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William Emmett Long III

February 04, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

William Emmett Long III, 72, died at home on April 28, 2020.  William grew up in North Versailles, Pennsylvania with his parents William E. Long II and Doris Long.  William furthered his education by attending trade school in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Upon returning home from school, William settled with his wife Sandra, in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania.  William retired as a Senior Inspector, from Bechtel - Bettis, after 40 years, in 2011.  He was a graduate of Westinghouse High School.  William was preceded in death by his son, William Emmett Long IV.  William is survived by his widow, Sandra and daughter, Kerry.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of Ball Funeral Chapel, Pittsburgh.


Norma Brown

January 26, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Norma Brown, 81, died Jan. 21, 2021 in UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1939, the daughter of the David Jenkins and Melba Dolores (Lovey) Jenkins was born September 27, 1939.

Norma was an avid bingo player and enjoyed putting together puzzles and crosswords. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and loved playing softball and was the scorekeeper for the following leagues: The Talk of the Town Gallery Lounge, The Continental Lounge and The Street Stars Lounge.

Her life and memory will be forever cherished by her husband of 58 years, Curtiss Brown, and daughter; Kismet Graciano of McKeesport. Brother; Gary (Marie) Willis of Cleveland, Ohio; Grandchildren Curtiss D. Brown of San Francisco CA., Tawnei Brown of Pittsburgh, PA., Isis Dupain of Lemoore, CA. Great grandchildren; Daejhon Brown, Chance Spicer, Aurora Rose and Emile Curtis.

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Berton D. Overstake

October 14, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Berton D. Overstake, 67, of Greensburg, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020 at UPMC East, Monroeville. Born July 15, 1953 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles B. Overstake and Lucille (Kaufman) Overstake. Bert was a proud 1975 graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  While at Penn State, he became a manager for the Penn State Blue Band, which at the time was under the direction of the late Dr. James W. Dunlop.  Bert was proud to have worked with Dr. Dunlop and the Blue Band, and remained a fierce supporter of the Blue Band and all things Penn State.  He went on to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduated in 1976 and became a licensed funeral director in 1977.

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Davida Lee Jenkins

September 30, 2020 |

By Editor | Posted in: Obituary

Davida Lee Jenkins, 63, died September 26, 2020. She was born on September 8, 1957 to George Massey and Norma Jenkins Brown, raised by Curtiss Brown of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Davida was educated in the McKeesport School District and a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Davida was an exceptional woman who dedicated her life putting God first and going out of her to help others in need. She will be remembered as a gentle, kind, warmhearted genuine person.

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Ruby Jackson

September 02, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Ruby Jackson, 92, died Aug. 30, 2020.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery & Mausoleum, 1301 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles Twp.


Daryl Mitchell

June 22, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Daryl Mitchell, 64, of North Versailles Twp., died Monday, June 15, 2020. He was the son of the late Helen and Robert Todd. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Tina; children, Shanda, Nicole and Katie Mitchell; siblings, Darnell Mitchell and Lynden Walker; grandson, Nico L. Mitchell; and family and friends.

Mitchell was a North Versailles Twp. commissioner, representing Ward 2.

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Charles E. “Jap” Arrigo

April 26, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Charles E. “Jap” Arrigo, 73, of West Newton, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed from this life peacefully Saturday, April 18, 2020, in the company of family and friends after a long-fought battle with a lingering illness. He was born on September 8, 1946 in North Charleroi, PA, the son of the late Joseph Arrigo and Esther (O’Hara) Arrigo.

Charles was a 1965 graduate of Charleroi High School where he excelled in baseball, basketball, football, and track. Charles played semi-pro football for the Wheeling Ironmen in the mid-60’s and was an assistant football coach for Belle Vernon High School under Bill Conners from 1985 through 1992. 

Charles served honorably for 25 years as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper from November 7, 1969 until his retirement in 1994.

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Edward L. Eicheldinger

April 13, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Edward L. Eicheldinger, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, went home to Heaven on Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the age of 82. Ed impacted many lives and was an example of hard work, selflessness and humility, along with his wonderful sense of humor. He loved his wife and made every one of his grandchildren feel as if they were the only one. Ed is survived by his wife, Patty; his children, Edward (Lynn), Mark (Jackie), Steve (Linda) and Eric (Andrea); his grandchildren, Duston, Noah, Samuel, Olivia, Trenton and great-grandchild Juliana. He is also survived by his brothers, Clem (Anne) and Paul (Barb) and several nieces and nephews.

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Shirley (Sipe) McClain

April 10, 2020 |

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Shirley (Sipe) McClain, 91, of North Versailles Twp. died April 9, 2020. Shirley was the devoted wife of the late James J. McClain. Loving mother of Patrick (Theresa) McClain, Richard P. (Lois) McClain, Christine (Don) Minyon, Cynthia (Don) Caiarelli and the late Kimberly McClain. Adoring grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 7. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Dennis F. Fearon

April 08, 2020 |

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Dennis F. Fearon, 90, died April 5, 2020. Beloved husband of 60 years to the late Dolores (Scheller) Fearon. Proud father of Deborah (Ed) Nash, the late Dennis M. Fearon, the late Dale Fearon, David (Marcia) Fearon, Denine (Marty) Samek, Dawn (Keith) Paul, the late Dane Fearon, Diane (Frank) Turkowski, Delia Campbell, Dory (Scott) Goldman, the late Drew Fearon, Danny (Anna) Fearon, Dean (Bonnie) Fearon and Derek (Brandy) Fearon. Loving grandfather of 24 and many great and great great grandchildren. Survived by a niece, two nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

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MaryAnn (Sala) Glenn

April 03, 2020 |

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MaryAnn (Sala) Glenn, 83, of North Huntingdon Twp., formerly of Wall, Pa., died March 31, 2020. MaryAnn was the devoted wife of Donald Glenn for 57 years.

She was the loving mother of Susan Glenn, Donna Glenn, Lisa (Mark) Winowich, Lori (Boris) Bajich and Don (Andy) Glenn; adoring Baba of Andrew, Mariana, Luka, Ana, Nadia and Sara. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Terri (David) Petrick and all who loved her. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Frank Sala and Violet (nee Evanovich) Medvecz, step-father, Michael “Cubby” Medvecz and her sister, Michelle (Walter) Stys.

Her faith and family were her world. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

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Shirley Mae Cleveland-Montgomery

February 19, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Shirley Mae Cleveland-Montgomery, 84, died Feb. 14, 2020 in McKeesport. She was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Pittsburgh to Katherine Cleveland (Herrer) and Odell Cleveland. She spent her childhood years growing up on Hosier Street in Homestead as well as on the family farm in Homeville with her brothers Odell & Calvin Cleveland.

She always talked about her family horse “Harry”. Harry was in charge of farm chores as well as giving the children rides around the farm. She also had a pet pig but learned quickly that pigs are not pets. Thanksgiving that year was a sad affair.

Through the years, she resided in several places Chicago, IL., Homewood, PA, East Liberty, PA, but returned to Homestead, PA. She worked several manufacturing jobs while in Chicago before returning to Homestead to help her brother Calvin run the family-owned bar, “Cleveland Grill.”

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Robert Michael Saunders

February 02, 2020 |

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Robert Michael Saunders, 67, died January 29, 2020 at home in McKeesport, Pa. Known affectionately as “Banjo,” he was born December 23, 1952 in Homestead, Pa.

He was the son of Taft Saunders and Elizabeth Krista and  the third of five children. He was educated in the Homestead Public School System. As a young adult, Banjo would go on to work side jobs such as roofing and other small hands-on jobs. He also enjoyed acting. On April 2, 2002, Banjo married Mathilda Jones of Homestead.

Along with his brother Richard (Rick), he was seen in the movie “Dawn of the Dead,” where he would play a major role as a zombie.

A drummer who loved heavy metal rock, Banjo and his brother Rick joined several bands and performed at many shows and local venues, and was a devoted fan of pro wrestling.

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John Daniel Bonga

January 20, 2020 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

John Daniel Bonga of Duquesne, a resident of Juniper Village in Forest Hills, age 98, on Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was the first American child born to Andrew and Anna (Rinyik) on December 30, 1921 in Rankin.

Beloved husband of the late Mildred (Tankosic) Bonga. Loving father of Dan (Nancy) Bonga, David (Monika) Bonga and Nikki (Tom) Stoner. Dearest grandfather (Pap Pap) of Dr. Lily Bonga and Jonathan Bonga; Nathan Stoner and Sally (Stephen) Paul; and the late Amanda Lyn Bonga.

Proud great-grandfather of McCarthy Rae Poljak and Everett Paul. John also was the beloved fiancé of Magdalene “Madge” Seman.

John was a 44-year employee of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh. Although he rarely spoke of his military service, John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant with the 338th Infantry Regiment combat Team in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground combat.

John was a lifetime member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Rankin and the White Oak American Legion.

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Karl Van Scott Jr.

December 21, 2019 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Karl Van Scott Jr., 38, died Dec. 17, 2019. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Dec. 23 at Morning Star Baptist Church, 812 Oak St., West Mifflin, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon. Arrangements in charge of Tunie Funeral Home Inc.


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