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Allan, Rita

  • Formerly of Edgewood
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Rita (McEvoy) Allan, formerly of Edgewood, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Allan Sr.; loving mother of William A. Allan Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Plum, Jeffrey S. Allan and his wife, Cindy, of Cabot, and Marianne A. Lesnick and her husband, Mark, of Level Green; dear grandma of Alex, Chris, Amy and her husband, Jake, Leigh, Colin and Melanie; great-grandmother of Jacob, Austin, Molly, Lucy and Owen; and sister of Lorene Green, of Butler. Rita is also survived by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Csokuly, Mary M. 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Mary Margaret (Sarosy) Csokuly, 83, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Z. Csokuly; daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Szokoly) Sarosy; loving mother of Anna Marie Foust and John (Linda Kelley) Csokuly; sister of William (Terri) Sarosy and the late Stephen Sarosy; grandmother of Jennifer (Rich) Florian and Jason Foust (Nicole Trapani); great-grandmother of Brooke Florian, Damian Foust and Joey Florian; and dear friend of Paul Martin. Mary was a member of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Seniors, Resurrection Church Happy Hour Seniors and the Homeville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Cully, Mary Ann

  • Ross , Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Holesh) Cully, of Ross, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 60 years of Ronald "Red" Cully; loving mother of Lynn Cully Venderley (Charles), Ronald J. (Donna), Thomas M. (Patricia), Craig M. (Brenda) and Lisa Cully Kurchena (Robert); daughter of the late Michael and Helen Holesh; sister of Olga Serenko, Helen Marince and the late Michael and John Holesh; sister-in-law of Lucy Holesh and Rita Cully; and grandmother of Shawn, Brittany, Mary, Nathaniel, Michael, John, Kathryn, Matthew and Daniel. She enjoyed baking for her family, relatives and friends. She took pleasure in counted cross stitch, quilting and reading. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. Everyone please meet at church.
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Davies, John E. 68

  • Monroeville , Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • John E. Davies, 68, of Monroeville, formerly of Oakland, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Monday, April 21, 2014, at UPMC East, Monroeville. He was the beloved husband of Marcia Davies; father of Sean and Jason Davies; brother of Judith D. Klingensmith, M. Susan Cupps and Thomas R. Davies. John was a 1963 graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall.
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Farrell, Michael R. 47

  • Brookline
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Debor, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Michael R. Farrell, 47, of Brookline, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was a beloved son of Robert K. and Kathleen M. Farrell; brother of Denise M. (Nick), Robert "Rob" and the late Raymond Farrell; and uncle of Nino and Talia Fiscante and Austin Farrell. Michael was a much loved bartender for many years at Albert's in Dormont. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday only at FRANK F. DEBOR FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Church of the Resurrection. Memorial contributions may be made to Kane Hospital Patient Care Fund, 300 Kane Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.deborfuneralhome.com.
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Fox, Ethel E. 88

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Boron, Carrick | Get Directions
  • Ethel Evelyn "Lefty" (Lippl) Fox, 88, of Baldwin, gloriously made her journey to heaven Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 2014. Ethel is now with her beloved, the late Clyde W. "Foxy" Fox. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diana and Jim Behers, Linda and Bill Arthur, Tammy Novak, and Gilbert and Tracy Fox; her nine grandchildren, Traci and Kevin Dougherty, Rob and Jen Koran, Stephanie and Nicole Behers, Amy Koran, Ryan and Jamie Koran, Kayla (Bobby Nogal), Kaitlyn and Karly Novak, and Jenna Fox; and her 10 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her siblings, Viola Vespaziani, Eileen Rinaman, and Dennis Lippl; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Ethel was a faithful member of Knoxville United Church. The family would like to thank the staff of Oakleaf Personal Care Home and Celtic Hospice. Visitations with the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BORON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1719 Brownsville Road, Carrick, where relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.BoronFuneralHome.com.
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Franciscus, Chyla R. 22

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Chyla Rose Franciscus, 22, of Penn Hills, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of James E. Franciscus and Melanie (Potts) Franciscus; loving sister of James Franciscus; fiancee of Brandon Carter; granddaughter of Bonnie (late Edward) Franciscus and Jack and Rose Potts; and also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved dog, "Dria." Friends were received this past Monday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank) Plum, PA 15239, where a blessing service was held this past Tuesday. Interment followed in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Gaisford, Dr. John C. 98

  • Fox Chapel
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John C. Gaisford, M.D., 98, of Fox Chapel, passed away on Masters Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances Jacobs Gaisford; and father of Linda Tedder (Mike), Cindy Close (Chuck) and Carolyn Imbriglia (Joe). Also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Friends were received this past Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., where services were held this past Friday, April 18, 2014. Remembrances may be made to West Penn Hospital Burn Care Center, 4800 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224. http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.
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Gasparovic, Steve 80

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1933-05-11
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Steve "Snaps" Gasparovic, 80, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at UPMC McKeesport. He was born May 11, 1933, in McKeesport, a son of the late Mate and Anna (Stimac) Gasparovic. He was retired from U.S. Steel, National Tube Works, McKeesport where he had worked in the carpentry department. Steve was a Korean War Army veteran, a member of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, the Versailles Croatian Men's Club, American Legion No. 361, of McKeesport, and the VFW Post No. 514, of McKeesport. He was a member and officer of both CFU No. 3 and also Club Dobrotvor and was a charter member of Archer Hill Bowling League. Steve is survived by a sister, Margaret (John) Snodgrass, of Pittsburgh; nephews, Dr. Stephen (Kelly) Snodgrass, of Greenville, S.C, and Christopher Snodgrass, of Pittsburgh; and great-nephew, Simon M. Snodgrass. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Matthew, John and Thomas Gasparovic; sisters, Ann and Mary Gasparovic; and sister-in-law, Mary Moran Gasparovic. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 4504 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Corpus Christi Parish, with Father Stephen Kresak officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue. Memorial contributions may be made to Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Fund, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
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Gillens, Jason E. 40

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Jason E. Gillens, 40, of Plum, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jennifer L. Merz; cherished father of Caden J. Gillens, of Plum, and Jay Gillens, of Murrysville; loving son of Linda (Roger) Downing, of Plum, and Gordon (Sara) Gillens, of New Hampshire; brother of Scott A. Gillens, of Michigan, and Diane L. Gillens, of Vermont; stepbrother of Jeffrey and Karen Downing, both of Vermont; son-in-law of Donald and Carol Merz, of West Deer; brother-in-law of Kristin (Michael) Baum, of Gibsonia; and proud uncle of Tyler Thurston, Amanda and Emily Howe, Julie Downing and Logan Baum. Jason is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Jason worked in security with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a loyal supporter of local fire and police departments and above all loved raising and spending time with his dear son, Caden. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Friends will be received 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with Father Thomas J. Galvin as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Guenther, Robert H.

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Robert H. Guenther, 92, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the husband of 65 years to Helen Milkovich; the father of Nancy (Michael) Dougherty and Carol (John) Fleming; grandfather of Luke and John Fleming Jr.; and brother of Richard (Bernice) Guenther. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a Navy veteran of World War II. The family would like to extend its appreciation to the Celtic Hospice for their compassion and care during Bob's illness. Arrangements have been made by JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100. There are no visitations. Burial is private. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, 900 Country Club Dr., Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228. The family suggests contributions to Celtic Hospice, 150 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA 16046. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Hastings, Isabella F. 92

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Isabella F. (Konieczka) Hastings, 92, of Shaler Township, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Robert E. Hastings; mother of Connie Riesmeyer and the late Robert F. Hastings; beloved grandmother of Darlene (Raymond) Danik, Robert F. (Dawn) Hastings Jr., Kim Kenetz and Brian (Jenn) Hastings; great-grandmother of Maxwell, Jessica Danik, Brian Jr. and Adam Hastings; and is also survived by daughter-in-law, Roselda Hastings; and brothers and sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in All Saints Church, Etna.
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Herzer, Robert J. 86

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1928-01-19
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Twp | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Herzer, 86, or Richland Township, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born Jan. 19, 1928, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of the late Chris and Eugenia (Ritter) Herzer; beloved husband for 45 years of Audrey A. (Hogan) Herzer; loving brother of Richard (Carol) Herzer, of Spring Hill, Jean Peluso, of Franklin Park, and the late John Herzer; and is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews. A World War II Army veteran, Robert proudly worked for H.J. Heinz Company for more than 40 enjoyable years, loved spending time with family and friends and was an avid and skilled gardener. Family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, with Father Thomas A. Sparacino, celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, McMurray. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Ivkovich, Daisy 87

  • Versailles Borough
  • Born: 1926-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Daisy (Mervos) Ivkovich, 87, of Versailles Borough, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in UPMC McKeesport. A member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, Daisy was also in the choir and member of its Mother's Club. Born Aug. 6, 1926, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Dusan and Cvijeta (Lalich) Mervos, and wife of the late Nick Ivkovich. She is survived by a son, Nicholas (Nancy) Ivkovich, of Liberty Borough; daughter, Nancy Ivkovich, at home; grandchildren, Kristi (Chuck) McCutcheon and Dana (Jason) Seyerle; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Nicholas and Nina; sister, Dorothy Shumkaroff, of McKeesport; also nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Dokmanovich. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132, 412-678-3454, where a Pomen service will take place at 7 p.m. A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Sava Church, with the Very Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Laughlin, Donna R. 68

  • Center Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Donna R. (Osbourne) Laughlin, 68, of Center Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Alner Rafe Osbourne; beloved wife of James Laughlin and the late Robert Wagner; beloved mother of Charles and Mark Wagner; dear stepmother of David J. Laughlin, Lori Carnahan and Wendi Kerr; and dear step-grandmother of Keenan and Camille Kerr. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life luncheon for friends and family will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Grieco's Carefree Inn, Indianola. RSVP to Lori by Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 412-343-9408 or llaugh@verizon.net. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Leone, James E. 80

  • Pittsburgh , Formerly of Miami, Fla.
  • Born: 1933-11-14
  • Died: 2014-04-10
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • James E. Leone, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Miami, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014, after a long illness. He was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Quincy, Mass., to Anselm and Lena Leone. Jim graduated from Williams College and MIT and worked as a mechanical engineer, researcher and scientist in a long and distinguished career. His work produced more than 30 individual patents and his design and management work were instrumental in developing modern radiation dosimetry detectors, ophthalmic lasers, implantable pacemakers, angioplastic stent technology and orthopedic devices. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene (Hayes); two sons, Dr. Bruce (Christine) Leone and Gary (Bonni) Leone; a daughter, Susan Leone; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Martha) Leone and John (Linda) Leone; and a sister, Lois (Joseph) Constantino. Services and interment will be in Quincy, Mass. Arrangements by the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox. Remembrances may be made to UPMC Cancer Center, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
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Mitchko, Joseph S. 84

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1929-08-22
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Joseph S. Mitchko, 84, of Lincoln Borough, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in HCR ManorCare, Whitehall. Born Aug. 22, 1929, in Clairton, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Gazda) Mitchko. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a maintenance supervisor by Westinghouse in Large. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Leona (Wallace) Mitchko; daughter, Paula R. Tognarine; and son, Joseph R. Mitchko. He is survived by two sons, Michael J. (Michelle) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township, and William M. (Valerie) Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; a daughter-in-law, Peggie Mitchko, of Elizabeth Township; four grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Breanna Mitchko and Renee Benedetti; also nieces and nephews. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Myron, Thomas L. 90

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Thomas L. Myron, 90, of Bethel Park, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at home. He was the husband of the late Kathleen (Lynch) Myron; beloved father of Thomas (Linda), James, Mary (Steve Dobrosielski), Redsy (Walt) Croke, John Patrick, Michael (Carol), David (Maria), Jerome, Margaret (John Sigg), Coleman (Kelley) and Paul (Michele); loving grandfather of 37 and three great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his siblings, Grace Ferney, Helen Myron, John Myron and Rita Enright. Tom was a captain in the Air Force during World War II. Visitation from 1 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. Germaine Church. Interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Pennsylvania Foundation for Life, 159 Hornaday Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
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Proch, Loretta K. 97

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2014-04-23
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Loretta K. Proch, 97, of Glenshaw, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John Proch; loving mother of Andrea P. (Philip) Mueller; and daughter of the late Anton and Rose Kirch. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Loretta was a member of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years. She graduated from Grace Martin Business School and the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of Delta Zeta and the Glenshaw Century Club, and enjoyed playing bridge. Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave., Glenshaw. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 4724 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to the church.
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Puharic, Andrew G. 80

  • Millvale
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Hahn, Millvale | Get Directions
  • Andrew G. "Andy" Puharic, 80, of Millvale died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Irene "Rene" Puharic; loving father of Michael (Theresa) Puharic, Lori (Larry) Strafalace, Beverly (Eddie Zunic) Grundler, Maggie (Rick) Welte and Donna (Ray) Lisowski; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and brother of Ludmilla, Bonnie, Robert, Eugene, Patricia and the late Evelyn, Thomas and Frank. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the HAHN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 123 North Ave., Millvale (next to Holy Spirit Parish), 412-821-3700. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church. Family suggests memorials to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Reichert, Thomas Tom H. 76

  • Carrick
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Thomas H. "Tom" Reichert, 76, of Carrick, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Mr. Reichert was the beloved husband of Melva Reichert for more than 30 years; and was the stepfather of Melva (Bob) Ginther; he also is survived by his four grandchildren and their spouses; and eight great-grandchildren. He was the son of the late William H. and Sara K. Reichert; and brother of Katherine Reichert of Hadley, Mass., and the late William Reichert. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, where his funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Robb, Barbara A. 84

  • Forward Township
  • Born: 1929-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. Robb, 84, of Forward Township and Fort Pierce, Fla., died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, Fla. Born Nov. 11, 1929, in West Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late Melvin C. and Daisy J. (McQuown) O'Dell. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth. Prior to retirement, she was employed as an assistant manager by the former Bell Telephone. She enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with her husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by daughter, Kathy Jean Stadmueller. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Howard E. Robb; son, Richard A. (Melinda) Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Kasey Robb, of Binghamton, N.Y., Nashua R. Robb, of Vernon Center, N.Y., and Eric (Dani) Kegel, of Huntsville, Ala. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Robertson, Jane E. 88

  • Formerly of North Side
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Jane E. (Johe) Robertson, 88, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 70 years of Robert E. Robertson; loving mother of Carol J. (Randolph) Wood, of Greer, S.C., and Robert E. (Karen), of Boston, Mass.; sister of Geraldine Meister, of South Hills, and the late Jack Johe; proud grandmother of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (please meet at church). Family suggests donations to St. John's Lutheran Church of Highlands, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Scatena, Anthony A. 38

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Anthony A. Scatena, 38, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was the beloved father of Anthony and Aylissa Scatena; loving son of Eileen (Carroll) and the late Guy Scatena Sr.; brother of Daniel (Cathy) Michel, Denise (the late Fred) Liscio, Diana (Terry) Handyside, George (Nancy) Michel and Guy (Heather) Scatena Jr.; nephew of Pat Scatena; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral is private. Arrangements by the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Lawrenceville.
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Schott, Marlene 68

  • Plum
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Marlene (Samoriga) Schott, 68, of Plum, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of Harry "Bucky" Schott; loving mother of Derek (Jennifer) Schott and Jayson Ryan Schott; proud grandmother of Hunter Ryan Schott; dear sister of Gene Samoriga; sister-in-law of Donna Conn; aunt of Mark, Laura, Paula, Bobbie and Richie; daughter of the late Peter and Ann Samoriga; and daughter-in-law of the late Harry and Silvia Schott. Marlene was a longtime hairdresser, owning salons in Murrysville and Monroeville. She also owned the Love Search Dating Service in Pittsburgh. Marlene will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Solomon, Michael 87

  • West Homestead
  • Born: 1926-11-03
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Michael Solomon, of West Homestead, passed away peacefully Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home, at the age of 87. He was surrounded by his wife and family. Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Canonsburg, to Syrian immigrants, Mike was the second of four children of Kattas and Nijme Moussa Solomon. Immediately upon graduating from Canonsburg High School in June of 1944, Mike enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a machinist servicing B-17s and B-25s. By the time he was sent overseas, World War II had ended and he served in the postwar Occupation Force, attending the proceedings at the Nuremberg War Trials. Returning to the States, Mike began a lifelong career in finance with Mellon Bank, first as a teller, then as branch manager of the Claysville, Munhall, Homestead, New Kensington and East Liberty offices. He delayed retirement by serving as Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) officer at Mellon's Pittsburgh headquarters in the mid '90s. Mike married Mary Leon, the love of his life, Oct. 17, 1953. They raised their four children in the Steel Valley community of West Homestead: Timothy, an ordained Presbyterian minister now serving as pastor of Emmanuel Community Church in Meadville and as Protestant Campus Minister at Penn State Behrend in Erie; Amy, a businesswoman in California; Mary Beth (husband, David Wilson), a market research consultant in Jersey City, N.J.; and Michael (wife, Maureen), a professional drummer/percussionist in California. In addition to being a devoted father to his children, Mike dearly loved his four grandchildren: Rachel, David and Eva Solomon and Michael Solomon Leopold. A faithful member of the Homestead United Presbyterian Church since moving to the Steel Valley in 1959, Mike served continuously as an Elder and Trustee over the decades. Always community-minded, Mike served on the boards of Homestead Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Steel Valley Arts Council, and co-founded Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) and Homestead Economic Revitalization Corporation (HERC). In earlier years, he was an active member of Kiwanis and later served on the Steel Valley School Board for 16 years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's MBA program, Mike also took post-graduate studies at Rutgers University's Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mike was an avid reader, always keeping abreast of political issues of national and international scope. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing checkers with his six-year-old grandson Michael and traveling domestically and abroad, including to his parents' village in Syria. Most of all, Mike found meaning in doing his job and talking with people from all stations in life. Exercising an economy of words, a warm humor and an insightful mind, he was often sought out for his wisdom in matters both practical and eternal. Cherished by his wife, family, church and community, Mike Solomon will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by a sister, Rebecca Gladden, of McDonald; a brother, Edward Solomon, of Canonsburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Fred; his beloved nephew, Michael Solomon; and niece, Mary Agnes Solomon. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, Munhall. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Homestead United Presbyterian Church (Ninth and Ann streets), including military honors, with a luncheon to follow. Please everyone meet at church. Memorial donations may be made to Homestead United Presbyterian Church (http://www.homesteadupc.org) and/or the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (http://www.adc.org).
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Spence, Wayne C. 58

  • Gibsonia
  • Born: 1955-10-13
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Richland Township | Get Directions
  • Wayne C. Spence, 58, of Gibsonia, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Washington, Pa., son of the late Alvin and Elizabeth (Smith) Spence. He was the loving husband for 36 years of Beth P. (Posa) Spence; beloved father of Brian (Diana) Spence, of Edinboro, and David Spence, of Lawrenceville; brother of David (Barbara) Spence, of Kennett Square, Pa.; uncle of David and Katie Spence; also survived by two dear grandchildren, Maxton and Lyla Spence, both of Edinboro. Wayne was a longtime and devoted member of North Hills Community Baptist Church, where he served as moderator, taught Sunday school and chaired the Christian Education Board. He worked in marketing for Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Cheswick for more than 33 years, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren and family. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5865 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in North Hills Community Baptist Church. Private entombment will be held in Washington Cemetery, Washington, Pa. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237; or Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, 800 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 802, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Theis, Henry E. 80

  • Sewickley
  • Died: 2014-04-18
  • Funeral Home: Copelands, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Henry Ericsson "Eric" Theis, of Sewickley, died Friday, April 18, 2014, of Parkinson's disease. He was 80 years old. For more than 50 years, Mr. Theis was involved in the steel coil processing industry, retiring in 2000 after 20 years as vice president of Sales and Marketing for Herr-Voss Corporation. He was the author of the 672 page textbook "The Handbook of Metal Forming Processes" which is still considered the definitive work on the subject. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied mechanical engineering and was a Member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Harvard Business School and after completing his service in the Army, University of Chicago Business School. Mr. Theis was a distinguished speaker at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo School of Business Center for Leadership in Ethics where he served on the Ethics Committee. He was a professional expert for OSHA and volunteered with organizations including Shepard's Heart Anglican Church, Boy Scouts of America and Hope and a Future Anglican Conference. He was a long term member of The Edgeworth Club, Sewickley Senior Men's Club and Erie Yacht Club. A world traveler, Mr. Theis has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, organized a family reunion in Sweden, and has taken his elder grandchildren to Europe. He had a passion for sailing and co-wrote a book titled "The Cruising Logs". He also enjoyed spending time with his family, entertaining, camping and working on his home. A family friend wrote that Mr. Theis was, "a huge presence, a great boom-voiced man looking like a ship's captain in a painting, presiding over the fiery Glogg at Christmas parties, having everyone on as he joked with his dry wit." Whether it was helping those less fortunate in Pittsburgh, or serving at St. Paul's Church in New York City for four days after Sept. 11, 2001, serving food to the rescue workers, Mr. Theis was a strong, brilliant man with a charitable heart, unwavering integrity, a twinkle in his eye and tremendous love for his family, church family and community. Mr. Theis, the son of the late Frank Victor Theis, M.D., and Hazel Harriet Ericsson Theis, of Chicago, Ill., is survived by his loving wife, Deacon Laura Radford Yates Theis; his beloved sons, Henry Ericsson (Kathya), of Bowie, Md., John Bolling (Lisa), of Guilderland, N.Y., Frank Munford (JP), of Pottstown, and Peter Radford (Alexis), of Sewickley; his cherished grandchildren, William, Benjamin, Laura, Sophie, Jackson, Nicholas and Anna; and his brother, Peter Frank Theis (Jill), of McHenry, Ill. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at COPELAND'S FUNERAL HOME in Sewickley. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Sewickley. The family suggests memorial donations be sent to St. Stephen's Anglican Church or Shepard's Heart Anglican Church.
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Tortorelli Jr., Joseph A. 80

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Joseph A. Tortorelli Jr., 80, of Dormont, died Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of Johanna "Josie" Tortorelli; loving father of Mary Jo Tortorelli, Lynn (Chip) Tanis, Barbara Tortorelli and Rio Tomlin; devoted grandfather of Joseph Tanis, Tyler Tortorelli, Erika Hill and Johanna Tanis; and brother of the late Robert and William Tortorelli. Joe loved life and was always true to himself and others. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Catherine of Siena Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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Weideman, Joan M.

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1931-08-06
  • Died: 2014-04-20
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joan M. (Yott) Weideman, of McCandless, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 6, 1931, to the late Joseph and Eva Yott, she was the beloved wife for 57 years of Jim Weideman; loving mother of Jim (Jeanne Veltre), John (Yvonne Lapinski), Mary (the late Frank) Gualtieri, Jeanne (Bob) Randig, Julie (Isabel Gonzales) and Joanie (Jeff) Gorman; proud grandmother of Justin (Leanna Tessling), Jaime (Pete McDevitt), Gabe, Jesse, Jason, Ryan, Mark, Maria, Joey, Rob, Meg, Elizabeth and Marina; and caring great-grandmother of Rhilee, Jonah and Charlotte. Joan is survived by her sisters, Terri and Pat; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Martin and Barbara Weideman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe, and sister, Linda. Joan was a graduate of the University of Detroit, with a Bachelor of Education. She loved and was loved by young and old alike. She loved all aspects of art, especially cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening and painting. After losing her mother at a young age, she became the mother figure for her younger sisters. Through her strength, love and faith, she was truly God's example of an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. She touched and inspired everyone she met. She will be missed beyond words. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, http://www.alz.org/pa.
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Zablocki, Mary

  • Formerly of Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary (Kersul) Zablocki, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home. She was the loving wife of the late Peter B. Zablocki; and dear sister of Wilma (the late Albert) Franko, Olga Kersul and the late Emilie (Frank) Lisowski, Zora (Munchello) Blogovich, John (Toni) Krsul, Emil (Jean) Kersul, Jayda (Dominick) Gambino and Kayda (Donald) Giacchino. Aunt Mary will be lovingly missed by her many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anselm Church, Word of God Parish.
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Boring, Timothy K. 75

  • Jeannette
  • Born: 1938-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Timothy K. Boring, 75, of Jeannette, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after suffering from a long illness. Timothy was born Oct. 29, 1938, in Bolivar, to the late Harrison and Virginia Boring, and stepson of the late Corinne Boring. Mr. Boring was a graduate of Turtle Creek High School. He served in the Army. His professional career was spent as a tool and die maker. Tim loved to play golf and follow most sports teams. He could spend hours talking with his brother, Barrie, about the Steelers and the Pirates. In his words, "The most important things in this life are faith, family and friends." He is survived by his former wife, Brenda (Quear) Boring Gorski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and siblings, Lane (Kathy), of Amherst, Ohio, Nathan (Maryann), of Annapolis, Md., Hope (and the late Gary) Hundley, of Maylene, Ala., Beth (David) Wayman, of Pegram, Tenn., Amy (Denny) Stiles, of Wampum, Michelle (Greg) McIntyre, of Trafford, and the late David Boring, formerly of Monroeville, and Barrie (Bertha) Boring, formerly of Whitaker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL and CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with interment following in Crossroads Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's name may be made to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642-1438. Corl Family Directors, 412-372-2100. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Garia, Joseph I. 81

  • Level Green , Formerly of Verona
  • Died: 2014-04-19
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Joseph I. "Iggy" Garia, 81, of Level Green, formerly of Verona, died Saturday, April 19, 2014. He was a retired worker at Westinghouse. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine (Pasqualina Manganaro) and Joseph Garia; his sister, Josephine Zanella; his brothers, Anthony "Cherry" Garia, Rocco Garia and Michael Garia; and his granddaughter, Amanda Garia. He was the wonderful father of Laura Martin (Ron), of Pitcairn, Ellen Garia (Marty), of Verona, and Susan Garia, of Level Green; and grandfather of Maria Urick, Joseph Garia (Vanessa), Michael Urick, Sean Martin and Alexis Garia. He loved playing poker, watching the Pirates and cooking his family favorite spaghetti dinners. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association Inc. or the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Jamnik, Zora 96

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1917-05-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Zora (Malek) Jamnik, 96, of Trafford, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in Evening Star Personal Care Home, Wilmerding. Zora was born May 5, 1917, in East Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Mato and Kata (Zaluski) Malek. Zora was retired from the Croatian Fraternal Union in Wilkins Township and was a member of Lodge 141 of East Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Regis Church, Trafford. She was an avid bowler and loved dancing polkas with her husband, "Jam," at the Slovenian Ballroom. Zora was preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Jam" Jamnik, in 2007; and her siblings, Matt and John Malek, Barbara Skrbin, Anna Koshko, Mary Tomasic, Catherine Raspolic and Charlotte Bozic. Zora is survived by her daughters, Arleen Toocheck and Norma Jean Sudina (Mike), all of Level Green; her grandchildren, Barbara Toocheck, Rebecca Toocheck (Kurt Schnaubelt), Matt Toocheck, Antonio and Stephanie Sudina; and her great-grandchildren, Zora and Alex, Patton and Isabella Toocheck. Family and friends will be received from 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 St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Regis Church Development Fund, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford, PA 15085 or Evening Star Personal Care Home, 200 Caldwell Ave., Wilmerding, PA 15148. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Joyce, Mileva 80

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2014-04-17
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Mileva "Eve" (Radjenovich) Joyce, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Braddock, died peacefully Thursday, April 17, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Bozo and Luba Radjenovich; beloved wife for 60 years of John "Jack" Joyce; loving mom of Jack (Kathy) Joyce, Tommy (Audrey) Joyce and Jeanne Holmes; "Baba" (grandma) of Erica, Stephanie, Monica and Matthew; dear sister of George (Ethel) Radjenovich, Don Radjenovich, Rose Radjenovich, Bea Radjenovich, Gloria (Jack) Marzec and Nick (Colleen) Radjenovich; sister-in-law of Lois O'Neil, Marilyn Glade, Peggy McKivitz, Lue Youse and Eileen (Tony) Miele; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and all who loved Eve. Eve loved her family above all, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed bingo with friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ken Radjenovich, Roberta (surviving, Al) Gates and Mildred (late Milan) Devich. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332, with Pomen service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Very Rev. D.C. Malich officiating. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
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Mandalakas, John N. 78

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1936-01-09
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John N. Mandalakas, 78, of North Huntingdon, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. John was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Chios, Greece, son of the late Nikolaos and Lambrini (Couladis) Mandalakas. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He was sponsored by his uncle, George Couladis and his wife, Aspacia, and was also supported by his beloved aunts, Alexandra Macos and Argyri Kollikias. He attended Ohio University and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Kay Papaliodis and moved to Western Pennsylvania to work at the Westinghouse Semi-Conductor Division in Youngwood. During those early years of his career, he attended Carnegie Tech (now, Carnegie Mellon) at night and obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering. He later worked at Westinghouse's Nuclear Division and at the Transportation Division, where he was instrumental in developing control systems for their "People Mover" project. For this seminal work, he was awarded the IEEE U.S. engineer of the year award. John left Westinghouse to found Mesta Electronics in North Huntingdon. He was always proud that Mesta manufactures in Southwestern Pennsylvania and uses components made in the U.S. John found great satisfaction from his work on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. In recognition of his tireless dedication to the church, he was bestowed the title of "Archon" in 2002. He was a political activist who supported the occupied nation of Cyprus, Greek national defense and religious freedom in Turkey. John was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Bombardier Golf League for the past 40 years. John was also very proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and other relatives. He was the beloved husband of Kay (Papaliodis) Mandalakas for 52 years; loving father of Nicholas, of Lancaster, Debbie (Peter) Leventopoulos, of North Huntingdon, Anna (Edwin Caldwell), of Houston, Texas, and Elaine (Andrew) Demos, of Wading River, N.Y.; dear grandfather of John Nicholas Mandalakas, Dean and Yianni Leventopoulos, Kalliopi, Clare Markella and Thaleia Caldwell and Alexander Andrew and Ariyana Demos; and brother of Paul Mandalakas, of Monaca, and Despina Mylonadis, of Greece. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews. Friends were received Monday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden at Cable avenues, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Trisagion was prayed. Funeral service were held Tuesday, in Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). Burial followed in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial donations may be made to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.iocc.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Moran, Mary Jane 70

  • Sutersville
  • Born: 1943-12-05
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Jane Moran, 70, of Sutersville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, April 21, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Ted and Helen (Koerber) Brodnos. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, and enjoyed spending time with her special friend, Alice Droznek. She was the beloved wife of 52 years to Fred R. Moran; mother of Kathy (Don) Weber, of West Mifflin, Gayle (Marty) Davis, of Elizabeth, and Mike (Becky) Moran, of Ruffsdale; grandmother of David Barker, Jenny (A.J.) Smith, Davina (Ben) Antonoff, Brian (Terrin) Crux, Donald Weber and Brook Moran; great-grandmother of Nathan Antonoff, Mason Smith, Cheyanne Smith and Alexander Crux; and sister of David (Marilyn) Brodnos, of South Park Township, and the late Freddie Brodnos. Mary Jane has made the ultimate gift, she has donated her body to medical research. Arrangements by MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Pleasant Hills, with Pastor Allyn Itterly. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Moses, John T. 83

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1931-01-25
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • John Thomas "Jack" Moses, 83, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Arnold, to the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Balthes) Moses, he excelled in basketball and football at Arnold High School, graduating in 1949 as class president. Attending the University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, he achieved notoriety and developed a lifelong love of the sport. Graduating from Penn in 1953, Jack briefly served in and was honorably discharged from the Marines. In 1956, Jack struck pay dirt, marrying his wife of 57 years, Donna Gallian. Professionally, Jack worked for Atlantic Richfield and Sunoco as a field engineer for 35 years. He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Kensington, the Westmoreland Phoenicians and the Munger Men, a group of Penn footballers who played for Coach George Munger. In 2000, Jack was inducted in the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Hall of Fame. A dedicated father and husband, Jack passionately followed local high school sports, especially those in which his children and grandchildren participated. Although not a wrestler himself, Jack developed a love for high school wrestling and could be seen at most Burrell High School matches. Additionally, he enjoyed visiting his family in Montana and watching cowboy movies. Jack will be warmly remembered for his unrelenting devotion to his "Donna Jean", his generous and giving spirit, dedication to family and friends and for opening his home and heart to anyone, anytime. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Donna (Gallian) Moses; children, Jack (Anne) Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Chuck (Lynn) Moses, of Lower Burrell, Tracey (Robert) Muller, of Reserve Township, and Tom (Michele) Moses, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jackson, Sam and Tucker Moses, of Palo Alto, Calif., Jeremy, Chelsea, Casey, Jordan and Alex Moses, of Lower Burrell, and Lindsay and Mackenzie Muller, of Reserve Township; brothers, Elias (Julia) Moses, of Arnold, and Fred (Valarie) Moses, of Allegheny Township; sister, LaVerne (Eugene) Whiteman, of Monroeville; and dear friends, Jim and Kathy Ludwiczak, of Murrysville. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Samuel "Mike"; brother and sister-in-law, George "Buster" and Pat Key, along with their son, George Key; dear friends, Joe "Juicy" Allen and his wife, Isabel; and his high school football coach, Alex Tannas and his wife, Frances. 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 FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Trisagion service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. George Orthodox Church in New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Arnold. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 1150 Leishman Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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Niemi, Carl M. 58

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1956-01-24
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Carl M. Niemi, 58, a lifelong resident of Level Green, passed away quietly Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Golden Living Care Hospice Center in Monroeville following a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1956, a son of the late Walter and Elvira Niemi. Carl was a 1974 graduate of the Penn-Trafford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by Mellon Bank and various computer firms. He loved working around the house and fishing. He is survived by his brother, Eric (Susan) Niemi, of Palm Coast, Fla. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., State Route 130, Trafford, 412-372-3111. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Entombment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Ontko Sr., John E. 66

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • John E. Ontko Sr., 66, of North Huntingdon, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the dear husband of Lucy (Fialkovich) Ontko, of 44 years; loving father of John K. (Jen) Ontko, of Hampton, Jennifer Alexander, of North Huntingdon, and Diane Ontko, of Turtle Creek; beloved grandfather of Joshua and Zachary Alexander and Jeremy and Johna Ontko; and brother of Susan (Ken) Regrut, of Monroeville, and Martin Ontko, of East Berlin. John was a Vietnam Army veteran. He worked at St. Maurice School for 25 years, where the kids lovingly called him "Mr. John". He was the vice president of the Slovak Catholic Sokol No. 179 in North Braddock. John had a real love of people and life. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. John will be laid to rest with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Ziska, James Bill W. 84

  • North Irwin
  • Born: 1929-05-31
  • Died: 2014-04-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • James William "Bill" Ziska, 84, of North Irwin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He was born May 31, 1929, in North Huntingdon, a son of the late James W. Ziska Sr. and Genevieve (Fisher) Ziska Glass. He was a retired trucking supervisor, a 65-year member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of North Irwin Council, had served on the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Council and was the former treasurer of Central Westmoreland Council of Government. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by children, Daniel Gary and Paul W. Ziska; a brother, John C. Ziska; and sisters, Esther Ondish and Dorothy Bell. He is survived by his wife, of nearly 65 years, Elsie (Bernard) Ziska; children, Debbie Lynn Panetta, of Michigan, James R. (Karen) Ziska, of North Huntingdon, Vickie L. Blume, of Plum Borough, Michelle A. (Todd) Birch, of Chicago, Ill., Douglas K. Ziska, of Atlanta, Ga., and Lisa M. Ziska (Bill McGinnis), of Irwin; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Ziska, of North Versailles, and Kathryn Mansfield, of Texas; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with his brother, Frank Ziska, officiating. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. The North Irwin VFD will hold services at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
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Greene County

Whyel, Robert Bobby Woo 61

  • Waynesburg , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Robert "Bobby Woo" Whyel, 61, of Waynesburg, formerly of North Braddock, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the father of Robert "Rob" Whyel and Randy (Lori) Whyel, both of Waynesburg; grandfather of Laurel Marie and R.J. Whyel; brother of Pauline (late Jimmy) Blasko, of North Huntingdon, Fran (late Phil) Cibak, of North Huntingdon, Dee (John) Arnold, of North Versailles, John (Arlene) Whyel, of Massachusetts, Alice (Lawrence) Kobulinsky, of Florida, Joe (Patricia) Whyel, of McKeesport, Geniveve (John) Bowser, of Butler, and Tom (Diane) Whyel, of North Braddock, the late Harry (surviving wife, Theresa) Whyel, of Delmont; and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a former member of the North Braddock Volunteer Fire Department. Friends will be welcome 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Wymard, Francis X.

  • Died: 2014-04-21
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis X. Wymard, died Monday, April 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rachel (Walton) Wymard and the late Mary (Dacey) Wymard and Ellin (Hahn) Wymard; father of Francis Dacey (Katherine) Wymard and Katherine Fitzpatrick Wymard; grandfather of Harper Dacey Wymard; and brother of Joseph M. Wymard (Ellie), James A. Wymard (Sara) and the late William F. Wymard and John P. Wymard. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. Remembrances may be made to Sheldon Calvary Camp c/o Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
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