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John G. (Johnny) Sowa

October 14, 2019 |

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

On October 11, 2019, at age 77,  John G. (Johnny) Sowa's soul soared to heaven where his life began on his cherished homestead in White Oak, PA.  He was married to his beloved sweetheart of 51 years, Virginia "Ginna" (Mull), and he was the adored father to his three girls.  Born on August 20, 1942,  he was the son of the late John and Veronica (Pichura), Sowa.

 
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Darrin Dene Patterson

October 14, 2019 |

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

Darrin Dene Patterson, 44, formerly of North Huntingdon, PA passed away on October 9, 2019 in Melbourne, FL. He was born June 22, 1975 in Greensburg, PA. Beloved son of Dene and Dorothy Patterson. Darrin was a member of Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne, FL where he was actively involved as the Cubmaster of Pack 373 and Arrow of Light Den Leader. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father who looked forward to scouting events, camping trips, building Lego Derby Cars,volunteering at Ascension Catholic School, and taking Tae Kwon Do with his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Dene; and sister, Dalene. He is survived by his wife, Lori, cherished sons Ethan and Noah; mother, Dorothy; sister, Darlene Salmon (Jim); Uncles Gene Patterson (Patricia); Duayne Patterson (Sandy); Gary Patterson (Carole); Aunt Dana Schwaed (Donald); late Aunt Joanne McCorkle
(Robert); numerous cousins; In-laws Walter Finch (Marian); Dan Finch (Tracy) and Gary Finch
(Marcee). Uncle to Gracie Finch and Ava Finch. Family and friends will be received at the James W.Shirley Funeral Home on Wednesday, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, PA followed by interment in West Newton Cemetery. A Go Fund Me Page has been set up in memory of Darrin.

 


Carol W. Ginardi

October 13, 2019 |

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

Carol W. Ginardi, 82, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. She was born Feb. 17, 1937, in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John and Clara (Hitchens) Wabrick. Carol was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin. She worked for Ginardi Catering and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her loving family. She was the beloved wife of 63 years to Charles A. Ginardi Sr.; mother of Joni Lee, of South Carolina, Charles A. Ginardi Jr., of Irwin, Gina L. Ginardi, of Irwin, and Anita Wallace, of South Carolina; grandmother of  Jen, Charla, Ashley, Chelsea, Ryan, Hayley and Leah; and great-grandmother of nine. She was predeceased by her brothers, John Wabrick, Kenneth Wabrick and Dewayne Wabrick. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, and William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, with Pastor Sarah Lee-Faulkner officiating. Entombment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Everyone please meet at the church.

 


Grace Raible

October 13, 2019 |

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

Grace Raible, age 95, of Port Vue, died Saturday, October 12, 2019. She was born in McKeesport on February 6, 1924 and is the daughter of the late Henry and Mathilda Noll Bryer. She was the wife of the late Roy T. Raible, who died December 27, 2014.

 
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Julia Marie Stuchel

October 13, 2019 |

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

Julia Marie Stuchel, 97, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019.  She was born June 22, 1922 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry and Lizabell (Sisco) McCoy.  Julia was a secretary for Alcoa and later she and Carl raised and sold Christmas trees for 40 years.  She was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church, Ridge Road Women's Club for 57 years and the Irwin Quilters Guild and enjoyed reading.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Carl Stuchel; and brother, Skip McCoy.  She is survived by her daughters, Patty Stuchel of North Huntingdon, Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Don of Pittsburgh, Connie Noel and her husband, Michael of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Jonathan (Tarah) Noel, Matthew (Kristin) Noel, Jennifer (William) Henderson and Daniel (Hannah) Noel, all of North Carolina; and 17 great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 1-3 to 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery,  McKeesport.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville United Methodist Church.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Michael E. Easter

October 12, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Michael E. Easter, 73 of McKeesport died Oct. 11, 2019.  He is survived by his beloved wife Diana (Vilakos) Easter; son Michael Easter, daughter Melissa Easter; grandchildren Triston Easter, Summer Thaxton, Cameron Easter and Jamison Easter; brother Charles Easter; sister Penny Easter; also nieces, nephews, brother-in-law and sister-in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his son Brian Easter and sister Becky Rogers.  Michael a retired welder for GM Fisher Body for over 23 years, was a member of the American Legion in Glassport and served in the US Navy.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Thurs. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral service will be held Fri. 11:00 am in the funeral home.  Interment following Round Hill Cemetery.

 


Edward Wyzlanski

October 11, 2019 |

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

Edward Wyzlanski, age 92 formerly of North Huntingdon died October 11, 2019 at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born July 28, 1927 in Chalfant, a son of the late Michael and Helen Sokolowski. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner of Eddie's Photo Service in East Pittsburgh.  He was a  member of St. Agnes Church and was an avid fisherman who enjoyed spending weekends at his camp at Pymatuning Lake. He is survived by one sister, Apolonia "Polly" Skurnick, and was the beloved uncle to Andrew Skurnick (Janet), David Skurnick (Kathleen), Kathleen Gregg (James). Also surviving are several great and great, great nieces and nephews. Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Tuesday 9:00 a.m. with a funeral mass to follow at St. Agnes Church at 10 a.m. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Kenneth L. Thornton

October 11, 2019 |

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

Kenneth L. Thornton, age 68, of Liberty Borough, died October 10, 2019, at Bridgeville Rehabilitation & Care Center. Born March 30, 1951, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John B. and Shirley (Coulter) Thornton.

 
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Darlene R. Wilson

October 11, 2019 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Darlene R. Wilson, age 71, of Duquesne, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019. She was born September 1, 1948 in Homestead, a daughter of the late Lewis and Margaret Wilson Jr. She worked of over 40 years as a beautician at John’s Beauty Shop in White Oak and was a long time member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Duquesne. She is survived by her sister Donna (James) Reyes of North Huntingdon and her brother Lewis B. (Rose) Wilson III of Ardara.

 
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Howard W. Grimm

October 11, 2019 |

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

Howard W. Grimm, age 79 of McKeesport, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at UPMC McKeesport Hospital following a brief illness.  A former Glassport resident, he was a son of the late William and Betty (Bevan) Grimm.  Howard is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Carolyn (Reid) Grimm; his two daughters, caring and loving Cynthia Grimm Watson of North Huntington and Papa to three precious grandchildren Thomas J. Watson, III and Eliza F. Watson and daughter Cara L. Grimm and her son Chase.  Howard is also survived by his sister Betty F. Pozniak, brother William G. Grimm, and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Nora G. Hough

October 10, 2019 |

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

Nora G. (George) Hough, age 85 of Clairton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 10, 2019.  Born November 14, 1933 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late David and Esther (Meena) George.  A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clairton, Nora worked as both a lunch attendant with Clairton School District and the UniMart in Clairton. She loved many things: bingo, trips to the casino, good books, crossword puzzles, the Pittsburgh Pirates, breakfast at Bob Evans, and she really adored animals.  However, Nora loved her large and loving family most of all.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David A. Hough, Sr., who passed away February 5, 2012, and her siblings: Nasima George, Mary Fine, Phillip George, Zada Meena, George D. George, Barbara Wollum, and Florence Wall.  Nora is survived by her children David A. Hough, Jr. and Duane A. Hough, Sr., both of Clairton, Denise A. (Stephan) Gresh of Rostraver Twp., and Daniel A. (Kimberly) Hough of Elizabeth Twp.; her fifteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins; and finally her adopted daughter Rose Polowsky.

 
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Margaret M. "Marge" Furimsky

October 10, 2019 |

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

Margaret M. "Marge" Furimsky, age 97, of McKeesport, died October 10, 2019, at UPMC McKeesport. Born February 22, 1922, she was the daughter of the late  George and Mary (Rendulic) Gasparovic and the wife of the late Steve Furimsky.

 
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William S. Miller

October 10, 2019 |

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

 William S. Miller , age 93, of McKeesport, died October 8, 2019, at UPMC Presbyterian. Born August 28, 1926, he was the son of the late Thomas and Edna (Davis) Miller and the husband of late Ruth M. (Schaffer) Miller.

 
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Stephanie Classic

October 09, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Stephanie Hodge Classic, 58, of Dravosburg, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She was born in McKeesport on October 19th, 1960, to the late Robert Hodge and surviving Marie Valiknac Hodge. Stephanie was the loving wife of 31 years to Christopher Classic. She is survived by her mother, Marie Valiknac Hodge, of Jefferson Hills, children, Crystal (Ryan Markosky) Jeznis of Fort Myers, FL, Breanne (John) Morabito, of South Baldwin, Jamie (Michael) Merlino, of Clairton, sisters, Pamela Baronti, of Charleroi, Michele (Blaine) McLaughlin, of Four Oaks, NC. And brother, Robert “Curt” Hodge,  of Long Island, NY,  grandchildren, Landon Markosky, Christopher Merlino, many nieces and nephews, and 2 granddogs, Loui and Roxi. Stephanie was preceded in death by her father, and aunt, Stephanie Cawley. She was a registered nurse, and was employed for 17 years at the UPMC Health First Medical in McKeesport. Stephanie was an attendee at both Holy Spirit and First Christian Church. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Olga A. Bernardi

October 09, 2019 |

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

Olga A. "Bubba" (Mozes) Bernardi, age 79, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019  at Select Specialty Hospital - Alle Kiski. She retired as a sales associate for Kmart in Pleasant Hills. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Elrama and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and she enjoyed gambling at the casino. 

 
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Ruth Ann Laughlin

October 09, 2019 |

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

Ruth Ann Laughlin,  80, of Elizabeth, passed away Tuesday, October  8, 2019. She was born June 27, 1939 in Perryopolis, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Belva (Clark) Matthews. She is survived by her son, Terry Abraham of Glassport, daughter, Jody Deann Govannucci of Herminie, brother, Richard Matthews of Sutersville, sisters, Brenda Minda of Elizabeth, and Anita Keefer of Georgia, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by sons, Robin D. Matthews and Rodger L. Matthews, brothers, Robert E. and Howard Matthews, and sister, Belva Keener. Friends are welcome  Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director.  Family service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 12:00 noon. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Helen M. "Peggy" Mazzafer

October 09, 2019 |

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

Helen M. "Peggy" Mazzafer, 92, of West Mifflin, formerly of Dravosburg, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019. She was born January 24, 1927 in Dravosburg and was the daughter of the late Clyde William and Anna Frances Olson Bumbarger. Peggy was the wife of the late John Pershing Mazzafer, who passed away February 18, 2011. She was an avid bingo player and was famous for her baking, especially her nut cookies and rolls. She had a sense of humor and was known for her quick one liners that her family affectionately called "Nanafers". She was the last survivor of her siblings. 

 
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Bernard J. Lucas

October 09, 2019 |

By Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home | Posted in: Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home

Bernard J. Lucas, 89, of Duquesne, died Oct. 8, 2019. He is the son of the late Stephen and Bertha (Yocas) Lucas. He is survived by his wife Veronica Lucas; daughters Barbara (James) Daniels of Midland, TX and Bonnie (David) Hayford of Jacksonville, Fl; son Brian (Bobbi Kay) Lucas of Horsehoe Bay, TX; step son Charles Bodnar; step daughters Cheryl (Bob) Harshman, Deborah (Robert) Kahl and Yvonne (Larry) Schultz; also many grandchildren, great grandchildren; step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Bernadette Werntges and sister Bernice Perhacs.  Bernie was a retired design engineer for US Steel, a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish; Men's Club; church choir; K of C #4210, where he was financial secretary for over 40 years, and past Grand Knight.  He also served in the US Army Korean Conflict.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Fri. from 5 to 8.  A funeral mass will be held Sat. 10:00 am at Holy Name Church.

 


Herbert R. Timmons

October 09, 2019 |

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

Herbert R. Timmons, age 89, of Ellensburg, WA passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 with his family at his side. He was an office manager for more than 40 years with Harbison Walker Refractories. He relocated to San Francisco for the company and eventually Bellevue, WA where he retired. 

 
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Nathan J. Detman

October 09, 2019 |

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

Nathan J. Detman, age 30 of Dravosburg, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Born March 3, 1989 in McKeesport, he was a son of John (Carla) Kuba of New Stanton and Vivian Detman of Glassport.  

 
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Martin N. Pravdica

October 09, 2019 |

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

Martin N. Pravdica, age 70, of White Oak, formerly of McKeesport, died on October 7, 2019. Born May 20, 1949, he was the son of the late Angelo and Ann (Kovacevich) Pravdica.

 
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Gloria Mae Brugnoli

October 09, 2019 |

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

Gloria Mae Brugnoli, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. She was born May 12, 1929 in Duquesne. Gloria was the owner/opeartor of Gloria's Cantina for many years. She was also the founder of All but furgotten, a no kill shelter for animals. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Brugnoli. Gloria is survived by her son, Larry Brugnoli (JoAnne Moore); two grandchildren,Tara (Gerry) Slifkey, Joseph (Courtney) Brugnoli; three great-grandchildren, Logan, Brooklyn and Tyler. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Thursday 4-8 p.m. Funeral service Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Irwin Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to All But Furgotten , 70 Carpenter lane, North Huntingdon, Pa 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Kathleen V. Bridges

October 08, 2019 |

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

Kathleen V. Bridges, age 79, of McKeesport, died October 7, 2019, at UPMC McKeesport. Born April 2, 1940, in McKeesport. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cora M. (Crawford) Lennon.
Kathleen enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

 
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Gregory V. Earnest

October 08, 2019 |

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

Gregory Vaughn Earnest passed away Monday, October 7, 2019. He was born at home in Floreffe on April 24, 1948, son of the late Howard M. and Shirley Belle (Hart) Earnest. 

 
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Terry Margaret Kiggins Evans

October 08, 2019 |

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

Terry Margaret Kiggins Evans, 69, of Colorado Springs for the past 40 years, formerly of Jefferson Hills,  lost her battle with cancer on May 15, 2019. She was born March 11, 1950 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Anna Catherine Kiggins. Terry was Secretary of the Class of 1968, Thomas Jefferson High School and before moving to Colorado Springs worked for her brother-in-law, Dr. Richard Bannon, D.C. in his Chiropractic offices in Elizabeth Township.  Her career continued when she moved to Colorado Springs and joined the Chiropractic office of Dr. William Salsman, D.C., where she worked until her retirement.

 
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Rosemary C. Smith

October 08, 2019 |

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

Rosemary C. Smith, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019.  She was born July 20, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Richard J. and Margaret (McCarren) Caulfield.  Prior to her retirement, Rosemary was a consultant for AT&T Marketing Communications and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed baking pies and was a loving and devoted mother.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John P. Caulfied and Richard Caulfield; and sisters, Margaret McCusker, Patricia Balzer, Shirley Barnes, and Sarah Jane.  She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Theodore Smith; son, Theodore A. Smith and his wife, Patricia; daughter, Sharon L. Polovina and her husband, Thomas; sisters, Frances West and Kathleen Vanderveerd; grandchildren, Brandon (Michelle) Polovina, Jennifer (Robert) Mallory, Kellynn (Matthew) Krinock, Nathaniel and Trevor Smith;  great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jordyn and Noah.  Friends will be received from 2-4  and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral blessing will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Robert John Morningstar

October 07, 2019 |

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

Robert John Morningstar, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019. He was born November 14, 1946 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert Carl and Rose Dorothy (Finnegan) Morningstar. Robert was retired from Jefferson Hospital and had previously worked for Thrift Drugs, Eckerd Drugs and US Steel. He was a US Navy Veteran. 

 
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April L. Blay

October 07, 2019 |

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

April L. Blay, 61, of Lowber (formerly of North Huntington), passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 4, 2019. She was born March 12, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of the late Justin S. "Jack" and Diana (Hughes) Blay. Prior to her retirement, April was employed by the Arc of Westmoreland. She was a member of the Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church. She enjoyed attending the Arc dances, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed swimming (especially her swimming lessons with Savannah Brown), going to the beach, shopping at the Dollar Store for her stuffed animals and glow sticks, and getting pedicures, manicures and getting her hair done. She especially enjoyed the holidays and brought so much joy into our lives with her childlike innocence and exuberance. April is survived by her extended family, Laura Rosiek and the late Victor Rosiek Jr., with whom she resided, "Gibble" Dunbar, Bonnie Egeland, Kim Dunbar, and Colleen, Gene and Alyssa Zimmerman, in addition to numerous cousins. She is survived by her companion, Kevin Conaway, and her best friends, Nikki Steban, Donna and Mark Olexick, Fran Polka, Lauren Bergman and Heather Sutton. April was our precious angel, and her memory will live on in our hearts forever.
Friends will be received from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery South, Indianapolis, IN. Memorials may be made to Community Living Care. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ernest L. Marasco

October 07, 2019 |

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

Ernest L. Marasco, age 96, of McKeesport, died October 4, 2019, at Kane Regional Medical Center in McKeesport. Born February 18, 1923, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Anthony and Angeline (Marnell) Marasco and the husband of the late Joanna (Broerman) Marasco.

 
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Charles Swartz

October 06, 2019 |

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

Charles Swartz, age 44, of McKeesport, passed away October 5, 2019, in his home. Born April 29, 1975, he was the son of Kathleen Swartz and Charles (Chantal) Swartz. Charles enjoyed every minute of life, and if we all could have seen the world through his eyes, the world would have been a better place.

 
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John F. Murtha

October 06, 2019 |

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

John F. Murtha, age 98, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, October 6, 2019. He was born in Monessen, PA on June 30, 1921 and is the son of the late John B. and Gertrude C. Soisson Murtha. He was a longtime Little League Baseball manager/coach in West Mifflin, and a West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Company Chaplin and Officer. He was a charter member of Holy Spirt Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Premarital minister. He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II and was a retired electrician for the B & O Railroad and US Steel National Works. He is the husband for 73 years of the late Gloria E. Schankel Murtha, who died, August 29, 2019.

 
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Donald H. Christopher

October 06, 2019 |

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

, age 86 of North Huntingdon died October 5, 2019 at his home. He was born October 15, 1932 in Patton Township a son of the late Chester and Josephine McLean Christopher. Donald was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Irwin. He was a lifetime member of the Shaner Sportsmans Club, an avid hunter and a life long Steelers fan. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a production coordinator by Westinghouse Electric, East Pittsburgh and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Kathleen T. Byrnes, an infant son, four brothers Harold, Paul, Chester Jr and Walter Christopher, one sister Margaret Henkel.  He is survived by his children, Lynn Williams and her husband, Ross, Laura Cummins and her husband, Dave, Donna Stull and her husband Herb, and David Christopher and his fiancee Coleen Tokosh; grandchildren, Lauren (Clayton) Black, Alex and Katie Walkowski, Joseph and John Tokosh; great grandson, Brody Black,  in-laws , Dianne and Frank Casorio, special friends, Dee and Sean McCarney, many loving nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Pa 15642. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Leo Phillip Axmacher, Jr.

October 05, 2019 |

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

Leo Phillip Axmacher, Jr., age 71, of McKeesport, died Saturday, October 5, 2019. He was born in McKeesport on October 1, 1948 and is the son of the late Leo Phillip and Angeline Primavera Zitz Axmacher.

Leo, a lifelong resident of McKeesport worked at Jordan produce, D&K Department Store, Doubletree Hotel, and the YMCA. Leo enjoyed watching sports and was an avid fan of the Pittsburg Steelers. He liked playing Duckpins at Tube City and enjoyed old westerns including Bonanza and Gunsmoke. Eating dinners with family, especially pizza is one of his favorite pastimes.  

 
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Dean "Milo" Trbovich

October 05, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Dean "Milo" Trbovich, age 66, of Glassport, passed away on Oct. 5, 2019.  He was born on July 7, 1953 to the late Milan and Mary (Kovac) Trbovich.  He is survived by brother Ken; sister Aleta Spallone; nephews Mark (Holly) and Brain Spallone; Mark's children Gavin and Rachael, cousins, aunts and uncles.  After graduation from South Allegheny High School, he went to work at the QuikPrint Company and then moved on the USS Clairton Works, from which he retired.  He was a decent, honest man who lived life on his own terms and who loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general.  We will miss him  greatly and his passing leaves a huge void in our hearts.  Friends received Wojciechowsk Funeral Home, Glassport on Thurs. Oct. 10 from Noon until 1:30, at which time a funeral blessing will be held with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage.  Interment following Jefferson Memorial Park.

 


Mary A. (Survoy) Steimer

October 04, 2019 |

By Elmer L Herman Funeral Home | Posted in: Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home

Mary Agnes (Survoy) Steimer

Age 94, of Winter Haven, Fl. and formerly of Elizabeth,

on Sunday morning, September 29, 2019 with her family at her side. Loving spouse of the late Joseph R. Steimer.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Friday in St Isaac Jogues, Jefferson Hills.  Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue.  

Those attending the Mass of Christian Burial please meet at St. Isaac Jogues Church.

Arrangements by Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, 5204 Second Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207

"Dignified Funerals, Celebrations of Life, Green Burials and Cremations with Care"

 


Natalie (Ross) Rasmussen

October 04, 2019 |

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

“A Celebration of Life”

Natalie Ross Rasmussen of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, fought a courageous battle against various forms of cancer for 11 months. She was always positive about her life and never gave up. On Dec 12, 2018 Natalie was called by her Creator to lay down her life’s working tools and enter into that home of eternal rest appointed for all. Natalie is survived by her husband Jerry Rasmussen of Wisconsin Rapids, sisters; Celeste Cancilla and Rebecca Ross, brother, Larry Ross, niece and nephews, numerous cousins, and friends far and wide. She was preceded in death by her parents Angelo and Antoinette Ross. Natalie was born in McKeesport, PA on October 11, 1955 and attended school in Elizabeth, graduating from Elizabeth Forward H.S. She attended college and graduated as an RN. She worked many years at McKeesport Hospital. Following a nursing career ending accident, Natalie switched careers and became a floral designer working at JoAnn Fabrics in the craft and floral department. Natalie moved to Austin, Texas in 1997 and married Jerry in 1998. She again worked as a floral designer in Austin and later in Corpus Christi where she was Floral Design Manager. Her floral designs won several awards and her services were in demand for clients as far away as New Orleans, LA and Orlando, FL. Following a move to Wisconsin in 2006, Natalie focused her time and energies to caring for her home in Wisconsin Rapids. She loved life and especially loved her “furry kids” Milo, Sam Elliot, and Shadow Cat who were her constant companions and she spoiled them totally. Natalie is remembered fondly by many whose lives she touched. She loved, she was loved and she will be loved forever. Rest Easy my dear Natalie.

 
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Sarah J. “Sally” Tronsberg

October 03, 2019 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Sarah J. “Sally” Tronsberg, 67, of East McKeesport died September 23, 2019.  Sarah age 67 of East McKeesport passed away.  Sarah graduated from Scott High School Class of 1971. She was the beloved daughter of the late John F. & Ruth N. (Higgs) Tronsberg.

There was no visitation. A private burial service was held at Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock, PA. Arrangements were in charge of James F. Kutch Funeral Homes & Crematory, East McKeesport.

 


Theresa Aversa Rivetti

October 03, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Theresa Aversa Rivetti, 95, of Elizabeth formerly of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born in Pizzoni, Prov. DiCatanzaro, Italy on October 28th, 1923 to the late Domenick and Lucia Donato Aversa. Theresa was the loving wife of 33 years, to the late Charles Rivetti. She is survived by her step children Andrea Rivetti Dotson, of N. Tonawanda, NY; Chuck (Shelley) Rivetti of Johnstown, PA; grandchildren, Cindy Filia, of Elizabeth, PA; Michael (Kim) Filia, of Elizabeth, PA; Rickilynn McDonald, of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Gregory (Jessica) Cook of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Katie (Ben) Sechrist, of Sayre, PA, and Andrew (Shanice) Rivetti, of Fredericksburg, VA, as well as many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Filia; her sister Marianna (Francesco) Marino and brother Nicola (Connie) Aversa. She was a retired employee of Giant Eagle where she worked as a clerk. Theresa was a member of Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, the previous Saint Paulinas Church in Clairton, and a member of The Sons Of Italy, in Glassport. She enjoyed baking, cooking and loved being a grandmother. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, Pa. 15025.  A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 to be followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Jeffrey Scott Maher

October 03, 2019 |

By William H. Craig Funeral Home | Posted in: William H Craig Funeral Home

Jeffrey Scott Maher passed away the morning of Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

 
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Florence Worek Michaels

October 02, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Florence Worek Michaels also known as "Flo, Matka, Mom and Nini", our Lord called her home Oct. 1, 2019 at 93 years of age she was born March 31, 1926 and lived in Glassport all her life. 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband George, they were blessed with 61 years of marriage. 

She is survived by her son Kenneth (Alice) Michaels of New Bern, NC; daughters Geralyn (David) Sefchok of Cheshire, CT and Bonnie (James) Leasure of Harrison City; granddaughters Sarah Sefchok, Caitlin and Julia Leasure; granddogs Rusty and Maxie; sister-in-laws Aleen Michaels, Mary Ann Worek and Mary Bifano and was preceded in death by her son George Michaels; brothers Joseph and Stanley Worek and sister Wanda Ropar.  She was a loving wife and mother who truly put her family first. 

We will miss her compassionate, caring and loving presence. 

 

 
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Michael Senko Jr.

October 02, 2019 |

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

 Michael Senko, Jr., age 90, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died September 24, 2019, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Born September 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Senko, Sr., and the husband of the late Rose (Hacharian) Senko for over 67 years.

 
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LeLa M. (Simmons) Powell

October 02, 2019 |

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

LeLa M. (Simmons) Powell, 84 of McKeesport, Pennsylvania formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday, September 30, 2019, at home.

LeLa was born June 23, 1935, in Tuscaloosa, AL, daughter of the late Luther Simmons and Nicey Charles Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her late husband John Alfred Powell.

Ms. Powell worked as a CNA for Riverside Nursing Home for many years.  After moving to North Carolina she was a faithful member of Piney Grove AME Church in Evergreen NC, where she played an active role on the deacon board, usher board, and sang in the choir.  After relocating back to Duquesne, Pennsylvania she reunited with the Payne Chapel AME Church.

 
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William Schonberger

October 02, 2019 |

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

William Schonberger, 91, of Glassport, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born May 12, 1928 in Glassport and was the son of the late Samuel and Rose (Weiss) Schonberger. He was a member of Gemilas Chesed Synagogue and was a retired fire fighter for the City of McKeesport. William was a US Army veteran. For his service, he received the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).

 
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Martin "Marty" D. Yurchison

October 02, 2019 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

Martin "Marty" D. Yurchison, 75, of Champion, PA, died Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in U.P.M.C. East, Monroeville. Born in McKeesport, September 18, 1944, he was the son of the late Francis X. and Michaelyn (Radzievich) (Rogers) Yurchison. Mr. Yurchison was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and a self employed contractor. Beloved husband of the late Diane (McDermitt) Yurchison, he is survived by three sons, Gary Yurchison, Paul (Elizabeth) Yurchison, and Matthew (Danielle) Yurchison, four grandchildren, Andrew, Katelyn, Joseph, and Emily, nieces, nephews, and special companion, Kathy Miller. In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Yurchison and three brothers, Bernard Rogers, Francis and Ronald Yurchison.

 
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Mary B. Erickson

October 02, 2019 |

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

Mary B. Erickson age 94, of White Oak, formerly of Duquense, on October 1, 2019. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Gulash) Michak. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. Her family was her life. Beloved wife of the late Richard W. Erickson, Sr.; mother of Kathleeen (Christopher) Steimer of Elizabeth Twp. and the late Richard W. "Chirp" Erickson, Jr.; grandmother of Erica Erickson, Stacey (John) Wilczek of Munhall, Rachel (Scott) Bellomo of Charlotte, N.C. and Anne (Jason) Fung of North Huntingdon; great-grandmother of Jackson Fung, Jocelyn Fung and Jude Wilczek; sister of the late Anna (late Paul) Kushnir and the late Michael Michak. Visitation on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 2-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquense. 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Mike Conway officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church 529 Grant Ave.  Extension, West Mifflin, PA. 15122. 

 


Elizabeth M. Betty (Ellis) Bogacik

October 02, 2019 |

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

Elizabeth M. Betty (Ellis) Bogacik age 93 of Sharpsburg, GA., Formerly Of Duquesne, on September 27, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Kaplar) Elles.

Betty was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne. She played the bass Fiddle in a musical group, and wrote a song about Christ the Light of World and presented it to the parish. Betty created her own crossword puzzles and dedicated her life to God and was very generous and gave glory to God.

Her former husband, Paul J. Bogacik, preceded her in death.

She is the mother of BettyAnn Harvey of Cumberland, Md., Bonnie (David) Calhoun of Hanover, PA., JoAnn (late John III) Hailstones of Liberty Boro, Theresa “Terri” (Mark) Dull of Sharpsburgh, GA., Paul (Jodie) Bogacik of Orlando FL.

Sister of George (late Irene) Elles of Erie, PA., also 4 grandchildren and 1 late granddaughter and 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation Thursday October 10, 2019 from 9-10:30 am. Followed by a blessing service at the funeral home at 10:30 am. Followed by mass of Christian burial at St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish at 11 am. Rev Terza officiating, entombment Calvary garden mausoleum.

 

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