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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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Biros, Ruth A. 76

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1938-01-02
  • Died: 2014-07-21
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Ruth A. Biros, 76, of White Oak, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville. Born Jan. 2, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Katherine McQuillen McKenna. She was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak. Surviving are her husband, George Biros; sons, David (Roberta) Biros, of Mercer, Bill (Julie) Biros, of Chicago, Ill., James Biros, of White Oak, and Tommy (Sharon) Biros, of West Newton; and a daughter, Diane (Ken) Dandar, of White Oak. Also surviving are six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Father Thomas McKenna, and a sister, Patty (James) Petitta, both of Turtle Creek. 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 10 a.m. Thursday with Deacon Dale J. DiSanto officiating. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.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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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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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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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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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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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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Herb, Debra J. 57

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1956-10-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Debra J. Ainsco Herb, 57, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her residence. She was born Oct. 2, 1956, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late John Greenwalt and Doris Mae Ainsco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Herb. She was a bartender for various local area bars. Surviving are her son, John Molinari; and a daughter, Maria Moffitt, both of McKeesport; five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, all of Pennsylvania. Also surviving is a great-grandson; a sister, Martha Moffitt, of McKeesport; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township, (everyone please meet at the cemetery). http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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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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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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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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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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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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