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Lawrence "Larry" Sobek

November 25, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Lawrence "Larry" Sobek passed on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at the age of 86, with his loving family at his side.  Larry was the loving and devoted husband of Helena (Cortazzo) for 61 years.  Larry was the son of the late Albert Sobek and Margaret (Toth), stepson of Rosalie (Franks) Sobek.  Beloved brother of Dolores Krisher, brother-in-law to Lois Cortazzo and the late Pat Cortazzo and late Margaret Ily.

Devoted father to his children, Larry Jr. (Daria), Elaine (late Kenny) Zucarelli, Timmy (Stacey) and Cynthia (Tom) Bowman.  Loving Pap to his Grandchildren, Larry III, Ryan, Andy, Seth, Daria, Leanna, Dominic, Natalie, and Sofia. And Great Grandchildren Sebastian, Jake, and Emma.
Larry worked for United Airlines as a reservationist for 35 years.  He worked in Pittsburgh then the office transferred to Cleveland where he commuted every weekend back and forth to Pittsburgh.  He then was transferred to Virginia and retired from the airline. He realized that he was too young to retire and began his employment with Alfieri Funeral Home.  He was a dedicated employee and loved comforting many families in their difficult times for 18 years. Larry was a proud US Navy Veteran. A lifelong member of the Wilmerding Volunteer Fire Department. He served on the board of the East Boros Hall of Fame. He is a lifetime member of St. Aloysuis now known as St. Joseph the Worker Parish.  He is a graduate of Rankin High School and Wilmerding resident for over 61 years.

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Antionette "Toni" Rizzo

October 31, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Antionette "Toni" Rizzo of North Versailles passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at the age of 93. Toni was the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Marrianne Iovino of Swissvale. Beloved wife of the late Samuel Rizzo and dear mother of Gene (Lorraine) of North Versailles, Larry of Sarasota, Florida, and the late Guy Rizzo; loving grandmother of Vincent Brannan, Bridgeville. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ulis, but preceded in death by siblings Grace Devlin, Lou Iovino, and Bridgette Gailbreath. Toni is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Toni worked at Mercy Hospital, A & P Bakery, Westinghouse Switchgear Credit Union, and later volunteered at the Senior Center in Turtle Creek. She loved spending her leisure time at her summer cabin in Pymatuning and sharing it with friends and family as often as possible. She enjoyed cooking and reading, but above all else, helping others.

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Elizabeth “Jean” Ponitz

October 31, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Elizabeth “Jean” Ponitz, originally from Wilmerding, earned her angel wings at St. Anne’s Home on Monday, October 24, 2022. She was born in Wall, PA on December 31, 1928, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Arendas. Jean, as she was called by her family and friends, worked in retail and offered fashion advice to her many customers at Lane Bryant, Caren Charles, and Pappagallo at the Monroeville Mall. At age 93 she continued to read fashion magazines for the latest trends. She also enjoyed doing word search puzzles and would keep her family busy purchasing additional puzzle books for her. She was a member of St. Aloysius Church, now known as St. Joseph the Worker parish and a graduate of Westinghouse Memorial High School in Wilmerding.

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Florindo “Fred” Mariani

October 13, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Florindo “Fred” Mariani, age 89 of North Versailles, passed away peacefully to reunite eternally with his beloved wife of 65 years, Patricia Mariani, daughters Diana and Gina Ann Mariani, and granddaughter, Gina Marie Mariani.

He was born on December 29, 1932 in Sant Angelo del Pesco, Italy, a son of the late Filomena (DiVito) and Ondivio Mariani.

Fred immigrated to the United States in 1953. He built a life filled with cherished family and friends. He ran a masonry business and was highly skilled in his trade. As a father and grandfather, he demonstrated strength, courage and the value of working hard in all that he did. Fred enjoyed regularly visiting his family in Italy, watching football, delicious food, music, and most of all, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He set a true example of perseverance, integrity, tradition and dedication to family and faith. Fred was the pillar of love and commitment in his family— a love that continues to connect his family on earth and in heaven.

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Frank Bacco

October 13, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Frank Bacco, 96, of Wilmerding died peacefully on October 9, 2022.  Special Pappap of Christine (Mark) Filburn, Matthew (Ryan) Bacco, Alexis Bacco and Allyson Bacco as well as four great-grandchildren: Justine, Jeremy and Jada Filburn and Carson Bacco.

He was preceded in death by his son Anthony (Tony) Bacco, his parents, Pasquale and Mary Bacco and siblings, Flora Damasky, Gabrielle, Rose Sarnicola, Anthony, Joseph, Louis, Angeline Conte, Samuel, James, Clara Faber and David.

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Nita (D'Amico) Cheripka

October 13, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Nita (D'Amico) Cheripka, 75, of Wilmerding died peacefully on October 8, 2022. Nita was the devoted wife of Thomas Cheripka. Loving mother of Monica (Robert) Murphy, Thomas Cheripka Jr., and Brad (Julie) Cheripka; adoring grandmother of Jeremy, John “Jake”, Delaney, Collin, Zachary and Reagan. Nita is also survived by her siblings, Donald D’Amico, Patricia Cheripka and Pamela Matviya, step siblings, Mary Ann Medvis, Rose “Tiny” Monk, James “Bull” Cheripka, Robert “Bucky” Cheripka, Edward Cheripka, Ronald Cheripka, and Mark Cheripka, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, David and Blanche Virginia (Shaffer) D’Amico, step mother, Helen (Cheripka) D’Amico, and her brother, Michael D’Amico.

She loved deeply, lived fully, and served others well. May we all strive to carry on her legacy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Jude the Apostle Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Nita was laid to rest privately at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Please www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Nita (D'Amico) Cheripka, please visit our floral store.


Dawn Marie (McConnell) Sanner

September 14, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Dawn Marie (McConnell) Sanner, 46, of Wilmerding died unexpectedly September 11, 2022. Born June 21, 1976, Dawn was the loving mother of Brett (Dreje) Curry and Desirae (Eliyah) Curry; adoring grandmother of Camron and Christiona. Dawn is also survived by her mother, Donna (Andelmo) McConnell, brothers, Vince (Amy Ward) Hensler and Rob (Tammy) McConnell, nieces and nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in passing by her husband, Chad Sanner, father, Robin McConnell, and sister, Crystal Gamrat.

Dawn loved to go camping and attend concerts. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren.

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Dr. Lynn Marie Simko

August 29, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Dr. Lynn Marie Simko, 66, of North Versailles, PA joined her lost loved ones in heaven on Thursday, August 25th, 2022.  Lynn, the daughter of Emil and Marion Coletta was born April 7th, 1956. 

She is survived by her children Dr. Bethany and Derek Kamis; John and Dr. Rachelle Simko; four beloved grandchildren, Owen and Gabriel Kamis; Brynn and Emilia Simko. 

She also left behind three siblings; Frank Coletta (Deb Coletta), Dr. Susan Coletta, Amy Lizza (Walter Lizza), and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Lynn devoted her life to caring for others. Caring for her family, friends, and countless others in her work as a critical care nurse at West Penn Hospital. 

Lynn valued education earning several master’s degrees and a PhD. in nursing.  She passed on her knowledge working as a professor of nursing at Duquesne University for nearly thirty years.  She also fought for the mistreated, working in the area of legal nurse consulting.  

Lynn will be remembered most for her kindness, tireless work ethic, for how much she cherished her grandchildren and as a devoted mother.

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Mary M. (Yankowski) Lisic

August 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Mary M. (Yankowski) Lisic, 100, peacefully passed on August 8, 2022, at the age of 100, with her family at her side. Mary was the devoted wife of the late Sylvester “Sy” Lisic. Loving mother of Janet Lucarelli, John (MaryAnn) Florchak, Susan Rappaport. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in passing by her parents, Casper and Catherine (Matakas) Yankowski, and her son, Michael Lisic.

Mary was part of the Greatest Generation. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed baking. Mary was a former member of the St. Jude Rosary Society.

August 11, 2022
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alfieri Funeral Home Inc.
201 Marguerite Ave
Wilmerding, PA 15148

Mass of Christian Burial
August 12, 2022
10:00 AM
St. Jude the Apostle Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish
405 Westinghouse Ave
Wilmerding, Pa 15148


Jean (Ellis) Tucker

August 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Jean (Ellis) Tucker, 84, of North Versailles Twp. died July 31, 2022, with her loving husband at her side. Jean was the beloved wife of Frank “Bucky” Tucker for 35 years. She was the loving stepmother of Gary Tucker, Sharon Dunbar, and the late Ricky Tucker. She is also survived by her sister, Dotty Thomas, many relatives and friends.

Per Jean’s wishes, all services are private. A celebration of Jean’s life with be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Alfieri Funeral Home, Wilmerding. Please visit www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jean (Ellis) Tucker, please visit our floral store.


Anna Marie (Ross) Fearon

July 23, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Anna Marie (Ross) Fearon peacefully passed on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the age of 57; after a courageous 3-year battle with cancer, and with her loving family at her side. Anna Marie was the devoted wife of Dan Fearon. Loving mother of John (Amber) Savinda, Tabatha (Matthew) Savinda, and Samantha (Robbert) Sanner; adoring Nana of Damian, Caden, Izzy, Camryn, Levi, Dakota and Mackenzie.

Anna Marie is also survived by siblings, Martin (Anna Marie) Ross, Dorothy (Ron) Guidas, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in passing by her mother, Margaret (Caldwell) Ross, brother, Ricky Ross, and sister, Sandra Ross.

Anna Marie adored her 7 grandchildren. She loved people and spread sunshine wherever she went.

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Mike Matievich

July 11, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Mike Matievich, 92, of White Oak, was born at home in Wilmerding on October 5, 1929, and passed away on June 30, 2022. He was the son of Mila and Sam Matievich and brother to the late Robert (Rip) Matievich.

Mike is survived by his dear wife of 16 years, Marjorie Provan-Matievich and 3 step-children, Cynthia Sears, Margaret Josefczyk (Gary), and Diane Provan. Mike was a 1954 graduate of Geneva College and an accountant for Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh for 34 years. Prior to his career, he served in the US Army as a Military Policeman.

Mike had many interests: an avid reader, a sportsman, hunter, dancer, and a conservative activist. He generously contributed to Christian ministries and many charitable organizations in the community and nationwide. He was a member and former Treasurer of the McKeesport Sportsmen's Association for many years and was a licensed pistol instructor in the Pittsburgh area.

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Saundra Denise (Fairley) Womack

May 11, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Saundra Denise (Fairley) Womack peacefully passed on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022 at the age of 67. Saundra was the loving mother of Eloise Womack, Carlise Womack, Gregory Broadus, Kimberly Fairley, Kendall Fairley, and David Fairley; and the adoring grandmother of numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Edith Rather, Howard Rather, Jimmy Bagley, Ronald Bagley, and Sylvia Williams. Saundra was preceded in passing by her parents, William and Eloise (Tuggle) Fairley.

Saundra was born April 26, 1955. Saundra’s faith was strong and she loved God. She was the rock of her family, and the center of her children’s world.  She liked to craft, especially for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was deeply loved, and will be dearly missed.

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Travis G. Sanner

March 29, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Travis G. Sanner, 38, tragically passed on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at the age of 38. Travis was the beloved son of David and Debra (Earhart) Sanner. Loving brother of David (Paula) Sanner, Scott Sanner, Brian (Christine) Sanner, Jason (Stacey) Sanner, twin sister, Rebecca Sanner and, Amanda (Jonathon) Raible. Adoring uncle of Joshua, Holley, Scott Jr., Austyn, Hailey, Hayden, Jayden, Jonny and Mason. Travis is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and friends.

Travis enjoyed spending time in the woods, and hunting. He loved trucks and riding his quad. Most of all, Travis loved his family and the time he spent with them.

All services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Alfieri Funeral Home, Wilmerding. Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Travis G. Sanner, please visit our floral store.


Isabelle Hernandez Tishko

March 08, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Isabelle Hernandez Tishko, 85, of North Versailles was called home to the Lord on Saturday, March 5th, 2022. She handled her illness this past year with grace and positivity. She was born June 17, 1936 to the late Alejandro Hernandez and Mary Ketus Hernandez Cedillo. She was the devoted wife of 46 years to the late James Lee Tishko and was also preceded in death by siblings: brother Alexander (late Bobbie) Hernandez, sister Rose Xides, brother Raymond (late Rachel) Hernandez and by infant granddaughter Alicia Tishko.

Isabelle was a 1954 graduate of McKeesport High School and attended Douglas Business School where she took classes in hotel & restaurant management. She went on to work for Wilkins Jewelry Company, The Sheraton Hotel Corporation where she traveled to help open new Sheraton locations, and the Red Bull Inn as a banquet manager.

She was a wonderful mother to four children: James Tishko (Jackie Coffman) of Virginia, Mark (Mary Ann) Tishko of Pittsburgh, Tina (Richard) Sullivan of North Versailles, and Jeffrey (Elaine) Tishko of Plum. She was the cherished grandmother of Ashley (Eric) Geyer, Mark John Tishko, Amanda (John) Gault, James Payne (fiance’ Amanda), Sabrina, Alexander, Benjamin, & Jillian Tishko, and Rebecca & Sianna Sullivan. She was blessed with precious great-grandchildren Colin Payne, Lennon Geyer, Aubrey Gault, and little baby-Geyer on the way. Isabelle was one of ten children and is also survived by siblings: Dolores “Dee” (Rich) Ingram, Daniel (Sandy) Hernandez, John Hernandez (& friend Barb Woods), Richard (Joanne) Hernandez, George “Chico” (Anita) Hernandez, Olivia (Bill) Andrew and brother-in-law Byron Xides. She is also survived by extended family in Virginia: Michael, Caitlynn, & Taylor Coffman. She was a special aunt to many nieces and nephews and had many great friends.

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