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Gene A. 'Ted' Wirth

May 29, 2021 |

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

Gene A. "Ted" Wirth, age 81 of North Huntingdon died May 29, 2021 at his home. He was born October 10,1939 in Washington, D.C., a son of the late George and Bernadette Plummer Wirth. Prior to his retirement, Ted was employed as a technical specialist by Xerox. 

He was a long time and active member of the Linway United Presbyterian Church, North Versailles. Ted enjoyed old radio programs, bike riding, cross country traveling and family time. He also served on the board of the Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles.

 
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Richard H. Paton Jr.

May 28, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Richard H. Paton Jr., 75, of Irwin, died Wednesday May 26, 2021. He was born July 20, 1945 in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Richard H. Sr. and Margaret (Martin) Paton and was also preceded in death by two brothers David and Robert Paton.

Rich was an Air force veteran of the Vietnam Conflict where he served as an aircraft mechanic. He worked at US Steel, Duquesne Works, where he completed the Instrumentation Apprenticeship Program and then started his own business, Reliable Instruments, performing repair and calibration. He was an avid drag racer and car enthusiast and built many street cars. He was a member of the International Hot Rod Association.

He is survived by his wife Carol Ann (Beisgen) Paton; his sons Richard H. (Carrie) Paton III and Thomas M. Paton (Laura Nagy) both of Harrison City; his step children Debbie (Greg) Liebling of Irwin and Timothy (LeeAnn) McDowell of North Hills; grandchildren Amber (Casey) Holshue, Courtney Paton, Joseph Liebling, Sam McDowell, Christian Pfrogner, and Cooper Pfrogner; his great granddaughter Jane Liebling; a sister Nancy Miracle; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Elaine "Simpson" Miller

May 28, 2021 |

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

Elaine “Simpson” Miller went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  She was 100 years of age.  She was the wife of Walter N. Miller of McKeesport for 45 years and the mother of Guy W. Miller (Jill) and Mark D. Miller (Margie) of McKeesport.

 
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Edna L. Perhach

May 28, 2021 |

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

Edna L. (Vucenovich) Perhach, age 64, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021 at home. She was a former manager at Rite-Aid in Stafford, VA and a former member and Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Elizabeth Chapter 418. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Born November 3, 1956 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Doris (Rothey) Vucenovich. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Steve Perhach; son, Robert (Amy Fisher) Perhach of Elizabeth; grandson, Jonathan Steven Perhach; granddaughter, Jenna Marie Perhach; sister, Ruth Ryan of Monongahela; stepsisters, Sherry (Tom) Dodds of Elizabeth Twp. and Maureen (Ron) Harding of Elizabeth; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son, Steven David Perhach, and sister, Linda Vucenovich. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 12 NOON in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ed Slate officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Alice M. Waltonbaugh

May 28, 2021 |

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

Alice M. (Steiniweg) Waltonbaugh, age 80, of West Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at home. She retired as a supervisor at Monongahela Valley Hospital. She was a member of Elrama United Methodist Church. She loved playing cards at the Senior Citizens Center in West Newton and enjoyed her weekly lunches with the ladies from church. Born October 29, 1940 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Florence (Bedsworth) Steiniweg and wife of the late Allan J. "Nook" Waltonbaugh. She is survived by sister, Grace (Joe) Oliver of New Eagle; brother, Harold (Carol) Steiniweg of Petersburg, VA; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Betty McDevitt. No visitation or services are planned. Burial is in West Newton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elrama United Methodist Church, 19 Downer Avenue, Elrama, PA, 15038. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Jason D. Kaefer

May 28, 2021 |

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

Jason D. Kaefer, age 39, of North Versailles, died on May 26, 2021, at home.  Born December 13, 1981, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Fannie (Baer) and Joseph Kaefer.  Jason was a 2001 graduate of East Allegheny High School and had been most recently working for GetGo.  He loved to go on vacation, especially to Disney, with his family.  An avid Power Ranger fan, he collected many of their memorabilia. In addition, Jason loved his cat Midnight and the dogs his family had over the years.  Always the selfless person, Jason was there for you when you needed him most.

 
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Dolores Cubakovic

May 28, 2021 |

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

Dolores Cubakovic, age 89, of White Oak died Sunday, May 23, 2021. Daughter of the late John and Mary (Malackany) Mascilak.Beloved wife of the late Albert E. Cubakovic. Loving mother of Arlene Cubakovic, David (Linda) Cubakovic, and Allan (Linda) Cubakovic. Dear grandmother of Tina Cubakovic, Angela Cubakovic, Adam (Angela) Cubakovic, and Tyler Cubakovic. Great-grandmother of Ariella, Wyatt, and Serenity.  Sister of the late Joe and John Mascilak.

 
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Patricia L. (Strang) Brant

May 28, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Patricia L. (Strang) Brant, 72, of North Versailles Twp. died May 23, 2021. She was a former beautician at J.C. Penny. She worked at the White Oak Bowl Snack Bar. She was the former President of the East Allegheny Band Parent Association.Patricia was active in Girl Scouts. She will fondly be remembered as a selfless mother and grandmother.

She was born June 12, 1948, daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Claire Strang. Wife of the late Dennis R. Brant Sr. Beloved mother of Lori (Lawrence) Spahr and Dennis R. Brant Jr. (Lauren Walker). Cherished grandmother of Courtney Erin Brant and Madison Claire Spahr. Sister of the late Joseph Strang Jr.

 
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Mary Ida Markell

May 28, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Mary Ida Markell died peacefully on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was a longtime resident at Arden Courts, Monroeville, formerly of East McKeepsort. She was born on August 4, 1925in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was the oldest child of the late Joseph and Rose (Flood) Markell. She was the devoted sister of the late Bernadette (Markell) Karp and the late Father John “Jack” Markell.

Mary Ida was the aunt of Sharon (Leonard) Oddo, Barbara (Larry) Breitenstein, John (Pam) Karp, and Eric Karp. Mary was the beloved great-aunt of Rachel (Luke) Maljan, Jennifer (Chase) Kontor, Stephanie (Ray) Schmitt, Nick Oddo; Kaitlyn, Lauren, and Zachary Karp; great-great aunt of Ava and Samuel Schmitt, and Maria and Amelia Kontor.

 
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Mabel Bernice Greene Bookert

May 28, 2021 |

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

Mabel Bernice Greene Bookert, 98, passed away peacefully on January 20th 2021. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 21st, 1922 to the late John Wesley Greene and Minnie Hill Greene. Mabel was a devoted wife to the late Dr. Charles C. Bookert, mother to Dr. Lisa M. Bookert Cross, mother-in law to Douglas K. Cross and grandmother to Kenny Cross, Neville Cross and Blair Cross. She attended Fisk University and was a graduate with a BA degree from the School of Education at The University of Pittsburgh.

Mabel married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Charles C Bookert in Clairton, Pennsylvania. In the early days, Mabel worked alongside her husband to promote and support his private Medical Practice.

She was a pillar of her community in Clairton and the Pittsburgh area. Mabel was a member of First AME Church, Clairton, PA. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Links.  She was on the International Poetry Forum Advisory Board, and Women’s Auxiliary to McKeesport Academy of Medicine.  Mabel served on the United Way Allocations Committee, the board of the McKeesport Cancer Society, Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, The National Board for Family Service of America and was a major donor and supporter for the Black Heritage Swimming Championships.

 
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Apostle Lynne Marie Randolph

May 28, 2021 |

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

Apostle Lynne Marie Randolph, 52, was born in McKeesport, PA.  She was the beloved daughter of Raymond and Wilhelmina (Giles) Carter. Lynne entered the world on June 29, 1968, and departed this life on May 17, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Raymond, Jerome, Paul, and Brian Carter.

Lynne graduated from McKeesport High School in 1986. She received an associate degree in Computer Technology. She was extremely outgoing. She loved to sing and dance. She loved being with her family. Lynne installed in her children that family sticking together is important. She also loved fashion yet hated wearing pants. She could turn a tablecloth into a dress. “True Fashionista.”

Apostle Lynne Randolph was the founder of Speak Life International Ministries for over 10 years. She was a woman after God’s heart. She loved preaching the word of God; winning souls was her passion. If you ever needed a listening ear, prayer, clothes, and food; she would literally give you her last. Her soul was kind, and she had a pure heart. Lynne walked gracefully and the presence of God was always with her. She touched the lives of so many people. She made an everlasting imprint on everyone she met.

 
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Allison S. (Peacock) Sunder

May 28, 2021 |

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

Allison S. (Peacock) Sunder, 93, of North Versailles, passed away Monday May 24, 2021 at Kane Community Living Center, McKeesport. She was born April 9, 1928 in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late John B. and Caroline N. (Hardy) Peacock and was also preceded in death by her husband of over 73 years Eugene J. Sunder, her infant brother William Peacock, and siblings John Peacock, Elizabeth Johnson, and William J. Peacock. Allison was a lifelong member of Holy Spirit Praise and Fellowship Center, Wilmerding.

She loved taking pictures and making calendars for the church using photos of the year’s events, and during Easter making baskets for the children at the church. She worked as a nurse graduating from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. During her nursing career she worked at Columbia and at West Penn Hospital until her retirement.

 
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Robin Clarissa Russell

May 28, 2021 |

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

Robin Clarissa Russell, 61, of Rankin was born March 14, 1960, in Braddock, Pennsylvania.  She was the beloved daughter of the late LD and Mary Elizabeth (Howard) Russell. Robin departed this life on May 14, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ronald Russell of Minnesota.

Robin was a 1978 graduate of McKeesport Area Senior High School.  She graduated with the highest of honors, and was a member of the Who’s Who High School Student Honor Society and studied Math and French.

Following high school, she attended the Community College of Allegheny County and continued to devote her time towards the greater good of mankind by being an avid supporter of many charitable causes and contributing to both local and national organizations.

 
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Jered JaRod Gambrill

May 28, 2021 |

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

Jered JaRod Gambrill, 21, departed this life on May 22, 2021, he was born in McKeesport, PA on May 18, 2000 to Donita (Muffin) Gambrill and Dominique (Nick) Townsend. Jered was an adorable baby, full of laughter, joy and an infectious smile that melted the hearts of everyone that came in contact with him. As a young boy Jered attended Calvary United Methodist church in McKeesport. He was a kind, tender hearted and funny young man. He never had many words, except when he was in the presence of his Gram, whom he was very close to. The joy of his life was his precious baby boy Carter.

Jered attended Propel Charter Schools where he graduated in 2018. He attended California University where he was pursuing a general studies degree. He was a very skilled basketball player and was part of an adult basketball league. He enjoyed the sport immensely; he not only had a heart for the sport but he also had a heart for his coach Zack Barker who showed love and kindness towards him. He had a flair for fashion, loved to dance and a serious shoe game. His favorite colors were yellow, blue and white.

 
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Scott Samuel Kecman

May 27, 2021 |

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

Scott Samuel Kecman, 50, of Liberty Boro, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021. He was born March 3, 1971 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Steven Jack and Frances Helen (Magley) Kecman. Scott was the Proprietor of Handyman Home Improvement. He was a great carpenter and loved working with wood. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider and also enjoyed riding and restoring classic dirt bikes to their original condition. He loved the mountains, fishing and camping and his Classic 1969 Ford F-150. He was also a guitarist in several area bands.

 
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Wilma Emerick Hatridge

May 26, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Wilma Lee Emerick Hatridge, 70 of West Mifflin, formerly of Somerset, and White Horse Mountain, passed away on May 25, 2021, at Jefferson Hospital. She was born in Fairhope, PA on January 4, 1951, to the late Leora Catherine and Verdie Russell Emerick and was the youngest of 13 siblings. She is survived by her son Dominic Jordan of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Angelo Jordan of North Braddock. She is also survived by her grandchildren Samantha Jordan of Smock, Danielle Haas of McKeesport, Joey Jordan of McKeesport, Justin Jordan of McKeesport, Anastasia Jordan of McKeesport, Shannon Rowland of McKeesport, Kaylynn Jordan of Chambersburg, Nate Jordan of Carnegie, Zach Jordan of Pittsburgh, and Dominic Jordan Jr., of South Carolina, Hailey Jordan of South Carolina, and Destiny Jordan, of South Carolina, siblings Robert Emerick, of Fairhope, PA, Wayne Emerick, of Hyndman, PA, Ernest Emerick, of Fairhope, PA, Betty Lou Clites, of Hyndman, PA, Pauline Moore, of Hyndman, PA, and June Emerick, of Florida, as well as a multitude of great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Merle, George, John, Jim, and Sharon, as well as her sons Joe and John Jordan, and her grandson Josh Jordan. As a child, Wilma was the first of the family's generations to learn german/english and enjoyed playing on the family farm. She also enjoyed swimming at the waterfall by the train tunnel, where she and her siblings would take turns jumping on and off the trains going up the mountain! She was an amazing mother and grandmother who loved her family very much. Wilma was nothing short of a blessing. She was that and more- no matter where she was or who she was with, she always made others smile and laugh. You could call her at any time of the day, and she would have an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Her hugs could make the world stop turning. She was kind, quiet, and never raised her voice. She enjoyed watching The Brady Bunch, Alice, and The Nanny. She enjoyed music, and specifically enjoyed the music of Foreigner. She also enjoyed reading her Bible. Her greatest accomplishment was being a mother as well as her faith. She was known for her sweet disposition and wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed beyond measure- may she fly with the butterflies! Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. Finney Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Gertrude D. (Skop) Kepich

May 26, 2021 |

By William H. Craig Funeral Home | Posted in: William H Craig Funeral Home

Gertrude D. Kepich, 87, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of McKeesport, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

 
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Earl F. Benteler

May 26, 2021 |

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

Earl F. Benteler, age 94, of Elizabeth Township, died May 25, 2021, at Jefferson Hospital. Born September 15, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Henry and Gertrude (Young) Benteler and the husband of Grace J. Benteler for 63 beautiful years.

 
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Joseph P. Cibula

May 25, 2021 |

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

Joseph P. Cibula, age 101, of West Mifflin, passed away on May 25, 2021 at Grandview Estates of Elizabeth. Born in Duquesne on March 19, 1920, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Furbish) Cibula. He was retired from U.S. Steel-Duquesne Works-B.O.F. with 43 years of service. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Trinity Church and enjoyed watching all sports. He was the husband of the late Virginia C. (Campbell) Cibula; brother of Gertrude (late Harry) Krohe, late Marcella (late George) Yarosik, late Andrew Cibula Jr., late Lawrence (Late Sophie) Cibula, late Rosella (late James) Lofe and late Dolores (late Jim) Hast. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, at 10:00 A.M., with Rev. Michael Conway officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Margaret V. Pavlik

May 24, 2021 |

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

Margaret V. Pavlik, 92, of McKeesport, formerly of Greenock, passed away, Sunday, May 23, 2021. She was born August 23, 1928 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Danko) Basista. She was the wife of the late Andrew Pavlik who passed away February 7, 1999. She was a former member of St. Edward Parish in Herminie. She had worked for the former Sabin's China in Versailles and was a homemaker, avid gardener and seamstress.

 
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Kenneth Lynn Holliday

May 24, 2021 |

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

Kenneth Lynn Holliday, 78, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021 at home surrounded by family. He was born January 13, 1943 in Elizabeth and was the son of the late Kenneth Wilbert and Elsie (Sharpneck) Holliday. Lynn was an Army Veteran in the Vietnam War and worked as a Crane Operator for Dickie & Steffan Industries. He enjoyed working with cars and rebuilding street rods, which started his membership with the Good Guys Street Rod Association.

 
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Geraldine W. Beam

May 24, 2021 |

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

Geraldine W. Beam, age 87, of West Mifflin, passed away on May 24, 2021, at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh. Born in McKeesport on July 20, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Viola (Tyler) Keene. She was a retired Key Punch Operator for PNC Bank and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Roland Beam; mother of Chris Ann (William H.) Valiquette of West Mifflin and Kimberly J. (Nicholas R.) Bouras of West Mifflin; grandmother of Erica (Darren) Ristich of Bethel Park, Keith C. Valiquette of Buckhannon, WV, Sarah R. Bouras of West Mifflin and Christopher J. (Stephanie) Bouras of West Mifflin; great grandmother of Carson Apel, Danielle Ristich, and Levi and Reign Bouras; sister of David (late Margie) Keene of West Newton, late Bertrand (late Mary) Keene, and late Mitzi I. Keene. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 2-8 P.M. at the MALOY-SCHELIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor John L. Gropp officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park.

 


Edward F. Welsh

May 24, 2021 |

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

  Edward F. Welsh, 86, of Jefferson Hills, died May 22, 2021.  Edward was the third of 11 siblings born to Fritz and Agnes Welsh in Natrona, Pa.  He leaves behind his former wife Mary Welsh; daughter Michelene Welsh; son Rick Welsh; grandchildren Sara and Aaden; wife Teresa Conboy; step sons Brian (Tricia) Conboy and Chris (Jady) Conboy; step grandchildren Mark, Steven, Gabriel, Gannon, Talia and Reesa; siblings Dot (the late Dick) Modzelewski, Mary Agnes "Sis" (Vince) Valeri, Bern (the late Louis) Stipic, Bert (Jenny) Welsh, Peg (the late Gary) Pflugfelder, Kathy Welsh and Zita (the late James) Como.  He was preceded in death by siblings John Welsh, Joe Welsh, and Roy Welsh.  Ed attended St. Joseph grade school and high school.  He then attended the Naval Academy of Annapolis.  Upon graduation, he went on to serve his country in the AirForce, working on their missile systems.  With his service time completed he embarked on earning his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh specializing in patents and litigation.  He became a partner in the firm of Parmalee, Miller, Welsh & Kratz, working with many Pittsburgh companies including Heinz and Dravo.  He found great joy in hunting and fishing or just enjoying what he called,"the great cathedral of the sky."  A memorial mass will be held Friday, May 28 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church at 11:30 am.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.

 


Judith D. Beck

May 24, 2021 |

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

Judith D. Beck, 88, of White Oak, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021. She was born July 6, 1932 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William C. and Dorothy L. (Taylor) Krause. Judith was the wife to the late Dr. Donald S. Beck, who passed away December 16, 2015. She was a member of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. Judith was also a Republican & Democratic Committee Woman and was very involved in community activities. She attended the McKeesport School of Nursing, where she obtained her degree and worked as a nurse for many years.

 
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Keith Reynolds

May 24, 2021 |

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

Keith Reynolds, age 60, of Glassport, died May 17, 2021, at home.  Born October 7, 1960, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Thomas and Pauline (McAfee) Reynolds.  Keith was an animal lover.  He liked horses and taking his sister's dog Sydney for walks.

 
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Penny Louise Smith

May 23, 2021 |

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

Penny Louise Smith, 73, of White Oak, passed away peacefully at home with her friends by her side. She was born April 27, 1948 on an Air Force Base in Germany. She was the daughter of the late Albert G. and Charlene "Dolly" (Lyons) Smith. Penny spent her childhood traveling all over Europe and Africa never spending more than a year at any AF Base. After her father's retirement, she moved back to the United States. She graduated from Westinghouse Memorial High School in 1966. Her first job was with the late Optometrist, Dr. Presser followed by Keystone Auto Parts in McKeesport. She began working at Equibank that became Integra then National City and retired from PNC Bank where she had been an Adjuster. She was an avid Miniature Collector, spending hours and years "playing" with her Doll House. Always bringing new treasures to the beauty shop to show and share, telling stories about the imaginary family that lived in her doll house. She was a Life-long Methodist who enjoyed going to church and also enjoyed going to church dinners. She was a # 1 Steeler fan never missing a game and always dressed in Steeler regalia for every game. She collected "Sister Friends" along life's journey and was ever loyal and true. She was a founding member of Daughters of  Mothers and enjoyed the monthly meeting. She will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew her.

 
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Vicki L. Sandin

May 23, 2021 |

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

Vicki L. Sandin, 51, of Irwin, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 due to complications following open heart surgery.  She was born November 26, 1969 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Theodore and Geraldine (Kukurin) Sandin.  Vicki was a bartender at the Korner Tavern and the life of every party.  She loved vacationing at the beach, listening to all kinds of music and was the best gift receiver.  She is survived by her sons, Garrett, Nick, Justin; brother, Tad Sandin; sisters, Renae Sever, Jodene Sandin, Bonnie (Mike) Gutch, Laurie Breegle; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Matthew C. Morgan

May 23, 2021 |

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

Matthew C. Morgan, age 61, of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  Born April 17, 1960, in Brockton, MA, he was the son of Virginia (Reed) Morgan, and the late George W. Morgan, Jr.  

 
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Lillian Marie Markle

May 22, 2021 |

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

Lillian Marie Markle, age 100, of White Oak, died on Friday, May 21, 2021 in the company of her family and loved ones.

 
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Frank Edward Philburn

May 22, 2021 |

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

Frank Edward Philburn, 68, of Finleyville, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at home. He was born March 2, 1953 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Bernard Francis Philburn Sr. and Jane Lenora (Keilbach) Philburn. He was a 1971 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. Frank worked as a painter for precoat metals for 25 years and was a member of the Clairton American Legion, the Glassport American Legion and The Eleventh Ward Club in McKeesport.  He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Beth (Menke) Philburn, daughters, Samantha Philburn of Monongahela and Tracy Davies of Georgia, son, Ryan Philburn of Elizabeth, step-sons, Neil Hufnagel of Seattle, WA and Kyle (Annie) Hufnagel of South Park,  grandson, Jude Hufnagel and other grandchildren, brother Bernard Philburn, Jr. of Illinois, sisters, Linda Snedden of West Virginia and Mary Jo (Shawn) of Elizabeth Twp., as well as nephews and numerous friends. 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

 


Donna Lynn Goretzka

May 21, 2021 |

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

Donna Lynn Goretzka, 52, of Liberty Borough, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 20, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 28, 1968 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Mark and Joan (Zuzo) Malloy. Donna was a member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church. She is survived by her huband, Charles "Chuck" P. Goretzka, brothers, Mark (Lisa) Malloy of Shaler, Thomas Malloy of Liberty Borough, and Daniel (Chrissy) Malloy of Knox, sisters, Linda Carek of Greenock, and Shannon Malloy of Elizabeth Township and nieces and nephews.

 
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Leo N. Yacomelli

May 20, 2021 |

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

Leo N. Yacomelli, age 64, of Blaine Hill, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. He retired as a salesperson for Guns Priced Right in Dravosburg and was a former employee at Anthony Arms. A former bartender and steward at Blaine Hill Fire Hall, loved animals and enjoyed hunting, fishing, bird watching, and music, especially Johnny Cash, George Jones and George Thorogood. Born October 19, 1956 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Nicholas T. and Blanche E. (Ruches) Yacomelli. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jessica L. (Campbell) Yacomelli; daughters, Victoria Frantz of Tennessee and Nicolette Yacomelli of Blaine Hill; sister, Patricia Ann (Albert) Dow of Cherry Hill, NJ; many special friends; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Richard Ruches. Services are private. Memorial contributions may be made to https://gofund.me/a4a829c8 to help defray funeral expenses. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Donna Mussina

May 20, 2021 |

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

Donna Mussina, age 78, of McKeesport, PA, passed away bravely and peacefully on May 19, 2021.  Born March 30, 1943, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Edward Kynor.  Donna was creative and artistic. She created a beautiful garden at her home that she was very proud of. We will cherish forever the memories of her in that garden and the enjoyment it brought to her.  Donna is survived by her sons, Robert "Bob" (LaRae) McCollum and Glenn "Butchie" Herr; sister Susanne (Rae) McCallister; special friend Tracy Elza and loving nieces and nephews.  Donna also leaves behind her kitties that she adored so much, Sugar Baby and Rosie, who will continue to be loved by Tracy.  No funeral service will be held per Donna's request.  The precious life of Donna and what she meant to all of us will remain in our hearts forever.  Rest in peace and love, sweet lady.  Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.  Chris Odasso, Supervisor

 


Mary Carulli

May 20, 2021 |

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

Mary Carulli, 72, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021. She was born October 11, 1948 in Ellwood City and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah (Iozzi) Arabia. She was a graduate of Duquesne High School and was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church. Mary was an amazing, beautiful and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard T. Carulli, Sr., daughter, Renee' (Shawn) Ank of Elizabeth Twp., son, Richard T. (Jannette) Carulli, Jr., of Elizabeth Twp., grandchildren, Matthew Ank and Addison and Danniella Carulli, sister, Rosanne Vario of Jefferson Hills and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rachel Carulli, granddaughter, Sarah Ank, brother, Frank Arabia and sisters, Lucille Ray, Theresa Stipp, and Sandy Arabia.

 
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Francine Hymes

May 20, 2021 |

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

Francine Hymes, age 76, of North Versailles, died May 12, 2021, at home.  Born February 28, 1945, in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late Vivian Jackson and wife of the late Larry Hymes.  Francine worked as an RN and was a foster parent for many years.  She even received an award from the Red Cross for her dedication to the children.  She was a loving Christian woman who loved the Lord and attended the Harty Bible School for many years.  She is survived by children; Milton Gay, Eva "Michelle" Taylor, and Tenisha Hymes; ten grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Joann Jackson and brother Mitchell Jackson.  She was also preceded in death by sister Eva Jackson.

Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.  Charles Danforth, Supervisor

 


William F. Wahrenberger

May 20, 2021 |

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

William F. Wahrenberger, age 86, of Port Vue, died May 15, 2021, at home. Born January 30, 1935, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William and Laura (Davis) Wahrenberger and the husband of Anna Mae "Annie" (Conley) Wahrenberger for over 63 years.

Bill retired from General Motors Corporation, Fisher Body Division, where he was an electrician with over 30 years of service. He was a US Marine Corps veteran serving during peacetime.

Bill was also a member of the Port Vue United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, reading, and crossword puzzles. Bill's greatest joy was the time he shared at his family camp in Tidioute, PA, over the last 50 years.

 
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Richard O. Nichol

May 20, 2021 |

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

Richard O. Nichol, 69, of East McKeesport died Monday May 17, 2021.

Beloved Son of the late Richard T. Nichol and Anna Mae (Daffner) Patterman.  Loving husband of the late Maryanne (Zorn) Nichol.  Dear brother of Kathy (James) Malloy and Rick (Valerie) Nichol.  Uncle of Michael Nichol, Vandr Nichol, and Micah Nichol.  Richard enjoy dressing as Santa Claus and spending time with his friends from the Dirty Dog Cigar Shop. He was a very generous man.

 
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Mildred Otlano

May 19, 2021 |

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

Mildred (Boruch) 0tlano, 93, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Monday, May 17, 2021, in UPMC Heritage Place, Pittsburgh. Born June 26, 1927, in Braddock, she was the daughter of the Late Joseph and Martha (Walendziewicz) Boruch. Mrs. Otlano was a member of St. Thomas The Apostle Parish, Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. Beloved Wife of the Late John Otlano. She is survived by two sons, John Jr. and Mark , a daughter, Linda , sixteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by two daughters, Martha and Antionette , three brothers, Joseph, Michael and Raymond Boruch, and two sisters, Florence A. Boruch and Agnes Guzewicz .

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 4-8pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Inc., 828 Richford St., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 9:30am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Resurrection Church with Rev. Nicholas Mastrangelo as celebrant. Burial will follow in All aints Catholic Cemetery, Braddock Hills.

 
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Madeline M. Katko

May 19, 2021 |

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

Madeline M. Katko, 94, of Port Vue, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 27, 1926 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Michael and Carmella (Romano) Marinello. She was the wife of the late John C. "Sonny" Katko who passed away July 10, 1995.

 
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Jerome William Brudy

May 19, 2021 |

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

Jerome William Brudy, age 53, of Port Vue, went to be an angel to serve the Lord on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  He was born in McKees Rocks on August 30, 1967 and is the son of the late Earl and Jean Gongloff Brudy.  He was self-employed for years selling recordings of hockey fights to fellow fans.  He then worked at Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh.  He was a boxer in the McKees Rocks Boxing league in 1983.  He enjoyed listening to soft rock, pop music, and rock.  He loved spending time with his wife, caregiver and best friend, Heidi, and his furry companion, Rosie Ann.

 
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Nicholas "Nick" Vay

May 19, 2021 |

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


Nicholas "Nick" Vay, 82, of Lincoln Boro, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021. He was born January 31, 1939 in Lincoln and was the son of the late Domenico "Nick" and Gaetana "Tinney" (Giochi) Vay. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Marie (Moonis) Vay who passed away November 10, 2009. Nick was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish - St. Eugene Church in Liberty Boro and was retired from the Carpenter Department of US Steel Clairton Works. He was a former Police Chief, Policeman, Mayor, Fire Chief, Road Crew Supervisor and Council member for Lincoln Boro. He loved taking care of the land and farming. 

 
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Harold "Harry" Cutshall

May 19, 2021 |

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

Harold "Harry" D. Cutshall, Jr., 65 of Belle Vernon, formerly of West Mifflin,  died May 18, 2021.  He is the son of the late Harold and Louise (Rinard) Cutshall, Sr. and beloved husband of the late Lynne Cutshall.  Harry is survived by his sons Brian Cutshall and Chad Cutshall; grandchildren Ethan, Ivan, Liv, Harlan, Grace and Justin; sister Delores (Eugene) Hamar; brother Michael (Heather) Cutshall; also nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  He was preceded in death by his sisters Joni Riddlebaugh, Carol Murphy, Nancy Persky and Linda Cutshall.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.

 


Julie F. Schweitzer

May 18, 2021 |

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

Julie F. Schweitzer, age 73, of White Oak, passed away on May 18, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born in McKeesport on April 24, 1948, she was the daughter of the late George and Rose Totin. Julie was a former hairdresser and dog bather and she decorated sweaters. She was the wife of David H. Schweitzer for 45 years; mother of Janna (Casey Zychowicz) Schweitzer of Aliquippa; sister of Patricia (late Richard) Cirucci of Mt. Lebanon and Helene (Drew) Schaming of Port Vue; aunt of Stacey (Grant) Bartko of Elizabeth. She is also survived by two great nephews. There is no visitation or service. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Mark Todd Wintermyer

May 18, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Mark Todd “Country” Wintermyer, 54 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday May 15, 2021. He was born in McKeesport on July 15, 1966 to Edward Paul Wintermyer, Sr. and the late Victoria Hope Anderson Barna. He is survived by his children Amanda of Mississippi and Micah Wintermyer of Jasper, Alabama as well as his 2 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Edward Jr. of Clairton and Thomas (Ronda) Wintermyer of Glassport and his father Edward Paul Wintermyer, Sr. Mark was preceded in death by his mother Victoria Hope Anderson Barna. He enjoyed watching football and was an enthusiastic Steelers fan. Above all, he treasured spending time with his children.  Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Donna Marie Wilson

May 18, 2021 |

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

Donna Marie Wilson, age 47, of McKeesport, died May 11, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born March 30, 1974, in Plum Borough, she was the daughter of Rose Marie Wilson.

Donna Marie was a kind-hearted, loving person. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Donna Marie competed in the Special Olympics, in her early years. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and beadwork creations.

 
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Walter Woods Kunkle

May 18, 2021 |

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

Walter Woods Kunkle, age 95, of White Oak, died May 17, 2021, at home.  Born March 27, 1926, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Herman and Mamie (Kim) Kunkle, and husband of Donna Holshue, who died minutes before him.

 
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Donna Holshue Kunkle

May 18, 2021 |

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

Donna Gail Holshue Kunkle, age 79, of White Oak, died May 17, 2021, at home.  Born December 11, 1941, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Helen (Septer) Morgan and wife of Walter Kunkle, who died just moments after Donna.

 
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Ruth M. Kelly

May 18, 2021 |

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

Ruth M. (McClain) Kelly, age 81, of Morrisdale, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Embassy of Huntingdon. She retired as a secretary for Pemberton's in Boston. She was a member of Elizabeth Wesleyan Church. Born September 4, 1939 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Anna (Kalkbrenner) McClain. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Rev. Roy A.  Kelly; sons, David Kelly of Boston, Dennis (Cheryl) Kelly of Morrisdale and Patrick (Linda) Kelly of Macungie; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Judy Stumme of North Versailles, Diane (Dennis) Marhefka of Hamilton, OH and Sherry (Bill) Whisel of New Castle; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughter, Pamela Kelly. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second AVenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Service will take place on Friday, May 21 at 1 PM at the Elizabeth Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Bowers officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Burial is private. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Anna M. (Raible) Busch

May 17, 2021 |

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

Anna M. (Raible) Busch, 90, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021 at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born June 19, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Daniel and Agnes (Holtz) Raible. Anna was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church where she was a Christian Mother and lector. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards and especially loved taking care of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Busch; sons, Daniel and Ronald Busch; son-in-law, Edward O'Day; brothers, Walter, Edwin, Roy, John, Fr. Daniel; sisters, Rita Harrison and Mary Welsh. She is survived by her sons, Gary (Donna), Richard (Karen), Randall (Kristine); daughters, Bernadette O'Day, Lora (Daniel) McCullough; sister, Sr. Agnes Raible CDP; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Busch; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.

 
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Thomas "Woody" Edward Paull, Sr.

May 16, 2021 |

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

Thomas "Woody" Edward Paull, Sr., 67, of Boston, passed away Saturday May 15, 2021. He was born August 5, 1953 in Uniontown and was the son of Nancy (Whoolery) Paull of Greenock and the late Rev. Wendell Eugene Paull. He was the husband of the late Idalynn (Morgenstern) Paull who passed away December 26, 2006. Tom was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Audubon Society. Among the many hobbies that Woody had, he most enjoyed genealogy, photography, watching movies and was into the history of the Railroad and the Civil War. He was also a volunteer at numerous local Fire Departments. He worked for the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin and was a US Navy Veteran.

 
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Laurie Lynn Rack

May 16, 2021 |

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

Laurie Lynn Rack, 54, of Pittsburgh, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021 after a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was born April 14, 1967 in McKeesport and was the daughter of  L. Robert and Virginia B. (Gilleland) Rack of Elizabeth Township. She was a 1985 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, she obtained her Bachelors Degree from West Virginia University, her Associates Degree in Nursing from CCAC, her Bachelors Degree in Nursing, her Masters Degree in Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing from The University of Pittsburgh.   Laurie worked as a nurse for over 30 years, primarily at UPMC Montefiore where she was Clinical Director for the last 15 years. . She was an avid Pittsbugh Pirates fan and enjoyed gardening. Laurie was known as a planner and organizer, whether it be for work, home or even black Friday shopping. She was a kind-hearted person who was always thinking of others, whether through charity or tying scarves around poles in the Pittsburgh area for the homeless.

 
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John L. Kubicko

May 16, 2021 |

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

John L. Kubicko, age 91, of North Braddock, Pennsylvania passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years Mary Krivjanik Kubicko.He was born on Saturday, January 24, 1930 to the late Stephen William Kubicko and Edna Mattey Kubicko, as well as Cecelia Kranyak Kubicko.

John, also known as the Pennsylvania Outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and all things outdoors. He was also an outdoor sporting goods sales representative.

John is survived by his loving cherished daughter Donna Lee MacDonald Florida, sister-in-law Madeline (Stephen) Lesko and sister-in-law Catherine (late William) Kubicko.

His life was enriched with interactions of his loving, thoughtful and caring nieces and nephews, Cathy (Alvin) Knox, Carole Marie (Keith) Simmons, Corrinne (Michael) Dowling, Colleen (Robert) Pantalone, Stephen Kubicko and Jeffrey Lesko.

 
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Donald Louis Schillaci

May 15, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Donald Louis Schillaci, 86, of Mckeesport, died Friday, May 7, 2021. He was born in Glassport on December 7, 1934. He was the son of the late Louis Jerome Schillaci and Annabelle Pryor Schillaci and the husband of B. J. (Betty Jean) Schillaci.

Don graduated from Glassport High School in 1952. He attended Marietta College on a football scholarship. He worked at Copperweld in Glassport. He was a supervisor at McConway Torley, Tygart Industries, Sash Erectors Fabricating, and Reliance Steel. He retired as a maintenance worker at McKeesport Housing Authority.

He loved all sports and ran a 70 and over softball team for Jaycox-Jaworski. He was elected into the McKeesport and Glassport Sports Hall of Fame. He enjoyed golfing, playing softball and watching his grandsons play all sports over the years. He loved all of the McKeesport sports, but never missed a McKeesport High School Football game.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by brothers, Joseph (Jeanette) Schillaci, and Louis (Noreen) Schillaci; sister-in-law, Norma Schillaci; children, Donna (Dino) DiGregory, Jay (Evie) Schillaci, Gregg Schillaci and stepson, Dave Asmonga; grandchildren, Dino II, Gino, and Dominico DiGregory, Jay (Laura) Schillaci, Jeremy Schillaci, Jenn Schillaci, Brandon Schillaci, and Amanda Asmonga; great-grandchildren, Gino DiGregory, Jr., Alessandra and Matteo Schillaci and Viola Schillaci. Special cousins, Judy Johnston and Ralph Schillaci. Also lots of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

 
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June E. Ferguson

May 15, 2021 |

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

June E. Ferguson, age 96, of White Oak, died on May 14, 2021. Born in McKeesport on June 6, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Charles T. and Sarah Heatherington Williams and the wife of the late Robert C. Ferguson.

 
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Kathryn Ann Waugaman

May 14, 2021 |

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

Kathryn Ann Waugaman “Foofy”, age 62, of McKeesport, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021.  She was born in McKeesport on July 31, 1958 and is the daughter of the late John H. and Kathryn I. March Waugaman, Jr.  She retired as an environmental specialist for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

 
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Mavin L. Koval

May 14, 2021 |

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

 

Mavin L. Koval, age 75, formerly of Braddock, passed away on May 13, 2021. Born in Pittsburgh on October 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late William and Agnes (Williams) Koval. She was a retired admissions clerk at Braddock Hospital for 47 years. Mavin graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Pittsburgh, Duffs Business School, and she enjoyed reading. She is the sister of James (Linda) Koval of Mechanicsburg and the late Marilyn (late Vernon) Moyer; aunt of Myley Moyer, Sandy (Jeff Wilson) Moyer, Kirk Moyer and the late Jaya Moyer; great aunt of Christopher (Colleen) Moyer, Maya Wilson and the late Dylan Lewis; great great aunt of Caleb Moyer, Kenzie Moyer, Caiden Moyer, Callie Buckley and Theo Buckley. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300. A Blessing Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Thomas Dansak officiating. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery in North Braddock. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in her name.

 


James Kendy

May 14, 2021 |

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

James "Jim" Kendy, 62, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021. He was born October 31, 1958 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Alexander "Bud" and Dorothy (Yenega) Kendy. He was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish- St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Township. Jim was a retired truck driver and had previously worked for Basic Carbide and the former US Steel National Tube Works.

 
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Anna (Bicchetti) Pepe

May 14, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

  Anna (Bicchetti) Pepe, 93, of Glassport, PA, age 93, passed away peacefully with her children at her side on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

She is survived by her daughter Maria Cready and husband Ray of West Middlesex, PA, and son Emmett Pepe and wife Leah of Herndon, VA and is the adored grandmother (Nonna) of Brianna Pepe, Amanda Pepe, Angelo Pepe and Amato Pepe and great-grandson Oliver Holden.

She is also survived by her sister Carmela (Bicchetti) Delli Gatti of Nusco, Italy along with many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Emmett Pepe Sr. (deceased 1979) and siblings Amato Bicchetti, Carmine Bicchetti, Pasquale Bicchetti, Raffaele Bicchetti.

Anna was born and raised in Nusco, Italy. The daughter of the late Michele Bicchetti and Angiolina (Napolillo) Bicchetti.  She came to America in 1960 and proudly became an American citizen in 1966. She was a member of the Christian Mothers from St. Cecilia’s/Queen of the Rosary parish. Anna enjoyed duckpin bowling with her Christian Mothers.

 
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Dennis J. Kelly

May 14, 2021 |

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

Dennis J. Kelly, age 68, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at home. He retired as a maintenance technician for King's Family Restaurant in North Versailles.

An Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a proud foster parent through Pressley Ridge and a two-time past champion of the Horick Annual Horseshoe Tournament. Born June 8, 1952 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late John and Ruth (Gertska) Kelly Maiella.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sherry (Lewis) Kelly; children, Christine Dadey of Pittsburgh, Fredrick Kalinna of the state of California, Bryan Kelly of Belle Vernon, Shannon (Robert) McDonald of Florida, Jerald Kelly of Strabane Twp., Kerrie Kelly of Jefferson Hills and Trisha (Sean Smith) Kelly of Elizabeth Twp.; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Lisa (Jerry) Raymond of Peters Twp., Linda (James) Winschell of Canonsburg and Valerie Kelly of Philadelphia; brothers, Daniel and David Kelly, both of the state of California; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Parrish B. Middlebrook

May 13, 2021 |

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

Parrish B. Middlebrook, 49, died May 7, 2021. A walk-through viewing will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA 15110, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon. Arrangements are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 


Robert “Whitey” Wiest

May 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Robert “Whitey” Wiest, 76, died May 9, 2021, with his loving family at his side. Whitey was the loving husband of Marlene (DePaoli) Wiest; father of Tara Pierce and Noel Wiest; grandfather of Ashley Bittner. Whitey enjoyed watching sports, especially the Auburn Tigers. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing. He was strong in his Byzantine Faith. Per Whitey’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Wall on Saturday, May 15 at 1pm. Arrangements entrusted to Alfieri Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmerding. Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert "Whitey" Wiest, please visit our floral store.

 


Arthur (Aufie) James Bryan

May 13, 2021 |

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

Arthur (Aufie) James Bryan, 78 was born August 29, 1942 in McKeesport, Pa. He was the son of the late John Bryan and Lena (Carter) Bryan Miller.

Aufie graduated from McKeesport High School in 1962.  He worked as a Machine Operator for several warehouses and retired after 35 years with local 205 from Schneiders Dairy.  Music was his medicine.  His production Company AB Productions hosted many college dances and parties and entertainment for the local teens.  Sitting on his back porch listening to Doo Wop and the oldies with his Cherikee Red Pop was a good day. He loved to travel, and cruising was one of his favorites; a total of 12 or more cruises. Aufie was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  The McKeesport Past & Present Organization was another one of Aufie’s loves.  He was one of the original members of the organization. He was a very dedicated worker.

 
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Duane D. Jenkins

May 13, 2021 |

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

Duane D. Jenkins, age 88, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Vincentian Marian Manor. He retired as president of D. Jenkins Group in Elrama. An Army veteran serving during the Korean War, he was a member of Jefferson United Presbyterian Church in Jefferson Hills and a member of the McKeesport Masonic Lodge. Born November 12, 1932 in Versailles, he was a son of the late William J. and Mary Jane (Haywood) Jenkins. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joy L. (Wilkop) Jenkins; sons, William H. (Sherri) Jenkins of Monongahela and Tom D. (Debbie) Jenkins of South Park; daughter, Lorraine (Brian) Finley of Pleasant Hills; grandchildren, Heather Schmidtt, TJ Jenkins, Bill Jenkins Jr., Amelia Kelly, Ashley Birckhead, Samantha Taylor, Marissa Jenkins and Dillon Finley; and seven great-grandchildren.

 
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Rose Marie Izydore

May 12, 2021 |

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

Rose Marie Izydore, 79, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021. She was born July 13, 1941 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Susan (Siansky) Miller. Rose Marie was also preceded in death by her daughter, Denise Halaszynski, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Rose Marie was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish.

 
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George F. Matta II

May 12, 2021 |

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

George F. Matta II, 64, of White Oak, and formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully on May 10, 2021. He was born on October 2, 1956 to parents George Matta, deceased, and Florence (Kelmeckis) Matta, and is survived by his wife Catherine (Love), who met in high school and were married for 39 devoted years; his son, Bradley and wife Gretchen (Dimeling) Matta, and daughter Brittany and her husband Darin Kowalski. George was blessed to be known as “Pappy” to his 4 grandchildren; Kash, Hagen, Bannon, and Kinley - all of whom he adored and provided him with motivation during his battle with brain cancer, and his dog Oliver George also leaves behind his brother, Gary Matta, and brother-in-law, George Dillinger, and his wife Cindy (Pazehoski) Dillinger and nieces and nephews; Logan (Dillinger) and Keith Haselhoff, Tyler and Liz (Heiles) Dillinger, Langley (Matta) and Tyler Shope, Austin Matta and Jaquan Davidson.

George lived a full life; dedicated to supporting his family, helping his friends, and committed to always trying to better the “Mon Valley” - the community he was so proud to have lived in throughout his entire life. His journey in life began in the City of Duquesne, from being born here, one of his proudest political accomplishments, was to be elected as Mayor of Duquesne from (1993-1999). Indeed, being called “Mayor” was a badge of honor as he was a graduate of Duquesne High School (1974) and was elected as City Controller (1989-1993). George obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Penn State University (1978), and Masters in Business Industrial Relations from St. Francis College (1983).

 
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David John Gallowich

May 11, 2021 |

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

David John Gallowich, age 68, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, May 5, 2021. He was born in Pittsburgh on November 16, 1952 and is the son of the late David P. and Ethel Grace Smith Gallowich.

 
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Thomas Brown

May 11, 2021 |

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

Thomas Brown, age 49, of McKeesport, died April 29, 2021, at home. Born August 26, 1971, he was the son of the late Larry and Mary (Brown) Williams and the husband of Juanita (Banks) Brown.

Thomas worked as a meat packer until he became disabled. He gave his life to the Lord and attended Love Ministry on the North Side. Thomas enjoyed listening to music and watching movies and loved being with his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Thomas is survived by children, Crisha Brown, Thomas Ellis and Trevon Brown; stepchildren, India Brown, Akeysha Price, Andre Price, Elza Henderson and Denise Henderson; 14 grandchildren; sister, Angel Brown; grandmother, Ruby Williams; uncle, Vernon Williams; aunt, April Williams; cousin, James Williams; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a baby sister. Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com. Charles Danforth, Supervisor

 


Brandon Michael Walsh

May 11, 2021 |

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

Brandon Michael Walsh, age 29, of West Mifflin, died Monday, May 10, 2021.  He was born in Largo, Florida on November 10, 1991 and is the son of the late Christine Pettit Peterson.

 
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Valerie Rozzi

May 11, 2021 |

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

Valerie Rozzi (nee Galka), age 93, a resident of Avon Lake, OH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at New Life Hospice of Lorain, OH.  She was born November 7, 1927, in Port Vue, PA., and was the daughter of the late John and Sophie Galka and wife of the late Olindo Rozzi for 58 years.

 
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Stephan "Steve" Semko

May 11, 2021 |

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

Stephan "Steve" Semko, age 78, of McKeesport, formerly of Clairton, died May 9, 2021, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital.  Born July 25, 1942, in Clairton, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Keresten) Semko and beloved husband of Adrienne "Lynn" (Snyder) Semko for 48 years.

 
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Pamela Sue (Kulus) Brown

May 10, 2021 |

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

Pamela Sue (Kulus) Brown, age 55, of Braddock Hills, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on May 9, 2021, at UPMC Shadyside. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 7, 1965, she was the daughter of Constance Tassone (Dombrosky) and the late Thomas Kulus. She was a former legal secretary for a Pittsburgh law firm and a longtime waitress at Pizza Hut-Duquesne. She loved being with her family, which was everything to her, and she enjoyed going to Kennywood, lottery tickets and her cat, Pumpkin.

She was the wife of the late Paul Afanasieff. Survivors include her mother, Constance (Tassone) Dombrosky and her step-father, Gerald Dombrosky of Elizabeth Twp.; daughter, Heather Brown of North Braddock; siblings Thomas (Jacqueline) Kulus of West Mifflin, Cindy (Jim) Capell of Monroeville and Marie (Bryan) Krasneski of South Park. She was a doting and loving aunt of Tanner, Bennett and Ethan Kulus, Katie and Jimmy Capell and Ariana and Colton Krasneski; step-mother of Jesse Afanasieff and step-grandmother of Shane and Cailey Afanasieff.

 
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Ronald Samuel Gillie

May 10, 2021 |

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

Ronald Samuel Gillie, 82, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021. He was born March 2, 1939 in Elizabeth and was the son of the late James Benjamin and Katherine (Thomas) Gillie. He was a retired policeman and worked for Elizabeth Borough. After retirement, he was a electrician, motorcycle mechanic and also worked for Advanced Auto. He was a Boy Scout, Eagle Scout and a Scout Master for Pack # 133.

 
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Milan John "Mel" Kesser, Jr.

May 10, 2021 |

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

Milan John "Mel" Kesser, Jr., 65, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021. He was born May 5, 1956 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Milan John Kesser, Sr.  and Rosemary M. (McKay) Kesser Gerondites.  Milan was a faithful and devoted member of St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon.  He worked as a cab driver and also for the former National Tube in McKeesport.  Mel was a very religious and spiritual person who would pray for the world and for those who passed away everyday.  He was an excellent caregiver for his mother, Rosemary who recently passed away April 12, 2021.  He was also a member of the McKeesport Dartball League.

 
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James P. "Jimmy" Maxwell

May 10, 2021 |

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

James P. “Jimmy” Maxwell, age 76, of West Mifflin, passed away on May 9, 2021, at home. Born in Homestead on May 8, 1945, he was the son of the late Perry and Lillian (Kennedy) Maxwell. He was a retired machinist from U.S. Steel-Homestead Works, a member of Homeville Christian Church, Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsman Club and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jimmy was the beloved husband of 55 years to Mary Lou (Downie) Maxwell; father of Gina Maxwell Caito of West Mifflin and Robin (Vanessa Suncine) Maxwell of West Mifflin; grandfather of Tomilyn (Jamie Miller) Caito, Roman (Jenn) Caito, and Taylor (Jason) McCall; great grandfather of Owyn Miller, Landon Caito, Sienna Caito, and Carmine Caito; brother of Cheryl (Dan) Wehrer of West Mifflin and Kim (Mike) McElroy of West Mifflin.

 
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John Paul Peddicord

May 10, 2021 |

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

John Paul Peddicord, 69, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born September 8, 1951 in Pittsburgh, a son of Catherine (Artman) Peddicord and the late Louis Peddicord.

John was a laborer for Federal Pacific and enjoyed playing the drums, building puzzles, reading, playing trivia, telling and listening to jokes and watching his favorite tv shows.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy; brothers-in-law, Jack and Mike; sister-in-law, Laura Peddicord; and nephew, Mike.  He is survived by his brothers, Louie (Karan), Kenwood, Sam (Laurie), Mick, Steve (Rena); sisters, Linda Proctor, Debbie Constantine, Kate Hawk, JoAnn Brugnoli; aunt, Mary Pogel; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

 
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Marcella M. Szymarek

May 10, 2021 |

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

Marcella M. Szymarek, age 91, of New Stanton, formerly of McKeesport, died May 4, 2021, at Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare.  Born June 9, 1929, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Tomkowitz) Sharp and wife of the late Walter Szymarek.

 
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Gregory J. Zalac

May 09, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Gregory “Flake” J. Zalac, 57 of McKeesport died May 6, 2021.  He is the son of Gertrude (Krol) Zalac and the late George “Tookie” Zalac.  Greg is survived by his children  Brandon, Kristy, Ashley and Karli Zalac; also 2 grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.  A private memorial service and celebration of Greg’s life will be held at a later date.

 


William C. Whitehead

May 09, 2021 |

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

William C. Whitehead, age 92, of North Huntingdon, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 8, 2021. He was born May 28, 1928 in Irwin, a son of the late Clarence R. and Sara E. (Daily) Whitehead. Prior to his retirement, Bill was a master tool and die maker for GM and attended The First Presbyterian Church in Irwin. He was a graduate of Norwin High School Class of 1947. He was involved in many activities such as Rough Riders Assoc., Swinging Squares of Irwin and Herold Grange Square Dancers, White Oak Gun Club, Laurel Highlands Coachman, the Winnebago Club, and the Odd Fellows. Bill was a board member of the Auto Workers Federal Credit Union. He was involved in may more activities, but his true love was his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ruth J. Romig Whitehead; sons, William C. Jr., Larry and Gary; and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Whitehead. He is survived by his sons, Bruce, Mark (Suzie), and Rick; daughters, Linda Somerville and her husband, Joseph, and Janet Gilbert and her husband, Jim; grandchildren, Douglas (Vicky) Whitehead, Melanie (Richard) Freese, Adam Whitehead, Michael Whitehead, Samantha (Bill) Kane, Ashton (Michael) Wertz, Linnea (Drew) Wortmann, Courtney Whitehead; great-grandchildren, Dante, Kylie, Abby, Bryce, Maddox, Riley, Eden, Bryer, Wren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his little dog Toby. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ron Wakeman officiating. Interment in Irwin Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All But Furgotton Animal Shelter, Westmoreland County. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Robert Lee Monnie

May 09, 2021 |

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

Robert Lee Monnie, 76, of North Versailles, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Manor Care, Monroeville.  He was born September 17, 1944 in Meadville, Pa., a son of the late Charles and Pauline (Cook) Monnie.  Prior to his retirement, Robert was an electrician and small machine mechanic and a veteran of the US Air Force having served during Vietnam.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed sports, antique cars and attending car shows.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles "Uncle Bud" Monnie.  He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Alice Rose (Frazier) Monnie; son, Darrin Monnie and his wife, Shelly; daughter, Dawn Klasnick and her husband, Ryan; grandchildren, Lacie (Mark) Brooks, Ted Klasnick, Allyssa Gavorn and Ron Gavorn.  Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will be private in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


James H. Keys

May 09, 2021 |

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

James H. Keys, age 61, of McKeesport, died May 6, 2021, at UPMC Mercy. Born August 5, 1959, in Greensburg, he was the son of the late James G. and Gladys (Shirley) Keys and the husband of the late Terri (Rosak) Keys.
James worked in the construction industry until his health would no longer allow him to work. He enjoyed gardening and the outdoors in his early years. James' most incredible joy was the happiness he felt when spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 
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Richard W. Virag

May 07, 2021 |

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

Richard W. Virag, 67, of East McKeesport passed away on Wednesday May 5, 2021. Son of the late Richard A. and Mary P. (McHenry) Virag. Loving husband of 45 years to Robin R. (Frady) Virag. Beloved Father of Richard L. (Colleen) Virag, Renee Virag, and Ryan A. (Kaleena) Virag. Dear Grandfather of Angel Lynn Gibbons, Mikey Gibbons, Matthew Gibbons, Laini Virag, Rylee Virag, Jadyn Floyd, Mariah Floyd, and Ryan A. Virag, Jr. Brother of Rebecca (Mark) Hannan, Robert D. (Rose) Virag, Kevin P. Virag, and the late Patsy Hartley. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Rick enjoyed golfing, bowling and spending time with his friends and family. He was a huge Steelers and Penguins fan.

 
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Betty (Saula) Beresford

May 07, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Betty (Saula) Beresford, 83, peacefully passed on May 5, 2021, with her loving family at her side. Betty was the loving mother of Deborah Howatineck, Kirk Beresford, Doug (Jennifer) Beresford and Scott Beresford. She was the special Bub of Tyler, Kaylee, Brian and Kasey; Great-Bub of Bentley and Brodie. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many cousins, and friends. Betty was preceded in passing by her parents, Mike and Lois (Love) Saula, and siblings, Margaret DeFalco, Norman “Nick” Saula and George Saula. Betty enjoyed crafts and gardening. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them. Family was the most important to her, and she loved them unconditionally. They loved her dearly, and will miss her deeply.

 
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Lukas L. Little

May 07, 2021 |

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

Lukas L. Little, age 42 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away at home on Thursday, May 6, 2021.  Born December 17, 1978 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Harold Little, Sr. and Mary M. "Maggy" (Laughlin) Little.  A member of the Local #37 Roofers Union out of Pittsburgh, Lukas was most recently employed by Phoenix Roofing.  He is survived by his wife Janeen (Bishop) Little; his sons Jusden and Jordan Little; his brothers Harold (Lisa Bisogni) Little, Jr. of Clairton and Jacob (Kairy) Little of Jefferson Hills; his nieces and nephews Jessica, Dante, Darren, Jacob, Kyleigh, Gavin, and Garrett; his stepsister Tiffenie (Mark) Russell; his stepbrother Kevin Bober; his step-nieces-and-nephew Lacey, Jelena, and Zayn; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Besides his parents, Lukas was preceded in death by his stepfather Timothy Zombeck, Sr. and his stepbrother Timothy Zombeck, Jr.  

 
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Jonah Hercules Fite

May 07, 2021 |

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

Jonah Hercules Fite, 43, of Pittsburgh passed away peacefully at his home on April 30, 2021. Jonah was born on January 12, 1978 in Mexico City, Mexico. He was the son of James Mitchell Fite and Lucinda Brewer Fite McHolme. His young life was spent living and attending schools in State College, Elizabeth and later Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. After one year at State High, Jonah spent his sophomore year of high school studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico before returning to the U.S. and graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School in Elizabeth Township, PA in 1996. An honors student and men’s varsity soccer athlete, Jonah went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in International Business and Spanish. Jonah was a proud Brother of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity at CMU, as well. After being diagnosed with mental illness in 1998, Jonah was in a constant battle for his mental health and well-being. In the years that followed, Jonah selflessly donated his time helping others who suffered from similar afflictions.

 
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James H. Rickard, Sr.

May 06, 2021 |

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

 

James H. Rickard, Sr., 87, of West Mifflin, died May 6, 2021.  He is the son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Kottler) Rickard and beloved husband of the late Ida Mae (Herder) Rickard.  He is survived by his children James H. Rickard of Lake City, Pa, Judy (Jack) Fouser of West Mifflin, Dr. David J. Rickard of Kure Beach, NC and Dory J. Rickard of White Oak; grandsons  Brett (Dina) Fouser, Brian Fouser and Brad Fouser; great granddaughters Brynn and Dessa; brother Samuel Vincent Rickard, sisters Marie  Hamilton and Dorothy Cancilla; also nieces  and nephews.  Jim was retired from Bell Telephone Company where he worked for over 40 years; was a member of Bell Telephone Workers Credit Union; and was very involved with Duquesne High School Reunion Committee.  Anyone who knew Jim, loved Jim. Friends will be received at the Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne on Mon. from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral service will  be held at the funeral home at Tues. at 11:00  am.  Interment following Penn  Lincoln Memorial Park, North Versailles.

 


Susan (Nero) Basilone

May 06, 2021 |

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

Susan (Nero) Basilone, age 93 of Ellenton, FL and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Life Path Hospice, Sun City Center, Brandon, FL.  Born June 21, 1927 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Nicola and Mary Louise (Pasalaqua) Nero.  A member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton, Susan worked as an operator for Bell Telephone and retired from the Croatian Fraternal Union in Monroeville. She was also a member of the Sons of Columbus, Genova Council #6 of Clairton and the Bell Pioneer.  Susan is survived by her son Anthony (Denise) Basilone of Ellenton FL, his son Christopher (Shyra) Basilone and his daughter Nadia, and daughters Bianca and Gianna Basilone; her daughter Michelle (Michael) Mitchko of Canonsburg, her sons Michael (Courtney) Mitchko and their sons James and Maxwell and Matthew (Vanessa) Mitchko and their children Ava and Mason.; her son Jim (Kristen) Basilone of Murrysville his sons Jimmy (Erica) Basilone and their children Niko and Keegan and Joshua (Cristen) Basilone; and her son and Jim’s twin John (Beata) Basilone of Manchester, NH and his children Dana (Grant) O’Hara and their children Dominic, Nico, and Lucca, Jonathan (Danielle) Basilone and their children Anthony and Lino, and Shane Basilone;  also many nieces and nephews; and Susan’s dear friend who was like a daughter to her: Donna (Rick) Selby.  Besides her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her great-grandson Liam Basilone; her sister Ann Yacavace; and her brothers Anthony, Dominic, and Carl Nero who are all eagerly awaiting her arrival in Heaven. 

 
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James A. Cottone

May 06, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

James Anthony Cottone, 74 of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, formerly of Clairton, Pennsylvania, died on May 5, 2021. He was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania as one of eight children on December 11, 1946, to the late Eugene and Angeline (Leeper) Cottone. James was a 1965 graduate of Clairton High School and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a steelworker for the USS Irvin Works for nearly 20 years and worked as an insurance broker for the remainder of his very hardworking career, which continued until his death. James was a talented football player for Clairton High School and Parsons College. Throughout his life, he enjoyed camping, boating, dancing, music, sports, and spending time with his family.

James is survived by his daughter Ellen (James) Richey; sisters Joann (Jack) Geary and Mary Ann (Robert) Melani; and brothers Eugene (Bonnie) Cottone and Robert (Cindy) Cottone, and companion Dorothy Smoyer. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Anthony (Janet) Cottone and Frank (Dinka) Cottone as well as his sister Carmel (William) Donnelly.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 9th from 6-8 and Monday, May 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 11th at 10 a.m. presided by Rev. Marcia Rhoades, followed by interment at Saint Clare Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UPMC Cancer Center at 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15132 or by calling the center at (412) 623-4700. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Ryan Michael Zabelsky

May 06, 2021 |

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

Ryan Michael Zabelsky, age 30 of North Huntingdon died May 3, 2021. He was born January 15, 1991 in Pittsburgh, Pa. , a son of Gregg and Mary Lynne Visser Zabelsky. Ryan was kind hearted, thoughtful and extremely courageous. He was a graduate of Norwin Class of 2009 and also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Campus with a degree in accounting. Ryan enjoyed the beach, golfing and fishing. He is the grandson of the late Ken and Agnes Visser and "Cil' and Robert Zabelsky . Also surviving are two brothers, Kevin and Jason Zabelsky, a sister, Rachel Zabelsky, his step grandmother, Bernice Visser, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be private. James W. Shirley Funeral Home , North Huntingdon in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Epileptic Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Eleanor F. Barovitch

May 05, 2021 |

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

Eleanore “Ellie” Barovitch of Forest Hills passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Juniper Village of Forest Hills.  Born October 8, 1936 in Helvetia, PA she was the daughter of the late Vera Spryszak Royer.  Ellie graduated from St. Catherine’s High School, Dubois, PA, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Loretto, PA and The University of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Nursing, BSN.  

 
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James "Jimbo" Klein

May 05, 2021 |

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

James "Jimbo" Klein, age 65, of McKeesport, died April 27, 2021, at UPMC Mercy Hospital.  Born January 28, 1956, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Stephen Albert and Isabel (Pinzak) Klein.

 
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Veronica Kinch

May 05, 2021 |

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

Veronica Kinch, of Montgomery, Texas, formerly of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, passed peacefully from this life to eternal rest, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, May 1.  Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Mary Opatick.  Frank, her husband of 56 years, preceded her in death, along with four siblings:  Bernard (Natalie), Eugene ‘Skip’ (Elaine), Lawrence ‘Tubby’ (Norma, surviving), Marianne (Ronald).

Veronica is survived by her children Jonathan ‘Jay’ (Becki), Timothy (Kim), and Laura Jean (Sean); seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Frank), Brittanie, Jacqueline, Jennifer (Greg), Troy (Linzie), Ryan and Darren; three great-grandchildren Blaine, Priscilla Grace, and Paizley; her helpful nephew, Wayne; many nieces and nephews, cousins, and her cat Maggie.

During her life, she built a successful career as a Sales Representative for Bell Telephone, later Verizon, and was an excellent homemaker, wife, mother, Gramsey, Great Gram, and Aunt.  She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School, graduated from Duquesne High School, and was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, in Duquesne, PA., for more than 60 years.  She loved animals, was passionate about her garden and yard, was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.  She was proud of her entire family and always showed an interest by keeping in touch with everyone.

 
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Edmund S. Lewandowski

May 04, 2021 |

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

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Edmund S. Lewandowski, will be celebrated on May 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at Holy Name Church, Duquesne, of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, with his son, the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski, as principal celebrant.

Edmund passed away last April, during the Covid-19 pandemic, at the Locust Grove Personal Care Home. Born May 9, 1922 in Nowa-Wies-Wielka, Poland, he was the son of the late Jozef & Anastazia (Siemiankowska) Lewandowski.  He was a retired letter carrier in Duquesne, a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, a former insurance salesman for the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, member of the former Holy Name Society of the former St. Hedwig Church, member of the Polish War Veterans of WWII,  American Legion, the Polish National Alliance, the Polish Club of Duquesne, Teutonia Mannerchor Club of Duquesne, National Association of Letter Carriers and the Loyal Order of the Moose. 

Edmund enjoyed being surrounded by family especially celebrating birthdays.  He enjoyed sharing travel stories with his grandkids while drinking French wine.  He listened attentively while the great grandkids came to visit. He served in the Polish Army as a 2nd Lt. during WWII and was a prisoner of war for 4 years.  He was the beloved husband of 53 years to the late Blanche L. (Belback) Lewandowski, who died on March 19, 2004. 

He was the father of Dennis (Judy) Lewandowski of Plum Boro, Rev. Thomas J. Lewandowski, Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, PA & College Chaplain at Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University, and California University of Pennsylvania, and the late Anthony Lewandowski; grandfather of Kristen (Steve) Lichius & Michael (Kristen) Lewandowski; great grandfather of Ava and Ryan Lichius and Mary Lewandowski; brother of Regina Smolka and predeceased by brothers & sisters Anthony Lewandowski, Apolinary Lewandowski, Fr. Dominik Lewandowski, and Sr. Aurelia Lewandowski, S.O.E.

Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. Everyone is welcome to attend. The mass will be live-streamed on the Funeral Home website www.maloy-schleiferfuneralhome.com

 


Michael Alwin Bill

May 04, 2021 |

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

Michael Alwin Bill, 58, of White Oak, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021. He was born October 8, 1962 in McKeesport and was the son of Alwin Michael and Barbara (Epolito) Bill of Port Vue. Michael was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township. He was an Electrical Engineer and had previously worked for Bechtel-Bettis. He loved music and played guitar and harmonica. He enjoyed shooting and fishing and spending time with his parents, daughters, sister and his favorite dog Dylan.

Michael loved learning and creating. He enjoyed making others laugh and bringing joy to those around him. As is a tale, so is a life: Not how long it is, but How good it is, is what matters as we celebrate Mike's life and send him home,  Let us reflect on his favorite song by Bobby Bare- "Drop kick me Jesus, through the goal posts of life   End over end, neither the left or the right Straight through the hearts of them righteous uprights  Drop kick me Jesus through the goal posts of life".

 
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Lucille Ann Michaels Blake

May 04, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

 

Lucille Ann Michaels Blake, 73 of Clairton, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her residence on Monday, May 3rd, 2021. She was born in West Mifflin on November 15, 1947 to the late Gustave and Anna Mae Bach Michaels. Lucille was the loving wife of over 50 years to the late Gary E. Blake.

She is survived by her loving daughter Melody A. Blake and her beloved son-in-law and caregiver Christopher Volpe as well as many nieces and nephews and her loving puppies Daisy and Molly. Lucille was preceded in death by her 3 brothers Robert, John, and Ronald Michaels.

She was a member of the Saint Paulinus congregation in Clairton. Lucille loved her family dearly and touched many lives. She enjoyed watching her soap operas and her nightly milkshakes that Christopher brought to her. She was an avid bingo player and loved trips to the casino with her husband and brothers.  She also enjoyed needlework and crocheting.  

However, she was best known for the abundant amounts of Christmas cookies she would bake every year for her beloved family.  She graduated from Clairton High School in 1966 and was employed by J. Edward Connelly and Associates.

 
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Richard M. Goltz

May 04, 2021 |

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

Richard M. Goltz, age 87 of Irwin, formally of Defuniak Springs, FL, died May 1, 2021, at St. Margaret Hospital. Born July 8, 1933, in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of the late Harry Christian and Anna (Widowski) Goltz and the husband of Jean (Allen) Goltz.
Richard retired from Newburgh & South Shore Railroad as a demurrage clerk and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was an Elder in the Defuniak Springs Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Richard was a portrait and landscape artist and made video and DVD recordings of old TV shows and movies as a hobby. He enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, bird watching, traveling, and always looked forward to visits with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his children, Rick (Lydia) Goltz of Arizona, Larry (Mary) Goltz of Florida, Lori Vialpondo of California, and Suzi (Michael) O'Donnell of Irwin; and grandchildren, Richie, Abigail, Ricky, Elizabeth, and Savanna.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Rachel.
Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
Supervisor, Chris Odasso

 


Darrell F. Stern, Jr.

May 03, 2021 |

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

Darrell F. Stern, Jr., 58, of White Oak died May 2, 2021. Son of the Darrell F. Sr. & Marguerite (Hutchison) Stern. Beloved husband of Patricia Ann (Del Rosso) Stern. Loving father of Laurel Lee (Ben Waite) Stern. Dear brother of Sherry Lee (Michael) Esasky, Kim (Alan) Bilinsky, and Lea Marie Stern. Uncle of Daniella (Michael) Artman (God Daughter), Alexis Mehlik, Andrew Bilinsky, Adam Bilinsky (Godson), Amelia Bilinsky, Michael “Bubba” Esasky, Lilly Boggs, and Azelea Stern. Brother-in-law of Antoinette (Joe Mehalik) Del Rosso. Darrell was an endurance athlete and an avid outdoorsman enjoying Mountain biking, fishing, Kayaking, he also was a craft beer enthusiast, and an excellent cook. Darrell was a longtime Trail steward with White Oak Park and the Allegheny Land Trust. He retired with 29 years of service to the Allegheny County Health Dept Air Quality Control Division.

 
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Toni Joann (Hill) Reid

May 03, 2021 |

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

Toni Joann (Hill) Reid, 70, died April 30, 2021. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, May 5, 2021, and a funeral service will be celebrated at 12 noon at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Arrangements in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home.

 


John M. "Jay" Gorda Sr.

May 03, 2021 |

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

John M. “Jay” Gorda Sr., age 67, of Duquesne, passed away on May 1, 2021 at UPMC McKeesport. Born in McKeesport on April 2, 1954, he was the son of the late John and Bertha (Wargo) Gorda. He was a former steelworker at U.S. Steel-Duquesne Works, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Name Church, a former commandant of the East McKeesport League-Hesse-Waldron Detachment and proudly served his country in the Marine Corps and helped with Toys 4 Tots. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and reminiscing about riding when he couldn’t. He was the husband of the late Terri L. (Marcus) Gorda; father of Richard Gorda, Debra (Sean Patterson) Gorda, John Gorda Jr., Shawn Gorda and Robert Gorda; grandfather of Erik Patterson, Mackenzie Patterson and Adelina Brown; brother of Kathleen M. (Ted Kochina) Schussler, Madeline (late Francis) Salvatore, late Patricia Anderson, late Richard Gorda and late Marian Gorda.

 
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Lucille K. Teti

May 03, 2021 |

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

Lucille K. Teti, age 93 of Versailles, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 in UPMC McKeesport.  Born July 8, 1927 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Carmella (DiMonaco) Antonella and was also preceded in death by her husband Mario R. Teti, who passed away July 3, 2019; her son Robert J. Teti; her brothers Joseph, Arthur “Butch,” Pete, and Michael “Max” Antonella; and her sisters Rose Vezzani and Theresa Antonella.  Lucille is survived by her daughters Donna (Nick) Puskar and Janet (Victor Pribanic) Teti, both of White Oak; her grandchildren Lori (Jerrod) Crosby, Kristen (Casey) Holtzman, and Douglas (Kellie) Puskar; her great-grandchildren Gianna, Isabella, and Tessa Crosby, Halle, Marlee, and Derek Holtzman, and Makenna and Nicholas Puskar; her sister Tina Smith of Trafford; and also many nieces and nephews.

 
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James R. Stricklin

May 03, 2021 |

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

James R. Stricklin, age 83, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Allegheny General Hospital. He retired from the payroll department at U.S. Steel, South Side, and was a former school bus driver for the Elizabeth Forward School District. An Army veteran, he was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church, in Elizabeth Twp., and a lifetime social member of Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. Born February 11, 1938 in Wheeling, WV, he was a son of the late Harry and Roberta (Thomas) Stricklin and husband of the late Bernadette Ann (Chasko) Stricklin. He is survived by daughters, Renee (Robert L.) Gillie of West Newton, Dana Stricklin of Elizabeth and Jill (Ronald) Orosz of Baton Rouge, LA; son, James M. (Lisa) Stricklin of Plum; grandchildren, Dr. Brandon (Theresa), Zachary, Garrett, Aaron, Jacob (Cassandra), Benjamin, Nicholas and Gabrielle; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Claire, Willow and Raylee; brother, Harry Stricklin of Elizabeth Twp.; sister-in-law, Patricia (Duane) Coulson of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Robert A. Waight

May 03, 2021 |

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

Robert A. Waight, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  He was born September 26, 1937 in Aspinwall, a son of the late Floyd and Margaret (Krieg) Waight.  Prior to his retirement, Robert was an electrical engineer for Westinghouse and a veteran of the US Army Reserves.  He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary and James Waight; and sister, Patty Waight.  He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, JoAnne Wilkinson Waight; sons, Jim and his wife, Ann, Neal and his wife, Julie; daughter, Laura Chomanics and her husband, Mike; grandchildren, LeeAnn (Brandon) Meyer, Christina Waight, Madeline Waight, Dominique (Steven) Gray; great-grandchildren, Vincent, Francis, Lillian, and Cecilia.

 
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Betty B. Beranek

May 03, 2021 |

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

Betty Miller Beranek, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg.  She was born September 3, 1931 in Madison, a daughter of the late Paul and Blanche (Eisaman) Miller.  Betty was a registered nurse having graduated from the Westmoreland Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. Because of her great love of books and reading, Betty volunteered at the Norwin Public Library for many years.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert E. Beranek; brothers, Lewis, Earl, Robert D., Willis and Paul Miller; sisters, Irene Weibel, Rosella Shindehite, Helen Connolly, Dorothy McWilliams and Donna Fawcett.  Betty was a member of The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, N. Huntingdon.  She is survived by two sons, Robert A. Beranek and his wife, Pamela, of North Huntingdon; David E. Beranek and his wife, Christina, of Virginia; daughter, Lynn T. Vita and her husband, Charles, of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Michael (Elizabeth) and Matthew Vita, Leanndra, Lindsay, Mikayla and Jonathon Beranek; two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Layla Beranek.  Also surviving are two brothers, Thomas and Dean Miller; sister-in-law, Nancy Miller; and numerous nephews and nieces.

 
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Thomas Francis Brady

May 03, 2021 |

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

Thomas Francis Brady, 82, of Boston, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021. He was born August 20, 1938 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Francis Michael and Mildred (Heron) Brady. Tom was a member of Mary, Mother of God Church- St. Patrick Church, Christy Park. He was a retired Master Electronic Technician and had worked for RCA and General Electric. He was a member of the White Oak American Legion, the 11th Ward Welfare Association and was an avid bowler. Tom served in the US Army.

 
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Daniel Patrick Miller

May 03, 2021 |

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

Daniel Patrick Miller, age 75 of McKeesport, passed away at home on Friday, April 30, 2021.  Born February 26, 1946 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Patrick C. and Alberta (McClure) Miller.  A retired steelworker at US Steel National Tube Works in McKeesport who also was a co-owner of Mr. Chips Cafe in the Pittsburgh Courthouse and served as a pit crew member for Chip Ganassi's Formula 4 racing team.  He was also a US Navy Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, a member and past commander of the American Legion Post # 577 of McKeesport, a scuba diver, and avid Steelers fan.  Daniel is survived by his sisters Kathleen (Ray) Takacs of North Huntingdon and Patricia (Chuck) Evans of Broken Arrow, OK, his brothers Ken (Patricia) Miller of Lisbon, OH and Thomas (Susan) Miller of Maumee, OH, and also nieces and nephews.  

 
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Mary M. Slafka

May 02, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

  Mary M. Slafka, 100, a lifelong resident of Glassport, died today, May 2, 2021. She was born Christmas Day, 1920 in Port Vue, daughter of John and Anna (Pallof) Janus. Mary was a 1939 graduate of McKeesport High School. She was a former federal employee who worked as an office administrator at the Christy Park Works during World War II. Mary was a member of Queen of the Rosary parish in Glassport, and for many years a bowler on the Merrymakers at the Glassport Lanes. She was an Avon representative for over 35 years and loved to knit items for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen W. Slafka in 1987; three sisters, Ann Mick, Margaret Wolman, and Helen Barto; and four brothers, Andrew, Edward, Joseph and John Janus. In addition, she is survived by her loving family of three sons; Stephen M. Slafka and wife, MaryAnn of Liberty Borough, PA, Kenneth E. Slafka and wife, Debra from Great Falls, VA, and Gary T. Slafka and wife, Sandra of Valencia, PA. Mary was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren; Kristi and husband Ryan Brannan of Arlington VA, Kari and husband Shane Cashdollar of Herndon, VA, Matthew Slafka of Kent, WA, Sherri and husband Dan Kohley of Cranberry, PA, and Glenna and husband Tom Hilpisch of McMurray, PA; and eight great-grandchildren, Jax, Max, Penny, Connor, Regan, Mary, Anna, and Thomas. A private visitation will be held. Arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home.

 


Katherine Kotun

May 02, 2021 |

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

Katherine Kotun, age 92, of McKeesport, died May 1, 2021. She was born in McKeesport on November 19, 1928 and is the daughter of the late Samuel and Theodora Skarpenzou Pandel. She is the wife of the late John J. Kotun who she loved to travel with…there were yearly trips to Geneva on the Lake with the family and close friends. Later she and John enjoyed multiple trips to Las Vegas, Nevada and they also visited numerous states to attend John’s Navy reunions.

 
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George Tzanakis

May 02, 2021 |

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

George Tzanakis, age 90, of West Mifflin, passed away on May 1, 2021. He was born on September 18, 1930 in Windsor Heights, West Virginia and is the son of the late Nickola and Antonia Georgelakis Tzanakis. George was born the youngest of six children, also a twin, in Windsor Heights, West Virginia, and first-generation US citizen from Greek immigrant parents.  His father was a coal miner in West Virginia while wife Antonia tended to children and home.

 
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Jean L. Zanetti

May 02, 2021 |

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

Jean L. Zanetti, age 86, of Liberty Borough, died May 1, 2021, at UPMC Mercy Hospital. Born September 6, 1934, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Louis George and Margaret (Fairbaugh) George Konias and the wife of the late Arthur P. Zanetti.
Jean was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church in McKeesport. Jean enjoyed playing bingo, cards, going to the casino, and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play. She adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
Jean is survived by her children, Ronald (Debbie) of Elizabeth, and Jeri (Rob) Mowry of Liberty Borough; grandchildren, Kristy (Rob) Gordon, Julie Zanetti, Jeffery (Holli) Zanetti, and Kyle (Morgan) Mowry; great-grandchildren, Parker, Lincoln, and Kenzie; and step-sister, Joni Wakefield.

 
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Dr. Janice Skraly

May 01, 2021 |

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

Dr. Janice Skraly, of McKeesport, known by her many students over the years as “Doc”, died peacefully on April 25, 2021. Born on June 22, 1941 in Blue Island, Illinois, she is the daughter of the late Stanley Kuzak and Sophie Szalacha Karnas. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated from Alliance College with her B.S. in chemistry and went on to earn her Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught chemistry and computer science at South Allegheny High School for nearly 30 years, and stoking interest in science was her main devotion. She was proud of her students’ excellent performance in science fairs and loved the fact that they would come to her lab in their spare time to work on extra projects like growing crystals. She was all about exploration and discovery; the largest plaque in her office is a quote by Albert Einstein: “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called Research.”

 
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Kathleen Ann Hawthorne

May 01, 2021 |

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

On Sunday April 25, 2021, Kathleen Ann Hawthorne, 80, of North Versailles passed away. Daughter of the late William P. and Hulda (Krieger) Rafferty. Beloved wife of James Hawthorne.  Loving mother of Terry (John) Schultz, James (Nancy) Hawthorne, Barb (Jim) Lloyd, and Bill (Cindy) Hawthorne. Dear grandmother of John (Lisa) Schultz, Tim (Alicia) Hawthorne, Matthew (Sarah) Hawthorne, Ryan (Erin) Hawthorne, Adam (Lara) Hawthorne, Josh (Ashley) Lloyd, Justin Lloyd, and Jordan Lloyd.  9 great-grandchildren.  Sister of Maryanne Glaub, Sharon Cindric, the late Patty Smith, and the late Carol Fowler.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Kathleen enjoyed spending time with her family and trips to the Casino.

 
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Robyn Faith Sims

May 01, 2021 |

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

Born to eternal life on April 22, 2021 at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a blessing to her parents Robert Foster and Carla Sonel Sims, III; sister to Robert Foster Sims, IV, Michael Carlan and Camren Richard Sims; granddaughter to Coral Sims and Robert Foster (Judi) Sims, Jr.; granddaughter to Carl and Deborah Sumpter (deceased).

Arrangements were in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robyn Faith Sims, please visit our floral store.

 


Thomas “Tommy” J. Szmuc Jr.

May 01, 2021 |

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

Thomas “Tommy” J. Szmuc Jr., age 74, of North Versailles, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021. He was born October 26, 1946 in Monongahela, Pa., a son of the late Thomas Sr. and Sara Szmuc. He was a long time member of the Linway United Presbyterian Church in North Versailles. He was a proud Army veteran that served in Vietnam, and then went onto a long career as a truck driver hauling hazardous materials before retiring. He was a member of the Teamsters, American Legion and AmVets.

He enjoyed gambling with Marlene, Wayne and Linda every chance he got. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters Patty Harding and Carol Miller.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years Sandi J. Szmuc; daughter Tracey Szmuc of North Versailles; brother Bill (Arlene) Szmuc of North Versailles; sister Sandy (George) Cutson of North Versailles; his loyal companion dogs Dottie and Ginger who never left his side; and his fur grandbaby Minnie Pearl.

 
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Doris Jean Wergin

May 01, 2021 |

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

]Doris Jean Wergin, 91, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born December 1, 1929 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Geci) Kayda. She was the wife of the late Robert Lee Wergin who passed away in 2012.

Doris and her husband Bob enjoyed wintering every year in Florida  and coming home to Pennsylvania for their summertime gardening. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Angela Church and the former Keener Citizens there. Before becoming a homemaker, Doris worked in the Accounting Dept. of the former US Steel National Tube Works, McKeesport.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl and her husband, Dr. Gregory Bittner of Greensburg, grandson, Dr. Robert Bittner of Somerset, sisters, Joyce Constant and Mary and her husband Ed Jensen of CA, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Suty and Alice Pastore and brothers, Steve and Ernest Kayda.

 
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Barbara Ann Bindrim

May 01, 2021 |

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

Barbara Ann Bindrim, age 83, of Latrobe, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on April 30, 2021 at The Grove at Latrobe. Born in Kingston, NY on April 3, 1938, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Hrabosky) Bremer. Barbara was a homemaker and member of the First Free Evangelical Church in McKeesport. She is survived by her children Daniel Berkey of Charleston, SC, Lori Ann of Pittsburgh, Matthew Scott (Donna) Greeley of Latrobe, Robert Dupree Giles of Hastings, SC, Joyce Greeley of Bristol, OK and James Bindrim of Clairton; 15 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren; brothers Richard (Kathy) Bremer of Penn Hills and Charles (late Dolores) Bremer of White Oak; and lifelong friend Glenda Scharer.

 
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Mildred K. Arico

May 01, 2021 |

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

Mildred K. (Werner) Arico, age 98, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away at home surrounded by family on Friday, April 30, 2021. She was a self-taught seamstress who made her last quilt at age 98 on January 21, 2021. Born September 27, 1922 in Elizabeth Twp., she was a daughter of the late William Sr. and Grace (Gephart) Werner and wife of the late Nick F. Arico. She is survived by sons, Dan (Sue) Arico of Fairfax, VA, Rob (Jan) Arico of Elizabeth Twp. and Nick (Denise) Arico Jr. of Elizabeth Twp.; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Mike Fetchen of Elizabeth Twp.; daughter-in-law, Teena (John) Arico of Elizabeth Twp.; sister, Madeline Lyons of South Huntington Twp.; brother, Jim (Nancy) Werner of Altoona; sister-in-law, Soonie Werner of Minneapolis, MN; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Marie (Mary Catherine) Bendik

May 01, 2021 |

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

Marie (Mary Catherine) Bendik, 94, of Elizabeth Township-Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday April 29, 2021 at her daughters home in Cortland, OH. She was born May 25, 1926 in Port Vue and was the daughter of the late John and Rose (Wulezyski) Piesik. She was married to the late Paul Martin Bendik, Sr., who passed away April 10, 2001 for 54 years. Marie was a member of St. Michael Church (St. Joachim and St. Anne Parish), in Elizabeth Township, the McKeesport Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Christian Mothers and the Youghiogheny Country Club. She enjoyed bowling, YCC women’s golf league, the Steelers, caring for all, and oldsmobiles (Don’t Say Olds, Say Bendik Olds!). She is survived by her daughters, Marianne Case of Cortland, OH, and Colette (David) Grayson of Leland, NC, brother, Albert (Angela) Piesik of McKeesport, grandchildren, Kelsey, Steven and Samantha Case, Brooke (Chris) Oldham, Morgan, Chase, and Sierra Bendik, David (Courtney) Grayson, and Marisa (Steven) Bigelow, great-grandchildren, Nathan and Charlie Grace Oldham, and nieces and nephew. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Martin Bendik, Jr., son-in-law, William Case, sisters, Victoria Elak and Louise Hatalovich and brother, Edward Piesik. Friends are welcome Monday, May 3, 2021 from 11 to 12:30 at Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael Church (St. Joachim and St. Anne Parish) at 1:00 pm. Entombment will follow at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Contributions to Sisters of the Divine Redeemer, 999 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA. 15037. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 

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