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Cardas, Martha E. 87

  • Mercer , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1926-11-24
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Martha E. Cardas, 87, of Mercer, formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Countryside Convalescent Home in Mercer. She was born Nov. 24, 1926, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Frank and Freda Kirschner Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert E. Cardas; and brothers, Newton and Herbert Taylor. She was a member of Christy Park United Methodist Church, the McKeesport Hospital Jr. Committee and volunteered at the McKeesport Hospital Snack Bar. Surviving are her son, Ross (Mary Jo) Cardas, of Mercer; a daughter, Merianne Cardas, of Fairfield, Ohio; a sister, Edna Jourdain, of Greensburg; three nieces; and a nephew. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, where a funeral service will begin at noon with Pastor Kathleen Barnhart officiating. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Martha's memory to your favorite charity. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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Dow, Denise M. 51

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1962-12-04
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Denise M. Dow, 51, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Forbes Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 4, 1962, in Braddock, a daughter of Paul Dow and the late Dorothy Mazik Dow. Denise was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. She was a 1980 graduate of Norwin Senior High School. She was formerly employed by Tri-Anim as a customer service representative. Denise was a volunteer for many years with the Connellsville Softball League. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert. She is survived by her father, Paul (wife Linda); one sister, Cheryl DiBiase (husband Bob); five brothers, Paul, Michael (wife Linda), Jim (wife Mary Lou), Danny (wife Leaanne) and B.J. Dow; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Friends were received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Father Len Stoviak officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Dzuro, Mary P. 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-01-25
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary P. Dzuro, 90, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at St. Clair Hospital. Born Jan. 25, 1924, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Anna (Gaspar) Dzurov. Mary retired after 49 years of employment in the McKeesport, South Side and downtown payroll offices of U.S. Steel. She was a member of Corpus Christi Church and past member of Christian Mothers. Mary loved to travel and visited many countries around the world. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed crochet and needlework. Earlier in life, she enjoyed bowling and in later years, shopping for gifts for her family. The personalized cards she created and sent have become treasured remembrances for all who loved her. Mary is survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Dzuro, of Glassport; 10 nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces and two great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ellen, Joe, Agnes Petro, George and Michael. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Corpus Christi Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffit St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Corpus Christi Cemetery Fund, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Eicker, Elizabeth L. 88

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1925-11-28
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty Lou" Eicker, 88, of Greenock, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at home. She was born Nov. 28, 1925, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Clarence Blank and Elizabeth Gilchrist Blank. She was the wife of the late Edwin J. Eicker, who died July 15, 2009. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Christy Park. She is survived by her daughter with whom she resided, Sue Ann Eicker; granddaughter, Christa Semchak; twin sister, Mary Jane Rhoades, of Mt. Vernon; and nieces and nephews. Private service took place Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the chapel of the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Entombment followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Marciniec, Mary O. 93

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1921-02-13
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary O. Marciniec, 93, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at home. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Duquesne, daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Petrick) Olexa. She was a retired receptionist for Dr. Paul Balta in Duquesne. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was a former Duquesne Democratic Committee Woman in the 1960's, was an avid bowler, volunteered at McKeesport Meals on Wheels, volunteer at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport and former member of the Former Christ the Light of the World Rosary Society. She was the wife of the late Stanley Marciniec; mother of Darlene (Sonny) Mercek, of Murrysville, Ronald Marciniec, at home, Robert (Steph) Marciniec, of North Hills, and the late Randy Marciniec; grandmother of Adam and Kara Marciniec; and sister of Dolly Tauber, of White Oak; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Michael Olexa, late Anna Suhoski and the late Helen Dandar. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Hedwig Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Burial will be in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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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 were received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A service followed at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in South Versailles Cemetery. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Puckey, Blanche F. 76

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1938-03-31
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Blanche F. (Aldridge) Puckey, 76, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. She retired after 30 years of service as a cafeteria worker for the Elizabeth Forward School District and was a former member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. Blanche enjoyed bowling and was a member of various leagues at Brunswick and Colonial Lanes. Born March 31, 1938, in Monongahela, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Dubbs) Aldridge. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James C. Puckey Sr.; daughter, Joyce (Jim) Reed, of Belle Vernon; son, James C. (Bonnie) Puckey Jr., of Finleyville; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Rebekah) Puckey, Noah Reed, Gabriel Reed, Samantha (fiance, Ryan Hohn) Puckey, Megan Puckey, James Reed, Kristina (Casey) Walton, Megan (Jason) Sonson and Amanda Poland; five great-grandchildren, Makayla, Alexander, Nicholas, Dylan and Madison; sister, Virginia Aldridge, of Wilmington, N.C.; brother, David Aldridge, of Floreffe; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. James Mimidis officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1133 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Pugliano, Joseph V. 96

  • Milford , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1917-08-10
  • Died: 2013-12-04
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joseph Vincent Pugliano, 96, of Milford, Del., formerly of McKeesport and Duquesne, died Dec. 4, 2013, at Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford, Del. He was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Broughton, son of the late Antonio and Rose (Mendecino) Pugliano. He was retired from U.S. Steel - National Tube Works in McKeesport and was a member of U.S. Steelworkers Local 1408. He proudly served his country by enlisting in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Newfoundland. He loved his family, enjoyed the casinos and was a loyal Steelers fan and Jeff Gordon fan. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Lucille "Mary Lou" (Orangio) Pugliano; father of Toni (Joe) Johnson, of Adamsville, Del., Lisa (Bill) Minnick, of West Mifflin, and Judith (John) Riley, of Holland, Pa.; grandfather of Billy Minnick Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Sean Riley, Scott Riley and Chris Riley; uncle of Roseann (John) Mindyzak, of Elizabeth Township, and Anthony (Barb) Falco, of Apollo, also great-nieces and nephews, Debbie, Gina, Nicholas, Tony, Chrissy, Abby and Brianna; great-grandfather of Britney, Clay, Shannon, Timmy, Danny, Olivia, Cady, Connor, Allison and Finnian; and brother of the late Nicholas Pugliano, Mary Pugliano, Julie Bacon and Josephine Falco, who passed away one month from the date of his death. There will be no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Holy Name Church of Christ The Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements are by 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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Starmack, Marjorie S. 82

  • Brighton , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-07-26
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  • Marjorie S. Starmack, of Brighton, N.Y., formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at age 82, joining her best friend and husband, Ted. She was predeceased by her sister, Sally Lesniewski; and brother, Thomas Swauger. She is survived by her children, Ted (Jeanne) and Patti (John) Cyr; grandchildren, Sadi and Ray Starmack and Justin and Amanda Cyr; brothers, Robert and Marshall Swauger; and many nieces and nephews. "Guggy" was sweet, kind and loved by everyone who knew her. Arrangements are by RICHARD H. KEENAN FUNERAL HOME, 585-223-4840.
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Veres, John 70

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1943-09-19
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • John "Bo" Veres, 70, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired fireman for the City of Clairton, a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Born Sept. 19, 1943, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late John S. and Susan (Evanko) Veres. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie (Julian) Veres; four grandchildren, Sgt. Brandon (Angela) Felicetty, USMC of Havelock, N.C., Hope Felicetty, Mary Katherine Janetka and Anthony James Janetka, all of Clairton; son-in-law, Paul M. Janetka, of Clairton; five brothers-in-law, James (Claudia) Julian, of Pittsburgh, Dan (Mary) Julian, of Akron, Ohio, Dean (Lisa) Julian, of Exton, Terry (Denise) Julian and Jeff Julian, all of Clairton; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Penni Lynn Veres-Janetka, who passed away July 25, 2014; sister, Patricia Milas; and brother, Fred Veres. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Yurosko, Catherine M.

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-07-30
  • Funeral Home: Griffith, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. Yurosko, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. She was the sister of Mary Eddings, Louise Kelly and the late Michael Yurosko, John Yurosko, Margaret Dukoit, Elizabeth Kosar and Irene Niccolai; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Catherine worked for McKeesport Hospital. After retirement, she volunteered at Jefferson Hospital. She was a devoted and active member of Holy Spirit Church and member of the Lion's Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the GRIFFITH FUNERAL HOME INC., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Township. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church. The family requests donations in Catherine's name to Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122-2558. Condolences may be offered for the family at http://www.GriffithFH.com.
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