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Altmeyer Sr., Rod H. 87

  • Murrysville , Formerly of New Kensington
  • Born: 1927-12-29
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Walker, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, of Murrysville, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. He was born Dec. 29, 1927, in New Kensington, to the late George and Dorothy Dickson Altmeyer, and was a 1945 graduate of Ken-Hi. He then graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was part of the Armed Forces Radio. Mr. Altmeyer was owner/operator of Altmeyer Home Stores Inc., a business started in New Kensington by Mr. Altmeyer's father, George, in 1941. The corporation presently has 11 locations in Western Pennsylvania. Rod was very civic-minded and was a member of the New Kensington Rotary and Hill Crest Country Club when he lived in New Kensington. He was involved in the Downtown Improvement Group (DIG), the Downtown Merchant's Association and the New Kensington Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of a national conglomerate, the American Textile Corporation. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church of Murrysville and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of New Kensington. Mr. Altmeyer was a private pilot in his younger years, and was an anchor man on Columbus Television Stations during and after his college education. He was also an announcer for WKPA in New Kensington and did all of his own radio commercials. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with Jim Glenn, of New Kensington. Surviving are his two sons, Rod H. Altmeyer Jr., of Monroeville, and Robert C. (Bonnie) Altmeyer, of Murrysville; grandchildren, Joshua R. Altmeyer and Giavanna M. Altmeyer; and his beloved companion of seven years, Renetta DeSimone. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judith J. Roethele Altmeyer, who passed away in 2006; his brother, George Altmeyer Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy and Gretchen. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Burial with military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit www.rossgwalker.com.
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Baker, Margaret 47

  • Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Born: 1967-09-17
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Gamble, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Margaret "Peggy" Thompson Baker, 47, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in West Pittsburgh, where she currently resided with her loving husband, Jeffery Baker. She was born Sept. 17, 1967, a daughter of the Gary Lasher and the late Margaret Lasher. Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in Apollo. She enjoyed collecting antiques, camping and cooking. Her smile and laughter will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Lasher; and brother, Michael Thompson. She is survived by two brothers, James Thompson, of Maryland, and William (Lana) Thompson, of Vandergrift; four sisters, Lynnette Piper, of Avonmore, Kedrin Lasher, of East Vandergrift, Vicki Willis, of Vandergrift, and Patti Willis, of Vandergrift; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the JANETTE L. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 2842 River Road, Vandergrift, PA 15690, 724-567-7006. Additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Apollo with Pastor Scott Fairman officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.gamblefh.com.
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Bertetto, John 92

  • Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Born: 1922-09-03
  • Died: 2015-02-13
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  • John Bertetto, 92, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, after a brief illness with his family at his side. His seven, out of 11, remaining children flew from all over the world to support their father, mother and each other. John was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Vandergrift. He had four brothers and one sister. John said, "My father taught me the meaning of hard work and my mother taught me the meaning of love." He passed this ideal on to all who knew him. John graduated from Vandergrift High School in 1941 and managed to return to Pennsylvania for several of his reunions. If you were John's friend you were a friend for life. He kept in close contact with his dear high school friends who loved his wonderful letters. When going to his 73rd reunion, he was heard to say, "I might have not been the most popular boy in high school, but I'm pretty popular now." John loved to dance. Special thanks to Lucy, Eleanor, and niece, Margaret, for making those trips such treasured memories. John started his military career in the Army Air Corps, which sent him to Italy during the World War II, as an aircraft mechanic. He spent 21 years with the Army in many different roles from supply sergeant to missile technician. The Army sent him and his family all over the United States from Alaska to Texas to Virginia. Any of his children could pack their bags in a day. He then worked for the Long Beach Gas Department for 14 years. He also did watch repair and barbering on the side, often doing two or three jobs at a time. The Army sent John to California for training where he met the love of his life, Betty. He married Betty Weir in 1945 and they had 11, yes 11, children, Kathleen, Mary Pat, Suzanne, Thomas, Richard, Mike, Bart, Elizabeth, Curtis, Martin and last but not least, Timothy. They were married for almost 70 years. For 60 years, John and Betty lived all over the United States, but mainly in Long Beach, Calif., and lastly 16 years in Leisure World, Seal Beach, Calif. In Leisure World, John was well known and loved for his positively motivating attitude and heart of gold. John loved gardening with his partner, Mary Matthews, and fixing up their little plot. His reputation as the ultimate handyman who never said "no" was legendary. John had so many special friends, especially their dear friend and caregiver, Millie Linn, otherwise known to him as "The Energizing Bunny". John and Betty loved their God and Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World. They never missed a service and could always be seen together on the front pew. John and Betty were lifelong and expert square dancers and boy did they have fun. John has been so fortunate to be with his dancing family for 50 years. With special thanks to his dancing partner of the last several years, Lenore Velky. For many years, John and Lenore ran the Leisure Whirlers square dance club at Leisure World. John's funeral Mass was held Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at ALL SOULS MORTUARY, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach. In lieu of flowers, John would rather donations be made to the Leisure Whirlers Square Dance Club at Leisure World. John's funeral guestbook can be found at www.allsoulsmortuary.com. The address of John's square dance club is: Leisure Whirlers Square Dance Club, c/o Lenore Velky, 13261 St. Andrews Drive, Apt 151-A, Seal Beach, CA 90740.
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Hartman, Eugene C. 82

  • Formerly of Spring Church
  • Born: 1932-11-18
  • Died: 2015-02-05
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  • Eugene C. Hartman, 82, formerly of Spring Church, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Kindred Transitional Hospital, Coral Gables, Fla. He was born Nov. 18, 1932, to J. Paul and Goldie Rearick Hartman, who preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Hazel; and sister, Eva Coulter, of Pennsylvania. He and Hazel were residents of Big Pine Key, Fla., for 30 years. He is also survived by his two most loved dogs, Bentley and Holly. He was a Florida commercial fisherman in the Florida Keys. He retired from Lanier Worldwide Inc., in Pittsburgh, with 28 years of service. He was a lifetime member of BPO Elks, Apollo lodge. He was also a member of Seneca Lodge 805 in Kittanning, Coudersport Consistory and an honorary lifetime member of The Big Pine and Lower Keys Rotary. He received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. A celebration of Eugene's life will be held at 1 p.m. March 1, 2015, at The Big Pine Key Community Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Big Pine Academy Parent Teacher Organization.
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Holmes Jr., Gerald L. 67

  • South Buffalo Township
  • Born: 1947-05-25
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Gerald Leroy Holmes Jr., 67, of South Buffalo Township, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Arbors of St. Barnabas Health System. He was born May 25, 1947, in New Kensington, to the late Gerald Leroy Sr. and Georgene Elizabeth Bolt Holmes and had been a resident of South Buffalo Township since 1978, having previously resided in Upper Burrell. Mr. Holmes worked as a computer engineer for Oberg Industries in Freeport for 38 years until retiring in 2009 and was a member of the Allegheny Northern Railroad Club. He enjoyed N-gauge model trains, gardening, especially vegetables, baking and was famous for his Christmas cookies. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Josephine Nester Mike Holmes; two loving daughters, Erin (Thomas) Benton, of Oxford, Mass., and Kristin (Richard) Bradford, of Hershey; and five siblings, Buddy (Paula) Holmes, of Springdale, Barbara (John Firko) Bernard, of Tarentum, Larry (Kathy) Holmes, of Lower Burrell, Kathleen (Bob) Nolan, of Blairsville, Michael (Shelley DeLancey) Holmes, of Leechburg. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, George Leonard and Anthony Louis Holmes. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Union Mausoleum, Arnold. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Jaycox, John P. 62

  • Natrona
  • Born: 1952-07-19
  • Died: 2015-02-24
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • John P. Jaycox, 62, of Natrona, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in UPMC Shadyside, as a result of injuries from an auto accident in July 2014. He was born July 19, 1952, in Carbondale, and had lived the past 40 years in the Alle-Kiski Valley. John worked in the maintenance department of Greek Restaurant in Fox Chapel and previously was the maintenance supervisor of Allegheny Valley Residence in Tarentum for 15 years. He was of the Protestant faith and a graduate of Hershey Academy. John enjoyed pool, card playing, board games, football, baseball and watching movies. John especially enjoyed spending time with his son. He is survived by his son, John W. Jaycox, of Oakmont; and his companion of 16 years, Pamela Mosser, of Natrona. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven Paul Jaycox. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Robert B. Walker officiating. Interment will be private. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Kanaitis, Marie 93

  • East Vandergrift
  • Born: 1921-04-25
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Brady-Curran, Vandergrift | Get Directions
  • Marie Kanaitis, 93, of East Vandergrift, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born April 25, 1921, in East Vandergrift, she was a daughter of the late Matthew and Ludvina (Carolonis) Kibirsky. Marie lived in East Vandergrift her entire life and was a 1939 graduate of Vandergrift High School. She worked as a secretary in Pittsburgh in the 40s. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, East Vandergrift, and was a member of the former St. Gertrude Ladies Aide Auxiliary. Marie was an excellent cook, famous for her potato kugula, and enjoyed baking. She also loved working on crossword puzzles. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter J. Kanaitis, who passed away April 19, 2013; infant son, Joseph; brothers, Charles, Peter, Anthony, William and Joseph Kibirsky; and a sister, Helen (Kibirsky) Chepkevich. She is survived by her daughter, Rita M. Miskinis, of Leechburg; son, Peter P. (Mary) Kanaitis, of Gibsonia; grandson, Brian (Krista) Miskinis, of Greensburg; granddaughters, Jane M. Kanaitis, of Erie, Julia L. Kanaitis, of Erie, Helen R. Kanaitis, of Gibsonia; great-grandson, Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Entombment will be in St. Gertrude Mausoleum, Vandergrift. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Klimenko, Anastasia 91

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1923-07-24
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Anastasia "Nancy" Klimenko, 91, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in UPMC St. Margaret, Aspinwall. She was born July 24, 1923, in Homestead, a daughter of the late Alexander and Marina (Kolbas) Sushak. She lived in Cheswick for most of her life and then Arnold. From 2004, she resided with her daughter in Lower Burrell, and for the last three years she was a resident at The Willows. Nancy was a homemaker and also was a gift wrapper for Joseph Horne's in Pittsburgh. She was a former member of St. John Orthodox Catholic Church, New Kensington, and a graduate of Homestead High School. She enjoyed watching game shows on TV, bingo, word search games, reading the "Enquirer," sing-alongs, scratch-off tickets, crafts and especially enjoyed time with her family. Anyone who knew Nancy would agree that her sweet disposition and sense of humor made her such a joy to be around. Survivors include her children, Daria (Thomas) Thimons, of Lower Burrell, and David (Carolyn) Klimenko, of Newnan, Ga. Also surviving are her five grandchildren, Danielle (Scott) Manning, of Virginia, Nathan (Elyse) Thimons, of Cranberry, Louis (Amanda) Turka, of Natrona Heights, Jonathan (Caitlyn) Turka, of Bethel Park, and Christopher (Karen) Turka, of Lower Burrell; and six great-grandchildren, Sophia and Eleanor Manning, Isaac Thimons, Elliott Turka and Rowan and Emery Turka. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Klimenko; daughter, Tamara Turka; two brothers; and two sisters. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Parastas at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. A parting service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a burial service at 10 a.m. in St. John Orthodox Catholic Church, New Kensington, with Father Nikolai Breckenridge officiating. Interment in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. Visit www.dusterfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Leftwich, Barbara R. 88

  • Springdale
  • Born: 1927-02-02
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Jarvie, Springdale | Get Directions
  • Barbara Rebecca (Guess) Leftwich, 88, of Springdale Township, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Barb was born in Wheeling, W.Va., Feb. 2, 1927, and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in home economics. She worked at Reynolds Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va., and Cincinnati General in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a dietician. In 1954, she married the late Harry C. Leftwich. Barb was the loving mother of Carrie E. (Bernard) Martin, the late Joseph C. (Judy) Leftwich and the Rev. A. (Judy) Leftwich. She was the proud grandmother of Rebecca J. (Todd) Mundok, Emily E. Leftwich, Rachel A. Leftwich and David C. Leftwich. She was delighted by two great-grandsons, Balan W.C. Mundok and Phen J.M. Mundok. Barb was a dear cousin to Ruth Ann Scherich, of Elm Grove, W.Va.; and a beloved sister-in-law to Mary (Earl) Hopper, of Des Peres, Mo. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in THE CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., where services will commence at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Neil Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Harry C. Leftwich. Memorial contributions may be made in Barb's name to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org; or the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St., Springdale, PA 15144; or the Springdale United Methodist Church. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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Mahaffey, Thomas J. 80

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1934-07-12
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Thomas J. Mahaffey, 80, of Kiski Township, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in his home. Born July 12, 1934, in Ernest, he was the son of the late Lyle and Luella (Hibbard) Mahaffey. Tom lived in Apollo since 1964 and worked as a store keeper for U.S. Steel and later Allegheny Ludlum in Vandergrift for 32 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Union Local 1138, District 10. Tom was a jack-of-all-trades and skilled in woodworking. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, hunting and fishing (especially with his late brother Bob on the boat). In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Donna L. (Edwards) Mahaffey, who passed away Feb. 26, 2013; son, Thomas J. Mahaffey Jr., who passed away March 21, 2014; brothers, Lyle Mahaffey Jr., Robert E. Mahaffey Sr. and Seth Mahaffey; and sisters, Cora Louise Spicers, Luella Stineman, Mildred Lytle, Myrtle Wise and Margaret "Peggy" Lloyd. He is survived by his children, Milinda (John) Lege, of North Apollo, Michael P. (Sherry) Mahaffey, of Spring Church, Beth (Paul) Plazio, of Apollo, and William E. Mahaffey, of Belleville, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Cornelia Elisabeth Mahaffey, of Germany; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Stineman, of Homer City; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. A Celebration of Life Tribute Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the funeral home. Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Memorial Contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Perkowski, Alfred D.

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1927-02-12
  • Died: 2015-02-28
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Alfred D. Perkowski, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Leechburg, and was the son of the late John and Louise Mac Perkowski. Al retired from PPG Industries' Glass Research Center in Harmarville in March 1997, as a senior research engineer after 44 years of service. Al was a resident of Lower Burrell for 62 years. He loved golfing, reading and watching the Steelers and Pirates. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church and a life member of the Elks Leechburg Lodge 377. Al is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia Fiechuk Perkowski; and daughter, Elaine Perkowski, of Lower Burrell. He is also survived by a sister, Mildred Szarnicki, of Amherst, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Kutzer, Stella Metzler, Jean Pelino and Audrey Allen. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where a funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospice at 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023 or St. Margaret Mary Church Building Fund at 3044 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Pfeiffer, Norma Jean 86

  • Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1928-03-12
  • Died: 2015-02-26
  • Funeral Home: Gigler, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Norma Jean Pfeiffer, 86, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Harmar Village Care Center. She was born March 12, 1928, in Springdale, to the late Howard W. and Bertha (Bushman) Brown. Jean lived in the Lower Burrell area most of her life and was employed as a dental assistant for 26 years for Dr. Ben Johnson. Jean was an active member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell, where she participated in many church functions and sang in the choir. She was a 1946 graduate of Springdale High School and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a Girl Scout leader, an expert knitter and an avid reader. Being a member of her family meant learning to play Rummikub. Her passion was gardening and the memories of Jean digging dandelions out of her yard, with a screwdriver, bring warm smiles to the family. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, David R. Pfeiffer Jr., on Oct. 28, 2011; and her brother, William Brown. Survivors include her three daughters, Debi (Dudley) Miller, of Crozet, Va., Pamela Pfeiffer, of Windham, Maine, and Lorie Baxendell, of Lower Burrell; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Spencer, of Manchester, N.H., Susan Miller (Josh Mizrahi), of Brooklyn, N.Y., David (Erika) Miller, of Ashburn, Va., Matthew (Julie) Baxendell, of Lewis Center, Ohio, Michael Miller, of Crozet, Va., Sarah Baxendell, of Pittsburgh, Brooke (Ian) Menego, of Pittsburgh, Kelsey Pelynio, of Windham, Maine, and Shannon Pelynio, of Collierville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Debbie Spencer, of Manchester, N.H., Owen Baxendell, of Lewis Center, Ohio, Iris Mizrahi, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Hunter Baxendell, of Lewis Center, Ohio; and cousin, Kenneth Bushman, of Cheswick. Visitation will be 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. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Grace Community Presbyterian Church, in Lower Burrell, with the Rev. Ken Foust officiating. Everyone please meet at the church. Entombment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum in Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.giglerfuneralhome.com.
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Roach, James S. 84

  • Cheswick
  • Born: 1930-12-26
  • Died: 2015-02-27
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • James S. Roach, 84, of Cheswick, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. James was the son of the late Marshall and Mary Jane (Ireland) Roach, born Dec. 26, 1930, in Altoona. They moved to Blawnox in 1937. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Walmsley) Roach; beloved children, James (DeEtt) Roach, of Idaho, Marsha (Jim) Martin, of Idaho, Marilyn (Garry) Collie, of Idaho, John (Stephanie) Roach, of Vandergrift, Robert (Edwynna) Roach, of West Deer, and Joseph (Pam) Roach, of Idaho. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two on the way, also by many nieces and nephews, and was loved by all. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey; twin brother, Joseph; and sister, Janet. James loved painting and roofing, which he was doing into his late 70s. He was a very patriotic man and always flew the American flag. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church, 921 North Ave., Blawnox. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the roofing fund at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church. Professional services entrusted to the care of the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Shrum, Thomas W. 67

  • Newport News, Va.
  • Born: 1947-09-03
  • Died: 2015-02-26
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  • Thomas Wayne Shrum, 67, of Newport News, Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Newport News, Va., where he resided with his sister, Helen Shrum. It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of our brother, uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bessie Shrum; sister, Nancy Christopher; and brother, James Shrum. Tom was born Sept. 3, 1947, in New Kensington, and moved to Newport News 20 years go. Tom worked at Braeburn Steel Mill, Lower Burrell, Burrell Construction, New Kensington, and Advanced Auto, Newport News, Va. His greatest enjoyment was working on cars and hanging with his friends at his "Gaa-rage". Tom had a great sense of humor and could always make you smile. He was a member of both Braeview and Braeburn Fire Company and also the Eagles Club of Tarentum. Tom is survived by one brother, Bill Shrum, of Slate Lick; four sisters, Margaret Dempsey, of Craigsville, W.Va., Sally Smith, of Lower Burrell, Helen Shrum, of Newport News, and Cathy Ehrman, of Tarentum; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 7, 2015, in the chapel of GREENWOOD MEMORIAL, Lower Burrell.
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