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Laurel Pershing

December 10, 2020 |

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

Laurel "LJ" Pershing, age 76, of Blaine Hill, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Family Hospice & Palliative Care. She retired after 42 years as a secretary for H.J. Heinz Co. in Pittsburgh and was also a secretary for the G.C. Murphy Co. in McKeesport. Her last job was a school bus driver for the Thomas Jefferson School District.

She was a member of the Goldwing Club Chapter E in Belle Vernon, the Elizabeth Twp. and Clairton Lions Clubs, and the senior centers in Olympia Shopping Center and West Newton. Born September 15, 1944 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Edith (Krah) Hathaway.

 
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John Vincent Paoletti

December 04, 2020 |

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

John Vincent Paoletti, age 78 of Elizabeth Township passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital. John “Poe” was born on July 14, 1942 in McKeesport Hospital and grew up in the Wilson area of Clairton. He was the son of the late Leon and Theresa (Azzari) Paoletti. John was a graduate of Clairton High School “Class of 1960”, where he proudly led the Clairton Bears as their standout quarterback. His talents were not limited to the football field, as he also lettered in two additional sports. He went on to attend Dayton University where he continued playing football. After college, John married the “love of his life” Linda. They went on to share a beautiful life together, celebrating 50 years of marriage, and were blessed with three loving daughters and four grandsons whom they adored. John had a long career as a foreman at US Steel-Clairton Works, where he was well liked and respected. John retired after more than 30 years of service. He then began his 2nd career and true calling as #1 grandfather “Pap Pap”.

 
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Holly Ann Howard

December 01, 2020 |

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

Holly Ann Howard, age 47, of Forward Twp., passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital. She had a love of animals. Born November 3, 1973 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of David Gezovich of Liberty Boro and Saundra (Wilt) Whitehead and stepfather Robert Booth of Rostraver Twp. She is survived by her husband, Michael G. Howard; son, Trestin Howard at home; sister, Tracy Joy (Tony) Gillingham of Belle Vernon; nephews, Anthony (Bunny) Gillingham of Greensburg, Andrew Gillingham of Pittsburgh and Alexander (Page) Gillingham of Belle Vernon; great-niece, Shawnee Gillingham; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. No visitation is planned. A memorial gathering will take place at a later date. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Alvin F. Coughenour Sr.

November 30, 2020 |

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

Alvin F. Coughenour, Sr., age 89, of Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020 in Grandview Estates. He was a retired press operator with Swank Industries in Large and former co-owner of Flowers by Ann of Elizabeth. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Elizabeth Baptist Church. Born September 18, 1931 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late William C. and Temperance (Smart) Coughenour and husband of the late Anna M. (Slavick) Coughenour. He is survived by his sons, Alvin F. (Sheila) Coughenour, Jr. of Elizabeth and Keith A. (Bridget) Coughenour of Franklin Park; four grandchildren; Jason Coughenour of Elizabeth, Larissa (Jason) Driscoll of Herminie, Garret (Jami) Coughenour of Elizabeth and Alayna Coughenour of Franklin Park; seven great-grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Maria (Mozzi) Conedera

November 28, 2020 |

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

Maria (Mozzi) Conedera, age 94 of Clairton, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 27, 2020 in the company of the caregivers at Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant, who loved her dearly.  Born April 12, 1926 in Borgonovo Val Tidone, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Primo and Giuseppina Mozzi.  Maria moved to the United States in 1950 to be with her beloved husband, the late Riccardo Conedera, who passed away November 13, 2000.  She was a proficient seamstress, retiring from J.C. Penney's, and was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America.  Maria was an avid gardener, and her cooking was legendary.  When you visited Maria, you were always welcomed and blessed with a meal fit for a king.  She was loved by everyone that crossed her path and will be deeply missed. 

 
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Richard Restagno

November 25, 2020 |

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

Richard Restagno, age 77 of West Mifflin, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at UPMC McKeesport. Born March 29, 1943 in Avella, he was a son of the late Frank D. and Josephine (Salen) Restagno. He worked for his family's grocery store, Restagno Market and  owned game rooms in Clairton. Richard also worked for South Hills Disposal, Allstar Cadillac, and Arnoni Development. He was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross (Holy Spirit Catholic Church) and a 46 year member of the Elks.

 
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Carol Ruth Thompson

November 25, 2020 |

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

After a long battle with cancer, Carol Ruth (Sharpnack) Thompson, age 75, of West Newton passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Ascension St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, TN. She retired as a secretary for GMAC in St. Petersburg, FL and she worked part-time with her late mother at Sandcastle and Kennywood. She enjoyed traveling and sports. Born June 24, 1945 in Teaneck, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Thomas E. and Caroline (McLaughlin) Sharpnack. She is survived by her daughter, Nancye (Shaun) Hill of Manchester, TN; grandson, Austin Kistler of Manchester, TN; sister, Peggy (Ron) Mizla of Morgantown, WV; also, many cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited to 50 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.

 


Lynda Springer

November 24, 2020 |

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

Lynda Springer, age 61 of Greenock, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 in UPMC McKeesport.  Born January 29, 1959 in McKeesport, she is the daughter of Wayne C. and Patricia Ann (Kushner) Ludwick of N. Myrtle Beach, SC.  Lynda operated SpeediKeys, her own medical transcription business.  She joins her husband of 37 years: the late Gary R. Springer, who passed away October 22, 2019.  Besides her parents, Lynda is survived by her sons Steven Springer of Monroeville, Jason Springer of Ft. Myers, FL, and Justin Springer of Elizabeth Twp.; her two brothers Eric (Nancy) Ludwick of Elizabeth Twp. and Brian Ludwick of Miami, FL; her niece Jenna; and her nephew Ethan.

 
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Helen Lowney

November 23, 2020 |

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

Helen Lowney, age 99 of Parma, OH and formerly of McKeesport, passed away at home on Saturday, November 21, 2020.  Born February 24, 1921 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Steve and Amanda (Jandrillic) Mihalevic.  In her spare time, Helen loved to craft, solve word search puzzles, but, most of all, spent time with her adoring family.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Albert F. Lowney, who passed away December 11, 1992, and her brothers Joseph and John Mihalevic.  Helen is survived by her children Stephen Lowney of Berea, OH, Joseph M. (Lisa) Lowney of Louisville, OH, and Alberta Lowney of Parma; her grandchildren Amanda Jean Lowney, Amanda Frances Parsons, and Alesha Gershan; and her great-grandchildren Winslow Catherine Parsons and Audrey Gershan.

 
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Alfred L. Cadena

November 23, 2020 |

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

Alfred L. Cadena, age 83 of Clairton, passed away at home on Sunday, November 22, 2020.  Born October 3, 1937 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Alfred and Emma (Hrvacic) Cadena.  A former Pennsylvania National Guardsman and member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish (the former St. Joseph's Church, Clairton), Alfred worked for many years in buildings and facilities department at US Steel - Clairton Works.  He had an extreme fondness for cars, whether it be their repair, collection, or even the die-cast models.  He had a passion for westerns, classic country music, and old time television, especially Perry Mason and Gunsmoke.  Alfred was a handy person who was always available, and happy, to help.  But most importantly, his family will remember his as a generous soul who dearly loved his family.  Besides his parents, Alfred was preceded in death by his sisters Emma (John) Berchok and Lillian (the late Lewis) Martini.  He is survived by his sister Bernadette (the late Sylvester) Mazza; his nieces and nephews Michele Mazza, Jeffrey (Megan) Mazza, Brian (Gwen) Berchok, Jacqueline E. (Joe) Ciotti Herrle, Mark (Sally) Martini, and Lisa (Bryan) Smith; and his great-nieces-and-nephews Brian, Jocelyn, Olivia, Madeline, Lilliana, and James. 

 
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Helen Ferketic

November 23, 2020 |

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

Helen Ferketic, age 94 of Greenock, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Gilchrist Center Hospice in Towson, MD.  Born January 17, 1926 in Versailles, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Amelia (Skobar) Frketic.  A member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Twp. and the CFU Lodge #146 of Versailles, Helen worked at the McKee Stewart Co. for 35 years and with Ruben Furniture for 27 years.  She is survived by her sister Betty Oeler of Towson, MD, nieces Kathleen Fagan and Karla Oeler, and nephew Robert Fagan.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Kathryn Fagan.

 
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Betty J. Ziemke

November 21, 2020 |

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

Betty J. Ziemke, age 90 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away at home on Friday, November 20, 2020.  Born July 4, 1930 in Victory, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Mena (Smart) Hauser.  A member of Concord United Methodist Church in Belle Vernon, Betty worked as a secretary for the Bob Rodgers Insurance Agency and as a school bus driver for Elizabeth Forward School District.  She joins her husband, the late Glenn Ziemke, who passed away in 1978.  Betty is survived by her children Lisa Ziemke, with whom she resided, Brian (Alicia) Ziemke of Mt. Vernon, and Glenn Ziemke of Vermont; her grandchildren Payton, Seth, Briana, and Benjamin Ziemke; and her sister Barbara (John) Maisch of Belle Vernon.  She was also preceded in death by her sister Alberta Opfer.  

 
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Ronald H. Smith

November 18, 2020 |

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

Ronald H. Smith, age 72 of Springfield Twp. and formerly of Elizabeth Twp., passed away at home on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  Born May 12, 1948 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late William H. "Herk" and Gladys (Missouri) Smith.  Ronald retired from the sales department of Snavely Forest Products.  He is survived by his wife Ruth E. (Sellman) Smith; his sons Ronald H. Smith, II of Greensburg and Chad H. (Laura) Smith of Mt. Vernon; his grandchildren Ronald H. III (deceased), Breana, Sage, and Ezra Smith; his great-grandson Tristan Yafchak; his sisters Sandy Kucsmas and Vicki Estok, both of Tuscon, AZ; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Linda A. Booth

November 17, 2020 |

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

Linda A. (Molinari) Booth, age 72, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Clairton, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. where she was president of the Christian Mothers, a Eucharistic minister and a greeter. She was a former sales associate at Catherine's in Southland Shopping Center. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a friend to all who needed her. She was the perfect example of our lady handmaiden. Born June 12, 1948 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Angelo William and Catherine A. (Viscusi) Molinari. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jack R. Booth; daughter, Mary Catherine (Phillip) DiMarco of Jefferson Hills; and grandchildren, Christina and Domenic DiMarco.

 
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Sabina I. Kessler

November 17, 2020 |

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

Sabina I. Kessler, age 90 and formerly of Suffolk, VA and Clairton, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 in Arden Courts, Jefferson Hills.  Born August 28, 1930 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Christine (Monaca) Mincone.  She and her husband of 58 years, the late William E. Kessler, were very active in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Suffolk, VA and also taught Sunday school there.  Her family will remember her kind and giving nature.  She is survived by her brother Angelo (Marian) Mincone of Elizabeth, nieces, nephews, great-nieces-and-nephews, great-great-nieces-and-nephews, and many godchildren.  Besides her parents and husband, Sabina was preceded in death by her siblings Christine Shuck, and Frank, Leccio, and Joseph Mincone.

 
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