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Albert, Lucille M. 97

  • Castle Shannon , Formerly of Lincoln Place
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Castle Shannon | Get Directions
  • Lucille M. (Krysmalski) Albert, 97, of Castle Shannon, formerly of Lincoln Place, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the wife of the late Arthur Albert; loving mother of Lucille (Ed) Aschley, Emily (the late Fran) Dansevicus, Thomas Albert and Janet (John) Zitelli; and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one-great-great-granddaughter. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL INC., 1008 Castle Shannon Blvd., Castle Shannon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Anne Church. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne School Endowment Fund, 400 Hoodridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 or Heartland Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Andrews, Daniel J. 66

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. Andrews, 66, of Upper St. Clair, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was a beloved son of Joseph and the late Loretta (O'Brian) Andrews; brother of Jean Andrews, of Munhall, and the late Linda Foster; and uncle of Tori, Melissa and Brooklyn Andrews and Gavin Brugos. Daniel loved all animals and was a retired accountant for the U.S. Government and a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Navy. Services will be private. Arrangements by SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Benedek, Rosalie A. 64

  • North Versailles
  • Born: 1950-06-21
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Rosalie Ann Benedek, 64, of North Versailles, formerly of Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was born June 21, 1950, in Brooklyn N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Gerlando and Ignatias Betty Drago Zaffuto. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rosalie was an instructional aide and had previously worked for Allegheny Intermediate Unit. She is survived by her son, John T. (Bobbijo) Benedek Jr, of Elizabeth Township; daughter, Stacey M. (Jason Sanner) Tvrdovsky, of North Versailles; brother, George Zaffuto, of Cranberry Township; grandchildren, Cody J. Tvrdovsky and Jace G. Benedek; niece, Hillary Zaffuto; and nephews, Jeremy and Bradley Zaffuto. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, with the Rev. Vincent P. Velas officiating. Private entombment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, North Versailles. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Birkos, Caliope 94

  • Formerly of Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Caliope Birkos, formerly of Universal in Penn Hills, 94, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Caliope was the owner of the former Birkos' Confectionary in Universal, Penn Hills. She was a daughter of the late Gus and Mary (Dvorak) Birkos; sister of John (Jean) Birkos, of Verona, the late Andrew Birkos, the late Emannuel Birkos and the late Catherine Squires; and aunt of Marina "Toni" Maguire and other nieces and nephews. Friends welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti). http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Cammarata, Lena R. 102

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Lena R. (LaQuatra) Cammarata, 102, of McCandless, formerly of Observatory Hill, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the wife of the late Alfred Cammarata; loving mother of Alfred J. Cammarata (Nancy), Marc J. Cammarata (Helen) and the late Michael A. Cammarata (and his surviving wife, Claire). She is also survived by six grandchildren; nine great-gandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DELVIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Lucy's Auxiliary to the Blind.
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Demor, Frank J. 87

  • Hampton
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Frank J. Demor, 87, of Hampton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at his home, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine (37 years) and Margaret Jean (17 years); loving father of Frank J. Jr., Kathleen, Darlene (Richard) Prendergast, Mary Catherine (James) Belmondo, Russell (K.C.), Lisa (Rex) Ours, Amy Lynn and Beth Ann; brother of Margaret Renner and the late Barbara Micklos and Helen Milkey; and grandfather of William (Courtney), Mary Elizabeth and Laura Mae (Ryan). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. From humble beginnings on the North Side of Pittsburgh, where his Croatian immigrant mother supported the family by working in various factories and scrubbing moviehouse floors in Depression-era Pittsburgh, Frank founded Demor's Lincoln-Mercury and always made a comfortable living for his family through his determination, intelligence and hard work. He was a prominent businessman in the City of Pittsburgh for many years and will be missed by all who came to know him. Praying for peace, love and happiness, his memories will stay in our hearts forever. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Alexis Church, Wexford. Donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Catholic Hospice. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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DiTommaso, Helen M.

  • Formerly of Oakland
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Helen M. (Tarantino) DiTommaso, formerly of Oakland, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 46 years to Pasquale "Patsy" DiTommaso; loving mother of Carla (Joseph) Persichetti, Dina (Dale) Schultz and Patrice (Dwight) Crosby; cherished grandmother of Joseph, Vincent, Nathan, Lanie and Aiden; sister of Maryann Tarantino and the late Frank "Herky" Diulus, Camille Caliendo, Dom "Mooney" Diulus, Joe "Peeps" Diulis and Henry Tarantino; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cathedral. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Eckels, Clair E. 83

  • Formerly of Plum
  • Born: 1931-07-18
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Clair E. "Shorty" Eckels, 83, of Edinboro, formerly of Plum, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. He was born July 18, 1931, in New Kensington, to Clair A. and Margaret E. Eckels. Clair served during the Korean War, where he was a specialist E4 in Army Infantry and received specialized Korean language training at the Army Language School at the Presidio in California and AFFE Intel School in Japan. He retired from Bell Telephone after 35 years in 1984. He also ran a part-time excavating business and raised earth worms for bait. After retiring at age 53, he spent the next 30 years managing Eckels Farm Fresh Produce with his wife, woodworking and traveling. He also enjoyed raising animals, organic gardening and growing some of the finest produce you would ever taste. Clair adored every aspect of gardening from selecting the seeds to harvesting and canning all the vegetables he grew. This was much like the way he lived life, embracing every moment. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife of 35 years, Charlotte Ryan Eckels; father of Craig A. (MaryAnne) Eckels, Cheryl Eckels Hammer and Carrie (Marshall) Piccinini; grandfather of Craig (Annie), Calei, Leah, Jon, Bella, Alena and Christopher; great-grandfather of Crista and Cienna; and brother of Gail (Chuck) Stotler. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the loving caregivers at Senior Helpers, Melinda and Wendy. Friends were received Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD. / ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a service was held Monday. To honor Clair's memory donations may be made to National FFA Foundation, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268 and/or Erie City Mission, P.O. Box 407, Erie, PA 16512.
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Gaus, David Davey R. 51

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • David Reed "Davey" Gaus, 51, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was a beloved son of Janet R. and the late Joseph W. Gaus Jr.; loving brother of Susan G. (Vincent Jr.) Traficante, Barbara Cerra-Martorell (Ivan Martorell) and Kenneth (Kate) Rumbaugh; and uncle of Christina (Ryan) Mitchell (great-niece, Adaliena Grace), Michelle, Amber, Alyssa and Chelsea Cerra and Jared Martorell. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. There will be no visitation Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church.
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Grysiak, Helen 92

  • Pitcairn , Formerly of North Versailles
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Helen (Popovich) Grysiak, 92, of Pitcairn, formerly of North Versailles, reposed in the Lord Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late George and Helen Popovich. Helen was the wife of the late Charles Grysiak for 45 years and beloved mother of Deborah, of Penn Hills, and Gary (Janet), of Monroeville. She was the dear "Grammy" to Benjamin, Luke and Irene Grysiak, along with being an aunt to several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her dear brothers, George and John Popovich. Helen was a pious and faithful parishioner of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of East Pittsburgh, where she was very active, especially for nutroll baking and pirohi making! Helen was a skilled baker, cook, seamstress and recently enjoyed crocheting rescue and lap blankets with her friends at the Broadview Manor in Pitcairn. The family would especially thank those friends at Broadview who befriended and watched out for her, especially her dearest friend, Beatrice Stagon. In addition, we are also grateful for the love and compassion shown to her by the Sandusky and Wlahofsky families, especially the late John and Millie Reiland. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will be prayed at 7 p.m. A funeral Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, with interment at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 211 Cable Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Hershman, Lois H. 84

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Lois H. Hershman, 84, of Hampton Township, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Isabel (O'Neal) Hershman; and sister of the late Robert. She will be greatly missed by her brother, James and his wife, Marge; sister-in-law, Jean; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Lois worked as a paralegal for 30 years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She returned to Pennsylvania to spend her retirement years closer to her family. Lois's family will welcome friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at KING FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in St. Catherine of Sweden Roman Catholic Church, where Lois was a member, 2554 Wildwood Road, Wildwood. She will be laid to rest at the Uniondale Cemetery in Pittsburgh. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her honor in support of the Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horn Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Lois's family at http://www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Jones, Robert A. 80

  • Sewickley
  • Born: 1933-11-24
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Copeland's, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Robert A. Jones, 80, of Sewickley, passed Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Born Nov. 24, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Ernest and Julia (Kopnickey) Jones. He was the beloved husband of 49 years to Elizabeth (Goodbread) Jones; father of Douglas (Staci) Jones, of Dublin, Ohio; and grandfather of Cody, Ross, Emma and Joey Perkins. Robert was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy, and was a customer engineer with IBM. He loved to be on the move and fixing things. Known for his kind spirit and gentle heart, he was a man of few words but left a lasting impression on all he met. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at COPELAND'S, 702 Beaver St., Sewickley, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Ohio.
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Khalil, Yassemine 70

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Yassemine Khalil, 70, of Baldwin Borough, passed peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, surrounded by all of her children, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late Elias Khalil; beloved mother of Josephine (Merwan) Aboud, Jamil (Odeese) Khalil, Nasra (Najib) Aboud, Lina (Joudat) Makhoul, Georgette Farah, Hannah (Mazen) Kahwash, Atallah (Jamie) Khalil, Firas (Jillian) Khalil and Johnny Khalil; and dear sister of the late Wadih and the late Elias, Naiem, Amaleen and Nuhad Nadour. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Yassemine enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren; she was well known for her wise words and always giving prayers to others. She loved to laugh and make people smile. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and warm heart. Family and friends were received Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, where Trisagion prayers were held Thursday evening. Visitation continued from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 3400 Dawson St. Burial followed in St. George Cemetery, Bridgeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in remembrance of Yassemine. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Kozak, Frank E. 75

  • Bethel Park
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Frank E. "Tim" Kozak, 75, of Bethel Park, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Janet Kozak; loving father of Frank (Niki) Kozak, Daniel Reddick, Allison (Patrick) Ross, Ashley (Scott) Pritchard and the late Michael Kozak; dear brother of Mary (Jim) Weber, Tom (Lori) Kozak and Phil Kozak; cherished grandfather of Ryan Kozak, Brianna and Kevin Ross, Donovan Reddick, baby Pritchard and the late Justin Kozak; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Tim was an Army veteran. He worked for J and L Steel River Division on the Aliquippa as a chief engineer and for Mon Valley Hospital as an engineering supervisor. He was a member of the Vintage Tin Car Club, Carrick Sportsman Club, and was an avid outdoorsman. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUER. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724 941-3211. A service will be celebrated at noon Saturday in Windover Hills United Methodist Church, 6751 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Family suggests memorial contributions to Windover Hills United Methodist Church. Please view or add tributes at: http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Marze, Charles A. 87

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: DAlessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Charles A. Marze, 87, of Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He leaves behind a legacy of love in a life well-led. He honorably served in the Navy during World War II and dedicated 47 years of labor to the national biscuit company, but his proudest life accomplishment was in living the life of his dreams by having a large family. He was the father of Frank (Jacqui Menzie) Marze, Sharyn Madden, the late Charlene (Paul) Sexton, Mary (James) Coco, Victoria (Spurrier) Marze, Francine (John) Weaver and Charles Anthony Jr.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews. He will receive his last blessings at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 7601 Mt. Carmel Road, Verona, and finally after many years wait rest by the side of his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Kovac) Marze. A celebration of his life for friends and family will be held from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at NBVFD, 600 Anderson St., North Braddock, PA 15104. In lieu of flowers, please donate gifts to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Charles and his late grandson, Sgt. Ronald Zapf. Professional services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville.
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Mramor, Dolores E. 70

  • Forest Hills , Formerly of North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Dolores E. "Elaine" (Barnes) Mramor, 70, of Forest Hills, formerly of North Braddock and Swissvale, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Edward R. Mramor for 50 years; loving mother of Darlene (Daniel) Yeager, of Pittston, Denise (Thomas) Nardozzi, of Wilkins Township, and Lori (Shawn) McDermott, of Brookline; dear grandmother of Daniel, Bryan, Caitlin, Ashley, Lisa, Marcus, Erynn and Kayleigh; proud great-grandmother of Breyden, MacKenzie and Heaven; and brother of David (Helen) Barnes, of North Braddock, and the late Donald (surviving spouse, Patricia) Barnes. Elaine was a 1962 graduate of North Braddock Scott High School and has served on many reunion committees. She had been a secretary, volunteer and "Mom" to many members of the former North Braddock EMS. Elaine enjoyed shopping, dining out and weekend drives, especially at this time of year. Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 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 will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Colman Church. Entombment will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or http://www.familyhospicepa.org. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Mularkey, William F. 90

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • William F. Mularkey, 90, a longtime resident of Swissvale, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. He was a son of the late Michael and Mary Mularkey; brother of Mary Edrie (Mularkey) Strutt and the late Lawrence Raymond Mularkey, Margaret Gene (Mularkey) Wojnar; and uncle of many loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Bill was a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad and retired with more than 40 years of service. He graduated from Scott High School, North Braddock, and served in the Navy. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Word of God Church.
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O'Malley, Mary Jo 84

  • Mount Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Mary Jo (Conroy) O'Malley, 84, of Mt. Lebanon, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 52 years of the late John J. O'Malley; devoted mother of Patty (Maynard) Honabach, of Louisville, Tenn., Katy (Jeff) McGovern, of Erie, Jack (Sue) O'Malley, of Upper St. Clair, Jim (Catherine) O'Malley, of Upper St. Clair, and Joe (Mary Kay) O'Malley, of Naples, Fla.; loving sister of Jack Conroy and Betty Conroy, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and the late Sally (Conroy) Reagan; cherished grandmother of Stacy, Kelly and Eric Honabach, Heather, Emily, Anna, Mary Catherine and Margaret Mary McGovern, Julie, Leslie and Emily O'Malley, Brigid and JoJo O'Malley, and Ashley, Seamus, Maria, Grace, Liam, Rose, Alannah and Lucy O'Malley; and is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. She attended St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her degree as a registered nurse. She enjoyed more than 25 years in nursing and retired from St. Clair Memorial Hospital. Mary Jo was an avid golfer, but her true passion was her service to her parish family of St. John Capistran Church. She was a devoted member of the Rosary Group, the Ladies of Charity and she worked tirelessly in bereavement ministry. The family wants to express special thanks to the Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County for all their help and support. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John Capistran Church. Interment at Calvary Cemetery of Youngstown, Ohio, will be private. If desired, memorials may be made to Ladies of Charity at St. John Capistran Church, 1610 McMillan Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. http://www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Palmer, Leonard 86

  • Munhall
  • Born: 1928-01-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Leonard Palmer passed away at 86 on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Munhall, to Leonard Alexander Palmer and Dora Howden Palmer. He grew up there, graduating from Munhall High School in June of 1945. In August 1945, he enlisted in the Marines and spent a year in post World War II Asia, serving in the China Theater. When he returned from overseas, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1950 with a degree in political science. For the next 36 years, he worked for U.S. Steel, rising from the mills to become the supervisor and coordinator of the Eastern Steel Division. Leonard was married for 41 years to Helen Ann Palmer. His stepson, Joe Ripper and Joe's wife, Sharon Ripper; his stepdaughter, Doreen Ripper; and his grandchildren, Brian Ripper and Kira Ripper, survive him. In addition, he leaves behind his brother-in-law, Ken Benner; and his nieces, Kathleen Duble, Lauren Romain and Mara Benner; and a nephew, Bill Martin. Leonard loved to go to the races and was an avid Steelers fan. At his last residence, St. Barnabas Retirement Village, where he had many friends, he loved playing cards and bocce. At age 85, he fulfilled one of his bucket list items and went skydiving. He was a man who was always there for those who loved him, and he will be deeply missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. A service will be held for Leonard at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the same location. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Platek, Nancy J. 61

  • Castle Shannon
  • Born: 1952-11-16
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Ball, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Nancy Jane Platek, 61, of Castle Shannon, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Our dear Nancy was born Nov. 16, 1952, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Stanley J. Platek and Mary Jane (Konkus) Platek. She is survived by her sister, Karen A. Sumner; brother, Steven J. Platek; and their families. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Hamilton Park at the top of Grant St. in Castle Shannon. Lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Nancy's name to The Castle Shannon Public Library or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL INC.
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Price, Leona F. 80

  • Gibsonia , Formerly of Claremont, N.H.
  • Born: 1934-06-11
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Leona F. Price, 80, of Gibsonia, formerly of Claremont, N.H., died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was born June 11, 1934, in Claremont, a daughter of the late Leonard and Lena (St. Martin) Bugbee. She was also preceded in death by her first two husbands, the late Kenneth Bemis and Stanley Fitch. She was the beloved wife of R. Gerald Price, of Gibsonia; loving mother of Karen F. (David) Parker, Stephen Fitch, Kevin Fitch, Corinne (Bill Curry) Price and Timothy Price; sister of Bernard, Richard and Robert Bugbee; and dear grandmother of Katharine Parker; a graduate of Stevens High School in Claremont, where she remained active with the alumni association for many years, Leona went on to attend Keene Teacher's College in Keene, N.H. She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in Claremont, teaching Sunday School for more than 10 years, serving as a church clerk as well as a deaconate member for many years. Leona loved the beach, music, cooking, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a true people person, always enjoying the company of friends and family. A devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, she loved her dear family and especially her pet cats. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in First Congregational Church, 72 Pleasant St., Claremont, NH 03743. Arrangements entrusted to SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., Bakerstown. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to First Congregational Church, Stevens High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or Sullivan County Humane Society.
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Ritenbaugh, Edwin Jack J. 78

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Edwin J. "Jack" Ritenbaugh, 78, of Shaler Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. He was the husband of Barbara A.; father of Sharon (Darryl) Long and Debra (Jeff) Brown; grandfather of Kristin, Jason and Peter Long and Kevin (Gretchen) and Erin Brown; great-grandfather of Samuel Brown; and brother of Betty Galvin, Evelyn Williamson, Barbara Costa and the late Lois Orbell. Jack was a branch manager for Mellon Bank, a service advisor for Tom Henry Chevrolet and the business manager for Elfinwild Presbyterian Church. Jack lived for his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchild, as he was truly a grandpa at heart. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the church. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Russell, Robert G.

  • Aspinwall
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Robert G. Russell, of Aspinwall, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. He was the husband of Molly (MacKrell) Russell; father of Robert, of St. Louis, Mo., John, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Shelley Marvich, of Penn Hills; grandfather of Brock, Brody, Bryan, Benjamin, Garrett and Sean; and brother of the late Eileen Streicher, Jack Russell and Joanne Nestler. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a proud veteran of the Korean War and served with the Army. No visitation. Service and interment private. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Slagel, Gloria B. 86

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Gloria B. (Santella) Slagel, 86, passed peacefully Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. She was a resident of Allison Park. She was the loving mother of Gary (Joyce) Slagel and G. Anthony (Tracy) Slagel; sister of Anne Lucente and the late Herman (Viola) Santella; beloved grandmother of Matthew (Adriane) Slagel, Mark (Janet) Slagel, Savannah (Garrison) Slagel Hennig, Madison Slagel, Mackenzie Slagel, Evan Slagel and Emory Slagel; devoted great-grandmother of Arlo Slagel and a soon to arrive great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her devoted nephew, Dennis Lucente. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Mary Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Remembrances can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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Staniszewski, Leah J. 29

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Leah J. Staniszewski, 29, of South Park, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was a beloved daughter of Kathy and the late Michael; loving sister of John, Amy, Jill (Sean) McArdle, Emily (her twin sister) and April (Mike) Gitzen; special person who was like a father to her, Lenny McArdle; cherished aunt of Olivia McArdle; and granddaughter of Jerry and Sue Geiser, Gertrude and the late John Staniszewski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park. Donations in her memory can be made to The American Liver Foundation, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 215, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Vautier, Adele E. 91

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-09-30
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Adele E. (DeMars) Vautier, 91, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Andrew M. Vautier; loving mother of Drew (Mary Ann) Vautier, Francis (Mary Kay) Vautier and James Vautier; sister of the late James J. DeMars Jr.; loving grandmother of Brian, Beth Ann, Renee, Jamie, Courtney, Brianna and James; and great-grandmother of Gabriella, Madeline, Brady, Sophie and Connor. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Therese of Lisieux Church. The family of Adele wishes to thank Vitas Hospice and the staff of Locust Grove Senior Living for all their help and support during a difficult time. Friends may leave condolences for the family at http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Vinski, Lillian G. 83

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-09-27
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lillian G. Vinski, 83, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. She was the mother of Suzannah Maduro; daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret (Dukovic) Vinski; and sister of Rita Liebler and the late Bernice Bubanovich and Lawrence Vinski (surviving wife, Nancy). And so God calls home one of his finest of all his daughters. Lillian was an incredibly faithful and grateful woman who gave her all, always, for others. Her perpetual smile and desire to learn never ceased, nor did her desire to share and teach. A gentle woman who did her best to be Christ-like, she passed in peace and soulful prayer at her home, surrounded by loved ones. An adventurer and philosopher, Lillian's travels took her to Europe and to the Virgin Islands, where she would eventually live, teach and raise her daughter, before returning home to Pittsburgh. She leaves behind many special friends and family, but number one is her only and devoted daughter, Suzannah Maduro, her loving friend and caretaker. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Lillian would be pleased if she knew that all reading this would give thanks for their blessings while at the same time, doing what they are able, to help others. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Diffenderfer, Ruth G. 65

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1949-02-08
  • Died: 2014-09-22
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Ruth Grace (Loughner) Diffenderfer, 65, of Irwin, passed from this life peacefully Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, after her 26-year battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Greensburg, a daughter of Ruth (Kunkle) Loughner, of Irwin, and the late Wayne Loughner. She grew up in Irwin, where she was a girl scout and graduated from Norwin High School, Class of 1967. She then went to Grove City College, where she met her husband, Dennis, earned a degree in elementary education, and was president of the sorority, Theta Alpha Pi. She also received a master's degree in elementary education from Penn State University. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 25 years at Norwin School District. She also served as President of the Norwin PTA. During her tenure at Norwin, "Mrs. D" formed many lasting relationships with the children she taught, parents and colleagues. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Irwin her whole life, where she served as a deacon and elder. We thank Ruthie for all the joy she gave us. She was an extraordinary daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, teacher, neighbor, cousin, colleague and volunteer, and most importantly, an incredible person who believed in the resurrected Jesus Christ. Your Tuesday morning Bible class will miss you dearly. Farewell to the lady with a smile! In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis R. Diffenderfer; her children, David Diffenderfer, of Irwin (an Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne), Julie Armel and her husband, Adam, of Dormont; her brother, Joe Loughner, of Tulsa, Okla.; and beloved cousins, Paul and Chelsea Bair, of Tucson, Ariz., Skip and Mary-Ann Leon, of Concord, N.H., John and Alex Kunkle, of Monroeville, Bill and Jan Kunkle, of Camillus, N.Y., Rick and Denise Kunkle, of Brighton, Mich., Daryl Gilder, of Rowley, Mass., Ed and Ann McEndarfer, of Bloomington, Ind., and Puran and Susanna Bair of Tucson, Ariz. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Ken and Carolyn Diffenderfer, formerly of Hagerstown, Md. Friends were received this past Wednesday and Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held this past Friday in First Presbyterian Church, 617 Main St., Irwin, with her pastor, Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman, officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund of Greensburg, by contacting Lisa Dormire at 724-832-8400 or Westmoreland County Community College Educational Foundation of Youngwood, by contacting Debra Woods at 724-925-4083. The family wishes to thank the staff of Redstone Highlands for their professional, conscientious and caring support during a difficult and trying time in the passing of their beloved Ruthie. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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McAdoo, Charlotte

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-20
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Charlotte McAdoo died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Charlotte went to heaven to be with her beloved husband Stanley McAdoo of 70 years. She is survived by her son, Gary McAdoo and his wife, Sue; and her daughter, Shirley (McAdoo) Pickens and her husband, Jack. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Murrysville Community Church, with an ice cream social to follow. Arrangements entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Monsour, Gilbert J. 86

  • Adamsburg
  • Born: 1928-05-07
  • Died: 2014-10-01
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Gilbert John Monsour, 86, of Adamsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Excela Westmoreland. He was born May 7, 1928, a son of the late John and Josephine (Urcheck) Monsour. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of VFW Post 781 and managed the Carlton Motel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Liotta. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Jean (Haluck) Monsour; children, Denise M. (Mike) Villi and Charlene DeFazio, both of Greensburg; grandchildren, Michael G. Villi, Anthony J. Villi, A.J. DeFazio, Anthony A. DeFazio II and Vincent L. DeFazio; great-grandchildren, Michael A. and Noah J. Villi; a brother, Gary P. Monsour; and a sister, Myra Beck, both of Florida; and is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Agnes Church, 11400 St. Agnes Lane St., North Huntingdon. For online condolences, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Proviano, Arthur A. 73

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2014-09-25
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Arthur A. Proviano, 73, of Murrysville, formerly of Manassas, Va., passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, peacefully surrounded by his family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Diana (Clouser) Proviano; loving father of David Proviano, Karen (Ignacio) Izaguirre and Michael (Kim) Proviano; proud grandfather of Sofia, Nico, Liam, Grace, Tatum and Tucker; brother of Fran (Tony) Proviano; and son of the late Jack and Frances (Aragonese) Proviano. Art was employed by Northwest Airlines as supervisor at Washington Dulles Airport and three years for Lake Central Airlines in Pittsburgh. He was volunteer chief and member of the Stonewall Jackson VFD and Rescue Squad, Manassas, Va., volunteer chief of the Prince William County Chiefs Association, and volunteer deputy sheriff, Prince William County, Va. Art was an Active Union Member LL 1759, Grievance Committee chairman, organizer, lobbyist and representative. He was also chairman of Prince William County Virginia Democratic Committee. Friends were received at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) corner of 445 Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Januarius Parish. Entombment follwed at Good Shepherd Cemetery. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Venturo, John J. 53

  • Trafford
  • Born: 1961-02-03
  • Died: 2014-09-29
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • John J. Venturo, 53, of Trafford, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Forbes Regional Hospital. John was born Feb. 3, 1961, the son of the late John J. Sr. and Norma Jean (Bradley) Venturo. John was a carpenter by trade and was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Trafford, volunteered helping children in the church and he was a friend of Bill W. John was preceded in death by his son, John David Venturo; his long term companion, Joyce Mack; and a brother, Edward Venturo. He is survived by his children, Dana Lee Venturo and Steven E. Venturo; his granddaughter, Liliana Venturo; a stepson, Michael Mack, all of Trafford; his fiance, Kim Lucarelli, of Trafford; his sister, Camille Venturo, of Trafford, Marianne Zipnock, of New Stanton, and Robert Venturo, of Trafford; uncle, Joe Venturo; and many nieces, nephews, their spuoses and children, cousins and friends. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 407 Duquesne Ave., Trafford, with Pastor Justin Judy, officiating. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Asbee, Dennis J. 64

  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Born: 1949-10-06
  • Died: 2014-09-28
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. "Pidge" Asbee, 64, of Norfolk, Va., passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Latrobe. Pidge enjoyed spending time with his family, bowling, fishing and traveling. Pidge is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sharon Giles Asbee; two sons, Nathan (Carrie) Asbee and Lance (Rachael) Asbee; three stepchildren, Chris (Melissa) Vogle, Melinda Vogle and Nicholas (Kristy) Vogle; nine grandchildren, Lily, Jack and Evelyn Asbee, Casey, Dalton, Addison, Colton and Conner Vogle and Cindy Smith; four brothers, Chuck Asbee, Robert (Judy) Asbee, Dan (Debbie) Asbee and Walter (Angel) Asbee; three sisters, Audrey Toth, Pauney Miller and Mildred Douglas; and several nieces and. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A committal service with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests financial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. For online donations and condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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