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Mary Jane (Kianese) Stolarek

July 19, 2016 |

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

Mary Jane (Kianese) Stolarek, 84, of Liberty Borough, died Monday July 18, 2016. She was born June 14, 1932 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late James and Rose Pazzano Kianese. She was the wife of the late William Stolarek who died May 9, 1976. MaryJane was a member of St. Mark Parish, Liberty Boro and the Glassport American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She loved playing Bingo, and singing country music with her late husband.

 
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Margaret E. "Peg" Obley

July 18, 2016 |

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

Margaret E. "Peg" Obley, 80, of Versailles, died Monday, July 18, 2016. She was born March 23, 1936 in Everson and was the daughter of the late Percy O. and Margaret I. Showman Harshman. She was the wife of the late Samuel B. Obley, Jr. who died July 14, 1990. Peg was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church and was retired from the former Olympia G.C. Murphy Co.

 
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Myrtle M. Johnson

July 12, 2016 |

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

Myrtle M. Johnson, 78, of Monongahela, died Monday, July 11, 2016. She was born May 12, 1938 in Newark, NJ and was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Frances Langlock Nicholson. She is survived by her daughters, Nicolle (Mike) Debevec of Forward Township and Cheryl Johnson of Pine Hill, NJ, sisters, Lorraine Bagnall of Kenilworth, NJ, and Jean (Dave) Declet of Pawleys Island, SC, grandchildren, Amanda (Nick) Dalton, Rachelle, Ashley, and Dustin Debevec, Tiffany (Steve) Frankenfield, and Carla (Kenny) Killian, great-grandchildren, Travis and Trent Dalton and Aubrey Frankenfield, nieces and nephews.

 
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Madeline J. Bonner

July 10, 2016 |

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

Madeline J. Bonner, 89, of West Newton, died Saturday, July 9, 2016. She was born April 26, 1927 in Wilson and was the daughter of the late Wayne P. and Kathryn Uptegraph Shaw. She is survived by her daughter, Terry Lee (Dennis, Sr.) Gephart, of West Newton, sons, Robert L. (Colleen) and Phillip D. (Tracy) Bonner of Pittsburgh and Kenneth W. Bonner of Clairton, grandchildren, James, Alexis, Kellen (Sheena), and Madeline Bonner, Kieth Matesig and Justin (Melissa) Gephart, great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Troy and Brooke, nieces and nephews.

 
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Patricia Ann Webster

July 07, 2016 |

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

Patricia Ann Webster, 73, of Pitcairn, died Saturday, July 2, 2016. She was born December 20, 1942 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Frank and Helen Alberti Sokach. Patricia retired from the Pittsburgh Housing Authority after 25 years of service. She had also retired from the PT Group. She is survived by her daughter, Kristine L. (Eric) Thorniley of North Huntingdon, son, Michael C. (Kimberly) Hickey of Shepherdsville, KY, sisters, Arlene L. Koontz of Pitcairn, and Debbie Chirik of North Huntingdon, grandchildren, Erica, Kara, Ryan, Matthew, and Kristin, great-grandchildren, Riley and Jackson, nieces and nephews.

 
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Edna May Taylor Jourdain

July 05, 2016 |

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

Edna May Taylor Jourdain, 95, of Greensburg, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016. She was born April 9, 1921 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Frank and Freda Kirschner Taylor She was the wife of the late Louis E. Jourdain. Edna was a member of the former Versailles United Methodist Church, and was a also a member of Versailles AARP, White Oak AARP, and the Easter Star.

 
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Mary Jane Ukasik

July 05, 2016 |

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

Mary Jane Ukasik, 79, of White Oak, died Sunday, July 3, 2016. She was born March 3, 1937 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late James and Matilda Zacker Bollas. She was wife of the late Carl W. "Uke" Ukasik, Sr., who died September 12, 2000. They were married for 45 years. Mary Jane was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and was retired from The Oaks in White Oak.

 
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Thomas R. Gossman

June 30, 2016 |

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

Thomas R. Gossman, 84, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016. He was born January 2, 1932 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Jacob and Edith Kreiger Gossman. He was the husband of the late Alice Jean Svec Gossman who died March 21, 2008. Thomas was a member of St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth Township Seniors, Lifespan and was also a 50 year member of the Bettis Bowling League. He was a retired Senior Technologist for the Bettis Atomic Power Lab.

 
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Dolores Rita McCusker

June 28, 2016 |

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

Dolores Rita McCusker, 88, of White Oak, died Monday June 27, 2016 at home. She was born October 16, 1927 in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Stanley and Francis "Granny" Kaminski. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. McCusker who died January 29, 2016. They were married for 63 years. She was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and also made Prayer Shawls for the church.

 
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Robert "Bob" Paul Boback

June 26, 2016 |

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

Robert "Bob" Paul Boback, 87, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born June 26, 1928 in Clairton and was the son of the late Charles Henry and MaryAnn Kachmarik Boback He was a member, Deacon, Elder and newsletter editor of the Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Township and was also a member and 2nd vice-president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was also a member of the Norwin Art League and taught art classes at the McKeesport Senior Center.

 
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Augusta "Baba Gusta" Zeljak

June 25, 2016 |

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

Augusta Zeljak, affectionately known as Baba Gusta, 90, of McKeesport and formerly of Aliquippa died on Thursday June 23, 2016. She was born on July 4, 1925 in Noumea, New Caledonia and was the daughter of the late Auguste and Louise Arnaud Guichard. She was the wife of the late Alexander Zeljak. Augusta spent many hours volunteering in various capacities at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa.

 
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John Bradley "JB" Holub

June 23, 2016 |

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

John Bradley "JB" Holub, 57, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016. He was born November 7, 1958 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John J. and Rita Mae Gallagher Holub. He is survived by brothers, Jeffrey J. Holub and Jordan D. Holub of McKeesport, aunts, Arlene Gallagher of Pittsburgh and Wilma Cirbus of Morgantown, WV, and cousins. There is no visitation. Private service will be held at the Mount Calvary Garden Mausoleum in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.

 
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Louis Durant

June 23, 2016 |

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

Louis Durant, 84, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at home. He was born January 19, 1932 in Wynn and was the son of the late Samuel and Agatha Vacirca Durant. Louis was a Korean War Veteran and had received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a member of the American Legion. He retired from the Auto Industry after 30 years of service.

 
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Edwin D. "Sonny" Miller

June 20, 2016 |

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

Edwin D. "Sonny" Miller passed away peacefully surrounded his family on Monday June 20, 2016. He was born July 8, 1935 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Edwin L. "Buss" and Evelyn Ruggier Miller. Ed was a retired Reading Specialist for the McKeesport Area School District with 29 years of service. He was also proprietor of Ed Miller Driving School. For 48 years, he taught thousands of students of all ages how to drive. He was a member, Elder and Trustee of the First Christian Church, McKeesport and was also a member of PSEA and NEA.

 
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Beryl Blear Keddie

June 20, 2016 |

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

Beryl Blear Keddie, 87, of McKeesport, formerly of Lincoln Borough, died Friday, June 17, 2016. She was born December 19, 1928 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Albert Joseph and Fay Evans Brothers. She was wife of the late Aloysius W. Keddie who died May 20, 2005. She was a member of the former St. Mary's German Catholic Church in McKeesport. Beryl had worked for the South Allegheny School District as a monitor on the bus that provided transportation for handicapped students.

 
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