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Amato, Anthony S. 87

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Kunsak, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Anthony S. Amato, 87, of Ross Township, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan; father of the late Karen; father-in-law of Jay Schwartz; grandfather of the late Marissa; and brother of Angelo (Lois) Amato. There will be no visitation. A blessing service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Our Redeemer Mausoleum Chapel, 204 Cemetery Lane, Ross Township, PA 15237.
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Auld, Robert F. 80

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1935-04-28
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Robert F. "Bob" Auld, 80, of Hampton Township, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, with his family at his side. Born April 28, 1935, in Glenshaw, he was a son of John P. and Betty (Ferber) Auld. Bob was a graduate of Hampton High School, where he met his beloved wife, Connie Marie Ager. They were married for 56 years, until her death in 2013. He worked at Starr Lumber in Saxonburg and held key positions at John H. Auld Bros. in Allison Park for many years. He was a lifelong member of Parkwood Church. Bob enjoyed going to his hunting camp in Elk County and Steelers games. His family will remember his great sense of humor, deep love of family and appreciation for nature. He is survived by his three sons, Robert (Ruth) Auld, of West View; Daniel (Cindi) Auld, of Wildwood, and David Auld, of Hampton Township; grandchildren, Joshua (Jan) Auld, of Kennett Square, Carrie (Edis) Denic, of Chicago, Ill., Rachel (Robert) Reed, of Winchester, Va., Daniel Auld and Amber Auld, both of Wildwood; and great-granddaughters, Lily, Claire, Heidi and Caroline. Bob's family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle in Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Allison Park, with the Rev. Jeffrey Potter officiating. Please meet at the church. He will be laid to rest at the Mt. Royal Cemetery in Glenshaw. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of Parkwood United Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Bob's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Blistan, Amelia S. 90

  • Peters Township
  • Born: 1924-11-18
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Amelia S. Blistan, a longtime resident of Peters Township, recently living at Strabane Woods Assisted Living Facility in Washington, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1924, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of John and Mary (Ilavsky) Shevchik. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Matthew M. Blistan; her children, Matthew Blistan Jr. (Mary Anne) and Sandra Gullborg (William); a brother, Daniel Shevchik; sisters-in-law, Olga Paulovkin, Mildred Sweeney, Rose Hoover, Darlene Moschak and Natalie Gardner; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Blistan (Patricia); grandchildren, Matthew Blistan III (Julie), Rachel Blistan (Anthony Beckman), Brett Gullborg (Christine) and Evan Gullborg (Lindsey); great-grandchildren, Matthew Blistan IV, Brooke Gullborg and Benjamin Gullborg; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, Millan, Rudy and John; and a sister, Mary. Mrs. Blistan was a graduate of Schenley High School in Pittsburgh. She was a lifelong member of Holy Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Northside of Pittsburgh where she also sang in the choir. She had a passion for sewing, gardening, baking and decorating cakes, music, and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins fan. She was a long-standing and active member of several fraternal organizations, including Sokol USA, United Lutheran Society, GBU Financial Life, and Eastern Star. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. 724-941-3211. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Peters Township Meals-on-Wheels, 245 East McMurray Road, Suite 1, McMurray, PA 15317. Please add or view Tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Carson, Curtis 72

  • Formerly of Springdale
  • Born: 1942-05-17
  • Died: 2015-05-15
  • Funeral Home: Fairhaven, Santa Ana | Get Directions
  • Curtis Carson went to be with our Lord on Friday, May 15, 2015, after several months of battling cancer. Curt was born and raised in Springdale. He was a gifted athlete and after a successful high school career attended Grove City College on a basketball scholarship. At Grove City, his basketball success continued and he met his wife of 49 years, Carol. He graduated from GCC in 1964 with a degree in economics and later received a master's in banking from Rutgers University. After a short time working for GE in Erie, Curt began his career in banking and community service in Pittsburgh. Initially he worked for Mellon Bank in a variety of management positions until Mellon transferred him to California in 1984 to open their Southern California middle market division. Not choosing to advance his career with Mellon by returning to the Pittsburgh winters, Curt took a position with First Interstate Bank. Mergers and acquisitions ultimately led Curt to Union Bank, where he retired in 2007 as senior vice president and managing director of private banking. Over the years, he touched many lives through his community service in Rotary, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, coaching little league baseball, soccer and basketball as well as mentoring many of his fellow bankers. He was very involved on the boards of Vanguard University and Fairhaven Mortuary. Curt is survived by his wife, Carol; a son, Drew and his wife, Karen; a daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Rick; two granddaughters, Sophie and Isabella; and his sister, Marilyn. The family is having a celebration of Curt's life at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630, where Curt has been a member for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family would like remembrances in his name to the following: Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630; Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; Mission Hospital, 27700 Medical Center Road, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; or City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010.
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Chisholm, Janice 78

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Janice Chisholm, 78, of Frisco, Texas, formerly of Penn Hills, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the wife of the late Eugene Chisholm; loving mother of Eric (Sharon) Chisholm and Amy (Ellis Stokes) Chisholm; and grandmother of Danielle, Ellis and Arden. Friends received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235.
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Cook, Hugh H. 75

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1939-07-17
  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Hugh H. "Butch" Cook, 75, of Monroeville, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at home with his loving family at his side. He was born July 17, 1939, in Turtle Creek, the son of the late Hugh F. and Florence E. (Guisbert) Cook. Butch was a retired owner/operator and company truck driver. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Valley Lodge No. 613 in Turtle Creek, American Historic Truck Society and FASH (Fraternal Association of Steel Haulers). He is survived by his beloved wife, Paula A. (Homce) Cook; loving children, Hugh H. "Butchie" Cook Jr., of Saltsburg, Kelly (Robert) Chapple, of Columbia, S.C.; cherished grandchildren, Lauren, Reagan and Maggie Chapple; devoted sister, Geraldine (late Charles) Copeland, of Plum Borough; also survived by nieces and nephews. Respecting Butch's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements entrusted to the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export.
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Dempsey Jr., Walter A. 72

  • Penn Hills
  • Born: 1942-10-30
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Walter Arnold Dempsey Jr., 72, of Penn Hills, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at the H.J Heinz VA Hospice Campus in Aspinwall. He was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Braddock, a son of the late Walter and Mary Krieger Dempsey Sr. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Navy, a member of the VFW Post 781 Irwin, and enjoyed fishing and model trains. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Toni Ann Dempsey. He is survived by four children, David (Cristine) Dempsey, Sharon (John) Zillinger, Eric Dempsey (Kristen) and Michelle (Stephen) Chung; one brother, Ray (Donna) Dempsey; two sisters, Barbara (Robert) Harskowitch and Helen (James) Logan; six grandchildren, Chelsea, Cooper, Colby, Dylan, Abigail and Olivia; and special companion, Judy Morford. Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, where a funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Hospital, Pittsburgh. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dudeck, Richard J. 76

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1939-02-16
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Dudeck, 76, of Gibsonia and Cape Canaveral, Fla., formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died Friday afternoon, May 22, 2015, in UPMC Passavant, McCandless. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Feb. 16, 1939, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna Damczek Dudeck. A graduate of Manhattan University, Richard was an information systems analyst and manager for Eastman Kodak for 30 years. After retirement, he continued his education to become a certified financial planner and did financial planning. He was a member of St. Kilian Church. He was an avid golfer and coin collector, but he especially treasured the times spent with his family. Surviving are his wife, Madeleine Falcone Dudeck, whom he married on July 7, 1962; a daughter, Christine Valenta and her husband, Paul, of Gibsonia; a son, Richard J. Dudeck Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, of Tulsa, Okla.; and his grandchildren, Riley and Leslie Barnes, Garrett and Perrin Dudeck and Michaela and Nicholas Valenta. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Dudeck II. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars Borough, with Father Charles Bober, pastor, as celebrant. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Dvorsky, Bertha D. 86

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1928-05-30
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Bertha D. Dvorsky, 86, of Duquesne, formerly of North Versailles, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Sycamore Estate, Duquesne. She was born May 30, 1928, in McKeesport. She retired with 40 plus years of service at McKeesport Hospital as a unit secretary. She enjoyed working, singing and shopping. She was the beloved wife of the late John W. Dvorsky; mother of Millie (Greg) Bobuk, of West Mifflin; grandmother of Jessica Bobuk, T.J. Bobuk and Nicholas Bobuk; great-grandmother of Madelyn Rae Pitz; and sister of Daniel Capner, of McKeesport, Mary (late Steven) Spishock and the late Regina. There will be no visitation. Services entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director.
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Gregory, V. James 77

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1938-02-02
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • V. James Gregory, of Sewickley, known as "Big Jim" by family and friends, departed peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Feb. 2, 1938, in Port Chester, N.Y., Jim was a kind and generous man. He was a loving husband to his wife of 53 years, Margi (Brown) Gregory; and a wonderful father to his children and friend to their spouses: daughters, Katie Clarke (Tripp), Maggie Manuel (Robert) and Betsy Tseronis (Pete), and sons, Jim Gregory (Cathy) and David Gregory (Sharon). Additionally, Jim was a doting grandfather to his 16 grandchildren, Alyssa Jeanette (John), Evan Clarke (Taylor), Lauren Devlin, Will Clarke, KJ Devlin, Kate Manuel, Catlin Clarke, Libby Manuel, Coco Gregory, Peyton Gregory, Brett Gregory, Brooke Gregory, Jake Tseronis, Josh Tseronis, Brie Tseronis and Zach Tseronis. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael and Richard; his sister, Peg; as well as many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. One of Jim's earliest accomplishments was that of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. He utilized those learned attributes of determination and dedication toward his chosen school of higher learning, Villanova University. There, he swam on the varsity swim team and was spotted more than a few times at the local horse track (paying his way through school). He graduated in 1959 with a BS in psychology. He went on to study at the Wharton school's Executive Education program. After graduation from 'Nova, and a brief stint in the National Guard, he married the love of his life, Margaret Brown, from Brooklyn, N.Y. Anyone who has been in the presence of Jim and Margi knows the depth of love they had for each other. As children we would cringe when they would kiss in the kitchen or when we would catch them sharing a music-less slow dance as if they were the only two in the room. But secretly we all loved it. These small acts taught us how to share our love openly. The strength of their love was inspired by their involvement and leadership with Worldwide Marriage Encounter for almost four decades, where they developed many of their strongest friendships and were witness to God's grace. Jim and Margi continued their spiritual endeavors with Epiphany Association, Academy of Formative Spirituality and as Eucharistic, Pre Cana and Baptism ministers with St. James Parish in Sewickley. Margi was the sun that Jim orbited around. We are the moons set in motion from their energy. Jim spent a good part of his career as a corporate gypsy with Betz Laboratories moving seven times in almost 16 years until he moved his family for a final time to Sewickley in 1983 to become the president of Calgon Inc. Jim was an early developer on Pittsburgh's Herr's Island and built Washington's Landing Marina, which his son, Dave, presently operates. In the early 1990s, Jim took his decades of water treatment experience and founded the specialty chemical company Verichem on Neville Island. Jim also proudly served on the board of directors for LaRoche College, Epiphany Association and Ohio Valley Hospital. Jim's story is a classic rags to riches to rags to true riches story and persevered as a result of his tenacity, his faith and his family. One of Jim's many loves was golf. He greatly enjoyed the time on the course when he could connect with his cherished sons and son-in-laws, his adored wife and his many friends. As a member of Allegheny Country Club, Jim won numerous club events and, even to this day, claims to have the longest drive ever recorded on Hole No. 18. Oh, what a drive that was! He also had an adventurous sense of humor. He would plot great tricks to play on his friends, such as challenging them to beat him in swimming underwater laps or betting that he could blow out a table full of candles with one breath. Unwitting victims were unaware that he was great at the setup. Jim also taught through his actions the importance of family and creating memories. He was committed to numerous family vacations and traditions, many we still honor today. Jim had a way of listening so that all could be heard and he had an amazing ability to be focused on the people he was with in that moment. He could frequently be heard talking about rising above and being "Christ like" in our actions. But his actions spoke even louder than his words as he was generous and kind to all - even in the face of adversity. We have all learned how to be better people through Jim's example. Many people affectionately called him Big Jim, because of his drive, stature and loving heart. But there are not enough kind words or witty stories to describe Dad. He touched many lives, had boundless love, a sense of humor and a generous spirit that was infectious and inspiring to everyone he met. We miss him dearly. Please come prepared to celebrate the life of this wonderful man from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., with Father Michael Sullivan as celebrant and Father Thomas J. Burke as concelebrant. In Big Jim's fashion, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers and keeping Big Jim's generous spirit in mind, please make contributions to The Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org); The Villa St. Joseph's in Baden (villastjoseph.org); or the The Epiphany Association (epiphanyassociation.org). The Epiphany Association is a center offering adult faith formation and is dear to our parents' hearts. Dad shared with us that the Boy Scouts saved him in his youth, and we witnessed the love, compassion and dignity that the Villa offered him in his final days.
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Long, Thomas G. 78

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Thomas G. Long, 78, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 32 years of Lois J. Corson Long; father of Thomas S. (Karyn) Long; stepfather of David B. (Diana) Corson, Brian J. Corson and Cathy A. Mann; grandfather of Taylor, Danielle, Courtney, Jeremy, Stephanie, Justin, Joshua and the late David Lee; great-grandfather of Nikki, Gracie, Austin and Keaton; brother of Nancy K. Reiche and the late Carol Ann Mann; also survived by many cousins. Tom was a cable splicer with Duquesne Light Co., 53-year Mason, member of North Hills Lodge No. 716 F and AM and Navy veteran. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229 (no viewing Memorial Day). Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in West View United Methodist Church. Please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Hills Food Bank, 845 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 or do something nice for someone as Tom did so often. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Lovrich, Sister M. Magdalene 94

  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Sister M. "Mary" Magdalene Lovrich, OSF, 94, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Mt. Assisi Convent Motherhouse in Bellevue. She was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province and in her 75th year of profession. Sister Magdalene entered the community from St. Albert Church, Adah, in 1938 and professed her first vows in 1939 at Mt. Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Carlow University majoring in math and minoring in English and Latin; a Master of Arts in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh majoring in English. She completed a postmaster's work in secondary school administration at Duquesne University. Throughout her years of ministry, Sister Magdalene taught in elementary school for one year and the remainder of her teaching ministry was in Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Mt. Assisi Academy in Pittsburgh and Mon-Valley High School in Monongahela. Sister Magdalene was principal of Mt. Assisi Academy from 1954 to 1970 and also taught English, Latin and math. She knew many of the alumnae of Mt. Assisi Academy and kept in contact with them and they with her after the academy closed in 1978. Sister Magdalene was very intelligent and had a remarkable memory for facts and details. She used her gifts and talents for her religious community and for the students she taught. Sister Magdalene was a member of the administration of the province for three terms, served as a delegate for three general chapters, secretary for two other general chapters and a delegate for five provincial chapters. She was a member of the Congregational Constitution Committee when major changes took place after the Second Vatican Council. In 1993, she was appointed as the official archivist of the province and served until 2013. Sister Magdalene was a daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (Slujnski) Lovrich. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas. She is survived by her religious community; her sisters, Carolyn Bailey, who resides in Land O'Lakes, Fla., and Anna Tuskan, who is a resident of Marian Hall Personal Care Home in Pittsburgh. She is also survived by her nephews, Jerome Tuskan, Ron Tuskan and Dennis Bailey; nieces, Regina Rinderer and Rosemary Pascia; and great-nieces and nephews. The viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at Mt. Assisi Convent. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Queen of Angels Chapel, Mt. Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh. Arrangements by LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., Bellevue.
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Mentzer, Anna M. 96

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Anna M. (Snyder) Mentzer, 96, of Reserve Township, died Saturday, May 23, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond A. Mentzer; mother of Raymond A. (Beth) Mentzer, Mary A. Mentzer and Joanne G. (Bob) Evers; proud grandmother of Sarah (Ben) Gist and John (Amanda) Mentzer; dear great-grandmother of Alexander, Natalie, Stella and Calvin; and sister of Joan Reder and Margaret Weidner. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to a charity of your choice. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Miller, Patricia A. 79

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Gallo) Miller, 79, of Munhall, died peacefully Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Ron Miller; daughter of the late George and Nell Gallo; loving mother of Ronnie (Margaret), Lynnie (Jimbo), Lori (Luke) and Chris (Erin); cherished grandmother of Jimmy, Casey, Tommy, Brianna, Paige, Troy and Nolan; and great-grandmother of Tristan, Gabby, Connor and Cole. Friends received from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where a blessing service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday.
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Pavlovich, Joseph P. 84

  • Aspinwall
  • Born: 1931-02-25
  • Died: 2015-03-23
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Joseph Philip Pavlovich, 84, of Aspinwall, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in his home from heart disease. He leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Lee; and two children, Karen West (Art), of Aspinwall, and Philip Pavlovich (Christine), of Winchester, Mass.; and was "Joepa" to his six grandchildren, Arthur, Stewart and Charles West and Ross, Rene and Alexandra Pavlovich. Joseph was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Freeland. One of 13 children, he is survived by his sister, Betty Bacon, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. Joe was a high school graduate of Girard College, an undergraduate of Kenyon College and a postgraduate of Harvard University. Joe's career led him to teach high school mathematics at various prestigious institutions including Phillips Exeter Academy, Kent School, Comprehensive High School (Abeokuta, Nigeria), Roxbury Latin School and Shady Side Academy, where he retired as faculty emeritus. During his tenure at Shady Side Academy, Joe held the Richard King Mellon chair in mathematics and served as the mathematics department chair. Joe's students were his life, he savored the moments he was able to open a young mind and never counted any student out. Joe also authored dozens of mathematical textbooks, standardized tests and computer science textbooks. Joe also produced video lessons in mathematics. In 2014, Joe was made an honorary member of the class of 1964 at Kent School. On May 16, 2015, Joe will be the recipient of the coveted Steven Girard Award, signifying the outstanding achievements of a Girard College Alumnus. Joe was also a star athlete; in 1996 he was inducted into the Kenyon College Athletic Hall-of-Fame for his outstanding performance in soccer and baseball where he held the record for strikeouts in a single season. In 1951, while a sophomore at Kenyon College, Joe was offered a professional baseball contract from the Cincinnati Reds, however he made the decision to remain in school. On the soccer field, he became one of Kenyon's earliest All-American athletes. In 1952, the same year he received an invitation to try out for the Olympic Soccer Team. Joe was an avid photographer and loved spending time with his family and friends at Indian Lake, Somerset County. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Christ Church Fox Chapel, 630 Squaw Run Road East. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL - AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 and the Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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Pickl, John A. 86

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John A. Pickl, 86, of Millvale, died Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary M. Pickl; loving father of Stephen (Eva) Pickl and Cathy (late John) Foley and the late David Pickl; cherished grandfather "Matt" of Jesse and Leo Foley and Alex and Matthew Pickl; brother of Catherine Leas and the late Herman Pickl and Marie Dempsey; and loved by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave. (next to Holy Spirit Parish), Millvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Church.
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Piskurich, Agnes C. 73

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Agnes C. Piskurich, 73, of Lawrenceville, died Friday May 22, 2015. She was the wife of Robert S.; loving mother of Karen Ann (Douglas) Hallam and Robert John Piskurich; grandmother of Quin Robert William and Collin Slattery Hallam; and daughter of the late John and Agnes Slattery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Pison, John P. 73

  • Died: 2015-05-19
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John P. Pison, 73, died peacefully Tuesday, May 19, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children after a valiant nine-year battle with colon cancer. He was the husband of Barbara (Jeso) for 51 years; proud father of Eileen (Jake) Phillips and Glen (Di) Pison; loving grandfather of Sean Phillips; and brother of Joann Pison. He was preceded in death by parents John and Mary. John was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. His greatest enjoyment was mentoring his grandson in the love of fly fishing for trout. John's business career began at U.S. Steel's Duquesne Works as an instrument technician for 19-and-a-half years. When the mill closed in 1986, he became a training instructor for what was to become Emerson Process Control Division, RIDC Park. He retired as a senior instructor in 2011. Per John's request, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1719 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw PA 15116. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. The family wants to especially thank the staff and physicians at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, for the wonderful care and support they provided John and the family during his final days. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the charity of your choice in John's honor.
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Richardson Jr., David L. 94

  • Formerly of Churchill
  • Died: 2015-05-14
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  • David L. Richardson Jr., 94, formerly of Churchill, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. He was the loving husband for 57 years of the late Louise Haldeman Richardson. A devoted father and grandfather, he is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Richardson Martin, her husband, William, and their children, Lauren and David Martin, of Nashville; granddaughter, Monica Thompson Bernatowicz and her daughters, Megan and Tiffany, of Turtle Creek; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Lee Thompson; mother, Lola Henderson Babcock; and stepfather, William E. Babcock. Dave was born and raised in Tacoma Park, Md. Hard work became his middle name as he worked his way through college, graduating from Purdue University with a BS in chemical engineering in 1942. He was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II as an operations officer in the Pacific in charge of weather clearance and air traffic control. After the war, he moved to Pittsburgh and worked for Mellon Institute where he met his wife, Louise. He then began his successful career at LTV Steel, formerly J and L Steel, where he worked for 31 years until he retired as a senior vice president in 1982. He and Louise enjoyed a long, active retirement. As avid golfers, they were longtime members of Edgewood and Longue Vue Country Clubs in Pittsburgh and Innisbrook Country Club in Florida, where they had many wonderful, long lasting friendships. In addition to golf, Dave loved maintaining an immaculate yard and exercising daily. He had a passion for music and dancing and was a talented pianist. Everyone who loved him will miss his Boogie Woogie on the piano, his generous heart, his brilliant mind and above all, the twinkle in his eye and warm smile! Visit www.crawfordservices.com for memorial plans. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Runco, Dr. Angelo S. 88

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe Bros, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Angelo S. Runco, M.D., 88, of Highland Park, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Boehmer) Runco; father of Paul, Robert (Sherry), Carol Emmons, Mark (Nora), John (Kelly), David and Thomas (Hollybeth) and the late Mary Ellen Jesse; grandfather of Stephen and Chris Emmons and Michael, Maddy, Lincoln, Ben, Ally, Killian and Ravenna Runco; brother of affection to Theresa, Tony and Sam Runco; also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Dr. Runco was a much-loved and greatly respected pediatrician who practiced in the East End for more than six decades. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, www.mccabebrothers.com, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Dr. Runco's memory to The Children's Home of Pittsburgh: www.childrenshomepgh.org/donate-now-sup.
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Saffer, Catherine T. 84

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Catherine Theresa (Coyne) Saffer, 84, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Baldwin, died Friday, May 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 56 years to Fred Saffer; loving mother of Bryan (Kathy), Dan (Arlene), Ken (Laura), and the late Tom Saffer and Donna Urbanowicz; mother-in-law of E.J. Urbanowicz and Sue Saffer; proud grandmother of Amanda (Andy), Matthew, Jared, Nathan, Jenna, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Colan, Lindsay and Madelyn; great-grandmother of Lilian; daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Coyne; and sister of the late Margie Baluh. Cathy will be both deeply and sadly missed by all who knew her. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral Prayer at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas A' Becket Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to PA Association for the Blind, 1800 West St., Homestead, PA 15120. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Shaffer, Harrison L. 69

  • Bunola
  • Born: 1946-01-12
  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Frye, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Harrison L. "Uncle Rusty" Shaffer, 69, of Bunola, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1946, in Philippi, W.Va., the son of Harrison Bradford and Perlina Mitchell Shaffer. Harrison was a graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and a member of the Bunola Nazarene Church where he was an usher. He retired after 36 years of employment from Metal Management in Elizabeth. Harrison enjoyed going to the movies and watching them at home. He liked window shopping and traveling to West Virginia where his roots were. He was a caregiver to his mother until her death. Kind, loving and helpful to all, Harrison was the best uncle in the world. He is survived by two brothers, Raymond Shaffer and wife, Carol, of Clairton, and Charles Shaffer and wife, Zona, of Bunola; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ada Gay Streets; and his brother, William Shaffer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC., 427 W. Main St., Monongahela, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Simon, J. Matthew 73

  • Died: 2015-05-20
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • J. Matthew Simon, 73, former president of Point Park University, passed away from complications related to multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A first generation college student, Simon was one of the youngest college presidents in the United States when he took office at the age of 44 in 1986. He was born in 1941 to Joseph Simon and Mildred White Simon in Reading. During summers, he worked alongside his father at a metal machine shop to help fund his tuition at Albright College where he studied chemistry. During this time he also played saxophone with his jazz band the Crescendos, becoming a member of the musicians union and playing at clubs throughout eastern Pennsylvania to help fund his education while developing a lifelong love of jazz. In 1963, he began doctoral work in the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied analytical chemistry with his dissertation adviser Johannes Coetzee. In 1969, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry for his dissertation Polarography and Medium Effects in Sulfolane. During this time he met his eventual wife, Janet DiPasquale (who would herself be the executive director of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children). He was also involved with the progressive politics of the era, volunteering his time to both the anti-war and civil rights movements. In 1969, he became an assistant professor of chemistry at what was then Point Park College, teaching his first class the afternoon of the day he defended his dissertation. Before becoming president of that institution, he served as both the director of Point Park's international campus in Lugano, Switzerland, as well as the chair of the Department of Natural Science and Engineering Technology, taking on this role at the age of 32, making him the youngest chair in the college's history. In this role, he mentored many students who went on to receive their own graduate degrees in the sciences. During his tenure as president from 1986-1995, he oversaw the development of several new programs, an increase in the endowment and the construction of a state-of-the-art library in Downtown Pittsburgh. At the time Simon became the fourth president of the college, Point Park was experiencing severe financial trouble, which he was able to reverse ensuring the school's continued existence. Central to his vision of administration was that education should be available to all communities and that even as Point Park became increasingly prestigious at the national scale that it also needed to reflect the diverse needs of a diverse city. Upon retirement from the presidency, Simon returned to the classroom, teaching undergraduate science at Point Park as well as in the graduate program in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Both during and after his presidency, he served on several local boards, continuing his role as an educator. These included serving on the Board of Trustees of Albright College, the Community College of Allegheny County, the Negro Education Emergency Drive and Beginning with Books among others. A passionate advocate for his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, Simon was the longest serving member of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board, which has provided financial oversight to local government. Central to his life's work as an educator and scientist was an abiding belief in both the ability of education to transform the lives of people, but also the basic importance of knowledge for knowledge's sake. Though a distinguished educator he always viewed himself as a student and a teacher, and had a passion for the classroom. This manifested itself in a variety of ways, from presenting about ecology at area elementary schools in an earthworm costume on Earth Day to acting as a DJ at WPPJ Point Park with his "President Presents Jazz" radio show. The recipient of several awards and an honorary degree, he was most pleased by the Distinguished Alumni Award from the chemistry department of the University of Pittsburgh, always first and foremost seeing himself as a scientist. Friends and family remember him as a man of intelligence, kindness and humor who did the right thing without question and without expectation of reward. He is survived by his wife, Janet, of 47 years, who acted as caregiver and constant companion during four years of illness; and two sons, Jacob Matthew, who is a lawyer in Pittsburgh, and Edward Nathan, a doctoral candidate in English who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Point Park University, 201 Wood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15213.
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Stephan, Ruth M. 95

  • Born: 1920-01-02
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Ruth M. (Roberts) Stephan passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. She was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Carrick. She got married on June 21, 1942, to Jack P. Stephan, who passed away in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Walter Roberts; and one son-in-law, Allen Hewitt. She was the loving mother of Susan Hewitt, Linda Baker and Judy Classon; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ruth was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught fourth grade in Brentwood during the war and later kindergarten in the Pine Richland Schools for 30 plus years until retiring at the age of 65. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and teacher. She enjoyed a full life always with a smile and a kind word for everyone. She will be missed enormously by her family. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on July 18, in South Side Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Martin officiating. Local arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown.
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Tanner, Donald P. 89

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Milton, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Donald P. Tanner, 89, of Bethel Park, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Rehrer) Tanner. He was the beloved father of Jean Tanner, of Akron, Ohio, and Jill (Gerald) Schutz, of South Park. He was the cherished grandfather of Jilean Schutz, Julia Schutz and Melodie Tanner; loved uncle of Paul W. Griffin, of Bethel Park; brother of Charles (Louise) Tanner and Ann Griffin; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews; and Don's faithful companion, Ozzie. Don was a World War II veteran, a retired woodshop teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools and an avid golfer. He was instrumental in donating Native American artifacts to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at HAMEL MORTUARY, 169 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Dr. Don J. Ewing officiating.
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Westmoreland County

Antolik, George E. 87

  • Brenizer
  • Born: 1928-02-19
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson, Blairsville | Get Directions
  • George E. Antolik, 87, of Brenizer, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. George was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Bentleyville. George was one of eight children, the youngest son of Antonia and Antoni "Tony" Antolik. He attended school in Derry Township and enlisted in the Navy in 1946. George's closest brother, Anthony, was killed in France in 1944, and he mourned his loss greatly. He was also grieved when the fiancee he met while stationed in California was killed in an accident. George served aboard the USS Pelias (AS-14) and the USS Tinosa (SS-383) helping in decommissioning activities and at Mare Island, Calif., from 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1948 as a fireman first class. On his discharge he returned to Pennsylvania and stayed in Pittsburgh for a time with a sister. He then returned to his family home in Brenizer, where he remained until he went to Lynn Haven Personal Care Home in July 2014. George worked on the railroad fixing tracks, on construction, at a cement factory and at Paul Graff's Machine Shop and finally at Thompson Gear in Delmont. He retired in 1993. George never married and for many years he and his sister, Josephine, lived together in the family home. He enjoyed hunting and fly fishing and had been a member in several hunting camps. He really enjoyed being around people. George was a member of the American Legion. One of his greatest honors and treasures was participating in military funerals to honor fellow veterans, with his fellow veterans, as a member of the Blairsville Military Service Group. George also had assisted in the display of the many flags erected in the Blairsville Cemetery during the years. George was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Blairsville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Nellie, Stella, Josephine, Edward, Anthony, Stanley and Frank. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the JAMES F. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME INC., 25 W. Market St., Blairsville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville, with Father Stephen Bugay as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. Prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The VFW Post 5821 and American Legion Post 0407 will conduct graveside military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a veteran's group or a charity of your choice. www.jamesfergusonfuneralhome.com.
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Eckstein, A. Wallace 70

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1943-06-15
  • Died: 2014-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • A. Wallace "Wally" Eckstein, 70, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, in his home, after suffering for more than two decades from a debilitating lung disease. He was born June 15, 1943, in Johnstown. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold C. Eckstein, of Johnstown. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Pullen) Eckstein; daughter and son-in-law, Ericka and Brad Matteo, of Apollo; and his grandson and best buddy, Dante. He is also survived by his mother, LaVerne Eckstein, of Johnstown; his sisters, Arlene Edie, of Florida, and Nancy Trotz, of Johnstown; his brothers, Jeffrey, of Virginia, and Gregg, of Pittsburgh. Wally is also survived by many nephews and nieces, all of whom he loved very much. Wally was a 1961 graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School, in Johnstown, and a 1965 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. His career began at Bethlehem Steel, in Johnstown, but shortly moved to Pittsburgh. There, he worked for Westinghouse for almost 30 years, mostly at the Tele-Computer Center in North Braddock. Towards the end of his career he worked for Equitable Gas in Pittsburgh before his declining health forced him into retirement. Wally was blessed with a very attentive and loving extended family and a group of the most amazing friends. Wally was a difference maker in many of the lives he touched and is greatly missed by all who knew him. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, and from 11 a.m. until noon Friday, May 29, 2015, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. The memorial service will be held at noon in the Corl Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Spectrum Charter School, 4369 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Horner, Rex R. 71

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1944-02-25
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Rex R. Horner, 71, of Latrobe, passed on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1944, in Somerset, a son of the late George M. and Bessie (Rehm) Horner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Allen Horner; and a sister, Adele Yaney. He is survived by his wife, Margie (Myers) Horner; three daughters, Stephanie Horner (Scott) Matson, of Ligonier, Christina Kwaczala and Samantha Kwaczala, both of Latrobe; two sons, Scott Horner (Karen), of Ligonier, and Patrick Horner (Crista), of Latrobe; 10 grandchildren, Kirsten, Sheldon, Gordon, Clayten and Payton Matson, Benjamin, Abigail, Alexandria, Emmie and Caitlin Horner; two sisters, Faye Williams and Kay Burd; and his beloved dog, Sadie. Honoring Rex's wishes, all services will be private. Arrangements are by SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Ligonier.
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Kerestes, Kathy J. 61

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1954-05-19
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Rostraver Township | Get Directions
  • Kathy Jane Kerestes, 61, of Belle Vernon, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born in Monongahela, May 19, 1954, she was a daughter of the late Michael T. and Barbara C. (Ulakovic) Kerestes. A graduate of Point Park College, Kathy began her career at WESA Radio in Charleroi. She then became the morning news anchor at WTAE Radio for the O'Brien and Garry Show, where she was "The Voice of Pittsburgh" for 12 years and was also a weekend reporter for WTAE-TV. She left WTAE and became director of media and community relations at Carlow College, where she developed the prestigious "Women of Spirit" program. She served on many boards and committees, including Alice Paul House, POWER and the CLO, and her honors include Pennsylvania Press Award, National Associated Press Award, Carlow College President's Award for Excellence and recognition as One of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest. She is survived by her brother, Edward M. (Mary Ann) Kerestes, of Rostraver Township; sisters, Barbara Martin, of Canonsburg, and Dr. Suzan (Jay) Mohney, of Fallowfield Township; nephews, Michael Ross Martin, Edward Ryan Kerestes, Jay Michael Mohney and Jeffrey Edward Mohney; and niece, Victoria Kerestes. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the JAMES C. STUMP FUNERAL HOME INC., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, (724-929-7934), where a blessing service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, followed by funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 801 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, with Monsignor Roger A. Statnick as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne Home, 685 Angela Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com.
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Martin Jr., David C. 60

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1955-01-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Attorney David C. Martin Jr., 60, of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at home. Born Jan. 19, 1955, in Reading, he was a son of the late David C. and Jeanette (Himmelreich) Martin. David had lived in Vandergrift for the last two years after moving from the Delmont and Export area. He was a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, Shillington, Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. David worked as an attorney for 33 years, with his practice, Martin and Lerda Law Office, with locations in North Apollo and Pittsburgh. He was a member of Cornerstone Ministries, Export, was a well-known storyteller at the church, and a member of the Allegheny and Westmoreland Bar Associations. David enjoyed painting and drawing, and incorporated both skills into his storytelling at Cornerstone Ministries. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara S. (Staver) Martin; daughters, Jacquelyn Martin and Kathryn Martin, of Vandergrift; son, David C. Martin III, of Export; grandchild, Jordyn Hudek; and sisters, Betsy Sargent, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dianne Glaze, of Hagerstown, Md. A memorial service honoring David's life takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Cornerstone Ministries, 2200 Cornerstone Lane, Export, PA 15632. Arrangements have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Apollo. The family requests no flowers be sent, and instead memorial contributions may be made in David's memory to Cornerstone Ministries, Attention: Children Ministries, 2200 Cornerstone Lane, Export, PA 15632 or to Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Heights Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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McBride, Linda 61

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1953-06-11
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Bacha, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Linda McBride, 61, of Greensburg, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, peacefully at home with her husband, William, at her side. She was born in Greensburg on June 11, 1953, to Marian (Coval) and surviving father, James Bittinger. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Jill, of Altoona, and their children, Zoey and Gavin McBride; her sister, Lee Boehme and her son, Alex, of South Greensburg; also survived by numerous nephew and cousins. As a 1974 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she became a published freelance graphic designer and later worked for the WCCC. She was active with Arnold Palmer Pavilion and other cancer support groups and enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be especially missed by niece, Monique and her three daughters; closest friend and soul mate, Myrna; and close neighbors who have helped provide support through these difficult times. Honoring Linda's request, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg, in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in memory of Linda to Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.ourclubhouse.org. Donations will help support a new Our Clubhouse in the Greensburg Area. www.bachafuneralhomeinc.com.
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McCullough, Gary L. 71

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1944-02-10
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Gary L. McCullough, 71, of Jeannette, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. He was born Feb. 10, 1944, in Greensburg, a son of the late Kenneth and Eleanor Barton McCullough. Prior to his retirement, Gary was employed for the Delta Airline Co. as a customer service agent. He was a veteran having served with the Air Force Reserve. Gary was a member of the United Church of Christ Jeannette, where he served as the church's usher coordinator, a member of the American Legion Post No. 344, the Jeannette Italian Club, the Jeannette Masonic Lodge No. 750, the Scottish Rite Freemasonary, the International Shriner's and the Delta Pioneer Retirees. Gary was an avid golfer and enjoyed his private pilot's license by seeing his beloved home town of Jeannette from the sky. In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his brother, Lanny McCullough. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Donna Gentilo McCullough; two daughters, Kelly Andrewlevich and husband, Ted, of Bristow, Va., and Courtney McCullough and fiance, Raymond Smolka, both of Greensburg; grandchildren, Erin and T.J. Andrewlevich; a sister-in-law, Barbara McCullough, of Hagerstown Md.; an aunt, Mary McCullough, of Greensburg; an uncle, Robert Stewart and wife, Betty, of Springfield, Va.; his mother-in-law, Viola Tocco Gentilo, of Jeannette; brothers-in-law, Dennis Gentilo and wife, Louella, of Jeannette, and Richard Gentilo and wife, Joyce, of Waldorf, Md.; special cousins, Cyndee, Sandi and Lori; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. Second St., Jeannette. A funeral service will take place 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Robert Marks officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Portka, Thecla M. 89

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1925-09-08
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Thecla M. Portka, 89, of New Kensington, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Willows, at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in New Kensington, to the late John and Mary Szelc Pilat and was a lifelong resident of New Kensington. Mrs. Portka was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington and worked as a secretary for the City of New Kensington and was very proud of her city. She enjoyed cooking and especially spending time with her family. She is survived by her three children, Frances (Dennis) Woytek, of New Kensington, Andrew (Tracee) Portka, of Fontana, Calif., and Joan (Donald) Polczynski, of Lower Burrell; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Jennifer) Woytek, Sarah (Erik) Hohlfeld, Marissa (John) Thompson and Jacob and Noah Portka; and two great-grandchildren Jacob Hohlfeld and Andrew Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Francis Andrew Portka; grandson, Zachary Portka; and five brothers, Joseph, Edward, Stanley, Louis and Walter Pilat. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at noon in St. Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Lower Burrell. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Tomechko, Mary E. 93

  • United
  • Born: 1921-09-20
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Hoffer, Norvelt | Get Directions
  • Mary Elizabeth (Lucas) Tomechko, 93, of United, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after a very brief illness. She was born Sept. 20, 1921, to the late Mary and Joseph Lucas. Mary was married to Walter Tomechko until his death July 31, 1979. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Kujawa; four brothers, John, Joe, Walter and Eugene Lucas. Mary lived a long and happy life. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. During her life, she enjoyed golfing, bowling, bingo, reading, crossword puzzles and casino trips. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and leaves behind many cherished friends at Westmoreland Manor. She is survived by her three sons, Tom (Anita), of Erie, Greg (Diana), of United, and Bob (Renee), of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Erin (Russell) Potter, of Aspen, Colo. and Dana (Scott) Turner, of Erie; her great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Katelyn, of Erie; sister, Margie Bart; brothers, Emil, Bernard and Eddie Lucas; and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, 2245 Mt. Pleasant Road, Norvelt, PA 15674. Mary's funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Florian Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Transfer prayers will be 10:15 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment is to follow at St. Florian Cemetery, Trauger.
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Armstrong County

Berger, Alberta J. 88

  • Leechburg
  • Born: 1927-03-08
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Alberta J. (Artman) Berger, 88, of Leechburg, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at 8:45 p.m. in Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Burrell. She was born March 8, 1927, in New Kensington, to the late Dwight and Bertha (Glass) Artman. She was the wife of the late Hector Berger, who died Jan. 8, 1995. She was employed as a custodian for the Leechburg Area School District for more than 20 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg. Mrs. Berger enjoyed playing the lottery, watching and shopping on QVC on TV, flower pot gardening, and in earlier years going to camp. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, Hector D. Berger (Roberta), of Leechburg, and Daniel Lee Berger (Diane), of Ford City; a daughter, Berniece McNichols (Michael Petrosky), of Allegheny Township; a stepdaughter, Patricia Neusch, of New Kensington; three grandchildren, Michael Berger, Jamie Gromley and Kelly Austin; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Shaner, of Leechburg. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Kathleen Csonka, Virginia Crawford and Louise Bell. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 1 until the time of her funeral ceremonies at 3 p.m. Monday in the CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER INC., Leechburg (724-842-1051). Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. James V. Arter III. Interment will be made in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To send an online condolence to the Berger family, please visit at www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Lang, Joyce 84

  • Freeport
  • Born: 1930-11-13
  • Died: 2015-05-16
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Joyce Hamilton Lang, 84, of the Freeport area, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, after surgery to remove lung cancer. "Still a little bit of your song in my ear. Still a little bit of your words I long to hear." She was married to George J. Lang III, of Pittsburgh, who passed away in 1998. Joyce was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, to John McGarry and Orpha Slawter Hamilton; and a sister to Jackie Hamilton, Margie Coburn and Ann Miller. She was a mother of six children, Jim Lang (Karen), of Granger, Ind., Karen Lang Shodi (Jim), of Greensburg, Christine Lang Burke (Bill), of San Antonio, Texas, Kim R. Lang, of San Francisco, Calif., Wendy Lang McKinney (Brian), of Greenville, S.C., and Beth Lang Held (Raymond), of Vandergrift, who passed away in 2011. Joyce was a proud grandmother to 12, Jennifer and Kelsey Lang, of Indiana, Kristen Hofstetter, of California, Liz, Jon and Joey Shodi, of Greensburg, Matt and Cally Burke, of Texas, Alison and Christian McKinney, of South Carolina, Brittany and Brayden Held, of Arizona, and Pennsylvania, respectively. Joyce was a 40-year employee of the Wynn Tredway River Forest Country Club, where her gentle manner and kind disposition touched everyone daily. She enjoyed the pleasures of life, whether it was great food, a great book or a good movie, but she especially came alive when surrounded by the people who meant the most to her. Cremation took place Monday, May 18, 2015, and a celebration of her life will follow. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to your local library, as Joyce was an avid reader. We love you Mom and the grandchildren will miss you terribly. "I hear your footsteps down the hall. You are home and safe." JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, in charge of arrangements.
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Ravetto, Richard 86

  • Formerly of Leechburg
  • Born: 1929-02-06
  • Died: 2015-05-15
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Richard Ravetto, 86, of Winter Garden, Fla., formerly of Leechburg, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, in the Golden Pond Assisted Living Center, Winter Garden, Fla. Born Feb. 6, 1929, in Leechburg, he was a son of the late Dominick and Catherine (Vallo) Ravetto. Richard retired from the Leechburg Area School District where he had been employed as the maintenance supervisor. After his retirement, he and Rose became "snow birds" and lived in the Orlando area during the winter months then returning to the Leechburg area for the summer. He was a member of the former St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Leechburg and currently a member of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Winter Garden. Richard was also a member of the Marconi club in Leechburg. He and Rose loved camping and were members of the Bootleggers Camp Club in Leechburg, the Salt Shakers Camp Group in Saltsburg and the National Camping and Hiking Association (NCHA). Besides his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie Ravetto, on Nov. 1, 2013; a sister, Mary Ravetto; and four brothers, Ben, Gene, Joe and Donald Ravetto. Survivors include a son, David (Paula) Ravetto, of Florida; daughters, Cindy (Charlie) Jacobs, of Florida, and Kathy (Larry) Kovalcik, of East Vandergrift; four grandsons, Bradley Kovalcik, of Pittsburgh, Ethan Kovalcik, of East Vandergrift, Dominick Ravetto and Nicholas Jacobs, both of Florida; and a brother, Robert Ravetto, of Oregon. There will be no public visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg. Private burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Leechburg. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Franklin, Janie L. 64

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1950-09-26
  • Died: 2015-05-23
  • Funeral Home: Fox, Saxonburg | Get Directions
  • Janie L. Franklin, 64, of Sarver, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her home. Born Sept. 26, 1950, in Natrona Heights, she was a daughter of James T. Young and Esther I. Thompson Young. Janie had worked for Moonlight Mushrooms, the Butler VA Hospital and was a 20-year veteran of the Air Force, having served from 1973-1993. She attended Sarver Wesleyan Methodist Church. She was a member of the American Legion, life member of the Sarver Vets Club, Butler VA Women Veterans, Air Force Sergeants Association, life member of The Retired Enlisted Association, member of the Women's Memorial and life member of the Disabled American Veterans, General Butler No. 64. She enjoyed reading, traveling, spending time with her family and friends and was a Girl Scout leader. Surviving are her brothers, Paul J. (Cathy) Young, of Arizona, and John R. (Gloria) Young, of Sarver; her sisters, Delores "Dorrie" Young, of Sarver, and Joanne E. Harrity, of Sarver; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Jack Franklin, in 2000. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at FOX FUNERAL HOME INC., 410 W. Main St., Saxonburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in the funeral home with the Rev. David Duvall officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Saxonburg American Legion. Memorial donations may be made to the DAV General Butler No. 64, P.O. Box 1728, Butler, PA 16003. www.foxfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Groves, Theodore C. 73

  • Mars
  • Born: 1941-12-19
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Theodore C. "Ted" Groves, 73, of Mars, formerly of McKeesport and Hazelwood, died Thursday evening, May 21, 2015, at Family Hospice in Pittsburgh. He was born Dec. 19, 1941, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Theodore C. and Margaret Culhane Groves. Ted had been a machinist, inspector and union rep for Union Switch and Signal. An avid car enthusiast, he was a member of the Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Lynn Quinten Groves, whom he married Oct. 19, 1963; a son, Theodore R. Groves, of Mars; a daughter, Dana Stankiewicz and her husband, Paul, of Miami, Fla.; a brother, John "Jack" Groves and his wife, Mary, of West Mifflin; his grandchildren, Teddy, J.D., Justin and Kaylee; and a soon-to-be great-grandchild. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Those attending are asked to dress in casual attire. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Rowan, Homer C. 87

  • Sarver
  • Born: 1928-05-16
  • Died: 2015-05-18
  • Funeral Home: Redmond, Freeport | Get Directions
  • Homer Clair "Turtle" Rowan, 87, of Sarver, Buffalo Township, went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 18, 2015, at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, while in the company of family members. Clair was born May 16, 1928, in Natrona Heights. He was a son of the late Rosetta (Aikins) and Homer G. Rowan. As a Har-Brack High School student, Mr. Rowan was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps. His interest and hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping and metal detecting. He was an avid farmer and self-taught musician. He performed with the Rosston Country Singers and was a member of the Armstrong County League of Arts. Mr. Rowan was a faithful member of Lighthouse Fellowship Center in Buffalo Township. Clair had worked for many years and retired from Liberty Mirror Works in Brackenridge. He had also worked for the Sarver and Saxonburg Post Offices. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Loretta C. (Bowser) Rowan; their five daughters, Tina K. (Phillip) Babinsack, of Buffalo Township, Lucinda M. (Joseph) Thompson, of Buffalo Township, Kathleen E. Rowan, of Buffalo Township, Judith D. (Kenneth) Edinboro, of Butler, and Joy L. (Alan) Caporali, of Buffalo Township; and three sons, Jesse C. (Debbie) Rowan, of Buffalo Township, Ernest T. (Donna) Rowan, of Virginia, Minn., and John M. (Carrie) Rowan, of Punxsutawney. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and his sister, Shirley (Richard) Shick, of Buffalo Township. Clair is preceded by his son, Thomas Michael Rowan; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Anastasia Thompson; two brothers, Howard and Frank Rowan; two sisters, Marian Lesney and Betty Hutcheson. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St., in Freeport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Lighthouse Fellowship Center, on Parker Road in Sarver, with the Rev. Richard Shick officiating. Burial will be held at Mt. Airy Cemetery in Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Fellowship Center, 130 Lucas Lane, Sarver, PA 16055. To send a condolence, visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Fayette County

Bigam, Mary S. 89

  • Connellsville
  • Born: 1925-12-17
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary S. Bigam, 89, of Connellsville (Pleasant Hill), went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, May 22, 2015, with her loving family at her side while in the Hillside Manor Nursing Home, Uniontown. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Normalville, a daughter of the late Henry William and Daisy M. Scott Basinger. Mary was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1945. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the Normalville Senior Citizens. Mary will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by her loving sons, Dennis Bigam, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Roger Bigam and wife, Beverly, of Connellsville, and Robert Dale Bigam and wife, Karen, of Melcroft; her grandchildren, Michael Bigam, Jeff Bigam, Kelli Richter and husband, Michael, Robert Stevens and Seth Bigam; and her great-grandchildren, Karissa, Allie, Alec, Austin, Kassi and Noah. Mary was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ralph M. Bigam, on April 10, 2007; a granddaughter, Melinda Richter; her sisters, Henrietta Donaldson, Nevada Rankin and Elizabeth Ohler; and her brothers, Lester and Samuel Basinger. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the BROOKS FUENRAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville (724-628-1430), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Watson officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the Normalville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in memory of Mary S. Bigam. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Bruce, Margaret

  • Finleyville
  • Died: 2015-05-21
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" (Hall) Bruce, of Finleyville, died Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was the wife of the late John Bruce; sister of the late Genevieve Hall, Sarah Pokorny and Alta McConeghy; aunt of James Barnes, of Louisville, Ky., Ray Pokorny and Beverly McConeghy, both of Gill Hall, and the late James McConeghy and Kenny Pokorny; also survived by six great-nephews and eight great-great-nieces and nephews. Peg was the last of the Hall girls. She was the face of DiStefano Pharmacy working as a dependable clerk for 45 years. She was very independent all of her life, a regular at the Library Rite Aid and the Blue Flame Restaurant everyday for lunch and was a lifetime member of Jefferson United Methodist Church. In her younger days, Peggy was a fixture at local weekly dances. Friends will be received noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, South Park Township, 412-655-4600, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Condolences may be offered for the family at www.GriffithFH.com.
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Watson, Frances E. 90

  • Washington , Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1925-01-11
  • Died: 2015-05-22
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Frances E. Watson, 90, of Washington, Pa., formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Washington County Health Center, Washington. She was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Natrona, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Mary Slomkowski Stoops. Frances was a graduate of Har-Brack High School. She worked at the former Princess Bakery in Natrona Heights. Frances was of the Methodist faith. She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Massert, of Natrona Heights, and Helen Jane (Lou) Welsh, of Brackenridge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Watson, of Jan. 18, 2005; and by her brothers, Lloyd "Sonny" Stoops and Lawrence Stoops. Services and burial for Frances were private. Arrangements are under the care of the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688. To send an online condolence, please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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Graff, Robert G. 81

  • Chester, Md. , Formerly of Fawn Township
  • Born: 1933-05-31
  • Died: 2015-05-22
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  • Robert G. "Captain" Graff, of Chester, Md., formerly of Fawn Township, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015. Bob was a beloved member of the Kent Island, Md., community, as well as dearly remembered and loved from his home in Pennsylvania. He will be remembered for his reserved, quiet and knowledgeable nature. Born May 31, 1933, in Oil City, he was a son of the late George and Florence Sell Graff, but moved to Leechburg area where he grew up and attended Ken High School in New Kensington. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with an engineering degree where he also later taught engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He spent his career as a nuclear engineer at Westinghouse, based in both the Pittsburgh and Maryland. He was a pioneer in the electro-mechanical engineering division at Westinghouse that included work that resulted in traveling, not only throughout the United States but also abroad, supporting the Defense Department initiatives of Westinghouse. In 1982, he moved to Kent Island, to support the oceanic division of Westinghouse, where he retired in 1992 and spent time enjoying his waterfront home with the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Donna Long, before her passing in 2002. They raised a family while traveling for his work settling in Fawn Township, and later in Chester. He loved fishing, crabbing, traveling and classic cars. Bob was a gentleman who loved his family and one who always persevered. As well as being dedicated to his family and work, he was involved in many community organizations including the Lions; volunteer fireman for Fawn Township Fire Company No. 2; and Hunting and Fishing club, all in Pennsylvania. After moving to Maryland, he became a member of the Elks; Kent Island Yacht Club; and charter member of Kent Narrows Racing Association. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Leah (Richard), of Penn State; sons, Thomas Graff, of Seattle, Wash., Robert Graff, of Chester, Michael Graff (Virginia Melissa), of Fawn Township, and John Graff (Judy), of Stevensville, Md.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Donna Joyce Graff; brother, Jack Graff; and sister, Bernice Wolf. Services will be private. Arrangements were handled by the FELLOWS, HELFENBEIN and NEWMANN FUNERAL HOME, in Stevensville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, 1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619. Online condolences may be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.
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Patsko, Elizabeth M. 95

  • Tucson, Ariz. , Formerly of Derry
  • Born: 1919-07-02
  • Died: 2015-05-17
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth M. Patsko, 95, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Derry, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Turner Adult Care Home, Tucson, Ariz. She was born July 2, 1919, in Adah, the daughter of the late Michael J. and Elizabeth M. (Nemiego) Patsko. Elizabeth is survived by her sister, Helen Chemski, of Pennsylvania, and her brother, Tom Patsko, of Tennessee; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Elizabeth's life celebration from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, PA, 724-694-8331. Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen C. West, as officiant. Interment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery, Unity Township.
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Suiter Jr., Lymen E.G. 87

  • Hilton Head, S.C. , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1928-02-11
  • Died: 2015-05-20
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  • Lymen Edwin Gule Suiter Jr., 87, of Hilton Head, S.C., formerly of Pittsburgh, died peacefully after a short illness Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living, Hilton Head. Lymen was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Sunbury High School, in Sunbury, in 1947. Following high school, he served as a soldier in the Army. He was a successful businessman and only recently retired. He was a son of the late Lymen and Helen Suiter. He was married to his high school sweetheart, the late Shirley (Eister) Suiter for 50 years. Surviving is his daughter, Christi Martin, of Savannah, Ga.; and his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Patterson, of Hilton Head, S.C. He had one sister, the late Dorothy Lamb, of Piscataway, N.J.; and one brother, James Suiter, of Lake Oswego, Ore. He is also survived by his loving friend, Liz Sartori, of Wexford; in-laws, Henry and Louise Witman, of Northfield, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lymen was a lifetime member of the Ingomar Volunteer Fire Department in Ingomar and a member of Ingomar United Methodist Church. He loved football! He was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and attended every North Allegheny High School football game for years. He was kind to everyone, the life of the party and a charmer with a unique sense of humor. His family and his many friends will miss him greatly. At Lymen's request, no memorial service will be held. www.lowcountrycremation.com.
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