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Adamson, William G. 85

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • William G. Adamson, 85, of McCandless, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was a son of the late Harry and Mayzie Adamson; husband of the late Jean A. (Kemrite) Adamson; loving father of Victoria J. Adamson and the late William G. Adamson Jr.; Ioving grandfather of Stephen M. Devlin Jr., Maizee E. Devlin and Addeline R. Devlin; also survived by his loyal companion/dog, Fred. Bill was an Air Force veteran. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Air Force Aid Society. http://www.afas.org.
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Ann, Alexander

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-05
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Alexander Ann, of Sherwood Oaks, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. She was the beloved sister of Mary Jane Luscher; and loving aunt of Frank A. (Hilary) Luscher, Jean A. Luscher and Thomas W. (Jennifer) Luscher. Ann was a lifelong member of Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood Oaks Auditorium. Arrangements are by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY.
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Babjak III, George R. 65

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • George R. "Bab" Babjak III, 65, of Braddock Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Christine (Spierto) Babjak; loving father of Kristen Anderson (Nick) and Brian Babjak (Kylie Benjamin); dear grandfather of Jordan and Camren Anderson, Brian and Gabriella Babjak; brother of Robert, Douglas (Susan) and John B. (Lisa); brother-in-law of Joann, Donna and Vincent Spierto; uncle of Vincent and Michael Spierto, Christopher, Ashley, Colleen, Austin, Alexis and Erik Babjak; also great-nieces and nephews. Bab retired from PA Turnpike with 28 years of service and was on the board of directors of Braddock Hills Welfare and Fire Association. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday the funeral home. http://www.niedfunralhome.com.
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Baker, James R. 79

  • Dravosburg
  • Born: 1935-04-10
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Dravosburg | Get Directions
  • James Ralph "Jim" Baker, 79, of Dravosburg, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at home. He was born April 10, 1935, to the late Eugene and Erma Strothers Baker. James was the loving husband of Martha Ann Jones Baker. He is survived by a son, James Robert (Robin Soriano) Baker, of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Edward (Joanne) Baker, of Indiana, Pa. James is also survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer Spencer, Joshua (Alli) Baker, Jessica (Joseph) Katchur and Houston (Tracey) Baker; and seven great-grandchildren, Nickole, Brandon and Cody Burkey, Luke Spencer, Joshua Baker Jr. and Mika and Adriana Katchur. James was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene George Baker; and sisters, Betty Jean Rogers and Mary Lou Robey. James was a retired jet engine mechanic master sergeant with the Air Force, and he also served in the Navy. His combined service spanned 26 years allowing him to serve in Vietnam, Germany and Europe while receiving various military awards. James also drove a school bus for McKeesport and South Allegheny School districts. He was member of The Air Force Sergeants Association. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at I.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 203 Fourth St., Dravosburg, PA 15034. Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the funeral home presided by Pastor Mark Snavely. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Bonga, Mary M. 85

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary M. (Haski) Bonga, 85, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late George A. Bonga; sister of Ray (Judy) Haski, of Apollo, Al (Margie) Haski, of Swissvale, and the late Bernard Haski and his surviving wife, Janet, of Monroeville; dear aunt of Cindy, Sandy, Cathy, Bill, Ed and Greg; and also survived by 11 great-nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be held privately. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Bontempo, Waetta Fern 87

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Waetta Fern (Finney) Bontempo, 87, of Bethel Park, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 70 years of Angelo John Bontempo; loving mother of Blaine (Elaine), of South Barrington, Ill.; sister of Harry Finney, Grace Whitney and six deceased brothers and sisters; grandmother of Brian Bontempo and Kari Kaleta (Brian); and great-grandmother of three. Fern was a school bus driver for the Bethel Park School District for 50 years and knew every one of her children. She served relentlessly for St. Joan of Arc Church and was always there to lend a helping hand. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joan of Arc Church.
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Bowman, Donald R. 74

  • Wexford , Formerly of Troy Hill
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Donald R. Bowman, 74, of Wexford, formerly of Troy Hill, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Jackie Bowman; father of Tracey L. Bowman, Sherri L. (Ron) Kotwica; brother of Kathy (Joe) Vitullo, Jerry (Mary) Werner and Skip (Lori) Werner; brother-in-law of Carol Bowman; and grandfather of Victoria, Kattarina, Isabella and Alexandra Kotwica. Donald was preceded in death by his brother, Dave Bowman; and sister, Barb Shigo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. http://www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Brent, Walter 89

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-09-12
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Lt. Col. Walter Ivan Christopher Brent died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the age of 89. He was with his family and friend at his Sewickley home, that he loved very much. He was born in Germany and had the opportunity to move to the United States where he was able to work very hard and became successful because of the opportunity that was provided by America. He graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles and as an Army officer lieutenant colonel. Brent also attended the Army's Command and General Staff College, the Infantry Officers advanced course and the Army Intelligence and Military School in Europe. Lt. Col. Brent saw service in both European and Pacific Theaters as an 86th Division Infantry in World War II. Lt. Col. Brent's decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Armed Forces Medal (first class) and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Lt. Col. Brent retired from the military after 32 years of service and lived in Manhattan and Germany for many years. He was preceded in death by his wives, Ursula Gosselck and Liane Beebe. After his retirement, he traveled the world and worked with disadvantaged children in Harlem. Lt. Col. Brent is survived by his wife, Nancy Carr Brent; stepchildren, Joel and Kim Carr and Walter and Michael Beebe and wives, Carol and Nancy, and Robert Brent; and stepgrandchildren, John Beebe, Kathryn Beebe Reilly, Andrew Beebe, Alison Arshad, Christine Beebe, Frederick Beebe, Galen Beebe, Brianna and Keith Lemaster. He will be remembered by his 12 stepgreat-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 20, 2014, at the COPELAND SEWICKLEY FUNERAL HOME, 702 Beaver St. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at St. James Catholic Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA 15143, with the Rev. Thomas J. Burke as celebrant (everyone meet at church). Interment will take place with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catholic Hospice Inc., 6200 Brooktree Road, Suite 220, Wexford, PA 15090 will be appreciated.
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Corrigan, Gloria A. 84

  • Shaler Township
  • Born: 1930-06-20
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Kyper, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Gloria A. (Zegarelli) Corrigan, 84, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Richland Township. Born June 20, 1930, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Frank Zegarelli and Assunta "Sue" Sosso, and she was a homemaker. She attended St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw, where she was an usher and greeter and was also a member of the Christian Mothers. Gloria was an extremely accomplished seamstress. Her father always said her hands were golden; she could make anything. She is survived by her son, Robert L. "Cutty" Corrigan Jr., of Lake Worth, Fla.; two granddaughters, Maria and Christina Tompkins, of Connecticut; three sisters, Phyllis (late Angelo) Sciullo, of Florida, Elsie (Richard) Palombo, of Florida, and Pat (Rocco) Totino, of Upper St. Clair; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Corrigan Sr.; daughter, Deborah Tompkins; her parents; and one sister, Frances Zegarelli. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Raod, Glenshaw, with Father John Marcucci officiating. Interment will be in Assumption of St. Mary Cemetery, Glenshaw. Arrangements are by KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. http://www.kyperfuneralhome.com.
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Crooks, Grace E.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Grace Edrie (DeTrude) Crooks, of Shaler Township, beloved wife to Norman G. Crooks, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Howard Jay DeTrude Sr. and Beatrice (Shore) DeTrude. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Mark E. (Kathleen) Crooks, Norma J. (William) Meredith, Glenn H. Crooks and Matthew B. (Mary) Crooks; beloved grandmother of eight; and devoted great-grandmother of three. Grace was the sister of Martha Lou Stanton and the late Howard and Edward DeTrude. She devoted her life to her family and participating in church, where she was a past treasurer. Grace held several jobs in accounting and adult education. She was a member of the Eastern Star, a past volunteer instructor with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and a devoted wife and mother. She was a best friend to many, and will be missed by all. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday only in the NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Interment at Mt. Royal Cemetery, followed by luncheon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Dolansky Jr., Theodore E. 66

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1948-05-30
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Theodore E. Dolansky Jr., 66, of West Mifflin, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in his home. Born May 30, 1948, in McKeesport, he was a son of Priscilla "Mary Lou" (Lewis) Dolansky, of West Mifflin, and the late Theodore E. Dolansky. A retired heavy equipment operator with the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, Ted was a SeaBee in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He loved to hunt in Conneaut and ride his Harley, especially in charity rides. Very mechanically oriented, Ted was good with his hands, especially on outdoor projects. Most of all he loved his family, especially his grandchildren. Besides his mother, Ted is survived by his son, Theodore T. Dolansky, of Ambridge; his daughter, Debbie Jo (Joe) Dolansky Balena, of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren, Alissa Dolansky-Dickson, Brianna Dolansky and Carissa Dolansky, Raylee Furlong and Joey, Ally and Johnny Balena; his siblings Priscilla (Larry) Pinkosky, in Acme, Dolores Jacobs, of California, Pa., Evelyn Leete, of West Mifflin, Mark Dolansky, of North Versailles, and Jeffrey Dolansky, of Duquesne; and also aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A blessing will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, with Deacon Dale DiSanto officiating. Burial will follow at James Chapel Cemetery in Finleyville. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Flaherty, Ruth 92

  • Formerly of O'Hara Township
  • Born: 1921-12-12
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Robertson Flaherty, 92, formerly of O'Hara Township, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Marquis Gardens Place Personal Care Home in Uniontown. Born Dec. 12, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Louise (Arnold) and George Prechtl and George Robertson (stepfather). She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, James D. Flaherty Sr., in 1998; her daughter, Judith Ruth Taylor; son-in-law, Robert Taylor, and grandson, Ryan Taylor, in 1976; and her brother, Donald Robertson, in 1997. She is survived by her sister, Arline (Robertson) Clark, of Port Vue; and her children, James D. (Susan) Flaherty Jr., of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Kevin (Patti Pomatto) Flaherty, of Chicago, Ill., Thomas Terrence (Paula) Flaherty, of Uniontown, and Joyce Flaherty (Rob) Ritchey, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren, J.D. (Nancy) Flaherty III, of Columbus, Ohio, Charles Hawthorne Flaherty, of Tulum, Mexico, Mary Scott (B.J.) Pietrafese, of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Thomas Flaherty, of Chicago, Ill., Matthew Paul Nesser, of Pittsburgh, Robert Edward Ritchey and Daniel Flaherty Ritchey, of Lexington, Ky., Rachel Kylie Ritchey and Ryan Michael Ritchey, of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Amira Flaherty, of Columbus, Ohio, Rosalie and Biagio Pietrafese, of Cleveland, Ohio; and many loving nieces and nephews. Ruth was a tireless homemaker, raising five children as well as volunteering for many community causes and school events. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, golfing, bowling, traveling to her home in Lake Worth, Fla., and spending time with her family. She remained strong and kind through many physical ailments and great personal loss. Her selflessness and compassion touched her family and many friends. She was blessed with a long and close relationship with her sister, Arline. The family would like to say a special "thank you" to the staff and residents of the Marquis Gardens Place, of Uniontown, and the staff of Medi Home Hospice, of Scottdale, for their devotion, love and support they gave to their mom and her family. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter Parish, North Side. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Medi Home Hospice of Scottdale in memory of Ruth Flaherty at 109 Crossroads Road, Scottdale, PA 15683 (Phone 724-887-4675).
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Garraux, June S. 86

  • Mt. Lebanon , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • June S. Garraux, 86, of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Monroeville, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Gale W.; dear mother of James D. (Cathy) Garraux, Louise M. (Stuart) Glogoff, Paul E. (Jane) Garraux and Lisa C. (Vaughn) Rasor; loving grandmother of David (Lauren), Andrea (Adam), Deborah (Andrew), Benjamin, Matthew (Lauren), Kristen and Joshua; great-grandmother of eight; and sister of the late Ann Aggers. June received her Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and retired from WPIC as a social worker. Friends will be welcome 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, where a private family service will be held Saturday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Homes 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234.
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Jones, Penny

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Penny Jones, of Oakmont, formerly of Sewickley, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Franklin Jones; mother of Franklin Dalzell Jones, Katharine "Katie" Holdship Jones and the late Edward Pendergast Jones; and grandmother of William McMichael Jones III and Adelaide Holdship Jones. Penny was instrumental in the establishment of the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the late 1950s, and became nationally known for her work managing charity antique shows in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New York City and Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum, the Colony Club of New York City and a former member of Allegheny Country Club. There will be no visitation. Funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC.
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Kennedy, John H. 75

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John H. "Jack" Kennedy, 75, of Ross Township, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 52 years of Carol (Patterson); loving father of Jack (Lori), Debi, Christine (Jay), Sandy (Dave) and Ed (Barb); brother of Maureen Bagdon; proud grandfather of Josh, Caleb, Ryan, Tyler, Cody, Aaron, Zack, Adam, Nathan, Jacob, Elizabeth, Caden, Sonia and Josiah; and great-grandfather of Khloe. Friends received from 10 a.m. Thursday until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Doorway, 10 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.
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Kern Jr., Dr. John M. 65

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • John Michael Kern Jr., M.D., 65, of Hampton Township, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the husband of Maya Kern; son of Janet and the late John Michael Kern Sr.; father of Lynsey Sturges (Robert), Jennifer Kern and John Michael Kern III; grandfather of Skylar Kern; and brother of Donalda Wolfe (Donald). Dr. Kern was a physician for 35 years, practicing with UPMC St. Margaret ER as well as Renaissance Family Practices in Glenshaw and Gibsonia. Dr. Kern was a well respected physician who was much-loved by his patients. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Blessing service at 11 a.m. Friday.
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Levy, Margaret R. 91

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Margaret R. (Pricer) Levy, 91, of Etna, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Louis A. Levy; loving mother of Ruth A. (Ernest) Grace, of Michigan, Mary Louise Levy, of Pittsburgh, Louis J. (Sandi) Levy, of Wexford, and Patrick W. (Chang) Levy, of Alabama; loving grandmother of Eric Swenson, Ashleigh Marrin, Ian Levy and Lindsay Levy; great-grandmother of Colin Marrin; beloved friend of Charlotte and Ron Brosky; and daughter of the late Margaret and John Pricer. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial in St. Augustine Cemetery, Shaler Township.
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Lindberg, Anna M. 98

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Anna Mae (Gorman) Lindberg, 98, a lifelong resident of Munhall and Homestead, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was a member of the 1932 United States Olympic Team in Los Angeles, Calif., at age 16. Anna Mae is one of many outstanding Olympic swimmers who graced the swimming pool in the athletic wing of the Carnegie Library of Homestead. In the 1970s, the University of Pittsburgh made it affordable for employees to attend classes. She pursued a degree in social work and graduated on her 60th birthday, and "That was bigger than the Olympics." She was the beloved wife of the late David Russell Lindberg; loving mother of Lauren (Dino) Patton; mother-in-law of Linda Waugaman and the late David Russell Jr. and Johanna Lindberg; sister of the late Johanna, William and John Gorman; grandmother of Lisa (Eric) Davis, Matt Waugaman and the late Jason Lindberg; several nieces and nephews; five great-grandchildren; and special friend, Ellen Eberhardt. Friends will be received at from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carnegie Library of Homestead Athletic Club, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall, PA 15120.
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Lynch, Betty J. 78

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Betty Jean Lynch, 78, of Allison Park, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Fred J.; mother of Kevin J. (Sarah) and Keith J. Lynch; and grandmother of Keegan Lynch. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service at 11 a.m. Thursday. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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McCann, Blanche W. 91

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Blanche W. (Wolski) McCann, 91, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Harry L.; loving mother of Gregory L. (Mary) McCann and Jeffrey G. (Maureen) McCann; grandfather of Alan (Jamie), Brendan, Matthew, Sonya and Dema; great-grandmother of Liam and Luca; and sister of Alina Check and Sophie Barry. Blanche had a deep faith in God, was a loving mother and adored her grandchildren. Blanche spent a lifetime of volunteering from the PTA to UPMC oncology department where she spent countless hours with cancer patients. She spent many years singing in the choir at St. Bernards, St. Anne's and St. Sylvester. Blanche's kindness, love and smiles will be deeply missed. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Louise de Marillac Church. Burial will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Metzinger, Melva 83

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1930-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Melva (Sims) Metzinger, 83, of Jefferson Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Jefferson Hospital. She was born Sept. 23, 1930, to the late John and Edna (Roberts) Sims. Melva was the wife of the late Richard Metzinger. She is survived by two daughters, Pat (Fred) Moninger, of Jefferson Hills, and Cindy (Fred) Zupanc, of Pleasant Hills; three sisters, Betty (Bill) Mattes, of Jefferson Hills, Maryann Chovan, of Jefferson Hills, and Linda (Rick) Moses, of Upper St. Clair; one brother, John (Grace) Sims Jr., of Baltimore, Md.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Harry Metzinger. Melva was a member of Wilson Presbyterian Church, WAC Club, Wilson Civic Association, VFW and the American Legion. Melva was an avid bingo and slot machine player; she was a great cook and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at S.M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilson Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Milko, Andrew A. 84

  • East Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Andrew A. "Bunky" Milko, 84, a lifelong resident of East Pittsburgh, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Anna "Babe" (Borushko) Milko for 64 years. He was the loving father of Donna (Raymond) Savikas, of New Jersey, Gary (Donna) Milko, of Chalfant, Virginia (Dennis) Kisak, of North Huntingdon, and the late Andrew and late Theresa Milko; dear grandfather of Gregory (Eileen) Savikas, Hailee and Matthew Milko, Dean, Drew and Devin Kisak; great-grandfather of Blake Savikas; and also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Lutz and Lillian Borkowski; and his brother, Frank Milko. Bunky was a retired carpet installer, having worked both with the Carpet Installers Union and later independently. He was a respected manager, coach and President of the former East Pittsburgh Little League and Pony League. With help from family and friends, he built a second home in Conneaut Lake, where he took great pride in his yard and landscaping. Bunky and Babe enjoyed watching sports together, especially, the Pittsburgh teams, Pirates, Steelers, Penguins and Pitt and also Woodland Hills Football. Above all, Bunky was a devoted and caring family man. Friends will be welcome 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 Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Miller, Eunice M.

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Eunice M. (George) Miller, of North Versailles, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was a daughter of the late James and Ella George; wife of the late Stanley Miller; sister of Everett (Sharon), Kenneth (Annie) George, June (Charles) Scarpino and the late Curtis George; and aunt of Debra Zinck, Melissa Able and James George. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and all who loved Eunice. Family and friends are being received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by burial in William Penn Memorial.
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Olish, John R. 60

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-08
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • John R. Olish, 60, of West Mifflin, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. John was born in Library, the son of the late John and Helen (Kovach) Olish. He was the beloved father of Christopher J., Patrick R., Melyssa J., Elyse D. (Matthew) Echorst and Natalie Hardy; brother of Kathleen Fey; special uncle of Tracy, Kelly and Jenn; and cherished Bebah of Alyssa, Allison and Ryan. Friends received from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, PA 15120 (412-461-6394). Please share your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Owens, Samuel G. 67

  • McKeesport
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Samuel G. Owens, 67, of McKeesport, formerly of Braddock, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 34 years of Barbara J. (Milcic) Owens; loving father of Robert and James Owens, both of Irwin, and Timothy (Rose) Owens, of Monroeville; stepfather of Maurice (Elisa) DeLucia, of North Huntingdon, and Ken (Becky) DeLucia, of Wilmerding; proud grandfather of Destiny and Madeline Owens, Gia, Gracie and Roman DeLucia; brother of Dennis Owens, of Bethel Park, Robert (Tish) Owens, of Oakdale, and the late Harry "Bull" (surviving spouse, Billie) Owens; also survived by nieces and nephews. Sam attended Braddock High School with the Class of 1965. He was a Vietnam Army veteran having served two tours of duty for 27 months in Vietnam. Sam was a retired boilermaker and a member of the Boilermakers Union, Local No. 154. He had also been a member of many local social clubs, most recently Club 206 in North Braddock. Sam enjoyed golf and, for years, was the organizer of the North Braddock Fort Cherry golf trip. He also was a staunch Pitt football fan. Friends welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial with military honors will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Parks, Joseph Sparky R. 78

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph Robert "Sparky" Parks, 78, of Penn Hills, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. He was an Army veteran and retired with 32 years of service with the Pittsburgh Fire Department. Sparky retired from Station 14 in Oakland. He went on to serve more than 17 years with the Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department, earning him recognition as a Life Status Member. He was a son of the late Joseph and Charlotte Parks, who lived in Brownsville. He is survived by his brother, Richard Parks; and children, Karen and husband, Eric Weiss, Cindy Jenkins, Bobby Parks and Linda and husband, Mike Rushak. In addition are seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. The family would like to thank the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oakland and H.J. Heinz Hospice in Aspinwall for the loving care they provided. Viewing was held this past Wednesday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOME, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road) Pittsburgh, PA 15235, where a blessing service was held this past Thursday. Burial followed in Plum Creek Cemetery, 670 Center New Texas Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holiday Park VFD.
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Petrina, Teresa Sena M.

  • Plum , Formerly of Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Teresa M. "Sena" (Russo) Petrina, of Plum, formerly of Braddock Hills, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to Matthew F. Petrina; loving mother of Terese A. Triol and her husband, Stephen, of Stoystown, Matthew V. Petrina and his wife, Mary, of North Huntingdon, and Claire E. Johnston and her husband, Thomas, of Gilbertsville; dear Grandy of Stephen, Ethan, Lauren, Madison, Tommy and Graham; sister of Vincent "Jimmy" Russo and his wife, Frances, of Dayton, Ohio, and Philomena "Nina" Rocco and her husband, John, of North Huntingdon. Sena worked as a registered nurse, with the Allegheny County Department of Health and was the school nurse for the Pace School. Also, Mrs. Petrina was a member of the St. Maurice Parish. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Fund, 1133, South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
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Polowsky, Cathy 55

  • Formerly of White Oak
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Cathy (Fischer) Polowsky, 55, formerly of White Oak, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Mike "Ski" Polowsky of 27 years; loving mother of Michele (Chris) Uphoff, of Texas, Chad Polowsky (Christie Gazdich), of Elizabeth, Heather Polowsky (Brian Armour), of Ohio, Jessie Polowsky (Jonathan Holshue), of McKeesport, Jeremy Polowsky (Ashton Knox), of East McKeesport, and Elizabeth (Jon) Gabriel, of Greensburg; adoring and caring grandmother of 15; beloved daughter of Cecelia and Edward Fischer, of East Pittsburgh; sister of Cel (the late Mike) Lovis, of East Pittsburgh, Cindy Caldarelli (Dan Reed), of North Braddock, Ed Fischer (Geri Marburger), of East Pittsburgh, and the late Carole McIntyre; lifelong best friend of Debbie Jordan and her children, Kelli, Mikey and Sara. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was like a second mother to anyone who walked through her door through high school and beyond. Her grandchildren were her everything and she loved them with all her heart. Friends will be welcome 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Church of the Good Shepherd Parish. In lieu of fresh cut flowers, the family requests plant arrangements or donation to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Reed IV, James H. 66

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1947-09-23
  • Died: 2014-09-06
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • James H. "Jeff" Reed IV, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Born Sept. 23, 1947, Jeff was the son of the late James H. Reed III and the late Louise Snowdon Reed. He is survived by his sisters, Carolyn Reed Orr and Anica Reed Smith (David). He is also survived by his nephews, James R. Orr (Kathy Wells), Robert W. Orr, Thomas E. Orr (Lauren) and Brian B. Smith (Kelly); and by his great-nephews, Henry D.B. Smith and Charles W. Smith. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Cocoa. He was preceded in death by his beloved friend, Martha Love Rosen. Jeff graduated from Howe Military Academy and from Emerson College. He was the owner of Reed Marketing Group. Friends were received from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday at McCABE BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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Renckly, Eugene F. 99

  • Formerly of McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-07
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Eugene F. "Gene" Renckly, 99, formerly of McCandless, made his way up to God on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. He resided at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community of Cranberry Township. He was the cherished husband of Elizabeth A. (Klein) Renckly for 68 wonderful years; loving father of Ron (MaryLou) Renckly, of Southport, N.C., Joe Renckly, of Pittsburgh, Susan (Bob) Foley, of Cranberry Township, and Ellen Dolegowski, of Louisville, Ky.; grandfather of six; and great-grandfather of three. Gene was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army as a staff sergeant to the Army port commander at Guadalcanal. He worked his entire career with Block Brothers of Wheeling, W.Va., retiring in 1980 as regional sales manager. Gene was a skilled bridge player and was known as "Director" for 25 years, running the Tuesday morning Silver Tops duplicate bridge at Pine Creek and Baierl YMCA. He was a longtime usher at St. Alexis Church in Wexford and most recently a member of St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Township. He knew how to hold 'em -- cards, drinks, friends, and will be remembered lovingly for his quick wit, sharp mind, entertaining jokes and unique custom made greeting cards. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. Services entrusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Rose Sr., Richard A. 53

  • West View
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Rose Sr., 53, of West View, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was a son of the late Wilbur D. Sr. and Edith (Kirsch) Rose; beloved husband of Sandy (Datum) Rose; father of Ricky and the late Brandi Rose; grandfather of Alexandra and Jadelyn; and brother of Roy Rose, William K. Rose and the late Wilbur D. Rose Jr. Family will welcome friends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday following visitation. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Salerno, Jeffrey R. 51

  • Hays
  • Died: 2014-08-27
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Jeffrey R. Salerno, 51, of the Hays section of Pittsburgh, died at home on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie Stanley; son, Cory Stanley; and daughter, Kelsey Salerno. He was a son of the late Judith Ann Huff; and brother of the late Judy Ann Salerno. He also is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins; his father, Ronald Salerno; and brother, Matthew Salerno. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service/celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Stanley/Salerno compound in Hays. Arrangements entrusted to the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, Munhall.
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Schweitzer, Carl A. 90

  • Mt. Troy
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Hughes, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Carl A. Schweitzer, 90, of Mt. Troy, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was the beloved son of the late Charles and Fredericka Pauline (Reimonld) Schweitzer; beloved brother of Erwin "Boobie" (and the late Lee) Schweitzer, Paula (Ed) Kauffman and the late Olga Scholl, Helen Kohler and Norman Schweitzer; and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Carl served his country in the Army during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Troy Volunteer Fire Company and the Corinthian Lodge No. 573, F and AM Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Syria Shriners AAONMS, American Legion Post 565 and the VFW Post 7090. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday only at the HUGHES FUNERAL HOME INC., 1501 Lowrie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (Troy Hill), where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with L.M. Ron Pederson officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Reserve Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Mt. Troy United Church of Christ, 2023 East Homestead St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Tatum, Mary A. 84

  • Formerly of Plum
  • Born: 1929-10-01
  • Died: 2014-09-09
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Tatum, formerly of Plum, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. She was born Oct. 1, 1929, to Charles and Mary (Kiroli) Flinko. Survivors include her daughter, Denise (Patrick) King, of Elizabethtown; grandchildren, William (Rebecca) King and Tracy (Mark) Easteadt; great-grandchildren, Drew, Michael and Abigail Easteadt; and sister of Victor (Audrey) Flinko and Margaret (Samuel) Carioli. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Tatum; brothers, Charles and Michael Flinko; and sister, Ann DeMichiei. Services and interment will be private for the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE JR. FUNERAL HOME.
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Thomas, Martha H.

  • Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Martha H. (Zgeb) Thomas, of Wilkinsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 54 years to William H. Jr.; and loving mother of Patricia "Patty" Chedwick and her husband, Harry, of Leeper, and Kathleen Ludwig, of Baldwin. Family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Todd Jr., Robert C. 82

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert Charles Todd Jr., 82, of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family. He is survived by Barbara Scheetz Todd, his wife of 56 years; his daughters, Lisa Todd and her husband, Roman Kyshakevych, of Fox Chapel, Barrie Todd Dahl and her husband, Kent of Atlanta, Ga.; sons, David Todd of Fox Chapel, and Jeffrey Todd and his wife, Ann, of Fox Chapel; and six grandchildren, Melissa, Hilary and Caroline Dahl and Chester, Adeline and Wilson Todd. Bob grew up in Edgewood, the only son of Robert and Darrell Todd. He attended Shady Side Academy and graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1950. He graduated from Yale University in 1954 and served in the Navy from 1954 to 1957, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He married Barbara in 1958 and they lived in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to Pittsburgh upon his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1959. Bob joined PNC Bank, where he worked for 28 years, retiring as a senior vice president. In 1987, he became President of Merchants National Bank and later became President of Farmers National Bank both in Kittanning. His keen mind, sharp wit and easy smile made Bob a valued friend. He had the gift of listening without interrupting or judging and he gave each person his full attention. Bob was an optimistic realist who valued generosity and humor more than power and position. He cherished family, friends and faith. Bob was an accomplished athlete who was happiest when he was with his family or playing a sport and ideally doing both together. Throughout his life he loved watching the Steelers and Pirates, as well as Pitt and Duke Basketball. He could often be found on the sidelines supporting his children and grandchildren as they played whatever sports were in season. Bob and Barbara loved to travel and visited many countries on six continents. They enjoyed summers at Ross Mountain and winters in Naples, Fla. A pillar of the community, Bob had a heart for service. He served on the Boards of both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Chatham University for more than 20 years. He was the Chairman of the Board of Harmarville Rehabilitation Center and served on the governing bodies of the Fox Chapel Borough Council, the Fox Chapel District Association and Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Bob was a member of Fox Chapel Golf Club, Ross Mountain Club and Bear's Paw Country Club. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, where the memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church 384 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Shady Side Academy 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
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Van Dine, Alan C. 81

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Alan C. Van Dine, 81, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at home in Pittsburgh. An author, illustrator and advertising agency director, Mr. Van Dine was a prolific and gifted humorist, writer and artist, working up until a few days before his death. He wrote several books, including Unconventional Builders; Clyde Hare's Pittsburgh; The All New Encyclopedia of Advertising / 15 % Off; If Instead of Apes We Had Come from Grapes We Wouldn't Just Yet Be Wine; and his latest, published earlier this year, Fateful Encounters: Fourteen of the World's Shortest Graphic Novels. His columns have also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Parents Magazine, The Saturday Review and a host of other publications. Mr. Van Dine was born in Ford City and grew up in Kittanning. A graduate of Duquesne University, he started his career as editorial director for a chain of six small newspapers in the Three Rivers area. He went on to work as associate creative director for BBDO advertising agency in Pittsburgh. In 1971, he and partners, Rick Horton and Maggie Palyo, founded their own agency, Van Dine Horton, a creative agency that handled a wide range of accounts, including projects for Koppers Company, Alcoa, Heinz, Dodge Motors, Cracker Jack and Loyola Marymount College - and just about every notable corporation, university, non-profit organization and wild-eyed entrepreneur in Pittsburgh. Over the years, the agency's partnership evolved and after a merger with Humphrey Herbert Alber in 1989, became Van Dine Humphrey. He retired from advertising in 2000. But he didn't stop working. In addition to his two last books, Mr. Van Dine also wrote sharp-witted articles and light verse for his blog, "and the horse you rode in on" (horse-you-rode-in-on.com). His final post was made just a few days before his death. He was an avid golfer and a member of Kittanning Country Club where he caddied as a teenager, next to his childhood home. Mr. Van Dine enjoyed his coffee and his friends, and regularly met with the "Council of Elders" at the Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill. He leaves behind his wife, Holly Van Dine, of Pittsburgh; his brothers, Wayne (Rose) Van Dine, of Weirton, Va., and Gilbert (Carol) Van Dine, of Chicago; four children, Lynn (Tim Weller), of Massachusetts, Mark (Carol Falvey), of Massachusetts, Barbara (Rick Wallace), of California, and Michael (Conchita Perales) Van Dine, of California; two stepchildren, Laura Shefler (Raymond Yee), of California, and Alex Shefler (Mary Jo Maggio), of Dormont; six grandchildren; and former wife, Joan More, of California. He was predeceased by his sisters, Constance Torisky and Carol Stapleton; and his grandson, Maxwell Van Dine. A reception for family and friends celebrating his life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at his home, 6636 Kinsman Road, Pittsburgh. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com).
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Veraldi, Alice 81

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-09-03
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Alice (Dittley) Veraldi, 81, of Whitehall, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James Lewis Veraldi; loving mother of James (Bonita) Veraldi and Susan (Carolyn) Veraldi; proud grandmother of Sarah Shotts and Colin Veraldi; great-grandmother of Hannah, Arden and Jonas; and is also survived by her siblings, Margaret Deiseroth, Ruth Moore, Robert Dittley and Dennis Dittley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Margaret Dittley, and her sister, Betty Ferguson. A special thanks to the nurses of Caring Hospice, especially Patience, for their loving care of Alice. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Welsh, Richard L. 70

  • North Hills
  • Born: 1944-03-31
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Miller, Bellevue | Get Directions
  • Richard Leo Welsh, a North Hills resident and a visionary leader in his profession and a source of strength, warmth and guidance in his family, had his remarkable 12-year battle with stage 4 kidney cancer come to an end Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, when, in the embrace of his loving family, he peacefully passed away at Family Hospice in Lawrenceville. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Mary Nelle McLennan, who was his partner and devoted advocate throughout his illness. He is also survived by his loving children, Patrick (Natasha), Kathleen Welsh Beveridge (Mike) and Shanna Welsh Levin (Doug); and his first wife and the mother of his children, Dolores (Deltondo) Welsh. He was a proud "Pappy" to his five grandchildren, Henry, Aidan and Harlan Welsh and Colin and Keenan Beveridge. Rick was born March 31, 1944, to the late Leo and Ann Welsh. He grew up on Pittsburgh's North Side, the second of five children and treasured brother to Eileen Quolke (late Charles), Maureen Marincic (Vic) and late Joan and Mark. Rick was the beloved son-in-law to Vivian McLennan, of Tennessee, and much-loved "Uncle Rick" to his nephews and nieces, Steve and Scott Quolke, Anne (Quolke) Beatty, Laura (Marincic) Mcgee, David Marincic and Jill (Marincic) Hobbs; and 11 great-nephews and nieces. Rick completed seminary studies with a B.A. in philosophy from St. Vincent College in 1966. He received an M.A. in orientation and mobility from Western Michigan University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. His work in the field of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired people made the most of his talents for listening, counseling, mentoring, humor and leadership as he twice envisioned and guided the consolidation of organizations for improved professional services. He served 12 years as superintendent of the Maryland School for the Blind, eight years as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind and seven years president of Pittsburgh Vision Services. Rick conceived and co-edited the first textbook for the orientation and mobility profession and two subsequent editions. His influential work helped to professionalize the field and was recognized often as he received the pinnacle awards of his profession for outstanding leadership, publication, commitment and service, including the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award and induction into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., 460 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Assumption in Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the American Association for Cancer Research or the Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. http://www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com.
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Wenteker, Amalie

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1920-10-09
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Amalie Wenteker passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Mt. Lebanon. Born Oct. 9, 1920, in Darregueira, Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jacob and Amalie (Lipps) Wenteker, she was the eldest daughter of 10 children. When Amalie wasn't helping her mother care for her younger siblings, she could be found riding horses in the countryside at the edge of the Pampas where she lived. Much of her adulthood was spent in New York where she worked as a professional nanny in Manhattan. Though she had no children of her own, Amalie was truly a mother to many. Even into her later years she would reach across a pew to relieve a distressed mother and calm her crying child. Amalie was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings including genealogist, where in addition to helping others discover their family history, she researched her own -- Wolinia and Volga Germans who fled political unrest in Europe and immigrated to Argentina at the end of the 19th century. Proficient in three languages, Amalie had many talents. She used them to volunteer her time at the United Nations, and to crochet and quilt numerous items for the LDS Humanitarian Aid Fund. She also learned to pilot a plane and loved to travel. She could be found in Katmandu, Nepal, on the beaches of NSW, Australia, viewing the Mediterranean from Gibraltar, walking in Tokyo, Japan, cruising the Danube River in Romania or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania among many other locations across the globe. She was proud of her US citizenship and a longtime supporter of the Republican Party. She is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends who love and will remember her fondly. Friends welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral service at 12 p.m. Thursday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 46 School St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Entombment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Wierzbowski, Dennis Dino J. 63

  • Penn Hills , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Dino" Wierzbowski, 63, of Penn Hills, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen J. (Erdeljac) Wierzbowski; loving father of Dr. April (Marc) Kwiatkowski, Lisa (Brian) Kaylor and Paul (Brianne) Wierzbowski; grandfather of Marc Jr., Camryn, Luke and Temi; son of the late Anthony and Catherine (Pupich) Wierzbowski; brother of Anthony Wierzbowski and the late Betty Ann Harshaw; also survived by his loyal companion, Jett Wiz; and many loving nieces. Dennis was a 40-year employee of the original Lawrenceville Screw Co. (LSC), was an avid Lionel Model Train collector and he loved to fish. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Family and friends will be received 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Yano, Mary Anne 80

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary Anne (Schrum) Yano, 80, of Munhall, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. She was born in North Washington Township, a daughter of the late Raymond and Anna Schrum; loving wife to the late Joseph J. Yano; beloved mother of Liz (Ken) Mrazik, Cathy (Nick) Rosus, Michael (Lourdes) Yano and the late Joseph M. Yano; cherished grandmother of Kristina and Grace Anna Rosus and Joseph and Mike Yano; and sister of Frances Milie and Raymond Schrum and the late Warren Schrum. Mary Anne was a retired registered nurse with Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Mary Anne's name. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Brown, Dorothy 96

  • Ligonier
  • Born: 1918-05-23
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Ligonier | Get Directions
  • Dorothy Johnston Brown, 96, of Ligonier, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Ligonier Gardens. She was born May 23, 1918, in Ligonier, a daughter of the late Ira J. and Mary Ferry Johnston. Dorothy was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and a past matron of the former Fort Ligonier Chapter No. 349 OES. Prior to retirement, Dorothy worked for the former Blue Ridge Restaurant and Ruff's Jewelry Store. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Brown; stepdaughter, Mary Jane Kaminsky; and brother, Edward H. Johnston. She is survived by three stepchildren, Charles T. Brown Jr., Frances May Ludwig and Shirley Ann McFarland; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Ardyth Hill officiating. Private Interment will follow in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy's name to the Ligonier Gardens.
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Bunda-Houser, Arlene 62

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-09-13
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Arlene Bunda-Houser, 62, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Jeff; loving mother of John and Albert Bunda and Samatha Pinkerton.; and grandmother of Tabatha and Donnie Pollard. Friends received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, 412-823-4054. Service will follow at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home. http://www.kutchfuneralhomes.org.
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Cain Jr., William Bill D. 86

  • Export
  • Born: 1927-10-15
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • William D. "Bill" Cain Jr., 86, of Export, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Oct. 15, 1927, in White Valley, a son of the late William D. Sr. and Anna (Ruylak) Cain. Bill was a retired owner/operator truck driver who hauled steel for many years. He went on to become manager of Mosside Lanes in Pitcairn. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the Army, who enjoyed spending time at his camp in Big Bear Lake, W.Va. He was an avid wood worker and Pittsburgh Pirates fan but his biggest pleasure was to be in the company of his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Philip Cain; a sister, Agnes Tranchini; brothers-in-law, Frank Tranchini, George Scarlett and Fred Schreiver; sister-in-law, Mary Cain; nephew, David Cain; and a niece, Nancy Clark. Surviving is his loving wife, of 62 years Betty (Brunecke) Cain; three loving daughters, Donna (Richard) Miller, of Irwin, Cindy (Daniel) Hopper, of Harrison City, and JoAnn (Gary) Rosenberger, of Murrysville; four cherished grandchildren, Joseph Rosenberger, Michael (Julie) Hopper, Melanie Miller and Richard Miller III; four siblings, Ruth Scarlett, of Hudson Ohio, Esther Schreiver of Virginia Beach, Va., Thomas (Coralen) Cain, of Madison, Miss., and Judy (Don) Rivardo, of Export; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be welcome from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with military honors accorded by the Greenburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Kuhn Sr., Edward M. 81

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Born: 1932-10-04
  • Died: 2014-09-11
  • Funeral Home: Saloom- Rega, Mt. Pleasant | Get Directions
  • Edward M. Kuhn Sr., 81, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian. Ed was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Milton S. and Kathryn Hostoffer Kuhn. Ed was a former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, a 1950 Graduate of Ramsay High School, where he participated on the varsity teams of baseball, track, basketball and football graduating with 12 varsity letters. Ed later went on to play professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox and was inducted into the FayWest Hall of Fame in 1986. He excelled at golf holding a single digit handicap, attaining three holes-in-one and was a competitive bowler, winning numerous trophys. He was a Korean War veteran having served with the Army as a helicopter mechanic, a member of American Legion Post 446 Mt. Pleasant, VFW Post 3368 and the former Mt. Pleasant Elks. Ed was a butcher by profession and was the co-owner of the Hostoffer Meat Packing Service, Mt. Pleasant, and later was employed by the food service department at St. Vincent College, Latrobe. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Evelyn King Kuhn; children, Edward M. Kuhn Jr. and Jeffrey Berry, of Greensburg, Lynn Kuhn, of Acme, Lori Kuhn, of Mt. Pleasant, and David Kuhn and his wife, Barbara, of McMurray; his grandchildren, Synclaire Evelyn and Karsyn Marie; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis Radebaugh, Carl King, Curtis King, Lillian King, Dorothy Kuhn, Paul King, John King and Linda King; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ed was the last member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Kay Marks and Carol Radebaugh; a brother, James "Jess" Kuhn; brothers-in-law, Robert Marks, William King, Robert King, Michael Pasko and Sam Miller; sisters-in law, Mary Miller, Ramona Pasko and Linda King; and a niece, Vickie King. Visitation was held this past Sunday at SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, 724-547-2122, where services were held this past Monday. Interment full military honors conducted by American Legion Post, 446 Mt. Pleasant, followed in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Please visit http://www.saloom-rega.com to send a condolence. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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Matura, Ann V. 92

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1922-08-11
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Ann V. (Doyle) Matura, 92, of Greensburg, formerly of Level Green, passed away Monday Sept. 15, 2014, in the Newhaven Court at Lindwood, Hempfield Township. Ann was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Beno and Augusta (Vincent) Lantermo. Ann was retired from Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh and was a member of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Murrysville. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Matura, in 2010. Ann is survived by her son, Dennis (Joanne) Doyle, of Greensburg; her granddaughter, Allison (Col. Charles, Army) Grindle, of Carlisle; her two great-grandchildren, Caroline and Claire Grindle; her stepson, Tom (Christine) Matura, of Homestead; her brother Donald P. Lantermo, of Hempfield Township; and a special niece, Diana (Butch) Miller, of Irwin. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, with Monsignor James Gaston as celebrant. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. THE JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of one's choice. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Pedder, David 54

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East Mckeesport | Get Directions
  • David Pedder, 54, of North Huntingdon, tragically passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was a son of Henry Pedder and the late Marjorie Ellis; stepson of Karen Pedder; loving brother of Carl, Henry and Melinda Pedder and Elizabeth Pedder-Breegle, Patricia Puzak, Marjorie Puzak and Pamela Austin; and also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. David was the oldest of eight siblings. He served in the Army at Quantico, Va., for four years after attending Norwin High School. He liked to shoot pool, to hunt and to fish with his friends. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054, where a service will follow at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the funeral home. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Butler County

Sain, Amy J. 36

  • Seven Fields
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Amy J. (Wawrykow) Sain, 36, of Seven Fields, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Jerry D. Sain; loving mother of Riley and Ryan; beloved daughter of Theodore and Lorraine Wawrykow; sister of Joseph C. Wawrykow (Dominique); daughter-in-law of Donald and Leah (Dowie) Sain; sister-in-law of Diane Marzula (John), Lisa Jennings (William), Douglas Sain (Leanne), Paula Canterino (Joseph), Debbie Sain, Robert Campana (Martha) and Jackie Means (Walker); also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, time and location will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Amy Sain Recovery Fund care of PNC Bank, 1340 Freedom Road, Cranberry, PA 16066.
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Washington County

Fickenscher, Paul H. 97

  • McMurray
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Paul H. Fickenscher, 97, of McMurray, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. Paul met his wife, Peggy, on a blind date in Cleveland, Ohio. They married and moved to Pittsburgh, where Paul worked as an electrical engineering salesman with Clark Control, A.O. Smith and GE until he was 83 years old. Paul and Peg spent nearly 60 years in Peters Township, raising three children, Paul William, Gwen and Dee. Paul was an EE graduate of Penn State in 1939 and was Delta Sigma Phi. He was very active in the community as a Republican Committeeman, and a member of the Lions Club, Socialaires and Boy Scouts, as he himself was an Eagle Scout. Paul spent his last years wonderfully cared for at Friendship Village. He is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in the St. Clair Room at Friendship Village, 1290 Boyce Road, Upper St. Clair. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Peters Township Parks and Recreation Department, attention: Michele Harmel, 610 East McMurray Road, McMurray, PA 15317, to establish a park bench in memory of Paul and Peg Fickensher. Please view or add tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Fitzgerald, Mary A. 77

  • Died: 2014-09-15
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann Fitzgerald, 77, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was the devoted wife of and is survived by Richard M. Fitzgerald, married for 55 years, and blessed with five children, Father Richard "Marty" Fitzgerald Jr., Maureen (Bill) Groves, Tim (Audrey) Fitzgerald, Brian (Cristy) Fitzgerald and Bill (Jodi) Fitzgerald; and 12 grandchildren, Maddie, Michael Kaleigh, Mary, Meghan, McKenzie, Molly, Erin, Connor, TJ, Riley and Rachel. Mary Ann was a giver, always caring for others and looking for ways to make the world brighter. In her early life she taught second grade in Whitehall School District. After leaving that profession to raise her children, she later worked with her husband, Richard, at Taylor's Pharmacy in Washington, Pa., where she ran the old-fashioned soda fountain and candy counter. She loved her family, her pets, the garden, the beach and traveling. She and her husband are founding members of St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Peters Township. She is also survived by her sisters, Carolyn (Dan) Buckley, of Canonsburg, and Nancy (Jim) Haller, of Austin, Texas; and her brother Harry (Sally) Fleck, of Melbourne Beach, Fla. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. 724-941-3211. Friends will be welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at St. Benedict the Abbot Church, 120 Abington Lane, McMurray. Everyone please meet at the church. Inurnment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093. Please add or view Tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Huston, Jean 82

  • Erie , Formerly of Monroeville
  • Born: 1931-11-04
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Burton Westlake, Erie | Get Directions
  • Jean (Herbert) Huston, 82, of Erie, formerly of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at St. Vincent Health Center. She was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Orefield, a daughter of the late Edgar and Irene Smith Herbert. Jean earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Duquesne University and went on to teach music for East Allegheny and McKeesport School Districts for many years until her retirement in 1997. She enjoyed gardening, teaching music and cross stitching. She was an avid reader, a choir director and enjoyed many summers at Shin Pond, Maine, with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, John; two brothers, Edgar Jr. and William Herbert; and her sister, Betty Rockmaker. She is survived by five children, Barbara Carrier and her husband, Vaughn of Mayport, Linda Huston and Lawrence Fiesler of Lake City, Thomas Huston and his wife, Beverly, of Cranberry Township, Sarah Oliver and her husband, Robert, of Erie, and Peter Huston and his wife, Amy, of Bethel Park; three grandchildren, Connor John Huston, Samantha Jean Huston and Edric Craven; and a sister, Irene Held. Arrangements are entrusted to BURTON WESTLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 3801 West 26th St., Erie, PA 16506. Burial will follow at a future date to be determined at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Memorials may be made to West Lake Woods Employee Fund, 3302 West Lake Road, Erie, PA 16505 or the Alzheimer's Association of Northwestern, PA 1128, State St., Ste 301, Erie, PA, 16501. Send condolences at http://www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.
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Michura, Catherine M. 59

  • Mechanicsville, Md.
  • Born: 1955-08-06
  • Died: 2014-09-08
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Catherine Marie (Brilhart) Michura, 59, of Mechanicsville, Md., passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., surrounded by family. Born Aug. 6, 1955, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late James R. and Anna (Sedor) Brilhart. Cathy was a 1973 graduate of Clairton High School and a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. Cathy enjoyed her '54 Chevy and was a member of the Southern Knights Rod and Custom Club. She loved her cats, antiques and stuffed bear collection. Cathy was a John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy enthusiast. She loved flying, but her true passion was spending time at her cottage and the beach. Besides her parents, Cathy was predeceased by her brother, John Brilhart. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Richard "Rick" Michura; her sisters, Patricia Roberts and Linda (David) Provins; her brother, Tim (Barb) Brilhart; her sisters-in-law, Linda Brilhart and Sharon (Gil) Jones; brother-in-law, John (Dolly) Michura; godchildren (niece/nephew), Traci and Matthew Provins; nephew, John (Jennifer) Roberts Jr.; nieces, Marianne (Henry) Lassige and Kaely and Nicole Brilhart, Kim Cheney, Heather (Ross) Miller and Tamara (Garrick) Kruis; and great-nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends were received for Catherine's Memorial Life Celebration of Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Charlotte Hall, Md. Friends will be received for a memorial gathering from 5 to 8 p.m., the time of services, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Church, 460 Reed St., Clairton, PA 15025. Everyone please meet at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or an animal shelter of the donor's choice. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Spolar, Carole 92

  • Formerly of Butler
  • Born: 1921-10-20
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Thompson-Miller, Butler | Get Directions
  • Carole Spolar, 88, formerly of Butler, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, of heart failure, at home with her husband of 63 years and their children. Carole Spolar lived a life of encouraging others. She was a mother and grandmother who saw challenges, the possibilities of success and failure, as adventures. Born on a farm in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, she milked cows, rode horses, killed chickens for Sunday suppers and helped run the family dairy with her parents and three siblings. She knew the deprivations of the Great Depression but she rarely spoke about them. Family was a bulwark in tough times and the stories she shared from her upbringing were laced with laughter if some tears. She became a United States Citizen after she married, but returned often to Canada, most recently in 2012 for a big family wedding. Mr. Spolar is the retired president of Bank Pittsburgh, formerly known as Pittsburgh Home Savings and Loan, which later merged into First Commonwealth Bank. The Spolars lived in Penn Township, near the Butler Country Club, for nearly 50 years. They moved to Vincentian Villa in 2011 and in July 2013 to Sunrise Senior Living in McCandless. The couple attended church at La Roche College in their last years. Over her lifetime, Mrs. Spolar was a member of Holy Sepulcher Catholic Church in Butler, where she helped with annual summer bazaars, and the Penn Township Women's Club, where she planned fundraisers and fashion shows. But she focused her most enviable skills on her family. She sewed clothes, designed hats, upholstered furniture, nurtured fields of flowers every summer, made jams and jellies and, through good hard work, she set standards. She encouraged her three daughters as well as her son, toward university - all eventually earned master's degrees - and she urged them to travel. With her husband, years later, she traveled to Paris, London, Rome and elsewhere in Europe. One of her favorite expressions was a simple approach to life, "You never know unless you try." Her children attended Knoch High School in Saxonburg; two, as teenagers, were awarded summer study abroad scholarships, one in Switzerland and another in Turkey. Mrs. Spolar opened her home to foreign exchange students from Panama, Jordan and Switzerland - in part because she knew what it was like to be without family in a new country, in part because she wanted her children to know the world. In her later years, those exchange students would still phone "Mom Spolar" on holidays. Her last phone conversation with one was on Mother's Day this year: Mayrin Canto, an exchange student from Panama, who attended Knoch in 1985 with her youngest daughter, Cathleen, called to check on her. Born Oct. 20, 1921, Mrs. Spolar suffered memory loss in her last years but, even then, she handled hardship with grace. She grew matter-of-fact, if frustrated, about the fog of aging and laughed at times about the lapses. "What are we doing here?" she asked a year ago this month, as she sat in a hotel lobby amid the hubbub and preparations for the marriage of her grandson, Stephen Shepard. When reminded that all were gathered for her first grandchild's wedding, she chuckled and shrugged amiably, "Oh I knew that." Later, she was photographed just outside the church door, greeting the bride and groom and beaming. That night, she took turns dancing with her son and grandsons until midnight. Carole Spolar is survived by husband, Stephen; children, Stephen (Jody), of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Carole (Mark) Shepard, of Wexford, Christine, of London, England, and Cathleen (Mark) Roberts and son, Julian, of Biloxi, Miss.; grandchildren including, Stephen (Molly) Shepard, of New York, Andrew Shepard, of Chicago, Ill., Maureen Shepard, of Los Angeles, Calif., Matthew Spolar, of New York, Ellen Spolar, of Washington, D.C., and Zachary Spolar, of Miami, Fla.; and brother, Andrew (Enola) Stilin, of Sault Ste. Marie. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 East North St., Butler. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Holy Sepulcher Church, 1304 East Cruikshank Road, Butler. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Holy Sepulcher Building Fund.
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