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Bakos, Theresa V. 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1923-09-28
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Theresa V. Bakos, 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Sept. 28, 1923, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Weiss) Smith and the wife of Julius M. Bakos Sr., for 41 loving years. Theresa was a McKeesport High School Graduate, Class of 1941, and in her early years she worked for the Thorofare market in McKeesport. She was a member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church and its Women's Guild. Theresa was also a member of the Eastern Star No. 418 and she loved to cook and bake for friends and family. In addition to her husband, Theresa is survived by children, Janet Slinchak (Joe) Sparico, of White Oak, Joan Slinchak (Larry) Crncic, of Bluffton, S.C.; stepson, Julius M. Bakos Jr., of Moon Township; grandchildren, Shaun, Joelle, Colleen, Megan and Carolyn; and great-grandchildren, Amanda, Ian, Brianna, Cailyn and Ashlan. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. The Eastern Star, Elizabeth Chapter No. 418, will have a service at 7 p.m. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Borsay. Entombment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hungarian Reformed Church, 101 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Blaha, Thomas J. 85

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Blaha, 85, of Ross Township, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of late Donna L. (Henning) Blaha; father of Karen (Gerard) Eonta, Janice Weber, Lynne (Jose) Martinez and Thomas N. (Ann) Blaha; and is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment with military honors will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date. Tom was retired from Bell Telephone with more than 40 years of service. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the Masons. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to the Forest Avenue Presbyterian Church, 898 Forest Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Boyko, Thomas R. 52

  • Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1962-02-16
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Gulf Coast Cremations, Sarasota, Fla. | Get Directions
  • Thomas R. Boyko, 52, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 16, 1962, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Martha (Michlo) Boyko. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Janice Boyko. Survivors include sister, Audrey (Albert) Podlesny, of West Mifflin; nephew, Jonathan (Courtney) Podlesny, of Rockwood; and nephew, Derek Podlesny, of Brentwood. Even though he moved from Port Vue to Sarasota, Fla., more than 30 years ago, he remained a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Private interment will be held in Port Vue. Arrangements by GULF COAST CREMATIONS, Sarasota, Fla.
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Callahan, David W. 75

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1938-08-08
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • David W. Callahan, 75, of McKeesport, died Friday, July 18, 2014. Born Aug. 8, 1938, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Charles and Agnes (Pipp) Callahan. Dave was retired from the auto salvage industry. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of the AMVETS Post 8, McKeesport. Dave is survived by children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES.
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Catena, Mario S. 84

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mario Sam Catena, 84, of Munhall, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 54 years of Sally Ann (Rubinsak) Catena; father of Joseph (Rebecca) Catena, Lori (Mark) Dzuka and Daniel Catena; brother of Michael Catena and the late Lena Cannuni; grandfather of Ryan, Justin, Danielle, Sammy, Nicky, Corey and Maggie; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Mario was the owner of KE Company of Pittsburgh and an Air Force veteran, serving during Korea. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Mario's name. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Coene, Linda D. 67

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Linda D. (Wallace) Coene, 67, of Marshall Township, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Chris Coene; loving mother of Carolyn Becker and Jessica Coene (Meghan); proud grandmother of Mikaya Becker; loving sister of David Wallace (Carla), of Wellington, Fla.; devoted aunt of Jonathan and Adam Wallace; daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred (McWhirter) Wallace; and is also survived by many loving friends and relatives. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, (724) 772-8800, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ride for Kids, http://www.curethekids.org., 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, N.C. 28806.
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Conn, Tammy L. 51

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1962-11-23
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Tammy Louise Gensler Conn, 51, of McKeesport, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at home. She was born Nov. 23, 1962, in Pittsburgh, and was the daughter of Harry "Butch" George Gensler and Marjorie F. Kincaid Gensler, of North Versailles. She attended the Boston United Methodist Church and was a former member and usher at Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church. Tammy worked at Dollar Bank in Monroeville and was a graduate of Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Justin Curtis Conn, of McKeesport; sisters, Sherry Renee Gensler, of North Versailles, and Jodi Lee (Rick) Sabol, of North Huntingdon; brother, Richard David (Michelle) Gensler, of McKeesport; nephews, Cody and Owen; and nieces, Jamie and Taylor. There is no visitation. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Boston United Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Piper, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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D'Achille, Michael A. 31

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Michael Adolfo D'Achille, 31, of Wexford, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of one year to Lauren (Battaglia) D'Achille. He is also survived by his loving parents, Adolfo and Carol D'Achille. Michael was a triplet and is survived by his sister, Natalie (Aaron) Price, and brother, Steven (the late Alexis) D'Achille, and his younger sister, Christie (Ross) Taggart; nephew, Luca Price, and nieces, Adriana D'Achille and Maddison Wrigley; and grandparents, Jane (the late Russell) North and Iole (the Late Corrado) D'Achille. He was the son-in-law of Sue and Tony Battaglia; and brother-in-law of Lindsey (Marty) Wrigley and Diana Battaglia. Michael leaves his two dogs, Bubbles and Mocha. Michael's pride and joy was owning and operating Pomodoro Restaurant. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus, 300 Edmond St., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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DeCarlo, Marlene 80

  • East Liberty
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Wylie, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Marlene DeCarlo, 80, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by parents, Guy and Sunny (DeRiggi) DeCarlo; and brother, Michael DeCarlo. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Rusty (Jeannie) DeCarlo, Michael DeCarlo, Erika (Kyle) Ferguson and Steven (Dawn) DeCarlo; great-nieces and nephews, Luke, Sydney, Isabella and Sophia; also survived by sister-in-law, Jacki DeCarlo. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FINDLAY C. WYLIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 11311 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Interment private.
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DeLia, Carrie C. 98

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1916-01-10
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Carrie C. (Mazzella) DeLia, 98, of McKees Rocks, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was born Jan. 10, 1916, in Benwood, W.Va., a daughter of the late Guy and Concetta (Mazzella) Mazzella. She was a member of Madonna del Castello Church, in Swissvale, and was an excellent cook, baker and mother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Vincent DeLia; four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by children, Adele Perry, of Robinson, Anthony (Joanne) DeLia, of Orlando, Fla., and Guy V. (Virginia) DeLia, of North Versailles; grandchildren, Jason (Victoria) DeLia, Matthew Perry, Anthony DeLia, Kristen (Michael) Mrdjendivch, James (Leandra) Perry and Janneen (Donald) Conners; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Jake, Dyllan, Haley, Mike, Josh, Madison, Joe, Mia and Orinna. Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Madonna del Castello Church, Swissvale. Interment will follow in Braddock Catholic All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills.
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Donofrio, William G. 58

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • William G. Donofrio, 58, of Brentwood, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Riddle) Donofrio; dear father of Eric (Tracy) and John Donofrio; and cherished grandfather of Evan and Kaylee Donofrio. There will be no visitations. Arrangements are entrusted to CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, 412-881-2300. http://www.cieslaktatko.com.
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Drnach, Joseph V. 88

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1925-10-02
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Joseph V. Drnach, 88, of Clairton, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, in his home. Born Oct. 2, 1925, in Large, he was a son of the late Vincent and Frances (Krancevic) Drnach, and husband of the late Margaret (Buchina) Drnach, who passed away Sept. 20, 2012. A retired field maintenance foreman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works, Joseph was a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps and a 20-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was also a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, the American Legion Daniel Keffer Post No. 75 of Clairton and the SNPJ. Joseph will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A blessing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the funeral home, with procession and burial to follow in St. Clare Cemetery. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Halbleib, Karen L. 61

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Hazelwood
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Karen Lee (Hodermarsky) Halbleib, 61, of West Mifflin, formerly of Hazelwood, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Robert Halbleib; loving mother of Valerie (Daniel) Tomasic; daughter of Antoinette (DiNardo) Sciarretti and the late Daniel Hodermarsky; cherished grandmother of Bryan Sedlak Jr.; sister of Robin Valentine, Diane Reutzel and the late Nancy Steele; special aunt of Daniel Sean Steele and many nieces and nephews; and godmother to many godchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Haney, Edward F. 67

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Edward F. Haney, 67, of Brentwood, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was a son of the late Emma and Francis Haney and cousin of Ed and Jane Haney. Ed was a social studies teacher at Oliver High School for 33 years, a J.A. volunteer for more than 20 years, a former Brentwood School Director, a Brentwood Councilman, president of Brentwood Council, active at St. Sylvester Church as a Eucharistic Minister, a parish council and pastoral council member and CCD teacher. Ed was named a Teacher of Distinction, Teacher Excellence, received the Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching and the PA House of Representatives citation for Outstanding Teaching and Community Service, and a recipient of more than 200 other awards. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Sylvester Church. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Harrison, Jessica M. 32

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1982-05-30
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Jessica May Harrison, 32, of McKeesport, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born May 30, 1982, in Pittsburgh, and was the daughter of the late Michael Francis Scott. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Paula Harrison Moore, of McKeesport. She was a dancer for Sacred Heart Junior Tamburitzans when she was younger. Along with her parents, she is survived by children, Joshua and Jordan Moore and Madison Buhaly; siblings, Tristan and Clarissa Moore; grandmother, Donna O'Toole, of Irwin; aunt, Therese Harrison, of Clearwater, Fla.; uncle, Douglas Harrison, of Glassport; great aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Ralph Marasco, of McKeesport; and cousins, Dawn, Robyn, Lynsey, Jennifer, Jarrett, Jillian, Katie and James. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Angela Merici Church with the Rev. Kevin Dominik officiating. Arrangements by STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177).
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Hyjurick Meredith, Mary 91

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1922-09-02
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Mary Hyjurick Meredith, 91, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Clairton, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. Born Sept. 2, 1922, in Blythedale, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Zelinda (Martinelli) Vitelli Sr. Mary was a retired office cashier for the G.C. Murphy Co. in Clairton, a parishioner of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and a 1940 graduate of Clairton High School. She is survived by her son, John Michael (Delma) Hyjurick, of Elizabeth Township; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Rothbauer, of Jefferson Hills; and also nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by both of her husbands, John Hyjurick and William J. Meredith; her brothers, Clyde, Joseph, John, Frank Jr. and Anthony "Tiny" Vitelli; and her sisters, Rose Morock, Ida Meredith, Florence Vitelli, Violet Salesi and Lena Arillotta. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Procession and entombment will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions in Mary's name should be made to either St. Clare of Assisi Church, 460 Reed St., Clairton, PA 15025; Ascension Byzantine Catholic Church, 318 Park Ave., Clairton, PA 15025; or to ViaQuest Hospice, 610 Park Ave., Monongahela, PA 15063. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Karlovich, Samuel 86

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Samuel Karlovich, 86, of Baldwin Borough, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Nellie (Winowich) Karlovich; loving father of Nancy (Richard) Johnson and Samuel Karlovich; son of the late Samuel and Helen Karlovich; brother of the late Michael and Ned Karlovich and Millie Manalovich; and is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was a Korean War Army veteran and a 45-year employee of LTV Steel (Jones and Laughlin). Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227, 412-881-2300, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
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Kosko, Anna T. 85

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1929-02-11
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Anna T. Kosko, 85, of West Mifflin, died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Southwestern Health Center. Born Feb. 11, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Joseph J. and Anna E. (Ruhe) Denne. She was the retired co-owner of Dolly Allen's Beauty Shop. She attended St. Joseph Church, was a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the confraternity of Christian Mothers and Guild. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene A. Kosko; loving mother of Jean M. (Tom) Thomas, Cynthia (Mark) Bonacci and Janet (late Paul) Kuszaj, all of West Mifflin, and the late Lawrence (late Sue) Kosko, late Judith Ann Kosko and late Kevin Kosko; sister of the late Raymond (late Ann) Ruhe, late Joseph (late Hilda) Denne, late Sylvester "Cy" (late Agnes) Denne, late Clarence (Ann, surviving) Denne, late Carl "Buck" (surviving, Rosemary) Denne, late Mary (late John) Challener and the late Henrietta (late John) Tackas; grandmother of Ryan (Angie) Thomas, Lisa (Ron) Hamilton, Courtney (Ben) Irwin, Mark (Alyse) Bonacci, Jason Bonacci, Kevin Bonacci, Jarrett (Sarah) Kosko, Trevor (Nora) Kosko, Gavin Kosko, Shane and Corey Kuszaj; great-grandmother of Owen and Lilah Hamilton, Easton and Anna Irwin and Landon Thomas; and also nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, and William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. Funeral prayers will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino, celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Research or St. Joseph Church, 817 W. Grant Ave., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Leksich, Gail 57

  • Swissvale
  • Born: 1957-06-08
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Gail Leksich, 57, of Swissvale, born June 8, 1957, passed peacefully Friday, July 18, 2014. The lifelong Swissvale resident graduated from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in 1980. She worked as a pharmacist for Revco and most recently at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Leksich and Anna Mae (Urbanic) Leksich; and by her beloved sister, Anna Mae Leksich. Gail was known for her generosity and acts of kindness and her love for dogs. Funeral service is private. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Llewellyn, Margaret L. 92

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Margaret Louise Llewellyn, 92, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of 60 years of the late Charles Wesley Llewellyn. Louise was an accomplished golfer, clever bridge player and fastidious guardian of the English language. She was a valued former employee of the Thorpe, Reed and Armstrong Law Firm and an active member of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon. Surviving are her children, Kathryn (Joe) Branch, of Jacksonville, Fla., Patricia (Kevin) Hanick, of Iowa City, Iowa, Wesley (Susan) Llewellyn, of Moline, Ill., and Marsha (Rich) Harding, of Seattle, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Julia (Kevin) Cofran, James (Jennifer) Branch, Riley (Lydia Diemer) Hanick, Conor Hanick, Emmet Hanick, Bryan (Sarah) Wetzel and Blaine Wetzel; and six great-grandchildren, Katie and Mary Elizabeth Cofran, Tilson, Durham and Win Branch and Mason Wetzel. Friends will be received from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, corner of Washington Road and Castle Shannon Blvd. Services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Private internment will be at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsburgh Fisher House, which provides a comfortable and safe haven for visiting families free of charge while their loved ones are being treated at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The address is Pittsburgh Fisher House, Attn: Fisher House Manager, University Drive C, Building 33, Pittsburgh, PA 15240. Memorial contributions may also be directed to the Southminster Presbyterian Church, Attn: Pastor Dan Merry, 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228. Please send online condolences to http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Maier, John T. 88

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • John T. "Jack" Maier, 88 of West View, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Virginia (Heintz) Maier; father of Kathleen (James) Betz and Thomas (Karen) Maier; grandfather of Kevin (Ashley) Betz, James (Christy) Betz, Joann (Brian) Salsgiver, Heather (Ryan) Mill, Jessica (Elio) Imbornone and Lindsay (Scott) Bowles; brother of the late Victor Maier and Patricia Gaskowski; also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Loving husband and father to his children, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known by his family and friends for his great sense of humor. He was a longtime resident of West View. Jack grew up in Lawrenceville and spent 40 years in the Personnel Department of the Pittsburgh Post Office. Family will welcome friends from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Athanasius Church, 7 Chalfonte Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229 (please meet at church). Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Maska, Rudolf

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-06-24
  • Funeral Home: ___, ___ | Get Directions
  • Rudolf Maska passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Lunch will follow at Andora's restaurant, 599 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Mikosz Jr., John J. 90

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • John J. Mikosz Jr., 90, of North Versailles, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Irene Mikosz and the late Dolores (Turney) Mikosz; loving father of Mark and Marty and Marcia Jennings and Marilyn Gash; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren and one on the way. John was employed at Fisher Body. He was a service member of 50 years to St. Vincent DePaul. Also, John was an active member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, where he was an usher, Eucharistic minister and an altar server. He was a volunteer of Meals on Wheels for many years. John was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy. In lieu of flowers, family asks for donations to be made to Promise Hospice. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.
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Miller, Charles D. 81

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charles Donald Miller, 81, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Willa M. Miller; father of Michelle Dawn Cheatham, Charles Donald Miller Jr. (wife, Marjorie) and Gary Douglas Miller (wife, Corina); grandfather of Ashley Payne, Michael, Alexandra, Lucas, Nova, Meja and Isabella Miller; great-grandfather of Penny Miller and Lennox Moore; and brother of James Woody Miller, Courtney D. Miller and the late Janie Ross, Venon Woody and Patricia Black. He was a son of the late Charles H. and Pearl (Woody) Miller. Donald was a retired vice-principal with the Pittsburgh Public School System and a member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the 3 Rivers Model "A" Club, the Model "A" Restorers Club and the PASR. There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, 2310 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow officiating. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Interment following in Homewood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, (412-372-2100). http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Neice, James H. 89

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • James Howard Neice, 89, of Whitehall, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Colette M. Neice; loving father of Pat Pyle-Blatz (Frank), Nancy Petrichko (Ron), Matthew (Joann), Mark, Luke (Patty), John (Dereen) and Norma Andrulonis; proud grandfather of Jenna Davis, Emily Rickman, Jason and Joshua Kicinski, Eric, Rachel, Ryan, Jimmy, Amber, Ashley, Isabella, Luke Jr., Becky, Jackie Jakubowski, John Jr. and Stephanie Neice and Steven and Eleni Andrulonis; great-grandfather of seven; and brother of Vernon Neice and the late Betty Snyder. Jim was a World War II Coast Guard veteran and was a retired signal inspector for the P and LE Railroad. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church. Entombment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Pancoast, Donna G. 74

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1940-07-16
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Donna G. Pancoast, 74, of McKeesport, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh. She was born July 16, 1940, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Emma Bilz Hagedon. Donna was an active member of the Beulah Park Methodist Church in McKeesport. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Hagedon; son-in-law, Dan Shawl; and grandson, Rocco Shawl. She is survived by one son, Frank Pancoast, of Latrobe; one daughter, Yvonne Shawl, of Herminie; one brother, Edward Hagedon; two sisters, Peggy Black, of Romulus, Mich., and Janis Wright, of Coulter; sister-in-law, Karen Hagedon, of New Boston, Mich.; five grandchildren, Edward, Hunter, Daniel and Jack Shawl and Evan Pancoast; beloved friend, Linda Davis; numerous nieces and nephews; and her cat, Naomi. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A service will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in South Versailles Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Rossmiller, Gregory N. 63

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Gregory N. Rossmiller, 63, of Mt. Washington, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was the loving husband of Judith Keefe Rossmiller; father of Eric, Gregory Jr., Julie Rossmiller and April (Marshall) Bravo; grandfather of Cameron Rossmiller, Sierra and Joshua Bravo and Madison Zadrowski and Bryn Nowak; brother of Sylvester (Kathy) Rossmiller, Sharon (Robert) Lyons and Patricia Saar; and son of the late Sylvester Rossmiller and Ethel Weidner Rossmiller. He is also survived by loving family and friends. Visitations will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, (412-381-2323). Blessing services will be held at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Sullivan, Patricia A. 71

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-07-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann (Dimond) Sullivan, 71, of Allison Park died Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Francis P. Sullivan III; loving mother of Francis P. Sullivan IV, Patricia A. Giese and Sean M. Sullivan; grandmother of Virginia L. Sullivan, Ann M. Giese, Jake H. Gillam, Michael A. Sullivan and Reiley E. Sullivan; great-grandmother of Lillian R. McClemens and Michael J. McClemens II; sister of Kathy Groetsch, Eileen Earley, Rob Dimond, John Dimond, Tom Dimond, Maureen Durstein, Dave Dimond and the late Bill Dimond; and daughter of the late William J. and Eileen J. (Murray) Dimond. Family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of blessing service at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, 724-772-8800.
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Uhrin, Joan M. 83

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1931-02-25
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Joan M. Uhrin, 83, of Port Vue, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. Born Feb. 25, 1931, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Andrew James and Mary (Urban) Mima. A parishioner of St. Mark's Parish and a member of its Christian Mothers, Joan worked as a bank teller for First National Bank. She also worked for Gimbels and Byers and was a member of the Port Vue Seniors. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Alfred G. Uhrin; her three daughters, Kathy (Tom) Van Horn, Barb Lape and Joan Kohler, all of Port Vue; her eight grandchildren, Keith (April), Jim (Nikki) and Stacy (Ryan) Van Horn, Jeff (Jill), Shelley (Ryan) and Jesse (Lizz) Lape, Katelyn (Mike) Jalosky and Nina (Chris) Kohler; her 11 great-grandsons, Zack, Dylan, Alex, Ethan, Dustin, River, Max, Lucas, Rex, Riley and Aiden; and her brother, James (Sally) Mima, of Akron, Ohio. Besides her parents, Joan joins her son, Thomas Uhrin, who passed away in 1982. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in St. Mark's Parish, Port Vue Site, with Father Daniel Straughn officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Joan's name should be made to the Vasculitis Foundation, PO Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Walker, Ameenah N. 36

  • Formerly of East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-02
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ameenah Noel Walker, 36, formerly of East Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Randy and Gwendolyn Louise (Fultz) Walker; sister of Allen, John, Darcinda, Randall and Qiturah; and niece of Vaughn, Ameenah, Connie, Steven, John, Donna, Karen Fultz and other aunts and uncles. She is also survived by two daughters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ameenah was someone who loved their life to the fullest. She could be described as the sweetest person, who was loving, funny, attentive, honest and loyal to her family. Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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White, Mary C. 87

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Mary C. (O'Toole) White, 87, of Ross Township, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. White Sr.; loving mother of Thomas J. White Jr., Peggy White and Mary White (Ed Clowes); grandmother of Matt (Aimee) and Andy Starinchak (Emily) and Thomas and Edward White. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 1 Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Wilson, Esther 94

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1919-12-15
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Frye Funeral Home, Monongahela | Get Directions
  • Esther Wilson, 94, of Monongahela, Forward Township, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Thorpe's New Dawn Personal Care Home, Charleroi. She was born Dec. 15, 1919, in Pricedale, the daughter of Daniel and Mari Chubboy Szabo. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Journey By Grace Church in Belle Vernon. For numerous years, she worked in the housekeeping capacity throughout the Mon Valley area, as well as for Frye Restoration and Frye Lumber until her retirement after 11 years of employment. She was a former member of the Sunnyside Gallatin Ladies Auxiliary and also volunteered her time at the Monongahela Food Bank. Mrs. Wilson enjoyed quilt making, making loom rugs, canning and working in her vegetable garden. She was best known for her homemade buns and cinnamon and raisin bread. She is survived by her son, Alfred Wilson and wife, Sheryl, of Monongahela; daughter, Lawanda Johnson and husband, Vince, of Georgetown, Texas; four grandsons, Scott and Reid Wilson, Vincent Jr. and Peter Johnson; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Wilson; son, Gary Wilson who died in 1969; two sisters and a brother. At Mrs. Wilson's request, there was to be no visitations or funeral service. Interment was held in the Monongahela Cemetery.The FRYE FUNERAL HOME INC. was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Journey By Grace Church, 4803 State Route 51 N., Belle Vernon, PA 15012. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.fryefuneralhome.com.
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Wilt, Eva N. 90

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Eva N. (DiLoreto) Wilt, 90, of Turtle Creek, died Friday, July 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel Wilt for 35 years; loving mother of Celeste (David) Nelson, of South Carolina, Danette (Joe) Kucic, of Penn Township, and Charmaine Wilt, of Squirrel Hill; proud grandmother of Charise (Greg) Sharfield, Dionne (Jeff) Vietch, Tiffany (Matt) Vincent, Eva (Jason) Sims and Erin Kucic; and also survived by eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephano and Esterina DiLoreto; her brothers, Nicholas and Elmer DiLoreto; and her infant son, Daniel. Eva was a pioneer advocate for special needs children. She also was an excellent cook and a warm and hospitable hostess. Eva has been as a valued confidant and advisor to family and friends. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Colman Church. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Beatrice, James F. 70

  • New Derry
  • Born: 1944-02-22
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Merlin, Derry | Get Directions
  • James F. "Premo" Beatrice, 70, of New Derry, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Shadyside Hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was born Feb. 22, 1944, in New Derry, a son of the late Premo and Rose (Moff) Beatrice. Prior to retirement, Premo worked for Latrobe Steel. He was an Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Premo was a member of the St. Martin Roman Catholic Church in New Derry and the New Derry Sportsmen. He served on the Derry School Board for almost 24 years. Premo had a love for music and was in a band Premo and the Times Before. He loved fishing, camping, teaching music and spending time with his family and friends. Besides his parents, Premo is preceded in death by his son, Jody Beatrice. Premo is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lois A. (Connor) Beatrice, of New Derry; two sons, Jeffrey J. Beatrice and Jamie E. Beatrice and wife Gina, of New Derry; one sister, Patty McCaulley and husband, Richard, of New Derry; four grandchildren, Nikki Carrig, Nina, Nico and Giovanni Beatrice; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Premo's life celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the MATTHEW X. MERLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 N. Chestnut St., Derry, 724-694-8331. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held for Premo at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the St. Martin Roman Catholic Church, New Derry. Interment will be in the St. Martin Cemetery, New Derry. A military service will be conducted by the Blairsville Military Group at the cemetery.
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Castine, Robert A. 87

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1926-09-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Graziano, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Castine, 87, a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Jeannette, a son of the late William and Marietta Henry Castine. Prior to his retirement, Bob was a neon tube bender for the former McBride's Sign Company of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Army Air Force. Bob was a member of the Ascension Church and the American Legion Post 344, both of Jeannette. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Levia DePonte Castine; a brother, Ronald Castine; and a sister, Jean GasPerin. He is survived by his wife, Esther Newhouse Castine; children, Kathleen Blackburn and husband, Lawrence, of Jeannette, Robert Castine, of Los Angeles Calif., Gregory Castine and fiancee, Diane Fair and Jeffry Castine and wife, Diana, all of Greensburg; grandchildren, Phillip Snyder, Courtney Hamilton and Anthony and Christopher Castine; brothers, William Castine Jr., and wife, Vera, of Jeannette, and James Castine, of Greensburg; sisters, Janet Leep, of Greensburg, Nancy Musiak and husband, Joseph, of Latrobe, and Cheryl Painter and husband, William, of Dillsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Westmoreland Manor and the Heartland Hospice for the kind and personal care that Bob received. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the JOHN V. GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC., 228 N. 2nd St., Jeannette. The Jeannette Combined Veterans will hold services at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Father Paul A. Lisik presiding. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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DeRose, Lieselotte 79

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1935-06-27
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Giunta-Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Lieselotte "Lisa" DeRose, 79, of New Kensington, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home. She was born June 27, 1935, in Germany, daughter of the late Wilhelm and Kartarene (Schmelig) Merkel. She was the wife of the late Joseph DeRose Jr., who died in February of 2014. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son; a brother; and three sisters. She worked as an assistant to the producer of film production in California for 12 years and enjoyed being a good homemaker. She is survived by a son; two granddaughters; and nieces and nephews. All funeral services will be private under the care of GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner-supervisor. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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Gray, Glenn A. 82

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1932-04-04
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Mason-Gelder, Jeannette | Get Directions
  • Glenn A. Gray, 82, of Penn Township, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 4, 1932, in Jeannette, a son of the late Norman and Elsie May Henderson Gray. Prior to retirement, he worked as a machinist at Jackson and Sons and volunteered for Rails to Trails. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Veronica Lee (Gray) Gray, in April of 2014, for whom he could not live without; brothers, Wilbert, Willard and Milton Gray; and a sister, Luella Ellig. He is survived by two sons, Clifford (Michele) Gray, of Jeannette, and Thomas (Cathy) Gray, of Herminie; two daughters, Eric (Judith) Majeski, of Washington, Pa., and Amy Gray, of Jeannette; a granddaughter, Rebecca Gray, of Jeannette; his loving kitty, Maxine; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. 1st St., Jeannette. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to fund a bench along the West Penn Trail in Glenn's memory. Glenn's family would like to thank the staff at Greater Pittsburgh Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greensburg for their care of dad. To send online condolences, visit http://www.mason-gelder.com.
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Krivansky, Regis 54

  • Bell Township
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Regis Krivansky, 54, of Bell Township, Westmoreland County, died Friday, July 18, 2014. He was the father of Justin, Jennifer and Melanie Putzlocker and Julian Krivansky; grandfather of Izzy; and brother of Linda (Dennis) Chaney, Debbie (Harry) Greenwalt, Beverly (Richard) Kaiser, Rodney (Karrie) Krivansky, Kevin (Amber) Krivansky and Tanya Krivansky. Rege was an Army veteran and worked primarily as an auto mechanic at various car repair businesses. He loved camping, riding motorcycles and performing karaoke. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
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Lange, George L. 84

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • George L. Lange, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, of natural causes. He was 84. A resident of Murrysville, he was born in Natrona Heights to the late George V. and Mildred Lange. He attended Harbrack Senior High School, graduated from the California State Teachers College in 1956 and obtained a Master's in education from the University of Pittsburgh. George served in the Naval Reserves, attaining the rank of Midshipman. In 1982, he was president of the Greater Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and retired in 1987 as the director of Forbes Road Career and Technology Center. He made notable contributions in the field of vocational education development. George was an active member of Christ's Lutheran Church in Murrysville for many years and was most recently a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling with Leah in their motor home and fishing. He will be especially remembered for his love for family, passion for education, positive outlook, his wink and his wit. Survivors include his wife, Leah; sister, Catharine (Bill) Roberts; and his children, Father Jeremiah Lange OSB PhD, Dr. Deborah (John) Lange, Margie (Jim) McKain and Patricia (Andy) Lasher. Additional survivors include Leah's children, Andrea Cunningham, James (Karen) Lapcevic, Angela (Keith Myers) Ring, Janette (Mario) Traffichini and Paula (Todd) Good. Surviving grandchildren are Dr. Margaret (Eamon) Chory, David Kennedy, Dr. Anthony Kennedy, Molly, Madeline, Millie and Maggie McKain, Joseph and John Lasher. Leah's grandchildren also survive, Lauren Cunningham, Alexandra and Rebecca Lapcevic, Stephon and Ryan Conto; and great-grandchild, Carly Conto. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located at 5000 Old William Penn Highway, Export. Friends and family will be received at the church at 10:30 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Marks, Calvin L. Jr. 72

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1942-05-10
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Calvin L. Marks Jr., 72, of Rostraver Township, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A son of the late Calvin L. and Phyllis Gilbert Marks, he was born in Akron, Ohio, on May 10, 1942. A resident of Rostraver Township for the past 25 years, he was formerly of Pleasant Hills and retired from the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Kinney Marks, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 16, 2014; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lori Marks of Monessen and Kathy and Brian Bolish of Latrobe; one son, Dennis Marks of Stow, Ohio; two sisters, Barbara Kinney and Judy Marks, both of Venice, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Susi Koza, Jessica Marks, James Gallaway, T.J. Gallaway, Megan Marks, Krysta Crockett, Logan Marks, Brittany Kennedy, Ronald Kennedy and Brianna Rinck and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Marks on July 4, 2007. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon. A funeral service will begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral with Rev. Ken Jones officiating, 724-929-5300, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com.
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Redd, Homer L. 89

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1924-09-21
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Homer L. "Bud" Redd, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late Homer and Nellie B. Glass Redd. Homer was known as the State Police "Legend" and doing things "his way" an "Officer and a Gentleman." He joined the Army in 1943 where he was a part of the 11th Airborne Division known as the "Angels" during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars and received a letter from President Harry Truman. In 1946 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Police Academy and continued as a state trooper for 37 years in which time he was promoted to lieutenant and captain and was the commanding officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In 1976 he was promoted to major and in 1983 retired from the state police and joined the Ligonier Borough police. He then became a private investigator with Weaver Investigations and later worked for Bob and Pat Barron as a driver for Valley Transportation and then for the Veterans cab for Lou Falbo until 2011, at which time he retired after 20 years of service. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier. He also was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the retired State Police Association, past president of the Westmoreland County Law Association, Western PA Chiefs of Police and a past president of the State Chairman FOP. In addition to his parents, Homer was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor (Ron) Markham and Ann (Charles) Brown. Homer is survived by his loving wife, Fran Richter Redd; daughters, Patricia Fordyce and Will Swartz, of Greensburg, and Sandra (Ronald) Okum, of Mechanicsburg, also survived by Barry (Tracy) Roddy, of Greensburg, and Rhonda (Earl) Barkley, of New Florence; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, J.C., Kellye, Jake, Rachel, Taylor and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rylie, Madeline, Hayley and Jaylen; a sister, Lois (Otto) Blymiller, of Bulter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Homer will be remembered by his many friends, including Tim and Cathy Widich, his Friday night choir practice gang, Bob and Maryjane Mertz, Tommy Brannigan and a new paratrooper friend, Enid (Ron) Prettiman. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Morrow "Pat" Hartman, retired PSP, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The Ligonier Valley Veterans Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The FOP will hold services at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or St. James Lutheran Church, 300 W. Main St., Ligonier, PA 15658.
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Saunders, John W. 63

  • Scottdale , Formerly of Irwin
  • Born: 1951-01-31
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Saunders, 63, of Scottdale, formerly of Irwin, died Monday, July 21, 2014. He was born Jan. 31, 1951, a son of the late John H. "Jack" and Patricia (Wyncoop) Saunders, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Tubbs. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1968, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was a former salesman in the automotive industry and enjoyed finish carpentry. He is survived by his son, Mark Saunders, of Ohio; a sister, Karen (Nick) Miniotis, of Louisiana; a brother, William (Lori) Saunders, of Jeannette; also nieces and nephews. At John's request, there will be no viewing or services. Private interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC. is in charge of arrangements.
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Vucelich, Alice D. 83

  • Export
  • Born: 1930-12-30
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Alice D. Vucelich, 83, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 20, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Delmont, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Plantni) Paulich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, David and Sam Vucelich; four sisters, Christine, Agnes, Betty and Alberta; and a brother, Henry Paulich. Alice was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church in Monroeville. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her beloved husband, Sam; loving grandchildren, Allison, Sam, Alex, Michael and Bekah; daughter-in-law, Roberta Vucelich; great-grandson, Samulito; and is also survived by brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, (724) 327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export. Pomen service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be mad in Alice's name to St. Nicholas Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 2110 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Walter, Brendan J. 18

  • Tarrs
  • Born: 1996-02-23
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Kapr, Scottdale | Get Directions
  • Brendan J. "B" Walter, 18, of Tarrs, died Saturday afternoon, July 19, 2014, of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident on State Route 31, East Huntingdon Township. He was born Feb. 23, 1996, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of Howard "Howie" Michael and Debra Lee Hunker Walter, of Tarrs. "B" was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale. He was a recent graduate of Southmoreland Senior High School, Class of 2014, where he was a four year letterman for Southmoreland Inline Hockey and a two year letterman for the boy's soccer team. He was enrolled at Westmoreland County Community College in their welding program for the coming fall semester. Since graduation, he has been employed by Cavanaugh Landscaping and Lawn Service. "B" played Hockey for Hot Shots Inferno travel team for four years. He was also on the Pennsylvania State Wars' Team. He was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt, fish and ride quads while spending quality time with his family and his two loving canines, "Molly" and "Coal" at the family's cabin. He was a loving son, brother and grandson to his family and was loved by so many. Brendan is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved him; his parents, Howard M. "Howie" and Debra Lee Hunker Walter, of Tarrs; his brothers, Devan M., Derek A., Cameron L. Walter and Jeremy M. Hunker, all of Tarrs; his maternal grandparents, Donna L. Schroyer Hunker and husband, William A., of Scottdale; his paternal grandparents, Terry L. and Patricia J. Baugher Walter, of Mt. Pleasant, and Daryl Jane Peretti, of Somerset; and his four uncles, six aunts and 16 cousins. Brendan was preceded in death by his twin brother, Brady Lee Walter, on Feb. 23, 1996; his maternal great-grandparents, Doman L. and Margaret Cable Schroyer, Ethel Mae Davis and Leroy Hunker; his paternal great-grandparents, Joseph and Lois Peretti and Terrence and Glada J. Walter. "B" will always be remembered by his family and friends for his favorite expression, "Always Happy" and may Brendan's memory to us be a blessing. Brendan's family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME INC., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with his Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Moore, of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Chapel service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. For those who wish to remember "B" in a special way, Brendan's family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed presently to his parents, for a scholarship fund to be set up in "B's" Memory in the very near future. To view online obituary, sign guest registry, send online condolences or to obtain directions, please visit http://www.kapr.com.
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Armstrong County

Doutt, Martha L. 81

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1933-02-04
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Martha Larue Doutt, 81, of Kiski Township, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home. Born Feb. 4, 1933, in Kiski Township, she was the daughter of the late Owen N. and Olive (Boyer) Reefer. Martha was a graduate of Apollo High School and graduated from Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., with a degree in elementary education. She worked as an elementary teacher and librarian in the Kauai, Hawaii, school system, retiring in 1989. In 2004, she and her late husband moved back to the Apollo area. Martha enjoyed painting and gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Doutt, who passed away June 22, 2007; and brothers, Ray and Ivan Reefer. Martha is survived by her sisters, Mary Evelyn Kinter, of Apollo, Helen Colwell, of Evanston, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. At Martha's request, all services are private and have been entrusted to the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Apollo. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Shields, David B. 42

  • Worthington
  • Born: 1972-07-09
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Worthington | Get Directions
  • David B. Shields, 42, of Worthington, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, July 20, 2014, of a heart attack on the family farm. He was born July 9, 1972, in Kittanning, son of Carl Shields and the late Judith Margaret (Tarr) Shields. He was a truck driver and worked on the family farm, Shields Dairy Farm. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and most of all spending time with his daughter and family. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Carl and Donna Shields, of Worthington; daughter, Evelyn Judith Shields, of Worthington; life mate and best friend, Joanne Toy, of Worthington; stepson, Aaron M. Shaner, of Kittanning; stepdaughter, Samantha R. Shaner, of Kittanning; two grandchildren, Robby Croyle and Carter Croyle; brothers, Douglas (Lara) Shields, of Worthington, and Daniel (Chris) Shields, of Worthington; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Margaret (Tarr) Shields. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Worthington. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with one additional hour of viewing prior to service with Pastor Robert Hindman officiating. Interment will be in Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with his daughter's future to Daniel Shields, 872 Worthington/Slate Lick Road, Worthington, PA 16262. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit http://www.snydercrissman.com.
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Varholla, Mildred J. 86

  • Ford Cliff
  • Born: 1928-05-05
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. "Mid" Varholla, 86, of Ford Cliff, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born May 5, 1928, in Pattonville, she was a daughter of Ralph Miller and Esther Hartman Miller, and was a lifelong resident of the community. She worked part-time at Lefkovsky's in Ford City and was a member of St. Marys Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ford City. She enjoyed the Pirates, gambling and reading. She was a pirohi worker at St. Marys Ukrainian and for funeral meals. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Varholla, who died Jan. 4, 2000; and a brother, Ralph Miller. Survivors include her daughters, Kathryn and William Oleksak, of Ford City, and Nancy Dragan, of Ford City; three grandchildren, Dr. William and Dr. Michele Oleksak, Julie and Kenneth Ball and Seth and Amanda Dragan; great-granddaughter, McKenna Ball; and sister, Doris Orton, of Ford Cliff. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where a Parastas service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a service of Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Marys Ukrainian Catholic Church, with Father John Gribik as celebrant. Interment in St. Marys Ukrainian Cemetery.
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Beaver County

Curry, James J. 44

  • New Beaver Borough
  • Born: 1970-03-31
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Marshall, Wampum | Get Directions
  • James Joseph Curry, 44, of New Beaver Borough, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his loving family Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his residence following a courageous five year battle with cancer. Born March 31, 1970, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Bertram Joseph Curry, of Pittsburgh, and the late Dorothy Ann Drab Curry. He married Sandra Edwards Curry on Sept. 18, 2010, she survives. Jim graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 1988. He then attended the Allegheny County Fire Academy. He also graduated from the New Castle School of Trades Commercial Industrial Maintenance Program in 2012. While residing in Pittsburgh, he was a member of the North Braddock Fire Department. After moving to New Beaver Borough in 2010, he became very active with their fire department, having served as its president from 2012 until now. Jimmy was actively employed since 1999 as a security guard at the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Verizon Wireless in Cranberry. He attended the Bridgewater United Methodist Church and the Victory Christian Center in Columbiana. Jim loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also loved to travel. He absolutely loved helping friends and family. Jimmy will always be remembered for having a smile on his face, his jokes, his laugh and his funny stories. He also enjoyed baking, cooking, the Irish community and WWE wrestling. In addition to his wife, Sandra, survivors include his father and stepmother, Bertram and Mary Hanafin Curry; two half-brothers, Daniel Curry and Brian Curry; two stepsisters, Liz Culloty and her fiance, Pat Mahoney and Eileen Culloty; two brothers-in-law, William Edwards and Benjamin (Theresa) Edwards; his in-laws, Keith (Mary) Edwards and Harriet (William) Hutton; and nieces and nephews, Declan McCabe, Mariah Culloty, Zachary, Makayla and Alexia Edwards, and Timothy and Khloe Edwards. He was preceded in death by his mother. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department. A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the fire department. Following the services, a memorial dinner will be held and then Jim will ride one last time on a fire truck for a graveside service at Northside Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Services will include a bagpiper and the Fire Honor Guard. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, Wampum. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the funeral home to help cover expenses. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.marshallsfh.com.
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Fayette County

Dix, Joseph B. 32

  • Formerly of White
  • Born: 1982-02-25
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Joseph Bruce Dix, 32, of Oxford, N.C., formerly of White, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 19, 2014, in North Carolina. He was born Feb. 25, 1982, in Charleston, W.Va. As Joey grew up near Indian Head, he was a precocious and playful boy. Back then he enjoyed riding bikes with his friends, both motorcycles and BMX bikes. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. As he got older he found new passions, adding to his love of bikes, he discovered a love of cars and snowboards, along with sketching, yo-yos, and juggling that remained with him. He grew up surrounded by a close, loving family. A beloved son to Stacy and Carrie Holley Dix, of White, a little brother to Scotty and a big brother to Lauren, and a great-grandson of the late Isabelle Gagliano. He was especially close to his mother and great-grandmother. He attended the Indian Head Church of God throughout his life, graduated from Connellsville High School in 2000, and was employed as an auto body technician. On Valentine's Day 2011, he met and fell in love with Nikki Augustine, and settled down in Blawnox. Engaged soon after, Joey and Nikki were inseparable as they started down a new and exciting path together. They shared a beautiful love and friendship. In addition to his fiancee, parents and siblings, Joey is survived by his daughter, Kaitlyn Nicole Dix; his sister-in-law, Christina Farrell; his nephew, Ethan Dix; his maternal grandparents, Richard and Donna Holley; his paternal grandparent, Harold Dix; along with numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his great-grandmother, Joey was predeceased by his grandmother, Evelyn Dix; and his uncle, Richard Holley II. His spirit, talents and the hope that he inspired in us during his last years will be remembered and celebrated. We always knew you could do it Jo-Jo. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146 Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, (724-455-2310), where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Dennis Arndt officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Champion. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Joey Dix Memorial Fund at http://www.gofundme.com/burcjo. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Porter, Jene F. 89

  • South Connellsville
  • Born: 1924-11-25
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Jene F. "Bud" Porter, 89, of South Connellsville, died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. He was born Nov. 25, 1924, in South Connellsville, a son of the late William O. and Etta O'Neal Porter. Mr. Porter was a retired machinist at Anchor Hocking Glass and he had also previously been employed at Rack Engineering. He was a member of the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Department and the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by a daughter, Sue Reagan and her husband, Jerry, of South Connellsville; three grandchildren, Jerry Reagan Jr. and his wife, Crystal, Thomas Reagan and his wife, Heather, and Holly Reagan; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Shirley Stewart; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bud was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Stewart Porter, in 2005; his brothers, Herbert, Lewis, John and Elwood Porter; and his sisters, Carrie Faidley, Martha Leeder and Cora Orndorff. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Washington County

Bright-Robertson, Margaret L. 73

  • Formerly of Monessen
  • Born: 1940-07-31
  • Died: 2014-07-19
  • Funeral Home: Beverly Draper Funeral Home, Monessen | Get Directions
  • Margaret L. Bright-Robertson, 73, of Washington, Pa., formerly of Monessen, departed this life on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Washington County Health Center. Born July 31, 1940, in Charleroi-Monessen Hospital, she was the daughter of the late John and Elsie Carter-Bright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters; and a grandson, Michael Lamar Reio. Margaret was a graduate of Monessen High School and Pennsylvania State University. She was a former employee of Intermediate Unit One at the Clark School in Washington until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Canonsburg. Margaret leaves to cherish her memory a loving husband of 45 years, Maurice Robertson of Washington; three daughters, Marshiela Robinson of Washington, Gloria (Fredrick) Reio of Florida, and Maurica (David) Moore of Pittsburgh; one brother, Leroy (Sharon) Bright of Monessen; a devoted niece and nephew, Lisa (James) Floyd; four grandchildren, Walter, Jordan, Tyler and Blake; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jordan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Union Baptist Church, 670 McMahon Ave., Monessen, followed by funeral services officiated by the Rev. Minister Millie Thomas. Arrangements have been entrusted to the BEVERLY C. DRAPER FUNERAL HOME INC., 608 Sixth St., Monessen. 724-684-6242. Interment will take place on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA. 15017. Condolences are accepted for the family at http://www.draperfh.com.
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Bryan, Irma N. 97

  • McMurray
  • Born: 1917-01-13
  • Died: 2014-07-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Irma N. Bryan, 97, of McMurray, formerly of McKeesport, Irwin and White Oak, died Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born Jan. 13, 1917, in McKeesport, daughter of the late Miklos and Anna Pocsik Nagy; and the wife of the late Frank Robert Bryan. She was a member of Free Hungarian Reformed Church. She worked at G.C. Murphy Company for many years and loved to go dancing with her husband at the Palisades in McKeesport. She is survived by her son, William (Joann) Bryan, of McMurray; grandchildren, Bernadette, Stephanie and Andrea Bryan; and nieces and nephews, Raymond, David and Sandra Nagy. She was preceded in death by her brother, Nicholas F. Nagy. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). There will be no gathering at funeral home Wednesday. Please meet at Free Hungarian Reformed Church, 101 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132, for 10 a.m. services Thursday, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Borsay officiating. Burial will follow in McKeesport/Versailles Cemetery.
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Butera, Margaret 85

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1928-12-23
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Spallino Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peg" Butera, 85, of Charleroi, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Mon Valley Care Center. Born on Dec. 23, 1928, she was the daughter on the late Frank and Mari Janic Kocian. She was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and an excellent homemaker. Peg is survived by her son, Joseph Edward Butera, and wife, Chris, of Bethel Park; daughters, Linda Susick and husband, Michael, of Belle Vernon, and Donna Ramusivich and husband, Joseph, of Bethel Park; sister, Dolores Snyder, of Lakewood, Ohio; grandchildren, Joseph William (Melissa) Butera, Abby Butera, Michael Susick, Julie Susick, Stephen (Amanda) Ramusivich, and Brad Ramusivich; great-grandchildren, Samuel Butera and one on the way; nieces and nephews; and special friend, Joyce Ramusivich. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph D. Butera, in 2003; brothers, Steven and Frank Kocian; and sisters, Rose Sedlak, Mary Blumenstock, Agnes Fidnarik, Helen Morgan, and Ann Jeffers. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, in the CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, Funeral Director. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, in Mary, Mother of the Church, with interment following in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.spallinofuneralhome.com.
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Ruschak, Betty J. 74

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1940-07-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Huss) Ruschak, 74, of Charleroi, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born July 1, 1940, in Dunbar Township, a daughter of the late William and Catherine Hair Huss. Betty was graduated from the East Huntington High School in the class of 1958. In her high school years, she was a member of the Glee Club, Tri-Hi-Y, 4-H and the Special Chorus. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleroi and a member of the church choir. Betty was lifetime member of the Y-Gradale and of the Eastern Star. She was one of the founders of the Charleroi Youth and Government Program of the YMCA and a lifetime member of the Mon Valley YMCA. Betty worked alongside her husband at Ruschak Associates, Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Charleroi. She was a licensed Insurance agent and real estate broker. She loved to meet her family at their family farm in Forward Township. She loved to garden, cook, can foods and was an excellent seamstress. Betty was very proud of her family. She loved Charleroi "The Magic City" where she loved shopping in Millers, Towne Casuals, Oranges Gift Shop and all the shoe stores. Betty was the best wife, mother and grandmother that one could ever have. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Donald Ruschak; two sons, Donald Alan Ruschak and wife, Lois, of Charleroi, and David Emerson Ruschak and wife, Jessie, of Monongahela; a sister, Barbara Brilhart and husband, Gene, of Scottdale; one brother, William Huss and wife, Sharon, of Scottdale; and seven grandchildren, Shelby, Samantha, Skylar, Coral, Pearl, Noah and Jonah Ruschak. She also leaves behind a canine friend named Gunner. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mon Valley YMCA or an organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrock-hogan.com.
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Ruschak, Betty Jane (Huss) 74

  • Charleroi
  • Born: 1940-07-01
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Huss) Ruschak, 74, of Charleroi, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born July 1, 1940, in Dunbar Township, a daughter of the late William and Catherine Hair Huss. Betty graduated from East Huntington High School in 1958. In her high school years, she was a member of the Glee Club, Tri-Hi-Y, 4-H and the Special Chorus. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleroi and a member of the church choir. Betty was lifetime member of the Y-Gradale and of the Eastern Star. She was one of the founders of the Charleroi Youth and Government Program of the YMCA and a lifetime member of the Mon Valley YMCA. Betty worked alongside her husband at Ruschak Associates, Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Charleroi. She was a licensed insurance agent and real estate broker. She loved to meet her family at their family farm in Forward Township. She loved to garden, cook, can foods and was an excellent seamstress. Betty was very proud of her family. She loved Charleroi "The Magic City" where she loved shopping in Millers, Towne Casuals, Oranges Gift Shop and all the shoe stores. Betty was the best wife, mother and grandmother that one could ever have. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Donald Ruschak; two sons, Donald Alan Ruschak and wife, Lois, of Charleroi, and David Emerson Ruschak and wife, Jessie, of Monongahela; a sister, Barbara Brilhart and husband, Gene, of Scottdale; one brother, William Huss and wife, Sharon, of Scottdale; and seven grandchildren, Shelby, Samantha, Skylar, Coral, Pearl, Noah and Jonah Ruschak. She also leaves behind a canine friend named Gunner. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Monongahela Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mon Valley YMCA or an organization close to your heart. Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrock-hogan.com.
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Bauwin, Zenon W. 79

  • Woodhaven, Mich.
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Molnar, Southgate | Get Directions
  • Zenon W. Bauwin, 79, of Woodhaven, Mich., died Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Pat; loving father of Lynn, Stephanie (Craig) Wigginton and Jennifer (Steve) Delmarle; dearest grandfather of Drake, Camryn, Eric and Madison; and dear brother of Betty Everson and Elsa Volek. Visitation from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, with funeral service at 4 p.m., at JOHN MOLNAR FUNERAL HOME, 23700 West Road, Brownstown, MI 48183. http://www.molnarfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Dorothy A. 77

  • Martinsburg
  • Born: 1937-03-29
  • Died: 2014-07-20
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Melcroft | Get Directions
  • Dorothy A. Miller, 77, of Martinsburg, W. Va., most recently of Cranberry, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 20, 2014, in the Evergreen Nursing Home, Harmony. She was born March 29, 1937, in Acme, a daughter of the late Anthony and Ann Adamerovich Loncharich. She had worked as an office manager for the Dick Corporation and was a member of the St. Raymond of the Mountain Roman Catholic Church in Donegal. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 58 years, William G. Miller Sr.; her children, B.J. Miller and wife, Connie, of Cranberry Township, Michael Miller and wife, Brandy, of Johnson City, Tenn., Sonya Marie Harmon and Debra Sigel, both of Latrobe, and Robin Carter and husband, Tracy, of Frederick, Md.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Frederick Loncharich and wife, Bonnie, of Harrisburg; and sisters, Jane Stanczyk, of Somerset, and Carol Brooks, of Latrobe. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., at the corner of Route 711 and 146, Municipal Building Road, Melcroft, 724-455-2310, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Wayne Hobbes officiating. A committal service and interment will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. To leave a message or send condolences, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.
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Polak, Ronald J. 77

  • North Las Vegas, Nev. , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-09-01
  • Died: 2013-08-24
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  • Ronald J. Polak, 77, of North Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of McKeesport, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at his home. He was a longtime McKeesport music educator. Ron was born Sept. 1, 1935, in McKeesport, to John and Emma Polak. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1953, before attending St. Vincent College where he received his Bachelor of Music Education in 1957. He immediately began his career with the McKeesport Area School District as a music educator and music coordinator. He went on to earn his Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University in 1959. Mr. Polak was past president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the St. Vincent Alumni Association. An avid basketball fan, he often could be seen running the scoreboard at high school basketball games, something he continued to do until the time of his death. After 36 years of service, he retired from MASD in 1993. In 2006, he and his wife moved to Nevada to be closer to their daughter. As per his wishes, Ron was cremated after his funeral Mass, which was held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in North Las Vegas. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Vera; his daughter, Karen; and his brother, John, of North Ridgeville, Ohio. The family is having a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the crypt inside the Basilica on the St. Vincent College campus at 300 Purchase Road, Latrobe for those who wish to pay their respects. Ron's ashes will be placed in the new mausoleum at St. Vincent once construction is completed. A Class of 1957 Scholarship has been established at St. Vincent College by his fellow Bearcats to remember not only Ron, but all of the Class of 57. Donations in his remembrance should made out to: Class of 1957 Scholarship and sent to Anthony Cancrow, Director of Individual Giving, St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.
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