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Gerald J. “Jerry” Robinson

December 10, 2019 |

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

Gerald J. “Jerry” Robinson, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Jerry, also known as Chico, also known as Buddy, was born on October 11, 1950 to the late George and Violet (Donati) Robinson of Pitcairn. Jerry was a veteran of the US Navy serving in the Vietnam Conflict. He spent his career in the construction field as one of the finest plasterers in the area and was a member of the OPCMIA, Local 31. His work can be admired all around Pittsburgh, including Heinz Hall and Kennywood.

He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Versailles. Jerry was infamous for many things. He loved being outdoors on his quad, fishing, hunting, and camping. He was known for his secret recipe grilled chicken and making homemade wine, prosciutto, sauerkraut and sausage. In his recent years, Jerry spent his time babysitting his grandchildren, whom he spoiled with whatever they wanted. They remember him for his love cowboy shows on TV, Ovaltine, and buying them happy meals.

 
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Robin C. Williams

December 10, 2019 |

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

Robin C. Williams, 58, died Dec. 7, 2019. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, PA, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

 


Jonathan Joseph Fonos

December 10, 2019 |

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

Jonathan Joseph Fonos, 27, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019. He was born October 12, 1992 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Larry (Sherry) Vargo of Jefferson Hills,  and Kathy Hanky of Port Vue. Jonathan worked for Interstate NDT in Belle Vernon and was a US Army Veteran. He was also a member and Legion Rider of the Smithton American Legion. 

 
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June A. Hayden

December 10, 2019 |

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

June A. Hayden, age 91, of Dravosburg, died December 9, 2019, at Locust Grove Personal Care of West Mifflin. Born June 7, 1928, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Oscar E. and Olga C. (Larson) Anderson and the wife of the late Howard R. "Ray" Hayden.

 
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William "Bill" Clyde Patterson

December 09, 2019 |

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

William "Bill" Clyde Patterson,  77, of Buena Vista, passed away at home on Sunday, December 8, 2019. He was born October 30, 1942 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John and Lucille (Wolfgang) Patterson. Bill was a Master Chief  in the US Navy and retired after 30 years of service. For his service in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation, 4 Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of Youghiogheny Lodge 375 F & AM.

 
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Stephen T. Skowronski

December 09, 2019 |

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

Stephen T. Skowronski, 95, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019.  He was born August 18, 1924 in Braddock, a son of the late Bronislaw and Josephine (Casper) Skowronski.  Prior to his retirement, Stephen was a steelworker for US Steel and was a veteran of the US Army having served during WWII.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, a volunteer for Rescue 8 and enjoyed traveling.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma J. Berthold Skowronski; infant sister, Sofie; and brothers, Stanley, Kie, Chester, Frank, Adam, Vincent, Andrew and twin brother, Walter.  He is survived by his niece, Elaine Merkel and her husband Tom, and numerous nieces and nephews.  There will be no public visitation.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Irene Bernadine Monezis

December 09, 2019 |

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

Irene Bernadine Monezis, 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, December 8, 2019. She was born February 25, 1929 in Hosttetter, and was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Pavlok) Godula. She was the wife of the late George M. Monezis, Jr., who passed away September 21, 2016. They were married for  65 years. Irene was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, and was formerly Proprietor of Minerva Bakery in McKeesport.

 
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Jay P. Graft

December 09, 2019 |

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

Jay P. Graft, age 77, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. A retired instrument repairman supercraft from U.S. Steel Clairton Works, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the OMNI masonic lodge #582 of Dravosburg. 

 
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Robert P. Keenan

December 09, 2019 |

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

Robert P. Keenan, age 87, of White Oak died December 7, 2019, at home. Born January 28, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Hazel Gertrude Peirson and David Russell Keenan and the husband of the late Betty Joan Davis-Keenan.

 
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Robert D. Wunderley

December 09, 2019 |

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

Robert D. Wunderley, age 81, of Liberty Borough, died December 6, 2019, at home. Born March 21, 1938, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William G. and Alma Rosella (Elliott) Wunderley and the husband of Dorothy E. (Hartzell) Wunderley.
Robert was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Active within his church, he served as president of the corporation, elder, trustee, deacon and Sunday school superintendent. Robert was a member and past master of Masonic Youghiogheny Lodge #583.  He was a member of Al-O-Mon Forest #138 Tall Cedars and their clown unit, bringing joy and laughter to children of all ages. Robert was former director of operations for Elteg Mgt. Co. Inc., at Chatham Center, for twenty one years and former vice president of Equibank’s building and properties division for twenty six years. A life member of Liberty Borough Volunteer Fire Department, Robert served as former president, secretary and line officer of the department. He was a U.S. Army sergeant with the 336th Military Police Battalion. A disabled veteran of his country, Robert belonged to the White Oak American Legion Post #447 and to Liberty Borough Seniors, where he served as former president. A kind and gentle man, Robert treasured his family and the friends he made throughout his life.

 
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Charles J. Sudey

December 08, 2019 |

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

Charles J. Sudey, age 70, of McKeesport died December 7, 2019, at UPMC East. Born May 22, 1949, in Braddock, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Urda) Sudey.

 
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Mark E. Laber

December 07, 2019 |

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

Mark E. Laber, 56, of Irwin, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 6, 2019.  He was born May 28, 1963 in Miami, FL, a son of the late Joseph and Barbara (Tomajko) Laber.  Mark was a machine set up operator for Wabtec Corp.  in Greensburg.  He was a 1982 graduate of Norwin Sr. High School and later earned his degree in Industrial Technology from California University of PA.  He loved fishing and boating and enjoyed being a part of family gatherings.  He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Laber and his wife, Doreen; sister, Laurie Gillott and her husband, Greg; niece Madeline (Tyson) Stupy; and nephew, Matthew Gillott.  Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA  02339 in memory of his mother Barbara.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Esther J. (Gonzales) Micklo

December 07, 2019 |

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

(This obituary was updated after publication.)

Esther J. (Gonzales) Micklo, 73, of McKeesport, died Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Kane Community Living Center, McKeesport.  She was born March 1, 1946 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mollie (Weiss) Gonzales.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother Joseph Gonzales and sisters Rosalie Hansen and Miriam Diggs.  She is survived by brothers David Gonzales, Howard Gonzales, Albert Gonzales, and Carl Gonzales and sisters Sylvia Hannen, Doris Amatuzzi, Rachel Conrad, and Linda Micklo.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 
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Iona G. Diamond

December 07, 2019 |

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

Iona G. Diamond, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019.  She was born May 15, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Orie (Davis) Bowman.  Iona was a member of St. Agnes Parish and AARP 3221 N. Huntingdon.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Diamond; brother, Frank Bender; sisters, June Bennett and Hazel Wood.  She is survived by her children, Patricia Peripanos and her husband, Gus, James Diamond and his wife, Betty, Judy Pozzuto, Richard Diamond and his wife, Chris; sister, Velma Mimnaugh; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, McKeesport.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Janice J. Brisbine

December 07, 2019 |

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

Janice J. Brisbine, 83, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019.  She was born October 12, 1936 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Clarence D. and Dorothy (Baum) Brown.  Prior to her retirement, Janice worked for S&T Bank in Irwin in the mortgage department and was a member of Norwin Church of the Nazarene and was involved with the keenagers at the Norwin Alliance Church.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, especially around Christmas, crocheting baby quilts and afghans and attending church with her grandchildren. Although her mind and body failed her at the end, Janice's faith remained strong, and she is now at peace with the Lord.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence A. Brisbine; son, Clarence "Joe" Brisbine; grandson, Shawn Brisbine; brothers, Melvin D. and Paul J. Brown.  She is survived by her son, Gary Brisbine (Kathy), daughter-in-law, Leslie Brisbine; grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Chris (Alicia), Evan and Amber; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Andrianna, Luke, Avalina, Raymond, Evelyn and Gabriel; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and Carol; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow in Harold's Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hempfield township.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Church of the Nazarene.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 

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