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George Tzanakis

May 02, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

George Tzanakis, age 90, of West Mifflin, passed away on May 1, 2021. He was born on September 18, 1930 in Windsor Heights, West Virginia and is the son of the late Nickola and Antonia Georgelakis Tzanakis. George was born the youngest of six children, also a twin, in Windsor Heights, West Virginia, and first-generation US citizen from Greek immigrant parents.  His father was a coal miner in West Virginia while wife Antonia tended to children and home.

 
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Dr. Janice Skraly

May 01, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Dr. Janice Skraly, of McKeesport, known by her many students over the years as “Doc”, died peacefully on April 25, 2021. Born on June 22, 1941 in Blue Island, Illinois, she is the daughter of the late Stanley Kuzak and Sophie Szalacha Karnas. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated from Alliance College with her B.S. in chemistry and went on to earn her Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught chemistry and computer science at South Allegheny High School for nearly 30 years, and stoking interest in science was her main devotion. She was proud of her students’ excellent performance in science fairs and loved the fact that they would come to her lab in their spare time to work on extra projects like growing crystals. She was all about exploration and discovery; the largest plaque in her office is a quote by Albert Einstein: “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called Research.”

 
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Lawrence “Jim” Cooper

April 28, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Lawrence “Jim” Cooper, age 81, of White Oak, died on Sunday, April 25, 2021.  He was born in Robinson Twp. on November 7, 1939 and is the son the late Robert L. and Lois M. Shoup Cooper. 

He was retired from the US Air Force and then worked in the aerospace industry for TRW and Northwood Aerospace in California and Utah.

 
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Tylor Matthew Steinkopf

April 28, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Tylor Matthew Steinkopf, age 35, of Liberty Borough, died Monday, April 26, 2021.  He was born in McKeesport on November 25, 1985 and is the son of William M. and Robyn McCauley Steinkopf of Liberty Borough.  Tylor enjoyed working on cars along with his latest passion of building remote control cars.

 
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Melanie A. Hansen

April 25, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Melanie A. Hansen, age 68, of North Huntingdon, died on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Born in McKeesport on June 17, 1952, she is the daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy (Bungert) Argall, and the wife of William D. Hansen, Jr.

 
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Tyler A. Dakota "TIP" Pozzuto

April 21, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Tyler A. Dakota “TIP” Pozzuto, age 22, of McKeesport, died on Saturday, April 17, 2021. He was born in Pittsburgh, on July 12, 1998, and is the son of John Pozzuto of Port Vue and Jacqueline Brown Harrison of McKeesport. Tyler was a self-employed landscaper for many years.

 
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Louise Theresa Craven

April 21, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Louise Theresa Craven, age 90, of Port Vue Borough, died Sunday, April 18, 2021.  She was born in McKeesport on October 5, 1930 and is the daughter of the late Stephen and Margaret (Calesaric/Koleszarik) Santa and the wife of the late Edward Richard Craven, Sr.

She was an accountant for various prominent firms in the Pittsburgh area.

 
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Sharon Ann Dimond

April 21, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Sharon Ann Dimond, age 56, of Pittsburgh, died on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 26, 1964 and is the daughter of the late Robert and Jessie Hooker Uridil and the wife of the late Robert John Dimond, who died on December 29, 2020.

 
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Gary Allen Klimek

April 21, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Gary Allen Klimek, age 68, of McKeesport died on Friday, April 16, 2021.  He was born in Braddock on April 12, 1958 and is the son of William and Irene Gazdag Klimek.  Gary was employed in the custodial division by various department stores in the area, including K-Mart and Sears.

 
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Frances C. McNeil

April 09, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Frances C. McNeil, age 89, of Port Vue, died Saturday, April 3, 2021. She was born in Glassport, August 22, 1931 and is the daughter of the late John A. and Genevieve Kwiatkowski Dworek. She was the wife of the late Cornelius John McNeil, Jr. Along with raising her seven children, she was a waitress at the former Lemon Tree Restaurant in McKeesport and also was a teachers’ aide for the McKeesport Area School District.

 
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Helen Dorothy Popovic

April 08, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Helen Dorothy Popovic, age 102, of Port Vue, died on April 8, 2021. Born On, August 17, 1918 she is the daughter of the late Michael T. and Anna Gdovic Tutko, and the wife of the late Stephen P. Popovic.

 
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John Albert Goodrum

April 08, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

John Albert Goodrum, age 74, of Clairton died on Sunday, April 4, 2021.  He was born in Clairton on September 4, 1946 and is the son of the late James and Betty Penn Goodrum. 

He retired from Exxon Mobil in Connecticut after many years of service.

 
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James D. Boot, Jr.

April 05, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

James D. Boot, Jr., of West Mifflin, age 79, died April 3, 2021. He was born in Greensburg, October 28, 1941 and is the son of the late James D. and Irma Ruth Anderson, Sr. He loved all music and played the guitar in many bands. He retired from Rudy’s Auto Service in Whitaker.

 
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Dolores “Dee or Dode” Mae Girovsky Gala

April 02, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

On April 1, 2021, Dolores “Dee or Dode” Mae Girovsky Gala, age 90, peacefully passed away in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dee was born in McKeesport, PA, on May 4,1930, to the late John and Mary Yager Girovsky, and was the spouse of former McKeesport Deputy Fire Chief, the late Frank Theodore Gala.

 
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James John Palcsey

April 02, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

James John Palcsey, age 43, of Dravosburg, died on Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was born in McKeesport on June 5, 1977 and is the son of John Raymond and Dolores “Jean” Jackson Palcsey of Dravosburg.

James was a third-generation firefighter and life member of the Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department #1where he served as vice president for many years. He also served on the Board of Control for Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association. He was a proud 1995 graduate of Serra Catholic High School. He was an avid Star Wars, Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers fan. His welcoming spirit, gentle voice, and sincere kindness will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

 
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