August 14, 2023 |
July 13, 2023 |
Michael O. Berkovitz, 78, of Lakewood, CA, died Friday, July 7, 2023 at Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Lakewood, CA. Born in McKeesport, PA on July 3, 1945, he was the son of the late Leonard M. and Irma Ruth Odle Berkovitz. He was the owner of the former Chestnut Inn on Fifth Avenue in McKeesport, and most recently worked at Salton Industries, maker of the George Foreman Grills.
He was a member of the Congregation Shir Chadash of Lakewood, CA and a former member of the Temple B’nai Israel in White Oak, PA. He was a graduate of the University School, Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA.
He is survived by sons, Daniel Berkovitz of Rawlins, WY and William Berkovitz of Belle Vernon, PA; grandson, Wyatt; granddaughter Kayla Berkovitz of Hawaii, sisters, Idelle (Richard) Roth of Walnut Creek, CA and Susan Sabin of Pompano Beach, FL, and by his partner of 20 years, Gloria Pelenato of Lakewood, CA.
February 10, 2023 |
Martha Serbin Hudson, 61, of Harrison City, PA, died at home on Thursday, February 9, 2023. Born in McKeesport on August 12, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Alex J. and Gladys Spiegel Serbin. Martha graduated from Carlow College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree, was a registered nurse, and served the community as a paramedic with the White Oak EMS. She is survived by her daughter, Heather (Josh Steele) Hudson of White Oak, son, Garrett Hudson of Greensburg, grandson, Joshua Steele, Jr., sister, Lisa (Todd) Serbin Levine of Murrysville, and brother, David (Tatiana) Spiegel Serbin of Derry, PA. Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 4-6 PM to celebrate Martha’s life. The family suggests contributions to a favorite charity.
January 05, 2023 |
William E. Lessman, Jr., 66, of Acme, died Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, PA. Born in Mount Pleasant, July 21, 1956, he was the son of the late William E. and Mary Black Lessman. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn “Lynn” Wilson Lessman, his daughter, Dorothy Jane Wilson, his granddaughter, Katelynn Anlage, also by brothers, Gregg, Todd, Eddie, Tom, and Shawn. An electrician and fishing guide, he was the bass guitar player for the musical group “Ancient Dream”, and served as sound technician for other bands. He was the owner of the patent for a fishing device called “Citation”, an avid hunter, and a muzzle loader expert. It could be said that he was a jack of all trades, and a master of many. Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of arrangements. A gathering for all those who have had Bill in their life will be held, details to be announced. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association.
November 01, 2022 |
Robert L. Quinn, Sr., 95, of White Oak, died Monday, October 31, 2022 at UPMC McKeesport. Born in McKeesport, May 17, 1927, he was the son of the late John Lawrence and Cynthia Bender Quinn. A retired quality control engineer at the former National Works of U.S. Steel, he was a deacon, elder, and active life member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church, Two Rivers Radio Club (call sign W3SYR) and a dedicated volunteer for Meals On Wheels. Mr. Quinn served his country during World War II as a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy. Husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” Merelli Quinn, he was preceded in death by his son, Paul Quinn, his son in law, James Vodila, and by his sister, Ruth Leaptrot. He is survived by his children, Robert (Marj) Quinn, Jr. of Erie, PA, Judy (Fred) Steudler of Liberty Borough, Janet Vodila of White River Junction, VT, Donna (Tom) Wise of Austin, TX, and Dominic Merelli of Florida; by his sister, June Filson of North Huntingdon; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; also by nieces and nephews. A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 3:00 PM in McKeesport Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael Stanton and the Rev. Gary Filson officiating. Private interment will take place in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg. Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests contributions to the Mission Fund of McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Avenue, McKeesport, PA 15132.
October 11, 2022 |
Richard W. Harris, 85, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Port Vue, PA died Thursday, October 6, 2022 at his home. Born in Port Vue, PA on September 22, 1937, he was the son of the late Clark H. and Natisha Kimbling Harris. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Conroy Harris, son, Richard (Ann) Harris of Monongahela, PA, 2 daughters, Ruth Ann (Lou) Pesante of Port Vue, PA and Rebecca (Fred) Vogt of Lincoln Borough, PA, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and his brother, Ronald Harris of McKeesport, PA. He was preceded in death by sister and brothers, Joanne Edgar (formerly of White Oak, PA), C. Hunter Harris (formerly of Houston, TX) and Jack Harris (formerly of Irwin, PA). A graduate of McKeesport Vocational High School, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, FL and Teamster’s Union Local #211. Mr. Harris was a retired fleet mechanic for the former Daily News. Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 1-4 and 7-9 PM. A service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Michael Stanton officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery.
October 10, 2022 |
Albert D. “Abby” Doehla, 77, of Carnegie, PA died Friday, October 7, 2022 at UPMC Mercy. Born in McKeesport, PA on August 5, 1945, he was the son of the late Albert R. “Pro” Doehla and Marie Lena Kasten Doehla. He was a retired veteran’s representative for Career Link, and loved serving his fellow veterans in his occupation. He is survived by his wife, Linda Schoen, his daughters, Katie and Rachel (Mike), his son, Chris (Megan), grandson Connor, nephew, Robert Parker, great nephew, Charlie, and great great nephews, Mason and Tate. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Bloss and his brother, Zane F. Doehla. Abby was a graduate of McKeesport High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at the California University of Pennsylvania and served his country in the U.S. Army as a veteran of the Vietnam War. Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests contributions to a favorite charity.
September 16, 2022 |
August 09, 2022 |
Brian Marc Gerendash, 60, of McKeesport, died Monday, August 8, 2022 at home. Born in McKeesport on October 22, 1961, he was the son of the late Marvin B. and Florence D. Hochhauser Gerendash. He is survived by his brother, Mitchell (Cindy) Gerendash of White Oak, his sisters, Goldie Janusek of North Versailles and Iris Russ of McKeesport, also by nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School. A service will be held Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Grandview Cemetery, 1301 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137, followed by interment in the family lot. Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of arrangements.
July 31, 2022 |
July 28, 2022 |
George W. Croushore, 75, of White Oak, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at his residence in Redstone Highlands North Huntingdon Senior Living Campus. Born in Greensburg, July 11, 1947, he was the son of the late Jack T. Croushore, and Emma Jane (Hunter) Croushore. His late wife, Bernice Bohn Croushore, passed in 2020. He is survived by two daughters; Jennifer (Gary) Schafer of Jefferson Hills and Rebecca (Phillip) Cicco of North Huntingdon; four grandchildren; his brother Jack (Linda) Croushore of White Oak; brother-in-law Earl Bohn of Ben Avon; and sister-in-law Helen Amanda Bohn of North Huntingdon. The family is having a private viewing at Hunter’s Funeral Home on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 10am, with interment to follow at St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. A memorial service for George will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 2pm at McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132 with the Rev. Michael Stanton officiating. George donated much of his life to helping others. He was an active member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church, on both Session and Finance committees, and part of the Men's Association. A graduate of Waynesburg University, George spent over 35 years of his accounting career with the Consolidated Natural Gas Company (PNG). He spent many years working as a loan officer for the Consolidated Federal Credit Union. He was a member of the White Oak Borough and Municipal Authorities, serving his local community as a Board Member. He was an avid historian, and loved reading, specifically the largest history books he could find. He had a natural green thumb and was able to nurse any plant back to life. He took pride in his vegetable garden each year, and carried that joy with him to Redstone, starting a garden club. He lent his support to anyone in need, whether it was a heartfelt discussion, or a helping hand. Family and friends loved him deeply and grieve his loss, but know he is at peace and reunited with his beloved wife Bernice. The family suggests contributions in his honor to McKeesport Presbyterian Church, 1510 Versailles Avenue, McKeesport, PA 15132.
June 20, 2022 |
Richard W. “Rick” Monaghan, 66, of Dravosburg, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at UPMC Shadyside. He was a retired maintenance technician for Morgan Properties, a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church and the Clairton Anglers Club, was a graduate of McKeesport High School and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute. Rick is survived by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Kuhn Monaghan, sons, Mitchell Monaghan of Liberty Borough and Bill (Melissa) Pearson of Elizabeth, daughters, Cricket Pearson of Phoenix, AZ and Niki Monaghan of Carnegie, PA, 8 grandchildren, Lyric, Jeminni, Mason, Connor, and Aiden Monaghan and Alex, Derek, and Maggie Pearson, and by his sister, Rhonda (Larry) Demko of Wilson, also by nieces and nephews. Born in McKeesport on March 11, 1956, son of the late Captain Richard “Bud” Monaghan, he is survived by his mother, Dolores “Dee” Bell Monaghan of Dravosburg. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rob, Rusty, and Randy, and by his son, Mason. Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 on Thursday, June 23, 2022 form 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, June 24, 2022 at noon with the Rev. Michael Stanton officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a luncheon and time of fellowship at the #1 Fire Hall on Ravine Street in Dravosburg following his interment. The family suggests contributions to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center of Shadyside, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
June 14, 2022 |
Rae Papernick, 97, of Monroeville, formerly of Glassport and Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Independence Court. Born in Pittsburgh on October 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Saul and Annie Daniels Segall and was the wife of the late Benny Papernick. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Marc) Scott of Monroeville, 2 grandsons, Stuart Michael (Dr. Jenny Sweigard) Scott of Cornelius, NC and Joseph Ian (Tanya Palovich-Scott) Scott of Altoona, PA, 4 great grandchildren, Tyler Benjamin Scott, Elliana Hope Scott, Hannah Mae Scott, and Olivia Juliette Scott, also by nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Papernick retired as secretary for the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education, and for 30 years was an independent grocer at the Hilltop Market of Glassport. She was a member of Temple David in Monroeville, a former member of the Temple B’nai Israel, Hadassah, Jewish War Veterans Aux., past president of the Department of PA J.W.V.A., a former member of Robert Morris College Independents (a theatrical group), Seasoned Players (a senior theatrical performing group), Senior Vaudeville Seasoned Players, and Senior Vaudeville “Sassy Seniors”. She performed at the McKeesport Little Theater and throughout the Pittsburgh area, receiving 2 awards at M.L.T., “Best Supporting Actress of 2000” and “Best Actress of the Year for 2002”, and entertained servicemen in Pittsburgh during WWII.
June 06, 2022 |
Duane G. Junker, 80, of Elizabeth Township and Champion, PA, died Monday, June 6, 2022 at UPMC Somerset. Born in McKeesport on October 29, 1941, he was the son of the late Duane S. Junker and Norabelle Gordon Junker Doty, and was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles F. Doty. He is survived by his son, Matthew T. (Janette) Junker of Irwin, daughter, Heather A. (Matthew) Dougherty of Malvern, PA, son, Stephen C. (Laurie) Junker of North Huntingdon, 8 grandchildren, his partner, Jace Pasquale of Elizabeth Township and Champion, PA, and by his brother, Gordon Junker of Richmond, VA.
Mr. Junker was the retired superintendent of McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery, a member and elder of the former Central Presbyterian Church, member and past president of the Youghiogheny Country Club, member of Duquesne Lodge #731, F&AM (formerly McKeesport Lodge #641, F&AM), Syria Temple of the Shrine and its McKeesport Caravan #4, Al O Mon Forest #138, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, past president of the Rotary Club of McKeesport, a member of the board of directors of the McKeesport Heritage Center, and a member of the board of directors of McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery for 55 years.
He was a graduate of McKeesport High School, Class of 1959. A 1963 graduate of Penn State University, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He was also the third generation owner of the former R.W. Junker Real Estate and Insurance Agency. A private family graveside service will be held at McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery, with Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 in charge of arrangements. Donations in memory of Duane should be directed to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (www.curealzfund.com), 34 Washington Street, Suite 310, Wellesly Hills, MA 02481.
June 02, 2022 |
Frank Joseph Halas, 87, of McKeesport, died Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born in Duquesne on September 28, 1934, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Andre Halas. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn J. Orris Halas, his daughter, Carriella Halas of McKeesport, his brother, William Halas of North Huntingdon, also by a niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Kmetz. A tire serviceman at B.F. Goodrich in McKeesport, he later was a school bus driver for Laidlaw. Mr. Halas was a member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport, a member and past president of the Twin Lakes Sportsman’s Association, was a member of the 11th Ward Club in Christy Park, and was a U.S. Army veteran. A memorial service will be held at his church on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at noon with the Rev. Daniel Borsay officiating. Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA 15132 is in charge of funeral arrangements. The family suggests contributions to the Free Hungarian Reformed Church in his memory.