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Arthur J. Nicolette

March 20, 2016 |

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

Arthur J. Nicolette, 93 of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday March 16, 2016. He was born August 22, 1922 in North Huntingdon, a son of the late Jack and Mary (Chicanello) Nicolette and was also preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude (Murphy) Nicolette, a son Lawrence Nicolette, a daughter Sheryl Bonnett, and siblings, Margaret, Dan, Clarence, and Ray Nicolette. He retired after thirty six years’ service with A & M Foodland, Irwin. Arthur was a WWII veteran serving with the Army in the European Theatre of Operations and participated in the Battle of the Bulge as a Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne paratroopers.

 
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Robert “Bob” C. McDade

March 20, 2016 |

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

Robert “Bob” C. McDade, age 80, passed away Thursday March 17, 2016. He was born March 28, 1935 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles and Marion (Deuel) McDade. He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin where he served as an elder and was known as the handyman. He was a former trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Edgewood and was passionate about the Boy Scouts where he was an Eagle Scout. He and his wife enjoyed bicycling and participating in the Western PA Wheelmen Bike Club.

 
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Dolores Suzanne Torok "Toots"

March 19, 2016 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Dolores Suzanne Torok "Toots," 85, died Saturday, March 19, 2016 at her home in McKeesport. Born January 9, 1931, a daughter of the late Barbara Szakos and John Tamas (Thomas).

 
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Charles Kevin "Sonny" Cohen

March 19, 2016 |

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

Charles Kevin “Sonny” Cohen, 58, of White Oak, died Friday, March 18, 2016. He was born in McKeesport on March 21, 1957. He was a man with many names; known to family as Kevin, and known to friends as Sonny. He was the devoted husband of Susan Tanney Cohen for 24 years; cherished father of Joseph T. and Mary F. Cohen, of White Oak; beloved brother of Loretta (John) Fisher, of Whitehall, and JoAnn (Dave) Rhome, of Greensburg; and dear uncle to Leah (Brandon), Hannah (Sam) and Katie (Markus). Sonny was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, General Smedley D. Butler Post 701, for more than 10 years. He very much enjoyed bowling and was the president of the Oddballs Bowling League. For a time, Sonny also coached for the White Oak Juniors at White Oak Bowl. He loved riding his 2008 Vulcan, 2000cc, Classic LT. He and Susan or one of the kids could be seen around town or out in the country on a warm summer day. His greatest passion, though, was his career as a professional truck driver. In his younger years, he was an over-the-road steel hauler, traveling the East Coast. Due to his heart disease, he began to drive locally and then eventually became an instructor. Throughout the years, he has received letters and cards from former students thanking him for changing the course of their lives. Because of Sonny, they now had the ability to adequately support their families with their new career. Sonny was a kind and gentle soul. He truly saw the face of God in everyone and treated them as such. He will be deeply missed by many, especially his family. He was our rock. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES INC., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Angela Merici Church with Father Kevin Dominik officiating. Memorial contributions in Sonny’s name may be made to St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131.

 
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Dolores (Connelly) McCall

March 19, 2016 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Dolores (Connelly) McCall, age 86 of McKeesport, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Manor Care in Monroeville. Born January 23, 1930 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Sullivan) Connelly, and beloved wife of 50 years to the late Richard McCall.

 
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James Earl Saxon

March 18, 2016 |

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

James Earl Saxon, 78, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016. He was born February 20, 1938 in McKeesport and was the son of the late James E. and Hildred Ehrhardt Saxon He was retired from Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his son, James William (Aimee) Saxon of Avonworth and daughter, Cynthia Ione (Bryan) Abraham of Shaler, and grandchildren, Natalie Marmion, Ella and Logan Saxon and Leia Abraham. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ione Stack. There is no visitation.

 
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Daisy M. (Watts) Retell

March 18, 2016 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Daisy M. Retell, age 94 of White Oak, formerly of Buffalo, NY, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2016 at Golden Heights Personal Care Home in Irwin. Born December 28, 1921 in Waverly, TN, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Myrtle (Evans) Watts, and beloved wife of 60 years to the late Reginald W. "Reggie" Retell.

 
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Nicholas John Rabickow

March 18, 2016 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Nicholas John Rabickow, 81, of Glassport passed away at home on Thursday March 17, 2016.  He was born September 29, 1934 in Atlasburg, PA to the late Andrew and Mary Bertha Pachucka Rabickow.  Nick was the loving husband of Martina Ksiazek Rabickow for 59 years.

 
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Edward A. Tomko Sr.

March 17, 2016 |

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

Edward A. Tomko Sr., 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, March 11, 2016 at Hamilton Hills Assisted Living, Turtle Creek, PA. He was born April 3, 1926 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Michael Tomko and Elizabeth Hudachko Tomko Sebula. Ed was a charter member of St. Agnes Church North Huntingdon. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Fisher Body Division of General Motors with 30 years of service. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps having served during WWII.

 
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Patsy Macioce Jr.

March 17, 2016 |

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

Patsy A. Macioce Jr., 91, of Penn Hills, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born May 23, 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late Patsy A. and Mary Viglietta Macioce Sr. Prior to his retirement at the age of 82, Patsy was a carpet and furniture salesman for Hahn Furniture and Kaufmann's Department Store in Monroeville. He was a member of St. Bernadette Parish, Monroeville, member of the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, and was a veteran of the US Army having served in WWII as an infantry soldier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Granata Macioce; brother Anthony; and sister Bernadette Bencivenga Sandrock.

 
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Robert Farneth

March 17, 2016 |

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

Robert (Bob) Lester Farneth, 90, of North Huntingdon, PA, formerly of Plum Borough, died of heart failure on March 13, 2016 at UPMC East Medical Center. Robert was born in Plum Borough on August 11, 1925 to Ralph and Florence McIntyre Farneth, the 5th of 8 children. After graduating from New Kensington High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-46 and served in the 22nd Marine Regiment in the South Pacific. He worked at PPG Industries and Koppers Company, and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He married Phyllis Evelyn Lucas in 1949 and together they had four children. They lived for more than 50 years on Logan's Ferry Hill, Plum Borough, on land that had been in the Farneth family for generations.

 
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Mary Jane (McGill) Kuklish

March 17, 2016 |

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

Mary Jane (McGill) Kuklish, 90, of Hudson, FL, formerly of North Huntingdon passed away on Monday, March 14 in St. Petersburg, FL. Born November 25,1925 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Olivia McGill. Mary Jane enjoyed a long teaching career in the Norwin School District. She was a devout Catholic and spent much of her free time reading, swimming, sewing, and working crossword puzzles.

 
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Albert E. Stratton

March 17, 2016 |

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

Alberta E. Stratton, 78, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at her home. She was born March 14, 1938 in Wilkinsburg, PA, daughter of the late Clifford and Dorothy Bain Common. Prior to her retirement, Alberta was a driver for Laidlaw, Norwin School District. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, VFW Post 781 Ladies Auxiliary and was co-owner of Stratton Saddle Shop.

 
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Lillian V. (Anderson) Rain

March 17, 2016 |

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

Lillian V. (Anderson) Rain, age 91, of North Irwin, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. She was born January 7, 1925 in North Irwin, a daughter of the late Albert and Emma (Magnason) Anderson. She was a member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene in Circleville for over 50 years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of over 49 years Russell Rain; daughter Judith A. Luffy; granddaughter Misty L. Gasparovic; brothers Herbert, Lawrence, Roy, Russell and Arnold Anderson; and sister Mildred Sherbondy.

 
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Jacklyn A. Greenland

March 16, 2016 |

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

Jacklyn A. Greenland, 88, of McKeesport, died Monday, March 14, 2016. She was born August 8, 1927 in Hazelton and was the daughter of the late Royce D. and Mary Leasie Abbott. She was the wife of the late William H. Greenland who died February 14, 2006. After 40 years of service she retired as the business office manager of the former McKeesport Daily News. Jacklyn was a graduate of McKeesport High School class of 1945.

 
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