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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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Lucas, Robert J. 89

  • Formerly of Vandergrift
  • Died: 2014-10-22
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  • Robert Joseph Lucas, 89, formerly of Vandergrift, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at his home in East Petersburg. Born in Pittsburgh, he was preceded in death by his parents, sister, brother and loving wife, Margaret. He is survived by his sister, Norma Anker; daughter, Nanci (Robert) Stark; son, Grant (Kathy) Lucas; grandchildren, Stephanie Kramer, Michael, Joshua, Matthew and Jordan Lucas; and great-grandchildren, Ashlea Kramer-Diem and Aiden Moore.
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Maggio, Pamela C. 62

  • Plum Borough
  • Born: 1952-07-16
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Dolence, Pittsburgh | Get Directions
  • Pamela Christine Maggio, of Plum Borough, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. She was born July 16, 1952, to Donald and Dorothy (Redinger) Youngker. She was a great lover of animals. Survivors include her husband, James Crawford, of Plum; a son, Michael Youngker; brothers, Donald (Susie) Youngker and David (Mary Beth) Youngker; and a sister, Sandy (Mark) Squillace and Mother Dorothy (Dolly) Youngker. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Youngker. Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the STEPHEN P. DOLENCE Jr. FUNERAL HOME INC., 1519 Renton Road (Plum Borough). Services and interment were private for the convenience of the family.
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Matisko, Stephen M. 87

  • Appleton, Wis.
  • Born: 1927-01-13
  • Died: 2014-10-27
  • Funeral Home: Valley, Appleton, Wis. | Get Directions
  • Stephen Michael Matisko, 87, of Appleton, Wis., passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Rennes Health Center. Stephen was born Jan. 13, 1927, to the late John Joseph and Elizabeth Margaret (Tirdil) Matisko, in Arnold. Stephen spent his early life in Arnold and graduated from Arnold High School. On Sept. 24, 1955, he was united to the love of his life, Joyce Henderson, in St. Mary Catholic Church in Richmond, Ind. Stephen worked for Alcoa. He began his career as a draftsman apprentice with the company, and advanced to his last position as the superintendent of service for capping machines, retiring after 38 years of service. He enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Mary Catholic Church in Richmond, Ind., as well as bowling, golfing and woodworking. Stephen is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce, of Appleton, Wis.; his children, Vince (Diane) Matisko, of Appleton, and Sue Matisko, of Green Bay, Wis.; his grandchildren, Matt (Kim) Matisko, of Milwaukee, Beth Matisko, of Milwaukee, and Andy Matisko, of Appleton; his brother, John (Martha) Matisko; his sisters, Betty Jean Matisko and Bernadette Matisko; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill and Paul Matisko; a sister, Margaret Unites; and his niece, Beth Matisko. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton, Wis., with Father Thomas J. Farrell as celebrant. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 10:30 until 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements by VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Appleton, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association in Steve's name would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Southern Care Hospice, Rennes Health Center of Appleton and Living Tree of Greenville for the excellent care and support they provided. Online condolences can be submitted at http://www.valleyfh.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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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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Strand, Clarence W. 72

  • Cadyville, N.Y.
  • Born: 1942-08-21
  • Died: 2014-10-20
  • Funeral Home: Curran, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Clarence W. Strand, 72, of Cadyville, N.Y., and Allegheny Woodlands, Allegheny Township, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Born Aug. 21, 1942, in Vandergrift, he was the son of the late Clarence W. and Fern (Hill) Strand. Clarence was a 1960 graduate of Vandergrift High School and 1964 graduate of Grove City College. He worked for many years for the state of New York in vocational rehabilitation. Clarence enjoyed the outdoors, especially canoeing, fishing, hiking, golf and gardening. He liked experimenting with unusual vegetables and herbs. Clarence loved listening to his favorite radio programs and his music collection. He was fond of opera and ballet, attending performances in Florida where he spent winters along with his sisters. In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by a sister, Anna (Strand) Hilty White; and a nephew, David Hilty. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lucille (Strand) and Kenneth Ray Allen; brother-in-law, Harold White; loving nieces, Karen (Allen) and husband, William Disciscio, Linda (Hilty) and husband, Brian Frayer, and Kathleen (Allen) and husband, John Coulter; eight great-nieces and nephews; and five great-great-nieces and nephews. Private graveside services were held at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. The CURRAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, Leechburg, are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.
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Young Jr., Floyd L. 69

  • Parks Township
  • Born: 1945-06-18
  • Died: 2014-10-25
  • Funeral Home: Clawson, Leechburg | Get Directions
  • Floyd L. "Butch" Young Jr., 69, of Parks Township, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce A. and Ellen M. Young, in Lewis Center, Ohio. He was born June 18, 1945, in Natrona Heights, to Floyd A. Young Sr. and Aldine E. (Grinder) Young. He was a self-employed auto mechanic with more than 40 years of service. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the American Legion Post 775 and a past member of the Parks Township Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his mother, Aldine E. (Grinder) Young, of Parks Township; his son, Bruce A. Young (Ellen M.), of Lewis Center, Ohio; brother, Andrew C. Young (Susan), of Parks Township; sister, Darlene Shaffer (Charles), of Baden; grandsons, Phillip and Jack; and brother-in-law, the Rev. T.J. McLaughlin. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd A. Young Sr.; and his sister, Judy McLaughlin. Family and friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at CLAWSON FUNERAL and CREMATION CENTER, 170 Main St., Leechburg, 724-842-1051, where funeral ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. T.J. McLaughlin officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Gilpin Township, with full military honors by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215. To send an online condolence to the Young family, please visit http://www.clawsonfuneralhome.com.
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