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Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

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Al Sovek was old-school and honest about who he was, his daughter said. “He was a traditional man-of-the-house kind of guy. He worked. He provided for ...

Firefighter rose through ranks to chief

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When Larry Glass was growing up in Plum in the 1970s, his father would gather his four sons around the television on Saturday nights to ...

Veteran, volunteer never grew tired of serving

By Tory N. Parrish
Al Sovek was old-school and honest about who he was, his daughter said. “He was a traditional man-of-the-house kind of guy. He worked. He provided for ...

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Acklin, Keith 41

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-01-06
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Keith Acklin, 41, of Pitcairn, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. He was a beloved son of the late Wayne and Jean Acklin; father of Brianna and William; brother of Tammy Acklin; uncle of Kiara Jean; also aunts, uncle and cousin and friends. Memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. John Lutheran Church, 715 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15139. Arrangements by THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., Swissvale. http://www.niedfuneral.com.
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Allerton Jr., Charles Chuck C. 66

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1948-01-30
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Charles C. "Chuck" Allerton Jr., 66, of Ross Township, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 30, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Charles C. Allerton Sr. and Josephine (McKuta) Allerton. He was a graduate of North Hills High School. He then went on to further his education at Duquesne University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the University of Pittsburgh for his Master of Business Administration. Chuck was a certified professional accountant, having worked for Arthur Young, Allegheny International, Highmark Blue Cross, Alcoa and finally retiring with IBM. His career found him traveling across the country where he made quite a number of friends and developed a tight knit group of business associates. While at home, he and his wife also cherished the times they had with their close friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Renee L. (Gordon) Allerton; and his sons, Charles C. Allerton III, Colin Gordon Allerton and Corey Lee (Gretchen Boehm) Allerton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Hiland Presbyterian Church. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, http://www.michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Benedict, Andy J. 92

  • Robinson Township
  • Born: 1923-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Somma, Robinson Township | Get Directions
  • Andy J. Benedict, 92, of Robinson Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Born Jan. 1, 1923, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Andy and Katherine V. Benedict. Mr. Benedict was retired from the Parkway West Area Technical School since 1988. He was the husband of Dorothy Pavolko Benedict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Damon S.; his sisters, Mary Denuzzio and Lucille Mendicino; brothers, Damon, Mark, Derry and Benny. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A.; sons, Andy John (Margaret), Michael A. (Vicky), George J. and Jon A. (Rose); four grandchildren, Derek (Lindsay), Max (Whitney), Haley (Nick) Heslip and Megan (Ryan) Melvin; and six great-grandchildren, Milana, Natalia and Jack Benedict and Evelyn, Audrey and Nathan Heslip. Mr. Benedict was a veteran of World War II. He graduated from the Stuttgart Flying School with the Aviation Cadet Class of 44-B. He was a commissioned officer and the B-24 bomber pilot with the 15th Air Force, based at Manduria, Italy. Mr. Benedict attained the rank of first lieutenant after flying 23 missions over Nazi territory, ranging from Toulon, France in the West, Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria in the North and to one of the most heavily defended targets in Europe, the Ploesti, Romania oil fields and refineries in the East. Mr. Benedict participated in the following battles and campaigns: Southern France, PO Valley, Air Combat Balkans, Rome Arno and Northern Apennines. His decorations and citations included: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Service Medal, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, World War II Victory Medal and Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic Medal. Mr. Benedict was a member of the 15th Air Force, 450th Bombardment Group, 723rd Squadron Association. Mr. Benedict was active in the community, serving as an umpire in the Robinson Township Boys Baseball League. He was an officer and member of the Robinson Township Water Authority. It was during his tenure that the water treatment plant near Neville Island was built and put into operation. Mr. Benedict was the head of the Bishop Canevin High School Fund Raising Project for Holy Trinity Parish involvement under the Rev. Kris Kristmalski. After spending 60 years at the graphic arts trade (he was a member of the International Typographical Union, Local No. 7, for 30 years), Mr. Benedict finished his working career teaching graphic arts at the high school level in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Parkway West Area Technical School in North Fayette Township. Mr. Benedict was a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Friends received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH M. SOMMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 5405 Steubenville Pike, Moon Run, Robinson Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Church, Robinson Township. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hopewell Township.
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Bernhart Jr., C. Baker 96

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • C. Baker Bernhart Jr., 96, of Monroeville, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Baker was son of the late Charles Baker and Carolyn (Hopper) Bernhart and was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Wilson) Bernhart. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Anne Salancy and Alexis Jean Lassow (Edward); five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Jean Thomas and the late John Bernhart. Baker was a graduate of Bucknell University and was retired from US Steel, where he had been an electrical engineer. He was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Haymaker Road, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert Marrow, officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow at Cross Roads Cemetery. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Byrne, Michael S. 46

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Michael S. Byrne, 46, of Whitehall, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved son of Rosemarie and the late Raymond "Mike" Byrne; loving brother of Mary Joyce, Jeffrey and the late Thomas Byrne. There will be no visitation or service. Professional services are trusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Cersosimo, Joseph B. 71

  • Kennedy Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Sanvito, Kennedy Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph B. Cersosimo, 71, of Kennedy Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was a son of the late Joseph and Steffie Cersosimo; beloved husband of Diane M. Cersosimo; loving father of Michelina Cersosimo and Brian (Jessica) Cersosimo; brother of Bonita (late Jakie) Cersosimo; and loving grandfather of David, Kaylee, Mary, Mikki and Livianna. Joe was a current board member of the Forest Grove Sportsmen's Club and a past board member of Allegheny County Sportsmen's League. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the ANTHONY J. SANVITO FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Broadway, Stowe/Kennedy Township. Prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Malachy Church, Kennedy Township. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.
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Condron Jr., James E. 68

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • James E. Condron Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Beatrice; loving father of Jeffrey Michaiski, Anna (Kevin) Dudek, Camilea Andrews and Jamie Michalski; grandfather of 12; and great-grandfather of 10. Visitation has been postponed due to family illness until 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until the time of service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th Streets, Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Demyan, Joseph 81

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph Demyan, 81, of Pleasant Hills, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine (Leech) Demyan; loving father of Jay (Kim), Mark (Teresa), Patti (Terry) Jacob and Karen (Ken) Sagel; proud Pap Pap of Amber, Matt, Nicolle, Tony and Julie; also survived by four great-grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers. Joe was a member of Health and Welfare Local Union No. 23, working as produce manager for Giant Eagle and being with them for 42 years. He was a proud Army veteran and longtime member of American Legion Post 712 in Pleasant Hills. Visitation will be held 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Byzantine Church, 2336 Brownsville Road, Carrick. Donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh PA 15243. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Dykeman, Lois M. 86

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-22
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  • Lois M. Dykeman, 86, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, after an extended illness. She was the beloved mother of Jennifer A. (Dykeman) Foster and husband, Robert, the late Joseph E. Dykeman and the late Robert S. Dykeman; wife of the late Joseph E. Dykeman; grandmother to Graceann E. Foster; aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline (Karstetter) Fries and John Karstetter. Lois was a graduate of Altoona Nursing School and proudly performed her nursing duties for more than 35 years. Most notably, she was head nurse on 6 Main in Shadyside Hospital and she worked in the emergency room at Magee Women's Hospital. Memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 Fifth Ave., at the corner of S. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Interment will be at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Send condolences at simpsonfuneralhome.com/obituary. Donations in lieu of flowers, Myastenia Gravis Association of Western PA. http://www.mgawpa.org.
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Eaglen, Bruce 73

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Bruce Eaglen, 73, of Whitehall, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dorothy Eaglen. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally Eaglen, and was predeceased by a daughter, Tracey Lynn Eaglen. He is also survived by one sister, Phyllis Patterson (Dave); and special furry friend, Mandy. Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Condolences may be posted at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Fleming, Patricia J. 89

  • Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel-Slater, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Patricia Julia Fleming, 89, of Castle Shannon, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Fleming; loving mother of William (Lisa) Fleming; and grandmother of Ian Fleming. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 112 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park, (opposite Macy's South Hill's Village). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Thomas More Church. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Fowkes, William F. 59

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • William F. Fowkes, 59, of Plum Borough, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Gordon and Marcella Fowkes; brother of Robert (Mary Jo) and Lynn Fowkes, Lisa (Robert) Ellwood and Barbara (Bruce) Mastrilli; father of Jesse Fowkes; and stepfather of Jason Vermillion. No visitation or service. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Garofolo, Marybelle C. 85

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Marybelle C. (Beattie) Garofolo, 85, of Monroeville, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Samuel Garofolo Jr. for 64 years. She was the loving mother of Rosemary O'Brien, of Hopewell, Deborah (Darryl) Luther, of McKeesport, and Samuel W. (Lisa) Garofolo, of Monroeville; cherished grandmother of Stacy McClelland Bell, Tom (Emily) O'Brien, Ian (Joanne) McClelland, Michael (Kyra) Garofolo and Nicole Garofolo; and great-grandmother of Dylan and Bryan Bell, Mia, Blake and Troy McClelland. Marybelle is also survived by her precious guardian and therapy dog, Ellie May. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Philip Beattie and her sister, Margaret Calcamp. Marybelle was a proud homemaker, an excellent cook, baker and seamstress and was passionate toward gardening in her remarkable yard. Marybelle enjoyed family trips to their camp in Jefferson County where she taught her children fishing and how to catch worms. Marybelle mostly enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren and all of her family. Friends were received this past Sunday and Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial was this past Tuesday in St. Colman Church. Burial followed in Good Shepherd Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Glass, Lawrence E. 55

  • Plum
  • Born: 1959-08-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Lawrence E. "Larry" Glass, 55, of Plum, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born Aug. 18, 1959, at Braddock Hospital, a son of the late John J. and Patricia (Mattiko) Glass. He was the loving husband of Carol (Kuehn) Glass, and cherished father of Amber E. Glass, of Morehead City, N.C., and Nicholas Glass, of Plum. He was stepfather of Katherine E. and Ryan S. Kuehn, both of Monroeville. Larry was also grandfather of Wyatt, son of Katherine. He is survived by his brothers, John J. Glass Jr., James P. Glass and Paul E. Glass. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a 1977 graduate of Plum High School and attended Warner University where he received a B.S. degree in business management. He also earned an A.S. degree in fire science technology. Larry dedicated his life to fire service and was currently fire chief of Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department in Plum. He was an advocate in educating children and parents in fire prevention. Larry took great pride and satisfaction in the training, mentoring and development of firefighters so they could better serve the community. He was a member of the International Fire Chiefs' Association and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 85. He was employed at the Port Authority of Allegheny County as a bus driver and was later promoted to dispatcher. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Joy Church, 2000 O'Block Road, Plum. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, the Glass family suggest contributions to a college fund set up for Nicholas at Citizens Bank, Route 286, Plum.
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Goldbach, Elizabeth J. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Jane (Graham) Goldbach, 90, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, on her wedding anniversary. She was the beloved wife of the late Clyde Wilson Goldbach; loving mother of Clyde W. (Cida) Goldbach Jr., of Vienna, Va., and James Graham (Ginny) Goldbach, of Carol Stream, Ill.; grandmother of Ricardo, Amy, Rebecca and Gregory; great-grandmother of Owen; and sister of the late William, Eleanor and Isabelle. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747, where a service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Private interment will be at Penn Lincoln Memorial. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to a Breast Cancer organization of one's choice. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Grubbs, Shirley F. 78

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Shirley F. (Driggers) Grubbs, 78, of Turtle Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, after a courageous battle with many health issues including heart disease, lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Shirley has earned her wings. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Evelyn Driggers; and siblings, Tracy, Louise, Jim, Marshall, Kathleen, Curtis and Dorothy. She is the beloved mother of Dr. Charles (Artina) DeNunzio Jr., Lynn Denunzio (Rick) Crowe, John (Nicole) Grubbs and Frank (Dana) Grubbs. She was the loving grandmother of the late Ashlee Grubbs and is survived by seven other grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Betty M. Afton; and an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148, 412-824-4332, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Grandview Cemetery. The family would like to thank Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital CCU and Excela Hospice for the wonderful care that she received.
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Hawthorn Sr., Alfred Al 80

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Alfred "Al" Hawthorn Sr., 80, of Baldwin Borough, unexpectedly died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Irene (Keilback) Hawthorn for more than 55 years; loving father of Kimberly (Kenneth) Finley, of Colorado, Alfred Jr. (Sheri) Hawthorn and David Hawthorn; grandpap of Ashley, Jessica, Christopher and Ethan; and pap of Kyle and Dylan. Al was a longtime and active member of Zion Lutheran Church and a devoted family man. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday in Zion Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Zion Lutheran Church Food Bank, 4301 Brownsville Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Kane, Patricia M. 80

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Patricia M. Kane, 80, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to James D. Kane Sr., loving mother of James D. (Theresa) Kane Jr.; cherished grandma of Connor, Devin and Regan; and sister of Theresa Crew, Gerry Strausser. She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. Pat was a registered nurse for many years in the Forbes Health System. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Fisher Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to American Cancer Society.
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Kielty, Annabelle V. 90

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Annabelle V. (Barth) Kielty, 90, of Hampton Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late William J. Kielty Jr.; daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Barth; loving mother of William J. Kielty III and June A. Kielty; grandmother of Jason and Renee; sister of the late Helen Bihler and Ruth Templin; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Annabelle lived life to the fullest, always put others needs before her own, and her laughter will ring on forever. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Kleeb, Lois S. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lois S. Kleeb, 88, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late George F.; mother of Thomas (Linda) and Robert (Linda) Kleeb; daughter of the late Theodore Russell and Miriam Hickler Schroth; sister of the late Naomi Rabold Fincke; grandmother of Kelli and Jeffrey Kleeb, Talia Gilrain and Kristin Johnson; and is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Lois was the former owner of Bendot's Beauty Shop and also sang in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Choir and the AARP Chorus. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Lau, Ruth D. 67

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Scott Township | Get Directions
  • Ruth Diane (DiPofi) Lau, 67, of Dormont, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the beloved companion and wife of Keith L. Lau; daughter of the late Pio DiPofi and Dorothy Wilson DiPofi; loving mother of Richard, Gerald (Renee), Keith D. (Jennifer) and Shawn (Debbie) Lau; sister of Jackie (late David) Sipe, Pio (Karen) DiPofi, Darlene (Wayne) Falgiani, Michele (Ron) Conley and Dino DiPofi; beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws; and grandmother of Lacey, Lindsay, Ashley, Haley, Jacob, Justin, Sadie, Koral and Jason. Friends welcome from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1810 Belasco Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Everyone please meet at church. Burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. http://www.slaterfuneral.com.
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Lutz, John J. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • John J. Lutz, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Grace Cimillo Lutz; loving father of Jeannie (Don Richards) Lutz, Cathy (Nick) Fortunato, John (Marlene) Lutz and Tony (Kerry) Lutz; grandfather of Melody (Norman) Campbell, Nichole (Jayson) Stonehouse, Tara (Rob) Hammel, Lauren (Dan) Krchmar, Tony, John J., Michael Angelo and Shirleyann Lutz; great-grandfather of Bailey and Jordan Campbell, Ella, Bobby and Reese Hammel and Lyla Krchmar; brother of the late Gert, William, Mae and Jeannie; brother-in-law of Ann (Duke) Gorga, Eva (Joseph) Ciniello and the late Jimmy Cimillo and Marie (Vince) Parino; and is also survived by loving family and friends. Visitations will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC.214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412-381-2323. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Mount Church. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Lyons, Jo Ann 84

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Jo Ann Lyons, 84, of Monroeville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Jo Ann was retired from Giant Eagle, where she was a longtime cashier, and had worked at Monroe Bowl. She is survived by her children, Judith Travers (the late Robert), Robert Lyons (Anne) and Lawrence Lyons (Karen); eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was a sister of Betty Stuber (the late Andrew), the late Richard and late Rita Long, Bonnie Hattman (Sally) and the late John Long. There will be no visitation. The family requests instead of memorial contributions, please go out and do an act of kindness for someone. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Miller, James R. 75

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Miller, 75, of McCandless, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marion (Hutchison) Miller; loving father of James K. Miller (Carolyn), Michelle M. Brungo (the late Craig) and Michael J. Miller (Christine); brother of Marilyn Pentland, Karen Chillcott, John Miller, Nancy Miller, Robert Miller, Richard Miller, Timothy Miller and the late Judy Fletcher; and grandfather of Brittany, Ashley, Allison, Lauren, Robert, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Kelsey and Megan. Jim was a retired McCandless police officer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church.
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Miller Jr., John H. 86

  • Fox Chapel , Formerly of Churchill
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • John Hobart Miller Jr., 86, of Fox Chapel, formerly of Churchill, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Lucille (Wroblewski) Miller; and nine adored children, Karen (Val) Homze, John H. (Jane) Miller III, Lynn Miller, Amy (Frank) Palermo, David James (Teresa) Miller, Martin Miller, Lisa (Steve) Tessier, Christopher (Kim) Miller and Patrick (Melissa) Miller. He was especially proud of his 24 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; brother of Marie Fazio, Rita Bingaman and the late Richard and Raymond Miller; extended family of Jeanne Cimino and Maureen Hergenroeder. His family was the centerpiece of his life. Born in Swissvale, John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1947. He started his own construction firm, John Hobart Miller Inc., in 1956 and expanded the single family home building company and entered the land development business. One of his favorite quips, when asked about being in the development business, was, "You should have what I owe." He was a big believer in giving back to the community and his industry. He served on the Allegheny County Planning Commission, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. He was president of the Builder's Association of Metro Pittsburgh and was awarded the honor of Pittsburgh Builder of the Year twice. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Builder's Association and was awarded Pennsylvania Builder of the Year. He was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan. Friends will be received 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001, Thursday only. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. John Fisher Church, Churchill. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lucy's Guild for the Blind or Forbes Hospice.
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O'Neill, Barbara A. 87

  • Monroeville
  • Born: 1927-12-31
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Barbara Ann O'Neill, of Monroeville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the age of 87. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, to the late Leo and Clara Fleckenstein. Barbara was a devoted wife to Robert Andrew O'Neill Sr., her loving husband of 53 years on earth and 11 more while he's been in heaven. She was a nurturing, loving and supportive mother to her seven children, Mary Anne Knapp, Jeanne Klanchar, Bob, Bill, Paul, Tom and John O'Neill, as well as their wonderful spouses, Brian, Marty, Pat, Terry, Susan, Claudia and Shelly; an encouraging grandma to her 12 grandchildren, Stephen, Brian, Kelly, Tommy, Matthew, Andrew, Cathryn, Christine, Sarah, John Michael, Emma and Katie; an adoring great-grandmother to Owen Thomas; beloved sister of Leo (Betty) Fleckenstein and Mary (Richard) Loeser, of Huntington, W.Va., and Joanie (Bruce) Forrest, of Taylor, Mich., and the late Sister Theresa Fleckenstein, CSJ, Elizabeth Fleckenstein and Leona Hamm; as well as loving aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews and all their delightful children. Barbara was valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Huntington, W.Va., and a graduate of Marshall University. Barbara raised her seven children with an unwavering focus on Christ, love and education. She was a devoted parishioner of North American Martyrs Catholic Church and she prayed daily for her children, husband and friends, as well as the poor, homeless and hungry, throughout the world. She had a huge heart and kind words for everyone, and she never complained, nor wanted anything for herself, except for the love of God, who was clearly with her every moment of her life. In the closing years of her extraordinary life, Barbara was most appreciative of the excellent and loving care provided by her children, neighbors and caregivers, and she thanks them all. She also loved all of the cards, letters, phone calls and Skypes from so many of her friends and relatives that kept her spirits soaring over the years. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in North American Martyrs Church. Interment following at Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Popojas, Dennis J. 61

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1953-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dennis John "Pop" Popojas, 61, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in McKeesport, a son of Albert "Jake" and Theresa Bollas Popojas, of Liberty Borough. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Vicky Carraher Popojas; son, Dennis Popojas, of Pittsburgh; brother, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Popojas, of White Oak; sister, Terrie Lynn (Gary) Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; cousin, Andy (Sandy) Popojas, of North Huntingdon, who was more like a brother to him; niece, Kristina Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; many other cousins and nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Cathy Atkins, of Liberty Borough. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, drinking in the wine and sun. He was active and always moving toward brighter days, but never too busy to help anyone in need. His quick wit made every greeting memorable. He left his kindest words unsaid, but instead spoke with his actions. He will be missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.
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Raynak, Emil W. 94

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1921-01-09
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Emil W. Raynak, 94, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born Jan. 9, 1921, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael and Suzanne (Elko) Raynak, and the husband for 66 years of Marcella (Sedney) Raynak, who predeceased him in 2012. Emil served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as a signalman. He worked 42 years for US Steel, McKeesport-Duquesne Works, retiring in 1983 as the paymaster. Emil was a member of St. Michael's Parish in Elizabeth for many years where he was a long-standing member of the Ushers' Club and formerly, a Eucharistic Minister. He was also involved with the Thomas Merton Center and participated in peace and justice programs, starting with the Vietnam War. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Cynthia (Decker) Raynak, of State College, Christopher and Mary (Spyra) Raynak, of Liberty Borough, and Timothy and Patricia (Blaha) Raynak, of Elizabeth Township; two daughters, Susan Raynak, of McKeesport, and Kathleen Raynak, his primary caregiver, of Elizabeth Township; three grandsons, Sean (Alexis), Ryan (Tara) and Benjamin Raynak; granddaughter, Jessica Raynak; and one great-grandchild, Jameson Raynak. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in St. Michael's Church with Father Thomas Wagner officiating. Procession and burial, with military honors, will follow to St. Mary's Polish Cemetery in White Oak. In lieu of flowers, Emil's family asks that memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Michael's Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 or any Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chapter. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Reams, Bernadine M. 96

  • Reserve Township , Formerly of North Side
  • Born: 1918-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Bernadine M. (Wieprzkowski) Reams, 96, of Reserve Township, formerly of North Side, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Ladislaus and Helen Weiprzkowski. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Reams; mother of the late Gerri (Edward) Chmura; grandmother of Michael (Tracy) Chmura, Marci Chmura, and Mark Chmura; great-grandmother of Melissa, Edward, Jeramey, Henry, Caelan, Nathan, Jordan and Cassidy; and great-great-grandmother of Daphne, Alyssa, Dorian, Kylie, EJ and Gavin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES WEST VIEW, 388 Center Ave., Pittsburgh PA, 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. She was a member of the 1941 Auxiliary Policewomen class, as well as the Christian Mothers of St. Peter Parish and the Oasis Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 110 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please pay tribute with our online condolences at http://www.schellhaasfuneralhome.com.
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Robison, Matthew E. 39

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Matthew E. Robison, 39, of Verona, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Amy E. (Cullumber) Robison; loving father of Andrew, Owen and Mariana; son of Mary Ann Spehar; and brother of Patricia Steinbach and Jeannette Robinson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to help with the children's education fund. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Sandhu, Jagir 89

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Jagir Kaur Sandhu, 89, of Oakmont, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Gurbachan Singh Sandhu; loving mother of Harjeet Davda, Rajinder, Hardev, Jasbir and Amarjit Sandhu; and is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was the sister of Manjit Kaur Sidhu. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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Schneider Jr., John L. 61

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • John L. Schneider Jr., 61, of Emsworth, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved father of Ryan "RJ" Schneider and the late Evan L. Schneider; loving brother of Susann Schneider; son of the late John L. Sr. and Romayne Schneider; and is also survived by several cousins. John was a letter carrier for more than 20 years and was the mailman that all dogs (and cats) loved. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Western PA, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625.
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Skudneski, Leonard A. 70

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Leonard A. Skudneski, 70, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Leonard and Josephine (Rzoska) Skudneski; loving brother of Leonora Hunter; cherished uncle of Stacy, Holly and Kelly; also survived by two great-nieces and five great-nephews. Family and friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Stevens, Jack E. 62

  • Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1952-10-20
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Cremation Funeral Care, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Jack E. Stevens, 62, formerly of the H.J. Heinz VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the University Drive VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh. Mr. Stevens was born Oct. 20, 1952, in West Virginia. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Jack is survived by many of his fellow veterans at the H.J. Heinz VA Medical Center. Interment will be held with full military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Services have been entrusted to CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, Proud Veterans Funeral Care Provider, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 15317, (724)-260-5546. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Trovato, John J. 85

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Cole, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • John J. Trovato, 85, a longtime resident of Sewickley, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Barbara Ann Burckart Trovato (2003); father of Darby Ann Trovato, of Houston, Texas, Jerry (Sandy) Trovato, of Sewickley, John "Nuke" ( Debra) Trovato, of Sewickley, and Jim (Julie) Trovato, of Bell Acres. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister, Teresa Trovato Hodges, of Louisiana. Friends were received this past Tuesday in THE RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this past Wednesday, with Father Thomas J. Burke as celebrant. Interment followed in St. James Cemetery.
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White, Rev. Paul 78

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Wilkes-Barre
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mitred Archpriest Paul "Red" White, 78, of West Mifflin, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Homestead, and was the son of the late Sue Maxwell White (John) Homer and the late Reynolds White. He was the husband of the late Matushka Pauline Babilya White, who died April 22, 2010. Father Paul was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, and was ordained as a priest in December 1970 at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Crossingville, St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen, St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for 28 years. He was a member of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and the church choir there, the Pittsburgh Russian Orthodox Male Chorus and the Northeastern Balalaika Group. He is survived by his sons, David (Kera) White, of Memphis, Tenn., and Mark White, of West Mifflin; daughters, Tanya (Very Rev. Andrew D.) Nelko, of Campbell, Ohio, and Natasha (Rev. Dimitri D.) Ermakov, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Kristianna, Anastasia, Andrew, Nathanael, Nadia, Tatyana, Justina, Mark, Samantha, Kristina, Alexandra, Natalia, Ksenia, Maria and Dimitri II; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Lily and Yelena. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Panihida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre. Burial of a Priest service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with the Very Rev. Andrew D. Nelko and the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov as concelebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Centralia. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Westmoreland County

Best, Charles D. 77

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1938-01-01
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Charles Dean Best, 77, of North Irwin, died at home Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Greensburg, and was the first baby born in Westmoreland County in 1938. He was the son of the late Albert Charles and Helen Dorothy (Saunders) Best. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Schade) Best; two daughters, Susan Best (David) Parker, of Concord, N.C., and Sandra Best (Scott) Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; two granddaughters, Brigitte Jana and Annaliese Piper Maxwell, of Slippery Rock; an adopted sister, Jeanne Best Lentz James, of Richmond, Va.; a sister-in-law, Jean Schade (Floyd) Grosz; two brothers-in-law, John (Bobbi) Schade and Harry (Sandy) Schade; also nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles graduated from Irwin-North Irwin High School, and belonged to the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Norwin Elks. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed the outdoors, especially bass fishing. Honoring Charles wishes, there will be no viewing or services. Cremation services are provided by the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Irwin. For online condolences, please visit http://www.williamsnyderfuneralservices.com.
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Bruno, Elizabeth L. 87

  • Harrison City
  • Born: 1927-09-04
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (Petrusky) Bruno, 87 of Harrison City, formerly of Trafford, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. Betty was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Brisbin, the daughter of the late Emery and Ellen (Bizub) Petrusky. Betty was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford and its former Altar Rosary Society. She retired as a Registered Nurse from Braddock Hospital with more than 30 years of service. She trained as an Army Cadet Nurse at the end of World War II, was a member of the Homestead Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, the ISDA Forest Hills Lodge No. 224 and was an avid bowler. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Bruno Sr., in 2005; a brother, Roman Petrusky; and a sister, Catherine Humberston. Betty is survived by her children, Carol Gevaudan (Edmond), of Harrison City, JoEllen Bruno (William Cline), of Latrobe, and Stanley J. Bruno Jr. (Kelly), of Claridge; her five grandchildren, Cristie Gevaudan (Mike Vargulish), Renee Kozielec (Sean), Robert Bruno, Elizabeth Bruno South and Luke Cline; her three great-grandchildren, Frankie South, Dean Kozielec and Rylee Vargulish; and her two sisters, June Prizmonte, of North Huntingdon, and Dorothy Jean Benevento, of Murrysville. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Fellner, David P. 67

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1947-06-19
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • David Paul Fellner, 67, of Irwin, passed away quietly in his sleep Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was born June 19, 1947, in Belleville, Ill., a son of the late Paul and Ruth (Bailey) Fellner. He retired after 36 years as a junior high English teacher at Southmoreland Intermediate Elementary School, where he served as a junior high and varsity girls basketball coach. He loved golf, music and sports and was an alumnus and avid supporter of the University of Michigan. He will be dearly missed by friends and family. He is survived by children, Holly Thomas, of Pittsburgh, and Douglas (Susan) Fellner, of New Kensington; his granddaughter, Harper Fellner, with whom he shared a special bond and spent a great deal of time; sister, Lynn Lund, of O'Fallon, Ill.; two nieces and one nephew. Friends and family will be received from 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 at 10 a.m. Friday for a blessing service with Father John Moindau officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at http://www.pittsburghclo.org. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Oberley, Judith L. 73

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1941-03-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Judith L. Oberley, 73, of South Greensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born March 12, 1941, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Hornick Marquis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a grandson, Adam Dunn; a sister, Kathy Cunningham; and a son-in-law, Donald Moore. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert Oberley; four sons, William (Andrea) Dunn, of Latrobe, Greg (Melissa) Dunn, of Latrobe, Richard (Christine) Patton, of Herminie, and Patrick Patton, of Greensburg; four daughters, Candice Moore, of Latrobe, Rebecca Lahosky, of Florida, Michelle (John) McCallum, of Luxor, and Undine (Kevin) Hanshovsky, of Greensburg; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers, Steven, Ronald and Thomas Marquis; a stepsister, Tina Marquis; and a beloved dog, "Bo". A graveside committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Unity Cemetery, Latrobe. A reception will follow at Luxor Fire Hall. For online condolences, visit http://www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Reidmiller, Francis J. 87

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1927-07-02
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Reidmiller, 87, of Irwin, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. He was born July 2, 1927, in Jeannette, the son of the late Jerome F. and Eleanor G. (Otto) Reidmiller. He was a retired employee of General Motors, Fisher Body Plant, Dravosburg, a founding member of Rillton Volunteer Fire Department with more than 55 years of service and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was very proud of receiving his GED diploma at the age of 47 and attended Vale Tech in Blairsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn E. (Ogg) Reidmiller; and brothers, Henry Reidmiller; and an infant brother, Stanley. He was survived by his children, James R. (Marlene) Reidmiller, of Palmyra, F. Keith (Marsha) Reidmiller, of West Newton, and Kevin J. (Linda) Reidmiller and Audrey (Michael) Skrgic, both of Irwin; grandchildren, Scott, Lisa, Stephanie, Mathew, Daniel, Christopher, Joshua, Kyle, Rachel and Paul; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Reidmiller, of Jeannette; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Keith and Kathy Vay. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery. Those wishing may contribute to the Rillton VFD. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers at Allegheny General Hospital for their kind and compassionate care; also his neighbors, Leland and Jan Ober and Robert "Hutch" Novak, and everyone at Rillton VFD for always being there. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Shear Jr., George T. 74

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1940-08-01
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • George T. Shear Jr., 74, of Murrysville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late George T. Sr. and Esther L. McClintock Shear. He served our country in the Army. Prior to retirement, George worked at Mine Safety Appliances Company with more than 40 years of service. He was a volunteer fireman for the Sardis Volunteer Fire Company Station 78. George was an avid hunter and fishermen and adored his grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Mary Lee (Wise) Shear, of Murrysville; three daughters, Sherri (Robert) VanSnik, of Derwood, Md., Shannon (Daniel) Fagan, of Delmont, and Shelly Creighton, of Murrysville; five grandchildren, Riley, Grady, Evan, Katie and Courtney; a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Phillips; brother-in-law, Richard K. (Susan) Wise, of Depew, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was Friday at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A funeral service was held Saturday in the funeral home. Interment followed in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the wounded warrior project. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Butler County

Baer-Cherbonneau, Susie 61

  • Butler
  • Died: 2015-01-28
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Susie Baer-Cherbonneau, 61, of Butler, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Susie is survived Jerry Lemasters, her loving companion of more than 17 years; a daughter, Lana (Chris) Howell; loving granddaughters, Emma and Abbie; sister, Pam (Wayne) Calder; brother, Rich (Cindi) Baer; mother, Susan June Baer; sisters, Tina (John) Courter, and Carole (Regis) Helch; as well as many nieces, nephews, Aunt Pat and Uncle Bill and Jarod Lemasters. Susie was proud to be a lifelong juvenile diabetic and joins her father, Chief Richard Baer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Alphonsus Church, Wexford.
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Brutico Sr., Robert W.

  • Seven Fields
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • Robert W. Brutico Sr., of Seven Fields, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Clara (Mieczkowski) Brutico; father of Christina Lutz (Ray), Robert Brutico, Neil R. Christopher (Diane), Nancy C. Svenson (Art) and Tommy M. Christopher (Lisa); brother of Janice Lutz (David); grandfather of 11 grandchildren and the late Cece Svenson; and uncle of David and Daniel Lutz. Friends received from 2 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800.
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Dillner, Mildred J. 80

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1934-04-12
  • Died: 2015-01-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. (Frenchko) Dillner, 80, of Middlesex Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Born April 12, 1934, in Gibsonia, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Pauline (Chick) Frenchko; and beloved wife of the late Elmer F. Dillner. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, the late Kimberley O'Hern; and six brothers and sisters. She is the loving mother of Gary (Betsy) Dillner, of Middlesex, Cheryl (Tony Ortiz) Rodriguez, of Saxonburg, and Michele (Jim) Bruggeman, of Saxonburg; mother-in-law of Craig O'Hern, of Minnesota; sister of Dorothy Frenchko, of Gibsonial; dear grandmother of Adam, Andrew, Marci Dillner, Nicole (Jason) Snow, Jasmine Ortiz, Adam, Ashley and Brittany O'Hern and Dakota and Shelby Bruggeman; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie and Jadeyn Snow and Brody O'Hern. Mildred was a bottle packer with Glenshaw Glass for more than 35 years and worked in the cafeteria upon retirement from Middlesex Elementary School. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Dorseyville. Family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Karidis, Penelope A. 89

  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Penelope A. "Penny" Karidis, 89, of Spokane, Wash., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter G. Karidis and the late Achilles P. "Acky" Copetas; daughter of the late Sarantis "Charles" Sarandou and the late Orania Sarandou; mother of Rayanne (Robert) Barnes, Constance Copetas (Gerald Smith) and Stephen (Maria) Copetas; stepmother of Cynthia (James) Widmer, George (Lynn) Karidis and the late John (Lynn) Karidis; sister of the late Dr. Spero Sarandou, Marie Johnston and the late John Sarandou; and is also survived by 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Penny was born June 7, 1925, in Pittsburgh. During her childhood years, she helped her parents operate the Keystone Candy Shoppe and Restaurant in Lawrenceville. After marrying Acky Copetas in 1950, she moved to Glenshaw and raised her three children. After Acky died in 1979, she married Peter Karidis and lived in Mt. Lebanon. She was a homemaker and member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon. She was active in church activities such as the Philoptocos. After Peter passed away in 2009, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her daughter, Dr. Constance Copetas. A private family service will be held. Interment is to be at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Allison Park. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gikeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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