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Mary "Mamie" B. Latta

January 18, 2019 |

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

Mary "Mamie" B. Latta, 91, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 17, 2019. She was born April 9, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Paul and Katherine (Roscoe) Benyak. She was the wife of the late Lawrence Latta who passed away in 1987. Mamie was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport and the Marian Society there. 

 
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Betty Lou Gasda

January 18, 2019 |

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

Betty Lou Gasda, 78, of Liberty Boro, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 surrounded by her family and close friends. She was born November 23, 1940 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Chester and Anne (Ulich) Charneicki. She was the wife of 56 years of the late John J. "Sonny" Gasda, who passed away August 12, 2015. She was a former member of St. Mark's Parish in Liberty Boro.

 
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Dominick Anthony Candelore, Sr.

January 16, 2019 |

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

Dominick Anthony Candelore, Sr.  88, of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Tuesday. January 15, 2019. He was born January 26, 1930 in Elizabeth Township and was the son of the late Venturino and Monica (Loretta) Candelore. He was the husband of the late Lena (Roma) Candelore. Dominick was a member of The Church of the Nazarene in Bunola and was a US Air Force Veteran. He was a member of Laborer's Local 1058, the Buena Vista Fire Co., WMBU Club, Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens, and the Old Timer's Bowling League and Golf League.

 
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Catherine Marie Adams

January 16, 2019 |

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

Catherine Marie Adams, 96, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019. She was born July 25, 1922 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late  Soisson  and Margaret Postorious Gilligan. She was the wife  of  the late  Raymond M. Adams,  Sr., who passed away in 2005.

 
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Robert "Bob" John Russin

January 15, 2019 |

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

Robert "Bob" John Russin, 56, of North Versailles, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, January 14, 2019 at home. He was born October 19, 1962 in McKeesport to the late Stephen and Veronica Jean Karichko Russin. Bob worked in the crime lab at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner for many years and enjoyed hunting, fishing and cars. He is survived by sisters, Donna (Matt) Clay of Greensburg, Judi (Tom) Ridge of Scottsdale, AZ, Lois (Greg) Stepansky of North Huntingdon and Valerie (Mark) Bradley of Manor, brother, Steven (the late Christine) Russin of McKeesport, nephews, Steven Jr., Jake and Russ, niece, Kasey, great-nephews, Phillip and Alex, and great-niece, Daniela.  There is no visitation.  Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township (412) 751-5000  Drew J. Gilbert, Director.  Private burial will take place at the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles at a later date. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Gary Von Brunazzi

January 14, 2019 |

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

Gary Von Brunazzi, 60, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Gary was born in McKeesport, on January 10, 1959. He was the son of the late Emil Brunazzi, Jr., and Elizabeth "Betty" Brunazzi. Gary graduated from Elizabeth-Forward High School in 1977. While in school, he worked part-time for Howell Craft, Inc. in Elizabeth Township. He loved classic rock music, classic cars and trains. He attended many live concerts with his sister Barb and enjoyed seeing artist such as Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and Korn, for which his nephew, Ray Luzier is the drummer, to name a few. His favorite song was "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. He also enjoyed riding down the Monongahela river in his pontoon boat and train rides in Strasburg. Gary had a passion for muscle cars and extensive knowledge of automobile mechanics. Watching the Nascar races on TV was a weekly event for Gary. He was a member of New Hope Assembly of God Church in Elizabeth Township.

 
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Susan K. Merriman

January 09, 2019 |

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

Susan K. Merriman, 67, of Rochester, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Monday, January  7, 2019. She was born September 12, 1951 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late George W. and Alma (Lewis) Merriman. Susan held an administrative position at the University of Pittsburgh. She was also proprietor of Merriman Trading Co. She is survived by her brothers, George W. Merriman, III, of Brooklyn, NY, Thomas L. (Constance) Merriman of Greenock and Charles "Jeff" (Colleen) Merriman of Munhall, and nieces and nephews.

 
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Robert James Kite

January 09, 2019 |

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

Robert James Kite, 39, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019. He was born May 5, 1979 in McKeesport and was the son of Robert Brooks and Jane (Gioia) Kite of Lincoln Borough. Robert was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church and worked for Sisko Waterproofing Co.

 
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Gertrude Elizabeth Lieberum

January 07, 2019 |

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

Gertrude Elizabeth Lieberum,  91, of McKeesport, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was born April 28, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Albert  and Angela  (Schibik) Thomas.  She was the wife of the late Arthur Mark Lieberum who died January 14, 2000. Gertrude was a member of the former  St. John Lutheran Church in McKeesport. She served on church council, taught vacation bible school and also taught Sunday School for 31 years, leading children to Christ. She enjoyed gospel music, reading, and loved to do for others.

 
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William "Bill" Gardner Phillips

January 05, 2019 |

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

William "Bill" Gardner Phillips, 90, of McKeesport passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019. He was born April 12, 1928 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert Taylor and Thelma Edith (Ferguson) Phillips. Bill was a member of Park Baptist Church and was retired from the former US Steel Duquesne Works. He was a member of the EBA Club. He is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Jack and Richard Phillips and sisters, Mary Lou Lopretto and Helen Kalo. There is no visitation. Private burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Arrangements are by Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Marie Christine Shiffler

January 05, 2019 |

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

Marie Christine Shiffler, 69, of Versailles, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019. She was born September 22, 1949 in Huntingdon and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Micheline (Menand) Giacobello. Christine was a member of St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak. She was retired from the former Fashion Bug in Olympia Shopping Center. She is survived by her husband, Frederick "Fred" Ralph Shiffler, sons, Todd Frederick (Rene Grace) Shiffler of Frederick, MD., and Shawn Michael (Fiancée, Tara Michele Geissler) Shiffler of Elizabeth Township, brother, Eric Giacobello of Versailles, grandchildren, Logan Michael Shiffler, Ian Joseph Shiffler and Kennedy Grace Shiffler, nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends. Friends are welcome Tuesday, January  8, 2019 from 12-2:00 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be made at Gilbert Funeral Home and crematory.com

 


Barry Jay Richardson

January 03, 2019 |

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

Barry Jay Richardson, 56, of Greenock, passed away at home on Monday, December 31, 2018. He was born January 25, 1962 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Roberta M. (Gehm) Lavelle of Inishbofin, Ireland and Robert Lee Richardson of Georgia. Barry was a Chef and had worked at many restaurants around the country. He was a graduate of Black Hawk High School and the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute.

 
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Myrna Lou Reynolds

January 02, 2019 |

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

Myrna Lou Reynolds (nee Smith) passed away naturally in the early hours of December 30 at her home in Glassport at the age of 86. Through a life defined by family, friends and conversation, Myrna welcomed all to her table to share stories, gossip and laughter over several pots of weak coffee. Myrna was born October 23, 1932 in Bunola, along the Monongahela River. A steadfast and formidable partner to Louis Reynolds (passed away April 29,  2000), Myrna joined him in Glassport after their marriage in 1954.

 
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Philomena "Minnie" McGee Kerlin

January 01, 2019 |

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

Philomena "Minnie" McGee Kerlin, 95, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December  31, 2018. She was born January 12, 1923 in Smithfield and was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Ferrara) Vona. Minnie was a member of Calvary Church in North Huntingdon and was retired from the the former Concordia Club in Pittsburgh. She is survived by daughters, Elizabeth L. "Dolly" (Paul) Schneider of Elizabeth Township, and Carol (Lewis) Byers of Versailles, sons, James H. McGee of Baltimore, MD., and Daniel L. Kerlin of North Huntingdon, grandchildren, Theresa L. Pollock, Paul Schneider, Jr., Tracey (George) Thomas, Kristy Byers, Megan (Harry) Hinch, Dina (Brent) Goldfaden, Christopher McGee, Jonathan McGee, Sr., Mark (Laurie) McGee, Robert McGee, and Michael McGee, and Theresa (Jeff) Patty, and many great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

 
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Evelyn Gloria Miller

December 28, 2018 |

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

Evelyn Gloria Miller, 87, of Buena Vista, passed away Thursday, December  27, 2018. She was born May 25, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late  Steven and Mary (Toth) Martonyak.  She was the wife of the late Ralph A. Miller, who passed away November 7, 2014. They were married for 63 years. Evelyn was a member of the former Holy Trinity Church in McKeesport. She loved to cook and bake and was a great 10 pin bowler.  She was an avid card player, enjoying poker and pinochle. She also enjoyed Bingo and Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey.

 
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