Glassport, Pennsylvania 

Glassport Obituaries as Reported in the Daily News


Those obituaries, with reference to present or former Glassporters are reproduced here in full.


McKeesport Daily News April 1, 2002

SOL DARLING

Sol J. Darling, 89, of Glassport died Saturday, March 30, 2002, in Heritage Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Owner of the former Darling Market along Monongahela Avenue in Glassport, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, past volunteer at McKeesport Hospital, former president of the Glassport School Board and life member and past president of Clairton/Glassport Rotary Club.

A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of Alliquippa Lodge 375, F. & A. Masons, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Altoona, Al-O-Mon Forest 138, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Pvt. Jacob Greenfield Post 181, Jewish War Veterans of McKeesport and Temple B'nai Israel in White Oak.

Born in Pittsburgh, Jan. 9, 1913, he was the son of the late Abraham and Rebecca Kopelman Darling and the husband of the late Shirley Gross Darling. He is survived by daughter, Debbie Darling Roth of Gibsonia; son, Attorney Hyman Darling of Long Meadow, Mass.; five grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy Gross Weiss and Betty Rosenberg of Miami, Fla.

Friends will be received in Strifflers' White Oak today from 2 p.m. until the hour of service in the chapel there at. 3 with Rabbi Daniel Schiff officiating. Interment will be in Temple B'nai Cemetery, Versailles. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Masonic Charities, One Broad St., Philadelphia, 19107; or a favorite charity.


McKeesport Daily News April 3, 2002

JOHN WRONA

John Wrona, 67, of Liberty died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. A former welder at DynoNoble, Inc., in Donora, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its choir and Polish National Alliance Lodge 750 in Glassport.

Born in Gosprzydowa, Poland, Oct. 11, 1934, he was the son of the late Franciszek and Maria Chalcarz Wrona. He is survived by his wife, Helen Wrona Wrona; sons, Joseph Wrona of Elyria, Ohio, and Stanley Wrona of Rostraver Twp.; seven grandchildren; a brother and four sisters in Poland; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in Queen of the Rosary Church. Interment will be in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News April 3, 2002

HELEN YESENSKY

Helen V. Yesensky, 89, of Glassport died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, in Jefferson Hills Manor, Inc. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport.

Born in Clairton, Nov. 7, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Veronica Macey Guballa and the wife of the late Cyril Yesensky. She is survived by grandson and caregiver, William J. Meyers of Elizabeth; three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport, tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of a blessing there at 10 with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News April 4, 2002

WALTER SHULTZ

Walter J. Shultz, 89, of Glassport died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in Aspinwall Division, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh. A retired mechanic from Tube City Iron and Metal in West Mifflin, he was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 443 in Glassport and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations and the Korean War.

Born in Duquesne, Aug. 5, 1912, he was the son of the late Wesley and Margaret Treese Shultz. He is survived by his wife, Sue Maybury Shultz; daughter, Peggy Lenke of Amarillo, Texas; sons, W. James Shultz of Dallas, Texas, and Charles Wesley Shultz of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren; brothers, Charles Shultz of Smithdale, Miss., and Paul Shultz of Duquesne; nieces and nephews.

Friends are being received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will be conducted there tomorrow at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Craig Forsythe. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Glassport United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.


McKeesport Daily News April 8, 2002

HARRY KIMMELMAN

A former Glassport and White Oak resident, Harry Kimmelman, 90, of Chandler, Ariz., died there Saturday April 6, 2002, in Chandler Regional Hospital. Retired founder of Harry's Supermarket in Homestead, he was a member of Temple B'nai Israel in White Oak and the former B'nai Israel Synagogue in Glassport.

Born in McKeesport, Jan. 14, 1912, he was the son of the late Bernard and Gussie Wiesenthal Kimmelman and the husband of the late Rose Klein Kimmelman. He is survived by daughters, Joann Rubinstein of Chandler and Gail Wine of Plano, Texas; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and brother, Morris Kimmelman of Pittsburgh.

Graveside service will be offered Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, Versailles, by Rabbi Daniel Schiff. Arrangements are in charge of Strifflers' Funeral Homes.


McKeesport Daily News April 8, 2002

CHLOREINE ROUSER

Chloreine Mabel Finney Rouser, 91, of Glassport died Saturday, April 6, 2002, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. A retired nurse's aide from the intensive care nursery of McKeesport Hospital, she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, McKeesport Shrine and Order of Amaranth.

Born in Lick Creek, W.Va., Jan. 9, 1911, she was a daughter of the late Kelly and Blissiefoot Massie Anderson and wife of the late Frank Finney and Benjamin Rouser. She is survived by a daughter, Susan F. Howard of Glassport; a grandchild and great grandchild; and sisters, Mary Murphy of Morehead, Ky., and Frances Cole of El Paso, Tex.

Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Glassport, tomorrow from 9 a.m. until the hour of service there at 11:30 with the Rev. Craig Forsythe officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News April 10, 2002

WILLIAM McCULLOUGH

William E. McCullough, 57, of Glassport died Monday, April 8, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. An aircraft mechanic for General Electric Corp. in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was an office clerk at Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Born in McKeesport, May 22, 1944, he was the son of the late James B. and Catherine McCartney McCullough. He is survived by brothers, John McCullough of White Oak and James McCullough of Akron, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

Friends are being received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. A blessing will be offered there tomorrow at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2002

JAMES NESBITT

Service will be offered tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport, for James Nelson Nesbitt, 19, of Glassport who died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. The Rev. John Zimmerman will officiate and interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp. Friends are being received in the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M.

A car audio and alarm installer at KICCF Sound Systems of Pittsburgh, he was born in Saint Marys, Aug. 17, 1982, a son of Kenneth Nesbitt II of Weedville and Cindy Laughlin Fedorka of Glassport.

He is survived by his parents; stepparents, Lisa Nesbitt and James J. Fedorka; grandparents, Lois and Raymond Laughlin of Benezett, Kenneth and Jacqueline Nesbitt and Mary Haberberger of Saint Marys and Irene Fedorka of Glassport; sister, Carrie Bosic of Pittsburgh; brothers, Kenneth Nesbitt of Glassport and Alex, Jordan and Nick Nesbitt of Weedville; a niece and nephew.


McKeesport Daily News April 13, 2002

MARGARET SOLTIS

Margaret A. Soltis, 86, of McKeesport died there Friday, April 12, 2002, in Riverside Nursing Center, Inc. A former employee of the Glass Factory in Glassport, she was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish, McKeesport.

Born in McKeesport, June 30, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Joseph J. and Anna Sekarac Matta and the wife of the late John K. Soltis. She is survived by caregiver and daughter-in-law, Mercia Jolene Soltis of Upper St. Clair; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Irene Fedor of McKeesport; and brothers, Joseph R. Matta of McKeesport and Richard K. Matta of North Huntingdon Twp.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 9 p.m. in the William H. Craig Funeral Home, Inc., McKeesport. Blessing service will be offered there Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Raymond Trance as celebrant. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the St. Martin de Porres Cemetery Fund or a favorite charity.


McKeesport Daily News April 15, 2002

WILLIAM DANNENHAUER

A former Glassport resident, William C. (Bill) Dannenhauer, 96, of Aiken, S.C., died there Friday, April 12, 2002, in Aiken Regional Hospital. Retired in 1973 as an ornamental iron worker from Roy C. Price Iron Works in McKeesport, he was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church.

Born in Liberty, Jan. 20, 1906, he was a son of the late Gottfried and Caroline Sinn Dannenhauer and the husband of the late Edith Snyder Dannenhauer. He is survived by daughter, Patricia Marie Stokes of Aiken; two grandsons and three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Service will be conducted tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp., by the Rev. Thomas Carr. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are in charge of E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News April 16, 2002

WREATHA HAGER

A former Versailles resident, Wreatha M. Hager, 82, of Glassport died Monday, April 15, 2002, at home. She was a member of the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in McKeesport.

Born in Ursina, May 1, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Beecher Scott and Vallie Knox Younkin and wife of the late Sheldon M. Hager. She is survived by son, Ralph Hager of North Huntingdon Twp.; daughters, Louise Jacobs of Glassport and Sharon Sturkie of Elizabeth Twp.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Garrison of Liberty and Ida Mae Peck of Confluence; and cousin whom she raised, Judy Knox Datig of Confluence. A daughter, Vallie Novalis died March 9, 2002.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home, Versailles. Service will be conducted there Thursday at 10 a.m. by William Maize. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News April 16, 2002

ADELA OLEY

Adela B. Oley, 77, of Glassport died Monday, April 15, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and a former member of its Confraternity of Christian Mothers, member of the Glassport Senior Citizens and Clairton Area Chapter 1612, American Association of Retired Persons.

Born in Glassport, June 17, 1924, she was a daughter of the date Stanley and Antonine Dachowska Kuzio. She is survived by her husband, Stephen R. Oley; sons, Stephen A. Oley of Huntington, W.Va., and Alan D. Oley of Allison Park; four grandchildren; sister and brother, Lorie Costanzo and Jack Kuzio of Elizabeth Twp.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News April 17, 2002

RUSSELL GODFREY

Russell G. Godfrey, 75, of Glassport died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at home. A former millwright from the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member and usher at Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport, life member of Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 in Glassport and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations.

Born in Pittsburgh, May 31, 1926, he was the husband of the late Theresa M. (Tessie) Kruszka Godfrey. He is survived by sons, David C. and Ronald G. Godfrey of Glassport; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News April 17, 2002

SISTER ELVIRA TISONY

Sister M. Elvira Tisony, a member of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, North Hills of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, in the Vincentian Home, Pittsburgh.

She entered the order from Holy Trinity Parish in McKeesport and received a bachelor of education degree from Duquesne University. Sister Elvira taught in elementary school for 48 years in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Youngstown, Ohio, served two years in the housekeeping department at the Assumption Home and taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes for nine years at St. Bartholomew Parish in Crabtree.

She is survived by sisters, Irene Gaydos of Elizabeth Twp., Mary Koltiska of Port Vue and Agnes Moranelli of Glassport; brothers, Frank Tison of West Mifflin, Bernard of North Versailles Twp. and Aloysius and Vincent of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Motherhouse Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Vincent Hall Auditorium. Interment will be in the cemetery on the grounds of the motherhouse. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Vincentian Chapel Renovation Fund.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette April 23, 2002

O'NEIL JOHN W. "JACK"

Age 62, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2002. A resident of Coconut Creek, FL, where he enjoyed the warm sunny weather of FL with his beloved wife, Dianne.

He worked for Hollywood Hills High School as a Guidance Counselor and before moving to FL. He also worked for Bethel Park High School in PA and was a Director of Keystone Oaks School Board in Dormont, PA.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne O'Neil; three sons, Patrick O'Neil (Lisa) of W. Palm Beach, John O'Neil of Boca Raton, Robert O'Neil of W. Palm Beach, a daughter, Beth King (Robert) of PA; mother, Gertrude Hatalsky; sister, Sharlene and husband, Fred Steiner, Canonsburg, PA; and four grandchildren, Frank, Shannon, Joseph and Dane.

The family will receive friends Tues., April 23, 3-4 & 6-8pm and Wednesday, 2-4 & 6-8pm at the KRAEER FUNERAL HOME. The Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, April 25, at Our Lady Queen of Apostle Catholic Church in Royal Palm Beach followed by interment in Queen of Peace Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Atty: Barry Eisenson, 4953 Coconut Creek Parkway, Cocunut Creek, FL 33063 to be donated to Hollywood Hills High School Scholarship Fund in memory of John O'Neil. Arrangements under the direction of Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1 N. State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063. (954) 972-7340.

A Tribute to Our Friend Jack

Loving Husband of Dianne Orenyak O'Neil

We're very sad to report that John "Jack" O'Neil of Coconut Creek, FL passed away on Sunday, April 21. He suffered a stroke the week prior to his death.

Unfortunately, we will no longer enjoy the hot Marco Island sun and drink margaritas on the beach during sundown with our good friend Jack. We won't laugh at his goofy jokes, we won't hear that Canonsburg twang when he talks, we won't sip Irish coffee with him in the condo, and we won't meet him and Dianne for dinner at "Tin City" in Naples. Our hearts are heavy because we'll miss him but we know that it was a rare gift to know this man, to tell him we loved him, and call him our friend.

Jack was a good man - he never talked about the fact that he touched so many people in many different ways. Whether he was functioning as a teacher, a school board member, or a guidance counselor, he helped hundreds of "his kids" in those school districts because he was a committed educator. He was greatly missed by the students and his colleagues when he retired from Hollywood Hills High School this past December.

He was devoted to his wife Dianne and never had a problem letting everyone know that he adored her and would do anything for her. He fell in love with this cute little nurse more than 40 years ago and courted her until she gave-in and married him. They were perfect for each other - both of them caring, loving, and kind. Together they successfully raised four children; a daughter (Beth), and three sons ( Patrick, Johnny, & Robbie). Their children and four grandchildren (Frankie, Shannon, Joseph, & Dane) clearly were the center of his universe. He talked about them with love and affection in his eyes and voice - they were all very special to him.

George C. Scott once said that, "The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it". Jack's spirit will live with us forever because we have wonderful memories of our great times together. When we think of him we'll often laugh, and sometimes we'll cry, but most of the time we'll remember his "gift" to us - just to have known him. See you on the other side buddy!

- Irene Sherman Campano


McKeesport Daily News April 22, 2002

MERLE EASTON

Merle E. Easton, 74, of Glassport died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at home. A retired craneman from the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church.

Born in Monessen, Sept. 25, 1927, he was the son of the late Clarence and Gladys Kahrer Easton. He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Dolly) Ardinger Easton; daughters, Linda Moranelli and Jean Ann Dausey of Glassport, Sherry Lewis of Clairton and Sandra Hasso of Lincoln; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sister, Dolores Weiler of Killeen, Texas; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will be conducted there Wednesday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Craig Forsythe. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News April 25, 2002

STEPHEN SPISAK

Stephen J. Spisak, 41, of Glassport died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. A stock replenisher supervisor at J.C.Penney at Monroeville Mall, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in McKeesport, June 1, 1960, he was the son of George E. and Irene P. Mazurkiewicz Spisak of Glassport. He is survived by his parents; wife, Lida Dudiak Spisak; daughters, Katie and Lizzie Spisak at home; sister, Mary Ann Murin of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News May 1, 2002

EDWARD PRICE

Edward J. Price, 94, of Glassport died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at home. A retired electrician from the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Polish National Alliance Lodge 750 and Buc Fever Lodge, all in Glassport, and a former member of the Clairton Sportsmen's Club.

Born in Pittsburgh, Jan. 4, 1908, he was a son of the late John and Valeria Jankiewicz Price. He is survived by his wife, Jean E. Konat Price; son, Robert E. Price of North Huntingdon Twp.; daughters, Mary Ann Zebrowski of Ligonier and Margaret Porter of Wilkins Twp.; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News May 6, 2002

BERNARD PETROSKY

Bernard J. (Bunk) Petrosky, 74, of Ferndale, Mich., formerly of Glassport, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was a custodian for Ferndale School District.

Born in Glassport, May 27, 1927, he was a son of the late Edward and Minnie Gabauer Petrosky and the husband of the late Betty Wolf Petrosky. He is survived by son, Jeffrey Petrosky of Glassport; brothers, John Petrosky of Crescent City, Fla., Edward J. and Raymond of Glassport, Joseph of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Frank of Greensburg; sisters, Mildred Gefroh of Tucson, Ariz., Mary Ann Petrosky of McKeesport and Alberta LiBihan of Arlington, Va.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport, today from 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing service will be offered there tonight at 8:30. Interment will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Mich.


McKeesport Daily News May 8, 2002

HELEN THOMAS

Helen B. Thomas, 74, of Glassport died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at home. A retired cook from Holy Trinity Church and School, she was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport, and it Confraternity of Christian Mothers. Born in Clairton, Oct. 8, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Katherine Pavlik Hudak and the wife of the late John E. Thomas Jr.

She is survived by daughters, Kathy Reed, Janet Cook and Mary Catherine Valentine of Glassport; sons; John Thomas of Weirton, W.Va., Ron Thomas of Glassport and Michael Thomas of West Homestead; 11 grandchildren and a great grandchild; sisters, Mary Laber, Anna Hudak and Margaret Popko of Clairton; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Ray Trance as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News May 13, 2002

BARBARA CARROLL

Barbara M. Carroll, 62, of Glassport died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at home. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish and the Women's Ministry of Assembly of God in Glassport.

Born in Glassport, May 18, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Lucy (Babi) Ejhost Chuia and the wife of the late Kenneth J. Carroll. She is survived by children, Luciann M. Chalfant, Aaron N. Carroll and Kenneth J. Carroll Jr. of Glassport and Brian J. Carroll of Rock Creek, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Funeral will begin there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church With the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News May 14, 2002

WILBERT HELSEL

Wilbert W. (Shorty) Helsel, 86, of McKeesport, formerly of Glassport, died Monday, May 13, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. A retired pump house operator from the Duquesne plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of the First Baptist Church and American Legion Post 443 in Glassport.

Born in Glassport, July 27, 1915, he was the son of the late Harry and Emma Black Helsel and husband of the late Florence Ruth Piper Helsel. He is survived by daughters, Elaine Sciarra of Cleveland, Ohio, and Janice R. Herrmann of Glassport; son, Charles W. Helsel of McKeesport; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Thursday at 10 a.m. by Pastors Ira and Joann Kelly. Interment will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News May 15, 2002

JOHN MAJZER

John A. Majzer, 87, of Clairton, formerly of Glassport, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired tractor operator from the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., with 37 years of service, he was a member St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton.

Born in Glassport, Nov. 18, 1914, he was the son of the late John and Mary Ann Bogacka Majzer. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Hupcik Majzer; daughters, Betty Jane Majzer of Clairton, Mary Ann Keffer and Janet DeSimone-Finke of Jefferson Hills, Eleanor Petty and Yvonne Thomas of Elkton, Md., and Shirley Mourey of Nantaglo; and 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Paulinus Church with the Rev. Gary Stakem as celebrant. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.



McKeesport Daily News May 21, 2002

ROSE MARY BANICK

Rose Mary Caliguri Banick, 90, of Glassport, died Sunday, May 19, 2002. She was retired from Copperweld Bimetallics Division, Glassport.

Born Jan. 19, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Elizabeth Ferrante Caliguri and the wife of the late Andrew J. Banick. She is survived by nephew, George Caliguri.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasant Hills. Service will be conducted there tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News May 21, 2002

EDWARD LOSTETTER SR.

Edward W. Lostetter Sr., 84, of Glassport died Monday, May 20, 2002, at home. Retired from the shipping department of Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a member of American Legion Post 443 and life member of Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 in Glassport and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Born in Glassport, March 21, 1918, he was a son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Adler Lostetter and the husband of the late Elizabeth M. McCarthy Lostetter. He is survived by daughters, Waneta Ratica of North Huntingdon Twp. and Susan Shaver of Port Vue; sons, Edward W. Lostetter Jr. of Port Vue, James D. Lostettor of Tampa, Fla., and Robert G. Lostetter of West Mifflin; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Krise of Buena Vista; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will be conducted there Thursday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Walter Patton. Inter- ment will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News May 21, 2002

LOUISE SOPKO

Louise Anna Sopko, 90, of Glassport died Monday, May 20, 2002, in Lawson Nursing Home, Inc., Jefferson Hills. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers, UPMC McKeesport Ladies Auxiliary, Lady Birds Bowling League, Glassport Election Board and former democratic committeewoman.

Born in Clairton, Jan. 22, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Caroline Broucker Young and the wife of the late Joseph Sopko. She is survived by son, Dennis M. Sopko of Dearborn, Mich., and James E. Sopko of Nacogdoches, Texas; daughter, Clare L. Vranesevic with whom she resided; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


The Herald Sharon, PA August 22, 2001

Joseph 'Joe' C. Sherbine Sr. WWII vet, plant retiree had store, served church, Scouts

Joseph "Joe" C. Sherbine Sr., Shenango Township, died at 8:15 p.m. Monday (8-20-01) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. He was 88.

Mr. Sherbine was born July 18, 1913, in Glassport, Pa., to Joseph J. and Ida Zagst Sherbine.

He graduated in 1931 from Duquesne University Prep School in Pittsburgh, after which he attended St. Fidelis Seminary in Butler for one year.

Mr. Sherbine married Elizabeth B. "Betty" Considine of McKeesport, Pa., on July 11, 1942, in Fort Eustis, Va.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Coast Artillery and Quartermaster Corps in North Africa, Sicily, Corsica and in the Philippines, until December 1945.

Mr. Sherbine and his wife moved to West Middlesex in 1947 to own and operate a general store-service station on Route 318 in Shenango Township until 1964. He also worked at a sawmill and state liquor store before joining Shenango Steel Buildings in West Middlesex in 1959. He retired from there in 1978.

Mr. Sherbine had been active in the community and his church for many years. He served as Shenango Township auditor for two terms.

He belonged to American Legion Post 160, Farrell; and the former Post 852 in West Middlesex, serving as adjutant, post commander and county commander.

Mr. Sherbine was treasurer of the committee that founded Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, in 1955. Over the years, he served the church as usher, reader, Eucharistic minister and temporarily as a handyman and carpenter. Mr. Sherbine was active in the church Holy Name Society and served on Parish Council.

He was institutional representative for Boy Scouts Troop 60 in West Middlesex for many years. He also served on the Boy Scout District Council and was a merit badge counselor as well as advisor of scouts for the Ad Altare Dei Award. Mr. Sherbine was recipient of the St. George Award given by the Catholic Diocese of Erie and had also received the District Award of Merit for his work with scouting.

Mr. Sherbine is survived by: his wife, at home; a daughter, Elizabeth H. Sherbine, Palmyra, Pa.; and two sons, Joseph C. Sherbine Jr., Sharpsville; and Gregory J. Sherbine, Thornwood, N.Y. He has two grandsons, Douglas J. Sherbine on active duty in the U.S. Air Force; and Scott J. Sherbine, Sharpsville; a sister, Veronica "Bonnie" Kerrigan, West Mifflin, Pa.; a brother, Daniel J. Sherbine, McKeesport; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, James A. Sherbine of Vowinkel, Pa.; John R. "Jack" Sherbine of West Mifflin; and Phillip A. Sherbine, who died in infancy.

The four brothers -- Daniel, who survives, the late James and John, as well as the deceased -- all served their country overseas during World War II.

Mr. Sherbine requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road, Box 226, West Middlesex 16159.


McKeesport Daily News May 24, 2002

MARGARET DiGIACOMO

Margaret V. (Mimi) DiGiacomo, 93, of Glassport died Friday, May 24, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A former employee of the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport, the bowling league and ladies auxiliary to the Sons of Italy Lodge 941 in Glassport and a foster grandmother for the Children of Pittsburgh.

Born in Uniontown, Sept. 12, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Satura DeFrancisco and wife of the late Joseph DiGiacomo. She is sur- vived by sons, John DiGiacomo of Glassport and Mario DiGiacomo of McKeesport; daughters, Elizabeth Grossi and Louise DeVito of Glassport; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Glassport, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church, Glassport. Interment will be in St. Mary German Cemetery, McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News June 4, 2002

JOHN KASTAN JR.

Service took place May 17 in Navarre, Fla., for John (Babe) Kastan Jr. of Navarre, formerly of Glassport, who died May 15, 2002. Announcement is provided by the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.

Son of the late John Sr. and Emma Kastan, he is survived by his wife, Helen Zendek Kastan; daughters, Gerri Broyhill of Lenoir, N.C., Pamela DeVille of Houston, Texas, and John Kastan III of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren; brothers, Bernard Kastan of Glassport and Carl Kastan of North Huntingdon Twp.; nieces and nephews.

Pensacola News Journal May 17, 2002

JOHN KASTAN

1931-2002

John Kastan, age 71, of Navarre, FL. died Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at home.

Mr. Kastan was born in Glassport, Pennsylvania to John Kastan and Emma Hitrik Kastan. He was a proud employee of the Florida Park Service, working on the Navarre Fishing Pier.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Kastan; daughters, Pam Deville and Gerri Broyhill; son, John Kastan; grandchildren, Matthew Kastan, Sarah Broyhill and Alan Broyhill.

Memorial services will be 2 P.M. Saturday, May 18, 2002 at Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel.

Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 2001 North Palafox St, Pensacola, FL. 32501.


McKeesport Daily News June 6, 2002

JERRY SCHNELZER

Jerry J. Schnelzer, 78, of Glassport died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in Southwestern Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Pleasant Hills. A retired laboratory technician from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport with 41 years of service, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Holy Name Society and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War serving in the South Pacific.

Born in Glassport, June 4, 1924, he was the son of the late George and Marie NeNelis Schnelzer. He is survived by his wife, Anne Stakor Schnelzer; children, David B. Schnelzer of Mount Lebanon, Jerry J. Schnelzer of Los Angeles, Calif., Karen M. Schnelzer of Ebensburg, Michael P. Schnelzer of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Brian K. Schnelzer of Chicago, Ill.; six grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Davis in California state; brother, Richard Bowers of St. John, Virgin Islands; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News June 6, 2002

MARY JANE WEISKIRCHER

Mary Jane Weiskircher, 79, of Elizabeth Twp. died Thursday, June 6, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. Retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance, she was a volunteer for Elizabeth Twp. EMS and member of Greenock United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Twp. Senior Citizens and American Association of Retired Persons.

Born April, 20, 1923, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cohrinne Brooks Shaffer and wife of the late David Adam Weiskircher Jr. She is survived by daughter, Margaret Lyn Sudekum of Gardners; son, David Corey Weiskircher of Shartlesville; four granddaughters; and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Drew J. Gilbert Funeral Home, Inc., Boston, Elizabeth Twp. Service will be conducted in the chapel there Saturday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. William D. Heaton. Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


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