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Birch, Derek 63

  • Vandergrift
  • Born: 1952-04-20
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Mantini, Ford City | Get Directions
  • Derek "Duke" Birch, 63, of Vandergrift, died Monday, July 27, 2015, at his son's residence in Monroeville. He was born April 20, 1952, in Kittanning, a son of the late Claude Birch and Caroline Klingensmith Birch. He was a retired carpenter for UPMC South Side and was a veteran of the Army. He enjoyed building stuff, woodworking, running, movies and books. He loved his many dogs and enjoyed spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Holizna Birch, who died in 2004. Survivors include his son, Bradley and Melissa Birch, of Monroeville; brother, Dennis and Kathy Birch, of Mercer; sisters, Claudia "Shoe" and Allen Clark, of Vandergrift, and Fran and Randy Pearch, of Verona. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME INC., Ford City, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.
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Boshinsky, James W. 75

  • Ravenna, Ohio
  • Born: 1940-06-15
  • Died: 2015-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Wood-Kortright-Borkoski, Ravenna | Get Directions
  • James W. Boshinsky, 75, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, at his residence, with his wife by his side. He was born June 15, 1940, in Smithton, to James W. and Sophia (Petrilla) Boshinsky. He graduated from South Huntington High School and moved to Apollo in 1960. He married his wife of 50 years, Ruth Irene (Quick) Boshinsky, on Jan. 23, 1965. Jim retired from Riser Foods/Giant Eagle in 2002 after 30 years of service. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Jim also enjoyed cooking and baking. He along with his wife also volunteered at West Main School in Ravenna for seven years. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Rudy Boshinsky; and his daughter, Audra Bogus-Boshinsky. Jim is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Judy (Tim) Little, of Braceville, Ohio; granddaughter, Candice Bogus, of Ravenna, Ohio; and his sister, Margaret "Peggy" George, of Apollo. He also leaves many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the memorial service at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the WOOD-KORTRIGHT-BORKOSKI FUNERAL HOME, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of Robinson Hospice for their compassionate care given to Jim.
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DeTurck Sr., William W. 82

  • Oakmont
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Burket-Truby, Oakmont | Get Directions
  • William W. "Geezer" DeTurck Sr., 82, of Oakmont, died peacefully at his residence Saturday evening, July 25, 2015, with his family by his side. Born Sept. 28, 1932, in Reading, he was the son of the late William I. and Mildred (Schuler) DeTurck. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Ansell) DeTurck for 57 years; dear father of Terry George, of Las Vegas, Bruce (Karen) DeTurck, of Bell Township, and William W. DeTurck Jr., of Oakmont; grandfather of Brandi Lynn George, Christopher George and Audrey DeTurck. Bill was a member of Oakmont Methodist Church, Cub Cadet Enthusiast, and served during the Vietnam War and Korean War. Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION and ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139. Everyone please meet at church. Family suggests memorials to the church in his memory. Visit us at www.burket-truby.com.
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Elliott, Ray A. 79

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1935-11-20
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Ray A. Elliott, 79, of Allegheny Acres, West Deer Township, died Sunday, July 26, 2015. He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Tarentum, to the late Raymond and Harriett (Sweeney) Elliott. He grew up in Tarentum and was a 1953 graduate of Tarentum High School. Ray had lived in West Deer for the past 55 years. A life member of West Deer VFD No. 2 and was a member of the former Curtisville Presbyterian Church. Ray worked for more than 37 years at Glenshaw Glass as the maintenance supervisor. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, gardening and especially spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Norene Y. (Falconer) Elliott; children, Wayne (Kathy) Gillam, of West Deer, Shelia (Jerry) Hanlon, of West Deer, William Gillam, of Spokane, Wash., and Jennifer (Edward) Paskorz, of West Deer; grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan Gillam, Jeffrey and Jared Hanlon, and Edward and Brandon Paskorz; and great-grandson, Oliver Hanlon. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Elliott. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. W. James Legge officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Helhowski, Marie 95

  • Formerly of East Vandergrift
  • Born: 1920-03-06
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Dunmire-Kerr Rowe, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Marie Helhowski, 95, a longtime resident of St. John's Specialty Care, Mars, formerly of East Vandergrift, died Sunday, July 26, 2015. Born March 6, 1920, in East Vandergrift, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Loni Yacura. Marie grew up with many brothers and sisters in East Vandergrift. She sacrificed for her family at the age of 16 when she went to work in New York sending money back to support her family. A member of the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in East Vandergrift, she was a member of the Christian Mothers, was an active member with singing groups there and at St. Johns Specialty Care. She enjoyed playing bingo. Marie also enjoyed watching her son play football in high school and at CMU. An avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, she liked cooking and baking. Survivors include her daughter, Susan (Robert) Kearney, of Wexford; a sister, Margaret Buchanan, of Kennedy Township; a brother, John Yacura, of Freeport; daughter-in-law, Andrea Helm, of Mohrsville, Pa.; her grandchildren, Kevin and Emily Kearney and Alyssa Buckley; great-grandchildren, Irina Kearney and Blake and Liam Buckley; along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Helhowski, in 1969; her son, Richard Helm; a sister, Helen McDonald; and three brothers, Charles, Mike and Frank Yacura. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the DUNMIRE-KERR and ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, Gilpin. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be sent to St. Johns Specialty Care Center, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars, PA 16046; or the Catholic Hospice, 6200 Brooktree Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
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Jackson, Bernice E. 80

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1935-01-08
  • Died: 2015-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Bernice E. Shannon Jackson, 80, of New Kensington, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Fox Chapel. It is with sad hearts and renewed faith that we announce the passing of Bernice E. Shannon Jackson (known to friends and family as "Punch"). Her bravery and steadfastness in the face of adversity are a few of the qualities that have endeared Bernice to her family and friends through the years. She has left in her wake a legacy of love, understanding and forgiveness which will serve to fortify those who must carry on without her. Bernice was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Verona. She is the daughter of the late George and Emily Monroe and Lonnie Headen. She was preceded in death by brothers, William Richardson, John Monroe, James Headen, Herbert Headen, Charles Monroe and Herman Headen; husbands, Marion Shannon and Ollie Jackson; and stepdaughter, Tracy Hays. Bernice is survived by her sons, Dwight (Renee) Shannon, Mario (Sheena) Shannon and Broderick Shannon; her daughters, Crystal (Edward) Hughley and Tanya (George) Taylor; and stepsons, Michael Jackson, Greg Jackson and Ollie Jackson. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Campbell; and her brothers, George, James and Douglas Monroe. Bernice leaves behind her grandchildren, Asia, Timika, Dwight Jr., Nicole, Shannon, Tiffany, Jaymie, Miles, Valencia, Evan, Noah and Isaac. One of her greatest joys in life was hosting family gatherings during holidays and special occasions throughout the years. She refused to relinquish what she felt was her duty on those occasions, even in the face of declining health. She was a longtime member of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in New Kensington, where she reared her children in the 1960s and early 1970s, under the tutelage of the Rev. Asa W. Roberts Sr. Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1150 Asa W. Roberts Blvd. (formerly Fourth Ave.), New Kensington. Anyone attending the service is asked to go directly to the church. Private entombment will be in Greenwood Mausoleum, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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McCorkle, Robert E. 83

  • West Deer Township
  • Born: 1931-08-27
  • Died: 2015-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Siwicki-Yanicko, Russellton | Get Directions
  • Robert E. McCorkle, 83, of Bairdford, West Deer Township, died Monday, July 27, 2015. He was born Aug. 27, 1931, in Bairdford, to the late Frank M. and Cora I. (Shorts) McCorkle, where he has lived all of his life. He served in the Army during the Korean War and achieved a rank of Sergeant. Bob worked more than 35 years at Railway Maintenance Products, as a shop worker in Aspinwall. He was a member of the state branch of the American Legion, Harrisburg. He enjoyed working with his hands and especially spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Antoinette "Toni" McCorkle; his children, Captain John A. (Susan) Stunja, of Lebanon, Mo., Natalie (Dominic) Cipriano, of Ausable Forks, N.Y., Frank E. McCorkle, at home, and Stephen R. (Jessica) McCorkle, of Curtisville; grandchildren, David, Abby, Peter John, Brenden and Camron; brother, Charles R. McCorkle, of Butler; sisters, Jessie M. Colter, of San Diego, Ilene (Richard) Cheman, of Handover, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, James Walter and Carl McCorkle and Harold Shorts; and his sister, Margareta McDowell. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Jerry Pawloski officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Indiana Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.
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Milie, Ellen L. 85

  • Formerly of Vandergrift and Pittsburgh
  • Born: 1929-06-26
  • Died: 2015-05-31
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Ellen L. (Rothrauff) Milie, 85, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Vandergrift and Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Florida. Born June 26, 1929, in Braddock, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Gertrude (Reichle) Rothrauff. Ellen attended Graduate High School in Braddock, and was a retired billing supervisor for Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church in Vandergrift and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gainesville, Fla. Family was of utmost importance to Ellen, and always came first. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis A. Milie, who passed away June 4, 2007; sisters, Dolly James, Nellie Saccamano, May Wengel and Mary Rothrauff; brother, Howard Rothrauff; brothers-in-law, Chuck James, Neil Saccamano and Bruce Wengel; and sister-in-law, Louisa Rothrauff. Ellen is survived by her sons, Robert L. (Mary E.) Milie, of Gainesville, Fla., Jack D. (Brenda) Milie, of Lafayette, Ind.; grandchildren, Kristine (Shane) Milie Tuttle, Robert L. Milie II, Lindsey Bertugli, Jessica Milie and Jack Milie; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Anthony Tuttle and Peyton Milie; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, with Father Meinrad Lawson as celebrant. Interment in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Vandergrift. Memorial contributions may be made in Ellen's name to St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. The BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, Vandergrift, are in charge of local arrangements. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Wawrzyniak, Geraldine L. 87

  • East Vandergrift
  • Born: 1928-05-23
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Geraldine L. (Keck) Wawrzyniak, 87, of East Vandergrift, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born May 23, 1928, in Johnetta, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Irene (Dailey) Keck. Geraldine was a homemaker and was originally from East Vandergrift, lived in the Kepple Hill section of Parks Township, Washington Township and, for two years, in North Huntington. Geraldine was a member of Our Lady Queen Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, and its Christian Mothers. Additional memberships include the East Vandergrift Senior Citizens, life member of Vandergrift DAV Chapter 36, the Keystone Tall Tree Girl Scout Council member for 35 years and life member in 2000, and past member of Washington Women's Club, East Vandergrift PNA Auxiliary Group 791 and PTSA at Kiski Area High School. She even did extensive research and wrote a history of the Keystone Tall Tree Girl Scouts in Western Pennsylvania. She enjoyed playing bingo, going on bus trips, using her computer and working on genealogy, compiling her family history. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Theodore Wawrzyniak; sister, Carole Jean Markowicz; and brother, Kenneth Keck. Geraldine is survived by her children, Theodore E. (Mary Ellen) Wawrzyniak, of North Huntington, Charles M. Wawrzyniak, of Pittsburgh, Chester M. (Audrey) Wawrzyniak, of Allegheny Township, and Darleen A. Wawrzyniak, of McKeesport; grandsons, Aaron (Jennifer) Wawrzyniak, of Pittsburgh, Brian (Rebecca) Wawrzyniak, of Monroeville, and Andrew Wawrzyniak, of Blairsville; six great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Everyone please meet at church. Private interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Geraldine's memory to Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave., New Kensington, PA 15068. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Wilson, Evelyn M. 93

  • Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1922-06-17
  • Died: 2015-07-26
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Evelyn M. Wilson, 93, of Buffalo Township, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. She was born June 17, 1922, in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late John J. and Alta (Marple) Kirstahler. Evelyn lived in Natrona Heights from 1978-1993; Orlando, Fla., from 1993-2003; and 2003 to present in Buffalo Township. She was a homemaker and attended Faith Assembly of God, Orlando, Fla., and Evangel Heights, Buffalo Township. Evelyn was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Allegheny Valley Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and word searches. Survivors include her daughter, with whom she lived, Judy A. (Don) Martin, of Buffalo Township; granddaughter, Cindy (Edward) Lydick, of Natrona Heights; and three great-grandchildren, Trisha, Sara and Jacob Lydick. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd R. Wilson; siblings, Helen Myers and Edward Kirstahler; and grandson, Gregory C. Raw, in 1988. Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Akron, Ohio. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Family suggests contributions to Meals on Wheels, 965 Burtner Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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