Brokenbek, Jr., 73, of North Huntingdon, passed away July 3, 2020 at the Veterans Hospital H.J. Heinz Campus after a hard-fought health battle that used up the last of his nine lives. His family is at peace knowing he is reunited with his wife of 40 years, the love of his life, Michelle (Weinberg) Brokenbek, who preceded him in death. Duane is the son of the late Duane R. Brokenbek Sr. and Rose Brokenbek. He is also survived by his brother James (Maryann) Brokenbek of McKeesport. He enlisted in the Air Force at age 18 and was deployed during the Vietnam War for two years. His service included the The Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the heaviest bombardments in history. After being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant, Duane put himself through college while working full-time and raising a family, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He then used his education and experience working for the Department of Veterans Affairs as Team Leader for the Veterans Resource Center for over 30 years assisting thousands of veterans in group and individual counseling, as well as helping to obtain jobs, housing, health benefits and other necessities for military members. He anonymously donated many turkeys every Thanksgiving to families in need as well as countless other community charities, including St. Jude’s Children’s.  Arra Hospital, Operation Smile and Disabled American Veterans. Duane lived a full life including being a bodyguard for Bob Hope, one of his heroes, during a USO Tour in Vietnam, helping Bo Diddley carry his guitars, holding Ann-Margret’s luggage when she visited Vietnam and being stuck in a revolving door with Mick Jagger, who notoriously said “excuse me” first. Beyond his brushes with celebrities, he lived a quiet life alongside his soulmate Michelle, raising rabbits he then donated to 4H groups, collecting vintage audio and listening to obscure vinyl records. He lived for spending time with his four children who became resilient hard workers, generous people, and kind hearts because of their parents; Leah Leber, Marc (Leighann) Brokenbek, Seth (Jill) Brokenbek, and Shana (Marc) Tokarski. He took great joy any time he could be near his grandchildren, who he adored and could do no wrong in his eyes. His grandchildren fan club include Jaxton Leber, Isaac and Cianna Brokenbek, Jane Brokenbek, and Brooks, Eli and Sadie Tokarski. Duane asked that any contributions on his behalf be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, or to treat a friend to a meal and conversation.  Visitation will be held Tuesday from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  Interment will be held at the Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery at Elrod, Center Street in Versailles on Tuesday at 1 PM.

 


William “Bill” Richard Parsons, Jr.

July 03, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

William “Bill” Richard Parsons, Jr., 75, a lifelong resident of Clairton, passed away at his home on Friday July 3, 2020. William was born in Charleroi on June 22, 1945 to the late William R. Parsons, Sr. and Sevilla Simpson Parsons. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Alice Griffiths Parsons. William is survived by his sons William R. (Tamara) Parsons of Hamilton, Ontario Canada, and Chris W. Parsons, of Clairton, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends, as well as his dogs Chico and Cisco. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Schimmel. He was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton. William was employed for 40 years at Eastman Chemical in West Elizabeth, and was a proud U.S. Marine Corporal, serving in the Drum and Bugle Corps during the Vietnam War. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


James R. Maldonado

July 03, 2020 |

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

James R. Maldonado, age 58, of McKeesport, died June 29, 2020, at Kane Community Living Center of McKeesport. Born March 23, 1962, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Daniel and Charlotte (Little) Maldonado and the husband of Bobbi Maldonado.

 
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Dorothy M. Roney

July 03, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Dorothy M. Roney, age 96, of North Versailles passed away.

Beloved Wife of the late Albert J. Roney.  Loving Mother of Jim Roney, the late Eileen (Daniel) Kelly, William (Janie) Roney, Sandy (Mike) Ryan, and Carol (Joe) Ziss.  Dear Grandmother of Danielle, Jennifer, Dana, Rachael, Ryan, Autumn, Ashley, and Nicole.  Great-Grandmother of Madison, Makenzie, Makayla, Mitchell, Nolan, Christine, Justin, and Harper.  Dorothy was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan, most of all she loved the Penguins.

 
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Patrick Dennis Butler

July 03, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Patrick Dennis Butler tragically and suddenly passed away on June 29, 2020 at age 34. He is survived by his loving parents Dennis and Lori Butler, his siblings Kelleigh (Robert Boland), Brian (Cassy Butler), and was an amazing, loving uncle to Connor and Cassie Boland and Brandon Russo.

Pat was a treasured nephew and beloved cousin to the extended Butler and Kapcin families. He was born and raised in Wilmerding, PA and graduated from East Allegheny High School. Pat worked as a steel worker at US Steel Irvin Works, a role he took great pride in, and he valued the friendships he made with his coworkers.

Pat was a huge sports fan and could always be found wearing a team hat and hoodie. He loved playing basketball, watching good movies, playing video games, and spending quality time with his friends and family. His wonderful sense of humor, kindness, giving nature, and smile made everyone he met feel welcomed and valued.

 
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Wallace Johnson

July 03, 2020 |

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

Wallace Johnson, 87, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, was born on September 11, 1932 in Sumter, South Carolina. He was the last surviving child of the late Ambrose and Ella  (Singleton) Johnson. Wallace passed away on June 29, 2020 at AHN Jefferson Hospital. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Johnson; son, Wallace Johnson, Jr., stepson, Anthony  Belland Sr., and his twelve siblings.  

Wallace affectionately known as the “Bag Man.” worked for Tube City Iron and Metal as a crane operator for 52 years.  He enjoyed going on trips with his wife and late sister and brother-in-law Arter and Sallie Belland Austin. He also enjoyed spending time with his dear friend Walter Sinkler. Wallace was family oriented; he enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren. One of his favorite pastimes, was playing cards with his grandson Jai’Veon.

 
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Benjamin Bowman

July 03, 2020 |

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

With deepest sorrow, we announce that Benjamin Bowman, age 78, our beloved father, brother, family member and friend passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 while in Family Hospice. 

Benjamin was born August 2, 1941, to Geneva (Murrough) Bowman and Willie Bowman in Irmo, South Carolina.  The oldest of seven girls and boys.

Those who knew Benjamin, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.  He was a man of courage, determination, and loyalty.  His motto was “nobody beats the Bo”.

 
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Frances G. Romanek

July 02, 2020 |

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

Frances G. Romanek age 93, of West Mifflin, on July 1, 2020 at UPMC Mercy. Born in West Mifflin on October 24, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Katherine (Plaz) Romanek. She was a candy maker for Clark Candy Co. in Pittsburgh and a secretary for Fisher Scientific. She was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Walter (late Helen) Romanek, Pearl Pavlik Debiak, Helen Mikrut, Stanley Romanek, Irene McCullough, and Frank Romanek Jr.  She is survived by Nieces and Nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 6, from 10-10:45 a.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, followed by a graveside service at St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Nick Mastrangelo officiating. 

 


Francis A. Shumber

July 02, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Francis A. Shumber, 81, of West Mifflin, died July 1, 2020.  He is the son of the late Frank and Thedosia (Samatowicz) Shumber Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (Spallone) Shumber; son Michael (Darla) Shumber; daughter Carol (Tim) Armstrong; grandchildren Kyle and Hunter Shumber; sisters Theda "Dolly" (Joe Holland) Shumber and Elizabeth “BJ” (John) Martis; brother in law Carmen Spallone and Richard (Mary Margaret) Spallone; nephews Tom (Sue) Spallone, John (Shelli) Spallone, Mark (Holly) Spallone,  and Brian Spallone; nieces Amanda (Nick) Eichenberg, Alex and Samantha Spallone  and his special cat Tigger and dog King.  He was preceded in death by his brother Edward Shumber and niece Christa Shumber.

 
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William A. Bell

July 02, 2020 |

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

William A. Bell, age 79, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020  at his home. He was a Armored Truck Driver for 40 years with Landmark and Brinks in Pittsburgh. He was a member of The Society of Aviglianese, former member of the Jefferson Hills Auxiliary Police, Paramedics and Jefferson Hills Volunteer Fire Department. Bill loved to go to his camp at Wolfs Camping Resort in Clarion and spending time with his dear friends and family there.

 
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Frances L. Kosport

July 02, 2020 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Frances L. Kosport, age 72, of Donora, formerly of Duquesne, died June 24, 2020, at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born November 4, 1947, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Toth) Kosport.
Frances was retired from Hart Printing of Pittsburgh, where she worked in the fulfillment department. She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Church of Donora. Frances enjoyed shopping, dining out, and games of chance.

 
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Anthony F. "Tony" Colello

July 02, 2020 |

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

Anthony F. "Tony" Colello, age 81, of White Oak, died June 30, 2020, at home. Born October 2, 1938, he was the son of late Ralph and Rose (Teber) Colello and the beloved husband of Patricia (Yurick) Colello for over 58 years.

 
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Frederick James Mahaffey

July 01, 2020 |

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

Frederick James Mahaffey, 40, was born to Jolene Booker and Fred James Mahaffey on August 16, 1979, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly, Frederick departed this life on June 22, 2020. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Dorym Smith, Darnae Smith, and his grandmother, Joan Mahaffey.

Frederick graduated from Clairton High School in 1998. He went onto attend California University of Pennsylvania where he studied Criminal Justice. Frederick served in the United States Army, and the Pennsylvania National Guard for over 11 years and was honorably discharged. Frederick attended Rosedale Technical Institute in Pittsburgh and obtained an Associate’s degree in Automotive Technology. He worked various jobs as a mechanic and security guard.

 
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Paul J. Togyer

July 01, 2020 |

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

Paul J. Togyer, 75, of Markvue Manor, North Huntingdon Twp., died June 30, 2020, with his family present, after a brief battle with esophageal cancer. He was born Dec. 4, 1944, in McKeesport, son of the late John and Lena Beller Togyer. Paul was a graduate of McKeesport Senior High School, attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in education.

 
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Gregory Michael Walker

July 01, 2020 |

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

Gregory Michael Walker, 37, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Pittsburgh. He was born August 12, 1982 in Pittsburgh to Christine Ann Schulz Walker and the late John Joseph Walker.  He worked as kitchen help at both Shop n Save and Tillie's Restaurant. Gregory  was a loving, caring and giving person. He enjoyed spending time with his family, animals and his facebook.

 
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Dorothy M. (Onyika) Starr

July 01, 2020 |

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

Our family is heartbroken by the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Dorothy M. (Onyika) Starr, 73, of Delmont, formerly of East McKeesport, died Friday June 26, 2020. She was born March 27, 1947 in Clairton, a daughter of the late Julius and Helen M. (Dora) Onyika and was also preceded in death by her brother Dennis Onyika.

She was a former member of First United Methodist Church, East McKeesport, a former Girl Scout Leader and a former union steward while she worked for Lerner’s.

She is survived by her daughters Kristin Starr (Scott Lynch) of Jeannette and Jennifer Starr (Kevin Randall) of North Versailles; her former spouse Allan (Mona) Starr; and a grandson George Allan Randall. She will be missed for her quirky sense of humor and style. She had a heart of gold and a smile that could warm and welcome anybody.

 
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Floyd Bennie Hall

July 01, 2020 |

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

Floyd B. Hall, 71, son of the late Andrew P. Hall and Ceolar Henry, was born on July 9, 1948, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He departed this life on June 22, 2020, and was preceded in death by Donald Hall, Terry Davis (step-brother), and stepmother Martha F. Hall.

Floyd served in the US Army and received a Purple Heart in Vietnam. He got his GED and went to Operation Dig and got accepted into the Ironworkers Union but he had to move on to different jobs. He worked for the State as a nurses’ aide at Polk State Hospital and as a prison guard at the Western Penitentiary. Floyd also attended the Bidwell Training Center and Triangle Tech as an automotive technician. He was with Linda Hale since 1970; from this union, two sons were birthed.  He was always working on cars and helping the family keep their cars on the road. He loved to take his family fishing on his boat. More than anything, he loved his sons and grandkids.

Floyd is survived by his loving wife Linda A. Hall; two sons, Floyd (Chrystal) Hall, Jr., Flawzel (Gina) Hall; 9 grandchildren; 11great grandchildren; siblings, Flawzel (Barbara) Hall of McKeesport, Ronald Hall of McKeesport, Andrew Hall of North Versailles, Andrea Hall of McKeesport, Timothy (Helen) Session of Pittsburgh, Linda Smith of Buffalo, New York; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 
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Mildred June "Millie" Ulbrich

July 01, 2020 |

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

Mildred June "Millie" Ulbrich, 93, of Elizabeth Township, passed away, Friday, June 26, 2020. She was born June 8, 1927 in Blythedale and was the daughter of the late Alfred (Harris) Codeluppi and the late Mary (Chiari) Codeluppi. Millie was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Shepherds. She was also a member of the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, McKeesport and was a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Elizabeth Township. 

 
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