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Amorose, David J. 55

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • David John Amorose, 55, of Greenfield, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. He was a son of Norma Jean (Long) and her late husband, Leo Mangold; brother of Barry Amorose and Cindy Olsavicky; uncle of David (Emily) Harmon, Misty Harmon, Melinda and Mark Olsavicky and Garrett Amorose; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Ave. Funeral with a blessing service at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday will be held in the funeral home, followed by interment with military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Brady, Donald J. 81

  • East McKeesport , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald J. Brady, 81, of East McKeesport, formerly of North Versailles, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the Riverside Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Kane) Brady for 50 years; loving father of Dennis (Yvonne) Maceno, Danny (Karen) Maceno, Gary Maceno and Cindy Brady (Jim); proud grandfather of 10 and seven great-grandchildren; dear brother of Gladys (the late George) Jacobs and the late Joseph (the late Marge) Brady; and uncle of Maureen Brady and cousin of William Brady. Donald served with the Army in the Korean War, was a heavy equipment operator for the North Versailles Road Department and was an avid golfer. Donald's family would like to thank Riverside Care Center and Grane Hospice for all the wonderful care and loving support. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish. Entombment will follow at Penn Lincoln. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Chiponis, Michael A. 69

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1944-12-11
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Michael A. "Cookie" Chiponis, 69, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland. Born Dec. 11, 1944, he was a son of Anthony Chiponis, of West Mifflin, and the late Helen (Gust) Chiponis. Cookie was retired after 31 years as a fourth-grade teacher at New England Elementary School in the West Mifflin School District. He was a graduate of Penn State University and loved all things about Penn State. He enjoyed playing pool, was a member of the GBU in Duquesne, the head trustee at Mifflin Social Club and a social member of Homeville Fire Department, VFW Post 188 and Whitaker VFW. He had a loving relationship of 20 years with his wife, Maggie (Gibbons) Chiponis. He was the father of Chris Chiponis (Jack Hruska), of West Mifflin, and Eric Chiponis, of Duquesne and his daughter, Emma; also grandfather of Brooke Panfil, who was the light of his life; and brother of the late Anthony "Chipper" Chiponis (surviving wife, Janie), of West Mifflin. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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DiDomenico, Nicholas A. 75

  • Verona
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Nicholas A. DiDomenico, 75, of Verona, passed suddenly Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, with his family by his side. He was the beloved son of the late Nicholas and Adeline (Amato) DiDomenico; loving brother of Clementine Hayes (Troy) and Richard DiDomenico (Laura), both of North Huntingdon; loving uncle of Frank Hayes (Agatha), Angela Spynda (Mark), Anna Mason (Neil) and Rose Russin; great uncle of James Mason (Carrie), Justin Mason and Ashley Spynda; and nephew of Gloria Castleforte (Dan), Richard Amato (and his late wife Eleanor). Special thanks to Lisa Siyofy and family for their kindness and the help they provided Nicholas through the years. Nick is also survived by many loving cousins. Nick was retired from Joseph Hornes with more than 40 years of service and currently employed with Allegheny County. He also served his country proudly in the Army. Nick was the kindest, most giving person on Earth. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Friends will be received from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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DiMartini, John Q. 48

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • John Quirino DiMartini, 48, of Bethel Park, unexpectedly, yet faithfully departed Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the devoted and adoring husband of Lori DiMartini; beloved father of Zachary; loyal and loving son of Linda and the late Jack DiMartini; protective big brother and best friend to Janet (Dr. Robert) LoCastro and Jason (Melissa) DiMartini; and absolute hero and best/coolest "Uncle Johnny" to Isabella, Sophia, Aly, Chloe, Michael, Jimmy, Nina, Anthony, Domenic, Christopher, Chessie, Joey and Mikey. John recently moved back home to Pittsburgh to be closer to family after living in Chicago and Milwaukee for the past 14 years. He was a phenomenal chef to those lucky enough to have sat at his generous table. His charisma, understanding, humility, loyalty, work ethic, humor, generosity, strength, calmness and directness made him the quiet and true leader of the DiMartini family. He made everyone and everything better and will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Germaine Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in John's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through http://www.stjude.org. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com. "We adore You, O' Lord Jesus Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world."
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Donatelli, Robert T. 81

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert T. "Bobby D" Donatelli, 81, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice Mae (Hytla); wonderful father of Robert (Cindy) Donatelli, Linda (Doug) Hupe, Tina (Ron) Skiba and Angela (Anthony) Scolieri; grandfather of Douglas, Ashley, Brian, Natalie, Joshua and Christina; great-grandfather of Noah; and brother of Thomas, Sam, Richard and the late Frank Donatelli. Bob was a Korean War Army veteran, proud owner of Rosedale Water Company and Tyler Mountain Water Company. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to St. Joseph School, 825 Second St., Verona, PA 15147. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Verona.
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Gasowski, Cecelia E. 87

  • Turtle Creek , Formerly of Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Cecelia Eva Gasowski, 87, a resident of LGAR in Turtle Creek, formerly of Braddock Hills, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Cecilia is survived by nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by her sister, Hedwig Geslak; and her brothers, Walter "Panny", John J. and Stanley "Jimmy" Gasowski. Cecelia was a retired employee of Thermal Plastics and a longtime member of Sacred Heart/Good Shepherd Parish. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Grysiak, Helen 92

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Popovich) Grysiak, 92, of Pitcairn, formerly of North Versailles, reposed in the Lord Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late George and Helen Popovich. Helen was the wife of the late Charles Grysiak for 45 years and beloved mother of Deborah, of Penn Hills, and Gary (Janet), of Monroeville. She was the dear "Grammy" to Benjamin, Luke and Irene Grysiak, along with being an aunt to several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her dear brothers, George and John Popovich. Helen was a pious and faithful parishioner of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of East Pittsburgh, where she was very active, especially for nutroll baking and pirohi making! Helen was a skilled baker, cook, seamstress and recently enjoyed crocheting rescue and lap blankets for her friends at the Broadview Manor in Pitcairn. The family would especially thank those friends at Broadview who befriended and watched out for her, especially her dearest friend, Beatrice Stagon. In addition, we are also grateful for the love and compassion shown to her by the Sandusky and Wlahofsky families, especially the late John and Millie Reiland. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be prayed at 7 p.m. A funeral Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, with interment at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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McCormick, William L. 75

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • William L. McCormick, 75, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Barbera) McCormick; loving father of Kelly L., William S. (Kathryn) and Scott J. (the late Cynthia Kay) McCormick; grandfather of Taura, Jordan, Mariah, Lani, Noelle and Anna; brother of Bonny (Roger) Lind; and is also survived by his brother-in-law, Vincent F. (Barb) Barbera, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William G. "Captain Boots" and Ruth McCormick; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Rabe. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Charleroi High School and honorably served in the Army National Guard for three years. He was employed by The Power of Bowser from 1984 to 2012 and was top salesman countless times. Bill loved to vacation with his family at The Tropical Manor in Daytona Beach, Fla., and one of his greatest joys was celebrating Christmas Eve with his entire family. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jamie's Dream Team,1985 Lincoln Way, Suite 23-232, McKeesport, PA 15131, http://www.jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net., whose mission is to lift the spirits of those suffering from and ease the burden caused by serious illness, injury, disability or trauma. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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McHugh, James F. 75

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1939-05-31
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • James F. McHugh, 75, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Born May 31, 1939, James was the son of the late Elizabeth McHugh, and was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean McHugh; and brothers, Leo McHugh Jr., Donald McHugh and Robert McHugh. He is survived by brother, Patrick McHugh; two sons, Gary P. McHugh and Douglas Patrick McHugh; daughter-in-law, Kimberlee J. McHugh; three stepdaughters, Lynne Young, Karen Yuhas and Kristen Calfo; immediate grandchildren, Gary Beining, Sabrina McHugh and Connor McHugh; and stepgrandchildren, Allison, Brittney, Nicole and Reggi. James was a Naval veteran, serving as a radarman from 1959 to 1961, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1998. He married to the love of his life, Donna, and they shared many happy years together. James was an avid fisherman and loved to fish on the boat or from the banks. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Carrick and bocce champion for many years. A former social dance instructor, he tripped the light fantastic on the dance floor and especially loved swing dancing. James will especially be remembered as a loving father, doting husband and grandfather, and loyal friend to many. He was guided by a strong faith in God and now rests in peace with his heavenly maker. Thanks to the Vitas Hospice staff and volunteers for their help and support. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A private family burial will be held Friday. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the St. Jude's Foundation for cancer research. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Muckle, Charles L. 83

  • Observatory Hill
  • Born: 1931-04-23
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Charles L. Muckle, 83, of Observatory Hill, finally in the arms of Jesus on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Born in Pittsburgh, April 23, 1931, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Rosella (Dorsch) Muckle. He was the beloved husband for 62 years of the late Agnes (Matz) Muckle; father of Chuck (Lance) Muckle, Kenneth (Carolyn) Muckle, Donna (Robert) Lancia, Greg (Rachel) Muckle, Karen (David) Richardson and Gretchen Muckle; brother of Allen and Lawrence Muckle, Rosella Swedish and the late Richard Muckle, LaVerne Struss and Eileen Shafer; and proud grandfather of Zach, Josh (Rebecca) and Ryan Lancia, Joe (Val), Hannah, Sam and Nate Muckle, Corey, Jensen, Makaley and Kaden Richardson and Caleb and Aaron Muckle. He also is survived by a great-grandchild, Noah. Mr. Muckle proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Teamsters Local No. 249. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View 15229. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Northgate Church, 238 West View Ave., Pittsburgh 15229. (Please meet at church.) Interment in Most Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials in Charles' name to Down Syndrome Center of Western PA, c/o Children's Hospital, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Renk, Robert J. 79

  • South Side
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Renk, 79, of the South Side, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia J. (Milligan) Renk; loving father of Kimberly (David) Teierle, of West Mifflin, Robert M., of South Side, Kevin P. (Sue), of Plainville, Kan., David F. (Lori), of Greensburg, Coleen M. (Albert) Gestiehr, of Mt. Oliver, and Brian R. (Denise) Renk, of West End; grandfather of 21 and great-grandfather of 20 plus one on the way; brother of Thomas (Peg) Renk, of Baldwin; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Renk; and his siblings, Frank, Clarence, Jean, Katherine, Margaret and Arlene. Bob's main hobby was his ability to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone he met. He truly showed his family how to care for others and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 or to the Whitehall Church of Christ Food Bank, 215 Streets Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Rothbauer, Eleanor M. 75

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Teichart-Gracan, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. Rothbauer, 75, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kepich) Lajun; and beloved wife of the late Charles F. Rothbauer. She is survived by her son, David (Angela) Rothbauer, of Cranberry; grandmother, of Rachel Rothbauer; and sister of Richard Lajun, Ronald Lajun and Irene Reece, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Lajun Jr. Eleanor was a retired secretary for US Steel, Duquesne Works, and was a volunteer with the North Versailles Hospice Group. Friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at TEICHART-GRACAN FUNERAL HOME, Duquesne. A private funeral blessing will be held Thursday.
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Rusnak, Robert S. 88

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1925-11-28
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Robert S. "Rock" Rusnak, 88, of Richland Township, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Robert was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Springdale. He was the devoted husband of more than 50 years to Theresa E. (Meszaros) Rusnak; loving father of Candace C. (Mark) Davison, of Port Matilda, and Charlene F. Rusnak, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and proud grandfather of Jennifer K. Davison. Robert was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Andrew, George and Michael; and sister, Helen. Rock enlisted in the Merchant Marine during World War II and later served in the Army at the Pentagon. He was a member of Ironworkers Local Union No. 3, a steadfast Steelers fan and enjoyed playing golf. Memorial services will be held in St. Thomas Church in-the-Fields, Gibsonia, at a date to be determined. Donations may be given to St. Thomas Church, 4106 St. Thomas Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044, http://www.StThomasChurchInTheFields.org or Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090, http://www.concordialm.org. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Russell, Robert G.

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Russell, of Aspinwall, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the husband of Molly (MacKrell) Russell; father of Robert, of St. Louis, Mo., John, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Shelley Marvich, of Penn Hills; grandfather of Brock, Brody, Bryan, Benjamin, Garrett and Sean; and brother of the late Eileen Streicher, Jack Russell and Joanne Nestler. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a proud veteran of the Korean War and served with the Army. No visitation. Service and interment private. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Stephenson, Lynn 67

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-24
  • Funeral Home: George, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Lynn Purvis Stephenson, 67, of Munhall, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Todd L. Stephenson; loving mother of Warren Stephenson; sister of twin, Linda (Clifford) Claypool, and Jane (the late Rev. Larry) Roth; and sister-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Stephenson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorraine and Verna (Berger) Purvis. She was the aunt of Brian Claypool, Heidi (Scott) Koeppl, Celeste (Gary) Packan, Jordan Roth and Mary Elizabeth Stephenson; great-aunt of Hunter Claypool, Anna and Kyle Koeppl, Trevor and Carson Packan; and many other relatives and friends. Lynn taught Bible school, was actively involved with PTO, did volunteer work at Homestead Hospital and then in Speech Pathology and loved to travel, dining out, visiting historical sites, train excursions, visiting airports and, most of all, time spent in Avalon, N.J. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial donations can be made to Animal Rescue League or Homestead Park United Methodist Church.
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Tirpak Jr., Andrew J. 73

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of East McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Andrew J. Tirpak Jr., 73, of Penn Hills, formerly of East McKeesport, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a son of the late Andrew Sr. and Nellie (Mazur) Tirpak; beloved companion of 18 years to Nancy Bertoni; loving father of Dana (Todd) Allison; stepfather of Dave (Mary Beth) Bertoni and Chris (Mary) Bertoni; brother of John, Edward, Joanne Behun, Albert, Patricia and the late John; and stepgrandfather of Samantha, Nick, Carlo and Dom Bertoni. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was a graduate of Grove City College and served in the Army Reserve. He played college baseball and was an avid softball player and a proud member and third baseman of the winning Pittsburgh Gold, a team in the 65-plus North Allegheny Senior Softball League. Andy was involved in harness racing at The Meadows, where he acted as a trainer, driver and owner for more than 10 years. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Monroeville. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Vinski, Lillian P.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lillian P. Vinski, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. And so God calls home one of his finest of all his daughters. Lillian was an incredibly faithful and grateful woman who gave her all, always, for others. Her perpetual smile and desire to learn never ceased, nor did her desire to share and teach. A gentle woman who did her best to be Christ-like, she passed in peace and soulful prayer at her home, surrounded by loved ones. An adventurer and philosopher, Lillian's travels took her to Europe and to the Virgin Islands, where she would eventually live, teach and raise her daughter, before returning home to Pittsburgh. She leaves behind many special friends and family, but number one is her only and devoted daughter, Suzannah Maduro, her loving friend and caretaker. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Lillian would be pleased if she knew that all reading this would give thanks for their blessings while at the same time, doing what they are able, to help others. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Whealdon, Judith

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Judith Keenan Whealdon, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Friends received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Westmoreland County

Burlbaugh, Philip A. 78

  • Delmont
  • Born: 1935-10-24
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Philip A. Burlbaugh, 78, of Delmont, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at William Penn Care Center in Penn Township. He was born Oct. 24, 1935, in New Kensington, son of the late George and Frances (Thompson) Burlbaugh. Philip is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Venese Gallagher Burlbaugh; children, Venese "Vennie" Burlbaugh (Nick Kalogeris), of Swissvale, Marc Burlbaugh and his wife, Susan, of Penn Township, and Vikki (Burlbaugh) Sherman and her husband, John, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicole, Megan (Tony Nguyen), Laura and Kara Burlbaugh and Olivia Sherman; great-grandchild, Mason; a brother, George Lester Burlbaugh and his wife, Norma, of North Carolina; and also nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his pets, Buddy and Molly. Phil retired after 35 years from the Franklin Regional School District, where he was a chemistry teacher. Along with his wife, he also owned a photography business, Burlbaugh's Photos, which specialized in wedding photography. Photography was also a favorite hobby, as well as woodworking and camping. Phil was honorably discharged after serving in the Air Force. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, 724-468-8381, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary A. Evans presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to American Parkinsons Disease Association, 490 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. http://www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Herrup, William 84

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1930-04-03
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • William Herrup, 84, of North Huntingdon, formerly of McKeesport, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was born in Pittsburgh on April 3, 1930, and is the son of the late Leon and Fannie Mantel Herrup. He is the beloved husband of the late Phyllis Roth Herrup. He was a retired manager for the carpet department at the former Golden Rule in McKeesport and also was employed by Molyneaux Carpet in Verona. He graduated in 1947 from Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh in 1951. He was a past president of the Pittsburgh Tri-State Floor Covering Association, a past president of the White Oak Lions Club, a past president of the Redstone Highlands Residents Council and a former board member of Temple B'Nai Israel. He served in the Army as a sergeant first class during the Korean War. He is survived by his children, Lisa and Bill Rogers, of Mountain View, Calif., Diane and Brinkley Sprunt, of Winfield, Pa., and Daniel and Mary Herrup, of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Barbara, Laura and Timothy Sprunt and Megan, Andrew and Emilyanne Herrup; and sister, Mildred Kass, of Hillsborough, N.J. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Saperstein and Leah Buckler. Friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Rabbi Paul Tuchman will officiate. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery. Remembrances in Bill's name may be made to Temple B'Nai Israel, 2206 Cypress St., White Oak, PA 15131 or Carnegie Library of McKeesport.
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Miller, Thomas A.

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Dr. Thomas Allan "Al" Miller, of Murrysville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in 1928, in Boston, Ga., he was the son of the late Thomas I. and Pearl (Roper) Miller. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty (Miller) Young; a brother-in-law, Fred Young; and his beloved wife, Violet J. (VanRy) Miller. He is survived by his three brothers, Roy Miller, of Niles, Mich., Henry Miller (Caroleene), of Tremont, Ill., and Herbert Miller (Marcia), of Statesville, N.C.; two children, Paul Miller (Michelle), of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Tamara Zeliff (James), of Export; three grandchildren, Dustin, Alexandra and Haley Zeliff; and 11 nieces and nephews. Al spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga., growing up on the family farm. Later, they moved to a farm in Niles, Mich. Upon graduation from Niles High School, he worked as an arc welder for Studebaker in South Bend, Ind. He attained his private pilot's license in 1949. Al was drafted into the Army in 1950. He served as a Master Sergeant in the Fifth Army Area during the Korean War, working trans harbor craft, and was awarded the Bronze Combat Star for his service. Al married the love of his life, Violet J. VanRy, in 1954. He was a devoted and loving husband and cherished his wife, Violet, all of his life. Al attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1960 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He purchased Milford Large Animal Clinic and practiced there for more than 35 years. He is a lifetime Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He participated in field studies for pharmaceutical companies, and working with his partners, brought innovative, compassionate care to his clients. Al was loved and admired by his clients and colleagues for his honesty, sincerity, integrity and intellect. As a dedicated father, and a fun, loving, grandfather, he taught by example. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. Golf, fishing and a love of nature and the outdoors were just some of his passions. He loved sharing these activities with his friends and family. Dedicated to the service of others, he was a lifetime member of the Lions Club and he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services to Lions Club's International Foundation. Al was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason and received an Award of Gold from his home lodge in Indiana. He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, acting as a lay leader. He served for more than 10 years as the president of the Milford Town Council in Milford, Ind., and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 by the Milford Area Development Committee for his work in the community. Al and Violet moved to Murrysville after his retirement in 1997. Here, he was a member of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church, the Lions club and performed many volunteer activities. Al loved a good joke and making people laugh. He saw the humor in life and enjoyed brightening people's lives with a funny story. The many and varied experiences of his life became the fodder for his stories, which he loved to share. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in the Holiday Park United Methodist Church. If desired, charitable donations may be made in Al's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, http://www.michaeljfox.org., or the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, http://www.Redstonehighlands.org/Murrysville, http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Pezze, Mildred 90

  • Rillton
  • Born: 1924-07-01
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Nickels, Herminie | Get Directions
  • Mildred "Toots" Pezze, 90, of Rillton, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was born July 1, 1924, in Rillton, daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Stopic) Ekovich. Toots worked for Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and Gaich Trucking as an office clerk. She was also a teacher's aide at the Rillton Elementary School. She was a member of Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood. Toots was a charter member and treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary VFD in Rillton. She was also a member of the St. Edward's Sunshine Club in Herminie. She enjoyed cooking for friends and family and was famous for her pie-making skills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Pezze Jr.; her son, Don Pezze; a brother, Miller Ekovich; and four sisters, Amelia "Mecy" Medich, Dorothy Popovich, Donna Yackovich and Mary Zivkovich. Toots is survived by her two sons, Joseph P. (BettyAnn) Pezze, of Wexford, and Gary (Barb) Pezze, of Grove City; daughter-in-law, Jan Pezze, of West Newton; two special grandchildren, Joey and Lauren; a sister, Angeline Klassen, of Rillton; two special nieces, Marianne Klassen and Martha Reilly; sister-in-law, Julie Ekovich; along with numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Toots will be dearly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, with Father Milan Medakovich officiating. Interment will follow in Irwin Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. Pomen services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Ascension of Our Lord Serbian Orthodox Church, 24 N. Third St., Youngwood, PA 15697, in memory of Toots.
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Butler County

Helgerman, Theodore E. 77

  • Formerly of Adams Township
  • Born: 1936-10-02
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Theodore E. "Ted" Helgerman, 77, of New Castle, formerly of Adams Township, died Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2014, in Ellwood City Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, Oct. 2, 1936, he was a son of the late Theodore and Elvina Shillinger Helgerman. Ted had been a lineman for Duquesne Light. He was a member and Eucharistic minister at St. Kilian Church and St. Joseph the Worker Church and belonged to the St. Vincent dePaul Society of St. Kilian's. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was a senior master sergeant for the Air National Guard at the 112th Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Moyes Helgerman, whom he married on Jan. 9, 1957; his children, Patrick Helgerman (Keri), of Columbus, Ohio, Christina Weigand (Albert), of Cranberry Township, Annette Brusca (Jeff), of West View, Mary Lou Kingan (Bill), of Penn Township, Stephanie Ann Helgerman, of Columbus, Ohio, Rebecca Ann Selzer (Scott), of Kent, Va., and Trinity Ann Helgerman, of Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl; his grandson, Tyler; and his brothers, Richard, Jerry and Jimmy. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars Borough, with Father Charles Bober as celebrant. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Kobert, Lynne M. 72

  • Butler
  • Born: 1942-03-28
  • Died: 2014-09-26
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lynne M. Kobert, 72, of Butler, died Friday morning, Sept. 26, 2014, in Butler Memorial Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, March 28, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Dale and Ellen Cook Martin. Lynne had been a dog groomer for Canine and Kitty Cleaners in Mars for many years and enjoyed collecting baby dolls. She was a member of the Wildwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and attended the Zelienople Kingdom Hall. She loved her family and enjoyed traveling and spending time with them. She was the beloved wife of Ralph M. Kobert, whom she married on June 4, 1960; loving mother of Kendra Leonhard, of Mars, Kimberly LaCaze (James), of Boyers, George Kobert, of Tarentum, Eric Kobert (Julie), of Mars, and Michael Kobert, of Butler; loving grandmother of Jessica Sauers (Brian), Sara Schlichtkrull (Derek), Adam Kobert (Brooke), Aaron Kobert (Leah) and Amelia Kobert; great-grandmother of Norah, Mabel, Mason, Keeton and Vanessa; and sister of Junie Tagliavia (John), of Henderson, Nev., and Dale Martin (Bobbi), in California. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Brian and Mark Kobert. Friends are invited to services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the Zelienople Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 250 Evans Road, Zelienople, PA 16063. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Sherman, Tammi A. 41

  • Butler
  • Born: 1973-01-26
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Tammi A. Sherman, 41, of Butler, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was born Jan. 26, 1973, in Pittsburgh, beloved daughter of Patricia (Stan) Rutkowski and Thomas (Susan) Sherman; loving mother of Jesse S. Armstrong; granddaughter of Eleanor (Robert) Morris; sister of Jason, Don and Shawn (Joanna) Sherman and Jennifer (Ed) Newill; and is also survived many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family will welcome friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will follow at 8 p.m. Private interment will be held in Old Union Cemetery. Tammi loved animals, her many cats and raising her dear son, Jesse. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with expenses. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Momchilovich, Zora

  • Glenwood
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Zora Momchilovich, of Glenwood, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Rose (Wolititch) and George Momchilovich; beloved sister of Joann Momchilovich; special "Aunt" of Lisa (Eric) Truong, Regis (Kate Masley) Bane, Michael (Vita Dunaevsky) Bane and many more adored "Nieces" and "Nephews"; loving "Auntie" of Kaitlyn Truong and Eric Bane; and is also survived by many other extended family and friends. Zora earned her RN and bachelor's degree at Duquesne University as well as her master's degree and enjoyed a fulfilling career in the healthcare industry. Friends will be received from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Parastas service will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of Funeral Liturgy at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Whitehall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Zora's memory to be made to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 450 Maxwell Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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