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David Wayne Fennessy

June 07, 2024 |

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David Wayne Fennessy, 70, of Monroeville, PA, passed at home, surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. David attended Duquesne University before beginning a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years. He first worked at The News-Dispatch in Jeannette before spending a majority of his time with The Daily News in McKeesport. His roles included sportswriter, editor, and page designer, with his sports writing making him a minor celebrity in the Mon Valley.

David was a man of deep faith and an active member of Christ the Divine Shepherd Parish/Saint Bernadette Church, serving as a money counter, lector, parish council member, and youth group leader. He was a co-leader for many high school retreats and mission trips to Kentucky, and more recently was a men’s group member and Emmaus Retreat Leader. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4925, 4th degree, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians – Division 17. David, perhaps best known as Fenn, was a collector of music, T-shirts, and hats.

He was an inspiration to many, especially in recent years, as he quietly endured the many challenges life presented.

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Rev. John David Else

May 21, 2024 |

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The Rev. John David Else, known affectionately to friends and family as David, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2024, at the age of 91, in Pittsburgh. Born on March 4, 1933, in Mt. Lebanon, David's early years were marked by a spirited zest for life and a deep sense of purpose which would define his many years.

A proud graduate of Penn State, David's quest for knowledge and his desire to serve others led him to attend seminary at Nashotah House for two years, where he cultivated his vocation to help and guide others. His faith-filled life was a testament to his unwavering commitment to his spiritual calling. His first church was at St. George in Waynesburg followed by several years at St. Thomas in Canonsburg. David also served in various roles at the Church of the Advent, Jeannette; St. John's, Donora; Trinity Cathedral; and St. Stephen's, McKeesport.

After his time in the ministry, David felt called to a different path, one that would allow him to support those struggling with addiction.

In his most notable professional achievement, David founded the Center for Spirituality in 12 Step Recovery, a beacon of hope for countless individuals seeking guidance and support through a 12-step program. His vision for the Center was rooted in compassion, understanding, and the unwavering belief that every person deserves a chance at redemption and a fulfilling life. He was on the opening staff and a therapist at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, and Mon Yough Rehabilitation in McKeesport, helping both of these programs get started in the early 1970's.

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Wayne Ludwick

May 18, 2024 |

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Wayne Ludwick, a resident of North Myrtle Beach, SC since 2014 and former longtime resident of Elizabeth Twp., PA, passed away peacefully at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center in Little River on Sunday morning, March 24, 2024. He was 86 years old.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann (Kushner), and his devoted sons, Eric (Nancy) Ludwick of Elizabeth Twp. and Brian Ludwick of Miami, FL. He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter through his grandchildren, Steven Springer, Jason (Ale) Springer, Justin Springer, Jenna Ludwick, and Ethan “EJ" Ludwick,  nieces, nephews, and many friends who were touched by his kindness and generosity.

Born in Buena Vista, PA on November 11, 1937, Wayne was the son of the late Clyde R. and Evelyn (Brown) Ludwick. In addition to his parents and siblings Russell, Carol and Robert, he was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, the late Lynda (Gary) Springer of Elizabeth Twp. PA.

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Michelle Rizzi

April 22, 2024 |

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Michelle A. Rizzi, 43, of Dover, Pennsylvania, passed peacefully Thursday, April 18, after a swift, fierce battle with gastric cancer.

Michelle is survived by her loving wife, Amanda Rizzi, and their 4-year-old daughter, Emma. She also leaves behind an extended family of near-lifelong best friends who became her sisters, complete with nieces and nephews, in the Pittsburgh area.

Loyalty and dedication can’t begin to describe Michelle’s perspective on family life. She enjoyed every moment as a parent and she devoted her life to Amanda and Emma. As she approached the unimaginable, Michelle did not waver in her fight to stay here with those she loved … before heading back to the Milky Way. The only thing she died mad about was the ending of Game of Thrones.

Before settling down to build a life with Amanda, Michelle always met her quota. She was the world’s best road-trip companion. She loved being behind the wheel for sing-along drives, dealing with irrational women, and putting Old Bay seasoning on absolutely everything. And she always believed the Ravens were the better team.

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Charles Hammerberg

April 18, 2024 |

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Charles Hammerberg passed away peacefully on April 15, 2024. He was born January 3, 1931, to Fritz and Edith Hammerberg in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1948. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1954. After college, he worked for the American Bridge Division of US Steel for a short time and then entered the US Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1957.

During this time he married Norma Hassel, daughter of Clyde and Jane Hassel, on August 27,1955. After he was discharged from the Army, he went to work for Hammerberg Construction Inc. Upon the death of his father, he assumed the presidency of the construction company and he held his position until his retirement in 1995. He moved with Norma to Polson, Montana following retirement.

Chuck was active in a number of organizations, serving, at various times, on the board of directors for McKeesport National Bank, McKeesport YMCA, McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery, Youghiogheny Country Club, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, and the McKeesport Rotary Club. He was a member of the Polson Bay Golf Club and so proud that he had five hole-in-ones. He enjoyed many years of golfing and fishing with family and friends.

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Veronica A. Anderson

April 06, 2024 |

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Veronica A. Anderson, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on April 2, 2024, at Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis, IN. She was previously a resident of Beech Grove Meadows Assisted Living, Indianapolis. 'Ronnie' was born in Duquesne, PA on December 10, 1930, to the late John and Helen Chubirka.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph S. Anderson, Jr. from Mckeesport, PA, and is survived by daughter Lynn Boyd, (Bob), of Greenock, PA, son, Curt Anderson (Diane) of Indianapolis, IN, daughter, Teresa Donato (Wayne) of Jacksonville, FL, son, William Anderson of McKeesport, PA, son, James Anderson (Sandy) originally of McKeesport, PA and son, Robert Anderson (Tami) of Monroeville, PA; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The date and location of a memorial service have not yet been determined.

Arrangements are in care of St. Pierre Family Funeral & Cremation Services


John D. Churchfield Sr.

March 01, 2024 |

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John D. Churchfield Sr., 85, of Jeannette, died Thursday, February 22, 2024. He was born June 2, 1938 in Wilmerding, a son of the late Homer B. and Catherine (Gryzbowski) Churchfield. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Elaine L. (Maloney) Churchfield and siblings Nelson Churchfield, Willliam Churchfield, and Arline Volpe. He was a member of Penn Zion Lutheran Church, Harrison City. He is survived by his children Diane McDermott (the late Mac) of Forest Hills, John D. Churchfield Jr. and his wife Roni Jo of Hempfield Township and Nancy Churchfield of Penn Township; his grandchildren Adam McDermott, Meagan Worth (Josh), Mollie Minich (John), William Churchfield (Michael), Jacklynn Churchfield (Josh Humberger), Kylee Louies (Peter), Karly Reichert (Rick), and Austin Gnesda (Hannah Corey); great grandchildren Josh, Daphne, Connor, Kohen, Lila, Jackson, Lainey, Jett, Averie, Russell, and Matthew; a sister Naomi Zywiec of Wilmerding; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 25, at the William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 26, with Pastor Roger Steiner, officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.


Geneva Marie Washington

February 08, 2024 |

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Geneva Marie Washington, 76, died February 2, 2024. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA, where a funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 13. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg. Arrangements are in care of Tunie Funeral Home.


William “Bill” James Dudik

February 08, 2024 |

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William “Bill” James Dudik, 87, of McKeesport, PA died on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh after a sudden illness.

He was born in McKeesport on August 5, 1936 and was the son of the late Mike Dudik and Julia (Vojnyik) Dudik.

He was a 1954 graduate of McKeesport High School, then served in the US Air Force. Bill went on to receive a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from The University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1976.

Bill was a proprietor of a wholesale goods importing company, owned a sewing machine sales and repair shop, then also worked in sales at Tom Clark’s Used Autos. He was certified and elected as a Constable and also worked as a security guard. Bill was a life-long avid collector and seller of vintage and antique items.

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Donna L. Shultz

February 04, 2024 |

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Donna L. Shultz, 87, of Elizabeth, passed away Thursday morning, February 1, 2024 at the home of her nephew.

She was born November 1, 1936 in Charleroi, a daughter of the late John and Ella McCracken Shultz.

A 1955 graduate of Charleroi High School, Ms. Shultz received her bachelor of education from California University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of education from West Virginia University.

She retired from the Elizabeth Forward School District, where she was the Director of Elementary Education.

She was a member of the Elizabeth Forward Alumni and Friends Association, served as the association’s corresponding secretary and in 2001 received the Educator Recognition Award.

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Mildred J. Bobuk

January 18, 2024 |

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Mildred J. Bobuk, 65, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2024. She was born April 17, 1958 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late John and Bertha (Capner) Dvorsky. Mildred enjoyed cooking, and was an animal lover. She had a very caring personality and was a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children Jessica Bobuk (Joshua Pitz) of West Mifflin, Kendra (Andrew) Rosner of Delaware, Theodore “T. J.” (Kelsey) Bobuk of West Mifflin, and Nicholas Bobuk (fiancé Megan Seeman) of West Mifflin; grandchildren Madilyn Pitz, Connor Rosner, and Mackenzie Rosner; also nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway Avenue, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, in the funeral home. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.


Bruce Moore

January 18, 2024 |

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Bruce Moore, 74, born December 5, 1949, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2023 in Tucson, Arizona after a lengthy illness. A native of White Oak, PA, Moore was the fourth child of Chester and Alice Moore.

Moore graduated from McKeesport Senior High School in McKeesport, PA and Milligan University in Johnson City, TN. He raised his two children in Thousand Oaks, CA with his former wife Linda Moore while working for United Parcel Service (UPS).  He married Nadine and relocated to Las Vegas, before retiring from UPS in 2010. Bruce was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and college football fan, he loved his family, traveling, golf, playing poker, and drinking Miller Lite. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed making people laugh, and was liked by all who met him.

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Winona Bintrim Olah

December 28, 2023 |

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Winona Bintrim Olah, 91, formerly of McKeesport, Port Vue, North Huntingdon, and Vernon Township, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 25th, 2023, at Rolling Fields Elder Care in Conneautville, Pennsylvania.

She was born on May 30, 1932, in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She was the only daughter of Wilber Edward and Mabel Eliza Bintrim Porter. After having lived in several different Western Pennsylvania locations, she and her family settled in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She graduated from McKeesport High School in 1950. After graduation, she began working for G.C. Murphy’s Company as a salesclerk in the local McKeesport store.

Winona eventually worked her way up to working as a bookkeeper in the Merchandise Control Office of the company’s headquarters, which was also located in McKeesport. She married her husband, Donald Endre’ Olah, in 1952, and they resided for a time in Port Vue, PA. In 1964 the family moved to North Huntingdon Township. Winona was very involved with church activities. She was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church, where she served in many different leadership positions, including the Administrative Council and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. She was instrumental in many fundraising activities.

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Robyn Lee McKee

December 16, 2023 |

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Robyn Lee McKee of South Park; age 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 14, 2023, loving daughter of Ruth McKee and the late James McKee; wife of the late Lee Miller; dear sister of Cheryl (Valerie Nicholson) McKee and Jeffrey (Kathleen) McKee; cherished aunt of Holly McKee, Justin (Jamie) McKee, Ryan (Stefanie Stanziano) McKee, Lauren (Blase Baker) McKee and Taylor (Eric) Bryant; great aunt of Hannah, Haley, Jacob, Aiden, Ally, the late Eric Michael and Matthew Alan; numerous cherished cousins; treasured friends, Corky, Karen, Sally, Jodie, Betsy, Dona and Dottie.

Robyn worked as a senior contract specialist with the Department of Energy for 37 years.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of South Park, and loved her Lord. Robyn was a creative, charismatic, comical, kind and caring soul who lit up a room when she entered.  The family would like to extend their heart felt and special thanks to the entire staff of  Whitetail Springs Memory Care Community in Whitehall, PA for their exceptional and loving care given to Robyn for the past 2 ½ years and to Commonwealth Hospice for the extraordinary and compassionate care of Robyn in her final days.

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Richard L. Harris

December 15, 2023 |

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Richard L. Harris, 95, died December 8, 2023. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust Street, McKeesport, where a funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Interment will follow at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20, National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd., Bridgeville, PA 15017. Arrangements are in care of Tunie Funeral Home, Homestead.


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