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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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Raymond F. Wolf

January 24, 2020 |

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

Raymond F. Wolf, 91, of Glassport, died peacefully, surrounded by family on January 22, 2020. Ray was born on December 10, 1928 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Hilda (Moritz) Wolf; his brothers, Anthony and Leonard Wolf; and sister Dorothy (Wolf) Meehan. Ray is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Resvosky) Wolf; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Kathleen Wolf; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Alfred Zangrilli. Beloved Pappy to Meghan and Jaime Wolf & Annika and Mario Zangrilli. Ray and Kathleen were married in 1960, and happily celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last November. Ray was a source of quiet strength throughout his life and in the lives of his family.

 
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Geraldine Marie Ference

January 24, 2020 |

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

Geraldine Marie Ference,  83, of White Oak, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was born March 21, 1936 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late George and Marie (Rodman) Kremp. Geraldine was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon, and the Christian Mothers. She was a retired Personnel Manager at the K-Mart in North Versailles.

 
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George J. Rocknage

January 20, 2020 |

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

George  J. Rocknage,  93, of McKeesport, PA, formerly of Steubenville, OH, passed away at home on Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was born May 23, 1926 in Steubenville and was the son of the late James (Dmitar) Rocknage and Helen (nee Rokos) Rocknage. He was the husband of the late Mika (Reznicak) Rocknage. George was a life long member of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville , and served as an officer of the church for many years; as well as a charter member of the Petar Krstich Choir and the Holy Resurrection Men's Club. The past 6 years, George was a devout member of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, beloved by all! He was also a life-long accomplished bowler. George worked in many varied fields, from working as a general laborer for Starvaggi Coal, and as a Water Engineer for the Jefferson County Water Department; also was a long-time custodian for the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church.

 
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Peggy Page Sepcic

January 11, 2020 |

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

Peggy Page Comer Sepcic, 91, of McKeesport passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 peacefully at home. She was born on June 4, 1928 in Shenandoah, VA to the late Franklin and Fannie Comer. She was the wife of the late James George Sepcic, who passed away October 19, 2017. The youngest of 14 siblings who grew up in Shenandoah, Va, Peggy was a strong, caring woman who was already driving at age 14 because, as the last sibling home, she was responsible for taking care of her mother. Peggy was always a sharply-dressed, loving, & welcoming woman who always had a pot of coffee on the stove and an extra plate at her table so no one ever left her home hungry or without good conversation. Until Peggy became ill, she was active member of many organizations including the board of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, an executive member of the McKeesport Hospital Women’s Committee, and a volunteer EMT for the Liberty Borough Ambulance service.  Peggy was loved & revered by all who knew her.

 
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Thomas H. O’Toole

January 11, 2020 |

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

Thomas H. O’Toole, 85, of Castle Shannon and formerly Elizabeth Township, sailed into eternity on Jan. 10, 2020. He was born on Nov. 30, 1934, in Saginaw, MI, to the late John and Rhea O’Toole. He is survived by his wife Darlene (Straw); sons Kevin (Melinda) of Monroeville and Kerry of Barefoot Bay, FL; daughter Kelly (Chris Peters) of Annapolis, MD; daughter-in-law Sharon of North Huntingdon; grandchildren Bradley, Shannon, Drew, Ryan and Sara; and great-grandson Jordan. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rose Marie (Curcio) and brothers John, William and Donald. A retiree of Elizabeth Carbide Die Co.,

 
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William A. "Red" Brewster

January 10, 2020 |

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

William A. "Red" Brewster,  88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was born September 25, 1931 in Boston and was the son of the late William and Rose (Maguire) Brewster. He was the husband of the late Margaret L. "Maggie" (Gilbert) Brewster who passed away February 6, 2006. Red was a retired Truck Driver and was a member of Teamsters Local 249.

 
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Kevin Liam Machesky, Jr.

January 09, 2020 |

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

Kevin Liam Machesky, Jr., 24, of Greenock, passed away Wednesday, January  8, 2020. He was born February 21, 1995 in Monroeville. Kevin was proprietor of Machesky Excavation and was a 2013 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School.

 
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William Bernard Carper

January 03, 2020 |

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

William Bernard Carper, 79, of Morgantown, WV, formerly of Roanoke, VA, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. He was born May 10, 1940 in Roanoke, VA, and was the son of the late Charles Bernard and Martha (Wills) Carper. William was a retired Store Manager for the Virginia ABC Board, and was a US Air Force veteran.

 
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Eleanor Lynch Anater

January 02, 2020 |

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

Eleanor Lynch Anater, 79, of White Oak, died on Wednesday January 1, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital after surgical complications. Ellie was born in Pittsburgh on September 11, 1940 to Ida (McGrady) and William J. Lynch. She grew up on Chislett Street in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her younger sisters, Bea and Marge, always by her side. She met her devoted husband, Tom, while they were both students at Duquesne University, where she earned her B.S. in Biology. They married at St. Raphael’s Church in Morningside in 1963. Together they had six children: Mark, Michael, Susan, Sharon, Patrick, and Tim. She was a devoted member of St. Angela Merici Parish for 47 years. She was selfless in serving her parish family and its school. She was their long-time Parish Secretary and Director of the Junior Ladies of Charity.  She was in charge of flowers and church decorations for every important date on the liturgical calendar for as long as memory serves.

 
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