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Donald D. Lundberg, Sr.

April 28, 2016 |

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

Donald D. Lundberg, Sr., age 85 of Elizabeth Twp. and formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 in John J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.  Born May 2, 1930 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles and Emma Lundberg.

 
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Roy E. Miller

April 28, 2016 |

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

Roy E. Miller, age 88, of White Oak died April 27, 2016 in UPMC Mckeesport Hospital. He was born April 29, 1927 in McKeesport, a son of the late Roy and Frances Ihly Miller. Roy was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. He was a graduate of Waynesburg University and was formerly employed by General Motors as an Accountant. He enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, yard work, gardening and spending time with his family. Roy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Miller. He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Ann Harvey Miller , four sons, John (Donna), Douglas (Patricia), Mark (Jamie) and James Miller, one sister Catherine 'Kay" and her husband David. 6 grandchildren, Tyler, Bella, Gavin, Mackenzie, Katie and Lexie. One great grandchild Dehlilah. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Sunday from 2-4,6-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Ella Marie Wilson

April 28, 2016 |

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

Ella Marie Wilson, 58, passed away peacefully at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville on April 28, 2016.    She was born July 1, 1957 in McKeesport, daughter of the late John F. and Ethel Kristufek Wilson.  In addition to her parents, Ella was preceded in death by her beloved brother James Wilson and niece Lydia Wilson.  She is survived by brother John Jr. (Beverly) with whom she resided, brother Robert of White Oak, and sister-in-law Audra, nephews Grant and Alec, and niece Lily Wilson, all of Bethel Park.    Ella was employed at Vocational Business Alliance McKeesport prior to her retirement in 2012.  She was a longtime fan of the Steelers and pro wrestling.  She greatly enjoyed bowling and dancing with her friends at MYARC.  Special thanks to her devoted caregiver Tamika Olverson, and to our extended family and friends.  The family also thanks the staff at Forbes Hospital for their caring and compassion.  

 
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Joseph J. Ferenac

April 27, 2016 |

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

Joseph J. Ferenac, 91, of Greenock, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

 
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Mike Kurka

April 26, 2016 |

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

Mike Kurka, age 91, of McKeesport, died April 22, 2016, at John J. Kane Regional Medical Center. Born November 8, 1924, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Warga) Kurka.
Mike was a US Army veteran serving during WWII. He was a gentle man always caring for the children in his life and his loving family. He also enjoyed a good cigar.
Mike is survived by a sister, Anna Bills of McKeesport; also many nieces and nephews.
In addition to Mike’s parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Peter and Mary.

 
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David J. Lorince

April 26, 2016 |

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

David John Lorince, age 62, of E. Providence, Rhode Island, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 3, 2016 at home. David was born May 10, 1953 in McKeesport, PA and grew up in Port Vue. He is the son of Helen (Katrenic) Lorince of Elizabeth Twp. and the late John C. Lorince. 

He is survived by his son, David Joseph Lorince and granddaughter, Ella of Riverside, Rhode Island; brother, Raymond (Barbara) of Elizabeth; and sister Carol Boros of N. Versailles; also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  David was predeceased by his rescue cat, Tulee.

 
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Joanne Alice Slachta

April 25, 2016 |

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

Joanne Alice Slachta, 77, of Port Vue, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at her daughter Michelle's home in Glassport surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 12, 1939 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Frank and Alice Kovach Behary. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert Slachta who died June 13, 2008. They were married for 47 years. Joanne had worked for Wilcher News and the former Feig's Bakery in McKeesport. She loved cooking, gardening and her cherished cat, Kitty.

 
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Gary James Cleary

April 25, 2016 |

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

Gary James Cleary, 47, of McKeesport, died Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was born October 31, 1968 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late James Thomas Cleary and the late Dolores Marie Bishover Cleary. Gary was a security guard. He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Marie Cleary of Wilmerding, sisters, Karen M. Clark of White Oak and Michele D. (James) Butler of West Newton, nephews, Ryan M. (Ashley) Clark and James M. (Leah) Butler, III, and a niece, Erica Butler.

 
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Richard A. “Rico” Simica

April 24, 2016 |

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

Richard A. “Rico” Simica, age 47, of McKeesport, died April 18, 2016, at his home. Born December 25, 1968, he was the son of the late Richard G. and Albena A. (Ornowski) Simica.
Rico was the owner of Mama Pepino’s Pizza in Elizabeth. He enjoyed restoring automobiles and could often be found reading or watching the History channel. Always willing to help anyone, Rico was a wonderful brother, uncle, great uncle and friend.

 
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Shawn P. Murray

April 24, 2016 |

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

Shawn P. Murray, age 36, of North Huntingdon, passed away April 22, 2016 at his home. He was born November 21, 1979 in Pittsburgh, PA, a son of David and Patricia Shaul Murray. Shawn was a lightning rod installer for J&G Lightning Protection Co., and was a member of St. Agnes Parish, North Huntingdon. He was a graduate of Norwin Senior High School, Class of 1999 and graduated from Triangle Tech in 2003. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Jesse; maternal grandmother, Patricia Shaul Dedig; brothers, David and his wife, Amanda, Rick and his partner, Tony; sister, Angel Schaer and her husband, Don; nieces and nephews, Donnie, Alex, Ryan, Peyton, Jeromie, Abby, Natalie and Makayla; Friends will be received on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Caring Place. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their special care and compassion to Shawn and his family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Dolores "Dee" Marie Kmetz Frederick

April 24, 2016 |

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

Dolores "Dee" Marie Kmetz Frederick, age 84, of White Oak and Largo, FL, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 at her home. She was born June 14, 1931 in McKeesport, PA, a daughter of the late John and Mary Kuzma Kmetz. Prior to her retirement, Dolores was an administrative assistant for the University of Pittsburgh and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Frederick in 2002. She is survived by her son, Mark Frederick and his wife, Allison; daughter, Lisa Frederick; and granddaughter, Amy. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. Additional viewing will be held on Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Versailles, PA from 9 to 11 a.m. at which time a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Entombment in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, North Versailles. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Edward T. "Terry" Gilmore

April 23, 2016 |

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

Edward T. "Terry" Gilmore, age 62 of Lincoln Borough, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at home.  Born August 1, 1953 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Edward T. and Ada (Metz) Gilmore.

 
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Andy L. Flynn

April 22, 2016 |

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

Andy L. Flynn, age 82, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at home. Born January 7, 1934 in Madisonville, KY, he was a son of the late William D. and Laura L. (Miller) Flynn.

 
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Earl R. Byers Jr.

April 22, 2016 |

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

Earl R. Byers Jr., age 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Briarcliff Pavilion, North Huntingdon.  He was born May 25, 1926 in Glassport, PA, a son of the late Earl and Madge Hunt Byers.  Prior to his retirement, Earl was a chief aviation mechanic and was a veteran of the US Air Force.  He was a member of the Ridge Runners Trailer Club and McKeesport Gun Club.  He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.  He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Jane Thomas Byers; children, David and his wife, Lenore, Donna Baker and her husband, Dennis, Lori Higginbotham and her husband, Bill, Kevin Byers and his wife, Mary Ruth; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Entombment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Earl.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 
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Steven C. Barnette

April 21, 2016 |

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

Steven C. Barnette, age 43 of Clairton and formerly of Pensacola, FL, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Forbes Hospice at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.  Born April 28, 1972 in Pensacola, he was a son of Randy (Cindy) Barnette of Perry, FL and the late Mary Jane (Youst) Salter.

 
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