Glassport, Pennsylvania

Glassport Obituaries as Reported in the Daily News


As of January 14, 2000, Obituaries were published in the Daily News On-Line. Those obituaries, which reference present or former Glassporters are reproduced here in full.


McKeesport Daily News October 6, 2004

THOMAS SWAUGER

Thomas E. Swauger of Glassport died Oct. 11 in Butler, at the home of his daughter, Donna Stepansky. Born July 5, 1929, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Marshall and late Sadie Thornton Swauger and the husband of the late Vera Knaus Swauger. Willig Funeral Home is indebted to Tom for many years of faithful service at the funeral home before he retired. A U.S. Army veteran, he served with the 101st Airborne in the Korean Conflict. He attained the rank of sergeant and was the honored recipient of the Bronze Star. He attended St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in McKeesport and belonged to the Glassport American Legion and the McKeesport Polish Club.

In addition to Donna, he is survived by daughters, Sherry Muse of Chesapeake, VA, Bethann Vanscoy of Hempfield Twp.; son, Thomas R. of Elton, MD; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Starmack of Butler, Sally Lesniewski of North Versailles; brothers, Robert and Marshall, both of McKeesport; nieces and nephews.; and his close friend, Marjorie Huckelberry, with whom he lived.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. Funeral Service will be Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in the chapel there. The Rev. Dr. Wm. Jay Geisler will officiate. Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pleasant Hills.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 15, 2004

GEARING, REVEREND EDWARD P.

85, of Green Tree, died Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 10:50 pm at his home. Born February 10, 1919 in Glassport, he was the son of the late Thomas M. and Ella McMahon Gearing. Rev. Gearing was a resident of Green Tree for the past 10 years having previously resided in North Belle Vernon as Pastor of St. Sebastian R.C. Church, Belle Vernon.

Rev. Edward P. Gearing attended St. Cecilia School, Glassport; Central Catholic High School, Pittsburgh; Saint Vincent College and Seminary and was ordained June 11, 1944 at Saint Vincent Basilica, Latrobe.

Following his ordination Rev. Gearing and served the following assignments: Parochial Vicar - St. John the Evangelist Parish, Uniontown (1944-53); Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg (1953-55); St. Joseph Parish, New Kensington (1955-1957); Pastor - St. Mary Parish, Yatesboro (1957-1961); St. Patrick Parish, Brady's Bend (1961-62); St. Peter Parish, Brownsville (1962-73); and St. Sebastian Parish, Belle Vernon (1973-94). Special Assignments included Director of Youth Activities (1953); Diocesan Board of Examiners (1960); Synodal Judge (1961) and Diocesan Seminary Board (1962).

He is survived by his three sisters, Anne Gearing, Mae Gearing and Virginia Gearing, all of Green Tree, PA. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Thomas M. Gearing and Msgr. Daniel A. Gearing. Visitation will be held Saturday from 6-8 pm at the LEONARD J. PARZYNSKI FUNERAL HOME, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon (724) 929-6183. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2:30-4:00 pm at St. Sebastian R.C. Church Parish Center followed by Mass of Translation at 4:30 pm at St. Sebastian R.C. Church, and continued viewing after Mass until 9 pm Sunday evening in the church. Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10:30 am at St. Sebastian R.C. Church, Belle Vernon with the Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, JCD, PhD and retired Most Reverend Anthony G. Bosco, DD, JCL as con-celebrants. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. For those unable to attend, online condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home's web sitewww.parzynskifuneralhome.com


McKeesport Daily News October 16, 2004

DOROTHY DAVIS

Dorothy D. Davis, 89, of Pleasant Hills, formerly Elizabeth and Glassport, died Thursday, October 14, 2004, in Southwestern Nursing Home in Pleasant Hills. A retired teller from Union National Bank in Glassport, she was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth and former Sunday School teacher from Glassport Presbyterian Church and past president of Glassport Women's Club and former member of Elizabeth Women's Club.

Born in McKeesport, July 21, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Arthur W. and Lucy Braden Day and wife of the late Richard L. (Fidge) Davis. She is survived by daughter, Susan (Jerome) Kantorczyk of Liberty; son, Richard (Lynne) Davis of Webster Grove, Mo.; grandchildren, Cheryl (Jack) George of Plum, Nancy (Michael) Mayo of Plum and Jerome Kantorczyk Jr. (Pam) of Florence, Ky.; and great grandchildren, Kayla and Amanda Mayo, Blake George and Tyler, Nicholas and Justin Kantorczyk.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in Bethesda Presbyterian Church by the Rev. August Thalman. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News October 21, 2004

MARGARET MILLER

Margaret "Peg" Helen Miller, formerly of Glassport, passed away September 13, 2004, in Lebanon, TN. She was a former sales clerk at Immel's and Byers and was a member of the Turn Sisters Bowling League.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Vera Visokay and her husband, William Oliver Miller. She is survived by daughter, Pat Hawk; and two grandsons, Don and Paul Hawk, all of Lebanon, TN.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, September 14, 2004, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 241 West Main St., Lebanon.


McKeesport Daily News October 25, 2004

GEORGE SAVAREN

George (Whitie) Savaren, 76, of Glassport, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at home. A retired rigger from the National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a life member of Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 and an Army veteran serving with the Occupational Forces in Europe.

Born in Glassport, May 19, 1928, he was the son of the late Charles and Anna Pyecha Savaren. He is survived by his wife, Mary Economos Savaren; daughter, Sharon (Daniel) Stanley of Warrenton, Va.; sons, George (Laurie) Savaren Jr. of Elkton, Md., and Jeff Savaren of Liberty; and five grandchildren, Lindsay and Madison Savaren and Michael, Nathaniel and Theresa Stanley.

Friends will be received Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will be offered there Wednesday at 11 a.m. by Pastors JoAnn and Ira Kelly. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News October 26, 2004

HELEN DOMBROWSKI

Helen Dombrowski, 80, of Glassport, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, in Country Meadow Nursing Center in Bridgeville. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Rosary Society.

Born in Glassport, March 13, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Helen Sherman Tyszkiewicz and wife of the late John J. Dombrowski. She is survived by sons, John J. Dombrowski III of Brookline, Joseph J. Dombrowski of Glassport and James J. Dombrowski of Bellevue; daughters, Mary Wright of Eighty Four and Anna Dombrowski of Princeton, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Stanley Tyszkiewicz of Glassport and Ralph Tyszkiewicz in Florida; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and 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 Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Maryknoll Mission, Department W.E.D., P0. Box 301, Maryknoll, N.Y., 10545.


McKeesport Daily News November 3, 2004

EARL SINGER

On November 2, 2004, as the train pulled into heaven's depot, the engineer Earl C. Singer of North Huntingdon blew the whistle for the last time as he departed this world for the round house in heaven. Earl was born May 2, 1915, in Glassport, a son of the late Christian and Catherine Schick Singer. Earl started his railroad career in 1935 on the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad as a laborer. In 1940, he went to work at the Union Railroad as a locomotive fireman advancing to locomotive engineer then to supervisor, but his first love was being a locomotive engineer, which he returned to. He retired from the railroad on January 9, 1976, having a job he truly loved. Earl was one of the last steam locomotive engineers and liked to sit for hours reminiscing of his adventures on the railroad with family and friends. Earl was a member of Circleville United Methodist Church, a 32nd degree mason of Shidle Lodge, Tall Cedar's 160, Moose o£ Irwin and White Oak Road and Gun Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen McCracken in 1990. Earl is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Kerr Singer, a daughter Marsha Hoey and her husband Robert of North Huntingdon, a son Earl (Wayne) Singer and his wife Darlene of Somerset, a sister Katherine Jacox of Lakeland, Fla., and a brother John (Jack) Singer and his wife Geri of Liberty Boro, McKeesport, seven grandchildren Robert Hoey Jr. and his wife Laurie of North Huntingdon, Daniel Hoey and his wife Mary of Smock, Edward Hoey and his wife Eileen of Maryland, David Singer and his wife Tammy of Friedens, Tammy Riskus and her husband Carl of North Irwin, Paul and Sam Marker of Somerset, 10 great grandchildren, Ryan, Dylan and Casey Hoey of Maryland, Robert L. Hoey, Brandon McClelland of N.Hunt, Kyllie and Kelsey Singer of Friedens, Zackary, Dakota and Kara Riskus of North Irwin, several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer their special gratitude to the caregivers of Briarcliff Pavilion and to Heartland Hospice for making Earl's last days as comfortable as possible. Very special thanks to Reverend Roger Peterson for his concerns and prayers for Earl and his family. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc., Clay Pike, Circleville, N.Hunt, on Wednesday 7-9, Thursday 2-4,7-9. Service arrangements will be announced. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Memorials may be made to Circleville United Methodist Church. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com


McKeesport Daily News November 3, 2004

FREDERICK SMITH

A former McKeesport resident, Frederick H. Smith, 94, of Elizabeth Twp., died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, in Mount Vernon of Elizabeth Twp. A retired steelworker from the Clairton plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth and Christian Businessmen's Committee, a former volunteer fireman and active with Boy Scout Troop 7 of McKeesport.

Born in Pittsburgh, Oct. 2, 1910, he was the son of the late Samuel K. and Elizabeth Francis Smith. He is survived by his wife, Joy Rainforth Smith; daughters, Janice (Richard) Uher of Elizabeth Twp. and Kathleen (Raymond) Buehler of the South Hills; son, William (Gail) Smith of Whitehall; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Thursday 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 Friday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Lori H. Smallwood. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, Third and Bayard streets, Elizabeth, 15037. www. bekavacfuneralhome.com.


McKeesport Daily News November 4, 2004

FRANK PASQUANTONIO

Frank D. "Pasco" Pasquantonio, 91, of Irwin, formerly of Glassport, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, in Hempfield Manor. A retired heater from the Clairton plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a life member of Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 in Glassport and an Army veteran of World War II serving in Europe with the 175th Infantry Division.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 6, 1912, he was the son of the late Antonio and Julia Borrelli DiPasquantonio and husband of the late Frances Tomasello Pasquantonio. He is survived by daughter, Sharlene Coma of Harrison City; grandchildren, John A. Coma Sr. of Harrison City, Lisa Marie (Todd M.) Fiedor and Francine Lynn (Brian M.) Brown of Greensburg; great grandchildren, John A. Coma Jr., Jaclyn, Julie, Jordan and Joseph Fiedor and Sean and Mark Brown; and nephew, Sebastian Pasco of Tampa, Fla. He was preceded in death by brothers, Sylvester, John and Mario.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and 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 by the Rev. Dr. Wm. Jay Geisler. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News November 4, 2004

BARRY WARNICK

Barry W. Warnick, 42, of McKeesport, formerly of Clairton and Glassport, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport.

Born in McKeesport, June 27, 1962, he was a son of the late Harry Warnick Sr. and Joan Scears Warnick. He is survived by daughter, Katherine Taylor of Liberty; a grandson, Bryan Taylor of Liberty; sisters, Deborah Butler of White Oak, Linda Malloy of West Mifflin, Brenda Webster of Liberty and Cindy Nikolich of Glassport; brothers, Harry Warnick Jr. of Clairton, Dan Warnick of Carnegie, Ron Warnick of Glassport and Bob Warnick of Jefferson Hills; girlfriend, Brenda Spencer Warnick with whom he resided; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brother, David Warnick. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Friday from 9 a.m. until the hour of service there at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Matthew Elanjileth officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. www.bekavacfuneralhome. com.


McKeesport Daily News November 5, 2004

CAROL PASINSKI

Carol Pasinski, 59, of Glassport, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, in UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. The tax collector in Glassport, she, was the proprietor of Pasinski and Associates, president of Service Master by Pasinski and member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, democratic committee and Lions Club, all in Glassport.

Born in McKeesport, July, 31, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Jan and Gladys Bazylak Radecki. She is survived by her husband, James A. Pasinski; children, Jennifer; Janelle and Jimmy Pasinski of Glassport; brothers, Robert Radecki of Jefferson Hills and Jan Radecki in Texas; nieces and nephews.

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 of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.

McKeesport Daily News November 6, 2004

Glassport mourns tax collector

By JENNIFER EISEL Daily News Staff Writer jeise@dailynewsemail.com

Carol Pasinski is being remembered as an active member in her community and an entrepreneur. Pasinski, 59, who was Glassport's tax collector, died Wednesday at UPMC Shadyside.

"A good sister, loving sister-in-law, great entrepreneur and all around great kind soul," Pasinski's sister-in-law Barb Radecki said when recalling her late family member.

Pasinski served her community as Glassport's tax collector for the past six years, a job she enjoyed, Radecki said. "Anything with figures she liked," she said.

Pasinski was proprietor of Pasinski and Associates and president of Service Master by Pasinski.

She also was a member of Glassport Democratic Committee, Lions Club and Queen of the Rosary Church.

"She was just interested and wanted to make things better," Radecki said on Pasinski's community involvement.

Pasinski leaves behind her three children, Jennifer, Janelle and Jimmy Pasinski, all of Glassport.

"She just will be missed by everyone who knew her," said Radecki.


McKeesport Daily News November 12, 2004

ELIZABETH PATACCA

Elizabeth C. Patacca, 78, of Glassport, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, in Riverside Nursing Center Inc., McKeesport. A housewife, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Patton, Nov. 28, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Rose Fracarelle Franks and wife of the late Peter A. Patacca. She is survived by daughters, Patricia (Lou) Borrelli of White Oak, Frances Greenwald of Jefferson, Md., and Lisa (Rick) Hallick of Glassport; six grandchildren, Joshua, Nathaniel and Stephanie Borrelli, Kaylan and Erin Greenwald and Brittany Hallick; brother, Joseph "Smokey" Franks of Warren, Ohio; nieces and nephews. A sister, Anna Starrow of Yonkers, N.Y., died three hours after her.

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 of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Twp.


McKeesport Daily News November 17, 2004

HELEN MARZOCH

Helen Marzoch, 90, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, in the home of her nephew, Tom and Elena Milczarczyk of Bethel Park. A former employee of Glassport Glass House, Crown Chocolate in McKeesport and Cargo Candy, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and its Rosary Society.

Born in Glassport, June 5, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Stanislaus and Mary Murawsky Marzoch. She was the aunt of Tom and the late Gary Milczarczyk; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and 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 Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News November 17, 2004

BRUCE PARSONS

Bruce W. Parsons, 61, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Retired from the Navy with 22 years of service, he was a maintenance man and bus driver for Woodland Hills School District and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Turtle Creek.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 18, 1942, he was the son of the late Clyde and Neva Mae Van Noy Parsons. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Berger Parsons; children, Bruce M. Parsons and Pamela Hoskins of Chesapeake, Va.; stepchildren, Frank Parsons of Vancouver, Wash., Angela Mason of West Mifflin and William Mason of East McKeesport; 10 grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Eagle of West Mifflin; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Erma Franzetta and Lois Shuto. Friends will be received Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home Inc., Wilmot and Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne. Service will be conducted there Friday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. John Gropp. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette November 20, 2004

Eli Ivkovich

IVKOVICH ELI 73, of McKeesport, died Wed., Nov. 17, 2004 at Riverside Nursing Center in McKeesport. Born Aug. 9, 1931 in Irwin, PA, a son of the late Petar and Anna Evosovich Ivkovich Coughenour, and brother of the late Daniel Ivkovich, Nicholas Ivkovich and Mary Ivkovich Coughenour. He was retired from Copperweld Steel Mill in Glassport, and was a former employee of Sav-Mor Meat Market. A US Army SFC decorated Korean War Veteran he was a member of the former St. Cecelia's Church in Glassport and a member of the Sons of Italy in Glassport.

Surviving are his wife, Rose M. Campano Ivkovich; daughters, Elisa Ivkovich of McKeesport, PA and Lorena (Lori) Mann, son-in-law, Martin Mann and grandson, Parker Mann, all of Piermont, NY; a sister, Dorothy Ivkovich of McKeesport, PA; a brother, Charles Ivkovich of Livingston, NJ; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Mon., 11 AM JAYCOX-JAWORSKI FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2703 O'Neil Boulevard, McKeesport, with the Rev. Vincent Velas officiating. Entombment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to the Parkinson's Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh, 6507 Wilkins Ave., Pgh., PA 15217-1305.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette November 20, 2004

Peter R. Kirasic

KIRASIC PETER R. Of Glassport, age 87, born July 3, 1917 in McKeesport. He died Thurs. Nov. 18, 2004, Jefferson Hospital. He was the son of the late Peter and Caroline Kolich Kirasic. He was a retired bricklayer at Bucyrus Erie Foundry in Glassport. a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, an Army WWII Veteran, past Commander, Glassport American Legion, Post 443. Also a member of Club Dobrotor.

He was the husband of Virginia Yandrlic Kirasic; father of Peter A. Kirasic of Glassport; two grandsons, Brian Peter, Brandon Michael; one great-granddaughter, Caitlyn E. Brown. Peter was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kristin Kirasic Brown & also survived by nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sun. 2-4 & 7-9 WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Mass of Christian Burial Mon. at 10 am Queen of the Rosary. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News November 23, 2004

ROBERT KUSHNER

Robert J. Kushner of White Oak died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004. A Merchant Marine veteran of World War II, he worked in the pipe shop of the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., with 42 years of service, served on the South Allegheny School Board and was a charter member of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.

Born July 10, 1927, in Glassport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Ivan Kushner. Loving husband of Joanne McKelvey Kushner; beloved father of Roberta (Joseph) Hudak of White Oak, Rebecca (Jay) Handra of Port Vue, Gary Kushner of Cleveland, Ohio, and Kevin Kushner of Pittsburgh; loving stepfather of George (Alice) McKelvey of Donora, David (Kim) McKelvey of Upper St. Clair, Christine (Robert) Medved of Port Vue and Susan (Ron) Medved of Oakmont; 11 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brothers, William (Nancy) Kushner of Sunset Beach, N.C., and Rodney (Rita) Kushner of Pleasant Hills; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News November 29, 2004

DUANE SCHNUR

Duane F. Schnur, 68, of Elizabeth, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was a retired strand machine operator from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport with more than 27 years of service.

Born in Pittsburgh, March 17, 1936, he was a son of the late George and Jamima Schnur Hallowich. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Baker Schnur; daughter, Diane (Harold) Michaels of Elizabeth; sons, Patrick Schnur of Houtzdale, Paul (Rita) Schnur of Rostraver Twp. and George (Lisa) Schnur of Elizabeth; seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service in the chapel there at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ronald Lindahl officiating. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. www.bekavacfuneralhoome.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 2, 2004

JOSEPH BOCIANOSKI

Joseph Bocianoski, 76, of Glassport, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at home. Owner of Joe's Auto Parts in Glassport, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 8, 1927, he was a son of the late Louis and Mary Ann Huss Bocianoski. He is survived by his wife, Laura Mordecki Bocianoski; daughter, Mary Ann (Tom) Hartswick of South Park Twp.; son, Joseph (Judith) Bocianoski Jr. of Glassport; five grandchildren, Joseph and Jaison Bocianoski, Elizabeth Ann Hartswick, Emily Mach and George Abaray; great granddaughter, Rylee Marie Mach; sisters, Vera Skerkoski of Glassport and Leona Lees of Chicago, Ill.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Nancy; brothers, Tony and Louis Bocianoski and Ignatious Hadam; and sister, Helen Hadam. Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will begin there Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial in Queen of the Rosary Church at 10 with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News December 3, 2004

DEBRA DONNELLY

Debra J. Donnelly, 70, of Glassport, died Thursday, December 2, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a retired salesclerk from Lazarus-Macy's in Pittsburgh and the South Hills and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton.

Born in McKeesport, July 13, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Thomas F. and Beatrice Sherry Madden and wife of the late James M. Donnelly who died Jan. 18, 2001. She is survived by daughter, Danita (Rick) Riggle of Elizabeth; son, Dale (Kim) Wise of Belle Vernon; two grandchildren, Anthony Pomilio and Ryan D: Wise; sisters, Demerese Lomond of New Albany, Ind., and Denise Campedel of Pleasant Hills; stepdaughter, Judith Donnelly of Baltimore, Md.; stepson, James M. Donnelly 11 of Boston, Pa.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Wise; and grandson, Matthew Pomilio. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paulinus Church. Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 960 Penn Ave., Suite 1000, Pittsburgh, 15222. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


McKeesport Daily News December 8, 2004

ELMER FIORE

Elmer Fiore, 75, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1929, in Clairton to the late Ralph and Julia Marco Fiore. Mr. Fiore was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Huntey Fiore and three brothers, Albert, Fred and William Fiore. Survivors include a son, Ralph Fiore of Glassport; daughter, Joyce Fiore of Glassport; companion, Gerri Martin; brothers, Marino, Marshall, Nello and Allen Fiore; sisters, Rose Thomas and Nora Zora; also many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with Fr. Donald Voss as celebrant. Entombment will follow at the St. Joseph Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. A memorial prayer service is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home.


McKeesport Daily News December 9, 2004

ELIZABETH DUFALLA

Elizabeth (Betty) Lukach Dufalla, 81, of Washington, Pa., formerly of Forward Twp., died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at home. She was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton and Penn Grange in Forward Twp.

Born in Glassport, Sept. 15, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Potersnak Lukach and wife of the late Andrew Dufalla. She is survived by sons, Andrew Joseph (Mary Jo) Dufalla of Washington, Pa., and Thomas Lee (Darlene) Dufalla of Peters Twp.; four grandchildren and a great grandchild; sisters, Catherine Pepka of Forward Twp. and Helen Stimaker of Coudersport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parastas will be offered there Friday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday at noon in Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church by the Rev. Ivan Mina. Interment will be in the Monongahela Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News December 15, 2004

ELEANOR MAYHER

Former Port Vue resident, Eleanor Mayher, 88, of Springfield, Ohio, died Saturday, December 11, 2004, in the Ohio Masonic Home. A housewife, she was a member of St. Mark Parish in Port Vue.

Born in Glassport, August 29, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Marie Macosko and wife of the late Andrew A. Mayher who died October 28, 1996. She is survived by a daughter, Andrea (Alex) Gardner of Springdale, Utah; granddaughter, Alicia Gardner of San Diego, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Daniel F Bekavac Funeral Home, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Mark Parish in Liberty by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


Tribune Review December 24, 2004

Andrew W. Breen

McKeesport Formerly of Glassport

Andrew W. Breen, 95, of Ridge Road, McKeesport, formerly of Glassport, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, in Scenery Heights Personal Care Home, Elizabeth Township.

He was born Nov. 9, 1909, in Pittsburgh to the late John and Margaret Brown Breen and also was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn Granger Breen. Mr. Breen was a former member of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church and retired from Pittsburgh Engineering & Foundry in 1974 after 30 years as a machinist. Surviving is a nephew, Thomas Miller, of Glendale, Ariz.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 235 Monongahela Ave. Glassport, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette December 24, 2004

William J. Bowers

BOWERS WILLIAM J. Age 76, of Whitehall, formerly of Glassport, passed gently away from the arms of his family December 21, 2004, after a 17 month long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born December 14, 1928 in W. Elizabeth. Son of the late William J. and the late Mary Cecelia Byrnes Bowers. A retired quality control inspector US Steel National Works for 48 years and later for Moody International Inc. of Houston, TX. He traveled the country as a quality control inspector. Member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, US Army Veteran-Korea and attended officer training school. A officer of the McKeesport Amvets. Husband of Marie A. Miller Bowers; father of William J. Bowers III of San Diego, CA, Michael F. (Rima) Bowers of Greentree; two daughters Mary Anne Bowers-Concilus of Whitehall with whom he was residing, Annette M. (Jerome) Erb, Marquette, MI; grandfather of Brittany W. & Caitlin N. Concilus, Christina M. & Nicole C. Erb, and Tatiana J. Bowers; brother of Joann V. Kudla of Glassport, Robert F. Bowers of Pleasant Hills; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by a sister Catherine Trbojevic. Visitation Monday 2-4 & 7-9 at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Mass of Christian Burial Tues. 10 am, Queen of the Rosary. Interment Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News December 24, 2004

BERTHA HORNFECK

Bertha Hornfeck, 87, of Mount Pleasant, formerly of Glassport, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, in Frick Community Hospital, Mount Pleasant. A homemaker, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Born in Glassport, Sept. 29, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Julia Kali Zeleznik. She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Hornfeck; children, Charles W. (Carola) Hornfeck of Shalotte, N.C., Richard (Chalene) Hornfeck of Indiana, Pa., David (Marian) Hornfeck of Belle Vernon, Gerry (Donald) Brower of Shalotte, N.C., and Nancy (Vaughn) Deliman of Acme; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister, Sophie Zeleznik; and brothers, Joseph (Toey), John (Knut), Peter, George, William (Willow), Charles and Michael Zeleznik.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral will begin there Wednesday at 9:30 am. 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.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette December 28, 2004

John Zoller

ZOLLER JOHN

Age 94 formerly of Florida, Pleasant Hills and Glassport, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2004.

Beloved husband of Catherine (Lewis) Zoller; father of Irene (Jim) Blasco and Gloria Vukic; loving grandfather of Jim, Joan, Donna, Joseph, Diana and John; great-grandfather of six. John retired from Copperweld Steel of Glassport after 35 years.

Friends will be received 2-4 and 7-9 pm Tuesday (today) at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 301 Curry Hollow Rd., Pleasant Hills where a blessing service will be held Noon Wednesday. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park. Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb


Submitted by Richard Dudley December 27, 2004

Russell E Dudley

Russell E Dudley 69 of Fort Myers died saturday December 18 2004 at home in Fort Myers.

Born in Glassport November 9 1935 was the son of the late Ralph and Alice Dudley. He is survived by his wife Donna Snider Dudley and three brothers, Ralph, Indianapolis IN, Robert, Dawsonville GA and Richard, Florence KY.

Memoral services held at New Hope Christan Church, Fort Myers Dec. 20, 2004.


McKeesport Daily News December 31, 2004

HELEN BITTNER

Helen Bittner, 79, of Glassport, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. A former clerk for Orlando's Fruit Market in Glassport, she was a former employee of the Glassport Glass House.

Born in Rawlings, Md., July 16, 1925, she was a daughter of the late William and Lelah Ketterman Davis. She is survived by daughters, Shirley Barbor of Lakestation, Ind., and Debbie Krieger of Greenock; son, James M. Bittner of Glassport; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Mildred Phillips of Glassport; brother, Stanley Davis of Rawlings, Md.; nieces and nephews.

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. Wojeiechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 614 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Walter Patton. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News January 5, 2005

VIRGINIA WIECH

Virginia Wiech, 80, of Glassport, died Tuesday, January 4, 2004, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Retired after 32 years of service as a cafeteria worker in the South Allegheny School District, she was a former employee of Glassport Glass House and a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport, and its choir and Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Born May 21, 1924, in Steubenville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha Wisniewski Jablonski and wife of the late Walter Wiech. She is survived by a son, Michael (Juliet) Wiech of Scott Twp.; two grandchildren, Eric M. and Angela M. Stetz of Port Vue; a sister, Flo Ganchuk of Glassport; stepbrother, John Ezdebski of Glassport; stepsister, Clara Wasylik of Green Tree; nieces and nephews.

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


McKeesport Daily News January 6, 2005

JULIA MORAN

Julia Moran, 86, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, in Riverside Nursing Center Inc., McKeesport.

Born in Glassport, May 3, 1918, she was a daughter of the late John and Apolonia Goleuia Halucha. Wife of the late Raymond Moran, she is survived by a son, William Moran of Hollywood, Fla.; two grandchildren; and sisters, Sally Fletcher of McKeesport and Regina Andrews of Port Vue. She was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Walter, Albert and Andrew Halucha.

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. Funeral will begin there Saturday 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 Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News January 6, 2005

HENRY WIBLE

Henry "Chick" Wible, 72, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at his residence. He was a member of St. Pius V Church in McKeesport where he served as a member of the Usher's Club, was a retired supervisor for the Port Authority Transit, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Born December 24, 1932, in Glassport, he was a son of the late Henry and Anna Demchak Wible and brother of the late Sarah Ann Wible Krajack and the late Edward Wible. Beloved husband of Bernadette Whitney Wible, he is survived by his children, Lisa Wible Kemp of Greensburg, Keith Wible of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Henry Wible of Port Vue, Kevin Wible of Erie; seven grandchildren; brothers, James (Norma) Wible, Michael (Jane) Wible, and Robert (Marianne) Wible; sisters, Regina (Fred) Thorne, Patricia (Pete) Burns, Kathleen Higgins and Carol (David) Dranko; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large extended family.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the JaycoxJaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Blvd. at Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at noon in St. Pius V Church with the Rev. John J. Keane officiating. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News January 11, 2005

THERESA SCHIVINS

Theresa Mularski Schivins, 65, of McKeesport, died Saturday, January 8, 2005, at UPMC McKeesport. She was a retired nurses aide from Shadyside Hospital.

She was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Ralph and Stella Gniefkowski Mularski. She is survived by sons, Chris and Al Perhacs, both of Hamilton Square, N.J.; three brothers, Edmund Mularski of Glassport, Joseph Mularski of Rillton and Jack Mularski of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church, Glassport, by Father Kevin Dominick. Arrangements are by Striffler's of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way. www.strifflers. com.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2005

SYLVIA HENDERSON

Sylvia F. Henderson, 80, of Glassport, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. She was a retired clerk from the Glassport News Depot.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 5, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Frances Tavalora Benedetti. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Henderson; son, Jack (Sherry) Henderson of West Mifflin; daughter, Donna (Gary) Thir of White Oak; five grandchildren, Doug, Jill, Bethany, Jaime and Erin; a great granddaughter, Aryana; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brother, Vincent Benedetti. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and was loved by all. No service was scheduled. Arrangements are in charge of the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2005

IRENE JONES

Irene Jones, 92, of Port Vue, formerly of Glassport, died Friday, January 14, 2005, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born June 11, 1912, in Patterson, N.J. She retired in 1972 from the laundry department of McKeesport Hospital after 30 years of service and was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church.

Daughter of the late Thomas and Jessie Steele Moffet. Widow of the late Francis W. Jones, who died in 1971. Survived by three daughters, Irene (Terrence) Brown of Charleston, S.C., Frances "Ginny" (William) Kania of Port Vue, and Edna Tanza of Alamosa, Calif.; two sons, Paul Hamilton of Spring City, Tenn., and Gene (Mary) Hamilton of Missoula, Mont.; sister Alice (Bill) Kinder of Bradenton, Fla.; 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Sisco and two sisters, Helen Sandman and Jean Trontoski.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave. and Third Street, Glassport, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Thomas Carr officiating. Interment in PennLincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2005

PETER MORDECKI

Peter D. Mordecki, 54, of Glassport, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at home. An electronic technician for National City, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Born in McKeesport, March 26, 1950, he was a son of Mary Villella Mordecki of Glassport and the late Steve Mordecki. He is survived by his mother; brother, Steve (Moe) Mordecki Jr. of North Huntingdon Twp.; sisters, Camelia Dzurenda of White Oak and Deborah McCall of Glassport; nephews, Shawn and Collin Mordecki of North Huntingdon Twp., Brian Dzurenda of Oakmont and Trevor Dzurenda of Boston, Mass.; and great nieces, Kaylee Mordecki and Ava Dzurenda.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. A blessing will be offered there at 8 p.m. by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2005

CHARLES ULAKOVICH

Charles Ulakovich, 56, of McKeesport, formerly of Jefferson Hills, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at home. Past owner of Chuck's Auto Body in Glassport, he was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War having served on the USS Saratoga in the Sixth Fleet.

Born in McKeesport, Nov. 23, 1948, he was a son of George Ulakovich and the late Clara "Honey" (Thomas) Ulakovich. He is survived by his father; wife, Debbie Kebles Ulakovich; stepmother, Pat Ulakovich of Jefferson Hills; brothers, Georgie (Janet) Ulakovich of Monongahela and Steve (Kathy) Ulakovich of Jefferson Hills; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Wendy Hoak of McKeesport and Mary Ann (Danny) Mali of Liberty.

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 Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2005

JOHN ZOMBEK

John S. Zombek, 52, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Glassport, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, in UPMC Braddock. He was a self-employed accountant.

Born in McKeesport, July 28, 1952, he was a son of Blanche Savage Zombek of Glassport and the late John H. Zombek. He is survived by his mother; wife, Barbara Ross Zombek; daughter, Kelly (Matthew) Sachetti of Pittsburgh; a grandson, Quentin; sister, Patricia Beall of Palmdale, Calif.; brothers, James T. Zombek of Findley Twp. and Tim Zombek of Murrysville; nieces and nephews.

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. Funeral will begin there Tuesday 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.


McKeesport Daily News January 19, 2005

ROBERT WILLIAMS

Robert A. Williams, 57, of Glassport, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired welder from the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a former member of St. Cecelia Men's Bowling League and a social member of the Polish National Alliance Lodge 750 in Glassport.

Born July 23, 1947, in Connellsville, he was a son of the late Allen H. and Elvira Mae Crossen Williams. He is survived by Jean Ann Osada with whom he resided; son, Robert A. Williams Jr. of Elrama; daughter, Erin Williams (Kriss) Huff of Baldwin; nieces and nephews; and beloved cats, Momma, Puffy and Smudgie.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will be offered there Friday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Thomas Carr. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News January 24, 2005

LAWRENCE KANTORCZYK

Lawrence (Larry) J. Kantorczyk, 61, of Saegertown, died Jan. 21, 2005, at his residence following an eight-month illness.

He was born May 4, 1943, in Glassport, a son of the late Ernest Sr. and Helen Stanczak Kantorczyk. He married Dorothy Booth November 5, 1966. He was a 1961 graduate of Glassport High School. He worked as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Co. for 23 years, retiring in 1997. He subsequently worked at K-Mart in Meadville for five years and at Home Deport in Meadville for six months. He enjoyed gardening and his bird dog, "King." He was a member of St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church in Saegertown.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of 38 years, include a daughter, Kelly Maxwell of Braddock and a son, Craig Kantorczyk and his wife Leslie of Palmyra; five grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Kantorczyk of McKeesport; _three brothers, Ernest (Sonny) Kantorczyk and his wife Judy of Glassport, Stanley (Babe) Kantorczyk and his wife Betty of Port Vue and Fr. Adam Szufel of Warner Robbins, GA; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Kantorczyk.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville, with a prayer service at 8:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, Renner St., Saegertown, with the Rev. Richard Allen as celebrant.


McKeesport Daily News January 25, 2005

CAROL DETMAN

Carol L. Detman, 76, of Glassport, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a former secretary at the G.C. Murphy Co. Home Office in McKeesport.

Born in Clairton, Dec. 1, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Grace Beeler Milburn. She is survived by her husband. Glenn M. Detman; daughters, Linda (Ralph) Kundtz of Akron, Ohio, and Jane Ann (Michael) Derewonko of Glassport; sons, Glenn "Teeny" (Janis) Detman Jr. of Glassport and Gary Detman in Iowa; eight grandchildren, Chris, Angela, Stephen, Melissa, Amanda, Jennifer, Wesly and Gary; a great granddaughter, Malia; sister, Elaine Franklin in Florida; brothers, Greg and Regis Milburn in California state; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Service will be conducted there Wednesday at 11 a.m. by Pastors Joann and Ira Kelly. Interment will be in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.


McKeesport Daily News January 26, 2005

GEORGE GORUN

George J. Gorun, 89, of Glassport, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, in Southwestern Nursing Center, Pleasant Hills. A retired mathematics teacher from the Glassport and South Allegheny School districts with 36 years of service, he was a basketball coach at Glassport High School for 20 years.

A member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport, he was a 1933 graduate of Glassport High School and 1937 graduate of California State Teachers College of Pennsylvania, member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Retired Teachers organizations, former member of Grandview AARP, and member of Glassport Senior Citizens, YMCA Health Club, and the Glassport-McKeesport Sportsmen's Hall of Fame.

Born in Glassport, Oct. 14, 1915, he was a son of the late Charles and Elisavetas Dragos Gorun and husband of the late Mary Baila Gorun, Virginia McKeeta Mowrey Borrelli Gorun and Anne Elizabeth Magdic Flaherty Gorun. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Gorun, former mayor of Glassport. He is survived by stepson, Rowland Mowrey, and two step grandchildren of Rochester, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral will begin there Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Queen of the Rosary Church. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article on George Gorun

George Gorun and the Glassport Web Site.

In addition to his accomplishements mentioned in the obituary, George Gorun loved both Glassport and his Romanian heritage. He contributed a great deal to this web page. Among the contributed items are:

GLASSPORT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS - A Sports History of Glassport High.

Glassport Business History - A business history of Glassport from the yearbooks of Glassport High School

Glassport School District History - (Coauthored with Melvin Naser)

He also contributed many of the photographs, especially of old sports teams and other nostalgic items related to Glassport and its people.

In terms of his Romanian heritage, he contributed a piece on his family, which also mentions the names of other families in Glassport of Romanian descent.

George will be missed by all of the Glassporters, who came in contact with him throughout his many years of service to the community.


McKeesport Daily News February 2, 2005

ALICE THEISS

Alice M. Theiss, 72, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Wilson, died Monday, January 31, 2005. A sales clerk for Sears Roebuck & Company, retiring after 30 years, she was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton, Wilson Civic Association Inc. and Wilson Chapter 1612, AARP.

Born March 6, 1932, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Clara (Reisenhouer) Kennet. She is survived by her husband, William J. Theiss Jr.; daughters, Patricia Belback of Forward Twp., Shirley Klinzing of South Park and Stephanie Lasich of Clairton; sons, Tom Theiss of Penn, William Theiss of Glassport and David Theiss of Middletown; 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by daughters, Marsha Theiss and Mary Theiss. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 3, 2005, at 10 a.m. at St. Paulinus Church, Clairton. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News February 3, 2005

RITA FURLONG

Rita Gabauer Tison Furlong, 74, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at home. Mrs. Furlong retired from Westinghouse Electric Corp., Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, in West Mifflin with 32 years of service, she was a member of St. Patrick Church in McKeesport and Claude Beltz Unit 380, American Legion Auxiliary, and former member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Born in Glassport, June 23, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Theresa Kubaska Gabauer. She is survived by her husband, Robert B. Furlong; children, Pattie (Charles) Gross of Dravosburg and Sandra Tison of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Charles (Denise) Gross, Michael and Scott Gross, all of Dravosburg; stepson, Robert J. (Rose) Furlong of Albuquerque, N.Mex.; step grandchildren, David and Joseph Furlong of Albuquerque; brother, Donald (Josie) Gabauer of Lincoln; nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Carrie Ann Gross who died in 1983; and stepson, William C. Furlong who died in 1988.

Friends will be received in the Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director, Thursday, from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. St. Patrick Church by the Rev. Vincent Velas. Entombment will be in the mausoleum St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News February 4, 2005

MARIE ATKINSON

Marie Ellen Atkinson, 40, of Glassport passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2005, in her home.

She was born in McKeesport, on October 15, 1964. Daughter of Sherman Atkinson and Wilma Higgins, she is also survived by daughters, Jesse, Amber, Heather and Cheyenne, and brothers, Robert Atkinson, Kenneth Atkinson, Richard Coulter, Michael Vargo and Joseph Vargo.

No visitation is scheduled. Private arrangements have been made at the William H. Craig Funeral Home Inc., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport. The family would like to thank all who have made contributions.


McKeesport Daily News February 9, 2005

JAMES CORRIDON

James A. "Red" Corridon, 71, of Glassport, died Tuesday, February 8, 2005, in the Jefferson Medical Center. He was born August 24, 1933, in Glassport, and was the son of the late Edmund and Hannah Scanlon Corridon. He was retired from USX Irvin Works.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Spohn Corridon, sisters, Nancy Marks of Elizabeth Twp. and Joan Corridon of Glassport, stepson, Randy Kovach of Tionesta, stepdaughter, Corrine McCusker of Glassport, step grandchildren, Misty, Randy, Marc, Chantel, Rege and Breanna, and nephews.

Service and visitation was held today in the chapel of the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Twp. Private interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News February 10, 2005

JOYCE GERBER

Joyce Deliman Gerber of 1426 Pauljack Drive, Hampton, Va., 23666, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, with her family by her side at the age of 57.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 7, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Pauline Roberts Deliman. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Gerber; son, Jeffrey Gerber of Hampton; daughter, Sherry (Dave) Derkas of Hampton; two grandchildren, Kayla and Danny Derkas; sisters, Paulette Stearns of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Cindy Rozanski of Hoover, Ala.;Brothers; Andrew (Buddy) Deliman of Glassport, Vaughn Deliman of Acme,PA, David Deliman of Belle Vernon, Dennis Deliman of Clairton, many nieces and nephews, and dear friend, Stephanie Fancsali of Glassport.

Joyce will always be loved, remembered and deeply missed by her family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial took place in St. Joseph Church in Hampton. Local announcement provided by the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News February 10, 2005

CALVIN BROOKS SR.

Calvin E. Brooks Sr., 79, of McKeesport, died there Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005. Retired from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, member of the Henry C. Williams American Legion Post 666 in McKeesport and former member of the Pittsburgh Ironmen Football Team.

Born in McKeesport, June 25, 1925, he was a son of the late Ernest D. and Birtie Newman Brooks and husband of the late Ruth Jenkins Brooks. He is survived by his children, Debra and Doreen Brooks of McKeesport, Calvin Brooks Jr. of Duquesne, Renee Winston of McKeesport and Raymond Brooks of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Catlin of Washington, Pa.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Bethlehem Baptist Church, Walnut Street, McKeesport. Service will be offered there Friday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Earlene Coleman. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of the Tunie Funeral Home, Homestead.


McKeesport Daily News February 11, 2005

CHARLES STEINER

Charles J. Steiner, 87, of White Oak, died Wednesday, February 9, 2005, at his residence. Born May 27, 1917, in McKeesport, a son of the late John and Freda Badstibner Steiner. A 1935 graduate of McKeesport High School, he was a US Army WWII veteran and retired as a machine operator from Copperweld after 42 years of service. A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak, the White Oak American Legion Post 701, AARP White Oak Chapter 2294, the Syria Shriners, the East McKeesport F.&A.M. Lodge 765, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry Northern Jurisdiction, Valley of Pittsburgh and a lifelong member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon No. 38.

Surviving are his wife, Lucille Burkey Steiner; a son, Robert Steiner of Melbourne, FL; a daughter, Judy Steiner of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and a granddaughter, Amy Steiner.

Friends will be received on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Blvd. at Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport. Services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Deborah Evanovich and the Rev. Louis P Long as coofficiants. Everyone please meet at the church. Interment will follow with military honors in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, 15131.


McKeesport Daily News February 16, 2005

LEONARD KAUFMANN

Leonard Arthur Kaufmann, 65, of Winter Springs, Fla., died on Feb. 11, 2005, in Denver, Colo.

Leonard was born in McKeesport on June 16, 1939, the eldest son of the late Leonard D. Kaufmann and the late Helen Kaufmann (Verbanec) of Glassport. Leonard is survived by his sons Leonard Allen Kaufmann of Longmont, Colo., and Russell (Annabelle) Kaufmann of Westminster, Colo., and daughter Kristine Kaufmann of Aurora, Colo.; his sister Joyce (Tom) Niccum of Sarona, Wise., brother Robert (Judy) Kaufmann of Pittsburgh, and sister Joanne (Harry) Welch of McKeesport; seven grandchildren, three nephews, four nieces, two former wives, Adelina and Vicki, and two stepdaughters, Sarah and Emily.

Leonard served his country during the Vietnam War and retired in 1984 after 26 years in the Air Force, then worked as an engineer and consultant for Martin Marietta in Orlando, Fla. We all trust that Len is tending to his garden and enjoying his swimming pool in heaven.

Viewing will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 17, 2005, at the Bear Valley Christian Church, 6800 W. Hampden, Denver. Leonard will be buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. The family requests that a memorial be made to either the Red Cross (800-HELPNOW) or the Salvation Army.


McKeesport Daily News February 19, 2005

HELEN SMITH

Helen Genevieve (Joy) Smith, on Thurs., Feb. 17, 2005, at the age of 88, at Marion Manor. She was formerly of Elizabeth Twp.

She was born in McKeesport on October 1, 1916, daughter of the late John Francis and Genevieve Cecelia Felding Rainforth. She was the wife of the late Frederick Harold Smith, who passed away November 3, 2004; beloved mother of Janice (Rich) Uher, William (Gail) Smith and Kathy (Ray) Buehler; sister of the late Joseph and Jack Rainforth; sister-in-law of Mary S. "Babe" Rainforth; grandmother of Micki Smith, Chris and Keith Uher, Jodi Glesk, Jamie Smith, Lindsay and Kathleen Buehler; also survived by seven great grandchildren.

Friends received Sun. 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Szafranski-Eberlein Funeral Home Inc., 101 Third St., Carnegie. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael Church, Elizabeth Twp. on Mon. at 11 a.m. (Everyone please meet at the church). In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Joy's name to Marion Manor, 2695 Winchester Dr., Pittsburgh, 15220.


McKeesport Daily News February 19, 2005

ROSEMARY TOMAI

Rosemary Tomai, 77, of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, Liberty and Glassport, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was born in Macon, Ga., Aug. 15,1927, a daughter of the late Domingo F. and Emma Lee Causey Martin and wife of the late Joseph C. Gribschaw. She is survived by her husband, Ernest P Tomai of Duquesne; daughters, Regina Patrick of Dravosburg and Alena Staniech of Buena Vista; son, Carl Gribschaw of Valparaiso, Ind.; six grandchildren; brother and sisters, David Martin, Ruth Robinson, Ethel Caras and Mildred Pritchard of Macon, Ga.; nieces and nephews.

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. A funeral blessing will be offered there Tuesday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Twp.


McKeesport Daily News February 21, 2005

RAYMOND MEMMO

Raymond Memmo (Bekavac), 49, of Glassport, formerly of Clairton, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, in Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. A custodian at Kane Regional Center in Glen Hazel, he was a former proprietor of Memmo's Bar & Grill in Clairton, player and manager of Memmo's Softball Team in the Pleasant Hills League, player and manager of Memmo's Flag Football Team and active in the 12 - Step Program.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, April 3, 1955, he was the son of the late Fiorre Memmo and Elizabeth Marflak Bekavac Memmo. He is survived by sisters, Mary Ann Langham of Mantuwa, Ohio, Bernice Plavchak of Elizabeth Twp. and Dorothy Kazmir of Salem, Ohio; a cousin, Jackie Gaza; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert J. Bekavac, who died Feb. 27, 1996.

Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church, Glassport, by the Rev. Albert Marflak. Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News February 21, 2005

RUSSELL WALTERS

Russell W. Walters, age 67, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, February 18, 2005, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born November 4, 1937, in Glassport, a son of the late Russell and Margaret Campayno Walters Sr. Russell was a member of St. Agnes Church, N.Hunt., and was employed part time by Home Depot after retiring as a sales representative. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Ditter Walters; two son, B. Scott of Ontario, Calif., and Chris and his wife Vicki of Laguna Hills, Calif.; daughter, Carrie Walters Lifshitz and her husband Jonathan of Richmond, Va.; two halfbrothers, Russell and Gary Walters of Miami, Fla.; seven, grandchildren, Andrea, Renee, Tyler, Blake, Grant, Dylan and Chase.

Friends' will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc., Clay Pike, Circleville, N. Hunt., on Mon 2-4,7-9. A blessing service will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.


San Bernardino Sun February 22, 2005

Paul A. Visyak

PAUL A. VISYAK 65, of San Bernardino, died February 15 in Fontana. Mr. Visyak was born in Steubenville, Ohio. In 1956, he graduated from Glassport High School in Glassport, PA. He worked as a draftsman a t Pittsburg Engineering, Kaiser Steel Corp., City of Redlands, CA, Fata-Hunter Eng., California Steel Industries, and F-D-S Manufacturing Co. He retired from F-D-S in 2002. Paul was a member of Grand Terrace Lions Club where he coordinated the bingo program.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of San Benardino, CA; two sons, Mark Visyak of Riverside, CA, and Scott Visyak of Indio, CA; twin daughters, Cheryl Perez of Indio, CA, and Sharon Bedwell of Cathedral City, CA; mother, Wilda Visyak, of San Bernardin o, CA; three sisters, Patricia Baker of San Bernardino, CA, Linda Hairston, of San Bernardino, CA, and Paula Visyak of Colton, CA; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Ingold Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. on February 23. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park at 1 p.m. on February 24. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CDF Firefighters Benevolent Fund, 21160 Box Spring, Suite 105, Moreno Valley, CA. Published in the on 2/22/2005.


McKeesport Daily News February 28, 2005

AMELIA ANTICO

A former Glassport resident, Amelia Antico, 93, of Johnstown, died there Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Lee Regional Hospital, UPMC Johnstown. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Glassport, March 4, 1912, she was the daughter of the late John and Rose DeFalco Reno and wife of the late Frank V. Antico who died in 1994. She is survived by daughters, Veronica A. (Leo) Zalewski of Park Forest, Ill., and Frances M. Antico of Johnstown; son, Dr. Dominic A. Antico of Johnstown; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sister, Julia Herman of Weirton, W.Va.; and brother, Peter (Pat) Reno of West Mifflin. She was preceded in death by sisters, Virginia Zak and Edith Donnachie; and brother, Jack Reno.

Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 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.


McKeesport Daily News March 2, 2005

MARGARET FOSTER

Margaret T. Foster, 86, formerly of Glassport, died on Monday, February 28, 2005, at Glenshire Woods Personal Care Home in McKeesport.

Born September 30, 1918, in Smock, a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Galvasky Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Foster; sons, Bill Foster, Joseph W. Foster; and daughter, Alice Foster. She was a member of Amity Presbyterian Church in Dravosburg. Surviving are a daughter, Nancy (Patrick) Dorman of North Huntingdon; a son, James (Virginia) Foster of Castle Shannon; five grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Blvd. at Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, where services will be held on Friday at noon with the Rev. Bruce Mounts officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News March 2, 2005

HELEN MAJZER

Helen M. Majzer, 94, of West Mifflin, formerly of Glassport, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 2, 2005, in Southwestern Nursing Center with her family at her side. A retired clerk from Hornfeck's and Tater's drug stores and Rite Aid Pharmacy all in Glassport, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Cherry Valley, Dec. 12, 1910, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Victoria Wojciak McCloskey and wife of the late Joseph J. Majzer. She was preceded in death by a son, Edward Majzer. She is survived by daughters, Adelaide Teahan of Bridgeville and Victoria McKee and Mary Ann Swope of Rockville, Md.; son, Ray Majzer of West Mifflin with whom she resided; 17 grandchildren and 22 great grand children; 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, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A funeral blessing will be offered there Saturday at 9 a.m. by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.


McKeesport Daily News March 2, 2005

MARGARET GUZIK

Margaret C. "Peggy" Guzik, 85, of Elizabeth Twp., died on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at her residence.

Born January 1. 1920. in Glassport, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Mihalko Jeney, and sister of the late Michael Jeney, Ann Chopey, Mary Junecko and Helen J. "Chubby" Balawajder.

She was a member of St. Mary Czestochowa Parish in McKeesport, and had worked for J&L Steel during WWII, and had then worked for Irvin Works as a Tin Sorter, before becoming a full-time homemaker.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Frank "Buttons" Guzik; son, Rick (Joyce) Guzik of McKeesport; a granddaughter, Coriann Guzik; three nieces; and many great nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Wednesday 7-9 p.m., and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Blvd. at Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, 15132. A Blessing Service will begin at the funeral home on Friday at ' 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Czestochowa Church, with Fr. Edward S. Litavec and Fr. Kevin Dominik con-celebrating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


Tribune Review March 5, 2005

John E. Olson

Glassport

John E. "Jack" Olson, 81, of Glassport, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2005.

He was born Aug. 25, 1923, in McKeesport to the late Gust and Ellen Staff Olson and also was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Eichorn Olson, and seven siblings. Mr. Olson was a retired inspector for U.S. Steel's National Tube Division with 43 years of service and a World War II Army veteran who served in the 754th Engineering Company in the European Theater. Surviving are daughter Verna Harris (Bill Byerly), of Thomasville, N.C.; son James (Paula) Olson, of Greensburg; eight grandchildren, and loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. A graveside service will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Suite 230, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.


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