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Affrica, Daniel J. 63

  • Allegheny Township
  • Born: 1951-04-30
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Daniel J. "Tooty" Affrica, 63, of Allegheny Township, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born April 30, 1951, in Natrona Heights, to the late William and Josephine (Harrigan) Affrica, Daniel grew up in Brackenridge, but lived in the Leechburg area the last 35 years. He was employed by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation in Brackenridge as a senior supervisor of Raw Materials for the last 36 years. Daniel was a member of the Yellow Creek Trout Club in Indiana and was a pilot. He enjoyed hiking, backpacking, tennis, gardening, skiing and playing the harmonica, but he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Tooty had a big heart, touched many lives and lived his life to the fullest. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William P. Affrica; and a sister, Merilyn Affrica Lindh. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Karen D. (Lewis) Affrica, of Allegheny Township; daughter, Sparrow A. (Bill) Graper, of Sarver; son, Cody J. Affrica, of Allegheny Township; two sisters, Carolyn (Ernest) Bowser, of Virginia, and Kathleen (Don) Herring, of North Carolina; a brother, John (Eileen) Affrica, of Michigan; three grandchildren, Josie, Will and Annabelle Graper; father-in-law, John Lewis; sister-in-law, Sandy Patrinos; brother-in-law, Gus (Carol) Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES, 300 Market St., Leechburg, PA 15656. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the North Apollo Church of God, 507 20th St., Apollo, PA 15613, with the Rev. Robert Shallenberger officiating. Everyone is to meet at the church. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Blom, Elizabeth Betty B. 95

  • Gilpin Township
  • Born: 1919-03-25
  • Died: 2014-07-24
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Elizabeth B. "Betty" (Berrie) Blom, 95, of Gilpin Township, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Westminster Place at Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont. She was born March 25, 1919, in Yatesboro, to the late Joseph Berrie and Julia (Loney) Berrie. She was a bookkeeper and notary, retiring in 1994 from Charapp Auto Sales in Freeport, previously working at Bures Auto Sales in Freeport and Kiski Valley Pontiac/Cadillac in Leechburg with more than 40 years of service. She was a member of Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg, where she was a member of the Women's Association, Member of Session, Adult Committee and Worship Committee. She was also a member of and served four terms as president of the Leechburg Monday Evening Club, member of the Leechburg Historical Society, volunteer at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and participated with the Garden Club in Oakmont. She was a 1937 graduate of Leechburg High School and organized her class reunions. She enjoyed reading, doing word search puzzles and cooking (Betty won first prize at an apple pie baking contest at her church). Survivors include three nieces, Judi (Robert) Stevens of Crystal Lake, Ill., Rebecca (Randy) Ferrar, of New Kensington, and Linda Koedel, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; one great-niece, Kirsten Stevens; four great-nephews, Douglas (Monica) Koedel, Michael (Christine) Koedel, Tyler Stevens and Brett Stevens; and eight great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Tyson Koedel, Brooke Koedel, Dylan Koedel, Grady Koedel, Mya Koedel, Melanie Hauver, Sara Hauver and Steven Hauver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence S. Blom, Aug. 21, 1975; brother, Joseph A. Berrie, in 2011; sister, Ethel Koedel; her longtime friend and companion, Robert Morey; and nephew, Robert Koedel. Friends will be welcomed by her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at CLAWSON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m., the time of her funeral ceremonies, Friday, at Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, with her pastors, the Rev. Gary J. Lyon and the Rev. Lisa Lyon officiating. Contributions may be made in her memory to Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, PA 15656. To send an online condolence to the Blom family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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Kovalchick, Helen 91

  • Formerly of Renton
  • Born: 1923-01-12
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Hart, Murrysville | Get Directions
  • Helen (Koban) Kovalchick, 91, formerly of Renton, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Clarebridge Community in Export where she was currently a resident. She was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Bitumen, daughter of the late Vasil and Anna Pechina Koban. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Michael L. "Mike" Kovalchick; five sisters, Eleanor DeMichiei, Margie (Paul) Shish, Anna (Babe) Opina, Sue (Nick) Novelsowski and Mary (Fred) Falsetti; and two brothers, John Koban and Mike (Alice) Koban. Helen and Mike began their life together in Sagamore before relocating to Renton, where they raised two sons and a daughter, Michael (Sherry) Kovalchick, of North Carolina, Denny (Kathy) Kovalchick, of Apollo, and Michele (Jim) Kelly, of Murrysville. She was "NANA" to six grandchildren, Michael (Chelsey), Natalie, Chris and Kevin Kovalchick and Jimmy (Kimberly) and Patrick (Nicole) Kelly; six beautiful great-grandchildren, Lassen, Scarlet, Logan, Abby, Mia and McKenna; two sisters, Carolyn (James) Nesbit and Betty (the late John) Bodnar; brother-in-law, "Tootie" DeMichiei; sister-in-law, Kathryn Koban; and many nieces and nephews. Besides being a loving sister, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Helen was a wonderful homemaker. She took her job seriously and truly excelled. She was always cooking up something special or baking something incredible. Her house on Maple Street was her castle and she was very proud of the home she made there. Also, she loved her music: American Bandstand during the week, oldies on Saturday mornings and always polkas on Sundays. Her home was said by many to be happy and very cozy. Her faith was very important to her everyday life. She was a member at Holy Trinity, Wall, and then later the Church of the Resurrection in Monroeville. She worked very hard at all the bazaars and the Lawn Fairs, making pirohis, holupki, nut rolls and cookies. She loved singing in Slovak during Mass and still could speak fluently just weeks before her passing. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, with Parastas at 2 p.m. at the HART FUNERAL HOME INC., Murrysville, with a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Resurrection, 455 Center Road, Monroeville, with Father Joseph Raptosh as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Plum Creek Cemetery. The family would like to thank the entire staff and employees at Clarebridge for their comfort, compassion and constant support they gave to "NANA" during her last weeks. http://www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com.
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Lewandowski, William J. 84

  • Slippery Rock
  • Born: 1930-02-13
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Slippery Rock | Get Directions
  • William Joseph Lewandowski, 84, of Brady Township, Slippery Rock, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler. He was born Feb. 13, 1930, in West Natrona, to Edward and Eva (Polczynski) Lewandowski. On Nov. 7, 1964, he married Iola Mary Shuler and she survives at the residence. Bill was a 20-year Air Force veteran; worked at Pullman-Standard until it closed in 1982-1983; and had been a member and usher at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock. He was a member of American Legion Post 0393 and VFW Post 6231 both of Slippery Rock. His hobbies were hard tool leathering, working in his yard and garden and fishing. Besides his wife, Bill is survived by two sons, William J. and wife, Robin Lewandowski, of Olivia, N.C., and Roy C. Lewandowski, of Fenelton; and three daughters, Cynthia R. and husband, William Freese, of Glendale, Ariz., Brenda D. and husband, Matthew Neumann, of Pensacola, Fla., and Stella M. and husband, Stephen Timko, of Sarver. He is also survived by three sisters, Patricia and husband, John Clark, of Spring Hill, Fla., Helen and husband, Gerald Baughter, of Cornwall, Pa., and Dorothy and husband, Robert Baker, of Ligonier; a brother, George Lewandowski, of Freeport; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Stella Sobolewski Lewandowski; a daughter, Theresa Lewandowski; three sisters, Rose Mary Lewandowski, Stella Lewandowski and Frances Meighan; and two brothers, Edward and Frank Lewandowski. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday July 31, 2014, at the SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 670 South Main St., Slippery Rock, with Father Kevin Poecking officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Coylesville. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 342 Normal Ave., Slippery Rock, PA 16057 or VNA Inpatient Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
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Manley, LaQuita 52

  • Arnold
  • Died: 2014-07-25
  • Funeral Home: Smith, Blawnox | Get Directions
  • LaQuita Manley, 52, of Arnold, died Friday, July 25, 2014. She was the beloved mother of Jamal Chambers, of Natrona Heights, Damenica Suber, of Natrona Heights, Kevin Suber Jr., of Monessen; grandmother of Jamal Chambers Jr., Javeon Chambers, JaCora Chambers and Treyson Suber; sister of Randell (Cynthia) Howell, Suzette Marion Manley, Claudette Manley (Mark) Knuckles and Clifford Eugene Manley; stepsister of Janise Jackson, of Pittsburgh; Tara Lynn Jackson, of New York, N.Y., Margaret Windgate, of New York, N.Y., Paul Windgate Jr., of Harrisburg, and the late Dale Windgate; daughter of the late Clifford Manley Sr. and Marlene Savannah; also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; sister-in-law of the late Katrina Manley, aunt of the late Manuel Taylor III; great-aunt of Trenton Hartsfield and the late Shimya Hartsfield; and best friend of Renita Banks. LaQuita was a lifelong area resident, a Valley High School Graduate in 1980, she loved reading, cooking, loved life and especially singing and dancing. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Canaan Baptist Church, 1230 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Professional services trusted to THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY LTD., Blawnox.
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Silich, Justin M. 28

  • New Kensington , Formerly of Lower Burrell
  • Born: 1986-01-12
  • Died: 2014-07-27
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Justin Mark Silich, 28, of New Kensington, formerly of Lower Burrell, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the emergency room of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born Jan. 12, 1986, in Pittsburgh, and had been a life resident of the local area. A welder, he worked for McConway and Torley in Pittsburgh. Justin was a member of the Burrell High School Class of 2004 and enjoyed sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates, cards, the casino and time with his family and friends. Survivors include his parents, Mark and Denise Delenne Silich, of Davenport, Fla.; his sister, Amanda Lee Silich, of New Kensington; nephew, Nathan Hadad; grandfather, Charles Silich, of Murrysville; aunt, Darlene Delenne (Jay) Scripter, of Toledo, Ohio; uncle, Ronald (Sherry) Silich, of Murrysville; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jules and Margaret Hulings Delenne; paternal grandmother, Frances Belmay Silich; and an uncle, Dan Delenne. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 until services at 8 p.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Harold Mele in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Burial will be private. http://www.rusiewiczfh.com.
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Torok, Anna M. 95

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1918-09-29
  • Died: 2014-07-29
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Anna M. Torok, 95, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Bel Air Nursing Home, Lower Burrell. She was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Graceton, to the late Joseph and Anna Konkol Bondra. Mrs. Torok was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, New Kensington, and enjoyed cooking, baking, flowers and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia (Dominic) Giordano, of Lower Burrell, and Arlene (Richard) Bruni, of New Kensington; 10 grandchildren, Kevin (Joanne) Torok, Carrie (Bruce) Bashline, Maria (Kevin) Giordano-Filer, Anna (Michael) Lucas, John (Jennifer) and Dominic (Terra) Giordano, Kelly (Eric) Giordano-Cesaratto, Christina (Gordon) Unitas, Gina (Timothy) Giordano-Malloy and Rick Bruni; 20 great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen (Thomas) Koscianski, of Lower Burrell. Besides her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Joseph Torok Sr.; son, Joseph T. Torok Jr.; two grandchildren, Joseph H. Torok and Letitia Bruni Nielsen; brothers, Joseph, John, Steve and George Bondra; and two sisters.,Pauline Smrek and Mary Ann Fischer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder Street, where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Church, New Kensington. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The family suggests donations made in her name to: Mt. St. Peter Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068. http://www.RusiewiczFH.com.
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Wilson, William 76

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1937-09-02
  • Died: 2014-07-01
  • Funeral Home: Churchfield-Peters, New Kensington | Get Directions
  • William "Uncle Bill" Wilson, 76, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Squirrel Hill Center, Pittsburgh. Bill was born Sept. 2, 1937, in New Kensington, to the late Edward R. and Fannie E. Bennett Wilson. He was a veteran of the Army and worked for the VA Hospital for most of his life. He was a lifelong member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church. He enjoyed eating out, playing the lottery, going to the movies and going to church. He is survived by his two nieces and caregivers, Tammy and Debbie Wilson; his best friend of 70 years, Mary Jane Miller; his sisters, Trish, La, Judy and Lil; and many nieces and nephews. The family asks everyone to join them for a memorial service for Bill and his brother, George, at 3p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Holiday Park United Methodist Church, 81 Sandune Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15239. Arrangements are under the care of the CHURCHFIELD-PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 501 Fifth Ave., New Kensington, PA 15058, 724-335-1951. For online condolences, please visit us at http://www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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