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James D. Buck

September 21, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James D. Buck, 77, of Austin, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Sweden Valley Manor after a brief illness.  Born July 25, 1943 in McKeesport, PA to James C. and Genevieve (Hudson) Buck, he worked as a Tool and Die Maker at GKN in Emporium.  On March 14, 1964 James married Anne Karija, and together they shared 56 years of marriage.

James was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing, he was a longtime member of the NRA, and loved being in the outdoors of “God’s Country”.  He was a beloved husband, and a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

James is survived by his wife Anne Buck of Austin; a son:  Dennis (Angie) Buck of Austin; two grandchildren:  Logan Plant and DeLaney Plant; and a great grandchild:  Ryker Kelly.

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Robert A. Full

July 21, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Robert A. Full, 65, died suddenly on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was the former Chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services, resident of Pittsburgh, and beloved husband of Geraldine (Dongweck) Full for 39 wonderful years.

Loving father of Courtney (Richard II) Spicuzza and Robert “Rob” Full, both of Pittsburgh. Cherished grandfather of Ricky, Vincent, and Livia Spicuzza. Brother of Sharon (Michael) Morton. Son-in-law of Olive Dongweck. Brother-in-law of Eugene Dongweck. Dear family friend of Rebecca Mannella. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Bob began his lifelong career in emergency services as a Junior Firefighter for the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department, where he is a life member.  Beginning in 1975, Bob worked for the city of Pittsburgh as a paramedic where he was promoted to Assistant Chief.  Bob served the role as President of the Pennsylvania Association of HazMat Technicians from 1997 to 1999 and was also a director of its Western Region.

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Francis “Jack” McCombs

July 12, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Francis “Jack” McCombs passed away on April 22, 2019 at his home in Alachua, Fla., with his sister and companion by his side.

Jack was born Feb. 23, 1932 in McKeesport, Pa., the son of Frank and Gladys McCombs of Versailles, Pa. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1950.

Jack graduated from Kiski Prep School second in class and received athletic awards in five sports. He was admitted to Brown University in Providence, R.I., but decided that a liberal arts degree would not assist him in future
endeavors, and so he transferred to the University of Miami where he majored in aviation and graduated in 1956.

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Corrine S. Timko

July 09, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Corrine S. Timko, 93, of Deland, Fl died Monday, June 22, 2020. She was born in Versailles Boro, Pa. Corrine was the daughter of the late Homer Sweeney and Mary Belle (Exton) Reynolds. She was the wife of the late John Timko from Orange City, Fla. who passed in February of 1998.

She is survived by her loving children: John D (Bonnie) Timko of Elizabeth, Pa., Rebecca A Puskaric of Winter Springs, Fl., Susan M (Jerry) Bunda of Moon Twp., Pa., and Barbara L Frazee of Oviedo, Fla. Corrine is also survived by her loving grandchildren (7) and great-grandchildren (6): Chassidy (Shawn) Wilson, Blake and Tanner of Winter Springs, Fl. Jason (Erin) Bunda, Bryce and Cameron of Moon Twp., Pa. Heather (Matthew Lignelli) Timko, Alessandra and Christiana of Monongahela, Pa. Stacy (Jeff) Beck of Washington, Pa. Dillon Timko of Elizabeth, Pa., Eric Puskaric of Winter Springs, Fl., and Anthony Frazee of Oviedo, Fla. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

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Daniel L. Radakovich

February 26, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

NFL and collegiate football coach Daniel L. Radakovich, known as “Bad Rad,” passed away at his home on February 20, 2020.

Radakovich was born on November 27, 1935 to Michael and Bridget Radakovich of Duquesne.

Radakovich grew up alongside the roller coasters and barker’s tents of Kennywood amusement park. He frequently shared tales of the famous circus acts and entertainers that stayed in his parents’ home, including the Flying Wallendas and Gene Kelly.

Stories were a hallmark of Radakovich’s existence. He was a legendary storyteller and was himself the subject of many humorous, surprising, and even outrageous anecdotes told by others!

He authored a memoir on his life in football, Bad Rad Football Nomad, that includes a number of these stories as well as an accounting of his many innovations in the sports field. Radakovich loved the game of football but also golf, basketball, history, travel, old movies, music, and most of all, his family and his friends.

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Dale Joseph Toth

January 28, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Dale Joseph Toth, 80, passed away peacefully in Apple Valley, CA on January 11, 2020.

Dale was born on August 23, 1939 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to his parents Joseph Toth and Rita Cullen-Toth. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force, and later worked in civil service, which took him around the world to countries like South Korea, South Africa, Iran, and the Seychelles, where he met his wife Dolores.

Dale and Dolores continued traveling the world and one year later, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Rita. They then moved to Saudi Arabia, where Dale was able to pursue his passion for diving in the crystalline waters of the Red Sea.

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James McClelland “Jimmy” M. Lucas

January 22, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James "Jimmy" McCelland Lucas, age 61, of Estill Springs, Tenn., departed this life on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

James, affectionately called Jimmy, was born in McKeesport, Pa., to Joseph and Suzanne Murga Lucas on May, 22, 1958. He previously was a resident of Liberty Borough, Pa.

Jimmy is the beloved baby brother of nine adoring sisters. Jimmy enlisted in the United States Air Force in October of 1979. He is a decorated airman with numerous awards that include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and a Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired after 22 years of honorable service.

Upon retirement, Jimmy worked another 18 years for Arnold Air Force Base.

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Paul David Krise Jr.

January 18, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Paul David Krise Jr., age 67, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020 at his home.

Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Paul was the son of Ruth Lord Krise and the late Paul David Krise, Sr. and son-in-law of the late Nick and Agnes Bruno. He was a retired Postmaster with the United States Postal Service.

Paul was an avid golfer who never met a stranger. He lived his life with zest and passion even when facing the fight of his life. He had a passion for sports and watching his grandchildren was the joy of his life. His family and friends will always remember that Paul always had a smile on his face and he was the life of the party. The manner in which he lived his life in general will resonate with them forever. He won!

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Denise Marie Bruno Krise; his son, Ben Krise; his daughter, Paula Painter and her husband Frank Painter; two sisters, Bonnie Sari (husband Tom) and Beverly James (husband Denny); brother John Krise (wife JoAnn); sisters-in-law Nikki Washburn and Monica Young (husband Terry); brother-in-law James Bruno (wife Debbie)  and four grandchildren, Felicia Painter, Frankie Painter, Nicholas Krise and David Krise along with many nieces and nephews.

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Patricia Ann (Schneider) Else

January 06, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Patricia Ann (Schneider) Else, 86, of Pleasant Hills, died January 1, 2020. She was the loving wife of the Rev. J. David Else; cherished mother of Cathy Irene LaFluer, Jeffrey David Else and the late Sandra Marie Rexa; loving grandmother to Michael, Andrew and Danny LaFluer, Julie Rexa, Joshua and Jacob Else; adoring G.G. to Riley; and treasured sister, aunt, cousin and friend of many.

Friends were received at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4048 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, where a Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 12 noon Jan. 4.


Paul Ernest Hollenbeck

August 27, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Paul Ernest Hollenbeck, 91, passed away at his home in Knoxville, Tenn., July 29, 2019. He was born in McKeesport in 1927, the son of Elizabeth (Parton) and William Martin Hollenbeck.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a graduate of Robert Morris College, member of the Masonic Fraternity, and the American Legion. His career was spent as a buyer with Westinghouse Electric in McKeesport and later as a manager of quality control with Martin Marietta in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

He leaves his wife of 72 years, Jean Isabel (Haidle) Hollenbeck and daughters Cathy Wieland of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Cynthia O'Hara of Madison, Ala., and Paula Kraemer from Daniel Island, S.C. He will be missed by 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were private. Inurnment was at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn. Services in charge of Cremation Options Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn.


Col. Eugene Stanley Lynch

August 16, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Col. Eugene Stanley Lynch, 85, of Springfield, Va., died August 6, 2019. He was the son of Charles and Viola Lynch.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Virginia Lynch who he referred to her as honey or sweetie and first met her as part of his First Holy Communion class 14 years earlier; sons Michael E. Lynch, William S. Lynch, Brian Lynch; daughters Kathleen Pepper, Pamela Ott; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Sammy, and Kristopher Pepper, Michelle Appel and Matthew Lynch, Courtney and Julianna Ott; great grandchildren Ben and Alexis Pepper; brother Henry Lynch; sister Eleanor Nigro; and wonderful nephews and nieces. Gene was predeceased by his brothers Carl and Leonard Lynch, sister Dolores Gabany.

Gene was a Cadet at West Point as part of the Class of 1956. He attended daily Mass at the Catholic Chapel which helped him throughout his four years. He was an excellent athlete and loved playing intramural sports with lacrosse being his favorite. He was a US Army Ranger Paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. He served in the Field Artillery during the Vietnam war. During his military service Gene coached his children’s sports teams and teaching his players the fundamentals. Coach Lynch immensely enjoyed his players improvements over the course of the season and his players loved playing for him. He served as an Usher and handed out bulletins at church.

After retiring from the Army in 1982, Colonel Lynch worked for Applied Research Corporation on NASA programs and later for Metters Industries rising to Chief Operating Officer until retiring from private industry.

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William J. Deanhardt, Jr.

July 28, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

William J. “Jack” Deanhardt, Jr., 88, formerly of Venice, Florida, passed away peacefully in Columbia, South Carolina, on July 27, 2019.  He was born January 31, 1931, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, son of the late William J. Deanhardt, Sr. and Edith Hendrickson Deanhardt.

Jack leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Audrey; his son, David J. Deanhardt (Julia) of Clatskanie, Oregon; his daughter, Barbara D. Corpora (Ronald) of Columbia, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Matthew (Kristen), Christian, and Miranda Corpora, Geoffrey, Austin, and Andrew Deanhardt; as well as four great-grandsons, Matthew, Samuel, Gabriel and Thomas Corpora.  He is also survived by his brother, Donald J. Deanhardt of The Villages in Florida.

After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1949, Jack attended Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, before enlisting in the United States Air Force.  Lieutenant Deanhardt proudly served for five years as a navigator/bombardier on a B56 bomber.  After leaving the service, he became an agent for Nationwide Insurance Company.  He owned and operated the Deanhardt Agency in White Oak, Pennsylvania, for 35 years.

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Edward J. Baumgart Jr.

July 15, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Edward J. Baumgart Jr., 67, of Tennessee, formerly of Finleyville, died Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Beloved husband of 22 years to Debbie (Tkac) Baumgart; loving father of the late Andrew “Bummy” Baumgart; son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Marie (Meyer) Baumgart; stepson of the late Regina (Fogarty) Baumgart; brother of Bob “Butch” (Darlene) Baumgart, and the late Mary Ann (survived by David) Ritter.

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Judi A. Sandmeyer

July 06, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Judi A. Sandmeyer, of Warminster, died on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Abington Memorial Hospital. She was 70.

Daughter of the late Paul C. and Ellen Barber Sandmeyer, formerly of New Hope, where she spent her younger years, she was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Elgin Academy, in Elgin, Illinois.

Judi was a resident of Warminster for the past 20 years and was employed at a pharmacy in Hatboro.  Because of her talent and creativity, art became a hobby and she did free-lance designs.

Judi will be missed for her loving and creative ways.  Also missing her and looking for her are her canine companions, Lali and Bennie.

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William Baccile

June 14, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

William Baccile, age 90 of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania died on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  He was born on April 9, 1929 one of two children of Michael and Mary (De John) Baccile in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran during the period after World War II and into the early stages of the Korean Conflict.

Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy (Opatkiewicz) Baccile; four children, daughters, Linda (Ed) Eismont of New Stanton, Pennsylvania and Rose (Jeff) Domenick of Irwin, Pennsylvania, sons, William (Laurie) Baccile of Huron Township, Michigan and Dominic (Susan) Baccile of Clairton, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren and three and half great grandchildren.

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