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Betty Lou Stone

August 31, 2022 |

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

 Betty Lou Stone, age 73, of Natrona Heights, formerly of the Fawcett Plan in McKeesport, died August 30, 2022, at home.  Born January 30, 1949, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Vincent Palmer Jr. and Elizabeth (Campbell) Palmer and wife of the late William N. Stone.  She is survived by her loving partner John Ruffing.  Betty Lou was a member of the First Christian Church of McKeesport.  She was a world traveler, visiting six different continents with her sites set on Antarctica until Covid happened. 

 
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Barry Andrew Bryce

August 31, 2022 |

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

I, Barry Andrew Bryce of Elizabeth Township, PA, since June 26th, 1976, being born in Munhall, PA on October 5th, 1946 to my late parents, Andrew Murdoch and W. Jane Bryce have transitioned from my mortal being on August 20, 2022. Husband to my endearing and ever watchful over myself Wife, Claire Marie Anderson Kasko Bryce since February 8th, 1969 and Father to my much beloved and amazing Daughter since November 23, 1974, whom I Loved more than I often didn’t express, Robyn Leigh Bryce, of Prescott, AZ.

 
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Mary Beth Cornell Popham

August 31, 2022 |

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

Mary Beth Cornell Popham, 53, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2022 at home. She was born September 11, 1968 in McKeesport and was the daughter of Lucille (Patterson) Cornell Cindric of Greenock and the late Robert J. Cornell, Sr.  Mary Beth was proprietor of the former Cozy Corner Cafe in Elizabeth Township and was a 1986 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Gary Popham and daughter, Carly Popham, sisters, Kathleen (Kent)  Bonadio, Carol Sue (Joe) Palady, and Patty (Shawn) Leber, brother, Bob (Tina) Cornell, Jr., step-mother, Sally Cornell and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.co

 


Anne D. Lofstrom

August 31, 2022 |

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

Anne D. (Harrington) Lofstrom, 90, of N. Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022 after several years of dementia / Alzheimer’s. Anne was born on July 28, 1932, daughter of the late Mary (Joyce) and Michael Harrington. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and served for Christians Mothers for many years. She also was a member of Penns Woods civic Association. She worked at Bell telephone, Lofstrom Electronics, Inc., World of Values and retired from the Kmart Corporation. Anne was very charitable and liked helping others. She was preceded in death by her late husband Richard C. Lofstrom, her brother Robert (June) Harrington. Sister-in-law Barbara Harrington, her lifetime best friend Margie Soboslay, as well as many other relatives, neighbors and friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and survived by her three children, son Thomas R. Lofstrom of Lakewood, CO, son William C. Lofstrom (Ruth) of New Alexandria PA, daughter Joyce A. Lofstrom of Long Pond PA, and her only grandchild, Ean E. Lofstrom of Long Pond PA. She is also survived by her brother John Harrington of Gibsonia PA, nephews, Robert (Chris) Harrington of PA, Roy (Tina) Harrington of OH, Michael Harrington of FL, David (Kristin) Harrington of NJ, and nieces Virginia (Rich) Casalone of TN, Donna (Bill) Haller of SC, Patricia (Ken) Spicuzza of FL, Susan Killeen of PA, Sally Harrington of NJ. She is survived as well by many other relatives, friends, neighbors. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church followed by interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, N Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to cure Alzheimer’s at Alz.com. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com 

 


Rebecca J. Farabaugh

August 31, 2022 |

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

Rebecca J. Farabaugh, age 90 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 in Arrowood at Southwestern.  Born Jaunary 31, 1932 in Allegheny Twp., Cambria County, she was a daughter of the late Maurice and Jeanne (Parrish) Farabaugh.  A former telephoner operator and circuit designer for Bell Telephone's, then Verizon's, Pittsburgh office, Rebecca was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish - St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton and the Telephone Pioneers of America and was also a volunteer at Jefferson Hospital.  She is survived by her sister Anne Donnelly of Williamsport and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Rebecca was preceded in death by her sister Mary Barbara Colaianni and her brothers: Thomas, Stephen, and John Dennis Farabaugh.

 
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Joseph A. Miele

August 30, 2022 |

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

Joseph A. Miele, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 20, 1939 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Steven and Catherine (Angelini) Miele. Joe was a 1956 graduate of Westinghouse High School and went on to work for 32 years as a High Bay Crane Operator at US Steel Edgar Thompson Plant, where he retired from in 2002.  He was baptized in 1971 as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and attended The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Trafford. Joe enjoyed working on many projects in his garage and always maintained spotless vehicles.  He enjoyed talking to people about what he had learned from the bible and took great comfort in the promise of a future where pain and death will be no more. He will be greatly missed.

 
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Florence M Opalinski

August 30, 2022 |

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

Florence M. Opalinski, 97, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at The Grove, N. Huntingdon. She was born, September 6, 1924 in Scottdale, PA, a daughter of the late Frank and Marie Kensick. Florence was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and enjoyed playing Bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Opalinski; son, Edward; sisters, Jean Janicki and Betty Porterfield. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Delmont and her husband, Barney; grandchildren, Brian (Jackie) Delmont, Lisa (Mike) Bowen, Edward (Angela) Opalinski; great-grandchildren, Alivia, Evan and Zeke. Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, N. Huntingdon. Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 
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Dr. Lynn Marie Simko

August 29, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Dr. Lynn Marie Simko, 66, of North Versailles, PA joined her lost loved ones in heaven on Thursday, August 25th, 2022.  Lynn, the daughter of Emil and Marion Coletta was born April 7th, 1956. 

She is survived by her children Dr. Bethany and Derek Kamis; John and Dr. Rachelle Simko; four beloved grandchildren, Owen and Gabriel Kamis; Brynn and Emilia Simko. 

She also left behind three siblings; Frank Coletta (Deb Coletta), Dr. Susan Coletta, Amy Lizza (Walter Lizza), and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Lynn devoted her life to caring for others. Caring for her family, friends, and countless others in her work as a critical care nurse at West Penn Hospital. 

Lynn valued education earning several master’s degrees and a PhD. in nursing.  She passed on her knowledge working as a professor of nursing at Duquesne University for nearly thirty years.  She also fought for the mistreated, working in the area of legal nurse consulting.  

Lynn will be remembered most for her kindness, tireless work ethic, for how much she cherished her grandchildren and as a devoted mother.

 
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Maricco Alonzo Randolph

August 29, 2022 |

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

Maricco Alonzo Randolph, 32, of Duquesne, was born December 27, 1989, in Pittsburgh, PA he was the beloved son of the late  Emeric and Lynne Randolph.

Maricco went to McKeesport high school where he was popular he loved everyone and everyone loved him. Maricco remodeled homes at Handyman Sam services Llc and with many other companies. He was the man with many plans!  Maricco was the protector of the family. He was charismatic, outgoing, a comedian, and loved hard. His smile would brighten up any room he was in, his laughter was contagious and hugs were warm and comforting you felt love within. The love he had for children was unspeakable.

Maricco had a love for rapping and writing music. He would always randomly text his loved ones “What you doing?,” “you okay?” and “I love you.”

Maricco departed this life on August 18, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was preceded in death by his mother Lynne Marie Randolph and father Emeric Alfonso Randolph.

 
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Wayne Ernest Bostak

August 29, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Wayne Ernest Bostak, age 75, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away on August 24, 2022. He was born on September 12, 1946 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania the son of Ernest Otto Bostak and Virginia White.

Wayne was a letter carrier in Altamonte Springs, FL for 33 years. He was a proud US Army veteran. He was also an avid sports fan; particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates; and he loved to watch his granddaughters play softball. His was a life well-lived for his God and his country.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Ann (Simmons) Bostak; sons Brian (Emily) Bostak, and Chad Bostak; grandchildren Madison, Meagan, and Joshua Bostak; and sister Ginny (Paul) Novak.

 
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Dolores Hepler

August 29, 2022 |

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

Dolores Hepler, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2022 at Concordia of Fox Chapel, Cheswick. She was born October 8, 1938 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late John and Ruth (Staley) Cantella. Prior to her retirement, Dolores was a secretary for Mars Area Middlesex Elementary School and she loved her students. She enjoyed camping, dancing, playing cards and baking cookies and was known as "the cookie lady". In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Wendy Hanlon. She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Hepler; son, Jeffrey and his wife, Dawn; daughter, Barbara Blake; brothers, John (Adrienne) Cantella and Mike Cantella; grandchildren, Justin (Shannon) Blake, Steven Blake, Nikolas Hennig; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Dolores. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Janison John Tognarine

August 29, 2022 |

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

Janison John Tognarine, age 83, of Elizabeth, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. An Army veteran, he retired as a warehouse foreman for Marraccini Supermarket in Elizabeth. He was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp. and the West Newton Senior Citizens. Born November 14, 1938 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Joseph and Julia (Sonetta) Tognarini. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen R. (Naccarelli) Tognarine; sons, Wayne Tognarine of Elizabeth and Richard (Mary McAdams) Tognarine of North Versailles; brothers, Jerome Tognarine of Cape Coral, FL, Jude Tognarina of Elizabeth, Jay (Catherine) Tognarini of Elizabeth and Juan (Adrie) Tognarini of Coulter; also, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 3-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 12 Noon in St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private burial will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Clifford E. Loehr

August 28, 2022 |

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

Clifford E. Loehr, age 88, formerly of Forward Twp., passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2022 in Atria Senior Living of South Hills. He was a retired chemical engineer at PPG Industries in Barberton, OH and he and his wife were the founding members of the Mon Valley Cloggers. Born March 9, 1934 in Somers, IA, he was a son of the late Clifford J. Loehr and Neva (Morris) King and husband of the late Patricia (Barlow) Loehr. He is survived by four children, Deborah (Donald Rudat) Morgan of Forward Township, Mark (Maureen) Loehr of Boiling Springs, SC, Andrea (Jeff) Hudson of Akron, OH and Lesa (William) DeMarrais of Forward Township; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sister, LaDonna Rugg of Iowa. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Loehr. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 11AM until a 12 Noon service in the funeral home with Pastor John Custer officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mon Valley Cloggers. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Gregory Michael Firda

August 28, 2022 |

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

Gregory Michael Firda, 61 of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Lincoln Borough, passed away Friday, August 26, 2022 now at rest after a great fight with cancer. He was born on March 10, 1961 in McKeesport. He was a member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish-St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Township and was a 1979 graduate of St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Pleasant Hills. To many Greg was a true walking angel, and now will continue to be our angel in heaven to be reunited with his loving parents John Firda, and Agnes Bernadette (Behun) Firda. Greg is survived by his brother Jeffrey (Tammy) Firda of Lincoln Borough, nephew John Firda, nieces Alexis Firda and Avonlea (Blaine) Gergley, Ashley (Bradley) Domer who resembled to be his own daughter along with her children Bradley and Mateo who he deeply enjoyed the presence of till his last hours.

 
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Robert E. Winterbottom

August 28, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Robert E. “Bob” Winterbottom, 82 of Dravosburg, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Friday, August 26th, 2022, in West Mifflin. He was born in Turtle Creek on November 7th, 1939. He is survived by longtime friend Virginia M. Olinski, as well as sons Robert (Tina) of Claxton, GA, and James Winterbottom of East McKeesport, and daughter Helen L. Korinko of McKeesport. Further survivors include 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces and 6 nephews, and his beloved dog Annie. He is also survived by his brother William Winterbottom of Turtle Creek. Robert was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Jordan as well as sisters Lavern and Cheryl Winterbottom. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, September 1st, 2022, from 6-8 P.M. at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place at 8 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs, or by going to https://fundthefuneral.com/robert-winterbottom. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Theresa M. Mattis

August 27, 2022 |

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

Theresa M. Mattis, Age 48 of West Mifflin, PA, died unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, August 25, 2022.  Born July 22, 1974 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Valeria E. (Miklos) Mattis and the late Michael T. Mattis. 

Theresa was an active member of Mary Mother of God Parish, where she served as a Lector.  She was a 1992 graduate of Serra Catholic High School.  Throughout her career Theresa worked at Carnegie Mellon, Pitt, Macy’s and most recently at BP.  She was a popular karaoke co-host at Joe’s Bar in West Mifflin.

 
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Terri Lynn Buchina

August 27, 2022 |

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

Terri Lynn Buchina, 64, of Clairton, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2022. She was born April 15, 1958 in Jacksonville, FL., and was the daughter of the late Gilbert L. and Rita Ann (Peters) Riggle. 

 
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Donald L. "Mickey" Fry

August 27, 2022 |

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

Donald L. "Mickey" Fry age 78, of McKeesport, died August 25, 2022, peacefully at home. Born November 17, 1943, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Jack Fry and Alice (Cowan) Minyon and the husband of Judie (Anderson) Fry for 54 years.

 
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Belle S. Ranf

August 27, 2022 |

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

Belle S. Ranf, 73, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, August 26, 2022 at Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin.  She was born, November 7, 1948 in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Leo and Helen (Kohn) Schonwald.  Belle was a loving mother and homemaker, and enjoyed all animals, especially horses and being outdoors.  She is survived by her son, David Ranf and his wife, Katie; daughter, Erin Teeple and her husband, Ryan; brother, Steven Schonwald; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, Julie, Henry and Adelia.  There will be no visitation.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Belle.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Margaret Anselmo

August 27, 2022 |

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

Margaret Anselmo, age 97, of White Oak, died on Friday, August 26, 2022. She was born in McKeesport on December 5, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Felix and Maria Stella Sabella Giganti. She was preceded in death by her husband Michele Anselmo, and siblings, Julius Giganti; Rose Panico; Sarah Gumina; Rosella Fichera; Dorothy Annoreno; Stella Lopretto; and Josephine Annoreno. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick Church.

 
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Sharon E. Estvander

August 26, 2022 |

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

Sharon E. Estvander, age 72 of McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 in UPMC East Hospital.  Born April 10, 1950 in Turtle Creek, she was a daughter of Florence (McNulty) Cain of McKeesport and the late Andrew Cain.  A beautician around the area at various beauty shops, Sharon joins her husband, the late John Estvander.  She is survived by her children Michael Kessler of Forest Hills and Suzann Kessler of West Elizabeth, her brother Robert Cain, and her sister Margaret Bodnar.  

 
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Edwin F. Yates

August 26, 2022 |

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

Edwin F. Yates, age 79, of Liberty Borough, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 in UPMC McKeesport. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he retired as a millwright for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He was a member of American Legion Daniel Keffer Post 75 in Clairton. Born October 19, 1942 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Frances and Margaret (Huschak) Yates. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lydia M. (Matej) Yates; son, Neil R. (Amy) Yates of Elizabeth Twp.; granddaughter, Jillian Yates of Elizabeth Twp.: sister, Bernadette (Thomas) Wargo of Tampa, FL; and niece, Jody Whitten of Delaware. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 2-6 PM. A Funeral Service will take place on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ron Breight officiating. Private burial in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Edna M. Paterra

August 26, 2022 |

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

Edna M. Paterra, age 88, died August 22, 2022, at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport, PA.
Born December 3, 1933, in Baltimore, MD., she was the daughter of the late Mildred F. (Boles) Schrader and the late Howard C. Schrader.
She was the loving wife for 61 years of the late Falco A. Paterra. She was also preceded in death by her sister Virginia Cearns.
She is survived by daughters, Janet (Dan) Lundie of TN and Linda (Mark) Jesionowski of North Huntingdon; son Jeff (Amy) Paterra of Colorado; grandchildren Michael (Katie) Jesionowski, Matthew (Jennifer) Lundie, Rob (Lindsey) Jesionowski, Alison (Adam) Cook, Kevin, Elizabeth, and John Paterra; seven great-granddaughters and one great-grandson; and sister-in-law, Jean Paterra. The services were private. Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com. Charles Danforth, Supervisor

 


Evelyn "Effie" (Batinich) Liptak

August 26, 2022 |

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

Evelyn "Effie" (Batinich) Liptak, age 92 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022.  Born March 20, 1930 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Mary (Nikolic) Batinich.  The former co-owner/proprietor of Marion's Tavern on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills. a family business for over 50 years. Effie was an active member of the Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish - St. Thomas A Becket Church in Jefferson Hills and its Ladies of Charity.  She was also an active member of the Croatian Fraternal Union St. George Lodge #248 and was extemely proud of her Croatian heritage.  She served as a member of the Lodge Board of Trustees, as well as a delegate to the National CFU conventions. Effie enjoyed getting together with her "Church Ladies" friend group that often got together for breakfast.  She was an excellent cook and an even better baker. Her family will remember her as extremely generous in all aspects of her life., She adored her family, especially her grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.  She loved big, shared big, gave big, cooked big, and lived a big full life with a matching big personality.  And that is why she leaves such a big hole in their hearts.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George J. Liptak, who passed away January 5 2006, and her siblings Thomas Batinich, Carol Batinich and Anna Mae Majernik.  Effie is survived by her children Renee (Roger) Vonada of Carnegie and George (Susan) Liptak of Upper St. Clair; her grandchildren Andrew and Morgan Vonada and Nathan, Rachel, and Michael Liptak; her siblings Marion Lokmer of Chargrin Falls, OH, Joan Atkinson of Jefferson Hills, PA and Frances Smith of Kennebunk, ME; and also many beloved nieces and nephews.

 
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Thomas B. Huwalt Jr.

August 26, 2022 |

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

Thomas B. Huwalt Jr., age 75, of West Mifflin, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at his daughter’s home. Born in Duquesne on March 18, 1947, he was the son of the late Thomas B. Huwalt Sr. and late Helen (Smocer) Huwalt. He was a former welder with U.S. Steel-Duquesne Works for 19 years, a retired Stationary Engineer for Allegheny County at the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Trinity Church. He was a master of tinkering, loved fishing, trap shooting and camping in Erie. He proudly served his country in the Marine Corps. during the Vietnam War. Thomas is the beloved husband of 53 years to Georgean (Perhac) Huwalt; father of Scott (Erin) Huwalt of South Park and Amy (late Edward) Wilson of Port Vue; grandfather of Maura, Zachary, and Daniel Huwalt, Ayla and Avery Wilson and preceded in death by grandson Joshua Huwalt; brother of Gary Huwalt of White Oak; uncle of Eric Huwalt, Melissa Hathaway and Ashley May. He is also survived by a great niece and several great nephews and his mother-in-law Pauline (late John) Perhac. There will be No Visitation. Service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies followed by Military Honors. His family would like to thank ProMedica Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Brian Keith Michaels

August 26, 2022 |

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

Brian Keith Michaels, age 61, of Washington, PA, formerly of Duquesne, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Born in McKeesport on September 25, 1960, he was the son of the late Dr. Joseph E. Michaels PhD and late Mary Ann (Sabol) Michaels. He was a former oil fields rig operator and proudly served his country in the Marine Corps. He is the husband of Charleen McDonald; brother of Tyrone (Sara) Michaels of Baldwin, Allison (Jamie) Parker of Charlotte, NC, and Joseph B. (Heather) Michaels of Munhall; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. There is No Visitation. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, with Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating, followed by Military Honors. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE.,  DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Willie L. Jones

August 25, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Willie L. Jones, age 71, of Irwin, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2022. He was born January 22, 1951 in Camden, Alabama, a son of the late Moses L. and Evie Jones. He worked for over 40 years as a manager for the Westmoreland Housing Authority in Trafford and had his own electrical contracting business based in Irwin.

 
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John A. Farrell

August 25, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

John A. Farrell, 80, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022. He was born July 30, 1942 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John B. Jr. and Freida E. (Wilson) Farrell.

John also known as “Tony” and “Bear” was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, and attended St. Robert Bellarmine Church. He was a proud Army veteran that served in the Vietnam Conflict. Tony taught at W.B. Ray High School, Corpus Christi, Texas, and greatly enjoyed his time there instructing the students in both Math and Science. Tony also served as president of the Corpus Christi Native American Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as Grand Knight, was a member of the State Board of Education serving for five years. He was a life member of VFW Hilltopper Post 8430, East McKeesport, Amvets Post 60, North Braddock, American Legion Post #997, Clarion, the NRA, volunteered for the Wounded Warrior Project and was a member of Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tony was a martial artist reaching 10th degree grandmaster in Kyokkushin-Kai Karate. He was a sportsman and instructor with National Bow Hunters Education, a member of Trout Unlimited, and taught veterans fly tying at the VA Medical Center, Aspinwall, through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. He was an artist and especially enjoyed oil painting.

 
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Daniel Arnold Geruschat

August 25, 2022 |

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

Daniel Arnold Geruschat, 53, of Butler, formerly of Lincoln Borough, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2022. He was born April 15, 1969 in McKeesport and was the son of Yvonne (Kosanovic) Geruschat of Lincoln Borough and the late Arnold A. Geruschat. Daniel was a Senior Coke Specialist at the Cleveland Cliffs Coke Refractory. He was also a member of Bricklayers Local 9. He was a graduate of South Allegheny High School Class of 1987. Dan was an "All Outdoorsman". He enjoyed hunting, motorcycle and bicycle riding, golf, kayaking and running marathons. He was a hard worker, fitness enthusiast, food enthusiast, chef, Penguins and Steelers lover and loved his life. He was a loving husband, great son, brother, uncle, step-dad, and great friend.

 
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David J. Aiken

August 25, 2022 |

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

On Thursday, August 25, 2022, David Aiken, loving husband of Grace Aiken, father of Sherry Colonna (Brian) and Staci Sypien (Scott) and grandfather of Carly and Lily Colonna, passed away peacefully at the age of seventy-eight. To say David was a fan of NASCAR isn’t enough, David never missed a race and was a proud member of the Earnhardt nation. Every weekend he found himself glued to the race coverage tracking qualifying, practice and watching all the weekends series of racing. One of David’s top experiences of his fandom was meeting Dale Earnhardt with his daughter Staci when he came to Pittsburgh for a fan meet and greet at a local car dealership. A story and experience that has been proudfully shared over the years. During a family trip to Florida in 1994, David got to experience the real deal, he climbed in to seat of an actual NASCAR racecar and took it for a few laps around the famed Daytona speedway. If David wasn’t watching Nascar he was most likely planning his families next trip to Myrtle Beach. David truly loved the time spent at the beach with his family. He enjoyed researching restaurants and reviews “On the boards” and loved spending hours soaking in the sun. In recent years David was unable to travel to Myrtle Beach but found great enjoyment checking in on Myrtle Beach via webcams year-round. David also enjoyed an occasional day of fishing, researching the families next chevy vehicle and watching the antics of Victor Newman together with Grace. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sisters, Patti Berebaum, Diane Mihalko; nieces, Jennifer Laverick and Misty Ward; and nephew, Jim Laverick. Family and friends will be received 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Saturday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A funeral service will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 
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Boris "BoBo" Abrasheff

August 25, 2022 |

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

Boris "BoBo" Abrasheff, age 92 of Clairton, passed away at his daughter's home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.  Born March 3, 1930 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Kiril and Theodora (Mirchef) Abrasheff.  A US Army Veteran of the Korean War and member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish - St. Clare of Assisi Church, BoBo was the decades-long owner/proprietor of the Clairton Bakery and an avid golfer.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadette (Chisick) Abrasheff, who passed away November 24, 2005, and his brother Kosta Abrasheff.  BoBo is survived by his daughters Karen (Gil) Berry and Nanette (Barry) Shaffron, both of Jefferson Hills, his brother Carl "Cu" (Marlene) Abrasheff of Clairton, and also nieces and nephews.  

 
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John Sandor

August 25, 2022 |

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

John Sandor, age 81, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired teacher in the Gateway School District, where he was a former assistant baseball coach and video taped the high school football games. A member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp., he was an avid Penn State fan and graduate and an avid sports fan of Elizabeth Forward High School. Born May 19, 1941 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John and Rose (Ferretti) Sandor. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Pat Sandor; daughters, Deann (Adam) Stefl of Elizabeth Twp. and Susan (Shawn) Hall of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Theresa, Molly and Adam Jr.; sister, Mary Phillips of Duquesne; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Hazel Lentini

August 25, 2022 |

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

Hazel (Halle) Lentini, 79, formerly of Hendersonville, NC, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh after a long illness. The eldest of four daughters, she was born March 25, 1943, in McKeesport to Clifford Albert and Etta Mae (March) Halle. She was a member of the Grace Gospel Church in Hickory, NC, and employed as a display designer for Radio Station WHKP. Her great passions were family time, oil painting, music, and traveling. She created more than 100 paintings in her lifetime and was able to attend her final art show in July 2022, which was attended by her supportive family and cherished friends. All four sisters have remained close and traveled many miles to be together through the years. Hazel kept the entire family up to date with a newsletter, the Lentini Lens, and calendars filled with photos, many taken by her. She generously included everyone’s achievements and adventures.

 
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Regina Emerick

August 24, 2022 |

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

Regina Emerick, age 60, of Palm Bay, FL, died on Monday, August 22, 2022. She was born in McKeesport on January 9, 1962 and is the daughter of the late Jack and Regina Kelley Hoak. She was employed as a project analyst at L3Harris Technologies. Regina liked adventuring to new places to visit National Parks and monuments. She loved the Laurel Highlands and belonged among the wildflowers. She spent a lot of her time tending to nature in her own backyard by planting and feeding songbirds and critters. Fall was her favorite season and she'd never miss a Pittsburgh Steelers game. She was a true nurturer by nature and will be sorely missed by every person or creature that knew her.

 
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Theresa M. Heasly Yoest

August 24, 2022 |

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

On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, Theresa M. Heasly Yoest, loving wife, and mother of two daughters, passed away at age 70. She was born in McKeesport on August 10, 1952.

 
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Cornelia "Bub" Nicora

August 24, 2022 |

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

Cornelia "Bub" Nicora, 80, of Greenock, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. She was born December 1, 1941 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late  Peter  G. and Mary (Gavrus) Nicora.  Bub was retired from Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.

 
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Helen M. Thomas

August 23, 2022 |

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

Helen M. Thomas, age 92, of McKeesport, died on Monday, August 22, 2022. She was born in Wilson, PA on May 12, 1930 and is the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Dzurbala Sabo and the wife of the late Leonard M. Thomas, Sr., who died on May 13, 1990. After raising her children, she was employed as a waitress at various country clubs and also was a ticket saleswoman for Kennywood.

 
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Michael Kemple

August 23, 2022 |

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

Michael Kemple, age 94, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 at Paramount Senior Living at South Hills. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of VFW Kastan Uveges Post 7632 in Blaine Hill, American Legion Alonzo Weigel Post 553 in Elizabeth, Clairton VFW Post 803, White Oak American Legion, Monongahela American Legion Post 502, Mon Valley Chapter of the American Merchant Marines, the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club, and the Herminie Senior Center. Born September 4, 1927 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Michael Kemple Sr. and Sophie (Sevick) Kemple and husband of the late Myrna L. (McCarty) Kemple. He is survived by daughters, Carol Kemple of Upper St. Clair, Marlene Patterson of Fredericksburg, VA, and Deborah (Donald) Victor of Elizabeth Twp.; stepdaughters, Mary Lou (Carmen) Bossio of South Park and Penny Hillman of Monongahela; stepsons, James (Margaret) Larkin of Elizabeth and Jay (Diane) McCarty of Monongahela; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Kemple of Myrtle Beach, SC; significant friend, Carol Spina; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret (Lewis) Kemple; stepdaughter, Cindy Niggle; stepson, Gene Larkin; and sisters, Anne Bavin, Barbara Hart and Margaret Thayer. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Funeral Service will take place on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Marilyn Jean Lukowski

August 23, 2022 |

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

Marilyn Jean Lukowski, 86, of Greenock, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 20, 2022. She was born September 22, 1935 in Greenock and was the daughter of the late Edward Howard and Margaret (Heholt) Mains. She was the wife of the late Leonard Joseph Lukowski who passed away June 7, 2018. "Jean" was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greenock and was a Lunch Aid at Mount Vernon Elementary School.

 
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Peter Evanovich

August 23, 2022 |

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

Peter Evanovich, age 92, of Forward Twp., passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 at home. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he retired from Continental Can in West Mifflin. He was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, an independent farmer who loved barbecuing lamb, and a member of Glassport American Legion Post 443. Born October 14, 1929 in Glassport, he was a son of the late Miles and Milka Evanovich. He is survived by his companion, Carolyn Kopnitsky; stepson, Joseph (Cynthia) Kopnitsky of Trafford; and sister, Marian Zajdel of McKeesport. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 12 Noon in Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Twp. with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Betty Jean Marconi

August 23, 2022 |

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

Betty Jean Marconi, age 69, of North Huntingdon, died at home on August 20, 2022.  Born March 2, 1953, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. and Betty (Hemminger) Somerville and wife of August Marconi for 31 years.  Betty Jean worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and retired as a Community Outreach Director with UPMC.  She was an active member of Irwin First Assembly of God Church.  She enjoyed sewing and arts and crafts.  Many of her creations could be found within her home.  Betty Jean cared for her family and friends and was well-loved by everyone who knew her.

 
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Cynthia A. "Cindy" Salopek

August 22, 2022 |

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

Cynthia A. "Cindy" (Breznay) Salopek, 62, of West Mifflin died unexpectantly at home on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Cindy was born February 28, 1960 in McKeesport. She was the daughter of Jane Bitkowski Breznay and the late Francis "Braz" Breznay. Cindy was employed as a Safety Manager for First Transit, Inc. She was the beloved wife of the late Duey Salopek. In addition to her mother, she is also survived by her loving children, Neil Salopek and Nicole (Brandon Nathan) Salopek; five grandchildren, Lia Salopek, Adilee Salopek, Jace Nathan, Dash Nathan, and Cam Nathan. In addition to her father and husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Stephen Breznay. A loving, caring soul, Cindy had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who loved her.

Family and friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne, on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 1 o'clock until a Blessing service at 6 P.M. A repast to celebrate Cindy's life will follow the services at the American Croation Club, 1111 Grant Avenue, Duquesne.

 
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Pauline Ann Monko

August 22, 2022 |

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

Pauline Ann Monko, age 75 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 in Southwestern Nursing Center, West Mifflin.  Born March 15, 1947 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Pauline (Logo) Kendall. She retired as a pharmacy tech for Walmart in West Mifflin and also worked for Thrift Drug in Clairton and Century 3 Dodge.  Pauline was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish – St. Clare of Assisi Church, Clairton.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years Frank T. Monko; her sons Mark P. and Andrew S. Monko, both of Clairton; her sister Georgia Graw of Butler; her brothers Ron Lomis of Mercer and Stefan Hrabosky of Lamy, NM; and also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother John Belcastro.

 
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Barbara A. Hoak

August 22, 2022 |

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

Barbara A. Hoak, 80, of White Oak, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2022 at home. She was born February 4, 1942 in Dravosburg and was the daughter of the late Hilary L. Baker, Sr. and Helen (Wisser) Baker. Barbara was a member of The Bryn Mawr Church of Christ and was the top of her class in nursing school. She had previously worked as a secretary for several doctors offices and in advertising for Wonder Sales.  Barbara was the best wife and mother and a doting grandmother. She had a passion for theatre and was  a tremendous cook and baker, she was known for her fudge, applesauce fruit cake, pumpkin pies, orange cookies and potato soup, to name a few of her family's favorites.  She enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and traveling. She had crossed country to San Diego on a train, visited Niagara Falls and loved going on rides to see fall foliage at Ohiopyle, Bedford and Ligonier. A special passion for Barbara was also rescuing elephants through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  She will be greatly missed.

 
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Mildred P. Matta

August 22, 2022 |

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

Mildred P. Matta, age 94 and a lifelong resident of Port Vue, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022 in John J. Kane Regional Center - McKeesport.  Born September 28, 1927 in McKeesport, she was daughter of the late John and Anna (Pavlecic) Kolic.  A former employee of both G.C. Murphy's and Apter Bros., Mildred was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - Corpus Christi Church in McKeesport and its former Christian Mothers, the CFU Lodge #3, Jednota Lodge #267, and the Mon Yough Friendship Club.  In her spare time, she was an excellent baker but, more importantly, an excellent wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  Besides her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Michael V. Matta, Sr., who passed away May 14, 2006, her sisters Caroline Medved and Ann Luketic, and her brothers John and George Kolic.  She is survived by her sons David M. (Pamela) Matta of Little Boston and Michael V. Matta, Jr. of Greenock; her grandchildren Rachel (Sam) Matta Grissom and Benjamin (Justina) and Aaron Matta; her great-grandchildren Norah Grissom and Sophia Matta (with another arriving shortly, "to-be-named"); and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Francis A. Geletko

August 22, 2022 |

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

Francis A. Geletko, age 72 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Born September 10, 1949 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Frank J. and Alice (Piatek) Geletko.  A member of the former St. joseph's Parish in Clairton, Francis graduated from Clairton High School, Class of 1967, received a football scholarship to the University of Wyoming, and received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the California University of PA.  He began his professional career at US Steel Clairton Works, then worked for many years for the City of Clairton as city clerk, public works director, and finance director.  With the city, Francis proudly instituted Clairton's recycling program.  He retired as director of finance for the Clairton Municipal Authority and also was the founder and owner/proprietor, along with his wife, of Geletko Tax Service, which they operated for 38 years.  He also served on the Clairton School Board.  In his spare time, Francis was a member of the Sons of Columbus, Santa Maria Council #3, an avid golfer, and a big Pittsburgh sports fan.  Francis is survived by his wife of over 49 years Jill (Hoge) Geletko; his son Robert (Colleen) Geletko of Brookline and their children Vivian, Harrison, and Scarlett; his daughter Susannah K. (Mike) Sowko of Rostraver Twp. and their children Rory and Gavin Francis; his sisters Monica LaFrankie and Marie Shelton; and also many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

 
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John F. "Fangs" Farally, Sr.

August 22, 2022 |

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

John F. "Fangs" Farally, Sr., age 56, of Pitcairn, died August 18, 2022, at AHN Forbes Hospital. Born January 7, 1966, in Braddock, he was the son of the late Henry A. Farally Sr. and Dorothy Jean (Moore) Farally.
Fangs was raised in Rankin, Hawkins Village, and attended Howard St. High School. He worked for the Union Railroad and then Flagger Force. Emergency services were a family tradition and ran deep within Fang's blood. He was a Volunteer Fireman with Citizen's Hose Co. #1 of Glassport - Station 161 and lived for it. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially sitting around a campfire, sharing stories with his family. John was a loving and compassionate man who was always willing to help anyone in need.

 
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Arthur R. Cipriani Sr.

August 22, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Arthur R. Cipriani Sr., 89, of Glassport passed on to eternal life on Saturday August 20, 2022. He is the son of the late Ferdinando and Winifred (Ashton) Cipriani. He is survived by his children Arthur (Ann) Cipriani Jr., Michael (Sandra) Cipriani, Elise (Kevin) Wright, David (Suzanne) Cipriani, and Cherise (Cory) Brawner; grandchildren Jason, Emily (Brian Marchetti), Bianca, Kevin, Catherine, Thomas, Sophia and Scarlett; great-grandchildren Elijah, Emmett and Connor; siblings Fred Cipriani and Dolores "Dottie Jo" Nagle; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by beloved wife Mary (Nolfi) Cipriani; grandson Michael Arthur Cipriani; and siblings Elizabeth Carapella, Frank Cipriani, Joseph Cipriani, Leroy Cipriani, and Thomas Cipriani. Art Sr. was a lifetime member of the American Legion, a Korean War Veteran, past president of the Glassport Athletic Association. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf and was very proud of the decades he played in the South Park Senior Golf League and also the many years he was involved in the Glassport Youth League sports and scouting. Friends received Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday 10am at Queen of the Rosary Church, Glassport. Interment following New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of or in addition to flowers, the family asks your consideration to send donations to:

 Meals On Wheels of McKeesport, 1406 Cornell St, McKeesport, PA 15132 (412) 672-1998

 


Craig Baird Smith

August 21, 2022 |

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

Craig Baird Smith, 81, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022. He was born June 30, 1941 in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Homer and Virginia (Derr) Smith. Craig served in the Air Force and was a retired Loan Officer for North Side Deposit Bank, Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laraine Marie (Ercole) Smith; son, Timothy L. (Darlene) Smith of White Oak; daughter, Sharon S. (Mark) Johnson of Upper St. Clair; brother, Marshall "Marty" L. (Lois) Smith of McKeesport; grandchildren, Kayla M. Smith of Pittsburgh, Jordan  L. Yuhas of Elizabeth, Isaac C. Smith of Pleasant Hills, Meghan L. Johnson of Oakland, and Hannah J. Smith of White Oak; sister-in-law, Mary Smith of Steubenville, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, H. Wayne Smith.

 
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William F. Caudill

August 21, 2022 |

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

William F. Caudill, age 76 of Liberty Borough, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Born October 20, 1945 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late William P. and Belva F. (Kauffman) Caudill.  A retired technician for Bettis National Atomic Lab in West Mifflin, William was a dog and horse lover and farrier; an accomplished square dancer; and a car enthusiast and hobbyist, especially 50s hot rods and 60s muscle cars.  He is survived by his sons Jason Caudill of Liberty Borough and Bryan (Kristen) Caudill of North Huntingdon; his grandson Camden Caudill; his siblings Braxton (Lazann) Caudill of Sioux Falls, SD and Christine (Earl) Peters of Hereford; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by his brother Barton H. "Harvey" Caudill. 

 
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Scott Wayne Bernard

August 21, 2022 |

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

Scott Wayne Bernard, age 55 of McKeesport, passed away at home on Friday, August 19, 2022.  Born December 6, 1966 in McKeesport, he was a son of Karen R. (Lockard) Bernard of McKeesport and the late L. Wayne Bernard, who passed away May 19, 1992.  A brick mason by trade, Scott loved deer hunting, camping, riding quads and motorcycles, but most of all, spending time with his many, many friends.  Besides his mother, he is survived by his sons Matthew (Amanda) and Sean; his grandchildren Blake and Mason; his sisters Brenda (Todd) Zabel of Omaha, NE and Kristin Hall of North Huntingdon; and his nieces and nephews Amelia and Melissa Zabel, Marcello Vellano, and Sydney Hall. 

 
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Janice Katherine Hurley

August 20, 2022 |

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

Janice Katherine Hurley, age 63 of White Oak, died Saturday, August 20, 2022. She was born in McKeesport on May 22, 1959 and is the daughter of the late William and Lavina “Kathy” Redinger. She was a medical billing associate for Highmark and for CVS. She was a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Girl Scout leader.

 
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James Wayne Piggford, Jr.

August 20, 2022 |

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

James Wayne Piggford, Jr., died peacefully at Grandview Estates of Elizabeth on Thursday, August 18th. He passed away while holding the hand of Helen Kuzma Piggford, his beloved wife of 71 years, in the presence of his daughter Teresa Mae Buchina of Elizabeth Township, and after praying with his sons James Wayne Piggford III of Simpsonville, SC, and George Alan Piggford, C.S.C., of North Easton, MA. Wayne, as he was known to family and friends, was born in the Braum building in Elizabeth Borough on November 18th, 1929, to Minnie (Braum) and James Wayne Pigford, Sr. He grew up in Elizabeth and West Elizabeth, and he graduated from Elizabeth High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. He enlisted in the Navy and received orders to serve as an engineman assigned to the U.S.S. Gilmore in Key West, FL, and was later assigned to the Nautilus submarine program in New London, CT. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer, Second Class. After he and Helen moved to their current home on Blaine Hill in 1960, he first worked at Continental Can in West Mifflin, PA, then devoted his career to the U.S. Post Office in Elizabeth, first as a mail clerk and later as a rural carrier in Elizabeth and Forward Townships. He happily retired in 1984. Wayne’s 92-year life was a strong thread woven through the lives of many in the Elizabeth area and at Sts. Joachim and Anne parish (formerly St. Michael’s parish). He was a bingo caller for many years, a firefighter and ambulance driver for Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co., an active member of the VFW and American Legion, an usher at St. Michael’s, a little league coach, a card player, and a seasoned traveler—although only by car—to South Carolina, Florida, and anywhere else his children were residing. Wayne was passionately devoted to Helen, his wife. He deeply loved his children Teresa, wife of Steven Buchina; Wayne III, husband of Laura; and George, a Roman Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He doted on his grandsons, who are both U.S. Marines: James Connor, husband of TJ, and Alexander Ryan. Wayne is survived by his sisters Ruth Ann Chomas of Elizabeth Township and Helen Louise Wivagg of Forward Township. His brother Charles passed away in 1990. He loved his nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and other relatives, and he enjoyed sharing jokes, stories, poems, and prayers with family, friends, neighbors, and random strangers. In addition to family, the Eucharist was the center of his life, and he quietly prayed for the “unborn, the born, the dying, and the dead” every day of his life. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Monday, August 22, 2002 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian burial will take place on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 10 AM in St. Michael’s Church with his son, Rev. George Piggford officiating. Burial to follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family recommends donations in the name of James Wayne Piggford, Jr., to Boys Town (https://www.boystown.org/Pages/how-you-help.aspx) and Disabled American Veterans (https://www.ihelpveterans.org). Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Dorothy Ann Ingram

August 20, 2022 |

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

Dorothy Ann Ingram, age 87, of White Oak died on Friday, August 19, 2022. She was born in McKeesport on July 18, 1935 and is the daughter of the late Louis and May Reed Kubant and the wife of the late Robert John Ingram, who died on December 6, 2020. She was employed as a secretary at Westinghouse Airbrake before raising her four children. She later was employed as a tax collector for the White Oak Borough for over 30 years. Dorothy was a longtime member of St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak, where she loved to volunteer. She would assist at the parish festival and various other events and was a member of the Christian Mothers group.

 
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Gerald N. "Jerry" Sombo

August 20, 2022 |

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

Gerald N. Sombo, "Jerry", 90, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born March 7, 1932 in Braddock, son of the late John and Margaret (Servocky) Sombo. Jerry was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Coast Guard and retired from Westinghouse Corp. He was a life member of North Huntingdon Twp. Rescue 8, member of North Huntingdon Twp. Firemen's Association and former member of Hartford Heights VFD.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert J. Sombo. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne (Reed) Sombo; daughter, Lori Ann Suranski, and her husband, Richard, son, William H. Sombo, and his wife, Nancy, daughter, Lisa Marie Robertson; grandchildren, David (Brandi) Suranski, Matthew (Denelle) Suranski, Stephanie (John) Hellmann, Caitlyn (Eric) Sombo, Nicole Bryan, Samuel Gates Jr., Megan (Brent) Evejen; great-grandchildren, Alexia, Gracelyn, Layla, Lillie, Paisley, Christopher, Elaina, JR, Anna and Alex.
Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment to follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Huntingdon EMS. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Gilbert Lebowitz

August 19, 2022 |

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

Gilbert Lebowitz, 80, of White Oak, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022. He was born August 8, 1942 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Morris and Sarah (Klein) Lebowitz. Gilbert was a member of Gemilas Chesed Synagogue and was a retired Production Manager for Zell Brothers in York. 

 
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Audrey Ann Orr

August 19, 2022 |

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

Audrey Ann Orr, age 88, of Greensburg, died August 12, 2022, at home.  Born June 12, 1934, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Helen (Scott) Indyk and wife of the late Thomas Clark McKee and William Breckenridge Orr. 

Audrey worked as a dietitian with Mercy Hospital for over 30 years.  She was a member of the Fox Chapel Golf Club and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.  She loved art and enjoyed traveling to Florida with her late husband, Bill. 

Audrey is survived by a daughter, Renee (Scott) Logan; grandchildren, Dane Travis (Callen) Logan and Chase Alan Logan. 

She was also preceded in death by siblings, Leo Indyk, Jr., Robert "Tinny" Indyk, and Rosemarie Indyk.  
Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory.  
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.  
Chris Odasso, Supervisor

 


Robert J. Sherman

August 18, 2022 |

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

Robert J. "Tumba" Sherman, 85, of Elizabeth Township, peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. He was born February 19, 1937 in Glassport, and was the son of the late Felix "Duke" and Mary (Jankowski) Sherman. He was preceded in death by siblings Ernest Sherman, Dolores (Sherman) Parenti, Raymond Sherman, and Patricia Sherman.

 
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Mary Cmar

August 17, 2022 |

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

Mary (Mindas) Cmar, 89, of Munhall, formerly of West Mifflin, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, after suffering from the results of a massive stroke in April of this year. 

Born on September 23, 1932, in Hrhov, Slovakia, she emigrated to Duquesne, at 14 years of age.  She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Sopko) Mindas.  She was wholeheartedly  welcomed into the arms of her loving husband, Edward J. Cmar, Sr., who died in 1987, reunited together, and endlessly catching up on their beloved family memories in heaven.

She is survived by her loving children, Carol (Patrick) Fleming of West Mifflin, and Edward J. Cmar of Columbus, Ohio, her grandchildren, Nicholas (Melissa) Fleming, Angela (Nathan) Bundy, Joseph (Samantha) Fleming, Rebecca Cmar, Patrick Fleming, Jr., and Samuel (Jeanie) Fleming, as well as the lights of her life, her great-grandchildren, Connor, Rowland, Eden, Everleigh, Blake, Brody, Gunnar and Blaise, all of whom she prayed for daily.

 
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Denise A. Mullineaux

August 17, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Denise Ann Mullineaux, 69 of McKeesport, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at her home. She was born in Vandergrift, PA, on July 23, 1953, to the late William H. and Geraldine Louise Plowman Mullineaux. She is survived by brothers David W. (Valerie) Mullineaux of Springfield, VA, and Douglas Mullineaux of West Mifflin, as well as sisters Dawn (Herb) Heid of Kissimmee, FL, and Deborah (William) Elliott of West Mifflin. Further survivors include nieces and nephews Cathy Heid, Nicole Heid, Jason Lippert, Dawn Lippert, Carl Elliott, and Stephen (Jiyun Lee) Elliott. Additional survivors include great nieces Cassidy Lippert, Allison Lippert, and Logan Elliott, and great nephew Holden Elliott. Denise was preceded in death by her niece Nicole Elliott. She was employed by Olan Mills in Pleasant Hills for 20 years, working in the delivery department. She enjoyed riding horses during her teenage years and found happiness in animals, especially dogs. A memorial service will take place at 1 PM on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A repast location will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs by going to https://fundthefuneral.com/denise-mullineaux. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Phillip Lee Snyder

August 16, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Phillip Lee Snyder, 83, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin passed away on August 12, 2022, at Willow Brooke Senior Living.

At Phillip’s request, no services will be held.  Instead, the cremains will be spread in Florida with a memorial service held in Pennsylvania at a later date.  

He was born on December 31, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA.  Phillip was the son of Rex Edward Foster and mother Nada Verdella Townsend.  He later married Cheryl Lynn Hankins Snyder who preceded him in death.

He was an over-the-road truck driver during his working career.  He honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1959 – 1963.

 
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John W. Schaut

August 16, 2022 |

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

John W. Schaut, age 85, of McKeesport, died August 6, 2022.  Born October 21, 1936, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Alexis E. and Alice M. (Schmitt) Schaut and husband of the late Barbara Schaut.  John was a member of Holy Trinity Church until it closed and was currently a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish.  He served in the Navy for 4 years and then transferred to the Naval Reserves.  John was a draftsman and worked for various engineering firms.  He was a skilled woodworker and built toy boxes and rocking horses for his grandchildren when they were young.  He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood.  He volunteered for 25 years with AARP preparing taxes, and also volunteered with the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

 
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Douglas James Wright

August 15, 2022 |

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

Douglas James Wright, 40, died August 4, 2022. Arrangements were in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Douglas James Wright, please visit our floral store.

 


Freddie Robbins

August 15, 2022 |

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

Freddie Robbins, 88, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania was born September 26, 1933, in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the beloved son to the late John and Edna Green-Robbins.

Freddie was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He worked at Krispy Kreme Doughnut, Steel Mill, Auberle, School Bus Driver with perfect attendance with dedication & commitment to children’s safety. He enjoyed working on cars & would help his friends/family with repairs of their vehicles. He was a creative person with a natural niche for carpentry, electrical, mechanical, & plumbing workmanship.  He performed most of the maintenance in the upkeep of his home. Freddie was a man of many talents.

 
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Mary M. (Yankowski) Lisic

August 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Mary M. (Yankowski) Lisic, 100, peacefully passed on August 8, 2022, at the age of 100, with her family at her side. Mary was the devoted wife of the late Sylvester “Sy” Lisic. Loving mother of Janet Lucarelli, John (MaryAnn) Florchak, Susan Rappaport. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in passing by her parents, Casper and Catherine (Matakas) Yankowski, and her son, Michael Lisic.

Mary was part of the Greatest Generation. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed baking. Mary was a former member of the St. Jude Rosary Society.

Visitation
Thursday
August 11, 2022
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alfieri Funeral Home Inc.
201 Marguerite Ave
Wilmerding, PA 15148

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
August 12, 2022
10:00 AM
St. Jude the Apostle Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish
405 Westinghouse Ave
Wilmerding, Pa 15148

 


Rebecca R. (Winks) Buchleitner

August 15, 2022 |

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

Rebecca R. (Winks) Buchleitner, age 90, formerly of North Versailles, PA, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the home of her daughter in Hendersonville, TN. Born in Pittsburgh on August 7, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Helen (Nowinckle) Winks. She formerly worked at Union Switch and Signal as a Tar Baby and was also a seamstress at a drapery factory and a men’s clothing store. Most of all, she was a wife and mother. She liked to crochet, square dance and be on her C.B. radio. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Buchleitner; mother of Patricia (Carl) McNickle of Hendersonville, TN and the late Robert John Buchleitner and late Robert William Buchleitner; grandmother of Brandon (Brittany) McNickle and CJ (Nora) McNickle; great grandmother of Layla Grace McNickle & Mason James McNickle and Chasen Edward & Reagan Leigh McNickle; and sister of the late Raymond (late Phyllis) Winks. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from Noon-2:00 p.m., at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, where a Funeral Service will take place at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. John Barker, officiating. Burial will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

 


Joseph M. Sabol Jr.

August 15, 2022 |

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

Joseph M. Sabol Jr., age 91, of Duquesne, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at The Grove in North Huntingdon. Born in West Mifflin on October 11, 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph M. Sr. and Mary (Petras) Sabol. He was a retired steelworker from U.S. Steel-Homestead Works and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-St. Agnes Church, where he was an usher. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Joseph is the beloved husband of Loretta (Kukta) Sabol for 65 years; father of Joseph (Cynthia) Sabol of South Fayette; grandfather of Andrew Joseph Sabol, Lauren (Matthew) Reick and Rachel Staley; and great grandfather of Logan. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Agnes Church-West Mifflin, with Rev. Dan Sweeney, officiating. Military Honors will follow. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Dennis Clyde “Den” Randolph

August 15, 2022 |

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

Dennis Clyde “Den” Randolph, 72, of Sutersville passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2022. He was born September 4, 1949 in McKeesport and is the son of Erma J. (Betzner) Randolph and the late Clyde I. Randolph. After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1967, Den met the love of his life, Diane. He then enlisted with the Marines and served from 1969-1971 and has always been a proud Veteran. Den worked many jobs through the years, but retired in 2016 from Basic Carbide, where he worked as an Inspector & Shipper. He was a member of Shaner Gun Club, and he loved hunting. He was a huge family man, and loved spending time with them, and he especially loved his dogs.

 
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Amy Lynn Wallace

August 13, 2022 |

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

Amy Lynn Wallace, 47, of Liberty Borough, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home with her family by her side on Friday, August 12, 2022. She was born October 14, 1974 in McKeesport and was the daughter of Robert C. (Penny Romano) Wallace of Elizabeth Township and Bernice Stanchik (Tim) McDonald of Elizabeth Township. Amy was a Child Psychologist and worked for the Elizabeth Forward School District. She was a 1992 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and 1999 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. She was a member of White Oak American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and she was also a member of numerous professional organizations.

 
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Julia Karnash

August 13, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Julia Karnash, 91, died Aug. 13, 2022.  She is the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Graban and beloved wife of the late Joseph Karnash.  She is survived by her daughters Evelyn (Bill) Piel, JoAnn (Dave) Hartos, Anna O'Toole and Linda Karnash; grandchildren Jason (Jenn) Piel, Alex (Becky) Hartos, Jennifer (Dan) Phinick, Amanda O'Toole and Kelsey O'Toole; great grandchildren Ethan Piel, Kylie Piel, Lucas Piel, Elizabeth Hartos and Katie Hartos; sister-in-law Peggy Graban; also nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brothers Anthony Graban, John Graban, Mike (Mary) Graban, Nick (Mary) Graban, Pete (Rose) Graban, Joseph (Jean) Graban, Frank (Margaret) Graban, Andy Graban; sisters Rose (Edward) Kosar and Mary (George) Yosko.  Julia was a member of St. Joachim and Ann Parish.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Mon. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral mass will be held Tues. 10:00 am at St. Eugene Church.  Entombment following Calvary Cemetery.

 


Georgianna A. Palyo

August 13, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Georgianna A. Palyo, 63, of Glassport died Aug. 4, 2022.  She is the daughter of the late Stefan and Anna (Jubana) Petro.  She is survived by her husband David Palyo, Sr.; sons David Palyo, Jr and Christopher (Amanda) Palyo; daughter Rachel (Brian) Baker; grandchildren Allyssa, Christopher, Jr. and Noah Baker; brothers Joe and Mike Petro; sisters Mae Noll and Susie Petro; also nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangments were handled by the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Frank R. Harding

August 13, 2022 |

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

Frank R. Harding, age 69, of McKeesport, died August 12, 2022, at home.  Born October 21, 1952, in North Versailles, he was the son of the late Francis Spencer and Dorothy (Baker) Harding.  Frank worked in the warehouse for Magic Creations and was known for his work ethic.  He used to have a camp in Tionesta and enjoyed spending time there and fishing.  Frank had an infectious personality and made friends where ever he went.

 
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Lois Jean Frinsco

August 12, 2022 |

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

Beloved mother Lois Jean Frinsco, age 92 of Elizabeth Twp. and formerly of Versailles, passed over at her daughter's home with her family at her side.  Born July 16, 1930 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Shigo) Sickels and wife of 66 years of the late Bernard A. Frinsco, who passed away May 4, 2017.  A member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick's Church in McKeesport, Lois is survived by her children Karen (Michael) Yurechko of Elizabeth Twp., Bernard and David Frinsco, both of Houston, TX, and Timothy (Jacquie) Frinsco of Monroeville; her nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

 
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Jay C. Lewis

August 12, 2022 |

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

Jay Claude Lewis, age 86 of Pleasant Hills, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born December 27, 1935 in Clairton, he was a son of the late John C. and Sarah E. (Grimes) Lewis.  Jay was a talented hairdresser and barber with a loyal following, an amazing ice skater (who once tried out for the Ice Capades), and an excellent golfer and true student of the game.  To all of these activities he applied a technical aptitude and curiosity, always trying to better his crafts.  Most importantly though, he was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by the many, many people who loved him.  Jay is survived by his wife of 65 years Judy (Grotefend) Lewis; his children Robin (Paul) Haines of Indiana, PA and J.C. (Karen) Lewis of Raleigh, NC; his grandchildren Jordan and Casey Haines, Callie Jellots, and Koutnaye and Haley Lewis; his seven great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Earle Slawson Guffey

August 11, 2022 |

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

Earle Slawson Guffey, age 83, of Naples, FL, formerly of McKeesport and North Huntingdon, on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 in Florida. He was born in McKeesport on November 21, 1938 and is the son of the late Judge James McClurg and Gretchen Slawson Guffey. He graduated from Penn State University in 1960 and was first in his class in business horticulture major. He was formerly the CEO of Johnston The Florist and Johnston’s greenhouses and owned and operated 25 floral shops located throughout Western Pennsylvania.

 
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Thomas A. Kustra

August 11, 2022 |

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

Thomas A. Kustra, age 70 of North Huntingdon died August 10, 2022 at Forbes Regional Health Care Center. He was born June 11, 1952 in McKeesport, a son of Albert and the late Barbara Kowalski Kustra. Prior to his retirement, Tom was employed as an electrical engineer for the former Bechtel-Bettis Plant. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a masters degree in electrical engineering. He was an active member of the Norwin Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed technology, playing horseshoes, and playing with his grandson. He was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Kustra. In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife Linda Casey Kustra, a son Jeffrey and his wife Alicia, a daughter Melissa McLaughlin (Ryan), a brother James (Kelley), and grandson Greyson. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. with a service to follow at 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Czestochowa Cemetery, 144 Upper Heckman Rd., White Oak, PA. PLEASE GO DIRECLTY TO THE CEMETERY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Norwin Church of the Nazarene. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Myles H. Andrews

August 10, 2022 |

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

Myles H. Andrews, age 72, of McKeesport passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Born November 16, 1949 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Henry and Helen (Brodzinski) Andrews. Myles attended Lafayette University on a football scholarship and was a member of the Phi Delta Fraternity. He went on to work as a teacher at McKeesport High School for 28 years, and coached football at McKeesport High School for many years. He also owned Myles Andrews Landscaping for 20+ years. He was also a member of Corpus Christi Church (Mother Mary of God Parish) in McKeesport

 
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Margaret Traynor

August 10, 2022 |

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

Margaret Traynor, age 97, of White Oak, died August 9, 2022, at AHN Forbes Hospital. Born March 30, 1925, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Kohlar) Biros and wife of the late Joseph Traynor.
Margaret enjoyed going to Polka. She was meticulous and proud to keep a tidy home where she could spend time with her loving grandchildren.

 
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Patricia Rae Shaw

August 10, 2022 |

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

Patricia Rae Shaw, 85, of White Oak passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2022. She was born in McKeesport and is the daughter of the late William and Blanche (Hall) Connelly. Pat is the wife to the late Arthur D. Shaw, who passed away September 22, 1991. She was a member of St. Angela Church and a long time volunteer at the Intersection in McKeesport, where food and supplies are donated and given to those in need.

 
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Mark J. Cooper

August 10, 2022 |

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

Mark J. Cooper, age 70, of Elizabeth Twp., died peacefully in his home on August 8, 2022. Born October 4, 1951, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Donald and Jane (Hamer) Cooper, and is survived by his loving sister, Amy Cooper.

Mark was one of the kindest and wisest people his family and friends had the privilege of knowing. He would also insist “funniest,” but those who knew him would debate that point. Even in casual conversation he exhibited such an enjoyable intelligence that those little chats are what we treasure - want to know about the history of an obscure building in Erie, Pennsylvania? Not only would Mark know the history, his eyes would dance at the opportunity to share that information.

 
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Mary Joyce "Snookie" Catania

August 10, 2022 |

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

Mary Joyce "Snookie" Catania, age 84, of White Oak, died August 8, 2022, at UPMC McKeesport.  Born May 23, 1938, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna  (Minyon) Sestile.  
Mary Joyce was an avid listener of the music of the 50's and loved to dance.  
She is survived by a son, Nick (Sarah) Trbovic; grandchildren, Elena and Elias Trbovic; a brother, John Sestile, and many nieces and nephews.  

 
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Lucinda Lou "Cindy" Massaro

August 09, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Lucinda Lou  (Cindy) Massaro age 70 of Glassport Pa died peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer on August 8, 2022.  Lucinda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Anthony Massaro and 2 sons,  Matthew and Anthony ( Aleasha) and granddaughters Baylee and Kambrie, also from Glassport.  She also leaves behind a brother, Lawrence Chottiner (Nancy); a sister Holly Donegan ( John); Sister in law Joann Filson (Duane) and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Caroline Chottiner of North Versailles. Cindy is a graduate of McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing in 1973, where she also began her career as a registered nurse.  She was a devoted wife and mother and was a dedicated caregiver to her son Matthew.  She was a member of the Linway Presbyterian Church.  A celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport

 


Joan Marie Teck

August 09, 2022 |

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

Joan M. (Skrtic) Teck, of Versailles Borough, has entered eternal rest on August 1, 2022, at McKeesport Hospital. Born June 16, 1946, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Alice (Mains) Skrtic and the wife of Larry V. Teck, Sr. Joan was a caring, loving, and beautiful woman who will be deeply missed. She loved to attend church with her friends, dancing, playing bingo, and being a wife, mother, and grandmother.
In addition to her husband, survivors include daughters; Ann (Keith) Larko and Lori (Brian) Sanchez and Son; Larry V. Teck, Jr., grandchildren; Larry Sanchez and Lauryn Sanchez, siblings; Nicholas (the late Kathryn) Skrtic, Steve Skrtic, Mary (the late Edwin) Serena and Carol (Michael) Salter, also many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

 
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Brian Marc Gerendash

August 09, 2022 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Brian Marc Gerendash, 60, of McKeesport, died Monday, August 8, 2022 at home.  Born in McKeesport on October 22, 1961, he was the son of the late Marvin B. and Florence D. Hochhauser Gerendash.  He is survived by his brother, Mitchell (Cindy) Gerendash of White Oak, his sisters, Goldie Janusek of North Versailles and Iris Russ of McKeesport, also by nieces and nephews.  He was a graduate of McKeesport High School.  A service will be held Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Grandview Cemetery, 1301 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA  15137, followed by interment in the family lot.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 


James A. "Sonny" Budai

August 09, 2022 |

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

James A. “Sonny” Budai, age 84, of Versailles Boro, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022, in Jefferson Hospital. Born in Duquesne on November 9, 1937, he was the son of the late James S. and Alberta (Bost) Budai. He was a former salesman for the V.F.W., in Columbus, Ohio and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. He was the former husband of Debra (David) Budai of Columbus, Ohio; father of James W. (Heather) Budai of Galloway, Ohio; grandfather of Mallory Budai, Evan J. Budai and Jillian M. Budai; brother of Carol (Bob) Kostelnik of West Mifflin and Paul (Colleen) Budai of West Mifflin; cousin of James (Carol) Howard, Terry (Jean) Howard, Patti (Tom) Klocko, and Susan Howard. He was predeceased by his aunt Philomena Howard. There is no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Carolin J. Boczar

August 08, 2022 |

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

Carolin J. Boczar, age 92, of McKeesport, died August 6, 2022. Born June 30, 1930, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Marko and Caroline (Krznaric) Kasunic and wife of the late Herbert Boczar.
Carolin was employed as a Human Resource Director by General Electric Credit and was a valued employee at Community College of Allegheny County. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick Church, and volunteered at McKeesport Hospital for over 20 years.

 
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Mary Anne Burgman

August 08, 2022 |

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

Mary Anne Burgman, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022 at The Grove.  She was born September 21, 1938 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Jackowski.  Mary Anne was a homemaker and worked as a cashier for Rite Aid.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and enjoyed trips to the casinos.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel Burgman, and brothers, Chuck and Peter Jackowski.  She is survived by her children, Daniel Burgman, Donald (Eileen) Burgman, David Burgman, Doris Baker (Randy), Dennis (Cindy) Burgman and Deneen Gable; sister, Eileen (Norman) Heinack; sister-in-law, Fran Jackowski; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Blessing service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwin Area Meals on Wheels.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Robert W. Fierst Sr.

August 08, 2022 |

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

Robert W. Fierst Sr., 89, of Jeannette, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  He was born June 6, 1933 in Butler, a son of the late Aloysius and Ethel Fierst.  Prior to his retirement, Robert worked for the maintenance department for Allegheny County and enjoyed fishing and loved his beer.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Chanery.  He is survived by his sons, Robert Jr. (Nikki), John (Melissa); daughters, Linda (Steve), Lorraine (Bill), Lori (Dennis), Lisa and Loretta; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  There will be no visitation.   Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


William W. Kiraly

August 07, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

William (Bill) W. Kiraly, age 65, of Glassport, Pennsylvania passed away on August 6,
2022.  He is survived by his daughter, Alexandra M. Kiraly of San Diego, California and
his beloved dog, Bandit. Born on February 2, 1957 to the late William A. and Anna
Jean Kiraly. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shelly L. Kiraly.  As an Allegheny
County employee for the past 40 years, first with Shuman Detention Center, then with
the Public Defender’s Office and for the last 22 years as Tipstaff for The Honorable
Kevin G. Sasinoski in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Bill was a
member of the local PNA. His love for opening day of Trout Season took him fishing
down many streams. He was an avid Penn State and Steeler Football fan, as well as
the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will be missed by all of those who worked and knew him.
Friends received at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, on Wednesday,
August 10, 2022 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral blessing will be held Thursday at
10:00 am, internment following at McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery.

 


William A. "Bill" Haley

August 06, 2022 |

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

William A. "Bill" Haley, 94, of North Huntingdon, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Friday August 5, 2022, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born in Duquesne, June 22, 1928, he was the son of the late Andrej "Andy" and Anna (Artim) Haley. Beloved husband of 68 years to Florence (Petriskie) Haley, he is also survived by a son, Bill (Cyndee) Haley, a daughter Denise (late Jeff Pavlic), A brother Andy (Olive) Haley; three grandchildren, Billy (Charity) Haley, Jenny Haley, and Josh Cooley, six great grandchildren, Kayla, Alyssa, Devon, Isaac, Addy, and Cody; also several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Haley and three brothers, Tom (late Martha) Haley, Bob Haley, and Jerry Haley. Mr. Haley was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a retired brakeman for the Union Railroad Company. Mr. Haley was also an accomplished masonary worker. He was a loving family man who enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing and gardening. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Family and friends will be received from 12 noon until a Parastas Service at 3P.M. on Monday, August 8, 2022, in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne with Rev. Will Rupp officiating. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

 
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John "Butch" Coyne

August 06, 2022 |

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

John (Butch) Coyne, 73, of Hazelwood, passed peacefully at his home on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 . Born December 23, 1948, in Hazelwood,  to Rose (Provident) and Edward T. Coyne, Sr. He was a graduate of Bishop Boyle High School. He married Karen (Poniatowski) October 21, 1978. Together they shared four children; Sara (Ed) Foster, Jon (Kristin), Liam (Amy) Coyne, and Devin (Tom) Madden. He also had nine loving grandchildren; Brianna, Leanna, Angela, Carmella, Olivia, Gianna, Eddie, Abigail, and Leland. . Brother of the late Edward T. Coyne Jr. survived by his wife, Mary Rita and their children Regina (Nate), Eddie (Brooke), and Kathleen (Matt), along with his great nieces and nephews.

He worked at Calig Steel Drum Company until their closure and later as a security guard for Pittsburgh Public Schools. John lived his life to the fullest through the simple things; chatting with friends and family, telling stories, and spending time with his grandchildren. Butch was a well respected man by everyone he came in contact with including the many students he mentored as his time as a security officer at Langley and Brashear High School. 

Family and friends will be received from 2-8 P.M. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne. Parting prayers will be praye at 10:15 A.M. on Friday, August 5, in the Memorial Home, followed by Funeral Services at 11 A.M. in the Hazelwood Christian Church, 118 Glen Caladh Street, Hazelwood.

 
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Ronald T. Zebroski

August 05, 2022 |

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

Ronald T. Zebroski, age 76, of McKeesport, died on August 4, 2022, at home. Born June 28, 1946, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Stephen and Regina (Pacacha) Zebroski and the wife of Cecelia (Callahan) Zebroski for over 37 years.
Ron retired from UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon-Yough, where he started in mental health and finished as a drug and alcohol therapist. In his early years, Ron worked for Gimbels Department Store as a toy buyer and then as a salesman in the pipe industry. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving during peacetime. Ron attended Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Angela Merici Church. He found peace in helping others and was a proud father and grandfather. Ron considered himself blessed to have his family. He truly loved his work and recently mentored Jordan Little through the death of his father. He loved to watch Fox News, play on his I pad, and travel with his beloved wife.

 
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Charles A. "Charlie" Ricciotti

August 05, 2022 |

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

Charles A. "Charlie" Ricciotti, 86, of Mt. Vernon passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022. He was born June 16, 1936 in McKeesport and was the son to the late Charles and Anna (Lind) Ricciotti. Charlie graduated from McKeesport High School in 1954 and went into the Army, where he served from 1959-1962 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a Machinist for US Steel - National Tube Works, among many other machine shops through the years. He was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick's Church, a part of Christy Park and Renzie Park Seniors, White Oak VFW Post 701, and the ISDA. In his younger years, Charlie was an avid tennis player and instructor.

 
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Kenneth M. Mitchell

August 04, 2022 |

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

Kenneth M. Mitchell, minister, teacher, loyal brother, loving son, uncle, and friend, sadly passed away on August 1, 2022, at a senior living facility, The Sheridan at Bethel Park. He died as a result of late-stage dementia at the age of 74. A wise man once stated, “if you must choose, take a good name rather than great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1 The Living Bible. Ken chose a good name rather than riches and in doing so was held in loving esteem by many in the community.

 
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Theodore Raymond Erkman

August 04, 2022 |

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

Theodore Raymond Erkman (Ted)  passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on August 3, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born on January 24, 1940 in McKeesport, PA, the son of  Michael and Agnes (Reskovac) Erkman.  He attended McKeesport Area schools and went on to obtain a BA degree in Journalism from Duquesne University.  Ted enlisted in the Army National Guard and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.  After his service, he married his sweetheart, Kathleen (Narkiewicz) Erkman.  He then accepted a job at J.W. Thompson in New York City, where he worked as an Account Executive on the Phillips Petroleum  account. While in New York, Ted and Kathy were proud owners of a brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which they renovated.  Ted also served as president of the Park Slope Block Association, where he headed up the tree planting project.  If you visit the neighborhood streets of 154 Berkeley Place, you will be able to admire the 50+ year-old trees he planted which make Brooklyn beautiful today!

 
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Robert J. Paul

August 03, 2022 |

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

Robert J. Paul, age 86, of West Mifflin, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2022, at Jefferson Hospital.  Born in Pittsburgh on February 7, 1936, he was a retired steelwork at J&L Steel-Hazelwood and a member of St. Joseph Church of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed working around the house and was a wonderful husband and father. Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Jane (Mihalik) Paul, and children Robert M. Paul and Gregory J. Paul, both of West Mifflin. There will be no visitation or services. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

 


Jean (Ellis) Tucker

August 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Jean (Ellis) Tucker, 84, of North Versailles Twp. died July 31, 2022, with her loving husband at her side. Jean was the beloved wife of Frank “Bucky” Tucker for 35 years. She was the loving stepmother of Gary Tucker, Sharon Dunbar, and the late Ricky Tucker. She is also survived by her sister, Dotty Thomas, many relatives and friends.

Per Jean’s wishes, all services are private. A celebration of Jean’s life with be held at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Alfieri Funeral Home, Wilmerding. Please visit www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jean (Ellis) Tucker, please visit our floral store.

 


Mary "Bam" R. (Gwinner) Aniszewski

August 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Mary “Bam” R. (Gwinner) Aniszewski, age 56, of North Versailles, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022. She was born August 10, 1965 in Braddock, a daughter of the late William and Johanna Gwinner. She last worked for A.J. Silberman Company in Braddock where she developed life long friendships, especially with her “sister”; Shelly (Tony) Mamaeff. She loved spending time with her grandkids and liked traveling, antiquing, bingo, and trips to the casino. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers William Alan Gwinner and Darryl Scott Gwinner; and sister Holly Russo.

 
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Leah Ja'Nee Barber

August 02, 2022 |

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

Leah Ja'Nee Barber, 50, died July 25, 2022. She was born on October 16, 1971, in McKeesport Hospital. She was the daughter of Robert C. Barber and the late Barbara Ann Barber. Leah was the youngest of 5 siblings.

Leah accepted the Lord as her Personal Savior during her preteen years at Morning Star Baptist Church, West Mifflin. Leah faithfully attended Sunday school and singing in the Sunbeam Choir.   As her health permitted, she developed a closer walk with God and became an avid bible study partner with her Aunt Sue Brown. Every week she watched MSBC online -services, Leah always told her nurses how much she enjoyed Sunday Worship, her sister is a good preacher, and how proud she was of her nieces who could mime. Even as her health was failing, she always looked forward to Aunt Lisa for a word of encouragement and motivation through the Word of God. And for that, her family thank you for keeping her mind stayed on Jesus.

During her younger years, Leah enjoyed double-double dutch jump rope, riding her bike, and modeling at various Back 2 School fashion shows. What many may not know is that Leah also enjoyed the arts. She loved to free-hand draw which included fashion designing. She was also an avid lover of Gospel music and Oldies but Goodies where she often posted songs to others from different decades on her Facebook page.

 
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Michael S. Kriebel

August 02, 2022 |

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

Michael S. Kriebel, 61, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Belair Health and Rehabilitation in Lower Burrell, PA.

 
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William Joseph Paterra

August 02, 2022 |

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

William Joseph Paterra, age 62, of McKeesport, died on Monday, August 1, 2022. He was born in McKeesport on September 3, 1959 and is the son of the late Louis S. and Helen Hreha Paterra. He was formerly employed at McKeesport Hospital, was the Director of Housekeeping at Point Park University, and retired as the Operations Director at Monroeville Mall. He was a medic for McKeesport EMS, where he started as a junior and continued for about 10 years. He was a football coach for many years where he coached local youth football and was actively involved with youth sports programs. He was a coach for McKeesport Little Tigers prior to coaching at McKeesport High School and East Allegheny High School. He was well known throughout the community and loved coaching and influencing the lives of the youth. Bill was also a very avid Pittsburgh sports fan. Besides sports, he loved vacationing and taking his dog, Holly, for walks to play ball, and spending time with his grandson, Harper.

 
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Lauren A. Borrelli

August 02, 2022 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 

Late Monday August 1st our loving daughter, sister and friend Lauren Borrelli passed peacefully at the age of 34.  Born March 29, 1988 she was the daughter of Mi Sun and the late Christopher Borrelli.  She was a graduate of both Penn State (B.Sc. Psychology) and Pitt (Master of Business Administration).   Lauren worked in Pharmaceutical Contract Negotiations at Amgen, first in Los Angeles and then remotely from her home in Pittsburgh. Her memory lives on through her mother, her sister Sarah Borrelli (Ryan Surace), nephew Nico Surace and niece Luna Surace, as well as her aunts, uncles, cousins, and innumerable friends. Lauren was fanatical about Formula 1 racing and made it to nearly every race watch party at Coop Deville even with the ridiculously early race times of the series. She was involved with many gyms, too many to count. Lauren cared deeply for others and frequently made care packages and home-made chapstick to give to the homeless near her North Side apartment. She was passionate about hiking, climbing and walking. Frequently, she would take several multi-hour “short walks” to get donuts from this “new place you have to try.” Games! She loved games. Even when she had never played a game or barely listened to the rules, she would immediately determine the optimum strategy and exploits to win. She would always get there before anyone else.  Friends and loved ones are invited to come share in celebrating her life and experiences at Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport, PA on Friday August 5th from 2-4p and 6-8p.

 


Lavino W. Dandrea

August 02, 2022 |

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

Lavino "Beans" Dandrea, age 89 of McKeesport, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2022 in Mountainview Skilled Nursing Home, Greensburg.  Born September 8, 1932 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Biagio and Angelina (Spaccasassi) Dandrea. A former vice president of Tico Electric in McKeesport and Korean War Veteran of the US Army, Lavino was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick's Church of McKeesport.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the late Maryann (Kolic) Dandrea, who passed away January 18, 2018, and his son William Dandrea.   Lavino is survived by his sons Mark (Jane) Dandrea of Monroeville and Vincent (Denise) Dandrea of Irwin; his six grandchildren: Ryan (Taylor) Dandrea, Michael (Anna) Dandrea, Victoria (Benjamin Bugaile) Dandrea, Mark James (Mary) Dandrea, Vincent M. Dandrea, Jr., and Dakota Mary Dandrea; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Arlene Altman

August 02, 2022 |

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

Arlene Altman, 88, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, August 1, 2022 at her home.  She was born May 3, 1934 in Harrison City, a daughter of the late John and Helen (Lauffer) Kemerer.  Arlene was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church and Norwin Art League.  She enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, sewing and gardening and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Frank Altman, infant daughter, Darla Joy and brother, Terry Kemerer.  She is survived by her children, Janine (Gary) Opfer, of Boston, PA, Cheryl (Earl) Kiser, of N. Irwin, Kirk (Deb) Altman, of Irwin, Renee (Andrew) Gabany, of Penn Twp., Craig (Kelli) Altman, of Newnan, GA; grandchildren, Steven (Melissa) Opfer, Rachel Fawcett, Michael, Juliana, Sarah, Christina Gabany, Madison, Kellsi, Kirk Jr. and Kevin Altman.  Step grandchildren, Kelly (Jeff) Welding, Jessica Kiser; step great-grandchildren, Ella, Jeffrey, Oliver, Keraline, Hunter, D.J., Zoe; step great-great-grandchild, Liam; and sister, Sue (Gary) Oden.   Friends will be received on Thursday  from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in Circleville United Methodist Church.  Interment to follow in Brush Creek Cemetery.  The family would like to thank Excela Health Hospice for their compassionate care.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Tyler James Cubakovic

August 01, 2022 |

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

Tyler James Cubakovic, 29, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022. He was born January 4, 1993 in Pittsburgh and was the son of David P. and Linda Marie (Weslowski) Cubakovic of North Huntingdon. Tyler was a member of Bridge City Church in White Oak and was a Drummer in the church band there. He was a 2011 graduate of Norwin Senior High School and was also a 2015 graduate of Geneva College. He worked for Tucker Auto-Mation in North Huntingdon and had previously worked for Premier Automation.

 
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Billie Jean Kochan

August 01, 2022 |

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

Billie Jean "B.J." (Young) Kochan, age 61, of Blaine Hill, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. A skilled legal secretary for many years, she had worked for both the PA Office of Attorney General and the Allegheny County Office of Public Defender. She loved to read, especially crime and mystery novels, spend time chatting and laughing with family and friends, watch movies and TV shows, listen to classic rock music, and play video games on her computer. A lifelong lover of cats, she spent much of her time doting on her beloved Haven Butterscotch. Born September 20, 1960 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of Elsie L. (Bentley) Young of Elizabeth and the late William A. "Bill" Young. In addition to her mom, she is survived by her daughter, Jayme Kochan; Jayme's boyfriend Sean Amprim, whom she referred to as her "son-in-law"; sisters, Sandy Kluczkowski of Millvale, Charlie Young of North East and Millie (Jake) Bendel of Greensburg; nephews, Bill (Anna) Kluczkowski of Cheswick and Adam Kluczkowski of Millvale; close friends and next-door neighbors, Tom and Loretta Martin; also, cousins. She was preceded in death by her dad and her husband, Andrew J. Kochan, both of whom she loved and missed dearly. No visitation or services are planned at this time, but a celebration of life may be arranged in the future. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to donate to a local animal shelter or rescue of their choosing.  Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


John Michael Firda

August 01, 2022 |

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

John Michael Firda, born in McKeesport on July 24th, 1929, passed away on July 30th, 2022, surrounded by his family at the age of 93. John met his wife, the beautiful Agnes Bernadette (Behun) Firda at the moment of his departure to begin their journey to heaven together. John’s parents Marie (John) Jamnicky and John Firda, along with his siblings Dorothy, Bobbie, and Irene proceeded him in death and have been waiting for his arrival. John is survived by his two sons Gregory and Jeffrey (Tammy) Firda, his three grandchildren, Johnathan, Avonlea (Blaine), and Lexi Firda (Scooby & Sage) and his brother Bernie (Christine) Jamnicky along with many loving nieces and nephews and his beloved dog and best friend Chuckie.

 
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Donald L. Brannon

August 01, 2022 |

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

Donald L. Brannon, age 85, of Lincoln Boro, formerly of McKeesport, died July 30, 2022, at Southwestern nursing home. Born February 5, 1937, in Pittsburgh, he is the son of the; late Harry and Catherine (Robertson) Brannon and the husband of the living Janet (Thompson) Brannon.
Donald served in the United States Navy during peacetime . He retired from the McKeesport Connecting Railroad, where he started as a brakeman and finished as an engineer. Donald was a member of the Park Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his family, doing yard work, tinkering on cars, and building things with his hands. In addition to his wife, survivors include children; Don Brannon of Lincoln Boro, Tammy (the late Russell) Forsythe of Lincoln Boro, Pamela Delsignore of Greenock, and Janet (Richard) Gabonay of West Newton, grandchildren; David, Matthew, Leah, Joshua, Rachel, Daniel, Rebecca, Ashley, Andrea, Zachary, and Megan; 22 great-grandchildren, also many nieces and nephews.

 
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Martin C. Pancurak

August 01, 2022 |

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

Martin C. Pancurak, age 94, of Port Vue, died July 29, 2022, at the Grove at Irwin. Born November 17, 1927, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John & Mary (Suhy) Pancurak and the husband of the late Ruth (Provasnik) Pancurak.
Martin was a veteran of the United States Navy and the Marine Corps serving during WWII. He retired from U.S. Steel Irvin Works, where he was a welder; he was also a longtime member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, attending Saint Eugene Church in Liberty Boro. Martin and his wife took great pride in caring for their home. His greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughter.

 
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Beverly K. Beirne

August 01, 2022 |

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

Beverly K. Beirne, age 85 of Virginia Beach, and formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022.  Born May 2, 1937 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late John and Marion (Lang) Beirne.  Beverly was an avid traveler and traveled to many countries.  She worked as a clerk for the A&P Grocery Store and was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, VA.  She was active in the Sandbridge Community and a former member of Sandbridge rescue squad.  She is survived by her nephews, niece, several cousins, many friends and her dog Lucy.  In addition to her parents, Beverly was preceded in death by her brother Jack (Marge) Beirne.

 
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