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Beyer, Mary 87

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1927-12-05
  • Died: 2015-03-22
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Mary "Joanne" Glarrow Beyer, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late George and Stephanie Bonnaswiecz Glarrow. Mary was a longtime member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Beyer, in 2006. She is survived by her son, Robert Beyer, of Philadelphia; two daughters, Karen Kerber and her husband, Walter, of Mt. Pleasant, and Christine Beyer, of Falls Church, Va.; brother, Theodore Glarrow, of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jason, Dustin, Stephanie, Emily, Madeline and Carlos; and seven great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Laney, Lizzy, Olivia, Amin, Zidane and Zak. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Janet Reid officiating. The family would like to thank her great friends, Carole, Don, George, Peg, Shannon and Suzi. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601; or the Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Burns, Thomas E. 32

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1982-08-27
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Burns, 32, of White Oak, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at his residence. He was born Aug. 27, 1982, in McKeesport, a son of Patrick and Bonnie Long Burns, of White Oak. He was a member of the G-Scale Train Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Samantha Burns, of McKeesport; brothers, Patrick Burns Jr., of White Oak, and Timothy Burns, of North Versailles; a sister, Marilyn Sanner, of Monongahela; and nine nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his grandfather, William Long; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held Friday. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Colamarino, Dennis J. 67

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1947-12-26
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Father Dennis J. Colamarino, of Duquesne, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph Parishes completed his Lenten journey and became Easter on Saturday, March 28, 2015. He taught those around him how to live and love and showed them how to die with strength and dignity. Father Dennis was born Dec. 26, 1947, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Felix and Florence (Deni) Colamarino. He attended St. Luke Elementary School in Carnegie and graduated from Canevin High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University and Master of Divinity from St. Francis College in Loretto. He was ordained May 5, 1973, by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at St. Paul Cathedral. He became a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on May 5, 1973. He was the Parochial Vicar at St. Titus Parish, Aliquippa, from 1973-1978, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Burgettstown, from 1978-1983, and Holy Name Parish, Duquesne, from 1983-1984. He was named pastor of Holy Name Parish from 1984-1994 and administrator of St. Hedwig Parish from 1988-1994. In 1994, Father Dennis was appointed the first pastor of the newly formed Christ the Light of the World Parish where he served as Pastor until his death. In 1999, he was concurrently assigned administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne. In 2003, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish and continued to serve as pastor until his death. Along with his parish responsibilities, Father Dennis has served as Deanery director for the Steel Valley Religious Education Team, Defender of the Bond for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, chaplain to the Duquesne Police Department, Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department and the Allegheny County Police Officers Memorial, motivational speaker on the AIDS Epidemic to high school and church groups, co-leader of Christ the Light of the World Parish AIDS Care Team, liaison for Christian Associates of Western PA AIDS Interfaith Care Teams and member and Vicariate Two representative of the Priest Council. He frequently celebrated Saturday night Mass for the Steelers opponents when they played in Pittsburgh. He was the brother of Arthur (Robin) Colamarino, of Osprey, Fla., Anita (Gary) Rosensteel, of McMurray, Joan (John) Schlueter, of Venetia, Mary (Phil) Shank, of Carnegie, and Philip (Clare) Colamarino, of Lake Mary, Fla. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, and Friday, April 10, 2015, in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 S. First St., Duquesne. A Vesper service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday April 10, 2015, in Holy Name Church. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Holy Name Church, by Bishop David A. Zubik. Private family burial will be at Holy Name Cemetery. Arrangements are by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne, 412-466-3300. In lieu of flowers, Father Dennis requested that donations for "ALS Research" be made in his memory to the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Online condolences may be made to www.maloy-schleiferfuneralhome.com.
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Fields, Barbara N. 75

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1939-03-29
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Waters, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Barbara Nell Howard Fields, 75, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Briarcliff Nursing Home, North Huntingdon. She was born March 29, 1939, in Midland, daughter of the late James C. and Thelma Davis Howard. She was a 1957 graduate of McKeesport Area High School. She had been employed as a clerk at Sears and also worked as a secretary at Carnegie Mellon University. She was a former member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church and former member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her son, Paul L. (Dianne) Fields, of McKeesport; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Ava C. (Charles) Robinson, of Pittsburgh; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Howard, of Midland, and Brenda Howard, of Lakeland, Fla.; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Waters Chapel with the Rev. Henry Billingsley officiating. Entombment will follow in the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.
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Hall, Katherine A. 78

  • Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-07-24
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Katherine A. Hall, 78, formerly of North Huntingdon, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Anne's Home in Greensburg. She was born July 24, 1936, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late John Campbell and Katherine Amelia Havicon Fulton. Prior to her retirement, Katherine was employed by the McKeesport Area School District as an elementary school teacher. She was a member of the All Souls Episcopal Church in North Versailles, an avid reader, enjoyed baking, along with traveling. Two of her favorite trips included Scotland and Sedona, Ariz. She also taught Sunday school at Cantabury Lane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Earl Hall, in 1992. She is survived by one son, William, of Rock Hill, S.C.; one daughter, Corinne Kisslinger and her husband, Stephen, of Fort Mills, S.C.; one brother, Raymond Havicon; and two grandchildren, Heather and Holly Kisslinger. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, followed by interment in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Katherine's family, in lieu of flowers. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Kirschner, Lotta G. 95

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1919-05-29
  • Died: 2015-03-31
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lotta G. Kirschner, 95, of White Oak, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at her residence. She was born May 29, 1919, in Berlin, Germany, a daughter of the late Karl and Martha Bartz Schroeter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Kirschner; and a sister, Hedwig Olson. Surviving are her sons, Robert C. Kirschner, of Murrysville, and William M. Kirschner, of Liberty Borough; also surviving are grandchildren, Michael, Christopher and Lisa Kirschner; a great-grandson, Brandon Kirschner; a sister, Gertrude Blaha, of Elizabeth Township; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Markland, William D. 92

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1922-04-10
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • William D. Markland, 92, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Transitions Health Care, North Huntingdon. He was born April 10, 1922, in McKeesport, a son of the late Samuel E. and Mrytle Hartman Markland. William was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport. Prior to his retirement in 1983, William was employed as a layout draftsman at Westinghouse Electric East Pittsburgh. In World War II, he was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 483RD bomb group based in Italy. He flew 42 bombing missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. After combat, he was a bomber instructor pilot until the end of the war. He belonged to Masonic Lodge 375 and two radio control model airplane clubs, the Keystone Clippers and the Laurel Highland Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mrytle Surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Margaret R. Chapman Markland, whom he married in 1950; son, William Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Elizabeth Township; daughter, Ruth Watkins and her husband, William, of Belmont, Ohio; four grandchildren, Katherine and David Watkins, Douglas Markland and his wife, Tamie, and Daniel Markland; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Faith, Brooke and Mason. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwin Public Library or St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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O'Keson, Margaret I. 74

  • McKeesport , Formerly of Pensacola, Fla.
  • Born: 1940-11-10
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Margaret Inez O'Keson, 74, of McKeesport, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., passed away peacefully, in her home, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, surrounded by her family, friends and beloved pets. She was born Nov. 10, 1940, in McKeesport, and was a daughter of the late Frank E. and Mabel A. (Scott) O'Keson. After graduating from McKeesport High School in 1958, she continued her education at McKeesport Hospital, where she obtained her laboratory technician degree. This degree allowed her to take positions in Chicago, Ill., Washington, D.C., and Pensacola, Fla., where she spent most of her life. After retirement from West Florida Hospital in the late '90s, Margaret purchased and renovated a Victorian home in the Downtown North Hill Historic District of Pensacola, which became the VicMar Bed and Breakfast. She served on many of the neighborhood committees and helped in the revitalization of the neighborhood. Margaret was also the proprietor of a successful business, Maggie's Lawn Care and Painting. In 2005, she decided that it was time to return to McKeesport. She took a job with the McKeesport Sewage Authority plant testing water for Marcellus Shale and immediately became active in the city's cultural and political scene. Margaret was a member of the McKeesport Planning Commission, the Joint Task Force, and was a constable for the Election Bureau. She was a volunteer for the Festival of Trees, The Christmas Parade and International Village. Margaret also received the Outstanding Leadership Award from former McKeesport Mayor James R. Brewster in 2010. Margaret not only had a love and compassion for friends and family, she also loved animals. From the cat she picked out of the gutter to the two large stray dogs that she found wandering her neighborhood, each animal had a story that ended in a loving home with Margaret. As she cared for them, both her beloved dogs, Marty and J.R., kept vigil over Margaret in her final hour. In addition to her sister, Belinda (B) O'Keson, she is survived by her extended family and friends: Mark and Christine Farrell Zacharia and their son, Terrence John "Jack," a ray of sunshine in Margaret's life since his birth, H. Aaron Dagen, of Pensacola, Fla., Carole A. Redman, of Cheverly, Md., Beatrice (Bea) Longo and Dorothy Troutmann, of McKeesport, and all others. To Margaret, if you are a friend, you are family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Martin O'Keson, who died Nov. 6, 1986. The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Margaret's caregivers, especially Edie Mayersky, and Jill and Cindy from Forbes/Celtic Hospice. We couldn't have done it without you. There is no visitation. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, by Father Tom Lewandowski. A future celebration of Margaret's life will take place in Pensacola, Fla. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven and Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Pirl, Twanda L. 61

  • Duquesne
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Caldwells, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Twanda L. Pirl, 61, fondly known as "Lokie", of Duquesne, peacefully departed this life Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church, 17 Cochran St., Duquesne, PA 15110, where home-going service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Archie Perrin officiating. Interment will be in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Professional arrangements entrusted to CALDWELL'S FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Slafka, Roseanne 64

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1950-08-13
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Roseanne Slafka, 64, of McKeesport, died Sunday, March 29, 2015. Born Aug. 13, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Como, and wife of the late Andrew J. Slafka. She is survived by her mother, Virginia Meisl Como, of McKeesport; daughters, Anna Marie Slafka and Brigette (Justin) Donley, of Wintersville, Ohio; a son, Josh Slafka, of McKeesport; grandson, Jude Donley; two sisters, Odelia (Andrew) Golembiewski, of Glassport, and Anita (Buddy) Lepley, of Elizabeth; and a brother, Gerard (Sandi) Como, of Pleasant Hills. She was preceded in death by a son, Aaron A. Slafka. She was a secretary for the McKeesport School District and a member of St. Marks Church, Port Vue. Friends received from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Marks Church, Port Vue, with the Rev. Daniel Straughn.
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Sowa Jr., Walter A. 76

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1938-06-11
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Walter A. Sowa. Jr., 76, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, in Sycamore Estate Personal Care Residence in Duquesne. Retired, after 43 years of service as an electrician for U.S. Steel, Clairton Works, he was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton, and a veteran of the Air Force Reserves. He loved history, birds and antique cars. Born June 11, 1938, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Walter A. and Mary Sowa, and husband of the late Jacqueline "Joy" (McCorkle) Sowa, who passed away Feb. 28, 2007. Walter is survived by his daughters, Faith Ann Siler, of Greenville, S.C., and Stephanie (Kevin) Osselborn, of Mt. Washington; sons, Daniel J. Sowa, of Jefferson Hills, and David J.N. (Ann Marie) Sowa, of Liberty Borough; 10 grandchildren, Sam, Anthony, Christopher, Kevin, Joyce, Carol, C.J., Cassandra, Emma and Keaton; great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Sowa, of Auburn, Calif.; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Doree Sowa. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Parastas will take place at noon Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the funeral home, with Father Ivan Mina officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monongahela. Memorial contributions may be made to The Owl Foundation, www.canadahelps.org/dn/14298. Walter's family would like to thank the staff at Sycamore Estates for the wonderful care given to him. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stanich, Lena 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-20
  • Died: 2015-03-30
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lena (Codeluppi) Stanich, 84, of McKeesport, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Briarcliff Pavilion. Born April 20, 1930, in Blythedale, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (DeSanta) Codeluppi and the wife of the late Nick Stanich. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kari and Kelly Stanich; sister, Marie (John "Legs") Lawrenzi; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Rodney Stanich; and brothers, Adolph and Robert Codeluppi. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at noon Saturday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. The Rev. Isaac Johnson will officiate. Burial will be private. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Warneke, Helene A. 91

  • Irwin , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1923-07-26
  • Died: 2015-03-29
  • Funeral Home: Ott, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Helene A. (Wawrzeniak) Warneke, 91, of Irwin, formerly of White Oak, passed away peacefully in the company of her daughter Sunday, March 29, 2015, in the Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Irwin. She was born July 26, 1923, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Parzychowski) Wawrzeniak. She was a member of the St. Angela Church, of White Oak, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and a current member of the St. Agnes Church, in North Huntingdon. Helene was at one time employed as a nanny and caregiver for several families throughout the area, and was also a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Warneke; a sister, Florence Rybar; and brothers, Edward and Ernie Warren. Surviving are a daughter, Karen Harris and husband, Jim, of North Huntingdon; a son, John W. Warneke, of Florida; and two grandchildren, Melissa and Joe Harris. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. funeral rite outside of Mass in the St. Agnes Church. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak. To send online condolences, please visit www.ottfuneralhome.com.
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