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Jones, James A. 84

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-08-13
  • Died: 2014-08-26
  • Funeral Home: Craig, Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • James A. Jones, 86, of McKeesport, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in McKeesport, a son of the late Edwin W. and Arthurine (Bonnet) Jones. Jim was retired after 45 years of service at Bettis Atomic in West Mifflin, he was a member of McKeesport Presbyterian Church and East McKeesport Lodge 765 F and AM. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou (Culbert) Jones; three sons, J. Mark (Cindy) Jones, J. David (Susan) Jones and Neil R. (Terri) Jones; a sister, Carol McLaughlin; and eight grandchildren. According to Jim's wishes there is no visitation. A private family service was held in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., of McKeesport. Private Burial took place in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. The family is requesting contribution in Jim's name to the UPMC Cancer Center at McKeesport Hospital or the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.
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McElhinny, Elmer J. 87

  • Greensburg , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1926-11-05
  • Died: 2014-08-28
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Elmer J. McElhinny, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Greensburg Care Center. Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Margaret (Fuehr) McElhinny. Elmer was a World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a member of St. Bruno Parish in Greensburg. He retired in 1981 from Swift Industries Home Builders as an architectural designer. Elmer is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (McMahon) McElhinny; sons, Edward J. (Margaret) McElhinny, of Port Vue, and Thomas A. (Lori) McElhinny, of Port Vue; daughters, Sherry M. (Paul) Merritt, of Greensburg, and Lisa M. (Gerald) Stofko, of Johnstown; sisters, Evelyn Simon, of Rhode Island, and Thelma (Richard) Caito, of Naples, Fla.; brothers, Sven (Donna) McElhinny, of White Oak, and Gerard (R.K.) McElhinny, of Pittsburgh; sisters-in-law, Eileen McElhinny, of Pittsburgh, and Phyllis McElhinny, of York; son-in law, Mark Schaitkin; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Elmer was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Beth Schaitkin; and brothers, Albert, Walter and Conrad McElhinny. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 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 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Township, with Father Matthew Reese as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Joseph's Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions in Elmer's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4256.
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Stephenson, Helen 90

  • Versailles
  • Born: 1924-01-31
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Jaycox-Jaworski, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Helen Stephenson, 90, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in her home. Born Jan. 31, 1924, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kucharik) Martinek and the wife of the late Thomas H. Stephenson. Helen was an inspirational mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and devoted her life to caring for her family. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the Westinghouse Transportation Division in West Mifflin and the Youghiogheny Board of Realtors Association. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by siblings, Johanna (John) Pranaitis, Mary (John) Rohosky, Joseph (Pauline) Martinek; and her first-born granddaughter, Lauren Elise Thompson. She is survived by her children, Eileen Stephenson, of Lake Benton, Minn., Karen Thompson (Earl) Highlands, of Hempfield Township, and Nancy (Rick) Sporio, of Elizabeth; granddaughters, Brianne (John) Ulm, of Irwin, Aurley Sporio and Kerstin Highlands, both at home; a great-granddaughter, Braelyn Ulm; and loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Monday 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. Tuesday. Interment will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made and payable to "Lauren's Wing - The Fund for Animal Care" at Action for Animals Humane Society, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15651, Attn: Lauren's Wing or online at
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Tognarine, Ethel M. 73

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Port Vue
  • Born: 1941-05-31
  • Died: 2014-08-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel Mae Tognarine, 73, of Baldwin, formerly of Port Vue, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, after a long illness in Baldwin Rehab Center. Born May 31, 1941, in Mt. Lake Park, Garrett County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Lena Fresh. She was retired from Jefferson Hospital and the Salvation Army. She is preceded in death by her husband, Regis J. Tognarine; daugher, Lorraine Zoscak; and brother, William Fresh, of Elizabeth. She is survived by daughters, Linda (Robert) Marzec, of Baldwin, Mary Lou (Pete) Evanchak, of Port Vue, and Cheryl (Brad) Reber, of North Carolina; brother, Joseph McRobie, of Tennessee, and sister, Mary Fresh, of Maryland; sister-in-law of Chris (Charlene) Tognarine, of Jefferson Hills, Geno (Patricia) Tognarine, of McKeesport, and Judith Fresh, of Elizabeth; and is also survived by nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Interment will follow in Roundhill Cemetery, Elizabeth. The family of Ethel requests memorial donations be made in her memory to the Humane Society of Pittsburgh, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, (, as she adored her animals.
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