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Michael Paul Ballas

September 22, 2021 |

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

Michael Paul Ballas, age 84, of North Huntington, PA, passed away on September 21st, 2021 after a series of recent strokes and a courageous battle with cancer over the last 15 years. Michael was the beloved husband of Norma Lee Ballas for 58 years and loving father of Michael R. Ballas of Delaware and Mark Ballas of Alpharetta, Georgia. Michael was also survived by his brother Jack and wife Rita, sister Mary Elizabeth McCutcheon, brother, Paul and wife Jean.

Michael is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous loving friends.

 
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LaVerne Olive Denney

September 21, 2021 |

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

LaVerne Olive Denney, age 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Port Vue, died on Monday, September 6, 2021. She was born in Pittsburgh on August 16, 1928 and is the daughter of the late John and Olive Taylor Newman. She is the wife of the late Albert Denney, who died on November 22, 2009. She was a secretary for many years in the Pittsburgh area.

 
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Walter Thomas Meyers

September 21, 2021 |

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

Walter Thomas Meyers, 91, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at home. He was born June 12, 1930 and was the son of the late Amos Elmer and Gladys Cullingford Meyers.  He was the loving husband of 63 years to the late Peggy Ann (Lloyd) Meyers who passed away in 2016.  Walter graduated from Elizabeth High School as Valedictorian and obtained a degree in accounting from the College of Holy Cross. He was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. He was a U.S. Navy Commander who served in The Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired after 23 years of service.

 
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Mary Nicoludis

September 21, 2021 |

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

Mary Nicoludis, age 84, of White Oak, died September 19, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  Born June 15, 1937, in Kalavarda, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Emmanouel and Despina (Zervos) Maroulakis.

Mary was a hairstylist and owned a shop most of her career.  Later in life, she still enjoyed cutting and styling hair for friends.  As a long-time member of Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in White Oak, she cherished the friendships made over the years there, and they became a part of her family.

 
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James Joseph Walsh

September 21, 2021 |

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

James Joseph Walsh, age 89, of Port Vue, died, September 17, 2021, at home. Born September 17, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late James "Red" and Blanche (Wintermeyer) Walsh and the husband of Eleanor R. (Whitehead) Walsh for 65 years.
James retired from US Steel, Duquesne Works, where he was a steelworker. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean War. James was a member of the Port Vue American Legion Post #447. He loved all Pittsburgh sports, and in his early years, coached baseball for the American Legion teams.

 
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Darlene Kutzfar

September 20, 2021 |

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

Darlene Kutzfar, 73, of Glassport ,passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 26, 1947 in North Versailles and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Dorothy (Baker) Harding.  She was the wife of the late  Robert Stanley Kutzfar who passed away in 2005.  Darlene loved the Steelers and enjoyed cheering them on during games. She loved her family, everyone was always welcome in her home and everyone friends and family alike called her "Gram". She was a strong person and had a huge heart. She would do anything for anyone. She will be greatly missed.

 
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Charles E. Donnelly

September 20, 2021 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Charles Edward “Chuck” Donnelly, 64 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021, at home. He was born in McKeesport on November 12, 1956, to the late Robert and Rita Morally Donnelly. Chuck was the loving husband of many years to the late Debbie Furst Donnelly. He is survived by his sister Colleen (Ray) Hicks of West Mifflin and his brother Robert (Jackie) Donnelly Jr. of Clairton. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews as well as his great nieces and nephews. Further survivors include 9 sister-in-laws and 5 brother-in-laws. Chuck had a soft spot for animals, especially his dog Chelsea, by whom he was preceded in death. He was a former member of the Italian Club of Glassport, the WAC Club, and Club 46. He enjoyed watching Pittsburgh sports, his favorite team being the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A blessing service will be held at Round Hill Cemetery on Friday October 1st, 2021, at 12:00 pm, to be followed by interment. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Eleanor M. Buck

September 20, 2021 |

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

Eleanor M. Buck, 88, of Munhall, formerly of West Mifflin, PA passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Monday, September 13, 2021.  She was born June 22, 1933 in Duquesne and was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Hudak) Stuno. Eleanor was the wife of the late Paul M. Buck.  She was the co-owner of the former White Oak Florist and also worked at the former Kopriver Florist in Duquesne. Eleanor served as past Secretary of the local Teleflora organization. She leaves a legacy of supreme cookie baker and was known to carry cookies to most every event or visit she attended.

 
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Joanne M. Ruby

September 20, 2021 |

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

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, Joanne Marie Ruby early Saturday morning, September 18th, 2021 at her home with our father, her partner and caregiver of 60 years by her side.  Joanne was born in McKeesport on January 27, 1938 to the late John and Ann (Bock) Dobos.  She started her career in retail while still attending high school, working for G.C. Murphy Co, Toyco, and finally JCPenney’s where she was a loyal employee for 36 years, retiring in 2012.  The most important thing to our mother was family. She was our rock and inspiration. She was there for all of us through the good and bad, for every one of our life’s “firsts” and wasn’t afraid to put us in our place when need be. She is survived by our father, Ronald L. Ruby of McKeesport; her children John  (Theresa) Ruby of Mt. Pleasant, Beth (Christopher) Straka of Latrobe, and Amy (Tony) Cunningham of Lincoln Place; her nine grandchildren who were the light of her life and will miss her deeply: Johnathan Ruby, Kayla Ruby, Ethan Ruby, Erika Rose Kellerman, whom she cherished like a daughter, Nikolas Kellerman (Kaitlyn Swiger), Megan Joanne Kellerman, Ryan Cunningham; and Shannon Cunningham; her special CUJO wiener dog Tucker; and her sister Marian Storch of Monroeville. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.  “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” 

 
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Robert Thomas

September 20, 2021 |

By Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home | Posted in: Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home

Robert "Bob" Ralph Thomas, 91, formerly of Duquesne, passed away at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.  He was the son of the late Ronald and Edith (Lucas) Thomas of Duquesne.  Bob is survived by his brothers Kenneth of Leechburg and Glenn of Canandaigua, NY; cousin James (Ruby) Thomas of Virginia.  Known as Uncle Bob to his nieces and nephews:  Mary (Ron) Urbaniak, Ronald G. (Debbie) Thomas, Arthur (Amanda) Thomas, Matthew (Laura) Thomas, Mary Edith (Eron) Lyons; great nieces and nephews Eric and Leah Urbaniak, Christine, Ronald H. and Mitchell (Breanna) Thomas, Amber Thomas, Michael and Brennan Thomas, Lucas and Liam Lyons; great great niece Madilyn Thomas.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ronald A. Thomas, Sister-in-Law Madge Thomas and Emma Thomas and lifelong companion Phyllis Rothermal.  Bob was a retired Weigh Master for US Steel Bar Mill in Duquesne, and past President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Duquesne.  Bob was a gourmet cook, who enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and walking daily.  A frequent traveler, Bob has traveled all over the world and the United States.  He enjoyed hiking in many of those places includng the Rocky Mountains and the Alps of Europe.  A funeral service will be held Wed. at 11:00 am at Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.  Interment following Southside Cemetery.

 


Deborah M. "Debbie" Filson

September 19, 2021 |

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

Deborah M. "Debbie"  Filson, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away, Saturday, September 18, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born March 13, 1957 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John F. Trepanowski and Betty (Kovalyak) Trepanowski of  White Oak.  She was the wife of the late Dennis J. Filson, Sr., who passed away November 10, 2017.   Debbie was a staff member of the UPMC McKeesport Cancer Center, and would later work at Home Depot for a short time.  Debbie was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at their Corpus Christi Worship Site.  She was a proud member of The Click Clack Club. Debbie also was a surrogate mother to Truck Company Marines.

 
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Paula Jean Pope

September 19, 2021 |

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

Paula Jean Pope, 61, of Hempfield Township, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born August 20, 1960 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John F. Trepanowski and Betty (Kovalyak) Trepanowski of White Oak. She worked numerous jobs throughout her life, but most recently worked as an office manager at Hydro Technical Services in Elizabeth. She was a huge supporter of our veterans and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary at The Port Vue American Legion Post 447. She was also a member of The West Hempfield American Legion Post 53 and The Wendel-Herminie Athletic Association. She loved camping, campfires and poker machines. Paula also loved spending time with her relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed.

 
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Matthew L. "Bones" Haramia

September 18, 2021 |

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

Matthew L. "Bones" Haramia, age 85 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born July 12, 1936 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Matthew "Mike" and Gwen (Williams) Haramia.  A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, Matthew retired as an electrician with US Steel - Clairton Works.  He will be remembered as a true do-it-yourself-er who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

 
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Gary L. Orsini

September 18, 2021 |

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

Gary L. Orsini, age 74, of Sutersville, died Thursday, September 16, 2021. He is the son of the late Albino Sr. and Yolanda Fontanesi Orsini. He was employed at Murphy’s Warehouse, Westinghouse Airbrake and finally retired from Ross’s Shop N Save in Olympia Shopping Center. He was a graduate of Hermine/Sewickley High School in 1966. He is a huge Steeler fan, loved golfing and enjoyed walking on the Yough Trail, and having coffee every morning at Junebug’s Restaurant in Sutersville.

 
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John A. Criscuolo

September 17, 2021 |

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

John A. Criscuolo, age 79, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born in Hells Kitchen of Manhattan, NY. He was the son of the late Neil and Francis (Yurjevsic) Criscuolo and the husband of Sandra (Heath) Criscuolo for 54 years.
John retired from Roadway Express, where he was a truck driver. He started his career with Farkas Trucking and continued to drive for over 60 years. One of his proudest moments was being part of a 100 truck convoy delivering fuel to New Orleans for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. John was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and attended St. Patrick Church of Christy Park. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and received an award from the Bishop for his service. Above all, John found joy in spending time with his grandchildren.

 
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