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Mary Elizabeth Hoey

June 03, 2019 |

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

Mary Elizabeth (Morris) Hoey, age 95, of Forward Twp., passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019  at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. She was a secretary for the former Donald Thompson Insurance Agency in Elizabeth and Clairton. A member of the former First Presbyterian Church in Clairton, she was a member of the Elizabeth Senior Citizens and enjoyed playing bingo.

 
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Doris Williams Cochenour

May 31, 2019 |

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

Doris Williams Cochenour, age 81, of Patterson Hill, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Townview Health and Rehabilitation in Canonsburg. A former employee of Big Boys in Monongahela, she worked with her husband, Robert, in his endeavors as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Mon Valley Red Hatters. 

 
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Edward F. Buzek

May 27, 2019 |

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

Edward F. Buzek, age 88 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born December 31, 1930 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John and Anna (Leskovac) Buzek. 

 
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Bernard T. Gindlesperger

May 18, 2019 |

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

Bernard T. Gindlesperger, age 90, of West Newton, and formerly of Elizabeth and Clairton, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 at home. A retired small press operator with Fisher Body in West Mifflin, he loved visiting with family and friends, enjoyed cats and taking long rides in the car.

 
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Joan A. Virgona

May 16, 2019 |

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

Joan A. Virgona, age 80 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born June 23, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Harry J. and Anna Marie (LaValle) Phillips.  A former sales associate at Skapik's and a cook for the former Keck's Restaurant and St. Clare School, Joan was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, ran the summer lunch program at the 10th. St. Playground, was active with the Sons of Columbus Santa Maria Council #4, and was a bowling coach for the Special Olympics.  She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Domenic V. Virgona; her children Kim (Bill) Nickolich, Debra (David P.) Maksin, Beverly Virgona, and Domenic J. (Vanessa) Virgona, all of Clairton; her grandchildren Laura Nickolich, Domenic J. Virgona, and David S. (Allison) and Heath Maksin; her great-grandson Liam Mizak; her sister Harriet B. (the late Alan) Seng of Bethel Park; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Cathyanne (Milto) Ferree

May 15, 2019 |

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

Cathyanne Ferree, age 71 of Bethel Park, passed away on May 13, 2019 at St. Clair Hospital. She worked as a sales associate at Shadyside Natural Food, Sunny Bridge Natural Foods and Cafe in McMurray, and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, PA. Born December 12, 1947 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late George and Ann (Madjea) Milto. Cathyanne is survived by her husband, Alvin "Al" Ferree II; children, Natalie (Joshua) Friedrich Mance of Pittsburgh, Matt (Sheba) Ferree of North Versailles, and Ian (Amanda) Ferree of Greensburg; grandchildren, Brooklyn Best, Savannah and Christopher Roose, Atheana Miskalis, and Kylee Ferree; brother, George (Toni) Milto of York; nieces and nephews. 

 
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John Hazy

May 13, 2019 |

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

John Hazy, age 100, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday evening May 12, 2019, at the Southwestern Assisted Living Facility in West Mifflin. Born July 24, 1918 in Wickhaven, he was a son of the late Peter J. and Anna (Chaybin) Hazy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wives, Margery (Shaver) Hazy of 35 years, and Anna (Francesconi) Trafalis Hazy of 19 years; and by his brothers Joseph, Steve and James Hazy, and sisters, Margaret Renn and Mary Lomagno. 

 
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Beatrice J. Rybacki

May 13, 2019 |

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

Beatrice J. Rybacki, age 69, of Elrama, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. She retired as a secretary for Dick Corp. in Jefferson Hills and was a former secretary for Michael Adams Esq. in Pleasant Hills. A former member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Elrama, she enjoyed flea markets, making cakes for birthdays, weddings and special occasions, and always had a kind and generous heart and a special love for children. .

 
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Sylvia L. Lerro

May 10, 2019 |

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

Sylvia L. Lerro, age 83 of Liberty Borough, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 in John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.  Born November 3, 1935 in Baldwin, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Miller) Datig.  A member of St. Mark's Parish, Sylvia was the co-proprietor of Jo-Lynn's Pizzeria in Liberty Borough with her late husband of 49 years, Joseph C. Lerro, who passed away on March 3, 2006.  Sylvia is survived by her daughters Linda (Donald) Chapman of Liberty Borough and Jodi Staab of Elizabeth Twp.; her grandchildren Jarrett (Melanie), Tony, Shawn (Jackie), Nicole, Tammy (Jeff), and Brittany; her great-grandchildren Ava, Christian, Luca, Vico, Makayla, Gianna, and Sterling; her brother Greg Datig of California; and also many nieces and nephews, especially her nephew Craig Galick who helped immensely with her care.  

 
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Elinor Kramer

May 10, 2019 |

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

Elinor Kramer, age 91 of Cumming, GA and formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019.  Born May 9, 1928 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Bertha (Bergman) Calig.  Elinor worked with her husband, the late Alvin Kramer, as sales representatives for Leco Electric Co. and also as a court reporter and instructor for court reporters.  She is survived by her twin daughters Adele Caplan of Cumming, GA and Marcy (Richard) Ruben of Cumming, GA; her grandsons Adam (Amy nee Rosner) Caplan, Aaron (fiancee Lauren Fehl) Ruben, Justin (Jessica nee Effren) Caplan, and Zachary (fiancee Ema Alvarez) Ruben; her great-grandsons Ryan and Graham; and her great-granddaughters Jana and Daniella.  A private graveside service will be held at the convenience and request of her family at Beth Shalom Cemetery in Shaler Twp.

 
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Jack "Max" Unger

May 09, 2019 |

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

Jack "Max" Unger, age 80 of McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in John J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.  Born October 22, 1938 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Max and Dorothy (Weinberg) Unger.  A US Army Veteran who served in the occupation of Berlin, Max retired after 29 years as a lieutenant with the McKeesport Police Department.

 
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Edward R. Skuhrovec

May 09, 2019 |

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

Edward R. Skuhrovec, age 72 of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully in the home he grew up in, according to God's plans as the family had hoped for, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.  Born March 12, 1947 in McKeesport, he was one of two sons, along with his brother Rudy, of Rudolph and Mildred (Pfiefer) Skuhrovec.  Edward was a music and sports lover from an early age.  As a member of the first graduating class of Port Vue-Liberty High School (now South Allegheny), he was in the band for 8 years, serving as head drummer for 5, and was a member of the 1965 WPIAL Section 14 championship baseball team.  After graduation, he began his career of fifty years, for US Steel at Homestead and Clairton, as a member of the United Steelworkers Union #s 1397 and 1557, and also as a member of the Boilermakers Union #154. 

 
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John M. Sasala

May 08, 2019 |

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

John M. Sasala, age 63, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Swissvale and Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at home. A retired truck driver for Harsco Metals in West Mifflin, he enjoyed camping. Born June 7, 1955 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Elizabeth (Fedele) Sasala of Jefferson Hills and the late Andy Sasala, and husband of the late Elizabeth Ann "Pinky" (Anderson) Sasala. 

 
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Kristine E. (Odorcich) Baldridge

May 08, 2019 |

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

Kristine E. (Odorcich) Baldridge, age 65 of North Huntingdon, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital.  Born July 14, 1953 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Wasko) Odorcich.  A member of St. Agnes Parish in North Huntingdon, Kristine was a senior administrative assistant to the chief of trauma at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where she wrote grants and was in charge of the residency program.  Before that, she served in the same role with the plastic surgery department at Children's Hospital.  Kristine was also very active with the PTA at Norwin School District.

 
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Edward Geletko

May 07, 2019 |

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

Edward Geletko, age 87 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Southwestern Nursing Center in West Mifflin.  Born October 9, 1931 in Clairton, he was a son of the late John and Ann (Zofchak) Geletko.

 
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