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Charles H. Bakewell

June 25, 2022 |

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

Charles H. Bakewell, age 83, of Forward Twp., passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022 at home. He was a retired educator for 38 years with the West Jefferson Hills School District, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Twp. He was a former baseball coach at Thomas Jefferson High School for more than 20 years and a past member and president of the Elizabeth Forward School Board. He enjoyed golfing and attending sporting events, especially Steeler games and high school and collegiate wrestling matches. Born February 10, 1939 in Vestaburg, he was a son of the late Thomas and Jeannette (Fletcher) Bakewell. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia L. (Pasquinelli) Bakewell; daughter, Tricia (Bryan) Nigut of Elizabeth Twp.; sons, Thomas Bakewell of Elizabeth Twp., Joseph (Amy) Bakewell of Towson, MD; grandchildren, Charles and Addyson Nigut, Gabrielle, Justin, Rachel, Derek, Zachary and Riley Bakewell; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Bailey and a brother, Robert Joseph Bakewell. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Monday, June 27, 2022 from 6-8 PM and on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 1-3 & 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 10AM in Round Hill Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. D. Matthew Stith officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth Forward Baseball Boosters, 436 Jeffreys Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Walter F. Crosswaite

June 25, 2022 |

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

Walter F. "Walt" Crosswaite, 92, of North Huntingdon, formerly of DuBois, Pa., passed away Friday, June 24, 2022 at his home.  Born September 14, 1929 in DuBois, he was the eldest child of Walter and Blanche Crosswaite.  Following his graduation from Sandy High School, Walter served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Japan.  After his retirement from Consolidated Natural Gas in 1994, Walter shared his love of God and southern gospel music by traveling to numerous churches throughout western Pennsylvania.  He was a member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene.  He also enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh sports teams.  He was the proud papa to his three grand puppies, Tyberious, Ziva and Morgan.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Barbara (Royer), daughter, Lesa, and brothers, Earl, Leon and Ronald.  He is survived by his son, David; brother, Jack; and sister, Betty.  Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.  Interment is private.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Frederick G. Donahoe, Jr.

June 25, 2022 |

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

Frederick G. Donahoe, Jr., age 73, of White Oak, formerly of North Versailles, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, June 23, 2022. He was born on March 29, 1949 and is the son of the late Frederick G. Donahoe, Sr. and Mary (Dupin) Donahoe; and proceeded in death by his brother, Chet Cole of Orlando, FL.

 
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Christopher Thomas Lamb

June 24, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Christopher Thomas Lamb, 60 of Glassport, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at his home. He was born in Pittsburgh on June 11, 1962, to Judith G. (Hileman) and the late Thomas R. Lamb, Jr. Chris was the loving partner of 25 years to Judy Whyel, also of Glassport. He is survived by his mother Judith Lamb of Buckeye, AZ, brothers Scott (Cheri) Lamb of Escondido, CA, and Thomas R. (Heather) Lamb III of Phoenix, AZ, and sister Shannon Mora of Phoenix, AZ. Further survivors include his loving partner Judy Whyel, her children Laura and Lynn, and grandchildren Nick and Marissa. He is further survived by nieces Megan Mora of San Francisco, CA, and Madison Lamb of Phoenix, AZ, as well as nephew Joshua Lamb of Phoenix, AZ. As a young man, Chris excelled at many sports but found a passion in motocross racing. He will be truly missed by those who love him. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport, PA 15045. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Ella McAraw

June 24, 2022 |

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

Ella McAraw, 91, of White Oak, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2022. Born October 19, 1930, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (McGinty) McAraw.
She was employed at the U.S. Steel Christy Park Works for 30-plus years. Ella was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak, and the Red Hat Society for women. Ella’s life was filled with many trips to the Twinsburg Festival in Ohio with her twin sister Mary. She traveled around the world, including several trips to Ireland, and socialized with her cousin Bernie and other friends and family whenever possible. Ella also loved watching sports and stunned many with her thorough knowledge of local sports figures as well as facts and trivia dealing with her beloved Steelers. Ella’s true passion, however, was her belief and strength in her faith. It was her faith that made her the most comfortable, knowing she was starting her new journey with God.

 
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David C. Godfrey

June 23, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

David C. Godfrey, 69, of Glassport, died June 22, 2022.  He is the son of the late Russell and Theresa (Kruszka) Godfrey and beloved wife of Cynthia (Arch) Godfrey.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Melissa (Matt) Scheller; son Mark Godfrey; grandchildren Jade and Landon and sister Cindy (Ryan) Sitko.  He was preceded in death by his brother Ronald Godfrey.  David was retired from Penn Coil and was a member of the Reliance Citizen Hose Co. #2 and was also a former Chief.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sun. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral blessing will be held Mon. 10:00 am in the funeral home with Father Wagner.  Interment following Round Hill Cemetery.

 


Bonnie Jean Shaffer

June 23, 2022 |

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

Bonnie Jean Shaffer, age 81, of McKeesport, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. She was born in McKeesport on April 26, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Lako Spalla. She was a member of the former St. Peter’s Church in McKeesport. She was very artistic and had a beautiful voice. She sang in the church choir as a young woman.

 
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Darren M. Haramia

June 23, 2022 |

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

Darren M. Haramia, age 60 of Munhall, passed away at home on Thursday, June 23, 2022.  Born July 11, 1961 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Matthew W. and Helen M. (Yonek) Haramia.  A US Army Veteran, Darren was a retired mechanic for Pittsburgh Mailing Services.  He is survived by his wife Donna (Ketterman) Haramia; his sons Mark David (Carol) Cochenour of Hermitage and Robert (Darlene) Cochenour of Munhall; his grandchildren Allan Stodolsky and Kaitlyn, Davey, Noah, Nevin, and Mahlah Cochenour; his great-grandchilden Kayla and A.J. Stodolsky; his brother Brian Haramia of Jefferson Hills; his Aunts Barb (Regis) Fiore, Deborah Yonek, and Janet (William) Clelland; his uncles William Yonek and Robert (Catherine) Haramia; and also many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.  Besides his parents, Darren was preceded in death by his uncle Paul Yonek. 

 
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Frank G. Bonadio

June 23, 2022 |

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

Frank G. Bonadio, age 82, of North Versailles, died June 20, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport. He was born on October 18, 1939, in Lock Haven, PA, and was the husband of the late Marigold (Morgan) Bonadio.
Frank worked for U.S. Steel as a Millwright and then for the National Institutes of Health. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 375.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Michelle Domiano, and grandsons, Matt (Aly), Joshua, and Dan Domiano.
Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
Supervisor, Chris Odasso

 


Alice J. Kushner

June 22, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Alice J Kushner, 92, of Cairo, NE, formerly of Port Vue, PA and Canton Ohio, passed away June 11, 2022 at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island, NE.

Alice was born March 7, 1930 in McKeesport, PA to Steve and Mary (Tomko) Banick.  She grew up in McKeesport and graduated from McKeesport High School in 1948.

She was united in marriage to Robert J. Kushner on September 10, 1949.  Afterwhich the couple lived in McKeesport then moved to Port Vue from 1953 to 2000. The marriage was blessed with 3 children Victoria (Vicky), Kenneth (Ken) and Robert (Rob).

Alice worked for US Steel in McKeesport from 1948 to 1953 until she had her first child, Vicky.  She was then a stay at home wife and mother.  She was always there for her children and provided a great home for her family. Ken and Rob remember Alice being a Cub Scout den mother and remember the crafts and projects they did.  She helped Vicky with her Girl Scout badges too.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Vue, PA, where her children attended school.

 
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Eli Vojnovich Jr.

June 22, 2022 |

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

Eli Vojnovich, Jr., 92, of Duquesne, PA, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022. Eli was born October 16, 1929 in Duquesne, the son of the late Eli and Mary (Stipanovich) Vojnovich. He graduated from Duquesne High School in 1948 where he excelled on the swim team. He was an Army veteran, serving in Germany from 1952-1953. He was a devoted son and could be found, along with his brothers, working in the family beer garden, Butch’s Wonder Bar in Duquesne. He retired from US Steel. He was a lifelong member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Helen (Peter) Medic and brothers John, Mark (Betty) and William Vojnovich. He was also preceded in death by a niece and great niece. Eli was the favorite uncle of many of his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, drawing, painting and watching Pittsburgh sports. He made the best popcorn, always had a smile and will be missed dearly. He is survived by his brother Donald (Milena) Vojnovich and sister-n-law Dolores Vojnovich, all of North Huntingdon. He is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews, 23 great nieces and nephews and 22 great, great nieces and nephews.

 
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James Richard (Dick) Gantt

June 21, 2022 |

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

James Richard (Dick) Gantt, 92, of Buena Vista PA, formerly of Gaston, SC, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022. He was born January 14, 1930 in Gaston, SC and was the son to the late I.D. and Katie (Green) Gantt. Dick is a retired carpenter and a lifelong member of the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company. He is survived by his loving wife, Bertha M. (Sharpe) Gantt of Buena Vista; daughters, Vicki Kinner of Buena Vista, Sue (Jim) Harchelroad of Elizabeth, and Linda Hanselman of Statesville NC; son, Ricky Gantt of Buena Vista; grandchildren, Ron & Steven (Kayla) Kinner, Jeremy (AJ) & Jonathan (Amanda ) Harchelroad, and Chelsea & Emily Toman; great-grandchildren, Karson & Kamron Kinner, and Grayson & Savannah Harchelroad; sister, Melba Gantt Morgan of Columbia SC; and lifelong family friend, Edward (Bucky) Bowels. In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his sisters, Kathleen Gantt Howell, Socola Gantt Stockman, Nina Mae Gantt Chavis, and his brother, Durant Gantt. Friends are welcome Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street Boston, PA 15135. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 10am with Pastor Paul Walter officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

 


Patricia "Patty" Balin

June 21, 2022 |

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

Patricia "Patty" Balin age 81, of McKeesport, passed away on June 18, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport. Born May 30, 1941, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Francis Jess and Katherine Taylor and beloved wife to her high school sweetheart Thomas J. Balin for 61 years.

Patty volunteered at her church's religious education center and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was instrumental in forming the McKeesport Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary in 1973. Patty enjoyed bowling with friends in the William Penn bowling league and the senior league at North Versailles Lanes. She loved cruise ships, casinos trips, and her fluffy Bichon Frise "Pookie Bear."

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Thomas Jr. and David Balin.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Supervisor, Charles Danforth

 


Patricia A. Bach

June 21, 2022 |

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

Patricia A. Bach, age 83, of McKeesport, died June 20, 2022, at Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport.  Born November 3, 1938, in Cook County, IL, she was the daughter of the late William and Nelle (Caton) Fidler and wife of the late Robert E. Bach.  Patricia loved spending time with friends and family and playing bingo.  She is survived by children, Christopher (Dawn) Bach and Harriet Coffey; grandchildren, Ashley, Brandon, Michael, Chloe, Allison, and Zendaya Mann.  Patricia was also preceded in death by son, Robert Bach; grandchildren, Caitlyn and Robert; sisters, Bobbie Clemens, Harriet Fidler, and Debbie Bryan.  Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Charles Danforth, Supervisor

 


Anita S. Germany

June 21, 2022 |

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

Anita S. Germany, age 33, of Versailles, died June 17, 2022, at home. Born December 21, 1988, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Earl L. Germany and Yolanda (Irie Griffin Jr.) Medina.
Anita was a CNA and worked in many places such as Kane Regional, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, and the VA Hospital. In her free time, she loved shopping and spending time with friends, and laughing.
In addition to her parents she is survived by her partner, John R. Jones; children, Jayden Coulter and Jordyn Jones; siblings, Antonio Medina, Irie Griffin III, Jayvon Germany, Jayla Germany, Jay Germany, and Shawnee Germany; also many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family and friends may be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, June 27, 2022, from 10 a.m. till the time of the memorial service at noon in the funeral home chapel.
Inurnment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Supervisor, Charles Danforth

 


Charles I. Fazio

June 21, 2022 |

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

CHARLES I FAZIO of North Huntingdon, PA died June 19, 2022. He was born January 28, 1937, in
Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of the late Charles R. Fazio and Frances Sirianni.
Chuck graduated from Munhall High School, class of 1955, where he was a stand-out wrestler.
Following graduation, he went into the Army Reserves. Upon his arrival home he went to work for
Kroger’s Grocery store for 35 years and then worked for Daily’s Juice Company and in his retirement
year’s Bettis Atomic Laboratory in West Mifflin.
Chuck was predeceased by his wife Madelon E. Fazio of 47 years. Surviving are his daughters Celeste
(Steve) Spanitz, Carla (Bill) Pratt and grandchildren Amber (Paul) Czyz, Nicholas Pratt, Gina (Rider)
Dinnen and Great Grandchildren Brighton and Beckham Czyz.
Chuck was lucky to find love again with Marlene P. Fazio for 14 years. He was loved by her children,
Douglas (Michelle) Kukta, Robert (Suzanne) Kukta, grandchildren Isabella, Matthew, and Lily Kukta. He
also loved his and Marlene’s dog Marco.
Chuck was an avid golfer, bowler and enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with his friends. He was also
an active member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in North Huntingdon.
Chuck loved his large family, brothers and sisters include Anthony Fazio (deceased) his wife Janet, Frank
(Gloria-deceased) Fazio, Glenn (Barb) Fazio, Cheryl (Bill) Delaney, Michelle (Bill) Sawyer, Greg (Vickie)
Fazio, Bev (Tom) Keller and many nieces and nephews.
He also cherished time spent with his best friend’s Sam and Phyllis Aiello.
Friends and family will be received Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay
Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m.,
June 25th at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in North Huntingdon, PA.
Chuck loved the black and gold and all things related to Pittsburgh sports so we encourage you to
wear your Pittsburgh sports apparel should you choose to visit the funeral home on Friday.
REMEMBER it's all about Chuck, il capofamiglia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Westmoreland Food Bank,
100 Devonshire Dr., Delmont, PA 15626. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Darlene M. Borowski

June 21, 2022 |

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

Darlene M. Borowski, age 74, of Port Vue, died June 18, 2022, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Born October 25, 1947, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Glenn L. and Ann M. (Feltz) Borowski.
Darlene was an animal lover, liked to play bingo, and was always a good cook. She enjoyed traveling to Florida's Gulf Coast.
She is survived by her life long friend of 36 years, Debbie Brown; sisters, Beverly (the late Frank) Hijek, Glenda (Karen Light) Borowski, and Lori Borowski.
Darlene is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
Chris Odasso, Supervisor

 


Martha D. Martin

June 20, 2022 |

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

Martha D. (Ermakov) Martin, 62, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022. She was born November 16, 1959 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Archpriest Dimitri H. and Matushka Martha Marie (Sweda) Ermakov. She was a member of Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, choir Director for 42 years and also a member of the Balalaika Group and the Folk Dance Group. She had worked for the McKeesport Area School District as a Cafeteria Server for over 15 years.

 
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Beverly J. Sporio

June 20, 2022 |

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

Beverly J. Sporio, age 65, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at home. She was a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker and a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Thomas a' Becket Church in Jefferson Hills. Born January 30, 1957 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late William P. "Salty" Jenkins Jr. and the late Marlyn (Grimm) Jenkins. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Robert A. Sporio; daughter, Leah Sporio of Greensburg; son, Michael Sporio of Elizabeth Twp.; uncles, Louis and Tom Grimm and Peter Lemak; brothers-in-law, Vincent (Sandy) Sporio of Clairton and Larry (Dinean) Sporio of Clairton; beloved family dog, Roma; also, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, Ray W. Jenkins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 10 AM in St. Thomas a' Becket Church. PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Private burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. In lieu of flowers, Bev emphatically wished contributions be made to a charity of one's choice. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Richard W. "Rick" Monaghan

June 20, 2022 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Richard W. “Rick” Monaghan, 66, of Dravosburg, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at UPMC Shadyside.  He was a retired maintenance technician for Morgan Properties, a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church and the Clairton Anglers Club, was a graduate of McKeesport High School and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute.  Rick is survived by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Kuhn Monaghan, sons, Mitchell Monaghan of Liberty Borough and Bill (Melissa) Pearson of Elizabeth, daughters, Cricket Pearson of Phoenix, AZ and Niki Monaghan of Carnegie, PA, 8 grandchildren, Lyric, Jeminni, Mason, Connor, and Aiden Monaghan and Alex, Derek, and Maggie Pearson, and by his sister, Rhonda (Larry) Demko of Wilson, also by nieces and nephews.  Born in McKeesport on March 11, 1956, son of the late Captain Richard “Bud” Monaghan, he is survived by his mother, Dolores “Dee” Bell Monaghan of Dravosburg.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rob, Rusty, and Randy, and by his son, Mason.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Thursday, June 23, 2022 form 2-4 and 6-8 PM.  A service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, June 24, 2022 at noon with the Rev. Michael Stanton officiating.  Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a luncheon and time of fellowship at the #1 Fire Hall on Ravine Street in Dravosburg following his interment.  The family suggests contributions to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center of Shadyside, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15232.

 


George Robert Anderson

June 20, 2022 |

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

George Robert Anderson, 78, of Elizabeth Township, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 17, 2022 at home. George was born February 19, 1944 in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Norman D. and Helen L. (Wright) Anderson.  George was a proud United States Air Force Veteran, who served during The Vietnam war. He was a jack of all trades who held numerous jobs throughout his life, but most notably worked at Auto Zone in McKeesport and as a technician for RC Haywood.  He was former member of Park Baptist Church and a current member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, where he was a part of the choir and bell choir.  George enjoyed singing and playing his numerous guitars, he also wrote and recorded some music as well.  He was a people person and had an amazing sense of humor, he liked to joke with everyone.  He loved his grandchildren very much. He also loved his dogs, especially his dog, Hannity. George was very patriotic and was proud of his service in the Air Force and will be greatly missed.

 
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Brayah Marie Rivera

June 20, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 Brayah Marie Rivera, infant daughter of Dustin and Jamie (Gouker) Rivera died June 18, 2022.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings Lakyn, Zoey and Gage Rivera; Grandfather Tom Gardner and Grandmother Pamela Rivera; aunts Sherry (Richard) Forkey and Jackie Gouker and uncle Matt Gouker.  She was preceded in death by her uncle Chad Schantz.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


William C. Faith

June 20, 2022 |

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

William C. Faith, age 79, of West Mifflin, passed away on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2022.  Born in West Mifflin on March 14, 1943, he was the son of the late Peter J. and Lydia Marie (Miller) Faith. He was retired from Mesta Machine as a lathe operator and later did landscaping and mechanical work. He was a member of the Terrace Church of the Nazarene and was a volunteer firefighter with the West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Department, Homeville. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War (1961-1964). He is survived by his children, Melissa (Jesse) Reid of Plum Boro and Chrystal Faith of West Mifflin; granddaughter, Starr (Chris) Demeri; great granddaughter, Jaycee Faith Demeri; and sister, Dorathy Marie (Charles) Youngfleisch of Schellsburg, PA. He was predeceased by brothers and sisters, Lois (late Charles “Tex”) Gwinn, Marian (late Clyde) Kahn, Eleanor (late Paul) Bickerton, Peter J. (Late Iva) Faith, Albert Faith and Florence (husband Joe survives) Utterback of Plum Boro. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 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. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Pastor Joseph Stump officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 6000 Verona Road, Verona, PA 15147.

 


Rebecca Dakin

June 20, 2022 |

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

Rebecca Dakin, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born November 1, 1957 in McKeesport, daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Dorothy (Kondrich) Dakin. Before her retirement, Rebecca taught at Penn Hills High School, where she was named Teacher of the Year. She was a member of the Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Becky was a passionate teacher, a master quilter, and a trusted mentor. She was a beloved daughter, sister, and friend, and will be deeply missed. She is survived by her sisters, Deborah Dakin and Loretta Dakin, her brother, Lloyd Dakin Jr. and his wife, He-Bing; her nephew Lloyd Tai Dakin and niece Katra Dakin. 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, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. 

 


Marlene DeSimone

June 20, 2022 |

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

Marlene (Jurenek) DeSimone, age 84 of Clairton, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Seneca Place in Verona. Born September 14, 1937 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Troychak) Jurenek.  Marlene, along with her husband, co-owned the M.J. DeSimone Fruit Company in Clairton and was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church (St. John 23rd Parish) in Jefferson Hills. Marlene engaged in many charitable works, particularly in her former parishes of St. Joseph and St. Clare in Clairton.  She was also known for making outstanding fruit baskets near the holidays. She loved crafts and gardening but her main focus was always her family. Marlene was preceded in death by her husband Victor DeSimone, who passed away on November 12, 2020. She is survived by her daughters Rosemarie (Carl) Fetch of Monongahela, Victoria (Gene) Zombek of Wilkins Twp., Marlene (Scott) Stachowski of Milton, GA, and Carol (Samir) Joglekar of Duluth, GA; her grandchildren Hilarie and Jordan Zombek, Austin and Emily Stachowski, and Maya and Pierce Joglekar; her brother Don (Jane) Jurenek of Georgia; and also nieces and nephews.  

 
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Paul Robert Di Fabio

June 20, 2022 |

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

Paul Robert Di Fabio, 88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022. He was born June 22, 1933 in Christy Park and was the son of the late Antonio V. and Anna (Berardi) Di Fabio. Paul was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak, The American Legion, and McKeesport Kiwanis Club for over 50 years where he was president from 1971-1972 and was instrumental in the Interfaith Chapel at McKeesport Hospital. He was a US Army Veteran  and served as a Military Policeman. Paul began his career in the automobile business as Service Manager of the former Peckman Motors in Versailles, and then became proprietor of Di Fabio Amoco in McKeesport. He retired from the former Tom Clark Chevrolet in McKeesport after selling over 4000 cars. Paul was an avid Steelers fan and attended 5 Super Bowls.

 
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Murrell M. Eagle

June 20, 2022 |

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

Murrell M. Eagle, age 66, of Versailles, died June 16, 2022, at home.  Born January 29, 1956, in East Rainelle, WV, he was the son of the late Walter H. Eagle Jr. and Leila (Ward) Eagle Sheppard and husband of the late Deborah Eagle.  
Murrell was a bodyman most of his life and always enjoyed working on cars.  He liked to fish the Yough River at Boston and socializing with friends at various clubs.  
He is survived by children, Derek Eagle and Brittany Eagle; step-children, Danielle (David) Daley, Trish Waggoner, Matt (Hannah) Brown, and Lindsey (John Mochar) Brown; grandchildren, Kira Eagle, Romeo Eagle, Yuri Miller, and Mayson Miller; step-grandchildren, Daniel Daley, Alayna Brown, Colton Brown, Jordan Mochar, Olivia Mochar, Jesse Waggoner, Joseph Waggoner, and Christian Cain; siblings, Sheila (Gary) Keener, Tricia (Tom) Keener, Connie (Will) Harrison, Brenda Eagle, and many nieces and nephews.  
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by a son, Merle Eagle and brothers, Chuck Eagle and Eddie Eagle.  
Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.
A celebration of life will be held at Dravosburg fire hall on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 1pm.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.  
Chris Odasso, Supervisor

 


Christian E. Pearson

June 18, 2022 |

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

Christian E. Pearson, age 33, of Versailles Borough, passed away June 15, 2022. Born October 29, 1988, in Monroeville, he was the son of Christian T. and Daphne (Chevrez) Pearson and the fiancé of Jaymei Serrano.
Christian was the owner and operator of Infinite Trades Construction. He loved and cherished his family and the time spent with them. Christian enjoyed fishing, music, and sports. He was very proud of his tattoo on his arm of the Puerto Rican flag representing part of his heritage. Christian was also a pet lover, leaving behind his loyal dog, "Alvin."

 
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Kristofor L. Bryce

June 18, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 Kristofor "Goon" L. Bryce, 47, of McKeesport died June 16, 2022.  He is the son of Roger Silverman and Cindy Bryce.  In addition to his parents he is survived by his children Kristofor "BooBoo" Bryce, Belinda "Nana" Bryce, Alyssa Bryce and Michael Bryce; grandchildren Santana, Ma'Jour, Montana, Mi'Lah and Quintana; siblings Roger Bryce, Stacey Bryce and Angela Bryce; also nieces and nephews.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Tues. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral service will be held Wed. at 1:30 pm in the funeral home.  Interment following in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery.

 


Catherine C. Drake

June 18, 2022 |

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

Catherine C. (Malena) Drake, age 79, of New Eagle and formerly of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at home. Born January 23, 1943 in Monongahela, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Helen (Morris) Malena and wife of the late Curtis L. Drake. She is survived by daughters, Denise Beluscak of Monessen, Sheryl Klingensmith of Jefferson Hills and Elizabeth Drake of Monessen; grandchildren, Jordan and Mitchell Drake; brothers, Vincent (Norma) Malena of Florida, Lawrence Malena of Fallowfield Twp., William (Clarene) Malena of California and Albert “JR” (Mike) Malena of Fallowfield Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was prceded in death by her sister, Alberta Malena. No visitation or services are planned. Private burial at Mon Valley Memorial Park. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Shirley J. Williams

June 17, 2022 |

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

Shirley J. Williams, age 89, of Forward Twp., passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Mon Valley Care Center. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, where she enjoyed volunteering. She also enjoyed volunteering with her late husband at Forward Twp. Fire Department fairs. Born October 14, 1932 in Coal Valley, she was a daughter of the late Fredrick and Jessie (Mayou) Achtzehn and wife of the late Clifford E. Williams. She is survived by son, Roy C. (Tracy) Williams of Forward Twp.; granddaughter, Kelly (Bill) Tomajko of Apollo; great-grandchildren, Madison (Bill Clark) Tomajko of Apollo, Jerzy Tomajko of Apollo, Ashley Williams of Monessen and Annikah Williams of Monessen; sister, Joan Lillico of Tarpon Springs, FL; brother, Wayne Achtzehn of Niceville, FL; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by grandson, Roy C. Williams Jr. No visitation is planned. Private burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Christopher E. Rodgers

June 17, 2022 |

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

Christopher E. Rodgers, age 53, of North Versailles, formerly of McKeesport, died June 13, 2022, at home. Born June 12, 1969, in McKeesport, he was the son of Eugene Edgar Rodgers and the late Judith Ellen (Fallquist) Rodgers.
Chris worked at US Steel Irvin Works in the warehouse banding steel rolls, where he had 25 years of service. He was a Sons member of the American Legion of White Oak Post #701. Chris loved his dogs, Uno and Mira, and you could often find him purchasing the special of the day at local eating establishments to feed his loyal beloved best friends. He enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, and a toast with friends. Chris had a loving heart, contagious laugh, and a smile that will always be remembered.

 
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Cameron J. Mahoney

June 16, 2022 |

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

Cameron J. Mahoney, 7 days old, became an Angel of God on June 15, 2022, at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Born in Pittsburgh on June 8, 2022, he is the son of Savannah Mahoney of McKeesport. Cameron is survived by his mother; grandparents, James and Jennifer Schweitzer of Duquesne; uncles, Logan Schweitzer, Jesse Schweitzer, and James Miller; great grandparents, Elsie Mahoney of Duquesne, Duane and Lee Ann Carman of Brandon, FL, and Mary Carman of Duquesne; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 4-6 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 a celebration of his short life will be held, following visitation, at 6:00 p.m., with Pastor John Gropp, officiating.

 


Joseph E. Elkowitz

June 16, 2022 |

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

Joseph E. Elkowitz, age 78 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital.  Born June 11, 1944 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Mary and Joseph Elkowitz. Joseph worked as a crane operator for Irvin Works in West Mifflin for 40 years and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, the late Veronica (Papucic) Elkowitz, who passed away on February 21, 2019. He is survived by his sons Michael (Darlene) Mursch of West Mifflin, Jamie (Sarah) Elkowitz of Jefferson Hills, and Shaun Elkowitz of Clairton; grandchildren Marissa (John) Mursch, Holly, Ally, & Essy Elkowitz, Krista (Ziya) Hajiyev, and Allyn (Darci) Fenwick; great-grandchildren Marley Graham, Jayla and Aydin Hajiyev, and Maylanna and A.J. Fenwick; brother Charles Elkowitz of Confluence; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Joanne, Marjorie, and Mary Anne Elkowitz.

 
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Beth Ann Menke Philburn

June 16, 2022 |

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

Beth Ann Menke Philburn, 62, of Finleyville passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022. She was born December 24, 1959 in Mt. Lebanon and was the daughter of the late Edward Ronald and Marian Louise (Myers) Menke. Beth attended college at Edinboro University where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She volunteered most of her time to multiple VFW's and American Legions. She is survived by her sons, Kyle (Anne Quinio) Hufnagel of South Park, and Neil Hufnagel of Seattle, WA; sisters, Laura (Greg) Flaus of Mt. Lebanon, and Lisa (Rick) Foster of Mars, PA; grandson, Jude Hufnagel, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Beth is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Edward Philburn, who passed away May 21, 2021. There is no visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. The family would like to thank everyone within the Allegheny Health Network who took great care of Beth these past few months. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

 


Mary Ann Algeri

June 16, 2022 |

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

Mary Ann Algeri, 73, of North Versailles, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was born July 9, 1948 in Clairton, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Fike) Ferrence. Prior to her retirement, Mary Ann was a registered nurse for Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Pine Run Methodist Church, Clairton and enjoyed talking on the phone, outdoor concerts, social dining, visiting the casinos, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events, and loved her pets. She is survived by her husband, Arthur A. Algeri; son, Jeffrey (Sarah) Algeri; daughter, Jennifer (Devon) Lippmann; brothers, John Lee (Lorraine) Ferrence, Greg (Tammy) Ferrence; sister, Joy Davies; grandchildren, Keiran, Carden, Kherington, Maggie and Dori. Friends will be received from 2-8 P.M. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Friends and family may report for a final goodbye on Tuesday at 9:15 to the funeral home.  A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. in the Pine Run Methodist Church, 901 N 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m Tuesday followed by a luncheon at Atrias in Peters Township.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Thomas Maldonado

June 16, 2022 |

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

Like a true fisherman, Thomas Maldonado passed away on the morning of June 14, 2022, in Pittsburgh.  He was the son of the late Albino Maldonado and Cecilia (Kelly) Yniguez and the husband of Patricia (Ackerman) Maldonado.  Thomas was best known for his love of fishing and would never miss an opportunity to pass on his true passion for catching the biggest fish.  His nearly perfect attendance at the annual Lake Emily Fishing Derby was one of his greatest adventures.  He would take his children, grandchildren, and in later years, any neighborhood kid that wanted to attend.  He enjoyed watching The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and any sporting event on tv.  If anyone listened, he would tell stories of his fishin' trips while scratching off his bingo tickets.  He religiously played his daily numbers, sometimes even lucky enough to win.  As an Army Veteran and retiree from Riverside Nursing Home, his stories traveled throughout the years and touched many people.

 
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Barbara C. (Reichert) Nesbitt

June 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Barbara C. (Reichert) Nesbitt, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday June 6, 2022 at home. She was born December 14, 1944 in Braddock, a daughter of the late Karl and Beatrice (Haney) Reichert and was also preceded in death by her husband Bartholomew K. Nesbitt, her daughter Christine Nesbitt, and siblings Agnes (Henry) Little, Karl (Eileen) Reichert, Harold (Loretta) Reichert, William (Carol) Reichert, James (Jane) Reichert, Kenneth Reichert, and brother in-laws Tom Jones and Melvin Sims. Barbara was a retired of UPMC, Braddock where she worked as a housekeeper. She enjoyed Bingo and her cats Misty and Sebastian.

 
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Joseph J. “Moe” Bednar

June 15, 2022 |

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

On Monday June 6, 2022, Joseph “Moe” age 48 of McKeesport, formerly of North Versailles passed away. Beloved son of Mary Bednar.  Father of Joey, Grandfather of Chayse. Loving companion of Sue Hilterman.  Joe had many friends, he worked for Yellow Cab, Martino Motors, and various Pizza shops. He will be sadly missed.

 
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Paul Adam Blazeck

June 15, 2022 |

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

Paul Adam Blazeck, 62, beloved son and brother, died peacefully in his sleep on June 9, 2022. Paul was born on May 18, 1960 and raised in North Versailles, PA. He graduated from East Allegheny High School in 1978. 

After trying college, Paul decided to take a different path. Looking for job opportunities, Paul moved to San Jose, California in June 1983. Upon arriving, Paul worked as a construction hand, a roofer, and numerous other jobs before joining the plumbing apprenticeship program for Local 393 Plumbers and Steamfitters. He attended evening classes while doing on-the-job training to earn his plumbing license. Paul’s career in the industrial plumbing industry was well timed as he was part of the Silicon Valley boom of the 1990’s and economic growth in the San Jose area. He loved the diversity of his craft, working on everything from hotels and hospitals to sports stadiums and high-tech computer facilities for 25 years. Paul lived in the Golden State until he retired in 2015 and subsequently returned to Pittsburgh to be near family. Even so, his heart was in California and he vacationed there when he could.

Paul spread his sports loyalty between Pittsburgh and San Jose. He was both a long time Pittsburgh Steelers fan and San Jose Sharks fan, celebrating the highs and lows of each with family and friends. He was an avid reader and enjoyed playing basketball and biking, or simply relaxing.

 
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Lorraine B. (George) Russo

June 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Lorraine B. (George) Russo, age 82, of North Versailles, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 11, 2022. She was born February 26, 1940 in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Henry and Dorothy George. She was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish (formerly St. Robert Bellarmine) in East McKeesport.

She worked for 25 years as a waitress at Nigro’s Restaurant. She also worked many years as a school guard crossing children safely across 5th Avenue to and from school each day. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Charles George.

She is survived by her husband of over 63 years Carmine Russo; daughter Carla Russo of North Huntingdon and Therese (William) Jordan of North Huntingdon; grandchildren Nicole (Joshua) Schmidt and Dean (Tonya) Jordan; great grandchildren Holdyn and Kane Schmidt and Dean Jordan Jr.; sister Donna Gonzales; and many nieces and nephews. Lorraine was most proud of her 63 year marriage to her life long love Carmine, both of her girls, her grandchildren, and most especially her three great grandchildren that brought her so much joy.

She loved being GiGi Ru & sharing pictures of the kids with all of her friends and family. She was an avid Steeler and Penguin fan, decorating the house, dressing up and even attending a game on occasion. She enjoyed playing slot machines and their many weekend trips to the casinos. After much encouragement, she took her first cruise and enjoyed taking many more cruises thereafter, but her favorite vacations by far, were family trips to Holden Beach, NC. Over the years, she watched her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, play in the sand and sea. Lorraine was a beautiful and special lady with a heart of gold. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

 
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Annette Marie Shogan

June 15, 2022 |

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

Annette Marie Shogan, 69, was born August 9, 1952, in Braddock, PA. She was the beloved daughter to the late Edward and Margaret (Hixon) Shogan. Annette departed this life on June 5, 2022, at her residence in Powder Springs, GA, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Margaret Hixon Shogan and siblings Patricia Kalanish, Margaret Putzlocker, and Marion Askey.

Annette moved to McKeesport when she was 19 years old. Annette was the proud mother of seven beautiful children, whom she raised in McKeesport, PA. She recently moved to Powder Springs, GA. Annette was a stay-at-home mom and also worked as a housekeeper and caregiver. Annette enjoyed her grandchildren and would attend school functions, sports events, and academic celebrations. Annette was also well known in the community for many things, especially her cooking, her kind and giving spirit, and her willingness to help anyone out. She also had a sharp tongue, in love. You could always get a hot meal, a good laugh, and leave with a full stomach and whatever else you needed.

Annette enjoyed puzzle books, coloring, playing cards, a good bingo game, and going to the casino. She also took up sewing and crocheting when she was 11 years old. These hobbies stayed with her, as she taught her children and would sew doll clothes, clothes for her grandchildren, blankets, etc.

 
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George F. Gary, Sr.

June 15, 2022 |

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

George F. Gary, Sr., age 66 of Aliquippa, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital.  Born October 4, 1955, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John M. and Elizabeth "Betty" (Kurta) Gary.  George was preceded in death by his son George, Jr and brothers John and Dick Gary.  He worked as a Global Account Manager at Tazmanian Freight Systems.  George is survived by his wife Patty (Gray) Gary and their beloved dogs Kona and Elsa; granddaughters Taylar and Kalei Getsy; his brother Donald (Sharon) Gary and their children Carrie (Nick) Santonastaso (children Aubrey, Alex and DJ (Tawnya) Gary and stepdaughter Halley), and the many nieces and nephews and their children: Marlene Gary and her children John (Lynn) Gary and their children John IV, Jane and Margaret, Bob (Jill) Gary; Beth (Scott) Basmajian and their children Scott Jr, Ashley, and Sarah; and Stella Gary and her children Stella, his special niece, (Kerry) Keane and their children Matt, KJ, Josie, and Julianna; Richard Gary and his children Elise and Richie; Joey, his special nephew, (Rachel) Gary and their daughter Nihasa; Tony (Theresa) Gary and their children TJ, Tyler, and Albert; Mary Catherine and Regis Kiliany and their daughter Caitlin; Denise and Sam Pagani; Gail Gray and partner John Lawrence; Timothy Gray and special friend Diana Wade; Tori (Zach) and their children Amora and Ronan Miller; his special cousin Mary Jablonski; and his special friends Joe and Carol, Tracey and Tim, Val and Michael, Jo and Norm, Paul and Tiffany, Cindy, and George’s daughter Kandace Kettren.  George enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and, more than anything else, spending time with his family. 

 
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Michael McLaughlin

June 14, 2022 |

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

Michael McLaughlin, age 75, of Clairton, was greeted into Heaven by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 13, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Born on December 8, 1946 in McKeesport, he was proudly raised in Clairton and was the only child of the late Mark McLaughlin and Anna (Tamburrino) McLaughlin Jones. He is survived by his partner of 24-years, Florence “Babe” Pryzbylski; his children, Ashley (Mark) Iddings and Ian McLaughlin; his step-daughters, Nikki Pryzbylski and Michelle (Jim) Ward; and he was the proud grandfather to his biological granddaughter Audra, in addition to Mackenzie, Emma, Chad, and Miranda, who adopted him as their own. Mike loved God, his family, Babe, the City of Clairton, red wine and Oldies. And not those commercialized oldies. He loved the “real oldies”. Authentic, street corner doo wop, for which he would DJ parties and dances. Mike never finished college, but managed to work his way up to garner several successful careers in sales, even being recruited from retirement because of his proven track record. He worked for Busy Beaver during its inception, Apple Computer during its early days and Wombat Security Technologies as a startup among many others. An accomplished kicker in football, he even passed first round open tryouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers. When asked why he did not go back for the second round, he would simply reply, “I was young and stupid.” He was proud of his roots, his family and friends, and was fiercely devoted to all of them. He will be missed on earth, but on a quiet night, if you listen carefully, you will hear doo wop playing in Heaven.

 
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Rae Papernick

June 14, 2022 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Rae Papernick, 97, of Monroeville, formerly of Glassport and Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Independence Court.  Born in Pittsburgh on October 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Saul and Annie Daniels Segall and was the wife of the late Benny Papernick.  She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Marc) Scott of Monroeville, 2 grandsons, Stuart Michael (Dr. Jenny Sweigard) Scott of Cornelius, NC and Joseph Ian (Tanya Palovich-Scott) Scott of Altoona, PA, 4 great grandchildren, Tyler Benjamin Scott, Elliana Hope Scott, Hannah Mae Scott, and Olivia Juliette Scott, also by nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Mrs. Papernick retired as secretary for the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education, and for 30 years was an independent grocer at the Hilltop Market of Glassport.  She was a member of Temple David in Monroeville, a former member of the Temple B’nai Israel, Hadassah, Jewish War Veterans Aux., past president of the Department of PA J.W.V.A., a former member of Robert Morris College Independents (a theatrical group), Seasoned Players (a senior theatrical performing group), Senior Vaudeville Seasoned Players, and Senior Vaudeville “Sassy Seniors”.  She performed at the McKeesport Little Theater and throughout the Pittsburgh area, receiving 2 awards at M.L.T., “Best Supporting Actress of 2000” and “Best Actress of the Year for 2002”, and entertained servicemen in Pittsburgh during WWII.

 
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Michael W. Kelly

June 14, 2022 |

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

Michael W. Kelly, age 60, of McKeesport, died June 13, 2022, at home. Born July 23, 1961, in North Charleroi, he was the son of the late Charles E. Kelly and Mary L. Lavender and the husband of Karen (Pastore) Kelly.

Michael was a United States Army veteran. He enjoyed trips to the racetrack and playing guitar in his free time.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Desirae (Daniel) Bendel and Michelle See; grandchildren, Cameron, Dean, and Isabella; and sister, Carrie Ashcraft. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles E. Kelly, Jr.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.

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

 


David D. Foster

June 14, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

David Daniel “Frost” Foster, 49 of Clairton, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, at Canterbury Place. He was born in McKeesport on March 27, 1973, to the late David Daniel Pryor and Cynthia Louise (Foster) Kelley. He is survived by his daughter Brittany L. Foster of Clairton as well as his sons Colton David and Clayton Daniel. Further survivors include brothers Eric C. Foster of Pittsburgh and Adam J. Kelley of Clairton, stepfather Howard Kelley of Clairton as well as his past partner Dawn R. Anderson of Clairton. He is further survived by his nieces and nephews. David was preceded in death by his grandparents Dorothy and John Foster.

He enjoyed fishing, video games, listening to music (especially Metallica), and spending time with his family. He was employed by Water Ways, testing hoses for fire companies.

 
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Dolores E. DiGrandi

June 14, 2022 |

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

Dolores E. DiGrandi, age 88, of West Mifflin, formerly of Scottdale, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Arrowood at Southwestern. She retired as a tavern owner with her husband in Ohio and Latrobe. Born July 12, 1933 in Scottdale, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Sarah (Parfitt) Enberg and wife of the late John DiGrandi. She is survived by sisters, Janora Disman of Elizabeth and Sara Mickey of Greenville, NC; also, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Private burial will be at Greenridge Memorial Park, Connellsville. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Dolores Alice Weinstein

June 14, 2022 |

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

Dolores Alice Weinstein, 89, long-time White Oak resident, wife, mother, and matriarch of a loving extended family died Sunday, June 12, 2022. Mrs. Weinstein was born July 6, 1932, in McKeesport to Mildred Rita (Topley) and Joseph Lorraine Wilson. In her youth, Dolores played piano, sang in the Duquesne High School chorus, and acted in the Senior Class play with her future husband. She graduated from Duquesne High School in 1950 and married her high school sweetheart, H. Wayne Weinstein, on Feb. 17, 1951. In 1958, Dolores and Wayne moved to White Oak, where they raised seven children and became active members of the community.

Dolores is remembered as a role model who readily embraced and took a genuine interest in everyone she met. As her family and circle of friends grew, she hosted hundreds of gatherings celebrating holidays, birthdays, baptisms, 1st communions, confirmations, graduations, baby and bridal showers, wedding anniversaries, and more.

Dolores was a pioneer for women simply by living life on her terms. While raising 7 children, she served as a Girl Scout Leader, a board member of the Jayceettes, and president of the Christian Mothers and Catholic Womens’ Guild. She ran for public office, winning all seven times, fulfilling two six-year terms as auditor and five four-year terms as the 1st female member of the White Oak Boro Town Council. After retiring from Town Council, Dolores was appointed as Local Registrar of Vital Records and was employed by the state of Pennsylvania for 17 years.

 
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June M. (Feight) Clem

June 13, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

June M. (Feight) Clem, age 91, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at Wesbury UMRC of Meadville, on June 9, 2022. June was born June 16, 1930, the daughter of the late Kenneth Feight and Leah (Dunlap) Feight in Jeannette.

June was a devoted wife to Clifford for over 65 years and a beloved mother to her daughter and son. June retired from (Verizon) Bell Telephone Company of Greensburg after many years of service. Her love of sewing and friendship with her church ladies sewing group for many years was seen through the beautiful lap blankets that they graciously donated to those in need.

The moments that brought June her greatest joy were when her family was together. She treasured time with her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. June will always be remembered for her loving heart and generous spirit as she faithfully looked for ways to help and serve others.

 
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James Dimitroff

June 13, 2022 |

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

James Dimitroff, age 92, of Glassport, died on Monday, June 13, 2022. He was born in Glassport on February 4, 1930 and is the son of the late Fidan and Stefka Monrovia Dimitroff. He served in the United States Navy Reserve during the Korean War and was employed as a bread truck driver in his early years. He later retired in 1983 from the strand department of Copperweld in Glassport. He enjoyed woodworking, which included making cabinets in his spare time, and loved to play golf and cards with his family. Most of all, he loved being with his wife of 70 years, and his family. He was an all-around good guy. He'll also be missed by the family dog, Murphy.

 
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Ethel Rodibaugh

June 13, 2022 |

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

Ethel Rodibaugh, age 97 of Versailles, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022.  Born July 12, 1924 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Silvasi) Makatura.  A member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport and a former nurse's aide at McKeesport Hospital, Ethel joins her husband, the late Paul E. Rodibaugh, Sr., who passed away January 2, 1996.

 
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Kathryn V. Skinta

June 13, 2022 |

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

Kathryn V. Skinta, age 90, of Murrysville, formerly of Braddock, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2022. Born in Braddock on November 26, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Skinta. She was Catholic by faith. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at Monongahela Cemetery-North Braddock, with Rev. Thomas Dansak, officiating. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Loren "Herk" D. Winslow Sr.

June 13, 2022 |

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

Loren "Herk" D. Winslow Sr., a son of the late Earl and Katheryn Winslow passed at UPMC Shadyside Hospital on June 11, 2022. Herk was born on February 14, 1950 in Blair, NE. In the early 1960's, his family relocated to Uniontown. Herk graduated from Laurel Highlands High School and earned a business degree from Penn State University, Fayette Campus. He retired from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2016.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Rita (Gearing) Winslow and children, Loren (Dianne) Winslow and Katheryn (Brian) Wood; grandchildren, Kaleb, Shyla, Cash and Jonas Winslow; sister, Katheryn Kiger; and brothers-in-law, Beacher Atkins and Larry Gaskill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 
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Martin Jamar Leonard

June 13, 2022 |

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

Martin Jamar Leonard, age 30, of McKeesport was called home on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at UPMC McKeesport. He was born in McKeesport on February 18, 1992 and is the son of the late Matthew B. Long and Shawn D. Leonard and as well stepfather, Anthony K. Grey.

 
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Patricia E. "Pat" Jakub

June 12, 2022 |

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

Patricia E. “Pat” Jakub, age 80, of West Mifflin, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at home. Born in McKeesport, on December 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Agnes (Reichenbach) Romanek. She was a retired registrar for Duquesne University, a member of St. Agnes Church of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, and she volunteered at the former St. Agnes School in West Mifflin. Pat loved her family more than anything, especially her grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of William D. Jakub for 59 years; mother of Joell (Mack) McSheehy of Monroeville and Jill (Jay) McKelvey of Greenock; grandmother of Collin McSheehy, Courtney McSheehy, Jaymee McKelvey and Jakub McKelvey; great grandmother of Ella Joell; and sister of Geraldine (late Harry) Reilly of Idaho Falls, ID.

 
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Sylvester Skrinjorich

June 11, 2022 |

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

Sylvester “Bootsie” Skrinjorich, age 87, of Forward Twp., passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired electrician at U.S. Steel Clairton Works, founder and owner of Sylvester & Tweetie’s Restaurant for the past 20-years, and was also the founder of Skrinny’s Auto. He was a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union, member and past worshipful master of the Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 in Elizabeth, and he loved polkas and football.

Born January 19, 1935 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Stanko and Mary (Hrvacic) Skrinjorich. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy M. (Beckinger) Skrinjorich; daughters, Dorothy (James) Wycoff of Elizabeth Twp. and Sue (Howard) Trail of Bunola; son, Ron (Sue) Skrinjorich of Forward Twp.; grandchildren, Mimi (Anthony Rash) Wycoff, Dayna (Ben) Muir, Chris and Mike Trail, Ron (Leah) Skrinjorich, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Harley, Savanna and Ben Muir, Teddi Lee and Danica Pavlack, Trystyn, Leon and Levi Skrinjorich; brother, Joseph Skrinjorich of Jefferson Hills; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Carol Ann Grilli

June 10, 2022 |

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

Carol Ann Grilli, age 73, of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at home. She retired as clerk for the City of Clairton. She was a former employee at Sky Bank in Jefferson Hills, worked at Walnut Bingo Hall in Wilson, and was a former employee at Foodmart in Clairton. She enjoyed trips to the casino and was an avid reader.

Born November 3, 1948 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Emerson Davis and Hilda (Trasp) Jones. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dean A. Grilli; daughter, Danielle (Brian) Pavlack of Elizabeth Twp.; son, Shawn (Cyndi) Grilli of White Oak; granddaughter, Seneca Thompson of Elizabeth Twp.; step-grandchildren, Hollah, Aria, Paige and Christopher; brother-in-law, Paige (Sandy) Grilli of Charleroi; also, aunts and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by stepfather, Paul Jones.

 
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Jessica L. Kaufman

June 10, 2022 |

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

Jessica L Kaufman, age 32, of Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Born June 14, 1989 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of John "Jack" Kaufman Jr. of Florida and Sharon (Tim Butler) Kaufman of Jefferson Hills. In addition to her parents, she is survived by fiance, Shawn Holmes of Tarentum; children, Dominic Natale, Ryleigh Cranmer, Noah Cranmer and Gianna Holeva; sister, Alyssa (Clayton) Huff of Elizabeth; brothers, John (Samantha) Kaufman of Jefferson Hills, Kevin (Leah) Kalyn of Chesterfield, VA and Gary Kalyn of Pittsburgh; also, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, June 13, 2022 from 4-8 PM. No services are planned. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Richard A. Pomycala

June 10, 2022 |

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

Richard A. Pomycala, age 84, of Port Vue, died June 8, 2022, at St. Clair Hospital.  Born September 14, 1937, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary (Busch) Pomycala and husband of the late Sandy (Buono) Pomycala for 60 years.  
Richard was self-employed and lettered many monuments in local cemeteries.  He was a member of the Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, the North Versailles Seniors, the former Port Vue Men's Club, and the Port Vue and East McKeesport American Legion.  Richard enjoyed woodworking and was known as "Mr. Fix It" and was also on the 1950 McKeesport Little League World Series Team.

 
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Nora M. Winwood

June 09, 2022 |

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

Nora M. Winwood (Nunnie), age 84, of White Oak, was granted her angel wings on June 7, 2022, at home surrounded by her family.  Born September 2, 1937, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Pascuzzi) Lynch and wife of the late Samuel Scheirer and Paul Winwood.  

Nora is survived by children, April Scheirer (Jeff McGrew), Raymond (Cindy) Scheirer, Michael (Jill) Scheirer, Tom Scheirer (Linda Matesig), Shawn (Lisa) Scheirer, and Steve Scheirer (Shari Thielet); daughter-in-law, Sandy Scheirer; granddaughter, Shannon (Michael) Tiernan; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Rita Philips; brother, Charles Crivella and many nieces and nephews.  Nora was also preceded in death by sons, Timothy Scheirer and John Scheirer; granddaughter, Savannah Ricciuti.

Nora was known for her acts of kindness to all who knew her, her mission to help others and those in need, her love of Jesus, and her great ability to care for everyone around her. She loved her family and friends fiercely and will be missed by so many.

“An Angel from Heaven, that Set Fire Upon the Earth.” ... Nunnie is now our angel.

The family would like to thank the AHN Hospice Team (Monroeville) for all of their support and kindness in caring for Nora over the past several weeks and a special thank you to Linda for being such a blessing with all of her help in caregiving.

A celebration of Nora’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 6 o’clock in the evening at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Hwy, North Versailles, PA 15137.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com <http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com>.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh at <https://wcspittsburgh.org/>

 


Keith J. Whitmore

June 08, 2022 |

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

 Keith J. Whitmore, 74, of Duquesne, died June 8, 2022.  He is the son of the late John and Florence (Davis) Whitmore and beloved husband of the late Norma P. Whitmore.  He is survived by his step daughters Sharome Urbano and Madonna Williams; step grandchildren Cassie, Dominic, Jarelle and Jaden and sister Judith M. Lytle.  Keith was a retired pipefitter for US Steel; was a member of St. Agnes Church and served in the US AirForce, Vietnam.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, on Fri. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral mass will be held Sat. 10:00 am at St. Agnes Church.  Interment will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

 


Terry Lee Bartman

June 08, 2022 |

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

Terry Lee Bartman, 73, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, June 7. 2022 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. Terry was born February 12, 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida and was the son of the late Nathan and Yvonne Pauline (Haskew) Bartman. He was a US Navy Veteran, where he served as an air traffic controller.  He worked as a Police Officer and later Sergeant for the Jefferson Hills Police Department and upon retirement worked as a dispatcher for 3 plus years, also for the Jefferson Hills Police Department.  He was a member and past secretary of the Stephen Bayard Masonic Lodge #526 and also was a member of the Pleasant Hills American Legion Post 712.  Terry also enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR.  He will be greatly missed.

 
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Setsue Mayhugh

June 08, 2022 |

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

Setsue Mayhugh, 89, of Elizabeth, peacefully passed from this life on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in the home that she loved, surrounded by those who loved her. She was born in March 1933 in the town of Chogiti on the island of Kyushu Japan to Sahachi and Tumo Kisu. She met her husband, Allen “Skip” Mayhugh who was serving in the U.S. Army, and emigrated to America in 1956. Moving to Elizabeth from Forward Twp. in 1964, she and “Skip” made a good, happy life for seven children. After studying on her own, she became a naturalized citizen in 1977. She loved America and was proud of her citizenship. Sadly, her busy life never allowed her to return to Japan for family visits as she hoped to do. She left behind many relatives and a twin sister. After raising her family, she got involved with Allegheny County’s Domicilary Care program. She spent more than 30 years providing in-home care for elderly and special needs clients, some who stayed and thrived in her home for more than 10 years. She cared for them as though they were family. She was very intelligent and artistic and was also an expert seamstress. She taught herself how to read and write English and learned to speak the language by watching her favorite westerns, “Gunsmoke” and “The Rifleman.” This brief outline does not begin to do her justice. She will be missed. She is survived by her children, John and James Mayhugh and Cathy Pierce, all of Elizabeth, Jackie Salka of Forward Twp., Susie Mayhugh of Tucson, AZ, and her primary caregiver for the last two years, Toni; also many grandchildren and relatives she never got to meet from Japan. In addition to her parents and husband/best friend, she was preceded in death by daughter, Liz. As per her wishes, there will be no funeral services. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Richard Lee Maraffi, Sr.

June 08, 2022 |

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

Richard Lee Maraffi, Sr., age 79 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh.  Born February 25, 1943 in Buena Vista, he was a son of the late Rancel and Alice (Smith) Maraffi.  A US Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War, Richard worked as a warehouse manager for G.C. Murphy Co. in McKeesport and also for US Steel in Duquesne.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Georgienne M. (Matola) Maraffi, who passed away March 13, 2020; his son Richard L. Maraffi, Jr., who passed away January 12, 2014; and his sisters Vikki Ankney and Darla Obal.  Richard is survived by his sons Ramon and Ronald (Wendy) Maraffi, both of Slippery Rock; his grandsons Ryan (Allie) and Kyle (Carlee) Maraffi; his great-grandson Carter Maraffi; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Sharon E. Piergrossi

June 07, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Sharon E. Piergrossi, 74 of Fayette City, PA, formerly of Greenock PA, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

She was born October 5, 1947 in McKeesport, PA, daughter of Wilbert Jackson  and Kathryn Ammon Jackson.

Sharon was retired from Mt. Vernon Personal Care Home in Elizabeth Twp where she was the Kitchen manager.  She was a fantastic cook and loved to feed her family with her many treats.  Sharon loved spending her time taking care of her dogs and feeding the hummingbirds in the summer.  

She is survived by her  loving husband of 54 years, James Piergrossi, daughter, Sherri L Eley and husband James of Fayette City and son, James Piergrossi and wife Tori of Kingsville, MD.; two brothers, William Jackson of Dravosburg, Pa. and John Jackson and wife Cynthia of Ohio.; three grandchildren, Ashley Eley, Kayton Biddison and William Werneke.  Also survived by three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 
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William J. Trasp

June 07, 2022 |

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

William J. "Yogi" Trasp, age 75, of Espyville, formerly of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Elizabeth Twp. A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he retired as an assembly line worker for Fisher Body in West Mifflin. He was a member of Elrama United Methodist Church. He enjoyed making stained glass windows, riding his motorcycle, wintering in Florida, and being with family and friends. Born November 1, 1946 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late William J. and Loretta Fern (Welch) Trasp and husband of the late Marcella (Letavec) Trasp. He is survived by sons, John N. (Joanie) Trasp of Mt. Vernon and Bill (Shelli) Trasp of Payne, OH; grandchildren, Jessica and John Letavec, Kara and Kevin Trasp, and Devlin and Raven Geroski; one great-grandchild; sister, Bonnie Popp of North Huntingdon; also, nieces, nephews and aunts. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas and James Trasp. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 10 AM in Round Hill Cemetery Chapel, Elizabeth Twp., with the Rev. Dr. William K. Little officiating. Burial will follow. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Kyle Chase Russell

June 07, 2022 |

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

Kyle was born April 10, 1986 in Ogden, Utah. He passed away unexpectedly June 1, 2022 in Washington, PA. He will be truly missed by all who loved him, especially his family and children. Kyle graduated from Fremont High School in 2004.

 
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Russell A. Forsythe

June 07, 2022 |

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

Russell A. Forsythe, age 70, of Elizabeth, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he retired as a technician for Toshiba in Pittsburgh. He attended Park Baptist Church in Versailles, loved spending time with his grandchildren, and enjoyed fishing. Born March 8, 1952 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Harry and Stella (Flory) Forsythe. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Tammy J. (Brannon) Forsythe; daughter, Leah (Christopher) Wampler of Elizabeth; sons, David (Jessica) Cochran of Maysville and Matthew Cochran of Elizabeth; eight grandchildren; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Chad Forsythe; sister, Judy Layton; and brothers, Harry and Eddie Forsythe. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 5-7 PM. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Mildred Kotulsky

June 07, 2022 |

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

Mildred Kotulsky, age 96, of North Versailles, died June 5, 2022, at Juniper Village of Forest Hills. Born June 19, 1925, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Pearl (Kumko) Sowa, and the wife of the late Phillip C. Kotulsky.

Mildred was a dedicated mother and wife. She was a member of Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Mildred was a great cook and loved baking for her family and holiday events. She was also an avid gardener.

 
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Duane G. Junker

June 06, 2022 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Duane G. Junker, 80, of Elizabeth Township and Champion, PA, died Monday, June 6, 2022 at UPMC Somerset.  Born in McKeesport on October 29, 1941, he was the son of the late Duane S. Junker and Norabelle Gordon Junker Doty, and was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles F. Doty.  He is survived by his son, Matthew T. (Janette) Junker of Irwin, daughter, Heather A. (Matthew) Dougherty of Malvern, PA, son, Stephen C. (Laurie) Junker of North Huntingdon, 8 grandchildren, his partner, Jace Pasquale of Elizabeth Township and Champion, PA, and by his brother, Gordon Junker of Richmond, VA. 

Mr. Junker was the retired superintendent of McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery,  a member and elder of the former Central Presbyterian Church, member and past president of the Youghiogheny Country Club, member of Duquesne Lodge #731, F&AM (formerly McKeesport Lodge #641, F&AM), Syria Temple of the Shrine and its McKeesport Caravan #4, Al O Mon Forest #138, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, past president of the Rotary Club of McKeesport, a member of the board of directors of the McKeesport Heritage Center, and a member of the board of directors of McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery for 55 years. 

He was a graduate of McKeesport High School, Class of 1959.  A 1963 graduate of Penn State University, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.  He was also the third generation owner of the former R.W. Junker Real Estate and Insurance Agency. A private family graveside service will be held at McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery, with Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 in charge of arrangements.  Donations in memory of Duane should be directed to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (www.curealzfund.com), 34 Washington Street, Suite 310, Wellesly Hills, MA  02481.

 


Elizabeth J. Okert

June 06, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Elizabeth J. Okert, 93, of North Versailles, died Thursday, June 2, 2022. She was born February 28, 1929 in Braddock, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Pernick) Heininger and was also preceded in death by her husband Louis S. Okert, a son David A. Okert, daughter in law Dianne Okert, son in law Michael Clowes, and brothers Robert and Raymond Heininger. She was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport, where she served as a greeter. She was an avid bowler and a volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels. She is survived by her children Laurie J. (Cornell) Franz of Ardara, Frank L. (Larissa) Okert of Liberty Borough, Elizabeth A. Clowes of Strasburg, VA, Louis G. Okert of North Versailles, and Patrick D. (Sherrie) Okert of Latrobe; 12 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; a sister Shirley Schmidt of Peabody, MA; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Betty Joan Baran

June 06, 2022 |

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

Betty Joan Baran, age 85, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at UPMC East. Born in Duquesne on December 2, 1936, she was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Chadwick) Gross. She was a 39 year volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was the beloved wife of the late George C. Baran Jr. She is survived by stepson, Kenneth (Anne) Baran of Batesville, IN; was predeceased by sister and brothers, Ruth Caugel, Everett “Ray” Gross, and Eugene Gross; and is also survived by nieces and nephews, Late Diane (surviving spouse Craig) Brooks of Elizabeth Twp., Norman G. (Deidre) Caughel of Virginia Beach, VA, and Krisanne Allen of Hillsville, VA. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, from 2-5 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 funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., at the conclusion of visitation, with Rev. James Condron, officiating. Interment will take place on Wednesday morning, June 8, 2022, at Jefferson Memorial Park.

 


David Allan Portser

June 06, 2022 |

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

David Allan Portser, 60, of Greensburg, formerly of North Irwin, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022. He was born October 25, 1961 in Greensburg and was the son of the late Welty Wilmer Portser and the late Sarah Louise (Price) Portser. David will be missed by his colleagues at Wilson Candy Co. in Jeannette, where he worked for the last twenty years. He had a passion for American History, especially the Civil War.

 
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John D. Semenko

June 06, 2022 |

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

John D. Semenko, age 59, of White Oak, passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2022.
John was a 1980 Grad of E.A.H.S. and Forbes Road Vocational School. An avid gardener and animal lover, John was most at peace in his garden by the pond with his dogs and cats.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Alberta (Krajack) Semenko, his nephews Kyle and Logan Flodine, his dear friend Harry Stevens, and his mentor and friend William Taylor.
He is survived by his brother George Semenko of Pittsburgh, sister Mary Petro of Greensburg, nephews Shane, Tanner, & Cameron Flodine of Wilmerding, and very dear friend Janet Stevens.
On Sunday, June 12, 2022, there will be a Memorial Celebration at Dogwood Grove in White Oak Park, beginning at 1 p.m.
Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Supervisor, Chris Odasso

 


Mary Elizabeth Carney

June 06, 2022 |

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

Mary Elizabeth Carney, 89, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022. She was born September 28, 1932 in Elizabeth Township and was the daughter of the late Nazareno  Cipollone and Julia (Giulia) Martucci. She was the wife of the late John Anthony Carney, Jr. who passed away April 23, 2019. Mary was a member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Township, and was a former member of Elizabeth Township Seniors, Victory Ladies Auxillary and the Elizabeth Township Zoning Board. She was retired from Round Hill Regional Park and had previously worked for Allegheny County Treasurers Office and the former 7 Springs Par 3 Golf Course.

 
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Harold N. Fawcett

June 06, 2022 |

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

Harold N. Fawcett, 83, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Redstone Highlands, N. Huntingdon.  He was born July 25, 1938 in McKeesport, a son of the late Edward and Betty Fawcett.  Prior to his retirement, Harold was a production coordinator for Westinghouse Electric and was owner of Jo-Anne Laundry and various other  laundromats.  He was a follower of the Lutheran faith and was a loving husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing and camping.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna (Miller) Fawcett.  He is survived by his son, William Fawcett and his wife, Linda; daughters, Marilyn Nuckels and her husband, Larry and Susan Carothers and her husband, Joe; five grandchildren, Zachary and Noelle Nuckels, Matthew (Ashley) Fawcett, Scott (Tara) Fawcett and Katherine Carothers; two great-grandchildren, Easton and Jase Fawcett.  Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at  11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Irwin Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


William "Willie" Takacs, Sr.

June 06, 2022 |

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

William “Willie” Takacs, Sr., age 96 of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, June 3, 2022 at his home.  Born October 7, 1925 in Duquesne, he was a son of the late Steven and Catherine (Horvat) Takacs.

Willie was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish – St. Patrick’s Church in McKeesport and was a faithful Catholic who loved to sing hymns at Mass.  “Pap” loved his family and was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He especially loved gathering with everyone on Sundays for spaghetti dinner. 

Willie retired after 38 years as a brakeman and conductor for the Union Railroad and loved to tell everyone that he retired for as many years as he worked.  He was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and a Veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy aboard the heavy cruiser USS Louisville and was very proud of his service to his country.  When asked, he proudly recalled his war stories and campaigns aboard the Louisville in the South Pacific.

Willie’s greatest joy, besides his family, was golf.  He learned the game as a young boy caddying at Duquesne Country Club and played on the golf team at Duquesne High School.  He lived to say that he had been playing golf for 85 years.  He was a scratch golfer who first shot his age at 69 and continued to shoot his age well into his 90s.  Willie played most of his golf at Butler’s Golf Course in Elizabeth and knew the course so well that he would hit his drive and immediately get the next club out of his bag for the second shot.  Last summer, he could still be seen playing there on Tuesdays and Fridays with his “Bullchipper” buddies. 

Willie lived a full life and in his later years loved to say: “Don’t worry about me; I had a great run.”

 
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Ethel Allan

June 06, 2022 |

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

Ethel (Oliver) Allan, age 86, of Forward Twp., passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at Overlook Green Senior Living. She was an avid reader, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and enjoyed bowling. Born June 29, 1935 in Broxburn West Lothian, Scotland, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Elizabeth (Wilson) Oliver and wife of the late George Allan. She is survived by daughters, June M. (Mark) Finnegan of Forward Twp. and Jacqueline Allan of Pittsburgh; grandson, Scott (Erin) Finnegan of Charleston, SC; great-granddaughter, Adalie Finnegan; brother, David Oliver of Scotland; sister, Renee Goodlad of Scotland; also, nieces and nephews. No visitation or services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 459, New York, NY 10163-4594. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Carmen A. Fennel

June 05, 2022 |

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

Carmen A. Fennel, 66 of North Huntingdon died June 3, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born November 25, 1955 in Jeannette, Pa., a son of the late James and Mary FDevincentis Fennel. Carmen was employed by Mike Jupina at Jupina Landscaping. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Carmen loved classic cars, most especially his 1958 Chevy Impala. He enjoyed John Force drag racing and was a graduate of Penn Trafford High School, Class of 1974. He is survived by his beloved wife Sharyn Turkovich Fennel and his son Paul, two aunts, Gilda Procida and Elenora Patton, and numerous cousins. There will be no public vistiation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made ot the White Oak Safe Haven.www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Milton I. Mitchell

June 05, 2022 |

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

Milton I. Mitchell, age 88 of Forward Twp., passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, June 3, 2022.  Born June 25, 1933 in Ohiopyle, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Dolly (Fulmer) Mitchell.  A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, Milton was a self employed carpenter.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the late Shirley Mitchell, and his children Carole Pantoleo and William Wise.  Milton is survived by his daughter JoAnn (Daniel) Budd of Elizabeth; his granddaughters Danielle (Charles) Meehleib of Elizabeth and Carole Bisleglia of Rostraver Twp.; his great-grandchildren Charles, Jr. and Daniel Meehleib and Hanna, Rebecca and Reese Biscleglia. 

 
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Dolores Black

June 05, 2022 |

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

Dolores L. Black, 91, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Port Vue, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 4, 2022. She was born March 7, 1931 in McKeesort and was the daughter of the late Edward J. Frantz, Sr., and the late Margaret (James) Frantz. She was the wife of the late Duane A. Black who passed away January 20, 2003. She was a member of Park Baptist Church, Versailles. In her early years, Dolores had worked at McKeesport Hospital and the former Menzie Daily Company. Dolores enjoyed Super Seniors at Church, gardening, and the support of her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 
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Frank G. Helman

June 05, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Frank G. Helman, of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died at home Thursday, June 2, with his beloved wife of 32 years, Martha (Peak) Helman, at his side. He was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Irwin, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Frank W. and Esther (Gootee) Helman. An early memory involved watching the construction crew at work on the western terminus of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Frank’s father was co-owner of Irwin’s print shop and editor of the “Republican Standard,” the town’s weekly newspaper. Frank fondly remembered his first job there folding newspapers, and by high school he had transitioned to running the linotype machine. Frank served as editor of both his high school and college newspapers. He graduated from Irwin High School in 1947.

 
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Cheryl "Lynnie" Rimsky

June 04, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Cheryl "Lynnie" Rimsky, 66, a lifelong resident of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in McKeesport on August 30, 1955 to the late Harvey and Margaret Gilbert. Cheryl was the loving wife of twelve years to William H. Bickerton. She is survived by her sons, John F. (Tara) Rimsky Jr., of Jefferson Hills, Joseph M. (Kimberly) Rimsky, of West Elizabeth, step-daughter, Jennifer Bickerton, of Springhill, Florida, sisters, Lola Dupin, of McKeesport, Fran Lickert, of Elizabeth, June (Gary) Bickerton, of Jefferson Hills, Sharon (Anthony) Giansante, of Hudson, Florida, Ellen Williams, of Elizabeth, Sherry (Rob) Shuba, of West Mifflin, brothers Dale (Marianne) Gilbert, of Elizabeth, Harvey Gilbert, of Glassport and grandchildren, Joey, Ashley, Johnny and Emily, many nieces and nephews and her loving dog Rusty. Cheryl was preceded in death by her first husband, John F Rimsky, Sr., and siblings Tina Anderson, Larry Gilbert and Wilma Williams, and her dog JoJo. Cheryl worked for the West Jefferson Hills School District in custodial maintenance, and known to be a workaholic. She enjoyed watching and supporting her grandchildren at all of their activities. She also enjoyed having her family over for Sunday dinners. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will follow at the funeral home at 8:00 P.M., presided by Rev. Brent Furlong. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


David Allan Flading

June 04, 2022 |

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

David Allan Flading, 56, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina died on May 28, 2022 in a tragic accident while doing what he loved: flying. He was born in McKeesport on October 2, 1965 to Donald P. Flading and Janet E. (Miller) Flading of North Huntingdon. Dave graduated from Norwin High School in 1983 and from Penn State University in 1989. After that, in 1998, Dave decided to pursue his life-long dream of learning to fly, first attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and later acquiring his multi-engine certification in Myrtle Beach.  He was employed by UPS as a preloader/ package handler, by Barnstormers Aerial Advertising as chief pilot, by Pavillion Discount Beverages, and by the House of Blues as a bartender. In good weather, Dave could be found at the controls of his yellow and black plane towing advertising banners along the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand. His plane’s colors were an airborne symbol of his devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a love undimmed by his move south more than 20 years ago. While David loved flying, Pittsburgh sports, and Penn State football, his greatest love of all was for his daughters Lyndie and Mattie, who were the center of his universe. To know Dave was to love him. With his generosity of spirit, his wonderful sense of humor and his infectious smile, he brought so much joy to those fortunate enough to call him family or friend. David is survived by his wife Jeanne Mabry and daughters Lyndie Mabry and Mattie Flading of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; by parents Donald and Janet Flading of North Huntingdon; by siblings Mark (Sherry) Flading of Jupiter, Florida, Pamela (Timothy) Dawson of Irwin and Jill (Bruce) Ingram of North Huntingdon; and by nieces and nephews Garrett Ingram, Jessica Flading, Sean Dawson, Shane Ingram and Kelsey Dawson.  Friends will be received on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin.  PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Spencer Dell Hirshberg

June 03, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Spencer Dell Hirshberg, Esq., passed in his sleep on May 25, 2022 at the age of 80. Born July 8, 1941, Spencer was the eldest son of Pitt football hero and Carnegie Tech coach Edward J. Hirshberg of McKeesport, and businesswoman Dorothy Dell of Duquesne.

A graduate of Shady Side Academy, Spence captained the 1959 varsity golf team and lettered in football and (allegedly) squash. Ever the cut-up, Spence was inordinately proud of manufacturing a fictitious Shady Side student, “Casper Schnootz,” who achieved passing grades in English and Science until faculty learned that Schnootz didn’t exist – Spencer and friends had been ghost-writing his reports and papers. At Shady Side, Spencer met Christiana McMahan Hoffman, eldest daughter of renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Franklin D. Hoffman and Mrs. Frances Cordes Hoffman.

Set up on a blind date, Spence and Christy spent the rest of their lives together and had a remarkable marriage of nearly 60 years. His father’s athletic reputation clinched Spencer’s admission to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. However, upon arrival at Dartmouth, the head football coach immediately recognized that Spencer was 5 foot 6 rather than 6 foot 5; likely a purposeful transposition by the senior Hirshberg to pad Spencer’s application. Spencer graduated with honors from Dartmouth, a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and golf team, but not a football star.

Shortly after graduation, Spencer enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam war. His father, a Marine veteran of the Pacific theater of WWII, advised him that “you’ll be drafted, so join the Navy and they’ll put you on a boat. The Viet Cong doesn’t have much of a fleet.” Spence married Christy in 1965. The young couple welcomed their first daughter, Lindsay, shortly before Spencer shipped off to the Gulf of Tonkin aboard the U.S.S. Arlington.

 
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James Thomas Downs, Jr.

June 03, 2022 |

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

Born and raised in McKeesport, PA, James Thomas Downs, Jr. was the youngest of four children. His parents, James Thomas Downs, Sr., and Cassie Session Downs, both of whom preceded him in death, welcomed their only son on August 1, 1929. He was affectionately known as J.T. and was adored and “mothered” by his three older sisters, Alethia Downs Taylor, Kathleen Downs Smith, and Ruth Downs Le Mon.  James Thomas joined his parents and siblings in eternal rest on May 25, 2022.

Several years after completing high school, J.T. joined the U.S. Army. He received an Honorable Discharge from Active Duty in 1953, at which time PFC Downs returned to McKeesport and temporarily shifted his career to the steel mill. Under the tutelage of his uncle, Henry Pierce, J.T. learned the art of barbering and was soon known as the best in the city. In addition to this craft, he built a career with UPS, making treks with the company for over 20 years. It wasn’t long after his retirement that he was back on the road as a school bus driver while still actively barbering in his shop and home. In its prime, J.T.’s Barbershop had become a school of sorts, as J.T. mentored and shaped the careers of many, including his late nephew, Shawn Taylor. In 2015 he bid farewell to the school system but continued cutting hair well into his 90s. In fact, he still had a couple of regular clients until a few short years ago.

J.T.  was a man of many words and stories. Armed with the gift of gab and the memory of an elephant, he could hold lengthy conversations about anything—and he often did. It was likely his zeal for life that supplied material for his tête-à-têtes. Although he remained a lifelong resident of McKeesport, he traveled often as he enjoyed visiting family in other states. He especially loved boat fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and bringing ice-packed coolers of spot, flounder, croaker, and crabs back to McKeesport to share with family and friends. Arguably a close second to his barbering skills was his ability to leave people licking their fingers after tasting his famous smoked BBQ ribs. 

He was a member of St. Paul AME Church for nearly his whole life and served his church family in various capacities. Over the years he had been a Trustee, Trustee Pro Tem and a member of the Finance Committee. Lending his unique and rich voice to worship services and church events for decades, he was most recently a member of the Senior Choir and the Ben Harris Singers. He was also a longstanding member of American Legion Post 666 in McKeesport.

 
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Vincent Surace

June 03, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Vincent Surace, 90, of Hempfield Township, passed away Monday, May 30, 2022 at home. He was born May 2, 1932 in McKeesport, a son of the late Dominick and Anna (Jackson) Surace. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers and a sister Leo “Butch” Yost, Louis Surace, and Cathy Hadad. Vincent was an Army veteran that served during the Korean Conflict, and was a life time member of the American Legion Post 447, Port Vue. He enjoyed sports, skiing, and skydiving. He is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years LuAnn C. (Schiess) Surace, his children Cynthia Surace-Volpe of Greentree, Vincent D. Surace (Alyssa Gibbons) of Apollo, and Louis T. (Emily) Surace of Pleasant Unity, grandchildren Sabrina Volpe, Alena Surace, Isabella Surace, and Dominick Surace, sisters Emily Kroboth of McMurray and Sandy Binlein of Washington, also many nieces and nephews.

 
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Barry Fred Jones

June 03, 2022 |

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

Barry Fred Jones, age 64, of White Oak, died June 1, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.  Born June 21, 1957, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Jack and Ethel (Hurst) Jones and the beloved husband of Terri (Swanson) Jones.

 
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Marie R. Petrulli

June 03, 2022 |

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

Marie R. Petrulli, 100, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022 at her daughter's home. She was born January 21, 1922 in Monessen, a daughter of the late Samuel and Margaret (Rosa) Lopresti.  Prior to her retirement, Marie worked for National Tube during WWII and later worked for Joe Schemms Catering.  She was also co-owner of M&M Catering. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Port Vue and enjoyed baking, gardening, crafting and writing.  She wrote her own autobiography called Ontario Street and children book, The Adventure of Betsy Beemer.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Peter E. Petrulli; son-in-law, Tim Yalich; brothers, Joe and Tony Lopresti; sister, Tina Minardi.  She is survived by her son, James Petrulli and his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Lynette Moisey and her husband, Larry and Sheila Yalich; grandchildren, Dan Glunt, Peter Glunt, Carla Petrulli, Melissa Kramer (Shawn), Gregg Glunt, Christopher Moisey, Matthew Glunt; great-grandchildren, Ian, Megan, Jennifer (Rock), Harley, Alyssa, Jonnie, Katie, Elizabeth, Charlotte; and  great-great-grandchildren, Travis, Raymond, Ivy and Amelia.  Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin.  Entombment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Georgeann Degelman

June 03, 2022 |

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

Georgeann Degelman, age 80, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, June 2, 2022. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on July 11, 1941 and is the daughter of George and Irene Sundquist Blackwood. She was employed as a Customer Service Representative for Fingerhut.

 
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Francis M. Sincak

June 03, 2022 |

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

Francis M. Sincak, 80, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022 at his home.  He was born August 18, 1941 in Braddock, a son of the late Francis R. and Elizabeth (Hornak) Sincak.  Prior to his retirement, Francis worked for US Steel and was a veteran of the US Marine Corps.  He was a member of St. Agnes Parish and enjoyed golfing with his friends and spending time with his family.  Francis was a strong, loyal and giving man.  He had a huge heart and was a loving man to his family and friends.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Sincak.  He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Carol (Andrzjewski) Sincak; son, Michael Sincak and his wife, Beverly; daughter, Jennifer Howley and her husband, Eddie; grandchildren, Michael Alexander and Jake Francis; sister-in-law, Marlene Sincak;  nieces and nephews, Lori and Rob Painter, Carrie and Rich Koziarski; great nieces and nephews, Sidney, Logan, Luke, Caylie, Noah and Gabriel.  Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  Interment to follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Frank Joseph Halas

June 02, 2022 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Frank Joseph Halas, 87, of McKeesport, died Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville.  Born in Duquesne on September 28, 1934, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Andre Halas.  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn J. Orris Halas, his daughter, Carriella Halas of McKeesport, his brother, William Halas of North Huntingdon, also by a niece and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Kmetz.  A tire serviceman at B.F. Goodrich in McKeesport, he later was a school bus driver for Laidlaw.  Mr. Halas was a member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport, a member and past president of the Twin Lakes Sportsman’s Association, was a member of the 11th Ward Club in Christy Park, and was a U.S. Army veteran.  A memorial service will be held at his church on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at noon with the Rev. Daniel Borsay officiating.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of funeral arrangements.  The family suggests contributions to the Free Hungarian Reformed Church in his memory.

 


William S. Sturkie Bowser, Sr.

June 02, 2022 |

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

William S. Sturkie Bowser, Sr., age 62, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022. Will crossed over peacefully in the comfort of his home.
Will was born in McKeesport on July 22, 1959, to father Archie Sturkie and the late Judy (Bowser) Paxon. The oldest of eight siblings, Will didn't have the opportunity for much formal education. At the age of 14, he left home and met his life partner and wife, Kathy (Barton) Bowser. They married on May 4, 1979. In the early years, he provided for his family by working any small jobs he could find while still obtaining his general education degree (GED). Will retired from a career at Ankor Industrial of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, where he was an operator in the refinery.
Will is best known for being the neighborhood father figure, a witty and charming prankster who always had a trick up his sleeve. Will loved a good cookout, fishing, and most of all, being in his castle with his family.

 
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Lovella Dowden

June 01, 2022 |

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

Lovella "Lovie" (Sakol) Dowden, age 72, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at UPMC Presbyterian. She retired after 25 years as a housekeeper at UPMC McKeesport. She was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton. She enjoyed spending time at her camp in Pymatuning. Born November 18, 1949 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Julia M. (Hrezo) Sakol and wife of the late Robert M. Dowden. She is survived by daughter, Regina Hansen of Belle Vernon; son, Harry J. (Shannon Dewitt) Hansen of Fayette City; grandchildren, Melisa (Brett) Hart of Belle Vernon and Jimmy (Brooke) Andreoli of Liberty Borough; great-grandchildren, Brayden Hart and James Andreoli; and many granddogs. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter, Stacey Andreoli, and brother, Ronald W. Sakol. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Nort Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 12 Noon in St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp. with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private burial will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 

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