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Claudia J. Yedinak

February 04, 2021 |

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

Claudia J. (Wood) Yedinak, age 66, of Elizabeth, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. She was the founder and owner for Claudia's Green Acres in Forward Twp. A member of Crossroads Community Church in Jefferson Hills, she loved antiquing, cultivating vegetables and flowers, and her customers. She was a master seller on Ebay and a member of the YMCA in Monongahela. Born May 11, 1954 in Monongahela, she was a daughter of the late Kay (Evans) Wood-Sabatini. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, James H. Yedinak, and sister, Debbie (Larry) Jones of Finleyville; also, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 12 Noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Floyd Hughes officiating. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, guests are required to wear masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines. You may be asked to limit your visiting time so that all guests will have an opportunity to pay their respects. The family would like to express their understanding to those who are unable to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, SW Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


David G. Boden, Sr.

January 30, 2021 |

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

David G. Boden, age 80, of Forward Township, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021. He loved his family, his country, and the United States Navy. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer after serving 21 years in the Navy. After serving his country, he worked for Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division, in Large, then prior to his retirement, he also sold automobiles.

In his spare time, he shot trap at the Shaner Sportsmen's Club, and bowled the Jednota Bowling League (and a few other leagues) at 51 Lanes, in Rostraver Township. He was also extremely proud to be a Mason at the Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge #731. Dave was a lifelong avid hunter who enjoyed his time in the outdoors and when he wasn’t in the woods, he was busy rooting for the Steelers, Pirates, or Penguins.

 
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Paul E. Fedorka

January 28, 2021 |

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

Paul E. Fedorka, age 88, of Elizabeth, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Crawford County Care Center. A member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp., he retired as a U.S. Postal Service Postmaster in West Elizabeth. The founder of the Huber Hunt Club at Pymatuning Lake, he was an avid hunter and loved all things outdoors. Born May 17, 1932 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Steven and Anna (Bonko) Fedorko. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Wilma (Firczak) Fedorka; daughter, Paula J. (William) Cray of Morrisville, NC; son, Thomas M. Fedorka of Linesville; grandchildren, Billy Cray of Morrisville, NC, Andy (Dana Dettloff) Cray of Chicago, IL, Paul Cray of Morrisville, NC, Jennifer (Justin) Januta of Celina, TX, Thomas M. (Elise) Fedorka Jr. of New Castle, Melissa Fedorka of Linesville, Michael Ferrante of Elizabeth and Julieann Ferrante of Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Jacob Rivera and Rhona Fedorka; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Donna Firczak of Elizabeth; also, many nieces and nephews.

 
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Clayton R. Cole

January 27, 2021 |

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

Clayton R. Cole, age 90 of McKeesport, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, in UPMC McKeesport.  Born January 27, 1931 in Elizabeth Twp., he was a son of the late Ralph and Nettie (Bush) Cole.  A retired steelworker at US Steel Homestead Works who also worked as mechanic at Cindric Garage, Clayton was a US Air Force Veteran and a member of bowling leagues at Versailles Lanes.  Clayton is survived by his wife Frances "Tootsie" Cole; his daughter Cathy L. (Walter) Kozlowski of McKeesport; his grandsons Zack and Leo Kozlowski; his sister Doris Fornell of Port Vue; his brothers Ted Cole in Arizona and John Cole of State College; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, Clayton was preceded in death by his siblings Nancy Jacobs, Betty Waugh, Donna Civello, and Lyle and Gary Cole.  

 
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Arlene C. Chisick

January 27, 2021 |

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

Arlene C. Chisick, age 89, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Meadowcrest Nursing Center. She retired as a registered nurse at UPMC McKeesport and attended Crossroads Community Church in Jefferson Hills. A Glassport High School class of 1949 graduate and 1952 graduate of the West Penn School of Nursing, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and was an avid shopper. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Born June 12, 1931 in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Irene (Roeper) Davis. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph A.  Chisick; daughters, Rebecca Grady of Whitehall and Christine (Tim) Biery of Upper St. Clair; son, Joseph C. Chisick of Jefferson Hills; grandchildren, Michael, Kristopher and Alexandra Grady and Trisha, Shannon and Jonathon Biery; sisters, Cindy (George) Tauber of Toledo, OH and Sherry (Jeff) Matola of Columbus, OH; brother, Ross Campbell of Ross Twp.; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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William Joseph Wilson

January 27, 2021 |

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

William “Bill” Joseph Wilson, 85, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, surrounded by his family. Born in Clairton on February 11, 1935, Bill was the son of the late William Joseph and Bertha “Patsy” (Balog) Wilson. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Anna Marie (Filowat) Wilson; sons, William Jr. (Susan) of McKees Rocks and Edward (Karen) of York; daughter, Christine, at home; grandsons, Grady and Benjamin; brother, James (Peggy) of Clairton; sister-in-law, Rita (Filowat) Croyle; also, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; sister, Sarah “Sally”; and adored grandson, Christopher. Bill served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a former employee of Copperweld Corp. in Glassport and retired from his position as a Certified Sterile Processing Technician at Shadyside Hospital. He was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church, in Elizabeth Twp. where he was a coordinator in the parish’s Adult Faith Formation, a member of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship group, and was a former Eucharistic Minister and Pastoral Council member. Bill and his wife were members of the People of God Covenant Community for many years. Bill loved the lord with all of his heart and will be remembered for his gift of sharing that love with everyone he encountered.

 
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Helen E. Yarulis

January 27, 2021 |

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

Helen E. Yarulis, age 90 of Clairton, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Mon Valley Care Center, Monongahela.  Born October 9, 1930 in Blaine Hill, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Pauline (Kivko) Barna.  A graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania and member of Metro Baptist Temple in Rostraver Twp., Helen retired as a custom decorator for J.C. Penney's in West Mifflin.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Metro and John Barna.  Helen is survived by her husband of 72 years Stanley C. Yarulis, Sr.; her daughters Victoria (David) Walz of Land o' Lakes, FL, Judith (Ronald) Karns of Carlisle, Debra (Scott) Benack of Elizabeth Twp., Cynthia (Craig) Raymond of Charleroi, and Wendy (Daniel) Martin of Tega Cay, SC; her son Stanley C. (Rita) Yarulis, Jr. of Monongahela; her ten grandchildren; her five great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews.

 
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Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz

January 23, 2021 |

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

Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz, age 55 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021.  He was a Marine and Industrial Sales Representative for Sherwin Williams, Eastern Region, a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare Church in Clairton, and a US Army Veteran.  In his spare time, he coached Clairton youth recreation football and baseball for many years, was a motorsport enthusiast, and loved motocross and his Harley-Davidson.  Tony was known as the “Fig Whisperer” after proudly and successfully growing one in his yard.  He loved to garden and looked after any youths that needed his help and will be remembered as a loving husband and father.  Born July 21, 1965 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Randall Koontz Sr. and Judith Piasente (Melvin) Long of Clairton.  Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife Nicole  (Saputo) Koontz;  son, Bryson A. Koontz of Clairton; brothers Randall (Ruth) Koontz, Jr. of Donora, Christopher (Brenda) Koontz of Mount Pleasant and Brian (the late Erin Pittman) Koontz of Clairton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

 
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June Monica Cirucci

January 21, 2021 |

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

June Monica (Hornfeck) Cirucci, age 81, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 18, 2021. June graduated in 1956 from Glassport High School. While growing up in Elizabeth Township, she enjoyed working in her father’s pharmacy, Hornfeck Pharmacy in Glassport. In the years following, she proudly served as a lifeguard. June attended Slippery Rock University where she met her husband, Allen J. Cirucci, and graduated in 1960 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was a devoted teacher, coach, and mother. June proudly dedicated herself to education and in later years pursued her Master’s degree at Penn State University. A member of St. Joachim & Anne Parish, St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp., she was passionate about her faith and loved helping others. June was truly a kind and special woman and made everything around her as beautiful as she was. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing piano, swimming, cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, crocheting, and seeing the wildlife around her home. June loved her family more than anything in the world. Born March 3, 1939, in McKeesport, June was a daughter of the late Raymond and Marie (Burke) Hornfeck and wife of the late Allen J. Cirucci for 35 years, until he passed away in 1995. She was the youngest of 5 children. June was the loving mother of son, Mark (Lisa) Cirucci, of Rochester, NY; daughters, Amy (Charles) McKernan of Elizabeth Twp. and Cindy (Paul) Muders of Sewickley; and dear grandmother to Nicholas (Patrice) Cirucci, Nathan Cirucci, Ashley McKernan, Brandon Cirucci, and Violet Muders. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Steve Cirucci. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Cirucci of Monroeville. June is also survived by an extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and many dear friends. We love you Mom and Grandma, you will always and forever be in our hearts. A private visitation was held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp. with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Private interment was held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association in June’s honor, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 


Joyce Arnold

January 19, 2021 |

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

Joyce Arnold, age 78 of White Oak, passed away at home on Monday, January 18, 2021.  Born June 2, 1942 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Mary (Puskaric) Lasch.  A former cashier at Thorofare Market in Olympia Shopping Center and member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Huntingdon, Joyce enjoyed playing cards and visiting casinos in her spare time.  She is survived by her husband Kenneth Arnold; her sons Scott Arnold of White Oak and Greg (Denine) Arnold of Jeannette; her daughter Lori (Randy) Anselmino of North Huntingdon; her step-son Jeff (Debi) Mullen of Horsham; her nine grandchildren; her two great-grandchildren; her brothers Thomas (Lynn) Lasch of White Oak and Francis (Lorraine) Lasch of Manassas, VA; and also nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother James Lasch.

 
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Carol Sue Santone

January 18, 2021 |

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

Carol Sue Santone, age 77 of Port Vue, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at home.   Born October 14, 1943 in Dravosburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Laura Mae (Lutz) Newton.  Carol loved crafts, music, and spending time with family and friends at her family cottage.  Carol was preceded in death by her husband, the late Patrick E. Santone, who passed away July 16, 2008.  She is survived by her children Sherry (Bob) Junecko Tyszkiewicz and Doug (Jess) Junecko; grandchildren Nicole (Justin) Vazquez Whittaker, Nathan (Lindsey) Vazquez, Danielle (Rick) Junecko Opfar, Chloe Junecko, Sarah (Jeremy) Jacobs Steffan and, Ryan Jacobs; great-grandchildren Adalyn and Asher Whittaker, Vance and Vida Vazquez, Mason Junecko, Rhiannon and Jackson Opfar and, Brayden and Brody Steffan; siblings Jim (Donna) Newton and Barb (Walter) Wygonik; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

 
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George L. Moresea

January 17, 2021 |

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

George L. Moresea, age 91, of Blaine Hill, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Southwestern Nursing Center. He was a retired draftsman with U.S. Steel and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth and a social member of the Elizabeth and Blaine Hill Fireman’s Clubs. Born October 8, 1929 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Lindo and Helen (Romanski) Moresea and husband of the late Janet Ann (McKown) Moresea who passed away December 19, 2020. He is survived by his son, Michael L. (Tammi) Moresea of Beaver Falls; and grandsons, Jacob D. and Michael L. Moresea.

 
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Sally H. McCracken

January 15, 2021 |

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

Sally H. (Jenkins) McCracken, age 92, of Uniontown, formerly of Munhall passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Hillside Manor Personal Care Home. She retired as a greeter for Wal-Mart in West Mifflin. A member of Glassport United Methodist Church, she enjoyed spending time at her cottage at Deep Creek and loved her dog, Gigi. She helped to manage McCracken Oldsmobile in Elizabeth for 30 years with her husband and son. Born May 12, 1928 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Bonno) Jenkins and wife of the late William G. “Bill” McCracken. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, William C. "Bill" McCracken, and brother, Thomas Jenkins. Visitation and services are private. Arrangements by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Cheryl C. Kern

January 15, 2021 |

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

Cheryl C. (Hibner) Kern, age 72, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Jefferson Hospital. She was formerly involved with management for Children's Palace in West Mifflin. She was a floor manager for United Cerebral Palsy in Turtle Creek, a former member of the Rainbow Girls, and an honorary member of M.U.T.T.S. of America at Cal State. Born May 27, 1948 in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Walter H. and Christine (Gealy) Hibner. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Howard M.  Kern; sons, Chris (Angel) Kern of Liberty Borough and Jeff Kern of Elizabeth Twp.; brother, Walter H. (Bonnie) Hibner of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews.

 
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Catherine "Kay" Vukovich

January 15, 2021 |

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

Catherine "Kay" Vukovich, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born June 23, 1928 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Dokman) Vukovich.  A retired secretary for Westinghouse Corporation, Catherine was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church.  She is survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Vukovich, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  Besides her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her brother Frank M. Vukovich, sisters Mary Markle and Nellie Vukovich, and Chris Markle. 

 
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