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Birr, Barbara L. 78

  • Erie
  • Born: 1936-01-18
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Edder, Girard | Get Directions
  • Barbara L. (Gaither) Birr, 78, of Erie, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at St. Vincent Health Center. She was born Jan. 18, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Guy Gaither and Ola Hearn. She was raised and educated in Baltimore where she graduated from an all-girls school. While in Baltimore, she worked on the line for Noxzema. Barbara met her first husband, Ed Monnin, who survives her in Baltimore, and they moved to Meadville in the 1960s. Barbara moved to McKeesport in 1971. She worked as a Nanny for 18 years, also at a card shop and helped out at the churches she attended. Barbara was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in McKeesport. She enjoyed going to church, reading, being around her family and her special puppy, Frisco. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her second husband, Donald Birr; and a half sister, Henrietta Gaither. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Judy (Skip) Veshinfsky, of Lake City, Cathy (Randy) St. Denny, of Hampton, N.Y., and Virginia (Steve) Marchetti, of McKeesport; her close stepdaughter, Carolyn Birr, of White Oak; her seven grandchildren, Jacob, Kevin, Sean, Christopher, Pamela, Angela and Ashley; and nine great-grandchildren. Barbara's family will be holding a private memorial service. Arrangements are entrusted to the EDDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Girard. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA 16505. To send condolences, visit http://www.edderfuneralhome.com.
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Brozosky, Marion L. 84

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-11-16
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  • Marion L. Brozosky, 84, formerly of White Oak, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Shell Point Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. She was born in Vandergrift but later moved to White Oak. She graduated from McKeesport Area High School in 1948. She was employed by U.S. Steel and GC Murphy Co. Marion served as a deacon and active member of Immanuel United Presbyterian Church in McKeesport. She was a widow of both David W. Rollason, of McKeesport, and Edward J. Brozosky, of Duquesne. She had three children, Kathleen Rollason, of Annapolis, Md., Edward J. Brozosky and his wife, Lee Ann Jacobs, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mary McNamee, of White Oak. She is also survived by her sister, Shirley Turocy, of White Oak; her aunt, Lois Treese, of Cherry Tree; and her beloved grandson, Samuel J. Vlastos, of White Oak; along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Alice O'Harrah McQuiston and her father, Dale Dougherty McQuiston; along with siblings, Harold McQuiston and Mildred Miller, all from Fort Myers. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Shell Point Hospice in Fort Myers.
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Clarke, Donald J. 63

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1951-05-28
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Donald James Clarke, 63, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. He was born May 28, 1951, to the late Patrick Clarke and Julia (Robstock) Clarke. He is survived by significant other, Roxanne Seganos Haman, of Clairton. Donald is also survived by four sisters, Patricia (Michael) Goetz, of Villa Hills Ky., Eileen Clarke, of Florence, Ky., Mary Allen, of Union, Ky., and Christine (Jimmy) James, of Florence; and also by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his former wife, Cheryl Hamilton Clarke in 2005. He graduated from Neshaminy High School, of Langhorne in 1968. Donald worked at a variety of companies doing odd jobs and maintenance work. Arrangements entrusted to S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th St., Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Dawkins, Marcaysia C. 19

  • Formerly of Clairton
  • Born: 1995-05-22
  • Died: 2014-11-22
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Marcaysia Carrell Dawkins was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. She was born May 22, 1995, daughter of Charisma Joy Dawkins, of Lithonia, Ga., and Mark Anthony Price, of Clairton. She attended the Clairton School District and was a graduate of Lithonia High School in Georgia. She was very active as a cheerleader, a majorette, a member of the Honeybears Pep Team and member of the track team. She was also a member of the McKeesport Y swim team. She played summer league softball, took karate and participated in a Ms. Black Teen Pageant. She took dance lessons for 10 years at Peggy Price Studio for dance and baton. Marcaysia had great work ethics for a person so young. While attending high school, she worked at the Community Center in Mill Vue Acres, McDonald's and, in the summer, she worked at Kennywood Park. In March of 2013, she and her family relocated to Lithonia, Ga. She enrolled in Lithonia High School and on May 23, 2014, the day after her 19th birthday, she graduated from there ready to take on the world. Once she and her family relocated to Georgia, Marcaysia found a job at the McDonald's and also worked at a daycare center. She was also considering a career with the Navy. She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, Clairton, for many years. Marcaysia loved the Lord and he was her strength and strong tower. She was a member of the Young Peoples Choir, member of the Praise and Worship Dancers, Daughters of the KING and an usher. Upon relocating to Georgia, Marcaysia attended Berean Christian Church, Stone Mountain, Ga. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fred Dawkins; great-grandparents, Willie and Mary Dawkins and Frances and Charles Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories her parents; sisters, Markieya Caprice Price, Kyaisha Joy Johnson and stepsister, Shaquna West; grandmother, Vivian Johnson; stepgreat-grandmother, Eula Williams; uncles, Daniel Dawkins (Monica), Brian Dawkins and Jim Price (Sharlene); aunts, Rhonda Price, Amber Price and Aljamae Singleton; other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at Morning Star Baptist Church, 307 Shaw Ave., Clairton, with funeral services following the visitation hour. The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Thompson Jr. will officiate with the Rev. Dr. William C. Callaway bringing the eulogy. Local arrangements by the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Deet, Michelle R. 44

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1970-08-26
  • Died: 2014-11-28
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Michelle Renee Deet, 44, of Bethel Park, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born Aug. 26, 1970, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Jacqueline Deet, of White Oak. Michelle dearly loved her family and dogs. She worked at Baldwin ATF, loved bowling and rooting for the Steelers. In addition to her mom, she is survived by sister, Lori (Daryl) Schulte; niece, Stephanie Schulte; nephew, Nicholas Schulte; uncles, Frank (Gennie), Duane (Debbie) and David (Mary Beth); also survived by cousins and caregivers. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Ina Hreha and William and Virginia Deet. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131.
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Dudgeon, Charles S. 86

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1928-01-22
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Charles S. "Bud" Dudgeon, 87, of Munhall, formerly of Duquesne, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at home. He was born Jan. 22, 1928, in McKeesport, a son of the late James B. and Lydia Mae (Waltower) Dudgeon. He was retired from Pipe Fitters Local 354, Latrobe. He was a member of West Side United Methodist Church, McKeesport, and a member and past master of Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge No. 731 F and AM. He was also a member of Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, Royal Order of Scotland. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to the late June M. (Nemes) Dudgeon; father of James (Rose) Dudgeon, of New Brittain, Conn., Robert Dudgeon, of Butler, and Lisa (Tom) Weir, of West Mifflin; grandfather of Jason and James Dudgeon, Melanie Dudgeon, Tom (Lyne) Weir and Jessica (Ryan) Shea; and great-grandfather of Jackson Dudgeon, Riley, Andrew Weir, Joslyne DeBonis, Alaina Shea, Morgan Shea and Nolan Shea. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Annette Bolds. Interment Mt. Vernon Cemetery with military honors. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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Gambino, Charles Blue Eyes D. 79

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1935-11-05
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Charles D. "Blue Eyes" Gambino, 79, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Clairton, son of the late Charles and Frances (Fazio) Gambino. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Miller) Gambino for 55 years; loving father of Charlene Gambino Petrelli (Dominic), Marc Gambino (Missy); grandfather of Gia, Angelina and Marco Gambino; step-grandfather of Richard, Nicholas and Liza Petrelli; brother of Anthony, Richard and the late Jack Gambino and Cynthia VanRyn. He isalso survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Clare of Assisi, Clairton. Condolences may be posted at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Ganassi, Sylvia M. 96

  • Greenock
  • Born: 1918-06-19
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Sylvia Mae Ganassi, 96, of Greenock, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her home. She was born June 19, 1918, in Greenock, and was the daughter of the late Dario and Feame (Nizzoli) Pigozzi. Sylvia and her late husband, Mario Ganassi, were married for 43 years. She was a member of Greenock United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society. Sylvia enjoyed playing cards with her club girls and treasured her two trips to Italy. She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Ganassi, of Mt. Pleasant; granddaughters, Michelle and husband, Seth Forry, of Berlin, and Jennifer and husband, Alan Anderson, of Mt. Pleasant; great-granddaughters, Sara Forry and Emma Mae Anderson; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dario "Nick" Jr., Wayne "Zeke," Edmund "Chuck" and Glenn Pigozzi. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Edwin Pope officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenock United Methodist Church, 1213 Greenock Road, McKeesport, PA 15135. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Perhach, Barbara Babs A.

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-11-26
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. "Babs" Perhach, of McKeesport, formerly of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Carolyn (Hughes) Perhach; and loving sister of the late Mary Ann Hellier. She is also survived by several cousins and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. The family requests memorial donations be made to Mt. Assisi Academy, 934 Forest Ave., Bellvue, PA 15202. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Tibbles, Leona 94

  • Formerly of Sutersville
  • Born: 1920-07-01
  • Died: 2014-11-25
  • Funeral Home: Fountain, Lafayette | Get Directions
  • Leona (Couchenour) McLaughlin Tibbles, 94, passed away peacefully at her residence Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Leona was born July 1, 1920, in Sutersville, Pa., and was a longtime resident of Acadiana, La. Leona was active in her community and belonged to many bridge clubs over the years. She enjoyed her home and being a homemaker. Most of all, Leona loved spending time with her family and friends. Leona is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Jack) Burke, of Lafayette, La.; son, William (Dian) Tibbles, of Muskogee, Okla.; sister, Edith Finney, of White Oak; daughter-in-law, Kay McLaughlin, of Corpus Christi, Texas. She had eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Goldie Couchenour; husband, Charles E. McLaughlin II, in 1958, and her husband of 55 years, William K. Tibbles, who died in 2014; son, Charles E. McLaughlin III, of Corpus Christi, Texas; and brother, Harry R. Couchenour, of Pennsylvania. Graveside services will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at FOUNTAIN MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, in Lafayette. Interment will be at Fountain Memorial Cemetery, in Lafayette. The family wishes to thank Community Hospice for all their love and tender care given to Leona and her family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Leona's name to Community Hospice, P.O. Box 930, Youngsville, LA 70592. We also wish a very special thanks to Yvonne McZeal and Vickie Romero as you are family to us and there are no words expressed on how special you are and how much we appreciate all you have done for our family. Online obituary and guest book may be viewed at http://www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com. Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1010 Pandora St., (337) 981-7098, is in charge of arrangements.
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Zirkle, Mary Ann 90

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-03-09
  • Died: 2014-11-27
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Zirkle, 90, of McKeesport, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Sycamore Estate in Duquesne. She was born March 9, 1924, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Carmen and Anna Tardia Cosanella. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Haskell Joseph Zirkle, and brothers and sisters. A retired stock girl for various department stores, she had also worked for Barraducci Brothers. She was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak and volunteered at Life Span. Surviving are her sons, Kenneth Allan Zirkle Sr., of Port Vue, and Larry Dale Zirkle, of McKeesport. Also surviving are four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine Jackson, of Ohio, and Sarah Bracale, of McKeesport; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Angela Merici Church with the Rev. Kevin Dominik as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. http://www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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