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Allegheny County

Benko, Frank 86

  • Reserve Township
  • Born: 1927-09-28
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Frank Benko, 86, of Reserve Township, died peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Slovenia, Yugoslavia. He was the beloved husband of the Rev. Patricia Arledge-Benko; loving father of Frances Marie (Ronald) Bishop; stepfather of Zeta A. (Charles H. Jr.) Turner; and grandfather of Michael and Stephen Turner. Frank worked for 35 years for John Unertl Optical Company on East St. and in Mars. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ross Township. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Alzheimer's Association of Pittsburgh, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or American Slovenian Citizens Association, 230 Herron Ave., Cheswick, PA 15024. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Carmassi, Evelyn M.

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross | Get Directions
  • Evelyn Marie (Yacomelli) Carmassi, of Ross Township, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Carmassi; loving mother of Gary M. Carmassi (Judy), Ronald P. Carmassi (Linda) and the late Joseph S. Carmassi Jr. Mrs. Carmassi is also survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Evelyn was a longtime restaurant owner in the North Hills area, owning Rebels Corner Restaurant and Carmassi's Restaurant in Ross Township. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, North Hills, where a blessing service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Vincentian Home.
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Carr, Catherine M. 92

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Catherine M. (Adelman) Carr, of McCandless, peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the age of 92. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Carr; beloved mother of Susanne (William Medovitch) Carr and the late Diane Carr; grandmother of Lori Hayden and Kevin and Jeff Medovitch; and was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Juliet and Elsa. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephew, Marge Hickman, Sandy Wittman and Ed Gangwisch, as well as many good friends and neighbors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday in St. John's Lutheran of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 311 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Cieslak, Lorraine C. 83

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1930-09-10
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Lorraine C. Cieslak, 83, of Richland Township, Gibsonia, died Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, at St. Barnabas Home in Gibsonia. Born in Scottdale, Sept. 10, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Lorraine Amend Carlin. A homemaker, Lorraine was a member of St. Kilian Church, where she belonged to the Christian Mothers. An avid card player in the Mars area, she also was a member of the Haymont Card Club. Surviving are two daughters, Mary J. Watach (Joseph), of Ambridge, and Kathleen M. Ochsenreiter (Robert), of Glenshaw; six sons, Edward T. Cieslak (Irene), of Tucson, Ariz., David G. Cieslak (Linda), of St. Michael, Minn., Kenneth V. Cieslak (Catherine), of Lady Smith, Va., Gregory P. Cieslak, of Gibsonia, Jeffrey A. Cieslak (Christen), of Ben Avon, and Brian K. Cieslak, of Gibsonia; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Regina Carlin, of Lake Charles, La.; a brother, George Carlin (Carol), of Economy Borough; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor A. Cieslak, whom she married on Jan. 19, 1952, and who died Oct. 20, 2008; by a sister, Rose Mary Aul; and three brothers, James, Thomas and William Carlin. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry streets, Mars, with Father Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Pine Township. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, in care of St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Clifford, Ellen

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Sperling, McCandless | Get Directions
  • Ellen "Bonnie" Clifford, of Ross Township, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the loving mother of Eric Clifford and grandmother of Ashley Clifford; sister of Walt (Kay) Kaye, Ruth (Ron) Roth, Paul (Arlene) Kaye, Marion (Rob) Patinski and Roberta Niggel; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until the time of service at 8 p.m. Wednesday at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, McCandless. Memories can be left at http://www.sperlingfuneral.com.
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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 will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street, where services will be held at 10 a.m. 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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Goston, Richard F. 67

  • Etna , Formerly of Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-04-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Richard F. Goston, 67, of Etna, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was the beloved father of Emily S. (Jorge) Orsovay and the late Gretchen M. Jones; loving grandfather of Nicholas Orsovay and Zachary and Carly Jones; and is also survived by former spouse, Carol (McElhattan) Logan. 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, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Grossman, Helen C. 92

  • Franklin Park
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Thoma, Wexford | Get Directions
  • Helen C. Grossman, 92, of Franklin Park, died Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late William Grossman; loving mother of William Grossman (Lois), Susan Hirt (Rick), Cheryl Love (Greg) and Michele Love (Jeffrey); sister of Lois Polivka and Walter Crispens (Shirl); and is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME INC., 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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Hartzer, George 93

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • George Hartzer, 93, of Munhall, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Jennie Hartzer; loving father of Leslie (Paul) Balint, Larry (Amy) Hartzer, Eric (Carol) Hartzer and Laura (Brian) Tebbe; grandfather of Lisa (Tom) Novosel, Nathan (Donna) Hartzer, Pete Hartzer, Emily (Mike) Harlacher, Amber (Matt) Alexander, Ryan Wingerson and Aaron Tebbe; great-grandfather of Hayden, Sydney, Carson, Elyse, Mikey and Carmella; and brother of Charles Hartzer and Elsie Scarsellone. He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers. George was a decorated World War II Army veteran. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be left at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Latzy, Margaret 90

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Marge" (Novak) Latzy, 90, of West Mifflin, died Monday, April 14, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Novak; beloved wife of the late George B. "Gute" Latzy; loving mother of Bernard (Bonnie) Latzy and June (Michael) Duli; sister of the late John, Andrew, Frank, Albert and Len Novak and Helen Gezovich; grandmother of Lynnette Carmichael, Lori (Brad) Gottschalk and the late Michael Christopher Duli; great-grandmother of Ashley and Amanda Minech, Michael Carmichael and Brenden, Madisyn and Cameron Gottschalk; and is also survived by two great-great-grandchildren. Marge loved to play cards and she faithfully did the Post-Gazette crossword puzzles daily. She was also a member of Resurrection Church in West Mifflin. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. A blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. http://www.swgfuneralhome.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 service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Memorial donations may be sent to the Lymphoma Society for Blood Cancer Research.
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Miller, Donald G. 83

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1930-10-10
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Donald G. Miller, 83, of Bethel Park, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian-Montefiore Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 10, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of the late George C. and Eleanor K. (Blum) Miller. Donald began his career as a ceramic engineer with Boeing Company, Wichita, Kan., and was employed by Cook Electric, Morton Grove, Ill., General Motors Company, Allison Division, Indianapolis, Ind., before retiring from the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation, R and D Center in Pittsburgh. He was an Army veteran who enjoyed hockey, especially when his son Keith was an avid hockey player growing up. Don was enthusiastic Steelers and Penguins fan. Other interests included tennis, golfing and skiing in his younger days. Memberships included but were not limited to the Franklin Mint Die Cast Collector Club, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, American Ceramic Society and the University of Buffalo Geology and Geography Society. Surviving are his devoted wife of 36 years, Mary Ann (Mance) Miller; loving son, Keith D. Miller and his wife, Alison (Kaufman) Miller, of Windham, N.H.; three cherished granddaughters, Julia, Kyla and Aliya, all of Windham, N.H.; a sister, Elaine (Miller) Nehrbass, of Mt. Dora, Fla.; and three nephews, Brian (Melissa) Nehrbass, of Newport News, Va., Gary (Cynthia) and Alan (Melissa) Nehrbass, all of Florida. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow with military honors in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.
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Sando, Dr. Isamu 85

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Isamu Sando, M.D., 85, professor emeritus, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. Born in 1928, in Ashikaga, Japan, near Tokyo, Dr. Isamu Sando worked hard as a young man to follow the example set by his father-in-law, Yoshio Ogura, who, during his career, had been awarded a Merit Medal from the Emperor of Japan. Dr. Isamu Sando graduated from Nihon University Medical School in 1952 and trained in Otolaryngology at Sagamihara National Hospital. In 1962 he came to the United States with his wife, Yoko, and their daughter, Mariko, to do a Fellowship in Temporal Bone Histopathology with Professor Harold Schuknecht at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Widely respected and dearly loved by his associates, research fellows and peers throughout the world, he is most fondly remembered as a kind, caring and compassionate professor of Otolaryngology and Pathology and the director of the Elizabeth McCullough Knowles Otopathology Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He mentored every resident in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh and more than 40 research fellows from his native Japan from 1976, when he joined the department, until his retirement in 2001. He helped everyone advance their careers and share the knowledge he had worked so hard to gain. His contributions to the Department of Otolaryngology were recognized by the Department in the awarding of Emeritus Professor status in October 2001. His unique ability to describe the microscopic anatomy of the temporal bone in both English and Japanese resulted in a better understanding of many disease processes in the ear and made him a much sought after lecturer throughout the world. During his 50-plus year career, he contributed more than 200 publications and published a medical school text book in Japan. He gave more than 260 lectures and presentations throughout the world. His research was consistently supported by research grants from NIH and the Deafness Research Foundation. In recognition of his significant contributions to medical science in 2007, he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasures, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon medal from the Emperor of Japan. He truly lived by his credo, "Think positive, work hard, and have good relations." This is best exhibited by his last year and a half with us in which he cast his walker aside and proudly strode the foyer to shake hands with the Japanese Consulate General while proudly wearing his Emperor's Medal, danced at his granddaughter's wedding, returned to his beloved Japan to see his friends, colleagues and research fellows at his Alma Mater, Nihon University. Early December brought the birth of his great-granddaughter, Casey Grace, and just before Christmas 2013, he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. He is survived by Yoko, his beloved wife of 54 years; daughter, Mariko (Jack); grandchildren, Jackson and Maya (Andrew); great-granddaughter, Casey Grace; sister, Kotoko Aoki; Pittsburgh family, Akiko, John, Miki, Erica and Justin; and his family's beloved hero, Dr. Eugene Myers, who was with them always as mentor, boss and, most importantly, friend. Isamu's passing was peaceful and in the presence of his loved ones. We will miss him dearly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street (http://www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, in Heinz Chapel.
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Schrieber, G. Eulalia 89

  • McKeesport
  • Born: 1924-10-31
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Craig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • G. Eulalia Schrieber, 89, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014, in Baldock Health Care Center, North Huntingdon. She was born Oct. 31, 1924, in McKeesport, the daughter of the late William V. and Henrietta (Bradley) Wylie. She was the wife of the late J. Raymond Schrieber. Eulalia formally worked for the Famous and Gimbles department stores. She also worked in the home health care. She was a former member of the White Oak Lions Club and AARP 2171. She had been a resident of the Grandview Apartments for several years. No visitation or services will be held. Private inurnment will be at Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum next to her husband. Arrangements are under the care of the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.
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Sobol, Jean K. 84

  • McKees Rocks
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Mcdermott, Mckees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Jean K. Sobol, a lifelong resident of McKees Rocks, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the age of 84. She was the beloved wife of the late Carl A.; loving mother of Carl F. (Sharon) and Tim. Jean also leaves behind her cherished granddaughter, Ashley. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, with a blessing service being held at 4 p.m. and Rosary being said at 7:30 p.m. http://www.mcdermottfuneralhome.com.
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Zacharias, William E. 90

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-04-11
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • William E. Zacharias, 90, of Ross Township, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. He was the loving father of Linda (Joseph) Danver and Donna (Gregg) Corsello; grandfather of Rebecca, Melissa, Joseph, Dawn and David; and is also survived by five great-grandchildren. Prior to his retirement, William worked as a guidance counselor in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. He was a member of the VFW, the North Allegheny Senior Softball Association and North Hills Community Baptist. William enjoyed life and could often be found playing softball and golf, dancing, playing cards or just socializing with his friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. Friends may gather at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for a procession to Mt. Royal Cemetery for committal services. Following that, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the North Hills Community Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at http://www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Balogh Sr., James 97

  • North Huntingdon , Formerly of White Oak
  • Born: 1916-11-11
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • James Balogh Sr., 97, of North Huntingdon, formerly of White Oak and McKeesport, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, April 14, 2014, dying peacefully at home. Jim was born Nov. 11, 1916, in McKeesport, a son of the late Gabor and Mary (Szekely) Balogh. He was the husband for 66 years of Elizabeth (Kovach) Balogh. Jim was a lifelong member of Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport, where he served as an elder of the church council and helped formulate the plans for the new church building development, where Free Hungarian Church of McKeesport currently resides. He retired from U.S. Steel, National Tube, after working there for nearly 50 years. Jim had a "green thumb" and enjoyed making a vegetable garden each summer; many of these vegetables were shared at family picnics and "Hungarian bacon frys" which were an important aspect of Jim's heritage. Jim and his wife, Betty, traveled to Hungary and Europe, and took numerous train excursions with family and friends. Even in his declining years, he continued to enjoy family events, Steelers games and parties, and celebrating his birthdays with family and friends. Above all else, he loved spending time with his late wife, Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gabor Balogh; and Joker, a therapy dog who was of great assistance to him. He is survived by his son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Paula A. (Pazur) Dawson Balogh, of North Huntingdon; granddaughter, Gaylinne Joy Berry and her husband, Danny, of Toney, Ala.; great-granddaughter, Cameo Ray Balogh Berry, of Toney, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and family members. He is also survived by his brother, William Balogh, of Finleyville. Family and friends are invited to join for visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at noon Friday at Free Hungarian Reformed Church, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Borsay officiating. A committal service will be held at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. A special thanks is extended to the staff and management of Heartland Hospice for all their kindness and care.
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McCoy, Vernabelle S. 81

  • New Alexandria
  • Born: 1932-06-03
  • Died: 2014-04-13
  • Funeral Home: Newhouse, New Alexandria | Get Directions
  • Vernabelle S. McCoy, 81, of New Alexandria, died peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2014, in her home. She was born June 3, 1932, in New Kensington, to Foster Lovell Stephens and Mabel Adell Longdon McCoy. Vernabelle was a housewife and homemaker. She was an avid sailor, and she and her husband built a 41 foot sailboat in their front yard. In 1981, she, her husband and family sailed from Norfolk, Va., across the Atlantic Ocean to Portugal. During the next 17 years, she and her husband, friends and family sailed throughout the Mediterranean as far east as Turkey, the Baltic Sea as far north as Oslo, Norway, as well as many canals and rivers of Europe, taking a break in 1991. Then, homeward bound, the group sailed back across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Barbados with her two sons and Pittsburgh sailing friends. For two more years, they cruised the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the Intra Coastal Waterway back to the Magothy River on Chesapeake Bay, where they had begun their journey 21 years earlier. She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, James Allen McCoy. There are four children, Kim McCoy, of Worcester, Mass.; Jan McCoy and wife, Dr. Kimberly Rau, of Fox Chapel, and Sean and Maggie; Jil McCoy, of New Alexandria; Lyn McCoy and husband, Rick Szelinski, of Belleview, Wash., and Annie and Stephen. P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, corner of Church and Washington streets in New Alexandria in charge of arrangements. Interment and services will follow at a later date. http://www.newhousefuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Brandt, Katherine L. 82

  • Mars
  • Born: 1932-03-22
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Katherine L. "Kay" Werling Brandt, 82, of Mars, died Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars. Born May 22, 1932, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Clara Meyers Werling. She had worked in the office of Three Rivers Food Brokers and enjoyed camping with the Moraine Blazing Stars Campers. Kay loved flower gardening and crocheting. She was a member of St. Kilian Church in Mars. Surviving are her husband, Raymond J. Brandt, who she married Aug. 20, 1955; a daughter, Terri Brandt, of Mars; three sons, Donald Brandt (Jane), of Maryland, Craig Brandt (Kim), in Georgia, and Charles Brandt (Kim), of Saxonburg; her grandchildren, Melissa Marion (Brett), Adam Brandt (Jess), Gloria Brandt, Amber Smith (Lance), Layla, Elizabeth, Jason, Charles Jr., Andrew and Erin Brandt; a great-granddaughter, Mila Marion; a brother, Robert Werling; and two sisters, Esther and Deanna Werling, all of Warrendale. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Father Charles Bober, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gregory's Cemetery, Zelienople. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com. Memorials may be made to LAS St. John Specialty Care Center for Employee Appreciation, PO Box 928, Mars, PA 16046.
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Vogel, E. Eileen 82

  • Mars
  • Born: 1932-01-30
  • Died: 2014-04-12
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • E. Eileen Vogel, 82, of Mars, passed away Saturday morning, April 12, 2014, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless, after a short illness, with her family at her side. Born Jan. 30, 1932, in Phoenix, Ariz., she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Margaret Lawless Johnson. Eileen retired after 25 years as a dispatcher for Spector Freight of Evans City. For 18 years, she was the owner of 3-D Ceramics in Mars. She was a generous supporter of local volunteer community organizations. She was a member of St. Kilian Church and the Silver Sneakers in Mars. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of Donald E. Vogel, who she married March 8, 1952; loving mother of Debra Vogel, of Las Vegas, Nev., Donna Steed and her husband, Vincent, of Cranberry Township, and Diane Vogel, of Mars; her grandchildren, Danielle Gundlach (Alan) and Vincent Steed II; and two great-grandsons, Logan and Luke Gundlach; two sisters, Irene Kanerva, of Portage, Mich., and Patricia Johnson, of Arnold, Calif.; and two brothers, George Michael Johnson and his wife, MaryAnn, in California, and Paul Bernard Johnson and his wife, Patsy, in Arizona. She was preceded in death by her infant twins, Gale and Dale Vogel; sisters, Helen Lepker, Julianna Easton and Mary Jane Johnson; and a brother, Hubert Johnson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Kilian Church, corner of Clark and Cherry Sts., Mars, with Father Christopher Donley officiating. Memorials may be made to Quality E.M.S., Animal Friends or St. Kilian Church Building Fund. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Hart, Gerald E.

  • Born: 1931-04-08
  • Died: 2014-04-14
  • Funeral Home: Weddell-Ajak, Aspinwall | Get Directions
  • Gerald E. Hart passed peacefully Monday, April 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Gene Hart. He was born April 8, 1931, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Joe and Ruth Ann Hart. Big Ger and Gene raised six children, boasted frequently of their 21 grandchildren and one great-grandaughter. Big Ger attended Brooklyn Prep High School, West Point Military Academy, as well as Kansas State University and Columbia University. He was active and involved in many organizations including the Iron and Steel Institute, the Economic Club of Detroit, served as chairman of the Pope John XXIII Hospitality House, as well as a board member of the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He was also proud of his affiliation with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity. His professional career was highlighted by 30 years at J and L/LTV, followed by another 10 years split between Fruehauf and Dietrich Industries. In his spare time, he worked over a decade in the NFL and USFL as a football official, after playing in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Before that, his athletic highlights included the NCAA heavyweight boxing title and having played on the last undefeated West Point football team. He was an avid golfer and over the years, a proud member of Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills and Oakmont Country Clubs where he shot his only hole in one! Carrying the torch and advancing his zest for life includes son, Kevin (Peggy) Hart and their children, Michael, Patrick, Ryan, Caitlin and Brendan; daughter, Mary (Kirk) Ferentz and their children, Brian, Kelly, Jo-Ann, James and Steven; son, Joe (Mary-Elaine) Hart and their children, Maureen, Catherine, Kevin and Michael; daughter, Bunny (Tim) Bennett and their children, Madison and Tom; daughter, Patty (Gerard) Phillips and their children, Joe, Matt, Annie and Jimmy; daughter, Margie (Wade) Souza and their son, Ben; and finally, Brian (first grandchild) and Nicole Ferentz delivered his first great-granddaughter, Presley. Today we are counting our blessings for having him in our lives and confident Big Ger's spirit will live on through all of us whose lives he so lovingly touched. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
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