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Terri Yeagley

February 17, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Terri Yeagley, age 44, of Port Vue, died February 14, 2016, at home. Born May 15, 1971, in Jeannette, she was the daughter of William B. (Wanda) Yeagley of McKeesport and Sandy (Carlson) Yeagley of White Oak.
Terri worked as a sales clerk at Zales Jewelers. She was a cheerleading coach for South Allegheny Youth Football Association. She loved visiting the beach and spending time with her daughters.

 
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Jack E. Donnelly

February 16, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Jack E. Donnelly, age 84, of Glassport, formerly of Port Vue, on February 15, 2016, his work was done and he was called home. Born December 15 , 1931, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Hugh and Margaret (Stegman) Donnelly, Sr.

 
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Ann Helen Shoemaker

February 16, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Ann Helen Shoemaker, 56, of Leechburg, passed away peacefully at her home, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. She was born April 19, 1959 in Leechburg, the daughter of Regina (Jacukiewicz) and the late Eugene Romanowski.

 
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Dino Joseph Ideluca

February 16, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Dino Joseph Ideluca, age 61, of Jefferson Hills, lost his battle with cancer, Feb. 11, 2016, and passed peacefully at home with his sister Venice, and brother-in-law Jason, by his side. Born July 29, 1954, in McKeesport, he was the son of Catherine (Yonek) Ideluca and the late Joseph J. Ideluca.

 
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Andrew J. Vehec

February 05, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Andrew J. Vehec, age 68, of Liberty Borough, died Feb. 3, 2016, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Dec. 1, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Andrew P. and Theresa (Gromacki) Vehec and the husband of Janet (Tomko) Vehec.
Andrew was a retired nuclear technician with 35 years of employment at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Andrew was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church. After retiring, he enjoyed a simple life of working out at the gym, washing the family cars and watching sports. During the Vietnam War, Andrew served stateside in the U.S. Army military police. When his children were young, he enjoyed coaching their sports teams and most recently, being a grandfather brought him his greatest pride and joy.

 
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Shirley A. Furman

February 04, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Shirley A. Furman, age 78 of McKeesport died February 3, 2016 at UPMC McKeesport. Born May 18, 1937 in Fairmont, WV, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Nancy (Shreve) Winemiller. Shirley worked for the Lemon Tree for 25 years as a cake decorator and also for Allegheny County in the dietary department at Kane Regional in McKeesport. One of her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 
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Rachel H. “Rae” Slater

February 04, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Rachel H. “Rae” Slater, age 87 of Liberty Boro., died February 3, 2016 at Senior Care Plaza in McKeesport. Born November 26, 1928 in Liberty Boro., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Thompson) Hyndman and beloved wife of Ed Slater for nearly 65 years, whom she married on February 17, 1951. Rae was a dedicated member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church for over 70 years. She devoted her time to the church having been the choir director, organist, youth director, Sunday school teacher, vacation bible school director, and clerk of session for 25 years. Rae also worked as a Pre-School teacher at Long Run Learning Center in White Oak.

 
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Margaret Frinsko

February 01, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Margaret Frinsko, age 85, of McKeesport, died Janury 21, 2016, at John J. Kane Regional Center. Born February 18, 1930, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Anastasia (Medved) Frinsko.
Margaret worked at National tube during the WWII, the former Chestnut Inn on 5th Ave., Arts and Crafts Blinds and US Steel Christy Park Works.

 
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Edwin A. Lang

February 01, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Edwin A. Lang, age 90, of Liberty Borough, died January 30, 2016, at Senior Care Plaza. Born March 4, 1925, in Christy Park, he was the son of the late Albert J. and Emma (Hesse) Lang and the husband of the late Virginia M. (Baker) Lang.
Edwin retired in 1986 from the McKeesport Daily News, where he was a printer and composing room foreman. He also worked for the Veterans Administration, Immel’s and H.B. South. He was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church and a WWII Army veteran, serving during the Pacific Theatre.

 
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James A. Thomas, Jr.

February 01, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

 James A. Thomas, Jr., age 67, of Port Vue, died January 30, 2016, at Family Hospice & Palliative Care. Born April 17, 1948, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late James A. and Doris (Hageter) Thomas and the husband of Karen “Kay” (Morgo) Thomas.
James was a retired draftsman, from the US Postal Service. He was a US Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam War and a member of the Port Vue American Legion Post # 447. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes and was an avid outdoorsman.

 
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Russell “Russ” Daniel Jackson, Jr.

January 29, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Russell “Russ” Daniel Jackson, Jr., age 76, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at home under Family Hospice & Palliative Care, with his wife by his side. He was born April 6, 1939, in the Frog Town (East Liberty) section of Pittsburgh, to Russell Sr. and Geraldine (Campbell) Jackson. The eldest of six children, he was educated in the Pittsburgh Public School system. From birth, he was an avid sports fan and participant. In his youth, he played baseball for Peabody High School, from which he graduated in 1956, also with a city traveling all-star team, and excelled to the point of garnering a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 
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Mary Scalzo

January 28, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Mary Scalzo, age 82, of McKeesport, died January 26, 2016, at riverside Nursing Center. Born February 14, 1933, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Guglielmo and Maria Teresa (Gigliotti) Scalzo.
Mary worked as a travel agent until retirement.
She is survived by a nephew, David Makar of Santa Rosa, CA; 2 great nieces, Maxine (Angel) Cote of McKeesport and Amanda Makar of Greensburg.

 
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Joseph “Joey” Zavalydriga

January 28, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Joseph “Joey” Zavalydriga, age 61, of McKeesport, died at his home on Jan. 25, 2016. Born July 31, 1954, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of Donna (Carouthers) Egenlauf and the son of the late Michael Egenlauf. He was the husband of the late Denise (Yeager McCully) Zavalydriga.
Joe was a truck driver for most of his life, having worked for Casturo Iron & Metal, John F. Scott Co and for himself, Joe Zavalydriga Trucking. He had also worked for Ryco, Inc. and Mon-Valley Recycling Center.

 
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Betty Mae Helmick

January 25, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Betty Mae Helmick, age 83, of Glassport, died January 23, 2016, at John J. Kane Regional Medical Center. Born May 20, 1932, in Petersburg, WV, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Beulah (Shreves) Simmons and the wife of the late William Harrison Helmick.
Betty dedicated her life to caring for her family. She was a devoted Christian and lifelong member of the Glassport Assembly of God Church, where she was the former treasurer. She loved to bake and make homemade soups. Betty would open her home and heart to anyone that she touched in her life.

 
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Carol J. Coccia

January 24, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Carol J. Coccia, age 69, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of White Oak, died January 21, 2016, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born March 16, 1946, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Sowa) Heveker and the wife of Samuel G. Coccia, Sr.
Carol retired as a travel agent from the former Cosmopolitan Agency and she was the secretary at Larry’s Hotel in McKeesport. She attended the Greenock United Methodist Church. She was a McKeesport Majorette Drill Team Aid and the President of the Greenock Elementary PTA and she was a volunteer for the Greater Pittsburgh Soap Box Derby for many years. She was the best friend and grandmother you could ever ask for.

 
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