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John F. Murtha

October 06, 2019 |

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

John F. Murtha, age 98, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, October 6, 2019. He was born in Monessen, PA on June 30, 1921 and is the son of the late John B. and Gertrude C. Soisson Murtha. He was a longtime Little League Baseball manager/coach in West Mifflin, and a West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Company Chaplin and Officer. He was a charter member of Holy Spirt Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Premarital minister. He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II and was a retired electrician for the B & O Railroad and US Steel National Works. He is the husband for 73 years of the late Gloria E. Schankel Murtha, who died, August 29, 2019.

 
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Donald H. Christopher

October 06, 2019 |

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

, age 86 of North Huntingdon died October 5, 2019 at his home. He was born October 15, 1932 in Patton Township a son of the late Chester and Josephine McLean Christopher. Donald was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Irwin. He was a lifetime member of the Shaner Sportsmans Club, an avid hunter and a life long Steelers fan. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a production coordinator by Westinghouse Electric, East Pittsburgh and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War.  He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Kathleen T. Byrnes, an infant son, four brothers Harold, Paul, Chester Jr and Walter Christopher, one sister Margaret Henkel.  He is survived by his children, Lynn Williams and her husband, Ross, Laura Cummins and her husband, Dave, Donna Stull and her husband Herb, and David Christopher and his fiancee Coleen Tokosh; grandchildren, Lauren (Clayton) Black, Alex and Katie Walkowski, Joseph and John Tokosh; great grandson, Brody Black,  in-laws , Dianne and Frank Casorio, special friends, Dee and Sean McCarney, many loving nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon Pa 15642. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

 


Leo Phillip Axmacher, Jr.

October 05, 2019 |

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

Leo Phillip Axmacher, Jr., age 71, of McKeesport, died Saturday, October 5, 2019. He was born in McKeesport on October 1, 1948 and is the son of the late Leo Phillip and Angeline Primavera Zitz Axmacher.

Leo, a lifelong resident of McKeesport worked at Jordan produce, D&K Department Store, Doubletree Hotel, and the YMCA. Leo enjoyed watching sports and was an avid fan of the Pittsburg Steelers. He liked playing Duckpins at Tube City and enjoyed old westerns including Bonanza and Gunsmoke. Eating dinners with family, especially pizza is one of his favorite pastimes.  

 
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Dean "Milo" Trbovich

October 05, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Dean "Milo" Trbovich, age 66, of Glassport, passed away on Oct. 5, 2019.  He was born on July 7, 1953 to the late Milan and Mary (Kovac) Trbovich.  He is survived by brother Ken; sister Aleta Spallone; nephews Mark (Holly) and Brain Spallone; Mark's children Gavin and Rachael, cousins, aunts and uncles.  After graduation from South Allegheny High School, he went to work at the QuikPrint Company and then moved on the USS Clairton Works, from which he retired.  He was a decent, honest man who lived life on his own terms and who loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general.  We will miss him  greatly and his passing leaves a huge void in our hearts.  Friends received Wojciechowsk Funeral Home, Glassport on Thurs. Oct. 10 from Noon until 1:30, at which time a funeral blessing will be held with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage.  Interment following Jefferson Memorial Park.

 


Mary A. (Survoy) Steimer

October 04, 2019 |

By Elmer L Herman Funeral Home | Posted in: Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home

Mary Agnes (Survoy) Steimer

Age 94, of Winter Haven, Fl. and formerly of Elizabeth,

on Sunday morning, September 29, 2019 with her family at her side. Loving spouse of the late Joseph R. Steimer.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Friday in St Isaac Jogues, Jefferson Hills.  Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue.  

Those attending the Mass of Christian Burial please meet at St. Isaac Jogues Church.

Arrangements by Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home, 5204 Second Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207

"Dignified Funerals, Celebrations of Life, Green Burials and Cremations with Care"

 


Natalie (Ross) Rasmussen

October 04, 2019 |

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

“A Celebration of Life”

Natalie Ross Rasmussen of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, fought a courageous battle against various forms of cancer for 11 months. She was always positive about her life and never gave up. On Dec 12, 2018 Natalie was called by her Creator to lay down her life’s working tools and enter into that home of eternal rest appointed for all. Natalie is survived by her husband Jerry Rasmussen of Wisconsin Rapids, sisters; Celeste Cancilla and Rebecca Ross, brother, Larry Ross, niece and nephews, numerous cousins, and friends far and wide. She was preceded in death by her parents Angelo and Antoinette Ross. Natalie was born in McKeesport, PA on October 11, 1955 and attended school in Elizabeth, graduating from Elizabeth Forward H.S. She attended college and graduated as an RN. She worked many years at McKeesport Hospital. Following a nursing career ending accident, Natalie switched careers and became a floral designer working at JoAnn Fabrics in the craft and floral department. Natalie moved to Austin, Texas in 1997 and married Jerry in 1998. She again worked as a floral designer in Austin and later in Corpus Christi where she was Floral Design Manager. Her floral designs won several awards and her services were in demand for clients as far away as New Orleans, LA and Orlando, FL. Following a move to Wisconsin in 2006, Natalie focused her time and energies to caring for her home in Wisconsin Rapids. She loved life and especially loved her “furry kids” Milo, Sam Elliot, and Shadow Cat who were her constant companions and she spoiled them totally. Natalie is remembered fondly by many whose lives she touched. She loved, she was loved and she will be loved forever. Rest Easy my dear Natalie.

 
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Sarah J. “Sally” Tronsberg

October 03, 2019 |

By James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory | Posted in: James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Sarah J. “Sally” Tronsberg, 67, of East McKeesport died September 23, 2019.  Sarah age 67 of East McKeesport passed away.  Sarah graduated from Scott High School Class of 1971. She was the beloved daughter of the late John F. & Ruth N. (Higgs) Tronsberg.

There was no visitation. A private burial service was held at Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock, PA. Arrangements were in charge of James F. Kutch Funeral Homes & Crematory, East McKeesport.

 


Theresa Aversa Rivetti

October 03, 2019 |

By Finney Funeral Homes | Posted in: Finney Funeral Homes

Theresa Aversa Rivetti, 95, of Elizabeth formerly of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born in Pizzoni, Prov. DiCatanzaro, Italy on October 28th, 1923 to the late Domenick and Lucia Donato Aversa. Theresa was the loving wife of 33 years, to the late Charles Rivetti. She is survived by her step children Andrea Rivetti Dotson, of N. Tonawanda, NY; Chuck (Shelley) Rivetti of Johnstown, PA; grandchildren, Cindy Filia, of Elizabeth, PA; Michael (Kim) Filia, of Elizabeth, PA; Rickilynn McDonald, of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Gregory (Jessica) Cook of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Katie (Ben) Sechrist, of Sayre, PA, and Andrew (Shanice) Rivetti, of Fredericksburg, VA, as well as many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Filia; her sister Marianna (Francesco) Marino and brother Nicola (Connie) Aversa. She was a retired employee of Giant Eagle where she worked as a clerk. Theresa was a member of Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, the previous Saint Paulinas Church in Clairton, and a member of The Sons Of Italy, in Glassport. She enjoyed baking, cooking and loved being a grandmother. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, Pa. 15025.  A service will take place at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:00 to be followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com.

 


Jeffrey Scott Maher

October 03, 2019 |

By William H. Craig Funeral Home | Posted in: William H Craig Funeral Home

Jeffrey Scott Maher passed away the morning of Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

 
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Florence Worek Michaels

October 02, 2019 |

By Wojciechowski Funeral Home | Posted in: Wojciechowski Funeral Home

Florence Worek Michaels also known as "Flo, Matka, Mom and Nini", our Lord called her home Oct. 1, 2019 at 93 years of age she was born March 31, 1926 and lived in Glassport all her life. 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband George, they were blessed with 61 years of marriage. 

She is survived by her son Kenneth (Alice) Michaels of New Bern, NC; daughters Geralyn (David) Sefchok of Cheshire, CT and Bonnie (James) Leasure of Harrison City; granddaughters Sarah Sefchok, Caitlin and Julia Leasure; granddogs Rusty and Maxie; sister-in-laws Aleen Michaels, Mary Ann Worek and Mary Bifano and was preceded in death by her son George Michaels; brothers Joseph and Stanley Worek and sister Wanda Ropar.  She was a loving wife and mother who truly put her family first. 

We will miss her compassionate, caring and loving presence. 

 

 
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Michael Senko Jr.

October 02, 2019 |

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

 Michael Senko, Jr., age 90, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died September 24, 2019, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Born September 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Senko, Sr., and the husband of the late Rose (Hacharian) Senko for over 67 years.

 
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LeLa M. (Simmons) Powell

October 02, 2019 |

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

LeLa M. (Simmons) Powell, 84 of McKeesport, Pennsylvania formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday, September 30, 2019, at home.

LeLa was born June 23, 1935, in Tuscaloosa, AL, daughter of the late Luther Simmons and Nicey Charles Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her late husband John Alfred Powell.

Ms. Powell worked as a CNA for Riverside Nursing Home for many years.  After moving to North Carolina she was a faithful member of Piney Grove AME Church in Evergreen NC, where she played an active role on the deacon board, usher board, and sang in the choir.  After relocating back to Duquesne, Pennsylvania she reunited with the Payne Chapel AME Church.

 
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William Schonberger

October 02, 2019 |

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

William Schonberger, 91, of Glassport, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born May 12, 1928 in Glassport and was the son of the late Samuel and Rose (Weiss) Schonberger. He was a member of Gemilas Chesed Synagogue and was a retired fire fighter for the City of McKeesport. William was a US Army veteran. For his service, he received the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).

 
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Martin "Marty" D. Yurchison

October 02, 2019 |

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

Martin "Marty" D. Yurchison, 75, of Champion, PA, died Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in U.P.M.C. East, Monroeville. Born in McKeesport, September 18, 1944, he was the son of the late Francis X. and Michaelyn (Radzievich) (Rogers) Yurchison. Mr. Yurchison was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and a self employed contractor. Beloved husband of the late Diane (McDermitt) Yurchison, he is survived by three sons, Gary Yurchison, Paul (Elizabeth) Yurchison, and Matthew (Danielle) Yurchison, four grandchildren, Andrew, Katelyn, Joseph, and Emily, nieces, nephews, and special companion, Kathy Miller. In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Yurchison and three brothers, Bernard Rogers, Francis and Ronald Yurchison.

 
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Mary B. Erickson

October 02, 2019 |

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

Mary B. Erickson age 94, of White Oak, formerly of Duquense, on October 1, 2019. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Gulash) Michak. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. Her family was her life. Beloved wife of the late Richard W. Erickson, Sr.; mother of Kathleeen (Christopher) Steimer of Elizabeth Twp. and the late Richard W. "Chirp" Erickson, Jr.; grandmother of Erica Erickson, Stacey (John) Wilczek of Munhall, Rachel (Scott) Bellomo of Charlotte, N.C. and Anne (Jason) Fung of North Huntingdon; great-grandmother of Jackson Fung, Jocelyn Fung and Jude Wilczek; sister of the late Anna (late Paul) Kushnir and the late Michael Michak. Visitation on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 2-8 p.m. at the MALOY-SCHLEIFFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquense. 412-466-3300 where a blessing service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church at 10 a.m. Rev. Mike Conway officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church 529 Grant Ave.  Extension, West Mifflin, PA. 15122.