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August M. Gatto

September 17, 2018 |

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

August  M. Gatto, age 84, of Elizabeth, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at HCR Manor Care in Whitehall. An Army veteran, he retired after 42 years as a pipefitter for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He was a lifelong member and devout supporter of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. where he was active in numerous church functions. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren's competitions. 

 
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William H. Owens

September 14, 2018 |

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

William H. Owens, age 91, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at UPMC McKeesport. He retired as a machinist and fire chief for U.S. Steel, Irvin Works. He was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. where he was a two-term church council member, usher, eucharistic minister, and an altar server. A Navy veteran having served in World War II, he was a member of American Legion Post 0712 of Pleasant Hills, the Knights of Columbus, Council 10077, Stephen P. Berry Council and its Color Corps. 

 
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Matthew Perry Venturini

September 13, 2018 |

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

It is with great sadness that the family of Matthew Perry Venturini announce his sudden, unexpected passing on September 10, 2018 at the age of 36 years.  Matt had an extraordinarily kind heart, was dependable, and was quick to help those in need.  His quick wit and easy-going disposition made for fast and genuine friendships.  Matt valued family and community, which he demonstrated through his actions every day of his life.  

 
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John T. McGrath

September 11, 2018 |

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

John T. McGrath, age 55, of Latrobe and formerly of Hays, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 at home. Born February 17, 1963 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Carl and Mary Ellen (Vaughan) McNickle. He is survived by his sons, Zachary and Michael McGrath, both of Latrobe; sister, Maureen (Matt) Caruso of Bethel Park; and brother, Ed McGrath of Elizabeth Twp. A memorial gathering will take place in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 1-3 PM. No services are planned. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Dr. Timothy M. Bauer

September 10, 2018 |

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

Dr. Timothy M. Bauer, age 67 of Latrobe, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital.  Born July 25, 1951 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Joseph G. and Irene (Kozloski) Bauer.

 
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Antonette "Toni" B. Liptak

September 08, 2018 |

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

Antonette "Toni" B. Liptak, age 93 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born December 4, 1924 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Norris) Viscus.  

 
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John M. McNeil Sr.

September 06, 2018 |

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

John M. McNeil Sr., age 82, of Forward Twp., formerly of Worcester, Mass., passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Jefferson Hospital. He retired after 32 years as a professional firefighter for Ladder 2 Company in Worcester, Mass. An Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War, he was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. He was a lifetime social member of Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co.

 
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Dorothy Jane Vlasic

September 04, 2018 |

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

Dorothy Jane (Vugrincic) Vlasic, age 89, of Elizabeth Township passed away on Monday, September 4, 2018 at Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth.  Born April 23, 1929 in Braddock, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ivka (Jambrusic) Vugrincic. 

 
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Trisha J. Costa

September 04, 2018 |

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

Trisha J. (Skiles) Costa, age 57, of West Newton, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at Canterbury Place. She was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Monroeville. 

 
 
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Shirley J. Pazo

September 04, 2018 |

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

Shirley J. "Jackie" (England) Pazo, age 82, of Clairton, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at The Palms at O’Neil. A former member of St. Clare Parish in Clairton, she loved good conversation, hosting people in her home, and feeding her visitors. She especially valued her family and time spent with her children and grandchildren. 

 
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Donald J. Turek Sr.

September 04, 2018 |

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

Donald J. Turek, Sr., age 70, of West Elizabeth, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at home. He was a retired funeral director with the William H. Craig Funeral Home in McKeesport and worked for various funeral homes in the area. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was a former member of the VFW Post #803 in Clairton and a member of St. Isaac Jogues Church in Elrama, the Elrama Sportsman’s Club and the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA). He was an avid metal detector and enjoyed various outdoor activities.

 
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John Schmeltz

September 04, 2018 |

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

John Schmeltz, age 76, of Forward Twp., passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at home. An Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War, he was a maintenance worker, a Jack of all trades and a master of none, and a former bowling coach at Brunswick Lanes on Route 51. 

 
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Ronald C. Zubasic

August 29, 2018 |

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

Ronald C. Zubasic, age 57, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Excela Health Frick Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident. He was the owner of Ronald Zubasic Home Improvements in Elizabeth Twp. He enjoyed every aspect of the outdoors including camping, boating and sharing time with those he loved. His favorite entertainment was listening to the band The Real Deal. He was known to many as "the Bird Man" because of his pet parrots that accompanied him to many public events. Ron’s greatest assets were his kindness and generosity. He loved his dog and best friend, Buddy, who passed away with him.

 
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Leslie H. Schumann

August 24, 2018 |

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

Leslie H. Schumann, age 60, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian. He was a caregiver for Gallagher Home Health Services in Pittsburgh. Born December 27, 1957 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Glenn H. and June (Davies) Schumann. He is survived by his wife of 10 1/2 years, Zimin Ren; son, Ethan Schumann of Pittsburgh; brothers, Glenn I. "Oz" (Elaine) Schumann of Elizabeth Twp. and Tim Schumann of Clairton; sister, Deborah (Michael) DePollo of Kingsport, TN; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be private. A memorial gathering will take place at a later date. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 
 


Joyce S. Nagy

August 20, 2018 |

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

Joyce S. (Ghrist) Nagy, age 78, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at home. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. She enjoyed cooking and gardening, taught ceramics, and loved crocheting blankets for family and friends. She was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the American Cancer Society. 

 
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