January 15, 2019 |
January 07, 2019 |
Barbara Lee “Barbie” Havanets Burch, 75, of Port Vue, passed away at UPMC McKeesport Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was born November 30, 1943 to the late Joseph and Veronica Havanets. Barbie is survived by daughters, Rebecca Burch of Smithton, Beth (William) Atkins of Port Vue; grandchildren, Brooklynn and Billy Atkins. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Bertelman and former husband, Robert “Bird Dog” Burch. Barbie lived her entire life in the Mon Valley area, loved hummingbirds, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to E. C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport, PA 15045. Contributions can be made to the family to help defray funeral home costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
December 10, 2018 |
Emil Cominotti, 94, of Dravosburg, passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 8, 2018. He was born December 31, 1923, in Willock, PA, to the late Primo and Sylvia Natek Cominotti. Emil was a loving husband, for 59 years, to the late Loretta “Gerry” Geraldine McCallister Cominotti. Emil is survived by son, Mark Cominotti of Dravosburg; daughter, Christine (Mike) Gobbie of Glassport; grandchildren, Stephanie, Bob, Emily, Nicki, Erin, Anthony, Wesley, Michael, Mark, and Carly; great-grandchildren, Luke and Morgan who he loved dearly; sister, Jane Muller of OH; nieces and nephews. Along with his parents and spouse, Emil was preceded in death by sons, James and Dale Cominotti. He was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during WWII, a member of St. Marks Roman Catholic Church, a lifetime member of Dravosburg American Legion Post 380, and Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Company #1. Emil retired from US Steel Edgar Thomson works after 44 years of employment, he was known to his co-workers in the Bop Shop as “Ponzi”. In the 60’s and 70’s, he was proud to be a baseball coach and vice president of the Dravosburg Boys’ Club. He was an avid hunter/fisherman and Pittsburgh Sports aficionado. Visitation will take place Friday, December 14, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 6 - 8 at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4TH Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A mass will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:30 am at St. Marks Catholic Church in Liberty Boro, followed by interment at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Light of Life Rescue Mission, 913 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 or at give.lightoflife.org Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
December 02, 2018 |
Genevieve “Ginny” Margaret Gusky Mihalov, 93, of Clairton, passed away peacefully, in her sleep, Saturday, December 1, 2018. She was born September 30, 1925 in Shadyside, OH to the late Stanley and Josephine Mackwiecz Gusky. Ginny was the loving wife of the late Laurence “Larry” J. Mihalov who passed away in 2012. She is survived by daughters, Linda (John) Donnelly of Clairton, Kristine (Sven) Nelson of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Kristy-Lynne, Sven Jr., Holly, Patrick, Bridget, Alex; 7 great-grandchildren; brother John (Wanita) Gusky; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Michaels; nieces and nephews. Along with her parents and husband, Ginny was preceded in death by sisters, Lois Kanda, Pearl Martin; brothers, Charles Gusky and Stanley Gusky. She was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton, AARP Clairton Chapter # 1612. Ginny loved playing games with her grandchildren, was an excellent seamstress who enjoyed sewing for herself and her family, made the very best apple pie, was an avid reader as well as an enthusiastic traveler, visiting Europe, Asia, the Holy Land, North and Central America. Visitation will take place Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10 am followed by interment at Ascension Cemetery in Clairton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Salvation Army, Western PA Division, PO Box 742, Carnegie, PA 15106. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Grandview Estates for the care they provided. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
November 24, 2018 |
Michael “Mikey” Anthony Assenti, 67, of Clairton, passed away at home on Friday, November 23, 2018. He was born September 23, 1951 in McKeesport to the late Tullio and Ann Marie Thornton Assenti. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Catherine Latorre Assenti; son, Michael A. (Alexis) Assenti of West Newton; daughter, Cara (Daniel) Connor of Suttersville; step-children, Marcie Morgan of Clairton, Christopher (Jenine) Morgan of Franklin, PA, Howard “Smiley” (Shannon) Morgan Jr of Clairton; grandchildren, Dwight, Anthony, Alissa, Howard, Christopher, Joshua, Alyssa, Bryce, Lukas, Haley, Dylan, Aidan; great-grandchildren, Learra, Claira; brothers, Paul (Colleen) Assenti of Elizabeth Township, Kevin Assenti of Clairton, David Assenti of Buena vista, Joseph Assenti of Greenock; and mother-in-law, Lydia Latorre. Along with his parents, Michael was preceded in death by brother, Julius Assenti, grandson, Matthew Morgan, and father-in-law, Carmen Latorre. He was a lifelong resident of Clairton, a retired motor inspector for US Steel Clairton Works, enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and was an avid Steeler fan. Michael was a member of the Sons of Columbus, Wilson American Citizens Club and the Breakfast Club at The Village Inn. Visitation will take place Monday November 26, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11 am followed by interment at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to help defray funeral costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
November 12, 2018 |
Catherine “Rose” Roseann Zofchak, 86, and her daughter Catherine “Cathy” R. Zofchak, 66, both of Clairton, passed away at home on Friday, November 9, 2018. Rose was born in Colver, PA May 9, 1932 to the late Jess Wainwright and Evelyn C. Williams Beckner. Rose was a loving wife, for 41 years, to the late George Zofchak II who passed away in 1991.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, George Zofchak III; brother, Henry Beckner; sisters, Edna Yando, Dorothy Crookham, Louise Richardson, Christine Lewis, Irene Simpson, and Shirley Stegman. Rose resided in Clairton her whole life, was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church, enjoyed reading, church, collecting novelties, her children and was very patriotic.
Cathy was born in McKeesport May 30, 1952. She was also a lifelong resident of Clairton and a member of Pine Run Church. She enjoyed shopping, bus trips to Walmart, jewelry and collecting animal novelties. Arrangements have been entrusted to S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
October 29, 2018 |
Sidney “Dusty” Thomas Cyphert III, 66, of Elizabeth, formerly of Brookville, PA, passed away at home on Sunday, October 28, 2018. He was born May 24, 1952 in Pittsburgh to the late Sidney T. and Delores Hutchins Cyphert II. Dusty is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patricia J. Gumpher Kristofik; sons, Sidney T. (Melissa) Longo of St. Petersburg, FL, Ryan Thomas Cyphert of Elizabeth; daughter, Melissa Cyphert of Versailles Boro; brothers, Donald (Diane) Cyphert of Jacksonville, FL, Allen Dale Cyphert of Michigan; sisters, Sharon (Thomas) Fye of Strattanville, PA, Sandra Patterson of McKeesport, Linda Walker of Jacksonville, FL, Dana (Jim) Clark of Orange Park, FL; numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Dusty was preceded in death by brothers, Richard Cyphert, Robert (Sharon) Cyphert and sister, Carol Gumpher. He was a graduate of Clarion Limestone High School, served in the US Coast Guard, was a cook at various restaurants (mostly in FL), was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, enjoyed building model cars, and was an auto mechanic. Visitation will take place from 5 – 8 pm on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at E. C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport, PA 15045. A memorial service will take place immediately after visitation at the funeral home at 8 pm. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
October 19, 2018 |
Irene “Rene” Ruth Harmon Stokes, 94, of Clairton, formerly of Elrama, passed away at Lawson’s Nursing Home Friday, October 19, 2018 to be received into the everlasting arms of our Savior. She was born October 3, 1924, in Finleyville, to the late Kinzy F. and Annie Mae Tulloh Harmon. Irene was a loving wife, of 70 years, to the late Robert I. Stokes. She is survived by daughters, Deborah S. (William) Straub of Daniels, WV, Gayle S. Colonna of Clairton; son, Gary R. (Cheryl) Stokes of McKeesport; grandchildren, Rebekah Straub of Lexington, KY, Abbey Miller of Trafford, Jennifer Colonna of Portland, OR, Meghan (Frank) Walker of New Albany, OH, Leland Colonna of Clairton; great-grandchildren, Baylee, Finlee, Rylee, Bentlee; loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. Along with her parents and spouse, Irene was preceded in death by siblings; Phoebe O’Dell, Edith Bardyn, Marge Jenkins, William Harmon, Merle Stout, Albert Harmon, Kathleen Parish, Leonard Harmon, Eloise Brallier, and Lena Mae Cowden. She was a graduate of Clairton High School and attended Duff’s School of Business. Irene was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, church, and spending time with her family. Visitation will take place Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the funeral home followed by interment at Mount Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
October 03, 2018 |
Virginia Fay Peters, 90, of Dravosburg, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Southwestern Nursing Home in West Mifflin. She was born October 3, 1927 in McKeesport to the late William B. and Ethel Hopkins Butler. Fay was the loving wife of the late William J. Peters. She is survived by daughter, Carol S. (Gerald) McGrew Sr.; grandchildren, Dawn (Dan) Como of Jefferson Hills, Gerald (Lynn) McGrew Jr. of Dravosburg; great-grandchildren, Mia, Cassidy, Doc, Evan and Connor. Along with her parents and spouse, Fay was preceded in death by her brother and sister in law, William and Audrey Butler. Before retiring, she was employed by Sears Roebuck Company and Penn Taft Pharmacy. She was known to everybody as “Grandma Fay”. Fay was a lifelong member and Elder at Amity Presbyterian Church in Dravosburg, a former Auditor for the Boro of Dravosburg, served on Boro Council, and was a Republican Chair Woman. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, duck pin bowling, not only did she enjoy horse & dog racing, she was a member of U.S. Trotting Association and was a Standard Bred horse owner at the Meadows Race Track. Visitation will take place on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 4 – 8 at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4TH Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A memorial service is scheduled at the funeral home on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am followed by interment at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Amity Presbyterian Church, 400 Euclid Ave., Dravosburg, PA 15034. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
September 28, 2018 |
Patricia Ann Mills Pilgrim, 80, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at AHN Jefferson Hospital. She was born March 17, 1938, in Elrama, to the late Earle Maynard and Elsie Cochran Mills. She was a loving wife to the late Kenneth O. Pilgrim who passed away in 2014. Patricia is survived by daughter, Karen of Bronx, NY; grandson, Kenny Coronado of Bronx, NY; brother, Maynard Earle Mills of Cupertino, CA; nieces and nephews. Along with her parents and husband, Patricia was preceded in death by sister, Beverly Mills Balint; brothers, Norman Kenneth Mills and Eugene Brian Mills.
September 26, 2018 |
Larue “Mickey” Mae Eichler, 86, of Clairton, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. She was born July 13, 1932 in Clairton to the late Arnold and Marie Tullius LaBudda. Larue was a loving wife for 50 years to the late Bill Eichler. She is survived by her loving children, Marie Sopko of Clairton, Billy (Lynn) Eichler of West Mifflin, James “Peach” (Sue Arnold) Eichler of Clairton, Rebecca (Joe) Shoemaker of Clairton, Amy (James) Garbart of Clairton; grandchildren, Nicole (Jeremy) Baker, James “JJ” Lostetter, Heather (Kris Lute) Sopko, Billy Sopko, Sarah Eichler, Eliza Sopko; great-grandchildren, Katrina, Jeremiah and Alaina Baker; nieces, nephews and furry friend, Bubbles. Along with her parents and husband, Larue was preceded in death by sisters, Joanne Shaner and Anne Stein. She graduated in 1950 from Clairton High School and continued her education by graduating from St. John’s School of Nursing. During her years of nursing, Larue worked for Clairton School District, New Eagle Hospital, Lawson’s Nursing Home, and was “the nurse” of Jefferson Drive. She was a Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout leader, Clairton Band Booster President, Eucharistic Minister & lecture, enjoyed karaoke, boating and spending time with her grandchildren. Visitation will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 9 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10 am followed by interment at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
September 26, 2018 |
Kevin “Homer” Sean Finnegan, 63, of Clairton, passed away at home on September 24, 2018. He was born April 2, 1955 in McKeesport to the late John David and Irene Gricheck Finnegan Sr. Kevin is survived by his wife of 36 years, Denise L. Boal Finnegan; sons, Justin B. (Holly) Finnegan of Port Vue, Josh S. (Megan) Finnegan of Buena Vista; daughter, Jacobi (Josh Pavlack) Finnegan of Elizabeth; granddaughter, Isabella Finnegan of Port Vue; brothers, John David Finnegan Jr. of Jefferson, Mark (June) Finnegan of Elizabeth, Dennis (Susan) Finnegan of Clairton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and faithful dogs, Hannah & Brooklynn. Kevin was a 1972 graduate of Serra High School, a graduate of All-State Career School, a retired employee, as of 2017, of US Steel Tygart Steel in McKeesport, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton, enjoyed bowling, repairing cars, bingo, solitaire, and was a member of Club 46, Sons of Columbus, and the WAC Club. Visitation will take place from 2 – 5 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will follow visitation at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
September 16, 2018 |
It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Ann Cypher Alfonsi announces her passing on Saturday, September 15th at the age of 72 at her West Mifflin home supported by her loving family. Born July 2, 1946 in Clairton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Edna and Charles D. Cypher Sr. of Clairton, PA. Mary Ann will be forever remembered by her loving husband of 50 years, Lee Alfonsi of West Mifflin and children, Melissa Lee (Christopher) Brannen of State College and Amy Lynn Alfonsi of West Mifflin. Mary Ann was a loving grandmother to Emma and Sarah Rohan of State College. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles D. Cypher Jr. and her favorite dog Lizzy, along with many more beloved pets.
As a biology teacher and then department head at McKeesport Area High School for over 30 years, Mary Ann educated thousands of teenagers on the wonders of science and mentored new student teachers. She tirelessly supported her daughters in extracurricular activities when they were young by volunteering her time and creative talents and continued that tradition by encouraging her granddaughters’ endeavors in academics, sports and the arts. She loved video games and was active on social media where she always spoke her mind. She enjoyed a good argument almost as much as a good laugh. Her granddaughter said it best in her memorial post; “I am lucky to have had this cool human as my grandma. She was a mom, a biology teacher, an avid scrapbooker, a surprisingly tech savvy baby-boomer, a consistent patron of my abandoned singing career, an amazing cook who really knew how to throw a party, and just a really creative person.”. Mary Ann was blessed to be able to celebrate 50 years of marriage in July with her husband Lee who will forever miss their trips to the casino, preparing outlandishly huge holiday feasts, and co-hosting family and neighbors on the side porch with evenings filled with food, drink, and laughter. Her daughters and granddaughters are grateful to her for showing them, by example, how to be strong independent women.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at S.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025, from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm. Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 10:00 am, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122, followed by entombment at Lebanon Church Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Associations, 444 Liberty Ave #1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
September 05, 2018 |
Robert “Bob” Lester Dearth Jr., 76, of North Huntingdon, previously of McKeesport, passed away at UPMC East in Monroeville Wednesday, September 5, 2018. He was born December 30, 1941 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late Robert L. Sr. and Helen Seymour Dearth. Bob is survived by his loving wife, of 43 years, Stella L. Warnick DeSalvo Dearth; son, Richard DeSalvo of Irwin; daughter, Gina (Joseph) Herrera of Trafford; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Caitlin), Brandy, Kayla (Kevin); nieces, nephews; sister & brother in-laws, Dan & Sherry McDowell of Versailles; siblings, Bernard (Hilda) Dearth of Stoutsville, OH, Beverly Burroughs of Kingston, OH, Barbara (Edward) Halterman of Washington Court House, OH. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Bernice Fetters. Bob was a US Navy Veteran having served during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He worked in the HVAC/Maintenance department at Carnegie Towers, enjoyed working and was a dog lover. Arrangements have been entrusted to I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. There will be a memorial service later. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
August 30, 2018 |
Kenneth Wayne Holmes, 88, of Dravosburg, passed away at home Wednesday, August 29, 2018. He was born December 20, 1929 in McKeesport to the late Jerry and Mary Cigrand Holmes. Kenny was a loving husband to his late wife, Iva Beitler Holmes for 38 years. He is survived by nieces and nephews. Along with his parents and wife, Kenny was preceded in death by his faithful companion of many years, Betty Hollenbeck; sisters, Mattie Econovich, Emmie Holmes; and brothers, William, Charles, John, Jerry, and Harry Holmes. He served in the US Army during WWII and also served during the Korean War, he was a retired employee of US Steel National Tube in McKeesport, was a member of Dravosburg United Methodist Church, was an avid hunter, loved driving cars and golfing, but most of all loved his family. Kenny was honored and delighted to receive his “60 year” pin as a member of the Duquesne/McKeesport Lodge #731 of the Free and Accepted Masons. Arrangements have been entrusted to I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. As per Kenny’s wishes, there will be no visitation; however, a graveside service will be conducted at Donegal Cemetery on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 am. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Dravosburg United Methodist Church, 109 Maple Avenue, Dravosburg, PA 15034. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneral.com