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William "Bill" R. Shedolske

August 04, 2017 |

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

William R. "Bill" Shedolske, age 89 of Port Vue, died August 2, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport. Born August 15, 1927 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Helen (Jordan) Shedolske, and loving husband of the late Barbara (Dranko) Shedolske.

 
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Amy L. Schink

August 03, 2017 |

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

AMY L. SCHINK, 100, of Duquesne, died Aug. 3, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Charles and Clara (Burnett) Kettler and wife of the late Paul Schink.  Amy is survived by her sons Paul "Gary" (Joan) Schink of West Mifflin and Theron "Sandy" (Betty) Schink of Duquesne and daughter Gretchen Varelli of Manchester, NJ; also 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.  She was a former member of the First Methodist Church in Duquesne.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funral Home, Duquesne.

 


Robert L. Karsnak Sr.

August 03, 2017 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

ROBERT L. KARSNAK, SR., 85, of Glassport, died Aug. 2, 2017.  He is the son of the late George and Anna Karsnak and beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Kruzek) Karsnak.  He is survived by his son Robert L. Karsnak, Jr. and Leann Karsnak both of Glassport and sister Johanna Karsnak of TX.  He was preceded in death by his brother George Karsnak, Jr.  Robert is retired from US Steel; a member of Queen of the Rosary and served in the US Army.  Bob was a former member of the Christian Men's Organization and was a former cantor for St. Cecilia's Church. Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Fri. 2-4 and 6-8.  A funeral mass will be held Sat. 10:30 am at Queen of the Rosary Parish with Rev. Miroslaus Wojcicki.  Interment following Calvary Cemetery.

 


Erleen Taylor Gooden

August 03, 2017 |

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

Erleen Taylor Gooden, 88, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

 
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Frances J. Opfar

August 03, 2017 |

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

Frances J. Opfar, age 70, of Forward Twp., passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at home. Born October 27, 1946 in Johnstown, she was a daughter of the late Wilbert and Dorothy (Bradburn) Opfar. She is survived by her nephew, Mick Opfar of Monongahela; cousins, Deborah (Ed) Freyer with whom she resided, Nancy Sleith of Elizabeth, Joanna Richardson of Jefferson Hills, Roxanne Robinson of Clairton, Don Viviano of the state of Indiana, and Torry Viviano of West Mifflin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by stepmother, Leona Opfar; brother, Frank D. Opfar; sister-in-law, Dolores Spinneweber; and nephew, Ricky Opfar. The family would like to thank offer a special thank you to Mary Grace Renoylds and Three Rivers Hospice for the wonderful care and support. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 4 until the time of service at 8 PM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dr. Lowell J. Meek officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Vera Agnes Harr

August 02, 2017 |

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

Vera Agnes Harr, 89, of Port Vue, died Tuesday, August  1, 2017. She was born December 25, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen Miller Como. She was the wife of the late Walter Lewis Harr who died July 1, 2017. Vera was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and had worked for the former Peters Packing Co. She is survived by her sons, Gerald (Rita) Pellecchia of North Huntingdon and Richard Pellecchia of McKeesport, daughters, Debra (Richard) Medina of McKeesport, Karen L. (Robert) Campbell and Ginger L. (Kevin) Ulmer of Elizabeth Township, and Kit M. Wygonik of Trafford, sister, Genevieve  "Dolly" Como of McKeesport, daughter-in-law, Susan Pellecchia  of East McKeesport, sister-in-law, Barbara Harr of McKesport, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 
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William E. Kruczek, Jr.

August 02, 2017 |

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

William E. Kruczek, Jr., age 74 of Versailles, died August 1, 2017 at the Village at Pennwood. Born May 7, 1943 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William E. and Nellie (Palko) Kruczek, and loving husband of Kathleen (Edgar) Kruczek. William was a dedicated Versailles Borough police officer for 47 years, having been the Police Chief for 37 years. While serving on the force, he also worked as a salesman for Ungar Hardware and served the Versailles Borough community as part of the volunteer fire company. Most recently, he was an active member of the Versailles Borough Council. In his free time, he worked as a self-employed heating, plumbing and electrical contractor. William was truly a "jack of all trades" and was always there to help a friend or neighbor in need. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Wendy Grbach of North Versailles, William E. (Emma) Kruczek, III of Liberty Borough, and James Kruczek of Versailles; granddaughters, Ashley (Michael) Dennison of Port Vue and Jessica (Thomas) Pollack of Monroeville; siblings, Valerie Kruczek of White Oak, Pearl Perkowski of California, Raymond Kruczek of White Oak, and Stanley Kruczek of White Oak; nephew, Michael Scott and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and cousins. Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8p.m. A Blessing Service will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Father Kevin Dominik will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Polish Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com

 


Leroy Earnest Neyman

August 02, 2017 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Leroy Earnest Neyman, 85, of Dravosburg passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport.  He was born May 13, 1932 in New Castle to the late Floyd and Ann Lenhart Neyman.  Leroy is survived by his loving wife Carol F. Dalton Neyman; sons, Wayne (Twila) Neyman of Dravosburg, Leroy (Claudette) Neyman of Elizabeth; daughters, Carolee (James) Burns of White Oak, Lori (Jace) Younge of Elizabeth; son-in-law, Dale McCall of McKeesport; brothers, Raymond (Dana) Neyman of Lancaster, Floyd Neyman of Greenwod, SC; sisters, Clarissa Ord and Lana (Ron) Urbansky both of Dravosburg; eleven grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen McCall, sister Delores McKelvey and brother Bobby Neyman.  Leroy was a 1951 graduate of McKeesport High School, served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, was a member of American Legion Post 380 in Dravosburg, served as President of the Dravosburg Boys Club for 30 years, was a shortstop for the New York Giants, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his cabin in the mountains.  Family and friends will be received on Friday August 4, 2017 from 2 – 8:30 pm at I. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th Street, Dravosburg,  PA   15034. A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00 am.  Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 

 


E. Eileen Williams

August 02, 2017 |

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

E. Eileen Williams, age 76 of White Oak, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  She was born in Harrisburg on March 13, 1941, the daughter of the late Edwin and Esther Maher Williams.  She was employed as an Executive Secretary at Kop-Coat Inc. until she retired.  She is survived by sisters, Patricia Eversole of Murrysville; Edwina (Michael) Kelley of Chesterfield, Missouri; nieces, Carol; Caitlin; Meghan; and nephews, Michael; Scott; Kevin; Mark; and Matthew.

 
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Tina M. Bazzone

August 02, 2017 |

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

Tina M. Bazzone, age 61 of McKeesport, died July 31, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport.  Born November 20, 1955 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Donna M. (Mackey) Mouring and wife of the late Thomas Bazzone.

 
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Kenneth R. Brown, Sr.

August 01, 2017 |

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

Kenneth R. Brown, Sr., age 68 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon. Kenneth was born in Cumberland, MD on February 12, 1949 to Gladys (Kellie) Brown of McKeesport and the late David Chester Brown.

 
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Dorothy J. "Holly" Serafin

August 01, 2017 |

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

Dorothy J. “Holly” Serafin, age 92 of White Oak, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  She was born in Cavittsville on August 7, 1924, the daughter of the late Chalmers and Rebecca George Holliday and the wife of the late Theodore “Whitey” Serafin.  

 
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Bernard S. Daczkowski

July 31, 2017 |

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

Bernard S. Daczkowski, age 86 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 in Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth.  Born January 2, 1931 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Stanley and Lottie (Matykiewicz) Daczkowski. 

 
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William F. Griffin

July 31, 2017 |

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

William F. Griffin, age 83, of Forward Twp., passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Jefferson Hospital. He retired after 42 years as a financial advisor/accountant and co-owner of Griffin Financial Services in Millvale. He was a member of the National Society of Tax Professionals and HD Vest Brokerage, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo.

 
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Sylvia E. (Schmidt) Potopenko

July 31, 2017 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Sylvia E. (Schmidt) Potopenko, 82, of Munhall, died peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at her daughter's home. Born July 6, 1935, in Munhall, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Ethel (Thompson) Schmidt. A retired telephone operator for AT&T and Bell Telephone, Mrs. Potopenko was a member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church of Homestead. Beloved wife of the late Paul P. Potopenko. She is survived by a daughter, Pamella (Regie) Solomon of Whitaker; a son, Paul (Vicky) Potopenko of Munhall; a brother, David Schmidt; a sister, Marjorie (Carl) Bechtol; brother in law, John Cafaro; five grandchildren, Paul (Andie), Justin, and Katey Potopenko, Seth Solomon, and Bradley (Nikki) Kester; two great grandchildren, Brody and Braxton Kester; and nieces and nephews.

 
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