Glassport, Pennsylvania 

Glassport Obituaries as Reported in the Daily News


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


Tribune Review August 19, 2002

Tammi L. Fresh

West Elizabeth, Formerly of Glassport

Tammi L. Fresh, age 35, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002. She was born Oct. 31, 1967, daughter of the late William C. Fresh and Judith E. Bennet Fresh of Bunola. Partner of Scott Butrym of West Elizabeth. Mother of Tabatha Main of Bunola, Laurel Butrym of West Elizabeth, Timothy Fresh of Bunola, Darron Main of Glassport and Robert Butrym of West Elizabeth. Sister of Judy Fresh of Bunola, Cindy Fresh of Glassport and Debra Fresh of West Newton. Granddaughter of Blanche Bennet Srinsky of Glassport.

Friends received at the E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ron Doran as officiant. Interment in Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News August 26, 2002

EDWARD KATCHMARK

Edward P. Katchmark, 78, of Glassport, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. A retired gasoline tank driver from Griffin Oil Co. in Glassport, he was a member of Teamsters Local 273, Queen of the Rosary Parish, Polish National Alliance Lodge 750 and American Legion Post 443, all in Glassport, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Born in Buckeye, Nov. 14, 1923, he was the son of the late Joseph and Stella Merta Katchmark. He is survived by his wife, Vera Sabolic Katchmark; daughters, Carol Kennedy of McKeesport, Judi Bonadio of Aurora, Ohio, and Melanie Zwicker of Concord, Mass.; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Thursday 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.


McKeesport Daily News August 26, 2002

FRANCES LUTZ

Frances S. Sinatra Lutz, 86, of Bridgeville, formerly of Glassport, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Mount Lebanon. She was a retired bookkeeper from the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp.

Born April 19, 1916, in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Madalen Marinara Sinatra and wife of the late Richard Lutz. She is survived by 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 begin there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Township.


McKeesport Daily News August 29, 2002

HELSEL BRADLEY

Helsel C. Bradley, 81, of West Mifflin, formerly of Glassport, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2002, at the Aspinwall Division, Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Retired in 1982 from the maintenance cold reduction department of the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., with 36 years of service, he was a member of McKeesport Alliance Church and West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3 and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Born in Glassport, Oct. 16, 1920, he was a son of the late William E. and Lillian Helsel Bradley. He is survived by his wife, Helen V. Finney Bradley; son, Richard K. Bradley of Rostraver Twp.; daughters, Virginia A. Soltez of Belle Vernon and Linda S. Demeri of West Mifflin; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the I.M. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Dravosburg, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the hour of service there at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Doug McCracken officiating. Graveside service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News August 29, 2002

JEANNE SARIOCHEK

Jeanne C. Sariochek, 80, of Cambridge Village, Patterson Twp., died Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, in the Medical Center, Beaver. She was a member of the former St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Beaver Falls.

Born in Glassport, May 28, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Griffith and Anne Cocheran George and the wife of the late Andrew Sariochek Sr. She is survived by a son, Andrew Sariochek of Patterson Twp.; two granddaughters; and brother, Thomas George of Zelienople.

Friends are being received today from 2 to 9 p.m. in the Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, Inc., Beaver Falls. Service will be offered there tomorrow at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Dr. Langdon Pegram. Interment will follow in Grove Cemetery, New Brighton. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Divine Mercy Angel Fund, 609 10th St., Beaver Falls, 15010.


Tribune Review September 3, 2002

Louis Tonin

Wendel

Louis Tonin, 67, of Wendel, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Wendel, a son of the late Giovanni and Maria (Corso) Tonin.

Prior to retirement, he was employed as a machinist with Bucyrus-Erie in Glassport. Lou was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a life member and current longtime treasurer of the Herminie #2-Wendel Athletic Association, a member of the Hahntown Italian Miners Society and the Jeannette American Legion Post 344.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Beth Walsh, on June 28, 2001; and three brothers, Mario, John and Anthony Tonin. Lou is survived by his son, George, who resided with his father in Wendel; a sister, Mary Burinda and her husband, Steve, of Wyandotte, Mich.; three brothers, Albert, of Wendel, Albino and his wife, Violet, of Export, and Frank and his wife, Josie, of Jeannette; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, where a funeral Liturgy will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence L. Manchas officiating. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.


McKeesport Daily News September 6, 2002

MINNIE SALVI

Minnie Salvi, 73, of White Oak, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish, McKeesport.

Born in Glassport, Oct. 25, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Benny and Rose Tavalro Evangelista and wife of the late Armand A. Salvi. She is survived by sister, Helen R. Tomko of McKeesport; half-sister, Mary Rosak of Versailles; caregiver and son-in-law, Paul Burda of East McKeesport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, McKeesport. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Peter Church. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.


McKeesport Daily News September 6, 2002

CYRIL VASKO

Cyril M. Vasko, 85, of White Oak, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, in Riverside Nursing Center, Inc., McKeesport. A retired core maker from Pittsburgh Foundry in Glassport, he was a former employee of McConway and Torley of Pittsburgh, member of St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak, Eleventh Ward Welfare Association, Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701 in White Oak and the Croatian Club in McKeesport.

Born in McKeesport, Aug. 5, 1917, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Kasmarik Vasko and husband of the late Helen J. Skiba Vasko. He is survived by son, Larry Vasko of Liberty; three grandchildren; brother, Albert Vasko of McKeesport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home, Inc., McKeesport, tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Angela Merici Church by the Very Rev. Stephen M. Chervenak. Interment will follow in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2002

MARY DePAOLI

Mary DePaoli, 94, of Versailles, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, in Riverside Nursing Center, Inc., McKeesport. She was a retired cook from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport.

Born in McDonald, Aug. 5, 1908, she was a daughter of the late William J. and Pearl Ells Ferry. She is survived by a son, Matthew DePaoli of Baxter, Minn.; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Private service and interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. No visitation is scheduled. Arrangements are in charge of Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home, Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2002

WALTER GROVE JR.

Walter L. Grove Jr., 79, of McKeesport, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, in Select Specialty Hospital in Greensburg. A retired driver from Port Authority Transit, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, past commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a member of Beulah Park United Methodist Church in McKeesport; McKeesport Grandview Chapter 2171, American Association of Retired Persons; Al-O-Mon Forest 138, Tall Cedars of Lebanon; and Youghiogheny Lodge 583, F.&A. Masons. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701 in White Oak and its senior citizens.

Born in Glassport, July 7, 1923, he was a son of the late Walter L. Grove Sr. and Pearl Spindler Grove Cribbs and the husband of the late Ruth Lydon Grove. He is survived by his wife, Claire McCarty Grove; son, Walter L. Grove III of McKeesport; stepchildren, Edward McCarty of Chesapeake, Va., William McCarty of Virginia Beach, Va., David McCarty of Aliquippa, Timothy McCarty of Easton and Fay Telleck of Rochester Hills, Mich.; three grandchildren and four step grandchildren; half-brothers, George Cribbs of Dravosburg and David Cribbs of White Oak.

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 William H. Craig Funeral Home, Inc., McKeesport. Service will be conducted there Thursday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Kathleen Barnhart. Interment will be in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Twp.


McKeesport Daily News September 11, 2002

CAROL ALDRIDGE

Carol Ann Aldridge, 61, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Born in McKeesport, March 11, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anne Kaczka Lagoyda. She is survived by her husband, Frank T. Aldridge; children, Richard M. Aldridge of McKeesport, Beverlee A. Santucci of Liberty and Deborah A. Fine of Forward Twp.; brothers, Dr. George M. Lagoyda in California state and Thomas J. Lagoyda in Maryland; a niece and nephew.

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 be offered there Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News September 12, 2002

GLORIA BERRY

A former Dravosburg resident, Gloria V. Berry, 81, of Glassport, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. She was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church.

Born in Jefferson, Sept. 11, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Domineck and Amelia Nancy Ann Penzie Mazzaferri and wife of the late Dewey Berry. She is survived by sisters, Adalene Mulholland of Dravosburg and Theresa Pittner of White Oak; brothers, John Mazzafer of West Mifflin and Frank Mazzaferri of Dravosburg; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the I.M. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Dravosburg, tomorrow from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service there at 1 p.m. with the Rev. James Bray officiating. Interment will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News September 12, 2002

SHELLY KRUZEK

A former Glassport resident, Shelly L. Kruzek, 50, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at home. A member of First Baptist Church, Glassport, she was a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program.

Born in McKeesport, May 23, 1952, she was a daughter of Mildred Detman Greenewald of Glassport and the late Walter C. Greenewald. She is survived by her mother; and brother, Walter J. Greenewald of Glassport.

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. JoAnn Kelly. Interment will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News September 14, 2002

JO-ANN MATTHEWS

A former Glassport resident, Jo-Ann Rowson Matthews, 64, of Baldwin, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a clerk at Value City Department Store.

Born in Bellaire, Ohio, May 25, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Esther Murphy Rowson. She is survived by children, Lisa Sobieralski and Chris Matthews; five grandchildren; sister, Esther Reber; and brother, Charles Rowson.

Friends will be received Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasant Hills. A blessing service will be conducted in the chapel there Tuesday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. J. David Crowley. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News September 14, 2002

WILLIAM TOMEDOLSKEY

William B. Tomedolskey, 76, of Pleasant Hills, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. He was retired from industrial relations at Cooper Industries.

Born in Glassport, Feb. 20, 1926, he was a son of the late Joseph and Sara Tomedolskey and husband of the late Lois J. Mellor Tomedolskey. He is survived by daughters, Cynthia Ponafala of Camp Springs, Md., Patricia A. Vukic of Cranberry Twp., Debra L. Monahan of Concorde, Ohio, and Barbara S. Tomedolskey of Lansdale; and seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Griffith Mortuary, Inc., South Park Twp. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Pleasant Hills by the Rev. Roy Conley. Interment will be in West Newton Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Brynn Monahan Charity Open for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Spina Bifida Clinic, 6715 Deer Haven Drive, Concorde, Ohio, 44077.


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MARY ANN IVAN

Mary Ann E. Ivan, 73, of Glassport, formerly of Port Vue, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. A former teacher in the Port Vue, Liberty and South Allegheny schools, she was retired from Taylor Allderdice High School of the Pittsburgh Board of Education. A member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, she was volunteer at the Glassport Library.

Born in McKeesport, June 22, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Michael J. and Mary E. Moseh Ivan. She is survived by brothers, William E. Ivan of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Donald F. Ivan with whom she resided; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojceichowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. A blessing will be offered there tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Association.


McKeesport Daily News September 30, 2002

MILDRED HELMSTADTER

Mildred Helmstadter, 85, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at home. A former employee of G.C. Murphy Co. Home Office in McKeesport, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of McKeesport and McKeesport Garden Club.

Born in Glassport, Aug. 23, 1917, she was a daughter of the late George M. and Mary Masely Visoke and wife of the late Ernest Helmstadter. She is survived by a niece, Avis Nicholson Williams of Burke, Va.; and nephew, Ernest Visoke of Palm Springs, Fla.

Friends will be received in the Drew J. Gilbert Funeral Home, Inc., Boston, Elizabeth Twp., tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from noon until the hour of service in the chapel there at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the McKeesport Garden Club or First United Methodist Church of McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News October 4, 2002

EDWIN JONES

Edwin L. Jones, 78, of Glassport, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002.

He was born June 8, 1923. He is survived by his wife, Frances Jagnjich Jones; children, Edwin Jr., Anton, Kevin and Edwina Jones; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters and brother, Iva DeArmitt, Gladys Ledgard, Loretta Watazychyn, Leona Jones and Howard Jones.

Service and interment will be private. Arrangements are in charge of the Musmanno Funeral Home, McKees Rocks.


McKeesport Daily News October 4, 2002

MARGARET YOCUM

A former Glassport resident, Margaret Ruth Myers Yocum, 83, of White Oak, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in McKeesport and the Rainbow Senior Center, White Oak.

Born in Glassport, Sept. 1, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Albertus L. and Mary Margaret McCullough Myers. She is survived by her husband, James Lloyd Yocum; daughter, Carol A. Taylor of Buena Vista; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ralph L. Johnson Funeral Home, Buena Vista. Service will be conducted there Monday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Warren Smith. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 9, 2002

John J. (Coach) Morus

MORUS, JOHN J. (COACH) Of Glassport, age 86, on Monday, October 7, 2002, Montifiore Hospital. He was the son of the late Felix and Rose Pater Morus.

He was retired Cost Accounting Manager, Copperweld Steel Co., Glassport. He was a Army WWII Veteran in Pacific Theater where he was a Staff Sargeant and an MP. He was a member of the Queen of the Rosary Parish its Holy Name Society and the Polish National Alliance, Lodge #750, all in Glassport. He was a founding member of the Polish Republican Club in McKeesport, a member of the BPOE Elks #136, also McKeesport.

Husband of Christine Lipnicky Morus; father of Steven, Susan, Connie, and Nancy; grandfather of Michael, Shana , David, Andrew, Steph, Dan, Carly, Kevin, Shane, and Casey; brother of Henry, Charles (Hank, deceased), Irene Hornfeck, Rita Verbonitz; nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 2-4, 7-9 WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Mass of Christian Burial 10 A.M. Thursday Queen of the Rosary Parish. Family wishes memorial contributions to Queen of the Rosary, 530 Michigan Ave., Glassport, PA 15045.


McKeesport Daily News October 9, 2002

IONA BRYAN-OGURCHAK

Private memorial service will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp., for Iona Bryan-Ogurchak, 89, of Ponce Inlet, Fla., who died Sept. 17, 2002, at home. Arrangements are in charge of the Cardwell & Maloney Funeral Homes, Port Orange, Fla. Retired in 1981 as a nurses aide from St. Francis Hospital with 15 years of service, she was a member of St. Cecilia Choir in Glassport, Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St. Mark Parish, St. Mark Choir, Peoria Dance Group, Sweet Adelines, American Association of Retired Persons and Liberty Senior Citizens.

Born in Broadtop City, Dec. 4, 1912, she was the wife of the late Spencer P. Bryan and Andrew C. Ogurchak. She is survived by sons, Spencer Bryan Jr. of Longview, Texas, Donald Bryan of Boulder, Colo., Robert Ogurchak of Greensburg, David Ogurchak of West Mifflin and Barry Bryan of Moca, Puerto Rico; daughters, Naomi Bryan Snook of Medford, Oreg., Dolores Ogurchak Aiken of Apollo, Eleanore Ogurchak Sipe of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Beverly Bryan Schafer of Ponce Inlet; 19 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; and sisters, Wanda Acri of Harrisburg and Connie Dell of Berkley Springs, W.Va.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to Port Orange United Methodist Church of Christ, 651 Taylor Road, Port Orange, Fla., 32127.


McKeesport Daily News October 14, 2002

RUTH RUSINKO

Ruth Eleanor Rusinko, 72, of Lincoln, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish, McKeesport and Sokol Lodge.

Born in Glassport, March 31, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Florko Karap and wife of the late John Rusinko Jr. She is survived by children, Mark Rusinko at home, Michelle and Marianne Rusinko of McKeesport and Marlene Rusinko of North Versailles Twp.; sister, Dorothy Forgach of West Mifflin; brother, John Karap of White Oak; 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 Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home, Versailles. A blessing will be offered there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church. Interment will be in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Twp.


McKeesport Daily News October 18, 2002

THERESA ANDREWS

Theresa R. Andrews, 80, of Glassport, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired plant protection secretary from the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Rosary Society, Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Women's Guild and Bereavement Committee.

Born in Glassport, April 14, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Veronica Zawodniak Witkowski and wife of the late Thomas Young and Henry Andrews. She is survived by sisters, Gertrude Krivonak and Regina Deliman of Glassport; brother, Edwin Witkowski of Port Vue; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Monday 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. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Queen of the Rosary Parish.


McKeesport Daily News October 18, 2002

LEONARD NIZINSKI

A former resident of Elizabeth Twp., Leonard R. Nizinski, 67, of Ellijay, Ga., died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, at home. A retired millwright from the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Good Samaritan Church in Ellijay, Retired Steelworkers Union and board of directors of the Walnut Mountain Property Owners Association and former member of St. Michael Church in Elizabeth Twp.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, in Glassport, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary Bielawski Nizinski. He is survived by his wife, Laura Bernadowski Nizinski: daughter. Laurie Jacques of Columbus, Ohio; sons, Leonard (Skip) Nizinski of Seymour, Ind., Larry of Athens, Ga., and Lance of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth, Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News October 19, 2002

LEONARD SCHULHOF

A former McKeesport resident, Leonard D. Schulhof, 88, of Forest Hills, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, in UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh. Former proprietor and mechanic of Schulhof Tire Co. in McKeesport for over 50 years, he was a member and treasurer of Tree of Life Congregation.

Born in Republic, Feb. 24, 1914, he was a son of the late Harry and Minnie Schulhof. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Schulhof; children, Judith Stein of Pittsburgh and Dr. Jay Schulhof of Mount Lebanon; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters, Ferne Teper of Denver, Colo., Rifkie Jacobowitz of Pittsburgh; nieces and nephews.

Service will be conducted tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., Sbadyside. Interment will be in Tree of Life/Sfard Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Charles Morris Center, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, 15217; or Temple B'nai Israel, 2025 Cypress Drive, White Oak, 15131.


McKeesport Daily News October 19, 2002

ANTHONY SHUMBER

Anthony F. Shumber, 89, of Glassport, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at home. A retired wire drawer from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary in Glassport, former member of St. Cecelia Men's Bowling League and former Cub Scout Master for Pack 52.

Born in Coal Center, Aug. 30, 1913, he was a son of the late Frank and Angela Baranauskecp Shumber. He is survived by his wife, Frances Janesko Shumber; sons, Anthony Richard Shumber of Dravosburg and David Walter Shumber in South Korea; a granddaughter; sister, Helen Leshnock of Glassport; 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. Blessing will be offered there Monday at 11:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at noon in Queen of the Rosary Church, with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News October 21, 2002

LUCY HARLAN

Lucy Irene Harlan, 88, of Elizabeth, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. A receptionist for Dr. T.H. Feinman with 40 years of service, she was a volunteer and past president of the Glassport Library and member of the Glassport Woman's Club and First Baptist Church of Glassport where she was a former treasurer, financial secretary and deaconess.

Born in Yukon, April 21, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Ulysses Grant and Annie Margaret Shaulis Gunder and wife of the late Harold E. Harlan. She is survived by daughter, Donna M. Harlan of West Mifflin; sons, Harold E. Harlan of Pensicola, Fla., and Melvin C. Harlan of Elizabeth Twp.; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Friends will be received today from 5 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Glassport. Service will be conducted there tomorrow at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Ira Kelly. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News October 25, 2002

DONALD KERKLO

Donald C. Kerklo, 65, of Liberty, died Thursday, Oct., 24, 2002, at home.

Born in McKeesport, Jan. 25, 1937, he was the son of Anne Kerklo Wittress and the late Frank Kerklo. He is survived by his mother; wife, Lavina Randolph Kerklo; daughter, Donnajo Couch of Dravosburg; son, Dean Kerklo of Ligonier; and three grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Service, McKeesport, tomorrow and Sunday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Service will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in Liberty Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Robert Marrow. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Boy Scout Troop 54 in Glassport, c/o George Svec, 646 Riverview Drive, Dravosburg, 15034.

Former SA director Kerklo mourned

By NATALIE NEYSA ALUND Daily News Staff Writer nalund@dailynewsemail.com

Donald C. Kerklo, former president of South Allegheny School Board and former Liberty police officer, has died at 65. The Liberty resident passed away yesterday after battling cancer.

Arlene Schinosi, also a former school board member, said she was sad to hear her friend of 40 years had passed. "I'll miss him terribly. We were very close," Schinosi said this morning. "He was bright, full of adventure and faithful to family and friends. He made me realize, it's not how long we live, it's the donation we make to life, and he really donated," Schinosi added.

South Allegheny administrators expressed grief this morning on Kerklo's passing. "Very simply, Don was one of the finest people I've known since I have been in the school district," South Allegheny Superintendent Patrick Risha said. Kerklo was school board president when Risha was hired in 1996. "He was a community leader ... he cared about kids in the community, and I had a lot of respect for him," Risha said.

Kerklo is survived by wife Lavina, daughter Donna Jo Couch of Dravosburg, son Dean Kerklo of Ligonier and three grandchildren.

Retired in 2001 as a general purchasing agent from Allegheny County, he was a plant manager at Cavert Wire Co. in Uniontown, general superintendent at the former Copperweld Bimetallic Division in Glassport, former police officer in Liberty and U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War stationed in Okinawa. An elder, Sunday school teacher and choir member at Liberty Presbyterian Church, he was a 50-year volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, founder and scout master of Troop 54 in Glassport, and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, Scout Master's Award from Mon-Yough Boy Scout Council, District Award of Merit, Mr. Action Award and Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award.

Past president of the Stephen Bayard Lodge 526, F. & A. Masons, in Elizabeth, he was a member of the Pittsburgh Consistory, volunteered as an aide for the district's elementary classes, assistant swim coach for 25 years at the YMCA and volunteered with Yough Trail Project.


McKeesport Daily News October 29, 2002

JOSEPH RUSZKOWSKI

A former Glassport resident, Joseph W. Ruszkowski, 79, of Beckley, W.Va., died there Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Raleigh General Hospital. A retired pattern maker from Bucyrus-Erie, Glassport, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the D-Day invasion in Europe.

Born in Pittsburgh, June 27, 1923, he was a son of the late Zygumunt and Loretta Gniazdowski Ruszkowski and husband of the late Mary H. Sovak Ruszkowski. He is survived by daughter, Joni Conner with whom he resided; son, Joseph M. Ruszkowski of Beckley; two grandchildren; brother, Frank (Ziggy) Ruszkowski of Glassport; sisters, Frances Skotnicki of White Oak and Anna Kuk of Port Vue; nieces and nephews.

Friends are being received today from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Calfee Funeral Home, Beck ley, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis DeSales Church, Beckley. Burial service will be conducted tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the chapel in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Arrangements are in charge of Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News October 30, 2002

GLORIA WEBSTER

Gloria J. Webster, 70, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at home. A former secretary for Attorney H.I. Hoffman in Glassport and Automatic Vending Co. in Pittsburgh, she was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church.

Born June 8, 1932, in Northampton, Mass., she was the daughter of Eva Mongeon LaFleur of Northampton and the late Donald LaFleur and wife of the late James H. Webster. She is survived by her mother; daughter, Karen Bussinger of Williston, Vt.; sons, David Herlehy of San Francisco, Calif., Robert M. Webster of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and James E. Webster with whom she resided; three grandchildren; sister, Donna Akers of Northampton; brothers, Cordon LaFleur of North Hatfield, Mass., and Eugene LaFleur of Springfield, Mass.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will be conducted there Saturday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Craig Forsythe. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Northampton.


McKeesport Daily News November 1, 2002

EDWARD SMITH

Edward J. Smith, 81, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, in Elder Crest Nursing Home, Munhall. A retired truck driver from Hamill Motor Express, now Pitt-Ohio Express, he was a former employee of W.C. Kampus Local Express, life member of Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Co., member of Teamsters Local 249, Duquesne/West Mifflin Council 4210, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Church in Duquesne and its Men's Club and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Born in Glassport, Jan. 14, 1921, he was the son of the late John J. and Elizabeth Pastor Smith and husband of the late Clara J. Gruber Smith. He is survived by children, Robert J. Smith of Munhall and Susan M. Sauer of West Mifflin; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; brother, William Smith of Liberty; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, Inc., Duquesne, tomorrow and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church by the Rev. Mark Gruber. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News November 7, 2002

MICHAEL GRACON

Michael (Mike) Gracon, 92, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. A retired first helper from the open hearth department of the Duquesne plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne, West Mifflin Annex Senior Citizens and Teutonia Mannerchor and Social Club of Duquesne and a former member and usher of St. Stephen Church in McKeesport and member its Men's Club.

Born in Glassport, April 8, 1910, he was the son of the late Wasil and Pearl Lezak Gracon and husband of the late Alice Gombos Gracon. He is survived by daughters, Phyllis Kilroy of West Mifflin and Eleanor Rossner of Duquesne; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Manion of Forest Hills and Esther Laczko of Pleasant Hills; and brother, Joseph Gracon of Clairton.

Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MaloySchleifer Funeral Home, Inc., Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 9 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. The family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Joseph Church, 817 W. Grant Ave., Duquesne, 15110.


McKeesport Daily News November 7, 2002

KENNY TRESSLER

Kenny P. Tressler, 20, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002. A 2000 graduate of South Allegheny High School, he was a former member of Glassport Assembly of God.

Born in McKeesport, Dec. 30, 1981, he was a son of William J. and Sandra Bills Tressler. He is survived by brother, Sgt. William J. Tressler Jr. serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Virginia; grandparents, Anne Bills and Therman Tressler of McKeesport and Gertrude Wargo of Versailles; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, McKeesport. Service will be conducted there Saturday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Norman Lascher. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette November 11, 2002

MULARSKI BARBARA B. (MEDUHO)

Of Asbury Hts., formerly of Glassport, age 92, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002; wife of the late Vincent Meduho and Ralph Mularski; beloved mother of Sophie Foster, Mary Genesse, Nick Meduho & Vincent Meduho; sister of Sophie Feltovich; also survived by 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Friends received on Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, INC. 5570 Library Rd, BETHEL PARK. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (time later) at St Valentine Church.


McKeesport Daily News November 8, 2002

FRANCIS WESOLEK

Francis F. Wesolek, 87, of Bauerstown, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002. Past president of the Allegheny County Volunteer Fireman's Association, he was past chief of Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Co. with 57 years of service and member of Shaler Fire Police, Bauerstown Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and Polish National Alliance Lodge 750 in Glassport.

Born Aug. 12, 1915, he was the husband of the late Minnie F. Wesolek. He is survived by children, Edna F. Monper, Elizabeth A. Collins, Darleen A. (Dee) Diebold and Frances T. Osada of Glassport; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; and sisters, Agnes Rusnak and Florence Vorndran.

Friends are being received in the Healy-Hahn Funeral Home, Millvale, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church, Millvale.


McKeesport Daily News November 13, 2002

ALBERT JOLL

Albert Joll, 76, of Forward Twp., died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A farmer and former farm manager from Round Hill Farm in Elizabeth Twp., he was a former employee of Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport and member of Mentor Road Bible Church in Forward Twp.

Born June 3, 1926, in Forward Twp., he was a son of the late Edward and Alice Coughenour Joll. He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Fernandez Joll; sons, Philip and Albert E. Joll at home; daughter, Tina Marie Biddle of Elizabeth Twp.; four grandchildren; and sisters, Martha Shoaf of Belle Vernon and Frances Large of North East Newark, Ohio.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the James C. Stump Funeral Home, Inc., Sweeney Plan, Rostraver Twp. Service will be conducted there Friday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Allan Hayden. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News November 14, 2002

LUIGINA MASSARO

Luigina (Louise) Massaro, 89, of Glassport, died, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at home. Retired in 1973 from the housekeeping department of McKeesport Hospital with 40 years of service, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 8, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Mary Louise Covino Norelli and wife of the late Guiseppe Massaro. She is survived by children, Joanne L. Filson and Anthony J. Massaro of Glassport; two grandchildren; sister, Rosa Simone of Frasso Telesino, Italy; brother, Domenico Norelli of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., Glassport, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Lions Diabetes Department of UPMC McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News November 15, 2002

RICHARD HORNFECK SR.

A former Elizabeth resident, Richard A. Hornfeck Sr., 65, of Silver City, N. Mex., died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at home. A retired driller from Venture Drilling Co. and Badger-Western, he was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, all in Silver City.

Born in McKeesport, Sept. 17, 1937, he was a son of Marie T. Burke Hornfeck of Elizabeth Twp. and the late Ray J. Hornfeck. He is survived by his mother; wife, Marlene Piper Hornfeck; sons, Richard A. Jr., Michael J. and Ray J. Hornfeck of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandsons; sisters, Virginia Hornfeck of Coraopolis, Sheila LaFrankie of Bethlehem and June Cirucci of Elizabeth Twp.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael Church, Elizabeth Twp., by the Rev. Rudolph Smoley. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Lung Association, 201 Smith Drive, Cranberry, 16066.


McKeesport Daily News November 15, 2002

REGINA STANCZAK

Regina (Jean) Stanczak, 88, of Glassport, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at home. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport.

Born in Glassport, Feb. 2, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Hipolit and Regina Sikorski and wife of the late Walter F. Stanczak. She is survived by daughter, Mary Jane Stanczak with whom she resided; sons, Larry Stanczak of McKeesport and Ralph Stanczak of Brentwood; two grandsons and four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Monday 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 Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Queen of the Rosary Church.


McKeesport Daily News November 18, 2002

PAUL BARTKO

Paul E. (Pete) Bartko, 68, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at home. A retired letter carrier from the U.S. Postal Service in Glassport, he was a member of St. Mark Parish, DiCresco-Parsons Post 803, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Yukon Pigeon Club and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War serving in Japan.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 15, 1933, he was a son of the late John and Rose Dobos Bartko. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Martin Bartko; son, Paul C. Bartko of Manassas, Va.; daughters, Marybeth A. Sheaffer of North Versailles Twp., Belinda Bartko of Lincoln and Susan Renault of Canonsburg; seven grandchildren; brothers, John Bartko of Port Vue and Thomas and Daniel Bartko of Glassport; sister, Eleanor Hondal of East McKeesport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport. Service will begin there Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in the Liberty worship site with the Rev. Gerald Mikonis as celebrant. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News November 18, 2002

CATHERINE JOLLIFFE

Catherine Helen (Kitty) Jolliffe, 90, of Clairton, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, in Life Care Hospital, Wilkinsburg. A retired practical nurse, she was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and its Ladies of Charity and served as a eucharistic minister. She also was a member of Court Pius 1303, Catholic Daughters of the Americas; Blue Army of Fatima; Clairton Anglers Club; Catholic Guild for the Blind; and Clairton Hill Chapter 2862, American Association of Retired Persons. She was a volunteer with the Clairton Meals on Wheels Program.

Born Sept. 17, 1912, in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Kashbaum Pensenstadler and wife of the late Frances Dale Jolliffe. She is survived by children, Dale Jolliffe of Dover, Mass., Richard Jolliffe of Beltsville, Md., and Annette Anderson of the Greenfield section of Pittsburgh; 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; brother, William Pensenstadler of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends are being received in the AT Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton, today from 2 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News November 18, 2002

FRANK NATALE

Frank A. (Lights) Natale, 84, of Glassport, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. A retired millwright from the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Holy Name Society, Sons of Italy Lodge 941 in Glassport and a former member of the Fiesta Band and Musicians Union Local 60-471.

Born in Turtle Creek, May 1, 1918, he was a son of the late Leonard and Mary Cultto Natale. He is survived by his wife, Mary Voron Natale; son, Francis Natale of North Huntingdon Twp.; daughters, Linda Hawse of Elizabeth Twp. and Donna Unangst of Hermitage; five grandchildren; sisters and brother, Virginia Caric and Dan Natale of North Huntingdon Twp. and Josephine Harrison of Tamarac, Fla.; 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. Funeral service will begin there tomorrow 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 November 19, 2002

CATHY LIEBEL

A former Glassport resident, Cathy Sue Liebel, 48, of Sebring, Fla., died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002. A medical clerk for six years with the Family Practice Center in Avon Park, Fla., she was a member and president of Avon Park Unit 69, American Legion Auxiliary, and former president of its District 8 and Southwest Area.

Born in McKeesport, Aug. 25, 1954, she was the daughter of George Liebel of Avon Park and the late Marion Harris Liebel. She is survived by her father; stepmother, Jean Liebel of Avon Park; stepbrothers, Britt Christie of Pottersville, Mich., and Vic Christie of Lansing, Mich.; stepsisters, Diane Stark of Grayslake, Ill., and Cindy Martin of Anaheim, Calif.

Friends will be received in the Stephen son-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, tomorrow from 1 p.m. until the hour of service there at 2 with the Rev. R.L. Polk officiating.


McKeesport Daily News November 20, 2002

MARCELLA WIREBAUGH

Marcella (Sally) Wirebaugh, 90, of Duquesne, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, in UPMC McKeesport. She was the owner of Berta's Flower Shop in Glassport.

Born in Star Junction, April 1, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Julius G. and Regina Rose Perlaki Berta and wife of the late Paul Wirebaugh. She is survived by sisters, Agnes Magnus of Sewickley Twp., Regina McCaleb of Boulder, Colo., Anne Racko and Dolores Szirmae of McKeesport and Cordelia Thompson of Joshua, Texas; brother, Donald J. Berta of Monaca; nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in charge of the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News November 27, 2002

ROBERT PACEWICZ

Robert E. (Booby) Pacewicz, 60, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at home. A self-employed building contractor, he was a U.S. Army veteran and member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 874 in Eustis, Fla.

Born in Glassport, May 27, 1942, he was the son of the late Edmund R. and Margaret Patrick Pacewicz. He is survived by his wife, Alice L. Eastin Pacewicz; daughters, Dawn K. Kochara of Gallitzin, Holly M. Londers of Birch Run, Mich., and Sherri K. Murphy of Tavares, Fla.; sons, Randy L. Osburn of Tavares, Christopher J. Osburn of Oak Harbor, Wash., Kenneth C. Osburn of Live Oak, Fla., and Jaison R. Pacewicz of Penn Hills; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Carol (Sis) Stecak of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski.


McKeesport Daily News November 29, 2002

SOPHIE MAZUR

Sophie Mazur, 84, of Glassport, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, in UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Retired co-owner and operator of the Mazur Hotel in Glassport with 40 years of service, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and Glassport Women's Club and a volunteer at the Glassport Library.

Born in Trafford, Feb. 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Apalonia Kordish Zychowski and wife of the late Joseph M. Mazur. She is survived by daughter, Frances M. Edwards of Oakmont; sons, Joseph (John) Mazur of Vandergrift and Dr. John Michael Mazur of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Mazur of Level Green; and brothers, Stanley Zychowski of Cleveland, Ohio, and Chester Zychowski of Trafford.

Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home. Inc.. Glassport. Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday in Queen of the Rosary Church. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Queen of the Rosary Parish.


McKeesport Daily News November 30, 2002

KENNETH GRANGER

Kenneth Milton Granger of Whitehall, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at home. A skilled craftsman and plumber with Local 27 Plumbers in Pittsburgh, he was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in Europe and received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

Born in Glassport, he was a son of the late John and Elizabeth Granger and the husband of the late Jane Larkin Granger. He is survived by daughter, Linda Jane Granger of Eureka, Calif.; son, Mark Kenneth Granger of Bethel Park and Keith Cruthers Granger of San Rafael, Calif.; and two grandsons.

Friends will be received today and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., Brentwood. Service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Hamilton Presbyterian Church. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Hamilton Presbyterian Church.


McKeesport Daily News November 30, 2002

MILDRED PLOSKINA

Mildred Ploskina, 76, of Liberty, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. A member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, McKeesport, she was a chairperson of Liberty Seniors and a member of American Association of Retired Persons.

Born in Glassport, July 25, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Velio and Anna Chadinoski Dimitroff and the wife of the late John Ploskina. She is survived by son, William J. Ploskina of Herndon, Va.; daughter, Cynthia J. Stoupis of Irwin; five 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 Pomen will be offered there Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by burial service at 10 in St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, with the Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


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