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Jean Ellen Miller

December 31, 2023 |

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

Jean Ellen Miller, age 88, of White Oak, died on Sunday, December 31, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on September 28, 1935 and is the daughter of the late John and Helen Kersch Mains. She is the wife of the late Thomas G. Miller, Sr.

 
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Helen Marie (Kaduk) Ciavarra

December 31, 2023 |

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

Helen Marie (Kaduk) Ciavarra, age 96 formerly of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2023. She was born on December 31, 1926, in Glassport and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Janitor) Kaduk. She was the second youngest of eight (8) children and attended Holy Trinity School in McKeesport. After attending school, Helen went to work at National Tube in McKeesport. While waiting for the bus to return home from work, she met her future husband Frank Ciavarra. They were married on February 2, 1947, in Holy Trinity Church. Together they had three daughters Valerie Flizanes (Gust) of Irwin, Fran Kos (Paul) of Trafford, Gerri Payne (Denis) of North Huntingdon, and a son Eugene Ciavarra of Mt. Lebanon.

Helen belonged to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (the former St. Perpetua’s) where she was an active member of the Christian Mothers. She was also active in the Palenese Women’s Club, an Italian social organization founded by people from Palena, Italy where her husband Frank was born. Helen loved the color red, plants and flowers, and dancing. To say she loved to dance is an understatement—she was always the first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave the dance floor.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her grandson Eric Kos, and all her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, her eight  grandchildren, her ten great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

 
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Harriet Darlene Sigmund

December 31, 2023 |

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

Harriet Darlene Sigmund, 82, of McKeesport passed away Thursday, December 28, 2023. She was born in Pittsburgh on May 3, 1941 and was the daughter of the late Pauline Hauber & Harry E. Sigmund and stepfather Leonard Hauber.

Harriet was a school bus operator for over 23 years, retiring from McKeesport Area School District then driving for First Student Transportation for Serra Catholic High School. Later she worked for Mercy Behavioral Health as a Medical Records Technician. She was a member of the former Sacred Heart Church and the Christian Mothers and was also a member of Teamster Local Union 205, the American Legion, and Croatian Fraternal Union - Lodge 146. Harriet loved her family, the beach, fishing, gardening, drawing, smoking, scrolling FB, driving, and dancing. She was creative, artistic, loved to bake and taking care of her greenhouse on her back deck.

 
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Dorothy E. Wade

December 30, 2023 |

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

Dorothy E. Wade, 98 formerly of North Huntingdon residing in Jefferson, Ohio died December 29, 2023 in Jefferson, Ohio. She was born April 26, 1925 in East McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry and Martha Felgendreher Siems. Dorothy become a real estate agent in her 50s, which she continued until retirement. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. Dorothy was a talented artist and enjoyed gardening, flowers and fishing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Cleveland Wade Jr. and a sister, Marian Gimbroni. She is survived by two daughters, Shari Wade and her husband Christopher Wolfe and Elaine Burda and her husband Craig, 4 grandchildren, Derek, Devin, Patrick and Michael, 3 great grandchildren, Addyson,  Xavier and Blake.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa 15642 on Monday, January 8 from 10 A.M to 12 noon. A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday followed by interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made  to Humane Officer Cathy Cunningham  at CRICAAT  P.O. Box 117 Washington PA  15301. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Hugh Darren Geyer

December 30, 2023 |

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

Hugh Darren Geyer passed away at home surrounded by family on Friday, December 29, 2023 at the age of 61. Darren leaves behind his beloved wife, Barb Geyer and his best friend and companion, his dog Bear. Darren also leaves behind his mother, Judith (Thomas) Lyons and father, Hugh (Maria) Geyer. 

 
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Michele Z. Petrisko

December 30, 2023 |

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

Michele Z. Petrisko, 70, of White Oak passed away peacefully Tuesday December 26, 2023, surrounded by family at Forbes Hospital.  Daughter of the late Donald and Ellen (McGough) Zollner.  Beloved wife of Ronald G. “Ron” Petrisko. Loving Sister of Dawn (Michael) Laylock of Ormond Beach, Fl, Vesta (James) Johns, Loveland, OH, Carol Heinzelmann (Jayson Weinberg) of White Oak, and Alex Zollner of Moon Twp.  Sister-in-law of Ray (Kristin) Petrisko.  Dear Aunt of Patrick, Dannny (Ali), Colleen, and Brian Johns of Loveland, OH, and Michael (Catherine) Heinzelmann of San Francisco, CA.  Also survived by Aunts, 2 great nephews, 2 great nieces, cousins, and many friends.  Michele retired from UPMC Braddock hospital where she worked as a Registered Nurse.  She was always volunteering at the church. Michele was a member of the Ladies of Charity.    

 
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Richard Paul "Rich" Sandin

December 29, 2023 |

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

Richard Paul "Rich" Sandin, 69, of McKeesport, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2023. He was born January 1, 1954 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Ernest Sandin Sr.  and Grayce Ellen (Worrall) Sandin.  Rich was a United States Marine Veteran and served during the Vietnam Era.  Upon his return home from his military service he worked various jobs, including Phil's Automotive in Elizabeth, Giant Food Stores and most recently he worked as a Lawn Care Specialist for LawnPro. He was an avid fisherman who loved to catch and release at The Yough River with his late beloved dog, Buzz. Rich was a very smart and intelligent man who was a constant learner.  He will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his sisters, Kathie and Karen Sandin, both of Boston; uncle, David (Elena) Worrall of New Hampshire; nieces; nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest "Ernie" Sandin, Jr. There is no visitation or services planned. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director.  Condolences may be made at GilbertFuneralHomeandCrematory.com

 


Harriet M. Maticko

December 29, 2023 |

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

Harriet M. Maticko, 87 of North Huntingdon passed away on December 28, 2023 at St. Anne Home, Greensburg. She was born August 16, 1936 in Sutersville, a daughter of the late Tom and Hilda Bonori Kusmierek. Harriet was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon and the Christian Mothers.. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a secretary for Yough Country Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and touring historical sites. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John in 2019. She is survived by two daughters, Maria Brockman ( James ) and Roseanne Maticko, one brother Tom Kusmierek (Joanne) and sister, Fay Glott (Eddie). Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Wednesday 4-6 P.M. A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 10 A.M. followed by interment at West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Agnes Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


James Andrew "Jim" Bodner

December 29, 2023 |

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

James Andrew "Jim" Bodner, 65, of Elizabeth Township passed away Thursday, December 21, 2023. He was born in McKeesport on May 17, 1958 and was the son of the late Joseph Bodner, Sr., and the late Florence (Elco) Bodner. Jim was a Thomas Jefferson graduate and worked for 25+ years with Krebs Dodge managing the Parts Department. He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. (Cindric) Bodner; children, Lyle Atkins, Lisa (Joe) Gottuso, Lana (fiancee Chris Finch) Bodner, Lindsey (Michael) Cammarata, and Livia Bodner; brothers, Thomas (Chris) Bodner, and Robert (Donna) Bodner; sisters, Paula (Mike) Heaney, Monica Lininger, and Elaine (Steven) Maffei; close cousin, Deloris "Tessie" Dunbar; his beloved rescue dog, Bo Bodner; along with many other cousins, nieces & nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Bodner, Jr. All services were private. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Karen Boyer Los

December 28, 2023 |

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

Karen Boyer Los, age 77, of North Huntingdon, PA, died on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. She was born in Wilkinsburg, PA on December 6, 1946 and is the daughter of the late Lester Carl and Mary Rita Conrad Boyer. She graduated from Penn Hills school district and earned a teaching degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She would go on to marry Bernard “Bernie” Leo Los, with whom she shared a 50-year anniversary in 2021 prior to his death in 2022.

 
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Judith Fleehr

December 28, 2023 |

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

Judith Fleehr, age 73 of North Huntingdon, passed away December 28th 2023 at home. She was born September 28th, 1950 in Braddock, a daughter of the late Elmer and Olive Marsh Fleehr. Judith was a retired store manager at Swanee Swifty, worked for Sony, and enjoyed sewing and cooking. Judith is survived by her beloved husband of 37 years Arlyn Buss, as well as her son Steven Porter, sister-in-law Mary Luke (Jim), and two grandchildren, Ashton and Sabrina. There will be no visitation. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements will be handled by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mildred M. Farley

December 28, 2023 |

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

Mildred M. Farley, 98, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2023. She was born in Library, PA on May 23, 1925 and was daughter to the late Robert and Nellie (McNaughton) Naser. She was the wife to the late Douglas M. Farley before his passing in December of 2000. Mildred was a long time member of St. Patrick's Church in McKeesport and was a part of the Christian Mothers, the Women's Guild, and the Sisters of Charity. She graduated with a Bachelors degree from Seton Hill University and became a Registered Dietitian, working many years at McKeesport Hospital in the Nutrition Department.

 
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Joanne T. Smail

December 28, 2023 |

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

Joanne T. Smail, age 89 of North Huntingdon passed away peacefully December 28, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was born July 21, 1934 in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Vincent and Valera Krygowski Scheffler. Joanne was a member of St. Agnes Church and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed working with flowers, gardening, playing cards, crocheting afghans but most especially spending time with her family. She was a member of AARP 3221. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Westinghouse Airbrake as a secretary and Hazuzas Greenhouse. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband William in 1996 and one sister, Pauline Lenart. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Hempel (Tom) and Elaine Dietrich, 2 grandchildren Brian Hemple (Nicholas Gray), Jason Hempel (Amanda), 2 great grandchildren, Ryleigh and Harlow Hempel, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Friday from 2-8 P.M. A funeral mass will be held Saturday at 9:30 A.M. at St. Agnes Church followed by interment at Good Shepherd Cemetery . Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or All But Furgotten Animal shelter. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Helen Holmes

December 28, 2023 |

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

Helen Holmes, age 93, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at Grandview Estates of Elizabeth. She was a member of Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Elizabeth and was a former clerk at Marraccini’s grocery store in White Oak. Born May 15, 1930 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late George and Ester (Turoczy) Kormos and wife of the late Robert W. Holmes Sr.  She is survived by her daughter, Sheryl (John) Haseleu of Elizabeth Twp.; son, Robert W. (Nikki) Holmes Jr. of Rostraver Twp.; grandchildren, Erin (Mike) Zowacki of North Huntingdon, Stacey (Paul) Shilk of Elizabeth Twp., Brittany Holmes of New York City, NY, Chelsea Holmes of Miami, FL and Collin Holmes of Eighty-Four; great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Ethan Zowacki; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Wesley Holmes, and siblings, Margaret Skiba, Al and George Kormos. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Ave Elizabeth, PA 15037 on Friday, December 29, 2023 from 3-7 PM. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jack H. Piper officiating. Private burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Vera Jean Johnson

December 28, 2023 |

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

 Vera Jean "Jeanne" Johnson, age 95, of Sewickley, and formerly of White Oak, where she resided for 53 years, died December 24, 2023, at Allegheny General Hospital. Born January 22, 1928, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Myers) Barnes and was the wife of Albert Johnson, Sr. Vera first met her husband at a dance at the Palisades. Their relationship flourished and turned into 73 years of marriage. Their bond was a testament to the power of love, companionship, and commitment. Her love and devotion to family will be in our hearts forever.

 
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Winona Bintrim Olah

December 28, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Winona Bintrim Olah, 91, formerly of McKeesport, Port Vue, North Huntingdon, and Vernon Township, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 25th, 2023, at Rolling Fields Elder Care in Conneautville, Pennsylvania.

She was born on May 30, 1932, in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She was the only daughter of Wilber Edward and Mabel Eliza Bintrim Porter. After having lived in several different Western Pennsylvania locations, she and her family settled in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She graduated from McKeesport High School in 1950. After graduation, she began working for G.C. Murphy’s Company as a salesclerk in the local McKeesport store.

Winona eventually worked her way up to working as a bookkeeper in the Merchandise Control Office of the company’s headquarters, which was also located in McKeesport. She married her husband, Donald Endre’ Olah, in 1952, and they resided for a time in Port Vue, PA. In 1964 the family moved to North Huntingdon Township. Winona was very involved with church activities. She was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church, where she served in many different leadership positions, including the Administrative Council and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. She was instrumental in many fundraising activities.

 
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Bruce Shields

December 27, 2023 |

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

Bruce L. Shields, 57, of Duquesne passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at home. Born in McKeesport on February 19, 1966. he was the son of the late George R. and Pauline (Hrizo) Shields. Mr. Shields was a former clerk for Monzak's Service Center and a former employee at the Village Shop and Save. He is survived by a sister, Toni (Late Randy Vranick) Shields , a brother, Jon Shields, an aunt, Clara Massropian and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Shields was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Steven "Iggy" Shields and Gregory "Flash" Shields

Per Mr. Shields request, there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne.

 
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Anna C. (Ballough) Carek

December 27, 2023 |

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

Anna Carek Obituary

Anna Cecilia (Ballough) Carek, 83, of Dravosburg, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, peacefully at home. Born in Duquesne, August 11, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Budia) Ballough. Mrs. Carek was a member of St. Joseph Church of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. Mrs. Carek was a retired  manager for Century Square Shop-N-Save, West Mifflin. Beloved wife of the late Edward Carek, she is survived by her loving son, Edward and his wife Hope Carek and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Carek, and six brothers, James, Bernard, Michael, Charles, Arthur and Phillip Ballough.

Family and friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne, PA. on Saturday, December 30 from 2P.M.  until time of Blessing Service at 6 P.M. with Rev. Dan D'Antonio officiating. Private burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

 
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Margaret Ellen Fullerton

December 27, 2023 |

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

Margaret Ellen Wineman Fullerton, 86, of North Huntingdon, died December 25, 2023. She was born September 8, 1937, in Greensburg, the youngest child of the late Harry E. and Margaret J. Pyle Wineman. Prior to her retirement, Margaret was employed as a registered nurse at Redstone Highlands and was a former co-owner of ABC Cleaners, Norwin Towne Square. She was a graduate of Greensburg High, Class of 1955 and Westmoreland Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1958. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Jacob W. (Mary Lou Black, surviving) and H. Frederick (Shirley Crusan) Wineman and sister, Jean P. Wineman. Margaret is remembered with love by brother George E. (Barbara Crusan), sons William D. (Charlene Siems) and Richard A. Fullerton (Lisa Orsino), grandchildren Cody R. and Leah N. (William E. Thomas) Fullerton, daughter Vicki A. DiIoia (Anthony), grandchildren Bailey A. (Erica Johnson), Elijah L., Kalia Re, Rowan P. DiIoia, great grandchildren Amelia M., and Saila D. DiIoia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are handled by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Deacon Cornell James Broadwater

December 27, 2023 |

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

Deacon Cornell James Broadwater, 83, died December 22, 2023. Arrangements are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home.

 
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Earl “Huck” Wesley Howard Sr.

December 27, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Earl “Huck” Wesley Howard Sr., age 77, of Irwin, formerly of East McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Janice P. Howard; children Earl “Wes” (Nicole) Howard Jr., Tracy (Brian) Drotar, Jennifer (Mike) Smith and Jamie (Jack) Garbutt; grandchildren Joshua (Rachael), Sean, Nick, Stefan, Autumn and Amelia; great-grandchildren Kady, Cali and Aniyla; brother Robert “Butch” Howard Jr.; and sisters Florence Schultz and Eileen (George) Skiles. Huck honorably served his country while enlisted in the Navy. He was known for his ever beaming smile and generous spirit that would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Huck’s family meant the world to him and he delighted at every family gathering. Huck never met a car show he didn’t like. His passion for antique cars was unmatched and one could see his enjoyment as he proudly drove his 1936 International pickup on a daily basis. Huck loved blue grass music and was always down for a grand ole “picking session”. Huck was formerly employed at WABCO where he developed and maintained lasting friendships. He retired from Square D where he worked as a field service technician. He always looked forward to his annual trips to Hershey, PA for the AACA Club International Car Show. His honorable and integritous personality will be missed by all who knew him, especially his family.

 
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Brian K. Heyz I

December 27, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Brian K. Heyz I, 60, of North Huntingdon, died Monday December 25, 2023, at home. He was born December 21, 1963, in McKeesport, a son of the late Bert L. and Corrine (Dvorsky) Heyz. Brian was semi-retired from working in the construction industry as a union carpenter. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1982 and was a member of Shidle Lodge, No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending hours in his garden, watching wildlife from his porch, and weekend trips riding his quad. He is survived by his wife Beth (Trout) Heyz; his sons Brian K. (Savannah) Heyz II of Texas and Brandon K. (Caitlin) Heyz of Georgia; step-son Jeremy Waugaman; grandchildren Nova, Maddox, Tyler, and Brody; a brother Russell “Russ” Heyz of North Huntingdon; a sister Donnell (Tad) Minerva and niece Corrine of Jeannette; his mother-in law, Mary Trout; and other numerous nieces and nephews.

 
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Eileen Komyanik

December 27, 2023 |

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

Eileen Komyanik, 65, of North Versailles, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on October 3, 1958 and was the daughter to the late Michael A. and Genevieve L. (Callahan) Komyanik. Eileen worked many years as an Electrical Engineer for Carnegie Science Center, and worked on numerous projects throughout the building. She is survived by her siblings, Tony Ryan of Port Vue, Linda Komyanik of Whitaker, and Joyce Myers of Pittsburgh; her domestic partner, Valerie Tunney of North Versailles; and nieces, Tania Komyanik, and Lisa & Dawn Myers. In addition to her parents, Eileen is preceded in death by her brother, Terry S. Komyanik, who passed away in 2020. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Craig Allen Kovac

December 27, 2023 |

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

Craig Allen Kovac, age 65, of McKeesport, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital after an illness with cancer.  He was born August 5, 1958, and was the son of Betty J. Samurda and the late Paul G. Kovac, Jr.  He was previously employed by File Express and the Iron Mountain Corporation.  Craig was an avid reader and enjoyed model Lionel Trains, football, hockey, retro television programs, and the History Channel.  Craig and his son C.J. were skilled drummers who enjoyed classic rock such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  He loved watching his son play.  He had a kind and generous heart.  He will be deeply missed.

 
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Beverlee Lynne Barna

December 26, 2023 |

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

Beverlee Lynne Barna, age 76, of White Oak, passed away December 25, 2023. Beverlee was born July 9, 1947 in McKeesport, PA to the late Carl A and Catherine Connors Wester. She was preceded in death by sisters Carlene Falco and Shirlee Abbott and brother Robert Wester.

 
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Thomas F. Eilart

December 26, 2023 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Thomas F. Eilart, 86, of White Oak, died Monday, December 25, 2023 at his home.  Born in McKeesport on January 14, 1937, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Rhoda S. Robison Eilart.  He is survived by his son, David Eilart of Seymour, TN, by his daughter, Sharon Eilart of Lower Burrell, PA, 2 grandsons, Eric Doczkat and Brian Doczkat, and by his great grandson, Asher Thomas Doczkat.

 
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Marsha A. Leone

December 26, 2023 |

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

Marsha A. Leone, 77, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2023. She was born December 13, 1946 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Stephen G. Barna and the late Myra F. (Hickman) Barna-Soloman. Marsha was an animal lover, a music fanatic, and enjoyed her trips to Ocean City Maryland. She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Leone of McKeesport; and sister, Nancy (Brian) Silbaugh of Port Vue. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Thomas Regester

December 26, 2023 |

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

Thomas J. Regester, age 82 of North Huntingdon died December 25, 2023 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. He was born June 18, 1941 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Elizabeth "Betty" Hahn. Thomas was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and was an avid outdoorsman. He was an Eagle Scout and remained active in scouting with Penn's Woods Troop 250 for many years. Prior to his retirement, Thomas was employed as a computer operator by Shadyside Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S Air Force. Thomas was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Richardson. He is survived by his wife Peggy Barry Regester, two sons, Thomas Jr. (Ellie), Robert Regester (Jennifer), one daughter, Margaret Nicholes, six grandchildren, Kaitlin Diehl (Howard), Mia Nicholes, Hannah Regester, Victoria (Tori) Nicholes, Kylie Regester, and William Regester and two great grandchildren, Emily and Wyatt Diehl. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Thursday from 2-6 PM. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be may to the White Oak Sportsman's Club. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Florence Louise Kaylor

December 26, 2023 |

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

Florence Louise Kaylor, 85, of McKeesport, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2023. She was born November 7, 1938 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John Homer and Jennie Mae (Manning) Bills. She was the loving wife of 66 years to Edwin D. Kaylor. Florence was a manger for Port Vue Super Dollar  and later Hickory Farms in Century III Mall . She was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance. She loved her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, where she would attend all their sporting events, keeping scores of all the games. 

 
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Sandra Marraccini

December 26, 2023 |

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

On Saturday, December 23, 2023 Sandra L Marraccini of Versailles Boro passed away at age 76. Sandra was preceded in death by her husband Eugene, brother Jimmy Shaheen, parents James and Minnie Shaheen and granddaughter Nicoletta Ciampa.  Sandra is survived by her sons Eugene and wife Tina, Damon and wife Andrea, granddaughter Melissa, and great grandson Sage Wright.

Sandra was born in Mckeesport, PA, and later graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School in 1965.  In 1966, Sandra married her soul mate Eugene Marraccini and later went to beautician school.

In 1983, Sandra & Eugene fulfilled their dream of opening batting cages and a sporting goods store, Triple Play in North Versailles, which they operated until 2006.  

Sandra was known for her giving nature and loving demeanor.     

Visitation for Friends and Family will be Thursday, Dec 28, 2023 from 2:00-4:00, 6:00-8:00 pm at Daniel F Bekavac Funeral Home, 4504 Walnut St, Mckeesport, PA 15132.

Blessing & Funeral procession will be Friday, December 29th at 10 AM at Bekavac Funeral Home followed by service at St Joseph’s Mausoleum in North Versailles.  www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Richard John Tarsala

December 24, 2023 |

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

Richard John Tarsala, 76, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, December 23, 2023. he was born March 27, 1947 in Braddock and was the son of the late John Andrew and Ruth (Nemanick) Tarsala. Richard was a member of First Evangelical Free Church, McKeesport, and strived to live his life by his favorite Bible verse, Galations 2:20. He retired from Ikon Office Solutions. He was a US Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, playing Volleyball and Softball, and belonged to the Norwin Senior Softball association and Norwin Senior Volleyball & Basketball association. He loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events and performance's, and always taking them where they needed to be.

 
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Sheri Lynn Barrett

December 24, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Sheri Lynn Barrett 56, of Glassport, passed away on Friday December 22nd, 2023 at Jefferson Hospital. She was born in McKeesport on July 2nd, 1967 to the late James Williams and Geraldine Mackulin. Sheri was the loving wife of 34 years to Charles Barrett. In addition to her husband, Sheri is also survived by her daughter Hannah Barrett of Glassport, brothers James (Rosemary) Williams of St Petersburg Florida, Robert Williams of White Oak, brother-in-law Thomas (Gina) Barrett of Dravosburg, her loving pets Moose, Pedro, Munchkin, Peanut, Velvet, and Loli, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Christy Williams. She worked at Walmart for 18 years and Kennywood for 3 years. She enjoyed spending her free time by going to estate sales and flea markets. She always got the best items. Sheri loved to listen to the classic rock and roll hits. Arrangements have been entrusted to E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Michael Nowak

December 22, 2023 |

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

Michael Anthony Nowak, age 65, of Irwin, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at home. He retired as a senior management and technical advisor for the Department of Energy in South Park. He was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp. where he was very active. He was an instructor at Performance Martial Arts & Fitness and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Born October 17, 1958 in New York City, he was a son of the late Edward and Sophie (Tomanek) Nowak. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nanette M.  Nowak; daughter, Christina Nowak of Swissvale; son, Michael J. (Tracie) Nowak of Munhall; sister, Christine (the late Arthur) Deyns of Hawley; brother, Stanley (the late Karen) Nowak of Holbrook, NY; sister-in-law, Maggie Nowak of Floral Park, NY; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Nowak. A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, December 30, 2023 from 12 PM until the hour of mass at 1 PM at St. Michael Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Disease Research Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Tiffany Ryan Bates

December 22, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Tiffany Ryan Bates (Super Tiff), sadly passed away on December 19, 2023. Tiffany had a penchant for all things creative. She was an insightful writer, a talented musician, and a lively thespian. She had a way with words that would make Webster himself blush. She was entirely devoted to her family, an incredible friend, a nurturing caretaker and a gifted giver who loved fiercely. Her humor brought lasting joy and smiles to everyone she met.

She is survived by her mother Marilyn (Lenny) Kmet and dad Thomas Kmet, brother and sisters; Matthew (Laura) Januszewski, Jillian Kmet, Ryan Bates, and Amber Bates. Her loving fiancé, Stephen Ketchum, who is responsible for making the last 7 years of her life her happiest. Also an array of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephew, whom she adored. Her father, Brian Bates predeceased her.

Memorial service at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in her name.

If this life is meant to be lived to learn lessons and grow into your full authentic self, she achieved it. If this life is meant to be lived serving others and making the world a better place, she knocked it out of the park. Though the pain of her sudden departure is unbearable, we can take solace in the fact that her fiery spirit will never fade from our hearts and minds.

 

Feel the love, our little red-headed Super Tiff.

Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Randy David Wood

December 22, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

November 20, 1953 – December 16, 2023, of Dravosburg, age 70, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Beloved Husband of Ella Mae Wood for 38 years. Loving father of Johnny (Becky) Lodor, Jeffery David (Ashley) Wood.Cherished grandfather of Gracie Wood. Dear brother of Sharon (Wood) Vezzani. Preceded in death by sibling, William Thomas Wood. He is also preceded in death by his father and mother William “Barney” Duncan Wood, Lila Muriel (Wilson) Wood. Brother-in-Law John E. Vezzani husband of present Sharon (Wood) Vezzani. Survived by 2 nieces, 7 great nieces and nephews, 5 great-great nieces and nephews. Randy was a Graduate of Elizabeth Forward High school. Following Graduation, he entered the Marines and proudly serving his country for 4 years stationed in Hawaii. He was a member of the American Legion in Dravosburg Post 380. Where he was head commander for a few years which he was very proud of. Above all, Randy loved his family. In which they will carry his memory in their hearts forever, may he rest in peace. Friends are welcome to a memorial that will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Dravosburg., 51 Duquesne Ave, Dravosburg, PA 15034, (412)469-1530. Arrangements have been entrusted to I.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th Street, Dravosburg, PA 15034. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Legion Post 380. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Bruce Betters

December 22, 2023 |

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

Bruce Betters, age 62 of Jeannette, died Wednesday December 20, 2023 at Excela Hospital Greensburg. He was born December 13, 1961 in McKeesport, a son of the late Martin and Minnie Joseph Betters. Bruce graduated from Norwin in 1980. He was self-employed as an HVAC technician and also worked as a motorcycle mechanic. Bruce enjoyed dining out with friends and family, spending time with his son, collecting coins, working in his garage, gunsmithing, and riding his motorcycle. He was preceded in death by his first wife Monique and son Mark McCracken. He is survived by his wife, Diane Mitlo, son Paul, brothers Michael (Kathleen) and Martin Jr. (Debbie), sister Sandra Harkins (Allen), and stepdaughters Autumn Mitlo and Rebecca Calloway. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8PM. A blessing service will take place at 3:30 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family in order to assist with funeral costs through our website at www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 


Raymond Howard Boyd, Jr.

December 22, 2023 |

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

Raymond Howard Boyd, Jr., age 85, of White Oak, passed peacefully on Monday, December 18, 2023, surrounded by his family. Born June 26, 1938, in Homestead to the late Raymond Howard Boyd, Sr. and Roberta Parks Jesse.

 
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Charles E. "Chuck" Waddle

December 22, 2023 |

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

Charles E. “Chuck” Waddle, age 90, of Duquesne, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2023, in Jefferson Hospital. Born in Blairsville, PA on November 13,1933, he was the son of the late James and Martha Agnes (Dunlap) Waddle. He was retired from Financial Accounting Services in Pittsburgh, was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-St. Joseph Church, was an avid hunter and enjoyed playing solitaire on the computer. He coached the Tigers baseball team for Duquesne Little League Baseball. He proudly served his country, in the Army, during the Korean War. He was the beloved husband of the late Bernice (Rusinko) Waddle, who died on February 12, 2006. He is the father of Dennis Waddle of Duquesne, Denise Waddle of Slickville, and Duane (Carol Pasquarelli) Waddle, his caregivers, of Duquesne; brother of the late William (late Joanne) Waddle, Late James (surviving spouse Mitsue) Waddle of  El Paso, TX, late Margie (late Jonas) Stuchal, and late Edna Grace “Ted” (late Norman L. “Date”) McGinity. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. A Blessing Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, at 10:00 a.m., with  Rev. Nick Mastrangelo officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin, with Military Honors.

 


Michael J. "Mike" Rodgers

December 21, 2023 |

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

Michael J. "Mike" Rodgers. 57, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2023. He was born July 5, 1966 in McKeesport and is the son of Patricia (Arnold) Rodgers of McKeesport, and the late Mike Rodgers. Mike worked as a contractor many years, serving many local businesses with any painting & wall papering needs. He was also an incredible handyman - he could study the make and logistics of any project and be able to duplicate or fix whatever it was that needed fixed. In his free time, he enjoyed boating, riding motorcycles, but especially spending time with his grandsons. In addition to his mother, Mike is survived by his wife, Amy Jean (Elkin) Rodgers of Pittsburgh; daughter, Tiffany Marie Rodgers of McKeesport; son, Michael Paul Rodgers of McKeesport; grandsons, Brendon, Trenten, Kadin, Noah, and Eli; and his siblings, Dave Rodgers of McKeesport, Tommy Rodgers of McKeesport, and Kelly Rodgers-Schafer of Virginia Beach, VA; along with many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome Saturday, December 23, 2023 from 12-3pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Gordon Cumming

December 21, 2023 |

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

Gordon W. Cumming, 91, of Irwin, Hempfield Township, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at his home. He was born May 7, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William and Ruth Snyder Cumming. Gordon was a member of Norwin Alliance Church. He was the pastor of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Hazelwood and was a missionary of the Ivory Coast for 10 years along with his wife. He was a veteran of the Army, having served during the Korean War. Gordon enjoyed his work and was an avid big-game hunter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy L. Lingenfelter Cumming, in 2012. He is survived by his children, Janet Langford, Jeffrey (Sandy) Cumming, David Cumming and Beth (Larn) Alexander; grandchildren, Rebecca Clark, Jason Cumming, Lawrence (Theresa) Alexander, Jeffrey Cumming, Molly (Craig) Backi, Kaitlyn Cumming and Jenna Cumming; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Abigail, October, Harlow, Isabella, Luna, Teegan, Callahan, Weston, Aiden and Stella on the way. Friends were received Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 28, at Norwin Alliance Church, 10585 Farview Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park in Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Norwin Alliance Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
 


Marlene Anne Cendar

December 20, 2023 |

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

Marlene Anne Cendar, age 84, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Monday, December 18, 2023, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Born September 13, 1939, in Braddock, she was the daughter of the late Lovro "Lawrence" and Anna (Skander) Rojevcan and the wife of the late Francis "Frank" Cendar. They were married on June 11, 1960, and recently celebrated 63 years together.

 
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Donald Arthur Davis

December 20, 2023 |

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

Donald “Don” A. Davis, age 81, a lifelong resident of Buena Vista, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at Jefferson Hospital. He retired as a welder for Lincoln Hydraulics in Washington. A wartime Navy veteran, he enjoyed golfing in his younger years and also working on and painting cars. Born November 4, 1942 in Buena Vista, he was a son of the late Arthur G. and Violet J. (Lander) Davis. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ellen M. "Ellie" (Swarm) Davis; son, Dan T. (Jennifer) Davis of Belle Vernon; grandchildren, Donald Scott Davis Petrocelli of Pittsburgh, Austin Thomas Davis Petrocelli of Monroeville, Jacob Thomas Davis of Huntsville, AL, and Ashley (Chew) Fisher of Belle Vernon; step-grandchildren, Nathan Masucci of Florida and James Masucci of Pittsburgh; and brother, Thomas R. (Phyllis) Davis of Tidioute. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Dean Scott Davis, and granddaughter, Danielle Kathleen Davis. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Saturday, December 23, 2023 from 1 PM until the time of service at 4 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Mary Kay Glunt officiating. Private burial will take place at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Elizabeth Boro Clergy Food Bank, 735 Bunola River Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Carolyn Ann Kalina

December 20, 2023 |

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

Carolyn Ann (Justham) Kalina, 85, of North Huntingdon died December 20, 2023 peacefully at home with her children by her side. She was born September 5, 1938 in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Raymond and Mildred (Bone) Justham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Francis "Steve" Kalina and a sister-in-law Deborah Justham. Carolyn was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church for 60 years. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Harmarville Rehabilitation   Center, Circleville United Methodist Church as secretary, Irwin Family Chiropractic Clinic, Dollar General, and Redstone Highlands North Huntingdon Campus as manager of the gift shop. She is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Thomas Kalina, a daughter, Kathleen Richards (Patrick), one granddaughter, Leia Richards, a brother Raymond Justham Jr, several nieces and a nephew. A private graveside service will be held at Long Run Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 11AM at the Circleville Global Methodist Church. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA is in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. A special thank you to her long-time caregiver, Kelli Kastronis, and to Family Home Health Care and Bridges Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite pet rescue.

 
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Wayne A. Reed, Jr.

December 20, 2023 |

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

Wayne A. Reed, Jr., of South Greensburg (formerly of North Huntingdon), passed away at home on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. Wayne was born on January 22, 1968, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of Wayne A Reed Sr and the late Norma Jean (Plues) Reed. Wayne was also proceded in death by his wife Pamela (Bolt) Reed, grandmother Marie Reed and uncles Vaughn R Reed and Garry Buckholz. Wayne is survived by his brother Vaughn P Reed, aunts Cheryl (Reed) Buckholz and Betsy (Rawe) Reed, in addition to cousins Christine (Jason) Baverso, Shelly (Jeff McMullen) Buckholz, and Russell (AnnaJean) Buckholz, as well as second cousins Jacob, Liberty, Jayden, Jonah and Gage. Funeral arrangements are being handled by James Shirley Funeral Home 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. At Wayne’s request there will not be a visitation. Condolences for the family may be left online. Memorial contributions if you so wish can be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Arthur Jay "Bud" Feldman

December 19, 2023 |

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

Arthur Jay “Bud” Feldman, age 95, of Carmel, IN, formerly of White Oak, PA passed away on December 15 , 2023 joining his beloved wife Velma Schwartz Feldman. Born November 18, 1928 in McKeesport, PA, he graduated from McKeesport High School and attended Duquesne University. Bud was the son of doting and loving parents, Louis and Ruth Judd Feldman.

 
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Howard Ronald "Ron" Pry, Sr.

December 19, 2023 |

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

Howard Ronald "Ron" Pry, Sr.,  84, of West Mifflin, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Monday, December 18, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 30, 1939 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Howard A. and Geraldine (Bryce) Pry. He was the husband of the late Janet Leah (Harrington) Pry who passed away October 7, 2023. Ron was a member of First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport. An Electrician by trade, he was a retired Millwright and had worked for WHEMCO, Georgia Pacific, US Steel National Tube Works, and Duquesne Light. After retirement he drove a Special Needs School Bus for the McKeesport School District. Ron sang with the Steel City Quartet for over 37 years. He was a US Navy Veteran.

 
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Janet D. Miller

December 19, 2023 |

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

Janet D. Miller, age 83, of Elizabeth, formerly of Coulter and Versailles, passed away at home on December 17, 2023. Born July 2, 1940, in Port Vue, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Dorothy (Zalac) Kijowski and the significant other of John McCartney. Janet worked for U.S. Steel Irvin Works and was a bus driver for STA and Matthews. She was a member of the CFU Lodge #146 in Versailles.

 
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Richard Lee Sauers

December 19, 2023 |

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

Richard Lee Sauers, 84 of North Huntingdon died December 18, 2023 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. He was born March 26, 1939 in North Versailles, a son of the late James Sauers and Myrtle Roberts. Prior to his retirement, Rich was employed as a steelworker for US Steel Iron Works. He enjoyed drag racing, hunting, playing cornhole and was an avid Steelers fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers James, Ted, Bud, and David, and sister Gail. He is survived by daughter Patricia Novak (Ted), grandchildren Dean Wisbar (Chrissy), Jessica Wisbar (Chris), Melissa Wisbar, great grandchildren Aubrihanna, Madelyn, Anthony, and Everly, and sister Alice Chop. Visitation will be Thursday 2-7 PM with a service at 7 PM at the funeral home. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Donna Joyce DeVincentis Krivda

December 18, 2023 |

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

Donna Joyce DeVincentis Krivda, age 85, of North Huntingdon, PA, died on Sunday, December 17, 2023. Donna was born in McKeesport, PA on May 18, 1938 and is the daughter of the late James and Anna Grajcar DeVincentis. Donna was a graduate of St. Peter's High School, Class of 1956. Donna was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, Corpus Christi Church (the former St. Mary Czestochowa Church) in McKeesport, PA.

 
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Marian Mullen

December 18, 2023 |

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

Marian A. (Hood) Mullen, age 79, of McKeesport, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at UPMC Presbyterian. Marian was a very independent woman who loved to decorate for every holiday. She loved planting and growing her beautiful flowers and she always welcomed everyone into her home. Born June 22, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Elmer J. and Ruth (Farber) Hood. She is survived by her children, Wendy (Dan) Buza of Elizabeth, Michael Smith of Belle Vernon and Mark (Stacey) Smith of McKeesport; stepsons, Scott (Christine) Mullen and Shawn Mullen, both of McKeesport; grandchildren, Ashley, Jenna, Jacob, Abrielle, Jeremy, Arionna, Shane, James (Jimi), Danielle, Dana, Nick, Rayli, Haily, Marky and little Ashley; and eight great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mullen; son, Kenneth Smith Jr.; grandson, Tommy; siblings, Evelyn, Barbara, Shirley, Dennis and Elmer Jr. Marian’s wishes were to have a Celebration of Life for all of her friends and family, which will be at the Port Vue Fire Hall on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 from 3-7 PM to share stories and memories. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Elaine DeWitt

December 18, 2023 |

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

Elaine DeWitt, age 82, formerly of Finleyville, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2023 at home. She was a former employee of Isaly's in Elrama and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially watching her grandchildren grow. Born April 5, 1941 in Horning, she was a daughter of the late George and Alma (Englert) Kennedy and wife of the late Donald D. DeWitt. She is survived by her sons, Donald M. (Amelia) DeWitt of Belle Vernon, Daniel M. (Eda) DeWitt of Perryopolis and Timothy S. DeWitt of McKeesport; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Carol (Jim) Tamasco of Canonsburg; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, George and Duane Kennedy; sister, Iris Burns; and aunt and uncle, John and Mary Englert. No visitation and services are planned. Private burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Betty Lou Gossar

December 18, 2023 |

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

Betty Lou Gossar, 93 of North Huntingdon died December 17, 2023 at William Penn Center in Jeannette. She was born February 21, 1930 in Wilkinsburg. Prior to her retirement, was employed as a Registered Nurse at Wilkinsburg and Columbia Hospital, which later became Forbes, where she served as a patient care coordinator. She enjoyed dancing and spending time with her grandchildren, was a member of Circleville Global Methodist Church and Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald. She is survived by her son Donald Gossar (Lori), daughter Cynthia Lee Barr (David), grandchildren Ian Barr (Loren), and Devon Vaia (Mark) and Zoe Gossar, and great grandchildren Jade and Jaxon. Services will be private. Interment in Restland Memorial Park. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Joshua Shelton

December 18, 2023 |

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

Joshua Shelton, age 42 of Pitcarin and formerly of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023 in Forbes Hospital, Monroeville.  Born December 17, 1980, Joshua worked as a driver for the Presly Ridge School on Pittsburgh's North Side and is the son of Robert Shelton, Jr. of Elizabeth and Robin (Parsons) McConeghy of West Elizabeth, husband of Helena (Silvy) Shelton, father of Keygan Shelton of West Elizabeth, and stepbrother of Raymond McConeghy of Elizabeth Twp..

 
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Sheryl J. Conaway

December 17, 2023 |

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

Sheryl J. (Keefe) Conaway, age 77, of West Newton, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at home. She was a retired laboratory technician for UPMC McKeesport, a member of the Bible Alliance Church in West Newton where she was very active with the church and it's Good News Club. Born January 12, 1946 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late William and Belva (Sinn) Keefe. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James H. Conaway; daughters, Staci Conaway of Somerset and Melissa (Dennis) Turek of Sutersville; son, William Conaway of McKeesport; grandchildren, Brendan (Tara) Conaway, Jeff (Chantil) Thomas, Kaitlin (Karl) Reese, Greg (Ashley) Thomas, Brad Thomas, Rayli, Hunter and Alexis Turek; great-grandchildren, Grace, CC, Gabe, Kyla, Leo, Morgan, Kyler, Aiden, Lyle and Connor; brother, Rev. Dennis (Susan) Keefe of Versailles; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Renee Ellis. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Frank Todaro officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bible Alliance Church, 1300 Mt. Pleasant Road, West Newton, PA 15089. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Raymond J. Robb

December 17, 2023 |

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

Raymond J. Robb, age 67, of McKeesport, PA, died on Saturday, December 16, 2023. He was born in McKeesport, PA on January 2, 1956 and is the son of the late Ernest W., Sr. and Evelyn Ference Robb. Raymond obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lehigh University. He was an avid sportsman and loved to collect of sports memorabilia. He was a former member of the Croation Club and the Polish National Alliance Lodge 352 in McKeesport, PA.
 
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Robyn Lee McKee

December 16, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Robyn Lee McKee of South Park; age 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 14, 2023, loving daughter of Ruth McKee and the late James McKee; wife of the late Lee Miller; dear sister of Cheryl (Valerie Nicholson) McKee and Jeffrey (Kathleen) McKee; cherished aunt of Holly McKee, Justin (Jamie) McKee, Ryan (Stefanie Stanziano) McKee, Lauren (Blase Baker) McKee and Taylor (Eric) Bryant; great aunt of Hannah, Haley, Jacob, Aiden, Ally, the late Eric Michael and Matthew Alan; numerous cherished cousins; treasured friends, Corky, Karen, Sally, Jodie, Betsy, Dona and Dottie.

Robyn worked as a senior contract specialist with the Department of Energy for 37 years.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of South Park, and loved her Lord. Robyn was a creative, charismatic, comical, kind and caring soul who lit up a room when she entered.  The family would like to extend their heart felt and special thanks to the entire staff of  Whitetail Springs Memory Care Community in Whitehall, PA for their exceptional and loving care given to Robyn for the past 2 ½ years and to Commonwealth Hospice for the extraordinary and compassionate care of Robyn in her final days.

 
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Thomas W. Jewkes

December 16, 2023 |

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

Thomas W. Jewkes, age 72, of North Versailles, died December 15, 2023, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born on March 17, 1951, in Braddock, he is the son of the late Samuel and Elsie (Janton) Jewkes and the loving husband of 47 years to Arlene( Reagan) Jewkes.

 
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Jayvon Turek Drake, Sr.

December 16, 2023 |

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

Jayvon Turek Drake, Sr., age 27,  of McKeesport was called home on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. He was born June 27, 1996 and is the son of Melika Drake and Gary Vasalech.

 
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Paul Smith

December 16, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Paul Smith, 94, of Finleyville, passed away on Friday December 15th, 2023 at Grandview Estates of Elizabeth. He was born in Union Township on June 14th, 1929 to the late Victor and Margaret Shovskwich Smith. Paul was the loving husband of 69 years to the late Dolores Uphouse Smith. Paul is survived by a niece and a nephew. In addition to his parents, Paul is preceded in death by his beloved wife Dolores Smith, his siblings Martha, Emily, Louise, Margaret, Helen, William, and Emil. Paul and his wife were baptized together as Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1959, they served faithfully for 64 years. In those years Paul served as an Elder for decades. At the time of his passing, he was a member of the Clairton Congregation. He also worked for Duquesne Light for 41 years. Paul served in the United States Army from September 1950 to May 1952. In his free time Paul liked to enjoy passing the time by building and flying remote controlled airplanes. He loved to spend time with all animals especially his goose friend “Goosey”. He was loved by many, young and old and he will be missed by all. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will take place on Zoom on Saturday December 30th, 2023 at 2 P.M. officiated by Elder Mark Turner. A private internment will take place at Mingo Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Rose Marie Pieffer

December 15, 2023 |

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

Rose Marie Pieffer, age 68, of McKeesport, died on Sunday, December 10, 2023. She was born in Pittsburgh on October 29, 1955 and is the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Jane (Arbagast) Ferguson.

 
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Harry J. “Butch” Cochran

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Harry J. “Butch” Cochran, 79, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 10, 2023. He was born May 9, 1944 in Monroeville, a son of the late Harry and Matilda (Fonas) Cochran. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, and was retired from Local 66 Operating Engineers. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers in–law James Salvatore, Nicholas Colinear, and Joseph Agresti. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Regina (Salvatore) Cochran; son James H. Cochran; grandsons Auston Cochran and Colton Cochran; sister Mary Ellen (Ross) Willoughby of Fox Chapel; sisters in-law Carlita Colinear and Barbara Agresti; and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Richard L. Harris

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Richard L. Harris, 95, died December 8, 2023. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust Street, McKeesport, where a funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Interment will follow at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20, National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd., Bridgeville, PA 15017. Arrangements are in care of Tunie Funeral Home, Homestead.

 


Dana Hopkins

December 15, 2023 |

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

Dana Hopkins, 66, died December 7, 2023. Friends will be received at 9 a.m. December 16, 2023, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1350 Locust Street, McKeesport, PA 15132, until the time of service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 


Saveria “Vera” Barone

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Saveria “Vera” Barone, 88, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family. Vera was a deeply loved Mom, Nonna, Carmen’s Vera (Sweetie Pie), and a friend and relative to many. She lived to care for her family and expressed her love with her passion for cooking and a “no-one goes hungry” attitude, even for visitors just stopping by. Vera would religiously host large family dinners for her family every Sunday, which she faithfully continued well into her 80’s. Her biscotti were a staple and requested for every family or friend’s function. She was born July 17, 1935, in Benevento, Italy, a daughter of the late Eustacchio and Maria Gigante. Vera was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport.

When she was able, Vera volunteered for various church functions and always the church fair where she was known for creating her tasty pizza fritta (fried dough) annually. In addition to raising her family, she assisted her late husband, Carmen, operating the family concrete business and was also an exceptional seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Carmen Barone, in 1997. She was the matriarch of a growing family, the loving mother of her children: Anthony (Tina) Barone of Monroeville, Joseph (Helen) Barone of North Versailles, Mary Jane (Robert) Petrilli of Monroeville, Carmen (Marcie) Barone Jr. of North Versailles, and Michael (Tara) Barone of North Huntingdon; a loved and cherished Nonna to her grandchildren: Marissa (Cody) Calhoun, Nicholas (Lauren) Barone, Anthony (fiancé Cindy) Barone, Annamarie Barone, Angela Barone, Alexandra (Aaron) Cherok, Christina (Greg) Iversen, Gina Petrilli, Carmen (Samantha) Barone, Vincent (Taylor) Barone, Joseph Barone, Victoria Barone, and Michael Barone; great grandchildren: Gianna, Aubrey, Giovanni, Colton, Eliott, William, Carmen, and Ryleigh; loving sister of Augusto Gigante and Anna D’Ambrosio both living in Italy; also nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or www.stjude.org. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.

 


Margaret Grillo

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Margaret Grillo, 97, of East McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023. She was born September 20, 1926 in Acquaviva delle Fonti, Italy, a daughter of the late Luigi and Teresa Padula. Margaret was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Saint Jude the Apostle Church, Wilmerding, and worked as a clerk at Star Bakery, McKeesport and was a waitress at Rene’s Restaurant. She enjoyed playing bingo, trips to the casino, cooking, sewing, and watching Steeler’s games on Sunday. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Michael P. Grillo and sister Antoinette Urban. She is survived by her children Kathleen (Dennis) McDonald of North Huntingdon and Peter (Victoria) Grillo of North Versailles; Jeffrey (Danielle) McKinzie, Jason (Amber) McKinzie, Melissa (Joe) Bongyor, and Nicole Grillo; great grandchildren Alissa, Gabriella, Owen, Dustin, Arielle, Joseph Jr., Joshua, Danica, Wyatt, Karson, and Derek; also nieces and nephews. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.

 


Maria Louise (Molinari) Moffitt

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Maria Louise (Molinari) Moffitt, 49, of McKeesport, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2023. She was born October 7, 1974 in McKessport, a daughter of John Molinari Sr. and the late Debra Ainsco Molinari. She was devoted to her family and loved her grandchildren. In addition to her father she is survived by her children Robert Moffitt of Irwin, Desiree Moffitt of Meadville, Savannah Moffitt of Irwin, and Ashley (Joe) Peters of Meadville; grandchildren Brendan and Elaina Valla, Gauge, Timothy, Christina, and Benjamin Peters; and her brother John Molinari Jr. of McKeespo; nephews Michael Moffit and Steven Moffitt both of McKeesport. In lieu of flowers those wishing may contribute to the family. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.

 


Hazel Irene (Airgood) Powanda

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Hazel Irene (Airgood) Powanda, age 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2023. She was born November 19, 1937 in Pitcairn, a daughter of the late Roy and Clara (Bytheway) Airgood. Hazel was a past member of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in McKeesport. She was a bookkeeper for Union Switch and Signal in Swissvale and then for B’Nai Israel in White Oak before retiring. She was a past Woman of the Moose member in Irwin and liked to bowl, polka dance, sing country western music, work crossword puzzles and read.

 
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Eric Duane Martin

December 15, 2023 |

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

Eric Duane Martin, 69 of Baltimore Maryland departed this life on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at his residence in Baltimore, Maryland. Born July 24, 1954, was the beloved of Henry L. and Dorothy L. (Smith) Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry L. Martin Jr.

Eric attended school, in the Mckeesport Area School District where he made a host of friends. He was employed as a laborer by US Steel in McKeesport and a stock worker at B. Green Company in Baltimore MD. Eric, affectionately known as “Ricky” to his family and “E-Man” to his friends had a lot of wisdom based on his life experiences and did not mind sharing his testimony with anyone. He was known for his enthusiastic sense of humor.

He enjoyed making people laugh with his jokes and great impersonations, which came so naturally to him. Eric was also a lover of tasty food. If it were good, he would not even come up for air until it was all gone. He was a great cook and loved telling people the dos and don’ts of cooking. Eric was a fitness buff, always exercising to keep his arms and waist in shape to wear his many sharp outfits. His impressions of family members and friends were spot on and made you feel like you were listening to the person he was imitating.

 
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Armond Lewis Lann

December 15, 2023 |

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

Armond Lewis Lann, 74, of Pittsburgh, was born September 28, 1949, in McKeesport, PA. He was the beloved son of Blease Lann and Elizabeth Elkins.

Armond was a 1967 graduate of McKeesport High School.  Armond had an extensive career at U. S. Steel Clairton Works and later retired from Eastman Chemical, he also worked various other jobs such as driving for Yellow Cab and Access. Armond was someone who loved music and enjoyed playing the drums. His natural talent and sharp ear for music attracted friends with the same talent. They performed in various local venues for many years.  

Before entering Kane Community Living Center, he was the drummer for Bethlehem Baptist Church of McKeesport, PA, where he was a 50+ year member.  His favorite music artists were Earth Wind and Fire, Frankie Beverly, and Maze, just to name a few. Armond was a loving and kind soul with a bright smile, he was a people person, and he was also someone who could make a friend anywhere. One thing Armond loved, perhaps more than anything was fried chicken (KFC).

 
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Frank E. Wall

December 15, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Frank E. Wall, 89, of Irwin, died peacefully with his wife by his side, Sunday December 10, 2023. He was born February 14, 1934 in McKeesport, a son of the late Ernest V. and Leila Mae (Case) Wall. Frank was the retired owner-operator of Wall Electric and an Army paratrooper veteran. He was a life member of the Norwin Elks, a member of the American Legion, Shidle Lodge No. 601, F. & A. M., Irwin, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, and Syria Temple, Pittsburgh. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, and the Jacktown Ride & Hunt Club. He was an avid golfer and loved to spend time with family and friends. Frank was a very generous man who gave to his church and community. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 
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Sandra Jean "Sandy" Morgan

December 15, 2023 |

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

Sandra Jean "Sandy" Morgan, 82, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at Grandview Estates on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Born June 17, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas "Tom" and Dorothy Neil (Hough) Morgan. She grew up in Clairton, PA in Woodland Terrace and participated in the girl scouts, playing piano, attending football games with her friends, and was very active with the church youth group in Fayette City. Sandra graduated from Clairton High School in 1959. She went on to Nursing School at the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital, "The San," in Independence, MO and graduated in 1962. She also received her BS in Nursing form the University of Pittsburgh. In the 70's, Sandra traveled to Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands as a Youth Group Nurse and Chaperone. She worked for 40 years as a nurse for the Allegheny Health Department. She began in baby clinics and did many home visits with new mothers. She then worked with refugees and homeless doing tuberculosis testing and wellness checks. Sandra and her friend/coworker Dave Lynch invented and artificial arm to use for TB Testing. She was the head of infectious disease control for all 4 of the Kane Hospitals within the Pittsburgh area, and a supervisor for many years before retirement.

 
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Sally Jo Ross

December 15, 2023 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Sally Jo Ross, 85, of Glassport died Dec. 14, 2023.  She is the daughter of the late Frank and Marie Pennington.  She is survived by her beloved husband, John R. Ross; children Karen (Larry) Blanchard, John F. Ross, Patricia (Bill) Kiser, Val (Nikki) Ross and Amy (Bob) Deliman; grandchildren Joshua, Brandon, Kara, Christopher, Jimmy, Richard, Billy, Jordan, Cory, Val, Michael, Breeanna and Robert; great grandchildren Skyler, Tyler, Joseph and Colby; also nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her grandchildren Johnny and Kimberly and siblings Boykin, Peggy and Gerry.  Sally was very strong in her faith and was a member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish (formerly Queen of the Rosary Parish). John and Sally met in Brunswick, Georgia where John was stationed in the U.S. Navy.  Sally and her sister Gerry went to the movies and were throwing popcorn at the sailors to get their attention.  It worked.  John whisked Sally off to Glassport, Pennsylvania and were married for 68 years. Christmas was her favorite time of year.  Always big family parties with plenty of food, drinks, and Elvis. AKA Grammy.  Visitation and funeral are private.  Arrangements by the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Eugene R. "Gene" Luketic

December 15, 2023 |

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

Eugene R. "Gene" Luketic, age 79, of White Oak, died December 12, 2023, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born February 7, 1944, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Stephen and Catherine (Kesser) Luketic and the beloved husband of Margaret "Peg" (Viscuso) Luketic.

 
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Cecelia M. Barrett

December 15, 2023 |

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

Cecelia M. (Jones) Barrett, age 85 of Jefferson Hills and formerly of Forest Hills, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.  Born July 29, 1938, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Hanlon) Jones.  She worked as an outpatient clerk for UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. She volunteered for the National Parks, loved being in the outdoors, kayaking, and even went to Baja Peninsula and the Arctic Circle. She also loved animals and rescued several of them. Cecilia is survived by her son Sean (Renee) Barrett of Jefferson Hills; grandchildren Liam (Rebecca) Barrett of Pittsburgh and Ryan, Shane, and Kylie Barrett all of Pittsburgh; and sister Marie (David Petrauskas) Jones.  In addition to her parents, Cecelia was preceded in death by her son Thomas Barrett and her ex-husband Thomas Barrett, Sr.

 
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E. Michael “Colonel” Elias

December 14, 2023 |

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

E. Michael “Colonel” Elias, age 79, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, December 14, 2023. He was born in McKeesport on August 11, 1944 and is the son of the late Esper and Josephine Piergrossi Elias. He was a 1974 graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy, served as a McKeesport Police Officer for 27 years, later became the director of security for McKeesport Housing Authority for 10 years, and was part owner of Di’s Kornerstone Diner & Barbecue where he was the head bus boy. Michael also was the assistant bowling coach for McKeesport High School for 10 years.

 
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Sarah "Cookie" Begonia

December 14, 2023 |

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

Sarah "Cookie" Begonia, age 82 of North Huntingdon passed away on December 14, 2023 at Redstone Highlands Greensburg. She was born on September 6th, 1941 in Cowen, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Leonard Massie and Mildred Wright. In addition to her parents, Cookie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John. Cookie cherished her time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was an active member of Norwin Christian Church where she helped to organize Christian workshops, Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and vacation Bible school. She enjoyed her role as a homemaker and was also employed as a book keeper at JBM Towing for over 50 years. She is survived by sons Bill (Lorre) and Michael (Beth), daughter Lisa (Tony), grandchildren Nathan (Jamie), Benjamin (Kaitlyn), Nicholas (Samantha), Madalyn (Jimmy), Kristina (Keith), and Nick (Lauren), and great grandchildren Wyatt, Owen, Mason, and Kayce. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Saturday from 4 to 6 P.M. A service will take place in the funeral home at 6 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwin Christian Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Samuel J. Frost

December 14, 2023 |

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

Samuel J. Frost, 73, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2023.  He was born January 13, 1950 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Samuel Perry and Agnes (Kelly) Frost.  He was the husband of the late Mary Margaret (Barno) Frost, who passed away May 21, 2020.  Along with his late wife, he was the former proprietor of Barno Electronics in Elizabeth Township. Samuel was a member of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, The Harry S. Truman Lodge of Dravosburg and a social member of many other clubs in the area. He will be greatly missed.

 
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Mary Jane Caston

December 13, 2023 |

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

Mary Jane Caston, age 86, of McKeesport, died December 12, 2023, at Riverside Care Center. Born July 9, 1937, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Mary Rose (Cartia) Moss and wife of the late Reginald "Russ" Caston for 55 years.

 
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Ruth Niedzwecki

December 11, 2023 |

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

Ruth Niedzwecki, 82, of Forward Township, formerly of Liberty Borough, passed away Friday, December 8, 2023. She was born March 22, 1941 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Mary (Chernicky) Dwornick. She was the wife of the late Anthony Richard Niedzwecki who passed away February 29, 2020. Ruth was a member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, Liberty Borough. She was a retired Assistant Medical Secretary at Linn, Shearer, Wickerman, and Stuart in Pittsburgh and had previously worked as a secretary at the former G.C. Murphy Co. Warehouse in Christy Park. She is survived by her daughters, Tanis N. (William) Cochrane of Elizabeth Township and Tracy A. Hrehocik of Forward Township, granddaughters, Samantha (Jaymie Williams) Hrehocik and Jackie (Shawn Kuhn) Hrehocik, a great-grandson, Owen Robert Williams and her grand-dog, Merle. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Dwornick and son-in-law, Robert Hrehocik. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Duane O. "JR" Stanton

December 11, 2023 |

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

Duane O. "JR" Stanton, 76, of West Mifflin, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2023. He was born January 18, 1947 in McKeesport and was the son of the late George H. and Madelyn M. (Hibbs) Stanton. Duane was a tow truck driver for over 25 years, most recently for C&D Towing.

 
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Ruth Mae Scurfield

December 11, 2023 |

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

Ruth Mae Scurfield, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2023 in Grandview Estates in Elizabeth Twp.  Born June 22, 1931 in West Mifflin, she was a daughter of the late William and Marie (Briggs) Curry.  A retired sales associate at J.C. Penney's in Century III Mall, Ruth was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church, Clairton.  Ruth always remembered everyone's birthday and was always willing to help anyone who needed it.  She loved doing crossword puzzles with her husband, loved to cook, and always made sure her house and lawn were immaculate.  Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Hugh B. Scurfield, who passed away October 29, 2023; her sister Laverne Mulvay; and her brother Palmer Curry.  She is survived by her daughters Carol A. (the late Lemuel) Goodrum and Deborah L. (Jay) Jerome, both of Elizabeth; her grandchildren Tanya (Devin) Mock, Kristie (Ryan) Goodrum-Powell, Jennifer (Adam) Cavalier, and Justin (Alexandra) Jerome; her great-grandchildren Logan, Jaiden, Morgan, Domenic, Amelia, Jesse and Josephina; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Dorothy Mae "Dee" Ault

December 11, 2023 |

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

Dorothy Mae "Dee" Ault, 86, of Boston, Elizabeth Township, passed away on December 8, 2023. She was a beloved mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, mother-in-law and friend, who will be dearly missed. Affectionately known as Dee, she lived life fully and truly relished every moment, especially those with her family. She was a lovely lady with a great sense of humor who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was always talking about times to come with her family, especially vacationing together on the Chesapeake Bay, the Jersey Shore and Canadohta Lake. She loved reading and enjoyed lunches spent with her girlfriends. She retired from Pennoni Associates at the age of 80 in 2017 as an office manager. She loved the people she worked with and always came home from work with a smile on her face. She was a member of Port Vue Methodist Church.

 
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Ross Williams

December 11, 2023 |

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

Ross Williams, age 52 of Pleasant Hills, passed away at home on Thursday, December 7, 2023.  Born July 22, 1971 in Monongahela, he was the son of Paula G. (Hough) Grimm of West Elizabeth and the late Ross Williams, Sr.  A carpenter with the Raymond Dodds, Co. of West Elizabeth, besides his mother, he is survived by his wife Nicole (Belfiglio) Williams; his daughter Cassidy Rayne Williams of Avella; his sister Brandi (Joe) Brandle of South Park; his nieces Olivia and Abigail Brandle; his step-children Chelcey (Derek) Luketic of McKeesport and Justice (Alexis) Smith of Baldwin; and his step-grandchildren Riley, Kallie, Ashton, Lalen, Havana, and Allena.

 
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James Melvin "Bud" Gilbert Jr.

December 11, 2023 |

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

James Melvin "Bud" Gilbert Jr. age 90 of North Huntingdon, formerly of East McKeesport passed away peacefully at his home on December 10, 2023. He was born July 12, 1933, in Braddock, son of the late James and Emma (Morgan) Gilbert. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Bud graduated from East McKeesport High School in 1953. He retired with 37 years of service from Bell Atlantic/Verizon as Associate Engineer. After retirement, he was a residential electrician. He was an active member of New Hope Presbyterian Church as former treasurer and member of the property team. Bud was a member of Shidle Lodge #601 of Free and Accepted Masons as former Tiler and Steward. He was also a member of Bromas golf and bowling leagues, and Tall Cedars of Westmoreland Forest #77, and Scottish Rite of Free Masonry-Gourgas Lodge. He was president and member of Manor Valley Oddballs Golf League and member of Hilltops Men's Golf League. Bud was past 1967 President and coach for PAL (Police Athletic League) baseball and basketball programs, and past president of Circleville VFD. He enjoyed his family and friends as well as golf, bowling, hunting and sports. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, James and Emma Morgan Gilbert, son Guy Gilbert, stepmother Minnie Smeltz Martin Gilbert, stepbrother Barry Martin. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan (Martinsek) Gilbert, sons Gary (Trudy), Gregory (Denise), and Glenn Gilbert, brother Dale Martin (Deanna), Clifford, sisters Louise Murray, Barbara Hughes, grandchildren, Michael, Garrett (Nina), Richard (Alexandra), Zachary (Kylie), Lindsey, Grace Gilbert and 3 great grandsons. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 20 from 12 pm to 2 pm at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Aileen F. Lewis

December 10, 2023 |

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

Aileen F. Lewis , 97 of North Huntingdon died December 10, 2023 at the William Penn Care Center. She was born July 1, 1926 in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late John and Florence Hufand Herold. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Jacktown Hotel and Jacktown Ride & Hunt Club. Aileen was a loving wife, daughter and devoted mother. She loved spending time with her family. She was also employed as a school crossing guard and loved camping with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John "Jack" Lewis in 1987, a son, Dennis Lewis, brothers, Robert, Edmond and John Herold, sisters, Althea Dick, Anita Dias, and Alice Spahr. She is survived by her sons Dana Lewis (Susan), Donnie Lewis (Debra),David Lewis (Cathy), two daughters, Denise Cole (Tom), Debbie Hardy (Bob), daughter-in-law, Regina Lewis, grandchildren, Shelly Swartz, Shawn Lewis, Victoria Hillier, Randy Fischer, Bruce Hamilton, Eric Hamilton, Adam Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Brianna Lewis, Emily Hardy, Rachel Ramsey, Carrie Hardy, Chad Lewis, Drew Lewis, and Ailleen Stanish, several great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Wednesday from 2-4, 6-8. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10a.m. in the funeral home chapel.

 


Robert Honick

December 10, 2023 |

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

Robert Honick, age 92, of Jeannette, PA, formerly of McKeesport, PA, died on Saturday, December 9, 2023. He was born in McKeesport, PA on July 24, 1931 and is the son of the late George and Mary Gray Honick, as well as his stepmother who raised him, Ruth Humphreys Honick. He was the husband of the late Margaret “Peg” Come Honick. Robert proudly served in the United States Army and later retired as a crane operator from US Steel Irvin Works. He was a longtime member of the General Smedley D. Butler Post 701, White Oak American Legion. He loved cars, bowling, and volunteering at UPMC McKeesport.

 
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George Kenneth Yurcisin

December 10, 2023 |

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

George Kenneth Yurcisin, age 82 of Adamsburg, passed away on December 9, 2023 at his home. He was born April 27, 1941 in Greensburg, a son of the late George and Kathryn Yacenich Yurcisin. Prior to his retirement, Ken was employed for 30 years as a chef at the Holiday House, and was the former food instructor for the State of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He also served as an Adamsburg Police Officer. Ken enjoyed collecting model railroad trains and was an avid sports enthusiast. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Carol (Hill) Yurcisin, his three sons Kenneth (Amy), Kevin, and Kary (Pam), grandchildren Melanie Demorest (Rob), Tori Bartlow (Dustin), Alyssa, Tyler, Aaron (Samantha) and Ryan Yurcisin, great grandchildren Brock, Declan, Axel, Easton, and Kruz. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8PM. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11AM in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in St. Michaels Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Catherine “Cassie” Mae Boyer Pratt

December 09, 2023 |

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

Catherine “Cassie” Mae Boyer Pratt, age 85, of McKeesport, passed away at home, on Friday, December 8, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pottsville, PA. on October 30, 1938. Daughter of the late Wilbert P. Boyer and Alice Boyer Mathers and sister of the late A. Elaine Boyer Figel. She was a graduate of the Glassport High School class of 1956 and attended The Pittsburgh Automation Institute. Prior to retirement, she was Supervisor of Data Entry at the former Equibank in McKeesport and Pittsburgh with over 22 years’ service. She is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Robert E. Pratt on January 29, 2023, and her beloved labrador retriever, Sadie this past July. She was a member of the former Mon Valley Flock of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was a member of the church choir, head of the Altar Guild, and additionally the Krafters Corner. Cassie also belonged to area card clubs, was a former member of the White Oak AARP, and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.

 
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Kathleen R. Alexa

December 09, 2023 |

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

Kathleen R. (Kocheran) Alexa, 69, of West Mifflin entered into eternal life on Thursday, December 7, 2023, peacefully at home. Born in Iselin, PA, on October 9, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Shuster) Kocheran. Mrs. Alexa was a retired Medical Coder for Zoll Medical, beloved wife of the late Gregory C. "X" Alexa, she is survived by her loving children, Amanda (Tim) Fair and Kristen (Scott) Bish; five grandchildren, Maisie (Josh), Ashlyn, Owen, Alex and Xavier; two sisters, JoAnn (Albert) Revak of West Palm Beach, Florida and Gloria (Bruce) Simko of Munhall; and numerous nieces, nephews, adored friends and co-workers.

Friends and family will be received from 4-6 P.M. on Sunday, December 10, 2023 and 2-4 P.M. on Monday, December 11, 2023 in the William . Skovranko Memorial Home Inc., 828 Richford Street, Duquesne.

Mrs. Alexa was a loving and warm hearted soul who loved everyone. In her kindness and love for all she threw a yearly end of summer picnic for family and friends for 30+ years that became the highlight for all involved.

 
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Dominic Anthony Kasony

December 08, 2023 |

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

Dominic Anthony Kasony, age 74, of Trafford, PA, formerly of McKeesport, died on Thursday, November 30, 2023. He was born in McKeesport on June 18, 1949 and is the son of the late Anthony Kasony and Christina Supp.

 
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Shirley Olive (Lucas) Moore

December 08, 2023 |

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

Shirley Olive (Lucas) Moore, age 77 of Versailles, passed away at home on Friday, December 8, 2023.  Born July 4, 1946 in Lock Haven, she was a daughter of the late Lewis Levi Lucas and Jessie Elizabeth (Alexander) Lucas.  A former LPN for Susque View Nursing Home in Lock Haven, Shirley was also preceded in death by her husband Eugene Moore, who passed away December 4, 2003, and her son Eugene Moore, Jr. who passed away April 18, 2023.  She is survived by her son William H. (Evelyn) Moore of Versailles, her grandson Raymond G. Ingalis, her great-grandson Gavin Reo Ingalis, and her sister Wanda Facer of Phillipsburg.

 
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Gloria DeMedio

December 08, 2023 |

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

Gloria DeMedio, age 96 of Clairton, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at Grandview Estates of Elizabeth Twp.  Born October 8, 1927 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Steven and Katherine (Clipper) Spanovich.  A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was a graduate of the McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing and a former registered nurse.  Gloria joins her husband, the late Dr. Gabriel A. DeMedio, who passed away April 7, 2011.  Gloria is survived by her daughters Gloria Jean (the late Malcolm Condon) DeMedio of Englewood, FL, Janet (Frank) Calabro of Elizabeth Twp., and Nancy Lynn (Kirk Lang) DeMedio of South Park; her grandchildren Erika Dixon, Connor (Megan) Dixon, Jamey (Pallav Agrawal) Dixon, and Gabrielle and Julian Calabro; her great-grandchildren Tej Agrawal and Elle Dixon; her  siblings Mary Drnach, Harriet Shatrich, and Nick (Joanne) Spanovich; and also nieces and nephews.  

 
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Ralph James Cochran

December 08, 2023 |

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

Ralph James Cochran, 70, of Elizabeth Township, formerly South Park, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2023. He was born in Pittsburgh on November 17, 1953 and was the son of the late Ralph George and Elizabeth Merl (Stilley) Cochran. Ralph enjoyed motocross sports in all aspects, repairing dirt bikes and racing them as "Ralph Racing" with his children. He would make friends with every person he would meet and would learn about everyone he met, no matter how brief.

 
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Franklin E. Heck

December 07, 2023 |

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

 Franklin E. Heck, age 71, of McKeesport, died at home on December 6, 2023.  Born August 6, 1952, in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Edwin and Ruth (Lightcap) Heck and the husband of Rise (Swartz) Heck for 21 years.

 
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Kathleen Anne Webster

December 07, 2023 |

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

Kathleen Anne Webster, age 70, of McKeesport, died at home on December 5, 2023. Born September 2, 1953, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Dolores (Woodworth) Galley and the wife of William Webster, Jr., for 45 years

 
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Harry P. Bruno

December 07, 2023 |

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

Harry P. Bruno, age 79 of North Huntingdon died peacefully December 7, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born July 4, 1944 in Adderly Pa, a son of the late Cheno and Frances Bolk Bruno. Harry was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Prior to his retirement he was employed by Strick Corporation as a trailer salesman for over 35 years. He was a loving grandfather, devoted to his family. He was a veteran of Vietnam having proudly served in the U.S. Army.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife JoAnn Tucci Bruno. He is survived by one son, Jeffrey, one daughter Kim Heflin, a sister Lorraine Pollock, 5 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Anthony Madison, Jacquelyn, and Mikayla, significant other Diane Holder, and his extended Tucci family. Friends will be received Sunday 1-7 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral mass will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, Pa. Interment will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 
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Glenn C. McKeown

December 07, 2023 |

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

Glenn C. McKeown, 98, of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Greenock, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023 at home. He was born November 9, 1925 in Gratztown, and was the son of the late James Daniel and Nora Bell (Sterner) McKeown. He was the husband of the late Catherine (Maurer) McKeown who passed away February 17, 2020. He was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church since 1958 and was a retired Craneman for US Steel National Tube Works. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School Class of 1943.

 
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Karson David Kasiorek

December 07, 2023 |

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

Karson David Kasiorek, 11 years and 7 months, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Sunday, November 26, 2023 with his Mom and Dad by his side.  He was born on April 26, 2012 at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, the son of David Joseph Kasiorek, Sr. and Carrie Ann Anderson.

In life, Karson, was a true Warrior, we feel so honored and truly blessed to be his family.  As a lifelong resident of Elizabeth Township, he developed an abundance of special relationships with young and old alike and became an inspiration to so many. He received special loving attention from our Buena Vista Fireman and our Elizabeth Township Police.  Karson was a cat lover but always enjoyed a visit from our K9 team, he appreciated how disciplined and kind they are. (He used to joke that their paycheck was in bones). Karson was in the 6th grade at EFMS.  A majority of his time was spent doing home schooling where he built the most special relationship with his dedicated teacher Mrs. Tara Gluscic, who stuck by our side since first grade.  She became family to all of us and was so incredibly loved by Karson. He loved all things science, nature, and Lego.  From a very young age, he enjoyed taking walks with his parents along the river, to a special waterfall along the Yough River Trail.  He had a keen interest in gardening and horticulture in general, specifically herbs (his favorite to grow and smell was Basil) and their healing properties.  He absorbed so much, always learning and often becoming the teacher himself.  He loved sharing fun facts and had a special way of explaining his observations to the very finest of details, one of his many super powers.  He was an avid gamer, he loved playing with his brother and Dad, and enjoyed playing Spider Man on the PS5, most recently.  Through the years he accumulated quite the gemstone collection and enjoyed collecting shark teeth and other artifacts. Karson was quite a prankster and enjoyed laughter, his personality made it contagious, lightening the serious situations he faced.  His favorite pastime was to share silly jokes.  Many of them "Dad" jokes.  He taught us all how to fight and look at the bright side of things in the face of adversity.   He leaves behind a legacy of joy, laughter, gentleness, and pure love. Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle: be patient, bearing with one another in love.  

 
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Minervia Fowler

December 06, 2023 |

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

Minervia Fowler, age 79, of McKeesport, died on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. She was born in Ridgewood, AL on September 15, 1944 and is the daughter of the late Jullian and Daisy Mae Portis Moody. She retired as a nurse’s aide in 2004. Minervia was a very faithful person, who enjoyed engaging in her Jehovah Witness ministry. She would write letters, preach, and read the Bible. She was also very passionate about cooking.

 
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Roy O. Steele

December 06, 2023 |

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

Roy O. Steele, age 58, of McKeesport, died December 2, 2023. Born August 10, 1965, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Roy O. Steele and Rose Marie (Ross) Steele.

 
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Alma J. Smay

December 06, 2023 |

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

Alma J. Smay, age 94 and formerly of Cresson, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 in LGAR Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Turtle Creek.  Born August 26, 1929 in Cresson, she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Kathleen (Rudolph) Smay.  A retired secretary for the Butteric Pattern Co. of Altoona, Alma was also preceded in death by her siblings, Betty Lou Shay and Merle T. Smay.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews and their families: Bonnie Baker, Kitty Shay-Lenart, Bill Shay, and Wayne, Chris, Carl, Mark, Charlotte, and Gene Smay. 
 
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Eugene R. Liebel, Sr.

December 06, 2023 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Eugene R. Liebel, Sr., 85, of Glassport died Dec. 5,2023.  He is the son of the late Herbert and Clara Liebel.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 65  years, Mildred (Wilson) Liebel; children Mary Ann (Craig) Myers, Eugene (Debbie) Liebel, Jr., Mike (Kate) Liebel, Brenda (Chris) Heater and Brian (Tori) Liebel; also 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  Eugene was retired from Copperweld as well as Duquesne University.  Friends received at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home Glassport on Fri., Dec. 8,  from 1 to 5. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics.

 


Jacob W. "Jake" Strang

December 06, 2023 |

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

Jacob W. “Jake” Strang, age 28, of Dravosburg, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at home. Born in Pittsburgh on April 26, 1995, he is the son of Debra (Hazel) Phifer of West Mifflin and the late Paul Strang. He worked as a meat cutter, loved to travel, play golf, boating and rafting. He also enjoyed online gambling and going to the casino. He is survived by his mother; was the brother of the late Desiree Shilllingburg; uncle of Hayley (Tim) Gaskill, Mark Shillingburg, Ryder Shillingburg and Alexandra Hvasta; great nieces and nephews; nephew of Bill Strang of West Mifflin, Dan (Kathy) Strang of Munhall and Lloyd Strang. He is also survived by his godmother, Karla Bottomley. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 11, 2023, from 4-8 p.m., at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, where Funeral Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. during the visitation.

 


Jessica M. Zilich

December 06, 2023 |

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

Jessica M. Zilich, age 43, of McKeesport, died December 1, 2023. Born April 24, 1980, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Nancy (Rodman) Zilich and the wife of Richard A. "Rick" Mack.

 
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Cheryl Ann Puglin

December 05, 2023 |

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

Cheryl Ann Puglin, age 66, of Port Vue, died on Saturday, December 2, 2023. She was born in Uniontown on February 13, 1957 and is the daughter of the late Robert and Betty Elizabeth Roberts Flanigan. Cheryl was an owner/operator alongside her father at the snack bar at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin for over 20 years. Her favorite pastime was bowling, and she was a longtime member of the Blind Bowlers Association. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren.

 
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Gregory Swank

December 05, 2023 |

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

Gregory Swank, age 66 of Liberty Borough, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Born April 23, 1957 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Glenn A. and Loretta (Stanchik) Swank.   A member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Eugene Site and a member of the V.F.W. Post of Irwin, an avid Steelers fan and a talented musician and fix-it man, and was always available for family and friends.  Greg retired from Durabond Steel and also worked at Camp Hill & Erasteel for 25 years.  Greg is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deborah (Milice) Swank; his children Michael (Sara) Swank, Alexi Jean (Brandon) Darr, Chelsi Loretta Swank, Aubri Lee Swank; his grandchildren Dylan, Ethan, and Drew Swank and Conrad Clark Darr; his siblings Glenda Davis, Judi Lawson, Cynthia Swank, Polly Swank, Lorri (Paul) Remai; his aunt Bernice (Tim) McDonald; his uncle John Stanchik; his cousins Beth, Bob, Eric, John, Dennis, Debbie and Doug; his nieces and nephews Nicole, Lauren, Lenny, Nathan, Devon, Jeremy, Cody, Shaun, Sam, and Schawn; and his great-nieces-and-nephews Samantha, Micah, Margaret, Zachary, Maddison, Bennett, Jace and Abigail.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Vivian Lucas and his cousin Amy Wallace. 
 
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Marcia Ann Marko

December 05, 2023 |

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

Marcia Ann Marko, age 70, of White Oak, died peacefully and surrounded by family on Sunday, December 3, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on April 30, 1953, and is the daughter of the late Dan Verdish (who died on July 21, 2023) and Virginia Ciolak Verdish (who died on February 18, 2015). She retired from the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, where she worked for over 20 years. Marcia often volunteered at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville and Mary of Nazareth Catholic School in White Oak. She really enjoyed playing pickleball, arts and crafts, the beach, visiting Disney World and spending time with her grandchildren.

 
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Janice Elizabeth Reed

December 05, 2023 |

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

Janice Elizabeth Reed, age 80, of Dravosburg, died shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at Jefferson Hospital. She was born in Homestead on June 19, 1943 and is the daughter of the late Edwin and Julia Jeran Williamson. After Julia’s death, Eva Gay Williamson, was there as stepmother for Janice. She was raised in the same home as her father helped build when it was mostly an apple orchard.

 
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Martha Drusbasky

December 05, 2023 |

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

Martha (Domer) Drusbasky, age 76, of Forward Twp., passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at home surrounded by family. She retired as a technician for Eye & Ear Sales in Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church (St. John 23rd Parish) in Jefferson Hills and she enjoyed music, especially Neil Diamond. Born March 8, 1947 in Floreffe, she was a daughter of the late John R. and Myrtle (Lawrence) Domer and wife of the late Robert P. Drusbasky. She is survived by daughter, Christine (Rick Hickey) Reitzel of Elizabeth; son, Brian (Diane) Drusbasky of Pleasant Hills; grandchildren, Kurtis Drusbasky, Brianna (Brian Schaum) Drusbasky, Timothy (Haley McKelvey) Reitzel Jr., Paige (Michael) Safreed and Kevin Drusbasky; step-grandchildren, Jonathan and Shannon Bilski; great-grandchild, Michael Tate Safreed; sister, Rita Petticord of Monessen; brother, Emil Domer of Plum; in-laws, Faye Domer of Duquesne, Peter Fernace of Forward Twp., Peggy Ziegmond of Forward Twp. and Arvil T. Randall of Houston, TX; long-time neighbors, Betsy Porter and Kathy McCovish, both of Forward Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Genevieve (the late Neil) Ferry, Mary Randall and Barbara Janicki, and brothers, Robert, Joseph, Thomas and John (the late Cheryl) Domer; and her dog, Kolby. A memorial gathering will be in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Sunday, December 10, 2023, from 2 PM until the time of service at 4 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Rick Bennett officiating. Private burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


HELENA C. STOJAKOVICH

December 04, 2023 |

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

HELENA C. STOJAKOVICH, 94, formerly of Duquesne and McKeesport, went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Sunday, December 3, 2023 in St Augustine, Florida.  Born April 3, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Lucia Phillips, and wife of the late Nick Stojakovich. She was an ardent fan of the Steelers and the Penguins.  Helena was a long-time member of Praise Assembly of God in North Versailles.  She loved the Word of God, her favorite verse being John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  She loved to tell people about Jesus even to the end, sharing the love of Jesus with her medical staff.

She is survived by sons Nicholas (Gloria) and Gary of St Augustine, Florida, Robert (Diane) of Lakeland, Georgia and Timothy (Carol) of Hahira, Georgia; sister Jeanette Gergely of North Huntingdon, and brother Robert (Jean) Phillips of Elizabeth Township; grandchildren Heather Payne, Hannah McLaughlin, Danielle Thomas, Gary, Salvatore, Robert, Jeremy and Samuel Stojakovich; and several great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Rose Coccia, Velma “Thelma” House, Clara Sgattoni, and Yolanda DiGregory; and grandson Matthew Stojakovich.

Helena lived a rich and rewarding life, overcoming by God’s grace difficulties and hardships.  While we are sorrowful in this life, we have the hope of the resurrection when we will be united again in God’s glorious kingdom.

Friends and family will be received from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, December 15, and from 9am to 11am on Saturday, December 16 at Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home in Duquesne. A Service of Remembrance will be at Praise Assembly of God, 245 Foster Rd, North Versailles at Noon on Saturday, December 16, Pastor Tim Bunney officiating.  Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Foundation of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, www.communityhospice.com

 


Patricia "Patti" Dobos

December 04, 2023 |

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

Patricia "Patti" Dobos, 74, of McKeesport passed away Monday, December 4, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on January 10, 1949 and was the daughter of the late Chester and Patricia (Shank) Ornowski. Patti worked many years as a Data Entry Clerk for G.C Murphy, and the McKeesport Candy Company before retiring. She was a long time member of St. Mary's Polish Church prior to the merge that created Mary, Mother of God Parish; and also a member of the Polish National Alliance Lodge #352. She loved her trips to the casino too.

 
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Sara J. Cross

December 04, 2023 |

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

Sara J. Cross, 96 of North Huntingdon died December 3, 2023. Services will be private. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Thelma A. "Gaga" Mehaffey,

December 04, 2023 |

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

Thelma A. "Gaga" Mehaffey, age 93, of McKeesport, died at home on December 1, 2023. Born December 31, 1929, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Frieda (Dannenhauer) McCall.

 
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Larry J. Delverne

December 04, 2023 |

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

Larry J. Delverne, age 64, of North Huntingdon died December 2, 2023 at his home. He was born November 25, 1959 in Long Island, New York a son of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Delverne. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner of Subs & More and Belly Busters in Lower Burrell. He loved to gamble, collect vintage cars, and share old stories. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  a daughter,  Marjorie Grempel, three brothers, Vinnie, Michael and Clay "Winkie". He is survived by his wife Amy Smith Delverne, daughters, Georgina Grempel and Cora Coles (Robert), sons, Larry Delverne (Hailey), Josh Klingensmith, Shane Klingensmith, and Ryan Klingensmith, Christopher Grempel, Leslie Grempel, Catherine Grempel. 9 grandchildren and a sister, Donna Delverne. There will be no visitation, Arrangements made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com . Memorials may be made to the family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


David W. Gregg, Sr.

December 03, 2023 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

 

David W. Gregg, Sr., 51, of Glassport died Dec. 2, 2023. He is the son of the late Lowell and Carol (Gardner) Gregg.  He is survived by his wife Heather (Ero) Gregg; daughter Olivia Gregg; son David Gregg, Jr.; sisters Doris (Anthony) Haywood and Tammy (Daniel) List; brother Brian (Jennifer) Gregg; also a niece, nephews, great niece and great nephews.  David was a member of Dravosburg Fire Dept. and former member of Glassport Fire Dept.   Friends received at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Wed. from 4 to 7.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 


Rev. Thomas A. Wagner

December 02, 2023 |

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

We are saddened to announce Rev. Thomas A. Wagner, a beloved Catholic priest, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the age of 66. Fr. Wagner passed away surrounded by loved ones. He was born on September 5, 1957, of Allison Park, son of the late Arthur G. and Lois “Dolly” (Hertweck) Wagner. He is survived by his sister, Diane (Steve) Burke; brothers, William (Kathy) Wagner, Gary (Kim) Wagner, Kurt (Elaine) Wagner; and many loving nieces and nephews. He attended St. Mary’s Glenshaw where he was first called by God to priesthood. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1975, Duquesne University in 1979, and completed his seminary at St. Vincent. On June 25, 1983, he was ordained a Catholic Priest at St. Paul Cathedral. Fr. Wagner was a faithful servant of God and a beloved member of the Catholic community. He served various assignments throughout his priesthood, most recently as pastor to St. Michael’s, Queen of the Rosary, St. Eugene ministering to the people of God until his illness. He will be missed by many. Fr. Wagner's family, friends and fellow Clergy will gather to pay their respects at Saint Joachim and Anne Parish, Saint Michael’s Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 on Wednesday, December 6th from 2 PM until the time of Mass of Translation at 7 PM with Bishop Mark Eckman presiding. A second viewing will take place on Thursday, December 7th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Saint Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116 from 12 PM until Mass of Christian Burial at 2 PM with Bishop David Zubik presiding. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery of Saint Mary in Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your home parish for their needs or to The Mary of Nazareth Catholic School. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com  

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. May Your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 


Saveria “Vera” Barone

December 02, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Saveria “Vera” Barone, 88, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family. Vera was a deeply loved Mom, Nonna, Carmen’s Vera (Sweetie Pie), and a friend and relative to many. She lived to care for her family and expressed her love with her passion for cooking and a “no-one goes hungry” attitude, even for visitors just stopping by. Vera would religiously host large family dinners for her family every Sunday, which she faithfully continued well into her 80’s. Her biscotti were a staple and requested for every family or friend’s function. She was born July 17, 1935, in Benevento, Italy, a daughter of the late Eustacchio and Maria Gigante. Vera was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. When she was able, Vera volunteered for various church functions and always the church fair where she was known for creating her tasty pizza fritta (fried dough) annually. In addition to raising her family, she assisted her late husband, Carmen, operating the family concrete business and was also an exceptional seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Carmen Barone, in 1997. She was the matriarch of a growing family, the loving mother of her children: Anthony (Tina) Barone of Monroeville, Joseph (Helen) Barone of North Versailles, Mary Jane (Robert) Petrilli of Monroeville, Carmen (Marcie) Barone Jr. of North Versailles, and Michael (Tara) Barone of North Huntingdon; a loved and cherished Nonna to her grandchildren: Marissa (Cody) Calhoun, Nicholas (Lauren) Barone, Anthony (fiancé Cindy) Barone, Annamarie Barone, Angela Barone, Alexandra (Aaron) Cherok, Christina (Greg) Iversen, Gina Petrilli, Carmen (Samantha) Barone, Vincent (Taylor) Barone, Joseph Barone, Victoria Barone, and Michael Barone; great grandchildren: Gianna, Aubrey, Giovanni, Colton, Eliott, William, Carmen, and Ryleigh; loving sister of Augusto Gigante and Anna D’Ambrosio both living in Italy; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Florian Mercea

December 01, 2023 |

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

 

Florian Mercea, age 92, of McKeesport, died November 28, 2023, at home. Born October 28, 1931, in Sarand-Bihor, Romania, he was the son of the late Pavel and Ana (Sotoc) Mercea and the husband of Eileen (Biddle) Brady Mercea.

 
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Daniel Lazar Jr.

December 01, 2023 |

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

Daniel “Danny” Lazar Jr., age 45, of Elizabeth, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023. He was a bricklayer for 20 years for Hillcrest Builders and was a member First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. Born September 3, 1978 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Daniel Lazar of West Newton and Debra (Oates) Kadar of Elizabeth. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Daniel III, Danika, Zander and Nyiah; sister, Timi (James) McEndree of Elizabeth; brother, Christopher Lazar of Clairton; maternal grandfather, Frank Oates of Elizabeth; also, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Benjamin Schneider officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Ernest H. Raymer

December 01, 2023 |

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

Ernest H. Raymer, 40, of Irwin, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2023. He was born September 29, 1983 in Pittsburgh and is the son of Ernest J. Raymer of Port Vue and Deborah A. Mattie of Glassport. Ernest was a chef at Olives and Peppers restaurant in Trafford and he had previously worked as a chef at Luciano's restaurant.

 
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Mayra Leonor Luna

December 01, 2023 |

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

Mayra Leonor Luna, 69, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  She was born September 28, 1954 in Guatemala City, Guatamala, daughter of the late Tomas and Maria Leonor (Avila) Aquino.  Mayra was a teacher for Seton Hill Day Care and a real estate agent for ERA Real Estate.  She was a member of St. Agnes Parish and enjoyed knitting and was a history buff of WWII.  She is survived by her husband, Dr. Alvaro Luna; sons, Alvaro E. (Edna), Dr. Esteban, (Kim); daughter, Vivian Winham (Darren); brother, Edgar Tomas Aquino; sister, Ana Lilia Luna (Alejandro); grandchildren, Jasmine Margarita and Catalina Margarita Winham, Alvaro Valentino, Mia Isabella and Lucia Olivia.  There will be no visitation.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  Donations may be made to the family thru the funeral home website.  Arrangements made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Frances Joyce Hochard

December 01, 2023 |

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

Frances Joyce Hochard, 96, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, December 1, 2023 at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. She was born February 13, 1927 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Walter J. and Henrietta (Woolley) Wearer. Prior to her retirement, Joyce was a secretary for the Norwin School District Administration. She was a world traveler, enjoyed interior design, taking home and garden tours and was the first resident to move into Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert H. Hochard. She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Joyce Hochard-Irwin. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the R.N.H. Activities Fund, Redstone Highlands, 12921 Redstone Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. Arrangements made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 

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