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Mary Catherine Pitts

January 31, 2021 |

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

Mary Catherine Pitts, 77, was born December 24, 1943 in McKeesport, PA.  The beloved daughter of the late Thomas  and Sarah (Coleman) White departed this life on  January 24, 2021 at UPMC McKeesport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayward Pitts, brothers, Raymond and John A. White, and Charles Davis (whom she reared).

Mary is survived by her daughters, Marcia Pitts of Clairton, Quala Pitts of Crafton, Ashley Pitts of Houston, TX; sons, Theron Pitts of Monroeville, Omar and Quintin Pitts, both of West Mifflin; sister, Christine (Karl) Penny; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 
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Cheryl Chuha

January 31, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Cheryl Ann Chuha, 63 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday January 30th, 2021 at Manor Care Health Services in Whitehall. She was born in Duquesne on December 28th, 1957, the only child to the late Raymond and Lois Timms Chuha. Cheryl was the loving partner to Bryan J Lilley. She was preceded in death by her husband William J Shultz in 2002. She was a homemaker. 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.

 


John J. "Jack" Lentz Jr.

January 30, 2021 |

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

John J. “Jack” Lentz Jr., age 67, of North Versailles, passed peacefully, at home, with his family by his side, on January 29, 2021. Son of the late John & Cora (Cashman) Lentz Sr., he was born on January 11, 1954, in Pittsburgh. He was employed in the Maintenance Department of West Mifflin School District as a computer technician and was an avid fisherman. He was the husband of Maria “Tonie” (Simon) Lentz; father of Jason (Jennifer) Lentz of West Mifflin, Justin Lentz of West Mifflin, and Jessica Lentz of North Versailles; grandfather of Darian Carneal, Jada Lentz, Jaelyn Lentz and Jacey Lentz, Jemma Ireland; brother of Robert (Mary) Lentz, Mary Elizabeth Lentz, Donald Lentz, and Nancy (Mark) Worthy. 

 
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Guy "Ronnie" Solomon

January 30, 2021 |

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

Guy "Ronnie" Solomon, age 83, of McKeesport, died January 28, 2021, at home. Born October 6, 1937, he was the son of the late George and Clementine (Ventura), Solomon.

Guy was a retired steelworker for U.S. Steel and a U.S. Army Veteran. 

 
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Shirley Ann Lewis

January 30, 2021 |

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

Shirley Ann Lewis, 85, of White Oak, passed away at home on Friday, January 29, 2021. She was born February 20, 1935 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late George and Anna Margaret (Shoup) Lyons. She was the wife of the late Kenneth M. Lewis who passed away February 29, 2016. Shirley was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak and the Versailles AARP. She was a secretary for her brother, Dr. Lawrence Lyons and was also a School Crossing Guard in White Oak for many years. She is survived by her sons, Robert K. "Bob" (Margie) Lewis of White Oak and Keith A. (Darci) Lewis of Elizabeth Township, brother, Dr. Lawrence (Patty) Lyons of Jeannette, grandchildren, Kellie Lewis, Nick (Danielle) Lewis, Kayla Lewis, and Justin (Krystle) Granite, and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and her beloved dog, Reese.

 
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David G. Boden, Sr.

January 30, 2021 |

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

David G. Boden, age 80, of Forward Township, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021. He loved his family, his country, and the United States Navy. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer after serving 21 years in the Navy. After serving his country, he worked for Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division, in Large, then prior to his retirement, he also sold automobiles.

In his spare time, he shot trap at the Shaner Sportsmen's Club, and bowled the Jednota Bowling League (and a few other leagues) at 51 Lanes, in Rostraver Township. He was also extremely proud to be a Mason at the Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge #731. Dave was a lifelong avid hunter who enjoyed his time in the outdoors and when he wasn’t in the woods, he was busy rooting for the Steelers, Pirates, or Penguins.

 
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Timothy W. Gobbel

January 29, 2021 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Timothy W. Gobbel, 68, died at BWMC Hospital on Jan. 23, 2021, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born in McKeesport, Pa., to Wilbert C. Gobbel and Carole L Gobbel on Jan. 31, 1952. Tim graduated from McKeesport High School home of the Tigers in 1969. Tim went on to Penn State University and graduated in 1973 with a B.A. in psychology.

A year later on Feb. 14, 1974, Tim married the love of his life, Pamela K. Michael, at a ceremony in State College, Pa. Tim would go on to start a family with seven kids — six boys, one girl. He did various jobs while putting himself through school for computer technology. In 1988 Tim took a job with Sibiley Memorial Hospital located in Washington, D.C.

He would then move his family to Laurel, Md., in 1989. he would go on to have an extensive and long career with Sibley Memorial Hospital for 30 years earning many awards and plenty of recognition for the outstanding and hard work he put in. Sibley would go on to merge with Johns Hopkins Medical in 2018 and Tim worked for Johns Hopkins up till his death. Tim was a family man and hard worker. A man of few words but every word so important!

 
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Darlene Elizabeth Roberts

January 29, 2021 |

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

Darlene Elizabeth Roberts, 85, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021. She was born July 4, 1935 in Elizabeth Township and was the daughter of the late Grant and Bessie (Breegle) Holmes. She was the wife of the late Robert Gilbert Roberts, Sr, who passed away February 18, 1992. Darlene  was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township. She was also a member of the Elizabeth Township Seniors and Life Span, She was a 1953 graduate of the former Elizabeth High School.

 
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Frank Alric Bowen, Jr.

January 29, 2021 |

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

Frank Alric Bowen, Jr.,  92, of Dravosburg, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was born March 5, 1928 in Berwyn, IL, and was the son of the late Frank Alric Bowen II and the late Mable Ruth (Brown) Bowen. He was the husband of the late Sonia (Wargo) Bowen who passed away April 4, 2000. Frank was a Commercial Artist, working as a photo retoucher for catalogs and advertisements as his profession, as well as oil painting for his own enjoyment. He was a do-it-yourself man who could fix or build just about anything and spent many hours tinkering in his workshop.  Aside from his family, his greatest loves were his dogs and horses. He was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.

 
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Mary Bella Swant Petrina

January 29, 2021 |

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

Mary Bella Swant Petrina, 88, of McKeesport, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021. She was born July 5, 1932 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Adam and Catherine Filotei DiMeo.  She was the wife of the late John W. Swant and the late George J. Petrina. Mary  was a member of Mary, Mother of God -St. Patrick Church worship site, where she was a member of The Christian Mothers and worked as an LPN for 20 years at McKeesport Hospital and following her retirement worked as a caregiver for 20 years.  She loved polka and baking and was known for her nut rolls.  She was a political activist and enjoyed her Ipad and the internet.  But most importantly, Mary loved her family.

 
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Judith A. Glaser

January 29, 2021 |

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

Judith A. Glaser, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021 at her home.  She was born January 31, 1935 in Pitcairn, a daughter of the late Andrew and Lavina (Smith) Szekely.  Judy was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.  She enjoyed playing family card games, Bingo, baking, painting, spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin P. Glaser Sr.  She is survived by her three sons, Edwin Jr., Dan (Kelly), David (Vicki), two daughters, Cindy Raymer (Ron), Mary Anne Smatana (Mike); brother Danny (Patty) Szekely; sisters, Dotty Heaps and Honey Baney; 9 grandchildren, Kara, Keri, Jake, Sarah, Joshua, Hannah, Eli, Isaac, Abram; great-grandchildren, Hayley, Anna, Brixton and Ryan. Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8  p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.

 
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Stephanida E. Saunders

January 29, 2021 |

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

Stephanida E. (Spiroff) Saunders, 85, died on January 24, 2021.  She was a resident of the Palms at O’Neil in McKeesport. Born on November 1, 1935, in Duquesne, she is the daughter of the late Cristo and Marie Spiroff. She was the beloved wife for 52 years of James M. Saunders, deceased, and devoted mother of Kurt M. Saunders of Los Angeles and Craig J. Saunders of North Versailles, both of whom survive her. In addition, she is survived by sisters, Dorothy Tiffany, Pandora Churilla, Anastasia Pierce, Elvatoria Higgis, and Mildred Bacco. Her sisters Pauline Zeleznik and Gloria Fuhrer predeceased her. She was formerly employed by the William Kohut Insurance Agency in Homestead. As a longtime member of the Homeville Christian Church in West Mifflin, Stephanida served as a Bible School teacher and youth group leader for many years.

 
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Paul E. Fedorka

January 28, 2021 |

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

Paul E. Fedorka, age 88, of Elizabeth, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Crawford County Care Center. A member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp., he retired as a U.S. Postal Service Postmaster in West Elizabeth. The founder of the Huber Hunt Club at Pymatuning Lake, he was an avid hunter and loved all things outdoors. Born May 17, 1932 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Steven and Anna (Bonko) Fedorko. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Wilma (Firczak) Fedorka; daughter, Paula J. (William) Cray of Morrisville, NC; son, Thomas M. Fedorka of Linesville; grandchildren, Billy Cray of Morrisville, NC, Andy (Dana Dettloff) Cray of Chicago, IL, Paul Cray of Morrisville, NC, Jennifer (Justin) Januta of Celina, TX, Thomas M. (Elise) Fedorka Jr. of New Castle, Melissa Fedorka of Linesville, Michael Ferrante of Elizabeth and Julieann Ferrante of Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Jacob Rivera and Rhona Fedorka; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Donna Firczak of Elizabeth; also, many nieces and nephews.

 
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Thomas J. Fullard IV

January 28, 2021 |

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

Thomas J. Fullard, IV, age 55, of Connellsville, formerly of McKeesport, unexpectantly died January 22, 2021, at home. Born February 5, 1965, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Thomas J., III and Dolores (Stragar) Fullard.Tom was an aviation mechanic, formerly working for US Airways, with over 20 years of service. He also formerly worked with the IAM as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, Sikorsky Aircraft and Air Travel Mgmt. Co. working on piston and turbo prop planes.

 
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Mark T. Voron

January 28, 2021 |

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

Mark T. Voron, 62, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021. He was born September 20, 1958 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John and Nancy (Foley) Voron. Mark was a member of St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. He worked as a technician for Mine Safety Appliances and Ryan Homes.He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan and loved to go fishing.

 
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Laura M. Kemerer

January 28, 2021 |

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

Laura M. Kemerer, age 56 of Irwin died January 27, 2021 at UMPC Shadyside. She was born April 22, 1964 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Joseph Jr.  and Alma Loutsenhizer Brentzel. Laura was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church. Laura was a graduate of Penn Township High school.  She was a radiologist and enjoyed gardening, and biking. She is survived by her husband, Frank Dell, two sons, Dave Kemerer (Rosslyn), Nathan Kemerer, three brothers, Joseph D. Brentzel and his wife Phyllis, Eric B. Brentzel and his wife Mary, Kelvin Brentzel and his wife Tina. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

 
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Margaret Gene Loudin Kadar

January 28, 2021 |

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

Margaret Gene Loudin Kadar, age 93, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Brandywine Living, Voorhees, New Jersey. 

Margaret was born December 9, 1927, in Cameron, West Virginia, and was raised in Ronceverte, WV, the only child of Louise Mayfield & Toddy Loudin (the state’s winningest high school coach).  She graduated valedictorian from Greenbrier High School and attended Greenbrier College for Women before transferring to West Virginia University. At WVU, she was a sister of the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a degree in Home Economics in 1949.  She attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business, earning a Master’s Degree in 1950.  On her first day at Pitt, she stood next to fellow student Alex Kadar while lined up alphabetically for a class picture.  After introducing themselves, Al treated Margaret Gene to coffee, and they were married 18 months later.  They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on February 17, 2021.

 
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Lottie Belle Shearer Elias

January 28, 2021 |

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

Lottie Belle Shearer Elias passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 while living at Arden Court in Monroeville. She was born on January 28, 1932, in Harrison City, to the late Alvin and Blanche Walter Shearer.

 
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Eugene J. Sunder

January 28, 2021 |

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

Eugene J. Sunder, 96, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Kane Community Living Center, McKeesport. He was born March 1, 1924 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Eugene F. and Rose A. (Grahame) Sunder and was also preceded in death by his sister Rose A. Kesterson and his brother Henry J. Sunder. Eugene was a member of Holy Spirit Praise and Fellowship Center, Wilmerding.

He was a proud Navy WWII veteran, and was a lifelong member of Hilltopers VFW Post 8430, East McKeesport. Prior to his retirement Eugene worked as a sheet metal worker for A&P Furnace Co., North Versailles.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years Allison (Peacock) Sunder, lovingly known to Eugene as “McDuff”; his daughter Jeri L. (Gary) Wenning of North Versailles, grandchildren Anthony, Alysia, Aaron, and Eric; great grandchildren Anthony, Brianna, Levi, and Chole; and nieces and nephews.

 
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Barbara Ann Oneil-Lane

January 28, 2021 |

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

Barbara Ann Oneil-Lane, 83, was born on April 21, 1937. 

The beloved daughter of the late Ulysses and Jeanette (Parks) Oneil departed this life on  January 22, 2021, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James L. Lane, Sr., and grandson, Craig L Rhodes, Jr.

Barbara is survived by her son, Craig L. (Dianne Freeman) Rhodes, Sr. of West Mifflin, PA; grandson, Chaudre “Dre” Rhodes; great-grandson, Craig L. Rhodes; sister, Lenora Oneil of Pittsburgh; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 
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Kent Allen Sedlock

January 27, 2021 |

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

Kent Allen Sedlock,  65, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Greenock, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021. He was born  April 24, 1955 in McKeesport and was the son of the late William and Carlene (Raymer) Sedlock. Kent was a retired Tree Trimmer and had worked for IBEW Local 1919. He was a member of the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association, Hartford Heights Fire Co, Elizabeth Township Ex Serviceman's Association, the Elizabeth Township Sportsman's Association and was a NRA Benefactor. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Anita L. (Shipley) Sedlock, daughter, Carly Joy Sedlock of North Huntingdon, twin brother, Kurt P. (Francie) Sedlock of Greenock, nephew, William Sedlock of Greenock, best mother-in-law, Marlyn Shipley of North Huntingdon, and many friends. Friends are welcome Friday, January 29, 2021 from 2-7 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday at 7 pm. Kent's brother-in-law Pastor Alvin C. Shipley will be officiating. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Dolores Jean Priselac

January 27, 2021 |

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

Dolores Jean Priselac, 84, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021. She was born May 9, 1936 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Frank and Lucy (Potenziani) DiGiorno. Dolores retired from the South Allegheny School District Lunch Program after serving students for over 45 years. She enjoyed cooking for her family and loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 
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Clayton R. Cole

January 27, 2021 |

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

Clayton R. Cole, age 90 of McKeesport, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, in UPMC McKeesport.  Born January 27, 1931 in Elizabeth Twp., he was a son of the late Ralph and Nettie (Bush) Cole.  A retired steelworker at US Steel Homestead Works who also worked as mechanic at Cindric Garage, Clayton was a US Air Force Veteran and a member of bowling leagues at Versailles Lanes.  Clayton is survived by his wife Frances "Tootsie" Cole; his daughter Cathy L. (Walter) Kozlowski of McKeesport; his grandsons Zack and Leo Kozlowski; his sister Doris Fornell of Port Vue; his brothers Ted Cole in Arizona and John Cole of State College; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, Clayton was preceded in death by his siblings Nancy Jacobs, Betty Waugh, Donna Civello, and Lyle and Gary Cole.  

 
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Arlene C. Chisick

January 27, 2021 |

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

Arlene C. Chisick, age 89, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Meadowcrest Nursing Center. She retired as a registered nurse at UPMC McKeesport and attended Crossroads Community Church in Jefferson Hills. A Glassport High School class of 1949 graduate and 1952 graduate of the West Penn School of Nursing, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and was an avid shopper. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Born June 12, 1931 in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Irene (Roeper) Davis. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph A.  Chisick; daughters, Rebecca Grady of Whitehall and Christine (Tim) Biery of Upper St. Clair; son, Joseph C. Chisick of Jefferson Hills; grandchildren, Michael, Kristopher and Alexandra Grady and Trisha, Shannon and Jonathon Biery; sisters, Cindy (George) Tauber of Toledo, OH and Sherry (Jeff) Matola of Columbus, OH; brother, Ross Campbell of Ross Twp.; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Amelia M. Mendicino

January 27, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Amelia M. Mendicino, 92, of Glassport, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Born June 30, 1928, in Glassport. She worked at Kaufmann’s Department Store at Century III Mall for 24 years. She was a former member of the St. Cecilia Bowling League, loved to square dance for many years, and enjoyed years of working at the fish fries for Queen of the Rosary Parish. More recently, she enjoyed reading, building jigsaw puzzles, and playing Bingo and cards. She touched all who knew her in a beautiful way, and loved staying connected to family and friends through handwritten notes and cards for all occasions. 

Daughter of the late Dominic and Domenica Aquilante. She was married for 53 years to the late Leo A. Mendicino. Millie was most proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; daughters, Ann Bisignani and her husband Jerry and Dolores Colarosa and her husband Don; grandchildren, Brian & Allie Bisignani, Jeffrey & Aimee Bisignani, Nicholas & Hannah Colarosa, and Krista Colarosa; great grandchildren Kelsey, Josh, Ryleigh, Addie, Gannon and Callie; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary (Aquilante) DiIenno, and brothers, Pete and Nick Aquilante. 

The family extends a special thank you to Oakleaf Personal Care, her home for a wonderful and loving two years; and to Anova Home Health Care, who took such remarkable and loving care of her in her final days. Due to the pandemic, there will be a private viewing, funeral mass and interment. A celebration of her life will be held this summer for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oakleaf Personal Care Home, 3800 Oakleaf Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227

 


William Joseph Wilson

January 27, 2021 |

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

William “Bill” Joseph Wilson, 85, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, surrounded by his family. Born in Clairton on February 11, 1935, Bill was the son of the late William Joseph and Bertha “Patsy” (Balog) Wilson. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Anna Marie (Filowat) Wilson; sons, William Jr. (Susan) of McKees Rocks and Edward (Karen) of York; daughter, Christine, at home; grandsons, Grady and Benjamin; brother, James (Peggy) of Clairton; sister-in-law, Rita (Filowat) Croyle; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; sister, Sarah “Sally”; and adored grandson, Christopher. Bill served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a former employee of Copperweld Corp. in Glassport and retired from his position as a Certified Sterile Processing Technician at Shadyside Hospital. He was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church, in Elizabeth Twp. where he was a coordinator in the parish’s Adult Faith Formation, a member of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship group, and was a former Eucharistic Minister and Pastoral Council member. Bill and his wife were members of the People of God Covenant Community for many years. Bill loved the lord with all of his heart and will be remembered for his gift of sharing that love with everyone he encountered.

 
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Raymond Plummer

January 27, 2021 |

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

Raymond Plummer, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at home. He was born February 5, 1937 in Greenock and was the son of the late Harry and Martha (Gretzuner) Plummer. He was the husband of the late Sylvia (Milhalovich) Plummer who passed away February 21, 2013. Ray was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenock and Duquesne-McKeesport F & AM Lodge 731 and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He was retired from the Bettis Atomic Power Lab and was a US Army Veteran. He is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  Ray was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald, Jack and Eugene Plummer. There is no visitation. Private graveside service will be held at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Greenock. The Rev. Erin Evans will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 641 Zimmer Hill Road, Greenock, PA 15047. 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

 


Mary C. Schmidt

January 27, 2021 |

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

Mary C. Schmidt, age 101, of White Oak died on January 22, 2021. She was born in McKeesport on June 3, 1919 and is the daughter of the late Gabor and Susannah Bunyak Yunecko, and the wife of the late Charles Schmidt.

 
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Helen E. Yarulis

January 27, 2021 |

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

Helen E. Yarulis, age 90 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Mon Valley Care Center, Monongahela.  Born October 9, 1930 in Blaine Hill, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Pauline (Kivko) Barna.  A graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania and member of Metro Baptist Temple in Rostraver Twp., Helen retired as a custom decorator for J.C. Penney's in West Mifflin.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Metro and John Barna.  Helen is survived by her husband of 72 years Stanley C. Yarulis, Sr.; her daughters Victoria (David) Walz of Land o' Lakes, FL, Judith (Ronald) Karns of Carlisle, Debra (Scott) Benack of Elizabeth Twp., Cynthia (Craig) Raymond of Charleroi, and Wendy (Daniel) Martin of Tega Cay, SC; her son Stanley C. (Rita) Yarulis, Jr. of Monongahela; her ten grandchildren; her five great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Charles Russell Gilmore

January 27, 2021 |

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

Charles Russell Gilmore, age 53, of McKeesport, died January 25, 2021, at UPMC Mercy due to complications from a fall. Born June 29, 1967, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late George W. and Evelyn J. (Fillo) Gilmore and the husband of the loving Susan T. (Snyder) Gilmore.
Russell was a private contractor and business owner of Charles R Gilmore Construction LLC. He restored his classic cars and was a real Mr. Fix-It-All. When not working on a new project, Russell enjoyed the outdoors, going camping and fishing on his boat. He was a fun-loving and generous man.

 
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Robert Paul Denicola

January 27, 2021 |

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

Robert Paul Denicola, age 72, of North Huntingdon, formerly of West Mifflin, died January 26, 2021, at AHN Forbes Hospital. Born February 2, 1948, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Florence (Pichora) Denicola and the husband of Stephanie (Kosanovic) Denicola.

 
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Laura Jean Thomas

January 26, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Laura Jean Thomas, 90 of Dravosburg passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at South Western Nursing Home. She was born in Dravosburg on April 15th, 1930 to the late Charles B. and Ida Grimm Thomas of Dravosburg. She is survived by children; Dan Thomas of Elizabeth, and Jacquelyn (Ralph) Farine of Lincoln Place, grandchildren; Jessica, Megan, Brandon, Lindsay, and Charles, great grandchildren; Brenden, Presten, and Jaimsen. Laura Thomas was preceded in death by sisters; Ida, Myrtle, Lila, and Elizabeth (Betty) brothers; Charles, David, Willis and Robert, and granddaughter Shaney. She was a member of the Teamsters #205 and worked 28 and a half years at McKeesport Hospital as a physical therapy aid. She enjoyed traveling and went to Australia and Ireland. Arrangements have been entrusted to I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. Private interment will be at Lebanon Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 
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Iona Joanne Runkle

January 26, 2021 |

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

Iona Joanne Runkle, 46, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at home. She was born August 23, 1974 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Forrest Gene and Shirley Kay (Daniels) Piper.

 
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Jean M. Capozzoli

January 26, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Jean M. Capozzoli, 88 of Liberty Borough, died on Jan. 25,2021.  She is the daughter of the late Frank and Susan (White) Luketich and beloved wife of the late Dominic Capozzoli.  She is survived by her children Louise (the late Harold) Phillips, Thomas Capozzoli, Phyllis Capozzoli and Maryann (Raymond) Capozzoli Jarusinski; grandchildren Christopher, James, Brian, Natalie, Anthony and Taylor; 9 great grandchildren and her brother Frank Luketich.  Jean was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Christian Mothers, and St. Cecilia's Bowling League.  Jean loved the casinos and had a heart of gold.  A funeral mass will be held Fri. 10:00 am at Holy Name Parish in Duquesne.  The family would like to thank the entire hospice team for their care they gave to their mother.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Roslyn Schonberger

January 26, 2021 |

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

Roslyn Schonberger, 92, of White Oak, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. She was born January 24, 1928 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Maurice and Pearl (Jacobs) Greenfield. She was the wife of the late William Schonberger who passed away October 1, 2019. Roslyn was a member of Gemilas Chesed Congregation. She was  a former Secretary for a Navel Officer in Norfolk, VA, and had previously worked at the former Gimbels in Eastland, Byers Children's Store in McKeesport and the A &P in the 10th Ward where she grew up.

 
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Mary Ellen Oleska

January 26, 2021 |

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

Mary Ellen Oleska, age 81 of White Oak, died on Monday, January 25, 2021. She was born in McKeesport on June 15, 1939 and is the daughter of the late Albert Arthur and Olive LaVerne Mains Miller.

 
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Leonard “Curly” Spence

January 26, 2021 |

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

Leonard “Curly” Spence, 79, of Homestead, Pennsylvania, departed this life peacefully on  Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Aspinwall.

He was born October 11, 1941, in Clairton, Pennsylvania to the late John and Cora Strong Spence. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Janie, Petro, John, Roosevelt, Eddie, Harvey, Littleton, and  Oleter Spence-Jacobs, stepchildren, Dewayne, and Shawn.  

Curly spent most of his life working as a Machine Operator until he retired. He was a veteran, who served in the United States Army.

He leaves to mourn his loving memories, daughter, Mona (Spence) Sizemore of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Lauren, Corey, Shawn & Robbie; two great-grandchildren, Zara  &  Zemora; sister, Reba King Booker of Queens, New York; son-in-law, Robert E. Sizemore, Jr.; stepchildren, Elmer, Kevin, Kareem, Tonya; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.

 
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Norma Brown

January 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Norma Brown, 81, died Jan. 21, 2021 in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1939, the daughter of the David Jenkins and Melba Dolores (Lovey) Jenkins was born September 27, 1939.

Norma was an avid bingo player and enjoyed putting together puzzles and crosswords. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and loved playing softball and was the scorekeeper for the following leagues: The Talk of the Town Gallery Lounge, The Continental Lounge and The Street Stars Lounge.

Her life and memory will be forever cherished by her husband of 58 years, Curtiss Brown, and daughter; Kismet Graciano of McKeesport. Brother; Gary (Marie) Willis of Cleveland, Ohio; Grandchildren Curtiss D. Brown of San Francisco CA., Tawnei Brown of Pittsburgh, PA., Isis Dupain of Lemoore, CA. Great grandchildren; Daejhon Brown, Chance Spicer, Aurora Rose and Emile Curtis.

 
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John E. Reed Jr.

January 26, 2021 |

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

John E. Reed Jr., 70, of Irwin, died suddenly Friday January 22, 2021. He was born April 4, 1950 in Owensdale, a son of the late John E. Sr. and Minnie (Schwartz) Reed and was also preceded in death by a sister Marsha Knight. John was a retired employee of Reed Tool & Die Co. and was an Army and Navy veteran. He was a member and Elder of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, the Irwin Sportsman’s Club, the NRA, and enjoyed spending time at the trailer in Punxsutawney where he liked to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his wife Karen L. (Smith) Reed; his children Nicole A. (Andrew) Reckhart of Greenville, Jennifer L. (Matthew) Stephens of North Huntingdon, and Matthew C. Reed (Danielle Lloyd) of McKeesport; his grandchildren Isaac Meyer, Taya Sears, Cassidy Frick, Noah Reckhart, Hannah Reckhart, Loralye Stephens, Ella Stephens, Carson Reed, Leah Reckhart, and Brantley Reed; his siblings William Reed of IN, David Reed of Mt. Pleasant, and Deborah Bryant of CT; also nieces and nephews.

 
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MaryEllen McGuire

January 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

MaryEllen McGuire, 94, died Jan. 7, 2021, in Fair Oaks, Calif. She was born Sept. 30, 1926 in Pittsburgh, oldest of eight children. She was raised in the Catholic faith, which would later become the cornerstone of her life as she raised 10 children.

MaryEllen loved her faith, singing in the church choir, playing Bunco with her friends, and most of all she loved being a mother. She is survived by four siblings, Mercy Order Sisters Jeanne and Catherine, Bill and Marge; children Kathy, Tim, Maureen (Don), Cynthia (John), Eileen, Neal (Kristi), Anne (Troy) and Pat (Chrissi); 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

 
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Deborah A. "Debbie" Ackerman

January 25, 2021 |

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

Deborah A. “Debbie” Ackerman, age 56, former resident of the Allegheny Valley School, Coraopolis, passed away on January 25, 2021, at Manor Care, Monroeville. She was born on September 12, 1964 in McKeesport, PA. Debbie participated in the Special Olympics every summer. She is survived by her mother, Joanne (Spornak) (Ackerman) Yarnall and Jay Yarnall of White Oak and her father, Dale Ackerman of North Huntingdon; sisters, Michelle (Robert, “R.C”) Painter of Manor, PA and Kimberly Chuberko of Irwin; and nephews, Christopher Fry, Michael Fry, Alex Fry and Peter Chuberko. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, where a funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Everyone please meet at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. where her burial will take place. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Merakey-AVS, 1996 Ewings Rd., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

 


Norbert Piekut

January 25, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Norbert Piekut, 81, of Glassport, died Jan. 24, 2021.  He is the son of the late Peter and Sophie Piekut.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Kathleen (Bulger) Piekut; son Jeffrey (Christine) Piekut; daughter Kimberly Jeffrey) Stoner; grandchildren Zachary Piekut, Victoria Piekut and Logan Stoner; great granddaughter Amelia Piekut; brothers Thomas Piekut, Gerard (Wendy) Piekut and Gregory Piekut; brother-in-laws Jack (Lisa) Bulger and Billy (the late Patsy) Pierce; also nieces and nephews.  Norbert did corporate insurance for over 40 years, was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Holy Name Society, former usher and choir member, member of the PNA in Glassport, Lions Club, Glassport Senior Citizens and was the past treasurer of the Glassport Developement Corp.  A funeral mass will be held Sat. 11:00 am at Queen of the Rosary  Parish in Glassport.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Rita Jean Cook

January 25, 2021 |

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

Rita Jean Cook,  80, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021. She was born January 5, 1941 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Ruggier) Pozzuto. She was the wife of the late James Kemp Cook. Rita was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick Church, Christy Park. She had worked for Liberty Candy and the former Mon Valley Petroleum. She is survived by sons, Scott J. (Haley Mosqueda) Cook of Sutersville and Kemp M. (Dana Barber) Cook of North Huntingdon, grandchildren, Christopher, Joshua and Nakita Cook and Antwan and Shawntrale Crosby, great-grandchildren, Evan and Ava Cook and Alana Crosby, brother, Donald (Barbara) Pozzuto of McKeesport, sister, Betty (Dan) Mains of Port Vue, sisters-in-law, Jean Pozzuto and Annetta "Netta" Pozzuto of Elizabeth Township and Lynn Pozzuto of Weston, FL, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, Ralph, and John "Jack" Pozzuto and sister, Geraldine "Sis" Pozzuto. Private family visitation and funeral service will be held at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. The Rev. Vincent P. Velas will be officiating. Interment will be at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Christopher James Classic

January 24, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Christopher James Classic, 61 of Dravosburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 surrounded by his children. He was born in McKeesport on October 7th, 1959 to the late Joseph W. Jr. and Harriet A. (Michalski) Classic. Christopher was preceded in death by his loving wife of 31 years, Stephanie Classic, as well as his brother Joseph W. the 3rd. He is survived by his sister Diane (Tom Churchill) Classic of Monessen, his children Crystal (Ryan Markosky) Jeznis of Ft. Myers Fl, Breanne (John) Morabito of Bethel Park, Jamie (Michael) Merlino of Clairton, his grandchildren Landon Markosky and Christopher Merlino, Granddog Loui, his beloved cats Kitty and Binx, and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Marie G. Cecchini

January 24, 2021 |

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

Marie G. Cecchini, 93, of Greenock, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021. She was born June 9, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Andrew and Helen J. (Jobe) Carney.  Marie was the wife of the late Emidio G. Cecchini, who passed away January 11, 1978. She was a longtime member of Mary, Mother of God, Corpus Christi Site. She was active in politics her whole life and was a committee woman for McKeesport for several years.  She worked as a magistrate secretary in McKeesport office for 25 years, was an avid bingo player and loved the casino.  Marie loved to go out to eat, go dancing and listening to music, her favorite songs were "All Night Long" by Lionel Ritchie and "In The Mood" by Glen Miller.

 
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David R. Wippich

January 24, 2021 |

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

David R. Wippich, age 53, of McKeesport, died on January 23, 2021. He was born in Jefferson, Missouri, on May 1, 1967 and is the son of Edward Snickner and Lily Wippich.

 
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Mary Pauline Revak

January 24, 2021 |

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

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Mary Pauline Revak, age 85, of McKeesport, died January 23, 2021, at home. Born March 25, 1935, in  Marion County, WV, she was the daughter of Raymond and Nancy (Shreere) Winemiller and the wife of the late William Revak.

Mary was retired from Laidlaw Transit Services as a school bus driver and truly loved her job. She traveled anywhere and everywhere she could. Mary made sure to visit several casinos during her travels. Her family knew her as the Queen Baker and taught all of them how to bake. Mary made the best lady locks and other treats like cookies and chocolates. She enjoyed doing crafts of any kind and doing her crossword puzzles. Mary was very loved by her family.

 
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John S. Canova

January 24, 2021 |

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

https://s3.amazonaws.com/CFSV2/obituaries/photos/4026/682483/600d952a8c4e8.jpgJohn S. Canova, Sr., age 66, of Christy Park, died January 21, 2021, at UPMC Shadyside. Born July 8, 1954, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Sam J. and Virginia (Groff) Canova.
John was currently working at West Mifflin High School, where he was a security guard. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. John was a member of the VFW Post 914 'Intrepid' West Mifflin. He had a passion for collecting, trolling flea markets, building models and old movies.

 
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Geraldine M. Solano

January 23, 2021 |

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

Geraldine M. Solano, age 75, of White Oak, died January 19, 2021, at home. Born May 4, 1945, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Peter Joseph and Julia Elizabeth (DiNino) Solano.

Geraldine retired from Mann's Home Medical Products as a medical biller. She received her Associate's degree in Accounting from CCAC South. Geraldine was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Angela Merici site. In her free time, she enjoyed going to eat with her friends and celebrating their birthdays together.

Geraldine is survived by her brother, Francis (Carol) Solano of Renfrew, PA, many nieces and a nephew.

 
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Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz

January 23, 2021 |

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

Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz, age 55 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021.  He was a Marine and Industrial Sales Representative for Sherwin Williams, Eastern Region, a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare Church in Clairton, and a US Army Veteran.  In his spare time, he coached Clairton youth recreation football and baseball for many years, was a motorsport enthusiast, and loved motocross and his Harley-Davidson.  Tony was known as the “Fig Whisperer” after proudly and successfully growing one in his yard.  He loved to garden and looked after any youths that needed his help and will be remembered as a loving husband and father.  Born July 21, 1965 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Randall Koontz Sr. and Judith Piasente (Melvin) Long of Clairton.  Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife Nicole  (Saputo) Koontz;  son, Bryson A. Koontz of Clairton; brothers Randall (Ruth) Koontz, Jr. of Donora, Christopher (Brenda) Koontz of Mount Pleasant and Brian (the late Erin Pittman) Koontz of Clairton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

 
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Thomas L. Andrew

January 23, 2021 |

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

Thomas L. Andrew, 76, of West Mifflin, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021. He was born December 2, 1944 in McKeesport and was the son of the late William A. and Edna (Hager) Andrew.

 
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Thomas Edward Tancibok

January 23, 2021 |

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

Thomas Edward Tancibok, 67, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was born November 17, 1953 in McKeesport and was the son the late Albert and Madeline (Oshea) Tancibok.

 
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Claudia Sue Geary

January 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

A bright light went out of our lives on Christmas Day when Claudia Sue Geary ended her journey here with us. After a short stay at Halifax Medical & Brooks Rehab. in Daytona Beach, she was briefly at Halifax Hospice in Port Orange. Claudia was born in 1949 in McKeesport, Pa, graduated from Clairton High School and matriculated at California University in Pennsylvania for her Bachelor's degree.

Although a Volusia County resident for over 40 years, she maintained close ties to her McKeesport friends and relatives and for many years attended annual reunions. Claudia enjoyed exploring her family history and genealogy, which led to her being installed in 2014 into the Jane Sheldon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Claudia's professional career was devoted to assisting both parents and students in financing higher education. She was Director of Student Financial Aid at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid at University of South Florida in Tampa and for Bank of America assisted colleges & universities throughout the southeastern region. She was also past President of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA). Claudia enjoyed knitting, contributing numerous items to friends, relatives and charitable groups. Cooking, sharing recipes and landscaping were also favorite hobbies.

 
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Patricia M. Grainger

January 22, 2021 |

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

Patricia M. Grainger, 90, a resident of Walden’s View Personal Care, North Huntingdon, formerly of Clairton, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  She was born May 19, 1930 in New Castle, a daughter of the late Howard F. and Margaret (Walls) Rowland. 

She was a member and longtime children’s choir director for Pine Run United Methodist Church, Clairton.  She was a very talented person singing, dancing, and playing the drums, and performing with her late husband  Gordon Grainger with the Yankee Doodle Dandies. 

They performed in many civic centers and parades, and entertained at nursing homes.

 
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Vincent Gelser “Vinny” Crane

January 22, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Vincent Gelser “Vinny” Crane, 89 of Jefferson, formerly of Fort Meyers Florida, passed away on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at Jefferson Hills Wellness and Rehab Center. He was born on March 29th, 1931 to the late Edward P. and Mildred Gelser Crane. Vincent was the loving husband of 67 years to Dolores F. Teetsel Crane. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey (Kimberly) Crane of Elrama, David Crane of Clairton, 4 grandchildren Mitchell, Marshall, Carina, and Anthony, great grandchildren Riley, Royce, Renlee, Nolan. Vincent was preceded in death by his son Randolph Robert Crane and sister Marlene Sue. He was involved in a golf league in Del Tura, Fl. Vincent served in the U.S. Navy during Korea on the U.S.S New Jersey. He worked at Airside, Acutherm, and Haeck Crane Company as a sales Engineer. 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

 


Marvin Lewis Herren

January 22, 2021 |

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

Marvin Lewis Herren, age 84, of White Oak, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Braddock on November 8, 1936 and is the son of the late Oscar and Marie Danielson Peterson. He was employed for many years as a manager in various Thorofare Supermarkets in the produce department. He was a 62 year member of the Polaris Lodge #375, formerly Aliquippa Lodge, F & AM Masons, where he earned his 32nd degree. He was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh, Faith Lutheran Church of White Oak, the Sons of Italy Band, and the Postal Workers Band. He loved to play the trumpet, was an avid reader, and a historian of museums and trains.

 
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Craig Kirschner

January 22, 2021 |

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

Craig Kirschner, 71, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Born and raised in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Vaun and Leona (Franko) Kirschner.

 
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Robert E. Haden II

January 22, 2021 |

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

Robert E. Haden II, 70, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Some people say that, no matter how old you are, your mind is still 25 years old. Bob Haden was one of those people. Forever young at heart, Bob traded in phrases like "Age is just a number," and "All to excess." For those who knew him in his 70 years, he lived these maxims; he was a force of nature, a cosmic prototype, but even the best-made machines eventually break down. After his latest cardiac tune-up, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Bob did the final upload, sending his consciousness to the Cloud. A member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and active in the Mon Valley RC Club, some may know him by his ham radio call sign, K3OIU ("Old Indian Underwear"), an homage to his father's amateur radio moniker. He enjoyed meticulously building and flying model aircrafts, forever enchanted by the ability to trace majestic geometries in the air. Off the flying field, Bob was a MacGyver, custom-making equipment, and he loved being on the leading edge of technology. He indulged his love of sports cars throughout his life, their customization and impeccable cleanliness, starting with drag racing through Irwin in his youth. Back then, a threat from the police to tell his mother was all the discipline needed. Despite his beloved Corvettes and the like, he stated his Chrysler Crossfire was the most fun he had ever had on four wheels. Perhaps Bob's greatest legacy is his genius, sometimes arriving at work solutions during lucid dreams. At the age of 19, he began what would become a 47-year-long career at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. He started out as a technician, became a supervisor, and finished as a brilliant designer of thermohydraulic tests, all without ever obtaining a college degree. His children grew up under the tutelage of a self-made man who instilled in them passion, drive and an example of seeking one's own destiny. Inside this beloved man was a tender heart invested in his family, encouraging them to discover their highest happiness, whatever form that should take. Bob is survived by wife, Diana; children, Kim, Rob, Jonathan and Heather; grandchildren, Samantha, Shellbie and Maeve; great-grandson, Hero; and sister, Kathy. The mark he made on their lives and the lives of many is immeasurable; he will be greatly missed. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements were made by the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Harriet K. Kruszyna

January 22, 2021 |

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

Harriet K. Kruszyna, 98, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Transitions Health Care Center, North Huntingdon.  She was born May 5, 1922 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Frank and Ida Kruzynski.  Prior to her retirement, Harriet was a secretary for St. Agnes where she was a member of the church, Christian Mothers and card club.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Kruszyna.  She is survived by her children, Linda K. Simmeth and her husband, Michael, Richard M. Kruszyna and his wife, Patricia; grandsons, Richard and Michael Kruszyna; sister-in-law, Ann Kruzynski; nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Kathy and Dave Blazer.  Services are private.  Arrangements were made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Alexander A. "Butch" Nemeth Jr.

January 22, 2021 |

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

Alexander A. “Butch” Nemeth Jr., 71, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Newhaven Court at Linwood, Greensburg.  He was born May 7, 1949 in McKeesport, a son of the late Alexander A. and Rosezella (Holby) Nemeth.  Prior to his retirement, Alexander was a laborer for Pitt Service Center.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his grandchildren, and was an avid Steelers fan.   He is survived by his sons, Sean (Jodie) Nemeth, Scott (Emily) Nemeth; sisters, Elaine (Ken) Shaw, Christine (Randy) Altman; grandchildren, Elliott, Megan, Ashley; and former wife and caregiver, Linda Nemeth.  There will be no visitations or service.  Donations may be made in memory of Alexander  to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


William John Henry

January 21, 2021 |

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

William John Henry, 76, was born April 18, 1944, in McKeesport, PA. The beloved son of the late John Hubert Bray, Richard J. Henry III (stepfather), and Dorothy Mae (Baker) Henry departed this life on January 17, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Johnny, as he was known as, retired from U.S. Steel, Irvin Works Plant where he held a variety of positions for almost 40 years.

When at all possible; you would see him pulling up to the coffee shop, with a ball cap on and driving a Cadillac. He loved his daughters, granddaughters and the Pittsburgh steelers.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union. Johnny is survived by his ex-wife, Dayle (Obradovich) Henry; two daughters, Michelle Elaine (Raheem) Muhammad and Denise Henry (Thomas) Barnes of McKeesport, PA; 3 grandchildren; Tommi Lynn Barnes, Mulana Anjail and Naylah Elaine Muhammad; brothers, Richard J. IV of Fort Wayne, IN, Michael (Darlene) of Elizabeth, Keith Henry of McKeesport, John and Marlowe Bray of McKeesport. Sisters, Audrey (Kenneth) Hamlin of Clairton, Sharryl (Richard) Kokoska of Port Vue, Carol Bennett, Danella, Phyllis, Loretta, Sherlyn (Lamont) Butler, Yvonne and Shelarise Bray of McKeesport. Many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 
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Doris Amelia (Gonzales) Amatuzzi

January 21, 2021 |

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

Doris Amelia (Gonzales) Amatuzzi, age 88, formerly of North Huntingdon, PA, passed away peacefully at Kane McKeesport Regional Community Living Center on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. She was born March 24, 1932 in McKeesport, PA, a daughter of the late Joseph L. and Molly (Weiss) Gonzales.

She was a previous member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Huntingdon. She worked for Digital Paging and as a switchboard operator for the UPMC McKeesport Hospital before retiring.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Vincent P. Amatuzzi; sisters Miriam Diggs, Rosalie Hansen, Esther Micklo and Rachel Conrad and brother Joseph “Buddy” Gonzales, Jr.

She is survived by sisters Sylvia Hannen and Linda Micklo; and brothers David “Punch”, Howard, Albert, and Carl Gonzales; her three children Vincent J. (Terri) Amatuzzi of Wetumpka, Alabama, Louise C. (David) Popko of Elizabeth Twp., PA, and Joseph (Anny Nielsen) Amatuzzi of England, U.K.; loving grandchildren Stephanie (Kishore Sawh) Popko, Jaron Popko, Tristan (Joey) Sgarlata and Vincent “Jamie” (Viv) Amatuzzi; and great grandchildren Conner, Jaidyn, Sparrow, Alessia “Lulu”, and Maeve.

 
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Jerrie Lee (Richey) Guldin

January 21, 2021 |

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

Jerrie Lee (Richey) Guldin, 77, of Irwin, peacefully passed away January 19, 2021 with her two sons by her side. She was born May 25, 1943 in Pittsburgh.

She was the beloved mother of Scott (Colleen) Guldin and Eric (Dina) Guldin. She is survived by her grandchildren, Hannah, Mary, Gabriella, Emma, and Bryce Guldin; best friend and sister Carole (Jack) Rayburg, and brother David Richey Sr., including many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Along with her extra children, Ronald (Renee) Howard Jr., John (Rachel) McGurk Jr., the late Charles Burkhart and many others who fondly called her “Mama G.” She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford W. and Lois C. (Graham) Richey and husband David R. Guldin. Always leading a conversation with a compliment, she impacted many lives through her dedication, generosity, and wisdom.

 
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Nancy Jean Washowich

January 21, 2021 |

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

Nancy Jean Washowich, 80, of Plum, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at home. She was born September 19, 1940 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late James and Mary (Gwosden) Sucha.  She was the wife of 62 years to the late Milan Samuel Washowich, who passed away August 26, 2020.   Nancy was a former member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. She was a member and past treasurer of the Port Vue Seniors and a poll watcher for Port Vue for elections. She was an avid bingo player, an excellent cook and loved to play cards and board games with her grandchildren and also attend their baseball and softball games.

 
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June Monica Cirucci

January 21, 2021 |

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

June Monica (Hornfeck) Cirucci, age 81, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 18, 2021. June graduated in 1956 from Glassport High School. While growing up in Elizabeth Township, she enjoyed working in her father’s pharmacy, Hornfeck Pharmacy in Glassport. In the years following, she proudly served as a lifeguard. June attended Slippery Rock University where she met her husband, Allen J. Cirucci, and graduated in 1960 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was a devoted teacher, coach, and mother. June proudly dedicated herself to education and in later years pursued her Master’s degree at Penn State University. A member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp., she was passionate about her faith and loved helping others. June was truly a kind and special woman and made everything around her as beautiful as she was. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing piano, swimming, cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, crocheting, and seeing the wildlife around her home. June loved her family more than anything in the world. Born March 3, 1939, in McKeesport, June was a daughter of the late Raymond and Marie (Burke) Hornfeck and wife of the late Allen J. Cirucci for 35 years, until he passed away in 1995. She was the youngest of 5 children. June was the loving mother of son, Mark (Lisa) Cirucci, of Rochester, NY; daughters, Amy (Charles) McKernan of Elizabeth Twp. and Cindy (Paul) Muders of Sewickley; and dear grandmother to Nicholas (Patrice) Cirucci, Nathan Cirucci, Ashley McKernan, Brandon Cirucci, and Violet Muders. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Steve Cirucci. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Cirucci of Monroeville. June is also survived by an extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and many dear friends. We love you Mom and Grandma, you will always and forever be in our hearts. A private visitation was held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp. with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private interment was held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association in June’s honor, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Dorothy Toth

January 21, 2021 |

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

Dorothy Toth,  85, of Port Vue, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021. She was born April 3, 1935 in Cokeburg and was the daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy (Yanatovic) Error. Dorothy was an avid Steelers, Penguin and Pirate fan and loved reading.

 
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Edward C. Spyra

January 21, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Edward C. Spyra, age 73, of Charles Town, WV, formerly of Glassport, passed peacefully at home on January 15, 2021.  Born in McKeesport May 4, 1947, he was the son of the late Chester and Catherine (Hickey) Spyra. 

A 1965 graduate of Glassport High School, “Spatz”  served with the United States Air force, 4258th Strategic Wing Operation during the Vietnam War.  He retired from Bechtel Corporation in 2018 with over 30 years of service.  As a project procurement specialist, he worked on major construction projects around the world which afforded him the opportunity to pursue his love of travel.  He had a deep passion for family, genealogy and photography.

Ed was the husband of Rebecca Missman Spyra for over 40 years.  He is survived by sons David (Kelly) Spyra of Seattle WA, Christopher (Lisa) Spyra of Liberty Borough and daughter Teresa Spyra of Charles Town, WV; grandchildren Jack, Caitlin and Aisling Spyra of Seattle, WA., Joshua, Noah, and Luke Spyra of Liberty Borough. Brother John (Kathy) Spyra of Wichita Falls, TX, sister Mary (Christopher) Raynak of Monroeville. Nephews Sean (Alexis) Raynak, Ryan (Tara) Raynak, niece and Goddaughter Helen Spyra, great nephews Justin Oliver and Jameson Raynak. Father-in -law Jimmy Missman (the late Bertha) brothers-in law Ray (PJ) Missman, Fred Missman, Ken (Jo) Missman, sisters-in-law, Kathy (Frank) Van Twist and Margaret Missman, nephews Ryan and David Missman, niece Kayla Missman, all of California.

 
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Donald Lee Bonetti, Jr.

January 20, 2021 |

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

Donald Lee Bonetti, Jr.,56, of Port Vue, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. He was born May 12, 1964 in Greensburg and was the son of the late Donald Lee Bonetti, Sr. and the late Connie Lee (Boal) Bonetti. In his younger days he enjoyed horseback riding, and dirt bikes. He was an EMT and had his pilot license as well. Donald was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Panthers fan.

 
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Charles Wargo, Jr.

January 20, 2021 |

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

Charles Wargo, Jr., age 60, of Port Vue, died January 15, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian. Born May 15, 1960, he was the son of the late Charles Sr. and Mary Ann (Magyar) Wargo and the husband of Jade (Vazquez) Wargo. Charles worked as a forklift operator at the North Versailles Goodwill Outlet Store. He was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Eugene Church and the Glassport Amercian Legion Post 443. He was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed working on cars, but his family always came first.

 
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Michael Anthony “Big Mike” Prota

January 20, 2021 |

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

Michael Anthony "Big Mike" Prota, 57, of Elizabeth, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at home. He was born June 16, 1963 in Philadelphia and was the son of the late George and Virginia Landini Prota. Mike attended Mount Vernon Community Presbyterian Church and worked as a baker at The Greenock Deli. He loved to play cards, was an avid gardener and was an excellent baker, known as "The Mile High Pie Guy". He loved playing hot wheels with his beloved grandson Owen and was a cornhole champion.

 
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Ralph Joseph Henry, Jr.

January 20, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Ralph Joseph Henry, Jr., 80, of Glassport, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, despite the prayers of many people.

Ralph was born Oct. 21, 1940 with his twin sister Rita (Dr. Earl) Brink, the first children of the late Ralph Joseph Henry, Sr. and Mildred (Christianson) Henry "Christie" of Sharon, Pa.

Ralph graduated from McKeesport High School and went on to receive a B.A. Degree from St. Vincent College. Ralph continued his studies at the Duquesne University School of Law. He also served in the US Army.

Ralph was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish. Ralph's intelligence, friendly disposition and love for people made him the consummate salesman. He spent much of his working career with the Smail family of dealerships in Greensburg and Kenny Ross and Sons in North Huntingdon. He continued selling and looking after his customers until his death.

Ralph would do anything for you. He enjoyed travel, attending concerts and most of all, being with relatives and friends. He was an avid reader and a true Pittsburgh sports fan. Ralph was a loving presence in many people's lives.

He is survived by his loving wife, Rita (Tyskiewicz) Henry.

 
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Sandra L. Danielson

January 20, 2021 |

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

Sandra L. Danielson, 81, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at her home.  She was born March 5, 1939 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Brookhauser) Gobbel.  Sandra was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of N. Huntingdon, was a videographer and enjoyed going to the beach.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Calvin Gobbel; and twin sister, Sue Ann O'Brien.  She is survived by her loving husband, Evert D.  Danielson; daughters, Leayn Hernandez and her husband, Robert and Linda Crowl and her husband, Wayne; grandchildren, Jason (Shelly), Tia (Travis), Quinn (Leigh Ann), Chelsea; great-grandchildren, Brady, Collin, Nate, Tyson, Tessa, Alana, Olivia and Amelia. Services are private.  Arrangements made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  Donations may be made to Bridges Hospice in memory of Sandra.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Frances L. (Wilk) Peppler

January 19, 2021 |

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

Frances L. (Wilk) Peppler, 88, of North Versailles Twp. died Friday, January 15, 2021,  Beloved wife of the late James R. Loving mother of Carleen (Fred) Heinz, James M. (Sandra) Peppler, Cindi Peppler, Cathy (Steve) Epshtein, Robert (Nelsy) Peppler, and Christopher (Jen) Peppler.  Dear Nana of Kelly, Erin, A.J., Chris, Kaylee, Katrina, and Alyssa.  Great Grandmother of Maddie and Aubrey.  Sister of Regis Wilk and the late Joann Wilk.  Sister-in-law of Ethel Sunday.

 
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Alitzia Nadine Skibinski

January 19, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Alitzia Nadine Skibinski, 4 months, of Glassport, passed unexpectedly Friday, January 15, 2021.  She was the beloved daughter of Richard Skibinski Jr & Zoey Mains. Precious granddaughter of Richard Skibinski Sr (Terry), Sally Skibinski & the late Nadine Gallagher. Sweet great granddaughter of Fay Davis, Bernard (Janet) Wolfe & the late Walter (Eleanor) Skibinski. Loving sister of Haley, Damien, McKenzie, Lily, Jaxon, Jensen & Chance. Special niece to Brent, Tracey, Nicholas (Charona), Taylor (Timothy), Zachary, Mark (Sara), Dusty (Jessy) & the late Justin. Adored cousin of Gracelyn, Mark Jr, Isabel, Nathan, Kathryn, Lillian, Claudia & Alex.

 
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Patrick Stetar Jr.

January 19, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Patrick Stetar Jr., 61, of Port Vue, died Saturday, January 16, 2021, with his loving family at his side. Born October 21, 1959, Patrick was the loving father of Erica Stetar (Michael Yavorski) and Crystal Stetar (Harley Dingeldine), adoring grandfather of Michael, Harley, Annistazia.

He is also survived by his mother, Donna (Farrow) Stetar, Siblings, Ricky (Cheryl) Stetar, Victoria Logan, and Kimberly Carapella, Former spouse, Terri Kula, numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in passing by his father, Patrick Stetar Sr. Patrick was a talented artist, and created a mosaic of Jesus for the Port Vue United Methodist Church.

 
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Petro Newby

January 19, 2021 |

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

Petro Newby was born August 6, 1961, at McKeesport Hospital. He was the beloved son of the late Beatrice Boyle and Petro Spence. On January 10, 2021, Petro passed away at home. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Nick Newby, Darlene Green, Anthony Berry, Patricia Strode, Karen Spence, and Frederick Berry.

Petro is survived by his siblings, Yvonne (Martin) Dawson, Margurite (Edward) Fant, Johnathan (Maxiann) Newby, Steven (Patricia) Newby, Tanya (Travis) Irons, Barbra (Eric) Hatchett, Blanch (Robert) Webb, Doran (Vantelle) Newby, Debra Sumpter, Crystal Newby, Bruce Newby, Rev. Dr. Lenora Graves, Trevon Spence, Russell Spence, Ronald Berry; host of nieces and nephews; devoted companion, Rebecca Skrinjorich, Patrick, Aron, grandson PJ; extended family and friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Petro Newby, please visit our floral store.

 
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Joyce Arnold

January 19, 2021 |

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

Joyce Arnold, age 78 of White Oak, passed away at home on Monday, January 18, 2021.  Born June 2, 1942 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Mary (Puskaric) Lasch.  A former cashier at Thorofare Market in Olympia Shopping Center and member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Huntingdon, Joyce enjoyed playing cards and visiting casinos in her spare time.  She is survived by her husband Kenneth Arnold; her sons Scott Arnold of White Oak and Greg (Denine) Arnold of Jeannette; her daughter Lori (Randy) Anselmino of North Huntingdon; her step-son Jeff (Debi) Mullen of Horsham; her nine grandchildren; her two great-grandchildren; her brothers Thomas (Lynn) Lasch of White Oak and Francis (Lorraine) Lasch of Manassas, VA; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother James Lasch.

 
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Michael Pozzuto

January 19, 2021 |

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

Michael Pozzuto, 93, of Naples, FL, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021. He was born November 15, 1927 in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Ruggier) Pozzuto. Michael was the owner of Pozzuto & Sons Plumbing for 45 years. Prior to that he ran the plumbing division of Ryan Homes and was a past officer of Mon Yough Plumbing Contractors Association. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God, Saint Patrick Church, Christy Park.

 
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Kaye M. Whirl

January 19, 2021 |

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

Kaye Merrell Whirl, 82, of White Oak, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. She was born July 4, 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho and was the daughter of the late Dr. Ralph Rees Merrell, MD, and the late Lilly Viola (Morganegg) Merrell. She was the wife of the late J. Neil Domgaard who passed away in 1977. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak and was a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Kaye was a retired teacher and had taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Meadow Moor Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah for over 30 years. 

 
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William Craig Simpson

January 19, 2021 |

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

William Craig Simpson, age 66, of Sarver, died at home on January 17, 2021.  Born January 14, 1955, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William J. and Catherine (Keane) Simpson.  William had a camp in Emlenton and spent many summers there fishing with his children.

 
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Dorothy N. Bagnato

January 19, 2021 |

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

Dorothy N. Bagnato, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Golden Heights Personal Care Home. She was born June 5, 1935 in Oakland, a daughter of the late Thomas and Susan (Suvada) Costello. Dorothy was a Maitre D for years, was a member of St. Agnes Church and enjoyed praying the Rosary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Richard; brother, Al Costello; sister, Dolores Conley; and nephews, Jackie, Charles and Donald. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Richard Bagnato; nieces, Janet, Lorraine (David), Marilyn (Clifford), Marylynn (David), Georgine, Dorrie; and nephews, Daniel, Frank (Debbie) and Donald (Teri). Friends will be received from 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Agnes Church. Interment in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Josephine Jasiewicz

January 19, 2021 |

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

Josephine Jasiewicz, 94, of White Oak, passed away peacefully into God’s hands on Friday, January 15, 2021.  She was born on October 9, 1926 in North Braddock,  to the late Mary (Prochownic) Walczyk and John Walczyk, who immigrated from Poland. She resided in White Oak for most of her life.

 
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Betty J. Kaler

January 18, 2021 |

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

Betty J. Kaler, age 86, of Irwin, died on Sunday, January 17, 2021. She was born in McKeesport on June 29, 1934 and is the daughter of the late William and Regina Smith Kaler. She was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School in McKeesport, was a secretary at the G.C. Murphy Company and later was employed as the executive secretary for the vice president of Three Rivers Bank. She was a member of the Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Angela Merici Church. One of her greatest joys was attending the symphonies and operas in Pittsburgh.

 
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Helen Bogden

January 18, 2021 |

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

Helen Bogden, age 98, of McKeesport, died on Saturday, January 16, 2021. She was born in Hostetter, PA on May 22, 1922 and is the daughter of the late John and Mary Pavlock Godula, and the wife of the late John B. Bogden. She worked as a salesclerk for the former Gimbel’s Department Store at Eastland Mall. Helen truly enjoyed fashion, flower gardening, and cooking and was well known for her stuffed cabbage. She was most proud of her Slovak heritage.

 
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Anthony G. Fisher

January 18, 2021 |

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

Anthony G. Fisher, age 58 of East McKeesport, passed away January 11, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport.  Born January 12, 1962, in Little Rock, AR, he was the son of the late Charles and Joyce (Humble) Fisher and the husband of Hazel C. (Lorentz) Fisher.

 
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Eric Joseph Kozak

January 18, 2021 |

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

Eric Joseph Kozak, age 60, of Whitehall, died on Saturday, January 16, 2021. He was born in McKeesport on August 15, 1960 and is the son of the late Zolton and Mary Ann Gillingham Kozak.

 
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Carol Sue Santone

January 18, 2021 |

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

Carol Sue Santone, age 77 of Port Vue, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at home.   Born October 14, 1943 in Dravosburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Laura Mae (Lutz) Newton.  Carol loved crafts, music, and spending time with family and friends at her family cottage.  Carol was preceded in death by her husband, the late Patrick E. Santone, who passed away July 16, 2008.  She is survived by her children Sherry (Bob) Junecko Tyszkiewicz and Doug (Jess) Junecko; grandchildren Nicole (Justin) Vazquez Whittaker, Nathan (Lindsey) Vazquez, Danielle (Rick) Junecko Opfar, Chloe Junecko, Sarah (Jeremy) Jacobs Steffan and, Ryan Jacobs; great-grandchildren Adalyn and Asher Whittaker, Vance and Vida Vazquez, Mason Junecko, Rhiannon and Jackson Opfar and, Brayden and Brody Steffan; siblings Jim (Donna) Newton and Barb (Walter) Wygonik; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

 
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Richard A. Wilson

January 18, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 

Richard A. Wilson, 80, died Jan. 17, 2021.  He is the son of the late Albert and Mary (Marcus) Wilson and beloved husband of the late Wilma (Kania) Wilson.  Richard is survived by his sons Richard (Cheryl) Wilson, Dave (Sharon) Wilson, Eric (Melissa) Wilson and Chris (Teresa) Wilson; step daughters Samantha and Katrina Miller; grandchildren Sean and Hannah Wilson and Bailey and Ellie Maskil; brothers John Wilson, Danny Wilson, and Al Wilson and sister Mildred Liebel. He was preceded in death by brother Bill Wilson. Richard was retired from US Steel Irvin Works.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Wed. from 2-4 and 6 to 7:30 at which time a blessing will be held.

 


James Anthony Tate

January 18, 2021 |

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

James Anthony Tate, Sr., age 71, of Versailles Borough, died January 15, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born September 17, 1949, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late James A. and Edith (DelAsandro) Tate and the husband of Cathy (Coltogirone) Tate.

 
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George L. Moresea

January 17, 2021 |

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

George L. Moresea, age 91, of Blaine Hill, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Southwestern Nursing Center. He was a retired draftsman with U.S. Steel and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth and a social member of the Elizabeth and Blaine Hill Fireman’s Clubs. Born October 8, 1929 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Lindo and Helen (Romanski) Moresea and husband of the late Janet Ann (McKown) Moresea who passed away December 19, 2020. He is survived by his son, Michael L. (Tammi) Moresea of Beaver Falls; and grandsons, Jacob D. and Michael L. Moresea.

 
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Dennis P. "Denny" Malloy

January 17, 2021 |

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

Dennis P. “Denny” Malloy, age 68, of Gibsonia, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Born in Carlisle, PA on August 22, 1952, he was the son of Norma J. (Ganczak) Malloy of Duquesne and the late Francis M. “Sonny” Malloy. He was retired from Port Authority where he was head of subway maintenance and was a member of St. Richard Church in Gibsonia. He enjoyed going to his cottage in Pymatuning, enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, talk radio & spending time with the people he loved especially his grandchildren Dawson C. and Brody P. Boyer. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Besides his mother, he is survived by his former wife, Carmen Malloy and was happily together with Meghan Palmer. He was the father of Melanie Marie (Malloy) Boyer of Wexford, Hannah P. Malloy of Wexford and Sean M. Malloy of Lawrenceville; grandfather of Dawson C. and Brody P. Boyer; brother of Paul (Janice K.) Malloy of Munhall, Sharon McCracken of West Mifflin and Patrick A. Malloy of Duquesne. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Andres, Diana, Brittany, Mariajose, Juan Felipe, Jose Miguel, Anna Victoria and Isabella.

 
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Phillip J. Spinosi

January 17, 2021 |

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

Phillip J. Spinosi, age 92, of White Oak, died January 17, 2021, at home. Born September 7, 1928, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Julius and Rose (Borrelli) Spinosi and the husband of the late Mary T. Spinosi.

Phillip retired from US Steel National Tube Works, where he was a rigger with 44 years of service. He was a US Navy veteran serving during WWII, where he was the quarterback of the Navy football team in Pensacola, FL. Phillip was a member of the Mary, Mother of God Parish.

 
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James Fedasz

January 17, 2021 |

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

James Fedasz, age 94, of McKeesport, died January 15, 2021, at Canterbury Place.  Born February 19, 1926, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Harry and Anna (Tech) Fedasz.  Jim was a 1944 graduate of McKeesport High School and furthered his education at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University).  He would then go on to join the Army, 103rd Division in France during World War II. 

He earned the EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, the Army Occupation of Germany Medal, Victory Ribbon, and a Good Conduct Medal.  He fought significant battles in Central Europe & The Rhineland alongside the French First Army and French Moroccan Soldiers and was also an Honor Guard for General Patton.  Using the GI Bill he earned, Jim enrolled at the North West School of Neon (Oregon Polytechnic Institute) to learn the craft. 

Once back home in McKeesport, he had his own one-man neon sign shop on Walnut Street in McKeesport, and his neon signs could be found at businesses and schools throughout the area. 

Jim was a talented artist and was a member of the McKeesport Art Group.  He loved to paint and sculpt with wood and bronze, and his painting of the B&O Crossing (in McKeesport) and sculpture of the SS McKeesport are in the permanent collection at the McKeesport Heritage Center. 

At home, his garden became another canvas for his artistic talents.  Using different colors and textures of grasses, Jim created his last name in letters large enough to be seen from a helicopter.   He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, Corpus Christi Church, where he was an usher.  As an avid duckpin bowler, his artistry with the ball was apparent, bowling numerous 300 games.

 
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Michael P. Carnahan

January 17, 2021 |

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

Michael P. Carnahan, age 51, of Mt. Vernon, died January 13, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born December 27, 1969, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late David E. and Mary Jane (Matuschek) Carnahan and the husband and best friend of Sandra (Buotte) Carnahan.

Michael was vice-president and general manager of Scalo Solar Solutions, a division of Burns & Scalo Roofing. He most recently completed the installation of the largest single sloped solar structure in the United States, located at Mill 19 in Hazelwood.

 
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Linda Dianne (Blalock) Brown

January 16, 2021 |

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

Linda Dianne (Blalock) Brown, 68, of Glassport, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021. She was born December 17, 1953 in Kinston, NC, and was the daughter of the late Omle and Addie (Heath) Blalock. Dianne was a professional seamstress and baker. She was a manager for Best Western Hotels and had previously worked for Pinehurst Golf Resort in NC. She was a member of First Assembly of God in Goldsboro, NC.

 
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Sally H. McCracken

January 15, 2021 |

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

Sally H. (Jenkins) McCracken, age 92, of Uniontown, formerly of Munhall passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Hillside Manor Personal Care Home. She retired as a greeter for Wal-Mart in West Mifflin. A member of Glassport United Methodist Church, she enjoyed spending time at her cottage at Deep Creek and loved her dog, Gigi. She helped to manage McCracken Oldsmobile in Elizabeth for 30 years with her husband and son. Born May 12, 1928 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Bonno) Jenkins and wife of the late William G. “Bill” McCracken. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, William C. "Bill" McCracken, and brother, Thomas Jenkins. Visitation and services are private. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Cheryl C. Kern

January 15, 2021 |

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

Cheryl C. (Hibner) Kern, age 72, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. She was formerly involved with management for Children's Palace in West Mifflin. She was a floor manager for United Cerebral Palsy in Turtle Creek, a former member of the Rainbow Girls, and an honorary member of M.U.T.T.S. of America at Cal State. Born May 27, 1948 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Walter H. and Christine (Gealy) Hibner. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Howard M.  Kern; sons, Chris (Angel) Kern of Liberty Borough and Jeff Kern of Elizabeth Twp.; brother, Walter H. (Bonnie) Hibner of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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James Richard Berwick

January 15, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

James Richard Berwick,79 of Dravosburg, passed away on Thursday January 14th, 2021 at his home. He was born in Dravosburg on April 27th, 1941 to the late Walter and Bertha Cislo Berwick. James Berwick was the loving husband of 36 years to Irene L. Curry Berwick. He is survived by his sons Jimmer (Lisa) Berwick of Greenville, Tim (Isabel) Cotero of Buena Vista, and daughter Wendy (Scott) Wampler of Frederick Maryland, grandchildren Kirsty Lee Berwick of Greenville, Douglas Wampler of Squirrel Hill, and Ryan J. Wampler of Frederick, sisters Mary Sturkie of Columbia South Carolina and Kim (Brian) Slinsky of Litiz. James was preceded in death by his sisters Jenny and Patsy. He was a member of Clairton Sportsman club, the Lions Club of Dravosburg, and the Library Sportsman Club. He enjoyed fishing and trap shooting and liked operating the Ham Radio. James worked as the assistant superintendent of Pleasant Hills Sewer Treatment Plant for 25+ years. Arrangements have been entrusted to I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Catherine "Kay" Vukovich

January 15, 2021 |

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

Catherine "Kay" Vukovich, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born June 23, 1928 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Dokman) Vukovich.  A retired secretary for Westinghouse Corporation, Catherine was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church.  She is survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Vukovich, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  Besides her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her brother Frank M. Vukovich, sisters Mary Markle and Nellie Vukovich, and Chris Markle. 

 
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Betty Lou (Grant) Watt

January 14, 2021 |

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

Betty Lou (Grant) Watt, age 88, of North Versailles, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. She was one of twelve children from the late Walter and Mary Grant. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Donald Watt.

She is survived by her children Sandra Watt of Portland, Oregon, Donald Watt Jr. of North Versailles, Edward Watt of North Versailles, Janet Smyer of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Joanne (John) Pulice of Lower Burrell; grandchildren Jesse Watt, Ashley (Marlon) Lindros, Ronnie (Savannah) Smyer, Joshua Watt, Dani (Austin) Duncan, Amanda Charles and James (Skyler) Charles Jr.; and great grandchildren Aubrey Lindros, Arwyn Charles, Eli Watt and Henry Smyer.

 
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Shirley A. Weitzel

January 14, 2021 |

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

Shirley A. Weitzel, 91, of Indian Lake, passed away January 8, 2021 after a short, fierce battle with Covid-19 at Laurel View Village. She was born December 19, 1929 in Ridley Park and was the daughter of the late Jack and Helen (Thompson) Alexander. She was the wife of 53 years to the late Robert D. Weitzel, Jr. Shirley was raised in Ridley Park, Delaware County and graduated from West Chester State College. She taught elementary school, primarily, History and Science, for 5th grade for 30 years. After she was chosen to work in the classroom with the Bicentennial Project of 1776, she became the author of Land O'Goshen, a historical novel, a Tale of Chester County and dedicated it to all of the boys and girls of Chester county, most especially to her children, Patty, Emily and Andrew. Shirley and her husband retired to Indian Lake in 1990 and loved their lake life, including much gardening, bird watching, traveling and community service, just as much as they loved their grandchildren and many beloved pets.

 
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Michael Habali

January 14, 2021 |

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

Michael Habali, age 91, of Blaine Hill, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. He retired after 41 years as a motorman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. Born October 9, 1929 in Clairton, he was a son of the late John and Vera (Dulonich) Habali. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis (Webb) Habali; son, Michael (Sande) Habali of Daytona Beach, FL; daughter, Linda (Dr. Michael Fontana) Fontana of White Oak; grandchildren, Kandace (Jay) Kettren of North Huntingdon, Jason (Emily) Habali of Ormond Beach, FL and Jon Habali of Florida; great-grandchildren, Taylar Getsy, Kalei Getsy, and Luke and Jacob Habali; also, nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandson, George, and sister, Mary Shepard. No visitation and services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Pearl R. Hart

January 14, 2021 |

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

Pearl Rozella Hart, age 86, of McKeesport, died on January 11, 2021.  She was born in McKeesport on September 21, 1934 and is the daughter of the late Orida and Jenny Pezel and is the wife of the late Harry Edward Hart.

 
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Jennifer Lee Bell (Bico)

January 14, 2021 |

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

Jennifer Lee Bell (Bico), age 52, of Coulter, died January 10, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born January 3, 1969, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of John Sr. and the late Sandra L. (Scears) Bell and the wife of Ronald C. Bico, Sr.
Jenn worked in the nursing home care industry throughout her life. She was a hard-working woman of faith and family. Her grandchildren's happiness was the most important thing in her life.

 
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Lee A. DiPerna

January 14, 2021 |

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

Lee A. DiPerna, age 30, of Heidelburg, formerly of McKeesport, died January 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Born February 14, 1990, in McKeesport, he was the son of Edmund DiPerna and Lisa (Shaw) DiPerna.

 
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Kerry Jean Saussaman

January 14, 2021 |

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

Kerry Jean Saussaman, age 52 of North Huntingdon died January 12, 2021 at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born August 28, 1968 in Bronx, New York, a daughter of Patrick Purcell and the late Barbara Englund Purcell. Kerry was formerly employed as a music school teacher. She enjoyed arts and crafts, painting and singing. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son Jordan. She is survived by two sons, Tanner and Colby, two brothers, and her boyfriend Larry Baker. Services will be private. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.

 
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Larry R. Nelson

January 14, 2021 |

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

Larry R. Nelson, age 66, of McKeesport, died January 8, 2021, at home. Born October 10, 1954, in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late James and Pearl (Baker) Nelson and the husband of Diana Diaz-Nelson.
Larry was retired from AT & T, where he worked in I.O.C., international customer service. He enjoyed collecting action figures and customizing action figures. He cared.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Owner, Chris Odasso

 


Carl Wallace Amman

January 13, 2021 |

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

Carl Wallace Amman, age 90, of White Oak, died Wednesday, January 13, 2021. He was born in Pittsburgh, on August 21, 1930 and is the son of the late Carl Wallace Amman and the late Amelia Sior Kelly. He worked as a draftsman in the engineering department and later retired as a foreman for US Steel National Works McKeesport. He also worked at the former Dunn Corporation in Carnegie for many years. He was also a very active member in the Beulah Park United Methodist Church.

 
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Don D. "Ho" Szymarek

January 13, 2021 |

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

Don D. "Ho" Szymarek, age 57, of McKeesport, died January 10, 2021, at home. Born May 21, 1963, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Donald Szymarek and Eileen (Boullion) Szymarek.

 
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Edmund Chiaverini

January 13, 2021 |

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

Edmund Chiaverini, age 97, of McKeesport, died January 12, 2021. Born January 1, 1924, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Louis and Mary (Ferry) Chiaverini and the husband of the late Elizabeth A. (DeFelice) Chiaverini.
Edmund was retired from US Steel, where he was a maintenance supervisor. Edmund was a WWll US Army veteran and served in Central Burma as part of the 3150th Signal Service Company. A member of the Mary Mother of God Parish, Edmund had a deep love of major league baseball, the New York Yankees, and watching old reruns of Columbo and Gunsmoke.

 
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Patricia Ziemianski

January 13, 2021 |

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

Patricia Ziemianski, age 76, of White Oak, formerly of North Huntingdon and Glassport, died January 12, 2021, at home surrounded by her family.  Born November 7, 1944, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Marcella (Panek) Raymer and the wife of the late Richard Ziemianski.  Patricia was the owner and manager of The Ziemianski Inn in Glassport.  She was known for being a character and loved to laugh and always cherished being surrounded by her friends and family.  During her time at The Inn, she welcomed patrons from around the world and enjoyed sharing a Sunday meal.

 
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Madeline C. Sporio

January 13, 2021 |

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

Madeline C. Sporio, age 91 of Clairton, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.   Born October 20, 1929 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Luisa (Volpe) Macioce.  A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Madeline joins her husband, the late Lawrence Sporio, who passed away February 1, 1993.  She is survived by her sons Vincent (Sandy) Sporio of Clairton, Robert (Beverly) Sporio of Jefferson Hills, and Larry Sporio of Clairton; her grandchildren Gina, Leah (Jonathan Opiela), Michael, and Victor (Carol) Sporio, Jessica (Bob) Marlow, Sarah (Jamie) Elkowitz, and Amber (David) Herschelroth; her great-grandchildren Savannah Sporio, Sadie, Bode, and Riley Marlow, Ally and Essey Elkowitz, Abigail Sporio, Tamar, Eve, and Cy Herschelroth, Carly and Victor Sporio, and Holly Elkowitz; her sister Virginia (the late Joe) Sebastian of Clairton; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband and parents, Madeline was preceded in death by her late sister Mary (the late John) DeRubeis.

 
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Karen (Barone) Higgins

January 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Karen (Barone) Higgins, of North Huntingdon, peacefully passed, on January 10, 2021 at the age of 58, with her family at her side. Karen was the beloved daughter of  Tony Barone and the late Dorothy “Dolly” (Nesta) Barone. She was the loving mother of Ronald Higgins, Jessica (Ross Becher) Higgins and Jamie (Brandon Lane) Higgins. Adoring grandmother of Jackson, Keira and Amara. She is also survived by her sisters, Dottie (Kenny) Altman and Aimee (Ron) Koch, brother, Tony (Eron) Barone, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Karen enjoyed reading and going to the beach. She adored her grandchildren and dogs.

 
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Alva B. Vasilich

January 13, 2021 |

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

Alva B. Vasilich, North Versailles, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Millie (Mauger) Bertozzi. Loving wife of 66 years of the late Thomas E. “Babe” Vasilich. Beloved mother of James J., of Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas E. Jr. (Mary Jane) of Port Vue.  Grandmother of Stacey (Chuck) Hughes, Thomas J., & Matthew J. Vasilich and the late Kaitlin Vasilich. Great grandmother of Trevor and Brielle Hughes.

 
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Janice Lynn Holmes

January 13, 2021 |

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

Janice Lynn Holmes, 65, of McKeesport, passed peacefully on January 7, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Beloved daughter of the late Clarence Wendell and Bessie Marie Grinage Holmes, born January 14, 1955. Janice obtained a Masters in Nursing, Ph.D. in Education, and Ph.D., ABD in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. She received the Master’s in Divinity and a Community Service Award from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Janice pastored Olivet Presbyterian, West Elizabeth, PA.

 
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James E. Belak

January 13, 2021 |

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

James E. Belak, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday January 10, 2021, due to complications from the covid virus. He was born September 2, 1933 in Penn Township, the son of the late Charles and Mary (Belak) Valero. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his beloved son Brett C. Belak. He was the founder of Belak Flowers which he started on November 1, 1960 in Irwin where he worked until his semi-retirement at the age of 65. He greeted everyone with a smile, kind word, and encouragement.

In recent years he had an online business selling mosaics called Mosaics by Kaleb. He was loved by many and will be missed by everyone. Jim graduated from Penn-Joint High School, Class of 1951, where he played basketball and football. He also took a few business classes at Penn State University. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, where he served on church council for many years.

 
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Burton Klein

January 12, 2021 |

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

Burton Klein, 94, of Fox Chapel, formerly of White Oak, died Monday, January 11, 2021. He was born August 31, 1926 in McKeesport and was the son of Isadore and Esther (Angerman) Klein. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Alvin Klein. Burt was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was the co-owner of the former Vienna Bakery in McKeesport, and was later employed in the Marketing Dept. of Equitable Resources in Pittsburgh. Burt was a former member of Tree of Life Sfard and was a WWII Army Veteran.

 
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Evelyn Brown

January 12, 2021 |

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

Evelyn Brown, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 in Grandview Estates, Elizabeth Twp.  Born February 4, 1928 in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Albert S. and Della May (Shaheen) Green and wife for 67 years of the late Kenneth H. Brown, who passed away April 5, 2019.  A devout and active member of St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Evelyn worked for many years as a clerk at Clairton Hardware.  In her spare time, she was an avid and accomplished bowler, participating in many travelling leagues, and was a self taught seamstress who loved to sew.  Evelyn is survived by her sister Della Benbow of Sanger, CA and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.  Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Helen Kislan, Alberta Miller, Salem M. Green, and Jenny Zender.  

 
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Georgia B. Grabill

January 12, 2021 |

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

Georgia B. Grabill, age 99, of McKeesport,  died January 10, 2021, at  Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  Born October 26, 1921, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Anna (Naher) Cynkar and the wife of the late William L. Grabill.

 
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Carole Simon

January 11, 2021 |

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

Carole Simon, age 82, of White Oak, died on January 7, 2021. She was born in McKeesport on March 3, 1938 and is the daughter of the late David and Lillian Shermer and the wife of the late Martin Simon.

 
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Benjamin DeBello

January 11, 2021 |

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

Benjamin DeBello, age 75, of McKeesport, passed peacefully on January 5, 2021. Born in Wayne, New Jersey on November 4, 1945 and formally of Norwich, New York and Alton, New Hampshire. He is the son of the late Benjamin and Alice Kopack DeBello, and the husband of the late Anna DeBello.

 
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Earl Warman, Sr.

January 11, 2021 |

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

Earl Warman, Sr., age 90, of Duquesne, died January 5, 2021, at home.  Born November 28, 1931, in Rockwood, PA, he was the son of the late Oliver and Elizabeth (Knopsnider) Warman and the husband of the late Helen Warman.  Earl worked as a laborer for US Steel Duquesne Works.  When he was younger, he enjoyed going dancing after work.

 
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Katherine Ross Kustra

January 11, 2021 |

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

Katherine Ross Kustra, age 35, of White Oak, died January 10, 2021. Born January 10, 1986, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Carolyn (Ross) Kustra.

 
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Ruth Ann Lewellen

January 11, 2021 |

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

Ruth Ann Lewellen, age 69, of West Mifflin, died January 10, 2021, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born September 27, 1951, in McDonald, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Ruth (McCabe) Hast and the wife of Kenneth R. Lewellen.

 
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John P. Nickolich

January 11, 2021 |

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

John P. Nickolich, age 93 of Clairton, passed away at home on Sunday, January 10, 2021.  Born December 28, 1927 in Jefferson Hills, he was a son of the late Nick and Anna (Polovich) Nickolich.  A US Army Sergeant in the Korean War, John was the former owner and proprietor of Johnny's Glass in Clairton and attended Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Pearl (Crisman) Nickolich and his siblings Nick Nickolich, Eva Milas, and Tom Nickolich.  John is survived by his daughters Marcie Yocco of Jefferson Hills and Cathy White of Clairton; his sons John T. (Michelle) Nickolich and WIlliam (Kim) Nickolich, both of Clairton; his seven grandchildren Sherry Sillings, Rick Yocco, Jr., Katie Rich, Jennifer Walker, Laura Nickolich, and Matthew and Jonathan White; his six great-grandchildren Rilynn, Bree, Reagan, Isabelle, Liam, and Layla; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Judith Lichtenstein

January 11, 2021 |

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

Judith Lichtenstein, age 83, of Grandville, MI, died on January 8, 2021. She was born on October 12, 1937, in McKeesport, PA, and is the daughter of the late Gustav and Olga Spitz Gottdiener, and the wife of the late David Lee Lichtenstein.

 
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John W. Eisele, Jr.

January 11, 2021 |

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

John W. Eisele, Jr., age 61, of McKeesport, formerly of North Versailles, died January 7, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport.  Born February 12, 1959, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Mary JoAnn (Hennessey) Eisele, and the beloved husband of Pam (Humphries Stanich) Eisele for 25 years.  John was a mechanic at area car dealerships before opening his own garage in North Versailles.  He was loved and respected by his customers for being an honest and knowledgeable mechanic.

 
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James R. Shepherd

January 11, 2021 |

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

James R. Shepherd, age 81 of North Huntingdon, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.  Born march 2, 1939 in  Coulter, he was a son of the late Plummer and Estelle (McLaughlin) Shepherd.  A member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, after receiving his bachelor's degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, James worked for many years as a history and government teacher for McKeesport Area School District.  He was also a member of the CFU Lodge #146 and its Men's Club.  James is survived by his wife Janet (Lubinski) Shepherd; his sons James L. (Heather) Shepherd of Nashport, OH and John M. (Laura) Shepherd of Roxbury, NJ; his grandchildren Kimberlyn, Andrew, Hannah, and Sarah; his siblings Raymond (Joanne) Shepherd of North Huntingdon and Carol Haines of Coulter; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Michael Shepherd.  

 
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Agnes Garcia

January 11, 2021 |

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

Agnes Garcia, 93, of Manor, formerly of West Newton, passed away at home on Saturday, January 9, 2021. She was born August 25, 1927 in Versailles and was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Strozin) Boris. She was the wife of the late Louis Garcia. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Michael) Colvin of Manor, grandson, Christopher M. (Deana) Colvin of Jeannette, sister, Pauline Machek of Texas and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Machek, Mary Gajdzik, Margaret Korenoski, Julie Drost, Bette Vojovich, and  Ann Kerceman, and brothers, George, John and Michael Boris.

 
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Joseph Juricich

January 10, 2021 |

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

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, Joseph “Papa Joe” Juricich, 96 of North Versailles passed away. Son of the late Joseph & Katherine (Stemberger) Juricich. Beloved husband of the late Constance Juricich. Loving father of Karen (Don) Elko, Joey P. (Barb) Juricich, Michael Juricich, Pamela (Doug) McGinnis, and the late Jeffrey Juricich. Brother of the late Irene Rosa. Dear Uncle of Rich (Ginny) Rosa, Kathy (Jan) Fung, and Theresa Nuzzo. 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Stepfather to Barb (Jim) Romanovich and Butch (Karen) Wilson. Joe and his parents were lifetime members of SNPJ. He was a member of the Bricklayers Union local 9 and a 55-year member of the Norwin Elks. Joe was a property developer and home builder, along with his father, Joe, and his son, Joe, (J&J Builders). Joe’s life continued to be one victory after another.

 
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Lilah Jane Worley

January 10, 2021 |

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

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Albina "Beanie" Mihalchik

January 09, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Albina "Beanie" Mihalchik of North Huntingdon Twp. peacefully passed on January 6, 2021 age 92. “Beanie” was the wife of the late Edward G. Mihalchik. Loving and devoted mom of Linda (Matthew) Momich and Gary Mihalchik and the late Robert and Steven Mihalchik.

Beanie as affectionally known as a loving mother and grandma. She loved to host people in her home. For many years she was a waitress at the former Monzo Palace Inn. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and playing cards. She will be deeply missed. Special grandma of 9 and 4 great grandchildren. Dear sister of Mary Lombardo and Helen Williams. Proceeded in passing by her parents Michael and Genevieve Toth and siblings.

 
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Patricia “Pat’ A. (Headings) Fryer

January 09, 2021 |

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

Patricia “Pat’ A. (Headings) Fryer, age 76, from North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. She was born February 17, 1944 in McKeesport and grew up in Port Vue, a daughter of the late William and Evelyn Headings. She attended St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Huntingdon. Pat worked for over 28 years as a food service manager for the Norwin School District before retiring.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Gerald Headings. She is survived by her sons Cary (Marlene) Reccelle and Chris (Carla) Reccelle both of North Huntingdon; grandchildren Kyli Miller, Jacob Reccelle and Joshua Reccelle; brothers William (Fay) Headings of Lewistown; Mike Headings of McKeesport and her sister Mary Grace Morris of Port Vue.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews that she cherished spending time with. She enjoyed shopping online and being with her very dear friends.

 
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Joseph G. "Sonny" Olson

January 09, 2021 |

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

Joseph G. “Sonny” Olson, age 80, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital. He was a former salesperson for Progressive Music in McKeesport, a member of St. Michael’s Parish in Elizabeth Twp., and a member of the American Legion. Born January 6, 1941 in Glassport, he was a son of the late Anthony Borrelli and Marie (Oslowski) Borrelli. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol (Kocis) Olson; four children, Joseph “Blaze” (Ronda) Olson of Elizabeth Twp., Bethann (Mark) Hudson of Virginia Beach, VA, Michael (Diana) Olson of West Newton and Lindsey (Mark) Anchak of Elizabeth Twp.; seven grandchildren, Joey, Nick, Justin, Kaity, Misty, Kylee and Adalee; three siblings, Anthony (Marianne) Borrelli of Brecksville, OH, Andrea (Jack) Kunzic of Glassport and Daniel (Casi) Borrelli of Cranberry; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Donna J. DiLonardo

January 09, 2021 |

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

Donna J. (Colecchi) DiLonardo, age 77 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born June 21, 1943 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Felix and Lorette (Rondinelli) Colecchi.  A member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish and the Sons of Columbus Santa Maria Council #3, Donna was a graduate of Clairton High School who then attended Point Park University and retired as a medical secretary.  In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, family vacations to Ocean City, MD, and trips to the casino.  She joins her husband of 42 years, the late Vincent W. DiLonardo, who passed away May 21, 2017.  Donna is survived by her sister Dolores Sluszka of New York; niece Carla Danielson; nephews Dean, Anthony and James (Kathy) DiLonardo and Vincent and Anthony Imbrogno; and also her aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. 

 
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Arthur H. DuCarme

January 09, 2021 |

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

Arthur DuCarme, age 99, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Grandview Estates, Elizabeth Twp. He retired in 1980 as a steelworker with National Tube in McKeesport. He was a U.S Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Born August 31, 1921 in Gastonville, he was a son of the late Arthur H. and Lillian (Heil) DuCarme and husband of the late Charlotte E. (Church) DuCarme. He is survived by sons, Douglas DuCarme of Elizabeth Twp. and Joseph DuCarme of Elizabeth Twp.; step-son, William Howden of Elizabeth; 6 step-grandchildren, numerous step-great grandchildren and step-great-great grandchildren; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Gertrude Stypula

January 09, 2021 |

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

Gertrude Stypula, age 88, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. She was born April 30, 1932 to Joseph and Anne Gress, and grew up in the Whitaker neighborhood with her siblings, Stephanie Pastirik, Joseph Gress and the late Mary Ellen Gress, George Gress, and Joanne Johnson. Gertrude and her beloved late husband of 65 years Frank had five children, Frank (Diane), Henry (Sandy), Lori Badarzynski (Ed), Christine Kiester (Kevin), and Linda Watson (Mike). Gertrude is survived by grandchildren Cameron, Dylan, Lauren, Nathan, Darrin, Ross, Ryan, Daniel, Bradley, Tyler and Conner.

Prior to her marriage she had achieved a supervisor position with AT&T. She then became a lifelong homemaker and enjoyed making her special Slovak/Polish meals anytime the family was together. Gert had a love for animals and took great pleasure in raising birds.

 
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Nick Tomasello

January 08, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Nick Tomasello, 91 of Glassport, passed away on Thursday, January 7 th, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. He was born on March 14, 1929, in Glassport to the late Dominic and Josephine Tornabene Tomasello. Nick was the loving husband of 41 years to the surviving Margaret Gaza Tomasello.

Nick proudly served his country with the United States Army as a Staff Sargent and Medic in the Korean War. He was a member of the Citizens Hose Company 1 Volunteer Fire Department in Glassport, where he was the oldest member after serving 72 years. Nick was also a former councilman of Glassport. He enjoyed being involved in politics, shooting pool, and playing poker. He worked as a millwright for U.S. Steel, where he retired from.

He is survived by his son, Vincent James (Donna) Tomasello, of Simpsonville South Carolina, daughters Josephine T (Aaron) Pikovsky of North Huntingdon, Theresa M. (Scott) DeCecco, of Liberty Boro, and Mary F. Tomasello, of Mooresville, North Carolina, step-children, Charles (Linda) Gaza, of Coneautville, PA, Catherine Daum, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, David Gaza, of Clairton, Carolyn Gaza, of Clairton, Claire Dehnoo, of Clairton, six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Russell A. Williams

January 08, 2021 |

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

Russell Allan Williams, 72, of McKeesport, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021. He was born December 12, 1948 in Washington and was the son of the late Wesley W. and Evelyn Mae (Reese) Williams. Russell was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church and was retired from Precision Kidd Steel. He was a US Navy Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. For his service he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation. Russell loved cooking, gardening, restoring cars and being with his family and friends.

 
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Wilson V. Rivera

January 08, 2021 |

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

Wilson V. Rivera, age 66, of Verona, died on January 4, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  Born February 25, 1954, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Lydia (Willis) Rivera-Turner and the late Raymon Rivera, and the loving husband of Beverly (Parsee) Rivera.  Wilson worked as a Supervisor of Maintenance at Wesley Family Services for over 25 years.  He loved old music and German Shepherd dogs but was especially fond of antique cars.  He took great pride in cleaning and detailing his antique 1988 Mazda.

 
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Anna L. Biber

January 08, 2021 |

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

Anna L. Biber, age 88, of Elizabeth Township, died on January 6, 2021. Born in Pittsburgh on October 6, 1932 she is the daughter of the late Katherine Currie and the wife of the late Donald Biber. She worked as an administrative assistant for Boston Mutual Insurance Company. She enjoyed volleyball, fishing, and bowling with her friends.

 
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Adolph Daniel Schultz

January 08, 2021 |

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

Adolph Daniel "Dan" Schultz, 74, of North Huntingdon, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was born September 26, 1946 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Henry and Hanna (Henderson) Schultz. Dan was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, White Oak American Legion, IBEW Union Local 5, and enjoyed bowling with his friends at New Great Valley Lanes. He was a US Army Veteran and was retired Electrician. He loved camping and classic cars. 

 
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Cliff Whitehead

January 07, 2021 |

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

Cliff Whitehead of North Huntingdon and formerly of Port Vue, died at (UPMC) McKeesport Hospital where he was born 82 years ago on August 26, 1938. He was the son of the late John and Helen Whitehead. Cliff was the devoted and loving husband of Sally (deceased) for 53 years.

Many people said Cliff was “one of a kind”. Over the years, he made many friends through his ventures in a variety of vocations and avocations including high school basketball at McKeesport under Cornelius “Neenie” Campbell, a stint in the U.S. Army where he entertained troops and civilians as a member of the singing group The Dinaros while stationed in Turkey, appliance specialist at Wander Sales and Kmart, positions in banking and finance including a colorful career as a collections agent (“repo man”), entrepreneur as owner of a Fox’s Pizza Den, chauffeur at The Lemon Tree, PIAA football and basketball official, and unofficial “Mayor of Sunset Valley” with the best neighbors ever.

 
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Ralph C. Linhart

January 07, 2021 |

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

Ralph C. Linhart, age 91, of Monroeville, formerly of White Oak, died January 6, 2021, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Born January 19, 1929, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Harry and Clara G. (Krukowski) Linhart and the husband of the late Norma (Smith) Linhart.

 
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John Regis Poisel

January 07, 2021 |

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

John Regis Poisel, age 68, of Elizabeth. Died on January 2, 2021. He was born in Pittsburgh and is the son of the late Edward and Rosalia Irene Flynn Poisel and the husband of Catherine Poisel. John served in the United States Air force, during the Vietnam War. John retired from US Steel as a steamfitter and has worked in house keeping for Magee Hospital.

 
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David J. Murray

January 07, 2021 |

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

David J. Murray, age 72 of North Huntingdon died January 6, 2021 at his home. He was born July 9, 1948 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Theodore and Mary Abel Murray. David was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a General Contractor and machinist. He enjoyed spending time on the family farm, time with his grandchildren, fishing, and camping. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during Vietnam.

 
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Barbara M. Sheedy

January 07, 2021 |

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

Barbara M. Sheedy, age 92 of Versailles, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Riverside Nursing Center, McKeesport.  Born January 26, 1928 in Versailles, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Takash) Biro.  A member of the Free Hungarian Reform Church of McKeesport and the Versailles AARP, besides her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, the late James J. Sheedy who passed away January 9, 2005; her brothers Alex, Andrew, Joseph, and George Biro; and her sisters Ethel Simon, Mary Kosareck, Sue Jacob, Elizabeth Tolone, and Kay Starry.  She is survived by her sons James A. (Linda) Sheedy of Versailles and with whom she resided for ten years and David B. (Michelle) Sheedy of North Huntingdon; her grandchildren Jake, Jared, David, Elliot, Aaron, and Caroline; her great-grandchildren Alexandra and Julian; and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Joanna Marie (Waszkiewicz) Detwiler

January 07, 2021 |

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

Joanna Marie (Waszkiewicz) Detwiler, age 66, of East McKeesport, on Thursday December 31, 2020, passed away surrounded by her family.  Beloved wife of Dean K. Detwiler.  Loving Mother of Charles (Kelli) and John (Karry) Detwiler.  Grandmother to Haylea (Joseph) Curtin, Nathanael, and Nicholas.  Great-Grandmother to Grayson and Easton.  Joanna is predeceased by her brother John (Jerilynn) and Raymond (Marlene) Waszkiewicz. She is survived by her brothers Francis “Jerry” (Lori), Eugene (Marilyn) and Edward (Nancy) Waszkiewicz.  Also, survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

 
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Emma J. Heflin Smalley

January 07, 2021 |

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

Emma J. Heflin Smalley, 72, departed this life on December 31, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born July 4, 1948, the beloved daughter of the late David Bud Coleman and Minnie Tyree. 

Emma is survived by her loving spouse Jonquin; two sons, Victor Tyree, Vincent Brown of McKeesport; step-son, Deon Smalley; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

 
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Diane L. Maultsby

January 07, 2021 |

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

Diane L. Maultsby, 70, born March 30, 1950, in McKeesport, PA.  The beloved daughter of the late Leroy and Louvata Maultsby, departed this life on January 1, 2021, at home. She was preceded in death by her brother, Anthony Maultsby.

Diane is survived by her two daughters, Dr. Tammi (Gregory) Marshall of Pittsburgh, PA, Kesha Epps of Homestead; son, Chad Epps of Duquesne; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; two sisters, Barbara Jefferson of Pittsburgh, Betty Coleman of Homestead; beloved dog, Tasho; extended family, and friends.

 
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Robert E. Timlin, Sr.

January 06, 2021 |

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

Robert E. Timlin, Sr, 85, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born September 2, 1935 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Vernon and Agnes (Hoffman) Timlin. He was the husband of the late Jean (Fowle) Timlin who passed away July 6, 2014. Robert was retired from the Pittsburgh Public Schools and was a US Army Veteran serving  during the Korean War.

 
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John Prokop, Sr.

January 06, 2021 |

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

John R. Prokop Sr., age 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away on January 5, 2021. He was born in Port Vue on January 27, 1933 and is the son of the late Stephen and Ann Pavlik Prokop and the loving husband of Ann Bradford Prokop. He served in the United States Army. John worked many years for Western Union and Miller Hydraulic Company. He was a member of the Liberty Boro Vets Club.

 
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John Stephen Pavlik, Jr.

January 06, 2021 |

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

John Stephen Pavlik, Jr., 71, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born February 17, 1949 in McKeesport and  was the son of the late John Stephen Pavlik, Sr. and Marian Christine (Yonek) Bartko and step-son of the late Joseph Bartko. He was a US ARMY veteran serving in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam and for his service he was awarded The Purple Heart, The National Defense Service Medal,The Army Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star Medal, The Air Medal, and The Vietnam Campaign Medal.  John retired after 30 years of service at US Steel in Clairton. After retirement he taught pipefitting at CCAC and worked for MK Technologies. He was a jack of all trades that could fix anything and was also an Eagle Scout.  He loved boating, camping and sailboats. His favorite past time was spending time at his camp in Waterford on the porch with his dog Misha.

 
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Mary Margaret "Marge" Strausser Wrigley

January 06, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Mary Margaret “Marge” Strausser Wrigley, 97 of West Mifflin, passed away on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at her home. She was born in McKeesport on February 26th, 1923 to the late Hugh and Wilda Smith Strausser. Mary was the loving wife to the late Arthur K. Wrigley. She is survived by her sons Arthur H. Wrigley of West Mifflin, and Gary C. Wrigley of West Mifflin, granddaughter Tebring (Timothy) Daly of Murphy Texas, and great-grandchildren Liliana and Tyler. Mary was preceded in death by her siblings Eddy, Alvie, Alice, and Charles. She was a former member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Mary enjoyed gardening and working with ceramics. Arrangements have been entrusted to I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. Interment is private. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Edward J. Jobe

January 06, 2021 |

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

Edward J. Jobe, age 74, of McKeesport, died January 2, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born September 4, 1946, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Edward and Anna (Edeling) Jobe.
Ed retired from Edward L. Kemp Co. Heating & Air Conditioning, where he was a Heating & Cooling Specialist. He was a US Marine Corps veteran serving during Vietnam. Edward was a hardworking man and cherished the time he spent with his family.

 
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Gertrude A. Bytzura

January 05, 2021 |

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

Gertrude A. Bytzura, age 96, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on January 5, 2021 at Manor Care-Whitehall.  Born in Duquesne on March 15, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Kosko) Harchar. She retired after 34 years for the Railroad Retirement Board. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Name and St. Hedwig Churches, where she served as one of the first Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors and was a 37-year member of the former Altar and Rosary society. She had a passion for going to the Casinos, getting her hair done, going to Church and most of all, her grandchildren and great children were the love of her life. She was the wife of the late Michael Bytzura (Bytz); mother of Michael S. (Jo Ann) Bytzura of West Mifflin; Grandmother of Michele (Brandon) Kameg of Jefferson Hills, Leslie (John) Montesano of Peters Twp., Joseph (Tara) Bytzura of Jefferson Hills; Nana of Kamryn & Bryce Kameg, Mackenzie, Madisyn, Lincoln & Milena Montesano, and Kaiden & Kenley Bytzura.

 
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Woneda Custer

January 05, 2021 |

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

Woneda (Grimes) Custer, age 92, of Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Jefferson Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. She was a retired secretary and bookkeeper for Marraccini’s Supermarket in Elizabeth, where she worked for 58 years. She was also a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church. Born September 25, 1928 in Lincoln Borough, she was a daughter of the late Walter L. and Catherine E. (Morgan) Grimes and wife of the late William W. Custer. She is survived by a niece, Darla S. Posney of Tarentum; great-niece, Kayla Posney and great-nephew, Camden J. Posney; also, additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 5 PM until the hour of service at 6PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jeff Riker officiating. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, guests are required to wear masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines. You may be asked to limit your visiting time so that all guests will have an opportunity to pay their respects. The family would like to express their understanding to those who are unable to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Private burial in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth Baptist Church, 735 Bunola River Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Alice J. Hajduk

January 05, 2021 |

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

Alice J. Hajduk of White Oak passed away December 14, 2020. She was the wife of the late Albert M. Hajduk, who passed away in 1981.

 
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David D. O'Malley

January 05, 2021 |

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

David D. O'Malley, age 63 of McKeesport, died December 29, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born February 20, 1957, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late George W. O'Malley Jr. and Irene (Barazda) O'Malley.

 
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John William Ivaska

January 05, 2021 |

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

John William Ivaska, 85,of White Oak, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at home. He was born April 2, 1935 in Duquesne and was the son of the late Jozef and Emelia (Ursin) Ivaska. John was a US ARMY veteran and earned the Good Conduct Medal. He worked for many years as a machinist at numerous places and retired from PEI in Munhall. He was a member of the former St. Mark Lutheran Church in Duquesne and was currently attending Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak.

 
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Patricia W. Russell

January 05, 2021 |

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

Patricia W. Russell, age 93, of West Mifflin, passed away on January 4, 2021, at home. Born in Duquesne on December 25, 1927, she was the daughter of the late William and Jane (Wohl) Weber. She was retired as a Tax Collector from the West Mifflin Tax Office, was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, and was a former volunteer at the former St. Joseph Library. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George B. Russell, and children, Jane (surviving spouse, Harry of Mt. Lebanon) Wulff and James (surviving spouse, Joni) Russell.

 
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Kathleen Irene Woodworth

January 05, 2021 |

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

Kathleen Irene Woodworth, age 74, of McKeesport, died December 24, 2020, at home.  Born November 20, 1946, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William and Virginia Oliver. Kathleen worked at McKeesport Hospital in housekeeping then went on to retire from Quality Services.

 
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Peggy B. (Riggar) Fait

January 04, 2021 |

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

Peggy B. (Riggar) Fait, 62, of Port Vue, died on Sunday, January 3, 2021, in U.P.M.C. Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born on July 8, 1958, in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Shirley (Thorpe) Riggar. Mrs. Fait was a retired sales clerk for Mantsch's Blue Bonnet Bakery in Homestead. She is survived by a son Stephen (Alisha) Fait, three brothers, Rusty Riggar, Kenny Riggar, and Mark Riggar, three sisters, Diane McGreggor, Rebecca Booker, and Suzanne Martin, one loving granddaughter, Emma Grace Fait, and her significant other, Ed Humenik. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, John Fait, and a brother, Bernard Riggar.

 
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Robert T. "Bob" Stump

January 04, 2021 |

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

Robert T. "Bob" Stump, age 75, of White Oak, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on January 4, 2021, at home. Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 31, 1945, he was the son of the late William Stump and the late Grace (Dobson) Stump Frederick and his late stepfather, William Frederick. He was a retired rehabilitation counselor for the Commonwealth of PA, a retired Intermediate Unit Consultant, was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish-St. Angela Merici Church, former member of Christ the Light of the World Parish-Holy Name Church, and he enjoyed using his computer and listening to music, but most of all loved his family. He was the beloved husband of 53 years to Catherine “Kay” (Zimmerman) Stump; father of William Stump of Duquesne, Catherine “Kitty” (William) Balaban of North Huntingdon, Jacklyn (James) Troff of North Huntingdon, R. Michael “Mike” Stump of Jefferson Hills, Margaret “Maggie” (Steve) Rack of Dravosburg, John Stump of North Huntingdon, and Daniel (Kristy) Stump of North Huntingdon; grandfather of Skyler Stump, Shane Stump, Samuel Stump, Catherine Balaban, William Balaban, Emma Balaban, Gianna Stump, Carlos Stump, Annie Stump, Conner Stump, Jayden Mikula, Kiya Mikula, Kenzy Mikula, Dylan Stump, and Katelyn Stump.

 
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Mary Ann Englert

January 04, 2021 |

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

Mary Ann (Kobik) Englert, 83, of Elizabeth, PA, died January 1st, 2021. Born February 10th, 1937 in McKeesport, she was daughter of the late Nicholas and Helen (Butkovsky) Kobik, and wife of the late Chester Englert.

After graduating with honors from St. Peter’s High School, Mary Ann worked for years at the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Plant as a secretary, supporting senior research scientists. With the birth of her children, she devoted herself to nurturing her home, family, and church.

 
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Gregory L. Wright

January 04, 2021 |

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

Gregory L. Wright, age 66, of Glassport, formerly of Clairton and Beaver Falls, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired forklift operator for Anchor Hocking in Monaca. He was a member of the PNA, Sons of Italy, American Legion and Citizens Hose, all in Glassport, and the VFW in Clairton. Born October 23, 1954 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Seibert "Abe" and Betty J. (Criswell) Wright.

 
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Kathryn "Katie" Scalzitti

January 04, 2021 |

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

Kathryn "Katie" Scalzitti, age 56, of North Huntingdon, went to meet Jesus December 22, 2020, at home. Born October 9, 1964, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd "Bud" and Jane (Quinn) Johnston and the wife of the late Terry Scalzitti.

Katie was an X-ray Technician in her early years. She worked at her brother's auto dealerships and was a co-owner of Terry's Auto Glass and Hempfield Motors. Katie was also a proven interior designer.  Katie enjoyed traveling, attending bible study, and spoiling her numerous nieces and nephews. She had the most wonderful sense of humor and was a very giving person to all she knew. Katie loved all animals and adored her cat, "Taz," along with all her other pets that have preceded her in death and crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Katie is survived by her twin brother, Dan Johnston, her loving sisters, Patty (Tom) Ziegler, Pam, MaryEllen, Sandy, and Elizabeth.

 
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Norma P. Whitmore

January 04, 2021 |

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

   

Norma P. Whitmore, 64, of Duquesne, died Dec. 31, 2020.  She is survived by her beloved husband Keith Whitmore, daughters Sharome Urbano and Madonna Williams and grandchildren Cassie, Dominic, Jarelle and Jaden.  Norma was a unit clerk for Kane Regional Center, UPMC Childrens and UPMC Presbyterian.  She was a member of St. Agnes Church and the Philippines Society of America.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, on Thurs. from 2-4 and 6-8.  A funeral mass will be held Fri. 10:00 am at St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin.  A private interment will be held Monday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

 


Maryann Daniels

January 04, 2021 |

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

Maryann Daniels, 65, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021.  She was born October 21, 1955 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Delbert L. and Dorothy M. (Wiggins) Singler.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Delbert L. Singler who was killed in action while serving in Vietnam and brother David J. Singler.  Before her retirement, Maryann worked as a First Student Bus Driver and a Hillcrest Middle School cafeteria worker for 25+ years.  She often talked about all the children that she served and took such pride in her job.

 
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Margaret Lilley

January 04, 2021 |

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

Margaret  Lilley, 91, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born June 18, 1929 in Masontown, and was the daughter of the late Andrew F. and Mary (Saliek) Ponick. She was the wife of the late Robert Ellsworth Lilley who passed away September 7, 2004.

 
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Alfred J. Savage, Jr.

January 04, 2021 |

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

Alfred J. Savage, Jr., age 79, of Irwin, died January 2, 2021, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Born November 5, 1941, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Alfred J., Sr., and Leona Mae (Daugherty) Savage and the husband of Roberta (McClellan) Savage for over 59 years.

Alfred retired from Bill Fiore Trucking, where he was a truck driver. He was also a volunteer at the former Industry, PA Volunteer Fire Department, where he was the fire chief. Alfred enjoyed woodworking, puzzles, fishing, and hunting in his early years.

 
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Ann Kemp

January 04, 2021 |

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

Ann Kemp, age 89 of Oakmont, formerly of White Oak, died on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born in Altoona on December 13, 1931 and is the daughter of the late Monroe and Edna Edgein Eckroth and the wife of the late George R. Kemp.

 
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Doris M. Drop

January 04, 2021 |

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

Doris M. Drop, age 95, of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2021 while at home. She was born in Garfield, PA, daughter of the late William and Theresa (Tartler) Watt. Doris held a deep devotion for the Lord, worshipping Him joyfully, and to her family for whom she loved to cook and bake. Doris was a member of Grace Life Church, Monroeville.

 
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Frank A. (Rock) Todaro

January 04, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Frank A. (Rock) Todaro age 94 of Glassport, died January 3, 2021 at John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. He was born September 15th, 1926 in Glassport. He was the son of the late Ralph V. and Jennie Todaro; beloved husband of the late Jean (Dabruzzo) Todaro. Frank is survived by his sons Ralph V. (Sheila L.) and Robert (Bernadette), Grandson Jimmy Fulton, step-grandsons Scott M. and Shawn P. Stewart, 7 great grandchildren and Nieces and Nephews. Frank was preceded in death by sisters Mary Zaya, Rose Vicchio, Mary Ruffo, brothers John, Joseph, Nicholas Todaro and Nucci Ponzo and daughter Barbara Ann (Charles) Fulton.

 
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Donald J. Ruhe

January 04, 2021 |

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

Donald J. Ruhe, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.  He was born February 14, 1941 in Duquesne, son of the late Joseph and Wilda (Forbes) Ruhe.  Prior to his retirement, Donald was a foreman for US Steel and later drove for First Student Bus Co.  for 20 years. 

He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Viet Nam War, a member of St. Agnes and Immaculate Conception Church and was past Sergeant at Arms for Larimer VFD.  He enjoyed landscaping, golfing, hunting, fishing and loved spending time with his family.

 
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Sr. Rosemary Horvath

January 04, 2021 |

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

Sr. Rosemary Horvath, age 82 of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 in the Motherhouse Chapel. 

Born April 19, 1931 in Cleveland, OH, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Cinal) Horvath.  A fifty-one year member of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer Order, Sr. Rosemary received her parish social minister certification and was a licensed nursing home administrator. 

She worked in the business office and in data processing at the Divine Redeemer Memorial Hospital, administrator of the Little Flower Manor Nursing Home, social minister of St. Bartholomew's Parish in Penn Hills and St. Anthony's Parish in Monongahela, and for nine years as Provincial Superior, then Regional Superior, for the Order. 

Sr. Rosemary was always interested and cared about the aged and ill; was a true people person; began the flea market at the Divine Redeemer Motherhouse and was responsible for the telephone volunteers at the Motherhouse.  She also enjoyed working with computers.  Sr. Rosemary is survived by her fellow Sisters of the Divine Redeemer and her nieces Debbie and Sandy Vasko.

 
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Sandra B. Kresovich

January 04, 2021 |

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

Sandra B. Kresovich, 77, died Monday, December 28, 2020. Born in Fredricktown, PA on February 21, 1943, Sandy was the daughter of Daniel and Ann Ruth Battaglini and the devoted wife of the late John C. Kresovich.

Sandy attended California University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Her career began as a third-grade teacher at Gotwall Elementary School in Wilmerding. Later she earned her Reading Specialist Certificate with her Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and finished her 36-year teaching career with the East Allegheny School District as a 7th and 8th grade Reading teacher at both Park Terrace Middle School and East Allegheny Jr/Sr High School.

Upon her retirement in 1999, Sandy enjoyed traveling. She visited many countries in Europe, always returning to her favorite, Italy. At home, Sandy was a devoted member of Miller United Methodist Church and served on many committees. She also volunteered weekly at the East Allegheny Meals on Wheels.

Sandy will forever be remembered as a kind, caring and loving person who valued her family and her friendships. She loved following Pittsburgh sports teams and enjoyed sharing this love with her friends. Sandy’s wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile will provide many cherished memories for those who loved her.

 
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Dolores M. Moran

January 02, 2021 |

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

Dolores M. Moran, age 89, died Saturday morning, January 2, 2021, at Morrison Woods Health Center in Muncie, Indiana. She was born January 13, 1931 in North Braddock, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Vjlacky) Duray, attended St. Michael Catholic School and graduated from Scott High School. She moved to Muncie in 1961 with her husband, Edward J. Moran, to whom she had been married 64 years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Women’s Association of the church. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, Thomas Moran (wife, Tracie) of Scranton, PA and Ronald Moran (wife, Diane) of Wyomissing, PA; three grandchildren, Kathryn, Claire and Audrey Moran. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Mary Lou Cherry. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, with the Rev. Robert Seeman officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

 


Sherry L. Hager

January 02, 2021 |

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

Sherry L. Hager, 74, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  She was born January 23, 1946 in Greensburg, daughter of the late James and Marjorie (Furrer) Tray.  Prior to her retirement, Sherry was a deli manager for Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh and later became a Pepperidge Farm Distributor.  She enjoyed tending to her flowers in her garden, cooking, dancing, camping and spending time with her family.  She is survived by her husband, John C. Hager; daughters, Cindi Hager, Michele Nace and her husband, Philip; brother, James Tray; grandchildren, Brittany, Corey and Madison Nace, Emma Rose and Mitchell Pfeifer.  Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Long Run Cemetery, North Huntingdon.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Aurora DeVentura

January 02, 2021 |

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

Aurora (Valt) DeVentura, age 94 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Paramount Senior Living at Peters Township.  Born September 21, 1926 in Falcada, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Virgil and Eleana (DiBasio) Valt.  A member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton. Aurora was preceded in death by her husband Sisto DeVentura, to whom she was married to for 63 years.  She is survived by her children Lenore (Donald) Lasowecky of Aiken, SC, Jeanne (Steve Rude) Lopez of San Diego, CA, and Charles "Chuck" (Kristi) DeVentura of Peters Township; grandchildren Amanda Lasowecky, Matthew Petrovich, Angelica Martin, Joel Sarazin, and Dominick and Alyssa DeVentura; great-grandchildren Andrew and Ailana Petrovich; and brother Harris (the late Geraldine) Valt of White Oak. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter Denise Golling. 

 
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Mark "Elko" Kokayko

January 02, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Mark "Elko" Kokayko, 67, of Glassport died Thursday December 31, 2020. He is the son of the late John and Ann (Korposh) Kokayko. He is survived by his daughter Trish (Nathan) Crawley; granddaughters Madison and Hailey; and brother Jack Kokayko. He was preceded in death by his sister Joanne Williamson. Mark previously worked at Beneficial Finance and Allegheny Intermediate unit, was a member of the Christian Men's Organization, an avid golfer, an usher at Corpus Christi Parish, and a member at numerous social organizations. Visitation will be private. A funeral mass will be held 11am Tuesday at Corpus Christi Parish, Mckeesport. Interment following St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.

 


Jean Dolores Fecho

January 02, 2021 |

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

Jean Dolores (Buck) Fecho, of Duquesne, age 81, died peacefully at home on the first day of the New Year 2021. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary (Holko) Bak; her husband, John Fecho Jr.; and her sister, Dolores. She is survived by her son, John and Jeanmarie (Chervenak) Fecho; granddaughter, Aleda; son Joseph Fecho; sister, Marlene (Ted) Celedonia; numerous nieces and nephews; and furry friends, Daisy and Sabrina. In her younger years, she was employed by the Duquesne Plaza Theatre and Kennywood Park. After her graduation from Duquesne High School (‘57), she was employed by The Donnelley Directory in downtown Pittsburgh prior to becoming a full-time home-maker. “Nana” had a special talent and joy for cooking and baking. Her nut rolls and pumpkin pies were amazing!  She was adept at stock market trading, an avid follower of Democratic Party politics, and a person who taught us how to be better. Jean was a devoted member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Name and St. Hedwig Churches. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Private burial will be held in St. Hedwig Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to K.I.N.D. (Kids In Need of Desks campaign) through unicefusa.org. All PA Covid-19 precautions will be in place and visitors must wear a mask.

 


Alba T. Hronakes

January 02, 2021 |

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

Alba T. Hronakes, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Jefferson Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.  Born April 21, 1928 in Connellsville, she was a daughter of the late Pietro and Madelina (Pilla) Pozzuto. She was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in White Oak, a 1946 graduate of Swissvale High School, and a longtime sales clerk at JCPenney's.  Alba was preceded in death by her husband Steve M. Hronakes, who passed away on February 17, 1989.  She is survived by her sons George P. Hronakes of Wickhaven and Michael P. Hronakes of Long Island, NY; grandchildren Gina Hronakes and Christine (Justin) Carnegie; great-grandchildren Gianna, Derrick, Mario, and Maria; sister-in-laws Dara Pozzuto and Myrna Hronakes; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, Alba was preceded in death by her six siblings.

 
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Elizabeth "Libby" Kennedy

January 02, 2021 |

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

  Elizabeth "Libby" Kennedy passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020. Libby was loved by all who knew her, a long time employee of the former Hills Department Store in Kennywood Mall, West Mifflin, an active member of Homeville Christian Church in West Mifflin. Libby was a grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 11. She was widowed by her husband Eugene "Spike" Kennedy in 1965. She is survived by her two brothers Paul Ebright and James (Norma) Ebright; son Eugene (Deanna) Kennedy of Berlin, PA; daughters Laura (Terrance) Needham, Lynn Baldwin, and Debra (Ronald) Yonek; grandsons Joseph (Kristen) Marecic, Rob (Erica) Kennedy, Andrew (Janel) Needham; granddaughters Heather (Derek) DeJohn, Lee Ann (James) Risha, and Denise (George) Grove. Friends and loved ones can be received at Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, 212 Wilmot St., Duquesne PA on Mon. from 2-4 and 6-8. A funeral service will be held at Homeville Christian Church, 4702 Eliza St., West Mifflin on Tue. 11am. Interment following at Jefferson Memorial Park.

 


Daryl M. Bowen

January 02, 2021 |

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

Daryl M. Bowen, age 92, of White Oak, died December 30, 2020, at William Penn Care Center. Born November 15, 1928, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Gladys M. (Jones) Mooney and the wife of the late William C. Bowen, Sr. for 58 years.
Daryl retired from the former Equibank of White Oak and, prior Westinghouse Atomic Plant of West Mifflin. She was a Graduate of McKeesport High School Class of 1946 and in the High School Choir. She was a graduate of Robert Morris Business School. Daryl was a member of the Calvary-First United Methodist Church of McKeesport, where she was in the United Methodist Women's Group. She was also a member of the Garden Club, and the Youghiogheny Country Club, where she played tennis. She also enjoyed singing in the high school choir ,church choir and Valley Voices singing group, dining out and traveling with her family.

 
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Thank You for Your Continued Support

January 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: General Information

Our goal is to continue to provide coverage of news and events in McKeesport, Duquesne, North Versailles Twp., White Oak and the surrounding area. We'd even like to grow, but first, we need to get back to full strength.

We don't ask for money very often. If you can help us, we would very much appreciate a donation this year.

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

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Gloria Lee Carter Johnston

January 02, 2021 |

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

Gloria Lee Carter Johnston, 92, of East McKeesport, affectionately known as "Glo" passed away peacefully into the loving arms of our Lord, December 16, 2020. She was born September 28, 1928 in Reading, a daughter of the late Arthur and Laura Carter. 

She graduated from East McKeesport High School in 1946 and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She was a fashion illustrator for Jaison's Department Store. Her illustrations were published in the McKeesport Daily News. Glo enjoyed traveling, reading, shopping, her soaps, and Jeopardy. She was an active person and enjoyed being part of the planning committees of her high school reunions.

Gloria married her husband of 54 years David R Johnston on August 20, 1948. She became a wife, homemaker, and mother of three. David passed away on April 21, 2002.

For the last 10 ½ years she has resided with her loving and dedicated son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery C Johnston and Beth Ann Graziano. She is also missed by her beloved furry feline Whitey.

Also surviving is her son David C. Johnston of Latrobe, her daughter Kathryn L. Peters of GA; granddaughters Sacha and Maia; great granddaughter Olive; and her sister Kathryn "Kay" McConnell of OH.

 
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Mary Jane Collage

January 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Mary Jane Collage, 88, of Ridgeley WV, formerly of Elizabeth Township, PA, passed away on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2020 at her home.

Born on August 13, 1932 in McKeesport, PA, she was the daughter of the late Larry and Rose (Ferrante) Cordisco. She also was preceded in death in 2015 by her husband of 55 years, Donald J. Collage, Sr. and a brother, Edward Cordisco of Lincoln, CA.

Mary Jane worked at GC Murphy Co. prior to marrying and later at Dapul Machine Co. in Elizabeth Twp for over 20 years. Her life was dedicated to the care of her husband, children and grandchildren. Mary Jane was known for her Italian pizzelle cookies and her famous meatballs.

She is survived by sons, Richard Dean Collage and wife Jean of Elizabeth Twp., Donald Jean Collage, Jr. and wife Cheryl  of Ridgeley, WV, and Denis Larry Collage of Fort Lauderdale, FL; a daughter, Kimberly Joan Collage of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Stephen, Richard, Rachel, Karalee, Kaelin, and Kelli; great-grandson, Quinten; sisters Joan Simko of South Carolina and Agnes Cordisco of McKeesport; niece and goddaughter Diane Montanti of Irwin, PA;  nephews and cousins.

 
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Terrence (Terry) William Jackson

January 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Terrence (Terry) William Jackson, 73, died December 30, 2020 at the age of 73. Terry was the devoted husband of Kathleen (Poprocky) Jackson for 32 years. He is also survived by his brother Tim (Gloria), Mother in Law, Ann Poprocky, Brothers and Sisters in law, Rita (Carl) Catalano, Theresa Poprocky, Monica (Pat) D’Abruzzo, Edward (Victoria) Poprocky and Anne (Paul) Troy, many beloved nieces and nephews and many friends.

Terry was preceded in passing by his parents, William and Dorothy Jackson and his brother, Brian Jackson. Terry was an Air Force Veteran. He spent most of his career as a Federal employee of the Department of the Treasury, the IRS, and the OPM. In his retirement, he worked in child care for the YMCA of Wilmerding.

He volunteered as a teacher’s aide for generations of his wife Kathy’s students. Terry loved helping children and always was himself a child at heart. He was an avid, intrepid traveler throughout Canada and the U.S. Most of all, Terry was a person of deep, enduring faith, dedicating years of service to his local Catholic parishes, as a sacristan, altar server, and Eucharistic Minister. Terry’s family remembers and cherishes his unmatched kindness, the twinkle in his eye and the joy he got and gave over telling silly jokes.

 
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Darlene J. (Zahn) Kerchner

January 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Darlene J. (Zahn) Kerchner, 69, peacefully passed on December 29, 2020 at the age of 69. Darlene was the devoted wife of Michael Kerchner for 47 years. Loving mother of Lori (Scott) Shaulis, Douglas Kerchner and Suzanne (Bull) Dryer, Adoring grandmother of Haylee, Dalton, Madison, DaKoda and Andrew. Darlene was preceded in passing by her parents, Mike and Joan (Smith) Matarazzo. Darlene was an avid bingo player and loved chocolate ice cream. Above all, she loved her family, especially her grandkids that filled her life. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

 
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Joseph A. Radovic Jr.

January 01, 2021 |

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

Joseph A. Radovic Jr., 84, of Duquesne, passed away on January 1, 2021, at Southwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Rankin on September 29, 1936, he was the son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Zegar) Radovic Sr. He was a retired crane operator for U.S. Steel-Homestead Works, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Trinity Church, a member of the Duquesne and Rankin Croatian Clubs, lead singer and musician for Bijela Ruza and an avid Pittsburgh Penguins Fan. He proudly served his country in the Army. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores “Dolly” (Galata) Radovic; father of Joseph (Regina) Radovic of White Oak, Christopher (Sheila) Radovic of West Mifflin, Mary Beth (Dan) Denne of Elizabeth Twp., and Thomas (Rose) Radovic of Jefferson Hills; grandfather of Rachel, Matthew and Bethany Radovic, Christopher and Ryan (Emily) Radovic, Daniel, Seth, and Zachary (Alyssa) Denne, Jakob, Shawn, and Benjamin Radovic; great grandfather of Addilyn Radovic.

 
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