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Mary Beth Tucak Jenets

June 22, 2024 |

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

Mary Beth Tucak Jenets, age 64 of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock Hills, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at her home. She was born on May 20, 1960 in North Braddock, a daughter of the late John and Josephine Tucak. Mary Beth was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin. She was employed by the University of Pittsburgh, and also Carnegie Mellon University. She always looked forward to spending time with her student employees. Mary Beth loved gardening, the sun, the beach and she cherished her fur babies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved son, Stephen Arintok. Mary Beth is survived by her husband, Bob Jenets, her daughter Lauren Jenets (Nicholas), and her grandson, Remington Luketic. Friends will be received at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Wednesday from 3 PM. to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to her family through the funeral home website www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Sara A. Behary

June 21, 2024 |

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

Sara A. Behary, age 88 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2024 in Grandview Estates, Elizabeth Twp..  Born February 11, 1936 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Concerina (Julian) Bonafortuna.  A member of the Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish - St. Clare of Assisi Church and the Sons of Columbus, Santa Maria Council #4, Sara's working life began at DiCesare's Shoe Store, continued at US Steel Irvin Works, and finished with Nutrition, Inc., a subcontractor at Clairton School District.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Paul Behary, who passed away October 20, 1991, and her brother Samuel Bonafortuna.  Sara is survived by her sister Josephine (the late Dominic) Ripepi of Jefferson Hills; her nieces Deborah (Tom) Curry of Kingston, TN and Donna (Ken "Moose") Van Kirk of Clairton; her great-nephews Thomas (Becky) and Brian (Carrie) Curry; and her great-great-niece-and-nephews Tony (Ashton), James, Charlie Ann, and Sam.

 
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Irene A. Levdansky

June 21, 2024 |

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

Irene A. Levdansky (nee Tabory) 97, formerly of Elizabeth, passed from this world into everlasting life at The Residence at Hilltop on June 19, 2024. All whose life she touched knew her to be a sweet, generous, loving soul with a ready smile and a kind word to all she knew. Born August 24, 1926 in Monongahela, PA, the fifth of seven children of Stephen J. and Antonia E. Tabory (Masura), Irene was an avid baseball fan and met her lifelong love, Walter Levdansky, at the Black Diamond baseball field. They married on April 14, 1951. Walter built the family home on Center Avenue in Elizabeth where they raised their five children: JoAnn, David, Jane, Bob, and Jim. Typical of women of her generation, Irene was the nucleus of the family. While Walter worked as a carpenter at US Steel (and other side jobs), Irene was a stay-at-home, 24/7 mom, who raised her children, helped them with their homework, and still managed to make and have dinner on time. She ran an impeccable household. Though family finances were always tight, Irene made sure that her children always wore clean clothes, were polite and mannerly, and were well fed. Her Slovak cooking (halupki, halushki, stuffed peppers, drobie/cunsetta) was augmented by her own culinary creations (lasagna, breaded zucchini, BBQ chicken, meat loaf, and her famous iced tea). The family vegetable garden provided fresh vegetables and tomatoes and berries for canning which were annual endeavors. Her home was surrounded by the flower gardens that she enjoyed cultivating as well as attending ceramic classes. She was a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Church (Elizabeth) and later St. Isaac Joques (Elrama) Catholic churches. She lived her entire life as a devout Catholic rooted in the belief that love is God’s gift for all to share. She was a member of St. Michael’s Christian Mothers, St. Michael’s Choir, and the Elizabeth Area Community Chorus. She raised her children with love and affection and instilled the values of hard work, kindness, generosity, and hospitality to her children and grandchildren. Irene lived her life in service to God and to all she knew and loved. She was selfless in every way and demonstrated this quality every day of her life. She cared more for others’ needs than her own. She found comfort and happiness in life’s simplest pleasures: a cup of tea in the morning, iced tea on a hot day, and hugging her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all whom she loved. With a warm smile and a quick compliment, she brightened the day of everyone in her daily life. Irene has left this world to that of eternal peace and happiness to be with her husband Walter; her son, Bob; sisters, Helen Baron, Viola Sikora and Marge Tabory; brothers, Joe and Walt Tabory; and her mother, Antonia and father, Stephen. She is survived by her sister, Anna Tabory; sisters-in-law, Jean Levdansky and Stella Godlesky; daughters, JoAnn (Phil) Codelka and Jane Levdansky; sons, Jim (Susan) Levdansky and former State Representative, David Levdansky; grandchildren, Shane, Timothy, Joseph, Preston, Savannah and Mei Huan Lafferty-Levdansky; great-grandchildren, Maddax and Mykah, Seth, and Acelynn; and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the staff of The Residence at Hilltop where the professional support and compassionate care greatly enhanced mom’s quality of life for the time she lived there. We consider the Hilltop staff to be a valued part of mom and our extended family. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Sunday, June 23, 2024, from 2-6 PM and Monday, June 24, 2024 from 9:30-11 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, June 24, 2024 at 12 NOON at St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp. with the Rev. Thomas J. Burke officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. If you would like to make a memorial contribution, please do so to the charity of your choice or to Breakthrough TD1 (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), 501 Martindale Street, Suite 670, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Florence LaVonne “Donnie” Carson

June 21, 2024 |

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

Florence LaVonne “Donnie” Carson, age 77, of McKeesport, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 20, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in McKeesport on August 30, 1946 and is the daughter of the late William and Sara Maglicco McVicker. Donnie was an avid baker and cook and loved sharing recipes. She cooked for those in need at the 9th Street Clinic for many years. Her faith and love of the Lord and family was very strong. 

 
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William Spehar

June 21, 2024 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

William Leo “Bill” Spehar, Sr., 79, of Dravosburg, formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, June 20th, 2024 at U.P.M.C. McKeesport Hospital. He was born in McKeesport on July 9th, 1944 to the late Mathias Spehar and Loretta Vennebush. William was the loving husband of 57 years to his wife Donna J.B. Spehar. In addition to his beloved wife Donna, William is further survived by his children Cynthia Kulha of Dravosburg, Pamela (Todd) McCombs of Dravosburg, William L. (Haze) Spehar Jr. of West Mifflin, grandchildren Jamie, Joshua, Jeremy, Amanda, and Amber, as well as nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his son Michael K. Spehar, siblings Thomas Spehar, and Kathleen Seeman. He was a member of the American Legion, a former councilman, a Cub Scout leader, and a baseball coach. William served his country while being enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He also worked as a U.S. Postal Worker for most of his life. Bill enjoyed collecting oldies' records. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 from 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. and 6 P.M. – 8 P.M. at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place Monday, June 24th, 2024 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude's Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com

 


Anthony Lettieri

June 20, 2024 |

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

Anthony Lettieri, age 81 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in UPMC McKeesport Hospital.  Born September 20, 1942 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John and Rose (Muscante) Lettieri.  A fifth grade teacher at Francis McClure Elementary in White Oak and member of Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick's Church in Christy Park, Anthony enjoyed trips to the casino and taking drives around the area in his spare time.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the late Jacqueline (Armstrong) Lettieri, who passed away March 2, 2016.  Anthony is survived by his sons Guy (Candace) Lettieri of Mexico Beach, FL and Chris (Jessica) Lettieri of Elizabeth Twp; his granddaughter Lindsey (Paul) Occean of Destin, FL; his brothers John (Peg) Lettieri of Louisville, KY and Richard (Jane) Lettieri of Franklin Park; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Robert Regis Hresko, Jr.

June 20, 2024 |

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

Robert Regis Hresko, Jr., 72 of Port Vue passed away Monday, June 17, 2024. He was born June 29, 1951 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert R. Hresko, Sr., and the late Vivian May (Scott) Hresko. He was the husband to the late Maureen F. (Strauman) Hresko, before her passing in February 2023. Robert served as a Police Officer for 28 years for Port Authority. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa (Eric Wilson) Hresko of Port Vue; son, Robert Hresko of Port Vue; grandchildren, Noah, Hanna, Angelina, Justice, Matthew, and Faith; great-grandson, Ryder; a brother, Kenneth (Kris) Hresko of Port Vue; sister, Janice (Bill Bosway) Null of Port Vue; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends are welcome Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 12-2 & 4-6pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township, 15135. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Memorial Service will take place in the funeral home chapel at 6:00 pm. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


William Todd Byers

June 20, 2024 |

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

William Todd Byers, 59, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2024. He was born July 26, 1964 in McKeesport, and is the son of Janet (Finfinger) Byers and the late William John Byers. A decorated Naval Officer, now a Veteran - William worked served for 26 years in the military. He loved golfing and most importantly, he loved spending time with his grandson, Jaxson. He just enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. William is survived by his wife, Melissa (Coogan) Byers; daughters, Kassidy Byers of San Diego, CA and Hailey Byers of Rostraver Township; sisters, Sharon Raczkowski of Oakmont, and Kim (John) Echols of Ohio; and by his grandson, Jaxson Byers; along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, William is preceded in death by his sister, Leslie Byers. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township 15135. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Louis "Luigi" Gallo

June 20, 2024 |

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

Louis "Luigi" Gallo, age 88, passed away on June 18, 2024, at The Palms at O'Neil.  Born August 13, 1935, in the small town of Nocera Terinese, Calabria, Italy, he was the son of the late Angelo and Domenica (Mercurio) Gallo and beloved husband of Catherine (Mastroianni) Gallo. 
Louis took a leap of faith when he traveled across continents from Italy to the United States to unite with his wife, Catherine.  Their love story blossomed through heartfelt letters exchanged over oceans until they finally tied the knot on July 5, 1958, in a union that flourished for over 65 years.

 
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Thomas E. Penn II

June 19, 2024 |

By Administrator | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Thomas E. Penn II, 56, of Jeannette, died Saturday, June 8, 2024. He was born January 7, 1968 in McKeesport, the son of Genevieve (Fornal) Penn of North Huntingdon and the late Thomas E. Penn. Tom was a self-employed computer technician and an Army veteran. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working on computers, fixing his truck, and watching Star Wars and Rick and Morty. In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his child Riley Penn and grandchildren Dalia Penn and Gavin Hill. He is survived by his wife Carrie (Mazzoni) Penn; his children Jessica Penn and her husband James of Greensburg, Amanda Penn of Jeannette, Emily Penn of North Huntingdon, and Kaylee Penn of Jeannette; his grandchildren Zoey Hill, Raiden Penn, Yara Penn, Riot Penn, Lennon Hill, and Yenna Penn; and his sisters Kimberly Budinsky of Uniontown and Kari Penn of Pittsburgh. At Tom’s request there will be no viewing or services. In lieu of flowers spend some time with your family in memory of Tom. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.

 


Karin (Grant) Crosby-Wilson

June 19, 2024 |

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

Karin (Grant) Crosby-Wilson, 73, died June 14, 2024. Arrangements are in care of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 
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Wayne A. Paxon, Jr.

June 19, 2024 |

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

Wayne A. Paxon, Jr., age 75, of McKeesport, died June 15, 2024, at AHN Forbes Hospital.  Born February 13, 1949, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Wayne Sr. and Rose (Topolnak) Paxon.

Wayne made an indelible mark on those around him with his unwavering commitment to his work as an exterminator and his brave service as an Army Veteran.  Those who knew Wayne remember him as a man of resilience and camaraderie, finding joy in the simple pleasures of life.  Whether honing his skills at the pool table with his dearest sister or engaging in friendly competition at family gatherings pitching horseshoes and playing cards, Wayne's laughter and warmth were ever present, making each moment spent in his company a cherished memory.

 
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Joni S. Russell

June 18, 2024 |

By Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home | Posted in: Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home

Joni S. Russell, age 68, of West Newton, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2024, in Excela Health System-Westmoreland Hospital. Born in McKeesport on October 22, 1955, she was the daughter of the late John J. and late Mary R. (Kapcin) Seman.

She was a graduate of West Mifflin High School-Class of 1973. She was employed at U.S. Steel-Homestead as one of the first female crane operators. After the layoff at U.S. Steel, she went to college to pursue a career in social services. She worked at Turtle Creek MH & MR and also did rehabilitation training at Goodwill Industries and United Cerebral Palsy. She also worked and retired as the seafood manager for Giant Eagle in North Huntingdon. Her true passion and love was animals. She put her talent to use at Fallen Timber Animal Shelter in Elizabeth, PA. Joni seemed to attract many dogs who were truly sick or unwanted and magically rejuvenated them so they could live a happy life in her care. Joni will be terribly missed by her pets-Curtis, Elka, Duke, Deja and Tater and also leaving 2 African Grey birds, Grady and Tapa.

Joni was the wife of the late James R. Russell; significant other of Edward Rogers; step mom of Kevin Rogers of Greensburg; sister of John P. (Lavon) Seman of Plum Boro, Janet T. Seman of North Huntingdon, Steven (Marybeth) Seman of West Mifflin and late Sharon Holland; aunt to Megan R. Seman of Monroeville, Jonathon Seman of Defiance, OH, Robert Lochner of Pittsburgh, Shawn and David Holland; sister-in-law of Deb (Scott) Kozel. She is also survived by numerous cousins.

There is no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to All But Furgotten or Pet Friends of Irwin.

Joni, you are now in heaven at the picnic table, including your pets who have gone before you. Some day we will join you. Save us a seat.

 


Woodrow Maurin

June 18, 2024 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Woodrow Maurin, 85, died June 16, 2024, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born December 16, 1938, in Nyack, NY, he was the son of the late John Maurin and Chloe (Zeiller) Maurin, and the husband of Shirley Maurin.

 
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Judith Ann Slowaitis

June 18, 2024 |

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

Judith Ann "Judy" (Hixenbaugh) Slowaitis, age 82, of Elizabeth, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2024 at home. She used to crochet lap blankets for the ambulance service and Kane Nursing Center in McKeesport. She loved playing cards and was part of the Senior Citizens Euchre Club. Born January 3, 1942 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Margaret (Drabick) Hixenbaugh. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, William C. Slowaitis; children, Shirl (Rich) Fleischauer of Grove City, OH, Joan (Randy) Venanzi of Monongahela and Joseph H. Rush of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Jason (Erin) Fleischauer, Sonja (Travis) Bye, William Joseph Debevec III, Trevor (Jillian) Debevec, Joseph H. (Tabitha) Rush Jr., Jessica (Jeff) Duck, Westley (Kim) Rush, William Joseph Debevec III and Trevor (Jillian) Debevec; great-grandchildren, Leo, Amelia, Samuel, William, Joseph H. III, McKenna, Jackson, Alyssa, Landyn and Noah; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Ronald Hixenbaugh. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A blessing will take place on Friday, June 21, 2024, at 10 AM in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas J. Burke officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 

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