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F Darrin Bill

March 19, 2023 |

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

Darrin "Bear" Bill, age 60, of Liberty Borough, died March 17, 2023, at home. Born January 5, 1963, he was the son of the late Faik and Janice (Grimes) Bill and the husband of Roseanna "Raven" (Fletcher) Bill.

Bear retired from UPS, where he was a truck driver. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and the freedom of riding his motorcycle. Bear had a way with animals and trained many, from bears to squirrels. He also had a passion for taxidermy and tattoos. Bear loved music and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his son, Jared (Patricia) Bill of Pittsburgh; step-sons, Jesse (Danielle) McLaughlin and Justin (Faith) McLaughlin; grandchildren, Jayden, Gwenevere, Kayla, Kirsten, Kylie, and Christian; brothers, Darril (Kim) of Orlando, FL and Darric (Kimberly) Bill of Irwin; also many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 4 p.m. until the time of last leave at 8 p.m. 

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.

Supervisor, Charles Danforth


Norma "Nun" Sutler

March 07, 2023 |

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

Norma "Nun" Sutler, age 83, of McKeesport, died March 6, 2023, at Select Specialty Hospital of McKeesport. Born on January 22, 1940, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late George "Bud" and Anna Marie (Krandall) Harff.
Norma was a devoted mother and friend. She cared for her family and home and was known to many as a neighborhood mom. Norma was a former member of the Croatian Club CFU Lodge 146 of Versailles Borough. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards with friends.

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Henrietta Mary "Sister" Young

March 06, 2023 |

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

Henrietta Mary, "Sister" Young, age 79, of McKeesport, died February 26, 2023, at Kane Community Living Center. Born May 30, 1943, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Walter D. and Henrietta (Slim) Ball.
Henrietta dedicated her life to taking care of her home and family. She was a member of the Beacon Light Church of God. Henrietta enjoyed working in her garden, cooking meals for her family, and crocheting. Spending time and playing with her great-grandkids are the moments she cherished.

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Burt F. Whoolery

March 01, 2023 |

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

Burt F. Whoolery, age 70, of Glassport, died on February 26, 2023, in Orlando, FL, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 29, 1952, in McKeesport, PA, and was the son of the late Milton and Antoinette (Bazzone) Whoolery and the husband of Rose (Case) Whoolery.

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Keith Bryce

February 24, 2023 |

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

Keith Bryce, age 66, of McKeesport, died February 17, 2023, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born July 5, 1956, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Lucille Brown.
Keith was a local McKeesport resident, and you could often find him in the downtown area. Everyone that knew him loved his gentle smile and kind demeanor.

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Larry Padgett

February 22, 2023 |

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

Larry Padgett, age 63, of Monroeville, died February 13, 2023, at UPMC East. Born March 31, 1959, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late David Brooks and Ida Ruth Lombardo.
Larry worked in many different positions until his health would no longer permit him to perform. He was a member of Community Life of McKeesport. Larry enjoyed metal detecting and finding coins for his collection, walking, and poking fun at politics. He always believed in family togetherness and will always be remembered for taking and sharing family photos.

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James E. Sivak

February 17, 2023 |

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

James E. Sivak, age 90, of Port Vue, died February 15, 2023, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Born December 9, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael C. and Mary (Butkovsky) Sivak, and the loving husband of Patricia (Marcinko) Sivak.
James was a former US Steel Duquesne Works employee retiring from the general services department as a hot metal expeditor. He was a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church, Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, and a former member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. He was also elected to a number of terms as the recording secretary of Local #2466 Salary Union. James worked later as a security guard for the Richard Mellon Scaife Foundation in Pittsburgh. He was a former member of Archer Hill Bowling League, St. Stephen/St. Pius dart-ball team, and a volunteer for many years with the Duquesne Community Food Bank and Port Vue/St. Mark Food Bank. James enjoyed cheering on and watching his favorite Pittsburgh sports teams, Pirates, Penguins, and especially his favorite, Steelers; he was a season ticket holder for many years. He was a member of SOAR, loved playing cards and watching old cowboy movies. James was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War.

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Kathleen M. O'Connor

February 12, 2023 |

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

Kathleen M. O'Connor, age 67, of White Oak, died February 10, 2023, at UPMC East.  Born January 18, 1956, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Pauline (Ehrhardt) O'Connor.  

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Jan "Mae" Wunderley Gobel

February 11, 2023 |

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

Jan "Mae" Wunderley Gobel, age 67, of Liberty Borough, died February 9, 2023, at Canterbury Place. Born October 5, 1955, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Norma (Hillegass) Wunderley and the wife of Richard J. Gobel.
Jan worked as a dedicated nurse for 47 years at UPMC McKeesport. She was a former member of Liberty Presbyterian Church and the Liberty Borough Ambulance Service. Jan received the UPMC's Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES) and the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses both in 2013. One of her favorite places to visit was Disney World in FL. Most of all, spending time with her grandchildren brought her the most joy.

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Barbara A. Sanderson

February 06, 2023 |

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

Barbara A. Sanderson, age 73, of Elizabeth, formerly of McKeesport, died February 4, 2023, with her family by her side, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born April 4, 1949, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Fleming) Thomas and the wife of Wayne A. Sanderson.
Barb retired from Forbes Regional Hospital of Monroeville, where she was a Lab Technician. She was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish of Elizabeth. Barb was a volunteer at Kane Regional Hospital of McKeesport for many years. She truly enjoyed sharing her time with the patients. Barb was an animal lover as well, leaving behind her loyal dogs Zeus and Cash. She enjoyed shopping and always looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren, especially on their lunch dates.

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Virginia E. Pavel

February 06, 2023 |

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

Virginia E. Pavel, age 88, of McKeesport, died February 5, 2023, at UPMC East.  Born December 9, 1934, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Winkler) Wiater and wife of the late George A. Pavel.  

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Charles R. "Bob" Johnston

February 02, 2023 |

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

Charles R. "Bob" Johnston, age 95, of White Oak, died at home on January 30, 2023.  Born December 22, 1927, in North Versailles, he was the son of the late Merrian and Mary (Morgan) Johnston and husband of the late Phyllis (Ryan) Johnston.  Bob was a member of McKeesport Gospel Hall, and his faith was a mainstay of his life.  He was a retiree of Innovative Carbide Inc. in Irwin and was an electrician at the former U.S. Steel National Tube Works.  Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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Karen Jean Penn

January 30, 2023 |

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

Karen Jean Penn, age 63, of White Oak, died on January 26, 2023. Born September 21, 1959, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Larry and Irene (Fleming) Reitz.

Karen was a member of the Glassport Assembly of God. She liked cooking her famous pot pies and baking. Karen enjoyed watching any sport especially cheering on the Pittsburgh teams. She was an animal lover and had a dog, Casper, a cat, Missy, and a rabbit.

Karen is survived by her children, Mandy (Matthew) Wagner and Martin Penn III; grandchildren, Jordan and Alexander Wagner; siblings, Irene (Daniel) Brieck, Cindy Palmer, and Raymond Reitz; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

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Monique "Mo" Hill Marwani

January 28, 2023 |

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

Monique “Mo” Hill Marwani, age 48, of Hagerstown, MD, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 20, 2022. Born February 9, 1974, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of a devoted father, Russell Walton Hill of Hagerstown, MD, and a loving mother, Cathryn A. (Keith H.) Buchanan Stevenson of McKeesport.

Mo was a model, fashion designer, and bridal consultant, amongst many other things, throughout her remarkable life. She brought beauty and grace to this world and shared that with everyone she knew. Her career started as early as pre-school at Grady Day School of Squirrel Hill, where she was picked to do a commercial for PNC Bank at four years old. She then attended Mineda Elementary School for kindergarten through 6 grade. During that time, she participated in music, went to ballet and tap dance school, and was also a Brownie in Buena Vista, PA. She then moved on to Elizabeth Forward High School, where she participated in music, volleyball, and track and field.

During her Junior year, she was a candidate for Black Ms. Teenage Pageant and placed in the top 15. She was also active in the Ms. Uniontown Pageant and won 1st place for Ms. Sportswear and took the crown for Ms. Uniontown.
Mo then received a modeling contract with American Eagle Magazine. During the summer of her Junior year, she was invited to the Welcome Home parade for the famous Football Hall of Fame Joe Montana, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49 er's and Kansas City Chiefs. In her senior year, she was also a Black Ms. Teenage Pageant contestant and placed runner-up! She Graduated Class of 1992 from Elizabeth Forward High School.

After high school, she was called back to be a Preliminary-Judge for the Black Ms. Teenage Pageant. Mo then moved to Harrisburg and worked for the State Department, where she worked for PHEAA Education Assistance Agency. She also attended the Philadelphia College of Textile and Science for Fashion and Design, where she participated in cheerleading, soccer, and choir. Mo also modeled for Marriot Bridal shows and participated in Swimsuit Magazine. After designing school, she worked at Bettina's Clothing Shop in Bethesda, MD, for experience and became an entrepreneur in woman's fashion and opened her own shop, "Your Private Closet."

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Violet Ghrist

January 27, 2023 |

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

Violet R. Ghrist, age 85, of Glassport, died on January 22, 2023, at Allegheny General Hospital. Born January 14, 1938, in Canonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ida May (Holmes) Hyson and wife of the late William J. Ghrist.

Violet dedicated her life to taking care of her family and home. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Pleasant Hills Ward. Violet enjoyed reading, cooking, and watching her shows on National Geographic Wild and movies about Emma and Joseph Smith, founders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved her family and dogs, Princess, Zella, Prince, and Ivory.

Violet is survived by her children, George (Sandy) Ghrist, Cindy (Brian) Sycz, Penny Ghrist, Edward (Ada) Ghrist, and Dana Ghrist; grandchildren, Eddie Jr. Ghrist, Nicole Ghrist, Tabby Oliverio, Tara Oliverio, Melissa Ghrist, Mikey Needham, and Leigh (Richard) Chatkin; great-grandchildren, Taliyah Andreoli, Trinity Hill, Michael Young, Candence Chatkin, Kinsey Chatkin, and William Needham.

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