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Brittany Lee Alker

March 24, 2020 |

By Elmer L Herman Funeral Home | Posted in: Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home

Brittany L. Alker, age 30, of West Mifflin, on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted into the care of Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, 5204 Second Ave., Pittsburgh.

"Where Every Life is Cherished & Every Family is Treasured"

"Dignified Funerals, Celebrations of Life, Green Burials and Cremations with Care"

In this challenging, confusing and concerning time of our communities dealing with COVID-19 (corona virus), our funeral homes want to assure you that we are all in this together. We are all here committed to the care and concern to the families we serve. The Funeral Director’s of Allegheny County are working diligently within the Federal and State guidelines to continue to provide the utmost care while respecting the health concerns now facing our community. We would like to assure every family that we will continue to respond immediately when our services are needed. While large gatherings are not permitted at the moment, we assure you that small private viewings, services and burials will still be accomplished.

As we can control the cleanliness of our facilities, we cannot control the amount of people that attend visitations or funeral ceremonies. With that said, we ask that anyone feeling ill, anyone who has recently traveled through COVID-9 infected areas and any high risk individuals refrain from attending. Our funeral homes have online condolences that we encourage you to visit. We will continue to monitor the ever changing situation and make decisions based on guidance from the CDC and local health agencies. While we are going through some unprecedented times, we want you to know that we will continue to be here to serve you with the comfort and support as you have come to expect.

 


James William Carter Sr.

March 23, 2020 |

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

James William Carter Sr., was born on June 25, 1942, in Troy, Virginia. He resided in McKeesport, PA until he was called home to be with the Lord. During his younger years, you could find him on the softball field or under the hood of a car. He loved to hunt and was an avid fisherman. He retired from Westinghouse Airbrake and was a hard worker. His family meant the world to him.

James leaves to cherish his memories, his loving daughters, Sherry  Vaughn of Pittsburgh, PA, Marisa Fennell of McKeesport, PA; sons, Prescott Hearns of Troy, VA, James  (Stacey) Carter, Jr., Michael  Carter, Sterling  Lawrence all of McKeesport, PA; his grandchildren, James, Marc Anthony, Jamara, Evander, Monique, Sharell, Roman, Harrison, Arshaya, Me'khi, Tyzhaun, Arianna;13 great-grandchildren his siblings, Helen Brown of Cleveland, OH, Barbara Pendleton of Keswick, VA, Teresa (Odell) Carter of Louis, VA, Abigail (Orlando) Martin of Troy, VA, Eric White of Pittsburgh, PA, Philip (Joanna) Carter of Brandywine, MD, Clifford (Julia) Carter of Palmyra, VA, Michael, Thomas, Stanley and Cornelius Carter all of Troy, VA; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.

 
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Dr. Marcos Bryan Manning

March 23, 2020 |

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

Dr. Marcos Bryan Manning, age 78, of McKeesport, PA passed away in his sleep on March 22, 2020. He was born in London, Ontario, Canada on May 7, 1941 and was the son of the late Patrick and his beloved mother, Lola Swanton Manning.

 
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Arlene P. Burgman

March 23, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Arlene P. Burgman, 86, of Glassport died Monday March 23, 2020. She is the daughter of the late Andrew and Gladys (Austin) George. Beloved wife of the late John “Jack” Burgman. She is survived by children Jim (Roxanne) Humanic, Lori (Paul) McGough, and Kip (Pam) Burgman; grandchildren John, Kelli, Samantha, Katie, Jessica, Kip Jr., Jayme, Julianna, and Andrew; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Gloria Smith; brother Frank George; and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter Alexandra and her brother John George. Arlene was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish and the Sons of Italy. Due to the strict guidelines we must adhere to at this crucial time, visititation will be private. There will be a celebration of her life and memorial service at a later date. Funeral arrangements by WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport.

 


David Wayne Watazychyn

March 23, 2020 |

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

David W. Watazychyn, age 67 of McKeesport and formerly of Clairton, passed away peacefully at UPMC Mercy on March 22, 2020 after a period of declining health. Born August 8, 1952 in McKeesport, he was the son of John Watazychyn, formerly of Clairton, and the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Martis) Watazychyn.  David married Alberta M. Pezel on September 7, 1984, and she preceded him in death on July 29, 1991.  He attended Clairton High School, Class of 1970, and worked in the service industry, starting at Eat ‘N Park in Large and then at CVS in Pleasant Hills, until he retired in 2007 due to his health.  David was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, and enjoyed taking walks and spending time with friends and family. He was a former member of the Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton and more recently attended St. Mary Czestochowa in McKeesport.  David as preceded in death by his wife of 6 years, Alberta M. Pezel, on July 29, 1991.  David was survived by his father John Watazychyn of Meadville; sisters Kathryn (Mike) Parks of Meadville, Patricia (Bill) Dangel of North Huntingdon, Janice (Rowland) Ferwerda of Durand MI; brother Kenneth (Sandy) Watazychyn of Clairton; nephew Steven (Alyssa) Dangel of Greensburg; niece Carolyn (Derek Rinchuse) Dangel of Greensburg; aunts Ann Watazychyn of Mission KS, Helen Watts of Denver, CO, and June Watazychyn of McDonald; and uncle Joseph Watazychyn of McKeesport. He is also survived by many cousins whom he loved very much. Along with his mother and wife, David was preceded in death by in-laws Albert E. and Clara M. Pezel; and his infant son David Aaron who passed away stillborn March 26, 1985.  He will be sadly missed by his friends at the New Life Personal Care Home in McKeesport.  David fulfilled his wish to be an organ donor through CORE.

 
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Ruth Ann Seech

March 23, 2020 |

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

Ruth Ann Seech, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. She was born February 5, 1948 in Munhall, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen (Kracunovsky)
Durica. Prior to her retirement, Ruth was an elementary school teacher for Norwin School District for 35 years. She was a graduate of Clarion University and was a member of St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Church, PSEA and Moose Lodge #236 Irwin. Ruth enjoyed going to lunch with her fellow retirees, making Pierogis with the women of St. Stephen’s Church Group, attending sports events for the grandkids, and playing Bingo and slot machines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Helen (Timko) Seech and son-in-law Keith Choby. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Seech Sr.; children, Michele Choby and her fiancé, Brian Bassegio, Raymond Seech Jr. and his wife, Jamie and Pamela Dawson and her husband, Jeremiah; brothers, Albert (Debbie) Durica, James (Judy)
Durica, David (Monica)Durica; sister, Janice (Dave) Matthews, sister in law, Sandie Seech; grandchildren, Karac and fiancé Kali Halterman, Kody, Dane, Alek, Nathan, SPC Colin, Samuel, Derek and Mycah; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins; and her fur baby, Sassy. Services are private for family members only. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Society or St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church. The family would like to thank UPMC East Monroeville for their compassion and care. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Grant Leslie Scott

March 23, 2020 |

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

Grant Leslie Scott, 74, of White Oak, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born October 24, 1945 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Daniel I. and Mary (King) Scott. He was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport, and was a life member of the McKeesport Sportsman's Association and the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association. Grant was a US Army Veteran serving in Vietnam and was a retired Environmental Services Section Chief at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Aspinwal. He had previously worked for US Steel - Irvin Works. 

 
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Muriel Meredith Boyle

March 21, 2020 |

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

Muriel Meredith Boyle, age 95, of Brighton Heights died on March 21, 2020. She was born in Pittsburgh on June 16, 1924 and is the daughter of the late Paul A. and Sara Liebler Knorr. She was preceded in death by her husband John M. Boyle.

 
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Ralph J. Whitney

March 20, 2020 |

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

Ralph J. Whitney, 74, of McKeesport, died Friday, March 20, 2020 at home. He was born September 12, 1945 in McKeesport, and was the  son of the late Joseph and Nora Whitney and brother of the late John “Jack” Whitney, Lenora Gibbons, Joseph “Billy” Whitney, and Charles Whitney.  He was a retired supervisor for American Bridge.  He was a proud member of the Mary Mother of God Parish (Corpus Christi Site), where he also served as an usher. Ralph was a member of the Eleventh Ward Welfare Association in McKeesport and the Sutersville Moose.  He also served as the president of the McKeesport Senior Center.

 
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Stella M. Smith

March 20, 2020 |

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

Stella M. (Session) Smith, age 89, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Grandview Estates surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Born September 10, 1930 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Ignatz and Josephine (Belarsky) Session and wife of the late Paul B. Smith. She is survived by daughters, Julia (Keith) Renquist of Liberty Borough, Pamela (William) Allan of Liberty Borough and Sharon (William) Toth of North Huntingdon; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Mary Babiak. Visitation and service are private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Shannon Ray Kemple

March 20, 2020 |

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

Shannon Ray Kemple, age 48, of North Fort Myers, FL, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 at home. He was a satellite installer for Florida Totalcom in Brandon, FL. Born February 26, 1972 in Monongahela, he was a son of Raymond King and Deborah A. (Don) Kemple Victor of Elizabeth Twp. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sons, Michael A. Kemple of Elizabeth Twp. and Anthony Kemple of North Fort Myers, FL; maternal grandfather, Michael Kemple of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Private family viewing took place at the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Jody E. (Jasper) Brunecz

March 19, 2020 |

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

Jody E. (Jasper) Brunecz, 58, of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 16, 2020. She was born January 7, 1962 in Jeannette, a daughter of Doris J (Graybrook) Jasper of Irwin and the late Lee R. Jasper. Jody was a graduate of Norwin High School class of 1980 and was a former administrative assistant. She recently enjoyed briefly working at the Norwin Community Center.

She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Irwin, where she served as a Deacon, a choir member, and a former Sunday School teacher. She loved camping and vacationing at the beach. She also was very interested in and had learned sign language.

 
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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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Edward A. Osolinski

March 19, 2020 |

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

Edward A. Osolinski, age 96, of McKeesport died March 15, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport, with his son Edward by his side. Born May 6, 1923, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Frank and Catherine (Kuk) Osolinski-Englert and the husband of the late Catherine (Belan) Osolinski.

 
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LaVerne J. Sweet

March 19, 2020 |

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

LaVerne J. Sweet, age 88, of White Oak, died March 18, 2020, at the home of her daughter, Becky. She was born in Pittsburgh on April 15, 1931 and is the daughter of the late John George and Anna D. Netrick Belschner. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas R. Sweet, Sr., and husband Jerome Kieffer.

She was employed for many years as a cook at the former Viking Lounge and was a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf.

 
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