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Allison, Carol L.

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Carol L. (Merritts) Allison, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home. She was the beloved wife of 65 years to James W. Allison Sr.; the loving mother of two sons, James W. Allison Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Blairsville, and Timothy K. Allison, of Derry. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rexford Lester and Ida Mae Merritts, of Wilmerding; and her brother, Robert Merritts. Carol is survived by her eight beloved grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jack Merritts, Claire Shepherd, Cynthia Kramer, Claudia Petkervich, Cheryl Mitchell and David Merritts. Carol was a longtime member of Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, as well as the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile of the Shrine. Her lifelong love was her family, which grew throughout the years. Her kind, gentle and caring spirit will be missed by those that she touched. She was a truly a loving wife, devoted mother and caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE 4335 Northern Pike, 412-372-2100. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, Monroeville, with the Rev. Robert J. Marrow officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Anderson, Frances M. 85

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1929-02-08
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Frances M. (Zucchero) Anderson, 85, of Hampton Township, formerly of Shaler Township, passed peacefully Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Arden Courts personal care facility surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Zucchero; beloved wife of Robert T. Anderson Jr.; loving mother of Robert T. (Martha) Anderson III, of Rockford, Ill, and Cathy Jo (Walt) Smith, of Highland, Calif.; devoted grandmother of Nathan and Christine Smith; sister of the late Mary Catherine Cleary, Josephine Rizza and Antonina "Lena" Teresi; dedicated aunt to Norman Cleary (Moria), of Oakland, Camelia McGary (Rizza), of Sun City, Fla., Anthony Rizza, of Hilton Head, S.C., and the late Francine Teresi; Fran was a committed godmother of Lauryn (Stephen, Mila) Cessar Sacha; and loving friend to her extended family, Sandra and Rick Cessar. Fran was a graduate of Penn State University Class of 1951, School of Hospitality Management. On her June 7th wedding day, while working as a dietician for U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works, she was provided with a police escort through picket lines, to the cheers of management and labor, during the steelworkers strike of 1952. She was also the banquet manager at the Sheraton McKnight Road from 1968 through 1980. Former president of the Glenshaw Century Club, and member for more than 30 years, Fran was a chairperson for the annual holiday house tour and bazaar. She was well known among friends and family for her warm entertaining and elegant dinner parties. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna, since 1953. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. A celebrations of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 66 Grant Ave., Etna, PA 15223. Interment in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw. Arrangements by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD, Glenshaw.
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Bachle, Frank C. 90

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1923-12-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Frank C. Bachle, 90, of McCandless, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was born Dec. 21, 1923. He was the husband of the late Alberta (Pecanis) Bachle; loving father of Mary Frances Tanney (Douglas), Anna Marie Hinnebusch (Ronald), and the late Elizabeth Ann Bachle; brother of Ruth Bachle and the late Helen Gibson; and grandfather of Zachary Tanney. Frank was a World War II Army veteran and belonged to the Harmony Invitation Pigeon Club, Inc. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Beers, Dorothy V.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Dorothy V. Duermeyer Beers, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mrs. Beers was the beloved wife of the late George H. Beers Jr.; mother of Patricia Webb (Earl), of Shaler, Barbara Grosick, of Wexford, and Charles Beers, of Ohio; and is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters. Services and Interment are private. Arrangements are by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at http://www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Borgan, Ethel June M.

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Ethel M. "June" (Barna) Borgan, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Borgan; mother of James J. (Sandy) Borgan, Joseph A. Borgan, Jacqueline E. (James) Palmieri and Jennifer (Regis) Robson; sister of Edward Barna, Robert Barna and the late John Barna; grandmother of Mindy, Jamie, Tracy, Mark, Ann, Derek, Julie Ann and Rege; also survived by four great-grandchildren. Ethel was a retired steel worker from U. S. Steel and a retired crossing guard for Munhall Borough and St. Therese Church. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Therese Church, Munhall. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. Therese Church in Ethel's memory. http://www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Boyce, Harris 88

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Harris "Roy" Boyce, 88, of Whitehall, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Margaret (Powell) Boyce; loving father of Harris Jr. (Mary Ann), John (Catherine) Boyce and Debra (Jim) Stetor; caring grandfather of Harris III (Amy), Sean (Katherine), John Jr. (Jeanette) and Erin (Jeff Schussler) Boyce, Courtney (Brian Dunkin) and Michael Stetor; great-grandfather of Hannah, Cameron, Kayden, Colin, Abigail, Tyler and Logan and Jack; and brother of the late Betty (Willard) Thomas and John (Jean) Boyce. Roy honorably served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After graduating from Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, he was employed at Duquesne Light Co. for 40 years as an electrical engineer. He was a past Master of the Pleasant Hills-Guthrie Masonic Lodge No. 509 F and AM and a member of the Syria Shrine. Roy was a 15-year volunteer at the VA Hospital in Oakland. He was also an active volunteer of the Boy Scouts of America, awarded the Silver Beaver, earned the Wood Badge and enjoyed all facets of Scouting. He was a longtime member of the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. Roy was lovingly referred to as "Cookie Man" for his wonderful cookies, fudge and baklava. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Condolences may be given at http://www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Brickett, Mildred F. 98

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Mildred Frances (Gottschalk) Brickett, 98, of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph "Pal" Gottschalk and Paul Brickett; loving mother of Vera Colasant, of Florida, the late Thomas J. (surviving wife Roseanne) Gottschalk, Kenneth Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk; stepmother of Carolyn Willen; grandmother of the late Thomas (surviving wife Joann) Gottschalk and Robert (surviving wife Becky) Errett; also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. http://www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Brown, Mary L. 88

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise Brown, 88, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George O. Brown Jr.; mother of Martin (Marge) Brown, Laurel, Md., Beverly (Tim) Bitler, Murrysville, Joann (Dave) Delozier, Wilkins Township, the late Raymond (Linda) Brown, Melbourne, Fla., Bernard (Gail) Brown, Rearden, Wash., Barbara (Gary "Doc") Legge, Penn Hills, Patti (John) Springer, Allegheny Township, and Mary Beth (Jeff) Meyers, North Huntington. She was the beloved grandmother of 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in St. Joseph Parish, Verona. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Cagnacci, Dolores 90

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Dolores Cagnacci, 90, of North Braddock, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Louis Cagnacci, of North Braddock; and sister of Angelo (Goldie) Cagnacci, of Wall, Barbara Holcum, of Braddock Hills, the late David Cagnacci and the late Mary Huber. Friends will be welcome from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a blessing service will follow at 7 p.m.
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Cappuccio, Sam F. 88

  • Churchill
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Sam F. Cappuccio, 88, of Churchill, formerly of East Liberty, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Eleanor; adored father of Cheryl (deceased husband, Nick) Fazio, of Florida, Ron (Annette) Cappuccio, of Monroeville, and Jeffrey (Debbi) Cappuccio, of Moon Township; brother of Dante, Fred and Peter Cappuccio; grandfather of C.J. and Anthony Cappuccio; and step-grandfather to Trey and Tylor Balson and Amanda Freedline. Sam was a proud World War II veteran, having served with the Navy, and a longtime active member of Forest Hills Lions Club. Friends will be received 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC. FOREST HILLS CHAPEL, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. John Fisher Church. Everyone please meet at church.
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Cook, Paula 68

  • Marshall Township
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Paula (Marcoly) Cook, 68, of Marshall Township, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved daughter of the late James and Katherine (Babic) Marcoly; loving mother of John M. "Jamie" Cook and his wife, Debby, of Arlington, Va.; dear grandmother of Kostya E. Cook, of Arlington; beloved sister of Mary Jo (the late Dr. Joseph) Micucci, of McCandless and the late James Marcoly; aunt of Dana (Mieshiel) Micucci, Bryan Micucci, Jay (Ricki) Miccuci, Andy (Amy) Cook and Candice Cook; and great-aunt of Madison, Sydney, Keaton, Cruz, Fontana, Max, Jack and Drew. A truly beautiful woman, Paula made sure to have fun all the time, was tremendously caring, tough when she needed to be, very proud, endlessly loving and lit up at the mention of her dear grandson, Kostya, who was her light and spirit. She was a longtime employee with West Penn Financial, an annual theatre subscriber and lover of the arts, loved baking, flowers, being with family and friends and will be missed by so many. Family will welcome friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park. Blessing services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Donations may be made to Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, http://www.aamds.org. Please pay tribute at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Daube, Jean K. 92

  • Formerly of Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Jean Kathryn (Brahm) Daube, 92, formerly of Castle Shannon, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 64 years to the late Carl J. Daube; loving mother of Jeanne Broglie, David (Sandra) Daube, Karlyn (William) Davis and the late Thomas (Sandra) Daube; cherished grandmother of Michelle (Brent) Warren, Gregory Holsinger, Heather (Robert) Moosally, David (Allison) Daube, Kristin (Jonathan) Zimmer, Douglas (Courtney) Broglie and Thomas Davis; treasured great-grandmother of Charlie, Jacqueline, Joshua, Blair, Amanda, Natalie, Bobby, Alexandra, Matthew, Gregory, Andrew, Isabella, Mya, Colby, Carsyn, Nathaniel and Jaxton; daughter of the late Walter and Elizabeth Brahm; sister of the late Betty Hayes, Isabella Greiner and Edward Brahm; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 724-941-3211, followed by services at 10 a.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery. Please add tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Dippolito, Angela 93

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Angela (Costanzo) Dippolito, 93, of Baldwin Borough, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Felix Dippolito; beloved mother of Janet (the late Gary) Klos, Ed (Andrea Witlin) Dippolito, Sandra (Mike) Cundra and the late Dolores Dippolito; proud grandmother of Joyce (Scott) Winkler, Gary (Sherrie) Klos, Jaclyn (Ross) Hatherill, Michael Cundra and Angela; great-grandmother of Christopher, Anthony and Cameron; and sister of the late Joseph, Michael and John Costanzo. She will also be missed by her "four-legged grandchild", Morgan. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Wendelin Church. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Asbury Village, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Dixon, Margaret 86

  • Shadyside
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Margaret Dixon, 86, of Shadyside, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Dixon; loving stepmother of John I. Dixon Jr., Steven H. Dixon and Alexander F. Dixon. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Franklin; her niece, Maureen Drether; and nephew, Stephen A. Lewins. Margaret was born in 1928 in Gateshead County England to Henry and Elizabeth Dobson. She and her twin sister Liz were evacuated during the war years to a place in the English countryside where they were cared for until after the war. Margaret migrated to South Africa in 1964 where she worked as a librarian until 1972 when she met and married her late husband, John. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Online condolences may be made at http://www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Dovalovsky, John J. 94

  • Elrama
  • Born: 1920-06-23
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • John J. Dovalovsky, 94, of Elrama, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Arden Courts in Jefferson Hills. He was born June 23, 1920, near Elrama/Shire Oaks in Washington County. He was the son of the late John L. Dovalovsky and Catherine (Brindza) Dovalovsky, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. John learned to play the violin at an early age. While attending Clairton High School, he played the violin in the orchestra and in the chamber-music ensemble. He also played the tuba, then trombone in the orchestra. He attended Duquesne University School of Music for one year before taking a job with U.S. Steel in Clairton. John enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 5, 1941. He served as a sergeant in the 729th Air Material Squadron in England, France and Germany and other parts of Central Europe during World War II. He received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. He was proud of his almost four years of service to our country during the War. After his military service, John took a job with the Pennsylvania Railroad where he worked as a fireman, then engineer for more than 36 years with the PRR, Penn-Central and Conrail until he retired in 1981. He was a founding member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church near Elrama and a long-term member of the Elrama Volunteer Fire Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his cherished wife of more than 55 years, Helen C. (Sevcik) Dovalovsky, in 2003; and his brother, William F. Dovalovsky, in 2008. He is survived by his three children, John (Linda) Dovalovsky, of Lombard, Ill., Richard (Gail) Dovalovsky, of Wayne, Pa., and Marilyn (William) Wenger, of Rennerdale, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Dovalovsky, Brian (Stacie) Dovalovsky, Stacey (Jason) Jankowiak, Lindsay (Ian) Valentine, Michael Wenger, Danielle Wenger and Jeffrey Dovalovsky; and 10 great-grandchildren, Katrina, Jakob, Alison, Alina, Matthew, Kasia, Nicolas, Lydia, Rachael and Nathan. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all those who were kind to or helped our dad in any way since our mother passed away. Special thanks to the ladies of the Elrama United Methodist Church who always remembered our dad, especially throughout these last three years. John was a quiet, private person. He was a man of strong faith who loved his wife and was devoted to his family. Our family takes great comfort in the knowledge that he is now with God, reunited with his wife, our mother, and that they now live together with Jesus for eternity. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth. Additional visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Isaac Jogues Church, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert J. Boyle officiating. Burial with military honors at Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1216 Collins Ave., Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; Elrama United Methodist Church, 19 Downer Ave., Elrama, PA 15038; or Horizons Hospice, 2549 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Offer condolences at http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Elliott, Elaine

  • Regent Square
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Elaine (Anderson) Elliott, of Regent Square, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late William A. Elliott; loving mother of Bruce and his wife, Brenda, Robert, and Brian and his wife, Michelle; dear grandmother of Brittney, Brandon, Zachary, Sadie, Audrey, Jackson and Caleb; and sister of Thomas, Steve and K.C. Elaine worked for U.S. Steel, the Post-Gazette and a cleaning company. Friends will be received 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. http://www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Fuller, Clarence L. 73

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1941-11-21
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Clarence L. Fuller, 73, of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport. Born Nov. 21, 1941, in West Elizabeth, he was a son of Blanche (Sowa) Fuller, of Irwin, and the late Clarence F. Fuller. A member of The Club of Glassport, he is survived, besides his mother, by his sister, Gloria (William) Daube, of North Huntingdon; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until a noon funeral service Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037 (412-384-4344), with the Rev. Stephen Hospodor officiating. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. http://www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, No. 110, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
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Glavanics, Eugenia 77

  • Richland Township
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Eugenia "Sis" (Wasielewski) Glavanics, 77, of Richland Township, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife for 54 years of Alajos "Louie" Glavanics; loving mother of Louis J. Glavanics, Connie (Herbert) Gass, Susan (Norman) Hill, Lisa (John) Fabian and James Glavanics; sister of Matthew "Jr" Wasielewski, Edward Waleski, Stanley Wasielewski, Judy Krantz and Elaine Buyna; proud grandmother of Jeremy, Zachary, Amelia, Elijah, Ethan, Emily, Elissa, Lydia and Jessica; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Sis was a wonderful cook, always providing meals for family and friends, and being proud of her heritage, excelled with many Polish dishes. She loved polka, cherished her grandchildren and was always there when you needed her. She will be dearly missed. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday at St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Interment in Holy Savior Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, http://www.stjude.org. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Gross, David L. 67

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Green, Munhall | Get Directions
  • David L. Gross, 67, of West Mifflin, formerly of Bridgeville, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Philomena (Rajakovic) Gross; father of Al Lengyel, of Dravosburg, and Brian (Jackie) Lengyel, of West Mifflin; brother of Danny (Dolly) Gross, of Washington, Pa., and the late Dawna French; and son of the late Louis and Elvira (Durbin) Gross. He also leaves behind his beloved puppies, Zoey Pooh and Shea Shea. David was a former engineer for ICF Kaiser International, former owner of Duquesne Village Lanes, a realtor with Keller- Williams Realty Pittsburgh South and a proud Army veteran. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3511 Main St., Munhall, 412-461-6394. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, with Father Nicholas Mastrangelo.
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Hoffman-Currin, Barbara 56

  • Etna
  • Died: 2014-12-17
  • Funeral Home: Ogrodnik-Hahn, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Barbara Hoffman-Currin, 56, of Etna, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was the beloved sweetheart, soul mate and companion of Robert Currin; cherished daughter of Mildred and the late Robert Hoffman; loving sister of Robert, Frank (Cathy), Carolyn and Steve (Jennifer); and aunt of Walter, Steven, Luke, Isabella and Adam. Our heartfelt thanks to Sean and Martin at the St. Margaret Hospital ICU for their care and compassion. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the OGRODNIK-HAHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 333 Butler St., 412-781-0571. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sharps Hill. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials in Barbara's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Condolences may be offered at http://www.ogrodnik-hahnfuneralhome.com.
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Kassep, Hilda J. 85

  • Mount Washington
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Brusco-Falvo, Mt. Washington | Get Directions
  • Hilda J. (de Armas) Kassep, 85, of Mt. Washington, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Kassep; loving mother of Yvonne Sherman, Berna Cristi, Peter Kassep Jr. and Frank Kassep; devoted grandmother of Michael (Kristen) and Ashley Kassep, Katie and Jonathan Sommerer and Erica Cristi; caring mother-in-law of Gwen Kassep, Rich Cristi and Michael Sherman; cherished sister of Edelmira Fernandez de Armas, in Cuba, and the late Humberto de Armas; and dear friend of Elsa in Chicago, Ill. Services and Interment will be private. Arrangements are by the BRUSCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME INC., 214 Virginia Ave., Mt. Washington, 412 381-2323. http://www.bruscofalvo.com.
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Kennedy, Elizabeth R. 96

  • Formerly of Castle Shannon
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth R. "Betty" Kennedy, 96, formerly of Castle Shannon, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Charles Milton Kennedy Jr. and Agnes Kennedy; sister of the late Charles Milton (Helen B.) Kennedy III; and aunt of Charles Milton Kennedy IV (Bonnie Jean), of Cleveland, Ohio, and William B. Kennedy, of Columbus. Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227, were funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Ligonier Camp and Conference Center, 188 Macartney Lane, Ligonier, PA 15658. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.
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Kuchenbrod, Ronald L. 73

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Ronald L. Kuchenbrod, 73, of Monroeville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of 44 years of Selma (Ramsey) Kuchenbrod; and brother of the late Clarence Kuchenbrod. Ron served in the Air Force and retired from the GSA after 20 years. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL), corner of (445) Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville (412-856-4747), where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Entombment with military honors to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kulbacki, Charlotte 74

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Charlotte Kulbacki, 74, of Shaler Township, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was the wife of Robert J. Kulbacki; mother of Robert (Diana), Joseph and Timothy (Heidi) Kulbacki and Christine (Neil) Sabatini; grandmother of Amanda, Samantha, Stephanie, Nicole, Daltan, Allison and Bruno; and great-grandmother of Jobe, Ashlynn and the late Felicia. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Polish Hill. Please visit us at http://www.neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Langenberg, Marguerite C. 91

  • Upper St. Clair
  • Born: 1923-04-23
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, McMurray | Get Directions
  • Marguerite C. "Peggy" Langenberg, 91, of Upper St. Clair, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. She was born May 23, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., a daughter of the late Donald Cardone and Lena P. Cardone. She is survived by her loving husband, Frederick C. Langenberg; sister, Betty Filipps, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Valerie Holt and Melinda Singleton, of Tulsa; and nephew, Donald Filipps, of Tulsa. She was the loving stepmother to Rick Langenberg and Susan Brainer and loving stepgrandmother to Laura Jane, Dan and Andrew Brainer. Peggy Langenberg graduated from the Pennsylvania Business College, and began working at Jessop Steel Co., Washington, Pa. She became the highest ranked secretary in the company, working with the president for five years. She then moved to Washington, D.C., and was executive assistant to the president of the American Iron and Steel Institute. She next moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1979, and was executive secretary to the chairman of Interlake Corp., a Fortune 500 company. She returned to Pittsburgh in 1990 and helped found the Langand Corp., a Subchapter S Corporation. She and her husband were loyal to Pennsylvania State University, where she was a life member of the Alumni Association and a member of the Mount Nittany Society. Peggy Langenberg was a president of the Washington, Pa., branch of the National Secretaries Association. She was a member of the St. Clair Country Club, Chicago Golf Club and Belleair Country Club in Florida. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment in Forest Lawn Gardens. Please add or view tributes at http://www.beinhauer.com.
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Lynch, Donald B. 89

  • Coulter
  • Born: 1925-12-02
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Donald B. Lynch, 89, of Coulter, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Dec. 2, 1925, in McKeesport, the son of the late Harry W. and Eva Brown Lynch. He is retired from McAlloy Corporation in Charleston, S.C., is a member of the White Oak American Legion Post No. 701 and the Brentwood VFW Post No. 1810. He is survived by his wife, Marian Eichler Lynch; children, Cynthia DeLuca, of Coraopolis, and Maura Gow, of Newfane, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amy (Henry) Callithen, Christopher (Kristen) DeLuca, Nicholas DeLuca, Elizabeth (Adam) Bienas, Samuel Cuzzacrea and Daniel Cuzzacrea; great-grandchildren, Logan, Lance, Gianna, Madelina and Cameron; and sister, Christine Watson, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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 Monday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made in c/o Strifflers in Donald's name for his 2-year-old great-granddaughter, Madelina DeLuca, who is suffering from leukemia.
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Martin Jr., Ivan W. 88

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1926-09-06
  • Died: 2014-12-16
  • Funeral Home: Cremation, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Ivan William Martin Jr., 88, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Morgantown, W. Va., he was the son of the late Ivan William Sr. and Lucinda Martin. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Ann (Warden) Martin; and one sister, Doris Adele Smith. He was the loving father of Diane (Harry) Snyder and William (Lorie) Martin; cherished grandfather of Shauna (Brian) Bodamer, Adam (Brenna) Snyder and Max and Michael Martin; adoring great-grandfather of Grant and Drew Bodamer; and beloved uncle of Clete (Kathy) Smith. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1949 and had a long time devotion to the West Virginia Mountaineers. He served in the Army from 1945-46. He was employed by the Commercial Credit Corporation, where he rose to position of president, from 1952 until his retirement in 1988. He will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family, the endless hours he spent with his precious grandchildren, his sense of humor and his love of the WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He will be missed dearly by his children and grandchildren and all of those whose lives he touched over the years. A gathering of loved ones and friends will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, followed by a memorial service at CREMATION and FUNERAL CARE, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. A private interment will be held at the National Cemetery of The Alleghenies in Allegheny County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Please view and sign the family's online guestbook at http://www.cremationfuneralcare.com.
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Mulkerin, Donald 79

  • Wilkins Township
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Donald Mulkerin, 79, of Wilkins Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jo Ann (Pelesky) Mulkerin; loving father of Don (Glenda) Mulkerin, Colleen (James) Medwid and Timothy (Lisa) Mulkerin; stepfather of John O'Connell, Jeffrey (Natalie) O'Connell and Jayme (Ian) Dowdy; grandfather of Ashley, Rianna, Taylor, Mary, Meghan and Jenna; great-grandfather of Ronin, Ryston, Isabella and Liam; step-grandfather of six; and brother of Dorothy Kelly, Eleanor (Jack) Ferber, Isabel (Bill) Beck, Robert (Sheila) Mulkerin, Bill (Kathy) Mulkerin, Rege (Liz) Mulkerin, Shirley (John) Sutherland, Patty (Jim) Murphy and Jim Mulkerin. He was a 1953 graduate of Wilkinsburg High, Air Force veteran, Penn Tech graduate and was employed for 37 years with General Electric in the Industrial Sales Division. He was an avid golfer, as well as an accomplished athlete in his youth. He was a loyal fan of Pittsburgh sports team and proud to be a native Pittsburgher. He enjoyed traveling and reading. Faith, family and friends were most important in life. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of 118 Shaw and Triboro Aves., Turtle Creek, 412-823-1950. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Fisher Parish. Interment will follow at William Penn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Association of Pittsburgh. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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O'Connor, Donald Don 96

  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Donald "Don" O'Connor, 96, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Mr. O'Connor was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marie (Hogan) O'Connor in 2011; by his brothers, Dennis, Robert, Brian and Patrick; and his sister, Helen (O'Connor) Truxell. He is survived by his sons, David, of Murrysville, Kevin (Priscilla), of Durango, Colo., and Stephen (Barbara), of Robinson Township. He is also survived by granddaughters, Caitlin O'Connor, Lauren O'Connor and Megan Riddle; grandson, Corey Baker; great-grandchildren, Coralie Baker and Liberty Gage; along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Mr. O'Connor grew up in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. He was the oldest son in a family that has produced a number of business owners, politicians and local notable personalities. His brother Dennis, known as "Buddy O", was well known in the local stock car racing community. His brother, Robert, was the father of late Pittsburgh mayor, Bob O'Connor. Donald was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force in England. He flew many missions over Europe, including in support of the D-Day invasion. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations for his service, but was always modest about his contributions. As a boy, he delivered groceries for the local grocery store, and continued to work for the A and P grocery chain for most of his career, rising from a store butcher to purchasing agent in the chain's Homewood office for many years. O'Connor and his family lived in Penn Hills for many years, where they participated in the activities of St. Bartholomew Parish and School. In retirement, Don and Marie moved to Plum Borough, where Don pursued his hobby of buying and selling used items. He became known as the "Toolman of O'Block Road" and was famous for seeming to have the tool you were looking for in his inventory. Friends will be received 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
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Odle, Robert J.

  • White Oak
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Robert J. Odle, of White Oak, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born in McKeesport, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy Rosenberg Odle. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Este Berkovitz Odle, who died Nov. 19, 1989. He was a veteran of the Army serving in World War II. He was the vice chairman for Tube City IMS in Glassport for more than 64 years until, he retired in 2013. Bob's vision, drive, dedication and invaluable contributions were important factors in the evolution of the company from a regional to a global organization. He was a member of Temple B'Nai Israel in White Oak. He was a violinist for the Pittsburgh Symphony, an avid golfer and loved playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Mariuza Carvalho Odle; children, Cindy Odle, of Pittsburgh, Wayne Odle, of New Jersey, and Jennifer (Matthew Maddamma) Odle, of White Oak; grandchildren, Emily and Julia Odle; brother, Richard (Phyllis) Odle, of Singer Island, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, 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 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by Rabbi Paul Tuchman. Burial will follow in Temple Cemetery.
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Petrakis, Irene 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Irene (Kavoulakis) Petrakis, 87, of Monroeville, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the loving mother of Anna Petrakis Robinson (Robert), Kathryn Petrakis (Tom Smith), Sandra Petrakis (Edward Sheehan) and William Petrakis (Elaine); devoted grandmother of Alexander (Sandra), Lydia and Gregory Smith, Brian Petrakis, Nicole Childs (Benjamin) and Joseph Petrakis; great-grandmother of Kyriaki "Kiki" Smith. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Irene was a thoughtful and generous person and will be missed by her family and many friends. Friends received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Presentation of Christ Greek Orthodox Church (Ypapanti), 1575 Electric Ave., East Pittsburgh, PA 15112, greatly appreciated. http://www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Petrelli, Richard A. 63

  • McKees Rocks
  • Born: 1950-06-23
  • Died: 2014-06-18
  • Funeral Home: Dalessandro, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Richard Anthony Petrelli, 64, of McKees Rocks, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Born June 23, 1950, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Patrick and Helen Petrelli. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Army with the 32nd Artillery. He retired from Kane Hospital in 2007. He enjoyed sports and was a prank specialist who always enjoyed making others laugh for his own enjoyment. His greatest love was spending time with his family and his puppy dog, Spirit. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Dolores "Dolly" (Gallagher) Petrelli, of McKees Rocks; a son, Richard A. Petrelli Jr., and his wife, Lee Ann Petrelli, of Beaver Falls; two daughters, Megan Petrelli, of West View, and Clarice Petrelli, of McKees Rocks; grandchildren, Elijah Blinn, Amber Petrelli, Giana McMullen and Isis Petrelli, a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Patricia Mason; a sister, Euluia Buccigrossi; and six nephews, Chico, Frank, Ronnie, Tom, Rich and Steven Mason. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME CREMATORY LTD., Butler at 46th streets, Lawrenceville, where service will follow at 7:30 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. http://www.dalessandroltd.com.
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Schramm, Raymond K. 85

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Raymond K. "Ray" Schramm, 85, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Holliday); father of R. Kurt Jr., Charles A. (Judy) and Eric S. (Karen) Schramm; grandfather of Sarah, Scott, Maggie and Charlotte; and brother of Robert Schramm. Ray was 32nd degree of the Masons. His lodge was in Cheswick. Friends received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday only in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday in Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 12106 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.
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Shiff, Nancy A. 84

  • Scott Township
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Nancy Ann (Snowden) Shiff, 84, of Scott Township, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Nancy was the beloved wife for 54 years of Ted Shiff. Surviving are three children and 11 grandchildren. She always was a teacher, beginning with kindergarten and then led the visually handicapped program in Beaver Valley. Later, she taught in our church and community bible classes, plus leading our family and other families in any way possible. She always offered to help anyone at any time. Mom, grandma, Nancy, aunt - Thank you! If we were to write about your life and all its goodness, this entire newspaper would be filled with stories of you and its other contents would pale in significance. You not only taught love (1 Cor 13:4-8) you put it on full display with your life. Nothing is more important to God (Matthew 22:36-40) so thank you for leaving us with that lasting legacy. You are already deeply missed by countless many, but for us who know the truth we say the reunion is going to be sweeeet! Enjoy your first real Christmas and the best present you could ever receive - eternal life (Romans 6:23). Family and friends will be received at 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. A celebrate life (no. 2) remembrance time will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Visitation will continue 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin's. Interment will be Monday in Jefferson Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held in January in Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or to cancer research.
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Skiffington, Daniel A. 17

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2014-12-15
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Daniel A. Skiffington, 17, of Ross Township, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. He was the beloved son of Vincent II and Sharon (Wagurak) Skiffington; loving brother of Renee L. (Robert) Krebs and Brandi D. Skiffington; beloved grandson of Mary Lou Skiffington and the late Vincent Skiffington Sr., and Ethel Wagurak and the late Alexander Wagurak; loving nephew of Kathleen (David) Wire, Douglas (Paula) Wagurak, and Janae (Michael) Nail; and also survived by many cousins. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Sebastian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help cover funeral costs; go to: youcaring.com and search for Daniel A. Skiffington.
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Smith, Sheila R. 66

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Sheila Roslyn (Simon) Smith, 66, of Penn Hills, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Sheila was preceded in death by her husband, William Smith; and her parents, Max and Marie Simon. She is survived by her brothers, Lee (Janet) Simon and Grant (Cindy) Simon. Sheila was intelligent, artistic and loved to read. She collected dolls and miniatures. Sheila was a kind soul who loved her pet mice. She also enjoyed fishing with her friend, Dolly. Lee and Janet want to thank the staff at both Golden Living Center, Murrysville, and Forbes Regional Hospital for their kindness and compassion. We extend our special thanks to Dolly and Lorraine for the love and assistance they gave to our sister for many years. They have been a blessing. Sheila struggled bravely with many health problems throughout her life. She could not defeat ALS. Friends welcome from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. A private interment will take place Monday in Restland Cemetery. http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Snyder, Helen 81

  • Crafton , Formerly of Bristol
  • Born: 1933-04-28
  • Died: 2014-12-12
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen Fessick Snyder, 81, of Crafton, formerly of Bristol, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. She was born April 28, 1933, in McAdoo, daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Czernianski Fessick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Snyder; a son, Theodore C. Snyder; two brothers, Nicholas and John Fessick; and a sister, Dorothy Fessick. Helen is survived by three sons, Robert J. (Janet) Snyder, of Langhorne, Mark (Mary) Snyder, of Murrysville, and Daniel Snyder, of Yardley; 10 grandchildren, Catherine, Eric, Christopher, Nicholas, Joscelyn, Helena, Maura, Haley, Morgan and Kyra; and a brother, Joseph (Betty) Fessick, of New Jersey. A private blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville. Interment will be private. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Venturella-Pascuzzi, Rosemary 87

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Rosemary "Lena" (Brunetti) Venturella-Pascuzzi, 87, of Monroeville, formerly of Swissvale, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Venturella and Carmine Pascuzzi; loving mother of Nick (Carol) Pascuzzi, Toni (George) Turner, Carmen (Bambi) Pascuzzi and Rosemarie Pascuzzi; sister of Gilda Oroukin, the late Frank Brunetti, William Brunetti, John Brunetti, Theresa Venturella, Helen Iovino and Della Hejnosz; also survived by 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) 445 Beatty Road, Monroeville (412-856-4747). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bernadette Parish. Interment to follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. http://www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Zorbas, Mary 85

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Born: 1929-11-22
  • Died: 2014-12-04
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  • Mary Zorbas, 85, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, while residing with her brother, James (Jane). She was a beloved daughter and aunt. She was the beloved daughter of George and Virginia (Sgontzou) Zorbas. Mary was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Monessen. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (Helen), Ted; and nephew, Mike. Mary is survived by her brother, James (Jane); nieces, Stephanie Roush, Christina (Alfred) Smart, Teresa, Steve (Anya), Donna (Dan) O'Brien; seven great-nephews and three great-nieces. Mary retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Her internment will be at St. Michael the Archangel in Palatine, Ill. Donations may be made in Mary's name to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Barcellino, Elizabeth L. 51

  • Penn Township
  • Born: 1963-07-26
  • Died: 2014-12-14
  • Funeral Home: Knee, Plum | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth Ann Barcellino, 51, of Penn Township, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, with loved ones by her side, under the care of Forbes Hospice. Born July 26, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Elizabeth devoted her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey Barcellino, whom she married May 22, 1981. They had two devoted daughters: Christina, married to Timothy O'Neil, and Karrie, married to Joshua Weinman. Elizabeth had four granddaughters, Arabella, Vada, Gabriella and Kinley. She is also survived by her parents, Adam and Hilda McMeekin; and her siblings, Lisa Cusato, Thomas and Lori McMeekin, Jennifer and Brandan Valore. In loving memory, her late brother: Eric McMeekin. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Unity Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum, PA 15239. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE LTD. FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions are suggested to Forbes Hospice in Elizabeth Barcellino's name. Please go to Forbes Health Foundationto place a donation: http://www.ahn.org/ways-to-give/forbes-health-foundation/giving-forbes-hospice. We'd like to thank the amazing staff at Forbes Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Burky, Louise 73

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1941-02-26
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Louise Boyer Burky, 73, of Murrysville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Altoona, daughter of the late William E. and Janice L. Kauffman Boyer. Louise was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export. She was a music professor and played the flute at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for a number of years and recently taught at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was chair of IUP's Information Department. "Louise's love for her family was always clear, as an underlying current guiding her actions, whether in good times or difficult times. We will always remember her for her musicianship, her love of cats, her care for the environment both near and far (with a special affinity for birds), her strong will and standards of excellence, her high expectations of both herself and others, her care and generosity to those near and dear to her, her passion for photography, her drive to pursue that hobby while exploring nature's treasures in Alaska, the Galapagos, Africa and elsewhere and her deep joy from spending as much time as possible with her extended family as it grew and spread across the country. These are just a few of the memories that will live on with us. We love you, Mom." She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Ken Burky; two sons, Christopher Scott (Anna) Burky, of Middle Grove, N.Y., and William Elton (Lara) Burky, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt; a sister, Marjorie Boyer (Ivan) Henry, of Scottdale; and two nephews, Bobby and Michael. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export, with Pastor Gregory B. Held officiating. Interment will be private in Altoona. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Nugent, Barbara A. 83

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1931-10-13
  • Died: 2014-12-19
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Bakerstown | Get Directions
  • Barbara A. (Erdlen) Nugent, 83, of Allegheny Township, formerly of Glenshaw, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. She was born Oct. 13, 1931, daughter of the late William and Barbara (Vukelka) Erdlen. She was the beloved wife of the late Philip E. Nugent; sister of William (Ruth) Erdlen, Paul (Marian) Erdlen and the late Anna Marie Cokus; proud aunt of Brett (Jennifer) Geibel and Dean (Laurie) Geibel; and loving great-aunt of Ashley Petrouski and Morgan Geibel. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held at noon Monday in the funeral home with interment to follow in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Please offer condolences at http://www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Pletcher, Leslie B. 65

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1949-11-09
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Johnson, Buena Vista | Get Directions
  • Leslie B. "Les" Pletcher, 65, of Belle Vernon, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 9, 1949, in Avon Park, Fla., a son of Tena Ruth (Johnson) Pletcher, of Buena Vista, and the late Remo H. Pletcher. Les was a retired police sergeant for Elizabeth Township and a former Marine Reservist. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Allegheny Lodge No. 91, a member of Aliquippa Lodge No. 375, F and AM, McKeesport, a life member of Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Sutersville Moose and the Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sharon (Bendel) Pletcher; his daughter, Kimberly Ann Pletcher, of Elizabeth; stepsons, Shawn and Michael Williams; grandchildren, Laura Brookes and Corbin Jeffrey; great-granddaughter, Olivia Jordan; siblings, Alice Ruth Gallingane, Remo D. (Deborah) Pletcher and Grace L. (Kenneth) Angelo, all of Buena Vista; his companion, Debbie Marsh, of Belle Vernon; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the RALPH L. JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, 412-751-6481. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. John Yohe officiating. Those attending the service please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Aliquippa Lodge will hold Masonic funeral services at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Buena Vista United Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.
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Weeks, Mary Jo 91

  • Latrobe
  • Born: 1923-03-21
  • Died: 2014-12-18
  • Funeral Home: Brooks, Connellsville | Get Directions
  • Mary Jo (Gans) Weeks, 91, of Latrobe, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at her residence in the Loyalhanna Care Center. She was born March 21, 1923, in Connellsville, a daughter of the late Fred and Harriet Fay Reid Gans. Ms. Weeks began high school in Connellsville and graduated from Trenton High School in New Jersey. She attended Junior College at what is now Quinnipiac College. At the age of 19, she was the society editor of the Newark Star Ledger and she later did secretarial jobs. She lived in many locales throughout her life, including Pennsylvania, Long Island, N.Y., Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. She moved back to her native Pennsylvania residence and resided in the Derry and Latrobe area. She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Derry. Ms. Weeks played and loved classical piano and she was an accomplished writer. She was known for her sense of humor and her special smile. She was loved everywhere she went, especially at the care center. She is survived by three sons, Charles John Weeks, of Marietta, Ga., R. Mark Weeks and his wife, Elmira, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Michael R. Weeks, of Summersville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Emily Elston, of New Zealand, Andrew G. Weeks, of McLean, Va., and Reid Weeks, of Glen Burnie, Md.; and a great-granddaughter, Sabine Elston. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, William Gans; and a sister, Ann Gans. As per wishes of the family, there will be no public visitation or service and interment will be private. All arrangements under the direction of the Brooks Funeral Home Inc., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit http://www.brooksfuneralhomes.com
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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, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Adams Township. 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 travelled 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., grandchildren, Thom and Tracy; Sandy Frazier, of Worcester, Mass., grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Wendy and Michael; Patty Libner, of Silverton, Ore., grandchildren, Debbie and Cheryl; and was preceded in death by his 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, 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, 2014, 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 Fort 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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