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Geraldine Ruth Gibala

May 27, 2020 |

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

Geraldine Ruth Gibala, age 92 of Liberty Borough, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  Born September 21, 1927 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Clifford C. and Alice Mary (Leathers) Dunlap.  A former waitress with the Belmont Restaurant in Liberty Borough who also worked at Zayre's and Macko's Restaurant, Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband Henry "Hank" Gibala, who passed away January 25, 2017, and her daughter Linda (Frank) McCullers Reichenbach Andy, who passed away June 21, 2017.  She is survived by her children Michelle (fiancee' Bruce Wargo) Molanick of Port Vue and Curtis (Sandy) McCullers of Scottdale; her six grandchildren; her seven great-grandchildren; her four great-great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Melany Rothwell

May 27, 2020 |

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

Melany Rothwell, age 62, of Rillton, died May 26, 2020, at The Grove at Irwin. Wife of the late Robert Rothwell; mother of Robert (Amber) Rothwell and the late Kevin Ray; grandmother of Rayne Gilbert and Brooke Rothwell; sister of Cindy (John "Red") Shipley; aunt of Crystal (Jason) Rutherford, Courtney Shipley, Ryan (Michele Altman) Shipley, and Dylan Shipley. Melany was a bartender at the Rillton VFW and also liked to help at the Rillton Fire Department. Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com

 


Chester Harvey Daugherty

May 27, 2020 |

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

Chester Harvey Daugherty, Sr., age 80, of Lincoln Borough, died May 25, 2020, at Meadowcrest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Bethel Park. Born February 4, 1940, in Circleville, PA, he was the son of the late Harvey William and Katherine (Humphries) Daugherty and the former husband of Nancy (Dornin) Daugherty of Smithton, PA.

 
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Robert A. "Rocker" Rybacki

May 27, 2020 |

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

Robert A. "Rocker" Rybacki,  48, of Greenock, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020. He was born August 9, 1971 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Stanley Robert and Barbara (Barella) Rybacki. Bob was proprietor of Rybacki Heating and Cooling and was a classic car enthusiast. He also was a singer in local bands over  the years.

 
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Alice M. Yuhas

May 27, 2020 |

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

Alice M. Yuhas, 89, of White Oak, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at home. She was born July 30, 1930 in Duquesne and was the daughter of the late Joseph B. and Sophia (Balint) Sabolcik. She was the wife of the late John J. Yuhas who passed away November 4, 2014. Alice was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in White Oak since 1965. She was a secretary for US Steel District 19 and the former Rainbow Gardens Amusement Park in White Oak. She loved sewing, cooking, baking and crafting.

 
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Margaret Jane Lancaster

May 27, 2020 |

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

Margaret Jane Lancaster, 76, of McKeesport, passed away in the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. She was born March 27, 1944 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Albert Lancaster and Bertha (Derr)  Lancaster Thomas. She was a member of Kephart United Methodist Church in McKeesport and had worked for the former G.C. Murphy Co. Warehouse in Christy Park and the former Isaly's in Southland and White Oak. It was not unusual for Margaret to call with prayer requests. She loved to spend time on the phone, praying with her prayer partners. Margaret had her own card ministry.

 
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James A. Luft Jr.

May 27, 2020 |

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

James A. Luft Jr., 59, of Herminie, lost his battle to cancer on May 26, 2020.  He passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born March 21, 1961 in Greensburg, son of the late James and Dolores (Cook) Luft.  Jim was a graduate of Yough Senior High School Class of 1979 and was the owner operator of Luft's Auto & Truck Repairs.  Jim enjoyed motocross, fishing and his dogs, Shelby and Nova; and cats Sophie and Sneezy.  He is survived by his wife, Karen (Thompson) Luft; sons, Tyler and Travis Luft; daughter, Alexis Gasparro and her husband, Chad; brothers, Tim and Mark Luft; sisters, Cheryl (David) George and Lisa Ross.  Visitation and service are private.  Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Arrangements were made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Roberta M. Davis

May 27, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Roberta M. Davis, 84 of McKeesport died May 25, 2020.  She went to college in E. Providence, RI at Zion Bible Institute.  Upon completion, she worked at a church in Portsmouth NH.  In 1960 her marriage to George Hockhousen led them to Springfield MO where she was employed at the Assembly of God Headquarters.  Later they moved to E. Providence, RI and were employed at Zion Bible Institute where she taught various subjects.  In 1985 Roberta moved into the elementry education level of ministry, teaching Kindergarten and first grade.  When her husband of 35 years died the Lord sent another Christian friend along, they were married Nov. 1995.  In addition to her teaching ministry she was an ordained minister and co pastored several churches with her husband.  She was saved at an early age and has dedicated her life to the Lord's work.  After her divorce in 2004, Roberta lived with her daughter, Deborah in Boca Raton FL for 8 years.  Roberta moved home to McKeesport in 2012 to be near her siblings.  She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (John) Mireles and son George (Pam) Hockhousen; grandchildren Michael, Stephen and Matthew Wilson, Sarah Downs and Rachel Jones; great grandchildren Ellie Downs and Maddie Wilson; sisters Pam Jones, Ardele Lockwood and Esther Stevenson and brothers David and Don Castor.  Roberta was a member of Glassport Assembly of God Church and was a girl scout leader and a den mother for the Boy Scouts.  A celebration of her life will be held at Glassport Assembly of God Church on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

 


Doris J. Tarli

May 27, 2020 |

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

Doris J. Tarli, age 86, of Lake Alfred, FL, died May 23, 2020 at home. Born November 20, 1933, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Franklin and Florence (Walters) Gallagher.

 
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Jane (Gilmore) Keller

May 26, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Jane (Gilmore) Keller passed peacefully on Thursday, May 21, 2020 with her family by her side.

Jane was a retired real estate agent, married the love of her life (Harry Keller) during WWII and that love story lasted nearly 75 years, but most of all she was a caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. Jane was also preceded in passing by her sons;  Richard, Gary and Dean Keller. She was the beloved grandmother to Deborah Keller Maxson (Tom), Melissa Keller Ragan (Dave), Holly Keller Moul (Darren), Heather Keller-Garrett (Don), and Gary Keller; adored by her great-grandchildren D. J. and Reese Garrett, Gavin and Averie Moul;  Mother in law of Helen Keller. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews all who love her.

 
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Robert Carl Blake

May 26, 2020 |

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

Robert Carl Blake, 36, of Pittsburgh, formerly of North Versailles Twp. and McKeesport, died May 24, 2020. He was the beloved son of Jonathan “Jeb” (Susan Kolesar) Blake and the late Lynn R. Anderson. Great Grandson of Leona Anderson and the late Carl Anderson. Father of Cody & Brittney. Step-brother of Scott. Robert enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, swimming, diving, and animals. He was very adventurous.

 
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Jacob A. Plake

May 23, 2020 |

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

Jacob A. Plake, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of West Mifflin, PA died Monday, May 18, 2020.  He was born on December 26, 1962 in West Mifflin and was a former member and a dependable altar server at Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin.  He attended Duquesne Catholic Grade School, West Mifflin High School and the Pennsylvania State University.  He received a B.S. in Accounting and worked as an accountant his entire business career.

 
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Mark A. Chalfant

May 23, 2020 |

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

Mark A. Chalfant, age 63 of Greenock, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born January 19, 1957 in McKeesport, he is the son of Norma (Harcleroad) Chalfant of Jefferson Hills and the late Wilbur Chalfant.  A worker for the shipping department at Kennametal's Irwin site, besides his mother, Mark is survived by his wife of 38 years Dianne (Kukulka) Chalfant; his sister Cindy (John) Villella of Eighty-Four, PA; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

 
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Norma Jean Milice

May 23, 2020 |

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

Norma Jean Milice, age 83 of Liberty Borough, passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 23, 2020.   Born July 17, 1936 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late William and Agnes (Reitz) Miller.  Norma Jean is survived by her husband Samuel V. Milice; her children Samuel Anthony (Christine) Milice, Cheryl (David) Dujmic, and Debbie (Greg) Swank; her grandchildren Nicole (Michael) Hetrick, Shaun (Alecia) Johnston and Samuel (Jennifer) Johnston, Alexi (Brandon) Darr, and Chelsi and Aubri Swank; her great-grandchildren Samantha Hetrick and Micah Hetrick; her brother Ralph Miller; her sister Katherine Skripkar; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Vuchetich.

 
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Chief Richard S. “Lefty” Adams

May 22, 2020 |

By Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home | Posted in: Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home

Chief Richard S. “Lefty” Adams age 79, of Duquesne, on May 22, 2020 at UPMC McKeesport. Born on August 13, 1940, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Stephen & Josephine (Melkon) Adams.  He was a Duquesne Police officer for 51 years serving as a Patrolman, Detective, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, founding member of the City’s K-9 Unit and retiring as the Chief of Police in 2016.  He was a lifetime member of F.O.P. Lodge #91, an avid softball player, started the Holy Name softball team in the mid 1980’s, loved to dance and watch his grandchildren participate in sports and his house and pool were always open to friends and neighbors. He was the husband of the late Judiann “Judy” (Harris) Adams.  He is survived by children Stephen (Rhonda) Adams of Scott Twp., Richard Scott (Vicky) Adams of Duquesne, Bethany Adams of West Mifflin, and Candice (Rick) Manspeaker of West Mifflin; grandchildren Amelia Adams, Abigail Adams, Ashton Adams, Aaron Adams, Autumn Adams, Avi Adams, Trey & Trent Manspeaker; sister Gloria Adams-Garbart (late Glenn) of South Fayette. 

 
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