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Nikki A. Talovich Marcase

February 16, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Nikki A. Talovich Marcase, 73, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Clairton for 35 years, passed away on Friday February 14, 2020 at the Mount Vernon Nursing Home. She was born in Allegheny County on June 12, 1946 to the late Nicholas and Mary Talovich. Nikki was the loving wife of 32 years to the late Russell Marcase. She is survived by her son Michael T. (Nancy) Dowden of Elizabeth and daughter Cathy (Craig) Oskin of Munhall. She is also survived by her 3 grandchildren Justin Dowden of Cincinnati Ohio, Jessie Dowden of Greensburg and Trixie May Mahayag of Philadelphia Pa. Nikki was an R.N at Jefferson memorial as well as UPMC Presby where she loved to serve the patients she so deeply cared for. She was a member of Pine Run Methodist Church and enjoyed Gardening, arts and crafts, knitting, and dogs and cats as well as bird watching. Family and friends will be received on Monday February 17, 2020 from 5-7pm, with service taking place at 7pm at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Irene (Iski) “Galiyas” Kovalyak

February 15, 2020 |

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Irene (Iski) “Galiyas” Kovalyak

Irene T. Kovalyak age 92, of West Mifflin died Friday, February 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving family and caregiver.  She was preceded in death by her first husband of 8 years, Mitchell Galiyas, and her second husband of 58 years George S. Kovalyak.  Born September 27, 1927 in New Alexandria, PA, she was the daughter of the late Andy and Irene (Kertes) Iski.  Irene is survived by her sons Mitch (Mary Jo) Galiyas of Kennedy Township, and George Kovalyak of West Mifflin and daughter Terri Michell (Kovalyak) of Bethel Park. She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren Juliana (Mike) Carr of Robinson Township, Nathan (Amanda) Galiyas of Robinson Township, Father Zachary Galiyas of Kennedy Township, Moira (Mark) Cheeseman of Robinson Township, Kody Kovalyak of West Mifflin, and Lauren Michell of Bethel Park. She is also survived by 4 great grandchildren; Michael and Roman Carr, as well as Whitney and Gavin Galiyas. She is survived by her 3 sisters, Joan Beckowitz of Conway S.C, Betty Anitori of Liberty Boro and Rose Zilich of Canonsburg. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Mary Bestwick and Ann Tomaino. Also preceded in death by her 5 brothers, Andy, Gabe, Frankie, Chuck and Joe. Irene was a lifelong domestic engineer who enjoyed cooking, baking and cleaning. One of her favorite things to do was having family get togethers surrounded by the people she loved the most. She was also a proud lifelong and cherished member of the Dravosburg United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank O.S.P.T.A Home Care and Hospice staff as well as the many wonderful care givers and neighbors who kept Irene comfortable at home. Family and friends will be received on Sunday February 16, 2020 from 2pm to 8pm at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A final farewell will be held Monday at 9:30am at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034 before proceeding to the chapel. A service will take place on Monday February 17, 2020 at 10:30am at the Dravosburg United Methodist Church, 109 Maple Ave, Dravosburg, PA 15034 followed by interment at McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Dravosburg United Methodist Church, 109 Maple Ave, Dravosburg, PA 15034. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Robert Frank Mueller

February 04, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Robert Mueller, 73, of Clairton Pa, passed away on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at United Hands Homecare. He was born and raised in Mt. Washington Pa on November 3, 1946 to the late Frank M, and Ruth Kerting Mueller. He is survived by his brother Bill (Nancy) Mueller, of Mt Washington, and sister in law Linda Mueller of Coraopolis, as well as many cousins and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his brother David Mueller. He enjoyed collecting many things especially records. He also was an avid animal lover of all breeds of dogs and cats. He was formerly employed by W.H.J.B of Greensburg as a radio broadcaster and announcer. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Donna Jean King

January 27, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 Donna Jean King, 82, of Glassport passed away at Southwestern nursing home on Sunday, January 26, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born on June 18, 1937 in Glassport to the late Eugene and Claire Bowen Iley. Donna was the loving wife of 42 years to the late Charles E. King. Donna is survived by daughters, Aimee (Neil) Fogarty of Wexford and Valerie (Jack) Beauchamp of Glassport, and a son, Charles “Greg” (Karen) King of Lincoln Boro. She is also survived by three sisters, Carol (Carl) Lawson of AZ; Lois Price of FL; Sandy (James) Letham of NY; and six grandchildren, CJ and Beth King, Sean and Kelan Fogarty, Zachary and Nathan Beauchamp. Donna was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church formerly located in Glassport. She loved dancing to Tom Jones with her beloved husband Charles as well as ceramics, crocheting and cards. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Southwestern Nursing home for their care and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, PA 15045. The family will be having a wake at The Carriage Inn, on Lovedale Road in Elizabeth on Wednesday, January, 29th from 6pm – 8pm. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Round Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Jean Britha Goodrum Hudson

January 06, 2020 |

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Jean Britha Goodrum Hudson, 86 died peacefully surrounded by family members on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Cumming, GA, where she had resided at the Oaks at Hampton Assisted Living Center since moving from Shalimar, FL, in 2016.  She had been a long-time resident of Florida, living in Homestead and Shalimar.  Jean was born in West Mifflin, PA on April 28, 1933 to the late James and Britha Andrews Goodrum, the last of six children.  Jean was married for 24 years to the late Thomas A. Hudson, Jr. (Air Force Retired), until his death in 1977. Jean worked as a civil servant beginning her career with the Department of Defense and retiring from the Department of the Interior.  After retirement, she enjoyed her grandchildren and fellowship with the First Baptist Church of Niceville, Florida, where she was a long standing member.  She is survived by her daughter; Linda Jean Hudson (David) DeLarios, of Cumming, GA, and son; Thomas James (Kimberly) Hudson, of Spring Hill, FL, grandchildren;  Rebecca R. Hudson,  Thomas C. Hudson, Erika H. Phipps,  Emily  J. Hudson ,  and Hudson A. DeLarios. In addition, Jean was blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Hudson, Jr., sisters; Hannah McDevitt, Mary DaBaldo and Viola Edwards, and brothers; James and Arnold Goodrum.  Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, January 7th from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place on Wednesday, January 8th at 11:00 am at the funeral home to be followed by interment at Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery, West Mifflin, PA.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Alice Gwendolyn Griffiths Parsons

December 18, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Alice Gwendolyn Griffiths Parsons, 74, a lifetime resident of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Jefferson Medical Center. She was born in McKeesport on October 21, 1945 to the late William and Martha Jolliffe Griffiths. Alice leaves behind her loving husband William R. Parsons Jr. of Clairton. She is also survived by her sons William R. (Tamara) Parsons of Hamilton, Ontario Canada, and Chris W. Parsons, of Clairton, brother William “Earl” (Marge) Griffiths of Winston, Salem. Alice is also survived by her nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton, and the Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star #316 in Clairton.  She enjoyed ceramics, knitting afghans, luncheons with friends, and spending time with her family. Alice was formerly employed as a nurse’s aide by Lawson’s Nursing Home as well as Forbes Regional Hospital.  Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Laura Margaret Lotto Burchesky

December 01, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

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Laura Margaret Lotto Burchesky, 99, of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Manor Care in Whitehall. She was born in Coal Valley, Jefferson Hills on June 18, 1920 to the late Carl and Mary Sinatra Lotto. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert A. Burchesky; loving mother of JoAnn (Barry) Kylander, of Pleasant Hills, Robert M. Burchesky, of Clairton, Connie (Craig) Ramsey, of Elizabeth; sister of Anthony Lotto, of Jefferson Hills and sister-in-law, of Emma Lotto, of Akron, Ohio; cherished grandmother of, Erin (Sam) Nunnery, of Gibsonia and Jessica (Nick Chiavetta) Ramsey, of McKees Rocks; great-grandmother of Samuel Wilson Nunney V. Also survived by special niece Angel Lotto-Rose and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Laura was preceded in death by brothers: Paul, Anthony, John, and Carl Lotto; sisters: Madeline Burgy, Mary McClanahan, Minnie Foster, Abbie Jordan and Josephine Lotto. Laura was a member of St. Paulinus Church, Holy Angel’s Church and most recently St. Michael’s Church in Elizabeth. She was the owner of Lotto’s Beauty Salon for over 60 years. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A funeral prayer will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday at 9:00 am followed by a mass of the Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church at 10:00 am, presided by Father Thomas Wagner. Interment will follow at St. Clare Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Manor Care at 505 Weyman Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 in thanks for their compassion and care. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


John Michael “Timmy” Kostelnik Sr.

November 18, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

John Michael “Timmy” Kostelnik Sr., 88, of Dravosburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at the John J. Kane Community Living Center, in McKeesport. He was born in Homestead on September 17, 1931 to the late John and Helen Uhrin Kostelnik. John was the loving husband of 65 years to the surviving Elizabeth Makay Kostelnik. He is also survived by his son, John M. (Sheri) Kostelnik, of Lancaster, CA, daughter, Sandra L. (David Mooney) Kostelnik, of Dravosburg, sister, Donna Johnen, of Cortland, OH, grandchildren, John Michael Kostelnik, Kevin Alan (Kate) Kostelnik, Kara Leigh (Nicholas) Kerr, Michael Ryan Kostelnik, great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Carrie, Ashley, Kennedy, and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Wolak. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, and served in the Korean War. John was a member of the American Legion in Dravosburg, was past president and volunteer fireman of the Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Company #2, and was an usher at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, in West Mifflin. He was a Buick Auto Mechanic for 42 years, and loved working on cars. John loved, and was loved deeply by his family and friends. His wit and charm was enjoyed by all. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a sports enthusiast, enjoyed organizing pool parties, an excellent cook, loved animals, and was NEVER without his Copenhagen. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 6-8pm at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place on Saturday at the funeral home from 8-9am, to be followed by a Mass at 10:00am at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in West Mifflin, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the John J. Kane Regional Center, 100 9th St, McKeesport, PA 15132, in thanks for their care and compassion. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Larry R. “Brownie” Brown

November 18, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Larry R. “Brownie” Brown, 89, of Dravosburg, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 14th, 2019. He was born in McKeesport Hospital on June 1st, 1930 to the late Martin and Mary Marie Kent Brown. Larry is survived by his son, Roy E. (Diana) Brown, of Palm Coast, FL, sister, Inez Schroeder, of Monongahela, grandchildren, Jennifer (Anthony) Brown-Keane, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, great-grandchildren, Saoirse and Eamonn, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Jean Pulley, and brother, Jack Brown. Larry proudly served his country as a member of the Army National Guard, and served as a cook while stationed in post-WWII Germany in Berchtesgaden.  He was a member of the American Legion, and the First Christian Church, in Dravosburg. Larry was formerly employed as an engineer for the Union Rail Road for 35 years, as well as U.S. Steel. He enjoyed gardening, and also loved to travel. Arrangements have been entrusted to I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. Inurnment and a graveside service will take place at Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg on Friday, November 22nd at 11:30am. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Clarence Edison “Bo” Stark Jr.

November 14, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Clarence Edison “Bo” Stark Jr., 72, of McKeesport, formerly of Clairton and Glassport, passed away on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at John J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport. He was born in Vindex, Maryland, on April 10, 1947 to the late Bertha Tasker and Clarence E. Stark Sr. Clarence is survived by his daughter, Christine Stark, of McKeesport, sisters, Rose Bocianoski, of Port Vue, Mary (Larry) Hackney, of Ashland, KY, Patricia (Carl) Ratliff, of Ashland, Ohio, Charlotte (Terry) Hauser, of Hanover, MD, Anna (Ralph) Park, of Oakland, MD, brothers, Charles (Paula) Stark, of Frederick, MD, and Robert Stark, of MD, as well as many nieces and nephews. Clarence proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during Vietnam, where he was stationed in Panama. He was formerly employed by Westinghouse, as well as Sears in West Mifflin. Clarence enjoyed playing Billiards, and was a member of several Pool Leagues. The family would like to thank the staff at Kane for their caring and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. Inurnment will take place at a later date at a private family cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Gregory Paul “Cabbage” Kavalukas

October 22, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Gregory Paul “Cabbage” Kavalukas, 67, of Glassport, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Wednesday October 16th, 2019 at the John J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport. He was born in McKeesport on June 17th, 1952 to the late Peter and Catherne Mols Kavalukas. Gregory is survived by his loving companion of 18 years, Nancy Halt, and her daughters, Angela Maren (Maarten) Jacobs, and Nicole Speeney. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Sydni Speeney, Anneke Jacobs, and Ashton Jacobs, sisters, Roberta (Charles) Simeral, of South Carolina and Pamela Kavalukas, of McKeesport, niece, Shanna (Gary) Morgan, of South Carolina, nephew, Shawn (Sara) Simeral, of South Carolina, great-nephews, Conner Morgan, and Caden Simeral, and great-niece, Delany Simeral. Gregory was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherne. He was a former member of St. Mary’s Church, and was previously employed by Allegheny Parks, South Parks. Gregory enjoyed playing softball, where he played umpire, and participated in the Boys Club. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, November 2nd at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025, from 2-4pm. A memorial service will take place in the funeral home at 4:00. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Stephanie Classic

October 09, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Stephanie Hodge Classic, 58, of Dravosburg, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She was born in McKeesport on October 19th, 1960, to the late Robert Hodge and surviving Marie Valiknac Hodge. Stephanie was the loving wife of 31 years to Christopher Classic. She is survived by her mother, Marie Valiknac Hodge, of Jefferson Hills, children, Crystal (Ryan Markosky) Jeznis of Fort Myers, FL, Breanne (John) Morabito, of South Baldwin, Jamie (Michael) Merlino, of Clairton, sisters, Pamela Baronti, of Charleroi, Michele (Blaine) McLaughlin, of Four Oaks, NC. And brother, Robert “Curt” Hodge,  of Long Island, NY,  grandchildren, Landon Markosky, Christopher Merlino, many nieces and nephews, and 2 granddogs, Loui and Roxi. Stephanie was preceded in death by her father, and aunt, Stephanie Cawley. She was a registered nurse, and was employed for 17 years at the UPMC Health First Medical in McKeesport. Stephanie was an attendee at both Holy Spirit and First Christian Church. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Theresa Aversa Rivetti

October 03, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Theresa Aversa Rivetti, 95, of Elizabeth formerly of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born in Pizzoni, Prov. DiCatanzaro, Italy on October 28th, 1923 to the late Domenick and Lucia Donato Aversa. Theresa was the loving wife of 33 years, to the late Charles Rivetti. She is survived by her step children Andrea Rivetti Dotson, of N. Tonawanda, NY; Chuck (Shelley) Rivetti of Johnstown, PA; grandchildren, Cindy Filia, of Elizabeth, PA; Michael (Kim) Filia, of Elizabeth, PA; Rickilynn McDonald, of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Gregory (Jessica) Cook of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Katie (Ben) Sechrist, of Sayre, PA, and Andrew (Shanice) Rivetti, of Fredericksburg, VA, as well as many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Filia; her sister Marianna (Francesco) Marino and brother Nicola (Connie) Aversa. She was a retired employee of Giant Eagle where she worked as a clerk. Theresa was a member of Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, the previous Saint Paulinas Church in Clairton, and a member of The Sons Of Italy, in Glassport. She enjoyed baking, cooking and loved being a grandmother. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, Pa. 15025.  A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 to be followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Denis Craig Sechrist

September 28, 2019 |

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Denis Craig Sechrist, 65, of Somerset, previously of Glassport for 62 years, passed away at the U.P.M.C. Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland, Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 26, 2019. He was born in McKeesport to the late Harry Craig and Lois Forbes Sechrist on August 29, 1954. Denis is survived by his brother, Bruce D. (Carol) Sechrist, of Jessup, MD, and sister, June L. (Edgar) Weakland, of Somerset, and nephew, Bruce Edward Sechrist, of Somerset, and his cat, Silver. Denis graduated from South Allegheny High School in 1972, where he was equipment manager for football. After South Allegheny, Denis went on to CCAC, earning his Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences. He was employed by Mellon Bank as a mail clerk, was an avid sports fan, most especially when it came to the Penguins. He also enjoyed keeping up with current events, television, and was known as an amateur performer at the Senior Center. Denis was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Glassport, and also the Roof Top Garden Christian Church, in Somerset. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. A service will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1:00, to be presided by Pastor Roy Worsham. Interment will follow at Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Joseph John Harchar

September 27, 2019 |

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Joseph John Harchar, 96, a resident of Jefferson Hills for 67 years, formerly of Glassport, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  He was born in Glassport on May 4th, 1923 to the late John and Mary Jackabcin Harchar. Joseph was the loving husband of Mary Ducko Harchar for 67 years. He is also survived by his sons, Joseph Harchar, of Woodbridge, VA, John (Judie) Harchar, of The Woodlands, TX, Kenneth Harchar of Jefferson Hills, and Robert Harchar of Jefferson Hills, nephew, Sidney (JoAnne) Cicchini , of Belle Vernon, and nieces, Phyllis Usko, of Forward Township, and Claire Marie (Tony) Cicchini Monias of Belle Vernon and Diane (Ed) Hickley of Port Vue. Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, Albert, and sisters, Helen, Ann, Irene, Teresa, Bertha and infant siblings, Mamie, Mamie and John. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for his service. Joseph was a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1949. He attained membership in Tau Beta P, National Honorary Engineering Society, Chi Epsilon National Honorary Civil Engineering Society. He was a member of the Phi Kappa fraternity while attending college and is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association. After graduating college his working career began at the American Bridge Company, and continued through several engineering firms including Koppers Corporation and ending with the U.S. Corps of Engineers for 25 years.  He was a project engineer on several local flood protection projects, and project manager on multipurpose dam projects from which he retired in 1983. After retirement he was selected to join President Ronald Reagan’s Goodwill Ambassador Team to go to China and consult with the Chinese on the construction of the recently completed dam on the Yangtze River. He had to refuse this appointment due to the simultaneous illness of his wife, who underwent successful cancer surgery during the same period. Joseph was a former member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Clairton, which later became part of St. Clare Assisi. He enjoyed walking in the woods, fishing, gardening, including his “WWII Victory Garden”, was an ardent sports fan, a hobbyist mechanic and tinkerer, and enjoyed bird-watching, and was a dedicated family man. Joseph was a member of many organizations including: the Society of American Military engineers, Who’s Who in Engineering (1982), U.S. Committee on Large Dams, American Society of Civil Engineers, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Tou Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineers Honorary Society, former member of the Jefferson Hills Borough Planning Commission, St. Joseph’s Branch #479 of the First Catholic Slovak Union, and the National Slovak Society. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. A service will take place on Tuesday, at 10:00 at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, in Clairton. Interment with military honors will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, or National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St, New York, NY 10014, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 

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