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Darien Clark

May 21, 2024 |

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

Darien M. Clark, age 27, residing in Beaver Falls and formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Forbes Hospital.  He was born on August 3, 1996 in Monroeville, the beloved son of Lance (Candace) Clark and Jacinta Beltz (Jay).  Darien was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 2014.  He loved motorcycles, weight lifting, sports, and spending time with his friends.  He was employed by Burnham Industrial as a Journeyman Insulator for Local 2. In addition to his parents, Darien is survived by his daughter, Ryder, girlfriend Katie Sero, three sisters, Dymphena Clark, Dreena Clark, and Dacee Clark, grandparents Michalene Chara (Dave), Karen Clark, Mark Bungo (Katie), and Mary Ellen Beltz,  great-grandma Jeanne Pettus, and his beloved corgi, Beenee.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA. on Friday from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. and Saturday from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. with a service to follow in the funeral home chapel.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kaitlyn Sero on behalf of Ryder.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Isabella Yanez

May 16, 2024 |

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

Isabella E. Yanez, 91 of North Huntingdon, died peacefully on May 16, 2024 at her home. She was born February 15, 1933 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John T. and Katherine Schneider. Prior to her retirement, Isabella was employed as a teacher's aide for special needs children in Mon Valley School Special Education. In her free time, she loved to knit and quilt. Isabella was great at baking, and she enjoyed her time spent babysitting at her home. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers William Schneider and John Schneider, and sisters Laura Whitehead and Agnes Coberly. She is survived by her beloved husband, Ralph A. Yanez, five children, Ralph Yanez (Karen), Angelina Yanez, William Yanez (Deborah), Joseph Yanez (Karen), and Samuel Yanez (Carrie), grandchildren Danielle Kukic (Chris), Angelina Yanez (Andrew), Sean Yanez (Claire), Raymond Yanez (Casey), Katie Yanez, Andrew Yanez, Addison Yanez, and Hayden Yanez, and great-grandchildren Emma, Luke, Riley, Avery, Wyatt, and Levi. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Monday at 9:15 AM, with interment to follow in St. Mary's German Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Frances Papp

May 15, 2024 |

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

 Frances Papp, age 89 of North Huntingdon, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at her home. She was born on January 16, 1935 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Adam and Mary Fisher Spalla. Frances cherished her role as a homemaker. She was a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church in McKeesport, and always looked forward to attending bingo nights with her friends. In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur Papp, son Arthur Papp Jr., brothers John Spalla and Frank Spalla, and sister Faye Burgess. She is survived by her sons, David Papp and Vincent Papp (Joan), her daughter Denise (William) Prontiker, grandchildren Joseph, Molly, Daniel, Samuel, Chad (Nikki), Michael, and Billy, and great-grandchildren Lila and Luke. Visitation and services will be private, with a private interment to follow in Long Run Cemetery. Arrangements by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Evelyn M. Miller

May 12, 2024 |

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

Evelyn M. Miller, age 97 of North Huntingdon, died May 12, 2024, at her granddaughter's home surrounded by her family. She was born March 24, 1927, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Andrew and Florence Sylvis Graham. Evelyn was known as the candy lady at Walden's View. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and playing hymns on the organ. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Norwin High School cafeteria and as an office manager for Dr. Churma, D.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1986, one brother, Donald Graham, one sister Betty Hunter. She is survived by two sons, Robert (Melinda), Miller, Thom (Lorraine) Miller, one daughter, Ginna Kraus (George), 10 grandchildren, Jeff Miller (Kelly), Christa Ricciuti (Scott), Jacquelyn Jared (Mike), Kaley Wood (Jim), Lindsay Lewis, Amy Kemper (Barry), Jodi Sawyer Kraus, Jayme Miller (Andrea), Sarah Forkner(Dan), Erik Miller, 17 great grandchildren, Leo, Sophie, Anthony, Brody, Noah, Cole, Colin, Mason, Tiegen, Graham, Grey, Julia, Ty, Capree, Maezee, Grady and Maddy , numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held in July. The family would like to thank Redstone Hospice for their care and compassion for Evelyn the past three months. James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon in charge of arrangements. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Eileen Waskowicz Proctor

May 11, 2024 |

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

Eileen Waskowicz Proctor, age 74 of Level Green passed away May 11, 2024, Eileen let God know that it was time to call her home to Heaven. She told God that she couldn’t make it another day with all of her health issues. He heard her prayer. Eileen told her daughters, Leslie Proctor Savage (Michael) of Irwin, PA and Kellee Birnstiel of Birmingham, England that she was going home. She said that she missed her husband C. Ray Proctor who beat her to the gate on January 19, 2024. She hadn’t seen her father, Frank Waskowicz in 66 years nor her mother, Rose Bielic Waskowicz in almost 9 years. Oh, and her beloved first grandchild Nathan Christian Thorne who left this Earth in December 2021. Most of all, Eileen finally got to see her Lord and Savior, Jesus. Eileen had continued her father’s mission to tell everyone, even total strangers that “JESUS LOVES YOU and He Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life.” She gave out Bibles every chance she was given. Her greatest joy was to pray with people and share the good news of Jesus Christ. She would say, “It is not about what you have done in your life, good or bad; it is all about what Jesus did for you.” Eileen loved all of her surviving grandchildren; they called her “Doll.” Mikayla Birnstiel of Gainesville FL, Tristan Birnstiel of Edgewood MD, Trevor Birnstiel (Meagan) of Brockton MA, Dane Birnstiel of San Diego CA, Saxon Birnstiel of Cork, Ireland and Luke Michael Proctor Savage of Irwin PA. On the 9th of April 2024, Eileen became a step great-grandma to Emma of Brockton MA. Eileen did not have any siblings, but she was blessed to have many cousins and old friends who still remain quite close. Eileen graduated from Trafford High School in 1967. She worked for various companies over the years doing office work and sales. Just 10 or so years ago, she and C. Ray worked together providing interior home remodeling for Proctor Construction. Eileen loved to garden and cook & bake for family and friends. She lived her whole life in the house that her father built in 1950 in Level Green. It was there, Eileen took her very last breath and left her body to be “present with the Lord.” Amen! Amen! Amen! Her favorite chapter, Psalms 121. In lieu of flowers, Eileen would have loved for you to support her grandson’s memorial scholarship, The Nathan Christian Thorne Scholarship Fund, 603 Beech Drive, Trafford, PA 15085 www.NathanChristian.org Funeral Arrangements have been made by the James Shirley Funeral Home Inc. All Services and Burial Are Private. Interment will be at the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon PA.

 


Paul "Sparky" McGowan

May 11, 2024 |

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

Paul W. "Sparky" McGowan, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away on May 10, 2024 at his home. He was born on October 11, 1937 in McKeesport, a son of the late Jess Hoak and Frances Gay. Prior to his retirement, Paul was employed as a tree trimmer for both Aspen and Davey Tree Companies. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, having served in the Korean War. In his free time, Paul was a jack-of-all-trades. He enjoyed working on projects around the house, and took pride in helping his neighbors. Paul always looked forward to camping with his wife, attending car shows, and creating pieces of art. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Martha Hall McGowan, and his sons, Paul McGowan Jr. and Shawn Gregory McGowan. He is survived by his daughters, ShayLee Gonzalez, and Heather Mayer, grandchildren, Shando, Brianda, Rionno, Jessica, Joshua, Justin, Jake, Johnna, and Jordan, and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Wyatt, Aria, and Charlotte. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Carol Eckenrode

May 10, 2024 |

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

Carol Ann Eckenrode, age 75 of North Versailles, passed away on May 10, 2024 at Forbes Hospital. She was born on December 24, 1948 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Regis and Mary Sill Eckenrode. Carol graduated from Braddock School of Nursing, and received her Master's Degree in Education from Penn State University. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a Registered Nurse at various local hospitals and long-term care facilities. Carol was an animal lover. She cherished the time she spent with her pets, especially her cat "Dude". In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her brother James Eckenrode. She is survived by her brother David Eckenrode (Jill), niece Jennifer George (Ryan), nephew Ryan Eckenrode, and sister-in-law Karen McDonald. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA, on Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday at 11 AM., with a private interment to follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven located at 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Beverley A. Unnone

May 07, 2024 |

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

Beverly A. Unnone, age 85 of North Huntingdon died May 7, 2024 at UMPC East, Monroeville. She was born May 23, 1938 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Marino and Della Deroma Giuntoli.  Beverly was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. She enjoyed trips to the casinos and spending time with her family. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an office manager for various doctor's offices. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandaughter, Caley Gilligan. She is survived by her beloved husband Michael R. Unnone, one son, Michael (wife Judy), two daughters, Andrea Haubrich (husband Kevin), Paula Blacksmith (husband Edward), seven grandchildren, Joshua Haubrich (Abby), Jacob Haubrich (Sarah), Sean Blacksmith, Benjamin Blacksmith, Elizabeth Shinnick (Jake), Heather Gilligan and  Austin Unnone, five  great grandchildren, Jordy, Jaxon, Luca, Cloud and Haven. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Monday from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's hospital. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Connie L. Johnson

April 30, 2024 |

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

Connie L. Johnson, a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister passed away peacefully on April 30, 2024 at the William Penn Care Center in Jeannette, PA. Born February 12, 1942 in McKeesport, PA, the daughter of the late Edward & Gertrude Dias. She was the wife of the late William Cletus Johnson (died in 1998). Connie will be remembered by her children, Walter (Tammy) Johnson, Lorie (Ted) Kukich, and Michelle (Scott) Coffman. She was the grandmother to Dawn Marie, Beth Ann, Aaron Johnson, Anika & Brady Kukich, and Lauren & Brett Coffman. She greatly cherished her role as “grammy” and time spent with her grandchildren made her the happiest. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Aleena & Brandon, along with 4 siblings (1 sister and 3 brothers). In addition to her parents and husband, she is pre-deceased by a sister. Connie was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed cooking for anyone who wanted to eat or celebrate a party! She was well known for her famous ladylocks and other sweet treats. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (13770 Noel Road; Suite 801889; Dallas, TX 75380 or at komen.org). Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 2 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home (176 Clay Pike; North Huntingdon, PA 15642). Burial services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude and thanks to the staff at William Penn Care Center, particularly Shirley Dunlap, Virginia Jones, & Annette Law. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Robert Igoe

April 26, 2024 |

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

Robert Wayne Igoe, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, April 25, 2024. He was born on July 19, 1934, in Monessen, a son of the late David Curtis Igoe and Elizabeth (Kifer) Igoe Gates. Bob worked as an electrician and was a veteran of the US Navy, serving on the USS Forrestal. In his free time, Bob loved to work in wood and created many wonderful and creative objects for family and friends.  In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Vivian Lucille (Sciore) Igoe; his son, Robert Wayne Igoe Jr.: his two brothers, David and Alvin; and his sisters Mary, Ruth, Gloria, Alice, and Emma. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara (Hughes) Olinski Igoe; his sister Elizabeth (Tootsie); daughters Nancy Igoe, Bobbie Hamm, Gaye Wince, and Amy Newcomer; step-son Duane Olinski; step-daughter Julie Kuhn; seven grandchildren: Crew, Ashton, Wayne, Kelsey, Josh, Spencer, and Davis; and two great-grandsons, Carson and Camdyn. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA on Monday at 10AM with a service to follow at 11AM. Interment will be private at Belle Vernon Cemetery.

 


Wayne A. Reed Sr

April 19, 2024 |

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

Wayne A. Reed Sr. age 77 of Irwin, died peacefully at Greene Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Greensburg on April 19, 2024. He was the son of the late Donald and Marie L. Reed. Wayne was the father of the late Wayne A Reed Jr. (who passed away December of 2023) and Vaughn Reed of Irwin, PA. Prior to retirement, Wayne worked for WABTEC and as a cook at Eat-n-Park. In the past Wayne liked reading Stephen King novels, watching horror movies and going to BINGO with his family. Wayne’s love for both domestic and wildlife animals will live on through his son Vaughn, bonus son Chester Frye of Mt. Pleasant, sister Cheryl (late Garry Buckholz) of N. Huntingdon, sister-in-law Betsy A. Reed (wife of the late Vaughn Reed) of Beatty, NV, nieces Christine (Jason) Baverso of N. Huntingdon, Shelly Buckholz of Youngwood, and nephew Russell (Anna Jean) Buckholz of Westmoreland City. In addition to five great-nephews (Jacob, Jayden, Jonah, Gage and Gunnar), and one great-niece (Liberty). Wayne will be laid to rest at Brush Creek Cemetery with his late wife Norma Jean (Plues) Reed who passed away in 1984 of breast cancer. The family wishes to express thanks to the staff of Greene Health and Rehab as well as Bridges Hospice. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa on Wednesday from 4-7 P.M. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel.  Memorial donations can be made in memory of Wayne to White Oak Animal Safe Haven.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mary Ellen Sulesky

April 18, 2024 |

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

Mary Ellen Sulesky, age 80, of North Huntingdon, passed away on April 17, 2024, at her home. She was born on February 20, 1944, in West Elizabeth, a daughter of the late Joseph Edwin and Mary Jane Bickerton Williams. Mary Ellen was a social member of the Norwin VFW Post 781. In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alexander "Jake" Sulesky, seven brothers, Edwin, Bob, Ross, Emerson, Larry, Harry "Little Joe" and Charlie Williams, three sisters Donna, Bonnie Rae and Sylvia "Peachie".  She is survived by one son, Brian Williams, and granddaughters, Samatha Castine, Alle and Autumn WIlliams, great granddaughter Mary Jane Castine, daughter-in-law Ruth Hollister Williams, brother Gary Williams, sisters Betty Jane Coltogirone (Don), and Marlene Campbell,  three stepchildren David, Cathy and Don.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA, on Sunday from 10AM to 2PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of her niece, Nikki Hofmeister, to Prevent Suicide PA., www.preventsuicidepa.org. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Martha Krznaric

April 18, 2024 |

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

Martha Krznaric, age 95 of Hahntown, Irwin died April 18, 2024, at her home. She was born July 8, 1928, in Irwin. Martha was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed word search puzzles and games shows including Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Krznaric. She is survived by three sons, Joseph, Rich and his wife Sally, and Jerry Krznaric, three grandchildren, Jesse Krznaric, Kristi Olney (Chris), Kacey Burge (Levi), four great grandchildren, Daisy, Everett, Iris and Nina. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Patricia Cipra

April 15, 2024 |

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

Patricia M. Cipra, age 88 of North Huntingdon, passed away on April 14, 2024 at Westmoreland Hospital.  She was born on December 29, 1935 in Meyersdale, a daughter of the late Paul and Elsie Mae Smith Shoemaker.  Pat was a long time member of Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and always looked forward to Sunday services. She enjoyed her role as a homemaker and loved to spend time with her family.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  Pat also looked forward to long Sunday drives with her children, especially to Erie.  In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William, and her sister Pauline Gaydos.  She is survived by her sons, Ken Cipra (Lori), Bill Cipra (Kelly), daughter Susan Lawson (Terry), grandchildren Erin Broadwater (Bob), Clint Lawson (Sallie), Kenny Cipra, Alexa Cipra, Carolyn Lindsey (John), and great grandchildren Landen, Mya, Jax, Clinton, and Christian.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike North Huntingdon PA, on Tuesday from 6-8 P.M. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.  A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Thursday at 11 A.M., with interment to follow in Long Run Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ardara Evangelical Presbyterian Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Constance "Connie" Neal

April 13, 2024 |

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

Constance "Connie" Neal, 66 of Irwin, passed away April 10, 2024, in the care of loved ones. Connie graduated from Norwin High School with the "Class of 75". She worked at Jeannette Glass, Oakbrook Corp. and retired from the Salvation Army Store in North Huntingdon. Connie loved fishing, boating and being in the mountains. She enjoyed tending to her vegetable and flower gardens, and feeding the birds. Connie had an eye for antiques and classic cars. Above all, she loved being a grandma. Connie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Michael Neal, mother Constance (Trump) Nicholson, and brother Jerry Faroux. She is survived by her daughter Regina Neal, son Jesse Neal and his wife Ashley, brothers John Lopez and Perry Lopez, sister Vickie Lemley, and grandchildren Marshall and Avery. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 

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