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Paul T. Hrezo

January 12, 2022 |

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

Paul T. Hrezo, age 80, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of Clairton, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired maintenance person for Philotechnics. An Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a member of St. John 23rd Parish in Elrama and American Legion Post 75 in Clairton. Born May 16, 1941 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John M. and Pauline (Dzubay) Hrezo and husband of the late Rinelda “Suzie” (Sopko) Hrezo and Carol A. (Stout) Hrezo. He is survived by his son, Brian (Kathy) Hrezo of Warner Robins, GA; daughter, Kim (Jay) Ludwig of Clairton; grandchildren, Brandon and Molly Hrezo, Joshua, Jori and Kristofer Ludwig, and Tyler and Scott Herchelroath; great-grandchildren, Lillanna, Madelynn, Owen, Kinsley and Jaxx Herchelroath; his late Suzie's children, Toy Kildow of Elizabeth, Susann (Angelo) Donofrio of Long Island, NY, Alexa Siemon of Elizabeth Twp., Joseph (Helene) Sopko of Level Green, and their children; also, nieces and nephews.

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Sharon L. Truxal

January 12, 2022 |

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

Sharon L. Truxal, 71 of N. Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at her home. She was born February 3, 1950 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Earl and Margaret (Rubash) Morrison. Sharon gave meaning to, home is where the heart is. She loved music, turn on a good Oldie and she could be found showing you how to do the jitterbug. She made a family that was so full of love surrounded by her grandkids and great grandkids who she full heartedly adored.

Sharon loved the Holidays which were followed by her decorating her house, cooking lots of food, and gathering all of her family to spend quality time together. She was a giver, she made sure nobody felt left out not even her canine pup Scooby. She loved summer time, going to the beach or relaxing at home swimming and tending to her flowers and watching the birds eat out of their feeders. Sharon was a woman of many trades. She loved to sit around and tell stories with her brothers and sister or go on bingo outings and try her luck, although for her it was all about the time being spent together.

Sharon loved life, she loved making friends at the campground and throwing huge block parties for people to get to know one another. She loved to decorate her trailer and golf cart and dress her grandkids up and dance and party all night long. As wild and free as Sharon was she was also very homely, there was no place like grandma’s house. She was a wise intelligent woman who anyone could sit and talk with for hours or pull up a seat to a good movie she would suggest.

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Daniel A. Cochran, Sr.

January 12, 2022 |

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

Daniel A. Cochran, Sr., age 101 of Clairton, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.  Born October 18, 1920 in Clairton, he was a son of the late George D. and Helen (Allen) Cochran. 

A retired stationary engineer at US Steel - Clairton Works, Daniel was a US Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, a member of the former First United Methodist Church of Clairton, and a former member of both the Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge of Dravosburg and the VFW Post #803 in Wilson.  Daniel is survived by his wife Geraldine (Brown) Alderson Cochran; his son Daniel A. (Barbara) Cochran, Jr. of Upper St. Clair; his grandsons Robert (Amy) Cochran and their children Dean and Noah and Kenneth (Arrissa) Cochran and their children Alexander and Hannah; his step-children William D. (Sharon) Alderson, Jr. of Midland, MI; Donna Jean (Joe) Bartolomeo of Cape Coral, FL, David G. (Danette) Alderson of Jefferson Hills, Janine (Gary) Larsen of Tennessee, and Jonette A. (Paul) Emsurak of Elizabeth; his brother George Cochran; his sister Naomi Weis; and many step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

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Ceferina Vega Torres

January 11, 2022 |

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

Ceferina (Vega) Torres, age 81, of Duquesne, passed away on January 9, 2022, at home. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on January 8, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Otilio and Maria Vega. She is survived by her son, Marco (Yuleisi Vargas) Torres of Duquesne and many other relatives. Services will be held in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where she will be buried in Camposanto de Cristo Resucitado. Local arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.


Barbara Granovitz

January 11, 2022 |

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

Barbara Granovitz, age 82 of White Oak, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital.  Born February 7, 1939 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Ann C. Bell.  A former registered nurse at both  Allegheny General Hospital and Western Psychiatric Hospital, Barbara also worked as a realtor for Coldwell Banker in Squirrel Hill.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Samuel M. Granovitz and her brothers Richard and Robin Bell.  Barbara is survived by her son Michael (Dina) Granovitz of Elizabeth Twp.; her grandchildren Grace, Gabriella, and Eden; and her brother Michael Bell of California. 

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Kenneth Harold Castor

January 11, 2022 |

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

Kenneth Harold Castor, age 74, of North Versailles, died on January 9, 2022. Born on March 22, 1947, in McKeesport to Frank and Ann (Hayduk) Castor.
He attended McKeesport High School and shortly after enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy. Ken enjoyed fishing and tending to his garden.
He is survived by his brother, Gary (Bonnie), and sister, Marcia; also nephews and a niece.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, George Castor; and infant son, Matthew.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Supervisor, Charles Danforth


John Robert Rudd

January 11, 2022 |

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

John Robert Rudd, 65, of White Oak, passed away unexpectedly, on Friday, January 7, 2022. He was born July 1, 1956 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John H. "Jack" Rudd, Jr. and Irene (Takacs) Rudd. John was a 1974 graduate of McKeesport High School and received his Bachelors degree from Duquesne University in 1979, where he majored in Political Science and Sociology. He attended Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, in White Oak. John had an excellent sales background. He owned and operated the USA Insurance Advisors Group, Inc., and was also once an independent contract pilot for Arnold Palmer. John was a 3rd degree Master Mason in the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. He was also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past-Master and Chairman of the Board of the Executive Board of Directors of The Duquesne-McKeesport Masonic Lodge #731, Grand Lodge Office of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Free and Accepted Masons and Knight Templar of Pittsburgh Commandery # 1. John also received the following awards, The Master Craftsman Award and The Order of DeMolay Award. While in the boy scouts, he received the Eagle Scout Award, The Order of the Arrow and The God and Country Award. He is survived by cousins, Richard, David, Sharon, Douglas, Drew and Denise, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends. Friends are welcome on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Masonic service will be held at 7:30 pm. Private Inurnment will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com


Teresa Rubero

January 10, 2022 |

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

Teresa Rubero, age 57, of McKeesport died on Friday, December 31, 2021.  She was born in McKeesport on July 22, 1964 and is the daughter of the late Carlos and Irene Lovas Rubero.  Her favorite past time was playing Bingo and spending time with her best little pal, Izzy Berner.

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Terry E. Wagner

January 10, 2022 |

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

Terry E. Wagner, age 78, of Buena Vista, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. He was a retired machinist and fireman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. A Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a lifetime member and former chief of the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company and a former member of the Mon-Yough Fire Defense Council. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Crescent City, FL and spent his winters in Daytona Beach, FL since 1999. He was an avid gardener, hunter, NASCAR, and Bluegrass music fan. He spent many summers on his mountain in Meyersdale hunting with his nephews, David and Josh. Born September 9, 1943 in Indiana, he was a son of the late Owen C. and Iva D. (Cessna) Wagner. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Wagner of Elizabeth Twp. and Lisa (James Letham) Wagner of Buena Vista; sister, Irene (John) Shaffer of Ebensburg; Jennifer and Lisa's mother, Karen Wagner of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Dwight, Milford and Wayne Wagner, and nephews, Darren and Tommy Wagner and Gregg "Buddy" Leipertz Jr. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 3-7 PM. A funeral service will take place on Thursday at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Friends are also invited to a Celebration of Life gathering - even if unable to attend the service - at the Buena Vista Fire Hall Thursday at 1 PM. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


Charles Zwingler III

January 10, 2022 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Charles Albert “Chuck” Zwingler III, 66 of West Mifflin, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital. He was born in McKeesport on July 1, 1955, to Lois (Cochran) and the late Charles A. Zwingler Jr. Chuck was the loving husband of 21 years to Luanne (McWilliams) Zwingler. He is survived by his mother Lois Zwingler of Clairton, wife Luanne of West Mifflin, sons Charles IV and John (Alexis) Zwingler of Jacksonville, Florida, stepson Matthew (Suzanne) Hickey of West Mifflin, and stepdaughter Amanda (Michael) Pippi of South Park. Further survivors include his sister Debbie (Ronald) Lieberum of Greenock, grandchildren Brynlie, Emmett, Violet, Nora, Isabella, and Liam, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephew, and his beloved dog Libby. Chuck was preceded in death by his father and grandchild Nico Pippi. He enjoyed playing golf, motorcycles, working on cars, singing in the Pine Run United Methodist Church’s choir, and building wooden furniture. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. A service will take place in the funeral home on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Pine Run United Methodist Church at 901 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. The family also requests that masks be worn during the visitation and service. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.


Jo Yvonne “Jody” Kolich

January 10, 2022 |

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

Jo Yvonne “Jody” Kolich, age 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at UPMC Mercy. She resided at Kane Community Living Center in McKeesport. She was born in McKeesport on June 12, 1955. She is now reunited in Heaven with her husband, Paul Daniel Kolich, parents Joseph and Edna Dreer Kampert, sister Faith Ann Kampert Pascoe.

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Daniel G. Wynn

January 10, 2022 |

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

Daniel G. Wynn, 93, died Friday, January 7, 2022, at Jefferson Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, in Jefferson Hills, PA. Born November 30, 1928, in McKeesport, PA, he was the son of the late Homer E. and Elizabeth Marie (McCartney) Wynn.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Barchie of Mt Juliet, TN, and over 23 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Edith Esther (Cipriani) Wynn, brothers John (Jack) G. Wynn of Hilton Head, SC, Francis Xavier Wynn of Pahrump, NV, James Miller Wynn of White Oak, PA and Charles Richard Wynn of West Hills, CA. He was a retired teacher from the Diocese of Pittsburgh Schools, held an extensive knowledge of American history, and was an avid reader.

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Jay M. Peters

January 10, 2022 |

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

Jay M. Peters, 63, of Bartlett, TN, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022.  He was born January 12, 1958 in Youngstown, OH, a son of Margaret (Biscoe) Peters and the late James Peters.  Jay was the director of brewing for Blue City Brewing with 35 plus years of service working in the brewery industry.  He was highly respected by his superiors and subordinates and he reached the pinnacle level of master brewing.  He was a member of St. Agnes Church.  Jay's greatest passion in life was his family and he had an infectious smile and a warm laugh and was the happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends.  He is survived by his wife, Jill (Dunn) Peters; son, Kristopher J. Peters and his wife, Mandy; Carly Bishop and her husband, Michael, Jayne Casteel and her husband, Trevor; sisters, Jimette (Al) Spinelli, Jill (Chuck) Seik, Jan (Dwight) Harley; grandchildren, Sydni, Rylee, Jacob, Charlotte Jay, Molly, Penny; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon, PA  15642.   A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Jay Peters Memorial Fund to benefit employees of Blue City Brewing.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com


Deborah Kay Rogers

January 10, 2022 |

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

Deborah Kay Rogers, age 67 of Tarentum, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 in UPMC Shadyside.  Born January 25, 1954 in Charleston, WV, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Georgia (Clark) Harper.  A graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County, Deborah was also preceded in death by her brothers Billy and Danny and grandson David.  She is survived by her husband Mark V. Rogers, Sr.; her children Daniel Harper of Portersville,  Dareen Harper of Millvale, Angel Harper, Alisha (Fred) Fricks of Liberty Borough, and Samantha (James) Frederick of Tarentum; her thirteen grandchildren; her ten great-grandchildren;  her siblings Rene Placosh, Linda Fisher, Cheryl Stewart, Sharon Harper, and Denzil Harper; and also dozens of nieces and nephews. 

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Patricia E. Cimba

January 09, 2022 |

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

Patricia E. Cimba, 63, of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 peacefully at her son's home in Elizabeth Township. She was born May 29, 1958 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Harry and Rosaline (Carter) Drye. She was the wife of the late Gerald Lee Cimba, Sr., who passed away October 17, 2020. Patricia had worked for the former Green Valley Cleaners.

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