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Chester Edward (Spychala) Spiegel

March 26, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Chester Edward (Spychala) Spiegel, age 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2016 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born February 6, 1932 in McKeesport to the late Julius and Mary Kepka (Spychala) Spiegel. He is the husband of the late Phyllis Abraitis Spiegel. Chester was a lifelong member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church (now Corpus Christi Parish) in McKeesport. He served in the US Army during the Korean War in Germany. After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1950 he worked until his retirement in the shipping department at U.S. Steel National Tube Works in McKeesport. He was a member of the American Legion Post 701 in White Oak, the Polish National Alliance Lodge 352 in McKeesport, the Croatian Club Lodge 146 in Versailles, the Mon Yough Church Dartball League for Christy Park UMC, and the Glassport Lanes Duckpin Bowling League. Chester loved all Pittsburgh sports teams and most especially the McKeesport Tigers. He also loved to watch his grandchildren in all their different activities, and to travel and hit the casinos.

Chester is survived by a daughter Melissa Awenowicz of Irma, SC; a son Erik, and his wife Keli, of Penn Township; grandchildren Benjamin and Sarah Awenowicz and Joshua and Jordan Spiegel; a sister, Rose Sedney, of Beaver Falls; brothers, Walter Spiegel, of North Huntingdon, and Joseph (Theresa) Spiegel, of Key Largo, Fla.; He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved and adored him. He was preceded in death by sisters, Helen, Sophie and Stella; and brothers, Chuck, Frank and Edward.

Friends will be received at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor, 412-678-6177) on Tuesday from 4-9 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be on Wednesday at 1:00 pm at Corpus Christi Church with Father Kevin Dominik officiating.

 

Remembrances may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/PAX/Donate.

 
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William F. “Bill” Clay

March 26, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

William F. “Bill” Clay, age 97 of McKeesport died Friday, March 25, 2016.  He was born in McKeesport on September 29, 1918 and is the son of the late William R. and Mary Skelly Clay.  He is the husband of Katherine A. Sullivan Clay of McKeesport.  He was a retired certified public accountant.  He served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and was a member of the American Legion in White Oak.

In addition to his wife, Katherine he is survived by his sons, W. Matthew “Matt” (Donna) Clay of Greensburg, Michael J. (Lori) Clay of White Oak, Robert (Margaret) Clay of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Jacy Keenan, W. Russin Clay, Rick Blose, Lindsay Robertson, Katherine Horrell, Tara Casta Qeda, Natalie Clay; 3 great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Clay; brother, Thomas Clay; and sister, Mary Jane Clark

Friends will be received Tuesday, March 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor, 412-678-6177).  A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Corpus Christi Church with Father Kevin Dominik officiating.   Burial will follow.

 
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Leo "Jerry" Guiser

March 25, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Leo "Jerry" Guiser, age 86, died on March 25, 2016 at UPMC Hospital in McKeesport.   Born in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna Graf Guiser.  He was preceded in death by his wife Elsie, in May 2006 and his brothers Regis, Vincent and Frank; sisters Catherine, Rose and Paula.

 
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Beatrice Ruszkoski

March 23, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Beatrice Ruszkoski, age 95 of Glassport, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016. She was born on November 4, 1920, the daughter of the late Jon and Barbara Sosa Sabol, and wife of the late Frank J. Ruszkoski. Beatrice is a member of the Queen of the Rosary Church and the PNA of Glassport. She spent over 50 years dancing with her husband at the Palisades in McKeesport. She enjoyed planting flowers, working in her garden and loved taking care of her family. Beatrice is survived by daughter; Jennifer Ruszkoski-Caldwell (James Caldwell) of South Park and son; Raymond (the late Laura) Ruszkoski of Glassport; grandchildren; Christopher (Terra Ferderber) Caldwell of Pittsburgh, Allison Caldwell of South Park, Benjamin Ruszkoski of Johnstown, Carrie Ruszkoski of Johnstown and Jacob (Karen) Ruszkoski of Shrewsbury, MA; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Liz, Benji, Curt, Lauren, and Matthew; She is preceded in death by her 9 siblings. 

Friends will be received at Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home, 600 Market St., McKeesport, PA 15132 on Saturday 10:00 AM until Noon when service will be held in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow.

Remembrances and donations in Beatrice’s name may be made to Striffler Family Funeral Homes., 600 Market Street, McKeesport, PA 15132.

 
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Charles Kevin "Sonny" Cohen

March 19, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Charles Kevin “Sonny” Cohen, 58, of White Oak, died Friday, March 18, 2016. He was born in McKeesport on March 21, 1957. He was a man with many names; known to family as Kevin, and known to friends as Sonny. He was the devoted husband of Susan Tanney Cohen for 24 years; cherished father of Joseph T. and Mary F. Cohen, of White Oak; beloved brother of Loretta (John) Fisher, of Whitehall, and JoAnn (Dave) Rhome, of Greensburg; and dear uncle to Leah (Brandon), Hannah (Sam) and Katie (Markus). Sonny was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, General Smedley D. Butler Post 701, for more than 10 years. He very much enjoyed bowling and was the president of the Oddballs Bowling League. For a time, Sonny also coached for the White Oak Juniors at White Oak Bowl. He loved riding his 2008 Vulcan, 2000cc, Classic LT. He and Susan or one of the kids could be seen around town or out in the country on a warm summer day. His greatest passion, though, was his career as a professional truck driver. In his younger years, he was an over-the-road steel hauler, traveling the East Coast. Due to his heart disease, he began to drive locally and then eventually became an instructor. Throughout the years, he has received letters and cards from former students thanking him for changing the course of their lives. Because of Sonny, they now had the ability to adequately support their families with their new career. Sonny was a kind and gentle soul. He truly saw the face of God in everyone and treated them as such. He will be deeply missed by many, especially his family. He was our rock. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES INC., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Angela Merici Church with Father Kevin Dominik officiating. Memorial contributions in Sonny’s name may be made to St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131.

 
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Audrey J. Hess

March 16, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Audrey J. Hess, age 79 of Scottdale, PA, died Monday, March 14, 2016.  She was born in Verona on March 1, 1937 and is the daughter of the late David and Faye Brown Hester; and the wife of the late Robert R. Hess.

 
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Kenneth E. Scott

March 11, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Kenneth E. Scott, age 57, of Irwin, died Thursday, March 10, 2016.  He was born in McKeesport on November 24, 1958 and is the son of Artha C. Westerberg Scott and the late William E. Scott. Kenneth was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanna Scott; brother Daniel and his wife Donna Scott.

 
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Anthony L. Fisher

March 05, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Anthony L Fisher, age 90, of Swissvale, died Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Anthony was born in Swissvale on Sep. 8, 1925 to Anthony and Madeiline McGuirk Fisher.

 
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Mildred Burtnett

February 26, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Mildred Burtnett, 101, of Orange, CT and formerly of Clark, NJ, Ocala, FL, North

Huntingdon and White Oak, PA passed away on February 24, 2016 at CT Hospice

in Branford, CT.

Born in McKeesport, PA, in 1914, to Walter and Mary (Volk) Schoeller, Mildred

attended Bryn Mawr and McKeesport Public Schools and graduated from Slippery

Rock University with a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school children

in Lincoln and White Oak schools for almost 30 years.

After retiring, Mildred was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels; RSVP (Retired

Senior Volunteer Program); WPS (Widowed Persons Service); The

Intergenerational Literacy Program; Greenbriar Nursing Home and the Peck Place

Elementary School Library.

 
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Howard W. Prezel

February 20, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Howard W. Prezel, age 97, of Dravosburg, died February 20, 2016. He was born in Pittsburgh on September 25, 1918 and is the son of the late Charles and Emma Jones Prezel. Howard was the loving husband of the late Margaret Herreran Prezel. He worked as a sign painter at Helderlein Signs and was an employee of Haines Supermarket. He was also a proud member of Corpus Christi church.

 
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Ronald D. Tagaloe, Sr.

February 17, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Ronald D. Tagaloe Sr., 78, of McKeesport, died peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. He was the son of the late David and Margaret (Ellis) Tagaloe. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Margaret A. (Horvath) Tagaloe, who cherished him.

 
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Genevieve Beryl (Brakeall) Owston Akerberg

February 16, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Genevieve Beryl (Brakeall) Owston Akerberg departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. She was born in Dravosburg on Aug. 23, 1918, as the youngest child of John Alva Brakeall and Rose P. Schad. Outside of her youth in Dravosburg and a short residence in East McKeesport, the majority of Genevieve’s life was spent in North Versailles Township. Since summer 2015, she has resided at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon.

 
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Jacqueline Tatters

February 16, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Jacqueline Tatters, age 68, of White Oak died February 13, 2016. She was born in Braddock on March 14, 1947 and is the daughter of the late Robert and Audrey Reeves Fuller.

 
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Lillian M. Jones

February 08, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Lillian M. Jones, age 83, of Duquesne, died February 5, 2016 at home.  She was born June 23, 1932 in McKeesport and is the daughter of the late Richard and Lillian Jones. She is preceded in death by three brothers John Collins, Randolph and Gerald Jones.

 
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Christy Lynn Buckholtz

February 05, 2016 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Christy Lynn Buckholtz, age 34, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  She was born in McKeesport on May 5, 1981, and is the daughter of Robert Buckholtz, Jr. of Versailles Borough and Beth Roebuck Buckholtz of Highland Park area of Pittsburgh.

 
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