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Charles Kevin "Sonny" Cohen

March 19, 2016 |

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

Charles Kevin “Sonny” Cohen, 58, of White Oak, died Friday, March 18, 2016. He was born in McKeesport on March 21, 1957. He was a man with many names; known to family as Kevin, and known to friends as Sonny. He was the devoted husband of Susan Tanney Cohen for 24 years; cherished father of Joseph T. and Mary F. Cohen, of White Oak; beloved brother of Loretta (John) Fisher, of Whitehall, and JoAnn (Dave) Rhome, of Greensburg; and dear uncle to Leah (Brandon), Hannah (Sam) and Katie (Markus). Sonny was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, General Smedley D. Butler Post 701, for more than 10 years. He very much enjoyed bowling and was the president of the Oddballs Bowling League. For a time, Sonny also coached for the White Oak Juniors at White Oak Bowl. He loved riding his 2008 Vulcan, 2000cc, Classic LT. He and Susan or one of the kids could be seen around town or out in the country on a warm summer day. His greatest passion, though, was his career as a professional truck driver. In his younger years, he was an over-the-road steel hauler, traveling the East Coast. Due to his heart disease, he began to drive locally and then eventually became an instructor. Throughout the years, he has received letters and cards from former students thanking him for changing the course of their lives. Because of Sonny, they now had the ability to adequately support their families with their new career. Sonny was a kind and gentle soul. He truly saw the face of God in everyone and treated them as such. He will be deeply missed by many, especially his family. He was our rock. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES INC., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Angela Merici Church with Father Kevin Dominik officiating. Memorial contributions in Sonny’s name may be made to St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, PA 15131.

 
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Audrey J. Hess

March 16, 2016 |

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

Audrey J. Hess, age 79 of Scottdale, PA, died Monday, March 14, 2016.  She was born in Verona on March 1, 1937 and is the daughter of the late David and Faye Brown Hester; and the wife of the late Robert R. Hess.

 
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Kenneth E. Scott

March 11, 2016 |

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

Kenneth E. Scott, age 57, of Irwin, died Thursday, March 10, 2016.  He was born in McKeesport on November 24, 1958 and is the son of Artha C. Westerberg Scott and the late William E. Scott. Kenneth was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanna Scott; brother Daniel and his wife Donna Scott.

 
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Anthony L. Fisher

March 05, 2016 |

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

Anthony L Fisher, age 90, of Swissvale, died Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Anthony was born in Swissvale on Sep. 8, 1925 to Anthony and Madeiline McGuirk Fisher.

 
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Mildred Burtnett

February 26, 2016 |

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

Mildred Burtnett, 101, of Orange, CT and formerly of Clark, NJ, Ocala, FL, North

Huntingdon and White Oak, PA passed away on February 24, 2016 at CT Hospice

in Branford, CT.

Born in McKeesport, PA, in 1914, to Walter and Mary (Volk) Schoeller, Mildred

attended Bryn Mawr and McKeesport Public Schools and graduated from Slippery

Rock University with a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school children

in Lincoln and White Oak schools for almost 30 years.

After retiring, Mildred was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels; RSVP (Retired

Senior Volunteer Program); WPS (Widowed Persons Service); The

Intergenerational Literacy Program; Greenbriar Nursing Home and the Peck Place

Elementary School Library.

 
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Howard W. Prezel

February 20, 2016 |

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

Howard W. Prezel, age 97, of Dravosburg, died February 20, 2016. He was born in Pittsburgh on September 25, 1918 and is the son of the late Charles and Emma Jones Prezel. Howard was the loving husband of the late Margaret Herreran Prezel. He worked as a sign painter at Helderlein Signs and was an employee of Haines Supermarket. He was also a proud member of Corpus Christi church.

 
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Ronald D. Tagaloe, Sr.

February 17, 2016 |

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

Ronald D. Tagaloe Sr., 78, of McKeesport, died peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. He was the son of the late David and Margaret (Ellis) Tagaloe. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Margaret A. (Horvath) Tagaloe, who cherished him.

 
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Genevieve Beryl (Brakeall) Owston Akerberg

February 16, 2016 |

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

Genevieve Beryl (Brakeall) Owston Akerberg departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. She was born in Dravosburg on Aug. 23, 1918, as the youngest child of John Alva Brakeall and Rose P. Schad. Outside of her youth in Dravosburg and a short residence in East McKeesport, the majority of Genevieve’s life was spent in North Versailles Township. Since summer 2015, she has resided at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon.

 
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Jacqueline Tatters

February 16, 2016 |

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

Jacqueline Tatters, age 68, of White Oak died February 13, 2016. She was born in Braddock on March 14, 1947 and is the daughter of the late Robert and Audrey Reeves Fuller.

 
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Lillian M. Jones

February 08, 2016 |

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

Lillian M. Jones, age 83, of Duquesne, died February 5, 2016 at home.  She was born June 23, 1932 in McKeesport and is the daughter of the late Richard and Lillian Jones. She is preceded in death by three brothers John Collins, Randolph and Gerald Jones.

 
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Christy Lynn Buckholtz

February 05, 2016 |

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

Christy Lynn Buckholtz, age 34, of Jeannette, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  She was born in McKeesport on May 5, 1981, and is the daughter of Robert Buckholtz, Jr. of Versailles Borough and Beth Roebuck Buckholtz of Highland Park area of Pittsburgh.

 
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Regina Eilene Hoak

February 03, 2016 |

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

Regina Eilene Hoak, 86, of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of the McKeesport area, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. She was born in McKeesport on March 20, 1929, and is the daughter of the late William M. and Estella Graham Kelley and the wife of the late Jack Norman Hoak. She was a member of the former St. Pius Church in McKeesport and a current member of St. Joseph's Church in Palm Bay, Fla. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crocheting and loved spending time with her family.

 
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James E. Sherer

February 01, 2016 |

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

James E. Sherer, age 95, of White Oak, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  He was born in McKeesport on July 31, 1920, and is the son of the late Leonard and Kate Sherer and the husband of the late Reva Parker Sherer.  He was proprietor of James Sherer Plumbing & Heating Company in White Oak for nearly 65 years.  He served in the US Army during WWII.  He is a member of St. Angela Merici Parish and was a former member of their Holy Name Society.

 
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Richard A. Williams

February 01, 2016 |

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

Richard A. Williams, age 68, of Port Vue, died Jan. 30, 2016 at Baldwin Health Center after a brief but courageous struggle with cancer. He was born on March 1, 1947 in Pittsburgh to the late John and Ruth Williams. Rick was a 1965 graduate of Westinghouse Memorial High School and worked for Port Authority of Allegheny County for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2000.

On April 26, 1969 he married the former Sharon Billy who survives at home. For the past 13 years, Rick cared for Sharon after she suffered a debilitating stroke in 2003. Due to his loving and compassionate care, Sharon was able to recover most of the functions the stroke took from her.

Most who met him were positively affected by his warm and welcoming nature, his oddball sense of humor and jokes (many of which were off color). He will be loved and missed by his family and friends forever. Rick was an avid reader, golfer, and bowler along with being a passionate fan of the Pirates. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his younger brother Robert.

 
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Rose Ann Kalkbrenner

January 27, 2016 |

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

Rose Ann Kalkbrenner, age 68, of Baldwinsville, New York, formerly of McKeesport, died Jan. 25, 2016.

 
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