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Carolyn M. Wakefield

September 15, 2019 |

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

Carolyn M. (Hager) Wakefield, age 76 of White Oak, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at home.  Born September 16, 1942 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Santez) Hager.  She enjoyed ceramics, calligraphy but most of all spending time with her grandchildren.  Carolyn is survived by her husband of 56 years Alan Wakefield; sons Jon (Joey) Wakefield of McKeesport and Jeff (Katie) Wakefield of Spartanburg, SC; grandchildren who live with her Alexia and Elise Wakefield; other grandchildren Frank A., Landon, Brady, Riley, Haston, Abigail, Hanna, Jessica, and Ethan; sister Nancy (George) Madeja of Brentwood; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons Frank Wakefield and Robert K. Wakefield and grandson Vaughn Wakefield.  

 
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Mary Louise Holliday

September 14, 2019 |

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

God has called another angel home. Mary Louise (Pysz) Holliday, age 79, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at ManorCare Health Services in Whitehall. She was a retired self-employed Home Interior’s accessory specialist, a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township and a former member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton. She and her husband Mitchell were members of the musical group, THE HOLLIDAYS, and were also owners of their own farm raising beef cattle, chickens, horses and crops.

 
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Eugene J. Scarlato

September 12, 2019 |

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

Eugene J. Scarlato, age 90 of Clairton, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Born May 2, 1929 in Clairton, he was the son of the late Rocco and Elizabeth (Desiderio) Scarlato.  A US Army Veteran, Eugene was a longtime barber in Clairton.

 
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Ginger Allene Dunmire

September 10, 2019 |

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

Ginger Allene Dunmire, age 52, formerly of Glassport, passed away peacefully at her home in Rostraver on Monday, September 9, 2019. Ginger was a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and went on to a career in pharmaceutical sales. Her intelligence and dedication to hard work enabled her to become very successful at her chosen profession. She will be remembered for her kind heart, love of animals, and her beautiful smile. 

 
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Fay L. LaFrankie

September 09, 2019 |

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

Fay L. (Dequenne) LaFrankie, age 84, of Forward Twp., formerly of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at home. She was a former member of St. Michael Parish and its Christian Mothers, a former volunteer assisting handicapped children in White Oak, and a fan of stock car racing. 

 
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Victoria A. "Vickie" Tomco

September 07, 2019 |

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

Victoria A. "Vickie" Tomco, age 64 of White Oak, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019 in UPMC East Hospital, Monroeville.  Born May 14, 1955 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Marie (Bishop) Daczkowski.  A medical assistant with Dr. Richard Rudman in Monroeville, Victoria was an active member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, formerly serving as a marriage counselor, secretary, and in the Rosary Society.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Curt Tomco, Sr..  She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years William Tomco; her daughter Tabitha (Scott) Schempp of Munhall; her daughter-in-law Susan Tomco of Charlotte, NC; her grandchildren Curt, Jr., Kyle, and Carl Tomco, Mason Thompson-Lowe, and Morgan and Jordan Schempp; her siblings Debbie (Scott) Campbell of Forward Twp., David Daczkowski of Elizabeth Twp., and Robin (Don) Super of Cortland, OH; nieces and nephews; and her great-niece Millie.

 
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Sergio Lazzaris

September 04, 2019 |

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

Sergio Lazzaris, age 84 of Jefferson Hills, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family at home on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  A dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, he was born October 14, 1934 in Northern Italy (Vallada, Agordina), the son of the late Libro and Henrietta (Fiocco) Lazzaris.  A skilled mason and member of the Union #9 Bricklayers, Sergio was a US Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Daniel Keffer Post #75 in Clairton.  He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 59 years, Elena (Marraccini) Lazzaris; his sons Dino Lazzaris of Clairton and Bruno (Diane) Lazzaris of Elizabeth Twp.; his grandchildren Vincent and Julia Lazzaris; his brother George (Franca) Lazzaris of Horsehead, NY; and his nieces and nephews.  Sergio loved sharing a meal with family and friends, fine woodworking and craftsmanship, hunting with his sons and grandchildren, and playing the accordion in the company of good friends. 

 
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Nancy Jean "Jeannie" Basach

September 03, 2019 |

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

Nancy Jean "Jeannie" Basach, age 78 and formerly of Large, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at HCR ManorCare Whitehall.  Born September 11, 1940 in Homestead, she was a daughter of the late Steven and Helen (Jerry) Fedor.  The former owner/operator of Nancy's Hair Fashions in Brentwood, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband John Basach, who passed away December 14, 1989, and her sisters Helen Hershberger and Barbara Stocker.  She is survived by her siblings Stephen (Kim) Fedor of West Mifflin, Betty Lou (Michael) Cloonan in West Mifflin, and Joseph "Bobby" (Annette) Fedor of Munhall; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friend Joan Foster.  

 
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Helen Uhrin

August 31, 2019 |

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

Helen Uhrin passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019 at the age of 91 in North Huntingdon.  Born in McKeesport, March 25, 1928, she was the daughter of Phillip and Mary (Lacey) Riley.  She was a lifelong resident of the McKeesport area, spent many years in Versailles Borough, and co-owned Eddie’s TV with her late husband, Ed, who passed away May 31, 2006. She enjoyed spending time with family and many friends and living life according to one of her favorite saying: “If you’re not fun, don’t come.”

 
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Keri Ann Burd

August 27, 2019 |

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

Keri Ann Prihode Burd, age 54, of Finleyville, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. She was a former administrative assistant for Peoples Gas. Born December 7, 1964 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of Lois (Hill) Kocher and the late Herb Prihode. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Lois Kocher of Elizabeth Twp., and step-siblings. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Justine Handshue

August 22, 2019 |

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

Justine (Schamberg) Handshue, age 70, of Elizabeth passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at home. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hills. She was a member of the Bloodhound Club in Elizabeth and loved spending time with her animals. She was a music lover, loved playing cards with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

 
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Charles Joseph Emert

August 22, 2019 |

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

Charles Joseph Emert was born March 3, 1933 and passed on August 21, 2019 at Mt. Vernon of South Park. Chuck graduated from Central Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also went to the University of Utah where he received a master’s degree in science. Chuck could tell you anything you wanted to know about the Periodic Table. He was a nuclear physicist at Bettis Atomic Power Lab where he built nuclear reactors for submarines. He retired in 2001 due to family complications. He spent his free time as a cantor at St. Isaac Jogues Church and was a photographer for their services like Communion and confirmations. He was an avid photographer, a great chef, and an astronomer. Chuck leaves behind a loving family including his wife, Mary Ann Emert, his stepchildren, step-grandchildren, nephews, and some close family friends. Visitation will be at the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 10 AM until the time of a blessing service at 11 AM with Fr. Bud Falkenhan officiating. Burial will be private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Bernice S. Brumfield

August 20, 2019 |

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

Bernice S. (Stewart) Brumfield, age 91, of Elizabeth, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Overlook Green Senior Living. She was a member of Mount Olive First Baptist Church in Clairton and she enjoyed cooking, baking and doing yard work. 

 
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Bruce A. Rush

August 18, 2019 |

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

Bruce A. Rush, age 66, of Smithton and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at home. He was a retired millwright at U.S. Steel National Tube in McKeesport and a U.S. Navy Veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of the Smithton American Legion Post #790 and an avid tournament pool player in the APA League.

 
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Gloria Vereb

August 16, 2019 |

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

Gloria (Marochak) Vereb, age 64, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Greenery Center for Rehab and Nursing. She was a sales representative for Hanover Foods and a member of St. Sebastian Parish in Belle Vernon. 

 
 
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