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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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Bonnie L. Gilarski

June 23, 2020 |

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

Bonnie L. (Diebold) Gilarski, 75, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Saturday June 20, 2020 in Locust Grove Personal Care, West Mifflin. Born in Homestead, September 7, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Lynn and Hazel (Strutt) Diebold. Mrs. Gilarski was a retired self-employed housekeeper / caregiver. She is survived by a daughter, Regina (Dave) Pristas, and a grandson, Nathaniel Pristas.

 
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Helen F. Bytzura

June 13, 2020 |

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

Helen F. (Fraikor) Bytzura, 95, of West Mifflin and formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Residence at Whitehall. Mrs. Bytzura was born in Duquesne, November 1, 1924, the daughter of the late John and Anna (Petrosky) Fraikor. Mrs. Bytzura was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, a loving homemaker, and a former teletype operator at the former Duquesne works, U.S. Steel Corporation. Beloved wife of the late George A. Bytzura, she is survived by two loving children, Patricia (Arthur) Gennari and Raymond (Carol) Bytzura; four grandchildren, Jeffery (Aubrey) Gennari, Bryan Gennari, Amanda Bytzura, and Ryan Bytzura; two great grandchildren, Benjamin Gennari and Rosalie Gennari; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

 
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Krystian Andrew McDonnell

June 02, 2020 |

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

Krystian Andrew McDonnell, 23, of Duquesne died tragically in a fire at his home on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Mr. McDonnell was born February 24, 1997, in Pittsburgh. The son of Terrence McDonnell and Barbara Vamos McDonnell. Mr. McDonnell was an employee in the custodial department of Duquesne School District.

He is survived by his beloved mother, Barbara and her fiance, Dedris Davis, his father, Terrence and his wife Lasaun, a sister, Cassandra McDonnell, Paternal Grandparents, Dale and Anntionette Miller McDonnell, Aunt, Shelly (Scott) Witkowski, Godparents, Roxanne Clark and Thomas Ambrose, a niece Arya Bisgoni, and cousins, Cameron and Conner Witkowski.

 
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Marsha A. Sovak

May 16, 2020 |

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

Marsha A. (Meider) Sovak, 67, of West Mifflin, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Pittsburgh, December 12, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Grace (Marsch) Meider. Mrs. Sovak was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and employed by the David Mitchell and Associates Accounting Firm of Upper St. Clair. Mrs. Sovak is survived by her beloved husband Eugene Sovak, two loving daughters, Dr. Lisa Sovak and Christine "Chrissy" Sovak, a brother, Leonard Meider, and a brother-in-law, Raymond Sovak.

 
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John L. Fait

May 01, 2020 |

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

John L. Fait, 62, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills. Born in Pittsburgh, March 23, 1958, he was the son of Madeline (Belovich) Fleegle and the late Richard L. Fait. Mr. Fait was a retired mechanic for the Port Authority of Allegheny County and a member of the Mifflin Social Club, West Mifflin. Besides his mother he is survived by a son, Stephen (Alisha) Fait, a brother, Dwight R. Fait, and a granddaughter, Emma G. Fait.

 
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Thomas E. "Paz" Pazehoski

April 17, 2020 |

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

Thomas E. "Paz" Pazehoski, 73, of West Mifflin, died suddenly, Thursday April 16, 2020, in U.P.M.C. Presbyterian. Born in Braddock, September 15, 1946, he was the son of Edmund S. and Margaret (Heatherington) Pazehoski. Mr. Pazehoski was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, Munhall, and was employed as a rigging operations manager for TRC Industries, Wilmerding.

 
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Carol A. Butler

March 28, 2020 |

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

Carol A. (Winkler) Butler, 75, of West Mifflin, died peacefully at home on Friday March 27, 2020. Born in Pittsburgh on May 9, 1944, she was the daughter of the late William Winkler and Blanche Meyer. Ms. Butler was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and retired from John J. Kane Regional Medical Center.

 
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Robert M. Urban

March 19, 2020 |

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

Robert M. Urban, 72, of Munhall, died Tuesday March 17, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Hills. Born July 25, 1947, in Munhall, he was the son of the late Michael and Jacqueline Urban. Mr. Urban was a retired employee of the U. S. Steel Corporation, Clairton Works and a proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the U. S. Army. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda S. (Rhodes) Urban, four loving sons, Todd Urban, Brandon (Traci) Urban, Derek (Courtney) Urban, and Evan Urban, and a grandson, Mason Urban.

 
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Andrew P. Butsko

March 04, 2020 |

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

Andrew P. Butsko, of West Mifflin, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center, two days before his 83rd birthday. Born in Duquesne on March 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Sersen) Butsko. Mr. Butsko was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

 
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Helen R. (Spynda) Rozzo

February 27, 2020 |

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

Helen R. (Spynda) Rozzo, 96, of Duquesne, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born January 7, 1924, in McKees Rocks, Mrs. Rozzo was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church in Pleasant Hills.

Loving wife of the late Frank J. Rozzo Sr., she is survived by two sons, Frank J Rozzo Jr. of Brookline and John "Jack" Rozzo and his wife Sheila of Duquesne, five grandchildren, John, Charlie, Gregory, Amber and Ashley and six great grandchildren, Lilyanna, Sydney, Anthony, Isabella, Adrianna, and Darrion. Mrs. Rozzo was also preceded in death by a brother, Peter Spynda and two sisters, Nancy Noe and Patricia Ledwich.

 
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Albert J. Stajger

February 20, 2020 |

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

Albert J. Stajger, 85, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in McKeesport, October, 28, 1934, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Safko) Stajger. Per Mr. Stajger's wishes all services are private and provided by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., Duquesne.

To send flowers to Albert's family, please visit our floral section.

 


John A. "Sonny" Axelson

February 17, 2020 |

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

John A. "Sonny" Axelson, 73, of West Mifflin died peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at home in the company of his loving family. Born December 9, 1946 in McKeesport, he was the son of the Late Arthur and LaRue Robis Axelson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 yrs, Pat Gastrock Axelson, his most cherished daughter, Heather D. (Jason) Bonacci, Joseph Axelson, and Erikka Dunmeyer, a brother, Dennis W. (Lorrie) Axelson, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and nieces & nephews. He was a member of Homeville Christian Church, West Mifflin, a retired employee of Bettis Atomic Lab, West Mifflin, a 1965 graduate of Schwab Vocational School in Homestead, and a 1967 graduate of Western Pennsylvania School of Technology. He also enjoyed gardening, hunting, the Steelers and fishing at Twin Lakes Park.

 
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