Elizabeth R. Townsend

April 11, 2019 |

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

Elizabeth "Lib" R. (Davis) Townsend, age 87, of Gettysburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Genesis Health Care Gettysburg Center. A member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, she retired after 28 years as a deli manager for Marraccini's in Elizabeth. Libby was a good mother, a warm grandma, and a very proud great-grandma. She was a devoted sister, a beloved aunt, and loved all children and animals. She was an avid crocheter and a master bread baker. Her family always said, "She had the best buns in town." She was so proud that all of her kids and grandkids are fearless cooks and bakers. 

 
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Earl M. Stidard Jr.

April 11, 2019 |

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

Earl M. Stidard Jr., age 68, of Forward Twp., passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired maintenance worker for the Elizabeth Forward School District and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Born February 17, 1951 in Forward Twp., he was a son of the late Capt. Earl M. Stidard Sr. and the late Harriet (Martin) Stidard. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda (Kozemchak) Stidard; children, Earl M. (Becki) Stidard III of Elizabeth and Lora (Scott Peterman) Safran of Pleasant Hills; grandchildren, Ethan, Lilly, Eli and Aleksa; sister, Leah (Eugene) Palmer of Clairton; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Sylvia, Gerald and Harriet. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 PM until the time of service at 3:30 PM with Pastor James Crosby officiating. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.

 
 

Helen G. Derr

April 11, 2019 |

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

Helen G. Derr, age 88, of Liberty Borough, died April 9, 2019, at Riverside Nursing Center.  Born June 20, 1930, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late George and Julia (Molnar) Garancsi and the wife of the late Marshall E. Derr.

 
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Claire A. Panico

April 10, 2019 |

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

Claire A. Panico, age 82 of West Newton and formerly of McKeesport, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Monongahela Valley Hospital.  Born February 23, 1937 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Catherine Stephens and was also preceded in death by her husband Anthony P. Panico, who passed away July 7, 2003, her son Anthony Todd Panico, and her sister Marian Spencer.  Claire is survived by her children Theresa (Barry) Huebner of West Newton, Timothy Panico of Herminie, and Ted Alan (JoAnn) Panico of Versailles; her seven grandchildren; her seven great-grandchildren; her siblings Catherine Euabank of Virginia, Lorraine Knestaut of Morgantown, WV, and Anthony Stephens of Pittsburgh; and also nieces and nephews. 

 
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John P. "Captain" Hvozdik

April 10, 2019 |

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

John P. "Captain" Hvozdik, age 59, of Port Vue, died April 5, 2019 at UPMC McKeesport. Born December 9, 1959, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John P. Hvozdik and the late Betty (Arana) Hvozdik Calvert.

 
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Mark Peebly

April 08, 2019 |

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

Mark “Peebs” Peebly, age 61, of McKeesport, died April 6, 2019.  He was born in McKeesport on March 16, 1958 and is the son of the late William and Thelma Markland Peebly.

Peebs began his career as an auto body technician in the 70’s with his father at the family business, Right Cross Auto, in Christy Park. He continued his career in the same field at various car dealerships in the area. He loved his family and friends, especially his children and granddaughter. Mark was the life of the party and if you met him once you had a friend for life.

 
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Deborah Ann Snyder

April 08, 2019 |

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Deborah Ann Snyder, age 67 of Erie, PA, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born in Erie, PA on October 21, 1951, the daughter of the late Fred and LouAnn Schultz Whitesel. Debbie put her heart to provident use by taking care of others and pursued a career in nursing. She was employed by Millcreek Community Hospital for over 20 years. She was an avid fan of the arts and entertainment including music, movies, stage productions, and artistic endeavors.

 
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John D. Wicinas

April 08, 2019 |

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

John D. Wicinas, born on February 24, 1971 and died suddenly and peacefully at home on April 7, 2019. Dear son of John Wicinas, who preceded him in death, and Janice (Zebner) Wicinas. Also preceded in death by uncles, Dennis J. Zebner and David A. Zebner. He is survived by his sister, June D. Beighley and her husband, Patrick; nephew, Brian; and niece, Alexandra; Uncle Edward Zebner and his wife Janet; brother, Bruce Wicinas and his wife Noriko; and nieces Tami and Kay; brother, David Wicinas and his wife Pamela; and nieces Lark and Linden. Beloved friend, teacher, and Hero of the People, John was a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with BAs in World Literature and History, minor in Philosophy, MS in Agricultural Economics, and MA in English from Brown University, Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania.  Professor  "JD" History and English at Westmoreland County Community College.  Brother of Delta Chi Fraternity. Pugilist, thespian, scholar, economist, writer, raconteur, and gentleman. “No man is a failure who has friends.” - It’s a Wonderful Life.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Wednesday from 3-7 p.m.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

William A. Bogdan

April 08, 2019 |

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

William A. Bogdan, age 89, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of White Oak, died Southwestern Nursing Center of West Mifflin. Born June 26, 1929, in Duquesne, PA, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Kotvas) Bogdan and the husband of the late Agnes Eve (Salopek) Bogdan.

 
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Eric K. Livingston

April 08, 2019 |

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

Eric K. Livingston, 60, of Versailles, passed away Saturday, April  6, 2019. He was born November 8, 1958 in Connellsville and was the son of the late Kenneth K. and Gladys L. (Hager) Livingston. Eric was a Commercial Specialist for Auto Zone in West Mifflin and was a member of the Liberty Bowling League. Eric was very easily going and was a friend to everyone. He was an avid Steelers fan, and enjoyed his family, The Meadows, Atlantic City, and his dog, Ozzie.

 
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Joseph Michael Stipetic

April 08, 2019 |

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

JOSEPH MICHAEL STIPETIC age 69, of Ohio Twp., formerly of Coral Springs, FL, Elizabeth Twp., PA and Duquesne, died on April 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born October 9, 1949 in Duquesne to the late Joseph and Irene (Mackay) Stipetic. Joe attended Duquesne High School and Slippery Rock before entering the US Army and serving his country in Vietnam. Joe is survived by his wife, Claudia (Bodnar) Stipetic of 50 years; and his three sons, Joseph of Wexford, Jeffrey (Cristy) of Baldwin and Jay (Regan) of Carnegie; brother of Debbie (Jim) Milford of Venice, FL. He was the adored Pappy Joe to Nicholas, Julia, Jeffrey and Charlotte; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was involved in coaching many of his son's sports teams and was proudest of founding the Roller Rebels, Roller Hockey Team. He started in South Florida and later brought it to Pittsburgh, recruiting over 500 kids to participate in the sport. Joe had a passion for golf, hockey and basketball. But most importantly, he loved his family with all he had. Visitation on Thursday and Friday from 3-8 p.m., at the MALOY - SCHLEIFFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne 412-466-3300 where a Blessing Service will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne; Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior s Project.

 

Shirley L. Kratochvil

April 08, 2019 |

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

SHIRLEY L. KRATOCHVIL age 61, of Duquesne on April 4, 2019. She was a daughter of the late George and Dorothy (Gerkin) Thompson. Shirley enjoyed watching Lifetime movies. She was the wife of the late Frank Kratochvil; mother of Jason Thompson of McKeesport, Amanda (Joe Owens) Kratochvil of Duquesne and Bobby Kratochvil of McKeesport; grandmother of Logan and Haley Kratochvil; sister of Clara (Daniel) Colclaser of Greenock, Emma Snyder of McKeesport, Mary Thompson of Kentucky, Sarah (Rocky) Guntrun of McKeesport and George Thompson of Ohio. Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MALOY - SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300 where her funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Rev. Michael Singer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to her family. 

 
 
 

Arnold Joseph Sopko

April 06, 2019 |

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

ARNOLD JOSEPH SOPKO age 87, of South Park formerly of Duquesne on April 5, 2019. He was a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Orris) Sopko. Arnie was a retired Advancement Placement History teacher at Chartier Valley High School, a member and past president of the Chartiers Valley Education Association, former teacher and coach for the Duquesne school system and was a member of the former St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and current member of St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church, Munhall, and a Byzantine Catholic Serra Club. A member of the G.B.U. he was a life-long lover of Jazz and was an avid golfer. He was a graduate of Slippery Rock and Indiana University; proudly served his country in the army during the Korean War. Husband of the late Henrietta Gail “Etta Gail” (Wurzbacher) Sopko; husband of Geraldine “Gerri” (Soffa) Sopko; father of Tammy (late Tim) Chonko of Duquesne, Ronda (Mitchell) Brourman of Edgewood, Gregg (Lisa) Bickus of Lockport, IL, Andrew Bickus of Duquesne, Lori (Mark) Glasgow of Orange, CA, Tim (Maggie) Urda of Uniontown, Elaine Terry of Minneapolis, MN and the late Joetta R. Sharp; brother of the late Kornel (wife Dorothy survives) Sopko of North Huntington; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday, April 7, from 2-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300 where a Panachida Service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy with funeral at 11 a.m. at St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church. Burial with Military Honors at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elias Church.

 

Stavroula “Stella” Sakellariou Papadakos

April 06, 2019 |

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

Stavroula “Stella” Sakellariou Papadakos, age 92, of McKeesport, died Saturday, April 6, 2019. She was born in Xerokambion, Laconia, Greece on October 26, 1926 and is the daughter of the late Cleomenes and Afrodite Poulakakos Sakellariou. She was preceded in death by her husband, retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Nicholas P. Papadakos.

 
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Raymond E. DeMatt

April 06, 2019 |

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

Raymond E. DeMatt, 67, of North Versailles, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019.  He was born June 24, 1951 in Butler, a son of the late Anthony and Matilda DeMatt.  Raymond earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Slippery Rock University and received his nursing diploma from St. Francis Medical Center where he was a registered nurse.  He enjoyed reading, coin collecting and fitness.  He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Graver DeMatt; son, Bryan DeMatt and his wife, Aleasha; sister, Barbara Musko and her husband, James; brother-in-law, Allen Graver and his wife, Cookie.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Monday from 5-7 p.m.  A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army.  www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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