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William G. DeVault

January 31, 2023 |

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

William Gerald DeVault, Sr., age 64, of Clairton, passed away suddenly at his home in Anderson, SC on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Bill retired from Action Housing and in his free time he loved riding his motorcycle, fishing with his family and helping others with multiple carpentry projects. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. Bill was born on May 19, 1958, at Monongahela Hospital and was a son of James (Bonnie) DeVault of Anderson, SC and the late Dorothy (Painter) DeVault. In addition to his father and stepmother, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sheila (Hamler) DeVault; children, Bill (Donna) DeVault, Jr. of Smock and Mystie (Dannel) DeVault of Glassport; a daughter-in-law, Heather DeVault of Clairton; 11 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter who will dearly miss him; brother, James (Rose Ann) DeVault of Clairton; sisters, Kathy (Roger) Webb of Jefferson Hills and Deb (Larry) Wolf of Clairton; also, numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Raymond DeVault and two brothers, Darren and Terrance DeVault. No visitation is planned. A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be held in his hometown later this summer. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Eugene D. Sherpata

January 31, 2023 |

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

Eugene D. Sherpata, 82, of Clairton, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Belle Vernon. Born June 19, 1940, he was the son of the late John and Sophie (Wozniak) Sharpeta. After graduating from Clairton High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of his service, he became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service for the next 50 years. He loved western and war movies but most of all couldn’t wait to watch the Steelers play. He spent countless hours building computers or playing video games. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family, whether it was a home project, cutting the grass, or just sitting outside talking and enjoying the weather.

 
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Norman Gregory

January 31, 2023 |

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

Norman Gregory, 93, of North Versailles, formerly of Rhode Island, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023 at UPMC East.  He was born July 17, 1929 in Providence, RI, a son of the late Marino and Mary Gregory.  Prior to his retirement, Norman was a music teacher and a musician.  He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War Era.  He was chosen for an honor flight and had  the honor of placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  He was a 2 year track star for North Providence High School, enjoyed skiing and going to the gym.  He is survived by his loving wife, Gladys (Leonard) Gregory; son, Norman Gregory and his wife, Nancy; daughter, Susan Puro and her husband, Nathan; grandchildren, Tara (John) McCormick, Jacob (Jenny) Gregory, Elise Gregory, Noah Gregory; great-grandchildren, Ariella and Miriam McCormick, Shiloh and Parker Gregory.  Friends will be received from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Irwin Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mary Jo Drum

January 31, 2023 |

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

Mary Jo Drum, age 87, of White Oak, died January 30, 2023, at The Palms at O'Neil. Born June 15, 1935, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Jayne) Marsh and the wife of the late William J. Drum.

 
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Paul Richard MacPherson, Sr.

January 31, 2023 |

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

Paul Richard MacPherson, Sr., 65, of Liberty Borough, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2023. He was born August 3, 1957 in McKeesport and was the son of the late John Charles MacPherson Jr. and the late Sue Anne (Parkins)MacPherson Spahr. He was a member of the Mount Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder and sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the former Boston Fire Company. He was President of "Friends of Mount Vernon Cemetery". Paul was a Computer Systems Engineer for Dell Inc.

 
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Daniel McDowell

January 31, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Daniel Thomas McDowell, 66 of Versailles, formerly of Braddock, passed away on Monday, January 30th, 2023, at his home. He was born in Braddock on June 16th, 1956, to the late Edward Brown and Leona Ruth (Hughes) McDowell. Daniel was the loving husband of 38 years to Cheryl Ann (Warnick) McDowell. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl, son Jacob McDowell of Versailles, multiple siblings, and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents. He enjoyed watching football games with his family and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Philomena Noll

January 31, 2023 |

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

Philomena Noll, 90, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully Monday, January 30, 2023.  She was born August 9, 1932 in Homestead, a daughter of the late Michael and Rose Rizzo. Philomena was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.  She loved her family and enjoyed the company of the people closest to her more than anything.  Prior to becoming a mother, she worked as a secretary to the principal of Calhoun Jr. High School and later as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone.  Philomena was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Agnes Parish.  She loved the time she spent at church and was a dedicated member of the Christian Mothers and Legion of Mary.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, James Duffy and Thomas Noll, sister, Rose Rizzo, daughter-in-law, Marie Noll, son-in-law, Joel Mance and great-grandson, Thomas P. Noll Jr.  She is survived by her  daughter, Diane Mance; sons, Thomas Noll (fiancee, Jacqueline Czarnecki) Robert Noll (Andrea), Marty Duffy (Lisa), James Duffy (Peggy), Patrick Noll (Carol); loving sisters, Josephine Stevens, Anna Mae Magnes and Rose Burris; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  Interment to follow in St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery, Munhall.  The family would like to acknowledge the loving care she received from the staff at Weatherwood Manor in Greensburg and Excela Hospice.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Rose Marie Morgan

January 30, 2023 |

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

Rose Marie Morgan, age 81, of McKeesport, PA died on Friday, January 27, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on February 15, 1941 and is the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes Meler Konik Stawicki. Rose is preceded in death by her former husband, Robert D. Morgan. 

 
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Robert E. Pratt

January 30, 2023 |

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

Robert E. Pratt, age 84, of McKeesport, PA, died on Sunday, January 29, 2023. He was born in McKeesport, PA on May 2, 1938.

 
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Catherine “Chip” Goykovich

January 30, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Catherine “Chip” Goykovich, of North Versailles, passed on January 20, 2023, at the age of 85. Chip is survived by her siblings, Joann Kause, Eugene Goykovich and Steve Goykovich, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Steve and Sue (Filosemi) Goykovich, and brother, Arthur “Babe” Goykovich.

Family was most important to Chip. She loved her nieces and nephews. She was a second mom to her nephew Ricci, and helped raise him.

Arrangements were in care of Alfieri Funeral Home, Wilmerding. Please visit us at www.alfierifuneralhome.com for online condolences.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Catherine "Chip" Goykovich, please visit our floral store.

 


Michael E. Long

January 30, 2023 |

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

Michael E. Long of Port Vue died Jan. 5, 2023. Beloved husband of Candy (Stinebaugh) Long. Loving father of Alisha Long, Ken Long, and the late Ronald G. Long and the late Michael C. Long.  Mike was a DJ for 40 years. Along with his wife Candy they were on several radio stations presenting the Magic Music show. They spent the last 11 years at 810 WEDO. Mike was in the Army, he was very proud to be a part of the military.  He enjoyed fishing at any chance he got.  Mike was die-hard Pirate fan. He also enjoyed the Steelers and was a lifelong member of the White Oak American Legion.

Arrangements were in care of James F. Kutch Funeral Homes & Crematory, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, (412) 823-4054.

 


Thomas Carl Wilson Sr.

January 30, 2023 |

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

Thomas Carl Wilson Sr. of Smithdale, Pennsylvania died peacefully at home on January 18, 2023.  He was born in Fitz Henry, Pennsylvania on March 2, 1933.

He was the son of William Lloyd Wilson Sr and Florence Lydia Miller Wilson, the grandson of LaRoyal Wilson Sr/ Marcella Boone and David Miller/Parthenia Reeves, David Miller was born a slave in Virginia.  He is survived by his wife Gloria Dixon Wilson of Smithdale, daughters, Yvonne Carol Riley of Pittsburgh, Prudence Diane Norman of Pittsburgh, Nicola Jean Houston of Smithdale; sons Rev. Thomas Carl Wilson Jr (Jeanette) of Macon, Georgia, Kenneth Edward Wilson of Smithdale, Joseph Daryl Wilson (Theresa) of Indianapolis, and Dwayne Earl Wilson of Pittsburgh; sister Gladys Maria Isbell of Silver Springs, Maryland, and brothers David LaRoyal Wilson of McKeesport and John Albert Wilson of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren (Shannon, Christopher, Lauren, Chantel, Jasmine, Molly, AJ, Alysha, Joey, Morgan, Caitlyn, and Timothy) and 8 great-grandchildren (Carson, Lyric, Tori, CeeJay, Roman, Karter, Gabby, and Leighton).  He was preceded in death by his parents William Lloyd Wilson Sr and Florence Lydia Miller, brothers James Edward Wilson, William Lloyd Wilson Jr, and Kenneth Jerome Wilson, sisters Mary Ellen Wilson, Florence Miller Abbott, and Doris Jean Farmer, and grandson Ian Joseph Riley.

 
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William H. Schlander

January 30, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

William H. Schlander, 82, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Port Vue, died Saturday, January 28, 2023.  He was born September 2, 1940, a son of the late Harvey V. Schlander and Bessie (Hamilton) Schlander, and his step-father, Harry Schlander.  William served in the U.S. Navy on the USS DesMoines.  He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, First Sterling, and Reliant Steel, and retired after 30 years with Safety Kleen Corporation.  A former member of the Port Vue Athletic Association, he coached girls’ softball. 

He was a member of the US Cruisers Club, VFW Post 698 of North Belle Vernon, and was an active member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth.  William was the husband of 62 years, to Arlene (Faust) Schlander, whom he married on October 15, 1960.  They raised two daughters, Vicki (David) Anderson of West Newton and Denise (James) Kish of Wheeling, West Virginia; four grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Cunningham of Oakura, New Zealand, Caitlyn (Michael Mistick of Chantilly, Virginia, Jillian (Carl) Peitz of Marriottsville, Maryland, and Jaime (Kelsey) Kish of Alexandria, Virginia; eight great grandchildren, Paul, Emma, Louie, Cameron, Theo, Sadie, Molly, and Sylvie.

 
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Karen Jean Penn

January 30, 2023 |

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

Karen Jean Penn, age 63, of White Oak, died on January 26, 2023. Born September 21, 1959, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Larry and Irene (Fleming) Reitz.

Karen was a member of the Glassport Assembly of God. She liked cooking her famous pot pies and baking. Karen enjoyed watching any sport especially cheering on the Pittsburgh teams. She was an animal lover and had a dog, Casper, a cat, Missy, and a rabbit.

Karen is survived by her children, Mandy (Matthew) Wagner and Martin Penn III; grandchildren, Jordan and Alexander Wagner; siblings, Irene (Daniel) Brieck, Cindy Palmer, and Raymond Reitz; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

 
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Annetta P. "Tetta" (Lynch) Stracelsky Hall

January 30, 2023 |

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

Annetta P. “Tetta” (Lynch) Stracelsky Hall, arrived on a snowy January 14th in 1927, and departed this earth on Saturday, January 28, 2023. She was 96 years old. Her last residence was at Redstone Highlands Senior Community, North Huntingdon, where she was an original member and lived out her long-time passion of crocheting baby blankets and passing out peppermint patties. Originally from Walker Heights, Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late James Daniel and Elizabeth M. (Goldstrohm) Lynch. After being widowed twice, Tetta lived her first married life with the late (Big) Paul A. Stracelsky in Forward Twp. for 43 years and had one daughter, Lisa (George) Bowers that gave her two grandchildren, Mark & Amy, that she loved and enjoyed watching grow. They all enjoyed many years of antique cars and travels with others from Mon Valley Region (AACA) and the Three-River's Region (Model A Restorer's Club). Also, a second marriage to the late Kirk E. Hall of Rostraver, Belle Vernon and Redstone Highlands, for 18 years. They enjoyed the outings they could go on to the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown and wherever the car took them next. While in Elizabeth High School, class of 1944, Tetta's first job was to learn to be a switchboard operator in Highland Park, Pittsburgh. Once graduated and working closer to home, she went on to be a switchboard operator at Ruben's Furniture in McKeesport, and then on to their accounts receivable department. After a brief time of also being a switchboard operator in Elizabeth, she then devoted 10 years in the office of Morrow's Jewelers, McKeesport, until 1959. Overlapping jobs and a new baby for 3 years, she was then founding, developing and office managing the family-run business of Paul Stracelsky Oil Products where she retired at the age of 75. She served and was a member of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Twp.

 
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Monique "Mo" Hill Marwani

January 28, 2023 |

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

Monique “Mo” Hill Marwani, age 48, of Hagerstown, MD, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 20, 2022. Born February 9, 1974, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of a devoted father, Russell Walton Hill of Hagerstown, MD, and a loving mother, Cathryn A. (Keith H.) Buchanan Stevenson of McKeesport.

Mo was a model, fashion designer, and bridal consultant, amongst many other things, throughout her remarkable life. She brought beauty and grace to this world and shared that with everyone she knew. Her career started as early as pre-school at Grady Day School of Squirrel Hill, where she was picked to do a commercial for PNC Bank at four years old. She then attended Mineda Elementary School for kindergarten through 6 grade. During that time, she participated in music, went to ballet and tap dance school, and was also a Brownie in Buena Vista, PA. She then moved on to Elizabeth Forward High School, where she participated in music, volleyball, and track and field.

During her Junior year, she was a candidate for Black Ms. Teenage Pageant and placed in the top 15. She was also active in the Ms. Uniontown Pageant and won 1st place for Ms. Sportswear and took the crown for Ms. Uniontown.
Mo then received a modeling contract with American Eagle Magazine. During the summer of her Junior year, she was invited to the Welcome Home parade for the famous Football Hall of Fame Joe Montana, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49 er's and Kansas City Chiefs. In her senior year, she was also a Black Ms. Teenage Pageant contestant and placed runner-up! She Graduated Class of 1992 from Elizabeth Forward High School.

After high school, she was called back to be a Preliminary-Judge for the Black Ms. Teenage Pageant. Mo then moved to Harrisburg and worked for the State Department, where she worked for PHEAA Education Assistance Agency. She also attended the Philadelphia College of Textile and Science for Fashion and Design, where she participated in cheerleading, soccer, and choir. Mo also modeled for Marriot Bridal shows and participated in Swimsuit Magazine. After designing school, she worked at Bettina's Clothing Shop in Bethesda, MD, for experience and became an entrepreneur in woman's fashion and opened her own shop, "Your Private Closet."

 
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Gary Robert Andres, Sr.

January 28, 2023 |

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

Gary Robert Andres, Sr., 72, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023. He was born July 1, 1950 in McKeesport and was the son to the late Andrew George and Lulu Mae (Terry) Andres. Gary worked for various HVAC Companies as a technician and installer, but also had his own business on the side as a Tractor Mechanic for many people around the area. He shared a hunting camp with his brothers and spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. He enjoyed taking rides on his motorcycles, and as he got older, he became a real good classic car enthusiast. Cruising around town or refurbishing old classics, he was always on the hunt for different makes & models to fix.

 
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Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Travis

January 28, 2023 |

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

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane (Reynolds) Travis, age 81, of West Newton, formerly of Grove City, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Penn Highlands Mon Valley Hospital. She was a retired salesclerk for Oneida in Grove City and a loving foster parent. She enjoyed traveling to Lancaster, doing puzzles, sewing, camping, and family history. She loved talking to people and made friends quickly. Born August 29, 1941, in Grove City, she was a daughter of the late William and Ruth (Gregg) Reynolds and wife of the late David Travis. She is survived by a daughter, Beth (Jim Hackney) Travis of Fraser, MI; sons, Robert (Carol) Frazier of Elizabeth Twp. and John Frazier; grandsons, James (Ivy McClatchey) of St. Clair Shores, MI, David Hackney of Fraser, MI and Christopher Hackney of Ann Arbor, MI; great-grandson, Gennady Hackney; also, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Reynolds. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8PM. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 10 AM in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Matt Fricker officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville. Memorial contributions may be made to Grove City Community Library, 125 W. Main Street, Grove City, PA 16127. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Gregory S. Germuska

January 28, 2023 |

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

Gregory S. Germuska, 62, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023 at Forbes Regional Hospital.  He was born October 20, 1960 in McKeesport, a son of Donald Germuska and the late MaryAnn (Kosanovic) Germuska.  Greg was a beverage specialist for US Foods and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and attended Miller United Methodist Church with his wife. He was a graduate of Norwin Sr. High School Class of '78 and California University of PA.  He enjoyed hunting, cutting grass and spending time with his family and pets.  He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Beth (Kennedy) Germuska; daughters, Megan Connelly and her husband, Brian, Kami DiazBucio and her husband, Misael; brothers, Dan (Kim), Dane (Shani), Jeff (Michelle); grandchildren, Aiden, Kailyn, Tristen, Gavin Connelly, Nathen and Kasen DiazBucio; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.  PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Miller United Methodist Church, Brighton Township Bears or Beaver Bobcats.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Violet Ghrist

January 27, 2023 |

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

Violet R. Ghrist, age 85, of Glassport, died on January 22, 2023, at Allegheny General Hospital. Born January 14, 1938, in Canonsburg, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Ida May (Holmes) Hyson and wife of the late William J. Ghrist.

Violet dedicated her life to taking care of her family and home. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Pleasant Hills Ward. Violet enjoyed reading, cooking, and watching her shows on National Geographic Wild and movies about Emma and Joseph Smith, founders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved her family and dogs, Princess, Zella, Prince, and Ivory.

Violet is survived by her children, George (Sandy) Ghrist, Cindy (Brian) Sycz, Penny Ghrist, Edward (Ada) Ghrist, and Dana Ghrist; grandchildren, Eddie Jr. Ghrist, Nicole Ghrist, Tabby Oliverio, Tara Oliverio, Melissa Ghrist, Mikey Needham, and Leigh (Richard) Chatkin; great-grandchildren, Taliyah Andreoli, Trinity Hill, Michael Young, Candence Chatkin, Kinsey Chatkin, and William Needham.

 
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Giovanni "John" Mannarino

January 27, 2023 |

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

Giovanni "John"  Mannarino, 73, of Boston, passed away Thursday, January 26. 2023 at home surrounded by his family. He was born August 17, 1949 in Crotone, Italy and was the son of the late Francesco and Elisabetta (Ierardi) Mannarino.  John was a member of Saint Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan and had previously coached soccer at East Allegheny High School.  John had worked numerous jobs throughout his life, including a concrete laborer and in stock at Giant Eagle in White Oak.  He will be greatly missed.

 
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Alan Ochap

January 27, 2023 |

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

Alan R. Ochap, age 72, of McKeesport, died on January 25, 2023, at home. Born January 18, 1951, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Albert and Grace (Prutz) Ochap and the husband of Carla Ochap.

Alan retired from Stringert Inc. as a union roofer. He was a member of the United Union of Roofers and Allied Workers Local #37. Alan was a hardworking man. Most of all, he enjoyed spoiling his grandkids.

In addition to his wife, Carla, he is survived by his children, Johanna (Dan ) Kessler, Wendy (Floyd) Gault, and Chris Ochap; grandchildren, Floyd (Taylor) Gault III and Emily Gault; great-granddaughter, Adelaide Gault; siblings, Joseph (Dorothy) Ochap, Debra Oakes and Eva (Bonnie) Ochap; and many nieces and nephews.

Alan was also preceded in death by his son, Mark Ochap.

Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 5 p.m. until funeral service at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Condolences and memories may be shared at. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Supervisor, Charles Danforth

 


Alice L. Ivkovich

January 27, 2023 |

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

Alice L. Ivkovich, 93, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023 at LGAR Health and Rehabilitation.  She was born October 28, 1929 in Jeannette, a daughter of the late Archie and Anna May(Deithorn) Mullaert.  Prior to her retirement, Alice was a distributor for Standard Observer Newspaper and later a merchandiser for American Greeting Cards.  Alice also worked alongside her husband Nick as a photographer's assistant and together they captured many local weddings.  She was a member of St. Agnes Parish and the Emerald Club, and enjoyed playing cards in various card clubs and spending the winters in Florida.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Ivkovich, brother, Archie Mullaert and daughter-in-law, Maureen.  She is survived by her children, Philip and his wife, Laura, Paul and his wife, Fran, Mark, Amy McCabe and her husband, Tim; grandchildren, Amy (Philip), Cara (Erik), Philip (Sarah), William, Timothy; great-grandchildren, Kasey, Joseph, Peyton, Paige, Bryce and Indy.  Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church.  Entombment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Agnes Emerald Club or LGAR Health & Rehabilitation.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Eileen Jordan Gerneth

January 27, 2023 |

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

Eileen Jordan Gerneth, age 86, of Point Breeze, passed away peacefully at Longwood at Oakmont surrounded by her family where she was known for her beautiful smile and endearing ways. Eileen was born in McKeesport to Eileen Kelly Jordan and Anthony Jordan of Jordan Bananas. She spent most of her growing up years in Laurel Mountain Park in Ligonier.

 
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Pauline Marsh-Kelly

January 27, 2023 |

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

Pauline Marsh-Kelly, age 93, of West Mifflin, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at home. She was born in Philadelphia on January 19, 1930, was a retired telephone operator for AT&T for 36 years, lived in Garden Grove, CA from 1950-2018 and in West Mifflin from 2018 to the present. She proudly served her country in the Marine Corps from 1948-1950. She was the daughter of late Helen (Antonitis) Evans; wife of the late Jack Harris Marsh for 45 years; mother of Kenneth Marsh of Garden Grove, CA and the late Arthur Marsh; “bonus daughter,” daughter-in-law Laura “Lola” Marsh of West Mifflin; grandmother of Sean Marsh of Carson, CA, Kristina DiVirgilio of Verona, Amy Garcia of Redmond, WA and Travis Marsh of Redmond, WA; 10 great grandchildren; and cousin, Patsy Lescavage of Tuscon, AZ. There will be no visitation or services. 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.

 


Joseph Edward Mance

January 26, 2023 |

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

Joseph Edward Mance, age 62, of Greensburg, PA, died on January 25, 2023. He was born in Wuerzburg, Germany on January 20, 1961, and is the son of Ilse Betzelt Mance, of Greensburg, PA, and the late Joseph Henry Mance.

 
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Sandra Claudiu

January 25, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Sandra (Dancu) Claudiu, 70 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, at her home. She was born in Bucharest, Romania on October 13th, 1952, to the late Ion and Petra Dancu. She is survived by her loving son Alexander Claudiu of Clairton. Sandra was preceded in death by her brother Paul Dancu. She enjoyed interior design, collecting antiques, and working as a Registered Nurse. Arrangements have been entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St, Clairton, PA 15025. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to defray costs. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Vernon K. Garland

January 25, 2023 |

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

Vernon “Butch” K. Garland, age 80, of Tionesta, PA, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. He was born in Glassport, PA on March 8, 1942 and is the son of the late Lester (Helen) Garland and Isabelle Findura Evans. Vernon proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1961 until 1963, then later was employed at Ohio Power and retired from Westinghouse as a maintenance technician.

 
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Doreen E. Hornfeck

January 24, 2023 |

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

Doreen E. Hornfeck, age 75, of West Mifflin, PA, died on January 23, 2023. She was born in Findlay, Ohio, on February 24, 1947 and is the daughter of the late Adolf Lucas and Esther Marie Powers. She is survived by her spouse, Ronald Hornfeck. Doreen was retired, after having been employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse and later as an administrative assistant at UPMC Mercy.

 
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Ada Isadora Moffett

January 24, 2023 |

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

Ada Isadora Moffett, age 97, of McKeesport, PA, died on January 24, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on July 5, 1925 and is the daughter of the late Thomas Pearson and Permilla C. Divens.

 
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John C. Oswald

January 24, 2023 |

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

John C. Oswald, 82, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Pitcairn, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023.  He was born July 7, 1940 in New York, New York and was the son of the late George D. and Marion (Kelley) Oswald. John worked for over thirty plus years for HUD. He attended The Pitcairn Assembly of God and formerly attended the Pitcairn United Methodist Church. He was a Mason and a retired member of The Pitcairn Fire Department #1.  He met his wife of 64 years in Dunmore, PA and went on to have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren together.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and was an avid Pittsburgh Panthers and college football fan. He will be greatly missed.

 
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Karlee Paige (Wilhelm) McDermitt

January 23, 2023 |

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

Karlee Paige (Wilhelm) McDermitt,  26, of Bethel Park, formerly of Elizabeth Township,  passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 22, 1996 in Greensburg and grew up in Blythedale. She is survived by her husband,  Arthur “Artie” McDermitt, of Bethel Park; parents, John and Kathy (Keddie)Wilhelm of Elizabeth Township; brother, John Wilhelm of Corpus Christi, TX., sisters, Katelyn (Jordan McKelvey) Wilhelm and Katrinia Wilhelm of Elizabeth Township and Kayla (Brendan) Batchelor of Chagrin Falls, OH.  She was also aunt of Declan, Bri, John Jr., and Maddie; and great aunt to Finan. Karlee graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School before attending Slippery Rock University where she met the love of her life, Artie. While Artie served in the US Army, Karlee supported and awaited his safe return home. The two were married September 18, 2021 and celebrated alongside their family and friends. Karlee loved to travel, was generous with her time and a spirited woman. She loved animals, especially their dogs Tanner (who is waiting for her), Hank and Katie, both of whom were a great comfort to her in the last year. Her family and friends will love and remember her always.

 
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Susan Lacey

January 23, 2023 |

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

Susan Lacey, 62, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023. She was born May 9, 1960 and is the daughter of the late Andrew and Emma (Banko) Paskan. She was raised in Sutersville and graduated from Sewickley High School, now known as the Yough School District. She was a dedicated wife to the late Gregory C. Lacey before his passing in 2017. Susan was also a Home Caretaker at the Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth Nursing Home. She is survived by her four sons, Gregory C. Lacey II of Sutersville, Nicholas G. (Alisha) Lacey of Glassport, Tyler M. Lacey and Rory S. Lacey, both of Elizabeth; grand-daughter, Skylar Lacey; her brother, Daniel Paskan, and her nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Susan is preceded in death by her brother, John Paskan. All services are private. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Elizabeth Township, PA 15135. (412) 751-5000, Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Vincent J. "Jimmy" Marino

January 23, 2023 |

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

Vincent J. “Jimmy” Marino, age 81, passed away peacefully, at his home in New Port Richey, FL, on January 15, 2023. He was born on September 10, 1941, in Duquesne, PA, son of the late Vincent and Mary Marino. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Vince was the life of a party and made everyone laugh. He enjoyed Christmas time, cooking lots of food, and spending time with his family. Vince cherished his little dog, Misty (foo-foo). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Truxal. He is survived by his wife, Linda Marino; loving father to Scott Marino, Dean (Jen) Marino, Kimberly (John) Maywood and Misty (Brian) Suley; proud pappy to Kodi, Jakob, Marissa, Vinny and Maxine, Christopher; step children, Teresa, Trish (Derek), Christine and their children Chelsea, Brandea, Dylan, Jason, Brian, Michele; and several cousins and friends. Burial service will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin, with Military Honors. July 15, 2023 at 10 am.

 


John F. Mazzarese

January 23, 2023 |

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

John F. Mazzarese, age 84, of West Mifflin, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Born in Pittsburgh on May 22, 1938, he was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Abell) Mazzarese. He worked in sales, was Catholic by faith, was a member of the Friends of Bill W. for 41 years and also a member of the Friends of Jimmy K. He is the father of Angela Mazzarese of West Mifflin, Michelle Mazzarese of Pittsburgh and late John Mazzarese; 1 grandchild; 5 great grandchildren; and brother of Carmella (late Joseph) Keilly of Avalon, Angelo (Judy) Mazzarese of Port Allegheny, Michael (Vivian) Mazzarese of West Mifflin, Peter (late Louise Ann Brendza) Mazzarese of West Mifflin, Gordon (Jeannie) Mazzarese of West Mifflin and late Frank Mazzarese. No visitation or services are planned. 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.

 


Alison (Jill) Zora

January 20, 2023 |

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

Alison (Jill) Zora, 89, of McKeesport, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away at the Palms at O'Neil Personal Care Home on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023.  Alison (Jill) was born in Bootle, England on November 23, 1933 and is the daughter to the late Donald and Lillian McKinlay. She met her husband, American g.i., William Zora while he was stationed at Buttonwood Air Force Base, and they got married in 1953 in England.  After coming to the United States Alison (Jill) was a stay home housewife and mother. Alison (Jill) and William had 2 children, Eugene and Tammy. In the early 70' s she decided to join the workforce. She worked 3 Rivers Bank, Wayne Weil Carpeting, and Sears. After retiring from Sears, she started to travel on many adventures with her children. She then got an appetite for cruises; traveling to Alaska, Spain, France, Italy and most of the Mediterranean Islands. She had a very strong spirit, a mind of her own, and a great sense of adventure until recently when the illnesses took its toll. She loved her family, her grand-kitties, gambling, Reese's peanut butter cups, and Ben and Jerry's ice cream; Cherries Garcia flavor.

 
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Betty Lois Heath

January 20, 2023 |

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

Betty Lois Heath, 94, of Greenock, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at home. She was born June 28, 1928 in Jacobs Creek and was the daughter of the late Edward and Kathleen (Lancaster) Malone. She was the wife of the late Harry F. Heath who passed away February 4, 2010. They were married for 64 years. Betty was a faithful member of the Greenock United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens and the Greenock Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. She worked the former Immel's in Eastland Shopping Center and had retired from the former McKeesport YMCA Camp Soles.

 
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Veronia Mary (Wurtz) Bodner-Lucas

January 20, 2023 |

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

Veronica "Ronnie" Mary (Wurtz) Bodner-Lucas, 89, of Duquesne, died Jan. 20, 2023.  She is the daughter of the late John and Gertrude Wurtz and wife of the late Simon Bodner (1991) and Bernard Lucas (2019).  She is survived by her daughters Deborah (Robert) Kahl, Marie (Larry) Schultz and Cheryl (Robert) Harshman; son Charles Bodner; gandchildren Allison (Kahl) Cubberley, Elisha (Schultz) Belanger, Kristine (Schultz) Galloway, Keith Harshman, Jeff Harshman and Michele Harshman;  brother Ted Wurtz; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her sisters Anna Clark and Agnes Koch and brother Adam Wurtz.  Ronnie was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne on Wed. from 10 to 11 am.  A funeral mass will be held 11:00 am at St. Joseph Church with Father Tom Lewandowski.  Inurnment following Holy Name Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels.

 


Ralph J. Winkler

January 20, 2023 |

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

Ralph J. Winkler, 75, of Irwin, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023.  He was born January 28, 1947 in McKeesport, a son of the late Donald and Helen Winkler.  Prior to his retirement, Ralph was a foundry worker for WABCO and a veteran of the US Army having served during the Vietnam War era.  He enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting and fishing, visiting casinos, playing the lottery and cards, and especially loved being a granddad.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Winkler; brothers, David and Donald.  He is survived by his son, Steve; daughters, Deann Hays, Darcy Peer and her husband, Dennis; sister, Susan; grandchildren, Christopher, Collin, Michael, Kari, Kylee, Annabelle; and great-granddaughter, Alexis.  Friends will be received from 2-6 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  Funeral service to follow at 6 p.m.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Edward F. Valenta, Jr., “J.R.”

January 20, 2023 |

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

Edward F. Valenta, Jr., “J.R.”, age 84, of North Versailles, PA, died on January 19, 2023 at home. He was born in McKeesport on June 19, 1938 and is the son of the late Edward F., Sr. and Anna Mae O’Brien Valenta. 

 
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Alex Frank Kadar

January 18, 2023 |

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

Alex Frank Kadar, age 95, of Haddonfield, NJ, formerly of White Oak, PA, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023. Al was born September 6, 1927, in McKeesport, PA, a second generation Hungarian American, and lived in McKeesport for 74 years. 

 
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David M. Forrester, Jr.

January 18, 2023 |

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

David M. Forrester, Jr., age 44 of Clairton, passed away at home Tuesday, January 17, 2023.  Born July 5, 1978 in Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of David M. Forrester Sr. who preceded him in death, and Beverly M. (Bahila) Hutchinson of Clairton.  David affectionately known as Dave, attended Clairton High School. He was a member of the Teamsters Union # 1058 and drove for Steel City Trucking.  Dave was an avid pool player and regularly attended pool leagues and tournament play.  He enjoyed camping, travelling, and outdoor activities.  Dave collected all things big and small and enjoyed having a good laugh.  He was a self-taught mechanic known to be able to fix anything.  He especially loved Fourth of July fireworks with his family.   Dave is survived by his mother Beverly (Brian) Hutchison of Clairton; his daughters Davae and Destini Forrester, and their mother the late Ashley McLaughlin, and Brooklyn and Josephine Forrester, and their mother Misty Laverick of Clairton; his sister Christina (Bruce) Montgomery of Baltimore; his uncles Eugene (Michaelene) Forrester, James (Dot) Forrester, and Richard (Ginger) Tracey; hisniece and nephews Danielle, Carvonne, Nathan, Carson, Noah, Cash and Julus; and also a multitude of cousins, close family, and friends. 

 
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Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Andriko

January 17, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Andriko (née Evanish), 97, died January 17, 2023.

Born November 15, 1925 in Turtle Creek, PA to Nicholas and Catherine Evanish, Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Louis Andriko, Sr., whom she married in 1950, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Betty was involved for many years with Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Christian Mothers, and frequently volunteered at St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne, PA. She made lifelong memories and friendships working in a pharmacy for 45 years, first at Ayres Pharmacy in McKeesport, then at Penn Taft Pharmacy in West Mifflin, finally retiring at age 87. She lived 70 years in her own home, spoiling her cat, spending time with neighbors, and completing hundreds of word puzzles. She remained active even after moving to New Kensington to live with her son.

Betty was outgoing, generous, caring, and funny. She is survived by her son Louis (Susan) Andriko, Jr.; grandchildren MaryElizabeth (John) Andriko-Moore, Kathryn (Joseph) Morosky, both of Pittsburgh, PA; and Michael (Jessi) Andriko, of Elkins, WV.  She dearly loved her great-grandchildren, Sabine Andriko-Moore and Nikola Andriko, and was eagerly looking forward to meeting another great-grandson due in April.

 
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Justina Frances Lalley

January 17, 2023 |

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

Justina Frances Lalley, 84, of Tannersville, PA passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 13, 2023. 
Born September 25, 1938 in McKeesport, PA a daughter of the late Michael & Mary Brunscak Kobulnicky. 

 
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Carol Ann Johnson

January 17, 2023 |

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

Carol Ann Johnson, age 68, of McKeesport, PA, died on Sunday, January 15, 2023. She was born in Monongahela, PA on February 14, 1954 and is the daughter of the late Eugene “Hank” and Dorothy Smith Finfinger and the wife of the late Roger Johnson. She was employed as a Teacher’s Aide at Long Run Children’s Learning Center in White Oak and also at Eat’n Park in McKeesport. 

 
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Carol F. Neyman

January 17, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Carol Fay (Dalton) Neyman, 89 of Dravosburg, passed away on Monday, January 16th, 2023, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. She was born in Pittsburgh on February 27th, 1933, to the late James and Leona (Mayer) Dalton. Carol was the loving wife of many years to the late Leroy Neyman, Sr. She is survived by her daughters Carolee (late James H.) Burns of White Oak, Lori (Jace) Younge of Elizabeth Township, and her sons Wayne (Twila) Neyman of Dravosburg and Leroy (Claudette) Neyman, Jr. of Elizabeth Township. Further survivors include sister Beverly LaManna of Baldwin, as well as her loving grandchildren Shanne, Wayne, Dale, Abbey, Cody, Kayla, Kerri, Dane, Dillon, Ty, and Kacie. She is additionally survived by great-grandchildren Aiden, Colton, Maddox, Easton, Spence, Sophia, Nolan, Josie, Lane, Lake, and Myka, as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her daughter Kathleen McCall and brother Thomas Dalton. She enjoyed playing the organ, sewing, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, visiting her cabin in Tionesta, and playing cards. She was also known to go swimming and walking with her friends. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 19th, 2023, from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at I.M FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 4th St, Dravosburg, PA 15034. A service will take place at 10 AM on Friday, January 20th, 2023, at the Saints Joachim and Anne (formerly the Queen of the Rosary Parish), located at 530 Michigan Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. Interment will follow the service at Richland Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Rhonda Renee Rodgers

January 16, 2023 |

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

Rhonda Renee Rodgers, 67, born December 17, 1955, died January 11, 2023. Arrangements are in care of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.

 
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Glenda Louise Stoll

January 16, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Glenda Louise Stoll daughter of Edith Macey and Andrew Macey peacefully passed on the 11th of January 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. Glenda is survived by her loving husband William Stoll of 48 years. Loving mom of Robin (Kevin) Barcus, Glenn (Gina) Stoll and William Stoll jr. Special grandma of 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Special sister to Andrew Macey Sr. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and all who loved her.

Glenda was a light in the world. Always wearing a smile on her face everywhere she went. She enjoyed taking pictures and spending time with family. She made people feel special, always remembering any important event with cards and messages. She enjoyed writing daily in her journals and living her life for the Lord. Glenda was a member of Harvest Church in Derry, PA.

 
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Donna Lee Stetar

January 16, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Alfieri Funeral Home

Donna Lee Stetar, of Port Vue, peacefully passed on January 12, 2023, at the age of 86, with her loving children at her side. Donna was the devoted wife of the late Patrick Stetar Sr. Loving mother of Victoria (Eric) Stetar-Logan, Kimberly Ann (Robert) Stetar-Platz, Ricky Alan (Cheryl) Stetar; adoring grandmother of 8 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Marion Painter, brother, James Farrow, many other relatives, and many friends. In addition to her husband, Donna was preceded in passing by her son, Patrick J. Stetar Jr., parents, James and Laura Ann (Nelson) Farrow, and sister, Audrey Hreha.

Donna had a heart of pure gold. She was a wonderful mother and homemaker, who raised 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Her family was the most important part of her life. She loved them all dearly, and they will miss her all deeply.

 
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Chad’Juan Maurice Neal Sr.

January 16, 2023 |

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

Chad’Juan Maurice Neal Sr., of Duquesne, was born August 4, 1993, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the beloved son to Jenica Randolph and the late Carloto Rarji Neal Sr.

Chad’Juan departed this life on January 8, 2023, at West VA Medical Center.

Chad graduated from East Allegheny High School where he played football and basketball. He furthered his education at All State School of Business for Welding. He also worked at Arch Masonry for brick laying. Chad’Juan attended church with his family at Trinity Church of God In Christ in McKeesport. He was in the youth choir and a junior usher.

Chad’Juan had a smile that would light up a room! He enjoyed listening to music and watching or attending sports events. Most importantly, Chad’Juan loved his children and his family. He will be truly missed.

 
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Glenn Albert Peterson

January 16, 2023 |

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

Glenn Albert Peterson, 94, of McKeesport, passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 to be reunited with his late wife and daughter. He was born July 7, 1928 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Albert and Ethel May (Sykes) Peterson.  Glenn was the husband of the late Loretta L. (Heath) Peterson who passed away in 1972.   He was a US ARMY Veteran and served during the Korean War as a Corporal in Japan. Glenn was a hardworking individual, who worked for US Steel in McKeesport from 1947 until 1983, where he retired as a production supervisor. He went on to work part time after his retirement for AC Nielson for several years to keep himself busy. He also enjoyed playing golf, dancing and going on vacations.  Glenn was known for his big heart, politeness, kindness, responsibility for his family, and integrity. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

 
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Michael Bodzer Jr.

January 16, 2023 |

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

Michael Bodzer Jr., age 68, of Glassport, died January 14, 2023, at The Grove in Irwin. Born June 8, 1954, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Dolores (Ura) Bodzer Sr.

 
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Carole A. Haywood

January 16, 2023 |

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

Carole A. Haywood, age 78, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023 at Jefferson Hospital. A retired unit secretary at Mon Valley Hospital, she was a member of the Elizabeth Women’s Club and Elizabeth Senior Card Club, and a former member of Victory Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. Born October 25, 1944 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late William and Rose (Fusco) Stockdill. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert A. Haywood Sr.; son, Robert A. (Rebecca) Haywood Jr. of Franklin Park; daughter, Michelle (John McLeod) Martin of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Dante (Robyn) Haywood, Raven Martin, Anna Marie Haywood and Lauren Haywood; sister, Betsy Piper of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Doris Kerchner

January 16, 2023 |

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

Doris (Opfer) Kerchner, age 85, of Augusta, KS, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was a medication aide for the elderly in nursing facilities in Kansas. A member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, she was a member of the Old Timers Fiddlers' Association and a life member of the Kastan Uveges VFW Post 7632 in Elizabeth. She enjoyed doing puzzles and crossword puzzles, fishing and camping, and most of all being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born June 6, 1937 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late George and Sarah (Harrison) Opfer and wife of the late John W.E. Kerchner Sr. She is survived by daughters, Vanness (Don) Lehmkuhl of Simi Valley, CA, Nelda (Raymond) Darwin of Augusta, KS, and Sarah Moreno of Herington, KS; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Ralph (Janice) Opfer of Riverview, MI; close family friend, Wesley Batch of North Carolina; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sons, John W.E. Kerchner Jr. and George Scott Kerchner, and siblings, Theodore Opfer, John Opfer, Howard Opfer, Harry Opfer and Luella "Sis" Opfer.

 
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Dream Dior'LaNae Jackson

January 15, 2023 |

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

Dream Dior'LaNae Jackson, was born and passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 in Pittsburgh.
She is survived by her mother, Jolaya M. McCrone; father, Treymere D. Jackson; grandparents, Osa Robinson, Joseph McCrone, Dionne Jackson and Shawn Townsend, Sr.; great-grandparents, Debra Robinson, Dewayne Allen, and Edna Chaffin; aunts and uncles, Tamara Petty, Shawn Petty, Rashelle Muhammad, Joseph Griffiths, Johnisha Jackson, China Jackson, Thatcher Jackson, Shawn Townsend, Jr., Lorenzo Townsend, Natae Townsend and Leah Walker; and extended family and friends.

 
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Stephanie Louise Koroly

January 14, 2023 |

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

Stephanie Louise Koroly, 79, of Greenock, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023. She was born October 5, 1943 in Pennsboro, West Virginia and is the daughter to the late Steve Playso and the late Iva (Harter) Playso Faith. She was the wife to the late Edward Koroly, who passed away September 7, 1992. Stephanie worked as a Home Care Nurse for several years on top of being a dedicated housewife. She was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She is survived by her son, Michael Koroly of Glassport; daughter, Renee Koroly of McKeesport; sisters, Vern (the late Leo) Piotrowski, Jacqueline (Steve) Bell, Linda (Terry) Wieprecht, and Annie Szerensci; and many nieces & nephews. Friends are welcome Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000, Drew J. Gilbert, director. Funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 8pm. Bill Maize officiating. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

 


Fannie Puskaric

January 14, 2023 |

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

Fannie Puskaric, age 89 of Buena Vista, passed away at home on Friday, January 13, 2023.  Born February 17, 1933 in Buena Vista, she was a daughter of the late Toma and Agnes (Salopek) Cindric.  A former member of Sacred Heart Parish in McKeesport who also attended Mass at the Divine Redeemer Motherhouse in Elizabeth Twp., Fannie worked for both Sabin's China in Versailles and the GC Murphy Co. of McKeesport.  In her spare time, Fannie expertly tended her garden.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late George E. Puskaric who passed away February 20, 1997, and her siblings: John and Steve Cindric, Louise Kartesz, Rose Mowry, and Mary Smetak.  Fannie is survived by her daughters Georgiann (Tom) Kiger of Elizabeth Twp. and Rosemary Puskaric of Buena Vista and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Eleanor T. Casciato

January 13, 2023 |

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

Eleanor T. Casciato, age 89, of White Oak, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Eleanor was born on February 15, 1933 and raised in McKeesport’s Tenth Ward. She is the daughter of the late Stephen V. Tomko and Mary V. Fedasz Tomko. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ralph Casciato. A fiercely devoted mother and grandmother, she is also survived by sons, Chris (Lisa) Casciato of Manhattan, New York; Greg Casciato of Port Chester, New York; and grandchildren, Jack; Kate; Will; James; and Teddy Casciato. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Stephen T. Tomko.

 
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Michele "Shelly" Marie Dusi

January 13, 2023 |

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

Michele "Shelly" Marie Dusi, 59, of Clairton, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023. She was born October 27, 1963 in Monongahela and was the daughter of the Mary Ann (Williams) Martin of Mount Vernon and the late George William Martin, Sr. Shelly was a School Bus Driver and had previously worked for Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. She was a 1981 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, William C. Dusi, brother, George Martin Jr., sister, Debra Crouch and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Private inurnment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Robert L. Becker

January 13, 2023 |

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

Robert L. Becker, age 36, of Avalon, died December 27, 2022, at Allegheny General Hospital.  Born December 18, 1986, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Edward and Cheryl (Bentley) Becker.  Bobby was an active member of the Open Bible Tree of Life Church.  He loved to help others and was studying for his discipleship.  Bobby loved music and being around his family and also his Avalon family.

 
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Dorothy Alice Come

January 13, 2023 |

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

Dorothy Alice Come, 87, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was born April 20, 1935 in Elizabeth and was the daughter of the late Noland and Sara (Dave) Messner. She was the wife of the late Alfred L. Come who passed away October 17, 2003. Dorothy was a member of the Mount Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, and the PSEA. She was a retired School Teacher for the Elizabeth Forward School District with 39 years of service. She was a graduate of West Newton High School and the Indiana State Teachers College. She was a member and Past President of the Mount Vernon Youth Association and the former McKeesport Novel Club. She was also a Lay Minister for several area churches.

 
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Nick R. Coban

January 13, 2023 |

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

Nick R. Coban, age 64, of McKeesport, died January 12, 2023, at home.  Born October 12, 1958, in McKeesport, he was the son of Eleanor (Holden) Coban and the late Nicholas Coban.  Nick was a local DJ known as DJ Top Cat and played at the Sons of Italy in Glassport, the Viking Lounge, Sahara Club, and Cal's Cantina.  Nick also worked in food service management for many years with Eat'n Park and the Big Boy restaurants.  Nick enjoyed camping with family at Scotty Land and was a huge Steelers fan.  In addition to his mother, Nick is also survived by children, Amanda (Matt) Coban, Nicholas (Christine) Coban, Anthony Coban, Christian Datel, and Blaise (Brianna) Datel; grandchildren, Logan, Luka, Emma, and Ellie; sister, Janice (Jim) Coban.  Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from noon until the memorial service at 2 p.m.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.  Charles Danforth, Supervisor

 


Robert T. Bico

January 13, 2023 |

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

Robert T. Bico, 64, of Coulter, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, January 12, 2023 at home. He was born March 25, 1958 in McKeesport   and was the son of Robert H.  "Bobby B" Bico of White Oak and the late Geraldine M. (Tkac) Bico.  He was a member of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in McKeesport.  He worked for over 20 years as the head custodian in The Norwin School District.  In his free time he enjoyed gardening flowers, cutting the grass, cooking and baking.  He will be greatly missed.

 
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Helen J. Kielnar

January 12, 2023 |

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

Helen J. Kielnar, age 95, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, January 12, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on August 18, 1927 and is the daughter of the late Alexander Michalek and Catherine V. Gliwa Michalek and the wife of the late Stanley J. Kielnar, who died on May 15, 2022. Stanley and Helen were married for 71 years.  Helen was employed at Zayre’s Department Store in Versailles and worked as a clerk. She was a member of Christian Mothers, at Mary, Mother of God Parish, Corpus Christi Church.

 
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Edward W. “Butch” Bechtold

January 12, 2023 |

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

Edward W. “Butch” Bechtold, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at UPMC East Hospital. He was born January 9, 1950 in Pittsburgh. Prior to his retirement, Edward was fire chief and dispatcher for the Edgewood Fire Department and a veteran of the US Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Norwin Elks and enjoyed fishing, attending oldies concerts, dressing up as Santa for the disabled children and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda (Moran) Bechtold; daughters, Amy Hileman and her husband, Michael, Kristy Champion (Jason Cheripka); grandchildren, Brennan, Ryan, Karsyn and Reegan. Visitation will be held on Monday from 1-3 PM with a service to follow at 3 PM. Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


George "Chic" Vinovich

January 12, 2023 |

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

George "Chic" Vinovich, 96, of McKeesport, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2023. He was born February 22, 1926 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Lazo and Simica (Kusic) Vujnovich. George served in the US Army during WWII and the Korean War. He is survived by his son, George Dean Vinovich of Southport, NC., granddaughters, Ashley and Taylor, and nieces, Kathleen Brennan (William) Gaal, Janet McShea Bailey, Barbara Brennan Alstadt, Marsha McShea (Robert) Bauer and Laurie McShea Vitori and other relatives and friends.

 
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James Frank Ridgeway Jr.

January 12, 2023 |

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

James Frank Ridgeway Jr., 88, of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023. He was born April 15, 1934 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late James and Ruth (Eicher) Ridgeway. Prior to his retirement, Frank was a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse Bettis. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was a member of Sylvania Hills Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, shooting at the range, leather working and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Ridgeway. He is survived by his sons, Scott and his wife, Collette, Brett and his wife, Kimberly; daughter, Karen Johnson and her husband, Tim; grandchildren, Jeremy (Crissy) Olson, Karisa (Frank) Jackson, Priscilla Johnson; great-grandchildren, Alina, Kylie, Haley, Raelyn, Elliott, Adeline and Sienna. Frank exemplified Christ and through his life drew others to our Lord and Savior. He will be in our hearts until the day we are all united once again in heaven. Friends will be received from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sylvania Hills Baptist Church, 567 Pittsburgh Road, Rochester, PA 15074. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Marion (Batinich) Lokmer

January 11, 2023 |

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

Marion (Batinich) Lokmer, age 94 of Chagrin Falls, OH, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in UH Geauga Medical Center, Chardon, OH.  Born in Clairton on November 25, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Mary (Nikolic) Batinich.  Marion was a lifelong member of C.F.U. Lodge 248 in Clairton and was very proud of her Dalmatian heritage. As a daughter of an immigrant family, her work ethic and devotion to family were established at an early age. Proudly bearing her father’s name, she dedicated many years in helping to run their family business, Marion’s Tavern, in Jefferson Borough. Marion devoted her life to friends and family, especially her granchildren. Being with others, doing for others, and giving to others brought her much happiness. She was an avid reader and loved to travel. Marion will always be remembered for her strong belief in herself and her unwavering faith in God. May her amazing strength carry on and inspire others. Marion was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canfield, Ohio, where she had formerly resided after moving from Jefferson Borough. 

 
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Kathleen Andrejchak

January 11, 2023 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Kathleen Andrejchak, 80, of Dravosburg, died Jan. 11, 2023.  She is the daughter of the late Pat and Ellen Conroy and beloved wife of the late Richard Andrejchak.  Kay is survived by her sons Richard (Paula) Andrejchak and Jeff (Tonya) Andrejchak; grandchildren Morgan, Jason, Ashleigh, Miranda, Walker, Natalie, Mariah and Marlee; sister Patricia (Maryann Schmitt) Conroy; also nieces and nephews.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport on Fri. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.  A funeral mass will be held Sat. 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Church.  Interment following Holy Name Cemetery.

 


Alice Smith Rinkacs

January 11, 2023 |

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

Alice Smith Rinkacs, 92, of North Huntingdon formerly of White Oak, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  She was born August 24, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Ciborowski.  Prior to her retirement, Alice worked as a teller for PNC Bank and was the owner / operator of Smitty's Restaurant in Boston, PA. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed riding bikes, swimming, vacationing at the beach and Disney World, listening to music, dancing, crafting and her canine companions.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Denis; son, John Gerald Smith Jr., and sister, Dorothy Balog.  She is survived by her grandchildren, Kelly Poppell, Shelley Simonazzi, Brian Smith, Brandon Smith, Zak Smith, Alexander Smith; sisters, Joann Wanat and Patricia Lennon; numerous great-grandchildren; and Rinkacs children, Bill, Denny, Chris, John, Tom and David and numerous grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642. A funeral service will follow at 1:15 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles, PA.  The family would like to thank Westmoreland Manor for the compassionate care they gave to Alice.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Georgene Monastiere

January 11, 2023 |

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

Surrounded by her family and friends, Georgene Monastiere peacefully died on January 9, 2023 at the age of 79. Georgene was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 3, 1943 and moved with her family to Southern California while she was in high school. 

 
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Robert G. Garbin Sr.

January 11, 2023 |

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

Robert G. Garbin Sr., 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Hillside Manor, Uniontown.  He was born July 12, 1939 in Biddle, a son of the late Angelo and Ida (Bianchi) Garbin.  Prior to his retirement, Bob was a truck driver for CCX and a member of United Methodist Church of Irwin.  He belonged to the Silver Sneaker Softball League, enjoyed watching old movies, and was an avid deer hunter.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sondra Garbin, son-in-law, Brent, and siblings, John Garbin, Alice Marsiglio and Fred Garbin.  He is survived by his children, Lisa Maskowitz and her husband, Scott, Lori L. Rankin (Tim) and Robert G. Garbin Jr.; grandchildren, Nicole (Chris), Trista (Marty), Michael (Beth), R.J. (Nicolette)  and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Alex, Kendal, Luke, Cayden, Gabriella, Logan, Lila and Bennett.  Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  A funeral service will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Grace Sparico Jordanhazy

January 10, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Jefferson Memorial Cemetery Funeral Home

Grace Sparico Jordanhazy, 69, of Donora, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her loving family. Grace was born on June 19, 1953, in McKeesport, the loving daughter of the late Peter and Mildred (Kaler) Sparico.

Grace loved hummingbirds, whether it be watching them at the feeders and plants in her backyard, or collecting items that were decorated with them. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she affectionately called her “baby dolls”.

Grace is survived by her beloved husband, P. Michael Jordanhazy; her son, Scott M. Jordanhazy; and her two daughters, Aimee M. Jordanhazy and Amanda M. Jordanhazy. Grace also leaves her grandchildren, Austin, Alex and Madison Barna; her sister and brothers; her Aunt, Pat Sparico; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

 
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Sharon Lynn Jageman

January 10, 2023 |

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

Sharon Lynn Jageman, 65, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023. She was born May 11, 1957 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter to the late Edward A. and Genevieve (Berger) Wozniak. Sharon graduated from Baldwin High School and took Accounting classes at CCAC. From 2004 - 2015, Sharon worked for the Elizabeth Forward School District as a Classroom Aide; then, in 2016 she was elected to be the Tax Collector for Lincoln Borough and South Allegheny School District; as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary in the Borough. She enjoyed cross-stitching, collecting angels, and traveling to go camping. Her favorite camping spot was at Raystown Lake, just a few hours from here. She was a huge family person and loved to host family game nights with food, drinks, games and memories to cherish forever.

 
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Margaret "Margie" Stefanko

January 10, 2023 |

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

Margaret "Margie" Stefanko, 68, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 8, 2023 at home surrounded by loved ones. She was born June, 28, 1954 in McKeesport and is the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Cservrnyak) Bolga. Margie was employed as a Retail Customer Service Representative and a Teaching Assistant at McKeesport School District for those in need of a little more assistance with their reading skills. She was also a dedicated, full-time caregiver for her mother for several years. She was a member of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic, and after closing, Margie and her husband eventually moved to St. Pius & then to Corpus Christi, while it was formerly known as St. Mary's. Now she is a member of the Mary, Mother of God Parish.

 
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Margaret "Margie" (Gasparovic) Snodgrass

January 10, 2023 |

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

Margaret "Margie" (Gasparovic) Snodgrass, age 80 of Pittsburgh and originally of McKeesport, passed away January 9, 2023 after a brief but courageous battle with an illness.  She is the loving wife of 45 years of John; loving mother and proud mom of Dr. Steven (Kelly) of Greenville, SC and Christopher (Anna) of Swissvale; devoted grandmother of Simon; and beloved Aunt Margie to many special nieces and nephews.  A graduate of McKeesport High School who also attended Carlow University, Margie worked for many years as a meticulously organized professional secretary, most notably for Westinghouse Electric Corp. during the 1970s.  She alternated her career with time as a stay-at-home mom, frequent volunteer at Sacred Heart Elementary School, a eucharistic minister and active parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside and later a parishioner at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Point Breeze.  She was a pious woman of devout Catholic faith and proud Croatian heritage.  Margie enjoyed volunteer work for many organizations, especially Childrens Hospital, Ladies of Charity, the Central Catholic High School Mothers Guild, and was selected as a volunteer Christmas decorator at the White House in 2011.  She was well known for her incredibly caring, kind, and giving spirit.  Margie was the daughter of the late Mate' and Anna (Stimac) Gasparovic.  The youngest and last of seven in a close-knit immigrant family, she was preceded in death by her siblings John, Ann, Mary, Matthew (Mary), Thomas, and Steve "Snaps" Gasparovic.

 
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Beryl Ruth Richardson

January 10, 2023 |

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

Beryl Ruth (Deem) Richardson of North Huntingdon passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 at age 93.  Beryl was a member of Brush Creek Lutheran Church in Irwin.  Beryl was born in Milltown (Penn Hills) Penn Township to her parents, William H. Deem and Ruth Goldner Deem.  Beryl was a graduate of Penn High School class of 1947 where she was a member of The Penn High Trio. The Trio performed for many functions, including a live performance on KDKA Radio for their  Saturday morning program, Starlets on Parade, and also enjoyed singing on the Candis Sisters program for WWSW Radio.  The Trio also did live broadcasts from the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.  Beryl married William Robert Richardson during his military weekend leave on June 30, 1951, and began her teaching career in the Penn Hills School District following her graduation from Slippery Rock State College later that year.  Beryl was an accomplished pianist with perfect pitch, and played effortlessly with or without sheet music.  She loved to read, and shared many of her books with her family and friends.  Beryl loved cross-stitching and made well over 200 projects, giving them as gifts to family and friends.  A true sports fan, Beryl rooted for the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins.  She also enjoyed traveling anywhere in  America with family and friends.

 
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Joshua B. Dove

January 10, 2023 |

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

Joshua B. Dove, age 45, of North Versailles, died at home on January 8, 2023.  Born November 7, 1977, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Janet (Ivkovich) Kasa and the late Lannie Dove. 

 
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Theodore M. Street

January 09, 2023 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Theodore M. Street, 67, of Glassport, died Jan. 8, 2023.  He is the son of the late Bernard and Agnes Street and husband of the late Sharon (Stefanakis) Street.  He is survived by his daughter Nikki (Chuck) Hazel; son Scott Street; grandchildren Lincoln and Morgan Hazel; great granddaughter Katelyn Hazel; sisters Sandy (Jim) Dickson, Lori (Dave) Shall and Lisa (Frank) Martelli; brothers Bernard (Kathy) Street, Randy (Carla) Street, Patrick (Lora) Street and Tim Street; niece Tami (Nathan) Lewis; nephew Rick (Darcie) Dickson; his beloved dog Beau, who went everywhere with him; also other nieces and nephews.  Ted was a retired care salesman and was currently working at the Tribune Review.  He was a graduate of Derry High School and then went to an umpire school for baseball in Florida.  He loved sports, including umpiring and coaching Little League baseball.  Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. 

 


Barbara Wisniewski

January 08, 2023 |

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

Barbara Wisniewski, 80, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023 at UPMC Mercy Hospital. She was born January 2, 1943 in Braddock, a daughter of the late Thomas and Rita (Voegtle) Everett. Prior to her retirement, Barbara was a medical secretary, a member of St. Agnes Parish where she sang in the choir and the Cereal Heights Ladies Club. She enjoyed visiting casinos, bowling, loved to cook, watching soap operas and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Wisniewski, and sisters, Patricia Pcolar and Jacqueline Topinka. She is survived by her sons, David and John; daughter, Theresa; grandchildren, Emily, John and Abby; great-grandson, Jack; brothers, Thomas (Diane) Everett and Jerry Everett; sister, Betty (Richard) Roseborough; brother-in-law, Ron Topinka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 
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Daniel R. Ritter Jr.

January 08, 2023 |

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

Daniel R. Ritter Jr.,  85, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Redstone Highlands, N. Huntingdon.  He was born October 19, 1937 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Daniel and Margaret (Heskin) Ritter.  Prior to his retirement, Daniel was the owner of the West Mifflin Shop 'n Save and was a veteran of the US Army.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and socializing with his longtime friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Anne DeClever.  He is survived by his loving wife, Mary “Pat” (Sherman) Ritter; son, Daniel T. Ritter; daughters, Kathleen Carlon and her husband, Tim, Patricia Kuster and her husband, Bill, Carol Duffy and her husband, Bob, Barbara Algeri and her husband, Ron; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 
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Vincent P. Tirpak

January 07, 2023 |

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

 Vincent P. Tirpak, age 92, of McKeesport on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

He was a retired Lieutenant of the City of McKeesport Police Department with 42 years of service and the McKeesport Housing Authority.

A US Army Korean War veteran and member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Vince was a member and usher of the former Holy Trinity Church and then became a member and usher of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick Church.

 

Husband of 62 years married to Cecile Lenhart Tirpak, father of Vince Little-Tirpak (Richard) and Christine Potocki (Timothy); 5 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren; Brother of Bernard Tirpak; nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 12 p.m. in the  Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick Church. Family and friends are asked to please meet at church. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to helping children: St Jude Children Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The new location-Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home (412) 521-2768 is honored and privileged to serve the family during this time of need.Please add a story to support the family or view condolences and photos. With warmest regards, John N. Bauer and the Staff of the new-Elmer L Herman Funeral Home

 

"Where Every Life is Cherished & Every Family is Treasured"

 
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Helen M. Burkhardt

January 06, 2023 |

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

Helen M. Burkhardt, age 91, of Port Vue, died on January 5, 2023, at St. Clair Hospital.  Born February 18, 1931,  in Warren, PA. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Sarah (Bowser) Best and wife of the late Edward A. Kiesell and Raymond Burkhardt.  Helen worked for Stouffer's Restaurant, Eat'n Park, Rendulic Meat Packing in her early years and as a caregiver later in life.  She and her husband Ray ran Kiesell Soup Kitchen and Chapel in McKeesport for over 35 years.  Helen would feed the homeless, have Christmas parties, pass out clothing and teach the Word of God. Serving the underprivileged held a special place in her heart, and her selflessness and kindness were a true example to all who knew her.  Above all, Helen was a Woman of God and, as a minister, was known as Sister Helen.

 
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Mark Alan Swomley

January 06, 2023 |

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

Mark Alan Swomley, age 51, of McKeesport, died on Friday, January 6, 2023. He was born in McKeesport on May 11, 1971 and is the son of the late Thomas J. and Veronica “Tootsie” Bozga Swomley. Mark was an executive chef for several restaurants in the area including, Tillies and the former Carlton. He enjoyed going on camping trips, watching the steelers, collecting various guns, and hanging out with friends at the 11th Ward Club in McKeesport. He was also a member of the NRA, the Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmen’s Club, and the White Oak American Legion, General Smedley D. Butler Post 701.

 
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Sally Ann Williams

January 06, 2023 |

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

Sally Ann (Popp) Williams, age 84 of Liberty Borough, went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Kane Community Living Center, McKeesport.  Born April 27, 1938 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Ida (Tolner) Popp. She was a member of Liberty Borough Veterans Association and an avid animal lover. She contributed to many non-profit organizations that were near and dear to her heart and her kindness will be missed. Sally will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Charles R. (Chick) Williams, her longtime companion Jerry Olack, son Terry Williams, brother Patrick "Sonny" Popp, and sister Gloria Knapp.  Sally is survived by her daughter Laurie Lynn Williams-Wood of Yorktown; grandchildren Brianna Morris of West Point, VA, Brandon Wood of Yorktown, VA, and Lacey Cowley of Virginia Beach, VA; five great-granddaughters; step-daughters Shelley Supinsky of White Oak and Cindy Olack of Liberty Boro; sister Candy (William) Boyle of O'Fallon, MO; 5 nieces and 2 nephews; and also multiple great nieces and nephews.

 
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Florence L. Ramsey

January 06, 2023 |

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

Florence L. Ramsey, age 96 of Clairton, passed away at home on Thursday, January 5, 2023.  Born September 17, 1926 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Reynolds) Coughenour.  Florence was preceded in death by her husband Joseph E. Ramsey, Jr., who passed away July 1, 2018, her daughter Diana Sickley, her son Curtis (Melanie) Ramsey, and her brothers Charles and Thomas Coughenour.  She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann Martin of Clairton; her sons David (Kim) Ramsey of Jefferson Hills and Craig (Connie) Ramsey of Elizabeth; her grandchildren Richard (Tracy) Lindsey, Christina Martin, Jason (Kathy) Ramsey, Joshua (Chalee) Ramsey, Jared (Sinthana) Ramsey, Erin (Sam) Nunnery, Jessica (Nick) Chiavetta, and Todd Ramsey; her numerous great-grandchildren; her great-great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.  Florence was also a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church, the Wilson Civic Association, and the Wilson AARP. 

 
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Sharon L. Kelly

January 06, 2023 |

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

Sharon L. Kelly, 76, of Greensburg formerly of North Huntingdon,  passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023 at her home.  She was born January 8, 1946 in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Alexander and Evelyn M. (Woll) Brown.  Prior to her retirement, Sharon was a lab tech for Columbia Hospital and later the Forbes Health System with 40 years of service.  After retirement she volunteered for the Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County, Christian Layman, Greensburg VFW and the YWCA Thrift Store.  She was a graduate of Hempfield Area H.S and Carnegie Tech, Cleveland, Ohio.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David W. Kelly, brother, Alexander C. and sister, Helen.  She is survived by her son, Shaun; brothers, William, Kevin, Robert, James; sisters, Colen, Evelynn, Darlene and Karen; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Family and friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike,  North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  Interment to follow in Brush Creek Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County, 201 Law and Finance Building, 35 W Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA  15601.   www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Kenneth L. Ferree

January 06, 2023 |

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

Kenneth L. Ferree, age 56, of McKeesport, died on January 3, 2023.  Born March 19, 1966, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Lawrence and LaVerne (Harff) Ferree and the husband of Julie (Weakland) Ferree for over 25 years.
Ken was a retired, self-employed general contractor.  He was a member and President of the McKeesport Sportsmen's Association.  Ken enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, caring for his fleet of cars, and spending time at his Mountain Pines Campground of Champion, PA.  His greatest joy was telling a joke and sharing a laugh with family and friends.

 
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William E. Lessman, Jr.

January 05, 2023 |

By Hunter Funeral Home | Posted in: Hunter Funeral Home

William E. Lessman, Jr., 66, of Acme, died Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, PA.  Born in Mount Pleasant, July 21, 1956, he was the son of the late William E. and Mary Black Lessman.  He is survived by his wife, Marilyn “Lynn” Wilson Lessman, his daughter, Dorothy Jane Wilson, his granddaughter, Katelynn Anlage, also by brothers, Gregg, Todd, Eddie, Tom, and Shawn.  An electrician and fishing guide, he was the bass guitar player for the musical group “Ancient Dream”, and served as sound technician for other bands.  He was the owner of the patent for a fishing device called “Citation”, an avid hunter, and a muzzle loader expert.  It could be said that he was a jack of all trades, and a master of many.  Hunter Funeral Home, Inc., 1600 Coursin Street, McKeesport, PA  15132 is in charge of arrangements.  A gathering for all those who have had Bill in their life will be held, details to be announced.  The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association.

 


Geraldine Nelson

January 05, 2023 |

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

Geraldine (Papp) Nelson, 84, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Monday, January 2, 2023. She was born November 3, 1938 in McKeesport, and was the daughter to the late Lawrence and Margaret Emma (Toth) Papp. She was the loving wife of 64 years to Wayne Henry Nelson, who passed away October 24, 2022. Gerry was a long time active member of First Evangelical Free Church and alongside her husband was on the Board of Directors at the McKeesport branch of the William Penn Association, which is a non-profit organization that offers life insurance to those in the community and surrounding areas. For 30+ years, Gerry worked as a Secretary of Construction for G.C Murphy before transferring to the McKeesport Housing Opportunity, where she became the Executive Secretary & Vice President.

 
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Barbara Rose Mayfield

January 05, 2023 |

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

Barbara Rose Mayfield, 82, of Liberty Borough, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2022. She was born March 7, 1940 in Port Vue, and is the daughter to the late Charles and Rose (Sucha) Huemme. Barb worked many years in the banking industry, working for the same company, but many locations & various name changes, now known as Huntington Bank. She was a member of Central Highlands Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels, and crocheted with the Shepherds, which is a caring ministry, providing prayer shawls, walker aprons, cards, and even offered prayer support for members and their friends and family within the community. Barb was an avid reader as she would sit up all night to finish a book. She enjoyed baking, traveling & she especially loved her trips to the beach. Barb was a strong-willed, feisty woman, and will be missed by many.

 
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Joseph M. Pollack

January 05, 2023 |

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

Joseph M. Pollack, age 93, of McKeesport, died January 1, 2023, at home.  Born July 3, 1929, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Tkac) Pollack and husband of the late Dorothy Pollack.  

 
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Marie J. Ference

January 05, 2023 |

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

Marie J. (Squires) Ference, age 93, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023  at Jefferson Hospital. She was a member of St. John XXIII Parish, St. Isaac Jogues Church in Elrama and was a former postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service in Floreffe and Clairton. Born May 13, 1929 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Vincent and Stella (Budka) Squires and wife of the late Edward J. Ference. She is survived by daughter, Diane Ference of Jefferson Hills; sons, Daniel (Margie) Ference of Glassport, Robert (Amy) Ference of Rostraver Twp. and Thomas (Lori) Ference of Finleyville; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Squires of North Versailles, Thomas Squires of San Jose, CA and Vincent Squires of Lakeland, FL; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Irene Meyer, Phyllis Shuster and Betty Pater, and brother, Ralph Squires. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Sunday, January 8, 2023 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 10:30 AM in St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church (St. John 23rd Parish) with the Rev. Pierre Falkenhan officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Czestochowa Cemetery, White Oak. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Joan Lee Konias

January 04, 2023 |

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

Joan Lee Konias, 87, of Boston, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023. She was born April 26, 1935 in Monongahela and was the daughter of the late Louis and Susan (Bianchi) DeSantis. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, St. Patrick Church, Christy Park. She was also a member of the former Boston Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. Joan had worked for the former DeSantis Dairyland in Boston and the former Tastee Donut Bakery. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Konias, son, James (Kim) Konias of Greenock, granddaughter, Lindsay (Howard) Lesofsky of North Huntingdon, great-grandchildren, Reese and Nathan Lesofsky, nephews, Larry (Donna) DeSantis and Darrin (Valerie) DeSantis, and sister-in-law, MaryAnn DeSantis. She was preceded in death by her brother, Salvatore DeSantis. Funeral service will be held Friday, January 6, 2023 at 10 am in the chapel of the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. The Rev. Vincent P. Velas, will officiate. Private inurnment will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Mary Ellen Binkney

January 04, 2023 |

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

Mary Ellen Binkney, age 79, of West Mifflin, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Born in McKeesport on July 27, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Vojutasak) Baker. She was a retired registered nurse from UPMC Braddock, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish-Holy Trinity Church, enjoyed traveling and going on vacation, enjoyed her martini, and was licensed 50 years as a nurse. Her grandchildren were her life. Mary Ellen is the wife of the late John W. Binkney Jr., who passed away in 2015; mother of Lisa (Daryl) Miller of Venetia and Mark Binkney of West Mifflin; grandmother of Austin Miller and Alena Miller; and sister of Dennis (Pat) Baker of West Mifflin, Joseph Baker of Coulter, and the late Eugene Baker. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 915 KENNEDY AVE., DUQUESNE, 15110, 412-466-3300, WILLIAM B. SCHLEIFER, SUPERVISOR, WILLIAM BRIAN SCHLEIFER, FUNERAL DIRECTOR. A Blessing Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at Holy Trinity Church-West Mifflin, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Larry Adams, officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery-West Mifflin.

 


Paula Ann (Cooper) Gagorik

January 04, 2023 |

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

Paula Ann (Cooper) Gagorik, age 67, of White Oak, died at home on December 31, 2022. Born January 29, 1955, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Mathew and Virginia Mae (Padgett) Cooper and the cherished wife of John Gagorik for 47 years. 

 

 
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Morris C. Decolati

January 03, 2023 |

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

Morris C. Decolati, 86, of Elizabeth Twp, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023.  He was born September 14, 1936 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Morris J. and Rose Virginia (Tozana) Decolati.  Morris was a US NAVY Veteran and was a member of the White Oak American Legion.  He held many jobs throughout his lifetime, he had worked for Copperweld, US Steel, Elizabeth Carbide and retired from Pittsburgh Cryogenics.  He regularly attended Park Baptist Church in Versailles and was involved with the Burger Bash group there.  Morris was a handyman, he could fix anything with some string and some duct tape and was affectionately called Macgyver by his family.  He loved working outside, especially in his garden where he grew lots of vegetables and once grew a pumpkin that was almost 300 pounds.  He also enjoyed fishing, grilling, working on his cars and remodeling his house.  Morris was an amazing man, and was the best husband, daddy and grandfather in the world and taught his family everything. He will be greatly missed by all.

 
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Eugene Ziegler

January 03, 2023 |

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

Eugene Ziegler, age 82, of North Huntingdon, died December 31, 2022, at Westmoreland Hospital. Born April 12, 1940, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Amos W. and Bertha (Leonhardt) Ziegler and the husband of Arlene (Williams) Ziegler for 61 years.

 

 
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Jean Ellen Kinlough

January 02, 2023 |

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

Jean Ellen Kinlough, age 90, of Plum, formerly of White Oak, died on Monday, January 2, 2023. She was born in McKeesport on February 2, 1932 and is the daughter of the late John and Estelle Orlow Monahan and is the beloved wife of the late John Kinlough. She worked at the pool at Kennywood Park during high school, became a secretary at Firth Sterling, then spent the majority of her life as a homemaker. Her most treasured time was serving as a CCD instructor for second through twelfth grades for 25 years, specializing in teaching First Holy Communion. She served as the vice president of council at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Joy Church. She was also a founding member of the McKeesport Choraliers.

 
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Marsha (Hunt) Racan

January 02, 2023 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Marsha Jean “Jeanie” (Hunt) Racan, 69 of Glassport, passed away on Friday, December 30th, 2022, at her home. She was born in Homestead on March 20th, 1953, to the late George and Jacqueline (Foster) Hunt. Marsha was the loving wife of 47 years to James G. Racan. She is survived by her husband James, son Matthew Racan of Bethel Park, daughter April Racan of Glassport, and stepson James Racan of Mount Oliver. Further survivors include sisters Darlene Hunt of Clairton and Donna (Keith) Lonzo of Munhall, as well as brothers James Hunt of Meadville, Darrell Hunt of Munhall, and George (Debbie) Hunt of West Mifflin. Further survivors include grandchildren Cayle, Elijah, Willow, Skylar, and Jobe Racan, great-grandchildren Iliana and Ilaria, as well as nieces and nephews. Marsha was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Mary and Jacqueline. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her loving family. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 5th, 2023, from 5-7 P.M. at E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave, Glassport, PA 15045. A service will take place following the visitation at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Delores "Dee" A. Born

January 02, 2023 |

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

Delores "Dee" A. Born, 79, of Freedom, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2022. She was born January 2, 1943 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John Makosey and the late Ann (Yanuta) Makosey. Delores loved life and was a free spirit. She lived on her terms and never let anything stop her. She was very family oriented and loved her family very much. She was very charismatic and always said what was on her mind. She was an extremly hard worker.

 
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Dolly (Medvidovich) Prokop

January 02, 2023 |

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

Dolly Prokop, age 74 of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2022 in Jefferson Hills Manor.  Born September 20, 1948 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Robert V. and Lube (Sellan) Medvidovich.  A member of Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish - St. Michael's Site, Dolly was an esthetician by trade and was the founder and owner of the Allegheny Beauty Academy and proprietor of both the former Fashion Curl Salon in Clairton and the Skin Electrology and Acne Care Center in White Oak and Versailles.  In her spare time, she was very artisically inclined with her crafting and quilting; loved movies, travel, and trips to the casino; but was most importantly an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.  Dolly is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years Thomas Prokop; her sons Thomas (Melissa) Prokop of Laytonsville, MD and Daniel (Natalie) Prokop of Allison Park; her grandchildren Madeline, Matthew, Meredith, Joseph, Nadia, and Petra; her sisters Sally (the late Jerry) Muro Lucarelli of Elizabeth Twp., Patricia Medvidovich of Jefferson Hills, and Mary Anne (the late Edward) Ekin of Renfrew; her nephew William G. (Denise) Goepfert, Jr. of Butler; and her brother-in-law Robert (Jo Carol) Prokop fo Martinsburg, WV. 

 
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Randy Jay Biem

January 02, 2023 |

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

Randy Jay Biem, age 66, of Forward Twp., passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023 at home. A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he retired after more than 12 years of service as a wheelchair van driver for Jefferson Hills Ambulance in Jefferson Hills. He loved starting seeds in the house, moving them into a little greenhouse outside, then planting and caring for all his vegetables and flowers for hanging baskets. Neighbors and friends would tell him how beautiful his garden and hanging baskets were and could see how much love went into them. He also enjoyed watching his two hummingbird feeders and loved helping family, friends and neighbors. Born June 27, 1956 in Wolf Point, MT, he was a son of the late Raymond Curtis and Mary Louise (Isle) Biem. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dolores "Dee" Jean (Fine) Biem; daughter, Tonya Jean (Doug) Fohr of Baldwin; son, Randy Ray Biem of West Mifflin; granddaughter, Kirsten Pearl Fohr; brothers, Ronald (Trixie) Biem of Montana, Robert "Bob" Biem of Arizona, Ernest (Terri) Biem of Montana and Raymond "Rayme" Biem of Montana; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Carol "Jeannie" Holmes. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 2 PM until the time of service in the funeral home chapel at 6 PM with the Rev. Dr. Paul Edwards officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Scott Michael Mason

January 02, 2023 |

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

Scott Michael Mason, 59, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022 at McKeesport Hospital. He was born September 7, 1963 in Pittsburgh and is the son of Diane Mason Sobczak. Scott worked with Matt Scheller as a shop foreman in landscaping for the past ten years. He was the embodiment of the Renaissance Man; becoming a chef, teaching himself to play guitar, creating art, becoming a problem-solving mechanic and welder, and more than can fit in this small space. Scott was a spitfire who valued honesty in others above all else.

 
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Patricia M. Kumf

January 02, 2023 |

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

Patricia M. Kumf, age 67 of Lincoln Place, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, December 31, 2022.  Born June 19, 1955 in Monogahela, she was a daughter of the late William and Olga (Radosh) Nogach.  A customer service representative for Pittsburgh Mercy Behavioral Health, her co-workers always said she was an amazing "work mom," but her family says that she was an even better "real mom."  Patricia was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church of Millvale, CFU Lodge #146, and was very active as a Brownie Troop leader in Lincoln Place over the years.  In her spare time, she loved to craft and loved dogs...especially Schnauzers...and especially her Schnauzer Khloe.  Patricia is survived by her husband of 43 years Richard Kumf; her children Melissa Kumf of Lincoln Place, Amanda Kumf of Munhall, and Gregory Kumf of Lincoln Place; and her sister Norma (the late Rudy) Golling of West Mifflin. 

 
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Mary Ann Emert

January 02, 2023 |

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

Mary Ann (Hruska) Emert, age 90, of Finleyville, formerly of Elrama, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022 at home. A graduate of California University, she retired as office manager for Conversion Systems in Elrama. She was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Church in Elrama and was a long-time church organist. Born November 6, 1932 in Donora, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kammer) Hruska and wife of the late Charles J. Emert. She is survived by sons, Harry P. (Roseanne) Warchola of Marietta, GA and Michael (Suzan) Warchola of Jefferson Hills; grandchildren, Jonathan Capicotto, Christopher (Maria) Capicotto, Lukas (Holly) Warchola, Logan Warchola and Matthew Law; great-grandchildren, Chance, Nia and Caleb Capicotto; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry P. Warchola; daughter, Marilyn "Teenie" Capicotto; and infant son, Paul John Warchola. Visitation and burial are private. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Janet V. Wiggins

January 02, 2023 |

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

Janet V. Wiggins, age 80, of McKeesport, died December 30, 2022, at St. Clair Hospital of Pittsburgh. Born August 28, 1942, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Razny) Tonkovic and the wife of the late James Wiggins.

 
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Margaret “Chookie” Brown

January 01, 2023 |

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

Margaret “Chookie” Brown died peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. She was born on February 4, 1933 to Margaret Henrietta Apful Brown and Crawford Frazier Brown in Wilkinsburg, PA, where she spent most of her life.

 
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