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Douglas J. Cahill

October 30, 2020 |

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

Douglas J. Cahill, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  He was born May 26, 1956 in Washington, PA, a son of Helen Jean Brownlee and the late Douglas Cahill.  Doug was a self-employed contractor and enjoyed doing woodworking, spending time with his grandson and was an Eagle Scout.  He is survived by his wife, Teri (Erdly) Cahill; sons, Christopher and Joshua Guffey; sister, Debra Gorby and her husband, John; grandson, Hayden; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Pack #33  in memory of Doug.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Robert J. Smerker

October 29, 2020 |

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

Robert J. Smerker, age 78, of Port Vue, Pa., died October 29, 2020 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. He was born June 27, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late John and Edith Smerker. Prior to his retirement, Robert was employed as the Vice President of Three Rivers Bank in Jefferson. He collected coins, stamps, enjoyed spending time at the gym and loved baseball. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marcia Smerker; one daughter, Denise Newton and her husband Robert; one brother, Ron Smerker and his wife, Carol; grandchildren, Joshua, Adam and Aaron. There is no visitation or service. Arrangements made by James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ellen E. Wykoff

October 26, 2020 |

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

Ellen E. Wykoff, 93, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, October 26, 2020 at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.  She was born, August 21, 1927 in Bedford, IN, daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy Dodd. Before retirement, Ellen was employed by Horne’s.  She was a member of the Second Ponce de Leon Church in Atlanta, GA.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wykoff; son, Donald Wykoff Jr.; two grandsons; and two brothers, Thomas and Ralph Dodd of Bedford IN.  She is survived by her four sons, Philip and his wife, Georgene of Oxford, GA, Kent and friend, Lynne of Midlothian, VA, Mark and his wife, Christa of Jamestown, NC, Matthew and friend, Cindy of N. Huntingdon, PA; two sisters, Jennie Scott of Irwin, PA and Sue Ann Hillenburg and her husband, Garris of Bedford, IN; eight grandsons; one granddaughter; seven great-grandsons, six great-granddaughters; and one great-great-grandson.  Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment in Long Run Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Robert A. Ross

October 25, 2020 |

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

Robert Ross, 73, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Redstone Highlands Greensburg.  He was born, February 15, 1947 in McKeesport, a son of the late William A. and Edith (Briggs) Ross.  Prior to his retirement, Bob was a plant manager for Koppers.  He enjoyed visiting casinos, playing cards, swimming and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Bowser Ross; brother, William A Ross Jr.; sisters, Nancy Minnicks and Helen Guthrie.  He is survived by his sons, Scot Ross (Lisa Laskowski) and Brent Ross and his fiancee, Samantha Lamison; and sister, Sally Kosco and her husband, Mike. Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday 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 at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CEMETERY.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library in memory of Robert.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Michael F. Krien

October 22, 2020 |

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

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Michael (Mike) Krien, age 73, of North Huntingdon.  He died Wednesday, October 21, 2020 surrounded by family.  Mike was born on June 14, 1947, the son of the late Martin F. and Vera M. Krien.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Alison A. Krien.  He is survived by his loving wife, Dana E. Krien of 50 years, his two children, Melissa M. (Donald) Black and Matthew M, Krien, grandchildren, Katie, Ella and Carsten Black, and his brother Dennis (Susan) Krien, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Mike grew up in Clairton, graduated from Clairton High School and attended Duquesne University, prior to  enlisting in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War era.  Mike and his young bride Dana were stationed in England and Biloxi, MS where they had many adventures together, prior to moving to North Huntingdon.  Mike worked for US Steel and retired in 2014.  Mike loved music and everything cars, passions he shared with his daughter Alison.  A self-proclaimed chef, he was always creating new recipes that would end up becoming family favorites.  And there wasn't a November gone by that he wasn't itching to get to hunting camp for a week of card playing and deer hunting with his hunting buddies.  You could also find him at the shooting range with his son, Matt.  Most of all, Mike liked spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his brother Dennis and family and taking care of them in all ways possible, watching his grandkids in all their different endeavors, always their biggest fan, as well as hanging out with Luna, his favorite little shorkie.  Mike will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.  Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral service will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ann Zurich DiRado

October 21, 2020 |

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

Ann Zurich DiRado, 97, of North Huntingdon, passed away October 20, 2020 at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born March 3, 1923 in Wilmerding, a daughter of the late John and Jessie Zurich. Prior to her retirement, Ann was a factory assembler for Westinghouse Electric with over 40 years of service. She was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emil DiRado; brothers, Stephen, Ed and Michael Zurich; and sister, Mildred Feals. She is survived by her sister, Mary Zurich; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA. A funeral service to follow in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 2110 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ronald Lionel Peters

October 21, 2020 |

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

Ronald Lionel Peters, 91, of North Huntingdon Pennsylvania, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on October 20, 2020.

Ron was born in Monessan, PA., to Ruth Faye and Leonard Field Peters on April 12, 1929. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and managed many pharmacies over the years. Ron also served in Panama as a pharmacist.

He was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church in McKeesport, PA. Ron was a jack of all trades. He was an avid writer, a talented landscaper, and a dedicated Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Most importantly, he was the foundation of strength and love for his family.

Ronald is preceded in death by his younger brothers Walter and Leonard Peters. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois Beswick Peters; 4 children Wendy (Keith) Staso, Lisa (Robert) Scheideman, Jeffrey (Patricia) Peters, and Holly (Joseph) Coghill; 10 grandchildren Tara and Leah Kristopaitis, Jonathan and Amanda Staso, Rebecca, Ethan and Evan Peters, Kendra Scheideman, and Courtney and McKenzie Coghill; and 3 great-grandchildren Roman, Monroe, and Nadea.

Donations in kind may be given to Christ United Methodist Church of McKeesport, 2880 Coulterville Road, McKeesport, PA  15131

The family of Ronald Peters would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Pastor Sang and his wife Grace, and the Promise Care staff, for providing him comfort and care.  Services are private.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


James B. DeMark

October 21, 2020 |

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

James B. DeMark, age 74, of Ruffsdale, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at RNC Greensburg.  He was born May 25, 1946 in Jeannette, PA.  Jim was a laborer for OMNOVA Solutions in Jeannette and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Stephanie L. Long-Hall; brother, Ken; sister, Nancy; grandchild, Logan Dunn.  He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Yates DeMark; stepdaughter, Erin Long; grandchildren, Cameron, Riley, Peyton, Gavin, Ian and Kyiah.  Arrangements were made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  Donations may be made to family; The United Federal Credit Union, payable to Rhonda DeMark, 6610 Route 813, Mt. Pleasant, PA  15666.  shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Aloys G. Bongartz Jr.

October 20, 2020 |

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

Aloys G. Bongartz Jr., 73, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 in UPMC East Hospital.  He was born, July 25, 1947 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Aloys G. and Ruth Bongartz.  Prior to his retirement, Aloys was a steel worker for US Steel and a member of St. Agnes Parish.  He enjoyed participating in the renaissance fairs, woodworking and playing in a pool league.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Izbicki.  He is survived by his son, John Bongartz and his wife, Sabrina; brother-in-law, Tim Izbicki; grandchildren, Nathaniel Cramer and Harley Bongartz.  Friends will be received from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A funeral service will take place at time to be announced.  Burial will take place at St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, McKeesport.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Lois J. Zwiener

October 19, 2020 |

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

Lois J. Zwiener, age 96, of North Huntingdon, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020 at home.  She was born June 6, 1924 in McKeesport, daughter of the late James and Anna A. (Dopcus) Kenders.  Lois was a graduate of McKeesport High School and later graduated from the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing (Cadet Nurse Corps).  She was a member of the former Christ United Presbyterian Church, presently New Hope Presbyterian Church, where she served as church deacon, assistant financial secretary, and longtime choir member.  Lois loved cooking, sewing, gardening, bowling, reading and playing games.

 
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Vincent Decker

October 17, 2020 |

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

Vincent Decker, age 82 of North Huntingdon died October 16, 2020 at RNC in Greensburg. He was born February 7, 1938 in McKeesport, Pa., a son of the late Daniel and Leola Frick Decker. Prior to his retirement Vincent was employed by U.S. Steel where he taught electrical apprenticeship and also employed by Latrobe Steel. He enjoyed camping at Keystone Park with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Harry Decker, one sister, Donna Decker.

 
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Phyllis Evelyn (Lucas) Farneth

October 15, 2020 |

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

Phyllis Evelyn (Lucas) Farneth, 93, of Greensburg, formerly of Plum Borough, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the Greensburg campus of Redstone Highlands Senior Care. Phyllis was born September 18, 1927, in Coraopolis, Pa., the first of four children to Stanley and Lula Lucas. After growing up in Parnassus, Pa. and graduating from New Kensington High School, Phyllis worked as a stenographer and savings-and-loan associate. She married Robert Lester Farneth (“Bob”) in 1949 and together they had four children, living for over 50 years in a small community on Logan's Ferry Hill, Plum Borough, on land that had been in the Farneth family for generations. Phyllis was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in New Kensington, where she held various administrative posts, taught Sunday School, led women’s groups, founded and maintained the library, and sang alto in the choir for decades. Phyllis also served as a teacher’s aide and librarian at Logan’s Ferry Elementary School and worked for many years at the Care Enough card shop in New Kensington.

She enjoyed bridge club, sewing, reading, playing the piano, singing, and working puzzles of all kinds. After retirement the couple wintered in Florida and traveled around the country to attend reunions of Bob’s Marine Corps battalion. Phyllis was known for her gentle personality, support of her husband, children, and others in her sphere, and for her quiet diplomacy.

 
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Nancy Jane Kosanovic

October 12, 2020 |

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

Nancy Jane (Eseny) Kosanovic passed into eternal rest on Saturday, October 10, 2020.  She was born, February 27, 1939 in Homestead, PA, daughter of the late William Eseny and Elizabeth Uhrinyak.  Nancy graduated from Duquesne High School in 1956.  She was a homemaker, wife and mother. 

She enjoyed playing cards, Bingo and playing the lottery.  She was a member of the Penns Woods United Methodist Church and the Penns Woods Civic Association.

 
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Dolores R. Unnone

October 10, 2020 |

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

Dolores R. Unnone, age 89, of North Huntingdon died October 9, 2020 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. She was born April 22, 1931 in Newell, Pa., a daughter of the late Alphonse and Asunta Bianchi. Dolores was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. She was a crafter who also enjoyed decorating, cooking and baking.

 
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William Maroadi

October 08, 2020 |

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

William Maroadi, 87, of North Huntingdon,  passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at his home.  He was born December 21, 1932 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Mary Maroadi.  After his mother's passing he was raised by his grandmother Stella Maroadi and uncle, Tony Maroadi.  Bill was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War Era and after serving his country, he founded Maroadi Transfer and Storage in 1967.  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, an avid golfer, enjoyed all kinds of music and sponsored the National Championship Slow Pitch Softball team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 
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