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Bahor, Mary L. 95

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Mary Louise (Kokal) Bahor, 95, of Penn Hills, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was the wife of the late Frank J. Bahor; beloved mother of Bruce (Janice), Brian (Carole) and the late Michael Paul; grandmother of Jennifer (Ray) Strobel, Brooke H. (Brian) Soxman, Zachary, Colin, Rachel and Jared; great-grandmother of Lake, Troy and Fritz; and sister of Vernie (and the late James) Simmons, and the late Emily (Joseph) Buchar, Vencil (Agnes) Kokal, Paul (Dorothy) Kokal and Stanley (Dolly) Kokal. Mary cherished her time working in the bakery at the Penn Hills Giant Eagle, was an avid member of the SNPJ, and volunteered weekly at the Penn Hills Service Association. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL,7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Church. Interment in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Penn Hills Service Association , 2519 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
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Baker, Josephine D. 96

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: English, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Josephine D. Baker, 96, of Longwood at Oakmont, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Baker. She is survived by children, Martha L. (Dennis) Mierzwa, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Bruce B. (Susan) Baker, of Medina, Ohio. She is also survived by grandchildren, Michael (Laura) Mierzwa, of Davis, Calif., and Kristen L. Mierzwa, of New York City, N.Y., and Daniel (Staci) Mierzwa, of Plumas Lake, Calif., and three greatly loved great-grandchildren, Nolan, Mason and Brooke Mierzwa. She is also survived by her dearly loved nephew, Robert Peet (Suzanne) Dickinson and Susan L. (Michael) Lowrey and their children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Peet Dickinson and Josephine Minteer Dickinson; and brother, Robert Peet (Marion) Dickinson Jr. She was a secretary for US Steel, secretary for the Edgewood School District and for Angermann Associates. She also had a long and full career of volunteer service to the community as an AWVS driver for the military during World War II, president of the Allison School PTA, officer of the Wilkinsburg Junior League, on the board of YWCA of Wilkinsburg, Brownie and Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, long time volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the RCAC in Oakmont. She was a devoted member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Wilkinsburg, as a Sunday school teacher, and later an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Oakmont Altar Guild and the Women of St Thomas. She touched the lives of so many with her special friendship and love. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA, 15139. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Oakmont. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.english-funeral-home.com.
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Budol, Hilarion L. 95

  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe, Forest Hills | Get Directions
  • Hilarion L. Budol, 95, passed Thursday, March 26, 2015. "The angels came down with tears in their eyes and carried my dear mother to heaven." She was the wife of the late Stanley J. Budol; cherished mother of Richard A. Budol; also mother of Stanley P. Budol and the late Eileen (Tony) Thompson; grandmother of Lawrence, Mark, Brian and the late Allan Gubash; great-grandmother of Samantha Gubash; sister of the late Dolores Cyril and Richard and John Kaminsky; also survived by a cousin and nieces and nephews. Happiness to my mother was yelling "Bingo." Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, 412-731-5001. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in Good Shepherd Church, Braddock.
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Cain-Wasserman, Alyce 61

  • Bethel Park
  • Born: 1953-08-09
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Elizabeth | Get Directions
  • Alyce Cain-Wasserman, 61, of Bethel Park, formerly of Forward Township, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. She was born Aug. 9, 1953, in Elizabeth, to the late Orion and Charlotta (Goettel) Cain. She was a case manager for Aetna Insurance in Pittsburgh and was a member of Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth. Alyce had a 43-year career in nursing, starting out in the neuro department of Allegheny General Hospital and then moving to hospice home care for many years. She then became a case manager for Health America and later moved to Aetna. An animal lover, she was one of the most giving persons and greatest mom out there. She is survived by her husband, Harry C. Wasserman; daughter, Nicole (Ben Furrer) Wasserman, with whom she resided; sister, Helen Weeks, of Forward Township; also aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Cain-Pacak; and brothers, Robert and John "Jack" Cain. No viewing or services are scheduled. Arrangements are being handled by the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUENRAL HOME, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Checchio, Renee 56

  • Braddock Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Renee (Dranusky) Checchio, 56, of Braddock Hills, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015, surrounded with the loving of her family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was the loving mother of Rick Checchio and his wife, Nicole, of Forest Hills, and Jared Checchio and his wife, Megan, of Braddock Hills; dear "Gug" and "Nae Nae" of Rick III, Cameron and Luca; beloved daughter of Teresa Dranusky and her late husband, Elmer; and sister of Jacki Kolich, Richard Dranusky and the late Dennis. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church.
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Christopher Jr., Chester R. 88

  • Turtle Creek
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Jobe, Turtle Creek | Get Directions
  • Chester R. Christopher Jr., 88, of Turtle Creek, passed away peacefully Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Olga (Wojtowicz) Christopher for 64 years; loving father of Colleen (Jerry) Chiarizio and Keith (Pamela Bishop) Christopher; proud grandfather of Emily, Joel and Bethany Chiarizio; dear brother of Donald (Kathy) Christopher and the late Harold, Paul and Walter Christopher and Peggy Henkel; and son of the late Chester R. Sr. and Josephine Christopher. Chester served with the Army during World War II, and spent 49 years as a car salesman and sales manager. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., corner of (118) Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek, (412-823-1950), where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment to follow at William Penn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. www.jobefuneralhome.com.
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Crawford, John F. 93

  • McCandless
  • Born: 1921-11-11
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: H P Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • John Francis Crawford, 93, of McCandless, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Passavant Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Frances Williamson Crawford, who preceded him in death in 2008. He was born Nov. 11, 1921, in Pittsburgh. He served as a machinist's mate third class in the Navy from 1943 until 1946. He retired after more than 30 years employment with Combustion Services and Equipment. Jack is survived by sons, John "Jack" (Barb) Crawford Jr., of Bridgeville, and Spencer Alton Crawford, of North Carolina; a daughter Tea (Jerry) Mieszkowski Crawford, of New Kensington; grandchildren, John (Jan) Crawford III, Bonnie (Paul) Eichler, Crystal (Tris) McBride, Tamara Hudec (Dave) Kimball, Chuck Crawford and Christina Crawford; great-grandchildren, John IV, Chris, Jacob, Rachel and Abby Crawford, Bob and Dan Eichler, Brandy, Flynn and Justan McBride, and Angelique Hudec; and several stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Lynn Crawford and Raymond M. Crawford. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, 1032 Perry Highway, Ross. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11a.m. Monday in St. Catherine of Sweden Catholic Church, Wildwood. Entombment will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.
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Czaplicki, Rita S.

  • New Sewickley Township
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Rita S. (Barus) Czaplicki, of New Sewickley Township, formerly of West View, died Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Alexander F. Czaplicki Jr.; loving mother of Diana M. Marks (Dale), Patricia A. Czaplicki, Daniel A. Czaplicki (Karin), Cynthia J. Hall (David) and Alexander J. Czaplicki (Theresa); sister of Rose Bourg; also survived by 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ferdinand Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
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Delacour, Kevin R. 53

  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Slater, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Kevin R. Delacour, 53, of Mt. Lebanon, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was the loving son of Richard W. and Ruth (Simmons) Delacour; beloved husband of Kristen (Zimmer) Delacour; dear father of Mackenzie and Stella Delacour; stepfather of Bret Nickley; brother of Keith (Barbara) Delacour and Kara Delacour; uncle of Lauren, Lindsay and Lynae Delacour; nephew of Rennay Simmons and Dr. George Carrick; also many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Kevin grew up in Port Allegheny, where he continued to hunt, fish and spend time with family and various friends. He held various positions in the financial and mortgage industry. He most recently owned a restaurant in Pittsburgh. In addition to his love of family, he was also a very passionate Pittsburgh sports fan, notably the Steelers and Pitt Panthers. Kevin lived life to the fullest. He did more in his 53 years than most people do in 100. Friends welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township. Graveside service at noon Monday in Tidal Union Cemetery, Tidal. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease, c/o Division Administrator Dorothy Voith, UPMC Montefiore, 3459 Fifth Ave., N.W. 628, PIttsburgh, PA 15213. www.slaterfuneral.com.
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DeLuca Sr., Norman L. 89

  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Norman L. DeLuca Sr., 89, died Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Elizabeth "Betty" (Mariani) DeLuca; and loving father of Norman L. DeLuca Jr. and his wife, Renee, of Mt. Lebanon, Mark A. DeLuca and his wife, Nancy, of Swisshelm Park, David W. DeLuca and his wife, Kathy, of Peters, Stephen J. DeLuca and his wife, Cindy, of Plum, and John P. DeLuca and his wife, Kristen, of Olmsted, Ohio, and the late infant, Mary. Norm was the proud grandfather of Jeremy, Eugene, Jason, Tina, Nicholas, Alexa, Dan, Cassi, Mallory and Caden; great-grandfather of Dominic, Bella, Kierra, Kia and Kiona; brother of the late, Bart DeLuca; also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Mr. DeLuca was a tailor in Regent Square for many years. He served in the Navy during World War II, was a member of the St. Anselm Church choir for more than 40 years and an usher. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Word of God Roman Catholic Church. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Derence, Dolores B. 79

  • Mckees Rocks
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Simons, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Dolores B. Derence, 79, of Mckees Rocks, died Friday, March 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of James M. Derence; mother of James R. (Sally) Derence, Dolores A. (the late Mark) Trent, Susan L. Gole and Vicki M. Young; also survived by seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, James and Leona Ferguson; sister, Kathleen Harley; and brother, James R. Ferguson Jr. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 30th, at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway. A church service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Free Gospel Church, 747 Chartiers Ave., Mckees Rocks, PA 15136. Contributions may be made to the Free Gospel Church. www.simonsfuneralhome.com.
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Eagleson, Ann M.

  • North Braddock
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Lanigan, East Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Ann M. "Good Morning" (Aleskus) Eagleson, of North Braddock, died Thursday, March 27, 2015. Good Morning was the beloved wife of the late Robert Eagleson Sr. for 53 years. She was the loving mother of Robert J. (Roseann) Eagleson Jr., of North Huntingdon; cherished grandmother to Kathy Oslosky, of Delmont, Robert J. (Denise) Eagleson III, of North Huntingdon, and Mary Pat (Bob) Tyke, of North Huntingdon; endearing great-grandmother of Robert J. Eagleson IV, Christopher Eagleson and Jacob Oslosky. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Aleskus. Good Morning was a career waitress throughout Pittsburgh, most recently at the University Club, where she retired from in 2005. She was also a lifetime member and treasurer of the Weight Watchers branch located in Edgewood. Her favorite pastime was traveling, especially when taking her family members on numerous annual vacations. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Monday at Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Following Mass she will be laid to rest at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.
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Fugini, Alfred 83

  • McCandless
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Cranberry | Get Directions
  • Alfred "Al" Fugini, 83, of McCandless, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, after a lingering illness, at Cranberry Place. He was the loving husband of Joyce Fugini for 54 eyars; father of Lisa (Kevin) Murphy and Tom (Paige) Fugini, Laura (Dave) Kurywchak; and grandfather of Connor Murphy, Brayden and Tatum Fugini, Michael, Matthew and Natalie Kurywchak. He is survived by his four brothers and three sisters, Lewis, Father Francis OFM Cap, Vincent, Franklin, Bernadette Martin, Sylvia Pennington and Rose Rumbaugh; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Robert, Carl and Gloria Sacharski. He served in the Army during the Korean War, having taken his basic training with the 11th Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Ky. He was a graduate of Gannon College and began his career at Erie City Iron Works, later at Westinghouse Bettis, and for 34 years as a mechanical design engineer for Pitt Des Moines. His passion was classic and antique automobiles. He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church and a member of North Hills Historic Automobile Club and the Early Ford V8 Club. The family wishes to thank the staff, nurses and aides of UPMC Cranberry Place for their kind and compassionate care. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME OF CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, 2678 Rochester Road, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mater Dolorosa Church, Chicora. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Goldcamp, Francis J. 90

  • Point Breeze
  • Born: 1925-03-14
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Freyvogel, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Francis J. Goldcamp, 90, of Point Breeze, passed away surrounded in the comfort of his family Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Born March 14, 1925, in Shadyside, he was the son of Cyril and Helen McFadden-Riley Goldcamp. He was the husband of his late wife Elizabeth Kyle-Goldcamp. He is survived by his 13 children, Susan (John) Scherbick, Frank (Kathy) Goldcamp, Linda Newton, Mary Beth (Tim) Van Fleet, Joan Naft, Thomas Goldcamp, Joseph (Mary Jo) Goldcamp, Stephen (Mercedes) Goldcamp, David (Polly) Goldcamp, Paul (Susan) Goldcamp, Robert (Mickey) Goldcamp, Tricia (Dennis) Michaels and John (Dana) Goldcamp. He has 32 grandchildren along with 35 great-grand-children. Francis was a graduate of Central Catholic, Class of 1943, served as a combat veteran piloting a B24 bomber in World War II, awarded Air Medal Four Oak Leaf Cluster and European Theater two Bronze Stars. His working career was with J and L Steel for 38 years. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, devoted husband and father who loved the surf and sun. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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. Monday in St. Bede Church.
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Grosso, Giovanna M.

  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, Sewickley | Get Directions
  • Giovanna Maria Grosso passed Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe Grosso; mother of Miguel J. Grosso, Connie C. Phoenix and Gerardina R. Arasin; and grandmother of Ashley and Lauren Phoenix and Matthew Arasin. Giovanna was employed by Arthur Moser for 22 years as a seamstress. Friends received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS and SONS FUNERAL HOME, 1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143, Franklin Park/Wexford. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Ursula Church. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Hickey, Mary F.

  • Formerly of Wilkinsburg
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Mary Frances (Malarkey) Hickey, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was the wife of the late Timothy L. "Ted" Hickey; loving mother of Mary Beth Hickey and her husband, Chris Kerner, of Danbury, Conn., Anne Philbin and her husband, Dr. Terry, of Mt Lebanon, Sean Hickey and his wife, Meg, of Summersville, W.Va., Peter Hickey, of Decatur, Ill., Willie Hickey and his wife, Laurie, of Centerville, Ohio, Eileen Walter and her husband, Chas, of Monroeville, Sheila Cauley and her husband, Bill, of McCandless, and the late Timothy G. Hickey. Mary is survived by 31 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and was the sister of Ann Malarkey, of Forest Hills. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. James Roman Catholic Church, Wilkinsburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James Parish, 718 Franklin Ave., Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Houpt, Iris M.

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Iris M. (Simpson) Houpt, of Swissvale, died Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was the wife of the late Charles Houpt; beloved mother of John G. Simpson and his fiancee, Jennifer, of Trafford, formerly of Swissvale; sister of Maude Kukic, of North Huntingdon, and the late Paul Simpson; and dearest best friend of Christine Lersch, of Swissvale. She is also survived by a niece and nephew, great-nieces and a great-nephew and a great-great-niece. Friends received from 4 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Blessing service will be at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Jaracz, Thomas 84

  • Dormont
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Dormont | Get Directions
  • Thomas Jaracz, 84, of Dormont, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Jozefa Jaracz; father of Janusz Jaracz; proud grandfather of Jarek Jaracz and Ania Soltysik; brother of the late Walter Jaracz; brother-in-law of Joann Jaracz; uncle of Walter, Marilyn (Abbott), Linda, Edward and Michael Jaracz and the late John Jaracz; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Tom worked as a waiter at the Hilton Hotel and as captain at the Omni William Penn Hotel (where he retired from in December 1995). He was a member of the Local Union No. 57. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at 2630 West Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Please add or view tributes at: www.beinhauer.com.
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Jardini, John E. 92

  • Born: 1923-03-14
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Cieslak Tatko, Brentwood | Get Directions
  • John E. Jardini, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, Teresa Gallo Jardini and family Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was the son of the late Pasquale Jardini and Michelina Mancini Jardini, of Carrick; brother to the late Josephine (Frank) Hasenkopf and Orlando Jardini; and is also survived by one sister-in-law, Linda Jardini. He had two children, Ronald Jardini (Immacolata Raffaele) and Eileen Jardini (Douglas Brooks); three grandchildren, John Jardini, Elizabeth Jardini and Rachel Jardini; also many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered by many other relatives and friends in the United States and in Brazil. John was born in Taquaritinga, Brazil, and he came to Pittsburgh at the age of 4. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he built a home in Carrick where he and Teresa raised their children. John was a hard-working man, self-employed as a bricklayer and contractor and was a staunch Steelers fan. After his retirement, he and Teresa enjoyed many years in Palm Beach, Fla., returning to Pittsburgh three years ago. Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the CIESLAK and TATKO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2935 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227, followed by a memorial reception and dinner. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice in John's name.
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Kaiser, Michele E.

  • Reserve Township
  • Died: 2015-03-24
  • Funeral Home: Perman, Shaler | Get Directions
  • Michele E. "Shelly" Kaiser, of Reserve Township, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Ms. Kaiser was the beloved wife of Donald Jones; mother of Summer Jones; daughter of Albert M. and Donna L. Shields Kaiser; granddaughter of Evelyn "GiGi" Shields, of West View; sister of Amy Wild (late Charles), of Shaler Township; aunt of Megan Wild; also survived by stepchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins. Celebrate Michele's life with her family from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Route 8, Shaler Township. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to help with final expenses. Leave condolences at www.permanfuneralhome.com.
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Kruszka, Albert D. 66

  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Albert Dale Kruszka, 66, died Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by his family, his beloved wife of 42 years, Debra; his sons, Sean and Todd; and his daughter-in-law, Victoria. He is survived by his brother, Wendell Worthing; his sister, Phyllis Ley; his sister-in-law, Mary "Midge" Worthing; his three nephews, Danny, Patrick and Christopher; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his adoptive parents, Walter and Alberta (Bowers) Kruszka. Despite losing use of an arm to Polio at the age of 16 months, Al spent five decades as a car mechanic. He became business partners with his son, Sean, in 1994. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Raod, Pleasant Hills. Blessing service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the Kruszkas request donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be given at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Leone, Robert T. 83

  • Ross Township
  • Born: 1931-04-16
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Robert T. Leone, 83, of Ross Township, peacefully passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, in the comfort of his family. Born April 16, 1931, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Joseph and Josephine Leone, and brother of the late Joe Leone. Robert was married for 61 wonderful years to his best friend, Mary Anne (McGinty), and was the very proud father of his four children, Beth Anne (Jeff) Bergman, Bob (Lori) Leone, Bill (Marny) Leone and Michael (Karen) Leone. Affectionately known as "Pup" or "Puppy," he was the cherished grandfather to his 11 grandchildren, Brock, Brett and Beau Bergman, and Megan, Logan, Luke, Tate, Riggs, Barrett, Arden and Marin Leone, and great-grandfather of Olivia and Bennett Bergman. Robert was a graduate of Perry High School, class of 1948, and served in the Navy aboard the USN destroyer, Robert L. Wilson, from 1948-1952. He served the City of Pittsburgh as an officer for the police department from 1960-1982, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) for 55 years. He also served as an investigator for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office until 1990. In retirement, Robert and his cohort, Mary Anne, took many trips to Florida, enjoying the surf, sun and fishing. He enjoyed gardening, following Pittsburgh sports teams, as well as spending time with his family and friends. When Robert was not spending time with his family, you could always find him in his workroom creating keepsakes for his grandchildren out of old parts and materials that he would gather from his home. A cigarette smoker since age 7, we are sure that he is smoking a "Marlboro Red" that never goes out, with a smile on his face, in heaven. It is said ... we don't have a soul. We have a body ... and a body passes away. Our soul never passes away ... it moves on. We know that Robert's soul lives on and we cherish that miracle of life. Today we celebrate the life and soul of a faithful husband, a devoted dad, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. Services and interment private. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC.
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Marshall, Donald I. 76

  • Formerly of White Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Jefferson, Pleasant Hills | Get Directions
  • Donald I. Marshall, 76, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away suddenly Thursday, March 26, 2015, in his Somerset home. Don was retired from U.S. Steel, Homestead Works, as a supervisor in the diesel shop, as well as West Mifflin Borough Maintenance Department. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marlene Marshall; son Donnie (Rose) Marshall, of North Huntingdon; daughter, Nadine (Marshall) and her husband, Myron Sainovich, of Chippewa; five grandchildren, Courtney and Nathan Sainovich, Chealsea Marshall, Nicole Page and Natalie Clark; and also two great-grandchildren, Mikey Passaro and Landin Jones; also several nieces and nephew. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be posted at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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O'Hara, Betty J. 94

  • Morningside
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Mccabe, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane O'Hara, 94, of Morningside, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank B. O'Hara; mother of B.J. Franks (Bob) and the late Maureen Hall (survived by Charles) and Frank A. O'Hara (the late Maryann); grandmother of Debbie Casto (Dan) and Scott Franks (Lisa); great-grandmother of Anthony and Ashton Franks and Jamie and Jake Casto. Funeral and interment are private. Arrangements are by McCABE BROS. INC.
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Parrish, Nancy L. 63

  • Forest Hills
  • Born: 1951-11-30
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Nancy Lee (Tulley) Parrish, 63, of Forest Hills, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Golden Living Center, Murrysville. She was born Nov. 30, 1951, in Indiana, Pa., the daughter of Eugene Tulley, of Trafford, and the late Freida McLaughlin Tulley. Nancy retired from Del Laboratories as a sales representative. Nancy loved her family and her friends and they were a central part of her life. She was a passionate fan of the Steelers, the beach and Bernie's music. Nancy is survived by her husband of five years, Bernard M. Parrish; her siblings, Linda J. Towson (Bill), of Tampa, Fla., Gregory A. Tulley (Dave Peters), of Trafford; her niece, Stephanie L. Mont (Cesar); and great-niece, Amelia, of San Antonio Texas. Family and friends will be received from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. A celebration of her life service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations can be made to either American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or Light of Life Ministries, 915 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Patton, Ruth N. 88

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Ruth N. (Marshall) Patton, 88, of Ross Township, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Irvin H. Patton Jr.; daughter of the late William J. and Norma Marshall; loving mother of William I. Patton and his wife, Gerri Hanna, and Kenneth J. Patton and his wife, Casey; dear grandmother of Daniel (Becky) Patton and Chelsea Patton. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Church at Grove Farm, 249 Duff Road, Sewickley. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Good Samaritan Fund at Christ Church at Grove Farm, 249 Duff Road, Sewickley, PA 15143.
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Plant, William J. 88

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Bock, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Dr. William J. Plant, 88, of Shaler Township, died Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Anna Plant; loving father of Rick Plant, Carrie (Marty) Barvinchak, Katie Besnecker, Bill (Liz) Plant, Sue (Andy) Baxter, Marianne (Mark Irvin) Plant and Betsy (Brian) McMillin; son of the late William and Rose Plant; also survived by 18 grandchildren. He was a World War II Army veteran. Bill received his bachelor's degree at Trinity College, his master's degree from the University of Vermont and the University of Maryland, and his doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Texas. He enjoyed his work as a research chemist at the Mellon Institute. His true passion was the trumpet and he was a student of Anthony Pasquarelli. He was the co-founder of the Allegheny Brass Band. He was known for his great wit and charm and his love for his family. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glensahw. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw. Burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery.
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Pulcini, Josephine

  • Swissvale
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Nied, Swissvale | Get Directions
  • Josephine (Morice) Pulcini, of Swissvale, died Friday, March 27, 2015. She was the wife of the late Fiorvanti "Fats" Pulcini; loving mother of Donna Brooks and her husband, Bob, JoAnn Pieszak and her husband, Gene, and Daniel Pulcini and his wife, Cindy; dear grandma of Michael and his wife, Maria, David, Sean and his wife, Aimee, Brad and his wife, Erin, and Bobby and his wife, Erin; and great-grandmother of Taylor, Maddox, Billy, Jake, Leah, Isabel, Alexandra, Claire, Ben and soon to be born Abby. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Salvatore Morice; and her sisters, Madeline, Angeline and Mary. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday only at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Madonna Del Castello Roman Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. www.niedfuneralhome.com.
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Raab, Marian G. 85

  • West View
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: H P Brandt, Ross Twp | Get Directions
  • Marian G. (Irlbacher) Raab, 85, of West View, died Friday, March 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter J. Raab; loving mother of Susan (Gregory) Zemany, Lucille (Harry) Weiher, Conrad (the late Barbara) Raab, Norbert (Suzanne) Raab and Laura (Brian) Dulick; sister of Robert and Michael Irlbacher and the late Edward, Carl and Rege Irlbacher and Dolores Fuechslin. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Marian was the past organist for St. Teresa and St. Athanasius churches and a member of the Latin community of Pittsburgh. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday 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 11 a.m. Monday in Holy Wisdom Parish, St. Boniface Church.
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Rosenthal, Louisa S.

  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Schugar, Shadyside | Get Directions
  • Louisa Saul Rosenthal died Saturday, March 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert R. Rosenthal; beloved mother of Mark Rosenthal (Lisa Roumell) and the late Richard Rosenthal; sister of the late Marjorie Saul Garfield; grandmother of Rebecca and Ali Rosenthal; also survived by nieces and nephews. Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Visitation one hour prior to services (10 to 11 a.m.). Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 803 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. www.schugar.com.
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Rowen, William H.

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Worrell, Sharpsburg | Get Directions
  • William Howard Rowen, of Shaler Township, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Suzanne (Frost) Rowen. He was born March 6, 1940. He was preceded in death by his father, William K. Rowen; and loving mother, Rose Marie (Palleti) Rowen. He is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He served in the Army as a sergeant, beginning February 1962 and was honorably charged March, 31, 1968. Bill worked as a tile layer for many years and also worked WPNB Bank (aka: Equibank) for 31 years. Bill was an avid water skier and owned his own boat in his younger years. He and his parents built many trains and displays. He also loved fishing, bowling, dancing and target shooting. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at WORRELL FUNERAL HOME INC., 820 Main St., Sharpsburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, in St. Mary Church. Many thanks to Family Hospice, especially Lynn, Jessica, Sara, Michelle, Laurie, Cindy, Isaiah, Danny and Debbie for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Family Hospice In-Patient Center/Canterbury, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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Saputo, Joan K. 80

  • Clairton
  • Born: 1934-10-17
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Bekavac, Clairton | Get Directions
  • Joan K. Saputo, 80, of Clairton, passed Friday, March 27, 2015, in Jefferson Hospital. Joan was a retired employee of Nutrition Inc. in the Clairton School District and was a parishioner of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton. She was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Elizabeth, to the late Charles and Martha (Kornish) Wiggins. Joan was the wife of the late Nick A. Saputo, who passed away in April of 2004. She is survived by her children, Valerie (Bill) Mitchko, of Elizabeth, Daniel (Cathy) Noga of North Huntingdon, Nicole (Anthony) Koontz, Andrea (David) Kehoe, Scott and Gregg Saputo, all of Clairton; loving grandmother of Anthony and Nicholas Saputo, Breanna Mitchko, Zachary and Haley Saputo, Bryson Koontz and Nolan Kehoe; brother, Charles Wiggins; and sister, Gloria Bauerschmidt both of North Huntingdon; and sister, Cheryll Beadling, of Wilmington, Del.; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be receivedfrom 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, in the A. J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025. A Parastas with the Rev. Ivan Mina officiating will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Stoklas, Frances M. 83

  • West Mifflin
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn, Munhall | Get Directions
  • Frances M. Stoklas, 83, of West Mifflin, died Friday, March 27, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Barbara (Holub) Stoklas; sister of the late Agnes (late Joseph) Bruzak, late Helen (late Albert) Thomas, late Robert (late Jackie) Stoklas and the late Bernadine Rosensteel; aunt of Rege (Mary Ellen) Thomas, Ann (Edward) Droschak and Steven Rosensteel; also survived by great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Frances was employed by Bell Telephone Company and loved gardening, flowers and spending time with her family. Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SAVOLSKIS-WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rita Church, Munhall. www.swgfuneralhome.com.
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Suwalski, Ruth C. 85

  • Ross Township
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Schellhaas, West View | Get Directions
  • Ruth C. (Hochberg) Suwalski, 85, of Ross Township, died Friday, March 27, 2015. She was the beloved wife for 60 years of Gene J. Suwalski; mother of Raymond G. (Gale) Suwalski, Jeffrey J. (Tina) Suwalski and the late Martin Richard Suwalski; proud grandmother of Melissa, Rebecca and Jacob Suwalski; sister of Raymond (June) Hochberg and Richard (Betty) Hochberg. Family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME INC., 388 Center Ave., West View, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa of Avila Church. Please pay tribute at www.schellhaasfh.com.
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Urick, Joseph 90

  • Penn Hills
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Soxman, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Joseph "Indian Joe" Urick, 90, of Penn Hills, passed peacefully at his home Saturday, March 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Anna B. "Bernice" Urick; father of Lori Urick and Christina (Urick) Besterman; grandfather of Nicole and Justin Besterman; brother of the late Frank, Steve, Rudy, Agnes, Mary and Anna; also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was a proud Army veteran, having served in World War II. Before retiring from Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority, he worked for Union Railroad. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed gardening, working in the yard and tinkering with projects. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Plum Creek Cemetery.
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Wagner Sr., Bernard J. 87

  • Shaler Township
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • Bernard J. Wagner Sr., 87, of Shaler Township, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was the husband of the late Mary Ann; father of Bernard J. Wagner Jr.; son of the late Frank and Marie Wagner; and brother of Bernadine Lutz and the late Raymond Wagner. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at NEELY FUNERAL HOME, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Middle Road. Please visit us at neelyfuneralhome.com.
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Agate, Linda B. 65

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1949-10-10
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Linda B. Agate, 65, of Level Green, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Linda was born Oct. 10, 1949, in Monongahela, the daughter of the late Ken and Bernadette (Ruffner) Maley. Linda was a member of the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church and a member of the Norwin Art League, an accomplished professional artist and an instructor at the art league as well. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Ed Agate; dedicated mother and grandmother to Melissa Yannascoli (Doug), Milana and Nico, of Hempfield Township, and Eddie Agate (Melody) Kiara, Fiona and Malachi, of Level Green; and her sister, Sharon Alexander (Alan), of Del Rio, Texas. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St., (St. Route 130), Trafford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church, 312 Highland Ave., Pitcairn, with the Rev. David Schweissing and the Rev. Jim Spitzel co-officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Pitcairn Presbyterian Church or the Norwin Art League, 306 Main St., Irwin, PA 15642. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Gerzsenyi, Rose Marie 88

  • North Huntingdon
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Shirley, North Huntingdon | Get Directions
  • Rose Marie Gerzsenyi, of North Huntingdon, a leader of the Hungarian community and local community, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at the age of 88. Rose was dedicated to assuring the preservation and education of the Hungarian culture and heritage. She was the treasurer of The Hungarian Club of McKeesport, president of The Hungarian Ethnic Group of Western Pennsylvania and a past treasurer of the local AARP Chapter 3221. Rose pioneered Hungarian Day at Kennywood in 1964 and continued her mission each summer, including this past summer with her family. Rose, predeceased by her husband, Frank, is survived by her sons, Dennis, of Maryland, Kenneth and his wife, Peggy, of Minnesota, and Gene and his wife, Vicky, of Maryland; grandsons, Jason and Brian, and granddaughter, Kelly; sisters, Margaret Pellis and Julia Scrima; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. The Hungarian community will truly miss this amazing individual. We thank her for the dedication and love for her family and heritage. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the JAMES W. SHIRLEY FUNERAL HOME, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, followed by interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.
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Haurilesko, Irene 77

  • Level Green
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Irene (Kocsuta) Haurilesko, 77, of Level Green, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Manor Care Monroeville, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Kocsuta and Mary Badza. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Paul Haurilesko; son, Eric A. Haurilesko (Patricia); and grandchildren, Sarah and John Carlson, all of Level Green; daughter, Paula J. Haurilesko, of Alexandria, Va.; and brother, Charles Sterchack, of Pitcairn and the late Tony Badza. She was a longtime volunteer and board member of Penn Area Library, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Rankin and a 25-year member of the Level Green Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford. A service of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. John D. Lazarek officiating. Interment will be in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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O'Connor, David

  • Murrysville
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Trenz, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • David O'Connor, of Murrysville, passed away peacefully Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by those who loved him, at UPMC Montefiore, Oakland, from complications of liver cancer. Mr. O'Connor is survived by his beloved daughter, Caitlin O'Connor; his love and partner of many years, Angela Tori; and his former wife, Caitlin's mother, Candice O'Connor. He is also survived by his brothers, Stephen O'Connor, of Robinson Township, and Kevin O'Connor, of Durango, Colo., and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Marie O'Connor, of Penn Hills and later Plum Borough. Mr. O'Connor grew up in Penn Hills and attended St. Bartholomew's Elementary School. He went on to graduate with honors from Central Catholic High School, where the rigorous curriculum stimulated him intellectually and prepared him for his continued education at Bucknell University, where he graduated in 1969, and was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After his education he enlisted in the Air Force. When his military obligation was completed he embarked on a career in social work, earning a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked primarily with the State of Pennsylvania working with juvenile delinquents in residential facilities and later as a social worker for those with disabilities seeking welfare. Mr. O'Connor is remembered as a man of many interests, talents and skills. He loved his home in Murrysville, where he was able to enjoy nature, wildlife and the serenity of a rural setting. Despite his love of home, he enjoyed international travel to destinations that included Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. David enjoyed motorsports, as well. His primary hobby was the restoration of classic British sports cars and Mercedes cars. That hobby resulted in a small business of acquiring and dealing in rare cars and restoration parts from across the country. David came from a well-known and illustrious Pittsburgh family. His father, Donald, was known as "The Toolman of O'Block Road" in Plum Borough, his uncle was local stock car racer, Dennis "Buddy O" O'Connor, and his cousin was Pittsburgh Mayor Bobby O'Connor. David himself was known to friends as "Stock Car Dave" for his love and pursuit of stock car racing. The O'Connor family includes many other locally known business owners and personalities. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bartholomew Church.
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Schweikarth, Helen 93

  • Level Green
  • Born: 1921-07-08
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Dobrinick, Trafford | Get Directions
  • Helen Schweikarth, 93, of Level Green, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, in her home. Helen was born July 8, 1921, in Wall, the daughter of the late Ivan Richard and Catherine (Dugan) Kelly. Helen was an active member of the St. Regis Church in Trafford, a member of its former Altar Rosary Society, actively involved with its Sleeping Bag Ministry and the Cursillo Movement at the church and Young at Heart. Helen was a retired nurse working for the former Braddock Hospital and Agency of Aging for Westmoreland County. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Philip T. Schweikarth; and four brothers, Father Kenneth Kelly, Robert, John and Paul Schwartz. Helen is survived by her children, Patricia Jones, of Ohio, James (Sandy) Schweikarth, Larry Schweikarth, both of Level Green, and Kathy Casale (Jim), of Jeannette; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and counting; and a sister-in-law, Louise Schwartz, of Eighty-Four. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 702 Seventh St. (State Route 130), Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church with Father David Nazimek and Father Joseph Bonafed as co-celebrants. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Excela Health Home Hospice, 134 Industrial Park Road, Greensburg PA 15601. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
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Shrader, Clarence R. 87

  • South Greensburg
  • Born: 1928-02-19
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Barnhart, Greensburg | Get Directions
  • Clarence R. "Chub" Shrader Sr., 87, of South Greensburg, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Tower Hill, a son of the late John D. and Marie Albert Shrader. He was a member of South Greensburg United Methodist Church. Prior to retirement, he was a supervisor for PPG Industries. He was a former councilman and past council president for the Borough of South Greensburg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Clarence "Rick" Shrader Jr.; and two sisters, Ruth Mates and Buellah Hale. Chub is survived by his wife, Elizabeth J. Leasure Shrader; a son, Jeffrey A. (Diane) Shrader, of Greensburg; two grandchildren, John L. "Jack" (Michelle) Shrader, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Erin A. Shrader, of Greensburg; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ryan and Kylie Shrader. Family and friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the BARNHART FUNERAL HOME, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For online condolences, visit www.BarnhartFuneralHome.com.
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Spier, Betty C. 99

  • Murrysville
  • Born: 1916-02-11
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Vaia, Delmont | Get Directions
  • Betty C. "Elizabeth" (Davis) Spier, 99, of Murrysville, formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Redstone Highlands, Murrysville, with her devoted family by her side. She was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Harry and Freda (Goldstein) Davis. Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Prior to retiring, she was employed by the Red Cross, Chicago, and also as a Community Referral social worker. Betty was a volunteer at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a member of the Chicago Sinai Congregation. Betty will be dearly missed by her beloved family. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 73 years, William Spier; son, Edward Spier and his wife, Barbara, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Laura (Micah) Galvas and Brad (Stephanie) Spier; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Grace, Naomi and Asher Galvas and Henry and Charles Spier; and many friends. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the chapel at Redstone Highlands, 4951 Cline Hollow Road, Murrysville, PA 15668. Inurnment will be in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. VAIA FUNERAL HOME INC., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, 724-468-1177, has been entrusted with the arrangements. As an expression of sympathy, contributions in Betty's memory may be made to Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 126 Mathews St., Suite 2800, Greensburg, PA 15601; or American Red Cross, 2025 East St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20006. Please write "B. Spier" on check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, obtain grief support information or directions, please visit www.VaiaFuneralHome.com.
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Starkey, Larry J. 60

  • Trafford
  • Died: 2015-03-25
  • Funeral Home: Alfieri, Wilmerding | Get Directions
  • Lt. Col. Larry James Starkey, 60, of Trafford, formerly of San Antonio, Texas, passed peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was the beloved son of Marvin and Tillie (Antimarinio) Starkey; loving brother of Val Starkey; nephew of Walter "Pete" (Katie) Antimarinio, Mary (Frank) Witkowski, late John (late Gloria), late Pauline (late Jim) Lisk, late Norma Jean (late Lou) Chursail, late Ruthie (late Robert) Hammer, and Hope Starkey. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Mr. Starkey was retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He was also a 21-year cancer survivor. Family and friends are being received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, 412-824-4332. Parting Prayers at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Church. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery with military honors.
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Armstrong County

Dickey, Robert C. 75

  • Apollo
  • Born: 1939-05-24
  • Died: 2015-03-28
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Robert Charles "Chuck" Dickey, 75, of Apollo, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 28, 2015. He was born May 24, 1939, in Gibsonia, to Irene Cox Dickey and the late Robert Dickey. Although Robert had lived the last three years in West Haven Manor, he had lived in the Lower Burrell area most of his life. He was employed by the Apollo Window Co. and was proud to have served his country in the Army. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his golf outings with his best friends in the "Over the Hill Gang." His most cherished times were those he spent with his children and grandchildren. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wesley and Bill. Survivors include his mother, Irene Dickey Starcich, of Gibsonia; his ex-wife and best friend, Carol Dickey, of Apollo; son, Dale (Jackie) Dickey, of Arizona; daughter, Christine (Todd) Drobka, of Apollo; stepson, Barry Schuller, of Arizona; stepdaughter, Tammy (Vince) Lese, of Washington state; grandchildren, Ashley Dickey, Austin Drobka, Brittney Drobka, Stetson Finch, Lincoln Hawkins and Danny Schuller; brother, Greg (Debbie) Dickey, of Gibsonia, and Dann (Debbie) Dickey, of Georgia. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Kirk Orr of Puckety Presbyterian Church officiating. Private burial in Glade Run Cemetery in Cooperstown. The family extends sincere thanks to the staff and nurses at West Haven Manor for their compassion and care for Robert. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Butler County

Hall Jr., James A. 88

  • Zelienople
  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Neely, Glenshaw | Get Directions
  • James A. Hall Jr., 88, of Zelienople, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. He was the father of Jeffrey M. and wife, Cathy, Thomas J. and James R. Hall; grandfather of Shaun, Andrew, J. Adam, Lindsey and Alexander; brother of the late Janet Raitano, Phyllis Kottner, Edward Hall, Jacqueline Weber, Donald Hall and Joseph Hufnagel; and former husband of the late Barbara A. Papa Hall. No visitation. Interment service at 1 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. A reception with family and friends will follow. Arrangements by NEELY FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw. www.neelyfuneralhome.com. Memorials suggested to The American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Byers, Amelia C. 77

  • Died: 2015-03-26
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • Amelia C. "Millie" Byers, 77, died Thursday, March 26, 2015. She was the beloved wife of John "Jack"; loving stepmother of John (Jackie) and Jeff (Barbara) Byers; grandmother of Patrick, Caitlyn, Courtney and Emilee; and sister of Anthony and Palma Leo, Joann Tarasi and the late Ralph Leo. Millie was a longtime member of the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. No visitation, funeral private. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Steiger, Joseph M. 56

  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Born: 1958-10-16
  • Died: 2015-03-12
  • Funeral Home: Devlin, Ross Township | Get Directions
  • Joseph M. Steiger, 56, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1999, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in Colorado Springs. He had retired after serving his country for more than 20 years in the Air Force. Joseph Michael Steiger was born Oct. 16, 1958, in Pittsburgh, to the late John and Mary Steiger. He was raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from North Hills High School in 1976. He married Darlene Margaret Whiteside Dec. 22, 1984, in Pittsburgh. During his 20-year military career, he was stationed at Homestead AFB, Lakenheath AFB, Moody AFB, Hanscom AFB and Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs where he retired. He also served in the Gulf War. He enjoyed working and spending time with his family. He will be best remembered for his generosity. He was the husband of the late Darlene Margaret (Whiteside) Steiger and is survived by his two sons, Joseph M. Steiger Jr. and Nicholas Steiger. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Teresa of Avila Church.
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Willis, Heidi K. 49

  • Born: 1966-02-04
  • Died: 2015-03-27
  • Funeral Home: Beinhauer, Mcmurray | Get Directions
  • Heidi (Holt) Willis died Friday, March 27, 2015, at home with her family by her side. She was born to Lloyd M. Holt and Stearly Alling (Holt), M.D. in New York City, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1966. The family moved from New Jersey to Wheaton, Ill., where Heidi attended Wheaton Christian Grammar School. While in elementary school, Heidi developed a love for ice skating, which carried through to a high school figure skating career. She competed with other girls from the greater Chicago area and on away competitions, winning many awards for her efforts. While at Wheaton Junior and Senior High Schools, Heidi was also a member of the marching band, training and performing with the flute and piccolo. As the only piccolo player in the band, her talents were much appreciated during the stirring patriotic tunes performed for special occasions. Following a family move to Shillington, Heidi worked while attending Albright College, and again relocated to Knoxville, Iowa, and soon after graduated from American Institute of Business with a degree in Court Reporting. During this time, she met and married Jon Robin Willis of Knoxville, and with their daughter Natasha, later moved to Mt. Lebanon to pursue career opportunities. Heidi worked as a court reporter until her retirement in 2012, earning some of the most prestigious and respected professional certifications available. Heidi's true loves were her Lord, her family and friends, and her big sloppy dogs. Heidi was happiest when she could give of her time, her talent and her beautiful smile to brighten the lives of others. She and Rob attended South Hills Bible Chapel, where Heidi worked many Sundays doing closed captioning of the morning service for benefit of the hearing impaired, enjoying the fellowship of her Christian family, and joyfully worshipping our God. Heidi was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Holt; and is survived by her mother Stearly of Knoxville Iowa; husband Rob, of South Park; daughter, Natasha Scheer (Jason); grandchildren, Ben, Samantha and Carson; all of Baldwin; sister Kirsten Meyers (Andy), of Knoxville, Iowa; and beloved niece and nephew Kirsten Merritt (Tom), of California, and Bob Lyons, of Washington, D.C. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in BEINHAUER FUNERAL HOME, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211). Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in South Hills Bible Chapel (everyone please meet at church). Memorial contributions in Heidi's memory may be made to Light of Life Ministries (www.lightoflife.org). Please add tributes at beinhauer.com.
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