E. Honore (Nora) Bell Pecora, 88 of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully on August 18 2017 in Stuart FL. She was born in Pittsburgh on December 27, 1928 and lived most of her life in Elizabeth. She was the daughter of the late Catherine and James G. Bell of Overbrook. She grew up in Carrick and graduated from Carrick High School before earning her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. During her 33 year career in education she taught at Turtle Creek and Midland High Schools and in the 1958 school year began as a Spanish teacher at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
Thomas F. Soltis, 72, of Liberty Borough, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 21, 1945 in Clairton and was the son of the late Michael and Mary Kopil Soltis. Thomas was a Robotics Repairman at the former GM Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin and was a US Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Jan Lee Jordan Soltis; children, Lynn Soltis (Matthew) Girdharry of Portland, OR, and Michael Soltis and Cameron Lee Chemsak of Liberty Borough; grandchildren, Sebastian, Evangeline, and Alistair; sister, Dolores (John) Hozas of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Michael "Chook" (Carol) Soltis of Aliquippa; sister-in-law, Barb Soltis of Castle Shannon; Godchildren, Marie Chrissy Soltis and Gabriel Naspinski; dear friend, Amy Williams of Liberty Borough; and nieces and nephews.
Arlene Rose Findura, 71, of White Oak, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. Arlene was born August 16, 1946 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Maneer. . She is survived by her husband, Jack W. "Wolfman" Findura, (past-secretary of Joppa Lodge F & AM), daughters, Tracy Marie (George) Orbin of White Oak and Elizabeth Ann (Joseph) Kulasa of Coulter, brother, Frank (Bonnie) Maneer of Bowie, MD, grandchildren, Peyton and Delaney Stajduhar, Jocelyn Orbin and River Joseph Kulasa, cousin, Janet (Don) Williams of North Versailles, nieces and nephews. Arlene was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park and was a Manager at the former Hills Department Store. There is no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick Parish on Friday August 25, at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Thomas Galvin, officiating. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln way, White Oak (412) 672-6322) Troy J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Michelle Ann "Mickey" Malloy Coughlin, 56, of Versailles, died peacefully at home on Thursday, August 17, 2017. She was born February 19, 1961 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Mark Thomas and Joan Zuzo Malloy. She was a devoted mother, loving and helpful to all, had an awesome sense of humor and was truly one of a kind. She will be sincerely missed by all who had the opportunity to know her and love her. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Allen Coughlin, sons, Christopher Michael (Lindsay) Coughlin and Chad Allen (Betty Rhodes) Coughlin, brothers, Mark Thomas (Lisa) Malloy, III, and their children, Jaclyn and Mariah, Thomas Michael Malloy and his son, Justyn, Daniel Edward (Crissy) Malloy and their son, Tyler, sisters, Donna Lynn Goretzka, and Shannon Marie Malloy, Linda Marie Carek and her children, Jason, Amanda, and Colton, , great-nephew, Markus "Pudge" Conroy, great-niece, Arianna Conroy, and many friends, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Mercedes G. Stanley Wilson, 89, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017. She was born on February 7, 1928 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late John F. and Verda Mae Stilley Schultz. She was the wife of the late Frank A. Stanley who died October 23, 1974 and the late Seth C. Wilson who died April 8, 2017. She worked for over 28 years as a supervisor in the filing department at Equibank in Pittsburgh. Mercedes was a Deacon and Clerk of Session at Round Hill Presbyterian Church and was also a member of Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens, Meals on Wheels, the Survivors group and was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. She is survived by her son, Frank A. Stanley, Jr. of Indiana, daughter-in-law, Bonnie Stanley of Wellsboro, step-daughters, Donna Marie (Fred) Jeffcoat of McKeesport, Deborah Gile of Elizabeth, Diana (Donald) Hill of Elizabeth, brother, Billy Schultz of Belle Vernon, sister, Mary Lou Miller of Florida, 16 Grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren.
Veronica A. Hredocik, 95, of Sewickley, formerly of Greenock, died Sunday August 13, 2017. She was born August 21, 1921 in Glassport and was the daughter of the late Valentine J. and Justyna Raczewski Kurzydlo and was the wife of the late Albert L. Hredocik. Veronica was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park and was a private caregiver. She is survived by her daughter, Justine A. (Larry) Bajek of Sewickley, sons, Gregory E. (Joyce) Hredocik of Elizabeth Township and Robert R. (Beth Ann) Hredocik of Harwich, MA, grandchildren, Tracey (Jim), Brian (Nicki), Lindsey (Gabe), Michael (Amy), Brian (Monica), Justine (Chris) and Missy, great-grandchildren, Lacey, Lyndie, Lauren, Julien, Taliah, Haley, Gabby, Ryan, Kyla and Bryce, great-great-grandchildren, A.J. and Payton, nieces and nephews.
George Eric "Unc" Lundberg, 49, of Liberty Borough, died Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was born October 11, 1967 in Portsmouth, VA, and was the son of Shirley A. Petrunyak Lundberg of Elizabeth Township and the late George Thomas Lundberg. He worked for American Works Corp, and Expert Drywall. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed teaching his sons, nephews and great-nephews to be a great hunter like him. He was also a longtime coach for the Liberty Borough athletic Association. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Kelecava Lundberg, sons, Jake (Hadja) Lundberg of Turtle Creek and Kodi (Shelby) Lundberg of Liberty Borough, granddaughter, Jolena Irene Lundberg, sister, Nadine (Don) Hodge of Elizabeth Township and Mary (Ron) Lundberg of Coulter, God son, nephew , hunting buddy and best friend, Dane (Cory) Dusi, nephews, Travis Dusi, John (Lisa) McCay, Luke (Erin) McCay, Mark Mycka, Matt Bean, Damon DiPaolo, Jr., and Colin Pastor, nieces, Brittany Bean, Erika (Chris) Beltz, Katrina Mycka, Lacey (Adam) Harkins, Rachel Hodge, Darienne Dusi, and Rachel Pastor, great-nephews, Travis, Aidan, Hunter, Ethan, Trigger, Jackson, Justice, Dane, Christopher, and Dylan, great-nieces, Charlie, Joie, Oakleigh and Sophia, brothers-in-law, John (Alene) Pastor and Greg (Lori) Pastor, sisters-in-law, Adrienne (Joe) Dusi, Coleen (Jerry) McCay, and Maureen (Ricky) Bean, aunts, Eleanor Pohorilak, Alice Bertok, and Mary Lundberg, and his dogs, Gunnar and Loki.
Lee J. Wojcik, 63 of Boston, died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born December 3, 1953 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Leo Julius and Constance Jean Witte Wojcik. Lee attended the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport and was a 1971 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. He was a Tool and Die maker by trade and most recently retired from Dyer Industries because of his courageous battle with cancer. He loved golfing and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Lori Bergmann Wojcik. Father of Benjamin Wojcik of Jefferson Hills and Zachary (Brianne) Wojcik of Lexington, SC. Grandfather to be of Mila Grace Wojcik due to arrive in October. Siblings Kenneth Wojcik of Port Vue, Cynthia McCracken of North Huntingdon, Raymond Wojcik of Sebring, FL, and Gregory (Connie) Wojcik of Virginia. Uncle to 17 nieces and nephews and 23 great-nieces and nephews.
Genevieve Scholastica Grese, 87, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at home. She was born May 1, 1930 in Glassport and was the daughter of the late Ignatius and Anna Rakowicz Jaskolski. She retired from Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh after 40 years of service. She was preceded in death by her son, David Yesensky who died July 4, 2007. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Donna Yesensky of North Versailles, grandchildren, Aaron (Denise) Yesensky of Vanderbilt, Jason (Jenn) Yesensky of North Versailles, and Genevieve (John Smith) Yesensky of East McKeesport, great-grandson, Dillon Yesensky, sisters-in-law, Marge Jaskolski of Porter, IN,, and Frances Jaskolski of Glassport, and many nieces and nephews.
James Robert Ranchik, 89, of Elizabeth Township, died Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was born April 26, 1928 in Glassport and was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Pastor Ranchik. James was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Township, Port Vue American Legion and the Buena Vista Fire Co. He was a US Army Veteran and was retired from US Steel Irwin Works. He is survived by his wife, Johanne G. Timko Ranchik, daughter, Marcia Ranchik of Elizabeth Township, son, Mark (Joni) Ranchik of Baldwin, grandson, Kevin (Angela) Baumgartner, step-grandchildren, Alex Bonelli and Andy (Kim) Bonelli, and step-great-grandchildren, Gavin and Evan Bonelli.
Raymond Szpanka, 86, of Elizabeth Township, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at home. He was born July 31, 1931 in Glassport and was the son of the late Walter and Helen Dumala Szpanka. Raymond was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and the Polish National Alliance. He was a Sergeant serving in the US Army in the Korean War. For his service he received the National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal with one bronze star, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was a mechanical engineer at the Westinghouse Plant Apparatus Division. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores Kobik Szpanka of Elizabeth Township, daughter, Ruth Szpanka of Pittsburgh, close friend of the family, Sue Woloschuk of Pittsburgh, daughter-in-law, Juliebeth Benko of Austin, TX, brother, John Szpanka of Fairfax, VA, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Chester Englert of Elizabeth, nieces and nephews.
Charles Marshall McNeal, 86, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, August 4, 2017. He was born November 22, 1930 in Beaver Falls and was the son of the late Marshall and Mildred Mulford McNeal. Charles was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in White Oak and was retired from US Steel Irvin Works. He was a US Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. For his service he received the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He is survived by his wife, Louise Rapczak McNeal, sons, Donald (Sherry) Pronic of Pittsburgh, Joseph (Theresa) Pronic of Butler, and Ryan Charles (Pamela) McNeal of Kissimmee, FL, brother, Dennis McNeal of Columbiana, Ohio, sisters, Rebecca Trivilino of Royal Oak, Michigan, and Mary Beth Keller of Columbiana, Ohio, grandchildren, Amanda and Brittani Pronic, nieces and nephews.
Daryl Emidio Cecchini, 63, of Versailles, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017. He was born February 2, 1954 in McKeesport and was the son of Marie Carney Cecchini of Greenock and the late Emidio G. Cecchini. Daryl worked for the Westmoreland Water Authority and had previously worked at the former US Steel National Tube Works. He was a former McKeesport City Councilman and served as vice president of Council for 8 years. He was very active in the McKeesport area including coaching McKeesport Little League Baseball and Tiger Football. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters, Joyce (Dennis) Mathe of White Oak and Theresa Cipicchio of Versailles, brother, Joseph A. Cecchini of Greenock, and nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.
Vera Agnes Harr, 89, of Port Vue, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017. She was born December 25, 1927 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen Miller Como. She was the wife of the late Walter Lewis Harr who died July 1, 2017. Vera was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport and had worked for the former Peters Packing Co. She is survived by her sons, Gerald (Rita) Pellecchia of North Huntingdon and Richard Pellecchia of McKeesport, daughters, Debra (Richard) Medina of McKeesport, Karen L. (Robert) Campbell and Ginger L. (Kevin) Ulmer of Elizabeth Township, and Kit M. Wygonik of Trafford, sister, Genevieve "Dolly" Como of McKeesport, daughter-in-law, Susan Pellecchia of East McKeesport, sister-in-law, Barbara Harr of McKesport, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Dorothy Balawajder of North Huntingdon passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Steve and Elizabeth Katrincsak Geary and the wife of the late Chester Balawajder. She is survived by brother, Jack (Joann) Geary of White Oak, nieces and nephews.