Eva Bach Gioia

April 23, 2018 |

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Eva Bach Gioia, 98, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, April 21, 2018. She was born September 16, 1919 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Christopher Bach and the late Blanche Atwell Bach Sillman. She was the wife of the late Anthony Gioia who died January 21, 2013. Eva was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park and was a former Nurse's Aid at McKeesport Hospital. She is survived by her son, Anthony B. Gioia of Milford, Michigan, daughters, Cathy L. Gioia Beadling of Liberty Borough and Eva M. Gioia (Bill) Krause of West Newton, grandchildren, Christopher Gioia, Donald R. (Sharon) Beadling, Robert D. (Deanna) Beadling, Stacy M. (Jeff) Fuller, William A. (Tiffany) Krause and Angela M. Hodge, great-grandchildren, Gage Fuller, Makenzie Shipley, Sabrina Hodge, Madison Hodge, Camdyn Krause and Starr Conlan, great-great-grandson, Camber Maxwell, nieces and nephews.

 
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Elizabeth M. Kugler

April 23, 2018 |

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Elizabeth M. Kugler, 89, of McKeesport, died Saturday, April 21, 2018. She was born June 20, 1928 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth Sarik. She was the wife of the late Clarence J. Kugler who died January 10, 2005. Elizabeth was the former proprietor of Lampert's Market in McKeesport and had previously worked for McKeesport Baking Co., A & P in Tenth Ward, McKeesport Area School District and Kadar's Clothing Store.  She is survived by her son, Richard (Jan) Kugler of White Oak and daughter, Kathleen (Brian) Tuttle of Munhall, grandchildren, Michael and Derrick Kugler, and Tyler, Ryan, Connor and Megan Tuttle, great-grandchildren, Mason, Madelyn, Liam and Sutton Kugler, nieces and nephews.

 
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Alex Stipanovich

April 23, 2018 |

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Alex Stipanovich, 81, of White Oak, died Saturday, April 21, 2018. He was born July 9, 1936 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Ilija (Alex) and Boja (Kusic) Stipanovich. Alex was an Accountant and Financial Manager and retired from Dravo Corporation and the CMU School of Music. He was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church where he was formerly Vice President there. He was also a member of Polaris Lodge F & AM, Duquesne Royal Arch Chapter No. 162, and Pittsburgh Commandry No. 1 Knight's Templar. Alex was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Business Administration and was a member of Pitt Alumni. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly (Timko) Stipanovich, sons, Nicholas (Darlene) Stipanovich of Latrobe and Michael (Christa) Stipanovich of Cresson, grandchilden, Amanda (David) McClearnon,  Alex, Ethan, Ryan, Loren, and Megyn Stipanovich and many nieces and nephews.

 
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Margaret (Kolesar) Zoscak

April 16, 2018 |

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Margaret (Kolesar) Zoscak, 88, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, April 15, 2018. She was born December 10, 1929 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Michael and Susan (Hudak) Kolesar. She was the wife of the late Joseph Lawrence Zoscak who died February 2, 2002. Margaret was a member of the former Holy Trinity Church in McKeesport and was a graduate of McKeesport High School. Her favorite joys in life were working at the various clothing fashion stores during McKeesport's "Booming Days"  in the 40's and 50's. She loved being home and helping her mom and dad and enjoyed listening to the music of her time. She was also an avid bird enthusiast. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Zoscak of Monroeville, brother, Richard (Rita) Kolesar of East McKeesport, nieces, nephews and cousins.

 
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Katherine “Kathy” Louise Toner Hitchens

April 15, 2018 |

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Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Louise Toner Hitchens, of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Burlington, NC, following an extended illness at age 85. Born in McKeesport, she is the daughter of the late, William James and Dorothea Nill Toner. Mrs. Hitchens grew up in Beaver, PA, then graduated from The Grier School in Tyrone, PA, where she pursued equestrian interests. Mrs. Hitchens earned her college degree from Endicott in Beverly, MA, majoring in retail merchandising, returned to Pittsburgh, and worked for Eastern Airlines and later, The United Steel Workers of America.  In 1956, she married Mr. Edward Floyd Hitchens and established residence in Elizabeth Township.  She was proceeded in death by him at the age of 39, an event which changed the course and mission of her life. After experiencing comfort from a Theos Grief support group, she felt the need to console others. Ultimately, she became the facilitator of this local support group for over thirty years, became involved in developing and later directing the Board of The Self Help Group Network of Pittsburgh, The Self Help Group Theos Foundation, was awarded The Pittsburgh Area Self Help Networking Award in 1987, and was nominated for The National President’s Service Award in 1995. She is a former Brownie Scout leader, current member of the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, and has served her community in numerous civic and voluntary capacities. Survivors include daughters, Nancy L. Hitchens of Elizabeth Township, PA, Janet L. Hitchens, of Burlington, NC, stepdaughter, Becky Dombroski, of Rome, NY, and grandson, Daniel “Evan” Piephoff, of Cambridge, MA.

 
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JoAnn Mary (Tick) Vanard

April 09, 2018 |

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JoAnn Mary (Tick) Vanard, 58, of McKeesport, died Friday, April 6, 2018. She was born February 11, 1960 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Robert G. and Geraldine A. (Kurka) Tick. She is survived by her sons, Eric L. Vanard and Sean R. Vanard of McKeesport, sister, Jennifer (Wayne) Sanders of Moon Township, brother,  Robert C. (Diana) Tick of Forest Hills, and nephews, Ryan and Jordan Tick and Wayne and Nicholas Sanders. There is no visitation.

 
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Margaret I. Heath

April 06, 2018 |

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Margaret I. Heath, 93, formerly of Uniontown and Greenock, died Sunday, April 1, 2018. She was the daughter of the late John A. and Catherine (McKeeta) Ingram and the wife of the late Don Reid Heath. She is survived by her brother, Robert Ingram of White Oak and sister, Catherine Ingram of New York, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Stepko who died April  2, 2014. Margaret was an avid reader, gardener, and member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township.

 
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Isabella (Pearson) Thompson

April 06, 2018 |

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Isabella (Pearson) Thompson, 84, of Palmyra, Virginia went home to be with her Lord on Easter morning, Sunday, April 1, 2018. She was born in Homeville, Pennsylvania on April 15, 1933 to the late George H. and Dorothy (Lingertot) Pearson. Isabella grew up in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania, Where she graduated from McKeesport High School in 1951. She married the love of her life, the late Thomas Cowan Thompson of Glassport on May 16, 1952 at the First Methodist Church in Glassport. They were married for 60 years and resided in Elizabeth Township. After raising her four sons, Isabella began a career in banking and eventually retired as a bank officer for Three Rivers Bank. She was baptized at the Riverview Baptist Church of McKeesport in 1962, but continued following her love of Anglican Worship throughout her life. Most recently, she attended the Christ Anglican Fellowship Church in Orange, Virginia. Her favorite Bible verses were Philippians 4: 6-7. Isabella and Thomas had a love for travel and visited Nova Scotia, Bermuda, Israel and Alaska after retirement.

 
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Richard E. Lieberum

April 06, 2018 |

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Richard E. Lieberum, 70, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018. He was born August 18, 1947 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Edmund C. and Donna (Watson) Lieberum. He was the husband of the late Mary Jane (Knapton) Lieberum who died July 14, 2013. Richard was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Christy Park, AARP, and Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens. He was retired from Bechtel Marine Propulsion in Monroeville. He is survived by his son, Matthew (Heather) Lieberum and daughter, Angela  (Shawn) Ruby of Elizabeth Township, sisters, Joani Ashton and Carla (Ron) Anderchak of Elizabeth Township, grandchildren, Lauren Ruby and Weston and Peyton Lieberum, special nephew, Gerry Coulter,  nieces and nephews.

 
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Norma Jean Supansic

April 02, 2018 |

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Norma Jean Supansic, 82, of Christy Park, died Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was born March 8, 1936 in Christy Park and was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Sarah (Stefani) Supansic. Norma  worked for the former G.C. Murphy Co. warehouse in Christy Park and was a loyal member of the Teamsters for 38 years. She is survived by brothers, Donald (Elaine) Supansic of West Mifflin and Robert Supansic of Christy Park, sisters, Vivian (Joseph) Martino of White Oak, and Karen Supansic of Christy Park, nieces and nephews.

 
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Maud L. Andrew

April 01, 2018 |

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Maud L. Andrew, 89, of Port Vue, went to her heavenly home to be embraced by a loving family on Thursday, March 29, 2018. She was born April 25, 1928 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Theodore C. Stumme and Dorothy E. (Kelly) Pishko. She was a member of West Side United Methodist Church in McKeesport, Eastern Star Clairton Chapter 316, and Senior Companion. Her family was the most important part of her life. She was the cherished mother of  Daryl (James) Gray of West Mifflin, and William  (Olivia) Andrew of Port Vue. She was the treasured grandmother of James W. Gray, Brenda Capolongo, Ellie Gray, and Reagan Andrew. She was blessed with 2 great-grandsons, Vincent Capolongo and Dorian Andrew. She was the loving sister of Barbara Hiquet of North Versailles and was the beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews.

 
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Mary Ann Dworek

March 29, 2018 |

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Mary Ann Dworek, 80, of Port Vue, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. She was born July 17, 1937 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Plichta) Bertoti. She was the wife of the late Paul Dworek who died April 6, 2010. Mary Ann was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the McKeesport Garden Club. She was retired from the Borough of Port Vue after 38 years of service. She is survived by her daughter, Celeste (Bob) Soubeyrand of Port Vue, twin sons, Christopher P. (Betsy) Dworek of Mercer and Cary P. Dworek of West Middlesex, grandchildren, Heather Atkinson, Nicholas Yaksic, Tyler Soubeyrand and Madeline Dworek, great-granddaughter, Anastasia "Annie" Atkinson, nieces and nephews.

 
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Emil "Moe" Brunazzi, Jr.

March 27, 2018 |

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Emil "Moe" Brunazzi, Jr., 95, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018. He was born November 22, 1922  in Blythedale and was the son of the late Emil Brunazzi, Sr.  and Narcissa Morpanini Brunazzi.  He was the husband of 65 years to the late  Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Hamadock Brunazzi. Moe graduated from Sewickley Township High School in Herminie in 1942 and went on to work as a milkman for Menzie Dairy in McKeesport and delivered milk in the Pittsburgh area for 27 years. He also worked at his parent's farm in Irwin.  After his retirement from Menzie Dairy, he was employed by Walter Schmitt and Associates in West Newton.  Emil loved his children and grandchildren, to garden, watch the deer, turkeys and squirrels in his back yard, planting flowers, crossword puzzles and to go fishing in Potter County with his son-in-law, Ray Homa. Emil was a member of the Shelocta Sportsman's Club.  He is survived by 3 generations of family including his five children, whom he loved very much, Sharon A. (Ray) Luzier of Elizabeth Township, Terry (Jane) Brunazzi, Sr. of Belle Vernon, Barbara (Ray) Homa of Indiana, Gary (and friend, Linda) Brunazzi and Emil Brunazzi III of Irwin, four grandchildren, Laurie Luzier (Rob) Salvio of Smithton, Raymond (Aspen) Luzier Jr. of Franklin, TN, Terry (Trisha) Brunazzi Jr. of Greensburg and Jessica (David) Brunazzi McDermott of Philadelphia, six great-grandchildren, Nico, Mayla and Talia Brunazzi, Hudson Ray and Beck Jagger Luzier and Josephine Jane McDermott (and another great-granddaughter on the way), a sister, Joy B. DeClaudio of Irwin, many nieces, nephews and cousins and good friend Debbie Raymer of Galeton.

 
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Betty Ann (Charney) Horensky

March 27, 2018 |

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Betty Ann (Charney) Horensky, 79, of Greenock, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. She was born May 26, 1938 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late William F. and Anna (Cholock) Charney. She was the wife of the late George Edward Horensky, Jr., who died February 19, 2012. Betty was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the Ladies of Charity, Fish Fry Ministry, Peanut Butter and Jelly Ministry for the Boys and Girls Club and the Festival Committee there. She was formerly the  secretary at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenock and with the former Department of Energy in West Mifflin. She is survived by her son, George William (Katherine) Horensky of Rostraver, sister, Deborah Charney of Port Vue,  grandchildren, Vincent W. Horensky and Elizabeth Mary Horensky, and brother-in-law, David Horensky.

 
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Jimmie Joe Berggren

March 27, 2018 |

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Jimmie Joe Berggren, Jr., 35, of West Newton, died Saturday, March 24, 2018. He was born March 15, 1983 in Jeannette and was the son of Jimmie Berggren and Naoma Harvey of West Newton. Jimmie worked for Blank Welding in Elizabeth. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Erik (Susan Zombek) Berggren and their sons, Ian and Ryan of Glassport, uncles, Eric Berggren of Monessen, Seth Fellabaum of Elizabeth and Shane Matthews of Latrobe, close friend Melissa Richardson and their dog Sarge, and cousins.

 
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