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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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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 and Anne Parish in Elizabeth Township, 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.

 


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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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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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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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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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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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.

 


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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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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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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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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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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