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Thomas Owen McCann

December 18, 2019 |

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

Thomas Owen McCann,  66, of West Newton, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019. He was born February 27, 1953 in McKeesport and was the son of the late James and Eleanor (Hultz) McCann. Tom was proprietor of TSJ Storm Door Installation and was formerly a welder.

 
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Anna Mae O'Brien

December 17, 2019 |

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

Anna Mae O'Brien, 88, of Greenock, passed away Monday, December 16, 2019. She was born September 1, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late James E. and Anna (Kerston) McKenna. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township and the American Cancer society. She was a volunteer for the food bank and the Divine Redeemer office in Elizabeth Township.  She was retired from the office of Kenny, Meta, Hilberg, Kane and Brunskill and had previously worked for the Dean of Engineering at State College and the G. C. Murphy Company in McKeesport.

 
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Nigel Prexta Walsh

December 17, 2019 |

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

Nigel Prexta Walsh, 41, of McKeesport, passed away at home on Sunday, December 15, 2019. He was born September 20, 1978 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Martella Walsh (ne Povlick) and her husband, Robert, also of McKeesport. He was a member of the Bethlehem Alliance Church in Bethlehem, WV. He was a fourth-grade elementary school teacher, having graduated from Phoenix University, Summa Cum Laude. He also was an engineer, once working for CEC in Pittsburgh. He had an associate degree in engineering from Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Nigel loved fishing, camping, and being outdoors. He also enjoyed building aquariums and collecting and caring for fishes.

 
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George William Brubaker, Jr.

December 16, 2019 |

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

George William Brubaker, Jr.,  47, of McKeesport, passed away at home on Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was born June 18, 1972 in Norfolk, VA and was the son of Patricia A. (Surgeon) Brubaker of Versailles and the late George William Brubaker who passed away October 16, 2015. George was a Radiological Supervisor for BWXT and was a US Air Force Veteran. For his service, he received the Air Force Training Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 Service Star.  George was a kid at heart. He loved all Superhero's and has an enormous superhero collection. He was one of the most loving and giving person. He loved his nieces and nephews, going to fleatiques and playing hockey, basketball, softball and golf. He was also a huge hockey fan.

 
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Ruth Elizabeth Johnson

December 12, 2019 |

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

Ruth Elizabeth Johnson, 95, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at home. She was born September 29, 1924 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John H. and Elizabeth Murman Swainson. She was the wife of 50 years to the late Norman C. Johnson, Sr., who passed away July 30, 2002.  She was a member of The Evangelical Congregation Church in McKeesport where she was a member of the Faith Class for 50 years and taught Sunday school for 30 years.

 
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Jonathan Joseph Fonos

December 10, 2019 |

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

Jonathan Joseph Fonos, 27, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019. He was born October 12, 1992 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Larry (Sherry) Vargo of Jefferson Hills,  and Kathy Hanky of Port Vue. Jonathan worked for Interstate NDT in Belle Vernon and was a US Army Veteran. He was also a member and Legion Rider of the Smithton American Legion. 

 
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William "Bill" Clyde Patterson

December 09, 2019 |

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

William "Bill" Clyde Patterson,  77, of Buena Vista, passed away at home on Sunday, December 8, 2019. He was born October 30, 1942 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John and Lucille (Wolfgang) Patterson. Bill was a Master Chief  in the US Navy and retired after 30 years of service. For his service in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation, 4 Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of Youghiogheny Lodge 375 F & AM.

 
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Irene Bernadine Monezis

December 09, 2019 |

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

Irene Bernadine Monezis, 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, December 8, 2019. She was born February 25, 1929 in Hosttetter, and was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Pavlok) Godula. She was the wife of the late George M. Monezis, Jr., who passed away September 21, 2016. They were married for  65 years. Irene was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, and was formerly Proprietor of Minerva Bakery in McKeesport.

 
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Jean Suhy

December 06, 2019 |

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

Jean Suhy,  88, of McKeesport, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019. She was born March 10, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Stanley  and Wilma (Markus) Smolnicky, Sr.  Jean had worked for White Oak Bowl and the former Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Elizabeth Township.

 
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Betty Jane Hodge

December 05, 2019 |

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

Betty Jane Hodge,  71, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, December  4, 2019. She was born December 16, 1947 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth  (Toth) Lukondi.  Betty  was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church, and had worked for the former Giant Eagle in Olympia Shopping Center. She loved flower and vegetable gardening and playing Farmville on her computer.

 
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Dean William Czarnecki

November 27, 2019 |

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

Dean William Czarnecki, 63, of Irwin, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, November 25, 2019. He was born April 14, 1956 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert Frank and Bernice Joan (Vesley) Czarnecki. He was a 1974 graduate of Norwin High School and received his Machine Shop Certification from Forbes Trail , Monroeville in 1977. He was a Manufacturing Supervisor for the former Nuclear Components in Greensburg and had also worked for Randy's Paint in North Huntingdon, Firestone in Youngwood, and Vangura Inc., Steve Poorman Tooling and Repair, and Jim Steffey Performance Machinery Inc. Dean also manufactured and customized Caribe Boats. He was a life-member of the Italian Minor's Society of Hahntown, and was a social member of the North Irwin Vol. Fire Co.

 
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Lillian Maria Grooms

November 21, 2019 |

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

Lillian Maria Grooms,  91, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019. She was born December 21, 1927 in Udine, Italy and was the daughter of the late Enrico Pincetti and Irmae Obit. She was the wife of the late Elmer G. Grooms who passed away November 2, 2016. They were married for 69 1/2 years. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township.

 
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Amado Anthony Gorham

November 20, 2019 |

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

Amado Anthony Gorham, 25, of Homestead, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at home. He was born August 6, 1994 in Oakland, California and was the son of Kathleen Joyce Gorham. Amado worked as a greeter at Walmart.  Amado found his foster father, Paul Hunter at Auberle of McKeesport. Amado ran up to Paul's car, at the time a complete stranger, as he was leaving from volunteering with other children. Amado yelled " Mr. Paul, Mr. Paul, I heard about you." Paul stopped the car, and the little boy barely tall enough to see in the car window said "Mr. Paul, will you foster me?" At that moment, Amado stole Paul's heart and shortly after fostering began.

 
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Vivien Gail Andrascik

November 19, 2019 |

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

Vivien Gail Andrascik, 73, of Greenock, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at home. She was born February 8, 1946 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Arnold and Vera Gail (Lytle) Backstrom. Vivien worked as a regional business director for a large area healthcare company for 12 area nursing homes and was a member of St. Patrick Church in Christy Park. She was dedicated to her work and the community she served and took great pride in providing for her family, her grandchildren and extended family. She loved trips to Disney, The Meadows, The Rivers, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. During her long sickness her family is grateful for all the time that was spent together. 

 
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Frank Eugene Salka, Sr.

November 19, 2019 |

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

Frank Eugene Salka, Sr.,  86, of Bunola, passed away at home on Thursday, November 14, 2019. He was born March 9, 1933 in Bunola and was the son of the late John F. and Sophie M. (Fetchen) Salka. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. Frank loved hunting at his cabin in Elk County and also enjoyed gardening, flea markets, collecting priceless treasures, and fixing anything. He loved to write songs and play his Guitar. 

 
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