Elveria H. Johnson

December 03, 2017 |

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Elveria H. Johnson, 82, of McKeesport, died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport.  Born in Port Vue, PA on January 19, 1935, she had been employed by the former Famous Department Store and Bill Taylor’s Catering.  She was a member of the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, White Oak and its Young At Heart, Pricilla Circle, and Women of E.L.C.A., was a volunteer at the Intersection and Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, was a member of Amaranth, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Beatrice Chapter #147, Pythian Sisters of Irwin.  Daughter of the late Charles and Hilda Marie Johnson Blamick; wife of the late Donald Lewis Johnson; sister of the late Robert S. (Lois) Blamick, Joseph E. Blamick, Charles (Gertrude) Blamick and Jeannette (Steve) Jeney; sister in law of the late Walter Mains and Carl Seitz.  She is survived by her son, Wayne (Deborah) Johnson of Driftwood, PA; granddaughter, Melissasue Moore of Emporium, PA; brother, Wesley E. (Carolyn) Blamick of Tallahasse, FL; sisters, Vervaine E. (Vickie) Mains of White Oak and Kathryn M. Seitz of White oak; sister in law, Arlene Blamick of North Huntingdon; also by nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Tuesday from 6-9 PM and Wednesday from 9-11 AM.  A service will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:00 noon in the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Ryan officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to her church.

 

Bertha Mae Chaplin

November 12, 2017 |

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Bertha Mae Robinson Chaplin, 89, of Liberty Boro, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at UPMC McKeesport.  She was born in Liberty Boro on October 12, 1928, the third and youngest child of Nathan McGrew Robinson and Carrie Lou Harper Robinson.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Byron L. Chaplin Jr., her brother William Nathan Robinson and her sister, Carrie Grace Robinson Kauffmann.

She grew up on the dairy farm owned by her grandfather, William J. Robinson.  At the age of 14, she ministered to and held vigil for her uncle, grandfather and father as all succumbed in the span of 1 month.  Later, she also ministered to her namesake Aunt Bertha in her final days.

After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1946, Bertha Mae attended The Pennsylvania College for Women (PCW – now Chatham University) where she majored in kindergarten-primary education, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.  She taught in the Pittsburgh public schools for two years and was a substitute teacher in the McKeesport Area and South Allegheny school districts. 

From her marriage in 1951, she became the mother of Byron L. Chaplin III of Indianapolis, Indiana and Susan E. Chaplin (David) Buchter.  She was the grandmother of Sarah J. Cox and Rebecca E. Andrew, both of Illinois.

Bertha Mae’s Sunday School class at the former First Presbyterian Church of McKeesport studied Elton Trueblood’s “The Company of the Committed” which inspired her to pursue an effort to meet the needs of mentally handicapped pre-schoolers in the McKeesport area.  This study culminated in the founding of what ultimately became known as the McKeesport Pre-School for Exceptional Children.  As its first teacher and director beginning in 1962, she worked tirelessly to secure funding and develop an unparalleled professional program that eventually outgrew multiple sites.  In the late 1990’s she worked with her board of directors and architects to envision, fund, and erect a new home for the preschool on Long Run Road in White Oak.  The name was changed at that time to the Long Run Children’s Learning Center. 

In 1998, shortly after the completion of construction, she retired, having lead the organization for 36 years.  That same year, she was honored by the Chatham College Alumnae Association as its Distinguished Alumna of the year.  Later that year, the McKeesport High School Alumni and Friends Association selected her as one of 7 recipients for their Hall of Fame, recognizing her contributions to education and her passion and love for these special needs children.

Throughout her life, she was surrounded by and cultivated in a deep Christian faith that served her well and which she shared unapologetically in countless ways with unknown numbers of people in need or in crisis.  She honored her Savior, Jesus Christ and set an example for many in her family and community.  Many times she speculated about eternal life by saying “if only those in heaven could come back and tell us how wonderful it is…”  She never feared the end of life, but instead looked forward to the reunion with loved ones with whom she is certainly celebrating today!

Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.  A service will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Mount Vernon Cemetery Chapel with The Rev. Lynn Portz officiating.  The family suggests contributions to Shadyside Presbyterian Church.  A memorial service will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10 AM in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15232.

 

Betty A. Welcker

November 07, 2017 |

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Betty A. Welcker, 93, of McKeesport, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at Forbes Hospital, Monroeville.  Born in McKeesport, February 5, 1924, she was the retired secretary to the Dean of Student Affairs at the McKeesport Campus of Penn State University.  She was a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church, volunteered at McKeesport Hospital and the Latterman Clinic, and was a graduate of McKeesport High School.  Daughter of the late James and Lillian Webb Cardwell; wife of the late Howard F. Welcker; sister of the late Jane Moffitt and Tom and James Cardwell; she is survived by her son, Paul F. Welcker of Monroeville; daughter, Karen (Bob) Brown of Chester, VA; sister in law, Evelyn Barrett of White Oak; also by nieces and nephews and 3 grand dogs.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Saturday from 7-9 PM and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  A service will be held Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11 AM in McKeesport Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James P. Leuenberger officiating, with visitation beginning at 10 AM in the church chapel.  Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  The family suggests contributions to an animal shelter of your choice.

 

Minnie Simon

November 01, 2017 |

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Minnie Barbara Abrams Simon, 100. Born in McKeesport on January 2, 1917, she was the daughter of Abraham and Helen Abrams.  Her husband Abraham G. Simon preceded her in death.  Minnie graduated from McKeesport High School in 1934.  She worked as a bookkeeper for Traczynski Meatpacking Company on White Street for many years until her eyesight began to fail her.  She was a member of the Anshe Sfard and Gemilas Chesed Synagogues.  She was active in the Gemilas Chesed  Sisterhood, a member of McKeesport's chapter of Hadassah and B'Nai Brith.  Despite her limited sight, she became known for her creative flower and fruit arrangements for celebrations at the synagogue.  When asked how she was able to design arrangements without being able to see well, Minnie would say, “I see it in my mind and then it is easy.”  With a group of Jewish women in McKeesport, Minnie was part of a monthly “study group” that discussed books, most related to Judaism, led by Tree of Life Synagogue Rabbi Edmond Neiss.  She and Abe moved to Pembroke Pines, FL in 1978 where she lived until 2014 when she came to live with her daughter in Philadelphia.   Mother of Dr. Elaine Simon of Philadelphia, PA and Dr. Richard Simon of Pembroke Pines, FL.  Grandmother of Claire and Nora Crawford of Philadelphia.  Pre-deceased by her siblings, Max, Sara, Molly, Sam, and Lilly.  Graveside service will take place Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Tree of Life/Sfard Cemetery with Rabbi Moshe Russell officiating.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Minnie’s memory can be made to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/support-nls/ or to the McKeesport High School Alumni and Friends Association http://www.theconsortiumforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/MHS-Alumni-Membership-Form-without-brick-copy.pdf

 

Jason M. Wentroble

October 25, 2017 |

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Jason M. Wentroble, 45, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Presbyterian University Hospital.  Born in McKeesport, October 12, 1972, he was the son of the late William Wentroble, and is survived by his mother, Patricia Queen Keller of McKeesport and the love of his life, Penny Littleton, her daughters, Sheree Payne and Mary Way, both of Buena Vista; also by grandchildren, Michael and Alivia.  He was a bartender and cook at Sheree’s Tavern in Sutersville and a member of A.S.C.A.P.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

 

Elizabeth Pallay

July 29, 2017 |

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Elizabeth Pallay, 97, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Kane Regional Center.  Born July 17, 1920 in Export Mine, Washington County, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Esther Feke Pallay.  She was a partner of the former Pallay’s Alleys in McKeesport, was a member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport and attended activities at Community Life.  She is survived by her nephew, William S. Brindza of Lucedale, MS and was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Pallay Martin and Mary Pallay Brindza.  A service will be held Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Free Hungarian Reformed Church, 101 University Drive, McKeesport, PA  15132 with the Rev. Daniel Borsay officiating.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  The family suggests contributions to her church or The Intersection.

 

Rae Kessler

May 18, 2017 |

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Rae Kessler, 91, of White Oak died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Riverside Nursing Center.  Born in Glassport, July 21, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Myer and Rose Recht Alpern and wife of the late Robert Kessler.  She was a buyer for the former Gimbel’s Department Stores, and worked until age 82 at their Eastland and Pittsburgh locations.  She was a member of the Congregation Gemilas Chesed and its Sisterhood and Hadassah.  She is survived by 2 sons, Steven Kessler of Pittsburgh and Mark (Stephanie) Kessler of Dallas, TX; 5 grandchildren, Matt Kessler of Pittsburgh, Katie Bertsch of Alpine, WY, Robert Kessler of Frisco, TX, Jenny Kessler of Seattle, WA, and Hannah Kessler of Dallas, TX; a great grandson, Benjamin Kessler of Frisco, TX; 2 sisters, Sylvia Newman of White Oak and Rochelle Glanz of Pittsburgh; also by nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held Monday, May 22, 2017 in the Original Gemilas Chesed Cemetery at 11:00 AM with Rabbi Moshe Russell officiating.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  The family suggests contributions to the Congregation Gemilas Chesed, 1400 Summit Street, McKeesport, PA  15131.

 

Dorothy Jacobs Weiss

April 12, 2017 |

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Dorothy Jacobs Weiss, 95, formerly of McKeesport and White Oak, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Harbour Senior Living of Monroeville.  Born in California, PA on March 8, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Max and Elsie Lang Jacobs.  Wife of the late Sam Weiss, she is survived by her son, Harry M. (Adrienne) Weiss of Monroeville; her daughter, Ellen R. Weiss of Philadelphia; and her granddaughter, Elizabeth Weiss of Squirrel Hill; also by nieces and nephews.  A retired clerk at the former Jaison’s Department Store in McKeesport, she was a member of Temple B’nai Israel and its Sisterhood, Hadassah, and the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary #181.  A graveside service will be held Friday, April 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the Tree of Life/Sfard Cemetery with Rabbi Paul Tuchman officiating.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.org or to a favorite charity.

 

Nancy W. Guarascio

April 05, 2017 |

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Nancy W. Guarascio, 79, of Marietta, GA, died at her home on April 4, 2017.  Born in McKeesport, January 27, 1938, daughter of the late Robert J. and Sophia Dahlin Wampler.  Wife of the late Louis A. Guarascio, she is survived by nieces and nephews, Melanie Whiteman, Cynthia Goellner, Elizabeth Sabranski, Allan Wampler, Robert Wampler, and Randall Wampler.  Nancy was raised in McKeesport, attended McKeesport High School and Westminster College, where she earned her degree.  She retired from IBM after a successful 38 year career, and was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.  She enjoyed traveling, reading, and preparing gourmet meals.  Private interment will take place in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  The family suggests contributions to the Lou Guarascio Scholarship Fund of M.A.H.S., P.O. Box 432, McKeesport, PA  15134.

 

Richard J. Abraitis

March 18, 2017 |

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Richard J. Abraitis, 68, of Apollo, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at the William Penn Care Center.  Born in McKeesport, October 10, 1948, he was the son of the late Michael J. and Mabel E. “Betty” Hagan Abraitis, Jr.  He was a retired heavy equipment driver, a member of St. James the Greater church in Apollo, the Apollo V.F.W., the American Legion in Vandergrift, and was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.  He is survived by 2 brothers, Michael J. Abraitis III of McKeesport and David R. Abraitis of McKeesport; 2 sisters, Loretta Nothdurft and Susan M. Cokain of Harrisville, PA; also by nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Monday from 3-7 PM.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Church by Father Thomas Moore, OSB on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.

 

Matthew V. Gladkowski

February 27, 2017 |

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Matthew V. Gladkowski, 60, of McKeesport, died Sunday, February 26, 2017 at The Grove at Irwin.  Born in Troy, Missouri on February 15, 1957, he was the son of the late Theodore H. and Mary Rose Brown Gladkowski, and was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Tamara Sue Gladkowski and Karen Lynn Everett.  He is survived by 2 brothers, Jan Gladkowski of Seminole, FL and Theodore Gladkowski of North Versailles; 2 sisters, Alexandra Juarez of McKeesport and Deidre Ann Gladkowski of East McKeesport; nephews, Charles Anthony Mullins of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jason Juarez of Georgia, and Theodore Gladkowski of North Huntingdon; and a niece, Gretchen Gladkowski of Pittsburgh; also by great nieces and nephews.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the funeral home.

 

Edward E. Humphreys

January 24, 2017 |

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Edward Eugene Humphreys, 75, of McKeesport, died January 23, 2017, with his sister by his side.  She was there for him when he needed her, and was his best friend.  Beloved son of the late Edward R. and Isabelle C. McBride Humphreys, their first born.  They were truly blessed to have a wonderful son.  He was their life, and he gave them nothing but happiness.  His life was fulfilled with the love that he got from his parents.  He was a kind hearted person and everyone loved him.  He always had a joke to tell to make someone smile or laugh.  He loved playing the guitar and going to the park.  He worked for Francis McBride Wall Coverings as a wall paper hanger, and served in the U.S. Navy.  He had a heart of gold and a wonderful soul, and a kind, loving, and sweet spirit.  With his laugh and his smile, he helped ease the pain and suffering of many.  Now he is at peace, free from his own pain and suffering.  When you love someone, every moment is shadowed by the fear of loss.  The more you loved, the more you feel the loss.  His death leaves a giant hole in the hearts of his many family members and friends.  Today we are not saying goodbye, but only saying we will see you again.  He is survived by his brother, Steven Humphreys of McKeesport and his sister, Sally Humphreys of McKeesport, also by his beloved pets, Max, Abigal, and Maggie, who loved him with all their hearts.  The Yorkies were the joy of his life. Friends will be received in the Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 on Friday, January 27, 2017, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, where a Blessing will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner at 3:30 PM.

 

Lillian Anna Foster

January 11, 2017 |

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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.

 

Terry Lynn Barlak

November 22, 2016 |

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Terry Lynn Barlak, 65, of Monroeville, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at UPMC East, Monroeville.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she received her master’s degree from Chatham University, and was retired as director of Children and Youth Services for Allegheny County.  Daughter of the late Adolph and Marion Jacobs Markowitz, she is survived by her husband, Kevin Barlak; son, Michael Barlak of Monroeville; daughter, Sara Papachristou of Hampton Township; 3 grandchildren; and sister, Daryl Marks of the North Hills.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Cynthia Mayer.  A graveside service will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the New Gemilas Chesed Cemetery, Upper Heckman Road, White Oak, PA  15131.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.

 

June E. Traeger

November 04, 2016 |

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June E. Traeger, 99, of White Oak, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Mount Vernon of Elizabeth.  Born in McKeesport, June 12, 1917, daughter of the late Alfred A. and Edith Lindemyer Neuman.  She was a paralegal for A.M. Simon in McKeesport, and an estate administrator for Rose, Schmidt, and Dixon in Pittsburgh.  Wife of the late Edward W. Traeger, who died April 13, 1982, she is survived by her daughter and son in law, (Kathy J. (Frank J.) Orris of White Oak; granddaughter, Lisa Hivick of Ohio; grandson, David Orris of Ohio; and grandchildren in her extended family which includes Mary Beth Wilkins, John Peterson, James Peterson, and Meg Panarama.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Thelma F. Fedorka.  The oldest living member , elder, and deacon of McKeesport Presbyterian Church (formerly Central Presbyterian Church), she was a McKeesport High School graduate, Class of 1934.  She was past matron of the former White Oak Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, past president of the Women’s Association of Central Presbyterian Church, past president of the McKeesport Symphony Auxillary, and an associate member of the McKeesport Hospital Junior Committee.  Friends will be received in McKeesport Presbyterian Church following worship on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from noon until 2 PM.  A service will be held Monday, November 7, 2016 in the church sanctuary at 11:00 AM with the Rev. John Peterson officiating.  Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of the arrangements.  The family suggests contributions to Hospice 365.

 

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