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Donald “Sonny” Eugene Schramm

January 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Donald "Sonny" Eugene Schramm passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, in Carbondale, Pa.

Sonny was born July 10, 1927, in Lonaconing to the Late Perry B. Schramm of Lonaconing and Ella Schramm of Waynesburg, Pa. He survived by his wife, Joanne Marie (Lane) Schramm, of Carbondale; and his six children, Deborah (Keith) Calisti, of North Versailles, Pa., Donald E. (Rita) Schramm Jr., of McKeesport, Michelle (Norman) Jordanhazy, of Newbury Park, Calif., Douglas Schramm, of Elizabeth, Pa., Matthew Schramm, of Carbondale, Toby Schramm, of Saint George, Utah; along with five grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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Marlene Victoria Parker

December 19, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Marlene Victoria Parker (nee Ero), age 79, died peacefully at home on Friday, November 19th, 2021, in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Marlene was born on March 23rd, 1942 in McKeesport, PA. She graduated from McKeesport Nursing School and Upsala College with a Masters in Human Resource Management. Marlene was very active in her community in Vernon, NJ where she taught Aerobic Dancing, and ferried her children to their multiple activities while young.

In 1998 she moved to Palm Harbor, FL where she worked as a patient advocate with United Healthcare, a job she really enjoyed in helping families with complex medical conditions find the care they needed.

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Thomas C. Reilly Jr.

December 02, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Thomas C. Reilly Jr., 74, passed away peacefully Friday, November 26, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. Formerly from McKeesport, Pa., he was born December 13, 1946, the son of Thomas C. Reilly Sr. and Kathryne (Tyson) Reilly.

Tom served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt. After leaving the Navy he worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut. He moved to Mesa, Arizona, in 1974 and worked for City of Mesa Utility Company.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Laura; daughters Katelyn and Carly; sons Joe and Ryan; brother Bill Reilly; and sisters, Toni Weyer and Jan Greco.

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John “Jack” William Holohan

September 14, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

John “Jack” William Holohan of Latrobe, Pa., died Sept. 12, 2021. He was born Aug. 6, 1947 in Pittsburgh to James and Margaret (Cosgrove) Holohan. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Christine (Hulker) Holohan and his daughters Meghan Holohan (Mike Joyce), Colleen Kingsbury (Kris Kingsbury), his two granddaughters Harper and Emerson Kingsbury, his brother James Holohan and his sister Margaret “Peggy” Dennis (Ron Dennis).

His family fondly recalls his onetime ability to retain random information and how he regularly defeated the entire family in Trivial Pursuit games. He enjoyed World War II movies, the “Princess Bride” reading, tending to the yard and spending time with his family. As a long-time Steelers season ticket holder, he watched the game as if he was part of the coaching staff and often had insightful criticism of the team, which he’d freely share.

He worked for more than 40 years as a controller in manufacturing and enjoyed math—his children, nieces and nephews won’t soon forget learning math with the “houses of 10.” He always loved learning, which made his experience with dementia seem even harder.

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Mary Felicia Iski

September 08, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Mary Felicia Iski, 78, of Pennsburg, passed away September 4, 2021.  She was the widow of Joseph E. Iski, who passed in 2016.  Born in McKeesport, Pa, she was the daughter of the late John & Felicia (Mustacchio) Pausic.  Mary Felicia was a graduate of Duquesne University, and later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Library Science.

She taught at Rittenhouse Middle School and Eisenhower Middle School in Norristown and was the schools’ librarian for many years. Mary Felicia was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Pennsburg.  She loved her hats and was a member of the Red Hat Society.  Mary Felicia was a voracious reader, loved the theater, and traveling with her husband.  She also had a love of her German Shepherds, Rula and J.D.

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Carolyn Ruth Snyder Crane

August 29, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Carolyn Ruth Snyder Crane, 55, passed away on August 19, 2021, at Ascension St. Vincent Clay County Hospital in Middleburg, Florida. Carolyn was born on March 27th, 1966 in McKeesport, PA to Raymond and Nancy (Ludwick)Snyder.  Carolyn is survived by her husband Scott Crane of 30+ years, her 2 children Dane (Shenan) and Danielle (Stephan) of Middleburg along with 5 grandchildren, Haily, Harlee, Corbin, Sierra, and Liam. She is also survived by her 6 siblings, Keith (Tina) Snyder of North Huntington, PA, William Snyder of Friendsville, MD, and Richard (Cookie) Snyder of Friendsville, MD, Lynn Semko of McKeesport, PA, Cynthia Barnes (Brian) of Sioux Falls, SD, and (predeceased) by sister Tracy Robertson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her very much. Carolyn loved her family more than anything and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Carolyn also enjoyed shopping, interior design and loved fixing up her home.  She truly was an amazing woman, very funny, and caring towards those she loved. There are no words to express how much she will be missed by her family, and her friends. She is loved beyond words and is now in the arms of God.  Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hollyhillfunerals.com for the CRANE family.


Nicholas M. Hruska

April 30, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Nicholas M. Hruska of Bellevue, Nebraska, formerly of Glassport, passed away on March 18, 2021. He was born December 6, 1943 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to the late Michael Hruska and Margaret (Protz) Hruska. He attended St. Nicholas Catholic School in McKeesport and Graduated from Glassport High School in 1961. He attended McCook Junior College in McCook, Nebraska on a basketball scholarship and served in the Coast Guard. He worked for Allegheny County at Kane Hospital.

Nick was a devoted Steeler and Pirate fan. He had a first-rate sense of humor and was especially proud of being honored in the Glassport hall of fame for local sports. He is survived by his sister Geraldine (Calvin) Guelich of Painesville, Ohio and brother David Hruska of Bellevue, Nebraska. He is also survived by his nieces Karen (Dave) Praznovsky, Janice (Rich) Alvarez, Sherry (Steve) Tytko, Vallerie Hruska, and nephew Brent Hruska. He requested no services.

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Thomas N. Muse, Jr.

April 29, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Thomas N. Muse, Jr., 72, husband of Angelyn Muse, of Summerville, South Carolina, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Tom was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1948. He was the son of Thomas Muse Sr. and Norma Muse. He proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971.He became a Green Beret serving in the 6th Special Forces and Special Forces Airborne Division. He later served as Human Resources manager for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania then later completed his 31 year career at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

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Louis M. “Spike” Kelley

April 22, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Louis M. “Spike” Kelley, 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021 at his residence.  Born on March 24, 1929, in Port Vue, PA, Louis was the 13th child of James W. Kelley and Mary Ann McCaffery-Kelley.  He moved to McKeesport at the age of 10 and later received his diploma from McKeesport High School, class of 1948. 

He proudly served in the US Navy from 1945 through 1949.  Following his discharge, he worked for US Steel for 30 years.  Upon retiring from US Steel, he worked for the International Union until his second retirement at the age of 74.  At the time of his retirement, he held the position as the Assistant Director in District 10, covering the state of PA.  He was an active member of Beulah Park Methodist Church, serving a number of groups including the Youth Group for many of years.  He was also a long-time member of the White Oak Lions Club and W.O.A.A.  He loved sports and served the community by coaching a number of teams including Basketball, Base Ball and Soft Ball teams.

Louis married his love, Nancy (Virag) Kelley on January 5, 1950 and they celebrated 53 years of marriage until her death on January 21, 2003 from pancreatic cancer.  Following Nancy’s death, Louis was blessed with a friend and partner, Laura Rain, with whom he spent almost 15 years until her death in October of 2019.

Louis is survived and cherished by: his son, Timothy Kelley; his daughter-in-law, Karen; his granddaughter Krystal Lui and husband Augusto; his grandson Sean Kelley and his wife Lindsay; 4 great-grandsons; Aidan, Ryan, Quinn and Preston; as well as a number of extended family members and friends, including the Anderson family of Lancaster.

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James Dee Giles

April 14, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James Dee Giles, 83, of Mint Hill, N.C., died Monday, April 5, 2021, at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Jim was born and raised in McKeesport, Pa., on August 29, 1937 and was the son of James Robert and Mary Virginia Giles. Jim was one of three children including his brother Robert and sister Judy. Jim married his wife Patti on September 22, 1978 in Willowick, OH. They later moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 1981.

Jim began his career with Celli-Flynn Architects, and was a key figure in the design of the original swimming pool with its below-ground viewing window at the McKeesport Senior High School, as well as the cafeteria design at Francis McClure School. He went on to work for Bruce Miller and Associates before moving to Ohio and then on to North Carolina.

There he worked on several notable projects for the state government and the University of North Carolina school system. Some of the notable projects included various work on: North Carolina State University, Appalachian State and UNC-Charlotte campuses. Throughout his career Jim was an active member in the A.S.H.R.A.E. chapter of NC. Jim retired from United Engineering Group, Inc./McKim & Creed in 2007. Jim continued to be a consultant in his retirement.

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Lois V Churchman Mann Phippen

March 29, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Lois V. Churchman Mann Phippen, 93, died Sunday, March 21, 2021, in The Villages, Fla., where she was living with her youngest daughter, Jodean.

Lois was born in McKeesport, PA, on October 14,1927, the daughter of Harvey M Churchman and Bessie Hannah Dom Churchman. 

Lois was deeply committed to her large and loving family. She was a woman of great faith in Jesus Christ. Praise, worship and church were very important to her and her family who often spent time together singing and talking about their faith. She was a joy to all who were part of her life, often offering to pray for or with anyone in need.

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Lois Whitney Servov Clark

March 29, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Lois Whitney Servov Clark, 86, of Ocean Springs, Miss., passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

She was born on June 29, 1934 in McKeesport, PA to Bill and Dorothy Whitney. She attended St. Peter’s High School in McKeesport, PA. Lois’ life work was most notably taking care of her children and grandchildren, but the family enjoyed listening to her stories about her employment for the city of McKeesport, PA and her time at Glass Motors in Gulfport, MS. She dearly loved spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, and endlessly watching Shirley Temple movies.

She is survived by her daughter, Daryle Servov; grandchildren, Kara and Brady Davis, Jenna and Jason Carroll, Jarred and Haley Seymour, Kelsey and Matthew Brown; great-grandchildren, Whitney and Amelia Davis, Jaycee and Jules Carroll, Casen, Camille, Violet, and Jameson Seymour, and McCully and Eleanor Brown; and sister, Dorothy Mae Holtzman.

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Marcus “Marc” Glenn Stauffer Jr.

March 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Marcus “Marc” Glenn Stauffer Jr., 72, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Marc grew up in White Oak, PA and lived in a few places before settling in Arlington, Virginia where he spent the majority of his years.

Marc graduated from McKeesport Senior High School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and his continued education included a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, in Bethany, West Virginia, as well as a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York, and Doctor of Theology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Marc was an avid reader, lover of genealogy, wildlife, conservation, LGBTQ+ rights, political science, and he loved his morning conversations with family and friends. Marc also loved animals, as he and his husband had numerous cats and dogs throughout their lives. Marc found joy in cuddling with pets, as they brought him comfort and companionship after the passing of his husband, Steve.

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James “Jim” Emery

March 17, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

James (“Jim”) Emery, 91, of Alachua, FL passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL after a brief illness. He was born September 1929 in Dravosburg, Pa., to the late David and Elizabeth Emery and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy, his sons, James (Chris), and Glenn (Kelly), his grandchildren, James, Michael (Ashley), and Tedi Marie and his great-grandchildren, Iris and Beckett.

He graduated from McKeesport Vocational High School prior to serving in the Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home after his service he became a carpenter at Mesta Machine Company where he worked for more than 29 years. Prior to moving to Alachua, Fla., Jim was a long-time resident of West Mifflin, Pa., where he coached his boys in little league, was their "den mother" in the Cub Scouts and biggest supporter in everything they did.

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Dorothy A. Fehr

February 16, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

Dorothy A. Fehr, age 100, of Zelienople, formerly of McKeesport and White Oak, PA, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 while under the care of Passavant Retirement Community, where she had been a resident for many years.

Born July 13, 1920 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nancy Angeline Jones.

Dorothy married the late Harry Glenn Fehr on October 22, 1942, and shared 66 years of marriage until his passing on March 12, 2009.

She was the mother of David Fehr of Sequim, WA, Douglas (Susan) Fehr of Wexford, PA, and the late Dr. Elaine (Leonard) Waters of Bradenton, FL; the grandmother of Jason (Susan) Fehr, Eric (Amy) Fehr, Justin Fehr, David Waters, Dr. Jenni Waters and Dr. Amy Waters; and great-grandmother of Madison, Jackson, Ansley, Theo, and Stella Fehr, and Jonah and Braeden Waters.

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