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Raymond G. Kocak

February 19, 2020 |

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

Raymond G. Kocak,82, of North Huntingdon, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020.  He was born May 26, 1937 in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Mary (Sima) Kocak.  Prior to his retirement, Ray was a state bank examiner for the Commonwealth of PA, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and a veteran of the US Army.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth A. (Vargecko) Kocak; granddaughter, Jessica Kocak; and brother, John Kocak Jr.  He is survived by his son, Raymond Kocak (Jana); daughter, Christine L. Trone and her husband, Timothy; sister-in-law, Anna Marie Kocak; grandchildren, Amber, Devon, Zack, Sammie, Marley, Tyler; and great-grandchild, Rowen.  A memorial mass will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Webster's Gift, 14459 Otis Drive, North Huntingdon, PA  15642.  Arrangements made by the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Gloria Hand-Reichenfeld

February 18, 2020 |

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

Gloria Hand-Reichenfeld, 92, of North Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020. She was born May 21, 1927 in Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marion (Book) Connolly Gloria, whom many knew as Katie was preceded in death by her first Husband, Alvin L. Hand, who was a fighter pilot in World War, II. She met Al shortly after the War and married him. They were married for 28 years when Al succumbed to heart disease in 1975. She then married Eugene "Gene" Reichenfeld, a noted musician and symphony conductor in the Pittsburgh area. She was married to Gene for 34 years before he passed away in 2016. Mom was a lover of the symphony, classical music and received great joy in reading and going to restaurants. Throughout her life, her primary focus was and always had been her family. Her happiest moments were at family gatherings where she interacted with three generations. She was unique in her ability to interact with her contemporaries as well as her Great Grandchildren. She had the special ability to connect with people right away. Her greatest qualities were her abilities to be compassionate, loving and nurturing of her friends and family. She was also predeceased by her eldest son, Keith, who died in a mountain climbing accident on Mt. Huascaran in South America in 1978.

 
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Catherine Elizabeth McKeown

February 18, 2020 |

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

Catherine Elizabeth McKeown, 93, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 17, 2020. She was born November 19, 1926 in Wildcat Hollow and was the daughter of the late Christ and Rose (Thompson) Maurer. Catherine was a member of the Greenock United Methodist Church. She had worked for Balsamo's, G.C. Murphy Co. Home office, and also US Steel Christy Park Works during WWII. 

 
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Walter G. Wojton Sr.

February 18, 2020 |

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

Walter G. Wojton Sr., age 102, of McKeesport, died February 14, 2020, at home. Born on September 21, 1917, he was the son of the late Stanley and Philomena Wojton and the husband of the late Gertrude (Borkowski) Wojton.

 
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John A. "Sonny" Axelson

February 17, 2020 |

By William S. Skovranko Memorial Home | Posted in: William S. Skovranko Memorial Home

John A. "Sonny" Axelson, 73, of West Mifflin died peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at home in the company of his loving family. Born December 9, 1946 in McKeesport, he was the son of the Late Arthur and LaRue Robis Axelson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 yrs, Pat Gastrock Axelson, his most cherished daughter, Heather D. (Jason) Bonacci, Joseph Axelson, and Erikka Dunmeyer, a brother, Dennis W. (Lorrie) Axelson, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and nieces & nephews. He was a member of Homeville Christian Church, West Mifflin, a retired employee of Bettis Atomic Lab, West Mifflin, a 1965 graduate of Schwab Vocational School in Homestead, and a 1967 graduate of Western Pennsylvania School of Technology. He also enjoyed gardening, hunting, the Steelers and fishing at Twin Lakes Park.

 
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William "Duel' Deemer

February 17, 2020 |

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

William “Duel” Deemer, "Every Musician's Friend" age 75 of Coulter died February 15, 2020. He is survived by his wife JoEllen Oggier, one sister Anita Knox. Visitation James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Sunday 2-7 p.m. The family requests no flowers. Please make donations to the funeral home to defray funeral expenses. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Ruth L. (Wallace) Davis

February 17, 2020 |

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

Ruth L. (Wallace) Davis, age 88 of Clairton and formerly of "The Patch" in Large, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Jefferson Hills Manor.  Born January 8, 1932 in Jefferson Hills, she was a daughter of the late Winfield and Gertrude (Kessler) Wallace.  Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Emerson "Moose" Davis, who passed away February 20, 2002, and her siblings Jane DiClaudio, Dorothy Kosko, Betty Roesch, Marie Eggler, Bernice Bommer, Ethel Havel, and William and Jack Wallace.  She is survived by her children Janet L. Davis of Clairton and Walter (Angela) Davis of Myrtle Beach, SC; her grandchildren Jennifer Durigon and Michael and James Davis; great-grandchildren Matthew Durigon and Chase and Lexie Davis; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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Philip J. Limina

February 17, 2020 |

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

Philip J. Limina, age 71, of Duquesne, died Friday, February 14, 2020.  He was born in Johnstown, PA on May 25, 1948 and is the son of the late Joseph and Carolyn Fusaro Limina.

 
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Felisha Patrice Singleton

February 17, 2020 |

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

Felisha Patrice Singleton, 47, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. She was born on January 1, 1973 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Daughter of the late Lafayette (Reddi) Herriott and Caroline E. Singleton Tolbert. She was also preceded in death by siblings Ameer R. Bentley, Saniah G. Tolbert and grandparents Edward and Sara Herriott and Charles E. Jones, Sr.

Felisha worked at an after-school program at White Oak Elementary School. She was a mental health counselor until her health failed. She leaves a loving family to cherish her memories; sons, Christopher R., Michael A. and Gabe A. Singleton, all of McKeesport, PA; siblings, Alayna E. Tolbert, Raven, Tawnee, and Lafayette Herriott of McKeesport, PA, Jamaica (Jason) Chavis of Pittsburgh; grandmother, Edna Jones of McKeesport; stepfather Tracy Tolbert; stepmother, Camille Herriott; aunts, uncles, a hosts of cousins and friends.

 
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Dennis S. Tepe

February 17, 2020 |

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

Dennis S. Tepe, age 58, of New Matamoras, OH, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 at home. He was a chemical engineer with West Lake Chemical in New Martinsville, WV and enjoyed playing his musical instruments and fishing. Born December 17, 1961 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late James M. and Margaret Anne (Iddings) Tepe. He is survived by brothers, J. Jeffrey (Donna) Tepe of Kokomo, IN and Lawrence A. (Jackie) Tepe of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews, Lawrence B. (Megan) Tepe, Kristen Tepe, John Tepe and Andrew Tepe; and a great-niece, Maddie Tepe; also, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ken Barner officiating. A memorial gathering will be held in Ohio on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, 408 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com

 


Lance Boyd Fine

February 17, 2020 |

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

Lance Boyd Fine, 71, of Rostraver, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 15, 2020. He was born February 5, 1949 in New Eagle and was the son of the late Frank Kenneth and Phyllis Irene (Stewart) Fine. Lance was a Truck Driver for EESI in Belle Vernon. He was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. For his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Marksman with a M-14 and M-16, and 4 O/S with Bars. 

 
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Roselea L. Ritsig

February 17, 2020 |

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

Roselea L. Ritsig, age 76, of McKeesport, died February 12, 2020, at home. Born July 24, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Lucille (Morgan) Henderson and the wife of late John. R. Ritsig.

 
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Donald G. Young

February 16, 2020 |

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

Donald G. Young, 68, was born on August 4, 1951 to Rocinlus and Bertha Lee Young in Elizabeth, PA. He passed away on February 7, 2020 and was preceded in death by his parents.

He attended school at George Washington. Donald worked at USS Irvin Works as a forklift driver for many years. He married Sandra at Zion Baptist Church in McKeesport. To this union. Donald and Sandra lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Donald is survived by his loving spouse Sandra children Mike Young, Ondre Young and Colleen Thomas; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Barbara Ann Lawrence, Debra Young, Renee Davis, Denise Whatley and Phyllis Bryant; brothers; Charles Young and Robert Young.

 
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Marlene Belland Johnson

February 16, 2020 |

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

Marlene Belland Johnson, 74, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2020 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center with her loving daughter, Monique by her side. Marlene was born on July 18, 1945 to the late James Belland and Rose Sallie in McKenzie, Alabama. She was also preceded in death by her son, Anthony Darrell Belland, brothers, James "Slim" Belland, Elbert Belland, Claudie Belland and William Sallie, sister, Ethel May Bargainer.

As a young girl Marlene would travel from Detroit to Clairton frequently to spend time with her family.  Marlene attended and graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit Michigan. When Marlene moved back to Pa permanently, she began working in the battery production at US Steel and was employed as a CNA for Jefferson Hills Manor. Marlene married Wallace Johnson in 1990. She was a member of Mt. Olive First Baptist Church.

 
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Renea "Snowy" Russell

February 16, 2020 |

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

Renea “Snowy” Russell, age 46, died on February 13, 2020, at home. Born on a snowy day, November 9, 1973, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late JoAnn (Ruggier) and David “Buddy” Russell.

 
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