Glassport, Pennsylvania

Glassport Obituaries as Reported in the Daily News


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


McKeesport Daily News January 12, 2009

ALICE LOPOSKY

Alice (Hospodar) Loposky, 83, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, January 11, 2009.

She was born July 1, 1925, in Glassport, daughter of the late Michael and Mary Hospodar. She was the beloved wife of Steve Loposky; predceased by three brothers and six sisters; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Savolskis­Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home Inc., 3501 Main St., Munhall. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 1 p.m. in St. Martin de Porres Parish, McKeesport. Interment is in New St. Joseph Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News January 21, 2009

PHYLLIS SMALL

Phyllis Bird Snyder Small, 85, died Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in Manor Care of Monroeville. She was born November 28, 1923, in McKeesport. Of White Oak, she was co-owner of Phyllis’s Jeans and Apparel of Rostraver.

A graduate of Glassport High School in 1941, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State Teachers Colege and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. A teacher in Washington, D.C., and Glassport, she was also a local Sunday School teacher and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Congregation Gemilas Chesed, past president of B’nai Brith Women, Gemilas Chesed Sisterhood, Hadassah, as well as the Jewish Women’s National Organization. She was a great cook, excellent baker and loved to bake Hungarian pastries. She also enjoyed needle point and bingo.

She was the daughter of the late Milton and Gussie Golda Janavitz Snyder of Glassport. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years Isadore Small; son Steven Laib Small of White Oak; daughter Rachel Dena Small of White Oak; two grandchildren, Akiba and Sara Small of White Oak; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister Beverly Barnes and brother Dr. Merrill J. Snyder. A graveside service will be Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Original Gemilas Chesed Cemetery, Center Street, with Rabbi Nachum Brand officiating.

Hunter Funeral Home Inc., 1600 Coursin St., McKeesport, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests contributions be made to the Gemilas Chesed Prayer Book Fund.


McKeesport Daily News January 23, 2009

ANNABELLE THOMAS

Annabele L. Thomas, 91, died Thursday, January 22, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Stickler and Frances Markle. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary

She is survived by sons James Thomas of Minnesota, Charles (Carol) Thomas of Acme and George (Diane) Thomas of Glassport; also 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received today from 6 to 8 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Avenue, Glassport, Pa., 15045. A Funeral Blessing will be Saturday, January 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following Saturday in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News January 28, 2009

LEO ZACKARYASZ

Leo S. (Zack) Zackaryasz, 79, of Glassport, died Monday, January 26, 2009.

He was the son of the late Leon and Florence (Miller) Zackaryasz. He was a retired welder for Tube City, a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church and the American Legion in McKeesport. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife Philomena Semow Zackaryasz; son Robert Zackaryasz of Glassport; and grandchildren Lee and Cory.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045, 412-672­6388 . A Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 30, 2009 at 10 a.m. in St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Interment following in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.


McKeesport Daily News February 3, 2009

RICHARD BOWERS

Richard Wayne Bowers, born January 21, 1935, in Glassport, to John Wesley Bowers and Marie (McNelis) Bowers, died November 3, 2008, in Dingle, Ireland.

He graduated from Clairton High School and Duquesne University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with an honorable discharge.

He is survived by Sharon (Erbe) Bowers of Port Richey, Fla.; daughter Melissa (Erbe) Finelli of Jacksonvile, Fla.; son Rick Bowers and three grandchildren of Cranberry Township; sister Marilyn (Bowers) Davis of Laguna Woods, Calif.; and pre­deceased by brother Jerry Schnelzer of Glassport.

A celebration of Richard’s life was held at Port Loma, San Diego, on his birthday with his nieces Lisa Griffin and Coleen Goebel and children; cousin Charlene (Bowers) Cox of Las Vegas, her grandson of the U.S. San Diego Navy. A service will be in Pittsburgh at a later date to include nephews of the Schnelzer family and many family members and friends. Handled by O’Connor Mortuary, 949-581-4300.


McKeesport Daily News February 4, 2009

LAURA DeMAIO

Laura L. DeMaio, 47, of Glassport, died Tuesday, February 3, 2009. She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

She was a daughter of Judy (Peterson) McIntosh; wife of James DeMaio; mother of Dana Basilone of Glassport and Jonathan Basilone of Flint, Texas; sister of Don McIntosh of Henderson, Nev.; and grandmother of Dominic Basilone of Glassport. She was preceded in death by sisters Leslie and Linda.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Febuary 7, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church. Interment following in Round Hil Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News February 5, 2009

IRENE RUPOSKY

Irene Helen Ruposky, 85, of Glassport, died Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in UPMC Mercy. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church.

She was born March 4, 1923, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Evanovich Frantish. She is survived by a daughter Dorothy M. (Michael) Donahue of Elizabeth Township; granddaughter Tammy M. (Denny) Mathe; great-granddaughter Marena Rae Mathe of White Oak; sisters Margaret Johnson of West Mifflin and Dorothy Strong of West Newton; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Frantish, and brothers Cyril and Edward Frantish.

Friends are welcome Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Vincent P. Velas officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailes.


Tribune Review February 11, 2009

Rosemary A. Benner

Greensburg Formerly of Glassport

Rosemary Ann (Skalski) Benner, 68, of Greensburg, formerly of Glassport, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.

She was born Aug. 17, 1940, in Glassport. Rosemary was a volunteer for and supporter of the women's shelter in Greensburg. Surviving are her husband William "Skip" Benner, of McKeesport; children, Michelle Argenta and husband, Ron, of North Huntingdon, Krista Carrillo and husband, Dan, and Devin Michael Benner, both of McKeesport; stepchildren, Billy Benner, of New Castle, and Robin Benner, of Maryland; eight grandchildren; siblings, Patty Markovic, Jimmy Skalski and Pete Skalski, all of Glassport; also nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Johnny and Paul Skalski.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a blessing service will be held Friday at a time to be announced.


McKeesport Daily News February 13, 2009

JOHN TUREK

John A. “Turk” Turek, 85, of Glassport, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009. He was the son of the late Peter and Blanche (Szumska) Turek.

He was a retired metal fabricator for Copperweld. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, American Legion for 50 years, PNA, committeeman for the Boy Scouts of America and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

He was the husband of Anna “Tillie” (Blaho) Turek; father of John (Judy) Turek Jr. of Oakdale, Michael (Joy) Turek of Liberty Borough, Joseph (Janice) Turek of Elizabeth Township, Stephen (Denise) Turek of Glassport and Barbara (Kevin) Lundy of Liberty Borough; also 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Plesniak, and brothers Walter Stauss and Joseph Turek.

Friends wilbe received Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A Funeral Mass wilbe Monday, February 16, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment wilfolow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News February 14, 2009

DOROTHY SORG

Dorothy Helen Sorg, 90, of Elizabeth Township, died Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the home of her daughter.

She was born August 5, 1918, in Glassport, daughter of the late Charles and Hazel Etta Knight March and wife of the late Floyd Lewis Sorg, who passed away January 2, 1987.

She was a member of the Round Hill Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth Township. Dorothy was a former cafeteria worker at Elizabeth Forward High School and always loved her gardening and yard work.

She is survived by daughter Lois S. (Jim) Nevin of Forward Township; son Floyd L. (Agnes) Sorg Jr. of Elizabeth Township; sisters Etta Mae Hale of Elizabeth Township and Jessie (Carl) Palm of Lynchburg, Va.; five grandchildren, Ralph Nevin, Deborah Bozek, Wiliam Nevin, Lee Biddle and Robert Sorg; six great­grandchildren, Natalie Conte, Aimee Nevin, Justin Nevin, Amelia Nevin, Patrick Biddle and Erin Biddle; one great-great-granddaughter; Haylee Marcione; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends will be received today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth Borough, Pa., 15037. Funeral Service will be Monday, February 16, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home Chapel, Elizabeth Borough, with the Rev. Dr. Lowell J. Meek officiating. Burial in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Allegheny Valley School, 1992 Ewings Mill Road, Coraopolis, Pa., 15108.


McKeesport Daily News February 23, 2009

REGINA ANDRZEJEWSKI

Regina “Andrews” Andrzejewski, 87, of North Huntingdon, previously of Port Vue and Glassport, died Saturday, February 21, 2009, in the Hospice Care Unit of Briarcliff Pavillion after a severe illness. Regina had been a resident of Briarcliff Pavillion in North Huntingdon since October 2004.

Born the youngest of seven children on February 24, 1921, she was the daughter of the late John and Pauline Golenia Halucha. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Frank “Andrews” Andrezejewski in July 1974, her brothers Albert, Andrew, Frank and Walter Halucha and a sister, Julia Halucha Moran. Regina is survived by a sister, Sally Halucha Fletcher (95); her children Eugene Andrews and his wife Becky of Crescent Lake, Ore., Richard Andrews and his wife Carol of North Huntingdon and Linda Diaz and her husband Ricardo of Citrus Heights, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private viewing and blessing was in the James W. Shirley Funeral Home Inc. in North Huntingdon. Internment was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Regina’s family wishes to thank alextended family, wonderful friends and the Briarcliff staff for their support during this difficult time.


McKeesport Daily News February 23, 2009

ANNA HARFF

Anna M. Harff passed away peacefuly in Briarcliff Pavillion on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

A former McKeesport/Glassport resident, she was born July 10, 1915. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara Krandel and wife of the late George “Bud” Harff.

She was a former employee of the Sheraton in McKeesport and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Glassport.

She is survived by her children Norma Sutler, Barbara Kendall, Betty Frum and George Harff; brother Frank Krandel; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great­grandchildren.

Friends will be received Tuesday, February 24, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, at which time a funeral service will be held with the Rev. Jim Rome. Interment folowing in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News February 23, 2009

JOSEPH MILTON

Joseph “Kent” Milton, 87, of the Wilson District of Clairton, died Thursday, February 19, 2009, in Atrium Nursing Home in Rockford, Il.

He was born August 23, 1921, to the late John and Ora Muse Milton Robinson in Smithton.

Kent lived in Rockford for the last year, but was formerly from the Wilson district of Clairton. He retired in 1980 after 40 years of service at Copperweld Bi Metallic in Glassport and was also a valued employee of the S.M. Finney Funeral Home in Clairton. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Army Air Force as a gunner on B­24s and flew 50 missions in New Guinea in the South Pacific. He was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Clairton Lions, the American Legion in Glassport and a past council member of Trinity (Holy Spirit) Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his son Kent P. (Barbara) Milton of Rockford, Il., with whom he resided; sister Lois Adams of Greenock; grandchildren Erica Milton, Kristen (Scott) Evans, Nicole (Bill) Stahr and Paul (Kelly) Fuca; two great-grandchildren, Madison Stahr and Gianna Fuca. He was preceded in death by his wife Elsie M. Wilson Milton, who passed away November 22, 2007; daughter Joyce L. Milton, who passed away on March 18, 2008; and sisters Vivian Voelker, Blanch Lewis and Edith Maier.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the S.M. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 432 N. 6th St., Clairton. A Funeral Service will be Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment wil follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery in West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News February 24, 2009

LORIN LESKO

Lorin David “Shorty” Lesko, 44, of Glassport, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

Born May 14, 1964, in McKeesport, he was the son of Lorin C. Lesko and Gloria Sokol Lesko and husband of Barbara Kastyzak Lesko.

Shorty was a hard-working, loving and grateful man who always made every­body around him laugh and have a good time no matter what situation they were in. He loved his music, especialy country. He lived every “Blessed Day” of his life like it was his last.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his children Melonie (Keith Snyder) Lesko of North Huntingdon and David Lesko of McKeesport; step­daughter Brianna Kostyzak of Glassport; also his brothers and sisters Kimberly (Robert Jones) Lesko of McKeesport, Melodie (Robb Brown) Lesko Robb of McKeesport, Terry Lesko Sr. of Pittsburgh, Toni Lesko of McKeesport and Andrew (Tami Heckman) Lesko of McKeesport; late sister Melonie Lesko (twin of Melodie) who passed away 20 years ago; and two half­sisters, Nacole and Rachel Lesko of McKeesport. Also surviving are six nephews and three nieces; one 5­year-old great-nephew; two newborn great-nephews and one newborn great-niece; plus many dear friends.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O’Neil Blvd., McKeesport, Pa., 15132 until the time of a Blessing Service at 8 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News February 25, 2009

DOROTHY WOLK

Dorothy G. Wolk, 85, of Glassport, formerly of Miami, Fla., died Tuesday, February 17, 2009.

Born March 25, 1923, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Flora (Starry) Phillips and the wife of the late Paul Wolk. Mrs. Wolk is survived by a sister, Janet Ludwick, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements provided by Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


McKeesport Daily News February 28, 2009

FRANCES SUTMAN

Frances Jane (Donnelly) Sutman, a former Glassport resident, died Friday, February 27, 2009, in St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center in Columbiana, Ohio.

She was born August 23, 1919, in North Braddock. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Brown Donnelly and the widow of Harry C. Sutman in 1987.

She was a former member of Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Glassport, Christian Mothers, Ladies of Charity and a life member with the American Contact Bridge League. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen A. Mayfield of Tipp City, Ohio; sons Harry W. (Nancy) Sutman of Pewcatuck, Conn., James F. (Linda) Sutman of Poland, Ohio, and Wiliam J. (Debbie) Sutman of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Bernadine Ratesic of White Oak; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received Monday, March 2, 2009, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kasimer Kedzierski officiating. Interment is in New St. Joseph’s Cemetery, North Versailles. The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Il., 60601. Please specify for research.


Tribune Review March 9, 2009

Mary A. Elko

Elizabeth Township

Mary A. Elko, 94, of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Riverside Nursing Center, McKeesport.

She was born Oct. 27, 1914, in Glassport, daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Mamrack) Komondor.

She was a member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, was a volunteer for Elizabeth Township Meals on Wheels and Central Food Bank and also worked at the voting polls at Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Elko, in 1997; son, Robert Elko; and two brothers, Michael and Andrew Komondor. Survivors include her children with whom she resided, daughter, Mary Jane Revetta; and son, Kenneth G. Elko; sister, Elizabeth Lux, of Glassport; brother, Eugene (Theresa) Komondor, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth Borough, PA 15037. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Rudolph Smoley officiating. Burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.


McKeesport Daily News March 18, 2009

ROSE PIERGROSSI

Rose Piergrossi, 90, of Glassport, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in Marion Manor, Greentree.

She was born November 7, 1918, in New Boston, Ohio, daughter of the late Joseph Velardo and the late Donata Velardo. Surviving are her husband Nick Piergrossi; son James Piergrossi and wife Sharon of Greenock; daughter Christine Piergrossi and friend Sue McGinley of Carnegie; daughter-in­law Norma Piergrossi of Greenock; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Nick Piergrossi; two brothers, George and Paul Velardo; and two sisters, Angie Bartimac and Caroline Velardo.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Smithfield Street, Boston and Friday, March 20, 2009, until 1:30 p.m. the hour of services in the funeral home with the Rev. Pat Cleary officiating. Interment will folow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Arrangements are being handled by the Eley/McCrory Funeral Home Inc., Fayette City, Pa.


McKeesport Daily News March 19, 2009

MAY KING

May Laura King, 96, of Glassport, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Glassport. She was born June 18, 1912, in Glassport, daughter of the late Edmund and Grace (Dean) Bowen and wife of the late Lester H. King, who died in 1966.

She was a former employee of the Glassport Glass House. She was also a member of the Clairton Joker Bowling League.

She was the mother of May Ross of North Huntingdon, Leta King of Glassport, Eva (Larry) Lattanzi of Clairton, Beverly (Francis) Smith of West Mifflin, Katheryn (Gary) Kukler of Belle Vernon and Harold (Judy) King of Glassport; sister of Ruth Fricke of Mt. Washington and Leta Stokes of Glassport; grandmother of 19; and great­grandmother of 40. She was predeceased by her daughter Clara Twele; brothers Edward and George Bowen; and three sisters Grace Detman, Florence King and Clara Johnson.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Visitation will be Saturday, March 21, 2009, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment is in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News March 19, 2009

ROBERT McNELIS

Robert “Bo” T. McNelis, 78, Bethel Park, formerly of Clairton, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

He was born July 8, 1930, in Glassport, son of the late Dugald and Ann McNelis McTaggart.

He was a retired plant protection supervisor for U.S. Steel Clairton Works and a member of St. Louise de Marilac Parish in Upper St. Clair. He was a U.S. Marine veteran having served in the Korean War. He was a former member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clariton, a member of the Shamrock Club of Clairton and a former member of the Clairton School Board and Clairton High School Football Fundraising Association. He was a loyal fan of the University of Notre Dame.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Rose Marie (Casaldi) McNelis; son Shawn McNelis of McCandless, daughter Cheryl (Jeffrey) Englert of Upper St. Clair, son Terry (Jo Beth) McNelis of Whitehalland, daughter Felicia (Paul) Demilio of Upper St. Clair; grandchildren Connor and Shane McNelis, Erin and Jared Englert, Jamie Barr (fiancé Tim Stivers), Jackie and Danny Demillio; sisters Ruth McTaggart of Jefferson Hills and Helen (John) Banyas of Munhall; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Pa., 15025. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 21, 2009, in St. Louise de Marilac Parish in Upper St. Clair. Burial is in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Peters Township.


Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 22, 2009

Paul L. Beisler

BEISLER PAUL L. 63, of Port Vue, died Friday, March 20, 2009.

He was the son of the late George and Mary (Fey) Beisler. Husband of Debbie (Little) Beisler. Father of Paula Beisler of McKeesport, Pamela Beisler of McKeesport, Jason (Aimee) Beisler of South Park and Paul (Marie) Beisler of Liberty Boro; grandfather of Michael, Crysten, Kelly, Madelyn and Jackson Paul; brother of Anna Marie Emanuel of Irwin, Kathy Beisler of Elizabeth Twp, Eileen Riegner of White Oak, Joseph Beisler of FL, George Beisler of Meadville and Jack Beisler of Liberty Boro.

He was the Owner/operator of Paul's Auto Service and PPJ Vending Co. in Glassport; member of St. Mark's Catholic Church and served in the US Army Vietnam War.

Friends received at the WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, Glassport, Mon., 5-9 and Tues., 2-4 and 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be held Wed., 9:30am at St. Mark's with Rev. Mikonis. Interment following St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.


McKeesport Daily News March 23, 2009

THERESA DeMARCO

Theresa L. DeMarco of Glassport died Sunday, March 22, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lucy Ingros.

She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

She was the wife of Samuel J. DeMarco; mother of Samuel J. (Elaine) DeMarco Jr. of Pleasant Hils ad Gary DeMarco of Glassport; grandmother of Jason, Shannon, Emily and Elise; great-grandmother of Ethan; and sister of Connie Test of White Oak.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Avenue, Glassport. A Funeral Mass will be Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hils. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


McKeesport Daily News March 26, 2009

HELEN DePIERO

Helen Doratio DePiero, 91, of Glassport, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Born February 20, 1918, in Glassport, he was the daughter of the late Frank and Virginia Cole Doratio.

She was a former factory worker for Glass House in Glassport and Sabins China Company in McKeesport. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Glassport and the Church Ladies Uplift Circle and was very active in church activities. She was a lifetime member.

She was the wife of the late Salvatore DePiero who died in 2006. She is survived by one son, Daniel (Rita) DePiero of Glassport; one daughter, Judith (Sal) D’Appolonio of Port Vue; grandchildren Cindy Kubula of Glassport, Tori (David) Verbanick of Glassport, Melissa DePiero of Glassport, Melanie (David) Rothwelof North Huntingdon, Marie Chonko of Pittsburgh and Elizabeth Berry of Ontario, Canada; seven great-grandchildren; two deceased sisters; three deceased brothers; nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral service is Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ, Michigan Avenue in Glassport with the Rev. David Nolfi. Interment is in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to her church.


McKeesport Daily News March 30, 2009

EUGENE KOMONDOR

Eugene E. Komondor, 78, a resident of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

Born February 12, 1931, in Glassport, he was the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Mamrak Komondor.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Japan during the Korean War. He was a retired cable splicer and lineman for Bell Telephone and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and a member and was past president of its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Glassport American Legion Post 443.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Theresa Pasinski Komondor; sons Eugene (Christine) of North Huntingdon, Gerard (Amy) of Pleasant Hils, Mark (Karin) of Lowvile, N.Y., and Greg (Lisa) of Forest Hil, Md.; grandchildren Kate, Sara, Kenneth, Corey, Mark Michael, Matthew, Emily, Kara and Gregory. He is also survived by a sister, Elizabeth Komondor Lux of Glassport; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Andrew and Michael and sisters Anna Baran and Mary Elko, who died on March 7, 2009.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary with the Rev. Casimer Kedzierski. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the McKeesport Hospital Foundation, 1500 Fifth Ave., McKeesport, Pa., 15132, or to the Queen of the Rosary Parish, 530 Michigan Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045.


McKeesport Daily News March 31, 2009

MICHAEL KOVACEVIC

Michael J. Kovacevic, 88, of Glassport, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Mt. Vernon of South Park.

He was born November 20, 1920, in McKeesport, son of the late Michael and Frances Yednak Kovacevic and husband of the late Edna (Pehl) Kovacevic who passed away in 1995.

He was retired after 45 years at GM’s Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in McKeesport. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in World War II.

He is survived by son Michael (Pamela) Kovacevic of Beaver Falls; brother Emil (Kathryn) Kovacevic of McKeesport; and grandchildren Major Michael (Joy) Kovacevic and Rachel (Todd) Balog. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Mildred Pavlack.

Visitation is Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles, Pa., 15132. Funeral Service is Friday, April 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Jay Geisler officiating. Burial is in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News April 1, 2009

JOSEPH CAPOZZOLI

Joseph A. Capozzoli, 87, of Glassport, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009. He was the son of the late Augustine and Rose Capozzoli and husband of the late Elizabeth Marini Capozzoli.

He was retired from Copperweld and was a former Street Commissioner for the City of Glassport. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Citizens Hose Co. No. 1, American Legion and Sons of Italy, and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

He was the father of Linda Semian of Glassport and Joseph P. Capozzoli of Lower Burrell; grandfather of Craig, Kevin and Ryan; and brother of Anthony and John Capozzoli and Marge.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A funeral Mass will be Friday, April 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski officiating. Entombment following in New St. Joseph Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News April 1, 2009

PHYLLIS FRANZ

Phyllis Mae (Null) Franz, 88, of Glassport, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in Woodcliff Manor Assisted Living Center in Bethel Park.

Born August 26, 1920, in McKeesport, she lived in Glassport for 53 years. Prior to that, she lived in West Mifflin. She was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church and the Women’s Guild of the Church.

She was a daughter of the late Jay and Florence Matthews Null. She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Franz, in 1992, and three brothers, Don, Bob and Ken Null. She was the mother of Diane F. Bush of Bethel Park and Keith G. (Karen) Franz of Mill Hall, Pa.; sister-in-law of Emma Vitulo of Pleasant Hills; four grandchildren; two great­grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Service is Friday, April 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Carr officiating. Interment is in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hils. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the church.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2009

HOWARD ORENAK

Howard Orenak, 88, of Lincoln Borough, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at home.

He was born August 20, 1920, in Glassport, son of the late George and Mary Kufta Orenak. He was a retired foreman for U.S. Steel Clairton Works. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard, having served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He is survived by his wife Anne (Yablonsky) Orenak; son Ronald M. (Ann) Orenak of Indiana; daughter Marilyn J. Burns at home; brothers Joseph (Irene) Orenak of North Huntingdon and John “Jim” (Olga) Orenak of Elizabeth Township; three grandchildren, Michael and Tania Orenak and Christopher Burns; also nieces and nephews.

Private family viewing and service were Wednesday in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Pa., 15037. Funeral Liturgy was Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at noon in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in McKeesport with the Rev. Gregory Madeya officiating. Burial folowed in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, North Versailes.


McKeesport Daily News April 6, 2009

IRENE GAYDOS

Irene Tison Gaydos died Sunday, April 5, 2009.

She is survived by daughters, grandchildren, great­grandchildren and brothers Al, Bernie (Pat) and Vince Tison.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. Burial will be private.


Tribune Review April 7, 2009

Harry W. Anderson

Clairton

Harry W. Anderson, 68, of Clairton, died Saturday, April 4, 2009.

He was a son of the late Carl and Ruby (Gillen) Anderson; father of Dennis (Kristy) Anderson, of West Newton, David (Vicki) Anderson, of West Newton, Doug (Theresa) Anderson, of Liberty Borough, and Holly Anderson, of Glassport; brother of Carl (Margaret) Anderson, of Jefferson Hills, Grenalda (Bob) Borso, of Saxonburg, and Greta (Arthur) Kattani, of Elizabeth; and grandfather of Ashlie, Sarah, Jillian, Nathan, Tyler, April and Autumn. He was preceded in death by brothers, Calvin and Louis Anderson.

He was a carpenter for Local Union 230 and worked at Copperweld Steel. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his Harley.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at WOJCIECHOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.


McKeesport Daily News April 14, 2009

SUSAN CROSBY

Susan C. Crosby of Glassport died Monday, April 13, 2009. She was a cafeteria worker for South Allegheny High School and a member of Queen of the Rosary Church and its Rosary Society and Christian Mothers.

She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Susan Kontros; wife of the late Cameron Crosby; mother of Ron (Kathy) Crosby of Peters Township, Tom (Beth) Crosby of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Susan Olson of Glassport; grandmother of Erin, Ryan and Jason Crosby, Kelly Smith and Lindsey Trimmer; great­grandmother of Nicholas and Thomas Camponizzi, Andrew, Tom, Anthony and Cameron Smith, and Michael Sikorski.

A Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport .


McKeesport Daily News April 14, 2009

LISA GROVES

Lisa Gephart Groves, 49, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at her home in Glassport.

She was born Lisa Rae Fine on June 15, 1959, in McKeesport, one of three children to David and Grace Fine. She was an avid poet, who had published some of her poetry, and was a member of the Steel Soul Sistahs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her only brother, Randy Fine. Lisa is survived by three children, two daughters, Nicole (Gephart) Leonard and Brittany Jones, and one son, Shawn Gephart; six grandchildren, Sierra, Kylie, Sarah, Dreagon, Derek and Samantha; one sister, Judy Porter and Brutus.

Friends will be received Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home, 1701 State Route 51, Large, Jefferson Hills. There will be no funeral service.


McKeesport Daily News April 14, 2009

THOMAS THORNTON

Thomas Joseph Thornton, 76, of Clairton, died Monday, April 13, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 26, 1932, in Elizabeth, a son of the late Michael and Anne “Momo” (Flaherty) Thornton. A lifetime area resident, he previously resided in Glassport. He retired in 1989 after 39 years of service as a motor inspector for U.S. Steel, National Works, in McKeesport. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. Thomas shared his wit and wisdom with everyone he encountered. He enjoyed card playing, puzzles and walking, in better days, but most of all he loved to make people laugh.

He was the husband of Ruth L. Morris Thornton of Clairton; father of Patrick (Mary Colette) Thornton of Clairton, Michele Thornton of Clairton and Linda (Butch) Goldsworthy of Clairton; brother of Ann Assenti of Clairton; grandfather of Sean Thornton, Mary Kate Thornton, Benjamin (Kristine) Thornton, Joshua Mussori and Adam Mussori; and great-grandfather of Miranda Williams, Thomas Patrick Thornton, Leah Elizabeth Thornton, Jordan Mussori, Jessica Mussori and Mariah Mussori. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Patrick, Daniel and Aloysius Thornton; and three sisters, Peggy Bush, JoAnn Sutton and Marie McNeil.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the S. M. Finney Funeral Home, 432 N. Sixth St., Clairton. Funeral is Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton. Interment is in St. Clare Cemetery in Clairton with graveside services Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 11:30 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News April 14, 2009

CHARLES WATSON

Charles (Chuck) R. Watson, 83, of Glassport, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at home.

Born April 4, 1926, in Dickerson Run, Pa., he was the son of the late W. Ray and Thelma (Davis) Watson, as well as the husband of the late Nancy (Gay) Watson.

Charles was a former employee of the shipping department at National Tube Works and retired from U.S. Steel after 30 years of employment. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Watson was a member of Glassport United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the NRA, Glassport American Legion Post 443, National Amvets, and a lifetime member of the New Eagle, Webster and Versailes Beagle clubs.

Visitation will be Friday, April 17, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6 until the hour of service at 8 p.m. in Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services chapel with the Rev. Tom Carr officiating. Committal and interment will be private.


McKeesport Daily News April 14, 2009

NANCY WATSON

Nancy G. Watson, 79, of Glassport, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at home.

Born February 24, 1930, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Albert J. and Mary (Sowerby) Gay and the wife of the late Charles (Chuck) R. Watson. Mrs. Watson was retired after 38 years of service as a department manager for G.C. Murphy Company of McKeesport. She was also the secretary and treasurer of Murphy’s Veteran’s Club for 10 years.Nancy attended Glassport United Methodist Church. Additionaly, she was a lifetime member of the New Eagle Beagle Club.

Survivors include nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by sisters Martha “Marty”, Margaret and Emma and brothers Jack and Albert.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 until the hour of service at 8 p.m. in Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services chapel with the Rev. Tom Carr officiating. Committal and interment will be private.


McKeesport Daily News April 18, 2009

ROBERT GREFOST

Robert J. Grefost, 82, of Forward Township, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Riverside Nursing Center, McKeesport. He was born July 16, 1926, in Glassport, and was the son of the late Joseph M. and Priscilla Foytik Grefost. He was the husband of the late Dorothy E. Herget Grefost, who died December 13, 2006.

Robert was a retired bricklayer and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by daughters Priscilla Hewitt and Melissa Lane of Forward Township and Cynthia Long of North Huntingdon; four grandchildren; seven great­grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Grefost, and a sister, Frances Seljak.

Private visitation and service with Military Honors took place Saturday, April 18, 2009, in the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. The Rev. Rudolph F. Smoley officiated and burial was private.


McKeesport Daily News April 22, 2009

MELISSA GERGLEY

Melissa “Missy” Ann Megela Gergley, 37, of Glassport, formerly of Donora, died Monday, April 20, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was born December 20, 1971, in Washington County to Robert D. and Nancy Lee Picinni Megela.

Missy was a phone/switchboard operator for the West Penn­Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh.

She is survived by her parents Robert D. and Nancy Lee Picinni Megela of Donora; husband Ronald A. Gergley; sons Blaine L. and Chase M. Gergley at home; siblings Robert A. Megela of Donora, Shirley (Charles) Deems of Bentleyvile, Barbara E. (Mario) Carcela of Fayette City, Mark (Michelle) Megela of Webster and Michelle (Brad) Kiggins of Rostraver; also loving nieces, nephews and her beloved dogs Dukie and Pokie.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monogahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral Services will be Friday, April 24, 2009, at 2 p.m. from the funeral home with Minister David Nolfi officiating. Interment will be private.


McKeesport Daily News April 25, 2009

WILLIAM SMITH

William J. Smith, 84, of Liberty Borough, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his residence.

He was born January 6, 1925, in Glassport, son of the late John and Elizabeth Pastor Smith.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Parish and its Ushers Club. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in World War II. He was a retired heavy equipment operator at various local steel mils.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn Pohodich Smith; five children, daughters Georgeann (Ron) Stephan of Jacksonvile, Fla., and Elaine (Jack) Bartko of Mt. Vernon and sons Wiliam (Sandy) Smith of Erie, Gene Smith of Talahassee, Fla. and Duane (Michele) Smith of Carrick; nine grandchildren; 10 great­grandchildren; one great­great-grandchild; brother Edward (Clara) Smith of Duquesne; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Smith.

Friends will be received Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 27, 2009, at 1 p.m. in St. Mark’s Parish, Liberty Borough site. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Heartland Hospice, Building 3, 3520 Route 130, Irwin, Pa., 15642.


McKeesport Daily News April 27, 2009

JOSEPH KWOLEK

Joseph D. Kwolek (Lueckert Family), 74, of Clairton, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at home.

He was born September 7, 1934, in Glassport, son of the late John and Viola Merta Kwolek and husband of the late Betty Lueckert Kwolek who died March 22, 2006.

He was a retired tractor operater for Continental Can in West Mifflin. He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. He was a private first class in the U. S. Army. He was a member of PNA and loved working on his old Chevy truck, watching sports and camping in Tionesta and was an avid gardener.

He is survived by daughters Harriet Payne of McKeesport, Patricia (David) Gabriel of Clairton and Suzanne (James) Seibert of West Newton; sons William Lueckert of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Harry (Kelly) Lueckert of Elizabeth Township and David Lueckert of Clairton; brothers Frank (Gail) Kwolek of Elizabeth Township and Thomas (Sue) Kwolek of New Jersey; sisters Agnes (Ligouri “Buck”) Conley of Glassport and Florence (Steve) Dendis of Franklin Park; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Patrick, John J. and Edward Kwolek; sisters Thelma Spanbauer, Sister Mary Geraldine of the Holy Spirit, Louise Sowerby and Mary Ann Kwolek.

Friends will be received today from 5 to 8 p.m. in the A. J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Pa., 15025. Blessing will be Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the A. J. Bekavac Funeral Home in Clairton. Burial is in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.


McKeesport Daily News April 27, 2009

BERNARD McSHANE

Bernard M. McShane of Glassport died Saturday, April 25, 2009. He was the son of the late John and Nelie Hunter McShane and husband of the late Patricia Klein McShane.

He was retired from the street department of Glassport. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Glassport American Legion and the PNA Club.

He was the father of Vicki Romanelli of North Versailles, Ron M. McShane of Glassport, Sherry L. Seath of Glassport and Terra L. Brysh of Glassport; seven grandsons; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Ann Frola of Bridgevile, Sara Zatelli of West Newton and Marcella Holis.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa . Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary. Interment is in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News April 27, 2009

IRENE UZIEL

Irene Uziel of Glassport died Thursday, April 23, 2009.

She was the wife of the late Anthony Uziel.

She worked at Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh and also at Kennywood Park.

She was the mother of Anthony Uziel of Chicago, Il., Donald Uziel of North Huntingdon and Gary Uziel of Mars; six grandchildren; and two great­grandchildren.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa. Funeral Blessing will be Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at noon in the funeral home with the Rev . Casimer Kedzierski.


McKeesport Daily News April 28, 2009

DIANA DONNELLY

Diana Jean Donnelly, 63, of Clairton for the last 18 years, formerly of Glassport, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was born August 8, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Charles and Dolores Foose.

She was a manager at Johnny K’s Restaurant in Glassport. She was preceded in death by her first husband Gerald Joseph Donnelly in 1991 and a brother, Charles Foose. She is survived by her husband Norman Alexander Julian II of Clairton; daughter Heather Marie Drost of Clairton; three sons, Joseph G. Donnelly of Clairton, Norman A. Julian III of West Mifflin and Jeffery C. Donnelly of Clairton; sister Susan (Mike) Foose of Newport Ritchie, Fla.; two grandchildren, Terrence Snow and Arianna Julian.

Memorial Service will be Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ, 508 Reed St., Clairton, with the Rev. David Nolfi officiating. Fellowship will follow in the church. Arrangements entrusted to the S. M. Finney Funeral Home, Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News May 7, 2009

THOMAS HARMON

Thomas Edward “Pappy” Harmon, 59, of Glassport, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Glassport.

Born October 8, 1949, in Braddock, he was a son of the late John and Agnes Valko Harmon and husband of the late Linda Diane Getsky Harmon, who died in 2002.

He was an eight­year Glassport resident and formerly a North Versailles resident. He was a maintenance man with Lon Ron Trucking Company and a member of VFW Post 803 in Wilson.

He was the father of James (Kimberly) Harmon, Kimberly Harmon, Deanna Harmon and Jessica Harmon, all of Glassport; brother of Kenneth (Doris) Harmon of New Alexandria, Peggy Klaus of Delmont, Geri (Ron) Hoffman of Greensburg and Mary “Chookie” (Joe) Giulianeli of West Mifflin; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by three brothers, John Jr., Biland Raymond, and sister Dolores Grove.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E. C. Finney Funeral Home, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with Father Kasimier Kertzierski. Interment is in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wilkinsburg. In lieu of flowers, contri­butions can be made to the family.


McKeesport Daily News May 8, 2009

ANGELINA NORELLI

Angelina Norelli, 86, of Glassport, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, in Allegheny General Hospital.

She was born November 22, 1922, in Frasso-Telesino, Benevento, Italy. She resided in Glassport since 1955, prior to that in Italy. She was a retired cook for Tilie’s Restaurant in McKeesport.

She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Glassport and a former member of the Christian Mothers of the church. Her passion was cooking and gardening. She was the daughter of Raffaelle and Concetta Amore Norelli and widow of Gaetano (Guy) Norelli who passed away in 1983. She was the mother of Angelo Norelli of Pittsburgh and Guy (Gayla) Norelli of Glassport and Mary (David) Donato of McKeesport; sister of Maria Rotondo of Benevento, Italy, Josephine (Tony) Aceto of Glassport and the late Antonette; grandmother of Gabrielle Norelli, McGee (Geoffrey) Willis and Alex Norelli; and great-grandmother of Giona Wills.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E. C. Finney Funeral Home, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass wilbe Monday, May 11, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary with Father Casimier Kedzierski officiating. Entombment is in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News May 13, 2009

MARIO STOFFIERE SR.

Mario F. Stoffiere Sr., 88, of Glassport, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009.

He was born May 27, 1920, in Clairton (Wilson). He was the son of Beniamino and Angelina Stoffiere. Mario was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years Eva (Cola) Stoffiere and his son Mario F. Stoffiere Jr.

Mario served with the 28th Division of the Army in World War II where he received several medals of honor. Mario was given a Bronze Star and also two Silver Stars for Galantry in Action during the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle of World War II, and the Battle of Normandy, or D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Mario volunteered to retrieve a wounded colonel from the battlefield. Mario crossed German lines to pulthe wounded colonel to safety. Soon after the Battle of the Bulge, Mario was given an honorable discharge, enabling him to begin his life’s work. Mario worked as a chef for the School of The Blind in Pittsburgh. Aside from the love he showed for his family and service of his country, there was no greater joy in Mario’s life than the ability to serve the children of the blind school. He loved those children so much that he always said he felt he never worked a day in his life. Serving those children was an absolute joy to Mario and the children from The Blind School loved his dearly.

He is survived by his two other children, Richard (Barb) Stoffiere and Evette (Ron) Flex, both of Elizabeth; daughter-in-law Ruth (Mario Stoffiere Jr., deceased August 10, 1995) of Port Vue; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and sister Lorretta Mesko of Elizabeth.

Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home.


McKeesport Daily News May 14, 2009

RAYMOND BRYER

Raymond E. “Butch” Bryer, 71, of McKeesport, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport after a brief illness.

Butch was born January 17, 1938, in Wilmerding, and was the son of the late Carl and Lilian Krebble Bryer.

He was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport and was a retired manager at the Glassport liquor store.

Butch is survived by his wife Margaret A. “Peg” Marzina Bryer; sons Michael (Kathleen) Bryer of McDonald and Daniel Bryer of North Huntingdon; granddaughters Theresa, Elizabeth and Reyna; brother Carl “Buck” (Peggy) Bryer of Belle Vernon; sister Barbara “Babs” (John) Colins of Plum Borough; nieces and nephews.

Friends wilbe received Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jennifer S. Jordan Funeral Home Inc., White Oak . Funeral Mass will be Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Martin de Porres Church. Everyone please meet at the church. At the request of the family, please no flowers and kindly make memorial contributions to St. Martin de Porres Church, 704 Market St., McKeesport, Pa., 15132.


McKeesport Daily News May 23, 2009

MARTIN BALABAN

Martin “Marty” Balaban, 50, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Clairton, died Friday, May 22, 2009. He was born December 6,1958, a son of Michael and Helen (Mazurkiewicz) Balaban, who lived in Duquesne.

Marty was an employee of Murin & Murn Inc of Glassport and formerly of U.S. Steel Duquesne Works. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his wife of 30 years Diane (Ivaska) Balaban; his daughter Jodi Balaban; his mother Helen; a brother Michael; mother­in-law Barbara Ivaska and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home, 1701 State Route 51 (Large), Jefferson Hills. Prayer will be Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 9 a.m. in the funeral home with Mass of Christian burial following in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Elizabeth Township at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Rudolph Smoley officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.


McKeesport Daily News May 23, 2009

ROBERT GRANTZ

Robert S. Grantz, 84, a resident of Pleasant Hills, died May 21, 2009, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 22, 1924, in Canonsburg, to the late John D. and Minnie E. Nichalls Grantz.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine serving in 1942 through 1946 and also served in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1950 to 1951 with the 13th Combat Engineer Battalion, receiving the Korean Service Medal, three Bronze Campaign Stars and the Meritorious Campaign Unit Commendation. When he returned he was an employee of U.S. Steel Irvin Works as a tractor operator in the coal reduction department for 37 years before retiring in 1985.

He was married to his wife Marie Truby Grantz on September 30, 1950.

He was a former Glassport resident for 27 years and a member of Queen of the Rosary Parish, Glassport Sons of Italy No. 941 for 50 years and the Brentwood VFW No. 1810.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Marie Truby Grantz; a daughter Cynthia L. Corey and son-in-law Daniel Wray Corey; special niece Joan Jenkins; also survived by brother Herbert M. Grantz of Washington; sisters Margaret E. Ianni of Edison, N.J. and Joie Morris of Washington; also nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

We are heartily grateful to the caring angels on the staff at Southwestern Nursing Center and Odyssey Hospice for their kindness and gentle compassion, helped carry our dear on to his rest.

Friends will be received Monday from noon to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Queen of the Rosary Church. Entombment in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 490 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212 or your choice.


McKeesport Daily News May 26, 2009

LOUISE PEDICONI

Louise Pediconi, 66, of Glassport, died Sunday, May 24, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Carmela (Katie) Yocco Camersen.

She was a retired hair stylist and a member of Queen of the Rosary and Ladies Auxiliary Citizens Hose Co. No. 1. She was the wife of Gabriel Pediconi; mother of Tina L. Mitchel of North Versailles and Gabe A. Pediconi of Murrysvile; grandmother of Nicole, Katie and Gabriella; step­grandmother of Sydney, Josh and Noah; and sister of Arlene Camersen of Glassport.

Friends will be received Wednesday, May 27, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045, with a blessing at 8 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kedzierski.


McKeesport Daily News May 28, 2009

AUGUST BERG JR.

August A. “Auggie” Berg Jr., 13, of Versailles Borough, formerly of Glassport, passed away tragically on the Youghiogheny River Sunday, May 24, 2009.

He was the beloved son of August and Melanie Berg Sr.; grandson of Sandra Bryant; loving brother of James and Joseph; nephew of Josephine Buettner and Tanya Baker; and cousin of Gene Buettner.

Friends will be received Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Jobe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., corner of Shaw and Triboro Avenues in Turtle Creek, (412-823­1950). A service will follow in Restland Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the August Berg Memorial Fund, c/o Jobe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 110, Turtle Creek, Pa., 15145.


McKeesport Daily News May 30, 2009

LOUIS BORRELLI

Louis B. Borrelli, 92, of McKeesport, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

Born March 17, 1917, in Glassport, a son of the late Nicolangelo and Gullia Borrelli. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Stephanie “Stella” Sczymansky Borrelli and a brother Anthony Borrelli.

A retired electrician from U.S. Steel National Tube Works and McKeesport Area School District as a custodian, he was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport and the Knights of Columbus McKeesport Council No. 955. He had also played accordion with the Silver Moon Orchestra.

Surviving are his sons Louis J. Borrelli of White Oak and Nicholas J. Borrelli of Munhall; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers Joseph and Nicholas of Glassport and Vincent of Connecticut; a sister Mary Molinaro, also of Glassport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O’Neil Blvd., McKeesport, Pa., 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial wil celebrated Monday, June 1, 2009, at 9 a.m. in St. Angela Merici Church with the Very Rev. Stephen M. Chervenak as celebrant. Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.


McKeesport Daily News June 3, 2009

ANTHONY DeJULIUS

Anthony Pasquale DeJulius “Deitz,” 78, of Glassport, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at home as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

He was born January 24, 1931, in Glassport to the late Fiore and Elettera (Ferrone) DeJulius.

Anthony retired in 2006 after 52 years as a CPA at DeJulius and Company. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Korean War. He was the former tax colector of the Borough of Glassport, a member of the Glassport Lions Club where he was the Past District Governor of District 14­B and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, a member of the Glassport American Legion Post 443 and the Glassport Sons of Italy Lodge 941.

Anthony was also selected as the Cooley’s Anemia Man of the Year in 1990 and served on the board of Pittsburgh Speech and Deaf services. He graduated from Glassport High School in 1948 and Penn State University in 1957 with a bachelor of science in accounting.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary Martinelli DeJulius; son Anthony (Tony) DeJulius Jr. of Lawrence, Pa.; three daughters, Tina (Anthony) Hruska of Elizabeth Township, Terri DeJulius of Glassport and Diane (Tim) Menzies of White Oak; two sisters, Mary (Vincent) Cieslewicz of McKeesport and Marlene (Lanny) Raszewski of Glassport; six grandchildren, Justin Wozniak, Staci, David and Shaun Menzies, and Jacqueline and Jenna Hruska; and one great­granddaughter, Mia Bacco Wozniak. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank DeJulius and Fiore DeJulius Jr.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral service will be Friday, June 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Father Vince Cieslewicz officiating. Entombment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glassport Lions Club or the Parkinson Chapter of Greater Pittsburgh.


McKeesport Daily News June 4, 2009

JOSEPHINE DEMIS

Josephine T. Demis, 92, of Donora, formerly of Glassport, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes Telega and wife of the late Louis Demis.

She was a waitress for the Penn McKee Hotel in McKeesport and a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

She is survived by her son Angelo L. Demis of Donora; grandchildren David, Joey, Jimmy and Stephen; and one great-granddaughter.

Friends will be received today from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport. A funeral blessing will be Friday, June 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment folowing in St. Mary’s Polish Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News June 5, 2009

GENEVIEVE MORROW

Genevieve L. Morrow, 77, of Glassport, died Thursday, June 4, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late John P. and Nessia (Lloyd) Mack and wife of the late Hugh E. Morrow. She was the mother of Del Roy (Carol) Morrow of Lincoln Borough, Jeryl Lynn (Robert) Paoletti of Glassport and Kevin (Lesley) Morrow; grandmother of Kristen, Julee, Lauren and Kayla; and sister of Herbert Mack of Seward. She was preceded in death by a son Hugh Morrow.

A memorial service wilbe Saturday, June 6, 2009, in Pike Cemetery in Mundays Corner, Pa. Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. Memorial contributions can be made to Three Rivers Hospice.


McKeesport Daily News June 10, 2009

HELEN PAVLOCSAK

Helen “FIG” Hall Pavlocsak, 90, of Clairton, died Monday, June 8, 2009, peacefuly at her home. She was born January 4, 1919, to the late Harry and Etta Thompson Hall.

Mrs. Pavlocsak was the owner and operator of Fig’s Beauty Shop in Glassport, a member of Wilson Presbyterian Church, the church Loyal Daughters Sunday school class, the church Chancel Choir and the Glassport Women’s Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Betty Gilmore. She is survived by her husband Michael “Sam” Pavlocsak; niece and nephews Etta Maitland of Concord, Calif., Harry Gilmore of Dumfries, Va., Edward E. Gilmore, MD, of Bar Harbor, Maine, and friend and caregiver Marie Paplua, Clairton.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the S.M. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 432 North Sixth Street, Clairton. Funeral Services will be Friday, June 12, 2009, at 1 p.m. from the funeral home with Elder Peter Pavuk officiating. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News June 12, 2009

FLORENCE ICKIEWICZ

Florence V. Ickiewicz of Glassport passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha Ickiewicz.

She was retired after 35 years as a secretary at the Copperweld Plant in Glassport. She was involved with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera for many years. She was a former member of Queen of the Rosary and the Traveling Bowling League of Glassport.

She was the sister of Clemens Ickiewicz of Erie and Theodore J. (Mary) Ickiewicz of West Mifflin; also survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport . Funeral Blessing will be Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.


McKeesport Daily News June 15, 2009

GERALDINE DAVIS

Geraldine Ann “Sis” Davis, 67, of Glassport, died Sunday, June 14, 2009. She was born June 2 1942, in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John Arthur DeCecco and the late Josephine Talorick DeCecco. She was the wife of the late Robert Ray Davis who died February 18, 1998.

She was a member of St. Mark Parish in Liberty Borough. Sis had worked for the former Green’s Department Store in McKeesport, Olympia Giant Eagle and Phase One Beauty Salon.

She is survived by a son, David and wife Jana of Buena Vista; daughter Lorie Ann Davis of Glassport; sisters Grace Balogh of Liberty and Carol Kropp of Woodland Hills, Calif.; brothers Arthur DeCecco of Simi Valey, Calif., and Robert DeCecco of Christy Park; granddaughters Jenna Davis and Bobbi D. Davis; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John DeCecco.

Friends are welcome Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township. Blessing Service will be Thursday, June 18, 2009, in the funeral home chapel at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Gerald S. Mikonis officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.


McKeesport Daily News June 23, 2009

JOHN MINYDZAK

John Minydzak of Glassport died Sunday, June 21, 2009. He was the son of the late John and Julia Minydzak.

He was a retired electrician for Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh plant, and a U.S. Army Airforce veteran having served in World War II with the 15th Airforce.

He was the husband of Margaret M. (Cavalier) Minydzak; father of Peter J. of West Mifflin, John M. (Roz) of Elizabath Township, Nicholas P. of Glassport and George D. (Laura) of Troy, Ohio; grandfather of Patricia, Paula, Judith, Thomas, Kristin and Jamie; great­grandfather of Breanna, Paul James and Abigail. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister .

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. Funeral Service will be Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 10 a.m. from the funeral home.


McKeesport Daily News June 29, 2009

JOHN ROCHE JR.

John A. Roche Jr., 79, of Glassport, died Friday, June 26, 2009. He was the son of the late John A. and Eleanor (Davies) Roche.

He was a retired payrolclerk for U.S. Steel, a member of Queen of the Rosary Church and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was the husband of Dorothy Budka Roche; father of John A. (Nancy) Roche III of Cranberry Township; grandfather of Nicole D. and Natalie M. Roche and brother of Donald Roche of McKeesport.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements by Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News July 1, 2009

JULIUS BOBIAK

Julius “Jules” Bobiak, of Glassport, passed away peacefully, Monday, June 29, 2009, at home.

Born February 16, 1936, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Julius “Hicks” and Bessie (Vuchinich) Bobiak of Greenfield.

Jules was an active member of St. Mark Parish. He was a member of the Men’s Ministry, served as a church greeter, usher and sang in the church choir. Julius was a past employee of Babe Charapp Ford, Budget Rent-a-Car, was Chief of Security at Allegheny Center Mall and a retiree of Copperweld Alumiweld Division. He was a former Assistant Scout Master of Troop 54, Bugle Merit Badge counselor and was awarded the Order of the Arrow for the Boy Scouts of America. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Recovery ARS 43, during the Korean War; he served as a former commander of Port Vue American Legion Post 447. Julius graduated from Taylor Alderdice High School where he enjoyed playing trumpet in the band and in musical groups.

He is survived by wife Dolores “Dolly” (Paszkiewicz) Bobiak; children Nancy Gettys (Bob, fiancé), Yvonne (Glenn, Jr.) Pfluger, Janet (Tom) Barone, and Linda (Mark) Jozwicki; grandchildren Beverly, Natalie (Jeremy), Glenn III, Michele, Ashley, and Jason; step-grandchildren, Steven, Angelina and Andrew; step-great-grandson Nathan; sister Marion Neal; nieces and nephews.

Family and friends wilbe received Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. in Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be in Port Vue Worship Site, St. Mark Church, Friday, July 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Father Gerald Mikonis as celebrant.


McKeesport Daily News July 1, 2009

CONNIE POPOVICH

Connie (Eichholtz) Popovich, 59, of Port Vue, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at home.

Born June 30, 1949, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the Jean (Byers) Eichholtz and the late Charles Eichholtz.

Ms. Popovich was a clerk at Rite Aid in Glassport and Dollar General in Port Vue. She enjoyed devoting time to animals and loved her pets dearly.

In addition to her mother, survivors include daughter Jamie (Dennis) Gribschaw of Glassport; son Robert (Heidi) Wible of Port Vue; grandchildren Breanna and Brian Gribschaw; sister Barbara (Ken) Hardy of Langhorn, Pa.; brother Charles Eichholtz of Port Vue; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Andrea Forsythe of Colorado.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 2, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. until the hour of memorial service at 6 p.m. in Port Vue United Methodist Church.The Rev. Jody Dausey will officiate. The family would like to announce that repast and continued fellow­ship wilcommence in the church hall immediately following the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1680 Fallen Timber Road, Elizabeth, Pa., 15037. Arrangements provided by Willig Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


McKeesport Daily News July 3, 2009

JoANN ROGERS

JoAnn Marie Rogers, 87, of Knoxville, Tenn., died peacefully and entered Heaven May 29, at Ben Atchley State Veterans Home in Knoxville, Tenn.

She was born June 2 in McKeesport. She married James Rogers February 9, 1952. She graduated from Glassport High School and lived in Cullman for seven years and Key West for 45 years. JoAnn retired from Key West Handprint Fabrics retail store after 15 years. She loved to cook and delighted serving Hungarian food, especially cabbage rolls and pastries. She was a seamstress and loved to knit for family and friends. She was a member of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church, McKeesport, for 35 years and Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Key West, Fla., for 40 years, where she sang in the choir. In Cullman, she was a choir member at Baldwin Chapel Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arpad and Maria Nemeth; and her beloved older brother, Aladar Vilmos Nemeth. JoAnn is survived by her loving devoted husband of 57 years, James Rogers; and brother, Dr. Jozsef Istvan (Elvira) Nemeth of Bowling Green, Ohio. Also surviving are sons, Richard (Martha) Rogers of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Daniel Rogers of Key West, Fla.; grandchildren Suzanne (Joel) Lattimer of Ladson, S.C., Matthew (Kelly) Rogers of Knoxville, Nathan Cory, and Alissa Rogers of Key West; great-granddaughter, Ansley Lattimer; four nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial service was Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 4 p.m. in Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church Chapel, 9132 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. The family received friends an hour prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to Baldwin Chapel Building Fund, 126 County Road 1153, Cullman, AL 35057; or Free Hungarian Reformed Church, 101 University Dr., McKeesport, Pa., 15132. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral home in Knoxville.


McKeesport Daily News July 6, 2009

JOHN ORENAK

John "Jim" Orenak, 86, of Elizabeth Township, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 7, 1922, in Glassport, son of the late George and Mary Kufta Orenak.

He was retired from Copperweld Corp. of Glassport. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church of McKeesport, where he was a dedicated pierogi worker. He was also a member of the Ukrainian Citizens Club of Wilmerding.

He is survived by his beloved wife Olga Yablonsky Orenak; daughters Karen (Gerald) Pasquerell of Pleasant Hills and Nancy Orenak of Finleyville; sons Terry (Christine) Orenak of Benezett, Pa. and Wesley (Marsha) Orenak of White Oak; granddaughters Sara and Allison Orenak; brother Joseph (Irene) Orenak of North Huntingdon; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Tuesday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles. Parastas service will be conducted Tuesday . at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. A Blessing will be Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at 9:40 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Concelebrated Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John's Church with the Rev. Canon Robert Hynatyshyn and the Rev. Greg Madcya. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery in North Versailles.


Tribune Review July 8, 2009

Rosella McCracken

Markleysburg

Formerly of Glassport

Rosella Benner McCracken, 87, of Markleysburg, formerly of Glassport, died Monday, July 6, 2009, in Riverside Center in McKeesport.

Born Jan. 27, 1922, in Glassport, she was a 41-year Markleysburg resident and former Glassport resident. Retired executive secretary for the chairman of the board of Copperwold by Metallics Co., Glassport, for 25 years. Also former employee of Miller Shoe Store, Glassport, and Sam Weiss Congressman in Glassport. A former member of the St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, Glassport. Graduate of Glassport High School in 1940 and Douglas Business School in 1942.

Daughter of Edward and Rose Shuster Spanbauer Benner; also stepfather, Frank Spanbauer; widow of Charles R. McCracken in 2004; and sister of Elsie Conklin, of Glassport; survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Sister of the late Ann Bowser, Joseph, John and Frank Spanbauer and Charles and Ed Benner.

Friends received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday in E.C. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Carr. Cremation with earth burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at a later date. Family suggest contributions to the Leukemia Foundation.


McKeesport Daily News July 8, 2009

CAROL PICCINI

Carol J. Piccini, 64, of Port Vue, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Maximillan and Mary (Malik) Golembiewski and wife of the late Joseph "Joe" Piccini. She is survived by her son Joseph G. (Jackie) Piccini of Rostraver; sister Shirley DiGiorgio of Port Vue; brother Max (Theresa) Golembiewski of Port Vue; grandchildren Greg and Tony Piccini; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045. A Funeral Blessing will be Friday, July 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Kedzierski.


McKeesport Daily News July 8, 2009

HELEN SCHNELTZER

Helen Schneltzer, 86, of Glassport, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Antoinette Wocco and the wife of the late Joseph Schneltzer.

She was, a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

She is survived by her daughters Joanne (Rick) Barone of Glassport and Vicky Schneltzer of Clairton; grandchildren Tracy Stecak, Shelly Snyir and Ricky (Crissy) Barone; great-grandchildren Mark Stacek, Nicholas Stacek, Missy Snyir and Michael Snyir.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, Pa., 15045.


McKeesport Daily News July 16, 2009

PETER GALIYAS

Peter Galiyas, 81, of Glassport, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009. He was the son of the late George and Jenny Galiyas.

He was a retired loader for U.S. Steel Irvin Works. He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church.

He is survived by his wife Amelia (Millie) DiLiscia Galiyas; daughters Gina (Russell) Grice of Glassport, Mary Jo (Scott) Gacovsky of Elizabeth Township; sons Mark (Loria) Galiyas of Glassport, Wesley Galiyas of Glassport and Paul Galiyas of Glassport; grandchildren Chris, Carly, Ryan, Jessie, Jordan, Kara and Tessa; great-grandchildren Evan and Macie; sisters Violet Ogrizovich of Aliquippa and Mildred Koreny of West Mifflin. He was preceded in death by five brothers.

Friends will be received today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski.


McKeesport Daily News July 16, 2009

JOSEPH MAIZER

Joseph Maizer, 81, of Glassport, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009. He was the son of the late Joseph and Stella (Kolawowski) Majzer.

He was a retired core setter for Glassport Foundry. He was a member of St. Mark’s Church, Liberty Borough and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife Gertrude (Sypniewski) Maizer; son Joseph (Nicki) Maizer of Glassport; daughter Ginelle (David) Benton of Virginia; grandchildren Joseph L. Maizer, Brian Maizer and Heidi Fazio; step-brother Raymond Majzer of West Mifflin; also several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 1 p.m. in St. Mark’s Church, Liberty Borough with the Rev. Mikonis. Interment following in Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News July 18, 2009

ROBERT STETZ

Robert J. Stetz, 74, of North Huntingdon, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, in ManorCare in Monroeville.

Born August 25, 1934, in Glassport, he was a son of the late Boleslaw and Pearl Pater Stetz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Hank, Edmund, and Bernard, and a sister, Clara.

A retired head of the shipping department of Copperweld Corp. in Glassport, he was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in North Huntingdon.

He is survived by his wife Georgianne Harris Stetz; daughters Deborah (William) Rankin of Perrysburg, Ohio, Sharon (Ralph) Zupo of Salineville, Ohio; grandchildren Joshua, Pierce, and Corey; sisters Helen (Robert) Mazurek of Niceville, Fla., and Loretta Zunko of Glassport; brother Leonard (Edie) Stetz of Baltimore; nieces and nephews.

Services are private. Arrangements by the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O’Neil Boulevard, McKeesport, Pa., 15132.


McKeesport Daily News July 21, 2009

HELEN BODNAR

Helen A. Bodnar, 78, of Blaine Hill, died Monday, July 20, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born January 21, 1931, in Glassport, daughter of the late Nicholas and Julia Hovanchak Protz and wife of the late Andrew E. Bodnar.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. She is survived by daughters Janet (Paul) Sedor, with whom she resided, Donna Shelton of Elizabeth Township, Joanne (Delmo) McCorkle of Elizabeth Borough and Marion (Ray) Crews of Naples, Fla.; sons Mark A. (Alicia) Bodnar of Naples, Fla., and Donald P. (Michelle) Bodnar of North Huntingdon; 10 grandchildren, Randy, Paul, Kristi, Stacee, Kelli, Samantha, Danielle, Brandon, Nicole and Ashley; two great­grandchildren, Summer and Luke; also nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a son, Daniel Bodnar.

Friends will be received Wednesday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, Pa., 15037. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, July 23, 2009, in St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township, with the Rev. Rudolph Smoley, at 10 a.m. Burial in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.


McKeesport Daily News July 22, 2009

JUSTIN WATSON

Justin Robert “Jut” Watson, 32, of Monessen, died Monday, July 20, 2009, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born December 4, 1976, in McKeesport. He was a 10-year Monessen resident, previously living in Glassport.

He was a mechanic (inspections and emissions tech) at the Just Fix It Shop in West Mifflin. He was a graduate of South Allegheny High School. He was a former junior fireman in Glassport.

He was the son of Justine Watson of Glassport; husband of Cathy (Christie) Watson of Monessen; survived by two stepchildren, Ashely Robertson of Monessen and Dylan Ianuale of Elizabeth; a sister, Kimberly Watson of Glassport; three brothers, Robert Watson of Glassport, David (Kelly) Watson of Duquesne and Thomas Watson; nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral Mass will be Friday, July 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Glassport, with the Rev. Casimier Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park. The family requests donations, in his name be made to the funeral home.


Tribune Review July 26, 2009

Sr. Mary Janet Bonstingl

McCandless

Sister Mary Janet Bonstingl, CDP, of McCandless, passed away Friday, July 24, 2009.

She celebrated 75 years of religious life in 2008. She entered the Community from St. Mary's, in McKees Rocks. She always wanted to be a sister and a teacher. Sister earned a bachelor's degree in education from Duquesne University and devoted her life to education, both as teacher and administrator. She was a gentle woman who brought her gentle way to the classroom. She believed that her students "caught" her joyful spirit and it was through them that she lived out her community's mission to make Providence visible.

She taught for a total of 13 years at St. Anne's, Castle Shannon, from 1939 to 1940, 1949 to 1951, 1971 to 1977 and 1981 to 1985, and for 10 years at Providence Heights Alpha School, from 1941 to 1942 and 1985 to 1996. Other schools included St. Norbert's, Overbrook, from 1944 to 1946, St. John's, Monaca, from 1956 to 1958, and St. Cecilia's, Glassport, from 1961 to 1964. She was principal at St. Michael's, Brownstown, in the Johnstown Diocese from 1943 to 1945 and 1964 to 1968, and for two years taught CCD at St. Peter & Paul, Beaver Falls. She taught at a number of other diocesan schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Upon her retirement from the classroom in 1981, Sister Mary Janet kept active in internal ministry, especially making the environment festive with her crafts and creativity. In recent years, she devoted herself to the ministry of prayer.

Preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary (Schmidt) Bonstingl; sisters, Dorothy Bonstingl, Mary Kantz, Bertha Foley, Margaret Lucenti, and Lena Crinaro. Survived by a brother, John, of Coraopolis; and Sisters of Divine Providence and Associates throughout the world.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Providence Heights motherhouse. Wake service at 7 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass at 4 p.m. Monday in the Mother of Divine Providence Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Divine Providence Ministry Fund, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101.


McKeesport Daily News July 27, 2009

FLORENCE BREZICKY

Florence M. Brezicky, 84, of Glassport, died Saturday, July 25, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Edward and Jennie (Krantz) Czuba and the wife of the late Edward J. Brezicky. She is the mother of Michele (Ronald) Michaels of Presto, Pa., Faye (Jerry) Breitinger of Glassport and Gerard Brezicky of Glassport; grandmother of Kevin Uranker, and sister of Dolores M. Paulecic of Port Vue. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Czuba.

She was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Rosary Society and Christian Mothers.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A funeral Mass is Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following in Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News July 29, 2009

DOROTHY KRAMER

Dorothy Elizabeth “Babe” Kramer, 81, of Port Vue, died Monday, July 27, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was born March 6, 1928, in Glassport, to the late Robert and Elizabeth (Winkler) Marcus. Dorothy was a 15­year resident of Port Vue and previously resided in Glassport for 50 years.

She was a former finisher at the United States Glasshouse in Glassport. She was a graduate of DePaul Institute for the Deaf and a member of the Glassport American Legion.

She is survived by four daughters, Jane A. (Keith) Massaro of Clairton, Jean A. (James) Toner of Carnegie, Joan M. (Theodis) Chaffin of Homestead, and Elizabeth C. (William) Ferguson of Glassport; sister Theresa Tyskiewicz of Coral Springs, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert W. Kramer, who passed away in 2007; sister Marie Shorthouse and brother Stanley Winkler.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home Inc., 235 Monongahela Ave., Glassport. Funeral services will be Friday, July 31, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News August 2, 2009

WILLIAM JONES

William R. Jones, 60, of East McKeesport, died Thursday, July 30, 2009. He was born September 25, 1948, in Glassport, a son of the late Rodger and Olivia Welsh Jones.

He was a member of Praise Assembly of God Church in North Versailles where he was Mission Secretary and was active in A.A. groups in North Versailles and Turtle Creek. He was employed by Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Great Valley. Surviving are his wife Jodi M. (Livengood) Jones; children Danyele M. Jones (fiancé Donald Warner) of Patton and Joseph L. Jones at home; grandson Lyle Leonard Warner; brothers Larry Jones of McKeesport, Robert Jones of Glassport and James Jones and Rodger Jones, both of Beaver Falls; sisters Anne Neugebauer of Moon Township, Joyce Walker of Williamsport, Carol “Tootsie” Trust of North Versailles, Diane Graft of Port Vue and Ruth Hodges and Wendy Taylor, both of McKeesport; also aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Forgie­Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823­8083. A funeral service will be Monday, August 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Praise Assembly of God Church, 245 Foster Road, North Versailles, with the Rev. Dennis Campbell officiat­ing. Those attending please go directly to the church. Those wishing may con­tribute to Good Samaritan Thrift Store, 355 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, Pa., 15137.


McKeesport Daily News August 9, 2009

CECILIA BOCEK

Cecilia Rita Bocek, 88, of Vienna, Va., died Sunday, August 2, 2009, in Evergreen Nursing Care Center in Stanardsville, Va.

She was born January 11, 1921, in Glassport, a daughter of the late Stephan and Martha Kumasinska Kruszka and widow of Stanley Francis Bocek. She is survived by son Carl Bocek (wife Emmy) of Vienna, Va.; daughter Marlene Baker (husband Charles) of Potomac Falls, Va.; grandchildren Jessica Maillard, Andrew and Jonathan Bocek; Sara Baker Sloan; Matthew Baker, and great-grandchildren William Harrison and Hailey Jane Sloan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Czestochowa Church with Fr. Edward S. Litavec as celebrant. Interment will be pri­vate in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairfax County Adult Day Care Health Center, Attention: Joe Potosnak, 9203 Shari Dr., Fairfax, Va., 22032, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home Inc., 2703 O’Neil Blvd., McKeesport, Pa., 15132.


McKeesport Daily News August 12, 2009

JAMES PASINSKI

James A. Pasinski, 66, of Glassport, died Tuesday, August 11, 2009.

He was the son of the late Casimer and Blanche Pasinski. He was the husband of the late Carol (Radecki) Pasinski.

He was retired from Aramark and was the owner/operator of Service Master by Pasinski, member of Queen of the Rosary Church, Knights of Columbus, Glassport Council, and served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his daughters Jennifer and Janelle Pasinski of Glassport; a son Jimmy Pasinski of Glassport; sister Sally Mahady of Beaver, also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Kedzierski. Interment following in Round Hill Cemetery.

McKeesport Daily News August 12, 2009

Glassport councilor Pasinski dies at 66

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport Councilman James Pasinski has died of complications from cancer. Pasinski, who was 66, died Tuesday at home where he was receiving hospice care.

He had been elected to a two-year term on council in 2007 and was running again for a four­year term this November.

The owner of a commercial cleaning company, Service Master by Pasinski, Pasinski had survived a battle with melanoma several years ago. The cancer returned approximately a year ago, according to his daughter, Jennifer Pasinski.

The councilman was receiving radiation treatment for the disease but she said his health had deteriorated rapidly over the course of the last three weeks. Jennifer Pasinski said her father’s ties to the community where he was born were strong, having worked for the borough’s street department when he was a teenager.

Pasinski had served as an appointed member of council for a time before he was elected two years ago. Pasinski’s late wife Carol also served on council and was the borough’s tax collector. His daughter Jennifer is current tax collector for the borough.

Jennifer Pasinski said her father graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in drafting. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for U.S. Steel for 17 years before starting his cleaning company in 1990.

He also worked for Aramark, over­seeing cleaning operations at UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic.

In addition to Jennifer Pasinski, the councilman is survived by daughter Janelle Pasinski and son Jimmy Pasinski, both of Glassport; brother Casimer Pasinski of Glassport; and sister Sally Mahady of Beaver; also nieces and nephews.

Council members who held a regular work session meeting Tuesday night said they were saddened by Pasinski’s death. “We had an empty seat there that reminded everyone that Jimmy wasn’t there,” council President John DeSue said. “He was a wonderful person and he was very dedicated to his family.”

Councilman Eugene Skerkoski said he’d been friends with Pasinski for 40 years. “If you ever wanted to meet a man with integrity, that was Mr. Pasinski,” Skerkoski said. “His plan was to continue serving the community. It came on all of a sudden.”

Friends will be received at Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church with interment following at Round Hill Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News August 13, 2009

JAMES KAMPAS SR.

James A. Kampas Sr., 75, of Glassport, died Monday, August 10, 2009, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Wilbert and Helen Kampas.

He was the owner/operator of Kampas Trucking Co. and served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his son James M. Kampas Jr. of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren Rachael Kampas of Seattle, Wash., and Melody Kampas of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister Jane Eckels of Glassport; nieces Janeen Wojdyla and Christa Lewis, and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport, 412-672-6388. Memorial contribu­tions can be made to the American Cancer Society.


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2009

EVERETT JACKSON

Everett R. Jackson, 82, of Glassport, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

He was the son of the late Walter and Twila (Spangler) Jackson. He was the husband of the late Claire Borucki Jackson.

He was a member of Queen of the Rosary Church, PNA of Glassport, and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by and father of Gerard (Dr. Gilda Stigliano) Jackson of Warren, Ohio, and Richard (Jeanette) Jackson of McKeesport; grandfather of Nathan, Kristian, Sean and Julie, and brother of LaRue Crooks of North Versailles.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 29, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church. Interment following in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.


McKeesport Daily News August 29, 2009

JESSE HEWITT

Jesse J. Hewitt, 62, of Glassport, died Thursday, August 27, 2009, in UPMC McKeesport.

He was born February 24, 1947, in Belle Vernon, and was the son of the late Frank W. Hewitt and the late Gladys Bradley Hewitt. Surviving are two sons, Frank Hewitt and wife Virginia of North Huntingdon, Jesse Hewitt and wife Stella of Monessen; two brothers, Ernest Hewitt of Charleroi and Julian Hewitt of Charleroi; two sisters, Edith Urwin of Monongahela and Elaine Smith of Glassport; five grandchildren, Katrina Hewitt, Lexi Hewitt, Austin Hewitt, A.J. Hewitt, and Abigial Hewitt, and former wife Louise Hewitt. He was preceded in death by brothers Henry, Albert and Raymond Hewitt and sister Ila Kate Dzonko Chalfant.

Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Eley/ McCrory Funeral Home Inc., Main Street, Fayette City. A Memorial Service will take place Monday, August 31, 2009, at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Patrick Pugh officiating.


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