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Patricia Mathews

December 17, 2018 |

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

Patricia Mathews, age 64, of White Oak, died Monday, December 17, 2018.  She was born September 15, 1954 in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Wayne Sr. and Rose Topolnak Paxon, and wife of the late Carl Van Mathews. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, working with ceramics, beading, collecting Indian statues and many other crafts.  She loved spending time with her family and Christmas was known to be her favorite holiday.

 
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John A. Kovac

December 17, 2018 |

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

John A. “Wacky” Kovac, age 78 of McKeesport, died Friday, December 14, 2018. He was born in Port Vue on February 5, 1940 and is the son of the late Andrew R. and Kathryn Krivonak Kovac. John served in the U. S. Army during the Viet Nam War and was a self-employed painting contractor. He was a member of the PNA Lodge 352 in McKeesport and formerly the Port Vue Golf League.

He is survived by his son, Brent E. (Stephanie) Kovac of Port Vue; grandchildren, Carrington and Ryker Kovac; sister, Audrey (Thomas P.) Catanzaro of Glassport; nieces, Kim (Tony) Dunn-Ruccio of McKeesport, Toni (Will Hodnik) Brundage of Port Vue, Sandy (John Sanford) Catanzaro of Glassport; and nephew, Thomas A. Catanzaro of Glassport.

 
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W. Ross Graham, Jr.

December 12, 2018 |

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

W. Ross Graham, Jr., age 70 of Ormond Beach, Florida died Tuesday, December 11, 2018. He was born September 19, 1948 in McKeesport, the son of the late William R. Graham, Sr. and Donna M. Pivido Graham.

He served as a medic in the U. S. Airforce during Vietnam. He enjoyed driving race cars, golfing and was an avid sports fan. He loved his Porche and spending time with his dog, Steve and grand dog, Bentley. He was a past member of Beulah Park United Methodist Church. Ross was retired six years as a physician’s assistant from Allegheny General Hospital. He is survived by his son, Matthew H. (Sarah) Graham of Richmond, Virginia; brothers, Drew (Cindy) Graham of White Oak, and Jay (Debbie) Graham of McKeesport; former wife, Beverly Holt Graham of Versailles; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, December 13th at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor 412-678-6177), from 5:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm with Pastor Shawn Caroll officiating. Military honors will follow.

Condolences may be made at www.strifflerfuneralhomes.com.

 


Helene D. Wechsler

December 11, 2018 |

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

Helene D. Wechsler, age 91, died on Saturday, December 8, 2018. She was born in New York City on August 17, 1927 and is the daughter of the late Leo and Irene Barth Dreyfus. She was the wife of the late Dr. Harry L. Wechsler who died on June 17, 1996. Helene received her Bachelor of Science from New York University and worked as a buyer, at Lerner’s Department Store in New York City. After marrying Harry and moving to McKeesport, her life was devoted to her beloved husband and her three children. She served on the board of directors of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport and was a member of Temple B’Nai Israel. She volunteered at the Bryn Mawr-Vassar Book Store.

 
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Robert G. Hodge

December 10, 2018 |

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

Robert G. Hodge, age 84, of Jefferson Hills, died on Monday, December 10, 2018. He was born in Smithfield, PA on June 18, 1934, the son of the late David and Anna Mae Kennedy Hodge. Robert worked as a production foreman for US Steel Corporation, Irvin Works until his retirement in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Marie A. Hodge; children, Robert C. Hodge of Levittown, NY, Pamela Baronti of Charleroi, Stephanie (Christopher) Classic of Dravosburg, and Michele (Blaine) McLaughlin of Four Oaks, NC; grandchildren, Tracy Baronti, Richard Baronti, Ronald Hodge, Marie Thomas, Katie Hodge, Crystal Jeznis, Breanne Morabito, Jamie Merlino, Katie Thomas, Vincent Baronti and Jessica Baronti; 14 great granchildren; siblings, Ruth Smitley of Jefferson Hills, Mary Jane McCorkle of Elizabeth Township, Alice Bucy of Portersville, IN. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Margaret Schwarz, John Hodge, Anna Mae Core, Clyde Hodge, David Hodge, Jr., and Gwendolyn Hodge.

 
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Charles "Chick" Honick

December 10, 2018 |

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

The Lord calls each of us by name. On December 9, 2018 Charles “Chick” Honick of Elizabeth passed peacefully to join Jesus. He was born September 13, 1936 in McKeesport, the son of the late Joseph and Florence Randolph Honick. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Patricia Honick and his children Cheryl (Michael) Fullerton, Denise (Raymond) Schultz, Deborah Micallef, Edward (Cindy) Honick and Justin Honick. He was preceded in death by sons, William and Charles Honick. “Chick” was one of 13 children. He left behind 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was a devoted Christian and a member of “The Church” of Sutersville, PA. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired police officer. “Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven” John 3:3.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 7:00 pm at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor 412-678-6177). Pastor Frank Rocco officiating.

 


Thomas J. Scheetz

December 07, 2018 |

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

Thomas J. Scheetz, age 88 of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, December 6, 2018. He was born July 26, 1930 in McKeesport, the son of the late William F., Sr. and Elizabeth Kurth Scheetz and the husband of the late Dorothy M. Raible Scheetz. He is survived by his son, Thomas (Ladonna) Scheetz of Johnsonburg, PA, daughter, Michaelette Coder of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Ashley Coder (Scott) Spalding, Sikira Scheetz and Lloyd Thomas Scheetz; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Matt, Dilyn and Jase Spalding; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin C. (Kim) Raible of Greensburg and Gloria (Luke) Knapp of Dawson, PA, also several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Thomas was preceded in death by his brothers William and John Scheetz.

 
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David H. Potts

December 06, 2018 |

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

David H. Potts, age 61 of McKeesport, died Thursday, December 6, 2018. He was born April 9, 1957 in Akron, Ohio and is the son of the late William E. and Gloria J. Tosi Potts. David is survived by his brothers, William E. (Kathleen) Potts of McKeesport, Joseph W. (Barbara) Potts of White Oak, Arthur W. (Susan) Potts of White Oak, Shawn (Kimberly) Potts of North Versailles; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a great-great niece.

 
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Lavonne Gertrude Sowers

December 06, 2018 |

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

Lavonne Gertrude Sowers, age 91 of Monongahela, reunited with her husband and parents on Saturday, November 17, 2018. She was born October 25, 1927 in Monongahela, the daughter of the late Clyde Francis and Mildred Lewellyn Crookham, and wife of the late Norvelle James Sowers. She worked at First National Bank in Monongahela prior to becoming a full-time homemaker. Lavonne was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Monongahela.  She loved caring for her grandchildren, shopping, watching Judge Judy, and she never missed an opportunity to cast her vote. A beloved mother, she is survived by her daughters, Vicki J. Lyons of McKeesport, Jeri S. (Paul) King of Monongahela, Penni (Michael) Cooper of Norton, OH, and Donna (Tracy) Ames of Fallowfield Twp., PA; grandchildren, William (Abbe) King of Leander, TX, Ann King of Allenwood, PA, Samuel and Zachary Ames of Fallowfield Twp.; great-grandchildren, Alexander and Andrew King; nieces, Linda (Davis) Yohe and Natalie (Craig) Bowen; great nieces and nephews, Allison, Christopher, Ashley and Brody; and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Harry E. and Jesse Crookham. 

 
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Tammy Jackowski

November 29, 2018 |

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

Tammy Jackowski, age 49 of Port Vue, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018. She was born April 28, 1969 in McKeesport and is the daughter of Beverly James Jackowski of Port Vue and the late Edwin J. Jackowski. Tammy was a former manager for the former Tube City IMS of West Mifflin, now TMS International. She enjoyed playing darts and was member of the dart league at Annie’s Hitching Post in Port Vue.

 

 
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Magdalena Dansco

November 27, 2018 |

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

Magdalena Dansco, age 90, of McKeesport, died peacefully on November 27, 2018 with her family by her side.  She was born in McKeesport on October 1, 1928 and is the daughter of the late Peter and Victoria Mikorski Boyko and the wife of the late William Dansco, Sr.   She is survived by her son, William (Michele) Dansco, Jr. of Gambrills, MD; daughter, Susan M. (Ray) Boronyak of Elizabeth Twp.; grandchildren, Christine (Tim) Bowers, Raymond (Jessica) Boronyak Jr., Andrew, Nicholas and Matthew Dansco; great-grandchildren, Addison and Taylor Bowers and Lucy Boronyak; preceded in death by her 8 siblings.             

 
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William R. McNamee

November 26, 2018 |

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

William R. McNamee, age 60, of North Huntingdon, died on Saturday, November 24, 2018.  He was born in McKeesport on July 29, 1958 and is the son of Loretta Jones (James) Cunningham and the late Regis McNamee.  He was a driver for S&S Transit in North Versailles until he retired.  In addition to his mother and step-father, he is survived by his daughter, Sara Fiorentino of Spring Hill, Florida; brother, Craig “Big” (Vicki) McNamee of White Oak; sister, Erin McNamee of North Huntingdon; nieces and nephews.

 
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Lydia Cowans

November 25, 2018 |

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

Lydia Cowans, age 89, of McKeesport, died on November 24, 2018. She was born in Selma, Alabama on January 2, 1929 and is the daughter of the late Daniel Scott and Hannah Patt. Lydia was a nurse’s aide for over 45 years at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.

 
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Sylvia Moidel Byer

November 24, 2018 |

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

Sylvia Moidel Byer, age 94, of White Oak, died Nov. 24, 2018. She was born in Pittsburgh on October 5, 1924 and is the daughter of the late Morris and Leah Barad Moidel. She is the wife of the late Harold B. Byer.

Mrs. Byer is the former Executive Secretary for the Downtown McKeesport Association, former Executive Secretary for the Industrial Health Foundation and was formerly with the PA Department of Health Energy Department. She served as a WAC at the rank of Sergeant in the Army Medical Corps during WW II. She was a graduate of Schenley High School, attended Robert Morris Secretarial School and Duff’s Business College.

 
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Emmanuel Perkins

November 24, 2018 |

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

Emmanuel Perkins, age 67, of North Versailles, died on Saturday November 24, 2018. He was born in Perryopolis on May 3, 1951 and is the son of the late William and Edna Forsythe Perkins. Emmanuel was self-employed in the construction business.

He is survived by daughters, Brenda (Stephen) Stewart of North Versailles; Sylvia (Daniel) Jordan of Ralh, PA; Samantha Perkins of North Versailles; Irene Perkins of Wilmerding; sister, Irene Newman of Greensboro, PA; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way. He is also survived by his former wife, Mary Ann Taylor of North Versailles.

 
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