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Nadine Cornelious

March 13, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Nadine Cornelious, 60, of McKeesport died March 10, 2018. She was born Nov. 1, 1957. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead, with a service to follow at 3 p.m.

Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home, Inc.


Levi A. Hayes

February 27, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Levi A. Hayes, 85, died Feb. 25, 2018. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. March 2 at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead. A service will be held at 11 a.m. March 3 at Mount Rise Baptist Church, Ingot and Sheffler Street, New Homestead, with interment to follow at 1 p.m. March 3 at Jefferson Memorial Park, 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home.


Ernest A. Kendall

February 20, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Ernest A. Kendall of Doylestown, formerly of Levittown, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the age of 76.

Born in McKeesport, Pa., he was the son of the late Abraham and Ethel Kendall.

Ernest is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Judith Tomlins Kendall, his daughter, Kelly Kendall-Kelly, (Jonathan) of Erwinna, son, Brett Kendall, (Stacey) of Pipersville, his grandchildren whom he adored, Sadie and Brogan, his three schnauzers, Elsie, Mitzi and Gracie and pond of koi fish. Also surviving is his sister, Irene Coulter (William) of Clairton, PA, his sister-in-law, Janell Pett of Cross Lanes, WV, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Kendall.

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Sheree D. Moore

February 02, 2018 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Sheree D. Moore, 60, died Jan. 31, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Kingdom Hall, 1075 Camp Hollow Road, West Mifflin. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home, Homestead.


Craig Richard Pindro

January 29, 2018 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Craig Richard Pindro, 53, of McKeesport died Jan. 26, 2018. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead, where a service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.



Tina Garth Schofield

January 03, 2018 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Tina Garth Schofield, 59, died Dec. 28, 2017. Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at New Jerusalem Holiness Church, corner of Soles and Stewart streets, McKeesport, where a service will be held at 6 p.m. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home, (412) 462-6466. 


James Marvin Gurall

December 15, 2017 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James Marvin Gurall, 62, of Portersville, PA passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  He was born in McKeesport, PA to Nancy (Dolan) and Andrew Gurall. He graduated from McKeesport High School where he played trumpet in the band and excelled in anything he put his mind to.  He was born an artist and passed the time in his younger days drawing and continued on to Theil College, University of West Virginia, and the University of Pittsburgh where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. James was a passionate and extremely kind and generous man who enjoyed Classic cars and collecting vintage automotive parts. He enjoyed his walks at Moraine State Park and fishing with his nephews.  He loved animals, music, cooking, Nascar, golf and football. He worked at US Steel National Tube Works and then moved on to carpentry where he was recently retired from the Carpenters Union local 230.  Jim was extremely loving and proud of his daughter, Melissa Thornton of Monongahela, PA.

He is survived by his wife and best friend Susan Gurall; his daughter Melissa (Joe) Thornton; his step daughters Amberlyn Steighner and Holly Zillionis; his brother Kim (Donna) Gurall of McKeesport, PA, his grandchildren, Madison, Abby, Max, Benjamin, Dejamoura, Serenity, Rachel, and Aaron; his sister in law Jean Vincent Ricker and nieces and nephews, Kimberly (Mike) Quallich, Angela (Jason) Collins, Lance (Crystal) Gurall, Eve McClure, Kristopher Ricker, Erik Ricker as well as many great nieces, great nephews, extended family and friends.

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Brenda Burwell Scales

December 11, 2017 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Brenda Burwell Scales, 77, died Dec. 7, 2017. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Second Baptist Church, 108 W. 12th Ave., Homestead, where a service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Interment to follow at Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home.


Edward J. Kustra

November 26, 2017 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Edward J. Kustra, 77, of Murrysville, formerly of McKeesport passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017. 

He was born April 5, 1940 in McKeesport, son of the late Joseph and Mary Gliwa Kustra.  He served our country in the United States Army.  He was a graduate of Youngstown State University. 

Prior to retirement, he was the founder and owner of KEMMCO Sales, Murrysville.  He was an active member of Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church, McKeesport and a former member of YMS of R, (Young Men’s Society of Resurrection).  He was a volunteer fireman for Lincoln Borough for many years. 

As former president of the Franklin Regional Football Boosters, Ed played a key role in bringing lights to the football stadium.  Edward enjoyed hunting, fishing and played golf in the Westinghouse Golf League.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 ½ years, Eileen Gricar Kustra of Murrysville; loving children, Kelly (Douglas) Duncan, Edward A. (Colleen Kelly) Kustra, Mandy Kustra, and Michael J. Kustra; adored grandchildren, Rachel Kelly, Jacob Duncan, Kaitlyn Duncan, and Nicole Duncan.

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Frank P. Gottlieb

October 25, 2017 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Frank P. Gottlieb died Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Beloved son of the late Abraham and Nettie Bondy Gottlieb. Beloved brother of Florence Gottlieb Krakoff (late Samuel) of Industry and Marcus A. Gottlieb (Carole) of Pittsburgh. Nephew of Janet Bondy Eisen (Bernard). Uncle of Richard Krakoff, Lisa Krakoff Biancucci (Richard), Michael Gottlieb (Laurie), Linda Gottlieb Gordon (Alan), Amy Gottlieb Cook (David) and the late Daniel Krakoff. Also survived by many cherished great and great-great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and countless friends. Raised in Midland, PA, Frank was a journalist who graduated from Duquesne University. He was a Vietnam Veteran and former News Director at KQV News Radio. He was the recipient of the Golden Quill Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

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Ronald Brian Frantish

October 21, 2017 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Ronald Brian Frantish, age 60 of Wake Forest, N.C. passed away peacefully on October 15, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years Kathryn Ringelstein Frantish; brother Roger (Gertrude) Frantish and sister Rhoda (Daniel) Wolfe, plus several nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his parents, Edward and Mary Frantish of Buena Vista, Pa.

Ron was of the Class of 1974 of Elizabeth Forward High School, graduated with honors from Carnegie-Mellon University and retired from IBM after 32 years of service as a senior systems engineer.

Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held November 4, 2017, at the Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, 2200 Buena Vista Rd., McKeesport, PA. 

Family will receive visitors at 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlors with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company #1,  3333  Fire Station St., Buena Vista, PA 15018 or the Punta Gorda Lions Club Foundation, PO Box 510915,  Punta Gorda,  FL 33951.


Tonya D. Wright

October 18, 2017 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Tonya D. Wright, age 55, of Penn Hills, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 5, 2017. She was born November 7, 1961 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Leroy Parks and the late Constance Wright. She worked for the last 10 years as a Bus Driver for hearing impaired children. She is survived by her son Curtis L. Seay of North Versailles; and six grandchildren. Services were private. Arrangements handled by the Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083.

Carl E. Short

September 21, 2017 |

By Editor | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Carl E. Short, 54, of Greensburg, died Thursday September 15, 2017. He was born June 3, 1963, in McKeesport, a son of Larry Short and the late Dorothy Ann Taylor. Carl Short was an ordained minister and committed to community service and helping the lives of others.
The last years of his life were spent helping the lives of people suffering from addiction and mental illness, working with the Democratic Party to promote positive change, and ministering throughout the community. He was an excellent cook, a sharp dresser, and an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved to laugh, make others smile and laugh, and watch scary movies with his family and friends. He loved his children and his grandchildren dearly. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many relatives whom he loved.
Carl is survived by his seven children, Justin short and wife, Paula; Shamira Gelin and husband, Jean; KC Short, Shawn Short, Shakeem Short, Kelli Short, and Lamicah Short; four grandchildren, Jayden Gelin, Ava Gelin, Sophia Short, and Amara Gelin; his uncles James Taylor and Tony Taylor, their children and grandchildren; his aunts Brenda Lawrence and Shirley Weatherspoon, their children and grandchildren; his sister Kimberly Jones and her children, and his siblings, Herman Jordan, Gary Smith III, Lakitta Smith, Kimberly Jordan, Paul Baker, and Malik Smith, as well as many relatives too numerous to mention.
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Thomas George Pastor

August 21, 2017 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Thomas George Pastor, 80, of Fayetteville, PA, and formerly of Glassport, PA, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Chambersburg Hospital.  Born November 10, 1936 in Glassport, PA, he was the son of the late George and Anastasia Zakczewski Pastor.  Tom was a graduate of Glassport High School and attended both Penn State and Duquesne Universities.  He served honorably with the US Army and the National Guard.  Tom worked most of his life in finance, as Manager at Associates Financial Services in McKeesport, PA for twenty-five years and then as the Mortgage Closing and Appraisal Officer at Allegheny Mortgage Corporation in White Oak, PA.  He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, B.P.O. Elks Lodge #600, and Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15.

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Samantha Mae Klavora

July 20, 2017 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Samantha Mae Klavora of North Versailles, age 23, died tragically on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

She was the loving daughter of Greg Klavora of Adamsburg and Christina "Tina" Sandor of Brookline, and companion of Dominic Seman of North Versailles.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Edith Mae Klavora of Irwin and Frank Klavora of Harrison City; brother, John Klavora of Rillton and sister, Jessica Klavora of Brookline; one niece and one nephew.

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