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Lillian Grace Neeson

July 17, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Lillian Grace Neeson, 85, formerly of North Versailles, died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the L.G.A.R. Rehabilitation Center, Turtle Creek.  Born in Pittsburgh on May 22, 1933, she was a retired sales representative for Sears Department Store.  Daughter of the late Dominick and Katherine Mazzeo Ily, she is survived by her son, Mark R. Neeson of Las Vegas, NV, also by 3 grandchildren.  She was a member of the I Am Sanctuary of Pittsburgh and the Saint Germain Foundation.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


Edward Locke "Ted" Kemp, Jr.

June 26, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Edward Locke “Ted” Kemp, Jr. died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.  Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, he will be deeply missed.  Until his last month, he lived a dynamic, gregarious and driven life.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 17, 1932, he was the son of Edward Locke “Ted” and Carol Virginia (Hemington) Kemp.  Ted was first raised in Tenth Ward of McKeesport, PA, then West Mifflin. He was an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1950.  Afterward, he attended Bethany College where he was a member of the fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. There, he met his beloved wife and life-long partner, Barbara.

In 1970, Ted was Cofounder and President of Elk Air Conditioning, Inc.  Ted was an entrepreneur who always enjoyed talking and telling stories with many people in construction and related businesses while working to deliver quality products and services.  He served a term as president of the Pittsburgh chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.  He also served on the Boards of McKeesport- Versailles Cemetery and White Oak Borough Water Authority. Ted’s many memberships included McKeesport Jaycees, McKeesport Rotary and First Methodist Church of McKeesport.

Ted loved to travel and seek adventures, he also was active and dynamic in many sports and hobbies. He was an avid sailor, biker, and croquet player. Deep Creek Lake Yacht Club was a center of his life where he had numerous friends and served a term as Commodore.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of Sarasota, FL.  Ted is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara (Acker), children Ralph (Donna Hansen) of Pittsburgh, PA, Ed Kemp (Alice) of North Huntingdon, PA, and Margaret “Maggie” Kemp (Bernie Rosen) of Lempster, NH;  grandchildren Ryan (Molly), Hannah, Merinda, Jonathan, Phillip Rosen, Erin Rosen, Tara, Kasey; great-grandchildren Tailynn and Raylee, brother Peter Kemp, sister Carol Nill and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at Hunter Funeral Home at 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, PA 15132 on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29, from 2-4 and 6-8.  Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5234 Rte. 135, Deer Park, MD, 21550: with the Reverend Dr Chip Lee officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15222, or Brother’s Brother Foundation, 1200 Galveston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  15233.

 


Judy Sokol

June 11, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Judith C. Sokol, 69, of McKeesport, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital, McKeesport.  Born in Pitcairn, September 8, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Warner K. and Agnes Ference Peyinghaus.  She was a hairdresser, barber, and a graduate of Gateway High School.  She is survived by her daughter, Season Sokol of McKeesport, her son, Brandon Sokol of McKeesport, sister, Joanne M. Loffredo of Marlton, NJ, nieces, Nicole and Tina, nephews, Rocky, Butch, Nicky, and Jeff, also by great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Diane Stevick.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


Cayden Di'Cari Kirk

May 24, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Cayden Di’Cari Kirk (our little fighter), 18 days old, of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Magee-Womens Hospital.  Born May 4, 2018, in Pittsburgh, he was son of Dalyn Jackson and Cameron Kirk.

In addition to his parents, Cayden is survived by brother, Camdyn Kirk; grandparents, Dana Jackson and David Stephenson, and Angela Kirk and Terry Jones; great grandfather, Ronald Jackson; great grandmother, Belinda Kirk; aunts and uncles, Davaya, Darius, and David Stephenson, and Kaloni, Teri, Kyla, and Tyreek Jones, and Christian, De’Anthony, and Codi Kirk; and many cousins.  Thank you for your prayers and support during our time of loss. It has meant so much to our family.

Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


John Michael Divinchi

March 20, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

John Michael Divinchi, 67, of Latrobe, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at Presbyterian University Medical Center, Oakland.  Born July 24, 1950 in Waterbury, CT, he was the son of Michael and Anne Daniks Divinchi, and is survived by his sister, Merry Morash of Okemos, MI.  John was a financial services provider in Latrobe.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 


Sarah Deer

February 28, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Sarah Deer, 80, of Munhall, died Saturday, February 24, 2018, at UPMC Elder Crest.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, July 22, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Montour Deer and wife of the late Kenneth F. Casamento.  Sarah was a member of the South Hills Assembly of God.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Richland Cemetery, Richland Avenue, Dravosburg, PA  15034 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Rick Kardell officiating.

 


Ned Caughey

February 26, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Edward “Ned” McCune Caughey, 66, of Ligonier, died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at home.  Born in McKeesport, November 5, 1951, he was the son of the late Dr. Edward and Virginia Housaman Caughey.  He is survived by his wife, Judith Wilson; his cousin, Sue Ann (Keith) Singer of Latrobe; and his lifelong friend, Mac Petty of White Oak.  Ned was a retired groundskeeper at Laurel Valley Golf Club and a lifeguard, swim instructor, and personal trainer at the Ligonier YMCA.  He was a graduate of Penn State University and a member of the McKeesport YMCA and the Youghiogheny Country Club. Ned was a volunteer for the Ligonier Valley Meals On Wheels and for the Friendly Visitors of Westmoreland County.  He was an avid organic gardener and golfer.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  A celebration of Ned’s life will be held at a later date.  The family suggests contributions to the Ligonier Valley Meals On Wheels or Wildlife Works Inc. in Youngwood, PA.

 


Frank C. Stumme, Sr.

February 23, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Frank C. “Butch” Stumme, Sr., 75, of White Oak, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at UPMC Mercy.  Born in McKeesport, July 9, 1942, he was the son of the late Theodore C. Stumme, Sr. and Dorothy Kelly Stumme Pishko.  He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, was a U.S. Army veteran, and was retired from WABTEC, Wilmerding.  He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Weller Stumme, his children, Tawny (Scott) Wood of Marion, IN, Frank C. (Sherry) Stumme, Jr. of Coatsville, PA, and Nancy (Eric, Sr) Jenkins of East McKeesport; grandchildren, Scott, Toni Ann, Shayna, Nate, Amy, Bryan, Eric, Jr., Ariel, Josh, and Katie; great grandchildren, Rachael, Luke, Devon, Aria, and Ava Grace; sisters, Maud L. Andrews of Port Vue and Barbara R. Hiquet of North Versailles.  He was the brother of the late Dorothy E. Rothey-Smith, Theodore C. Stumme, Edwin R. Stumme, Kay Stumme, Tom Stumme, Cliff Stumme, and Nancy Lee Stumme.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM.  A service will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Christ United Methodist Church on Coulter Road with the Rev. Sang Choi and the Rev. Doug Burns officiating.  His final resting place will be Mount Vernon Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

 


Emily M. McNulty

January 06, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Emily M. McNulty, 95, of North Huntingdon Township, died Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg.  Born July 1, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Evan B. and Margaret Katherine Goetz Williams; wife of the late George Ellis “Mac” McNulty; sister of the late Marcie Williams; and is survived by her stepdaughter, Janice (Myron) Zuber of North Huntingdon; granddaughter Lisa (Mike) Dougherty of North Huntingdon; grandson, Greg Zuber of North Huntingdon.  She was a member of Kephart United Methodist Church, sang in its choir, was a member of the Mendleson Choir of Pittsburgh, and was a volunteer at McKeesport Hospital.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Monday from 2-6 PM, where a service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park.  The family suggests contributions to her church.

 


Jane M. Oyler (Morgan)

January 04, 2018 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Jane M. Oyler (Morgan), age 90, of Port Vue, on January 2, 2018.  Daughter of Lloyd C. and Ruth Minerva Morgan.  Wife of the late Alfred C. Oyler.  Mother of David C. Oyler (Anne Marie) of South Park, PA and Kim E. Cawthon (Grady Cawthon, Jr.) of Lenexa, KS.  Brother Lloyd Morgan, Jr. and sisters Ruth Minerva Brewer, Mary Garcia (Dr. Bertram Garcia) and Karen I. Banker (John Banker) of Nashua, NH.  Grandmother of Rachelle Knudson (Braun Knudson) of Sandy, UT and David Cawthon of Lenexa, KS and great-grandmother of Grey and Mazzy Knudson.  Jane and Alfred were married for 49 years until his death in 1995.  They traveled extensively by motor home, visiting every state except Rhode Island and Hawaii.  Jane was a volunteer at the McKeesport Library and the radiology department of McKeesport Hospital.  She was a member and founder of a Pittsburgh Essential Tremors support group and has donated her brain to Columbia University for Essential Tremor research.  The family will hold a private memorial service.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


Elveria H. Johnson

December 03, 2017 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Elveria H. Johnson, 82, of McKeesport, died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport.  Born in Port Vue, PA on January 19, 1935, she had been employed by the former Famous Department Store and Bill Taylor’s Catering.  She was a member of the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, White Oak and its Young At Heart, Pricilla Circle, and Women of E.L.C.A., was a volunteer at the Intersection and Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, was a member of Amaranth, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Beatrice Chapter #147, Pythian Sisters of Irwin.  Daughter of the late Charles and Hilda Marie Johnson Blamick; wife of the late Donald Lewis Johnson; sister of the late Robert S. (Lois) Blamick, Joseph E. Blamick, Charles (Gertrude) Blamick and Jeannette (Steve) Jeney; sister in law of the late Walter Mains and Carl Seitz.  She is survived by her son, Wayne (Deborah) Johnson of Driftwood, PA; granddaughter, Melissasue Moore of Emporium, PA; brother, Wesley E. (Carolyn) Blamick of Tallahasse, FL; sisters, Vervaine E. (Vickie) Mains of White Oak and Kathryn M. Seitz of White oak; sister in law, Arlene Blamick of North Huntingdon; also by nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Tuesday from 6-9 PM and Wednesday from 9-11 AM.  A service will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:00 noon in the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Ryan officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to her church.

 


Bertha Mae Chaplin

November 12, 2017 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Bertha Mae Robinson Chaplin, 89, of Liberty Boro, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport.  She was born in Liberty Boro on October 12, 1928, the third and youngest child of Nathan McGrew Robinson and Carrie Lou Harper Robinson.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Byron L. Chaplin Jr., her brother William Nathan Robinson and her sister, Carrie Grace Robinson Kauffmann.

She grew up on the dairy farm owned by her grandfather, William J. Robinson.  At the age of 14, she ministered to and held vigil for her uncle, grandfather and father as all succumbed in the span of 1 month.  Later, she also ministered to her namesake Aunt Bertha in her final days.

After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1946, Bertha Mae attended The Pennsylvania College for Women (PCW – now Chatham University) where she majored in kindergarten-primary education, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.  She taught in the Pittsburgh public schools for two years and was a substitute teacher in the McKeesport Area and South Allegheny school districts. 

From her marriage in 1951, she became the mother of Byron L. Chaplin III of Indianapolis, Indiana and Susan E. Chaplin (David) Buchter.  She was the grandmother of Sarah J. Cox and Rebecca E. Andrew, both of Illinois.

Bertha Mae’s Sunday School class at the former First Presbyterian Church of McKeesport studied Elton Trueblood’s “The Company of the Committed” which inspired her to pursue an effort to meet the needs of mentally handicapped pre-schoolers in the McKeesport area.  This study culminated in the founding of what ultimately became known as the McKeesport Pre-School for Exceptional Children.  As its first teacher and director beginning in 1962, she worked tirelessly to secure funding and develop an unparalleled professional program that eventually outgrew multiple sites.  In the late 1990’s she worked with her board of directors and architects to envision, fund, and erect a new home for the preschool on Long Run Road in White Oak.  The name was changed at that time to the Long Run Children’s Learning Center. 

In 1998, shortly after the completion of construction, she retired, having lead the organization for 36 years.  That same year, she was honored by the Chatham College Alumnae Association as its Distinguished Alumna of the year.  Later that year, the McKeesport High School Alumni and Friends Association selected her as one of 7 recipients for their Hall of Fame, recognizing her contributions to education and her passion and love for these special needs children.

Throughout her life, she was surrounded by and cultivated in a deep Christian faith that served her well and which she shared unapologetically in countless ways with unknown numbers of people in need or in crisis.  She honored her Savior, Jesus Christ and set an example for many in her family and community.  Many times she speculated about eternal life by saying “if only those in heaven could come back and tell us how wonderful it is…”  She never feared the end of life, but instead looked forward to the reunion with loved ones with whom she is certainly celebrating today!

Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.  A service will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Mount Vernon Cemetery Chapel with The Rev. Lynn Portz officiating.  The family suggests contributions to Shadyside Presbyterian Church.  A memorial service will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10 AM in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15232.

 


Betty A. Welcker

November 07, 2017 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Betty A. Welcker, 93, of McKeesport, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at Forbes Hospital, Monroeville.  Born in McKeesport, February 5, 1924, she was the retired secretary to the Dean of Student Affairs at the McKeesport Campus of Penn State University.  She was a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church, volunteered at McKeesport Hospital and the Latterman Clinic, and was a graduate of McKeesport High School.  Daughter of the late James and Lillian Webb Cardwell; wife of the late Howard F. Welcker; sister of the late Jane Moffitt and Tom and James Cardwell; she is survived by her son, Paul F. Welcker of Monroeville; daughter, Karen (Bob) Brown of Chester, VA; sister in law, Evelyn Barrett of White Oak; also by nieces and nephews and 3 grand dogs.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Saturday from 7-9 PM and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  A service will be held Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11 AM in McKeesport Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James P. Leuenberger officiating, with visitation beginning at 10 AM in the church chapel.  Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to an animal shelter of your choice.

 


Minnie Simon

November 01, 2017 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Minnie Barbara Abrams Simon, 100. Born in McKeesport on January 2, 1917, she was the daughter of Abraham and Helen Abrams.  Her husband Abraham G. Simon preceded her in death.  Minnie graduated from McKeesport High School in 1934.  She worked as a bookkeeper for Traczynski Meatpacking Company on White Street for many years until her eyesight began to fail her.  She was a member of the Anshe Sfard and Gemilas Chesed Synagogues.  She was active in the Gemilas Chesed  Sisterhood, a member of McKeesport's chapter of Hadassah and B'Nai Brith.  Despite her limited sight, she became known for her creative flower and fruit arrangements for celebrations at the synagogue.  When asked how she was able to design arrangements without being able to see well, Minnie would say, “I see it in my mind and then it is easy.”  With a group of Jewish women in McKeesport, Minnie was part of a monthly “study group” that discussed books, most related to Judaism, led by Tree of Life Synagogue Rabbi Edmond Neiss.  She and Abe moved to Pembroke Pines, FL in 1978 where she lived until 2014 when she came to live with her daughter in Philadelphia.   Mother of Dr. Elaine Simon of Philadelphia, PA and Dr. Richard Simon of Pembroke Pines, FL.  Grandmother of Claire and Nora Crawford of Philadelphia.  Pre-deceased by her siblings, Max, Sara, Molly, Sam, and Lilly.  Graveside service will take place Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Tree of Life/Sfard Cemetery with Rabbi Moshe Russell officiating.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Minnie’s memory can be made to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/support-nls/ or to the McKeesport High School Alumni and Friends Association http://www.theconsortiumforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MHS-Alumni-Membership-Form-without-brick-copy.pdf

 


Jason M. Wentroble

October 25, 2017 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Jason M. Wentroble, 45, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Presbyterian University Hospital.  Born in McKeesport, October 12, 1972, he was the son of the late William Wentroble, and is survived by his mother, Patricia Queen Keller of McKeesport and the love of his life, Penny Littleton, her daughters, Sheree Payne and Mary Way, both of Buena Vista; also by grandchildren, Michael and Alivia.  He was a bartender and cook at Sheree’s Tavern in Sutersville and a member of A.S.C.A.P.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

 

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