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Rhoda E. Sedlock

January 22, 2022 |

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

Rhoda E. (Swaney) Sedlock, age 92, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022 in the comfort of her home and her children. Rhoda’s greatest joy in life was her family and being Grams to her grandchildren and Great Grams to her great grandchildren. She was well known over the years by family and friends for her lady locks and nut rolls. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirate fan and knew all the players’ names and statistics and always looked forward to spring training and that first televised game. Born August 1, 1929 in Haydentown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Orville Swaney and Marie (Hefner) Swaney. Preceded in death in 2016 by her loving husband of 65 years of marriage, Walter J. Sedlock, she is survived by a son, Walter (Susan) Sedlock of Greensburg, PA.; daughters, Diane (Eric) Olsen of Billings, MT and Joyce (Dennis) Marburger of Stewartstown, PA.; eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Swaney and her sister, Margaret Rhodes. She was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Township. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth, PA on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 3-7 PM. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10 AM in St. Michael’s Church with Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fairchance, PA. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Joseph Rymarowicz, Jr.

January 21, 2022 |

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

Joseph Rymarowicz, Jr., 72 of Glassport, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022. He was born February 14, 1949 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Joseph J. and Mary Jane (Yandrlic) Rymarowicz. Joe served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was a part of the 1098th Transportation Company. Afterwards, he worked for Mercury Printing Company as a Printer. He attended First Evangelical Free Church for the past 40 years. Over those 40 years, he was a Cook for their Teen Ministries retreats, Men's retreats, and for any of the special breakfasts that the church hosted. After retirement, Joe became a part time delivery driver for Breitinger's Flower Shop and would help the church with any maintenance work that was needed.

 
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Peter A. Ivaska Sr.

January 21, 2022 |

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

Peter A. Ivaska Sr., age 58, of West Mifflin, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022, in UPMC McKeesport. Born in McKeesport on March 20, 1963, he was the son of the late Joseph and late Jean Marie (Brenner) Ivaska. He was a retired machine operator. He was Presbyterian by faith and he enjoyed Nascar, fishing, being outdoors and all sports. He was a member of the Army National Guard for 13 years. Peter is the beloved husband for 25 years to Lori (Pesta) Ivaska; father of Peter A. (Lisa) Ivaska Jr. of Conway, SC, Joseph (Roxanne) Ivaska of Dravosburg, and Anthony Ivaska, at home; 6 Grandchildren; brother of Paul Ivaska of Knoxville, TN, Lynn (Tom) Kostelnik of West Mifflin, Cindy Ivaska of McKeesport, and Geraldine Ivaska of West Mifflin; son-in-law of Michael and Sandy Pesta of Pleasant Hills. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 12 Noon-4:00 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. Military Honors will be accorded at the Funeral Home at the end of visitation. A Memorial Service will be held in the future.

 


Shawn Eric Teamann

January 21, 2022 |

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

Shawn Eric Teamann, 55, of North Huntingdon, was greeted in heaven by his parents Lois and Joseph Teamann on January 20, 2022. He was born February 4, 1966 in Portsmouth, VA. Those that knew Shawn knew him as one of the kindest, most patient and giving people they had met.  He was a faithful man who loved our Lord, his family, his church, and his community. As a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Shawn served as Eucharistic Minister until his illness. He was a fan of The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins, loved taking his dog Piper for long walks, and enjoyed family vacations to Sandbridge. Shawn had a successful career as a retail manager, most recently with DSW Shoes. In October of 2020, Shawn was diagnosed with T-Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia (T-PLL), an incredibly rare and aggressive form of cancer. He had a stem cell transplant on October 28, 2021 with his sister being his donor. Shawn fought hard but his body just couldn’t beat the battle. He leaves behind his wife Cheryl (Twigger), sister Deborah Teamann, sons Stephen (Christina) and Nathan Torok, grandchildren Abbey, Lily and Zack, mother-in-law Pat Twigger, brother-in-law George Twigger, nieces, nephews and many cousins. Shawn’s family wishes to thank Dr. Jing-Zhou Hou and his staff, Hillman Cancer Center 4th floor, and Shadyside Hospital 6th floor West for their compassionate care of Shawn. Friends will be received from 1-7 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon. A funeral service will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment to follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Shawn to Mario Lemieux Foundation, Two Chatham Center, Suite 1661, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or online donation to Mario Lemieux Foundation.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mary Smiley

January 21, 2022 |

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

Mary Smiley, 66, of McKeesport, was born March 10, 1955, in Birmingham, Alabama She was the beloved daughter to Ethel Smiley. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois, and later moved to McKeesport where she lived for the last 22 years. Mary departed this life on January 2, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport. She was preceded in death by her mother. She leaves behind so many families and friends that she truly loved. Anyone that ever met her loved her from the start. You were never just a friend; you would always be family. Mary is survived by her loving two daughters, Tina Smiley and LaDonna Smiley; three sons, Charles Smiley, Marcus Smiley, William Smiley; all of McKeesport PA., Life-long Partner, Billy Knight; 31 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Services are private and are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Smiley, please visit our floral store.

 


Robert P. “Fudd” Mains

January 20, 2022 |

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

Robert P. “Fudd” Mains, age 67 of McKeesport, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.  He was born in McKeesport on September 25, 1954 and is the son of the late James Robert and Patricia Zuzo Mains.  He is retired as a painter from Boyer Pentek of McKeesport.  He enjoyed canoeing and camping in Smithton, PA and loved spending time with his family.

 
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Arthur L. Haywood

January 20, 2022 |

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

Arthur L. Haywood Sr., 96, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at his home. He was born August 2, 1925 in Elizabeth, PA, son of the late Roy and Ann (Filson) Haywood. Prior to his retirement, Arthur was a welder for Westinghouse, a veteran of the US Navy having served during WWII and was a member of Norwin Alliance Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha A. (Marcus) Haywood and sister, Doris Bartilini. He is survived by his son, Art Haywood Jr.; daughter, Sheri Tyszkiewicz and her husband Robert F.; grandchildren, Felisha Baumgartner, Brooke and Robynshere Tyszkiewicz and Derrek Haywood. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA. A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. and military honors will be performed at 3 p.m. Interment will be private in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


B. Lorayne Reynolds

January 20, 2022 |

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

B. Lorayne Reynolds, 92, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at UPMC East. She was born March 15, 1929 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Deano and Viola (Elwood) Campoli. Lorayne was a bartender at the Eagles in Irwin and enjoyed camping, playing Bingo and visiting casinos. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred “Bob” Reynolds; and sisters, Marian Thompson and Marie Etta Schaefer. She is survived by her daughter, Denise Weixel; grandchildren, Jason Weixel, Kristi (Matt) Helinski; great-grandchildren, Sophia Weixel and Thomas Isherwood. Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642. There will be no funeral service and interment will be private. Donations may be made to the White Oak Safe Haven in memory of Lorayne. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Jerome J. "Jerry" Olack

January 20, 2022 |

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

Jerome J. "Jerry" Olack, age 83, of Liberty Borough, died January 19, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.  Born July 9, 1938, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Mary (Cverna) Olack and husband of the late Carol (Thompson) Olack.  Jerry was a member of the former Blue Rock Club, Jack Ham Dobre Shunka Fan Club, and the Port Vue Athletic Association.  He was active in many local bowling leagues and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.  He is survived by his significant other for over 30 years Sally Williams; children, Cindy Olack, Shelley (Jim) Supinsky, Joe (Marianne) Olack, Tim "Stitch" (Barb) Olack, and J.J. Olack, all of Port Vue; grandchildren, Joseph Olack, Bill Stearns, Sami Olack, Mandi Olack, D.J. Olack, Jamie Olack, Deanna Jakubek, Josh Miller, and Kyle Miller; great-grandchildren, Jacob Hutchinson and Jayden Olack.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald "Ron" Olack, and sister, Joanie Farmer.  Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Charles Danforth, Supervisor

 


Mary Ann Palmer

January 20, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Mary Ann Palmer, 60, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Versailles, died Wednesday January 5, 2022 at home. She was born June 2, 1961 in McKeesport the daughter of the late Thomas J. Sr. and Mary J. (Giovanicci) Palmer. She was a 42 year employee of Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin. She was a member of the Norwin Community Group and a supporter of White Oak Animal Safe Haven. She loved dogs and enjoyed gardening and camping. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother Thomas J. Palmer Jr. She is survived by her niece and nephews Deborah Patane of Tampa, FL, Thomas J Palmer of West Jefferson, NC, and David J. Palmer of Irwin, also great nieces and nephews, a great great nephew, cousins, and many friends.

 
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Dennis Brown Scherff

January 20, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Dennis Brown Scherff, 91, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday January 23, 2022. He was born April 5, 1930 in North Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Florian E. and Anna M. (Daily) Scherff. Dennis graduated from North Huntingdon High School, Class of 1948 and served as a Sergeant in the Army from 1948 to 1953. Upon returning from the military he worked at Westinghouse Airbrake Company in Wilmerding as a systems analyst from 1953 until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and time spent at camp in Potter County. He loved to garden and taking care of the family orchards and strawberry field. As a child he loved to hunt pheasant and once even shot an albino pheasant. He enjoyed all sports and played softball as a child. You could always find him watching Pittsburgh sports especially his favorite team the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 
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Rebecca “Becky” M. (Gerardi) Swenson

January 20, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Rebecca “Becky” M. (Gerardi) Swenson, age 58, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 15, 2022. She was born April 21, 1963 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of William “Bill” and Marjorie Gerardi. Becky focusing on raising her family and had a passion for following her sons involvements in the bands at Norwin and Pitt, then worked a number of places including being a clerk at the Holiday Inn Express in North Huntingdon. She is preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth Marie Swenson. She is survived by her husband of over 24 years Robert J. Swenson; sons Robert S. Titus of Uniontown, Robert (Fiancé Jaclyn) Swenson of Irwin, Nicholas Swenson of Irwin and Tyler Swenson of Irwin; brothers William Gerardi of Apollo and Christopher Gerardi of Apollo; and her dog Max.

 
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Thomas J. Suwala

January 19, 2022 |

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

Thomas J. Suwala, of North Huntingdon, passed away suddenly Tuesday, January 18, 2022. He was born in Pittsburgh on July 7, 1942. Survived by his wife Patricia Suwala, daughter Kimberly M. Joseph (her husband Chris M. Joseph), son Paul Suwala (deceased) grandchildren Brooke L. Yow (husband Michael Yow), Troy A. Joseph (wife Brianna Joseph) and great-grandchild Kaia N. Yow. His sisters Dolores Damski (husband Robert Damski, deseased), Diane Bonesio (husband Angelo Bonesio). He was retired from his profession leading sales efforts across several national companies. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending weekend days polishing and taking care of his cars. There will be no visitation. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


William C. Schneck

January 19, 2022 |

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

William C. Schneck, 63, of Irwin passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born March 23, 1958 in Johnstown, son of Shirley (Commers) Holcomb and the late George Schneck. William was a scheduler for Home Healthcare and a member of Calvary Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his children. He is survived by son, Liam; daughter, Eliana; brother, Mark Schneck and his wife, Blythe; nieces, Savannah and Gabriella; and nephew, Tanner. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Frederick J. Greiner

January 19, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Frederick Joseph Greiner, 84 of Glassport, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022, at Havencrest Nursing Home. He was born in McKeesport on June 17, 1937, to the late Joseph and Lillian (Coddington) Greiner. Frederick was the loving husband of over 40 years to the late Grace (Warnick) Greiner. He is survived by his sons Joseph and Michael (Jennifer Ralston) Greiner, both of Glassport. Further survivors include brothers William (Maureen) Greiner of Floreffe and Edward Greiner of Florida, and sisters Dolly (Ken) Rosier of Liberty Borough and Rosie (Pat) Trayer of North Huntingdon. Additional survivors include grandchildren Crystal, Justin, Brandon (Felicia Sharbaugh), Brian, and Lillian, as well as great grandchildren Spencer, Bailey, Hunter, Paige, Naveah, and Serenity. Frederick was preceded in death by his parents, wife Grace, brother Robert, sisters Diane Greiner and Debra, and his son David Greiner. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. Interment will occur at Penn Lincoln Cemetery on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 2 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Quang Minh Ngo

January 19, 2022 |

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

Quang Minh Ngo, age 71, of Duquesne, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at home. Born in Vietnam on August 2, 1950, he is the son of Nguyen Thi Lai of Vietnam. He was a tailor and dry cleaner and owned Sam’s Tailor Shop in Duquesne and Ritzland Cleaners in Penn Hills. He was a member of Chua Vien Quang Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, in Homestead. He liked to play the slots in Atlantic City and liked all Pittsburgh sports, especially the Steelers. He is the husband of Lan Thi Ngo of Duquesne; father of Kim Lee Ngo of Duquesne and Dan Minh Ngo of Irwin; and has 3 brothers and 2 sisters in Vietnam. There will be no visitation. A private Memorial Service will be held. 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.

 


Lila Martha Ferris

January 19, 2022 |

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

Lila M. Zacur Ferris, 97, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at The Grove of Irwin from Covid-related symptoms.  Born 1924 in her beloved home town of Latrobe, PA, Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Alec and Sarah (Khoury) Zacur, husband, Elias Ferris, daughter, Jennifer Sarah Ferris, and her siblings, John Zacur, George Zacur, Margaret Newmeyer, Mary Olson, Iva Lipinski and Jennie Shirley.  She is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  For many years prior to her marriage and subsequent move to Houtzdale, PA, Lila lived and worked in Latrobe.  During WWII, she worked at American Cyanamid (Cap Works), then at Torris’s Drug Store with her sister, Jennie, plus owned and operated Zacur’s Confectionary on Ridge Avenue.  There will be no visitation and services are private.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.   Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Advent, 51 South First Street, Jeannette, PA  15644.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Beth Ann Ludwig

January 19, 2022 |

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

Beth Ann Ludwig, 62, of North Versailles, formerly of North Huntingdon and Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Friday, January 14, 2022. She was born May 16, 1959 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Henry John and Margaret Ann (Budai) Dubsik. Beth is survived by her sister-in-law, Laurie (Gary) Householder of Greenock, brother-in-law, James Everley of Lafayette, IN., cousin, Thaddeus (Cheryl) Kaczlowski of Elizabeth Township, nieces, Mary Everley of Brownsburg, IN, Michelle (Jarrod) Taylor of Denton, TX, and Kali Yuhas of North Huntingdon, great-nieces, a great-nephew, and her lifelong dear friend, Peggy (Tom) Zebrak of Liberty Borough. She was preceded in death by her companion, Tom Allison.

 
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David C. Brown

January 19, 2022 |

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

David C. Brown, age 77 of McKeesport, died at AHN Forbes Hospital on January 15, 2022. Born December 18, 1944, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late George and Elizabeth (Moore) Brown and the husband of Kathryn A. (Shea) Brown of 31 years.

Dave currently worked as a driving instructor with Rodgers Driving School. David was a longtime member of the First Church of the Open Bible. He was a Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan. Dave was a Civil War History buff and enjoyed puzzles and chess.

 
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Donald A. Palm

January 19, 2022 |

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

Donald A. Palm, 94, of Forest Hill, MD, formerly of N. Huntingdon, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 in Forest Hill Heights, Forest Hill, MD. He was born October 27, 1927 in McKeesport, son of the late Edwin G. and Mabel (Piper) Palm. Prior to his retirement, Don was a nuclear engineer for Westinghouse and a veteran of the US Army Air Force, having served during the Korean War Era.

Over the past 30 years, Don was a dutiful caregiver to several family members, and especially to his wife, Patricia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Huey Palm, his sister Joan (Palm) Kenders, and brothers Dale, Eugene, and Robert. He is survived by his daughter, Tracie Ulmes and her husband, Kevin; grandchildren, Abby and Patrick; and brother Gary and his wife, Darlene.

 
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Samuel G. Coccia, Sr.

January 19, 2022 |

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

Samuel G. Coccia, Sr., age 81, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of McKeesport, died January 17, 2022, at UPMC East Hospital. Born September 7, 1940, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Larry, Sr., and Scolastica Rose (Phillips) Coccia and the husband of the late Carol J. (Heveker) Coccia.

Sam was owner-operator of Larry's Hotel, serving the McKeesport community for over 58 years, where he was inducted into the Bartender Hall of Fame. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Sam was a former member of the former St. Perpetua Church of McKeesport. He was also a member of the McKeesport Area Tavern Association. Sam sponsored Larry's Hotel Softball Team, which won the 2012 Class E Global Softball League World Champs, along with sponsoring many other local youth sports teams. He was an avid Steelers football fan and enjoyed all sports. Sam and his beloved wife loved to travel and shared 52 trips to Las Vegas together.

 
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Brian K. Downes,

January 19, 2022 |

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

Brian K. Downes, age 48, of Trafford, died January 14, 2022, at home. Born August 25, 1973, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John G. "Jack" and Cecelia "Dolly" (Onufer) Downes.

Brian was currently working for TAKTL, LLC Company. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Brian loved the Steelers, Penguins, and playing any sport he could. He also shot a lot of pool! Brian Graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Industrial Hygiene and applied that learning to all the jobs he was in aiming to keep people as safe as possible.

 
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Nancy Jean Ginanni

January 18, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Nancy Jean Ginanni, 61 of Clairton, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Jefferson Hospital. She was born in McKeesport on October 3, 1960, to Yolanda (Benedetti) Ginanni of Clairton and the late Emo Ginanni. She is survived by her mother Yolanda as well as her sister Janet (James) Cerqua of Clairton. Further survivors include nieces Melissa Cerqua and Danielle (Matthew) Jellison, great nieces Christina and Michelle, great nephews A.J., Jacob, Ryan, Jackson, and Tyler, as well as her beloved dog Lucky. Nancy was preceded in death by her father Emo. She was a member of the St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed the Pittsburgh Pirates, knitting, baking, and completing crossword puzzles. Family and friends will be received on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025.

 
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David Felix Monyok

January 18, 2022 |

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

David Felix Monyok, 70, of Irwin, passed away peacefully in his home, Monday, January 17, 2022.  David was born January 28, 1951 at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh to Paul and Josephine (Parlak) Monyok.  David worked at Medical Wellness Associates for 23 years as Inventory Coordinator and enjoyed being part of the team.  David and Kimi were married 37 years.  David was a loving husband and a caring, wonderful father and we will remember him as our "fun loving guy!".  David is survived by his wife, Kimi Roehling-Monyok; two daughters, Madison (Michael) Kowalski and Elizabeth (Joshua) Lofstrom.  He was blessed with three grandchildren, Maison, Elliot and Teagan that were the joy of his life; and his two canine companions, Emma and Darby.  Also surviving are David's brother, Paul (Mariann) Monyok and family of Munhall; and sister, Anita (Chuck) Ruggles and family of Grover Beach, CA.

 
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Lois A. Davis

January 18, 2022 |

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

Lois A. Davis, 88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away, Monday, January 17, 2022. She was born February 19, 1933 in Elizabeth Township and was the daughter of the late Henry and Bertha (Summerville) Bashforth. She was the wife of the late Duane Clyde Davis who passed away September 3, 2015. They were married for 62 years. Lois was a Charter member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township and was also a member of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughters, Lois (James) Leggett of Forward Township and Diane Mitchem of Bridgeport, WV, daughter-in-law, Carol Davis of Raleigh, NC,  grandchildren, Jill (Richard) Stoner,  Lisa (Ian) Gayman, Rachel (Tony)Nichols, Danielle Smith, and Wesley Mitchem, great-grandchildren, Joey and Maggie Stoner, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Brian Davis, sister, Virginia Hammett and brother, Russell Bashforth.

 
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Elizabeth "Betty" Hock

January 17, 2022 |

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

Elizabeth “Betty” Hock, age 98, of West Mifflin, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022. Born in Duquesne on November 20 1923, she was the daughter of the late John and Maria (Tkacik) Brecko. She worked at U.S. Steel-Duquesne Works for 9 years. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Trinity Church and was an avid bingo player.  She was the wife of the late Regis P. Hock; mother of Audrey (Ken) Glick of Irwin, Richard J. Hock of Level Green and the late Martin R. Hock; grandmother of Michelle (John) Yarbrough Korb, Jason (Stephanie) Yarbrough, Eric (Valerie Lapina) Yarbrough, Patrick Hock and Matthew Hock; great grandmother of Ella Korb, Anna Rose Yarbrough, and Jaxson Hock; sister of the late Florence “Flo” Husfelt, late John “Jim” Brecko and late Joseph (surviving spouse Kathleen) Brecko of Duquesne; nieces and nephews.

 
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Tok Sun Boissin

January 17, 2022 |

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

Tok Sun Boissin, age 87, of Forward Twp., passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at home. Born November 24, 1934 in Kyungnam-Do, Korea, she was the wife of the late Fernand Alvin Boissin. She is survived by a son, Paul Boissin of Cincinnati, OH; daughter, Teresa Leonard of Pittsburgh; and grandchildren, Derek and Samantha Leonard. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Henry A. Boissin. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth, on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 2-4 & 6-8PM. Private service and interment at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Bernard Leo Los

January 16, 2022 |

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

Bernard Leo Los, age 76, of North Huntingdon, PA, died on Saturday, January 15, 2022. He was born in Pittsburgh on August 10, 1945, raised in Lawrenceville, and is the son of the late Anthony, Sr. and Viola Helinski Los. He earned his Master's of Business Administration from Duquesne University and was the owner of Los and Associates in North Huntingdon. He was a consummate entrepreneur and loved animals, history, and his country.

 
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Apolonia "Polly" Wyzlanski Skurnick

January 16, 2022 |

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

Apolonia "Polly" Wyzlanski Skurnick, 92, of Duncansville, formerly of N. Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Celebration Villa, Duncansville.  She was born April 18, 1929 in Chalfant Boro, daughter of the late Michael J. and Helen (Sokolowski) Wyzlanski.  Polly was a member of St. Agnes Parish, Christian Mothers, CD of A, Emerald Club and Markvue Manor Women's Club.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew P. Skurnick, and brother, Edward Wyzlanski.  She is survived by her two sons, Andrew P. Jr. and his wife, Janet, David M. and his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Kathleen A. Gregg and her husband, James; grandchildren, Sandra, David Jr., Amanda and Megan;  great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Caleb, Abigail, Noah and Kaydence.  Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes Parish, N. Huntingdon, PA.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Carolyn L. Johnson

January 16, 2022 |

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

Carolyn "Nazz" L. Johnson, 71, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022 at UPMC East. She was born August 23, 1950 in Braddock, a daughter of the late Aaron and Marian (Harris) Wertz. Carolyn was a preschool teacher for Calvary Preschool Center and a member of Calvary Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and crocheting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ed and Bill Wertz. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Frank E. Johnson III; son, Frank Johnson IV and his wife, Maria; daughter, Pam Yurcisin and her husband Kary; brother, Kurt (Diane) Wertz; grandchildren, Melanie (Robert) Dermorest, Tori (Dustin) Bartlow, Natalie (Alex) Impink, Tyler Yurcisin, Aaron Johnson; great-grandchildren, Brock, Karsyn, Declan, Axel, Easton and Ayla. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Church, 8653 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment to follow in Westmoreland Memorial Park, Greensburg. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Peter Clyde N. Papadakos

January 15, 2022 |

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

Archon Peter Clyde Nicholas Papadakos, Esq., age 66, of McKeesport, fell sleep in the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2022. He was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1955 and is the son of the late Archon Nicholas and Stavroula “Stella” Sakellariou Papadakos.

 
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Louise Ann Brendza

January 15, 2022 |

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

Louise Ann Brendza, age 58, of West Mifflin, passed away on January 15, 2022, in Forbes Hospital. Born in McKeesport on December 18, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Anthony James and Ann Marie (Patrick) Brendza Sr. Louise loved to bake. She is the fiancé of Peter Mazzarese; and sister of Susan (Dale) Schreckengost of Imperial, David (Nadine) Brendza of Augusta, GA, Robert (Kathy) Brendza of Belmont, CA, and the late Anthony Brendza Jr. There will be no visitation at this time. A Memorial Service will be held in the future. 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.

 


Troy Edward Funk

January 15, 2022 |

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

Troy Edward Funk, 73, of Ardara, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022 at his home.  He was born April 6, 1948 in McKeesport, son of the late Luther and Dorothy (Kapostas) Funk.  Prior to his retirement, Troy was a truck driver for Norwin Construction and a veteran of the US Navy.  He was an active member of Larimer Vol. Fire Dept. and enjoyed camping at Mountain Pines and trips to the casinos.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Funk.  He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Donna (DiRinaldo) Funk; sons, Troy Funk and his wife, Becky, Joe Funk and his wife, Kelly; brothers, Robert (Linda), Albert (Sandy) and James (Lynda) Funk; sisters, Marion (Tom) Dillen, Judy (Ken) Varga; grandchildren, Ashlyn (Richard) Manko, Jake (Erin) Funk, Jonathan Funk and Josh Funk; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Ella.  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Bernard J. Derkas, Sr.

January 14, 2022 |

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

Bernard J. Derkas, Sr., age 84 of Versailles, passed away at home on Friday, January 14, 2022.  Born September 14, 1937 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles and Julia (Mallak) Derkas.  Bernie was a Veteran of the US Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War; was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick's Church in Christy Park, and also worked as a self-employed furniture repairman and refinisher.  In his spare time, Bernie was a guitarist for the band "Shades of Country" and was a volunteer for the Rails to Trails program.  His family will remember his belief in hard work, humility, family values, and humor.  Besides his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his wife Sandra (Hickman) Derkas, who passed away July 30, 2003, his son Mark Derkas, Sr., and his grandsons Vince and Daniel Derkas.  He was also preceded in death by his beloved dog, "Amos."  Bernie is survived by his children Cynthia (David) Krautz, Butch (Sandi) Derkas, and David (Sherry) Derkas; his eight grandchildren Anthony Derkas, Sr., Joe Derkas, Julie DeBlasio, Annie Krautz, Jes Krautz, Shelby Derkas, Mark Derkas, Jr., and Kayla Derkas; his four great-grandchildren Anthony Derkas, Jr., Paige Derkas, Vera DeBlasio, and Marky Derkas. 

 
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Richard A. Gash

January 14, 2022 |

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

Richard A. Gash, age 80, of White Oak, died January 11, 2022, at Forbes Hospital.  Born September 25, 1941, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Balint John and Margaret Hilda (Chontos) Gash and the husband of Joan (Kraus) Gash.  Richard was a Navy Veteran and retired from Westinghouse Air Brake Company.  He was a member of the PNA Lodge 352 in McKeesport as well as the White Oak American Legion Post 701.  He cherished spending time with his grandchildren riding bikes, trips to the airport to watch the helicopters and planes, and then going to McDonald's.  He enjoyed family cookouts on the deck of his daughter's home, listening to jazz music, and cheering for the Steelers.

 
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Denise Elaine Patton

January 13, 2022 |

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

Denise Elaine Patton, 67, of Greenock, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022. She was born January 31, 1954 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Ralph Clayton and Adella Agnes (Wasczak) Kitchen. Denise was a faithful member and Secretary of the Journey by Grace Church in Rostraver. She is survived by her husband, Alan Elliott Patton; daughters Kristen (Dave Brautigam) Patton and Karianne (Timothy) Bilsky; brothers, Ralph (Pauline), Tim (Linda) and DeLee Kitchen; grandchildren, Silas and Titus Bilsky; and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Henry W. Kunkleman

January 13, 2022 |

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

Henry W. Kunkleman, age 96, North Huntingdon, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 29, 1925 and is the son of the late Albert and Esther Cass Kunkleman and the husband of the late Pearl Gross Kunkleman. He was a freight truck driver for Laface Company until he retired. He was known as “Mr. Fix It” and could literally fix anything that was broken. His favorite past time was tinkering on all kinds of cars.

 
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Richard Clifford Gross

January 13, 2022 |

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

Richard Clifford Gross, age 75, of Liberty Borough died on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.  He was born in McKeesport on April 29, 1946 and is the son of the late Otto and Margaret Kepich Gross and the husband of the late Mary Ann Cerepani Gross.  He was employed at Vangora Tools, Inc. in Clairton. 

 
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Clarence H. Rizzi

January 13, 2022 |

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

Clarence H. Rizzi, 98, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at Mercy Hospital. He was born April 3,1923, in Herminie, son of the late Peter and Eva (Couchenour) Rizzi. Clarence graduated from Sewickley Township High School and from there join the United States Navy, serving on the Mine sweeper USS Salem later renamed the USS Shawmut. Ship and crew saw action participating in both the invasion of North Africa and Italy as well as action in the Pacific Theater Operations during the Second World War. On February 4, 1950, Clarence married Helen Pavlik. Their progeny includes three children; Donald and Margie (Lichwa) Rizzi, Marilyn (Rizzi) Walther. Tim and Barbara (Rizzi) Timbrook. In addition Clarence and Helen have 10 Grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Clarence retired from Columbia Gas Company, was a member of St Stephen’s Byzantine Church, and with wife Helen spent the winters together at their place in Lakeland FL. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, Emily Timbrook, three sisters, Jane Fawcett, Betty Rizzi, and Geraldine Rothwell, brother Allen and infant brother, Pete. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at the JAMES SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME  176 Clay Pike, Funeral Liturgy 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Interment Irwin Union Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Edward J. Stetz

January 13, 2022 |

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

Edward J. Stetz, age 82, of Murphy, NC.  Formerly of West Mifflin, West Newton, PA and Myrtle Beach, SC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 after valiantly fighting a 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Ed was born on November 2, 1939, the son of the late Anthony F. Stetz and Helen T. (Fecenko) Stetz.  He is survived by his wife, Kim (Hand) Stetz, children, David (Ardith) Stetz, Darlene (Elvin) House, and Dale Stetz.  Predeceased by infant daughter Kimberly Ann Stetz.  Step-father to Ted Peck and Taylor Finch .  Grandfather to Justin, Collin, Ashley, Christina, Robert, Katelyn, Hayley, Katherine, Jake, and Anthony Finch, and a great-grandfather.  Brother of Ray (Mary Ann) Stetz, Steve (Carol) Stetz, Dorothy Stetz Zangrilli (Daniel), and Tom Stetz.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed started his construction career with his dad at Stetz Construction, then moved on with Bailey & Sharpe, Woodlawn Builders, and during the building boom in the early ‘80s in the South, he moved his family to Myrtle Beach, SC to form his business, East Shore Homes, Inc., until his retirement.  Ed loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter.

Honoring his wishes, there will be no visitation and funeral services are private, with Townson-Rose Funeral Home, Murphy, NC handling the arrangements.  If desired, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice. Local announcement by Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home Inc. 915 Kennedy Ave. Duquesne PA, 15110.

 


Dennis P. Marini

January 13, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Dennis P. Marini, 84, of Glassport died Jan. 13, 2022.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Sherry (Dean) Marini; brother Adrian Marini; sister Claudia Brady; daughter, step sons, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  Dennis was a retired tool and die maker for PDQ Tooling and was a lifetime member and paramedic for Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 in Glassport.  He loved life, which included doing stain glass projects; his pond in the backyard, sitting in his pavilion listening to the wind chimes and his grandchildren. Dennis was a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association.  Among the many things he enjoyed was going to the Amish country in Ohio. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sun. from Noon to 3; at which time a funeral service will be held.

 


Robert “Carrots” Kurtz Boyd

January 12, 2022 |

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

Robert “Carrots” Kurtz Boyd, age 68, of McKeesport lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.  He was born in Clairton on February 25, 1953 and is the son of the late Grace Litman Knight and his stepfather the late Clifford Knight and his father, the late William Boyd.  He attended Clairton School District where he played high school football and graduated in 1971.

 
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Raymond Duane Marshall

January 12, 2022 |

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

On Tuesday January 11, 2022, Raymond Duane Marshall, age 83, one of the finest of men to come out of Boston, PA, died surrounded by his family, just like he would have wanted. Raised by his parents Leslie and Margaret (Harper) Marshall along with his brother Leslie Jr, Ray learned to work hard, to serve his country, and most importantly to share his friendship and love with others without hesitation or judgement. He was a courageous and honorable man, the strong patriarch of our family, had the best memory of all of us, and always enjoyed a good sunburn during family vacations at Ocean City, MD.

 
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Clare Kaufmann

January 12, 2022 |

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

Clare M. Kaufmann, 61, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born June 23, 1960 in Swissvale, a daughter of Marie Holt and the late William Holt. Prior to her retirement, Clare was a dental assistant for Associates in Endodontics and later worked for Subway. She was a member of St. Agnes Parish and enjoyed gardening, cutting grass, feeding the birds, going to tractor shows and entertaining her family and friends. Clare worked timing and scoring at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and various SCCA events, participated in the Westmoreland County Fair and won 1st place for her potato chips and also best of show and first place for her salsa. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Kaufmann; brothers, William Holt and Joseph (Kathleen) Holt; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, Pa 15642.

 


Dolores "Dee" Connor

January 12, 2022 |

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

Dolores "Dee" Connor, age 85, of McKeesport, died January 11, 2022, at home. Born July 14, 1936, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late George and Jennie (Bradley) Naysmith.

Dee Naysmith Connor left this world to be with the Lord. Now reunited with her beloved grandson, Matthew; and parents. Former employee of Better Business Bureau, and Kane Regional Center of McKeesport. Former member of Irish National Caucas, Sr. Sonshiners, ACRA, Democrat Committee, former President of the Hill Task Force, First Christian Church, Lions (Mon River Fleet), Jerico of McKeesport and the Ministerium, S.H.I.P. McKeesport, McKeesport Zoning Board, Redevelopment Authority of McKeesport, Renzie Park Seniors Board, and S.O.C.A.P.

 
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Paul T. Hrezo

January 12, 2022 |

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

Paul T. Hrezo, age 80, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of Clairton, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired maintenance person for Philotechnics. An Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a member of St. John 23rd Parish in Elrama and American Legion Post 75 in Clairton. Born May 16, 1941 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John M. and Pauline (Dzubay) Hrezo and husband of the late Rinelda “Suzie” (Sopko) Hrezo and Carol A. (Stout) Hrezo. He is survived by his son, Brian (Kathy) Hrezo of Warner Robins, GA; daughter, Kim (Jay) Ludwig of Clairton; grandchildren, Brandon and Molly Hrezo, Joshua, Jori and Kristofer Ludwig, and Tyler and Scott Herchelroath; great-grandchildren, Lillanna, Madelynn, Owen, Kinsley and Jaxx Herchelroath; his late Suzie's children, Toy Kildow of Elizabeth, Susann (Angelo) Donofrio of Long Island, NY, Alexa Siemon of Elizabeth Twp., Joseph (Helene) Sopko of Level Green, and their children; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Sharon L. Truxal

January 12, 2022 |

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

Sharon L. Truxal, 71 of N. Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at her home. She was born February 3, 1950 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Earl and Margaret (Rubash) Morrison. Sharon gave meaning to, home is where the heart is. She loved music, turn on a good Oldie and she could be found showing you how to do the jitterbug. She made a family that was so full of love surrounded by her grandkids and great grandkids who she full heartedly adored.

Sharon loved the Holidays which were followed by her decorating her house, cooking lots of food, and gathering all of her family to spend quality time together. She was a giver, she made sure nobody felt left out not even her canine pup Scooby. She loved summer time, going to the beach or relaxing at home swimming and tending to her flowers and watching the birds eat out of their feeders. Sharon was a woman of many trades. She loved to sit around and tell stories with her brothers and sister or go on bingo outings and try her luck, although for her it was all about the time being spent together.

Sharon loved life, she loved making friends at the campground and throwing huge block parties for people to get to know one another. She loved to decorate her trailer and golf cart and dress her grandkids up and dance and party all night long. As wild and free as Sharon was she was also very homely, there was no place like grandma’s house. She was a wise intelligent woman who anyone could sit and talk with for hours or pull up a seat to a good movie she would suggest.

 
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Daniel A. Cochran, Sr.

January 12, 2022 |

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

Daniel A. Cochran, Sr., age 101 of Clairton, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.  Born October 18, 1920 in Clairton, he was a son of the late George D. and Helen (Allen) Cochran. 

A retired stationary engineer at US Steel - Clairton Works, Daniel was a US Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, a member of the former First United Methodist Church of Clairton, and a former member of both the Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge of Dravosburg and the VFW Post #803 in Wilson.  Daniel is survived by his wife Geraldine (Brown) Alderson Cochran; his son Daniel A. (Barbara) Cochran, Jr. of Upper St. Clair; his grandsons Robert (Amy) Cochran and their children Dean and Noah and Kenneth (Arrissa) Cochran and their children Alexander and Hannah; his step-children William D. (Sharon) Alderson, Jr. of Midland, MI; Donna Jean (Joe) Bartolomeo of Cape Coral, FL, David G. (Danette) Alderson of Jefferson Hills, Janine (Gary) Larsen of Tennessee, and Jonette A. (Paul) Emsurak of Elizabeth; his brother George Cochran; his sister Naomi Weis; and many step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

 
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Ceferina Vega Torres

January 11, 2022 |

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

Ceferina (Vega) Torres, age 81, of Duquesne, passed away on January 9, 2022, at home. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on January 8, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Otilio and Maria Vega. She is survived by her son, Marco (Yuleisi Vargas) Torres of Duquesne and many other relatives. Services will be held in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where she will be buried in Camposanto de Cristo Resucitado. Local 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.

 


Barbara Granovitz

January 11, 2022 |

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

Barbara Granovitz, age 82 of White Oak, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital.  Born February 7, 1939 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Ann C. Bell.  A former registered nurse at both  Allegheny General Hospital and Western Psychiatric Hospital, Barbara also worked as a realtor for Coldwell Banker in Squirrel Hill.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Samuel M. Granovitz and her brothers Richard and Robin Bell.  Barbara is survived by her son Michael (Dina) Granovitz of Elizabeth Twp.; her grandchildren Grace, Gabriella, and Eden; and her brother Michael Bell of California. 

 
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Kenneth Harold Castor

January 11, 2022 |

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

Kenneth Harold Castor, age 74, of North Versailles, died on January 9, 2022. Born on March 22, 1947, in McKeesport to Frank and Ann (Hayduk) Castor.
He attended McKeesport High School and shortly after enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy. Ken enjoyed fishing and tending to his garden.
He is survived by his brother, Gary (Bonnie), and sister, Marcia; also nephews and a niece.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, George Castor; and infant son, Matthew.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Supervisor, Charles Danforth

 


John Robert Rudd

January 11, 2022 |

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

John Robert Rudd, 65, of White Oak, passed away unexpectedly, on Friday, January 7, 2022. He was born July 1, 1956 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John H. "Jack" Rudd, Jr. and Irene (Takacs) Rudd. John was a 1974 graduate of McKeesport High School and received his Bachelors degree from Duquesne University in 1979, where he majored in Political Science and Sociology. He attended Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, in White Oak. John had an excellent sales background. He owned and operated the USA Insurance Advisors Group, Inc., and was also once an independent contract pilot for Arnold Palmer. John was a 3rd degree Master Mason in the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. He was also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past-Master and Chairman of the Board of the Executive Board of Directors of The Duquesne-McKeesport Masonic Lodge #731, Grand Lodge Office of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Free and Accepted Masons and Knight Templar of Pittsburgh Commandery # 1. John also received the following awards, The Master Craftsman Award and The Order of DeMolay Award. While in the boy scouts, he received the Eagle Scout Award, The Order of the Arrow and The God and Country Award. He is survived by cousins, Richard, David, Sharon, Douglas, Drew and Denise, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends. Friends are welcome on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Masonic service will be held at 7:30 pm. Private Inurnment will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Teresa Rubero

January 10, 2022 |

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

Teresa Rubero, age 57, of McKeesport died on Friday, December 31, 2021.  She was born in McKeesport on July 22, 1964 and is the daughter of the late Carlos and Irene Lovas Rubero.  Her favorite past time was playing Bingo and spending time with her best little pal, Izzy Berner.

 
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Terry E. Wagner

January 10, 2022 |

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

Terry E. Wagner, age 78, of Buena Vista, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was a retired machinist and fireman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. A Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a lifetime member and former chief of the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company and a former member of the Mon-Yough Fire Defense Council. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Crescent City, FL and spent his winters in Daytona Beach, FL since 1999. He was an avid gardener, hunter, NASCAR, and Bluegrass music fan. He spent many summers on his mountain in Meyersdale hunting with his nephews, David and Josh. Born September 9, 1943 in Indiana, he was a son of the late Owen C. and Iva D. (Cessna) Wagner. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Wagner of Elizabeth Twp. and Lisa (James Letham) Wagner of Buena Vista; sister, Irene (John) Shaffer of Ebensburg; Jennifer and Lisa's mother, Karen Wagner of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Dwight, Milford and Wayne Wagner, and nephews, Darren and Tommy Wagner and Gregg "Buddy" Leipertz Jr. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 3-7 PM. A funeral service will take place on Thursday at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Friends are also invited to a Celebration of Life gathering - even if unable to attend the service - at the Buena Vista Fire Hall Thursday at 1 PM. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Charles Zwingler III

January 10, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Charles Albert “Chuck” Zwingler III, 66 of West Mifflin, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital. He was born in McKeesport on July 1, 1955, to Lois (Cochran) and the late Charles A. Zwingler Jr. Chuck was the loving husband of 21 years to Luanne (McWilliams) Zwingler. He is survived by his mother Lois Zwingler of Clairton, wife Luanne of West Mifflin, sons Charles IV and John (Alexis) Zwingler of Jacksonville, Florida, stepson Matthew (Suzanne) Hickey of West Mifflin, and stepdaughter Amanda (Michael) Pippi of South Park. Further survivors include his sister Debbie (Ronald) Lieberum of Greenock, grandchildren Brynlie, Emmett, Violet, Nora, Isabella, and Liam, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephew, and his beloved dog Libby. Chuck was preceded in death by his father and grandchild Nico Pippi. He enjoyed playing golf, motorcycles, working on cars, singing in the Pine Run United Methodist Church’s choir, and building wooden furniture. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place in the funeral home on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Pine Run United Methodist Church at 901 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. The family also requests that masks be worn during the visitation and service. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Jo Yvonne “Jody” Kolich

January 10, 2022 |

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

Jo Yvonne “Jody” Kolich, age 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at UPMC Mercy. She resided at Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport. She was born in McKeesport on June 12, 1955. She is now reunited in Heaven with her husband, Paul Daniel Kolich, parents Joseph and Edna Dreer Kampert, sister Faith Ann Kampert Pascoe.

 
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Daniel G. Wynn

January 10, 2022 |

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

Daniel G. Wynn, 93, died Friday, January 7, 2022, at Jefferson Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, in Jefferson Hills, PA. Born November 30, 1928, in McKeesport, PA, he was the son of the late Homer E. and Elizabeth Marie (McCartney) Wynn.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Barchie of Mt Juliet, TN, and over 23 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Edith Esther (Cipriani) Wynn, brothers John (Jack) G. Wynn of Hilton Head, SC, Francis Xavier Wynn of Pahrump, NV, James Miller Wynn of White Oak, PA and Charles Richard Wynn of West Hills, CA. He was a retired teacher from the Diocese of Pittsburgh Schools, held an extensive knowledge of American history, and was an avid reader.

 
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Jay M. Peters

January 10, 2022 |

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

Jay M. Peters, 63, of Bartlett, TN, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022.  He was born January 12, 1958 in Youngstown, OH, a son of Margaret (Biscoe) Peters and the late James Peters.  Jay was the director of brewing for Blue City Brewing with 35 plus years of service working in the brewery industry.  He was highly respected by his superiors and subordinates and he reached the pinnacle level of master brewing.  He was a member of St. Agnes Church.  Jay's greatest passion in life was his family and he had an infectious smile and a warm laugh and was the happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends.  He is survived by his wife, Jill (Dunn) Peters; son, Kristopher J. Peters and his wife, Mandy; Carly Bishop and her husband, Michael, Jayne Casteel and her husband, Trevor; sisters, Jimette (Al) Spinelli, Jill (Chuck) Seik, Jan (Dwight) Harley; grandchildren, Sydni, Rylee, Jacob, Charlotte Jay, Molly, Penny; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.   A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Jay Peters Memorial Fund to benefit employees of Blue City Brewing.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Deborah Kay Rogers

January 10, 2022 |

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

Deborah Kay Rogers, age 67 of Tarentum, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 in UPMC Shadyside.  Born January 25, 1954 in Charleston, WV, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Georgia (Clark) Harper.  A graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County, Deborah was also preceded in death by her brothers Billy and Danny and grandson David.  She is survived by her husband Mark V. Rogers, Sr.; her children Daniel Harper of Portersville,  Dareen Harper of Millvale, Angel Harper, Alisha (Fred) Fricks of Liberty Borough, and Samantha (James) Frederick of Tarentum; her thirteen grandchildren; her ten great-grandchildren;  her siblings Rene Placosh, Linda Fisher, Cheryl Stewart, Sharon Harper, and Denzil Harper; and also dozens of nieces and nephews. 

 
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Patricia E. Cimba

January 09, 2022 |

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

Patricia E. Cimba, 63, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 peacefully at her son's home in Elizabeth Township. She was born May 29, 1958 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Harry and Rosaline (Carter) Drye. She was the wife of the late Gerald Lee Cimba, Sr., who passed away October 17, 2020. Patricia had worked for the former Green Valley Cleaners.

 
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Phyllis Marie (Hoffman) Lowery

January 08, 2022 |

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

Phyllis Marie (Hoffman) Lowery, age 60, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Versailles, on January 8, 2022, passed peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loved ones, of Polygenic Progressive Aphasia. Born in Braddock on October 19, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. “Chuck” and Margaret Ann “Maggie” (Reese) Hoffman. She was a former secretary of the East Allegheny School District. She was a devoted wife, mother, grammy, sister, and daughter. She is the beloved wife of 37 years to Terry Lee Lowery; mother of Justin (Danielle) Lowery of North Huntingdon and Kelly (Richard “Ricky”) Svesnik of Ligonier; grandmother of Grayson Lee Lowery, Jackson Allen Svesnik and Tyler Lee Svesnik, and also a future granddaughter; sister of Charles “Chucky” (Karen Yahner) Hoffman of Wellsburg, WV, Robert “Bobby” Hoffman of Harrison City, Joanne (Jim) Stinson of Pearland, TX, Judith “Judy” (Brett) Melisko of Belle Vernon and the late infant, James Hoffman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and her grand-dogs, Bailey and Lily. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022, 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 parting prayers will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 9:15 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Good Shepherd Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Burial will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock.

 


Stephanie Ann (Bryant) Franklin

January 07, 2022 |

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

Stephanie Ann (Bryant) Franklin, 63, died January 1, 2022. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11, 2022, at the Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., McKeesport, PA 15132.

 


Sean Richard Zera

January 07, 2022 |

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

Sean Richard Zera, 53, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, January 2, 2022. He was born August 17, 1968 in Buffalo, NY and was the son of the late Kenneth Richard and Sandra Rose (Montalbano) Zera. He was raised in McKeesport, PA and graduated in 1987. After high school, Sean began his career with Potts Plastering. Artie, a long time friend, is the one who opened Sean's world to something he loved, the art of plastering. He then moved on to becoming a laborer, which led to an apprenticeship and then a journeyman for the PLaster's Union Local #31 with Ram Acoustical Inc.

 
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Ruth C. George

January 07, 2022 |

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

With sorrow, we are announcing the passing of our mother, Ruth C. George. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Sarah Berkoben, and her husband, E. Dale George. She is survived by her children, Charlotte (Shelley) George, Jeanne (Harry) Shields, and Joanne (Terry) Antonacci. Also survived by her grandchildren, Gayle (Chris) Reed, Virginia (Erik) Shields, Drew Elovitz, Devon Elovitz and Kevin Antonacci. Our mother will be remembered for her strength when faced with adversity. Special gratitude extended to our sister, Joanne who put her life on hold to be our mother’s primary caregiver. Thank you Sissy. Special thanks for the loving care provided by our friend Vonnie Madigan. Following our mother’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. As she was fond of saying “and Bingo was his name oh”. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Bernice Lucille "Lu" Koon

January 07, 2022 |

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

Bernice Lucille "Lu" Koon, 93, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022. She was born August 23, 1928 in Apollo and was the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Armstrong) Edwards. She was the wife of the late Gordon Eynon Koon who passed away March 26, 2010. She was a member of Port Vue United Methodist Church and the FOD Women's Club there.

 
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Kenneth R. Mansfield

January 07, 2022 |

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

Kenneth Richard Mansfield, age 88, of Port Vue, passed away on January 5th, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 18th, 1933, to Merle and Anne Webster Mansfield in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He was the cherished husband of 70 years to the late Shirley Ann Mansfield, who passed away on September 30th, 2021. A loving father to his four children, and a caring pappy to all of his grandkids. Ken was a retired Head Clerk in the Accounting Office for U. S. Steel, Irvin Works, with 44 years of service. He was the chairman of the grievance committee and Vice President of Salary Local #4090 and a member of S.O.A.R. #15-7 Irvin. He was also a member of the Port Vue Old Timers softball league and the Tuesday night pinochle crew. He was a little league baseball coach for many years at Port Vue Athletic Association, coaching his sons and then later his grandson. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed trips to the Meadows Casino and taking his family on annual vacations to the mountains. He was his grandchildren’s biggest and loudest fan, relishing in all of their endeavors. Ken had a boisterous personality and a witty sense of humor. His heart was made of gold and melted every time his grandchildren and great-grandchildren entered the room.

 
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James R. "Jim" Lomis

January 06, 2022 |

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

James R. "Jim" Lomis, age 78 of Munhall and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Eldercrest Nursing Center, Munhall.  Born October 14, 1943 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Margaret Lomis. Jim was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clairton and participated in the Special Olympics, winning medals in bowling.  An avid Ricky Nelson Fan, he loved listening to his records.  Jim enjoyed strumming the guitar, tinkering with electronics, juke boxes, watching “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” playing bingo, and going to Kennywood.  Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family.  Jim was survived by his numerous cousins.  In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his aunt and caretaker Irene Helman and his grandfather John Lomis.

 
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Anna Sowa Williams

January 06, 2022 |

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

Anna (Casperson) Sowa Williams, age 97, of Forward Twp., passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Grandview Estates in Elizabeth Twp. She retired after 33 years as a clerk and typist for the West Jefferson Hills School District. She was a former member of Ella Hollow Bible Church and a former member of the Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club. Born December 24, 1924 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Bailey) Casperson and wife of the late Louis R. Williams. She is survived by daughter, Janet (Tony) Homa of Elizabeth Twp.; special grandson, Anthony Homa Jr. of Elizabeth Twp.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, Jerome H. Sowa Jr.; sisters, Jean Efaw and Doris Caley; and brothers, Harry Jr. and Andrew Casperson. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 11 AM until the time of service at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Anova Home Health Care System, 17 McKean Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Rebecca Kofile

January 06, 2022 |

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

Rebecca Kofile, age 59, of Flower Mound, TX, died December 29, 2021, at home. Born October 24, 1962, in Uniontown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles Provance and Betty (Leisure) Provance and the wife of Frank Kofile.
Rebecca is survived by her son, Joshua Kofile, and brothers, Melvin and Frank Provance; also nieces and nephews.  
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Provance, and sister, Mary McCallister.
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday, January 7, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Private burial will be in Fairview cemetery.
Supervisor, Chris Odasso

 


Kathleen Ann Trafalis

January 06, 2022 |

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

Kathleen Ann Trafalis, 56, of Elizabeth, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022. She was born August 12, 1965 in New Rochelle, NY and was the daughter of the late Ronald and Noreen (Stragand) McEvoy. Kathleen was a long time member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish - St. Michaels Church. Kathleen was a wonderful wife and took great care of her family. She is survived by her husband Charles "Chuck" V. Trafalis, daughter, Amy Noreen Trafalis and her boyfriend Josh Niebrzydowski, mother-in-law, Nancy Trafalis, brother, Timothy McEvoy, of Elizabeth, sister-in-law, Linda McEvoy, of Elizabeth, nephew, Ronald McEvoy, best friend, Aiko Kunf, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Kathleen is preceded in death by her brothers, Jamie and Ronald McEvoy. 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 can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Ruth N. (Haberland) Massung

January 06, 2022 |

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

Ruth N. Massung, age 84, of White Oak, died January 3, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born March 14, 1937, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Thelma (Kim) Haberland and the loving wife of Patrick Massung for 44 years. Ruth loved to cook, and baking was her specialty. She had many recipes and was always trying something new for her family to taste. She also enjoyed her garden and tending to plants around the home. Above all, she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

 
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Richard LaCivita

January 05, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Richard LaCivita, 81, died December 26, 2021. He was born October 19, 1940. Richard was a man of faith, serving the Parish of St. Joseph the Worker, St. Jude the Apostle in Wilmerding for many years. He loved to be surrounded by friends & family, playing cards or sharing stories. In his younger years, he was a licensed beautician.

Richard is survived by his brother Anthony Jr. (Frances), Special Great Nephew & Niece Jason & Ashley Heakins & many nieces & nephews. He is also survived by his family by love Frank Serrapare & family, Frank (late Anna Marie) McClain & family, Ray & Jane Bazala & all of his Primose family.

 
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Sarah Ellen Demery

January 05, 2022 |

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

Sarah Ellen Demery, 60, of Pittsburgh, PA, was born August 16,1961, in Whiteville North Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of Sarah L. (Demery) Beatty. Sarah departed this life on December 27, 2021, at Jefferson Hospital in Clairton, PA.

Sarah worked for various employers in the food service industry, Popeyes and Shop n Save, deli department.

She had two beautiful children. Natasha Demery and Dane Mitchell. Sarah lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sarah loved to work and spending time with her family. She loved cooking and trying new recipes.

 
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Lorraine H. (Pack) Heidler

January 05, 2022 |

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

Lorraine H. (Pack) Heidler, 93, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022. She was born October 13, 1928 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Cornelius J. and Oliva (Seubert) Pack. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clarence R. Heidler Jr., her brother Robert Pack, her sisters Dorothy Rimlinger and Barbara Kuttler, and nephews Bill Kane and Chuck DiPrimio. Lorraine was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, where she was a member of the Christian Mother Guild. She worked as a clerk for Pennsylvania Railroad, New York Central, and retired in 1992 from Conrail.

 
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Carl Miles Shirey

January 05, 2022 |

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

Carl Miles Shirey, 84, of North Huntingdon peacefully went to meet his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. His final days on this earth were spent surrounded by his family. We are sure he is being greeted in Heaven with open arms and more love than we can imagine. He was born on December 10, 1937 in Mayport, the loving son of the late Katherine (Gruver) and Oren Shirey.

He was married for 61 years to Elaine (West) Shirey, who preceded him in death on February 11, 2017. Carl is also preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Dinger of Punxsutawney. Carl was a devoted follower of Christ. He shared his God-given gifts of helpfulness, and attention to detail with many churches throughout the North Huntingdon area.

One of his many sayings being, “You need to take care of God’s House.” His construction talents were impeccable. You cannot look at the Pittsburgh skyline without seeing Carl’s masterful work in the views. He was employed at Local Carpenters Union 230 for 60 years. Carl’s family and friends will remember him as a devoted partner and loving caregiver to his wife Elaine, and a man who loved his family, and friends with a true servant’s heart.

He was a member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church in North Huntingdon and was active with the Men’s Prayer Fellowship in the community. He was also a member of the Shidle Lodge 601 F&AM in Irwin.

 
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Sandra Louise James Carter

January 05, 2022 |

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

Sandra Louise James Carter was born on January 8, 1947, in McKeesport, PA to the late Woodrow Wilson James Sr. and the late Clara Louise Hunter James.  Sandy, as she was affectionately called was the youngest child born to this union.  Sandy made her transition to her heavenly home on Friday, December 24th, 2021, and was preceded in death by her parents Woodrow W. James Sr. and Clara L. Hunter James; her brother Woodrow W. James Jr., and sister Ollie Mae Hunter Berger (Robert).  Beloved In-laws, Rev. Dr. Cornelius and Claressa J. Carter Jr.

Sandy was raised and received her primary education in Clairton, PA, and later expanded her education earning a B.S Degree in Education from Wilberforce University and Master’s degree in Education from California University of Pennsylvania.  After college Sandy returned to Pittsburgh and on December 23, 1972, married Cornelius J. Carter IV, they had two sons: Cornelius (CJ) and Eric.

An educator in the Pittsburgh Public School District from 1968 to 1999.  Sandy taught, molded, and sharpened thousands of young minds over the course of her teaching career at Beltzhoover and Robert L. Vann Elementary Schools.  In addition to teaching, Sandy passionately worked as a tax professional well into her retirement years.  She relocated to the (DMV) DC/Maryland/Virginia corridor before her retirement in the Hampton Roads, VA area to spend quality time with her sons and grandchildren.

 
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Diane (Mack) Brentzel

January 05, 2022 |

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

Diane (Mack) Brentzel, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Monday January 3, 2022. She was born January 25, 1947 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Dean and Frances (Allshouse) Mack and was also preceded in death by a sister Sandy Gabey. Diane was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1964, where she was head cheerleader, president of student council, and homecoming queen. She received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill College and was a retired first grade teacher for the Norwin School District. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and was a member of the funeral choir. She was also a former longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Norwin Public Library. She was happy with the simple things of life. She enjoyed gardening and working around the house and loved her dogs. She loved and was very proud of her family and enjoyed family vacations at Dewey Beach, Delaware. Diane is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ronald P. Brentzel; her children Jennifer (Chad) Morgan of North Huntingdon, Aaron P. (Tammy) Brentzel of Ardara, and Brian M. (Janelle) Brentzel of North Huntingdon; her grandchildren Darian, Maddy, Tristan, Addison, Gracie, Aubrey, Noraa, Ainsley, and Brayden; her great granddaughter Donna Jane “DJ”; a sister Marsha (David) Goberish of Memphis, TN; brother-in-law Rick Gabey of SC; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Irene M. (Mellon) Young

January 05, 2022 |

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

Irene M. (Mellon) Young, age 92, of North Versailles, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021. She was born September 8, 1929 in East McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Mable Mellon. Irene was a lifetime member of the Linway United Presbyterian Church in North Versailles, where she served as a Deacon, an Elder and was active in numerous ministries over the years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as an Advisory Board Member for the East McKeesport Assembly of Rainbow Girls. Irene was proud of her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Maryville College in Tennessee, and went on to work in the accounting department of Koppers in Pittsburgh before focusing on raising her family. Irene loved camping in Sigel and spending time with her grandchildren.

 
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Carol Grace Hicks

January 05, 2022 |

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

Carol Grace Hicks, 50, departed this life on Friday, December 24, 2021, at UPMC Magee Women's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Carol was born on February 25, 1971. Carol was the beloved daughter of the late Joshua and Carol (Maddie) Hicks of Clairton, PA. 

She attended Mon Valley Intermediate School in Jefferson Hills for 12 years. Carol worked at Mon-Yough Community Services for Clean Sweep as a vocational trainee for many years.  

Carol enjoyed simple pleasures, she enjoyed shopping, watching movies, and listening to music.  She enjoyed sitting outdoors and chatting with neighbors and family.  Carol was a kindhearted woman with nothing but love in her heart.

Carol is survived by her loving sister, Joyce, and brother-in-law Daniel Mance of McKeesport, with whom she lived.  Nieces Jasmine and Lamira Johnson, Autumn Baldwin, and Tyshae Scott, all of McKeesport, PA. Carol was a great Aunt to three boys whom she loved dearly.  Carol is also survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and friends who will miss her kind soul.

 
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Paul A. Flanyak

January 05, 2022 |

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

Paul A. Flanyak, 68, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021. He was born December 21, 1953 in McKeesport, a son of the late Peter and Rose (Ehrenfeld) Flanyak and was also preceded in death by his brother Perry Flanyak. Paul worked in the auto body industry his entire life. He had a passion for motorcycles, cars, and sarcastic humor. He was a member of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania and Murrysville Alliance Church. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Ryan) Sisko of Cape Coral, Florida, and his granddaughters Nora and Lily. Arrangements were in charge of William Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com

 


Mary Louise Cappello

January 05, 2022 |

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

Mary Louise Cappello, 59, of Liberty Boro, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022. She was born May 11, 1962 in Philadelphia and was the daughter of the late Frederick William and Margaret (Duffy) Voigt. She is survived by her husband, Richard William Baker, sons, James P. Cappello (Heather) and Christopher P. Cappello (Agnes) of Philadelphia and Vincent P. Cappello of Port Vue, daughters, Shayna N. Cappello (Daniel), of Liberty Boro, Julie A. Cappello of Asheville, NC., and Ashley M. Baker (Gavin) of Port Vue, brothers, William Voigt of Canfield, OH, Kenneth Voigt (Linda) of Marco Island, FL, and Robert Voigt (Dawn) of Philadelphia, sisters, Donna Hartman and Cheryl Balderston (Bill) of Philadelphia, grandchildren, Celina, Crystal, Caylee, Chelsea, Hannah, Harley, Jimmy, Christopher, Vincent, Gohan, and Goten, and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. 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

 


Arthur William (Butch) Balogh

January 05, 2022 |

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

Arthur William (Butch) Balogh, 75, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Liberty Borough, passed away from this life on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at home after a lengthy illness. Arthur was born March 12, 1946 in McKeesport and was raised in Liberty Borough. He was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Halavacs) Balogh. He attended the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport with Daniel Borsy; religious leader. Arthur was known as honorable steadfast, self confident, dependable and faithful to family and friends alike. He was much beloved by all of those who knew him. He was an avid and brilliant radio enthusiast as he built many radios and Tesla coils, start to finish. He was also a collector of antique radios and equipment, repairing many thought to be unsalvageable.

 
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Nicholas "Beam" W. Rucker

January 05, 2022 |

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

Nicholas "Beam" W. Rucker, age 58, of McKeesport, passed away suddenly on January 3, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born June 6, 1963, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John and Shirley (Fuller) Pattakos and the husband of Sharon (Gessner) Rucker.
Nick retired from Ros-Mar Construction Company as a laborer. He coached McKeesport girls softball and was a member of the "Tuesday Night Strikers" bowling league. Nick loved fishing and would spend time at Shawnee Lake. He was an animal lover and took care of the neighborhood strays. Nick was a family man and would do anything for anyone. He enjoyed cheering on his team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Let's go, Pens!" Nick was a regular 'Facebook jail' inmate. In his spare time, he also enjoyed scratching lottery tickets.
In addition to his wife Sharon, Nick is survived by his daughters, Jessica (Chris) Harrison of Trafford and Julie (Josh Smidansky) Rucker of McKeesport; granddaughter, Ryleigh Harrison; brother, Edward Roney of McKeesport; nephew, Michael; godson, Jason Roney; mother-in-law, Helen Gessner; brother-in-law, Duane Gessner;  also many other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who he called his family.

 
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Betty V. Ruccio (McAdoo)

January 04, 2022 |

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

Betty V. Ruccio (McAdoo), age 94, of White Oak, an amazing character whose life was filled with amazing stories, bid us “adieu“ Sunday, January 2, 2022. Appropriately, the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower lit her way home to join her husband Daniel Ruccio, an equally amazing man and central character in her love story.  She was born in McKeesport on April 8, 1927 and is the daughter of the late John and Elsie Peterson McAdoo.

 
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Harry D. Thomas Jr.

January 04, 2022 |

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

Harry D. Thomas Jr., age 80, of Lincoln Borough, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at home. He retired after 38 years as a vicing foreman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He was a social member of the Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Company and a former president of TriValley Communications. He loved horses and enjoyed horseback riding. Born August 3, 1941 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Harry D. Thomas Sr. and the late Helen (Dugan) Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth A. (Puckey) Thomas; daughter, Laura (Gil) Fischer of Forward Twp.; sons, Jeffrey Scott (Sue) Thomas of Forward Twp. and Robert (Terez Marrin) Thomas of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Christopher and Ryan Thomas and Haley Fischer; sister, Lorine Chisholm of Elizabeth; brothers, Dennis (Jackie) Thomas of North Carolina, Terrence Thomas of Oklahoma and Rodney Thomas of Maryland; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Christopher Shawn Thomas. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 12 Noon until the time of service at 2 PM in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Edward Pehanich officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Ruth Ulmer

January 04, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

It is with great sadness that the family announces the unexpected death of Ruth “Ruthie” Cochran Ulmer on January 4, 2022 at the age of 90, after a short, hard-fought battle with cancer. Ruth was born September 30, 1931, to the late Edward “Ted” and Ruth V. Coulson Cochran of Coal Valley in Clairton, followed closely by the birth of her devoted sister, Lois Jean, nineteen months later. Ruth was the loving wife of 57 years to William C. Ulmer, whom she lost in 2008. She was pre-deceased by two infant brothers, Charles and William. Left to mourn her passing is her sister, Lois Jean, and her three sons: William E. (Kathleen) of Clairton, Craig L. (Barbara) of Pleasant Hills, and Kevin T. (Ginger) of Greenock. She leaves behind seven grandchildren to cherish her memory: William M. (Andrea Pomarico), Christopher L. (Roy Gloeckl), Ted (Danielle), Bennett (Andrew) Ulmer and Meghan (Vince) Grabe, Jillian (Ed) Cerilli and Hannah (Ryan) Glaser. Ruth was blessed with eight great-grandchildren: Reagan Kathleen, Zoe Barbara, Aaron Anthony, Taylor Anne, Maximo Thomas, Rocky Ace, Olive Reign, and (expected) Cole Lewis. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, whom she loved. She was a proud 1949 graduate of Clairton High School, a lifelong member of Pine Run United Methodist Church and was active in its Vacation Bible School, United Methodist Women’s group as well as one of the kitchen ladies. A longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Amaranth lodges, she developed and maintained close friendships wherever she went. Ruth retired after 24 years of service with U.S. Steel at its Clairton plant and was then able to take several memorable trips throughout the U.S. with her and Bill’s close friends, Ed and Lois Basch, George and Audrey Porter and her sister and brother-in-law, Chuck and Lois Zwingler. She and Bill proudly flew the Grand Squares square-dancing flag on their car for decades, and Bill made tapes of the more difficult “calls” for them to practice. A strong athlete far into her retirement, she remained active until recently with walks around the neighborhood with local friends, and even bowled a 200 game with her Monday morning ladies’ bowling league as recently as 2019. She was a dedicated fan of the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. She cultivated long friendships with those from the AARP Wilson Chapter #1612, her “49’ers” high school luncheon crowd and a large circle of friends, staying in touch with daily or weekly phone calls- and she knew everyone’s phone number from memory. She was a hard-working woman of strength, determination, and faith, and has now joined Bill and her loved ones in Heaven. Unfortunately, her recipe for her Berry Roll goes with her. Friends will be received at the S.M. Finney Funeral Home at 432 N. 6th Street in the Wilson section of Clairton on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 2 to 8. Services will be conducted at Pine Run Methodist Church on Thursday, January 6 at 10 o’clock. Interment is to be at Jefferson Memorial Park beside her beloved Bill. If anyone cares to make a donation, please consider donating to Pine Run United Methodist Church, 901 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA, 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Sherri L. Kearney

January 04, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Sherri Lynn “Reenee” Kearney, 52 of Pittsburgh, formerly of Clairton and Jefferson Hills, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022, at her home. She was born in Panama City on October 29, 1969, to Linda (Neal) Davis of Belle Vernon and the late Frederick (Cathy) Kearney, Sr. Sherri was the loving wife of 19 years to Brian R. Peternel of West Mifflin. She is survived by her son Shawn Peternel of West Mifflin and her daughter Joelle Kearney of Glassport, as well as her brother Fred (Nicole) Kearney, Jr. of Whitehall and sisters Jackie Kearney of Pittsburgh and Jessica Gouker of Jefferson Hills. Further survivors include her grandson Jayden Olack, nieces Cheyanne (Steve) Luketic and Alyssa Beayrd, and stepmother Cathy Kearney of Jefferson Hills. Other survivors include her significant other of 7 years, John E. McDermitt of Pittsburgh, as well as his family. Sherri was preceded in death by her father Fred and grandmother Rita Kearney. She was a member of the VFW Post 803 in Clairton. She enjoyed watching the Steelers and Penguins, playing bingo, discussing politics, and debating on Facebook. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place at 8 p.m. in the funeral home following the visitation. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to defray costs at https://fundthefuneral.com/sherri-kearney.

 


William "Bill" S. Fazekas

January 04, 2022 |

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

William "Bill" S. Fazekas, age 88, of Port Vue, passed away at home on January 1, 2022. Born July 30, 1933, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Aaron and Esther Fazekas and the loving husband of the late Shirley A. Fazekas.  
Bill retired from the U. S. Steel Service Center in Pittsburgh, then he went on to drive a school bus for the Wilson Christian Academy for many years and was fondly known by the children as "Mr. Bill."  He was a U. S. Army Veteran where he was stationed in Germany. Bill dedicated his life to caring for his family. He enjoyed cheering on his Pittsburgh sports teams, the Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Barb Menzies of Port Vue and Jan (Todd) Jarrett of North Huntington; grandchildren, Michelle Darrell, Doug and Jay Jarrett; great-granddaughter, Lilly and also a niece and nephews.
Private arrangements were entrusted to the Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Inurnment will be at the McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Supervisor, Charles Danforth

 


Joan L. Scherbo

January 04, 2022 |

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

Joan L. Scherbo, age 75 of Versailles, passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.  Born November 18, 1946 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late John and Ann (Puchalik) Vukovcan and wife of the late Michael Scherbo who passed away July 7, 2020.  Joan is survived by her son John Scherbo of Versailles, her sisters Dee Vukovcan of McKeesport and Patricia Kisic of New Kensington, and her niece Lori Hamilton. 

 
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Jeffrey D. Pavlic

January 04, 2022 |

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

Jeffrey D. Pavlic, age 58 of North Huntingdon, went home to be with Jesus, Our Lord and Savior on Monday, January 3, 2022. Born October 15, 1963, he is the son of Daniel and Nancy (Dziak) Pavlic of Elizabeth Twp. An honors student at Elizabeth Forward High School and Robert Morris University, where he was a double major in accounting and computer science, Jeffrey worked as a computer engineering specialist for Highmark and was the co-owner of the New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailles.  Jeffrey was also an exceptional golfer, bowler, bridge player, and “Canadian” fisherman. All in all, he was a generous, kind, smart, funny, and Godly man who was a blessing to his family for far too short. His loss will leave a hole in their lives and hearts, and they will love and miss him terribly. Besides his parents, Jeffrey is survived by his loving wife Denise “Dee” (Haley) Pavlic; his son Josh of Irwin; his grandson Cody; his sisters Karen (Johnny) Aromando and Pam (Charles) Cubelic, both of Ingomar; his nieces and nephews Danny (Emily) and Christian Aromando and Elizabeth, Victoria, and Chuckie Cubelic; his mother-and-father-in-law Flo and Bill Haley; his brother-in-law Bill (Cyndee) Haley and their children. 

 
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Sandra J. Farrell

January 04, 2022 |

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

Sandra June Farrell age 77, of Dravosburg, died December 24, 2021, at Baldwin Health Center. Born April 12, 1944, in Marion County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Larry L. Miller and Elinor M. Huffman and the wife of the late Richard Farrell.
Sandy graduated from McKeesport High School in 1962  and Duff's Business Institute in 1963. She retired from Williams Home Improvement in 2004 as a bookkeeper. Sandy and her husband owned a used book store called The Frugal Bookworm. She enjoyed reading, going to bingo, and sharing stories around the campfire with friends. Sandy was always there to lend a helping hand.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Supervisor, Charles Danforth

 


Bonita Clark

January 04, 2022 |

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

Bonita (Burke) Clark, age 74, of Elizabeth, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. An Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War, she loved her sewing machine, puzzles and bingo, and enjoyed spending time at Community LIFE in McKeesport. Born February 13, 1947 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Jean (Surovy) Burke and wife of the late Richard "Ricky" L. Clark Sr. She is survived by daughters, Lynn Ann Clark of McKeesport and Wendy (Casey) Van Schooten of Monongahela; son, Richard L. (Amy Kilburn) Clark Jr. of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Patricia (Sai) Reyes, and Christina, David, Kelsey and Karlee Clark; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Geri (John) Williams of Mechanicsburg, Jeannette (John) Peairs of Lincoln Borough, Maria Burke of Pittsburgh and Sue (Mike) Burnett of Newnan, GA; brother, David (Denise) Burke of Elizabeth; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Charles W. Burke. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 5-8 PM. A Funeral Service will take place on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10 AM in the funeral home with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Grant N. McNally

January 04, 2022 |

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

Grant N. McNally, 83, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022. He was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Josiah and Emma (Croft) McNally. Grant was pre-deceased by his parents, his beloved sisters, Audrey, JoAnne, Clara, Sylvia and his first wife of 30 years, Mary Ann (Dick) McNally. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Joyce (Redinger) McNally and his children, Terry (Ed) Wiechmann, Patty (John) Malone, Wade (Angie) McNally and Scott (Jen) Craze. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also, survived by many friends and neighbors too many to list. He was a 1957 graduate of Norwin High School. After graduating he started his apprenticeship, to be a machinist, with Mesta Machine Company and then with Whemco both in West Homestead. He was retired from both companies. Grant loved to hunt, garden, carve, camp and be with his family. Always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He and Joyce were regular volunteers at the Foodbank at the McKeesport Alliance Church for many years. He was fortunate in his life to have had two loving, Christian wives. He read the Bible cover to cover more than once and lived his life accordingly. He always said he was promised three score and 10. He lived that and more and for that we are grateful. He was a member of the McKeesport Alliance Church but The Church of the Brethren was at his heart. Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday at the  James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park.  Memorial donations may be made to Foodbank at the McKeesport Alliance Church 938 Summit St., McKeesport, PA  15132.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


JoAnn Lee Dunn

January 04, 2022 |

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

JoAnn Lee Dunn, 93, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at Murrysville Rehab and Wellness Center.  Born in Jeannette, May 3, 1928 to Paul J. and Alice Malloy.  JoAnn was a member of West Hempfield Presbyterian Church.  Preceded in death by husband, Clarence Dunn, and three sons, Dennis, Darrel and Douglas Dunn.  Along with her sisters, Patricia Randall, Faye Haluck, and brother, Paul Malloy.  She is survived by her children, David Dunn and his wife, Beverly, Maureen Dunn and her fiance, David Bollinger, Duane Dunn, all from N. Huntingdon.  Marcia Rowley and her husband, Ralph from Charlottesville, VA; daughter-in-law, Blanche Dunn of Herminie; and sister, Maureen Donnelly of Arlington, VA.  She is also survived and loved by 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.  She loved playing cards and board games with her family.  Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Rose Marie A. Onderko

January 04, 2022 |

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

Rose Marie A. Onderko, 87, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville.  She was born January 3, 1935 in Natrona Heights.  Prior to her retirement, Rose Marie was a registered nurse for Mercy Hospital, school nurse for Norwin Jr. High School West in the mid '70’s and Forbes Regional Hospital.  She was a member of St. Agnes Church, Christian Mothers, was an avid quilter, enjoyed needlepoint, sewing and making Halloween costumes for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald W. Onderko.  She is survived by her sons, Ronald W. Jr. (Lisa), Bruce S. (Mary Beth), Brian E.; daughters, Mary Ann Show and Diane (Johnny) Flowe; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  Services are private. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Versailles, PA.   Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.  Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in memory of Rose Marie.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Alice H. Anthony

January 04, 2022 |

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

Alice H. Anthony, 86, of North Huntingdon passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  Daughter of the late John and Anna (Sabo) Bailley.  Prior to her retirement, Alice was a factory worker for Westinghouse, FEMCO, VW, Switch & Signal and Vectran.  She worked hard all of her life and loved helping others.  She volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and was Volunteer of the Year in 2009.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Benny, Paul, George, Andy and Jimmy; sisters, Anna, Mary and Vera.  She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Anthony-Gulden and her partner, Scott Weigard; her puppy, Sally; and her grand puppies.  A memorial service will take place on January 15, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Norwin Church of the Nazarene, 110 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642. 

If you would like to share any memories or thoughts about Alice, please drop a note in the mail to Kathy Anthony-Gulden, P.O. Box 281, Bendersville, PA  17306.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


John Regis Osheka

January 03, 2022 |

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

John Regis Osheka, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, December 31, 2021. He was born March 1, 1949 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late John and Regina (Krauth) Osheka. John accomplished many things in his life, he obtained his Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University, he taught biology in the Pittsburgh Public School District, obtained his Doctorate of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, was Assistant Superintendent at West Jefferson Hills School District and Superintendent at South Allegheny and New Brighton School Districts.  After retiring he became an Educational Consultant.  John’s passion for the remaining years of his life were dedicated to working with his Golden Retrievers, Sundance and Sunny. He had them trained for Search and Rescue, Drug detection, Grief Counseling (HOPE-Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Team), and Pitt Paws at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  He taught Sniff classes for years training many different breeds of dogs. John was a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club, “GRIN” Golden Retrievers in Need (Rescue Club), the Butler County K9 team and a K9 handler with White Oak Search and Rescue.

 
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Timothy W. Helfrich

January 03, 2022 |

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

Timothy W. Helfrich, age 53 of Irwin, passed away at home on Monday, January 3, 2022.  Born February 4, 1968 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Paul J. and Jean (McCauley) Helfrich.  A US Marine Corps Veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Timothy is survived by his siblings Barbara Helfrich, Vincent Helfrich, Christopher (Debbie) Helfrich, Paula (John) Orndorff, and Nicholas (Tammy) Helfrich.  Besides his parents, Timothy was preceded in death by his brother Francis (Sharon) Helfrich. 

 
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John S. Shiner, Jr.

January 03, 2022 |

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

John S. Shiner, Jr., age 75 of Liberty Borough, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.  Born May 27, 1946 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John Shiner, Sr. and Juliana Marie (Jezdauskas) Shiner.  A retired mechanic for Siemens/Westinghouse - Waltz Mill in Madison, John was a Veteran of the US Army.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anita L. (Scapellato) Shiner, who passed away August 23, 2002.  He is survived by his sister Adela Shiner of Lake Worth Beach, FL; his stepsons Thomas (Desiree) Moore of Jefferson Hills and Christopher Moore of North Versailles; his grandchildren Katrina Exton, Caleb Moore, Jack and Abby Krysinski,  and Amanda and Tyler Henderson; and his great-grandchild Perri Henderson.  

 
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Patrick John Skrinjorich

January 03, 2022 |

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

Patrick John Skrinjorich, age 37, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Allegheny General Hospital. He was a laborer and an avid Steeler fan. Born January 3, 1984 in McKeesport, he was a son of Rebecca Ann Skrinjorich of Clairton and the late James V. McNeil. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, PJ Skrinjorich at home; sisters, Erin Skrinjorich at home, Emily McNeil of Elizabeth and Nicole McNeil; maternal grandmother, Dolores Skrinjorich of Jefferson Hills; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 1 PM until the time of Blessing at 3 PM with Deacon Victor Satter officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Verla Elizabeth Piper

January 03, 2022 |

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

Verla Elizabeth Piper, 88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 1, 2022. She was born February 9, 1933 in Elizabeth and was the daughter of the late Bryan and Sarah (Doyle) McCurry. She was the wife of the late William "Bill" Francis Piper who passed away December 1, 2016. She was a member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish- St. Michael Church, Elizabeth Township, Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens and was a volunteer at Meals On Wheels and the Central Food Pantry. Verla and her late husband Bill loved to Square Dance.

 
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Helen E. DeCicco

January 03, 2022 |

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

Helen E. DeCicco, age 96 of Clairton, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in ProMedica Nursing Home and Rehabilitation, Whitehall.  Born July 23, 1925 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Josephine (Gennari) Cola.  A member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton, Helen worked at area supermarkets, such as Foodland, Whitey's, Marraccini's, and Spagnolas and loved being out working with the public there.  She enjoyed playing pinochle with her sister and dear friends, visiting the casino, watching football and rooting on the Steelers, and attending dances around the area with her husband at places like the local VFWs and the Swedish Singing Society in McKeesport.  Helen was also a member of the Thursday Night Duck Pin league in Glassport, but most of all, she relished being with her family, especially her dear great-grandchildren.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Louis DeCicco, who passed away May 15, 1995, and her sisters: Eva Stoffiere, Nancy Kohan, and Jean Ferrari.  Helen is survived by her daughter Lisa (David) Teolis of Elizabeth Twp.; her grandchildren Marisa (Nicholas) Costanzo of Jefferson Hills and Carmen (Stephanie) Teolis of McCandless; her great-grandchildren Adrianna and Juliet Costanzo and Luca, Dante, and Alexander Teolis; her sister Louise Mallozzi of Elizabeth Twp.; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Evelyn Jean Cunningham

January 03, 2022 |

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

Heaven gained an angel Sunday, January 2, 2022, Evelyn Jean Cunningham moved on to live with her Lord.  Preceded in death by her beloved husband, William E. Cunningham.  Leaving behind her devoted son who cared for her lovingly at home, William A. Cunningham; daughters, Laura Baughman and her husband, William of White Oak, PA, Julie Manley and her husband, Keith of Gaithersburg, MD; grandchildren, Sarah (Greg) Manning of Westminster, PA, Bryan Manley of Gaithersburg, MD; and brother, George Porterfield of Allison, PA.  Evelyn best known as Jean, loved to be outdoors working in the yard and especially shoveling snow, crocheting, crafts, keeping the family home perfect and caring for her dogs.  There will be no visitation.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Rosemarie Pavlecic

January 02, 2022 |

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

Rosemarie Pavlecic, age 91, of White Oak, died on Saturday, January 1, 2022. She was born in Wilmerding on February 28, 1930 and is the daughter of the late George and Anna Klobucar Mochan and is the wife of the late George Pavlecic. She retired from the Allegheny County Controller’s Office as a clerk. She was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #4 in Etna and a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport.

 
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John Charles Bumba

January 02, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

John Charles Bumba, 56 of North Versailles, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at UPMC East. He was born in Braddock on December 30, 1965, to the late Dennis Sr. and Pearl Remias Bumba. John was the loving partner of over 25 years to the late April Cincarik. He is survived by sisters Priscilla (Bob) Burdelski and Lisa (Bobby) Crispens, as well as his brother Dennis (Melissa) Bumba, Jr., as well as nephews Michael Otterson Jr. and Trevor Williams and nieces Elayna Burdelski, Krystyna Burdelski, and Madelyn Bumba. John was also “Pap” to April’s children and grandchildren, whom he helped to raise. John was preceded in death by his parents as well as the love of his life April Cincarik, whose death preceded him by only 2 days. He worked in the customer service quality administration department of the Kurt J. Lesker Company in Clairton. John was a member of the Latrobe Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) and will be remembered for making everyone laugh during H.O.G. meetings and trips. He enjoyed riding his Harley, spending time with his family, and helping to organize the annual Western PA Pittsburgh Toy Run. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. Inurnment will follow at Mount Vernon Cemetery on Friday, January 7, 2022. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Western PA Pittsburgh Toy Run at 6130 US-30, Greensburg, PA, 15601 in John’s honor by writing a check payable to "Latrobe H.O.G." and putting "Toy Run, John Bumba" in the memo. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


April Marie “Hey” Robbins Cincarik

January 02, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

April Marie “Hey” Robbins Cincarik, 64 of North Versailles, formerly of Turtle Creek and Glassport, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at her home. She was born in McKeesport on July 15th, 1957, to the late Eugene Emerson Robbins and Marion Elizabeth Gibson. April was the loving partner to the late John C. Bumba. She is survived by her daughters Deana Ridge of Butler and Darci Cincarik (Paul Sachs) of Penn Hills, and her son Daniel (Lindsey) Cincarik of Brackenridge, as well as her sister Eileen (Joseph) LaCivita of East McKeesport. Further survivors include her grandchildren Lauryn, Alex, Riley, Bellanowa, Cassandra and Dylan, her great-grandson Tyler, and many nieces and nephews. April was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law Mark D. Ridge. She attended the First Baptist Church in Monroeville and worked in the Computer System Security division of Westinghouse. April was also instrumental in organizing the yearly Western PA Pittsburgh Toy Run where she helped to create Christmas magic for a countless number of children. She enjoyed shopping, going on vacation, and creating memories with her grandchildren. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. The service will be private. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 

Donations may also be made at https://fundthefuneral.com/april-cincarik

 


Thank You for Your Continued Support

January 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: General Information

Our goal is to continue to provide coverage of news and events in McKeesport, Duquesne, North Versailles Twp., White Oak and the surrounding area. We'd even like to grow, but first, we need to get back to full strength.

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Donald “Sonny” Eugene Schramm

January 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Donald "Sonny" Eugene Schramm passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, in Carbondale, Pa.

Sonny was born July 10, 1927, in Lonaconing to the Late Perry B. Schramm of Lonaconing and Ella Schramm of Waynesburg, Pa. He survived by his wife, Joanne Marie (Lane) Schramm, of Carbondale; and his six children, Deborah (Keith) Calisti, of North Versailles, Pa., Donald E. (Rita) Schramm Jr., of McKeesport, Michelle (Norman) Jordanhazy, of Newbury Park, Calif., Douglas Schramm, of Elizabeth, Pa., Matthew Schramm, of Carbondale, Toby Schramm, of Saint George, Utah; along with five grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 
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Melanie V. Tison

January 02, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Melanie V. Tison, 67, of Port Vue, died Jan. 1, 2022.  She is the daughter of the late Robert and Dolores (Andzelik) Tarczy and beloved wife of Daniel Tison.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by brothers Rick (Melissa) Tarczy and Robert Tarczy, Jr.; sister Debra (Jim) Rudolph; nieces Rachael Tarczy and Kelly Tarczy and nephew Ryan Tarczy.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Wed. from 4 to 7.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 


Christopher John Pommer

January 01, 2022 |

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

Christopher John Pommer, age 58, of Duquesne, passed away on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021. Son of Grace (Honick) Pommer of Duquesne and the late Kurt Pommer, he was born on September 11, 1963, in McKeesport. He was a mechanic and did roofing work. He is the brother of Eric (Denise) Pommer of Duquesne, Keith (Natalia) Pommer of Dravosburg, Tracie (John) Pry of McKeesport and Terrie Rodgers of McKeesport, and the late Jeffrey Pommer and the late Matthew Pommer. He is also survived by many Nieces and Nephews, Great Nieces and Great Nephews and Aunts and Uncles. There will be no visitation or services. 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.

 


Andrew Lawrence “Peach” Petrik

January 01, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Andrew Lawrence “Peach” Petrik, 71 of Glassport, passed away on Saturday, January 1st, 2022, at Jefferson Hospital. He was born in McKeesport on November 30th, 1950, to the late Frank and Pauline Ihnat Petrik. Andrew was the loving husband of 42 years to Denise V. Petrik. Andrew is survived by his wife Denise of Glassport, his son Travis Petrik of Glassport, daughter Alissa (Dave) Lloyd of Elizabeth, his grandchildren Mason and Carson Lloyd, his brothers Kenneth Petrik of Glassport, and Frank Petrik of Cleveland, and his sister Joanne Petrik of Glassport, and nephew Jonathan Petrik of Liberty Boro, as well as his six cats Paladin, Juliet, Abbey, Misty, Sofia, and Odie. Andrew retired from U. S. Steel after working for 20 years as a metallurgical tech. He enjoyed traveling with his family, watching movies, listening to music, and always liked partying while enjoying some champagne. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. A graveside service will be held on Monday January 10th, 2022, at 1 P.M. at Roundhill Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Carriage Inn. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Animal Friends of Pittsburgh at https://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/other-ways-to-give/tribute-or-memorial-gifts/ or by mail: Animal Friends c/o Development Department, In Memory of Andrew Petrik, 562 Camp Horne Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 

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