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Bertocki, Darlene M. 65

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1948-12-27
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Darlene M. Bertocki, 65, of Lower Burrell, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born Dec. 27, 1948, in New Kensington, to the late Glenn and Rose Horenzy Himes, and was a life resident of the local area. A secretary, she worked for the O'Neil-Sebak Insurance Agency and previously for Sally Gross Accounting. She was also a cafeteria lady for the Burrell School District. Darlene was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and was very involved with the Lower Burrell Little League. She was instrumental in establishing the Girls Softball Fields at Bon Air School. She enjoyed cooking, trips to Los Vegas with family and friends and especially family vacations to Disney World with her grandchildren. She was a loyal fan of the Pittsburgh sports teams. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, J. Thomas Bertocki; son, Kevin Bertocki, of Tarentum; daughter, Tracy (Steve) Petzuk; and grandchildren, Mia, Hunter and Gianna Petzuk. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where prayers of transfer will be said at 10:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Christian Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Brunner, Frances M.

  • New Kensington , Formerly of Oakmont
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • Frances Marie (Brocato) Brunner, of New Kensington, formerly of Oakmont, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. She was born August 24, in Oakmont, a daughter of the late Helen (Zalar) and Samuel Brocato. Her spirit will be carried on by her beloved husband, Frank J. Brunner; seven children, Teresa (Bruce) Davidson, Joseph (Nancy) Sorch, Steven (Robin) Sorch, Jennifer (Bill) Goss, Heather (James) Nickman, Kristin (Laurent) Brunner and Krissy (N. Harindra) Vedala; one stepson, Frank J. (Jackie) Brunner; six grandchildren, Adam Davidson, Dylan, Cody, Alexa, Emilee Sorch and one baby on the way; two step-grandchildren, Lauren Brunner and Melissa Anderson; two surviving brothers, Charles (Rene) Brocato and Rodney (Kelli) Metzgar; two surviving sisters, Jackie (Brian) Charlton and Shelly Babinsack; and many other friends and relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law, Charlotte and Frank Brunner; grandsons, Steven and Samuel Sorch; and sisters, Sharon Kent and Deborah Ciarelli. We have all been so blessed to have this beautiful, charismatic and compassionate woman be part of our lives for this duration of time. She has truly captivated the hearts of many people who were fortunate enough to have known her. Her gracious love and all the special memories of her will continue to fill up our hearts for the rest of years to come. She is and will continue to be so dearly missed by her family and friends, especially her Gettysburg friends. Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. A blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the conclusion of the visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Relay for Life, c/o 528 9th St., Oakmont, PA 15139.
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Cook, Betty J. 90

  • Silver Springs, Md. , Formerly of Brackenridge
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Betty Jane (Thompson) Cook, 90, of Silver Springs, Md., formerly of Brackenridge, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Maryland. Survivors include her son, Robert M. Hourigan, of Washington, DC. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, Troy B. Cook; and a brother, Henry V. Thompson. Graveside services will be in Bull Creek Cemetery, West Deer Township. Arrangements are by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit http://www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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McKeever, Kathryn R. 94

  • Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1920-07-12
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Kathryn Rose McKeever, 94, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Lower Burrell, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in her home. She was born in New Kensington July 12, 1920, to the late Samuel J. and Bessie Barnett Holloway, and had been a life resident of the local area until five years ago when she went to make her home with her daughter. Kathryn was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in New Kensington and the Pucketoes Garden Club. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and was especially proud of her computer skills, which she mastered with her internet searches. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Hess; sons, W. Paul (Mamie) McKeever and Gary W. (Marcia) McKeever; grandchildren, Eric, Dana, Meredith, Mary, Paul, Wayne, Peter and Brad; and nine great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter W. McKeever; brother, George Holloway; and sisters, Pauline Hanna, Margaret Davis and Mary Robinson. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday by the Rev. Rob Shoup. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
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Neal, Joanne P. 81

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1933-06-12
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Joanne P. Neal, 81, of New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lower Burrell. She was born June 12, 1933, in New Kensington, to the late Clarence R. and Vivian E. (Sundburg) Neal and had lived in the New Kensington area most of her life. Joanne was employed as a human resource secretary for PPG in Harmarville, retiring Aug. 1, 1995. She was a member of Logans Ferry Presbyterian Church and the Massy Harbison-Fort Hand Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Joanne enjoyed traveling, watching TV, reading mysteries and romance novels, walking, visiting Smicksburg and her cat. Survivors include her cousins, Shirley (Tom) Richey, of Upper Burrell, and Bonnie (Kenn) Shoop, of Springdale; and numerous other cousins. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and from 6 until time of service at 8 p.m. Sunday in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068, with Pastor Bob Henry officiating. Final viewing will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by burial in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to Logans Ferry Presbyterian Church, 750 Church St., New Kensington, PA 15068.
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Pollick, Shirley A. 76

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1938-06-29
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Shirley Ann Pollick, 76, of New Kensington died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born June 29, 1938, in Creighton, to the late Stephen John and Mary Ann Waugaman Pavlik. She formerly worked at Paragon Plastics in New Kensington. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, New Kensington, and VFW Post 92 Ladies Auxiliary. Shirley enjoyed playing bingo. Surviving are her children, George (Paula Minard) Kaminski, of New Kensington, Barbara (Mark) Apperson, of New Kensington, and David (Colleen) Kaminski, of Scottdale; stepchildren, Connie (Joe) Peluso, of Greensburg, John "Jack" Pollick, of New Kensington, Jodie (Daniel) McBurney, of Jeannette; grandchildren, Josh Graham, David Kaminski Jr., Alicia Kaminski and Sean Kaminski; several step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Vallie) Pavlik, of Butler. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Pollick Jr.; brothers, John and George Pavlik; and great-grandson, Joe Graham. Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road, Lower at Alder St., Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold.
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Russo, Helen A. 76

  • East Oakmont
  • Born: 1938-08-12
  • Died: 2014-10-28
  • Funeral Home: Gross, Penn Hills | Get Directions
  • Helen A. (Homison) Russo, 76, of East Oakmont, passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 12, 1938, to the late Stephen and Anna Homison, in Lawrenceville. She is survived by her sisters, Eleanor Galvin, Dolores Drost, Teresa Orban, Anne Tabrosky, Rita Tolusciak, Barbara Vidra and Bernie Vidra. Helen was married in 1959 and is survived by her husband, William Russo Jr. She was the beloved mother of Daniel (Sharon) Russo, Sandra (David) Cardinale, Renee' (Michael) Rihn, Linda (Kevin) Walker, Kenneth (Sherri) Russo and the late Kevin William Russo; grandmother of Michael Hyde, Adam (Emily) Hyde, Kelly (William) Crankshaw, Andrea Cardinale, Jacquelin Walker, William Walker, Vanessa Russo, Morgan and Sean Rihn; and great-grandmother of Sophia Hyde and Wyatt Crankshaw. Her most recent interests were traveling to Florida for the winter with her husband, Bill, where they enjoyed the warmth of the sun, good food, great friends, bonfires and the beach. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME LTD., 11735 Frankstown Road (at Rodi Road), Penn Hills. Funeral prayers at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, 15068. In lieu of flowers, contributions acknowledged to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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Shuster, Kenneth 77

  • Punta Gorda, Fla.
  • Born: 1937-04-10
  • Died: 2014-10-30
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  • Kenneth "Jack" Shuster, 77, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in his home in Punta Gorda, Fla., following complications from cancer. Jack was born April 10, 1937, in Vandergrift, to Kenneth and Eleanor Shuster. Jack graduated from the College of Wooster in 1959 with a degree in business, followed by a master's degree in business administration from Siena College. Jack thrived at Wooster, playing football and making friends through his fraternity that have lasted a lifetime. In August 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth "Betty" Santarelli. The pair settled down in Fredonia, N.Y., with their four children. Jack spent most of his career working in Labor Relations at Allegany Ludlum which eventually became Al Tech Specialty Steel. He retired as vice president of the company in 1997. Jack is survived by his wife, Betty; his four children, Tracy (Cummings), Kelly (Sasso), Michael and Amy (Allnutt); as well as 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Ed Shuster. Jack was an active man who enjoyed playing golf, tennis, watching football and Nascar and attending church. His family will remember him as a dedicated, hardworking and loving husband, father and grandfather with a great sense of humor that made everyone in the room laugh. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to a scholarship fund Jack established at the College of Wooster. Donations can be made payable to the "Jack and Betty Shuster Scholarship Fund" and sent to the Office of Development, College of Wooster, 1189 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.
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Sinwell, Bernard R. 88

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1926-01-17
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Irwin | Get Directions
  • Bernard R. "Bernie" Sinwell, 88, of New Kensington, formerly of Irwin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 17, 1926, in Braddock, he was a son of the late Joseph and Margaret (McNamara) Sinwell. Bernie lived in the Irwin area before moving to New Kensington 21 years ago. He was a 1944 graduate of Norwin High School and 1950 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie served our country during World War II with the Army Air Corps. He retired in 1986 from Westinghouse Electric where he was employed as a mechanical engineer for more than 30 years. Bernie loved singing and was a member of the Barber Shop Harmony Society chapters in McKeesport, New Kensington and Pittsburgh for more than 41 years and was the webmaster for the Alle-Kiski and Pittsburgh chapters. He also enjoyed shooting pool and traveling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret (Savani) Sinwell, in 1983; a brother, William Sinwell; and three sisters, Margaret Hynes, Joann Dahlstrom and Grace Plank. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Barbara (Milliron) Sinwell, of New Kensington; two daughters, Maryann (Bob Jordan) Sinwell, of Murrysville, and Susan E. (Scott) Miller, of Wexford; a stepson, Jeffrey (Joy) Milliron, of Boston; three stepdaughters, E. Susan (Mike) Morris, of Moorehead, S.C., Ann (William) Crooks, of Vandergrift, and Amy (Sam) Durka, of Vandergrift; nine grandchildren; three brothers, James (Rosemarie) Sinwell, of Greensburg, Paul Sinwell, of Greensburg, and Robert Sinwell, of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME, 504 Oak St., Irwin. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Irwin, with Father John Moineau. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. Arrangements are being handled by the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. The family wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to Bernie's health team whose care and compassion allowed him to have many happy years with those he loved. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Stefaniak, Mildred J. 74

  • Washington Township
  • Born: 1940-06-28
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire- Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Mildred J. Stefaniak, 74, of Washington Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Born June 28, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Michael "Mickey" and Martha (Boyer) Stefaniak. She enjoyed going to flea markets, playing bingo, comic books and coins. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy and Marlene Stefaniak. At her request, there will be no public visitation. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Visit us at http://www.dunmirekerr.com.
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Veltri, Filomena Minnie 90

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1924-09-06
  • Died: 2014-10-29
  • Funeral Home: Giunta - Bertucci, Arnold | Get Directions
  • Filomena "Minnie" Veltri, 90, of New Kensington, died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in her home. She was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Bullwood, to the late Carmello and Maria (Tipi) Yaconis and was the wife of 63 years of Nicols "Nick" Veltri, of New Kensington. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers, Michael, John, Nick, Carmello and Frank Yaconis. Along with her husband, she owned and operated Veltri's Restaurant in Plum for 32 years. She was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and The Columbiana Ladies. She was a hardworking entrepreneur, a great entertainer, fabulous cook, aspiring artist, wonderful mother, loving wife and a fun loving grandmother. She was the humble strength of the family and her warm heart embraced all. Best meatballs in town! She is survived by two sons, Nick A. Veltri, of New Kensington, John (Amy) Veltri, of Plum; two daughters, Marie Jackson, of Pittsburgh and Christine (Gregg) Baldwin, of O'Hara Township; two brothers, Orlando Yaconis and James (Kathy) Yaconis, both of Russellton; and five grandchildren, Kristina (Matt) Fortney, Bill Baldwin, Miles Jackson, Charlie Baldwin and Carmen Veltri. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 5th Ave., Arnold. JohnPaul Bertucci, Owner-Supervisor. Prayers of transfer will take place 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit http://www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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