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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.

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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 6-8pm. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph's Church (342 Dorseyville Road Pgh., PA 15238) at 10am. Remembrances may be made to American Heart Association or Animal Friends. 

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Chris G. Copetas, Esq.

 

 

Passed away peacefully on November 13. A man of extraordinary talents and abilities, Chris was cherished by his family and countless friends. His generosity and kindness seemed limitless and so much of his energy and time was both directed at helping others and in dedication to the community. He was preceded in death by his father, George Copetas, mother, Bessie, and siblings, George, Jack and Georgia. He is survived by his brother, John Copetas (Joanne); sister, Penny Kachulis (Paul); his nieces and nephews, whom he treated as if they were his own children (Kathy, Harry, Dani, George, George, Beth and Jim); and eight great nieces and nephews. A graduate of Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh, Chris excelled academically, graduating with honors, and athletically, playing football. He was very proud of his military service in the US Air Force. While stationed in Germany, he was a Security and Police Specialist, an All-Air Force football All Star and combat judo finalist. Honorably discharged as a Major, he also was a long time Reservist, a member of the W. PA Air Force Reserve Assoc. and the American Legion. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University. He was a past President of that School's Alumni Association and was the first recipient of its Meritorious Service Award. Initially he was in private practice as a partner in the firm of Kachulis, Copetas, Adams and Hillen. For over 25 years he served as the First Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County, where he became well known throughout the legal community, supervising for years the Investigative Branch. He was also Vice Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority for 9 years. Later he was counsel with the firms- Lazzaro Law Center and Ciao, Torisky and O'Connor. He also was very proud of his Greek heritage, a life time member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and many Hellenic organizations, including the American Hellenic Education Association. His love, wit and sense of humor will be dearly missed by all those who had the good fortune to have him in their lives. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday, 6-8pm and Wednesday, 2-4 & 6-8pm with Trisagion Service (Time later). Funeral Thursday, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11:00am. Remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge St. PGH, PA 15213.

 

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George M. McManus

 

 

On Sunday November 8, 2015 George M. McManus. Beloved husband of the late Lucy M. McManus. Father of Elizabeth Bailey (John). Grandfather of Zachary, Ian and John Bailey. Brother of  Alma Ryan, Alice Richardson, Betty Goodman and the late Laurence McManus, Mary Weiser, Howard McManus, Alice Richardson,  and Florence Martinelli. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. George received his Bachelor and Master's degree from Wayne University and was a Senior Metallurgist at the University of Pittsburgh until his retirement in 2000.  He will always be remembered as a devoted husband and father. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday 6-8p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Margaret Quish Durkin

 

 

Margaret Quish Durkin passed away on Saturday, October 31, at home surrounded by family.  Born 8/7/31 to Irish immigrants in Chicago, 'Peg' grew up in Sterling, Illinois. A University of Illinois graduate (’53), she worked as a social worker for the Red Cross and the Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago until her marriage to James A. Durkin in 1959.  While raising her children in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she worked on a master’s degree in child development at Wayne State University and taught elementary school.  Later in life, she started an antiques business named the “Duntryleague Shop” in honor of her Irish homestead.  Through frequent family visits, Peg maintained close ties with her many Quish cousins in Ireland.  In retirement, she and Jim divided their time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Sarasota, Florida.  She is preceded in death by her sister Irene Lodge and brothers Thomas and Martin Quish.  Survivors include her husband Jim and children Tom Durkin (Laura), Erin Durkin, and Carey Treado (Patrick).She was a much beloved Peggi/ Little Poppi / Monkee to her grandchildren--Kelsy, Grace, Jack, Katherine, Jackson, James, Conor, and Josie.  Peg was loved by many for her quick laugh, kind words, and Shakespeare quotes: sleep, perchance to dream… for in that sleep what dreams may come. There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, at St. Bede Church in Pittsburgh at 10:00am.  Memorial contributions are welcome with the Detroit chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

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Jennie B. Hages 

 

On Thursday October 29, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Eleftherios "Ted" Hages; loving mother of Nicholas G. Hages and James Hages (Linda); adoring Yiayia of Ted and Nicholas, loving aunt to many nieces and nephews along with several Koubari. In addition to her husband, Jennie was preceded in death by her parents Dimitri and Calliope Belegris, her sister Mary Jane Livanos and her son Nicholas. Jennie was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral where she was a food festival volunteer and former Philoptochos president. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 7:30p.m. Funeral Monday, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Nicholas Philoptochos.

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Margaret S. Hanley

 

Margaret S. Hanley , born April 17 1917, died Sunday October 25, 2015 surrounded by family. She is survived by three children: daughters Barbara Hanley and Marjorie Rzasnicki; son Nicholas Hanley, six grand children and seventeen great grandchildren. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday November 1 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Monday November 2, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Scholastica Church (Aspinwall) 10am.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute.

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Mary Rita Schlichte Robison

Of North Oakland, Pittsburgh, on Oct. 26, 2015, age 76. Scientist, politician, and musician, wife of 45 years to Jonathan Robison, mother of Joy Deborah Robison, grandmother of Benjamin and Anahera Hargraves. Born the first of ten children to Norman and Rita Schlichte Nov. 17, 1938 in Connersville, IN. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. She is survived by her husband Jon, daughter Joy, son-in-law Ian Hargraves, her grandchildren, her sisters Eleanor Rutishauser, Carol (George)Teebay, Jeannie (Richard) Gronning, and brothers Bob (Kathryn) Schlichte, Michael (Debbie) Schlichte, Dennis (Jackie) Schlichte, and Tony (Melanie) Schlichte, and sisters-in-law Sharon (wife of late brother Bill) Schlichte and Jill (wife of late brother Gary) Schlichte. Mary graduated Oldenburg Acad. in 1956, BS in Chemistry from Marian Univ. in 1960, MS in Biochemistry from Medical College of Georgia in 1963, and PhD in Geochemistry from Univ. of Pittsburgh in 1978. Her studies involved the late Pre-Cambrian development of the S. Appalachian Mountains and radiometric dating. She worked at Teledyne Isotopes in NJ, Mellon Institute followed by NUS Radiation Lab, NUS Dept. of Nuclear Safety, NUS Geology Dept, and OHM Corp on DOD projects, all in Pittsburgh. She spent her career examining analysis of groundwater and soil samples from hazardous waste investigations. 
Mary was an avid politician from the Gene McCarthy's 1967 campaign through over 35 years as Democratic Committeewoman in Pittsburgh and Judge of Elections in her North Oakland neighborhood, served as campaign manager/strategist in Jonathan’s runs for  office. Many organizations counted her as an active member and leader: Gertrude Stein Political Club, Roman Catholics for the Right to Choose (1972), Allegheny NARAL, Abortion Justice Assoc., PA Elected Women’s Assoc., NOW, etc. Mary devoted her post-retirement to the piano and violin. She performed and held leadership roles with Tuesday Musical Club, and was a recipient of WQED’s 1999 Volunteer in the Arts (VITA). She led Steinway Society, took part in SummerTrios Chamber Music Camp, and many others. She studied ballet beginning age 49 at Dancespace 304 and performed in studio recitals. She was a season ticket holder to many arts groups throughout Pittsburgh. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday, October 30, from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, October 31, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am, followed by interment in Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Tuesday Musical Club, Stephen Foster Memorial, Univ. of Pgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6695 or to NARAL Pro-Choice America, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

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Kathryn Tuck Montague

 

Kathryn Tuck Montague, 86, of O'Hara Township, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in her home, after fighting a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born on March 9, 1929 in Montgomery County, Va., and was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Hava Knowles Tuck.  Though born and raised in Virginia, she called Pittsburgh home for 57 years.  She retired from Kaufmann's, a division of the May Company, after 27 years of service.  She was a Brownie troop leader, served on various Guilds at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and later volunteered at Aspinwall Meals on Wheels.  She enjoyed going to flea markets, gardening, needlepoint and traveling, but above all she loved her football.  She was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and followed Penn State and her Virginia Tech "Hokies" as well. She is survived by her daughter, Bea Montague (Dr. James P. Bradley) of Fox Chapel and her granddaughter, Callee Miles Bradley, who was her pride and joy. Kathryn was preceded in death by her beloved son, Clarence "Miles" Montague, Jr.; seven brothers and sisters, Arthur E. Tuck, Roy A. Tuck, Robert Harless Tuck, William J. Tuck, Ruby Tuck Price, Gladys Tuck Duncan, Margaret Tuck Elliott; and her dear friend Dr. Jack Gaisford.  Special thanks to the staffs at Care at Home and Heritage Hospice for helping us make her feel safe and loved and cared for.  Friends will be received from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com),  4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15213.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, 15228.  Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Aspinwall Meals on Wheels, 450 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15238.

 

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Joseph G. Esposito 

 

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, Joseph G. Esposito, of Squirrel Hill at age 100. Beloved husband of the late Rose Mary Esposito. Father of Sandra F. Vesely (Garin), Rosemarie Waechter (the late Fritz), Joseph G. Esposito, Jr. (Barbara). Grandfather of Nicholas J. Vesely, Alicia Akers (Chad), Emily M. Mamakos (Con), Natalee A. Esposito, Jaclyn G. Esposito and the late Nathan G. Vesely. Great grandfather of Madison Vesely, Anthony J. Akers, Evan J. Mamakos, Olivia A. Mamakos, William Mamakos and Joseph G. Esposito III. Brother of Maria Rizzo of Italy and three deceased brothers and sisters. Mr. Esposito was born in Savuci, Italy and emigrated to the United States in 1929. He served in the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre of Operations in WWII as a member of the 111th Infantry Company. He was the owner of Parkway Landscaping for more than 50 years, and continued after his retirement as a consultant for J. Esposito and Son Landscaping. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday 6-8pm and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 11am. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to VNA Family Hospice of Indiana County, 850 Hospital Road, Indiana, PA 15701 or The Italian American Program at the Heinz History Center c/o ngtaylor@heinzhistorycenter.org (412-454-6235).

 

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Lowrie Childs Wurts Ebbert 

 

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Lowrie Ebbert. She was married to her late husband, George Singer Ebbert, Jr. for 53 years. She is survived by their three daughters: Kay Murtland Ebbert Childs Bissell, Genevieve (Gez) Miéville Ebbert and Lowrie Childs Ebbert Reiter, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Kay Childs Bissell and he husband, G. William Bissell and her children: John Burgwin Childs, Jr., George Ebbert Childs and Louise Kay Childs Woodside; Lowrie Ebbert Reiter and her husband, Robert W. Reiter, Jr. and their children: Robert W. Reiter, III, Kendrick Reiter Krueger and Rebekah Reiter Petronella. To all her grandchildren and "greats", she was fondly referred to as their "Granny Wow"! Lowrie Ebbert is also survived by her loving sister, Mary (Mernie) Murtland Wurts Berger and four nieces. Lowrie called Pittsburgh home her entire life. In 1939 she graduated from Garrison Forest School in Maryland and went to Katy Gibbs School in Boston in 1940. Lowrie was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church all her life. Over her long wonderful life, she dedicated her life and talent to various charitable organizations, including: a Founding member of the Carnegie Museum of Art Women's Committee in 1957, Chair of the Carnegie Museum Antiques Auction, Founder of the Carnegie Museum Decorative Arts Symposium, a member of the Phipps Conservancy Special Events Committee, a committee member of the Parks Conservancy, a member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County and former Chair of Pizzazz's Timeless Treasures fund raiser for GCAC. For twenty-five years, Lowrie drove for Meals on Wheels. She worked on the Calvary Church Alter Guild, the Calvary Flower Delivery Committee and the Women of Calvary Holiday Bazaar. She was on the Shadyside Hospital and Eye and Ear Women's Auxiliary boards, as well as the Rebecca Home. Lowrie was a Kenmore Regent in Fredericksburg, VA for 30 years as well as a member of the National Cathedral Association Committee in Pittsburgh for 10 years. Finally, for many years Lowrie was on the Board of the Colonial Dames of Allegheny County of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Lowrie was a woman guided by strong principals and goals in life. The love of her life was her husband, George Ebbert. Numerous times, she said that family was the most important part of her life, and she often said that she loved her friends as family as well. No matter what happened, she counted her blessings every day!. Friends will be received on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Pittsburgh Golf Club (5280 Northumberland St.) from 4-6pm. A memorial service will be held on  Monday, October 26, 2015 in Calvary Episcopal Church (310 Shady Ave.) at 11am. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. Memorials may be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church or The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh Women's Committee.
 

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Paula Purkiss Tier

 

 On Thursday October 22, 2015 Paula Tier. Loving wife of Michael  Tier. Beloved mother of Nicole and Aidan Tier. Daughter of Brenda Purkiss. Sister of Steve Purkiss (Kim) and Becky Dopp (Mike). She is also survived by 4 nieces. Paula was a graduate of Wayne State University and worked in banking as a commercial lender in Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale and Pittsburgh. Above all else, Paula loved spending time with her children and family. She also enjoyed cooking, painting and traveling. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday 12 noon until a memorial service at 3pm. Remembrances may be made in Paula's memory to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (donate.lls.org.)

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Alice (Schmitt) Hart 

 

 

Alice Hart, of Oakland, died peacefully at home October 18, 2015 at the age of 97. A native of New Haven, Ct., Alice was a 1939 graduate of Albertus Magnus College. She also held a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was employed for 22 years as a faculty-librarian, retiring in 1986. Alice was a voracious reader, a big movie fan, and a proud Pirates booster. Alice is survived by her sons John "Johnny" A. Hart Jr. of Houston, Tx., Kevin Hart of New Haven, and Peter Hart of Pittsburgh; her grandson Carl Wiser of Canton, Ct.; her sister Shirley Goglia of West Haven, Ct.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Prof. John A. Hart, her husband of 66 years, and her son Brian S. Hart. Services in Pittsburgh will be private. A Mass of Catholic Burial and interment will take place in New Haven, Ct. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Barbara M. Fisher

 

 

 On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Barbara Elizabeth Ann Mumford Fisher, born in Southport England, daughter of Elizabeth Alice Charleton and Bryant Mumford, came to the United States in 1941 with other English children to escape the bombing of London.  Barbara attended the University of Maryland, where she met Richard B. Fisher whom she married in 1949.  Barbara was mother to four daughters and three sons, and countless others have also basked in her warmth and regard, and been inspired by her devotion to God, her family and friends, her constant love of learning, dancing and life.  Barbara will be deeply missed by Richard and their children: Susan Fisher; Bryant and his wife Becky Fisher; Mark and his wife Olivia Fisher; Alison Fisher Steel and husband Don Steel; John Fisher and his wife Diane; Betsy Fisher Albaugh and her husband Lyle; Grace Fisher Kruszynski and husband Steve.  Barbara is also survived by  18 grandchildren, their spouses and 5 great grandchildren:  Andrew Reynolds Fisher and Heather Fisher, and Arabella; Jacqueline Fisher Campbell and Stuart Campbell; Stewart Fisher; Christopher Fisher; Anne Fisher Bellows and Jack Bellows; Richard M. Fisher;  Shawn Steel  and Sarah Steel, and Lilia and Anabelle ; Eric Steel and Lemita Steel, and Benjamin and Barbara; Grace Steel; Kathleen Steel; Corinne Steel; Patrick Fisher; George Fisher and Martha Fisher; John Richard Fisher; Michael Fisher; Kathryn Albaugh and Jocelyn Albaugh; and Jesse Kruszynski. Friends will be received 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. Paul Cathedral 10am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral, Sacred Heart Church, La Roche College or Little Sisters of the Poor.

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David S. Ketchum

 

On Saturday October 10th, 2015 David S. Ketchum, age 95, beloved husband of Sally D. Ketchum. Father of Louise A. Ketchum and Laura J. Ketchum. Grandfather of Eliza Ketchum-Kuhn, Melissa Ketchum-Kuhn, Graham Ketchum Halsey and Ellery Ketchum. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Monday 3 - 6pm. Funeral services and interment will be private.  

 

 

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Charles D. Reynolds

 

Passed away peacefully into the hands of the Lord on Friday September 25, 2015. Chuck was the beloved son of the late John and Wilhelmina Danfield Reynolds; brother of Dorothy Martin and the late John "Red" Reynolds, and Ellen Ruth Parker; also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Chuck was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and spent his entire career traveling the world with U.S. Steel as a geologist. Funeral Saturday, October 3, 2015, Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel of the Vincentian Home, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, at 3pm. A graveside service will be held in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Merrill, Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:30pm. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.(freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Marshall Meredith

 

 

On Saturday September 26, 2015, Marshall Meredith, beloved husband of Vanessa Meredith. Devoted father of Malachi and Sam Meredith. Dear son of the late Sam and Madeline Katsur Meredith. Brother of Mary Anne Meredith and Barb Cartiff (her husband Dave and children Jeremy and Justin). Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Monday and Tuesday 5 - 8:30pm. Parastas Requiem Service Tuesday 7pm.  Funeral Divine Liturgy Wednesday 10am in Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church.

 

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Anne C. Newell

 

 

On Friday September 18, 2015 at age 88, beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget Newell; sister of the late John, Thomas, Mary, Reverend Joseph and Francis Newell; survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Anne was a graduate of Carlow College, a retired executive assistant at Rockwell International, a member of the Gaelic Arts Society, the University Catholic Club and St. Paul Cathedral. 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 10:00am.

 

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Karen Bogucki Silvestri

 

 

Died unexpectedly at age 50 on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at her home in Pittsburgh, PA. Karen was raised in Old Lyme, CT, and attended Catholic University, Georgia State, the University of Connecticut, Ramapo, and the University of Pittsburgh. She was most proud of being the mother of her 4 daughters, and instilled in them a love of reading, a passion of hers. She loved lilacs, wisteria, swimming, ice skating, and was an incredible baker. She possessed an inherently powerful intellect and sense of humor, and was a deftly skilled writer. Her favorite author was Hunter S. Thompson. She was strong and resilient, kind and warm. She was the daughter of Gail and Justin Bogucki of Old Lyme, CT, the sister of Joan Storms of Redondo Beach, CA, and John Bogucki of San Diego, CA. Her memory will be cherished by her 4 daughters, Lauren and Caroline Griswold, and Maddie and Elise Silvestri of Pittsburgh, PA. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, please make a tribute gift to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

 

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N. John Cunzolo

 

 

On Tuesday September 15, 2015, N. John "Nippy" Cunzolo,  beloved husband of Lila Namey Cunzolo; father of Douglas J. Cunzolo (Judi), Laurie Jerue (Jim), Michael Cevario (Melissa) and Jon Cevario; brother of Virginia C. Evans, Mary Hazelbaugh and the late Angie Bernar; grandfather of Rachel Revers, Sarah Jerue and Mark Jerue; brother-in-law of David Namey; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Cunzolo was a graduate of Carnegie Tech in 1957 with a degree in architecture, which he continued to practice until the time of his death. His passion and vision for education led him to a career designing hundreds of educational institutions worldwide. He also established the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco in the late 1970's. There will be no visitation. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in Epiphany Church. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

 

 

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Hazel Catherine Dumond  

 

            Hazel Dumond was the second of eight children born to Harry and Esther (Hohe) Normington in Lanark, Pennsylvania on January 2, 1926.  She completed all but her senior year of high school at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


            Hazel became her father’s “Gal Friday” as he reestablished his business in Vincennes and then Indianapolis, Indiana after the bankruptcy of his dairy business in Bethlehem.  Between working for her father and helping her mother with six younger brothers and sisters, she was able to complete her high school diploma in Vincennes.


            In Indianapolis she met the love of her life, David Isiah Dumond.  They married in 1949 after he graduated from Purdue University under the GI Bill, having served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII.  They established a home in Detroit, Michigan where their two children, David Jr. and Lynn, were born. 

 

            Hazel’s great love was her family and her greatest skill was making a house into a beautiful and loving home for her husband and children.  Those homes were located over the years in Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and New York.  In 1964 the family moved to Akron, Ohio where Hazel and her family set down roots and made life-long friends in their neighborhood and at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

 

            Hazel enjoyed home decorating and made many of the curtains and pillows that graced her home.  She was an excellent seamstress and made many of her own and her daughter’s clothes.  When Hazel became a grandmother, her young grandchildren sported hand knit sweaters and hand-made clothes.

 

            Hazel was a trained secretary and worked before marrying and early in her marriage until she became a mother.  For many years she was a homemaker, encouraging her children in their school activities and being a good neighbor and friend to many.  She returned to work later in life and found it very satisfying.  She was the administrative secretary to the manager at Halle’s Department Store in Akron.  Her last position before retiring was as a church secretary at The Church of Our Savior in Akron.

 

            In retirement Hazel and her husband enjoyed traveling, seeing their children and grandchildren and touring the country.  The highlight of their travels together was a month long trip to Egypt with their pastor and fellow church members.  She also enjoyed volunteering at her church and participating with her PEO sisters in club activities.

 

            When her husband took ill in the fall of 2004, Hazel and Dave moved to Pittsburgh to establish a new life.  Sadly Dave did not live enough long to see Hazel reestablish herself with new friends in her new home at the Devonshire of Mt. Lebanon.  There she participated in many activities, including the annual talent show as a part of the choir.  She became a loyal Steelers’ fan.

 

            On September 9, 2015 Hazel passed from this world into eternity with Jesus.  She is preceded in death by her parents, eldest brother Marvin who died in the South Pacific in WWII, and husband Dave.  She leaves to cherish her memory her son, David (Ann), daughter Lynn (Marc) Portnoff, grandchildren Trevor (Amber) Dumond, Kathryn (Tim) Gorman, Samuel (Alyse) Portnoff, Jacob (Rebecca) Portnoff, and Ruth Portnoff, great-grandchildren Isaiah and Micah Portnoff and “Baby-G” Gorman due in November; sisters Edith (Jim) Rainey, Ethel Nichols, Hester (Phil) Sargent; brothers Harry Normington, Jim (Janet) Normington, Carter (Linda) Normington; and a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

 

            A memorial service will be held at Friendship Community Church, 181 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213 on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am.  Her ashes will be interred in Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis.  Memorial tributes can be made to East Liberty Family Health Care Center (www.elfhcc.com).  

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Carmen Anthony Zambrano, Jr.

 

 

On Friday, September 11, 2015, at age 39. Beloved husband of Nina Zambrano; son of Stella and Carmen Zambrano; brother of Regina Killian (Dave), Kelly Zambrano and Kimberly Decort (Jeffrey); son-in-law of Robert and Judith Hopkinson; uncle of Brandon and Michael Killian, Dylan and Dominic Decort, Nicholas and Jody Hopkinson. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 6-8pm and Monday 2-7pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Raphael Church 11am.


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Hazel Catherine Dumond  

 

            Hazel Dumond was the second of eight children born to Harry and Esther (Hohe) Normington in Lanark, PA on January 2, 1926. Hazel met the love of her life, David Isiah Dumond, in Indianapolis. They married in 1949. Hazel’s great love was her family and her greatest skill was making a house into a beautiful and loving home for her husband and two children, David Jr. and Lynn. On September 9, 2015 Hazel passed from this world into eternity with Jesus.  She is preceded in death by her parents, eldest brother Marvin, and husband David.  She leaves to cherish her memory son, David (Ann), daughter Lynn (Marc) Portnoff, grandchildren Trevor (Amber) Dumond, Kathryn (Tim) Gorman, Samuel (Alyse) Portnoff, Jacob (Rebecca) Portnoff, and Ruth Portnoff, great-grandchildren Isaiah and Micah Portnoff and Baby-G due in November. A memorial service will be held at Friendship Community Church, 181 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213 on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 am.  Her ashes will be interred in Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis.  Memorial tributes can be made to East Liberty Family Health Care Center (www.elfhcc.com). Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 

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Steven A. Stepanian II  

 

Steven Arivd Stepanian II, a well-known Pittsburgh Attorney, died on Friday August 28, 2015 from complications from pneumonia. Born on April 15, 1935, he was 80 years old. Mr. Stepanian had practiced sports, corporate and financial law since his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1963. Mr. Stepanian served as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins for over eighteen years, from 1985 through 2003 when they won their two Stanley Cups. He handled personal matters for players such as home purchases and sales, celebrity appearances and product endorsements. He often traveled with the team to away games. His best friend was Paul Martha, the Penguins President and they had lunch together everyday for 35 years. From 1981 through 1990 he was General Counsel for the National Football League Alumni. He negotiated a pension plan for the pre-1959 players who had been excluded from the original pension agreement. He previously was an owner of Marine Magnesium Company which purchased it's pharmaceutical business from Merck & Co. in 1988. MMC became the world's largest independent producer of magnesium pharmaceutical products and was sold in 1994 to Morton Salt Company. As Past President of the Pittsburgh University Club, he was instrumental in removing the racially-discriminatory membership requirements of the Club in 1981. He was a member of the Duquesne Club for over 40 years, and a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Mensa International. Mr. Stepanian was the son of the late Steven and Edithmarion Stepanian and was raised in Charleroi, PA. He attended Grove City College and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He flew for over three years as a navigator for the Strategic Air Command and then remained active in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was recalled to active duty in Vietnam in 1967-1968 and retired in 1972 with the rank of Major. His wife, Pamela, is an international flight attendant for USAirways/American Airlines and together they have traveled the world. He was a man of great humor, style and wit. His zest for life and his intellect were boundless. He will be immensely missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Abbey Stepanian  of Pittsburgh, his brother Leo and his sister Dr. Laurie Anne, both of Butler, as well as his niece and nephews, Leanne, Leo, Joshua and Jonathan, and many great nieces and nephews. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Tuesday, September 1 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12 at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Avenue at 11am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or an organization of your choice.

 

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Paul H. Connelly

 

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Paul H. Connelly, age 76. Beloved husband of Betty Rhoden Connelly. Father of Cindy C. Ryan (Kevin) and Paul G. Connelly. Brother of William F. Connelly (Mildred), Ann Connelly, Karen Connelly and the late Ben Connelly and Margaret Connelly. Grandfather of Conal Ryan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friemds will be received 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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David Arthur Page

 

Died peacefully on August 24, 2015. He was born in Norwich, New York, the middle son of Howard Lloyd Page  and Doris Loomis. He graduated from New Berlin High School, was a graduate of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and received an M.S. in Economics from RPI in 1960. He also received a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Design and was awarded his PhD from Harvard University in 1965. He received a full scholarship from The Brookings Institute to write his Ph. Thesis. Dr. Page worked with the N.Y. Telephone Company, the Area Planning Office of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and then moved to Washington, D.C. where, for 5 years, he was a member of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. In 1970 Dr. Page moved to Pittsburgh where he did consulting work and then become Professor at Robert Morris University where he taught Strategic Management and Business Policy. Additionally, he started Regional Resources, Inc., a non-profit corporation which restored a historic building on Strawberry Way in downtown Pittsburgh. Dr. Page is survived by his wife, Anne Penrose (Penny) Page, whom he married in 1978, and was predeceased by his older brother Howard Loomis Page of Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is also survived by his younger brother, Raymond Waldo Page of Parkville, Maryland and a daughter, Marcia, of Troy, New York. David Page was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers and a former President of the Harvard, Yale, Princeton Club. There will be no visitation and interment is private. A memorial service will be held on Monday August 31 at 11am in the ballroom of Longwood at Oakmont. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Harvard University or Longwood at Oakmont. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Stanley S. Pyzdrowski 

 

On Friday August 21, 2015, at age 98, beloved husband of the late Ethel A. Pyzdrowski; father of Mark S. Portland (Jill), Rita A. Meouchy (Samir) and John A. Pyzdrowski (Cindy); grandfather of Katie and Jennifer Portland, Jad and Myssa Meouchy. Stanley was a renowned second generation architect and engineer working primarily with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh under his family firm, A. & S. Pyzdrowski Architects, Engineers and Planners. He was an accomplished artist, pianist and organist. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial Our Lady of Angels Parish, St. Augustine Church (225 37th St. PGH 15210) at 10am. 

 

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Eleanor J. Cadugan

 

Age 69, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully at Family Hospice on Tuesday August 18, 2015. Funeral and interment will be private. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Stanley Zubik 

 

On Wednesday August 12, 2015, Stanley Zubik, age 88. Beloved husband of the late Susan Raskosky Zubik. Father of Bishop David A. Zubik. Brother of Irene Grazulis and the late Frances Zubik, Cecile Tabinowski and Gertrude Orler. Brother in law of Anne E. Raskosky. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at The Little Sisters of the Poor Home, 1020 Benton Avenue (Northside) on Sunday 1-9pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. Entombment will be at Holy Savior Cemetery (Richland Twp.) in the Chapel of Christ Our Savior. In lieu of  flowers, Bishop Zubik requests remembrances be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

 

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Thomas C. Goldcamp

 

 

On Thursday August 13, 2015, Thomas C. Goldcamp, age 57. Beloved father of Jessica Trax and Thomas Goldcamp. Husband of JoAnn Goldcamp. Grandfather of Chase Goldcamp and Adalyn Trax. Son of the late Francis and Elizabeth Goldcamp. Brother of Susan (John) Scherbick, Frank (Kathy) Goldcamp, Linda Newton, Mary Beth (Tim) Van Fleet, Joan Naft, Joseph (Mary Jo) Goldcamp, Stephen (Mercedes) Goldcamp, David (Polly) Goldcamp, Paul (Susan) Goldcamp, Robert (Mickey) Goldcamp, Tricia (Dennis) Michaels and John (Dana) Goldcamp. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Tom was a lifelong Steeler fan and a fixture in the Point Breeze community. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 5-8pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 12 noon.

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Elsie Hilliard Hillman

 

 

On Tuesday August 4, 2015, Elsie Hilliard Hillman, beloved wife of Henry Lea Hillman for 70 years. Mother of Juliet Lea Simonds, Audrey Hillman Fisher, Henry Lea Hillman, Jr. and William Talbot Hillman; grandmother of Dylan, Talbot, and Henry Simonds, Brooks and Matthew Fisher, Lilah, Wise and Nina Hamilton, and Juliet and Summer Hillman; great grandmother of fifteen; sister of the late Thomas Jones Hilliard, Jr., Mary H. Jackson, H. Talbot Hilliard and William R. Hilliard; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral service and interment will be private. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 10:30am. Remembrances may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center of UPMC or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com). 

 

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Barbara Flocos Vitsas

 

 

 

On Monday July 20, 2015, at age 89, beloved wife of the late Louis G. Vitsas; mother of Patricia McKee, John Vitsas (Elaine), and Martha Kartsotis (Foster); proud and loving grandmother of William McKee (Erin), Elizabeth Peterson (Mark), and Alexia and Alaina Vitsas; great grandmother of Henry Alan Peterson. "Yia Yia, we will always remember your beautiful smile and your never ending love for us." Also survived by her sister, Estelle Tender, her sister-in-law, Alice Flocos and many nieces and nephews; pre-deceased by her parents, Peter and Martha (Chenggis) Flocos and her brother, Nicholas P. Flocos. Barbara is a retired employee of McKeesport Area School District, a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church. She will always be remembered for her kind and sweet disposition and her love of family and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Wednesday 1-4 and 6-8pm with Trisagion Service at 7pm and on Thursday in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral one hour prior to an 11:00am funeral service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund, 419 S. Dithridge St. PGH, PA 15213 or Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, 1128 Summitt Street, White Oak, PA 15131. 

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William S. Unger, Jr.  

 

Peacefully, on Thursday, July 16, 2015, William S. Unger, Jr., beloved husband of the late Betty King Unger. Loving Father of Anne King Unger and Gail Unger Fryncko. Cherished Father-in-Law and friend to Kenneth J. Fryncko, Jr. Grandfather of Owen Fryncko and Cealy Kate Fryncko. Brother of the late John "Jack" S. Unger. Son of the late William S. and Anne Unger.  A life long resident of Squirrel Hill, Mr. Unger was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) with Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management. He was employed as an Engineer at Alcoa, PPG, US Steel, and the U.S. Bureau of the Mines. Mr. Unger was a long time member of the Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside, serving many years as an usher. A Navy Veteran of WWII, he served as a Seabee in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Mr. Unger was a member of Oakmont Country Club for 50 years, was an avid golfer and an active member of the Golden Triangle Skeet Shooting League Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons. Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Sunday 1- 4pm where a Funeral will be held on Monday at 10:30am.
 

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John (Yianni) Contis

 

Age 93, devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully on Friday, July 10, 2015.  Born in Vlahokerasia, Greece, on April 20, 1922, John immigrated to Pittsburgh in 1969.  Though John continuously lived in Pittsburgh since then, he loved to return to his home town, often traveling there during the summer, especially after retiring. He was known for his work ethic, most of the time working multiple jobs, and loved spending time tending to his garden.  John was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where he tirelessly supported its programs and events, and a proud member of the Manthyrea Educational Society (Vlahokerashiotes).  John was the loving father of five children, thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  He was greatly devoted to his family, loved being surrounded by them and was always proud of their accomplishments and successes.  John is survived by Eleni, his wife of 65 years; children, Tulla (Perry) Velisaris, George (Cindy) Contis, Maria (Vasilios) Karras, Sam (Voula) Contis and Nick (Melissa) Contis; grandchildren, John (Carrie), Maria (John), Nikki (Robert), Eleni, Thea, Yianni, Niki, Eleni, Yianni, Athena, Alex, Nikolaos and Dean; and great-grandchildren, Mia, Perry, Dimitri, Nina, Dimitra, Christina, Evangelos, Yoanna and Stamatia. Family and friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com), on Monday, July 13, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A Trisagion service will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 South Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

 

 

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Edward Francis Donovan

 

On Tuesday July 7, 2015, Edward Francis Donovan, beloved husband of Mary Louise Flaherty Donovan. Father of Kelly Donovan. Brother of Joseph M. Donovan (Shelia), Lawrence T. Donovan (Marilyn), Clare Finnegan (the late George), and Fay Geary (Bob). Son of the late Edward F. and Grace Roth Donovan. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Previously, Ed spent 16 years as a Redemptorist Priest. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Friday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral, 10:30am.

 

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Henry Phipps Hoffstot, Jr.

 

June 29, 2015

 

Henry Phipps Hoffstot, Jr. died peacefully on June 29, 2015 at his home on Fifth Avenue. As was his wish, he died in the same bedroom where his mother had died nearly half a century ago.  He was 97. Mr. Hoffstot was born on Dunmoyle Street in Pittsburgh on November 13, 1917, the second son of Henry Phipps Hoffstot and Marguerite Martin.  He attended Misses Bradshaws’ School on School House Lane and was graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1935, Harvard College in 1939, and Harvard Law School in 1942.  He served in the United States Army from 1942-1946 as a Second Lieutenant in the Counter Intelligence Corps and was credited with the arrest of Werner von Braun.  He joined Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay in 1942, where he was Assistant Managing Partner from 1972 to 1983.  He remained at the firm for seventy-three years, going to the office regularly until the end of 2014.  In 1947, he married Barbara Snyder Drew, daughter of Mary Snyder and James Byron Drew, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  They had two children, a daughter, Thayer Drew, and a son, Henry Phipps Hoffstot III, who is married to the former Daryln Upson Todd Brewer.  Mr. Hoffstot had five grandchildren: Ian Hoffstot Unterman; Megan Drew; Dominey Drew; Henry Fife Hoffstot; and Maeve Upson Hoffstot. Mr. Hoffstot served on numerous boards, including Carnegie Institute, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the American Museum in Britain, the Morewood-Shadyside Civic Association, St. Edmund’s Academy, the Visiting Nurse Foundation, Family and Children’s Services, The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, among many others.  He was director of the Pennsgrove Water Supply Company and the Heppenstall and Midvale-Heppenstall Companies.  Over the course of five decades, he served as a Deacon, Elder, President of the Board of Trustees, Ruling Elder, and Clerk of the Session of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He had homes in Pittsburgh, New Waterford, Ohio, Palm Beach, Florida, and County Galway, Ireland. There will be a private burial Thursday in New Waterford, Ohio.  A memorial service will take place this summer at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)


 

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Vickie Bellios 

 

Devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother died peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2015. Born in Tripoli Greece and raised in Naplion, Greece, Vickie was a young radio personality before immigrating to the United States to marry Gust Bellios.  Vickie had three boys Phillip, George and Chris, born in Ashtabula OH, before moving to Erie, PA with her husband and sons. In Erie, she was a homemaker, seamstress and baker. In 2000, Vickie and Gust moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Vickie was passionate about her faith, and a member of several Greek Orthodox Churches in Pittsburgh including her home parish Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the North Hills.  Her infectious smile, bigger than life personality and huge heart were known to so many.  She had a fierce love of God and family and she especially loved her three boys.  She was also a loving grandmother and relished the role as she showered them with affection.  She is survived by her husband Gust and sons Phillip (Toula), George (Elaine) and Chris (Karen) as well as her grandchildren Christopher, Colin, Maive, Maria and Constantine.  Family and friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday July 2, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A Trisagion Service will be held on Thursday at 7pm.  Funeral Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 985 Providence Boulevard.  Family and friends will also be received at the church on Friday, July 3 from 10am to 11am prior to the funeral.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Vickie's honor to either Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  

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Jacqueline Farr Lloyd 

 

On Sunday, June 21, 2015, beloved wife of Jon Carroll Lloyd, MD for 54 years; mother of  Hilary Lloyd-Prosser (Steve) and Hardy Carroll Lloyd; grandmother of Theodore "Tad" Prosser; sister of Gordon Farr (Anne) of St. George, Utah and the late Aaron Farr; also survived by two sisters-in-law, Lynette Brooks of Pittsburgh and Bonnie Lloyd of Salt Lake City, many nieces and nephews and her adopted family, the Truong’s, refugees from Vietnam, whom Jackie assisted in establishing a life in the United States. Jackie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and attended the University of Utah. When she and Jon married, Jackie worked to support their family while Jon attended medical school. A friend and neighbor, Urmi Asher, MD, said that “Jackie had an authentic human need to connect with others.” She touched many lives. After moving to Pittsburgh in 1968, Jackie worked as a volunteer in a Catholic orphanage in Saigon, Vietnam while her husband Jon served in the US Army as a surgeon. Upon their return to Pittsburgh, Jackie continued her volunteer work with the Women's Organization of the LDS Church and as a board member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Pace School, Linden Garden Club and the Twentieth Century Club. She participated in the founding of Gilda’s Club in Pittsburgh (now Our Clubhouse) and served on its founding board. “In this give and receive world,” says her husband, Jon “Jackie was a natural giver who always gave unconditionally and inconspicuously.” The family would like to especially thank Cherrie Corbett for the gentle, kind and loving care she provided for Jackie over the past two years. They also gratefully acknowledge the impeccable care Jackie received by the staff of Family Hospice and Palliative Care. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday June 24, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 25, 2015 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 250 N. Dithridge Street (Oakland) PGH, PA 15213 at  1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Our Clubhouse 2816 Smallman St. PGH, PA 15222 or Pace School 2432 Greensburg Pike PGH, PA 15221.  

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Sophia Vergis

 


Age 92, of Dormont, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 8, 2015, with her family at her side.  Born in Wheeling, WV on June 22, 1923, to the late Eugenia (Lagonikos) and Vasilios Petritis.  Beloved wife of the late Nicholas T. Vergis; she was preceded in death by her son Athanasios.  She is survived by her daughter Eugenia and her son Emanuel (Carl). During a family vacation in their native Greece, Sophia age five and her siblings were orphaned.  She was raised by her paternal grandparents.  Her grandmother taught her to cook, bake and sew.  Sophia married in Greece and later returned to the States with her baby daughter.  Her late husband joined them a few months later where they settled in Whitesville, WV.  She taught herself to speak English by taking her daughter to the movies.  They relocated to Pittsburgh in 1955. Sophia had a passion for creating beautiful and exquisite hand embroidery.  Her talent for this traditional craft began at a very early age.  Over the years she developed new skills and always had a project going.  Many close friends remarked that she had “golden hands.”  She has left her family and friends beautiful heirloom treasures to remember her by. Until her health no longer permitted it, she helped out at the St. Nicholas Cathedral food festival.  Sophia loved to bake and specialized in preparing lesser known artisan Greek pastries, her favorite pastimes included reading Danielle Steele novels, of which she had quite an extensive collection, and watching animated films.  She loved animals and had a special soft spot in her heart for cats. Sophia was a remarkable woman who will be missed by her family and many friends. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Thursday June 11, 2015 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., where a Trisagion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral Friday June 12, 2015 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 11:00 a.m.  Entombment Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made either to the Alzheimer’s Association 1100 Liberty Avenue, Ste. E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (http://www.alz.org/), Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, (http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/site/) or St. Nicholas Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Send online condolences at www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com or at www.post-gazette.com.

 

 

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Lawrence R. Westfall

 

 

Lawrence R. Westfall, age 71, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from cancer. Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Gaylen. A native of Meadville, PA, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. During his career in engineering, risk management, and teaching, Larry worked for Rockwell International, Allegheny County Health Department Air Pollution Control, Rockwood Insurance Company of Rockwood, PA, Biltmore Insurance Group of Scottsdale, AZ, and most recently for Travaglini Enterprises of Meadville, PA, a holding company of hotels and restaurants. Larry lived and worked in Europe for several years, and taught skiing in Austria. He was an accomplished high mountaineer, participating in and leading expeditions to Peru and South America. He was a member of the Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh; chief instructor and expedition leader for Raven Rocks Mountain Institute of Ligonier; and founder and president of West Wind Mountaineering and Expeditions, Inc. A patient and devoted teacher, he helped many students gain the confidence and skill to rock climb, ice climb, backpack, and ski. Larry was a lifelong learner whose many skills and breadth of knowledge spanned a remarkable array of subjects. He enjoyed good food and wine and took particular pleasure in preparing a meal for friends. He was an exceptional chef who shared his culinary talents with many, inviting them into his kitchen for personal cooking lessons. He loved to travel, and explored many corners of the world with Gaylen by his side; their adventures together took them to Thailand, Burma, Austria, and other far flung places. He was loved and appreciated by colleagues and friends for his generosity of spirit. His devotion to Gaylen led him to be a full participant at Winchester Thurston School, where Gaylen worked for 40 years. Larry worked with students and parents in various volunteer capacities at the school through the years, developing many friendships and mentoring students. He will be missed by his family, especially his niece, Christy, and nephew, Michael. An open house reception for friends and family to celebrate Larry's life will be held on June 16 at Open Bottle Bistro (5884 Ellsworth Ave in Shadyside) from 6:00-9:00 pm. Friends are encouraged to make a contribution in Larry’s memory to a charity or nonprofit of their choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

 

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Charles B. Jarrett, Jr.

 

 

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Charles B. Jarrett, Jr., age 87, beloved husband of Emily E. Jarrett. Father of Judy Exton (Tom), Marguerite Jarrett (Bill McClintic), Lydia Ball (Mike). Grandfather of Emily and Charlotte Exton, Jarrett Marks, Charlie and Anna Montgomery, Owen and Charlotte Ball. Brother of the late Homer Jarrett and Jean Wagener. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received on Monday from 3-5pm in Calvary Episcopal Church, 310 Shady Avenue, Pgh., PA 15206 where a Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday at 11am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Family Resources, Calvary Episcopal Church or a non-profit charity of one's choice. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

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Dawn Marie Gideon (Altomari)

 

On June 4, 2015, Dawn Gideon - wife, sister, aunt, friend, and a force in health care in the Pittsburgh region and on a broader national stage - passed away after a battle with cancer. Dawn was the type of person who never forgot a name or some important component of everyone's life demonstrating her unique impact on everyone she met. A native of Stowe Township, Dawn was a graduate of Sto-Rox High School and the University of Pittsburgh. After her tenure at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, Dawn began her health care career at Forbes Health System in 1983. While there, never one to shy from a challenge, she was given the responsibility of the in-house consulting company; she promptly reported to management that the best course of action was to shutter the operation. Later, she built and was president of the Wilkinsburg hospital and was instrumental in it's creation as the region's first long term acute care hospital. In 1990, she became Forbes CEO and in 1997 merged with Allegheny University Hospitals, only to take a leadership role as they went through bankruptcy a year later. Leaving Allegheny, she started her own enterprise focusing on assisting health care entities that are financially stressed working in multiple states, including time with St. Vincent's Medical Center in New York City. After merging her company with Huron Consulting, she embarked on a long career with Huron that was both satisfying and beneficial to a number of health centers and hospitals across the nation. She took a brief leave from Huron to return to Allegheny and assist in it's rescue. While there, she made major strides in care delivery and built relationships that continue to present sustaining advantages. As one colleague recently said, "she played an important role in WPAHS not being sold to a for-profit that would have led to bankruptcy and loss of pensions." Interestingly, Dawn was instrumental in creating an opportunity for the hospice to be housed in West Penn Hospital. The hospice would later play a critical role in her personal health care. After returning to Huron, she embarked on a professional venture to turn around struggling health care centers that took her throughout the country. Most recently her client list included United Medical Center in Washington, DC; a very successful venture and new relationship between a government funded health care agency and a corporate player such as Huron. Dawn is survived by her husband, Kevin Altomari, her brothers, Mark and his partner Janie, Ron and his wife Elizabeth, and Gary and his wife Angela. Though Dawn and Kevin never had children, her nieces and nephews have always played an important role in her life; Steven Kowatic, Tessa Markle, Zachary, Victoria, Courtney, Lucas, Lila, George, Sarah, Joseph, and Noah Gideon. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Lena Altomari and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dr. Howard Markle and Roxanne. She is pre-deceased by her sister, Michelle Kowatic, mother Ethel Gideon and father, Donald "Bud" Gideon. She so loved her work and often said she couldn't understand why people needed hobbies to decompress after work. If you love what you do there is no need to de-stress. Dawn was a knowledgeable, strong, creative visionary and a caring and compassionate leader. She has touched so many lives and will be remembered fondly by countless friends and colleagues. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Fund - Office of Development - 4818 Liberty Avenue PGH, PA 15224.

 

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Carl “Gimp” Giampolo

May 30, 2015

Oakland

 

Carl “Gimp” Giampolo passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  He was welcomed into the world on December 25, 1915 by the late Gaetano and Concetta Giampaolo. Carl was a lifelong resident of Oakland, spending 95 of his years in the Panther Hollow neighborhood. Devoted husband of the late Irma (Scenna) for 71 years, he is survived by his children Carlino, Carol (Regis Speck), and Gary; two grandchildren Gary and Lorraine; and two great-grandchildren Alexis and Dante. Carl was a Sergeant in World War II for the 3606 Quartermaster Truck Company in General Mark Clark’s Fifth Army, and served in the campaigns of Africa and the liberation of Rome in June 1944. He also served as an interpreter throughout Italy and was a proud member of the American Legion for 61 years. He worked for Dan DiNardo Construction Company, the city of Pittsburgh Public Works Department, and for 55 years as an usher at Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium. Everyone who knew Carl marveled at the brilliance and sharpness of his mind and his incredible ability to recall people and places from as far back as his childhood. He once gave an oral history interview for the Italian American Program at the Heinz History Center, and was interviewed for the PBS special hosted by Tonia Caruso about Panther Hollow and for the recent Bruno Sammartino documentary La Mia Mamma. Part of his longevity was due to the power of his will and his inner strength. Carl also loved to walk, and walked several miles every day from his retirement at age 65 until this past year. He was self-sufficient until the end. One of Carl’s favorite singers was Frank Sinatra, and like the sentiments in one of his popular songs, Gimp did things his way. Carl will be entombed in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery, which he fondly referred to as the Marble Orchard. America’s greatest generation has lost another great man. Friends will be received on Wednesday, 1-7pm, at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) in Oakland. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Paul Cathedral at 10:00am. Private entombment in Calvary Cemetery.

 

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J. Matthew Simon

 

 

J. Matthew Simon, age 73, former president of Point Park University, passed away from complications related to multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, on Wednesday, May 20th.  A first generation college student, Simon was one of the youngest college presidents in the United States when he took office at the age of 44 in 1986.

He was born in 1941 to Joseph Simon and Mildred White Simon in Reading Pennsylvania. During summers he worked alongside his father at a metal machine shop to help fund his tuition at Albright College where he studied chemistry. During this time he also played saxophone with his jazz band the Crescendos, becoming a member of the musicians union, and playing at clubs throughout eastern Pennsylvania to help fund his education while developing a life-long love of jazz.

In 1963 he began doctoral work in the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh where he studied analytical chemistry with his dissertation adviser Johannes Coetzee. In 1969 he received his PhD in chemistry for his dissertation Polarography and Medium Effects in Sulfolane. During this time he met his eventual wife Janet DiPasquale (who would herself be the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children). He was also involved with the progressive politics of the era, volunteering his time to both the anti-war and civil rights movements.

In 1969 he became an assistant professor of chemistry at what was then Point Park College, teaching his first class the afternoon of the day he defended his dissertation. Before becoming president of that institution he served as both the director of Point Park’s international campus in Lugano, Switzerland as well as the Chair of the Department of Natural Science and Engineering Technology, taking on this role at the age of 32 making him the youngest chair in the college’s history. In this role he mentored many students who went on to receive their own graduate degrees in the sciences.

During his tenure as president from 1986-1995 he oversaw the development of several new programs, an increase in the endowment, and the construction of a state-of-the-art library in Downtown Pittsburgh. At the time Simon became the fourth president of the college, Point Park was experiencing severe financial trouble, which he was able to reverse ensuring the school’s continued existence. Central to his vision of administration was that education should be available to all communities, and that even as Point Park became increasingly prestigious at the national scale that it also needed to reflect the diverse needs of a diverse city.

Upon retirement from the presidency Simon returned to the classroom, teaching undergraduate science at Point Park as well as in the graduate program in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Both during and after his presidency he served on several local boards, continuing his role as an educator. These included serving on the Board of Trustees of Albright College, the Community College of Allegheny County, the Negro Education Emergency Drive, and Beginning with Books among others. A passionate advocate for his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, Simon was the longest serving member of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board, which has provided financial oversight to local government.

Central to his life’s work as an educator and scientist was an abiding belief in both the ability of education to transform the lives of people, but also the basic importance of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Though a distinguished educator he always viewed himself as a student and a teacher, and had a passion for the classroom. This manifested itself in a variety of ways, from presenting about ecology at area elementary schools in an earthworm costume on Earth Day to acting as a DJ at WPPJ Point Park with his “President Presents Jazz” radio show. The recipient of several awards and an honorary degree, he was most pleased by the Distinguished Alumni Award from the chemistry department of the University of Pittsburgh, always first and foremost seeing himself as a scientist. Friends and family remember him as a man of intelligence, kindness, and humor who did the right thing without question and without expectation of reward.

He is survived by his wife Janet of 47 years who acted as caregiver and constant companion during four years of illness, and two sons Jacob Matthew who is a lawyer in Pittsburgh and Edward Nathan a doctoral candidate in English who lives in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday, May 26 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Services are private.. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Point Park University 201 Wood St. Pittsburgh PA, 15222 or the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children 201 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213.

 

 

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Delos "De" Harvey

 

 

May 15, 2015

 

On Friday May 15, 2015, beloved husband of the late Ruth Pallone Harvey; father of Lynn Harvey Kovacic (Joe), and Karen Harvey Williams; grandfather of Karen Urschler (Thomas), Joseph E. Kovacic, III (Natalie), Michael Harvey Kovacic (Traci) and Lynn-de Williams (Michael Smuts); great grandfather of Owen, Aiden, Joey, Addison, Josie and Calvin; brother of  Harry Harvey; pre-deceased by his parents, Johanna and Delos Harvey, his sister Betty Moore and brother Jim Harvey; also survived by many nieces and nephews. "De" was a US Army veteran of WWII and spent his career with Isaly Dairy, Dannon Yogurt and for the last twenty years as a school bus driver for Franklin Regional. De was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was especially adored by his daughters and whose favorite pastime was cheering on the Pitt football team. 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, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am.    

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Lindley Reed Hunter

 May 12, 2015 

 

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Lindley Reed Hunter, Beloved wife of the late James Grant Hunter;

Mother of Lindley Hunter Scarff (Timothy B.) of Fayetteville, GA. Grandmother of Hunter B.

Scarff of Tulsa, OK and James E. Scarff of Fayetteville, GA. Aunt of Matilda Powers Forsell

(the late Richard) of Westfield, NY, Daniel G. Powers (Carolyn) of Roswell, GA, Mary Marks

Unkovic (John C.) of Pittsburgh, PA, Margaret Marks Meacham (John) of Brooklandville, MD,

Margot Sutton McConnel (William Bruce) of St. Michael’s, MD, John B. Sutton III of Park

City, UT and the late William McK. Reed Powers (the late Jane) and the late J. Grier Marks (the

late Patricia). Lindley was born in Pittsburgh on May 25, 1919, and was confirmed in the

Church of the Ascension. She attended The Ellis School and The Masters School in Dobbs

Ferry, NY. Lindley married James Grant Hunter on May 11, 1946. She worked for the Trust

Department at the Union Trust Company, as a bookkeeper at Tots & Tweeds clothing store and

was a Realtor in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Lindley was a lifetime member of The Church of

the Ascension, a Charter member of the Window Box Garden Club, she belonged to The

Pittsburgh Golf Club and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America/Pennsylvania.

She volunteered for The Altar Guild at the Church of the Ascension, St Margaret’s Hospital, and

The American Recd Cross during WWII. She was a Board Member at the Rebecca Residence.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 29th, at 2:00 pm in The Church of the

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

of flowers, the family suggests a donation to The Church of the Ascension, 4729 Ellsworth

Ave., Pgh 15213 or to The Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

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Rita M. Rosini Silvestri, M.D.

 

Of Pittsburgh, PA and Ft Lauderdale, FL, passed away May 8, at the age of 95. Born in Dunlevy, PA, March 5, 1920, she was the youngest of three girls and a graduate of Charleroi High School. She followed her passion for medicine and went on to study pre-med at Penn State University, where she was a member of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority. She received her medical degree from Woman's Medical College of Philadelphia (now Drexel University College of Medicine) and traveled West to complete her pediatric internship at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. She returned to Pittsburgh for her residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. She had a thriving pediatric practice in Homestead Munhall and continued as a staff physician at both West Penn and Homestead Hospitals until her retirement. Dr. Rosini was married to Judge Silvestri Silvestri. Although they both grew up in the same area, it wasn't until Judge Silvestri's return from WWII that they married. They had three children: John Mark Silvestri, an attorney in Pittsburgh, Jean Marie Silvestri, a neonatologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and James Michael, who predeceased her. She lived a vibrant life making many friends across the generations and spanning the country. Her pioneer spirit as a solo practice physician continued through her entire life and was evident in her retirement. After her move to Florida, she was an active member of the Ocean Summit Association in Ft Lauderdale. Her mind, spirit, and grace shined through to all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Honorable Silvestri Silvestri, sisters Vivian (Armand) Niccolai, and Thelma (Ben) Trnavsky. She is survived by her children John Silvestri, and Jean Silvestri (Dade) Darby; her grandchildren Simone (Brian) Metzger, Alexandra Silvestri, John Darby, Elizabeth Darby, Madeleine Silvestri and Elise Silvestri; a great grandson Milo and many loving nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all who had the opportunity to meet this special spirit. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday 4-7pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am. In lieu of flowers the family wishes to direct gifts to Rush University Medical Center for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Please send memorials to Rush University Medical Center 1700 West Van Buren St. Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60612 or visit http://rush.convio.net/rsilvestri.

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Rita B. Miller

May 9, 2015 

 

On Saturday, May 9, 2015. Beloved mother of Mark Miller (Linda), Thomas Miller (Roxanne), John Miller, Gregory Miller (Deborah); grandmother of Joshua, Timothy, Casey, Chad, Bart, Callie, Brook, Eric, Zachary and Christian Miller, also survived by five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, sister of the late Frank Bartczak. Rita was a longtime parishioner and volunteer at St. Bede Church. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Monday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 1pm.

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Barbara A. (Sinnott) Finnerty           

 

 

Barbara, age 63, of Churchill, formerly of Fox Chapel passed away on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with COPD. A graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA), Barbara was predeceased by her parents James P. and Mary Jane Sinnott, her brother James and a niece Elizabeth Maher. She is survived by her husband Timothy E. and five children; John E. of Blackridge, Timothy B. Finnerty(Katie) of Wauwatosa, WI and their three children Eavan, Fiona and Cashel; James P. "J.P." Finnerty of Churchill, Ella Marie Snyder of El Paso, TX; and Padraic S. Finnerty (Angela) of Raleigh, NC. Barbara is also survived by her brothers and sisters; Carol J. Sinnott of Staten Island, NY, John B. Sinnott (Margaret) of Asheville, NC,  Mary Jane Maher of Ipswich, MA and Michael P. Sinnott (Ginny) of Aspinwall, PA. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Paul Cathedral at 10am. Remembrances may be made in Barbara's memory to either the Cleft Palate Clinic at UPMC or to any charity dealing with the effects of COPD.

 

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Elva M. Eyrich            

 

 

 

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Elva M. Eyrich. Beloved wife of the late William G. Eyrich. Mother of Carole Bromfield and Suzann Bridge (Gerard). Grandmother of Brian Bridge and Gregory Bromfield and Suzi Bloom (Jeff). Great grandmother of Jake Bridge and Mary, Shea and Mahala. Also survived by Reamon and Christie Linnabary.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday 3-7pm. Funeral Saturday in St. Andrew Church (Morewood Avenue) at 11am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

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Earle Travis Onque

 

Earle was born on October 30, 1930 in St. Paul, MN to Earle and Alice Onque.  He graduated from Bates College in 1952 with a degree in biology. He received a professional degree in Architecture from Carnegie Institute of technology (CMU) in 1957.  Earle was one of the first minorities in the United States to be both a registered architect and certified planner.  Earle was the head of Model Cities, the principal partner in an architectural firm, a faculty member of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, and National Association of Housing and Redevelopment, among many other accomplishments. Once he retired Earle enjoyed traveling and water color painting. Earle is preceded in death by his first wife Dr. Gloria Onque and his son Craig Onque. He leaves behind his loving wife Nancy Fecondo Onque, daughter Sheri Onque Eastman (Dan),  son Brock Onque, as well as three grandchildren, Nicole Eastman Scambray ( Daniel) , Jesse Eastman (Jenna), and Jake Fravel. Earle will be missed by his sister-in-law Nell Taylor and his nephews Tim Taylor, Stuart Taylor, Blair Taylor, Scott Taylor, Marshall Taylor and their families. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday May 8, 2015 from  4-7pm. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Homewood Cemetery on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Bates College with the notation of a scholarship fund in memory of Earle T. Onque c/o: Rothman Gordon P.C.,  Attorney at Law, 310 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15219.

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Jeffrey P. McCormick

     

On Saturday May 2, 2015, beloved husband of Erin Madigan McCormick; father of Michele Williams and Jeffrey P. McCormick, Jr.; "Super Pappy" of Alysa, Alexis and Annamarie; brother of Paul "Micky" McCormick, David McCormick and the late Audrey Papp; also survived by nieces and nephews. Jeff was a member of Teamsters Local 636 and worked for 31 years at OK Grocery until his retirement in 2007. After retiring, he worked as an usher at Consol Energy Center and in the Parking Enforcement Department of Brentwood Borough. An avid golfer and Pittsburgh sports fan, Jeff was also active in AOH Division 9 and the St. Patrick's Day parade. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. The McCormick family would like to thank all of Jeff's friends at UPMC Presbyterian Unit 10-D and the Cardio Thoracic Transplant team for the wonderful care they gave Jeff over the last two years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday and Tuesday, 4-8pm. Funeral Wednesday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Paul Cathedral 10:00am.

 

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Mary "Polly" McNaugher Marsh
 

On April 30, 2015, Mary "Polly" McNaugher Marsh, beloved wife of the late William "Bill"

Marsh. Mother of Dr. William "Bill" McNaugher Marsh (Stephanie), Margaret "Margo"

McNaugher Marsh, Robert "Rob" McNaugher Marsh (Tracey) and the late David McNaugher

Marsh. Grandmother of Stephen, Becky, Emily, Sam and Beth Marsh, Mary Biernesser and Tim

and Bennett Marsh. Sister of Isabel "Pinky" Hatfield (Ed) and daughter of the late Dr. William

and Isabel McNaugher of Point Breeze. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Polly attended

Winchester Thurston School and Vassar College. Happily married to Bill for 53 years, Polly

lived in the Fox Chapel area and volunteered at a number of organizations around the Pittsburgh

area. She was an elder of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, designing and creating the

paraments, as well as designing the columbarium. Polly helped to create the David McNaugher

Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside Academy Middle School, where she also volunteered.

She was a long time member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, once honored as Volunteer of

the Year. She was president and a lifetime member of the Squaw Valley Garden Club and

Master Flower Show Judge Emeritus with the National Garden Club. Polly loved gardening and

arts and crafts of all kinds from a very young age, mastering and teaching gardening, flower

arranging, needlepoint, knitting, appliqué and quilting. A Funeral Service will be held on

Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 AM at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road,

where the family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private. A

memorial reception will follow at Longwood at Oakmont at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the

family suggests contributions to the David McNaugher Marsh Memorial Library at Shadyside

Academy, 500 Squaw Run Rd E, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or Foxwall EMS, 145 Squaw Run Rd,

Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

(freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

 

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Edna Clay Machesney

April 28, 2015                  

 

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the age of 102, Edna Clay Machesney, beloved wife of the late Robert Cunningham Machesney. Daughter of the late Kathryn Geiss Clay and Neil B. Clay. Mother of the late George Carl Ehrnstrom. Sister of the late Vera Satterlee, CB Clay (Fran), Kathryn Mitchell (Robert), Howard Clay, Ralph Clay (Betty), Neal Clay (June), Charles Clay, Don Clay (Virginia), JT Clay (Jane and Marilyn). Grandmother of Dr. Peter Ehrnstrom (Thaysa), Julia Kozma, Kristen Freund (Mark) and Gregory Ehrnstrom (Dr. Colleen). Great grandmother of Gabriela Ehrnstrom, Jessa Gargan, Sarah Gargan and Matthew Kozma, Erika and Ryan Freund, Kate and Dylan Ehrnstrom. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Edna was born April 6, 1913 in Edgeworth, PA and was a longtime resident of the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. She was a writer and poet and a member and former president of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Poetry Society. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Saturday, May 2 from 9am - 11am, immediately followed by a Celebration of her life.

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Walter Artuhevich

 April 27, 2015

 

On Monday April 27, 2015, formerly of Regent Square, beloved husband of Alice Donnelly Artuhevich; father of Janet A. Miller (William, III), Sharon A. Jarzomski (Robert), Walter A. Artuhevich (Cynthia), and Michael W. Artuhevich (Shannon); grandfather of William, IV, and John Miller, Lisa Hall (Tyler), Steven Artuhevich, Stephen and Emily Ardnt, Sarah and Rachel Artuhevich; brother of Christine Schron, Irene Artuhevich and the late John Artuhevich; also survived by nieces and nephews. Walter graduated from Jeannette High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as an Aviation Metalsmith Third Class, stationed at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, CA and was a member of the American Legion. He spent his working career as an accountant with Nickel, Beisel Company, CPA's, retiring on May 1, 1992. 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. Funeral Friday, Mass of Christian Burial in Word of God Church at 10:30am. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

   

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Professor Marlin H. Mickle

 

On April 14, 2015, Professor Marlin H. Mickle, survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Coleman Mickle, and her son Richard Strong and his wife Melissa Kalarchian of Squirrel Hill, their children Max and Kate, and their dogs Rosie and Ralph. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 15 in Shadyside Presbyterian Church at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marlin H. Mickle Scholarship Fund in the Swanson School of  Engineering. Please make checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh and note Marlin Mickle Scholarship on the memo line. You may mail your contribution to Albert J. Novak, Jr., Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, University of Pittsburgh, 270 Park Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

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Stephen Urling McCloskey

 

April 20, 2015

 

On Monday April 20, 2015; beloved husband of Roberta "Bobbi" Cox McCloskey; father of Stephen U. McCloskey, Jr. (Natacha) of Miami, FL, Michael C. McCloskey (Lindsay) and David P. McCloskey; grandfather of Madison and Adeline McCloskey; son of Marion Urling McCloskey and the late John P. McCloskey; brother of Judith McCloskey Dyke (John, Jr.) and the late John P. McCloskey, Jr., uncle of Maity Dyke Kirk, John Dyke, III and Stephen Dyke; also survived by great 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 Friday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Bede Church 11am. Remembrances may be made to Forbes Hospice.

 

 

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Sophia Katselas Katsafanas

 April 18, 2015

 

 

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, beloved wife of the late Basil W. Katsafanas; sister of Tasso Katselas (Jane), Chris Katselas and the late Milton Katselas; aunt of Dana and Lisa Katselas. 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 the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church (Oakmont) at 11:00am.

 

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Elizabeth Dunn Smith

 

On March 10, 2015, Elizabeth Dunn Smith, passed away peacefully at her home in Oakland. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert H. Smith.  She is survived by two sons, Robert Haring-Smith (Tori Haring-Smith) of Washington, PA, David S. Smith (Carole) of Pittsburgh; one daughter, Charlotte Bourhis (Alain) of Natick, MA; also survived by four grandchildren, Whitney Haring-Smith (Abigail Seldin) of Washington, DC, Emma Smith of Pittsburgh, Charlotte Smith of Washington, DC, and Nicholas Bourhis of Natick, MA. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Pittsburgh Oratory (4450 Bayard St., Pgh., 15213) Saturday, April 18 at 12 noon. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC.

 

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Marilyn Muse Wilson

 

 February 21, 2015

 

Marilyn Muse Wilson, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 21, 2015. Born in Ben Avon and moved to Pittsburgh's East End in her youth, she was the wife of the late George C. Wilson, III; mother of Dorothy "Dedee" Wilson (Tad Scheri) and the late Marguerite "Mimi" Wilson; grandmother of Walter and Elliott Scheri; sister of Albert Muse and the late Margaret Muse Angevine. A Memorial Service will be held at 10AM at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 18th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Margaret Hospital Foundation. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc.

 

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Deneige Regina Wills

 April 11, 2015

                       

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Deneige Regina Wills, beloved wife of the late Russel H. Wills. Stepmother of Don Wills (Ginnie) and the late Bert Wills ( the late Natalie). Sister of Eileen Joyce (the late Martin Joyce), and the late Madeline Clark Ganster, The Honorable James F. Clark (the late Miriam) and John R. Clark (the late Frances). Loving aunt and cherished Godmother of Mary Deneige Joyce, Joseph Timothy Joyce. Margaret M. Joyce, James C. Joyce (Patty), Barbara Anne Brandenberger (Tim) and the late Martin F. Joyce, Jr. and other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 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. Regis Church 9:30am.

 

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Sarah Graham Byrnes

 

On Monday, April 6, 2015, Sarah "Sally" Graham Byrnes died peacefully at home in Pompano Beach, Florida where she lived for the past 40 years. Fiercely devoted to her family and her faith, Sally was known to be a most proud daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was the  daughter of the late Edward G. and Katherine Graham Byrnes Sr. Sister of Katherine Powderly (late William), Edward G. Byrnes, Jr. (Nancy), and the late Ann Shanahan (Walter L. Shanahan, Jr.). also survived by her nieces and nephews, William Powderly IV, Katherine Farrell, Robert Powderly and Karen Sisler, Susan Davis, Carol Dale, Linda Shanahan, Collette Fike, Maureen Shanahan, Sarah Shanahan and Aaron Byrnes, Madison Byrnes and Kay C. Byrnes. 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. Bede Church 10AM.

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Susan Scott Schmidt

 

 March 31, 2015

 

Susan Scott Schmidt died at age 55 on March 31, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was a wonderful and loving wife and loyal friend. She is survived by her beloved husband Thomas M. Schmidt; her brothers William A. Scott of Los Angeles, the Reverend George B. Scott and his wife Donna of Dillsburg, PA; three stepdaughters, two nieces and two nephews. Susan grew up near Gettysburg. She was a national merit scholar, a graduate of Chatham University and Pitt Business School. She spent a year in Paris as an au pair. Susan worked for Allegheny County, becoming a senior aid to Commissioner Pete Flaherty; Susan helped with the development of the new midfield terminal at the airport and the new jail, and sat on a number of County Boards, including that of the Community College. She later worked in public relations, was a travel writer and wrote a column for Shady Avenue magazine. She was a board member of POWER, a nonprofit agency which helps women overcome addictions. Her hobbies included astrology and her cat Franklin. Susan was a delegate to three Democratic National Conventions. She and her husband loved to travel. They worked together to restore two 19th century seaside cottages near St. Augustine, FL. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, the Pittsburgh Golf Club, the Rolling Rock Club, and Hillcrest Garden Club. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Monday April 6 from 5-8PM and Tuesday April 7 at Calvary Episcopal Church from 10 until an 11AM funeral service.



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Norma Jean Rossi

 April 1, 2015

 

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, a lifelong resident of Oakland, beloved wife of the late Eugene D. Rossi; mother of Kimberly J. Rossi and Daniel J. Rossi and the late Heather Rossi; sister of Lois Harencame, Robert White, James White, Margie Wallo, Sandra White and the late Richard White; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Norma Jean worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools for over 25 years at Allderdice High School.  Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8PM. Funeral Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church (Neville Street) at 10AM. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Animal Rescue League of W. PA. 6620 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

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Francis J. Goldcamp

March 25, 2015  

 

 Age 90, of Point Breeze, passed away surrounded in the comfort of  his family on Wednesday, March 25 2015. Born on March 14th, 1925 in Shadyside, he was the son of Cyril and Helen McFadden-Riley Goldcamp. Husband of his late wife Elizabeth Kyle- Goldcamp. He is survived by his thirteen children: Susan(John)Scherbick, Frank(Kathy)Goldcamp , Linda Newton, Mary Beth(Tim)Van Fleet ,  Joan Naft, Thomas Goldcamp, Joseph(Mary Jo) Goldcamp, Stephen(Mercedes) Goldcamp, David (Polly) Goldcamp, Paul(Susan) Goldcamp, Robert(Mickey) Goldcamp, Tricia(Dennis) Michaels, and John(Dana) Goldcamp. He has 32 Grand-children along with 35 Great-grand children. Francis was a graduate of Central Catholic class of 1943, served as a combat veteran piloting a B24 bomber in  WW-II, awarded air medal four oak leaf cluster and European theater two bronze stars. His working career was with J&L Steel for 38 years. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, devoted husband and father who loved the surf and sun. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Saturday 6-8pm and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Monday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church 10:00am.

 

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Ranjit Kaur Sachdev, M.D.

 

On Tuesday March 24, 2015, beloved wife of the late Ved Parkash Sachdev, M.D.; mother of Ulka Sachdev, M.D. and Rivka Sachdev, M.D.; grandmother of Lila, Jaitin, Marcus, Jasmin and Kai; mother-in-law of Michael Ost, M.D.; also survived by two brothers, three sisters, many close friends, and pre-deceased by one brother. Ranjit emigrated from India to the United States and was an established Pathologist at Harlem Hospital for many years. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfunealhome.com) on Thursday from 10:00am until an 11:00am Paath Service followed by Ardas in the funeral home. A Memorial Service will be held in Scarsdale, New York on April 11, 2015 at 10:00am at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home. Inurnment will be private.

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John D. "J.D." Fogarty 

 March 16, 2015

 

On Monday, March 16, 2015, beloved father of Sean F. Fogarty (Julie), Timothy O. Fogarty and Erin C. Fogarty; grandfather of Kaelyn Fogarty, Alayah Fogarty, A.J. Sutton and Shannon Fogarty; brother of Tim Fogarty (Sue) and Mary Pat Fogarty; son of the late Francis G. and Margaret Fogarty; stepson of Eileen Fogarty; dearest friend of Kathy Carlson; also survived by Patricia Raspanti and Gay Fogarty. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Stanislaus Church 10:00am. Remembrances may be made to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, 1000 Gamma Drive PGH, PA 15238, A Fundraiser for Youth Disabilities.

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Richard A. Talarico

March 11, 2015 

 

Unexpectedly on Wednesday March 11, 2015, Richard A. Talarico, age 63, of Squirrel Hill. Beloved husband of Deborah Grimes Talarico. Father of Richard G. Talarico and Joseph P. Talarico. Brother of Joseph D. Talarico (Farrell), Ronald F. Talarico (Karen) and Juliann Talarico. Son of the late Joseph A. and Julia Talarico. Nephew of Robert Talarico and Kay Barone. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Friday 2-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral 10am. Remembrances may be made to Central Catholic High School.

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Elizabeth Dunn Smith

March 10, 2015 

 

The enduring vision of Elizabeth Dunn Smith, who passed away in her Oakland home on Tuesday, March 10, places her in London, Venice or Tokyo, elegantly dressed and exquisitely accessorized, absorbing the sights and cultural splendors alongside her beloved late husband, Bob.  A relentless world traveler, she planned her trips to exacting details, always catching a new restaurant and gallery exhibition while savoring old favorites.  Many lucky friends were the beneficiaries of her vast travel library, delivered with annotated texts and newspaper clippings.

 

She curated her years of adventures in foreign locales – gathered during the family’s many tours of duty with the former Mellon Bank – to become the consummate volunteer for the major donor travel program at The Carnegie Museum of Art.  She meticulously booked the logistics, entertainment and daily itineraries, always managing to find obscure marvels tucked away to astonish even her most seasoned travelers.  She befuddled her companions at her remarkable ability to pack two weeks of clothing – including formal wear – into a single suitcase.  

 

Elizabeth took enormous pride in the many accomplishments of her children, Robert Haring-Smith (Tori) of Washington, PA.; David Smith (Carole) of Edgewood and Charlotte Smith Bourhis (Alain) of Natick, MA.  She took particular delight in all aspects of her grandchildren’s lives, from watching Emma Smith of Point Breeze and Charlotte Smith of Washington, D.C. in school plays to attending the Yale University honors ceremony of her Rhodes Scholar grandson, Whitney Haring-Smith (Abigail) of Washington, D.C.  When youngest grandchild, Nicolas Bourhis of Natick, MA, came to town, she always looked forward to treating him to a lobster dinner. 

 

At the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary her brother, James G. Dunn of Mt. Washington, and his dear friend, Jan Wagner, presented Elizabeth and Bob with an elaborate cake replicating the SS America, the luxury liner the newlywed couple took to cross the Atlantic on their honeymoon.  The event also included her brother, Stewart Dunn and his wife, Loti, of Alexandria, VA.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas of San Francisco and John of Woodbridge, VA.  She is also survived by several nephews, all of whom she was very grateful to have seen at various family gatherings over the past few years.  She is also survived by William G. Milburn of Downtown, a dear friend to the family for many, many years.

 

Elizabeth earned a bachelor of science degree from the former Carnegie Tech.  In addition to travel and her family she enjoyed literature, art, long conversations, Downton Abbey and sticky toffee pudding.  She passed away two months shy of her 91st birthday, a long and healthy life fueled by the love of her family, the joy of many longtime friendships, white wine spritzers and daily workouts on the treadmill.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Camille Mauclair / Duquesne Club Employee Scholarship Fund, c/o Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

 

There will be no visitation. Interment in Calvary Cemetery will be private, with a Memorial Mass to follow at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com)

 

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Norma  Jane  Musgrave

3/5/15

Arrangements to be announced

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Evangeline Pappas

 

On Monday, March 2, 2015, Evangeline Pappas. Beloved daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Pappas. Sister of the late Stella Economos. Aunt of  Stewart (Deborah Beerer-Economos), Maria and Thomas Economos. Great aunt of Anmarie, Gabrielle, Erin and Sean. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street on Monday 6-8pm and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Trisagion Service Tuesday at 7:30pm. Funeral Wednesday, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 11am. Interment will be in Homewood Cemetery.

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Mary Lou Palsa

 

2/25/2015  

 

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, beloved wife of the late Steven M. Palsa; mother of Reverend Steven M. Palsa of Sacred Heart Parish, Susan M. Palsa of Athens, OH and Paul J. Palsa of Los Angeles. Mary Lou was active at St. Paul Cathedral for many years as a Lady of Charity, Reader and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. 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. Remembrances may be made to St. Paul Cathedral.

 

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Margaret M. "Margie" Soboslay

 

2/25/2015 

 

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, beloved wife of John F. Soboslay; mother of Paul F. Soboslay (Amy), David A. Soboslay (Suzanne) and Michael J. Soboslay (Eileen); sister of James Carr; grandmother of Caitlin, Zoe, Connor, Shannon, Cassidy, Ryan and Austin Soboslay; also survived by her lifetime best friend, Anne Lofstrom. Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral Saturday, Mass of Christian Burial St. Bede Church 10:00am. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Bede Parish, 509 S. Dallas Ave. PGH, PA 15208.

 

 

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Joseph J. DiStazio

2/22/15

 

 

Visitation:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015,  2 - 4, 6 - 8 pm.

Funeral: Thursday, February 26, 2015, Blessing Service at the Freyvogel Funeral Home, 9:30 am.

 
 On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Joseph J. "Joss" DiStazio, age 85. Beloved brother of Nancy DeMarco and Frank A. DiStazio. Also survived by his niece Antoinette "Toni" DeMarco, Mary Ann Crouse (Merle) and nephew Frank A. DeMarco (Dianne) and his great nephew Brad Crouse (Lacey) and great niece Lauren Bostick (Rich) and great great niece Amelia Bostick. Friends will be received John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8pm where a Blessing Service will be held Thursday 9:30am. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of choice.

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Marilyn  Muse  Wilson

2/21/15

 

No Visitation.

Funeral: Saturday, February 28, 2015, Graveside Service, Allegheny Cemetery, 11 am.

 

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, wife of the late George C. Wilson, III; mother of Dorothy "Dedee" Wilson (Tad Scheri) and the late Marguerite "Mimi" Wilson; grandmother of Walter and Elliott Scheri; sister of Albert C. Muse and the late Margaret Angevine. There will be no visitation, interment in Allegheny Cemetery will be private. A memorial service will be held in the Spring and announced at a later date. Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).

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Maruta  Brunins

 

2/20/15

 

 

No Local Visitation

Funeral:  Friday February 27, 2015,  Chapel Service, Grandview Cemetery, 1;30 pm.

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JoAnn McDonald Avery

 

2/19/2015

 

Visitation: Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1-5 PM.

Funeral: Monday, February 23, 2015, St Paul Cathedral, 10 AM. (Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to go directly to St Paul Cathedral). 

 

 

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Walter L. Schwer

 

2/17/15

 

 

Visitation: Friday, February 20, 2015,  2 - 4 pm.

Funeral: Saturday, February 21, 2015, St. Paul Cathedral, 10 am.

 

 

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 Paula M. Smith

 

2/12/15

 

 

Visitation: Thursday, February 19, 2015,  2 - 4,  6 - 8 pm.

Funeral:  Friday, February 20, 2015,  St. Benedict the Moor Church, 11 am.

 

 

 


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Marion Petrov

2/14/15

 

Visitation :  Friday, February 18, 2015, 2-4, 6-8 pm, with a blessing service to be held at 7:30 pm.

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John E. Murray, Jr.

2/11/15

 

 

Visitation:  Wednesday, February 18, 2015,  2 - 4, 6 - 8 pm.

Funeral: Thursday, February 19, 2015,  Epiphany Church 10 am.

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Josephine M. Colosimo
2/5/15

 

 

Visitation: Sunday, February 8, 2015,  1 - 7 pm

Funeral:  Monday, February 9, 2015, St. Paul Cathedral, 11 am

 

 

 

 

 

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Filippo  Scolieri

2/4/15

 

Visitation: Saturday, February 7 and Sunday February 8,  2015, 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 pm

Funeral:  Monday, February 9, 2015,  St. Raphael Church, 10 am.

 


 

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Angelina Colangelo  

2/3/15

 

 

 

Visitation: Wednesday, February 4, 2015,  2 - 4,  5 - 7 pm.

Funeral:  Thursday, February 5, 2015,  St. Paul Cathedral, 10 am.

 

 

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Elizabeth Louise Cotter

2/3/15

 

 

Visitation:  Thursday, February 5, 2015,  2 - 4,  6 - 8 pm

Funeral:  Friday, February 6, 2015, St. Paul Cathedral, 10 am

 

 

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Rose T. Jevnikar

 

2/1/15

 

Visitation:  Tuesday February 3, 2015,  3 - 7 pm

Funeral:  Wednesday February 4, 2015, St. Raphael Church, 12 noon

 

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Thomas J. Hilliard, Jr.

1/29/15

 

Visitation:  Monday, February 2, 20