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March 03, 2024 |

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

Matthew M. Laver, age 34, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Jefferson Hospital. He was a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children where he attended the LAVI program. A member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish, St. Michael’s Church, he enjoyed extensive traveling with his family, including two Disney Cruises. He loved animals, music, listening to stories, and special times with his family. Born October 20, 1989, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Michael S. and Theresa A. (Niedziela) Laver with whom he resided; sister, Emily (Joe) Turgeon of Waldorf, MD; niece, Alannah Turgeon; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 10 AM in St. Michael’s Church with Rev. Edwin Wichman officiating (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH). Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 201 N Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com


Roberta L. Benson

March 03, 2024 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Roberta (Bert) Lynn Benson, 66, of McKeesport, died peacefully at home on Friday, March 1, 2024, surrounded by the love of her family and her daughters at her side.  Roberta was born August 1, 1957, in McKeesport; she was the daughter of the late Ray and Dolores Jean (Hedley) Suarez and the wife of the late Randy Benson, the love of her life.  She has seen the world in ways not many people ever do.  Even on the gloomy days, her world was full of glitter, rainbows and love.  She saw the good in every person & the beauty in the most insignificant things.  She was thankful for every day she saw the sun shining and heard the birds chirping (or that damn dog, even if she would never admit it).  She never took a single moment for granted.
She found peace & serenity at Geneva on the Lake. She would spend hours looking for beach glass, surrounded by the water's calmness and feeling the sun's warmth.  She touched so many lives by sharing her love, always trying to make everyone's day a little brighter.  She touched many people's lives over the years, working in the Emergency Room at McKeesport Hospital, where she also met dear friends who became family.

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Donald Paul Flading

March 02, 2024 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Donald (Don) Paul Flading of North Huntingdon, 90, passed away on March 1, 2024 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born on December 12, 1933 in McKeesport, the son of Paul and Gertrude (Gessner) Flading.  Donald was a 1951 graduate of McKeesport Vocational High School and continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh.  He was a long-time employee of Westinghouse where he worked as a drafting supervisor. In 1955 he married his high school sweetheart Janet Miller of McKeesport. During their 69-year marriage, they lived in Port Vue, North Huntingdon and Pomona California, before returning to North Huntingdon. Don's devotion to his beloved Janet was evident to all who knew him.  He loved traveling the country with his family, embarking on an epic four-week cross-country vacation in 1969 with his wife and four young children in a paneled station wagon that created wonderful memories we will always cherish.  In his later years, Don and Janet vacationed frequently in Florida where Don enjoyed walks on the beach and fishing. He cherished his time with his devoted wife, children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.  Simply stated, Don Flading was a nice guy.  Always ready to lend a helping hand, with a soft smile and a twinkle in his baby blue eyes.  He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.  Along with his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother Ralph, beloved son David and daughter-in-law Sherry (Palmquist) Flading.  He is survived by his wife Janet, son Mark of Jupiter, Florida, daughter Pam Dawson (Tim) of Irwin, daughter Jill Ingram (Bruce) of North Huntingdon, daughter-in-law Jeanne Mabry of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; grandchildren Garrett Ingram, Jessica (Flading) Stouffer (Pat), Sean Dawson (Megan Szymanski), Shane Ingram (Gabrielle), Kelsey Dawson, Lyndie Mabry, Mattie Flading; great granddaughter Quinn Ingram; sisters Shirley Hanko, Joan DeCecco, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Monday from 2 P.M. to 7 P.M.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 A.M. in Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin, with interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Cemetery.  The Flading family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon, for their care and compassion.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com


Clark R. Barber

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Clark R. Barber of McKeesport, was born November 1, 1977, in McKeesport, PA. He was the beloved son of Jerome (Kimberly) Eugene Sawyer and Anita Barber.

Clark attended school in the McKeesport School District. He had various jobs in the past, his last employment was as a Dietary Aid for the Southwestern Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Mifflin, PA.

Clark loved spending time with his children, family, and friends. Although he enjoyed all sports, Clark was an avid Steelers Fan! He loved listening to music and various rap artists. Clark was a member of the LaRosa Boys Club in his youth. He was a well-loved young man and was considered a McKeesport Legend.

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John D. Churchfield Sr.

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

John D. Churchfield Sr., 85, of Jeannette, died Thursday, February 22, 2024. He was born June 2, 1938 in Wilmerding, a son of the late Homer B. and Catherine (Gryzbowski) Churchfield. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Elaine L. (Maloney) Churchfield and siblings Nelson Churchfield, Willliam Churchfield, and Arline Volpe. He was a member of Penn Zion Lutheran Church, Harrison City. He is survived by his children Diane McDermott (the late Mac) of Forest Hills, John D. Churchfield Jr. and his wife Roni Jo of Hempfield Township and Nancy Churchfield of Penn Township; his grandchildren Adam McDermott, Meagan Worth (Josh), Mollie Minich (John), William Churchfield (Michael), Jacklynn Churchfield (Josh Humberger), Kylee Louies (Peter), Karly Reichert (Rick), and Austin Gnesda (Hannah Corey); great grandchildren Josh, Daphne, Connor, Kohen, Lila, Jackson, Lainey, Jett, Averie, Russell, and Matthew; a sister Naomi Zywiec of Wilmerding; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 25, at the William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 26, with Pastor Roger Steiner, officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.


Wilma Jean Spence

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Wilma Jean Spence, 84, beloved daughter of the late Isaac Mabon Webb and Helen Inez Jeffries Webb, departed this life peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at her home in Braddock, PA. 

Wilma was born on November 2, 1939, in Wheeling, WV, and was one of eighteen children.  She was raised in Wheeling, WV, and later came to live in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA in 1957.  Wilma graduated from The Pittsburgh Beauty Academy with a cosmetology degree and also earned a degree in culinary arts.  In 1982, Wilma settled her family in Clairton, PA where she raised and loved her six children.  She was employed by Allegheny County Youth Programs where she worked as a lunch coordinator. 

As a young adult, Wilma played softball and was a proclaimed accurate left-handed pitcher.  Her brother Donnie has a scar on his forehead to prove her accuracy in pitching.  She was an avid reader of Harlequin Romance novels and many different types of mystery novels.  She enjoyed Westerns and watching football especially her favorite team, the Cleveland Browns.  She liked to garden, BBQ, and spending time in the kitchen cooking for her family; everyone’s favorite dish was her famous macaroni and cheese.  Wilma, affectionally called “Nana” by her grandchildren, loved being a grandmother and great-grandmother and was a major presence in their lives. 

Wilma gave her life to Christ at a very young age.  She could recite the bible scripture word for word and has been a long-standing member of the Church of Christ.  She was a member of the White Oak Church of Christ, Homewood Church of Christ, and later became a member of the McKeesport Church of Christ.

Wilma was preceded in death by her three sons, Willie Coles, DeWayne Keith Coles, and Dale Sean Coles, Sr.; daughter, Willa “Dee Dee” Coles; father, Isaac Mabon Webb and mother, Helen Inez Jeffries Webb; sisters, Virginia Taylor, Elizabeth Webb, Edna Thompson, and Paula Webb; brothers, Raymond Webb, Floyd Webb, James Webb, Burke Webb, and Paul Webb; grandson, Damian Keith Coles, granddaughter, Kyra Evans; great-grandson, Kevin Joseph Coles III; husband, Leonard Spence; former husband, Elmer Coles, Jr.; and devoted companion, Paul Foster. 

Wilma is survived by her beloved children: three sons, Elmer Coles, III of Pittsburgh, PA, Kevin (Evette) Coles, Sr. of Penn Hills, PA, and Kareem (Kathleen) Coles, Sr. of Murrieta, CA; daughter, Tonya (Gerald) Coles-Mitchell of Monessen, PA, and stepdaughter, Mona (Spence) Sizemore of Penn Hills, PA; 85 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby (Willie) Dukes of Duquesne, PA; two brothers, Donald (LaVaughn) Webb of Bridgeville, PA and Robert (Blanche) Webb of McKeesport, PA; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Wilma Jean (Webb) Spence, please visit our floral store.


Theodore Alvin Saunders

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Theodore Alvin Saunders, 63, of McKeesport, was born on April 27, 1960, in McKeesport, PA. He was the beloved son of Ruth Mathews and the late George Saunders.

Theodore attended school in the Elizabeth Forward School district where he graduated. He enlisted in the United States Air Force. Theodore worked in construction; his last place of employment was at Sara Catholic Church in the janitorial department.  

Theodore was a member of the Gospel of Jesus Church in Duquesne, PA.

Theodore loved watching movies, cheering on his Steelers, swimming, and enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.

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Marion P. Mazur

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Marion P. Mazur, age 92, of North Versailles, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024. Marion was born on October 8, 1931 to the late John and Flora Richards who immigrated from Cornwall, England. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Henry J."Bud" Mazur in 2002, and brothers Jack (Gurli) and David (Kay) Richards. Survived by her identical twin sister Virginia (the late John) Ursin of Churchill, PA, her four children, Jackie (Robert) Harvey of Andover, Ohio, Douglas (Maxine) Mazur of Virginia Beach, VA, Linda (Robert) Eckenrode of Mt. Lebanon, PA, and Brian (Dr. Marie Griffin) Mazur of Leawood, Kansas; 11 Grandchildren, 17 Great-Grandchildren, and her Beloved cat "Tippy."

Marion was a graduate of Swissvale High School then started working for Westinghouse where she met Bud. They married on May 21, 1955 and raised four children. Later she worked at K-Mart for 16 years then became active with her husband in the Syria Shriners attaining the title of "First Lady" in 1987. Following much travel with the Shriners, she and Bud became members of the "Boom-Ba Band" of Al-O-Mon Forest 138, Tall Cedars of Lebanon performing at various venues and raising money for muscular dystrophy.

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Gary Dolby

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Gary Dolby, 70, of Irwin, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024. He was born December 28, 1953 in McKeesport, a son of the late Fred R. Dolby Jr. and Elizabeth (Marzalek) Dolby and was also preceded in death by his brother Terre Dolby, and brother’s in-law Tom Rothrauff and John Rupp. Gary was a Navy veteran and he was a skilled carpenter. Throughout his working life, Gary worked as a carpenter and also in many other construction trades. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and camping. Gary also enjoyed spending time with family, had a good sense of humor, liked movies, and playing his favorite golf video game.

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Gloria Dean (Barber) Phelps

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Gloria Dean (Barber) Phelps, 75, died February 29, 2024. Arrangements are in care of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

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Nathan Tyrone Taylor

March 01, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Nathan Tyrone Taylor, 54, of Duquesne, was born December 30, 1969, in McKeesport, PA. He was the beloved son of Michael Wilson and Yvonne Taylor Reed. He was the oldest of 6 siblings.

Nathan attended school at Ashworth College in Norcross, GA, and majored in Plumbing. After which he obtained employment with Septic & Plumbing in Ellenwood, GA, Rooter Plus in Norcross, GA, and RC Plumbing in Chino Hills, California as a Septic/Master Plumber and eventually opened his own business called Absolute Septic & plumbing in Duquesne, PA.

He loved comedy so much he thought he was a comedian and playing basketball. Nathan was a member of Higher Living Church in Atlanta, GA. for 7 years.

Nathan departed this life on February 21, 2024, at his home in Duquesne, PA. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Eric Taylor, and Shon Taylor.

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Delbert Harley Bragg Sr.

March 01, 2024 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Delbert Harley Bragg, Sr., age 86, of McKeesport, PA, died on, February 24, 2024. He was born on February 16, 1938 and is the son to the late Delford and Maycel O’Dell Bragg. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda and companion Janet Stinson. Delbert was employed by General Motors as a forklift operator for many years.

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John Buchanan Murray

March 01, 2024 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

In Loving Memory of John Buchanan "Jack" Murray

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Margaret Javor

March 01, 2024 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Margaret P. Javor, age 96 of North Huntingdon, passed away on February 29, 2024 at Transitions Health Care. She was born on March 14, 1927, in Slickville Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary King Wood. Margaret was formerly employed at the Village Inn, and later as a custodian at the Norwin School District. Her first priorities were her unending love of God and her family. In addition, she loved baking, canning, and gardening. In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved husband Joseph Javor, brothers Charles Wood, John Wood, Samuel Wood, Donald Wood, George Wood, and sisters Mary Katherine Nichols, Rosella Nichols, Elsie Greene, Charlotte Rinaldi, and Anna Mae Katouch. Margaret is survived by her sons, Joseph (J.R.) Javor Jr. (Pamela), William Javor (Cynthia), daughters JoAnn Giovanetti (Lawrence), Karen Peddicord, Rose Javor, sisters-in-law Zora Javor and Pat Wood, grandchildren Erin Billiard (T.J.), Lawren Sandy (Paul), Michael Giovanetti (Kimberly), Brian Peddicord (Tracy), Bria Jardanhazy (Chris), Shauna Motchar, Cayla Wiltrout (Patrick), Elyse DeLuca (Jason), and fourteen great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Thursday from 2 P.M to 6 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday at 9:30 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Parish. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com


Jayne Antonette Trombola

February 29, 2024 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Jayne Antonette Trombola, age 89, of Conneaut Lake, formerly of McKeesport and Irwin, died on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. She was born in McKeesport on February 20, 1935 and is the daughter of the late A. William and Sophia Kolanko Yerkey. Jayne graduated from McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing in 1956 and worked as a nurse at the U.S. Steel Christy Park Plant in McKeesport. She had been a member of the former Transfiguration of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport, currently a member of Our Lady, Queen of the Americas Parish and the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club, both in Conneaut Lake, as well as a former member of the Mon-Yough Chapter of Catholic Nurses.
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