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Sophie R. Martin

August 15, 2019 |

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

Sophie R. Martin, 92, of White Oak, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. She was born November 12, 1926 in Corry and was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Slensky Romanosky.  She was the wife of of  Samuel A. Martin, who passed away January 24, 2003. She  was an active member of First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport, she loved her church family and was involved with their White Cross Committee and other committees there.

 
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Mae Emily Anischenko

August 15, 2019 |

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

Mae Emily Anischenko, 85, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Eldercrest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born, May 11, 1934 in Duquesne, daughter of the late Emil and Helen (Sveda) Anischenko.  Prior to her retirement, Mae was a nurses aid and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and AARP.  She is survived by her two brothers, Philip Anischenko and his wife, Elena and Paul Anischenko; sister, Pauline Nagy; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon.  Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Russian Cemetery, West Mifflin.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Mae.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joyce Berkovitz

August 15, 2019 |

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

Joyce Berkovitz, age 82, of White Oak, formally of Glassport, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wed. Aug. 14, 2019. She was born in McKeesport on Oct. 6, 1936 and is the daughter of the late Benjamin and Dorothy Monheim Miller. She is the wife of the late Bernie Berkovitz. Joyce was a travel agent for over twenty years for the Four Seasons Travel Agency. She was a member of Bnai Brith, a life member of Hadassah, and the former Tree of Life Congregation where she served as a past president.

 
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Rose Marie Baglos

August 15, 2019 |

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

Rose Marie (Lame) Baglos passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019, surrounded by family. She was 82. Rose Marie is survived by her husband, Robert George Baglos (86), her two sons: Robert Joseph (62) and Rory George (58), her daughter-in-law Maryanne, her granddaughter Jaclyn Christine (27), and her great-granddaughter Evelyn Fae (10 months).

 
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Marla Del Keefer

August 13, 2019 |

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

Marla Del Keefer, 54, of Sutersville, passed away at home on Saturday August 10, 2019. She was born October 6, 1964 in Gratztown and was the daughter of Richard Matthews of Sutersville and the late Doris (Woods) Matthews. In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ronald Lee Keefer, Jr., sons, Ronald Lee Keefer III, of West Newton,, Richard (Daenne) Keefer of Collinsburg, and John (Christine) Keefer of North Huntingdon, grandchildren, Lillian, Addie, Ridley, and Aubree, brothers, Vincent (Marcie) Matthews of Sutersville and James (Bonnie) Matthews of Cowensburg, and nieces and nephews. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, inc. 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, Director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com

 


Diane M. Tauber

August 13, 2019 |

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

Diane M. Tauber, 65, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family and friends.  She was born May 30, 1954 in McKeesport, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Mellor) Tauber.  Prior to her retirement, Diane was previously employed by Mine Safety, Cleaveland Price Inc., and General Carbide.  Diane and her camera were inseparable and this could be seen through her many pictures of the local wildlife that were admired by many.  She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.  She is survived by her husband, Donald Gold; son Jesse Petrulak and his wife, Paula; brother, Denny (Carol) Tauber;  two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A memorial service will follow at 10:30  a.m.

Be your dog's hero and make a donation to ChaseaWayK9cancer.org in Diane's name as she would have wanted.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joseph W. Hornfeck

August 12, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Joseph W. Hornfeck, 66,  of Port Vue, died Aug. 12, 2019.  He is the son of the late John and Dorothy Hornfeck.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann (Zavalydriga) Hornfeck; daughter Jomi (Chris) Richards; sister Louise Rarick; brothers John (Vickie) Hornfeck, Bobby (Tammy) Hornfeck, Raymond Hornfeck, David Hornfeck  and Jimmy Hornfeck; also 2 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Joe was retired from Tube City, Inc. and was a member of Port Vue United Methodist Church.  Friends received Wojciechowski Funeral Home,  Glassport Thurs. from 5 to 7.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

 


Harry Durick

August 12, 2019 |

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

Harry Durick, 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully Monday, August 12, 2019 at home with his family by his side.  He was born, February 20, 1932 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Alan and Nancy (Sullivan) Durick.  Prior to his retirement, Harry was a diesel mechanic for Penske Truck Leasing.  He enjoyed listening and dancing to Polka music, roller skating, fixing cars and deeply loved his family.  He is survived by his wife, Helen Lesko Durick; son, Richard Durick and his wife, Karen; five daughters, Susan Samery and her husband, Patrick, Linda Jeffery and her husband, Jack, Judy Waibel and her partner, Jim, Diane Pecora and Joe,  and Patricia Petrosko and her husband, Rob; seven grandchildren, Abby, Hannah, Rachel, Jake, Jeff (Gloria), Jessie (Victor)  and Justin (Joy); five great-grandchildren, Gavin, Owen, Lillie, Maddie and Caleb.  Friends will be received from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Forbes for his care and compassion.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westmoreland County Humane Society.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Brandon McKinley Clifford

August 12, 2019 |

By Robert A. Waters Funeral Home | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Brandon McKinley Clifford, 28, of Pittsburgh, departed this life on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, in UPMC East Monroeville.

He was born October 17, 1990, in McKeesport, son of Bonnie M. Clifford of Clairton and the late Guy S. Hurt.  He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Martha and Philip Clifford.

He was a 2009 graduate of Clairton High School and attended Pittsburgh Job Corp.  He worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant, Caregiver, and Home Health Aide.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Bonnie M. Clifford of Clairton; son, Demetrius Lindsay of East Pittsburgh; Godmother, with whom he resided, Arletta Williams of Pittsburgh, six brothers, Breylon M. (Toni) Clifford of United States Navy Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Bryon M. Clifford of Clairton, Guy Hurt, and Terry Hurt, Todd Hurt all of McKeesport, Caleb Hurt of Uniontown; grandparents, Sanford and Barbara Hurt of Clairton, Cecilia Williams; Godbrother, Tyler Williams; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

 
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Robert J. Fulmer

August 12, 2019 |

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

Robert J. Fulmer, 60, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday August 11, 2019 at home. He was born April 26, 1959 in Greensburg, the son of Caroline E. (Harrold) Fulmer Swanson and the late Robert Fulmer. Bob was a graduate of Norwin High School, Class of 1977, and a retired concrete finisher. He was a member of Shafton Volunteer Fire Department and served as a trustee. In addition to his mother he is survived by his sister Laurie J. Nock, his nieces and nephews Nicole Paulovich and Jacob, Karlie, and Damon Nock and his great grandniece Peyton Paulovich.
 
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Irene M. Polakovic

August 12, 2019 |

By Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home | Posted in: Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home

Irene M. Polakovic age 91, of West Mifflin on August 10, 2019. She was a daughter of the late Theodore “Frank” and Veronica (Lokay) Matola. Irene was a clerk typist for the government in WWII. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin and Ascension of Our Lord Church in Clairton. She was a member of the former Holy Trinity Christian Mothers where she was the vice president and program chair lady. A lector for 26 years, and a girl and boy scout leader. She was a member of Chee Chee Colo Club since its inception. One of the first two women to be on the Holy Trinity School Board and a graduate of Clairton HS class of 1946. Beloved wife of the late Stephen Francis “Pucki” Polakovic; mother of Stephanie (Edward) Glazar of N. Huntingdon, Karen Polakovic of West Mifflin, Mark (Beth) Polakovic of Franklin Park, Dr. Laura (Derek) McNeill of Fombell and Melissa (Domenic) D'Andrea of Pleasant Hills; grandmother of Allison Glazar, Sarah (Dan) Klicker, Renee Polakovic, Celeste (Troy) Schaltenbrand, Mallory Polakovic, Spencer McNeill, Trevor McNeill and Lilianna D'Andrea; great-grandmother of Zack Glazar, Elijah and Audrey Klicker; predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Fairchild, Susan Knieling, Mary Fincik, John Matola, Andrew Matola, Ann Jassem, George Matola and Verne Ondick; also survived by nieces and nephews.

 
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John Richard Evanko, Sr.

August 11, 2019 |

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

John Richard Evanko, Sr. 76, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Versailles, passed away Saturday, August  10, 2019. He was born October 12, 1942 in Duquesne and was the son of the late John and Mary (Logo) Evanko. John was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport and was retired from US Steel Clairton Works.

 
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Marsha M. Chomanics

August 11, 2019 |

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

Marsha M. Chomanics, 77 of North Huntingdon died August 10, 2019. She was born March 10, 1942 in McKeesport, daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Kandcer Alfer. Marsha was employed as a cafeteria worker for the Norwin School District and at Redstone Highlands. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, plants and cooking. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Robert and Ronald Alfer. She is survived by her husband Michael, sons Michael (Laura), Mark (Suzanne), granddaughter LeeAnn (Brandon) Meyer ,three great grandchildren Vincent, Francis and Lillian, brother Anthony (Amy) Alfer, sister Patricia (Kenny) Spencer. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Patricia Ann Petro

August 11, 2019 |

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

Patricia Ann Petro, 61, of Westmoreland City, passed away August 9, 2019. She was born January 16, 1958 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Alex and Betty (Dobson) Churilla. Prior to her retirement, Patty was a hairdresser for Edwards in Irwin and was a member of First Assembly of God of Irwin. She enjoyed taking cruises with her family, crafting, decorating her home and playing Bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Churilla. She is survived by her daughters, Amanda Cottrill and her husband, Morgan, and Elizabeth Petro; brother, Mark Churilla; sister, Mary Schneider; two grandchildren, Layla and Landon; nieces, Mindy, Jenn and Kate. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Wednesday from 2-6 PM with a service to be held at 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


David Paul Amendola

August 10, 2019 |

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

David Paul Amendola, 57, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Tuesday August 6, 2019. He was born April 14, 1962 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Anthony L. and Mildred A. (Landstrom) Amendola. David worked for Caruso Cabinet Co in North Huntingdon and was a member of the Buena Vista Fire Co, and the Bowlers N-AT bowling league.

 
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