George W. Whitehead

April 18, 2021 |

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

George W. "Wes" Whitehead, 84, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born July 25, 1931 in North Huntingdon, a son of the late George and Mary (Scott) Whitehead. Prior to his retirement, George was a supervisor for AT&T and a member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene. He was a world traveler, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, carpentry and was an all around handyman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Scott, two brothers, Melvin and Kenneth Whitehead.He is survived by his loving wife, Donna (Reidinger) Whitehead; two sons, Wesley (Mary Etta), Dave (Valerie), four grandchildren, Jonathan (Melissa), Nathan (Jennifer), David (Leah), Wendy (Craig) Martelle.
Friends will be received on Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. Service 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 
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Earl L. May

April 18, 2021 |

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

Earl Layton May, 84, of Irwin, passed away April 16, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Johnstown, PA, on August 11, 1936, son of the late William and Beulah May.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, June (Wampler) May; children, Timothy May and his wife, Laurene, Wendy (May) Miller and her husband, Ron, Eric May and his wife, Lisa.  Also survived by sister, Darlene Felus, daughter-in-law, Penny May; and son-in-law, Ray Crowell; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his children, Quentin May and Rebecca (May) Crowell; sister, LaRue Wilt.  Earl graduated from Gallitzen High School in 1954, achieved a perfect SAT score, then went off to Pitt to earn his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering in 1959.  He was a certified Professional Engineer.  After graduation, Earl worked for Lee C. Moore Corp., American St. Gabain Glass, then began a 35 year career with PPG in the Glass Research Division.  He was a graduate of PPG's School of Glass Technology.  At PPG, Earl was a constant source of new ideas that made a significant difference in advancing the technology of glass forming.  He was awarded 14 design patents.  A faithful and devout Christian his whole life, Earl served his country and his church.  He was a member of the US Army Reserves and very active member of Brush Creek Lutheran Church.  He was a leader in council, Sunday school and bible study and a member of the choir.  In addition to serving on many committees, he was chairman of the church’s 200th anniversary in 1973, where he and June designed and built a parade float.  He was also treasurer for Thrivent Financial Services.    Earl liked to watch his grandkids play softball and hang out with them in his pool.  He was always there for family events and anything they needed.  Earl enjoyed hosting family cookouts, keeping his yard, James Bond movies, reading history and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and his evening phone calls to sister, Darlene.  But most of all Earl loved spending time with his best friend, June, whether at home, cruising in his BMW, or out for one of their lunch or dinner dates.  Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  Additional viewing will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Brush Creek Lutheran Church.  A funeral service to follow at 11 a.m.  PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH.  Interment in Irwin Union Cemetery.   wwwshirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mary F. Pavlik

April 18, 2021 |

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

Mary F. Pavlik, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully in Corry, PA on Thursday, April 15, 2021.  She was born in the Pittsburgh area to Eastern European immigrants, the late Andrew and Verna (Bence) Hritz.  Mary and her late husband, John built their lives in North Huntingdon where they raised their family.  Mary was a devoted wife and mother, teaching her children according to God’s word, instilling in them a love for God and family, the importance of a good education and the value of hard work.  Mary could be found volunteering at church, and served as Eucharistic Minister for St. Agnes church for many years.  Mary was a member of several ladies’ groups at church, and also took communion to the ill and elderly in the community as well as to residents of local nursing homes.  She is fondly remembered for her Eastern European cheregi pastries that she and her late husband John would make together and deliver in person to friends and family.  Mary never shied away from helping family or friends, and was a wonderful, giving, caring and kind soul.  Her presence will be forever missed by her daughter, two sons and daughter-in-law as well as by countless friends and family.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Pavlik.  She is survived by her sons, John D. Pavlik and his wife, Val, James D. Pavlik; daughter, Andrea Pavlik; sisters, Florence Yackovich and Vern Gadjos.  Friends will be received on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church.  Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mila E. Sacramento

April 18, 2021 |

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

Mila E. Sacramento, age 10, of Irwin passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 17, 2021 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  Mila was born October 10, 2010 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, beloved daughter of Neal and Dawn (Sommers) Sacramento of Irwin.  Mila is also survived by paternal grandparents, Tony (Pap Pap) and Sharon (Meme) Sacramento of North Huntingdon.  Maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Nana) Sommers and partner, Richard (Pappy Richie) Tucci of Irwn.  Mila was a fourth grader at Norwin Hahntown Elementary and a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin.  Mila cherished weekly Target trips with her Nana, cooking lessons with Meme and teasing her Pap Pap on his daily visits.  Mila had a special bond with grandparents on both sides.   She also treasured her time with cousin, Rocco Sacramento and BFF’s Riley Baker and Faith Pascus.  Mila was an avid Minecraft and Robox gamer.  She was a collector of many things like her Daddy, with her favorite being stuffed animals and LOL dolls.  She loved arts and crafts, reading books, pop music, drive in movies and the zoo.  Mila’s strong will and courage enabled her to battle through three different types of cancer and 15 major surgeries since the age of three.  She was the true definition of a fighter.  Mila’s beautiful, brave, caring, funny, loving, smart and witty spirit touched everyone that got to know her.  Mila taught us so much about life in her short time with us.  Saying that she will be missed by all that loved her is an understatement especially by her mommy and best friend Dawn.  Mila’s memory will live on in the hearts of many.  Mila was greatly loved by her many aunts, uncles and cousins.  Maternal aunts and uncles, Debbie Davidow, John (Lori) Playso, Victor (Mary) Playso, Stephen (Shelly) Playso, John Brady; paternal aunts and uncles, Dean (Katie) Sacramento, Anthony (Kate) Sacramento, Lisa (Casey) O’Malley.  Mila was preceded in death her maternal grandfather, John Earl Sommers, aunt, Anne Brady and uncle, Marc Davidow.   Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin at a time to be announced.  Interment to follow in Irwin Union Cemetery.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com  The family extends a special thank you to the Norwin Community for their love and support throughout Mila’s courageous fight with cancer. 

 


Donna Mae Oats

April 18, 2021 |

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

Donna Mae Oats, age 74, of McKeesport, died April 16, 2021, at home. Born March 17, 1947, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Martha (Ostrander) Moore and the loving partner of Dave Robertson for 17 years.
Donna enjoyed sewing, knitting, and going to Bingo.
In addition to her partner Dave, she is survived by her children, Donald White, Steve (Alicia) Oats, and Brandy (Timothy) Tata; grandchildren, Joey (Alexandra), Kimmy (Joseph), Mallorie (Dallas), Steven (Ashley), Adam, Brandon, Christian, Nicholas, Timothy, Meghaan and Samaantha; great-grandchildren, Steven, Preston, Nathan, Landon, Zachariah, Layla, Casey, Anakin, Nova, Anna, Samuel, Joseph, Ian, Amy, Mckenna, and Penelope; sisters, Edith Smith, Rosie Coulter, and Tina Cousineau; and a brother, Harry Moore; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 
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Joann B. Gajdzik

April 17, 2021 |

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

Joann B. Gajdzik, age 80, of McKeesport, died April 15, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.  Born June 12, 1940, in Clairton, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Sarah (Spencer) Costa, and the loving wife of the late George P. Gajdzik, Sr., for 55 years.  You could always find Joann with a book reading a western romance novel.  Her sharp wit and intelligence would be on full display while watching Jeopardy with her family.  She always sounded off before anyone else with the answers.  Joann also enjoyed playing scrabble and pinochle.

 
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Gene Abernathy

April 17, 2021 |

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

Gene Abernathy, age 81, of Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Grandview Estates. He was a retired office clerk at Hercules in West Elizabeth and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth where he was the organist for the past 41 years. Gene always looked forward to and enjoyed luncheons with his close group of friends. Born July 15, 1939 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late John and Mabel (McCorkle) Abernathy. He is survived by nephews, a niece and close friends. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 11AM until the hour of service at 1PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Benjamin Schneider officiating. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, guests are required to wear masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines. You may be asked to limit your visiting time so that all guests will have an opportunity to pay their respects. The family would like to express their understanding to those who are unable to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, 411 South Third Avenue, Elizabeth, PA, 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Jamie J. Chonko

April 16, 2021 |

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

Jamie J. Chonko, age 35, of West Mifflin, passed away on April 15, 2021, at home. Born on June 9, 1985, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Karen (Seibel) Benvin of West Homestead and her late step father David Benvin and the late Charles Sloss. She was the co-owner of Pizzarella in West Mifflin, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Name Church and a former pharmacy tech at Jefferson Hospital and Penn-Taft Pharmacy.  She was the best wife and mother that anyone could ask for and she loved to spend time with her family and go shopping. Jamie was the loving wife of 14 years to Bradley J. “Brad” Chonko; mother of Rylee Chonko and Gabriella Chonko, both at home; sister of Sara (Ralph) Marsico of Elizabeth, Carly Sloss of West Mifflin, Ashlee (Phil) Fox of Michigan, and Orlando Hale of North Dakota; granddaughter of Nada (late Charles) Sloss of West Mifflin and the late Dot Seibel; daughter-in-law of Jimbo and Marie Chonko of West Mifflin; sister-in-law of Christopher (Kari) Chonko of Jefferson Hills. She is also survived by Nieces, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from Noon-4 P.M. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, where services will be held at 4:00 P.M. with the Rev. Michael Conway, officiating.

 


Harold R. Smith

April 16, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Harold "Skip" R. Smith, 52, of Glassport, died April 16, 2021.  He is survived by his dear friend Terry Vietmeier; sister Melisa (Michael) Danko; brother Donn Smith; nephews Nathan Smith, Scott Stewart, Joshua Danko and Evan Danko and niece Micala Domingo.  Skip was a mechanic and a huge Greatful Dead fan who had a heart of gold.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Eleanor Rose Zang

April 16, 2021 |

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

Eleanor Rose Zang, age 80 of Monroeville and formerly of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Forbes Hospital.  Born August 10, 1940 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Kovacs) Pfefferkorn.  A 1962 graduate of Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry, Eleanor retired as a lab technician for the UPMC Hospital System.  She was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, Elizabeth Twp, and was an accomplished knitter, even knitting voluntarily for the homeless.  In her spare time, she also loved to read, golf, watch NASCAR and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, and was a great animal lover.  Besides her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Raymond John Zang, who passed away August 13, 1982, and her siblings Irene Maley and Andrew Pfefferkorn.  She is survived by her children Mary (Rocco) Vadala of Brookfield, OH, Amie (Kevin) Finney of Mt. Vernon, Raymond G. (Kasey) Zang of White Oak, and Damien Zang of Elizabeth Twp.; her grandchildren Kaden, Austin, Kenadie, and Avarie Finney and Zavier and Ragan Zang; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Pamela Lucretia Pittman Smith

April 16, 2021 |

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

Pamela Lucretia Pittman Smith was born August 10 1964 in Jackson County, Florida to the late Millie J. Pittman & the late M.D Watts . She was raised by the late Mildred & Tony Smith in Duquesne, Pa.  Pamela graduated from Duquesne City School District in 1983 . She worked numerous jobs at Children’s Hospital, LaidLaw as a bus monitor & at American Textile. Pamela loved Bingo, Music & Church .

Pamela attended Payne Chapel AME Church in Duquesne, Pa where she was a Stewardess. She was in the Choir & was with the Alma A. Polk Missionary Society. She was a giver & loved everyone around her .  She’s preceded in death by her siblings Diane, Edward & Edna Smith; also her nieces, Evette (Anthony) Butler & Tawnzella Smith Of Duquesne, Pa .

 
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Barbara Jean Willard

April 15, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Barbara Jean Willard, 81, of Glassport, died April 15, 2021.  She is the daughter of the late Paul and Ella Mae (Boyd) Cupp and wife of the late Frank Willard.  Barbara is survived by her daughters Terry (Rick) Hughes and Cathy (John) Faye; son Frank Willard; grandchildren Abigail, Jordan, Hillary and Ben; sisters Shirley Barclay, Judy Yuhas, Jane Hopkins and Jacqueline Bilan; brother Carl Cupp and John Cupp; also niece and nephews.  She was preceded in death by son Michael Willard; grandson Justin; sister Armella Ruber and sister Francine Tibbs. Barbara was a very kind person that loved animals and fed the birds that came to her house everyday and loved her family very much.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sun. from 4 to 7.

 


Dr. Lawrence L Lyons

April 15, 2021 |

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

Dr. Lawrence L. Lyons, 82, of Hempfield Township died April 14, 2021 at UPMC McKeesport. He was born February 8, 1939 in McKeesport, son of the late George and Anna Margaret (Shoop) Lyons. Dr. Lyons was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Lyons (Loretta), two sisters, Shirley Lewis (Kenneth) and Barbara Aranos.  He began his career as an Emergency Room physician at UPMC McKeesport and eventually opening his own family practice in White Oak, spanning a career of over 30 years.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes Mens Club and a veteran of the U.S. Marines. Larry enjoyed skiing, golfing and family vacations.

 
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LaWanda (McDonald/Muscante) Krauth

April 15, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

LaWanda (McDonald/Muscante) Krauth . . . LaWanda's kitchen is now closed! 

Born June 22, 1935 in Clairton, Pa went to sleep on April 13, 2021.  Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Emma McDonald, sister Emma Mae Gilligan and husband Dominic A. Muscante.  Also preceded in death by beloved husband, caretaker and best friend, Robert Krauth.  She is survived by her 7 children: Tammy Muscante, Cathy (David) Jay, Falco A. (Gina) Muscante, Anthony Muscante, Anna (the late George) Raine, Susan (Eddy) Medina and Dominic (the late Judy) Muscante; 9 Grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. One day viewing at Wojciechowski Funeral Home located in Glassport on Saturday, April 17, from 2 to 5.  Immediately following viewing, a memorial service will be held at the River City Church, formerly known as Glassport Assembly of God.  A private burial at Round Hill Cemetery at a later date.  LaWanda's wishes were for no flowers.  The family suggests that a donation can be made to a charity of your choice.  Thank You!

 


Joni L. Riddlebaugh

April 14, 2021 |

By Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home | Posted in: Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home

Joni L. Riddlebaugh, 73, of West Mifflin, died April 13, 2021.  She is the daughter of the late Harold and Louise Cutshall and beloved wife of the late Harry Riddlebaugh.  Joni is survived by her step daughter Kimberly (Dave) Hritz; siblings Harold (the late Lynne) Cutshall, Dolores (Eugene) Hamar and Michael (Heather) Cutshall; also nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  She was preceded in death by sisters Carol Murphy, Nancy Persky and Linda Cutshall.  Joni was retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Welfare.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.

 

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