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George W. Blasko

February 20, 2020 |

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

George W. Blasko, age 89, of North Huntingdon Township, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020. He was born February 3, 1931 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Andrew and Helen Blasko. He was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Irwin, the Irwin Moose for over 52 years, and the Police Rod & Gun Club in New Alexandra. He worked for over 37 years at Penn State Tool and Die in Irwin before retiring. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing at the camp in Bedford. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers Thomas and Andrew Blasko.

 
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Albert J. Stajger

February 20, 2020 |

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

Albert J. Stajger, 85, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in McKeesport, October, 28, 1934, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Safko) Stajger. Per Mr. Stajger's wishes all services are private and provided by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., Duquesne.

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Caroline M. Moranelli

February 20, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Caroline M. Moranelli, 87, of Glassport died Feb. 19, 2020.  She is the daughter of the late Antonio and Mary (Tavalaro) Moranelli and is survived by her nieces Barbara Moranelli, with whom she resided, and Lisa Moranelli; also nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by sisters Catherine Concel and Minnie Ponzo; brothers Frank Moranelli, Nick "Mutt" Moranelli and Ralph "Rossi" Moranelli and nephew James Ponzo, her longtime caretaker.  Caroline worked at Immels, GC Murphy Company, Pater's Pharmacy and retired from Rite Aid in Glassport; was a graduate from St. Peters High School and was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport  on Sat. from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, at which time a funeral mass will be held at Queen of the Rosary with Father Wojcicki.  Inurnment following New St. Joseph Cemetery.  The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Golden Heights Person Care, Walden's View Personal Care and especially Heritage Hospice for taking such good care of their aunt.

 


Mary Lou Skiffington

February 20, 2020 |

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

Mary Lou Skiffington, age 89, of McKeesport, died February 19, 2020, at home. Born November 18, 1930, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late William J. Lundy and Alice Bickerton and the wife of the late Vincent A. "Pete" Skiffington, Sr.

 
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Vernell J. Stewart

February 19, 2020 |

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

Vernell J. Stewart, 78, was born April 24, 1941 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late William and Xnola West; departed this life peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Austell, Georgia. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Stewart, brother, Larry Roy West and grandchild Jayemond Bailey.

Vernell graduated from McKeesport High School. She attended CCAC and later became a certified nursing assistant. She worked at UPMC McKeesport Hospital for 32 years until she retired. She met her husband; the late John Stewart and they were married for over 40 years.

Vernell accepted Christ at an early age. She was a faithful member of Petra International Ministries until she moved to Georgia. Vernell served in several capacities, she was a member of the Adult Choir and Usher Board. She loved to read. Her favorite pass time was doing word puzzles.

 
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Vesta Y. Bivins

February 19, 2020 |

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

Vesta Y. Bivins, 76 years old of North Versailles, was born October 6, 1943 in Clairton, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Cleavester and Madge Lee Phillips. She departed this life on February 13, 2020 in Forbes Hospital and was also preceded in death by her son Tiron Bivins.

Vesta was a Duquesne High School graduate. She was a Staff Secretary for Westinghouse, and later worked as a Case Coordinator for Children & Youth Services. She met Frank Bivins and they were married for over 52 years.

 
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Shirley Mae Cleveland-Montgomery

February 19, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Shirley Mae Cleveland-Montgomery, 84, died Feb. 14, 2020 in McKeesport. She was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Pittsburgh to Katherine Cleveland (Herrer) and Odell Cleveland. She spent her childhood years growing up on Hosier Street in Homestead as well as on the family farm in Homeville with her brothers Odell & Calvin Cleveland.

She always talked about her family horse “Harry”. Harry was in charge of farm chores as well as giving the children rides around the farm. She also had a pet pig but learned quickly that pigs are not pets. Thanksgiving that year was a sad affair.

Through the years, she resided in several places Chicago, IL., Homewood, PA, East Liberty, PA, but returned to Homestead, PA. She worked several manufacturing jobs while in Chicago before returning to Homestead to help her brother Calvin run the family-owned bar, “Cleveland Grill.”

 
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Virginia M. Hess

February 19, 2020 |

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

Virginia M. Hess, age 90, of White Oak, died February 19, 2020. She was born in McKeesport on August 14,1929 and is the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Mima Godek.

Virginia graduated from McKeesport High School in 1947 and the McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. She was a retired Registered Nurse for UPMC McKeesport for many years and later a private duty nurse. She was a member of the former St. Mary’s Czestochowa Church and currently a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish.

 
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Raymond G. Kocak

February 19, 2020 |

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

Raymond G. Kocak,82, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020.  He was born May 26, 1937 in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Mary (Sima) Kocak.  Prior to his retirement, Ray was a state bank examiner for the Commonwealth of PA, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and a veteran of the US Army.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth A. (Vargecko) Kocak; granddaughter, Jessica Kocak; and brother, John Kocak Jr.  He is survived by his son, Raymond Kocak (Jana); daughter, Christine L. Trone and her husband, Timothy; sister-in-law, Anna Marie Kocak; grandchildren, Amber, Devon, Zack, Sammie, Marley, Tyler; and great-grandchild, Rowen.  A memorial mass will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Webster's Gift, 14459 Otis Drive, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Gloria Hand-Reichenfeld

February 18, 2020 |

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

Gloria Hand-Reichenfeld, 92, of North Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020. She was born May 21, 1927 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marion (Book) Connolly Gloria, whom many knew as Katie was preceded in death by her first Husband, Alvin L. Hand, who was a fighter pilot in World War, II. She met Al shortly after the War and married him. They were married for 28 years when Al succumbed to heart disease in 1975. She then married Eugene "Gene" Reichenfeld, a noted musician and symphony conductor in the Pittsburgh area. She was married to Gene for 34 years before he passed away in 2016. Mom was a lover of the symphony, classical music and received great joy in reading and going to restaurants. Throughout her life, her primary focus was and always had been her family. Her happiest moments were at family gatherings where she interacted with three generations. She was unique in her ability to interact with her contemporaries as well as her Great Grandchildren. She had the special ability to connect with people right away. Her greatest qualities were her abilities to be compassionate, loving and nurturing of her friends and family. She was also predeceased by her eldest son, Keith, who died in a mountain climbing accident on Mt. Huascaran in South America in 1978.

 
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Catherine Elizabeth McKeown

February 18, 2020 |

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

Catherine Elizabeth McKeown, 93, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 17, 2020. She was born November 19, 1926 in Wildcat Hollow and was the daughter of the late Christ and Rose (Thompson) Maurer. Catherine was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church. She had worked for Balsamo's, G.C. Murphy Co. Home office, and also US Steel Christy Park Works during WWII. 

 
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Walter G. Wojton Sr.

February 18, 2020 |

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

Walter G. Wojton Sr., age 102, of McKeesport, died February 14, 2020, at home. Born on September 21, 1917, he was the son of the late Stanley and Philomena Wojton and the husband of the late Gertrude (Borkowski) Wojton.

 
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John A. "Sonny" Axelson

February 17, 2020 |

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

John A. "Sonny" Axelson, 73, of West Mifflin died peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at home in the company of his loving family. Born December 9, 1946 in McKeesport, he was the son of the Late Arthur and LaRue Robis Axelson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 yrs, Pat Gastrock Axelson, his most cherished daughter, Heather D. (Jason) Bonacci, Joseph Axelson, and Erikka Dunmeyer, a brother, Dennis W. (Lorrie) Axelson, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and nieces & nephews. He was a member of Homeville Christian Church, West Mifflin, a retired employee of Bettis Atomic Lab, West Mifflin, a 1965 graduate of Schwab Vocational School in Homestead, and a 1967 graduate of Western Pennsylvania School of Technology. He also enjoyed gardening, hunting, the Steelers and fishing at Twin Lakes Park.

 
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William "Duel' Deemer

February 17, 2020 |

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

William “Duel” Deemer, "Every Musician's Friend" age 75 of Coulter died February 15, 2020. He is survived by his wife JoEllen Oggier, one sister Anita Knox. Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Sunday 2-7 p.m. The family requests no flowers. Please make donations to the funeral home to defray funeral expenses. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Ruth L. (Wallace) Davis

February 17, 2020 |

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

Ruth L. (Wallace) Davis, age 88 of Clairton and formerly of "The Patch" in Large, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Jefferson Hills Manor.  Born January 8, 1932 in Jefferson Hills, she was a daughter of the late Winfield and Gertrude (Kessler) Wallace.  Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Emerson "Moose" Davis, who passed away February 20, 2002, and her siblings Jane DiClaudio, Dorothy Kosko, Betty Roesch, Marie Eggler, Bernice Bommer, Ethel Havel, and William and Jack Wallace.  She is survived by her children Janet L. Davis of Clairton and Walter (Angela) Davis of Myrtle Beach, SC; her grandchildren Jennifer Durigon and Michael and James Davis; great-grandchildren Matthew Durigon and Chase and Lexie Davis; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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