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Eleanor (Yesko) Brletic

July 30, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

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

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

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

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Patrick Dennis Butler

July 03, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

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

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

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

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Patricia (Puzder) Mariani

June 28, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Patricia (Puzder) Mariani, age 82, of North Versailles Twp., passed on June 25, for a joyful heavenly reunion with her daughters, Gina Ann and Diana Mariani, and granddaughter, Gina Marie Mariani.

She dedicated her life to her faith and love for others, showing kindness and selflessness to all who knew her. While raising her four children, she pursued undergraduate and master’s teaching degrees and went on to share a love of learning and reading with generations of students at St. Aloysius, St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Bede Catholic Schools.

She was the rock and center of her family, demonstrating strength and courage throughout her life, even to her final moments. She loved to travel, read, swim, socialize, and most of all spend time with her family, especially many trips to the beach and Christmas celebrations.

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Mafalda “Babe” (Sessa) Rubino

June 14, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Mafalda “Babe” (Sessa) Rubino peacefully passed on June 13, 2020 at the age of 93, with her loving family by her side. Babe was the devoted wife of the late Albert “Max” Rubino.

Loving mother of John “Beans” and Jamie (Lynn) Rubino. Adoring grandmother of Jamie (Shannon) Rubino, Joel (Nicole) Rubino and Lara Rubino. She is also survived by her sister LaVerne Hondal She was preceded in passing by her parents Antonio and Carmella Sessa, and granddaughter, Nicole Ann Rubino.

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Reddy "Rade" Vucelich

June 02, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Reddy "Rade" Vucelich peacefully passed on Friday, May 29, 2020 at the age of 86. Reddy was born on November 25, 1933 to the late Vlade and Mary (Kukich) Vucelich.  He was the loving husband of Julia (nee Gulish) Vucelich for 61 years. Devoted father of Debra (Dominick) Capolarello, Daniel (Elaine) Vucelich, and Danica (Davor) Brkovich. Special Jedo of Dominick (Alyson) and Nicole Capolarello, Daniella (Nikola) Vranesevic and Kristofer Vucelich, Gregory, Melanie and Zachary Brkovich. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Reddy was a proud United States Army Veteran, member of the PA National Guard Civil Service Commission and was in the Army Reserves for 33 years. Reddy was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville.

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Martin Michael Borkowski

May 29, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Martin Michael Borkowski, age 67 of North Versailles, passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2020 at home. He was the oldest son of Theodore and Margaret (Householder) Borkowski who predeceased him. He was born September 24, 1952 in Natrona Heights, Pa. He is survived by two sons, David (Marie) of Columbus, Oh and Daniel of Parma, Oh and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion, Theresa Frankiewicz with whom he resided and one sister, Kathleen of Allison Park and two brothers, Edward of Jenkintown, Pa and Theodore (Cindy) of Florida , two aunts, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Jane (Gilmore) Keller

May 26, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Jane (Gilmore) Keller passed peacefully on Thursday, May 21, 2020 with her family by her side.

Jane was a retired real estate agent, married the love of her life (Harry Keller) during WWII and that love story lasted nearly 75 years, but most of all she was a caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. Jane was also preceded in passing by her sons;  Richard, Gary and Dean Keller. She was the beloved grandmother to Deborah Keller Maxson (Tom), Melissa Keller Ragan (Dave), Holly Keller Moul (Darren), Heather Keller-Garrett (Don), and Gary Keller; adored by her great-grandchildren D. J. and Reese Garrett, Gavin and Averie Moul;  Mother in law of Helen Keller. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews all who love her.

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Lisa Jeanine Ackerman

May 17, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Lisa Jeanine Ackerman, 55, died Thursday, May 14, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Carl Ackerman Sr. and Jean Rodman. She is preceded in death by sister Merry Singler.

Brothers: Harry (Rosie) Ackerman, Allen (Emma) Ackerman, Perry (Donna) Ackerman, Bruce Ackerman of McKeesport, Carl (Denise) Ackerman Jr. of Georgia, and Glenn (Frank) of Arizona. Sisters: Linda Penn of Arizona, Carol Ackerman of Irwin, Irene Alverez of North Versailles, Kathy McNelis of Glassport, Patricia (Thomas) Maldonado, and Roberta Rodman (Jon).

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James Thomas

May 05, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

James Thomas, 63, peacefully passed on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. James is the son of the late Edward and Ethelereda (Kirk) Thomas, brother of Ed (Joyce) Thomas, uncle of Melanie and Brian (Angela) Thomas. He is also survived by his good friend, David Brant and other friends and relatives. Unfortunately, due to the current health restriction, services are private.

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Ronald McClain

April 17, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Ronald McClain, age 71, died April 16, 2020. He was born January 1, 1949. Ron was the father of Dennis and Michael McClain. Grandfather of Cayden. Dear brother of Carol (John) Petruska. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and all who loved Ron. Preceded in passing by his beloved wife, Charlotte ( nee Cheslock) and his parents Fred and Rita McClain. Ron will be laid to rest next to his wife, Charlotte in Good Shepherd, Monroeville, Pa.  A celebration of Ron's life will be held at a later date. Alfieri Funeral Home Inc. Wilmerding  Pa. 412-824-4332.


Andrea Claire Matason Sopira

April 15, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Andrea Claire Matason Sopira, age 46, of North Versailles, PA, was born on April 18, 1973 at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh and passed away peacefully on April 13, 2020 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a multiple year battle with recurring attacks of pancreatitis.

She was the beloved daughter of Richard and Sandra Matason of North Huntingdon, PA, loving sister of Alexa Matason Spriggs of Cumberland Maryland, goddaughter of her aunt and godmother Patricia Legge, and godmother to her beautiful niece, Corrine Elizabeth Spriggs. She is also survived by her grandmother, Josie Donell, age 102, four aunts, five uncles, ten cousins, seven nieces and nephews and a very devoted and loving friend. She was preceded in death by her godfather, Patrick Boyle.

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