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Curd, Helena N. 94

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1919-09-19
  • Died: 2014-07-22
  • Funeral Home: Finney, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Helena Nettie Taylor Curd, 94, of Clairton, died peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at West Penn Hospital. She was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Johnstown, to the late Emory Williams and Cora Bentzoni Williams. Helena is survived by three daughters, Susan (Howard) Rowan, of Clairton, A. Taylor (John) Williams Wright, of Gladwyne, and Kerry (Thomas) Taylor Geletko, of Clairton; and one brother Ed Williams, of West Mifflin. Helena is also survived by eight grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Novice E. Curd; and brothers, Emory Jr., Pete, John and Bertram Williams. Helena was a 1937 graduate of Clairton High School, a Clairton resident for 55 years, a waitress at St. Clare Restaurant for 30 years and an avid reader. Helena loved her family and will be missed deeply. Arrangements are entrusted to S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Inurnment will take place at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Manns Choice, Pa., at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to ASPCA Online. Condolences may be shared at http://www.finneyfuneralhome.com.
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Dawes, Mary Ann

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Ann (Dudley) Dawes, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, July 27, 2014; wife of the late Pete Dawes; mother of Sam Dawes (Darlene); grandmother of Alex Dawes; and sister of Linda Verzinskie. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Fischer, Stephen G. 89

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Stephen G. Fischer, 89, of West Homestead, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the son of the late John and Bertha (Stepko) Fischer; beloved husband of 62 years to Frances (Ducar) Fischer; loving father of Stephen G. (Sheila) Fischer Jr., of Bridgeport, W. Va., and Cheryl Fischer, of Munhall; brother of the late John and Ernest Fischer; grandfather of Matthew (Ali) Fischer and C. Amanda Fischer; and great-grandfather of Lucy Grace Fischer. Stephen was a retired steelworker for US Steel Homestead Works, a member of the GCU and an avid bowler and golfer. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A Panachida service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. A funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elias Byzantine Church, Munhall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Stephen's memory to St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church, 4200 Homestead-Duquesne Road, Munhall, PA 15120. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Gillis, E. Mildred 86

  • East McKeesport
  • Born: 1927-09-09
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Forgie-Snyder, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • E. Mildred Gillis, 86, of East McKeesport, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 28, 2014. Born Sept. 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late R. Leslie and Ethel (Simpson) Gillis and was also preceded in death by a brother, R. Glenn Gillis; and a brother-in-law, Samuel Maddock. She is survived by her sisters, Jean Maddock and Marjorie Woodard, both of East McKeesport. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces and great-great nephews and nieces. Mildred was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was employed by the East Allegheny School District as an administrative secretary for many years until her retirement in December 2005. Mildred will be fondly remembered by her friends and co-workers in the school district. She was a longtime member of Broadway Alliance Church, where she faithfully worshipped and served the Lord her entire life. She was devoted to the worldwide ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was dearly loved by her church family. Mildred lived her life totally for others. Her family will remember her as a mentor who was always there for them when in need. She was unselfish, kind, caring and compassionate, dearly loved and respected by all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the FORGIE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Broadway Alliance Church, East McKeesport, with the Rev. Alan Thompson and Rev. John Patterson co-officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if donations would be made to Broadway Alliance Church, 1000 Broadway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, in memory of Mildred. The family would like to express appreciation to Denise Richardson and all the staff of Interim Healthcare Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of Mildred.
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Graham Sr., Edward J. 84

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Edward J. Graham Sr., 84, of Monroeville, died Monday, July 28, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Taufkirch) Graham; loving father of Edward (Diane) Graham Jr., William (Cyndee) Graham, Ronald (Karen) Graham, and Michael (Lisa) Graham; grandfather of nine; and great-grandfather of three. Ed loved his family and enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was a longtime member of St. Bernadette Parish and was a Korean War Marine veteran. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and Route 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, in St. Bernadette Parish. Interment with full military honors will follow in Restland Memorial. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Harris, Nicholas 95

  • West Mifflin
  • Born: 1919-04-23
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Nicholas Harris, 95, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was born April 23, 1919, in Homeville, and graduated from Homestead High School in 1939. "Statistics classify me as a hardworking man, but in my book, I'm a millionaire. Sure, I work hard. But when I leave the mill and step into my living room, the World's my oyster," spoke Nick Harris in the Pictorial Living Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph, Sept. 1, 1957 ("A Working Millionaire"). Nick worked for U.S. Steel in Homestead for 35 years as a First Helper in OH5, then as a night turn superintendent. During World War II, Nick was an aviation machinist mechanic in the Navy. He was the beloved husband of 65 years of Wanda B. (Kopacz) Harris, who predeceased him; father of Barbara (Zane Weiner) Harris and Pamela Holmes; grandfather of Taylor Holmes; and brother of the late Paul, Pauline, Mary, Mildred and Irene. Nick was a member of Resurrection Church, was a Boy Scout and played golf, baseball, basketball and football. The family wishes to thank Dr. Howard Pittle and Pauline Barton for their care and advice, Promise Hospice and Baldwin Health Center for their compassion and support and Nick's angel caregivers, Laurie Bezek and Kerry O'Neill. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, followed by interment in St. Elias Cemetery, West Mifflin. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Janetka, Penni L. 42

  • Clairton
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Penni Lynn (Veres) Janetka, 42, of Clairton, died Friday, July 25, 2014, in Jefferson Hospital. Her stay on earth was not long, but it was filled with her beautiful smile that could light up a room. During her stay with us she filled our hearts with love and laughter. We all shared many amazing moments that will be talked about for years to come. She was an amazing daughter, wife and mother. She will be truly missed by all of us but never forgotten. A domestic engineer, Penni was a 1989 Serra graduate and an active member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish. She is survived by her husband, Paul M. Janetka; her parents, John "Bo" and Stephanie (Julian) Veres; her children, Sgt. Brandon (Angela) Felicetty, USMC, Hope Felicetty, Mary Katherine and Anthony James Janetka; uncles and aunts, Jim (Claudia) Julian, of Pittsburgh, Dan (Mary) Julian, of Akron, Ohio, Dean (Lisa) Julian, of Exton, Terry (Denise) Julian, of Clairton, and Jeff Julian, of Clairton; and awesome cousins. She was preceded in death by an infant son and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Julian and Mr. and Mrs. John Veres. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in St. Clare of Assisi Church. Interment will be private. We know that you will follow us along the paths of our lives and help guide us through the good times and bad times. We all love you from the bottom of our hearts. Until we meet again, God bless. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Ketterer, Marie J. 93

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Marie J. (Fusan) Ketterer, 93, of Etna, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Ketterer Jr.; mother of Charles J. III (Carol) Ketterer, Kerry (Jim) Weber, Judith Ketterer-Takac (George) and the late Patricia Bailey; sister of Dorothy Theiss, Anna Stepp and the late Robert Fusan, Julia Kruljac, Eleanor Krancjcich and Lawrence, Joseph, Ralph and Edward Fusan; grandmother of Michael, Patrece and Melissa Bailey, Lisa (Mark) Fetzner and Jason (Tara) and Jessica Weber; and great-grandmother of Christopher Bailey, Noah and Hunter Corpening and Matthew Fetzner. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, in All Saints Church, Etna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to All Saints Church Stained Glass Fund, 19 Wilson St., Etna, PA 15223. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Koreny, Brian R. 21

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Brian Robert Koreny, 21, of Pleasant Hills, died Friday, July 25, 2014. He was the beloved son of Robert and Mary Rose (Casasanta) Koreny; loving brother of Brigette Koreny; grandson of Mildred and the late John Koreny and Michael and the late Angela Casasanta; also survived by extended family and friends. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the SAVOLSKIS - WASIK - GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Pleasant Hills, followed by interment at Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pittsburgh, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, http://www.alz.org/pa/. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Krohmaly, Anna

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Anna (Koscho) Krohmaly, of Swissvale, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, Friday, July 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of 61 years to Arnold W. Krohmaly; loving mother of Bill Krohmaly and his wife, Diane, and Bob Krohmaly and his wife, Patti; dear Baba of Randi, Michael, Bradley, Katie and Kylie; and sister of John Kosco. Anna and her husband, Arnold, started Krohmaly's Printing in 1957, and she worked there until shortly before her passing. She embraced her Slovak heritage and was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union, Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union, Slovak Radio Hour, Pittsburgh Slovakians and was currently president of the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union Lodge 42. Anna enjoyed cooking traditional Slovak dishes and desserts for her family and friends, working at the print shop and spending time with her grandchildren, friends and her angel, Patti. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Anselm-Word of God Roman Catholic Church. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Longwell, Beverly A. 76

  • Hampton Township
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Beverly Ann (Nohach) Longwell, 76, of Hampton Township, passed away peacefully Friday, July 25, 2014, at her home. She was born in Butler, to the late Nicholas J. and the late Genevieve T. (Critchlow) Nohach. She was married to the late David C. Longwell. Beverly was a longtime active parishioner of Christ Episcopal Church. She earned her teaching degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's in business education from Robert Morris University. Mrs. Longwell was a teacher with Shaler Area School District for 35 years, retiring in 1993. She enjoyed traveling to Florida for relaxation. She is survived by her stepchildren, Laura (David) Lindt, of Lancaster, Beth (John) Miller, of Lancaster, and Dean (Amy) Longwell, of Hampton Township; stepgrandchildren, Maureen (Karsten) Yoder, Michelle Miller, Molly Miller, Rachael Lindt and Dana Lindt, all of Lancaster, Grace Longwell and Brady Longwell, both of Hampton Township. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Longwell. As per her request, Mrs. Longwell will have no public visitation. A private service will be held at a later date at the Christ Episcopal Church. She will be laid to rest at the Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in her honor to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Please visit http://www.kingfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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Martineau, Floyd M. 91

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Floyd M. Martineau, 91, of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Marcella (Wisniewski) Martineau; loving father of James Conrad Martineau and Thaddeus Allen (Joyce) Martineau; and grandfather of Christian Martineau. Family and friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Medved, Richard E. 78

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1935-08-27
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • Richard E. Medved, 78, of Port Vue, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, in his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1935, in McKeesport, a son of the late Caroline Kolic and John Medved. A retired mechanic for Helms Express in Irwin and a parishioner of Corpus Christi in McKeesport, Richard was a proud Vietnam War veteran of the Army, a member of the Port Vue American Legion Post No. 447, Club Dobrotvor and the CFU Lodge No. 3. He is survived by his children, Rick (Victoria) Medved, Sheryl (Stephen) Kamp, of McKeesport, Eric (Veronica) Medved, of Denver, Colo., Jay (Janet) Medved, of Liberty Borough, and Donald (Lorelei) Medved, of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Genevieve Terranova, of Maryland; and also nieces and nephews, especially Diane Brooks and John Gross. Besides his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Madeline Gross. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A blessing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the funeral home, with Father Michael Maranowski officiating. Procession and burial, with honors performed by the American Legion Post No. 447 Honor Guard, will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Port Vue. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Nerone, F. Regan 73

  • South Park
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • F. Regan Nerone, 73, of South Park, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. Regan is survived by his loving spouse, Margaret (Ondovchik); beloved children and grandchildren, Michael Francis and Amy (wife), Katie, Mandy, Sean and Elizabeth Nerone; Rebecca Ann and Glenn (husband), Josh, Max, Sam and Spencer Yauch; Laura Lee and Andrew (husband), Tess, Ellie and Meg Reinhart; siblings, James Randal and Roberta (wife) Nerone, John Roger and Helena (wife) Nerone, Richard Anthony and Kathy (wife) Nerone, Johanna and Richard (husband) Smith, Margaret Mary and Dr. Ronald (husband) DiCarlo, Phillip Nerone, Kathy (Nerone) Peters; also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Nerone. Regan was a graduate of Baldwin High School and Duquesne University, B.A.; a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity; a graduate of Duquesne School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree; and a lieutenant in the Army, Commander 993rd Base Post Office. Regan was a senior attorney for Westinghouse, general counsel for RIDC, solicitor for Collier Township, South Park Township and Alcosan; law clerk for the Honorable Robert A. Kelly, and director of aviation for Allegheny County and director of property and supplies for Allegheny County. In his private law practice, he was a general practitioner with specialties in anti-trust, municipal land estates and trusts. Regan was a member and active participant at Nativity Catholic Church, where he was on the Pastoral Council, catechist for CCD and RCIA, Eucharistic minister and lector. He was the 2006 recipient of the Pittsburgh Manifest Kingdom of God Award. He was a council member, president and formation director of the Secular Discalced Carmelites. Regan was a recovering alcoholic. He was an avid Steelers fan and a fan of all activities of his 11 grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Nativity Catholic Church, South Park, followed by entombment at the All Saints (Braddock Catholic) Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Nativity Catholic Church, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Online condolences can be given at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home, http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Payne Sr., James P. 58

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • James P. Payne Sr., 58, of Turtle Creek, died heroically Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 34 years in August of Vicki (Donofrio) Payne; loving father of Jim "Slim" (Crystal) Payne Jr., of Turtle Creek, Sara (Louis) Payne, of Penn Hills, and Marisa Payne, of Turtle Creek; proud grandfather of Makaylee Payne; brother of Daniel (Mary Beth) Payne, David (Fran) Payne, Tim (Cathyann) Payne and Rob Payne; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim was a retired employee of Kopp Glass with more than 25 years of service. He was an avid fisherman, especially fishing at Crooked Creek State Park. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Colman Church. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Pfennigwerth, Lois M. 81

  • Brighton Heights
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Lois M. (Barbin) Pfennigwerth, 81, of Brighton Heights, passed peacefully Friday, July 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of 37 years to the late Robert T. Pfennigwerth; dear mother of Robert Pfennigwerth, Elaine Pfennigwerth and Leslie Carter; proud grandmother of Chelsie N. Carter, Monica M. Fowler and Emma (Emzie) Pfennigwerth; and sister of Wade (Judy) Barbin and the late Thomas Barbin. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Risen Lord Parish. Interment will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Please leave condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Polak, Edward G. 61

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Edward G. Polak, 61 of Munhall, died, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in the comfort of his home with family by his side. Born in 1952, in Homestead, to Dorothy (Manzak) and the late Michael Polak, he attended Homestead High School and received a football scholarship to Youngstown State University. Ed was married to Dauna Helen Koestline. They celebrated their 43rd anniversary last year. Survivors include his wife, Dauna; mother, Dorothy; his daughter, Amy (Brian) Tomasic; his son, Jamie (Jackie) Polak; his brother, Michael "Mickey" (Kathy) Polak; and grandchildren include, Cal Tomasic, Chase Polak, Camden Polak and Mia Tomasic. Also, Ed enjoyed his remaining years with his good friend, Jack Linsenbigler and cherished the love of the Fetzko family (Russ, Lisa, Rudy and Joey). Ed also is adored and will be missed by his dog, Franklin. Ed's pride and joy were his two children, Amy and Jamie. Ed's grandchildren were "everything to him." Ed was a strong man, a loyal friend and a great family man. Affectionately known as "G" to his grandchildren, Ed told some, the "G" denoted his middle name which few knew was George. Others he told it stood for the word "Great." However, it stood for Grandfather. Ed Polak was the best grandparent a child could imagine! He will be remembered, celebrated and missed. We love you "G!" Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME. The funeral Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Therese Church in Munhall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations on Ed's behalf to St. Therese School, 3 St. Therese Court, Munhall, PA 15120; and/or the Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Prior, Susan E. 76

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Susan E. Prior, 76, of Shaler Township, died Saturday, July 26, 2014. She was the wife of Francis E.; mother of Scott Prior; daughter of the late William E. and Elizabeth M. Cook; and sister of Linda Cook, of Mountainview, Calif. Susan was a longtime employee of the Fox Chapel School District. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Puckey, Blanche F. 76

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1938-03-31
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Blanche F. (Aldridge) Puckey, 76, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in UPMC Shadyside. She retired after 30 years of service as a cafeteria worker for the Elizabeth Forward School District and was a former member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth. Blanche enjoyed bowling and was a member of various leagues at Brunswick and Colonial Lanes. Born March 31, 1938, in Monongahela, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Dubbs) Aldridge. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, James C. Puckey Sr.; daughter, Joyce (Jim) Reed, of Belle Vernon; son, James C. (Bonnie) Puckey Jr., of Finleyville; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Rebekah) Puckey, Noah Reed, Gabriel Reed, Samantha (fiance, Ryan Hohn) Puckey, Megan Puckey, James Reed, Kristina (Casey) Walton, Megan (Jason) Sonson and Amanda Poland; five great-grandchildren, Makayla, Alexander, Nicholas, Dylan and Madison; sister, Virginia Aldridge, of Wilmington, N.C.; brother, David Aldridge, of Floreffe; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. James Mimidis officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1133 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Puskaric, Lenore 81

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Lenore "Winko" (Zvonkovich) Puskaric, 81, of Swissvale, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Puskaric Sr.; loving mother of the late Frank and Annette Puskaric; sister of Johanna "Gussy" Rupcic, the late Theresa Stanley and Josephine "Jummy" Hlavac; also numerous nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 Fourth Ave., Rankin, PA 15104, 412-271-6322. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Word of God Parish, Swissvale. Interment will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Romano, Doloyse E. 85

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Doloyse E. "Dolly" Romano, 85, of Ross Township, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the wife of the late Carl Romano; loving mother of June Roderus (George), Susan (Herb) Stepchuk (John), and Donna Hierta (Joe); proud grandmother of Christine Herb (Andrew), Kathleen Roderus, John Herb (Amanda), and George Roderus; devoted great-grandmother of Elliot and Hayden Cook; sister of June Chapman (the late William), Felix Hammill (Donna), Betsy Helbig (Kurt), William Weir (Maria), Mary Schlentner (Ken), Zoe Motta (Jim), and Jim Weir (Kathy); and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Athanasius Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
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Spicuzza, Leonard A. 81

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Leonard A. "Hawk" Spicuzza, 81, of West Mifflin, formerly of Hays, died Monday, July 28, 2014. Len was a retired lab technician for Harbison Walker Refractories, was a Korean War Navy veteran and was a member of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church. He was very active in all types of athletics his entire life and Steel Valley's softball team No. 1 fan. Lenny enjoyed all 81 years of his life. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Sullivan) Spicuzza; beloved father of Leonard J. (Marie), of West Mifflin, Linda Bajus, of Dravosburg, Christine (Tim) Martin, of Pleasant Hills, and Kenneth (Patricia), of Oviedo, Fla.; and cherished grandfather of Marissa, Anthony, Bryan, Joshua, Samuel and Emma. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, in Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church. Please share your memories and condolences at http://www.georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.
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Wojtaszek, Joseph A. 96

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Joseph Andrew Wojtaszek, 96, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary Margaret (Malik) Wojtaszek; father of Robert (Susan) Wojtaszek, of Duquesne, Pamela (late Ronald) Tolagian, of Virginia, Joanne Murphy, of West Mifflin, and the late Richard Wojtaszek; brother of Wanda Gretz and the late Helen Wesley, Jean Vecchio, Walter Walters and Henry Walters; and is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Joseph was a retired general foreman for the B and O Railroad. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Therese Church, Munhall. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Zelinsky, Patricia J. 78

  • Moon Township
  • Born: 1936-03-30
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Copeland, Coraopolis | Get Directions
  • Patricia J. (Batch) Zelinsky, 78, a Moon Township resident since 1972, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospice House. She was born March 30, 1936, in Leetsdale, beloved wife for 57 years of Joseph R. Zelinsky; loving mother of Robert Joseph Zelinsky (Constance), of Regent Square, and Marc Zelinsky (Rita), of Charleston, S.C.; proud grandmother of Julia Faye and Olivia Claire and their mom, Gretchen; sister of Andrew Batch Jr. (Deborah), of Maryland, and the late Ralph Flora; cherished aunt of Antoinette Flora, of Gallup, N.M., Nicole Flora, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Drew Batch, of Boise, Idaho. Pat was a member of West Hills Christian Church, an administrative assistant at LTV Steel, Aliquippa works, a former teacher's aide at Hyde Elementary School and was an avid reader and flower gardener. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 until time of service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at COPELAND'S MOON TOWNSHIP, 981 Brodhead Road. A private entombment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery. Family welcomes flowers or donations in Pat's name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Zuccher, Kathleen A.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-07-28
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Kathleen A. Zuccher, of Shaler Township, died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Josephine G. and Anthony J. Zuccher; loving sister of Vivian L. Zuccher and Mary Ellen (Bernie) Dolansky; dear aunt of Stephen (Christa) and Kevin Dolansky; and niece of Margaret Miscio. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, in All Saints Church, Etna. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Kelly, Mary Ellen 83

  • Summerfield, Fla.
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hiers-Baxley, Ocala | Get Directions
  • Mary Ellen Kelly, 83, of Summerfield, Fla., passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in her residence. Mrs. Kelly was born in Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington. She was a registered nurse in both Pennsylvania and Florida worked until she retired in Florida. She then became the nurse in her community, always helping her neighbors. Her final passion was gardening. She created a beautiful yard, full of plants and flowers. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and eating -- especially ice cream. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa D. Kelly, of Summerfield, Fla.; two grandsons, SSGT. Kelly H. Garmer, of San Diego, Calif., and Austin J. Kelly, of Florida; and brother, Calvin McElroy, of Apollo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond M. McElroy and Mamie E. Slonaker McElroy Yockey; husband, Francis R. Kelly; daughter, Nancy G. Kelly; and brother, Raymond M. McElroy. There will be no services, upon her request. Arrangements by HIERS-BAXLEY FUNERAL SERVICES, The Villages, Fla. Please make donations to Hospice of Marion County. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.hiers-baxley.com.
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