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Briggs, David Jr. 81

  • Speers Hill
  • Born: 1933-03-16
  • Died: 2014-09-17
  • Funeral Home: Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home, Charleroi | Get Directions
  • David Briggs Jr., 81, of Speers Hill, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll Township. He was born March 16, 1933, in Dunley, a son of David C. and Margaret C. Steinmiller Briggs. Dave was a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from Charleroi High School, Class of 1952, where he played basketball. Dave was a member of Presbyterian Church of Charleroi, American Legion Post No. 22, Charleroi Belgian Club, Charleroi Booster Club, and Charleroi Lodge F and AM No. 615. He was a former councilman for the Borough of Charleroi, having served eight years. Always a supporter of school athletics, Dave served as equipment manager for a period of time. He, along with a friend, organized the B and B Club which raised money for the football team to treat the kids to dinner at Johnny Garneou’s. He was the last person to ring the bell at Fifth Avenue School before they moved it. He retired from Charleroi Area School District as the maintenances supervisor. After retiring, he worked at Lee Supply Co. in Charleroi. Dave will always be remembered for gameball tickets and being with his friend, Reno. He was honored by the Charleroi Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He is survived by his wife, June Gatalica Briggs; and two daughters, Vicki Briggs of Speers Hill and Terri and Kevin Miracle of Mars, Pa.; two grandchildren, Zachary and Emily Miracle; his four legged grandson, Lemew; three sisters, Geraldine Stasicha, Ella Nichols and Shirley Simmons all of Charleroi; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Cecil, Frederick Briggs; sisters, Harriet Lorenzi and Virginia Isabello. Friends will be received on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m., with the service following at 8 p.m. in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charleroi Area School Athletic Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.
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Homer, Patricia A. 70

  • Formerly of West Newton
  • Born: 1944-07-24
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Patricia Ann Homer, 70, formerly of West Newton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in the Greenery Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg. A daughter of the late John Homer and Anna Estok, she was born at home in Jacobs Creek on July 24, 1944. Patricia had been a caregiver for children for many years and was a member of the Smithton Congregation of Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mandee Lee and James Connor Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla.; two grandchildren, James Connor III and Karlee Ann Sophia Connor; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John M. and Donna Homer of Chambersburg, Charles and Karen Homer of Canonsburg and Frank and Barbara Wisener of Belle Vernon; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernadette and Denny Salizzoni of Belle Vernon and Brenda and Ralph Silcox of Ocala, Fla. Services will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Olive Branch Cemetery Chapel. The FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, is handling arrangements, http://www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com, 724-929-5300.
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Johnson, Lawrence M. Sr. 82

  • Pontiac, Mich.
  • Died: 2014-09-10
  • Funeral Home: House Of Jackson Memorial Chapel, Monessen | Get Directions
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, God sent an angel-driven chariot to bring Lawrence M. Johnson Sr., 82, of Pontiac, Mich., home. He was the son of the late Fred and Lucy Johnson Sr. Lawrence was born and raised in Pricedale. With the love of God in his heart and the love for his family, he set out for and made Pontiac, Mich., his home. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and two brothers. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Gloria Johnson, Marvella Johnson, Lawrence M. Johnson Jr., and Marvin Johnson; a host of grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; stepdaughter, Melissa P. Barrett; sisters, Gail (Roderick) Jeter, Audrey M. Johnson; brothers, Fred Patterson Johnson, Douglas Kenneth (Rosetta) Johnson, Donald Cook, Charles Cook, Ralph Cook, and Gaylord Cook; and a host of other numerous relatives and friends. Viewing will be Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon with service to follow in the Antioch Baptist Church, 945 Henry Street, Belle Vernon. Rev. Clifford A. Carter, pastor, will give the Eulogy. Final celebrations have been gently placed in the hands of HOUSE OF JACKSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 546 Thompson Ave., Donora, 724-379-5420, Karl Jackson, funeral director.
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Keffer, Christine M. 49

  • Perryopolis
  • Born: 1965-02-28
  • Died: 2014-09-14
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Christine Maria Peterson Keffer, 49, of Perryopolis, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Select Specialty Care, Pittsburgh. Born Feb. 28, 1965, in Gerabronn, Germany, she was the daughter of Bobby Neil Peterson and wife, Elizabeth, of Gales Ferry, Conn., and the late Edith K. Krohn Peterson. A resident of Perryopolis, Mrs. Keffer was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perryopolis. She was a 1983 graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School and a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing where she graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Christine worked at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric ICU, was a visiting nurse for the former Unlimited Homecare, the Belle Vernon Area School District, Certified School Nurse and was department head of nursing services. She was a member of the Westmoreland County School Nurses' Association where she served a two-year term as vice president (2005 to 2007), the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP), National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Christine's greatest joy has always been spending time with her husband and children, especially at cookouts and family dinners when they could all be together and share many laughs and good times. She was an avid reader (I love my Kindle!). She also enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, knitting and cross stitching along with fishing and going for walks with her husband as well as spending time with her family and friends. Christine and her family wishes to extend a special thanks to some very special people who dedicated their time, energy and expertise to her, sometimes above and beyond the expected over the past several years, including Dr. Daniel Petro, MD, of Hillman Cancer Center, her dedicated oncologist for his expert care and unwavering support who often went above and beyond the standard of care; Stephanie Kaiser, physicians' assistant of Hillman Cancer Center; oncology nurses at Hillman Cancer Center; Dr. Joseph Pilewski, MD, of UPMC Presbyterian, her transplant pulmonologist; transplant nurse coordinators; the entire cardiothoracic transplant team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists and physical therapists who took excellent care of her over the past several years; and Chris Draft, former NFL football linebacker who lost his wife to lung cancer and who works tirelessly to raise lung cancer awareness and research funding through Team Draft, an Initiative of the Chris Draft Family Foundation. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey E. Keffer to whom she was married 26 years; children, Joshua Keffer and girlfriend, Amanda Wilson, of Fayette City, Juliann Keffer and fiance, Brennan Perry, of Pittsburgh, and Jonathan Keffer of Perryopolis; two sisters and brother-in-law, Heidi and Tim Barca of Aynor, S.C., and Sharon Peterson of Pittsburgh; half brother, Timothy Peterson of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Kimberly and Gregory Zborovancik of Fayette City, and Kristy and Jerry Popovec of Perryopolis; nieces and nephews, Kelsey Zborovancik, Fallon Peterson, Ty Zborovancik, Jerry Popovec, Ryan Popovec, and Justin Popovec; aunts and uncles, Inge and Jessie Ward of Belle Vernon, Marianne and Luke Brennan of Yonkers, N.Y., Ute Gulich of Germany, Avis and Gerry Forsman of Moss Point, Miss., Arno and Emmi Krohn of Germany, Ralph and Annelise Krohn of Germany; and numerous cousins of which there are too many to mention. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Heinrich and Maria Krohn and Lilly R. Peterson; and two uncles, Franz Krohn and Heinrich Krohn. As per Christine's request, private family visitation and funeral services were held Wednesday at the PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183, with the Rev. Anthony W. Ditto, pastor, of St. John the Baptist church, Perryopolis, officiating. Interment took place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. A celebration of Christine's life will be held at the Keffer residence Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, starting at 4 p.m. All friends and family are welcome. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Christine Maria Keffer to one of the following: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) to support lung cancer research or UPMC Cancer Center to support patient care at 412-623-4700; UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute to support cardiothoracic transplant research and programs at 412-647-3048; Team Draft at teamdraft.org; or CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education) at core.org. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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McCann, Blanche W. 91

  • Formerly of Mt. Lebanon
  • Died: 2014-09-16
  • Funeral Home: Henney, Bethel Park | Get Directions
  • Blanche W. (Wolski) McCann, 91, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Harry L.; loving mother of Gregory L. (Mary) McCann and Jeffrey G. (Maureen) McCann; grandfather of Alan (Jamie), Brendan, Matthew, Sonya and Dema; great-grandmother of Liam and Luca; and sister of Alina Check and Sophie Barry. Blanche had a deep faith in God, was a loving mother and adored her grandchildren. Blanche spent a lifetime of volunteering from the PTA to UPMC oncology department where she spent countless hours with cancer patients. She spent many years singing in the choir at St. Bernards, St. Anne's and St. Sylvester. Blanche's kindness, love and smiles will be deeply missed. Family and friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Louise de Marillac Church. Burial will follow at Monongahela Cemetery. http://www.henneyfuneralhome.com.
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Myshin, Elizabeth A. 66

  • Belle Vernon
  • Born: 1948-04-22
  • Died: 2014-09-11
  • Funeral Home: Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth A. Myshin, 66, of Belle Vernon, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at 8:45 a.m. at Victoria House, Monessen. Born April 22, 1948, in North Charleroi, she was the daughter of the late Amil and Helen Fero Myshin. Ms. Myshin was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church and was a retired registered nurse. She is survived by her sister, Carol Sadowski of Rostraver Township; and nephews, Joseph Sadowski, William Sadowski and Kevin Sadowski, Morgan Myshin, Andrew Myshin, and Michael Myshin. She was preceded in death by her brother, Amil Myshin Jr. Prayer Service will be held at the PARZYNISKI FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, 724-929-6183, Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home followed by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Condolences accepted at the funeral home's website, http://www.parzynskifuneralhome.com.
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