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Dorothy B. Vance

November 14, 2019 |

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

Dorothy B. Vance, age 85, of West Mifflin, formerly of Rochester, PA, died November 12, 2019, at Southwestern Health Care Center.

 
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Clarence Edison “Bo” Stark Jr.

November 14, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Clarence Edison “Bo” Stark Jr., 72, of McKeesport, formerly of Clairton and Glassport, passed away on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at John J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport. He was born in Vindex, Maryland, on April 10, 1947 to the late Bertha Tasker and Clarence E. Stark Sr. Clarence is survived by his daughter, Christine Stark, of McKeesport, sisters, Rose Bocianoski, of Port Vue, Mary (Larry) Hackney, of Ashland, KY, Patricia (Carl) Ratliff, of Ashland, Ohio, Charlotte (Terry) Hauser, of Hanover, MD, Anna (Ralph) Park, of Oakland, MD, brothers, Charles (Paula) Stark, of Frederick, MD, and Robert Stark, of MD, as well as many nieces and nephews. Clarence proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during Vietnam, where he was stationed in Panama. He was formerly employed by Westinghouse, as well as Sears in West Mifflin. Clarence enjoyed playing Billiards, and was a member of several Pool Leagues. The family would like to thank the staff at Kane for their caring and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. Inurnment will take place at a later date at a private family cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


John C. “The Welder” Cegelski

November 14, 2019 |

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

John C. “The Welder” Cegelski, 65, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday November 12, 2019 at home. He was born May 24, 1954 in Perthamboy, NJ, the son of the late John W. and Margaret (Tice) Cegelski. He worked as a welder for John Brentzel contracting, loved animals, and enjoyed being on his motorcycle. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Genevieve (Wozniak) Cegelski. He is survived by his children Angel Gibson of North Huntingdon and James Gibson and his wife Caroline of North Irwin; his grandson Johnathan Gibson; and sisters Barbara Pagano and Sandra Cegelski.

 
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Edward Paul Rusteikas

November 14, 2019 |

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

Edward Paul Rusteikas, 88, of Allison Park and formerly of Lincoln Borough, passed away Tuesday, November  12, 2019. He was born August 15, 1931 in Duquesne and was the son of the late Walter and Theresa (Jackson) Rusteikas. He was the husband of the late Charlotte Mae (Pryor) Rusteikas who passed away March 18, 2012. Edward was a member of Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport, and was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He retired as a warehouseman in 1993 from Ames Department Stores, Inc. (formerly, G. C. Murphy Co.), Christy Park (McKeesport, PA).

 
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Stanley C. Pomycala

November 14, 2019 |

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

Stanley C. Pomycala, age 93 of Pasadena, MD and formerly of North Versailles, passed away at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, MD.  Born August 14, 1926 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles C. and Mary (Busch) Pomycala.  A graduate of McKeesport High School, Stanley worked as a manager for the former A&P Market, a custodian for East Allegheny School District, and with Westinghouse Corp.  He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War, a member of the American Legion Post # 701 of White Oak and the Senior Citizens of North Versailles.  In his spare time, Stanley was an avid softball player, loved playing cards, slot machines, and games on his tablet, and, most of all, adored spending time with his granddaughters and great-grandchildren. 

 
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Pauline Theresa Kennedy

November 14, 2019 |

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

Pauline Theresa Kennedy, age 88 of West Mifflin, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  Born January 26, 1931 in Harbour Main, Newfoundland, Canada, she was a daughter of the late James and Annie (Duff) Murphy.  A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Pauline is survived by her husband Edward A. Kennedy; her children Edward Kennedy of Las Vegas, NV, David (Wendy) Kennedy of West Mifflin, Martin (Karen) Kennedy of Marino Valley, CA, James (Tammy) Kennedy of Marino Valley, CA, and Sherry (Tony) Mancuso of Perryopolis; her eight grandchildren; her brothers Alvin and Thomas Murphy; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Florence J. (Madeya) Gibas

November 14, 2019 |

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

Florence Josephine (Madeya) Gibas passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at the age of 91, her family announces with great sadness. She was the last of the original Madeya clan of Duquesne.

The daughter of Polish immigrants, Jacob and Josephine Madeja, Florence was born and raised in Duquesne. After graduating high school in 1945, she worked in the local steel mill until her marriage to Sylvester in 1950. Together, they raised seven children in West Mifflin. They fondly remember her superb stuffed cabbage, chocolate chip cookies and nut rolls, exploding homemade root beer, driving them to Holy Name church and school, Duquesne Dolphin swimming practices and meets, summers at the cabin in Ligonier, and mom forever washing their clothes in the basement wringer washer.

In her later years, Florence enjoyed browsing flea markets, collecting antiques, watching old musicals and swimming at the Homestead Carnegie Library, where she appreciated her fellow swimmers giving her the lane along the wall. Always positive in her Catholic faith and in life, she was a constant inspiration to her children.

Her infectious laughter echoed through the generations she raised and filled many houses and holiday celebrations with a legacy of joy that will forever resonate in our hearts. In 2000, she lost Sylvester after 50 years of marriage.

 
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Mary Ann Yurkovich

November 13, 2019 |

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

Mary Ann (Dinello) Yurkovich, age 91, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at home. A devout Catholic, she was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed bowling, and was a caregiver to the elderly. 

 
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Terry P. "Chookie" DiMarco

November 13, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Terry P. "Chookie" DiMarco, 68 of Glassport, died Nov. 13, 2019.  He is the son of the late Dominic and Virginia (Toborkey) DiMarco.  He is survived by his beloved wife Rosanna (D'Angelo) DiMarco; son Keith (Amy) DiMarco of Glassport; daughters Tanis DiMarco (Shawn Kennedy) of Elizabeth Twp. and Elizabeth DiMarco (Cory Chesher) of Dormont; grandchildren Katelyn, Tristan, Matt, Faith, Justice, Lexis, McCade, Krystian and Kassidee; brother Bill "Chookie" (Pat) DiMarco of Glassport; sister Sharon (the late Joseph) Kestler of Elizabeth Twp; loving companions Riku and Mugsey; also many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. 
 
Chookie was retired from Allegheny County and was a member of Glassport Council.  He was the former Mayor of Glassport; a member of the Glassport United Methodist Church; Mason 32nd Degree; Shriner and the first member of the Vina March Senior Center. 
 
He was a member of many softball, bowling, pool and dart leagues and was known as the "Keno King" at the Meadows.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sun. from 4 to 6 at which time a funeral service will be held with Rev. Michael Airgood. 
 


Kevin P. Shea

November 13, 2019 |

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

Kevin P. Shea, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019.  He was born January 23, 1955 in Pennsylvania, son of the late Philip and Roberta L. Shea.  Kevin was a veteran of the US Air Force.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia Montrose Shea; stepdaughter, Heather Schlosser and her husband, Jonathan; sister, Terri Smart; grandsons, Gunnar and Rainer Schlosser.  There will be no public visitations.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  Donations may be made to the family.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Gregory John Bobuk

November 12, 2019 |

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

Gregory John Bobuk, 62, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday November 6, 2019. Loving husband of Millie (Dvorsky) Bobuk; father of Jessica Bobuk, Kendra Moritz Rosner, Theodore J. Bobuk, and Nicholas Gregory Bobuk; grandfather of Madilyn, Conner, and Mackenzie; brother of Carol Bobuk and the late Theodore “Teddy” Bobuk Jr.; brother in law of Gloria Bobuk; and uncle of Sara and Amy Bobuk. Greg was an avid hunter and fisherman.
 
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Patrick Shewn Richardson

November 12, 2019 |

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

Patrick Shewn Richardson, 55, died Nov. 12, 2019. He was born April 30, 1964.

Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Mt. Olive First Baptist Church, 451 Park Ave., Clairton, PA 15025, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m.

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

 


Ann Floberg Mason

November 12, 2019 |

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

Ann Floberg Mason, 74, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Friday, November 8, 2019, at home.

Ann was born June 26, 1945, in Rockford, Illinois, daughter of the late Arthur Floberg, and Mary Isles.

Beloved wife of Major Mason III, Mrs. Mason studied hard and obtained two Master's degrees and worked as an Executive Director in the field of Social Services.

 
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Lorraine “Lori” Kuhns

November 12, 2019 |

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

Lorraine “Lori” Kuhns, 60, of North Versailles, died Thursday November 7, 2019. She was born April 6, 1959 in Braddock, a daughter of the late Francis Lund and Blanche Agnes (Egan) Kuhns. Lori was an employee of Burger King and a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. She was active with Turtle Creek Valley Community Services for many years. She is survived by her sister Kathleen Palmer and brothers David Kuhns and Richard Kuhns; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Nadine Cecere

November 12, 2019 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Nadine Cecere, 62, of Braddock Hills, passed away.  Beloved daughter of the late Louis & Rose Cecere.  Loving mother of David and Lee and the Late Christine and Jen.  Sister of James, Anthony, Maryann, Louis, Joseph, Juliann, Dominic, Roseann, Georgeann, and the late Dino.  Several Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Nadine retired from the Allegheny County Health Dept.

 
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Tywaun L. Poindexter

November 12, 2019 |

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

Tywaun L. Poindexter, 41, died Nov. 8, 2019. The son of John E. Poindexter and Sheila E. Brown Young, he  was born November 26, 1977.

Tywaun was a resident of McKeesport, PA, and a graduate of McKeesport High School. He also attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Hardy Bible School in McKeesport. Ty attended Christ Soul Saving Station in Duquesne, PA, where he was a member. A gifted writer and artist Tywuan performed with the gospel and rap group Soldiers of War.  Listening to music and socializing with family and friends was what Tywaun enjoyed most.

 
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Charles E. Ryan

November 12, 2019 |

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

Charles E. Ryan, age 82, of West Mifflin, formerly of Christy Park, died Thursday, October 31, 2019.  He was born in McKeesport on September 6, 1937 and is the son of the late James and Nancy Morgan Ryan and the husband of the late Patricia A. Schneider Ryan. He was employed at Port Authority for over 30 years until he retired.

 
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Ida Mae Wigand

November 12, 2019 |

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

Ida Mae Wigand,  97, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. She was born February 6, 1922 in Boston and was the daughter of the late Henry R. and Elsie Jane (Fue) Heath.  She was the wife of the late Francis James Wigand who passed away February 14, 1996. Ida Mae was a member of Praise Assembly of God in North Versailles. 

 
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Richard Charles Miller, Sr.

November 12, 2019 |

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

Richard Charles Miller, Sr., age 85, of Port Vue, died November 11, 2019, at home. Born November 22, 1933, in Frank, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Eleanor "Alberta" (Brown) Miller and the husband of Donna L. (Bortak) Miller.
Richard was a retired truck driver. He drove for Westinghouse until they closed and then drove for St. Johnsbury Trucking until retirement. Soon after retiring, Richard began working at the New Colony Mobile Home Park and 51 Estates, in the maintenance department for over 12 years. He was a US Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. Richard was a member of St. Mark Parish of Port Vue. He was also a member of the 11th Ward Club, Croation Club Lodge #146, and the Frank Gun Club. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He loved his loyal dogs, Maxwell "Bubba" and Lizzy.

 
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Thomas McGinty

November 11, 2019 |

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

Thomas McGinty, age 81, of Polk, PA, originally of McKeesport, died October 7, 2019. He was born in McKeesport on July 25, 1938 and is the son of the late Francis P. and Loretta Mulligan McGinty.

 
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Janis Lynn Belkowski

November 11, 2019 |

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

Janis Lynn Belkowski,  75, of Port Vue, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019. She was born January 16, 1944 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Nizinski) Belkowski. Janis was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne and the Silver Sneakers. She was previously a member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Vue.

 
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Thomas M. Gehm

November 11, 2019 |

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

Thomas M. Gehm, age 82 of Confluence, formerly of North Huntingdon died November 10, 2019. He was born June 7, 1937 in McKeesport, Pa., a son of the late William E. and Ester Griffith Gehm. Prior to his retirement, Tom was employed as a veterinary technician and U.S. Steel in Homestead where he was the group leader expeditor. . He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanne in 2004, 5 brothers, Robert, Stephen, Ralph, William and Louis Gehm, one sister Ester Pomycalla. He is survived by his wife Zhang Xiaofeng daughters, Ranelle Roth (Wib),  Tommie McLaughlin (Robert), one brother, Michael Salai, one sister, Suzanne Bixler, 3 grandchildren. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. with additional visitation Wednesday from 10:30 -11 a.m. followed by entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery .www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Lillian S. Schroeder

November 11, 2019 |

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

Lillian S. Schroeder, age 88, of White Oak, died November 9, 2019, at Forbes Hospital. Born February 10, 1931, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late James and Anna (Mondula) Socrates and the wife of the late Jacob W. Schroeder.

 
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Michael Long

November 09, 2019 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Michael age 47 of Port Vue, passed away.  Beloved son of Michael E. & Candy (Stinebaugh) Long.  Loving brother of Alisha Long, Ken Long, and the late Ronald G. Long.  Michael is preceded in death by his grandparents Glenn & Bernadette Stinebaugh, Henry & Mary Long, and Godmother Barbara Long.  Michael had many jobs, including Central Pizza, the Boston Diner, Cavanagh’s Restaurant, Walmart. Michael especially enjoyed driving for Black Eagle Company and S & S Transportation. Michael was also a Captain of the Boston Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Sons of American Legion Post 701 White Oak.

 
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M. Dennis Legin

November 08, 2019 |

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

M. Dennis Legin, 76, of Duquesne, died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Born in Braddock, October 5, 1943, he was the son of the Late John and Claire (Rodavich) Legin. Mr. Legin was a member of Christ, The Light of the World Parish, Duquesne; a retired Police Officer, with forty years of service to the City of Duquesne, and a Life Member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 91. Beloved husband of the Late Karen Surgent Legin, he is survived by two loving sons, Matthew J. Legin and John R. (Lori) Legin; a brother, Mark Legin, two sisters, Janine (Charles) Millirons and Rosemary (Al) Waldron, four grandchildren, Alexander Legin, Nathan Legin, Abigail Legin, and Nathan Stevens, and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 
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Sister Liguori Rossner

November 08, 2019 |

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

Sister Liguori Rossner 78, on November 7, 2019.  Born Patricia Rossner on July 31, 1941 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Genevieve (Pustelny) Rossner Sr.  She attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Duquesne, Divine Redeemer Academy in Elizabeth and Duquesne University where she received a B.S. Ed.  She later attended Carnegie Mellon University and received an M.A. in History.  She entered the Community of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer in 1959 and served as a teacher in several Pittsburgh area schools including St. Raphael Elementary, St. Bartholomew Elementary, Divine Redeemer Academy and Bishop Boyle High School. In 1979 she joined the order of the Sisters for Christian Community and that year became co-founder of the Jubilee Soup Kitchen, eventually becoming the Executive Director of the Jubilee Association, Inc.  She was instrumental in expanding the work of Jubilee from a soup kitchen to a multi-service community center including a food pantry, employment and placement service, wellness center, health outreach and the John Heinz Family Center. Sister Liguori received several awards for her service including the Cardinal Wright Award from the Bishop’s Latin School in 2018,  the Courageous Woman Award from Mom’s House in 2000, Caritas Award from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1993,  the Catholic Youth Award from the Pittsburgh Catholic Youth Association in 1990, the “True Pittsburgher” award from Pittsburgh Magazine in 1986 and was inducted into the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne Alumni in 1994.  She also served as president of the Diocesan Sisters Council in the 1970’s. 

 
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Dolores M. Francetic

November 08, 2019 |

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

Dolores M. Francetic, age 92, of White Oak, died Friday, November 8, 2019.  She was born in Braddock on December 28, 1926 and is the daughter of the late George and Ann Pendro Susce and the wife of the late George B. Francetic.  She enjoyed working in the garden, baking and cooking.

 
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Arthur H. Anderson

November 08, 2019 |

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

Arthur H. Anderson, 89, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019 at home. He was born May 24, 1930 in Erie and was the son of the late John W. and Laura E. (Nystrom) Anderson. Arthur was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township. He retired from Marmon Keystone in 1993 and was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He loved spending time with his family, and sitting on his deck reading his Kindle. He was a life-long avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved to golf with his brothers.

 
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Theodore A. Smith

November 08, 2019 |

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

Theodore A. Smith, 91 of North Huntingdon died November 7, 2019 at Walden's View. He was born January 2, 1928 in Mckeesport, a son of the late John and Louise Almsmith Smith. Theodore was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a machinist  for PDQ Tool and  Die and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary Caulfield Smith, two brothers, Millard and William, one sister, Dorothy Wilson.He is survived by a son, Theodore A. Smith(Patricia), daughter, Sharon L. Polovina Thomas) grandchildren, Brandon (Michelle) Polovina, Jennifer (Robert) Mallory, Kellynn (Matthew) Krinock, Nathaniel and Trevor Smith;  great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jordyn and Noah.  Friends will be received from 3- 7 p.m. on  Sunday  at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.  Private Interment Tuesday at 11 a.m. at  Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Mary Jane Serra

November 07, 2019 |

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

Mary Jane Serra, age 84 of North Huntingdon and Greensburg died November 6, 2019 at Grandview Estates of Elizabeth. She was born July 22, 1935 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Jesse and Vanda Falkosky Deemer. Mary Jane enjoyed crafts, painting, arts, cruises and travel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Serra. She is survived by four daughters Adale Flores (Mike), Jessica Nigra (Paul), Natalie Smith, Charise Hess (Rob), one sister Donna Grifana (Phillip), 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa Saturday 1-4 p.m. followed by a service at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Tuesday 1 p.m. at Westmoreland Memorial Park. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Clara B. Palumbo

November 07, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Clara B. Palumbo, 86 of Liberty Boro, died Nov. 7, 2019.  She is the daughter of the late William and Blanche Borkowski and beloved wife of the late John Palumbo. 

She is survived by her sister Genevieve Borkowksi; brother Edward Borkowski and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by brothers Benjamin, John and Joseph Borkowski and sisters Cecilia Borkowski, Laura Mihalovich and Gertrude Wojton. 

Clara was a retired secretary for US Steel National Tube and was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish.

 
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Albert P. Papula

November 07, 2019 |

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

Albert P. Papula, age 67 of North Huntingdon died November 5, 2019. He was born April 20, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Albert and Marianne Micklos Papula. Albert was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirate fan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, self employed as a Cryogenics Engineer and a graduate of Norwin Class of 1970. He is survived by his wife Beth Andolina Papula, two sons , Andrew (Jenna), Keith (Deanna) and one daughter Taylor Papula, brother, Gene (Christa) Papula, sister Marianne Papula, 4 grandchildren, Kane, Kora, Sylas and Jackson.

 
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Justine M. Kozak

November 07, 2019 |

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

Justine M. (Horgas) Kozak, 84, of North Huntingdon, (Formerly of Duquesne) died peacefully on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Penn Twp. Born in Duquesne, May 19, 1935, she was the daughter of the Late Joseph and Mary (Vesonder) Kozak. Mrs. Kozak was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin. Beloved wife of the Late Albert Kozak, she is survived by her loving children, Barry (Kathy) Kozak and Donna (Chet) Palesko; six grandchildren, Alan Palesko (Amy Nicks), Amy Lujan (Marcos), Lauren Ray (Dustin), Nicholas Kozak (Alexandra), Daniel Kozak  and David Kozak; five great-grandchildren, Owen, Talia, Justine, Jackson and Max. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Tarczy and Clara Bodnar.

 
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Albert Louis Funk III

November 06, 2019 |

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

Baby Albert Louis Funk III went to be with Jesus Monday, November 4, 2019.  Infant son of Peggie Paulus and Albert Louis Funk, Jr. of McKeesport.

 
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Gerry C. Cope

November 06, 2019 |

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

Gerry C. Cope, age 75 of Clairton, took his last breath at 10:24 AM on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at his home.  He was an electronic technician for U.S Steel, Clairton Works for 39 years. Gerry was also a Veteran serving during the Vietnam War, a former teacher of hairdressing and a hairdresser at John Cesko's in McKeesport, a former DJ at Charley J's in North Versailles for 16 years, sang in the doo-wop group The BelAirs, was a Mason in Chapter #162, and a member of the Knights Templar.  Born October 8, 1944 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Charles H., Jr. and Jenny (Gladkowski) Cope.  Gerry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Alice (Lloyd) Cope; daughter Laurie (James Bayto) Stonick of Clairton; son Gerry C. (Barbara Payo) Cope, Jr. of Clairton; grandchildren Gerry C., III, Christopher, Dylan, Jayden, Jackson, and Aria Cope, and Thomas and Tyler Deliman; brothers Jay (Sharon) Cope of North Carolina and Wayne (Pam) Kucich of White Oak; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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William A. Argyle

November 06, 2019 |

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

William A. Argyle, age 76, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired lab technician at U.S. Steel Irvin Works in West Mifflin. He was an Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart in January 1966 while serving with the 173 Airborne. He was a former member of Dravosburg American Legion and Dravosburg Fire Hall, and various bowling leagues in the Mon Valley.

 
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William Andrew Yusko

November 06, 2019 |

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

William Andrew Yusko,  63, of North Versailles, passed away, Saturday, November  2, 2019. He was born August 2, 1956 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Andrew and Alice (Curran) Yusko. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Joann (Alan) McCartney and Mary Ann Yusko, and a brother, James Yusko. He is survived by nieces, Heather  (Dominick) Candelore and Kami (Vince) Bracco, great nieces, Sierra Wareham, Isabella Candelore and Arianna Bracco, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his best friend, Robert Bacco. There is no visitation.  Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000. Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Stanford Alan Lefkowitz

November 05, 2019 |

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

Stanford Alan Lefkowitz, age 88 of White Oak, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born In McKeesport on June 23, 1931 and is the son of the late Carl and Rose Lichenstein Lefkowitz. Stan was the beloved owner of Penn Taft Pharmacy which has cared for generations of West Mifflin residents for the last 70 years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Accounting and Duquesne University in Pharmacy, Mr. Lefkowitz also served the nation as a Navy Corpsman for the US Marines.  He was the Alumni of the decade for Duquesne University, President of the Allegheny County Pharmaceutical Association, Proctor for Interns for Pharmacy School for hundreds of pharmacy students, and sponsored scores of little league baseball teams.  Stan was very involved in the community.  Stan Lefkowitz was kind and compassionate - loved by everyone who knew him and always left folks feeling encouraged and better about themselves. 

 
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Catherine Louise Kyslinger

November 05, 2019 |

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

Catherine Louise Kyslinger, 72, of Port Vue, passed away peacefully, Monday, November 4, 2019.  She was born April 6, 1947 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Victor W.  and Catherine C. Salopek Kyslinger. She was a retired nurse of the class of 1968 McKeesport School of Nursing and  a member of The McKeesport Nurses Alumni Association.   Louise was a long time member of the former St. Joseph Church in Port Vue, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and later was a member of  St. Mark  Catholic Church, in  Liberty Boro.

 
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Sharon Marie Burnett

November 05, 2019 |

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

Sharon Marie Burnett, age 55, of McKeesport, died November 4, 2019, at home. Born June 12, 1964, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Robert J. and Marcia (McAllister) Burnett and the late Alberta "Bert" (Randic) Burnett.
Sharon was a member of St. Angela Merici Church. She loved all dogs, especially her loyal Lab and best friend, "Cameron."

 
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Leonard "Leo" Joseph Puma

November 04, 2019 |

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

Leonard “Leo” Joseph Puma, age 94, of McKeesport and West Palm Beach, Florida, died Sunday, November 3, 2019.  He was born in Lorain, Ohio on March 18, 1925 and is the son of the late Samuel and Rose Marino Puma.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and received honors for his service. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in McKeesport.  He was a retired member of Iron Workers Local #3 for 71 years and was elected and served as President for 12 years.  He then was the Business Manager for the Pittsburgh Building Trades for the following 12 years.  He was an accomplished Union Rights activist and devoted much of his life to the cause. After retirement, he was a PA State Constable.  He was a member of the former McKeesport Elks Club, the Eleventh Ward Club, the Italian Heritage Society, the Renzie Seniors and the White Oak American Legion.

 
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Jay M. Medved

November 04, 2019 |

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

Jay M. Medved, age 50 of Port Vue, passed away at home on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  Born August 13, 1969 in McKeesport, he is a son of Jane (Gathoffs) Tabra of Hilo, HI and the late Richard E. Medved.  A graduate of Robert Morris University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Jay was a retiree of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and US Army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was also a member of the American Legion, Glassport, the Clairton VFW #803, and the Liberty Borough Veterans Group. 

 
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Donald J. Weiler

November 04, 2019 |

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

Donald J. Weiler, age 87 of Versailles, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in The Palms at O'Neill, McKeesport.  Born June 20, 1932 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert and Freda (Schitzen) Weiler.  A retired payroll auditor for General Motors' Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin, Donald was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving on the USS Wisconsin.

 
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Donald Mitchell

November 04, 2019 |

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

Donald Mitchell, age 75, of Mckeesport, PA, died November 2, 2019, at St Clair Hospital. Born September 13, 1944, in Braddock, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Yancey) Mitchell and the husband of the late Katherine (Greer) Mitchell.

Donald enjoyed weight-lifting, training in the gym, and was a collector of firearms. He loved his grandchildren dearly.

 
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John R. "Smiley" Flent

November 04, 2019 |

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

John R. "Smiley" Flent, 80, of West Mifflin died Nov. 2, 2019.  He is the son of the late John and Virginia (Pevac) Flent.  John was preceded in death by his dear longtime friend, Darlene Wilson.  He is survived by his sister Janet (Rupert) Laubham; nieces Christine (Anthony) Cornetta and Dawn (Charles) Hammell and nephew Robert Laubham; also many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

 
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Robert “Bob” L. Hite

November 04, 2019 |

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

Robert “Bob” L. Hite, age 88, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019. He was born March 26, 1931 in East Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Edna Hite. He was a long time member of Linway Presbyterian Church in North Versailles. He was an Army veteran that served in the Korean War before working in management for over 30 years for U.S. Steel in the National Tube Hot Mill before retiring.

 
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Wanda M. (Kruszka) Buri

November 04, 2019 |

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

Wanda M. (Kruszka) Buri, age 98, of Bridgeville, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019. She was born February 16, 1921 in Duquesne, a daughter of the late Valentine and Antoninia Kruszka. She was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of over 64 years David T. Buri; daughter Wanda McGuigan; and 13 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children Michael J. (Louise) Belak of Valencia, Daniel (Nancy) Buri of North Huntingdon and Lynne (Michael) LeViseur of Bethel Park; grandchildren John Costantino, Michael (Jennifer) Belak, Michael (Stacey) LaViseur and Rachel LeViseur; and great grandchildren Dylan and Trevor Belak.

 
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Carolyn M. Slafka

November 04, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Carolyn M. Slafka, 88, of Glassport died Oct. 31, 2019.  She is the daughter of the late Edmund and Anna Budka and the wife of the late William Slafka.  She is survived by her nephew John (Nancy) Roche; great nieces Nicole (Justin) Wilson and Natalie Roche; also many nieces and nephews.  Carolyn was a retired engineer for Bell Telephone/Verizon.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Kilian Parish, 7076 Franklin Rd., Cranberry Pa 16066.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Patricia Rae DeLeo

November 04, 2019 |

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

Patricia Rae DeLeo, 85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019.  She was born May 18, 1934 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late James and Dolly (Moyer) O'Neill.  Pat was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Penns Wood Civic Association and enjoyed playing cards, visiting the casino and loved baking nut rolls.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic DeLeo; daughter, Donna Lee Tamilia; stepmother, Teresa Halliwell; brothers, William and James O'Neill; sisters, Dorothy Skonetzni and Gloria Lyons.  She is survived by her son, John Lee and his wife, Janet; daughters, Darlene Leader and her husband, William and Diane Clem and her husband, Jeff; son-in-law Joe Tamilia; grandchildren, Adam Tamilia, William Jr. (Courtney) and Dominic Leader, Alexa and Linda Lee, Nathan and Joel Kremer; Rachel Law (Cody, Peyton and Connor) and Madison Griffin (Adam); and countless loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  The family would like to thank Pat's amazing caregivers and UPMC Hospice who took such great care of her.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Lowell E. Gregg

November 04, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Lowell E. Gregg, of Glassport died November 3, 2019. He is the son of the late Floyd and Doris (Sharpneck) Gregg. He is survived by his beloved wife Carol; daughters Doris (Anthony) Haywood of Mckeesport and Tammy (Daniel) List of White Oak; sons Brian (Jennifer) Gregg of Glassport and David (Heather) Gregg of Glassport; grandchildren Anthony Jr., Brian Jr., Sara, Olivia, and David Jr.; and great-grandchild Sophia. He was preceded in death by his son Wayne. Lowell worked for U.S. Steel and drove for Access for many years. He was past a member of the Elizabeth Boro Fire Dept. and also a lifetime member of the Glassport Citizen's Hose Co. #1. Friends received Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A service will be held at 7pm by the Glassport Fire Department.

 


Suzanna (Adam) Miller

November 04, 2019 |

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

Suzanna (Adam) Miller, 86, of Irwin, died Friday November 1, 2019, at Golden Heights, Irwin. She was born June 18, 1933 in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Durocik) Adam. She was a retired secretary for Westinghouse and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the WELCA. She was a wonderful baker and cook. She enjoyed wintering in Florida with her husband for many years and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and neighbor. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her siblings Rev. John Adam, Anna Adam, and Mary Ann Hredzak. She is survived by her husband of sixty four years Lloyd Paul Miller; her children Daniel P. (Joell) Miller, Paula (Tony) DeLuise, and Diane Ozegovich all of North Huntingdon; her grandchildren Danine Miller (Ryan Temoshenka), Faith (Eric) Attanucci, Anna (Corey) Read, Amanda DeLuise, Rachel Ozegovich, Adam Ozegovich, Daniel Brotz, and Abigale Brotz; a brother Michael Adam; sister in law Dorothy Adam; also numerous nieces and nephews.

 
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Kenneth L. Root

November 04, 2019 |

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

Kenneth L. Root, 71, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, November 1, 2019, at home. He was born April 1, 1948 in Pitcairn, a son of the late LaVerne T. Root and also preceded in death by his brother Ruel D. Root. Prior to retirement he was a salesperson for Labuda Farm Services, Hermine. Ken was a motorcycle enthusiast, collector of model trains, and enjoyed listening to country music.

 
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Michelle G. Roka

November 03, 2019 |

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

Michelle G. Roka, age 63 of Versailles, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  Born February 7, 1956 in Oceanside, CA, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna (Dorko) Borges.  Michelle earned her associate’s degree in accounting, worked at the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office in McKeesport, and was a member of both Corpus Christi Parish and the Versailles VFD Ladies’ Auxiliary.  She is survived by her husband Charles “Buzz” Roka; her children Charles “Chaz” (Emma) Roka of North Huntingdon, Michael (Courtney) Roka, stationed with the US Navy out of Jacksonville, FL, and Sarah (fiance' Patrick Kiss) Roka of Versailles; her grandsons Gabriel and Charles, III; her sister Karen (Steve) Hall of Louisville, KY; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Charlie K. Dale

November 03, 2019 |

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

Charlie K. Dale, age 59, of Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at home. He was a U.S. Army veteran and loved music, fishing and building cast metal cars. Born February 10, 1960 in McKeesport, he was a son of Barbara (Taylor) Dale Jenkins and the late Kenneth James Dale. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Diana A. (Boyd) Dale; daughter, Casey (Rick) Snyder of Duquesne; son, Matthew (Courtney) Medved of Port Vue; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Madi, Landen, Delaney, Alexa, Elijah and Terry; sister, Cathi (Marty) Mayernik of Lincoln Borough; step-daughter, Carlene Kellar-Hospodar of Port Vue; step-sons, Terry Allen Kellar, II of San Diego, CA and Philip (Kim) Kellar of Elizabeth; also nieces and nephews. No visitation or services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Room 1606, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Sandra L. Daerr

November 03, 2019 |

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

Sandra L. "Patty" (Crum) Daerr, age 73, of Finleyville, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at home. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Church in Elrama and a former cafeteria worker at Thomas Jefferson High School. Born August 15, 1946 in West Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Bert and Olive Crum. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Raymond E. Daerr; daughters, Cindy (David) Smith of Arlington, TX and Malinda (Chris) Werner of West Elizabeth; son, Eric (Tina) Daerr of Russell; also, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Comprehensive Lung Center, Falk Medical Building, Fourth Floor, 3601 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Kim Ann Kerecman

November 03, 2019 |

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

Kim Ann Kerecman,  61, of Port Vue,  passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019. She was born October 4, 1958 in McKeesport and was the daughter of  the late Andrew and Mary Rita (White) Kerecman.  She was a member of St. Thomas A Becket Catholic Church in Jefferson Hills.

 
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Charles A. Flowers

November 01, 2019 |

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

Charles A. Flowers, age 79, of Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at home. He was a retired steelworker at U.S. Steel Clairton Works. Born January 24, 1940 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Andrew and Helen (Lang) Flowers. He is survived by his daughters, Joyce (Mike) Pilyih of Pittsburgh and Ginger (Bob) Burgess of Fremont OH; step-daughters, Charmaine (Leroy) Davis, Cheryl Huschak and Patricia Howard; step-sons, Richard, James and Dennis Cupp; also, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Flowers; his second wife, Beulah M. “Bonnie” Flowers; as well as brothers and sisters. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Joseph F. Nesteruk

November 01, 2019 |

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

Joseph F. Nesteruk, age 94, of Liberty Borough, died October 31, 2019, at UPMC Mercy. Born November 24, 1924, in Library, PA, he was the son of the late Mark and Mary (Urbanski) Nesteruk and the husband of the late Helen L. Nesteruk for over 61 years.
Joseph retired from Luti Sign Co., where he was a painter and commercial artist. He was a US Navy veteran, serving during WWII. Joseph was a member of St. Mark Parish of Liberty Borough.
He enjoyed old movies, Pittsburgh Steelers, and he always had a sweet tooth. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

 
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Sally A. Burk

November 01, 2019 |

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

Sally A. Burk, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019. She was born December 15, 1932 in North Huntingdon, daughter of the late J. Audley and Ellabell (Buzzard) Miller.  Sally was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Jeannette, and enjoyed crafting, baking and gardening.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Burk and daughter, Nancy Burk.  She is survived by her son, Robert Burk and his wife, Laura; daughter, Janet Norton and her husband, David; three grandchildren, Megan (JW) Lattimer, Katie (Cody) Frick; Jennifer Norton; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Lattimer.  Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held on Monday at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel.  Interment private in Brush Creek Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Pittsburgh Chapter in memory of Sally.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Luke Gregory McCay

November 01, 2019 |

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

 Luke Gregory McCay, 38, of Charleroi, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2019. He was born January 8, 1981 in McKeesport and was the son of John W. (Becky) McCay Sr.of Parker and Coleen (Jerry) McCay of Fallowfield Twp. Luke worked as a millwright for Edgar Thomson Works in Braddock where he was a member of the steel workers union, and also more recently as a drywall finisher. He was an avid hunter and loved hunting with his sons and was also involved with Charleroi Midget Football League with his son, Ethan.

 
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Dr. Robert E. Beranek

November 01, 2019 |

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

Dr. Robert E. Beranek, 88, of North Huntingdon Township, died on October 31, 2019.  He was born June 3, 1931 in the village of Central, East Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Charles and Anna Beranek.  Dr. Beranek obtained a Bachelor's Degree with high honors from St. Vincent College in 1953.  He was a veteran, having served twenty seven months in the US Army between 1953 and 1955.  Following military service, he earned a Master's Degree in Political Science from Fordham University and a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Beranek taught in the Department of Political Science at Duquesne University for 35 years.  While teaching a wide array of courses, his primary interests lie with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  When teaching Eastern Europe, Dr. Beranek placed special emphasis on the two countries from where his grandparents had originated, namely the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Widely acclaimed as an excellent lecturer, he received a Student Government Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He retired as a Professor Emeritus of Political Science.  Dr. Beranek was a member of the American Political Science Association and the Pennsylvania Political Science Association.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Beranek, and a sister, Elsie Hapchuk.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty (Miller) Beranek of North Huntingdon; two sons, Robert A. Beranek and his wife, Pamela, of North Huntingdon; David E. Beranek and his wife, Tina, of Virginia; and a daughter, Lynn T. Vita and her husband, Charles, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren, Leanndra, Lindsay, Matthew, Michael, Mikayla, Jonathon; two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Layla; sister, Marian Kitta, of Mount Pleasant; and numerous nephews and nieces.  Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 1570 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.   Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery, Memorial donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA  15626.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 

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