Glassport, Pennsylvania 

Glassport Obituaries as Reported in the Daily News & Other Newspapers


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


McKeesport Daily News June 14, 2004

JAMES GOUKER

James G. Gouker, 66, of Glassport, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at his home. Mr. Gouker was born in Glassport on Nov. 21, 1937, to the late James M. and Myrtle Vera (McCay) Gouker. He was a retired carpenter from Carpenters Union Local 230.

He is survived by his wife, June A. Hoak Gouker; sons, James G. "Fuzzy" Gouker Jr. of Glassport, Mark Charles Gouker of Spanaway, WA, and Neal F. Gouker of Glassport; brother, Charles R. Gouker of Patton, sister, Darlene Moranelli of California; 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandson; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2004, at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.


McKeesport Daily News June 14, 2004

JOHN NASPINSKY

John C. Naspinsky, 84, of Glassport, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired pipe threader from the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport, Grandview Odds Football Team, Glassport Old-timers Softball Team, American Legion Post 443 in Glassport, Polish National Alliance Lodge 750 and an Army veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations.

Born in Glassport, May 15, 1920, he was a son of the late Michael and Katherine Dembicki Naspinsky and husband of the late Theresa Topoleski Naspinsky. He is survived by sons, John (Jake) (Jessica) Naspinski of Eighty Four and Ron (Cathy) Naspinski of Cary, N.C.; daughters, Ruth (Len) Chan of Rostraver Twp. and Michaelene Kinser of Glassport; granddaughters, Marissa Naspinski of Fairfax, Va., Danielle Naspinski of Charlotte, N.C., Christine Naspinski Patterson of Virginia Beach, Va., and Lynn Soltis Rowles of Boston, Mass; grandsons, Gabriel Naspinski of Eighty Four and Michael Soltis and lan (Kelly) Kinser and Leland and Liam Kinser of Glassport; great grandson, Ian Kinser of Glassport; sister, Mary Petrosky of Indiana, Pa.: nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine.

Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.


McKeesport Daily News June 14, 2004

JOHN JASULSKI JR.

John Jaskulski Jr., 56, of Glassport, died Friday, June 11, 2004, in Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carrull Twp. A technician from Dental Services Group, South Side of Pittsburgh, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in McKeesport, June 21, 1947, he was a son of the late John Sr. and Romaulda Bryzinski Jaskulski. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Partyka Jaskulski; children, Deanna Minerd of Port Vue and Christina and John D. Jaskulski of Glassport; two grandchildren; brother, Henry Jaskulski of West Mifflin; and sister, Romaulda Susko of Downington.

Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr., 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. 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 June 18, 2004

JOSEPH KOLLAR

Joseph E. Kollar, 83, of Glassport, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at home. A retired craneman from the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations.

Born in Glassport, July 20, 1920, he was a son of the late John M. and Anna M. Smolcheck Kollar. He is survived by his wife, Mary Oleyar Kollar; son, Joseph J. Kollar of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; a granddaughter, Bridget Kollar of McKeesport; brothers, George Kollar of Glassport and Edward Kollar of Jefferson Hills; sisters, Irene Kaczka of Liberty, Mildred Basista of Titusville, Fla., Anna Mae Karija of Tampa, Fla., Bertha Kunz of Spring Hill, Fla., and Rita Milcic of Conway; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News June 19, 2004

LAURA RUSZKOSKI

Laura Lee Ruszkoski, 57, of Glassport, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. An office supervisor for Port Vue Plumbing, she was a member and former Eucharistic Minister at St. Mark Parish and member of the Port Vue Unit 447, American Legion Auxiliary.

Born in Pittsburgh, March 13, 1947, she was the daughter of Robert Thumm of Boston, Pa., and the late Betty Forsythe-Shultz Thumm. She is survived by her father; husband, Raymond F. Ruszkoski; son, Benjamin John of Johnstown and Jacob Sean of Ann Arbor, Mich.; three grandchildren, Curtis George, Elizabeth Ann Ruszkoski and Benjamin John. Ruszkoski Jr. of Johnstown; brother, Robert Thumm of West Mifflin; sister, Shirley White of Cincinnati, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Monday 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 Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg.


McKeesport Daily News June 21, 2004

MARY GURALL

Mary Agnes Gurall, 75, of Glassport, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, in Lawson Nursing Home Inc., Jefferson Hills. A retired traffic specialist from Bell Telephone Co. in Pittsburgh, she was a member of Bell Telephone Pioneers, Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Ladies of Charity.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 24, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Ligouri and Mary Sherdon Conley and wife of the late Lawrence John Gurall. She is survived by brother, Ligouri (Buck) Conley of Glassport; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Fredell, Elizabeth Sacunas and Catherine Conley; and brother, Francis Conley.

Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Tuesday 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. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News June 22, 2004

JOSEPH JASKOLSKI

Joseph L. Jaskolski, 87, of Jefferson Hills, died Sunday, June 20, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Retired owner of Jaskol Wrecking Co. in Jefferson Hills, he was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton.

Born in Glassport, April 11, 1917, he was a son of the late Ignatz and Anna Rakowicz Jaskolski. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan Mieri Jaskolski; daughters, Anna Mae (Vic) Barden of Southlake, Texas, Debbie (Daniel) Grant of Jefferson Hills and Angela (Joseph) Bonaccorsy of Waldorf, Md.; son, Dennis J. (Cindy) Jaskolski of Jefferson Hills; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild; brother, Al Jaskolski of Gary, Ind.; sisters, Bernice Denicola of McKeesport and Genevieve Grese of Pittsburgh; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth Ave., Clairton, Wednesday from I to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. A blessing will be offered there Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


McKeesport Daily News June 22, 2004

MICHAEL WELKS

Michael Welks, 99, of Glassport, died Sunday, June 20, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Center Inc., McKeesport. Retired from the rolling mill at Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a member of Union Local 1407 and Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Clarksburg, W.Va., Aug. 5, 1904, he was a son of the late John and Mary Ceslik Velks and husband of the late Anna Oris Welks. He is survived by son, Raymond L. Wilks of Virginia Beach, Va.: four grandchildren; sister, Katherine Monice of Belle Vernon; and brother, John Welks of Duquesne. He was preceded in death by son, Michael Wilks Jr.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund I.. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Belle Vernon Cemetery. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Queen of the Rosary Church, 530 Michigan Ave., Glassport, 15045.


McKeesport Daily News June 23, 2004

EVELYN KEVICH

Evelyn G. Kevich, 78, of Long Beach, IN, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at home. In Winchester, Va., on October 14, 1944, she married George J. Kevich who preceded her on November 6, 2000. She worked as a buyer for Cox's Department Store in McKeesport and also worked for Louise Arthur Ladies Apparel in Michigan City, IN.

Born in Clairton, February 8, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Elizabeth Roeper Groff. She is survived by sister, Lois Verlich of Clairton; nephews, Donald Inscho of Long Beach, IN, and Douglas Verlich in Maryland; and a niece, Barbara Verlich of Washington, D.C. She was preceded in death by sister, Alice Vine.

Friends will be received in the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, IN, Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service there at 11 by the Rev. Rick Jones. Burial will take place June 26 in the Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Michigan City. Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Home & Community Services.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2004

JOSEPH HONICK

Joseph E. Honick, 90, of Buena Vista, died Friday, June 25, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Center Inc., McKeesport. Mr. Honick retired after 45 years of service from the blacksmith shop at the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp.

Born in Glassport, March 20, 1914, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Soblic Honick and husband of the late Florence Randolph Honick. He is survived by sons, Charles "Chick" Honick of Elizabeth, Joseph L. "Joey" Honick of Hempfield Twp., Theodore M. Honick of North Versailles Twp., Elmer T. Honick of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kenneth D. Honick of Buena Vista; daughters, Ruth Hoak, Grace Pommer and Kathleen Honick of McKeesport and Karen Mulvay of Clairton; 38 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons, James and Edward Honick. Friends will be received in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director, Monday from 6 p.m. until the hour of a blessing there at 8 p.m. by the Rev. Matthew Elanjileth officiating.


Tribune Review July 3, 2004

John E. Lizik

West Mifflin

John E. Lizik, 90, of West Mifflin died Friday, July 2, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 4, 1913, in Homestead to the late John and Antonina Klocek Lizik. John was the retired, self-employed owner of Lizik Citgo for 56 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather of 10. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport; a World War II Army veteran; a Purple Heart recipient, and a former member of Duquesne Golf Club.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Kudla Lizik; daughter, Joan Goetz of Wexford; sons, Robert, Richard and John Lizik of Elizabeth Township; sister, Nina Lizik of Johnstown, and nieces and nephews.

Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont St., Glassport. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday in Queen of the Rosary. Entombment in Jefferson Memorial Park.


Tribune Review July 3, 2004

Kathryn A. Mains

Glassport

Kathryn Ann Mains, 54, of Glassport died Thursday, July 1, 2004, at her home.

She was born Aug. 10, 1949, in McKeesport to Helen Goldsworthy and the late Palmer Goldsworthy and was a proud homemaker and an avid card player. Surviving are her loving husband, Moses Q. Mains; children, Bruce, Susan, Dolly, Barbara and Chrissy; sister, Barbara Howard of Meadville; brothers, Ken Goldsworthy of Elizabeth and John Goldsworthy of Arizona; six grandchildren, and loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Glassport, with the Rev. Casimier Kedzierski as celebrant. Private interment will follow.


McKeesport Daily News July 13, 2004

JOHN HINTON

John R. Hinton, 91, of Glassport, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. A retired electrician from Bucyrus-Erie in Glassport, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Altoona, Nov. 19, 1912, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth DeThorn Hinton and husband of the late Clara Stetz Hinton. He is survived by daughter, Patricia Chiaverini of' Glassport; sons, Robert Hinton in Georgia, Timothy Hinton of' Pittsburgh, James Hinton of West Seneca, N.Y., and David Hinton of Scranton; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., 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 wil! be in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News July 13, 2004

EDNA HYSMITH

Edna Marie Hysmith, 92, of Glassport, formerly of Elizabeth, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, in Jefferson Hills Manor Inc., Jefferson Hills. A homemaker, she was a former member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Elizabeth.

Born in Grantsburg, Ill.., Nov. 17, 1911, she was the daughter of the late George and Effie Burris Porter and wife of the late Lawrence Edward Hysmith who died in July of 1980. She is survived by daughters, Shirley Payo of Clairton and Patricia Gardner of Glassport; sons, William D. Hysmith of Elizabeth Twp. and Edward Lee Hysmith of McKeesport, 18 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; brother, George Porter in Florida; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by daughters, Barbara Zebroski and Margaret Wray.

No viewing or visitation is scheduled. Private interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Arrangements are in charge of the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice, 750 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza 9, Pittsburgh, 15220. www.bekavaefuneralhome.com


McKeesport Daily News July 19, 2004

CLARENCE SITER JR.

Clarence V. Siter Jr., 78, of Liberty, died Sunday, July 18, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Center, McKeesport.

He was born September 20, 1925, in Bryn Mawr and was the son of the late Clarence V. and Dora D. Jenkins Siter.

He was a member of the Glassport United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 443 Glassport. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and was a retired Harbor Boat Operator for J & L Steel, Floreffe.

He is survived by children, Sandra Marie Ronane of Wayne, Janet Lee (Ken) McNeill of Devan, Sharon L. Laflin of King of Prussia, Kimberly Pattakos of McKeesport, George Pattakos of Liberty, Steve (Denise) Pattakos of North Versailles, Debbie (Ken) McCracken of Elizabeth Twp.; fiancee, Kathleen Pattakos at home; 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Twp. His nephew, the Rev. George Stadler, will officiate. Interment will be private.


McKeesport Daily News July 19, 2004

JULIUS WIRBICKI

Julius A. "Julis" Wirbicki, age 78, of White Oak, died on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at his residence.

He was born on May 29, 1926, in Glassport. Son of the late Stanley and Laura Zeik Wirbicki.

Mr. Wirbicki was retired from the Furnace Depart. of United States Steel Corp., Nat'l Tube Works with 31 years of service. He was a Sergeant in the United State Army during WWII. He enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife Helen Matlos Wirbicki; sons, Mark (Lorraine) Hoylman of Randolph, New Jersey, and Glenn (Julie) Wirbicki of Hempfield Twp.; brothers, Joseph, Edward and Ernest all of Glassport, Stanley of North Versailles and Vincent of Masontown. Also six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Jennifer S. Jordan Funeral Home Inc., White Oak, where a blessing service will be held at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Matthew Elanjileth officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to Three Rivers Family Hospice, 3001 Jacks Run Road, White Oak, 15131.


McKeesport Daily News July 19, 2004

RAMAULDO MENDEZ

Ramauldo (Ray) Mendez, 55, of Glassport, died Sunday, July 18, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was a self-employed jitney driver in Duquesne.

Born in Braddock, Feb. 11, 1949, he was a son of the late Ramauldo and Mary Behary Mendez. He is survived by his wife, Martha Mendez; sons, Raymond and Randy Mendez of Glassport; daughters, Mary Jane Smith, Jean Moyer and Georgina Humphries of McKeesport and Tracy Moyer of Meadville; 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; Stanley Chisco of Elizabeth; sisters, LaVerne Eganauff and Darlene Ripinski of McKeesport and Petra Diehl of Etna; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr., 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 p.m. until the hour of service there at 8:30 p.m. Interment will be in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.


McKeesport Daily News July 23, 2004

THOMAS BORUCKI SR.

Thomas J. Borucki Sr., 82, of Glassport, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at home. Retired from the shipping department of Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he also worked for his son, Tom's McKeesport Auto Body, member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport, St. Vincent De Paul Society and American Legion Post 443 in Glassport. He was a former volunteer at Kane Regional Center in McKeesport and an Army veteran of World War II serving with the First Army D-Day Invasion through St. Lo, Ardennes and Germany.

Born in Glassport, Sept. 21, 1921, he was a son of the late John and Helen Urbanski Borucki and husband of the late Ann Makosey Borucki. He is survived by daughters, Patricia (Lawrence) Zupanc of Elizabeth Twp. and Cynthia (Jeff) Faulisi of Greensburg; sons, Thomas J. (Lenora) Borucki Jr. of Elizabeth Twp. and James Borucki of Glassport; son-in-law, Dave Spindler; loving grandfather of Justin and Jeremy Zupanc, Thomas III, Laura and Liane Borucki, Jordan Spindler and Jeffrey Faulisi; brother, Clemens Borucki of Champion, Ohio; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughter, Carole Spindler; and sister, Claire Jackson.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Auberle Home.


McKeesport Daily News July 23, 2004

MARY TRUNZO

A former resident of Glassport for 64 years, Mary Trunzo, 87, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, in Leigh Memorial Hospital, Norfolk, Va. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport. She will join her beloved husband, Joseph, of 61 years and daughter, Carole. Being married to Dad was the number one defining factor of momi and her family was the most important thing to her above all else.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Jo ( Mudge) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kathy (Tidi) of Chesapeake, Va.; sons, Joseph (Chummy) in Delaware, Victor (Nish) of North Potomac, Md., and Frank (Zookie) of Alexandria, Va.; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.


McKeesport Daily News July 28, 2004

STEPHEN GRUNSKY

Stephen R. (Bobby) Grunsky, 73, of Reno, Nev., died there Saturday, July 17, 2004. An Air Force veteran, before retiring he was in restaurant supply sales since moving to Reno in 1962. But most of all, he was a lover of life and lived his life to the fullest.

Born in Glassport, he was the son of the late Louis and Bertha Sakas, former owners of Lou's Confectionery in McKeesport. He is survived by his wife, Marilynn Grunsky; daughters, Cherie Chandler of Cocoa, Fla., Kathy Schultz of Reno and Rochelle Bailiff of Fair Oaks, Calif.; son, Bob Grunsky of Folsom, Calif.; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

No service is scheduled. Cremation took place in Reno. The family is planning a private celebration of his life. Local announcement provided by the Jennifer S. Jordan Funeral Home Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News July 31, 2004

HELEN ZEBROSKI

Helen T. Zebroski, 86, of McKeesport, formerly of Glassport, died Friday, July 30, 2004, in Senior Care Plaza, McKeesport. A homemaker, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Port Vue, July 4, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Waclaw and Helen Murawska Grabowski. She is survived by her husband, Leo M. Zebroski of Glassport; sons, David L. (Debbie) Zebroski of McMurray and Daniel W. (Laurie) Zebroski of Wilmington, N.C.; three grandchildren, Matthew, Danielle and Jonathan; sisters, Sophie Piekut of Glassport, Jean Obusek of White Oak and Irene Ramski of Bethel Park; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimier Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Federation for the Blind.


McKeesport Daily News August 3, 2004

JOHN STIPA

John Peter Stipa, 85, of Glassport, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, in Mount Vernon of Elizabeth Twp. A retired die reamer from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a member of St. Patrick Parish in McKeesport and Sons of Italy Lodge 941 in Glassport.

Born in Glassport, March 2, 1919, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Domenica Capone Stipa and husband of the late Mary Pauline Angelo Stipa and Mildred Pechek Bodnar Stipa. He is survived by daughters, Deborah (Herb) Willson of North Huntingdon Twp. and JoAnn (Jeff) Faix of White Oak; grandchildren, Bethanie and Amy Willson and Matthew and Michael Faix; sisters, Felicia Cellerini of Beaver and Mary Shelton and Louise Cellerini of Alpharetta, Ga.; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret DiMarco and Erma Cola Ogorchak.

Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church by the Rev. Vincent Velas. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News August 5, 2004

MARTHA CHOBIRKO

Martha "Marty" E. Gay Chobirko, 81, of McKeesport, died there Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Center Inc. A homemaker, she was previously employed by the former Sister's Fashions of White Oak, attended Glassport United Methodist Church and was a member of the Senior Citizens of McKeesport.

Born in Dravosburg, Feb. 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Albert J. and Mary Sowerby Gay and wife of the late Daniel S. Chobirko Sr. She is survived by sons, Daniel Chobirko of Bethel Park and Keith Chobirko of White Oak; five grandchildren; sister, Nancy Watson of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. Service will be conducted there Saturday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Thomas Carr. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to Glassport United Methodist Church.


McKeesport Daily News August 5, 2004

SHIRLEY DeARMENTS

Shirley DeArments, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, August 4, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Home. Born November 14, 1922, in Pittsburgh, she was a resident of the Glassport area most of her life. Her husband, Kenneth Eugene DeArments of Glassport, survives her.

A memorial service will be held at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, on Friday, August 6, 2004. Interment will be private.


McKeesport Daily News August 5, 2004

JOSEPH HERNISHIN

Joseph J. Hernishin, 66, of Glassport, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. A retired store room attendant from Bombardier Transportation in West Mifflin, he was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Born in McKeesport, March 25, 1938, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Semanisin Hernishin. He is survived by his domestic partner, Arlene Camersen; sons, Scott and Jay Hernishin of Pittsburgh; three grandsons; sister, Joyce Witt of Liberty; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in the Liberty worship site of St. Mark Parish with the Rev. Gerald Mikonis as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2004

CHESTER BERG

Chester A. Berg, age 82, of North Huntingdon, died August 5, 2004, at Shadyside Hospital. He was born March 9, 1922, in McKeesport, a son of the late John F. and Nora House Berg. Prior to his retirement, Chester was employed as the manager of Union National Bank in Glassport. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of North Huntingdon, a former member of Glassport Rotary and a veteran of the US Army having served during WWII.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Homer and Charles Berg; and sister, Norma Hartman. He is survived by his wife, Betty Erickson Berg; son, Chester A. and his wife, Judith, of Elizabeth; daughters, Connie McClintock and her husband, Ross, of North Huntingdon and Becky Berg of McKeesport; grandchildren, Craig, Jeffrey, Mitchell and Kendrick.

Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, on Sat. 7-9 p.m., Sun. 2-4, 79. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kevin Haley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church.


Tribune Review August 8, 2004

Angelo Tarli

Port Vue

Angelo Tarli, 73, of Port Vue died peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Glassport to the late Frank and Lucia Pizzacalla Tarli and also was predeceased by a son, Anthony, and a brother, Sam. Mr. Tarli was a member of Holy Family Church, McKeesport; a lifetime member of White Oak Fire Hall 1; a member of Al-O-Mon Forest 138 and its Clown Unit, East McKeesport Lodge 765 F&AM, the Western Pennsylvania Fireman's Association, Port Vue Seniors, Glassport Seniors and the South Allegheny Italian Social Club, and a social member of White Oak American Legion Post 701.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Josephine Szalankiewicz Tarli. He was the beloved father of Barbara Bannon of Elizabeth Township, Carol Prior of Florida, Diane Baran of Port Vue, Cindi Piekielek of McKeesport and Alfred Piekielek of Rossiter. Also surviving are brothers Anthony of Glassport, Dan of Greensburg and Frank of Port Vue; sister Mary Spagnola of Glassport; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 2703 O'Neil Blvd., McKeesport, where the White Oak firemen will meet for services Monday evening and the YMS of R will have services at 8 p.m. Tuesday. A blessing will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Holy Family Church with the Very Rev. Leonard S. Koshinski of celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, North Versailles.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette July 21, 2004

Henry F. Swantack

SWANTACK HENRY F. Age 61, of Las Vegas and formerly of Lincoln Boro, died July 18, 2004 at University Medical Center, Las Vegas.

He was the son of Florence (Gladkowski) Swantack and the late John Swantack; besides his mother survivors include his wife Kathleen of Las Vegas and two daughters, Robin and Erin of Michigan.

Funeral service was held in Las Vegas. A local Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Local announcement provided by WILLIG FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 220 9th Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2004

ANTHONY TARLI

Anthony J. Tarli, 77, of Glassport, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Center Inc., McKeesport. A former owner of Tarli's Bar in Glassport, he was retired from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and a life member of Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 in Glassport.

Born in Glassport, March 7, 1927, he was a son of the late Frank and Lucia Pizzacala Tarli. He is survived by his wife, Dolly Brown Tarli; daughters, Bonnie (Bobo) Moranelli of Glassport, Linda Tarli of Zelienople, Susan (Jim) Fetter of Alexandria, Va., and Mary Lou (Jack) Skundrich of Troy, Ohio; son, Anthony (Vicki) Tarli of Liberty; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; brothers, Dan Tarli of Greensburg and Frank (Bimbo) Tarli of Port Vue; sister, Mary Spagnola of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Sam Tarli and Angelo Tarli. Friends will be received Tuesday 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, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A blessing service will begin there Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News August 16, 2004

WYNONA DISENA

Wynona Robbins Disena, 78, of Dravosburg, formerly of Glassport, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at the Riverside Nursing Center Inc., McKeesport. She was born May 15, 1926, in Vandergrift, to the late Eugene S. Harrold and Margaret Harrold Hartman. Mrs. Disena was a retired insurance agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., a former member of Glassport Presbyterian Church, a member of Grace Fellowship Ministries and held office in the McKeesport Women's Auxiliary, the Women's Civic Club and the McKeesport Turn Sisters.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Disena; and two aunts, Irene Sober and Gertrude Kidwell. She is survived by son, Eugene F. (Judy) Robbins Jr. of Dravosburg; sister, JoAnn (Alfred) Sherman of North Huntingdon Twp.; nieces, Diane (Larry) Woods and Kathy (Ron) Hudson of Irwin; great niece, Jodi (Michael) Granata of Zelienople; great nephew, Jonathan (Michelle) Woods of Irwin; and two great great nieces and two great great nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the I.M. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 203 Fourth St., Dravosburg, with the Rev. Diane Woods officiating. Entombment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends will be received from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Fellowship Ministries, 130 Byerly Drive, Jeannette, 15644.


McKeesport Daily News August 17, 2004

LAURA MICHALOVICZ

Laura M. Michalovicz, 78, of Glassport, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. A homemaker, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport.

Born in Glassport, March 21, 1926, she was the daughter of the late William and Blanche Pomocki Borkowski. She is survived by her husband, Andrew J. Michalovicz; sons, John A. (Kathy) Michalovicz of Lawrence, Andrew J. (Rosemary) Michalovicz Jr. of Latrobe and David J. (Linda) Michalovicz of McMurray; daughter, Mary Ann (Steve) Grippi of Venetia; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild; sisters, Trudy Wojton of McKeesport, Jean Borkowski of Glassport and Clara Palumbo of Liberty; brothers, John Borkowski of Glassport, Joe Borkowski of Redlands, Calif., and Edward Borkowski of Pennsbury Village; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by son, Joseph Michalovicz; sister, Cecelia Borkowski; and brother, Ben Borkowski.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 79 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will be conducted 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 Two.


McKeesport Daily News August 20, 2004

ANNA WILLIAMS

Anna M. Williams, 93, of Glassport, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at home. Retired in 1973 as an elementary school teacher from Glassport and South Allegheny school districts, she was a life member of Glassport United Methodist Church, member of Glassport Women's Club, volunteer at the Glassport Public Library and a longtime Girl Scout leader.

Born in West Mifflin, Dec. 27, 1910, she was a daughter of the late Robert H. and Sara Lynn Heath and wife of the late Haydn Ellwyn Williams. She is survived by son, Richard E. Williams of Glassport; daughter, Lynne Ann (Dick) Davis of Webster Grove, Miss.; a grandson, Gregory E. Williams; and a granddaughter, Valerie Lynn Williams. She was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.

Friends will be received Saturday 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, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Private service will be conducted there Monday at 10 a.m. followed by interment in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. A memorial service will be offered Monday at 1 p.m. in Glassport United Methodist Church by the Rev. Thomas Carr.


McKeesport Daily News August 21, 2004

MARY SPANG

Mary E. Spang, 84, of West Mifflin, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, in Briarcliff Pavilion for Specialized Care in North Huntingdon Twp. She was a member of Resurrection Church in West Mifflin.

Born in Glassport, June 29, 1920, she was the wife of the late Emanuel R. Spang. She is survived by daughter, Catherine "Cathy" (Elmer) Thomas of Irwin; and granddaughter, Amy Thomas.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home Inc., 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, 412-466-3300. A blessing will be offered there Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Resurrection Church with the Rev. Robert G. Turner as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Hospice of Greater Pittsburgh, 3520 Route 130, Suite 3001, Irwin, 15642.


McKeesport Daily News August 23, 2004

BLANCHE LAWNIZAK

Blanche A. Lawnizak, 91, of McKeesport, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in Briarcliff Pavilion for Specialized Care in North Huntingdon Twp. A retired manager from S&H Green Stamps in McKeesport, she was a member of St. Mary Czestochowa Parish in McKeesport.

Born in Glassport, Oct. 9, 1912, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Trepanoski and wife of the late Frank W. Lawnizak. She is survived by daughterin-law, Audrey Lawnizak of McKeesport; three grandchildren, Cindy Oeler of North Huntingdon Twp., Mark Lawnizak of Elizabeth Twp. and Sharon Kmetz of McKeesport; four great grandchildren and a great great grandson; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by son, Eugene S. (Jitters) Lawnizak.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. in the Jennifer S. Jordan Funeral Home Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. A blessing will be offered there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Mary Czestochowa Church with the Rev. Edward S. Litavec as celebrant. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Mary Czestochowa Church.


McKeesport Daily News August 24, 2004

MARY GNIAZDOWSKI

Mary Gniazdowski, 98, of Glassport, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A homemaker, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Rosary Society.

Born in Pittsburgh, May 21, 1906, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Veronica Ruszkowski Kopczynski and wife of the late John Gniazdowski Sr. She is survived by daughters, Mary Ann (Michael) Sobeck and Stella (Robert) Lokash of North Huntingdon Twp.; sons, John Gniazdowski Jr. of Glassport and Frank G. (Marilyn) Gniazdowski of Fairfax, Va.; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; 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. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., 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. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News August 26, 2004

CLAUDE CHALFANT

A. Claude Chalfant, 88, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, formerly of Glassport & Clairton, PA, died peacefully with his family by his side Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center in Port Orange, FL. Mr. Chalfant came to New Smyrna Beach, FL from Pittsburgh in 1973. After 40years of service with Copperweld Steel of Glassport, he retired as the Manager of Production Planning. He was a member of Wilson Masonic Lodge #714, the Pittsburgh Consistory, & the Syria Masonic Temple all of Pittsburgh. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking & being a handyman for his neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Edna Ruth Chalfant of New Smyrna Beach, FL; son & daughter-in-law Donald (Loree) of Ann Arbor, MI; daughter & son-in-law Claudia Geary (Jack Agett) of Port Orange, FL; brother Walter Chalfant of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren Deborah Tibbett of NC & David Chalfant of MI; great grandchildren Joseph & Michelle Tibbett both of NC. He is preceded in death by his sisters Ann & Ada; brothers Charles & Wilber.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Baldwin Brothers Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Beverly Richardson officiating. Visitation will be held 6 - 8 p.m. Friday & 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial Donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/ Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail Port Orange, FL 32129. Send Condolences to HYPERLINK "http://www.BaldwinBros.net". BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Service, One North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169.


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2004

MARGARET DUROSKO

Margaret F. Durosko, 84, of Port Vue, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at her residence. She was a member of St. Mark Parish in Port Vue.

Born in Glassport, May 17, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Walmsley Campbell and wife of the late Steve F. Durosko. She is survived by son, David J. and his wife, Sharon, of Port Vue; daughter, Cindy Knapton and her husband, Joseph, of Port Vue; two grandsons and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven G. Durosko in 1994.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated today at 2 p.m. in the Port Vue worship site of St. Mark Parish by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment was in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Arrangements in charge of the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director.


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2004

MELANIA LoPRESTI

Melania C. (Mae) LoPresti, 86, of North Huntingdon Twp., formerly of Glassport and Jefferson Borough, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker and member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton.

Born in Glassport, Nov. 22, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Constantine and Helena Pryzwarty Zebrowski and wife of the late Joseph C. LoPresti. She is survived by daughter, Melania "Mike" (Bernard) Hill of North Huntingdon Twp. with whom she resided for the last 20 years; two grandchildren, Rebecca (Troy) Funk of North Huntingdon Twp. and Daniel (Erin) Hill of Goodyear, Ariz.,; four great grandchildren, Ashlyn and Jacob Funk and Eva and Jordan Hill; sister, Edwina Levkus of Glassport; and brother, Hubert Zebrowski of Festus, Mo.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Saturday from 9 a.m. until the hour of a blessing there at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News August 28, 2004

JULIA BAJUSCIK

Julia L. Bodus Bajuscik, 97, formerly of Glassport, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 27, 2004, at the Southwest Nursing Center, West Mifflin. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church in McKeesport.

Born October 31, 1906, in McKeesport, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Louise Minnick Pociask and wife of the late George Bajuscik. She is survived by daughters, Evelyn Bukauskas of Whitehall, Mary Lou Kmetz of Liberty and Rose Marie Baird of Rosslyn Farms; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Blvd. at Fawcett Ave., McKeesport. Memorial service for the deceased will be celebrated Monday at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. A Panachida service Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home will be followed by a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Byzantine Church with the Rev. Donald Voss officiating. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News August 30, 2004

JOHN GOLEMBIEWSKI

John E. (Pidgeon) Golembiewski, 87, of Glassport, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at the Glassport home of his daughter and son-in-law. A retired molder from BucyrusErie in Glassport with over 30 years of service, he was a member of Daniel F. Keffer American Legion Post 75 in Clairton and Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701 in White Oak and an Army veteran of World War II.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., July 14, 1917, he was a son of the late John and Mary Rzepka Golembiewski and husband of the late Elsie Bean Hughes Golembiewski and Delores Patton Elyes Golembiewski. He is survived by children, Donna (Joe) Rymarowicz of Glassport with whom he resided, Patricia (Michael) Steeber of Shickshinny and Kathryn Malseed of Glassport; stepchildren, Ruth Jones of Lyons, Ill., Wilda Cartia of North Huntingdon Twp., Richard Hughs of Wilmington, N.C., Lori Johnson of Lisa Eles of Itasca, Ill., and William Elyes of White Oak; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and step grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Helen Elkanich.

Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will be conducted there Wednesday at 10 a.m. by Pastor Jack E. Kelly. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at PennLincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Twp.


McKeesport Daily News August 31, 2004

ANNA FERRONE

A former Glassport resident, Anna Ferrone, 90, of Taylors, S.C., died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at home. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors.

Born in Branch Dale, Aug. 2, 1914, she was the daughter of the late George and Susan Galya Stunda and wife of the late John Ferrone. She is survived by son, Bernard A. (Judith) Ferrone of Taylors; four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; and sisters, Marge Powlowski of Monesen and Irene Stevens of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was preceded in death by son, Richard J. Ferrone; a grandchild, a brother and three sisters.

Graveside service will take place Wednesday at noon at St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp., by the Rev. Edward Litavec. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 120 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors, S.C., 29687. Arrangements are in charge of the HunterEdmundson-Striffler Funeral Home, 600 Market St., McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News September 4, 2004

MARY FERRI

Mary L. Ferri, 83, of Acme, formerly of Glassport, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, in Millie Sebek Personal Care Home in Mount Pleasant. Former owner of Ferri's Restaurant in Glassport, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Wilkinsburg, Sept. 11, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Providenza Lanzarotto Longo and wife of the late Joseph J. Ferri. She is survived by daughter, Deborah A. Baran with whom she resided; two grandchildren and three grandchildren; and sister, Frances Calderone of Butler. She was preceded in death by sisters, Ella Kent and Josephine Fry; and brothers, Sam, Mike and John Longo.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., 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 Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News September 4, 2004

JUNE HALL

June Hall, 78, of Liberty, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at home. She was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church.

Born in Glassport, Sept. 9, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Ella Albright Weigand. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Orrin H. Hall; sons, David O. (Anne) Hall of Hookstown and James R. (Candy) Hall of Liberty; grandchildren, Julie and Brian Hall; nieces and nephews; and also survived by Candy's children. She was preceded in death by brothers, Edward and Raymond Weigand.

Friends will be received Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth. Service will be conducted in the chapel there Monday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Nancy Titus. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Liberty Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth and Valley streets, McKeesport, 15133.


North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County September 4, 2004

Wilma Davitian

TEMECULA ---- Wilma Lois Davitian, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004.

She was born in Glassport, Pa. She was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Parish, the Temeku Hills Italian-American Club in Temecula and the Ladies Mah-Jong group in Fallbrook.

Mrs. Davitian is survived by her daughters Sandra Scimeca of Rhode Island, Karen Davitian of Costa Mesa and Dawn Davitian of Temecula; a son, Charles Geletko of Burbank; sisters Josette Davis of Carmel and Rosemary Connor of Las Vegas; and three grandchildren.

A Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at St. Catherine's Catholic Parish in Temecula. Burial will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 10, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Gynecological Cancer Foundation, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60611.

Stout Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


McKeesport Daily News September 7, 2004

JENNIE ZIELINSKI

Jennie M. Zielinski, 76, of Glassport, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. A former engraver at the Glassport Glass House, she was a mem ber of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its choir and Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Born in Glassport, Sept. 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Casimir and Veronica Modzelewski Sypniewski and wife of the late Stanley W. Zielinski. She is survived by daughter, Ester (Cookie) Stonkey of Liberty; son, Mark Zielinski of Ellwood City; five grandchildren and a great grandchild; brothers, Sigmund Sypniewski in Florida and Chester Sypniewski of Glassport; sisters, Stella Schmotzer and Gertrude Maizer of Glassport; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Sophie Orosi and Blanche Sypniewski; and brother, Joseph Sypniewski.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 79 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Parish with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.

Additional Obituary Information Provided by Raymond Sypniewski Westland, Michigan. Vondoering@aol.com

Jennie M. (nee Sypniewski) Zielinski (1927-2004)

Jennie M. (nee Sypniewski) Zielinski was the daughter of Kazimierz Sypniewski (b. March 8, 1884 in Poland) and Weronica ( nee Modzelewska) Sypniewski (b. Lomza Province, Poland).

Jennie Zielinski died on September 4, 2004, after a long stuggle with cancer. Jennie was 76 years old.

Her funeral will be at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport, PA. on Thursday, September 9, 2004. She is survived by her son Mark and her daughter Ester and her grandchildren. Her surviving siblings are: Sigmund Sypniewski (age 90) of Florida; Chester Sypniewski, of Glassport; Stella (nee Sypniewski), wife of the late William Schmotzer of Glassport; and Gertrude (her twin) (nee Sypniewski) wife of Joseph Maizur of Glassport, PA.

Jennie is survived by various nieces and nephews in Michigan, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

May her soul rest in peace.

Jennie will be buried next to her husband in the New St. Joseph Cemetary, North Versailles Township, PA.

The Sypniewski family have lived in Glassport, PA since 1901.


McKeesport Daily News September 8, 2004

MARY DEWAR

Mary Agnes (Aggie) Dewar, 77, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, September 7, 2004, at home. She was born August 13, 1927, in Glassport and was the daughter of the late John L. and MaryA. Burns Dornberger. She was a member of St. Mary Czestochowa Church, McKeesport, and had formerly worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

She is survived by her husband, Charles D. Dewar Sr.; daughters, Mary Debra (Hugh) Dougherty and Mercedes A. (Richard) Pollard of Chesapeake, VA, Cheryl (Buggsy) Nan Hughes of McKeesport; son, Charles P. (Frday) Dewar Jr. of McKeesport 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Hughes; sister, Grace Hess; and a brother, Thomas Dornberger.

Friends are welcome Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Twp. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Mary Czestochowa Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Edward S. Litavek officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News September 9, 2004

ALEXANDER BARCHANOWICZ

Alexander Barchanowicz, 81, of Annapolis, MD, died August 22, 2004, in the Chesapeake General Hospital of VA. Born August 4, 1923, in PA, he was the son of the late Charles and Blanche Sikorski Barchanowicz. Alexander was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Annapolis and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 304 in Annapolis. He was a WWII Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theater.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Davis Barchanowicz; sons, Alexander and Raymond; daughters, Carol Miller and Susan Satler;10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; brothers, Joseph of Cleveland, OH, Eugene of McKeesport; sisters, Blanche Brletic of Boston, Genevieve Snitcher of Ashtabula, OH, Patricia Smith of Greenock; nieces and nephews. Alexander was preceded in death by brothers, Stanley, Leonard and Chester.

Services and burial were private. Announcement provided by Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News September 9, 2004

NICHOLAS YACOMELLI

Nicholas T. Yacomelli, 79, of Blaine Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at home. A retired wire machinist from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a life member of Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. and member of Blaine Hill Hunting Camp.

Born in Blaine Hill, Feb. 10, 1925, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Rose Toci Yacomelli and husband of the late Blanche E. Ruches Yacomelli who died July 20, 1998. He is survived by daughter, Patricia Ann Dow of Cherry Hill, N.J.; son, Leo Yacomelli of Blaine Hill; five grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Carmassi of Pittsburgh and Sara Bejger of Bell Bridge; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Service will be conducted there Saturday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Rudolph Smoley. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co., 409 Oxford Drive, Elizabeth, 15037.


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2004

ROBERT DAVIS SR.

Robert R. Davis Sr., 87, of Jupiter, FL, died Saturday, September 4, at Salerno Bay Manor in Stuart. He was born in Glassport, March 1, 1917, to Charles C. and Grace L. Davis. Prior to retirement, Mr. Davis was a machinist superintendent for Copperweld Co. in Glassport for 41 years. Mr. Davis was of the Methodist faith and was a past member of Odd Fellows of Glassport and an original inductee to the Glassport Sports Honor Roll.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Michaelson Davis in 1994. Survivors include two sons, Warren J. Davis (Margaret) of Tequesta, FL, and Robert R. Davis Jr. (Freida) of Lima, OH; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday. September 11 at 2 p.m. at the Aycock Funeral Home in Stuart with burial at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta.


McKeesport Daily News September 11, 2004

HARRY KURTZROCK JR.

Harry R. (Bob) Kurtzrock Jr., born February 8, 1935, in Glassport, died peacefully in his sleep on September 7, 2004, in Panama City, Florida. He was a former resident of McKeesport and Port Vue.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Andrew of Wichita Falls, TX, and Steven (Deborah) of El Paso, TX; grandchildren, Crissy Sanchez, Martha and Ashley of Wichita Falls, Courtney and Matthew of El Paso; three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Martha Hupple Kurtzrock of Panama City; and his sister, Margaret Barowich of Port Vue. His father, Harry R. Kurtzrock Sr., preceded him in death.

Bob served over 27 years in the U.S. Army and held the officer rank of CW03 when he retired. His military career included tours in Korea, Vietnam, Japan and two tours in Germany. He was with the Federal Civil Service for 10 years when he again retired. Bob was past president of two Optimists Clubs and an Elder in the Parkway Presbyterian Church in Panama City.

Graveside service with full military honors will be held at the National Cemetery, Ft. Bliss, TX. Announcement provided by Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chris Odasso, funeral director.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette September 25, 2004

John P. Hester

HESTER THE HONORABLE JOHN P. "A consummate gentleman", died on Friday, September 24, 2004, of Whitehall. Husband, friend and the "Wind Beneath The Wings" of Marion H. Hester; brother of Catherine Bonebrake of Plainfield, IN; uncle of Catherine Hamlett and Patrice Otten, both of California.

Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., Brentwood, on Sunday & Monday from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral Prayer on Tuesday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Church at 10am.

The family respectfully requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny Chapter, 1040 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or a charity of one's choice. www.johnfslater.com

Obituary: John P. Hester / Retired Superior Court judge Saturday, September 25, 2004

By Cindi Lash, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retired Superior Court Judge John P. Hester, who rose from a borough council seat to the bench of Pennsylvania's second-highest appellate court, died yesterday of heart failure in Mercy Hospital. He was 91.

Judge Hester, of Whitehall, was known for both his Irish wit and his common-sense approach to decision-making as a politician, attorney and judge.

Born in McKeesport, he was raised in Glassport and graduated from Duquesne Univesity in 1940 and the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1943.

While practicing law, he served as solicitor to Glassport, Millvale, Dravosburg, Heidelberg and other communities, as well as for several school districts. He also was a member of Glassport council from 1942 to 1950 and was a state deputy attorney general.

After World War II, he organized a group of young lawyers who streamlined procedures for widows and orphans of veterans to obtain a veterans' bonus enacted by the state Legislature.

In February 1960, Judge Hester was appointed to a judgeship on the old County Court of Allegheny County and a short time later was appointed to the County Court of Common Pleas. He was elected to a full term in 1961, was re-elected in 1971 and served as administrative judge of its civil division from 1976 to 1977.

Judge Hester joined Pennsylvania's Superior Court in 1978 and remained on the court until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. He continued to serve as a senior judge, hearing cases on a part-time basis, through 2002, taking full retirement after the state Supreme Court issued a rule requiring senior judges and district justices to do so after reaching 80.

Superior Court Senior Judge Patrick R. Tamilia, who lunched weekly with Judge Hester, said retirement didn't end his interest in the day-to-day operations of the court. Tamilia, who had known Hester since 1960 when he was a law clerk at the old County Courthouse, characterized his longtime friend as "a judge of the old school."

"He had a lot of dignity, a lot of character and personality," Tamilia said.

Judge Hester came up through "the political ranks," Tamilia said, having been aligned with former Pittsburgh mayors Joe Barr and David L. Lawrence. But despite such high-powered friends, Hester "identified with and had loyalty to Glassport."

Soft-spoken but having a good sense of humor --"a wry Irish wit"-- Hester was "the kind of guy you would be glad to have as a friend."

Like other acquaintances, Tamilia described Judge Hester as "a no-frills judge" who demonstrated good sense in trial and appellate courts.

"He was a good-hearted guy,'' said Superior Court Judge John L. Musmanno. "A judge needs a good basic sense of fairness and Jack surely had that.''

By the time Superior Court Judge John T. Bender joined the court in 2001, Judge Hester was on senior status. But in the early 1970s, Bender had worked as a law clerk for then-Superior Court Judge William Cercone, whose chambers in the City-County Building were not far from Hester's chambers in Common Pleas Court.

"Judge Hester was often around our chambers,'' Bender said. "He would interact with us and was very friendly, very humorous. ... He would talk to us (law clerks) even though we were just clerks. It was nice that he would interact with us."

Judge Hester was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding graduates of Duquesne University during its first century. In 1979, Judge Hester received the St. Thomas More award for service to the courts, community and legal profession.

He is survived by his wife, Marion H. Haube Hester; and one sister, Catherine Bonebrake of Plainfield, Ind.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Monday in the John F. Slater Funeral Home, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Church, Baldwin. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.

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(Staff Writers Tom Barnes and Michael A. Fuoco contributed to this report. Cindi Lash can be reached at clash@post-gazette.com or at 412-263-1973.)


McKeesport Daily News September 28, 2004

GRACE KOLLAR

Grace Kollar, 78, joined her much loved and much missed husband, John, in heaven on September 25, 2004. She was a resident of Jacksonville Beach since she moved from Glassport in 1972.

She was the daughter of the late Mildred and Mike Andrews and sister of the late George Andrews. Family members include her daughter, Lois (Dennis) Clipper of Pittsburgh; two sons, Buddy (Michelle) Kollar of Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Jerry (Billie) Kollar; two grandsons, Matthew and Gerald; one great granddaughter, Alexis all of Vonore, TN, and dearest friend, Dorothy Smith of Jacksonville Beach. Grace was a special lady to many and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, at Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, 3600 Third St., Jacksonville. Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 29 in the Chapel of QuinnShalz, A Family Funeral Home with the Rev. William Kelly officiating followed by interment in Beaches Memorial Park Cemetery of Atlantic Beach. In lieu of flowers, family members request donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Services under the direction and care of QuinnShalz A Family Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Jacksonville, Fla., 904-2491100.


McKeesport Daily News September 29, 2004

ELSIE ENSANA

Elsie M. Ensana, 88, of Elizabeth Twp., formerly of Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired secretary from A. Ensana Electrical Contractors in Edison, N.J., she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Glassport.

Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., April 13, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Olaf and Gerta Bjerot Miller and wife of the late Anthony Ensana. She is survived by daughter, Maryanne E. (W. Edward) Donkin of Elizabeth Twp.; son, Gary R. Ensana of New York City, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joseph Donkin of Elizabeth Twp.; sisters, Helen Wolff of Parlin, N.J., Ann Colburn of Port St. Lucie West, Fla., and Ruth Spicer of Wales, U.K.; brothers, Olaf Miller of Beltsville, Md., and Gilbert Miller of Port St. Lucie West; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth. Service will be conducted in the chapel there Friday at 10 a.m. by Elders Robert Nicklow Jr. and Louis Hutsko. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Vero Beach, Fla. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ Missionary Fund, 641 Michigan Ave., Glassport, 15045. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com


McKeesport Daily News October 5, 2004

JOSEPHINE GRETZ

Josephine Gretz, 80, of Glassport, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, in Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntingdon Twp. She was a homemaker.

Born in Glassport, March 6, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Hedwig Gromacki and wife of the late Charles E. Gretz. She is survived by children, William Sherman of Butler, Kimberly Gretz of White Oak and Kathy and Charles (C.J.) Gretz of Glassport; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojeiechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Wednesday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News October 8, 2004

MARY WAWRZENIAK

Mary R. Wawrzeniak, 76, of Glassport, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, in Jefferson Hills Manor Inc. A retired bookkeeper from Seders Department Store in Pittsburgh, she was a real estate agent for Harry Grove in Glassport and a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Born in Whitaker, Aug. 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Valaskocsak Hornyak. She is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Robert J. Wawrzeniak; loving mother of Lynn A. (Dennis) Sobczak and Kelly J. (Paul) Heatherington of Elizabeth Twp. and Mark M. (Beth) Wawrzeniak of Pleasant Hills; and grandchildren, Matthew, Erica, Jonathan and Curt Sobczak, Luke, Morgan and Madison Wawrzeniak and T.J. and Robbie Heatherington. She was preceded in death by brothers, Michael, Paul and Edward Hornyak.

Friends will be received Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.


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