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Darrin Dene Patterson

October 14, 2019 |

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

Darrin Dene Patterson, 44, formerly of North Huntingdon, PA passed away on October 9, 2019 in Melbourne, FL. He was born June 22, 1975 in Greensburg, PA. Beloved son of Dene and Dorothy Patterson. Darrin was a member of Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne, FL where he was actively involved as the Cubmaster of Pack 373 and Arrow of Light Den Leader. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father who looked forward to scouting events, camping trips, building Lego Derby Cars,volunteering at Ascension Catholic School, and taking Tae Kwon Do with his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Dene; and sister, Dalene. He is survived by his wife, Lori, cherished sons Ethan and Noah; mother, Dorothy; sister, Darlene Salmon (Jim); Uncles Gene Patterson (Patricia); Duayne Patterson (Sandy); Gary Patterson (Carole); Aunt Dana Schwaed (Donald); late Aunt Joanne McCorkle
(Robert); numerous cousins; In-laws Walter Finch (Marian); Dan Finch (Tracy) and Gary Finch
(Marcee). Uncle to Gracie Finch and Ava Finch. Family and friends will be received at the James W.Shirley Funeral Home on Wednesday, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, PA followed by interment in West Newton Cemetery. A Go Fund Me Page has been set up in memory of Darrin.

 


Julia Marie Stuchel

October 13, 2019 |

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

Julia Marie Stuchel, 97, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019.  She was born June 22, 1922 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Harry and Lizabell (Sisco) McCoy.  Julia was a secretary for Alcoa and later she and Carl raised and sold Christmas trees for 40 years.  She was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church, Ridge Road Women's Club for 57 years and the Irwin Quilters Guild and enjoyed reading.   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Carl Stuchel; and brother, Skip McCoy.  She is survived by her daughters, Patty Stuchel of North Huntingdon, Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Don of Pittsburgh, Connie Noel and her husband, Michael of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Jonathan (Tarah) Noel, Matthew (Kristin) Noel, Jennifer (William) Henderson and Daniel (Hannah) Noel, all of North Carolina; and 17 great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 1-3 to 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery,  McKeesport.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Circleville United Methodist Church.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Edward Wyzlanski

October 11, 2019 |

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

Edward Wyzlanski, age 92 formerly of North Huntingdon died October 11, 2019 at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg. He was born July 28, 1927 in Chalfant, a son of the late Michael and Helen Sokolowski. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner of Eddie's Photo Service in East Pittsburgh.  He was a  member of St. Agnes Church and was an avid fisherman who enjoyed spending weekends at his camp at Pymatuning Lake. He is survived by one sister, Apolonia "Polly" Skurnick, and was the beloved uncle to Andrew Skurnick (Janet), David Skurnick (Kathleen), Kathleen Gregg (James). Also surviving are several great and great, great nieces and nephews. Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Tuesday 9:00 a.m. with a funeral mass to follow at St. Agnes Church at 10 a.m. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Gloria Mae Brugnoli

October 09, 2019 |

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

Gloria Mae Brugnoli, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. She was born May 12, 1929 in Duquesne. Gloria was the owner/opeartor of Gloria's Cantina for many years. She was also the founder of All but furgotten, a no kill shelter for animals. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Brugnoli. Gloria is survived by her son, Larry Brugnoli (JoAnne Moore); two grandchildren,Tara (Gerry) Slifkey, Joseph (Courtney) Brugnoli; three great-grandchildren, Logan, Brooklyn and Tyler. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Thursday 4-8 p.m. Funeral service Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Irwin Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to All But Furgotten , 70 Carpenter lane, North Huntingdon, Pa 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Rosemary C. Smith

October 08, 2019 |

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

Rosemary C. Smith, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019.  She was born July 20, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Richard J. and Margaret (McCarren) Caulfield.  Prior to her retirement, Rosemary was a consultant for AT&T Marketing Communications and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed baking pies and was a loving and devoted mother.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John P. Caulfied and Richard Caulfield; and sisters, Margaret McCusker, Patricia Balzer, Shirley Barnes, and Sarah Jane.  She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Theodore Smith; son, Theodore A. Smith and his wife, Patricia; daughter, Sharon L. Polovina and her husband, Thomas; sisters, Frances West and Kathleen Vanderveerd; grandchildren, Brandon (Michelle) Polovina, Jennifer (Robert) Mallory, Kellynn (Matthew) Krinock, Nathaniel and Trevor Smith;  great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jordyn and Noah.  Friends will be received from 2-4  and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral blessing will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


April L. Blay

October 07, 2019 |

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

April L. Blay, 61, of Lowber (formerly of North Huntington), passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 4, 2019. She was born March 12, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of the late Justin S. "Jack" and Diana (Hughes) Blay. Prior to her retirement, April was employed by the Arc of Westmoreland. She was a member of the Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church. She enjoyed attending the Arc dances, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed swimming (especially her swimming lessons with Savannah Brown), going to the beach, shopping at the Dollar Store for her stuffed animals and glow sticks, and getting pedicures, manicures and getting her hair done. She especially enjoyed the holidays and brought so much joy into our lives with her childlike innocence and exuberance. April is survived by her extended family, Laura Rosiek and the late Victor Rosiek Jr., with whom she resided, "Gibble" Dunbar, Bonnie Egeland, Kim Dunbar, and Colleen, Gene and Alyssa Zimmerman, in addition to numerous cousins. She is survived by her companion, Kevin Conaway, and her best friends, Nikki Steban, Donna and Mark Olexick, Fran Polka, Lauren Bergman and Heather Sutton. April was our precious angel, and her memory will live on in our hearts forever.
Friends will be received from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery South, Indianapolis, IN. Memorials may be made to Community Living Care. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Donald H. Christopher

October 06, 2019 |

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

, age 86 of North Huntingdon died October 5, 2019 at his home. He was born October 15, 1932 in Patton Township a son of the late Chester and Josephine McLean Christopher. Donald was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Irwin. He was a lifetime member of the Shaner Sportsmans Club, an avid hunter and a life long Steelers fan. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a production coordinator by Westinghouse Electric, East Pittsburgh and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Kathleen T. Byrnes, an infant son, four brothers Harold, Paul, Chester Jr and Walter Christopher, one sister Margaret Henkel.  He is survived by his children, Lynn Williams and her husband, Ross, Laura Cummins and her husband, Dave, Donna Stull and her husband Herb, and David Christopher and his fiancee Coleen Tokosh; grandchildren, Lauren (Clayton) Black, Alex and Katie Walkowski, Joseph and John Tokosh; great grandson, Brody Black,  in-laws , Dianne and Frank Casorio, special friends, Dee and Sean McCarney, many loving nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Pa 15642. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Sophia A. Daily

September 30, 2019 |

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

Sophia A. Daily, age 95,  formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away September 27, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. She was born May 15, 1924 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Casmir and Mary Kruzek Wieliczko. Sophia was a former member of St. Agnes Church where she was a Christian Mother, prior to relocating to New Port Richey, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland E. Daily; brothers, John, Edward, Frank and Stanley Welesko; and sister, Helen M. Joseph. She is survived by two sons, David R. Daily and his wife, Karen, Dennis R. Daily and his wife, Brenda; daughter, Diane D. Bahno and her husband, Anthony; brother, Joseph Welesko; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. Entombment in Westmoreland Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Helen Pilipovich

September 24, 2019 |

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

Helen Pilipovich, 91, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019.  She was born February 10, 1928 in Duquesne, a daughter of the late John and Julia (Palagyi)  Ballas.  Helen was owner/operator of the Korner Tavern for 57 years.  She was a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Duquesne, longtime member of the North Huntingdon Democratic Club, and VFW Post 781 Ladies Auxiliary.  She loved visiting casinos and cooking.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Pilipovich; son, Keith; brothers, John, Robert and Steve Ballas; sisters, Margaret Pivarnic, Katy Podomnik, Betty McCallum, Gazella Agopoff and Lillian Fuhoski.  She is survived by her sons, Victor Pilipovich Jr. and his wife, Linda, Stephen Pilipovich and his wife, Margaret, David Pilipovich; sisters, Pearl Cifaldi and Sally Corso; grandchildren, Meigan (Miss Priss) Nicolai, Allison (David) Guaspari, Julia (Stefan) Pellegrini, Stephanie (Shawn) Storer, David L. Pilipovich, Ashley Pilipovich; and ten great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow in Hungarian Reformed Cemetery, West Mifflin.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hungarian Reformed Church, 1411 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA  15110.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Carrie A. Conroy

September 23, 2019 |

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

Carrie A. Conroy, 57, of Rillton, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019.  She was born June 10, 1962 in Jeannette, a daughter of Glenn and Jean (Clugsten) Minerva.  Carrie was a graduate of Hempfield Sr. High School, Class of 1980, and enjoyed baking, dancing and spending time with her family.  Carrie will be remembered for the immense love she had for her adoring family, and for her ability to light up a room with her smile. While her outer beauty was undeniable, it was her caring nature and selfless approach to life that allowed her beauty to shine inside and out. Family and friends will fondly share stories about her sticking up for her younger brothers, her willingness to take on anyone in an arm wrestling match, and the way she let loose on the dance floor. Her strength through the years is something to be admired and we know she will be remembered for it by every person her life touched...and for her amazing cookies.  She is survived by her loving husband, Kevin Conroy; daughter, Heather Conroy and her husband, Travis Rohrbaugh; brothers, Glenn (Gina) Minerva and Mike Minerva; nieces and nephews, Colton, Alex and Emily.  Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.

  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Footstepsforrecovery.com.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Judy K. Bisig

September 20, 2019 |

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

Judy K. Bisig, 76, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019 at her home. She was born February 12, 1943 in Altoona, Pa., a daughter of the late Richard and Reba Guyer Kitting. Prior to her retirement, Judy was a secretary for the switch gear division at Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Christian Mothers Rosary Society of Corpus Christi and enjoyed walking her dog, gardening and spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving husband, Arthur Bisig. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland Co. Humane Society. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


John M. Santoro

September 15, 2019 |

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

John M. Santoro, age 86, of North Huntingdon died September 14, 2019 at home. He was born October 12, 1932  in Waterbury, Connecticut, a son of the late Michael and Anna Maria D'Anella. John was a member of St. Agnes Church. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by CMS East as a counselor and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Joseph, Anthony, Carmen and Danny; two sisters, Rose Santoro, Sue VanBuren; an infant brother and friends Roland and Guy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Przybyla Santoro; son Michael (Rhonda); two daughters, Charlene Santoro, Carla (Joseph) Deitrich; brother Vito; grandchildren, Emma, Alyssa, Jack and Lily; great-grandchildren Evelyn, Oscar and Audrey; special nephew, Roy Jr.;  and lifelong friends, Sammy and Peachy.  Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, Pa 15642 Tues 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Service Wednesday 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Westmoreland Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Helen S. Buckholz

September 13, 2019 |

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

Helen S. Buckholz, 94, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019.  She was born, January 16, 1925 in Ottawa, WV, wife of the late Edward Buckholz.  Prior to her retirement, Helen was a collator for Paper Craft and an avid gardener.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, William and Alex Sebeni; sisters, Maria Nagy and Margaret Gallo.  She is survived by her three sons, Tim E. (Maggie) Buckholz, Garry M. (Cheryl) Buckholz and William A. (Effie) Buckholz; daughter, Suzanne (David) Ulakovic; grandchildren, Adrienne (Neil) Devlin, Michael Buckholz, Peter (Arianna) Buckholz, Phillip (Breonna) Buckholz, Christine (Jason) Baverso, Shelly Buckholz, Russell (Anna Jean) Buckholz, Joseph (Kristen) Ulakovic, Carrie (Don) Ulakovic Lee, Dana Ulakovic, Justin and Carley Buckholz; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, LaVerne Corwin; and nieces and nephews.  Visitation 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Service Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Entombment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Charles H. Dreer

September 04, 2019 |

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

Charles H. Dreer, 92, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at UPMC East.  He was born, July 20, 1927 in McKeesport, a son of the late Webster and Pearl (Maurer) Dreer.  Prior to his retirement, Charles  was  employed by General Motors Fisher Body with over 30 years of dedicated service, and a veteran of the US Navy having served during WWII.  He was a member of Park Baptist Church, Versailles where he served on the Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees and volunteered for Meals on Wheels, McKeesport.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet  Clawson Dreer; son, Charles J. Dreer; daughters, Claudia O'Lear and Jodene Dreer; brothers, Ronald Dreer, Kenneth Summit and Bernard Summit.  He is survived by his son, William (Denise) Dreer; daughters, Beth (Carl) DeValkeneer, Brenda (Richard) Stinner; daughter-in-law, Joyce Dreer;  sister-in-law, Geraldine Dreer; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 9:30  a.m. in Park Baptist Church, Versailles, PA.  PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH.  Interment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Park Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 749 Center Street, McKeesport, PA  15132.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Mary Ellen Welsh

September 03, 2019 |

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

Mary Ellen Welsh, 88, of North Huntingdon, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at her home.  She was born December 10, 1930 in McKeesport, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Fichera) Durante.  Mary Ellen enjoyed gardening, bowling and spending time with her grandchildren and other family members.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Welsh; and sister, Margaret Novak.  She is survived by her two sons, Joseph Welsh and his wife, Frederica and Robert Welsh; brother, Robert Durante; sister, Rose Chomanics; and four grandchildren, Ashley, Rob, Elizabeth and Nicholas.  Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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