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Mary Ann Palmer

January 20, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Mary Ann Palmer, 60, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Versailles, died Wednesday January 5, 2022 at home. She was born June 2, 1961 in McKeesport the daughter of the late Thomas J. Sr. and Mary J. (Giovanicci) Palmer. She was a 42 year employee of Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin. She was a member of the Norwin Community Group and a supporter of White Oak Animal Safe Haven. She loved dogs and enjoyed gardening and camping. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother Thomas J. Palmer Jr. She is survived by her niece and nephews Deborah Patane of Tampa, FL, Thomas J Palmer of West Jefferson, NC, and David J. Palmer of Irwin, also great nieces and nephews, a great great nephew, cousins, and many friends.

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Dennis Brown Scherff

January 20, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Dennis Brown Scherff, 91, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday January 23, 2022. He was born April 5, 1930 in North Huntingdon Township, a son of the late Florian E. and Anna M. (Daily) Scherff. Dennis graduated from North Huntingdon High School, Class of 1948 and served as a Sergeant in the Army from 1948 to 1953. Upon returning from the military he worked at Westinghouse Airbrake Company in Wilmerding as a systems analyst from 1953 until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and time spent at camp in Potter County. He loved to garden and taking care of the family orchards and strawberry field. As a child he loved to hunt pheasant and once even shot an albino pheasant. He enjoyed all sports and played softball as a child. You could always find him watching Pittsburgh sports especially his favorite team the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Rebecca “Becky” M. (Gerardi) Swenson

January 20, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Rebecca “Becky” M. (Gerardi) Swenson, age 58, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 15, 2022. She was born April 21, 1963 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of William “Bill” and Marjorie Gerardi. Becky focusing on raising her family and had a passion for following her sons involvements in the bands at Norwin and Pitt, then worked a number of places including being a clerk at the Holiday Inn Express in North Huntingdon. She is preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth Marie Swenson. She is survived by her husband of over 24 years Robert J. Swenson; sons Robert S. Titus of Uniontown, Robert (Fiancé Jaclyn) Swenson of Irwin, Nicholas Swenson of Irwin and Tyler Swenson of Irwin; brothers William Gerardi of Apollo and Christopher Gerardi of Apollo; and her dog Max.

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Lorraine H. (Pack) Heidler

January 05, 2022 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Lorraine H. (Pack) Heidler, 93, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022. She was born October 13, 1928 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Cornelius J. and Oliva (Seubert) Pack. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clarence R. Heidler Jr., her brother Robert Pack, her sisters Dorothy Rimlinger and Barbara Kuttler, and nephews Bill Kane and Chuck DiPrimio. Lorraine was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, where she was a member of the Christian Mother Guild. She worked as a clerk for Pennsylvania Railroad, New York Central, and retired in 1992 from Conrail.

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Carl Miles Shirey

January 05, 2022 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Carl Miles Shirey, 84, of North Huntingdon peacefully went to meet his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. His final days on this earth were spent surrounded by his family. We are sure he is being greeted in Heaven with open arms and more love than we can imagine. He was born on December 10, 1937 in Mayport, the loving son of the late Katherine (Gruver) and Oren Shirey.

He was married for 61 years to Elaine (West) Shirey, who preceded him in death on February 11, 2017. Carl is also preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Dinger of Punxsutawney. Carl was a devoted follower of Christ. He shared his God-given gifts of helpfulness, and attention to detail with many churches throughout the North Huntingdon area.

One of his many sayings being, “You need to take care of God’s House.” His construction talents were impeccable. You cannot look at the Pittsburgh skyline without seeing Carl’s masterful work in the views. He was employed at Local Carpenters Union 230 for 60 years. Carl’s family and friends will remember him as a devoted partner and loving caregiver to his wife Elaine, and a man who loved his family, and friends with a true servant’s heart.

He was a member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church in North Huntingdon and was active with the Men’s Prayer Fellowship in the community. He was also a member of the Shidle Lodge 601 F&AM in Irwin.

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Diane (Mack) Brentzel

January 05, 2022 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Diane (Mack) Brentzel, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Monday January 3, 2022. She was born January 25, 1947 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Dean and Frances (Allshouse) Mack and was also preceded in death by a sister Sandy Gabey. Diane was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1964, where she was head cheerleader, president of student council, and homecoming queen. She received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill College and was a retired first grade teacher for the Norwin School District. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and was a member of the funeral choir. She was also a former longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Norwin Public Library. She was happy with the simple things of life. She enjoyed gardening and working around the house and loved her dogs. She loved and was very proud of her family and enjoyed family vacations at Dewey Beach, Delaware. Diane is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ronald P. Brentzel; her children Jennifer (Chad) Morgan of North Huntingdon, Aaron P. (Tammy) Brentzel of Ardara, and Brian M. (Janelle) Brentzel of North Huntingdon; her grandchildren Darian, Maddy, Tristan, Addison, Gracie, Aubrey, Noraa, Ainsley, and Brayden; her great granddaughter Donna Jane “DJ”; a sister Marsha (David) Goberish of Memphis, TN; brother-in-law Rick Gabey of SC; also nieces and nephews.

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Irene M. (Mellon) Young

January 05, 2022 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Irene M. (Mellon) Young, age 92, of North Versailles, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021. She was born September 8, 1929 in East McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Mable Mellon. Irene was a lifetime member of the Linway United Presbyterian Church in North Versailles, where she served as a Deacon, an Elder and was active in numerous ministries over the years. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as an Advisory Board Member for the East McKeesport Assembly of Rainbow Girls. Irene was proud of her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Maryville College in Tennessee, and went on to work in the accounting department of Koppers in Pittsburgh before focusing on raising her family. Irene loved camping in Sigel and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Paul A. Flanyak

January 05, 2022 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Paul A. Flanyak, 68, of Latrobe, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021. He was born December 21, 1953 in McKeesport, a son of the late Peter and Rose (Ehrenfeld) Flanyak and was also preceded in death by his brother Perry Flanyak. Paul worked in the auto body industry his entire life. He had a passion for motorcycles, cars, and sarcastic humor. He was a member of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania and Murrysville Alliance Church. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Ryan) Sisko of Cape Coral, Florida, and his granddaughters Nora and Lily. Arrangements were in charge of William Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com


Debra A. (Curry) Kemerer

December 24, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Debra A. (Curry) Kemerer, 68, of Manor, died Wednesday December 22, 2021. She was born October 31, 1953 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ralph Leroy Curry Jr. and Charlotte Jean (Lehmer) Curry Hawkey and was also preceded in death by her step father Bud Hawkey. She loved spending time with her husband at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock and enjoyed boating and fishing. She is survived by her husband of 41 years Jeffrey A. Kemerer; her sisters Darla (Tom) Magill of Penn, Carol (Randy) Hawkey of New Alexandria, and Dyana (James) Vance of Somerset; also nieces and nephews and her pet cat Ginger.

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Cynthia Ann (Simeone) Wilkins

December 19, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Cynthia Ann (Simeone) Wilkins, 58, of North Versailles, passed away Thursday December 16, 2021. She was born January 19, 1963 in Penn Hills, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Janet (Forney) Simeone and was also preceded in death by a brother in-law Daniel Wymard. Cynthia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and caregiver. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband Ron Wilkins, children Justin (Jamie) Daley of Chartiers-Houston, Angela (Steve) Nash of North Versailles, Shayla (Vince) Wilkins of North Versailles, and Ron (Jenna) Wilkins Jr. of Hookstown; grandsons William Bobik, Dominic and Devon Nash, and Maddox Daley; brothers and sisters Salvatore (Cori) Simeone of Apollo, Denise Wymard of Plum, John (Patty) Simeone of Pittsburgh, and Tina (Mike) DiCroce of Penn Hills; also many nieces and nephews.

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Roy J. Weiskircher, Jr.

December 11, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Roy J. Weiskircher, Jr., 84, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, December 7, 2021. He was born September 23, 1937 in McKeesport, the son of the late Roy J., Sr. and Marguerite (Hoerr) Weiskircher and was also preceded in death by his son Dale Robert Weiskircher. Roy was an Air Force veteran and retired from U.S. Steel.

He was a member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and a longtime active member of the Men’s Prayer Fellowship. He was also a member of the Air & Waste Management Association, and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Bonnie L. (Nelson) Weiskircher; his children Jill A. (Weiskircher) Turner and husband Stuart of Wixom, MI, Mark A. Weiskircher and wife Julianne of Monument, CO, and Scott W. Weiskircher and wife Marlo of Monroeville; his grandchildren Liam and Dale Turner, Caroline, Katrina and Erik Weiskircher, and Dane and Grace Weiskircher; and his sister Janice “Sib” Hamilton of Marietta, GA.

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Ellen E. (Plowman) Confer

December 03, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Ellen E. (Plowman) Confer, 93, of North Versailles, formerly of North Braddock, died Wednesday December 1, 2021, of natural causes. She was born February 13, 1928 in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Orren J. and Ann J. (Nichols) Plowman and was also preceded in death by her husband Harry E. Confer and siblings Leroy Plowman and Lillian Clinebell. Ellen had worked at G.C. Murphy Co., East Pittsburgh, the cafeteria at U.S. Steel, Braddock, and then worked for 30 years as a waitress at Churchill Valley Country Club. She was a member of Muehlman United Methodist Church, North Braddock and was a former leader of Girl Scout Troop 228 and was a member of the Boy Scouts Mothers Club, Troop 63. She volunteered for Meals On Wheels and enjoyed the Happy Go Lucky Square Dance Club. She is survived by her children Verneda L. Barrett of North Huntingdon, Ronald E. (Tiki) Confer of Texas, Darlene H. (Ed) Winwood of North Versailles, and Sharon D. (the late Bob) Getlak of North Huntingdon; her grandchildren Kevin (Michelle) Kenning, Keith Bean, Ellen Confer, Linda Confer, Ronald Confer Jr., Michael Winwood, Eric (Nikki) Kostelnik, Adam Kostelnik and Andrew Kostelnik; 8 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; a sister Delores “Dori” Frye of Irwin; also nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Patricia A. “Pat” (Liptak) Watkins

December 03, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Patricia A. “Pat” (Liptak) Watkins, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Monday November 29, 2021. She was born June 13, 1943 in Homestead, the daughter of the late Charles J. and Mary (Dobosh) Liptak and was also preceded in death by her brother Charles D. Liptak. Pat was a former employee of Crum and Forester Insurance Company and also Campus Dimensions, Monroeville. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, North Huntingdon, the Christian Mothers, and the North Huntingdon Democratic Club. She is survived by her children Mark (Toni) Watkins of Seattle, WA, and Todd (Laurie) Watkins and Jennifer (Heath) Shrum both of North Huntingdon and her grandchildren John and Matthew, Keegan, Izabella, and Xavier Watkins and Mackenzie and Paige Shrum.

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Marlene D. (Blend) Bookheimer

November 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Marlene D. (Blend) Bookheimer fell asleep in the arms of our Lord on November 22, 2021 surrounded by members of her family. She was born in North Versailles, Allegheny County on December 6, 1933, a daughter of the late Mary (Cunningham) and Walter Blend.

Married to the late Donald L. Bookheimer for 45 years before his death, their committment to each other set a standard for the family. She deeply loved her family and was so very proud of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, neice and nephew. She always said she was blessed to have her family so near and have the love they so readily gave her. Her home was the gathering place for family and friends, and was filled with food, games, laughter and sometimes chaos.

Marlene had many talents, not least of which was planning an event or party. Family and friends will miss the great times we had together due to her efforts. She was dedicated to her church, West Hempfield Presbyterian (WHPC), where she was a member of the choir for 43 years, a member and officer in Presbyterian Womens Association, a Deacon, a Bible School teacher and an expert chocolate maker/instructor. She participated in providing funeral luncheons, election buffets and co-chaired the WHPC 50th Anniverary Celebration. Marlene was a 60 year resident of Greenridge, the 4th home in the plan. She was a charter member of the Greenridge Association and the Greenridge Garden Club, and bowled in the Greenridge Bowling League for 24 years. While a member of the West Hempfield PTA, the first playground equipment was delivered to her driveway. Always an active part of her children's lives, she chaperoned dances and Proms, church youth club events, and participated in their choir and basketball activities.

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Michael James “Mick” Rosenbayger

November 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Michael James “Mick” Rosenbayger, 66, of Penn Township, formerly of East McKeesport, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family whom he loved dearly, Monday, November 22, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Mariann (Schleifer) Rosenbayger; his children Chase, and wife Lauren, Rosenbayger of North Huntingdon and Brandon Rosenbayger of Irwin; step daughter Kristen Ann (Matt) Gaia and their family; and grandchildren Chase Jr., Myles, and Trey.

He was born May 4, 1955 in Braddock, a son of Catherine L. “Kitty” (McNeill) Rosenbayger of East McKeesport and the late William “Rosy” Rosenbayger.

He is also survived by brothers and sisters Randy (Lori) Rosenbayger, Gery (Lynne) Rosenbayger, Lynn (Bill) Brown, Connie Rosenbayger, Kathleen (David) Heckenstaller, and Diane (Tom) Santucci; father in law Charles Schleifer; brothers and sisters in-law Charles Schleifer, Donna (Bob) Ferrainolo, Gary (Kathleen) Schleifer, and Carole (Chet) Simile; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended families, and friends.

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