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Irma Colaguori

December 31, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Irma Colaguori, 75, of Bridgeville, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on December 29, 2018. Loving wife of the late Vincent Colaguori. Sister of Lina Colavecchia. Dear aunt of Anthony (Faye) Colavecchia and Bruno (Debbie) Colavecchia. Great-aunt of Nicole (Dan) Taylor, Lisa Colavecchia, Joe (Brooke) Colavecchia, Matthew (Lindsey) Colavecchia and Michael (Chelsie) Colavecchia. She is the great-great-aunt of nine nieces and nephews. Arrangements by BEINHAUER-FRYER.

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Devin Matta

December 10, 2018 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Devin Matta, 25, passed in peace on December 8, 2018, surrounded by her family and close friends. She was born on November 18, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and survived by her parents, Gary and Rona Matta; her boyfriend, Nate Hall; older sister, Langley and her fiancé, Tyler Shope; brothers, Austin and Jaquan; grandmothers, Roseanna Stein and Florence Matta; and many devoted aunts, uncles, and cousins. While she left this life at 25 years young, Devin has touched all our lives through her enthusiastic humor, spirited opinions, and warm compassion in all she did and accomplished. Devin leaves this world a better place for having been here. Devin graduated from Elizabeth-Forward High School, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania in 2012 and earned a dual Bachelor of Science degrees in both Marketing and Fashion Merchandise from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016, while being a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

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Touzre Marie Elizabeth White

October 09, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Touzre Marie Elizabeth White, 32, more commonly known as “Bunny,” formerly of McKeesport, passed away suddenly in her home in East Pittsburgh on October 3, 2018 due to a heart condition. She was born July 19, 1986.
She is survived by her son Emmanuel “Manny” age 5, her mother Karen White, siblings, Lurente White, Thomas White, Raven White, Symone White and Symara Nuckels. Touzre attended McKeesport Area High School where she obtained her high school equivalency and went on to do some travelling. She had a passion for hair and make-up and thoroughly enjoyed spending time friends and family. Bunny was an avid dog lover and enjoyed listening to a wide range of music. She will be deeply missed.

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Rosa Marie Fontanesi

August 27, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Rosa Marie Fontanesi, age 98 of McKeesport, PA passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Chesterton, IN. She was born on December 29, 1920 in McKeesport, PA to Areste Demo Rubizzi and Saffo (Brugnoli) Rubizzi.

Rosa is survived by daughters, Denise (Richard) Wolfe of Elizabeth, PA and Tia (Lanier) Chiesi of Chesterton, IN; grandchildren, Jake (Susan) Wolfe, Eric (Ellen) Wolfe, Lanier (Denyse Leady) Chiesi and Dr. Camron Chiesi; great grandchildren, Ava Marie Chiesi, Audrey Wolfe, Toby Wolfe, Ben Wolfe and Annie Wolfe. She was preceded in death by her parents, Saffo and Areste Demo Rubizzi; first husband, Raymond G. Carnahan (killed in action WWII) and husband, John Fontanesi; sister, Betty (Glen) Alberts; and brothers, James (Elvira) Rubizzi and Eugene (Ruth) Rubizzi.

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Brenda “Tiny” Marie Hood

August 24, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Brenda Marie Hood, 68, of McKeesport was called home to meet her heavenly father while in the loving care of her sister-law, Denine Hood on Sunday August 19, 2018. She was born on January 4, 1950 in Braddock, PA to the late Willie James and Josephine Rogers Hood at Braddock Hospital.

Tiny accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 17 at her home church, Jerusalem Baptist Church of Duquesne, PA. She was an active member of the Pulpit Guild at Jerusalem and taught Sunday school to the young children there. She was a warrior for Christ and continued to march and praise for the glory of her God throughout the rest of her life.

She graduated from Duquesne High School in 1968. Tiny attended Berkeley School of Business which is now Bradford School of Business and graduated in 1970 with an Associate’s Degree in Business.

Tiny worked for Alcoa and retired after 20 years. Once retired, the Lord’s work for her had just begun. Tiny’s love and compassion for people was so pure that she proceeded to become a foster parent and caregiver for the elderly at Mon Yough Community Services. She was a foster mother for several agencies over the years including Kadie Services, Allegheny East, Children Youth Services, Circle C and Auberle. Tiny also was a Girl Scout leader in 1997, a volunteer at The Creative Convention (Woodland Hills School District), and worked for the post office in Giant Eagle of White Oak, PA for 9 years.

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Joseph Thomas “Tom” Orzulak

August 14, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Joseph Thomas “Tom” Orzulak, 67, of Lawrence, Kansas, died Aug. 6, 2018, at his home.

He was born July 14, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Frank “Frosty” and Helen (Donnelly) Orzulak. Raised in Port Vue, PA, he was a 1969 graduate of South Allegheny High School and in 1974 earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts at California State College in California, Pa. He taught metal shop at Plum High School for 5 years and was a supervisor for PennDOT, Lovedale District, for a number of years. He was a proud member of the Port Vue Volunteer Fire Company.

After a move to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1985, Tom was the director of parking services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, before landing his dream job as Street Division Manager for the City of Lawrence for 23 years, retiring in 2013.

He married Patricia Smith on May 17, 1975 in Versailles, Pa. She survives at home.

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Raymond “Ray” Shumacher II

August 03, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Raymond “Ray” Shumacher II, 67, formerly of McKeesport, passed away at his Missoula, MT home on August 1, 2018. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula.


Virginia (Suranski) Valigura

July 27, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Virginia (Suranski) Valigura, 88, of Springdale, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018. She was born on January 23, 1930 to her parents, the late Charles F. and Anna (Marks) Suranski.  Virginia was a 1947 graduate of McKeesport High School and a 1948 graduate of Mason Frederick’s Beauty School. She passed the state boards and worked 9 years as a Beauty Operator. 

She moved to Springdale in 1956 when she married the late Michael Valigura.  Mrs. Valigura was a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Springdale.  Virginia’s life revolved around her son Bobby, her family and her many friends.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Michael and brother Charles F. Suranski Jr.

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Zack Moore Jr.

July 15, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Zack Moore Jr., 28, died July 8, 2018. He was born August 8, 1989. Service will be held at 11 a.m. July 16 at Morningstar Baptist Church, 832 Oak St., West Mifflin. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home Inc.


Marion Willis Blocker Jr.

July 02, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Marion Willis Blocker, Jr., 94, died June 30, 2018.  Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. July 6 at Tunie Funeral Home Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. July 7. Interment will follow at McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery. Services in charge of Tunie Funeral Home, Inc.


Louise Mabel Sherer

June 23, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Louise Mabel Sherer, age 95, died peacefully at the Bethlen Home in Ligonier, PA on June 18, 2018.  She is the daughter of Olof and Annie (Anderson) Sundin.  Louise was preceded in death by her husband, William V. Sherer. Surviving children are William Vincent Sherer, Carol Ann de la Mora, and Timothy Olof Sherer. Louise was a loving mother, energetic and hardworking.  She exemplified the best traits of the “Greatest Generation.”  She worked as a maid, a waitress, a tin flipper in a Pittsburgh area mill during World War II, part owner of a furniture making company in Oregon, part owner of a oil distribution company in Bandon, Oregon, part owner of Sherer’s Dairy Store in Mount Vernon, PA, book keeper for various companies including Tygart Steel in McKeesport, PA, and a realtor.  Louise worked into her late 70s.  She loved to travel, making numerous trips to European destinations and living in Guadalajara Mexico with her daughter for a year. A memorial service for Louise will be held at noon on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church Street Ligonier, PA.


Antwon Michael Rose II

June 21, 2018 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Antwon Michael Rose II, 17, died June 19, 2018. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. June 24 at Tunie Funeral Home Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. June 25 at Woodland Hills Junior High School, 7600 Evans St., Swissvale. Interment will follow in McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home.


Dorothy L. Oskin

June 05, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Dorothy L. Oskin, 92 of Murrysville, formerly of McKeesport passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018.  She was born April 24, 1926 in McKeesport, daughter of the late John and Agnes Pastor Martin.  She was the proprietor of Oskin’s American Service Station in McKeesport for over twenty years, was a member of the Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville and was a greeter at Sloan Elementary School for many years.  Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Linda (John) Sundin of Murrysville; a granddaughter, Kirsten (Jason) Saxton of Atlanta, GA and a grandson, Jarrod (Katelyn Sundin of Savannah, GA.

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Robert Lamont Hill

June 04, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Robert Lamont Hill, 64, died June 1, 2018. He was born October 12, 1953. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. June 5 at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc. 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead. Service will be held at 12 noon June 6 at First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, 719 Duquesne Blvd., Duquesne, and interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Monongahela Cemetery, 1111 4th St., North Braddock. Arrangements are in charge of Tunie Funeral Home.


James Ronald Strothers

May 18, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James Ronald Strothers, 79, died May 14, 2018. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at First Baptist Church, 3427 Cypress St., West Mifflin, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd., Cecil Twp., Washington County. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home.