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Shirley A. Weitzel

January 14, 2021 |

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

Shirley A. Weitzel, 91, of Indian Lake, passed away January 8, 2021 after a short, fierce battle with Covid-19 at Laurel View Village. She was born December 19, 1929 in Ridley Park and was the daughter of the late Jack and Helen (Thompson) Alexander. She was the wife of 53 years to the late Robert D. Weitzel, Jr. Shirley was raised in Ridley Park, Delaware County and graduated from West Chester State College. She taught elementary school, primarily, History and Science, for 5th grade for 30 years. After she was chosen to work in the classroom with the Bicentennial Project of 1776, she became the author or Land O'Goshen, a historical novel, a Tale of Chester County and dedicated it to all of the boys and girls of Chester county, most especially to her children, Patty, Emily and Andrew. Shirley and her husband retired to Indian Lake in 1990 and loved their lake life, including much gardening, bird watching, traveling and community service, just as much as they loved their grandchildren and many beloved pets.

 
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Burton Klein

January 12, 2021 |

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

Burton Klein, 94, of Fox Chapel, formerly of White Oak, died Monday, January 11, 2021. He was born August 31, 1926 in McKeesport and was the son of Isadore and Esther (Angerman) Klein. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Alvin Klein. Burt was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was the co-owner of the former Vienna Bakery in McKeesport, and was later employed in the Marketing Dept. of Equitable Resources in Pittsburgh. Burt was a former member of Tree of Life Sfard and was a WWII Army Veteran.

 
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Agnes Garcia

January 11, 2021 |

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

Agnes Garcia, 93, of Manor, formerly of West Newton, passed away at home on Saturday, January 9, 2021. She was born August 25, 1927 in Versailles and was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Strozin) Boris. She was the wife of the late Louis Garcia. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Michael) Colvin of Manor, grandson, Christopher M. (Deana) Colvin of Jeannette, sister, Pauline Machek of Texas and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Machek, Mary Gajdzik, Margaret Korenoski, Julie Drost, Bette Vojovich, and  Ann Kerceman, and brothers, George, John and Michael Boris.

 
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Russell A. Williams

January 08, 2021 |

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

Russell Allan Williams, 72, of McKeesport, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021. He was born December 12, 1948 in Washington and was the son of the late Wesley W. and Evelyn Mae (Reese) Williams. Russell was a member of the Boston United Methodist Church and was retired from Precision Kidd Steel. He was a US Navy Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. For his service he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation. Russell loved cooking, gardening, restoring cars and being with his family and friends.

 
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Adolph Daniel Schultz

January 08, 2021 |

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

Adolph Daniel "Dan" Schultz, 74, of North Huntingdon, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was born September 26, 1946 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Henry and Hanna (Henderson) Schultz. Dan was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, White Oak American Legion, IBEW Union Local 5, and enjoyed bowling with his friends at New Great Valley Lanes. He was a US Army Veteran and was retired Electrician. He loved camping and classic cars. 

 
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Robert E. Timlin, Sr.

January 06, 2021 |

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

Robert E. Timlin, Sr, 85, of North Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born September 2, 1935 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Vernon and Agnes (Hoffman) Timlin. He was the husband of the late Jean (Fowle) Timlin who passed away July 6, 2014. Robert was retired from the Pittsburgh Public Schools and was a US Army Veteran serving  during the Korean War.

 
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John Stephen Pavlik, Jr.

January 06, 2021 |

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

John Stephen Pavlik, Jr., 71, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born February 17, 1949 in McKeesport and  was the son of the late John Stephen Pavlik, Sr. and Marian Christine (Yonek) Bartko and step-son of the late Joseph Bartko. He was a US ARMY veteran serving in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam and for his service he was awarded The Purple Heart, The National Defense Service Medal,The Army Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star Medal, The Air Medal, and The Vietnam Campaign Medal.  John retired after 30 years of service at US Steel in Clairton. After retirement he taught pipefitting at CCAC and worked for MK Technologies. He was a jack of all trades that could fix anything and was also an Eagle Scout.  He loved boating, camping and sailboats. His favorite past time was spending time at his camp in Waterford on the porch with his dog Misha.

 
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John William Ivaska

January 05, 2021 |

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

John William Ivaska, 85,of White Oak, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at home. He was born April 2, 1935 in Duquesne and was the son of the late Jozef and Emelia (Ursin) Ivaska. John was a US ARMY veteran and earned the Good Conduct Medal. He worked for many years as a machinist at numerous places and retired from PEI in Munhall. He was a member of the former St. Mark Lutheran Church in Duquesne and was currently attending Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak.

 
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Mary Ann Englert

January 04, 2021 |

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

Mary Ann (Kobik) Englert, 83, of Elizabeth, PA, died January 1st, 2021. Born February 10th, 1937 in McKeesport, she was daughter of the late Nicholas and Helen (Butkovsky) Kobik, and wife of the late Chester Englert.

After graduating with honors from St. Peter’s High School, Mary Ann worked for years at the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Plant as a secretary, supporting senior research scientists. With the birth of her children, she devoted herself to nurturing her home, family, and church.

 
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Margaret Lilley

January 04, 2021 |

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

Margaret  Lilley, 91, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born June 18, 1929 in Masontown, and was the daughter of the late Andrew F. and Mary (Saliek) Ponick. She was the wife of the late Robert Ellsworth Lilley who passed away September 7, 2004.

 
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Robert L. Case

December 31, 2020 |

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

Robert L. Case, 47, of Monongahela, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, December 28, 2020. He was born March 6, 1973 in McKeesport and was the son of David L. Case of Elizabeth Twp. and the late Dorothy A. (Moxley) Case.  Bob worked for many years for PennDot and retired in 2017.  He loved hot rods, Harley Davidson motorcycles, was a great car body man and recently built a garage at his home. He loved his family and his dogs, Elvis and Roxy, and always made sure they knew it.

 
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Gregory William Vasko

December 31, 2020 |

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

Gregory William Vasko, 64, of McKeesport, formerly of Greenock, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020. He was born July 21, 1956 in McKeesport and was the son of Patricia (Winkelvoss) Vasko of Greenock and the late Frank G. Vasko.

 
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Edward John Freinstein

December 30, 2020 |

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

Edward John Freinstein,  76, of North Huntingdon, passed away December 29, 2020. He was born November 28, 1944 in Pittsburgh and was the son of the late Edward Freinstein, Sr. and the late Ruth (Swigart) Freinstein. Beloved husband, father, step-father, grandfather, and friend, affectionately known to family members as Butch (Butchie). Ed grew up mostly in Penn Hills and graduated from Penn State University in 1967. He loved animals, especially dogs, and had a way with them. He loved to golf and was especially happy when the weather allowed him to get out on the course. He was also an avid Steelers Fan. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Butch was  retired from Westinghouse Bombardier.

 
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Pauline Hazel Campaneo

December 30, 2020 |

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

Pauline Hazel Campaneo, 87 of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020. She was born December 31, 1932 in Arnold City and was the daughter of the late Paul and Edith (Hawk) Hegedus. She was the wife of the late Rudolph J. Campaneo who passed away December 24, 2019. Pauline was a member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens, Life Span, The McKeesport Heritage Center, and the Versailles Croatian Club. She loved her grandchildren, cooking, baking (especially pies) and dancing. Pauline loved to laugh and make you laugh by her silly antics! She was always lighthearted and smiling, what a blessing she was to us!

 
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Hunter John Shoben

December 29, 2020 |

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

Hunter John Shoben, 22, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was born May 26, 1998 in Pittsburgh and is the son of William O. and Kindall Shoben of Elizabeth Township. Hunter worked for ALL Crane and was a member of the NRA, Elizabeth Township Sportsman's Association and Union Local 66. Hunter was an avid outdoorsman, awesome snowboarder and a loving person.

 
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