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Raymond J. Coval

January 25, 2016 |

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

Raymond J. Coval, 91, of White Oak, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

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Vincent J. Villi

January 25, 2016 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Vincent J. Villi, 91, of Irwin, died at home Friday January 22, 2016. He was born August 12, 1924 in Wilkinsburg, a son of the late Dominic James and Mary Teresa (Arena) Villi and was also preceded in death by his wife Dolores E. (Willett) Villi, brothers, sisters, and a grandson. He retired as the owner of the Odds and Ends Shoppe, Irwin. He started his working career as a manager for Holland Furnace Co., Buffalo, NY, then returned to the area as a partner of Parkway Furnace & Supply, Glassport, and then owned and operated Sam’s Auto Sales of McKeesport.

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Betty Mae Helmick

January 25, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Betty Mae Helmick, age 83, of Glassport, died January 23, 2016, at John J. Kane Regional Medical Center. Born May 20, 1932, in Petersburg, WV, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Beulah (Shreves) Simmons and the wife of the late William Harrison Helmick.
Betty dedicated her life to caring for her family. She was a devoted Christian and lifelong member of the Glassport Assembly of God Church, where she was the former treasurer. She loved to bake and make homemade soups. Betty would open her home and heart to anyone that she touched in her life.

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Carol J. Coccia

January 24, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Carol J. Coccia, age 69, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of White Oak, died January 21, 2016, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born March 16, 1946, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Sowa) Heveker and the wife of Samuel G. Coccia, Sr.
Carol retired as a travel agent from the former Cosmopolitan Agency and she was the secretary at Larry’s Hotel in McKeesport. She attended the Greenock United Methodist Church. She was a McKeesport Majorette Drill Team Aid and the President of the Greenock Elementary PTA and she was a volunteer for the Greater Pittsburgh Soap Box Derby for many years. She was the best friend and grandmother you could ever ask for.

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Leslie William "Coby" Beresford

January 24, 2016 |

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

Leslie William "Coby" Beresford, 64, of Monongahela, died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at home. He was born August 18, 1951 in Charleroi and was the son of the late Leslie R. Beresford and the late Josephine Roberts Beresford Kaminsky. He was the husband of the late Linda B. Beresford who died September 20, 2009. Leslie was a member of the Riverview Baptist Church in New Eagle and the Victory Hill Social Club. He was a USMC Veteran and served from 1969-71. He enjoyed NASCAR Racing, Car Shows and Motorcycles. Leslie was an auto mechanic and had worked for Speedy Muffler King in McKeesport and Penn Hills.

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Paul Joseph Pociask

January 23, 2016 |

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

Paul Joseph Pociask, 78, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, January 22, 2016. He was born August 31, 1937 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Paul F. and late Margaret Polak Pociask. He was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in Elizabeth Township, White Oak American Legion Post 701, Versailles Croatian Club, Eleventh Ward Welfare Association, Elizabeth Township Ex-serviceman's Association, Polish Alliance # 352, Blaine Hill Fire Co. Club, East McKeesport F & AM Lodge 765, Turner's, and the Central Vol. Fire Co. where he served as Lieutenant.

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Thomas J. Gambal

January 23, 2016 |

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

THOMAS J. GAMBAL, 73, died Jan. 22, 2016.  He is the son of Helen (Suchta) Gambal and thelate Joseph Gambal.  He is survived by his wife Carolyn (Sikora) Gambal; son Eric Gambal; brother Donald (Grace) Gambal of Parma, OH; aunt, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Tom was a member of Holy Trinity Church.  A memorial mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church at a later date.

Funeral arrangement by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.


George D. McAtee Jr.

January 22, 2016 |

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

George D. McAtee Jr., 90, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at home. He was born March 14, 1925 in McKeesport and was the son of the late George D. McAtee Sr. and the late Catherine M. Bauerschmidt McAtee. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Huntingdon and White Oak American Legion. George was proprietor of the George D. McAtee Co., and was a WWII Veteran serving in the USMC in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.

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Sheila Dolores Smith-Perrino

January 22, 2016 |

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

Sheila Dolores Smith-Perrino (68) born in Homewood, PA July 8, 1947 died in her home with her family around her. Sheila's lively, upbeat & happy spirit left a mark on all who met her & loved her. She leaves behind her husband Nicholas Perrino, her daughter Lori Huemme Diaz & her son Thomas Huemme Jr. along with 6 grandchildren.

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Gregory A. Kaminski

January 22, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Gregory A. Kaminski, age 53 of McKeesport, passed away January 21, 2016 at UPMC McKeesport. Born August 6, 1962 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Ronald and Jean (Booth) Kaminski. Greg was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed playing video games. He will be missed dearly by his siblings and extended family.

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Beatrice "Bea" Kifer

January 22, 2016 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Beatrice P. "Bea" Kifer, 92, of Glassport, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born Feb. 11, 1923, in Vindex, Md., to the late Howard and Lulu Simms Knox. Bea was the loving wife of the late Lloyd Kifer, who passed away in 1981.

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Albert P. Oeler Jr.

January 22, 2016 |

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

Albert P. Oeler, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Well, this was bound to happen. So if you're reading this, you know my status of living has changed. I was born Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1918, in Nick Lee Hollow along the Thompson Run Creek in the City of Duquesne. I was the first-born son of Albert and Veronica (Weber) Oeler. My grandparents were John and Elizabeth (Sonderegger) Oeler and Joseph and Theresa (Goldbach) Weber.

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Joe Cecil Dougherty, Jr.

January 21, 2016 |

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

Written by Joe's family: 

Betsy, I left you today January 16, 2016, I wish I could have stayed.  We had an amazing life together and I know I will always be in your heart.

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Robert E. Butz

January 21, 2016 |

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

Robert E. Butz, 78, of Charleroi, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016. He was born November 12, 1937 in Greensburg and was the son of the late F. Emmett Butz and the late Eleanor May Cline Butz. Robert served in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of the Potomac State College of West Virginia University. He was a retired Manager for the Authority of The Borough of Charleroi. He is survived by his wife, Judy A. Shively Butz, son, James Robert "Rob" (Jamie) Butz of Belle Vernon, daughter, Tracy Stablein of Monongahela, brother, John (Judy) Butz of Arizona, and sister, Carol (Richard) Patterson of Youngstown.

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Theodore R. Potersnak

January 21, 2016 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Theodore R. Potersnak, 75, of Liberty Borough, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Jefferson Hills Manor. Born June 22, 1940, in Liberty Borough, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Ulich) Potersnak. Theodore was an Army veteran, serving during Vietnam. He is survived by nephews, Paul (Sue) Potersnak, of Port Vue, Steven Potersnak, of Austin, Texas, Richard Potersnak, of Austin, Texas, Joseph Dora, of Howard, Colo., and Robert Dora, of Elizabeth; great-nephew and godson, Robert Potersnak, of Brentwood; great-niece, Faythe Potersnak, of White Oak; and also survived by Kelly George, of North Braddock; and many other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

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