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Paul V. Ballas

November 16, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Paul V. Ballas, 76, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2023. Paul was the youngest of five children, born in his childhood home in McKeesport, PA to Michael J. and Mary M. Ballas. In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by his brother Daniel M. Ballas and wife Henrietta, his brother Michael P. Ballas, and brother-in–law Charles C. McCutcheon.

He is survived by his wife Jean Nealen Ballas, brother John (Jack) V. Ballas and wife Rita, sister Mary E. McCutcheon, and sister-in-law Norma L. Ballas. Paul will be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as the Nealen family.

Paul retired from Purchase Line HS after 35 years of teaching English. Paul was known to many as a friend due to his humorous nature and prolific storytelling, punctuated by his lighthearted demeanor. Ever the cook, Paul was known for his love of grilling and entertaining his family & friends.

He enjoyed all sports, particularly baseball, in which he participated enthusiastically as a player, coach, and fan. He will be remembered as a lover of traveling, beaches, desserts, wine, and the craft beer bottles he collected.  NA ZDRAVIE!

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Daniel G. Donahoe

October 20, 2023 |

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Daniel G. Donahoe, 53, of Dravosburg, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at his home.

Born December 17, 1969 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late George J. and A. Jane (Gleason) Donahoe.

Daniel was employed at Vision Benefits of America.  He enjoyed bowling, having bowled three 300 games, and softball, and was a great pitcher.  An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, he also enjoyed playing pinochle, and was a great handyman, always willing to lend a helping hand.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Debra Wilson.

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Grace A. (Uhrich) Sutton

September 07, 2023 |

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Grace Sutton, age 100, peacefully passed away on August 26, 2023 at home in Deland, Fla. She was born October 21,1922 to Henry and Elizabeth (Volk) Uhrich in the Bryn Mawr section of White Oak, PA and graduated from McKeesport High School in 1940. Grace is survived by her son, Lyn and his wife Danee Hoover of Horse Shoe, NC, her daughter Christine Sutton of Deland, FL, granddaughters Tanya Shelton and her husband Mike Henriquez of Antioch, CA, Andrea (Dre) Sutton of New Orleans, LA and Victoria (Tori) Sutton of Charlotte, NC. There will be no services at Grace’s request. Arrangements were in care of Just 4 Cremation of Deland, Fla.


Janie Mae Pounds

June 27, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Janie Mae Pounds, 77, died June 18, 2023. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. June 28, 2023, at Tunie Funeral Home, Inc., 218 E. 11th Ave., Homestead, PA 15120. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. June 29, 2023 at Morning Star Baptist Church, 812 Oak St., West Mifflin, PA 15122.


Geraldine (Gerry) L. Charmo

June 05, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Geraldine (Gerry) L. Charmo, 92, of W. Homestead, PA passed away peacefully on May 24, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Mary Charmo of Duquesne and her sister Margaret and brother Bob. Gerry enjoyed life and participated in many women's organizations such as the Red Hat Ladies, Duquesne Women's Club and served as an officer of the Christian Mothers of Holy Trinity Church. Gerry is survived by her nephews and nieces: Ron and Carol, Bob and Susan, Margie and Dave, Cyndy and Anita, Tim and Debra and Joyce as well as great nephews and nieces.

Since Gerry was an animal lover, memorial donations can be sent in her name to your local animal rescue. Service and interment will be determined at a later date. Professional services entrusted to Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, PA 15238.


Dennis Rosenberger

April 07, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Dennis Rosenberger, 75, of Hanover Park, Ill., left us March 26, 2023. In addition to his adored wife, Eleanor, with whom he would have celebrated his 55th anniversary this fall, he is survived by his daughters, Janice Rosenberger and Nancy (Jose) Gutierrez; granddaughters Elizabeth (James) Hurlbut, Lisa and Heidi Gutierrez, and Great-Grandsons, James and Oscar Hurlbut. He also leaves behind his loving Sister, Karen Miller, and many Cousins. Born and raised in McKeesport, Dennis moved to Illinois in 1970 with his wife. He worked in the steel industry at various levels from beginning to end, retiring in 2020. As requested by him, no funeral or memorial will be held, and interment of his cremains will be private. If you would like to honor his memory, donations to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Arrangements were in the care of Grove Memorial Chapel, Elk Grove Village, Ill.


Charles Thomas “Charlie” Bootman

February 28, 2023 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Obituary

Charles Thomas “Charlie” Bootman, 86, of Cherry Tree, died Friday, February 24, 2023, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center. Born, February 18, 1937, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Charles K. Bootman and Margaret Hattie (James) Bootman. He married Ann (DiMeo) Bootman December 31, 1960. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Charlie was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1954 through most of 1957. In 1970 he started working for the Boilermakers Union, Local 154 of Pittsburgh. There he welded for 27 years until his retirement in 1997.

Those who knew him best, remember Charlie as having a rough and tough exterior, while having a caring and loving heart of gold on the inside. Ann called him, “a bear with a soft heart”. He was a fierce protector of Ann and the people he loved, standing by them through good times and bad, and always supporting them and helping them in any way he could. He was larger than life and filled up every room he entered.

During his life, Charlie always stood for what he believed in and for the things he felt were right. Because of that, he was well respected by his fellow workers in the Boilermakers union and by his friends and neighbors who appreciated his views and comments at many Montgomery Township meetings.

Charlie loved living in his country log home, where most mornings he built a fire in his fireplace while looking over his pond and appreciating the beauty of nature and God’s good earth.

In addition to his wife, Ann, he is remembered by his “adopted daughter”, Brenda Amico and her husband, Mike from Morgantown, WV.

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Antony L. Sayles Sr.

February 27, 2023 |

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Antony L. Sayles Sr., 59, died suddenly Feb. 17, 2023. He was born February 16, 1964, a loyal son to Gerald R. Sayles, Sr. and the late Maxine W. Howard Sayles. A little brother to Gerald R. Sayles, Jr. (Stephanie) and the late Alicia G. Sayles. A father to Derika Comedy, A.J. Sayles, Ashley Sayles, Laval Krepp, and Patrick Bell. A nephew to Ruby Ford and Eva Brooker. A godson to LaVal Murphy. An uncle, grandfather, cousin, and friend to literally everyone.

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Delores W. Long

February 16, 2023 |

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Delores W. Long, 88 of Newell, PA, passed away, Saturday, February 11, 2023 in Havencrest Nurasing and Rehab.

She was born January 21, 1935 in Kingston, WV, daughter of Hiram Wriston and Vernia Settle Wriston.

She was a member of Newell United Methodist Church, Newell, Pa. She worked in retail for many years and retired as a CNA having worked in numerous facilities during her career.

She is survived by her children, son Kenneth Adkins and wife Melba of Newell, daughter, Sharon Warnick of McKeesport, daughter, Sandra Adkins of Belle Vernon, daughter Deedee Crystal and husband Anthony of North Versailles; brother, Kenneth Wriston of Florida; 8 Grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Sean L. "Slug" Sluganski

February 08, 2023 |

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Patrolman Sean L. "Slug" Sluganski, 32, of Baldwin Borough, died Monday, February 6, 2023.

Beloved son of Terri and the late David Sluganski; loving fiancé of Chelsea Cancilla; adoring father of Haven Sluganski; cherished brother of Sarah (Matthew) Griener and Shela (fiancé Pierre Odom) Sluganski; uncle of Macie Sluganski and Madison Griener; grandson of Marilyn and the late Charles "Tom" Williams and the late Leonard and Dolores Sluganski. Also survived by several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his beloved dogs Sigg and Knox.

Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Sunday, February 12, 2023 from 12-8 p.m. and Monday, February 13, 2023 from 2-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Blessed Trinity Parish, St. Albert the Great Church on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 12:00 noon. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.


John “Baldy” Marsico

February 03, 2023 |

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John “Baldy” Marsico, 65, of Oklahoma City passed away peacefully at home on January 28th. He was born February 10, 1957 in McKeesport, PA and is the son of the late John and Shirley Marsico of Glassport, PA. John is preceded in death by his brother, Tony.

A graduate of South Allegheny High School, John proudly served in the U.S Air Force and retired after 20 years of service. He continued working for the Department of Defense for 15 years and received The Spirit Award.
Upon his retirement from the Department of Defense he enjoyed his family time and playing golf. He was a devoted Steeler fan, an avid reader and loved playing golf. He was lucky enough to be able to proudly boast getting “a hole in one.”

He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Des, and son Kyle. John is also survived by sisters Kathi (Hank) Buczynski of McKeesport, PA; Sandi Dyer of Bradenton, FL; Luann (David) Frye of Inwood, W. VA.; Shirley Jeanne (Gary) Beard of Bradenton, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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William H. Schlander

January 30, 2023 |

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William H. Schlander, 82, of Belle Vernon, formerly of Port Vue, died Saturday, January 28, 2023.  He was born September 2, 1940, a son of the late Harvey V. Schlander and Bessie (Hamilton) Schlander, and his step-father, Harry Schlander.  William served in the U.S. Navy on the USS DesMoines.  He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, First Sterling, and Reliant Steel, and retired after 30 years with Safety Kleen Corporation.  A former member of the Port Vue Athletic Association, he coached girls’ softball. 

He was a member of the US Cruisers Club, VFW Post 698 of North Belle Vernon, and was an active member of the Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth.  William was the husband of 62 years, to Arlene (Faust) Schlander, whom he married on October 15, 1960.  They raised two daughters, Vicki (David) Anderson of West Newton and Denise (James) Kish of Wheeling, West Virginia; four grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Cunningham of Oakura, New Zealand, Caitlyn (Michael Mistick of Chantilly, Virginia, Jillian (Carl) Peitz of Marriottsville, Maryland, and Jaime (Kelsey) Kish of Alexandria, Virginia; eight great grandchildren, Paul, Emma, Louie, Cameron, Theo, Sadie, Molly, and Sylvie.

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Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Andriko

January 17, 2023 |

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Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Andriko (née Evanish), 97, died January 17, 2023.

Born November 15, 1925 in Turtle Creek, PA to Nicholas and Catherine Evanish, Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Louis Andriko, Sr., whom she married in 1950, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Betty was involved for many years with Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Christian Mothers, and frequently volunteered at St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne, PA. She made lifelong memories and friendships working in a pharmacy for 45 years, first at Ayres Pharmacy in McKeesport, then at Penn Taft Pharmacy in West Mifflin, finally retiring at age 87. She lived 70 years in her own home, spoiling her cat, spending time with neighbors, and completing hundreds of word puzzles. She remained active even after moving to New Kensington to live with her son.

Betty was outgoing, generous, caring, and funny. She is survived by her son Louis (Susan) Andriko, Jr.; grandchildren MaryElizabeth (John) Andriko-Moore, Kathryn (Joseph) Morosky, both of Pittsburgh, PA; and Michael (Jessi) Andriko, of Elkins, WV.  She dearly loved her great-grandchildren, Sabine Andriko-Moore and Nikola Andriko, and was eagerly looking forward to meeting another great-grandson due in April.

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Robert T. Messner

December 14, 2022 |

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Robert T. Messner, of Blackridge, formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, at age 84. He was the beloved husband of Anne Messner for more than 50 years; loving father of Megan Warren (Peter), of Baltimore, and Michael Messner (Lauren), of Fox Chapel; and proud grandfather of Ellen Kraai, Cecelia Messner, Walter Kraai and Grayson Messner. Bob was born and raised in McKeesport, the son of Thomas and Cecelia Messner. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and then practiced law for more than 50 years, first with a Pittsburgh law firm, then as general counsel for G.C. Murphy Co. and Dollar Bank. Bob was a historian with particular interest in the French and Indian War. After his retirement, he worked to fund and create the Braddock's Battlefield History Center, which opened to the public in 2012. In 2018, Bob donated the Center and its exhibits to Fort Ligonier, which continues its operation. He was dedicated to historical preservation through writing, lectures, consulting and serving on the board of several non-profits. Bob was also an Army veteran and commanded an intelligence unit in Korea.

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Wayne Ernest Bostak

August 29, 2022 |

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Wayne Ernest Bostak, age 75, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away on August 24, 2022. He was born on September 12, 1946 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania the son of Ernest Otto Bostak and Virginia White.

Wayne was a letter carrier in Altamonte Springs, FL for 33 years. He was a proud US Army veteran. He was also an avid sports fan; particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates; and he loved to watch his granddaughters play softball. His was a life well-lived for his God and his country.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Ann (Simmons) Bostak; sons Brian (Emily) Bostak, and Chad Bostak; grandchildren Madison, Meagan, and Joshua Bostak; and sister Ginny (Paul) Novak.

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