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Deborah A. Shaffer

October 30, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

 Deborah (Chovanec) Shaffer, 61, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at home. Born June 3, 1959, in the Mon Valley, she was the daughter of Edward Chovanec and the late Patricia Alverez, and the wife of the late Jeffrey Shaffer. Deborah enjoyed volunteering her time at the Greensburg Care Center. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and tending to her numerous flower gardens. She also had a lottery scratch-off ticket with her or around the house, always looking for a winner. She is survived by two daughters, Rhiannon Hewitt and Missy (Brad) Hewitt and Melissa (Junior) Mowry; and grandchildren, Case, Steven, Bradley and Mia. She is also survived by a longtime friend, Gail. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Robbie, Family and friends will be received from 3 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 4:30 p.m. Monday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. Condolences and memories may be shared at
www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com. Chris Odasso, owner.

 


Ann E. Elms

October 29, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Ann E. Elms, age 98, of Beaver Falls, formerly of Liberty Borough, died October 27, 2020, at Cambridge Village.  Born November 13, 1921, in Monongahela, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Cherry and the wife of the late John W. Elms.  Ann was retired from Daughtery Tool and Die and was a member of Park Baptist Church.  She loved to bake and was famous for her cookies and candy.  She enjoyed traveling with her daughter and family to the beach, New York City, and Disney World.

 
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Richard R. Kugler, Jr.

October 27, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Richard R. Kugler Jr., age 73, of North Huntingdon, died October 23, 2020, at home. Born March 1, 1947, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Richard R. Kugler and Mary Loretta (Barry) Kugler and the husband of Deena L. Kugler for 38 years.Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a retired Millwright from SMS Tech Service. Richard was a member of St. Agnes Church in Irwin. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and especially enjoyed going to Whites Creek. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and they were his world. Richard had the biggest heart and was truly a great man.

 
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Charles J. Nemes, Jr.

October 23, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Charles J. Nemes, Jr., age 53, of McKeesport, died October 9, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born September 20, 1967, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Shirley (Dreer) Nemes, Sr.
Charles worked as an auto mechanic and loved working on cars.
Charles is survived by sister, Charlene Jefferson of McKeesport; brother, John Snyder of Altoona; many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Chris Odasso, owner

 


Gladys Szymela

October 20, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Gladys Szymela, age 93, of McKeesport, died October 19, 2020, at Mount Vernon of Elizabeth.  She was born February 10, 1927 in Brdov, Poland to Piotra and Eleonor Czyzewska. Gladys worked at McKeesport Hospital in Housekeeping for 25 years.  She also loved to exercise and would go to the gym and walk for hours.  She is survived by children, Victor (Vickey) Szymela and Helen (the late Dr. Harry) Lanazue; grandchildren, Andrew, Lorie, Victoria, Angela, and Leslie and nine great-grandchildren.  Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home & Crematory.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.  Chris Odasso, Owner.

 


Florence (Nicora) Irwin

October 19, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Florence (Nicora) Irwin, peacefully accepted the Lord’s hand for eternal life in the comforts of her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in McKeesport, PA. on March 28, 1934, she was the proud daughter of the late Peter and Mary Nicora. Flo was a loving and caring wife and mother to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 
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Matthew T. Bauman

October 19, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Matthew T. Bauman, age 36, of Port Vue, died at home on October 14, 2020.  Born August 16, 1984, in McKeesport, he was the son of Tom and Pam (Torbic) Bauman, and the loving husband of Samantha (Humanic) Bauman.  Matthew was a proud graduate of Penn State University, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in History Education.  After Penn State, he went on to Duquesne University, where he received his Master's Degree in Public History.

 
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Gary W. Thir

October 14, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Gary W. Thir, age 68 of White Oak, died October 11, 2020, at UPMC McKeesport. Born December 10, 1951, in Wilkinsburg, he was the son of the late Walter and Marjorie (Glucs) Thir Robertson and the husband of Donna Thir.
Gary worked for UPMC Mercy in the Environmental Service Department. He enjoyed fishing in his free time.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jaime (Matt) Horensky of Munhall and Erin Thir of White Oak; grandchildren, Tyler and Emily; siblings, Claudia (Rich) Beerbower of Export, Debby (George) Thir of New Alexandria and Danette Thir of Irwin; and step father, John Robertson.

 
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Alice M. Moonis

October 14, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Alice M. Moonis, age 70, of White Oak, died at home on October 11, 2020.  Born October 19, 1949, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Donald C. and Alice Mae (Polak) Burris and wife of the late Edward Moonis.  Alice worked at Baldock Health Care Center, now Transitions Health Care as a Nurse.  She loved to travel, especially on cruises.  A cruise was not complete unless it visited her favorite island in the Caribbean, Passion Island.  She loved to craft, and you could always find her creating something.

 
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Mary Kritikos

October 13, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Mary Kritikos, age 96 of Versailles Boro died October 12, 2020 at Transitions Health Care. Born August 14, 1924 in Indiana Township, she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Carmella (DePaula) Santone and the wife of the late James Kritikos.

Mary worked for US Steel and Christy Park Works in her early years. She was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish. Mary was a former member of the Woman's Group Croatian Club #146 and the Friendship Club of McKeesport. She enjoyed chatting with her family and the residents in her apartment community and playing bingo. Her final wish was to tell her family how much she loved them.

 
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Peter D. Edwards, Jr.

October 12, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Peter D. "PJ" Edwards, Jr., age 32, of Mt. Oliver, died October 9, 2020.  Born May 17, 1988, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Peter (Lisa Naylor) Edwards, Sr., and Deborah (the late David Rayzor) Banks.  Peter was a graphic designer, creating many beautiful drawings and spray paint artwork.  His artistic talents led him to the music industry with an appearance in a music video and a track on an album.

 
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Ralph T. Miller

October 02, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Ralph T. Miller, age 90, of Boston, PA, died September 30, 2020, at Canterbury Place of Lawrenceville. Born April 22, 1930, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late William Robert and Agnes L. (Reitz) Miller and the husband of the late Carol J. (Owens) Miller.

 
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Kelli L. Bereksazi

September 30, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Kelli L. Bereksazi, age 46, of McKeesport, died September 27, 2020.  Born October 30, 1973, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Frank and Kathy (Kilroy) Toth.

 
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Joan Koon Bellamy

September 29, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Joan Koon Bellamy, age 84, of Port Vue, died September 24, 2020, at home. Born December 10, 1935, in Parkersburg, WV, she was the daughter of the late Gordan W. and Grace (Eynon) Koon.
Joan retired from Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth, where she was a nurse supervisor. She had a long career working into her late 70's. Joan was a graduate of the McKeesport Hospital Nursing School. She was a US Air Force veteran who served her country with pride. Joan was a member of the Port Vue United Methodist Church, FOD, and Church Woman's Club. She was an avid reader and a staunch movie buff.

 
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Monica L. Sanutelli

September 28, 2020 |

By Willig Funeral Home | Posted in: Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Monica L. Sanutelli, 75, of Sutersville, (formerly of Clairton) died on Friday, September 25, 2020, at Heritage Valley Health System Beaver. Born December 15, 1944, in McKeesport, PA she was the daughter of the late Albert and Eva (Wetzel) Ehrhardt and the wife of the late Albert Sanutelli.

 
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