December 02, 2023 |
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.
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November 28, 2023 |
Johanna Rupcic, age 86 of North Versailles, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at home. Born September 25, 1937 in Rankin, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Majan) Zvonkovich. A member of the former Sacred Heart Church in McKeesport, she worked as a receptionist for the Croatian Fraternal Union and was a member of CFU Lodge No. 3. She was the wife of the late Edward Rupcic who passed away December 28, 2001. Johanna is survived by her children Anna (the late John) Dormihal of Buena Vista, Paul (Laura) Rupcic of Bethel Park, Denise Rupcic of North Versailles, Joann (David) Wiehagen of East McKeesport, and Barbara (Ken Molitaris) Allenbaugh of North Versailles; her grandchildren Nicholas Dormihal and Stephanie (Sean) Cammarata; and also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Theresa Stanley, Josephine Hlavac, and Lenore Puskaric.
November 27, 2023 |
L. Elaine (Vitori) DeChicchis, age 89, of Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at home. She retired as chief financial officer for J&E Building in Elizabeth and was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish (Saint Michael Church). Born in Clairton on October 10, 1934, she was the younger daughter of the late Jack and Ann (Rossi) Vitori and wife of the late Joseph E. DeChicchis. She is survived by a daughter, Diane (Tony Brown) DeChicchis of Peters Twp.; sons, Joseph DeChicchis of Elizabeth, David (Alesia) DeChicchis of Pittsburgh and John (Melissa) DeChicchis of Peters Twp.; grandchildren, David, Jacob and JR Brown, and Joseph, Louis, Jiovanni, Vincent, Sabrina and Nico DeChicchis; great-grandchildren, Leo and Elaine Brown; sister, Mary Lou (Gene) Paschal of Danville, CA; sister-in-law, Joanne Vitori of Pittsburgh; also, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her only brother, Eugene Vitori. Visitation is private. All are welcome to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 12 Noon at St. Michael Church, Saints Joachim and Anne Parish. Procession will follow to burial at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of floral tributes, please consider planting a tree or contributing to one of Elaine's favorite charities: Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037; Historic Elizabeth, P.O. Box 214, Elizabeth, PA 15037; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be mailed ℅ Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, PA 15037, or offered at https://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
November 22, 2023 |
Elizabeth A. (Hadar) Mendlowitz, age 68, of Glassport, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at UPMC Presbyterian. She was a custodian at South Allegheny High School. Born October 15, 1955 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Charles A. and Fern Ruth (Kaler) Hadar. She is survived by her son, Brad Mendlowitz of Glassport; brother, Charlie Hadar of Irwin; sister, Donna (Joe) Sobac of Fort Lauderdale, FL; also, several friends and extended family members. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
November 20, 2023 |
Josephine Aceto, age 92 of Glassport, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at home. Born April 15, 1931 in Italy, she was the daughter of Raphael and Concetta (Amore) Norelli. A member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish - Queen of the Rosary Church, she was a former member of Christian Mothers of Holy Cross Church in Glassport. Josephine worked as a cook at Berto's Restaurant, Johnny K's, Dukes Restaurant, Mossberg’s, and also at Fisher Body and C.C.A.C. Josephine is survived by her husband Anthony, her son Frank (Antoinette) Aceto of Jefferson Hills, and grandchildren: Anthony and Joanna Aceto.
November 20, 2023 |
Branka Simunek, age 69 of Versailles, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2023 in Harmon House Care Center. Born April 27, 1954 in Velemirovac, Croatia, she was a daughter of the late Ivan and Ivka Ruff. A member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Angela Merici Church in White Oak, Branka worked as a cook at Auberle Boys Home in McKeesport. She is survived by her husband Stephen Simunek and her children Natalia and Stephen Simunek.
November 19, 2023 |
November 17, 2023 |
Wilma R. Primorich, age 87 of Jefferson Hills and formerly of South Lyon, MI, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023 in Celebration Villas of South Hills. Born September 3, 1936 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Lucy (Runatz) Primorich. Wilma retired as a job parts specialist for the Ford Motor Company after 40 years in 1999. In her spare time, she loved to go to auctions and flea markets, listed to her Croatian radio, and go out and treat for dinner with family and friends. She also loved her four siamese cats and will be remembered by her family as warm hearted, conversational, and always easy to make friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Iko, Ante, Mirko, Eneric and Emil Planich, Milan Primorac, and Albert and Nick Primorich. Wilma is survived by her sister-in-law June Primorich of Finleyville and nieces and nephews.
November 17, 2023 |
Albert P. Ranalli, Jr., age 96 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 in Jefferson Hospital. Born December 19, 1926, he was a son of the late Albert Ranalli, Sr. and Catherine (Macioce) Ranalli. A member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish - St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton and a US Army Veteran of the Korean War Era, Albert worked for over 50 years in the meatcutting department at Marraccini's Supermarket in Clairton. He also worked at H&R Block as a tax preparer and at Carmike Theaters as a ticket agent. In his spare time, Albert was an avid tennis player and gardner and a great believer in "common sense." He is survived by his wife Lenore (Nesti) Ranalli; his three sons Larry (Helen) Ranalli, Donald (Christine) Ranalli, and Kenneth Ranalli; his granddaughter Nicole (Matthew) Dalton; his three great-grandchildren Logan, Lucas, and Nadia; his brothers Charles (Sue) Ranalli and Joseph Ranalli; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Albert was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Ranalli.
November 16, 2023 |
Jeremy M. Little, age 45, of Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at West Penn Hospital. He was a parts manager for more than 10 years at the former Angel’s Cycles in Rostraver Twp. He loved riding dirt bikes and quads in his earlier years, and enjoyed working on motorcycles. Born September 27, 1978 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Reginald Little Jr. and the late Valerie (Urban) Little. He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Twilia Urban of Elizabeth; brother, Eric J. (Kim) Little of Forward Twp.; nephews, Kameron and Laine Little; aunt, Cheryl (Dave) Thomas of Apollo; uncle, Sean Urban of Michigan; also, cousins. No visitation or services are planned. Private burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1640, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
November 15, 2023 |
Judith A. "Judy" Begandy, age 70 and formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 in UPMC East Hospital, Monroeville. Born December 8, 1952 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Rosa (DiMucci) Begandy. A member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in McKeesport, Judith retired as a nurse's assistant and ward clerk for UPMC and also worked in customer service for Comcast. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Joseph (Wendy) Begandy, Jr. and her nephews: Sean and Adam Begandy. Judith is survived by her niece Suzanne (Rick) Barrett of Petersburg, VA; her great nephews and niece David and Haylee Begandy -- and their mother Ashley Colflesh -- and Colton and Christian Begandy -- and their mother Jamie Begandy; her "BFF" Gladys Schweitzer; and also many cousins.
November 15, 2023 |
Arthur "Butch" L. Prosser, II, age 54 of Monessen and formerly of West Elizabeth, passed away at home on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Born January 14, 1969 in Monongahela, he was a son of Anna M. (Fedorka) Magill. A truck driver for 25 years for TMC Transportation in Des Moines, IA. He loved his truck and he loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife of 27 years Sandra “Sandy” N. (Kesten) Prosser; his son James C. Comer of Baltimore, MD; his grandchildren James Anthony Comer and Sienna M. Teatuegue; his siblings Bruce (Lisa) Fedorka of Baltimore, MD, Gwen (Jack Rose) Murphy of Jefferson Hills, Rebecca (the late Ryan) Huffman of Indiana; his “beloved sistas” Charlene (Bob Stough) Earnest of Jefferson Hills, Bonny (Gary) Marchelletta of Pleasant Hills, and Renee (Keith Harkins) Earnest of Elizabeth; his aunt Margaret (Richard) Earnest of Pumpkin Center; his numerous nieces and nephews; and his dogs Chewy and Bella. Butch was preceded in death by his “Pop” Francis Edward Magill; his grandchildren Alaina and Kayleigh Comer; his brother Phillip Matthew Prosser; and his uncles Andrew Fedorka and Steven Fedorka.
November 13, 2023 |
Martha P. Rosko, age 96 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023 in Sharon Regional Medical Center. Born October 8, 1927 in Uniontown, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Mary J. (Donesec) Geletko. A member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton, Martha worked as a secretary for A.T. Spence and Son insurance in Clairton. She was the wife of the late John Rosko who passed away June 9, 2021. Martha is survived by her children David J. Rosko of Phillipsburg, Kathleen R. (Frank) Book of Pawleys Island, SC, Linda J. (Thomas) O’Brien of Bethel Park, and Robert J. (Michele) Rosko of Lake Ariel; her grandchildren Matthew Rosko, Alexis (William) Vespers, Erin (Christopher) Bruno, Lyndsay (Robert) Ward, Kirsten Book, Patrick and Sean O’Brien, and Meghan Rosko; her great-grandchildren Joey, Norah, Roman, Aurora, J.J., Bennett, and Adrian; and also many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson Brendan Rosko; her brothers Charles J., Robert C., and Donald “Doc” Geletko; and her sister Lucille Toth. Those are merely the basic facts about Martha; we leave the rest to her granddaughter Erin:
My Grammy’s hands made a life for her husband and four children, after helping her own mother raise her younger siblings. These hands rolled countless halupki and nut/apricot/poppyseed rolls, and wrote infinite birthday cards in her impeccable handwriting. They prayed over her loved ones while she sang in her beautiful wavering vibrato in church. They clutched her grandchildren and great grandchildren to her while she sang “tindy lindy” and polka’ed around the room to hush their cries. They bowled a mean game, and golfed a slightly less mean one. They would gently flutter to your arm while she breathlessly told you a funny story and then threw her head back to laugh. And now, after 96 years of toil and strife, love and laughter, travel and loss, they get to rest now. Those hands built a legacy and are the strongest objects I’ve ever seen. Rest well, Grammy. You have more than earned it.
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