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Lee A. DiPerna

January 14, 2021 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Lee A. DiPerna, age 30, of Heidelburg, formerly of McKeesport, died January 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Born February 14, 1990, in McKeesport, he was the son of Edmund DiPerna and Lisa (Shaw) DiPerna.

 
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Kerry Jean Saussaman

January 14, 2021 |

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

Kerry Jean Saussaman, age 52 of North Huntingdon died January 12, 2021 at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born August 28, 1968 in Bronx, New York, a daughter of Patrick Purcell and the late Barbara Englund Purcell. Kerry was formerly employed as a music school teacher. She enjoyed arts and crafts, painting and singing. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son Jordan. She is survived by two sons, Tanner and Colby, two brothers, and her boyfriend Larry Baker. Services will be private. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.

 
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Larry R. Nelson

January 14, 2021 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Larry R. Nelson, age 66, of McKeesport, died January 8, 2021, at home. Born October 10, 1954, in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late James and Pearl (Baker) Nelson and the husband of Diana Diaz-Nelson.
Larry was retired from AT & T, where he worked in I.O.C., international customer service. He enjoyed collecting action figures and customizing action figures. He cared.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Owner, Chris Odasso

 


Carl Wallace Amman

January 13, 2021 |

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

Carl Wallace Amman, age 90, of White Oak, died Wednesday, January 13, 2021. He was born in Pittsburgh, on August 21, 1930 and is the son of the late Carl Wallace Amman and the late Amelia Sior Kelly. He worked as a draftsman in the engineering department and later retired as a foreman for US Steel National Works McKeesport. He also worked at the former Dunn Corporation in Carnegie for many years. He was also a very active member in the Beulah Park United Methodist Church.

 
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Edmund Chiaverini

January 13, 2021 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Edmund Chiaverini, age 97, of McKeesport, died January 12, 2021. Born January 1, 1924, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Louis and Mary (Ferry) Chiaverini and the husband of the late Elizabeth A. (DeFelice) Chiaverini.
Edmund was retired from US Steel, where he was a maintenance supervisor. Edmund was a WWll US Army veteran and served in Central Burma as part of the 3150th Signal Service Company. A member of the Mary Mother of God Parish, Edmund had a deep love of major league baseball, the New York Yankees, and watching old reruns of Columbo and Gunsmoke.

 
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Don D. "Ho" Szymarek

January 13, 2021 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Don D. "Ho" Szymarek, age 57, of McKeesport, died January 10, 2021, at home. Born May 21, 1963, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Donald Szymarek and Eileen (Boullion) Szymarek.

 
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Patricia Ziemianski

January 13, 2021 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Patricia Ziemianski, age 76, of White Oak, formerly of North Huntingdon and Glassport, died January 12, 2021, at home surrounded by her family.  Born November 7, 1944, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Marcella (Panek) Raymer and the wife of the late Richard Ziemianski.  Patricia was the owner and manager of The Ziemianski Inn in Glassport.  She was known for being a character and loved to laugh and always cherished being surrounded by her friends and family.  During her time at The Inn, she welcomed patrons from around the world and enjoyed sharing a Sunday meal.

 
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Madeline C. Sporio

January 13, 2021 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Madeline C. Sporio, age 91 of Clairton, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.   Born October 20, 1929 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Luisa (Volpe) Macioce.  A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Madeline joins her husband, the late Lawrence Sporio, who passed away February 1, 1993.  She is survived by her sons Vincent (Sandy) Sporio of Clairton, Robert (Beverly) Sporio of Jefferson Hills, and Larry Sporio of Clairton; her grandchildren Gina, Leah (Jonathan Opiela), Michael, and Victor (Carol) Sporio, Jessica (Bob) Marlow, Sarah (Jamie) Elkowitz, and Amber (David) Herschelroth; her great-grandchildren Savannah Sporio, Sadie, Bode, and Riley Marlow, Ally and Essey Elkowitz, Abigail Sporio, Tamar, Eve, and Cy Herschelroth, Carly and Victor Sporio, and Holly Elkowitz; her sister Virginia (the late Joe) Sebastian of Clairton; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband and parents, Madeline was preceded in death by her late sister Mary (the late John) DeRubeis.

 
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Karen (Barone) Higgins

January 13, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Karen (Barone) Higgins, of North Huntingdon, peacefully passed, on January 10, 2021 at the age of 58, with her family at her side. Karen was the beloved daughter of  Tony Barone and the late Dorothy “Dolly” (Nesta) Barone. She was the loving mother of Ronald Higgins, Jessica (Ross Becher) Higgins and Jamie (Brandon Lane) Higgins. Adoring grandmother of Jackson, Keira and Amara. She is also survived by her sisters, Dottie (Kenny) Altman and Aimee (Ron) Koch, brother, Tony (Eron) Barone, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Karen enjoyed reading and going to the beach. She adored her grandchildren and dogs.

 
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Alva B. Vasilich

January 13, 2021 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Alva B. Vasilich, North Versailles, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Millie (Mauger) Bertozzi. Loving wife of 66 years of the late Thomas E. “Babe” Vasilich. Beloved mother of James J., of Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas E. Jr. (Mary Jane) of Port Vue.  Grandmother of Stacey (Chuck) Hughes, Thomas J., & Matthew J. Vasilich and the late Kaitlin Vasilich. Great grandmother of Trevor and Brielle Hughes.

 
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Janice Lynn Holmes

January 13, 2021 |

By Robert A. Waters Funeral Home | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Janice Lynn Holmes, 65, of McKeesport, passed peacefully on January 7, 2021, at UPMC McKeesport. Beloved daughter of the late Clarence Wendell and Bessie Marie Grinage Holmes, born January 14, 1955. Janice obtained a Masters in Nursing, Ph.D. in Education, and Ph.D., ABD in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. She received the Master’s in Divinity and a Community Service Award from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Janice pastored Olivet Presbyterian, West Elizabeth, PA.

 
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James E. Belak

January 13, 2021 |

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

James E. Belak, 87, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday January 10, 2021, due to complications from the covid virus. He was born September 2, 1933 in Penn Township, the son of the late Charles and Mary (Belak) Valero. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his beloved son Brett C. Belak. He was the founder of Belak Flowers which he started on November 1, 1960 in Irwin where he worked until his semi-retirement at the age of 65. He greeted everyone with a smile, kind word, and encouragement.

In recent years he had an online business selling mosaics called Mosaics by Kaleb. He was loved by many and will be missed by everyone. Jim graduated from Penn-Joint High School, Class of 1951, where he played basketball and football. He also took a few business classes at Penn State University. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, where he served on church council for many years.

 
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Burton Klein

January 12, 2021 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Burton Klein, 94, of Fox Chapel, formerly of White Oak, died Monday, January 11, 2021. He was born August 31, 1926 in McKeesport and was the son of Isadore and Esther (Angerman) Klein. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Alvin Klein. Burt was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was the co-owner of the former Vienna Bakery in McKeesport, and was later employed in the Marketing Dept. of Equitable Resources in Pittsburgh. Burt was a former member of Tree of Life Sfard and was a WWII Army Veteran.

 
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Evelyn Brown

January 12, 2021 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Evelyn Brown, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 in Grandview Estates, Elizabeth Twp.  Born February 4, 1928 in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Albert S. and Della May (Shaheen) Green and wife for 67 years of the late Kenneth H. Brown, who passed away April 5, 2019.  A devout and active member of St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Evelyn worked for many years as a clerk at Clairton Hardware.  In her spare time, she was an avid and accomplished bowler, participating in many travelling leagues, and was a self taught seamstress who loved to sew.  Evelyn is survived by her sister Della Benbow of Sanger, CA and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.  Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Helen Kislan, Alberta Miller, Salem M. Green, and Jenny Zender.  

 
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Georgia B. Grabill

January 12, 2021 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Georgia B. Grabill, age 99, of McKeesport,  died January 10, 2021, at  Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  Born October 26, 1921, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Anna (Naher) Cynkar and the wife of the late William L. Grabill.

 
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