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Bowen, Joyce L.

  • Glassport , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joyce Lynn Bowen, of Glassport, formerly of Duquesne, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Southwestern Health Center. Born in McKeesport, she was a daughter of Veronica "Tootsie" (Oeler) Bowen, of Ruffsdale, and the late James W. Bowen. She was a graduate of St. Anthony's School and participated in Special Olympics. She received a certificate for sign language. Joyce was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Zelienople. She was a sister of Jeanne "Cricket" (Dave) Sakson, of Ruffsdale, and Jill (late Blaine) Smith, of Glassport, the late James Bowen (his significant other, Nancy Maloney, of West Homestead), and the late Jeffrey Bowen. In addition to her mother and sisters, she is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will be held in the spring in honor of Joyce. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director.
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Glumac, Hilda J. 92

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Hilda J. (DeMutis) Glumac, 92, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George S. Glumac; loving mother of Georgianna (Charles) Wilson, Joyce (Brad) Lambert, David (Debra) Glumac, Tammy Glumac and Herbert (Lisa) Jones; grandmother of Richard Riccuti, Angela Batchlor, David Glumac Jr. and Alexander Glumac; great-grandmother of Brentley Batchlor, Luke Batchlor, Samuel Riccuiti, Richard Riccuiti Jr. and Anthony Riccuiti; also survived by nieces and nephews. She was the sister of David DeMutis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Susie DeMutis; and her siblings, Cecil DeMutis and Irene Brown. 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. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Holtzman, Rosemary A. 85

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1929-10-11
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Rosemary A. Holtzman, 85, of McKeesport, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Born Oct. 11, 1929, in Lawrenceville, she was a daughter of the late Albert Robert and Elizabeth Weber Ganter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Holtzman Sr.; brothers, Albert, Edward and Billy Ganter; and a sister, Leona Zeborski. She was a former member of St. Mary German Parish in McKeesport. Surviving are her sons, William F. (Laurie) Holtzman Jr., of Bethel Park, Edward (Frances) Holtzman, of North Huntingdon, Mark (the late Tracey) Holtzman, of McKeesport, and Craig Holtzman; and a daughter, Mary (Steve) Hand, both of Granite Falls, N.C.; also surviving are 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine (Albert) Perez; and a brother, Clarence Ganter, both of Penn Hills; many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Father Edward S. Litavec officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary German Cemetery, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Children's Hospital Foundation, 4401 Penn Ave., Central Plant Floor 3, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Kahler, Mary E. 93

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Born: 1921-05-28
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Eva Kahler, 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Locust Grove, West Mifflin. Born May 28, 1921, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Madeline (Felentzer) Ruhe. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis E. "Pep" Kahler for 68 years; mother of Mary (Ronald) Mital, of North Versailles, and Thomas W. (Michele) Kahler, of Level Green; grandmother of Jeffrey Mital, Brittany (Alan) Lindsey and Brian Lindahl; and sister of the late William Ruhe and Madeline Vernon. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Kukurin, Elaine 91

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Dency) Kukurin, 91, of North Versailles, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was the daughter of the late George and Bertha (Kipila) Dency; beloved wife of 67 years to the late Rudy Kukurin Sr.; loving mother of Rudy Jr. (Virginia) Kukurin and Karen (Frank) Kordalski; grandmother of Frank Kordalski Jr. and Mike Kordalski; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Along with her twin (the late) Vilma, she was the youngest of 11 children. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ann, Mary, Bertha, Susan, Liz, Margaret, Helen, George and John. Elaine worked in the Westinghouse family of factories. She always enjoyed traveling, especially up to the mountains, (Ligonier, Somerset and Prince Gallitzin State Park.) She enjoyed baking nut-rolls and cookies and always had her cookie jar full for her grandchildren. Elaine was a deacon at Linway United Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Eric Dennis, officiating. http://www.kutchfuneralhomes.org.
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Owens, Stewart E. 89

  • Liberty Bourough
  • Born: 1925-04-22
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Stewart E. Owens, 89, of Liberty Borough, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born in McKeesport, April 22, 1925, the son of the late Stewart and Olive Owens. Following his 1943 graduation from McKeesport High School, Mr. Owens enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served during World War II and again during the Korean War as member of the Air Force. Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Owens returned to the Liberty Borough and began his lifetime of dedicated service to that community and the surrounding Mon Valley. Mr. Owens' contributions to Liberty Borough included more than 30 years as a member of the borough council and the proud distinction of serving as the community's first mayor in the 1960s. He also served on the borough's Planning Commission and was a lifetime member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Owens was a founding member of the Twin Rivers Council of Governments and the McKeesport 911 Center and was a member of the South Allegheny School District's Board of School Directors. His extensive knowledge of local issues aided him well during his 18-year tenure as a field representative for US Congressman Joseph Gaydos. In addition to his innumerable political contributions, Mr. Owens was a faithful member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, serving as a Ruling Elder, Sunday school teacher, and as a member of numerous pastoral search, finance and building committees. Mr. Owens' dedication to his church was limitless and he could typically be found assisting with various maintenance projects in the church, even into his late 80s. In December 2014, Mr. Owens was presented with a 65-year membership pin by Local 230 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, having retired from the construction industry after 27 years as a carpenter and foreman. Mr. Owens also was associated with numerous civic organizations including Free and Accepted Mason - Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shriners, Liberty Borough Senior Organization and the Liberty Borough Veterans' Club. Mr. Owens will be remembered for his tireless work ethic, his hands-on leadership style, his attention to detail, his selfless service to his church and community and his dedication to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. In additional to his parents, Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Dorothy; and his sister, Betty Lou Martin; as well as other cherished relatives, in-laws and friends. Mr. Owens will be dearly missed by his two children and their spouses, Deborah and Bruce Piker, of Liberty Borough, and David and Mary Ann Owens, of North Huntington; four grandchildren and their spouses, Colleen and Benjamin Stumpf, of Erie, Lindsey and Matthew Abel, of Latrobe, Eric Owens, of Tyson's Corners, Va., and Amy Owens, of North Huntingdon; and two great-grandsons, Nathaniel Stumpf and Levi Abel. His surviving siblings include older sister, Edna Long, of Cypress, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Blaine and Arlene Owens, of Elizabeth; and sister and brother-in-law, Shelia and Steve Mendel, of South Park; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2015, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2015, to the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Liberty Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charissa Clark Howe officiating. Procession and committal will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 900 Elizabeth St., McKeesport, PA 15133. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Popojas, Dennis J. 61

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1953-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dennis John "Pop" Popojas, 61, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in McKeesport, a son of Albert "Jake" and Theresa Bollas Popojas, of Liberty Borough. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Vicky Carraher Popojas; son, Dennis Popojas, of Pittsburgh; brother, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Popojas, of White Oak; sister, Terrie Lynn (Gary) Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; cousin, Andy (Sandy) Popojas, of North Huntingdon, who was more like a brother to him; niece, Kristina Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; many other cousins and nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Cathy Atkins, of Liberty Borough. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, drinking in the wine and sun. He was active and always moving toward brighter days, but never too busy to help anyone in need. His quick wit made every greeting memorable. He left his kindest words unsaid, but instead spoke with his actions. He will be missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.
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Russell, Bess 96

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1918-07-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Bess "Bessie" Russell, 96, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Lakeview Personal Care Home in Darlington. Born July 5, 1918, in Large, she was a daughter of the late James Trumbo and Dora (Rhodes) Trumbo, and wife of the late William Russell, who passed away June 29, 2002. Bessie enjoyed toll painting and woodcarving. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (George) Hart, of Salt Lake City, Utah; her five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Wilma Brnilovich; and brother, Ross Trumbo. No visitation is scheduled. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 221 N. Second St., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson Hills. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care the last three years. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Slezak, Irene Z. 91

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Irene Z. (Zaremba) Slezak, 91, of Munhall, passed away Tuesday, Jan., 20, 2015, at Mercy Hospital following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Slezak Sr.; three brothers; and two sisters. Irene was born June 21, 1923, in Homestead, daughter of the late Constanty and Kazmiera (Okonski) Zaremba. She is survived by two sons, Michael Slezak Jr. and Bernard Slezak, of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Annette Marchetti, of Beaufort, S.C.; also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb 21, 2015, at St. Agnes Church in West Mifflin. Entombment will follow with a private service in the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Pittsburgh. Arrangement by SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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White, Rev. Paul 78

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Wilkes-Barre
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mitred Archpriest Paul "Red" White, 78, of West Mifflin, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Homestead, and was the son of the late Sue Maxwell White (John) Homer and the late Reynolds White. He was the husband of the late Matushka Pauline Babilya White, who died April 22, 2010. Father Paul was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, and was ordained as a priest in December 1970 at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Crossingville, St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen, St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for 28 years. He was a member of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and the church choir there, the Pittsburgh Russian Orthodox Male Chorus and the Northeastern Balalaika Group. He is survived by his sons, David (Kera) White, of Memphis, Tenn., and Mark White, of West Mifflin; daughters, Tanya (Very Rev. Andrew D.) Nelko, of Campbell, Ohio, and Natasha (Rev. Dimitri D.) Ermakov, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Kristianna, Anastasia, Andrew, Nathanael, Nadia, Tatyana, Justina, Mark, Samantha, Kristina, Alexandra, Natalia, Ksenia, Maria and Dimitri II; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Lily and Yelena. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Panihida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre. Burial of a Priest service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with the Very Rev. Andrew D. Nelko and the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov as concelebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Centralia. 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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