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Elizabeth J. "Betty" Schneider

January 16, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Schneider, age 81, of Glassport, died January 12, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born January 22, 1938, in North Union of Fayette, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Bertha (Crawford) Opinsky and the wife of Albert "Duke" Schneider.

 
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Connie Wiggins

January 14, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Connie Wiggins, age 85, of North Versailles died January 10, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born December 2, 1934, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Chester Kevena and Ada (Uhaus) Kavena Kadar and the wife of the late Leonard W. Wiggins.

 
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Roberta Lee "Robin" Hodnik

January 08, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Roberta Lee "Robin" Hodnik, age 65, of McKeesport, died January 6, 2020, at home. Born April 18, 1954, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Weinmiller) Revak and the wife of the late Thomas Hodnik, Sr.
Robin worked for Pennsylvania Coach Lines of McKeesport, where she was a school bus driver and also a security guard. She enjoyed trips to the casino, participating in Painting with a Twist, traveling, and cooking new dishes.

 
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Alisa A. Bittner

January 08, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Alisa A. Bittner, age 60 of Glassport, passed away unexpectedly, December 22, 2019, at her home.  Born July 9, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Dorothy Millington and the wife of  Christopher Bittner.
 Alisa graduated from Bosie's Nursing College in Poughkeepsie, NY, graduating second in her class, while working at Rhinebeck Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY. She loved being a nurse and working in healthcare.  She also loved animals, especially horses and cats, enjoyed reading and tending to her garden.

 
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Clifford V. Hoak

December 21, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Clifford V. Hoak, age 90, of Liberty Borough, died December 20, 2019, at Mount Vernon of Elizabeth. Born June 14, 1929, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Clifford V., Sr. and Nellie (Reynolds) Hoak and the husband of Shirley M. (Schultz) Hoak.

 
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Jeffery A. Shaffer

December 19, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Jeffery A. Shaffer, age 64, of Latrobe, died December 15, 2019, at home. Born November 27, 1955, in Connellsville, PA, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Daisy (Walker) Shaffer and the husband of Deborah (Chovanec) Shaffer.
Jeff worked for Hanson Aggregates for over 30 years. He enjoyed golf, listening to sporting events, with his wife Deborah, and was an avid hunter.

 
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M. Shirley Pikula

December 12, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

M. Shirley Pikula, age 87, of McKeesport, died December 9, 2019, at Riverside Care Center. Born June 18, 1932, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ella (Jacobs) Zoltak and the wife of the late Joseph G. Pikula.
 As a young woman, Shirley was one of the top models in the Pittsburgh area. She went on to teaching "Charm" classes to young women in the old Sears building, and retired from the J.C. Penney Company. Her biggest love was setting a table that was unmatched and providing a meal and a prayer that people who experienced it still speak of. She was a member of the Port Vue United Methodist Church.

 
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Robert D. Wunderley

December 09, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Robert D. Wunderley, age 81, of Liberty Borough, died December 6, 2019, at home. Born March 21, 1938, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William G. and Alma Rosella (Elliott) Wunderley and the husband of Dorothy E. (Hartzell) Wunderley.
Robert was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Active within his church, he served as president of the corporation, elder, trustee, deacon and Sunday school superintendent. Robert was a member and past master of Masonic Youghiogheny Lodge #583.  He was a member of Al-O-Mon Forest #138 Tall Cedars and their clown unit, bringing joy and laughter to children of all ages. Robert was former director of operations for Elteg Mgt. Co. Inc., at Chatham Center, for twenty one years and former vice president of Equibank’s building and properties division for twenty six years. A life member of Liberty Borough Volunteer Fire Department, Robert served as former president, secretary and line officer of the department. He was a U.S. Army sergeant with the 336th Military Police Battalion. A disabled veteran of his country, Robert belonged to the White Oak American Legion Post #447 and to Liberty Borough Seniors, where he served as former president. A kind and gentle man, Robert treasured his family and the friends he made throughout his life.

 
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Charles J. Sudey

December 08, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Charles J. Sudey, age 70, of McKeesport died December 7, 2019, at UPMC East. Born May 22, 1949, in Braddock, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Urda) Sudey.

 
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Tamara M. Robson

November 27, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Tamara M. Robson, 61, of Liberty Borough, PA passed away peacefully on November 26, 2019. Tammy was born on August 11, 1958 to Ronald Robson and Ruth Billanti (Henning).
To all who knew her, she was a woman whose strength and perseverance in life was admirable, whose outlook and attitude were like sunshine, whose urge to dance was never quiet, and who will be missed greatly by all the lives she touched. 

 
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Gloria E. Rusnock

November 22, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Gloria E. Rusnock, age 83, of Dravosburg, died November 14, 2019, at home. Born April 21, 1936, in McKeesport, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Wilson) Judy and the wife of the late Paul J. Rusnock.
Gloria retired from the former Office Lounge Restaurant. In her earlier years, she worked at the former Seban's China Shop of Christy Park. Gloria enjoyed reading and listening to music.

 
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Lucille Patricia Karaffa

November 21, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Lucille Patricia Karaffa R. Ph., age 92, of Port Vue, died November 20, 2019, at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. Born December 31, 1926, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Falco and Annina (Ferrara) Muscente of Polena, Italy and the wife of the late Frank J. Karaffa.
 Lucille graduated from Duquesne University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and was a member of the Pharmacy Honors Sorority. She was the first person to open a pharmacy in Port Vue, which occurred in the early 1950s and was called "Port Vue Pharmacy."

 
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Edison Lee Garland

November 20, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Edison Lee Garland, age 56, of McKeesport, formerly of S. Boston VA, died November 2, 2019, at UPMC McKeesport.

 
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Elaine (Mimi) Valecko

November 20, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Elaine (Mimi) Valecko, age 89, of Port Vue, died November 17, 2019. She was born on October 18, 1930, in Uniontown, PA. She was the daughter of the late John and Mollie (Marva) Putanko. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Peter P. Valecko and her brother, John R. Putanko.
Elaine graduated from South Union High School in Uniontown. Elaine was a member of St. Mark Parish, where she retired after serving over 30 years as housekeeper.

 
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Audrey May Riemenschneider

November 18, 2019 |

By Willig Funeral Home & Crematory | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Audrey May Riemenschneider, age 89, of White Oak, died November 14, 2019, at UPMC McKeesport. Born May 12, 1930, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Gustav and Margaret (Loeffler) Johnson and the wife of the late Clyde F. Riemenschneider, Jr.
Audrey was a woman of family and faith, she dedicated her life to caring for her family. She was a member of Sampsons Mills Presbyterian Church. Audrey was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company.

 
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