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Coulson, Ruth P. 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1923-01-02
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Ruth P. Coulson, 91, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Clairton, to the late William H. Poad and Violet E. (Cowan) Poad. She is survived by son, Tom (Sandi) Coulson; daughter, Elissa C. Hall, of Monaca; grandsons, Scott and Ryan Coulson and Douglas and Gregory Hall; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Coulson; and son-in-law, Donald C. Hall. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Mifflin and also sang in Yankee Doodle's musical chorus. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, West Mifflin. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Derewonko, Blanche J. 85

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • Blanche J. Derewonko, 85, of Glassport, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Adam and Mary Zaurski; beloved wife of the late Leonard "Stuch" Derewonko; devoted, patient and understanding mother of Marianne (Robert) Wible, of Port Vue, and Michael (Jane) Derewonko, of Glassport; grandmother of Jennifer Domanick Pasinski, Angela (Peter) Ipnar, Stephen Derewonko, Michael Wible, Thomas Wible, Chrisopher Layhue, Jamie (Dennis) Gribschaw and Robbie Wible; great-grandmother of Kevin Victor, Christina and Brooke Pasinski, Veda Ipnar and Brian and Brianna Gribschaw; sister of Clara Stasko, of Port Vue, and Stanley Zaurski, of Elizabeth Township; also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Jean Mackowick, Laura Suchko and Mary "Sue" Magdic; and brothers, Stephen, Walter and Edward Zaurski. Blanche was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Queen of the Rosary Church, with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following at Calvary Cemetery.
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Heiple, Pauline L. 89

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1924-11-05
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Pauline L. "Polly" Heiple, 89, of West Mifflin, passed peacefully the morning of July 23, 2014. Polly was born Nov. 5, 1924, in New Paris, Bedford County, to the late Bruce R. Miller and Irene L. (Hoover). She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Heiple for 64 years; mother of Carol L. (Harry Jr.) Mackowiak, of South Park, and the late Jean A. Simmers; grandmother of Harry A. (Susan) Mackowiak and Dana L. (Steve Clark) Mackowiak; great-grandmother of Madelyn G. Mackowiak and Cameron H. Mackowiak; and sister of Roy, Owen, Ruthann, Clark, Ethel, Elsie and the late John C., Ray and Donald "Bud". Polly is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Polly was a member of the senior center in Bullskin Township, Westmoreland County, for 25 years. Polly could be remembered for having been a cook at St. Elizabeth Convent and South Park Inn. She was most recently a resident of Mt. Vernon of South Park and under the care of Horizon Hospice. There will be no visitation at the request of Pauline. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. An inurnment will follow within the mausoleum.
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Longenett, Betty 79

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-07-21
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Betty Longenett, 79, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. Born July 21, 1935, in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Edith (Lloyd) Haigy. Betty's family was the greatest joy of her life. She enjoyed baking and, in summer, basking in the sun at McKeesport Marina. Through her battle with cancer, Betty proved to be the strongest woman her granddaughters ever knew. Survivors include her granddaughters, Nicole (William) Vantine, of McKeesport, Heather (Steve) Culpepper, of North Versailles, and Kristy Ambler, of McKeesport; brother, James, of Florida; nephews, Frank, Russell, Ronnie and Bobby; nieces, Kim, Lisa and Lori; and five great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by daughter, Lyn Belgrade; siblings, Russell, Olive and Robert; and the love of her life, Bill Ducsay. No visitation is scheduled, as was Betty's wish. Arrangements cared for by WILLIG FUNERAL HOME. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
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Molinari, Catherine A. 92

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1922-01-14
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Catherine A. Molinari, 92, of Clairton, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. Catherine was a wire tester for Copperweld in Glassport during World War II. She loved her children and grandchildren and was one of the most unselfish people who would do anything for anybody. Her favorite saying was "It is what it is." Born Jan. 14, 1922, in Wilson, she was a daughter of the late Giovanni and Anna (Sabatino) Viscusi, and wife of the late Angelo W. Molinari. She is survived by a daughter, Linda A. (Jack) Booth, of Jefferson Hills; granddaughter, Mary Catherine (Phillip) DiMarco, of Jefferson Hills; two beloved great-grandchildren, Christina and Domenic DiMarco; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three sisters, Julia Porretta, Sylvia Bickerton and Rose Znavor; and five brothers, Michael, Ettore, John, Mario and Dominic Viscusi. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday, July 26, 2014, in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Opfer, Joseph P. 60

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1954-05-28
  • Died: 2014-07-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph P. Opfer, 60, of Elizabeth Township, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the Center for Compassionate Care, Mt. Lebanon. Born May 28, 1954, in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Albert and Julia (Lovas) Opfer. He was a former steelworker for Levinson Steel in Ambridge and a member of Grace and Truth Ministries in Canonsburg. The pride of Joe's life was being able to care for his mother in the final five years of her life. He is survived by a sister, Sandra (George) Cheplic, of Finleyville; brothers, Wayne (Alberta) Opfer, of Glassport, and Dennis Opfer, of Elizabeth Township; uncle, Michael Lovas, of Elizabeth Township; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Scott Warne officiating. Burial will be private in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Joe's family would like to thank Heidi Wright for the wonderful care given to him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Shaw, Carol A. 66

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1948-05-25
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Carol A. Shaw, 66, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born May 25, 1948, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph L. and Virginia Maxine (Eytcheson) Vukelja. Carol was a home health aide for PRN and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the mother of Thomas Shaw, of Duquesne, and Justin Shaw, of Duquesne; Mimi of Kaylee Shaw; and sister of Vaughen Vukelja, of Florida. She is also survived by numerous friends. She enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Kaylee. She also adored her dog, Max. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the 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, July 26, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.
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Snaith, Janet A. 78

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1935-11-24
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Janet Alice Snaith, 78, a lifelong resident of McKeesport, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Kane Regional Hospital McKeesport after a lengthy struggle with dementia. She was born Nov. 24, 1935, the only child of Edward and Alice (Buck) Snaith. Janet is survived by her cousins and friends. She attended St. Pius grade school and graduated from St. Peters High School. Janet worked in banking before a long career with the Allegheny County Health Department, from which she retired. According to her wishes, there is no visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in Corpus Christi Church, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Inurnment will follow in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. Professional services were entrusted to the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Corpus Christi Parish or the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. The family wishes to thank the very caring staff of Kane McKeesport and Bridge Hospice. http://www.whcraigfuneralhome.com.
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Sopko, Barbara 96

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1918-02-03
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Barbara (Mochan) Sopko, 96, of White Oak, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. She was born Feb. 3, 1918, in Wilmerding, daughter of the late George Mochan Sr. and the late Anna Klobucar Mochan. She was the wife of the late John Sopko Sr. Barbara was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the Croatian Fraternal Union of American Lodge 4 in Etna. She is survived by her children, John E. Sopko Jr., Michael (Carol A.) Sopko, Frank G. Sopko and Elizabeth Sopko, all of White Oak; grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Sopko and Michele (Derrick) Sopko Smith; sisters, Helen E. Mochan and Rose Marie Pavlecic, both of White Oak; longtime friend, Sandra Sivak; longtime caregivers, Roxanne Myczka and Tiffaney Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings, Mary McCurdy, Catherine Slovina and George, Michael and Paul Mochan; and her uncle, Matthew Valentich. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Monday in Corpus Christi Church, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Burial will follow.
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Zemprelli, Margaret A. 87

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1926-11-16
  • Died: 2014-07-15
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Margaret A. Zemprelli, 87, of Jefferson Hills and Jupiter, Fla., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. A well-known model in the late 1940s, the former Margie Antoinette was Miss Major League Baseball in 1947 and the spokesmodel for the Pennsylvania Telephone Company and Rinso Detergent. Born Nov. 16, 1926, in Little McConnell Mills, Washington County, she was a daughter of the late Stefan and Theresa (Araigno) Antoinetta. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Albenia Adamski, Theresa Friday, Helen Rodgers and Emil, Pete and George Antoinette. Marge was a parishioner of St. Thomas a Becket Church in Jefferson Hills, a member of the ISDA and an honorary graduate of Penn State University. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, former State Senate Majority and Minority Leader, Edward P. Zemprelli; her daughter, Carla Z. Corum; her granddaughters, Dana Macauley and Jayne McVay; her great-granddaughters, Sophia, Layla, Adrianna and Sierra; her sister, Edith Bernard; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in St. Thomas a Becket Church in Jefferson Hills. Procession and burial will follow to Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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