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 March 22, 2006

GEORGE LIEBEL

George F. Liebel, age 78, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2006.

He was born October 10, 1927, in Glassport, to Herbert Thomas and Clara (Lenkner) Liebel. He had been a resident of Avon Park, FL, since 1988, moving there from Glassport. He was an accountant, served in the US Army in WWII, and was a member of the VFW and the American Legion of Avon Park, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Jean A. Liebel; stepdaughters, Diane Stark of Grayslake, IL, Cindy Martin of Anaheim, CA; stepsons, Britt Christie of Potterville, MI, Victor Christie of Taylor, MI; brothers, Herbert T. Liebel Jr. of Wilson, Eugene Liebel of Glassport, James Liebel of Glassport; sister, Mary Lou Sherbert of Spartanburg, SC. He was preceded in death by daughter, Cathy Liebel.

Visitation took place in the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, FL. Service was offered there Wednesday, March 22, 2006, by the Rev. Mike Adams. Cremation entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring.


McKeesport Daily News March 25, 2006

JANE BRADLEY

Jane L. Bradley, 87, of Glassport, died Friday, March 24, 2006, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in McKeesport, June 15, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Patrick J. O'Donnell and Mary Wilson O'Donnell, stepdaughter of the late Hannah Bisco O'Donnell and wife of the late William E. Bradley. She is survived by daughters, Patricia Sowa of Elizabeth Twp. and Jane Hawkins of Hirman, Ga.; sons, Thomas W. and James M. Bradley of Glassport and William E. Bradley of McKeesport; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; brother, ( John O'Donnell of North Huntingdon Twp.; sisters, Joan Snyder of Lake Worth, Fla., and Ruth Smith in North Carolina; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral 1 Home, 640 Vermont Ave., n Glassport, Sunday from 1> 4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of y Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Parish by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg.


Tribune Review March 27, 2006

Lottie Ann Kerlin

Glassport

Formerly of Elizabeth

Lottie Ann Kerlin, 69, of Glassport, formerly of Elizabeth, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Forward, a daughter of Lottie Paquet Werner, of Forward, and the late Otto Werner.

She was a retired support aid from South Hills Health System, Jefferson Hills.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Robert Lawrence Kerlin; daughters, Diann Perhach, of Forward, and Joan Rodabaugh, of Clarksburg, W.Va.; grandchildren, Sam and Rebecca Perhach and Josh Rodabaugh, all of Forward, and Adam Robinson, of Clarksburg, W.Va.; stepson, Daniel Lawrence Kerlin, of Virginia; a sister, Karen Koontz, of Forward; and nieces and nephews.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, www.bekavacfuneralhome.com, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. George Grimes officiating. Interment in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, SW Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.


McKeesport Daily News March 28, 2006

ANNA FERRI

Anna Ferri, 87, formerly of Glassport, died Monday, March 27, 2006, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. A painter at the Glassport Glass House, she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and the Deaf Association.

Born in Woodlawn, Nov. 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Nicola and Theordora Picceani Ferri. She is survived by nieces, Debbie Baran of Acme and Susan Schropp of Greensburg; great niece, Danielle Yeager of Acme; three great great nephews and a great great niece. She was preceded in death by sister and brothers, Amelia, Frank and Joseph Ferri.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr.Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 31, 2006

Dawn G. Soltesz

SOLTESZ DAWN G. Age 75, formerly of Glassport and Hazelwood, on Sunday, March 26, 2006, beloved mother of Penny, John, Pamela, Francis, Michael, Victoria, Dawn Soltesz and Joanne Fisher and the late Diane Soltesz; daughter of the late Michael and Jean Bozzo; grandmother of 16; great-grandmother of 8 and great- great-grandmother of two.

Friends received at the ANTHONY J. SANVITO FUNERAL HOME, 1650 Broadway Ave., Stowe Twp. (McKees Rocks) on Friday from 7pm until time of Blessing service at 8:45pm.


Tribune Review April 1, 2006

Ronald E. Gouker

Glassport

Ronald E. Gouker, 69, of Glassport, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at home. He was born April 23, 1936, in Glassport to the late Lawrence and Thelma (Swan) Gouker.

He was a former salesman for Plotkin Brothers, Glassport, and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen (Prusko) Gouker; daughters, Susan DeFrancisco, of Monessen, Lisa Spratt, of Glassport, and Ronda (Joe) Olson, of Elizabeth Township; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Friends received from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth Borough, www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. A blessing service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by burial in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gouker family, 814 Delaware Ave., Glassport, PA 15045.


Tribune Review April 2, 2006

Robert P. Davis

Rossiter

Robert P. "Bobby" Davis, 58, of Rossiter, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 1, 2006, at his residence.

Mr. Davis was born in McKeesport, Oct. 27, 1947, a son of the late Alvin J. Davis and Laura B. (Thompson) Davis. He was very proud to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

Bobby will be remembered most for his great sense of humor. He was a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club and was the co-owner of Rachel's Roost and Booze Cakes Inc., which they opened three years ago. Mr. Davis was also a former car salesman for Tom Clark Auto and Smail Auto in Greensburg. He had a great love for movies, sports, golf and dancing.

He was the husband of Rachel Marie Sharpe-Davis, of Rossiter, who survives him. Surviving relatives include a son, Joshua A. Davis, and a daughter, Erin L. Davis, both of North Huntingdon; two brothers, Harry Davis, of Laguna Hills, Calif., and John Davis, of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Donna Bullas, of Elizabeth, and Rita Mallery, of Delmar, N.Y.; and a grandson, Aidan A. Rusiewicz.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Father John Bauer officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Rossiter.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette April 5, 2006

STEGMAN, PAUL DAVID

Paul David Stegman, 63, of Washington, Pa., formerly of Port Vue, Pa., died unexpectedly Saturday April 1, 2006 in his home.

He was born January 3, 1943 in Port Vue, Pa. the son of the late Paul Vincent Stegman, who died in 1991 and Mary Jean McMahon Stegman. He was a 1960 graduate of McKeesport High School and he attended the University of Miami, Florida. Mr. Stegman worked as a marketing director for Brickkicker Home Inspection and Adams Environmental Services. He attended First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg. He served the the United States Army National Guard. Paul was an avid golfer and was a member of the Pulaski Club Golf League. He once played in a golf tournament in Ireland. He loved all the Pittsburgh sports teams and he never passed up a ticket to take his family to a game. Poppy's life was focused on his children and grandchildren and he never missed spreading his goodwill at all the family gatherings. He was a fan at all the grandchildren's school and sports activities. He will be missed by all his friends and by his best pal, Rosie his Dachshund.

On May 5, 1990 he married his wife and best friend Dolores J. "Dee" Thomas Stegman who survives. Also surviving is his mother Mary Jean McMahon Stegman. Two sons survive: Matthew (Barbara) Adams of Eighty Four, Pa. and Kevin (Marcie) Adams of Washington. One daughter survives: Rebecca (Dwayne) Higgins of Canonsburg. One sister survives: Nancy (Jim) Munhall of Delaware, Ohio. Seven grandchildren survive: Jordan Higgins, Jannah Adams, Paul and Jacob Higgins, Madelyn Adams, Lindsay Adams and Katlyn Adams. Two nieces survive: Kelly (Art) Eldred of Columbus Ohio and Colleen (Scott) Shaffer of Columbus Ohio. One nephew survives: Patrick Munhall of Lancaster Ohio. Two great-nieces survive: Kelsey and Lily Eldred of Columbus Ohio. Two great-nephews survive: Drew and Liam Eldred of Columbus Ohio. In addition to his father, Mr. Stegman was preceded in death by two infant twin daughters, Heidi and Holly Stegman whom died after birth.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate the life of Paul David Stegman on Saturday April 8, 2006 at 11:00 am in First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg with Dr. Rev. Joseph Patterson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of WARCO-FALVO FUNERAL HOME, INC., Wilson at East Katherine Avenues, Washington. S. Timothy Warco, Supervisor/Director, Susan Falvo Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director.


McKeesport Daily News April 10, 2006

LEO MENDICINO

Leo A. Mendicino, 85, of Glassport, died Sunday, April 9, 2006.

Born Aug. 5, 1920, in Donora. He worked at Copperweld Bimetallics Corp. in Glassport for 40 years. He was a life member of Reliance Hose Co. No. 2, square danced for many years and was a golfer. He also served in the US Army WWII.

Son of the late John and Antonia Mendicino. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Amelia Mendicino; daughters, Ann Bisignani and her husband Jerry and Dolores Colarosa and her husband Don; grandchildren, Brian and Jeffrey Bisignani and Nicholas and Krista Colarosa; brother, Peter Mendicino; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Julia, Vivian, Elizabeth and Jenny; and brothers, Adam and John.

Friends received at the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, Glassport, Mon. and Tues. 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Wed. 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment following in Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News April 11, 2006

LORRAINE MOLINARI

Lorraine Megahan Molinari, 81, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2006, with family and friends by her side.

Beloved wife of 50 years to the late Nuncy Molinari, she is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Jim Carr of Canonsburg; grandchildren, Kimberly and Mike Damon of Dormont, Michael and Tracy Carr in North Carolina and Christopher and Jackie Carr of Dormont; great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Connor, Karsen and Owen Damon and Liam and Emma Carr; brothers, Robert (Phyllis) Megahan of North Huntingdon Twp. and Joe (Carol) Megahan of Glassport; sister, Honey "Angel" Almejo in Arizona; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Dolores Brundage; and parents, Constance and Howard Megahan.

A lifelong resident of Glassport, Lorraine was a member of Queen of Rosary Parish in Glassport and a 12-year volunteer at UPMC McKeesport where the hospital staff loving nicknamed her "Trouble." She was quick with a joke or story that could always make people laugh and she was always the first to lend a hand in times of need. Whether you knew her as Mom, Gram, Bub, Toots or Trouble, Lorraine was a one in a million and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends will be received in Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, 412-672-6388, Sunday from 2-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church, 530 Michigan Ave., Glassport. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, 17041, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va., 22038-1131.


McKeesport Daily News April 11, 2006

THADEUS PASKIEWICZ

Thadeus A. "Ted" Paskiewicz, 86, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died Sunday, March 26, 2006.

Born May 31, 1919, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Andrew and Karolyina (Stabryla) Paskiewicz and the husband of Clara (Manski) Paskiewicz. In addition to his wife, surviving are his daughter, Patricia Smith of Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Nelson) Wolfe of Chillicothe, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Ted (Bev) Paskiewicz Jr. of South Carolina; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle (Kelly) Free of Tennessee; grandchildren, Andrea (Bill) Frank, Alexa Smith, Stephanie (Jeff) Miller, Matt (Robin) Allen, Jake Boggs, Sage Paskiewicz and Teri Watson; great granddaughter, Greta Miller; sisters, Blanche, Helen and Vera; brother, Chester, all of Pennsylvania. One sister and one brother preceded him.

Mr. Paskiewicz worked at Copperweld in Glassport before retiring with 20 years of service from the US Navy as a chief petty officer, having served during WWII. He then became a teacher with the Vocational School System. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. Mr. Paskiewicz was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, Flaget Council 1071, where he was a past grand knight and awarded Knight of the Year. He was a member of the American Legion Post 757.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, March 29, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Military services were conducted graveside at St. Margaret Cemetery.

Announcement provided by Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services.


McKeesport Daily News April 11, 2006

DOROTHY RIZZO

Dorothy R. Rizzo, 79, of Glassport, died Thursday, April 6, 2006, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was a retired bookkeeper from Kopper Co. and a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport, its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and the Women's Club of Glassport.

Born in Duquesne, June 14, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Barbara Mraz Walko and wife of the late James Vincent Rizzo. She is survived by son, Jay R. Rizzo of Glassport; sister-ln-law, Helen Frobouck of Bethel Park; nephew, Hubert Walko; nieces, Gerrie and Sandy; also other 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. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News April 11, 2006

RONALD SASANKO

Ronald A. Sasanko, 71, of Glassport, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at home. Prior to his retirement, he worked at U.S. Steel Clairton Works.

Born in Brownstown, Sept. 8, 1934, he was the son of the late Helen Sasanko Campagnola. He is survived by four children, Teresa Fry and husband Charles of West Newton, Helen McElwain and husband John of Export, Ronald D. Sasanko and wife of Renee of Latrobe and James C. Sasanko and wife Laurie of Rostraver; six grandchildren, John McElwain, Julie, Jenna and Jessica Sasanko, Kathryn and Alissa Fry. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his step father, James Campagnola.

Friends will be received in the J. William McCauley Jr. Funeral Home Inc., West Newton, Saturday from 9 a.m. until the hour of a memorial service there at 10 with the Rev. James F. Bump officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora.


The Topeka Capital-Journal April 15, 2006

David Charles James

David Charles James, 66, Topeka, died Fri., April 14, 2006, at his home.

He was born July 26, 1939, at Libertyboro, PA, the son of John Wilbur and Mary (Estochen) James. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol M. James, and a son, Lance K. James. Surviving are 2 daughters: Lori Vega of Topeka and Lea Stroud of Overland Park; a son, Mark James of Topeka; a sister, Marlene Hackathorn of Lecompton; a brother, John James of Katy, TX; 8 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wed., April 19, 2006, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence. Military Honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley U.S. Army Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66608-1809 or American Cancer Society, 1315 S.W. Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604.


Tribune Review April 15, 2006

John R. Stoddart

Clairton

John R. Stoddart, 67, of Clairton, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, in V.A.M.C. 646, Aspinwall.

He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Glassport to the late John J. and Sophia E. Price Stoddart and was a retired computer support technician for Black Box Corp., Pittsburgh; formerly worked in research for J&L Steel, Carrick, and was an Army veteran who attained the rank of PFC E3 (P). Mr. Stoddart was a member of First United Methodist Church of Clairton; American Legion Daniel Keffer Post 75, Clairton; the American Model Airplane Association, and the N.R.A. and co-owner of the Northern & Southern Metallic Cartridge Co.

Surviving are sister Carol Fellabaum (Austin), of Finleyville; brother Robert Stoddart (Dee), of Gardena, Calif.; nephews Chad Fellabaum (Sherri) and daughters Alyssa and Madison and Scott Robert Stoddart (Joy) and children Amber, Emily and Sean, and niece Shari Ikeda (Aaron).

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, where services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Harold Dangel officiating. Burial in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Memorial contributions may be made to the H.J. Heinz Progressive Care Center, Volunteer Services, Hospice, University Drive C, Pittsburgh, PA 15240.


McKeesport Daily News April 22, 2006

ROSE SMITH

Rose Marie Antico Smith, on Friday, April 21, 2006, age 96, longtime resident of Glassport and recent resident of Morehead City, N.C., went home to be with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Born in Beaver Falls on March 30, 1910, to the late John and Francesca Morbito Antico. Wife of the late Anthony K. Smith. Mother of Jean Hunsinger and husband Dr. Drew Charles Hunsinger of Salter Path, N.C., and the late Ether Trant. Sister of Lucy Nosotti of Roseville, MI, and Guy Cola of Port Charlotte, FL. Grandmother of Leslie (Phil) Wollard of Morehead City, N.C., Cathy (Greg) Jakub of Wilmerding, Patti Trant of Seattle, WA., Coleen Wollard of Wall and Bill (Tina) Faix of Trenton, N.C. Also six great grandchildren.

Friends received at the James F Filia Funeral Home, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding, on Monday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at which time a blessing service will be held followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Duke Medical Center, Durham, N.C., 27705.


Tribune Review April 24, 2006

Mary Evanko

Jefferson Hills

Mary Evanko, 91, of Jefferson Hills, died Saturday, April 22, 2006, in Jefferson Hills Manor.

She was born Dec. 30, 1914, in Glassport, a daughter of the late George and Annie (Tatos) Logo. She was a homemaker and a member of Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Evanko, in 1968. She is survived by daughters, Mary Hammon, of Clairton, and Dorothy Hrabosky, of West Mifflin; a son, John R. Evanko, of Versailles; a sister, Pauline Kendall, of Clairton; a brother, George Logo, of Fairless Hills; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, www.bekavacfuneralhome.com, where service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Father David Lesko officiating. Burial in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. The family requests donations to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 507 Catherine St., Duquesne, PA 15110.


McKeesport Daily News April 26, 2006

STANLEY ZAWODNIAK

Stanley H. "Butch" Zawodniak, 90, of Glassport, died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, in Mount Vernon of Elizabeth Twp. A retired craneman from Copperweld Bimetallics Division in Glassport, he was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport.

Born in Pittsburgh, March 12, 1916, he was the son of the late Stanislans and Blanche Wheeler Zawodniak and husband of the late Lottie Mary Mazzer Zawodniak. He is survived by sons, Charles J. Zawodniak in Virginia and Robert S. Zawodniak of Mount Vernon; and sisters, Mary Homoki of West Mifflin and Dorothy Zollar in Tennessee. He was preceded in death by a dear friend, Ruth Jones.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News April 28, 2006

WILLIAM NEHER

William David Neher, 43, of McKeesport, formerly of Glassport, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, in McKeesport.

Born July 26, 1962, in McKeesport, he was a nurse's assistant at Mercy Hospital, Willis Center, for the past 10 years and formerly was employed by Nurse Finders Corp., Turtle Creek Rehab, Gateway Packing Corp. and the Lake Plaza, Fla. Juvenile Delinquent Program. He also was an Army veteran who served as a heavy equipment operator in Missouri and Kentucky, a member of the Methodist church in Glassport and a graduate of Glassport High School.

Son of William L. Neher of Summerland Key, Fla., and Eleanor A. Stepansky Kimling of Glassport. Also survived by three aunts, six nieces and cousins.

Friends received from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Sunday in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., Glassport, the Rev. David Nolfi officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. The family suggests contributions in his name to the funeral home. 4 /7R


McKeesport Daily News April 29, 2006

DOROTHY BUCK

Dorothy M. Buck (nee Scholl), 92, of Avon Lake, passed away Thursday morning.

She was born in West Newton on April 24, 1914, and resided in Glassport until 1988 when she moved to Avon Lake, Ohio. Dorothy was a lifetime member and past Matron of the Eastern Star, and a past President of the Glassport Women's Club. She enjoyed playing the organ as a young girl, needlework, cooking and making a nice home for her family; she was a nurse's aide for many years. Later in life Mrs. Buck moved to the Rae Ann Suburban Nursing Home, Westlake, where she made many good friends, and she was resident of the month.

She is survived by two sons, Robert (Marie) of Avon Lake, William (Beth) of Columbia, Maryland; daughter, Lois Davis (David) of Avon Lake, and a sister, Helen Kennedy of Pleasant Hills. Mrs. Buck was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard and her son, James (Diane).

Friends may call from 24 and 7-9 at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, on Monday. Service is Tuesday at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd., at 11 a.m.; Reverend Kelly Peter's will officiate. Burial will be Wednesday, May 3, at the West Newton Cemetery in West Newton. Arrangements by Busch Funeral Homes, 440-9333202. For more information, to view an online memorial or to send a condolence, go to www.busch-funeral.com.


McKeesport Daily News May 3, 2006

REGINA HULAWICH

Regina (Tudek) Hulawich, 86, died Friday, April 28, 2006, in York Hospital, York.

She was retired from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Red Cross after 38 years as an administrative assistant. She was a member of Holy Cross R.C. Parish in Glassport and Saint Joseph R.C. Parish in York.

She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Hulawich. Regina was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Stefan P. Tudek and Rozalia (Zamojska) Tudek. She is survived by sisters, Annette Deremer and husband, Kenneth, of San Diego, Calif., and Rosemary Wivagg and husband, Richard, of York; two brothers, Arthur L. Tudek and wife, Catherine, of Glassport and Thomas A. Tudek and wife, Faith, of Farmington Hills, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by sisters, Martha Amber of Glassport and Dolores Menhart of Levittown; and brothers, Edward of Glassport, Steven of Phoenix, Ariz., Chester of McKeesport and Richard of Glassport.

Viewing of the dearly deceased will be on Thursday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Also Friday, May 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. at the Queen of the Rosary Church, 530 Michigan Ave., Glassport, with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski officiating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery in North Versailles. Memorial contributions to St. Joseph Church Building Fund, 2935 Kingston Road, York, 17402.


McKeesport Daily News May 4, 2006

DR. FRANK ROMMEL

Dr. Frank Lyon Rommel, 81, of Palm Harbor FL, formerly of McKeesport, died Friday morning April 28, 2006 at Moravian Manor, Lititz, PA.

Born on May 5, 1925 in Glassport, PA, he was the son of the late Frank D. and Harriet (Lyon) Rommel. A graduate of Glassport High School, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, he received his M.D. degree from the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago.

Dr. Rommel was a Board Certified Physiatrist, and started the Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Department at the McKeesport Hospital. In addition he practiced at the Harmarville Rehabilitation Center and several hospitals in the Pittsburgh area from 1961 to 1988. He served in World War II as a cryptographer with the Army Air Corp in the Azores. He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Palm Harbor, FL.

Frank was married 51 years to Barbara (Bonde) Rommel who survives him. In addition to his wife he is survived by 5 children, Dr. F. Michael, husband of Catherine (Thomas) Rommel, M.D. of Lancaster, PA, Elizabeth A., wife of James J. Kopenhaver, Hanover, PA, John C. husband of Carla (Lange) Rommel, Naperville, ILL, James D. husband of Paula (Kreuzberg) Rommel, Mt. Airy, MD, H. Susanne, wife of Jeffrey R. Huston, New Market, MD, 10 grandchildren and two sisters, H. Patricia, wife of E.G. “Bud” Shuster, of Evrett, PA, and Mary T. Pforsich of Midlothian, VA.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, PA on May 1, 2006. Interment will be in Evrett, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Rommel’s memory to the Good Samaritan Mission, 14920 Balm-Wimauma Rd., Wimauma, FL 33598.

Dr. Rommel was a strong supporter of the web page and all things Glassport. I had many communications with him over the past ten years. - R. A. Uher

Obituary and Picture http://www.snyderfuneralhome.com/OBITUARIES/L06062%20Rommel.htm


Tribune Review May 8, 2006

Daniel M. Siudela

Presto

Formerly of Bethel Park

Daniel M. Siudela, 68, of Presto, formerly of Bethel Park, died Saturday, May 6, 2006, in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born March 25, 1938, in McKeesport, a son of Eugenia Palka Siudyla, of Glassport, and the late Onufrey Siudela. He was a retired comptroller for Washington Steel, Washington, Pa. He was an active member of St. Germaine Church, Bethel Park, and a member of the National Accountant's Association.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Margaret (Petraglia) Siudela; daughter, Cindy (Rob) Citrone, of Southport, Conn.; son, Daniel M. (Ivonna) Siudela, of South Fayette; sister, Carolyn Larimer, of Muse, Pa.; brother, Kenneth Siudela, of Castle Shannon; and grandchildren, Anthony, Nicholas, Gabriela, Chiara, Francesca and Steele.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, www.bekavacfuneralhome.com. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Germaine Church, Bethel Park, with the Rev. John Baver officiating. Interment in St. Barbara Cemetery, Bridgeville. The family requests donations to Multiple Myeloma Research, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.

Post Gazette News Item May 8, 2006


McKeesport Daily News May 10, 2006

ORRIN HALL JR.

Orrin H. "Bud" Hall Jr., 81, of Liberty, died Monday, May 8, 2006, at home. Retired after 40 years as a tin temper at the Irvin plant, U.S. Steel Corp., West Mifflin, he attended Liberty Presbyterian Church, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II serving as a private first class with 37 months in the South Pacific and was a member of the Steelworker's Union and the Liberty Boro Senior Citizens.

Born in Glassport, August 5, 1924, he was a son of the late Orrin H. Sr. and Iva Mae Moyer Hall and husband of the late Laura June Weigand Hall. He is survived by sons, David O. (Anne) Hall of Hookstown and James R. (Candy) Hall of Liberty Boro; grandchildren, Julie (Tim) DeMay and Brian Hall; great granddaughter, Haley Ann Hall; brothers, Thomas Hall of Chesteron, IN, and Glen Hall of Port Vue; sister, Edna Hoyt of Williams, OR, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second Street, Elizabeth. Funeral services will be offered in the chapel there Saturday, May 13, 2006, at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Nancy Titus. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


McKeesport Daily News May 11, 2006

EDWARD HUNT

Edward Walter Hunt, 71, of Elizabeth and Tarpon Springs, Fla., died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in the Donnell House, Washington, Pa. A retired pattern maker from Fort Pitt Steel in McKeesport, he was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Church in Elrama, Elizabeth Forward Area Community Chorus and Monongahela YMCA and an Army veteran during peacetime. He taught scuba diving, snorkeling and guitar and was an avid carpenter, square dancer and all around handyman. Friend to all he met and never new a stranger.

Born in Glassport, Dec. 2, 1934, he was the son of the late Patrick L. and Alice McMullen Hunt. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonita Cox Hunt; daughters, Kimberly (Tom) Carnahan of Washington, Pa., and Geralyn (Jim) Scurfield of Elizabeth; sons, Edward Gregory (Debbie) Hunt of Spartanburg, S.C., and Dr. Jeffrey (Robin) Hunt of Ligonier; grandchildren, Lorien, Chelsea, Callan and T.D. Carnahan, Erin, Allison and Garret Hunt, Matthew, Adrienne, Daniel and Abigail Scurfield and Emma, Jeffrey and Padraig Hunt; great grand child, Aeris Vaughn; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence and Patrick Hunt; and sisters, Elizabeth Hunt and Lillian Weddle.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Friday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Isaac Jogues Church by the Rev. Robert Kohuch. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Donnell House Hospice, 10 Leet St., Washington, Pa., 15301, or to a charity of one's choice. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


Tribune Review May 13, 2006

John W. Katona

Elizabeth Township

John W. "Jack" Katona, 64, of Elizabeth Township, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 26, 1941 to the late John and Elizabeth Katona, of Glassport, and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. Surviving are his loving wife, Beverly Katona; brother, Gerald (Patti) Katona; stepchildren, Cynthia (Rebecca) Way, of Hyattsville, Md., Thomas Way, of Somers Point, N.J., Candy (Wilfrid) Way Briffa, of Alexandria, Va., and Shonna Way, of Centreville, Va.; children, Robert Katona, of Glassport, and Lori (Timothy) Breda, of Elizabeth Township; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Leake, of West Mifflin; nephew, Kevin S. Katona; niece, Lisa Mazur, and great-nieces and -nephews.

Friends received 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 Ave., Glassport. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Michael Catholic Church. Interement in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, www.christopherreeve.org.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette May 15, 2006

Patti Della Nabors

NABORS PATTI DELLA 66, of Glassport, died Friday, May 12, 2006.

She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Emma Bell (Mohney) Milligan; wife of Robert M. Nabors; mother of Renee Hough of Glassport Mark T. (Eva) Fairbaugh of Glassport, Lance E. (Amy) Nabors of Glassport and Holly L. (Richard) Ofchinick of Port Vue; sister of Lynda (Ben) Loera of Glassport and grandmother of Duane, Jr. Brandon, Mark Jr., Haley, Hanna and Luke. Also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Arthur A. Milligan.

Friends received WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Mon. and Tues. 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Wed. 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment following Jefferson Memorial Park.


McKeesport Daily News May 16, 2006

MARY DeFRANCES

Mary DeFrances, formerly of Glassport, died May 12, 2006, in Brandon, FL.

Born May 26, 1912, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Mike and Mary (Balint) Beka and the wife of the late Joseph DeFrances. Mrs. DeFrances was a homemaker and past member of the former Holy Cross Church in Glassport and the McKeesport Senior Citizens Club.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Mary Ann (Earl) Chotiner of Brandon, FL; grandsons, David M. (Patricia) Chotiner of Valrico, FL, and Richard M. Chotiner of Tampa, FL; great granddaughter, Lindsay Jo Chotiner of Atlanta, GA; sister, Ethel Cawley of West Mifflin; and brothers, George Beka of Brandon, FL, and Albert Beck of West Mifflin; nieces and nephews. Her brother, Michael Beka, and sister, Helen Burlikowski, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. at Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. Blessing Service on Thursday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. in the Willig Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow, beside her husband, in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Vcrsailles.


McKeesport Daily News May 16, 2006

DOLORES GRAY

Dolores "Dee" Mae Gray, 75, of West Newton, died Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Belle Vernon.

She was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Glassport. She was a 43 year West Newton resident and prior to that, lived in Glassport. She was a self-employed operator of Dee's Candy and Supplies in West Newton.

Daughter of the late Francis and Helma Smitley Gouker; sister of the late Francis "Sonny" Gouker; former wife of Donald W. Gray of Yukon; four daughters, Linda Simon of Connellsville, Cheryl (Jake) Evansky of Charleroi, Ruth A. (Wesley) Hanbury of Floreffe and Bonnie (Robert) Lemley of Belle Vernon; a son, Allen L. (Pearlette) Gray of Dawson; five sisters, Beatrice Little of Clairton, Grace Williams of Finleyville, Lorraine Mossburg and Dick of Monongahela and Beverly (Tom) Stoker of Jefferson Hills and Eileen (Don) Pennell of Elizabeth Township; four brothers, Clyde (Eunice) Gouker of Rostraver Township, Harold (Beverly) Gouker of Elizabeth, Emmett Gouker of Jefferson Hills and Kenneth (Marie) Gouker of Jefferson Hills; 11 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the S.M. Finney Funeral Home, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.


Tribune Review May 19, 2006

Virginia Gearing

Green Tree

Retired Navy M.C. Cmdr. Virginia Gearing, 83, of Green Tree, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006.

Daughter of the late Thomas M. and Ella McMahon Gearing, of Glassport. Sister of the late Rev. Thomas, Msgr. Daniel and Rev. Edward Gearing. Survived by sisters Mae and Anne Gearing.

Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret of Scotland Church. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marian Manor, 2695 Winchester Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

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McKeesport Daily News May 20, 2006

DOROTHY CURRY

Dorothy N. Curry, 88, of Meadville, formerly of Elizabeth, died Friday, May 19, 2006, in Wesbury United Methodist Community, Meadville. Retired after 20 years as a buyer and sales clerk from J.C. Penney Co., Century III Mall, West Mifflin, she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Kinsman, Ohio, and a graduate of Elizabeth High School. Her focus in life was her family.

Born, June 20, 1917, in Glassport, she was a daughter of the late Fritz and Gertrude Dreer Akerman and wife of the late James Curry who died in 1981. She is survived by sons, James R. (Lori) Curry of Franklin, IN, Timothy A. (Sheila) Curry of Towanda, PA, and Richard S. Curry of Meadville; six grandchildren, Kimberly Merichko, Todd Curry, David Curry, Matthew Curry, Moss Curry and Kate Curry; two great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Smith of Pine Top, AZ, and Grace Smith of Clairton; brother, Isaac Smith of Pine Top, AZ. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Arnold Akerman; and a sister, Ruth Akerman.

Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Phillip Jackson officiating. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of Jesus Christ, 8299 State Street, P.O. Box 229, Kinsman, OH, 44428. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


McKeesport Daily News May 23, 2006

THERESA DEVINE

Theresa D. Jesionowski Devine, 74, of Port Vue, formerly of Glassport, died Saturday, May 20, 2006, at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia. She was retired from Byer's Children's Clothing Store in McKeesport.

Born in Glassport, April 12, 1932, she was the daughter ofthe late Paul and Anna Jozwiak Jesionowski and wife of the late Daniel Devine. She is survived by son, Daryl F. Devine of Cranberry Twp.; daughters, Deborah J. (Charles) Kunkel of Forward Twp. and Kelly L. (Charles) Robinson of Amelia Island, Fla.; grandchildren, Carrie (Mark) O'Donnell of Houston, Texas, and Lauren Kunkel of Forward Twp.; brothers, Ben Jesionowski of Decatur, Ind., and Frank Jesionowski of Versailles; sister, Alberta Owoc of McKeesport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in Striffler's of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services Inc., 110 Lincoln Way, Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 24 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church, West Mifflin, by the Very Rev. Daniel A. Valentine. Entombment at Lebanon Chapel Mausoleum. www. strifflers.com.


McKeesport Daily News June 1, 2006

JAYSON KAZMIERCZYK

Jayson L. Kazmierczyk, 38, of Markleysburg, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at home. A steward at Nemacolin Woodlands in Farmington, he loved golfing and was a golf instructor.

Born in Glassport, May 19, 1968, he was a son of the late John and Celestine Tatkowski Kazmierczyk. He is survived by his fiancee, Rachael Rudge; brothers, Jerome (Dana) Kazmierczyk of Natrona Heights and Joseph (Holly) Kazmierczyk of Glassport; sister, Veronica Kazmierczyk of Natrona Heights; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, John R Kazmierczyk.

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 blessing will be offered there Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.


McKeesport Daily News June 1, 2006

JEAN KOLANKO

Jean G. Kolanko, 94, formerly of Port Vue, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Heartland of West Ashley Nursing Home in Charleston, SC.

Born August 30, 1911, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Buldak Karnash and wife of the late Louis J. Kolanko.

She was a the former proprietor of Kolanko's Dairy Bar in Lincoln Boro and also worked in Adult Services for Allegheny County where she was a former Advisory Board Member. She was a member of St. Mary Czestochowa Parish in McKeesport, its Christian Mothers and Rosary Society, and the St. Cecelia Bowling League.

Surviving are her son, Dr. Ronald L. Kolanko of Seabrook Island, SC; daughters, Longine Mink of Twinsburg, OH, and Melanie Pomykala of Chagrin Falls, OH; 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Karnash of Bethel Park and Stanley Karnash of McMurray; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Friday, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Boulevard, McKeesport, 15132. A Blessing Service on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home will be followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Czestochowa Church with Fr. Edward S. Litavec as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


Tribune Review June 5, 2006

Irene Wawrzeniak

Glassport

Irene Wawrzeniak, 82, of Glassport, died Sunday, June 4, 2006.

She was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Niedziela) Kusibab. Wife of the late Raymond J. Wawrzeniak. Mother of Dr. Joseph J. (Kathy) Wawrzeniak, of North Huntingdon, Raymond F. (Lynn) Wawrzeniak, of Chicago, Ill., Thomas M. (Peggy) Wawrzeniak, of South Park, Mary Louise (Tony) Paterra, of North Huntingdon, Patrick D. (Sharon) Wawrzeniak, of Effort, Pa., and Ann Marie (Bill) McKenna, of South Park. Grandmother of Jason, Kelly and Lisa Wawrzeniak, Sarah and Emily Paterra, Amanda and Kara McKenna, and Michael and Michelle Towler. Also survived by two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers, Patrick and Bernard Kusibab; and sisters, Anna Czyzewski, Victoria Szurley, Regina Nedobylek, Mildred Kusibab and Mary Margaret Sheehe.

She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Queen of the Rosary Church, Glassport, with the Rev. Casimer Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News June 6, 2006

MICHAEL BARAN

Michael Baran, 88, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Glassport/Liberty Boro, died Monday, June 5, 2006. A retired bander for U.S. Steel Irvin Works for 37 years, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was a member of St. Mark Parish in Liberty, American Legion in White Oak, was a trustee for Boy Scouts of America, coached Little League and was an avid sports fan.

He was the son of the late John and Rose (Dobos) Baran and husband of the late Marie A. Bartko Baran. He is survived by sons, Michael F. (Marlyn) Baran of Damascus, MD, and Daniel G. (E.J.) Baran of North Huntingdon; brothers, Steve Baran of Glassport and Paul Baran of Duquesne; grandchildren, Michael J. and Michelle M.; and great grandchild, Sebastian. He was preceded in death by brothers Joseph, George, Andrew and John Baran.

Friends will be received in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Mark Parish in Liberty. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News June 7, 2006

SANDRA ZYRA

Sandra K. Zyra, 54, of Glassport, died Monday, June 5, 2006. Employed by Shop-N-Save in Century Square and Fuzzy's in Glassport, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 6673 in Munhall/ Whitaker.

Daughter of Frances Shoemaker Davis of West Mifflin and the late Clarence (C.A.) Davis. Wife of Albert F. Zyra; mother of Vicky Zyra of Robinson Twp. and Cindy Zyra of San Francisco, Calif.; and sister of Linda Gaza of Conneatville and Keith Davis of Morgantown, WV. She was preceded in death by sister, Janet Potter.

We believe in angels - Our mother was living proof they exist.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 79 p.m. in the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave.; Glassport. Service will be conducted there Friday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Peter Roy. Interment following in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 111 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10006.


Tribune Review June 8, 2006

Nedra N. Jones

Indiana, Pa.

Formerly of Glassport and Elizabeth Twp.

Nedra N. Jones, 87, of Indiana, Pa., formerly of Glassport and Elizabeth Township, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in St. Andrews Village, Indiana.

She was born Nov. 14, 1918, in Glassport to the late George and Laura Richards Neidermyer and was the wife of William H. Jones, who died in 1981.

Mrs. Jones completed two years at Indiana State Teachers College in 1939, was granted a teaching certificate and returned to receive a bachelor of science degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1974. She was retired from the Elizabeth Forward School District as a second grade teacher at Greenock Elementary School and after retiring was a loyal volunteer at Jefferson Hospital. Mrs. Jones was a member of Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church, Elizabeth Township; McKeesport Order of the Eastern Star; the Elizabeth Township Senior Citizens, and the Mt. Vernon AARP.

Surviving are daughters Lauralee (Terry) Bunton, of Indiana, and Charlotte (Sheldon) Abramovitz, of West Newton; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered as a caring educator and a loving mother and grandmother.

Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Elizabeth Township, and from 10 until 11 a.m. services Friday at Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church. The Rev. Eric S. Park will officiate. Private interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals or a charity of choice.


McKeesport Daily News June 8, 2006

SHERYL SOMERVILLE

Sheryl S. Somerville, 59, of Pittsburgh, formerly of White Oak and Glassport, died Wed., June 7, 2006.

She was the daughter of the late Kerwyn and the late Jean (Sergeon) Little. She is the mother of Lori L. Uziel of Whitehall; grandmother of Delana and sister of Dale (Tammy) Little of Columbus, OH.

Friends received Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Friday from 2-4 and 7­9 p.m. A funeral blessing will be held Friday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski officiating.


McKeesport Daily News June 17, 2006

MARGARET SHIRLEY

Margaret L. Shirley of Glassport, died Thursday, June 15, 2006. She was a member of Glassport Unit 443 of the American Legion Auxiliary and MYARC.

Born June 4, 1920, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Puto Morsey and wife of the late John Shirley. She is survived by sons, David W. Shirley of Beavertown, Oreg., and Gregg D. Shirley of Glassport; grandson, Wayne B. Shirley; great grand­daughter, Kelsie Shirley; sisters and brother, Anna Marie Sporcic of McKeesport, Rita Griminger of Bethel Park and Richard Morsey of Liberty. She was preceded in death by sister, Mildred Cobaugh; and brothers, Bernard and Robert Morsey.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Monday from 2-4 and 7­9 p.m. Private interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice or Jefferson Hills Manor Inc.


McKeesport Daily News June 23, 2006

JOSEPHINE SITKO

Josephine Sitko, 88, of Glassport, returned to the Lord surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, June 22, 2006. A practical nurse for the Visiting Nurses Association, she was a library aide for South Allegheny School District, crocheting instructor at Michael’s Arts & Crafts in Century Square and member of the Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport where she was president of the Rosary Society, former Eucharistic minister and member of the choir and bereavement committee. She was also a member, regent and vice regent for McKeesport Court 221 of the Catholic Daughters of America and member of the Golden Key Club and the McKeesport Sewing Guild.

Born in Glassport, March 6, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Magdalena Augustyn Lorenc and wife of the late Joseph Sitko. She is survived by children, Barbara (Nicholas) Sowko of Glassport, Geraldine (Arthur) Tomko of York, Frances Sitko of Pittsburgh, Joseph Sitko Jr. of Shippenport and Patricia (Damian) Ferchak of West Mifflin; 14 grandchildren and 16 1/2 great grand­children who knew her as “Gramma the Great.” She was preceded in death by son, Stephen Sitko; and sisters, Sister M. Veronica of the Sisters of Holy Spirit, Julia Grochocki and Emilia Kasner.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2006

MARY BENVIN

Mary E. Benvin, of N. Versailles, formerly of White Oak, died June 24, 2006, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Born in Glassport, Oct. 11, 1925, and married May 14, 1949, to William F. Benvin. She was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

Mary is the daughter of the late Mary Carl and William C. McNeilis. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Kathleen M. Winzek of Elizabeth, Karen S. Peters of Braddock Hills and Rita J. Peters of Port Vue; and also one son, David W. Benvin of N. Versailles. There are 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and other loved ones surviving.

Friends will be received at Striffler’s of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Monday from 2-4 and 6­9 p.m. Mass will be on Tues. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church at 10 a.m. with the Rev. John Brennan as cel­ebrant. Burial will follow.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2006

JOYCE DUDIK

Joyce Ann Dudik, 62, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at her home.

She was born June 26, 1943, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Passaro Sebastian. Mrs. Dudik was formerly employed as a waitress by the Longvue Club, Hilton Hotel and the William Penn Hotel.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Shawn Dudik; two brothers, Fred and Joseph Sebastian; a sister, Mary Lou Andrews. She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Dudik; one daughter, Dawn Phillians and her husband, David Jr., of McKeesport; two sisters, Odessa Petro and Rose Gouker of Liberty; two grandchildren, Gage and Gavin Phillians.

Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc., Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church fol­lowed by entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2006

HELEN KSIAZEK

Helen Ksiazek, 90, of Glassport, died Saturday, June 24, 2006, in UPMC McKeesport. Former owner of Booky’s Bar and Lounge in Glassport, she was worked for U.S. Steel Corp. during World War II, waitressed at many local restaurants and was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Glassport and PNA.

Born in Port Vue, Aug. 31, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Vargo Krivonak and wife of the late Frank J. Ksiazek. Mother of Martina C. (Nicholas) Rabickow of Glassport, Janet M. (Dale) Scott of Sacramento, Calif., Frances I. (Charles) Weaver of Scott Twp., Michael A. (Linda Lee) Ksiazek of Glassport and Kenneth F. (Debby) Ksiazek of Monroeville; sister of Steven Krivonyak of Charleston, W.Va., and Irene Krivonak of Port Vue; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy; brother, Michael; sisters, Ann, Kate and Anna; and grandsons, Nicky and Corey.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Monday from 7-9 p.m. and 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. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News June 29, 2006

HERBERT JAMES

Herbert L. James, 88, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired operator from the Clairton plant, U.S. Steel Corp., with 42 years of service, he was an a Navy veteran of World War II.

Born in Glassport, Oct. 27, 1917, he was the husband of the late Bernice McGowan James. He is survived by children, Neil ( Janice) James of West Mifflin, Leslie ( Edward) Hogben of Elizabeth and Dennis (Beverly) James of Elizabeth Twp.; five grand­children and a great grand­child; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 1- 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 Saturday at noon. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. The fam­ily has suggested memo­rial contributions to Make­ A- Wish Foundation of Western PA, 555 Grant St., Suite 425, Pittsburgh, 15219.


McKeesport Daily News July 3, 2006

DOMINIC YEAGER

Dominic H. Yeager, 64, of Glassport, died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at home. A retired security guard from Gregg Security in East Pittsburgh, he was a lieutenant for the Glassport Auxiliary Police.

Born in McKeesport, Oct. 29, 1941, he was the son of the late Henry and Rosie Schady Yeager. He is survived by his wife, Mathilda Coddington Yeager; granddaughter, Dominica Farally at home; daughters, Lois McBride of Elizabeth and Nikki Ferree of McKeesport; son, Dominic Yeager of North Versailles Twp.; sister, Shirley Harbert in South Carolina; brothers, Robert Yeager of Glassport and Thomas Yeager of McKeesport; and six other grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Paulette Yeager Farally; other brothers and sisters. Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. until the hour of service there at 8:30 with the Rev. Thomas Carr officiating.


McKeesport Daily News July 5, 2006

WILLIAM SPINETTA

William J. Spinetta, 86, of Glassport, died Monday, July 3, 2006, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. A retired laborer from the Clairton plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of the American Legion Post 443 and Polish National Alliance Lodge, both in Glassport, and an Army veteran of World War II.

Born in Clairton, Feb. 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Santino and Blanche Bonari Spinetta. He is survived by niece and caretaker, Arlene Schinosi of Glassport; and other nieces. He was preceded in death by sisters.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service there at 11. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a favorite charity.


McKeesport Daily News July 18, 2006

EDWARD SKOTNICKI

Edward V. Skotnicki, 79, of Glassport, died Sunday, July 16, 2006, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired craneman from Bucyrus Erie in Glassport, he was an auto body mechanic, member of the American Legion and Polish National Alliance in Glassport and a Navy veteran of World War II.

Born in Glassport, March 12, 1927, he was the son of the late Valentine and Sophie Zapor Skotnicki. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Jaskolski Skotnicki; children, Donna Skotnicki of San Andreas, Calif., Thomas Skotnicki of White Oak, Sharon Eckert and Joan Skotnicki of Glassport, David Skotnicki of North Huntingdon Twp. and Dennis Skotnicki of Liberty; grandchildren, Andrew, Valerie, Paige, Codee and Josh; brothers and sister, Eugene, Stanley, Frank and Carol Skotnicki. He was preceded in death by grandchildren, Mary and Michael; brothers, John and Walter Skotnicki; and sister, Josephine Ritter.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2­ 4 and 7- 9 p. m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A blessing will be offered Thursday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Mary Czestochowa Church, McKeesport, with Father Edward Litavec as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary Polish Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News July 24, 2006

MARY CHAMETS

Mary E. “Betty” Jenkins Chamets, 86, of Glassport, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at home. A retired clerk from the former Marraccini’s in Elizabeth, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth and a graduate of Elizabeth High School.

Born in Elizabeth, June 25, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Samuel B. and Nancy C. Sutton Neal and wife of the late Nick Chamets. She is survived by daughters, Nancy (Ken) Mazzola and Fran ( Jeff) Horgos of Clairton and Judy ( Jack) Wesolowski with whom she resided and Lisa (Gordon W.) Carter of Glassport; sons, Tim “T.J.” (Wanda) Jenkins of Clymer, N.Y., and Richard (Jo-Jo) Jenkins of Clairton; 19 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret J. Medved; and son, Scott Jenkins. Friends will be received Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Funeral services will be offered in the chapel there Thursday, July 27, 2006, at noon by the Rev. Dr. Bruce Bryce. Interment will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, 15234.


McKeesport Daily News July 24, 2006

BIAGIO D’APPOLLONIO

Biagio D’Appollonio, 83, of Glassport, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at the Jefferson Hills Manor Nursing Home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lenola, Latina, Italy. He was a 43-year resident of Glassport, previously living in Italy. He retired in 1978 after 16 years service in the mesh department of Copperweld Bimetallics Division, Glassport. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Italian Army. He was a member of the Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Glassport, and the Sons of Italy, Glassport.

He was the son of the late Vincenzo and Maria Lostocco D’Appollonio. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Colontone D’Appollonio of Glassport. Father of Anna Marie ( Sebastian) D’Onofrio of Long Island, N. Y., Salvatore ( Judith) of Port Vue, Anthony ( Noreen) of Port Vue, Vincent of Glassport, Chiara (Keith) McCaulley of White Oak, Rita (Richard) Keenan of Elizabeth Township and Sandra ( Mark) Taylor of Glassport. Brother of Joseph ( Flora) D’Appollonio of San Paolo, Brazil, Concetta (Francesco) Nicelli of Rome, Italy. Grandfather of Inez D’Onofrio of Long Island, Dino (Michelle) D’Onofrio of Middle Island, N. Y., Kristina (Jeffrey) McCafferty of Elizabeth Township, Gina D’Appollonio of Glassport, Vincent D’Appollonio of Indiana, Bryan, Stephanie, Lesley, Christine and Amy Taylor of Glassport. Great­grandfather of Emily Rose McCafferty of Elizabeth Township and Justin Michael D’Onofrio of Middle Island, N.Y.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski officiating. Entombment in Penn-Lincoln Mausoleum, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News July 24, 2006

LOIS DeMAIO

Lois A. DeMaio, 76, of Glassport, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at home.

Born in McKeesport, Dec. 15, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Emil and Madeline Skiffington Shidel. She is survived by her husband, Victor G. DeMaio; daughter, Debbi ( Brian) Morsey of Glassport; sons, Robert ( Tama) DeMaio of North Huntingdon Twp., James ( Laura) of Glassport and Bernard (Lesa) of Elizabeth Twp.; 10 grandchildren, Melanie, David, Matthew, Vincent, Christina, Kelsea, David, Jacob, Dana and Jonathan; great grandson, Dominic; sister, Madeline Haney of West Mifflin; and brothers, Charles Shidel of North Huntingdon Twp., Paul of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Emil of Sarasota, Fla. She was preceded in death by sister and brother, Catherine and Richard.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrat­ed Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Lebanon Church Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News July 26, 2006

ROSE HALUCHA

Rose M. Halucha, 88, of Glassport, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006, in Scenery Heights Nursing Home, Elizabeth Twp. A former tool sharpener from the Christy Park plant, U. S. Steel Corp., she was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport and former member and president of the VFW Post 443 Ladies Auxiliary.

Born in Floreffe, Aug. 24, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Zelka Severes and wife of the late Albert P. (Blackie) Halucha. She is survived by a son, Raymond J. Halucha of Glassport; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Anna Terek of Webster, Pa.; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Albert J. Halucha; and brother, Michael Severes.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


Tribune Review July 27, 2006

Audrey M. Wisser

Glassport

Audrey May Wisser, 88, of Glassport, born Nov. 20, 1917, in Duquesne, died July 26, 2006, at the J.J. Kane Regional Hospital, McKeesport. She was the daughter of the late Fred W. and Vera Askew Pirl Jr. and wife of the late Harry A. Wisser, who died in 1965.

She was a Glassport resident for 53 years and prior to that, she lived in Duquesne. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Glassport, and the Glassport Senior Citizens.

She is survived by sons, Charles E. Wisser, of Duquesne, and Wilbert L. (Mary Lou) Wisser, of Glassport; a sister, Ruth (Frank) Bernot, of Croyden, Pa.; a brother, Fred (Joann) Pirl, of North Huntingdon; and two grandchildren, Carrie and Brian. She was preceded in death by a son, Harry W. Wisser; and sisters, Vera Lyons and Rhea Bauer.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME INC., Glassport. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society or St. John's Lutheran Church.


Tribune Review July 29, 2006

Arthur J. Wawrzeniak

Elizabeth Township

Arthur J. Wawrzeniak, 78, of Elizabeth Township, died Friday, July 28, 2006, in Lawson Nursing Home Inc., Jefferson Hills.

He was born July 1, 1928, in Glassport to the late Raymond Sr. and Genevieve Kubiak Wawrzeniak and was a carpenter who retired from Copperweld, Glassport, after 30 years of service and the founder and owner of Wawrzeniak Packaging Service, Elizabeth Township. Mr. Wawrzeniak was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, where he was former president of the Usher Club and a member of Knights of Columbus 10077. He was a third-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus; a member of VFW Kastan-Uveges Post 7632, Blaine Hill, the Polish National Alliance, Glassport, and the Rotary Club of Elizabeth; an Elizabeth Township Democratic committeeman, and a former aide to state Rep. David Levdansky.

Husband of 57 1/2 years of Ethel (Bilak) Wawrzeniak. Father of Donna Davis (Dr. Edwin) and Karen Russell (Mark), of Elizabeth Township. Brother of Virginia Kudla (Henry), of Glassport. Grandfather of Dr. Jessica (Dr. Scott) Kislak, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Justin Davis and Andrea Russell, of Elizabeth Township. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth Borough. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Rudolph Smoley officiating. Burial in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of the Divine Redeemer, 999 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2006

ANTHONY BARCH JR.

Anthony J. Barch Jr., 71, of North Versailles Twp., died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, in UPMC McKeesport. A resident of North Versailles for the past year and a half, prior to that he lived in Florida. He was a steelworker for the Clairton Works until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Hornet during the Korean conflict and was an avid reader.

Born in Glassport, Aug. 2, 1935, he was a son of the late Anthony J. Sr. and Helen Kuszajewski Barch. He is survived by his wife, Marion Harvey Barch of North Versailles; sons, Arthur Barch of Johnstown, James and David in Florida and Dwayne of Washington; daughter, Cynthia Barch Niznik of Monroeville; grandchildren, Kelly, Nicholas, Benjamin, Joseph and Maxwell; great grand­children, Ian, Geoffrey and Alexandra; sister, Dorothy Matwicj of White Oak; brother, Ray Barch of Glassport; also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Barch.

Funeral arrangements are private. The family respect­fully suggests memo­rial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Blawnox.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2006

JOHN VAVREK

John F. Vavrek, 82, of Dravosburg, died Aug. 5, 2006, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 15, 1924, in McKeesport to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Vavrek. Mr. Vavrek worked for US Steel/ National Tube Division in the open hearth department for 27 years, was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport, former commander and member of Glassport American Legion Post 443 and served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Regina Bittner Vavrek. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Bumbargar; children, Patricia Hicks in California state, John (Joyce) Vavrek in Nevada, Rita (Jerry) Pellecchia of McKeesport, Kenneth (Nancy) Vavrek of Export and Doris (David) Moore in New Hampshire; step­son, Jerald (Judy) Thomas of McKeesport; grandchildren, Erin and Christopher, Christina and Jason, Jordan and Brandon, Michael, John Paul, Jennifer and Jessica; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Betty Vavrek of McKeesport, Joseph Vavrek in California state and the late Louis Vavrek, Mary Jakubek and Helen Ragan; and also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the I.M. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 203 Fourth Street, Dravosburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church in McKeesport at 10 a. m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2006

LAWRENCE SLATER

Lawrence “ Larry” W. Slater, 74, of McKeesport, died August 8, 2006, at Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born March 2, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Edward R. Slater Sr. and the late Edith Nystron. Mr. Slater worked for the Glass House in Glassport and the Penn McKee Hotel.

He is survived by a brother, Edward R. ( Rachel) Slater of Liberty Borough; a sister, Edith ( William) Nylander; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. A service will follow in the chapel of McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery with the Rev. Kathleen Barnhart officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions to a favorite charity.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2006

MICHAEL WARGO

Michael Wargo, 85, of North Huntingdon Twp., formerly of Glassport, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, in UPMC McKeesport. He retired from the National plant, U. S. Steel Corp., and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Born in Glassport, May 31, 1921, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Ihnayto Wargo. He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Primich Wargo; daughter, Sue Ann M. (Bruce) Lockhart of North Versailles Twp.; three grandchildren, Michael, Bruce and Noah Lockhart; brother, John Wargo of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Laver; and a brother, Albert Wargo. Friends will be received in Striffler’s of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, Thursday 2­ 4 and 7- 9 p. m. Parastas Thursday at 6: 30 p. m. Divine Liturgy will be offered Friday 10 a. m. in St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Whetstone. Burial will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News August 18, 2006

FLORA YACOBUCCI

A former Jefferson Hills resident, Flora M. Yacobucci, 87, of Glassport, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at home. A retired bookkeeper from the former M. Marraccini & Co. in Clairton, she was a former employee of the Irvin plant, U. S. Steel Corp., during World War II, member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton, Glassport Senior Citizens, Genova Council 6 of the Sons of Columbus and Wilson Civic Club and past president of the National Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation of Clairton.

Born in Clairton, Sept. 13, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Anita Rastelli Capponi and wife of 51 years to the late Michael A. Yacobucci who died in 1990. She is survived by daughters, Maureen ( Edward) Murzyn of Munhall, Jean (Lawrence) Smith of Jackson, Tenn., Tina (Robert) Henderson of Clairton and Michele R. (Gary) Toth with whom she resided; 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Clare of Assisi Parish (St. Joseph Building). Interment will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Memorial Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 980 Greengate, North Plaza, Greensburg, 15601


McKeesport Daily News August 21, 2006

FRANCIS RAGER

Francis A. Rager, 70, of Glassport, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. He was a retired mechanic from Matthews Bus Co. in Elizabeth.

Son of the late Frank and Mildred Finley Rager and husband of the late Patricia Popach Rager, he is survived by daughters, Jean Bishop, Geri Rager and Julie Rusnock of Glassport, Cindy Rager of McKeesport, Joyce Slayden of Katy, Texas and Carol Decolati of Liberty; sons, John, Wayne, David and Edward Rager of Glassport and Jim Rager of McKeesport; 31 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; brother, Amos Rager of Glassport; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, William Rager.

Friends will be received in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Tuesday from 2-4 and 7­9 p.m. Service will be conducted Wednesday.


McKeesport Daily News August 23, 2006

BERNARD KASTAN SR.

Bernard G. Kastan Sr., of Glassport, died Aug. 22, 2006.

Born in Braddock, he was the son of the late John and Emma (Hitrick) Kastan and the husband of Helen (Ribar) Kastan. Mr. Kastan retired from Copperweld Corporation where he was employed as a wire drawer. He was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Theresa (Sandy) Frank of Forest Hills, Bernard Jr. (Janet) of White Oak and Robert (Lori) of Munhall; grandchildren, Emily, Jacob, Justin and Robinson; brother, Carl of North Huntingdon; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, John “Babe.”

Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Aug. 25th, at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, McKeesport. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News August 24, 2006

BARBARA KATONA

Barbara Artim Katona, 68, of Glassport, died Monday, August 21, 2006, at home.

Born December 23, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John and Lucy Shaw Artim. She was a retired employee of PNC Bank. Surviving are her son, Robert Katona of New Waterford, Ohio; a daughter, Lori (Timothy) Breda of Elizabeth; a brother, John (Marlene) Artim of North Versailles; a sister, Nancy Oeler of Orlando, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing Friday at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Home will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport, with the Rev. Donald Voss as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles.


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