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Sandra L. "Sandy" Kersting

January 31, 2020 |

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

Sandra L. "Sandy"  Kersting, 70, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at home. She was born November 5, 1949 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Albert and Emma A. Gergely Dansak. Sandy was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Angela Merici), where she was a cantor for 41 years.

 
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Ronald Paul Leech

January 31, 2020 |

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

Ronald Paul Leech, age 68 of McKeesport, died suddenly, Thursday, January 30, 2020 at his home.  He was born in McKeesport on July 20, 1951 and is the son of Roseltha Sullivan Leech of McKeesport and the late Clyde Leech, Jr.  He is a very proud graduate of Penn State University which he loved greatly. He previously resided in New Milford, Connecticut, and spent much time with his grandson picking him up from school and just having fun. He moved back to McKeesport to be with his mother. He retired from Allegheny County as a Certified Public Accountant. 

 
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Sharon R. Santavicca

January 31, 2020 |

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

Sharon R. Santavicca, age 68, of Greensburg, PA, died January 25, 2020, at Westmoreland Manor. Born February 1, 1951, in Colorado Springs, CO, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Rispoli and June (Tafoya), Fawcett.

 
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Barbara Baur, PhD

January 31, 2020 |

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

Barbara (Nelson) Baur, PhD, age 92, of Fair Haven, NJ, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Riverview Medical Center. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in New Jersey and a retired French professor at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Medieval French literature. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the author of several books written in both English and French. Born January 8, 1928 in Oshkosh, WI, she was a daughter of the late Holgar W. and Lillian R. (Johnson) Nelson and wife of the late Rev. Robert M. Baur. She is survived by step-daughters, Cathy (Michael) Bickerton of Fair Haven, NJ and Aynsley Baur of St. Louis, MO; step-grandchildren, Mark (Kim) Bickerton of Glenside, Matthew (Abbie) Bickerton of East Brunswick, NJ, Philip Bickerton of Brooksville, FL, Celine St. Pierre of St. Louis, MO, and Robert St. Pierre of St. Louis, MO; and four step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Richard Nelson. Private service was Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Homewood Cemetery Chapel with the Rev. Cathy Bickerton officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh, French and Italian Department, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


JoAnn Leckman

January 31, 2020 |

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

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, JoAnn Leckman, age 65, of White Oak, PA, passed away peacefully in her home.  JoAnn was born and raised in McKeesport, PA, the daughter of Dorothy Ruth (White) Cartwright and the late Ronald Wayne Cartwright.  JoAnn was the widow of the late Terry K. Leckman.  JoAnn and Terry shared a long, loving and committed marriage for 37 years, from 1975 to 2012, when Terry passed away.  They were proud members and supporters of the Riverview Baptist Church in McKeesport.  JoAnn Leckman was preceded in death by her father Ronald, her husband Terry, and her brother Jeffrey Wayne Cartwright.

 
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Lula Mae Russ-Lennon

January 31, 2020 |

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

Lula Mae Russ-Lennon, 95, daughter of the late William Henry and Queen Victoria Shaw Russ was born on May 10, 1924 in Council, North Carolina. She departed this life Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters, Doshia Drakewood and Lily B. Smith; siblings, Viola Beatty, Rather Larkins, Betsy, Willie, Cephus, Raymond, Chester and Joseph (Buster) Russ.

Lula came to Christ at an early age. She joined Kitchen Branch Church, Council, North Carolina and remained faithful there until she moved to Duquesne, Pennsylvania. There she was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church until she met and was married to  James D. Lennon for 41 years. She later joined Macedonia Baptist Church.

While at Macedonia, she became a long-time member for over 70 years. She was President of the Pastor’s Aid Society, Kizzie Clemens Guild, and Gospel Chorus. She served as den mother for the Cub Scouts Pack 316. She also volunteered for over 20 years at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport, PA. She loved cooking for her family and baking for friends as well. She was noted for her Pineapple Upside Down and German Chocolate Cakes.

 
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Sharon A. Davin

January 30, 2020 |

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

 

Sharon A. Davin, age 75 of Irwin, died at Forbes Hospital on Wednesday January 29, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 4, 1944 in Wilkinsburg, the daughter of the late John J. and Catherine Longanecker Benedetti. Sharon is survived by her devoted husband Michael J. Davin, loving children; Joseph M. Davin, Valerie (fiancé Timothy Hostert) Davin, grandchildren; Heather and Nichole Marsico, and her 9 beloved golden retrievers. She is the dear sister of Tona Panza.

 
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Frederick C. "Red" Schmidt

January 30, 2020 |

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

Frederick C. "Red" Schmidt Sr., age 84, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. An Army veteran having served in the Korean War, he was a retired craneman for U.S. Steel National Tube in McKeesport and a former maintenance worker for the West Jefferson Hills School District. He was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church in Clairton, the Jefferson Lions Club and Jefferson Hills Historical Society. Born September 30, 1935 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Frederick M. and Dorothy (Webb) Schmidt. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce E. (Hoak) Schmidt; son, Frederick C. (Laurie) Schmidt Jr. of Jefferson Hills; grandson, TC (Leann) Ruffing of Floreffe; great-grandchildren, Anna, Grace and Olivia Ruffing; sisters, Dorothy Ault and Mary Hoak, both of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Sharon E. Ruffing. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 3-7 PM. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12 NOON in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Michael Airgood officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Run United Methodist Church, 901 North 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Raymond C. Maldonado

January 30, 2020 |

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

Raymond C. Maldonado, age 57, of McKeesport, died January 21, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born August 28, 1962, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Daniel T., Sr., and Audrey J. Maldonado.

 
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Lois J. Steiner

January 30, 2020 |

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

Lois J. Steiner, 94, of Jeannette, died on  January 28, 2020, at the Greensburg Care Center. Born on April 22, 1925, in Westmorland County, she was the daughter of the late Peter J. and Edith (Frye) Lefevre and the wife of the late John Steiner.

 
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Mary J. Uveges

January 30, 2020 |

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

Mary J. Uveges , 99, of Elizabeth Township,  passed away peacefully at home on January 27, 2020. She was born November 15, 1920 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Michael and Rosella (Lico) Tedesco. She was the wife of the late John "Jack" J. Uveges who passed away October 17, 1996. Mary was a member of the former St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Sutersville and worked for Westinghouse Electric Co. during WWII. She loved her dogs and cats and the results of her cooking talents will be greatly missed.

 
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Nicholas Stiliha

January 29, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Nicholas Stiliha, 97, of West Palm Beach, Florida, passed peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the VA hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He lived all of his life in Duquesne, PA.  He was born in Duquesne, PA on February 18, 1922 and was the son of Stephen Stiliha and Mary Miklos Stiliha.

He graduated from Duquesne High School  in 1940.  He worked in various jobs before he served in the US Navy from 1941-1945 during World War II. He was involved in the bombing of Pearl Harbor during the war. 

Upon being honorably discharged in 1945 from the US Navy, he began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in East Pittsburgh, PA as a supervisor of tool and die department he also obtained his associate degree in engineering at Carnegie Mellon.  He worked for over 40 years,  retiring in 1985. 

He was a member of the former St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, PA. and the St. Elias Catholic Church in Munhall, PA  He was involved in several organizations in his church and community. He loved to bowl and was involved in several bowling leagues besides going to Delaware beaches in the summer. He loved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pitt, and Penn State play.

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Ruth Ann Lapinsky

January 29, 2020 |

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

Ruth Ann Lapinsky,  75, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020. She was born September 20, 1944 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late James and Ruth Marie (McMillan) Suncine. Ruth Ann was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church in McKeesport and was a retired Hairdresser.

 
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Rolf Herbert Weber

January 29, 2020 |

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

Rolf Herbert Weber, 86, of North Huntingdon, formerly of South Hills, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020. He was born May 16, 1933 in Wintersdorf, Germany, a son of the late Herbert and Dora Weber. Prior to his retirement, Rolf was an engineer for the steel industry and enjoyed hiking, camping, reading, and walking his dogs Dutch and Shadow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Helmut Weber, Juergen Weber, Stephan Weber; daughter, Marion Weber; sisters, Elfrieda and Annalise. He is survived by his loving wife, Margot Giera Weber; sister, Annarosa; grandchildren, Christopher Weber, Catherine Weber; and nephew, Karl Heinz Goettner. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA or the Wildlife Conservation Society in memory of Rolf. James W. Shirley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Louise Ann Lamb

January 29, 2020 |

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

Louise Ann (Flaherty) Lamb, age 85 of Washington and formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at HCR ManorCare in Peters Township.  Born October 2, 1934 in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late Edward Leo and Stella (Fleehr) Flaherty.  She is survived by her children Laura (Jeff) Sayre of Washington and Kurt Lamb of McKeesport; grandchildren Kevan Lamb, Kimberly Lamb, and Cassie Betzler; great-grandchild Kendall Betzler; and nieces and nephews.  All services for Louise are private at the request of the family.

 
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Richard Andrew "Rich" Belsick

January 29, 2020 |

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

Richard Andrew "Rich" Belsick, 67, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020. He was born February 27, 1952 in Belle Vernon and was  the son of the late Andrew Edward  and Olga Helen (Studnicki) Belsick. He was a man of strong faith and was a  member of Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Patrick Worship Site) and was a member and Eucharistic Minister at the former St. Martin DePorres Church. He worked for 32 years as a welder for US Steel Irvin Works and loved his job. Rich was a Second Degree Knight of Columbus, a history buff,  and loved westerns and his Polish heritage.

 
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Patricia Anne Gasda

January 28, 2020 |

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

Patricia Anne Gasda, 68, of Cumberland, RI, formerly of Elizabeth Township passed away Friday, January 24, 2020. She was born January 11, 1952 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John J.  and Louise M. Barrick Gasda. She was born in McKeesport Hospital (one of the first babies born there), graduated from Duquesne High School, obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Education from Carlow College. She was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Twp. Patricia taught at St. Clare of Assisi School in Clairton and St. Sylvester School in Brentwood until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was a devoted daughter and sister and had taken care of both her mother and sister.

 
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Dale Joseph Toth

January 28, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Dale Joseph Toth, 80, passed away peacefully in Apple Valley, CA on January 11, 2020.

Dale was born on August 23, 1939 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to his parents Joseph Toth and Rita Cullen-Toth. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force, and later worked in civil service, which took him around the world to countries like South Korea, South Africa, Iran, and the Seychelles, where he met his wife Dolores.

Dale and Dolores continued traveling the world and one year later, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Rita. They then moved to Saudi Arabia, where Dale was able to pursue his passion for diving in the crystalline waters of the Red Sea.

 
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Leona B. Razny

January 28, 2020 |

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

Leona B. Razny, age 98, of Cecil Twp., formerly of McKeesport, died January 27, 2020, at the home of her daughter, with whom she resided. Born January 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Barbara (Siedlarz) Wojdyla and the wife of the late Walter F. Razny.

 
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Lawrence J. "Larry" Cocozello

January 27, 2020 |

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

Lawrence J. "Larry" Cocozello, age 84 of McKeesport, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in UPMC McKeesport.  Born September 15, 1935 in Staten Island, NY, he was a son of the late James and Marie (Reskovac) Cocozello.  A US Army Veteran, Larry was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Parish in McKeesport and retired after 44 years as a sales manager at Sears in primarily McKeesport, but also Eastgate and Century III malls.  He was a member of CFU Lodge #146 in Versailles and was a big animal lover and avid gardener and outdoorsman.  Most importantly, Larry will be remembered as a loving son, brother, and uncle and great friend to many.  He is survived by his sister Louise (the late Robert) Conway of McKeesport; his niece Monica (Richard) Koontz of Elizabethville; his great-nieces-and-nephew Richie, Maria, and Victoria Koontz; and also many cousins.  Besides his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his nephew James "Jimmy" Conway.  

 
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Sandra R. (Santner) Gumbert

January 27, 2020 |

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

Sandra R. (Santner) Gumbert, age 60, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020. She was born August 12, 1959 in McKeesport, a daughter of Joan Santner and the late Robert Santner. She attended Linway United Presbyterian Church in North Versailles and worked of over 30 years before retiring as a nurse’s aide at personal care homes in the area like Autumn Ridge, Lincoln Court and Juniper Village. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her husband Lance C. Gumbert; brother Bob Santner; and sister Linda Santner. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sons Nicholas (Ashley) Gumbert of West Newton, Nathan (Mary) Gumbert of East McKeesport and Neil Gumbert of East McKeesport; granddaughter Hana; and brother Jim (Whitney) Santner of East McKeesport.

 
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Vickie J. Powell

January 27, 2020 |

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

Vickie J. Powell, 70, of Duquesne, daughter of the late Jean Neal, passed away on  January 24, 2020 at home. Vickie was born on February 11, 1949 in Bolton, NC. She was a devoted wife to Charles Powell.   She was a Nursing Assistant at UMPC McKeesport. As a member of Payne Chapel A.M.E, she served on the missionary and culinary ministries. She was preceded in death by her mother, son, Leroy Powell, and brothers; James and Jamont Neal.

Vickie is survived by her loving spouse of Charles Powell, son, Antwan C (Tamika) Demery of Hampton, VA; Laverne and Rhonda Demery of Duquesne, PA, Tevin, Ibn, Tre'Von and Geena Powell of Duquesne, PA; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; siblings Judy (Mark) Jones, Reverend Hazel (Vernon) Kelly, Kim Neal, Jeana (Kenneth) Bryant; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Arrangements in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

To send flowers to Vickie's family, please visit our floral section.

 Services
Visitation
Monday
January 27, 2020
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Payne Chapel A.M.E.
601 Priscilla Ave.
Duquesne, PA 15110
 
Funeral Service
Tuesday
January 28, 2020
11:00 AM
Payne Chapel A.M.E.
601 Priscilla Ave.
Duquesne, PA 15110
 


Timothy Chavis

January 27, 2020 |

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

Timothy Chavis, 56, son of Nancy Chavis and the late James Chavis, Sr. was born on July 9, 1963, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He passed away on January 19, 2020, in Erie, PA. He was preceded in death by father, James Chavis, Sr. and brother Toni Chavis.

Tim or Timmy, as he was affectionately known, played Varsity football and graduated from McKeesport High School in 1981. He enlisted in the United States Army. He was very Industrious & worked many trades throughout Mckeesport/Pittsburgh/Erie,  Pennsylvania area

Tim loved music, chess, checkers, sports & loved to help others. He loved his family & his family loved him. When in town, Tim attended Kingdom Come Ministries in Clairton, Pa.

 
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Harry E. Harper

January 27, 2020 |

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

Harry E. Harper, 83 of Elizabeth, died Jan. 27, 2020.  He is survived by his beloved wife Yvonne M. (McConeghy) Harper; children; grandchildren and a sister.  He was a member of the Glassport American Legion.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Donna Jean King

January 27, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 Donna Jean King, 82, of Glassport passed away at Southwestern nursing home on Sunday, January 26, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born on June 18, 1937 in Glassport to the late Eugene and Claire Bowen Iley. Donna was the loving wife of 42 years to the late Charles E. King. Donna is survived by daughters, Aimee (Neil) Fogarty of Wexford and Valerie (Jack) Beauchamp of Glassport, and a son, Charles “Greg” (Karen) King of Lincoln Boro. She is also survived by three sisters, Carol (Carl) Lawson of AZ; Lois Price of FL; Sandy (James) Letham of NY; and six grandchildren, CJ and Beth King, Sean and Kelan Fogarty, Zachary and Nathan Beauchamp. Donna was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church formerly located in Glassport. She loved dancing to Tom Jones with her beloved husband Charles as well as ceramics, crocheting and cards. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Southwestern Nursing home for their care and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, PA 15045. The family will be having a wake at The Carriage Inn, on Lovedale Road in Elizabeth on Wednesday, January, 29th from 6pm – 8pm. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Round Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


June C. Cuffin

January 27, 2020 |

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

June C. Cuffin age 89, of West Mifflin, on January 27, 2020 at Locust Grove Personal Care Home.  Born in McKeesport on March 4, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ludwig “Louis” & Isabel (Crawford) Dannenhauer.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne where she belonged to the former Confraternity of Christian Mothers & Guild.  In addition, she was a former member of the West Mifflin Annex Senior Citizens & the former Duquesne Senior Citizens Fellowship Club.  Beloved wife of the late Henry Cuffin, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Rose (late John) Ely, Francis Markle, Isabel (late Ray) Lineburg, Louis (late Elizabeth) Dannenhauer, Cecelia (late Paul) Bauman & Ernest Dannenhauer.  She is survived by nieces and nephews, Donna (Bill) Howard, Dan (Arlette) Dannenhauer, Betty (Rick) Perkins, Jim Lineburg, Alicia Bauman & David Bauman; 9 Grand Nieces & Nephews; 12 Great Grand Nieces & Nephews; 1 Great Great Grand Nephew. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 29, from 2-6 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 15110, 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

 


Louise Perrino

January 26, 2020 |

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

Louise Perrino, 95 of North Huntingdon died January 26, 2020 at Excela Health Westmoreland. She was born March 15, 1924 in Larimer, a daughter of the late Natale and Lena Montini Felluca. Louise was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Federal Pacific in Irwin. Louise enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael , three sisters, Rose Nagy, Agnes Perrino and Nora Damico. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Sensenich and her husband Dean, one grandson, Justin Sensenich (Krista) three great granddaughters, Jacey, Lily and Kiley. Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A funeral mass will follow at 1:00 p.m. at St Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Raymond J. DeVault

January 26, 2020 |

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

Raymond J. DeVault, age 38 of Glassport, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020.  Born February 10, 1981 in McKeesport, he is a son of William G. Devault, Sr. and Sheila (Campbell) DeVault of Glassport.  A foreman for Saunders Painting and Contracting of Pittsburgh, Raymond is, besides his parents, survived by his wife Heather (Williams) DeVault; his children Dominick Smith of Glassport, Aubreyanna DeCicco of McKeesport, Joshua Smith of Glassport, and Raymond J. DeVault, Jr. of Glassport; his siblings Mystie DeVault of Glassport and William G. (Donna) DeVault, Jr. of Perryopolis; his grandfather James DeVault of Anderson, SC; his brother-in-law Gregory Williams of Irwin; and his father-in-law Norman (Diane) Williams of Apollo; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

 
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Doris J. Williams

January 25, 2020 |

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

Doris J. (Roll) Williams, age 85, of West Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020 at home. She retired from the maintenance department at Dick Corporation in Jefferson Hills and was a member of New Beginnings Church in New Eagle. Born January 28, 1934 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice (Turner) Roll and wife of the late Robert C. "Worm" Williams. She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Howard Kerlin) Williams of Jefferson Hills; son, Robert D. (Rhonda) Williams of West Mifflin; granddaughters, Samantha (John) Stoecker of West Mifflin and Leah Richard of Pittsburgh; twin great-granddaughters, Ruby and Harlow Stoecker; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Bishop William P. Luckadoo officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Church, 601 Hill Street, New Eagle, PA 15067. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Fannie "Gooch" (Giangarlo) Baldock

January 25, 2020 |

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

Fannie "Gooch" (Giangarlo) Baldock, age 86 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born July 7, 1933 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Angelo and Eramina (Ferrara) Giangarlo.  A retired janitress at US Steel - Irvin Works in West Mifflin, Fannie was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton.  She is survived by her children John Baldock of Baldwin and Denise (Jerry) Haburjack of Beechview; her grandchildren Andrew, Brandon, and Lance Haburjack; her great-grandchildren Harper, Hayden, Hadley, and Olivia; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Fannie was preceded in death by her siblings Marie, Vincent, and Julio (Marge) Giangarlo; John and Attilio Policastro; and Regis Ferrara.

 
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Lois Y. Deaton

January 25, 2020 |

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

Lois Y. Deaton, age 91, of White Oak died Monday, January 20, 2020.  She was born on December 10, 1928 in McKeesport.  She is the daughter of the late William and Ethel Kimling Yotter and the wife of the late Daniel Harry Deaton.  She is a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, a fantastic seamstress and loved vacationing and sailing with her husband, Daniel, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

 
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Deborah “Debbie” Jean Racan

January 24, 2020 |

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

Deborah “Debbie” Jean Racan was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1948. She departed us on January 22, 2020.

A loving wife, mother and homemaker, Debbie was a fantastic cook and always enjoyed preparing meals for her family. She was an extremely affectionate mother and doting grandmother who was proud of both her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed oldies and had a large collection of albums that she listened to through her passing. She liked meeting new people and would never shy away from being the first to strike up a new conversation. Debbie was formerly employed by Giant Eagle of North Huntingdon.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Joseph “Joe” Racan Sr., brother Charles "Chuckie" Wolf, sister Carol Robinson, son Joseph “Joe” Racan, Jr. and his wife Julie, daughter Tina McGeorge and husband Randall "Randy". She is also survived by five grandchildren, Joseph “Joe” Racan, Adeline Racan, Lauren Racan, Blake and Gavin Mastro.

Her husband, Joe diligently cared for her in the last few years of her life and she will be missed greatly although her family knows that she is finally at peace.  A memorial service will be held on February 29, 2020 at 2 p.m. in Christ United Methodist Church, 2800 Coulterville Road, McKeesport, PA.   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to www.alz.org. Arrangements made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Raymond F. Wolf

January 24, 2020 |

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

Raymond F. Wolf, 91, of Glassport, died peacefully, surrounded by family on January 22, 2020. Ray was born on December 10, 1928 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Hilda (Moritz) Wolf; his brothers, Anthony and Leonard Wolf; and sister Dorothy (Wolf) Meehan. Ray is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Resvosky) Wolf; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Kathleen Wolf; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Alfred Zangrilli. Beloved Pappy to Meghan and Jaime Wolf & Annika and Mario Zangrilli. Ray and Kathleen were married in 1960, and happily celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last November. Ray was a source of quiet strength throughout his life and in the lives of his family.

 
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Geraldine Marie Ference

January 24, 2020 |

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

Geraldine Marie Ference,  83, of White Oak, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 23, 2020. She was born March 21, 1936 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late George and Marie (Rodman) Kremp. Geraldine was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon, and the Christian Mothers. She was a retired Personnel Manager at the K-Mart in North Versailles.

 
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Jane M. Latine

January 24, 2020 |

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

Jane M. Latine, age 70 of Clairton, passed away at home on Thursday, January 24, 2020.  Born September 22, 1949 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Samuel J. and Marie B. (Mitaly) Latine.  A retired office clerk for US Steel, working at both Clairton and Irvin Works, Jane is survived by her siblings June Latine of Clairton and James (the late Debra) Latine of Forward Twp.

 
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Harry Paul Horsman

January 24, 2020 |

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

Harry Paul Horsman, 56, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020. He was born June 24, 1963 in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Harry and Elizabeth (Uhlir) Horsman. Harry Paul was employed as a truck driver for AGX. He enjoyed hunting, riding quads with his friends, working in his garage and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Renee Maloney Horsman; son, Joshua Horsman; daughter, Marissa Horsman; and extended family. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home on Thursday, January 30 from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Franswal Warren Rice

January 23, 2020 |

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

Franswal Warren Rice, 51, of Clairton, passed away on January 15, 2020. He was born on July 10, 1968 to Wanda Howard and the late Henry Rice. Franswal, affectionately known as “Frankie,” graduated from Clairton High School. He is survived by his loving daughter, Janelle  Rice of Pittsburgh, PA; two grandsons, Jay'zon and Dae’Jour Rice, two sisters, Tiffany  Richardson and LaWanna Rice of Clairton, PA; two brothers, Christopher Rice of Clairton, PA, Fred  Taylor of Duquesne, PA; step mother, Rosa Lee Rice, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 
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Shirley K Jones

January 23, 2020 |

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

Shirley K. Jones, 63, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, passed away on  January 18, 2020 at UMPC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. She was born on October 5, 1956, to Clarence and Georgia Petty in Henryville, Indiana. She married Norman Jones and from this union, one daughter was birthed. Shirley worked as a Dental Assistant. Shirley is survived by her loving spouse Norman Jones; daughter, Alexis M Jones of McKeesport, PA.

 
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Mary Ann (Gush) Marko

January 23, 2020 |

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

Mary Ann (Gush) Marko, age 87, of Henderson, NV, formerly of McKeesport, PA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 14, 2020, at home. Born May 25, 1932, in Monessen, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Murin) Gush and wife of the late John Marko for over 52 years.

 
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Genevieve A. Oreski

January 23, 2020 |

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

Genevieve A. Oreski, 94, of North Versailles, died Wednesday January 22, 2020. She was born January 18, 1926 in McKeesport a daughter of the late Thomas and Nellie Kolodziej and was also preceded in death by her husband Paul R. Oreski and children Judith and Michael Oreski. She was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish and attended St. Robert Bellarmine Church. She is survived by her son David Oreski of Baden.

 
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Jeffrey “Eb” Jackson

January 22, 2020 |

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

Jeffrey “Eb” Jackson, 65, of West Mifflin, departed this life on January 20, 2020. Jeffrey was born February 28, 1955 in Elizabeth PA and was the son of the late Howard C. Jackson Sr. and Erma Sally Jackson.

He was a graduate of Clairton High School and was employed by US Steel, North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company, Duquesne Family Support Center and Goodwill Industries of Lawrenceville, PA.

Jeffrey was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Duquesne, Pennsylvania where he served as Vice-President of the Hospitality Ministry. He was also a devoted member of the Pastor’s Aide Ministry and the Trustee Ministry.  Jeffrey was a hard worker for his church and he will be sadly missed.

 
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Enrico L. Patterson

January 22, 2020 |

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

Enrico L. Patterson, 48, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020. He was born on July 17, 1971, to the late Terrence Lattimore and Iris Marshall at McKeesport Hospital. Enrico worked as a Bartender for Manor Theater. Enrico is survived by his son Warren Waite; sister, Brandy Marshall; brother, James Louis Marshall, IV; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 
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James McClelland “Jimmy” M. Lucas

January 22, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James "Jimmy" McCelland Lucas, age 61, of Estill Springs, Tenn., departed this life on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

James, affectionately called Jimmy, was born in McKeesport, Pa., to Joseph and Suzanne Murga Lucas on May, 22, 1958. He previously was a resident of Liberty Borough, Pa.

Jimmy is the beloved baby brother of nine adoring sisters. Jimmy enlisted in the United States Air Force in October of 1979. He is a decorated airman with numerous awards that include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and a Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired after 22 years of honorable service.

Upon retirement, Jimmy worked another 18 years for Arnold Air Force Base.

 
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Patrick Joseph Carney

January 22, 2020 |

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

Patrick Joseph Carney, 58 of Greensburg passed away January 21, 2020 at his home.  He was born May 31, 1961 in Pittsburgh, son of Terrance and the late Carole Winter Carney.  Patrick was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He was employed in the construction industry by Savasta Construction, Biloxi, Mississippi.   In addition to his father he is survived by three brothers, Terrance (Tina) Carney, John Carney and Timothy Carney and two sisters, Patricia Aikins and Christine Radziwon (James) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Services will be private.  Arrangements by James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc.  Memorial Contributions may be made to The Union Mission, 2217 Harrison Avenue, Latrobe PA, 15650 or at www.theunionmission.org.

 


Beverly A. Ruposky

January 21, 2020 |

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

Beverly A. (Humphrey) Ruposky, age 65, of Monongahela, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Born February 26, 1954 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late William and Mildred (Adamo) Humphrey. She is survived by her companion of 28 years, David E. Pysz; daughters, Melanie (Brandon) Snyder of Belle Vernon and Candice Ruposky of Donora; grandson, Brody Ruposky; siblings, Gloria (Chuck) Diliberatore of Monroeville, Dale (Mary Ann) Humphrey of Jefferson Hills, Janice (Jonathan) Korenoski of West Mifflin and Sandy (Eric) Trimnal of Finleyville; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. Private visitation and blessing took place Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Mary Lisa (Malinowski) Holzwarth

January 21, 2020 |

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

Mary Lisa (Malinowski) Holzwarth age 55, of West Mifflin, on January 19, 2020, at home.  Born in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Florence Husfelt of West Mifflin and the late Leonard J. Malinowski.  She was a homemaker, was creative with crafts and displayed for Home Interiors and liked to play cards.  She was a 32-year survivor as a heart transplant recipient, one of the longest on record, which occurred on Sept. 30, 1987 and was celebrated as her second birthday.  The need for a new heart was caused by postpartum cardiomyopathy.  She was the wife of John A. Holzwarth of West Mifflin; mother of Anthony James (Michele) Holzwarth of West Mifflin; grandmother of McKenna Holzwarth & Zander Holzwarth; sister of Mark (Kimberly) Malinowski of West Mifflin, Leonard J. Malinowski of White Oak and Robert (Meghan) Husfelt of Pleasant Hills; Aunt of Mark Malinowski Jr., Ashley Malinowski, Vanessa, Valerie, Victoria Malinowski, Haley & Jenna Husfelt, Shannon McGinley & Patrick McGinley.  Visitation will be held on Wed. from 6-8 p.m. and Thurs. from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael Conway officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

 


Ella "Louise" Alred Wilson

January 20, 2020 |

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

Ella "Louise" Alred Wilson, 87, of McKeesport departed this life peacefully at home on Thursday, January 16, 2020.  

She was born September 19, 1932, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Milo and Ida Mae Alred.  She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of over 60 years, Wilbert A. Wilson, Sr. and three daughters, Toni R. Wilson, Rhonda J. Wilson Leggett, and Kimberlee L. Wilson.

Louise graduated from Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She worked as a Mortician Assistant/Receptionist for Charles W. Newman Funeral Home for over 30 years.  She also worked at the National Steelworker's Oldtimers Foundation (NSOF) as a Caregiver, and Arts & Crafts Director. Louise was a long-time member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, where she served in a number of auxiliaries, such as Silver Leaf Club, Eastern Stars & many others. She later transferred her church membership to Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she enjoyed worshipping. 

Louise loved to help people, she always had a beautiful smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She was loved by many and will truly be missed. 

Surviving are her children,  Rev. Wilbert "Woody" A. (Rev. Karin) Wilson, Jr. of White Oak; Kevin R. Wilson of Pittsburgh; Lisa M. (Eugene) Kelley of McKeesport; grandchildren she raised, Aerika (Karl) Callaway of Monroeville; Caleb Leggett; and Clifton (Sherell) Leggett of McKeesport; 13 additional grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many, many friends.

 
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John Daniel Bonga

January 20, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

John Daniel Bonga of Duquesne, a resident of Juniper Village in Forest Hills, age 98, on Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was the first American child born to Andrew and Anna (Rinyik) on December 30, 1921 in Rankin.

Beloved husband of the late Mildred (Tankosic) Bonga. Loving father of Dan (Nancy) Bonga, David (Monika) Bonga and Nikki (Tom) Stoner. Dearest grandfather (Pap Pap) of Dr. Lily Bonga and Jonathan Bonga; Nathan Stoner and Sally (Stephen) Paul; and the late Amanda Lyn Bonga.

Proud great-grandfather of McCarthy Rae Poljak and Everett Paul. John also was the beloved fiancé of Magdalene “Madge” Seman.

John was a 44-year employee of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh. Although he rarely spoke of his military service, John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant with the 338th Infantry Regiment combat Team in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground combat.

John was a lifetime member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Rankin and the White Oak American Legion.

 
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Deborah L. Vasko

January 20, 2020 |

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

Deborah L. Vasko, age 68 of North Huntingdon died January 19, 2020 at Excela Health, Westmoreland Hospital. She was born July 19, 1951 in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Dolores Emert Senko. Deborah attended St. Stephens Church in North Huntingdon. She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed crafts, jewelry making , cooking and music. She is survived by her beloved husband Daniel Vasko, two sons, Adam Vasko (Tina) and Matthew Vasko. A Divine Liturgy will be held Saturday, February 1  at 5:00 p.m. at St. Stephens Byzantine Catholic Church, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Per Debbie's wishes,please do not send flowers. Memorials in remembrance of Deborah may be made to a charity of your choice or St. Stephens Church for Divine Liturgies. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


George J. Rocknage

January 20, 2020 |

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

George  J. Rocknage,  93, of McKeesport, PA, formerly of Steubenville, OH, passed away at home on Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was born May 23, 1926 in Steubenville and was the son of the late James (Dmitar) Rocknage and Helen (nee Rokos) Rocknage. He was the husband of the late Mika (Reznicak) Rocknage. George was a life long member of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville , and served as an officer of the church for many years; as well as a charter member of the Petar Krstich Choir and the Holy Resurrection Men's Club. The past 6 years, George was a devout member of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, beloved by all! He was also a life-long accomplished bowler. George worked in many varied fields, from working as a general laborer for Starvaggi Coal, and as a Water Engineer for the Jefferson County Water Department; also was a long-time custodian for the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church.

 
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Mary Jane "Janie" Kratzenberg-Senn

January 20, 2020 |

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

Mary Jane "Janie" Kratzenberg-Senn, 72 of West Mifflin, PA died January 18, 2020.  She was born August 16, 1947 to the late Jacob and Genevieve Ann Weber Kratzenberg.  Ms. Senn was preceded in death by her brothers Junior, Jack, Chuck and Don Bowers, Bud and Jimmy Kratzenberg and sisters Elsie, Toots, Lucille and Mary Victoria Kratzenberg.  She enjoyed researching and tracking family history.  She especially loved to visit the cemetery where her family is buried and tending to the upkeep of the graves.

 
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Rick Sallinger

January 20, 2020 |

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

Rick Sallinger, age 64, of Clairton, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at home. He was a caregiver for Comfort Keepers in Pittsburgh and a former performer at Community College of Allegheny County, McKeesport Little Theatre and the South Allegheny Players, to name a few. Born November 24, 1955 in McKeesport, he was a son of Rudolph C. Sallinger of White Oak and the late Isabelle (O'Hare) Sallinger. In addition to his father, he is survived by his beloved wife of 14 years, Michelle L. (Roper) Rivas; brothers, David (Marybeth) Sallinger of Penn Hills and Steven (Mimi) Sallinger of North Huntingdon; niece, Elizabeth Sallinger; nephew, Nicholas Sallinger; uncle, Harry H. Smith; cousins, Elaine and Karen Smith, and John Sallinger. A private celebration of life will be forth coming. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to an animal rights charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Jeffrey Alan Darragh

January 20, 2020 |

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

Jeffery Alan Darragh, age 67, of White Oak, formally of Penn Boro, died January 13, 2020.  He was born in Greensburg on June 24, 1952 and is the son of the late Donald and Dorothy Linsenbigler Darragh. He was retired from USS Clairton Works, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing and was a member of the Penn Rod Gun Club, a lifetime member of the Penn Boro Fire Department., and a former Mayor of Penn Boro.

 
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Lois E. Gogolya

January 19, 2020 |

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

LOIS E. GOGOLYA age 73, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Duquesne, on January 18, 2020. She was born April 4, 1946 in McKeesport to the late Joseph and Anna (Seiiterlin) Gogolya. She worked in the accounting department at US Steel. Lois liked to read and was a dog lover. She is survived by many longtime friends. Visitation Tuesday, January 21st from 12-6 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne 412-466-3300, where a blessing service will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Rev Nick Mastrangelo officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.

 


Virginia Mikula

January 19, 2020 |

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

Virginia "Jean" Mikula, 89 of North Huntingdon died January 18, 2020 at The Grove at Irwin.  She was born November 27, 1930 in McKeesport, daughter of the late John and Mary Pamaibo Yagan.  She was a member of St. Agnes Church and enjoyed playing Bingo.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Mikula Sr. in 2013; daughter, Karen Clark and her husband Ted; and sister, Mary Louise Squires.  She is survived by her son Joseph Jr.  and his wife Shelly; daughter Susan Rhodes and her husband Lenny; sister, Pat Fredley; grandchildren, Geoff, Noel, Dawn, Melissa, Tara, Joseph, Nathan and Zachary; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on  Wednesday  from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A blessing service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Rose C. Badstibner

January 19, 2020 |

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

Rose C. Badstibner, age 104, of McKeesport, died January 18, 2020, at Kane Regional Medical Center. Born December 30, 1915, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late George and Ida (Robertson) Glaub and the wife of the late Herman Badstibner.

 
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Jean E. Fitzpatrick

January 19, 2020 |

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

Jean E. Fitzpatrick, age 94 of North Huntingdon died January 17, 2020 at UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born June 8, 1925 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late D.J. and Elizabeth Biddlestone Roderick. Jean enjoyed golfing, traveling, cooking, pinochle, and was a lifelong bridge player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, baby boy Fitzpatrick; great-granddaughter Chloe; sister, Doris McDonough; niece and nephews, Betsy, David and Kevin. She is survived by three sons, William (Donna), Jack (JoAnn), Tom (Kathy); five grandchildren, Scott Fitzpatrick (Tammy), Kim McGauley (Eric), Meghan Fitzpatrick (James Lynch), Erin Fitzpatrick (Jeff Dyke), Katelyn Brady (Tim); 12 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Haleigh, Aubrianna, Chase, Chyler, Grady, Brinley, Kiera, Aubrey, Samuel, William and James; nieces and nephews, K.D., Margie, Judy, John and Mike, Patty, Sue, Mark; special friends, Cecelia, Danny, Kylie Sedlock. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Friday 4-8 pm. with additional visitation Saturday 9 a.m. 10 a.m.  Interment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to a pet charity of your choice. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 


Thomas H. Spahr

January 19, 2020 |

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

Thomas H. Spahr, age 74 of North Huntingdon died January 18,2020 at his home. He was born May 23, 1945 in Greensburg, a son of the late Charles and Alice Herold Spahr. Tom was the store manager of Miller Feed Store in Irwin for many years. He was the past president of the Norwin Lions Club, 11th Armored Calvary Association, Norwin VFW Post 781 and a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Miller,  He is survived by his wife Donna Dunkle Spahr, one daughter Maryah Spahr,one sister Bonnie Koury, brother in law Bill Miller, sister in law, Susan Dunkle, numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Paul David Krise Jr.

January 18, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Paul David Krise Jr., age 67, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020 at his home.

Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Paul was the son of Ruth Lord Krise and the late Paul David Krise, Sr. and son-in-law of the late Nick and Agnes Bruno. He was a retired Postmaster with the United States Postal Service.

Paul was an avid golfer who never met a stranger. He lived his life with zest and passion even when facing the fight of his life. He had a passion for sports and watching his grandchildren was the joy of his life. His family and friends will always remember that Paul always had a smile on his face and he was the life of the party. The manner in which he lived his life in general will resonate with them forever. He won!

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Denise Marie Bruno Krise; his son, Ben Krise; his daughter, Paula Painter and her husband Frank Painter; two sisters, Bonnie Sari (husband Tom) and Beverly James (husband Denny); brother John Krise (wife JoAnn); sisters-in-law Nikki Washburn and Monica Young (husband Terry); brother-in-law James Bruno (wife Debbie)  and four grandchildren, Felicia Painter, Frankie Painter, Nicholas Krise and David Krise along with many nieces and nephews.

 
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Patricia L. Tucci Pollock

January 18, 2020 |

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

Patricia L. Tucci Pollock, 59, of Irwin, passed away Friday, January 17, 2020.  She was born May 2, 1960 in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Leonard and Mae (Piovesan) Tucci.  Patty enjoyed being outside doing yard work and tending to her flowers, going to the beach, playing cards and loved being with her children and grandchildren.  She is survived by her husband, Dennis Pollock; son, Zach Pollock and his wife, Courtney; daughter, Misty Pollock; sisters, Barbie (Jerry) Gibasiewicz, Suzie (Kevin) Robinson; sisters-in-law, Connie Pollock and Patricia (Jerry) Freeman; brother-in-law, Karl (Colleen) Pollock; grandchildren, Savannah, Trinity, Beau; numerous nieces and nephews; and her fur babies.  Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in West Newton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Alfred J. "Ike" Huwalt Jr.

January 18, 2020 |

By Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home | Posted in: Jefferson Memorial Cemetery Funeral Home

Alfred J. "Ike" Huwalt Jr., age 91, of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 15, 2020.

Alfred is survived by his beloved wife, Veronica M. (Pearson) Huwalt of 70 years; Four Children, Patrice H. Bennett, Mark A. Huwalt, Lynne M. (Michael) Mercilliott, and Lisa H. (Jeff) Lampo; Brother, Thomas Huwalt; Grandchildren, Ian (Bridget O'Neil) Bennett, Mark (Elaine) Bennett, Sean (Stephanie) Mercilliott, Kevin Mercilliott, Matthew Atwood, Jesse Huwalt, Brenden Lampo; and Great-Grandchildren, Elizabeth, Helena, and Patrick Bennett.

Alfred served his country honorably with the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class. He was employed for many years and retired from U.S. Steel National Tube and worked for University of Pittsburgh in the benefits department. Alfred enjoyed the outdoors, crossword puzzles, cowboys/westerns and was a member of the Liberty Borough Vets Club.

 
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Sophie Andrejkanic

January 17, 2020 |

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

Sophie Andrejkanic, 93, formerly of White Oak, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020.  She was born April 28, 1926 in White Oak, a daughter of the late George and Anna Kitz.  Sophie was a member of AARP Versailles Chapter 9211, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, and former member of the Wilmerding YMCA.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, George Andrejkanic; sons-in-law, John Kostik and Robert L. Brown; brother John Kitz; and sister Annette Hoffman.   She is survived by her daughters, Jane Kostik and Carol Brown; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Linderman, Carrie (John) Page, Janet Landry, Robert M. Brown; great-grandchildren, Ava, Ethan, Joshua, Jacob, Jenna, Zachary, Tyler, Robert, Michael; and great-great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Michael; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Family and friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Irene V. Hamerski

January 17, 2020 |

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

IRENE V. HAMERSKI age 93, formerly of West Mifflin, on January 15, 2020. She was a daughter of the late Marion and Helen (Markiewicz) Klara. She was the former co-owner, along with her late husband, of the Clover Farms Store in West Mifflin. A member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in McKeesport, the former Corpus Christi Parish. Former member of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne and member of the former St. Joseph Confraternity of Christian Mother's  and Guild, and the former rosary society of Christ the Light of the World Parish, former member of West Mifflin Annex Senior Citizens and the Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens. She was a member for 57 years of the Ladies of Charity, both at St. Joseph and Corpus Christi Parish. Beloved wife of the late Chester A. Hamerski for 60 plus years; mother of Joline (late Louis, "Bill") Buzzatto of White Oak, Mary Ann Kistler of Deltona, Florida, Walter (late Shirley) Hamerski of Harmony, PA, Robert (Cheryl) Hamerski of Glenshaw, Amy (William) Sawders of Versailles and the late Richard Hamerski, late Teresa Hamerski; also 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren; sister of Helen Frick of Pittsburgh and the late Nellie Markiewicz, late Phyllis Lanz, late Stanley Klara and the late Edward Klara. Visitation Sunday, January 19 from 1-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave. Duquense 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held, Monday January 20 at 9:15 a.m. Followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Pius Nwankwo Officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Food for the Poor in care of Fransiscin Missions PO Box 130 Waterford, WI 53185.

 


Charles Johnson

January 16, 2020 |

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

Charles Johnson, 59, was born January 8, 1961, in McKeesport, PA to the late Charles and Louise Johnson Sr. He went on to be with the Lord January 12, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Troy Johnson.   

His survivors are his daughters, Lamira Johnson, and Jasmine  Johnson; one grandchild; sisters, Delcina Wynn and Ava Mikell.

 
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Elizabeth Jefferies

January 16, 2020 |

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

Deaconess Elizabeth Jefferies, 90, of Duquesne Pennsylvania, departed this life peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2020, in Woodhaven Care Center, Monroeville, PA. She was born May 22, 1929 in Greenville, South Carolina, daughter of the late John and Rosella Tate. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hermon B. Jefferies and sister Parthenia Johnson and a step daughter Jean Davis (John).

Mrs. Jefferies resided in Duquesne with her late husband of 51 years and was the owner of Tate's confectionery for over 50 years. In many ways, she was a pioneer in the local business community of Duquesne for having owned a business during a time when it was uncommon for women of color to be business owners.

 
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Elizabeth J. "Betty" Schneider

January 16, 2020 |

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

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Schneider, age 81, of Glassport, died January 12, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born January 22, 1938, in North Union of Fayette, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Bertha (Crawford) Opinsky and the wife of Albert "Duke" Schneider.

 
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Philip A. Cramer

January 15, 2020 |

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

Philip A. Cramer, 70, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  He was born June 3, 1949 in McKeesport, a son of the late Henry Philip and Clarice (Edwards) Cramer.  Prior to his retirement, Philip was employed by McDonalds and was an avid Steelers fan.  He enjoyed playing the bass and classical guitar, working on cars, and loved cats.  He is survived by his wife, Debora L. (Glunt) Cramer; and brother, Edward Cramer and his wife, Linda.  There will be no visitation.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. in Bible Fellowship Church, 250 Brush Creek Road, Irwin, Pa.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 

 


Donald E. Dudik

January 15, 2020 |

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

Donald E. Dudik, 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He was born May 21, 1932 in Port Vue, son of the late Michael and Pearl (Klaja) Dudik. Prior to his retirement, Don was a pipe inspector for US Steel and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. He enjoyed gardening, listening to Oldies music and was an avid Steelers fan. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Ann Dudik; and son, Shawn Dudik. He is survived by his daughter Dawn Phillians and her husband David Jr.; son, Scott Dudik and his wife, Cathi; 3 grandchildren, Gage, Gavin and Cylee; sisters, Dolores Waskowitz, Linda Dudik and Cookie Marote. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A blessing service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the funeral home followed by entombment in New St. Joseph Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Nancy L. Ware

January 15, 2020 |

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

Nancy L. Ware, age 89, of McKeesport, died January 14, 2020, at home. Born October 15, 1930, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Laura (Heintz) Hammerstrom and the wife of the late Benjamin F. Ware.

 
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Dorothy M. Manzlak

January 15, 2020 |

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

Dorothy Ivan/Evans Manzlak, resident of North Huntingdon, PA, formerly of Glassport, born to the late George and Susan (Timura) Ivan of Glassport, died in her one hundredth year on January 15, 2020.  Graduated as the class Salutatorian, she was the last surviving member of Glassport High School Class of 1938. A member of the former Holy Trinity / St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in McKeesport, she was a past president of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Ladies of Charity, was awarded the Diocese of Pittsburgh Ladies of Charity Service Award Medal, and founded the Holy Trinity Widows' Support Group.  She was a church choir member where the Salesian-published poem she wrote, "Night of Nights," was set to music and sung at midnight mass. She also served as Glassport's Judge of Election, was a Girl Scout Leader, a past president of the Glassport Women's Club, past secretary of the Pittsburgh District of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, and an active volunteer and board member of the former Glassport Public Library.  A resident of Redstone Highlands since 2013, she was known as the "poet" for her spiritual poems, several of which were published by the Salesians in their anthology books and booklets.  Much to her delight, two were chosen for the Salesian Golden Book of Poetry placed in the Vatican Library and several are posted on the Salesian website.  At Redstone, she formed many friendships among residents, staff, and caregivers. She considered each of them as additions to a loving family.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John (Munzie) Manzlak in 1981; a sister, Regina in 1920; half-sisters, Mary Gyurisin, Elizabeth Kushner and Elizabeth Maharik; half-brothers, George and Michael Ivan; son-in-law, Pete Riesberg; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is survived by daughters, Daria Riesberg of Alamo, CA and Dr. Audrey (Timothy) Quinlan of North Huntingdon; two grandchildren, Tara (Bill) Willenbrock of Chantilly, VA and Daniel (Deanna) Quinlan of Cranberry; one step-grandson, Derik Riesberg of CA; three great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.  Family and friends will be received from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, with Msgr. Paul Fitzmaurice officiating.  Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Dr., Delmont, PA  15626, Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, or the charity of one’s choice.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


LaVerne S. (Ulichnie) Mihalik

January 14, 2020 |

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

LaVerne S. (Ulichnie) Mihalik, 85, of White Oak, died Sunday January 12, 2020. She was born August 24, 1934 in Braddock, a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Henry) Ulichnie and was also preceded in death by her husband Michael J. Mihalik Sr. LaVerne was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport, where she volunteered for the respite group of Catholic Charities and also the monthly grief recovery support group.

She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children Bonnie (Joseph) Grott of McKeesport, Michael J. Mihalik Jr. (Peter Abraham) of Boston, MA, Lisa (James) Smith of Hopewell, and Susan (Michael) Ellsworth of Youngstown, OH; her grandchildren Brittany Smith, Tyler Grott, and Shannon and Kacey Ellsworth.

 
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Jesse Carl Long

January 14, 2020 |

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

Jesse Carl Long, age 91, of Buena Vista, Elizabeth, PA, died on January 10, 2020, at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. Born April 3, 1928, in Henderson, KY, he was the son of the late Radar and Eva Mae Long and the husband of the late Anna (Stoutamire) Long.

 
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Connie Wiggins

January 14, 2020 |

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

Connie Wiggins, age 85, of North Versailles died January 10, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born December 2, 1934, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Chester Kevena and Ada (Uhaus) Kavena Kadar and the wife of the late Leonard W. Wiggins.

 
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Patrick G. Proud

January 13, 2020 |

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

Patrick G. Proud, 82, of West Mifflin died January 12, 2020. He is the son of the late Joseph and Christina Proud. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Donna (Woods) Proud. He is survived by his son Patrick (Robin) Proud of Versailles; daughter Sharon McCue of West Mifflin; grandchildren Sean Proud, Ashley McCue, Nick Matthews and Donavon McCue. Patrick was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Masons, American Legion, and VFW. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a proud advocate of disabled veterans. Friends recieved Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne Wednesday from 2-8. A funeral mass will be held Thursday 10am at Holy Name Church. Interment following Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles.

 


Harry C. Bon

January 13, 2020 |

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

Harry C. Bon, age 91, of McKeesport, died January 10, 2020, at Jefferson Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Born October 21, 1928, in Braddock, he was the son of the late Jacob Crnkovic Bon and Virginia (Haube) Bon-McAdams and the husband of Lucille R. (Gatto) Bon for over 64 years.

 
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Ron D. Gallagher

January 12, 2020 |

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

Ron D. Gallagher, 37, of Pittsburgh, formerly of White Oak, died Friday, January 10, 2020. He was born October 22, 1982 in McKeesport, a son of Ronald (Debra) Gallagher of Trafford and Sandra Pardoe of Florida. Ron was a graduate of McKeesport High School and was a self-employed HVAC contractor. He loved God, family, life, and sports and also loved all the children. In addition to his parents he is survived by his fiancé Lisa Birch and her children Addison and Peyton; his grandparents Roy “Larry” Gallagher and Norma Jean Hetherington; his siblings Shaun Gallagher and Kristin Marsella-Lash; nieces Aryana Marsella and Annabelle Lash; also aunts, uncles, and cousins.
 
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Leonard “Leo” J. Ostrosky

January 12, 2020 |

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

Leonard “Leo” J. Ostrosky, age 91, of East McKeesport, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was born November 6, 1928 in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late John and Catherine Ostrosky. He was a long time member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport and the American Legion in White Oak. He served in the US Army in Korea and went onto work for over 37 years as a Mill Wright for U.S. Steel in Braddock. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Teofil Ostrosky; and sister Cecilia Yohn. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years Bernice M. (Uschock); sons Thomas (Barbara) Ostrosky, James (Elizabeth) Ostrosky and David (Diane) Ostrosky; grandchildren Kimberly and Joseph Ostrosky and Katie (Adam) Yeargin; brother Robert (Judy) Ostrosky; and sister Patricia (John) Sauers.
 
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Peggy Page Sepcic

January 11, 2020 |

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

Peggy Page Comer Sepcic, 91, of McKeesport passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 peacefully at home. She was born on June 4, 1928 in Shenandoah, VA to the late Franklin and Fannie Comer. She was the wife of the late James George Sepcic, who passed away October 19, 2017. The youngest of 14 siblings who grew up in Shenandoah, Va, Peggy was a strong, caring woman who was already driving at age 14 because, as the last sibling home, she was responsible for taking care of her mother. Peggy was always a sharply-dressed, loving, & welcoming woman who always had a pot of coffee on the stove and an extra plate at her table so no one ever left her home hungry or without good conversation. Until Peggy became ill, she was active member of many organizations including the board of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, an executive member of the McKeesport Hospital Women’s Committee, and a volunteer EMT for the Liberty Borough Ambulance service.  Peggy was loved & revered by all who knew her.

 
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Thomas H. O’Toole

January 11, 2020 |

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

Thomas H. O’Toole, 85, of Castle Shannon and formerly Elizabeth Township, sailed into eternity on Jan. 10, 2020. He was born on Nov. 30, 1934, in Saginaw, MI, to the late John and Rhea O’Toole. He is survived by his wife Darlene (Straw); sons Kevin (Melinda) of Monroeville and Kerry of Barefoot Bay, FL; daughter Kelly (Chris Peters) of Annapolis, MD; daughter-in-law Sharon of North Huntingdon; grandchildren Bradley, Shannon, Drew, Ryan and Sara; and great-grandson Jordan. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rose Marie (Curcio) and brothers John, William and Donald. A retiree of Elizabeth Carbide Die Co.,

 
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William A. "Red" Brewster

January 10, 2020 |

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

William A. "Red" Brewster,  88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was born September 25, 1931 in Boston and was the son of the late William and Rose (Maguire) Brewster. He was the husband of the late Margaret L. "Maggie" (Gilbert) Brewster who passed away February 6, 2006. Red was a retired Truck Driver and was a member of Teamsters Local 249.

 
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Richard P. Moran

January 09, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Richard P. Moran, 81, of Scottdale, Arizona, formerly of Duquesne, died unexpectantly at home on Monday, January 6, 2020. Born in Duquesne on July 17, 1938, he was the son of the late John P. and Anna (Matura) Moran. Mr. Moran was a retired Duquesne School teacher and  coached Basketball at Duquesne High School for 16 years, compiling an impressive 273-156 record.

He won 6 WPIAL Championships, 2 PIAA State Championships and 8 section championships. Under Rich's tutelage, 5 of his players reached the prestigious 1000 point club.  Rich won numerous Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and McKeesport Daily News Coach of the Year awards.

He was also a former member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in West Mifflin.

 
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Arthur Williams

January 09, 2020 |

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

Arthur Williams, 82, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, passed peacefully on January 3, 2020 at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

Born December 18, 1937 in Clairton, PA, son of the late Essie Williams, Sr. and Donnie Williams. Preceded in death by Essie Williams, Jr., David, Robert, Charles, James, and Bernice Williams.

Arthur was married to Mary Williams for 37 years. (Together for 50 yrs)

He served in the U.S Air Force and later joined the National Guard. He retired from McKeesport Hospital. Arthur enjoyed nature, carving wood and making canes.

 
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Kevin Liam Machesky, Jr.

January 09, 2020 |

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

Kevin Liam Machesky, Jr., 24, of Greenock, passed away Wednesday, January  8, 2020. He was born February 21, 1995 in Monroeville. Kevin was proprietor of Machesky Excavation and was a 2013 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School.

 
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Laura Lynn Haywood

January 09, 2020 |

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

Laura Lynn Haywood, age 57 of Forward Twp., passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born May 22, 1962 in Wilkinsburg, she was a daughter of the late Patricia Caldwell.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Laura was a home care nurse for Gallagher Home Health Services.  She is survived by her children Linsey Haywood of Forward Twp. and Adam Haywood of West Mifflin, and her granddaughter Ariel.  Friends will be received on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 2 PM to 4 PM in the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, Versailles.  Interment will be private.  www.bekavacfuneralhome.com  

 
 


Burke Webb

January 09, 2020 |

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

Burke Webb, 70, was born on January 26, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He departed this life, Friday, January 3, 2020 at Kane Regional Medical Center.

Burke was the son of the late Isaac Webb and Helen Jeffries.  He was employed by Irvin Works and retired from the VA Center in Oakland.

He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War.

 
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George Orean Saunders

January 09, 2020 |

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

George Orean Saunders, 88, was born on February 27, 1931 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. He departed this life, Friday, January 3, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital. He was the son of the late Samuel Frederick Saunders and Amanda House. He was also preceded in death by his son William Saunders.

George obtained a Business Degree from Lincoln University. He was the loving husband of Ruth Matthews Saunders for 67 years. He retired from U. S. Steel after 35 years.  He was the Pastor for Gospel of Jesus Church in Duquesne, Pennsylvania for a number of years.

He loved his church. He enjoyed gardening, and admired everything about airplanes; although he never flew in one.

 
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Cheryl A. Estok

January 09, 2020 |

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

Cheryl A. (Watazychyn) Estok, age 58, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at home. She was an administrative assistant for West Mifflin School District and enjoyed being a beautician for family and friends. Born August 30, 1961, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Louise (Miller) Watazychyn and wife of the late James T. Estok. She is survived by sons, Casey J. Estok of Forward Twp. and Cody T. Estok of Bunola; brother, Dale (Rebecca) Watazychyn of Georgetown, TX; in-laws, Tom and Mary Ann Estok of West Mifflin; and many good friends. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2-8 PM. A Blessing will take place on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 12 NOON in the funeral home with Fr. Rajko Kosic officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


June Ann Long Gilmore-Koebler

January 09, 2020 |

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

June Ann Long Gilmore-Koebler, of Manor and Westmoreland City, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Thanks to Pastor Glenn Meyers, of Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Westmoreland Manor A1 Floor, the staff, caregivers and nurses for their care and love to mom.
There will be no visitation. Arrangements were made by the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.
www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Grey E. Pratt

January 08, 2020 |

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

Grey E. Pratt, age 87, of White Oak, died January 7, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born December 22, 1932, in North Versailles, he was the son of the late Edgar and Edna (Colflesh) Pratt and the husband of the late Dolores (Hussey) Pratt.

 
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Daniel K. Mowery

January 08, 2020 |

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

Daniel K. Mowery, 75, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020. He was born May 27, 1944 in Irwin, a son of the late LeRoy and Helen (Barrett) Mowery. Dan was a 1962 graduate of Norwin High School, and was a proud U.S. Army veteran that served in the Vietnam Conflict from 1966 – 1968 receiving the Purple Heart. Prior to retirement he worked at Westinghouse (various locations), and as a corrections officer for SCI Pittsburgh and SCI Fayette. He was a lover of muscle cars especially his Corvette, a member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin, and a social member of North Irwin Fireman’s Club.

 
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Rev. Joseph R. Grosko

January 08, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Rev. Joseph R. Grosko, 87, past away peacefully on January 6, 2020 in Marian Manor Personal Care Home in Pittsburgh. Born in Braddock, March 27, 1932, he was the son of the late Andrew and Susan Grosko. He is survived by three sisters: Ann Pavlan, Elizabeth Rittenberger, and Julie Zuger, also many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by two brothers; Andrew and John Grosko, and two sisters; Margaret Baker and Angie Neary.

Rev. Grosko was a proud Veteran of the Vietnam War were he served as a Navy Chaplain.

 
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Reagan Terin Cash

January 08, 2020 |

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

Reagan Terin Cash, 23 months, was born on January 19, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She departed this life, Tuesday, December 31, 2019. She was the daughter of Jah-Mosia Cash and Christopher Simmons of McKeesport. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, James E. Robertson and her uncle, Mahlik T. Cash. Surviving are her brothers Zyon Cash, Giovanni, Christopher Jr., and Jadore Simmons; sisters, Giani, Onnesti, Kaniyah, and Alegacy Simmons; grandmothers, Teneshia Cash and Rosemary Martin; great-grandmother Rhonda Cash and Annie (Frank) Anderson; great-great grandmother, Mildred Cromerdie; grandfathers, Tashaki Simmons; great-grandfather, Leonard (Shirley) Robinson; godmother, Isha Johnson; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 
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Lane Anthony Blair

January 08, 2020 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Lane Anthony Blair, of Blairsville, died Sunday, January 5, 2020 at UPMC Children’s Hospital.  Born in Greensburg, December 31, 2019, he was the infant son of Michael and Kayla Cahill Blair.  In addition to his parents, Lane is survived by grandparents, Wendy and Paul Cahill of Blairsville, PA and Cheryl and Donald Fulton of Springfield, OH; great grandmother, Cathy Cahill of Plum Borough; also by aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 11 AM until 12 PM.  A service will be held at noon with the Rev. Derek Campbell officiating.  Interment will follow in Allegheny Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to Children’s Hospital, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15224.

 


Roberta Lee "Robin" Hodnik

January 08, 2020 |

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

Roberta Lee "Robin" Hodnik, age 65, of McKeesport, died January 6, 2020, at home. Born April 18, 1954, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Weinmiller) Revak and the wife of the late Thomas Hodnik, Sr.
Robin worked for Pennsylvania Coach Lines of McKeesport, where she was a school bus driver and also a security guard. She enjoyed trips to the casino, participating in Painting with a Twist, traveling, and cooking new dishes.

 
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Valerie Jean Kruczek

January 08, 2020 |

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

Valerie Jean Kruczek, age 86, of White Oak, died January 5, 2020, at Riverside Care Center of McKeesport. Born October 11, 1933, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Nellie (Palko) Kruczek.

 
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Alisa A. Bittner

January 08, 2020 |

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

Alisa A. Bittner, age 60 of Glassport, passed away unexpectedly, December 22, 2019, at her home.  Born July 9, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Dorothy Millington and the wife of  Christopher Bittner.
 Alisa graduated from Bosie's Nursing College in Poughkeepsie, NY, graduating second in her class, while working at Rhinebeck Hospital, Rhinebeck, NY. She loved being a nurse and working in healthcare.  She also loved animals, especially horses and cats, enjoyed reading and tending to her garden.

 
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James W. Ohler

January 07, 2020 |

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

James W. Ohler, 45, died Jan. 5, 2020.  He is the son of Richard (Carol) Ohler and the late Arlene (Moore) Ohler.  He is survived by his  brother  Richard Ohler, Jr.; sister Tammy (Richard) Smith; Step brothers John (Lori Beth) Locke and Kevin (Amy) Locke; step sister Caitlin (Zack) Just; nephews Russell and Randy Smith, John "Tripp" Locke and Conner Locke and nieces Emma Locke and Hadley Just.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne Sat. from 1 to 3, at which time a funeral service will be held with Pastor John Gropp.

 


Maura Lisa Lesko

January 07, 2020 |

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

Maura Lisa Lesko, age 64, of McKeesport, passed on January 5, 2020, surrounded by family at UPMC East of Monroeville. Born April 24, 1955, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John A. Lesko and Margaret W. (Anchak) Rechter.

 
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Giovanni Tommasi

January 07, 2020 |

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

Giovanni Tommasi, 81, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020.  He was born, October 30, 1938 in Sicily, Italy, a son of the late Emanuele  and Rosa Tommasi.  Giovanni worked in the textiles manufacturing industry and was a member of St. Agnes Parish.  He enjoyed gardening, cooking and watching Italian soccer.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Rosa Tommasi.  He is survived by his son, Elio Tommasi and his wife, Dawn; daughter, Rosa DeFeo and her husband, James; grandchildren, Gabby (Matt), Sabrina, Giovanni, James, Elaina and Elio; sisters, Lina Bonesio, Gina Tommasi, Giovanna Tommasi; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon with Msgr. Paul Fitzmaurice officiating. Interment to follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Elaine M. (Manuele) Becker

January 07, 2020 |

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

Elaine M. (Manuele) Becker, 87, a resident of Redstone Highlands, formerly of Irwin, died Saturday, January 4, 2020. She was born September 6, 1932 in Munhall, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Brennan) Manuele. Elaine was a graduate of Margaret Morrison Carnegie College.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Irwin Chapter 400, a Past Royal Matron of the Order of The Amaranth, Jeannette Chapter 25, and a charter member and past Worthy Advisor for the Irwin Chapter of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was also a volunteer for Norwin Area Meals On Wheels for over 20 years.

 
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Shirley C. Turocy

January 06, 2020 |

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

Shirley C. Turocy, age 85, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, formerly of White Oak, died Saturday, January 4, 2020. She was born in Indiana County, PA and is the daughter of the late Dale and Alice O’Harrah McQuiston. She is the wife of the late Albert R. Turocy, the mother of the late Richard Turocy and sister of the late Marion Brozosky, Harold McQuiston and Mildred Burgado.

She was a former member of Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church, employed at Westinghouse Air Brake, worked in retail at Gimbels, Sears and Rite Aid and was a lunch aid at Francis McClure Junior High School. She is survived by her son David A. Turocy of Longwood, Florida and daughter Maryalice (Daniel) Bendick of White Oak, and grandchildren Shelby and Timothy Bendick and many nieces and nephews.

 Family and friends will be received at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412 678 6177) on Wed., January 8, 2020 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm. Services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow.

 


Edward M. Withers

January 06, 2020 |

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

Edward M. Withers, age 80, of Jefferson Hills passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Golden Heights Personal Care Home. He was a retired project manager for Wheelabrator-Frye Inc. in Pittsburgh. He was a member of Mount Vernon Community Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Twp. and enjoyed singing with a barbershop quartet and woodworking. He was an avid football fan and was a former member of the Clemson University football team. Born February 11, 1939 in Floreffe, he was a son of the late Edward O. and Mary (Champion) Withers Porter. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara J. (Black) Withers; daughters, Lori Nicholson of Chatham, VA, Holly (Jeff) Slavin of Painesville, OH and Jill Withers of Columbus, OH; son, Mark E. (Mary Jo Wagner) Withers of Elizabeth; sister, Mary Lou Kline of Strongsville, OH; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 4-7 PM. A funeral service will take place on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 12 NOON in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Stephen Hospodar officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Patricia Ann (Schneider) Else

January 06, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Patricia Ann (Schneider) Else, 86, of Pleasant Hills, died January 1, 2020. She was the loving wife of the Rev. J. David Else; cherished mother of Cathy Irene LaFluer, Jeffrey David Else and the late Sandra Marie Rexa; loving grandmother to Michael, Andrew and Danny LaFluer, Julie Rexa, Joshua and Jacob Else; adoring G.G. to Riley; and treasured sister, aunt, cousin and friend of many.

Friends were received at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4048 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, where a Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 12 noon Jan. 4.

 


Kendra R. Brown

January 06, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 Kendra R. Brown, 41 of Sutersville, died Dec. 29, 2019.  She is the daughter of Gloria (Coddington) Brown and the late Kenneth Brown, Sr.  Kendra is survived by her fiance Ronald Beck of McKeesport; children Thomas (Danielle Dziaminski) Gindlesperger, Jr. of Clairton, Mikayla Gindlesperger of FL, Ethan Gindlesperger and Isaiah Gindlesperger of Clairton; sister Tina (Robert) Flohr of Port Vue; brother Kenneth Brown, Jr. of Elizabeth; grandsons Thomas Gindlesperger, III and Eric Johnston; nieces Ashley Raymond, Destiny Flohr, Emma Flohr and Lilly Siemon; nephews Shayne Flohr and Caleb Flohr and great niece Kaci Pitterich. Friends received Wojciechowski  Funeral Home, Glassport Wed. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 and Thurs. from 9:30 to 10:30.  Interment following Round Hill Cemetery.

 


Bernard "Bernie" Edward Arndt

January 06, 2020 |

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

Bernard "Bernie" Edward Arndt, 77 years old, died of natural causes in his North Huntingdon home on January 5, 2020.  He was born on February 16, 1942, to Albert Leo Arndt and Bertha Ann Bachus Arndt.  Bernie proudly served in the Marine Corps for 4 years, stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and in Cuba where he received several medals and accommodations for good conduct, national defense service metal, rifle expert badge and pistol expert badge.  September 1968, Bernie married, the love of his life, Luanne "Lu" Nicole.  Bernie and Lu were the proud parents of one son, Richard "Richie" Arndt.  Bernie's work career included a long-term employment with Beckwith Machinery and Cleveland Brothers at their Murrysville site where he worked in computer programming and software troubleshooting.  Bernie loved to travel both nationally and internationally with his wife, as well as taking Lu antique shopping and to craft shows.  He also enjoyed taking his sister, Bridget, gambling.  He was a long-term resident of the Penns Woods community in North Huntingdon where he enjoyed sitting on his porch people watching and talking to the neighbors.  He also enjoyed supporting the many events sponsored by the Penns Woods Civic Association.  Bernie loved his family and his country.  He was known for his sarcastic sense of humor.  He is predeceased by his wife, Luanne; and his son Richie, as well as his siblings, Anna Mary Schwan, Joseph Arndt, Paul Arndt, Delores "Dee" Ley, and Walburga “Bridget” Arndt.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin.  Those who wish to remember Bernie in a special way are asked to make a donation in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Marine Corps Veterans Association.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Jean Britha Goodrum Hudson

January 06, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Jean Britha Goodrum Hudson, 86 died peacefully surrounded by family members on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Cumming, GA, where she had resided at the Oaks at Hampton Assisted Living Center since moving from Shalimar, FL, in 2016.  She had been a long-time resident of Florida, living in Homestead and Shalimar.  Jean was born in West Mifflin, PA on April 28, 1933 to the late James and Britha Andrews Goodrum, the last of six children.  Jean was married for 24 years to the late Thomas A. Hudson, Jr. (Air Force Retired), until his death in 1977. Jean worked as a civil servant beginning her career with the Department of Defense and retiring from the Department of the Interior.  After retirement, she enjoyed her grandchildren and fellowship with the First Baptist Church of Niceville, Florida, where she was a long standing member.  She is survived by her daughter; Linda Jean Hudson (David) DeLarios, of Cumming, GA, and son; Thomas James (Kimberly) Hudson, of Spring Hill, FL, grandchildren;  Rebecca R. Hudson,  Thomas C. Hudson, Erika H. Phipps,  Emily  J. Hudson ,  and Hudson A. DeLarios. In addition, Jean was blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Hudson, Jr., sisters; Hannah McDevitt, Mary DaBaldo and Viola Edwards, and brothers; James and Arnold Goodrum.  Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, January 7th from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place on Wednesday, January 8th at 11:00 am at the funeral home to be followed by interment at Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery, West Mifflin, PA.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Dorothy J. Lees

January 06, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 Dorothy J. Lees, 94, died Sunday Jan. 5, 2020. She was the daughter of the late James and Julia (McCloskey) Sholtis. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Vaughn Pete Lees. She is survived by children LaVaughn J. (Lees) Hosni and husband John, Terri A. (Lees) Toth and husband Bill, Jack Lees and wife Pamela, and Rick Lees and wife Danette; grandchildren Kristin, Michael, Jonathan, Joanna, Jessica, and Jamie; great-grandchildren Jordyn, Justin, Michael, Ashley, Madison, Shelby, Geordan, Colin, and Alex; and loved dog Sadie. Friends will be received at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Thursday Jan. 9 from 2-8pm. Services will be private.

 


Walter E. Spielman Jr.

January 06, 2020 |

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

Walter E. Spielman Jr., age 86, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of North Versailles, died January 1, 2020, at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center of Las Vegas. Born December 13, 1933, he was the son of the late Walter E. Sr. and Catherine I. (Campbell) Spielman and the husband of the late Marie (Skladany) Spielman.

 
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Patsy Jane Harbert

January 05, 2020 |

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

Patsy Jane Harbert, of E. McKeesport, died Saturday, January 4, 2020. She was born in McKeesport on Oct. 12, 1947 and is the daughter of the late Walter J. and Elizabeth Beeler Sherman. She was employed in the Deli department at Kroger’s in N. Versailles, Giant Eagle at Eastland, Foodland in N. Versailles and then Giant Eagle in N. Versailles.

 
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Rosemary Kengle Wrublesky

January 05, 2020 |

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

Rosemary Kengle Wrublesky, age 76, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died January 3, 2020, at UPMC East Monroeville. Born September 12, 1943, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Agnes (Kocheran) Popowitz and the wife of Albert Wrublesky.

 
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Eric James DeFrancesco

January 04, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

It is with the utmost sorrow and heartbreak that we announce the untimely and unexpected passing of our most beloved son, brother and father, Eric James DeFrancesco, 50, of West Mifflin who died Thursday, January 2, 2020 in UPMC McKeesport. Born January 22, 1969, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of  James and Beatrice (Homoki) DeFrancesco. He leaves behind to mourn his parents, a daughter, Jessica DeFrancesco, a brother and sister-in-law, Kirk and Amber DeFrancesco, his significant other, Sherry Hathaway, a grandson, Elijah DeFrancesco, and many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.

 
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William J. Brkovich

January 04, 2020 |

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

William J. Brkovich, age 82 of North Huntingdon, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 in The Grove at Irwin.  Born May 5, 1937 in Versailles, he was a son of the late Matthew and Mildred (Brketic) Brkovich.  A member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in North Huntingdon and a US Army Veteran of the Korean War, William was the former Chief of Police of both Versailles Borough and North Huntingdon Township, a flight instructor at both Rostraver and Allegheny County Airports, and a member of the Operating Engineers Local #66.  He was a member of the Allegheny and Western PA Chiefs Association, the FOP #91, the White Oak American Legion, CFU Versailles Lodge #146, the Civil Air Patrol at the Allegheny County Airport, and a graduate of FBI Training School.  Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by his children James and Roxanne Brkovich and his siblings Ann Tucker and George, "Peaches," Frank, and John Brkovich.  He is survived by his wife Loretta (Goreski) Brkovich; his son Lester "Boo" (Jamie) Brkovich of McKeesport; his stepchildren Marlene (Jeff Brohman) Antonelli of Lakeworth, FL, Michelle Antonelli of North Huntingdon, and Martin (Risa) Antonelli, Jr. of North Huntingdon; his grandchildren C.J., Sarah, and Brian; his sister Katherine Carr of Versailles; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Robert "Bob" Barron, Sr.

January 03, 2020 |

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

Robert P. (Bob) Barron, Sr., age 71, of McKeesport and formerly of New Castle , passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Husband of the late Joyann Barron;

Beloved father of Lisa Lacey and Robert P. (Julie) Barron Jr.;

 
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William Bernard Carper

January 03, 2020 |

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

William Bernard Carper, 79, of Morgantown, WV, formerly of Roanoke, VA, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020. He was born May 10, 1940 in Roanoke, VA, and was the son of the late Charles Bernard and Martha (Wills) Carper. William was a retired Store Manager for the Virginia ABC Board, and was a US Air Force veteran.

 
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Dolores LaVonne Corron

January 02, 2020 |

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

Dolores LaVonne Corron, age 90 of Dennison, Ohio, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  She was born in Buena Vista on January 15, 1929 and is the daughter of the late Austin L. and Frances A. Buser Brown and the wife of the late Albert H. Corron.  She was employed as a bank teller then later retired from Allegheny County Election Department.

 
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Dorothy M. Bell

January 02, 2020 |

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

Dorothy M. Bell, age 90, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died January 1, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born March 15, 1929, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Kerlin) Hursich and the wife of the late Howell L. Bell.

 
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Jean (Dabruzzo) Todaro

January 02, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Jean (Dabruzzo) Todaro age 87 of Glassport, died January 2,2020 at Presbyterian hospital. Born on October 24, 1932 in Glassport.  She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Maria (DiPaolo) Dabruzzo; beloved wife of Frank (Rock) Todaro. Jean Is survived by sisters Josephine Metz; also step son Ralph Todaro, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Anthony, Quirino, James, Guido, Nicholas; sister, Ida Null and step daughter Barbara Fulton. Jean was retired from the GC Murphy Co. McKeesport and Jefferson Regional Medical Ctr in Homestead. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary.  Friends received WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport, Sunday 2-6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday 10:00 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Parish. Interment following St. Joseph Cemetery in North Versailles.

 


Eleanor Lynch Anater

January 02, 2020 |

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

Eleanor Lynch Anater, 79, of White Oak, died on Wednesday January 1, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital after surgical complications. Ellie was born in Pittsburgh on September 11, 1940 to Ida (McGrady) and William J. Lynch. She grew up on Chislett Street in the Morningside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her younger sisters, Bea and Marge, always by her side. She met her devoted husband, Tom, while they were both students at Duquesne University, where she earned her B.S. in Biology. They married at St. Raphael’s Church in Morningside in 1963. Together they had six children: Mark, Michael, Susan, Sharon, Patrick, and Tim. She was a devoted member of St. Angela Merici Parish for 47 years. She was selfless in serving her parish family and its school. She was their long-time Parish Secretary and Director of the Junior Ladies of Charity.  She was in charge of flowers and church decorations for every important date on the liturgical calendar for as long as memory serves.

 
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Kenneth Edward Kaczka

January 02, 2020 |

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

Kenneth Edward Kaczka, age 71 of Liberty Borough, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in the VA Hospital Healthcare System - University Drive Campus, Pittsburgh.  Born May 10, 1948 in Braddock, he was a son of the late Joseph E. and Irene A. (Kollar) Kaczka.  A parishioner of St. Mark's Parish in Liberty Borough and a union member of the IBEW Local #1919, Kenneth was a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving with valor and distinction in combat in the Vietnam War and earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  He was also a member of the Liberty Veterans Association.  Kenneth is survived by his siblings Joseph A. (Karen) Kaczka of Avon Lake, OH, Donald (Judy) Kaczka of Liberty Borough, Kathy Kaczka of Penn Hills, Larry (Linda) Kaczka of South Park, and Mary Ann Perkins of Hidden Valley; and his nieces and nephews: Michael, Jacob, Levi, Nicholas, and Patrick Kaczka, Hannah Camic, Marena Wood, and Chelsea Perkins.

 
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Larry A. Bozick

January 02, 2020 |

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

Larry A. Bozick, 91, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  He was born May 3, 1928 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Michael and Mary Bozick.  Prior to his retirement, Larry was a truck driver for Bettis and later worked for Lea's Flower Shop which he enjoyed, and was a veteran of the US Navy.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" A. Bozick.  He is survived by his daughter, Lori Pellegrino and her husband, Domenic; grandchildren, Anthony (Sommer) Pellegrino, Krystle (Anthony) Angrisani; great-grandchildren, Nickolas and Gianna Pellegrino.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Pastor August M. Thalman, Jr.

January 02, 2020 |

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

Pastor August M. Thalman, Jr., 92, of Elizabeth, passed away Monday, December  30, 2019. He was born January 19, 1927 in Freeport and was the son of the late August M. and Daisy (Johns) Thalman, Sr. Pastor Thalman was a former Pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. He was a member of the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co., and was a former chaplain at the Veterans Administration Nursing Home in Butler. He was a Pastor in area churches for over 50 years and was also a WWII US Navy Veteran. For his service, he received the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal.

 
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Nancy C. Scalese

January 02, 2020 |

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

Nancy C. Scalese age 78, of West Mifflin, on December 30, 2019.  Daughter of the late Frank & Nancy (Lupino) Scalese, she was a homemaker and care giver to her family.  She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne and enjoyed crafts.  She is survived by Aunts and Cousins.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 3, from 2-7 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Saturday, January 4 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish  with Rev. Nick Mastrangelo officiating.  Burial will follow at Calvary Mausoleum, Pittsburgh, PA. 

 


David J. Bedont

January 02, 2020 |

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

David J. Bedont age 69, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday December 31, 2019 in UPMC McKeesport.  Born January 29, 1950 to the late Mark Sr. and Beatrice (Ardiana) Bedont, he was a roll turner at the former Mesta Machine Co. and a pharmacy tech at the V.A. Hospital in Oakland.  He is survived by brothers Mark Jr. (Sally) of Williamsburg, VA, Gary of West Mifflin and Jeff (Mary) of West Mifflin; loving uncle of Melanie (Rob) Vitous, Eric (Lauren) Bedont, Alex Bedont, Tracey Lape (Mike Warywoda) and Tyler Douglass; great uncle to Dylan and Trevor Bedont, Mark and Melody Bedont, Kacen Lape and Teagan Warywoda. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Monday, January 6 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Conway officiating.  Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

 


Brock A. Biller

January 01, 2020 |

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

Brock A. Biller, age 52 of Sarasota, FL, passed away suddenly in Jefferson Hospital on January 1, 2020.  Born July 23, 1967 in Connellsville, he was the son of the late Bill and Alberta (Hyatt) Biller.  Brock was the owner of Green Goat Landscaping in Sarasota, and served 4 years in the US Air Force.  He is survived by his siblings Troy (Mia) Tamburri of Baldwin, William and Brent (Lisa) Biller, both of Connellsville, Shawn Tamburri of Miami, FL, Babbette (Tony) Miele of Uniontown, and Heather Biller of Freeport; and his special friend Kathy Servich.  Brock is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 
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Lloyd Paul Miller

January 01, 2020 |

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

Lloyd Paul Miller, 87, of Irwin, died Tuesday December 31, 2019, at Golden Heights, Irwin. He was born October 9, 1932 in East McKeesport, a son of the late Lloyd P. and Esther Johnson Miller.

He was a retired employee of Bell Telephone with 37 years’ service. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin and a former active member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior, North Huntingdon. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and an avid woodworker and bowler and enjoyed photography. He built both homes his family was raised in.

Paul wintered in Florida for many years with his late wife Suzanna and was a loving father and grandfather.

 
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Janet I. (Gundy) Schiavone

January 01, 2020 |

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

Janet I. (Gundy) Schiavone, age 80, of Irwin, passed away Monday, December 30, 2019. She was born December 8, 1939 in Duquesne, a daughter of the late Albert and Elise Gundy.

She worked in the drive thru of Wendy’s Restaurant in Irwin for over 23 years before retiring. She loved to golf, bowl, and travel once a year to Las Vegas and enjoyed coffee with her close friend and neighbor Susan.

She is survived by her husband of over 63 years Joseph C. Schiavone; children Joseph (Marcy) Schiavone of Greensburg, Michael (Mary) Schiavone of Harrison City, Kenny Schiavone of Pittsburgh, and James Schiavone, Ralph (Roxane) Schiavone, and Robert (Denise) Schiavone all of Irwin; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and her sister Jonella.

 
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Richard L. Burge

January 01, 2020 |

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

Richard L. Burge, age 65, of McKeesport, died December 31, 2019, at UPMC McKeesport. Born January 20, 1954, he was the son of Thomas and Dorothy Burge and the husband of Elizabeth (Grubb) Burge.

 
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