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Regina K. Halley

October 19, 2020 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Regina K. Halley, age 97, of Greensburg, formerly of Elizabeth Twp. and McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at St. Anne Home in Greensburg. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. Born February 13, 1923 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Cecelia (Kalicicki) Klune and wife of the late Frank A. Halley. She is survived by daughter, Mary Ann Henderson of Moundsville, WV; grandson, Brian (Julie) Henderson of Columbus, OH; great-grandsons, Lucas and Zachary Henderson; niece, Sally Shaw Beatty of Wexford; nephew, Robert Shaw of Silver Spring, MD; several other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Elinor Shaw. There is no visitation. Mass and burial are private. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Tyrelle Edward Bryant

October 19, 2020 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Tyrelle Edward Bryant, born October 10, 2020 left this precious world on October 10, 2020.

 
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Ray Leonard Cornell

October 19, 2020 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Ray Leonard Cornell, 82, of White Oak died Friday, October 16, 2020. Beloved husband of Laura M. (Fagley) Cornell. Loving father of Michael (Serena) Cornell , Richard (Leanne) Cornell, and Elizabeth (Rick) Huhn. Dear grandfather of Calvin, Ariel, Sarah, Trent, and Catherine. Brother of Patricia Scanlon and uncle of Roger and Ryan Scanlon.  Close cousin of Jean Hedderick, Kate Cornell, and Rob Cornell.

 
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Kenneth P. Steiner

October 18, 2020 |

By Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home | Posted in: Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home

Kenneth P. Steiner, 80, of West Mifflin, passed away on October 18, 2020, at home.

Born in Homestead, PA on August 31, 1940, he was the son of the late Jesse & Mildred (Richards) Steiner. Ken was a retired heavy equipment operator for West Mifflin Boro and was also retired from Spinello LTD. in Aliquippa, where he manufactured underground pipe.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.

He enjoyed planting flowers, cutting grass and repairing clocks. Ken was a very talented wood carver; he carved a large carousel horse, a mountain lion and a 7 ft. Indian.

He also carved many Disney characters & clocks. He was called “Mr. Fix-It” because he could fix anything. Ken and his wife spent many hours riding on the bike trail in the area and Ohiopyle and enjoyed spending time at his cabin.

 
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Gerald L. "Jerry" Cimba, Sr.

October 18, 2020 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Gerald L. "Jerry" Cimba, Sr., 67, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020. He was born September 30, 1953 in McKeesport and was the son of the late George and Shirley (Booth) Cimba.

 
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Vincent Decker

October 17, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Vincent Decker, age 82 of North Huntingdon died October 16, 2020 at RNC in Greensburg. He was born February 7, 1938 in McKeesport, Pa., a son of the late Daniel and Leola Frick Decker. Prior to his retirement Vincent was employed by U.S. Steel where he taught electrical apprenticeship and also employed by Latrobe Steel. He enjoyed camping at Keystone Park with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Harry Decker, one sister, Donna Decker.

 
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Harry Steven Davis

October 15, 2020 |

By Robert A. Waters Funeral Home | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Harry Steven Davis, 64, was born on November 6, 1955, to the late Harry Morton and Fannie Dent Davis in Duquesne, PA. Harry passed away on October 9, 2020, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Tina Rodgers Davis, and siblings, William, Michael, and Harold Davis.  

Harry was affectionately known as “Stevie” and “Stevie Mort,” who graduated from Duquesne High School. He enjoyed spending his time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Harry is survived by his son, Maurice Demery of Duquesne, PA; six grandchildren, Mariah Demery, Diamond Travillion, Trinity Miller, Maurice Demery, Jr., Daijeonna Short, Monique Demery; three sisters, Irene Sims of Bethel Park, Audrey Morton Weems of Pittsburgh, Virginia  Davis of Duquesne; brother, Edward Henderson of Aliquippa, Earl  Davis of Duquesne; uncle, George Dent of GA; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 
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George “Bud” R. McIndoe Jr.

October 15, 2020 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

George “Bud” R. McIndoe Jr., age 97, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020. He was born August 23, 1923 in McKeesport, a son of the late George Sr. and Catherine McIndoe. He was a World War II veteran fighter pilot in the Army Air Corp and flew the P47 Thunderbolt airplane in 13 sorties over Germany as part of the 371st Fighter Group, 405 Squadron.

After returning from the war, he worked his entire career for Bettis Atomic Nuclear Power Plant where he was on the forefront of Ultrasonic testing of hairline cracks in stem generation tubes in nuclear submarines. Because of his work, he was requested to preform ultrasonic inspections aboard the Nautilus submarine and the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier. Before retiring, he received the Engineering Achievement Award for developing a unique ultrasonic testing device. He built his home on the family homestead in 1955 on Mosside Blvd in Monroeville next door to his mother "Teenie" McIndoe and his sister Jean Bendorf.

Bud and Audrey moved from Monroeville and lived in North Huntingdon from 1976.

 
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Phyllis Evelyn (Lucas) Farneth

October 15, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Phyllis Evelyn (Lucas) Farneth, 93, of Greensburg, formerly of Plum Borough, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the Greensburg campus of Redstone Highlands Senior Care. Phyllis was born September 18, 1927, in Coraopolis, Pa., the first of four children to Stanley and Lula Lucas. After growing up in Parnassus, Pa. and graduating from New Kensington High School, Phyllis worked as a stenographer and savings-and-loan associate. She married Robert Lester Farneth (“Bob”) in 1949 and together they had four children, living for over 50 years in a small community on Logan's Ferry Hill, Plum Borough, on land that had been in the Farneth family for generations. Phyllis was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in New Kensington, where she held various administrative posts, taught Sunday School, led women’s groups, founded and maintained the library, and sang alto in the choir for decades. Phyllis also served as a teacher’s aide and librarian at Logan’s Ferry Elementary School and worked for many years at the Care Enough card shop in New Kensington.

She enjoyed bridge club, sewing, reading, playing the piano, singing, and working puzzles of all kinds. After retirement the couple wintered in Florida and traveled around the country to attend reunions of Bob’s Marine Corps battalion. Phyllis was known for her gentle personality, support of her husband, children, and others in her sphere, and for her quiet diplomacy.

 
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Gary W. Thir

October 14, 2020 |

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

Gary W. Thir, age 68 of White Oak, died October 11, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born December 10, 1951, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of the late Walter and Marjorie (Glucs) Thir Robertson and the husband of Donna Thir.
Gary worked for UPMC Mercy in the Environmental Service Department. He enjoyed fishing in his free time.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jaime (Matt) Horensky of Munhall and Erin Thir of White Oak; grandchildren, Tyler and Emily; siblings, Claudia (Rich) Beerbower of Export, Debby (George) Thir of New Alexandria and Danette Thir of Irwin; and step father, John Robertson.

 
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Regina Elizabeth Zobel

October 14, 2020 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Regina Elizabeth Zobel, 92, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020. She was born March 1, 1928 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Charles and Christine (Freund) Haeckler. She was the wife of the late Andrew "Andy" Zobel who passed away May 13, 2020. In 1944 at age 16, Regina worked for the G. C. Murphy Co. Store # 1 in McKeesport as a Soda Fountain Girl. She graduated from McKeesport High School in 1946 and continued with Murphy's until 1963. She went back to Murphy's in 1978 and continued there until her retirement in 1988. She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling, dancing, pie baking and playing cards with her neighborhood card club.

 
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Berton D. Overstake

October 14, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Berton D. Overstake, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020 at UPMC East, Monroeville. Born July 15, 1953 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles B. Overstake and Lucille (Kaufman) Overstake. Bert was a proud 1975 graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  While at Penn State, he became a manager for the Penn State Blue Band, which at the time was under the direction of the late Dr. James W. Dunlop.  Bert was proud to have worked with Dr. Dunlop and the Blue Band, and remained a fierce supporter of the Blue Band and all things Penn State.  He went on to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduated in 1976 and became a licensed funeral director in 1977.

 
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Darrell M. Remp

October 14, 2020 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Darrell M.  Remp, 73, of Port Vue, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at home.  He was born November 25, 1946 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Ernest S. and Julia (Barich) Remp.  Darrell was a member of Mary Mother of God- St. Patrick worship site and a member of the former Holy Trinity Church, where  he and his wife Janice, were married.  Family meant everything to Darrell.  He loved vacationing to the beach with his family , doing yard work and gardening with his grandson Zak and basketball with his granddaughter, Lyla. He was a Blues Brothers impersonator with the late Rick Lieberum and was also known for keeping the groundhogs out of his yard.

 
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Alice M. Moonis

October 14, 2020 |

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

Alice M. Moonis, age 70, of White Oak, died at home on October 11, 2020.  Born October 19, 1949, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Donald C. and Alice Mae (Polak) Burris and wife of the late Edward Moonis.  Alice worked at Baldock Health Care Center, now Transitions Health Care as a Nurse.  She loved to travel, especially on cruises.  A cruise was not complete unless it visited her favorite island in the Caribbean, Passion Island.  She loved to craft, and you could always find her creating something.

 
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Mary Kritikos

October 13, 2020 |

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

Mary Kritikos, age 96 of Versailles Boro died October 12, 2020 at Transitions Health Care. Born August 14, 1924 in Indiana Township, she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Carmella (DePaula) Santone and the wife of the late James Kritikos.

Mary worked for US Steel and Christy Park Works in her early years. She was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish. Mary was a former member of the Woman's Group Croatian Club #146 and the Friendship Club of McKeesport. She enjoyed chatting with her family and the residents in her apartment community and playing bingo. Her final wish was to tell her family how much she loved them.

 
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