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Dorothy J. Bishop

September 27, 2021 |

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

Dorothy J. Bishop, age 88, of White Oak, died September 24, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born August 13, 1933, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Blanche (Olszewski) Wise and the wife of the late Martin "Marty" Bishop, Jr., for 50 years.
She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, where she was a Christian Mother. She was a graduate of Westinghouse High School. In her early years, she worked as a secretary at Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh. Dorothy also worked at the former White Oak Marraccini's and the former Golden Rule. She enjoyed going for walks around her neighborhood and was a very loving and caring person.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Donald Bishop of Irwin; sister Dolores Mols of McKeesport; also many nieces and nephews.

 
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David J. Suncine

September 27, 2021 |

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

David J. Suncine, age 78, of White Oak, died September 22, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.  Born September 7, 1943, he was the son of the late Peter and Margaret (Stotler) Suncine Serdy and husband of Margaret (Pallagi) Suncine.  
David was a mechanic most of his life took pride in his work.  He always loved being in the garage, whether it was restoring old cars, working on his 1964 Ford Ranchero, or going to local car cruises.  
In addition to his wife Margaret, he is survived by sons, Brian and Brad Suncine; brother, Rudy (JoAnn) Pipich.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Ronald and Joseph Suncine and sister, Shirley Haidle.  
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, September 27, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  
The funeral service and burial will be private.  
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.  
Chris Odasso, Supervisor.

 


John A. Neeson

September 27, 2021 |

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

John A. “Freddie” Neeson, age 79, of Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021 at home. He was a retired truck driver with Waste Management and Kelly Run Sanitation and a former deckhand with Ohio Barge Line. He was a member of the Elizabeth Moose, a social member of the Elizabeth Fireman’s Club and a former member of St. Michael’s Church. Born December 29, 1941 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Adrian Paul and Florence (Patton) Neeson. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frankie E. (Dobbins) Neeson; sons, John A. (Sherrie) Neeson of California, Eric P. (Michelle) Neeson of Oregon and Mark A. (Michele) Neeson of Sidman; step daughters, Marti (Mike) Gommerman of Charlotte, NC and Kelly (Robert) Emerick of Rostraver; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Russell M. (Sharon) Neeson of Elizabeth; caregiver and loving granddaughter, Caroline (Eric) Wilson of Liberty Boro; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Paul “Mike” Neeson and Ruth Finney; and his beloved dog Elvis. No visitation or services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to DaVita Dialysis, 201 McKeesport Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


James Snyder

September 25, 2021 |

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

James Snyder, age 83 of Elizabeth and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born February 25, 1938 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late William H. and Mary P. (Earley) Snyder.  James was employed as a roofer in the area.  He is survived by his son Wayne Holland of Zephyrhills, FL, his sister Joanne Donovan of Verona, and also many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by his son James R. “Hymie” Holland; his sisters Shirley Powell and Mary K. “Honey Girl” Zwibel; and his brothers William H. Snyder, Jr., Robert Snyder, and John Snyder.  

 
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John Paul Byrnes

September 25, 2021 |

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

 

John Paul Byrnes, December 26, 1916-September 23, 2021, of West Mifflin. Three months shy of his 105th birthday, John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his daughters, on Thursday, September 23, 2021. John was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie (Horten) Byrnes of 57 years, his parents, Emmett and Marie Byrnes and eight of his ten siblings, Bill (88), Andy (97), Betsy Gill (85), Bob (104), Elaine (100), Joe (91), Richard (28) and Jimmy (85). Those left behind to celebrate his life are his three daughters, Pam (late Rick) DeBor of South Park, Joyce (Bob) Dowd of Canonsburg and Rita Byrnes of West Mifflin; granddaughter, Heather (Kevin) Pazandak and two great grandsons, Everett and Nolan Pazandak of Rogers, MN; and his two remaining siblings, Patrick of Ohio and Carmine Lieb of Nicktown, PA. As a young man, John worked in the coal mines of Hastings Fuel Company, drilling, setting charges and blasting coal. In January 1942, at the age of 25, John enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the 35th Materials Squadron, stationed in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in November 1945, having received a Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 4 Bronze Stars and the WWII Victory Medal. In 1948, John and Marjorie moved to Duquesne and eventually West Mifflin where John worked for the USS Irvin Works until he retired. John lived a long life, which was ironic as he cheated death on numerous occasions. Quarantined four times in his lifetime for the Spanish Flu of 1918, diphtheria, scarlet fever and more recently Covid 19. He was also a 20 plus year survivor of colon cancer. John showed his family how to persevere in difficult times as he lived through the depression, a World War, and most recently a Pandemic. Dad, know that your daughters appreciate all the sacrifices you and mom made for us, that we will miss you, but, most of all, that you are Both loved. Until we meet again, may God hold you Both in his loving arms. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300. Blessing service will be held at the funeral Home on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Duquesne, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin, with Military Honors.

 


Joudat "Umoo, Jody" Hadad

September 24, 2021 |

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

Joudat "Umoo, Jody" Hadad, 89, went to be with the Lord and his loved ones on September 19, 2021. He is survived by his three brothers and two sisters, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Jody was loved by all. Although he had no children, he treated them like his own. He was more than just Umoo. He was like a father, brother, friend, mentor, a pillar of strength, ambitious, humble and wise beyond his years. His work was endless and, often times, thankless. Umoo was a well-respected man; he was the head of the family. Jody was born in Syria. He married Virginia and moved to Versailles, Pa., in 1956. He and his wife made a life in Pa. for eight years, working in the florist and restaurant industries. In 1964, they moved to Va., where he opened his first restaurant and later turned it into a music store, Jody's Music. Fifteen years later, he built and operated alongside his brother, Abdalla, their own music and auto sound store. Jody had such a love and passion for Arabic music that he performed in his free time on his "oud" with his band. He loved playing for family and friends, whether it was on holidays or SNL in his home.

 
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Michael D. Dujmic

September 24, 2021 |

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

Michael D. Dujmic, age 71 of White Oak, passed away at home on Thursday, September 23, 2021.  Born August 3, 1950 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Matthew M. and Barbara A. (Milasincic) Dujmic.  A graduate of both Serra High School and Penn State University, Michael was a travelling auditor for G.C. Murphy's in McKeesport who also worked for Penn State - Greater Allegheny, Norwin Construction, and TRC.  In his spare time, he was a member of the McKeesport Historical Society and a Volunteer at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank in Duquesne.  Michael is survived by his wife of 36 years Marsha (Whiting) Dujmic; his sister JoAnne A. (Larry Brugnoli) Moore of North Huntingdon: his nieces and nephews: Ryan (Yeganeh) and Kevin (Colleen) Moore, Jessica (Josh) Otto, Jana Pavlack, Lauren Holman, and Jimmy Homer; his great-nieces-and-nephews Tyler, Mason, Jaxson, Wyatt, and Landon; his mother-in-law Dollie (the late Raymond) Whiting of Elizabeth; and his sister-in-law Carolyn W. (the late James) Homer.  

 
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Kelly Lynn Owens

September 24, 2021 |

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

Kelly Lynn Owens, age 44, of Forward Twp., passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. She loved spending time with her children and family. Born April 9, 1977 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Gary W. and Laura (Dobiak) Hughes of Forward Twp. In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughters, Ryleigh and Ashlyn Kicielinski of Forward Twp.; brother, Bryan Owens of Forward Twp.; fiance, Mark Carvelli of Belle Vernon; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. No visitation or services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to her family. Arrangements in charge of the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Steven J. Swindell

September 23, 2021 |

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

Steven J. Swindell, age 34 of Castle Shannon, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at home.  Born January 25, 1987 in Pittsburgh, he is the son of Michael S. (MaryJane) Swindell of Bethel Park and Theresa Smith of Castle Shannon.  Steven was the owner of Tower Surplus and a sales representative for his father's business: PennDex.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother Michael Swindell of Castle Shannon; his sisters Amanda (Josh) Minoski of South Park and Paige Swindell of Bethel Park; his nieces and nephews: Royelle Servich, Charleigh, Cole, and Clyde Minoski, Georgia and Huck Urlakis; his aunts and uncles Patricia Smith of Bethel Park, Henry Smith of Smock, Charles (Judy) Smith of Scott Twp., Patricia Smith of Castle Shannon, Geraldine (Ed) France of Canonsburg, and Patricia (David) Shelpman of Castle Shannon; and finally his loyal and loving dog Paige. Steven was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert Swindell and John and Marilyn Smith; his aunts and uncles Richard Swindell, Jack Smith, Gerald Smith, and Susan Smith; and his special great uncle Charles Gillespie.  

 
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William E. “Bill” Lovell Jr.

September 23, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

William E. “Bill” Lovell Jr. passed in his home surrounded by his loving family on September 18, 2021 at the age of 82. Bill was the devoted husband of the late Kathleen (Smith) Lovell. He was the loving father of Billy (Kylie) and Kelley (Terry) Bradich. Proud grandfather of Kayle, Logan, Nathan and Ayden.

Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the V.F.W. He was also a Volunteer Fireman, member of the C.F.U, and the Polish Club. Bill was a former baseball and soccer coach for E.A.A. He loved to bowl and golf. Most of all, Bill loved his kids and grandkids.

 
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JoAnn Pickle

September 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

JoAnn Pickle, 54, peacefully passed on Sunday, September 19, 2021. JoAnn was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Rose (Curci) Pickle. Special sister of Mary (Homer) Bonner, Joseph (Bonnie) Pickle, Carmella Pickle, Rose Mary Covato, Peggy (Jim) Saccamango and the late Pauline (surviving husband, Robert) Sanner and the late James (surviving wife, Millie) Pickle. Joann was also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.

JoAnn  was active in the Special Olympics, member of the CLO. She was also formally employed at Pizza Hut, enjoyed bowling, swimming, ceramics and playing the drums. Most of all JoAnn enjoyed her family and  the love they shared with her throughout the years.

 
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Edward F. Callahan

September 22, 2021 |

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

Edward F. Callahan, age 68, of McKeesport, died September 20, 2021, at Canterbury Place. Born January 18, 1953, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Celestine and Agnes (Pipp) Callahan.
Edward served in the Marines and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War.

 
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Marcia E. (Kish) Lombardo

September 22, 2021 |

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

Marcia E. Lombardo, age 68, of Port Vue, died September 22, 2021, at AHN Forbes Hospital.  Born October 24, 1952, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Yaga) Kish and the beloved wife of Greg Lombardo.  
Marcia worked for many years at the Palace Inn and then for Stratwood Catering.  She loved going to the beach, especially yearly trips to Ocean City and walking along the boardwalk.  She also enjoyed trying her luck at the Rivers and Meadows Casino.  Her time spent with her grandchildren was what she cherished most.

 
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Leslie Robert Fiduccia

September 22, 2021 |

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

Leslie Robert Fiduccia, age 74, of Liberty Borough, passed away on September 21, 2021, at AHN Jefferson Hospital.  Born April 19, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Anthony and Elizabeth (Evanko) Fiduccia and husband of the late Donna (Fry) Fiduccia.  Les was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Vietnam.  He was a truck driver for almost 50 years.  In his pastime, he enjoyed walking his dog Lucy, spending time at the casino, and watching Westerns.  His most recent hobby was collecting Harley-Davidson shirts, shot glasses, and coins.  However, his favorite activity was spending time with his grandchildren.  He loved teasing them and making them laugh. Pap made sure he was there for all their significant milestones.

 
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Helvi E. Gogots

September 22, 2021 |

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

Helvi Sjöblom Gogots passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the age of 98. She was born March 3, 1923 in Alajärvi, Finland to Adolph and Anna (Takala) Sjöblom and came to the Pittsburgh area at the age of 6 months. She is survived by children, James Gogots (Joyce Hall) and Lynn (Chuck) Ejzak; grandchildren, Philip and Julia Ejzak; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph W. Gogots; brothers, Toivo and Edwin Sjöblom; and sister, Helen Jones. She spent most of her life in Jefferson Hills. After graduating from Clairton High School, she worked for All American Aviation, the predecessor of Allegheny Airlines/USAir. She also worked as a secretary for several firms and as a travel agent. She loved to travel and do ballroom dancing. She was a member of the West Jefferson Hills Historical Society, Scandinavian Society of Western PA, the Finlandia Foundation/Finnish Room Committee of the University of Pittsburgh, and Red Hat Society.

 
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Michael Paul Ballas

September 22, 2021 |

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

Michael Paul Ballas, age 84, of North Huntington, PA, passed away on September 21st, 2021 after a series of recent strokes and a courageous battle with cancer over the last 15 years. Michael was the beloved husband of Norma Lee Ballas for 58 years and loving father of Michael R. Ballas of Delaware and Mark Ballas of Alpharetta, Georgia. Michael was also survived by his brother Jack and wife Rita, sister Mary Elizabeth McCutcheon, brother, Paul and wife Jean.

Michael is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous loving friends.

 
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LaVerne Olive Denney

September 21, 2021 |

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

LaVerne Olive Denney, age 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Port Vue, died on Monday, September 6, 2021. She was born in Pittsburgh on August 16, 1928 and is the daughter of the late John and Olive Taylor Newman. She is the wife of the late Albert Denney, who died on November 22, 2009. She was a secretary for many years in the Pittsburgh area.

 
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Walter Thomas Meyers

September 21, 2021 |

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

Walter Thomas Meyers, 91, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at home. He was born June 12, 1930 and was the son of the late Amos Elmer and Gladys Cullingford Meyers.  He was the loving husband of 63 years to the late Peggy Ann (Lloyd) Meyers who passed away in 2016.  Walter graduated from Elizabeth High School as Valedictorian and obtained a degree in accounting from the College of Holy Cross. He was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. He was a U.S. Navy Commander who served in The Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired after 23 years of service.

 
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Mary Nicoludis

September 21, 2021 |

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

Mary Nicoludis, age 84, of White Oak, died September 19, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  Born June 15, 1937, in Kalavarda, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Emmanouel and Despina (Zervos) Maroulakis.

Mary was a hairstylist and owned a shop most of her career.  Later in life, she still enjoyed cutting and styling hair for friends.  As a long-time member of Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in White Oak, she cherished the friendships made over the years there, and they became a part of her family.

 
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James Joseph Walsh

September 21, 2021 |

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

James Joseph Walsh, age 89, of Port Vue, died, September 17, 2021, at home. Born September 17, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late James "Red" and Blanche (Wintermeyer) Walsh and the husband of Eleanor R. (Whitehead) Walsh for 65 years.
James retired from US Steel, Duquesne Works, where he was a steelworker. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean War. James was a member of the Port Vue American Legion Post #447. He loved all Pittsburgh sports, and in his early years, coached baseball for the American Legion teams.

 
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Darlene Kutzfar

September 20, 2021 |

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

Darlene Kutzfar, 73, of Glassport ,passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 26, 1947 in North Versailles and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Dorothy (Baker) Harding.  She was the wife of the late  Robert Stanley Kutzfar who passed away in 2005.  Darlene loved the Steelers and enjoyed cheering them on during games. She loved her family, everyone was always welcome in her home and everyone friends and family alike called her "Gram". She was a strong person and had a huge heart. She would do anything for anyone. She will be greatly missed.

 
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Charles E. Donnelly

September 20, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Charles Edward “Chuck” Donnelly, 64 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021, at home. He was born in McKeesport on November 12, 1956, to the late Robert and Rita Morally Donnelly. Chuck was the loving husband of many years to the late Debbie Furst Donnelly. He is survived by his sister Colleen (Ray) Hicks of West Mifflin and his brother Robert (Jackie) Donnelly Jr. of Clairton. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews as well as his great nieces and nephews. Further survivors include 9 sister-in-laws and 5 brother-in-laws. Chuck had a soft spot for animals, especially his dog Chelsea, by whom he was preceded in death. He was a former member of the Italian Club of Glassport, the WAC Club, and Club 46. He enjoyed watching Pittsburgh sports, his favorite team being the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A blessing service will be held at Round Hill Cemetery on Friday October 1st, 2021, at 12:00 pm, to be followed by interment. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Eleanor M. Buck

September 20, 2021 |

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

Eleanor M. Buck, 88, of Munhall, formerly of West Mifflin, PA passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Monday, September 13, 2021.  She was born June 22, 1933 in Duquesne and was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Hudak) Stuno. Eleanor was the wife of the late Paul M. Buck.  She was the co-owner of the former White Oak Florist and also worked at the former Kopriver Florist in Duquesne. Eleanor served as past Secretary of the local Teleflora organization. She leaves a legacy of supreme cookie baker and was known to carry cookies to most every event or visit she attended.

 
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Joanne M. Ruby

September 20, 2021 |

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

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, Joanne Marie Ruby early Saturday morning, September 18th, 2021 at her home with our father, her partner and caregiver of 60 years by her side.  Joanne was born in McKeesport on January 27, 1938 to the late John and Ann (Bock) Dobos.  She started her career in retail while still attending high school, working for G.C. Murphy Co, Toyco, and finally JCPenney’s where she was a loyal employee for 36 years, retiring in 2012.  The most important thing to our mother was family. She was our rock and inspiration. She was there for all of us through the good and bad, for every one of our life’s “firsts” and wasn’t afraid to put us in our place when need be. She is survived by our father, Ronald L. Ruby of McKeesport; her children John  (Theresa) Ruby of Mt. Pleasant, Beth (Christopher) Straka of Latrobe, and Amy (Tony) Cunningham of Lincoln Place; her nine grandchildren who were the light of her life and will miss her deeply: Johnathan Ruby, Kayla Ruby, Ethan Ruby, Erika Rose Kellerman, whom she cherished like a daughter, Nikolas Kellerman (Kaitlyn Swiger), Megan Joanne Kellerman, Ryan Cunningham; and Shannon Cunningham; her special CUJO wiener dog Tucker; and her sister Marian Storch of Monroeville. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.  “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” 

 
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Robert Thomas

September 20, 2021 |

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

Robert "Bob" Ralph Thomas, 91, formerly of Duquesne, passed away at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.  He was the son of the late Ronald and Edith (Lucas) Thomas of Duquesne.  Bob is survived by his brothers Kenneth of Leechburg and Glenn of Canandaigua, NY; cousin James (Ruby) Thomas of Virginia.  Known as Uncle Bob to his nieces and nephews:  Mary (Ron) Urbaniak, Ronald G. (Debbie) Thomas, Arthur (Amanda) Thomas, Matthew (Laura) Thomas, Mary Edith (Eron) Lyons; great nieces and nephews Eric and Leah Urbaniak, Christine, Ronald H. and Mitchell (Breanna) Thomas, Amber Thomas, Michael and Brennan Thomas, Lucas and Liam Lyons; great great niece Madilyn Thomas.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ronald A. Thomas, Sister-in-Law Madge Thomas and Emma Thomas and lifelong companion Phyllis Rothermal.  Bob was a retired Weigh Master for US Steel Bar Mill in Duquesne, and past President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Duquesne.  Bob was a gourmet cook, who enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and walking daily.  A frequent traveler, Bob has traveled all over the world and the United States.  He enjoyed hiking in many of those places includng the Rocky Mountains and the Alps of Europe.  A funeral service will be held Wed. at 11:00 am at Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.  Interment following Southside Cemetery.

 


Deborah M. "Debbie" Filson

September 19, 2021 |

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

Deborah M. "Debbie"  Filson, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away, Saturday, September 18, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born March 13, 1957 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John F. Trepanowski and Betty (Kovalyak) Trepanowski of  White Oak.  She was the wife of the late Dennis J. Filson, Sr., who passed away November 10, 2017.   Debbie was a staff member of the UPMC McKeesport Cancer Center, and would later work at Home Depot for a short time.  Debbie was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at their Corpus Christi Worship Site.  She was a proud member of The Click Clack Club. Debbie also was a surrogate mother to Truck Company Marines.

 
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Paula Jean Pope

September 19, 2021 |

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

Paula Jean Pope, 61, of Hempfield Township, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born August 20, 1960 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John F. Trepanowski and Betty (Kovalyak) Trepanowski of White Oak. She worked numerous jobs throughout her life, but most recently worked as an office manager at Hydro Technical Services in Elizabeth. She was a huge supporter of our veterans and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary at The Port Vue American Legion Post 447. She was also a member of The West Hempfield American Legion Post 53 and The Wendel-Herminie Athletic Association. She loved camping, campfires and poker machines. Paula also loved spending time with her relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed.

 
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Matthew L. "Bones" Haramia

September 18, 2021 |

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

Matthew L. "Bones" Haramia, age 85 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born July 12, 1936 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Matthew "Mike" and Gwen (Williams) Haramia.  A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, Matthew retired as an electrician with US Steel - Clairton Works.  He will be remembered as a true do-it-yourself-er who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

 
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Gary L. Orsini

September 18, 2021 |

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

Gary L. Orsini, age 74, of Sutersville, died Thursday, September 16, 2021. He is the son of the late Albino Sr. and Yolanda Fontanesi Orsini. He was employed at Murphy’s Warehouse, Westinghouse Airbrake and finally retired from Ross’s Shop N Save in Olympia Shopping Center. He was a graduate of Hermine/Sewickley High School in 1966. He is a huge Steeler fan, loved golfing and enjoyed walking on the Yough Trail, and having coffee every morning at Junebug’s Restaurant in Sutersville.

 
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John A. Criscuolo

September 17, 2021 |

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

John A. Criscuolo, age 79, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born in Hells Kitchen of Manhattan, NY. He was the son of the late Neil and Francis (Yurjevsic) Criscuolo and the husband of Sandra (Heath) Criscuolo for 54 years.
John retired from Roadway Express, where he was a truck driver. He started his career with Farkas Trucking and continued to drive for over 60 years. One of his proudest moments was being part of a 100 truck convoy delivering fuel to New Orleans for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. John was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and attended St. Patrick Church of Christy Park. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and received an award from the Bishop for his service. Above all, John found joy in spending time with his grandchildren.

 
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Alex S. Horvath

September 17, 2021 |

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

Alex S. Horvath, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021.  He was born October 17, 1934 in McKeesport, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Zohaire) Horvath.  Prior to his retirement, Alex was a steel worker for US Steel with 42 years of service and was a veteran of the US Marine Corps having served during the Korean War Era.  He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of N. Huntingdon, N-Scale Club, was a model train enthusiast and loved being outdoors.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Horvath; brothers, Joseph, William, Michael, Charles and Louis.  He is survived by his loving wife, Arlene (Perrick) Horvath; sons, Stephen Horvath, Shawn Horvath, Duane McKenna and his wife, Wanda; daughters, Connie Brever and her husband, Douglas, Teri Post and her husband, Steve; 8 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, N. Huntingdon.    www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joyce Ann Brown

September 17, 2021 |

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

Joyce Ann Brown, 78, was born and raised in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  She was the beloved daughter to the late James and Beatrice (Blackwell) Johnson. Joyce entered into this world on February 23, 1943, and departed this life on September 13, 2021, at Jefferson Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Brown, Sr., son, Warren Brown, Jr., and siblings, James Johnson Jr., Bruce Allen Johnson, Karen Denise Johnson.

Joyce worked as an Auditor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield until she retired. Anyone that truly knew Joyce knew she was a loving, caring, warm person who devoted her life to the ones she loved. She loved holidays and birthdays where she was able to prepare a feast of food that everyone loved and enjoyed. She is survived by her daughter, Kristin (Carlis) Wiggins of McKeesport, PA; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

 
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Karli Asti Short

September 17, 2021 |

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

Karli Asti Short, 26, was born July 18, 1995. She was the beloved daughter of Brandon Short and Krista Pettis. Karli attended McKeesport Area School District and was a graduate of McKeesport High School Class of 2014.

At the age of four, Karli was a cheerleader for White Oak Falcons. Also, she played basketball at the McKeesport YMCA and was a majorette for Golden Eagle in North Huntington. Having studied cosmetology in high school, following graduation, Karli used that portion of her education working part-time as a hairstylist and makeup artist. She enjoyed making people feel their best by looking their best for special occasions. Additionally, Karli was an excellent cook and worked at PC Planning and Catering were her specialty dish was macaroni and cheese.

The job Karli loved the most was as a caregiver where she worked at Mt. Vernon of South Park and most recently, Senior Care Plaza. This work tapped into her caring nature and she felt joy helping those who needed help. In her youth, Karli attended Bethlehem Baptist Church where she was an active member of the Sunday School. She participated in the annual Easter and Christmas services and was always excited to deliver her speeches. Karli never strayed from her Lord and Savior Jesus.

 
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Bernice June Ballough

September 16, 2021 |

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

Bernice June Ballough, age 86, of White Oak, died on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.  She was born in North Versailles on June 3, 1935 and is the daughter of the late Lavern and Anna Palder Lindsey and the wife of the late Bernard Michael Ballough.

 

 
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Anthony R. "Tony" Hilko, Sr.

September 15, 2021 |

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

Anthony R. "Tony" Hilko, Sr.,86, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021. He was born March 1, 1935 in Glassport and was the son of the late Michael and Anna Mary (Smolchick) Hilko.  Tony was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish. He worked numerous jobs throughout his life, he was a bricklayer, worked for the former Continental Can and retired as a security guard for Magee Hospital. He was quiet, but well liked. Tony enjoyed fishing and deer hunting, especially at his camp in Potter County.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy A. (Dudash) Hilko, children, Anthony "Tony" (Karen) Hilko, Jr. of North Huntingdon, Diane (Ronald) Spyra of Washington, Michele (Frank Ley) Celko of Vandergrift and Michael Hilko of Glassport, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

 
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Harry G. Smith

September 15, 2021 |

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

Harry G. Smith, age 73, of Irwin, passed away on September 14, 2021, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Son of the late Harry G. and Alice Louise (Scott) Smith, he was born in Pittsburgh on March 17, 1948. He was a school bus driver for 1st Student for the Jeannette School District, a member of the V.F.W. in Irwin and liked to golf. He served his country in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart and later joined the Army. He is the father of Douglas C. (Nicole) Smith of North Huntingdon, Bradley E. (Sophie) Smith of California and Ian G. (Christina) Smith Sr. of Pittsburgh; grandfather of Ashley and Steven Phipps, Evan and Alana Smith, and Aubrey, Pressley and Ian Smith Jr.

 
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Jane M. Katko

September 15, 2021 |

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

Jane M. Katko, age 84 of West Mifflin, died September 14, 2021, at home. Born January 1, 1937, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Lillian (Flohr) Seidling and the wife of Robert Katko.

Jane dedicated her life to taking care of her family. She was a former member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in McKeesport. In her free time, Jane enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, and painting ceramics. She was a collector of dolls and beanie babies. Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

 
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John “Jack” William Holohan

September 14, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

John “Jack” William Holohan of Latrobe, Pa., died Sept. 12, 2021. He was born Aug. 6, 1947 in Pittsburgh to James and Margaret (Cosgrove) Holohan. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Christine (Hulker) Holohan and his daughters Meghan Holohan (Mike Joyce), Colleen Kingsbury (Kris Kingsbury), his two granddaughters Harper and Emerson Kingsbury, his brother James Holohan and his sister Margaret “Peggy” Dennis (Ron Dennis).

His family fondly recalls his onetime ability to retain random information and how he regularly defeated the entire family in Trivial Pursuit games. He enjoyed World War II movies, the “Princess Bride” reading, tending to the yard and spending time with his family. As a long-time Steelers season ticket holder, he watched the game as if he was part of the coaching staff and often had insightful criticism of the team, which he’d freely share.

He worked for more than 40 years as a controller in manufacturing and enjoyed math—his children, nieces and nephews won’t soon forget learning math with the “houses of 10.” He always loved learning, which made his experience with dementia seem even harder.

 
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Geraldine Carol “Jeri,” “Butchie” McLaughlin Lemak

September 14, 2021 |

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

Geraldine Carol “Jeri,” “Butchie” McLaughlin Lemak, 82, of Shrewsbury, PA, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, in York, PA.  Born Feb. 24, 1939, in Duquesne, PA.  She was the daughter of the late John McLaughlin and Pearl M. (Septer) McLaughlin Budai, step-father Nicholas Budai. She was the wife of the late Nicholas E. Lemak. She was preceded in death by siblings, Dorothy Huwalt, Betty Wells and Pete McLaughlin.

 
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Eleanor Louise Herbert

September 14, 2021 |

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

Eleanor Louise (Whiteman) Herbert passed away quietly in her home with her husband, Paul, at her side on September 10, 2021 after a period of declining health. They were married 64 years and are devoted Christians. A native of Buena Vista, PA she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anne Whiteman. Eleanor earned her BS degree from University of San Francisco and her MS degree from Golden Gate (SF) University in accounting. She worked for Variance Associates of Palo Alto for 20 years and Lockheed (LMMS) for 15 years before retiring to Carmel Indiana in 1998.

 
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Margaret Tomasello

September 14, 2021 |

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

Margaret (Estock) Gaza Tomasello, age 95 of Clairton, passed away at home on Monday, September 13, 2021.  Born February 21, 1926 in Large, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Pesta) Estock.  A retired secretary for J.C. Penney’s in Southland, Margaret was a member of both Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church and the Sons of Italy Ladies Auxiliary, both of Clairton, and volunteered at Jefferson Hospital.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands Andrew Gaza, who passed away in 1975, and Nicholas Tomasello; her grandson Michael Daum; and her siblings John, Michael, Mary, and Joseph Estock and Anna Charney.  Margaret is survived by her children Charles D. (Linda) Gaza of Conneautville, Catherine (Otto) Daum of Port St. Lucie, FL, David Gaza of Clairton, Claire Denhoo of Clairton, and Carolyn “Tina” Gaza of Clairton; her seven grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; her three great-great-grandchildren; her sister Helen (Robert) Hampson of Elizabeth; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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William J. Popojas Jr.

September 13, 2021 |

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

William J. Popojas Jr., age 74, of West Mifflin, passed away on September 11, 2021. Son of the late William J. Popojas Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Megliss) DeCello, he was born on May 20, 1947, in Duquesne. He was the retired owner of P&S Asphalt Co, West Mifflin, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-St. Agnes Church, he loved to ski, and he proudly served his country in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He is the beloved husband for 46 years to Rita T. (Kirsch) Popojas; father of Jamie Popojas of Munhall, Christopher (Christina) Popojas of Pittsburgh, Bryan Popojas of West Mifflin and William J. (Dr. Dana Baxter) Popojas III of Stephens City, VA; grandfather of Connor Popojas and Caylee Popojas; brother of Lisa (late Brian) Homoki of West Mifflin and John Popojas of Seven Fields; and also many nieces and nephews.

 
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Alvian K. Rhoades

September 13, 2021 |

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

Alvian K. Rhoades, 83, of Smithton, formerly of Ruffs Dale, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was born July 6, 1938 in Smithton and was the son of the late John and Loma (Robertson) Rhoades . He was the husband of the late  Carol A. (Casteel) Rhoades, who passed away February 16, 2016. Alvian worked many jobs throughout his life, including working as a coal miner, heavy equipment operator, saw mill operator and for the Ford Motor Company.  He enjoyed guns and hunting.

 
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Florence A. Jacko

September 13, 2021 |

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

Florence A. Jacko, 93, of North Versailles Twp., formerly of Braddock, died Friday, September 10, 2021.

She was born June 19, 1928, daughter of the late Walter and Marcella Skurcenski, loving wife of 62 years to Robert (Bob) Jacko. Flo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a member of St Robert Bellarmine Church.  She was an active member of AA and sponsored many individuals to overcome alcoholism. She had an interest in bonsai and orchids and was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her expertise in orchids.

 
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Mary A. Putz

September 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Mary A. Putz, 90 of North Versailles Twp., peacefully passed on September 11, 2021 at the age of 90. She was born October 8, 1930, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Wohar) Putz. She was the last surviving sibling of Margaret Cross, Michael Anthony, Marlene Klingensmith and Melvin Putz. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara Putz, nieces and nephews, John Klingensmith Jr., Nicole Klingensmith, David Putz and Michelle Drakulic.

 
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Oscar “Bubba” David Cheshire

September 13, 2021 |

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

Oscar “Bubba” David Cheshire, age 63, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was born February 7, 1958 in Sumter, South Carolina, a son of the late Randall and Pauline Cheshire. He worked as a master carpenter in construction his entire career. Bubba was a loving family man, outdoorsman and a meat master extraordinaire.

 
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Clarence Glen, Sr.

September 13, 2021 |

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

Clarence Glen, Sr., age 78 of Monroeville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  Beloved husband of the late Gwendella Glen, he leaves to cherish fond memories his companion Deborah Lee Dixon.  Clarence was the son of the late Ollie Mae (Peoples) and George French; father of Clarence Glen, Jr., the late Andre H. Glen, and Glen O. Dixon; grandfather of Taylor Renee Bush and Adia Lee Glen; brother of the late George French, Bobbie French, the late Dorothy French, Linda French, the late Janice French, Peggy Moore, Marchelle French-Fountain, Ivory French, Marlon French, Gregory French, Christopher French, Troy French, and Jeffrey French.  Clarence retired after over 40 years of employment with the Fisher Body Division of General Motors, retiring from the West Mifflin Plant.  He served his country honorably as a Veteran of the US Army.  Clarence was most proud of receiving his bachelor's degree from Carlow College.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing with his friends, and watching old westerns.  Clarence will always be remembered for his kind and generous heart and his thoughtfulness for the needs of others.  And, he was always noted for his fashion style and fine jewelry. 

 
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Ann M. Pollock

September 10, 2021 |

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

Ann M. (Williams) Pollock, age 100, of Elizabeth, formerly of Clairton and West Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Havencrest Nursing Center. A member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, she was a retired cook for Penn Clair Hotel in Clairton and a former clerk at Spotless Cleaners. She loved talking about her family, shopping in downtown Elizabeth, drinking coffee, and dressing up. Born June 20, 1921 in West Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late John and Violet (Bowen) Williams and wife of the late Robert Charles Pollock. She is survived by son, Danny Pollock of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Dr. Gary F. (Sheri) Pollock of Pittsburgh, Natalie (John) Ross of Cranberry Twp., Wendi Pollock of Elizabeth Twp., Lori (Ron) Birk of Derwood, MD, Lucinda (Jack) Koonlavong of New Orleans, LA, Heidi (Joel) Greenberg of Plantation, FL, Lenny (Shari) Baughman Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Xander (Maleesa) Pollock of Palo Alto, CA and Emily (Ross) Kaufman of Lakewood, CO; 26 great- and great-great-grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Lorraine Alexander

September 10, 2021 |

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

Lorraine Coltogirone Alexander, 73, of Fort Lauderdale, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021. She was born December 28, 1947 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Peter Coltogirone and the late Ruby Mae Walker. She was the wife to the late Tim Alexander, who passed away April, 8, 2018. Lorraine had a hard shell, but had the biggest heart and was there for anyone at anytime! She was a loving wife and caretaker, who had the mindset to put everyone else's needs ahead of her own, which made her an amazing mother, sister and grandmother.

 
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Kathy Marie Slosky

September 10, 2021 |

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

Kathy Marie Slosky, 76, of Pittsburgh, passed away with her son by her side on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. She was born June 16, 1945, in Bentleyville, PA and was the daughter of the late Albert August "Jack" and Anna (Frencik) Slosky. She graduated from Bentworth High School in 1963 and then attended Robert Morris Junior College, graduating in 1964. Kathy lived in Washington, D.C. and worked for GTE (later Verizon) for over 20 years. Upon returning to the Pittsburgh area, Kathy was a faithful and active member of First Lutheran Church. The First Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Pittsburgh was an important part of her life as well as the many wonderful people who made her feel very welcome and special. She always made a point of remembering what everyone’s favorite “thing” was and when invited to visit, she would walk in carrying that special thing you loved. 

 
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Christopher J. "Chris" Golofski

September 09, 2021 |

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

Christopher J. “Chris” Golofski, age 73, of Bethel Park, passed away on September 8, 2021, at home. Son of the late Manuel and Mary (Tverdos) Golofski, he was born in Braddock on September 3, 1948. He was a retired light rail operator from the Port Authority, president of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA, collected trains, trolleys and airplanes, and was a member of Bethel Lodge F & AM. He is the husband of Rosemarie “Rose” (Paulik) Golofski; father of Susan (Richard) Senovich of Saegertown and David (Ashley) Bennett of Shelbyville, KY; grandfather of Timothy Senovich, Megan Senovich, Natalie Blumer, Colin Bennett, Felicity Bennett, Logan (Faye) Bennett and Cody Bennett.

 
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Marianne Schwab Poorman

September 09, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes



Marianne Schwab Poorman, 47 of Glassport, passed away on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, at U.P.M.C Presbyterian Hospital. She was born in McKeesport on May 17th, 1974, to the late Norbert Vincent and Patricia Gniewkowski Schwab. Marianne was the loving wife of 30 years to T. J. Poorman. She is survived by her children Anthony (Kirstie) Corsan of Moorehead N.C. Nathan Poorman of Meadville PA, and Luke Poorman of Glassport, sister Karen (Jeff) Keifer of Port Vue, and brother Richard Schwab of Clairton, as well as her nieces and nephews and her dogs Gizzy and Neo. Marianne enjoyed canoeing and camping. She was a member of the River City Church Assembly of God and worked as a bartender for Club 46 (Clairton Fire Dept.).

 
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David M. Guffey

September 09, 2021 |

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

David M. Guffey, age 62 of Pittsburgh, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in Butler Hospital, Butler.  Born March 7, 1959 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Robert John Guffey, Sr. and Veeda (Campbell) Guffey.  A retired machinist for Specialty Rings Products, Inc. in Bensalem, David was a member of Bible Baptist Temple in Jefferson Hills.  David is survived by his siblings Robert John (Jamie) Guffey, Jr. of McKeesport and Karen A. Myers of Clairton, his aunt Barbara Alahouzos, and also his cousins.

 
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Elfrieda A. McFarland

September 09, 2021 |

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

Elfrieda A. McFarland, age 80 of Port Vue passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital.  Born August 4, 1941 in Braddock, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Vera Jane (Custard) Johannes.  Elfrieda worked as a cook for Smitty's Restaurant in Boston. Elfrieda was survived by her children John (Kim) McFarland of South Park, Arlene Dudgeon of Port Vue, Michelle (companion Mike Wiesenfeld) Jeffer of Daisytown, and Tracy (Fallon) McFarland of Port Vue; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Vera Jane Dixon of New York and Arlene (Paul) Snyder of Irwin; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children Jacqueline and James McFarland; and sister Lyda Hutchinson.

 
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Edward O. Lindberg

September 09, 2021 |

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

Edward O. Lindberg, age 97 of Harrisonburg, VA and formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 in Sunnyside Retirement Home in Harrisonburg.  Born May 25, 1924 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Oscar E. and Martha (Laughrey) Lindberg.  A World War II Veteran of the US Navy, Edward retired after 34 years as a connecting railroadman at US Steel – National Tube Works in McKeesport.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary (Vukevich) Lindberg, who passed away February 20, 2018, and his brother Charles Lindberg.  Edward is survived by his sons Edward (Karen) Lindberg of Harrisonburg, VA, Robert (Barbara) Lindberg of Vancouver, WA, Mark (Maggie) Lindberg of Fairbanks, AK; his seven grandchildren and their families; his sister Thelma Ayers of Phoenixville; and also nieces and nephews.  

 
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Nancy A. Wasielewski

September 09, 2021 |

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

Nancy A. Wasielewski, age 79, of Penn Hills, formerly of North Huntingdon died September 9, 2021 at UPMC East Hospital. She was born January 16, 1942 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Tony and Mary E. Knor Bencloski. Nancy was a member of Calvary  Church. Prior to her retirement, Nancy was employed by Target. She was a member of the Senior Center in Penn Hills and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband James in 2011, one brother Anthony Bencloski and one sister, Karen Butalla. She is survived by her son Michael Keller (Susan), one daughter Stacey Cearns (Todd), brother, Dan Bencloski, step son James Wasielewski (Mary) , three grandchildren, , Andrew, Natalie. Lauren. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, Sunday 2-4,6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Calvary  Church, Irwin. Please go directly to the church. Interment will be held in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  The family requests for visitors to wear masks.  Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Calvary Church.www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Dorothy Jane Richie (Micklo)

September 09, 2021 |

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

Dorothy Jane Richie (Micklo) age 76, of West Mifflin / North Huntingdon Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 5th, 2021. She went home to be with Jesus and to greet her mother Annette (Jancsik) and her father William Micklo of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Dorothy (Dotty) lived in Florida for the past 16 years with her loving and devoted husband Jim. Some of her closest friends are sisters Joyce and Gladys Hudak. Dorothy and Jim 's daughter, Stacie Crisp lives with her husband Eric and son Dalton. Dotty and Jim's son, Jim Richie lives with his wife Christine and two daughters, Helena and Emily. Dotty was close and loved spending time with her sisters Gail Henderson and Leslie Frazier. Dotty was the Supervisor of the Radiology Department at Jeannette Hospital. Dotty will miss all her family and friends but she is in Heaven now with Jesus and will be there to greet us when it is our time to go home. Friends and family will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Monday September 13th from 2-4 pm and from 6-8 pm. and on Tuesday from 8 am to 9:30 am with parting prayers at 9:30 am. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday 10 am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, followed by burial services at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers or gifts to the family, please make a donation in Dorothy's memory to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. The family expresses their gratitude for all of your kind thoughts and prayers.

 


George Williams, Jr.

September 08, 2021 |

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

George Williams, Jr., 57, of Elizabeth, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was born September 23, 1963 in McKeesport and was the son of the late George Williams, Sr., and of Patricia Lorraine (Vandervort) Williams of Elizabeth. George worked for St. Moritz Building as a Commercial Janitor for 10+ years. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Zachary S. (Stephanie Golya) Williams of Elizabeth, daughter, Kelsi N. Williams of Elizabeth, brothers, David and Dan Williams, sister, Dawn Williams, grandson, Khyzer M.A Golya and a newborn grandson. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Karlie S. Williams, brother, Carl R. Williams, and sister, Patricia Lou Williams. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Jennifer L. Hreha

September 08, 2021 |

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

Jennifer L. Hreha, age 39, of White Oak, died at home on September 6, 2021, due to complications from Diabetes.  Born September 28, 1981, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Duane and Deborah (Cooper) Hreha.  
Jennifer began her career with UPMC as a customer service representative, but with her positive attitude and exceptional performance, she was promoted to Coordinator, member services. She cherished her nephew Theo and enjoyed their time spent together doing crafts. Jennifer was a kind, loving person who cherished the time spent with her family. She was always there to lend a helping hand when you needed her.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Jessica (Adam) Nelson; aunt, Jackie Deet; uncles, John Cooper, Michael (Cathy) Cooper, Frank (Gennie) Hreha, and David (Mary Beth) Hreha and many cousins.  
She was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Agnes Cooper, Frank and Ina Hreha, and a cousin who was like a sister, Michelle Deet.

 
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Margaret "Peggy" Pacich

September 08, 2021 |

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

Margaret “Peggy” Herman Pacich, age 78, passed away in Wesley Chapel, FL, on August 31, 2021. Peggy was born on July 9, 1943 to David and Mary Hulda Herman in Clairton, PA.  There she graduated from Clairton High School, class of 1961. Soon after, she married her husband George Pacich, also from Clairton. Together, the two moved around, living in Baldwin and Bethel Park, before moving to Florida for the remainder of their lives. During her life, Peggy stayed busy. She worked in commercial property management, and she loved her job. She raised her four children: George D. (Daisy Landes) Pacich, Mark (Natalie) Pacich , Kirstin (Pete) Williams, and Patricia Trout. She became a grandmother to 6 grandchildren: Alexa, Adam, Sam, Nate, Idanya, and Luka.

 
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Mary Felicia Iski

September 08, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Mary Felicia Iski, 78, of Pennsburg, passed away September 4, 2021.  She was the widow of Joseph E. Iski, who passed in 2016.  Born in McKeesport, Pa, she was the daughter of the late John & Felicia (Mustacchio) Pausic.  Mary Felicia was a graduate of Duquesne University, and later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Library Science.

She taught at Rittenhouse Middle School and Eisenhower Middle School in Norristown and was the schools’ librarian for many years. Mary Felicia was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Pennsburg.  She loved her hats and was a member of the Red Hat Society.  Mary Felicia was a voracious reader, loved the theater, and traveling with her husband.  She also had a love of her German Shepherds, Rula and J.D.

 
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Mary O’Keefe Davis

September 07, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Mary O’Keefe Davis, 79, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Wandsworth, Surry, England, peacefully passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021. She was born June 3, 1942, in England during an air raid, to the late John “Jack” and Gwendolynn “Nell” Vivian O’Keefe. Mary passed while in the loving care of her son David and daughter-in-law Sunny with whom she resided during her final days. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and family. Mary’s legacy will live on through her children and grandchildren honoring our British and Welsh customs. 

 
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Robert J. Butella Sr.

September 07, 2021 |

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

Robert J. Butella, Sr., age 91, of West Mifflin, passed away on September 6, 2021, at Grandview Estates, Elizabeth. Born in Clairton on June 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Anna (Hunar) Butella. He was a retired Mail Carrier from the Duquesne Post Office and later the Mail Truck Delivery person. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Trinity Church and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was the husband of the late Dolores “Dolly” (Kushnir) Butella; father of Robert J. Butella Jr. of Elizabeth, Gary Butella of West Mifflin and Ronald (Anne) Butella of Perryopolis; grandfather of Robert (Hillary) Butella III, Bryan Butella, Brandon Butella, Ashley (Steven) Curry and Joshua (Brandi) Butella; 4 great grandchildren; brother of Donald (Theresa) Butella, Marian Dimpel, Eleanor Bane and late Nicholas (late Martha) Butella. There will be no public visitation. A Blessing Service will be held at Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin, on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 412-466-3300.

 


Edward Babyak

September 07, 2021 |

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

Edward G. Babyak, age 86, of White Oak, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. He was born in McKeesport on Aug. 16, 1935 and is the son of the late George and Caroline Vukelic Babyak. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Babyak.

Ed is survived by his wife, Charlotte Cox Babyak, sons, Jeffrey Babyak of Turtle Creek, PA and Retired Col. David (Merleann) Babyak of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chelsea (Justin) Pons, Zoey Babyak, and Tyler Toumbacaris, and great grandchild, Gemma Pons.

 
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Lawrence "JR" Wilson, Jr

September 07, 2021 |

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

 

Lawrence "JR" Wilson, Jr., 85, of Monroeville, died Sept. 4, 2021.  He is the beloved husband of the late Geraldine "Geri" Wilson.  He is survived by his sister-in-law Joan Drosdick and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Crystal and son Larry. He enjoyed helping Geri taking care of her Seeing Eye German Sheperds Bouquet, Pride, Neon and Olina. JR was retired from Firestone, where he worked for 23 years and Giant Eagle where he worked for 22 years.   JR joined the Monroeville Lions Club in 1982 where he served as Club President from 2005- 2006 and then became a member of the White Oak Lions Club where he continued to be very active until his death.  He was also a member of the Wilkins Elks Lodge #577 for over 20 years and rarely missed a meeting.  He was a huge Pittsburgh sport fan, including the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.  A memorial service will be held on Sat., Sept. 11 at 11am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Monroeville outside at the gazebo.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilkins Elks Lodge #577 Scholarship Fund.

 


Lorraine L. O'Malley

September 07, 2021 |

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

Lorraine L. O’Malley, age 89, of Shelton, CT, formerly of Braddock, passed away on September 4, 2021. Born in Pittsburgh, on October 10, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John & Alice (Usova) Kraljevic.  She was the wife of the late Michael O’Malley; mother of Alicia O’Malley (Rafael) Fraguada and the late Patrick (surviving spouse, Kathryn) O’Malley of Singapore; grandmother of Michelle (Isaac) Steele, Ronin O’Malley, Michael Fraguada, and Lorraine Fraguada; great grandmother of Gabriel Fraguada. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 412-466-3300, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. Interment will follow in All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

 


Anna R. Grygo

September 07, 2021 |

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

Anna R. Grygo, 90, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was born July 12, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian E. (Reitz) Krutz. She retired from Chubb and Son Group Insurance Company as an Internal Auditor. She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Grygo, daughter, Dr. Patricia A. (John Hogan) Jameson of Pittsburgh, brother, Paul (Carmella) Krutz of Greenock, grandsons, Robert T. Jameson and Thomas S. Jameson, and nephews, Vennie (Terry) Krutz and J. Anthony (Suzanne) Curcio. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Joseph Jameson who passed away August 9, 2016. 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

 


Mary Jane Byers

September 07, 2021 |

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

Mary Jane Byers, 91, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, September 6, 2021 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. She was born, January 12, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Emma (Volk) Thomas. Mary Jane was a member of the Ridge Runners Trailer Club and enjoyed camping and crafting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl R. Byers Jr.; son, David N. Byers; and daughter, Donna Baker. She is survived by her children, Lori Higginbotham and her husband, Bill, Kevin Byers and his wife, Mary Ruth; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation and entombment will be private in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Charles "Chuck" Hopper

September 07, 2021 |

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

Charles "Chuck" Hopper age 68, of North Versailles, died September 1, 2021, at Jefferson Hospital. Born September 30, 1952, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Edward and Rosemarie (Lechner) Hopper Sr.

 
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Lana Lee Bishop

September 06, 2021 |

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

Lana Lee Bishop, 73, of White Oak, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021. She was born January 19, 1948 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Edward and Hilda (Gartner) Bishop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Bishop.

 
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Ryan E. Kushner

September 06, 2021 |

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

Ryan E. Kushner, age 37 of Liberty Borough, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021 in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.  Born September 8, 1983 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Gerry (Batenich) Kushner of Liberty Borough and the late Gary Kushner.  He was a landscaper and member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton.  Besides his mother, Ryan is survived by his children Cameron Kushner and Alexa Lombardo; his sisters Abby (Mark) Kaminski and Natalie (companion John Megala) Kushner; his nephew Mark Kaminski, III; his nieces Evelyn Megela, Kennedy Kaminski, and Kali Megala; his stepfather Mark Mellott; and his best friend Dennis Doyle.  

 
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Stephanie Renee' Kunz

September 06, 2021 |

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

Stephanie Renee' Kunz, 41, of Cuddy, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at home. She was born March 16, 1980 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Stein) Kirkwood. Stephanie was raised by the late Louise (Macri) Cunning who passed away August 18, 2011.

 
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Virginia (Perich) Pekala

September 06, 2021 |

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

Virginia (Perich) Pekala, age 100 of Clairton, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.  Born March 24, 1921 in Munhall, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Tomas) Perich.  Prior to having children, Virginia worked as a secretary for US Steel National Tube Works in Christy Park.  Virginia was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church and a woman of great faith, who dutifully prayed her rosary daily.  She also enjoyed playing the slot machines at the casino.  Besides her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Elmer J. Pekala, who passed away in November of 1999, and her siblings Mary Matesic, Mildred Dobrick, Olga Kensky, and John and Anthony Perich.  She is survived by her sons David (Linda) Pekala of Parker, CO, and Eric (Debi) Pekala of Elizabeth, her daughter Maureen (Tim) Tackett of Pittsburgh; her grandchildren Matthew (Stephanie) Pekala of Marlton, NJ, Megan (Timothy) Lindsey of Highlands Ranch, CO, Brian (Jenni Simek) Tackett of Kenmore, NY, Lauren (Nate Haynes) Tackett of Lexington, KY, Tara (Salvatore Stojakovich) Pekala of Clairton, and Macy (Shawn Miller) Pekala of Pittsburgh; her great-grandchildren Jude Pekala, Jackson Lindsey, and Makiya Miller; her nieces Sandy Sivak, Paula Kensky, and Marlene Koshar; and her nephew George Dobrick. 

 
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John F. Domer

September 06, 2021 |

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

John F. Domer, age 83, of Port Vue, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at home. He was a retired welder at United Mine Workers and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the Elizabeth Twp. Sportsman’s Club. Born October 22, 1937 in Floreffe, he was a son of the late John R. and Myrtle (Lawrence) Domer and husband of the late Cheryl (Whoolery) Domer. He is survived by his son, John D. (Sally Lasica) Domer of Port Vue; grandchildren, John C. Domer and Christopher Domer, both of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Martha (Bobby) Drusbasky of Forward Twp. and Rita Petticord; brother, Emil Domer of Penn Hills; sister-in-law, Karen (Steve) Carroll of Port Vue; beloved dogs, Buddy and Bo; also, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 1-3 and 5 until the hour of service at 7PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Bob Fagan officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Sara Alberta Allen

September 06, 2021 |

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

Sara Alberta (Ferrari) Allen, age 97, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021 in Grandview Estates. She was a retired self-employed beautician. Born July 6, 1924 in Blythedale, she was a daughter of the late Deano Ferrari and Bessie (Martinelli) Ferrari Brunory and wife of the late Robert E. Allen, Jr. She is survived by sons, Robert H. (Bonnie) Allen of Elizabeth and Dean (Pam) Allen of White Oak; six grandchildren, Melanie (Larry) Dougherty, Brian (Cari) Bernadowski, Terri Jo (George) Kundrat, Stacey (Brad) Winter, Kris (Rob) Crossett and Nicole (Frank) Tibbitt; six great-grandchildren, Megan Dougherty, Max and Liam Bernadowski, Alex and McKenzie Winter and Nicholas Crossett; son-in-law, John Bernadowski of North Huntingdon; and sister-in-law, Arlene Brunory of Georgetown, DE. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Bernadowski; sister, Irene Knox and brother, Harry “Buzz” Brunory. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 10AM until the hour of service at 11AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dr. Sang Choi officiating. Private interment at West Newton Cemetery. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Robert Lesko Jr

September 05, 2021 |

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

Robert Lesko Jr, 44 of McKeesport, PA passed away on August 31, 2021 at home. He was born June 10, 1977 in McKeesport to Robert Sr and Georgeann Lesko.

 
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Robert W. "Rob" Fleckenstein

September 05, 2021 |

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

Robert W. “Rob” Fleckenstein, age 44, of McKeesport, passed away on September 5, 2021 at Forbes Regional Hospital. Beloved son of Wayne and Mary (Hock) Fleckenstein of McKeesport, Rob was born in McKeesport on February 6, 1977. He was a retired salesman and a former priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He was a graduate of Serra Catholic High School in 1995, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and St. Vincent Seminary in 2010 with two masters degrees in Divinity and Philosophy. He enjoy playing, listening to and composing music and was involved with the Pittsburgh Cursillo Movement. Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Julie (Daniel Hayes) Fleckenstein of Turtle Creek and Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 1-9 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church, in Elizabeth Twp., on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop David Zubik as the main celebrant. Everyone please meet at Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary German Cemetery in McKeesport.

 


Joseph Edward Kish

September 05, 2021 |

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

Joseph Edward Kish, age 95, of Port Vue, died on Saturday, September 4, 2021. He was born in Port Vue on September 5, 1925 and is the son of the late Kathryn Cverna Kish and the husband of the late Helen Yaga Kish, married 64 years, who passed away on January 2, 2016. Joseph was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from Bethlehem Steel Co as a draftsman, and then formed his own company in Forest Hills. He was a lifetime member of St. Marks Parish (St. Joseph Port Vue) and a member of the American Legion Post 0447 in Port Vue for over 55 years.

 
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David E. Paxon

September 05, 2021 |

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

David E. Paxon, age 47, of Irwin, died September 1, 2021, at AHN Forbes Regional. Born November 16, 1973, in McKeesport, he was the son the late William Scott and Mary Paxon and the husband of Ruth Jordan.

 
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Joanie Lynn Opfar

September 05, 2021 |

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

Joanie Lynn (Rodabaugh) Opfar, age 60, of Forward Twp., passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital. She was a retired bus monitor with Pennsylvania Coach Lines in Elizabeth. Joanie enjoyed going to camp in Normalville and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Born July 29, 1961 in Monongahela, she was a daughter of William (Bonnie Swisher) Rodabaugh of Forward Twp. and the late Edna (Zimmerman) Rodabaugh. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry “Earl” Sleith. In addition to her father, she is survived by her sons, Matthew (Melanie) Sleith of West Newton and Derek (Heather) Sleith of Elizabeth; five grandchildren, Matthew, Evan, Easton, Levi and Brayden Sleith; significant other, Bernie Ruhl of Forward Twp.; brothers, Bill (Chrissy) Rodabaugh of Forward Twp. and Scott (Amy) Rodabaugh of West Newton; also, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 4-8 PM. No services are planned. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Michael F. Kovacevic

September 05, 2021 |

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

Michael F. Kovacevic, age 69 of Beaver Falls and formerly of Glassport, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021 in UPMC Passavant.  Born February 4, 1952 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael J. and Edna (Pehl) Kovacevic.  A graduate of Geneva College with a bachelor's degree in biology and recipient of an associate's degree in industrial engineering, Michael worked as an industrial engineering manager, plant manager, and consultant with Babcock and Wilcox in Beaver Falls, Keystone Windows in New Castle, and others.  He was a member of St. Stephen's Anglican Church of Sewickley and a former president and vice president of the local chapter of the AIIE.  In his spare time, Michael was an avid reader, especially history and sci-fi, a fisherman, and an outdoor lover.  Most of all though, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  Michael is survived by his wife of 47 years Pamela Kovacevic; his children Col. Michael (Joy) Kovacevic of Ft. Myer, VA and Rachel (Todd) Balog of Honolulu, HI; and his grandchildren Michael and Nathan Kovacevic and Kaitlin, Kierstin, Kenzie, and Paul Balog. 

 
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Jeffrey L. Detman

September 05, 2021 |

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

Jeffrey L. Detman, age 54, of McKeesport, died September 3, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Born February 17, 1967, in McKeesport, he was the son of Walter and Jackie (Hughes) Detman.

 
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Tanner B. Van Woundenberg

September 04, 2021 |

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

Tanner B. Van Woundenberg, 19, of Trafford, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021.  He was born May 24, 2002, son of James and Juliana (Henderson) DeBlasio.  Tanner was a graduate of Penn Trafford High School, Class of 2021 and employed by Famous Supply.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and dirt bikes, playing video games, swimming, hanging out with his friends and loved his canine pups, Charlee and Tuna.  He is survived by his maternal grandparents, David and Wendy Henderson; paternal grandparents, Randy and Pamela DeBlasio; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Friends will be received from 2-4 & 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 in the funeral home chapel at a time to be announced.  Interment to follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westmoreland Humane Society.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Richard N. "Rick" Manns

September 04, 2021 |

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

Richard N. “Rick” Manns, 83, of West Mifflin, passed away on September 3, 2021. Son of the late Lawrence & Anna Surgent Manns, husband of Sharyn Conley Kelley Manns for 53 years, he leaves behind daughters, Kristyn Hunter & Courtney Moncavage, son, Michael David Manns & his partner John Ladner, grandsons, Justin Hunter, Zachary (Lauren) Hunter & Aiden Elias Moncavage and great granddaughters, Jacie Layne Hunter & Zoey Eira Hunter. A self-employed architect, he attended Notre Dame University and Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture. An avid golfer & member of Duquesne Golf Club since the age of 12, he carried a plus 1 handicap for many years and held the Club Championship numerous times. In the early 1970’s, he designed the initial clubhouse and facilities. As per his wishes, there will be no viewing. A future memorial will be held in County Clare, Ireland for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to theproperpitbull.org. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412–466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Hazel M. Hoffman

September 04, 2021 |

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

Hazel M. Hoffman, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021.  She was born December 12, 1948 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Jesse and Hazel (Triplett) Hoffman.  Hazel was an Avon sales representative and a member of Calvary Assembly Church and past president of the Women's Aglow.  She was the author of several books and loved spending time with her family.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Hoffman Sr. and his wife, Karen.  She is survived by her nephews, Larry Jr (Jessica) Hoffman and Christopher  (Dana) Hoffman; niece, Haley Hoffman (Tommy), great nieces and nephews, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Amanda, Skylar, Serenity and Damian.  Friends will be received from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family through our website . www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Roseann Garwood

September 03, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Roseann Garwood, age 73, of Ruffs Dale, died September 1, 2021 at Frick Hospital. She was born April 21, 1948 in Key West, Fla. She was the wife of and is survived by James Garwood. They were married for 54 years. Roseann is also survived by two children, Donald (Victoria) of McKeesport and Diana Kochman (David) of West Newton, grandchildren Jacob Garwood of Columbus, Ohio and Michael and Rose Kochman of West Newton.

Also surviving are her siblings Sandy (George) Ghrist of McKeesport and Robert Harder of East Hickory, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings Edward and Harold.

 
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Pamela Lee Readel

September 03, 2021 |

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

Pamela Lee Readel, 68, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 with her children by her side. She was born December 6, 1952 in Mckeesport and was the daughter of Evelyn (Fravega) Schaffner of Versailles and the late William Schaffner. Pam was retired from Rivers Casino. She was a loving mother and grandmother and her life revolved around her grandchildren. She was always available to help and give of her time to others. Pam loved to cook and entertain family and friends. She was a fanatical Pittsburgh Steeler fan and was known to many as "Mama Pam". In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Charles (Laura) Readel of North Huntingdon and daughter, Tricia Kaylor of White Oak, brothers, Brian (Linda) Schaffner of Monroeville and Billy Schaffner of Versailles, grandchildren, Joey Readel, Christian Readel, Mia Perri, Karli Kaylor, Addison Readel and Quinn Readel, nieces and nephews and her granddogs, Queenie and Jacoby. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Staci Marie Perri and brother, Kim Schaffner. Friends are welcome Sunday, September 5, 2021 from 2-5 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home Chapel on Sunday September 5, 2021 at 5 pm. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Linda L. Woodring

September 03, 2021 |

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

Linda L. Woodring, age 64, of McKeesport, died August 30, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian. Born October 7, 1956, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Kofchur) Moody and the wife of the late Robert E. Woodring.

Linda was retired from Travelers Insurance, where she was a sales trainer. Afterward, she worked as a secretary for Dr. Marion Skezas. Linda enjoyed shopping and traveling with friends.

 
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Madeline Burgman

September 03, 2021 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Madeline J. Burgman, 80, of Glassport, died Sept. 2, 2021.  She is the daughter of the late Stanley and Katherine Plesniak.  She is survived by her beloved husband Darrell Burgman; daughters Deborah Hvozdik, Nadine (Kerry) Ord and Loretta (Shawn) Fisher; grandchildren Justin Raible, Jason Godzin, Heather Godzin and Evan Fisher; great grandchildren Jeffrey R. Raible and Ivan Godzin.  She was preceded in death by her grandson Jeffrey L.  Raible and brother George Plesniak.  Friends received Wojciechwoski Funeral Home, Glassport on Tues. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral blessing will be held Wed. 10:00 am at the funeral home with Father Wagner.  Interment following Round Hill Cemetery.

 


Thomas D. Bonner Sr.

September 03, 2021 |

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

Thomas D. Bonner Sr., 80, of Irwin, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021.  He was born October 1, 1940 in McKeesport, a son of the late James Bonner.  Prior to his retirement, Tom worked for US Steel Irvin Works for 40 years and was a graduate of Clairton High School.  He was a member of St. Edward Parish in Herminie,  played for Norwin Senior Softball team for seven years, was a foster parent for 15 years, and loved to fish.  He had a kind soul and a warm heart to all he met and a great sense of humor.  Tom was very handy and could repair or build just about anything.  He will be reunited with his true love, Carole.

 
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Nellie “Betty” E. (Mulkerin) Brown

September 02, 2021 |

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

Nellie “Betty” E. (Mulkerin) Brown, age 94, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021. She was born April 30, 1927 in Swissvale, a daughter of the late Frank and Nellie Mulkerin. She attended Linway United Presbyterian Church in North Versailles until her health did not allow her to travel. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of over 55 years Ross Harlan Brown Sr.; son Ronald Brown; brothers William and Ronald Mulkerin; and sister Mary Jane Felt.

She is survived by her children Ross (Robin) Brown Jr. of Columbus, Ohio and Patricia “Patti” Dzikiy of Jeannette; grandchildren Heather (Richard) Dzikiy-Fisherowski, Stefani (Ralph) Wasil and Lindsay (Jason) Garner; great grandchildren Olivia Garner and Evelyn Wasil; and brother Thomas (Kathi) Mulkerin of Arlington, Texas.

 
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David Kenneth Hall

September 02, 2021 |

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

David Kenneth Hall, 61, of Greenock, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at home. He was born September 22, 1959 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Austin and Joanne Dolores (Knight) Hall. David was a member of  the First Assembly of God Church, Irwin and  was a graduate of the Columbia School of Broadcasting. He was a Graphic Designer and had worked for Giant Eagle and Xerox. He was an avid musician and enjoyed playing his Guitar.

 
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Thomas J. O'Malley

September 02, 2021 |

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

Thomas J. O’Malley, age 75, died peacefully on September 1, 2021. He was the son of the late William F. and Mary W. O’Malley. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Anne Bromley, his brothers, William P. and James P. O’Malley, and his nephew, William H. O’Malley. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen B. O’Malley, brother, Patrick M. O’Malley, brother-in-law, William D. Bromley, one niece and four nephews and their spouses, three grandnieces, six grandnephews, and one great grandnephew. He had many friends, especially among the ARC Bowling Community. The family extends special thanks to Carol Moore and the staff at Sycamore Estate PCH who cared for Tom over the past 12 years. Due to the Covid-D variant epidemic, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Interment is private. Arrangements entrusted to the Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, Duquesne, 412-466-3300.

 


Mark S. Munas

September 02, 2021 |

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

Mark S. Munas, age 48, of McKeesport, died August 20, 2021, at Canterbury Place in Pittsburgh. Born April 2, 1973, he was the son of  Lois J. Munas.
Mark loved tattooing and enjoyed riding motorcycles, was free-spirited, and had a heart of gold for all. He loved his children dearly even though he was unable to be with them.
Mark enjoyed painting, and building things. He had a beautiful mind and very artistic.

 
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Carol L. Opfar

September 01, 2021 |

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

Carol L. (Quinn) Opfar, 61, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021. She was born September 16, 1959 in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Charles and Thelma (Kelley) Quinn. She was married to the late David D. Opfar, who passed away May 11, 2014. She graduated from East Allegheny School in 1977. Carol held many jobs and was an avid crafter. She loved music, sewing, and playing cards as well as enjoying trips to the lake and spending time with her family and friends.

 
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Joan G. Swineburg

September 01, 2021 |

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

Joan G. Swineburg, age 85, of McKeesport, passed away on August 31, 2021, at home. Born in Duquesne on February 5, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Elias & Alma (Hart) Kelley and wife of the late Robert Swineburg. She was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church, Duquesne. She is survived by children, Donna Kelley of Glassport, Jo Ellen Jordan of McKeesport and Marie (Dominic) Yeager of Glassport; 15 Grandchildren; 32 Great Grandchildren; and Nieces and Nephews. She was predeceased by Brothers and Sister, David Kelley, Jack Kelley, Norman Kelley and Ann Bowman. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, where services will be held the same day, at 3:30 p.m., with the Rev. John Gropp officiating, and at 8:00 p.m., with Pastor Trennon Neal officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Funeral Home.

 


Melissa-Ann Nicole "Missy" Eliason

September 01, 2021 |

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

Melissa-Ann Nicole “Missy” Eliason, age 23, died on Monday, August 30, 2021. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 1, 1998, and is the daughter of Scott Allan (Joanna Grigoriev) Eliason and Terry Sue (Steve Ireland) Beck. She was the manager of Lou’s Brews in White Oak.

 
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Gus A. Topolnak

September 01, 2021 |

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

Gus A. Topolnak, age 73, of Glassport, died, Monday, August 30, 2021 at his residence.  He is the son of the late Anthony and Irene Sarris Topolnak. He was retired from U.S. Irvin Works.  He enjoyed hunting, shooting guns and loved spending time with his family.

 
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