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Abbinanti, Mariano 82

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Mariano "Sonny" Abbinanti, 82, of Shaler Township, formerly of the North Side, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by loving family. He was the beloved husband of 59 years of the late Joan R. (Dietz) Abbinanti; father of Deborah (Frank) Stamos and Michael (Kristina) Abbinanti; brother of the late Frances Gregory; grandfather of Kimberly (Jerald) Meyer, Keith (Michelle) Stamos, Michelle and Michael Abbinanti and Jessica Joy Olson; and great-grandfather of Hailey and Olivia Meyer and Peyton and Reese Stamos. Mariano, "Sonny," or also called "Mario," worked as a boy for his family's market, Abbinanti's Market, on Arch Street, stocking shelves and making home deliveries with a horse-drawn cart. He later drove for Dad's Root Beer, worked for McKinney's Hinge and Allis-Chalmers. For many years, until just a few ago, he worked in the Party Cake Shop as a baker. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man who was a friend to everyone. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Peter's Church, 740 Arch St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Chapel, 1704 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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Alfieri, Concetta 89

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Concetta "Connie" (Russo) Alfieri, 89, of Turtle Creek, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Virginia Russo; wife of the late Joseph Alfieri; beloved mom of Martin, Jim and Vincent (Denise) Alfieri; grandma of Tracy (Chad) Staller, Tony (Jennifer) Alfieri, Melanie (Joe) Lauterbach, Matt Alfieri and Jennifer Alfieri; great-grandma of Jake Ava, Gabby, Lily, Rona, Joey and Lindy; sister of Louise (late Phillip) Calabrese, Anthony (Patty) Russo and Michael (Sylvia) Russo and the late Joseph (late Blanche) Russo and late Lena (late Frank) DeCarlo; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, PA 412-824-4332. Prayers will be at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Colman Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.
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Bodenlos, Wilhelm Bill 91

  • Allison Park
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Wilhelm "Bill" Bodenlos, 91, of Allison Park, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Regina Bodenlos. He is survived by four children; one sister, Magdalena; and two nieces, Alika and Nina. He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Ursula Church, Allison Park. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler Township.
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Bowen, Joyce L.

  • Glassport , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Joyce Lynn Bowen, of Glassport, formerly of Duquesne, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Southwestern Health Center. Born in McKeesport, she was a daughter of Veronica "Tootsie" (Oeler) Bowen, of Ruffsdale, and the late James W. Bowen. She was a graduate of St. Anthony's School and participated in Special Olympics. She received a certificate for sign language. Joyce was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Zelienople. She was a sister of Jeanne "Cricket" (Dave) Sakson, of Ruffsdale, and Jill (late Blaine) Smith, of Glassport, the late James Bowen (his significant other, Nancy Maloney, of West Homestead), and the late Jeffrey Bowen. In addition to her mother and sisters, she is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be at a future date in Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will be held in the spring in honor of Joyce. Arrangements entrusted to MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director.
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Burke, Patricia A. 69

  • Baldwin
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Patricia A. (Lavery) Burke, 69, of Baldwin, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a long battle. She was the beloved wife of John C.; loving mother of Michelle (Eric) Rouillard, of McMurray, Bridget (Timothy) Leatherman, of Las Vegas, Maureen (Daniel) Boyer, of Lancaster, and Timothy (Caron) Burke, of Philadelphia; proud grandmother of Jasmine, Isabella and Bryce Leatherman, Elliot and Coen Boyer, and Conor and Emma Burke; and sister of Kathleen (Burt) Hackett, Eleanor (the late Walt) Zilen and Robert Lavery. She also is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. Funeral prayer at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Finerty, Father Bernard 79

  • Born: 1935-07-31
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: D'Alessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Father Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap, 79, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Cumberland, Md., following several months of rapidly declining health. He was born to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty on July 31, 1935, and was baptized at St. Bernard Church in Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon). Father Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry and her husband, Jack; his brother, Gregory and his wife, Mary Ann; and many nieces and nephews. After attending the parish grade school, he entered St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman. In 1955, he was invested in the habit of the Capuchin Order and in 1956 professed his first vows as a friar. Father Bernard received a degree in theology in 1962 from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. Father Bernard was ordained on June 3, 1961, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Subsequently he attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, earning a Master of Education degree. As his first assignment and for most of the next 17 years he served in various capacities at St. Fidelis Seminary, including Dean of Studies and a classroom teacher. Being a fine athlete himself, he helped to coach the school's athletic teams. Father Bernard loved to sing and even composed songs for worship. He thoroughly embraced his ministry at the seminary and enjoyed the friendship of his confreres on the faculty. Father Bernard was an inspiration to the many students who attended the seminary from 1963 until 1980, when the school closed, a decision which broke his heart. Father remained at St. Fidelis for the next eight years to direct the newly founded Retreat Center. He was a well-known preacher of retreats, parish missions and recollection days. In 1988, he moved to Our Lady of Peace Friary, in Conway, which served as his base as he traveled throughout the country to preach. In 2000, he relocated to St. Clare Friary in Clairton, and continued his preaching ministry. One year later he became the director of Paul VI Pastoral Center in Wheeling, W.Va., coordinating retreats and conferences, while actively maintaining a vigorous preaching calendar. Father Bernard was assigned as parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cumberland, Md., in 2003. He would remain in Cumberland the remainder of his life. In 2011, when the Catholic parishes of Cumberland were united as one parish, Our Lady of the Mountains, Father Bernard was named to the new pastoral staff. He had a great fondness for the people of SS. Peter and Paul Parish and subsequently the parishioners of Our Lady of the Mountains. He found great support among the people he served in Cumberland, many of whom regarded Father Bernard as the best priest they had ever known. His body will be received Monday, Jan. 26, at the Shrine of SS. Peter and Paul, 125 Fayette St., Cumberland, Md. Visitation and viewing will take place from noon until the prayer service at 7 p.m. Father Bernard's body will be received at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at St. Augustine Friary, 221 36th St., Pittsburgh. Visitation and viewing will follow until 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A wake service will be conducted at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church, 228 37th St., Lawrenceville. Interment in the Friar's Plot at St. Augustine Cemetery will take place immediately after the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Father Bernard may be made to The Capuchin Friars, 220 37th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Professional services entrusted to D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Glass, Lawrence E. 55

  • Plum
  • Born: 1959-08-18
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Lawrence E. "Larry" Glass, 55, of Plum, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born Aug. 18, 1959, at Braddock Hospital, a son of the late John J. and Patricia (Mattiko) Glass. He was the loving husband of Carol (Kuehn) Glass, and cherished father of Amber E. Glass, of Morehead City, N.C., and Nicholas Glass, of Plum. He was stepfather of Katherine E. and Ryan S. Kuehn, both of Monroeville. Larry was also grandfather of Wyatt, son of Katherine. He is survived by his brothers, John J. Glass Jr., James P. Glass and Paul E. Glass. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a 1977 graduate of Plum High School and attended Warner University where he received a B.S. degree in business management. He also earned an A.S. degree in fire science technology. Larry dedicated his life to fire service and was currently fire chief of Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department in Plum. He was an advocate in educating children and parents in fire prevention. Larry took great pride and satisfaction in the training, mentoring and development of firefighters so they could better serve the community. He was a member of the International Fire Chiefs' Association and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 85. He was employed at the Port Authority of Allegheny County as a bus driver and was later promoted to dispatcher. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Road (across from S and T Bank), Plum, PA 15239. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Joy Church, 2000 O'Block Road, Plum. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, the Glass family suggest contributions to a college fund set up for Nicholas at Citizens Bank, Route 286, Plum.
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Glumac, Hilda J. 92

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Hilda J. (DeMutis) Glumac, 92, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George S. Glumac; loving mother of Georgianna (Charles) Wilson, Joyce (Brad) Lambert, David (Debra) Glumac, Tammy Glumac and Herbert (Lisa) Jones; grandmother of Richard Riccuti, Angela Batchlor, David Glumac Jr. and Alexander Glumac; great-grandmother of Brentley Batchlor, Luke Batchlor, Samuel Riccuiti, Richard Riccuiti Jr. and Anthony Riccuiti; also survived by nieces and nephews. She was the sister of David DeMutis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Susie DeMutis; and her siblings, Cecil DeMutis and Irene Brown. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Hartman, George F. 70

  • Mt. Lebanon , Formerly of Dormont
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • George F. Hartman, 70, recently of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Dormont, died Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the cherished brother of Elizabeth "Liz" (Dave) Molter, Constance O'Donnell, June (James) Serafini and the late Harry Hartman; and father of April Lempe. He also is survived by nieces and nephews. George was a proud Army veteran, a longtime member of the Dormont VFW and the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years. Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. If desired, memorials may be made to the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department or the Dormont VFW Post 694.
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Heatherington III, James 77

  • West Homestead
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • James Heatherington III, 77, of West Homestead, passed suddenly Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. James was born in Munhall, the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Hood) Heatherington II. Jim was a retired roller from Mesta and WHEMCO in West Homestead. He was the beloved husband of Natalie (Pasay) Heatherington; loving father of Kelly (Mark) Oniboni and Timothy P. (Bonnie) Heatherington; cherished grandfather of Melissa and Lauren Oniboni; and brother of Jane Winters, Elizabeth (Steve) Minnich, Diane Heatherington and Eileen Litzinger. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 15120 (412-461-6394), where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Hirsch, James F.

  • Bellvue
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James F. "Chubby" Hirsch, of Bellvue, died Saturday Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Mary Ann "Boots" (Fisher) Hirsch; father of Kim E. Motycka (Steve), Amy K. O'Neill (Leo) and the late Frank E. Hirsch and James T. "Pat" Hirsch and his surviving spouse, Jane; loving grandfather of Nicole Motycka, Steven Motycka (Cait), Michael Motycka, Amanda, James, Frankie, Patrick and Julianne Hirsch. Chub had a scholarship to the University of Florida for football and baseball. After winning the SEC batting title, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Chub was the former mayor of Bellvue and a retired tipstaff for the Allegheny County Courts. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church.
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Kahler, Mary E. 93

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Born: 1921-05-28
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Mary Eva Kahler, 93, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Locust Grove, West Mifflin. Born May 28, 1921, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Madeline (Felentzer) Ruhe. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis E. "Pep" Kahler for 68 years; mother of Mary (Ronald) Mital, of North Versailles, and Thomas W. (Michele) Kahler, of Level Green; grandmother of Jeffrey Mital, Brittany (Alan) Lindsey and Brian Lindahl; and sister of the late William Ruhe and Madeline Vernon. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. Blessing service will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.
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Kerr, Daniel R. 62

  • Pittsburgh
  • Died: 2015-01-23
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Carnegie | Get Directions
  • Daniel Robert Kerr, 62, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, of natural causes. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert J. Kerr and Joan Orbin Kerr; and is survived by cherished daughter, Hannah Marie Smith, of Williams, Ariz.; loving sister, Nancy (Thomas) Junker, of Mt. Lebanon; beloved niece and nephews, Max (Stefanie), Parke (Kelly) and Lily (Joe McGranaghan); and grandniece and grandnephews, Annabelle, Reid, Tommy and Jack. A graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, Dan worked as a massage therapist and attended seminary in California where he lived for 30 years. Since returning home to Pittsburgh six years ago, he became active in the Allegheny Center Alliance Church where he was a well-loved member. A gentle, compassionate and kind soul, Daniel loved helping and healing others, ministering through prayer, playing guitar and singing, song writing, entertaining others with his impersonations and jokes, and riding his bike through his adopted neighborhood on the North Side. A man of unfailing faith, he now resides with his beloved Jesus. There will be no visitation, and the family plans a memorial service in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to the LEO J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie.
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Kleeb, Lois S. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Lois S. Kleeb, 88, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late George F.; mother of Thomas (Linda) and Robert (Linda) Kleeb; daughter of the late Theodore Russell and Miriam Hickler Schroth; sister of the late Naomi Rabold Fincke; grandmother of Kelli and Jeffrey Kleeb, Talia Gilrain and Kristin Johnson; and is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Lois was the former owner of Bendot's Beauty Shop and also sang in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Choir and the AARP Chorus. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Kokoska, Louis 77

  • Rankin
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Louis Kokoska, 77, of Rankin, passed away, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Beran) Kokoska; loving brother of Elizabeth Teamann; and uncle of Brian, Thomas and Kenneth Teamann. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. He is also survived by great-nieces and nephews. Louis was a laborer for US Steel and served in the Army. In lieu of flowers, family asks contributions to your local Meal on Wheels. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 107 4th Ave., Rankin, PA 15104. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. http://www.kutchfuneralhome.org.
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Kukurin, Elaine 91

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Kutch, East McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Dency) Kukurin, 91, of North Versailles, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. She was the daughter of the late George and Bertha (Kipila) Dency; beloved wife of 67 years to the late Rudy Kukurin Sr.; loving mother of Rudy Jr. (Virginia) Kukurin and Karen (Frank) Kordalski; grandmother of Frank Kordalski Jr. and Mike Kordalski; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Along with her twin (the late) Vilma, she was the youngest of 11 children. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ann, Mary, Bertha, Susan, Liz, Margaret, Helen, George and John. Elaine worked in the Westinghouse family of factories. She always enjoyed traveling, especially up to the mountains, (Ligonier, Somerset and Prince Gallitzin State Park.) She enjoyed baking nut-rolls and cookies and always had her cookie jar full for her grandchildren. Elaine was a deacon at Linway United Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, 412-823-4054. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Eric Dennis, officiating. http://www.kutchfuneralhomes.org.
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Lanza, Anna E.

  • Ingram
  • Born: 1924-10-06
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: McDermott, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • Anna Elisabetta Lanza, of Ingram, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The family mourns her death from a short illness. Anna was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Livorno, Italy, to Vincenzo and Eva (Donati) Colucci, and was one of four children. Anna married Joseph Lanza in Italy in 1945 and they were married for 48 years until Joe's death in 1993. They came to America in 1945. Anna and Joe lived in McKees Rocks until 1956, when they moved to Ingram and remained until their deaths. Mom was an exceptional cook, often watching Emeril and making his "dish of the day." She recently made her specialty meatballs for the family. She was a conscientious housewife and a talented seamstress. Anna was especially proud of her two children, Joseph Jr., of Greensburg, and Dr. Christina Dinklocker (Lanza), of Hinckley, Ohio. She enjoyed the accomplishments and many travels of her grandchildren, Anthony, Jason and Shelly. Anna attended St. Philip Church in early years, then attended Ascension Church most of her life. Mom was a loving, dedicated mother who made us laugh at her inventive ideas and marvel at her ability to come to America at 20 years old and teach herself to speak, read and write in English. A special highlight in her life was when she became an American citizen. Rest in peace and love always, Mom! Family and friends received from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Ascension Roman Catholic Church, 114 Berry St., Pittsburgh (Ingram), PA 15205. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. http://www.mcdermottfh.com.
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Miller, James R. 75

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-01-26
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • James R. Miller, 75, of McCandless, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marion (Hutchison) Miller; loving father of James K. Miller (Carolyn), Michelle M. Brungo (the late Craig) and Michael J. Miller (Christine); brother of Marilyn Pentland, Karen Chillcott, John Miller, Nancy Miller, Robert Miller, Richard Miller, Timothy Miller and the late Judy Fletcher; and grandfather of Brittany, Ashley, Allison, Lauren, Robert, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Kelsey and Megan. Jim was a retired McCandless police officer and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian Church.
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Owens, Stewart E. 89

  • Liberty Bourough
  • Born: 1925-04-22
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Stewart E. Owens, 89, of Liberty Borough, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born in McKeesport, April 22, 1925, the son of the late Stewart and Olive Owens. Following his 1943 graduation from McKeesport High School, Mr. Owens enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served during World War II and again during the Korean War as member of the Air Force. Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Owens returned to the Liberty Borough and began his lifetime of dedicated service to that community and the surrounding Mon Valley. Mr. Owens' contributions to Liberty Borough included more than 30 years as a member of the borough council and the proud distinction of serving as the community's first mayor in the 1960s. He also served on the borough's Planning Commission and was a lifetime member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Owens was a founding member of the Twin Rivers Council of Governments and the McKeesport 911 Center and was a member of the South Allegheny School District's Board of School Directors. His extensive knowledge of local issues aided him well during his 18-year tenure as a field representative for US Congressman Joseph Gaydos. In addition to his innumerable political contributions, Mr. Owens was a faithful member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, serving as a Ruling Elder, Sunday school teacher, and as a member of numerous pastoral search, finance and building committees. Mr. Owens' dedication to his church was limitless and he could typically be found assisting with various maintenance projects in the church, even into his late 80s. In December 2014, Mr. Owens was presented with a 65-year membership pin by Local 230 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, having retired from the construction industry after 27 years as a carpenter and foreman. Mr. Owens also was associated with numerous civic organizations including Free and Accepted Mason - Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Scottish Rite Consistory Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Shriners, Liberty Borough Senior Organization and the Liberty Borough Veterans' Club. Mr. Owens will be remembered for his tireless work ethic, his hands-on leadership style, his attention to detail, his selfless service to his church and community and his dedication to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. In additional to his parents, Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Dorothy; and his sister, Betty Lou Martin; as well as other cherished relatives, in-laws and friends. Mr. Owens will be dearly missed by his two children and their spouses, Deborah and Bruce Piker, of Liberty Borough, and David and Mary Ann Owens, of North Huntington; four grandchildren and their spouses, Colleen and Benjamin Stumpf, of Erie, Lindsey and Matthew Abel, of Latrobe, Eric Owens, of Tyson's Corners, Va., and Amy Owens, of North Huntingdon; and two great-grandsons, Nathaniel Stumpf and Levi Abel. His surviving siblings include older sister, Edna Long, of Cypress, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Blaine and Arlene Owens, of Elizabeth; and sister and brother-in-law, Shelia and Steve Mendel, of South Park; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2015, and from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2015, to the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, PA 15132 (412-678-3454). A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Liberty Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charissa Clark Howe officiating. Procession and committal will follow to Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 900 Elizabeth St., McKeesport, PA 15133. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Popojas, Dennis J. 61

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1953-08-04
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Dennis John "Pop" Popojas, 61, of Port Vue, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1953, in McKeesport, a son of Albert "Jake" and Theresa Bollas Popojas, of Liberty Borough. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Vicky Carraher Popojas; son, Dennis Popojas, of Pittsburgh; brother, Jeffrey (Mary Jane) Popojas, of White Oak; sister, Terrie Lynn (Gary) Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; cousin, Andy (Sandy) Popojas, of North Huntingdon, who was more like a brother to him; niece, Kristina Kolodziej, of Corvallis, Ore.; many other cousins and nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Cathy Atkins, of Liberty Borough. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, drinking in the wine and sun. He was active and always moving toward brighter days, but never too busy to help anyone in need. His quick wit made every greeting memorable. He left his kindest words unsaid, but instead spoke with his actions. He will be missed. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (412-678-6177). Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel.
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Priatko, George 88

  • Plum
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • George Priatko, 88, of Plum, formerly of North Braddock and Forest Hills, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Lois E. (Mueller) for 51 years; loving father of Michael (Charlotte) Priatko, of Plum, Gregory (Jacqueline) Priatko, of Wisconsin, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kucic, of Clarion, and Christopher (Sharon) Priatko, of North Huntingdon; dear grandfather of Joshua, Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Lydia and Chloe Priatko and Lauren and Amanda Kucic; proud great-grandfather of Anthony Priatko; brother of Marion (late Hugh) Campbell, William (late Helen) Priatko, Terry (late Joseph) Bonacci and the late John Priatko; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Plum American Legion, Post No. 980. After World War II, he worked for 10 years for U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. He then became employed with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after a long career from the Northside facility. His Christian faith was very important to him as he was a former member of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Homestead and currently was a member of Our Lady of Joy in Plum. George was a physical fitness buff and was known for doing more than 100 pushups every day, even until these last 6 months. He also was proud to be a founder, along with his brother John, of the former Shady Lane Club in North Braddock, where neighborhood youth gathered for exercise, fitness and fellowship. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 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 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Joy Church, Plum. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Restland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Reams, Bernadine M. 96

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

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Matthew E. Robison, 39, of Verona, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Amy E. (Cullumber) Robison; loving father of Andrew, Owen and Mariana; son of Mary Ann Spehar; and brother of Patricia Steinbach and Jeannette Robinson. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to help with the children's education fund. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Ruch, Robert W. 79

  • Emsworth
  • Born: 1935-03-19
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Linn, Avalon | Get Directions
  • Robert Wayne Ruch, 79, retired Avalon police officer, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, of natural causes, at his home in Emsworth. Mr. Ruch was born March 19, 1935, in Iowa. He served in the Army, in the Honor Guard. Following his service, Mr. Ruch continued to serve as an officer with the Kilbuck and Avalon Police departments until his retirement. Mr. Ruch was an active member of North Hills Boroughs and Township Police Association. Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and patriot. Robert Ruch is survived by his children, Mark Ruch, of Emsworth, Alisa Welsch, of Florida, Andrea Montgomery, of South Carolina, and Michelle Yeiser, of Virginia; grandchildren, Leanne Montgomery, Cody Ruch, Isabelle and Ava Yeiser; sister, Dorothy Falco; and cousin, Jackie Kralosky. He was preceded in death by brother, Gene Ruch. Friends received from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the McDONALD - LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Fraternal Order of Police services will be held at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Russell, Bess 96

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1918-07-05
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Bess "Bessie" Russell, 96, of Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Lakeview Personal Care Home in Darlington. Born July 5, 1918, in Large, she was a daughter of the late James Trumbo and Dora (Rhodes) Trumbo, and wife of the late William Russell, who passed away June 29, 2002. Bessie enjoyed toll painting and woodcarving. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy (George) Hart, of Salt Lake City, Utah; her five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Wilma Brnilovich; and brother, Ross Trumbo. No visitation is scheduled. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 221 N. Second St., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson Hills. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care the last three years. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Schneider Jr., John L. 61

  • Emsworth
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Pinkerton, Avalon | Get Directions
  • John L. Schneider Jr., 61, of Emsworth, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved father of Ryan "RJ" Schneider and the late Evan L. Schneider; loving brother of Susann Schneider; son of the late John L. Sr. and Romayne Schneider; and is also survived by several cousins. John was a letter carrier for more than 20 years and was the mailman that all dogs (and cats) loved. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ORION C. PINKERTON FUNERAL HOME INC., 1014 California Ave., Avalon, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Western PA, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233, 412-321-4625.
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Stiteler, Ellen J. 59

  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Ellen J. Stiteler, 59, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was a daughter of Robert (Josie) Wilson and the late Ellen Wilson; sister of Michelle (Frank) Pace and Kathy (Rege) Lach; aunt of Michael, Matt, Tina, Cathy and Abbey; also survived by several cousins. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Pius X Church. If desired, memorials may be made to the Western PA School for Blind Children, 201 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Wauthier, Jules Pete A. 89

  • Presto
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Warchol, Bridgeville | Get Directions
  • Jules A. "Pete" Wauthier, 89, of Presto, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Julia M. Wauthier; loving father of Gary (DeeAnn) and Daniel (Dawn) Wauthier; and cherished grandfather of Kristie, Denielle and Haley Wauthier and Yoanna (Kyle) Kenworthy. Pete was a Veteran of World War II, serving with the Army in the Pacific Campaign. He was a United mine worker and a lifetime member of the Presto Volunteer Fire Department. He frequented Trader Jack's Flea Market and the Cecil Farmer's Market and was known for his tomatoes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412-221-3333), where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Presto VFD. View and share condolences at http://www.warcholfuneralhome.com.
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White, Rev. Paul 78

  • West Mifflin , Formerly of Wilkes-Barre
  • Born: 1936-09-21
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Gilbert, Elizabeth Township | Get Directions
  • Mitred Archpriest Paul "Red" White, 78, of West Mifflin, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 21, 1936, in Homestead, and was the son of the late Sue Maxwell White (John) Homer and the late Reynolds White. He was the husband of the late Matushka Pauline Babilya White, who died April 22, 2010. Father Paul was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, and was ordained as a priest in December 1970 at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. He served at SS. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Crossingville, St. John the Divine Russian Orthodox Church in Monessen, St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church in Masontown and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre for 28 years. He was a member of Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport and the church choir there, the Pittsburgh Russian Orthodox Male Chorus and the Northeastern Balalaika Group. He is survived by his sons, David (Kera) White, of Memphis, Tenn., and Mark White, of West Mifflin; daughters, Tanya (Very Rev. Andrew D.) Nelko, of Campbell, Ohio, and Natasha (Rev. Dimitri D.) Ermakov, of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Kristianna, Anastasia, Andrew, Nathanael, Nadia, Tatyana, Justina, Mark, Samantha, Kristina, Alexandra, Natalia, Ksenia, Maria and Dimitri II; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Lily and Yelena. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave., McKeesport. Panihida service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre. Burial of a Priest service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with the Very Rev. Andrew D. Nelko and the Rev. Dimitri D. Ermakov as concelebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Centralia. Arrangements are by the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at http://www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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Zwahlen, Dorothy 75

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dorothy "Nunny" (Hauser) Zwahlen, 75, of North Braddock, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family went home to be with God. She was the wife of the late Jack Zwahlen; beloved mother of Debbie (the late Mac) McAtee, Cheryl (Dave) Roney and Linda (Jim) Roney; loving Nunny to Bob, Marc and Joe McAtee, Candice (Doug) Sellman, Chelsea Roney and Christa (Blake Hood) Roney, Tara (Mike) Zawodni, Caitlin (Dennis) Sellman, Lauren (Damon Donnell) Roney and Jimmy Roney; great-grandmother to Trinity, Aubrey and Douglas Sellman, Callie and Michael Zawodni and Isabella Sellman; beloved sister-in-law of Joy (Marty) Heh; honorary mother and grandmother to Jack, Helen, Zack (Alana) and Haley Roney; and special friend of Theresa Lescinsky and Karen Smart. Nunny was a family person and loved spending time with them all. She will be greatly missed by all. Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 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 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Westmoreland County

Lewandoski, Blanche N. 77

  • Avonmore , Formerly of Level Green
  • Born: 1937-07-28
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Blanche N. Lewandoski, 77 of Avonmore, formerly of Level Green, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in her home. Blanche was born July 28, 1937, in Pitcairn, the daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Bowen) Mullen. Blanche enjoyed reading and was a proud homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence J. Lewandoski; and a sister, Louise Lezzak. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Phillips (Robert), of Avonmore; her grandchildren, Shane J. and Amber K. Phillips; and a sister, Winifred Dahlstrom, of Monoreville. All services are private. The JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 7th St., (Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Susick, Christopher C. 50

  • Export
  • Born: 1964-08-07
  • Died: 2015-01-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Christopher C. "Chris" Susick, 50, of Export, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. He was born Aug. 7, 1964, in Greensburg, a son of Joyce (Galicic) Susick, of Export, and the late Nicholas Susick. Chris was employee of Steel City Collision in Export. He enjoyed fishing, camping, vacations at the beach, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his granddaughters. Chris was known for his meticulous bodywork which he was very proud of. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. Surviving is his beloved wife, Peggy (Oslosky) Susick; loving daughter, Nikki (Matt) Carr, of New Alexandria; cherished granddaughters, Taylor, Brianna, Madison, Aislinn and Alexis Carr; devoted brother, Sean (Jodi) Susick, of Greensburg; nephew, Jack Susick; niece, Gracie Susick; and great-aunts, Stella Peanoske and Joan Susich, both of Export. Family and friends are welcome from 5 p.m. until time of memorial services at 7 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Dan Lawrence officiating at the WOLFE-von GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit http://www.wolfe-vongeis.com.
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Beaver County

Buettner, Joseph 86

  • Aliquippa
  • Born: 1928-03-13
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Mastrofrancesco, Aliquippa | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Joe" Buettner, 86, of Aliquippa, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was born March 13, 1928, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late John and Mary Agnes (Zrim) Buettner. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eva (Medved) Buettner; and his sister, Marie Murphy. Joe was a former member of St. Titus Roman Catholic Church, Aliquippa. He was a veteran of the Navy, serving on the Admiral's ship, USS Estes, touring Asia. He was proud to be a member of the Admiral's band playing the trumpet. Joe was an avid HAM radio operator. His call number was WA3NNU. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Club. Joe was employed with Sony Corporation and was sent to Colorado where he lived for about 10 years. After he retired in 1995, he returned to western Pennsylvania and moved to Beaver County with his family. Joe was dedicated to music and it has always been a part of his family. His father played the trumpet, his sister the piano. His father started Joe on the trumpet when he was 6 years old. He practiced during and after his high school years. After leaving the Navy he started traveling around with his dad, who was the local polka musician. His dad was his best friend and they did everything together. Joe's father began playing with a local group of Croatian musicians who played Tamburitza instruments. With the help of his father, Joe learned to play bass. After years away from his love of music one of his friends convinced him to start playing again and Joe joined the Svedah group. Joe later extended that love to building the instruments. The first instrument he produced was a classical guitar in his workshop. Joe touched many lives through his passion and will leave a lasting legacy for his family and friends to remember. Joe is survived by his devoted daughter, Therese "Terry" Sobeck, of Economy Borough; his loving son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Buettner, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Nicole and Bob Cole, Lisa Buettner, Rachel Buettner and Luke Buettner; and a great-grandson, Gabriel Cole. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the ANTHONY MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME INC., 2026 McMinn St., Aliquippa, 724-375-0496. Departing prayers will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Titus Church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Township. The Beaver County Special Unit will conduct military honors at 11:15 a.m. at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society Allegheny District Chapter, 1501 Reesdale St. No. 105, Cardello Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 in memory of Joe.
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Butler County

Kacsuta, George 98

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-01-24
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry Township | Get Directions
  • George Kacsuta, 98, of Cranberry Township, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Caroline (Salopek) Kacsuta; loving father of Donna Hovis (Ronald), Patricia Pride (Allen), George Kacsuta and the late Carol Ann Kacsuta; grandfather of Steven and Matthew Hovis; great-grandfather of Jacob, Alyssa and Amanda Hovis; and brother of Elizabeth Estok and the late John, Thomas, Paul, Joseph, Edward, Ann and Margaret. He also is survived by many loving relatives and friends. George proudly served his country in World War II as captain and B-17 pilot for 25 combat missions with the Eighth Air Force, 94th Bomb Group, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with five Battle Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. He also served as a troop carrier pilot during the Korean War. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory Catholic Church, Zelienople. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402 (http://www.mightyeighth.org).
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Kvindis, William 80

  • Adams Township
  • Born: 1934-08-16
  • Died: 2014-12-10
  • Funeral Home: Glenn-Kildoo, Zelienople | Get Directions
  • William "Bill" Kvindis, 80, in Adams Township, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 10, 2014. Bill was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Canonsburg, to John and Katherine (Sage) Kvindis. The son of a coal miner, Bill grew up in Canonsburg, and had an early interest in music, playing both piano and bugle. Bill was a member of his high school track team and ran relays with his Greek teammates. Slovak in nationality, Bill was baptized Greek Catholic. Bill attended Duquesne University and later enlisted in the Army, serving in the 351st Combat Regiment and later the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he regularly played reveille and taps on the bugle at the base. Upon returning to Canonsburg, he worked as an insurance underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty in Pittsburgh. In 1959, he met and dated Jeani Reidenbaugh, later Pierce and they dated for one year. After the passing of his father, Bill hitchhiked to Southern California via Route 66. Bill met his future wife, Terry Moniz, in Hollywood, Calif., and they married in 1974. Bill became an instant and loving father to six wonderful children and worked in the insurance industry and HVAC wholesale industry. Bill and Terry were married for 16 years until Terry's untimely passing. Bill reconnected with Jeani Pierce in 1997 which began their love story again, after 38 years apart. Bill relocated back to Pittsburgh the same year. Bill and Jeani enjoyed music and attending the theater together and traveled often to places as far away as Europe. Bill worked for years at Johnstone Supply. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry and a member of the Bible Study Group and the Knights of Columbus. An avid photographer, Bill chronicled travels, nature and every gathering of family and friends and captured much joy through the lens. Bill loved watching the Steelers play and was so happy to see the Pirates finally get a winning season. He was an LA Dodgers fan as well and enjoyed classic movies, 40's music, local history and Ford Mustangs. Bill constantly put others first with his warm smile and sense of humor and Hollywood looks. Bill awoke early each day with the genuine intention of doing random acts of kindness for others. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Terry; parents, John and Katherine; and his long lost, much loved, and recently found twin sister, Margo (Bob) Scott, John (Ragena) Kvindis, Adam (Peg) Kvindis and Francis (Warner) Fahlgren. Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Jeani Pierce, of Mars; daughters, Teri (Steve), Hazzard, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Matt, Erica and Andrew, Anita Ross, of Glendale, Calif., Thom and Tracy, Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael, Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., and Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by son, Joe Moniz; and daughter, Donna Harvey, surviving grandchildren, Kenny, Wendy, Joe and Joanie. Bill is also survived by daughters of Jeani Pierce, Lynn (Mike) Pierce, of Leominster, Mass.; granddaughter, Megan, and Kate (Joe), of Vermilion, Ohio; granddaughter, Jackie; and many other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends. Bill was a very loving and kind person, very strong in his faith and was always willing to help someone. He was just a great human being. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. A luncheon in his honor will take place immediately after the Mass in Oldenski Hall at the church. Bill will be laid to rest aside his wife, Terry, and son, Joe Moniz, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego County, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the A-T Children's Project, (Ataxia-telangiectasia disease) at http://www.atcp.org. or checks can be mailed to William Kvindis Memorial, c/o A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., No. 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Kvindis family at http://www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com.
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Brashear, Patricia A.

  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Died: 2015-01-19
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  • Patricia A. (Lynch) Brashear, of San Diego, Calif., joined the angels Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Escondido, Calif. Pat was born in 1930, in Pittsburgh, but she called San Diego, Calif., her home for more than 55 years. She joined the Air Force after nursing school, but her life's career was as a devoted wife of 58 years to James E. Brashear Jr. and mother to their eight children. Pat was a sports fan, avid bowler and dedicated member of her church choir. She is survived by her children, 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Patricia's life will be celebrated in a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 1945 Illion St., San Diego. The family is grateful for the care shown to Pat by the professionals at Atria North Escondido and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the Cure Alzheimer's Fund or an organization of your choice that supports dementia care and research.
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Karidis, Penelope A. 89

  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Died: 2015-01-20
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Penelope A. "Penny" Karidis, 89, of Spokane, Wash., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter G. Karidis and the late Achilles P. "Acky" Copetas; daughter of the late Sarantis "Charles" Sarandou and the late Orania Sarandou; mother of Rayanne (Robert) Barnes, Constance Copetas (Gerald Smith) and Stephen (Maria) Copetas; stepmother of Cynthia (James) Widmer, George (Lynn) Karidis and the late John (Lynn) Karidis; sister of the late Dr. Spero Sarandou, Marie Johnston and the late John Sarandou; and is also survived by 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Penny was born June 7, 1925, in Pittsburgh. During her childhood years, she helped her parents operate the Keystone Candy Shoppe and Restaurant in Lawrenceville. After marrying Acky Copetas in 1950, she moved to Glenshaw and raised her three children. After Acky died in 1979, she married Peter Karidis and lived in Mt. Lebanon. She was a homemaker and member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon. She was active in church activities such as the Philoptocos. After Peter passed away in 2009, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her daughter, Dr. Constance Copetas. A private family service will be held. Interment is to be at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Allison Park. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gikeson Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.
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McNatt, Marilyn S. 69

  • Pawleys Islans, S.C. , Formerly of Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-01-22
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Marilyn Sue (Elliott) McNatt, 69, of Pawleys Island, S.C., formerly of Oakmont, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Ronald H. McNatt; son, Richard (Jody) McNatt, of Atlanta, Ga.; and daughter, Jennifer McNatt, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Marylin's grandchildren include, Emily, Tyler, Mackenzie, Sarah, Bodie, Connor, Colin and Bella. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Elliot (Ed) Spier; nephew, Brad (Stephanie) Spier; and niece, Laura (Micah) Galvas. Born in Pittsburgh, Marilyn grew up in Oakmont and graduated from Oakmont High School. She attended West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse for 46 years. After living 53 years in the Oakmont community, she and her husband, Ron, retired to Pawleys Island, Along with her love of living near the ocean, Marilyn worked as a horticulture volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens. She was also a member of the Waccamaw Archaelogical Society and a member of First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. this past Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SVC. INC., 378 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139, with a memorial service following visitation at 2 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Those who cannot attend the visitation at the funeral home are asked to go directly to church for the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Riverside Community Church, Oakmont, or Brookgreen Gardens-Murrells Inlet, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Online condolences may be made to http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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