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Johnson, Joseph B. 81

  • Uniontown
  • Born: 1933-09-17
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Waters, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Joseph B. Johnson, 81, of Uniontown, departed this life peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Uniontown Hospital. He was a former resident of Clairton. He was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Maysville, S.C., a son of the late Samuel Johnson and Chanie Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ruffin Johnson; and brothers, Curdell, Jack and Sidney Johnson. He was a 43-year retiree with the U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He was a faithful member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Clairton, where he served as trustee emeritus and member of the male chorus until his health began to fail. He was an avid boxer and trainer and former coach for the James Royster American Legion Baseball Team. He was a foster parent with the Allegheny County CYF Department. Surviving are sons, Roland Johnson, of Temple Hills, Md., the Rev. Eric (Roxanne) Johnson, of Uniontown, and Benjamin Johnson, of Somerset; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Ella M. Harper, of Clairton; three brothers, Samuel (Ruth) Johnson Jr., of Pittsburgh, Stanford (Sadie) Johnson, of Clairton, and Johnnie (Maxine) Johnson, of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters-in-law, Delores Johnson, of Temple Hills, Md., Sharon Johnson, of Washington, Md., and Olivia Johnson, of Rocky Mount, N.C.; extended family, The Millers, Helen, Edith, Burel and Mary; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 177 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, with services to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, with the Rev. Rhonda Alderman officiating and his son, the Rev. Eric T. Johnson, bringing the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. Local arrangements entrusted to the ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME INC., Clairton.
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Luptak, Carl E. 81

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1933-04-03
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Carl E. Luptak, 81, of North Huntingdon passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. He was born April 3, 1933, in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Germak Luptak. Prior to his retirement, Carl was employed with U.S. Steel and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army. Carl played basketball for McKeesport High School, and loved the beach and camping. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and William; and sister, Betty Jane. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene Miller Luptak; daughter, Vickie Ericksen and her husband, Howard; sons, Ron and his wife, Wendy, and Gregory and his wife, Deb; three grandchildren, Ryan Ericksen, Alyssa and Gage Luptak. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. http://www.shirleyfuneralhome.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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Raynak, Emil W. 94

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1921-01-09
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Emil W. Raynak, 94, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1921, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Suzanne (Elko) Raynak, and the husband for 66 years of Marcella (Sedney) Raynak, who predeceased him in 2012. Emil served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as a signalman. He worked 42 years for US Steel, McKeesport-Duquesne Works, retiring in 1983 as the paymaster. Emil was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth for many years where he was a long-standing member of the Ushers' Club and formerly, a Eucharistic Minister. He was also involved with the Thomas Merton Center and participated in peace and justice programs, starting with the Vietnam War. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Cynthia (Decker) Raynak, of State College, Christopher and Mary (Spyra) Raynak, of Liberty Borough, and Timothy and Patricia (Blaha) Raynak, of Elizabeth Township; two daughters, Susan Raynak, of McKeesport, and Kathleen Raynak, his primary caregiver, of Elizabeth Township; three grandsons, Sean (Alexis), Ryan (Tara) and Benjamin Raynak; granddaughter, Jessica Raynak; and one great-grandchild, Jameson Raynak. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 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 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Michael's Church with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Procession and burial, with military honors, will follow to St. Mary's Polish Cemetery in White Oak. In lieu of flowers, Emil's family asks that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Michael's Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 or any Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Sabol, Raymond P. 86

  • Formerly of North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1928-06-28
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Skovranko, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Raymond Paul Sabol, 86, died peacefully with his wife of 63 years, Helen (Yarosik) Sabol, at his side, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Aiken, S.C. Formerly of North Huntingdon Township, he was born June 28, 1928, in Duquesne, the son of the late Mary (Koresko) and Michael Sabol. Following graduation from Duquesne High School, he enlisted in the Navy, served four years and was honorably discharged. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves and was recalled to serve in the Korean War for two years. Upon discharge, he was employed by Westinghouse - Bettis, where he worked on the reactor for the nuclear-powered submarine, Seawolf. He then transferred to the Westinghouse Nuclear Service Division in Monroeville, where he worked with nuclear plant steam generators in the U.S. and Europe and set up the Snubber Testing Program. He then transferred to the Westinghouse Service Center Division in Spartanburg, S.C., and later to the Savannah River Site where he retired after 40 years with Westinghouse. Following retirement, he worked part-time at the George Funeral Home, Aiken, S.C. While living in North Huntingdon, Ray was a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, as well as a member of the Norwin Band, Aids where he served as president. While in Aiken, S.C., he was a member and communicant of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held positions as Faithful Navigator, Assembly No. 1074 and then Grand Knight of Columbus No. 3684. Ray was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and for Sunday games, hosted a Steelers Club at the Knights to watch the game with other loyal Steelers fans in South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lawrence (Marie). He is survived by his wife, Helen; his sister, Marian (Ben) Beaudoin; and sister-in-law, Bernadette Sabol. He is the beloved father of Regis Paul (Gail) Sabol, of North Huntingdon, Donna (Gary) Bate, of Augusta, Ga., and Richard Paul (Pennie) Sabol, of Augusta, Ga.; loving grandfather of Lisa (Kevin) Winwood, of North Huntingdon, Ryan Paul Sabol, of Boulder, Colo., Allison (Sam) Hardy, of Augusta, Ga., Keith (Caitlin) Bate, of Atlanta, Ga., Roman Paul Sabol, of Valdosta, Ga., Russell Paul Sabol and Megan Sabol, of Augusta, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Jasie Mae Winwood, of North Huntingdon; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 2015, at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 200 Leger Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642, followed by interment with military honors at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at http://www.skovrankos.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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