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John Preston "Trip" Levis, III

East End resident John Preston "Trip" Levis, III passed away in the early hours of July 11th after many years battling illness. Born September 16th, 1961 in Pittsburgh, PA, Trip attended Sewickley Academy, St. George's School, Yale University, and Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business. After completing his MBA at Tuck, Trip worked for McKinsey & Co.and eventually joined the Pittsburgh startup FreeMarkets, where he was senior vice president and chief people officer. For more than a decade he served on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, where he was actively involved in the renovation of Schenley Plaza. He was preceded in death by his father John P. Levis Jr.; step-father Parkman H. Clancy; sister Emily Clancy; and dogs Gypsy, Monti, Hugo, and Piper. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Beth" Levis; sons John S. Levis, Parkman "Archie" H. Levis, and Samuel "Sam" Q. Levis; mother Susan Clancy; sisters Helen Morrison, Margot Levis Thompson, and Erin S. Clancy; brother Peter H. Clancy; many nieces and nephews; and his dog Roger. Trip was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Known for his wit, wisdom, and humor, he loved fly fishing and hunting in the company of his dogs. A lifelong bibliophile, oenophile, and audiophile, he will be missed by all.
A memorial service and reception will be held at The Pittsburgh Golf Club, 5280 Northumberland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 on Sunday, July 15th from 3:00 - 5:30 pm. Due to the Vintage Grand Prix, parking will be limited and it may take extra time to get to the club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Arrangement by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Francis Patrick Newport

On Monday July 9, 2018 beloved son of the late Clarence and Gertrude De Lowry Newport, Pre-deceased by his siblings. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 6-8PM with a Blessing Service at 7:15PM.

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Calliope H. Kamaras

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018; beloved wife of Dean Kamaras; sister of Reverend Father James Hademenos and the late Peter Hademenos; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 6-8PM with Trisagion Service at 7:30PM. Funeral Service and Interment will take place in Houston, Texas on Friday July 6, 2018. Remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Foundation Fund.

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Dr. Mary Mahoney Reed

On Friday, June 15, 2018, beloved wife of the late Francis Reed; mother of Mary Brown (James) and the late John Reed; loving grandmother of Nicole Brown, Amber Grunden, Craig and Kristen Brown; great-grandmother of Connor, Cameron and Reagan Brown; preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Jeremiah Mahoney her sister Barbara Goldbach and her uncle Dennis Mahoney. There will be no visitation, a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Paul Cathedral on June 28, 2018 at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul Cathedral 108 North Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Daniel Ward Payne

June 12, 2018

Arrangements to be announced 

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Regis F. Hagan

Of Shadyside, peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at age 80; beloved husband of Janet (Kosar) Hagan; brother of James Hagan, Donna Marie Davis, William Snyder and the late Robert Snyder; also survived by nieces and nephews. Rege was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was the owner and operator of a Shadyside Antique Shop for 17 years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 2-8PM where a Blessing Service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10:30AM, followed by interment at 1PM in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

 

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Doris Anderson (Rowland) Harris

A long time resident of South Oakland, Doris Anderson (Rowland) Harris will always be remembered for her warm Southern style and grace. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she moved to Pittsburgh after World War II with her husband and Oakland native Charles P. Harris, who served as a Battalion Chief in the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau. She was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and loyal friend to all who knew her.
Doris was met at the heavenly gates by her beloved husband, Chuck "the Chief", her devoted son, Chuckie "CP" (Marge) Harris, her loving momma, Addie Bell, her late brother Stancil (Christina) Rowland, her adored Aunt Minoshia and all her treasured Harris in-laws. Her life's work is her surviving and devoted children, Candee (Al) Acklin Meiers, Kevin "the Duke" (Monica) Harris, and Darlene (Patrick) Sciulli. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, who knew her as "Nunnie": Tim (Susan) Acklin, Kevin (Katie) Acklin, Danny (Maggie) Acklin, Erica Acklin, Tanya (Todd) Ebert, Chuck (Tanya) Harris, Chad (Heidi) Harris, Austin Reed Harris, Allyson (Kris) Moore and Brandon Sciulli. Nunnie is also survived by her precious and adored 16 great grand children: Kiernan, Trey, George, Teddy, Owen, Kaeleigh, Caroline and Delaney Acklin; Tyler, Taylor, Tara and Trent Ebert; Paige Harris; Sullivan, Griffin and Fletcher Moore. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly. A special thanks to her caring son-in-law, Al Meiers (whom Doris affectionally knew as "Bob") for making her final years here with us special, entertaining and fun. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 2-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)
 

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Leta Evans (Faught) Parker

On Friday June 15, 2018, beloved wife of the late Thomas Faught and the late William Parker, and dear friend of the late Harry Levine; mother of Kellee Fiola (Jack), Kimberlee Faught, Michael Faught and Mitchell Faught (Denise); sister of Richard Evans (Helen) and the late William H. and Jack L. Evans; also survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Leta was born on February 6, 1930 in Twin Falls, Idaho and moved a total of 37 times in her life while living in eleven cities in seven different states and four cities in four foreign countries. She attended Oregon State University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Fairfield University until receiving her BA at University of Pittsburgh at age 47. Over her career, she worked in public relations at UPMC, and was a manager of seven different flower shops. An avid reader, Leta loved gardening, volunteering, music and life! There will be no visitation, funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (www.carnegielibrary.org/clp_location/library-for-the-blind-and-physically-handicapped) or Canterbury Place 310 Fisk Street 15201.

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Raymond G. Koerner

On Thursday, June 14, 2018 Loving father of Ryan I. Koerner, of New York; beloved partner to Darla Gerlach of Pittsburgh; brother of Scott F. Koerner (Anna Sweeney), of Pittsburgh, Mark J. Koerner (Wendy), of Haslett, Michigan, and Patricia K. Casey (Sean), of Pittsburgh; uncle to Greg Koerner, and Katie Koerner, and Cameron and Autumn Casey. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 2pm-6pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church (S. Dallas at Wilkins) at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: woundedwarriorproject.org.

 

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Thomas J. Wosko (Woskowicz)

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Thomas J. Wosko, husband of the late Margaret Barnes Wosko. Son of the late John and Laura Wosko. Father of Peggy McCool (Mike), Thomas J. Wosko and Jack Woskowicz. Brother of Robert Wosko (June), Janet Mahoney (Raymond) James Wosko, Laura Herbinko (Ronald), Jerry Wosko (Agnes) and the late Dolores Grimm, John "Jack" Wosko and Mary Louise Manuppelli. Brother in law of Louise Wosko and the late Robert Manuppelli and Anna Rita Riesmeyer. Grandfather of Breann, Matthew, Amanda, Kevin, Lindsay and Trevor, and great grandfather of William. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and his best friends Jan and Jerry Brough. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 4-8 PM and Monday 2-8PM. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, Holy Apostles Parish, St Basil's Church (1735 Brownsville Road, Pgh.,PA 15210) at 10:30AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

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Lois Ann Bielat

Surrounded by her husband and children, Lois Bielat passed away on June 5, 2018. She was born in Laurium, Michigan on January 5, 1940 to Arthur Hilden and Lyla Hill, sister to Jack Hilden, Jean Gulesian and the late Duane Hilden. She was the beloved wife for 60 years to Lawrence Bielat; loving mother of Jill West (James), Jennifer Ditmar (David), Pamela Schubert (Mark), Scott Bielat (Krista). She cherished time with her grandchildren Marie Wright (Josh), Timothy Davis (the late Kate Davis), Marcus Schubert (Shelley), Anne Giza (Kevin), Heidi Baxter (Jeff), James West, Joseph Davis, Kimberly Barcus (Brian), Matthew West, Jacob Bielat, and Hannah Ditmar. Loved by her great grandchildren; Payton, Kylie & Marley Schubert, Aiden, Ty, & Mark Baxter, Jaxon & Jacob Wright, Pasqualina, Giovanni & Loretta Giza, and Brian Barcus. Lois was a devoted follower of Jesus and prayed daily for her family.
There will be no visitation, funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, North Hills, 5910 Babcock Blvd. Pgh. PA. 15237. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Christopher Charles Friday

Christopher Charles Friday, 50, of O'Hara Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 31, 2018. He is survived by his only child Clayton Matthew Friday; his parents John A. Friday, III and Susan Charles Friday; his siblings John C. Friday, wife Kelsey and their sons Cooper and Mason, Andrew Martin Friday, and his son Luca; his uncle and aunt Charles W. and Kathy Friday; his cousins Charles W. Friday, Jr., Katherine Friday, John A. Friday, Skip Charles, Jane Charles, Thomas Rumble, Jr. and Lynn Dubinette; his beloved pup Buddy; and significant other Michele Garskie, and special friend Sandy Cikovic. Chris's "happy place" was Islamorada, FL in the Florida Keys where he spent many years visiting with his family, spending time boating, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. He also enjoyed camping, canoeing and backpacking at Pocono Lake Preserve. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road Pittsburgh, PA. 15237. A private memorial service to be held at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Thomas J. Conroy

On Thursday May 24, 2018; beloved father of Kelly M. Conroy Hosack (Michael); grandfather of Jordan and Jaxxon Hosack; brother of Mary Lou Conroy (John Skufca) and Eileen M. Conroy; pre-deceased by his parents, Robert P. and Mary Louise Joyce Conroy and his sister Patricia Ann Conroy. Tom was a former Security Guard for both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and was a member of A.O.H. Division Nine "The Oakland Irish". Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday from 2-8PM. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Regis Church 10AM.

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Dorothy Wysoczewski

On Saturday May 26, 2018 Dorothy Wysoczewski, age 86, passed away peacefully at UPMC Heritage Shadyside. Dorothy was a devoted member of St. Paul Cathedral Ladies of Charity in Oakland where she participated in many activities. She was a kind and caring person with a love of for her friends and animals. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 8:30AM until a 10AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Cathedral. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

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Geraldine Rose Stefko Wetzel

On Tuesday May 22, 2018 Geraldine Rose Stefko Wetzel; beloved mother of Cynthia J. Hamilton (Robert) and Mary Lou Wetzel. Grandmother of Michael Hamilton (Kay) Gerry worked as an accountant for Park Corporation for the past 30+ years through May 2017. There will be a Celebration of Gerry's life held on Thursday May 24 at the University Club (123 University Place, Pgh., PA 15260) at 6PM. In recognition of Gerry's avid support for women's rights, donations may be made to the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Thomas Francis Dillon

Thomas F. Dillon, age 64 of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Point Breeze, passed away suddenly on Monday May 21, 2018. Tom was the beloved youngest son of the late James J. and Grace M. Dillon. He is survived by brothers James (Shirley), Michael (Liz Boyle), John (Sandy) and the late Joseph and Patrick Dillon. Tom was a graduate of Central Catholic High School (1971) and Edinboro University of PA (1975). He worked for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus as a Trainmaster, Blue Unit, for ten years, then became Manager of Rail Operations for the remainder of his 30+ year career. Tom loved his job and considered the people he worked with his second family. He enjoyed telling circus stories and people loved hearing them. At Tom's retirement party in 2016, Roy Fullgrapp, Tom's long-time friend and supervisor, proudly remarked "if Tom were an athlete, his number would be retired". That says it all about Tom's work ethic and ability. He cherished his childhood and college friends and enjoyed travelling with them. Tom will be deeply missed by his beloved brothers, family and friends. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8PM. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 1PM. Remembrances in Tom's honor may be made to Circus and Traveling Shows Retirement Project Inc., P.O. Box 15121 Sarasota, FL 34277.

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William R. "Bill" Caroselli, Esq. (1941-2018)
On Thursday, May 17, 2018. Beloved husband of Dusty Kirk; adored fat vher of Clay Caroselli (Gretchen), Alyssa Caroselli (Jai Park), David Kirk and Jeannie Kirk; grandfather of Avery Park. Bill was a proud graduate of Scott High School (1959). Bill earned a scholarship to Brown University (class of 1963) where he played varsity football. As a lean, fast and fearless athlete but undersized at 160 pounds the college press touted him as the "smallest interior lineman in the Ivy League." Bill graduated from Brown with a noted reputation as a highly accomplished student-athlete that then led him to Dickinson School of Law where he earned his J.D. (1966). This became the foundation that launched a distinguished legal career that spanned over five decades. Bill was the founding member of the prestigious law firm Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman. His leadership and intellectual intensity garnered a reputation as one of the most sought after legal minds in Pennsylvania and recognized nationally. Caroselli has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for over 30 years. One of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh since 2004 and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers named him as one of Pennsylvania's Top 100 Lawyers. Bill served as president of the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He was chairmen of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Bill impacted the business and cultural community with leadership and vision serving as Chairman of the Board of WQED, and the Easter Seals - Western and Central Pennsylvania and as a distinguished board member of the Pittsburgh Opera. Bill also became a prominent person in Pennsylvania power circles and was noted as one of the most important political figures in the state. Bill's philanthropy has touched and changed thousands of lives especially his personal commitment to JDRF of Pennsylvania. Bill Caroselli will be missed by his family, friends, the legal, business, cultural and political community for the amazing impact he has had on their lives personally and professionally. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday May 21, 2018 from1-4 and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday May 22, 2018 in the Chapel of Chatham University at 2pm. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: The William R. Caroselli and Dusty Elias Kirk Scholarship, c/o Penn State's Dickinson Law, 150 S. College Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 or Brown Annual Fund, in memory of Bill Caroselli, Class of 1963, and be sent to: Gift Cashier, Brown Annual Fund, Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912.

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Leona Scrivo


Leona Scrivo, age 89, passed away on Thursday May 17, 2018. Born and raised in Beaver Falls, PA, she graduated from Beaver Falls High School and Garfield Business Institute, then moved to Pittsburgh after her mother's death in 1962 as she had been commuting to her position at Mobil Oil Company on the North Side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elvira (Ruffo) and Sam Scrivo, Sr., sisters Jessie Scrivo Young, Dorothy Scrivo Patterson and Rose Scrivo Hodgson, and brother Sam Scrivo, Jr. Leona is survived by her beloved niece; Eve Young Paquet and her husband Mike Paquet, her sister Mafalda Alvey and dear nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, kind and caring cousins, and many wonderful friends. A woman of deep faith who counted her blessings every day, she was an active member of St. Paul Cathedral. Over the years she served as a Eucharistic Minister; former member of the Choir for 18 years under the direction of Paul Koch, James Noakes and Don Fellows; Liturgical Team, Welcome and Information Team, Cathedral Docent, and Ambassador at Diocesan Events. She was also a past volunteer at The Pittsburgh Oratory, and a past Eucharistic Minister at Shadyside Hospital. Leona had an interesting and fulfilling career in the business world for many years as Executive Secretary to several CEO's, and spent 13 years with the Pittsburgh Board of Education as Chief Executive Secretary to former Superintendents Dr. Richard Wallace and Mrs. Louise Brennen. She was also a past member of The Pittsburgh Chapter of Executive Women International for 10 years. Her love for travel took her to 29 countries (her favorite being Italy), and her love for music encouraged her to learn four instruments. She was also a member of The Carnegie Library, The Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Carnegie and Frick Museums. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday from 1-6PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10AM. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Beaver Falls, PA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; The Pittsburgh oratory, 4450 Bayard Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, Alabama, 35210.

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George S. Pearth
On Saturday May 5, 2018, George S. Pearth of Longwood of Oakmont. Born in Vienna, Austria on October 17, 1917. He was educated at the University of Vienna. He entered the military Service and served one year as a cadet officer in the Austrian Army. In 1940 he moved to the U.S.A., settled in Pittsburgh and joined the Third Presbyterian Church in 1941 where he served as a Deacon and Elder during his many years as a member. On September 9, 1942 he joined the U.S. Army and served with the 45th Infantry Division in the European Theatre, where he took part in the invasion of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, Southern France and Germany and returned to the U.S. on October 2, 1945. He spent his entire career in the Jewelry industry and retied in 1982 from the Krementz CO. He is preceded in death by his dear wife, Dorothy Long Pearth who died in 1996; and is survived by his wife Mary Louise Russell, M.D. whom he married in October 1996 and his nieces Patricia M. Scott and her husband, Fred and Katherine M. (Mrs. Laurie) Tomlinson and Mrs. Linda Koblyck all of Charleston, S.C. and Mrs. Nancy Pippart of Lancaster, PA; also survived by grandnieces; Betsy McMillan and Suzie McMillan and grandnephews; Doug Scott and Rob Scott. Friends will be received on Saturday May 19, 2018 from 1:15pm until a 2pm memorial service in the Ballroom of Longwood at Oakmont, 500 Route 909, Verona PA. Interment will be private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh 1405 Shady Avenue PGH, PA 15217 or the Hanna Health Care Center at Longwood at Oakmont.

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John A. Johnston

 

 

 A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.

John A. (Jack) Johnston of Lawrenceville, 73, is taking his ultimate road trip. He died at home on May 6, 2018. Jack (Jaxon Development) was a real estate developer and consultant committed to the concept of neighborhood. He was especially proud of his contributions to the award-winning Fox Way Commons on the South Side, Allegheny Landing on the North Shore, and Hatfield + Home in Lawrenceville. Jack was a graduate of Shady Side Academy, Colgate University, and Wharton School of Business. He was devoted to skiing, fly fishing, travel, Coca Cola, and leaving the world a better place.Jack is survived by his wife Kit Ayars, daughter Katie Johnston (Joe) Finlayson, grandchildren Riley and Lila-Jane Finlayson, sister Janet (Don) Folajtar, and nieces Natalie Folajtar and Emilie Trice (Colin) Swaysland. Others who will miss him dearly include Josh Lowe and Jordan, Molly, and Jesse Lowe. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John "Doc" Johnston and Lila Jane "Phoebe" Hughes Johnston, by his sister Nancy Johnston Trice, and by his beloved buddy and road trip partner Mac. Jack and his family extend thanks to the LVAD team at UMPC Heart-Vascular Institute and to Katie and Heather of Family Hospice for their care and expertise. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.(freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 2-5PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree in Jack's memory or donating to Tree Pittsburgh. 

 

 

 

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Kathleen Shaver

On Friday, May 4, 2018, Kathleen Shaver, surrounded by her family, peacefully passed into eternal life. She was the beloved wife of the late James A. Shaver, M.D.; mother of James A. Shaver, Jr., M.D. (Leigh Anne), Ellen E. Albers (Ken), and John J. Shaver; grandmother of James, Oscar, Henry and Bridget Shaver, and Timmy, Auggie, and Ingrid Albers; daughter of Elizabeth M. Rice and the late Joseph J. Rice; sister of  Joseph J. Rice, Jr. (Linda), John M. Rice (Mona), and the late Paul A. Rice. Kathleen was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Clarion, PA and St. Vincent's Nursing School in Erie PA. She worked as a nurse at Montifiore Hospital in Bronx, NY and Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was engaged to the love of her life, James, on Valentine's Day, 1967. Their 43 year marriage was filled with the joy of family, friends, and their shared faith. She was active in the American Heart Association, the St. Bede's Choir, and the Linden Garden Club. Kathleen also devoted her time to serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Presbyterian and Montefiore Hospitals of Pittsburgh and preparing  meals for Miriam's Kitchen. She treasured her time spent traveling the world with her late husband, Jim, loved family vacations at the beach, and was a devoted Pitt football fan. Above all, Kathleen adored her children and grandchildren - who are her lasting legacy. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian, Burial St. Bede Church 11:00am. freyvogelfuneralhome.com.

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Jane Holt Roesch

  


On Thursday May 3, 2018 - Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife. Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, the youngest of nine children of Grover and Viola Holt, Jane spent her early years in Oklahoma, then California, and finally Pittsburgh after she married the love of her life, William R. Roesch, the former Chief Executive Officer of United States Steel. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Susan Segal, cherished grandsons Michael (Sherry), Chris (Stephanie), granddaughter Raquel (Lawrence) and five great grandchildren; Angela, C.J., Mila, Susie, and Quintin and beloved sister, Bert. Following Bill's tragic death from cancer in 1983, Jane continued to travel extensively with friends and created the unique and very successful fine arts business with Betty as her assistant, known as Merryvale Antiques in Shadyside. Jane was dedicated to the Pittsburgh community and Western Pennsylvania and significantly impacted the area's success through her service and guidance on the boards of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, and the Allegheny Foundation. Her time and financial support were in valuable to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnegie Museum of Art and its Women's Committee, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Children's Home of Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy, Little Sisters of the Poor, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the Hillman Cancer Center, and the Frick Art and Historical Center. Jane was also recognized for her donation of a significant steel sculpture by Richard Serra 1992 to the Carnegie Museum of Art in memory of her husband, Bill. She was a member of the Rolling Rock Club, the Pittsburgh Golf Club, and the Duquesne Club. Above all, Jane will be remembered for her love of family, and as a kind, giving, loyal, and supportive friend. Graveside services at St. Michael's of the Valley Cemetery were private and a memorial service and celebration of Jane's life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Jane Karageorge
On Thursday May 3, 2018; beloved wife of the late Louis J. Karageorge, D.D.S.; mother of Nina K. Mulcahy (Philip) and James Karageorge (Paula Karsh); grandmother of Kate Mulcahy, Jason Karageorge (Candace Bribiesca), Adam Karageorge (Kimiye Ihara) and Mira Karageorge Guidi (Colin), great Yia Yia of Ajay and Norah Jane; daughter of the late John and Helen Andrianos and sister of the late Chris Andrianos and Alexandra Potous; also survived by her dear nieces and nephews. Jane was universally recognized as having many gifts. She was generous, creative, supportive, artistic, beautiful and lived her life in an exemplary way. Never one to impose, lack consideration for others or be conscious of herself as a role model, Jane always was and continues to be "rock star" to her family and everyone who knew her. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8PM with Trisagion Service at 7:30PM. Funeral Monday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 9:30AM. Remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge Street Pgh., PA 15213.

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Sonia M. Jordan Tyner

On Sunday April 29, 2018, Sonia M. Tyner; Beloved wife of the late William R. Tyner. Mother of Christopher William Tyner (Katie), Hilda Ann Lieberth (Mike) and Mary L. Tyner. Grandmother of Michael William Lieberth, Maximilian Albert Lieberth, Kathleen Ellen Tyner and Christine Tyner. Great grandmother of Lilly, Layla and Emily, and family. Sonia was a Lady of Charity and a Lector at St. Theresa Church in Munhall, and an active member of the Munhall Garden Club. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Alison Casey Taglianetti

On Friday, April 27th, 2018, Alison Casey Taglianetti; beloved mother of  Patrick, Andrew,  Jonathan, Louis, and  Corey Taglianetti. Daughter of Walter and Jane Casey (Florida). Sister of Wendy Bowen (Rhode Island)  and Michael Casey (Rhode Island). Aunt of Matt and Michael Bowen.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.(www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire on Wednesday, 12 - 3 p.m. and 4 - 8 p.m.

 

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Crawford B. Murton, III

 

Age 68, peacefully on Sunday, April 22, of Point Breeze. Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Beloved husband of Linda Murton (Pattyn); loving father of Thomas and wife Rabia Slimani of Pittsburgh, Crawford (Alicia) of O'Hara, Michael of Aspinwall, John Paul (Diana) of Providence, RI, Margaret and partner Michael Burton of New York City, NY, Susan of Pittsburgh and James of Los Angeles, CA. Loving "Grumpy Bear" to Chase, Mercer, Kennedy, Madeline, and Sylvie. Brother to Anne (Pasqual) Cortese of State College, Mary Miller of Denver, CO, Robert (Laureen) Murton of Hampton, Michael Murton of Pittsburgh, Patricia Murton of Naples, FL, Arthur Murton and wife Laurie Dicker of McLean, VA, Carolyn (John) McKeating of Gibsonia, Susan Adkins of Pittsburgh, and Laura Murton and husband, Christopher O'Hara of Bellevue, WA. Much loved uncle to Nicholas Cortese, Anne and Margaret Miller, Heather Murton, Sarah, Christopher and Stephen Mercer, Olivia and Caroline Murton, Emily, Philip, Joseph, Peter, Maria, John and Claire McKeating, Jesse and Meghan Adkins, Aidan, Ryan, Thomas, and Lucy O'Hara. Preceded in death by his parents, Crawford B. Jr. and Lucille (Schwoeffermann) Murton, brother-in-law William S. Adkins, and nephew Daniel McKeating. In addition to being loved by his family, Crawford was a friend to many, who enjoyed his camaraderie and often sage advice.

As president of One Eight Seven, Inc., a company founded by his father in 1973, Crawford, along with his two brothers, Robert and Michael, serviced the North American steel industry by providing innovative basic refractory materials, to the integrated, mini mill, and foundry markets. Although he was passionate about his work, he considered his family his greatest achievement. He will be missed by most and not soon forgotten by all.

Do not stand by my grave and cry for I am not there. I did not die.

Onward and Upward Murt!

Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue, at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8. A private memorial will be held at a later date. 

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Bruno Sammartino
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 beloved husband of Carol Sammartino; father of David Sammartino, Daniel Sammartino  (Cindy) and Darryl Sammartino (Holly); grandfather of Bruno, Anthony, Vince and Ashley Sammartino; brother of Maria  DiMatteo and Paul Sammartino; brother-in-law of the late Don Teyssier. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday and Sunday 2 - 4 and  6 - 8 p.m. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Sebastian Church at 10:00 a.m. (EVERYONE PLEASE GATHER AT CHURCH). Entombment will be private. The Sammartino family would like to thank the physicians, nurses and staff of UPMC Passavant for the compassionate care that Bruno has always received.

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William I. Swoope, IV

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, William I. Swoope, IV, beloved husband of Jean M. Swoope; father of Sofia Swoope and William Swoope, V; son of William I. Swoope, III and Carol Swoope; brother of Timothy M. Swoope (Carol J.); uncle of Nicole Cameron (Zach) and Corinne Swoope, and Timothy M. Swoope, Jr.; uncle of Martine Gallardo; brother - in - law of Laura Abinader (Jonathan); son - in - law of Christina Grice. A 1985 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, William "Bill Jr." and his father, "Bill Sr." have long been known as "The Bills" of The Coffee Tree Roasters. Opened in July 1993, The CTR, under the ownership of Bill Jr. and Bill Sr., has become a neighborhood landmark in the City of Pittsburgh. Bill's true passions in life were his wife and children, his family, his many friends, and great coffee. He was a rare, kind soul, that was loved by many, and will be missed by all who crossed his path. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue, at Devonshire Street, on Tuesday 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 p. m. Funeral Wednesday in the Homewood Cemetery Chapel at 11 a. m. Interment will be private.

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William Ford Moreland, II

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Beloved husband of Ellen Zook Moreland; father of Raymond F. Moreland, II (Suzanne), Ted Moreland (Lisa) and the late Elaine S. Moreland; grandfather of Adam, Zoe and Cooper Moreland and Quincey and Nathan Moreland; brother of Rob Johnson, Jeannie Thompson and the late Terrell Griggs and Judy Johnson. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street.

 

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Charles H. Dunigan

On Friday, April 6, 2018 at age 94. Beloved son of the late Charles H. and Ellen McTighe Dunigan; brother of the late Rita Ann Dunigan; dear friend of the late Elizabeth J. Shamaa. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, on Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul Cathedral at 10 a.m. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at 1:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Central Catholic High School.

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Angela C. Gouzoulis 

On Monday, April 12, 2018, beloved wife of the late Christos E. Gouzoulis; mother of Nicholas C. Gouzoulis (Martha), Demetra Kontoulis (Takis) and Sia Karagiannis (John); sister of James Gianaris (Mary), Peter Gianaris (Dorothy), and the late George and Paul Gianaris; grandmother of Angela Tevis, Nichole Knisely, James Kampetis, Kristen Kampetis and Penny Lappas, also survived by four great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews in the US and Greece. Originally from the beautiful village of Georgoitsi in Sparta, Greece she survived the German occupation of Greece during World War II, the Greek Civil War and subsequent famine that struck the country. Her resilience and resourcefulness brought her and her family to the United States in 1951 building a new life in Washington D.C., moving to Pittsburgh shortly after where she would spend her remaining years. She quickly assimilated to America establishing herself as a hard-working seamstress.  She was as an active member of the St. Nicholas Cathedral church community for 63 years. Angela lived independently in her home until the age of 96  She spent many summers visiting her homeland, never forgetting those she left behind years ago. She was well known for her stunning garden, where she was the happiest among her vegetables and flowers. She was an avid cook and baker and distributed her baked goods by the box-full to neighbors and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-8pm with Trisagion Service at 7pm. Funeral Thursday, in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 12 Noon. Remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). 

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Mary Naughton

Born January 9, 1920 – Died March 30, 2018

Mary was born in Ireland before emigrating to Pittsburgh in the 1930’s, where she became a dedicated and active parishioner at St. Paul Cathedral. Mary is survived by many friends who became her loving surrogate family. Her friends would especially like to thank the staff at Norbert’s Personal Care Facility for their special attention to and care for Mary during the last eight years. A Blessing Service and graveside interment will held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Michael  I.  Frangoulis,  Jr.

 

Michael I. Frangoulis, Jr, age 63, of Shadyside, Pittsburgh, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Surviving him are his wife Carol (Patton) Kortanek, his mother Eva Frangoulis, sister Constance (Frangoulis) Michael, brother-in-law Keith Michael, stepson Steven K. Kortanek and wife Alison, step grandchildren Eve and Andrew Kortanek, nephews Drew Hatton and wife Jenn, Geofferey Hatton and wife Megan, and Ross Hatton and wife Leah, and Tyler Michael. He is also survived by nine grand nieces and nephews, Noah, Alaina, Josh, Amber, Hailey, Riley, Drew, Miles, and Stella. Pre-deceasing him was his father Michael I. Frangoulis Sr. Mike was a born leader, a born entrepreneur, and an immensely creative and talented individual. Upon his graduation from Churchill High School he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout and he lived every day of his life according to its principals. He graduated from Thiel College in 1978 and while there served as president of his fraternity. His greatest desire and driving force was to build a company and leave a legacy that would assure financial security for all his family and he sacrificed a lot of what life could have included in pursuit of that dream. To help achieve his goal he attended the Katz School of Business and received an executive MBA in 2001. Over the years he formed several companies. Some of the business risks he took dealt him devastating losses. Yet he was always confident that no matter what befell him he would persevere. He was extraordinarily resilient, always optimistic and used failure as a learning experience. One of his early enterprises was Christy Construction which he operated for 10 years. The firm specialized in "whole house renovations/restorations" and counted among them over 25 Shadyside, Friendship and Allegheny West homes always respecting their history and carefully preserving the work of the original craftsmen. Some of the commercial preservation work he took on included Penn Brewery Restoration, the offices of Allegheny cemetery and several URA projects. He was an exceptionally kind man, gentle with animals and generous to all even when it meant personal sacrifice. He was the definition of a people person. He smiled at everyone and talked to anyone he could engage in conversation always telling memorable stories. Yet in spite of his success he was never anything but respectful and humble. He was the self-made man always dressed in his uniform, khaki pants, blue dress shirt, and tie, cleaned and pressed to military standards. He was proud of his Greek heritage, his sister Connie's success and the success of his nephews each of whom were very special to him. He always wanted the best for them and wanted them to benefit from his hard work. And he was delighted with his stepson's success who he helped guide through his teenage years and with whom he maintained a special bond. He loved him as his own, thoroughly enjoyed being with him and the laughs and good times they shared. He was an avid wine collector with a growing 700+ bottle cellar and he dearly loved the Shadyside home he shared with Carol, his wife of 35 years. He frequently reminded her that he knew early on in life he had a soulmate out there somewhere and that he had found her. His favorite pastime was to come home, "crack a bottle of wine" and join her on their patio for "a party of 2" repeating to each other frequently "the world is a wonderful place as long as you're in it." Had he been granted a longer life he would have positively touched so many more people. But those closest to him knew he died at the height of his happiness in his short 63 years. After 25 years of sacrifice building Warner Telecomm as CEO, where each and every employee knew he sincerely cared about their welfare, he was finally reaping the rewards of a truly successful firm on a rapid path of growth that would leave the legacy of his dreams to those he loved. The Casbah Restaurant in Shadyside has been reserved for a luncheon and memorial service Saturday June 9 at 1:00pm.for anyone wishing to attend. It will be casual and a time to tell your stories about this wonderful man who left us too soon. Valet Parking provided. Please RSVP to kortanek@covad.net. if you plan to attend. A brief ceremony for family and close friends will be held June 9 at 11:30am at Homewood Cemetery for the dedication and placement of the Urn. Donations in his memory should be made to The Humane Society www.humaneanimalrescue.org 412-345-7300 and/or Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team www.nodogleftbehind.org. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. freyvogelfuneralhome.com

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John Richard Hill

March 27, 2018

 

Arrangements to be announced. 

 

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Holly Ann Bauer Dreibhold 

On  Friday, March 30, 2018, Holly Ann Bauer Dreibhold. Beloved wife of William D. Dreibhold; sister of Sandy Joyce, Rochelle Gostomski (Michael), Raymond Bauer (Joan) and Chris Bauer; daughter of the late Raymond and Shirley Bauer; sister in law of Robert Dreibhold, Jude Bloom and Kathleen Bucci Dreibhold. Freinds will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday 2-4 and 6-8PM. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10AM.

 

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Raymond G. Spisak

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Raymond G. Spisak; brother of Joseph J. Spisak; son of the late John and Anna Barkey Spisak. Ray obtained his Bachelors' Degree from St. Vincent's College and his Master's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was the assistant band director for the Shaler High School and sang in the St. Paul Cathedral choir. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 12 noon to 4PM. Funeral Tuesday, a Traditional Latin Requiem High Mass in St. Bonifice Church of St. John 23rd Parish at 11am. Interment in Holy Savior Cemetery. 

 

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Marianne DiPlacido

Family and friends mourn death of Beloved Marianne DiPlacido, Local Real Estate Agent

Marianne DiPlacido, 60, passed peacefully Monday, March 12, 2018 with her Husband whom she cherished and her family at her side as a result of complications from a liver biopsy.  Sadly, she passed on their 32nd wedding anniversary. Born in 1957 to Elvidio and Elvita (Gallo) Grande. She is the oldest of 3 daughters and lived in Apollo before moving to Shadyside.  She graduated from Apollo-Ridge in 1975.   During high school, she was head majorette.  Her cousin Colleen Albert was her coach. She was fondly known as “Aunt Minnie” by her nephew Angelo and her nieces Amanda, Alexandra and Nicole. Survivors include her beloved husband Frank of 32 years, her Father, Elvidio, her 2 sisters, Antonetta and her husband Joe Giunta, Lisa and her husband Jeff Bono.  Brothers-in-law Guy DiPlacido and Louis (Sally) DiPlacido.  Sisters-in-law Louise (William) Branham and Jeanne (Robert) Short. Also survived by Aunts, Uncles and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended Grande family in Italy. Preceded in death by her Mom, Elvita Gallo Grande who died in 2004.  Maternal grandparents Joseph and Madeline Gallo and Paternal grandparents Antonio and Maria Grande.  Sisters- in-law Mary Jane (DiPlacido) Bosa and Theresa (DiPlacido) Wahonick.  Brothers-in-law Carmen DiPlacido, Pasquale DiPlacido, baby Lewis DiPlacido, and Gaetano DiPlacido. Her Mom became ill during her senior year of high school and she stepped up to take the role of Mom to her younger sisters Antonetta and Lisa. When she knew a family member was ill, she would call every day during their illness to see how they were feeling. After her Mom passed, she never let a day go by that she did not call her Father just to see how his day was going.  She looked forward to him visiting her and their lunches. She always went the extra mile for her nephew and nieces.  Godmother to her nephew Angelo.  She was encouraging him to continue his education at the University of Pittsburgh or CMU so she and Frank could be near him if he needed anything or perhaps a quick home cooked meal.  Confirmation Sponsor to her niece Amanda.  Lunch buddy with her niece Alexandra. She worked for her Father in his automotive business until he retired and then opened a similar business with her husband.  She became interested in real estate so they decided to change professions and developed and built The 5301 Fifth Avenue Condominiums.   She worked for REMAX Realty Brokers in Squirrel Hill for 20 years.  Real Estate became her passion as she grew to be a multi-million dollar agent.  She developed close relationships with all of her clients.  Their repeat business was proof of the dedication she provided to her clients.  Her colleagues remember her as such a kind person with a giving heart who never had a bad thing to say about anyone.  They enjoyed spending time with her as she was an inspiration to their team. Recently, she helped her niece Amanda and fiancé Greg buy their first home. Frank and Marianne were inseparable and enjoyed cooking and entertaining their family and friends.  A Christmas tradition was delivering poinsettias every year to all her clients as a thank you for their trust in working with her to secure their dream home.  They looked forward to seeing her come by each year to spread the joy.  She will be dearly missed by her vast real estate clients. She recently wanted to pay it back and train a new agent coming into the business by sharing her success and rewards in hopes of her becoming as successful as she had been.  She looked forward to celebrating the Christmas Eve Seven Fishes tradition with her family followed by going to midnight mass at St. Paul Cathedral. Family and Friends will be received on Friday from 3-8pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. At the request of the family, everyone please gather at St. Paul Cathedral. Interment will be private at Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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James McNamara

James “Mac” Joseph McNamara, 77, of LaPlata, MD passed away on March 9, 2018 at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Born on May 6, 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late James J. McNamara, Sr. and the late Agnes (Joyce) McNamara, Mac is also predeceased by his brother, Patrick McNamara.  He is survived by his son, James J. McNamara, III (Marina); daughter, Bridget McNamara; brothers, Steve McNamara (Linda) and John McNamara (Antoinette); companion Sabrina Givens; two nieces; two nephews and 3 grandchildren. Mac was employed as a police officer (47 years) with the  Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.  He loved being a police officer and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and taking long drives.  Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held in LaPlata, Maryland. An interment service will be held in the Chapel of Calvary Cemetery on Thursday March 22, 2018 at 1:00pm. Remembrances may be made in Mac’s memory to HEROES, Inc. 1200 29th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20007. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons. Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

 

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Penny Chirigos

Just after midnight on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the age of 93, Penny peacefully passed away.  Penny was born in Pittsburgh on March 27, 1924 as a first generation American to immigrant parents from Greece.  She was preceded in death by her parents Efterpi and Nicholas Cristodoulakos and siblings Chrissy Louis and George Christ.  Penny leaves behind, Nick Chirigos, her husband of 71 years, daughter Jeanne Antonuccio, son-in-law, Nick Antonuccio, son, Michael Chirigos, daughter-in-law Bridget Chirigos, her sister, Julie Chergotis living in Florida and sister-in-law, Sylvia Sherwood from Baltimore, Maryland.  Penny has one granddaughter, Nicole Antonuccio and three grandsons, Jordan Chirigos married to Tamyra Chirigos, Mason Chirigos and Alex Chirigos, and many nieces, nephews, extended grandchildren, Godchildren and very special friends.  Penny began her life in Pittsburgh living in the East End and spent a lot of her time attending church services, Greek school and special events at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  St. Nick’s is where Penny met her husband Nick and their courtship began.  When Nick went to serve his country in WWII, Penny would ship chocolates to Nick to sweeten their friendship as she called herself the “Candyman’s Daughter” – her father being a Chocolatier.  It must have worked, as they were married when Nick returned from service and their life together began.  During their years in Pittsburgh they shared much time with family, Koumbari and their beloved “Poker Group” six couples who remained friends from their early 20s throughout their entire life.  Penny was and remains the special Wife, Mother, Yiayia, Great Yiayia, Aunt, Sister, Cousin, Godmother and Friend who always gave her love selflessly and unconditionally.  To her family, she was the best.  Family and friends will be received from noon to 4PM on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc Funeral Home; 4900 Centre Avenue in Shadyside with a Trisagion service at 1PM.  Funeral Service on Monday, March 19th at 10AM at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund.

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June Zimmerman Weber

On Sunday March 11, 2018 June Zimmerman Weber; beloved wife of Calvin E. Weber; mother of Susan Weber Balaan (Marvin) and C. Scott Weber (Barbara); also survived by six grandchildren. Sister of the late Atha Z. Griffiths. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday 5-7PM. Funeral Wednesday Shadyside Presbyterian Church 11AM.

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James M. Donahue 

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, at age 80, beloved husband of Nancy N. Donahue; father of Deborah L. Donahue, Michael J. Donahue (Tricia) , Anne Donahue McCourt (Jim), Mark E. Donahue (Jean-Marc Padova); grandfather of Caroline and Molly Donahue, Katherine, Michael and Jack McCourt; brother of Edward T. Donahue (Connie) and Eugene J. Donahue (Mary Lou); brother-in-law of Ted Noethling, III (Diane). Jimmy was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, class of 1955, and then attended the University of Pittsburgh on a track scholarship, where he was the president of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and graduated in 1960. He was a Vice President of Mellon Bank, a Pitt Varsity Letterman of Distinction and past President of the Pitt Varsity Letterman Club and the Oakland Rotary. Jimmy was a longtime member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association where he served on the Board of Directors for more than 35 years and as a past President of the  PAA.  A member of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Jimmy was also the head of the University of Pittsburgh football "Chain Crew" for over 40 years, a former Captain in the US Army and devoted usher at St. Paul Cathedral. Remembrances may be made to Central Catholic High School.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 1-5pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. At the request of the family, everyone please gather at Church. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)  

 

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Barbara Wagner Fredette

Barbara Wagner Fredette died peacefully on March 6, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was an Emeritus Associate Professor of Elementary Education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she influenced generations of arts educators. Among other professional recognitions, she received the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Outstanding Art Educator award. Barbara’s father, Lawrence A. Wagner, was a pioneering pilot for Pan American Airlines in South America, where she was born in Lima, Peru on December 5, 1933. After her father’s death in a plane crash in 1934, Barbara and her mother, Anne, returned to the United States. Barbara’s artistic talent was nurtured by her devoted mother and eventually led to her attending Chatham University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1954 she married John W. Fredette, Jr. After the death of her husband in 1957, Barbara balanced being a mother of two young sons with pursuing her graduate education. She did so with the active support of her extended family and especially, her mother and her father-in-law, John W. Fredette, MD. Barbara obtained her doctorate in 1969. Barbara was an exceptionally talented photographer and later in life created a greeting card business using her extensive library of flower pictures. She was an avid traveler and was particularly proud of achieving her goal of snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Barbara loved being at the ocean, especially her time spent in the 1960s and 70s with her sons and their cousins on Martha’s Vineyard and in later years with her sons and grandchildren on Topsail Island. In retirement Barbara enjoyed water aerobics at the P.A.A. and her book club. She was also an active member of the Christ Child Society, which provides winter coats for children in need. Barbara was predeceased by her grandson, Benjamin Lawrence Fredette and her daughter-in-law, Aimee Chesler Fredette. She is survived by her sons John W. Fredette, III (partner William Douglas) and Lawrence F. Fredette, her beloved grandchildren Alyssa I. Fredette and Eric W. Fredette, nieces Sheila Sennott and Eilisa S. McDonnell, and nephew Sean F. Sennott, along with many cousins. . Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aimee Chesler Fredette Memorial Fund. Checks should be made to the University of Pittsburgh and in the memo directed to the “Aimee Chesler Fredette Memorial Fund” and sent to: University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, 5801 Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Thomas A. Glasgow 

Age 91, long term resident of Medford Lakes, NJ passed away on March 5, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Pittsburgh, PA. In his final days he was attended by immediate family members, his wife of 60 years, Doris Glasgow, and his eldest son, Thomas W. Glasgow, daughter-in-law, Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow and his youngest son, Sean W. Glasgow. Thomas and his wife Doris have resided in Pittsburgh for the last 4 years with son Tom and his wife Mary Ellen. Son Sean and his wife Maria Osherova reside in London, England. Also survived my many loving nieces and nephews. Born 1926 in Philadelphia, he was the son of William and Josephine Glasgow. Thomas Anderson had spent a long career in the service of his nation in WWII, Korea and the Vietnam conflicts and then as an Educator.  His 21-year naval career started in 1943 seeing action in the Pacific Theatre and continued his career from there in Electronics and as a Naval Aviator. He met and married his wife Doris in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when flying Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations stationed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He continued in Naval Air Service including training pilots at Pensacola Naval Air Station and Carrier operations until his retirement as a Lieutenant Commander in 1964. Mr. Glasgow was honored by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for his exemplary service. Upon retirement from the service, he earned a Master's Degree in Education from Rutgers University thus launching a second career in Education both at the Vocational level and within the Defense Sector. Within his wider and local community, he was a Freemason and a dedicated member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Medford, NJ, where he was a lay minister. Services will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1 Hartford Rd., Medford, NJ 08055, 609-654-2963 on Saturday April 21, 2018 with visitation from 10 A.M. until a Memorial service at 11 A.M. Arr. By JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. 

 

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Edith A. "Edie" Diamond 

Of Pittsburgh, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. Beloved wife of 70 years of Dr. Edward J. Diamond Jr., mother of Dr. Edward J. Diamond III (Patrice) of Itasca, Illinois and Kenneth J. Diamond (Elizabeth) of Mercer Island, Washington. Grandmother of Jennifer, Laura, Steven, and Michael. Great-grandmother of Shoshana. Daughter of the late Benjamin and Rae Ash and sister of the late Richard Ash.  Edie was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Smith College in 1946. She loved her family and friends and always remembered their birthdays and anniversaries. She was an avid golfer, swimmer, bridge player, and antique collector. At her request, remembrances in her memory may be made to The Chest Foundation, Glenview, Illinois. Friends are invited to join the family on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at The Pittsburgh Golf Club, 5280 Northumberland St, in remembrance of Edie’s life. Services and internment private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Gabriel Frenkel, Ph.D.

On Sunday, March 4, 2018 Gabriel Frenkel, Ph.D., beloved husband of Naomi Frenkel; father of David Frenkel and Debbie Frenkel DeLong (James DeLong), grandfather of Isabel Goodman and Suzanna Goodman; brother of Paul Frenkel. Gabriel survived the Holocaust but lost his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He graduated with honors from Cooper Union,  City College of New York and received his Doctorate from George Washington University. Notice of service time later. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 

 

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Emily Falvo Febbraro

On Monday, February 26, 2018, Emily Falvo Febbraro; Beloved wife of the late Vincent M. Febbraro. Dear mother of Linda M. Febbraro Mazur. Mother-in-law of James E. Mazur. Daughter of the late Achille and Rosalba Falvo. Sister of the late Mary Falvo, Ernest Falvo, M.D., Alfred Falvo, Lillian LaBella, Fredrick Falvo and Gloria McAteer. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Febbraro's family thanks the ladies from Catholic Hospice & Comfort Keepers for their loving and gentle care. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Wednesday 1-7PM.  Funeral Thursday, March 1,  Mrs. Febbraro's 95th birthday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge Street Pgh., PA 15213. 

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Francis C. "Fran" Coyle 

On Friday, February 23, 2018 at age 84; beloved husband of 62 years of Helena A. Coyle; father of Francis P. Coyle, M.D. (Cynthia DeAngelis, M.D.), Nina Coyle Greenberg and Gina Coyle Ayoob (Tom); grandfather of Ethan and Noah Coyle, Mara and Sam Greenberg and Ally, Tommy, Audrey and Molly Ayoob. Fran was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday from 2-5PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian burial, St. Bede Church 11AM. The Coyle family would like to express their appreciation for the care Fran received at Arden Courts for the past 6 months. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Arden Courts, 380 Wray Large Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025.

 

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Catherine Baine Coleman

 

Cathy Coleman, a retired attorney in Pittsburgh, passed away on February 22 at age 87.  Born in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of five children of Robert Parnell Baine and Catherine Maloney, she grew up in an Irish family that included one uncle who was the judge in the famous Leopold and Loeb trial, and another who was Democratic state chair during the Daley era.  A product of the Catholic school system, she attended St. Ignatius School (Chicago), Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY), Xavier High School (St. Louis, MO) and Webster College (Webster Groves, MO).  Cathy would have wanted to recognize and thank Baine family friend, the late Fr. Chester Bolling, who helped her through some very difficult times in high school, and who was there for her at many of life's important moments (teaching her to drive with Fr. Joe, co-celebrating her marriage ceremony, and making annual road trips from Louisville to Pittsburgh to visit her and her young family).  Cathy’s father, a Georgetown law school graduate, strongly discouraged her from pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, so Cathy entered the advertising industry upon graduating from college.  While working as a copywriter for a St. Louis ad agency, a friend set her up on a blind date with Don Coleman, a fourth year medical student at St. Louis University.  On their first date they went to see “Singin’ in the Rain,” which featured main characters Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), which they took as kismet. Cathy and Don would go on to share 59 years of marriage. They moved to Pittsburgh in 1959 for Don’s medical residency in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Cathy raised two children, Mary Kate and Sean, both now attorneys, while leading or being active in a host of community organizations, including AAUW and the Allegheny County Medical Society Auxiliary.  Her children couldn’t have asked for a better, more loving and supportive mother.  They recall her as the kind of mom who hand-made Christmas gifts for their teachers at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Verona, who threw fantastic themed birthday parties for them when they were kids, who took gift baskets of food to new neighbors on move-in day, and who, despite fearing driving in the snow, drove her two kids to Tam O’Shanter art classes at Carnegie Museum for eight winters in a row. When Cathy’s children were older, they and Don encouraged her to pursue her dream of going to law school.  She did so in 1983, entering the University of Pittsburgh School of Law at age 50 (becoming the first mother-son student combination when her son followed her there two years later). After graduating from law school, Cathy began a career in family law with her dear friend Carol McCarthy. Carol and Cathy founded the family law firm McCarthy & Coleman; now known as McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy, it is one of Pittsburgh’s preeminent family law firms.  As an attorney, Cathy was active in the Women in the Law Committee of the Bar Association, the Family Law section, as well as Bar Association initiatives to promote networking opportunities for women attorneys.  She had a special affinity and sensitivity for children at the center of custody disputes.  She is preceded in death by her husband Don, her sister Patricia Lorsbach, and her brother Robert P. Baine, Jr.  She leaves behind her two children, her beloved granddog Roisin, her younger brothers Larry (St. Louis) and Dick (Philadelphia), and 29 nephews and nieces, all of whom loved and will miss her dearly. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral, 10:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers, her children request that donations be made to Neighborhood Legal Services Association or KidsVoice. freyvogelfuneralhome.com

 

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Paul G. Kachulis 

Age 88, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday February 20, 2018. Paul was the beloved husband of the late Patricia "Penny" Kachulis. He is survived by his caring daughter, whom he adored, Diane "Dani" Robinson, son George Kachulis (Anthea); granddaughters Christina Waters (Joseph) and Dr. Vanessa Kachulis; his brother Thomas Kachulis (Christine) of Sharon, PA and a number nieces and nephews. The son of Greek immigrants, Paul was a man of depth and sound perspective. He possessed all the elements of positive character, honesty, humility and integrity. Charitable, kind, generous and engaging, he was a wholly human gentleman. He responded to the tribulations of his life and those of his family with strength and quiet resolve. He was a proud and talented lawyer who practiced in Allegheny County for over 50 years. He was a mentor to many young people and aspiring lawyers. Most importantly Paul was a loving husband, an attentive father and a loyal friend. He was in life what he valued most in others, a man of substance. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-4 and 6-8PM with the Trisgion Service at 6PM. Funeral Saturday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 12noon. Remembrances may be made to the Lymphoma Society or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

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Wafia K. Rizk, M.D.

Departed to be with her Lord on Tuesday February 20, 2018. A resident of the Masonic Village of Sewickley, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Labib S. Rizk, MD and her son Adel L. Rizk; she is survived by her beloved son, Sherif L. Rizk, MD and Amy Costner and her beloved grandsons, Matthew, David and Andrew. Sister of Tahni K. Elzik, MD, Ekram K. Elzik, MD and the late Shawky, Sameera, Ensaf and Basma. Also survived by many nieces and nephews in the USA and Egypt who will miss her for her warmth, her sympathetic ear and her nurturing heart. Born in Assyut, Egypt, Dr. Rizk graduated from the Cairo University School of Medicine in 1951 and specialized in Women's Health Care while practicing in Egypt from 1951 until emigrating to Pittsburgh in 1969 with her family where she continued her practice at Shadyside Hospital until her retirement. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 A.M. followed by a funeral service in the Chapel of Shadyside Presbyterian Church at 11:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Shadyside Presbyterian Church or Masonic Village. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 

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Anthony J. Pivirotto

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, beloved husband of Mary Barbara Flaherty Pivirotto; father of Jean Anne Pellegrino (Carl), Anthony M. Pivirotto (Mary Jean), Joseph V. Pivirotto and the late William Anthony Pivirotto, Karen Marie Pivirotto, and Michael Bane Pivirotto; grandfather of Brent Strutt and Mia Katherine Pellegrino; brother of Carlyn Lecce; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Tony was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School and Duquesne University and a former president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of W. PA and an active board member of the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday from 6-8PM and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Stephen's Church 10AM. Remembrances may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of W. PA.

 

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Robert C. Falck

 

Known as “Bob” to his many friends and family, died Sunday February 11, 2018 at age 82. Bob leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Penelope (Torlidas), daughter Maria, son Robert, son-in-law Larry, grandchildren Stephanie and Jessica, and step-granddaughter Elinor. Born and raised in Shadyside, the son of Jules and Jean (Faber) Falck, Bob was a lifelong resident of Brookline.  Bob met his future wife while attending Liberty Grade School.  He attended Connelley Vocational High School and graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and upon returning home in 1960 he married Penny at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland. Throughout his career Bob worked for Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co., The Howard P. Foley, Co., A & B Smith Co. and Sargent Electric Co.  He retired from Sargent in 1998. Bob was a lifelong volunteer.  For ten years he served as a youth counselor for the Greek Orthodox Youth Association, through St. Nicholas.  After his children grew up and moved on to college, he turned his energy to helping prepare food for St. Nicholas’ annual Food Festival, something he enjoyed immensely for many years.  He was also long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, both at the local and council level.  In 1985, Bob received the Silver Beaver Award, presented for distinguished service to young people within a BSA local council.  He also received the Prophet of Elias Award, the highest honor in Greek Orthodox scouting and the St. George Award the highest honor in Catholic scouting.   After his son moved on from scouting, he continued volunteering as a Wood Badge Trainer, the advanced, national leadership training open to Scouting volunteers and professionals.  In his later years, Bob enjoyed vacationing with his grandchildren, the light of his life. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, with Trisagion Service at 7:30pm.  Funeral Thursday, February 15, 2018 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 10:00am.  Interment to immediately follow in Homewood Cemetery. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Clara Thiessen Reiter 

Age 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James E. Reiter, and daughters Constance Reiter-Kreps (Douglas) and Nancy Wise ( Dr. Bart Wise)  of Lexington MA, and four grandchildren, Duncan and Abby Kreps and Tucker and Tessa Wise.  She is also survived by two sisters, Julia Celebiler (Dr. Mehmet Celebiler) of Istanbul and Lucy Rawson (Dr. Ian Rawson) and many loving nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death  by her parents, Dr. Gilbert and Lucile Laun Thiessen and her sister Dr. Doris T. Penman of Los Angeles. Clara graduated from Penn State University and earned a Masters Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She owned with her husband and operated the Three Rivers Academy, an alternative high school in Pittsburgh.  She worked in biochemistry laboratories at Pitt / UPMC for 15 years until her retirement. As a scientist and educator she was a woman ahead of her time who influenced many young people.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday from 3PM until a Memorial Service at 5PM. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation at Parkinson.org.

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Geneva V. Nelson 

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Geneva V. Nelson, age 90, beloved wife of the late Gordon V. Nelson. Mother of Wesley D. Nelson (Robin Smith) and Beth M. Nelson. Grandmother of Brian W. Nelson and Robert D. Nelson. Sister of David Thompson and the late Robert Thompson and Ray Thompson. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 3, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church (Grant Street) at 4PM. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome).

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Elliott P. "Buzz" Moriarty, Jr.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, age 91; beloved husband of Barbara Hill Moriarty; survived by one son Michael and his wife Gordana and their children Tara and Luka of London, UK and one daughter Adele and her husband Bill and their son Daniel; a sister Shirley Cherry and was pre-deceased by one sister Lois Allen; also survived by nieces and nephews. Buzz attended and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, entered the US. Army and served in the European Theatre during WWII. Upon returning from military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida on a football scholarship. Shortly after graduation, he began his career in sales for the West Elizabeth Lumber Company eventually retiring as the Vice President of Sales. Buzz enjoyed a passion for horses and was the former owner of Moriarty Horse Farm as well as Master of the Saxonburg Hunt. There will be no visitation. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10AM. Interment St. Mary Cemetery (Penn Avenue). Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Remembrances may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor 1028 Benton Avenue PGH, PA 15212.

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James G. Holland, Ph.D

James G. Holland, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, died on January 16, 2018.   He leaves behind his beloved wife of 40 years, Dr. Pamela Meadowcroft, children, Dr. Jonathan Holland (Malgorzata Mosiek), Julia Holland Flynn (Timothy), and Dr. Katherine Holland Bouley (Michael), Patricia Holland Smith, James Holland and grandchildren, Thomas and Anne Bouley. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday February 2, 2018 from 5-8 PM and will continue on Saturday February 3, 2018 in the University Club of Pittsburgh from 11AM until a Memorial Service at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Western PA Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 with the Benjamin T. Holland Memorial Fund in the memo field of the check or call 412-586-2340.

 

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Dolores M. McNeil

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Dolores M. McNeil passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Beloved wife of the late Donald McNeil, III; mother of Peggy Salisbury (Bernie)  and Donald McNeil, IV (Paula); grandmother of Chelsea McNeil; daughter of the late Gaton and Violet Collete, twin sister of the late Loretta Wazalewski; aunt of Danielle and Michael Lowery. Dolores was a LPN for many years, taking care of the elderly and premature babies. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday from 2-5PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Maria Goretti Church, Immaculate Conception Mission, at 10AM. Remembrances may be made to a charity of one's choice. 

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Andrew J. Robosson 

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 beloved son of Gwen M. Robosson and the late R.P. Robosson; brother of David Robosson, Gwen Fragomen (Austin), John P. Robosson (Teresa) and Mary Robosson; also survived by his nieces Annie, Emily, Lindsay and Ally; grandson of the late Frances and Robert Wholey, and Florence and Reginald Robosson. Andy established a business in landscaping and related construction services, Fairway Landscaping, and managed many projects throughout the Pittsburgh area.  He was an avid golfer and skier and was passionate about the local sports teams.  Andy loved spending time with his family and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph Church (Dorseyville Road) at 10a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 333 East Carson Street Suite 441 Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 

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Rita DeMajistre

Rita DeMajistre, age 96, died on Friday January 19, 2018 at Juniper Village in Forest Hills. She resided for many years at University Square 2 in Oakland, where she had an array of cherished friends. Rita was the mother of loving children, Robert of Lewes, Delaware and of Fertilia, Sardinia, Italy, Suzanne M. Rini of Pittsburgh and the late Michael and David DeMajistre, who preceded her in death, as did her husband, Michael R. DeMajistre. She will be missed and remembered by her 6 grandchildren; Robert and John Eric DeMajistre, Allison DeMajistre, Angela Hay, Matthew and Carlos McClintock and Monica Zubik aa well as her 10 great grandchildren. Born in 1921on All Saints Day to Josephine and Matthew Barone, Rita was raised in Lawrenceville. She trained to become a legal stenographer. In later life, she was a legal secretary for Dickie, McCamey & Chilote, and at American Arbitration. Rita also very much enjoyed volunteering at the Pittsburgh Diocesan Archives. An avid reader, Rita especially valued the riches of Carnegie Library of Oakland. Her acumen as a wordsmith who daily solved the word puzzles in the Post-Gazette was admired by family and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 2-8P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of Rita's soul will be held at St. Paul Cathedral on Tuesday at 10A.M. Donations will be appreciatively sent to one of Rita's favorite charities, the Salesian Missionaries of Don Bosco, 2 LeFevre Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5710.

 

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Lawrence Alfred Demase 

Lawrence Alfred Demase, of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, died January 18, 2018 at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after a brief hospitalization. Larry was born June 2, 1945 to Elsie Jean (Trager) and Joseph Charles Demase in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Larry graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967 with a bachelor's of science in biochemistry and went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1971.  Mr. Demase was a retired partner with the Reed Smith law firm, where much of his focus was on cases related to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Superfund program through which the federal government cleans up hazardous waste sites. In 2009 he traveled to Copenhagen to participate in the United Nations summit on climate change, where he worked to draft a plan that was part of a U.N. resolution on climate change. Throughout his more than 40 years as an attorney, he represented a wide range of clients at all levels of the judicial system, including the U.S. Supreme Court. But Larry was proudest of his family. He was married to Patricia (Jalowick) Demase for 50 years. The Demases have two children: Morgan Katherine, who lives in Reading, Massachusetts with her husband David Copeland and their daughter, Mia Rose Demase Copeland; and Michael Lawrence Demase, who is completing his studies in computer science at the Pennsylvania State University in Erie. In retirement, Larry enjoyed traveling, spending time on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and doting on Mia Rose. 

Larry is also survived by his brothers Joseph of Tuscon, Arizona; Stevan and his wife Marsha of Abington, Virginia; and his best friend Kenneth Frederick and his wife Virginia of Atherton, California. He is also survived by Joseph's son John and Stevan's children, Stevan Jr. and Rachel. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.(freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday from 12-3 and 6-8PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Scholastica Church (309 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215) at 10AM. (EVERYONE PLEASE GATHER AT CHURCH).

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Patrick Joseph Coyne

Patrick Joseph Coyne, 90, of Point Breeze, originally of Leam, Maam Cross, Co. Galway, Ireland, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 18, 2018. Loving husband of the late Margaret (Burke) Coyne; Devoted father of Mary (Michael) DiBello, Barbara Coyne, Patrick Coyne Jr., Jean Coyne (Robert Laird), and the late Theresa Coyne Jones and John Coyne. Wonderful Grandfather to Erin McBride-Lovas (Mark Lovas), Michael (Phoebe), Jonathan, and Christina DiBello, Katharine Jones, and Margaret and Sarah Laird. Proud Great-Grandfather of Jackson and George Lovas. Son of the late William and Mary Coyne of Ireland; Brother of Bridget McQuinn, Sarah O’Toole, Bartley Coyne, Barbara Molloy, the late Mamie Sullivan, the late John Coyne, and the late Liam Coyne, all of Ireland. Pat emigrated from Ireland in 1948, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was an entrepreneur who found his life-long success in his investment in rental properties. Pat will be remembered always for his dedication to his family. He was caring, generous, and good natured. The family of Patrick Coyne would like to thank the Sivitz Hospice. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday from 2-6PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church 10AM.

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Mark M. Diulus 

On Thursday, January 18, 2018. Beloved father of Danielle N. and Albert J. Diulus; husband of Diane L. Diulus; brother of Julia Emes (Jack); uncle of Alexandra and Adam Emes; son of the late Ida and Albert A. Diulus; also survived by many loving, aunts, uncles and cousins. Mark recently opened Alida's  restaurant in Lawrenceville which was names after his late parents and was the owner of Mark Diulus Electric for over 32 years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8PM. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10AM.

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James G. Holland, Ph.D

James G. Holland, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, died on January 16, 2018.   He leaves behind his beloved wife of 40 years, Dr. Pamela Meadowcroft, devoted children, Dr. Jonathan Holland (Malgorzata Mosiek), Julia Holland Flynn (Timothy), and Dr. Katherine Holland Bouley (Michael) and grandchildren, Thomas and Anne Bouley. Extended family include daughter, Patricia Smith; son, James R. Holland; brother, Robert Holland (Allyne); brother and sisters-in-law Patricia, Linda, Connie and Jimmy Meadowcroft and many nieces, nephews and their families. Professor Holland received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Virginia, beginning his career as a research psychologist in the mid 1950s at the Naval Research Labs in Washington DC. The renowned psychologist, B.F. Skinner, recruited Holland to Harvard University to develop a new method of teaching and learning: programmed instruction. It was there that Holland and Skinner co-authored the book, The Analysis of Behavior, which for over 50 years was a leading text for teaching young psychologists worldwide. Holland left Harvard in 1965 for the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center and the Psychology Department where he remained until retirement in 2003. He estimated that he taught well over 10,000 undergraduate students as well a devoted cadre of graduate students.  While at Pitt, he consulted in Central and South America in areas of education, child health, and the science of human behavior. During the 1960s, Holland was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. Since he had served proudly as a Marine prior to college, he led the antiwar effort with unique credibility, both locally and nationally. He hosted in his home national leaders including Julian Bond, Noam Chomsky, and Benjamin Spock and worked locally on peace and justice issues. During Holland’s tenure as President of the University Faculty Senate in the mid 1990s, he was a passionate advocate for faculty.  He championed shared governance between the administration and faculty and served as Chair and member of the University Health and Benefits Committee well past his retirement. In 2003, he received the Faculty Senate’s Distinguished Service Award for his work spanning many decades. During retirement, Holland became an active member of the improvisational troupe, Wing and a Prayer Pittsburgh Players where he performed stories about growing up on Cockspur and Tybee Islands in the Savannah River and enjoying the giant oak tree and the squirrels in his Pittsburgh backyard. Pam recalls Jim’s great kindness throughout his life. “He never spoke ill of anyone; he fought over ideas and policies but in the end, even his rivals became friends.” His children commented that they learned much from their dad including the key to a happy marriage, focusing on what is important, living life in the moment and questioning authority. In 2000, Jim and Pam created the Benjamin T. Holland Memorial Fund for Land Stewardship at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, to honor son, Benjamin, who died in 1998.  The fund now serves as an endowment for the continued stewardship of these lands, forests, and streams. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to this fund at Western PA Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Dr., Pittsburgh PA 15222 with the fund’s name in the memo field of the check or call 412.586.2340. Visitation and a memorial service will be held and announced at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Vasiliki I. Koromvokis 

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, beloved daughter of the late Ioannis and Maria Gannas Spanos; mother of Maria Menas (late George), George and Konstantinos Koromvokis; aunt of Maria and Ioannis Spanos; grandmother of Dimitrios E. Menas, Sophia G. Koromvokis, Stephania Spanos McLaughlin and Elias Alsippi. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm with Trisagion Service at 7:30pm. Funeral Friday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11:00am.

 

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Marilyn Pfohl Donnelly  

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, age 88, of Pittsburgh, from complications of vascular dementia. Loving wife of  the late Thomas Joseph Donnelly; beloved mother of T. Christopher Donnelly (wife Carolyn Bitetti) of Belmont, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Anne Donnelly (husband Phillip Pulaski) of Belmont, Massachusetts, Heather Annaloro (husband Charles Annaloro) of Longboat Key, Florida, Michael Donnelly (wife Peggy Finnegan) of Wexford, Pennsylvania, and Megan Donnelly (husband Michael Comeau) of Rye, New Hampshire; devoted grandmother to thirteen grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband Thomas J. Donnelly, son Peter Donnelly, daughter Daria Donnelly (husband Steven Weissburg), brother John Leo Pfohl, Jr., brother Donald Evrard Pfohl, sister Betty Anne Pfohl, mother Elizabeth Evrard Pfohl, and father John Leo Pfohl. Generous leader and supporter of numerous Catholic and community institutions including International Poetry Forum, Advisory Council; Pittsburgh Public Theater, Board of Directors; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; WQED; St. Anthony’s School for Exceptional Children; Katharine Dean Tillotson School; Beginning with Books; Carnegie Museum of Art, Women’s Committee; Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Advisory Board; Chimbote Foundation, Board of Directors; and Carlow University, founding member of Madwomen in the Attic. Honoree, The Marilyn P. Donnelly Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program Endowment, established by her late husband via a gift to the MFA Program at Carlow University.  Editor, Carnegie Institute of Technology News Service (1951-1952). Published poet (Coda: Autumn House Press, 2010; Benediction of Love: Madbooks, 2009; select poems in The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Cape Codder, and Sojourner). “Miss Toast of the Town,” 1951. Carlow College Woman of Spirit honoree, 1995. Along with her husband, recipient of an Elsie Award, presented by WQED Multimedia and community leader and philanthropist Elsie Hillman, 1996; Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania honorees, 1999; and recipients of the Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities’ highest honor, the Charles Carroll Award in Catholic Philanthropy, 2005. Graduate of Ursuline Academy, Pennsylvania College For Women (B.A. English, 1951) and one-and-a-half years toward a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Iowa. An avid reader, writer, and friend to many. Family and friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC, 4900 Centre Avenue of Devonshire Street (412-621-1665/freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday, January 12, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Avenue, on Saturday, January 13 at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

 

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Jane Banning Katselas 

On Tuesday January 2, 2018, Jane Banning Katselas. Born in Connellsville PA, Jane, graduated from high school, attended Fairfax Hall in Virginia and studied painting and design at Parsons School of Design in New York, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Tech, where, in 1950 she met by accident her husband-to-be architect Tasso Katselas on the last day of school. She became his harshest critic while they worked closely together in those early years. When Tasso was working out of their home, Jane was draftsman, renderer and bookkeeper. Later, during the design of the new Pittsburgh International Airport, she scoffed at the layout and number of restroom facilities and insisted on their increase in the final design. Jane was an active painter and muralist, with work on her husband's buildings at East Hills School and the North Side Community Campus. She was involved in a variety of civic and social groups. She designed the poster for the first Three Rivers Arts Festival, and ran the Family Foundation with grants to help foster educational improvements and growth at the Propel School, The Woodlands, St. Vincent and others. She is survived by her husband and daughters Dana Katselas of Ossining, NY, Lisa Katselas of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and granddaughter Drew McCarron, sister Mary Ann Opperman of Princeton, NJ, and cousin Bill Sechler of Connellsville. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8pm.  Funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to The Woodlands School, United Way,  St. Vincent, and Point Park University. 

 

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James William Hull 

 James William Hull – “Fox” to his friends, was born on December 6, 1928 at Suburban General Hospital, Bellevue, PA to the late Pearl Craver and Edward Hull.  He passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 - he was 89 years old.  He was preceded in death by his favorite girl Kathleen (Kat) Hull (2009) with whom he had shared 58½ years of marriage and his beloved daughter, Kathy Elaine Hull (1983). He is survived by his four (4) daughters - Billie F. Watkins, Sharon M. Hull, Cynthia L. Bruce (Terrance), Keisha N. Durham.  He was Brother to Charles Hull, Thomas Hull, Barbara Ann Cooper, Doris Hull-Kelly and the late Edward Hull, Jr. and Connie Christmas as well as Brother-in-Law and Uncle to a host of nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by and Pap to five (5) grandchildren - Toya L. Watkins, G. Jourdan W. Martin, TerraLyn Paolino (James), Christopher L.J. Bruce, Shannyn A. Giesey (Sam), and ten (10) great-grandchildren Kierre A.J. Durham, Taylor E. Allen, Tierra Durham, Dallas J. Paolino, Kennedi R. Paolino, Hunter L. Paolino, Mason E. Giesey, Jayden C. Bruce, Maxwell X. Giesey and Jackson A. Bruce. Fox was a dedicated husband, father, brother and friend and all that knew and loved him will miss him greatly. Friends will be received on Monday, January 8, 2018 at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)  4900 Centre Avenue-at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213 from 11:00am to 1:00pm with a brief service immediately following at 1:00pm.  A private family internment will be held at Homewood Cemetery.

 

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Mary Madelyn “MM” Gannon Castner

Mary Madelyn “MM” Gannon Castner, age 92, died peacefully on December 29, 2017 at Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont, PA. From her birth in Pittsburgh, on March 20, 1925 to her death she nourished her family and friends with love and faith. She was born in Squirrel Hill to Edward J.I. Gannon and Mary Dunn Gannon and was the oldest of three children. After graduating from St Philomena’s parochial school and Sacred Heart High School, MM attended the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh. MM was graduated in 1947 with a BS degree. While at Margaret Morrison, she helped to found the Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity in 1944. MM married Robert J. Castner on November 27, 1947. MM and Bob had ten children, which kept MM busy organizing school and after-school activities with the skills of an air traffic controller. MM had the gift of treating everyone as special and unique. She was a Cub Scout den mother and a leader in the Mother’s Guilds at St. Philomena and Central Catholic. Once her children left the nest, MM shared her energy and warm personality by volunteering as a docent at Clayton, the Pittsburgh home of Henry Clay Frick, as well as at the Carnegie Museum of Art. MM loved to travel, organizing many vacation trips involving drives across the US or to the beach with her entire family and, later, with Bob or with friends. She especially enjoyed sharing stories of her trips to Ireland, Italy and Australia. Left to honor MM and remember her love are MM’s ten children, Robert J. Castner, Jr. (Kathleen), Edward R. Castner (Nancy), William M. Castner, Michael F. Castner (Ann), Madelyn F. Castner, Lawrence V. Castner (Priscilla), John C. Castner (Jane), James G. Castner (Kelly), Mark J. Castner (Sondra), and Jeanne “Bitsy” Davis (John); twenty grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward J. I. Gannon, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. MM was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and sister Jeanne Gannon Alvin. MM will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various organizations and churches she served. The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Friday January 5, 2018, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bede Church, 509 South Dallas Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in MM’s name to the Clayton Conservation Project at the Frick Art & Historical Center. 

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Commander Ronald Freeman

Ronald B. Freeman of Pittsburgh died peacefully in his home from complications of leukemia in the early morning hours of December 27, 2017 with his children by his side.  For 81 years, Ron led an adventure-filled life, marked by a distinguished career in law enforcement, academia, and the military.  A beloved father, an accomplished artist, a natural comedian, and a local celebrity of sorts, Ron was a humble man with an incredible reach. Born on May 1, 1936 to Paul and Dorothy (Snyder) Freeman, Ron grew up in Clearfield County, PA, enjoying rural life as part of a hard-working family that included Ron’s older sister Judy and younger brother Jerry.  When a fellow coal miner was killed during an accident, Ron’s father relocated the family to Baltimore, MD in search of safer employment.  Ron’s parents eventually settled in Pittsburgh, where he joined them after serving with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Easy going by nature, Ron was gifted in making genuine connections with people from all walks of life.  This included everyone from U.S. Presidents and famous actors to the pharmacy workers in his local grocery store who visited him during his most recent stay in the hospital.  Ron provided true compassion and comfort to crime victims and their families, an ability that is likely rooted in the personal loss of his brother who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 25. Ron had a deep well of compassion for others, often seeing the humanity in enemy soldiers and even the most hardened of criminals when others might not.  Ron excelled at the art of interrogation, finding that making human connections with suspects was more humane and productive than other techniques. Ron balanced the demanding field of police work by pursuing artistic endeavors.  Though he won awards for both sculpting and painting, Ron’s true passion was woodworking.  Most of all, he enjoyed using the lathe to make his signature pieces, which included candle holders and vases. Ever the country boy, Ron loved animals, especially the wild groundhogs, deer, foxes, and birds that he fed regularly in his backyard.  Ron was especially captivated by the dolphins that swim in the Calibogue Sound off Hilton Head Island, an annual vacation spot for the past forty years. Despite numerous professional pursuits and achievements, Ron is best remembered for his never-ending sense of humor and well-received practical jokes.  Ron could easily capture an audience on the sidewalk, at dinner, in a classroom, or on a crime scene; telling stories as if he and his audience were reliving them together in real time. Ron is survived by his partner of 11 years Evie Levine of Pittsburgh; daughter Anne Shonnard, son-in-law Doug, and grandchildren C.J. and Jonnie of Northern, VA; daughter Kara Miller, son-in-law Bill, grandchildren Nina and Michael Zinobile, and their father Tom Zinobile of Pittsburgh; daughter Amy Freeman, daughter-in-law Brianna Enriquez, and grandchildren Benjamin and Kate Freeman of Seattle, WA; son Ron Paul Freeman, daughter-in-law Amy, and grandchildren Nicholas and Dessa of Pittsburgh; mother of his children Rosemary Freeman of Seattle, WA; sister Judy Jowanowitch of Mahaffey, PA; nephew Steve Kensinger of Wilkins Township, PA; and grandniece/godchild Ena Marion of Bellevue, PA.  Ron is also survived by Dennis Logan of Pittsburgh, Richard McDonald of Cecil Township, and Brian Kohlhepp of Ross Township, who Ron and his family refer to collectively as Ron’s other sons. Friends will be received from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Tuesday in Heinz Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  A private burial will take place in Mahaffey, PA. Ron’s family and friends are working with Duquesne University to set up an endowed scholarship in Ron's name. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made to the Ronald Freeman Forensic Scholarship, and sent to the attention of Jim Miller, University Advancement; Duquesne University; 600 Forbes Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

 

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Althea  L.  McCalmont

Passed away at age 96 at her long-time residence, the Royal York Apartments in Oakland, on December 15, 2017. Althea grew up in Masontown, PA and was preceded in death by her husband, John E. McCalmont and is survived by a brother, Saul Lowe of Chesapeake, Virginia. Althea received her Undergraduate Degree from the Pennsylvania College for Women and her Master's in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a lifelong educator, having taught at Russell Sage College, Carnegie Institute of Technology, The Ellis School and finally Point Park University, where she served as Dean of Curricular Administration and Policy. Interment in Homewood Cemetery was private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.  

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Walter L. Pilant

  

Professor Walter L. Pilant passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on December 15th, 2017. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was a graduate of Cal-Tech, UCLA, served in the Army, and moved to Pittsburgh in 1963 where he taught for over 30 years at the University of Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol, and their children Michael of Texas, Mark of New Hampshire, Michelle and Jeffrey of Pittsburgh, and Andrew of Israel. He will be greatly missed by many grandchildren and great grandchildren, here and abroad, who love him very much. Walter was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and served in many ways. He enjoyed scouting, coaching, and taking his family on adventures. He will be remembered as mentor, author, and a speaker who was passionate about his work in the field. There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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David Paul Connolly, MD 

Age 81, passed away at his home in Sarasota, FL on December 13, 2017.  He was born October 1, 1936 in Pittsburgh, the second child to the late J. Wray Connolly and Pauline Rock Connolly.  David is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Joeanne “Cooky” Connolly; a son, David (Erin); four daughters, Colleen (Jeffrey) Smith, Meghan (Gregory) Hanes, Cara (Seth) Carpien and Anne (William) Menke; and 13 grandchildren who loved him dearly.  To his grandchildren he was known by many names:  as “Gumpa” to Conor and Reilly Smith; as “Man” to Mia and Arlo Hanes, Addison, Jacob, Caitlin and Quinn Carpien, and Caroline, Emma and Grace Menke; and for some reason, he was known as “Al” to William “Finn” and Georgina “Georgie” Connolly. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Mary Glynn McAraw and Denise (Bernard) McGinley as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Patricia (Edwin) Gaus and was preceded in death by his brother John W. “J” (Shirley) Connolly.  He graduated from the Saint Vincent Preparatory School and went on to John Carroll University and then the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago.  After medical school he served with the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon, serving in Vietnam and Okinawa.  This was followed by an Internship at Akron General, a Residency at Mercy Hospital and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in New York City.  After returning to Pittsburgh, David began a medical practice which flourished for more than 30 years, culminating with his service as the Chief of Surgery at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Aspinwall. David was a member of the Pittsburgh Field Club, and The Oaks Club in Sarasota, FL.  Throughout his life, he maintained many interests.  Most notably, he was an avid private pilot who owned several airplanes, and an expert shooter, participating in skeet, trap and sporting clays.  He was an ardent Steeler fan, making every effort to see the games wherever he was located.   In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, travelling the world with his loving wife, reading copious books and doing a daily crossword puzzle.  He was most content, however, when he was spending time with family at his home in Florida, or shoehorned into a tiny beach house in Stone Harbor, NJ with his wife, children and their families.  He will be missed by the hordes of close friends that he so easily made throughout his life, including his “extended family” in Stone Harbor. Friends will be received from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday December 20, 2017 at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL  SONS, INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (412) 621-1665.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, in St. Mary’s Church, 2510 Middle Rd., Glenshaw, PA 15116.  A Celebration of Life will also be held in January for his many friends in Sarasota, FL.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Margaret Hospital Foundation or the American Heart Association.   

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Anthony J. Pokora 

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, age 61 of Brighton Heights formally of the Southside. Son of the late Honorable Harry and Wanda Pokora; loving father to Robert, Angelica, and Francheska Pokora; dear brother to Deborah Pokora Schrager (David) and Harry Pokora (Renée), and Larry Pokora (Virgina); caring Uncle to Valerie and Bob Rose, Dan Mackey, Morgan, Chris, Katie and Julia Pokora and many loving cousins. Tony was active for many years in city politics until June of 2017. During his career he served in the City of Pittsburgh Controller's Office, as a member of former Mayor Ravenstahl's financial staff, and as a member of Allegheny County Controller Chelsey Wagner's financial staff. When he wasn't working he could be found at one of his children's activities, at a political fundraiser, hunting and fishing, or at his church. Tony had a great, spiritual love for our Lord and his many friends and family, he will truly be missed by all. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday December 17, 2017 from 2-8pm. Funeral Monday, December 18, 2017, Mass of Christian Burial St. Sebastian Church at 10:00 AM.

 

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Pete C. Paras

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Pete C. Paras, age 80. Beloved husband of Jane K. Paras. Father of William L. Paras (Cindy), Constance P. Wong (Walter). Grandfather of Alexis Paras. Brother of John Paras and Van Paras and the late Bessie Patsilivas. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm with the Trisagion Service at 7pm. Funeral Thursday in the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church (Oakmont) at 11am.

 

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Kang Wang

 

Services are private.  

 

 

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Alec B. Cheng

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George V. Copetas

On Sunday December 3, 2017 at the age of 89, beloved husband of Helen Poulimenos Copetas; father of Vasili "Bill" Copetas; brother of Athena Mandros, Aphradite Desimpris of Athens, Greece and the late Nick Copetas, also survived by many nieces and nephews. George was a server at the William Penn Hotel for over 35 years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm with Trisagion Service at 7:30pm. Funeral Thursday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11am. Remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund, 419 S. Dithridge Street, Pgh., PA 15213.

 

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Frances L. Cerrone

On Sunday December 3, 2017 at age 85, beloved wife of Dominick E. Cerrone; mother of Frank Cerrone (Cynthia), Mary Cerrone (Kevin Wagstaff), Paula Cerrone (Scott Stern), Catherine Fratto (Raymond), and Dominick Cerrone (Olivier Thiry); grandmother of Anna and Peter Wagstaff, John, Joseph and Julia Stern, and Mia, Nicola and Nina Fratto. Frances was much cherished for her love of family, her humility, selflessness and her strong faith in God. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday 5-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to St. Bede Church 509 S. Dallas Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

 

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Patricia Gillard Bush

On Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of 57 years to John W. Bush who predeceased her. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Pat is survived by cousins; Jean Shafer Barnes of Orlando, FL, Betty Jo Ehlert of Jupiter, FL, James H. Gillard of Alexandria, VA and sister in law June M. Bush of Seminole, FL. There will be no visitation. Funeral and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences, the Salvation Army, WQED of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 

 

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Joan Elbert Becker 

On Thursday November 30, 2017, beloved wife of seventy years of Lester F. Becker; mother of Scott Elbert Becker (Barbara); grandmother of Llyod and Todd Becker, Stephen Spagnol and Stafanie Stukel; cousin of Marcia Schwuchow. Raised in Waynesboro, PA and a graduate of Wilson College class of 1947, Joan married Lester in 1947 and they moved, together with their son Scott, to Pittsburgh in 1956 where she received her Master's Degree in Library Science from Carnegie Tech and worked as a librarian at Chatham College. An avid traveler, Joan visited most of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii and the National Parks, Central and South America, Europe and the Far East. By far, she enjoyed and found her Nirvana in New Mexico, especially Ghost Ranch where she worked on archeological digs, hiked the mountains and enjoyed weaving. After leaving Chatham's library, Joan volunteered for years at the Bryn Mawr - Vassar Book Store, the Anthropology Department of Carnegie Museum and was an avid patron of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Arts and Lecture Series, the City Theatre and several women's groups at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. There will be no visitation, a memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 

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Dr. Keith Bemer, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Keith Bemer, Ph.D., an Upper School Science Teacher at the Winchester Thurston School, passed away on November 27, 2017 following a recurrence of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.  He was 41 years old. Keith was a hero to his wife and his three young daughters, ages three, five and eight.  He will be remembered for his kindness, his curiosity, his strength and his love of learning.

Keith was born on March 10, 1976 in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, the younger of Bonnie and Bill Bemer's two sons.  His childhood memories centered first on juggling and karate, and later on skateboarding, listening to music with friends, watching NBA basketball and enjoying the traditional Slovak dishes of his large extended family. A skateboarding accident in his sophomore year of high school left Keith with a broken femur and an extended convalescence. Always a curious and avid reader, he used this unexpected downtime to develop a serious interest in ancient philosophy and literature.  Though he would soon return to an active social life, his interest in the written word never waned.

At St. John's College in Annapolis, Keith found his intellectual home. He embraced the ‘Great Books’ curriculum and reveled in the community of talented and curious thinkers. This unique college experience defined his career path and teaching style in the years to come.  Upon graduation in 1998, Keith worked briefly at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C.  He spent several years as an inventor at Walker Digital, the founding parent company of Priceline.com, and was named on a number of the firm's patents related to the use of technology in commerce.  Keith's love of learning eventually brought him back to the classroom.  Beginning in 2003, he spent two years as a New York City Teaching Fellow during which time he taught math at Progress High School in Brooklyn, NY and completed a M.S. in Teaching at Pace University in New York, in 2005.

Having been well-prepared by St. John’s, Keith joined the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Initially uncertain about his area of specialization, he quickly gravitated toward Ancient Greek Philosophy and Science and became an active member of the Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Program.  Under the guidance of Allan Gotthelf and James Lennox, he selected as the focus of his dissertation one of Aristotle’s least studied yet most important works, his History of Animals. He successfully defended his dissertation, “A Philosophical Examination of Aristotle’s History of Animals” in 2014. While working on it he was also assisting Gotthelf and Lennox with the preparation for publication of a commentary on a new Greek edition of the History of Animals, work he continued after graduation.  Much beloved as a teacher and colleague, after graduating Keith continued as a part-time instructor for both the HPS and Philosophy departments. 
In 2014, Keith joined the Science Department of The Winchester Thurston School as a Physics teacher. He was energized by the opportunity to teach and learn from a diverse group of talented students.  He loved to inspire curiosity through creative lab experiments, and often brought stories of his day home to the family dinner table. Friends will remember Keith's open and warm personality. Fitness and good coffee were essential ingredients in his daily life.  In addition to a regular weightlifting routine, Keith loved running in Highland Park, biking with his kids, and taking long walks with his beloved Boston Terrier, Wendy.  


Keith is survived by his wife Jessica, and his three young daughters; his mother, Bonnie, in Cleveland, Ohio; his brother, Matt, in Cleveland, Ohio; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Geraldine and John Warner, in Greenbrae, California; his brother-in-law, Brian Warner, in Santa Monica, California; a niece and nephew, and many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the country. 
Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Son, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday from 3-5PM.  A Memorial Service will be held on Friday in Heinz Chapel at 2PM.  In lieu of flowers, Keith's family suggests a donation to The Winchester Thurston School's Scholarship Fund.

 

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Francis “Frank” A. Muracca 

Just shy of his 99th birthday, Frank was called to heaven quietly and peacefully on Saturday, November 25.  He enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends bearing a smile. He is survived by his daughter, Michele Clemens, and son, Fran Muracca (Cristina Silva). He cherished his grandchildren, Michael, Eric, Christopher and Alexandra.  He is also survived by his sister, Dolores Warwick (Jack), and numerous nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his sisters, Mary Matiyak (Andrew) and Phyllis Maiorana (Jerry). Frank was born and raised in Rankin, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1940 and its Law School in 1942, completing his law degree in two years. Frank entered the Army as an enlisted man in November 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant on November 17, 1943, two days after being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.  His tour of duty was confined to the European Theater in the Seine Section (Paris) and later in the Delta Base Section (Marseilles). Frank attended the University of Paris where he studied Japanese as he prepared to enter World War II. He was discharged from the Army as a Captain.

He was in private legal practice and served as an Arbitrator well into his 80s.  In 2003, Frank was honored by the Allegheny County Bar Association for his sixty years of practice of law. He was a life long member of Churchill Country Club and an avid card player. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, Time Later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Frank’s memory to The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation (Pediatric Asthma Center) or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

 

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James R. "Squeege" Diulus 

On Saturday November 18, 2017, beloved husband of Edye Scott Diulus; father of Lisa Diulus Bird (John) and Scott V. Diulus (Marie); grandfather of Deanna and Andrew Bird and Domenic and Vincent Diulus; brother of Guy "Bud" Diulus (Helen), Edward Diulus, and William Diulus (Marian); brother-in-law of Anna Mae Quinn; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim was born and raised in Panther Hollow into a large and loving family, a longtime Pitt fan, his pride and joy was his family, especially his loving grandchildren. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Ursula E. Kelly, S.S.N.D. 

Peacefully died on Sunday November 5, 2017 at the Vincentian Home in the North Hills surrounded by caring staff and family. Sister Ursula was the daughter of the late John W. Kelly and Elizabeth O'Toole Kelly. She is survived by her two sisters; Sister Kathleen Kelly, S.S.N.D. and Sister Elizabeth Maries Kelly, S.S.N.D. The family members that have preceded Sister Ursula in death are; Regina, Father John W,. Kelly, C.S.s.R., Martin and Gerard. Sister Ursula received her education at Saint Philomena in Squirrel Hill, Holy Angels Academy in Fort Lee, NJ and Duquesne University. Her ministry of teaching began in Baltimore at Saint Joseph Monastery in September 1958 until the call came from Pittsburgh in 1963 to teach at Most Holy Name School in Troy Hill. Then she was asked to go to St. Joseph's in Verona as Principal and teacher. Sister's next assignment was to become Consultant for her order on the East Coast. In 1974, Auxiliary Bishop John McDowell asked Sister to begin a certification program for religious education personal which she directed until retirement in 2009 and worked as a consultant for the Catholic School Catechesis. Sister wrote many articles for the Pittsburgh Catholic as well as Guidelines for Religious Education on all levels. Sister Ursula was a faith-filled woman that tried to live for 62 years of her religious vows in all ways - she full filled all aspects. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks ALL donations be made to the retirement fund of School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21212 or Vincentian Home 111 Perrymont Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237. A special thank you to all staff for services and care done in loving, prayerful manner for the Kelly Family.

 

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Bernard McKenna 

Bernard McKenna, 84, of Towson MD, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully the evening of  Friday November 3, 2017 surrounded in the warmth and love of his wife and children at Stella Maris Hospice, Timonium MD.  Bernard was born in Pittsburgh’s West End to William & Elizabeth “Stack” McKenna on May 17, 1933.  He attended St. James High School in Pittsburgh’s West End.  On October 24, 1959 he married Carol Ann Valentine, his wife of 58 years.  He graduated from the university of hard knocks and had many jobs through out his life, retiring from Equitable Gas. Of his many work stories, he spoke most fondly of his time at Isaly’s, where he met the loves of his life, chipped ham and Carol Valentine.  He served as Pack leader of Cub Scouts Pack 169 at St. Mary’s of the Assumption, Glenshaw.  He was very involved in his church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister & Usher. Bernard is preceded in death by his parents William & Elizabeth (Stack) and brothers Maurice and William. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Carol Ann (Valentine), daughters Colleen married to Michael Canary, Tampa FL, Shannon married to Melissa Ferguson, Canton OH, sons Sean, Pittsburgh, Matthew married to Patrick Kubovcik, Towson, MD, Russell Graham, Alexandria VA, and sisters Elizabeth Jean and Marie Eileen, both from Pittsburgh.  He was the proud grandfather of Seanna McKenna, Julian Canary, Cody Ferguson, and Meghan, Blair & Colin Graham and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Maurice Church (2001 Ardmore Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) at 11:30A.M. EVERYONE PLEASE GATHER AT CHURCH. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies will be private.  Please make any memorial contributions to the, East End Animal Resource Center 6926 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208. 

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Roger W. Hendrix 

A memorial service will be held in Heinz Chapel at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017 for Distinguished Professor Roger Hendrix, who passed away on August 15, 2017 at the age of 74. A reception will immediately follow. Please join family, friends and colleagues from around the world in Celebration of Dr. Hendrix's long and notable career, his dedication to science, and his many accomplishments which have always shined a bright, positive light on our university. Dr. Hendrix joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1973, being tenured in the Department of Biological Sciences in 1978, promoted to Full Professor in 1986, and Distinguished Professor in 2009. The focus of Dr. Hendrix's work has been on the structure, assembly and evolution of bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacterial cells. His development of methods for studying viral assembly paved the way for detailed biochemical and structural analyses of this process, and his studies of bacteriophages genomics opened the field of viral diversity and evolution. These scientific contributions were recognized by Roger's election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, as a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Prize for Excellence in Scientific Reviewing, and by winning the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award. He was also a keen musician with mastery of many instruments including the clarinet. He was a regular contributor to the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra and a member of the woodwind section for over 30 years. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Elaine S. Moreland

On Thursday October 26, 2017, Elaine S. Moreland. Beloved daughter of William Ford and Ellen Zook Moreland. Sister of Raymond and Ted Moreland. Also survived by many other family members and friends and her four legged babies; Hoover and Pouncy. Elaine was a graduate of The Ellis School and Carnegie Mellon University. and was a resident of Greenwich, CT for the past 15 years. A memorial service will be held at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Friday at 2pm.

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Lynn Hardie Burgan

On October 27th Lynn Hardie Burgan died peacefully. Wife of the late Sterling I. Burgan, mother of  Hardie F. Burgan (Allison) and Blythe Burgan Davis (George): grandmother of Alexandra M. Davis and Andrew R. Davis.  Mrs. Burgan attended the Ellis School, Winchester Thurston and graduated from Ogontz Junior College. Mrs. Burgan was presented at The Cinderella Ball: member of The Linden Garden Club and The Junior League. Her family is grateful for the loving care of the staff at Rebecca Residence where her memorial service will be held @11:00, November 4th, 3746 Cedar Ridge Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 116 Browns Hill Road, Valencia, PA 16059. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Christine A.  Petraglia 

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, beloved wife of the late Dr. Carmen A. Petraglia; mother of Elizabeth Flynn (Michael D.), Patricia Carnevali (Steve), Carmen (the late Peggy), Barbara McGregor (Paul), Robert ( Cindy), Dr. William (Sandy) and the late Louis Petragalia (Joanne); survived by 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, sister of Teresa Chianelli and the late Frank L. Chianelli and Mary Kozak. Christine loved her family and adored and was adored by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 5-8pm and Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Maria Goretti Parish Immaculate Conception Church 10am.

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Eileen O'Toole Carey 

On Monday October 23, 2017, beloved wife of Thomas J. Carey; mother of Kathleen A. Carey (Barry), Bryan P. Carey (Mary Ellen), Colleen C. Knecht (Robert), Maureen E. Carey, Kevin M. Carey, James O'Toole Carey and the late Thomas M. Carey; sister of Joseph (Diane), Terrence (Kitty), Patrick (Amy) and the late James (Janice) and Martin O'Toole (Carol); grandmother of Brendon, Carey, Katie, Riley, Mary, Michael, Seamus, Quinn, Ruby, Maeve and Thomas; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Regis Church 10AM.

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Harry J. Bechman, Jr. 

On Wednesday October  18, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Mary Kelly Bechman; father of Harry J. Bechman, III (Mary), Andrew K. Bechman (Maureen O'Brien), Janet B. Kiefer (Daniel), Judith A. Bechman and Susan B. Mackey (Felix); grandfather of Meghan, Neal and Ryan Bechman, Patrick and Kevin O'Brien Bechman, Christopher , Thomas and Jack Kiefer and Samantha, Teresa and Anthony Mackey; son of the late Harry and Teresa Heidenkamp Bechman; brother of the late Lucille McDonough and Vera Bream; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 1-7pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bartholomew Church 10am.  Remembrances may be made to the Penn State Dance Marathon (www.THON.org) or Kids' Food Basket (www.kidsfoodbasket.org).

 

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 Joseph G. Dillon 

Joseph "Joe" G. Dillon, formerly of Point Breeze, passed away on the evening of October 15th. Joe was the beloved son of the late James J. and Grace M. Dillon. He is survived by brothers James (Shirley), Michael (Liz Boyle), John (Sandy) and Thomas Dillon; and the beloved brother of the late Patrick Dillon. Joe is a graduate of Central Catholic High School (1968) and the University of Pittsburgh. Joe shockingly transitioned from excellent health to grave illness due to an extremely aggressive form of lung cancer within the short period of one month. He had an avid interest in U.S. History, especially the works of David McCullough; and had a special affection for his family and friends and his boyhood neighborhood of "Point Breeze". Joe was a great conversationalist and had a genuine interest in others. Joe will be deeply missed by his beloved brothers, family and friends. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 10am. Remembrances may be made to St. Bede School. 

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Nicholas "Nick" A. Beldecos

Nicholas A. Beldecos of Squirrel Hill, a former executive and engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, died on October 9, 2017, with his wife and children at his side. He was an acknowledged leader, a loving and devoted family man, a man who always tried to bring out the best in others. He was 95.
The son of Greek immigrants, Nick contributed to the preeminent position of Westinghouse in developing nuclear propulsion for the US Navy, and later directed multi-plant turbine and generator manufacturing operations that had 13,000 employees at their peak. His career with Westinghouse spanned 35 years.
Nick began work with Westinghouse in 1946 at the Steam Turbine Division, Lester, PA, on the same day he was discharged from active duty with the US Navy. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1952 to join the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, which Westinghouse operated for the US Government. In 1955, he received a supervisory position and, with it, the opportunity to attend Harvard Business School, from which he received an MMP degree in 1956.
Over the next years, he led numerous projects. His work on the development of a surface ship reactor plant culminated in his appointment as General Manager of the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in 1965. In this capacity, he worked closely with Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, father of the Nuclear Navy. In 1968, he was awarded the prestigious Westinghouse Silver W and Order of Merit, cited "For his leadership . . . in direction of the reactor . . . design of the . . . Navy's first nuclear powered surface ship and significantly improved submarine reactor designs; and for the establishment of service and support for a greatly expanded atomic fleet."
In 1970, Nick was appointed Vice President and General Manager of the East Pittsburgh Large Rotating Apparatus Division, where 8,000 workers were employed at its peak, directing the sale, design, and manufacture of large utility-type electric generators and motors. During his tenure, Westinghouse delivered the largest domestic hydroelectric generators to the Grand Coulee Dam. In 1978, he became Vice President and General Manager of Power Generation Operations.
"Nick was a fine man, upbeat, adored by everyone," recalls Ted Stern, former President, Westinghouse Energy Systems Group. "He was never politically inclined, and would speak his mind. In contrast to these days, when so few are concerned with morality, Nick was the epitome of it." For Mary Vasilakis, former Manager of Information Resources, Westinghouse Energy Center, "Nick was a people person" who placed a premium on open communication and "was a great mentor to new engineers and newly appointed managers." 
Reliably, he would begin any account of his past with the words, "I've been very lucky in my life," according to his daughter, Ann Natale. "My father was a very grateful man. He had a belief in the power of human agency---in the importance of self-discipline and hard work---but he never overlooked the role that sheer luck and opportunity played in his life." He believed his good fortune to have begun at birth in 1922 in Chester, PA, as the second of five children to Andrew and Penelope Beldecos. His father was a produce wholesaler, and the household resources were meager, but family love, mutual support, and rectitude abounded. His father was fond of saying of his children, "I cannot afford to buy stock, but I have great livestock." In 1937, Nick graduated from Chester High School with the science prize and a top-ten ranking. There was no prospect of college until one year later when a high school basketball coach and a local Boy Scout official, both Swarthmore College alumni, interceded with the College to secure an interview for him. The result was an offer of admission with a four-year scholarship.
Nick regarded his Swarthmore years as transformative. With rigor and passion, he pursued academics, athletics, and student government. As part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program, he entered active duty his junior year. Now on a fast track to complete his degree, he graduated in 1943 with distinction, having been awarded both the highest honor the College bestows on a male student, the Ivy Award for outstanding leadership and scholarship, and the McCabe Engineering Award, given to the top engineering student in the graduating class.
Nick received his commission in early 1944, graduating as a "90-day wonder," as it was known, from the Midshipman School at Notre Dame University. He served first as Assistant Machinery Superintendent in Portsmouth, NH for the construction of two submarines. His yearning for sea duty was finally realized in 1945 when he was assigned to serve as an engineering officer in the Pacific on a troop transport, the USS Henrico. He remained in the Naval reserves until 1955.
In addition to a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Swarthmore College and an MMP from Harvard Business School, he earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.
After retirement from Westinghouse, Nick worked from 1982 to 1988 as President of Health Center Development for the University Health Center of Pittsburgh (UHCP) and for three years as UHCP Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for establishing shared clinical laboratory and imaging services across five independent hospitals prior to their consolidation under UPMC. He was also involved in the construction of an expanded Children's Hospital in Oakland.
Over the years, Nick directed his time and talents to the boards of many non-profit organizations, among them Magee-Women's Hospital, St. Edmund's Academy, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and, most notably, Family House, a home away from home for patients and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses, where he served for 25 years as a founding member. "Nick was one of the finest people I have ever known," said Mary Lou McLaughlin, founding Executive Director of Family House. "He served Family House brilliantly, offering strategic wisdom and empathy as he realized full well the emotional and financial challenges our patients and their families were dealing with."
Nick is survived by his beloved wife, Vange (Seitanakis), with whom he shared a 64-year love story; his adoring and grateful children, Ann (Robert Natale) of Chappaqua, NY, Andrea of New York City, NY, and John Nicholas (Maggie) of Pittsburgh; his grandchildren of whom he was so proud, Nicholas Natale and Lucas Picher; his sisters, Mary Faines (Peter) of Pittsburgh and Kathryn Koines of Cocoa Beach, FL; his sisters-in-law, Helen Beldecos of Wallingford, PA and Despina Beldecos of O'Hara Township; his brother-in-law, Peter Seitanakis of Cincinnati, OH; his cousins, Mary Beldecos of Springfield, PA and Helen Beldecos of Springfield, PA; and many cherished nieces and nephews, godchildren, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Penelope; and by his brothers, John, formerly of Wallingford, PA, and Frank, formerly of O'Hara Township; his sister-in-law, Marian Seitanakis, formerly of Cincinnati, OH; and his brother-in-law, William Koines, formerly of Cocoa Beach, FL. Family and friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday, October 16, 2017, 3-7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10-11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, immediately after which funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. The Trisagion Service will be held on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral or to Family House, Inc., 5001 Baum Boulevard, #545, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Anne Roberts Duff 

Anne Roberts Duff, 100, a Pittsburgher since birth, peacefully passed away on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at her home in Squirrel Hill. She was born on October 26, 1916, the first child of Daniel Roberts of Baltimore and Ursula Reilly Roberts of Pittsburgh. Two years later her father died from the Great Influenza and Anne was raised by strong women including her mother and her grandmother, Mrs. John C. Reilly, the widow of the successful entrepreneur and real estate investor, John C. Reilly.
Mrs. Duff went to Winchester-Thurston School and then to college at Georgian Court in New Jersey. She returned to finish college at Mount Mercy School, now Carlow University. In the 1930's she met John (Jack) Duff on the dance floor at a debutante party and thus began one of the great romances of the time until Jack died in 1991.  Mrs. Duff is survived by her children John, Daniel, and Deborah Booker, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She will be remembered for her beauty and graciousness, her passion for her family and church and her wonderful warm sense of humor. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday October 10 from 5-7pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, in Sacred Heart Church at 10am. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Sacred Heart Church, 310 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. 
 

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 Katherine C. Kefalos 

Born on December 28, 1932 in Pittsburgh to Chris and Ourania Lardas and died on Saturday Sepember 30, 2017. Beloved wife of sixty four years of George Kefalos; mother of Nick Kefalos (Nikki), Chris Kefalos (Anne), Steven Kefalos (Donna) and Lisa Lardas (Steven); grandmother of Nick Kefalos, Christina Stanley, Katie and Lisa Kefalos, Jacob, Steven, Christopher and Benjamin Kefalos, Rainia, Gussie and George Lardas; great-grandmother of Tyler and Mia Kefalos and Charley Stanley. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother, Sam Lardas. Katherine was the co-owner of the Kandy Korner in Wilkinsburg, a librarian at the C.C. Mellor Library in Edgewood and a receptionist at Price Waterhouse for twenty five years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm with Trisagion Service at 7:30pm. Funeral Friday, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 10:30am. Remembrances may be made to the Pan Icarian Foundation Scholarship Fund of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund.

 

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Genevieve Parr Still 

On Friday, September 22, 2017 beloved daughter of the late George F. and Bessie Thompson Parr; sister of the late Armistice, Charles and Reginald Parr; Aunt of Constance Smith-Washington; Cousin of Lois Gilkes, Frances Townsend, Clyde Parr and Burrell Parr; God-Mother of Joni Carter and Toni Hawkins; dear friend of Sue Patterson. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 2pm until a 3pm Memorial Service in the funeral home.

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Virginia Louise (Wright) Schatz         

Peacefully, on September 22, 2017 at the venerable age of 96. She was born in Philadelphia on February 21, 1921, the second eldest of five children to Helen Frances Davis and George Forest Wright. After attending Albright College for one year, she enrolled in the School of Music at Carnegie Institute of Technology, from which she graduated in 1943. It was there that she met her husband, Edward R. Schatz, who also received his degrees from the Institute and became a member of the faculty, and then later served in the administration of Carnegie Mellon University until his death in 1996. Upon graduation, Virginia went overseas during WWII with the Red Cross, after which she returned to Pittsburgh to marry and teach music in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In 1959, she began a long association with the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, teaching music and movement, and incorporating the practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics into deaf education. An accomplished pianist and soprano, she also taught piano privately, and sung in and led junior choirs at Edgewood and Shadyside Presbyterian churches throughout her professional career. Virginia was an enthusiastic promoter of all things "Pittsburgh", and a particularly generous supporter of many Pittsburgh institutions and charities, including Carnegie Mellon University, the Phipps Conservatory, the Carnegie Museums, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, among many others. She is survived by her daughter, Eleanor S. Magyar (David) of Edgewood, her son George E. Schatz (Cathryn L. Goodwin) of Princeton, NJ, her two granddaughters, Rebecca Magyar (Tom Pfister) of London, UK, with a great grandchild on the way, Rachel G. Schatz of New York, NY, and two siblings, Helen Carol Irvine in Visala, CA and Pat Scipio in Lake Forest, CA. There will be no visitation and interment next to her beloved husband in Johnstown, PA is private. Remembrances in her name may be made to the Edward R. and Virginia W. Schatz Fund for Scholars at Carnegie Mellon University, to the Phipps Conservatory, or a charity of choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfunerlahome.com)

 

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Patrick Michael O’Donnell

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Patrick Michael O’Donnell of Shadyside passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family.  Mr. O’Donnell was preceded in death a year ago by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ellen Frances O’Donnell.  He is survived by his children Maura Kelly ( S. John Kelly) of Mt. Lebanon, Patrick O’Donnell ( Kim O’Neill) of Washington, DC, and Frances Anderton ( Keith Anderton) currently of Vienna, Austria. He was the proud and much loved grandfather of Michael ( Amy Kelly),  Patrick, and Raymond Kelly  and Ellen, Alexandra and Liam Anderton. He was the great-grandfather of Charles, Henry, Alfred and George Kelly.  Mr. O’Donnell is also survived by his sisters Rita Pinyot (Ernest) and Marilyn Colosmo as well as many nieces and nephews. The oldest of four children, Mr. O’Donnell spent most of his childhood in McKeesport, where he graduated from the high school in 1941.  An avid student, Mr. O’Donnell was awarded a scholarship to Duquesne University. During his sophomore year of college, he enlisted in the army and was deployed to northern France. In November 1944, he was shot through both legs by machine gun, an injury for which he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. Following his recovery in England, he was stationed in the Allied press censorship office in Paris where he witnessed the conclusion of the European conflict on VE day. Returning to Pittsburgh after the war, he resumed his studies at Duquesne from which he received a political science degree.  He then earned a Masters Degree in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. From the late 1940s until the mid 1950s Mr. O’Donnell was on the faculty of Duquesne University where he taught political science and also hosted a current events radio show on WDUQ .  Later he went into general private practice, maintaining an office for many years in the Frick Building. Working until his late 80s, Mr. O’Donnell devoted much of his time to the management of commercial real estate holdings in suburban Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh. A lifelong Catholic, Mr. O’Donnell attended Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township and later St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. He enjoyed long time membership at both Chartiers Country Club and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and was a very enthusiastic patron of the arts in Pittsburgh . He particularly the  Pittsburgh Symphony and Opera. Mr. O’Donnell was known to his family and friends as a lifelong learner with insatiable intellectual curiosity and a great wit. He studied history, philosophy and languages until his final days and supported numerous educational, cultural and philanthropic organizations. Together with his wife and children, he explored much of the world. He was a devoted and principled husband and father who will be forever missed by his grateful children, grand children and great grand children. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday 2-4 and 5-7pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency or the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

 

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Gussie Johnson, Ph.D 

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, beloved husband of Elveta L. Johnson; father of Stephanie Rose (Tony Rose), Adrena Johnson, Doreen Smith and Ellyce Johnson; brother of Gertha Grinage, Elda Murray, Archie Johnson and deceased brothers and sisters; also survived by twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre of Operations, Dr. Johnson was an educator with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, starting his career as a math and science teacher before moving to administration. He was a middle school Principal until his retirement after 40 years with the district. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday in Shadyside Presbyterian Church at 11AM.  

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Shirlee Louise Iadicicco 

Shirlee Louise Iadicicco…wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and now great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5th.  She was 87 years young.  She would always say ”Age is just a number, and mine’s unlisted!”  And as most of her girlfriends would agree, they all thought she was younger, not 10 years their senior. She meets, my dad Tony, my brother Bruce, her parents and 3 siblings in heaven, leaving behind, me, her daughter Lisa Iadicicco, granddaughters, Kirstie and Kylie Iadicicco, great granddaughter Lily daughter-in-law Bridget Iadicicco and grand pup Codi, plus her beloved brother Dr. Douglass Bruce, and dearest sisters Loree Chicoye and Julie Davis, plus many nieces and nephews, that have kindly kept my mom in their prayers over the years. My mom sold everything from Avon door to door to electric scissors at Sears to fragrances at Kaufmann’s but mostly she was a successful real estate agent, helping to facilitate home ownership for many, including me.  She was an amazing dancer, which we all did with regularity, loved to entertain, and win at the black jack table. Her life was full of life, which she lived with vision, conviction and joy.  The most positive person I knew based on her own life’s trajectory. Family and friends welcome on Sunday, September 10th from 12-3pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).  Celebration of Life services will be held Monday, September 11th, at Shadyside Presbyterian Church,  11AM, with interment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, all officiated by Reverend Lynn Portz.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in my mom’s name can be made to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of National Pancreas Foundation www.pancreasfoundation.org – please note Western PA in comment box.  Checks can be sent to The National Pancreas Foundation c/o Thomas Birsic 614 Victoria Lane Wexford, PA 15090.

 

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Roger W. Hendrix 

Roger went over the horizon August 15, 2017, after a brief but valiant battle with his aneurism. He was 75. He is survived by Susan Godfrey, his wife of 46 years, his brother Barton Hendrix & sister-in-law Evie Hendrix, and by  Susan’s sibs Thomas Godfrey, Marian Godfrey Gardner, Dan Godfrey, and Alexandra Godfrey, and numerous others in the Godfrey & Hendrix family circles. As a schoolchild, Roger was fascinated with astronomy and drew sky maps that covered the ceiling of one of his classrooms. Summers, the family backpacked in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He became a serious photographer, sharing that passion with Bart and sister Lynn. When Susan first met him he was never seen without a camera about his neck, unless in his laboratory. Roger earned his undergraduate degree at Caltech, his PhD at Harvard, did post-doctoral research at Stanford University, and in 1973 took up a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has served full time until he died. He was absorbed by his basic research into the structure, assembly, and evolution of bacteriophages- those viruses which infect bacteria. Initially that meant looking at viruses using an electron microscope, which meant a darkroom was readily to hand when he wanted to print his various photographs.The bacteriophage work has been and continues to be informative about basic workings of other kinds of viruses, and various other interesting biological phenomena. Roger trained many  graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and taught a variety of courses in the biomedical sciences to both undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at Pitt. Roger participated weekly in the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, playing clarinet, and also regularly played recorder in a Renaissance and Baroque music group with Susan & other dear friends. It was his conviction that his having played music in school orchestras through his childhood was a key factor in his making achievements later in science, and he has more recently sought ways to facilitate music in schools. Roger won prizes for his research, and published many papers. He has served on the editorial boards of several technical journals. Among his many awards and prizes, he received the 1997 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh; 2002 became Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, and 2009 The National Academy of Sciences (US) Award for Scientific Reviewing. Roger filled our lives with laughter, unusual vocabulary (most recently ‘absquatulate’), excitement, and love. Now that he has absquatulated from this earthly sphere, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Roger’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service on November 10 in the Heinz Chapel on the Pitt campus. Memorial donations may be made to the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras (212 Ninth Street, Suite 601, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Sabha (Abdallah) Lesoon

Born on July 12, 1921 in Taybeh, Ramallah to the late Farha Abdallah Rizek and Abdallah Issa, and died on Tuesday August 29, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Yousef Lesoon; mother of Suhad Lesoon, Hiyam Lesoon, Edmond Lesoon (Kathy), Raymond Lesoon (Donna) and Albir Lesoon (Laurie); sister of Odeh Hanna and pre-deceased by numerous brothers and sisters; Sittee (grandmother) to Michele (Jason), Edmond, Jr., Adam (Stacy), Nicole, Valerie, Brittany, Marissa, Michael, and Kristi; Great Sittee to Joshua, Gabby, Zoe, Maverick, Brooklyn and Lorenzo; beloved Aumti and Tata to numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. "Her passing is an end of an era-the Matriarch of the family. She was a woman who loved her family fiercely-and greeted each day by acknowledging her thankfulness to God." Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday and Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday September 2, 2017 in St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral 3400 Dawson Street (Oakland) at 11:00am.

 

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Dolores Wilson Smith-Barber

Of Thornburg, PA, aged 90, died on August 25, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born in Camden Hill, PA in 1927 to Edgar and Opel Wilson. She graduated from McKeesport High School and earned a degree from Auburn University. In 1951 she married J. Leonard (Jack) Smith, an attorney at Reed Smith. She was mother of two children, John, and Lynne. Dolores taught yoga, served as Thornburg librarian and helped run the Thornburg Community Association. After Jack died in 1987, Dolores devoted her time to volunteering with various organizations. She worked as a class room assistant with autistic children at D.T. Watson Institute for thirty years and served on the Institute's Board of Directors. She volunteered for twenty-five years at Pittsburgh Opera with Tito Capobionco and served on the Opera Board for many years. Because Jack was cared for by Family Hospice and Palliative Care, she served on that board and volunteered for many years. Additionally, she served on the committee for restoration of the Carnegie, Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall. She won the Athena Award for outstanding volunteer work in 1999. In 2003 she married John C. Barber, MD and they traveled the world together and enjoyed theater, symphony and opera. Dolores belonged to many clubs including the Chartiers Country Club, Allegheny Country Club, the Duquesne Club, the Sewickley Little Garden Club, and the Twentieth Century Club. She  also belonged to numerous luncheon clubs and enjoyed ballroom dancing at charity galas and balls. Dolores was a generous philanthropist to many organizations including the opera, ballet, local theater groups and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She was a mentor to many young professional women, including opera singer Marianne Cornetti and physician Vonda Wright. Dolores derived great joy being "DeeDee" to her two grandsons, John and Jim and spent many hours taking them to brunch on Saturday mornings, visiting museums, and swimming at the country club. She sent them both on trips to Europe on People to People tours during their high school years. Dolores was preceded in death by her brother William "Bull" Wilson and is survived her sister Betty Jean Budday; she is also survived by her husband John C. Barber, MD; son John L. Smith, III and wife Jane Donaldson Smith, daughter Lynne Smith Feyk and husband Perry; grandsons John R. Smith and James E. Smith; stepson Scott C. Barber; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday August 28, 2017 from 6-8pm and Tuesday August 29 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, at 2pm on Thursday September 7, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: D.T. Watson Institute in Sewickley, PA; Pittsburgh Opera or Family Hospice and Palliative Care.

 

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Ann Woolfolk Austin 

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Ann Woolfolk Austin, beloved wife of the late James S. Austin, Jr, dear mother to Peter S. Austin (Heather), James D. Austin, and Elizabeth Austin Holden (Michael); Nan to her grandchildren:  William C. Austin, Natalie L. Austin, Noah H. Davis, Emma C. Davis, Aaron R. Davis, Austin C. Holden and Alexander S. Holden; and Aunt Ann to many nieces and nephews.  Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Anna Childs Woolfolk and Arthur Peter Woolfolk, and her brother, Thomas Howe Woolfolk.   Ann took great pride in her role as mother and grandmother, and was the center of the family - hosting family dinners, leading beach vacations, and pursuing adventures with grandchildren. The last 20 years of her life were dedicated to exploring the world with family and friends, especially more remote and less developed countries, as evidenced by an extensive collection of trip mementos. Ann’s love of life and zeal to learn was complemented by a diverse network of friends, young and old. Prior to her retirement, Ann was Director of Development for The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. She was a well-respected and accomplished professional within the Pittsburgh fundraising and foundation community, and was honored by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with a lifetime achievement award. Ann was a prior board of trustees member and board chair/President of The Ellis School and The Children’s Institute (formerly the Home for Crippled Children and the Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh). Other board activities included, The FISA Foundation, Staunton Farm Foundation, and The Neighborhood Academy. She was a lifelong parishioner and member of the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church. Ann was a knowledgeable and talented gardener, and an active member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County. Ann also enjoyed the arts and supported The Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dance Council, and Broadway series to name a few.

Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Ave at Devonshire Street on Thursday August 31, from 4pm - 7pm.  A service of celebration of the life of Ann Woolfolk Austin will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Friday, September 1, at 11am.  Please gather at the church as a private burial service will be held prior at Homewood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests contribution be made in memory of Ann W. Austin to The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206; Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206; or to an organization of your choice.

 

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John S. Kennerdell, M.D.

John S. Kennerdell, M.D. passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the age of 82. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia Kennerdell and his 2 children; Nancy Kennerdell Lawrence and Jeffrey Kennerdell. He is the son of the late Frederick Kennerdell and Myrtle Shirk Kennerdell of Tarentum and brother of Edward Kennerdell, M.D. and Margaret "Peggy" Kennerdell George. Dr. Kennerdell was Chairman of the Department of Opthalmology at Allegheny General Hospital before his retirement. A memorial service will be held at the Magovern Conference Center at Allegheny General Hospital at 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). 

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Mary G. Kapourelos Christulides  

Mary Christulides, born in Chester, PA on January 23, 1921 to George and Anastasia Kapourelos, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2017.  She was the mother to Elpi Altum and the late Father George Christulides.  Mary was one of nine children, four girls and five boys.  She graduated from Chester High School and worked in the family restaurant during World War II.  During that time, she had the honor of meeting the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and the late Archbishop Makarios, who later became the president of Cyprus.   In 1953, Mary married Euripides (Rip) Christulides, a Cypriot, and had their two children.  Mary and Rip celebrated 64 years together this summer. During their marriage, they lived in Philadelphia, Portland, Atlanta and then Pittsburgh, where they raised their children and lived for fifty years.  While in Pittsburgh, Mary worked in the library of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for eighteen years before she retired.  Mary was a devout Greek Orthodox and devoted her time to the Church. She taught Sunday School for 25 years and worked the Greek food festivals at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh. She is also known as "Mrs. C" to campers from her many summers at Camp Nazareth.  Mary showed love abundantly and always left you with quite a story.  Her constant joy and pride was being “Yiayia” to her three grandchildren, Mary, Thespina and Christopher.  She will always be remembered and loved for her great kindness. She spent the last years of her life in Medford, New Jersey, with her daughter and son-in-law.   She is survived by her husband, Deacon Euripides Christulides; her daughter, Elpi Altum and husband, David; her daughter-in-law, Lia Christulides; her brother, James Kapourelos; and her grandchildren, Mary Ellison and husband John Ellison, Thespina Christulides, and Christopher Altum. Family and friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday August 11, 2017  from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, with Trisagion Service at 7pm.  Visitation will continue on Saturday August 12, 2017 in Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 10am immediately followed by an 11am Funeral Service. Eonia E Mnimi, May her memory be eternal.    

 

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Ruth Kunst LaVallee 

Ruth Kunst LaVallee, age 87, went home to God on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Daughter of the late Peter M. Kunst and the late Theresa Krauth Kunst; sister of the late Paul M. Kunst (the late Elsie A. Warhol Kunst), and the late Anne Margaret Kunst Plaehn; and, wife of the late Charles Calixa LaVallee to whom she was married for 46 years. Her father, Peter Kunst, founded Kunst Bakery in Brookline in 1937 and in Oakland, on Forbes Avenue in 1945. After her father's death in 1973, she and her brother Paul continued the bakery, an Oakland institution and tradition, until their retirement in 2003. She loved the bakery and personified the slogan her dad created, "It pleases us to please you." She felt it was a privilege to serve all -- individuals, hospitals, universities, and the community. She also cherished her friendships and appreciated those who cared for her in her final years. But, her greatest love was her family and she always acted in their best interest. She especially loved being a grandmother. Ruth was known by all to be a genuinely sweet, kind and caring person. She is survived by her son, Charles P. LaVallee and his wife Terese Vorsheck; her grandson Daniel C. LaVallee and his wife Terrina and great-granddaughter Kalea Grace; step-granddaughters Ally (Vorsheck) Sparacino (and her husband Chris) and Sarah Vorsheck; and step-granddaughter Laena Ilk and step-grandson the late Joshua Ilk, as well as her nieces nephews. Friends and family will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday, August 10th from 4-7pm with a memorial service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made in memory of Ruth LaVallee to Variety the Children's Charity, 11279 Perry Highway, #512, Wexford, PA 15090.

 

 

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Gust Bellios

 

Gust Jack Bellios, age 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 2, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1932 in Ashtabula, Ohio, Gust married his one and only true love and "Sunshine", Vickie. Vickie moved from Greece to Ohio after exchanging photos and letters, to spend 52 years of marriage with Gust. They were the proud parents of three boys, Philip, George, and Christopher, who they loved with all they're heart. Vickie passed away in 2015, taking away his partner and love of his life.  As a young man, Gust graduated from Kent State University where he was a collegiate ping pong champion and once bowled a 300 game. He served his country for the Army during the Korean War in the Panama Canal. Upon returning home, he took over his Dad’s hat shop when his father passed away. He later began a career in retail, that started as a buyer with the May Co. in Ohio. He then moved to Erie, PA, where he became store manager at the Boston Store in downtown Erie and later at the Horne’s Department Store at the Millcreek Mall. He was a general manager for Horne's in Pittsburgh for a short time, then moved back to Erie where he retired from Horne's. Gust and Vickie moved to Pittsburgh to be closer to their family and grandchildren.

Even in retirement Gust became an accomplished suit salesman in the men's department at JC Penney. He also logged countless hours of volunteer work at Passavant Hospital. Gust was the consummate professional, a devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, and never missed a day of work.  He served his Church faithfully as a parishioner, a board member and president of the Parish Council at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Erie, PA.  As a member of two churches in Pittsburgh, Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas, he was a fixture as a volunteer at food festivals. He was a passionate fan of his Cleveland Browns the Chicago White Sox, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He enjoyed a glass of sweet white wine or an occasional scotch, but Starbucks lost a great customer who loved his daily vanilla latte. Gust was a serious man with a heart of gold who had unwavering love and loyalty for his family and friends. He will be truly missed by so many, but will finally be reunited in heaven with his sunshine. Gust is survived by three loving sons Philip(Toula) George (Elaine) and Christopher (Karen); his brother George( Christine); five adoring grandchildren, Christopher, Colin, Maive, Maria, and Constantine; in addition to many cousins, nieces, nephews, and family in Greece. Friends will be received on Friday 1-4 and 6-8 PM with Trisagion Service at 7:00pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral services Saturday at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 985 Providence Blvd. PGH, PA 15237 (412-366-8700).

 

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Stamatios “Sam” Smalis 

Our treasured Stamatios “Sam” Smalis, 74, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully with his wife at his side on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at Family Hospice.  He was born on Lipsos Island, Greece in 1943 to the late Vasilia Paradise and the late Mavroudis Smalis and immigrated to the United States in 1969 where he lived the rest of his life. Sam was a driven, passionate, intelligent, loving and compassionate man.  While growing up and living in Greece, Sam attended seminary school, served in the Greek Army, played semi-pro soccer and then traveled the world while working in the merchant marines.  When he immigrated to the United States in 1969, he began working in the industrial painting industry.  In 1985 he started his own business, Superior Painting Co. and that became his most profound passion.  He enjoyed working everyday until the very end.  Sam was also an amazing, devoted and compassionate husband, father, brother and grandfather. Survived by his adoring wife Linda Smalis.  His loving children Elefteria Smalis Thomas (Nick) and Nikolai Barlow;  his loving brothers, Iakovos (Maria), Anastasios, Kosmas (Debbie) and the late Theotokes Smalis; his loving grandchildren, Curtis and Zachary Barlow, Coby Vogt, Ruby, Carly and Devyn;  his loving nieces and nephews, Michael Smalis, Maria Sfanos and Leah Edwards; his loving brother and sister-in-law, Larry Paddock and Janie Rateau. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm and on Monday from 10:00 am until an 11:00 am service in the funeral home. 

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Lorraine P. Levy

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, at age 81. Beloved wife of the late Eugene D. Levy; mother of Anna Lepsch (Robert) and Ella Davis (Donald); grandmother of Christopher and Cassandra Lepsch and Candace and Acacia Davis; sister of Marilyn Matta, Dolores Bedford, Dorothy Lindholm and Gary Paul; sister-in-law of Edward Levy; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8pm and continuing in St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 304 Morewood Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213, on Thursday from 9am until a service at 10am. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Braddock Carnegie Library (braddockcarnegielibrary.org) or the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh (fiberartspgh.org).

 

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Catherine M. Muldowney

Formerly of Soho and Mt. Washington, Catherine died peacefully in her sleep at Baldwin Health Center on Thursday July 13, 2017 at age 92. Beloved Daughter of the late William F. and Julia Doyle Muldowney; sister of the late Margaret J. "Margie' and Helen G. "Dee Dee" Muldowney; life long friend of the Metz family. Catherine was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, a member of the Daughters of Erin and the Ladies Auxiliary of the AOH. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. 

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John "Jack" F. Griffin

Very Peacefully with his family at his side on Friday June 30, 2017, Jack, 83, of Squirrel Hill and formerly, Pleasant Hills; husband of the late Alice M. Griffin; father of Greg (Evelyn) Griffin, Chris (Karen) Griffin, Brett Griffin and Maria (Tom) Wise; grandfather of Amanda (Dan) Bartlett, Alicia (Chuck) Dyer, Garret (Ele) Griffin, Brittany (Nathan) Parks, Blake (Ashley) Wise and Lauren Wise; great-grandfather of Thomas, Henry and Oliver Dyer and Aidan Bartlett and Leona and Miriam Parks; son of the late William J. and Florence M. Griffin; brother of the late William Griffin, late Charles Griffin, late Robert Griffin, Marylou Bollman, and Thomas (Flo) Griffin; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jack was an Army Veteran and over thirty-year employee of Bell of Pennsylvania - AT&T. Friends received Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com. A service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday July 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment Private. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jack’s memory to Saint Bede Roman Catholic Church, 509 S Dallas Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

 

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John “Keefe” Ellis, Jr.

On June 24, 2017, John “Keefe” Ellis, Jr., son of John “Jack” Ellis, Sr. and Rose Bearer Ellis, passed away at the age of 61 surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Stacy (Hughes), adoring children Emily, Jake, Caroline and Patrick; brother Dr. Peter Ellis; sister Constance Heppenstall (Mark); nieces Mary Heppenstall, Melissa, Sarah, Monica and Michelle Bundy; nephews Kyle and Charlie Heppenstall, Andrew, Peter and Thad Ellis, and numerous cousins. Keefe graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1974, The University of Virginia in 1978 and The University of Pittsburgh Business School in 1981.  Keefe was generous in all aspects of his life, devoting himself to the Children’s Institute Board for 15 years, the Shady Side Academy Board for 12 years, also serving on the Board of St. Vincent De Marillac and working tirelessly for St. Bede Church and school in his 61 years as a parishioner. He was fortunate to have worked with his father at Ellis Real Estate for 30 years, merging into Langholz Wilson Ellis in 2005, and eventually into Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis in 2014.  Keefe celebrated life everyday and shared his kind heart, quick wit and infectious personality with everyone he encountered and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Friends will be received on Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 3pm-7pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Wednesday, June 28, 2017, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bede Parish at 10am.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Shady Side Academy Science Building Fund or St Bede School Stem Lab Fund.

 

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Wallace Wendell Smith, Jr. 

On Sunday, June 11, 2017, Wallace Wendell Smith, Jr., beloved husband of Patricia O. Smith, also survived by his children by his late wife Mary E. Smith: Pamela Stodolsky (late Frank), Wallace W. Smith III (Ladan), Sarah K. Smith (Robert Davidson), Steuart G. Smith (Dana), and his grandchildren: Sarah S. Rennie (Eric), Frank Stodolsky, Christian S. Smith (Emily), Patrick E. Smith, Iain S. Smith (Kelsey), Nathan K. Smith, Alexander K. Smith, and Matthew K. Smith, and two great-grandchildren Hailey E. Gibbs and Henry W. Smith. Also surviving Mr. Smith are his step-children Anne B. Hulley (David), Emily B. Naunheim (David), and Robert L. Becker III, eight step-grandchildren, and 10 step-great-grandchildren. Mr. Smith served in the paratroops in WWII with his twin brother, Kennedy C. M. Smith who died in action. Mr. Smith was employed by US Steel but his true passion was the refinishing of antique American furniture, also researching and studying the history of antique bird prints and Chinese Export porcelain. He also derived years of pleasure by listening to Classical WQED-FM, especially the Jim Cunningham morning show. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire St. on Wednesday, June 21, from 4 pm - 6 pm. A service in celebration of the life of Wallace Wendell Smith, Jr. will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 22, at 11 am. EVERYONE PLEASE GATHER AT CHURCH. A private burial service will follow at Allegheny Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests contributions to Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 or to WQED-FM, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

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Sophia T. Haretos 

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, Beloved wife of the late Theodore J. Haretos; mother of John T. Haretos, M.D., Theodore A. Haretos and the late Ellen M. Haretos; daughter of the late Marigo and Andreas Tranos; sister of the late Georgia Nikolakakos and Penelope Tranos; Sophia immigrated to the United States in 1949 and was a devoted mother and spouse who had strong religious convictions, was devoted to her Church and a woman of strong moral character. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 1-5pm with Trisagion Service at 4pm. Funeral Monday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11am. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 

 

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Bertha Jane Ligday Lamanna

Age 90 of Squirrel Hill, passed away on June 9, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 1, 1927 to the late Francis and Elizabeth Broderick Ligday; beloved wife of the late Louis A. Lamanna; she is survived by her children, Barbara Ann Herforth (Jim), Elizabeth Lamanna (John DelVecchio), Mary Lou Karlovits (Chuck), Louis A., II (Christine), Susan Kelly (Dick) and JimBo (Becky); she was the cherished "Grandma Baney/GramCracker" to Jimmy, Pat, and Chrissy Herforth, Matthew and Joey Karlovits, Louie, Natalie and Danny Lamanna, Eddie, Jack and Luke Kelly, and Sarah, Samantha, Elizabeth and Bo Lamanna; loving sister of Jack Ligday (Nedra), Betty Wellman (late Bob), Terry Ligday (Pat), Margie Zuck (late Walter), Fritz Ligday (Kathy) and the late Bill Ligday; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews and Godchildren who were very special to her. Bert was a 1944 graduate of St. Benedict Academy and a 1947 graduate of Mercy School of Nursing. She worked for many years as a devoted and caring head nurse at Mercy Hospital. She was a member of the former St. Philomena Parish in Squirrel Hill, a proud president of the St. Philomena Women's Guild and a current member of St. Paul Cathedral. Her legacy will live in the lives of those she touched with her courage, strength, and generous spirit. Her children will especially remember her for her unwavering love and for the gift of faith that she instilled in them and that her life so clearly exemplified. Do not mourn for me for I have not left you. Look into the eyes of my children and you will find me. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday 1-7pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor 1028 Benton Ave. PGH, PA 15212, Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh (komenpittsburgh.org) 

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Father John Kelly, C.Ss.R.

 

January 11, 1924—May 22, 2017

Father Kelly entered the Redemptorist order at the age of fourteen.  He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1951.  Beginning with his assignment to the missions in Puerto Rico, he ministered among the Spanish speaking Christians.  He was assigned to St. Mary Seminary in North East, Pennsylvania to work with the Hispanic students.  Later he became the Director of Migrant Ministry in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia and served as Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford, Maryland, St. Christopher Church, Kent Island, Maryland.  He was assigned as Pastor at Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, New York, St. Boniface, Philadelphia and St. Philomena, Pittsburgh.  In addition to his parochial ministry, Father Kelly conducted many missions. For many years, beginning with Father Crowley’s pastorate, Father John Kelly has assisted with Mass at Holy Angels Parish.  Following the closure of St. Philomena Parish in Squirrel Hill, Father Kelly remained in Pittsburgh at the family home with his sisters, Regina, Sr. Kathleen, Sr. Elizabeth, and Sr. Ursula. In addition to his sister Regina, Father Kelly was predeceased by his two brothers, Martin and Gerard. 

Friends will be received on Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).  Funeral Thursday, June 1, 2017, Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for Mass Cards or to benefit Migrant Ministry.

A heartfelt thank you to the caregivers and medical staff at the Vincentian Home for their loving care. 

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Virginia Lenzi Redondo

On Sunday May 28, 2017, beloved wife of the late Patsy Redondo; mother of Paul Redondo (Ruth), and Linda Grabowski (Ronald); grandmother of Gary Redondo and Lori Wilson; sister of Sylvia Sampson and the late Robert Lenzi. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday 4-7pm. Funeral Thursday, First Trinity Lutheran Church (Time later).

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Bridget Herward Newell 

On Tuesday May 23, 2017 Bridget Herward Newell; beloved wife of the late Dudley Newell. Sister of the late John , Patrick, Thomas, Martin and James Herward and Mary Joyce and Margaret Lydon. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm.  Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am.

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George N. Beckas

On Friday, May 26, 2017, at age 88, preceded in death by his wife Betty Katsafanas Beckas; father of Nicholas Beckas (Lisa), Georgia Franciscus (Jay) and Art Beckas; loving and most proud Papou of Nicolas Beckas, Alli Beckas and Stephanie Franciscus; preceded in death by Vasiliki Petropoulos, Jimmy Beckas and Marina Beckas; brother of John Beckas and Katina Levindiotis, also survived by Michele Gigliotti. George immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 with the vision and a dream that with hard work, and faith in God, that all things are possible. George earned his living as a general carpenter and enjoyed life. He was very proud of his family, his Greek heritage and deeply rooted Orthodox faith. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday, 2-8pm with Trisagion Service at 4pm. Funeral Wednesday at 11am in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery Chapel, 8941 Ringeisen Road  Allison Park, PA 15101. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 985 Providence Blvd. PGH, PA 15237.

 

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Thomasina P. Schneider

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Thomasina P. Schneider died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of Paul Schneider. Mother of Mia S. Manion, Amy M. (Glackin)  Manion and Sean T. Manion (Katie). Step-mother to Gretchen E. Rabinkin (Dan), Marcus J. Schneider (Stacey) and David P. Schneider (Karen). Grandmother of Madeline, Milo, Sammy, Nate and Remy. Sister of Lucille Lynch, Marianne Kretz, Thomas Bielawski, Bernadette Rogan and the late Ray Bielawski, Larry Bielawski and Joan Vertullo. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Thomasina was a graduate of Carlow University, then went on to teach 1,000s of students the love of music for 30 years in Pennsylvania and New York.  She was an organist and choir director at the Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church.  Thomasina was a lover of nature, the visual and performing arts, social issues, travelling and good cuisine.  Movies and books were favorite passions as well.  Her greatest comfort was spending time with her family and friends. Friends and family will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 10:00am in the funeral home. Interment will be private. Remembrances in her name may be made to the Senator John Heinz History Center or the charity of your choice.

 

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Jan Nemec, M.D.

Dr. Jan Nemec (54), MD of Pittsburgh unexpectedly passed away on May 8, 2017.  He is survived by his daughter Katerina (Sydney, Australia), son Jakub (Minneapolis, Minnesota), his mother Dr. Marcela Nemcova (Prague, Czech Republic), and a legion of colleagues, devoted patients and friends. He also leaves behind his chocolate Labrador, and long time companion, Med. Dr. Nemec was a dedicated physician, an intellectual, a champion of social justice and a loving father.  An Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Nemec was an internationally recognized expert in the subspecialty of Electrophysiology in Cardiology.  Beloved by his patients for the careful and dedicated clinical care he delivered, Dr. Nemec remained active and recognized for his research throughout his career.  He was especially focused on inherited disorders of the heart rhythm and channel mutations.

Dr. Nemec was born in Prague, of then communist Czechoslovakia on November 7, 1962. He obtained his medical degree from the Charles University School of Medicine in the Czech Republic.  After completing his medical residency in the District Hospital in the Czech Republic, he came to the United States to complete another residency in internal medicine, fellowship in cardiology and Electrophysiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He was recruited to UPMC in 2006 where he embarked on a very productive career as an academic physician.  In addition to his research and clinical care, Dr. Nemec was a dedicated teacher and was awarded Edward I Curtiss Memorial Teaching Award in 2007.  Alarmed by the injustices he witnessed and experienced as a child and young adult in a communist state, Dr. Nemec remained dedicated to the cause of social justice throughout his adult life.  He donated countless hours during his vacations and personal wealth to serve the most underserved populations throughout the world in their fight against poverty, disease and war.

Jan will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and patients.

 Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh PA (412-621-1665) on Monday May 15, 2017 from 3-5PM and followed by a memorial service at 5:00 PM.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders in honor of Dr. Jan Nemec.   http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

 

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John F. “Jack” Donahue

A funeral mass is scheduled for May 20 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples, Florida.

In Pittsburgh, visitation will be held at Freyvogel Funeral Home, 4900 Centre Ave., on May 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated May 24 at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland with Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Bishop David Zubik.

 

John F. Donahue

July 28, 1924-May 11, 2017

After John F. (Jack) Donahue had filmed a video for the 50th anniversary of Federated Investors in 2005, the cameras kept rolling and he offered these comments about his Catholic faith that he lived and emphasized to his family and friends throughout his lifetime.

“It’s what the Bible teaches you,” the West Point graduate said.  “If you believe your goal in life is to get to heaven, then anything you do in life needs to take you to that goal.  It’s like a heat-seeking missile that rejects anything outside the target.  And the target is to align your work with your eternal salvation.  If you do that, it is a joyful experience.”

Mr. Donahue, 92, of Pittsburgh and Naples, Fla., and founder of Federated, died at his home in Naples yesterday after living a colorful and adventurous life as an entrepreneur, chief executive officer and philanthropist.  But it was his strong Catholic faith and principles that guided his life. 

In fact, as part of his golden wedding anniversary celebration with his wife, Rhodora, he provided the family members in attendance an important remembrance, Thoughts for a Lifetime, which reflected his beliefs.  The concluding words serve as a constant reminder for his family of 13 children, 84 grandchildren and 109 great grandchildren:

“Seek Heaven as your primary goal in life.  Seek to know the will of God.  Pray so that you keep your faith.  Receive the Eucharist as often as possible.  Love one another.”

Known for his behind-the-scenes generosity, most of Mr. Donahue’s contributions were without recognition to the Donahue family or Federated.  But to help inspire his grandchildren and great grandchildren to live generously, Mr. Donahue more recently allowed donations to be associated with the family name, such as the John F. Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and the Donahue Tower at the Naples Community Hospital in Florida, as well as contributions to Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic high schools and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Thoughtful spending, generosity and stewardship were emphasized to the Donahue children as youngest daughter Rebecca Foxhoven of Naples, Fla., recalls.

“As children, we created a written budget and showed Dad how our allowance would be spent so we wouldn’t be frivolous,” she said.  “But more importantly he emphasized generosity and being good stewards.  He told us to use our time, talent and treasure for God’s people because it’s not our money, but the Lord’s.”

J. Christopher (Chris) Donahue, CEO of the investment company founded by his father, recalled his dad’s philosophy on donating time, talent and treasure to Catholic education,  charitable causes supported by employees and efforts to improve government at the local and national level. 

“Dad was very generous and would always say yes to just about anyone, especially those who had ideas to improve Catholic education.  He also believed in a patriotic duty to God and country, and a big part of that duty was being active in the political process to make our government the best it could be.”

Tom Donahue, chief financial officer at Federated, unexpectedly learned of his dad’s big-heartedness at a Duquesne University meeting.

“During a discussion with one of the Spiritan priests, his voice cracked and he paused for a moment to regain his composure.   Father then told me how inspired he was by my dad, who anonymously paid the tuition for many students over the past 50 years.  Dad had a big heart and didn’t care about publicity or the limelight.  Only about doing what was right and living life accordingly.”

After West Point, Mr. Donahue became a pilot in the Army Air Corps and learned to fly the multi-engine B-29 bomber.  He flew air lifts into Berlin after World War II and progressed to become the No. 1 Pilot in the Strategic Air Command.  However in those days Army promotions were based not only on ability but also on a slotting system connected to a graduation date from the Academy.  As a result, he left the Army in 1950 and returned to his native Pittsburgh to begin selling mutual funds across the kitchen table.  He believed passionately that the entire country would turn to funds as the investment vehicle of choice because they offered professional money management for everyday people. 

Mr. Donahue had job offers in New York and other cities but settling in Pittsburgh was his only choice.  The Donahue family had lived in Pittsburgh for six generations, and Mr. Donahue always came back whenever he had time off from the service.  He loved the city’s rich history and cultural traditions and watched the city transition from manufacturing to a service economy focused on education, health care and finance.

In 1955, he and Central Catholic grads Richard B. Fisher and Thomas R. Donnelly started Federated to create an investment management firm in Pittsburgh that would support their growing families.  The early years were difficult, but in the 1960s, they raised $100 million in assets in tax-free exchange funds, enabling them to advance toward their goals. 

The late 1970s brought a new and innovative product to Federated, the money market mutual fund, which led to fast and enormous growth.  Thanks to money funds and Mr. Donahue’s leadership, Federated by the early 1980s had grown to become the second-largest mutual fund company in the country as it focused sales efforts on bank trust departments using mutual funds to manage their cash assets. Today, Federated manages more than $360 billion in equity, fixed-income and cash products for investors in the U.S., Canada, Latin American, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and Asia.

In creating Federated, Mr. Donahue emphasized that employees should enjoy coming to work, paint their own picture (but stay on the canvas) and always do the right thing in the right way.  These and similar philosophies also were emphasized at home with his children as eldest daughter Katherine Freyvogel, the company’s first external female sales professional, remembers. 

“Dad inspired you with his actions, his humor and his positive outlook on life.  He taught all 13 of his children that all things are possible, and he gave us the tools to be successful.  Not just an education, but an approach to life that emphasized proper values and morality.”

Tom Donahue summed it up by saying, “Dad would not allow the family to use the words ‘I can’t’.  We had to say ‘I think I can’.  And we were always supposed to go ‘up the mountain.’ ”

On running a business with honesty and integrity, Chris Donahue recalls his dad saying, “In the end, I have to face God.  I’d rather do that having done what I believed to be the right things no matter what.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, knew firsthand of Mr. Donahue’s generosity and commitment to Catholic education and values when he served in Pittsburgh. Mr. Donahue created the Golden Apple awards first in Pittsburgh and now nationally to honor the best Catholic school teachers and was instrumental in founding the Extra Mile Education Foundation to provide Catholic education for inner-city children.

 

“Members of the Donahue family have done tremendous work to support the Catholic faith and education over the years,” Cardinal Wuerl said.  “They are quiet and effective models of service and charity who don’t seek recognition for their good works as they embody the gospel values of Jesus Christ.”

In 2006, Federated published the history of the company that highlighted Mr.  Donahue’s decades of leadership and contained a message from President George H. W. Bush.

“Jack Donahue is a true Point of Light.  I wish everyone in the country could know, as I do, of his leadership in many worthwhile causes.  He believes there can be no definition of a successful life unless it includes service to others.”

Mr. Donahue, the son of the late Margaretta Bailey and John Hanley Donahue, is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Rhodora Jacob Donahue and their 13 children, Katherine (Thomas Jr.) Freyvogel, J. Christopher (Ann) Donahue, Maribeth (Richard) Donley, Rhodora (Dick) Barton, Patricia (James) Dolan, William (Janet) Donahue, Theresa (Alfonso) D’Orazio, Thomas (Frances) Donahue, Susan (Ronald) Petnuch, Carol (Patrick) Moore, Maureen (James) Murphy, Rebecca (Craig) Foxhoven, Gregory (Kimberly) Donahue, 84 grandchildren, 109 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his sisters Katherine Kirby and Margaretta Garman.  He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marion Rush and Gladys Ostrowski.

Mr. Donahue was raised in the Stanton Heights area of Pittsburgh and graduated from Saint Raphael’s Elementary School and Central Catholic High School.  A member of the “Greatest Generation,” Mr. Donahue served five years with the Strategic Air Command as a B-29 pilot after graduating from West Point after the end of World War II.

Friends will be received at St. Ann Catholic Church at 475 9th Ave. South, Naples, FL 34102 on Thursday May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in Naples on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church.  In Pittsburgh, friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the liturgy.  In Pittsburgh, friends will be received in the social hall of St. Paul Cathedral following the memorial Mass.

With heartfelt appreciation, the Donahue family thanks caregivers in Naples, Ligonier and Pittsburgh who have assisted Mr. Donahue, as well as friends and colleagues from Federated for their well wishes, prayers and assistance.

Remembrances may be made to Central Catholic High School and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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ROBERT BRENNAN EGAN  

(1931 - 2017)


Age 86, of Gulf Stream, FL and formerly of Fox Chapel, PA, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017, in the company of his wife Barbara and family. He was born on January 4, 1931, son of Judge John P. and Luceille Murray Egan of Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, and subsequently received a BA from Yale College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. In 1956, he married the former Ann Ames Midwood of Nayatt Point, Rhode Island with whom he had four children. Bob began his professional career with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation. Over the next 28 years, he was promoted through increasingly challenging sales and marketing roles, culminating in his elevation to Group President of the Metals and Metal Products Group of Allegheny International. In 1985, Bob and an investor group acquired Alloys Rods Corporation, a specialty welding products manufacturer. As Chairman and CEO of Alloy Rods, he significantly increased sales and profitability by developing innovative products and opening production facilities in Asia and Europe. He sold Alloy Rods in 1989 to The ESAB Group. Bob served on numerous corporate boards, including Titanium Metals Corporation of America, Rob Roy Industries and Elliott Turbomachinery. He loved golf - the competition, the traditions and the lifelong friendships developed through the game. Bob always worked on "his game" and rarely shied away from offering swing advice to anyone who asked. He was particularly proud of his numerous club championship titles, as well as his 1992 victory in the Western Pennsylvania Senior Amateur Championship. Bob served as President of the Fox Chapel Golf Club and President of the Pennsylvania Golf Association. He was a longtime member of the United States Seniors' Golf Association and a regular competitor on the Pennsylvania team of the Lesley Cup. Bob also gave back to the community, especially to organizations providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. He was particularly committed to the mission of Gateway Rehab serving as a long-term board member and then Chairman of the Board from 1990 to 1995. He also served as a Trustee of Shady Side Hospital for many years. While in Florida, he supported Wayside House in Delray Beach, FL. Bob also served as an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Marketing at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University for several years. Most of all, Bob will be remembered for his love of family, friends and life. He never lost his passion for getting the most out of each day, celebrating time spent with his numerous grandchildren, extended family and lifelong friends. He loved to meet new people, enthusiastically sharing his energy and sense of humor. Bob happily imparted his pearls of wisdom and life advice to his grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Bubs." He is survived by his wife, Barbara Forrester Egan, who brought him great joy and happiness in his later life. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann Midwood Egan, to whom he was married 55 years. He is also survived by his children, Robert B. Egan, Jr., of Oakland, CA, Emily E. Thomas of Wilmette, IL, George M. Egan of Jacksonville, FL, and Sarah E. Hebert of South Berwick, ME; daughters-in-law, Kimberly W. Egan and Anne T. Egan; sons-in-law, Douglas P. Thomas and Edward A. Hebert; and 11 grandchildren; a brother, J. Murray Egan and wife Lisa of Pittsburgh PA; and sister, Susanne E. Humphrey of Wellesley, MA.  The family suggests remembrances to Gateway Rehab, 311 Rouser Road, Moon Township, PA 15108 
www.gatewayrehab.org. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 24th at 10:00 AM at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave, Pittsburgh, PA in celebration of his wonderful life. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC.
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Sophie Kalaras

On Monday, April 24, 2017, beloved wife of the late Stavros Kalaras; sister of the late Jean Dakis (George); aunt of Nicholas Dakis (Linda); great aunt of James, Melissa and Gina Dakis. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 12 Noon until 4pm. Funeral Monday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 10:00am.

 

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William "Bill" Daddio

William "Bill" Daddio of Fox Chapel passed away Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the age of 69. After many years of battling cancer it was time to surrender and move on to the next chapter. Bill was predeceased by his Father Louis William "Bill" Daddio, all American football player, coach, and scout and his mother Angella Ross Daddio. He is survived by his sister Saundra of Asheville, NC, long time family friend Kathy Caine, also of Asheville, and MANY cousins, nieces, nephews and -of course- friends. Born in Meadville, Pa July 16, 1947, Bill had a full life. He lived in West Lafayette as well as South Bend, Indiana, but he called Pittsburgh home. He graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend and was a1969 graduate of The University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accounting. He started his career at Peat Marwick Mitchel but continued on to a long career at WTAE - Fox Sports, where he found his stride. During his short life, Bill had the opportunity to serve his country in the National Guard. He was an accomplished sportsman having won the Pittsburgh Field Club Golf Championship in 1981. Bill was an all around lover of sports, especially University of Pittsburgh sports! He could often be found cheering the horses around the track, or most days at the Field Club playing a few rounds of Gin with his buddies or at Oakmont Country Club engaged in a lively game of Bridge.

As a younger man his family remembers how much he loved to listen and dance to Motown music. Bill was a huge fan of old movies - especially anything John Wayne. He was well loved and had many lifelong friends that included the Great 8! Because Bill had a great love for children and golf his choice for donations is the First Tee of Pittsburgh. Even though there were so many family members, he was Aunt Wanda's favorite nephew! Because he "...couldn't find a good place to eat," we will all be on the lookout for a good restaurant that he would like... Finally! Bill was TRULY an all around good guy! He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. There will be no visitation. Funeral and Interment will be private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Ryan Anthony Zoschg

On April 29, 2017, Ryan Anthony Zoschg passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, following an 11-year battle with brain cancer.   Ryan was born April 30, 1973, and grew up in Emporium, PA, graduating from Cameron County High School in 1991.  He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1995.  He began working at Vocollect Inc in 1996 and was employed there his entire career.  During his time at Vocollect Ryan was granted over 10 patents and was instrumental in the development of their speech-recognition computers.  His talents and passion for innovation helped grow that small Pittsburgh-based startup into an industry-leading company with products used by over 500,000 people worldwide.  In 2002 he met the love of his life Melissa Hopbell, who he married and with whom he had two beautiful children, daughter Zoey and son Matthew.  In 2006 Ryan and his family moved to the Indiana Township/Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh, where he applied his engineering mind to painstakingly renovating their home.  He was a member of Saint Joseph’s Parish in O’Hara Township.   He leaves behind his wife Melissa, and his children Zoey and Matthew, both at home; his parents Matthew and Nancy Zoschg of Emporium, PA; his brother and sister-in-law Eric and April Zoschg and their sons Jordan and Mason of Raleigh, NC; his sister and brother-in-law Megan and Tom Canniere and their daughter (Ryan’s God-daughter) Josephine of Kinnelon, NJ; his parents-in-law Philip and Shirley Hopbell of Wilkins Township, PA; his sister-in-law Kimberly Hopbell Metzger and her daughter Savannah of Baltimore, MD; and his sister-in-law Kelly Cervi and her sons Karsen and Kameron of Jeannette, PA. His intelligence, stubbornness, love for mischief, kind heart, and infectious smile will be intensely missed by all of those who knew him.  Friends will be received on Sunday April 30 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.  (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)  4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday May 1 at 10 AM at Saint Joseph’s Parish in O’Hara Township (EVERYONE PLEASE GATHER AT CHURCH).  He will be interred at St. Mark’s Cemetery in Emporium, PA.   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the "Ryan Zoschg Children College Fund" at Citizen's & Northern Bank, 135 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834. 

 

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Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Casciato

On Saturday April 22, 2107, beloved wife of Domenico "Donald" Casciato; mother of Julia Vietmeier (John), Albert J. Casciato (Kate Hileman) and Donald J. Casciato (Rebecca); grandmother of Andrew and David Vietmeier and Mary Ann Bramlett; great-grandmother of Macon, Nessie, Ashton and Ella; daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Feuer Mulligan and  step-daughter of the late Domenic Sinagra; sister of late Henrietta Crossey, Edwin Mulligan and Barbara Stiegler; also survived by nieces and nephews. Besty was a longtime employee in the Accounting Department of Kaufmann's Department Store. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 11 AM. 

 

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Coi Van Nguyen

April 18, 2017

 

 

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Marion Urling McCloskey

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, beloved wife of the late John P. McCloskey; mother of Judith M. Dyke (John) and the late John P. McCloskey, Jr. and Stephen U. McCloskey; grandmother of Maity Kirk (Daniel), John W. Dyke, III (Heather), Stephen D. Dyke, Stephen U. McCloskey, Jr. (Natacha), Michael C. McCloskey (Lindsay) and David P. McCloskey; great grandmother of Andrew and Nathaniel Kirk, Sophia, Amelia and John Dyke, IV, Stephen, Jr. Matthew and Zachary Dyke, Adeline McCloskey, Madison and Mason McCloskey. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday April 24, 2017 from 3-7pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church (Point Breeze) at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, 6926 Hamilton Avenue PGH, PA 15208. 

 

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Mary Louise Ende

 

On Friday April 21, 2017, at age 87, beloved daughter of the late Katherine and Carl Ende; sister of the late Katherine Ende Evans (Richard), also survived by her adoring nieces and nephews, Patricia Evans Snyder (Allen), Barbara Evans Hauke (Steve), Tom Evans (Sue), Craig Evans (Denise) and Susan Evans Critelli (Gary); as well as many grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews and her best friends, Martha Malinzak and Patrick O'Neill. Mary Lou earned her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Duquesne University, a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and taught pediatrics in the Nursing School of Duquesne University. During her long nursing career, she worked in pediatrics at Children's Hospital, in the South Hills Health System and as a visiting nurse for Allegheny County. She was a longtime member of St. Paul Cathedral where she volunteered in TV Ministry, and was a volunteer for many community organizations including Meals on Wheels. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 2-4pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 11:00am.  

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Claire Kathryn Geraghty

 

On April 18, 2017, age 25, of Point Breeze. Beloved daughter of Andrea Ocepek Geraghty; adored and loving sister of Ryan, Jack, and Maggie; daughter of the late Guy Geraghty and step-daughter of Kate; granddaughter of Charles and the late Wilma Ocepek of Claridge, PA; and the late Edward and Esther Geraghty of Middletown, NY. Claire was the beloved niece of Renee Ocepek Parsley and Jesse Parsley, Thomas Ocepek and Louise Snyder-Ocepek, John and Margaret Ocepek, Karl Ocepek and Marcy Hessinger, and the late Mark Ocepek. Also survived by cousins Sarah and Morgan Parsley; Erin, David, and Mary Ocepek; and Anton and Marc Ocepek. Claire was a graduate of Oakland Catholic and Chatham University. She was an athlete, scholar, volunteer, and leader. Although Claire struggled with addiction, she was never defined by it. She was compassionate, curious, energetic, and was building a wonderful, rewarding life. Claire had a relentless will to succeed, approaching all of life’s challenges with determination and enthusiasm. Claire was a kind, loving, and generous daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, and friend and will be remembered forever for her beautiful spirit and her irresistible smile. She brought out the best in others, putting everyone at ease.  Claire is deeply loved and will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday, April 21 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be held at St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208, on Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chatham University, Office of University Advancement, Beatty House, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (online at https://give.evertrue.com/chatham), or P.O.W.E.R, 7501 Penn Avenue, Suite 8, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

 

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Gerald Goldstein, Ph.D. 

Renowned neuropsychologist, Gerald Goldstein, who was known for his substantive research and service contributions to the field of neuropsychology, died Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was 85 years old.

Dr. Goldstein earned a PhD degree from the University of Kansas in Clinical Psychology. He was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1962, and had appointments at the Menninger Foundation, the University of Kansas, and the University of Pittsburgh. He was  Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Goldstein was probably best known for his seminal research contributions to the neuropsychology of alcoholism and schizophrenia, and neuropsychological rehabilitation. He was also recognized a leader, serving as President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (40) of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Goldstein was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association. Dr. Goldstein was married to Carolyn H. Shelly, until her passing in 1988. He is survived by his sister, Sandra Gardos, his nieces, Danielle Gardos and Alicia Gardos-Crumlich, and his nephew, Eric Gardos.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Homewood Cemetery Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donation should be sent to the Veterans Research Foundation of Pittsburgh, PA. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Mary Louise Conn

On Monday, April 17, 2017, beloved wife of the former light heavyweight boxing World Champion, the late Billy Conn. A life long resident of Squirrel Hill, Mary Louise is survived by her children, Timothy D. Conn (Veronica), William Conn, Jr. and Michael G. Conn (Mary) and pre-deceased by her daughter Suzanne Robison (late Michael);  daughter of the late Nora and James L. "Greenfield Jimmy" Smith; sister of Nora O'Mara (late William), Thomas Smith (Carol) and the late James Smith, Jr. (Helen); grandmother of Ryan Conn, Milena Conn Stewart, Heather Mahon, Kelly Robison and Michael Robison, Jr., Meghan Balzan, Mac Conn and Will Conn, also survived by 10 great grandchildren. Mary Louise was a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, attended Rosemont College, and was a former Miss Ocean City, New Jersey. A beautiful person on both the inside and out, she was the subject of Frank DeFord's highly acclaimed 1985 Sports Illustrated story, "The Boxer and The Blonde." Mary Louise was known for her warm and outgoing personality, who revolved her life around her family and friends and especially loved summering in Ocean City. The Conn family is forever grateful for the care Mary Louise received at the Little Sisters of the Poor. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 7-9p.m. and Thursday 7-9p.m. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 11a.m. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor.

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Henry Lea Hillman 

 1918 - 2017 

 

Devoted husband of the late Elsie Hillman for 70 years, father of Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds, Audrey Hillman Fisher, Henry L. Hillman, Jr. and William Talbott Hillman, grandfather of ten, great-grandfather of sixteen, renowned businessman, investor and philanthropist —died on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.  He was 98 years old. As an investor in the first funds of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers and Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts, he was considered by many to be a pioneer in private equity.  He was one of Pittsburgh’s leading citizens known for his ethical way of doing business and innate ability to structure successful deals.  The son of industrialist, John Hartwell Hillman, Jr. and Juliet Cummins Lea Hillman, he attended Shady Side Academy and graduated from The Taft School and Princeton University, then served as a U.S. Navy aviator in World War II.  Over the course of next 30 years, he transformed the family business from its roots in coke and chemical production and related industries into the diversified investment company that it is today.  He served as a director of many companies in Pittsburgh and across the country including General Electric, Cummins Engine, Merck, PNC Financial Services, and Texas Gas Transmission. His philanthropy focused on the city that meant so much to him and his family and he remained active until the time of his death in directing the work of the charitable foundations he created.  He was perhaps best known for the support he provided that created the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  His most recent major gifts focused on advancing medical and technological research at Pittsburgh’s leading universities.  He served as a trustee and director of numerous nonprofit and civic organizations over his life including the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital, Action Housing, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elsie, who passed away on August 4, 2015.  They were completely devoted to each other and to their family.  Their wonderful spirit, love of life and generosity together will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to honor Mr. Hillman contribute to either the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute or the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.  The addresses of these organizations are as follows: Hillman Cancer Center University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (Attn: Kellie Sue Anderson) 5150 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232, or Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (Attn: Dolly Ellenberg) 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The family will receive friends at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.  4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, 11.00 a.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

 

 

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Rosemarie R. Battaglia 

On Monday April 3, 2017 beloved wife of the late Frederick Battaglia; daughter of the late  Raymond and Josephine Catalano; sister of the late Eugene J. Catalano and Emily Jones; survived by her nephews Norman and Michael Catalano. There will be no visitation. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus at 10am. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Richard F. Gaier

Richard F. Gaier, age 98, of Point Breeze and Ligonier passed away peacefully on Sunday March 26, 2017. A U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, he was preceded in death by his wife E. Ann Gaier. Richard was the president and owner of the Pennsylvania Aluminum Window Company, a life member of the Pittsburgh Sportsman’s Luncheon Club and Pike Run Country Club. He is survived by his friend and companion Mary B. Simmons; five children; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 4-6pm. Funeral and Interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to the American Chestnut Foundation or a charity of one's choice.

 

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Sheila Wells Rathke

August 9, 1943 to March 23, 2017 

Sheila Wells Rathke, a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, a partner, a world traveler, an accomplished photographer, a lover of the arts and a remarkable business leader, died on Thursday, March 23, in Pittsburgh of the rare lung disease mesothelioma. 

During her more than seven decades on the earth, Sheila touched thousands of lives with her quick wit, keen intelligence and can-do spirit. She was among the first generation of women to excel in the previously male-dominated world of communications, advertising, strategic planning and business management. She was a world traveler and an adventurer who visited more than 50 countries on five continents, most recently to Italy with her daughter Erinn and granddaughter Julia. For her two other grandchildren, Jenna and Dominic, she has arranged, upon their 16th birthday, similar travel adventures.

Sheila liked to have fun. She and her long-time companion Edward J. Abes were known among friends for their annual 4th of July and New Year's Eve parties. It is difficult to imagine a more engaging travel or dinner companion than Sheila. 

Though she was born in Columbia, S.C., Sheila spent most of her life in Pittsburgh, from her childhood years in North Versailles to her adult years in Squirrel Hill and the North Hills, and the last 16 in Pittsburgh's South Side with Ed. Career moves in her middle-adult years took her to Toronto and New York City, but she returned to Pittsburgh in 2001 for new work challenges and to be closer to her daughter, new granddaughter and many friends and relatives in the area. A 1961 graduate of Westinghouse Memorial High School, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. She worked her way through college as a secretary in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, where she contracted this insidious disease. Much later, she spent the final 11 years of her career, from 2001 to 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh, serving as the university's first-ever Assistant Provost for Strategic and Program Development. During this period, she served as a trusted advisor to the university's senior management. She created strategic plans for nearly every school within the university, implemented the launch of new research centers and helped position Pitt as a center of research excellence. The impact of programs that she developed and helped implement is being felt to this day.  

In the early 1970s, she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp as a student representative to the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1991, she was named a distinguished alumna, and in 2000, she was named a Legacy Laureate of the university. Armed with ambition, confidence and a quick mind, she rose to prominence in Pittsburgh's business community during the 1980s and '90s as an executive of the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. She was an executive vice president of the firm and General Manager of its Pittsburgh office. In 1994, she was recruited to lead Burson-Marsteller's Canadian operations headquartered in Toronto. Three years later, with the emergence of the internet, she accepted another demanding job as one of the senior executives charged with developing the new internet marketing practice for the global marketing and communications firm Young & Rubicam Worldwide.  

Throughout her career, she championed and guided hundreds of young women and men in their careers. She lent her expertise to many nonprofit organizations, including, in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund, Quantum Theater, Robert Morris University and Pittsburgh Historical Society, and, in New York, the New York Philharmonic and A Better Chance. Sheila is preceded in death by her parents Betty McLaughlin Wells and Walter Wells. She is survived by Edward J. Abes, her long-time companion and prominent Pittsburgh attorney, her loving daughter Erinn Pierotti, her brother Cary Wells (Linda), three grandchildren, Julia, Jenna and Dominic (the loves of her life), her aunt Geraldine "Butchie" Lemak, special cousin Bonnie Weber, many other cherished cousins, and thousands of friends and admirers worldwide. 

She also maintained close ties with Fred and Susy Rathke and the entire Rathke family from her prior marriage. She will be sadly missed by Ed's son Eric Abes and wife Robin, and the Cincinnati Abes family. 

The family would like to acknowledge the kindness and care provided by Katie Sarakon and Jody Esser of Bridges Hospice. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday from 1-4 and 6-8Pm. Funeral Monday in Heinz Chapel at 10am. Contributions may be made to two of Sheila's favorite charities, Quantum Theater and City of Asylum, both based in Pittsburgh.

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Edward J. Colangelo 

On Thursday March 16, 2017, at age 100, beloved husband of the late Anna Cornetto Colangelo; uncle of Dennis A. Cestra (Annie Hanna),  Elaine Carey (David), Neil Cornetto (Cindy), Lynn Daniels (George), Toni Dallwig (Ed), Thomas Colangelo, Rosemary Kleber and the late Harry Kleber; brother of the late Alex Colangelo and Esther Kleber; also survived by many great nieces and nephews. Ed was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Northern France, Germany and Central Europe as a Sergeant earning three Bronze Stars among other medals. Upon his discharge, Ed earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Tech and worked in the construction industry as an inspector for the Army Corps of Engineers, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Postal Service. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday 9-10:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Scholastica Church at 11:00am.   

 

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Samuel Thomas Amodeo

Of O’Hara Twp., age 82, on Thursday, March 2, 2017, peacefully at home after a courageous battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Loving husband of 60 years to Shirley (Nevergold) Amodeo; loving father of Deborah Amodeo (Mark) Krotec, Cathleen Amodeo (Anthony) DiGioia, Mary Amodeo (John) Thompson and the late Thomas Amodeo (Linda); grandfather to Kyra Krotec (Clarke Reed) Tucker, Angela DiGioia (Michael) DeVanney, Mara Krotec (Jason) Baginski, Noelle DiGioia, Maria DiGioia, Shelby Thompson Samuel Amodeo, Alex Thompson, Anna Amodeo and Christina Amodeo; great-grandfather to Sebastian Baginski, Eleanor DeVanney and Whitey Tucker. Born to the late Thomas and Anna (Cacolice) Amodeo in Pittsburgh, PA.  Sam served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a produce buyer for Giant Eagle for 41 years.  Outgoing and personable, with a wry and often unorthodox sense of humor, Sam lived a joyous life of faith and dedication, valuing his family above all else. Sam enjoyed golf, traveling (especially to the Outer Banks and St. Barths) and in recent years, spending time with his great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Internment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Sam’s memory to: Operation Walk Pittsburgh: www.operationwalkpgh.org or by mail 3380 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or Canine Companions for Independence: www.cci.org or P.O. Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Joseph George Bonk

1930-2017 

On Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017, Joseph G. Bonk died peacefully in his sleep after a long and difficult struggle with heart disease, and just one week before his 87th birthday. Son of the late Katrina and Matej Bonk, Joe was born in Edenborn, PA and grew up in Brownsville, PA. He is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years, Janet Teemer Bonk (his Princess), daughters, Cathy Bonk, M.D. and Christine Quel (Richard). He is also survived by two grand-children, three step grand-children and four step great grand-children. Joe graduated from Brownsville High School in 1948 and enlisted in the U.S. Army-Engineer Aviation Battalion (predecessor to the U.S. Air Force) working on airfield construction in England until 1952. He also fostered his life-long love of opera while traveling to London to attend the opera at Covent Garden. Upon his return to the United States, he studied civil engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1957. He then received his Masters Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and continued advanced studies in Geography. Joe's first engineering position was with a civil engineering firm in Baltimore followed by a teaching position in Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  As a true believer in life-long learning, Joe then spent the next 31 years as a Professor of Engineering at the Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny Campus. There he taught civil engineering, geography and mathematics classes to thousands of first and second year students, but also taught classes at the State Correctional Institute at Pittsburgh and various other work sites in the South Hills area while remaining active in the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors. Joe also fostered thousands of students in his role as academic advisor (continuing until 2015) at the Allegheny Campus. He was the advisor who often oriented new advisors and was consulted by them. Often when he and Janet dined at a local restaurant, staff members would come to their table saying: "Professor Bonk, you may not remember me, but you advised me at CCAC-- thank you!" Joe was a member of St. Paul Cathedral, where he attended Mass every Sunday until this February. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Janet Teemer and Joseph G. Bonk Scholarship at the CCAC Educational Foundation or Family Hospice. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. In addition, a memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.

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Anna Catherine McNeill Pasquarelli 

Passed peacefully on Monday March 6, 2017, at age 87, at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville. Beloved and devoted wife of 62 years to the late Joseph Pasquarelli, Sr.; loving mother of Len Pasquarelli (Susan) of Atlanta, GA, Joseph Pasquarelli, Jr. (Alma) of Morningside and of the late David Pasquarelli (Alice), Ruth Ann Neary (Kevin) and John Pasquarelli (Bernadette); daughter of the late Felix and Elinora Hughes McNeill; sister of Robert McNeill of Beechview and of the late Ruth Radocay, Gladys Samuels, "Jack" McNeill and Elizabeth Rold. She will be sorely missed by fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, whom she greatly loved, and numerous nieces and nephews. Anna was born and raised in Bloomfield, and lived there for her entire life, until moving to Canterbury Place in 2008. She was outgoing and gracious, a gentle soul who was giving of her time, loved interacting with people, and was especially proud of her work with the elections board and her many particularly fulfilling years with the  Pittsburgh Food Bank.  She loved cooking for her family and friends and, among other dishes, was especially noted for her meatballs, hot sausage, Pasta "Fazool" and Pizzelles. The Pasquarelli family would like to sincerely thank the entire staff at Canterbury Place, which Anna came to regard as her home in later years, for their loving, attentive and protective care, and to recognize the many cherished friends she made there. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street  (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday 2-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10am. 

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Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D 

Age 90, born in Le Mars, Iowa to Rome and Anna Laura Starzl on March 11, 1926 and passed away on March 4, 2017 in Pittsburgh. Dr. Starzl is the beloved husband of 36 years of Joy Starzl; father of  Timothy Starzl (Bimla) and the late Rebecca Starzl and Thomas F. Starzl; grandfather of Ravi Starzl (Natalie);  cousin of Bob Starzel (Mary Beth); son-in-law of Ollie Conger; brother-in law of Carlos Conger (Glenda) and Julie Jackson (Terry); uncle of Karla Conger, Dena Rees (Larry), Leandra LeBlanc (Quincy), Alex Dietrich (Michael) and Nolan Jackson (Luciana) and brother of Marnie Starzl; in passing he joins his parents and his siblings, John Starzl and Nancy Starzl. There will be no visitation. A memorial service, which is open to the public, will be held at Heinz Memorial Chapel on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00pm. The family requests that no flowers be sent, and that memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburgh Foundation for the Thomas E. Starzl Fund, 5 PPG Place, Suite 250 PittsburghPA 15222 (pittsburghfoundation.org). Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Thomas V. English

March 2, 2017

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Ruth Ann Perlik

 

 

On Wednesday February 8, 2017, beloved wife of the late Francis R. Perlik; mother of Gregory F. Perlik and Amy Dirling (James, Jr.); grandmother of Rebecca and Zachary Dirling and Alexis Perlik; mother-in-law of Samantha Hoffmann, sister of Colleen Giuffre (Joseph), Sharon Spirk (David), Beth Haug (James), Janice Lovey (Mark) and the last Patricia Burgoon, Timothy and John Odes. Friends will be received on Saturday 6-8pm and Sunday 2-4 & 6-8pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am.

 

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John J. Connors

 

 

On Thursday February 2, 2017, beloved husband of Karen Killian Connors; father of Cara L. Connors; son of Virginia Diven Barrett and the late James Connors; step-son of the late Richard C. Barrett; brother of Carolyn Pilewski (Michael), Amy Montgomery, Becky Toomey (Geo) and Ian Barrett (Brandi); also survived by many nieces and nephews. John was a proud veteran of the United States Army. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 2-6pm. Funeral Monday, a Blessing Service will be held in Our Lady of the Rosary Mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery at 11:00am.

 

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Mercy Sounderarajah
 

Mrs. Mercy Sounderarajah passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on February 2, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.  She was a nurturing wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Born in Sri Lanka, Mercy courageously emigrated to the United States in the 1970’s with her husband, the late Dr. Kandan Sounderarajah to pursue the stability and freedoms a life in America provides. Mercy’s professional talents were extensive and ranged widely from nursing to catering to becoming a master seamstress.  Indeed, in Pittsburgh in the 1990’s, her bridal headpieces were the most highly sought-after by fashionable brides as she freelanced out of several of the the most upscale bridal boutiques in the city. As her thousands of friends and family all over the world will attest, Mercy was one of the most generous people they knew.  No possession was too dear that she would not gladly donate it to someone in need.  She had a keen sense of humor, and made any social gathering more convivial because of her presence. Mercy had a life-long unwavering Christian faith, and was a vital member of every church to which she belonged.  She was a member and staunch supporter of the Asian-Indian Christian Church of Pittsburgh (AICCP) for the last 17 years of her life.  AICCP brought her much personal joy in her twilight years. Mercy was deeply loved and is survived by her daughters Dr. Juliet Jegasothy (the late Dr. Brian V. Jegasothy) and Dr. Rose P. Draviam, her son-in-law Mr. Godfrey Draviam, her grandchildren Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy (Stephen Hooper), Mr. S. Manoj Jegasothy, Esq. (Michele Puig-Antich Jegasothy, Esq.), Rajika Emily Reed (Christopher Reed), and Dr. Romesh Draviam (Gaya Draviam).  Mercy’s loving great-grandchildren are:  Catalina Jegasothy, Gabriela Jegasothy, Zia Reed, Eshan Reed and Adrian Draviam. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel  Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 3:30-5:30PM, followed by a memorial service in Mercy’s honor at the Asian-Indian Christian Church of Pittsburgh (1630 Greentree Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15220) Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6:30PM.  Remebrances may be made in Mercy’s honor can be sent to:  AICCP, 1630 Greentree Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

 

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Jennifer Ann Miller Livesay

Jennifer Ann Miller Livesay, Age 57, of Swissvale and was born in Denver Co, passed away peacefully on Friday January 27, 2017 surrounded her  by family and friends following a courageous battle against cancer, leaving behind mother Patricia Miller, sister Gretchen Heller (Bryan), brother John Miller, stepmother Joyce Sowl of Longmont CO, half brothers John Sowl (Annette) of Berthound, CO, Scott Sowl of Tempe AZ and James Sowl of Westminster CO, nieces Sara, Allyson, Emily and nephew Trevor and her three wonderful cats.  Preceding Jennifer in death was her beloved husband Casey Livesay and her father Dr. Dee Sowl of Longmont, CO and her much loved stepfather Richard Miller.  She attended Liberty Grade School, Peabody High School and attended University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Pittsburgh.  For the past seven  years she worked as an accountant  at A.R. Building Company.   A memorial service will be held  at  John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday February 4th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh. 

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Eileen Dexter Campbell
 
Passed peacefully holding the hands of her children in her Fox Chapel home on Saturday January 14, 2017 at age 72. Beloved wife of Charles "Tim" Talbot Campbell, II; mother of Charlene Marie Campbell and Thomas Dexter Campbell. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles Aloysius Dexter and Rose Solomond Dexter. Eileen was the head nurse supervisor of the first Cardio Intensive Care Unit in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the tri-state area at Montefiore Hospital. She was a dedicated mother to her children and volunteered tirelessly at their schools, Winchester Thurston and Shadyside Academy, as well as numerous non-profits in Pittsburgh. A lifelong animal lover and dog owner, her recent years were spent showing her three Champion Glen of Imaal Terriers, Neala, Blarney and Beatrix who provided her with endless joy. Many will remember her as a second Mom or dear friend, who always gave good advice and a warm hug. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Scholastica Church 10:30am. Remembrances may be made to The Animal Rescue League, St. Jude Children's Hospital. Please donate Platelets and Blood to the local blood bank.

 

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Robert Brennan Egan 

Robert Brennan Egan, 86, of Gulf Stream, FL and formerly of Fox Chapel, PA, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017 in the company of his wife Barbara and family. He was born on January 4, 1931, son of Judge John P. and Luceille Murray Egan of Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, and subsequently received a BA from Yale College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. In 1956, he married the former Ann Ames Midwood of Nayatt Point, Rhode Island with whom he had four children.  

Bob began his professional career with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation.  Over the next 28 years he was promoted through increasingly challenging sales and marketing roles, culminating in his elevation to Group President of the Metals and Metal Products Group of Allegheny International.  In 1985, Bob and an investor group acquired Alloys Rods Corporation, a specialty welding products manufacturer.  As Chairman and CEO of Alloy Rods, he significantly increased sales and profitability by developing innovative products and opening production facilities in Asia and Europe.  He sold Alloy Rods in 1989 to The ESAB Group.  Bob served on numerous corporate boards, including Titanium Metals Corporation of America, Rob Roy Industries and Elliott Turbomachinery. 

He loved golf – the competition, the traditions and the lifelong friendships developed through the game. Bob always worked on “his game” and rarely shied away from offering swing advice to anyone who asked.  He was particularly proud of his numerous club championship titles, as well as his 1992 victory in the Western Pennsylvania Senior Amateur Championship. Bob served as President of the Fox Chapel Golf Club and President of the Pennsylvania Golf Association. He was a long-time member of the United States Seniors’ Golf Association and a regular competitor on the Pennsylvania team of the Lesley Cup.    

Bob also gave back to the community, especially to organizations providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. He was particularly committed to the mission of Gateway Rehab serving as a long-term board member and then Chairman of the Board from 1990 to 1995.  He also served as a Trustee of Shady Side Hospital for many years.  While in Florida, he supported Wayside House in Delray Beach, FL.  Bob also served as an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Marketing at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University for several years.

Most of all, Bob will be remembered for his love of family, friends and life.  He never lost his passion for getting the most out of each day, celebrating time spent with his numerous grandchildren, extended family and lifelong friends. He loved to meet new people, enthusiastically sharing his energy and sense of humor.  Bob happily imparted his pearls of wisdom and life advice to his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Bubs.”

He is survived by his wife Barbara Forrester Egan, who brought him great joy and happiness in his later life. He is predeceased by his first wife Ann Midwood Egan, to whom he was married 55 years.  He is also survived by his children, Robert B. Egan, Jr., of Oakland CA; Emily E. Thomas of Wilmette, IL; George M. Egan of Jacksonville, FL; and Sarah E. Hebert of South Berwick, ME; daughters-in-law Kimberly W. Egan and Anne T. Egan; sons-in-law Douglas P. Thomas and Edward A. Hebert; and eleven grandchildren.

The family suggests remembrances to Gateway Rehab, 311 Rouser Road, Moon Township, PA 15108 www.gatewayrehab.org.  A service will be held this spring in Pittsburgh in celebration of his wonderful life. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Maxine Niehoff 

 

Peacefully, and surrounded by her family, Maxine Niehoff, 81, passed away on Friday January 13, 2017. Maxine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Niehoff. She is survived by her children, Judge Jill Rangos (John), Janet Laughlin (Brett), Jack Horner (Meg); and her stepchildren, Michael Niehoff, M.D. (Betsy), Fred Niehoff (Kris) and Nancy Niehoff. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, Virginia (Paul), John, Nick, Tyler, Elaina, Fergus, Griffin, Kate (Fred), Tessa, Stacey and Abbie. Maxine was a trained ballerina, whose love of dance defined her. Performance discipline translated naturally to professional discipline, and she eventually joined the family real estate business and later became a commercial appraiser for Chambers Development Co. An active member of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County, Maxine served for many years as Judge of Elections in Churchill Borough. In retirement, she enjoyed Pitt Football tailgates, cooking, sewing and—despite vision impairment—watercolor painting. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. only,  and Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9-10 a.m., with a service immediately following in the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests helping families whose kids love dance by donating to “Ken & Jean Dance Studio,” 906 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, Pa. 15137.

 

 

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Thomas A. Spyke

 

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Thomas A. Spyke. Father of Harrison L. Spyke and Grant Spyke. Grandfather of Hope Catherine Spyke. Brother of Peter Spyke and Barbara Spyke. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Thomas was born in Florida and moved to Pittsburgh in 1994 converting to an avid Steelers and Pirates fan. Friends will be received at John A Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Friday from 5-8pm. A memorial service will be held in Florida to be announced at a later date. 

 

 

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Joel Paul Harris Hahn 

 

 

On Tuesday January 3, 2017 of Allegheny City, Pittsburgh. Joel was born in Pittsburgh on October 6, 1947 and was the beloved son of the late Kenneth Cook Hahn, Sr. and Geneva Harris Hahn. Grandson of the late Honorable John P. Harris, who opened the world's first motion picture theatre in Pittsburgh in June 1905, and Eleanor Davis Harris. Loving brother of Cynthia Hahn Yothers of Chevy Chase, MD and Bedford, PA and the late Kenneth Cook Hahn, Jr. Joel was a graduate of the University School, Pittsburgh and Miami Dade College, Miami, FL. After 20 years of working in New York City he returned to Pittsburgh and spent many years working in the paralegal field. He served as a trustee of the John H. Harris Charitable Foundation established by his late uncle, John H. Harris and Joel's mother, Geneva Harris Hahn. Mr. Hahn is a member of the Epiphany Church, Pittsburgh where he volunteered for many years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday  4-7pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, Epiphany Church 10am. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Remembrances may be made to Epiphany Church, 184 Washington Place, Pgh., PA 15219 or a charity of your choosing.

 

 

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Reverend John M. O'Toole 

On Tuesday December 20, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, beloved son of the late John and Catherine O'Toole; brother of Kathleen Martin (Al) and the late Patrick O'Toole (late Mary Ann); also survived by three nieces, three nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Ordained in 1967 and retiring in 2005, Father O'Toole served the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in many capacities as the former Secretary to Bishop Vincent M. Leonard, Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, Director of the Vocation Office, Administrator and Pastor of St. Mary of Mercy Parish, Administrator of St. John Capistran Parish,  and also served for periods of time at St. Susanna Parish, St. Joan of Arc Parish, St. Luke Parish, and Sacred Heart Parish. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday December 28 from 6-8pm and Thursday December 29, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, December 30, 2016, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral, 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to the "Red Door" at St. Mary of Mercy Parish, 202 Stanwix Street PGH, PA 15222.

 

 

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Carmen J. Torockio
 
Carmen J. Torockio passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Born in Derry, Pennsylvania, on April 28, 1942, he was the son of Carmen and Concetta Torockio. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Adele; his children, Christopher, Susan, and Daniel; their spouses Halle, Jason, and Emily; grandchildren, Jordan, Giovanni, Jacob, and Vincent; brothers Franklin and Donald; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A graduate of Robert Morris College, the University of Baltimore, and the Harvard Corporate MBA program, Carmen was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 30 years, most recently serving as Assistant Corporate Controller; he later served for eight years as the Budget Director of Allegheny County. Upon retiring, Carmen maintained an active life at the Pittsburgh Field Club, where he was 2016’s “most improved golfer,” and traveling the world with his wife, Adele. There will be no visitation; a Memorial Mass will be held Friday, December 30, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Church, 342 Dorseyville Road in O’Hara Township, followed by a reception at 11:30 at the Pittsburgh Field Club, 121 Field Club Road, Fox Chapel. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 
 

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Katherine Mary Reid
  

 

On Thursday December 15, 2016. Known as Kay, Katie or Kinka by her beloved family and devoted friends. Daughter of the late Katherine Reilly Reid and B. Meredith Reid of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Eden Hall, Convent at the Sacred Heart, Torresdale, PA. Received her B.A. Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA and her Masters Degree, University of Pittsburgh. She was a Communicant at St. Paul Cathedral, where she was also a member of the choir. A member also of the Associated Alumnae of the Scared Heart, and a former member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh.

She was a former member of the American Red Cross Hospital at Walson Army Hospital in NJ and a former teacher both in Hollister, California and Pittsburgh Public School and a lay member of the Order of St. Francis. She is survived by her sister Camilla Reid Kuhn Quinn and husband William A. Quinn of Mountainside, NJ, and brothers Ambrose B. Reid II of Falls Church, VA and Patrick Meredith Reid of Grand Residence, Pittsburgh. She was predeceased by her sister Patti Reid of San Francisco and is also survived by her cousin and caregiver Nancy Vilsack Barna and husband Pat of Oakmont, Suzanne Vilsack Gero of Los Angeles, CA, Mary Pat Reilly Benson and husband Honorable Kenneth Benson of Mount Lebanon, PA, Carol and Thomas F. Reid, Pittsburgh; Her nieces Lucy Hopkins Kuhn of New York City, and Emma Kuhn Halik (Danny) of Ramsey, NJ. Nephews Mark D. Kuhn, M.D. (Jean) of Yardley, PA. Thomas B. Reid (Micky) of Florida, A. Kirk Reid (Lori) of Falls Church, VA, and 10 grand nieces and nephews. In addition two former sister-in-law’s, Rebecca C. Reid of The Villages, Florida, and Rozanne Reid of Jacksonville, FL. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 1-4pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in her memory to St. Paul Cathedral or UPMC Seneca Place.

 

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Eugene M. Kail 

Eugene M. Kail passed away at his home in Squirrel Hill on Friday December 16, 2016 of complications related to Parkinson's Disease. He was born in 1944 in Pittsburgh's famous Hill District. He is survived by brothers Richard J. Kail (Shirley) and Robert P. Kail and seven other siblings he referred to as Brother, Sister and Cousins because they were raised as a part of the same household; as well as nieces, nephews. cousins and surrogate members in significant numbers. Even after retiring for health reasons, he maintained a heavy schedule of board memberships and service projects, including the boards of Central Catholic High School and the Seton Center for Intergenerational Programming. For several years he was the Co-chair of the annual fundraiser for the Parkinson's Foundation Western Pa. He also did much of the promotional work for Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church and other religious organizations. For 20 years Mr. Kail served on the faculty of Central Catholic High School as teacher, Department Chair and Assistant Principal. He also served as Coordinator of English for the schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He left to create the Office of Advancement for the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He left the diocese after two years to create Eugene M. Kail & Associates where for almost a quarter of a century he provided services in Communications, Education and Training. His corporate list was extensive and country wide. Performing professionally under the name Gene Kail, he became quite popular locally as an actor and singer, appearing frequently in local theaters. His theater background enabled him to develop a large practice in writing, directing and performing in trade shows in all parts of the country. As a writer, Mr. Kail turned out a constant series of magazines and newspaper articles, as well as promotional pieces. His writing career culminated in the publication of his book of memories entitled "Praying for Freckles". Mr. Kail was named a Diamond Key Coach in competitive speech and debate. He was also a recipient of the Award of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association, and was named to Who's Who in Pennsylvania. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, Epiphany Church at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue, Pgh., PA 15226 or the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania, 575 Lincoln Avenue. Bellevue, PA 15102 or the Central Catholic HS Scholarship Fund, 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pgh.,PA 15213.

 

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Otto Harry Gruner III 

Otto Harry Gruner III, 89, died peacefully December 9th with his wife Nancy and daughter, Alexandra at his bedside. A resident of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania since 1962, Harry had moved to Longwood Retirement Community in Oakmont, Pennsylvania in 2011 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Born July 27, 1927, he was the son of Otto Harry Gruner, Jr. and Harriet Coffin of Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York. Harry graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 1946 and from Yale University in 1950. He majored in U.S. history and played tennis, soccer, hockey, rugby and court ball.  While at Yale he was in the naval officers training program, afterwards serving as a lieutenant, junior grade, with his final posting in the Engineering Department of the “Coral Sea”, one of the Midway class aircraft carriers, then the largest in the U.S. Navy. Following his tour in the Navy he entered a sales training program at Manning, Maxwell and Moore, manufacturer of material handling equipment located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he and George Follansbee co-founded Follansbee & Gruner, Inc. where he was President until his retirement in 1998.  Chief among his volunteer activities was his 20-year service as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee on the board of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, one of the few regional hospitals that survived the period with an independent board. He was a volunteer with the Fox Chapel Fire Department and Chairman of the Fox Chapel Golf Club Greens Committee for many years. Harry was a gifted and enthusiastic fisherman, hunter and athlete who played multiple games on multiple teams in multiple venues. He spent parts of many summers on Fishers Island, NY in contented pursuit of bluefish, striped bass, flounder, fluke and golf balls. He once claimed that he really only answered the phone in hopes it would be someone inviting him to go fishing. Which he would do anywhere, but most happily for Atlantic salmon in Quebec, Iceland or the River Tweed. He was a gentleman, “old school” in the best way, approachable and appreciated by folks from all walks of life. Most memorably, Harry was funny, blessed with a gentle, wry sense of humor that endeared him to everyone he met and will be terribly missed. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Evans Gruner, his children, Dr. Sam Evans Gruner(Leslie Goss), Harry Siegfried Gruner(Rebecca Henry), Alexandra Coffin Gruner(David Riley) and seven grandchildren, William E., Harry B., Angus G., Ellory G., George C., Emma D. and Charles H. His beloved younger sister Harriet Gruner Ross Rockefeller (Sue) predeceased him on Christmas morning, 2014. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5801 Hampton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 on Saturday, January 7th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the West Penn Hospital Foundation, 4818 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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John Gus Nicholas

On Wednesday December 14, 2016, beloved father of Nicholas John Nicholas and Vanessa Nicholas Vega (Michael); grandfather of Tatiana and Michael Vega; brother of Maria Reveliotis and the late Andrew Nicholas; also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until a funeral service at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

 

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Maj. William J. Noel

Maj. William J. Noel (ret), 71, of Alexandria, VA, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Bill was a devout Catholic, decorated veteran, and loving family man. Originally from the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Bill was born Feb. 10, 1945, to the late Ferdinand W. Noel and Lillian F. Kiley. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Kathleen Noel, son, Rev. Brian Noel, sister, Mary J. Noel of Rockledge, FL, sister, Ginger (Richard) Thomas of Fenwick Island, DE, brother, Richard Noel of Pittsburgh, aunt, Loretta Cummins of Johnstown, PA, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom he dearly loved. Bill was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School and Duquesne University. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force, through two tours in Vietnam as a B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer, with several commendations, including multiple conferrals of the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism.  After the military, Bill worked in the private sector for government contract firms, while staying active in his parish and serving his community through multiple volunteer projects, most recently with the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday, December 12, from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, December 13, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral at 10am. Interment with full military honors to follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, at 1pm. In your charity, memorial donations may be made to the Nuns of Saint Dominic’s Monastery, Linden, VA (www.lindenopnuns.org)

 

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Darlene M. Casey 

On Tuesday December 6, 2016, beloved wife of Donald T. Casey, Jr.; sister of John H. Evans; sister in law of Carol Casey (late Tim), Mary Ellen Bodnar (Steve), Michael Casey (Ruth), Kevin Casey (Elaine); also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews; daughter of the late Jean Evans. Darlene was a librarian with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh working at various branches throughout her 42 year career and was a graduate and former basketball player at St. Paul Cathedral High School. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Wednesday 6-8pm and Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Friday Mass of Christian Burial, St. Mary of Mercy Church (Downtown) 10am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society at WPAHumane.com

 

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Judith M. Gibson

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Judy Gibson. Wife of the late David Gibson, Sr. Cherished mother of David Gibson, Jr., Robin Poth (Joe), Kelly Gibson, (Rege) and Shannon Gibson. Special Grandma of Rick (Racheal), Michael, Cara, Nick, Cailee and Emma Poth, Dustin and Nicole Grabowski and Jordan Reiff. Proud Gi Gi of Alona and Stefen Poth. Sister of Joyce Haggerty and the late Gerard "Bucky", Kenny and Paul Mildrich. Daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Higgins Mildrich, Sister in law of Vicky Mildrich and Catherine Bell. Also survived by many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, especially Theresa Bauer. Judy was the receptionist at Freyvogel Funeral Home for 30 years. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at  Devonshire Street on Thursday and Friday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, Our Lady of the Angels Church, St. Augustine Parish 11:30am. Remembrances may be made in Judy's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929, Fr. Flanangan's Boys Home, 200 Flanagan Blvd., P.O. Box 6000, Boys Town, NE 68010-9988 or to the Disabled American Vets, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45230-0301. The family would like to thank Dr. Analo and her staff for the kind and compassionate care Judy received.

 

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Margaret McGinley Conley

Peggy, as she was known to family and friends, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the age of 101. She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence J. Conley and loving mother of Dr. Thomas Conley and his wife Marylyn, Judith Stafford, widow of John, and James Conley. She is survived by nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, her youngest sister Bernadette Plantes, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Mary Hyland McGinley, her oldest son, Joseph, and her sisters Catherine McGovern and Veronica Devlin. A gracious, faith-filled woman, a tireless volunteer, especially to the Meals on Wheels program, and a role model to family and friends, Peggy will be greatly missed. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday December 11 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Scholastica Church in Aspinwall on Monday, December 12 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her honor to her alma mater Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, 15213, or to Marian Manor Skilled Nursing Home, 2695 Winchester Drive, 15220, where she received excellent and compassionate care for many years.

 

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Mayvis Wageman Baumann

 

On Monday December 5, 2016, Mayvis Wageman Baumann, age 83. Beloved wife of the late Dwight M. Baumann. Mother of Susan Wittrock (Gary), Stephen D. Baumann (Lisa) and Sandra Sullivan. Grandmother of Jacob and Jonah Wittrock, Scotty Baumann and Julius and Jamal Sullivan. Great grandmother of Shiloh Wittrock. Sister of the late Laverne Giedt. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday December 10 in the Bellefield Presbyterian Church, 1pm. Interment will be private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Louise M. Sullivan

 

On Monday December 5, 2016, beloved daughter of the late Bertha K. and James P. Sullivan. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00a.m.

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Gary Vincent Giampolo  

At age 62, a life-long resident of Panther Hollow in the Oakland neighborhood passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016. He is the beloved son of the late Carl and Irma Scenna Giampolo and is survived by his son Gary Scalise (Lorraine), grandchildren Alexis and Dante, brother Carlino, and sister Carol Speck (Regis). He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved Gary. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Duquesne University. Throughout his life, he worked for various corporations and was a self-employed entrepreneur in construction and home remodeling. He was an active participant in the community and a member of St. Paul Cathedral and the Ryan Catholic Newman Center. His quick wit and colorful array of different hats brought laughter and joy to friends and acquaintances. Throughout his life, he was a very generous giver of his time and talents to others. He loved spending most of his free time with family and friends, driving to Seven Springs, and selling antiques at flea markets. His generosity extended beyond death when many of his vital organs were donated to CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education). Friends will be received Thursday 2-4 and 6-8p.m. at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10 a.m. Remembrances in Gary's name may be made to Central Catholic High School. 

 

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Gerald N. Potts
 

Jerry passed peacefully, on Sunday, November 27, 2016, after a lengthy illness.  He was the father of Catherine Houston (Robert), Thomas Potts (Linda) and Alice Potts; brother of Larry Potts (Celeste); and, grandfather of Lillie and Paul Houston, Michael Potts, and Emily and Betsy Goldemen.  Jerry was born on April 10, 1933 and raised in Franklin, NC and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School. Upon discharge from his service in the United States Army, Jerry began his career at Vulcan Inc., Latrobe, PA for 28 years where he held a variety of leadership positions.  He then worked for Teledyne, Inc. and retired from Woodings-Verona Tool Works, Verona PA.   Jerry was an avid skier and encouraged many to take up the sport join in the fun. During his retirement years, Jerry volunteered through his church and traveled to impoverished areas and places affected by natural disasters.  Jerry also served as a volunteer with Forbes Hospice.  Jerry had many interests, which including, traveling, reading, biking, cooking, and supporting the arts.  Jerry was a true gentleman and respected, loved and admired by all who knew him. Jerry is survived by Conrad Bricker, his partner of 25 years. Many thanks go to Charlene Presken, Jerry’s personal care giver for the last four years and everyone at Asbury Heights for the loving care during the last three and a half years of Jerry’s life. Friends will be received on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church beginning at 12:30 pm in the Sharp Atrium, followed by a memorial service beginning at 2 pm in the sanctuary. Remembrances may be made to Asbury Heights, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243; Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15232; or, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.  Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Mary Lee (Feeney) Schneider 

 

Formerly of Fox Chapel, died on Wed., Nov. 23rd 2016 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of 63 years to Robert L. Schneider; mother of Robert L. Schneider, Jr., Susan Taylor (Joseph), Mary Lee Schneider (Edward Flam), and predeceased by son William Michael. Grandmother to Stephen Taylor, Emily Wilkinson (Joshua), Maureen Taylor, Adam Flam, and Lauren Schneider. Great grandmother to Hunter Wilkinson, Liesl Wilkinson, and Konrad Wilkinson. Daughter of the late John Feeney and Mary (Kirby) Feeney. Predeceased by brother Jack Feeney (Eleanor Schano), sister Nancy Feeney Kuhn, and brother Daniel K. Feeney (Paula). Friends will be received at  John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday, December 2nd from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Saturday December 3rd, Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Avenue, at 11 a.m. Private interment at Calvary Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation at 3339 Ward St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Attn. Jean Nelson.

 

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Richard Dexter Baker, Jr.

 

On Monday November 21, 2016, beloved husband of 65 years of Anne Eisaman Baker; father of Richard Dexter Baker, III of Islamorada, FL, Meg Baker Ownbey (Tom) of Atlanta, GA and the late Susan Dunstan Baker; grandfather of Morgan Stiles Ownbey (Caitlyn) and Porter Akins Ownbey. Mr. Baker was a 1943 graduate of Shady Side Academy and was appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he spent a year in the North Atlantic and graduated in 1946 as an Ensign USNR and Third Officer of the Maritime Service. Upon his discharge, he continued his education at Williams College. Following graduation from Williams in 1949, he went to work for the Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical Co. that later merged with Shenango, Inc. He retired in 1986 as Manager of Coke, Iron and By-Product sales. He was a member of the American Iron & Steel Institute, American Coke and Chemicals Institute, American Foundrymen's Society and Director of Lockhart Iron & Steel Co. Mr. Baker was an active member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church since 1938, serving the church as Deacon, Elder, Trustee and Church Treasurer. Friends will be received on Saturday December 3, 2016 one hour prior to a 2pm Memorial Service in Shadyside Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Verland Foundation, 212 Iris Road, Sewickley, PA 15143, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, PGH, PA 15232 or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Helen A. "Hum" Dever

 

 

Born on August 18, 1928 in Mercy Hospital to Raymond C. and Margaret Lynn Dever and died on Monday November 14, 2016. Helen graduated from St. Philomena Grade School in Squirrel Hill, Sacred Heart High School in Shadyside and attended Seton Hill College and Duquesne University. A former teacher at St. Stephen's Grade School in Hazelwood, and 20 year underwriter for Bituminous Casualty Insurance Company,  she was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters, Mary Ann O'Connor, Rosemary Ross and Lynn Anthony Dever of  New Port Richey, Florida, and is survived by one niece, Margaret J. Ross, great niece Heidy Garth, great nephews Fr. Terry O'Connor and Corey O'Connor, and many more great nieces and nephews. As "Hum" always said, "Keep the faith!" Friends will be received on Thursday, one hour prior to a 10:30am Mass of Christian Burial in St. Therese Church, Munhall. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Bob O'Connor Foundation (www.boboconnorfoundation.com). Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Yvonne Bohatch Maher, M.D. 

Dr. Yvonne Bohatch Maher, 66, of Fox Chapel passed away November 2, 2016 at home surrounded by family.  She was born on February 8, 1950 in Akron, OH to the late Andrew J. and Helen I. Bohatch. Yvonne was the valedictorian of the class of 1968 of Villa Maria High School in Villa Maria, PA.  She began her professional training and long association with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., by earning a B.S. in Biology in 1972 and a M.D. in 1976.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown in 1979 prior to moving to Pittsburgh and joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Yvonne pursued additional training in Cardiology, completing her fellowship in 1989 at Allegheny General Hospital.  She was a founding partner of the Pennsylvania Heart Group, where she practiced cardiology at both St. Francis and Allegheny General Hospitals until her retirement in 2014. Yvonne led a life of service to others including her patients, favorite charitable organizations, and as a member of both the Board of Regents and Board of Directors of Georgetown University. It was to her family, however, that she directed the full measure of her love and dedication.  She was married on August 18, 1973 at St. Paul’s Parish in Salem, OH and is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, Dr. Thomas D. Maher, Jr. and loving children Timothy J. Maher (Lauren) of Annapolis, MD, Andrew C. Maher (Jamie) of Wexford, PA, Dr. Katherine A. Maher (David Benchener) of Alexandria, VA, Dr. Michael H. Maher (Meghan) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Thomas D. Maher, III of Fox Chapel, PA.   Yvonne is also survived by her sisters Colette B. Mehle (Roger) of Washington, D.C., and Therese B. Gaus of San Francisco, CA, brother-in-law Dr. John C. Maher, Sr. (Mary Ellen) of Pittsburgh PA, and stepbrothers D. Colby Vincent of Douglas, GA and J. Scott Vincent of Tampa, FL.  She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law William Gaus, parents-in-law Thomas D. Maher Sr. and Frances N. Maher of Pittsburgh, and stepfather Donald L. Vincent of Salem, OH.  Yvonne was the proud grandmother of Lillian, Charles, Lucy, Robert, Joseph, and Patrick. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday 2-4pm and Sunday 1-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Scholastica Church at 10am. (Everyone please gather at church)  Remembrances may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor at 1028 Benton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

 

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Ruth Donnelly Egler

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, beloved wife of the late Frederick N. Egler, Esq.; beloved mother of Frederick N. Egler, Jr. (Kathleen Buechel), Mary Jo Egler, Anne L. Egler, Ruth Egler Hiatt (Ronald Hiatt), John C. Egler, Margaret M. Egler, William D. Egler, Peter J. Egler, Frances L. Egler, Thomas E. Egler (Margaret Webb Egler) and Rachel A. Egler, M.D.; beloved grandmother of eleven grandchildren; sister of the late Thomas J. Donnelly and William R. Donnelly; sister-in-law of Marilyn P. Donnelly; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday and Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to Oakland Catholic High School.

 

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Donald Kyle McQuade
  

Donald Kyle McQuade of Mt. Lebanon, PA passed away peacefully with a family dog by his side on October 28, 2016 at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his parents James H. and Anna Kyle McQuade, brother, William McQuade, sister, Nancy Deely, brother, James McQuade and daughter Kyle Shaffer. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gene Louise McQuade of Mt. Lebanon, PA, daughter Kevin McQuade Helmick, granddaughters Jennifer McGlincy and Sarah Shaffer, grandsons Jason Shaffer and Garner Helmick and four great-grandchildren: Kyle Moreira, Tyler Moreira, Pippa McGlincy and Skylar Helmick. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 21, 1924, he lived a long, rich life filled with devotion to his city, work, country, faith and all animals, but especially man’s best friend. Don spoke fondly of his mischief at Central Catholic High School and proudly of the University of Pittsburgh ’48 where he met his wife, Gene and earned a B.S in Petroleum Engineering. He left his thumbprint on the city of Pittsburgh through construction projects completed by his family’s company, James H. McQuade & Sons and later as an engineer for Mobil Oil Co. Don spent every Sunday morning walking to mass at St. Bernards Catholic Parish in Mt. Lebanon and worshiped the Steelers in the afternoon. His immense faith in God saw him through his time as a Prisoner of War in Germany during World War II for which he served as Flight Officer and Bombardier for the United Stated Army Air Force ’45. And though his professional and military accomplishments were many and great, Don would want to be remembered for his kind heart, quick wit and undying adoration for all animals and specifically dogs to which he lovingly referred as his favorite “people.” His family hopes all of his favorite “people” were there to greet him in heaven. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, a graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery at 12Noon. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made in his name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd. PGH, PA 15237 (www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org)

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Georgia Dale Cardamone Hernandez  

Georgia Dale Cardamone Hernandez died October 28, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, ending a life filled with accomplishment, important work, much family and many friends.  She was preceded by her parents, Frank and Annie Cardamone, and is survived by her husband, Robert M. Hernandez, her sister Maria Cardamone Ohl, her sister Milady Cardamone Broekstra, and her brother Frank James Cardamone, Jr. Georgia was born in Americus, Georgia on November 13, 1944 but grew up in the Brookline section of Pittsburgh, PA.  She attended public schools, graduating from South Hills High School in 1962.  She attended several universities as she moved around the country with her husband, but eventually was certified in Pedology with high honors at the Community College of Allegheny County.  Georgia’s deep love for children was demonstrated in her work.  She taught at and rose to be the Director of Beth El Nursery School in Greentree.  She was also a past President of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), a member of NAEYC and a member of the boards of directors of Child Watch and Allies for Children.  Since 2003, Georgia Chaired the Advisory Board of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children Youth and Families.  She also served on the boards of numerous not for profit organizations, most of them dealing with children, and supervised practica and student teachers’ field experiences for local universities. Georgia was honored in August of this year by the Allegheny County Council for her work with children spanning 43 years.  At that time the Georgia Hernandez Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Practice was announced.  This award will be presented annually to an exemplary caseworker during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Georgia’s unbounded kindness and generosity inspired many.  She was dearly loved by many more.  A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA on November 5, 2016 at 10:00 am.  Georgia asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Hillman Cancer Center, Magee-Woman’s Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Alzheimer’s Disease Research or a charity of choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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 Lawrence D. Ellis, M.D.

On Friday, October 14, 2016, beloved husband of Jacqueline C. Ellis; father of Thomas D. Ellis (Phyllis), Holly E. Eisenbrandt (Peter), Jerome M. Ellis (Heather) and the late Mary Christine Ellis; also survived by nineteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; brother of the late Edwin F. Ellis, Robert S. Ellis, Jr. Elizabeth Jane Ellis, Joanne Gray, and John K. Ellis. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Leukemia& Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or online at donate.lls.org.

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Bernadette Sullivan Butler 

On Monday October 10, 2016 at age 88, beloved wife of the late John B. "Jack" Butler; father of Maureen Butler (Robert Maier), John Patrick Butler, Michael William Butler (Shari), Bernadette Hobart (Tom), Kathleen M. Butler (Michael Ruffolo), Kevin Aidan Butler (Diane), Timothy J. Butler (Alison) and Mariann Butler; daughter of the late Beatrice and William Sullivan; sister of the late Helen Ward and William Sullivan; also survived by 15 grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday and Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, Sacred Heart Church 11am. 

 

 

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Marie Jones Everett

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Marie Jones Everett quietly passed away.  Most recently she was a residence of The Pines of Mt. Lebanon.  She is survived by her three children: Edward R. Everett, Jr., Keith M. Everett (Linda) and Renee' M. Ford (Herbert). Siblings; Joyce Diggs (Harvey) of Suffolk, VA and Thurman Jones (Onita), Chesapeake, VA. Four grandchildren; Edward A. Everett, Christopher L. Everett (Jennifer), Garry E. Ware, Jr., and Shanice R. Levine.  Two great-granddaughters; Payton Marie Everett and Olivia Lee Everett. Close family friend, Curtis and Barbara Sumpter. Marie was predeceased in death by her husband, Edward R. Everett, Sr. and son Phillip I. Everett.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire on Monday 2-4pm and 6-8pm where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11am.  In lieu of flowers the family is requesting you to make a memorial contribution to either: Memory Matters, P.O. Box 22330, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 or the Alzheimer's Association.

 

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Martin Joseph Coyne

Martin Joseph Coyne, age 89, formerly of County Galway, Ireland and London, England, passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 5, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Bridget Flaherty Coyne. Loving and devoted father of Bridget, Martin, Colleen, Maura Coyne, Eileen Joyce (Bill) and the late Sean J. Coyne and Infant Karen. Son of the late Martin and Bridget Coyne. Brother of Bridget Teresa Sullivan and the late Michael Coyne and Mary Thorton. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Martin was born on October 18, 1926 in Curr Maam, County Galway, Ireland, immigrated to the United States from London, England in 1947, and settled in Pittsburgh. Martin was a lifelong employee of J&L Steel. He was a devout Catholic and proudly served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army.  The family would like to thank the staff at Wexford House for the exceptional care he received. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday in St. Paul Cathedral at 10a.m. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Robert B. Sommer

On Monday September 19, 2016, Robert B. Sommer, age 69. Beloved husband of Christine Reilly Sommer. Father of Brian Sommer (Holly Houston Sommer) and Jessica Sommer (Matthew Terry). Grandfather of Ronan and Pearse Sommer, and Reilly and William Robert Terry. Brother of Ronald Sommer (Suzanne) and Jack Sommer (Linda). Also survived by nieces and nephews. Son of the late Robert V. and Geraldine V. Sommer. Bob was a 1969 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with high honors.  After college, he served in the peace corps teaching under privileged children.  In 1973, he graduated with distinction from Harvard Law School and promptly began a long and distinguished career as a corporate litigator at Kirkpatrick and Lockhart.  A man of great conviction, he balanced his demanding legal career with a commitment to Neighborhood Legal Services where he served as a Board member and President. In 2001, he co-founded the law firm of Hergenroeder, Rega and Sommer, where he concentrated on securities litigation.  Towards the end of his career, he was a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and he later served as counsel at Morella and Associates. While he had an immensely successful career, his greatest passion and joy was for family and golf.  His four beautiful grandkids, were without a doubt, the greatest single joy of his life. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in honor of his lifelong commitment to underserved communities can be sent to Neighborhood Legal Services or the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Thursday in Heinz Chapel at 2pm. 

 

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Stephen Darrell Mullins, M.D. 

Stephen Darrell Mullins, M.D., 59, died September 16, 2016 of natural causes. A well respected child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Mullins was a passionate advocate for the mentally ill homeless population and for children at risk for mental illness.  He cared deeply for his patients and they for him. He attended Carson Newman College, University of Tennessee School of Medicine and did his psychiatry residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York.  He also earned a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Mullins worked as Medical Director of Forensic Services in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, as a consultant to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Victims of Violence Project in Bangkok, Thailand, as Medical Director for Homeless Shelters and for Refugee Camps. For the last 24 years, he lived and worked in Pittsburgh as an adult, and child and adolescent psychiatrist, including serving as Medical Director of the Hill Satellite Clinic and working as a psychiatrist at Friendship Academy since 2005. Dr. Mullins spent part of his childhood as the son of medical missionaries in Indonesia, and was a world traveler all his life.  He shared his love of the world, traveling with his nieces and nephews from Vietnam to Patagonia to Scotland and beyond.     He loved the Pittsburgh Penguins, cooking, (especially sate & paella), biking, hiking, and his family and friends. Dr. Mullins was preceded in death by his parents Dr. L.D. and Mrs. Juanita Mullins of Erwin, Tennessee.  He is survived by his brother, Dr. Brent Mullins (Kimbrough) and sisters Mrs. Marcia Mullins Smyth (Phillip) and Mrs. Para Mullins Smith (David), by 8 nieces and nephews, Nicholaus, Monique, Deylan, Austin, Trinity, Carson, Tanner and Jack, and by numerous other family members and dear friends, all of whom will all miss him mightily. Services for Dr. Mullins will be on Saturday September 24, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Erwin, Tennessee.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or an organization of donor’s choice. A separate memorial gathering will also be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in November, (to be announced). Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). 

 

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Jody Lange

 

On Friday, September 16, 2016 at age 65, beloved wife of Thomas W. Conrad; mother of Madeleine and Charles Lange; step-mother of Anne and Jane Conrad; sister of Frank Coshey Smith, MD; also survived by many cousins and friends. Jody was a Managing Director, Chief Creative Officer at Burson-Marsteller, where she worked for the past 21 years and formed countless cherished relationships with her colleagues. She held a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Advertising from Penn State University and, at 53, earned a Master's in Communications Planning and Information Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She also taught marketing classes at Duquesne University and CMU, where she was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence. An oft-recipient and judge of the American Advertising Federation's prestigious ADDY Awards, Jody was inducted into the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Hall of Fame in 2012 in recognition of her work on accounts for Coca Cola, Stouffer's, Iron City and many others. In addition to these accomplishments, Jody was an adept flea marketer, knitting enthusiast, devoted fiction bookworm, gin connoisseur, Rolling Stones fanatic, yin ("as opposed to yang," she'd say) yoga practitioner, water aerobics ace and die-hard Democrat. But more than anything, Jody was a master of words -- written, spoken and even sung (she was an excellent jingle-writer) -- and she and only she would be able to find the right ones to describe just how loved she is and how missed she'll be. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday September 22, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 24, 2016 in Calvary Episcopal Church at 1:00pm.

 

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Barbara Lee Owens Stamy

On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at age 90, long-time Fox Chapel resident Barbara Stamy died peacefully at Longwood at Oakmont.  Beloved wife for 50 years of the late Lloyd Franklin Stamy, she was also predeceased by her parents, Jonathan Lee Owens and Ruth Loucié Hogan Owens, as well as a younger sister, Shirley Ruth Owens Triplett (Mrs. William W. Triplett, Jr.).  A devoted and loving mother to Lloyd Franklin Stamy, Jr. (Mary Margaret) of Fox Chapel, Stephen Reese Stamy of Shadyside, Cynthia Scott Stamy of London, England, and Susan Blythe Stamy Peterson of Charleston, South Carolina, Barbara is also survived by three cherished grandchildren – Caroline MacLauchlin Stamy, Hayden Grace Stamy and Jonathan Patton Stamy.

 

A Regent Square native, Barbara was valedictorian of the 1943 class at Wilkinsburg High School.  Awarded a Senatorial full academic scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, she majored in English and Psychology, earning her bachelor’s degree in three years by attending both the University of Wisconsin and the School of Music at Carnegie-Mellon University during the summers to study drama and music.  Many years later, in 1972, she also earned a master’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. An adventuresome world traveler and voracious reader, Barbara was passionate about life and virtually everyone she met, and through song – many others she hadn’t.  Conveying her love of people and life through music was a half century-long endeavor, as her professional singing career spanned six decades – from the mid 1940s through the early 1990s.  She was presented by The Pittsburgh Concert Society and appeared in Civic Light Opera and Pittsburgh Playhouse productions.  Beyond appearing as soloist in several oratorio and cantata performances with Pittsburgh area choirs and orchestras, Mrs. Stamy also sang at various houses of worship, including the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, as the soprano soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Shadyside, alto soloist at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, and the contralto in the solo quartet at Temple Sinai. Although recognized later in her career for singing classical and sacred repertoire, the former Barbara Lee Owens is often remembered as a songstress of Broadway show tunes and for her live weekly radio program on KDKA during the late 1940s entitled Songs You Love to Hear.  It was music of that genre which propelled her into the national spotlight.  In 1947, at age 21, Barbara won the Wilkens Amateur Hour and was signed by the Breakfast Cheer Coffee Company, sponsor of the Songs You Love to Hear program that was broadcast live every Monday evening from KDKA Radio’s Studio A.  Because of the station’s dominant signal (50,000 clear channel watts), the show could be heard east of the Mississippi and from New England to Florida.  Moreover, because the majority of other AM stations had to sign-off at night, KDKA was a beacon of evening family entertainment prior to television.  Barbara leaves behind a musical legacy from that golden age of radio.  Master broadcast discs from the show survived for more than 60 years, and digitized tracks from those recordings were recently released as a six-album collection of CDs that are available through her website at http://www.barbaraleeowens.com/ or by download from iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. Friends will be received Friday, September 16th from 6-8 p.m. at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Shadyside, and a Memorial Service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, on Saturday, September 17th at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.  Memorial gifts may be made to the church, earmarked for its Music Ministry.

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Mary Jean Whitfield Maxwell


 

On September 4, 2016, of Oakland, loving stepmother, sister, aunt and friend, preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ned Maxwell. Beloved sister of Rosalie Kochenbach (Richard) and Robert Whitfield.  Stepmother to Glenn Maxwell (Kathe), Ned Maxwell (Jill), and Calvin Maxwell (Chris).  Aunt of Robbie Whitfield, Wendy Whitfield, Carrie Kochenbach, and Kate Kochenbach (Glenn). She is also survived by five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A longtime member of Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, and a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Jean will be remembered for the grace and style, beauty and joy she brought to everything she did.  Jean gave so generously of her time to countless church and volunteer activities. She will live on in the hearts and minds of all who were touched by her loving presence. There will be no visitation, details of a memorial service at Third Presbyterian Church will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 Fifth Avenue PGH, PA 15232. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Helen J. King


Suddenly, on Wednesday, August 30, 2016 Helen J. King, age 83, beloved wife of the late Leverne King. Survived by her sister Dorothy Brannigan (Walnut Creek, CA) and nieces and nephews Patty Pust (Coal Center, PA), Rita Moore (Pgh.), John Wozniak (Phoenix, AZ), Robert Wozniak (Milwaukee, WI),  Lee Cantley (Pgh.), Roy Cantley (Munhall), Sue Brannigan (Dallas, TX) and Diane Brannigan (San Francisco, CA). Helen was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Mary Timko and her brothers and sisters Joseph Timko, Marie Vasil, Agnes Cantley and Ann Wozniak. Helen was born in Munhall and attended Munhall High School. She was an active member of St. Paul Cathedral for 48 years, and a member of the Pittsburgh Field Club and the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. She was also a passionate volunteer at the Animal Rescue League. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (animalrescue.org)

 

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Peter Heid Buongiorno

On August 28, 2016, at age 28, of Highland Park. Cherished son of Joseph A. and Pamela D. Buongiorno of Highland Park; loving brother of Carolyn Christie “Tissy” Buongiorno; beloved grandson of Carol S. Buongiorno of Oakland, and the late Joseph A. Buongiorno of New York City, Jean C. Donley of Pittsburgh, and Ray Donley. Peter was a graduate of the Winchester Thurston School and received his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Peter was best known for bringing a smile to everyone in the room. He wanted everyone he interacted with to feel included, never an outsider. He loved his friends, family, especially his Nana, and his cat with all of his heart. He enjoyed playing tennis and cheering for the Pittsburgh sports teams. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday September 1, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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HELEN XEZONES HUTCHINGS

 

Helen Hutchings, age 91 passed away on August 27, 2016. Wife of the late Imri J. Hutchings, Beloved Sister of Sappho Vailakis and George Mattis (Cleo), and Aunt to their children: Katherine Tsamasiros, George Vailakis (Carol), Sophia Vailakis-De Virgilio (Leonard), Peter Matgouranis (Renee), Maria Herrmann (William), Marileni Sarikakis (Tracy) and Great Aunt to their children. She was dearly loved and will be missed by many. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she had a long career in Microbiology with The H.J Heinz Company and many years as a highly regarded teacher at A.W. Beattie Career Center. Friend and supporter of many, avid traveler, Helen was passionate of her Greek heritage and of all things Pittsburgh. Friends will be received on Tuesday August 30, 2016 from 9am until a 10am Funeral Service at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, followed by burial at Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. In lieu of flowers her family is requesting that donations be made in Helen’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association online at http://www.alz.org/ or by mailing your donation to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

 

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Pasquale "Pat" Ionadi 

On Monday August 22, 2016, after a long illness and surrounded by his family, Pasquale "Pat" went home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Margarita Ziccarelli Ionadi; daughter Rose Imbarlina (Marco) and son Patrick Ionadi (Constance) and preceded in death by his beloved son Phillip. He is survived by his seven grandchildren; Maria Ballantine (Bradley), Joseph Imbarlina (Cindy), Marguerite Finch (Jeffrey), Rose Anselmino (Mathew), Patrick, Richard and Antonio Ionadi and his twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Phillip and Rosa Ionadi, brother Paul Ionadi and sister Virginia Costa. His is also survived by his sisters Concetta DeGaetano, Rose Asturi ( Augustino), brother Anthony Ionadi (Marlene) and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Ionadi traveled as a baby with his parents to live in Maierato, Italy and at the age of thirteen he returned to America. Mr. Ionadi had the tenacity and business sense to start Pat R. Ionadi Corporation in 1972, which functioned as a prominent concrete company that helped build iconic Pittsburgh landmarks, such as the Pittsburgh Convention Center, PNC Park, Pitt Convocation Center, the Mon Incline and many Giant Eagles. Additionally, he was an entrepreneur and owner of the former Tiffany's Restaurant which later became Phillip's in the Webster Hall in Oakland. During his retirement years he enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his family. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 1-04 and 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Raphael Church (1154 Chislett Street) 10am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Association or Forbes Hospice.

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Nancy N. Kohler 

On Wednesday August 17, 2016, Nancy N. Kohler, age 76, beloved wife of the late C. William Kohler; mother of Kim VanHorn (Todd) and Kenneth Kohler; grandmother of Scott and Julie VanHorn. Sister of the late Charles Nicholas. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 2-6pm. Funeral Service Monday in Homewood Cemetery 11am. 

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Lee Benedict Templeton

On Tuesday August 16, 2016; beloved husband of Mary Ann Stuart-Templeton; father of Rosemary Kelley (Jim) and William Templeton (Ann); grandfather of Melissa and Liam Kelley. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral and interment in Middleburg, Ohio will be private. Remembrances may be made to Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, OH or to an Animal Rescue organization of your choice.

 

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Marjorie Doyle Conboy 

On Monday August 15 , 2016 , age 90, beloved wife of the late Joseph T. Conboy for 67 years; Father of Connie Conboy (Robert Yakulis, M.D.), Daniel J. Conboy (Laurie), Brian J. Conboy (Mary Michel Conboy), Kevin J. Conboy (Coleen); grandfather of Brendan and Kathleen Yakulis, Sean and Katie Conboy, Casey Conboy Sister of Joseph Doyle (Eleanor), Mary Jane Bentz (Ron) and the late James C. Doyle (late Eleanor). Mrs. Conboy was the vice president of Conboy Specialty Company, a family owned Pittsburgh Business, She served the needy of the community as a  director of numerous food pantries.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am.

 

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Joseph T. Conboy

 

On Thursday August 11, 2016 beloved husband of Marjorie (Doyle) Conboy for 67 years; Father of Connie Conboy (Robert Yakulis, M.D.), Daniel J. Conboy (Laurie), Brian J. Conboy (Mary Michel Conboy), Kevin J. Conboy (Coleen); grandfather of Brendan and Kathleen Yakulis, Sean and Katie Conboy, Casey Conboy; brother of Jerry Conboy (Pat), Anne Hannigan (late Gord) and the late Mary Theresa Crusan (late Robert), Paul Conboy (Denny), Bernadette Hartsock (late James) and Vincent Conboy (Margaret); also survived by many nieces and nephews. A native Pittsburgher, Joe was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy having served aboard P.T. Boat 549 in Squadron RON 28 seeing action in numerous battles in Asiatic Pacific Theatre during WWII. In 1948 he founded Conboy Specialty Company, an ongoing Pittsburgh family business. Joe was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 11am. Remembrances may be made to P.T. Boats, Inc. P.O. Box 38070 Germantown, TN 38183 (Specify P.T. Boat Museum). 

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Lillian Gramatikos Kefalos 

 

On Sunday, August 14, 2016 Lillian Gramatikos Kefalos passed away. Beloved wife of the late John Kefalos; mother of George Kefalos, Tina Kefalos and Kirana Kefalos; also survived by four grandchildren. Lillian was born in Monessen on March 20, 1928 to Markos and Anna Gramatikos. She was a an artist, jeweler, sculptor, dress designer and a lover of all things beautiful. A renaissance woman, her humor, creativity, warmth, and love will be missed. She will be held in our hearts until we meet again. Friends will be received on Wednesday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from 10am until an 11am  Funeral Service. Interment in Homewood Cemetery. in lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Sarah Theresa Corcoran (Joyce) 

Of Point Breeze, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. She was born in County Galway, Ireland.  Beloved wife of the late Peter J. Corcoran, loving mother of Eileen Coughlin (Michael), Noreen Corcoran (John McCluskey), Chrissie Karle (Jerry), and Peter Corcoran (Andrea) of Oakland, California. Loving, spoiling, adoring and proud Mamó of Liam and Shea Coughlin, and Róisín Karle. Sister of John Joyce (Boston), Kathleen Page (New Hampshire), Annie Coyne (Ireland), Nellie McDonagh (Ireland), and the late Peggy Joyce, Bridget Joyce, Nora Joyce, Martin Joyce, Barbara Nee and Mary Kilmartin. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.   Sarah was a devoted member and Eucharistic Minister of St. Bede Parish and President and Charter Member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers since 1984.  She was very proud of her lifetime membership to the Pioneers Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart,  Fr. Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade, and the All-Ireland Athletic Club.  Sarah was also a retired employee of the University of Pittsburgh.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 2-5pm and Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Avenue Pgh., PA 15208. 

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Tallu Fish Scott 

Tallu Fish Scott, longtime educator and director of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside Presbyterian Church Nursery School, has passed away at Jekyll Island, Ga. She was married for 54 years to Howard I. Scott, a local athlete, decorated World War II infantry officer and longtime managing partner at the Meyer, Unkovic and Scott law firm. Tallu was born in Waycross, Ga., one of three children to Tallu Jones Fish, an author and historian, and Edward Arthur Fish of Williamsburg, Ky., a road builder and later town postmaster. Her childhood homes were along the earliest paved automobile roads of Georgia that her father helped to build. Facing the hardships of the Great Depression, the family moved to Eastern Kentucky in the early 1930s, where her father resumed building roads and public structures for Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA public projects. Her mother was a church and community activist who authored several books, including Georgia histories, biographies and studies of women of the Bible, and wrote articles for news wire services. Tallu completed studies at Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky. She then taught early childhood education for mostly international students in Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband on a blind date. Howard was a star athlete at Westinghouse High School, a scholarship student and football player at the University of Pittsburgh, and briefly a professional baseball player before World War II. As a infantry private in the European theater, Howard earned a battlefield commission, fighting in France and Germany, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp, and was promoted to the rank of captain. Howard and Tallu were married in 1950, living in the Homewood neighborhood, Point Breeze and Shadyside. They were devoted parents to four children in Pittsburgh. Tallu came to love Western Pennsylvania, its verdant countryside and its people. She was named Pittsburgh Junior League volunteer of the year, and developed many close friends through church, social organizations, her neighborhoods, her college sorority, Delta Delta Delta, her husband’s fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. She had an abiding interest in music, art, films, theater and performing arts, horticulture, reading, Democratic politics and good conversation. Tallu is remembered by former students at the Shadyside Presbyterian Nursery School for her animated storytelling, southern accent and Appalachian-style gospel and folk songs, sometimes accompanied with guitar. She became the school’s director until Tallu and Howard retired, dividing time between Pittsburgh and the Jekyll Island, Ga., state park and wildlife sanctuary, where years before her mother had been appointed archivist and historian. In recent years, Tallu has become a well-known local personality at Jekyll Island, attracted large, enthusiastic crowds for her lectures on regional history and other subjects. Tallu was an entertaining, outgoing host, often able to loosen up the most un-talkative guests and acquaintances. Her heartfelt laugh, joyful blue eyes and sense of humor were memorable to many. While appreciating material blessings that came in later life, she maintained a lifelong devotion to poor, less-fortunate and oppressed people, and to her Christian faith.

Preceded in death by her husband Howard and brother Edward Fish of Nashville, Tenn., Tallu Scott is survived by her sister Betty Smith of Cynthiana, Ky., children Sarah Tallu Schuyler (Thom) of Nashville, Howard Scott (Cathy) of Pittsburgh, Kathleen Gallagher (Patrick) of Philadelphia, and Grant Scott (Cindy) of Pittsburgh.

Her grandchildren include Tallu Schuyler Quinn, Roy Schuyler and Luke Schuyler (Nashville), Sarah Scott Cantine (Ocean City, Md.), Cate Scott and Hannah Scott (Pittsburgh),  Patrick Gallagher (Houston, Tex.) and Garrett Gallagher (Philadelphia), Grant Scott and Georgia Scott (Pittsburgh), Clay Scott (Houston, Tex.). She leaves five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews including the Scott, Pulice and Somple families in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and many more friends and loved ones.

Guests are invited to  meet family  from 10 - 11am in the Atrium of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church , 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh on Thursday August 11, 2016.

A service will be held at Shadyside Presbyterian Church to celebrate Tallu Fish Scott’s life at 11:00 a.m.

Remembrances  can be made to Friends Of Historic Jekyll Island PO box 13031 Jekyll Island GA 31527.

Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Leonard J. Yurko

On Friday August 5, 2016, beloved husband of the late Mary Mandalay Yurko; father of Lisa Yurko Ready (Christopher); grandfather of Caroline, Matthew and Emily Ready. There will be no visitation. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Mary's Church (Middle Road, Glenshaw) at 10:00am. Entombment will be private. Remembrances may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Robert E. Page

Robert Page, beloved husband of Glynn and father of Paula and Carolann, died peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2016. He was 89 years young. Additional survivors include three grandchildren: Kathleen (Chris) Fossan, Brendan (Sonja) Fay, Alexander (Erin Ortman) Gemignani and five great-grand children: Samantha and Elizabeth Fossan, Madeleine and Maxim Fay and Olive Gemignani. Dr. Page, a world renowned choral conductor, musician and educator will be sorely missed. There will be no visitation and a memorial tribute will be held at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Tallu Fish Scott

 

Tallu Fish Scott, longtime educator and director of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside Presbyterian Church Nursery School, has passed away at Jekyll Island, Ga. She was married for 54 years to Howard I. Scott, a local athlete, decorated World War II infantry officer and longtime managing partner at the Meyer, Unkovic and Scott law firm. Tallu was born in Waycross, Ga., one of three children to Tallu Jones Fish, an author and historian, and Edward Arthur Fish of Williamsburg, Ky., a road builder and later town postmaster. Her childhood homes were along the earliest paved automobile roads of Georgia that her father helped to build. Facing the hardships of the Great Depression, the family moved to Eastern Kentucky in the early 1930s, where her father resumed building roads and public structures for Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA public projects. Her mother was a church and community activist who authored several books, including Georgia histories, biographies and studies of women of the Bible, and wrote articles for news wire services. Tallu completed studies at Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky. She then taught early childhood education for mostly international students in Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband on a blind date. Howard was a star athlete at Westinghouse High School, a scholarship student and football player at the University of Pittsburgh, and briefly a professional baseball player before World War II. As a infantry private in the European theater, Howard earned a battlefield commission, fighting in France and Germany, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp, and was promoted to the rank of captain. Howard and Tallu were married in 1950, living in the Homewood neighborhood, Point Breeze and Shadyside. They were devoted parents to four children in Pittsburgh. Tallu came to love Western Pennsylvania, its verdant countryside and its people. She was named Pittsburgh Junior League volunteer of the year, and developed many close friends through church, social organizations, her neighborhoods, her college sorority, Delta Delta Delta, her husband’s fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. She had an abiding interest in music, art, films, theater and performing arts, horticulture, reading, Democratic politics and good conversation. Tallu is remembered by former students at the Shadyside Presbyterian Nursery School for her animated storytelling, southern accent and Appalachian-style gospel and folk songs, sometimes accompanied with guitar. She became the school’s director until Tallu and Howard retired, dividing time between Pittsburgh and the Jekyll Island, Ga., state park and wildlife sanctuary, where years before her mother had been appointed archivist and historian. In recent years, Tallu has become a well-known local personality at Jekyll Island, attracted large, enthusiastic crowds for her lectures on regional history and other subjects.

 

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Harry Max Ferrari 

Scientist, Engineer, Inventor and Entrepreneur died on Wednesday August 3, 2016 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Velma Ferrari; father of Matthew Ferrari (Melissa and their son Massimo "Max") of Pittsburgh and Alex Ferrari (Elizabeth and their son Leonardo "Leo") of Los Angeles. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, received his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Wayne State University, and MS and PhD in Materials Science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ferrari joined Westinghouse Electric Atomic Power Division and was instrumental in developing the nuclear fuel materials and designs used in most of the nuclear power plants operating world-wide today. He wrote many technical articles and was invited to lecture on Nuclear Fuel Technology at numerous Universities and Nuclear Hearings in the United States, Japan, Sweden, France and Italy. Dr. Ferrari received many awards including the prestigious Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and many of his 40 patents are concepts still employed in over 100 nuclear plants today. As a second career he started Gamma Sports, a world-wide manufacturer and distributor of tennis equipment. Dr. Ferrari had 10 patents in the sports field and was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame for the USTA Middle States in 2015. His active civic duties included being Chairman of the Zoning Board for the Borough of Edgewood and President of the Edgewood Club. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm with a Memorial Prayer Service at 7:30pm. Graveside service Monday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cemetery Ringeisen Road, Allison Park at 11:00am. 

 

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Richard J. Kress 

On Wednesday August 3, 2016, Richard J. Kress. Beloved husband of Annette J. Kress. Father of Marisa Parrish (Chris) and Courtney McGrory (Ramsey). Brother of Francis Kress, Kathleen Hessenthaler and Donald Kress. Grandfather of Bryce and Peyton Parrish and Anna, John and Riley McGrory. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Mr. Kress was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1958, and Duquesne University, Class of 1962. Mr. Kress worked for many years at Kress Shirts on Bryant Street in Highland Park. He was a lifelong member of the American Fraternal Union, having served as president for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, SNPJ, KSKJ and ISDA.  He was an avid golfer and Pittsburgh Sports fan. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph Church (Verona) 10am. At the request of the family, everyone please meet at church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of choice.

 

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Mary M. Riesmeyer 

On Friday July 29, 2016 at age 100, Mary M. Riesmeyer. Beloved wife of the late Walter F. Riesmeyer. Mother of Ann Neta Danner (Gary) and Robert H. Riesmeyer (Barbara). Grandmother of Katherine Neidig (John), David Danner (Misty), Daniel Riesmeyer (Lisa) and Timothy Riesmeyer. Great grandmother of Christopher and Justin Danner, Caitlyn and Mollie Neidig. Mary was devoted to the care and well being of her family and friends. As a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church she was active in the Ladies Aid and Missionary Guild and is currently a member of Hebron Presbyterian Church. Mary was also a long time member of the Shadyside Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.  Friends will be received John A Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 9am until a funeral service at 10:30am in the funeral home. Remembrances may be made to the Hebron Presbyterian Church 10860 Frankstown Road, Pgh., PA 15235 or The Little Sisters of the Poor 1028 Benton Avenue, Pgh.,PA 15212.

 

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John M. DeFrancesco 

On Tuesday July 26, 2016, John M. DeFrancesco, age 81. Beloved brother of Regina Tanzillo (the late Edward Tanzillo), Albert DeFrancesco (Shirley) and the late Clement DeFrancesco, James DeFrancesco and Dolores Mallick. Son of the late Anna and Otto DeFrancesco. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. John was an Army Veteran of the Korean war having served in medical supply. He was a manager in the personal department of Giant Eagle, and for many years a very active member of St. Paul Cathedral. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 1-3 and 5-7pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in John's name to St. Paul Cathedral Capital Campaign, 108 S. Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 

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Roberta McSorley Cox 

On Sunday July 24, 2016 beloved wife of Thomas J. Cox; mother of Roberta McCloskey (the late Stephen), Cordelia Kohler (R.J.), Courtney Cox and Diane Cox; grandmother of Stephen McCloskey, Jr. (Natacha), Michael McCloskey (Lindsay), David McCloskey, Cordelia Woehler (David), Robert J. Kohler, Jr., Margo Kohler and Andrew Kohler; great grandmother of Madison and Mason McCloskey, Adeline McCloskey; sister of Mercedes McSorley Dauer and the late G. Franklin McSorley, Jr. There will be no visitation. Funeral Wednesday, friends are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bede Church (Point Breeze) at 11am. Interment will be private. Arrangements by John A. Feyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Mary G. Butera 

On Sunday July 24, 2016, beloved wife of the late Vincent N. Butera; mother of Vinny Butera (Mary Margaret)  and Mary Grace Antario (Anthony); grandmother of Bryan and Brittany Butera, Nicholas Barilla and Anthony Antario; great grandmother of Cianna Butera; sister of Theresa Gianta and the late Alvera Angelini; also survived by Christopher Buchleitner. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 10am.

 

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J. FLETCHER OSTERLE

 

At the age 90, shortly before his 91st birthday, Fletcher Osterle of Squirrel Hill passed away peacefully on July 22, 2016. Fletcher is survived by his wife of 57 years Jean Petersen Osterle; brother Reverend Paul V. Osterle, S.J. of Grand Coteau, Louisiana; daughter Anne Osterle Goggin; son John Peter Osterle; daughter-in-law Laura Blair Osterle; son-in-law David Goggin; and grandchildren Mark Fletcher Goggin, Sarah Anne Osterle, and Thomas Blair Osterle. Fletcher was preceded in death by his brother Reverend William H. Osterle, S.J. of Scranton, PA and his grandson Charles Oliver Goggin. Fletcher attended Central Catholic High School and graduated in 1943.  After winning a full scholarship, he received his B.S. in 1946, M.S. in 1949, and D.Sc. in 1952 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). His professional career spanned 49 years from 1946 to 1995. He rose through the ranks of Assistant Professor to the Theodore Ahrens Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University where he taught continuously except for sabbaticals at Delft University in Holland in 1958 and Oxford University in the United Kingdom in 1971. He served as chairman of the nuclear science and engineering division at Carnegie-Mellon University for seven years and was the acting head of the Mechanical Engineering department for two years. His research was in the general fields of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics; specifically on problems in hydrodynamic lubrication, bio-thermodynamics, solar energy, and power generation systems. Fletcher published over 100 technical papers and advised or co-advised over 34 doctoral students in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of several professional societies and received the Walter D. Hodson Award from the American Society of Lubrication Engineers in 1956, the Carnegie-Mellon University Alumni Merit Award in 1989, and was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1993. Fletcher was deeply loved by his family including his three grandchildren Mark, Sarah, and Thomas. Internment and service will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to your favorite charity.  Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

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Despina Smalis

 

 

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, beloved mother, YiaYia, friend, entrepreneur. Full of life and love, "Peppy" made everyone smile and laugh, especially at the Greek Gourmet Marketplace, her home away from home. Peppy is survived by her son, Michael Smalis (Marla Zimmerman), daughter Maria Sfanos (Paul), and grandchildren, Jules, Mihali, Tasso, and Niki; and siblings George Leventis, Christina Kuntz and Pete Leventis. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm with Trisagion Service at (Time later).  Funeral Monday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Time later).

 

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Arlene T. Gallagher

 

At home on Tuesday July 12, 2016 at age 79,  after dealing with the treatment of stage four ovarian cancer since December 2014. Born on October 2, 1936 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to the late Josephine Pittner Gallagher and Joseph P. Gallagher. Arlene graduated from McKeesport High School and soon after began her career as a secretary at U.S. Steel from which she retired. She was one of the first members of the McKeesport Little Theater and continued her involvement for many years including serving as the President. It was there that she met many of her lifetime friends. In her retirement, she spent many hours volunteering with the Auxiliary of the Pittsburgh Blind Association, the U.S. Steel Retirees Association and the McKeesport History Center. The Roman Catholic Church was always a part of her life as she worshipped and served at the former St. Stephen's Church of McKeesport and for the past fifteen years at Epiphany Church in Pittsburgh. In addition to her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her brother, P. Joseph Gallagher, sisters, Pauline G. Dudek, Rita Holub, JoAnne Mitchell Brees and nephews, Jeffrey Holub, Jordan Holub, Rob Mitchell, nieces, Janet Dungan, Patricia Piepenbring and many other relatives and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday 2-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial at Epiphany Church, 184 Washington Place, Pittsburgh at 11:00am. Interment, St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Versailles, PA. Remembrances may be made to Pittsburgh Blind Association.

 

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Patricia Ann Reavis

On Saturday July 9, 2016, at age 79, survived by her beloved husband, James Russell Reavis, her son, Reed Reavis, his wife Sarah Law-Reavis and their son, Laurence Law-Reavis. Preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Barbara Grdich Smith and her siblings, Joseph and John E. Smith, Mary Kissel Shelton, Pauline T. and Helen M. Smith, Kathryn Fannerella and Roseann Dean. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. For many years, Patricia was a Registered Nurse with Mercy, Children's and Shadyside Hospitals and had a second career as a Medical Librarian at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. She served as a longtime volunteer at WQED and the Allegheny County Courthouse and was a member of St. Paul Cathedral parish. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday 2-6pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. Interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral 108 N. Dithridge St. PGH, PA 15213. 

 

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Dr. Gerald (Jerry) L. Carlson

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) L. Carlson, 84, of Mercer, PA, peacefully passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.  The world lost one of its brightest souls.  He was a strong man who exuded kindness and found great joy in making the people around him happy.  Jerry enjoyed life on every level with his wife of 56 years, Lucille (Valli) Carlson and his six children: David, husband of Cathy Ann (Lushuk), Denine (Carlson) wife of Ron Reitz, Deborah (Carlson) wife of Mark Lindsey, Deanna (Carlson) wife of Tim Riegel, Donald, husband of Casey (Anderson) and Danielle (Carlson) wife of Pat Boston.  His happiest moments were spent around the kitchen table talking with his children and his 11 grandchildren.  Jerry obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Grove City College (1954) and received both his Master’s (1957) and Ph.D. (1962) from the University of Pittsburgh.  He spent 20 years at Mellon Institute and Carnegie Mellon University carrying out research and providing analytical services in the field of molecular spectroscopy.  He joined the Westinghouse Research Laboratories in 1974 as a Senior Engineer in the Physical Chemical Department and later as Manager of the Analytical Chemistry Department.  Jerry ended his distinguished career of over 42 years at General Public Utility Systems in Reading, PA.  Dr. Carlson’s technical work resulted in over 50 publications and he was awarded 5 patents.  He also was an active member of both the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Chemists’ Club and was President of the 1969 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy.  The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society recognized him in 1984 with the Pittsburgh Award and in 2013 with the Distinguished Service Award. After retirement, Jerry and his wife proudly owned and operated for 12 years the Mehard Manor Bed and Breakfast in Mercer from 1995-2007.  He was very active with the Mercer Chamber of Commerce and the WPA Bed & Breakfast Association.  Friends will be received  at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 9:30am.  He will be laid to rest at the Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Cemetery in McMurry, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or at cancer.org.

 

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August C. Damian

 

 

On Wednesday July 6, 2016 at age 82, of Boca Raton and formerly Fox Chapel after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of 59 years of Clema Damian; father of August M. Damian (Mischele), Kristen M. Stanton (Raymond), Michelle A. Severe (late Alex) and Michael C. Damian (Valarie); grandfather of August A., Mia N. and Nicolina Damian, Zavien M. Stanton, Lindsay A. Fishetti, Michael C., Jr. and Dylan J. Damian; brother of Margaret Pette and the late Carmen Damian; also survived by nieces and nephews. August was a graduate of Duquesne University and Duquesne University Law School and practiced law from 1960 until 2016 as a personal injury attorney, Municipal Solicitor and registered Bond Counsel. As his career in law grew, August entered the world of real estate investing and development and owned two restaurants. As a graduate, August had a special bond with Duquesne University and through his generosity established an endowment fund for aspiring students at the School of Law and was a benefactor of the Tribone Center for Legal Education, specifically the Moot Courtroom. During his 59 year marriage to Clema, the couple enjoyed many trips to Italy and Florida with their family. A devout Catholic, devoted family man, and dog lover, "Augie" was a member of St. Lucy's Church of Highland Beach, Florida and St. Joseph Church of O'Hara Township, enjoyed dining out with his family and spending many hours reading by his pool with his many beloved dog companions, currently Sydney and Marcello, II. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 3-7pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph Church (Dorseyville Road) 10am. Everyone please gather at the church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Damian Family Endowed Scholarship c/o Duquesne University, 406 Administration Building, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pgh.,PA 15282.

 

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Irene Chirigos

 

On Friday July 1, 2016 Irene Chirigos. Beloved mother of Nick G. Chirigos (Katarina), Dr. Gregg G. Chirigos (Dr. Stephanie Chirigos), and the late Theodore G. Chirigos. Grandmother of Brian Chirigos, Dr. Kevin Walker, Allison Chirigos and Michael Chirigos. Sister of the late George Mantzoros and Tessie Nichols. Irene was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and was a devoted mother to her three sons. She enjoyed sewing, entertaining her many friends and traveling. There will be no visitation. Funeral Service on Tuesday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 12:30pm.

 

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Margaret Dolores "Peg" Holl

Passed away peacefully on June 24, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. Little Peggy Donovan was born on April 2, 1932, in San Francisco, the daughter of first generation Irish immigrant parents, the late Catherine and Michael Donovan. She was a woman of great faith, a witty sense of humor and deep love for family and friends. She attended schools of Notre Dame de Namur. Peg married her high school sweetheart in 1951 and together raised their family in the City. Life’s journey brought her to Denver, Co and Pittsburgh, PA though her heart was always left in San Francisco. Wherever life took her, Peg made countless lifelong friends and was always eager for a good game of bridge. Peg was a founding member of the Christ Child Society in Pittsburgh, PA.  She was an auxiliary member of St. Elizabeth’s Infant Hospital and Little Sisters of the Poor in San Francisco. Peg is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Richard L. Holl; loving children Rick Holl (Paula), Kate Sullivan (John) and Eileen Holl; adored Grandma Darling to John Sullivan (Caroline), Brent Sullivan (Kristin), Mary Kate Kamka (Kyle), Claire Sullivan, Megan Holl and Emily Holl and cherished Little Grandma to Johnny Sullivan, Kate Sullivan, Avery Sullivan, Francis Kamka and Keegan Sullivan. In addition to her parents, her son, Bryan Holl and siblings Timothy Donovan, Mary Mugnolo and Lawrence Donovan preceded her in death. She is survived by many loving in- laws, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Peg’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 4:00p.m. at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, 29 Rockaway Avenue, San Francisco, CA. Friends can visit at 3:00p.m.In addition, a Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 4:00pm at St. Scholastica Catholic Church, 309 Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall, PA.Memorial contributions can be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA, 02481 or www.curealz.org. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Bruce Urton Hill, Jr.

 

On Tuesday June 21, 2016, beloved husband of Jacquelyn Wilson Hill; father of Bruce Urton Hill, III (Julie), Robert Douglas Hill (Christina), Virginia Susanne Gierl (Steve) and Nancy Hill Beluk (George); grandfather of Morgan, Taylor and Brady Hill, Justin, Robert, Cassidy and Molly Gierl, Andrew and Daniel Beluk; great- grandfather of Gabriel Blake Gierl; brother of the late John T. Hill and Gertrude Boslett. A graduate of Shady Side Academy and Lehigh University with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering, Bruce was chairman of Realty Growth Corporation, a merger of the three oldest real estate companies in Pittsburgh. As such, they were responsible for purchasing the Old Stone House and Blazing Star Prairie for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Mary Flynn Lawrence estate (Hartwood Acres) for Allegheny County. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 4-7pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Joseph's Church (Dorseyville Road) at 10:30am.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Shannon Wilson Charitable Fund at the Pittsburgh Foundation, One PPG Place, PGH, PA 15222, the Salvation Army, 424 Third Ave. PGH, PA 15219 or a charity of your choice.  

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Gail Kirkpatrick Lesoon

 

On Monday June 13, 2016, beloved wife of Edward J. Lesoon, Jr.; mother of Courtney Louise Lesoon, Jonathan Alexander Lesoon, Leslie Ann Lesoon, Stephne Lesoon Bernacki (Anthony), Andrea Lesoon-Rice (Brent), Edward John Lesoon III (fiancée Lee Ann Kline) and Alexis Maria Martino; grandmother of Natalie Wood (deceased), Nicole, Rachel, Samantha and Olivia Bernacki, Samuel, Skylar, Kathryn and Boden Rice; sister of Kathy Beattie (Charles), Terry Kirkpatrick (Lucia) and Aaron Kirkpatrick; also survived by nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Christine and John Kirkpatrick. Gail was raised in Level Green, PA and was the owner of L'Image Hair Styling in East Liberty for 20 years. She then earned her Bachelor's and Masters Degrees, followed by her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday and Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm with Trisagion Prayers at 7pm on Friday. Visitation will continue on Saturday at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral 3400 Dawson Street Pgh., PA 15213 from 10am until an 11am Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to DePaul School for Hearing and Speech at depaulhearingandspeech.org.

 

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Sally Hillman Childs

 

A resident of Pittsburgh for 85 years, Sally Hillman Childs died on June 10, 2016 at the Academy at Bella Vista in Boulder, CO. The youngest of four sisters, she was born at Magee-Womens Hospital on November 21st, 1927 to the late James Frazer Hillman and Marguerite Wright Hillman. Sally attended the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, graduated from Chatham Hall in Chatham, VA, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY where she was elected student body president. Later, she earned her Master’s in Religious Education from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Sally believed passionately in Christian education, prison reform, civic involvement, service to those in need and the arts. A lifelong member of Calvary Episcopal Church, she went from teaching Sunday school to heading up the Church’s education program. She was a founder of Lydia’s Place, an outreach program designed to help female offenders better transition. In 2013 she was awarded the organization’s first Sally Hillman Childs Rising Sun award “mirroring the same volunteer spirit of Sally H. Childs.”  An inaugural member of the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum, Sally was a co-founder of the Three Rivers Arts Festival. She was also an avid artist herself, especially during summers in her beloved Adirondacks. Both a creative thinker and a pragmatic organizer, Sally strove all her life to let others be their best selves. Sally served on numerous boards and committees throughout her life. Most were in Pittsburgh. Active in the Pittsburgh Diocese’s Deaconate program, she was a board member of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York. She married J. Mabon Childs of Pittsburgh at Calvary on June 18th, 1949. He preceded her in death in 2004. Her three sisters – Constance Hillman Oliver O’Neil, Marguerite Hillman Purnell and Audrey Hillman Hilliard, also precede her. As well as their husbands – John C. Oliver Jr., George P. O’Neil, Richard I. Purnell and Thomas J. Hilliard Jr.

Sally is survived by her four children and their spouses  -- J. Mabon Childs Jr. and Holly of Raleigh, NC; Marguerite Hillman Childs Detmer and Tom of Denver, CO; Laura Childs Saverin and Ken of New Canaan, CT; Sally Childs Walsh and Alec of Basking Ridge, NJ as well as eleven grandchildren – Frazer (Adam) Roche, Ellie (Tim Romano) Childs, Matthew (Jennifer) Detmer, Sarah (Thatcher) Martin, Tommy (Leigh) Detmer, Margot (Will) Stanley, Hilary Saverin, Mary Walsh, Emily Detmer, Diana Saverin and Alex Walsh. As well as six great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Service of Thanksgiving for her Life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Shady Avenue at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17th. The family will receive visitors in the Parish Hall at Calvary at 10:00 a.m. Sally’s lifelong loving and kind nature was graciously treasured over the last three years by all of those who loved her at the Academy at Bella Vista in Boulder. Her family will be forever grateful to them. In lieu of flowers, Remembrances may be made to Lydia’s Place (Renewal, Inc.), St. Aidan’s in Boulder, CO, Calvary Episcopal Church or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

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Marjorie Vilsack Propst

A lifelong East End resident and avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan, died June 10 at her home in Shadyside.  She was 99.  The daughter of Marie Ray and Maurice F. Vilsack, “Marge” was raised on Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill.  She came by her love of the Pirates naturally, as her father was a close friend of legendary third-baseman “Pie” Traynor and regularly entertained the player and his teammates at their home.    As the ”tomboy” of the family, her sports interest and acumen extended to tennis, and she often played in tournaments at the Pittsburgh Country Club.  She was also an enthusiastic fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, although when they played poorly she would “let them have it relentlessly,” according to her daughters. She was predeceased by her sister Antoinette V. Seifert, and brother G. Ray Vilsack.  She was a graduate of Winchester Thurston School and the former Erskine School in Boston. She was married to southern transplant John Leake Propst, senior vice president of the former Mellon Bank, whom she met when her brother Ray brought him home for a visit from Princeton University where they were roommates. She was said to have considered him “pretty cute” and they married in 1941.  “Jack” died in 1996.  Her father was the next to the youngest of 13 childen of Pittsburgh real estate, Catholic church, and business leader Leopold Vilsack, founding partner of Pittsburgh Brewing Company.  Her community involvement included serving on the Board of the former Louise Child Care Center, as a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Shadyside Hospital and the Perennial Garden Club; and as a regular driver for Meals on Wheels. She was always the life of the party and enjoyed throwing them as well.  She and Jack often entertained at the family home on Dunmoyle Street, splitting the party over two successive evenings to be able to include their many friends and family. She enjoyed summer family vacations in Cape May, NJ, respites in the fall on Cape Cod, winter trips to Naples, FL, and Princeton reunions with Jack. Later in life she was never happier than when she was with her grandchildren.  She is survived by daughters Terry P. MacPhail of Fredericksburg, VA; Pamela P. Campbell (Rich) of Pittsburgh; Sukie P. Honeycutt of  Naples, FL, and Meg P. Bernard of Pittsburgh; grandchildren Katie M. Fatiga (Tony), Suzy and Maggie MacPhail; Jay (Gina) and Karin Campbell; and Allie Bernard; and great-grandchildren Maizy and Eliza Fatiga.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday 4:00pm until 6:30pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bede Church (Point Breeze) at 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to the John L. Propst Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, PGH, PA 15222 or The Ellis School 6425 Fifth Avenue PGH, PA 15206.

 

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Barbara Lee Dippold 

On Monday June 6, 2016, Barbara Lee Dippold, age 83. Beloved daughter of the late Leo F. and Katherine H. Dippold. Barbara is survived by several cousins. She was employed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering for 44 years, and in later years worked in the Dean's Office. She had 2 degrees from the University, a Bachelors of Arts Degree and a Masters of the Arts in English. Upon her retirement from Pitt, she volunteered as a Bereavement Counselor at the Hillman Cancer Center and Forbes Hospice. Barbara was a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and a member of St. Paul Cathedral. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Thursday 2-6pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am.

 

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N. Bruce Browne

Age 80, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday May 30, 2016 surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Anne Day Browne, the love of his life, dearest father of Deborah B. Walrath (James), devoted grandfather of Nick, Liza and Kate Walrath, loving brother of Jania Ashby, and uncle of April Schatte and Scott Stevenson. Bruce was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Norwell and Pauline Browne. He graduated from Shayside Academy (1953) and Duke University (1957-Pi Kappa Alpha), later receiving his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. "Buzz" was proud to have served 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy, as an Air Intelligence Officer for Attack Squadron 153-the "Blue Tail Flies"- on Aircraft Carrier USS Hancock, in the Far East. For many years he owned Bruce Browne Oldsmobile, later becoming Bruce Browne Toyota, in McKeesport. After twenty years, he sold his business and launched a new career as a financial advisor, spending the last 20 years with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. as Vice President-Investments, retiring at the age of 79. He served 20 years on the Board of Directors at the Pace School, many of those years as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board. An avid Pirates fan, he pitched at both Shadyside and Duke. He was a long time parishioner of Calvary Episcopal Church as well as a long time member of the Duquesne Club and Fox Chapel Golf Club. Among other interests, he had a love of writing and continued to publish anecdotes and poems throughout his life. He loved to travel the world with his wife, particularly enjoying many trips to Africa and Italy. Family vacations at the beach and national parks and attending his grandchildren's sporting events were his fondest memories. To know Bruce was to love him; he was the kindest man in the world. He approached every day with optimism, compassion, and a great sense of humor. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. A funeral service will be on Friday in Calvary Episcopal Church (310 Shady Avenue Pgh.,PA 15206) at 1pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Animal Friends. 

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Mario DePasquale

 

On Friday May 27, 2016,  Mario DePasquale, age 92. Beloved husband of the late Teresa DeIuliis DePasquale. Father of Maria, Severino "Sevey" (Roya), Paul (Elizabeth), John (Nevenka) and the late Joseph DePasquale. Grandfather of Bart, Philip and Celestine DePasquale, Christopher and  Daniel McGee, Marko, Carmen, Luka and Shahin DePasquale. Great grandfather of Gino and Anthony DePasquale. Brother of Susan Hlister (Bernard), Peter DePasquale (Maria), Carmella Coyne and the late Fred DePasquale (Norina). Also survived by his in-laws Fiora Pollice and Carol DeIuliis. Mr. DePasquale was born in Gamberale, Italy and came to the U.S. with his mother as the oldest child in his family in 1933, and joined his father,  settling in Panther Hollow (Oakland). Mario served his country in WWII in the European Theatre of Operations, most notably in the Battle of the Bulge. With his family, established in 1948, Joseph DePasquale & Sons Construction. In 1971 formed M. DePasquale Inc. with a general emphasis on civil infrastructure in the Greater Pittsburgh area, his primary clients were PWSA, Port Authority of Allegheny County and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. Paul Cathedral where he served as an usher, and a lifelong member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC). Mario was a good friend to everyone and spent his life helping others. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Avenue, Pgh., PA 15212.

 

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Michael Ward Duggan

Michael Ward Duggan, 63, of O’Hara Township, quietly left this world on Monday, May 16, 2016.  Michael was born June 18, 1952, the son of the late John Kane Duggan and Margery (Donahue) Duggan Carroll.  He was pre-deceased by a younger sister, Kathleen Duggan Birsic.  He is survived by seven loving siblings: John Kane Duggan Jr. (Parie); Mary Louise Babst (Chip); J. Kevin Duggan (Anne); Maureen Elizabeth Duggan; Patricia Marie Bendis (Jeff); Brian F. Duggan (Carol); and Suzanne Marie Watson; along with twenty-one adoring nieces and nephews; as well as, nine very precious great nieces and nephews. Growing up in an Irish household of nine children, Michael’s passion for the military was stirred by the many naval experiences shared by his father of his own service during WWII in the Pacific Operations. At a time of great ambivalence about the military, Michael eagerly signed up for an early enlistment in the United States Navy prior to his graduation from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School in 1971, and began his military service in July of that year. Michael proudly and honorably served his country for 30 years with over 22 years in active duty, taking a full retirement in 1993 and then serving on active reserve for an additional eight years. During his tour in the Navy, Michael was able to further his formal education with university level courses to achieve a high level of qualification in electronics and, ultimately, oceanographic systems with special expertise in passive sonar technology.  His recognized proficiency in this important data collection technology resulted in him being stationed in critical hot points around the world to track Soviet submarine movements during the height of the Cold War.  For meritorious achievements, he received over 12 Navy Unit Citation Awards and two Navy Special Achievement Awards for individual accomplishments. Most notable was a special commendation for his design of a voltmeter detection box for hatch openings that became the standard device issued for all submarines. His ability to execute defined operations led to his assignment on an essential mission of highly classified status working with an undercover team for over 12 months, for which he earned a National Defense Service Medal with One Silver and Four Bronze Stars.  When Michael retired from active duty in 1993 he had set foot on all but two continents: South America and Antarctica. Upon his full retirement from the U.S. Navy, Michael joined General Dynamics Corp in Falls Church, VA as a Senior Engineer where he worked with a team of experts on the advanced refinement of periscopes for Navy submarines until 2008 when a medical disability prompted his early retirement from this position. Beyond his enduring interest of military history and strong views on current political events shaping the world, Michael’s deepest passion was his family. Always keeping track of the comings and goings of his brothers and sisters, he was most expansive in his regard for all his nieces and nephews who will forever adore their ‘Uncle Michael.”  His avuncular advice was always heartfelt, and his love of family history was shared with all of them. He was most proud of their accomplishments, and always looked forward to supplementing their education with tales from his travels around the world.   Friends will be received from 4 to 8 PM Friday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral, 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or online at centralcatholichs.com.

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Catherine Henes Petrou

On Monday, May 2nd 2016 Catherine Henes Petrou, beloved wife of the late
Nicholas V. Petrou, mother of Basil Petrou, Arthur Petrou, Stacia Polemis, Grandmother of Marissa Petrou, Phillip Petrou and Katerina Polemis. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday, May 23rd, 2-4 and 6-8pm with the Trisagion Service at 6:30pm.  The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at11am in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S Dithridge St, Pittsburgh, and the interment will take place thereafter at Homewood Cemetery, 1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, for the attention of the Nicholas Petrou Memorial Fund.

 

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James P. Walsh

 

On Friday May 13, 2016, at age 90, beloved husband of 65 years of Rosemarie O'Connell Walsh; father of Cynthia Walsh and her husband Robert Moore and Colleen Walsh; brother of Virginia Bauman, Thomas Walsh (Frances) and the late George Walsh and Gloria Bauman; brother-in-law of Elizabeth Watson; also survived by nieces and nephews. Formerly of Oakland, Jim was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a retired vice president of Gateway Outdoor Advertising. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 1-5pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. John Fisher Church, 10:00am.

  

 


Mark G. Yourgas

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, Mark G. Yourgas, beloved brother of Irene Yourgas and Michael Yourgas. Son of the late George and Anastasia Yourgas. Also survived by many cousins. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodax Cathedral 9:30am. Trisagion Service Wednesday 6:30pm.

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Ellen Frances Rodgers O’Donnell

 

 88, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, April 29, 2016. A lifetime resident and enthusiast for Pittsburgh’s rich history, arts and neighborhoods, Mrs. O'Donnell spent parts of her childhood in Squirrel Hill and in Mt. Lebanon, where her father and partner were the original developers of the Cedarhurst Manor neighborhood. A lifelong Catholic, Mrs. O'Donnell attended St. Bernard Elementary School, before moving on to complete high school at St. Joseph Academy in Greensburg. She then attended  Seton Hill College from which  she graduated in 1949. For the next several years, Mrs. O'Donnell held positions at Kaufmann's in a management training position and then as a statistical clerk at H.J. Heinz.  She married returned WWII veteran and Pittsburgh native, Patrick Michael O’Donnell in August 1950. With her husband, she enjoyed 65 years of marriage, living first in the southwestern neighborhoods of Crafton and Carnegie and for the last 21 years of her life in Shadyside. The O’Donnell's were the proud parents of three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. O’Donnell was a great fan of both the Pittsburgh Symphony and Opera, attending the seasons of both companies for decades and until the end of her life. In addition, she was a lifelong patron of the theater world in Pittsburgh, taking advantage of the rich offerings of University of Pittsburgh  and Carnegie Mellon theaters. She particularly loved the choral and organ musical programs at so many of Pittsburgh’s beautiful churches. She was a member of several Pittsburgh clubs. In addition to the Seton Hill Alumnae Association, she was also a proud member of the 20th Century Club, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and Chartiers Country Club. She was a congregant at St. Paul’s Cathedral. An avid gardener, Mrs. O’Donnell’s homes were always known for the care and beauty of their seasonal displays. She also enjoyed a life of extensive learning. Mrs. O’Donnell for many years was a regular face around the Carnegie Library in Oakland, where she would be researching some new topic of interest. She was endlessly curious and devoted to continued learning and to the encouragement of her children’s and grandchildren’s academic pursuits. She also volunteered with the Pittsburgh  Council  for International Visitor (PCIV). Through this collaboration between Pitt and the United States Information Service, she and her husband entertained scores of international visitors to Pittsburgh, offering a warm welcome to their home city and engendering mutual understanding and friendship among people from diverse backgrounds. Mrs. O’Donnell was fortunate to have traveled the world extensively and she enjoyed studying languages including, French, German, Italian and even Japanese. Mrs. O’Donnell leaves behind a devoted family who will cherish their memories of her warmth, generosity, intelligence and wit. To be a member of her family or a guest in her home was to enjoy a kind of gracious hospitality that harkened from the beautiful era of her childhood and that of her parents and relatives. Surviving Mrs. O’Donnell are her beloved husband Patrick, daughter Maura Kelly (S. John Kelly) of Hillsborough New Jersey, son Patrick O’Donnell ( Kim O'Neill) of Washington DC, and another daughter, Frances Anderton ( Keith Anderton), currently of Bangkok Thailand; as well as grandchildren Michael (Amy), Patrick and Raymond Kelly; Ellen, Alexandra and Liam Anderton; and great grandsons, Charles, Henry and Alfred Kelly. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday 24- and 5-7pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am.

 

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Donald Howard Pettler

On Wednesday April 20, 2016, beloved husband of Susie S. Pettler; father of Laura Pettler (Kevin Kimbrough), Jason Pettler (Kristin), Russell Westerberg (Stacey) and Graham Westerberg (Robin); grandfather of Alexis Pettler, Meredith Bobrek, Joseph & Kaitlin Pettler, Jack & Colin Westerberg and Grace & Mackenzie Westerberg; great grandfather of Stephen Pettler; son of the late Eugene H. and Sarah Hodgson Pettler; brother of Paul Pettler and Ruth Furman. Donald was born, raised and resided in Beaver, PA for most of his life until moving to Point Breeze in 2003. A Captain in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, Donald was a graduate of Beaver High School (1956), Allegheny College (1960), attended Yale University for graduate studies, and retired as a Vice President of PNC after a career of 35 years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday 12 Noon until 4pm. A funeral service and interment at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Children's Home of Pittsburgh, Allegheny College or a charity of one's choice.

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Germaine W. McWilliams

Germaine (Welton) McWilliams left us to be with the angels on Wednesday, April 20th.  She was the beloved wife of Paul, cherished mother of Paula, godmother of John Kelly and grandma to her Tad, Baby, Tinky and Toby.  She is predeceased by her parents Forrest Ford Welton and Wanda Welton.  It is impossible to capture the impact of her life in a few sentences – her elegance, keen mind, business acumen, extraordinary heart and her most marked characteristic – compassion.  Whether an animal in need, friends who were suffering or challenging times for her family – she was always there.  She dearly loved her “Mt. Alvernia girls”, the years dedicated to volunteering at St. Francis, her Shirley and her Leslie - and above all her husband and daughter. She will be forever in the hearts of those who were blessed to know her – suffice it to say that the world of her family and friends will never be quite the same again without her.  Her family respectfully suggests that should donations be made in her memory, The McWilliams Scholarship Fund at Heritage Community Initiatives or Animal Friends be considered.  Friends will be received, John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Ave. & Devonshire St. freyvogelfuneralhome.com, Sunday 2-6 PM. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Stanislaus Church (Strip District) 10 AM. Interment will be private.  At the request of the family, everyone please meet at Church.

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William James "Jim" Aiken, Jr.

 

William James (Jim) Aiken passed away peacefully in his sleep at The Masonic Village, Sewickley, PA on Thursday April 14th at the age of 95. Born on December 4, 1920 in Braddock, PA, he was the youngest child of the late William James Aiken Sr and Mary Gertrude Little Aiken. Preceded in death by his wife ,  Jean Risser Aiken, his sister, Elizabeth Aiken Shinabarger ,  brother Richard Little Aiken and nephews Charlie Aiken and Bill Aiken. Jim was the last of a particularly long line of Aiken’s in Pittsburgh, stemming from Scots Irish settlers in the early 1840’s. He is survived by his nephews, Richard D. "Rick" Aiken (Hollywood, FL), Bruce A. Aiken (Flagstaff, AZ), Robert S. "Robbie" Aiken (Alexandria, VA) and Gregory Risser Slonaker (Princeton Junction, NJ), Susan Slonaker Buenger (Cincinnati, OH) and  David Charles Slonaker (Woodland Hills, CA),  as well as 6 grand nephews and nieces and 4 great-grand nephews and nieces. After attending Edgewood High School , he entered Allegheny College in 1939, graduating in 1942 with a BA in Business Admin/Pre-Law. He was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He joined the Army Air Corps right out of college in 1942. He was stationed at Hickam Air Base in Honolulu, Hawaii for the duration of World War II, as a clerk, rising to the rank of Corporal. He loved Hawaii and spoke of this love for many years to come, even mentioning that if he could find a way he would move back there. Post WWII, he entered the University Of Pittsburgh Law School where he obtained his law degree in 1948. Sadly his father, also an Attorney, died the same year. Jim stepped in and took over his fathers practice.  Over the following decades he rebuilt the practice into his own where he remained for the duration of his career. He married Jean Risser, the love of his life, in 1951. They were married for 61 years. Jean was the Head Librarian and the Dean of Women at the University of Pittsburgh. Jim was a long time member of the University Club in downtown Pittsburgh and a life supporter of the Republican National Committee. He was appointed Town Squire of Edgewood Borough, Pittsburgh and served from 1960 through 1968. As a member of Globetrotters Club, London, England, Jim was an avid world traveler. He and his wife, Jean, visited over 200 countries. They were both lovers of art, history and culture. Their home was filled with books, music and art. He also loved sports and his hometown. The Steelers, the Pirates and Pitt football were important to him. Being present at Forbes Field in the right field bleachers for game seven of the 1960 World Series, he loved recounting how “everything just shook..” after Mazeroski’s homer. Jim will be remembered as a kind, responsible man with a great intellect and a dry sense of humor, always with a twinkle in his eye. There will be a graveside service on Monday in Homewood Cemetery at 11a.m. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Daniel Stearns Russell

Daniel Stearns Russell passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 78 years old. Originally from Frankfort, N.Y., Daniel graduated from Hamilton College in 1959 with a BA in Philosophy. He earned his MA (1961) and PhD (1968) in French Literature from New York University. As professor and longtime chair (1984-1996) of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, Daniel Russell taught courses in French language, literature, and culture from 1968 until his retirement in 2005. His research focused on the Renaissance genres of the emblem and device, with particular emphasis on their relationship to early modern culture. He published numerous articles and books on these topics, including The Emblem and Device in France (1985) and Emblematic Structures in Renaissance French Culture (1995). In 1986, he co-founded the journal Emblematica and served for many years as one of its editors. He received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. In addition to his academic achievements he was a warm person and a mentor to family, friends, students and colleagues. He loved good food, fine wines, old books, classical music and bluegrass. An accomplished cook who appreciated a well-written recipe, he was famous among his friends for his Niçoise salad. He is survived by his wife Lila Penchansky; daughter Allison Russell; son Nicolas Russell; and granddaughter Amalia Navarro. A memorial service will be held at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus at 11:00 a.m. on May 20, 2016. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com), Pittsburgh, PA.

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Norbert C. Doemling

On Tuesday April 5, 2016. Norbert C. Doemling, died in the hope of the Resurrection. Beloved husband of JoAnn Lauth Doemling. Father of David N. Doemling, Nancy Monfredo (Scott) and Gregory P. Doemling (Erin). Grandfather of Alyssa, Zachary and Elliot Monfredo. Brother of Barbara Doerfler (the late Bill), Eugene Doemling (Gina), and the late Joseph Doemling, Audrey Spak (the late Michael Spak). Also survived by his sister in law Mary Lou Doemling, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 3-7pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 11am.

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Mary Helen Fuhrer

 

 

On Saturday March 19, 2016, at age 89, formerly of Fox Chapel and Hampton.  Born in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 25, 1926.   Beloved daughter to Walter and Ann Morrow and sister to the late John Morrow of Aurora, Colorado.  Mary Helen was a 1948 graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  After graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh for a job with the Girl Scouts of Western Pa. where she met her husband, Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. while playing golf at Schenley Park Golf Course.  They married in 1951, raised 4 children together and divorced in 1979.  Mary Helen was the loving mother of daughter, Kathryn Ann (Kate) Fuhrer of Hampton and her children, Chas, Casey, and Corey Wagner; Son, David Fuhrer of Fox Chapel and his children Jessica, Molly, Emma, and David; Son Frank Fuhrer, III of Fox Chapel and his children Frankie, Jas, and Garrett; daughter Beth Wrigley and her husband Mark Wrigley of Wexford and their children Sarah, Jacob, Paige, Christian, Hannah, Abby, Caroline, and Ellie.  Mary Helen was a great athlete and a longtime member of the Pittsburgh Field Club where she had a great love for golf, paddle tennis, and tennis.  Her golf highlights included winning the club Championship at the Field Club and Oakmont Country Club 3 times each.  For much of her life she was actively involved in volunteer work for various organizations such as the Republican Party, Meals on Wheels, the Girl Scouts, The Salvation Army, and the Western Pa. Golf Association.  She had a hearty, contagious laugh to go along with her fun personality.  Most importantly, she was a very humble, generous, and unselfish person who placed the needs of others before herself.  Mary Helen was a wonderful mother and grandmother (Gran) who loved being with and caring for her family.  Friends will be received on Monday March 28, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Tuesday March 29, 2016, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Scholastica Church,  Aspinwall, 10:00 AM.  Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of Vincentian Home.  Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Vincentian Home c/o Vincentian Charitable Foundation 8250 Babcock Blvd. PGH, PA 15237.

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Sofia Pahoundis Tangalos

 

On Tuesday March 15, 2016, beloved wife of William J. Tangalos; devoted mother of Diane Dorogy (Mark) and Annette Tsimouris (Emmanouil); loving yia yia of Elena, Christiana, Stacey, Harrison, and Nicholas; dear sister of D. John Powers (Helene) and Plato Michael Powers; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 5-8pm, with Trisagion Service at 7pm (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Saturday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Fund of Saint Innocent Orthodox Christian Church, 7301 Rivoli Road, Macon, GA, 31210 or to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 419 S. Dithridge Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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Steven A. Taylor  

 

Peacefully in his sleep on Thursday March 10, 2016, beloved son of the late Helen M. and John L. Taylor; brother of Mary Lou Stillwagon (John) and Georgia Killcrece (Tom) and the late Helen Rose Smith and John L. Taylor, Jr.; also survived by nieces and nephews and pre-deceased by one nephew. Steve retired after more than 30 years of service from the city of Pittsburgh. There will be no visitation, funeral and interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to the Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army (www.wpa.salvationarmy.org)  Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Brock Travis Onque', Ph.D.

 

 

Brock Travis Onque’, Ph.D. passed away on March 9, 2016.  He was born July 29, 1960 to Earle Travis Onque’ and Dr. Gloria Cochrane Onque’.  Brock attended Shadyside Academy in Fox Chapel and Hobart & William Smith Colleges in upstate New York.  Brock received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.  He practiced architecture for several years in the Pittsburgh area and then returned to school to pursue a doctorate degree in urban planning from the University of Pittsburgh.  Brock received his Ph.D. in 2006.  Brock loved his hometown and hometown sports, particularly the Steelers and Pitt basketball.  He served on several boards including the Homewood Housing Association and the Quantum Theatre.  Brock is preceded in death by his mother Dr. Gloria Cochrane Onque’, his brother Craig Cochrane Onque’, and his father Earle Travis Onque’.  Brock is survived by his sister Sheri Onque’ Eastman (Dan), his niece Nicole Eastman Scambray (Daniel), grand nephew Jackson Scambray, and nephew Jesse Eastman (Jenna).
A private memorial service and interment are planned.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Quantum Theatre, 218 N. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA  15206.

Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Charles J. Bonavita

 

Suddenly on Sunday March 6, 2016; beloved son of the late Emil and Margaret Holleran Bonavita; brother of the late Emil Bonavita, Jr. (Marie); uncle of  E.J., III, James and Michael Bonavita; also survived by four great nieces and nephews. A proud Irishman, Charles was a retired Professional Engineer, had a passion for helping others through community volunteer work, and was a former member of the St. Paul Cathedral Choir. He was the founder of the Allegheny River Rowing Club, an award winning rowing coach and enjoyed spending his free time hunting, riding horses and socializing with his cousins and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday

2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am.

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Stamatis C. "Sam" Lardas

 

 

On Wednesday March 2, 2016, at age 89, beloved husband of 67 years of Argie Lardas; father of Christina Hudale (Rudy), Carol Mavrophilipos (Stellios) and Dina Jocuns (Jerome); brother of Katie Kefalos (George); also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A native Pittsburgher, Sam was a graduate of Schenley High School, Duff's Business Institute and a U.S. Navy combat veteran of WWII, having served on Okinawa in the Pacific Theatre. He was the former owner of the Aresnal Beer Distributor in Lawrenceville, Sam's Bar in Bloomfield and eventually retired from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Sam was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and former commander of American Legion Post 595. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday from 2-8pm with Trisagion Service at 7pm. Funeral Friday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11:00am. Remembrances may be made to the Pan Icarian Foundation, 749 E. Railroad Ave. Verona, PA 15147.

 

 

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William P. Shaffer

 

 

On Sunday February 14, 2016, at age 51, beloved husband of Larry Konter; son of Barbara Shaffer Geary and the late Paul W. Shaffer; brother of Douglas Shaffer, Staci Preston and Michael Geary; uncle of Ava and Levi Preston and also survived by many special cousins, aunts and uncles. William was a server at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday at 10:00am followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00am.

 

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Rose Bearer Ellis

Rose Bearer Ellis, age 87, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully on Friday February  2016.  Beloved wife of the late John K. Ellis Sr, mother of J. Keefe Ellis Jr,(Stacy), Peter Ellis, M.D. and Connie Heppenstall, (Mark), sister of Grace Rhody of Patton, PA, Helen Hahn of Carson City, NV, the late Mary Mullen, Mildred Robine, Nelda Carl, Winifred Leap, Joseph Bearer and John Bearer.  Rose is also survived by ten grandchildren, Emily, Jake, Caroline, and Patrick Ellis; Andrew, Peter and Thad Ellis; and Mary, Kyle and Charlie Heppenstall, as well as many nieces and nephews. Rose graduated from the nurses training program at Mercy Hospital in 1948 where she worked as a pediatric nurse until she met her beloved husband of 51 years John K. (Jack) Ellis whom she married in 1954.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all that knew her.  A member of the St. Bede Parish in Point Breeze for 60 years, she sang in the church choir and was a devoted attendee of the 7:00 am daily mass.   In addition to her involvement with and devotion to St. Bede, Rose volunteered for many years at the Vintage Senior Center in Highland Park. She will be sorely missed but forever remembered for her beautiful smile, piercing blue eyes, kind words and gentle heart. There will be no visitation. Funeral Monday, February 15, 2016, Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Bede Church at 10:00am.  In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Bede Parish, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Johanna "Joei" Rita Smith

 

 

At age 68, of Indiana Township, passed peacefully at her home in the company of family and loved ones on February 10, 2016. She was born on July 14, 1947 and was the daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Nerone.  Joei was a retired employee of the University of Pittsburgh and a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Richard Smith, children Tracy Kapoor (Howard Roach), Roger (Wendy) Smith, Rick Smith (Tina Stufft), grandchildren, Raj, Nikhil, Maggie, Ajay Kapoor, Tyler, Caroline Smith, Howard Roach Jr. As well as siblings Roger (Helena) Nerone, Randy (Roberta) Nerone, Richard (Kathy) Nerone, Mary (Ronald) DiCarlo, Kathy Peters, Philip Nerone and sister-in-law Margie Nerone. She is preceded in death by siblings Regan and Christine Nerone and grandson Quinn Smith.  Friends and family will be recived at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday, February 12, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Joei's life will be held at St Joseph's Parish (342 Dorseyville Road Pittsburgh PA 15215) on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 10:00am. The burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery (718 Hazelwood Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15217). In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Cancer Society. 

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Mary Rita Wiegand King

 

 

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, beloved wife of the late William J. King; mother of Diane King (Dean Cunningham) of Raleigh, NC and Constance Faasse (David) of Collierville, TN; also survived by six grandchildren; sister of the late Edwin, Myron and Joseph Wiegand. Born on March 25, 1923, Mrs. King resided in Pittsburgh until 2000 when she retired to Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham, NC, but always considered Pittsburgh to be her home.  Mrs. King earned a degree in English from Rosemont College in Philadelphia, she earned a B.S. in Secretarial Studies from Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, now Carnegie Mellon University and was a longtime member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and St. Bede Church. There will be no visitation, Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church, Point Breeze, 9AM with interment in Calvary Cemetery to follow.  Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Marion G. Huber
 

On Monday February 8, 2016, of Wilkinsburg and Conneaut Lake, wife of the late John W. "Red" Huber, Sr.; mother of her beloved son, John W. "Jay" Huber, Jr. (Erin) and her "second son" Joe Langan; also survived by her grandsons Derek and Evan, foster daughters Pixie and  Maureen; her sisters in law, Mary Agnes Spellman and Etheldreda Huber, and many dear nieces and nephews. Marion was a wonderfully caring person who was a devoted wife, mother, caregiver and friend, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. James Church (Wilkinsburg) 10am. Remembrances may be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at pittsburghfoodbank.org or The Sisters of Charity at Seton Hill at scsh.org.

 

 

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Vincent M. Febbraro
 

On Friday, February 5, 2016, Vincent M. Febbraro, age 92. Husband of Emily Falvo Febbraro. Father of Linda Febbraro Mazur. Father in law of James E. Mazur.  Brother of Angeline Cafazzo and the late Josephine Cavalieri, Grace Gallippi, Anthony Febbraro, Virginia DeNitto and Rose Visco. Also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Febbraro was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action during the Italian Campaign. He owned and operated the Vincent M. Febbraro Funeral Home on Meadow Street in East Liberty for 42 years until his retirement. He was a loyal member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, and a lifelong member of St. Paul Cathedral where he served for many years as an usher.  The Febbraro family wishes to thank all the staff of Canterbury Place for the kind and compassionate care Mr. Febbraro received during his stay. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday 2-7pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral.

 

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John W. Bush

 

On Friday, February 5, 2016, at age 84, beloved husband of 57 years of Patricia Gillard Bush; a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, John is also survived by his sister June M. Bush and his niece Diane Moulton both of Seminole, FL. There will be no visitation. Funeral and Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the University of Pittsburgh, WQED or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.

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Donna W. Gordon

 

Shadyside

 

Donna Wolfe Gordon of Shadyside, passed away on Thursday February 4, 2016 after a long illness. Donna was the beloved wife of Gordon Gordon for 53 years; loving mother of Tracey (Tom) Reading, Courtney Wissinger and Paige Gordon; devoted grandmother “Bobbie” of Blake and Spencer Reading and Gordon and Andrew Wissinger; and beloved daughter of the late Aldona “Bunny” Wolfe and Stanley Wolfe. After graduation from Sacred Heart High School, she was a legal secretary for a number of years. Once her daughters were grown, she worked at Carnegie Mellon University for 20 years. She was a past volunteer for Shadyside Hospital and St. Margaret’s Memorial Hospital. Her passions were gardening, reading biographies and the stock market. She was a member of The Pittsburgh Golf Club. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday, February 8 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm. Funeral services and interment will be private. private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), UPCI/UPMC Cancer Center Development, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 and should be designated for lung cancer or lymphoma research; or Allegheny Health Network, Hospice and Palliative Care, 4818 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 for use in the inpatient care unit.

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Sally Kennedy Fownes 

On Monday, February 1, 2016, beloved wife of 58 years of the late John Townsend Fownes; mother of Margo Kennedy Fownes (Mario Jojola), Luella Fownes Jamison (Doug), John Townsend Fownes, Jr. (Barb), and Henry Clay Fownes, III (Tracy); sister of George Chalfant Kennedy, Jr. (Gala); beloved Nana of Maxwell and Emily, Denise and Douglas, Samantha and Alexandra, and Benjamin and Sarah. Mrs. Fownes was a lifelong member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon and Elder. She devoted many years to volunteer work with Children's Home, Garfield Girls, The Junior League, The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, and St. Margaret's Hospital, Women's Association of the Pittsburgh Symphony and as  a board member of the Cinderella Ball. Friends will be received in the Parlor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church Friday at 9Am until  a Memorial Service at 11 AM In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, PGH., PA 15232. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Carrie “Honey Girl” (Rorison) Marasco

Age 86, of Amelia Island, FL, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA passed away at her home on Thursday evening, January 28, 2016 with her family present. Beloved wife for 62 years of Joseph A. Marasco, Jr., MD.  Loving mother of Kay (D’Arcy) Kennedy of Yulee, Beth (William) Ivins of Pittsburgh, Kurt (Caroline Pittari) Marasco of Amelia Island, and Amy Marasco of Amelia Island. Grandmother of Christopher, Sarah, and Ashton. Sister of Al (Mary Ann) Rorison, Miriam Devey, Mayme Rorison and Margaret Vulakovich.  She was known as Aunt Honey to numerous nieces and nephews. Carrie was predeceased by siblings Harry “Pete” Rorison, Anna Mae Heinrich, William “Rip” Rorison, Edward Rorison and Charlotte O’Mahony. Daughter of the late William George and Mayme Ashton Rorison, Carrie graduated from Schenley High School in 1947. She met her future husband, Joseph A. Marasco, Jr., while working with the local Methodist Youth Fellowship. They enjoyed time together at Jumonville, a United Methodist camp. She worked as a secretary at various businesses including PPG, Goodwill Industries and the American Institute for Research, and as a legal secretary for various law firms in Pittsburgh, enabling her husband to attend medical school, and in Philadelphia during his service in the Navy. Carrie was Joe’s Sweetheart of Sigma Chi and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with the families of his fraternity brothers. After the children were born, she spent many years keeping a home worthy of a house tour, and lovingly raising her family. She volunteered for various organizations including Faith United Methodist Church in Fox Chapel and the Women’s Auxiliaries of the Allegheny County Medical Society, St. Francis Hospital, and Pittsburgh Opera. Carrie loved music, particularly hymns, and had a lovely voice, which she lent to a number of choirs, weddings, and musical productions. Generous and giving, she was an avid gift-giver, always finding just the right item for each recipient. She was a great fan of the Pittsburgh Sports teams.  The Marasco’s purchased a home on Amelia Island, FL in 1983 and became full time residents in 2000. Soon after, they became actively involved with the ministry of the Amelia Plantation Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Faith United Methodist Church in Fox Chapel with Pastor Tom Parkinson, officiating. Burial will be private, prior to the service, at Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Family and friends are welcome to a reception following the service at Atria’s on Freeport Road in Fox Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Faith United Methodist Church, 261 W. Chapel Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or the Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island, FL  32034. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Ethelind Appleton Giltinan Eddy

 

July 6, 1929- January 16, 2016

 

Ethelind A. Eddy, 86, of Verona PA, died peacefully Saturday, January 16, 2016 of natural causes. Linda, as she was known, was a tireless force behind gardening, public gardens and education through her volunteer and board work with the The Garden Club of Allegheny County, The Phipps Conservatory, and The Pittsburgh Garden Center. One project was the outdoor garden at Phipps Conservatory. Linda helped to transform this garden from an ignored and deteriorating public space to being recognized as one of the jewels of this city. Her energy, humor and strong organizational skills were central to any project or program she with which she was involved. Mrs. Eddy was born in Charleston WV on July 6, 1929 to David M. Giltinan and Elsie Q. Smith. She attended Smith College, Northampton, MA in 1951 with BA in English. Following her marriage to Tom Eddy, she moved to Pittsburgh. Linda embraced Pittsburgh with gusto, charmed by the town and people.  Linda focused on her family from her children, through to the many levels of aunts, uncles and cousins that that stemmed from her southern roots. Linda was known for her dry wit, bright personality and distinct laugh she shared with friends. Mrs. Eddy was predeceased by her husband, Thomas P. Eddy. She is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Q. Cassetti (Robert) of Trumansburg, NY ; son, Thomas P. Eddy (Jennifer) of Ipswich, MA;  daughter Louisa Blair DeVan (Michael) of Charleston  WV;  and son, David A. Eddy (Kristin) of Phoenixville, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Katherine Cassetti, Alexander Cassetti, Gibbs Eddy, Dale Eddy, Eliza Eddy, Caroline Eddy and Sarah Eddy. Friends and family will be received at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Saturday, February 6 at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service at the church. A private internment will be at Allegheny Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Phipps Conservatory, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

 

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Susan L. Patterson

 

Susan Lee Patterson, 63, died on Sunday January 17, 2016 of Glioblastoma. Beloved daughter of the late William and Betty Patterson and beloved adopted daughter of the late Pierce Butler Carlisle Burgwin, Jr. and Elizabeth Feeley Burgwin; sister of William S. Patterson (Marlene), Michael J. Patterson (Dianne), Elizabeth A. Burgwin, Marion A. Burgwin and the late Margaret B. and Pierce Butler Carlisle Burgwin, III; beloved aunt of Ryan M. Patterson (Lee Anne Pontis) and Kelly N. Hough (Brandon); niece of Kathy Gorski and Marcia Murray; also survived by many cousins and friends. There will be no visitation, a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Remembrances may be made to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) c/o Development Office, attention: Dr. Nduka Amankulor UPMC Cancer Pavillion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Avenue PGH, PA 15232, or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). 

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Iole Lombardozzi D'Achille

 

 

On Tuesday January 12, 2016 Iole Lombardozzi D'Achille, beloved wife of the late Corradino D'Achille. Mother of Addolorata "Dolores" Salvatore (Giovanni) and Adolfo D'Achille (Carol). Grandmother of Corrado Salvatore (Bethany), John Salvatore (Sarah), Steven D'Achille (the late Alexis), Natalie Price (Aaron), the late Michael D'Achille, and Christie Taggart (Ross). Great grandmother of  Corrado and Caterina Salvatore, Giovanni Salvatore, Luca and Michael Price, and Adriana D'Achille. Sister of Angelo Lombardozzi (Italy) and Ilde D'Amico (Australia) and the late Tullia D'Achille. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-4 and 6-9pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Maria Goretti Church (Friendship Campus) 10am.

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Bonnie Lynn Rixey

 

 

On Monday January 11, 2016. Beloved daughter of Jane Roosz (stepfather Wayne Roosz) and the late George Rixey; sister of Rosemarie Rixey; granddaughter of the late Minnie and Alfred Bonie. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10am.

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Adia Mascilli Pasciuti

 

 

On Tuesday January 5, 2016 at age 91, beloved wife of the late Anthony Pasciuti; mother of Mary B. Koch (Joseph); sister of Arthur Mascilli (Flo) and the late Emide Cipriani and Anthony Mascilli; loving Nonna of Jessica, Marla and Hillary Koch; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday 6-8pm and Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Maria Goretti Church, Friendship Campus (Formerly Immaculate Conception Church) at 10:00am.

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Joseph Andrew Massaro, Jr.

 

 

Surrounded by his family, just as he would have wanted, Joseph Andrew Massaro, Jr. died peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 30, 2016 at the age of 79 after a heroic battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Joe was born on January 14, 1936 and raised on Larimer Avenue in East Liberty.  He was the second son of Mary (Insogna) and Joseph A. Massaro, Sr.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1953 where he played quarterback on the football team.  He went on to St. Francis University where he continued playing quarterback for two years and then transferred to the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a civil engineering degree in 1957.  In 1967, he founded Massaro Corporation, one of the region’s largest and most respected construction companies. Joe was passionate about his Catholic faith and guided by the strong belief that along with great success comes the great responsibility to give back to the community.   He took tremendous pride in serving on the boards of directors of La Roche College, Central Catholic High School, Riverview School District, The Pittsburgh Opera and St. Anthony School for Exceptional Children.   While serving as president of the St. Anthony Board, he led the effort to “mainstream” children with developmental disabilities by including them in the classroom with their peers.  He was also a generous supporter of many charitable and non-profit organizations including The Homeless Children’s Education Fund, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, The University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Oakland Catholic High School, Little Sisters of the Poor and St. Vincent College.  Although he was the recipient of many awards recognizing his commitment to the community including the NAIOP Lifetime Achievement award, the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni award, the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life award and the LA Roche Ad Lucem award, he was most proud of his induction into the Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Despite all of his success, he never forgot where he came from or what was most important in life – the love of his family.  He is deeply mourned by his devoted and loving wife of 55 years, Carol (Coleman) Massaro and preceded in death by his parents, Mary & Joseph A. Massaro and his brothers, Eugene (Gene) and Gerard (Gerry) Massaro.  His four children were his most cherished accomplishments:  Linda, Joe III (Alina), David (Luci) and Steven “Gooch” (Stephanie).  He serves as a constant role model and will always be remembered and loved as “Grandpa” by his 15 grandchildren:  Steven Studnicky, Alex (Studnicky) Gardella (Chris), Sofia Massaro, Olivia Massaro, Carolyn Cost, Marta Massaro, Josie Cost, Isabella Massaro, Meredith Massaro, Charlie Massaro, Elizabeth Massaro, Lily Massaro, Joseph A. Massaro, Ava Massaro and Charlotte Massaro. Joe was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in January 2010.  He confronted the disease with the same passion, humility and pride that has always defined him.  In response to the disease, his wife Carol established the Joseph A. Massaro Alzheimer’s Research Fund through the Pittsburgh Foundation in September 2013. To continue his strong commitment to the community he lived in and loved, the aim of the fund is to support Pittsburgh based researchers seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, January 3rd from 1PM-7PM at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue and Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).  Funeral Monday, January 4th, a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop David A. Zubik at 9:30 AM at St. Paul Cathedral, 108 North Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA.  A reception will be held immediately following Mass at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA), 4215 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.  A private entombment will follow the Mass for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you kindly consider a donation to the Joseph A. Massaro Alzheimer’s Fund through the pittsburghfoundation.org.

 

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Constance Ruth Nelson-Wise

 

Constance "Connie" Ruth Nelson-Wise, age 67, passed from this life with her sister by her side on December 29, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Connie was born June 12, 1948 in Massillon, Ohio to the late Eric and Ruth (Hax) Nelson. She was a 1966 graduate of Jackson Memorial High School. She received her BA in music education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and her masters in social work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Mark Wise. After receiving her BA, Connie taught music for a year in Jackson, Ohio. She then moved to Detroit, MI where she spent several years doing parish work for the Lutheran Church before deciding to pursue a MA in social work. Connie began her career as a social worker at Henry Ford Hospital and then at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe. she relocated to Pittsburgh, PA in the mid 1980's where she continued her social work career at Magee Women's Hospital until her retirement in 2013. It is in Pittsburgh where she met her husband, with whom she spent many happy years until his passing in 2004. Connie had a passion for travel and never turned down an opportunity to experience new places with family and friends. Another passion was music and she especially loved attending the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bach choral concerts, Broadway shows, and jazz performances. Growing up Connie was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Massillon and more recently was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Pittsburgh. Connie is survived by her sister, Jennifer Nelson-Maurer and brother-in-law Craig Maurer, and beloved cousin Ted Hax as well as many dedicated and close friends who had also been by her side throughout her illness. Connie will be remembered by those who knew her for the diversity of her friends, her accepting attitude, her loving and gentle ways, her generosity and the grace with which she handled her illness. Oh, and of course, there were her "Porch Parties" which were legendary. The family would like to thank all her friends and care-givers for their love and support during the time of her illness. They would also like to express sincere appreciation to the staff at Presbyterian and Montefiore Hospitals and Concordia of South Hills, for their professional care and kind attention.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday January 3 from 1-4PM and Monday January 4 from 10-11AM in The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross (7507 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208) followed by the Funeral Service at 11AM. Interment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to  The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, 7507 Kelly St., Pgh, PA 15208 or "Feeding the Spirit" (soup kitchen) 611 Southwest Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601 or the Pittsburgh Symphony Inc. 600 Penn Avenue, Pgh., PA 15222.

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Agnes McArdle Kretz

 

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, Agnes Kretz age 89, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Dr. John C. Kretz. Preceded in death by her daughter, Carol. Survived by her children, John A. Kretz, Michael A. Kretz (Cathy), Dave G. Kretz (Debbie), Mary Beth Kretz, Gary R. Kretz (Aimee) and Greg P. Kretz (Susan) and by her grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Lauren, Jessica, Brian, Jamie, Brittany, Matthew (Robyn), Cameron and Ryann and great grandchild Mila. Sister of Patricia Scherer and Kathleen Mathis and the late Peter and James McArdle and Mary Margaret Spafford and Ann Weidenweber. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews. Agnes graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 but left nursing to raise her large, loving family. Her favorite pass time was attending the opera, along with traveling to visit friends and family. She was a member of St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm (freyvogelfuneralhome.com). Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial (Notice of time and place later). In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 333 East Carson St., PGH, PA 15219


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Virginia Jane Simpson Scully

 

On Friday December 11, 2015 at age 88, beloved wife of Joseph J. Scully; mother of Joseph J. Scully, Jr. (Carol), Mary Kathleen Scully, Christopher K. Scully (Cheryl Marino) and Virginia L. Apple (Dennis); grandmother of Joseph J.,III and MacArthur F. Scully and Scott D. Apple (Jennifer); great-grandmother of Brenner R. Scully, Shyan L., Vincent J., and Jackson J. Apple; daughter of the late Frank and Mary Cunningham Simpson; sister-in-law of Sister Jane C. Scully, R.S.M. Ginnie was a woman of extraordinary character, class, conviction and courage. Her friends treasured her dearly. Her family loved her even more beyond words.  Remembrances may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Avenue PGH, PA 15206 in memory of Virginia's beloved puppies, Schnitzel and Scooby Doo Scully. Funeral and interment will be private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Kathleen Manley Welsh 

Kathleen Manley Welsh, surrounded by her children – whom she called her “gems” – died peacefully on Thursday, December 10, 2015.  She was a woman of incredible spirit, grace and goodness; everyone who knew her understood this about her. She is now reunited, after 22 years, with her beloved late husband Thomas Welsh. Born in Philadelphia on June 9, 1928 , she was the devoted daughter of the late John J. and Blanche Kent Manley and sister of the late John J. Manley Jr. Kathleen met Tom at the New Jersey shore, where she spent summers with her family.  After graduation from Manhattanville College, they married in Philadelphia on November 29, 1950, a few days after Pittsburgh’s “Big Snow.”  With no trace of snow in Philadelphia and delays in the groom’s arrival from Pittsburgh, Kathleen wondered whether he was backing out.  He was not – and they had 43 wonderful years together with six children and all the joy that comes with it. Kathleen adopted Pittsburgh as her home and was actively involved in a large Welsh – Friday family, her community and St. Scholastica Parish.  She had many friends, and continued her 50-year tradition of her bridge club even until this year. She was a member of the Duquesne University School of Music Advisory Board, a volunteer at Bethlehem Haven Women’s Shelter, volunteer at Magee Women’s Hospital, Eucharistic Minister at St. Margaret’s Hospital and 25-year supporter of Girls Hope.  She taught her children well to be involved and always give back. Kathleen is survived by many loving family members.  She will be missed deeply by her six children: Katie Welsh McSorley and her husband David P. McSorley, Ann Welsh Slavish and her husband Timothy M. Slavish, Thomas H. Welsh, Jr. and his wife Joanne Steele Welsh, Patsy Welsh Ford and her husband Stephen P. Ford, Rosie Welsh  -- all in Pittsburgh – and John Manley Welsh and his wife Cynthia Ferranto of Washington, DC.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren and their spouses: Timothy Slavish, Jr. and his wife Stephanie Coccia Slavish, Kathleen Slavish, Julie Slavish, Peter Slavish, Thomas H. Welsh III, Caroline Ford Regan and her husband Sean Regan, Erin Ford Gallagher and her husband Patrick Gallagher, Molly Ford and Michael Welsh Ferranto.  We cannot forget Lily, her loving and devoted beagle of 10 years. Kathleen instilled in her family the importance of being a strong unit, and there was nothing that delighted her more than being with them – for a simple evening at home, for holiday traditions and for special travels they had together. Friends will be received at JOHN A FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com), on Monday, December 14, 2 PM until 7 PM.  Funeral Tuesday December 15,  Mass of Christian Burial, 10 AM at St. Scholastica Church in Aspinwall.  Remembrances may be made to St. Scholastica Church, the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University or Girls Hope of Pittsburgh.

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 Shirley Tappen Nordenberg

 

Shirley Tappen Nordenberg, 90, died on Friday, December 4.  She was a resident of the Villages at St. Barnabas and had been hospitalized at UPMC Passavant.  She was a native of Superior, Wisconsin and also had lived in Duluth, Minnesota; Naperville, Illinois; and Spring Hill, Florida, as well as Pittsburgh.  In addition to being a committed wife and mother, she had worked as a teacher and librarian.  She also was an avid, and very good, bridge player and had traveled extensively.  She was preceded in death by her husband John Nordenberg; her parents Alfred and Evelyn Tappen; her sister Loverna (Larry) Anderson; and her in-laws Carl and Hulda Nordenberg.  She is survived by her three children, Jon Nordenberg of Madison, Wisconsin; Lynne Nordenberg of Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Mark (Nikki) Nordenberg of Pittsburgh and by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She will be buried with her husband at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, following a private, family ceremony.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044, to the Passavant Hospital Foundation, 9100 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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George N. Christ

 

On Tuesday November 24, 2015 beloved husband of the late Elaine Christ. Born on August 11, 1925, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh. Mr. Christ is survived by his two daughters, Deborah Zourdos (Christopher) and Penny Marcadante (Jeff); his four grandchildren, Christina Jackman (Thomas), Peter George Zourdos, George Pilafas (Francesca) and Michael Zourdos (Catherine) and two great grandchildren, Sadie Elaine and Zachary; his sisters, Julie Chergotis (late Peter) and Penny Chirigos (Nicholas); and his in-laws Sophia Randall, Demetra Craig and Arthur Dordas. A lifelong steward of St. Nicholas Cathedral, where he served as Treasurer of the Parish Council and started the successful St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival, Mr. Christ served honorably as a radio operator in a B-25 bomber during WWII, he returned to Pittsburgh to marry his high school sweetheart and founded Chris Candies, a chocolate manufacturing company. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-8pm, with Trisagion Service at 7pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from 10:30 until a funeral at 11:30am. Remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 419 S. Dithridge St. Pgh., PA 15213.

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David P. Casasent, Ph.D.

 

Om Monday, November 16, 2015, beloved husband of Paula T. Casasent; father of Candace MacPherson, Erin Glancey (Patrick), Maurine Klein (Travis), Todd Casasent (Anna), Jon Casasent (Rebecca). Grandfather of Jade Casasent and Nathan MacPherson. A professor emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University, David earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He began his career at CMU in 1969; among his accomplishments in his 40 years career include the George Westinghouse Chair at CMU in 1980, Presidency of the Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) in 1993 with two years of (SPIE) Board service, Presidency of the International Neural Network Society in 1999, and  SPIE President's Award in 1996. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE, and the Optical Society of America. David was a true renaissance man who loved world travel, his dogs, cooking, gardening and the love of his life Paula. His boundless energy and smile will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday 2-4 and 6-