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Alioto, Frank S. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Frank S. Alioto, 92, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Sunday, June 28, 2015. He was a son of the late Jon and Rosa (Machi) Alioto; the loving father of Frank (Julie) Alioto, of Brookline, and Elaine (Tony) Falleroni, of Mettmann, Germany; and the grandfather of Eric and Laura Alioto and Gina Falleroni. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine "Gerry", in 1985. He is survived by his siblings, Samuel, Rosemarie Pawlawski, Antonette Sonavec and Vito; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Joseph, Michael, Nunzio, Mario, Anne Balestrino and Anthony. Frank was the founder and proprietor of Alioto's Pizza in Etna until 1986. He was a proud World War II veteran for 449th AAA C-Battery and organized many reunions over the years. He was a lifelong Frank Sinatra fan. He enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach, S.C., bowling and in his later years, karaoke. His piercing blue eyes, warm smile and love of singing will remain with us forever. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Frankie and Elaine would like to thank Debbie Lyle and Bill Evans for their loving care and to Joyce Davey for being such a wonderful friend.
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Anderson, Timothy J. 25

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Timothy J. Anderson, 25, of Carrick, died Monday, June 29, 2015. He was a loving son of Patricia Rosenwald and the late George Anderson; brother of Brian and Krystle Rosenwald, Tina, Robin and Christopher Anderson; grandson of George (the late Martha) Anderson and the late James and Rose Miller. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, loving family and friends. Visitations will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington (412-381-2323), where blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Andrews, Jon P. 76

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Jon Philip "Phil" Andrews, 76, of Upper St. Clair and Chautauqua, N.Y., peacefully passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Lana Andrews for 51 years; loving father of Lisa (Mark) Lechowicz and Jon Philip "Jack" (Sandra) Andrews Jr.; proud grandfather of seven; son of the late Philip and Lenarda Andrews; and son-in-law of Lillian Kubasak. Phil was a graduate of Olean High School, N.Y., and St. Francis Preparatory School, Spring Grove, Pa. He then went on to receive his Bachelors of Architecture from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1962. Mr. Andrews was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and one of the founders in the Architects in Industry Committee of the AIA. He was very proud of his accomplishment when he worked for an architectural firm and built several trade schools in Afghanistan financed by the World Bank. Mr. Andrews then traveled internationally for Westinghouse, selecting architects all over the world. He held many executive positions at Westinghouse, including being the head of the corporate design program and the corporate art program. Mr. Andrews continued his career as principal at DBA Architects. He retired at the age of 63 as vice president of L.R. Kimball Architects and Engineers, Pittsburgh Region in 2003. Mr. Andrews was a longtime member, for more than 40 years, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, where he served on the board of directors and earned many bowling championship awards. He was also a member of the Duquesne Club. His hobbies held true for his passion of antique cars and antique boats. Mr. Andrews was always taking his antique boats to shows and winning first place. An active member of the Antique Classic Boat Society (ACBS), he was a founding member of the Chautauqua Lake Twin Tier Chapter, where he received the highest chapter award for outstanding service and also a member of the Sunnyland Chapter in Mt. Dora, Fla., Western PA Region Classic Cars Club and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. Mr. Andrews will always be remembered for being a gracious and loving gentleman. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Thomas More Parish. Entombment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, No. 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Argenas Sr., Eugene R. 79

  • Ross Township , Formerly of Garfield
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Bloomfield | Get Directions
  • Eugene R. Argenas Sr., 79, of Ross Township, formerly of Garfield, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Lomb) Argenas; father of Eugene R. Argenas Jr. (Julia) and Joseph A. Argenas (Jennifer); grandfather of Joey Jr., Savannah and Christopher; brother of Dorothy Colamarino; predeceased by 10 other siblings; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, www.mccabebrothers.com., 5300 Penn Ave., Bloomfield, where funeral will commence at 9 a.m. Thursday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus.
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Barnes, Connie M. 51

  • Wexford
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas Sons, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Connie M. (Dressel) Barnes, 51, of Wexford, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 22 years of David Barnes; mother of Cameron Barnes; sister of Cathy Gholson and Carla Hall; and aunt of Jessica, Samantha, Ian, Shayne, Abigail, Lauren, Mackenzie and Grayson. Family will welcome friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park, PA 15143, where service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please leave condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Bellios, Vickie

  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Vickie Bellios died peacefully Monday, June 29, 2015. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. Born in Tripoli Greece, and raised in Naplion, Greece, Vickie was a young radio personality before immigrating to the United States to marry Gust Bellios. Vickie had three boys, Phillip, George and Chris, born in Ashtabula, Ohio, before moving to Erie, with her husband and sons. In Erie, she was a homemaker, seamstress and baker. In 2000, Vickie and Gust moved to Pittsburgh. Vickie was passionate about her faith and a member of several Greek Orthodox Churches in Pittsburgh, including her home parish, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the North Hills. She was a member of the church choir for 20 years, as well as a member of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, where she served as president. Her infectious smile, bigger-than-life personality and huge heart were known to so many. She was a passionate volunteer for almost any organization or event. She gave her time at the soup kitchen in Erie for more than 10 years. She also volunteered in Erie and Pittsburgh for a total of 20 years. She had a fierce love of God and family and she especially loved her three boys. She was also a loving grandmother and relished the role as she showered them with affection. She is survived by her husband, Gust and sons, Phillip (Toula), George (Elaine) and Chris (Karen), as well as her grandchildren, Christopher, Colin, Maive, Maria and Constantine. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and Thursday, July 2, 2015, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, where a Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Family and friends will also be received from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 985 Providence Blvd., where funeral will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vickie's honor to either Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
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Hokaj Jr., Leo L. 74

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Leo L. Hokaj Jr., 74, of Bethel Park, died Monday, June 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 48 years to the late Patricia; loving father to Michelle (Patrick) McCully and Larry (Sharon); cherished grandfather of Christian, Amanda and Nicholas Hokaj and Caroline McCully; and brother of Edward (Marilyn), Henry (Judy) and Thomas (Linda) Hokaj. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emily and Leo Sr. Leo was a graduate of Duquesne University. He worked at the Black Box Corporation as an operations analyst in the IT Department for 28 years until his retirement in 2013. He loved to golf, and was a past president of the St. Louise de Marillac Men's Golf League. Leo will be dearly missed by family and friends. Arrangements by BEINAHAUERS. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, and from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-941-3211. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:30 p.m. at St. Louise de Marillac. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Jones, Bobette D. 86

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Arizona
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Bobette D. Jones, 86, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Arizona, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late William Evans Jones Jr.; loving mother of William Evans Jones III, Robert Edward (Susie) Jones and David Wendell (Cynthia) Jones; dear grandmother of Meghan Jones and William Robert (Alexis) Jones; and sister of Shirley Blossom Kappeler. She was preceded in death by 11 siblings. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the H. P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the widow's fund at the Steamfitters local Union No. 449. Online condolences may be sent to www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Jordan Jr., William B. 88

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • William B. "Bugs" Jordan Jr., 88, of White Oak, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 28, 2015, after a long illness. He was the son of William B. and Margaret Wagner Jordan Sr. He was raised by his father and grandmother, Jennie Jordan, after his mother died when he was 18 months old. He is survived by his wife, June Wynn Jordan; daughter, Lisa (Chris) Jeffer and grandchildren, Christopher and Ashlee Jeffer, all of Williamsburg, Va.; Chris Wampler, who was like a son and was also his caregiver, and Dale Wampler, who was also like a son, both of McKeesport; and cousins, Victoria (the late Dave) Martin, of North Carolina, and Peggy Lou (Jim) Heatley, of Florida. He was preceded in death by two sons, an infant who died in 1960 and Terry Lee Jordan, Esq., who died in 2001; and a sister, Jean Jordan. He served as a signalman third class on the Destroyer Escort, USS Johnnie Hutchins, during World War II and these men held their first reunion in 1975 and William attended the reunion each year since that time. He was a member of the West Side United Methodist Church, where he was a former Sunday school teacher, a church treasurer, an usher, the treasurer of trustees and a member of the church dart ball league. He was a plumber for Local Union No. 27 and for the last 10 years before retirement, he was employed by Allegheny County Parks. He also prepared and provided blueprints for many of the buildings in Pittsburgh. He loved to travel and every year took his family to Ocean City, N.J. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION and MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, 412-678-6177). Services will be held Friday in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow.
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Karus, Michael L.

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-06-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Michael Lee "Horse" Karus, of West View, died Friday, June 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Davenport) Karus; loving father of Michelle Karus, Julie Karus Bartus (Thomas) and Jeffrey Karus (Erin); and proud grandfather of Hannah, Kendal, Braden, Gabriella and Zeke. Horse was a Local No. 2 Insulator, and a loving husband,father and grandfather who loved his camp and life. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
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Lanza, Russell M.

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Russell M. Lanza, of Upper St. Clair, died Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Irene; father of Erena and Francesca Lanza, David (Kristin) Geros, Michele (Jim) Cardone and Mike (Perla) Lanza; grandfather of Cameron, Andrea, Teresa, Joseph, Paul, Maria, Marco, Nico and Leo. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, August and Francesca Lanza; and his sisters, Carmen Walkow, Rose Dasta, Clada "Lil" Getty and Anna Abraham. Russell was a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh. He served in the Army. Russell was a pharmacist and the founder of Lanza Respiratory and Medical Equipment. He served on the Board of Directors for the PA Association of Medical Supplies, Life's Work, formerly Pittsburgh Vocational Rehabilitation and Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Louise de Marillac Church. Entombment at Queen of Heavens Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Please add or view tributes at: www.beinhauer.com.
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Lazar, Phyllis 74

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Phyllis "Grandma Tootsie" (Churney) Lazar, 74, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in HCR ManorCare, Bethel Park. She was a retired bus driver from the Elizabeth Forward School District where she drove Bus No. 27. She was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth Township and its Christian Mothers, a former Eucharistic minister, lector and director of the Youth Group. Born Jan. 24, 1941, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late John and Victoria (Walczak) Churney. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 57 years, Francis J. Lazar; daughters, Lisa Kehr, of Elizabeth Township, Shari (James) Murtha, of Lititz, and Vicki (Jerry) Taylor, of Natrona Heights; sons, Jeffrey (Ami) Lazar, of Mt. Lebanon, and Mark (Laurel) Lazar, of Glassport; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marlene (Michael) Nikolich, of Elizabeth Township, and Patricia (George "Buzzy") Weber, of Jefferson Hills; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, in St. Michael's Parish with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Ascension Cemetery, Clairton. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Ludovici, Venenzia 94

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Venenzia "Vee" (Franco) Ludovici, 94, of Penn Hills, died Monday, June 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Victor A. Ludovici; loving mother of Regina Beck (the late George), Victor A. Ludovici Jr. (Jodi) and Edward Ludovici (Cathy); also 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and sister of the late Dante and Edward Franco. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Susanna Church.
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Martin, Bonnie L. 71

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Bonnie L. (Klinefelter) Yaggi Martin, 71, of Shaler Township, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the wife of the late Gabriel Martin; mother of Tracy Pantoni (A.J.) and Kelly Shaginaw (Tom); daughter of Ethel and the late Robert Klinefelter; sister of Robert J. Klinefelter; grandmother of Brian, Morgan and Erin Shaginaw and Allegra Pantoni. Visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Wednesday at St. Bonaventure Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the Alzheimer's Research Association, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Please visit us at www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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McLaughlin, Neil Brian 28

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Murrysville
  • Born: 1987-01-18
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Neil B. "Brian" McLaughlin, 28, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Murrysville, died unexpectedly Monday, June 29, 2015. He was born Jan. 18, 1987, in Monroeville, the beloved son of Susan (Smith) McLaughlin and Rick Porado, of Murrysville. Brian was employed as a bar manager by the "Grille on 7th" Restaurant in Pittsburgh. He was an avid ice hockey player and fan. He was a 2005 graduate of Kiski Area School District, where he was a member of the ice hockey team. Brian was also a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Huskies and the Allegheny Badgers. Following his graduation, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Florence L. Smith. Brian will be sadly missed and is survived by his parents, Susan and Rick; grandfather, Barton R. Smith; uncle, Paul B. Smith (wife, Sheryl); cousins, Amanda A. Smith and Michael R. Smith; paternal grandmother, Arlene McLaughlin; biological father, Neil McLaughlin; many friends; and extended family members. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177. Funeral services for Brian will be conducted at noon Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Mittereder, Florence A. 99

  • Formerly of Shaler
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Florence A. (Galloway) Mittereder, 16 days short of her 100th birthday, formerly of Shaler, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard J.; sister of Elizabeth Galloway and the late Margaret Stewart, John, Hank, Raymond and Charles Galloway; lovingly cared for by her niece, Mary Mittereder Donnelly and her husband, Joe; also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Arbors of St. Barnabas. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Barnabas or a charity of one's choice. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Noll, Margaret C. 84

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1930-11-02
  • Died: 2015-06-26
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Margaret C. "Margie" Noll, 84, of West Mifflin, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at Sycamore Estate, Duquesne. She was born Nov. 2, 1930, in East Pittsburgh, to the late John and Mary (Yakubik) Popovic. She was a retired nurse for Dr. Meyer Rosenbloom at Braddock Hospital and she was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles R. "Chuck" Noll; mother of Chuck Noll, of West Mifflin, and Tim (Stephanie Dutrow) Noll, of North Versailles; grandmother of Lindsey Noll, Ryan Noll, Emily Noll and Alexandra Noll; sister of Bernie (Eleanor) Popovic, of Warren, Ohio, Gloria Plecenik, of Turtle Creek, and the late Joann "Minnie Plecenik and Raymond Popovic. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 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 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Olson, Catherine E. 55

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: D'alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Catherine E. Olson, 55, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the loving mother of Tom, Melissa and Mandy Olson; grandmother of five; sister of Eugene (Sharen) Zaborowski, Mary Ellen Schnurr and Father Paul Zaborowski, OFM Cap. and the late Mark Zaborowski; and daughter of Alice and the late Henry P. "Hank Zab" Zaborowski. Visitation 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where family and friends will gather at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Orlowski, Chad A. 26

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Chad A. Orlowski, 26, of Mt. Lebanon, died Monday, June 29, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was a loving son of Lawrence W. and Renee A. (Fridey) Orlowski; cherished brother Max A. and Brant A.; grandson of the late Lawrence R. and Bernadine (Kutzler) Orlowski; Charles K. and Theresa (Antonietta) Fridey; nephew of Bonnie and Bob Romanosky, Ken and Annette Fridey, Dave and Kelly Fridey and Bob and Sharon Orlowski; also survived by many loving cousins. Chad was a kind and gentle soul with a joyful, innocent smile. He attended the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children most of his life and eventually the Allegheny Valley School. Chad liked music, especially Elvis; he enjoyed the beach, Pirates games and Phipps Conservatory. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Anne Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive. Interment will be private. If desired, memorials may be made to Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, the Allegheny Valley School or Make-A-Wish Foundation. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Polacek, Mary M. 91

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary M. "MiMi" "Tetti Mary" Polacek, 91, a lifelong resident of North Braddock, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the house where she was born and lived her entire life. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John Polacek, Michael Polachek and George Polacek; and her sister, Ann Polacek. Surviving are her niece, Gloria Patalsky; and her nephews, Bill, Gene, Ron and Jim Polacek. She is also survived by grandnieces and grandnephews, including Melody Ziino and Jefrey Trifanoff. Mary was a retired employee of Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh plant, where she had worked for 44 1/2 years. Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mary will be laid to rest in Monongahela Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Simcic, Mary P. 84

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-06-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary P. "Marika" (Papoulas) Simcic, 84, of Forest Hills, died Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Robert Simcic for 60 years; loving mother of Peter Simcic, of Forest Hills, Sister Epistime (Harriet), of St. Kosmas Aitolos Monastery in Ontario, Margo (Randy) Peretik, of Wilkins Township, and Barbara (Gary) Theofilis, of Churchill; dear grandmother of Jonathan, Daniel, Christian, Aristotle and Alexander; and great-grandmother of Olivia. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Bellini, Romilia Crouse and Despina Papoulas. In her younger days, Mary was an airplane pilot, flying Piper Cubs. She began her career as a bookkeeper at Vic's Service store in East Pittsburgh and was later employed at Jordan's Tax Service, both in their downtown office and in Forest Hills. She also had been a secretary for her church, Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti), in East Pittsburgh. Mary was a very talented woman with varied interests. She was a classical pianist, excellent seamstress and was adept at crocheting, painting and quilting. Above all of her gifts, she was a phenomenal and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday. A funeral service for Mary will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Ypapanti. Additional viewing will be in Church one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Kosmas Aitolos Greek Orthodox Monastery, 14155 Caledon King Townline South, Bolton, Ontario, L7E-5R7 Canada.
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Vales, Gloria

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Gloria Vales, of Sewickley, died peacefully Friday, April 10, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, surrounded by her family of complications from a massive stroke. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Church of St. Catherine followed by the interment in Holmdel Cemetery, in Holmdel, N.J. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, in St. James Roman Catholic Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA 15143, by the Rev. Thomas J. Burke.
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Westmoreland County

Belback, Margaret E. 90

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1924-07-05
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Margaret E. "Marge" (Royak) Belback, 90, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Clairton, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. Born July 5, 1924, in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Podlinsky) Royak, and wife of the late George E. Belback, whom she was married to for 49 years. Marge is survived by her daughters, Geri (Mel) Yacamelli, of North Huntingdon, Margianne (David) Plavchak, of Belle Vernon, and Marilou (Joseph) Urbanovich, of Jupiter, Fla.; sons, Edward G. (Debbie) Belback, of Elizabeth Township, and Ronald J. (Patricia) Belback, of Elizabeth Township; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Albert (Louise) Royak, of Jefferson Hills; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Janet Grace and Sylvia Royak. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 412-233-5700. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in St. Clare Parish. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Dwornick, Joseph A. 76

  • Manor
  • Died: 2015-06-27
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Dwornick, 76, of Manor, died Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Carol Ann Barth Dwornick. Surviving are his daughters, Jodi A. (the late Randy) Antonacci and Jada A. (Mark) Donato. He was the grandfather of Alex J. Antonacci and Annessa A. "Freddy" Donato; and brother-in-law of Robert, who was like a brother to Joe (the late Susan) Platt and Ellen (John) Hermesmann. He is also survived by nephews, Patrick and Matthew Hermesmann. He spent his entire career working in the transportation industry; first, self-employed as an owner operator and then a safety director for Landstar Transportation. In his semi-retirement years, he also enjoyed driving for Bradish Glass Inc. Services will be private and interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Oakmont, PA 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ursula School, 3937 Kirk Ave., Allison Park, PA 15101. Online condolences may be sent to www.englishfuneralhome.com.
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Hilty, Betty J. 85

  • Salem Township
  • Born: 1930-02-17
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Bash-Nied, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Betty J. (Long) Hilty, 85, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at her home in Salem Township. She was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Greensburg, daughter of the late Clarence E. and Mary A. (Burger) Long. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by three brothers, James H., Edward C. and Earl W. Long; and a sister, Margaret Waltenbaugh. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, John B. Hilty Sr.; daughters, Beverly J. Kellner and her husband, Thomas, of Greensburg, Deborah A. Zilliot and her husband, Charles, of Greensburg, Marcie L. Baker and her husband, Richard, of Latrobe, and sons, John B. Hilty Jr., of Greeensburg, Richard W. Hilty, of Greensburg, and Mark A. Hilty, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Jean Mangold, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Steven L. Craft presiding. Interment services will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.
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Paul, Karen A. 60

  • Herminie
  • Born: 1955-05-09
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Karen A. (Martz) Paul, 60, of Herminie, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born May 9, 1955, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of JoAnn (Magill) Martz, of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul W. Martz. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Irwin, and the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department Woman's Auxiliary. She was an employee of Target Department Store. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her husband of more than nine years, David Paul. In addition to her mother, she is survived by sisters, Cheryl (Mark) Dufford, of Irwin, Nancy (George) Molovich, of West Newton, and Susan (Michael) Stokes, of North Huntingdon; and nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 8 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Township. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 617 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Seigh, Larry D. 68

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1947-03-11
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Lindsay-Jobe, Harrison City | Get Directions
  • Larry D. Seigh, 68, of Penn Township, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born March 11, 1947, in Wilkinsburg, to the late Charles and Elsie Holly Seigh. Larry is survived by his beloved spouse of 47 years, Laurel Beech Seigh; two loving daughters, Lisa (Jason Nuss) Nicely and Lora (Joe Schreiber) Febbraro; grandchildren, Kevin (Lissa McLaughlin) Bresnan, Kayla (Joe Schriver) Bresnan, Justus Seigh, Michael and Vincent Febbraro; step-grandchildren, Morgan, Hanna and Alivia Schreiber and Bryce Nuss; great-grandson, Landon Bresnan; and his brother, Charles E. (Bonnie) Seigh. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at LINDSAY-JOBE FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, 724-744-2721, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, Turtle Creek. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Hillman Cancer Center c/o Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
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Stapf, John W. 76

  • Manor
  • Born: 1938-08-23
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • John W. Stapf, 76, of Manor, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Grafton, N.D., a son of the late Harvey L. and Elaine (Scott) Stapf. He was a retired Army Master Sergeant with more than 20 years of active service during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was involved with the Pershing Missile System. After retiring from the military, he was an instructor for more than 15 years at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnston. He was a member of the New Stanton Assembly of God Church, the American Legion, Manor and was the past president of the Jeanette Rotary Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Stapf. He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Patricia A. (Tatters) Stapf; children, Patricia (Edward) Kushner, of Irwin, Yvonne Brickley, of Manor, and Walter (Teresa) Stapf, of Jeanette; grandchildren, Ralph Hensell, Rachel Hensell, Michael (Chisato) Hensell, John A. Stapf, Victoria Stapf and Stephanie Stapf; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Brice, Katar, Nikole and Peighton; and sister, Sharon (David) Adler, of Eagle River, Wis. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where everyone will gather for a funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday with Pastor Mike Hampton officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Butler County

Ackerman, Robert A. 50

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-06-29
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Robert A. "Bob" Ackerman, 50, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Monroeville, died suddenly on Monday, June 29, 2015. He was a beloved son of Donald and Caroline Ackerman; father of Tina (fiance, Andrew Sikora) Ackerman, Nathan Ackerman and Kylee Ackerman; brother of David Ackerman; also survived by three nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday 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 blessing service will conclude the visitation at 8 p.m. Thursday. Private interment at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Millvale. The family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 or online at www.animalrescue.org.http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Taylor, Dawn J. 78

  • The Villages, Fla. , Formerly of McKeesport
  • Born: 1936-12-28
  • Died: 2015-06-30
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dawn J. Taylor, 78, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of McKeesport, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born Dec. 28, 1936, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Herbert and Evelyn (Carlson) Campbell. She is survived by her husband, James R. Taylor, of The Villages Fla.; daughters, Cheryl Lynn Taylor, of Falling Waters, W. Va., and Wendy Vogt, of Clio, Mich.; son, Jeffery J. Taylor, of The Villages, Fla.; grandchildren, James Yatsko, of Falling Waters, W. Va., Julie (Michael) Dale, of Falling Waters, W. Va., David J. "D.J" (Amanda) Vogt, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tyler Vogt, of Clio, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Josie Dale, of Falling Water, W.Va.; and sister, Gail (James) Vickers, of Boardman, Ohio. Dawn was preceded in death by grandchildren, Joseph Yatsko and Dawn Liv Taylor. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday July 2, at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES INC., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, (412-678-6177). Services will be held Friday in funeral home chapel. Burial will follow.
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