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Dean James Campbell

August 03, 2020 |

By Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home | Posted in: Jefferson Memorial Cemetery Funeral Home

Dean Campbell, age 73, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Versailles Borough, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

Dean proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, serving in the United States Army. He was a long time member of the Grand Lodge of PA, F. & A.M. Post #375, a member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon Al-o-mon Forest Post #138, as well as, Scottish Rite in the Valley of Pittsburgh. Dean retired from Bombardier with over 30 years of service. Above all, he loved to travel and boat on the Yough Lake, where he was also a member of the Castaway Yacht Club. Dean will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.  

Dean is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Nadine (Paradise) Campbell. Brother of Gale (Jane Yelanich) Campbell of Harrison City, PA and Paul (Carlyn) Campbell of Summersville, Missouri. Dean is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

 
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James R. McCorkle, Jr.

August 02, 2020 |

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

James R. McCorkle, Jr., age 66 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in John J. Kane Regional Ctr., McKeesport.  Born February 26, 1954 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late James R. McCorkle, Sr. and Jean (Keffer) McCorkle.  A member of the First United Methodist Church of Clairton, James worked for the former Marraccini's Grocery Store in Clairton and late at the Rite Aid, in Clairton.  In his spare time, he was a coach for many years of Pony League Baseball in Clairton and the statistician for Clairton High School basketball and football games.  James is survived by his children Ashley (Seth) Rowan of Elizabeth Twp. and James R. McCorkle, III of Clairton, his grandchildren Karina and Maddox Rowan, his former wife Michelle McCorkle of Finleyville, his brother Raymond McCorkle of Clairton, and his nephew Raymond McCorkle of Clairton.  

 
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Theodore A. Govola

August 02, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Theodore (“Ted”) Andrew Govola, 93, known to those that love him as The Angel Man, of Nokomis, Florida and formerly of Glassport, Pennsylvania passed away on July 28, 2020 surrounded by his family in Pittsburgh, PA due to complications from the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Wojciechowski Funeral Home located at 640 Vermont Avenue, Glassport, PA 15045, with a prayer vigil to follow, and repast dinner starting at 7:00 pm at the American Legion in Glassport, PA.

Theodore was born in Monessen, PA to Michael Govola and Mary Govola (née Marchok) on October 9, 1926. He married his first wife, Laura Govola (née Kroll) on May 6, 1950 with whom he had four children. Later, he married his second wife, Flora (“Flo”) Govola (née Baron) and was married to her for 32 years before her death.

He worked for the Copperweld Corporation in Glassport, PA for over 30 years, owned and operated Deer’s Tavern in Forward Township, PA for a number of years, and worked as a data analyst for Nielsen Media Research in Oldsmar, FL for 16 years. However, his true passion was as a commercial and recreational pilot.

 
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Agnes Helen “Aggie” Rushe Barrett

August 02, 2020 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Agnes Helen “Aggie” Rushe Barrett, 76 of Glassport, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, July 30th 2020 at Sycamore Estate, in Duquesne.

She was born in McKeesport on August 5th 1943 to the late William and Agnes Tachoir Rushe. Agnes was the loving wife of 54 years to the late Charles A. Barrett, who preceded her in death in 2018.

She is survived by sons; Charles (Sheri) Barrett, of Glassport, and Thomas (Gina) Barrett, of Dravosburg, grandchildren; Hannah and Brett, brothers: Robert (Lori) Rushe, of Duquesne, Ralph Rushe, of New Baltimore MI; sister: JoAnn Rushe, of Glassport, and nieces and nephews. Agnes was preceded in death by sister, Ruth Rushe, and brothers, William Rushe, Thomas Rushe, and Terry Rushe.

She was a member of the Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport. She enjoyed many things such as reading, crafts, puzzles, cooking, baking, and seeing her grandchildren.

 
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Julie Elizabeth (Russen) Rocco

August 01, 2020 |

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

Julie Elizabeth (Russen) Rocco passed away peacefully on July 31, 2020, and is now with our Lord and Savior. Mrs. Rocco, 63, was born in McKeesport Hospital on May 24, 1957. She was a lifelong member of the West Mifflin, PA community and also Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

She graduated from West Mifflin North High School in 1975.  She obtained her degree in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 and taught for 40 years at Saint Rita's, Clairton Central Catholic/Saint Clare of Assisi, and mostly recently Saint Agnes in West Mifflin.

She will forever be remembered as a loving Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Godmother, Aunt, and Friend to all that knew her and will be greatly treasured in everyone's hearts. Julie's life will be always be tied to her being one of the most influential educators to every student to whom she gave the gift of learning.

 
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Jacquetta Mae Hays

August 01, 2020 |

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

Jacquetta Mae "Jackie" Hays, 87, of Port Vue, passed away Friday, July 31, 2020. She was born June 9, 1933 in Tulue Lake, Oregon and was the daughter of the late Jacob and Zelda Branthoover. She was the wife of the late James "Whitey" Hays who passed away March 8, 1997. She was a loving mother, doting grandmother who attended all school functions, loved gardening and cooking for the people she loved.

 
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Donald W. Spang

August 01, 2020 |

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

Donald W. Spang, age 87, of McKeesport, died July 30, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born August 7, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Anthony and Leona (Glaub) Spang.

Donald was the owner and operator of Spang's Landscaping and Tree Farms for over 54 years. He will always be remembered as the "Tree Man" throughout the McKeesport area.

Every year, you could find him on Hartman Street, in McKeesport, trimming and providing the community with the perfect tree to celebrate the Christmas Season. Don could tell you the name of any tree just by looking at the leaves, but his specialty was growing and providing the perfect pine tree for the Holiday Season. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean War. Don loved his loyal pet dog, "Robbie." His greatest joys were his family and serving the community for over 54 years.

 
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Willie Mahone

July 31, 2020 |

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

Willie Mahone, 66, died July 27, 2020. He was born June 10, 1954.

Arrangements are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.

 
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Niko Eugene Dawson

July 31, 2020 |

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

Niko Eugene Dawson, 31, died July 22, 2020. He was born October 14, 1988.

Arrangements are in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 
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Edward John Dziak

July 31, 2020 |

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

Edward John Dziak, age 70, of North Versailles, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his residence.  He was born in Braddock on September 9, 1949 and is the son of the late Edward and Anna Zalko Dziak.  He is the husband of the late Lynn Pierro Dziak, who died on July 25, 2020.

 
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Lynn Dziak

July 31, 2020 |

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

Lynn Dziak, age 62, of N. Versailles, died Saturday, July 25, 2020 at her residence. She was born in McKeesport on Feb. 3, 1958 and is the daughter of Joan Guder Pierro of N. Versailles and the late Dr. Thomas Pierro. She was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in political science, raised her family and then formerly served as a secretary for Linway United Methodist Church. She is the wife of the late Edward John Dziak, who died on July 28, 2020.

 
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Betty Jane (Robinson) Gibson

July 31, 2020 |

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

Betty Jane (Robinson) Gibson, age 99 of Hurricane, WV, passed away on July 30, 2020 at the Genesis Putnam Center in Hurricane after a long illness.  Born April 1, 1921 in Clairton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. and Elizabeth (Cochenour) Shawl.  She graduated from Clairton High School in 1939.  She resided in Clairton until 1979 when she moved to Port Charlotte, FL.  She had many jobs during her life, but she most enjoyed her time as a travel agent with Fletcher’s in Brentwood.  She traveled to many areas of the world as a tour host but loved Hawaii the most. She was preceded in death by her first husband Joseph Warren Robinson and her second husband Harry E. Gibson, her son Wayne C. Robinson, as well as two sisters, Hazel Brisky and Jean Wagner. Betty is survived by her son Jim (Sharon) Robinson of Hurricane, WV; her five grandchildren Amy (Tom) Alphin of Kirkland, WA, Laura Robinson of Midlothian, VA, Scott (Sheri) Robinson of Irwin, Tracy (Dennis) Chakey of Irwin, and Kelly (Josh) Robinson of Akron, PA;  nine great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Kim Robinson of Red Lion, PA; a niece and two nephews. Until 10 years ago, when illness required her to be placed in a long-term care facility, she was active in Presbyterian churches in Clairton and Port Charlotte, FL.

 
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Brenda J. Amspoker

July 31, 2020 |

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

Brenda J. Amspoker, age 73, of McKeesport, died July 25, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born January 2, 1947, in Wyandotte, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Berle and Marie (Gleghorn) Amspoker.
Brenda was a former nursing aide from Saint Clair Hospital and Kane Regional Hospitals. She loved to play bingo and taking care of stray animals.

 
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David E. Roberts

July 31, 2020 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

David E. Roberts, 78, of Glassport, died July 31, 2020.  He is the son of the late David and Marie (Smith) Roberts and husband of the late Mary (Mowry) Roberts.  David is survived by his children Mary (Joe) Dombrowski, Lori Ofchinick, Kelly (Jeff) Keating, David (Kelly) Roberts, Nikki (Ben) Latini, Natalie Roberts and Lisa Roberts; grandchildren Breanne, Joe, Devin, Skyler, Shane, Sam, Cody, Courtney, Conner, Ryan, Christina, Jade and Dennis; great granddaughter Lyla; brother Don (the late Linda) Roberts and sister Virginia “Gin” (the late Andy) Simko.  Friends recieved Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Sunday from 2 to 6 and on Monday from 11 to 11:30.  Interment following Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

 


Ferne Feig Alpern

July 31, 2020 |

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

Ferne Feig Alpern, age 85,  passed away on July 28, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease, formerly of Duquesne and White Oak, until living in Pittsburgh for a number of years. She was the daughter of the late Emil and Jenny (Kline) Silberman. Ferne is survived by her son Mark (Linda) Alpern of Delaware; grandchildren, Alexa and Brett Alpern of Delaware; niece and nephews, Jack (Bridget) Wintner, Dr. Morton (Lisa) Wintner, and Nancy Wintner.

 
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