Robin M. Smerkol

November 13, 2017 |

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Robin M. Smerkol, 60, of West Mifflin died Saturday November 11, 2017. She was preceded in death by parents Edward and Margaret (Scheller) Fillo. Robin is survived by her husband Samuel Smerkol; sons Samuel (Katie) Smerkol Jr. and John Smerkol; daughter Stacey (Adam) Smerkol; grandchildren Hayden and Jacob; brother David (Sue) Fillo; Lori (Jujie) Fillo; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and her beloved German Shepherd Zena. Robin worked as an adjustments clerk at PNC and was an avid animal lover. Friends received at the Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne Saturday at 9am then a funeral mass will be held at Christ the Light of the World Parish at 10am.

 

Angela M. Karan

November 01, 2017 |

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ANGELA M. KARAN, 57, of West Mifflin, died Oct. 31, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Rudolph and Dolores (Wilson) Bellisario. Angela is survived by her daughters Crystal Karan, Danielle Karan, Jessica Ritchie, and Kaylee Ritchie; grandchildren Dylan Kyne, Tallie Stinson, and Taylen Stinson; sister Barbara Butch and brother Rudolph Bellisario. Angela spent much of her life working hard in retail but later pursued a career in massage therapy. She was most passionate about riding her Harley Davidson while soaking up the sun, raising her four daughters, spending time with her grandsons, and making the most of life with her closest friends. Friends will be received at Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home in Duquesne on Saturday, 11/04, from 1-3 PM.

 

Hazel M. Stammer

October 10, 2017 |

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HAZEL M. STAMMER, 94, of West Mifflin, died Oct. 9, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late John and Sadie Anderson.  She is the wife of the late Russell Stammer.  Hazel is survived by her children Claudia Stammer, Gwen Kovalsky, Chris Stammer, Russell Stammer and William Stammer.  Hazel was a retired nurse for McKeesport Hosptial and former member of the First United Methodist Church in Duquesne. Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.

 

Robert Torbic

September 26, 2017 |

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ROBERT TORBIC, 81, formerly of West Mifflin, died Sept. 24, 2017.  He is the son of the late Jovan and Luba (Mazinia) Torbic.  He is survived by daughters Lisa Cherish, Andrea (Ken) Rudek and son Mark Jovan (Gina) Torbic; grandchildren Nick (Kristen) Cherish, Marko and Gabe Rudek; great granddaughter Sloane Cherish; sister Martha Zidkovich. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers Myles, Nick and George and sister Bertha L. Forrest.  Robert was the President and Chief Operating Officer of APASCO, Inc. in West Mifflin; served in the US Army and was a member of St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Tues. 2-4 and 6-8.  A funeral service will be held on Wed. at Noon at St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage (everyone is asked to please meet at the church).  Interment following Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

 

Robert Jones

September 22, 2017 |

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Robert Jones, 87, of West Mifflin died Sept. 22, 2017 at Cranberry Place. Born July 11, 1930 in Duquesne, the son of the late Robert and Hazel (Ring) Jones. He is the husband of the late Margaret (Lash) Jones. Bob is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Richard) Corrins; grandchildren Mellisa (Tony) Ross, Jessie Corrins and Greg (Krystina) Corrins; and great grandchildren Nathan, Lilly and Sophia Ross. He was preceded in death by sisters Mildred, Hazel and Thora and brother W. Herbert Jones. Bob was retired from US Steel Duquesne Works and was a member of the West Mifflin Community Baptist Church. Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home Sunday 2 to 8. A funeral service will be held Mon 11 am in the funeral home. Interment following a Jefferson Memorial Park

 

Nick "SHOOSH" Pilipovich

September 02, 2017 |

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NICKSHOOSHPILIPOVICH, 85, South Park, formerly of Duquesne, died Sept. 2, 2017.  He is the son of the late Bozo and Anna (Buchko) Pilipovich.  He is survived by his beloved wife Milica “Mitzie” (Baskot); sons Nick Pilipovich of South Park and David (Kelly) Pilipovich of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren Kyle and Kelsey Pilipovich; brother George (the late Sally) Pilipovich and his wife Joanne; brother-in-law Walter “Vlade” and his wife Diane “DeeDee” Baskot; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by brother Michael “Flip” Pilipovich; sister Ann “Anka” Kresovich and her husband Steve; brother-in-law Dushan “Duddy” Baskot and his wife Mary; sister-in-laws Zora Nedzbala and her husband Gabe;  Myra Farrell and niece Lisa Farrell.  Nick graduated from C.B. Weaver Real Estate School and was the owner/operator of Huckster’s Bar and Restaurant.  Nick was a member of St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church, where he served as a tutor (usher); Masonic Lodge 765; Syrian Shriner’s Tall Cedars Caravan 38; SNF Federation Lodge 76; Pres. of the Duquesne-Duquesne Annex Tavern Assoc. for 40 years; Pres. of Duquesne School Authority for the construction of JFK Elementary School; Vice Pres. of Duquesne School Board; Pres. of Hucksters Booster Travel Club; booked all the events for the Duquesne Serbian Club in the 1950’s.  He loved all Pittsburgh sports and playing cards with his friends; traveling and attending Serbian basketball tournaments.   He lived for his sons, including watching Air Force Academy Basketball games.  He often told his sons “Don’t ever forget where you came from”.  Nick was a very generous man and loved to help everyone. He will be sadly missed by all, especially his St. Sava’s family.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Mon. 2-8.  A funeral blessing will be held 10:30 am Tues. in the funeral home followed by an 11:00 am funeral serbice at St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage.  Entombment following Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church or the American Cancer Society.

 

William T. Wilson

August 26, 2017 |

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William T. Wilson, 73, of Glassport died August 26, 2017. He is the son of the late Albert and Mary (Marcus) Wilson. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (Mihalsky) Wilson; son Douglas (Mary) Wilson of Conneaut Lake; granddaughters Laurel, Bethany, and Emma Wilson; brothers Albert, Richard, John, and Daniel Wilson, sister Mildred Liebel; also nieces and nephews. Bill was retired from US Steel Irvin Works, a member of the VFW in Wilson, American Legion in Glassport, and served in the US Army. Friends will be received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport Monday 3:30-7pm at which time a funeral service will be held with Pastor Jim Chester.

 

Edward C. Bowers

August 24, 2017 |

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EDWARD C. BOWERS, 89, of West Mifflin, died Aug. 23, 2017.  He is the son of the late Roy and Anna Bowers.  Beloved husband of Ruth (Appleby) Bowers.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister Irene and brother William.  He was preceded in death by sister Dorothy and brothers Jack and Jim.  Ed was retired from US Steel and served in the US Army, Korean War.  A memorial service will be held Mon. Aug. 28, 2017, 11:00 am at the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport with Rev. Kirk Albrecht.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.

 

Marilyn Wisbar Kurutz

August 16, 2017 |

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Marilyn Wisbar Kurutz, 67, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at her home after a long battle with muscular dystrophy and heart disease.

She will be remembered for her spirit and sense of humor, her passion and dedication to do what was right. Despite being wheelchair-bound for the past 25 years, she carried a sunny disposition and an “I can beat this” attitude. She was often known as “the lady with butterflies on her wheelchair.” 

Born in 1950 to Ed and Thelma Wisbar, she was a 1968 graduate of Duquesne High School. She attended Point Park College, where she studied accounting. She spent more than a decade working in the insurance industry and was a fashion model for Gateway Associated Photography. 

She married Stephen (Ray) Kurutz in 1981 and the couple had one daughter, Daveen. She devoted her life to taking care of her family, as a stay-at-home mom and wife until 1999. Diagnosed in her 40s with mitochondrial myopathy and confined to a wheelchair, she didn’t let that stop her from working at Kennywood Park in security for four years. She was a Pittsburgh Penguins season ticket holder, where she enjoyed cheering for her fellow Lithuanian, Darius Kasparaitis.

Marilyn was a fighter and a lover. She loved her family and friends fiercely and had a deep love for animals. Dubbed the “downstairs mayor” of Duquesne, she successfully fought to get city hall made handicap accessible. She twice ran the city’s crime watch program, cultivating a large citizen’s group dedicated to helping keep the city she called home safe. 

She fought and won numerous medical battles and was a breast cancer survivor. 

She was preceeded in death by her parents and will meet her dogs Ginger, Jo Jo, Buffy, Lucky, Bee-Bee, Stanford and Jo Jo at the rainbow bridge. She is survived by her adoring husband, Ray; her loving daughter Daveen Kurutz, son-in-law Shawn McLaughlin, of Munhall; sister Susan Kobak (Jack) of Angola, Ind.; goddaughter Kara Kobak, of Los Angeles; sister-in-law Julia Laverne Moreman (Pat) of Greensburg; niece Kelly Moreman of Greensburg; nephews Donald Moreman (Tammy), of Connelsville and Patrick Moreman (Michelle) of Greensburg; a fur grandson, Crosby; a four-legged companion Girlie Girl; and numerous cousins.

 
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Margaret E. Bishoff

August 09, 2017 |

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Amy L. Schink

August 03, 2017 |

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AMY L. SCHINK, 100, of Duquesne, died Aug. 3, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Charles and Clara (Burnett) Kettler and wife of the late Paul Schink.  Amy is survived by her sons Paul "Gary" (Joan) Schink of West Mifflin and Theron "Sandy" (Betty) Schink of Duquesne and daughter Gretchen Varelli of Manchester, NJ; also 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.  She was a former member of the First Methodist Church in Duquesne.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funral Home, Duquesne.

 

Marlene Goedeke

July 05, 2017 |

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MARLENE A. GOEDEKE, 69, of West Mifflin, died July 5, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Andrew and Ann (Babjak) Ferencz.  She is survived by her daughter Kristy Goedeke; brothers Ronald and Andrew (Connie) Ferencz and loving cats Shorty and Ginger.  Marlene was preceded in death by her sister Kathy Lesko.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne. Services will be private.

 

Helen Obrosky

June 08, 2017 |

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Helen Obrosky, 98, of Duquesne, died June 7, 2017.  She is the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Rakowska) Wozniak.  Wife of the late David Obrosky.  Helen is survived by her daughter Janice Girovsky of McKeesport; son Larry (Elizabeth) Obrosky of West Mifflin; grandchildren Jennifer (Jim) McCalla of West Mifflin and Paul Obrosky of West Mifflin and great granddaughter Ashley McCalla.  She was a member of  St. Hedwig. Church.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Mon. from 10:00 to 11:00 am at which time a blessing will be held with Father Tom Lewandowsky.  Interment will be private.  The family would like to sincerely thank Three Rivers Hospice for all their kindness and care they gave to Helen, especially Ashley, Elysha and Julie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contribtions may be made to your favorite charity.

 

Phillip R. Craig

June 03, 2017 |

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Phillip R. Craig, 66, of Duquesne, died June 3, 2017.  He is the son of the late Ross and Mary (Carpenter) Craig.  Phillip is survived by his loving companion Sandy Peclet; daughter Candy Craig of Las Vegas and son Phillip Craig of Las Vegas; grandchildren Justin Milett, Joshua Craig, Angel Craig, Amanda Maurer, James Maurer, Kane Maurer and Bry Pritchett; sister Joy; brothers Ross Craig, Leonard Craig and John Tenant; also great grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.

 

Celestine Lesko

April 25, 2017 |

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CELESTINE LESKO, 87, of West Mifflin, passed away Tues., April 25, 2017 due to complications of a stroke.  She is survived by her son Lawrence (Debra), Richard and James Lesko and granddaughter Jessica.  She was preceded in death by her husband Francis in Feb. 2007.  Funeral arrangements by Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home.

 

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