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Gerald R. “Jerry” Hodder

April 12, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Gerald R. “Jerry” Hodder, 90, of North Versailles, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 11, 2021. He was born November 18, 1930 in East McKeesport, a son of the late Gerald and Louise (Raymer) Hodder and was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years Marjorie (Thomas) Hodder, a brother Bert Hodder, and his loving sister Virginia Norberg.

Jerry worked as a clerk/yardmaster for the Union Railroad for 42 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Beulah Park Methodist Church, a Navy veteran serving in the Korean Conflict, and a lifetime member and past commander of VFW Hilltopper Post 8430, East McKeesport Pa. He was also a former member of the Valley Lodge 714, F. & A.M, and current member of the Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge 731, F. & A.M.

Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved spending time with family especially his grandchildren.

 
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Mark A. Heider

April 12, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Mark A. Heider, age 68, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, April 8, 20201. He was born May 29, 1952 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Dorothy “Evelyn” Forsyth. Mark was a 1970 graduate of Scott High School. He was an Army veteran that served for over three years including time in Korea, and then continued serving additional time in the Army National Guard.

After his active duty time, he work for over 35 years as a steel worker before retiring. He was a member of the VFW post 781 in Irwin and was a past member of the volunteer Fire Department in North Braddock Ward #1. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother-in-law Eugene McAdams.

 
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Agnes A. (Casey) Kettering

April 12, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Agnes A. (Casey) Kettering, age 95, of East McKeesport, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021. She was born April 8, 1926 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James and Agnes (Tierney) Casey. She was a long-time member of the Mary Mother of God Parish (formerly St. Robert Bellarmine) in East McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of over 68 years Edward Kettering; twin sister Audrey Shiring and sister Jean Pinder. She is survived by her daughter Terri Kettering of New Milford; grandchildren Casey (Scott) Maxwell of Brooklyn, New York, Richard (Maria) Yannella of Huston, Texas and Benjamin (Diana) Yannella of Philadelphia; great grandchildren Alex, Archer and Lucas; niece Casey (Carl) Haftl; and other nieces and nephews.

 
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Dorothy J. (Wislocky) Dutka

April 09, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Dorothy J. (Wislocky) Dutka, 85, of North Huntingdon, PA, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Excela Westmoreland Hospital. She was born January 25, 1936, in Trafford, a daughter of the late Stephen Paul and Catherine (Marchand) Wislocky. Dorothy was the last surviving founding member of Calvary Church, where she served as the Accountant/Bookkeeper until her retirement at the age of 77.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband John Dutka; also siblings Stephen Paul Wislosky Jr., Natalie Bertola, Marie Dutka, Johnny Wislosky, and David Wislosky. She is survived by her children Gary Dutka and his wife Suzanne of TX, Stephen Dutka of Claridge, Sharon Kaufman and her husband Paul of North Huntingdon, and Wendy Englund and her husband Bob of VA; her grandchildren Chad Hughes, Kelly Dowdrick, Harley, Sierra, Brett and Tanner Hughes, Aaron and Adam Dutka, and Nolan, Marina and Brendon Englund; sisters- and brother-in-law Rose Marie Estrella, Virginia McGechie, and Bill Priatko; and nieces and nephews.

 
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Pauline Novak

April 06, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Pauline Novak, 97, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday April 4, 2021, at home. She was born March 10, 1924 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Anna Hopey and was also preceded in death by her son Gregory Novak. Prior to retirement she owned Novak’s Personal Care Home and Novak’s Beauty Salon and had attended John Lesko Beauty School. She was also employed by J&L Steel in Port Vue, the Coca Cola Bottling Co, McKeesport Hotel, Modern Lunch, Chestnut Inn, Minerva Bakery, and was a volunteer at McKeesport Hospital and at the local election polls. She is survived by her children Dennis Novak of North Huntingdon, and Marie (Paul) Polacek of Greensburg; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Victoria Lynn (O’Barto) Sam

April 06, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Victoria Lynn (O’Barto) Sam, 63, of North Huntingdon, passed away quietly, surrounded by family, after a heroic battle with kidney disease, Sunday April 4, 2021.

She was born June 6, 1957 in Tampa, FL, a daughter of the late Anthony and Alma (Churchfield) O’Barto who raised her from the age of nine months after her mother’s unexpected death. In addition to her parents and grandparents she is preceded in death by her nephew Rick Paulus and her grandparents-in-law Jeff and Jean Lewis. She lived an amazing life and touched so many lives as a school bus driver, transit driver, hair stylist, and amazing person and friend.

She will always be remembered for her generosity and good humor. She was a positive person and never complained. She will be missed by all.

 
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Rochelle L. Hager

April 06, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Rochelle L. Hager, age 31, of Waterville, Maine, formerly of White Oak, PA and Vero Beach, FL, died tragically on Monday, March 29, 2021. She was born November 30, 1989 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Dean and Sandy (Bendinelli) Hager of White Oak. She was known as “Shelly” to family and “Roe” to her TikTok friends.

Her infectious smile is what made people gravitate towards her. She was a huge advocate for helping others with addiction and had been clean for over 10 years. She liked to say “it takes zero dollars to be kind”. She graduated from La Cordon Bleu Culinary School and loved working in the restaurant industry.

She worked at the Antonelli Event Center and the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club in North Huntingdon before moving to Maine to be the Executive Chef at the Woodlands Senior Community. She is preceded in death by her grandfather Lido F. Bendinelli and her pet dog Keylo.

 
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Darryl D. Granata Sr.

April 03, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Darryl D. Granata Sr., age 74, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021. He was born September 29, 1946 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Salvatore and Margaret Granata. He was a longtime member of St. Agnes, and then the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Irwin.

He worked for over 25 years as a loan office at Union National Bank before working the rest of his career at Hamilton Buick in finance, sales and as inventory manager before retiring.

He is survived by his children Darryl (Diane) Granata Jr. of North Huntingdon and Kimberly (Bruce) Jennings of Irwin; grandchildren Jacob (Fiancé Megan Watts) Granata, Brittany (Avery) Sandor, Vicki Jennings, Amber Jennings, Christopher (fiancé Lauryn Gianotti) Granata; Dominic Granata and Olivia Granata; great granddaughter Aubree; and brother Frank (Joy) Granata of Atlanta, Georgia.

 
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Richard “Dick” Keith Pealstrom

April 03, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Richard "Dick" Keith Pealstrom, 93, passed away on Tuesday March 30, 2021. He was born in Holland, Michigan on October 11, 1927, but spent the majority of his childhood in Rock Island, Illinois where he graduated from Rock Island Senior High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy in September 1945. He graduated from two Navy radio communications schools and served as a communication technician in radio intelligence both on the island of Guam and at the Naval Intelligence Headquarters in Washington, DC, until his discharge in October, 1948.

After his service, he attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he received a BS degree in mathematics and worked as an Admission counselor at the University until his graduation. He then travelled to Wilmerding, PA, where he started working at the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO). It was here that he met his wife of 65 years, Lois “Audrey” Pealstrom, on a blind date. He retired from WABCO after 35 years as Manager, Advertising & Sales Promotion. He was well known for his creative ad campaign for painting the COBRA brake shoes red, and the Secret Order of the Red Cobra for his sales team.

While employed, he also served on the Board of Directors of the WABCO Federal Credit Union and was elected President of the Association of Railway Advertising Managers, an international organization. Upon retirement, he continued to stay active. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the George Westinghouse Museum Foundation and served in several offices for the twenty years of its existence.

He was also a founding elder of the West Hempfield Presbyterian Church, where he was the Chairman of the Building Committee for their first edifice. In recent years, he was able to discuss his Navy work and became a member of the US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. Dick and Audrey shared a love of history by volunteering at the Westmoreland County Historical Society where they assisted in organizing and cataloging collections.

In his spare time, he was an avid golfer (shooting his age at age 88), a creative and talented wood-worker, an enthusiastic collector of eagle figurines, and a voracious reader with a love of learning. His family always looked forward to his unique homemade birthday cards and Christmas gifts.

 
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Marvin R. Berk

March 20, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Marvin R. Berk, 90, of White Oak, died Monday March 15, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born October 11, 1930 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Samuel W. and Lottie Berk. Marvin retired as the third generation owner and operator of Berk’s Menswear, North Huntingdon, a business started by his grandfather in downtown Irwin in 1917 and currently owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Berk family.

He was a longtime member and past president of the Norwin Rotary Club and actively involved in other civic organizations such as the Norwin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Township Association of Businesses. Marvin was instrumental in organizing the Foothills Football Classic, displaying the area’s top high school football talent as a way to give an opportunity for scholarship exposure and promotion of the Norwin area.

He was a graduate of Irwin High School where he was class Valedictorian, received a master’s degree from Penn State University, and served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

 
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Robert E. Hodder

March 20, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Robert E. Hodder, 86, of North Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 18, 2021. He was born on November 24, 1934 in East McKeesport.

Bob was an outstanding, multisport athlete at East McKeesport High School, graduating in 1952. After graduating he became an avid fast-pitch softball player for several teams in McKeesport and Greensburg. His teams competed on a local and national level and even competed in several world fast-pitch tournaments. He played for over 20 years, finally retiring from the game at age 44.

He was a 43-year employee of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, starting in their fledgling computer science program and working his way up into various leadership positions until retiring in 1996. At the time of his retirement he was then the longest-tenured employee of Westinghouse. He was an unabashed Anglophile who while employed by Westinghouse spent time living and working in England. This allowed him to indulge in his favorite sport, English football. He shared a passion with his son and grandson for Liverpool FC and loved to watch their matches together.

He was a long-time member of Christian Life Church in Trafford where he was an elder. He was also a teacher at Christian Life and worked with various youth groups.

In retirement, he enjoyed weekly lunches with his many friends and also loved nothing more than to spend time with his grandchildren. He was always in attendance at his grandkid’s games, school events, recitals, plays, and musicals, regardless of where, when, or how boring.

 
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Gilbert J. Pearsol

March 11, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Gilbert J. Pearsol, 75, of North Versailles, passed away, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. He was born May 11, 1945 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Frank and Jane (Jenkins) Pearsol, and in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Vera Jane Jones.

Gilbert was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, formerly St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport where he was active as a reader and lay minister. He worked as auto mechanic for over 45 years at various car care centers including Dean Honda, Langston Subaru, Smail Acura, Spitzer Toyota, and most recently he owned and operated Gil’s Collectables, White Oak, specializing in sports memorabilia.

Gilbert volunteered for the East Allegheny Athletic Assoc., where he was a little league coach for the Ann McKay baseball team. He loved spending time with his family, taking trips to Disney World, and greatly enjoyed all of his grandchildren.

 
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Walter G. Moffat

March 05, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Walter G. Moffat, age 88, of Irwin, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021. He was born February 20, 1933 in Braddock, a son of the late Paul and Alice (Wells) Moffat. He was an Army veteran that served during the Korean Conflict and then went onto become Vice President of B.W. Otterman Lumber Company before becoming a charter bus driver in his retirement. For 55 years, he was an active member of the Suburban Community Church in Irwin. After his Army motor pool experience, Walt always owned a Jeep and was a founding member of the Triangle Jeepers of Pittsburgh and helped start the East Coast 4 Wheel Drive Association. In addition to Jeeps, building and flying airplanes was a lifelong pursuit.

 
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Catherine M. Kelly

March 02, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Catherine M. Kelly, 89, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Sunday February 28 2021. She was born May 10, 1931 in Rochester, NY, the daughter of the late James and Mae (Ewald) Cronk and was also preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Kelly Sr. and her adopted parents Milton and Ada Worbois.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Manor, where she was a former member of the church sewing club and the hospitality committee. She volunteered for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Catherine enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, game shows, and was famous for her pumpkin pies.

She is survived by her children Charles E. (Wendy) Kelly Jr. of Westmoreland City, Rick (Suzanne) Kelly of McDonald, Gregg (Linda) Kelly of McKeesport, and Cathy (Jack) Heck of North Huntingdon; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a brother Leonard (Dorothy) Lovecchio of Auburn, CA; also nieces and nephews.

 
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Douglas A. Armbrust

March 02, 2021 |

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Douglas A. Armbrust, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Monday March 1, 2021, at home. He was born March 5, 1942 in Greensburg, a son of the late Harry B. and Lucinda (Mull) Armbrust. Doug was self-employed operating Armbrust Locksmith & Security.

He was a member of Linway Presbyterian Church, North Versailles, Shidle Lodge, No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin, Syria Temple, Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the motor corps, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh. He was a life member of Hartford Heights Volunteer Fire Department, and a social member of Larimer and Fairmont-Hahntown Fireman’s Clubs.

He was an Air Force veteran and a member of Hilltopper VFW Post, East McKeesport, and the AMVETS.

 
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