January 09, 2020 |
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January 04, 2020 |
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.
January 02, 2020 |
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.
January 01, 2020 |
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.
December 31, 2019 |
Edward J. Balog, Sr., age 80 of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in UPMC McKeesport. Born July 31, 1939 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late George and Anna (Sopp) Balog. A member of St. Patrick's R.C. Church in McKeesport, Edward received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as an industrial engineer with US Steel, Westinghouse, Modulus, and Teledyne. He finished his working career as a maintenance supervisor at Mayview Hospital and also taught plant layout and design at CCAC Boyce Campus in Monroeville. In his spare time, he was a car buff, a cat lover, and a talented handyman. Most importantly, Edward is now reunited with the love of his life, the late Pauline (Cherepko) Balog, who passed away August 26, 2011. He is now truly at peace. Edward is survived by his children Edward J. (Rhonda) Balog, Jr. of North Huntingdon, David G. (Kristina) Balog of Saegertown, Marie (John) Crupie of North Huntingdon, and Diane (Phil) DePietro of Penn Twp.; his grandchildren Courtney and Taylor Crupie; Jake and Allison DePietro; and Justin, Dylan, Brittney, Nathan, Zachary, and Mikayla Balog; and his cat Nikki.
December 30, 2019 |
George R. Bercik, age 83 of Gill Hall, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Grandview Estates, Elizabeth Twp. Born May 28, 1936 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late George and Anna (Pavlik) Bercik. A retired mining engineer at the US Bureau of Mines in South Park, George was a Veteran of the US Army and an avid birder and naturalist. He is survived by his children Joseph M. (Jane) Bercik of Finleyville, Lynn D. (Ed) Calcek of Charleroi, and Angel (Richard) Minda of Forward Twp.; his grandchildren Bryan (Amber) Bercik, Sarah Russell, Nathan Blackburn, Renee (Brian) Blankenship, and Mitchell and Patrick Minda; his great-grandchildren Monroe, Maddyn, and Riley; his siblings Dolores Senko of Vero Beach, FL, Thomas (Barb) Bercik of Jefferson Hills, and Carol Shoemaker of Finleyville; and also nieces and nephews.
December 29, 2019 |
Louise P. Mandekic, age 87 of McKeesport, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in UPMC McKeesport. Born June 21, 1932 in East Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Sophia (Gorence) Zupancic. A 1950 graduate of Scott High School, Louise worked as a secretary for Mine Safety Appliance, Inc. of Wilkinsburg. She was a parishioner of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in McKeesport, was a past president of the Christian Mothers' Assoc. of both Sacred Heart and St. Martin de Porres Parishes, was a member of the CFU Lodge #3; and an active volunteer at McKeesport Hospital and numerous area locations. Louise is survived by her husband William M. Mandekic; her children Cynthia (Rodger) Downes of McKeesport, Gary (Diana) Mandekic of Derry Twp., Daniel (Samantha) Mandekic of Hopwood, and Darlene (Albert) Fine of Forward Twp.; her grandchildren Ryan Mandekic and Alyssa, Danica, and Chloe Fine; her great-grandchildren Alex and Denver; and also nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Andrew Zupancic and twin brother Louis Zupancic.
December 23, 2019 |
Allen R. "Skip" Mayhugh, age 86, of Elizabeth, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and was stationed in Japan where he met his wife and lifelong friend, Setsue. After serving in the Army, he returned home and worked in construction and part-time farming. He was a part-time policeman in Elizabeth Borough in the early 1970s and in 1984, he founded A&M Recycling in Elizabeth. Born January 20, 1933 in Forward Twp., he was a son of the late Kenneth and Mabel (Bernhardy) Mayhugh. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Setsue K. (Kisu) Mayhugh; daughters, Cathy Pierce of Elizabeth, Susie Mayhugh of Tucson, AZ, Jackie (Robert) Salka of Forward Twp., and Toni Mayhugh of Elizabeth; son, John H. Mayhugh of Elizabeth and Jim Mayhugh of Elizabeth; grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Heath of Townville and Mary Patello of Waltersburg; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Liz Mayhugh, and brother, William C. Mayhugh. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfunerahome.com.
December 23, 2019 |
Doris Sydoriak, age 90 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 in Sycamore Estate Personal Care Residence, Duquesne. Born March 16, 1929 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Katherine (Bilak) Sydoriak and the last-surviving sister of the late Mary, Stephen, Nick, and Julia Sydoriak. Doris was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, both in Clairton. She is survived by her sister in law Lillian Sydoriak and her niece Lillian Tintor.
December 21, 2019 |
John E. “Po” Hall, age 99 of Mars, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Butler VA Heath Care Community Living Center. A US Navy Veteran who served aboard the USS Charrette DD581 during World War II, he was born September 26, 1920 in Pittsburgh, the son of Albert and Ada Hall and brother of Stella Hill, who passed away at age 93. John married Mary M. (Firczak) Hall of September 21, 1946 and had 60 wonderful years together. Mary passed away on April 15, 2007. He worked at US Steel, Clairton Works, 22” rolling mill for 46 years. After retiring, he moved to Phoenix, AZ to enjoy life with Mary for 24 happy years. They enjoyed travelling and going to the Navy Reunions. John was a lifelong member of the American Legion, Daniel Keffer Post # 75 of Clairton. He is survived by his son Charles Hall; his daughter Cathy (Bruce) Shuster; his grandchildren Jonathan Hall and Kelly, Sally, and Nicole Shuster; his brother –in-law Bill (Donna) Firczak; his sister-in-law Wilma (Paul) Fedorka; and also nieces and nephews: Leo, Beverly, Diane, Scott, Rick, Paula, Tom, Lisa, and Joe.
December 20, 2019 |
Dorothy Jean Stiteler, age 81, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Southwestern Nursing Center. She was a former member of Resurrection Parish in Brookline. Born September 21, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Elmer Raymond and Dorothy Marie (Ryce) Schutzman Stiteler. She is survived by her sister, Carol A. Schaff of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews, William Schaff Jr., David Schaff and Christi Murphy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by niece, Karen Sippos. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, December 23, 2019, from 10-10:30 AM followed by prayers. Interment is private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
December 18, 2019 |
Matthew V. Luketic, age 72 of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 in UPMC McKeesport. Born August 22, 1947 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Matthew E. and Mildred (Zaiac) Luketic. A retiree from the McKeesport Municipal Authority and former member of Sacred Heart Parish in McKeesport, Matthew was a member of the CFU #146, Wastewater Pollution Control Association, and a 22 year member of the Democratic Committee of McKeesport. He was also a member of the McKeesport Jaycees for 10 years and, in 1976, he was chosen as Jaycee of the Year. Matthew is survived by his sister Carol (Larry) Harrison of Trafford; his nieces Kimberly (Jeff) McNaney and Cari (Wayne) Ireland; his great nephews Tyler Larkin and Andrew and Nathan Gligonic; and his great-nieces Tara Shultz and Emma Gligonic.
December 16, 2019 |
Daniel J. Sowa, age 50 of Jefferson Hills, passed away at home on Monday, December 16, 2019. Born January 30, 1969 in Braddock, he was a son of the late Walter A. and Jacqueline (McCorkle) Sowa. A 1987 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Daniel worked for many years as an aircraft mechanic. He is survived by his brother David (Ann Marie) Sowa of Liberty Borough; his sister Stephanie Osselborn of West Mifflin; his stepchildren Carol Opfer of Elizabeth Twp. and Joyce (Jake) Bartlet of Kaukauna, WI; his grandchildren Daniel, Mikel, and Sarah; his nieces and nephews Emma Grace McGurk-Sowa, Keation and Cassandra McClelland, and C.J. Raymond; and his companion Karen Sowa.
December 16, 2019 |
Julia Sydoriak, age 95 of Clairton, passed away Monday, December 16, 2019. Born August 29, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Katherine (Bilak) Sydoriak and was employed for many years at Teper's Jewelers in Clairton. She was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, both in Clairton. Julia is survived by her sister Doris Sydoriak, her sister-in-law Lillian Sydoriak, and her niece Lilly Tintor. She was preceded in death by her siblings Mary, Stephen, and Nick Sydoriak.