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Joseph Rymarowicz, Jr.

January 21, 2022 |

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

Joseph Rymarowicz, Jr., 72 of Glassport, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022. He was born February 14, 1949 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Joseph J. and Mary Jane (Yandrlic) Rymarowicz. Joe served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was a part of the 1098th Transportation Company. Afterwards, he worked for Mercury Printing Company as a Printer. He attended First Evangelical Free Church for the past 40 years. Over those 40 years, he was a Cook for their Teen Ministries retreats, Men's retreats, and for any of the special breakfasts that the church hosted. After retirement, Joe became a part time delivery driver for Breitinger's Flower Shop and would help the church with any maintenance work that was needed.

 
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Beth Ann Ludwig

January 19, 2022 |

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

Beth Ann Ludwig, 62, of North Versailles, formerly of North Huntingdon and Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Friday, January 14, 2022. She was born May 16, 1959 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Henry John and Margaret Ann (Budai) Dubsik. Beth is survived by her sister-in-law, Laurie (Gary) Householder of Greenock, brother-in-law, James Everley of Lafayette, IN., cousin, Thaddeus (Cheryl) Kaczlowski of Elizabeth Township, nieces, Mary Everley of Brownsburg, IN, Michelle (Jarrod) Taylor of Denton, TX, and Kali Yuhas of North Huntingdon, great-nieces, a great-nephew, and her lifelong dear friend, Peggy (Tom) Zebrak of Liberty Borough. She was preceded in death by her companion, Tom Allison.

 
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Lois A. Davis

January 18, 2022 |

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

Lois A. Davis, 88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away, Monday, January 17, 2022. She was born February 19, 1933 in Elizabeth Township and was the daughter of the late Henry and Bertha (Summerville) Bashforth. She was the wife of the late Duane Clyde Davis who passed away September 3, 2015. They were married for 62 years. Lois was a Charter member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township and was also a member of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughters, Lois (James) Leggett of Forward Township and Diane Mitchem of Bridgeport, WV, daughter-in-law, Carol Davis of Raleigh, NC,  grandchildren, Jill (Richard) Stoner,  Lisa (Ian) Gayman, Rachel (Tony)Nichols, Danielle Smith, and Wesley Mitchem, great-grandchildren, Joey and Maggie Stoner, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Brian Davis, sister, Virginia Hammett and brother, Russell Bashforth.

 
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Denise Elaine Patton

January 13, 2022 |

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

Denise Elaine Patton, 67, of Greenock, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022. She was born January 31, 1954 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Ralph Clayton and Adella Agnes (Wasczak) Kitchen. Denise was a faithful member and Secretary of the Journey by Grace Church in Rostraver. She is survived by her husband, Alan Elliott Patton; daughters Kristen (Dave Brautigam) Patton and Karianne (Timothy) Bilsky; brothers, Ralph (Pauline), Tim (Linda) and DeLee Kitchen; grandchildren, Silas and Titus Bilsky; and many nieces and nephews.

 
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John Robert Rudd

January 11, 2022 |

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

John Robert Rudd, 65, of White Oak, passed away unexpectedly, on Friday, January 7, 2022. He was born July 1, 1956 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John H. "Jack" Rudd, Jr. and Irene (Takacs) Rudd. John was a 1974 graduate of McKeesport High School and received his Bachelors degree from Duquesne University in 1979, where he majored in Political Science and Sociology. He attended Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, in White Oak. John had an excellent sales background. He owned and operated the USA Insurance Advisors Group, Inc., and was also once an independent contract pilot for Arnold Palmer. John was a 3rd degree Master Mason in the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. He was also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past-Master and Chairman of the Board of the Executive Board of Directors of The Duquesne-McKeesport Masonic Lodge #731, Grand Lodge Office of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Free and Accepted Masons and Knight Templar of Pittsburgh Commandery # 1. John also received the following awards, The Master Craftsman Award and The Order of DeMolay Award. While in the boy scouts, he received the Eagle Scout Award, The Order of the Arrow and The God and Country Award. He is survived by cousins, Richard, David, Sharon, Douglas, Drew and Denise, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends. Friends are welcome on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Masonic service will be held at 7:30 pm. Private Inurnment will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Patricia E. Cimba

January 09, 2022 |

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

Patricia E. Cimba, 63, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 peacefully at her son's home in Elizabeth Township. She was born May 29, 1958 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Harry and Rosaline (Carter) Drye. She was the wife of the late Gerald Lee Cimba, Sr., who passed away October 17, 2020. Patricia had worked for the former Green Valley Cleaners.

 
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Sean Richard Zera

January 07, 2022 |

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

Sean Richard Zera, 53, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, January 2, 2022. He was born August 17, 1968 in Buffalo, NY and was the son of the late Kenneth Richard and Sandra Rose (Montalbano) Zera. He was raised in McKeesport, PA and graduated in 1987. After high school, Sean began his career with Potts Plastering. Artie, a long time friend, is the one who opened Sean's world to something he loved, the art of plastering. He then moved on to becoming a laborer, which led to an apprenticeship and then a journeyman for the PLaster's Union Local #31 with Ram Acoustical Inc.

 
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Bernice Lucille "Lu" Koon

January 07, 2022 |

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

Bernice Lucille "Lu" Koon, 93, of Port Vue, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022. She was born August 23, 1928 in Apollo and was the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Armstrong) Edwards. She was the wife of the late Gordon Eynon Koon who passed away March 26, 2010. She was a member of Port Vue United Methodist Church and the FOD Women's Club there.

 
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Kathleen Ann Trafalis

January 06, 2022 |

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

Kathleen Ann Trafalis, 56, of Elizabeth, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022. She was born August 12, 1965 in New Rochelle, NY and was the daughter of the late Ronald and Noreen (Stragand) McEvoy. Kathleen was a long time member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish - St. Michaels Church. Kathleen was a wonderful wife and took great care of her family. She is survived by her husband Charles "Chuck" V. Trafalis, daughter, Amy Noreen Trafalis and her boyfriend Josh Niebrzydowski, mother-in-law, Nancy Trafalis, brother, Timothy McEvoy, of Elizabeth, sister-in-law, Linda McEvoy, of Elizabeth, nephew, Ronald McEvoy, best friend, Aiko Kunf, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Kathleen is preceded in death by her brothers, Jamie and Ronald McEvoy. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Mary Louise Cappello

January 05, 2022 |

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

Mary Louise Cappello, 59, of Liberty Boro, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022. She was born May 11, 1962 in Philadelphia and was the daughter of the late Frederick William and Margaret (Duffy) Voigt. She is survived by her husband, Richard William Baker, sons, James P. Cappello (Heather) and Christopher P. Cappello (Agnes) of Philadelphia and Vincent P. Cappello of Port Vue, daughters, Shayna N. Cappello (Daniel), of Liberty Boro, Julie A. Cappello of Asheville, NC., and Ashley M. Baker (Gavin) of Port Vue, brothers, William Voigt of Canfield, OH, Kenneth Voigt (Linda) of Marco Island, FL, and Robert Voigt (Dawn) of Philadelphia, sisters, Donna Hartman and Cheryl Balderston (Bill) of Philadelphia, grandchildren, Celina, Crystal, Caylee, Chelsea, Hannah, Harley, Jimmy, Christopher, Vincent, Gohan, and Goten, and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. 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

 


Arthur William (Butch) Balogh

January 05, 2022 |

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

Arthur William (Butch) Balogh, 75, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Liberty Borough, passed away from this life on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at home after a lengthy illness. Arthur was born March 12, 1946 in McKeesport and was raised in Liberty Borough. He was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Halavacs) Balogh. He attended the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport with Daniel Borsy; religious leader. Arthur was known as honorable steadfast, self confident, dependable and faithful to family and friends alike. He was much beloved by all of those who knew him. He was an avid and brilliant radio enthusiast as he built many radios and Tesla coils, start to finish. He was also a collector of antique radios and equipment, repairing many thought to be unsalvageable.

 
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John Regis Osheka

January 03, 2022 |

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

John Regis Osheka, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, December 31, 2021. He was born March 1, 1949 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late John and Regina (Krauth) Osheka. John accomplished many things in his life, he obtained his Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University, he taught biology in the Pittsburgh Public School District, obtained his Doctorate of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, was Assistant Superintendent at West Jefferson Hills School District and Superintendent at South Allegheny and New Brighton School Districts.  After retiring he became an Educational Consultant.  John’s passion for the remaining years of his life were dedicated to working with his Golden Retrievers, Sundance and Sunny. He had them trained for Search and Rescue, Drug detection, Grief Counseling (HOPE-Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Team), and Pitt Paws at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  He taught Sniff classes for years training many different breeds of dogs. John was a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club, “GRIN” Golden Retrievers in Need (Rescue Club), the Butler County K9 team and a K9 handler with White Oak Search and Rescue.

 
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Verla Elizabeth Piper

January 03, 2022 |

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

Verla Elizabeth Piper, 88, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 1, 2022. She was born February 9, 1933 in Elizabeth and was the daughter of the late Bryan and Sarah (Doyle) McCurry. She was the wife of the late William "Bill" Francis Piper who passed away December 1, 2016. She was a member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish- St. Michael Church, Elizabeth Township, Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens and was a volunteer at Meals On Wheels and the Central Food Pantry. Verla and her late husband Bill loved to Square Dance.

 
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William Arthur Rowan

December 29, 2021 |

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

William Arthur Rowan, 85, of Jeannette, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at home. He was born October 29, 1936 in Connellsville and was the son the late Arthur and Ruth (Ohler) Rowan. He was the husband of 54 years to the late Lillian Catherine "Kay" (Love) Rowan, who passed away April 2, 2012.  William worked at Westinghouse and was an electrical engineer there for over 15 years. He was the past Exalted Ruler and a lifetime member of the Norwin Elks. He also enjoyed his happy hour vodka.  He will be greatly missed.  He is survived by his daughter, Wendy (the late John) Grandy of Manor, son, Curt (Debbie) Rowan of Maricopa, AZ, grandchildren, Rachel (Cory) Sementuh, Samantha (Greg Spencer) Grandy, Jessica Rowan and Nicholas Rowan, 5 great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings.  As per William's wishes there is no visitation or services. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director.  Condolences may be made at GilbertFuneralHomeandCrematory.com

 


Margaret V. Ferencz

December 28, 2021 |

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

Margaret V. Ferencz, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in her own home, watched over by four of her eight children. Margaret was born in Rankin in 1927. She and her husband George raised their two daughters and six sons in Elizabeth Township. After George passed in 1988, she moved to St. Petersburg, FL, near her younger brother Ray and his family. Well into her 80s, Margaret enjoyed traveling, going on cruises and tours, and visiting her children up north. She offered community service, visiting people in the hospital and the nursing homes. She often offered up her time driving the "old folks" to the doctor's office or to the store. Margaret moved again to Winston Salem, NC, near two of her sons and spent her final years in peace and contentment, being cared for by her children. She lived a full life and God blessed her throughout her years and in her final moments. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband George, her two brothers John and Ray and a sister Maria who passed away in childhood.

 
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