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Ruth Ann Laughlin

October 09, 2019 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Ruth Ann Laughlin,  80, of Elizabeth, passed away Tuesday, October  8, 2019. She was born June 27, 1939 in Perryopolis, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Belva (Clark) Matthews. She is survived by her son, Terry Abraham of Glassport, daughter, Jody Deann Govannucci of Herminie, brother, Richard Matthews of Sutersville, sisters, Brenda Minda of Elizabeth, and Anita Keefer of Georgia, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by sons, Robin D. Matthews and Rodger L. Matthews, brothers, Robert E. and Howard Matthews, and sister, Belva Keener. Friends are welcome  Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director.  Family service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 12:00 noon. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Helen M. "Peggy" Mazzafer

October 09, 2019 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Helen M. "Peggy" Mazzafer, 92, of West Mifflin, formerly of Dravosburg, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019. She was born January 24, 1927 in Dravosburg and was the daughter of the late Clyde William and Anna Frances Olson Bumbarger. Peggy was the wife of the late John Pershing Mazzafer, who passed away February 18, 2011. She was an avid bingo player and was famous for her baking, especially her nut cookies and rolls. She had a sense of humor and was known for her quick one liners that her family affectionately called "Nanafers". She was the last survivor of her siblings. 

 
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Bernard J. Lucas

October 09, 2019 |

By Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home | Posted in: Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home

Bernard J. Lucas, 89, of Duquesne, died Oct. 8, 2019. He is the son of the late Stephen and Bertha (Yocas) Lucas. He is survived by his wife Veronica Lucas; daughters Barbara (James) Daniels of Midland, TX and Bonnie (David) Hayford of Jacksonville, Fl; son Brian (Bobbi Kay) Lucas of Horsehoe Bay, TX; step son Charles Bodnar; step daughters Cheryl (Bob) Harshman, Deborah (Robert) Kahl and Yvonne (Larry) Schultz; also many grandchildren, great grandchildren; step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Bernadette Werntges and sister Bernice Perhacs.  Bernie was a retired design engineer for US Steel, a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish; Men's Club; church choir; K of C #4210, where he was financial secretary for over 40 years, and past Grand Knight.  He also served in the US Army Korean Conflict.  Friends received Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne, Fri. from 5 to 8.  A funeral mass will be held Sat. 10:00 am at Holy Name Church.

 


Herbert R. Timmons

October 09, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Herbert R. Timmons, age 89, of Ellensburg, WA passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 with his family at his side. He was an office manager for more than 40 years with Harbison Walker Refractories. He relocated to San Francisco for the company and eventually Bellevue, WA where he retired. 

 
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Nathan J. Detman

October 09, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Nathan J. Detman, age 30 of Dravosburg, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Born March 3, 1989 in McKeesport, he was a son of John (Carla) Kuba of New Stanton and Vivian Detman of Glassport.  

 
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Martin N. Pravdica

October 09, 2019 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Martin N. Pravdica, age 70, of White Oak, formerly of McKeesport, died on October 7, 2019. Born May 20, 1949, he was the son of the late Angelo and Ann (Kovacevich) Pravdica.

 
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Gloria Mae Brugnoli

October 09, 2019 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Gloria Mae Brugnoli, 90, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Walden's View, North Huntingdon. She was born May 12, 1929 in Duquesne. Gloria was the owner/opeartor of Gloria's Cantina for many years. She was also the founder of All but furgotten, a no kill shelter for animals. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Brugnoli. Gloria is survived by her son, Larry Brugnoli (JoAnne Moore); two grandchildren,Tara (Gerry) Slifkey, Joseph (Courtney) Brugnoli; three great-grandchildren, Logan, Brooklyn and Tyler. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Thursday 4-8 p.m. Funeral service Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Irwin Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to All But Furgotten , 70 Carpenter lane, North Huntingdon, Pa 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Kathleen V. Bridges

October 08, 2019 |

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

Kathleen V. Bridges, age 79, of McKeesport, died October 7, 2019, at UPMC McKeesport. Born April 2, 1940, in McKeesport. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cora M. (Crawford) Lennon.
Kathleen enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

 
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Gregory V. Earnest

October 08, 2019 |

By Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Gregory Vaughn Earnest passed away Monday, October 7, 2019. He was born at home in Floreffe on April 24, 1948, son of the late Howard M. and Shirley Belle (Hart) Earnest. 

 
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Terry Margaret Kiggins Evans

October 08, 2019 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Terry Margaret Kiggins Evans, 69, of Colorado Springs for the past 40 years, formerly of Jefferson Hills,  lost her battle with cancer on May 15, 2019. She was born March 11, 1950 in Clairton and was the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Anna Catherine Kiggins. Terry was Secretary of the Class of 1968, Thomas Jefferson High School and before moving to Colorado Springs worked for her brother-in-law, Dr. Richard Bannon, D.C. in his Chiropractic offices in Elizabeth Township.  Her career continued when she moved to Colorado Springs and joined the Chiropractic office of Dr. William Salsman, D.C., where she worked until her retirement.

 
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Rosemary C. Smith

October 08, 2019 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Rosemary C. Smith, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019.  She was born July 20, 1930 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Richard J. and Margaret (McCarren) Caulfield.  Prior to her retirement, Rosemary was a consultant for AT&T Marketing Communications and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed baking pies and was a loving and devoted mother.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John P. Caulfied and Richard Caulfield; and sisters, Margaret McCusker, Patricia Balzer, Shirley Barnes, and Sarah Jane.  She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Theodore Smith; son, Theodore A. Smith and his wife, Patricia; daughter, Sharon L. Polovina and her husband, Thomas; sisters, Frances West and Kathleen Vanderveerd; grandchildren, Brandon (Michelle) Polovina, Jennifer (Robert) Mallory, Kellynn (Matthew) Krinock, Nathaniel and Trevor Smith;  great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jordyn and Noah.  Friends will be received from 2-4  and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A funeral blessing will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home.  Interment to follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Robert John Morningstar

October 07, 2019 |

By Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory | Posted in: Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Robert John Morningstar, 72, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019. He was born November 14, 1946 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert Carl and Rose Dorothy (Finnegan) Morningstar. Robert was retired from Jefferson Hospital and had previously worked for Thrift Drugs, Eckerd Drugs and US Steel. He was a US Navy Veteran. 

 
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April L. Blay

October 07, 2019 |

By James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. | Posted in: James W. Shirley Funeral Home

April L. Blay, 61, of Lowber (formerly of North Huntington), passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 4, 2019. She was born March 12, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of the late Justin S. "Jack" and Diana (Hughes) Blay. Prior to her retirement, April was employed by the Arc of Westmoreland. She was a member of the Sutersville Primitive Methodist Church. She enjoyed attending the Arc dances, playing bingo, and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed swimming (especially her swimming lessons with Savannah Brown), going to the beach, shopping at the Dollar Store for her stuffed animals and glow sticks, and getting pedicures, manicures and getting her hair done. She especially enjoyed the holidays and brought so much joy into our lives with her childlike innocence and exuberance. April is survived by her extended family, Laura Rosiek and the late Victor Rosiek Jr., with whom she resided, "Gibble" Dunbar, Bonnie Egeland, Kim Dunbar, and Colleen, Gene and Alyssa Zimmerman, in addition to numerous cousins. She is survived by her companion, Kevin Conaway, and her best friends, Nikki Steban, Donna and Mark Olexick, Fran Polka, Lauren Bergman and Heather Sutton. April was our precious angel, and her memory will live on in our hearts forever.
Friends will be received from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery South, Indianapolis, IN. Memorials may be made to Community Living Care. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Ernest L. Marasco

October 07, 2019 |

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

Ernest L. Marasco, age 96, of McKeesport, died October 4, 2019, at Kane Regional Medical Center in McKeesport. Born February 18, 1923, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Anthony and Angeline (Marnell) Marasco and the husband of the late Joanna (Broerman) Marasco.

 
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Charles Swartz

October 06, 2019 |

By Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Charles Swartz, age 44, of McKeesport, passed away October 5, 2019, in his home. Born April 29, 1975, he was the son of Kathleen Swartz and Charles (Chantal) Swartz. Charles enjoyed every minute of life, and if we all could have seen the world through his eyes, the world would have been a better place.

 
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