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Basso, Gloria M. 87

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1927-10-22
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Gloria M. (Amorosi) Basso, 87, of Clairton, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Woodhaven Care Center in Monroeville. Born Oct. 22, 1927, in Export, she was a daughter of the late Julio and Domenica (Antonucci) Amorosi. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Gloria worked for 14 years as a press operator at Advanced Metallurgy Inc., in McKeesport, and formerly as a sales clerk at Kaufmann's. She was also a lunch aide for West Jefferson Hills School District and had spent her last four years in Bethel Park Retirement Residence. She joins her husband, the late Bernard J. Basso Jr., who passed away in 1981; and her siblings, Harry and John Amorosi, Della Grivnow, Jean Russell and Dorothy Smith. Gloria was the beloved mother of Denise A. (Charles J. Jr.) Thomas, of Clairton, and Karen T. (Joseph S. Jr.) Lachcik, of Venetia; her granddaughter, Dana M. Thomas; her brother, Norman Amorosi, of Coral Gables, Fla.; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 5th St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., with Rev. Michael Alfieri officiating. Procession and burial will follow to St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Bowan, Cynthia N. 71

  • Oakmont
  • Born: 1943-10-30
  • Died: 2015-02-17
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Cynthia N. Bowan, 71, of Oakmont, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, 2015, at Willows Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont. Born in Charleston, S.C., Oct. 30, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Nell (Mitchell) Bacon. She was the dear wife for 50 years of Dr. Merrill D. Bowan; loving mother of M. Douglas (Betty) Bowan II, Mark David (Barbara Wagoner) Bowan, Holly Ruth (Rich Frollini) Bowan, Jonathan (Amanda) Bowan and Bethany (Tony Larson) Bowan; grandmother of eight; and sister of Susan (Thomas) Holowaty and Joseph Bacon. She was preceded in death by sisters, Diane and Holly. Cyndi was a freelance writer/columnist for 26 years and had worked for Dardenell and Gateway Press, and also the Tribune Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She was past president of the Oakmont Junior Women's Club, and with her husband, was the first lay executive team for Presbyterian Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Pennsylvania. Friends and relatives were invited to a memorial visitation Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. A memorial celebration service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverside Community Church or a charity of one's choice.
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Brown, Judith S.

  • Upper Saint Clair
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Judith S. Brown, of Upper St. Clair, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. She was the mother of Natalie (Robert) Earley and Leslie Wood; grandmother of Sean and Erin Earley; and sister of Harold Shelton. Judy served as a representative on the Pennsylvania G.O.P. State Committee. Service and interment will be private in Philadelphia where she will be laid to rest with her family. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Carnprobst, John L.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • John L. "Jack" Carnprobst, of Shaler Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. He was the husband of the late Betty A. (Dern) Carnprobst; father of Renee E. Gaus (Kevin) and Blaine J. Carnprobst (Mary); brother of the late George, Frank and Kathleen Carnprobst; grandfather of Ryan Gaus (Miranda), Brandon Gaus (Jaclyn), Adam Gaus, Megan Gaus, Jenny, Jess, Matt and Brian Carnprobst; and two great-granddaughters, Reagan and Maelyn Gaus. John was a machinist at Heppenstall Steel Company for 32 years and a substitute teacher at Beattie Tech and North Hills High School for 20 years. He was an avid Civil War historian, wrote for The Blue and Gray Magazine and had an extensive knowledge of The Allegheny Arsenal. He also had a love of Lionel Trains. Above all, he cherished time with his family. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association.
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Davis, Betty L. 92

  • White Oak
  • Born: 1922-03-06
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Strifflers, White Oak | Get Directions
  • Betty L. (McNulty) Davis, 92, of White Oak, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Palms at O'Neil. She was born in McKeesport on March 6, 1922, a daughter of the late Charles Herbert and Edythe L. (Beech) McNulty. Betty was a 1939 graduate of McKeesport High School and worked as a telephone operator at Bell Telephone before becoming her favorite professions … homemaker, mom and grandmother. She was a lifelong member of the Bryn Mawr Church of Christ and was a Sunday school teacher for the Loyal Women's Class for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Davis; brother, Dalmain "Bud" McNulty; and sisters, Gertrude Estelle Morris and Wanieta Ruth Keen. Left to cherish her memory are three children, Edythe L. Thomas and her husband, Brian Thomas, of Long Branch and Somerset, Robert C. Davis and his wife, Linda (Macey), of West Newton, and Charles D. Davis and Jodi, of White Oak; grandchildren, Kristen M. (Ryan James) Davis, of White Oak, Kimberle Davis, of White Oak, and James M. Davis, of Portsmouth, N.H.; and good friend and neighbor, Margaret "Peggy" Randall. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK CREMATION AND MORTUARY SERVICES, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Charles Owston officiating. Burial will follow. Remembrances may be made in Betty's name to White Oak EMS, 2800 State St., White Oak, PA 15131.
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Duggan, Mary A. 90

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-19
  • Funeral Home: Corl, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Mary A. Duggan, 90, of Monroeville, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Hubert J. Duggan; loving mother of Bonnie Blake (Willy) and James H. Duggan (Mary); grandmother of Linda Freund, Anna Pepito, Maura Blake, David Duggan, Robert Duggan, Emily Duggan, Brian Duggan and the late Andrew Duggan; great-grandmother of Leo Pepito and Arias Freund; and was a devoted friend of the late Evelyn Moody. Mary was the daughter of the late Maurice E. and Gladys O. (Trufant) Griffin. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the National City Bank of Pittsburgh, where she was the director of research in the Trust Investment Department. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Financial Analysts, the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, the Economic Club of Pittsburgh, the Order of the Eastern Star, Bradford Chapter, and a member of the Forbes Hospital Auxiliary. Mary enjoyed music, traveling, playing bridge, cats and spending time with her grandchildren. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, for a memorial visitation at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Service will be held at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Development Department, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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Egan, LaVerne 83

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • LaVerne (Hammill) Egan, 83, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Egan for 58 years; loving mother of Edward (Ann Marie) Egan, of Trafford, and Lori Kane, of North Huntingdon; cherished grandmother of William Egan and James, Edward and Colin Kane; sister of the late Mary Ellen Heckman and the late Charles Hammill; also survived by nieces and nephews. LaVerne was a talented homemaker, enjoying cooking, baking and gardening. She also was excellent at crocheting and crafting home made items. However, LaVerne's greatest pleasure came when she was with her grandchildren. Friends welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday 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 in St. Robert Bellarmine Church at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Laverne will be laid to rest in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Egerman, Geraldine 90

  • Highland Park
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: McCabe Bros., Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Geraldine "Gerry" Egerman, 90, of Highland Park, formerly of Squirrel Hill, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Ralph J. Egerman, Sally Donnelly (Frank) and the late Lester Egerman; grandmother of Constance Mattox and Cortney Kosmack; great-grandmother of Conrad and Henry Mattox; sister of Robert Goessler, Rebecca Novak and the late Eugene Goessler; also survived by the Ken Acre family and many nieces and nephews. Gerry was a practicing clinical social worker for more than 40 years and provided compassionate social services to families throughout Western Pennsylvania. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCABE BROS. INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 5801 Hampton St., with a reception following in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FamilyLinks, Attn: Development Department, 2644 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.
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Falcone, Ronald K. 60

  • Glenshaw
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Ronald K. "Ron" Falcone, 60, of Glenshaw, died suddenly Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. He was the beloved son of Marie (Battaglia) and the late Ralph C. Falcone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine; and his daughter, Ann Marie Falcone. He was the father of R.K. Falcone Jr. and Antonio Falcone; grandfather of Lilianna and Kira; brother of Jinny (Kenn) Farbarcher, Mary Catherine (Leo) Cordial and Raymond (Carrie) Falcone; and is also survived by nieces and nephews. Ron was liked by all who met him. He lived his life the way he wished and his laugh and smile will be dearly missed. The services and interment will be held privately. Arrangements are by BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., Glenshaw. Donations may be sent to the Hampton Volunteer Fire Company.
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Flaggs, Shirley A.

  • Green Tree
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Laughlin, Mt. Lebanon | Get Directions
  • Shirley Ann Flaggs, of Green Tree, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. She was the mother of Jennifer Flaggs and the late Stanley Robert "Robbie" Flaggs III; sister of Danny Krill and the late Mary Rupp and Tommie Krill; aunt of Cheryl Huger and Richard Rupp; also survived by great-nieces and nephews. Shirley was a longtime employee of Forbes Regional Hospital in the Nuclear Medicine Department. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret of Scotland Church. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com.
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Flick, Irma C. 96

  • Hampton Township
  • Born: 1918-08-29
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: King, Allison Park | Get Directions
  • Irma C. (Fisher) Flick, 96, of Hampton Township, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, while under the care of Cumberland Crossing in Pittsburgh. Born Aug. 29, 1918, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Reuben and Mathilda (Fries) Fisher; and the wife of the late Glenn Flick Sr., who passed away in 2009. Irma was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown and the Women of Bakerstown. She enjoyed bowling and golf, playing in several leagues. She is survived by her children, Glenn (Glenna) Flick Jr., of Sylvania, Ohio, Nancy (Mickey) Haalman, of McCandless, and Charles (Roberta) Flick, of Duluth, Ga.; grandchildren, Christine (Craig Bullock) Flick, of Vista, Calif., G. Douglas (Denise) Flick, of Sylvania, Ohio, Nicole (Donald) Hall, of Duluth, Ga., David Haalman, of McCandless, Tiffany Flick, of Cumming, Ga., and Ashley Flick, of Orlando, Fla.; and great-grandson, Alex Hall, of Duluth, Ga. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, George Fisher, Wayne Fisher and Edna McMullen. Irma's family will welcome friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at KING FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Weston officiating. She will be laid to rest at Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor in support of AseraCare Hospice, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 or your local food bank. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Irma's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
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Fultineer, Ramona 86

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauers, Canonsburg | Get Directions
  • Ramona Fultineer, 86, of Whitehall, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Richard Fultineer; loving mother of Scheri Fultineer (Hank Reisen), Cathy Fultineer (Roderick McLeod) and Richard Fultineer (Donna); grandmother of Julianna, Kylie, Aaron, Mattigan, Max and Macie; and sister of Geraldine Jeffers and Tandra Dolan. Funeral arrangements are by BEINHAUERS, 724-941-3211. Friends are welcome from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park. Please view or add tributes at www.beinhauer.com.
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Gemelas, Caliope 88

  • Verona
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Caliope "Barbouna" Gemelas, 88, a longtime resident of Verona, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late George Gemelas; loving mother of Rhoda (George) Mousetis and Marsha (the late Mike) Tsouris; dear sister of Argyros Nostari; YiaYia to Dean, Stamatina (Dimitrios), Kellie (Kristian) and Leia (Zach); and Pro-YiaYia to Sophia, Georgios, Mosxoula, Kyriaki and Jack. She also is survived by a host of loving and caring relatives, friends, neighbors and Tootse, the only four legged friend ever allowed in her house. Mrs. Gemelas emigrated from Ikaria, Greece, in 1954, with her husband and daughters. On a sunny day you could always find her sitting on her porch or tending to her beautiful roses on First Street. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a Trisagion will be held at 5 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, Oakmont, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 12 Washington Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139 or Pan Icarian Foundation, P.O. Box 79037, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Online condolences may be made to www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Gilchrist, Dolores J. 83

  • Munhall
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Dolores J. "Doe Doe" (Bryan) Gilchrist, 83, of Munhall, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was the mother of Loria (Mark) Galiyas, Anita Gricar, Robyn (Dale) McCall and the late Jacqueline Vinay; sister of Rosamont Sullivan, Bessie Shehady, Diana Salome, Jeanie Liebert, June Rose Gigante, Madeline Stevens, Anita Siyufy-Gates and the late William Bryan and Carrie Meyers; grandmother of Johnny, Michael, Sherry, Christopher, Ryan, Jeanine, Christina, Jackie, Jessica, Shanne and Dale; and great-grandmother of Mackenzie, Maitlyn, Madisyn, Tori, Jack, Joey, Kennedy, Rory, Aidan, Maddox and Spence. She is also survived by her dear friend, Alice Sabo; and many loving nieces and nephews. Dolores owned Doe's Beauty Shop and was a retired correctional officer for Allegheny County. Doe Doe took great pleasure in cooking, baking, ironing, watching football, gambling, smoking and cussing; however, her greatest joy came from spending time with her family. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Trisagion service at 2 p.m. Friday. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Hanick, Dennis J. 87

  • Elizabeth Township
  • Born: 1927-03-07
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Dennis J. Hanick, 87, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Southwestern Nursing Center. He was a retired mechanical engineer from U.S. Steel, Clairton Works and member of St. Michael Parish, Elizabeth Township and American Legion Daniel Keffer Post 75 of Clairton. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dennis loved to bowl and enjoyed opera music and watching sports, especially the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college, graduating from West Virginia University. Born March 7, 1927, in Clairton, he was a son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Guba) Hanick. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara A. (Siler) Hanick; four daughters, Denise (Henry) Mykich, of Pittsburgh, Deborah (Ted) Salka, of Bunola, Catherine Hanick, of Smyrna, Ga. and Amy (Tim) Jarboe, of Ellicott City, Md.; granddaughters, Brooke Jarboe and Sarah Jane Jarboe, both of Ellicott City; two brothers, Andrew Hanick, of Elizabeth Township, and Ralph Hanick, of Auburndale, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Truax; and brother, Lawrence Hanick. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in St. Michael Parish, with the Rev. Thomas A. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Bridges Hospice, 1200 Gulf Lab Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Smile Train, by calling 1-800-932-9541 or visiting www.smiletrain.org. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Hecht, John C. 72

  • McKeesport , Formerly of South Park
  • Born: 1942-06-08
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Versailles | Get Directions
  • John C. "Jack" Hecht, 72, of McKeesport, and formerly of South Park, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Born June 8, 1942, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Clyde and Blanche (Keller) Hecht. An Army veteran, Jack worked as a truck driver and mobile crane operator for Forrest Steel Corporation in Baldwin. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joanne C. (Bodnar) Hecht; his daughter, Jacqueline Hecht-Rizzo, of McKeesport; his son, Jeffrey (Donna) Hecht, of McKeesport; his granddaughter, Jessica (David) Rizzo-Bertovich, of North Versailles; his great-grandson, Aiden Rizzo-Bertovich; his sisters, Janice (Bob) Murray, of Washington, Pa., and Marlene (the late Rev. Donald) Richards, of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the DANIEL F. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4504 Walnut St., McKeesport, Versailles Borough, PA 15132, 412-678-3454. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Interment will be private at the request of the family. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Honsberger, Kyle A. 30

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Kyle Allan Honsberger, 30, of Monroeville, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved son of Christine and the late Fred Honsberger; adored grandson of Janet Honsberger; and wonderful brother of Kevin (Justina) Honsberger. Kyle loved being an uncle to Milo and Sara Honsberger. Kyle graduated from Gateway High School in 2002 and received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2008. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Salvation Army, Pittsburgh Temple. Arrangements by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) (412-856-4747). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, Pittsburgh Temple, 1060 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Kalcevich, Mary S. 86

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Mary S. (Santoro) Kalcevich, 86, of Brentwood, formerly of Clairton, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, of Brentwood. She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard; mother of Karen (Anthony) Tantalo and Kathy Kalcevich; stepgrandmother of Christi Marie (Jeff) Paul and Lazzaro Tantalo; and sister of the late Fred Santoro, Carmella Bamburak and Sam Santoro. Mary was a longtime parishioner and volunteer at St. Clare of Assisi Parish and was a school secretary at St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Her family would like to thank Heritage Manor Senior Living for their loving and exceptional care. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral prayer at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Anthony School for Exceptional Children, 218 Custer Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15227; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Kruszewski, Lois 86

  • Baldwin , Formerly of Duquesne
  • Born: 1928-03-25
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Maloy-Schleifer, Duquesne | Get Directions
  • Lois Kruszewski, 86, of Baldwin, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon. She was born March 25, 1928, in Homestead Park, daughter of the late Simon and Ruth (Garnner) Schuffert. She was Catholic by faith. She was the wife of the late Stanley Kruszewski; mother of Lois (Steve) Krista, of Elizabeth, Denise (Jon) Larson, of Finleyville, Mitchell Kruszewski, of Baldwin, and Stephanie (Charles) Kiger, of West Mifflin; and is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was the mother of the late Albert Kruszewski, the late Robert Kruszewski and the late Stanley Kruszewski. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the MALOY-SCHLEIFER FUNERAL HOME INC., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300, William B. Schleifer, supervisor, William Brian Schleifer, funeral director. A blessing service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the funeral home during the visitation with the Rev. Thomas Lewandowski officiating.
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Kvasnak, Marty 53

  • Lincoln Borough
  • Born: 1961-10-15
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Marty Kvasnak, 53, of Lincoln Borough, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at home. Born Oct. 15, 1961, in McKeesport, he was a son of George D. and Gerda (Schwarz) Kvasnak, of Elizabeth Township. He was the owner of Garage Door Service Inc., of Lincoln Borough, and member of Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Company No. 184, Western Pennsylvania Carpenters Union No. 142 and member and director of Westmoreland County Four Wheel Drive Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Ruth (Flynn) Kvasnak; son, Jonathan Kvasnak, of Elizabeth Borough; daughter, Rachel Sharp, of Lincoln Borough; and sister, Gerlinda Metheney, of Lincoln Borough. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 North Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344, where a service will take place at noon Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, with the Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Borough VFC No. 184. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Laughlin, James 91

  • Jefferson Hills
  • Born: 1923-08-27
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • James Laughlin, 91, of Jefferson Hills, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at home. Born Aug. 27, 1923, in Clairton, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Mary A. (Shea) Laughlin. A 1941 graduate of Clairton High School and member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, James was a retired postman for the U.S. Postal Service in Clairton and a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Lucille J. Stura; his nieces, Mary Ann Walker and Margaret Tiskus; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Lee (McDonald) Laughlin; and siblings, Marie Barone, Fidelis and Mercedes Laughlin, Dolores Trainor, Florence Walker, Vincent, Edward, Leo and Charles Laughlin and JoAnn Shar. Funeral services were held privately at the request of the family. Memorial contributions in James's name should be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 707 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Arrangements by the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Lipinski, Josephine 94

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: Brandt, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Kubinski) Lipinski, of McCandless, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, two weeks short of her 95th birthday. She was the loving wife of the late John S.; adoring mother of Lorraine Lipinski, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Margaret "Mickie" (David) Swall, of Cranberry Township; and beloved grandmother of Daniel and Katie Swall. Josephine led a very happy life that was centered around her family. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Township, 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Teresa of Avila Church, followed by burial in Madonna Cemetery, New Castle. www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Lucas, Virginia H.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Virginia H. (Mazzoni) Lucas, of Swissvale, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. She was the wife of the late Vernon B. Lucas; loving mother of Vernon G. Lucas and his wife, Lyndsay, of Swissvale, Timothy W. Lucas, of Swissvale, Jeffrey L. Lucas and his wife, Liz, of Swisshelm Park, and Denise H. Wolbert and her husband, Ed, of Murrysville; dear grandma of Alanna, Sarah, Nathan, Evan, Emily and Jeffrey; and dear Gigi of Tayvein, TaeIen, Kylynn, Landon and the late Kannen. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Mallinger, Erin L. 44

  • Monroeville
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Monroeville | Get Directions
  • Erin L. Mallinger, 44, of Monroeville, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Jennifer (Wallace) Mallinger; loving father of Kaleb and Brayden Mallinger; son of the late William and Jude Mallinger; brother of Brian (Marleen) Friday; son-in-law of Clarence and Bernadette Wallace; brother-in-law of Christina Wallace and Brian Wallace; and lifelong friend of Brian Webb. Erin was an avid golfer and loved spending time at the beach. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday at St. Bernadette Parish. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Verona. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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McAllister, Eleanor M. 84

  • North Versailles
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Eleanor M. (Murphy) McAllister, 84, of North Versailles, formerly of Braddock, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late John "Jack" McAllister; loving mother of John "Hap" (Terri) McAllister, of North Versailles, Robert (Barb) McAllister, of Manor, Michael (Bonnie) McAllister, of Turtle Creek, Mary (Joe) McAllister, Tim (Cathy) McAllister and Barb (Clark) Mellon, all of North Versailles; also survived by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Eleanor will also be greatly missed by her pet dog, Millie. Eleanor was the last surviving of the six children of Thomas and Helen Murphy. Eleanor took great pleasure in making people laugh, feeding birds and squirrels, solving puzzles and rooting for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. However, her greatest joy came from spending time with her grandchildren. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James Street, Turtle Creek, 412-823-9350. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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McClowry, Norma J. 76

  • Wilmerding , Formerly of Pitcairn
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Pearce, Pitcairn | Get Directions
  • Norma Jean (Feidak) McClowry, 76, of Wilmerding, formerly of Pitcairn, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Leo Naum and Mary (West) Feidak; wife of Charles M. "Daddy" McClowry; mother of Rebecca (Mike) O'Keefe and the late Charlene J. McClowry and Leo D. Feidak; and sister of Kathryn (Pete) Antimarino, Dorothy Plecenik, Mary Jane Werta, Patricia (Den) Vojnik, Donna (Dave) Hixon and the late Esther DeCenzo, Robert Feidak, Barbara McCreary, Judy Shea and Betty Hoy. Norma is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Lisa; grandchildren, Ashley, Lacy and Leah Feidak and Kate and Molly O'Keefe; great-granddaughter, Brooklyne Boothe; also many cousins and friends. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WM. O. PEARCE FUNERAL HOME INC., 318 Wall Ave., Pitcairn, where services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday with the Rev. David Martin officiating.
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McLaughlin, Hugh F. 73

  • Lawrenceville
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Hugh F. McLaughlin, 73, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Violet "Vi" E. (Sustrich) McLaughlin; loving father of Michael McLaughlin and Eric "E" (Licia) McLaughlin; grandfather of Nico Hugh and Owen Joseph McLaughlin; son of the late Hugh F. and Dorothy M. (Maloney) McLaughlin; brother of Ruth A. Casselberry, John M. McLaughlin and the late Robert F. McLaughlin; and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Hugh served in the Army. He was a member of the IBEW Local Union No. 5. Hugh worked at Kaufmann's as an electrician for more than 20 years and enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and dogs at his camp in Kennerdell. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of the Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church. www.zalewskifuneralhome.com.
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Mima, Edward A. 86

  • Port Vue
  • Born: 1929-01-09
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Willig, McKeesport | Get Directions
  • Edward A. Mima, 86, of Port Vue, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at home. Born Jan. 9, 1929, in McKeesport, he was the youngest child of the late Andrew and Anna (Tutko) Mima, and the husband of the late Patricia (Yeager) Mima. Edward was a graduate of McKeesport High School and Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree. He worked at General Motors Corp., Fisher Body Division, with more than 38 years of service. He was a member of St. Mark Parish and the Port Vue Old Timer's Association. He was a World War II Army veteran. Edward is survived by children, Catherine (Henry II) Kudla, of Upper St. Clair, Barbara Mima, of McKeesport, Donna Mima, of Port Vue, Edward R. Mima, of Belle Vernon, and John (Regina) Mima, of Laurel, Md.; grandchildren, Daniel and Kristen Kudla, Joshua, Jacob, Sarah and Audrey Mima; sisters, Ann Palumbo and Pauline Mima; sister-in-law, Margaret Mima; and nieces, Susan (Jay) Comi and Robin (David) Stanton. In addition to his parents and loving wife, Edward was preceded in death by siblings, Mary Mima and Joseph "Speedy" Mima; and brother-in-law, Joseph Palumbo. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mark Parish in Port Vue. Committal with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery. www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
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Moore, Albert H. 61

  • Rural Ridge
  • Born: 1953-10-16
  • Died: 2015-02-21
  • Funeral Home: Siemianowski, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Albert H. Moore, 61, of Rural Ridge, Indiana Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital. Albert was born Oct. 16, 1953, in Bellevue, to Anna (Tummon), of Ross Township, and the late Howard Moore. He was the owner and operator of Albert's Custom Chrome Shop, Rural Ridge. Motorcycles were his life and longtime passion. He also enjoyed being with his family and seeing his newborn grandson. Albert is survived by his mother; son, Nathan (Molly Smythe) Moore, of Rural Ridge; grandson, Nathaniel Moore; siblings, Ruth (Paul) Holzer, of Port Vue, and David (Donna) Moore, of West Deer Township; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; his beloved wife, Tracy Moore, in 2005; and a brother, Brian Moore. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Albert's life from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at The Blue Haven Lounge, 492 Nixon Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. Arrangements by ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Russellton, West Deer Township. For online condolences, please visit www.westdeerfuneralhome.com.
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O'Malley, Martin B. 73

  • Forest Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Martin B. "Marty" O'Malley, 73, of Forest Hills, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. He was the mayor of Forest Hills. He was the beloved husband of the late JoAnn (Staley) O'Malley for 37 years; cherished father of Maureen (Neal) O'Malley-Wadhwa, of Squirrel Hill, Jack (Allison) O'Malley, of Highland Park, Mary Brennan (Brian) Carey, of Sewickley, and Katie O'Malley, of Shadyside; dear grandfather of Bob and Coley Carey, Gus, Josie and Annie O'Malley, Siobhan and Neal Raj Wadhwa Jr.; brother of Cecelia O'Malley Murphy, of O'Hara Township, and the late Mary O'Malley; and brother-in-law of John (Patti) Staley IV, of Point Breeze and Madelon (Jim) Hoctor, of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his "Grand-cat, Lou". Marty was a graduate of St. Rosalia Grade School in Greenfield, Central Catholic High School and St. Vincent College. He was a Vietnam War veteran, having served with the Navy, and passionate member of Vietnam Veterans for Peace. Marty was a community servant for Forest Hills, the former co-chairman of the Civic Association and Community Day, serving on Borough Council from 2005 to 2010 and, since 2010, was the mayor of Forest Hills. He was a member and volunteer at the Thomas Merton Center and was a political activist for social justice for years. Marty could be witnessed protesting against the Iraq War, billionaire bailouts and the BP Oil Spill among other causes. Marty was a member of the Friends of the Riverfront. Friends will be welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Maurice Church. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Memorial donations may be made to the Thomas Merton Center, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15225 or Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or the Joseph Kelly Women's Cancer Research and Education Fund, c/o Magee Hospital of UPMC, 300 Halket St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Panza, Richard A. 82

  • Brentwood
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Panza, 82, of Brentwood, formerly of Whitehall, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Nancy (Dudt) Panza; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Richard retired after 35 years of service from Liggett and Myers Tobacco Co. There will be no visitation. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Park in the Mausoleum Chapel. Arrangements made by JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. If desired, family suggests contributions to American Heart Association, 4 Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or Western PA Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Powney, James O.

  • Whitehall
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • James O. "Jim" Powney, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Marian B. Powney for 61 years; loving father of James A. (Susan) Powney and Cheryl (Richard) DePaolis; grandfather of Richard (Colleen) DePaolis, Capt. Danielle DePaolis of the Air Force, Angela DePaolis, Katherine Powney and Scott Powney. Jim was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Pittsburgh City School District and Keystone Oaks. He was a proud Army veteran of the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers during World War II. After his retirement, Jim volunteered for more than 20 years for the Brentwood Meals-on-Wheels. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, PA 15227. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Peter's Episcopal Church. If desired, family suggests contributions to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4048 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227 or Brentwood Meals-on-Wheels, 3725 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
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Schmidt, Henry E. 94

  • Ross Township , Formerly of South Hills
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Henry E. Schmidt, 94, of Ross Township, formerly of South Hills, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Taylor) Schmidt. He was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters. He was the great-uncle of Chuck and Frank (Debra) Conley; and great-great-uncle of McKenzie, Brandon and Nicholas Conley. Family will welcome friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where service will be held following visitation at 7 p.m. Thursday. Henry received the Bronze Arrow Head for four or more assault landings in World War II. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Silverman, Lyle V. 59

  • Cranberry Township
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Lyle V. Silverman, 59, of Cranberry Township, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. He was the beloved husband for 36 years of Susan (Weidner) Silverman; dear brother of Sandy (Gary) McStay; beloved son-in-law of Eleanor Weidner; loving uncle of Melissa (Wendy) Dunbar-Kraus, Terry (Carrie) Dunbar, Gregory, Jimmy and Shawn Gropelli, and Brad and Rachel Putch; also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. Lyle was a very dedicated man, giving 100 percent to everything he did in life and was extremely generous in every way towards his family, friends and community. Lyle and Susie share the perfect love story that forged a relationship so strong that not even their separation by death could break. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229, where a celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Lyle's memory to the Vasculitis Foundation at www.vasculitisfoundation.org. Or by mail at Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Smith, Thomas E.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Thomas E. Smith, of Swissvale, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Carol A. (Hanchey) Smith; loving father of Carol A. Scire and her husband, Joseph, Caren L. McCann and her husband, Patrick, and the late Thomas Smith and his surviving wife, Rhonda Goulette; and dear Pap-Pap of Amber, Patrick (Christie), Ivory (Bobby), Halley (Chris) and Chelsea (Dave). Tom is also survived by his 10 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Joseph "Porky", Guy, Patsy, Emma, Elsie and the late Junior and Annabelle. Mr. Smith retired from Sears, Penn Center, after more than 30 years. Arrangements are by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Snare, Joseph K. 78

  • Born: 1936-09-03
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph Kenneth Snare died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. He was born Sept. 3, 1936, in Smithfield, the only surviving child to the late David and Mildred Snare. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Allison Snare; daughters, Joanne Weidman (Eric) and Susan Snare (Brian Strawn); granddaughters, Clara Weidman and Charlotte Snare; and step-grandsons, Henry Strawn and Ben Pontius. He served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Lebanon Valley College and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Master of Education. Following in the steps of his grandfather and father, he started his career working in prisons, moving later to probation and parole. When he retired from the state of Pennsylvania after 30 years, he became a drug and alcohol counselor, volunteered for organizations that mentored youth and supported the families of those sentenced to life imprisonment. Friends will be received 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Friends will also be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Hebron Church, 10460 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Penn Hills Service Association or The Blessing Board.
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Soboslay, Margaret M.

  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Margaret M. "Margie" Soboslay died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was the beloved wife of John F. Soboslay; mother of Paul F. Soboslay (Amy), David A. Soboslay (Suzanne) and Michael J. Soboslay (Eileen); sister of James Carr; grandmother of Caitlin, Zoe, Connor, Shannon, Cassidy, Ryan and Austin Soboslay; and is also survived by her lifetime best friend, Anne Lofstrom. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St., (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com.) Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bede Church. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Bede Parish, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.
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Staley, George W. 90

  • Richland Township
  • Born: 1924-09-07
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • George W. Staley, 90, of Richland Township, Gibsonia, died Monday morning, Feb. 23, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford, peacefully with his family at his side. He was born Sept. 7, 1924, in Gibsonia, the son of the late Harvey Delroy and Nora Perry Staley. George was a banker for 39 years with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, where he also served as a volunteer for the Mellon Bank Blood Drive. He was a member of Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry Township, and enjoyed bowling, playing cards and games, maintaining his yard, but above all he loved spending time with his family, especially the grandkids. He and his wife have enjoyed travelling extensively. He served as a PFC in the Army during World War II, where he received the Purple Heart for his injuries. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul and James Staley; and his sisters, Edna Boyle, Ruth Fugh and Mary Staley. Surviving are his wife, Jean Dize Staley, who he married July 7, 1945; three daughters, Barbara Kruse and her husband, Robert, of Wattsburg, Karen Wharrey and her husband, James, of Ellwood City, and Marlene Rindfuss and her husband, Gary, of Valencia; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nora Mae Schwab, of Falconer, N.Y., and Margie Rinaman, of Mars; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Dutilh United Methodist Church, 1270 Dutilh Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Pine Township. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090 or to the American Cancer Society. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Turner, Kathryn J. 70

  • Elizabeth
  • Born: 1944-04-29
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Kathryn J. (Kopp) Turner, 70, of Elizabeth, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. She attended Bible Alliance Church in West Newton. Her life revolved around family and her grandchildren. Born April 29, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Kathryn was a daughter of the late Emil Kopp and Beatrice (Dunn) Kopp. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, James Dale Turner Jr.; daughter, Amy (Ron) Morosko, of Elizabeth Township; son, Randy (Dana) Turner, of West Mifflin; seven grandchildren, Alex, Aden and Ethan Morosko and Ryan, Eva, Ashley and Jason Turner; four sisters, Rita Fefolt of Indiana, Pa., Mary Ann (Jim) Wardle, of Venetia, Patricia Wenta, of Washington, Pa., and Elizabeth (Bob) Lusk, of Carroll Township; two brothers, Charles "Bud" (Mary Ann) Kopp, of Amherst, N.Y., and Rich (Brenda) Kopp, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Frank Todaro officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Whiteford, Richard A.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Richard A. Whiteford, of Shaler Township, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Mr. Whiteford was the beloved husband of Lucille L. Ketterle Whiteford; father of Julie Kephart (Donald), of Connellsville; son of the late John and Edna Plover Whiteford; predeceased by nine siblings; grandfather of Jamie (Randy) McKenzie, Erin Hoover and Wesley Kephart; also four great-granddaughters. Mr. Whiteford was a 32-year machinist at Jackson Gear. Celebrate Mr. Whiteford's life with his family at services at 11 a.m. Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church, Allison Park. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 1300 Burchfield Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. Arrangements made by PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Yonich, Joyce E. 74

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1940-06-20
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Joyce E. "Woman" Yonich, 74, of Clairton, passed away at home Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Born June 20, 1940, in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late William Kenneth Manown and Wilma "Babe" (Biddle) Manown. A waitress at various locations in the area and member of St. Clare of Assisi Church, Joyce really enjoyed camping at Pymatuning. She was a loving and kind woman who had her stubborn streak and will be missed by her whole family. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Edward Yonich; her daughter, Roslyn O'Hara, of Clairton; her grandson, Scott O'Hara; her dog, "Buddy"; and nieces, nephews, cousins and her "Amish family," the Yoders, of Andover, Ohio. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025, 412-233-5700. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in St. Clare of Assisi Church. Interment will be private at the request of the family. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Detore, Elizabeth M. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Born: 1927-02-08
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth May Detore, 88, of Greensburg, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. She was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Latrobe, a daughter of the late Wayne R. and Florence Rupert Brant. Prior to retirement, she worked at the former 1776 Lounge in South Greensburg. She was a member of the SNPJ Club of Carbon where she participated in the bowling and bocci leagues. She also bowled in the GVFD Ladies Auxiliary Bowling League. May enjoyed shopping and going to the family cabin. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Detore; a son, Nicholas "Bud" Detore II; two brothers, Wayne "Junior" Brant and Dennis Brant; and four sisters, Almeda "Boots" Rodenz, Alberta Taylor, Lillian Brant and Sherida Harbaugh. She is survived by three daughters, Carole A. (Bucky) Mitchell, of Murphy, N.C., Marcia Detore, of Greensburg, and Diane (Louis) Smail, of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Brant; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A memorial service will then be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Long Jr., Fred N. 56

  • North Huntingdon
  • Born: 1959-01-04
  • Died: 2015-02-20
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Fred N. Long Jr., 56, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. He was born Jan. 4, 1959, in Harrisburg, the son of Anna M. (Fisher) Long, of North Huntingdon, and the late Fred N. Long Sr. Fred was a former employee of Thermal Industries, a Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan, liked to fish and was a member of the Wendel - Herminie No. 2 Athletic Association. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sisters, Judy A. (Tom) Sapp, of Adamsburg, and Cathy L. Fidler (fiance, Greg Elliott), of Murrysville; also nieces and nephews, Carissa Fox, Justin and Cassandra Fidler, Brian Sapp and Lindsey Zahorchak. There will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Main St., Irwin, with Dr. Clifton J. Suehr officiating. Those wishing may contribute to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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McKenna IV, James P. 38

  • Irwin
  • Died: 2015-02-18
  • Funeral Home: Szal, McKees Rocks | Get Directions
  • James P. McKenna IV, 38, of Irwin, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Nichole; father of Marshall Cravenor; stepfather of Justin Cravenor; son of Judith Gettel; stepson of Mark Gettel; adopted son of Chuck Fodor; and brother of Randy McKenna, Barrett McKenna, Jenifer Wilson and Jossalynn Hornbaker. Friends received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until the time of services at 6 p.m. Saturday at the VALERIAN F. FUNERAL INC., 238 Helen St., McKees Rocks.
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Parola, Clifford L. 77

  • Irwin
  • Born: 1937-09-18
  • Died: 2015-02-25
  • Funeral Home: Snyder, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Clifford L. Parola, 77, of Irwin, died peacefully, at home with family, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. He was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Charleroi, a son of the late Steve and Pierette Parola. He was a retired employee of Allegheny Business Systems and a former employee of Thorofare Supermarket. Cliff was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and loved to garden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Margaret Kozura, Pierette Vestrat and Steve, John, Andy, Tony and Rosalie Parola. He is survived by his wife, Roberta (Waddell) Parola; children, Vicki Tanner, of Greensboro, Kim (Mark) Estep, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Wendy (Jake) Gilmartin, of Irwin; grandchildren, Rachel Novak, Jennifer (Ben) Karns, Michael Novak and Jessica and Brittani Schock; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Karns; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Margaret Shannon officiating. Private entombment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Those wishing may contribute to Excela Hospice or West Hempfield Presbyterian Church. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.
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Setmire, June A. 88

  • Greensburg
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • June A. Setmire, 88, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at home. She was the daughter of the late John Eidem and Dorothy Blank Eidem Walters. She was a devoted wife of 60 years to her departed husband, Glenn Martin Setmire (2009). Her greatest joys in life were her children. She was a loving mom to her son, the late David Martin Setmire (1968), her surviving son, Michael Glenn Setmire, of Greensburg, and her daughter, Sharon "Sharry" Setmire, of New Alexandria. She was a proud grandma to Jessica Lynn Setmire, of Pittsburgh. She was a great sister to the late Becky Eidem (2008). She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Greensburg. June was an RN who graduated in 1948 from Latrobe School of Nursing. She was so proud to be an RN who really cared so much about her job and, most of all, her patients. She worked 40 years, one year at Latrobe Hospital, 10 years in Toledo, Ohio, and 29 years at Westmoreland Hospital, from where she retired in 1988. She had worked in numerous areas: the OR, Labor and Delivery, ICU, Short-Stay and GI. She was so happy to have a big extended family. She was a sister-in-law to the deceased Elizabeth and Happy Geis, Dave and Marie Tarchis, John and Ruth Setmire, Steve and Helen Sutmire, Joe and Doris Setmire, John (Shunda) and Helen Kubinec, Louis and Barbara Setmire, Julius Setmire and John Bayura. An aunt, Betty Blank, of Greensburg, sister-in-law, Josephine Bayura, and numerous cousins also survive her. She was a fun and loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved deeply. She was full of happiness and laughter, also kind and giving. She had a way to make you feel special; she thought that everyone in her life was. She enjoyed roller skating, going on trips with friends, the casinos, playing cards, reading a good book and bowling on the Wii. She watched TV game shows, golf and the Steelers. Her biggest enjoyment was dancing with Glenn and having family and friends over for a big Easter egg hunt. She also loved her sweets: number one was chocolate, and her dogs. After retirement, she volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels, was a member of the Westmoreland Area Nursing Association and the McKenna Center. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will following in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Westmoreland Area Nursing Association - Scholarship Fund, c/o Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or Tri-City Meals on Wheels, 716 Foster St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, visit BarnhartFuneralHome.com. The family would like to thank the staff of Senior Life Greensburg, Dr. Gumm's office and Jamie.
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Yeske, Elizabeth E. 87

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1927-03-14
  • Died: 2015-02-19
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth E. "Betty" Yeske, 87, of Level Green, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. She was born March 14, 1927, in McCullough (Penn Township) to Nicholas and Margaret Swanson. Betty earned her Registered Nursing Degree in the last graduating class from West Penn Army Nursing Corps and received her bachelor's degree in public school nursing from Indiana University. She fulfilled her nursing career working in Columbia and East Suburban Hospitals. She married the love of her life, Arnold E. Yeske, on Aug. 13, 1949, and moved to Level Green where they raised three children. She loved to play cards, read, vacation and spend time with family and friends. Betty is survived by children, Pamela (Norman) Krotz, Arnold (Nancy) and Karl (Carol); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Lohr; sister-in-law, Wanda McClelland; and many other relatives and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of a memorial service at noon Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Entombment will be private. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Butler County

Miller, Elizabeth J. 80

  • Mars
  • Born: 1934-04-16
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth J. "Bette" Miller, 80, of Mars, died Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born April 16, 1934, in Pittsburgh. Bette had been a school bus driver for 19 years at Bauman Bus Company for the Pine-Richland School District. She was a member of St. Kilian Church in Mars and the Cowansville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Bette loved to travel with Sam, her husband of 58 years, whether it was to the casinos in Pittsburgh or in the motor home to Florida. They travelled extensively and even saw Pope John Paul II. They enjoyed boating and motorcycling on their trike. Surviving are her husband, Willard E. "Sam" Miller, who she married Sept. 22, 1956; her daughters, Bridget K. Miller, of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Beth G. Miller (Keith), of San Mateo, Calif.; a son, Barry J. Miller (Tracy), of Mars; a sister, Marylou Fulton, of Morrow, Ga.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, Theodore and Robert Fulton. Memorials may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society at www.thenccs.org. At Bette's request, arrangements are private under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, and please sign the guestbook and condolences at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Starr, Eileen M. 86

  • Middlesex Township
  • Born: 1928-10-23
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Mcdonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Eileen Margaret Drennan Starr, 86, of Middlesex Township, Valencia, died peacefully at home Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, after a long illness. She was born Oct. 23, 1928, in Buck Hill Falls, the daughter of the late Harry J. and Edith W. Drennan. She graduated as salutatorian from Barrett Township High School in the Poconos Mountains. She received a B.A. in English from Penn State University in 1950 and taught at Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson. She married H. Paul Starr Jr., of Valencia, on Jan. 31, 1953, and they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in January. Mrs. Starr enjoyed traveling, gardening and reading. In addition, she was an avid fan of Penn State football and the Antiques Road Show. She was also a docent at Hartwood Acres in Allegheny County, past president of the St. Thomas in the Fields Women's Guild, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Girl Scout Brownie leader and active in the Woman's Club of Butler County. She was always ready to experience new places and took pleasure in seeing different venues such as Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Africa, Ireland, France, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Italy. She also traveled extensively in the United States, visiting all 50 states except North Dakota. She is survived by her husband, Paul; and sister, Helen Rumberger (William), of State College. In addition, she is survived by her four children, Eileen Florence Starr (Timothy), of Bowling Green, Ky., H. Paul Starr III (Annamarie), of Valencia, Linda Edith Starr McNamara (Thomas), of La Jolla, Calif., and Donna Starr-Deelen (Bart), of Kensington, Md. Her beloved grandchildren include Maura Francis, Brendan Thomas, Margaret Eileen and Claire Starr McNamara, Elayne Lida and Olivia Pauline Deelen, Ethan Starr Evans, Anastasia Marie and Paul Charles Starr. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at St. Thomas in the Fields Church in Gibsonia. Memorial donations to St. Barnabas charities or the Lighthouse Foundation. Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Worsen, Timothy L. 49

  • Butler
  • Born: 1965-04-11
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: McDonald-Aeberli, Mars | Get Directions
  • Timothy Lee Worsen, 49, of Butler, died Monday morning, Feb. 23, 2015, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Pittsburgh, April 11, 1965, he was the son of the late Thomas Lee and Sandra R. Worsen. He was a graduate of Mars High School. Tim was the proprietor of Precision Auto Plus, in Sarver, and spent his career as an auto mechanic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and racing his drag car. Surviving are his sister, Teresa Worsen Pugliese, of Valencia; a niece, Delaney Butzine; his partner, Christine Ramsey, and stepdaughter, Jackey Ramsey; his daughter, Staci Ellis; and granddaughter, Allie Zedak. He also is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides of the family. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom, and mother, Sandra. Friends are invited to a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Glade Run Presbyterian Church, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059, with the Rev. Greg Wiest, pastor, officiating. Friends will be greeted after the service in Heritage Hall at the church. Memorials may be made to the Deacon Fund of the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME INC., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.
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Washington County

Cebasek, Iva M. 95

  • Union Township
  • Died: 2015-02-22
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Iva Mae (Roberts) Cebasek, 95, of Union Township, peacefully passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Cebasek; loving mother of Dennis Cebasek, Jeanne Cebasek, Nancy Cebasek Jenkins and Janice Capozzi (Tony); grandmother of Chase Jenkins (Renata), Michael Jenkins (Mariam Alfaro), Garrett Moeller and Nicole Brunty (Charles); great-grandmother of Charles and Curtis Brunty; aunt to many nieces and nephews; and daughter of the late David and Annie E. Smith Roberts. She was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred Dranko (Louis), Edna Sims (John), David Roberts (Marie), Myrtle Matthews (Charles), Gomer Roberts, Harry Roberts (Elva) and Mabel Polcawich (John); and sisters-in-law, Caroline Cebasek Arch (Ralph) and Mary Arch. Iva was a homemaker, accomplished seamstress and a small pastry shop proprietor, however her main priority was always family and holiday gatherings. In her spare time, she enjoyed ballroom dancing, sewing, baking, gardening and vacationing at the family's Deep Creek, Md., home. With a heart full of love and generosity, a sense of adventure and a quirky sense of humor, Iva will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Dymond, Joanna M. 52

  • Peters Township
  • Died: 2015-02-23
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Library | Get Directions
  • Joanna M. (Fazio) Dymond, 52, of Peters Township, peacefully passed Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at home. She was the loving wife for 22 years of Robert A.; beloved mother of Lauren N. and Robert M.; daughter of Antonio and Rita Fazio; sister of Donna Pirollo and Anthony Fazio; daughter-in-law of Robert and Eleanor Dymond; also many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joanna will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother, a woman with endless love and a loyal friend who was full of compassion. Visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Road (Route 88), Library. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Ruthfred Lutheran Church, 3401 Patterson Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Everyone please meet at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.
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Cusick, Ruth 93

  • Charleston, S.C. , Formerly of Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1922-01-06
  • Died: 2015-02-20
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  • Ruth Cox Cusick, 93, of Charleston, S.C., formerly of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Born Jan. 6, 1922, in Tarentum, Ruth was the second daughter of the late Samuel F. and Catherine Conklin Cox. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Pittsburgh and then attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a degree in chemistry in 1943. During World War II, she worked as a chemist for DuPont and Mellon Institute before starting a large family. She later returned to the workforce at the Department of Energy. Ruth had a wonderful sense of humor and a huge laugh to match. She enjoyed painting, was a voracious reader and was active in sea turtle protection. She was an attentive and loving wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Charles S. Cusick; her sister, Marguerite Cox Duffey; and cousin, Mary M. Voigt. Ruth is survived by her brother-in-law, Patrick J. Cusick, of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven children, Daniel (Sheila), of Pittsburgh, Charles Jr. (Cindy), of New Castle, William (Teresa), of Floyds Knobs, Ind., Catherine (David Hazeltine), of Charleston, S.C., Margaret (Anthony Hrudka), of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Ellen (Mark Grossnickle), of Macon, Ga., and Beth (James Merrigan), of Tucson, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren, Pat (Connie Martin), Brian (Christin Sciulli), Brendan, Timothy, Steve (Ali), Matt (Franzi), Melissa, Jennifer Cusick, Colleen Morris (Adam), Jackie Lile (Jeff), Lizzy and Sam Hazeltine, Maria and Emily Szramowski, Charlie, Sean, Riley and Anna Grace Grossnickle and Cassandra, Sarah and Clare Merrigan; two great-grandchildren, Rory James and Ava Riley Cusick; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island, SC, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, PO Box 607, Johns Island, SC 29457.
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Kennedy, Robert C. 92

  • Born: 1923-02-04
  • Died: 2015-02-15
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  • Robert Coll Kennedy slept away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. He had just celebrated his 92nd birthday on Feb. 4. Bob was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Pittsburgh, the fourth child of Mary Purcell Kennedy and William H. Kennedy. His siblings, who preceded him in death, were William, Ann, Alfred and Richard. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and served in the Navy. He graduated from Duquesne University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management. In November 1948, Bob married the love of his life, Virginia "Boots" Kerr, and they were married for 52 laughter-filled years. Bob was in executive management for more than 32 years for the United States Steel Corp. On Aug. 1, 1985, Bob was appointed vice president of Sales for North American Wire, a specialty wire company in Solon, Ohio. After retiring at age 55, from U.S. Steel, he went on to work at Rappahannock Steel in Fredericksburg, Va., as vice president of Sales (Exposaic Industries). After he finally, really retired, he and his bride built their retirement home in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., overlooking the 16th hole on Stonehenge Country Club. Bob was an avid golfer, and a loyal and enthusiastic Steelers fan. He loved life and lived it to its fullest! Bob and Boots are survived by their three children, Jeff, Judy and Jay; and their seven grandchildren, Scott, Jennifer, Timothy, Samantha, Kristen, Kyle and Kayla.
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