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John G. “Lobo” Barretta

January 14, 2017 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

John G. “Lobo” Barretta, 88, of McKeesport, died Jan. 11, 2017, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Mar. 6, 1928, in Turtle Creek, he was the son of the late Earnest L. and Mary (Lebanno) Barretta and the husband of Aurora (Marchetti) Barretta.
John was a member of St. Patrick Church. A U.S. army veteran, he served as a medic in the Korean War. Returning home from overseas, he became a barber in Wilmerding, a trade that he would continue, at least part time, for the rest of his life.

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Ruth P. Jordon

January 14, 2017 |

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

Ruth P. Jordon, of Braddock Hills, died Friday January 13, 2017, at home. Ruth was an English teacher for East Allegheny School District from 1968 to 1999. She had served as president of the East Allegheny Education Association and was a member of PSEA and the NEA. Ruth was a member of St. Maurice Catholic Church, Forest Hills. She attended St. Joseph’s Grade School, Braddock, and graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Shadyside.
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Marlene L. O'Neal

January 14, 2017 |

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

Marlene L. O'Neal, age 82, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Forbes Regional Hospital.

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James "Fizzer" Noris O'Bryon

January 13, 2017 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

James “Jim” “Fizzer” Noris O’Bryon, 86, of West Mifflin, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed away at Jefferson Regional Medical Center on Friday, January 13, 2017. He was born August 22, 1930, in McKeesport, to the late Clifford and Margaret Lloyd O’Bryon. James is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Harrison O’Bryon; daughter, Marsha (Douglas) Murphy of Chantilly, VA; grandsons, Matthew & Kyle Murphy also of Chantilly, VA and loyal dog “Bear”.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Eileen Baron, Patricia Minnicks; brother, Lloyd O’Bryon.  Jim served in the US Army during WWII, was employed by US Steel Irvin Works in plant protection, was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church, enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, golfing, was the former owner of Mon Valley Shooting Supplies, former president of the Lions Club of Jefferson Hills, the Syria Shrine Gun Club and Clairton Sportsman Club, a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge # 765 of East McKeesport, the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, the Masonic Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh and American Legion Post 712 in Pleasant Hills.  Visitation will take place on Sunday January 15, 2017  from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street,  Clairton,  PA   15025.  A service will be held at the funeral home on Monday January 16, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by interment at Jefferson Memorial Park with military honors.  Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com


John M. Saraka

January 13, 2017 |

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

John M. Saraka, age 86 of Versailles, passed away at home on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Born December 16, 1930 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John G. and Mary (Yencho) Saraka. 

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Virginia S. Fair

January 12, 2017 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

VIRGINIA S. FAIR, 70, of Monongahela, died Jan. 3, 2017. She is the daughter of the late Harold and Mary (Dodd) Moss. She is survived by her son David (Christine) Cooke of Liberty Boro and grandson Daniel Cooke. Virginia was an accomplished pianist, writer and teacher and received her Master's degree from West Virginia University. She loved animals and, in fact, participated in the rescue and rehabilitation of many animals throughout her life. She was a lover of life and believed in helping those less fortunate than herself. A memorial service will be held Saturday January 14 at 3:30pm at the Wojciechowski Fuberal Home, Glassport,


William L. Holt

January 12, 2017 |

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

William L. Holt, age 86, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Swissvale, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at West Penn Hospice, Pittsburgh.  He was born August 25, 1930 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late William and Agnes Sedlmeyer Holt.

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Julius Mario "Little Jue" Johnson

January 11, 2017 |

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

Julius Mario Johnson, aka Little Jue, age 37, of Clairton, PA was called home to glory on December 23rd, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother Juanita Clyde Hopkins of Clairton, PA.
Surviving are his father; Julius J. Johnson, stepmom; Mary Jo of Duquesne, children; Destiny D. Middleton of Braddock, Jadore J. Johnson, Ja’Irus J. Johnson, Kamari L. M. Johnson of Cincinatti, OH, Julionna J. Johnson of Clairton, siblings; Andre Hopkins of Penn Hills, Jermaine R. Johnson of Uniontown, Keanen W. Johnson of West Mifflin, Geneva A. Johnson of Wilkinsburg, nieces; Keyonna, Reneseme, Keylaya, Keymaya, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Julius loved his music and loved to cook.
Services will be held on Saturday January 14th from 11 am to 1 pm at Christ Temple A.M.E. Church, 937 Rose Street, Mckeesport, PA 15132, with Rev. Geoffry Tate officiating and remarks by Rev. Terry Johnson. Announcement by Striffler Family Funeral Homes of McKeesport. Condolences may be made at www.strifflerfuneralhomes.com

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June O. (Flaherty) Ginardi

January 11, 2017 |

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

June O. (Flaherty) Ginardi, 91, of Irwin, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday January 7, 2017. Retired after 31 years as pharmacy aide at McKeesport Hospital. Wife of the late Samuel Ginardi; mother of Gerry Kerston (husband Len) and Rose Ginardi (husband Frank Moreno); grandmother of Jeffrey (Kris) Kerston, Jennifer Crowe, Jodi (Brian) Perkins, and Frankie Moreno; great grandmother of Samuel Crowe, Daniel Perkins, and Elizabeth Laman; sister of Louise Lamb; also nieces and nephews.
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Dr. John H. Lemmon

January 11, 2017 |

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

Dr. John H. Lemmon, 67, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Hospice Care Center in Bolivia, NC following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He grew up in a Pittsburgh, PA, graduating from Penn Hills High School and Grove City College. He went on to receive a Masters in Secondary Education from Duquesne University, an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Dr. Lemmon began his long career in social work as a juvenile probation officer for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
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Caroline L. (Stright) Chottiner

January 11, 2017 |

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

Caroline L. (Stright) Chottiner, 90, of White Oak, formerly of North Versailles, died Sunday January 8, 2017. Wife of the late Lawrence Chottiner; mother of Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. (Nancy) Chottiner, Lucinda (Anthony) Massaro, and Holly (John) Donegan; grandmother of Matthew Massaro, Brett (Kristin) Chottiner, Anthony Massaro (fiancé Aleasha Curtaccio), Meghan (Jim) Gould, Drew (Asia) Donegan, and Carey (Luai) Huleihel; great grandmother of Brett Jr., Caroline, James, and the late Emily; brother of the late Alexander Stright; aunt of Mary Lou Shaw and Alex and Alan Stright.
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Lillian Anna Foster

January 11, 2017 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

Lillian Anna Foster, 91, of White Oak, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, PA.  Born in Pittsburgh, August 12, 1925, she was a retired stenographer at the University of Pittsburgh and was employed by McQuiston and Gibson, Engineers; Harbison-Walker Refractories; and by the family business, R.A. Foster and Son in McKeesport.  A graduate of Westinghouse High School, she was a member of Kephart United Methodist Church, and was superintendent of its Sunday school; was a member of A.A.R.P., Wimodausis, McKeesport Hospital Auxiliary.  She enjoyed card clubs with her many friends, but mostly enjoyed her home, cooking, and her family.  Daughter of the late Donald C. and Margaret Lintelman Steffler; wife of the late Alexander D. Foster; mother of the late Alexander D. Foster, Jr.; sister of the late Donald Steffler and Gwendolyn (Lloyd) Murray; she is survived by her daughter, Susan Jane (Todd) Moses of New Kensington, with whom she resided; 4 grandsons, Alexander D. Foster III of White Oak, Daniel Douglas (Nicole) Foster of North Huntingdon, Jonathan (Ashley) Moses of Franklin, TN, and Joshua (Jamielynn) Moses of Allegheny Township; daughter in law, Deborah J. Foster of White Oak; 5 great grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Macoy, Eleanor, Daxton, and Colton; brother in law, William H. (Virginia) Foster of the South Hills; 2 nephews, William and James; 4 nieces, Patricia (Chris), Lois, Joan (Brian), and Shirley.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Saturday from noon until 2 PM.  A service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2 PM with the Rev. Harold Mele officiating.  Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.


Robert Marshall

January 11, 2017 |

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

Robert Marshall, 89 of Clairton, Pennsylvania, quietly departed this Earthly life on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Southwestern Health Center. He was born July 14, 1927 in Clairton, and was the son of the late Albert Marshall and Lillie Jones. He was preceded in death by sons, Robert “Bobby” Marshall, Jr. and David Marshall; brothers, Charles “Wylie” Marshall, Herbert Marshall and James Marshall and sisters, Virginia Phillips, Martha Marshall, Mary Oliver and adopted sister Madge Phillips.

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Clyde E. Haidle

January 10, 2017 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Clyde E. Haidle, age 74, of McKeesport died January 7, 2017, at Concordia Lutheran Hospice. Born February 12, 1942, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William and Annabelle (Kelly) Tomak and the fiancé of Diane J. (Pilatowski) Borland, for over 27 years. Clyde was retired from Coach USA where he was a bus driver for over 25 years. He was a member of the Faith Community Christian Church, in Moon Twp. He was a US Airforce veteran, serving during 1960 - 1964.

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Larry J. Berletic

January 10, 2017 |

By willig | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Larry J. Berletic, “LB”, age 74, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of McKeesport, died suddenly on January 7, 2017, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born October 4, 1942 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Klacik) Berletic and the husband of Nancy L. (Kohl) Berletic.

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