Shirley I. McKnight

Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | November 07, 2023

Shirley I. (Gill) McKnight, age 89, of Rostraver Twp., passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at Country Care Manor in Fayette City. She retired as a cook for K-Mart in Belle Vernon. She was a former member of Elizabeth Wesleyan Church and attended West Newton Wesleyan Nazarene Church. She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Born December 26, 1933 in Chester, WV, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Mildred (Sayre) Gill. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, William Dennis McKnight; sons, Dennis (Trenace) McKnight of Grindstone and the Rev. David (Beatrice) McKnight of Hartfield, VA; daughters, Debbie (Chuck) Lint of Owosso, MI, Diane McKnight of Ebensburg, Donna (Howard) Dunlop of Fayette City and Darlene (Mike) Mutich of Fayette City; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Lilly Bennet of Elizabeth, Mary Lou Allen of Port Vue, Russell Gill of West Mifflin and Sue Fortney of Georgia; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Charlotte Jeffers, Lela Cindric, Lyda Michels, Rodney Gill, Jeannie Kirkman and Joseph Gill. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 4-7 PM. A funeral service will take place on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 12 Noon in the funeral home chapel with Chaplain Larry T. Coltura officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to West Newton Wesleyan Nazarene Church, 310 Pittsburgh Street, West Newton, PA 15089. Offer condolences at

Originally published November 07, 2023.

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