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Patricia L. (Strang) Brant

May 28, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Patricia L. (Strang) Brant, 72, of North Versailles Twp. died May 23, 2021. She was a former beautician at J.C. Penny. She worked at the White Oak Bowl Snack Bar. She was the former President of the East Allegheny Band Parent Association.Patricia was active in Girl Scouts. She will fondly be remembered as a selfless mother and grandmother.

She was born June 12, 1948, daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Claire Strang. Wife of the late Dennis R. Brant Sr. Beloved mother of Lori (Lawrence) Spahr and Dennis R. Brant Jr. (Lauren Walker). Cherished grandmother of Courtney Erin Brant and Madison Claire Spahr. Sister of the late Joseph Strang Jr.

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Robert “Whitey” Wiest

May 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Robert “Whitey” Wiest, 76, died May 9, 2021, with his loving family at his side. Whitey was the loving husband of Marlene (DePaoli) Wiest; father of Tara Pierce and Noel Wiest; grandfather of Ashley Bittner. Whitey enjoyed watching sports, especially the Auburn Tigers. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing. He was strong in his Byzantine Faith. Per Whitey’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Wall on Saturday, May 15 at 1pm. Arrangements entrusted to Alfieri Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmerding. Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.

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Betty (Saula) Beresford

May 07, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Betty (Saula) Beresford, 83, peacefully passed on May 5, 2021, with her loving family at her side. Betty was the loving mother of Deborah Howatineck, Kirk Beresford, Doug (Jennifer) Beresford and Scott Beresford. She was the special Bub of Tyler, Kaylee, Brian and Kasey; Great-Bub of Bentley and Brodie. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many cousins, and friends. Betty was preceded in passing by her parents, Mike and Lois (Love) Saula, and siblings, Margaret DeFalco, Norman “Nick” Saula and George Saula. Betty enjoyed crafts and gardening. Her greatest joy was her family and the time she spent with them. Family was the most important to her, and she loved them unconditionally. They loved her dearly, and will miss her deeply.

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William “Bill” Tucci

April 27, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

William “Bill” Tucci, 78, of Baldwin Health Center, formerly of East McKeesport, died April 23, 2021. He was born on April 23, 1943 and was a son of the late Leonard Tucci Sr. and Mary (Venuto) Tucci. Bill was also preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, Michael, Albert, Leonard, John and James, and sisters, Louise Comunale and Edith Tucci. He is survived by brother, Richard Tucci of North Huntingdon and his sister Mary Woody of North Huntingdon.

Bill was a good-natured person with a sense of humor and was very well liked by all his friends. He was a huge fan of his many nieces and nephews and loved them very much. They were the highlight of his life.

Bill worked in construction along with his brothers and took much pride in his work. Christmas was his most favorite time of year. He drove to Maryland with a friend where they cut down Christmas trees and hauled them back to sell.

Later in life with failing health it became necessary for him to live in personal care homes. In 2020 he was a patient at Baldwin Health Center, Pittsburgh. He received excellent health care there until he was called home to be with God on his birthday, April 23, 2021. He will be missed by those who loved him.

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Margaret A. (Cortazzo) Ily

April 12, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Margaret A Ily, 86 of Wilmerding, died peacefully on Friday April 9, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Lena (Ingagliato) Cortazzo. The wife of late Raymond Ily. Loving mother to Carleen (Paul) Gagetta and Dominick Ily. Adoring grandmother to Maria Margaret Gagetta; sister of the late Patrick (surviving Lois) Cortazzo and Helena (Larry) Sobek. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and special friend Dolores Krisher (Sissy).

Margaret was a retired Nurses Aide at Braddock Hospital. Her heart was filled with care and kindness her entire life. Margaret is especially remembered by her homemade spaghetti sauce and pizzelles. Her family will continue traditions for years to come.

The family would like to thank LGAR Health & Rehabilitation for their wonderful care and compassion to Margaret since 2015.

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Eleanor Alfreda McGuirk

March 23, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Eleanor Alfreda McGuirk, 85, died peacefully on March 21, 2021. Daughter of the late John  and Alma (Christenson) McGuirk. Loving sister of  the Late Mary Lou, Delores (Forrest), and late twin sister Eugenia "Dee" (Joseph) Jurich.   Also late brothers John(Rose) , James (Barbara), Bernard (late Jessie), Frederick (Virginia), Raymond (Josephine), and Eugene. She also was the loving aunt of numerous nieces, and nephews.

Eleanor was an artist and musician whose talents came naturally. She even had an art show while at Manor Care  nursing home.  She also liked learning to ballroom dance, enjoyed cake decorating, and the care of her plants, also she loved her dear cats, and dogs!

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Helen (Glazar) Karczewski

March 23, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Helen (Glazar) Karczewski, 96, died Monday, March 22, 2021 at the age of 96 with her daughters by her side. Helen was the devoted wife of the late Edward Karczewski. Loving mother of Diane (the late Ralph) Falvo, Susan (Wayne Jones) Karczewski, Mary Jo (Mark) Jacko and the late Karen (the late Jim) Liebmann. She was the adoring grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 10. She is also survived by her brother, Ted Glazar, numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Helen loved to cook, bake bread and make pierogis.

She was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She volunteered at St. Jude Church and was a member of the St. Jude Rosary Society. She enjoyed puzzles and gardening.

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Antoinette L. (Capaldo) Genre

March 05, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Antoinette L. (Capaldo) Genre, 94, of North Versailles Twp., died March 3, 2021. She was the wife of the late John Genre.  Antoinette was born in Wilmerding on February 23, 1927, and passed at home with her family by her bed side.

Antoinette is survived by her son Victor Genre (Kathi), and Agnes Genre Marts (Chris Romanik), her grandchildren, Lee Marts ( Alyssa) and Alana Marts (Rob), and she simply lived for her great grandchildren Gianna Marts and Santino “Tino” Marts.

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Betty (Babyak) Lukas

March 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Betty (Babyak) Lukas, 88, of North Versailles Twp. died February 28, 2021. Betty was the wife of the late John A. Lukas. She was the loving mother of Barbara (Joseph) Gardonis, Richard (Karen) Lukas, Roberta Comunale and the late John F. Lukas. Adoring grandmother of Jennifer Ramey, Jimmy Comunale, Rich Lukas, Joseph Gardonis and Chris Lukas, great-grandmother of 3. 

Betty was a dedicated member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport, where she was a member of the Ladies of Charity. She was a longtime volunteer at McKeesport Hospital and Forbes Hospital. She also volunteered for Ma’s Pantry and Meals on Wheels.

Betty had a strong personal faith in Jesus. She was a loving and devoted mom and grandma. She enjoyed baking, and always had fresh baked goods to share with the neighbor kids. Betty always had a kind word to say about everyone. She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

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Theodore “Frank” Zarichansky

February 27, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Theodore “Frank” Zarichansky, 92, of North Versailles, Pa., died on February 23, 2021.

Born in Wall, PA, February 21, 1929, was proceeded in death by his loving wife, Bernadine (Stalowski-Ellenberger), parents John and Catherine (Zamiszcak) Zarichansky, four brothers (Michael, Anthony, Andrew and John), one sister (Mary Rullo), and step-son Jack L. Ellenberger.

He is survived by his brother, Nicholas (Mary) Zarichansky, his step-children Donna (Louis) Paulisick, Darryl Ellenberger, and step-son’s widow, Sharon Ellenberger. He is survived by nine grandchildren: Richard and Karen Paulisick, Kristin (Dr. Jim) Richards, Jocelyn (Jeff) Bell, Jack (Michelle) Ellenberger, Kayla (Robert) Michalak, Nathan Ellenberger, Michael Ellenberger, and Brandon Ellenberger; and 13 great-grandchildren Matthew Paulisick; Coleman and Caroline Richards; Jennings, Greyson and Charlotte Bell; Alexi, Leo and Julian Ellenberger; Mason, Rylan, Kanon, and Declan Michalak. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Esther (Joe) Deleo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Barbara (Vranko) Taylor

February 27, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Barbara (Vranko) Taylor, 64, died Feb. 24, 2021, with her loving children at her side. Barbara was the beloved daughter of the late Joe Vranko and late Helen (Gala) Melko. Loving and devoted mother of Jessica (Daniel) Spung and Brandon Taylor. Barbara enjoyed baking, reading and animals. Barbara worked as a personal care attendant for the physically disabled for over 20 years. She was a kind, caring person and will be deeply missed.

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Eileen K. Milosvich

February 25, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Eileen K. Milosvich, 67, died Sunday, February 21, 2021. Eileen was the loving daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Duchai) Milosvich.  Beloved sister of Barbara (late Melvin) Putz, Edward (Toni) Milosvich, Dan (Sandy) Milosvich and Richard Milosvich. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and many friends. Eileen was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. She also enjoyed going to the movies.

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Betty Novakovich

February 25, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Betty Novakovich, 82, died Sunday, February 21, 2021. Born to Teodor and Danica Novakovic on December 31, 1938 in Wall, Pennsylvania, the family had six children: Dan, John “Lefty”, Charlie, Mitzi, Betty & Martha.  All of the children were members of the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church at one time in their life. Betty remained a faithful lifelong member of the church — singing in the church choir for years and professing her faith each and every Sunday.

Betty attended Westinghouse Memorial High School and graduated in 1956.  She was a proud and loyal employee of US Steel for decades until she retired in 2009.  Because she enjoyed keeping busy, after retirement she worked at several part time administrative jobs until only a few years ago.

In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards with friends as well as going to local bingos and casinos.  Friends considered her “lucky” - but the lucky ones were her loved ones!  Somehow, Betty managed to remain close to each and every one of them individually.  It was rare for her to miss a birthday or special occasion.

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Jane E. (Lyle) Guyer

February 19, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Jane E. (Lyle) Guyer entered her eternal resting place on February 17, 2021 at the age of 71. 

Jane was married for 50 years to her loving Husband Robert W. Guyer   Jane was a devoted Catholic and faithful member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Huntingdon and enjoyed reading and spending time with family, friends and her dog Tucker. 

She was the Mother of Robb J. (Pamela) Guyer and Laura A. Guyer and beloved Grandmother to Ethan Scott Guyer.  She is survived by her siblings, MaryAnn (Michael) Killmeyer, David (Denise) Lyle, Harold (Sally) Lyle and nieces, nephews and friends.

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Phyllis Jean (Postell) Comunale

February 19, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Phyllis Jean Postell Comunale, 81, of North Versailles, Pennsylvania passed away at UPMC McKeesport on February 16, 2021.

Phyllis Jean was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 6, 1939.  She lovingly raised 3 children and cared for her family.  She was a sweet, gracious, intelligent and compassionate human being, a talented artist, author, chef and avid reader.

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