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Sally Jane Graham

August 10, 2020 |

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

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]Sally Jane Graham, age 81, of Rostraver Twp., died at home on Monday, August 10, 2020. She was a beloved aunt, caring friend and born-again Christian. She was a substitute teacher in the West Jefferson Hills School District for many years and a lifelong member of the Crossroads Community Church (Beulah Baptist) of Jefferson Hills. Born May 19, 1939 in McKeesport,  she was a daughter of the late Edward Walter and Hazel (Lloyd) Graham. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Irma (David) Graham; nieces, Susan (Richard) White and Marilyn (Neil) Morton; niece-in-law, Elizabeth (Mark S.) Graham; nephews, Larry (Beverly) Graham and Alexander Keith Graham; five great-nephews; and great great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Edward and David; sister, Hazel Check; brother-in-law, Peter Check; and nephew, Mark S. Graham.

 
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Mary Ann Rabickow

August 10, 2020 |

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

Mary Ann Rabickow, age 84 of Clairton, passed away at home on Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Born May 30, 1936 in Atlasburg, she was a daughter of the late Andy and Mary B. (Pachucka) Rabickow.  After moving to Clairton in 1950, Mary Ann was member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish (St. Clare of Assisi Church), worked as a bookkeeper for the former Busy Beaver in Clairton, retired as a secretary from Clairton City Hall in 1998, and, after her retirement, worked part time for Three Rivers Bank in Large and the Clairton City FCU.  In her spare time, she loved to bowl, could not wait to go to the casino, and had a green thumb, particularly with her mums and tomatoes.  Mary Ann is survived by her sisters Andrea Shawley of Brentwood and Linda Kutsenkow of Clairton; her sister-in-law Martina Rabickow of Whitehall; her nieces and nephews Christine Wallace, Ricky Rabickow, Michael A. Shawley, Amy and Leslie Kutsenkow,  and Patrick Shawley; three great-nieces; and three great-nephews.  Besides her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her brother Nick Rabickow, her long time companion Andy Gregg, and her nephew Nicky Rabickow. 

 
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Diana M. Drobac

August 08, 2020 |

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

Diana M. Drobac, age 84 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020.  Born March 14, 1936 in Duquesne "below the tracks," she was a daughter of the late Gavrisha and Marija (Boban) Medich.  A 1954 graduate of Duquesne High School, Diana worked as a secretary for Bell Telephone in McKeesport.  She was a member of St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, the former St. Mary's Serbian Orthodox Church in Clairton, and its Serbian Sisters Circle.  Diana was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Clairton and the F.U.D.S. Card Club.  Previously, she was a Kolo dancer with her husband for the former Balkan Dance Group, which performed at The Syria Mosque and Kennywood.  She was also Miss Serbian Day at Kennywood Park in 1958 and, in her spare time, enjoyed harness racing and slots at the Meadows.  Diana is survived by her husband Milan "Jerry" Drobac, Jr.; her children Milana Drobac of Jefferson Hills and Michael (Amanda) Drobac of Yardley; her grandchildren Nicholas Kye, Michaela, and Camila Drobac; numerous nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and many Kumovi.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her four siblings Zvonko, Alex and Gabriel Medich and Yelena Cheke.

 
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Eugene A. Lucot

August 07, 2020 |

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

Eugene A. Lucot, age 83 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 in Manorcare Health System, Pittsburgh.  Born January 27, 1937 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Edwin Lucot and Mary (Martino) Trich.  A retired sheet metal foreman for the Local #19 in Philadelphia, Eugene is survived by his wife Dolores Marie (Molinaro) Lucot; his son Joseph Lucot-Brochhausen and son in law Donald Brochhausen of East Northport, NY; his brother Edward (the late Maryann) Lucot of Clairton; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by his siblings James (Mary) Lucot and Sandra Lucot.

 
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Patricia A. (Sharp) McCurry

August 06, 2020 |

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

Patricia A. McCurry, age 84, of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at home, surrounded by her family. Born March 16, 1936, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Violet (Shoop) Sharp. She was the owner and operator for Mitchell Manor in Clairton for 35 years and a member of Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Clairton.

 
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Billy E. Sturkie

August 04, 2020 |

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

Billy E. Sturkie, age 83 of Versailles, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at UPMC McKeesport. Born January 15, 1937 in Swansea, SC, he was the son of the late Eugene and Lucille Sturkie.  He worked as a union carpenter in Pittsburgh and was a member of the former Versailles Borough Lions Club.  Billy survived by his wife Clare (Kubensky) Sturkie; son Billy Sturkie, Jr. of Versailles; daughters Chris Richards of Versailles, Lorie (Dave) Broadwater of West Mifflin, and Jessica (Jason) Lorenz of Versailles; grandchildren Tim Simko, Amy Shank, Lacey John, Amanda Miller, and Tadem and Tierney Lorenz; eleven great-grandchildren; siblings Bobbie (Royce) Cassidy, John (Ruby) Sturkie, and Rudy Sturkie, all of South Carolina. In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Sturkie. 

 
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Ellen J. Forrest

August 04, 2020 |

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

Ellen J. Forrest, age 76, of Morgantown, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Locust Grove Personal Care & Memory Care in West Mifflin. She retired as an elementary teacher in the Elizabeth Forward School District. She was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, where she was former organist and choir member. She was a former member of the Elizabeth Forward Community Chorus and was an avid traveler. Born May 4, 1944 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late James and Ruth (Pierce) Forrest. She is survived by her sister, Hannah (Harry) Lewis of Morgantown, WV; nieces and nephews, Harry (April) Lewis of Bruceton Mills, WV, Kim (Marty) Pataky of Sterling, VA, Jayme Hess of Morgantown, WV and Kristen Hall of Morgantown, WV; also, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 2 until the time of service at 4 PM with Pastor Benjamin Schneider officiating. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 25 people at any given time inside the funeral home. 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. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Gretchen Benack

August 03, 2020 |

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

Gretchen (Phillips) Benack, age 90 of Jefferson Hills, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Born January 27, 1930 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Hilda (Klingelhofer) and Roy Phillips, and the wife of Benny Benack.  She grew up in Clairton, graduated from Clairton High School, and got her B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh.  Gretchen was a homemaker and did administrative work for the family music business. She and her husband designed their A-frame home in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. She was a lover of books, music, travel, and the arts. She dedicated her life to creating a supportive, nurturing and creative environment for her husband, her children and her grandchildren. Gretchen is survived by her three children -- Suzie (of Schenectady, NY), Ben (“Peek,” of Pittsburgh), and Flip (of Jefferson Hills) – and six grandchildren (Brian Marion, Laura Benack, Jenny Marion, Benny Benack III, Nicole Benack, and Jake Benack).  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Suzanne Phillips, Charles (Bud) Phillips, and Betty (Phillips) Dudiak.  

 
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James R. McCorkle, Jr.

August 02, 2020 |

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

James R. McCorkle, Jr., age 66 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in John J. Kane Regional Ctr., McKeesport.  Born February 26, 1954 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late James R. McCorkle, Sr. and Jean (Keffer) McCorkle.  A member of the First United Methodist Church of Clairton, James worked for the former Marraccini's Grocery Store in Clairton and late at the Rite Aid, in Clairton.  In his spare time, he was a coach for many years of Pony League Baseball in Clairton and the statistician for Clairton High School basketball and football games.  James is survived by his children Ashley (Seth) Rowan of Elizabeth Twp. and James R. McCorkle, III of Clairton, his grandchildren Karina and Maddox Rowan, his former wife Michelle McCorkle of Finleyville, his brother Raymond McCorkle of Clairton, and his nephew Raymond McCorkle of Clairton.  

 
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Betty Jane (Robinson) Gibson

July 31, 2020 |

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

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

 
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Anne M. Sims

July 29, 2020 |

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

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

 
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Carmen P. Brusco

July 27, 2020 |

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

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

 
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Mark Z. Pavlack

July 23, 2020 |

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

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

 


Ruth C. Pastorik

July 22, 2020 |

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

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

 
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Ruth Elizabeth Schnur

July 21, 2020 |

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

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

 
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