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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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Garnett Ruth Fencik

April 09, 2022 |

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On Sunday, April 3, 2022, Garnett Ruth Fencik, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 95.

Garnett was born on January 5, 1927 in McKeesport, PA to Wilbert and Blanche (Hitchens) Miller. She graduated from high school, where she met her lifelong soulmate, Edward Fencik, whom she married on July 11, 1947 after he completed service in WWII. Together they happily raised a daughter Cathy, and a son Don. She was a devoted housekeeper and hospital aide.

Garnett was an excellent cook, homemaker, and carer during times of sickness. She liked crocheting and created beautiful afghans, that she enjoyed giving to others. She showered her family with affection, gifts, and went with them often on places to see, things to do, and vacations. She taught and instilled very early in her children the values of a good life, treating others with kindness and respect, the importance of a good education, and a love of books. Her family, friends, and all who knew her will remember her joyfulness, and her kind, compassionate, and helpful spirit. She will be missed greatly.

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Dennis James Grantz

March 21, 2022 |

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Dennis Grantz, of Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, March 19, 2022. He was 71.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elaine (Stahurski) Grantz; two children, son Bradley and daughter-in-law Katherine Grantz of Falls Church, Virginia and daughter Lindsey and son-in-law David Papier of Pittsburgh/Brentwood, England (United Kingdom); three grandchildren, Whitney, Sofia, and Lena Grantz; and many nieces and nephews.

Dennis was employed in banking and the financial services sector for 35 years, he retired from Harvest Financial in 2008. He was a 1969 graduate of the Kiski Area High School and a 1973 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the bowling team.

He was a past president of the West Jefferson Hills Chamber of Commerce; a past treasurer and baseball coach for many years of the Elizabeth Township Athletic Association; and, for 45 years, a member of the Pleasant Hills Rotary Club where he was a past president, Rotarian of the Year, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of the Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

His interests included Pirates baseball, Penn State football, politics, voraciously reading newspapers, and doting on his granddaughters.

Originally of Parks Township (Armstrong County), Pennsylvania, Dennis was the son of Edna (Lee) and Wesley Grantz.

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Robert “Bob” D. Morgan

March 04, 2022 |

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Robert “Bob” D. Morgan residing in Picayune, MS passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the age of 82.  Originally from McKeesport, PA, he was preceded in death by his parents, James W. Morgan Sr. and Norsis Jackson Morgan; brothers, James Morgan Jr. and William Morgan. He is survived by his brother Patrick (Bernie) Morgan, his children Coleen Wadowsky, Loreen Mitchell, Kathleen (Steve) Andrejcak, Robert J. Morgan, and Maureen (Ron) Dorsey, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

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Alan E. Stanoszek

February 09, 2022 |

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Alan E. Stanoszek, 69, of New Stanton, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born July 11, 1952, in McKeesport, the son of Edward and Emma (Ryan) Stanoszek. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sylvia (Lohr) Stanoszek, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1992; and cousins, Duane Stanoszek (Sharon), of North Huntingdon, and Kevin Ryan (Carol), of Elizabeth Township. Alan was preceded in death by his parents. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1971 and attended Westmoreland County Community College, Hempfield. He was a member of Keystone Clipper RC Model Airplane Club, Rillton, and Latrobe Harley Owners Group (HOG) motorcycle club. He worked as a printer at Ryan Printing, McKeesport, and also was trained in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technologies. He showed a keen interest in the information technology field. He loved riding his Harley-Davidson trike motorcycle, stopping at various restaurants along the way for a meal. He took delight in expressing his wide-ranging opinions to anyone and everyone.

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Charles W. Bazylak

February 01, 2022 |

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Charles W. Bazylak, 76, son of the late Leo & Jane Bazylak of McKeesport passed away in New Mexico on January 21, 2022. Charles attended McKeesport High School and served in the USAF after graduation.

He was a loan officer at First of Denver. His life-long, loving wife, Linda, is left behind at their home in Las Vegas, N.M. Charles was known to his many friends as "Chuck," and had two sons, Ben of Houston and Nick, still in Colorado. Charles had many grandchildren and cousins. "Charlie" also had two sisters, Leona (Bazylak) Quigley of Florida,  and Susan (Bazylak) Ladd of Arizona.

Arrangements were private and in charge of Rogers Mortuary, Las Vegas, N.M.


William “Bill” Kraus

January 25, 2022 |

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William “Bill” Kraus, Age 96, of Bethel Park, PA went to meet his loving wife in heaven on January 22,2022. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 55 years, Christina (Chapman) Kraus and his brother, Leo Kraus.

Bill was born on Pittsburgh's Southside on November 28, 1925. Bill graduated early from high school to serve his country with the Army Air Corps during WWII. He trained as a left blister gunner on the B-29 bomber. He served with the 382nd bomb group. He made life-long friends with his flight crew who were stationed in Havana, Cuba.

In 1941, he began working for the G.C. Murphy Company in downtown Pittsburgh when he was just 16 years old. Upon returning home from WWII, he resumed his career. He was well respected and quickly moved through the ranks: from stockroom clerk, store manager, toy buyer to Vice President (Merchandise Variety Lines). He retired after 44 years of service.

He was featured on the cover of Toys magazine (October 1972) and in the article "What Makes Murphy's Tick." In that article, he was called the "nation's toy salesman." He was also profiled in the book, "For the Love of Murphy's."

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Tracey Anderson

December 24, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Tracey Anderson, 50, died December 18, 2021. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28, 2021 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA, where a service will be held at 12 noon Dec. 29, 2021. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home Inc.


Carole (Susie) Beck Tomaino

December 11, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Carole (Susie) Beck Tomaino, age 76, of The Villages, FL, passed away on December 5, 2021. Susie was born in Altoona, PA, on December 18, 1944 to William and Lydia (Hamm) Beck. Susie graduated from Carrick High School (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1962.  Following graduation, she worked in the Personnel Department of Fisher Scientific at the corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. After raising her children, Susie worked as a caseworker for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare for 25 years until her retirement in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lydia Beck.

Susie is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Dr. Stephen J. Tomaino, retired Superintendent of the McKeesport Area School District in McKeesport, PA; her son Stephen W. Tomaino of The Villages, FL, her daughter Shelley (Martin) Whalen of Newtown, PA, her daughter Stacey (Anthony) Filone of Wildwood, FL; her sister Judith Beck of Rostraver Township, PA, and her brother John (Eileen) Beck of College Station, TX. She is also survived by her 5 grandsons: Alexander Whalen, Matthew Whalen, Nicholas Whalen, Anthony Filone and Tanner Filone who she proudly referred to as “My Boys”.

Susie was an incredibly warm and friendly person. Her zest for life and bubbly personality will be missed by all, as well as her cherished puppy Maxx.

Services will not be held at this time, but memorial contributions may be made in memory of Susie directly to St Jude Children’s Hospital.


Kai Adonis Brown

December 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Kai Adonis Brown, 19, of McKeesport and Chicago, died tragically Nov. 19, 2021. Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Brooks Memorial Chapel of Joseph R. Jones Funeral Home, 5515 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60651, where a wake will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and a celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Arrangements in charge of Brooks Memorial Chapel. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kai Adonis Brown, please visit our floral store.


Anthony F. Procacina, Sr.

November 30, 2021 |

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Anthony F. Procacina, Sr., age 82, resident of McKeesport and Herminie, passed away Monday, November 29,2021 in ProMedica (HCR Manor Care) in Monroeville. Anthony was born, January 12, 1939 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late John A. and Anna L. Gugliardo-Suncine Procacina.

Prior to his retirement he was a foreman having worked for US Steel Duquesne Works for many years. Anthony was a member of St. Edward’s Church in Herminie. He was an outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. Anthony will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. He was a kind and fun loving soul that loved his family.

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Dolores G. May

November 26, 2021 |

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Dolores G. May, 87, died November 21, 2021. Friends will be received from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 2021, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA, where a service will be held at 2 p.m. Arrangements are in charge of Tunie Funeral Home Inc.


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