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Peggy B. (Riggar) Fait

January 04, 2021 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Peggy B. (Riggar) Fait, 62, of Port Vue, died on Sunday, January 3, 2021, in U.P.M.C. Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born on July 8, 1958, in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Shirley (Thorpe) Riggar. Mrs. Fait was a retired sales clerk for Mantsch's Blue Bonnet Bakery in Homestead. She is survived by a son Stephen (Alisha) Fait, three brothers, Rusty Riggar, Kenny Riggar, and Mark Riggar, three sisters, Diane McGreggor, Rebecca Booker, and Suzanne Martin, one loving granddaughter, Emma Grace Fait, and her significant other, Ed Humenik. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, John Fait, and a brother, Bernard Riggar.

 
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Trevor D. Knapp

December 30, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Trevor D. Knapp, 34, of Duquesne, died on Monday, December 28, 2020, at home. Born on January 4, 1986, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Dennis J. and Shirley A. (Molzer) Knapp. Trevor was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne. He is survived by his loving parents, Dennis and Shirley Knapp, a beloved brother and sister-in-law, Travis D. and Beth Knapp and his four legged friends, Skylar, Rocky, and Gracie.

 
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Ethel N. Maydak

December 01, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Ethel N. Maydak, 89, of St. Therese Plaza, Munhall, formerly of West Mifflin, died Monday, November 30, 2020 at Hempfield Manor in Greensburg. She is survived by son Robert (Alice) Nicklis of Sumter, SC, daughter Vicky (Donald) O'Toole of Latrobe, son David (Cathy) Nicklis of Bedford, and daughter Lori (David) Kracinovsky of  West Mifflin; stepdaughters Marianne Martin (Jim Lindsay) of Panama City, FL, Deborah (Jon) Peace of Fairhope, AL, and Carol (John) Baron of Florence, AL. She is also survived by sisters Janet Ness of Jacobus,  Suzie (Mike) Morris of Edmond, OK, and Goldie Griffith of Holidaysburg and brother Roy (LeAnn) Claar of Holidaysburg; grandchildren, Christopher (Jennifer) Nicklis of Dallas, GA, Bridget (Dan) Labishak of Baldwin, Chrissie (Matt) Begin of Elyria, OH, Kimberly (Roger) Nee of Bedford, David  (Joyce) Nicklis of Bedford, DJ Kracinovsky of Nashville, TN, Kara Kracinovsky of West Mifflin, Brett (Emily) Martin of Lecanto, FL, Erin (Matt) Curran of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Janel Martin of Manhattan, NY, Amanda Martin of Panama city, FL Meghan (Scott) Stallbaum of San Antonio, TX, Anne (Rick) Stairhime of Crozet, VA, Sean (Jackie) Peace of Columbus, O William Baron of Oxford, AL, Sarah Baron of Miami, FL, Jacob Baron of Starkville, MS; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and dear friends. She is the widow of the late Robert (Bob) Nicklis of Langdondale whom she married in 1951 and the late Lawrence (Larry) Maydak whom she married in 1990. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Warren Bill) and Faye (Weiser)   Nevitt of Bedford, sister Nancy Gates  of New Paris, brother Robert Clarr of WY, brother-in-laws, Perry Ness of Jacobus, Harry "Poose" Gates of New Paris and William Griffith of Holidaysburg, and her mother Helen Dodson Clarr of Holidaysburg.

Ethel was employed by Stratigo's Catering of White Oak for 23 years and by the Gateway Clipper Fleet of Pittsburgh for 14 years. She was a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, first in Friend's Cove (Bedford) and then in Duquesne. She enjoyed her many years as a member of the GFWC Women's Club of Duquesne, the Knights of Columbus Seniors, and the Duquesne Annex Seniors. She served as a past president of the Duquesne Band Parents. She loved baking and sharing the cakes, pies, and cookies she made, but nothing made her happier than yelling BINGO!

Friends and family will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne, PA, 15110 on Thursday December 3, 2020 from 2-8 PM and on Friday December 4, 2020 from 10 until time of service at 11AM with Rev. James  Condron, in the Memorial Home. Burial will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.

Family wishes for contributions be made to Grace United Church of Christ, 100 7th Street, Duquesne, PA 15110 or the  Humane Animal Rescue, 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

 
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Leonard (“Duke”) Ducar

November 26, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Leonard (“Duke”) Ducar, 89, of Duquesne died November 21, 2020 in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.  Born November 29, 1930, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Billi) Ducar of Munhall and the beloved husband of Evelyn (Urban) Ducar for 27 years before her passing in 1988.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers John, Michael and Joseph, and sisters Mary Bobick and Ann Ducar.

Leonard was the loving father of daughter Eva Ducar of West Homestead, sons John (Jill) Ducar of Penn Township and James Ducar of Duquesne, and the loving Pa of Sara and Cecelia Ducar.  He was also the loving brother of Bernard (Janet) Ducar of Whitaker, Frances (Stephen) Fischer of West Homestead, Martha (Thomas) McAloon of Whitehall, and Dolores (Donald) Rohac of Irwin,and uncle to several nieces and nephews. .

 
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Elsie Yanichko

November 22, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Elsie Porter Yanichko, 93, of West Mifflin, died November 19, 2020, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born May 12, 1927, in Columbia, S. C., she was the daughter of the late Ceaphus C. and Jessie Gallant Porter of Columbia, S.C. She was a graduate of Dentsville High School and President of the class of 1944.

She was the beloved wife of 70 years to the late George Yanichko, she is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Late Steve) Piskorik of Cape Coral, FL., and Donna (Bill) Hrabchak of Brandon, FL., a son, David (Kris) Yanichko of West Mifflin, six grand children, five great grand children, two great great grand children, and nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a grandson, Steve Piskorik, two sisters,  Jessie Wessinger of Columbia, S.C., Jean Nichols of Philadelphia and four brothers, Nesbit G., Ceaphus C. Jr., James G. and Hazel D. Porter all of Columbia, S.C.

 
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Ralph W. Wiggins

November 06, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Ralph W. Wiggins, 79, of Gibsonia, formerly of Pittsburgh, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Gibsonia. Born February 15, 1941, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Helen A. (Sallade) Wiggins. Mr. Wiggins was a retired driver for Allegheny County Port Authority. He is survived by two daughters, Judith (Tom) Schnell and Jill (Robert Matthews) Wiggins, three brothers, Thomas (Barbara) Wiggins Jr., John (Bobbi) Wiggins and David (Carrie) Wiggins, a sister, Madelon (Late Dan) Quinn, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 
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Harry W. Dumas

October 30, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Harry W. Dumas, 79, of West Mifflin, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in Southwestern Nursing Care Center, West Mifflin. Born April 5, 1941, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Anthony and Lucille (Kolodziej) Dumas. Mr. Dumas was a retired design draftsman for Nuvision Engineering and a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

 
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Gwendolyn Saunders

October 27, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Gwendolyn Saunders, 82, formerly of West Mifflin,  passed away on the morning of Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Survived by her daughter, Robyn Saunders (Alan O’Brien), and preceded by her husband Elmer “Buck” Saunders (2018), Gwen was a long-time resident of Walkerton, IN, where she and Buck ran an award winning dairy farm for over 35 years. In addition to farming, Gwen worked at Kodak and Wells Aluminum. She was intelligent, hard-working, and always on the go. She had many hidden talents and stories. Gwen was voted Bride of the Season in 1956. She was a tap dancer, a bowler, and easily the best mechanic around.

 
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Elizabeth "Betty" Mitrik

September 24, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home



Elizabeth "Betty" (Kontra) Mitrik, Young at heart, of Monroeville, formerly of Duquesne, went home with the LORD on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Born in Jessup, PA., she was the daughter of the late Michael and Bertha Toth Kontra. She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew B. Mitrik. She is survived by her loving children, Judy (Late Ronald) Malamisuro, Andrew (Therese) Mitrik, Ronald (Candice) Mitrik, Rev. Gary (Karen) Mitrik, Dennis (Cindy) Mitrik, and David (Leslie) Mitrik; a brother, Joseph (Marion) Kontra; twenty six grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Mitrik was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary (late Edward) Pasko and Loretta Kontra, and five brothers, Michael (late Ethel), William (late Delores), Daniel, and Thomas (late Val) Kontra. Mrs Mitrik was a devout member of Greater Works Christian Church, Monroeville and enjoyed reading the Bible and sharing the love of the LORD with others.

 
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Delores M. (Bartley) Kovac

September 10, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Delores M. (Bartley) Kovac, 76, of Duquesne, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Born October 1, 1943, in New Alexandria, she was the daughter of the late Clarence D. and Neata Bartley. Mrs Kovac was an avid gardener and cook, and was a retired chef of the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in Pittsburgh. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael G. Kovac. She is survived by two sons, Stephen (Tracy Rushe Nock) and Michael (Tana) Kovac, two daughters, Tina-Louise (Nicholas) Ulakovic and Lisa Kovac, four brothers, Ivan (Bernadette) Bartley, Clarence David Bartley, James Bartley, and Rick (MaryKay) Bartley, two sisters, JoAnne Bartley and Rita Bartley, nine grandchildren, Matthew and Stephanie Ulakovic, Kara Kovac, Cole Kovac, Chloe Kovac, Dylan Kovac, Bailey Kovac, Marshall Nock, and Mitchell Nock, nieces, nephews and her four-legged feline Sassypants.

 
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Andrea M. Long

August 29, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Andrea M. (Bodnar) Long, 78, of West Mifflin died peacefully on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Meadowbrook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Bethel Park. Born in Duquesne, October 28, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Andrew "Bruff" and Clara (Horgas) Bodnar. She was a retired baker at the former Duquesne Village Foodland. She is survived a son, Timothy Long, a daughter Deborah Long, two grandchildren, Alan and Jamie Long, two great grandchildren, Chase and Mason Ferretti, and several cousins.

 
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Frances A. Muse

August 19, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Frances A. Muse, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Sycamore Estates, Duquesne. She was the wife of the late Richard F. Muse Sr. for 35 years. She is survived by three children; Richard F. (Susan) Muse Jr. of McMurray,  Sheila (Jack) Rozzo of Duquesne, and David (Fiance Terry) Muse of Honolulu, HI, also surviving are six grandchildren; Erin (Brian) Fallon of McMurray, Lauren (Russell) Cready of Bethel Park, Meghan (Joseph) Smith of Florence, SC, Amber Russell of Edgewood, Ashley Russell of Duquesne, and Brooke Muse of California. six great grandchildren; Olivia, Owen, Riley, Harper, Vinnie, and Alexander. Mrs. Muse loved gardening in her backyard.

 
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Julie Elizabeth (Russen) Rocco

August 01, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Julie Elizabeth (Russen) Rocco passed away peacefully on July 31, 2020, and is now with our Lord and Savior. Mrs. Rocco, 63, was born in McKeesport Hospital on May 24, 1957. She was a lifelong member of the West Mifflin, PA community and also Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

She graduated from West Mifflin North High School in 1975.  She obtained her degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and taught for 40 years at Saint Rita's, Clairton Central Catholic/Saint Clare of Assisi, and mostly recently Saint Agnes in West Mifflin.

She will forever be remembered as a loving Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Godmother, Aunt, and Friend to all that knew her and will be greatly treasured in everyone's hearts. Julie's life will be always be tied to her being one of the most influential educators to every student to whom she gave the gift of learning.

 
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John B. Polivka

July 27, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

John B. Polivka, 83 of North Huntingdon, passed into the Lord's arms on Friday, July 24, 2020, at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born on March 4, 1937, in Duquesne and was the son of the late John and Mary (Chonko) Polivka Jr. He married his high school sweetheart, Arlene J. (Takacs) Polivka who he met in the Penny Arcade in Kennywood and they would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in August of this year.

He was Byzantine Catholic by faith and belonged to SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. John was a 11th Grade U.S. History teacher at Norwin High School from 1966 - 1995, he served as Social Studies Department Head, introduced and designed new courses (TODAE) and (PUSH) which he taught until his retirement.

He is remembered by his students for his Teddy Roosevelt lecture, First Day of School RESPECT lecture, the History Baseball Game, 10 quizzes per 6 weeks, day before Christmas Vacation 6 week exam, and the Presidents Page. John's interest ran from travel, tennis, birding, cross country skiing, movies, photography and music (he played the trumpet) and of course, teasing Arlene, "Say goodnight Gracie!"

He also was the treasurer of the Norwin Teacher's Federal Credit Union (1986 - 1999). He loved teaching and took great pride in the fact that he never wanted to be off from that job. He was always ready to go back after a long holiday.

 
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Geraldine D. "Gerry" (Balombiny) Selznick

July 09, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Geraldine D. "Gerry" (Balombiny) Selznick, 86, of Duquesne, Fell asleep in the Lord, peacefully, on Friday June 26, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills. Born in Duquesne, June 18, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Hayduk) Balombiny. Beloved wife of the late Edgar A. Selznick, she is survived by a daughter, Kathleen McCormick, a son, David Selznick, a brother, Francis Balombiny, one granddaughter, Jacqueline Fraas, a great grandchild, Carson Fraas, a nephew, Edward Balombiny, and a great niece, Heather Myer. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Selznick was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Edward Balombiny, a sister, Irene Bartos, and a nephew, Jan Balombiny.

 
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