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Richard LaCivita

January 05, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

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

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

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Mildred V. “Tu-Tu” (Tomosky) Rizzo

December 21, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Mildred V. “Tu-Tu” (Tomosky) Rizzo, 92, died December 14, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Tu-Tu was famous for her pancakes. She enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them. Each grandchild and great-grandchild was her favorite. She was strong in her faith, and regularly attended mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wilmerding, where she was also a member of the Rosary Society. Tu-Tu was like a grandmother to many.  She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

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Joyce Brant

December 08, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Joyce Brant, 79, passed on December 5, 2021. She was born December 17, 1941, the last surviving child of Wayne and Florence (Rupert) Brant. She was preceded in passing by her siblings, Dennis R. Brant Sr., Wayne Brant, Almeda Jane Rodenz, Elizabeth May Detore, Sherida Lee Harbaugh, Alberta Taylor and Lillian Brant.  She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Joyce loved her family and her cat. She enjoyed writing and researching family genealogy.

All services will be private. Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joyce Brant, please visit our floral store.


Theodore “Ted” Karas

November 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Theodore “Ted” Karas, 83, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the age of 83 at his home in White Oak. He was born March 11, 1938. Ted is survived by his brothers, Samuel (Lisa) Karas, John “Doug” (Georgann) Karas and Daniel Karas, numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in passing by his parents, John and Milka (Savic) Karas, and his brother, Milovan “Butch” Karas. Ted was a proud United States Navy Veteran. He was a longtime employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad. He was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville. His biggest joy in life was the time he spent with family and friends.

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Rev. Peter Anthony Alfieri

October 29, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Rev. Peter Anthony Alfieri, 95, passed away peacefully at his home on October 19, 2021 in Lantana, FL. He was born March 13, 1926, in East McKeesport, PA, the son of Gennaro and Assunta (Macchione) Alfieri; brother of Angie (Mario) Bortoluzzi, Deborah (late Daniel) Daugherty, James (Jean) Alfieri and the late Victor (Floy) Alfieri. Husband of the late Angeline (Pregano) Alfieri; beloved father of Leah (David) Carmo, Rebekah Anderson, Faith (Joseph) Rossello, and Peter (Elizabeth) Alfieri Jr. Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren Bethany (Michael) Porter, Hayley (Jeffrey) Sheldon, David Carmo, Joel (Erin) Anderson, Adam Carmo, Rachel, Sarah and Eve Rossello, and Angelina and Peter Alfieri III; great grandchildren Leah and Keaton Porter, and Violet and Willa Sheldon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter whose memory he always cherished.

Peter was a proud veteran of the United States Army, and served overseas during World War II. Upon his return, he pursued higher education at the University of Pittsburgh and Western (Pittsburgh) Theological Seminary eventually earning two Master's degrees. His passion and purpose in life was to serve the Lord and spread the gospel. He began his life’s work at Bethel United Methodist church in Lower Burrell from 1955-1959. From 1959-1974 he served Cresson United Methodist church, until eventually relocating to Vintondale, PA to lead Blacklick United Methodist church, where he remained until his retirement in 1989. Even after his retirement, Peter continued his ministry part time at the Laurel Swamp Union Church in Clymer, PA from 1991-2005. He will be fondly remembered by his many congregants and members of the communities he faithfully served throughout his life.

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Ann (Wilcox) Sant

October 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Ann Elizabeth (Wilcox) Sant, 77, of Level Green passed away October 15, 2021. Born in McKeesport on July 30, 1944, to the late Robert and Sadie (Betras) Wilcox, she attended McKeesport High School, resided with her growing family in McKeesport  until moving to Level Green in 1974.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her only brother,  Michael Wilcox and her son-in-law, Todd Everhart.

Ann is lovingly remembered by her eleven children with former spouse, Russell J. Sant. Her children include Shawn S. Sant, Jodi R. Everhart, Joni R. Sant, Jayne R. Totora, Russell J. Sant, Jennifer R. Sant, Jacqueline R. Sant (Matt), Robert J. Sant (Laura), Sarahann S. Sant, Reed J. Sant and Rory J. Sant.

Ann is also survived by 14 grand-children: Kevin, Ryan, Robert, Tabytha, Athina, Shawn, Samuel, Stephanie, Racheal, Jennifer, Michael, Elizabeth, Susan and Matthew; 13 great-grand-children, 3 nephews and 2 nieces.  

Family and friends are welcome in the Alfieri Funeral Home, Inc., 201 Marguerite Ave, Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, on Friday from 11am - 1pm. A Blessing Service will be held at 1pm. Ann will be laid to rest in Good Shepherd Cemetery.  Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.

In lieu of flowers donations and condolences can be sent to: Sant Family, 3452 Route 130, Harrison City, PA 15636


Emma (Jurmann) Ravella

October 12, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Emma (Jurmann) Ravella, 99, peacefully passed on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Emma was the devoted wife of the late Frank A. “Smokey” Ravella. She was the loving mother of Joseph “Joe” and Frank (Donna) Ravella. She was the adoring grandmother of Nick (Veronica),Ashley, Frank (Connie), and Devin; great-grandmother of Nicholas, Penelope, Frankie and Peter. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and all who loved her. In addition to her husband, Emma was preceded in passing by her parents, Ferdinand and Fenesia Jurmann, and her siblings, Carmella, Josephine “Pina”, Erminia, Cecelia, Lilly, William “Willy”, and Alfred.

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Marion (Di Agostino) Kirk

October 04, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Marion (Di Agostino) Kirk, 92, of Wilmerding passed away on September 30, 2021 at Independence Court, Monroeville.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert (Bob) Kirk.  She was a retired secretary to the President of the Westinghouse Airbrake Co., Wilmerding and was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Wilmerding.

Marion was born on May 23, 1929 in Wilmerding.  She was the daughter of the late Carmine (Frank) and Flora Di Agostino.  She is survived by her son, Robert (Bob) F. Kirk (wife Andrea) of Parker, TX; her daughter, Linda L. Kirk of Wilmerding; two grandsons, Joshua and Matthew; great-granddaughter, Emily; her faithful dog, Kenzie; her sister, Marlene Kent (husband Dennis) of Orlando, FL; her brother, Ralph Di Agostino (wife Joan) of Melrose, MA; brother, Frank Di Agostino of Monroeville; brother-in-law, Leo Kirk (wife Patricia) of Lynchburg, VA; nieces and nephews.

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William E. “Bill” Lovell Jr.

September 23, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

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

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

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JoAnn Pickle

September 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

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

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

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Mary A. Putz

September 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

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

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Florence A. Horvath

August 18, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Florence A. Horvath, Age 90 of East McKeesport passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021. She was born January 7, 1931. She is preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Julius M. Horvath, and her parents, Maurice and Helen McCarthy, her brothers, Maurice and John McCarthy, and her sisters, Eleanor Volturno and May Helen Kramer, and her son in law, John Bruno. She is survived by her children, Debra Bruno of Greensburg, Ardele Dull of North Versailles, Mark Horvath of White Oak, Jim Horvath, Joanne Horvath of Williamsburg, Virginia, Bill Horvath of White Oak, Mary Ann Bargiel, Richard Bargiel of White Oak and Richard Horvath of East McKeesport.

She was loved by 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was a member of Saint Robert Bellarmine Church for 62 years, which is now Mary Mother of God Parish. She was a devout Catholic who revered the Blessed Mother.

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Gail (Bobich) Pristera

August 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Gail (Bobich) Pristera, 79, formerly of North Versailles Twp., passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021, in Kissimmee, Florida.

Gail was born December 2, 1941, in Braddock, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of the late George Bobich and Mary Cvihanovich. Gail was the loving mother of, and is survived by, her children Lisa Saunders, Lori Pristera, Richard Pristera, Leslie (Preston) Pristera-Lee. She was a doting grandmother to Dylan Zayonc, Daniel Molina, Gabrielle Pristera, Morgan Molina, Madison Pristera, Duvall Lee, Shakari Lee, and Great-Grandmother to Ryker Zayonc. Gail was the devoted sister to Wayne (Pauline) Bobich, Marie DiNardo, Gina (Larry) Leo, and Michael (Jane) Mikulich. She was the caring Godmother to Jennifer Calabrese and a loving Aunt to her nieces and nephews.

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Nancy M. (Paton) Miracle

August 05, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Nancy M. (Paton) Miracle, 88, died August 4, 2021. Born September 28, 1932, Nancy raised two beautiful daughters, Lynn Carol Miracle and Lori Miracle Bromberger and her husband Kenneth Bromberger; adoring grandmother of Jamie Lynn Bromberger. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy was preceded in passing by her parents, Richard Hall Paton Sr. and Margaret (Douglas) Paton,  brothers, David Douglas Paton, Robert Douglas Paton, and Richard Hall Paton Jr. (surviving wife Carol) and former husband, Paul L. Miracle.

Nancy was retired from the former Thrift/Eckerd Pharmacy in Monroeville, PA. She was very proud of her Scottish Heritage and loved her family and friends, especially her granddaughter, Jamie. Her greatest joy in life was the time spent with her family. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

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Elias “Lester” Betras

August 03, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Elias “Lester” Betras, 94 of Wilmerding peacefully passed on July 30, 2021. Lester was the son late James and Anna Betras. He was the loving father of Juanita (late Frank) Wolfe, Christopher (Jody) Betras, Ann (Tom) Hargenrader, the late Joseph Betras and their sister, Valerie (Darrin) Causey. He was the proud grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 6. Lester was a proud United States Army Veteran. He was a member of the Wilmerding Fire Dept. with over 40 years of service. Lester worked for the Westinghouse Airbrake in the shipping department. In his spare time, Lester was an avid gardener and a member of the Monroeville/Pitcairn Sportsman Club.

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