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Bachle, Frank C. 90

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1923-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Frank C. Bachle, 90, of McCandless, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was born Dec. 21, 1923. He was the husband of the late Alberta (Pecanis) Bachle; loving father of Mary Frances Tanney (Douglas), Anna Marie Hinnebusch (Ronald), and the late Elizabeth Ann Bachle; brother of Ruth Bachle and the late Helen Gibson; and grandfather of Zachary Tanney. Frank was a World War II Army veteran and belonged to the Harmony Invitation Pigeon Club, Inc. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Baker, Ralph A. 87

  • Versailles
  • Born: 1927-10-24
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Ralph A. Baker, 87, of Versailles, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. Born Oct. 24, 1927, in Curtisville, he was a son of the late Steve and Anna (Pzica) Baker. A retired supervisor for U.S. Steel's National Tube Works in McKeesport, Ralph also was a former Versailles Borough policeman, parishioner of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a 62-year member and past president of the Versailles Volunteer Fire Company, member and past president of CFU Lodge No. 146 of Versailles and its Men's Club, trustee of CFU Four Counties Lodge, treasurer of CFU Pensioneers, the 1994 CFU Fraternalist of the Year and member of the Eleventh Ward Club, White Oak American Legion and Elks Club of Churchill. Ralph is survived by his daughters, Sharon Malingowski, of North Huntingdon, and Kim Miller, of West Mifflin; his best friend and companion, Veronica L. Servov, of Elizabeth Township; his three grandchildren, John Kazmierski and Heather and Michelle Malingowski; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, John, Edward and Steve Baker Jr., Matilda Nadel and Julie Kutchak. Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until a blessing service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, with Father Vincent Velas officiating. Interment will be private at the request of the family. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Balsomico, Richard J. 91

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard J. Balsomico, 91, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the husband of the late Margaret M. (Ciancio) Balsomico; beloved father of Richard J. (Frannie) Balsomico II and Debbie (John) Alm; grandfather of Jason (April) Balsomico, Steven (Yasuko) Balsomico, Andrew and Gina Alm, and the late Brian Balsomico; great-grandfather of Logan and Richard Juntarou "RJ" Balsomico; and brother of Edna Braverman, Norma DeLuca and the late Dorothy Mittenswey. Richard served in the Navy during World War II, was a U.S. Postal Clerk and retired in 1978, then became a volunteer for the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh and John Kane Hospital. He was a certified lifeguard and past president of AARP Chapter 3949, a fan of boxing, having boxed for the Kingsley House and in the Navy. In Richard's early years, he, his father, uncle and family formed the group "The Melody Four." His favorite hobby was singing and entertaining the residents at Canterbury Place. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church.
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Brown, Mary L. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise Brown, 88, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George O. Brown Jr.; mother of Martin (Marge) Brown, Laurel, Md., Beverly (Tim) Bitler, Murrysville, Joann (Dave) Delozier, Wilkins Township, the late Raymond (Linda) Brown, Melbourne, Fla., Bernard (Gail) Brown, Rearden, Wash., Barbara (Gary "Doc") Legge, Penn Hills, Patti (John) Springer, Allegheny Township, and Mary Beth (Jeff) Meyers, North Huntington. She was the beloved grandmother of 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Campbell, William R. 79

  • Cranberry Township
  • Born: 1935-11-05
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • William Ross Campbell, 79, of Cranberry Township, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, while in the comfort of his home. Born Nov. 5, 1935, in Blairsville, he was the son of the late William Richard and Martha Jane Campbell. Ross proudly served his country in the Navy. He was a faithful member of Grace Community Church in Cranberry Township for many years. During his free time, Ross enjoyed reading, golfing, fishing, listening to music and admiring art, but above all, he loved traveling to the beach and cherished the time spent with his family. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 59 years, GeorgeAnn (Sheriffs) Campbell, whom he married Oct. 20, 1955; his three loving children, William R. Campbell (Judy), Sandra J. Kowal (Eric) and James E. Campbell (Cissy); his two brothers, Robert Campbell and James Campbell (Kathy); his two sisters, Nellie Henken (Conrad) and Nancy Swiula (Mike); and his three adored grandchildren, Alison Campbell, MacKenzie Campbell and Andrew Campbell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his birth mother, Catherine Elizabeth Flickenger; and his brother, Richard Campbell. The Campbell family will welcome friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Stamp officiating. He will be laid to rest at Pinewood Memorial Gardens in Cranberry Township. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Campbell family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Cardamone, Thomas A. 63

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Thomas A. Cardamone, 63, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 34 years of Deborah J. (Hart) Cardamone; father of the late Marla; loving grandfather of Julian Thomas and the late Christopher Michael; son of Thomas and Margaret (Kobosky) Cardamone; grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cardamone and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Kobosky; son-in-law of Mary and the late Richard Hart; loving brother-in-law of Richard and Denise Hart, Ronald and M.B. Hart, Randal and Amy Hart; uncle of Brittany Hart (Jeremy) Hamilton and Kaylynn Renee Hart; great-uncle of Hailey Noelle Hamilton; loving godfather of Nina Cardamone; adopted pap of Gabriel and Anthony Marino; and close and dear friend of Elliot and Donna Sanft. Thomas was a hero to his wife and grandson. "Goodnight sweet prince and flights of angels bring thee to thy rest." Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2014, at St. Anne Church. Inurnment will be in St. Anne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in care of St. Anne Parish, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Davis, Roger W. 85

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Roger W. Davis, 85, of Forest Hills, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to JiJi; dear father of Wes (Normie) Davis, of San Diego, Calif., and Steve (Beth) Davis, of Murrysville; and loving "Pop Pop" to Ben. Roger was a proud World War II and Korean War Army veteran and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. He retired after 30 years of service with Equitable Gas Co. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Evan, George 92

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-12-22
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • George Evan, 92, of Plum, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 66 years of Natalie (DePellegrin) Evan; loving father of George (Kathy) Evan and Karen (James) Hetrick; grandfather of Michael (Stephanie) Evan, Matthew (Lacey Wagner) Evan, Caitlin (Jamie) Ashe and Heather DeFazio; great-grandfather of Maya Ashe; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 13 siblings. George served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He began his working career with the Union Railroad and ended with Equitable Gas Co. after many years of employment. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at MAURICE L. KNEE, LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Januarius Church. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Fuller, Clarence L. 73

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1941-11-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Clarence L. Fuller, 73, of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport. Born Nov. 21, 1941, in West Elizabeth, he was a son of Blanche (Sowa) Fuller, of Irwin, and the late Clarence F. Fuller. A member of The Club of Glassport, he is survived, besides his mother, by his sister, Gloria (William) Daube, of North Huntingdon; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until a noon funeral service Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344), with the Rev. Stephen Hospodor officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, No. 110, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
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Geyer, Linda

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Linda Rudelle Herriott Geyer, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Mrs. Geyer was the beloved mother of Deborah Tracy (Eric), of Florida, Steven R. Geyer, of Lower Burrell, David A. Geyer (Lisa), of Shaler Township, and the late Diane Kuprewicz and Mark Geyer; daughter of the late John and Rudelle Collier Herriott; sister of Dennis Parrish; and is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services and interment were private. Arrangements were by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Glenwright, Deborah A. 52

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Deborah Ann (Jackson) Glenwright, 52, of Monroeville, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of James B. Glenwright; loving mother of Douglas (Vania), James B. Jr., Stephen, Samantha, Jordan, Alexander and Shawn; grandmother of Addison. Debbie was an award winning foster care mother. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to The Bair Foundation Child and Family Ministries National Office, 241 High St., New Wilmington, PA 16142. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Gniazdowski, John 77

  • Glassport
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Wojciechowski, Glassport | Get Directions
  • John Gniazdowski, 77, of Glassport, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. He was the son of the late Mary (Kopczynski) Gniazdowski. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann (Michael) Sobeck, of North Huntingdon, and Stella (Robert) Lokash, of North Huntingdon; his brother, Francis Gniazdowski, of Virginia and Florida; also nieces and nephews. John was the owner/operator of Johns Floral in Glassport and was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Entombment following Calvary Cemetery.
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Graupe, Antoinette M. 90

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Antoinette M. Graupe, 90, of Reserve Township, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was the beloved sister of Margaret Graupe, Clara Graupe Schmitt and Bernard Graupe; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Antoinette worked in Employee Benefits at H.J. Heinz for 47 years. She was a member of the Marianist League and St. Aloysius Christian Mothers. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Aloysius Church (please meet at church). Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Mt. Troy. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Aloysius Church, 3616 Mt. Troy Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Habetler, John P. 86

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • John P. Habetler, 86, of Glenshaw, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Louise A.; loving father of Gail (Porter) Scott and Edward Habetler; devoted grandfather of Samantha and Heather Scott; brother of the late Donald Habetler; and brother-in-law of Adrienne Habetler. John was a proud World War II veteran and was a retired engineer for Westinghouse. Visitation will be from 10:30 until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hampton Presbyterian Church, 2942 E. Hardies Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Professional services are trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
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Hammer, Carol M. 85

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Carol M. Hammer, 85, of Oakmont, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved life companion of David Hornig; former wife of the late Sigmund L. Hammer; mother of Leif E. Hammer, of Arnold, Kirsten Hammer Aguirre (Dana F. Asherman), of Baden, Nils K. Hammer, of Squirrel Hill, Anders K. (Carol) Hammer, of Monroeville, Sigrid M. Wolf, of Moreno Valley, Calif., and the late Rolf J. Hammer; sister of James K. King; grandmother of Kirsten J. Aguirre, Emily Gilligan, Leonard Santos; and great-grandmother of Ava Maxine Mucino and Alexandra Mucino. Carol was a world traveler and a longtime member of the Explorers Club. She taught English to foreign students and volunteered at the Carnegie Museum. She was an avid folk dancer. She loved animals and loved spending time with her cats. There will be no visitation. Interment will be private at Greendale Cemetery, Meadville. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Hill, Anna Annele L. 81

  • Greenfield
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Kanai, Greenfield | Get Directions
  • Anna L. "Annale" Hill, 81, of Greenfield, passed peacefully at home, after a long illness, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William K. Hill Jr.; devoted mother of William S. Hill, Patrick G. (Barbara) Hill, Annale (Paul) Yobbi and Mary Beth (Raechel) Hill; "Mimi" of Aleena, Rachel, Jennifer, Gillian, Dana, Jamie and Michael; sister of the late Eleanor Teague; also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home, 500 Greenfield Ave., Pittsburgh, 15207. Funeral Mass at noon Saturday, Dec. 27, in St. Rosalia Church.
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Hoffman-Currin, Barbara 56

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Ogrodnik-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Barbara Hoffman-Currin, 56, of Etna, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was the beloved sweetheart, soul mate and companion of Robert Currin; cherished daughter of Mildred and the late Robert Hoffman; loving sister of Robert, Frank (Cathy), Carolyn and Steve (Jennifer); and aunt of Walter, Steven, Luke, Isabella and Adam. Our heartfelt thanks to Sean and Martin at the St. Margaret Hospital ICU for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the OGRODNIK-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 333 Butler St., 412-781-0571. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sharps Hill. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials in Barbara's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Condolences may be offered at http://www.ogrodnik-hahnfuneralhome.com.
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Hufnagle, Karl M. 64

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Karl Michael Hufnagle, 64, of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Hufnagle; and his only sister, Karen Hufnagle. Karl was a loving oldest brother to Douglas (Sara) Hufnagle, Gregory (Felicia) Hufnagle, Raymond (Debra) Hufnagle, Mark (Stephanie) Hufnagle, Edward (Patty) Hufnagle and Paul (Rebecca) Hufnagle. He was adored by numerous nieces and nephews across the country and will be truly missed. For 40 years, Karl took pride in being a manager at AAA, and especially enjoyed his lunch bunch buddies. Through St. Charles Lwanga Parish, Karl kept busy helping the homebound, hospital bound and preparing dinners for the homeless on a regular basis. He loved to sing in the choir. He was a true animal lover as well and helped at the shelter. He was an extremely kind, caring man who always put the needs of others above his own. He will be greatly missed by both family and friends. In consideration of out-of-country and many out-of-state family members, the memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2015. Details to be announced in January. Arrangements entrusted to TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Huntley, Helen 93

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Helen (Kozusko) Huntley, 93, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond W. Huntley and the loving mother of the late Shirley Huntley Ley. She was loved and cared for by her son-in-law, Richard Ley, of Wexford, his wife, Barbara; and daughter, Laura Barnes. Helen was also survived by her brother, George (Baker) Kozusko, of Penn Hills; and many nieces and nephews. She was one of 14 Kozusko children born and raised in the North Bessemer section of Penn Hills and was preceded in death by her father, Andrew J. Kozusko; mother, Mary C. Polom Kozusko; and siblings, Anna Eleanor Wallace, Andrew Kozusko, John G. Kozusko, Stephen (Red) A. Kozusko, Mary Yuhas, Susan Louise Marek, Theresa Murphy, Veronica (Irene) Hill, Pauline Louise Pack, Elizabeth (Bette) Brunson, Joseph (Rusty) Kozusko and Thomas Kozusko. Helen was a wonderful homemaker and lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Church in Plum. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and helping to care for Casey and Emmy, the family's West Highland White Terriers. Friends received from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. https://stbarnabashealthsystem.com/charities/donate-now/.
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Jobes, Catherine Kay A. 86

  • Turtle Creek , Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Catherine A. "Kay" (Doran) Winters Jobes, 86, of Turtle Creek, originally from Braddock, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of both the late Kenneth R. Winters and the late George Jobes; dear mother of Kenneth (Julie) Winters, of California, David Winters, of Braddock Hills, Marsha (Steve) Adamsky, of Vermont, Edward (Lynn) Winters, of East McKeesport, and Patrick Jobes, of Turtle Creek; grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of eight; and sister of the late Ed and late Bill Doran. Friends will be welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Faith Bible Baptist Church, Wilkins Township. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Nancy J. 81

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Nancy J. Jones, 81, of Scott Township, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was a beloved daughter of the late James and Jennie (Frank) Jones; loving sister of Susan (Craig) Aston and the late James Jones; aunt of Jimmy, Barbara and Kathy; dear friend of Tiffany Kaminski. Miss Jones was retired from Mellon Bank and was a longtime member with Mellon Volunteer Professionals. She was also a member of the American Institute of Banking, Women's Association. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 412-531-4000. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2630 West Liberty Ave., Dormont, PA 15216. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Homewood Cemetery. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Leban, Mary L. 92

  • McDonald
  • Born: 1922-08-29
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Salandra, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Mary Lorraine Leban, 92, of McDonald passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in St. Clair Hospital. She was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Anton and Mary Zagar Sivavec. During World War II, Mary proudly worked for Dravo as a drill press operator. She was a resident of Gladden Heights for most of her life and had attended St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in McDonald. She volunteered as a 4-H Leader in McDonald for many years. Mary was also a longstanding member of the SNPJ Lodge 138 in Strabane. Mary had a full appreciation of life and wanted to keep her loved ones close. Her family was her priority. Much effort went into gardening and cooking healthy meals for her family. Faith was another priority in Mary's life. She felt as she was one with the Lord. On July 15, 1950, she married Anton A. Leban, who passed away March 27, 2010. Surviving are three daughters, Linda L. Mahanay, of Palm Coast, Fla., Donna J. Leban, of South Burlington, Vt., and Janice H. (Mark) Gearhart, of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Sivavec, of McMurray; her granddaughter, Allison J. (Michael) Grkman, of Canonsburg; two great-grandsons, Luka and Niko Grkman, both of Canonsburg; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Sivavec, of Canonsburg, and Kathy Sivavec, of Upper St. Clair; and 11 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony and Frederick Sivavec. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in SALANDRA FUNERAL SERVICE INC., Joseph P. Salandra, Owner/Supervisor, Lin Webb, Funeral Director, 304 West Pike St., Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where departing prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 317 West Pike St., Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray. To view or extend condolences, please visit http://www.salandrafunerals.com.
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Lloyd, Thomas R. 82

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Thomas R. Lloyd, 82, former mayor of Dormont, surrounded by his loving family, died early Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to Alberta "Bert" (Rider) Lloyd; devoted father of Thomas Jr. (Ruth), Julie (Mark) Overand and Daniel J. Lloyd; loving grandfather of Jason Overand, Christopher (Rafalena) Lloyd, Ashley (Jim) Alexander, Robert and Caitlin Lloyd; brother of the late John "Bud" and James Lloyd; great-grandfather of four. Tom was most proud of all the youths he coached during his 22 years of being a Dormont Little League baseball manager. He often told stories of these younger players and what they added much joy his life. He was delighted when he met them later in life and they remembered each other. As mayor, Tom thought highly of all the Dormont Borough employees. Friends will be welcomed from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Pius X Church, Pioneer Avenue. Interment with Military Honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. If desired, memorials may be made to Dormont Volunteer Fire Department, 1455 Hillsdale Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216, where Tom was Honorary Member for many years. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Lynch, Donald B. 89

  • Coulter
  • Born: 1925-12-02
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Donald B. Lynch, 89, of Coulter, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1925, in McKeesport, the son of the late Harry W. and Eva Brown Lynch. He is retired from McAlloy Corporation in Charleston, S.C., is a member of the White Oak American Legion Post No. 701 and the Brentwood VFW Post No. 1810. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Marian Eichler Lynch; children, Cynthia DeLuca, of Coraopolis, and Maura Gow, of Newfane, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amy (Henry) Callithen, Christopher (Kristen) DeLuca, Nicholas DeLuca, Elizabeth (Adam) Bienas, Samuel Cuzzacrea and Daniel Cuzzacrea; great-grandchildren, Logan, Lance, Gianna, Madelina and Cameron; and sister, Christine Watson, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. 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). Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made in c/o Strifflers in Donald's name for his 2-year-old great-granddaughter, Madelina DeLuca, who is suffering from leukemia.
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MacDonald, James N. 55

  • Oakdale
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • James N. MacDonald, 55, of Oakdale, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, after an extended illness. He was the son of Dolores and Dr. George MacDonald; and brother of Laura Sholley and George F. MacDonald. No Visitation. Service and interment private. Arrangements by WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 412-731-5001.
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Martin, Gerald W. 89

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1925-08-29
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Gerald W. Martin, 89, of Hampton Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, while under the care of the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford. Born Aug. 29, 1925, in Fairmont, W.Va., he was the son of the late Raymond and Gladys (Hart) Martin. Gerry was a World War II veteran. He worked as a machinist for Pittsburgh Pipe And Coupling Company, which became Anvil Products. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Ehmann) Martin; daughter, Cynthia Martin; brother, Raymond Martin; sisters, Shirley Ramsey and Rose Zimmerman; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Surace. A memorial service will be held at a later time at Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Allison Park. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his honor in support of the American Heart Association, 15120 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693. Arrangements have been entrusted to KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Gerald's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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McDaniel, Horace J. 85

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Horace J. "Holly" McDaniel, 85, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Audrey (Moore) McDaniel for 53 years; loving father of Rebecca Ann (Leslie) Cochran, Victoria Marie (Ronald) Moule, Patricia Jo (William West) McDaniel, Cynthia Layne Cagey and Gordon Joseph (Michelle) McDaniel; and brother of Ralph McDaniel and the late Jane McDaniel, Henry G., Anna, Rebecca, William, Henrietta, Monica, Frances and Thomas McDaniel. He also is survived by many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who brought him great joy. Horace enlisted in the Army Air Corps after his graduation from Peabody High School. After his military discharge he joined the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, where he served for more than 35 years, retiring at the rank of commander. After his retirement, he rekindled his love for flight and served as an officer in the Civil Air Patrol. He was known for his keen sense of humor, integrity and his absolute love for his family. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER, 412-531-4000. Friends welcome from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont 15216. Service and interment are private. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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McGovern, Nancy A. 78

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Nancy A. (Iseman) McGovern, 78, of Penn Hills, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James F. McGovern; mother of James F. (Connie) McGovern Jr., of Swissvale, Richard C. McGovern, of Plum, and Margaret Ann (James) Garlitz, of Oakmont; grandmother of Jessica (Christopher) Ray and Jessica's mother, Jean Ann Cardinale; great-grandmother of Madison; and also survived by many longtime caring friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy's honor to the Amyloidosis Research Foundation, 7151 N. Main St., Suite 208, Clarkston, MI 48346. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Mihalsky, Gerald Jerry J. 65

  • Duquesne
  • Born: 1949-09-01
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Gerald J. "Jerry" Mihalsky, 65, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at Select Specialty Care in McKeesport. He was born Sept. 1, 1949, in McKeesport, to the late Anthony and Margaret (Ondrej) Mihalsky. Jerry was employed by Allegheny County Intermediate Unit at the Sunrise School, Monroeville, and was a member of the St. Joseph Church in Duquesne. He proudly served his country in the Navy, and was a member of Teutonia Mannerchor Club, Duquesne, Duquesne Eagles, VFW Post No. 188, Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Munhall, Whitaker VFW Post 6673 and West Mifflin Social Club. He was formerly employed at U.S. Steel in Homestead from 1967 to 1982. He was the brother of Anthony "Tony" (Diana) Mihalsky, of Pleasant Hills, and Barbara "Barb" Pesta, of Upper St. Clair; uncle of Sheri (Justin) Huffman and Wendy (Ernie) Seech; also survived by a great-niece, Emily Seech. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, Supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, Funeral Director. A blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating. Interment with military honors at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 817 W. Grant Ave., Duquesne, PA 15110.
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Minnock, Patrick K. 48

  • Point Breeze
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Patrick Kevin Minnock, 48, of Point Breeze, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the loving husband of Robin; devoted father of Michael Patrick; adored son of Aileen and the late Larry Minnock; and caring brother of Ann, Larry, Nula, Brennan and Liam. He will also be deeply missed by many aunts, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. Patrick will be remembered for being gifted at fixing anything and his love of the simple pleasures in life. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bede Church. http://www.mccabebrothers.com.
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Mortimer Jr., Walter J. 65

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1949-08-15
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Walter J. Mortimer Jr., 65, of Clairton, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 15, 1949, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Walter J. and Viola Gouker Mortimer; and is the longtime companion of Rhonda Alderson. A member of St. Clare Parish in Clairton, he was a retired carpenter for Wyatt Inc. and formerly worked at U.S. Steel Clairton Works, and was a member of F and AM Lodge No. 304 of Pleasant Hills. He is survived by his children, Andrew (Elizabeth Rollert) Mortimer, of Bethel Park, and Katie Mortimer, at home; grandson, Andrew Jacob Mortimer; and brother, Paul Mortimer, of Clairton. Private funeral arrangements are in charge of the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Clairton. Memorial may be made to CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Nardozzi, Barbara A. 63

  • Swisshelm Park
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Knetzer) Nardozzi, 63, of Swisshelm Park, passed peacefully at home Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 39 years to Richard Nardozzi; loving mother of Michael Nardozzi and Lisa Urban (Jeffery); Nana of Aubrey and Ashley; dear sister of Richard Knetzer, Christine Stevenson (Barry), John Knetzer (Sharon), James Knetzer (Lisa), Susan Knetzer and the late Ronald Knetzer; also many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Madonna del Castello Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Onderko, Hilda

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Hilda (Spilka) Onderko, of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. George M. Spilka Sr., of Pittsburgh, and the late John M. Onderko, who was from Monongah, W.Va., and former Marion County, W.Va., County Commissioner; loving mother of George M. (Sarah) Spilka Jr., of Allison Park; sister of the late Alfred Bartek and Mildred Toomey; dear grandmother of Vicki Spilka, of South Park, Susan (David) Daum, of North Huntingdon, Carolyn (Dan) Bergeron, of Pittsburgh, and Louise (Joel) Boyden, of Asheville, N.C.; also survived by 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Hilda was a registered nurse and worked at the veterans' hospitals in Aspinwall, Clarksburg, W.Va., and Oakland. Her last position at the VA Hospital in Oakland was director of all nursing operations for the third shift. She retired from the VA Hospital in Oakland after 37 years. She was nominated for Federal Woman of the Year in 1982 and she belonged to the National Nurses Association. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Opipare, Anna S.

  • Formerly of Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Anna S. Opipare, formerly of Brighton Heights, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late Louis R. Opipare Sr.; beloved mother of Louis (Pamela) Opipare Jr., William (Virginia) Opipare and Anthony (Judy) Opipare; sister of Theresa Ragghanti, Carmella Della Valle and the late Earl and Frank Frustaci; grandmother of Amanda (Dan) Price, Louis (Sarah) Opipare III, Matthew and Daniel Opipare; and great-grandmother of Madilyn Price. Anna and her late husband were faithful members of St. Cyril of Alexandria Church. Anna did charitable work with the Little Sisters of the Poor and was active on the resident council at Vincentian Home. She always loved people and was happiest when she was able to help others. Family will receive friends from 12 until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 460 Lincoln Ave. Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church.
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Paoletti, Linda L. 68

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1946-07-26
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Linda Lee (Miller) Paoletti, 68, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Linda was born July 26, 1946, in Uniontown, but grew up in the Wilson area of Clairton. She was the daughter of the late George and Sarah (Smith) Miller. After graduating from Clairton High School, she married her longtime love John "Poe". They began their family a few years later, being blessed with three beautiful daughters. Linda then pursued her dream of becoming a nurse. After receiving her RN from CCAC South, Linda began her nursing career at Jefferson Hospital. She continued her career at Jefferson, accepting a position in the Education Department, while earning her BSN from California University of Pennsylvania. She worked as an educator and eventually became the manager of Staff Development and Education until retiring in 2012, after her more than 20 years of service at Jefferson. Linda is survived by her husband and "the love of her life," John Paoletti, whom she proudly celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with this past October; her devoted daughters, Kristin (Steve) Vidovich and Nicole (Keith) Galloway, both of Elizabeth Township, and Danielle (Brian) Eisenberg, of Pleasant Hills; her four precious grandsons, whom she adored, Alec Howard, Connor Paoletti and Griffin and Landon Galloway; her sister and best friend, Georgette Burchell, of North Versailles; her brothers, Randy Miller, of West Mifflin, Tom Miller, of Forked River, N.J., and Jack Miller, of Jefferson Hills; as well as many special nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Miller. Linda was a longtime member of St. Michael Parish. She was an avid sports fan and especially loved cheering on her Pittsburgh Pirates. She was respected and loved by her many colleagues and friends. With all of her accomplishments, Linda was most proud of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her tremendous love and devotion for her family was truly remarkable, and she will be deeply missed by all those who were lucky enough to have been touched by her. Linda's beauty will forever live on in the hearts of her family. A memorial Mass will be held for Linda at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth. Memorial contributions in Linda's name can be made to the American Lung Association, 810 River Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or the Jefferson Hospital Development Office, Coal Valley Road, P.O. Box 18119, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, Clairton.
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Perella, Laura A. 59

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Laura A. Perella, 59, of Scott Township, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was a beloved daughter of Anne (Erdeljac) and the late Robert Perella Sr.; loving sister of Robert (Sharon) Perella Jr. and Anne Perella; niece of the Rev. Frank Erdeljac; and godmother of Aleksandr, Dmitri and Erika Bocchino. Laura was employed by several software companies in the Pittsburgh area, her most notable achievement was founding Penthera Partners Inc. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Child Parish. View and add condolences at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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Reichenfeld, Eugene 103

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1911-08-15
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Eugene "Gene" Reichenfeld, 103, of North Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was born Aug. 15, 1911, in Hungary, a son of the late Sigmund Reichenfeld and Helen Karpeles Reichenfeld. Gene was a music educator and taught in the Turtle Creek and Penn Hills Public Schools, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University Graduate School. He was music director and conductor for the Wilkinsburg Civic Symphony, Reichenfeld String Sinfonietta, Kennerdell Festival Symphony and was guest conductor at PMEA Festivals. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duquesne University, a citation from the Pennsylvania State Legislature and Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Community Service and a citation of Excellence from PMEA. He was a graduate of Duquesne University and also attended Michigan University and the Peabody Conservatory Advanced Studies. Gene is survived by his wife of 32 years, Catherine Gloria Connolly Hand Reichenfeld; sons, Arthur (Janice) Reichenfeld, of Sharon, Kevin L. (Karen) Hand, of Yardley, and Sean (Lori) Hand, of Reading, Mass.; daughters, Geraldine (Donald Liepold) Reichenfeld Schultz, of Occidental, Calif., and Lisa (Daniel) Wittig, of White Oak; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. Friends are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Lowell Meek officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WQED 4802 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or the American Cancer Society at 412-664-2295. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Renk, Chris J.

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Brookline | Get Directions
  • Chris J. Renk, of Brookline, passed suddenly Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the most beloved son of Charles J. (Kathe) Renk and Marcia "Marty" Cumer; brother of Charles J. (Kathi) Renk and Elaine Krieger; best uncle of Raeann, Jeffrey, Talia and Patrick; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday only at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of the Resurrection. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Ritmanich, John M. 81

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1933-08-13
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • John M. Ritmanich, 81, of North Versailles, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. He was born Aug. 13, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Frances (Reppich) Ritmanich. He worked for more than 18 years as a supervisor at the Dravo Corporation in Pittsburgh. He loved dogs, cats, birds and any animal in need and was a great father and friend to his children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 53 years, Mary Ann (Kopchak) Ritmanich. He is survived by his children, John J. Ritmanich, Deborah (Allan) Duche and Diane (Dean) Romano, all of North Versailles; grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley, Marissa and Hannah; sisters, Matilda Brady, of Bradford, Frances "Babes" Baer, of Toledo, and Dolores "Dolly" Vasquez, of West Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where everyone will gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday for a blessing service with Father Brennan officiating. Interment will follow at All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery, Braddock Hills. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Rjabak, John 91

  • Pitcairn
  • Died: 2014-12-22
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • John Rjabak, 91, of Pitcairn, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Holy Family Manor in Ross Township. He was the husband of the late Agnes (Martinelli) Rjabak; father of John C. (Elaine L.) Rjabak; and brother of Elizabeth Pietro and the late William Rjabak. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. The WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., Pitcairn, is assisting family with the arrangements. The family would like to express their grateful appreciation to the wonderful staff at Holy Family Manor and ASERA Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers, family asks donations be made to Community at Holy Family Manor (CHFM), 301 Belleview Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15229.
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Scott, Lillian K. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Lillian K. (Sackett) Scott, 87, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late William Scott; loving mother of Pamela Ann Scott and her husband, Larry Gold, William J. Scott and his wife, Carol, and Andrea K. Scott and her husband, Michael Rumbaugh; grandmother of Genna and Ben Gold, Bradley (Danielle) Scott and Emily (Andy) Bonafazi; and great-grandmother of Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bernadette Parish. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Private interment at Good Shepherd Cemetery. Arrangements by JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., Monroeville. The family kindly suggests contributions may be made to the St. Bernadette Organ Fund and sent to 245 Azalea Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Sparvero, Joseph R. 69

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joseph R. Sparvero, 69, of Dormont, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. He was the husband of Margaret; father of Christine and Caroline; brother of James; and is also survived by four grandchildren. Joseph had requested no viewing. Service and interment are private. Arrangements are by LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Foundation at http://www.spondylitis.org. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Spezialetti, Robert J. 90

  • Regent Square
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Spezialetti, 90, of Regent Square, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Irene H. (Testa) Spezialetti for 56 years; much loved father of Mary and Madalene Spezialetti; brother of Violet Del Pizzo; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was employed by Mine Safety Appliances Co. for 34 years. Born in Coraopolis, Robert was one of 11 children. After the passing of his father, the family moved to Milan, Italy, where Robert grew up before returning to the United States at age 27. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Madonna del Castello Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Arrangements by McCABE BROS. INC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Robert's memory to St. Anthony School at http://www.stanthonyschoolprograms.com.
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Sullivan, Victoria M. 87

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Victoria M. Sullivan, 87, of Glenshaw, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Luke J.; loving mother of Luke (Judy), Patrick, Mark, Brian, Karen (Jon) Williamson and Sharon (Denny) Fedigan; grandmother of Christina (Adam), Lori (Scott), Shannon, Kevin, D.J. and Kaylee; great-grandmother of Aiden and Ava; sister of Norma Zlocki and Irene Burkholder; and caretaker and companion of Max. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bonaventure Church. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Thomas, Ruth E. 93

  • Bloomfield
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: McCabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Ruth Elizabeth (Samuels) Thomas, 93, of Bloomfield, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edwin R. Thomas Sr.; loving mother of Robert J. (Wendy) Thomas and the late Edwin Russell Thomas Jr. (the late Judy Thomas). Ruth was loved very much by her three grandchildren: James Thomas, Jennifer (Peter) Iwaszko and Bryan Thomas. Ruth was the sister of Jean Sergi and the late Norma Samuels and Robert Samuels. Ruth is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Friends and family received 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Tuesday followed by a service at 10 a.m. at Allegheny Cemetery Temple of Memories.
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Trachtenberg, Robert S. 83

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Robert S. Trachtenberg, 83, of Upper St. Clair, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Natalie Trachtenberg; beloved father of David L. (Brenda) Trachtenberg, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Lynn R. (Ronald) Richards Jr., of Scott Township; brother of Elaine (late Stanley) Sachs, of Miami, Fla.; grandfather of Matthew Richards, Jason Richards, Jordan Trachtenberg and Robin (Neil) Gaussa; also two great-grandchildren. Bob served in the Air Force during the Korean War as crew chief on a tanker airplane and became a mechanical engineer in industry. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement. Services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Temple Emanuel of South Hills, 1250 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon. No prior visitation. Contributions may be made to Temple Emanuel of South Hills, 1250 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC. http://www.schugar.com.
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Yerace, Rose M. 97

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1917-07-28
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Rose M. (Sennec) Yerace, 97, of Monroeville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital Monroeville. Rose was born July 28, 1917, in Chalfant, the daughter of the late Conrad and Marie (Ungerman) Sennec. Rose was an avid bowler and enjoyed watching baseball, especially the Pirates. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Guy F. Yerace, in 2000; and her two brothers, Joseph and Emil Sennec. Rose is survived by her children, Guy A. Yerace, of Monroeville, Mary Brown (George), of Trafford, and Geraldine Powell (Merle), of Pleasant Unity; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC. 702 Seventh St. (Rt. 130), Trafford 412-372-3111. A blessing service will follow visitation at noon in the funeral home with Father David Nazimek officiating. Interment will follow in the Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Charles Sr., Robert E. 86

  • Delmont , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Robert Earl Charles Sr., 86, of Delmont, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was the husband of Barbara Lois (Whitehead) Charles; father of Kimberly (Gary) Bence, Robert E. (Dolores) Charles Jr., Kelly (Ed) Dolby, Bruce (Lorna) Charles and Holly (Chaz) Porter; and brother of Pat Unrue and Sally McKelvy. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, James Joseph and Harriet (Ryan) Charles, and six siblings. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Robert was a World War II Army veteran, a milkman for 25 years for Beverly Farms, a part-time auxiliary police officer for Wilkinsburg for 25 years and a security officer for UPMC Presbyterian hospital for 25 years. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Michael Church with the Rev. Joseph G. Luisi as celebrant.
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Drylie, James S. 89

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1925-05-13
  • Died: 2014-12-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James Sterling Drylie, 89, of Irwin, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. He was born May 13, 1925, in Latrobe, the son of the late Peter Rankin and Mary Alice (Sterling) Drylie, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Drylie. Jim was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1943, and graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served as an infantry rifleman with the 80th Infantry Division, receiving the European Campaign Medal with two battle stars. He was a retired senior purchasing engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, East Pittsburgh, a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, a 55 year member of the Irwin Male Chorus, a life member of the 80th Infantry Division Veterans Association, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 781, Irwin, an original member of the Irwin Clock Tower Committee, a member of the Downtown Commission and authored various articles for Irwin Borough anniversary books, the history of Irwin Male Chorus and other historical topics. He is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Renee G. (Price) Drylie; his daughters, Janet Lynn (Michael) Prengaman, of Ohio, and Linda Sue (Nick Jr.) Kovach, of Irwin; grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn (Josh) Ortiz, Christopher Paul (Leah) Prengaman, Laura Elizabeth Prengaman, Charles Sterling Kovach and Leslie Jean Kovach; and a great-granddaughter, Aurellia Marie Ortiz. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Norwin Public Library, 100 Caruthers Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Eichelberger, Lillian L. 84

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1930-03-24
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Lillian L. (Ottoson) Eichelberger, 84, of Irwin, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. She was born March 24, 1930, in Irwin, a daughter of the late Herbert E. and Olga (Jackson) Ottoson. She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 34 years, Walter L. Eichelberger; daughter, Cathy Middlemiss; son-in-law, Jesse Ballantyne; and sister, Esther Tharp. She is survived by her children, Marilyn Eichelberger, of Penn Township, Susan (Donald) Labuda, of Elizabeth, Walter (Yong Sun) Eichelberger Jr., of Madison, Ruth Ballantyne, of North Huntingdon, and John Eichelberger, of Harrison City; grandchildren, Christopher Ballantyne Sr., Walter (Sara) Eichelberger III, Daniel Eichelberger and Emily Ballantyne; great-grandchildren, Christopher Ballantyne Jr., Walter Eichelberger IV and Colton Ballantyne; and sister, Betty Beard. The family would like to thank their friend Diane for her loving care. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City. Interment to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Marks, Terry L. 63

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1951-01-06
  • Died: 2014-11-23
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Terry Lee Marks, 63, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Terry was born Jan. 6, 1951, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to the late Howard and Anna Jean Clark Marks. He grew up in Murrysville, and was a graduate of Franklin Regional High School. He was an independent contractor as a certified welding inspector. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Judy Lewis Marks; sons, Terry Marks, of New Haven, Conn., and Jeff (Sarah) Marks, of Pittsburgh; and daughter, Melanie (Greg) Voss, of Wall. He was the grandfather of six beautiful grandchildren whom he loved dearly. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2014, at First Christian Church, 201 Pine St., Turtle Creek. ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, Wilmerding, 412-824-4332.
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Nugent, Barbara A. 83

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1931-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Erdlen) Nugent, 83, of Allegheny Township, formerly of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1931, daughter of the late William and Barbara (Vukelka) Erdlen. She was the beloved wife of the late Philip E. Nugent; sister of William (Ruth) Erdlen, Paul (Marian) Erdlen and the late Anna Marie Cokus; proud aunt of Brett (Jennifer) Geibel and Dean (Laurie) Geibel; and loving great-aunt of Ashley Petrouski and Morgan Geibel. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Salvatore, Stella J. 90

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1924-12-06
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Stella "Jean" Marshall Salvatore, 90, of Greensburg, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Walnut Ridge Personal Care Home. She was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late Ralph Marshall and Marie Brinkley Marshall. Prior to retirement, she worked as a sales clerk for Pross Co., A.E. Troutman Co. and Thomas Drug, all of Greensburg. She was a member and past president of Marilao Ladies Auxiliary Post 33 in Greensburg and past District 27 president. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Salvatore Sr.; a son, James "Jimbo" Salvatore Jr.; and a brother, Ralph "Bud" Marshall. She is survived by four daughters, Nancy Pastor, of Florida, Suzette (Michael) Fedor, of Greensburg, Jennifer "Ginger" Salvatore (John McVicker), of Jeannette, and Judy Salvatore, of Greensburg; five grandchildren, Penny (Greg) Hutsell, Matthew (Sue) Pastor and Michael (Chris) Pastor, all of Maryland, and Michael Fedor and Angela Salvatore, both of Greensburg; seven great-grandchildren; and a former son-in-law, Richard J. Pastor. Stella will be missed by her daughters, for whom she lived her life. We love you, Mummy! Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the VFW Post 33 Ladies Auxiliary of Greensburg or The American Heart Association. The family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Ridge Personal Care Home for their care of Stella. For online condolences, please visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Wilson, James L. 68

  • Export
  • Born: 1946-04-16
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • James L. "Jim" Wilson, 68, of Export, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 16, 1946, in Homestead, a son of the late William and Violet (Rose) Wilson. Jim was a former employee of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh and retired as a welder with Dura Bond Steel Corp in Export. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wilson; and a brother-in-law, John Sloan. Surviving are his beloved wife, Barbara (Glunt) Wilson; two loving children, Brian (Lisa) Wilson and Lisa Wilson, all of Export; a brother, William (Moon) Wilson, of Idaho; a sister, Nancy Sloan, of Turtle Creek; and several nieces and nephews. Jim will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him, including his two dogs, Colby Blake and Diesel. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export (724) 327-1400, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating. Interment will be private. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Wilson's name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Butler County

Huffmyer, Helen M. 84

  • Butler
  • Born: 1930-07-05
  • Died: 2014-12-20
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Helen M. Huffmyer, 84, of Butler, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in the Saxony Health Center. She was born July 5, 1930, in Pittsburgh, to the late Walter H. Dunlap and Mary (Glasgow) Dunlap. Mrs. Huffmyer enjoyed going to church, being with her family and enjoyed traveling and trips with Tanglewood. She was formerly employed at West Penn Power and Star Lumber. Mrs. Huffmyer was a former member of the Community Alliance and Freeport Alliance Churches. Mrs. Huffmyer is survived by five sons, Edward W. Green and his wife, Carrie, of Fort Benton, Mont., Timothy A. Green, John P. Huffmyer and his wife, Carla, Walter G. Huffmyer and Lawrence R. Huffmyer, all of Butler; nine grandchildren and one on the way; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Green; her second husband, Elmer E. Huffmyer, whom she married March 5, 1962, and who passed away Sept. 4, 1983; one son, William Huffmyer; and two brothers, Walter and Willard Dunlap. Friends will be received at from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Dec. 22, 2014, at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 124 E. North St., Butler. Additional viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m. with Pastor Deb Huffmyer, of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Saxonburg, officiating. Burial will take place in the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Sewickley. Memorials are suggested to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 210 Westminster Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056. Online condolences can be given at http://www.thompson-miller.com.
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Smolensky, Albert P. 96

  • Mars
  • Born: 1918-06-05
  • Died: 2014-12-21
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Albert P. "Al" Smolensky, 96, of Mars, died Sunday morning, Dec. 21, 2014, in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. Born June 5, 1918, to Michael and Anastasia Smolensky on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Al was the third of seven children. He attended Oliver High School, graduating in 1936 with honors and four years of perfect attendance. He declined a scholarship to Duquesne University, choosing instead to go to work to help support his four younger siblings. When World War II broke out, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Excelling in aerial gunnery, he was assigned to a crew of a B-24 Liberator as a nose gunner. Al became a part of Crew 118 in the 375th Bomb Squadron, "The Flying Tigers" of the 308th Bomb Group, under the command of Gen. Claire Chennault. Following combat crew training, Crew 118 was assigned a brand new aircraft, a bright, gleaming B-24 Liberator, which the crew promptly dubbed "American Beauty." They left Hamilton Air Force Base in San Francisco on Sept. 12, 1944, and arrived in Kunming, China, on Oct. 17, 1944. Having flown six missions, "American Beauty" was destroyed on the ground during a night raid by the Japanese. The crew was safe in a bomb shelter. From then on, Al's crew was known by the Air Corps as an orphaned crew, and flew any available plane. Their next plane, "Kings Ex," was the oldest plane in the squadron. Flying several more missions, it experienced equipment failure on landing and the nose wheel collapsed and the plane was damaged beyond repair with the crew intact. Their third B-24 was known by its serial number only. This was February 1945 and Al and the crew were flying 10 hour missions almost daily. On Al's 31st mission during a bombing raid, their plane sustained enemy flak fire, damaging the plane so severely that they would not make it back to base. The decision was made and the crew readied for a crash landing in China behind enemy lines. The pilot and co-pilot managed a successful crash landing and the crew scrambled out, banged and bruised but alive. Although the radio was knocked out, Chinese peasants, then our allies, guided the crew to safe haven in the mountains. Because of the damaged radio, they could not make contact with command and the crew was considered lost. After three weeks, the radioman fixed the radio and they called for help. Al's crew was picked up and transported to North Africa, where Crew 118 was assigned their fourth B-24. In 1945, B-24 Liberators cost $250,000, thus earning the crew the nickname, "The Million Dollar Crew." While in North Africa, Al was bitten by a venomous spider and the ensuing infection turned his leg black. Doctors feared possible amputation, but through the grace of God and the skill and attention of the doctors and nurses, Al pulled through intact, though severely weakened. Unable to rejoin his crew and accompanied by the tail gunner, John Trisch, who was also from the North Side of Pittsburgh, the two headed for the States on a hospital ship, en route to Miami. Once back in the U.S., Trisch rejoined the crew who had also come home, while Al recuperated in the hospital. Once released, having flown 31 combat missions and 252 combat hours, Al was honorably discharged on Oct. 29, 1945. Crew 118 was awarded many medals and commendations, including the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Once again a civilian, Al married Alice Hune on April 24, 1946. Five children followed: Paul, wed to Marianne (Brisco) Smolensky, Robert, wed to Sally (Ashton) Smolensky, Mary Lou Smolensky Fleming, Ann Smolensky Roczko and Dr. David, wed to Jennifer (Brockett) Smolensky, with whom Al and Alice lived their remaining years in Mars. Shortly after celebrating 50 years of marriage, Alice died on Dec. 19, 1996. Also mourning his passing by celebrating a life well lived and loved are his five grandchildren, Daniel Meyer, Heather (Smolensky)/Phil Lewis, Dr. Holly (Smolensky)/Michael Lowther, Jennifer (Smolensky)/Jack Foster and Corey Roczko. Al was also great-grandfather (Pap-Pap-Pap) to Colin, Morgan, Abigail, Claire, Nora, Seth and Robert. Surviving are two brothers, Chester and Robert Smolensky. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Edward, and three sisters, Ruth Kennedy, Grace Muchow and Agnes Ruhl. As a father, Al was the kindest, gentlest, strongest and most accepting man ever known. He only saw the good in people, and truly welcomed everyone to his home. He was a true friend to his friends and they were many. A loving and devoted husband, father, pap and favorite uncle, he was always full of kind words and deeds. Al's life was truly worth celebrating. He will be remembered fondly and lovingly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Father Charles Bober officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township. Memorials may be made to the Mars VFW Post 7505, 331 Mars-Valencia Road, Mars, PA 16064. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Gainor, Douglas E. 50

  • Conneaut Lake
  • Born: 1964-10-05
  • Died: 2014-12-18
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  • Douglas Edward Gainor, 50, of Conneaut Lake, died at home unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Born Oct. 5, 1964, he was a son of Jack and Joanne Gainor, of Hadley, Pa. Doug wed his partner of 20 years, Tom Martinac, on June 7, 2014. DBAML He attended Commodore Perry High School and was a graduate of Penn State University with a master's degree in computer science. He was student body president at Penn State. Most recently he was a warehouse manager at Warren Industries, Meadville, and had a long-term career at Werner Co., Greenville, Pa. Doug was proud to be a volunteer firefighter with the Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department. He was truly loved by all who knew him and had a very generous nature and a fantastic sense of humor. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and the people he loved. He will be missed for a million plus three years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanne Gainor; father, Jack Gainor; and brother, Michael Gainor. He is survived by his spouse, Tom Martinac; siblings, Paula Harnett and husband, Jim, of Greenville, Pa., Mark Gainor and wife, Kim, of Hadley, Pa., Teri Tingley and Dennis, of Valencia, Connie Gainor, of Meadville, and Dan Gainor and wife, Carrie, of St. Augustine, Fla.; his very dear friend, Lizzie McMahon, of Cranberry; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Doug was adored by his nieces and nephews listed below and took great pride in being the favorite uncle: Kristy Carson and husband Corey (great-nephews, Ty and Alex), Eric Tingley, Craig Tingley, Jacklyn Gates, Josh Gates, Melissa McIntosh and husband, Tom (great-nieces, Madison and Cassidy), Jason Gainor, Jessica Cox and husband, Ryan (great-niece, Delayna), Andrea Milesend and husband, Dylan, DeAnna Boyd and husband, Ryan (great-niece, Lacey), Dayna Williams and husband, Eric, and Danielle Gainor. A celebration of Doug's life is planned for a later date. Doug had a great love for all animals. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Doug's memory be made to the Crawford County Humane Society.
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Olszewski, Irene K. 54

  • Winter Haven, Fla. , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Irene Kay Olszewski, 54, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Monroeville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the life partner of Kimberly Ann Stickovitch; beloved daughter of the late John and Julia (Nagle) Olszewski; loving mother of John, Nicole and the late Dustin (surviving spouse, Jessica) Pridmore; grandmother of Alexia, Kasey, Gavin and Phoenix; sister of Linda (Ray) Lewis and Julia Bennett; and also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a service will follow at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation by phone 1-800-441-CURE or online at http://www.srfcure.org. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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