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Gregory Edward Cole

October 29, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Gregory Edward Cole, 56, died unexpectedly October 25, 2021, due to covid.

He  was born at Magee Hospital, on September 21, 1965. He was one of three children born to proud parents Virginia and Fred Cole. "Greg", as he was affectionately called, attended and graduated from Duquesne High School.

Although his siblings considered Greg to be a "mama's boy", because of his deep devotion to and affection for his mother, Greg enlisted in the United States Armed Forces shortly after graduation, where he served for four years. He was proud of his achievement of being an Army Ranger Squad Leader, as well as being a Unit Armorer with Secret Security Clearance. He left the Army with an Honorable Discharge.

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Roseann Garwood

September 03, 2021 |

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Roseann Garwood, age 73, of Ruffs Dale, died September 1, 2021 at Frick Hospital. She was born April 21, 1948 in Key West, Fla. She was the wife of and is survived by James Garwood. They were married for 54 years. Roseann is also survived by two children, Donald (Victoria) of McKeesport and Diana Kochman (David) of West Newton, grandchildren Jacob Garwood of Columbus, Ohio and Michael and Rose Kochman of West Newton.

Also surviving are her siblings Sandy (George) Ghrist of McKeesport and Robert Harder of East Hickory, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings Edward and Harold.

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Anthony Isaac (Tony) Cook

August 18, 2021 |

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Anthony Isaac (Tony) Cook, 16, of Glassport, Pa., passed away peacefully in his home after a hard fought battle with cancer on August 8, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Tony was born at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 14, 2005. He attended South Allegheny School District. He was an excellent student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. The South Allegheny Gladiators including teachers, schoolmates and entire community showed overwhelming support and embodied the #Tonystrong movement. They tirelessly stood beside him throughout his long and difficult battle with neurofibromatosis and cancer. He never felt alone.

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Maxine H. Sayles

August 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Maxine H. Sayles, 82, died August 8, 2021. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16, 2021 at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Aug. 17. Arrangements are in charge of Tunie Funeral Home Inc.


Keith A. Hayduk

July 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Keith A. Hayduk, 63, of Columbus OH, died Sunday, July 18, 2021, after battling a number of health issues.  He was born Sept 7, 1957 in McKeesport PA.  He was the third son of the late Harry and Lucille (Matto) Hayduk. 

Keith grew up in Liberty Boro PA and graduated from South Allegheny High School.  He also attended Penn State University and spent his early adult years in Johnstown PA, working as a salesman before moving to Columbus OH, where he held various jobs. Keith loved music, attending concerts, and visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum frequently. 

He was an avid Big Ten sports fan with a special spot in his heart for his Penn State Nittany Lions and his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.  He was a lifelong golfer and volunteered every year at the Memorial Golf Tournament.

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Glenda Lee (Bereczky) Busch

July 16, 2021 |

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Glenda Lee (Bereczky) Busch, 68, of White Oak, finished her journey on this Earth today, July 15, 2021. She spent a little over a year bravely battling pancreatic cancer without ever showing how much pain she was in. To the end, she thought of others and did not want them to worry about her. She leaves behind her loving soul mate of 50 years, her husband, James. Two of her proudest accomplishments were her son, Jesse (Erin Morey) Busch, of Mt. Lebanon, and daughter, Rachael (Kathy) Morgan, of Versailles Borough.

Her eyes lit up every time she saw her only grandson, Max Busch, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with him. He rightfully won the “My Glenda” debate in her life.

Glenda was the baby sister of twins, Sally (Frank) Shebeck, of Farrell, and Sue (Paul) Tkac, of White Oak. She was a good friend to sister-in-law, Peggy Rollason, of N. Versailles. She cherished her role as aunt to Bobby Rollason, J.P. (Pam) Tkac, Chris Tkac, Victoria (Jamme Magyar) Tkac, Stacey (Scott) Gill, Marcy (Nick) VanSickles, and Adam (Brittany) Shebeck.

She doted on her many great nieces and nephews, and even had a couple of great, great ones too. Glenda wanted her Toodle Bug to know that, “Toodle Bug will always love you.”

She appreciated the artistic eye of Gabriel Szafranski, who grew to be family over the last two years. She wanted to thank her anonymous angel, Susan Schonfeld, for having such a loving and generous heart. Her family would like to extend grateful appreciation to Amedysis Hospice and her primary nurse, Leslie Gore, for helping her through the end of the journey with love, respect, and dignity.

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Barbara A. Strucker

June 30, 2021 |

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Barbara A. Strucker, age 84, of Port Vue passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Beloved wife of 61 years to John R. Strucker; loving mother of Denice and David Pazuchanics; devoted Grammie of Alexander and Michelle Pazuchanics and Nicholas Pazuchanics; daughter of the late George and Mildred Beck; sister of Paul (Evelyn) Beck, Helen (Ray) Brown, Jay (Cynthia) Beck and the late Marie (Fred) Wilson, Joe (Joan) Beck, Bill (survived by Emma) Beck, Ruth (Joe) Lucas, Rosemae (Jack) Bowers, Angie (survived by Bill) Doherty, George Beck, Bruce (survived by Janet) Beck and Anna Marie (John) Wheeler.  Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their families. 

Barbara was honored to be a graduate of St Francis nursing school in Bloomfield. She worked as a registered nurse at McKeesport Hospital for over 30 years, in both the Behavior Health Unit and then as a medical surgical nurse.  She was an avid supporter of the Port Vue Athletic Association - cheering on her husband's beloved Blue Rock teams, working in the concession stand, or coaching her own girls softball teams. The community of friends that formed there became her extended family. Barb became a professional fan of her grandchildren. She was thrilled to watch many live performances, concerts and high school musicals, and tried to not miss any of them. She watched many soccer, volleyball and basketball games as well, not exactly a quiet fan - she was especially helpful if a referee missed a call. In recent years, Barbara most loved spending time with her family. She taught all of us the value of friendships and being passionate about your beliefs. She was generous with her time and talents to many local organizations, and always available to anyone who needed her. Her sense of humor and colorful language will be greatly missed by those who loved and knew her.

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Louis “Lou” Corletto

June 19, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Louis “Lou” Corletto, 91 of Wilmerding, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Catherine "Kate" (Salina) Corletto. Loving father of Mary (Matt) Flaherty, Stephanie (Dennis) Traynor, Carmella (Joe) Drakulic, and Angela (Doug) Mathis. Proud grandfather of Natalie and Katie Drakulic, Michael and Salena Mathis, and Taylee Richardson. Cherished great-grandfather of Nina Louise and Mason Robert. Also survived by his sister, Josephine (the late John) Dimasi; and nephews, Fred and John (Christine) Dimasi. Preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Carmella (Cacevella) Corletto; and niece, MaryJo Romano. Lou proudly worked as an aircraft mechanic and later retired from WABCO as a core maker and machinist. He kept active during retirement by working as a security guard for Keystone Commons, where he worked into his 80s. Lou was a handyman and jack of all trades, and he took pride in being able to fix things himself. The family would like to thank the staff at Amedysis Hospice for the compassionate care they provided their father.

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Donald Louis Schillaci

May 15, 2021 |

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Donald Louis Schillaci, 86, of Mckeesport, died Friday, May 7, 2021. He was born in Glassport on December 7, 1934. He was the son of the late Louis Jerome Schillaci and Annabelle Pryor Schillaci and the husband of B. J. (Betty Jean) Schillaci.

Don graduated from Glassport High School in 1952. He attended Marietta College on a football scholarship. He worked at Copperweld in Glassport. He was a supervisor at McConway Torley, Tygart Industries, Sash Erectors Fabricating, and Reliance Steel. He retired as a maintenance worker at McKeesport Housing Authority.

He loved all sports and ran a 70 and over softball team for Jaycox-Jaworski. He was elected into the McKeesport and Glassport Sports Hall of Fame. He enjoyed golfing, playing softball and watching his grandsons play all sports over the years. He loved all of the McKeesport sports, but never missed a McKeesport High School Football game.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by brothers, Joseph (Jeanette) Schillaci, and Louis (Noreen) Schillaci; sister-in-law, Norma Schillaci; children, Donna (Dino) DiGregory, Jay (Evie) Schillaci, Gregg Schillaci and stepson, Dave Asmonga; grandchildren, Dino II, Gino, and Dominico DiGregory, Jay (Laura) Schillaci, Jeremy Schillaci, Jenn Schillaci, Brandon Schillaci, and Amanda Asmonga; great-grandchildren, Gino DiGregory, Jr., Alessandra and Matteo Schillaci and Viola Schillaci. Special cousins, Judy Johnston and Ralph Schillaci. Also lots of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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Leonora M. “Lee” (Delle Donne) Trankocy

April 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Leonora M. “Lee” (Delle Donne) Trankocy of North Versailles, age 86, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, completed her earthly journey and moved on to her heavenly home.

Beloved wife of Richard J. Trankocy, Sr. for 63 years. Treasured mother of Richard J. (Susan) Trankocy, Jr. and Susan (Stephen) Kennedy of Braddock. Dear grandmother of Robert Kennedy, Randy (Tiffany) Jones, Shannon (Dustin) Dubensky and Caitlin Jones. Proud great-grandmother of Henry and Alexandra Jones; Ella Sue, Lucy and Lila Dubensky.

Leonora was raised in Rankin, graduated from Rankin High School in 1953 and was a willing volunteer for many Rankin reunions.

Leonora’s first job as a teenager was with Jaison’s, a women’s store in Braddock where she worked along with her sister, Carmella. After graduation, she became employed with Beneficial Finance where she worked until she became a mother. Leonora resumed her work with Beneficial when her children were grown and completed a 28-year career as an Administrative Assistant with the firm. While raising the children, Leonora was an active volunteer and leader with the P.T.A. and Boy Scouts.

Leonora has been a 7-decade member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock. She was a member of the Byzantine Catholic Serra Club of Pittsburgh and the Braddock Elks Lodge #883 and the ‘Valley Seniors’ of her neighborhood in Green Valley.

Leonora was proud of her Italian heritage and was a member of the Primavera Lodge of the I.S.D.A. in Swissvale. She delighted in spending both Italian Day and Byzantine Catholic Day at Kennywood. When at home, Leonora enjoyed porch conversations, painting ceramics and watching figure skating on television.

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William Emmett Long III

February 04, 2021 |

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William Emmett Long III, 72, died at home on April 28, 2020.  William grew up in North Versailles, Pennsylvania with his parents William E. Long II and Doris Long.  William furthered his education by attending trade school in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Upon returning home from school, William settled with his wife Sandra, in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania.  William retired as a Senior Inspector, from Bechtel - Bettis, after 40 years, in 2011.  He was a graduate of Westinghouse High School.  William was preceded in death by his son, William Emmett Long IV.  William is survived by his widow, Sandra and daughter, Kerry.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of Ball Funeral Chapel, Pittsburgh.


Norma Brown

January 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Norma Brown, 81, died Jan. 21, 2021 in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1939, the daughter of the David Jenkins and Melba Dolores (Lovey) Jenkins was born September 27, 1939.

Norma was an avid bingo player and enjoyed putting together puzzles and crosswords. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and loved playing softball and was the scorekeeper for the following leagues: The Talk of the Town Gallery Lounge, The Continental Lounge and The Street Stars Lounge.

Her life and memory will be forever cherished by her husband of 58 years, Curtiss Brown, and daughter; Kismet Graciano of McKeesport. Brother; Gary (Marie) Willis of Cleveland, Ohio; Grandchildren Curtiss D. Brown of San Francisco CA., Tawnei Brown of Pittsburgh, PA., Isis Dupain of Lemoore, CA. Great grandchildren; Daejhon Brown, Chance Spicer, Aurora Rose and Emile Curtis.

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Berton D. Overstake

October 14, 2020 |

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Berton D. Overstake, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020 at UPMC East, Monroeville. Born July 15, 1953 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles B. Overstake and Lucille (Kaufman) Overstake. Bert was a proud 1975 graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  While at Penn State, he became a manager for the Penn State Blue Band, which at the time was under the direction of the late Dr. James W. Dunlop.  Bert was proud to have worked with Dr. Dunlop and the Blue Band, and remained a fierce supporter of the Blue Band and all things Penn State.  He went on to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduated in 1976 and became a licensed funeral director in 1977.

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Davida Lee Jenkins

September 30, 2020 |

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Davida Lee Jenkins, 63, died September 26, 2020. She was born on September 8, 1957 to George Massey and Norma Jenkins Brown, raised by Curtiss Brown of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Davida was educated in the McKeesport School District and a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Davida was an exceptional woman who dedicated her life putting God first and going out of her to help others in need. She will be remembered as a gentle, kind, warmhearted genuine person.

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Ruby Jackson

September 02, 2020 |

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Ruby Jackson, 92, died Aug. 30, 2020.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery & Mausoleum, 1301 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles Twp.



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