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Barron, Carol N. 67

  • Export
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Wolfe-Von Geis, Export | Get Directions
  • Carol N. Barron, 67, of Export, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late James "Jim" Barron; loving mother of Corey (Ruth Ann) Barron, of Export; and is also survived by her cherished grandson, Cody Barron. Carol was a retired school teacher with the Penn-Trafford School District. Friends are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 until time of services at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carol's name to Penn-Trafford School District. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit
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Beard, Donna Jean 74

  • Kiski Township
  • Born: 1940-03-05
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Curran-Shaffer, Apollo | Get Directions
  • Donna Jean Beard, 74, of Kiski Township, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Born March 5, 1940, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Clyde William and Dorothy Virginia (Harrison) Beard. Donna Jean lived in Kiski Township all of her life, and was a 1958 graduate of Apollo High School. She enjoyed being around and talking to people, often attending the Apollo Senior Center, and was a longtime member of Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church in Spring Church. Donna Jean was a longtime member of a card club with sister-in-law, Susan, and friends, member of the OES Apollo Chapter 125, and member of the Pennsylvania State Grange, Armstrong Chapter, in Spring Church. Donna Jean was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoying the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. She is survived by her brother, Richard C. "Butch" (Susan) Beard, of Kiski Township; nephew, Richard P. (Danielle) Beard, of Murrysville; niece, Melissa S. (Roger) Ray, of Apollo; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kristen, Ryan, Brandon and Lacey; aunt, Betty (Jim) O'Bryon, of Clairton; and cousins. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in the CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 100 Owens View Ave., Apollo. An Eastern Star service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Terri Swails officiating. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donna Jean's memory to Boiling Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 154, Spring Church, PA 15686; Apollo Senior Center, 707 N. Fifth St., Apollo, PA 15613 or AseraCare Hospice, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit
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Chilia, Adeline 87

  • Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1927-06-04
  • Died: 2014-08-24
  • Funeral Home: Cicholski-Zidek, Natrona Heights | Get Directions
  • Adeline (Mattioli) Chilia, 87, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Asbury Health Center, Pittsburgh. She was born June 4, 1927, in Brackenridge, the daughter of the late Filippo and Antonietta Bianco Mattioli. Adeline enjoyed working as a secretary first at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and later for Dr. Raymond Kahn. She was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights and the former Ladies Guild of the church. Adeline was a 1944 graduate of Har-Brack High School. Adeline enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, cooking and baking. In the past eight years, Adeline continued to teach her family through her expression of love, compassion and patience to everyone she encountered. Adeline is survived by her children, Celeste (Michael) Calabrese, of Natrona Heights, Susan (Barry) Hodges, of Bethel Park, and John (Kathleen) Chilia, of Natrona Heights; six grandchildren, Alyssa (Brett) Vongroven, Elizabeth Calabrese, Patrick Hodges, Christina Hodges, Sara Oligee and Joe Bloch; two great-granddaughters, Madi Oligee and Molly Vongroven; brother, Dr. Rudy J. Mattioli, of Brackenridge; and by her sister, Louisa (Lawrence) Nitowski, of Brackenridge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Chilia, on March 17, 2009; and by her brother, Thomas Mattioli, in infancy. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor, the Rev. James Mazurek, as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Adeline may be made to the Alle-Kiski Health Foundation, PO Box 92, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. To send an online condolence, please visit
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Kalinowski, Eugene M. 85

  • Apollo , Formerly of Polish Hill
  • Died: 2014-08-21
  • Funeral Home: Zalewski, Lawrenceville | Get Directions
  • Eugene M. Kalinowski, 85, of Apollo, formerly of Polish Hill, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was a son of the late Stanley L. and Anna V. (Dlugonski) Kalinowski; brother of Lydia Roscoe and the late John and his surviving wife, Frances Kalinowski, and Stanley Kalinowski and his surviving wife, Barbara Johnson; also survived by nieces and nephews. Eugene was a member of Carnegie and Frick Museums, AAP, Pittsburgh Water Color Society, Constabulary Occupation Army in Germany and a retired art teacher in the Pittsburgh School System. Friends received from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 3201 Dobson St., Polish Hill. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James the Greater Church, Apollo.
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Kiselick, Mary 87

  • Brackenridge
  • Born: 1927-07-31
  • Died: 2014-08-25
  • Funeral Home: Duster, Tarentum | Get Directions
  • Mary (Prazenica) Kiselick, 87, of Brackenridge, passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was born July 31, 1927, in Tarentum, a daughter of the late Albert and Pauline (Furenda) Prazenica. Mary was a homemaker; a member of Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, and a former member of Christian Mothers and a CCD instructor. Mary enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family. Survivors include her children, Kathy (John) Kelly, of Allegheny Township, Judi (Paul) Noonan, of Leechburg, Paula Clark, of Mars, Mindy (Donald) Hess, of Buffalo Township, Kim (Joseph) Bonazza, of Frazer Township, Celeste (Gene) Davis, of Natrona Heights, and William S. (Ginger) Kiselick, of Huntersville, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Albina (Prazenica) Kostie, of Tarentum. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Kiselick; six brothers, Albert, Joseph, Andrew, Paul, Frank and Stephen Prazenica; and a sister, Elizabeth (Prazenica) Jenkins. There will be no public visitation; however, family and friends are invited to attend a Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum, with the Rev. Aaron J. Kriss as celebrant. Everyone please meet at church. Interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Ladies of Charity, Holy Martyrs Church or Good Samaritan Hospice. Arrangements by DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Visit
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Slobodnik, Robert S. 75

  • Formerly of Natrona Heights
  • Born: 1939-07-23
  • Died: 2014-08-14
  • Funeral Home: Mussori, Orange City | Get Directions
  • Robert Stanley "Bob" Slobodnik, 75, of Deltona, Fla., formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Sanford, Fla. Born July 23, 1939, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Joseph and Rose Slobodnik. Bob lived in Deltona, Fla., with his wife, Carolyn since 2005. He was a retired school teacher and coach of (more than 35 years) from the Richardson Independent School District. Bob loved his God and raised and taught his family to make God the pillar of their lives. He had a deep passion and loyalty for the kids he helped mentor in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He loved to golf, fish, garden and spend time at the beach. He also loved to read. He was one of the best storytellers and could captivate any audience. He loved sports, especially basketball. He was a four-year All-American at Duquesne University. Being 6'9", wherever he walked, he always drew attention, but he was a humble man who always wanted others to get the spotlight. What he loved most though was spending time with his family and four grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn I. Slobodnik; two sons, Paul (Neida) Slobodnik, of Austin, Texas, and Jamie (Ana) Slobodnik, of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bronson, Joshua, Roman and Nicolette Slobodnik; two sisters, Pat Walters and Sue Hughes; and many nieces and nephews. Local service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the local Catholic Church in Natrona, followed by brunch at the Clarion Hotel in Lower Burrell. Bob's favorite quote was, "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." - Helen Keller.
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Weiss, Bettyruth 90

  • New Kensington
  • Born: 1924-02-04
  • Died: 2014-08-23
  • Funeral Home: Rusiewicz, Lower Burrell | Get Directions
  • Bettyruth Weiss, 90, of New Kensington, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the emergency room of Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born Feb. 4, 1924, in New Kensington, to the late Isadore and Sarah Karp Frank and had been a life resident of the local area. A bookkeeper and homemaker, Bettyruth was a member of the Beth Jacob Synagogue, the B'nai Brith and Sisterhood. Her favorite pastime was caring for her pets. She is survived by her children, Lawrence A. (Sharon) Weiss Esq., of Arlington, Va., and Nancy W. (Steven) Utiss, with whom she made her home, several nieces and nephews and extended family, Susanne Ziacik Graham and her family. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Irving Weiss; brothers, Louis V. Frank and Saul Frank; and her sister, Ida F. Stapen. Friends will be received from noon until services at 1 p.m. Wednesday by Rabbi Sharyn Henry in the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., Lower Burrell. Burial will follow in Beth Jacob Cemetery, New Kensington. The family requests no flowers please. Memorials may be made to Greyhound Pets of America, Three Rivers Greyhound, 113 Glenview Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601 or Allegheny Valley Hospital Trust/Emergency Room, 1301 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
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