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Clair W. "Buckey" Hays

February 21, 2020 |

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

Clair W. "Buckey" Hays, 95, of Sun City Center, Fl, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020. He was born December 3, 1924 in Greensburg and was the son of the late Clair and Sara (Nicholson) Hays. He was the husband of the late Betty J. (Billick) Hays who passed away February 14, 2006. Clair was a member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Stephen Bayard Lodge # 526 F & AM, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Shrine and Consistory-Valley of Pittsburgh, and the Central Vol. Fire Co, where he was a charter member and former fire chief.

 
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Gloria Hand-Reichenfeld

February 18, 2020 |

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

Gloria Hand-Reichenfeld, 92, of North Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020. She was born May 21, 1927 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marion (Book) Connolly Gloria, whom many knew as Katie was preceded in death by her first Husband, Alvin L. Hand, who was a fighter pilot in World War, II. She met Al shortly after the War and married him. They were married for 28 years when Al succumbed to heart disease in 1975. She then married Eugene "Gene" Reichenfeld, a noted musician and symphony conductor in the Pittsburgh area. She was married to Gene for 34 years before he passed away in 2016. Mom was a lover of the symphony, classical music and received great joy in reading and going to restaurants. Throughout her life, her primary focus was and always had been her family. Her happiest moments were at family gatherings where she interacted with three generations. She was unique in her ability to interact with her contemporaries as well as her Great Grandchildren. She had the special ability to connect with people right away. Her greatest qualities were her abilities to be compassionate, loving and nurturing of her friends and family. She was also predeceased by her eldest son, Keith, who died in a mountain climbing accident on Mt. Huascaran in South America in 1978.

 
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Catherine Elizabeth McKeown

February 18, 2020 |

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

Catherine Elizabeth McKeown, 93, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 17, 2020. She was born November 19, 1926 in Wildcat Hollow and was the daughter of the late Christ and Rose (Thompson) Maurer. Catherine was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church. She had worked for Balsamo's, G.C. Murphy Co. Home office, and also US Steel Christy Park Works during WWII. 

 
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Lance Boyd Fine

February 17, 2020 |

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

Lance Boyd Fine, 71, of Rostraver, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 15, 2020. He was born February 5, 1949 in New Eagle and was the son of the late Frank Kenneth and Phyllis Irene (Stewart) Fine. Lance was a Truck Driver for EESI in Belle Vernon. He was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. For his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Marksman with a M-14 and M-16, and 4 O/S with Bars. 

 
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Raymond G. "Ray" Buchina

February 10, 2020 |

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

Raymond G. "Ray" Buchina, 61, of Greenock, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at home. He was born May 12, 1958 in Clairton and was the son of the late Stephen and Helen Warhol Buchina. Ray worked for 32 years in Receiving and as a forklift driver at the Former PACE then Sam's Club in West Mifflin. He was a loving father and loved his family. Ray loved the Steelers and watched them anytime they played. 

 
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Nell B. McElroy

February 05, 2020 |

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

Nell B. McElroy, 87, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at home. She was born July 27, 1932 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William  and Edith (Chapman) Souders.   Nell was the wife  of  the late  Robert C. McElroy. She had worked for the former G.C. Murphy Co.

 
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Roy Vernon Stevanus

February 04, 2020 |

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

Roy Vernon Stevanus,  60, of Elizabeth Township. passed  away Sunday, February 2, 2020. He was born October 8, 1959 in McKeesport and was the son of Jane (White) Stevanus of Elizabeth Township and the late George Emmett Stevanus. Roy was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church, WMBU of Blythdale and was a social member of the Buena Vista Fire Co.  He worked for Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. 

 
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Cameron P. Hopkin

February 04, 2020 |

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

Cameron P. Hopkin,  19, of Ruffs Dale, passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 2, 2020. He was born December 6, 2000 in Monroeville, the son of Victor and Jamie (Ruggier) Hopkin of Ruffs Dale. He was a 2019 graduate of Yough High School where he was a member of the football team, wrestling team, National Honors Society and many other clubs. He attended  Kent State University Honors College where he was a member of the Honors Leadership Academy. He was a chemistry major and had plans to use his education to positively impact as many lives as possible. Cameron was a kind, generous, gentle soul. He loved his family, his friends and great music. He touched the lives of all who knew him and will be forever missed. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother Wade and sister Carli Hopkin of Wexford, grandmother, Shelley Ruggier of Elizabeth Township, uncles, Wendell C. (Danette) Hopkin of Chesapeake, VA, Louis (Marcy) Hopkin of Elizabeth Township, and Jason (Heather) Ruggier of Cranberry Township, aunts, Melanie Ruggier of Elizabeth Township and Samantha (Dan) Taylor of Buena Vista, cousins, Ryan (Katie), Amanda (Chris), Jackie, Travis, Robyn, Matt, Lauren, Jacob, Max, Zach, Logan, and Chiara. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wendell and Philomena Hopkin and Paul Ruggier. Friends are welcome Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and Friday, February 7 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director.  Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday at 12:00 noon, with Pastor Dennis Handley, officiating. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Sandra Jean "Sandy" Rook

February 02, 2020 |

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

Sandra Jean "Sandy" Rook,  80, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020. She was born December 6, 1939 in Charleroi and was the daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Marie (Geiger) Hails. Sandy was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township and was a retired Realtor for Wilson Baum / Howard Hanna.

 
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Sandra L. "Sandy" Kersting

January 31, 2020 |

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

Sandra L. "Sandy"  Kersting, 70, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at home. She was born November 5, 1949 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Albert and Emma A. Gergely Dansak. Sandy was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Angela Merici), where she was a cantor for 41 years.

 
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JoAnn Leckman

January 31, 2020 |

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

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, JoAnn Leckman, age 65, of White Oak, PA, passed away peacefully in her home.  JoAnn was born and raised in McKeesport, PA, the daughter of Dorothy Ruth (White) Cartwright and the late Ronald Wayne Cartwright.  JoAnn was the widow of the late Terry K. Leckman.  JoAnn and Terry shared a long, loving and committed marriage for 37 years, from 1975 to 2012, when Terry passed away.  They were proud members and supporters of the Riverview Baptist Church in McKeesport.  JoAnn Leckman was preceded in death by her father Ronald, her husband Terry, and her brother Jeffrey Wayne Cartwright.

 
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Mary J. Uveges

January 30, 2020 |

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

Mary J. Uveges , 99, of Elizabeth Township,  passed away peacefully at home on January 27, 2020. She was born November 15, 1920 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Michael and Rosella (Lico) Tedesco. She was the wife of the late John "Jack" J. Uveges who passed away October 17, 1996. Mary was a member of the former St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Sutersville and worked for Westinghouse Electric Co. during WWII. She loved her dogs and cats and the results of her cooking talents will be greatly missed.

 
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Ruth Ann Lapinsky

January 29, 2020 |

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

Ruth Ann Lapinsky,  75, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020. She was born September 20, 1944 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late James and Ruth Marie (McMillan) Suncine. Ruth Ann was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church in McKeesport and was a retired Hairdresser.

 
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Richard Andrew "Rich" Belsick

January 29, 2020 |

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

Richard Andrew "Rich" Belsick, 67, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020. He was born February 27, 1952 in Belle Vernon and was  the son of the late Andrew Edward  and Olga Helen (Studnicki) Belsick. He was a man of strong faith and was a  member of Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Patrick Worship Site) and was a member and Eucharistic Minister at the former St. Martin DePorres Church. He worked for 32 years as a welder for US Steel Irvin Works and loved his job. Rich was a Second Degree Knight of Columbus, a history buff,  and loved westerns and his Polish heritage.

 
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Patricia Anne Gasda

January 28, 2020 |

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

Patricia Anne Gasda, 68, of Cumberland, RI, formerly of Elizabeth Township passed away Friday, January 24, 2020. She was born January 11, 1952 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John J.  and Louise M. Barrick Gasda. She was born in McKeesport Hospital (one of the first babies born there), graduated from Duquesne High School, obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Education from Carlow College. She was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Twp. Patricia taught at St. Clare of Assisi School in Clairton and St. Sylvester School in Brentwood until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was a devoted daughter and sister and had taken care of both her mother and sister.

 
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