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John “Baldy” Marsico

February 03, 2023 |

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John “Baldy” Marsico, 65, of Oklahoma City passed away peacefully at home on January 28th. He was born February 10, 1957 in McKeesport, PA and is the son of the late John and Shirley Marsico of Glassport, PA. John is preceded in death by his brother, Tony.

A graduate of South Allegheny High School, John proudly served in the U.S Air Force and retired after 20 years of service. He continued working for the Department of Defense for 15 years and received The Spirit Award.
Upon his retirement from the Department of Defense he enjoyed his family time and playing golf. He was a devoted Steeler fan, an avid reader and loved playing golf. He was lucky enough to be able to proudly boast getting “a hole in one.”

He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Des, and son Kyle. John is also survived by sisters Kathi (Hank) Buczynski of McKeesport, PA; Sandi Dyer of Bradenton, FL; Luann (David) Frye of Inwood, W. VA.; Shirley Jeanne (Gary) Beard of Bradenton, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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William H. Schlander

January 30, 2023 |

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William H. Schlander, 82, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Port Vue, died Saturday, January 28, 2023.  He was born September 2, 1940, a son of the late Harvey V. Schlander and Bessie (Hamilton) Schlander, and his step-father, Harry Schlander.  William served in the U.S. Navy on the USS DesMoines.  He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, First Sterling, and Reliant Steel, and retired after 30 years with Safety Kleen Corporation.  A former member of the Port Vue Athletic Association, he coached girls’ softball. 

He was a member of the US Cruisers Club, VFW Post 698 of North Belle Vernon, and was an active member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth.  William was the husband of 62 years, to Arlene (Faust) Schlander, whom he married on October 15, 1960.  They raised two daughters, Vicki (David) Anderson of West Newton and Denise (James) Kish of Wheeling, West Virginia; four grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Cunningham of Oakura, New Zealand, Caitlyn (Michael Mistick of Chantilly, Virginia, Jillian (Carl) Peitz of Marriottsville, Maryland, and Jaime (Kelsey) Kish of Alexandria, Virginia; eight great grandchildren, Paul, Emma, Louie, Cameron, Theo, Sadie, Molly, and Sylvie.

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Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Andriko

January 17, 2023 |

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Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Andriko (née Evanish), 97, died January 17, 2023.

Born November 15, 1925 in Turtle Creek, PA to Nicholas and Catherine Evanish, Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Louis Andriko, Sr., whom she married in 1950, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Betty was involved for many years with Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Christian Mothers, and frequently volunteered at St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne, PA. She made lifelong memories and friendships working in a pharmacy for 45 years, first at Ayres Pharmacy in McKeesport, then at Penn Taft Pharmacy in West Mifflin, finally retiring at age 87. She lived 70 years in her own home, spoiling her cat, spending time with neighbors, and completing hundreds of word puzzles. She remained active even after moving to New Kensington to live with her son.

Betty was outgoing, generous, caring, and funny. She is survived by her son Louis (Susan) Andriko, Jr.; grandchildren MaryElizabeth (John) Andriko-Moore, Kathryn (Joseph) Morosky, both of Pittsburgh, PA; and Michael (Jessi) Andriko, of Elkins, WV.  She dearly loved her great-grandchildren, Sabine Andriko-Moore and Nikola Andriko, and was eagerly looking forward to meeting another great-grandson due in April.

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Robert T. Messner

December 14, 2022 |

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Robert T. Messner, of Blackridge, formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, at age 84. He was the beloved husband of Anne Messner for more than 50 years; loving father of Megan Warren (Peter), of Baltimore, and Michael Messner (Lauren), of Fox Chapel; and proud grandfather of Ellen Kraai, Cecelia Messner, Walter Kraai and Grayson Messner. Bob was born and raised in McKeesport, the son of Thomas and Cecelia Messner. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and then practiced law for more than 50 years, first with a Pittsburgh law firm, then as general counsel for G.C. Murphy Co. and Dollar Bank. Bob was a historian with particular interest in the French and Indian War. After his retirement, he worked to fund and create the Braddock's Battlefield History Center, which opened to the public in 2012. In 2018, Bob donated the Center and its exhibits to Fort Ligonier, which continues its operation. He was dedicated to historical preservation through writing, lectures, consulting and serving on the board of several non-profits. Bob was also an Army veteran and commanded an intelligence unit in Korea.

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Wayne Ernest Bostak

August 29, 2022 |

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Wayne Ernest Bostak, age 75, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away on August 24, 2022. He was born on September 12, 1946 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania the son of Ernest Otto Bostak and Virginia White.

Wayne was a letter carrier in Altamonte Springs, FL for 33 years. He was a proud US Army veteran. He was also an avid sports fan; particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates; and he loved to watch his granddaughters play softball. His was a life well-lived for his God and his country.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Ann (Simmons) Bostak; sons Brian (Emily) Bostak, and Chad Bostak; grandchildren Madison, Meagan, and Joshua Bostak; and sister Ginny (Paul) Novak.

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Phillip Lee Snyder

August 16, 2022 |

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Phillip Lee Snyder, 83, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin passed away on August 12, 2022, at Willow Brooke Senior Living.

At Phillip’s request, no services will be held.  Instead, the cremains will be spread in Florida with a memorial service held in Pennsylvania at a later date.  

He was born on December 31, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA.  Phillip was the son of Rex Edward Foster and mother Nada Verdella Townsend.  He later married Cheryl Lynn Hankins Snyder who preceded him in death.

He was an over-the-road truck driver during his working career.  He honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1959 – 1963.

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Doris Jane McClymont Walker

July 23, 2022 |

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Doris Jane McClymont Walker of Goshen, Kentucky, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died peacefully in her home on July 20, 2022. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of fifty- two years, P. Duane ("Dewey") Walker, and her dear and only sibling, Edna Mae Hannen.

Doris was born in Coulter, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on December 17,1931, to the late Richard and Lillian Lyons McClymont. She very much identified with being "a little girl of the 30's," with her strong sense of values and her very frugal ways. Upon graduating from McKeesport High School in 1949, Doris became a legal secretary. (She held treasured, lifelong memories of all the years she spent running to catch the train from her sleepy little coal mining town of Coulter, into downtown McKeesport for school and work.) It was while working as a legal secretary that she met Dewey, and they married in 1959.

As Doris and Dewey started their family, there were significant moves for Dewey's career. All the while, Doris filled the role as primary caregiver to their three children, yet still found time for volunteerism: teaching Sunday school, using her secretarial skills to type large print reading materials for the visually impaired and also learning Braille. Years later, Doris discovered her love for painting and became a decades-long student at the Schrodt Art Studio in Louisville, completing many vibrant and beautiful oil paintings. She was so pleasantly surprised and honored the year she won a blue ribbon at one of the Studio's Art Shows!

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Patricia A. Martin McKissick

July 02, 2022 |

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Patricia A. Martin McKissick, a native of McKeesport; an educator and loving spouse, mother and grandmother, died Friday, July 1, 2022, at home in Murrysville, Westmoreland County. She was 80. A graduate of McKeesport schools, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. McKissick began her career teaching in the elementary grades in McKeesport. She continued her life-long teaching of children as a Peace Corps Volunteer and primary school teacher in Iran. Upon return to the U.S., Patricia was active in St Martin’s Episcopal church and was an instructor in early childhood development at Community College of Allegheny County. Late in her career, Patricia returned to the Middle East, where she taught refugees in the Anglican church near her home in Cairo, Egypt. Accomplished in a variety of cuisines – from Ukrainian and Italian cooking, to Persian, she was also a fervent advocate for food safety.
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Sharon E. Piergrossi

June 07, 2022 |

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Sharon E. Piergrossi, 74 of Fayette City, PA, formerly of Greenock PA, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

She was born October 5, 1947 in McKeesport, PA, daughter of Wilbert Jackson  and Kathryn Ammon Jackson.

Sharon was retired from Mt. Vernon Personal Care Home in Elizabeth Twp where she was the Kitchen manager.  She was a fantastic cook and loved to feed her family with her many treats.  Sharon loved spending her time taking care of her dogs and feeding the hummingbirds in the summer.  

She is survived by her  loving husband of 54 years, James Piergrossi, daughter, Sherri L Eley and husband James of Fayette City and son, James Piergrossi and wife Tori of Kingsville, MD.; two brothers, William Jackson of Dravosburg, Pa. and John Jackson and wife Cynthia of Ohio.; three grandchildren, Ashley Eley, Kayton Biddison and William Werneke.  Also survived by three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Judy (Judith Anderson Freund) Beisswenger

May 28, 2022 |

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Our dear mother, Judy (Judith Anderson Freund) Beisswenger, passed away on May 27, 2022 at the age of 78. She was a wonderful woman with many friends in the Pittsburgh, PA, area and in Nashville, TN.

Judy was born July 2,1943 to Ernie and Doris Anderson of McKeesport, PA, and is survived by her siblings, David Anderson of St. Augustine, FL, and Joan (Sam) Patterson of Lancaster, PA. She graduated from McKeesport High School, Slippery Rock State College (where she was a founding sister of the Delta Zeta sorority) and Penn State University. She taught and substituted in business and English at McKeesport High School for many years.

Judy married fellow teacher John Freund in 1966 and is survived by their four children and grandchildren, Carol (Rick) Taylor (Samuel, Amanda, and Ruby), of Nashville, TN, David (Suzanne) Freund (Tarrah, Zachary, and Robyn) of Butler, PA, John (Janice) Freund of Raleigh, NC, and Ruth (Jason) Bacher (Aubriella and Madilynne) of Butler, PA. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was proud to serve as President of the Women’s Association of the Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. She worked very hard on the development of the scholarship fund. In 2005 Judy married Don Beisswenger in Nashville and became very involved in advocacy for the homeless and also volunteered for over ten years at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks and was pleased to serve on the advisory board of Vanderbilt Hospital. She greatly loved her step-children, grandchildren, and their families.

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Janice H. (DeLozier) Washko

May 26, 2022 |

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Janice H. (DeLozier) Washko of Hempfield Twp., formerly of Duquesne, age 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Born the daughter of the late Vincent DeLozier and the late Marietta (Scanlon) DeLozier. Beloved wife of John Washko for 56 wonderful years. Loving mother of Tom (Colleen) Washko of North Huntingdon and Lynn (Cyndi) Washko of Hempfield.

Cherished grandmother of Katie (Scott) Thompson, Kelly (fiancé Tom Dillon) Washko, Rhiannon (Donny) Beseny, Dennison (Jen) Williams, and Samantha Williams. Special G-G of James Wray-Williams. Sister of the late Vincent DeLozier.

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Edward Fencik

May 06, 2022 |

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, Edward Fencik, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 96.

Edward was born on July 5, 1925 in Port Vue, PA to George and Mary (Gavula) Fencik, Slovak immigrants from Austria-Hungary.  He had four brothers and two sisters.  They were a hard-working family.  Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the US Navy, joining three of his brothers for service in WWII.  He was deployed to Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, where he requested to go seaborne and was assigned as a pharmacist’s mate to the USS Texas battleship, participating in the invasions at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

After returning from war Edward married on July 11, 1947 his high school sweetheart, Garnett Miller.  Together they happily raised a daughter Cathy, and a son Don.  He became a design draftsman in the engineering department at the U.S. Steel Irvin Works Plant, where he worked until retirement.  His drafting skills, lettering, and penmanship were superb.

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Diane V. (Hornfeck) Cote

April 25, 2022 |

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Diane Virginia (Hornfeck) Cote's soul left her physical body Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Leesburg, Fla. Her spirit lives on in her two children, five grandchildren, two surviving sisters, numerous nieces and nephews, and her friends and extended family who knew her and loved her. Fiercely independent and resilient, Diane lived her life on her terms. Born in McKeesport to Leonard and Virginia Hornfeck in November of 1947, Diane grew up in the McKeesport neighborhood of 10th Ward and graduated from McKeesport Senior High School.

She was adventurous, unafraid, and able to put down roots wherever her path in life took her. She could pack her life in her car and make it anywhere. She was kindhearted and welcoming.  She made everyone feel included and loved. She was generous with what she had, even when it was very little. She was a hardworking, selfless, single mom with an eternal spring of unconditional love. She found joy in music, and for some time she was the lead vocalist of the jazz band, the Billy Phillips Quintet.

She could never pass up a stray dog or cat on the side of the road. She came to be an unabashed advocate for the protection of animals and the environment. She wasn't afraid to use her voice for good and gave to nearly every charity that asked and signed every petition for causes she felt strongly about. She was a compassionate and patient caregiver who provided end-of-life care for her father and older sister. She loved her career as a realtor and felt so proud of her work in that field, especially of the help she provided military families in the Pensacola area.

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Barbara (Flaherty) Funk

April 19, 2022 |

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Barbara (Flaherty) Funk, 74 of Mars, PA, formally of White Oak, PA, passed away on April 14, 2022, at her home.

A 1966 graduate of McKeesport High School and the Douglas Business School prior to starting at her career at the Sears, Roebuck and Company at the Eastland Mall.  Following the store closure, Barb went to work for the Fort Pitt Steel Casting Company (Christy Park) until she took a position at UPMC Oakland as an Administrative Assistant before resigning to care for her mother.  Barb retired from Pribanic & Pribanic Law Firm (White Oak).  She was a member of St Kilian’s Catholic Church in Cranberry, Pa.

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William “Bill” Fekety Jr.

April 09, 2022 |

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William “Bill” Fekety, age 68 of Clairton, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.  He was born on August 1, 1953, one of two children of William Eugene Fekety, Sr. and Barbara Ellen (King) Fekety.

Bill was a graduate of Clairton High School class of 1971.  He served in the U. S. Air Force as a communications specialist retiring after 20 years of service.  During his military service he served in Germany and Belgium. After his military career, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

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