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Pastor August M. Thalman, Jr.

January 02, 2020 |

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

Pastor August M. Thalman, Jr., 92, of Elizabeth, passed away Monday, December  30, 2019. He was born January 19, 1927 in Freeport and was the son of the late August M. and Daisy (Johns) Thalman, Sr. Pastor Thalman was a former Pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. He was a member of the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co., and was a former chaplain at the Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Butler. He was a Pastor in area churches for over 50 years and was also a WWII US Navy Veteran. For his service, he received the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal.

 
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Mildred L. Clawson

December 30, 2019 |

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

Mildred L. Clawson, 88, of New Eagle, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019. She was born August 9, 1931 in Smithfield and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mattie C. (Werner) Clawson. Mildred worked for the former Murphy Mart in Pleasant Hills and the former G. C. Murphy Co. in Clairton. She retired after 45 years of service. She is survived by her nephew, Dennis L. (Donna) Clawson of New Eagle and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Hershel Clawson and a sister, Doris Kivador. There is no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 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

 


Edward Thomas Pula

December 27, 2019 |

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

Edward Thomas Pula, 80, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019. He was born July 4, 1939 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Edward  and Loretta (Kowalewski) Pula . He was a member of St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak and was an US Air Force Veteran. Edward was a White Oak Police Officer for 26 Years.

 
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LaVauda Jean Peterson

December 26, 2019 |

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

LaVauda Jean Peterson, 89, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Tuesday, December  24, 2019. She was born May 8, 1930 in Greenock and was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Edna R. (Eberts) Dick. She was the wife of the late Melvin Curtis Peterson who passed away August 31, 2014. LaVauda was a member of the First Methodist Church of McKeesport.

 
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Jody D. Govannucci

December 26, 2019 |

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

Jody D. Govannucci, 48, of Irwin, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019. She was born June 10, 1971 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Joseph Longwell  and Ruth Ann Laughlin. She worked as a cleaning specialist for Gary's Cleaning Service.  Jody was a gypsy soul who loved to look pretty and go out with her friends. She loved motorcycles, especially Harleys and she loved her family.

 
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Rudolph J. Campaneo

December 26, 2019 |

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

Rudolph J. Campaneo,  86, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019. He was born December 20, 1933 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Julia Onorato. He was a member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens, Lifespan, Versailles Croatian Club, and the McKeesport Heritage Center. He enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, reading, dancing and trips with the seniors. He was retired from the former Enamel Products in McKeesport after 40 years of service and was a US Army Veteran. He was also a Barber and had worked for Joe's Barber Shop in Elizabeth township.

 
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James A. McGinty

December 26, 2019 |

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

James A. McGinty,  84, of Greenock, formerly of Murrysville, passed away Tuesday, December  24, 2019. He was born January 12, 1935 in East Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Eugene and Mary  (Stuckey) McGinty. He was the husband of the late Donna Mae (Hunphreys) McGinty who passed away March 29, 2002. James was a retired Engineer for US Steel. He was a graduate of East Pittsburgh High School, Penn State University, and Robert Morris University. He was a US Army Veteran and was a member of the Plum Creek/Monroeville F & AM Lodge # 799.

 
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Edith F. Finney

December 23, 2019 |

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

Edith F. Finney, 87, of White Oak, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019. She was born July 7, 1932 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Isaac Wesley and Goldie (Swanson) Couchenour. She was the wife of the late Glenn Alvin Finney who passed away May 22, 2008. They were married for 59 years. Edith was a member of Kephart United Methodist Church in McKeesport. She was part owner of the former Glenn A. Finney Funeral Home in Sutersville and was a beautician. She was also a Rental Manager for Brandywine Agency, Amore, and Sierra Management. In her earlier years she loved to entertain and was a great cook. She was a friend to many, and her family was always first in her life.

 
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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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