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Antoinette J. "Toni" Graham

February 06, 2017 |

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

Antoinette J. "Toni" Graham, 69, of White Oak, died Wednesday February 1, 2017. She was born October 2, 1947 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Blanche Krum Messina. Toni worked for the McKeesport Area School District. Toni was an unbelievably generous women who has possibly touched the lives of everyone she met. The world has lost a wonderful soul.

 
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Donna L. Recker

February 06, 2017 |

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

Donna L. Recker, age 87 of McKeesport, died Sunday, February 5, 2017.

 
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Ada M. DiMattia

February 06, 2017 |

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

Ada M. DiMattia, age 101 of Clairton, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  Born October 16, 1915 in Vallecupa, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Fioravanti and Ida (Santilli) Ginestra.

 
 
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Andrew Walter McGee

February 04, 2017 |

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

Andrew Walter McGee, 28, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017. He was born October 2, 1988 in Pittsburgh and was the son of Walter E. (Deb) McGee III of McKeesport and Desiree Lynn (Joe) Swartz of McKeesport. Andrew had a tattoo of William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus" and lead his life by the phrase " I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. " In addition to his parents, Andrew is survived by sisters, Cherri (Robert Ferarri) and Brandi Halfhill of McKeesport, grandparents, Charles and Kathleen Swartz of McKeesport, great-grandfather, Francis Casey, aunts, Kimberly (Ken) Zera, and Karen (Regis) Bryer, uncle, Charles Swartz, niece, Lyric Washington, special cousin, Gara-Ann Hosier, special friend, Chelsea Cnice, as well as other family and friends.

 
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Patricia Ann (Pawlowski) Mihaljevic

February 04, 2017 |

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

Patricia Ann (Pawlowski) Mihaljevic, 79, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, February 2, 2017, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.  Born August 14, 1937, in Braddock, she was the daughter of the Late Joseph A. and Ann M. (Gelumbus) Pawlowski.  Mrs. Mihaljevic was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, It's Confraternity of Christian Mothers, A volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and was a former secretary for the former Duquesne Works, U.S. Steel Corporation. Beloved wife of the Late Rudolph R. "Rudy" Mihaljevic, she is survived by two sons, Ronald J. (Susan E.) Mihaljevic of McDonald and Michael (Julie L.) Mihaljevic of Lancaster, a brother, Robert Pawlowski of Munhall, three sisters, Janet Bucko of Connecticut, Judy Capra of Upper St. Clair, and Vivian Mazzaresa of West Mifflin, and six grandchildren, Brooke, Emily, Tyler, Taylor, Megan and Joshua.

 
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Frances (Scalise) Drago

February 04, 2017 |

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

Frances (Scalise) Drago, 95, of Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. formerly of Duquesne, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 in UPMC Passavant, McCandless Twp.  Born November 17, 1921 in Bella Nicastro, Italy. She was the daughter of the Late Antonio and Caterina (Godino) Scalise. Mrs. Drago was a member of Christ, The Light Of The World Parish, Duquesne.  Beloved wife of the late Charles S. Drago, she is survived by a son, Charles (Monica) Drago of Hampton Twp., a daughter, Jane (Jack) Shelley, of Cranberry Twp., a brother  Anthony Scalise of West Mifflin, and six grandchildren, Brian Shelley, Jason (Amber) Shelley, Jared (Lana) Shelley, Jocelyn Fesko, Marissa Drago and Nickolas Drago, three step grandchildren, Emma, Nell, and Wesley Weidenhamer, and three great grandchildren, Brynn and Addison Shelley and Nolan Drago.

 
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Charles R. Jobe

February 03, 2017 |

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

Charles R. Jobe, 79, of Port Vue, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Born April 15, 1937, in North Braddock, he was a son of the late Peter C. and Velma Christy Jobe and husband of the late Cecilia Anna Sharf Jobe. He served in the Marine Corps and was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Barber School. He retired from US Steel as a Quencher Pump Tender after 35 years of service, was a member of St. Mark Parish, an active member of SOAR and Port Vue Senior Citizens, square-danced with the Franklin Squares and really enjoyed swing dancing. He is survived by his daughters, Charmaine Ann (Don) Greco, of Beaver Falls, and Shelley Meyers, of Pleasant Hills; and grandchildren, Donnie, Marcus, Cara Marie and Cecilia. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at STRIFFLER'S OF WHITE OAK CREMATION & MORTUARY SERVICES INC., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor, 412-678-6177. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at St. Mark Parish, Port Vue, with Father Daniel Straughn officiating. Burial will follow. Condolences may be made at www.strifflerfuneralhomes.com

 
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David L. "Dave" Meyers

February 03, 2017 |

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

David L. "Dave" Meyers, 85, of Elizabeth Township, died Thursday February 2, 2017. He was born September 8, 1931 in Glendale, CA, and was the son of the late Nevin Donald Meyers and Madalin "Hope" Johnson Meyers Flood. Dave was a retired Systems Technician and worked for Bell of Pennsylvania and AT&T. He was a member of the Bell Pioneers, the Elizabeth Township Ex Serviceman's Association and White Oak American Legion Post 701. He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

 
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John "Boots" Gwosden

February 03, 2017 |

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

John “Boots” Gwosden, age 95, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017. Loving and attentive son of the late Steven and Mildred Gwosden (Obradovich) and the stepson of the late Joseph Obradovich. Born and raised in McKeesport, he was married for 72 years to Lillian Rezzarday Gwosden. Much loved father of Sandie McLaughlin and her husband Dr. Frank McLaughlin and the late Randy Gwosden and his wife Rebecca Banyasz Gwosden. He was the grandfather of Kelly Headrick (Adam), Daniel McLaughlin (Amy), Kerry Pringle (Michael), Brianna Shanty (Matthew), Brett Gwosden, and Matthew Bacco (Danielle). Great-grandfather “Bubba” to Bailey, Riley, Bryce and Macie McLaughlin, Kylie Pringle and Carson Bacco. He was an uncle to many nieces and nephews. Boots was the youngest surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters many who lived into their 90’s. As a young man, he was quite a good dancer. He was the tall, dark and handsome guy “lighting” up the dance floor at many local clubs including the Palisades in McKeesport where he met his wife, Lillian. The jitterbug was his specialty. In the 40’s he played in the Pirate minor league organization as a second-baseman. He won the 1944 Pony League swat title playing for the Hornell Pirates with a .3383 average and was featured in the Louisville Slugger Yearbook. He was also featured in an article written by sportswriter, John Steadman for the Baltimore Sun Newspaper. Steadman related that Gwosden had all the qualities you look for in a prospect. He made all the plays, had excellent range, had a contagious spirit for the game and was a line drive hitter with power especially to right field. He was three years older than another second baseman that season, Nelson Fox, who was to play 19 years in the majors but at that point in their development, Steadman said that Gwosden was far superior! At seasons end, he was drafted into the Army. After that, he had an impressive start in the Eastern League in Albany but went home when the club refused to make payment on a bonus that had been promised in spring training. He quit, and walked out of baseball. He told Steadman that the bonus was just what he and his new wife needed to pay off their mortgage. Boots went on to work for the J & L Steel Company, Kelsey Hayes Wheel Company, National Tube Steel, and Equitable Insurance Company. He and his wife Lillian spent the last 45 years as owner/operators of the Traveler’s Rest Motel in Fayette County. Boots was talented as a sports figure playing, managing and mentoring McKeesport baseball teams, winning many league championships. He also showed expertise in all aspects of homebuilding and mechanics. His family depended on him to help cut trees, use his tractor to dig water lines or footers, and to be their plumber, electrician, carpenter and mechanic. He was so eager to lend a hand to family, friends or anyone he felt needed his help. He was strong and kind and was definitely the Rock of the family. We all learned so much from him and depended on his support. We will pull his determined spirit into our hearts and will cherish all these years that the Lord gave him to us. Many thanks to his loving caregivers at The Grove in Irwin. Services will be private and are entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com

 


Lena Margaret Martin

February 03, 2017 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Lena Margaret Martin, 65, of McKeesport, formerly of West Elizabeth, passed away on Friday February 3, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport. She was born July 27, 1951 to the late James Howard and Sarah “Betty” Russel Everett. Lena was the wife of the late Paul Martin Sr., who passed away in 2010. Lena is survived by her close and loving friend Betty Provance. She is also survived by son, Regis (Kristy D.) Martin of Avon IN; granddaughters, Paige & Sophia Martin both of Avon, IN; brothers, James (Peggy) Everett of New London, CT, Markle (Irene) Everett of Palmyra, NJ, Thomas (Michelle) Everett of Turtle Creek; sisters, Ruth Ann (Harry) Brownfield of Finleyville and Janet Cogar of Matthews, NC. Along with her parents and husband, Lena was preceded in death by son, Paul F. Martin Jr. who passed in 1980; brothers, Jack, Rick & Paul Everett and sister, Betty Weight. She enjoyed taking on the task of solving puzzles, spending time with her loving family, opening her door to family and/or friends in their times of need. Family and friends will be received from 12 – 4 pm on Sunday February 5, 2017, at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Service will take place at the funeral home on Monday February 6, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by interment at Round Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Katherine "Kay" Sas Valerio

February 03, 2017 |

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

Katherine “Kay” Sas Valerio, age 95 of Elizabeth Twp., died Thursday, February 2, 2017.

 
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Mary Ellen Cowles

February 03, 2017 |

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

Mary Ellen Cowles, 95, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017.

 
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Walter Leon Thomas, Jr.

February 03, 2017 |

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

Walter Leon Thomas, Jr. was born on October 12, 1939 to Sallie Sills Thomas and Walter Leon Thomas in Braddock, PA. “Loss” as he was affectionately called, was reared in Whitaker, PA and attended West Mifflin Public Schools.

 
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Willa Elizabeth Kovacs

February 02, 2017 |

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

Willa Elizabeth Kovacs, 90, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday January 31, 2017 at home. She was born January 31, 1927 in Boston and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Gerschaut Jacklitch. She was the wife of the late Stephen Kovacs who died May 27, 2010. They were married for 65 years. Willa was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church. She is survived by her sons, Allan (Nancy) Kovacs of Elizabeth Township and Steve (Jan) Kovacs of Canfield , OH, daughters, Nancy (Will) Lacey of Elizabeth Township and Betsy (Chris) Burd of Greenock, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 
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Mildred "Millie" Kasko

February 02, 2017 |

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

Mildred "Millie" Kasko, 88, of West Mifflin, passed away on Sunday January 29, 2017 at home. She was born December 6, 1928 in Munhall and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Panaiia Prologo. She was the wife of the late George Oliver Kasko who died September 6, 2004. Mother of Claire (Barry A.) Bryce of Elizabeth Township and Sandra Kasko of West Mifflin. Grandmother "MiMi" of Robyn Leigh Bryce of Prescott, AZ, and sister of Jane Majernik of Hilton Head, SC, formerly of Munhall, and dear friend and companion of James Sherts.

 
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