February 07, 2023 |
February 06, 2023 |
Enice (Dolfi) Iacoboni, age 95 of Jefferson Hills, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. Born May 23, 1927 in Large, she was a daughter of the late William and Blanche (Bandini) Dolfi; loving wife of the late Donato "Dan" N. Iacoboni, who passed away on April 20, 1988; mother of Marianne Iacoboni of Jefferson Hills, Marcia (James) Ungerman of Trafford, Maureen (the late Louis) DeFabio of Plum, Linda (Charles) Hicks of Jefferson Hills, Lisa (Kenneth) Ricci of Indiana Twp., and the late Daniel Iacoboni; grandmother of Ryan (Jill) Hicks, Anthony DeFabio, James (Alanna) Ungerman, Jonathan (Olivia) Ungerman, Nina (Rob) Nungesser, Allison Hicks, Maria and Christina Ricci, and the late Louis D. DeFabio; greatgrandmother of Asher and Landon Hicks and Colin Nungesser; sister of the late Genevieve Castagna, William Dolfi, Eugene Dolfi, Blanche Stokes, and Raymond and Douglas Dolfi; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins.
February 06, 2023 |
Harry Gilbert Williamson, age 94 Of Clairton, passed away at home with his family by his side. Born March 30, 1928 in North Vernon, IN, he was a son of the late Russell Harrison Williamson and Beulah E. (Myers) Williamson. A recipient of a master's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, Harry retired as an analytical chemist for US Steel - Clairton Works. He was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church, a member of the F & A M Omni Lodge # 582, a member and past patron of the Eastern Star Clairton Chapter #316, and the past president of the PASARD (Pittsburgh Area Square And Round Dancers) Federation.
February 02, 2023 |
Theodora Belfiglio, age 82 of Leechburg and formerly of Jefferson Borough, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Pleasant Ridge Personal Care Home, Leechburg. Born July 28, 1940 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Geneva (Smith) Belfiglio. Theodora worked for US Steel Irvin Works in the computer department for 30 years and was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, Clairton. She is survived by her brother Alex (Lucie) Belfiglio of Pittsburgh and nieces Nicole and Dominique Belfiglio.
February 02, 2023 |
Anna C. Leibold, age 97 of Port Vue, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at UPMC Mercy. Born March 14, 1925 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Coyle) Leibold. Anna was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Eugene’s Church in Liberty Boro. Anna was loved by all - especially her nieces and nephews. She is survived by her nieces and nephews Marlene (Joe) Catalina, Wayne (Shirley) Snyder, Albert (Carol) Leibold, Deborah (Herbert) Corletti, Diane (Michael) Frazier, and John (Candace) Leibold; and great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her eight siblings, Joseph, James, Regis, and Albert Leibold, Marcella Snyder, Alice Albine, Margaret Moore, and Mary Louise Leibold.
January 31, 2023 |
January 31, 2023 |
Eugene D. Sherpata, 82, of Clairton, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Belle Vernon. Born June 19, 1940, he was the son of the late John and Sophie (Wozniak) Sharpeta. After graduating from Clairton High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of his service, he became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for the next 50 years. He loved western and war movies but most of all couldn’t wait to watch the Steelers play. He spent countless hours building computers or playing video games. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family, whether it was a home project, cutting the grass, or just sitting outside talking and enjoying the weather.
January 30, 2023 |
Annetta P. “Tetta” (Lynch) Stracelsky Hall, arrived on a snowy January 14th in 1927, and departed this earth on Saturday, January 28, 2023. She was 96 years old. Her last residence was at Redstone Highlands Senior Community, North Huntingdon, where she was an original member and lived out her long-time passion of crocheting baby blankets and passing out peppermint patties. Originally from Walker Heights, Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late James Daniel and Elizabeth M. (Goldstrohm) Lynch. After being widowed twice, Tetta lived her first married life with the late (Big) Paul A. Stracelsky in Forward Twp. for 43 years and had one daughter, Lisa (George) Bowers that gave her two grandchildren, Mark & Amy, that she loved and enjoyed watching grow. They all enjoyed many years of antique cars and travels with others from Mon Valley Region (AACA) and the Three-River's Region (Model A Restorer's Club). Also, a second marriage to the late Kirk E. Hall of Rostraver, Belle Vernon and Redstone Highlands, for 18 years. They enjoyed the outings they could go on to the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown and wherever the car took them next. While in Elizabeth High School, class of 1944, Tetta's first job was to learn to be a switchboard operator in Highland Park, Pittsburgh. Once graduated and working closer to home, she went on to be a switchboard operator at Ruben's Furniture in McKeesport, and then on to their accounts receivable department. After a brief time of also being a switchboard operator in Elizabeth, she then devoted 10 years in the office of Morrow's Jewelers, McKeesport, until 1959. Overlapping jobs and a new baby for 3 years, she was then founding, developing and office managing the family-run business of Paul Stracelsky Oil Products where she retired at the age of 75. She served and was a member of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Twp.
January 28, 2023 |
Elizabeth "Betty" Jane (Reynolds) Travis, age 81, of West Newton, formerly of Grove City, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Penn Highlands Mon Valley Hospital. She was a retired salesclerk for Oneida in Grove City and a loving foster parent. She enjoyed traveling to Lancaster, doing puzzles, sewing, camping, and family history. She loved talking to people and made friends quickly. Born August 29, 1941, in Grove City, she was a daughter of the late William and Ruth (Gregg) Reynolds and wife of the late David Travis. She is survived by a daughter, Beth (Jim Hackney) Travis of Fraser, MI; sons, Robert (Carol) Frazier of Elizabeth Twp. and John Frazier; grandsons, James (Ivy McClatchey) of St. Clair Shores, MI, David Hackney of Fraser, MI and Christopher Hackney of Ann Arbor, MI; great-grandson, Gennady Hackney; also, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Reynolds. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 10 AM in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Matt Fricker officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville. Memorial contributions may be made to Grove City Community Library, 125 W. Main Street, Grove City, PA 16127. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
January 18, 2023 |
David M. Forrester, Jr., age 44 of Clairton, passed away at home Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Born July 5, 1978 in Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of David M. Forrester Sr. who preceded him in death, and Beverly M. (Bahila) Hutchinson of Clairton. David affectionately known as Dave, attended Clairton High School. He was a member of the Teamsters Union # 1058 and drove for Steel City Trucking. Dave was an avid pool player and regularly attended pool leagues and tournament play. He enjoyed camping, travelling, and outdoor activities. Dave collected all things big and small and enjoyed having a good laugh. He was a self-taught mechanic known to be able to fix anything. He especially loved Fourth of July fireworks with his family. Dave is survived by his mother Beverly (Brian) Hutchison of Clairton; his daughters Davae and Destini Forrester, and their mother the late Ashley McLaughlin, and Brooklyn and Josephine Forrester, and their mother Misty Laverick of Clairton; his sister Christina (Bruce) Montgomery of Baltimore; his uncles Eugene (Michaelene) Forrester, James (Dot) Forrester, and Richard (Ginger) Tracey; hisniece and nephews Danielle, Carvonne, Nathan, Carson, Noah, Cash and Julus; and also a multitude of cousins, close family, and friends.
January 16, 2023 |
Carole A. Haywood, age 78, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023 at Jefferson Hospital. A retired unit secretary at Mon Valley Hospital, she was a member of the Elizabeth Women’s Club and Elizabeth Senior Card Club, and a former member of Victory Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. Born October 25, 1944 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late William and Rose (Fusco) Stockdill. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert A. Haywood Sr.; son, Robert A. (Rebecca) Haywood Jr. of Franklin Park; daughter, Michelle (John McLeod) Martin of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Dante (Robyn) Haywood, Raven Martin, Anna Marie Haywood and Lauren Haywood; sister, Betsy Piper of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
January 16, 2023 |
Doris (Opfer) Kerchner, age 85, of Augusta, KS, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was a medication aide for the elderly in nursing facilities in Kansas. A member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, she was a member of the Old Timers Fiddlers' Association and a life member of the Kastan Uveges VFW Post 7632 in Elizabeth. She enjoyed doing puzzles and crossword puzzles, fishing and camping, and most of all being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born June 6, 1937 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late George and Sarah (Harrison) Opfer and wife of the late John W.E. Kerchner Sr. She is survived by daughters, Vanness (Don) Lehmkuhl of Simi Valley, CA, Nelda (Raymond) Darwin of Augusta, KS, and Sarah Moreno of Herington, KS; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Ralph (Janice) Opfer of Riverview, MI; close family friend, Wesley Batch of North Carolina; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sons, John W.E. Kerchner Jr. and George Scott Kerchner, and siblings, Theodore Opfer, John Opfer, Howard Opfer, Harry Opfer and Luella "Sis" Opfer.
January 14, 2023 |
Fannie Puskaric, age 89 of Buena Vista, passed away at home on Friday, January 13, 2023. Born February 17, 1933 in Buena Vista, she was a daughter of the late Toma and Agnes (Salopek) Cindric. A former member of Sacred Heart Parish in McKeesport who also attended Mass at the Divine Redeemer Motherhouse in Elizabeth Twp., Fannie worked for both Sabin's China in Versailles and the GC Murphy Co. of McKeesport. In her spare time, Fannie expertly tended her garden. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late George E. Puskaric who passed away February 20, 1997, and her siblings: John and Steve Cindric, Louise Kartesz, Rose Mowry, and Mary Smetak. Fannie is survived by her daughters Georgiann (Tom) Kiger of Elizabeth Twp. and Rosemary Puskaric of Buena Vista and also nieces and nephews.
January 11, 2023 |
Marion (Batinich) Lokmer, age 94 of Chagrin Falls, OH, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in UH Geauga Medical Center, Chardon, OH. Born in Clairton on November 25, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Mary (Nikolic) Batinich. Marion was a lifelong member of C.F.U. Lodge 248 in Clairton and was very proud of her Dalmatian heritage. As a daughter of an immigrant family, her work ethic and devotion to family were established at an early age. Proudly bearing her father’s name, she dedicated many years in helping to run their family business, Marion’s Tavern, in Jefferson Borough. Marion devoted her life to friends and family, especially her granchildren. Being with others, doing for others, and giving to others brought her much happiness. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. Marion will always be remembered for her strong belief in herself and her unwavering faith in God. May her amazing strength carry on and inspire others. Marion was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canfield, Ohio, where she had formerly resided after moving from Jefferson Borough.
January 10, 2023 |
Margaret "Margie" (Gasparovic) Snodgrass, age 80 of Pittsburgh and originally of McKeesport, passed away January 9, 2023 after a brief but courageous battle with an illness. She is the loving wife of 45 years of John; loving mother and proud mom of Dr. Steven (Kelly) of Greenville, SC and Christopher (Anna) of Swissvale; devoted grandmother of Simon; and beloved Aunt Margie to many special nieces and nephews. A graduate of McKeesport High School who also attended Carlow University, Margie worked for many years as a meticulously organized professional secretary, most notably for Westinghouse Electric Corp. during the 1970s. She alternated her career with time as a stay-at-home mom, frequent volunteer at Sacred Heart Elementary School, a eucharistic minister and active parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside and later a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Point Breeze. She was a pious woman of devout Catholic faith and proud Croatian heritage. Margie enjoyed volunteer work for many organizations, especially Childrens Hospital, Ladies of Charity, the Central Catholic High School Mothers Guild, and was selected as a volunteer Christmas decorator at the White House in 2011. She was well known for her incredibly caring, kind, and giving spirit. Margie was the daughter of the late Mate' and Anna (Stimac) Gasparovic. The youngest and last of seven in a close-knit immigrant family, she was preceded in death by her siblings John, Ann, Mary, Matthew (Mary), Thomas, and Steve "Snaps" Gasparovic.