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Helen M. Vresilovic

April 28, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Helen M. Vresilovic, 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the Keeper of the Flame Nursing Home, Blairsville.  She was born February 20, 1933 in West Wheatfield Township, a daughter of the late Perry and Grace (Marsh) Muir.  Prior to her retirement, Helen was a bookkeeper for Keystone Gas & Oil.  She was a member of St. Agnes Church, Norwin Art League, Irwin Quit Guild and was a foster parent.

 
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Michael Corey Fisher

April 23, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Michael C. Fisher, 39, of Jeannette went peacefully in his sleep and awoke in the arms of Jesus on April 22, 2020. Mike(Mikey) was the most caring and selfless man one could have ever had the pleasure to encounter. He loved his dog Junior and his family more than anything. He was a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Mike delivered medical equipment to different facilities and would often stop and talk to the patients or sit with families who were grieving. He always stopped to check in on people, one of many of his charming attributes. Mike is survived by his brother Mark Fisher (Nicole) of Greensburg, sister Ashlee Pliska (Timothy) of Irwin and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Justin Joseph and his mother Carol May.  There will be no visitation.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements were made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA   15642.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Raymond "Bryan" DeMatt

April 21, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Raymond "Bryan" DeMatt, 42, of Monroeville died April 20, 2020.  He was born December 21, 1977 son of Kathryn Graver DeMatt and the late Raymond E. DeMatt. He graduated from Penn State with a Mechanical Engineering degree.  The most important things to him were his church and friends.  He enjoyed card games, crocheting and his cats.  In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife Aleasha Bonomo DeMatt and his uncle, Allen Graver and his wife Cookie.  Memorial Service will be held at a later date. James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc.  Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  Condolences may be left online at www.shirleyfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to Roots of Faith Church, Sharpsburg. Online at www.faithfoxchapel.org

 


Thomas E. Fagan Jr.

April 16, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Thomas E. Fagan Jr., of Irwin, formerly of Coulter, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020.  He was born December 3, 1946 in McKeesport, a son of the late Thomas and Marjorie (Miller) Fagan.  Prior to his retirement, Tom was a delivery driver for Elizabeth Carbide Co.  He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Vietnam War.  Tom was the recipient of the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and the Gallantry Cross with Palm.  He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon and was a 1966 graduate of McKeesport Sr. High School.  He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed golfing.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Brooks John "B.J".  He is survived by his son, Chad Fagan; sisters, Bonnie Heasley, Tricia Kruszyna and her husband, Rick, Colleen Haley; granddaughter, Nina; former wife and best friend, Liz Fagan; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family would like to thank Tom's caregivers, From the Heart and staff at Transitions Health Care for all the love and care they gave to Tom over the years.  There will be no public visitations.  In memory of Tom, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Donald N. Pivirotto

April 11, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Donald N. Pivirotto, 59, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020.  He was born March 29, 1961 in Oakland, a son of Sonia Spelic Pivirotto and the late Donald Pivirotto.    He was a graduate of Norwin Senior High School Class of 1979 and later attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his degree in Communications.  Donny worked in construction,  spent time volunteering at the Westmoreland County Food Bank, and was an animal lover.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Lisa Pivirotto and her fiance, George Carr; and numerous cousins.  Services are private.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Beverly June Esasky

April 11, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Beverly June Esasky, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020.  She was born June 10, 1936 in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Charles L. and Bertha Berdine (McCready) Stough.  Beverly was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Jeannette.  She enjoyed making blessed angels for the sick and homebound, quilting, crafting, baking and playing Bingo.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Annette Esasky; brothers, James and Alan Stough; sisters, Janet Hoffer and Sue Ann Stough.   She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Charles Esasky; sons, Charles "Skip", Joey (Irzha), Randy, Michael (Sherry), Daryld (Donna); daughters, Marisue (Randy) Morgan, Shannan (Marty) Esasky; sister, Carol Stough; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  Funeral services are private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Stanley James Kolosky

April 07, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Stanley James Kolosky, 62, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 6, 2020.  He was born November 20, 1957 in Greensburg, a son of the late Victor and Emma (Weaver) Kolosky. Prior to his retirement, Stan worked in the construction industry, primarily as a drywall finisher.  Stan was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin where he attended mass regularly.  Stan enjoyed music, spending time with his family and was an avid sports fan.  Stan will be deeply missed by all who knew him and he was simply one of the kindest people you could be fortunate enough to have known.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Jake Lyons.  He is survived by his sister, Sydney K. Lyons, as well as his nephew and family, Joseph, Ember, Haley and Avery Lyons.  Services and interment are private.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Peggy L. Petrosko

April 01, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Peggy L. Petrosko, 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away March 31, 2020.  She was born March 14, 1938 in Elizabeth, a daughter of the late Victor and Pauline (Bildhauser) Dodds.  Peggy was a member of the Norwin Art League for decades.  She was a truly amazing and talented artist, creating wonderful pieces of art with both oil and acrylic paints. Many homes of family, friends, and even strangers are blessed to have walls adorned with one or more of Peggy’s paintings. Peggy brought beautiful color into all the lives she touched, with both her art and her heart. Peggy loved to be surrounded by those she loved. Every Christmas, Russian Christmas and even birthdays, she was so happy to fill her home with the joy and laughter from all those she held dear.

 
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Dr. Thomas E. Vrabec DDS

March 30, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Dr. Thomas E. Vrabec DDS, 89, passed peacefully from this life to the next on March 30, 2020. He was a longtime resident of Oakland (Pittsburgh) and practiced dentistry there for many years before retiring to Redstone Highlands in N. Huntingdon, PA.
Tom was born in Smock, PA on March 18, 1931 to Thomas and Anna (Turosak) Vrabec. He graduated from Uniontown High School in 1949 and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dentistry in 1955. He served in the US Army for three years, then returned to Pittsburgh to open his dental practice. He loved his work and being with people every day.
Tom was an avid sports fan especially of Pittsburgh teams, the Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, and Panthers. He spent many hours watching in the stadiums and on TV. He participated in the sports of golf and bowling. Also he collected sports memorabilia, Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and decorative elephant figures.
He was an active member, officer and President of the Oakland Lions Club. He was a member of St. Paul’s Cathedral Parish.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and by a special person, Ann Harper.
He is survived by a brother, Dr. Donald P. Vrabec (Eleanor) of Danville, PA, and two sisters, (Anna) Eleanor Vrabec of Uniontown, and Judith Radic (George) of Huber Heights, OH, a very special lady, Rose Lee Martin, an aunt Elaine Babbony (Paul) and an uncle Frederick Crall. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Dr. Tamara Vrabec (Dr. Vincent Baldassano), Dr. Jeffrey Vrabec (Kathy), Dr. Keith Vrabec, Kevin Radic (Katherine), April DeLorenzo (Mark), and Justin Radic (Angela). He will be missed by these, several cousins and many friends.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, funeral services will be private. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ronald Joseph Pastor

March 24, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Ronald Joseph Pastor, 84, of Penn Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 23, 2020 after a long illness.  He was born January 1, 1936 in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Anna (Dzama) Pastor.  Prior to his retirement, Ronald was a quality control inspector for the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory for 42 years where he worked on the reactor for the first nuclear submarine, the USS NAUTILUS.  He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, loved spending time with his family and was an avid Steelers fan.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at his hunting camp in Tionesta, woodworking, golfing, and bowling.  He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mildred J. Potoma Pastor; sons, Robert (Kathy) Pastor, Daniel (Lisa) Pastor; daughters, Rhonda Sonson, Marianne (Tom) Simko, Sherry (Kevin) Kozlowski; brother, John "Jack" (Evelyn) Pastor; grandchildren, Emily, Josh, Joseph, Anthony, Christine, Jennifer, Tommy, Drake, Grant, Michael, Steven; and nine great-grandchildren.  Service and interment are private for family only.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Foundation.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ruth Ann Seech

March 23, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Ruth Ann Seech, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. She was born February 5, 1948 in Munhall, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen (Kracunovsky)
Durica. Prior to her retirement, Ruth was an elementary school teacher for Norwin School District for 35 years. She was a graduate of Clarion University and was a member of St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Church, PSEA and Moose Lodge #236 Irwin. Ruth enjoyed going to lunch with her fellow retirees, making Pierogis with the women of St. Stephen’s Church Group, attending sports events for the grandkids, and playing Bingo and slot machines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Helen (Timko) Seech and son-in-law Keith Choby. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Seech Sr.; children, Michele Choby and her fiancé, Brian Bassegio, Raymond Seech Jr. and his wife, Jamie and Pamela Dawson and her husband, Jeremiah; brothers, Albert (Debbie) Durica, James (Judy)
Durica, David (Monica)Durica; sister, Janice (Dave) Matthews, sister in law, Sandie Seech; grandchildren, Karac and fiancé Kali Halterman, Kody, Dane, Alek, Nathan, SPC Colin, Samuel, Derek and Mycah; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins; and her fur baby, Sassy. Services are private for family members only. Private interment in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Society or St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Church. The family would like to thank UPMC East Monroeville for their compassion and care. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joseph J. Zatorsky

March 17, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Joseph J. Zatorsky, 92 of North Huntingdon died March 16, 2020 at his home. He was born February 2, 1928 in Monessen, Pa., a son of the late Andrew and Mary Miso Zatorsky. Joseph was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin. Prior to his retirement he was employed by Bethlehem Steel as a project manager and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Military Police. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Lenhart Zatorsky, son-in-law Henry T. Cocain, brother, Andrew Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Cocain, 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild. Visitation and services will be private. Interment Brush Creek Cemetery. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Bernice S. Ryan

March 15, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Bernice S. Ryan, age 91 of North Huntingdon died March 14, 2020 at Elizabeth Seton Memory Care. She was born June 23, 1928 in Chalfant Boro, a daughter of the late Andrew and Katherine Delle Karth. Bernice was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Hunitingdon. She enjoyed baking, needlework, ceramics and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William,  daughter, Elaine Lane, two brothers William and Edward Soltis, two sisters, Florence Wilson and Mildred Speer. She is survived by her son, William (Tracie), her daughter, Pat Lutz (Frank), 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Visitation will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Charity, Seton Hill. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 
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Henry P. Feola

March 12, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Henry P. Feola, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020.  He was born April 18, 1936 in Jeannette, Pa., a son of the late Augustine and Christine (Pandolph) Feola.  Prior to his retirement, Henry was a truck driver for Matlack, Joy Best Feeds and Farm. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War Era. Henry is finally at peace and reunited with his wife of over 50 years, Helen.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Feola; brothers, Michael, Phillip, Joseph and Charles Feola; and sister, Rose Grosley. He is survived by his sons, Robert, Henry Jr. (Lisa), Michael (Gail); daughter, Jennifer Walak (Terry), brothers, Pasquale Feola (Barbara); sister, Cecila Austin (David); brother-in-law, Martin Grosley; numerous grandchildren and  great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment will be private in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


George W. Paliscak

March 09, 2020 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

George W. Paliscak, 88, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020,   He was born August 29, 1931 in East Pittsburgh, a son of the late George W. and Anna Polesnak Paliscak.  Prior to his retirement, George was employed as a union carpenter and was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War.  He was a member of St. Agnes Church, enjoyed woodworking, making rosary's and donating them to the church and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Kapisak Paliscak; son, Christopher; brother, William Paliscak; and sisters, Theresa Churik and Mary Paliscak.  He is  survived by his sons, David Paliscak (Sally), Daniel Paliscak; daughter, Julie Puhl (Michael); daughter-in-law, Jennifer Paliscak; nine grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.  Visitation  3-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon.  Interment will be private in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.  In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Emma's Monastery, Greensburg.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com