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LaVerne Olive Denney

September 21, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

LaVerne Olive Denney, age 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Port Vue, died on Monday, September 6, 2021. She was born in Pittsburgh on August 16, 1928 and is the daughter of the late John and Olive Taylor Newman. She is the wife of the late Albert Denney, who died on November 22, 2009. She was a secretary for many years in the Pittsburgh area.

 
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Gary L. Orsini

September 18, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Gary L. Orsini, age 74, of Sutersville, died Thursday, September 16, 2021. He is the son of the late Albino Sr. and Yolanda Fontanesi Orsini. He was employed at Murphy’s Warehouse, Westinghouse Airbrake and finally retired from Ross’s Shop N Save in Olympia Shopping Center. He was a graduate of Hermine/Sewickley High School in 1966. He is a huge Steeler fan, loved golfing and enjoyed walking on the Yough Trail, and having coffee every morning at Junebug’s Restaurant in Sutersville.

 
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Bernice June Ballough

September 16, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Bernice June Ballough, age 86, of White Oak, died on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.  She was born in North Versailles on June 3, 1935 and is the daughter of the late Lavern and Anna Palder Lindsey and the wife of the late Bernard Michael Ballough.

 

 
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Geraldine Carol “Jeri,” “Butchie” McLaughlin Lemak

September 14, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Geraldine Carol “Jeri,” “Butchie” McLaughlin Lemak, 82, of Shrewsbury, PA, formerly of McKeesport, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, in York, PA.  Born Feb. 24, 1939, in Duquesne, PA.  She was the daughter of the late John McLaughlin and Pearl M. (Septer) McLaughlin Budai, step-father Nicholas Budai. She was the wife of the late Nicholas E. Lemak. She was preceded in death by siblings, Dorothy Huwalt, Betty Wells and Pete McLaughlin.

 
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Edward Babyak

September 07, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Edward G. Babyak, age 86, of White Oak, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. He was born in McKeesport on Aug. 16, 1935 and is the son of the late George and Caroline Vukelic Babyak. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Babyak.

Ed is survived by his wife, Charlotte Cox Babyak, sons, Jeffrey Babyak of Turtle Creek, PA and Retired Col. David (Merleann) Babyak of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chelsea (Justin) Pons, Zoey Babyak, and Tyler Toumbacaris, and great grandchild, Gemma Pons.

 
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Joseph Edward Kish

September 05, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Joseph Edward Kish, age 95, of Port Vue, died on Saturday, September 4, 2021. He was born in Port Vue on September 5, 1925 and is the son of the late Kathryn Cverna Kish and the husband of the late Helen Yaga Kish, married 64 years, who passed away on January 2, 2016. Joseph was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from Bethlehem Steel Co as a draftsman, and then formed his own company in Forest Hills. He was a lifetime member of St. Marks Parish (St. Joseph Port Vue) and a member of the American Legion Post 0447 in Port Vue for over 55 years.

 
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Melissa-Ann Nicole "Missy" Eliason

September 01, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Melissa-Ann Nicole “Missy” Eliason, age 23, died on Monday, August 30, 2021. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 1, 1998, and is the daughter of Scott Allan (Joanna Grigoriev) Eliason and Terry Sue (Steve Ireland) Beck. She was the manager of Lou’s Brews in White Oak.

 
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Gus A. Topolnak

September 01, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Gus A. Topolnak, age 73, of Glassport, died, Monday, August 30, 2021 at his residence.  He is the son of the late Anthony and Irene Sarris Topolnak. He was retired from U.S. Irvin Works.  He enjoyed hunting, shooting guns and loved spending time with his family.

 
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Robert E. Vestrand

August 30, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Robert E. Vestrand, age 68, of West Mifflin, died, Thursday, August 26, 2021 at his residence. He is the son of the late Edward L. and Helen Abraham Vestrand. He was employed as a laborer in maintenance.

 
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Harry "Randy" Drye

August 27, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Harry "Randy" Drye, age 70 of Citrus County, Florida passed away peacefully on August 5, 2021 while at home with his cherished wife Dianne Lisa Drye at his side. He is survived by daughter Tracy (Brian) Dixon of North Carolina, sister Linda (Glenn) Raymer of North Huntingdon Pennsylvania, brother Edward Bruce (Sammi) Drye of Wild Wood Florida, sister Patti Cimba of McKeesport Pennsylvania, grandchildren Cody and Leigha, nieces and nephews. 

 
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Mary Ann Johnson

August 27, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Mary Ann Johnson, age 84, of West Mifflin died on Thursday, August 26, 2021. She was born in Pittsburgh on June 19, 1937 and is the daughter of the late Anna Yanko and Edward Frango; and the wife of the late Charles Edward Johnson.

 
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Dell Dobranski Tackis

August 26, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Dell Dobranski Tackis, age 84, of Swisshelm, PA, formerly of McKeesport and White Oak, died on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. She was born in McKeesport on November 16, 1936. and is the daughter of the late Vera Maturkanic and Stephen Gougler.

 
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Cheryl Ann Gogo

August 22, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Cheryl Ann Gogo, age 70, of North Versailles, died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 19, 2021, while vacationing with her family in North Carolina.  She was born in McKeesport on July 4, 1951 and is the daughter of the late Edwin J. Piskorski and the late Rose Layton Beldham.  She retired from Gurrentz International in Forest Hills and was a member of the PNA 352 in McKeesport, White Oak American Legion, the Moose in Irwin and South Wilmerding Fire Hall.  She enjoyed going to the beach and loved spending time with her family.

 
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Dennis J. Banks, Sr.

August 18, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Dennis J. Banks, Sr., age 63, of White Oak, died on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.  He was born in Pittsburgh on February 13, 1958 and is the son of the late Joseph Banks and Erna Birkholz Banks Dean and his stepfather, John Dean.

He was employed by Bombardier/Alston Transportation in West Mifflin.  He was a devout Christian, who attended the Norwin Christian Church in North Huntingdon and Open Bible Church, in McKeesport and enjoyed attending their many functions.  He enjoyed working with puzzles and building things with his hands including many construction and remodeling projects.  He liked attending art festivals, flea markets, open houses, playing Uno with grandchildren and attending their ball games. He loved spending time with his family.

 
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Linda (Iorio) Bloom

August 16, 2021 |

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Linda (Iorio) Bloom, 74, of White Oak, died peacefully holding her daughter Jenny’s hand at UPMC McKeesport on August 8, 2021. She was born in Groveton, PA on May 23, 1947 and is the daughter of the late Laverne Neuhart.  Longtime friends knew her as Oatsie, a childhood nickname that stuck.

 
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