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.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette August 1, 2007

Gladys Mae Muse

MUSE GLADYS MAE 93 of Liberty Borough, formerly of Glassport died Saturday, July 28, 2007.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Harriett Brooks; wife of the late Richard B. Muse; survived by her son Richard B. Muse of Liberty Borough, sisters Connie and Helen and brothers Bob and Harold Brooks.

She was a retired Nurse at McKeesport Hospital and a long time member of the YMCA in McKeesport.

Funeral arrangements by WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME. Memorial contributions to Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News August 6, 2007

MARTIN NELSON

Martin C. “Marty” Nelson, 94, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Homestead, died Sunday, August 5, 2007.

Marty was a dedicated volunteer with Jefferson Regional Medical Center who accumulated over 14,000 hours, and was the treasurer and volunteer of the 514 Club in Glassport. He also was an avid sports fan.

He was the husband of the late Anna Nelson. He was the beloved father of Carol Ann Miller and Judith L. Ivins; grandfather of Nancy Kolosvary, Dawna Mattarock, Tammy Bartrug, David Seebacher and the late Sharon Breslin; great­grandfather of PJ Kolosvary, Ashley Mattarock, Michael Mattarock, Hannah Bartrug, Abigail Bartrug, Amanda Seebacher, Sean Breslin and Ryan Breslin.

Friends will be received Tuesday, August 7, 2007, from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon at the John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 412-881­4100, Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Pa., 15227. If desired, the family suggests contributions to the 514 Club, 514 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2007

ALBERT CSORBA SR.

Albert Andrew Csorba Sr., 47, of Glassport, died Sunday, August 5, 2007.

He was born April 26, 1960, in McKeesport, to Billie and Penelope “Pennie” Kucsmas Csorba. Albert was a member of the 11th Ward Club in McKeesport and the Glassport PNA Club.

In addition to his parents, survivors include sons, Albert A. Csorba Jr. of Versailles and Mark Andrew Csorba of New York; a daughter, Leeann Renee Csorba of New York; a brother, Willilam “Sam” (Brenda) Csorba Sr.; three grandchildren; also nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 9, 2007, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home, Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport , with funeral ser­vices immediately following at 7 p.m. In lieu of flow­ers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the funeral home.


McKeesport Daily News August 8, 2007

DEXTER ROSS

Dexter Ross, 64, of Trafford, died suddenly Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at home. He was born January 9, 1943, in McKeesport, a son of the late Patsy and Marion Bongyor Ross and was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Renee Bebout Ross.

Dexter was a partner in Laurel Aluminum Casting of Glassport where he was vice president of operations and was a former foundry manager for Westinghouse Airbrake Co., Wilmerding. He was a member and director of the Trafford Sportsman Club and a member of the American Foundry Society. He is survived by his fiancée, Cheryl DeFalco; children, Robert D. Ross of Irwin and Rhonda M. (Jason) Zerbini of Saltsburg; grandchildren, Natalee and Douglas; sisters, Theresa Ross of North Versailles and Patricia (Bill) Greenwalt of Irwin; and nephews and niece, Michael and Matthew Ross and Ashley Greenwalt.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Forgie­Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823­8083. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 10, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News August 13, 2007

ANTHONY SGROI

Anthony “Pinky” Sgroi died Saturday, August 11, 2007, after a short illness.

He was born February 9, 1946, to the late Enes and Consolato Sgroi of Glassport. He was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Christine R. (Trainor) Sgroi. Mr. Sgroi is survived by his children, Adam (Tanya) Sgroi of Virginia Beach, Va., Connie Sgroi of Cranberry Township, C.J. (Renee) Sgroi of Wake Forest, N.C., and Jason (Jennifer) Sgroi of Dover, N.J.; four grandchildren; Other survivors include Lois and Toni Lynn Thorpe of Glassport, Joy and Michael Turek of Liberty and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests at Tiechart-Gracan Funeral Home Inc., Duquesne, on Tuesday from 1 to 9 p.m. A Blessing Service will be offered at Holy Name Church in Duquesne at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2007. Interment will be in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


McKeesport Daily News August 15, 2007

WILLIAM BROWN

William F. “Fessor” Brown, 76, of Lincoln Borough, died Sunday, August 12, 2007, at home.

He was born September 14, 1930, in Elizabeth, the son of the late William F. and Madeline Deffobis Brown. He was a retired laborer for Chemojet in Elizabeth. He was a former employee of the Glass House in Glassport. He is survived by siblings, Dolores Lucas of Lincoln Borough, Mary Jane Criste of Miami, Fla., Shirley Chesson of Lincoln Borough, Norman Brown of Donegal and Marcellia Smith of Seattle, Wash.; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Kirk, Thomas and Charles Brown and Margaret Boyd.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St. Elizabeth, Pa., 15037. Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy A. Kelly officiating. Burial is in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Lincoln Borough Ambulance Service, 4312 Liberty Way, Elizabeth, Pa., 15037, or Elizabeth Weslyan Church, 205 Church St., Elizabeth, Pa., 15037.


McKeesport Daily News August 15, 2007

EVA STOFFIERE

Eva M. Stoffiere, of Glassport, died Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at Riverside Nursing Home.

She was born July 12, 1921, the daughter of the late Alex and Josephine Cola. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish and the Christian Mothers. She is survived by her husband, Mario F. Stoffiere; son, Richard L. (Barbara) Stoffiere of Elizabeth Township; daughter, Evette (Ron) Flex of Elizabeth Township; sister-in-law, Ruth Stoffiere of Port Vue; three sisters, Louise Mallozzi of Clairton, Helen DeCicco of Clairton and Gina Ferrari of Clairton; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Mario F. Stoffiere and a sister, Nancy Piscione Kohan. Friends will be received Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 16, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary in Glassport. Interment to follow in Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News August 20, 2007

MAE GEARING

Mae Gearing of Marian Manor, Green Tree, died on Sunday, August 19, 2007. She was a retired school teacher of Glassport Borough.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ella McMahon Gearing of Glassport. She was the sister of the late Father Thomas, Monsignor Daniel and Father Edward Gearing, sister of the late Commander Virginia Gearing, U.S. Navy retired. She is survived by her sister, Anne Gearing.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the William Slater II Funeral Service, Greentree Road, Scott Township. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, August 22, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15220. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15217. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Marion Manor.


McKeesport Daily News August 20, 2007

PETER PIEKUT

Peter F. Piekut, 97, of Glassport, died Saturday, August 18, 2007, at Jefferson Hills Manor.

He was the son of the late Valentine and Mary Lech Piekut. He was a retired steel worker for U.S. Steel, Irvin Works and a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the choir and PNA in Glassport. He was a avid pinocle player.

He is survived by his wife, Sophie Grabowski Piekut; children, Norbert (Kathleen) Piekut of Glassport, Thomas Piekut of Hawaii, Gerard (Wendy) Piekut of Fresno, Calif. and Gregory Piekut of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Christine) Piekut of North Huntingdon, Kimberely (Jeff) Stoner of New Stanton, Kenneth Piekut of Tucson, Ariz., Kevin Piekut of Fresno, Calif., Brian Piekut of Santa Barbara, Calif and Karen Webster of Dundalk, Md.; great-grandchildren, Zachery Piekut, Victoria Piekut, Logan Stoner, Riley Ann and Nick Webster. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and one sister.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edmund E. Wojciechowski Jr. Funeral Home 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A Fneral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimer Kedzierski. Interment to follow in the Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News August 21, 2007

MICHAEL DWOREK SR.

Michael A. Dworek Sr., 67, of Glassport, died Saturday, August 18, 2007, in the UPMC Cancer Center of Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born February 10, 1940, in Glassport, the son of the late John and Genevieve (Kwiatkowski) Dworek. He was preceded in death by a sister, Maryann Pearce. He was a heavy equipment operator, employed by Kelly Run Sanitation Company. His favorite hobby was fishing in the Youghiogheny River, West Newton, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army as a paratrooper of the Screaming Eagles. He is survived by sons, Michael (Donaldo) Dworek Jr. of Orlando, Fla., and Jeffrey (Tracey) Dworek of Urbandale, Iowa; grandchildren, Tara, Brianna and Taylor Dworek; brother, Kenneth J. Dworek of Brookville, Pa.; sisters, Jean Vidnovic of Youngwood, Frances McNeil of McKeesport and Lorraine Blanchard of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held Thursday, August 23, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski officiating. Inurnment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. Memorial contributions may be made to UPMC Cancer Center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, 575 Coal Valley Road, Suite 404, Clairton, Pa., 15025, or Queen of the Rosary Church, 530 Michigan Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045.


Tribune Review August 25, 2007

Gertrude Murawski

Glassport

Gertrude Murawski, 81, of Glassport, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.

Gertie was born Aug. 2, 1926, in Glassport to the late Stephan and Karoline (Strusionski) Joblonski and also was predeceased by husbands Donald Dunkerley and Thomas Murawski. Surviving are loving children Donald Dunkerley (Cindy), of Bloomfield, Ind., and Debra Spaun (Brad), of Murrysville; grandchildren Clayton Godlesky, of Delmont, and Evan Godlesky, of South Carolina, and sister Regina Kowalski, of Glassport.

Friends will be received from 6 until a 7 p.m. service Monday at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., 5701 Lincoln Ave., Export, 724-327-1400. Interment will be private. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Heartland Hospice for their extraordinary care during her stay there. For directions or to send online condolences, please go to www.wolfe-vongeis.com.


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2007

FRANK MAYS

Frank A. Mays, died Friday, August 24, 2007, at his home in Glassport.

He was born in Tarentum on May 3, 1972, and was the loving son of Timothy Edwin and Mary Ainsworth Mays of McKeesport. He was the beloved husband of Kimberly Ann Wiley and loving father of Michael, Brittany and Katelyn. He is also survived by a brother, Ray “Jamie” Mays of Port Vue.

Frank was an inspection mechanic for Eurotech in Pittsburgh and a member of the Glassport Assembly of God where he was an Adventure Commander for their Royal Rangers. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School. Frank loved to go to car cruises, play the guitar, ride motorcycles, and he restored his 1970 Olds Cutless. He will truly be missed by all those who loved him.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Pa., 15131, where services will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Pat Pugh. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Monetary remembrances will be greatly appreciated by the family. To share tributes with the family, please acknowledge at Strifflers@verizon.net


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2007

FLORENCE McGINTY

Florence Mary (George) McGinty, 80, of Liberty Borough, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2007, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was born June 19, 1927, in Glassport, the daughter of the late Nick George and Marie Dingeldine George Pearson and step­daughter of the late Carl Pearson.

Florence was a former employee of the G.C. Murphy Co. home office and retired from the South Hills Health System Home Health Care Agency. She was a member and elder of the Liberty Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church Women, AARP 1612, and the South Hills Health System Home Care Alumni. She was a graduate of Glassport High School and Grace Martin Secretarial School.

She was the wife of the late Bernard J. McGinty. Florence is survived by her sons, Jess P. (Kerry) McGinty of Port Vue and Kevin M. McGinty of Glassport; grandson, Ryan (Danielle) McGinty of Rhode Island; brother, Carl (Pam) Pearson of Liberty Borough; nieces, Jaime Linderman and her fiancé, Sean Means, Corri (Tim) Gross, Erica (Paul) Robinson and Leah Pearson; nephew, Joshua and wife Sarah; great-nieces and nephews, Phoebe, Macey, Mya, A.J. and Justus; aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Valjean; sister, Dorothy Linderman; and special cousin, Dee Supernovich.

Friends may call Tuesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the William H. Craig Funeral Home Inc., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, Pa. Services will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Snyder officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. The family requests contribu­tions to Liberty Presbyterian Church.


McKeesport Daily News September 1, 2007

ANDREW DELIMAN

Andrew P. “Buddy” Deliman, 62, of Glassport, died Thursday, August 30, 2007, in UPMC Presbyterian-University.

Born in Glassport, He was the son of the late Andrew and Pauline (Roberts) Deliman. He was a member of the Glassport Fire Department 1.

He was the husband of Margie A. Richel Deliman. He was the father of Thomas P. Deliman of Glassport, Robert K. (Amy) Deliman of Virginia, David C. (Brandy) Deliman of Port Vue, and Brian K. (Kelly) Deliman of Glassport; brother of Paulette Stearns of Tennessee, Cindy Rozanski of Alabama, Von Deliman of Acme, Pa., David Deliman of Rostraver and Dennis Deliman of Glassport; grandfather of Breeanna, Robert, Thomas, Tyler, Cody, Seth and Hailey; also niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Gerber. Buddy was loved by all and will be dearly missed. May the angels lead him into paradise.

Friends will be received at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Avenue , Glassport , on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church with the Rev. Tom Lewandowski officiat­ing. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News September 8, 2007

MARYLOU PEITSMEYER

Mrs. Marylou Peitsmeyer, 72, of Rockinham, N.C., formerly of Glassport, died Monday, September 3, 2007, at her home.

Marylou was born in Glassport on March 9,1935, the daughter of the late George and Mary Mihalek. She married Ralph "Skip" Pcitsmeyer on March 9, 1961. A homemaker, she was a devoted member of St. James Catholic Church and the Red Hat Society. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Greg Peitsmeyer and wife Mary of Bellefontaine, Ohio; grandchildren, Leslie and Aaron Pcitsmeyer, also of Bellefontaine; two aunts, Sister Francis Louise of Perrysville and Josephine Mihalek of Belle Vernon and an uncle, Ed Mihalek of Glassport, Ohio.

A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, September 9, 2007, at 9 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Internment will be held privately at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 1018 W. Hamlet Ave., Rockingham, N.C., 28345. The Russell-Marks Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 408 E. Franklin St., Rockingham, N.C., 28379, is serving the family.


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2007

DONNA LOSTETER

Donna Rae Losteter, 69, of Glassport, died Saturday, September 8, 2007, at home.

A lifelong resident of Glassport, she resided with her son, Scott "Po" Poston. She was a former bookkeeper for Union National Bank.

She was the daughter of John R. and Anna (Stepanic) Burton. She is also survived by her beloved daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Steve Antkowiak; grandchildren, Rachel and Zachery Antkowiak, sister, Margaret; brother-in-law, Carl Anderson; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesdav from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Edmund E. Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa. Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Loved by all, she will be deeply missed. May the angels take her gently to her new home.


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2007

MARGARET UHRIN

Margaret (Plisko ) Uhrin, 98, of East Greenwich, R. I., formerly of McKeesport, passed away August 4, 2007, at Kent Regency Genesis Heathcare in Warwick, R.I.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph G. Uhrin. She was born in McKeesport, the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Varaly) Plisko. Prior to moving to Rhode Island, Margaret was a bookkeeper in Pennsylvania for many years before her retirement. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy parish in East Greenwich, R.I., and a member of the Shoreside Tenants Association.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Uhrin of Warwick, R.I.; her grandchildren, Beth Burgess of San Diego, Calif., Michele Forsell of Exeter, R.I., and Christine Uhrin of Warwick, R.I.; two greatgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Committal Prayers will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2007, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery; North Versailles. Arrangements entrusted to Hill Funeral Home Inc., 822 Main St., East Greenwich, R.I., 02818, 401-884-9222.


San Diego Union Tribune September 12, 2007

SYLVIA SCHWARTZ

Sept. 10, 1920-Sept. 9, 2007

Sylvia Schwartz, 86, of San Diego died Sunday. She was born in Glassport, Pa., and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Schwartz of Escondido, Eric Schwartz of Pittsburgh and Brian Schwartz of Cary, N.C.; brother, Stanley Perlstein of Wisconsin; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. today, Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, 225 S. Broadway, Escondido.

Services: 2 p.m. today, Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside.


McKeesport Daily News September 13, 2007

SARAH ROSSI

Sarah Ballash Rossi, 79, of Ormond Beach, Florida, formerly of Glassport, passed away at her home on Monday, August 6, 2007.

Before retiring to Florida, Mrs. Rossi was a bookkeeper for Louis Plung and Company in Pittsburgh. She was also a bookkeeper for Haines Supermarket in Clairton for 40 years. Mrs. Rossi was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach and enjoyed cooking and crocheting.

She is survived by a son, Michael Ballash of DeLand, Florida; daughter, Cynthia Shegog of San Diego, California; five grandchildren, Eric Ballash of Ormond Beach, Adam Ballash of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakato, Jenca Mason of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Daryl Shegog and Morgan Shegog, both of San Diego; three brothers, Martin Storer of Glassport, Carson Storer of Beaumont, California, and Leonard Storer of Johnstown.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2007, at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clairton. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association. Funeral announcement provided by the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth Street, Clairton, Pa., 15025.


McKeesport Daily News September 15, 2007

MURIEL DOLFI

Muriel M. (Mert) Dolfi, 83, of McKeesport, died Friday, September 14, 2007, at John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

She was born February 7, 1924, in Mt. Washington, the daughter of the late Jessie B. Mellor and Freda R. Engel Mellor and the wife of the late Edwin H. Dolfi, who passed away in 1989.

She was a 50-year resident of Glassport and previously lived in Eighty­Four, Pa. She was a retired waitress in the Elks Dining Room in McKeesport. She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Glassport and the N.O.F.C. Muriel was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Rae Koutsouliou of Whitehall; three sons, Charles (Kathryn) Fritz of Annandale, Va., Russell (Terry) Fritz of Clairton, and Robbin (Hedclea) Fritz of Lauderdale Hill, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Audrey J. Sgarrella.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, Pa. Funeral services will be Monday, September 17, 2007, at 1 p.m. from the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Moriarty officiating. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park.


McKeesport Daily News September 17, 2007

HARRY LLEWELLYN JR.

Harry Isaac Llewellyn Jr., 80, of Glassport, passed away after a lengthy illness Sunday, September 16, 2007, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born in New Castle but raised in Glassport. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mary Llewellyn, and infant sister Marylyn. He was the husband of the late Lois B. Llewellyn.

He was retired from the Irvin Works after 40 years of service. He enjoyed bowling and golfing and started the “33” club. He was a graduate of Glassport High School and also a veteran of the U.S. Army, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. He is survived by his daughter, Alicia, wife of Fran Bradley of South Park; granddaughter, Anita, wife of Brian Niecgorski of Glassport; grandson, Ryann Bradley of Glassport; and great-granddaughter, Hannah Niecgorski.

Friends and family will be welcomed today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave, Glassport, 412-672­6388 . Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home by the pastors of Ruthfred Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethel Park. He will be missed by all his extended family and friends.


McKeesport Daily News September 18, 2007

DAWN DICHIERA

Dawn L. Dichiera, 70, of Elizabeth Township, died peacefully on Monday, September 17, 2007, at UPMC McKeesport, after a lengthy and courageous battle with lung cancer, surrounded by her children.

She was born April 3, 1937, in White Oak, and was the daughter of the late Charles Delo and Delo Bertha Wisser Kuckert. She was the wife of the late Peter Dichiera who died December 23, 2000.

She was a member of the Rainbow Temple Assembly of God, McKeesport, and the White Oak AARP. She had worked for Isaly’s where she met her husband, Pete, and had also worked for the Elizabeth Forward School District and Dressed to a T. Dawn was an inspiration to everyone around her because of her courage, grace and dignity. She is survived by daughters, Tammy (Rob) Wampler of West Chester, Tracy (Dominic) DiClaudio of Elizabeth Township, Terri (Michael) McClements of Clifton, Va., Tina (Dante) Marraccini of Port Vue; son, Tim Dichiera of Elizabeth Township; grandchildren, Bob, Todd and Julie Wampler, Nick, Gina and Anthony Dichiera, Chris and Jennifer DiClaudio, Matthew McClements, Danielle and Jesse DeRosa, Max Marraccini and Derek Dichiera; a great-grandson, Bryce Carter; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Audrey M. Delo, who died August 18, 2007.

Friends are welcome today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Rainbow Temple Assembly of God, 536 Shaw Ave., McKeesport, with Pastor Peter Giacalone officiating. (Everyone please meet at the church). Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society­Relay for Life, 800-227­2345, or the American Lung Association, 11675 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa., 15090.


McKeesport Daily News September 22, 2007

VIOLA LUSA

Viola Lusa of Glassport died Thursday, September 20, 2007, in Riverside Nursing Home, McKeesport.

She was born August 25, 1932, in Glassport, the daughter of the late Luigi and Angelica Pezzano Schinosi, and wife of the late Robert W. Lusa.

She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport, and the Sons of Italy in Glassport. She is survived by two sisters, Josephine (Tony) Ronodinelli of Clairton and Louise Tacik of Glassport; a brother, Angelo (Arlene) Schinosi of Glassport; sister-in-law, Delorese Schinosi of South Park; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lou Schinosi and brother-in-law, Corky Tacik.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A Mass will be held Saturday, September 22, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary, Glassport. Interment in New St. Joseph Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News September 27, 2007

LAWRENCE KOVAC

Lawrence F. Kovac, 82, of Glassport, died Monday, September 24, 2007.

He was the son of the late Michael and Anna Mencik Kovac and husband of the late Barbara (Bilak) Kovac. He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Joseph, Michael, Paul and William Kovac.

He was a retired train car repairman for U.S. Steel Duquesne Works and a member of Queen of the Rosary and Glassport Old Timers Softball League.

He was the father of Zoe Ann (Tony) Marcenelle of Moon Township, Jeff Kovac of Las Vegas, Lori (John) Lizik of Elizabeth and Lynn Kovac of Jefferson Hills; grandfather of Chris and Emily Marcenelle, Adam, Ben and Haili Kovac, and Jonathan and Luke Lizik; brother of Agnes Kovac of Duquesne; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Kedzierski officiating. Interment following in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.


San Diego Union Tribune February 16, 2006

JAMES PHILIP FELIX

July 17, 1923-Feb. 11, 2006

James Philip Felix, 82, of Escondido died Saturday. He was born in Glassport, Pa., and was the owner of Felix Insurance Agency.

He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Escondido Kiwanis and past president of the YMCA.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Felix; daughter, Linda Freshwater of Laguna Niguel; sons, James Felix Jr. of Scripps Ranch and Jeffrey Felix of Escondido; brothers, William and Frank Felix of Carson City, Nev., and Leo Felix of Manhattan, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Viewing: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, 225 S. Broadway, Escondido.

Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

Interment: 3 p.m. tomorrow, Oak Hill Memorial Park, 2640 Glenridge Road, Escondido.

Donations: First United Methodist Men's Club, 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025; or Escondido Kiwanis Club Youth Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 461471, Escondido, CA 92046.


Gerald J. Medici Funeral Home December 16, 2006

Rita C. Schrock – North Apollo, PA

October 13, 1918 - December 16, 2006

Rita C. (Richardson) Schrock, 88, of North Apollo, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at her home.

She was born Oct. 13. 1918, in Glassport, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Alice (Tagg) Richardson. She lived in the Kiski Valley for most of her life.

She worked as a cleaner/housekeeper for the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh and for Kings Motel in Monroeville. She was an avid bingo player and was well-known for the bread and buns that she baked.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Austin "Buddy" Schrock.

She is survived by sons, Howard (Helen) Schrock, of Oil City, and Gil (Mary Lou) Schrock, of Upper Burrell; daughters, Irene Cypher, of Washington Township, Rita Greenberg, of Monroeville, and Sharon Mikas, of Springdale. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

It was Rita's wish that there be no visitation and that services and burial be private. Arrangements entrusted to Medice Funeral Home.


WWW.PENNLive.com September 10, 2007

Frank Porell

Frank Porell, 88, of Camp Hill, PA, formerly of Baldwin Borough, passed away Friday, September 7, 2007 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita (Ejchost) and is survived by his daughter, Carol Porell Cocheres and husband, Louis of Camp Hill; son, Frank W. Porell and wife, Marjorie of MA; son, Paul S. Porell and wife, Sheila of Rochester, NY; his grandchildren, Graham Porell, Lena Porell, Sasha Coffiner and husband, Brad and Alex Porell. Frank is also survived by his sister, Theresa Pasinski; and his sister-in-law, Clara Uziel of Glassport.

A graduate of Glassport High School, he served his country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, 384th Bomb Group (H), 547th Squadron. As a navigator on a B-17 bomber, his plane was shot down in Schweinfurt, Germany on Black Thursday (October 14, 1943). He was captured and held as a POW for 18 months. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University (Carnegie Tech), Pittsburgh, PA, he worked as a professional civil engineer for several decades. He last worked for Dravo Corporation and continued as an engineering consultant during his retirement. He was an avid tomato gardener for many years. Prior to moving to the Harrisburg area, he was a long time member of Nativity Church, South Park, and most recently, a member of St. Theresa Church, New Cumberland, PA.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at Griffith Mortuary, Inc., 5636 Brownsville Road, Broughton-Curry-South Park Twp. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday in Nativity Church, South Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hearts n' Hands Sertoma Club, 1928 Monterey Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 or to St. Theresa's Church Caring Community, 1300 Bridge Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070.


Observer Reporter.com June 29, 2007

Stanley R. Karnash

McMurray resident

Stanley R. Karnash of McMurray died Thursday, June 28, 2007, in his home.

He was born in Glassport, a son of Antone and Mary Karnash.

Mr. Karnash is the beloved husband of Annette R. (Shample) Karnash; father of Stanley R. (Nicole) Karnash II; grandfather of Noelle, Bailey and Camryn; brother of Joseph (Rosemary) and the late Jean Kolanko, John, Frank, Longine Maxwell, Tone and Dolores Clark. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Beinhauers, 2828 Washington Road, Peters Township, 724-941-3211.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 2, in St. Benedict the Abbot Church, McMurray. Interment will be in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Rett Syndrome Research Foundation (RSRF), 4600 Devitt Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45246. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.


StarNewsOnLine.com September 24, 2006

Mr. Edward Walter Zalewski

Caswell Beach, NC – Mr. Edward Walter Zalewski, 68, of 904 Caswell Beach Rd., Caswell Beach, N.C., died Wednesday September 20, 2006, at his home after a short illness. Mr. Zalewski was born in Glassport, Pa., on September 12, 1938, and was the son of the late Leo and Blanche Worek Zalewski. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Zalewski was a retired Electrical Engineer with the Federal Government. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and very active in the church administration and also extensively involved in Caswell Beach Municipal Government activities, including the Planning Board and Board Of Directors of the Oak Island Light House. He was an active General Aviation Pilot with an instrument rating and an Open Water scuba diver and also enjoyed golf and classical music.

He is survived by his wife of forty years, Ann Marie Zalewski of the home; three brothers, Carl and wife Kay of Falls Church, VA., Leon and wife Veronica of Chicago, Ill., Timothy and wife Patricia of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Mary Ann Zalewski of Houston, Tx.; mother-in-law, Marion Rose Flint; and a brother in-law, Mike Flint Jr. of Allenwood, N.J; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held, Friday September 29, 2006, at 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southport, NC, with Father Trent Watts officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Oak Island Light House, C/O Caswell Beach Town Hall, 1100 Caswell Beach Rd., Caswell Beach, NC 28465 or Habitat For Humanity Of Brunswick County, 4255 Long Beach Rd., Oak Island, NC 28465 or a charity of one’s choice. Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC (910) 457-6944.


Northern Virginia Daily May 27, 2005

CLARA TWELE

Clara Grace King Twele, 69, of Front Royal died Thursday at Loving Arms in Warren County.

Burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Gardens in North Huntingdon, Pa.

Mrs. Twele was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Glassport, Pa., daughter of May King of Glassport and the late Lester King. She was the wife of the late Donald T. Twele.

Surviving with her mother are a son, Donald A. Twele of Front Royal; a brother; five sisters; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester 22601; or the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.


Star Beacon Ashtubula, OH April 19, 2004

SUSAN B. CONROY

ASHTABULA – Former Conneaut, resident, Susan B. Conroy, 63, of Ashtabula, died Saturday afternoon, April 17, at Ashtabula County Medical Center, Ashtabula. She was born May 27, 1940 in Glassport, PA, and was the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Wilding) Salvi.

She graduated from Glassport High School in 1958 and from California State College in 1962 where she was active in theater and was a member of Tri Sigma Sorority. She was employed as a speech therapist in the Ashtabula schools and in the Conneaut schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Conneaut and the Women of the Moose. She coached C.L.Y.O. Little League for seven years with her husband, and enjoyed bingo, reading, crafts, and was an animal and bird lover.

Survivors include her husband James J. Conroy whom she married July 7, 1962; a daughter Kelly L. (Christopher) Cimino of Austinburg Township; a son David S. Conroy of Austinburg Township; and triplet grandchildren Christopher W., Katherine A., and Paige Elizabeth Conroy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A prayer service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held at the Conneaut Odd Fellows Hall, 253 Liberty St.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League of Ashtabula County, P.O. Box 367, Geneva, OH 44041. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


McKeesport Daily News September 28, 2007

AUDREY KOLTISKA

Audrey Ann Koltiska, formerly of Glassport, born September 4, 1953, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, September 5, 2007, in Selinsgrove, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary (Tison) Koltiska. She is survived by her two sisters, Donna (David) Bekavac and Judy Koltiska from Coppell, Texas; a nephew, Jeff Bekavac; and nieces Katie and Megan Bekavac from Dallas, Texas.

A private service was held Wednesday, September 12, 2007, in Selinsgrove.


McKeesport Daily News October 2, 2007

GRACE CHEPANOSKE

Grace Grimes Chepanoske, 91, of Forward Township and Glassport, died Monday, October 1, 2007, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born October 27, 1915, in Clairton to the late Charles A. and Minnie Whitfield Grimes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Chepanoske; sisters, Ella Mae Grimes and Betty Neal; brothers, Albert and Gilbert Grimes. She was a member of the Glassport Assembly of God. She is survived by sons, George R. (Delores) Rodgers of Lake in the Hills, Ill. and Melvin C. (Rosalie) Rodgers of Meadville; sisters, Alberta McClintock of Kingman, Ariz., and Charlotte Sernick of Glassport; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the F.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township, on Thursday, October 11, 2007. Memorial donations can be made to “Feed the Children,” Oklahoma City, Okla. www.finneyfuneralhome. com.


McKeesport Daily News October 12, 2007

ELIZABETH KARSNAK

Elizabeth J. Kruzek Karsnak of Glassport died Wednesday, October 10, 2007. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Christian Mothers and Guild, Rosary Society, Liberty Borough Seniors, a past member of Young Women’s Club of Glassport and was retired from Kaufmann’s, Century III Mall.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignatz and Mary Kruzek. She was the beloved wife of Robert L. Karsnak Sr. for 55 years; loving mother of Robert Jr., and Leann, at home; dear sister of Joseph (Doris) Kruzek, Mary Ann (Edward) Urbanski and Elmer Kruzek, all of whom reside in Glassport; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Marilyn O’Brien.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, at which time a funeral Mass will be held at Queen of the Rosary Parish with the Rev. Kedzierski officiating. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News October 15, 2007

ALBERTO CHIARIZIO

Alberto Chiarizio of Glassport died Saturday, October 13, 2007, at UPMC McKeesport.

He was born September 1, 1936, in Italy, son of the late Maria Antonia and Francesco Chiarizio. He was a retired machinist for Steelmet in Port Vue. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary in Glassport and the Sons of Italy.

He is survived by his wife, Maria (D’Amico) Chiarizio; daughter, Antoneloa (Todd) Spinelli of Erie; sons, Frank A. (Lea Ann) Chiarizio of West Homestead and Anthony J. Chiarizio of Florida; brothers, Nicolo, Dominico, Francesco of Italy; sister, Assunta of Italy; brother-in-law, John (Natalie) D’Amico; sister­in-law, Giulia (Domenico) DeStasi; sister-in-law, Betty D’Amico; four grandchildren; Adam, Alberto John, Nathaniel and Gabriella; also nieces and nephews, both in Italy and the U.S. He was preceded in death by brother-in-laws, Michael D’Amico (Annie) and Dominic D’Amico.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary in Glassport. Intombment in New St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation.


McKeesport Daily News October 24, 2007

PETER WARGO

Peter J. Wargo, 82, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at UPMC McKeesport.

He was born April 11, 1925, in West Mifflin, a son of the late Peter J. Wargo Sr. and Pauline Hresko Wargo Bartko. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Endress.

He was a retired machine operator at Firth Sterling, a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport, a lifetime member of the Glassport American Legion Post 443, McKeesport VFW, CFU Lodge No. 3 and the Archer Street Bowling League.

He is survived by his daughter, Carey Lynn Tevis of New York; two granddaughters; three great­grandchildren; brother, Charles “Willie” Wargo of Glassport; brother and caregiver, Robert “Bob” (Maryann) Wargo of McKeesport; sisters, Mary Pazur of Ohio, Helen Kerston of North Huntingdon, Ann O’Brien and Paula Gardner, both of Arizona, Irene Hernishin of California, Betty Krumenaker of Florida, Norma Jean Dunlay of North Huntingdon; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jaycox­Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O’Neil Blvd, McKeesport, Pa., 15132 , with Parastas at 6:30 p.m. A memorial service for the deceased will begin in the funeral home Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a 10:30 a.m. Office of Christian Burial in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with Fr. Donald Voss as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News October 26, 2007

WALTER CAMPOLI

Walter J. Campoli, 48, of Glassport, died Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at home.

He was born June 2, 1959, in Charleroi, son of Walter Campoli and Flora Hellier Campoli, both of McKeesport. He is survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services are Friday, October 26, 2007, at noon in the Ralph L. Johnson Funeral Home, 3411 Wood St., Buena Vista, with speaker Eugene Saccani. Entombment in Mount Vernon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mon-Yough Community Services Inc., Recreational Department, 500 Walnut St., McKeesport, Pa., 15132.


McKeesport Daily News October 26, 2007

DENNIS POLSKI

Dennis E. Polski, formerly of Glassport, died Saturday, October 20, 2007, at Mount View Specialty Care in Greensburg.

He was born July 6, 1953, in Braddock, the son of the late Theordore and Rosemary (Marinos) Polski. Dennis was a foreman at US Steel, Clairton Works in the unloaded department.

He is survived by a daughter, Devani Polski of Port Vue; a son, Brandon (Jennifer) DeVerse of Tennessee; and a grandson, Shawn Michael DeVerse.

Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary, Glassport. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 30, 2007

Helen C. Bertoty

BERTOTY HELEN C. 86, of Liberty Borough, died October 26, 2007, at her residence.

Born April 4, 1921, in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maryann (Boruch) Zyra and the wife of the late Victor E. Bertoty. She is survived by children, Victor (Noreen) of Oakdale, Fran Scott of Liberty Borough, Marge (Rich) Lopretto of Elizabethtown, Rich (Cheryl) of Penn Twp., Bernadette (Douglas) Young of Franklin Park and James of Liberty Borough; 18 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa (Frank) Kurta of Port Vue; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Timothy.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and on Monday from 2-4 & 6:30 - 8:30 pm at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, Chris Odasso fd, 220 9Th Ave., McKeesport PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 30th at 10 am at St. Mark Parish in Liberty Borough with Fr. Gerald Mikonis as celebrant.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 31, 2007

Edward A. "Buzzy" Shields

SHIELDS EDWARD A. "BUZZY" Of Glassport, age 60, on October 30, 2007. Buzzy was a Viet Nam Era Navy Veteran, and was a former employee of General Motors, Fischer Body Plant in West Mifflin. Buzzy also volunteered for Glassport food bank.

Husband of Karen Shields; Brother of Noreen (Gene) Allshouse of Turtle Creek; Also survived by niece and nephews, great-niece and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Friends welcome on Thursday 1-8 pm in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh. 412-824-8800 where a Blessing Service will be held on Friday at 10:30 am. Interment with Military Honors in the Monongahela Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News October 31, 2007

VIOLET TATE

Violet V. Tate, 88, of Glassport, died Tuesday, October 30, 2007. She was born in Flint, Mich., daughter of the late Clair and Nora (Lees) Haas and wife of the late Albert R. Tate. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

She was the mother of Albert “Corky” (Alexsis) Tate of Bethel Park, with whom she resided, and Kathy (Michael) Evanovich of Glassport; grandmother of Michael, Jamie, Christopher, Patrick and Tony; great-grandmother of Makayla, Mackenzie and Raiden; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Haas.

Friends will be received Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave. Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be Friday, November 2, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski officiat­ing. Interment following in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation.


McKeesport Daily News November 2, 2007

EUGENE TYSZKIEWICZ

Eugene J. Tyszkiewicz, 87, of Glassport, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007, in John J. Kane Regional Center. He was born in Glassport, the son of the late Stanley and Stella (Golus) Tyszkiewicz. He was a retired office manager for Byercus-Erie. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church and PNA. He was a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe and attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army/Air Force in World War II.

He is survived by a brother, Joseph Tyszkiewicz of Florida; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude, and brothers, Alfons, Stanley, Chester and Ernest Tyszkiewicz.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045 . A funeral Mass will be held Monday, November 5, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary with the Rev. Kedzierski officiating. Interment fol­lowing in St. Mary Polish Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News November 3, 2007

THERESA MOREE

Theresa B. (Supernovich) Moree, 57, of Glassport, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at home.

She was born July 16, 1950, in Elizabeth Township, daughter of the late Andrew Supernovich and Anna Balko Supernovich. She was a nurse at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband, Edgar J. Moree; two sons, Andrew P. (Jaclyn) Mitrik of Glassport, and Ryan A. (Melissa) Mitrik of Dalzell, S.C.; five sisters, Kathryn Ianno of Forward Township, Patricia (Joe) Roschek of Monongahela, Helen (Tom) Rapp of Monongahela, Mary (Don) Turek of West Elizabeth, and Sheila (Ron) Derian of Munhall; three grandchildren, Aidan, Ashton and Mia Mitrik; also nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by sister, Joan Armstrong, and three brothers, John, Charles and George Supernovich.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Pa., 15037 . Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 5, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Rudolph Smoley officiating. Burial to follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.


McKeesport Daily News November 8, 2007

PEARL PIERGROSSI

Pearl Piergrossi, 87, the last of 14 children, died Wednesday, November 7, 2007.

Born in Glassport, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Cecilia Novakowski. She was the wife of the late John Piergrossi. She was the owner/operator of Pearl’s Confectionary candy store in Glassport and a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

She is survived by children, Jack Piergrossi of Jefferson Hills, Rick Piergrossi and Terri (William) Waxter of Washington; five grandchil­dren; and nine great-grand­children.

Friends will be received Friday from 6 to 9 p.m at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski officiat­ing. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News November 9, 2007

HELEN DEMKO

Helen Demko, 79, of Clairton, died Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at UPMC McKeesport. She was born November 12, 1927, in Meyersdale.

She was an administrator for Senior Citizen’s Retirement Center in Glassport, and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. She was very active in the former St. Joseph’s Church in Clairton.

She was wife of the late Joe Demko, to whom she was married for 38 years. Surviving are sons, Joseph Demko of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Dan (Vickie) Demko of St. Joseph, Ill.; daughter, Karen Charles of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Vivian Hawkins and Regina Fike, both of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren, Justin Demko of New York City, Bill Charles of Phoenix, Ariz., Joshua Demko and Danielle Demko, both of St. Joseph, Ill., and Jessie Demko and Jona Demko, both of Orlando, Fla.; also nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Pa., 15025. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 10 a.m. from St. Clare of Assisi Church, Reed Street, Clairton. Burial will be in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News November 10, 2007

RAYMOND INTRIERI

Raymond F. Intrieri, 82, of Glassport, died Thursday, November 8, 2007. Ray served during World War II in the Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He retired in 1988 from General Motors after 38 years of service.

He was the loving father of Nina R. Fidler, Frank R., Raymond F. Jr., Mark K. (Michele) and James D. (Kris) Intrieri; grandfather of Rebecca, Jesse, Angela, Art (Andrea), Ethan, Berardino, Sienna, Ryan, Gianna and Rocco; brother of Rosemarie Ali, Viola Catone and the late Francis DiNardo. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills where services will be held Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 3 p.m. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


McKeesport Daily News November 12, 2007

ELIZABETH O’CONNELL

Elizbeth J. O’Connell, 79, of Glassport, died Sunday, November 11, 2007, at the family residence in Glassport.

She was born April 2, 1928, in Clairton, daughter of the late George and Anna Havrilla Scripko. She was a former operator for Bell Telephone and a member of Queen of the Rosary in Glassport.

She is survived by her husband, Philip A. O’Connell; children, Stephanie J. (Terry) Cochran of Peoria, Ill., Mary Louise (Robert) Stewart of Golan-Heights, Israel, Cecelia Jean Cummings of Wrightwood, Calif., Philip F. O’Connell of Cincinnati, Ohio, David J. (Yeshimebet) O’Connell of Landsdown, Pa., Sharon Ann (Ron) Fritchey of Florida, Carolyn J. (Bob) Ehrin of Blythesdale, Timothy (Doraiann) O’Connell of Lititz, Pa.; 28 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sis­ter, Martha Hill; brother, George Scripko; sister-in­law, Margaret Scripko. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Marie O’Connell, and a brother, Elmer Scripko.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be Friday, November 16, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News November 12, 2007

ALBERT SOLAN

Albert Solan, 84, of Glassport, died Sunday, November 11, 2007, at UPMC McKeesport.

He was born March 6, 1923, in McKeesport, son of the late Gnat and Catherine Solan. Mr. Solan retired from U.S. Steel Irvin Works from the production planning department. He was a World War II Army veteran having served in the European Theater. He was a member of the Glassport Catholic Men’s Organization and the Clairton VFW Post No. 803.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Florence Hopkins Solan; children, Gerard (Cecilia) Sloan of Mt. Pleasant, Tracy (Chuck) Austin of North Huntingdon and Laurie (Jim) Austin of Elizabeth Township; brother, Harry Solan of Glassport; grandchildren, Caitlin, Emily, Neil and Haley Sloan, Seth, Grant, Joel and Jordan Austin; also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport . Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 10 a.m. from the funeral home. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News November 14, 2007

JOHN GEROVSKY

John “Johnny” R. Gerovsky, 80, of Glassport, died Monday, November 12, 2007.

He was the son of the late John and Mary Yeager Girovsky, born on Sept. 27, 1927, in McKeesport. Mr. Gerovsky was a World War II Army veteran, member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in McKeesport, and retired from U.S. Steel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Metz Gerovsky. Survivors include a sister, Dolores Gala of North Huntingdon; nieces and nephews, Melanie Marinaro of McClain, Va., Denise Gala-Mulhern of Wilmerding, Kenny Vargo of Bellevue and Richard Lebedda of West Mifflin.

Funeral services and interment in Addison Cemetery, Somerset County, will be private. E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc. of Glassport is in charge of arrangements.


McKeesport Daily News November 15, 2007

DAVID BEMESDERFER

David “Bud” Bemesderfer, 85, of Glassport, departed this life on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at Briarcliff Pavilion in North Huntingdon.

He was born October 6, 1922, in McKees Rocks to the late David and Mildred Bemesderfer. Mr. Bemesderfer was a retired Executive Vice President for McKeesport National Bank, member of the Free & Accepted Masons­McKeesport Lodge, American Legion Post 447, also in McKeesport, 51-year member of the McKeesport YMCA and a World War II U.S. Coast Guard veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Gerry” LaRue Stickel Bemesderfer, and a sister, Rita Burke. He is survived by a son, David “Germany” (Georgette) Bemesderfer of Liberty Borough; a daughter, Joy (Nick) Winowitch of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren; three step­grandchildren; two great­grandchildren; and 10 step­great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17, 2007, at 1 p.m. from the funeral home. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News November 16, 2007

JOSEPH CARNACK

Joseph Bruce Carnack, 71, of North Versailles, formerly of Jeannette, died Thursday, November 15, 2007, at home.

He was born October 2, 1936, in Glassport, a son of the late Joseph and Margaret Bruce Carnack and was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Joseph.

He was a retired employee of Car Quest, formerly Abriola Auto Parts, in McKeesport, a member of Linway United Presbyterian Church in North Versailles, a life member of East Pittsburgh Moose and a member of the Romeos.

He is survived by his wife Shirley M. Kent Carnack; daughters, Cassandra Carnack Harshman and Patricia Jo Drakulic, both of East McKeesport; grand­children, RaeLynn, Mandie and John Joseph Harshman, Nicholas James Drakulic, Laura Ann Gongaware and Joseph James Drakulic; great grandchildren, Haley Santnar and Jordan Michael Rogers; sister Jean Carnack of Jeannette; and sister in law Cindy (Max) Jonsef.

Friends will be received Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m. fol­lowed by a funeral service at 8 p.m. at the Forgie­Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823­8083 , with the Rev. Eric E. Dennis, officiating. Private interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. Those wishing may contribute to Have A Heart Animal Shelter.


The News-Herald Noveber 18, 2007

Jerome F. Kuzniewski

Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome F. Kuzniewski, 81, of Madison, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2846 Hubbard Road, Mentor.

Mr. Kuzniewski passed away Nov. 17, 2007, at Cardinal Woods Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Madison. He was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Glassport, Pa., to Helen and Joseph Kuzniewski. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Emsworth, Pa., where he helped with bingo. He enjoyed baseball and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Mr. Kuzniewski retired as a laborer from Calig Steel Drum in McKees Rocks, Pa.

Survivors are his daughter, Mary (Todd) Kingery of Madison; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jodie, Drew and Brooke; great-granddaughter, Avery; sisters, Eleanor Hartrick of Pittsburgh and Marie Brott of Knoxville, Tenn.; and brother, Art Kuzniewski of Carson City, Nev. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, whom he married April 15, 1950, in Pittsburgh; son, Michael; parents; sisters, Jeanne Martin and Ginny Kuzniewski; and brother, Joseph Kuzniewski.

Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at The Behm Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, 175 South Broadway, Geneva. The Rev. Sean Donnelly will officiate services. Final resting place will be in Madison Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Contributions may be made to Cardinal Woods Activity Fund, 6831 Chapel Road, Madison, 44057. www.behmfuneral.com


McKeesport Daily News November 19, 2007

JOAN BATOR

Joan R. Bator, 87, of Altoona, died Sunday, November 18, 2007, at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus.

She was born December 1, 1919 in Glassport, daughter of the late Stanislaw and Antoinett (Barochonvich) Pacewicz. She married the late John W. Bator on December 4, 1937, in McKeesport. Her husband passed away in September 1992.

She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and was retired from Glassport Glass Company as an assembly worker and in decaling. She is survived by daughter, Marcella A. (Ernest) Salvi of Altoona; grandsons, Vincent (Anita) Salvi of Sykesville, Md., Damien (Diane) Salvi of York, Pa.; granddaughters, Christine (Mark) Myers, Pamela (Steve) Brumbaugh and Joan (Randy) Donnelly, all of Altoona; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great­great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son, Joseph.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona, Pa. www.stevens­mortuary.com where a vigil for the deceased service will be held Tuesday evening. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Nevember 21, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to St. Rose of Lima School.


McKeesport Daily News November 23, 2007

GEORGE ONDAYKO

George Ondayko, 90, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, November 21, 2007. Born in Glassport, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Marton) Ondayko.

He was a retired truck driver for Westinghouse and also Sealtest Dairy for 39 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Duquesne, Masonic Lodge in McKeesport and McKeesport Teamsters and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He was the husband of Susan Chrenko Ondayko; father of George A. (Peggy) Ondayko of West Mifflin and Robert D. (Karen) Ondayko of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; and grandfather of Greg A. Ondayko.

Friends will be received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home, 212 Wilmont St., Duquesne. A funeral service will be held Monday, November 26, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Judy Slater. Interment following in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News November 24, 2007

ARMAND MARTIN

Armand Martin, 64, of Clairton, died Thursday, November 22, 2007, at Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

He was born January 22, 1943, in McKeesport, son of the late Florence P. and Mary Vigliotti Martin. He was employed in Glassport as a magisterial district judge for the state of Pennsylvania. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. He was a Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Army. He was an Allegheny County Police Training Academy graduate, a retired policeman for the city of Clairton, a member of the American Legion Daniel Keffer Post No. 75, VFW Post No. 803, Clairton, Wilson Civic Association, Sons of Columbus Santa Maria No. 4, Sons of Italy No. 1258, 1996 Clairton Man of the Year, a singer with Chuck Corby and Quiet Storm and the former voice of the Clairton Bears Football team.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy (Battaglia) Martin; son Armand A. (Jessica) Martin of South Park; daughter Renee M. (Deon) Fontaine of West Mifflin; two brothers, Ronald Martin of Port Vue and Patrick Martin of Piqua, Ohio; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the A. J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Pa., 15025. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Church, Reed St., Clairton, Pa.


ABQ Journal November 28, 2007

Gary J. Hospodar

Gary J. Hospodar, age 53, of Albuquerque, NM passed away Sunday, November 25, 2007 at his home following a short battle with cancer.

He was born December 23, 1953 in Glassport, PA to John and Mary Hospodar. He married Deborah J. Pennington on September 13, 1986 in Charleston, WV. Gary and his wife moved here from San Francisco 15 years ago. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Health Care Administration from The University of Pittsburgh, and his Master's Degree from University of New Mexico. He was currently the Administrator for Fresinius, Inc., Gary published numerous Health Care articles in Medical Journals and was also a professor in Health Care Education at UNM and TVI. He enjoyed Fly Fishing, Skiing, Golf, The Symphony, fine dining and cooking and was an avid fan of The Pittsburgh Steelers. Surviving are his wife of 17 years Deborah and daughter Allison "The Second Love of his Life", and his mother, Mary Hospodar all of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his father John.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2007 at French Mortuary Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Friend and relatives may visit with the family Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UNM Cancer Center Research, 900 Camino de Salud NE, MSC 084630. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com


McKeesport Daily News November 29, 2007

FLORENCE RYBAR

Florence Warren Rybar, 88, of Dublin, Ohio, formerly of McKeesport and Vandergrift, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2007, at Emerald Crossing, surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 6, 1919, in Glassport, to the late Walter and Helen Warren. Flo was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Stephen "Snitz" Rybar, April 13, 2002, and brother, Ernest Warren of Miami, Fla.

Florence was a graduate of Douglas Business College before she met Stephen and raised their four children and tended to their eight grandchildren. She was a gifted and treasured mother and grandmother, homemaker and artist. She was active in the Vandergrift Women's Club and Garden Club, co-founder of St. Gertrude Rosettes and Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed the arts where she was an avid painter, gardener, and Bridge player. She will be missed by her family but leaves a legacy of love and elegance.

She is survived by her children, Marcia (Marlin) Troiano (Tim, Laurie, Jennifer) of Dublin, Ohio, Stephen (Kathy) Rybar (Emily, Alison) of Las Vegas, Jayne (Rick) Sulser (Melissa, Meridith) of Dublin, Ohio, Mary Lee (Scot) Hunter (Catherine) of Ross, Calif., loving sister, Helen Warneke of White Oak; brother Edward Warren, of Tulsa, Okla.; brother-in-law, John (Alice) Rybar; sisters-in-law, Mary (Joe) Bezick, Barbara Dansak, all of McKeesport; and many loving nieces, nephew, and friends.

The children will receive family and friends on Saturday, December 1,2007, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O'Neil Boulevard at Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, Pa., 15132, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Angela Merici Church, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, Pa., 15131. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, White Oak.


McKeesport Daily News November 30, 2007

LORETTA GIBSON

Loretta Maxine Gibson, 72, of Glassport, formerly of Munhall died Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at her home.

She was born January 28, 1935, in Uniontown to the late James and Beatrice Spaw Gibson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Collins. Survivors include daughter, Candy L. (Paul) Ribarchak of Forward Township; son, Donald H. (Michelle) Barker of Greensburg; brother, Kenneth Gibson of New Castle; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2007, at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Avenue, Glassport.


The Columbian December 8, 2007

DONALD S. SMITH

Nov. 20, 1927 ~ Nov. 26, 2007- Donald S. Smith, 80 passed away on Nov. 26, 2007 in Vancouver, WA.

He was born on Nov. 20, 1927 in Glassport, PA to Fred and Esther Smith, one of three brothers. The family moved to New York State where Don spent his boyhood and in 1943, to CA eventually settling in Sacramento area. Don graduated from Sacramento State University in 1949 and became an office in the US Air Force as a career officer. During that time, he was stationed at bases throughout the world which afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively including the Far East. Toward the end of his career, he married Edie and they retired to a beautiful home that they built on the North Umpqua River east of Roseburg, OR. Don loved golf and sports but his true passion was fishing. He was an expert fisherman and successfully fished many of the finest lakes, rivers and streams in the West. Eventualy, Don and Edie moved to Vancovuer to be closer to their family. Don was a kind and generous person who loved his family, the holidays and family gatherings and always had great stories and jokes to share.

Don is survived by his wife, Edie, step-daughters Sharon Wylie of Vancouver and Linda Wylie of Portland, OR; sons-in-law Ted Gathe of Vancouver and Jim Hlava of Portland; granddaughters Allison Gathe of Vancouver, Samantha Nicosia of Battle Ground, Shaylin Hlava and Bryn Hlava both of Portland.

The family will hold a private memorial service.


McKeesport Daily News December 10, 2007

THOMAS McAULIFFE

Thomas J. McAuliffe, 59, formerly of Glassport, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2007, at the Veteran’s Administration Bay Pines Medical Center in Florida.

Tom taught elementary school for 35 years in the South Allegheny School District. He served in the U.S. Navy in both Vietnam and Desert Storm, retiring as a Boatswains Mate Chief after 24 years of service and was a former commander of VFW Post 803 in Clairton.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; son, Timothy W. and his wife Jaime; daughter, Sara Wertheimer and her husband Cameron; brother, Timothy B. and his wife Hilary; three grandchildren, Jessica, Barret and Shayne; as well as many nieces and nephews.

His family will notify friends of services to be held locally at an undetermined future date. Arrangements by Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday, Fla., 727-937-7555 .


McKeesport Daily News December 11, 2007

ANDREW FERRARO

Andrew Ferraro, 78, of Clairton, died Monday, December 10, 2007, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Born March 14, 1929, in Clairton, he was the son of the late Angelo and Domenica Capolupo Ferraro. He retired as president of the engineering department at the former Bucyrus Erie Company in Glassport. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering.

He was the husband of the late Angeline C. (DiAngelo) Ferraro, who died November 7, 2007. He is survived by daughters, Angela (Richard) Bricker of Markleysburg, Andrea (Dino) Bortoluzzi of Irwin and Jeanene Ferraro of Pleasant Hills; sisters, Rose Curinga of Jefferson Hills and Carmella Ferraro of Clairton; brother, Joseph Ferraro of Clairton; three grandchildren, Andrew T. Bricker and Angelo and Mario Bortoluzzi; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Ferraro.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth Street, Clairton, Pa., 15025. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 10 a.m. from St. Clare of Assisi Church along Reed Street in Clairton. Burial is in St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15235.


McKeesport Daily News December 14, 2007

ANNABELLE McKETTA

Annabelle McKetta, 86, of Glassport, died Sunday, December 9, 2007.

She was born November 26, 1921, in McKeesport, daughter of the late George and Francis (Barchie) Zegudovich and wife of the late John McKetta.

She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Queen of the Rosary Christian Mothers and Croatian Fraternal Union.

She is survived by son, Spike (Babs) McKetta of Melvern, Pa. and sister, Hilda Berletic of Greenock.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, December 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimer Kedzierski officiating. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. Arrangements entrusted to Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News December 15, 2007

HELEN GEFERT

Helen E. Gefert of Glassport, died Friday December 14, 2007. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Vidomsky) Kovac.

She was a member of St. Martin de Porres in McKeesport.

She is survived by her husband, Teddy J. Gefert; mother of Thad J. (Cindi) Gefert of Columbiana, Ohio; grandmother of TJ Gefert; sister of Michael Kovac of White Oak and Betty Nagy of White Oak; also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, December 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, McKeesport. Entombment following in New St. Joseph cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News December 17, 2007

RALPH TRAINER SR.

Ralph C. Trainer Sr., 78, of West Elizabeth, died Sunday, December 16, 2007, at home.

He was born November 30, 1929, in Glassport, son of the late Chauncey and Edith Roach Trainer.

He was a retired crane operator for U.S. Steel Irvin Works in West Mifflin. He was a U.S. Army veteran in the Korean War and former Little League baseball coach in Elrama.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Mount) Trainer; sons, James Trainer, Ralph C. Trainer Jr. of New Alexander and Gary (Bernadette) Trainer of Yukon; sister, Lana (Steve) Kensky of Butler; brother, Kenneth Trainer of Etna; nieces and nephews; first wife, the late Martha Trainer; five step-daughters, Lynnie Patterson of Forward Township, Christine (William) Rodubaugh of Forward Township, Edith (Chris) Armstrong of Centerville, Lana (Jerry) Bliner of West Newton and Anne (James) Tomachesky of North Hills; five stepsons, Carl (Jen) Buckery of Ritcheyville, Pa., William Buckery of Clairton, Chauncey Trainer of Monroeville, Kenneth Trainer of Forward Township and Lawrence (Cheryl) Trainer of West Elizabeth; 28 step grandchildren.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St. Elizabeth, Pa., 15037. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 10 a.m. from the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth, Pa.


McKeesport Daily News December 18, 2007

EDITH SEDNEY

Edith I. Sedney, 92, of Gaithersburg, Md., formerly of Charleroi, died Saturday, December 15, 2007, in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md.

She was born November 25, 1915, in Glassport, daughter of the late James and Claire Canair Ferguson.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church of Gaithersburg and prior to that was a member of the former St. Jerome Church of Charleroi. She also was a member of Catholic College Womens Club. Edith was retired as a teacher from St. Philip Catholic School in Donora.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Alison Sedney of Ridgefield, Conn.; five daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and John Fantini of Valencia, Joyce and Frank Doherty of Berwin, Mary Lou and James Mangino of Malvern, Patrice and Dennis Bubar of Gaithersburg and Bonnie and Michael Kane of Pittsford, N.Y.; sister, Jean Jeffries of South Huntingdon; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard F. Sedney, in 1981.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Pa. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 20, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi, with the Rev. David F. Dzermejko officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association.


McKeesport Daily News December 26, 2007

JOHN GALLOWAY JR.

John Edgar Galloway, Jr., 76, of Glassport, passed away Monday, December 24, 2007, in UPMC McKeesport after a long illness. He was born October 19, 1931, in Uniontown, son of the late John Edgar Galloway Sr. and Clarabelle Morrison Galloway, the third of three sons.

He worked as a senior piping designer and retired from Fluor Daniel of Greenville, S.C. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a very active member of the United Church of Christ for his whole life. He exhibited great strength, patience and love in his relationship with others and was an inspiration to his family and friends. He faced his illness with dignity, grace and courage. He retained his love of life and sense of humor until the very end. To his family, he was a “giant among men.” He touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is mourned by his beloved wife, Carol Lehman Galloway, his childhood sweetheart who shared fifty years of love and life with him and their three daughters, Cathy Galloway of Simpsonville, S.C., Elaine Galloway of Pasadena, Tx. and Sharon Galloway Prevot of Mt. Pleasant. He was the proud grandfather of Michael Prevot, Amanda Galloway, Cory Howe and Devin Howe.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 27, 2007, from 11 a.m. till time of service at 2 p.m. in the William H. Craig Funeral Home Inc., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, Pa. Burial will take place Friday, December 28, 2007, in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full mili­tary honors.


McKeesport Daily News December 27, 2007

EVA URBANSKY

Eva Sunday Urbansky, 84, passed away peacefully December 26, 2007, in her home with her family by her side.

Eva was the daughter of the late Luigi and Mary Conchetta Tassone and the beloved wife of the late William E. Urbansky of Glassport. She was the loving mother of Diane (David) Williams of McKeesport, Louis (Kathy) Urbanski of Elizabeth, and William E. (Dolores) Urbansky Jr. of Sun City, Ariz.; devoted grandmother to David E. Williams Jr., Chere Williams and Robert Mrvos; great-grandmother to Anya Yirenkyi and Samantha Mrvos; sister of Stella Heslop of Glassport, Pastor Rocco Tassone of Christy Park, John Tassone of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Samuel Tassone of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Friends and family will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Willig Funeral Home & Cremation Services . Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 29, 2007, at 1 p.m., at The Gospel of Jesus Church, 202 S. Third St., Duquesne. Committal service and interment will follow at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News December 27, 2007

HELEN BATT

Helen Marie Batt, 89, of Glassport, died Tuesday, December 25, 2007, in the John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

She was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Bratkowski) Andrews.

She was a retired sales clerk for Ohringer’s in McKeesport and Ruben’s Furniture Store.

She is survived by a sister, Anna Jean (William) Kiraly of Glassport; niece Shelly Lynn Kiraly of Glassport; nephew William Wade Kiraly of White Oak; and a great niece, Alexandra Kiraly. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Little and a brother, Frank (Red) Andrews.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. A Funeral Blessing will be held Friday, December 28, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment will follow in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News December 27, 2007

JOHN BORKOWSKI

John B. Borkowski, 89, of Glassport, died Tuesday, December 25, 2007, in John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

He was born in Glassport, son of the late William and Blanche (Pomocki) Borkowski.

He was a retired wire inspector for Copperweld. He was a member of the Queen of the Rosary Church and PNA.

He is survived by his wife, Elinor (Tyskiewicz) Borkowski; daughter, Barbara “Babs” (Ralph) Borkowski of Woodbridge, Va.; sons, John (Mary Kay) Borkowski of Lake City, Pa. and Marc (Mary Ann) Borkowski of Fairfax, Va.; granddaughter, Ellie Kate; grandson, Christopher Adam; two stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat­grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Borkowski of Redlands, Calif.; Edward Borkowski of Pennsberry Village; sisters, Gertrude (Trudy) Wojton of McKeesport; Genevieve Borkowski of Glassport, and Clara Plaumbo of Liberty Borough. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard, and sisters, Cecelia and Laura.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, December 29, 2007, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News December 31, 2007

JACQUELINE SOWA

Jacqueline “Joy” Sowa, 67, of Jefferson Hills Borough, died Saturday, December 29, 2007, in UPMC Presbyterian.

She was born April 28, 1940, in Glassport, daughter of the late Newton McCorkle.

She was a homemaker and member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 44 plus years, Walter A. Sowa; two daughters, Faith Ann Siler of Greenville, S.C., and Stephanie (Kevin) Osselbourne of Mt. Washington; two sons, Daniel J. (Karen) Sowa, and David J.N. (Ann Marie) Sowa, both of Liberty Borough; four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Gensler of Dravosburg, Georgia Thomason of North Augusta, S.C., Patti Hiles and Peggy Anderson, both of Bridgeville; one brother, Harry McCorkle of Pittsburgh; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton . Blessing services will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 10 a.m. from A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home with the Rev. Ivan Mina officiating. Burial in Sacred Heart/Monogahela, Carroll Township.


McKeesport Daily News January 2, 2008

JOHN BARTKO

John L. Bartko, 86, of Port Vue, died Monday, December 31, 2007.

Born in Glassport, he was the son of the late John J. and Rose (Dobos) Bartko. He was a retired supervisor for Bocyrus and worked for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was the husband of the late Margaret Swonick Bartko; father of Margaret Tenamore of Belle Vernon, Janet James of Atlanta, Mark Bartko of White Oak and Blase Bartko of Port Vue; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother of Eleanore Hondel of Wilmerding, Thomas Bartko of Glassport and Dan Bartko of Glassport; nephew of Joe Bartko of Glassport and Irene Bielawski of Glassport; caregivers, Linda Hoebler and Dara Kittle; loving brother­in-law of Mena Melcarsky.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Avenue, Glassport . A prayer service will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral blessing will be Thursday, January 3, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Divine Christian Liturgy will be Thursday, January 3, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church with the Rev. Donald Voss. Interment following in New St. Joseph Cemetery in North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2008

STANLEY KARNASH

Stanley V. Karnash of Glassport died Wednesday, January 2, 2008. He was the son of the late Walenty and Salomea Karnash and husband of the late Dorothy (Elkowitz) Karnash.

He was retired from the Kopp Glasshouse. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Jitterbug Dancing Club, Elizabeth Boat Club and the Pittsburgh Ski Club. He was the father of Audrey Staszak of Glassport and Richard S. (Mary Jo) Karnash of Liberty Borough; grandfather of Jennifer Staszack and Richard and Joseph Karnash; and sister of Josephine Panik of Glassport.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave, Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church.


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2008

SUSAN LASH

Susan Lash, 91, of Glassport, died Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

She was born in Elizabeth, the daughter of the late John and Julia (Harkovich) Pollick and wife of the late Robert Lash. She is survived by son, Robert J. Lash of Glassport. She was preceded in death by brothers, John and Michael, and sisters, Rose, Julia, Margie, Helen and Annie.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045, 412-672­6388 . A Funeral Blessing will be held Saturday, January 5, 2008, in the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Interment following in Ascension Cemetery, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News January 4, 2008

MARY HOSPODAR

Mary “Mimi” Hospodar, 87, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Glassport, died Monday, December 31, 2007.

She was born in Trafford, daughter of the late Alex and Mary (Polyniak) Kopylczak and wife of the late John Hospodar. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church.

She is survived by daughter-in-law Debra Hospodar of Albuquerque, N.M.; granddaughter Allison Hospodar; brothers Theodore Koplyczak of Trafford and Alex Kopylczak of Danville, Pa.; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Hospodar, in November 2007, and by brothers John, Joseph, Peter and Paul.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045 . A prayer service will be held Sunday, at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral blessing will be held Monday, January 7, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Divine Christian Liturgy will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald Voss. Interment following in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News January 7, 2008

FRANCES ARTHUR

Frances E. “Coy” (McCoy) Arthur, 93, of Glassport, died peacefully on Saturday, January 5, 2008.

She was the wife of the loved deceased Gordon J. Arthur. “Coy” had many loves and interests such as sewing, decorating, traveling and ice cream.

She was the loving mother of Jan (Bernie) Wetzel and Gail (Don) Duenkel; grandmother of Sue-Ann (Jim), B. Jay (Cheryl), Marc, Daniel (Bethanie) and Tim; great-grandmother of Jay, Carrie, Josh and Amelia. Frances was predeceased by two sisters, two brothers and her nephew Don.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 10, 2008, at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas a’ Becket Church, Jefferson Hills. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles. In lieu of flowers, memo­rial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 100 West Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219.


McKeesport Daily News January 11, 2008

DAVID KRAJACK

David C. Krajack of Glassport died Thursday, January 10, 2008. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a masters degree. He was a drug and alcohol therapist at Gateway Rehabilitation Center where he touched many lives with his work.

He was the husband of Cathy (Pasinski) Krajack of Glassport; father of Lucas D. Krajack of Glassport; brother of John Krajack of Pittsburgh and Norine (Bob) Morrison of Economy Borough; and uncle of Maggie, Heather and Jessica.

Visitation is Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport . Funeral Mass is Monday, January 14, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News January 12, 2008

MICHAEL KORPOSH

Michael Edward “Scope” Korposh, 80, of Rostraver Township, formerly of Jefferson Hills, passed peacefully Thursday, January 10, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.

Scope was born October 23, 1927, in Glassport, son of the late Andrew and Anna (Bednar) Korposh.

Following graduation from Glassport High School, he served his country in World War II as a member of the 33rd Infantry Division, Paratrooper platoon, and was honorably discharged as a corporal. Upon his return, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he majored in business administration. He was a 30-year employee of Westinghouse Electric Corp., also served as a Democratic committeeman in Jefferson Borough and Allegheny County and as a director on the West Jefferson Hills School Board. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Greek Catholic Union, American Legion Post 712 in Pleasant Hills and the St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish in Rostraver Township. He was a 25-year veteran PIAA official in football and basketball, encouraging many younger officials to join the ranks of the PIAA throughout Western Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers John and Andrew Korposh and sisters Julia Beckavac, Ann Kokayko, Margaret Capuzzi and Mary Warhola. Scope is survived by his wife Ann Korposh of Rostraver Township; daughter Sheryl A. and her husband Edward V. Macuga of Jefferson Hills; two grandsons, Bryan Michael Macuga and Anthony Jon Macuga; a sister Dorothy Several of Munhall; and numerous nephews, nieces and extended family members.

Friends will be received in the Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home 1701 State Route 51 (Large) Jefferson Hills , Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a prayer in the funeral home Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St Anne in Rostraver Township with the Rev. Robert T. Lubic officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Scope spent the last 20 years of his retirement and life with the two beacons of his life, his grandsons Bryan Michael, a teacher in the Steel Valley School District, and Anthony Jon, a home builder and contractor in Elizabeth.


Bucks County Courier Times January 16, 2008

Loretta M. Marcotte

Fairless Hills resident

Loretta M. (nee Shirley) Marcotte, age 77, of Fairless Hills, died on Monday, January 14, 2008, at her home in Fairless Hills.

Born in Glassport, Pa., Loretta has been a Fairless Hills resident since 1953. Mrs. Marcotte was a Charter member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, where she was also a member of the Women's Association. Loretta was employed as a medical secretary at Lower Bucks Hospital for 14 years until her retirement in 2006. She was also a member of the Parkway Senior Citizens.

Loretta is the daughter of the late William and Mary (nee Wilson) Shirley and is the mother of the late Mala and Frank Marcotte. She is the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Marcotte, and the loving mother of J.R. Arthur Marcotte, Jr. (Liane) of Terre Haute, Ind. She is also survived by two grandchildren Jacob S. Marcotte (Jennifer) of Bensalem, and Samantha L. Marcotte of Terre Haute. Loretta was predeceased by her brother Donald Shirley of Fallsington.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday morning from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Rd., Levittown, Pa. Family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 140 Trenton Rd., Fairless Hills, Pa. 19030. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Northminster Presbyterian Church Choir at the above address.


McKeesport Daily News January 17, 2008

EDWARD MIHALEK

Edward J. Mihalek, 80, of Glassport, died Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

He was born in Glassport and was the son of the late George and Susanna (Mayher) Mihalek. He was a retired carpenter for Graziano Construction. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

He was the father of Edward M. (Cathy) Mihalek Jr. of Port Vue and Susan (Bill) Nichols of West Mifflin; grandfather of Keith (Holly) Nichols and Bethany (Aaron) Felter; great-grandfather of Jacob Aaron Felter; brother of Sister Frances Louise Mihalek of Vincention Sisters of Charity.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045, 412-672­6388. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 19, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette January 18, 2008

Melvin "Jack" Naser

NASER MELVIN "JACK" 87, of Homosassa, died January 14, 2008 with the tender care of his wife and Hospice of Citrus County.

He was born on February 20, 1920 as the first child of Melvin Jacob Naser and Virginia Rabe Naser in Washington, PA. He graduated from Glassport High School, Glassport, PA. and Grove City College, Grove City, PA. in 1942 with an AB degree. His last two years there he was Captain of the Soccer team. He was also involved with the Civil Air Patrol where he obtained his private pilots license. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and served his country until 1946. He later was an employee of US Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh PA., in Personnel Services, then as an Arbitrator for the company until his retirement. He and his wife of 64 years, Harriet, retired to Homosassa, FL. for the winters and to Penn Hills, PA. and Foxburg, PA. for the summers. He was an avid golfer and formerly belonged to Duquesne County Club, Foxburg County Club, and Sugarmill Woods Country Club. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Because of his interest in the environment, particularly trees and land management, the Armstrong County Conservation District of PA, chose him Outstanding Forester of the Year for 1978. His many hours of volunteer work with the Foxburg Equestrian School for handicapped and retarded children started his hobby of raising and training Morgan horses. Music and studying history were his main relaxations.

He is survived by his wife Harriet Hughes Naser and one sister and brother-in-law; Virginia and Harper Edwards of New Port Richey, FL., sister-in-law; Mrs. Marian Hughes Call of Gastonia, NC., and ten Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by their only child, Mollie Pamela Naser as well as a younger sister; Mrs. Sara Piper of Richmond, VA.

Private services and burial will be held in Pittsburgh later at the discretion of the family. Any memorial may be sent to Hospice of Citrus County, 16 N.E. 5th St., Crystal River, FL 34429, Alleheny Riverstone Center for the Arts, Box 215, Foxburg, PA 16036, Grove City College, Grove City, PA 16127, or a charity of one's choice. WILDER FUNERAL HOME.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette January 22, 2008

Obituary: Melvin "Jack" Naser / U.S. Steel arbitrator, lover of the outdoors

Feb. 20, 1920-Jan. 14, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friends, neighbors and sometimes near-strangers could count on Melvin "Jack" Naser for a helping hand and a willing ear, said his wife of 64 years, Harriet. Mr. Naser died in a Florida hospice on Jan. 14 at age 87.

A member of many clubs and groups over the years, Mr. Naser was a farm boy at heart and loved the outdoors. He received his last batch of tiny trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, of which he was a member, just a few months ago, she said.

"He was a rather private person and very caring," Mrs. Naser said. "He just loved the environment -- he loved trees. He was still raising trees from little seedlings he planted this fall."

Before he entered the hospice, the Nasers divided their time between Homosassa, Fla., in the winter and Penn Hills and Foxburg, Clarion County, in the summer.

Born in Washington, Pa., Mr. Naser was the first child of Melvin Jacob and Virginia Rabe Naser. He graduated from Glassport High School, then from Grove City College in 1942. Already a member of the Civil Air Patrol, where he earned his private pilot's license, Mr. Naser joined the Army Air Forces after graduation and served in World War II until 1946, later becoming a lifetime member of the American Legion.

He worked for U.S. Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh in the company's personnel department, then as an arbitrator for the company until his retirement.

Mr. Naser's love of the outdoors led him to an avid interest in golf; he was a member at various times of the Duquesne, Foxburg and Sugarmill Woods country clubs.

His interest in trees and land management prompted the Armstrong County Conservation District to choose him as its Outstanding Forester of the Year in 1978.

And his interest in horses -- cultivated as the child of farmers in Washington, Pa. -- inspired him to volunteer to lead horses ridden by disabled children at a Foxburg equestrian school, where he also raised and trained Morgan horses for the school.

Mr. Naser is survived by his wife, Harriet Hughes Naser; and one sister, Virginia Harper of New Port Richey, Fla.

Private services and burial will be held in Pittsburgh later at the discretion of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Citrus County, 16 N.E. Fifth St., Crystal River, FL 34429; Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts, Box 215, Foxburg, PA 16036; Grove City College, Grove City, PA 16127; or a charity of one's choice.


McKeesport Daily News January 19, 2008

DAVID BROUGH SR.

David W. Brough, Sr., 68, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, January 17, 2008, at his home.

He was born June 1, 1939, in Glassport, son of George Brough of White Oak and the late Velora Garland Brough. Mr Brough was the owner/operator of Meineke Muffler of North Huntingdon since 1985. Previously he was employed by Copperweld Steel Company as a strand general foreman with 25 years of service. He was a member of the Irwin Moose and the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his beloved wife M. Arleen Perkosky Brough; three sons, David and his wife Terri, Kenneth and his wife Kim, Timothy and his wife Leslie, all of North Huntingdon; one daughter, Jill Farah and her husband Gregory of McClean, Va.; one brother, Robert and his wife Vonnie Kay of Ellwood City; three sisters, Ruth Brinley and her husband David of North Huntingdon, Cheryl Gretok and her husband Thomas of Greensburg, Beverly Ray and her husband William of White Oak; eight grand­children, Mason, Chad Derek, Clay, Trevor, Nolan, Mitchel and Conor.

Friends will be received today and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 21, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


McKeesport Daily News January 21, 2008

GERTRUDE ARBACIEWSKI

Gertrude J. Arbaczewski of Glassport died Saturday, January 19, 2008, in John J. Kane Regional Center.

She was the daughter of the late Ignatius and Marianna (Wakzak) Lykowski and wife of the late Raymond J. Arbaczewski. She was a retired sales clerk for G.C. Murphy Company. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Christian Mothers, Ladies Auxilliary Hose Company No. 2, and a den mother to Scout Troop 51.

She is survived by son Gerard (Debbie) Arbaczewski of Liberty Borough; daughter Deborah Arbaczewski of Lake Ridge, Va.; grandson Anthony Arbaczewski; sister Gerry Lykowski of Glassport; brother Thomas Lykowski of West Mifflin; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister Dorothy Golembiewski and brother Stanley Lykowski.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral mass will be Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 10 a.m. in Queen of Rosarv Church with the Rev. Casimer Kedzierski officiating. Interment to follow in St. Marys Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News January 21, 2008

GEORGE BARNO III

George J. Barno III, 52, of Glassport, died Sunday, January 20, 2008, in UPMC McKeesport.

He was born August 30, 1955, in McKeesport, the son of Erma Jean Webb Barno of Glassport and the late George J. Barno Jr. He was a former salesman and technician for Barno Electronics Corp. and also worked for Yurechko Auto Service.

In addition to his mother he is survived by sons George J. Barno IV of Forward Township and Joseph Lee Barno of Monongahela; daughter Kandis Marie Barno of Munhall; sisters Joy Jean (Harry) Ketter of Mesquite, Texas, Anita M. (Mark) Kapsha of Liberty and Mary Jean (Frank III) Wargo of Glassport; brother John C. (Susan) Barno of McKeesport; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews, aunts and uncles.

Friends are welcome Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. Funeral Service will be in the funeral home Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery in West Newtown.


McKeesport Daily News January 28, 2008

DONALD CLARK

Donald J. Clark, 58, of Glassport, formerly of Clairton, died Friday, January 25, 2008.

He was born September 10, 1949, in McKeesport, the son of the late James D. and Mary (Sgroi) Clark. He was a member of Glassport Auxiliary Police and a past member of Clairton Auxiliary Police.

He was the beloved father of Donna Marie Clark and grandfather of Ryan Christopher Painter. He is also survived by sisters Theresa Mailander, Angeline Fry (Tom Alvord), Arlene (Harry) Crownover and Victoria (Dan) Kinder; brothers Anthony (Doreen) Clark and James (Jeanne) Clark; an uncle; two aunts; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends are welcome Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home chapel Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at noon with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Private inurnment will be in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in McMurray.


McKeesport Daily News February 5, 2008

LOUIS ANGELO SR.

Louis A. Angelo Sr., 73, of Port Vue, died Sunday, February 3, 2008, at Western Pennsylvania Hospital — Forbes Regional Campus.

He was born August 25, 1934, in Glassport, the son of Elisibeth (Patacca) Angelo and the late Frank Angelo and husband of Georgette (Ladzun) Angelo.

Mr. Angelo retired from Continental Can. He was a member of St. Patrick Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his mother and wife, survivors include a son Louis (Marlene) Angelo Jr. of Pittsburgh; daughter Donna (Bob) Bernard of Monroeville; grandchildren Breanne, Christina, Nikko, Marissa and Dominic; sister Thelma (John) Decoleti of Glassport; brother Frank (Nanci) Angelo of Port Vue; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday from noon to 3 and 4 to 8 p.m. at Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services, McKeesport, Chris Odasso, funeral director. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 8, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church with Father Vincent Velas officiating. Interment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park.


McKeesport Daily News February 5, 2008

ROBERT MURPHY

Robert J. Murphy, 75, of Broomall, Pa, died Saturday, February 2, 2008.

Born October 6, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late James P. and Anne (Matey) Murphy. He was a salesman for 35 years with Elliott Company in Jeannette and worked independent jobs in retirement for 10 years.

He is survived by wife Shirley N. (Scherer) Murphy of 59 years; son Robert J., husband of Elizabeth Murphy; daughters Bonnie M., wife of Russell Parks, and Barbara A., wife of John Morford; brother Dr. James P. Murphy; numerous nieces and nephews; and three grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, 2001 Sproul Road, Broomall, Pa., 19008. Memorial service will be Saturday at noon in the funeral home. Burial will be in Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, Pa. Memorial contributions can be made to the Air Force Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 33624, Wright­Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 45433.


McKeesport Daily News February 7, 2008

JOHN SOWA

John W. Sowa, 81, of Glassport, died Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

He was born January 5, 1927, in Elizabeth, the son of the late Walter and Mary (Dishe) Sowa and husband of Delphine (Roberts) Sowa. Mr. Sowa retired from Omega Security where he worked as a security guard at Webster Hall in Oakland. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Clairton and served with the U.S. Army and Navy during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son David L. McPherson Sr. of Sutersville; grandchildren Alex Carlin of Lincoln Borough and David L. McPherson Jr. of Sutersville; brothers William Sowa and Robert Sowa, both of McKeesport; sister Blanche Fuller of Elizabeth; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at 3 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Willig Funeral home and Cremation Services, Chris Odasso, funeral


McKeesport Daily News February 8, 2008

JOHN MARSICO

John “Johnny” Marsico, 85, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Glassport, died Friday, February 1, 2008, in Bradenton.

He was born September 20, 1922, in Beyer, Pa., a son of the late Anthony and Frances Marasco Brasco Marsico. He was a graduate of Jeannette High School where he played football for the Jeannette Jayhawks. Prior to his retirement Johnny was employed by the Continental Can Co. in West Mifflin. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Navy and participated in the Normandy invasion.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Dominick and William “Willie” Brasco, and three sisters, Jennie Brasco, Mary Verdi and Helen Rulli. He is survived by his wife Shirley Fulmer Marsico; four daughters, Kathleen Buczynski and husband Henry of McKeesport, Sandra Dyer and husband Richard of Bradenton, Fla., Luann Weisenberg and husband Bill of Inwood, W. Va., and Jeanne Beard and husband Gary of Bradenton, Fla.; two sons, Anthony Marsico of Pittsburgh and John Marsico of Oklahoma City, Ok.; six grandchildren; two sisters, Angeline Brasco and Theresa Marsico, both of Jeannette; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends were received Wednesday in the John V. Graziano Funeral Home Inc., 228 North Second Street, Jeannette . A Funeral Mass was celebrat­ed at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2008, in Ascension Church with Fr. John M. Foriska as celebrant. Interment followed in Brush Creek Cemetery, Hempfield Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th Street, Bradenton, Fla., 34207, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Manatee City, 4148 20th Street West, Bradenton, Fla., 34205.


McKeesport Daily News February 9, 2008

FRANK WARGO

Frank (Francis) V. Wargo Jr., 63, of Glassport, died Thursday, February 7, 2008.

He was the son of the late Francis V. Wargo Sr. and Madeline S. (Conley) Wargo. He was a retired delivery driver for UPS and a member of Teamsters #249. Survived by sons Frank V. (Mary) Wargo III of Glassport and Todd A. Wargo of Jefferson Hills; grandsons Frank Aaron Wargo IV, Bret Anthony Wargo, Kyle Wargo and Amanda Wargo; also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa. 15045, Sunday, February 10, 2008 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Blessing will be held Monday, February 11, 2008 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News February 14, 2008

PETER MENDICINO

Peter "Pete" F. Mendicino, 88, of Glassport, died Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at the John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

He was born March 16, 1919, in Webster, Pa., to the late John and Anntonette Vaccarro Mendicino. Pete was a retired electrician for Copperweld Corp. formerly in Glassport for 42 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle Metz Mendicino; a great-grandson Jeffrey Nolder Jr. and 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by daughter Joanne (Nicholas) Kovello of Glassport; grandsons Patrick (Patty Leshnock) of Glassport and Jeffrey (Diane Edwards) Nolder Sr. of Cottage Grove, Minn.; great-grandchildren Brandon (Autumn), Dana, Tyler, Sarah and Jake Nolder; great-great grandson Brandon Nolder Jr.; also nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. A Blessing service will be Friday, February 15, 2008, at 8:30 p.m. Following visitations. Interment will be Saturday in Addison Cemetery in Addison, Pa.


McKeesport Daily News February 18, 2008

RICHARD WILLIAMS

Richard E. Williams, 65 of Glassport, died Friday, February 15, 2008. He was the son of the late H. Elwyn of Anna (Heath) Williams.

He attended Glassport High School and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science in 1964 and a masters in 1971, both in petroleum engineering. He served as lieutenant in the Navy from 1966-69 in charge of a Seabee team; he received the Navel Achievement Medal for his service in directing a well drilling detail during his two separate deployments in Vietnam. He was responsible for drilling 29 water producing wells for the U.S. Military Forces in tactical Zones I and II and lauded for his efforts in the logistics problems encountered and overcome to provide the area with water. After discharge he served as first lieutenant in the Navel Reserve for two years. Richard began working for Equitable Gas in 1971. He served as superintendent of Division B and D of the Distribution Department and was named assistant general superintendent of distribution in 1978. In 1980, he was appointed director of Land and Geology. In 1981, he was promoted to Chief System Geologist and was responsible for planning and coordinating all production ventures and acquisitions of drilling land rights for the company. He formed and was vice president of Kepco Company, a subsidiary of Equitable Gas. After leaving Equitable he served as vice president of the Keelex Corporation in West Virginia. For the past 20 years, Richard was a private oil and gas consultant and co-owner of RR and J Corporation. He loved to read and enjoyed listening to opera.

He was survived by his wife Marjory Shirley Williams; daughter of Valerie L. Williams of New York City and son Gregory E. Williams of Stamford, Conn.; sister of Lynne Davis of St. Louis, Mo. and a special brother Gregg Shirley of Glassport.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 604 Vermont Avenue, Glassport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Musical Theater, 3275 Main Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15220.


Tribune Chronicle February 17, 2008

Jeffrey Lokash

NILES, OH — Jeffrey Lokash, 48, 2104 Robbins Ave., died of multi-system failure at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at his residence.

Jeff was born April 2, 1959, in McKeesport, Pa., the son of William G. and Wilma M. Kaye Lokash.

A 1977 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, he was employed by the Ohio State Liquor Control Board at the former downtown Niles Pharmor Store and Elm Road Plaza locations.

An avid camper and hiking enthusiast, he enjoyed bicycling and bowling, participating in several area leagues. He was an ardent Pittsburgh Steelers fan, enjoyed professional tennis tournaments and reading science fiction books and novels.

He is survived by his mother, with whom he made his home; two brothers, William G. Jr. and his wife, Kim, John A. and his wife, Sherry; a sister, Gail Dermer and her husband, Denny, all of Niles; a nephew, Shawn Dermer; three nieces, Shannon Bergana, Christina, and Ashley Lokash, and a great-nephew Matteo Bergana.

At Jeff’s personal request, there are no calling hours or funeral services.

Arrangements are being handled by the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home.

Notified by Bob Kurta


McKeesport Daily News February 20, 2008

DORIS SCHLEIFER

Doris M. (Dolly) Schleifer, 76, of White Oak, formerly of Glassport, died Monday, February 18, 2008.

She was the daughter of the late George and Esther (Zakczewski) Pastor. She was a retired credit manager for JCPenney’s in Eastland and also worked for Nola Shop in McKeesport. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish and Senior Citizens, Rosary Society and Kitchen Ministry. She was a Judge of Election for the 1st Ward in Glassport for 25 years, was a member of the Glassport Young Women’s Club, coached softball for Glassport Athletic Association, and was a South Allegheny Band Parent. Dolly loved to do crafts and her grandchildren were No. 1 in her life.

She was the wife of Kenneth E. Schleifer; mother of Connie Schleifer of White Oak and Kenneth (Karen) Schleifer of Dogsboro, Del.; sister of Thomas (June) Pastor of Fayettesville, Pa.; and grandmother of Amanda, Kameron and Marlena Schleifer.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport . A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 23, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church in McKeesport with the Rev. Tom Sparacino officiat­ing. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News February 20, 2008

JOHN SYDESKI

John Paul Sydeski III, 67, of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, February 16, 2008, in UPMC McKeesport.

He was born October 29, 1940, in Glassport, the son of the late John Paul Sydeski Sr. and the late Mary Bogush Sydeski. He was a retired machinist at General Electric in West Mifflin and was a Navy veteran.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Rae Heasley Sydeski; daughter Kristin L. Morrison of Elizabeth Township; son John Paul Sydeski IV of Chicago, Il.; brothers Raymond Sydeski of Naples, Fla., Steve Sydeski of McKeesport and Robert Sydeski of Glassport; sisters Connie Sydeski and Gert Ormond of Glassport; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Edward Sydeski.

Private visitation and service with Military Honors took place Tuesday, Februar y 19, 2008, in the chapel of the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township .


McKeesport Daily News February 25, 2008

FRANCES VARDJAN

Frances M. Vardjan, 72, of Glassport, died Sunday, February 24, 2008, in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.

She was born April 14, 1935, in Kinston, Pa. She retired in 2000 as an administrative assistant at Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Lab. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church in McKeesport. She was a current president of the Ladies of Charity of the church, a Eucharistic Minister and held several offices in the parish committees, volunteer of the office of the parish social ministry and bereavement committees. She was active in the literacy program helping immigrants learn the English language. She was a 1954 graduate of Cannon MacMillan High School. Frances was a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. She also worked for a short time in the Elders Program for South Allegheny School District. She liked to go to the theater, traveled extensively and enjoyed the opera, ballet and symphony. She also enjoyed gardening.

She was the daughter of the late John Vardjan and Mary Nemonich Vardjan; niece of Sophia C. (Richard Kern of Cannonsburg Elizabeth Vardjan of Reading and Anne Ganter of Lititz; numerous cousins.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to and 7 to 9 p.m. at I.M. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 203 Fourth Street Dravosburg. Funeral Mass is Wednesday, February 27 2008, at 10 a.m. from St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport. Entombment is in Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum. Family suggests contributions to her church or a charity of choice.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette February 26, 2008

George A. Payne

PAYNE GEORGE A. 68, of Elizabeth, PA, departed this life on Friday, February 22, 2008 in UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

He was born June 10, 1939 in Elizabeth, PA and was the son of the late James McRuby and Alberta Swaney Payne. George was a retired employee of the former Bucyrus Erie Steel Foundry in Glassport, PA. He was a graduate of the IUP Police Academy after which he served 35 years with the Elizabeth and West Elizabeth Police departments and also was a Pennsylvania State Constable and was most recently employed as a Security Guard at the Jefferson Regional Hospital for approximately five years. He was a faithful member and Trustee of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, member of the Booker T. Washington Lodge #218 I.B.P.O.E. of W. and member of the American Legion Post #0945 of Indiana, PA and a veteran of the United States Army's 229 Signal Corps during the Korean War era.

Surviving are his children, Cathy Williams of West Elizabeth, Virginia Moorehead Payne of Homewood, Robin Payne (Woody) Main, Kelly Starr and George Payne, Jr. all of Elizabeth, Jack (Debbie) Payne of Forward Twp, and Danny Starr of Indiana, PA; 15 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; siblings, Ruby Armella (Chester) Walker, James Payne and Kenneth Payne all of McKeesport and Carl Payne of San Francisco, CA; former wife, Marion Williams Payne of West Elizabeth; an aunt, Iona Payne of Chicago, IL, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Friends will be received from 2-9, Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday, February 27th at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 606 Fifth Avenue, Elizabeth, PA. where services will be held Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Marilyn Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, PA. Arrangements by ROBERT A. WATERS FUNERAL HOME.


McKeesport Daily News February 28, 2008

ROBERT DEMIS

Robert G. Demis, 44, of Donora, formerly of Glassport, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

He was the husband of the late Barbara Demis. He is survived by his parents Angelo and Elizabeth (Stout) Demis. He was the brother of Debra Demis of McKeesport.

Friends will be received Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. A Funeral Blessing will be Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 1 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kedzierski officiating.


McKeesport Daily News February 29, 2008

EDWARD KIRKWOOD

Edward J. Kirkwood, 85, of Lincoln Borough, formerly of Glassport, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

He was the beloved husband of the late Henrietta Louise (Kass) Kirkwood; loving father of Larry (Clea) Kirkwood and Cindy (Gary) Nylund; brother of the late Harrison and Walter Kirkwood; brother-in-law of Richard Kass, Goldie Kass and Dorothy Kirkwood; grand­father of Paul and Lori; great-grandfather of Emma and Abbey; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Ed was a past Grandmaster of the Fraternal Order of Oddfellows, a lifetime member of Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Department and a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Ed retired as a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Airforce and a retiree of U.S. Steel Irvin Works.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where ser­vices will be held Monday, March 3, 2008, at 11 a.m. Interment is in Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Department, 4312 Liberty Way, Elizabeth, Pa., 15037.


McKeesport Daily News February 29, 2008

BERNARD LOERA

Bernard “Ben” Loera of Glassport died Wednesday, February 27, 2008, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 31, 1943, in McKeesport, son of the late Patricio and Edith Kapsenski Loera. He was a retired store representative and a self employed electrician. He is survived by his wife Linda B. Milligan Loera; daughter Janine (Mark) Derkas of Newport News, Va.; son Heath (Mary) Loera of Bethel Park; grand­children, Mark Jr., Shelby, Christopher and Parker; three sisters, Patsy Loera of Pittsburgh, Edith Regan and Anita Shaw, both of Clairton; three brothers, Art Loera of Belle Vernon, Robert and Patrick Loera, both of Clairton.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport . Funeral service will be Monday, March 3, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment is in Jefferson Memorial Park.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 2, 2008

William A. Slafka

William A. Slafka, 58, of Whitehall, formerly of Glassport, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008.

Bill was an Allegheny County deputy sheriff for 34 years.

Beloved husband of Fran G. Slafka. Loving father of William (Michelle), Craig and Carey Slafka. Proud grandfather of William Jr. and Hunter Slafka. Beloved son of Helen and the late Andrew Slafka. Loving brother of Robert R. Slafka.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a blessing service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday.


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