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Joanne M. Ruby

September 20, 2021 |

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

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, Joanne Marie Ruby early Saturday morning, September 18th, 2021 at her home with our father, her partner and caregiver of 60 years by her side.  Joanne was born in McKeesport on January 27, 1938 to the late John and Ann (Bock) Dobos.  She started her career in retail while still attending high school, working for G.C. Murphy Co, Toyco, and finally JCPenney’s where she was a loyal employee for 36 years, retiring in 2012.  The most important thing to our mother was family. She was our rock and inspiration. She was there for all of us through the good and bad, for every one of our life’s “firsts” and wasn’t afraid to put us in our place when need be. She is survived by our father, Ronald L. Ruby of McKeesport; her children John  (Theresa) Ruby of Mt. Pleasant, Beth (Christopher) Straka of Latrobe, and Amy (Tony) Cunningham of Lincoln Place; her nine grandchildren who were the light of her life and will miss her deeply: Johnathan Ruby, Kayla Ruby, Ethan Ruby, Erika Rose Kellerman, whom she cherished like a daughter, Nikolas Kellerman (Kaitlyn Swiger), Megan Joanne Kellerman, Ryan Cunningham; and Shannon Cunningham; her special CUJO wiener dog Tucker; and her sister Marian Storch of Monroeville. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.  “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” 

 
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Robert Thomas

September 20, 2021 |

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

Robert "Bob" Ralph Thomas, 91, formerly of Duquesne, passed away at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport.  He was the son of the late Ronald and Edith (Lucas) Thomas of Duquesne.  Bob is survived by his brothers Kenneth of Leechburg and Glenn of Canandaigua, NY; cousin James (Ruby) Thomas of Virginia.  Known as Uncle Bob to his nieces and nephews:  Mary (Ron) Urbaniak, Ronald G. (Debbie) Thomas, Arthur (Amanda) Thomas, Matthew (Laura) Thomas, Mary Edith (Eron) Lyons; great nieces and nephews Eric and Leah Urbaniak, Christine, Ronald H. and Mitchell (Breanna) Thomas, Amber Thomas, Michael and Brennan Thomas, Lucas and Liam Lyons; great great niece Madilyn Thomas.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ronald A. Thomas, Sister-in-Law Madge Thomas and Emma Thomas and lifelong companion Phyllis Rothermal.  Bob was a retired Weigh Master for US Steel Bar Mill in Duquesne, and past President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Duquesne.  Bob was a gourmet cook, who enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and walking daily.  A frequent traveler, Bob has traveled all over the world and the United States.  He enjoyed hiking in many of those places includng the Rocky Mountains and the Alps of Europe.  A funeral service will be held Wed. at 11:00 am at Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, Duquesne.  Interment following Southside Cemetery.

 


Deborah M. "Debbie" Filson

September 19, 2021 |

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

Deborah M. "Debbie"  Filson, 64, of North Huntingdon, passed away, Saturday, September 18, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born March 13, 1957 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John F. Trepanowski and Betty (Kovalyak) Trepanowski of  White Oak.  She was the wife of the late Dennis J. Filson, Sr., who passed away November 10, 2017.   Debbie was a staff member of the UPMC McKeesport Cancer Center, and would later work at Home Depot for a short time.  Debbie was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at their Corpus Christi Worship Site.  She was a proud member of The Click Clack Club. Debbie also was a surrogate mother to Truck Company Marines.

 
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Paula Jean Pope

September 19, 2021 |

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

Paula Jean Pope, 61, of Hempfield Township, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born August 20, 1960 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John F. Trepanowski and Betty (Kovalyak) Trepanowski of White Oak. She worked numerous jobs throughout her life, but most recently worked as an office manager at Hydro Technical Services in Elizabeth. She was a huge supporter of our veterans and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary at The Port Vue American Legion Post 447. She was also a member of The West Hempfield American Legion Post 53 and The Wendel-Herminie Athletic Association. She loved camping, campfires and poker machines. Paula also loved spending time with her relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed.

 
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Matthew L. "Bones" Haramia

September 18, 2021 |

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

Matthew L. "Bones" Haramia, age 85 of Jefferson Hills, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Jefferson Hospital.  Born July 12, 1936 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Matthew "Mike" and Gwen (Williams) Haramia.  A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, Matthew retired as an electrician with US Steel - Clairton Works.  He will be remembered as a true do-it-yourself-er who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.  Matthew is survived by his wife of 60 years Helen M. (Yonek) Haramia; his sons Darren (Donna) Haramia of Munhall and Brian Haramia of Jefferson Hills; his grandsons David (Carol) and Robert (Darlene) Cochenour; his many great-grandchildren; his siblings Robert (Catherine) Haramia of Clairton and Janet (William) Clelland of Houston, TX; and his nieces Lauren Krupp and Courtney Reed.c

 
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Gary L. Orsini

September 18, 2021 |

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

Gary L. Orsini, age 74, of Sutersville, died Thursday, September 16, 2021. He is the son of the late Albino Sr. and Yolanda Fontanesi Orsini. He was employed at Murphy’s Warehouse, Westinghouse Airbrake and finally retired from Ross’s Shop N Save in Olympia Shopping Center. He was a graduate of Hermine/Sewickley High School in 1966. He is a huge Steeler fan, loved golfing and enjoyed walking on the Yough Trail, and having coffee every morning at Junebug’s Restaurant in Sutersville.

 
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John A. Criscuolo

September 17, 2021 |

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

John A. Criscuolo, age 79, of McKeesport, died on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at AHN Jefferson Hospital. Born in Hells Kitchen of Manhattan, NY. He was the son of the late Neil and Francis (Yurjevsic) Criscuolo and the husband of Sandra (Heath) Criscuolo for 54 years.
John retired from Roadway Express, where he was a truck driver. He started his career with Farkas Trucking and continued to drive for over 60 years. One of his proudest moments was being part of a 100 truck convoy delivering fuel to New Orleans for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. John was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and attended St. Patrick Church of Christy Park. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and received an award from the Bishop for his service. Above all, John found joy in spending time with his grandchildren.

 
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Alex S. Horvath

September 17, 2021 |

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

Alex S. Horvath, 86, of North Huntingdon, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021.  He was born October 17, 1934 in McKeesport, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Zohaire) Horvath.  Prior to his retirement, Alex was a steel worker for US Steel with 42 years of service and was a veteran of the US Marine Corps having served during the Korean War Era.  He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of N. Huntingdon, N-Scale Club, was a model train enthusiast and loved being outdoors.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Horvath; brothers, Joseph, William, Michael, Charles and Louis.  He is survived by his loving wife, Arlene (Perrick) Horvath; sons, Stephen Horvath, Shawn Horvath, Duane McKenna and his wife, Wanda; daughters, Connie Brever and her husband, Douglas, Teri Post and her husband, Steve; 8 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA.  A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, N. Huntingdon.    www.shirleyfuneralhome.com

 


Joyce Ann Brown

September 17, 2021 |

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

Joyce Ann Brown, 78, was born and raised in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  She was the beloved daughter to the late James and Beatrice (Blackwell) Johnson. Joyce entered into this world on February 23, 1943, and departed this life on September 13, 2021, at Jefferson Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Brown, Sr., son, Warren Brown, Jr., and siblings, James Johnson Jr., Bruce Allen Johnson, Karen Denise Johnson.

Joyce worked as an Auditor for Blue Cross/Blue Shield until she retired. Anyone that truly knew Joyce knew she was a loving, caring, warm person who devoted her life to the ones she loved. She loved holidays and birthdays where she was able to prepare a feast of food that everyone loved and enjoyed. She is survived by her daughter, Kristin (Carlis) Wiggins of McKeesport, PA; 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

 
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Karli Asti Short

September 17, 2021 |

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

Karli Asti Short, 26, was born July 18, 1995. She was the beloved daughter of Brandon Short and Krista Pettis. Karli attended McKeesport Area School District and was a graduate of McKeesport High School Class of 2014.

At the age of four, Karli was a cheerleader for White Oak Falcons. Also, she played basketball at the McKeesport YMCA and was a majorette for Golden Eagle in North Huntington. Having studied cosmetology in high school, following graduation, Karli used that portion of her education working part-time as a hairstylist and makeup artist. She enjoyed making people feel their best by looking their best for special occasions. Additionally, Karli was an excellent cook and worked at PC Planning and Catering were her specialty dish was macaroni and cheese.

The job Karli loved the most was as a caregiver where she worked at Mt. Vernon of South Park and most recently, Senior Care Plaza. This work tapped into her caring nature and she felt joy helping those who needed help. In her youth, Karli attended Bethlehem Baptist Church where she was an active member of the Sunday School. She participated in the annual Easter and Christmas services and was always excited to deliver her speeches. Karli never strayed from her Lord and Savior Jesus.

 
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Bernice June Ballough

September 16, 2021 |

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

Bernice June Ballough, age 86, of White Oak, died on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.  She was born in North Versailles on June 3, 1935 and is the daughter of the late Lavern and Anna Palder Lindsey and the wife of the late Bernard Michael Ballough.

 

 
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Anthony R. "Tony" Hilko, Sr.

September 15, 2021 |

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

Anthony R. "Tony" Hilko, Sr.,86, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021. He was born March 1, 1935 in Glassport and was the son of the late Michael and Anna Mary (Smolchick) Hilko.  Tony was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish. He worked numerous jobs throughout his life, he was a bricklayer, worked for the former Continental Can and retired as a security guard for Magee Hospital. He was quiet, but well liked. Tony enjoyed fishing and deer hunting, especially at his camp in Potter County.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy A. (Dudash) Hilko, children, Anthony "Tony" (Karen) Hilko, Jr. of North Huntingdon, Diane (Ronald) Spyra of Washington, Michele (Frank Ley) Celko of Vandergrift and Michael Hilko of Glassport, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

 
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Harry G. Smith

September 15, 2021 |

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

Harry G. Smith, age 73, of Irwin, passed away on September 14, 2021, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Son of the late Harry G. and Alice Louise (Scott) Smith, he was born in Pittsburgh on March 17, 1948. He was a school bus driver for 1st Student for the Jeannette School District, a member of the V.F.W. in Irwin and liked to golf. He served his country in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart and later joined the Army. He is the father of Douglas C. (Nicole) Smith of North Huntingdon, Bradley E. (Sophie) Smith of California and Ian G. (Christina) Smith Sr. of Pittsburgh; grandfather of Ashley and Steven Phipps, Evan and Alana Smith, and Aubrey, Pressley and Ian Smith Jr.

 
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Jane M. Katko

September 15, 2021 |

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

Jane M. Katko, age 84 of West Mifflin, died September 14, 2021, at home. Born January 1, 1937, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Lillian (Flohr) Seidling and the wife of Robert Katko.

Jane dedicated her life to taking care of her family. She was a former member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in McKeesport. In her free time, Jane enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, and painting ceramics. She was a collector of dolls and beanie babies. Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

 
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John “Jack” William Holohan

September 14, 2021 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Deaths Elsewhere

John “Jack” William Holohan of Latrobe, Pa., died Sept. 12, 2021. He was born Aug. 6, 1947 in Pittsburgh to James and Margaret (Cosgrove) Holohan. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Christine (Hulker) Holohan and his daughters Meghan Holohan (Mike Joyce), Colleen Kingsbury (Kris Kingsbury), his two granddaughters Harper and Emerson Kingsbury, his brother James Holohan and his sister Margaret “Peggy” Dennis (Ron Dennis).

His family fondly recalls his onetime ability to retain random information and how he regularly defeated the entire family in Trivial Pursuit games. He enjoyed World War II movies, the “Princess Bride” reading, tending to the yard and spending time with his family. As a long-time Steelers season ticket holder, he watched the game as if he was part of the coaching staff and often had insightful criticism of the team, which he’d freely share.

He worked for more than 40 years as a controller in manufacturing and enjoyed math—his children, nieces and nephews won’t soon forget learning math with the “houses of 10.” He always loved learning, which made his experience with dementia seem even harder.

 
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