2011 Obituaries

ARTIM, George S.  2011/08/19

George S. Artim, 87, of West Mifflin, died peacefully, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Jefferson Hills Manor. Born Jan. 11, 1924, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Andrew and Barbara Serdy Artim; and beloved husband of the late Mary K. “Marion” Kruszka Artim. Mr. Artim was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and a retired letter carrier of the Duquesne Post Office. Mr. Artim is survived by two sisters, Margaret Mastilak, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Agnes Cimbala, of Nevada; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Andrew, John and Elmer Artim; and two sisters, Ann Haley and Mary Unites.

Friends and family will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the memorial home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Hedwig Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BABIR, John A.  2011/07/23

John A. Babir, 88, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Arden Court Manor Care Center, Jefferson Hills. Born Sept. 18, 1922, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Karas Babir. Mr. Babir was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, its Men’s Club and a retired employee of the former U.S. Steel Corp. Duquesne works Conditioning Department with 42 years of service. Mr. Babir is survived by four nieces, Diane Shar, of West Mifflin, Mary Cristalline, of West Mifflin, Marian Adams, of West Mifflin, and Patsy Dupal, of Harrison City; a nephew, Michael Cicak, of Duquesne; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Babir, Helen Cicak and Dorothy Fitz.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenues, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the memorial home.

BAKER, Julia A. Barto  2011/08/01

Julia A. Barto Baker, 91, of Duquesne, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in UPMC Shadyside. Born March 30, 1920, in Monaca, she was the daughter of the late John Glenn and Edith Magdalena Todd Barto. She was a retired waitress and a member of First Free Evangelical Church of McKeesport. She was the beloved wife of the late Clarence Baker; loving mother of Benjamin J., Dennis John, Mark Austin, Andrew Dee Baker, Judith Ann Arndt, Sue Ellen Powers, Betty Alice Schink and Joan Bertha Baker; sister of Anna Mae Frishkorn; also 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Clarence William Baker.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the residence of her daughter, Betty Schink, 825 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110.

Funeral services will be conducted there at 1 p.m. Friday by Pastor Jeff Ryder. Burial will take place Saturday in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester. Funeral procession will leave the family home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Professional services entrusted to WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. Family wishes donations to Alzheimer’s Association.

BALABAN, Helen M.  2011/07/19

Helen M. Balaban, of Duquesne, died peacefully Tuesday, July 19, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Sopko Mazurkiewicz; and the beloved wife of the late Michael G. Balaban. She was a member of Word of God Parish, Swissvale. She is survived by a son, Michael (Carol) Balaban; a daughter-in-law, Diane Balaban; two sisters, Irene Spisak and Eleanor Mazurkiewicz; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Martin Balaban; four brothers, Stanley, Edward, Theodore and John Mazurkiewicz; and a sister, Josephine Mazurkiewicz.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the memorial home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Visitation of the Blessed Mother Church, Rankin, with the Rev. John Lynam as celebrant. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery, Braddock Hills.

BARRON, Helen B. (Stajger)  2011/06/12

Helen B. (Stajger) Barron, 89, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Evening Star Personal Care Home, Wilmerding. She was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Duquesne, the daughter of the late John and Mary Safko Stajger. Mrs Barron was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a retired custodian of the former Mellon Bank in Duquesne. Helen was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Barron Jr. She is survived by a son, Joseph J. (Peggy) Barron III; brother, Albert Barron; and a sister, Rosie Russell, all of West Mifflin; two grandchildren, Joseph J. Barron IV (Katie Barca), of Washington, D.C., and Maria (Devin) Aikens, of Overbrook; and nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenues, Duquesne. A blessing will be held at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the memorial home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin

BUJDOS, Mark W. 2011/12/7

Mark W. Bujdos, 38, of North Versailles, formerly of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at home. Born July 12, 1973, in Pittsburgh, he was the beloved son of William “Boots” (Linda) Bujdos and Mary Sabol, all of White Oak. Mark was a counter salesman for Advanced Auto Parts in Pleasant Hills, an avid Steelers and Penguins fan and a graduate of Norwin High School. Besides his parents, he is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Margaret Sabol; and two sisters, Leslie Anne Bujdos, of White Oak, and Jamie (Jay) Smoyer, of Kittaning. He will also be sadly missed by aunts, uncles, cousins and adoring nieces.Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. (Everyone please meet at church). Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BONACCI, Phyllis M.  2011/11/23

Phyllis M. Kacik Bonacci, 74, of White Oak, fell asleep in the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in UPMC McKeesport. Born Sept. 21, 1937, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John and Ann Sikora Kacik. The beloved wife of John Bonacci, she was a retired secretary with the former Mellon Bank and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, Duquesne. She is also survived by two sons, Rick Bonacci, of White Oak, and Gary (Lisa) Bonacci, of Florida; four grandchildren, Brian, Erika, Christopher and Kirk Bonacci; three great-grandchildren, Devan, Melia and Chloe; and two brothers, Robert (Judy) Kacik and William Kacik, both of Duquesne.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne, with the Rev David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday in the memorial home.

CALE, Robert “B.B.”  2011/04/07

Robert L. “B.B.” Cale,62, of McKeesport, died Thursday, April 7, 2011 in UPMC, McKeesport. Born September 16, 1948, son of the late Theodore M. and Agnes (Wilson) Cale, Sr.; beloved husband of Josephine (Moore) Cale; also survived by two sons, Robert L. Cale, Jr. and Donald M. (Amanda) Cale; four daughters, Kerri A. (Mark) Cameron, Michelle L. (Tom) Timm, Tammie F. (Brian) Hartwell, and Helen R. (Tom) Mesiarik; one brother, Theodore “Butch” (Arlene) Cale; three sisters, Mary (late Jack) Kamauf, Kathryn “Georgeann” (Cecil) Himes, and Agnes “Twiggy” (late Mickey) Kovac. Also 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and his faithful dog, Zoey. Preceded in death by a brother, Dennis J. Cale, Sr., and a sister, Valerie J. Durik.

Friends received Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral services Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m. in the Memorial Home Chapel. Mr. Cale was a retired machinist of the Flowserve Corporation, Bridgeville, and a US Air Force Veteran.

CAREK, Cheryl Ann “Baba”  2011/09/20

Cheryl Ann “Baba” Carek, 47, of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at home. Born May 3, 1964, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Edward Sr. and Anna (Ballough) Carek, of McKeesport. She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a former employee of Pre-Coat Metals, Christy Park. In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Hope Carek Jr., of North Huntingdon; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in the memorial home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

CARULLI, Helen (Potoma)  2011/05/16

Helen (Potoma) Carulli, 80, of West Mifflin, died Monday, May 16, 2011, in UPMC McKeesport. Born March 8, 1931, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Tomko Potoma. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. She was a graduate of Braddock Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1952, a retired RN from McKeesport Hospital and a member of the Registered Nurses Association. Mrs. Carulli was preceded in death by her husband, Dino Carulli; and two brothers, John and Joseph Potoma. She is survived by two sisters, Mary Bereznak, of West Mifflin, and Anne Shadish, of Bridgeville; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 A.M. Friday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the memorial home.

CIMBALA, Brian M.  2011/06/20

Brian M. Cimbala, 34, of West Mifflin, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at home. Born April 10, 1977, in McKeesport, he was a son of Kathleen Zalinski (Cimbala) Fosbrink, of Duquesne, and the late Carl G. Cimbala Sr. He was a 1995 graduate of West Mifflin High School, a former employee of Signs and Signals of Pittsburgh and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. Brian is also survived by his stepfather, Donald Fosbrink, of Duquesne; a brother, Carl G. Cimbala Jr., of McKeesport; a stepsister, Jennifer (Bill) Eibeck, of Baldwin; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the memorial home, will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

DUMAS, Beverly A.  2011/08/08

Beverly A. Dumas, 71, of West Mifflin, died peacefully at home Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Born May 16, 1940, in Charleroi, she was a retired retail merchandiser. She was the beloved wife of Harry W. Dumas; loving mother of Anna (Richard) Jordan, of West Mifflin, Stephanie (Ted) Stojanoff, of West Mifflin, Robin (Charles) Roman, of West Homestead, and the late Harry A. Dumas; also surviving are nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne, at which time blessing services will be conducted with the Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating. Burial will be private.

DURISIN, Margaret Yanichko  2011/09/02

Margaret Yanichko Durisin, 92, of White Oak, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in UPMC McKeesport. Born in Duquesne, Nov. 2, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Vasil and Helen Lesko Yanichko. She was the beloved wife of the late John Durisin and preceded in death by a son, Raymond J. Durisin; two brothers, Frank and Edward Yanichko; and two sisters, Ann Gricar and Maria Yanichko. She is survived by a son, Timothy G. (Nancy) Durisin, of Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia L. (Joseph) Tarcy, of North Huntingdon; two grandchildren, John Durisin, MDR, and Amy Durisin, DDS (Beau Soars, DDS OMFS), all of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Steve Yanichko, of Monroeville, and George Yanichko, of West Mifflin; and a sister, Helen Gasdick, of California. She was a loving aunt to more than 50 nieces and nephews. Margaret was a lifetime member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, in Duquesne, where she was a member of the Rosary Society. Margaret loved her faith and paid annual visits to Mt. St. Macrina, in Uniontown, until her 90th birthday. She loved learning about current events and was noted for her Slovak cooking and baking.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the memorial home.

EDWARDS, John Willis Jr.  2011/04/12

65, formerly of West Mifflin, died Thursday, April 14, 2011. Survived by two brothers and one sister. Mr. Edwards proudly served in the United States Army in the Vietnam Era. Graveside Services with military honors on Monday, April 18, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.

Professional arrangements entrusted to the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth, Duquense.

FATULA, James Edward  2011/07/09

James Edward Fatula, 64, of Rochester, NY, passed away July 9, 2011 at home. Born August 7, 1946 in Braddock, PA, he was the beloved son of Rita Fatula of Braddock and the late Michael Nicholas Fatula. Beloved brother of John Fatula of McKees Rocks, William (Mary Jean) Fatula, and Michael (Barbara) Fatula of Pittsburgh, David (Faustyna) Fatula of Steubenville OH, and sisters Mary Ann Fatula O.P. of Columbus, OH, and Rita (Don) Moldovan of Baltimore, MD; beloved uncle of Michaelene Studeny, Barbara Bossers, Dominic and Anthony Mastroianni, and Michael, David and Ann Marie Fatula. Jim received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University in 1985, specializing in Ethics and Public Policy. Since 1998 Jim was Associate Professor of Public Administration at the College at Brockport in the State University of New York and served as department chair from 2001-2010. Esteemed by his students, he was honored in 2007 with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Jim was an active scholar whose published research focused on health care and social services issues. His long career in the Health Care industry included positions with the New York State Office of Health Systems Management, and Rochester Area Hospitals Corp. He served as deputy assistant to Joseph Califano, Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Carter Administration. Service in the community was a passion for Jim, as he generously worked with organizations such as the United Way, the Children’s Institute and The Advocacy Center.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday July 23, 2011 from 9:45 a.m. until a blessing service at 10:15 a.m. in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. will be celebrated in Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Braddock with Rev. Thomas Burke officiating. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

GENES, Elva M. (Thomas)  2011/01/05

Elva M. (Thomas) Genes, 89, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, January 05, 2011, in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born in Homeville, November 10, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Charles Schwab and Anna (Reese) Thomas. Mrs. Genes was a member of Homeville Christian Church, West Mifflin.

Beloved wife of the late William A. Genes, she is survived by her daughter, Charlene Welch of West Mifflin; a brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Barb Thomas of West Mifflin; a grandson, William R. Welch; and a great-grandson, Peyton  R. Welch. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Lee and Shirley Balint, and a brother, Ralph Thomas.

Friends and family will be received Friday from 2-7 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 10 A.M. with the Rev. David Shively officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills

HARBULA, Roseann “Cookie” Podomik  2011/10/02

Rosann “Cookie” Podomik Harbula, 67, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Cannonsburg Hospital. Born Jan. 21, 1944, in Homestead, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Betty Strang Podomik; and beloved wife of John Harbula Jr. She was a retired administrative assistant for Techni-Car Corp. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Dana (Jack) Fosbrink, of Carrick; stepson, Jack (Michele) Harbula, of McKeesport; brother, Alex Podomik, of Carrick; sister, Betty Mae Moody, of Munhall; three granddaughters, Savanna, India and Ireland Fosbrink; a great-grandson, Damien D. Harbula; a niece, Dawn Coppula; and a nephew, Dean Skorski. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Podomik; a sister, Judy Fite; and a grandson, John Joseph Harbula.

Friends will be received from 2 until the time of services at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenues, Duquesne.

HEATH, Emma E. (Vislay)  2011/04/15

Emma E. (Vislay) Heath, 97, of Elizabeth, died peacefully Friday, April 15, 2011, in Mount Vernon of Elizabeth. Born December 7, 1913, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John and Barbara Vislay and loving wife of the late Garner G. Heath. She was a retired nurse’s aide at McKeesport Hospital and was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne. She is survived by beloved children Garner (Linda) Heath and Barbara Garland, both of Elizabeth Township; three grandchildren, Shelly Wentling, Patricia Kraemer and Garner Sivick; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Steve, Joe and Pete Vislay; and four sisters, Irene Lachak, Bertha Niskosky, Margaret Kosko and Rose Yakabishon.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Monday, April 18, 2011, from 9 a.m. until the hour of a blessing service at 10 by the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin

HORGAS, Elizabeth, J. “Betty” Argilan  2011/07/31

Elizabeth J. “Betty” Argilan Horgas, 86, of Duquesne, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, in UPMC Shadyside. Born July 11, 1925, in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late John and Juliana Salada Argilan. She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She is survived by her beloved husband, Edward J.; two sons, Edward (Diane) Horgas and Mark (Ona) Horgas; four grandchildren, Michelle (Robert) Donofrio, Kristen Horgas, Mark Jr. (Julie) Horgas and John Henry Horgas; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Paval Donofrio and Jacob Dylan Horgas; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenues, Duquesne. A blessing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the memorial home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

IZZO, Rose C. Genito  2011/08/29

Rose C. Genito Izzo, 100, of Duquesne, fell asleep in the Lord Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in John J. Kane Regional, McKeesport. Born Dec. 19, 1910, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of Salvadore and Diamond Colella Genito, and wife of the Late Harry Izzo. She was a lifelong member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. Mrs. Izzo is survived by her loving daughter, Judy (Bob) Kacik, of Duquesne. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lucille Izzo; a granddaughter, Michele Kacik; and six brothers and sisters.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial home at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KEELER,  Anne S. (Skovranko)  2011/05/17

Anne S. (Skovranko) Keeler, 87, of North Versailles, died peacefully Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Born in Sept. 10, 1923, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Mure Skovranko. She was a member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Wall, and a graduate of St. Frances School of Nursing, Pittsburgh. The beloved wife of Robert Keeler, of 61 years, she is also survived by a son, Randy (Kay) Keeler, of Apex, N.C.; a daughter, Robin (Teresa Gola) Keeler, of North Versailles; two grandchildren, Mary Hunter Keeler and Joseph Keeler; two sisters-in-law, Mary Skovranko and Valerie Skovranko; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, William and Edward Skovranko; and a sister, Mary Onderisin.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the memorial home.

KLOTZ, Michael J.  2011/02/18

Michael J. Klotz, 86, of Munhall died Friday February 18, 2011 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born January 6, 1925, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Petrosko Klotz. Mr. Klotz was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. He was a retired Electrician with the former U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works and proudly served in the U.S. Army, World War II.

Beloved husband of Mary (Candy) Wargo Klotz, he is also survived by his loving children, Carol (Jim) Lawson of Munhall and Candice Sinia (Joseph McGloin) of Silver Springs, MD.; a brother, Edward (Marie) Klotz of North Huntingdon; and two grandchildren, Jesse Sky Willner and Maya Rose Willner. He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Sinia and a granddaughter, Christine Lynn Miller.

Friends will be received Sunday and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery West Mifflin. Parastas Service on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

 KOVAC, Michael George  2011/03/25

Michael George Kovac, 68, of West Mifflin, peacefully at home, March 25, 2011. Born January 6, 1943 in Braddock, son of the late Stephen M. and Anna (Hatala) Kovac. Survived by wife Agnes “Twiggy” (Cale) Kovac; two sons, Stephen Kovac and Michael (Tana) Kovac and three daughters, Lisa Kovac, Tina-Louise (Nick) Ulakovic and Tina (Jason) Haywood; a sister Anna Jane (Elmer) Novak; nine grandchildren; and former wife Delores. Preceded in death by a brother, Donald S. Kovac. Mr. Kovac was a US Army Veteran and a Grounds Keeper at West Mifflin Community Park.

Friends received Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Aves., Duquesne. Liturgy of Christian Burial in SS. Peter and Paul Byz. Cath. Church, Duquesne, Monday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. . Burial with military honors in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg.

KRAUSA, Robert C., Sr.  2011/03/03

Robert C. Krausa, 78, of West Mifflin died Thursday, March 3, 2011 in UPMC McKeesport. Born October 6, 1932 in North Versailles, he was the son of the late Theodore and Helen Sokolowski Krausa. Beloved husband of Bernadette Gaca Krausa. Mr. Krausa was the owner of the former Red Cap Cleaners in North Versailles and is a current employee of First Student Transportation, Inc. He was also a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and a U. S. Navy Reserve Veteran.

Besides his wife he is also survived by a son, Robert C. (Deborah) Krausa Jr. of North Carolina; a daughter, Cynthia Krausa of West Mifflin; two brothers, Edwin Krausa of FLA. and Richard (Leah) Krausa of West Mifflin; a sister Teddie Shephard of Coulter; a granddaughter, Candice (Anthony) Beckner of North Carolina; and two great grandsons, Robert and Andrew.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 4-8 P.M. and Monday from 1-3 and 5-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing service will be held in the Memorial Home on Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 9 A.M. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. in St, Hedwig Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as Celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow inSt, Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KRAUSA, Leah A.  2011/05/18

Leah A. (Downey) Krausa, 78, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born March 13, 1933, in Sharpsburg, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lillian Ettmyer Downey. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of White Oak and a former assistant manager of the former Isaly’s company of Southland and South Hills Village Stores. She was the beloved wife of Richard Krausa. She is also survived by her loving children, Cheryl Kane (Richard) Lutz, of Plum, Fred (Natalie) Kane, of Bridgeville, Richard (Betsy) Krausa, of Bridgeville, Stephen Cindy Krausa, of Las Vegas, and Sherry (Fred) Jenkins, of Liberty; a brother, John Amplias, of Pittsburgh; a sister, Beverly Haberstroh, of Upper St. Clair; 12 grandchildren, Jason, Angie, Michael, Rachael, Brittany, Doug, Cheyne, Tara, Kaylee, Cody, Alex and Ray; and two great-grandchildren, Danielle and Sydney.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the memorial home chapel with Pastor Brian Evans officiating. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KUSHNIR, Anne K.  2011/01/02

Anne K. Kushnir peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on January 2, 2011 at the Sycamore Estates Home in Duquesne.  A resident of Duquesne, Mrs. Kushnir was 97 years old and the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was born in Monessen, Pa. on April 23, 1923, the youngest child of the late Michael and Anna Kichinko.

Mrs. Kushnir was also preceded in death by her husband Michael Kushnir; brothers Michael Kisinko of Monessen, John Kichinko of Bridgeport, Conn. and George Kichinko of Charleroi, Pa.; nieces Barbara Bujanowski, Carol Sabo, Maryann Dawson and Marion Sherwood; and nephews Paul Kisinko and George Kichinko.  She is survived by her nieces Evelyn McGinty of Grove City, Pa., Sister Elaine Kisinko, OSBM of Pittsburgh, and her nephew Jack Kichinko of Bridgeport, Conn.; many great nieces and nephews and their children; and special friend George Polatas.

With a great love for her family and for children, she was a homemaker and an accomplished cook and baker, and she happily spent many generous hours in offering these services at her home parish, Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne where she had been a member of the choir and the Ladies’ Guild.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home on Commonwealth and Richford St. in Duquesne on Wednesday, afternoon, January 5 from 2 to 6P.M.. The Parastas Service will be celebrated at 3:30p. A blessing service at 11:15 A.M. on Thursday, January 6 will be followed by funeral Divine Liturgy at 12noon in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

The family gratefully extends heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Sycamore Estates for the compassionate care that was given to Mrs. Kushnir, and to the women of Sts. Peter and Paul parish for their visits, love and concern which were a joy and comfort to her.  In lieue of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Anne’s memory be made to either Sycamore Estates Personal Care Home or Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

LAZUR, Paul Brian  2011/06/03

Paul Brian Lazar, 42, of California, formerly of McKeesport, died unexpectedly in an automobile accident Friday, June 3, 2011, in California. Born Feb. 3, 1969, in McKeesport, he was the son of Paul A. Lazar and Janet Bernasky Yeschenko, of McKeeport. Besides his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, John Yeschenko, of Duquesne; second mom and aunt, Marge Cooper, of White Oak; aunt and uncle, Jay and Karen Lazar, of Florida; cousin, more of a sister, Kara (Rich) Hill, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; and his fiancee and loving companion, Veronica Soliz, of San Francisco, Calif. He was also the grandson of the late Mary and Ted Bernasky, Olive and Julius Lazar and Velma and Alex Yeschenko.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

MAIOLO, Josephine  2011.07/26

89, of McKeesport, on Tuesday, July 26. Mother of Larraine (Samuel) Visco and Michael (Marcia) Maiolo; grandchildren, Christopher and Brian Visco and Tiffany, Lawrence, and Anthony Maiolo; great-grandchildren, Noah, Samuel and Olivia Visco. She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry; brothers, Albert and Orlando Timpano.

Friends received Thursday, 2-8 p.m. in the SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, 828 Richford St., Duquesne, PA 15110. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday St. Patrick’s Parish, McKeesport. All services by the HERMAN FUNERAL HOME.

MATTA, Helen M. (Ondrej)   2011/01/25

Helen M. (Ondrej) Matta, 86, of Duquesne died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in Sycamore Estates Personal Care Home, Duquesne. Mrs. Matta was born December 13, 1924 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Susie Lesko Ondrej and wife of the late Michael Matta.

Mrs. Matta is survived by a son; Craig Matta of West Mifflin, a daughter; Shelby Godine of West mifflin, two grandchildren; Cheryl Godine and Gary Godine, and a great granddaughter Sarah Godine.

There will be NO VISITATION for Mrs. Matta. Arrangements entrusted to William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, PA. 15110.

MEDVAN, Florence Falkiewecz  2011/06/22

Florence Falkiewecz Medvan, 90, of Duquesne, died peacefully Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at home. Born Feb. 19, 1921, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Gaca Falkiewecz. The beloved wife of the late Steve Medvan, she was a faithful member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and a retired bank teller for the former Union National Bank in Duquesne. She is survived by multiple nieces and nephews. According to Mrs. Medvan’s wishes, there will be no visitation.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Hedwig Church, Duquesne. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

MESKANICK, Stephen A.  2011/05/31

Stephen A. Meskanick, 68, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Eldercrest Nursing Center, Munhall. Born Oct. 23, 1942, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late John and Anna Petrisko Meskanick. Mr. Meskanick was a retired employee of U.S. Steel Irvin Works with 37 years service and a proud Army veteran. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine E. Snyder Meskanick; and he is also survived by a son, Wilmer (Elizabeth) Nemchick, of New Hampshire; two daughters, Robin Irene (Clifton) Miller, of Elizabeth, and Mary Beth (Shawn) Foster, of Port Vue; a brother, Carl (Barbara) Meskanick, of North Huntingdon; six grandchildren; a great grandson; and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the memorial home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant in Holy Name Church, Duquesne. Burial with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PERUN, Andrew J.  2011/08/20

Andrew J. Perun, 93, of West Mifflin, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in Seneca Place, Verona. Born March 18, 1918, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Kasuda) Perun and beloved husband of the late Anna (Hrabcak) Perun. Mr. Perun was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, and a former member of Knights of Columbus, 4210, a retired locomotive engineer from U.S. Steel, Homestead Works and proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He was the loving father of James A. (Jean) Perun, of Commerce, Mich., Gene (Shari) Perun, of Monroeville, and David J. (Teri) Perun, of Sammamish, Wash.; grandfather of Matthew, Michael, Kristopher, Justin and Andrew Perun; also five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Joseph “Kaiser” and Albert Perun; and four sisters, Ginger Ceranski, Margaret Asmondy, Josephine “Feeny” Wilson and Helen Perun.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the memorial home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family suggest donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2 Gateway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

PETRISKO, Mary (Polacok)  2011.09/28

Mary (Polacok) Petrisko, 92, of Wexford, formerly of Duquesne, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Wexford. Born Sept. 3, 1919, in Slavaovce, Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Tomas) Polacok and the beloved wife of the late Andrew Petrisko. Mary was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. On Nov. 29, 1984, Mary Petrisko retired after 44 years as a waitress at the Smithfield Cafe, in downtown Pittsburgh, and was honored for her service. Then County Commissioner Tom Foerster presented her with a plaque proclaiming November 29th as “Mary Petrisko Day” in Allegheny County. Many of her regular customers sent their congratulations in the form of a note or gift, including Representative Bill Coyne, County Commissioner and former Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty, Senator John Heinz and Governor Dick Thornburg. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette called Mary “The Waitress They’ll Never Forget,” while Pittsburgh Press columnist Phil Musick featured her extraordinary life of hard work and humility, highlighting her love for making tens of thousands of pounds of Slovak noodles, and then donating the proceeds to her beloved SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, in Duquesne. An Ellis Island immigrant, known for trying to kill everyone with kindness, Commissioner Foerster told her, as he handed her the plaque, “If everyone in the world were like you, there would be no war, no crime. This would be a beautiful place.” She was the loving mother of Dr. Thomas (Emily) Petrisko, of Wexford. She is also survived by a brother, John Polacok, of Avon Lakes, Ohio; a sister, Anna Kusek, of West Mifflin; and six grandchildren, Maria, Sarah, Joshua, Natasha, Dominique and Jesse. She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Palmer.

Friends will be received from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial home at 11 a.m. Saturday will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Rosaries will be prayed at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

POPOLEO, Geraldine V. (Cochran) 2011/03/19

Geraldine V. (Cochran) Popoleo, 83, of Merritt Island, FLA. formerly of North Versailles and West Mifflin, died peacefully March 19, 2011 in Vitas Hospice at Courtenay Springs. Born October 3, 1927 in Homestead, she was the daughter of the late Curtin and Lucy Ryan Cochran. Beloved wife of the late Larry Popoleo she is survived by her loving children; Kathy (Bernard) Kovalsky of Duquesne, Donna Springer of Duquesne and David (Diann) Popoleo of White Oak, a brother; Michael Sotak of Arizona, daughter-in-law; Marcia Popoleo formerly of Marienville, 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and dearest friend; Cheryl Boggs of Merritt Island, FLA. also nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son Larry Popoleo Jr. and a brother; William Cochran.

Friends will be received on Friday, March 25, 2011, from 3-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, PA. Blessing services on Saturday at 12 noon will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 P.M. in St. Agnes R.C. Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

SABOL, John J.  2011/12/16

John J. Sabol, 86, of West Mifflin, died peacefully at home Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Born Sept. 25, 1925, in Terrace, (Munhall) he was the son of the late John and Veronika (Nones) Sabol. He was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, a Parish Usher, and a member of Knights of Columbus 4210 and Jednota Lodge 580. Mr. Sabol was a self-employed excavator and was honored to dig hundreds of graves at several area cemeteries for those who have gone before. He also proudly served in the Army, World War II, and received the Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for action at the Battle of the Bulge. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Spirnak) Sabol; cherished father of Eugene Sabol Sr., of West Mifflin, Marian (Michael) Gross, of Dumfries, Va., and Audrey (Frank) Steiner, of West Mifflin; grandfather of Eugene Sabol Jr., Rachael (Bill) Fike, Jonathan, Caitlyn and Bethany Steiner; great-grandfather of Aidan and Ashton Fike; also survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Francis R. and George A. Sabol; and three sisters, Veronica Cline, Helen Parnahay and Elizabeth Yevick.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SAUNDERS, Jane F.  2011/04/27

Jane F. Saunders, 76, of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully Wednesday April 27, 2011, in John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born Nov. 1, 1934, in Turtle Creek, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Frances Bach Hemple. Mrs. Saunders was an employee of the former G.C. Murphy Co. in Duquesne Village and a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Duquesne. She was the beloved wife of the late Harry E. Saunders. She is survived by a son, Brett (Babette) Saunders, of West Mifflin; a daughter, Frances Saunders Kinner, of Duquesne; a sister, Delores “Doe” Ashoff, of North Huntingdon; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Downey; and two sisters, Eleanor Ferree and Mary ‘Punch’ Bucholtz.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. Prayers will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in the memorial home. Burial will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family wishes contributions be made in Mrs. Saunders name to Skovranko Memorial Home.

SEECH, Deborah A.  2011/06/28

Deborah A. Seech, 53, of West Mifflin, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at home. Born Jan. 30, 1958, in Homestead, she was the daughter of the Irene Girovsky Seech and the late Ernest L. Seech. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a former employee of Kennywood Park Corp., West Mifflin. Besides her mother, she is also survived by a brother, Ernie R. (Wendy) Seech, of West Mifflin; and two nieces, Delainy and Emily Seech.

Friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will be private

SLIS, Mary Husar  2011/09/23

Mary Husar Slis, 94, of Bethel Park, formerly of Duquesne and West Mifflin, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at home. Born in Duquesne, March 19, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Maria Husar, and the beloved wife of the late John Slis. She was a lifelong and faithful member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, the Parish Rosary Society, the former Ladies Guild of SS. Peter and Paul and a former member of West Mifflin Annex AARP. With a prayerful heart and loving hands she contributed to the pirohi and cheregi fundraising for many years. She was the loving mother of Helen (Stephen) Balta, of McDonald, John (Vera) Slis, of Bethel Park, and the late Maryann (the late John) Dacey. She is also survived by six grandchildren, John M. Dacey, Brooke (Peter) Speakman, Bethany Balta, Stephen (Kelly) Balta, Stacey Slis and Amy Slis; two nieces, Anne Capristo and Maryann Rider; and special caregiver, Jamie Price.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing at 10 a.m. Monday in the memorial home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Monsignor Raymond Balta as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the memorial home.

SLOBODNIK, Joseph  2011/04/13

After reaching his 100th birthday February 11, 2011, Joseph Slobodnik of North Huntingdon Township, has quietly passed away in his sleep Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He was the son of the late George Slobodnik and Mary Bayuk and the last surviving sibling of Mary, George, John, Rudolph, Johanna, and Mathius Slobodnik, all of West Mifflin. Joe was also the former co-owner of the Slobodnik Bros. Garage, which was located along Kennywood Boulevard in West Mifflin.  “Uncle Joe” will be lovingly missed by many nieces and nephews and their families.

As by his request, there will be no viewing, however a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

TOVLIN, Frank John  2011/04/03

Frank John Tovlin, 89, formerly of Duquesne/West Mifflin, died in Bickford Cottage, Wabash, Ind. He was born October 6, 1921, in Duquesne, to Andrew and Ann (Gajdik) Tovlin. He married Ann Durkota on August 5, 1946; she died in January 1995. Mr. Tovlin was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving with the 4th Marine Division in the Asiatic Pacific areas during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action in Iwo Jima. Two Presidential Unit Citations were presented for combat performance in Saipan/Tinian and Iwo Jima. Mr. Tovlin retired as a craneman from U.S. Steel Duquesne Works. He was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Church. He was an avid bowler, winning many trophies. He is survived by a daughter, Sondra (Frank) Kaselonis, Wabash, Ind.; and a grandson, Scott (Kristin) Kaselonis, Westfield, Ind.; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Mary August and Ann Egnatz; and brothers Andrew and John Tovlin.

Funeral services were held in St. Bernard Catholic Church, Wabash, Ind., with Father Sextus Don officiating. A memorial Mass will be Monday, April 4, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, West Mifflin, with the Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating. Inurnment will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery in West Mifflin. Local arrangements entrusted to William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

UHREN, Irene C.   2011/03/08

Irene C. Uhren of Duquesne died suddenly on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. In addition to her parents, John and Mary Hrico Guba, sister; Mary and brother; Albert, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Nicholas S. Uhren, and her youngest son Nicholas P. Uhren. Loving mother of Michael J. (Leslie) Uhren of Perryopolis, and Kathryn M. Sadecky (John Shipe) of West Mifflin; grandmother of Nicholas S. Sadecky, Nicholas K. Uhren, Skylar B. Uhren, Christopher M. Uhren and Alexander M. Uhren; and great grandmother of Nicholas R. Uhren.

Irene retired in 1999 after 20 years of service at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. She was also a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Irene loved to read and play cards. She loved visiting with family and friends at her summer cottage where the deck of cards would mysteriously appear in the evening and entertain those present into the night. In her words, “ the game was a lesson of life”. Her devotion, protection and love of family could only be rivaled by “Urus horribilis”. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched and her memory eternal.

Friends and family will be received on Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service will be offered in the Memorial Home on Monday at 9:15 A.M. followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Parastas Services will be offered on Sunday at 3:30 P.M. in the Memorial Home.

VOJNOVICH, Elizabeth “Betty” Boris  2011/11/25

Elizabeth “Betty” Boris Vojnovich, 85, of Duquesne, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in UPMC McKeesport. Born July 15, 1926, in McKeesport, she was the beloved wife of Mark Vojnovich and loving mother of Thomas Vojnovich, of Florida. She was a member of St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. She is also survived by two sisters, Agnes Garcia, of West Newton, and Evelyn Machek, of Florida.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. A Pomen service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the memorial home will be followed by Requiem Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. in St. Sava’s Church with the Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Irwin.

YONEK, Ann Bucko  2011/11/06 

Ann Bucko Yonek, 89, of Duquesne, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at home. Born Sept.  18, 1922, in Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth  Hreno Bucko; and beloved wife of the late Paul A. Yonek. Ann was a member of  Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, and a retired unit secretary  at McKeesport Hospital. Mrs. Yonek is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Linda)  Yonek, of Nottingham Township, and Robert Janet Yonek, of McCandless Township; a  brother, John Buchko, of Florida; a sister, Alice Guerrieri, of North Braddock;  two granddaughters, Lori (Peter) Stofko and Marla (Michael) Chickwa; two  great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a  brother, Thomas Buchko; and a sister, Elizabeth Golik.

Friends will be received  from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME,  Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:30 a.m.  Wednesday in the memorial home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.  in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant.  Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

2010 Obituaries

BALOG, Clara M. (Zorn) 2010/04/07

Clara M. (Zorn) Balog ,98, of Duquesne, died Wednesday April 7, 2010 in John J. Kane Regional Care, McKeesport. Born March 29, 1912 in Carrick, she was the daughter of the late Jacub and Rose Zorn and beloved wife of the late Andrew Balog. A retired cashier for the former A & P Co. and Kroger Co., she was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Duquesne, and it’s Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

She is survived by a son Andrew A. Balog of Ligonier. She was preceded in death by a brother Leo Zorn and two sisters Rosine Ellish and Catherine Harapas.

Friends will be received Saturday April 10, 2010 in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne from 8:30 A.M. until time of services at 11 A.M. with the Rev. Robert Turner officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BALTA, Edward G. 2010/10/22

Edward G. Balta, 67, of North Huntingdon, died Friday October 22, 2010, peacefully at home. Born in Duquesne, August 30, 1943, he was the son of the late Andrew and Margaret Yakubik Balta. A retired employee of U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works, Mr. Balta was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne; Past Commander of U. S. Coast Guard Auxilliary Flotilla 9-2; No Mercy Golf League; social member of United Miners Society; and a U. S. Army Reserves Veteran.

Mr. Balta is survived by his beloved wife Lee Fries Balta, a son E. G. (Mary) Balta of North Huntingdon, a daughter Christa Balta of East McKeesport, and a granddaughter, Nevana Balta.

Friends will be received Saturday from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. and Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 A.M. Monday, October 25, 2010 in the Memorial Home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BARRY, Diana (Komazec) 2010/02/24

Diana (Komazec) Barry, 96, of Harrison City, died Wednesday February 24, 2010 in Forbes Regional Medical Center, Monroeville. Born April 18, 1913 in McKees Rocks, she was the daughter of the late Mike and Ana Verlinich Komazec. Beloved Aunt of Stephen (Maryann) Komazec of Harrison City, Dr. William (Helen) Komazec of New Jersy, Mary Ann Faeth of Michigan, and Carol Stahlman of Virginia; She is also survived by Great Nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve Komazec and Sam Kordich.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Saturday February 27, 2010 from 9 A.M. until hour of services at 11 A.m. with Rev. Steven Rocknage officiating. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. The Family wishes for donations be made to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA. 15132.

BARTOS, Irene H. (Balombiny) 2010/01/21

Irene H. (Balombiny) Bartos, 94, of Duquesne died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2010. Born September 16, 1915 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Hyduk Balombiny. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and its Rosary Society.

Beloved wife of the late Andrew Bartos, she is survived by two brothers; Raymond (Mary) Balombiny of West Mifflin and Francis “Chuck” (Antoinette) Balombiny of North Versailles, a sisters; Gerry Selznick of Duquesne, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother; Edward (Duke) Balombiny

Friends will be received Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

BERGEL, Ronald S. 2010/02/06

Ronald S. Bergel, 54, of White Oak, died suddenly Saturday, February 6, 2010 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born March 16, 1955 he was the son of the late Frank and Veronica Sentipal Bergel.

He is survived by his loving wife Louann (Tkac) Bergel, a son, Benjamin Bergel of White Oak, and a brother Francis (Sandy) Bergel of Jefferson Boro. He was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Kasper.

Private Family visitation was held Sunday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

BIALOBOK, Genevieve (Turkovic) 2010/12/15

Genevieve (Turkovic) Bialobok, 96, of Bethel Park, formerly of West Mifflin, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, in Mt. Vernon of South Park. Born February 17, 1914 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Marko and Rose Turkovic and beloved wife of the late Andrew Bialobok.

Mrs. Bialobok was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, Holy Trinity Christian Mothers, Duquesne Annex Senior Citizens and K of C 4210 Senior Citizens. She is survived by her loving daughter, Mary (Benedict) McGrosky of Bethel Park; a sister, Rose Weslowski of Glassport; two grandsons, Benedict A. McGrosky and Mark (Mirjana) McGrosky and a great granddaughter Mila McGrosky. She was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Tony and Mark Turkovic and three sisters, Anna Plivilik, Mary Koscur, and Dorothy Turkovic.

Friends will be received on Friday from 4-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, December 18, 2010, will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family request contributions be made to The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, 1 Linden Ave., Duquesne, PA. 15110.

BOST, John R. 2010/04/21

John R. Bost, 69, of West Mifflin died Wednesday April 21, 2010 in U.P.M.C. Shadyside. Born September 3, 1940 in West Mifflin, he was the son of the late John L. and Mary Jupin Bost. He was a member of Resurrection R.C. Church, West Mifflin; an employee of West Mifflin Boro and a retired employee of U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works Metallurgical Dept.

Beloved husband of Janet Polivka Bost, he is survived by a son John Bost of West Mifflin, two daughters Michelle (Dejan) Milentijevic of New York and Jonette Bost of West Mifflin; three grandchildren, Emma Bost, Danilo and Zoya Milentijevic; three brothers, Ronnie (Angie) Bost, William (Elaine) Bost and Thomas (Carole) Bost and a sister, Mary Lou (Thomas) Lykowski, all of West Mifflin.

Family calling hours will be from 4-9 P.M. Friday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial home on Saturday April 24, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Resurrection Church with Rev. Nicholas Mastrangelo celebrant.

CHERMONITZ, Robert C. 2010/06/12

Robert C. Chermonitz, 84, of Duquesne died Saturday, June 12, 2010 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born January 27, 1926 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Stefan Chermonitz. A retired Maintenance Department Employee of U. S. Steel Corp., National Works, he was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, a Life Member of West Newton Gun Club, a social member of Homeville Volunteer Fire Co., and a U. S. Navy veteran of WWII.

Beloved husband of the late Theresa M. Davis Chermonitz, he is survived by a son, Robert M. (Maurnell Girman) Chermonitz of South Park, a sister, Mary Virginia Glasser of Bethel Park, a sister-in-law, Agnes E. Davis of West Mifflin, two grandsons, Jonathan R. Chermonitz and Michael P. (Suzette) Chermonitz, and a great-grandson Jacob M. Chermonitz.

Friends will be received Monday from 5-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be conducted Tuesday June 15, 2010 in the Memorial Home at 9:30 A.M. with Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

COULTER, Mary Ann 2010/10/23

Mary Ann Coulter, 61, of Pittsburgh, died Saturday, October 23, 2010 in John J. Kane, Scott Twp. Born in Homestead, July 10, 1949 she was the daughter of the late Edward and Jean Mattes Mallesky. She is survived by her two daughters, Christine Coulter of Pittsburgh and Melissa Pastor of Spring Hill, FLA., a brother, Keith Mallesky of Bentleyville, a sister, Donna Caito of Warren, PA. and two granddaughters, Kelsie and Paige Pastor.

There will be no public visitation and all services are private. Professional services are entrusted to William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

DeVINZIO, Herman Jr. “Butch” 2010/01/03

Herman “Butch” DeVinzio Jr., 64, of Dravosburg, died Sunday, January 3, 2010 in UPMC McKeesport. Son of the late Herman and Emma Pons DeVinzio Sr., he was born September 27, 1945 in McKeesport. Butch was an employee of the former U.S. Steel Corp., Duquesne Works, and a U.S. Marine Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen (Davies) Makohus DeVinzio; a son John DeVinzio (Holly Kreuer) of Aurora, Ohio; a daughter Doreen (Corey) Nedley of Harrison City; a step-son Kraig (Lori) Makohus of Bethel Park; a sister Janet Makohus of Bethel Park; six grandchildren, Brytannie, Emi, Emma, Morgan, Ayden, and Evan. He was preceded in death by a sister, Emma “Honeygirl” DeVinzio.

At Butch’s request, there will be NO VISITATION and private services will be held at a later date. Funeral services are being handled by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

ELEAZER, Donna Jean (Acie) 2010/08/11

Donna Jean (Acie) Eleazer, 67, of Pittsburgh, departed this life Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at home. She was born November 24, 1942, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of Paul Acie of McKeesport and the late Catherine Ferguson. She was a certified nurse with the Maximum Agency.

Surviving are husband Bobby Eleazer of Pittsburgh; children Tracy Renee Chaney, Michael Terence Paul Chaney, Robert John Banks Jr., Lance Edward Chaney, Robert Cantrell, Ronald Kevin Banks, Vernon Carl Chaney, Waymon Damond Peyton Chaney, Floyd Aurthor Hunter Allen, Daryle Lamont Holiday, and Donna Jamika Lynn Holiday all of Pittsburgh. She is also survived by brothers, Jeffery Acie and Paul Gean Acie and sisters, Paulette Acie and Denise Acie all of Mckeesport, 45 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 4-8p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut Street, McKeeport with Pastor Earlene Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in McKeesport Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.

Mom you loved the Lord and us, you will truly be missed and remembered always. Your strength and smile kept us going each day of our lives, you have done your job here, now rest beautiful lady rest and be tired no more. The Lord heard your voice and took you home to be with Him, He has rescued you from worries and pain and your eyes from tears and your feet from stumbling, now you shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living. From your Loving Children.

FUGA, Mary (Novotny) 2010/06/13

Mary (Novotny) Fuga, 93, of West Mifflin died Sunday June 13, 2010 in U.P.M.C. St. Margaret, Aspinwall. Born June 1, 1917, in Homestead, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Radvansky Novotny. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, its Rosary Society and the West Mifflin Annex Senior Citizens.

Beloved wife of the late George Fuga, she is survived by her loving daughter Doris (Michael) Nardozzi of Penn Hills; a grandson, Mick (Susan) Nardozzi of Ohio Twp.; and two great-granddaughters, Elise and Julia. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Nicholas and Michael Novotny.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-6 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Thursday June 17, 2010 at 9:15 A.M. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 A.M.in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services will be held at 5 P.M. on Wednesday in the Memorial Home.

KARAFA, Justine Elizabeth (Fatula) 2010/02/20

Justine Elizabeth (Fatula) Karafa, 85 of West Mifflin, died Saturday February 20, 2010 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born June 18, 1924, in Masontown, she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and a former R.N. at McKeesport Hospital.

She is survived by her loving husband Michael G. Karafa, three daughters; Judith (James) Schnitzer of Apopka, Fla., Susan (Mark) Grace of West Mifflin, and Paula Karafa of West Mifflin, two sons: Michael (Madelynne) Karafa of Sewickley and Mark Karafa of West Mifflin, three grandchildren; Stephanie and James Schnitzer and Micheal John Karafa, and a sister; Betty Fatula. She was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Friends will be received on Tuesday fom 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday February 24, 2010, at 9:15A.M. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. in the Memorial Home.

KINCH, Frank T. 2010/03/08

Frank T. Kinch, 89, of West Mifflin died in his sleep on Monday, March 8, 2010, in Texas while spending the winter months with his sons. Born February 15, 1921, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Hafia (Rudosh) Kinch. Beloved husband for 55 years of Veronica (Opatick) Kinch, he is also survived by his children Jonathan (Rebecca) Kinch of The Woodlands, TX., Timothy (V. Kimberly) Kinch of Longview, TX., and Laura (Sean) Connelly of Ellicott City, MD., also seven grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother John Kinch, and two sisters Anna Powanda and Mary Sedlock.

A retired driver for the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the former Duquesne Motor Coach Company, Frank received their Driver of Distinction honor for logging more than one million accident free driving miles. He received a special accommodation from the Governor of Pennsylvania and is recognized as one of the Port Authority’s Top drivers.

He was a life long member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne where he founded its Holy Name Society and was a past president of the Men’s Club. He was also instrumental in raising funds and being part of the Building Committee for the current church’s location on Foster Avenue in Duquesne.

As a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Frank worked on forestry projects in Arizona. He founded the Auxiliary Police in Duquesne and was a score keeper for the amateur baseball team the Duquesne Zemp’s.

Frank was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. Serving in the VII Corp as a Russian Interpreter, he landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day plus 1 during the invasion of France. He continued serving in the European Theater for the duration of the war, including the Battle of the Bulge and other strategic conflicts. He served with his unit in Berlin on the day when Hilter resigned. After the war had ended, Frank stayed with the Army and remained in Berlin to assist with the interrogation efforts of Russian Prisoners of War. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European-Africa Service Medal, five Bronze Star’s and the Service Arrowhead.

Among his most treasured roles was that of being a devoted husband, a great father and a super grandpa. Family was at the forefront of his priorities. Despite the distance and the miles, his children spoke with him routinely and vacations to each other’s homes were normal. Frank was an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, a high school band booster and rousing fan at any event in which his children participated.

Friends will be received from 2-8 P.M. on Thursday and Friday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:30 A.M. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12 Noon in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will take place on Monday, March 15, 2010, in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA.

KOCUR, Anna Galajda 2010/01/02

Anna Galajda Kocur, 95, of Duquesne died Saturday, January 2, 2010 in John J. Kane Regional Care, McKeesport. Born September 17, 1914, in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Maria Kotrady Galajda. She was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late John Kocur, she is survived by her loving children, Ronald Kocur of Duquesne, Ernest (Lyn) Kocur of West Mifflin, John (Mogie) Kocur of Saudi Arabia, and Carol (Peter) Barsotti of West Mifflin, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Panasovich and two sisters, Mary Siroky and Martha Kurtz.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-8 PM in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Liturgy will be conducted in St. Nicholas R. O. Church on Thursday January 7, 2010 at 11 AM with the Very Rev. David Lesko officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET IN CHURCH. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service on Wednesday at 7 PM in the Memorial Home

KOZA, Lynn Marie (Propenpek) 2010/08/08

Lynn Marie (Prokenpek) Koza, 53, of Duquesne, died Sunday August 8, 2010 at home. Born in McKeesport, November 20, 1956 she was the daughter of Frank Prokenpek and Loretta (Unites) and Joseph A. Struiff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard O’Hara. She was an employee of LifeLine Screening.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her children, Adam O’Hara and Randi Koza, both of Duquesne, and Casey Koza of Hermitage Tenn.; and a sister Leslie (Terrence) Faux of Munhall.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at which time services will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Moriarty. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

MARKO, Edward 2010/02/11

Edward Marko, 77, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, February 11, 2010 in HCR Manor Care, Bethel Park. Son of the late George and Mary Vanko Marko, he was born may 25, 1932 in Duquesne. He was retired from J & L Steel Corp., and a member of Croation Lodge 146, Versailles Boro.

Loving Father of Edward (Georgie) Marko Jr. of North Huntingdon and Cynthia (Robert) Schoeber of Ben Avon. Brother of George Marko of Buffalo, N.Y., Ronald Marko of Crescent Twp., Mona Segal of Del Ray Beach, Fla., Helen Conroy of Baltimore, Md., and Margaret Pellechia of Belleville, Michigan. Also survived by grandchildren Kaitlyn and Jocelyn Marko, and Robert and Matthew Schoeber and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings John, Richard and Paul Marko. Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services will conducted Monday, February 15, 2010, at 1 P.M. in the Memorial Home with Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial Will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, WestMifflin.

Ed enjoyed Ballroom dancing and especially performing at senior citizen centers with his very special friend Mikey Dee and his orchestra. In Lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the Serbian Radio Hour, c/o American Serbian Club, 2524 Sarah St., Pgh, PA. 15203, or Sounds of Tamburitza, c/o Mike Hegol, 137 Mobile Dr., Pgh., PA. 15223.

MORELLI, Catherine L. 2010/05/08

Catherine L. Morelli, 55, of Mercer, died peacefully on Saturday May 8, 2010 in Mercer following a courageous battle with cancer, which she fought with grace and dignity. Born December 9, 1954 in McKeesport she was the loving daughter of Anna Morelli and the late Domenick Morelli of Duquesne. She will be sadly missed by her brothers and sister; Nicholas (Deborah), Robert, John Morelli and Nancy (William) Harrington. Fun loving aunt of Jessica, Nicholas, Matthew, Alyssa and Michael. Catherine will be sorrowfully missed by her extended family, friends and all those whose lives she has touched as an educator/ teacher at the Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections, Mercer, PA. A private service was held at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp. Under the direction of William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne.

OCHOCKI, Josephine E. Rakauskas 2010/10/05

Josephine E. Rakauskas Ochocki, 95, of Munhall, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday October 5. 2010, in St. Norbert Personal Care, Pittsburgh. Born December 2, 1914 in Duquesne she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinette Klivas Rakauskas. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Ochocki and a retired employee of the former Books Shoe store and Gimbel’s Shoe Department, Pittsburgh.

She is survived by a daughter, Patrica Veltri of Pittsburgh, two granddaughters, Nicole Veltri (John) McKee and Adelle (Steve) Scolaro; three great grandchildren, a nephew and two nieces. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Jean Ochocki.

Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home at 9 A.M. Saturday, October 9, 2010, will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PESTA, Mike J. 2010/10/24

Mike J. Pesta, 85, of Duquesne died peacefully on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Born February 12, 1925, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Mike and Rose Hospodar Pesta. Mr. Pesta was a retired Police Officer with 25 yrs. service for the city of Duquesne; a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne; the former Holy Name Society of the Parish; Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 91; and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII Pacific Theatre.

Beloved husband of 51 yrs. to Mary Sztroin Pesta, he is also survived by his loving children Michael Pesta, Mary Ann Pesta both of Duquesne and Barbara (Mark) Sloss of Bethel Park, and two grandchildren Karen and Evan Sloss.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2010 will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and F.O.P services 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

PETROSKO, George 2010/09/18

George Petrosko, 89, of West Mifflin died peacefully on Saturday September 18, 2010 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in Duquesne March 29, 1921, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Cipkala Petrosko. He was a retired machinist at U.S. Steel Christy Park Works and a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Duquesne.

He is survived by his loving wife Helen Ferkanin Petrosko; nephews Wayne (Linda) Petrosko, Michael Klotz and Edward Klotz; and a great niece Angela Petrosko He was preceded in death by brothers, Michael, John, Stephen, and Andrew Petrosko and a sister, Ann Klotz.

Friends and Family will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service on Tuesday September 20, 2010 at 11 A.M. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne with Rev. Donald Voss as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PETROVICH, Martha 2010/05/03

Martha Petrovich, 77, of Duquesne died Monday, May 3, 2010 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born May 16, 1932, in West Mifflin, she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Helen Rohaly Urban Sr. She was a life-long member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. Before becoming a full time homemaker and mother she worked at Famous Dept. Store in McKeesport. She also enjoyed trips to the casino with her family to play her favorite Red, White and Blue slot machines.

Beloved wife of Danny Petrovich, she is also survived by two daughters; Linda (Wayne) Newmyer and Helen Klacik (Joe) DeCaria both of West Mifflin; four sisters, Helen Obranovich and Margie Yenchenko both of West Mifflin, Annie Cmar of Duquesne and Dorothy Danko of Connecticut; three grandchildren, Lisa Newmyer (John) Riles, Jason (Jennean) Newmyer and Daniel Antonio DeCaria; and one great grandson, Nathan Newmyer with two more great grandchildren on the way; brother-in-law Sam Petrovich; sisters-in-law, Annie Urban, Violet Petrovich, Sophie Petrovich, and Takeko Petrovich; he was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph E. Urban Jr.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7-9 P.M. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Funeral Service in the Memorial Home on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 10 A.M. with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SALOPEK, Catherine D. “Katy” 2010/05/09

Catherine D. (Katy) Salopek, 79, of West Mifflin, died Sunday May 9, 2010 in U.P.M.C. Mercy, Pittsburgh. Born September 1, 1930 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Bogdonovich Carek. She was a member of Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin and the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge #6.

Beloved wife of 55years to Walter A. Salopek, she is also survived by two daughters; Sandra (John) Kotuce and Diane (Edward) Hrizo both of West Mifflin, two granddaughters; Angela and Kristen Hrizo; a brother, Edward (Ann) Carek of Dravosburg; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Brian D. Salopek, two brothers, Steve and John Carek, and three sisters, Mary Jane Crowe, Ann Lucko, and Helen Sanders.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. on Thursday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Prayers will be offered on Friday May 14, 2010 at 10 A.M. in the Memorial Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Church with Rev. David Schorr as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SALOPEK, Walter A. 2010/12/25

Walter A. Salopek, 84, of West Mifflin died peacefully Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2010 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1926 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Anthony and Ann Puskarik Salopek. A retired boilermaker of U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works. Mr. Salopek was a member of Resurrection R.C. Church West Mifflin, Croation Fraternal Union Lodge 6, The Clairton Sportsman Club and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

Beloved husband of the late Catherine D. (Carek) Salopek who died May 9, 2010. He is survived by 2 daughters, Sandra (John) Kotuce and Diane (Edward) Hrizo, both of West Mifflin, and 2 grandchildren, Angela and Kristen Hrizo, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son Brian D. Salopek who died Jan. 9, 2008.

Friends will be received from 4 – 9pm Wednesday December 29, in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:30 am Thursday. December 30, will be followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10am in Resurrection Church with Rev. Nicholas Mastrangelo as Celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SEGINA, Irene A. (Polivka) 2010/09/24

Irene A. (Polivka) Segina, 95, of West Mifflin died Friday September 24, 2010 in Mt. Vernon Assisted Living Center, South Park. She was born February 14, 1915, in Duquesne, and was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Zahursky Polivka and wife of the late Joseph S. Segina. Irene was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne

She is survived by her loving sons Klement E. Segina of West Mifflin and Joseph P. Segina of Bethel Park; a sister, Clara Kwadrat of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Karen Hathaway, Cheryl Valecko, Gregory Segina, Michael Segina and Jason Segina; and great grandchildren, Jacob and Sally Hathaway, Andrew and Luke Valecko, and Katie and Connor Segina.

Friends will be received Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service, in the Memorial Home, on Monday September 27, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Christ the Light of the World Parish, Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park Inc., North Huntingdon. Irene’s wishes were for donations be made to The Arthritis Foundation, 332 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA. 15222.

SIMCIK, Pauline P. (Karhnak) 2010/12/22

Pauline P. (Karhnak) Simcik, 86, of Plum (formerly of West Mifflin) died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Born May 7, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Paul P. and Susie (Harvey) Karhnak and beloved wife of the late Andrew Simcik. Mrs. Simcik was a former clerical worker of West Mifflin Boro.

Survived by a son, Andrew John (Ellen) Simcik of Murrysville, a daughter, Suzanne (Lou) Payne of Plum, a brother, Leonard (Eva) Karhnak of Greensburg, a grandson, Matt (Carla) Payne, and three great grandchildren, Sara, Carleigh, and Jase.

Friends received Sunday December 26, 1-4pm and 7-9pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial Mon. Dec. 27, 2010 at 10am in Resurrection R.C. Church West Mifflin. Family wishes for contributions to Heartland Hospice, 3520 Rt. 130. Bldg. 3, Irwin PA 15642.

SPRINGER, Aida Mae (Steele) 2010/01/17

Aida Mae (Steele) Springer, 94, formerly of Beaver, died peacefully Sunday, January 17, 2010, in Duquesne at the home of her daughter-in-law, Donna Popoleo Springer. Born February 22, 1915, in Sugarcreek Twp., Armstrong County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas R. and Sally Herron Steele and loving wife of the late William E. Springer Jr. She was a former member of The First Presbyterian Church of Beaver and a retired school teacher in Mt. Lebanon and the Beaver Area School Districts.

In addition to her daughter-in-law, she is survived by four grandsons, Shawn Springer of West Chester, Ryan Springer of Mt. Washington, and Justin and Daniel Zimmer both of Arizona, and three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, William T. Springer, a daughter, Gloria Mae Zimmer, two grandchildren, James and Travis Zimmer and two sisters, Jean Hogg and Vera Freeling.

Friends will be received Wednesday, January 20, 2010, in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, from 4 P.M. until the time of services at 7:30 P.M. with Rev. Judith Slater officiating. Private entombment services at Beaver Cemetery Mausoleum will follow on Thursday.

URBAN, Joseph E. Jr. 2010/02/07

Joseph E. Urban Jr., 80, of Glassport died Sunday, February 07, 2010 at home. Born August 30, 1929, in Mifflin Twp., he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Helen Rohaly Urban Sr. He was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and a former member of S.S. Peter and Paul Men’s Club, a former employee of U.S. Steel, Irvin Works, and the former owner of Dravo Window Cleaning Co. for 30 years. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Beloved husband of Annie Davies Urban, he is also survived by three sons; David (Susan) Urban and Scott (Barbara) Urban both of Glassport and Joseph Urban of Denver, Colorado; a daughter, Vicki (Anthony) Tarli of Liberty Boro; five sisters, Helen Obranovich and Margaret Yenchenko both of West Mifflin, Annie Cmar and Martha Petrovich both of Duquesne and Dorothy Danko of Conneticut; five grandchildren, Melissa Tarli, Chrisropher, Joanne, Taylor and Jenni Urban; and two great grandchildren, Laney Urban and Isabella Grant

Friends will be received Tuesday from 6-9 P.M. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. ABlessing service in the Memorial Home on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at 9:15 A.M. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church withRev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Service will be conducted on Wednesday at 3:45 P.M. in the Memorial Home.

YENCHENKO, Margaret (Urban) 2010/06/21

Margaret (Urban) Yenchenko, 82, of West Mifflin died Monday, June 21, 2010 in Baldwin Health Center, Pittsburgh. Born May 16, 1928, in West Mifflin, she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Helen Rohaly Urban Sr. She was a life-long member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, its Rosary Society and former Ladies Guild. She was a retired Pre-School teacher for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Head Start Program, Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late Jack Yenchenko, she is survived by a daughter; Margie (Dave) Barr of West Mifflin; three sisters, Helen Obranovich of West Mifflin, Annie Cmar of Duquesne and Dorothy Danko of Connecticut; four grandchildren, David (London) Barr of Quackertown, Jacqueline (Thomas) Kulus of West Mifflin, Jennifer (Jason) Kovar of West Mifflin and Jake Yenchenko of Belle Vernon; and nine great grandchildren,Brittany Killen, Corey and Ryan Barr, Tanner, Bennett and Ethan Kulus, and Jaden, Jonathan and Jackson Kovar; brothers-in-law Ray (Ann) Yenchenko and Danny Petrovich; sisters-in-law, Annie Urban and Nancy Bitkowski, and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son Jack Yenchenko, brother, Joseph E. Urban Jr, and sister, Martha Petrovich.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service in the Memorial Home on Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 12 Noon will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial with Rev. Donald Voss as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Service will be offered Wednesday at 6 P.M. in the Memorial Home. In Lieu of flowers we ask that you dedicate one day of your busy lives doing something that you love and spend time with your family.

YERECIC, Sylvia A. (Mrdeza) 2010/03/31

Sylvia A. Mrdeza Yerecic, 87, of Duquesne died Wednesday March 31, 2010 in U.P.M.C. Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born July 6, 1922 in Croatia she was the daughter of the late Marko and Mary Mrdeza. Beloved wife of the late John Veseleny and the late George J. Yerecic, she was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, a retired cook at Kennywood Park and dietician at Braddock Hospital.

Sylvia is survived by her three children; Rita Veseleny and Roberta (Dale) Welsch both of Duquesne and Bruce (Marsha) Yerecic of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren Kristen Welsch, Matthew Yerecic, and Nicole Yerecic, many very special friends and her four legged companions Rosie, Katie and Moose.

Friends and family will be received on Monday April 5, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral services will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Tuesday at 11 A.M. with Rev. Robert Turner officiating.

YESCHENKO, Wilma T. “Velma” (Maydak) 2010/02/07

Wilma “Velma” T. (Maydak) Yeschenko, 93, of Duquesne, died peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2010 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born October 11, 1916, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Pirosko Maydak. Retired from Royal Drug Manufacturing Co., she was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Duquesne and it’s Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Loving wife of the late Alexander Yeschenko, she is survived by three sons; Alan (Lois) Yeschenko and Robert (Patty) Yeschenko both of West Mifflin and John Yeschenko of Duquesne, a brother; Lawrence (Ethel) Maydak of West Mifflin, sister-in-law; Anne Verbanic of New Homestead, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Gus, Albert, John, and Tony Maydak and a sister Betty Kovalcin.

Friends will be received Thursday from 1-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Friday, February 12, 2010, at 10:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. in St. Joseph Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

WELKS, Virginia Helen 2010/02/12

Virginia Helen Welks, 80, of Duquesne died Friday, February 12, 2010 in Riverside Care Center, McKeesport. Born July 20, 1929, in North Braddock, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Krucanica Davis. Beloved wife of John Welks, she is also survived by her loving children David (Karen) Welks of Marco Island, FLA., and Dianna (Ken) Kuligowski of Regent Square; cherished granddaughter Kara Kuligowski; brother Edward Davis of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers Michael Davis and James Herry.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Friday and 10:30 A.M. until the hour of services at 11:30 A.M on Saturday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. The Very Rev. David Lesko will officiate and burial will follow in McKeesport – Versailles Cemetery. She was proud to be a homemaker and loved spending time with her family who will miss her dearly.

Walter A. Salopek, 84, of West Mifflin died peacefully Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2010 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1926 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Anthony and Ann Puskarik Salopek. A retired boilermaker of U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works. Mr. Salopek was a member of Resurrection R.C. Church West Mifflin, Croation Fraternal Union Lodge 6, The Clairton Sportsman Club and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

Beloved husband of the late Catherine D. (Carek) Salopek who died May 9, 2010. He is survived by 2 daughters, Sandra (John) Kotuce and Diane (Edward) Hrizo, both of West Mifflin, and 2 grandchildren, Angela and Kristen Hrizo, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son Brian D. Salopek who died Jan. 9, 2008.

Friends will be received from 4 – 9pm Wednesday December 29, in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:30 am Thursday. December 30, will be followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10am in Resurrection Church with Rev. Nicholas Mastrangelo as Celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

2009 Obituaries

ANDREJCAK, Anna (Gonchar) 2009/03/15

Anna Gonchar Andrejcak, 95, formerly of West Mifflin, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, in Auburndale, Florida. Born in Allegheny, Pa., November 7, 1913, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Badanko Gonchar. She was a life long member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Winter Haven, Fla. Anna loved baking, bowling and bingo, and also loved to dance. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Michael J. Andrejcak who died May 4, 1995, two brothers, Frank and John Gonchar; three sisters, Mary Kathchur, Olga Guzewicz, and Helen Slivka, she is survived by three sons, Michael J. (Ann) Andrejcak Jr., of North Huntingdon, Elmer (Judi) Andrejcak of Naples, Fla., and David E. (Stephanie) Andrejcak of Chantilly, Va.; a daughter Mary Ann Wintermyer and husband Richard Graham of Winter Haven, Fla., eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great,great grandchild

Friends will be received Friday from 2–4 pm & 7–9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday, March 21, at11:00 am will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 11:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BABYAK, Stephen M. 2009/01/28

Stephen M. Babyak,92, of West Mifflin died peacefully at home, Wednesday January 28,2009. Born in Braddock, December 19, 1916, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Novotny Babyak. A member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Duquesne, Mr. Babyak was a retired welder with Fisher Body, West Mifflin and a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, serving in the battle of the Bulge.

Loving Husband of Emma Prakop Babyak, He is also survived by three sons, Gerald (Kathleen) Babyak of Acme, Steven (Rita) Babyak of Forest Hills, and Les (Donna) Babyak of Allison Park; two brothers, Clarence of North Braddock and Paul of North Huntingdon; a sister, Madeline Harrington of Pasadena, MD; and four grandchildren, Brian, Jamie, and Kristen Babyak, and Stacey Pabis; also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Andrew Babyak; and two sisters, Helen Rackey and Martha Haley.

Friends will be received Friday 12Noon until 5p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday Jan. 31, 2009 will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Denis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BALOMBINY, Verna (Hankowitz) 2009/11/12

Verna Hankowitz Balombiny, 87, of West Mifflin died Tuesday, November 12, 2009 in Wexford House, North Hills. Born September 18, 1922 in Homeville, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Novotnik Hankowitz. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church,Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late Edward J. (Duke) Balombiny, who died December 17, 2008, she is survived by a son; Edward J. Balombiny of West Mifflin, Granddaughter; Heather Mayer, two great grandchildren; Hunter and McKenzie, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son; Jan Balombiny, four brothers, Peter, Anthony, Michael and John Hankowitz and three sisters, Margaret Lanigan, Anne Bugle and Helen Wahly.

Friends will be received Friday, November 13, 2009, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Parastas Services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

BEDNAR, Emma B. (Rago) 2009/08/07

Emma B. (Rago) Bednar, 85, of West Mifflin, died Friday August 7, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born January 25, 1924, in Munhall, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma Kish Rago. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late John Bednar, she is survived by her loving children; son John K. (Edith) Bednar of Baldwin; 2 daughters, Mary Lou (William) Schuetz of Baldwin and Christine Hegedus (James Montague) of Royersford, PA.; four grandchildren, Brian Schuetz, Colleen Schuetz, Jeanette Bednar and John Bednar; great grandchild, Jaelynn Hale. She was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Mincey.

Friends will be received Sunday from 1-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home on Monday August 10, 2009 at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service will be on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

BIRES, Helen (Mastarovsky) 2009/08/09

Helen Mastarovsky Bires, 86, of Duquesne, died Sunday August 9, 2009 in Ellwood City, PA. She was born May 11, 1923, in Rankin, she was the daughter of the late John and Susanna Sabol Mastarovsky. She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Knights of Columbus 4210 Senior Citizens and Duquesne Annex Senior Citizens all in West Mifflin.

Beloved wife of the late Michael S. Bires, she is survived by four sons; Michael Bires of West Mifflin, Daniel Bires and David Bires, both of Duquesne, and Gregory Bires of McKeesport, two daughters; Paulette Seko of Virginia and Marian Osborne of Ellwood City, nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BRANIK, Dana E. 2009/07/14

Dana E. Branik, 38, of Duquesne, unexpectedly on Tuesday July 14, 2009. Born January 12, 1971, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Monica Perun Branik of Duquesne and the late William “Bull” Branik. She was an employee of Achieva, West Mifflin.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a loving brother Gary (Jennifer) Branik of Dormont. She was also the loving auntie to her nephew Zachary and niece Abigail.

There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 A.M. Saturday July 18, 2009 in Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

BUNDY, Anne G. 2009/10/30

Anne G. Bundy, 93, of Duquesne, died Friday, October 30, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born December 4, 1915 in Rankin, daughter of the late Joseph and Susan Mayernik; beloved wife of the late Emil Bundy; survived by son, Emil (Luci) Bundy Jr. of Munhall, a daughter, Gladys (Regis) Solomon of Duquesne, a sister, Mary Brown of Santa Ana, CA, five grandchildren, Regis Solomon, DeAnne Massung, Brian Solomon, Amy Trenga and Leah Bundy, three great-granchildren, Seth, Jordan and Dominic; preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Mayernik.

Friends received Monday 5-9pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing in the Memorial Home, Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 9am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am in Sacred Heart Church/Good Shephard Parish, 1600 Brinton Rd. Braddock Hills with Rev. Doug Boyd as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery.

DAYCHAK, Margaret (Kotzer) 2009/04/17

Margaret (Kotzer) Daychak, 90, of West Mifflin died Friday, April 17, 2009 in Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born in Duquesne, July 31, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Martha Cherpak Kotzer and beloved wife of the late Stephen Daychak. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and the Duquesne Annex Senior Citizens.

She is survived by two daughters, Geri (Patrick) McGrail of Keller, Texas, and Marsha Daychak of Munhall; a sister, Mary Lou Scatterday of Mt. Lebanon; three grandchildren, Patrick McGrail, Ryan McGrail, and Lisa Solitario; and two great grandchildren, Alyssa Solitario and Lauren McGrail. Margaret was also preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen and John Kotzer and a sister, Ann Janzef.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing service will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 12:15 p.m. followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services will be conducted on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

FARRINGTON, Marcella V. “Marcy” 2009/10/12

Marcella (Marcy) V. Farrington, 77, of Duquesne died Monday, October 12, 2009 at home. Born in Craigville, PA. January 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mildred Butler Anthony. She was a retired waitress at Mike’s Lunch Diner.

She is survived by two daughters, Patrice Currin and Kelly McKee both of Duquesne; a brother, Ted Anthony of Norfolk, VA., five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great great grandson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Rodger Anthony; two sisters, Shirley Fischer and Patricia Barrett and one granddaughter, Christina Currin.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Wednesday from 6 P.M. until time of services at 8 P.M. with Rev. John Gropp officiating.

GIBAS, Raymond R. 2009/09/10

Former area resident, Raymond R. Gibas, 86, of Ligonier, PA. died Thursday September 10, 2009 in Greensburg. Born August 16, 1923, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Peter and Anna Gibasiewicz. Ray was a retiree of U.S. Steel, National Duquesne and Homestead billing bureaus with 33 years of service. He was a Battle of the Bulge and Purple Heart veteran of the U.S. regular army, WWII.

Ray held life memberships in the following organizations; Disabled American Veterans, federal chapter #1, Washington, D.C.; National Geographic Society; National Wildlife Federation; U. S. Airborne Static Line; Ligonier Historical Society; Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Ghost Town Bike Trail. He was also a charter member of the National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA.; National Museum of the U. S. Army, Ft. Belvoir, VA.; Korean War National Museum, Springfield, Il.; Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Fredericksburg, TX. And the Marine Corp Heritage Foundation, Quantico, VA.

Ray is survived by a sister, Gertrude Gibas of Pittsburgh; three nieces, Joanne (Michael) Thornburg, Susan Gibas (Gerald Rutter), and Stephanie (Arthur) Gover; four nephews, David (Jill), Jerome (Christine), Daniel (Julie), and John; eight great nephews and nine great nieces. Ray was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Sylvester.

Friends will be received on Sunday September 13, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be held on Monday at 9 A.M. in the Memorial Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, West Mifflin.

HEATH, Garner G. “Rusty” 2009/10/16

Garner “Rusty” G. Heath, 90, of West Mifflin, passed away peacefully Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth Personal Care home. He was preceded in death by his sisters Adelaide and Winneferd.
Garner was born on August 17, 1919, the son of Edith Kemp and Garner Heath of Cable, Ohio. Garner served in the 101st Airborne in Europe during WWII.

He is survived by Emma, his wife of sixty-six years, his daughter Barbara R. Garland of Elizabeth, his son Garner J. Heath, also of Elizabeth and three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. As per Garner’s wishes, there will be no public viewing. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

HLEBA, Elizabeth “Betty” (Kucik) 2009/07/15

Elizabeth “Betty” Kucik Hleba, 88, of Duquesne died peacefully on July 15, 2009 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in Duquesne January 17, 1921, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Nagy Kucik. Betty was retired from the William Penn Fraternal Insurance Association, a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Duquesne, and a past member of St. Mary’s Bowling League.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Hleba, a sister Mary Kucik Keach, and a nephew Edward Keach. She is survived by a sister-in-law Dorothy Hleba of West Mifflin and many loving nieces and nephews.

Betty will be remembered by all for her warm heart, great sense of humor, and willingness to help others; but everyone that knew her would agree that her favorite pastime would be to cook and bake for her family and loved to have a houseful of guest for holidays and Sunday dinners.

At her request, there will be no visitation. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 A.M. on Saturday July 18, 2009 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 701 Foster Ave., Duquesne with Rev. Daniel Forsythe as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements are entrusted to William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

HOLKO, Virginia “Jean” (Tunder) 2009/05/10

Virginia (Jean) Tunder Holko, 80, of Saxonburg, formerly of West Mifflin went home to the Lord on Sunday May 10, 2009. Born in Duquesne, December 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Chonko Tunder. A former secretary for the Zeno – Fritz Law firm, she was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin.

Beloved wife of the late Andrew Holko, she is survived by a daughter, Pamela (James) Legin Thompson of Saxonburg; two sons, David (Jama) Holko of St. Lucie, FLA., and Kevin (April Matni) Holko of Lusby, MD.; three grandchildren, Hallie (Ja Marcus) Shepard, Sara A. Legin, and Bethany Legin; two step-grandchildren, Jamie Cunningham and Brian Thompson; two step-great grandchildren, Lucas and Bailey Thompson; and three nieces.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 1-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Friday at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

JANUS, John Jr. 2009/01/11

John Janus Jr., 88 of Duquesne passed away on Sunday, January 11 at the UPMC McKeesport Hospital after a brief illness. Born August 10, 1920 in Tibaua, Czechoslovakia, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Simkanich) Janus. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Duquesne. He was a retired employee from U.S.S. Steel Works, Duquesne and the Ceco Plant of West Mifflin. John was a W.W. II veteran in the army and served his country during the war overseas in England and France and was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and the Medal for Good Conduct. He was a former member of the Slovak Club of Duquesne and also belonged to the GBU Club, Duquesne.

Beloved uncle, he is survived by niece, Dorothy (Charles) Kinner of Elizabeth Township plus great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Vovolka. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends who knew and loved him.

Inurnment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

KOLCUN, George P. 2009/08/12

George P. Kolcun, 81, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, in Community Hospice Care Center, Dunmore. He was born, raised and resided in Duquesne before moving to Dunmore 6 years ago. His wife of 53 years is Elsie Vasilisin Kolcun. Born in Mifflin Township, known as Polish Hill, March 11, 1928, he was the son of the late John and Katherine Straka Kolcun.

A graduate of Duquesne High School, George served in the United States Marine Corp. He retired in 1981 after 35 years of service from the Plant Protection Department of United States Steel, Duquesne Works.

He was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Dunmore and a lifetime member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne; its Mens’ Club and Rosary Society. A lifelong member of the Greek Catholic Union, he is a past GCU National Supreme Tribunal Officer and served as President and Secretary-Treasurer for Lodge #117 and was currently a member of GCU Lodge #945. He was a 3rd Degree Knight Member of the Duquesne-West Mifflin Knights of Columbus #4210.

He very much enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing and especially hunting in Cooks Forest on the family owned property with his brothers and friends. George was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins fan and looked forward to watching the games on television especially after relocating to Dunmore.

He is also survived by daughter Sharon and husband George Kofel of Dunmore, and grandchildren Michael Kofel and Michelle Kofel, a brother Stephen and wife Anna Mae Kolcun of Greenfield, Pittsburgh. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers John, Andrew and Nicholas and a sister Mary Zavacky.

Family and friends are welcomed to pay their respects on Sunday 2 to 7 in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. Punachida Service will be held at 3 pm. A blessing at 9:30 am in the memorial home will be followed by Divine Liturgy for the departed at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with Rev. Eugene Yackanich and Rev. Dennis Bogda as con-celebrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

Memorial contributions maybe made to: Davita Dunmore Dialysis, 1212 O’Neil Highway, Dunmore, PA 18512 or Community Hospice Care, 100 William Street, Dunmore, PA 18510.

George’s family expresses their sincere gratitude to the Moses Taylor Hospital nursing staff of 4 West, the doctors of Northeast PA Nephrology especially Dr. Roger Getts; Dr. Laura Viture-DeLayo and Moses Taylor Hospitalists Dr. Stephen Opsasnick and Dr. John Paulish and to the wonderful team members of Community Hospice Care for the kindness.

KOPAY, Justina D. (Jasek) 2009/08/22

Justina D. (Jasek) Kopay, 80, of Upper St. Clair, died Saturday August 22, 2009, in St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born March 16, 1929, in Radola, Kys Nove Mesto, Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Agnes Papan Jasek. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church, Scott Twp. and a former member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin.

Beloved wife of the late Edward C. Copay, she is survived by a son, Edward (Patty) Kopay of Erie; two daughters, Kathleen (Reggie) Guevara of Melbourne, FLA., and Kristine Kopay of Upper St. Clair; a sister, Virginia Jasek of West Mifflin; and four grandchildren, Beth Ann, Aaron, and Caryn Kopay, and Alexandra Guevara. She was also preceded in death by her brother Allen Jasek.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday August 26, 2009 will be followed by mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KORIBANIC, John Paul 2009/03/06

John Paul Koribanic, 69, died on Friday, March 6, 2009. John was a resident of Citizen Care in McKees Rocks. Born in Duquesne, PA on August 28, 1939, he was the son of the late John and Mary Zbura Koribanic. John will be sadly missed by his brother Robert and wife Vilma of West Mifflin, nephew Robert and wife Suzanne of West Mifflin and niece Stephanie and husband Glen Higby of Elizabeth. The family would like to thank the staff and all of John’s friends at 1225 Silver Lane, McKees Rocks, PA for helping John reach his daily goals; also John’s Hospice Team at the Center for Compassionate Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA for their comfort and loving care. The William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, PA is in charge of arrangements. Funeral Services will be private and interment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family wishes for memorial contributions be made to Partners for Quality Foundation, 8 Hattman Drive, Coraopolis, PA 15108.

KOSTELNIK, Anna 2009/01/16

Anna Kostelnik, 84, of Duquesne, died Friday January 16, 2009, in Sycamore Estates Personal Care Home, Duquesne. Born January 29, 1924, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Kukura Kostelnik. She was a member of Holy Trinity R. C. Church, West Mifflin.

Ms. Kostelnik was preceded in death by two brothers; Joseph and John A. Kostelnik and a sister; Mary Kostelnik.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KOVALSKY, Bert F. Jr. 2009/06/08

Bert F. Kovalsky Jr., 58, of West Mifflin died Monday June 8, 2009, at home. Born August 23, 1950, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Bert F. and Gertrude Manns Kovalsky Sr. Husband of the late Michelle Lindsey Kovalsky, who passed away October 6, 2008. He was a mechanic at Leo’s Service Center in Duquesne and Past President of the Duquesne Slovak Social Club.

He is survived by a son; Bert F. (Melanie) Kovalsky III of West Mifflin and a daughter; Margaret (Jason) Bevan of Dravosburg; two brothers, Bernard (Kathy) Kovalsky Sr. of Duquesne and Barry (Gloria) Kovalsky Sr. of West Mifflin; a sister, Diane Kovalsky of West Mifflin. Beloved grandfather of Vanessa, Bert F. IV, and Samantha Kovalsky, Jared, Alyssa and Tyler Bevan, and step grandchildren Myselo Jr. and Jekai King

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2009 will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity R. C. Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KRISANTZ, Cheryl A. 2009/08/20

Cheryl A. Krisantz, 53, of Sewickley Twp. Died Thursday August 20, 2009 in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Born April 26, 1956 in Braddock, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Elizabeth Koken Knapp. Cheryl was a member of Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, a former school teacher in the West Mifflin School District and the former James Lavelle Catholic School, West Mifflin.

She is survived by her beloved husband Dale Krisantz; a son, Nicholas Joseph Krisantz at home; a brother, James Knapp of North Huntingdon; a sister, Rita Knapp of West Mifflin; an Uncle, George Katchur of North Huntingdon; and a niece and a nephew.

Friends will be received on Friday August 21, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Resurrection Church with Rev. Nicholas Mastrangelo as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KUCHMA, Patricia M. (Stripsky) 2009/07/10

Patricia M. (Stripsky) Kuchma, 80, of Duquesne, passed peasefully with her family at her side, on Friday July 10, 2009 in U.P.M.C. Shadyside. Daughter of the late John and Mary Csornanicis Stripsky, she was born on May 7, 1929 in Duquesne. Beloved wife of the late Edward G. Kuchma, she is survived by her loving children, Timothy E. (Laraine) Kuchma of White Oak, Terry J. (Sandy) Kuchma of North Huntingdon, Thomas (Debbie) Kuchma of Duquesne, Patrick M. Kuchma of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Mary Beth (David) Brevko of North Huntingdon; three grandchildren, Jeff, Ben and Luke; three great grandchildren and two nephews. She was also preceded in death by her sister Marlene Girman.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 1-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday July 15, 2009 at 10 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. in Resurrection R.C. Church, West Mifflin with the Rev. David Schorr as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KURIMSKY, Anna E. (Dudek) 2009/02/27

Anna E. (Dudek) Kurimsky, 95, of Murrysville, (formerly of Duquesne), died peacefully Friday, February 27, 2009, in Golden Living Center, Murrysville. Born April 12, 1913, in Yonkers, New York, she was the daughter of the late Ludvik (Louis) and Mary Hayduk Dudek. She was a member of Holy Trinity RC Church, West Mifflin, its Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Jednota Lodge, and the Prince Humbert Club of Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late Stephen J. Kurimsky, she is survived by sons Bernard S. (Linda L.) Kurimsky, of Murrysville, and Ronald B. (Karen) Kurimsky of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a brother George (Mary) Dudek of Florida; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Geraldine Englert and Mary Ann Lucas, and two brothers John and Andrew Dudek.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2 -4pm and 7 -9pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday, March 4, at 9:30 am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Holy Trinity Church with her nephew, Rev. Frank Kurimsky and Rev Joseph Grosko as concelebrants. Burial will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum Boro

LEMAK, Frank Alex “Sanky” 2009/04/21

Frank Alex “Sanky” Lemak, 86, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009. He was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Duquesne, son of the late Vasel and Anna (Mohorita) Lemak. He retired from the bar mill of U.S. Steel, Duquesne. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta E. (Booth) Lemak. He was the father of Charles (Clydene) Lemak, Teresa (Ron) Steimer, Roberta Wages, Ralph (Ginny) Lemak and Ted Lemak; brother of Josephine Banik, Margaretta Ellis, Emily Martin and Nickolas Lemak; grandfather of Craig, Ashley, Cortney, Lindsey, Becky and Billy; and great-grandfather of Caden. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at WM. SKOVRANKO FUNERAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth avenues, Duquesne. Divine Funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, with Father David Bosnich officiating. Arrangements by ELMER L. HERMAN FUNERAL HOME, John N. Bauer, Funeral Director, Pittsburgh.

McDERMITT, Mary Elizabeth “Cookie” (Yarnall) 2009/07/13

Mary Elizabeth “Cookie” (Yarnall) McDermitt, 61, of Duquesne died peacefully at home on Monday July 13, 2009, with her family by her side. Born in Pittsburgh, August 8, 1947, she was the daughter of Mary Kelleher Yarnall and the late Jesse Yarnall.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her beloved husband James E. McDermitt; loving children, Stephen McDermitt, Dana (Bill) Ferrier, and Erin Jenkins all of Duquesne; two brothers, Jesse Yarnall of Irwin and Michael Yarnall of Arizona; and four grandchildren, Scott Jr., Luke and Hannah Jenkins and AJ Ferrier.

Funeral Services were conducted today at 11 A.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, with Rev. David Schorr Officiating. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

McGINNESS Susan (Staszak) 2009/01/04

Susan Staszak McGinness, 61, of Duquesne, died tragically Sunday January 4, 2009, at home. Born November 24, 1947, in Braddock she was the daughter of the late Frank and Concetta Venturella Staszak Sr. and wife of the late Charles McGinness.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne and an employee of Sycamore Estates Personal Care Home, Duquesne.

She is survived by a brother, Frank (Sonny) Staszak of Duquesne, nieces Shelley (Nicholas) Kellington of West Mifflin, Jennifer Staszak of Glassport, great nieces Marissa, Mackenzie, Riley and Cayden Kellinton, and many other loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 1-4 and 6-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Thursday at 10:30a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11a.m. in St Hedwig R.C. Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant.Inurnment will follow in St Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

MINDAS, Elizabeth (Sopko) 2009/02/23

Elizabeth (Sopko) Mindas, 96, at Riverside Care Center, formerly of West Mifflin, peacefully on February 23, 2009, was taken into the arms of our loving Father. Born on November 13, 1912, in Harhov, Slovakia, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna Dzurnak Sopko. There will be a special angel in heaven for those of us who will miss her love and inspiring life, including her daughter Mary Cmar, of Munhall, her sister Mary Sopko of Harhov, Slovakia, grandchildren, Carol (Cmar) and Patrick Fleming of West Mifflin, and Edward and Pamela Cmar of Westerville, Ohio; her great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Angela and Joseph Fleming of West Mifflin, Rebecca Cmar of Westerville, Ohio, and step-great-grandmother of Patrick and Danielle Fleming of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Samuel and Laura Fleming of Pittsburgh. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, John Mindas, son John Mindas, brothers John Sopko and Joseph Sopko, and son-in-law, Edward Cmar, Sr. Mrs. Mindas worked for 34 summers at Kennywood Park and was a faithful member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in West Mifflin. She also was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokols Group 295. Friends and family will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne, (412) 466-8555, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Thursday at 10:30a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

PARNAHAY, John N. 2009/05/10

John N. Parnahay, 99, of West Newton, died Sunday May 10, 2009 in Kane Regional Nursing Center, McKeesport. Born December 19, 1909 in Homestead, he was the son of the late John M. and Ilona (Domarski) Parnahay. A retired Employee of U.S. Steel, Homestead Works, he was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Homestead.

Beloved husband of the late Helen (Sabol) Parnahay, he is survived by a daughter; Charmaine M. (Harry E.) Hamilton of West Newton, three grandchildren; Anita (Ron) Cristie, Christen Hamilton (companion Christopher) and Jeffrey (Lori) Gentsch, six great grandchildren; Jakob, Christopher, Tanya, Kivana, Zoey, and Kaitlyn, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter; Pamela H. Gentsch and two grandchildren; Nicole L. Hamilton and Paul E. Hamilton.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-7 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday May 13, 2009 in the Memorial Home at 11 a.m. with the Very Rev. Robert Buczak officiating. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Orthodox Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PETRISKO, John S. “Whitey” 2009/03/21

John S. (Whitey) Petrisko, 84, of West Mifflin, (formerly of Duquesne) died Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Baldwin Health Center, Baldwin Boro. Born September 7, 1924, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late George and Katherine Horbal Petrisko. Well known in athletic and recreational circles, he was a retired teacher and coach in the Duquesne School District, and a U.S.Army veteran of WWII.

Beloved husband of the late Dolores Sotak Petrisko, he is survived by a son John Jay Petrisko of Buena Vista; a daughter Lynn Beck of West Mifflin; a brother Michael Petrisko of Pleasant Hills; a sister Anne Zedo of West Mifflin; two grandchildren Donald and Christine; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother George Petrisko and two sisters, Katherine Petrisko and Mary Porvasnik.

Friends will be received Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue.

PETRISKO, Mary A. (Andrejco) 2009/09/12

Mary A. (Andrejco) Petrisko, 92, of Pleasant Hills, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday, September 12, 2009, in Pittsburgh. Born August 16, 1917, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Slavik Andrejco. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, It’s Rosary Society and former Ladies Guild.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Petrisko Jr., she is survived by her loving children, Edwin (Barbara) Petrisko of Annapolis, MD., and Barbara (John) Danscak of Pleasant Hills; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Jill, and Michael Petrisko and Alexander and Evon Danscak. She was preceded in death by a brother Michael Andrejco and a sister Ann Bickler.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:15 A.M. Wednesday, September 16, 2009, will be followed by a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Donald Voss as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family suggest memorial contributions to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffet Street, Pgh., PA. 15243 or American Heart Association, 10 Duff Road, Pgh., PA. 15235. Parastas services in the Memorial Home Tuesday at 3 P.M.

PETRISKO, Ruby (Laketa) 2009/11/28

Ruby (Laketa) Petrisko, 95, of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday, November 28, 2009 in Lindsley’s Personal Care Home Inc., McKeesport. Born October 18, 1914, she was the beloved wife of the late Michael Petrisko, she is survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Friday December 4, 2009 from 11 A.M. until 12 noon when requiem services will be conducted by Rev. Steven Rocknage. Burial will follow in McKeesport – Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport.

POTOPENKO, Paul P. 2009/11/23

Paul P.Potopenko, 76, of Espyville, PA formerly of Munhall Gardens, died Monday, November 23, 2009 in Meadville Medical Center. Born October 29, 1933 in Homestead, son of the late Paul Daniel and Tania Potopenko, beloved husband of Sylvia S. Potopenko; survived by son Paul (Victoria) Potopenko of Munhall, a daughter, Pamella (Regis) Solomon of Whitaker, four grandchildren, Paul D. Potopenko, Jr., Justin Edward Potopenko, Kathryn Whitney Potopenko and Seth Regis Solomon. Preceeded in death by a brother Charlie, and sister Anna Potopenko.

Friends are being received on Friday, November 27, 2-4 & 6-9 in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Requiem Services will be held Friday evening at 7pm. General Services will be held Saturday, Nov., 28 at 9:30 at St. Gregory Russian Orthodox Church, 214 E. 15th Ave., Homestead with the Very Reverend Stephen Shuga officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Gregory Russian Orthodox Cemetery.

SIEVERN, Deborah S. 2009/05/05

Deborah S. Sievern, 51, went home to the Lord after a 16 year battle with cancer on Tuesday May 5, 2009, in Riverside Nursing Home, McKeesport. Born February 4, 1958, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of Harold W. and Angeline (Ingel) Sievern of Duquesne. A cashier with the former Builder’s Square, Inc., she was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin.

In Addition to her parents she is survived by a brother, David (Donna) Sievern of McKeesport; a sister, Victoria (Robert) Busch of Virginia; nieces, Teresa (Nate) BrownLee, Stephanie Weeber, Julie Ann Busch; a nephew, Jeffrey Busch; uncles, Jim Ingel, George Sievern, Glenn (Nancy) Sievern; and an aunt,Jean (Sarge) Fiore.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Friday at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in Holy Trinity R.C. Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in HolyTrinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

STEVENSON, Robert S. 2009/01/03

Robert S. Stevenson, 80, of West Mifflin, died Saturday January 3, 2009, his 57th wedding anniversary. Born February 25, 1928, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna Karch Stevenson.

A member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Duquesne, he was a retired accounting dept. clerk for both Columbia Gas Company and Koppers Company, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

Beloved husband of Lizabeth Topolyan Stevenson, he is also survived by a son, Robert J. Stevenson of Orlando, FLA., two daughters Linda S. (Patrick) Sopher of North Huntingdon and Lisa A. Stevenson of Munhall, two grandchildren, Stephen Sopher of Eire and Heather Sopher of North Huntingdon. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Stevenson and a brother Raymond Stevenson.

Friends will be received Tuesday From 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Wednesday January 7, 2009 at 9 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

TAKACS, Mary A. (Piskor) 2009/04/17

Mary A. (Piskor) Takacs, 94, of North Huntingdon (formerly of Duquesne) passed into the Lord’s arms on Friday April 17, 2009, at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon. She was born on December 17, 1914 in Duquesne and was the loving daughter of the late Charles and Mary Reeves Piskor. She was a member of St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church, Munhall, and a former member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen F. Takacs, she is survived and cherished by her children Arlene J. (John) Polivka of North Huntingdon, Mary Ann (Wayne) Dowler of North Huntingdon, and Robert S. (Vickie) Takacs of Elwood, Indiana. She was the loving grandmother of Krista Greenlee of Knoxville, Tennessee, Robin Takacs of Danville, Indiana, Stacey Takacs of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jennifer (Sonny) Brady of North Huntingdon, and step grandmother of Kelly Beeman of Florida. She is also survived by her precious great grandchildren Stevee Jo Takacs, Michael and Mason Perkison and Sonny Brady. She is also survived by a sister Irene Wojdyla of North Huntingdon, sister-in-law Ethel Bellas of Port Vue, brother-in-law and sister-in-law William and Gloria Takacs of McKeesport, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by two step brothers, Julius and Henry Schweiger.

Our mother was a loving, caring and compationate person to everyone she met. She was a fun-loving person who delighted all in her family with funny stories and her Elvis impression. She loved singing and dancing (especially the czardas) and was a loving cook and baker. Her family will carry on the traditions she established. She was our joy — our hearts are broken, but she will live on in all of us forever. Our memories of you are precious — we love you, miss you, and cherish you, Mum!

Mary’s family wishes to thank all of the staff at Redstone Highlands in North Huntingdon and also the Heartland Hospice for all the loving care you showed our Mom. She appreciated and loved you all!

Friends and family will be received on Tuesday April 21, 2009, from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elias Church, Munhall, with Rev. Eugene Yackanich celebrant. Entombment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, McKeesport. Panachida services will be held in the Memorial Home on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

TUROCY, Janet L. 2009/10/29

Janet L. Turocy, 55 of West Mifflin, dieid Thursday, October 29, 2009 in ManorCare of Monroeville. Born in McKeesport February 25, 1954, daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Labas) Turocy; Janet was a clerical employee of Allegheny County Register of Wills. Beloved sister of Peg (Tim) Sinback of Monroeville and Dave (Sheli) Turocy of Chelmsford, MA; loving aunt of Chris Sinback, Jenna, Andy and Rick Turocy and Kim (Joe) Bell; beloved friend of Jay Celedonia.

Friends received Saturday and Sundayfrom 2-4 and 7-9pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Service Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10am in Jefferson Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Rob Marrow officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT JEFFERSON MAUSOLEUM CHAPEL.

UHREN, Nicholas P. “Butch” 2009/08/07

Nicholas P. “Butch” Uhren, 47, of Duquesne passed away suddenly at home. He was born March 23, 1962 in Homestead, PA the son of Irene Guba Uhren and the late Nicholas S. Uhren.

Butch was a member of the Laboror’s Union 373. He enjoyed the outdoors, and fishing with his family; especially his grandson, Nicholas.

He is survived by his mother, Irene of West Mifflin, PA; son, Nicholas Kyle Uhren of Hermitage, PA; daughter, Skylar Uhren of Duquesne, PA; brother, Michael Uhren and wife Leslie of Perryopolis, PA; sister, Kathryn M. Sadesky of West Mifflin, PA; grandson, Nicholas Uhren of Glassport, PA; and several aunts, uncles and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday, August 7, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 P.M. in the Memorial Home with Rev. David Bosnich officiating.

He was with us too briefly, but his memory will endure in the minds of his many friends and family.

WAHLY, Theodore N. 2009/10/29

Theodore N. Wahly, 92, of West Mifflin, died Thursday October 29, 2009 in Forbes Regional Medical Center, Monroeville. Born November 9, 1916, in Homestead, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Wahly. A member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, he was a retired employee of U. S. Steel Corp., Homestead and National – Duquesne Works, Maintenance supervisor for Steel Valley School District, and an instructor of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Machine Shop at CCAC South Campus.

Beloved husband of the late Helen Hankowitz Wahly, he is survived by two daughters; Judith Wahly of West Mifflin and Kathleen Denne of Plum Boro; two grandsons, Scott and Josh; three great grandchildren, Chase, Maiya, and Emma and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 12:30 P.M. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1 P.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services Sunday at 2 P.M. in the Memorial Home.

VEKOSKY, Julia (Minnick) 2009/09/27

Julia (Minnick) Vekosky, 98, of West Mifflin, died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Born February 14, 1911, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Julia (Gress) Minnick. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, and the Jednota Lodge.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Vekosky, she is survived by a son, M. James Vekosky of Jefferson Hills, a daughter, Linda Cosgrove of Twinsburg, Ohio, a grandson, James Cosgrove of West Mifflin and a great granddaughter, Linsey Cosgrove.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home Thursday October 1, 2009 at 10 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

VESONDER, Anna C. (Uher) 2009/01/24

Anna C. Uher Vesonder, 92, of Duquesne, died peacefully in Sharon Regional Medical Center, Sharon, PA., on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Born Jan. 18, 1917, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Muler Uher. She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin and a past president and very active member of Holy Trinity Confraternity of Christian Mothers, working for many years in the kitchen for parish functions.

Beloved wife of the late George Vesonder and loving mother of Timothy G. Vesonder of Hermitage and Gregg T. (Kathy) Vesonder of Boonton Twp., N.J. Beloved grandmother of Timothy D. Vesonder of Calif., Leah Vesonder of Indiana, and Matthew Vesonder of N.Y. She was preceded in death by two brothers; John and Joseph Uher and a sister; Mary Mihalko. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2009 will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

YAROSIK, Margaret M. 2009/04/11

Margaret M. Yarosik, 85, of Duquesne died Saturday April 11, 2009 in John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born in Duquesne April 2, 1924 she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Petrisko Yarosik. She is survived by two sisters; Marie (Paul) Cmar of Duquesne and Betty Tucak of West Mifflin, a brother; Bernard (Constance) Yarosik of Lexington, Ohio, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Margaret was a retired dietician at Braddock Hospital, a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and a member of the Greek Catholic Union.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing service will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 12:15 p.m. followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at1 p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services will be conducted on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

YURCHISON, Diane L. (McDermitt) 2009/04/01

Diane L. (McDermitt) Yurchison, 63, of Champion, PA., formerly of West Mifflin, died Wednesday April 1, 2009 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born January 13, 1946, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of Agnes Agnes Kamecher McDermitt and the late Earl McDermitt.

A graduate of Duquesne High School and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, she was the loving wife of Martin Yurchison of Champion, beloved mother of Gary (Tracie) Yurchison of Champion, Paul (Beth) Yurchison of Elizabeth, and Matthew Yurchison of Champion; grandmother of Andrew, Emily, Katie and Joseph Yurchison; sister of James McDermitt of Duquesne and Nancy Kuchma of Elizabeth. She was preceded in death by a son Mark Yurchison and a sister Joyce Moody.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday April 4, 2009 at 9 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

2008 Obituaries

BALLAS, Elizabeth “Betty” 2008/08/24

Elizabeth (Betty) Ballas, 92, of Duquesne died Sunday, August 24, 2008 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born December 18, 1915, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia Palagyi Ballas. She was a member of the Hungarian Reform Church of Duquesne and a retired employee of the Pennsylvanian Railroad.

She is survived by her son Wayne McColloum of White Oak; two granddaughters, Penny Lee Kozak of Dexter, MI., and Michele Kimble of North Versailles; three grandchildren, Devan, Michael and Corey; five sisters, Margaret Pivarnik of West Mifflin, Gazella Augopoff of TENN., Pearl Cifaldi of FT. Lauderdale, FLA., Helen Pilipovich of North Huntingdon, and Sally Corso of Port Orange, FLA.; and a brother, Steve Ballas of Walston, PA. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Robert Ballas and two sisters, Lillian Suhoshi and Katherine Podomik.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A prayer service at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2008 will be followed by Funeral services in the Hungarian Reformed Church at 11a.m. with Rev. Joseph Posta officiating. Burial will follow in the Hungarian Reformed Cemetery, West Mifflin. Prayer Services will also be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

BALOMBINY, Edward J. “Duke” 2008/12/17

Edward J. (Duke) Balombiny, 84, of West Mifflin died Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at U.P.M.C. Passavant, North Hills. Born August 11, 1924 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late George and Mary Hyduk Balombiny. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, a retired employee of U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works, and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII.

Beloved husband of Verna Hankowitz Balombiny, he is also survived by a son; Edward J. Balombiny of West Mifflin, Granddaughter; Heather Mayer, two great grandchildren; Hunter and McKenzie, two brothers; Raymond Balombiny of West Mifflin and Francis Balombiny of North Versailles, two sisters; Irene Bartos and Gerry Selznik both of Duquesne, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son; Jan Balombiny.

Friends will be received Friday, December 19, 2008, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Parastas Services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

BEDNAR, Mary (Petrisko) 2008/02/13

Mary Petrisko Bednar, 93, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday February 13, 2008, at Homestead Personal Care. Daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Charok Petrisko, she was the beloved wife of the late Mike (Blackie) Bednar. She is survived by two daughters; Gloria and her husband William Boldizar, of West Mifflin, and Mary Jane Butler, of Williamsburg, VA.; and a son Michael and his wife Angela Bednar, of Manpouri, New Zealand; four granddaughters, Donna Boldizar, Carol Norton, Mary Kay Caccese, and Cheryl Ragan; two great granddaughters, Amy and Julie Norton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Kushnir

Mrs. Bednar was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, it’s Rosary Society and Laidies Guild, and the West Mifflin Annex Seniors.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday February 17, 2008. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday February 18, 2008, at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

Her family would like to thank the entire staff of the Homestead Personal Care for their compassionate, loving care of Mary during her stay there.

BRYLANSKI, Joseph S. Sr. 2008/07/22

Joseph S. Brylanski, Sr., 78, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday July 22, 2008, in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born August 4, 1929, in Glassport, he was the son of the late John and Sophia Brylanski.

A member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, Mr. Brylanski was a retired welder for McConway Toray in Lawerenceville and a guard for St. Moritz Security, CCAC South Campus. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Korea.

Beloved husband of Theresa Byrtus Brylanski, he is survived by two sons, Joseph S. (Pam) Brylanski Jr. of Abilene, Texas and Tom (Pam) Brylanski of Latrobe; two daughters, Michelle (Tony) Keith of Louisville, Kentucky and Sharon (Tom) Weisenberger of Pardeeville, WIS.; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeanette, Joshua, Rebecca, Matthew, and Aaron and two great grandchildren Joey and Grace. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Stanley, Francis, twin brother Dominic and a sister Ann Brylanski.

Friends will be received on Thursday, July 24, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service Friday at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30p.m. in St. Hedwig’s R.C. Church, Duqusne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BUEHNER, Doris (Gaskill) 2008/09/03

Doris (Gaskill) Buehner, 78, of West Mifflin, died September 3, 2008, in Specialty Care McKeesport. Born in Uniontown, September 14, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Georgia Yager Gaskill and the beloved wife of the late Edward Buehner.

She was the loving mother of Edward Buehner of Staunton, VA., Sharon (Eric) Olson of Uniontown, Kim Buehner of West Mifflin, and Linda (David) Kelly of Bell Vernon. Grandmother of Maura and Katie Buehner and Megan and Patrick Kelly. She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Gaskill and a sister, Elizabeth Lovall. Doris was a cafeteria employee of the former Duquesne Village Woolworth’s and a cashier at the Duquesne Village Family Dollar. Doris enjoyed visits from her grandchildren, playing bingo, and helping her friends and customers. She will be missed by all that knew her.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne, PA. Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday September 6, 2008 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Pete Giacalone Officiating. Burial will follow in Monongahela Cemetery, Braddock.

DANIELS, David Spencer 2008/10/23

David Spencer Daniels, 23, a beloved son, father, and true friend to all, a long time resident of Duquesne, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 23, 2008. A 2003 graduate of Duquesne High School, he was an apprentice plasterer and a member of Plasterers Union Local 31, and enjoyed spending time with his loving family.

He was born May 24, 1985 in Duquesne. He was the beloved son of John and Tracy Daniels Swenglish of West Mifflin, loving father of Dakota Daniels and stepchildren Isha and Russell Tyree, he is also survived by grandparents; Richard and Jacqueline Moran and Don and Shirley Robinson, siblings; Sid (Courtney) Daniels, Don Daniels, Jaakan Daniels, Jacqui Daniels, Michael Daniels, and Medina Daniels, Fiancée Isha Staples and a host of Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerome Swenglish, aunt, Jacqueline Swenglish Nottingham, brother, John Swenglish Jr., cousins, Eric Fitzgerald Murphy, Breonna and Nionna Pope.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday October 29, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday October 30, 2008 at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Entombment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

DAVIES, Edward L. 2008/06/03

Edward L. Davies, 71, of Duquesne, PA, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, after a courageous battle of lung cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Marcia (Solo) Davies for almost 50 years. Son of the late William T. and Dorothy (Bashoor) Davies. Father of Edward J. (Susan) Davies, late Jeffrey Paul Davies, Terry (Tyrone) Green, Robert (Kelly) Davies. Grandfather of Megan & Bethany Davies, Ashantae & Tara Green. Great-Grandfather of Denae Walker. Brother of William C. Davies, late Jim Davies, Thom (Elaine) Davies, Anne (Richard) Miller, and Gwen (Butch) Makohus. Survived by many nieces/nephews and countless other family and friends who loved him dearly.

Ed loved antique cars, spending his summers at his camp & winters in Florida, traveling and just being with his family & friends.

He graduated from Duquesne High School in 1954. He retired after 40+ years at the Irvin Works as a Crane Operator. Many would remember Ed as delivering Wolhfarths bakery goods with his father.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne, PA. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, PA. Interment will follow at McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery. Everyone please meet at the church on Saturday.

DeNARDO, Salvadore Nicholas “Sal” 2008/09/18

Salvadore Nicholas “Sal” DeNardo, 68, of West Mifflin gently and peacefully entered into Heaven on Thursday, September 18, 2008. He was born in Midland, PA Oct. 8, 1939 and is the son of the late Nicholas J. DeNardo, Mary Glovis DeNardo Knezovic and George Knezovic. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy Marcincak DeNardo and his parents. He is survived by his children, Carl Joseph DeNardo (Shannon) and Yvonne (David) Tutera; grandchildren, Amanda Mary and Haley Jo DeNardo, and Amber Tutera; brother, Nicholas (Carol) DeNardo; sister, Carlotta (George) Halyama; loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins. He is also survived by his fiancee, Lois Slobodnik, and her family.

He honorably and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during which time he was stationed upon the aircraft carriers, the U.S.S. Currituck, and the U.S.S. Tarawa. He was retired from the B.O.P. Shop, U.S. Steel Duquesne Plant. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, the V.F.W. Post 188, and the Duquesne Croatian Club.

He fought a long, valiant battle with cancer for almost 10 years and emerged victorious when he fell asleep on Earth and woke up in the loving arms of The Lord, free of cancer and pain. With dignity, he made his journey home with The Lord where he joined his loved ones in Heaven. Those of us left behind know our loss is their gain. Until we meet again, the world will be a sadder place.

Friends will be received Sunday, 7-9 p.m. and Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service in the Memorial Home Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

DRAGO, Charles S. 2008/02/03

Charles S. Drago, 84, of Duquesne, died Sunday February 3, 2008. Beloved husband of Frances Scalise Drago, he is survived by a son Charles (Judith) Drago of Gibsonia; a daughter, Jane (Jack) Shelly of Cranberry Twp.; and two sisters, Rosalie Drago and Betty Zaffuto. He was actively involved with his six grandchildren, Brian, Jason, Jared, Jocelyn, Marissa and Nickolas and loved by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Jack Drago, and a sister, Josephine Gallucci.

Mr. Drago was a decorated U. S. Army Veteran of WWII, who received a Silver Star, Bronze Star double cluster, and a Purple Heart. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, where he served as Financial Secretary, a retired supervisor of U. S. Steel, Duquesne Works, Rolling Accounting Dept., and a former Office Manager and Board of Director of Century Heritage F. C. U.

Friends will be received Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday at 10 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Entombment with military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

DORN, Shirley J. (Evans) 2008/11/18

Shirley J. (Evans) Dorn, 71, of McKeesport died Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at home. Born August 17, 1937 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie Day Evans, and beloved wife of the late Paul J. Dorn.

She is survived by her loving children, Thomas Carroll Jr., Paul Dorn, Cheryl Carroll, and Erin (Bruce) Miller, all of McKeesport and Colleen (Larry) Marshall of Glassport; two brothers, Wayne (Carolyn) Evans and Robert (Joyce) Evans, both of Ohio; a sister, Jean (John) Callahan of Versailles; grandchildren, Larry Jr. (Heather), Joshua, and Megan Marshall, Crystal, Shelley, and Anthony Carroll, Joseph Dorn, Rebecca Lopretto, and Mark and Alexis Miller, also five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Terry Carroll.

There will be no visitation. Funeral Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2008 in the First Evangelical Free Church of McKeesport with Rev. Jack Kelly officiating. Arrangement Entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne, PA.

FAUX, Amanda Lynn 2008/01/06

Amanda Lynn Faux, 22, of Muhall died Sunday, January 6, 2008. Born May 14, 1985 in Pittsburgh, she was the loving daughter of Terrence and Leslie Struiff Faux of Munhall. She is also survived by a brother, J. Aron Faux and a sister Sara Faux, both of Munhall; grandparents, Joseph Alvin and Lorrie Struiff of West Mifflin, and Joann Curicio of West Elizabeth; also a niece, Madisyn Faux of Munhall.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Home by Rev. Mark Gruber. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

FESCHUK, John “Fibber” 2008/12/17

John “Fibber” Feschuk, 90, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, December 17, 2008 in Sycamore Estates Personal Care Home, Duquesne. Born March 3, 1918 in Jeddo, PA. he was the son of the late Motif and Anna Rostas Feschuk. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, a retired employee of U.S. Steel, Irvin Works, and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Beloved husband of the late Mary Butina Feschuk, he is survived by two sons, Ronald (Diane) Feschuk of South Park and Norman (Shirley) Feschuk of West Mifflin; four grandsons, Jarred, Drew, Zachary (Teresa), and Elliot Feschuk; two great grandchildren, Angel and Giavanna Feschuk; nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday, December 22, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

GAGE, Howard G. Jr. 2008/01/25

On Friday, January 25, 2008 Howie passed peacefully after an extended illness. Beloved son of Joanne Harroun of West Mifflin. Howie is survived by his beloved sister Joanne (Bill) Beitler of Dravosburg, nephew Sean O’Keefe, nieces Alexandra and Jessica Beitler and his extended family and caregivers at the Verland Foundation in Sewickley.

There will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the Verland Foundation. Donations on Howard’s behalf may be sent to: The Verland Foundation Inc. 212 Iris Road, Sewickley, PA. 15143. Arrangements by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne, PA.

GAVLIK, Genevieve V. (Stanoszek) 2008/03/18

Genevieve V. (Stanoszek) Gavlik, 86, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Forbes Hospice, Oakland. Born in Wilmerding, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Skrupa Stanoszek, and beloved wife of the late John Gavlik.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, past president of St. Hedwig Rosary Society, former member of Catholic Daughters ofAmerica #871, and a Lector at St. Hedwig Church.

She is survived by her loving children; John “Acey” (Nancy) Gavlik of Mt. Lebanon and Carole (Thomas) Bost of West Mifflin, four grandchildren; Tommy and Todd Bost and Greg and Brad Gavlik, Two brothers; Henry (Virginia) Stanoszek of North Huntingdon and Theodore (Midge) Stanoszek of Duquesne, a sister; Stella (the late John) Knapp of Duquesne, a sister-in-law; Emma Stanoszek of White Oak, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers; William and Edward Stanoszek.

Friends will be received Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass ofChristian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Hedwig Churc, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow inSt. Hedwig Cemetery, WestMifflin. Family request memorial donations to Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 South First Street, Duquesne, PA.

GENES, Ann G. (Fraikor) 2008/09/11

Ann G. (Fraikor) Genes, 86, of North Huntingdon, formerly of West Mifflin, died Thursday, September 11, 2008 in Geri-Care, Harrison City. Born August 28, 1922, in Beaverdale, PA., she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Petrosky Fraikor. A retired employee of F.W. Woolworth Co., Duquesne Village, she was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late Stephen L. Genes, she is survived by a son, Paul (Donna) Genes of North Huntingdon; a daughter, Donna (Steve) Balint of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Helen (late George) Bytzura; four grandchildren, Lori, Justin, Michael, and Leigh; also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Michael, Andrew, John, George, and Frank Fraikor and a sister, Mary Charack.

Friends will be received Tuesday, from 2-8 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Wednesday September 17, 2008 at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services on Tuesday at 3:30p.m. in the Memorial Home.

GUZEWICZ, Edward W. 2008/03/14

Edward W. Guzewicz, 91, of Duquesne died Friday March 14, 2008 in Sycamore Estates, Duquesne. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, December 24, 1916, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Guzewicz. A retired employee of John Hancock Insurance Co., Mr. Guzewicz was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, the parish Men’s Club and a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Husband of the late Olga Gonchar Guzewicz, he is survived by two sons; Robert (Donna) Guzewicz of Duquesne and George (Jenny) Guzewicz of Palm Springs, FLA., two grandchildren; Diane Sims and Paul Guzewicz.He was preceded in death by two brothers; Joseph and Albert Guzewicz and a sister: Stella Hado

Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing service will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 9:15 a.m. followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at10a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

HARBULAK, Mary (Moskal) 2008/02/14

Mary (Moskal) Harbulak, 69, of West Mifflin died Sunday, February 24, 2008 in UPMC McKeesport. Daughter of the late Michael and Anna Novak Moskal, she was born April 17, 1938 in Dubravka, Slovakia.

Mrs. Harbulak was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, and a retired employee of Waldorf’s Bakery of Squirrel Hill and Kennywood Giant Eagle Bakery Dept.

Beloved wife of the late Andrew Harbulak, she is survived by a son, Stephen (Diane) Harbulak; a daughter, Donna Andrew; a sister, Anna Mae (Gene) Knight; three grandchildren, Stephanie and Andrew Harbulak, and Amanda (Andrew) Bosnyak; and a great grandson Jonathan Bosnyak.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KACEY, Peter Jr. 2008/10/14

On Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at Excela Health Care, Westmoreland Hospital, Peter Kacey Jr of Duquesne was called to his eternal reward where he joined his beloved wife, Irene Sudzina Kacey, alias “Dove.” Born on August 18, 1913, he was the son of the late Peter and Martha Cipkala Kacey. He will be dearly missed by his loving children, Connie Smith (Barry) of New Stanton, Mary Martha Kacey of North Huntingdon, and William Kacey (Georgeann) of South Park. He was a loving, generous, and proud “Pap” to his grandchildren, who have been a constant source of love and pride: Peter (P.J.), Jessica, and Nicole Marks of North Huntingdon and Mariah and Nathan Kacey of South Park. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Valko of Swissvale, who he loved to brag would be 101 years of age this month and many nieces and nephews.

Pete was a member of SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne and its Mens Club. He was a US Army Air Corps veteran and retired from US Steel #5 Bar Mill in Duquesne. These two aspects of his life and fishing at Lake Erie were the basis for many, many, many stories. He was a great bowler, fisherman, and avid gardener who shared his catches and vegetables with everyone.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing service in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Rev James Hess celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

KAVIC, Vennie Anne 2008/03/18

Vennie Anne Kavic, 64, of White Oak, died Tuesday March 18, 2008 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born in Homestead, May 14, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anne Yuhouse. A registered nurse, Vennie was a member of St. Angela Merici R.C. Church in White Oak.

She is survived by a beloved sister; Tomette (Thomas) Saire of West Mifflin, a loving nephew; Thomas Saire and family, a loving niece Shannon Pulkownik and family, two sons; Dr. Stephen Kavic and Christian Kavic, and two daughters; Dr. Suzanne Kavic and Alicia Ogilvie.

Friends will be received on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 noon in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be held at 1p.m. in St. Angela Merici Church with Rev. Stephen Chrevenak officiating.

KLASNICK, Katherie “Katie” (Yarosik) 2008/05/14

Katherine “Katie” (Yarosik) Klasnick, 93, of North Huntingdon died Wednesday May 14, 2008, in UPMC McKeesport. Daughter of the late George and Katherine Cherpak Yarosik, she was born August 30, 1914 in Duquesne. Beloved wife of the late George Klasnick, she was a member of S.S Peter and Paul Byzantine Church, Duquesne, and the Croatian Federation of McKeesport. She was a former employee of the former Club Car Diner in McKeesport and the former Woolworth’s in Eastland.

She is survived by a brother, Joseph Cherpak of North Huntingdon, two nephews and many nieces. She was preceded in death by three brothers, George and John Yarosik and Michael Cherpak.

Friends will be received from 2-8p.m. on Sunday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A Blessing at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne, with Rev. James Reiter as celebrant. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Parastas Services will be held Sunday at 5:30 in the Memorial Home with Rev. Donald Voss

KNEZOVIC, Mary Frances Glovis Denardo “Mary K” “Guya” 2008/02/10

Mary Frances Glovis DeNardo Knezovic “Mary K” “Guya”, 88, of West Miffln dies Sunday, February 10, 2008. Born in Midland, PA October 23, 1919 to the late Adam and Victoria Glovis Tkach.

She was the widow of the late Nicholas DeNardo and George Knezovic. She is survived by her children, Salvadore (Lois) DeNardo, Nicholas (Carol) DeNardo and Carlotta (George) Halyama; seven grandchildren, Tina Marie (Wayne) Emery, Carl (Shannon) DeNardo, Nicholas DeNardo, Denise (Robert Allen) Halyama, April (Dean) Dziaminski, Yvonne ( Dave) Tutera, and Dominic DeNardo; twelve great grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Wirginis Yuchnar and Anna Reganick Chavis and several nieces and nephews.

“Mary K” was a former employee of Eddie’s Restaurant, The Star Restaurant, Dining Services of Fisher Body, Manager of the Fish Pond at Kennywood, Manager of Executive Dining of Christy Park, and The Viking Lounge where she was a manager and cook, 364 days a year, 12 hours a day, taking only Christmas day off until age 75.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, the Christian Mothers, Rosary Society and Croatian Club. A former member and secretary of the Waitress and Bartenders Union, She sang and performed with the Penn Sembles under the leadership of Robert Leuketic. Although ethnic dancing was one of her many talents, she was an outstanding seamstress who designed and made costumes for the Duquesne Jr. Tamburitzans. To pass time, she would involve herself with arts and crafts, beading, leather craft, knitting and crocheting which she also taught to her great grandchildren. She was a loving, caring, and generous woman who, at the age of 88, was still making lap-ghams for the elderly.

“Guya” was an amazing woman – strong yet gentle, loving and kind, a woman before her time, an original “Woman’s Libber”.

She had many loves and much to be proud of, but her greatest love and pride were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7-9p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service at 10:30a.m. Thursday will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11a.m. in St. Hedwig R.C. Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

With her loved ones at her side, she began her journey home with the Lord. She departed this world to join her loved ones in Heaven. Those of us left behind know our loss is their gain. Until we meet again, the world will be a sadder place.

KONTUL, Elizabeth (Sentipal) 2008/01/09

Elizabeth Sentipal Kontul, 92, of Duquesne died Wednesday January 9, 2008 in Arden Court, Monroeville. Born June 25, 1915, in North Braddock, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Gelada Sentipal.

Beloved wife of the late Frank A. Kontul who passed away June 12, 2007. She is survived by a son, Paul (Elizabeth) Kontul of Monroeville; three grandchildren, Colleen Kontul, Kathleen (Douglas) Hartos and Karen (John) Shample; Great Grandchildren, Justin, Jeffrey and Nathaniel and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Eileen Yevick on October 23, 2006, a Grandson Paul Kontul, a brother George Sentipal, and five sisters, Anne Stagon, Mary Kranik, Sue Fecsik, Veronica Bergel and Eleanor Seminick.

She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, it’s Confraternity of Christian Mothers, a former employee of Westinghouse Electric and the Joseph Horne’s Co. She also loved to travel, bake and sew.

Friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be held on Saturday January 12, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. in the Memorial Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Entombment will follow in Calvary cemetery, Pittsburgh.

KOVALSKY, Michelle A. (Lindsey) 2008/10/06

Michelle A. (Lindsey) Kovalsky, 51, of West Mifflin died Monday October 6, 2008, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Mt. Lebanon. Born February 20, 1957, in Herminie, she was the daughter of the late William Lindsey and Mary Smerkar. She was a former employee of U.P.M.C. McKeesports House keeping Dept.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bert F. Kovalsky Jr., her children; Cody Chiocca of Glassport and Christina Corp of McKeesport, step-children; Bert F. Kovalsky III of West Mifflin and Margaret Bevan of Dravosburg; brothers, Mike Smerkar of Smithton, Bob Smerkar of McKeesport, Ken Lindsey of South Carolina and William “Charlie” Lindsey of Florida; and a sister, Christy Lindsey of Scottsdale. Beloved grandmother of Myselo Jr. and Jekai King, Vanessa, Bert F. IV, Samantha, and Jared Kovalsky, and Alyssa and Tyler Bevan.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2008 will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity R. C. Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KOVEL, Elizabeth “Sally” (Wolk) 2008/10/31

Elizabeth “Sally” Wolk Kovel, 86, of West Mifflin died Friday, October 31, 2008. Born November 8, 1921, in Whitsett, PA., she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Hrab Wolk. She was a member of Holy Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport.

Beloved wife of the late Harry Kovel, she is survived by her children; E. Larry Kovel and Darlene (Robert) Stuart, both of Pittsburgh, a brother; John Wolk of Omaha, Nebraska, and two granddaughters Jennifer and Rebecca Kovel.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Tuesday November 4, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. will be followed by Funeral Services at 12 noon in Holy Dormition Church with Rev. Dimitri Ermakov officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Panachida services will be conducted Monday at 7:30 P.M. in the Memorial Home.

MAGDIC, Gloria P. (Yednak) 2008/10/01

Gloria P. Yednak Magdic, 76, of Munhall, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at home. Born December 16, 1931, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Wamzynaki Yednak. An employee of the Duquesne Dairy Queen, she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and a former member of it’s Rosary Society and Ladies Guild.

Beloved wife of the late Michael (Hap) Magdic, she is survived by four sons, Michael (Judy) Magdic of Virginia, Ronald (Paula) Magdic of Munhall, William Magdic of Lincoln Place, and Phil (Robyn) Magdic of Simpsonville, S.C.; two brothers, Richard (Teresa) Yednak of McKeesport and Peter (Brenda) Yednak of Erie; three grandchildren, Christopher, Scott and Jewlee; six great grandchildren, Casey, Patrick, Isabella, Shannon, Ryan, and Gabriella; and step-sister, Gale Svetz. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Champion and Frances Yednak.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday October 6, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 9 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. Eugene Yackanich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Service in Memorial Home Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

MIHAILOFF, Thomas C. 2008/01/04

Thomas C. Mihailoff, 80, of Munhall, on Friday, January 4, 2008. Son of the late Christ and Margaret Kostelnik Mihailoff; beloved husband of the late Jeanne Cook; survived by son Thomas C. (Anne) Mihailoff, Jr. of Munhall; a brother George (Gerry) Mihailoff of Munhall; two sisters Helen Volk of West Mifflin and Margaret (Theodore) Stanoszek of Duquesne; two grandchildren Thomas and Nicole Mihailoff of Munhall; also several nieces and nephews.

Friends received Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing 9:30 am Monday in the Memorial Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Holy Trinity R.C. Church of West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Mr. Mihailoff was a U S Navy veteran of WWII and a retired Maintenance employee for the Commonwealth of PA.

MORAVETZ, Mary (Krenitsky) 2008/09/28

Mary Krenitsky Moravetz, 89, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Irwin and North Huntingdon, died Sunday, September 28, 2008, in Winter Park, Florida. Born June 26, 1919, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Vasil and Eva Huczic Krenitsky. She was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Orlando, and a former member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late Frank C. Moravetz, she is survived by two sons, William Moravetz of Confluence, PA., and James Moravetz of Winter Park, Florida; a grandson, Frankie; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was olso preceded in death by a son, Robert Moravetz; a brother, John P. Krenitsky; and two sisters, Anna M. Bovee, and Helen Krenitsky.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home, Monday, October 6, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Services at 12 noon, in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. Andrew Deskevich officiating. Entombment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.

OLECHOVSKY, Edward F. 2008/07/04

Edward F. Olechovsky, 86, of Greenville, S.C., died Friday July 4, 2008, in U.P.M.C. Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born January 15, 1922, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Antol Olechovsky. Beloved husband of the late Beauford Goodman McCuen Olechovsky, he is survived by three step sons; Langdon, Thomas and Wallace Cheves, a step daughter; Ann Sherard, two sisters; Eleanor Olechovsky of Duquesne and Virginia Kovall of North Versailles, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Olechovsky and a sister, Margaret Miklos.

Mr. Olechovsky was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII and a retired South Carolina public School teacher, Latin and Greek.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne.

ONDREY, Agnes L. (Kaminsky) 2008/09/24

Agnes L. Kaminsky Ondrey, 87, formerly of Duquesne died Wednesday September 24, 2008, in Golden Living Center, Monroeville. Daughter of the late Alex and Susanna Kaminsky, she was born November 27, 1920 in McKeesport. She was a member of Holy Trinity R. C. Church, West Mifflin, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph Ondrey she is survived by three sons; Thomas D Ondrey of West Mifflin, Robert P. Ondrey of Atlanta, GA., and William J. Ondrey of North Huntingdon, and two grandchildren; Brian and Allison Ondrey.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:30 A.M. Friday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with the Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PASTOR, Robert F. 2008/01/19

Robert F. Pastor, 63, of Dravosburg, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday January 19, 2008. Born January 30, 1944 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Francis (Frank) J. and Ann Stajger Pastor. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Pastor was an employee of Gregg Protection Services and a retired employee of Kennywood Park Corp. and the City of Duquesne.

He is survived by his loving wife Lynne Knutson Pastor; two sons, Eric (Fiancé Sherry Cisecky) of Dravosburg and Jim (Melissa) of Springhill, FLA.; two daughters, Jodi (Scott) Rickets of Plum Boro and Lori Pastor (fiancé Matthew Flister) of Dravosburg; five brothers, Richard of Philadelphia, Ronald of Rector, Francis (Frank) of Glenshaw, Allen and Keith both of Duquesne; two sisters, Rhoda Zepp of Ligonier and Patricia Peters of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Leah, Kelsie, Paige, Stephen, Archie, Kendall and Vanna; also many nieces and nephews including his special niece Rachael Cinko.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 7-9 pm and Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 10 am in the Memorial Home by the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg.

Bob will always be remembered for his strong work ethics, endless stories and pranks, and his devotion to his family and friends. He was always there to help anyone who needed help. In lieu of flowers, his family request memorial contributions to the family C/O Skovranko Memorial Home.

PERHATS, James 2008/06/23

James Perhats, 78, of Duquesne, died Monday June 23, 2008 in John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born September 29, 1929, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Alex and Anna Ceder Perhats. He was the beloved husband of the late Julia Altemus Perhats. He is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Kip) Burgman of Glassport, a sister, Margaret Reaves of Scottsdale Arizona and three grandchildren, Kip Jr., Julianna and Andrew. He was preceded in death by a son James Michael Perhats Sept. 9, 2006, three brothers, George Perhach, Michael Perhats and John Perhats, and a sister, Mary Perhats.

Mr. Perhats was a retired employee of U. S. Steel Duquesne Works, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Duquesne Eagles and Raymond C Burns Post 188 V.F.W.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. Services will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Thursday June 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. by Pastor Beth Seifert. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

PERUN, Mary G. (Cvejkus) 2008/09/22

Mary G. (Cvejkus) Perun, 87, of West Mifflin, died suddenly Monday, September 22, 2008 at home. She was born April 25, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen Koval Cvejkus. Beloved wife of the late Albert R. Perun. She is survived by two loving sons; Alan R. (Diane) Perun of Jefferson Hills and Robert A. Perun of West Mifflin and his fiancé Tammie Mack; a brother, Michael J. Cvejkus of Duquesne; a sister, Anna Mae Ondechek of York, and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Perun was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin and it’s Rosary Society and Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She was also the financial secretary of the Osadny Lodge for 50 yrs. until it was converted to the First Catholic Slovak Union, Branch 580, where she continued her duties for the past six years. She was also a former committee member of Troop 8 Boy Scouts in Homestead, a former employee of Union Switch and Signal, Swissvale, Gimbel’s Dept. Store in Pittsburgh, and the printing dept. of the University of Pittsburgh. Her and her beloved husband, Albert, were also former proprietors of the Homeville Coffee Shop. Her kind heart and thoughtfulness touched the lives of many.

Friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Saturday at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity cemetery.

PETRUNYAK, Michael 2008/03/13

Michael Petrunyak, 81, of West Mifflin died Thursday March 13, 2008 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in Duquesne May 26, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Marcin Petrunyak Sr. A retired painter from U.S. Steel Homestead Works, Mr. Petrunyak was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, the parish Men’s Club and a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.

Husband of the late Leona Girman Petrunyak, he is survived by a son Michael (Lynne) Petrunyak of West Mifflin, a daughter Audrey (Rusty) Bolton of Dubois, three sisters; Dorothy (Ken) Hammell of Fairless Hills, Shirley Lundberg of Greenock, and Marlene (Frank) Ritenour of San Clemente, Calif., a grandson David (Stacy) Petrunyak of Max Meadow, VA., a granddaughter Shelly (Matt) Waters of Kennesaw, Georgia, three great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

POLIVKA, Anna (Shimko) 2008/10/05

Anna Shimko Polivka, 93, of Duquesne, died Sunday October 5, 2008 in Kane Regional, McKeesport. Born September 26, 1915 in Bruceton, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Mary Kresak Shimko, Beloved wife of the late John Polivka; she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. Mrs. Polivka enjoyed bingo, bowling, knitting and crocheting.

Mrs. Polivka was preceded in death by her brothers; Alex and Michael Shimko and her sisters; Mary Chunko, Betty Cimbala, Helen Voron and Mary Kiner. She is survived by two sister-in-laws; Margaret Shimko of Duquesne and Goldie Polivka of Michigan, nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne Wednesday October 8; from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Prayers will be offered at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Home, followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PORVAZNIK, Josephine B. (Winters) 2008/10/02

Josephine B. (Winters) Porvaznik, 92, of West Mifflin died Thursday, October 2, 2008 in U.P.M.C. Braddock. Daughter of the late Michael E. and Anna Chismar Winters Sr., she was born November 9, 1915, in Homestead. Mrs. Porvaznik was a member of St. Maximillian Kolbe R.C. Parish, Munhall.

Beloved wife of the late John M. Porvaznik, she was the loving mother of Thomas Porvaznik of Munhall, David (Susan) Porvaznik of Irwin and Donna Porvaznik of West Mifflin. Grandmother of Kathy (Drew) Tirpak, Jason, David, and Daniel Porvaznik. Sister of Michael E. Winters Jr. of Whitaker. She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Winters and two sisters, Margaret Bergel and Anna Perhats.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Michaels R.C. Church, Munhall. Burial will follow in St. Michaels Cemetery, West Mifflin.

RAGAN, Eileen (Flynn) 2008/05/20

Eileen Flynn Ragan, 76, of Duquesne, died peacefully at home, Sunday, May 20, 2008. Born June 24, 1931, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Abram and Elizabeth Mullen Flynn and beloved wife of the late Andrew P. Ragan. She is survived by five sons; Dennis Ragan of Indiana, PA., Lawrence Ragan of State College, Andrew L. Ragan of Fairport, N.Y., Ronald Ragan of Marietta, GA., and Richard Ragan of Baltimore, MD., four daughters; Kathleen Gissler of Spring, TX., Donna Connolly of Mentor, OH., Patricia Mainello of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Ann Marie Kiszka of Aspinwall, twenty three grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. She was the sister of Leo Flynn of Tampa, FLA., James Flynn of Oconomowoc, Wis., John Flynn of Gettysburg, PA., Dennis Flynn of Yargly, PA., Bebe Butrym of Austin, TX., and Linda Jeito of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Dirle.

Mrs. Ragan was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, it’s confraternity of Christian Mothers, the 3rd Order of St. Francis, and the Knights of Columbus 4210 Senior Citizens.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family wishes for contributions be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

ROUCOULETT, Ellen M. (Zook) 2008/02/09

Ellen M. (Zook) Roucoulett, 60, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died February 9, 2008 in University Park Care Center, Pueblo, Colorado. She was born January 18, 1948 in Homestead, daughter of the late Robert and Helen Davis Zook. She is survived by a daughter, Theresa Bahnemann, of Colorado; two brothers, Anthony Zook of Melbourn, PA., and Robert Zook of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Bobbi Zook of West Mifflin and Mary Beth Zook of Baltimore, Md.; and an aunt, Agnes Davis.

Ellen was a registered traveling nurse.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday March 1, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

RUSSEN, Mary V. (Lesko) 2008/03/11

Mary V. Lesko Russen, 84, of West Mifflin died Tuesday March 11, 2008 in Meadeville. Born December 23, 1922 in Donora, she was the daughter of the late George and Barbara Mikulaninecz Lesko, and the beloved wife of the late Julius Russen. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and the Catholic Daughters of America. She is survived by a son, James Russen of Latrobe, two daughters; Barbara Wonders of Meadeville and Julie Rocco of West Mifflin, a brother; Thomas Lesko of Kinsman, Ohio, a sister; Barbara Vamos of Duquesne, and seven grandchildren; James, Amy, Carl, Katharine, Matthew, Lauren and Joshua. She was preceded in death by two brothers; Lt. Col. Charles Lesko and George Lesko.

Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas services will be offered Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Home. Family request memorial contributions to St. Agnes School, 653 St. Agnes Lane, West Mifflin, PA. 15122.

SABOL, Michael E. 2008/09/12

After a brief illness, Michael E. Sabol, 81, of West Mifflin, went home to be with the Lord on Friday September 12, 2008. Born in Duquesne, April 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Banko Sabol. A member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, Mr. Sabol was a retired manager of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., New Kensington with 30years of Service and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Beloved husband of Helen Morgan Sabol, loving father of Sandra (fiancé Richard Dowdle Jr.), Linda (George) Garrison, and Sharron (Anthony) DiThomas; brother of Margaret Vassel; cherished grandfather of Melissa, Maria, and Gianna; also several nephews. Mr. Sabol was preceded in death by three brothers; Joseph Jr., George and Michael Sabol, and two sisters; Helen Sabol and Mary Harapas.

Friends will be received Monday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Tuesday September 16, 2008 at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Services on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

SALOPEK, Brian D. 2008/01/09

Brian D. Salopek, 47, of West Mifflin died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in McKeesport, October 19, 1960, he was the son of Walter and Catherine Carek Salopek. He was a former welder for Vangura Iron, he was employed by US Tool and Die and a member of Resurrection R.C. Church, West Mifflin. In addition to his parents he is survived by two sisters, Sandra (John) Kotuce and Diane (Edward) Hrizo, both of West Mifflin, two nieces, Angela and Kristen Hrizo, and several aunts , uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 9:30 am in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Resurrection Church, with Rev. Alvin Adams as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SINAI, Joseph Richard Jr. 2008/03/08

Joseph Richard Sinai, Jr., died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 9. 2008. He was born Nov. 14, 1956, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Mary “Candy” Sinai.

He graduated from Steel Valley High School in 1974. As a young student he volunteered at Dynamic Cablevision in Homestead as a camera and audio operator; and at WYEP FM in Pittsburgh. Joe completed two years of Community College in Fairfax, Virginia majoring in Psychology and Social Service. He moved to Westport, Connecticut where he successfully ran a refinishing business specializing in antiques, fine furniture, cabinetry and pianos. In 1987 he moved to California, working for Carlson Communications and then opened his business Straight Wire Electronics. While in California Joe volunteered at KMUD FM Radio using his skills in remote broadcast engineering, upgrading and then building a new studio facility and airing his music programs.

Returning to Virginia in 1998, he worked as an audio visual technician. His experience with the State Department and the International Monetary Fund garnered him extensive domestic and international travel.

An accomplished musician who also enjoyed photography, his kind heart and giving nature will always be remembered. Joe lived his life with sincerity and humility, always true to his ideal of leaving a small “footprint” on the Earth.

He is survived by his mother Mary “Candy” Klotz and stepfather Michael Klotz of Munhall; sister, Candice Sinai of Silver Spring, Maryland; stepsister Carol Lawson of Munhall; nephew Jesse Willner of Orinda, California; niece Maya Willner of Arlington, Virginia, and beloved friend Carol Crull.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Funeral arrangement handled by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home.

SLOSS, Charles James 2008/09/05

Charles James Sloss, 54, of West Mifflin died Friday September 5, 2008 in the Veterans Hospital of Pittsburgh. Born November 30, 1954, in Homestead, he was the son of Charles and Juanita Bickus Sloss. He was a former employee of West Mifflin Public Works Dept. and a U.S. Army Veteran.

He is survived by three daughters; Sara (Ralph) Marsico of Oakmont, Jamie (Brad) Chonko of West Mifflin and Carly Sloss of White Oak, four sisters; Cheryl (Larry) Stefan, Beverly (John) Seba, Karen (Victor) Boytos, and Nita (Richard) Ignat all of West Mifflin, two grandchildren; Rylee and Gabriella, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Sunday September 7, 2008 from noon 7 p.m. A service will be held at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating.

STIVER, Paul G. 2008/12/06

Paul G. Stiver, 85, of West Mifflin died Saturday December 6, 2008 at home. Born November 18, 1923, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Edward and Mercedes Cusick Stiver. He was a retired letter carrier of the West Mifflin Post Office, a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, the American Legion and V.F.W., a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and a retired U. S. Navy Reserve veteran.

He is survived by his loving wife Dolores Dobransky Stiver; three daughters, Kelly Stiver of West Mifflin, Sandra (Alan) Hartman of Michigan and Robin (Gary) Steiner of West Mifflin; a brother, Lawrence Stiver of Florida; two sisters; Nancy (Fred) Hobbins of Munhall and Clara (the late Bob) Seman of North Huntingdon, three grandsons; Nathan and Stephen Hartman and Tim Steiner, and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Tuesday December 9, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A blessing service in the Memorial Home on Wednesday December 10, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating.

SVIRBEL, Joseph 2008/10/31

Joseph Svirbel, 89, of Duquesne, died Friday October 31, 2008, at home. Born September 27, 1919, in Czechoslovakia, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Spisak Svirbel. A retired employee of the Tinning Dept. U.S. Steel Irvin Works, Mr. Svirbel was a member and Usher of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, Knights of Columbus 4210, West Mifflin, Robert C. Burns Post 188 VFW, Duquesne, The American Croatian Club, Duquesne, and the former Slovak Club of Duquesne. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret Jasek Svirbel, he is also survived by a son; Joseph Svirbel of Duquesne, two daughter; Loretta (Stephen) Schneider of Duquesne and Mary Ann (Dana) Nesiti of West Homestead, and two grandchildren; Zachary and Sarah. He was preceded in death by two brothers; John and George Svirbel and a sister; Barbara Svirbel.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday November 3, 2008, at 11:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in Holy Trinity R.C. Church, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

TRETNIK, Magdalene (Hleba) 2008/12/08

Magdalene Hleba Tretinik, 87, of Duquesne, died Monday, December 8, 2008, in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born September 26, 1921, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Andrew B. Sr. and Mary Walyko Hleb and the wife of the late John G. Tretinik.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Mary Ellen (Keith) Wright of Elizabeth Twp., Rosemary (Rick) Stahl of Whitaker and Marybeth Barker of White Oak; grandchildren, Rachelle (Jeff) Evans, Eric (Cristin) and Jamie Stahl, Brad and Lindsay Wright, Bethany, Brooke and Billy John Barker; six great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Elsie Spang, Betty Hleba and Dorothy Hleba; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Nicholas, Theodore and Andrew Hleba and sisters, Helen Hornyak and Mary Barczy.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a former office employee of U.S. Steel Edgar Thompson Works.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the memorial home Friday at 9:30 am will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10:15 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service will be offered Thursday at 7:30pm in the Memorial Home.

TRUSSO, Sebastian C. 2008/02/10

Sebastiano C. Trusso, 76, of Duquesne, died Sunday February 10, 2008 in U.P.M.C. Braddock. Born September 8, 1931 in Sicily, Italy, he was the son of the late Signorino and Maria Gallente Trusso. Husband of the late Antonina Conti Trusso, he is survived by a son; Samuel J Trusso of White Oak and two daughters; Mary A Trusso and Sara A. Marchese, both of Duquesne, and a grandson; Samuel J. Trusso Jr.

A retired pipe fitter of U.S. Steel National Tube Works, McKeesport. Mr. Trusso was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, The G.B.U. and a social member of the V.F.W. of Duquesne.

Friends will be received Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing Service in the Memorial Home on Wednesday at 9a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

UHREN, Nicholas S. “Dzedo” 2008/05/20

Nicholas S. “Dzedo” Uhren, 78, of Duquesne, died Tuesday May 20, 2008, in U.P.M.C. Shadyside. Born December 31, 1929, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late George and Elizabeth Simko Uhren.

He was a retired chemist of U.S. Steel Duquesne Works Chemistry Laboratory and National Research Laboratory. Mr. Uhren was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, South Side Pittsburgh, where he was an usher and enjoyed helping with the church pyrohi project. He was also a U. S. regular Army veteran of the Korean War. Achieving the rank of sergeant in army intelligence where he received the Korean service medal, two bronze stars, United Nations Service medal and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for his work with Ambassador Dean’s mission at Panmunjom.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Irene C. Guba Uhren, two sons; Michael J. Uhren and wife Leslie of Perryopolis and Nicholas (Butch) P. Uhren of Duquesne, a daughter; Kathryn Sadecky of West Mifflin, two brothers; Stephen Uhren and wife Nancy of North Huntingdon and Michael Uhren and wife Helen of West Mifflin, sister; Mary Recktoric of Hamburg, N.Y., five grand children; Nik Sadecky, Nicholas Uhren, Skylar Uhren, Christopher Uhren, and Alexander Uhren, one great grandson Nicholas Uhren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Uhren.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday May 27 in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A prayer in the Memorial Home on Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, South Side with Rev. John Chirovsky as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA. Parastas services will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Home

VASIL, Marie (Timk0) 2008/01/26

Marie (Timko) Vasil, 86, of West Mifflin died Saturday, January 26, 2008 in Walnut Ridge, Greensburg. Born March 13, 1921, in the Czech Republic, she was the daughter of late Andrew and Mary Kacin Timko. She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, and Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Vasil, who passed away January 9, 2008, she is survived by a son Jerome Vasil of Harrisburg; a daughter Patricia Pust of Coal Center, PA.; three sisters, Anna Wozniak of Pleasant Hills, Helen King of Pittsburgh, and Dorothy Brannigan of Texas; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Tuesday January 29, 2008 from 11:30 am until time of Blessing Services at 1:30 PM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2 pm in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Family requests contributions be made to Albert Gallatin Hospice, 20 Highland Park Drive, Uniontown, PA. 15401.

VASIL, Michael 2008/01/09

Michael Vasil, 90, of West Mifflin died January 9, 2008 in New Dawn Family Care, Charleroi. Born September 17, 1917, in Duquesne, he was the son of late Andrew and Mary Maslar Vasil. Mr Vasil was a retired employee of US Steel Duquesne Works, a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, Jednota Lodge, and Knights of Columbus 4210.

Beloved husband of Marie Timko Vasil, he is survived by a son Jerome Vasil of Harrisburg; a daughter Patricia Pust of California, PA.; two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Kocheran of Duquesne and Dolores Drew of Burly, Idaho; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Monday January 14, 2008 from 11:30 am until time of Blessing Services at 1:30 PM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2 pm in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Family requests contributions be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Pittsburgh Area Chapter, Allegheny General Hospital, 49 E. North Ave., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA. 15212.

VIRCIK, Helen 2008/07/21

Helen Vircik, 79, of Bethel Park, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, July 21, 2008 at home. Born October 28, 1928 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna Fedor Vircik. She was a retired employee of Bell Telephone Co., a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Bethel Park.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret (Michael) Vasilisin of Munhall and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters; Anna Bero, Agnes Vircik, and Mary Hallam with whom she resided, who passed away May 30, 2008.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Thursday July 24, 2008 from 9 a.m. until the time of blessing at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:45 a.m. in St Hedwig’s R.C. Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, West Mifflin.

2007 Obituaries

ALGERI, Margaret G. 2007/07/12

Margaret G. Berwick Algeri, 82, of West Mifflin died Thursday July 12, 2007 in U.P.M.C. Shadyside. Born July 7, 1925 in Dravosburg, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Wessel Berwick and wife of the late William Algeri. Retired from R&M Variety Store, West Mifflin, Mrs. Algeri is survived by her children; William A. (Irene Zavacky) Algeri and Joann (David) Forgey both of West Mifflin; three grandchildren; Erika Fedorowski, Keri Burgwin, and Kristi Smith; and two great grandchildren; Rodney and Edrae Burgwin.

Friends will be received Saturday from 11 A.M. until the hour of service at 2 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. The Rev. John Gropp will officiate and burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.

BALLAS, Antionette “Jean” (Juliana) 2007/02/02

Antionette (Jean) Juliana Ballas, of West Mifflin, died February 2, 2007 at home. Born in Oliphant Furnace, PA, and raised in Smock, PA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Louise Juianna.

Wife of the late Nichols S. Ballas Sr., whe was the loving mother of 2 sons, Nicholas S. Ballas, Jr. and DeWayne R. Ballas, both of West Mifflin; grandmother Stephanie, Derrick, Ryan and Alisa Ballas; great grandmother of Ryder Collins Ballas. She was the sister of John E. Juliana of West Mifflin, Josie Cooley Wyda of Uniontown, and the late Dominic Juliana, also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A registered cosmotologist, Mrs. Balls was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne; active in local politics for over 50 years; a leader for the Nnew Frontiers; and raised foster children.

Friends will be received from 1- 9 p.m. Monday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A Blessing in the memorial home Tuesday at 9 a.m. will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino, celebrant. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

BARON, Albert 2007/04/30

Albert Baron, 93, of Monroeville, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday April 30, 2007 at Independence Court of Monroeville. Born October 17, 1913, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Chonko Baron. He was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, and retired owner of J&L Gas Station, Duquesne.

He was the husband of the late Johanna Vesonder Baron, he is survived by a son Jerome “Jerry” Baron of New York, NY., and a grandson Randolph Baron.

There is no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne

BEAL, Elizabeth “Betty” 2007/04/12

Elizabeth (Betty) Beal, 85, died Thursday, April 12, 2007 at home in Sycamore Estates, Duquesne. Born in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Bak Lopota and beloved wife of the late George A. Beal. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, Holy Name Choir, and a former employee of Hill’s Department store, West Mifflin.

She is survived by loving children, Barbara Helsel of Duquesne; George R. Beal of St. Petersburg, FLA.; Timothy (Sharon) Beal of Forward Twp.; and Barry (Marla) Beal of Dravosburg. Also nine grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and her loving caring family from Sycamore Estates. She was preceded in death by grandson Mark Jennings, granddaughter Laura Rankin, son-in-law Donald Helsel, 3 brothers, Joseph Lopota Jr., Mike Lopota and George Lopota; 2 sisters, Anne Kapis and Mary Ruse.

Friends will be received Sunday from 12:30 – 9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Corner of Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday at 10:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BEDNAR, John 2007/06/25

John Bednar, 85, of West Mifflin, died Monday June 25, 2007, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born March 3, 1922, in Trager, he was the son of the late John and Mary Balun Bednar. Survived by his beloved wife, Emma Rago Bednar; son John K. Bednar of Baldwin; 2 daughters, Mary Lou Schuetz of Baldwin and Christine Hegedus of Royersford, PA.; grandchildren, Brian Schuetz, Colleen Schuetz, Jeanette Bednar and John Bednar; great grandchild, Jaelynn Hale; and a sister, Pauline Sloss of West Mifflin.

John was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, a retired supervisor of U. S. Steel Duquesne Works Maint. Dept. with 42yrs. of service and a U. S. Army veteran, 274th Inf., of WWII.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service will be on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

BODNAR, Andrew “Bruff” 2007/09/20

Andrew (Bruff) Bodnar, 90, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Thursday September 20, 2007 in U.P.M.C. Braddock. Born December 2, 1916 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Suhoza Bodnar. He was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin and a retired employee of U. S. Steel Duquesne Works with 42 years of service.

Beloved husband of the late Clara Horgas Bodnar. He is survived by a daughter, Andrea Long of West Mifflin, two brothers; William Bodnar of North Huntingdon and John Bodnar of Duquesne, two sisters; Margaret Liska and Anna B. Drotar both of Duquesne, two grandchildren; Timothy Long and Deborah Long, two great grandchildren; Alan and Jamie Long and neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers; Michael, Joseph and Nicholas Bodnar.

Friends will be received Friday from 4-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial Home Saturday at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10A.M. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BUNDA, Veronica T. (Stupar) 2007/08/05

Veronica T. Stupar Bunda, 88, of McKeesport, died Sunday August 5, 2007 in Quiet Ridge Personal Care Home, McKeesport. Born January 1, 1919, in Munhall, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Marinko Stupar. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Bunda.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph of Franklin and Les (Christy) Bunda of Northampton, daughter, Bernice (Charles) Kish of Charlotte, N.C., brother, Frank Stupar of West Mifflin, grandchildren, Lisa (Brock) Hoover of Myerstown, Jeffrey Bunda of Northampton, Michelle Hoak of Greenock, Renee (Paul) Greijack of Greenock, Chris Ann (Bill) Breegle of Ligonier, and Audra (John) Marcieski of North Huntingdon, eleven great grandchildren and niece Rita Binkney of West Mifflin. She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

She was a retired manager of the young men’s department, Gimbals’ department store in Eastland Mall, a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, its Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Third Order of Saint Frances, and West Mifflin senior citizens.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Tuesday 6-8 p.m. blessing service at the Memorial Home Wednesday will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Trinity church. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

CAPUTO, Ferdinando “Fred” 2007/01/25

Ferdinando (Fred) Caputo, 67, of East McKeesport, died Thursday January 25, 2007 at home. Born June 9, 1939 in S. Mango D’Aquino, Italy, he was the son of the late Donato and Rosina Castagnaro Caputo. Mr. Caputo was self employed and a member of St. Robert Bellarmine R. C. Church, East McKeesport. Beloved husband of Caroline Iera Caputo, he is survived by 2 sons, Frank of Naples, FLA., and Dan of Pittsburgh; 3 daughters, Roseanne Spinosi, of Orange County, Calif., Lina Trunzo, of Delmont, and Marianne Girman, of Monroeville; brother, Frank Caputo, of Irwin, and a sister, Enrichetta Manfredi, of Syracuse, N.Y., and 11 grandchildren; Oliver and Alan Girman; Roman, Giancarlo, GiGi, Matteo, and Piera Spinosi; Dante and Rocco Trunzo; Daniella and Frankie Caputo.

Friends will be received from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. Saturday and Sunday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Corner of Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Prayers will be offered Monday at 9:15 A.M. in the Memorial Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in St. Robert Bellarmine R. C. Church with Rev. John Brennan as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville

CIMBALA, Carl “Clyde” 2007/01/04

Carl (Clyde) Cimbala, 57, of West Mifflin, died Thursday January 4, 2007 at home. Born April 1, 1947 in Braddock, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Shimko Cimbala. Survived by his beloved wife Kathleen Zelinsky Cimbala, 2 sons; Carl Cimbala Jr. at home and Brian Cimbala of West Mifflin, 2 brothers; John and Edward Cimbala both of Glassport, 2 sisters; Charlotte Boreland of Glassport and Marlene Parker of Liberty Boro, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a nephew Edward Cimbala Jr.

A member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, Carl was a former president of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and an avid card and memorabilia collector and enjoyed spending time going to local fleamarkets.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will take place in the Memorial Home on Monday at 9 A.M. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30A.M. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

DEMBISKI, Margaret A. (Maguscak) 2007/04/14

Margaret A. Maguscak Dembiski, 85, of Duquesne, died Saturday, April 14, 2007 in UPMC McKeesport. Born in McKeesport, April 7, 1921, shewas the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Popovich Maguscak. She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin and it’s confraternity of Christian Mothers. Wife of the late John Dembiski, she is survived by 2 sons; John Dembiski of Pittsburgh and Paul Dembiski of New Port Ritchie, FLA.; a daughter; Patricia Dembiski of White Oak; a brother , Joe Ryan of Virginia Beach, VA.; a sister, Sr. Pauline Maguscak of Texas; also 4 grand children, Annette Perez, Michelle Dembiski, Adam Dembiski, and Neil Dembiski. She was preceded in death by a son Martin Dembiski, a daughter Pauline Jubak, and 2 brothers, George Magurshak and Michael Evans.

There will be no visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday April 21, 2007 at 10A.M. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne.

DOBAN, James P. 2007/05/18

James P. Doban, 54, of Pasadena, TX., formerly of West Mifflin, died Friday May 18, 2007 in Herman Memorial Hospital, Houston, TX. Born August 1, 1952 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late James P. Sr. and Elizabeth Sandor Doban. He is survived by step-mother May Doban of North Huntingdon, and two sisters Diane Fencik of Moon Twp. And Mary Wolford of Dallas, TX.

Grave side services will take place on Tuesday at 11 A.M. in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Arrangements handled by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

GYURE, John S. Jr. 2007/07/27

John S. Gyure Jr., 89, of Duquesne, died Friday July 27, 2007, in Sycamore Estates, Duquesne. Born in Duquesne, October 22, 1917, he was the son of the late John S Sr. and Mary Gyure. Beloved husband of the late Anna Duda Gyure, he is survived by 1 son; John S. III (Sandy) Gyure, of Duquesne, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter Joan Hargrove.

He was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, and a retired craneman for U. S. Steel Duquesne Works

Friends will be received Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Monday at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity cemetery, West Mifflin.

HARBULA, John J. 2007/11/13

John J. Harbula, 19, of McKeesport, died Tuesday November 13, 2007. Born in Pittsburgh, February 26, 1988, he was the son of John D. Harbula and his wife Michele, of McKeesport and Roberta Lynn Murray Robinson and her husband Khalil, of Pittsburgh. He was an employee of the Donut Connection in McKeesport.

Besides his parents he is survived by a son Damien Demitrius Harbula, a brother , Robert W. Lyle III, a sister, Tabitha Lyle both of Pittsburgh, grandparents John and Rosann Harbula Jr. of Duquesne and Marlene E. Otto of McKeesport.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Services will be conducted on Monday November 19, 2007 in the Memorial Home by Pastor John Gropp.

HATULA, Mildred Sophia (Dimiduk) 2007/11/25

Mildred Sophie Dimiduk Hatala, 83, died at home on Sunday morning November 25, 2007, after a lengthy illness.

Born on June 6, 1924 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Sophie Dimiduk. She was married in 1946 to Michael Hatala who died in 1995. She is survived by son; Brian and 6 daughters; Sharon Kritikos, Christine McOwen, Joy Chilton, Carol Phillips, Lynn Salo and Lori Hatala, 7 grandchildren: Dale McOwen, Joshua and Nicholas Hatala, Cassandra Phillips, Anna and Reeve Chilton and Michael Salo; and 2 great grandchildren: Pierce and Tricia McOwen. She is also survived by a sister, Margaret “Margie” Vessalo with whom she remained close all of her life. She was preceded in death by all of her brothers; Mike, Paul and Andy Dimiduk.

Milly was a lifetime Byzantine Catholic and an active member of SS. Peter and Paul church, Duquesne, while in good health, teaching religious education for the parish.

Milly was a gifted seamstress as well as knit and crochet expert, and many items she made continue to be handed down. She was an avid reader, excellent at word games and a legendary baker who produced memorable birthday and wedding cakes.

Milly was devoted to family and hosted many family events at her home, especially unique and memorable summer cookouts and holiday gatherings.

Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing on Wednesday at 11:15 A.M. in the Memorial Home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 12 noon in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. in the Memorial Home.

HLEBA, Andrew Basil 2007/09/30

Andrew Basil Hleba, 82, of West Mifflin, died unexpectantly after a fall on Sunday, September 30, 2007. Born in Duquesne, PA. on March 4, 1925, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Walyko Hleba. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Dorothy Potoma Hleba; his daughters, Laurie (John) Krupa, of Munhall, Amy (Mark) Race and Betsy (Tom) Wiggins, both of North Huntingdon; his grandchildren that adored and loved their pap dearly, Andrew and Alex Wiggins, Lucy and Maggie Race, and Silas and Molly Krupa. He is also survived by a sister, Magdalene Tretinik, and sister-in-laws, Betty Hleba and Virginia Hleba, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Nicholas and Theodore Hleba and two sisters Helen Hornyak and Mary Barczy.

A graduate of Duquesne High School in 1942, he was a veteran of WWII having served proudly in the U. S. Air Force in the China, Burma, and India theaters of war. He was nominated to “Who’s Who in the American universities and colleges”. Andy excelled in basketball, lettering 4 years at St. Francis college in Loretto, PA., where he earned his Bachelor of Science, majoring in English. At St. Francis, he was a member of the Varsity Club and National Alumni Association. He received a Masters of Education from Duquesne University. Mr. Hleba taught in the Duquesne City School District for 35 years and coached basketball there for 20 years. Andy was a lifelong member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, the American Legion of White Oak, the PSEA, the NEA, and PSERS.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. Tuesday and Wednesday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:15A.M. Thursday, October 4, 2007, in the Memorial Home will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Service will be on Wednesday at 7 P.M.

HORVATT, Anna “Annie” (Koresko) 2007/01/11

Anna (Annie) Koresko Horvatt, 94, of Duquesne, died Thursday January 11, 2007, in LGAR Nursing Facility, Turtle Creek. Born in Duquesne, February 11, 1912, daughter of the late John and Anna Andrejchak Koresko. Beloved wife of the late Frank C. Horvatt, she is survived by a daughter; Marian Horvatt, of Duquesne, a son Jan Horvatt, of Slickville; 2 sister-in-laws Mary Horvat, of Oakmont and Olga Horvat, of Verona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annie was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Monday at 9:30a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity cemetery.

HRIVNAK, Emil 2007/05/23

Emil Hrivnak, 81, of Pleasant Hills died Wednesday May 23, 2007 at home. Born November 20, 1925, in Farrell, PA. he was the son of the late John and Mary Benka Hrivnak. Husband of the late Vera Hrivnak, he is survived by nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers; John of Youngstown, Ohio, and George of West Mifflin; and a sister, Anne Chantrell of New Jersey. He was a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Duquesne, a retired manager of U. S. Steel Clairton Works, Benzene Lab, a U. S. Army Signal Corps veteran of WWII having served in France, England and Germany, a graduate of Youngstown State University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry.

Friends will be received from 2-9 P.M. on Friday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services on Saturday at 11 A.M. in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Duquesne with Rev. George Hanko officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in McKeesport – Versailles Cemetery. Everyone is asked to go directly to church on Saturday for the services. The family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

IONADI, Mary Jane (Gall) 2007/12/11

Mary Jane (Gall) Ionadi, 56, of Swissvale, on December 11, 2007. Born in Duquesne May 12, 1951, daughter of thr late Al and Helen T (Gaydos) Gall and Joseph Kittiko; survived by husband Paul Ionadi and two daughters, Lisa and Polly Ionadi, one brother, Thomas Gall and a sister Karen (Jack) Fox, one grandson Michael Lewis. Mrs. Ionadi was a former Registered Nurse at U.P.M.C. Presbyterian and a member of Presby Alumni Association.

Friends received Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing Service Saturday 11am in the Memorial Home. Family requests donations to Arthritis Foundation or Animal Friends.

JASEK, Agnes (Papan) 2007/09/02

Agnes Papan Jasek, 98, of West Mifflin died Sunday September 2, 2007, at home. Daughter of the late Joseph and Justina Papan, she was born January 21, 1909 in Radola, Kys Nove Mesto, Slovakia Republic. She was a member of Holy Trinity R. C. Church, West Mifflin, its Osadny Lodge, Rosary Society and Jednota Lodge.

Beloved wife of the late Matthew Jasek she is survived by two daughters; Justina Kopay of Upper St. Clair and Virginia Jasek of WestMifflin, three sisters; Justina Janik, Margita Juricek, and Anna Kucova all in Slovakia, three grandchildren; Edward (Patty) Kopay of Erie, Kathleen (Reggie) Guevara of Melbourne, FLA., and Kristine Kopay of Upper St. Claire, and three great grandchildren; Beth Ann, Arron, and Caryn all of Erie. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son Allen Jasek.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:30 A.M. Thursday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with the Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KOCHERAN, Anna L. (Shuster) 2007/10/02

Anna L. Kocheran, 87, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born February 12, 1920 in Islem, PA., she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Hartatin Shuster. Wife of the late Joseph Kocheran, she is survived by three daughters; Joann (Albert) Revak of Fairfax, Virginia, Gloria (Bruce) Simko of Munhall, and Kathleen (Gregory) Alexa of West Mifflin, seven grandchildren; Bethany (Sean) Ingram, Laura (Will) Gonzales, Jantzen (Lauren) Simko, Todd (Kelly) Simko, Larissa Simko, Amanda (Tim) Fair, and Kristen (Scott) Bish, ten great grandchildren; Julia, Ashley, and Brooke Ingram, Kealie, Layne, Carter, Brody, and Preston Simko, Maisie Ruble, and Ashlyn Fair. She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters, John, Frank, Stanley, Sophie, Mary, Frances and Rose.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne and a past member of the Duquesne Eagles.

Friends will be received from 7-9 P.M. Thursday and 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Friday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KONTUL, Frank A. 2007/06/12

Frank A. Kontul, 90, of Duquesne died Tuesday June 12, 2007 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born December 18, 1916, in Homeville, he was the son of the late Paul and Barbara Csolak Kontul. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sentipal Kontul; a son, Paul (Elizabeth) Kontul of Monroeville; Grandchildren, Colleen Kontul, Kathleen (Douglas) Hartos and Karen (John) Shample; Great Grandchildren, Justin, Jeffrey and Nathaniel. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Eileen Yevick on October 23, 2006, a Grandson Paul Kontul, 2 brothers Paul Kontul and Joseph Kontul, and 2 sisters, Mary Ruzanic and Helen Kania.

He was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, an usher of Holy Trinity, a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus 4210, West Mifflin, An avid bowler and golfer and all around sports enthusiast. He was a retired shift supervisor of U. S. Steel Homestead Works with 45 years of service as a brick layer and master machinist.

Friends will be received Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be held on Friday at 9:30 A.M. in the Memorial Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Entombment will follow in Calvary cemetery, Pittsburgh.

LEMME (Timko), Mildred L. (Grego) 2007/07/05

Mildred L. Grego (Timko) Lemme, 86 of McKeesport, formerly of Duquesne, died Thursday July 5, 2007 in Senior Care Plaza, McKeesport. Born October 21, 1920, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Susan Zdila Grego. She was the wife of the late Joseph Timko and the late Joseph Lemme. She is survived by a daughter Rita Moore of Pittsburgh and a son Dennis (Joan) Timko of Lincoln Place; 4 grandchildren, Robert, Lisa, Derek and Rebecca; 2 great grandchildren, Joshua and Nicholas; a brother Andrew Grego of Monroeville; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Joe, Adam, John, and Jim, 5 sisters Ann, Mary, Helen, Sr. Marie and Irene, and a grandson Keith.

A retired employee of the First Federal Home Bank of Pittsburgh; Mildred was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, it’s Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America, Third Order of St. Francis, Ladies and Vincentian Guild, Rosary Society, AARP, Senior Citizens of Duquesne / West Mifflin, Meals on Wheels, Women’s Auxiliary 4210 Knights of Columbus, and the Red Hat Society.

Friends will be received Friday from 2-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing service at 11:30 A.M. Saturday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

LISZKA, Margaret M. “Margie” (Bodnar) 2007/12/01

Margaret (Margie) M. Bodnar Liszka, 92, of Duquesne, died Saturday December 1, 2007 in Sycamore Estates Personal Care Home, Duquesne. Born September 30, 1915 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Suhoza Bodnar. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne and a member of the churches Women’s Guild and Rosary Society. Margie was also a member of the Duquesne Council of Senior Citizens, Mon-Yough Senior Citizens and Fellowship Club, McKeesport, and Lifespan Senior Citizens Club, Homestead. She was also an avid bingo player and bowler.

Beloved wife of the late Stanley A. Liszka. She is survived by two brothers; William S. Bodnar of North Huntingdon and John (Tillie) Bodnar of Duquesne, a sister; Anna B. Drotar of Duquesne and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers; Andrew (Bruff), Michael (Tub), Joseph (Shorty) and Nicholas (Jolson) Bodnar.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial Home Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11A.M. in St Hedwig’s Church with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery, West Mifflin.

MAGURSHAK, Katherine (Boyko) 2007/08/19

Katherine Boyko Magurshak, 81, of Pittsburgh, died Sunday August 19, 2007, in the Baptist Home, Castle Shannon. Born in McKeesport, March 5, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Victoria Mikorski Boyko. She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

She was the wife of the late George W. Magurshak, beloved mother of Daniel Magurshak of Racine Wisconsin, Joan (Dennis) Timko of Lincoln Place, and Karen (Michael) Joyce of Mt. Lebanon. She is also survived by a brother, Paul Boyko of McKeesport, and two sisters, Tillie Navaroli and Mag Dansco both of White Oak; five grandchildren, Jeanine, Rebecca, Daniel, Adam and David; and two great grandsons, Aiden and Gareth. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Matthew, Theodore and Alexander Boyko; two sisters, Sophie Czap and Ann Bohach; and a granddaughter Gwen.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing at 9:30 A.M. Wednesday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin with the Rev Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

McLAUGHLIN, Brian Michael 2007/10/16

Brian Michael McLaughlin,19, of Whitaker, died Tuesday October 16, 2007 in U.P.M.C. Braddock. Born December 18, 1987, in Pittsburgh, he was the loving son of Lynn McLaughlin. He is also survived by a sister, Ashley McLaughlin of Munhall, and a brother, Tyler Colaric of Whitaker. Grandson of Ed Butler of Hazelwood and Carol Butler of West Mifflin, great grandson of Emma Coll of Meadville. Also survived by a niece and nephew, Davae and Destini Forrester and other loving family and friends.

Brian was an employee of Wendy’s Inc., the Waterfront.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Monday October 22, 2007, from 12 noon until time of services at 6 P.M. with Pastor John Gropp officiating.

MESKANICK, Paul G. 2007/01/18

Paul G. Meskanick Sr., 84, of Duquesne, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at his residence after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born in Duquesne, May 19, 1922, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Petrisko) Meskanick.

Mr. Meskanick was a Bricklayer for US Steel Duquesne Works and later worked in the Maintenance Department for the Duquesne School District. Beloved husband of Mary (Racsko) Meskanick of Duquesne and loving father of Paul G. (Stacey) Meskanick Jr. of Evans City. Survived by grandchildren Andrea Kessler, Alexander Meskanick, Julianne Meskanick, and Christian Meskanick. Also survived by brothers Steven Meskanick of Duquesne and Carl Meskanick of North Huntingdon. He was preceded in death by his daughter Marlene Meskanick Kessler, and by brothers John Meskanick and Bernard Meskanick. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, Mr. Meskanick graduated from Duquesne High School in 1939 and was a member of Christ The Light of The World Parish. Mr. Meskanick was a Sergeant in the US Army and served in WW II, earning two Bronze Stars.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Corner of Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing services will be held in the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

MUNZ, Wilson “Bill” “Redball” 2007/05/11

Wilson “Bill” Munz (Redball), formerly of Duquesne, died Friday May 11, 2007 at the age of 53 in Fort Meyers, FL. Born July 29, 1953 in Braddock he was the son of the late Mary Lou Koch Munz. He was a former employee of U.S.Steel Homestead Works, and currently employed by Wal–Mart in Florida. He was an avid Nascar race fan and a ham radio operator. He is survived by a daughter, Liz Munz and daughter-in-law Heather Munz of Ft. Meyers, FL. He is also survived by a brother, Keith (Karrie) Munz, of West Mifflin, and two nieces Breeann and Brooke Munz, both of West Mifflin. Funeral services took place in Florida. Announcement provided by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

NELSEN, Clara M. (Vrabel) 2007/07/05

Clara M. Nelsen, 72, of Duquesne, formerly of Whitaker, died Thursday July 5, 2007, in UPMC Braddock. Born February 7, 1935, in Homestead, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Ann Madar Vrabel.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Debbie (Nicholas) Oliverio of Duquesne and Mary Ann (Wayne) Maxwell of McKeesport, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Anna Price and Theresa Yarkosky.

A member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, Clara was a retired cafeteria employee of the West Mifflin School District.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home at 9 A.M. Monday will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St Michael’s Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PORVAZNIK, Macrina M. “Reenie” (Vukelja) 2007/04/26

Macrina (Reenie) M. Vukelja Porvaznik, formerly of West Mifflin, died April 26, 2007 in Amissville, Virginia. Born in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ann Ballas Vukelja. She is survived by her beloved husband Joseph Porvaznik; four sisters, Bernice Gualtieri, Audrey Miklusko, Constance Alterio, and Josette Cooley; and many nieces and nephews. She was the beloved mother of Abram (AJ) Porvaznik who passed away on July 2, 2007, and was preceded in death by a sister, Donnalee Day.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 10:30 A. M. in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko officiating. Family requests for donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Announcement provided by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne.

SEECH, John J. 2007/02/07

John J. Seech, 83, of West Mifflin died Wednesday, February 7, 2007, in UPMC McKeesport. Born April 17, 1923, in Munhall, he was the son of the late John and Mary Mihac Seech. A retired supervisor from U.S. Steel Homestead Works, he was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin, the Clairton Gun Club, and a U. S. Army veteran of WWII.

He is survived by his beloved wife Agnes Wasko Seech; a brother, Leonard Seech of Whitehall; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Saturday from 7-9 P.M. and Sunday from 12-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home Monday at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SHEBA, Helen K. (Kato) 2007/10/10

Helen K. Sheba, 98, of Duquesne, died Wednesday October 10, 2007, in Massillon, Ohio. Born February 23, 1909, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Julia Ballough Kato and wife of the late Paul J. Sheba Sr.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. She was the beloved mother of Elaine (Joseph) Forsthoffer of Canal Fulton, Ohio, and sister of Rosella Kato of Duquesne. Grandmother of Joseph Paul Forsthoffer, Stephanie (Tom) Mabelitin, and Julie Thibault. She is also survived by a nephew, Robert (Elsie) Boisko of Duquesne and daughter in law Madeline (Eugene) Fecik of Ohio. She was preceded in death by a son Paul J. Sheba Jr., and a sister Julia Boisko.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday Oct. 15, 2007 at 10 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. in Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

VASILISIN, Michael “Lite Out” 2007/07/07

Michael (Lite Out) Vasilisin, 82, of Duquesne died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at home. Born in Duquesne, October 25, 1924, he was the son of the late John and Mary Sutak Vasilisin. Beloved brother of Robert Vasilisin, of Duquesne, he is also survived by sister-in-law, Margaret Vasilisin, niece, Karen Vasilisin and nephew, John Vasilisin, all of Duquesne. She was preceded in death by brothers John, George and Stephen Vasilisin and a sister Mary Vasilisin.

He was a retired employee of U. S. Steel, Duquesne Works, a member and trustee of the GBU in Duquesne, and a U. S. Army WWII veteran having served at the battle of Normandy and a recipient of a Purple Heart.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted in the Memorial Home Wednesday at11 a.m. by the Very Rev. David Lesko. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas R.O. cemetery, West Mifflin.

WAHLY, Helen (Hankowitz) 2007/04/16

Helen Hankowitz Wahly, 87, of West Mifflin died Monday April 16, 2007 in UPMC Braddock. Born October 3, 1919 in Homeville, she was the daughter of the lateMichael and Mary Novotnik Hankowitz. She was the beloved wife of Theodore Wahly and dear mother of Kathleen Denne of Plum and Judith Wahly of West Mifflin. Sister of Verna Balombiny of West Mifflin. Grand mother of Scott and Josh; great-grand mother of Chase, Mayia, and Emma. She was preceded in death by brothers; Michael Jr., John, Anthony and Nicholas (Pete) Hankowitz, and sisters; Margaret Lanigan and Anna Bugel. She was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. A blessing service in the Memorial Home on Thursday at 9:45 A.M. will be followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. in S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Duquesne with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.

WASILY, Anna G. (Vasil) 2007/05/02

Anna G. Wasily (Vasil) , 83, of Elizabeth, died Wednesday, May 02, 2007 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Daughter of the late Michael and Mary Chokota Vasil. She was born May 10, 1923 in Duquesne, she was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, it’s rosary society, and a retired accounting department employee of Westinghouse Electric Corp.

She is survived by a nephew, George B. Andrejchak and a niece Marianne Chepanoske, both of Elizabeth Twp., and great nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday morning from 10 – 11A.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing service will be held in the Memorial Home at 11A.M. by Rev. Joseph Grosko. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

ZABELSKY, Leo E. 2007/07/21

Leo E. Zabelsky, 64, of Duquesne, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at home. Born in McKeesport, October 21, 1942, he was the son of the late Leo and Viola Wrobelski Zabelsky. An Auto mechanic by trade, Leo was the proprietor of Leo’s Service center in Duquesne since 1965, owner of the Magoo Race Team in the mid 1960’s, a former council member in Duquesne, Mayor of the city of Duquesne from 1983 – 1987, and a veteran of the U. S. Navy. Along with his uncle, Al Zabelsky, Leo envisioned and fulfilled a dream by developing Aleo Lake in Stahlstown, PA.

He is survived by his beloved wife LaVon (Vonnie) Poskon Zabelsky; sons Luke Zabelsky of Duquesne, Lee (Spanky) (Stephanie) Zabelsky of Duquesne, Lane (Tammy) Zabelsky of Elizabeth, and Len Zabelsky of Duquesne; a daughter Lauren Zabelsky of Pittsburgh; brother, James Zabelsky of Duquesne; sisters; Mary Lou Zabelsky of Duquesne and Leona Sprentz of McKeesport; four grandchildren, Ethan, Jenna, Jake and Sophia Rose Zabelsky; and nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Tuesday and from 2-4 P.M. on Wednesday. Funeral services and Life celebration will be conducted at 4:30 P.M. Wednesday July 25, 2007 in the Masonic Hall Association of Duquesne, 1200 Clonmel St., Duquesne by the Rev. Donald Brookshire.

The family suggests contributions to U.P.M.C. McKeesport Cancer Center, 1500 Fifth Ave, McKeesport, PA. 15132.

ZABELSKY, Viola S. “Vi” (Wrobleski) 2007/03/06

Viola S. “Vi” Zabelsky, 94, of Duquesne died Tuesday March 6, 2007 in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Born in Nanticoke, PA., October 29, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Wladislaw and Kazmiera Wrobleski. Wife of the late Leo James Zabelsky, she is survived by 2 sons; James S. (Paula) Zabelsky and Leo E. (Vonnie) Zabelsky both of Duquesne; 2 daughters Mary Lou Zabelsky of Duquesne and Leona (Frank) Sprentz of McKeesport; Grandchildren Jamie, Terry, Luke, Lee “Spanky”, Lane, Len, Lauren, Zack & Brad; Great Grandchildren Jimmy, Hannah, Ethan, Jenna, Jake & Sophia Rose; and 1 sister Mary Turkley of Perrysburg, Ohio. She was preceded in death by a brother Edward Wrobleski and 2 sisters Johanna Nebinski & Florence Dynoske.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9 P.M. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home Saturday at 9 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. in St Hedwigs Church, Duquesne, with the Rev Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Hedwigs Cemetery, West Mifflin. The family wishes for contributions be made to St. Hedwigs bell tower fund in her memory.

ZAVACKY, John 2007/07/31

John Zavacky, 86, of Steubenville, Ohio, formerly of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, July 31, 2007 in Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville. Born July 3, 1921, in Midway, Ohio, he was the son of the late Sam and Anna Mularcik Zavacky.

A retired engineer for the Union Railroad, he was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne; West Mifflin Coin Club; the Rod and Gun Club of Marionville, PA.; a past officer of the Robert Burns Post 188, VFW, Duquesne; and a U. S. Army veteran of WWII.

Beloved husband of the late Mary Kolcun Zavacky, he is survived by two sons, Francis T. (Jayne) of Steubenville and Robert J. (Marcy) of West Mifflin; three daughters, Mary E. (William) Smith of White Oak, Irene A. (William) Algeri of West Mifflin, and Patricia M. (Ronald) Bost of Escondido, California; a brother Zavacky of St. Clairsville, Ohio; a sister, Helen Torok of Blackridge, Ohio; seven grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Mary March of Midway, Ohio.

Friends will be received Saturday, August 4, 2007, from 11 A.M. until time of services at 2 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. The Rev. David Bosnich will officiate and burial with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

The family request donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA. 22312.

2006 Obituaries

CAREK, John J. 2006/12/18

John J. Carek, 69, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died Monday December 18, 2006 in Progressive Hospital, Las Vegas. Born September 18, 1937, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna A. Bogbanovich Carek. He is survived by a brother; Edward Carek of McKeesport, a sister; Catherine Salopek of West Mifflin, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother; Stephen Carek, and sisters; Mary Jane Crowe, Anna Lucko, and Helen Sanders. John was a former employee of Duquesne Metal Products, Duquesne, and The Gold Key Mall, Las Vegas.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home on Wednesday from 3-9 P.M. A Memorial Service will be conducted in the Memorial Home on Wednesday at 4 P.M. by Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Private burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

CIMBALA, George 2006/03/30

George Cimbala, 93, of West Mifflin, died Thursday March 30, 2006 in UPMC Presbyterian. Born July 5, 1912 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Skuban Cimbala. Husband of the late Evelyn Pazej Cimbala. Retired from U. S. Steel, Duquesne Works, he was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

Beloved father of Ruth (Karl) Ohrman of Pittsburgh and the late Deborah M. Wright. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Michael, Andrew, John and Stephen and sisters Ann, Marie, Julia and Helen.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Memorial Home will be followed by funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter & Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as Celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service Sunday 7 p.m.

CURRIN, Christina L. 2006/06/14

Christina L. Currin, 32, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born in Pittsburgh, August 26, 1973, she was the daughter of Edward Currin of Pittsburgh and Patrice Currin of Duquesne.

Beloved mother of Samantha Barker of Glassport and Todd and Cara Carmen of Duquesne. She is also survived by maternal grandmother Marcy Farrington of Duquesne, step-father Bill Ford of Duquesne, brothers John, Stephen, and Shawn Currin all of Pittsburgh, sisters Jessica Pietz of Duquesne, Starr and Dawn Currin of Pittsburgh, and fiancé John Kane of Duquesne.

Friends will be received Friday from 4-8p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral services will take place Friday at 8p.m. in the Memorial Home with Rev. John Gropp officiating.

DURKOTA, Anna (Matykow) 2006/10/20

Anna Matykow Durkota, 84, of West Mifflin, died Friday October 20, 2006 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born August 2, 1922 in Aliquippa, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anastasia Mulow Matykow. Beloved wife of the late Michael J Durkota, Anna is survived by two sons; Michael and his wife Christina of West Mifflin and David and his wife Rosalie of Ligonier; her sister Jean Petruski and her daughter Ann (Cookie) Radakovich both of White Oak; brother in-law Frank Tovlin of Duquesne and his daughter Sandy Kaselonis of Indiana; 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Anna was a member of St. Nicholas R. O. Church, Duquesne. She will be remembered as a salesperson first for Gimbel’s Department Store in Eastland Mall and for Horne’s and Lazarus Department Stores in Century III Mall.

Friends will be received Monday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Service 10 A.M. Tuesday in the Memorial Home with the Rev. David Lesko celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, West Mifflin.

EHRIN, Frank G. 2006/06/15

Frank G. Ehrin, 86, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, June 15, 2006 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born February 2, 1920 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late John and Anna Jedinak Ehrin. He was the husband of the late Carmella Pascarella Ehrin, a retired machinist with 53 years. service at R. H. Dresman & Sons, and a U. S. Navy veteran of WWII.

Mr. Erhin is survived by children, Frank A. (Amy) Erhin of Duquesne, Richard (Dawn) Erhin of Whitaker, and Grace (the late Rick) James of West Mifflin; grandchildren Jessica, Amanda, and Shelby Erhin and Robert and Brian Rushe.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing Services will be conducted in the Memorial Home Monday at 4 p.m. by the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Holy Name cemetery at the convenience of the family

FERENCZ, Ann (Babjak) 2006/09/23

Ann Babjak Ferencz, 77, of West Mifflin, died Saturday September 23, 2006 in Kane Regional, McKeesport. Born November 22, 1028 in Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Babjak. She was a former cafeteria employee of Kennywood Park Corp. and a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Beloved wife of the late Andrew Ferencz, she is survived by 2 sons Andrew (Connie) Ferencz and Ronald Ferencz, 2 daughters Marlene Goedeke and Kathleen (James) Lesko, all of West Mifflin, grandchildren Kristy Goedeke, Shari Horne, and Annie Boyd ; 2 step brothers Michael Stavor of New Jersey and Joseph Stavor of West Mifflin. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers Michael (Curly) Babjak and John Babjak and a step sister Theresa Stavor Radinovc.

Friends will be received Monday from 7-9 pm. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A Blessing in the Memorial Home Wednesday at 9:15 am. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. Donald Voss as Celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service Tuesday at 3:30pm.

GALL KITTIKO, Helen T. (Gaydos) 2006/06/27

Helen T. (Gaydos) Gall Kittiko, 88, of Duquesne, died Tuesday June 27, 2006 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born July 4, 1917, in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Jevchak Gaydos. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Gall and the late Joseph G. Kittiko.

She is survived by son, Thomas Gall of Duquesne, daughters, Mary Jane (Paul) Ionadi of Swissvale, and Karen (Jack) Fox of North Huntingdon, brothers, John V. and Stephen Gaydos of Duquesne, Albert Gaydos of West Mifflin, sister, Anna Luczak of Duquesne, and nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, its Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Third Order of Saint Frances, Jednota Lodge, and a CCD teacher at the church for over thirty years until she retired at the age of 80.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A blessing service at the Memorial Home Saturday at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Trinity church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

GRAY, David M. Jr. 2006/02/05

David M. Gray Jr., 71, of Duquesne died Sunday February 5, 2006 in U.P.M.C. Shadyside. Born in Pittsburgh February 2, 1935 he was the son of the late David M. and Grace Brady Gray. He was a retired employee of the Duquesne Light Company.

He is survived by sons Joseph and David W. Gray both of Baden, daughters Colleen Joos of West Mifflin, and Carol Conolly of Glennfalls, N.Y., Brother Richard Gray of Eighty four, and sister Nancy Brown of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Grandchildren Nannette Barkley, Steven and Aaron Joos, Michael, Nicholas, and Kimberly Gray, Great-grandchildren Ty Barkley and Kennedy Gray. He was preceded in death by brother Larry Gray. There will be no visitation.

Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne.

GUIDELLA, Frieda 2006/08/14

Frieda Guidella, 98, of West Mifflin died Monday, August 14, 2006 in UPMC Braddock. Born in Robin Station, May 18, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Santi and Mary Chiari Guidella. She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and a retired employee of Continental Can Co.

She is survived by sisters, Nellie Marcinko of Greensburg and Irene Guidelli of McKeesport and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Ada Smith and Vendenia Ohrman and a brother, Amerigo Guidella.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Thursday at 9 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Entombment will follow in McKeesport - Versailles Mausoleum.

HAVRILLA, Albert J. 2006/05/13

Albert J. Havrilla, 67, of Munhall died Saturday May 13, 2006 in Westmoreland Regional Hospital. Son of the late Joseph and Mary Pristas Havrilla, he was born August 8, 1938 in Duquesne, he is survived by sisters Mary Hampton of Rillton, PA. and Irene Schultz of Lima, Ohio. Neices and nephews Linda Cicozzi, Diane Judy, Jeffrey Schultz, Cheryl Virostek and Dana Schultz, also great nieces and nephews.

He was a retired clerical worker in the Homestead works of U. S. Steel and a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 27th , 2006 in S.S. Peter and Paul Church at 10 a.m. with Rev David Bosnich as celebrant. Inurnment will follow in S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

JOZEFOV, John F. “Moon” 2006/10/13

John F. (Moon) Jozefov, 92, of Duquesne, passed away October 13, 2006 at home. Born in Duquesne December 25, 1913, he was the son of the late John and Mary Kozak Jozefov. Survived by his loving wife of 66 yrs. Elizabeth Stupar Jozefov, sons; John A. and Gerard J (Janice) Jozefov both of Duquesne, sisters; Margaret Feltz of Rhode Island and Irene Johnson of Toledo Ohio; sister-in-law Barbara Jozefov; Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings Joseph, Michael & Helen Jozefov and Mary (Jozefov) Paternoster.

John was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. A retired employee of U.S. Steel Duquesne Works with 42yrs. service, he is remembered for all his work as executive director of Duquesne Midget Football; Manager of Ponys, Mavericks, Renegades, Colts and American Legion Baseball Teams. John was also actively involved with the Mon Valley unemployed, SOAR 1510, Teutonia – Mannerchior and Duquesne Senior Citizens.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service at 9:30 a.m. Monday will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family wishes for donations be made to Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, or Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford.

KAPOLKA, Andrew J. “Ace” 2006/06/07

Andrew J. (Ace) Kapolka, 80, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday June 7, 2006 in U.P.M.C. Presbyterian Hospital. Born November 7, 1925, in McKeesport, He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Csajka Kapolka. He was a retired employee of U. S. Steel National works , a U. S. Marine veteran of WWII, and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Husband of the late Helen D. Petrisko Kapolka, he is survived by 2 sons, David Kapolka of Mt. Pleasant and Paul Kapolka of West Mifflin, a daughter Debbie Petrucci of Pittsburgh; 3 sisters, Margaret Kruszka of North Huntingdon, Catherine Genito of West Mifflin, and Elizabeth Ambrose of Glendale, Wisconsin; also 4 grandchildren.

Friends will be received Thursday 7-9p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9a.m. Saturday will be followed by Mass of Christian burial at 9:30a.m. in St Hedwig Church, Duquesne, with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as Celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Hedwig cemetery, West Mifflin.

KATONA, Barbara (Artim) 2006/08/21

Barbara Artim Katona, 68, of Glassport, died Monday August 21, 2006, at home. Born December 23, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John and Lucy Shaw Artim. She was a retired employee of PNC Bank.

Surviving are her son Robert Katona of New Waterford, Ohio; a daughter, Lori (Timothy) Breda of Elizabeth; a brother, John (Marlene) Artim of North Versailles; a sister, Nancy Oeler of Orlando, FLA; and seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing Friday at 9.45a.m. in the Memorial Home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10:30a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport, with Rev. Donald Voss as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles.

KERR, Valerie A. (McCrea) 2006/01/26

Valerie A. (McCrea) Kerr, 45, of West Mifflin died Thursday January 26, 2006 in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born August 23, 1960, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Violet J. (Edward) Clark and the late Albert H. McCrea. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne, and a former employee of Shop-N-Save, Homestead.

She is survived by a daughter Jamie Keglovich, West Mifflin, brother Darrell J. (Michelle) McCrea, Crafton, sister Karen L. (Edward) Nassan, West Mifflin, niece and nephew Chalee Nassan and Eddie (Nikki) Nassan, and dearest friend and companion Michael Chuba, West Mifflin. She was preceded in death by a brother Albert McCrea.

Friends will be received on Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial home on Monday 10:30a.m. will be followed by mass of Christian burial at 11a.m. St. Joseph Church, Duquesne with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant.

KINCH, John P. 2006/08/15

John P. Kinch, 83, of McKeesport, formerly of Jacksonville, Florida, died Tuesday August 15, 2006 in UPMC McKeesport. Born May 24, 1923, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Michael and Hafia Rudosh Kinch. Husband of the late Lottie Harris Kinch, he is survived by a brother Frank (Veronica) Kinch of West Mifflin; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Anna (John) Powanda of Falsington, PA., and Mary (Steve) Sedlock of Duquesne.

A member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, Mr. Kinch was a retired senior traffic engineer for the city of Jacksonville, FLA., and a U. S. Navy veteran of WWII.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Thursday at 11a.m. will be followed be Funeral Liturgy ay 11:30 a.m. in SS Peter and Paul Church with Rev David Bosnich as Celebrant. Burial will take place in Greenlawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, FLA.

KISHA, RODNEY K. 2006/07/05

Rodney K. Kisha, 59, of Duquesne, died July 5, 2006. Son of the late John and Mary Brevko Kisha.

Survived by brother, Richard Kisha of Duquesne and sister, Mary Jane Drake of West Mifflin. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne.

Funeral Liturgy was celebrated Saturday in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial to follow in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

KOCHERAN, Joseph 2006/02/15

Joseph Kocheran, 85, of Duquesne died Wednesday February 15, 2006. Born in Duquesne September 8, 1920. Son of the late Michael and Barbara Kuchta Kocheran. A WWII U.S.Marine Corps veteran of the South Pacific theatre.

A retired supervisor in the 5&6 bar mill, U.S Steel Duquesne works Mr. Kocheran was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, its parish men’s club, Third Order of St. Francis, 4th Degree Color Corps of the Knights of Columbus, K of C council 4210, West Mifflin, A Eucharistic Minister of Holy Trinity Church, and a volunteer Eucharistic Minister at Allegheny General Hospital.

Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Vasil Kocheran, He is survived by a daughter Mary Jo (Frank) DaPos, of Harrison City, a brother Victor Kocheran of Duquesne and a grandson Elio Joseph DaPos. He was preceded in death by an infant son Michael Joseph Kocheran.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Monday at 9:30a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. John Palko and Rev Joseph Grosko as celebrants. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity cemetery.

KORIBANIC, Mary (Zbura) 2006/12/29

Mary Zbura Koribanic, 99, of Duquesne, died peacefully on Friday December 29, 2006 in Locust Grove Assisted Living. Born in Punxsutawney, PA. on February 12, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Zbura. Wife of the late John Koribanic, loving mother of Robert and wife Vilma of West Mifflin, and John Paul a resident of Citizen Care in McKees Rocks.

Cherished grandmother of Robert and wife Suzanne and Stephanie and husband Glen Higby and great grandson Brandon Schnelzer. Mary was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. The family would like to thank the staff of Locust Grove Assisted Living for their loving care.

Friends will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home Tuesday at 9:15 A.M. will be followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 A.M. in SS. Peter and Paul B. C. Church, Duquesne with Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service Monday at 2:30 P.M.

KRIVANIS, Mary (Gonos) 2006/07/05

Mary Gonos Krivanis, 85, of Monroeville, died July 5, 2006.

Daughter of the late Michael and Anna Gonos. Widow of the late George Krivanis; beloved mother of Constance Krivanis of Monroeville. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne.

Private services where held Saturday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Burial to follow in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

LANIGAN, Margaret (Hankowitz) 2006/08/12

Margaret Hankowitz Lanigan (Aunt Marg), 92, formerly of Duquesne, died Saturday, August 12, 2006, in Cedars of Monroeville. Born in Duquesne, Oct. 30, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Novotnik Hankowitz. She was a member of both SS. Peter and Paul in Duquesne and the Church of the Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Churches in Monroeville, and a member of the N.S.O.F. in Duquesne.

Wife of the late Charles (Whitey) Lanigan, she is survived by her sisters, Helen Wahly and Verna Balombiny, both of West Mifflin, nieces, Kathleen Denne, Judith Wahly, and Geraldine Evanovich, nephews, Edward Balombiny and Anthony, Lawrence, and Paul Hankowitz. She was preceded in death by brothers, Michael Jr., John, Anthony, and Nicholas (Pete) Hankowitz; sister, Anna Bugel; niece, Virginia Brody; and nephew, Jan Balombiny.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. Parastas Services on Tuesday at 3:30p.m. in the Memorial Home.

LIPOSKY, Michael F. 2006/03/14

Michael F. Liposky, 94, of Duquesne died March 14, 2006.Born December 8, 1911 in Connellsville, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Liposky. He was a retired district supervisor for Jewel Tea Company and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Beloved husband of Ann Kemezy Liposky, father of Anita (Jack) Proksa of West Mifflin, brother of Francis Liposky of New Jersey, and Wilma Conyers of Virginia, grandfather of Jamie (Scott) MacKay of McMurray and Paige (David) Cendroski of Venetia, great grandfather of Abigail and Brenden MacKay and Ava Cendroski. Preceded in death by brothers Andrew, Joseph and John Liposky and sisters Helen Rebar and Elizabeth Pileggi.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing service Friday at 10:30a.m. in the Memorial Home with Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Entombment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon.

NOVOSEDLIAK, Mary A. (Petrisko) 2006/06/06

Mary A. Petrisko Novosedliak, 84, of Duquesne , died June 6, 2006 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born June 9, 1921 in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Bobko Petrisko. Beloved wife of the late Joseph M. Novosedliak who passed away Sept. 1, 2005.

She is survived by her loving daughter Lynn (Ronald) Lamb of Brentwood.

There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne.

ONDERISIN, John C. “Big Jack” 2006/07/14

John C. (Big Jack) Onderisin, 59, of Union City formerly of North Versailles, died July 14, 2006 peacefully at home. Son of the late John J. and Mary Skovranko onderisin and stepson of the late Sophie Bargiel Onderisin. Beloved husband of Sammie Ann Kennedy Onderisin, daughters, Shannon (Jim) Potts, Glendale, Arizona; Heather Onderisin, Bayfield, Colorado; Stepchildren Tobie (Denny) Kapisak, Jimmy (Nicole) Harff, Cheyenne Kennedy; 6 grandchildren; best friend Cody Onderisin; brother Dave (Sandra) Onderisin, North Versailles; sister Mary Frances (John) Martin, Darragh; nieces and nephews.

Jack played football and basketball for Norwin High School setting records scoring 46 points in one game and was the most valuable player of the 1st roundball classic at Mellon Arena in 1965. He was recruited by Sonny Vaccaro to play at Youngstown University where he started on the Varsity team as a freshman. He was also a U.S. Army veteran where he spent two tours in Viet Nam.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Funeral services at the Memorial Home on Tuesday at 9 a.m. will be followed by Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Name Church with Rev Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holy Trinity cemetery, West Mifflin.

PAYLO, Mary E. (Andriso) 2006/05/07

Mary E. Paylo, 93, formerly of Duquesne and West Mifflin, died Sunday May 7, 2006 in Southwestern Nursing Center, Pleasant Hills. Daughter of the late George and Susanna Sipos Andriso, she was born January 8, 1913 in Homestead. She was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin and it’s confraternity of Christian mothers.

Wife of the late Julius G. Paylo, she is survived by sons John G.; Julius L. (Janet); Thomas A.; Richard P. (Stephanie) Paylo and a daughter Marian C. (David) Pacolay. All her children are formerly of Duquesne. She is also survived by 2 sisters Margaret Genis and Dorothy Kapolka, 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A sister Helen Gazdacko preceded her in death.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 6-9p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-9p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:30a.m. Thursday will be followed by Mass of Christian burial at 10a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PERHATS, James Michael 2006/09/09

James Michael Perhats, 51, of Duquesne , died Saturday September 9, 2006 in UPMC Presbyterian. Born May 4, 1955, in McKeesport, he was the son of James and the late Julia Altemus Perhats. Mr. Perhats was a former laborer for Fiebig and Sons.

Besides his father, he is survived by a sister, Pamela (Kip) Burgman of Glassport.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 1-3 and 5-7 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne. A Blessing service will take place in the Memorial Home at 7 pm. on Tuesday with Pastor John Gropp officiating. Private burial will take place in Jefferson Memorial Park. Pleasant Hills.

PISKORIK, Stephen Jr. 2006/06/30

Stephen Piskorik Jr., 59, died Friday June 30, 2006, following a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was born September 29, 1946, in Duquesne. Son of the late Stephen Sr. and Zetta Taylor Piskorik. Steve served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War. He was employed by General Motors, Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin. He was united in marriage to Kathy Yanichko Piskorik in 1967.

Steve enjoyed spending time with his family, dancing, camping, jet skiing and campfires. He is survived by his wife Kathy; their loving children; Dr. Brian Piskorik of Palm Beach, FL. And Kara (Dan) Luterman of West Mifflin; grandchildren Paige and Jaycee; sisters Pauline Piskorik of Huntington, and Nancy (William) Antolich of Bethel Park; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and a lifelong circle of friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his son Stephen Brian Piskorik.

Friends will be received on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Devine Liturgy on Friday at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Rev. David Bosnich celebrant. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Steve’s family would like to extend a special Thank You to all those who cared for Steve through his illness.

PROSNIK, George P. 2006/05/08

George P. Prosnik, 94, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, May 8, 2006 in Brandon Regional Medical Center, Florida. Born in Duquesne, January 16, 1912, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Dvorscak Prosnik. He was a former member of S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, a retired employee of the Social Security Administration and a U. S. Army veteran of WWII.

Husband of the late Anna M. Jakub Prosnik, he is survived by a son George J. Prosnik of Virginia and 2 daughters Joan Eitzen of Maryland and Jean Davis of Virginia, also 4 grandchildren.

Private family visition will take place in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the Memorial Home at 1p.m. on Friday by Rev. David Bosnich. Burial will follow in S.S. Peter & Paul cemetery, West Mifflin.

SEBASTIAN, Frederick 2006/10/11

After a lengthy stay in the hospital, Frederick Sebastian, 54 suddenly passed into eternity on October 11. Born in McKeesport on March 9, 1952, he graduated from Duquesne High School in 1970. Despite debilitating handicaps, he proudly graduated from Duquesne University with a major in History in 1975 and later with a Master’s degree in Library Science.

Determined to make a contribution, he worked several years as a librarian at Allegheny County Community College and for over twenty years as a teacher’s aid at Kane Hospital in McKeesport. Fred particularly prized the Rocky Blier Comeback Award.

Fred was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne and an active member of the prayer group at St. Agnes Church in West Mifflin, which added so much to his life.

He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. John J. S. Sebastian, a research scientist for the U. S. Bureau of Mines and his mother, Dr. Stephanie M. Sebastian, a practicing dentist for over 60 years. Frederick is survived by his two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Dr. Paul and Jadwiga of Rio Grande-Ohio and Rev. Mr. John and Kathleen of Hinsdale-Illinois. Fred has four nephews and four nieces.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford & Commonwealth Avenues, Duquesne. A Blessing Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 14 at the Memorial Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Robert Turner as celebrant assisted by Fred’s brother, Deacon John V. Sebastian in St. Joseph Church, West Grant Ave, Duquesne. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family wishes for donations be made to St. Joseph Church, Duquesne.

SEBASTIAN, Dr. Stephanie (Mihalich) 2006/01/17)

After a stroke in April and five stays in the hospital, Dr. Stephanie Sebastian, 97 passed into eternity on January 17. Born in Rozsadomb, Austria-Hungary (present day Bodrujal-Slovakia) on August 30, 1908, she immigrated with her parents, Olga and Rev. Vladimir Mihalich to the United States in 1921. She graduated from Duquesne High School with honors in 1928. Her father was pastor of St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, PA. (1928-1943).

Stephanie was a pioneer in female dentistry, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1933 with the highest score in her class on the State Board Examination and practiced in Duquesne until her retirement at the age of 92. Dr. Sebastian was unique in that she maintained her dental license to serve her patients for nearly 70 years, a feat perhaps unequaled. During the time that she practiced dentistry, Dr. Sebastian was active in various professional societies, including the ADA, the Women’s Club of Duquesne, and the Hungarian Professional Society of Pittsburgh.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John J. S. Sebastian, a researcher for the U. S. Bureau of Mines. She is survived by her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dr. Paul and Jadwiga of Rio Grande, Ohio, Rev. Mr. John and Kathleen of Hinsdale, Illinois, and Frederick of McKeesport. Stephanie also has 8 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave. Duquesne from 6-9p.m. on Friday. A blessing service at the Memorial Home on Saturday at 9:30a.m. will be followed by mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, Duquesne with the Rev. Robert Turner celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Mifflin. The family wishes for donations be made to either St. Joseph’s Church in Duquesne or St. Louis Church (Gallipolis, Ohio) Project Funds.

SEECH, Ernest L. 2006/08/02

Ernest L. Seech, 76, of West Mifflin died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 in Riverside Nursing Center, McKeesport. Born July 12, 1930 in Homeville, he was the son of the late Stephen and Katalin Gregus Seech. Retired from the Maint. Dept. of West Mifflin Boro, he was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, the American Croatian Club of Duquesne, and a U. S. Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Beloved husband of Irene Girovsky Seech, he is also survived by son, Ernest R. Seech, and daughter Deborah Seech, Both of West Mifflin; sister, Charlotte Hanchak of Pleasant Hills; 2 granddaughters, Delainy and Emily Seech. A brother Zoltan Seech preceded him in death.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Monday at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will be private. Parastas service Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Home.

VASIL, Andrew J. 2006/04/08

Andrew J. Vasil, 80, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, April 8, 2006 in U.P.M.C Braddock. Born September 7, 1925 in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary Maslar Vasil. A member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, he was retired from U.S. Steel, Duquesne Works production planning dept., and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. Mr. Vasil was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4210, and the K of C Senior Citizens.

He is survived by his beloved wife Martha Mihalik Vasil, a brother Michael (Marie) Vasil of Monongahela , and 2 sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Kocheran of Duquesne and Dolores Drew of Burly, Idaho, also many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Monday from 6-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

VASILISIN, Mary M. 2006/12/08

Mary M. Vasilisin, 85, of Duquesne died Friday, December 8, 2006 in U.P.M.C. McKeesport. Born in Duquesne, July 23, 1921, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Sutak Vasilisin. Beloved sister of Michael and Robert Vasilisin, both of Duquesne, she is also survived by sister-in-law, Margaret Vasilisin, niece, Karen Vasilisin and nephew, John Vasilisin, all of Duquesne. She was preceded in death by brothers John, George and Stephen Vasilisin. She was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Duquesne.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral Services will be conducted in the Memorial Home Wednesday at 10:30a.m. by the Very Rev. David Lesko. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas R.O. cemetery, West Mifflin. Panachida services will be offered Tuesday at 7:30p.m.

WAUGH, Eleanore “Boots” (Thomas) 2006/12/26

Eleanore “Boots” Waugh, 76, of Duquesne died Tuesday December 26, 2006 at home. Daughter of the late Paul John and Mary Tirpak Thomas, She was born June 21, 1930 in Duquesne. A former employee of Shop-n-Save, Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center, she was a member of Holy Trinity R. C. Church, West Mifflin.

She is survived by a loving daughter, Devie Daigle of Fort Lauderdale, FLA.; a brother, George Thomas of West Palm Beach, FLA.; and a sister, Margie Thomas Nese of West Mifflin. She was preceded in death by two brothers John and Edward Thomas.

There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 10A.M. in Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements are entrusted to the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne.

YEVICK, Mary Eileen (Kontul) 2006/10/23

Mary Eileen Kontul Yevick, 65, of West Mifflin, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 23, 2006, of complications from a long, arduous fight with Multiple Sclerosis. Born August 25, 1941, in Wilkinsburg, she was the devoted daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Sentipal Kontul. She was the loving mother of Karen (John) Shample of West Mifflin and Kathleen (Douglas) Hartos of Bethel Park. Grandmother of Justin Chionchio and Jeffery and Nathaniel Hartos. Blessed sister of Paul (Elizabeth) Kontul of Monroeville, Godmother of Colleen Kontul, and wife of Edward Yevick. She was a former travel agent with ABC Travel, Pittsburgh.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday from 2-9 P.M. in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home on Thursday at 9:30 A.M. will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, with Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Her family respectfully suggest memorial contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, P.O. Box 2878, Pittsburgh, PA. 15230.

2005 Obituaries

BARCZY, Mary H. (Hleba) 2005/03/13

Mary H. Hleba Barczy, 91, of Duquesne, died Sunday, March 13, 2005, in the Vincentian Home North Hills, Pittsburgh. Born in Pittsburgh, August 26, 1913. Daughter of the late Andrew B. and Mary Walyko Hleba. Wife of the late Stephen F. Barczy.

Survived by two daughters, Catherine B. McGee of Freeport and Mary Lou (Ronald) Bajus of Munhall; son, Stephen R. (Rose Marie) Barczy of Venice, FL; brother, Andrew B. (Dorothy) Hleba of West Mifflin; sister, Magdaline (John) Retnik of Duquesne; sisters-in-law, Betty Hleba of Duquesne and Virginia Hleba of North Huntingdon Twp.; grandchildren, Robert and Steven mcGeee, Stephen and Brad Barczy, John Bajus and Maria Heddleston; great grandchildren, Anelise and Scott McGee and Reagan Louise Bajus; also nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by sister, Helen Hornyak; brothers, Nicholas and Theodore Hleba; and son-in-law, Herbert E. “Gene” McGee.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and the Rosary Society of the church.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Tuesday 2-9 pm. Blessing service at the memorial home Wednesday 9:15 am followed by funeral liturgy at 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Tuesday 7 pm.

BARON, Johanna (Vesonder) 2005/03/31

Johanna Vesonder Baron, 85, Johanna Vesonder, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Seneca Place Senior Living in Verona. Born in Duquesne, July 26, 1919. Daughter of the late John and Anna Chonko Vesonder.

Beloved wife of Albert Baron. Mother of Jerome (Jerry) Baron of New York, NY. Grandmother of Randolph Baron of New York, NY. Also nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin.

No visitation is scheduled. Arrangements by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

BODNAR, Nicholas “Jolson” 2005/06/30

Nicholas “Jolson” Bodnar, 92, of Largo, FL, formerly of Duquesne, died peacefully on June 30, 2005. He was the son of the late Michael and Anna Suhoza Bodnar of Duquesne.

He had been self-employed as a huckster and owner of Bodnar’s Market. In 1980 he retired to Florida where he was an active volunteer in both his church and community. He made a yearly fall trip back to the Pittsburgh area to visit family and friends, to pick wild mushrooms and to attend the Pilgrimage at Mount St. Marcrina. He was also very active in the Greek Catholic Union, Slovak Club, Russian Club and Moose Lodge all in Duquesne.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaretta Resetar Bodnar and two brothers, Michael and Joseph.

He will be warmly remembered by his daughtres and son and family, Peggyanne and Steve Fodo of Kingwood, TX, Claudia and Joe Stipetic of Pittsburgh and Nicholas and Laurel Bodnar of Franklin; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, John of Duquesne, Andrew of West Mifflin, William of North Huntingdon, and sister, Anne Drotar and Margaret Liska both of Duquesne.

Family will welcome friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Parastas prayer service Sunday at 7 pm. Blessing service in the Memorial Home Monday at 11 am will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 11:30 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BOGDAN, Mary H. 2005/03/03

Mary H. Bogdan, 94, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. Born in Duquesne, June 18, 1910, daughter of the late Stephan and Elisabeth Masley Bogdan.

Survived by caregivers, John Harbula of Duquesne and Robert Harbula of West Mifflin and other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers, Michael and Andrew Bogdan; and sister, Anna Harbula. A member of Christ the Light of the World parish, Duquesne. Retired employee of the former Cox’s Department Store in McKeesport.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesen, Sunday 1-4 and 7-9 pm. Blessing service at the memorial home Monday at 9 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. Hedwig Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BOUGHER, Marie C. (Davis) 2005/12/07

Marie C. (Davis) Bougher, 74, of Duquesne, died December 7, 2005, in UPMC Braddock. Daughter of the late William and Ellen Feeney Davis, she was born February 8, 1931, in West Homestead.

A retired nurse’s aide from UPMC Presbyterian and a former employee of Kennywood Park, she was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Wife of the late Vincent G. Bougher. She is survived by a son, martin Bougher and a sister, Agnes Davis, both of Duquesne. She was preceded in death by a brother, Martin Davis and two sisters, Helen Zook and Theresa Chermonitz.

Friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial home at 10 am Saturday will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment will be private.

BOZSIK, Annie (Brdar) 2005/01/12

Annie Brdar Bozsik, 85, formerly of Duquesne and West Mifflin, died Wednesday, January 12, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. Born in Duquesne, September 22, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Milan and Marija Bozicevich Brdar and wife of the late Chester L. Bozsik.

She is survived by daughter, Dr. Beverly Bozsik Van Citters of Glendale, CA; son-in-law, Dr. Gregg Van Citters and a granddaughter, Kristina Van Citters. Also many nephews and nieces in the West Mifflin and Aliquippa area. She was a former employee of Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh and Data Information in Century II Mall. She graduated from Duquesne High School in 1938. She was a member of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Chruch in McKeesport. She was preceded in death by brothers, Steve Brdar and Daniel Brdar and sisters, Mildred Rodich, Dorothy Kampert and Pauline Brdar.

Friends will be received Thursday from 7 to 9 pm and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Pomen service at the memorial home Saturday at 9:30 am will be followed by funeral service at St. Sava Serbian Orthodix Church with the Rev. Stevan Rocknage officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BUNCHEK, Rev. Edward P. 2005/04/08

The Rev. Edward P. Bunchek, 66, of West Newton, died Friday, April 8, 2005, in St. Louise de Mrillac Rectory, Upper St. Clair. Born February 1, 1939, in Pittsburgh, he was the only child of the late Valentine and Pauline Somodsky Bunchek.

He received his elementary education at St. Joachim School, Greenfield, Pittsburgh. After eighth grade he entered the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, for his high school, college, and theology education. He was ordained a priest on May 29, 1965, at the Josephinum Seminary by the Apostolic delegate, Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi. Father Bunchek served as a parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, PA, from 1965-1972 and St. Paul Cathedral 1972-1974. He was appointed pastor at Holy Trinity Church, McKeesport, and served there until 1992. In October 1992 he was assigned as a team member to the newly established Prince of Peace Parish, South Side, Pittsburgh. Again appointed pastor at Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, he served there from February 1994 to September 2002 when he took a leave of absence fo health reasons. When able, Father Bunchek assisted in ministry at St. Louise de marillac Church, Upper St. Clair, until the time fo his death.

He is survived by cousin, Eleanor (John) Young and their children, John (Patricia), Wayne (Deborah), Gary, and Deborah Young, Katie (Joseph) Oldynski, and Lori (Steven) Dayton, and cousin, William Forsythe.

Father Bunchek was the founder of the McKeesport Slovak Radio Hour heard weekly on radio station WEDO, 810, McKeesport, along with co-host Barb Mima.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Translation of the body to Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, will take place Monday at 3 pm with visitation continuing until 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesay at 10 am in Holy Trinity Church by the Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, D.D. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

CHONKO, Anfrances 2005/05/23

Anfrances Chonko of Duquesne died yesterday in UPMC McKeesport.

A retired teacher from West Mifflin School District, she was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin and a graduate of Slippery Rock and Duquesne universities. Born in Duquesne, she was the daughter of the late John G. and Anna Evan Chonko.

She is survived by a sister, D. Elaine Chonko of Duquesne.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne, tomorrow from 9 a.m. until the hour of a blessing service there at 11 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Edward Bunchek as celebrant. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, West Mifflin.

DODDS, Clarence B. 2005/08/01

Clarence B. Dodds, 88, of Duquesne, died August 1, 2005, in Westmoreland Regional hospital, Greensburg. Son of the late William and Clara Johns Dodds. He was born January 27, 1917, in McKeesport. He was a retired mixer operator for US Steel, National Works and a US Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He was the husband of the late Rose F. Dodds. He is survived by a daughter, Carol (Robert) Lilly of Donegal and a sister, Ruth Dorman of White Oak; also seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers, Morell, Walter and George Dodds; and sister, Mildred Leckman. Friends will be received Thursday from 6-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Dervices will be conducted in the memorial home on Friday at 11 am with the Rev. Judith Slater officiating. Burial will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.

DOWNIE, Leo O. 2005/05/22

Leo O. Downie, 81, of West Mifflin, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at home. Born in Pittsburgh, August 5, 1923. Son of the late Francis and Bertha Borst Downie. Beloved husband of Mary Bofo Downie.

Father of Mary Lou (James) Maxwell of West Mifflin and nacy Downie of Delmont. Brother of Ray and Morton Downie, Madeline Downie, Mona Marshall, Ida Patcer and Joan mackey. Grandchildren, Gina (Thomas) Caito, Robin Maxwell, Jacqueline (Douglas) Allen and Michelle (Michael) Devlin. Great grandchildren, Tomilyn, Roman and Taylor Caito, Bethany, Melissa and Melanie Allen, Jake and Jena Devlin.

Preceded in death by brothers, Carl and Francis Downie and siters, Catherine Hoffman, may Chosky and Leona Conley.

He was a US Army Air Force veteran of WWII. A retired employee of the Monongahlea Connecting Railroad Co. in Hazelwood.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Blessing service Thursday 10 am in the memorial home with the Rev. Robert Turner. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Munhall.

DUMAS, Harry A. 2005/03/10

Harry A. Dumas, 32, of West Mifflin, died on Thursday, March 10, 2005, at his home. Born in McKeesport, January 3, 1973, son of Harry W. and Beverly Romito Dumas of West Mifflin.

Besides his parents, he is survived by son, Robert Sechler, and daughter, Jamie Dumas, both of West Mifflin; sisters, Anna (Richard) Jordan of West Mifflin, Stephanie Ringerisen (fiancee, Ted Stojanoff) of West Mifflin and Robin (Charles) Roman of West Homestead; grandmother, Lucy Dumas; also aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was the dedicated owner of the Titan Gym in the Village Shopping Center, West Mifflin. He was also a former employee of AEA Technology Engineering Services.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Monday 2-8:30 pm at which time a blessing service will be held with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating.

DUPAL, Mary A. “Mame” (Zolovchik) 2005/11/09

Mary A. (Mame) Dupal, 92, of Irwin, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, November 9, 2005, in St. Anne Home, Greensburg. Born August 2, 1913, in Braddock, she was the daughter of the late John and Susan Chaklos Zolovchik.

Wife of the late Micahel Dupal (1976), she is survived and sadly missed by a daughter, Mary Ann (Ralph) Kalkbrenner of Irwin; a son, Michael (Sandra) Dupal of Charleston, SC; two granddaughters, eight great grandchildren, one great great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Stanna; and two brothers, John and Albert Zolovchik.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Friends will be received Friday from 1-4 and 6-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing on Saturday at 9:15 am in the memorial home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North huntingdon.Parastas service will be at 7 pm Friday in the funeral home.

EVANOVICH, Margaret “Peg” (Kovalsky) 2005/05/16

Margaret (Peg) Evanovich, 83, of North Versailles, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, May 16, 2005, at home. Born in Duquesne, March 25, 1922. Daughter of the late Bartholomew and Susan Mitchko Kovalsky. Beloved wife of the late Michael Evanovich.

Survived by son, David Evanovich of North Versailles; daughter Michele (Alex) Kazmierczak of Moon Twp.; sister, Pauline Leneart of Trafford; three grandchildren, Margy (Rich) Brutt, Susan and Jim Kazmierczak; two great grandchildren, Rick and Alexandra Brutt.

Preceded in death by three brothers, John kaye, Michael and Burt Kovalsky; three sisters, Ann Magosh, Helen Snee and Mary Bedzik.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Wednesday 1-4 and 6-9 pm. Blessing srvice at the Memorial Home Thursday 9:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial 10 am in Holy Name Church with Rev. Dennis Colamarino celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

EVANS, Helen M. (Mihalov) 2005/01/06

Helen M. Evans, 79, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, January 6, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. She was born in Duquesne, June 29, 1925, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Samudosky Mihalov.

Survived by beloved husband of 56 1/2 years, John J. Evans. Mother of Daniel J. Evans of North Huntingdon, Pamela A. (Wayne) Donkin of Clairton and Patricia M. Churchill of North Huntingdon. Also eight grandchildren, Jennifer Marie (Shawn) MaGee, gregory Daniel and Nicholas John Evans, Amy and Kimberly Donkin, Adam, Jeremy and Tyler Churchill.

Former employee of Bell Telephone Co., she was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Ladies Guild and choir of the church, also the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Archdiocesan Choir.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Blessing services at the memorial home Monday at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church with Monsignor Russell A. Duker and the Rev. David A. Bosnich as concelbrants. Burial will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin, PA. Parastas service at the memorial home Sunday at 3:30 pm.

GIGLIOTTI, Frank 2005/01/28

Frank Gigliotti, age 83, of West Mifflin, died Friday, January 28, 2005 at the Life Care Health Center, Wilkinsburg. Born in Italy, July 10, 1921 a son of the late Antonio and Maria (DeFazio) Gigliotti.

He is survived by his wife, Regina C. (Manning) Gigliotti; son, James A. (Andrea) Gigliotti of Crescent; daughter-in-law, Christine Gigliotti of West Mifflin; brothers, Leo (Mary Elizabeth) of Baldwin and Ralph (Caroline) of Brookline, Ernest (Anna) Gigliotti of Brookline; two grandchildren, Tina and Frank Gigliotti. Preceded in death by son, Frank Gigliotti and brother, John (Angela) Gigliotti. He was a retired owner and operator of the Ideal Barber Shop, Duquesne, also Century III Hair Center with his brother Leo. During retirement, he worked at the Hair Loom Beauty Shop at Southland Shopping Center. He was a member of Christ the Light of The World Parish, Duquesne, Duquesne West Mifflin, K of C, #4210, former Duquesne Moose and former Duquesne Country Club.

Friends will be received at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne Monday 7-9 pm and Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Blessing Services at Memorial Home Wednesday 9 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 am in Holy Name Church, Duquesne.

GORSHAK, Agnes 2005/01/29

Agnes Gorshak, 61, formerly of Duquesne, died January 29, 2005, at Providence Health Care Center, Beaver Falls. Born in Duquesne, January 17, 1944.

Daughter of the late Michael and Kathryn A. Evak Gorshak. Survived by two brothers, Nick Swartz of Monongahela and Stephen Gorshak of Duquesne; a sister, Rose Marie Schneider of Santa Anna, Ca; nieces and nephews.

Blessing services were held at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Monday, at 2 pm with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Burial followed in Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Daily News, Monday, January 31, 2005.

HANKOWITZ, Anthony 2005/02/09

Anthony Hankowitz, 88, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, February 9, 2005, in UPMC Braddock. Born in West Mifflin, July 21, 1916. Son of the late Michael and Mary Novotnik Hankowitz.

Survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fidel Hankowitz; one son, Anthony R. (Diane) Hankowitz of North Huntingdon; one grandson, Aaron Hankowitz; three sisters, Margaret Lanigan of Duquesne, helen Wahly and Verna Balombiny both of West Mifflin. Preced in death by sister, Anna Bugel; and brothers, Michael jr. and Nicholas Hankowitz.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, McKeesport, a retired employee of US Steel, Duquesne Works, a US Army veteran of WWII.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Prayer services at the memorial home on Monday at 9:45 am followed by Funeral Liturgy 10:30 am in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church with Father Donald Voss celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles. Memorial service Sunday 3:30 pm at the memorial home.

HARBULAK, Andrew 2005/04/28

Andrew Harbulak, 74, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Forbes Hospice in Oakland. Born in Slovakia, December 28, 1930. Son of the late Paul and Anna Ondovcikova Harbulak.

Survived by his beloved wife, Mary Moskal Harbulak; son, Stephen (Diane) Harbulak of West Mifflin; daughter, Donna Andrew of West Mifflin; three grandchildren, Stephanie and Andrew Harbulak and Amanda Lane; great grandson, Jonathan; and brother, Joseph Harbulak of North Huntingdon.

He was a retired employee of US Steel Duquesne Works and Thermal Industries of Wilkinsburg. He was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, West Mifflin, Duquesne-West Mifflin K of C 4210 and its Senior Citizens. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Saturday 7-9 pm and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Blessing service at the memorial home Monday at 9:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial 10 am in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

HOPCHAK, Audrey S. (Soyka) 2005/12/17

Audrey S. Hopchak, 66, of Duquesne died Saturday December 17, 2005, in Eldercrest Nursing Home, Munhall. Daughter of the late Edward and Marie Najpauer Soyka, she was born February 25, 1939, in Pittsburgh.

A retired operator for Bell Telephone Co., she was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne, and the A.A.R.P.

Beloved wife of the late Jerome Hopchak, she is survived by a son, John (Margaret) Hopchak of Duquesne; sister, Sany Dusch of Pittsburgh, and a granddaughter, Nicole (Jeffrey) Polen. She was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Soyka and a granddaughter, Megan Hopchak.

Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing at 9 am Tuesday in the Memorial Home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Hedwig Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant.

HVISZDOS, Yolanda (Dickson) 2005/09/20

Yolanda Hviszdos, 77, of Duquesne died Tuesday, September 20, 2005, in UPMC Braddock. Born in Detroit, MI, August 11, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Yesko Dickson.

Wife of the late Frank Hvizdos. She is survived by daughter, Janet Hvizdos of Munhall; and a sister, Marie Spirnak of Munhall; also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph J. Dickson Jr.

She was a former employee of Kennywood Park and the former Black and White Market in Munhall. She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, West Mifflin.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 7-9 pm and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home at 10:30 am Friday will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am Holy Trinity R.C. Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

JANCISIN, Philomena (Duffek) 2005/10/28

Philomena (Duffek) Jancisin, 91, formerly of West Mifflin, died Friday, October 28, 2005, in Sewickley. Born in Pittsburgh, February 23, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Duffek.

Wife of the late William Jancisin, she is survived by two daughters, Alice Briggs of Plum and Phyllis Lunch of Sewickley; three grandsons, Matthew Briggs and Matthew and Michael Lynch.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Slovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing at 9 am Monday in the memorial home will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in Holy Name Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Family suggests contributions to Masonic Village at Sewickley Heights, 1190 Merman Road, Sewickley 15143.

JANUS, Margaret (Stefanko) 2005//10/08

Margaret Janus, 82, of Plum Boro, died Saturday, October 8, 2005, in Concordia at Ridgewood Place Nursing Facility, Plum Boro. Daughter of the late Michael and Mary Warhola Stefanko, she was born December 18, 1922, in Duquesne.

A retired employee of McKeesport Hospital laudry department, she was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

She is survived by a son, Richard Janus of Bridgeport, WV, and a brother, Michael Stefanko of White Oak.

Friends received from 10 am to noon in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A blessing service at noon in the memorial home by the Rev. David Bosnich will be followed by interment in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KIRASIC, Michael E. 2005/02/17

Michael E. Kirasic, 65, of West Mifflin, died Thursday, February 17, 2005, at home. Born in McKeesport, January 22, 1940. He was the son of Mary Ivan Kirasic of West Mifflin and the late Michael Kirasic.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Carole Manzlak Kirasic; two sons, Jeffrey (Leighann) of Shaler and Scott Kirasic of Munhall; the lights of his life, grandchildren, Adam, Livia and Anna; a sister, Mary Margaret (Richard) Wagner of North Hills; also a niece and nephews.

He was a member of Resurrection Church, West Mifflin, and the American Croation Club of Duquesne. He was employed as a draftsman for Walkwood & Green Engineering.

Friends will be received Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing service at the memorial home followed by Mass of Christian Burial in Resurrection Church with the Rev. Robert Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Port Vue. Family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

KOMAZEC, Helen (Filyo) 2005/02/12

Helen Filyo Komazec, 91, formerly of West Mifflin, died Saturday, February 12, 2005, in Golden Heights Personal Care Home, Harrison City. She was born in Duquesne, September 23, 1913, to the late George and Barbara Breza Filyo. Wife of the late Steve Komazec.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen (Maryann) Komazec of Harrison City and Fr. William (Helen) Komazec of Tinton Falls, NJ, also five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Pupich and Mary Wagasky. A graduate of the former Homestead Hospital School of Nursing, she was a former head of nursing at the Wightman Health Center, Squirrel Hill. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and its Rosary Society, greek Catholic Union Lodge 117, Homestead Hospital Nurses Alumni Association and the West Mifflin Annex Senior Citizens.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwalth Ave., Duquesne, Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A blessing service at 9:15 am Tuesday in the memorial home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel Bosnich officiating. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas Monday 7 pm in the memorial home.

KOSTYO, Stephen A. 2005/04/01

Stephen A. Kostyo, 52, of McKeesport, died suddenly on Friday, April 1, 2005, in New York. Born in Homestead. Son of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Dupal Kostyo.

Survived by sisters, Virginia (Harvey) Schoenman of Mount Lebanon and Mary Lou (John) Waynar of Avonmore; niece and nephew, Darcie and Erik Schoenman; also girlfriend, Nancy Cadwallader of Penn Hills.

A former member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. A self-employed owner of the Hi-Fi Center of McKeesport. A graduate of Penn State McKeesport, with an associate degree in electrical engineering technology. A member of the 1970 renunion committee of West Mifflin North High School and a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Dahlia Sociaet.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Monday 7-9 pm and Tuesday 1-3 and 6-8 pm at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Private burial will be held Wednesday 10:30 am in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

KOVALCIN, Geraldine C. “Geri” 2005/10/10

Geraldine (Geri) C. Kovalcin, 68, of Philadelphia, died Monday, October 10, 2005, in Vitas Hospice House, Philadelphia. Daughter of the late Peter A. and Elizabeth (Betty) Maydak Kovalcin, she was born September 10, 1937, in McKeesport.

A graduate of St. Peter High School and Mount Mercy College (now Carlow University), she was a retired school teacher. Having taught for more than 40 years, she began her career at Holy Name Catholic School, Duquesne, St. Anne’s, Homestead, and East Allegheny High School before relocating to teach in the Philadelphia Public School System. Besides teaching, her interests included reading, photography, art, architecture and visiting relatives.

She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara (Kovalcin) and Steve Piskor of Fox Chapel; niece, Renee Piskor of Ellicott City, MD; aunts, Velma (Maydak) Yeschenko of Duquesne and Mary Maydak (wife of the late Tony Maydak) of West Mifflin; uncle, Lawrence and Ethel Maydak of West Mifflin; Godchild, Kurt Lischner; and many cousins and friends.

Friends received Friday 2-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the memorial home Saturday 9:30 am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St. Joseph R.C. Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celbrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family suggests donations to Cedars Hospice, 4363 Northern Pike, Monroeville 15146.

KOVEL, Harry 2005/05/04

Harry Kovel, 88, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born October 11, 1916, in Sagamore, PA. Son of the late Larivon and Mary Taslan Kovel.

Beloved husband of 63 years to Elizabeth (Sally) Wolk Kovel; Father of Darlene (Robert) Stuart and E. Larry (Darlene) Kovel Esq. Both of Pittsburgh. Grandfather of Jennifer and Rebecca Kovel; Brother of Andrew Kovel of Buffalo, NY, Ann Nordine of Jamestown, NY, Dorothy Brault of Anchorage, AK, and Lydia Bowers of Slippery Rock, PA; also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was a retired labor foreman at US Steel Duquesne Works. A member of Holy Dormition of B.V.M. Russian Orthodox Church (St. Mary’s) McKeesport.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Panachida Friday at 7 pm in the Memorial Home with the Rev. Dimitri Ermakov officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

KOZAK, Stephen J. 2005/11/01

Stephen J. Kozak, 81, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday, November 1, 2005, in Briarcliff Pavilion, North Huntingdon. Born in Duquesne, January 20, 1924, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Koncul Kozak.

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Fuzak Kozak; son, Stephen F. Kozak of McKeesport; daughter, Carrie (Dan) Thomas of North Huntingdon; sister, Elizabeth Bradley of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Charles, Megan and Lindsay Thomas; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Dewalt and Emma Vukelja.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, a retired custodian for the Duquesne School District, a US Navy veteran of WWII and a past commander of the VFW Post 188 in Duquesne.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Funeral services will be conducted in the memorial home on Friday at 11 am by the Rev. Dorothy Worth. Burial with military honors will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

LESKO, Helen A. 2005/12/11

Helen A. Lesko, age 79, of Duquesne, died December 11, 2005.

A retired beautician, she is survived by two nieces & a nephew, Susan Sabo, Janet Elias & John Joseph Lesko; & caregivers Margaret Perla & Bonnie Grott.

Friends received Tuesday 9am to 11 am in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Commonwealth & Richford St., Duquesne. Funeral Liturgy Tuesday 11:30 am in SS Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. Burial Parish Cemetery.

NOVOSEDLIAK, Joseph M. 2005/09/01

Joseph M. Novosedliak, 85, of Duquesne, died September 1, 2005, in Briarcliff Pavilion, North Huntingdon Twp. Born September 20, 1919, in Duqesne, he was the son of the late John and Johanna Meyer Novosedliak.

He was a retired employee of US Steel Irvin Works Plant and a US Army veteran of WWII.

Beloved husband of Mary Petrisko Novosedliak, he is survived by daughter, Lynn (Ronald) Lamb of Brentwood; and sister, Ellen Sabol of Duquesne.

There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

ONDERISIN, John J. 2005/03/16

John J. Onderisin, 84, of North Huntingdon, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005. Born in Duquesne, July 22, 1920, son of the late John and Anna Kusner Onderisin. Beloved husband of the late Sophie Bargiel Onderisin.

Loving father of Mary Frances Martin and husband John of Darragh, John (Jack) Onderisin and wife Sandra of North Versailles and David Onderisin and his wife Sandra of North Versailles. Dear grandfather of Shannon, Heather, Allison, Jonathan, Nathan, Jason and Danielle; four great gradchildren; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by first wife Mary Skovranko; grandson, Justin Barilla; brothers, Joseph and Michael Onderisin.

He was a retired production coordinator of Westinghouse Electriv in East Pittsburgh. A member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 12:30 pm in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, North Huntingdon, the Rev. Richard Kosisko. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.

PASTERNAK, Nicholas J. 2005/08/05

Nicholas J. Pasternak, 19, of West Mifflin, died Friday, August 5, 2005, at home. Born in Pittsburgh, December 8, 1985, he was the son of Jeffrey and Cheryl Popik Pasternak Sr.

In addition to his parents, Nicholas is survived by a brother, Jeffrey Jr. at home; paternal grandparents, Charles and Mary Ann Pasternak of West Mifflin; maternal grandparents, John and Edie Popik of Belle Vernon and Jim and Gerry Ward of Pleasant Hills. Also aunts, uncles and cousins.

A blessing service took place this morning at 9:15 am in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant.

Mr. Pasternak was a self-employed landscaper, a 2004 graduate of West Mifflin High School and a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh.

PETROSKY, Charles E. 2005/10/18

Charles E. Petrosky, 81, of Duquesne, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. Born March 31, 1924, in Duquesne, he was the son of the late Andrew G. and Mamie Hritzo Petrosky. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Petrosky, and sister Frances P. Salvador.

Mr. Petrosky was a retired crane operator for US Steel, National Tube Works, and a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. He was a skilled marksman, a former member of the McKeesport and Clairton Gun Clubs, and was a licensed firearms instructor through the national Rifle Association. He was an avid ballroom dancer, a professional photographer and enjoyed many outdoor activities. On June 29, 1951, Mr. Petrosky was instrumental in saving the lives of two men after their small plane crashed into Lake Erie at Geneva-On-The-Lake, Ohio. He was commended by the then mayor, Carl G. Madsen, of Ohio. In addition, Mayor Madsen wrote a letter of commendation to Mr. Petrosky’s employer, US Steel, National Tube Works, informing the plant’s superintendent of Mr. Petrosky’s quick actions and heroism.

Mr. Petrosky is survived by close friends, Larry and Leslie Hartos and George Polatas.

Friends will be received Thursday from 3-8 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial home Friday at 11 am will be offered by the Rev. David Bosnich. Burial will follow in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. The survivors wish for memorial contributions be made to White Oak Animal Safe Haven, 2295 Lincoln Way, White Oak 15131, or to a charity of your choice.

PETROSKO, Stephen J. 2005/08/14

Stephen J. Petrosko, 89, of Duquesne, died August 14, 2005, in the Eatern Orthodox Personal Care Center, Homestead. Born in Duquesne, September 11, 1917, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Cipkala Petrosko.

Retired from the US Steel Duquesne Works Chemical Lab, he was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and a decorated US Army veteran of WWII. He was awarded several medals including the Soldier’s Medal for heroism.

He is survived by a brother, George (Helen) Petrosko of West Mifflin; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Michael, John and Andrew Petrosko; and a sister, Anna Klotz.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing at 9:15 am Wednesday in the memorial home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas sevice on Tuesday at 7 pm.

POLATAS, Edward J. 2005/10/03

Edward J. Polatas, 84, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Monday, October 3, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. Son of the late Michael and Mary Barta Polatas, he was born August 11, 1921, in Duquesne.

Husband of the late Gertrude Horgos Polatas, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Polatas of West Mifflin and his pet granddogger, Alexandfra.

He was a retired employee of US Steel Duquesne Works and a US Army veteran of WWII, he was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in West Mifflin, VFW Post 188, Prince Humbert Club and the Slovak Club, all of Duquesne.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the Memorial Home Thursday at 10:20 am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celbrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

RATHI, Vera (Manzlak) 2005/02/05

Vera Manzlak Rathi, 94, formerly of West Mifflin, died Saturday, February 5, 2005, in I.N.O.V.A. Commonwealth Care Center, Fairfax, VA. Born in McKeesport, February 16, 1910, a daughter of the late George and Anna Vancura Manzlak. Wife of the late Alex Rathi.

Survived by daughter Shirley Weber of Springfield, VA; three grandchildren, Jeffrey and Gregory Weber and Donna Lanoue; five great grandchildren, Mathew, Jason and Scott Lanour and Alexandra and Kevin Weber. Preceded in death by brothers, George, John, Joseph, Michael and Albert Manzlak, and sister, Ann Zukovich. She was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, Duquesne/West Mifflin Knights of Columbus Senior Citizens and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Friends and relatives are welcome to attend a Funeral Liturgy on Friday at 11 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne wit the Rev. Eugene Yakanich as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s B.C. Church, 1209 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne 15110. Arrangements by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne.

SALOPEK, Duane P. “Duey” 2005/03/22

Duane P. “Duey” Salopek, 47, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born in McKeesport, February 21, 1958. Son of the late Peter and Helen Lesko Salopek.

Survived by his loving wife, Cynthia Breznay Salopek; son, Neil Salopek of McKeesport; daughter Nicole Salopek at home; also one nephew. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Dennis and David Salopek. He was an employee of Kane Regional Center in McKeesport and a member of the duquesne Eagles.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Thursday 2-5 pm at which time a funeral service will be conducted with the Rev. John Gropp officiating. Additional visitation 7-9 pm. The family wishes for memorial contributions be made to the Thomas E. Starzi Transplant Institute, 3439 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh 15213.

SEBEST, Mary 2005/01/26

Mary Sebest, 95, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, January 26, 2005, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born in Czechoslovakia, June 11, 1909. Beloved wife of the late John Sebest.

Survived by daughter, margaret Schulte of West Mifflin and son John Sebest of Duquesne. Also five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Albert Sebest.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin. Retired from Kennywood Park where she worked into her 80s as a cook.

Friends wil be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Friday from 2-8 pm. Blessing service at the Memorial Home Saturday at 9:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SEMAN, Josephine E. (Jasek) 2005/07/02

Josephine E. Seman, 94, of Duquesne; died July 2, 2005; daughter of the late John and Anna Janis Jasek; beloved wife of the late Joseph V. Seman; beloved mother of Joseph G. of Moon Twp and Mary Ann Polinski of Duquesne; sister of Margaret Svirbel of Duquesne; also five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Retired employee of Kennywood Park and the Syria Mosque.

Friends received Tuesday 2-4, 7-9 pm in the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 10 am Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin.

SIMKO, John S. Jr. 2005/08/10

John S. Simko Jr., 85, of West Mifflin, died August 10, 2005, in Jefferson Manor Nursing Home. Born in Duquesne, October 7, 1919, he was the son of the late John Stephen and Elizabeth Stanko Simko. Husband of the late Helen Andrejchak Simko.

He is survived by son, John R. (Sandra) Simko of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Eric (November), Randy (Erin) and Taryn Simko; great grandchildren, Ryliegh, Christian, Payton and Logan. He was preceded in death by brothers, George, Edward and Stephen Simko.

A retired employee of US Steel Duquesne Works BOF. He was a US Army WWII veteran serving in Normandy and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday in Christ the Light of World Parish, Holy Name Church, Duquesne. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SKOVRANKO, William S. 2005/07/01

William S. Skovranko, 74, of Duquesne, died Friday, July 1, 2005, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was the founder and owner of the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne, a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, its Men’s Club and a US Army veteran of the Korean War. Born in Duquesne, January 4, 1931, he was the son of the late John and Mary Mure Skovranko, and the stepson of the late Anna Durkota Skovranko.

Surviving are his wife, Valerie M. Jozwiak Skovranko; sons, William S. Skovranko Jr. of Duquesne, Joseph A. (Lori) Skovranko of West Mifflin and Craig M. (Lori) Skovranko of North Huntingdon; daughters, Debora (James) Ragan of Beverly Hills, CA, and Christine Skovranko of Duquesne; grandchildren, Tera, Mara, Jameson, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Mackenzie; sister, Ann (Robert) Keeler of North Versailles; sister-in-law, Mary Skovranko of Elizabeth Twp.; step brother-in-law, Frank Tovlin of Duquesne; and step-sister-in-law, Ann Furkota of West Mifflin. Also nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, John and Edward Skovranko; sister, Mary Onerisin; stepsisiter, Ann Tovlin; and stepbrother, Michael Durkota.

Friends will be received Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Parastas service Wednesday at 7 pm in the Memorail home. A blessing in the Memorial Home Thursday at 9:15 am will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, with Msgr. Russell A. Duker and the Rev. David Bosnich as concelebrants. Interment with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

STALMACK, Anne (Babey) 2005/08/27

Anne Babey Stalmack , 87, of West Mifflin, died August 27, 2005, in Canfield, OH. Formerly of Duquesne, she was born January 17, 1918, in Duquesne to the late John and Anna Cherpak Babey.

Wife of the late John Stalmack. She is survived by daughter, Marilyn (Thomas) Harrison of Canfield, OH; and two granddaughters, Becky and Jill Harrison.

She was preceded in death by a son, Alan Stalmack; brother, John Babey Jr.; and sisters Martha Hallahan and Mary Dunn.

A former sales clerk for Gimbels Department Store, she was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

Friends will be received Monday 6-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service Tuesday at 9 am in the memorial home will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in Holy Name Church, Duquesne. Burial will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

STYS, Martha R. (Surincik) 2005/03/17

Martha R. Surincik Stys, 79, of Duquesne, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, in UPMC Braddock. Born December 16, 1925, in Munhall. She was the daughter of the late Ignatius and Amelia Bugel Surincik. Wife of the late Joseph Stys.

She is survived by two daughters, Mariliyn (Dennis) Colditz of Downington and Roseann Stys of Williamsburg, VA. Sister of Donald Surincik of New Castle, Mary Surincik and Rose Frechione, both of Forest Hills; also four grandchildren, David and Jessica Colditz and Rayan and Brad Joyal; also nieces and nephews.

She ws preceded in death by brothers, William and Carl Surincik; and sister, Millie Pipes.

She was a retired employee of the former Nabisco Baking Company, Pittsburgh, and a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial Mass on Monday at 9:30 am in St. Hedwig Church, Duquesne, with the Rev. dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Arrangements are in charge of the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

TRETINIK, John G. 2005/11/09

John G. Tretinik, 84, of Duquesne, died Friday, November 9, 2005, in Donora, he was the son of the late George and Regina Svitlak Tretinik.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Magdalene Hleba Tretinik; his three daughters, mary Ellen (Keith) Wright of Elizabeth Twp., Rosemary (Rick) Stahl of Whitaker and Marybeth (Ray) Barker-Grace of White Oak; grandchildren, Rachelle (Jeff) Evans, Eric and Jamie Stahl, Brad and Lindsay Wright, Bethany, Brooke and Billy John Barker; four great grandchildren; sisters, Regina Lemak of Munhall and Elsie Spang of Duquesne; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen tretinik.

He was a retired bricklayer from US Steel Duquesne Works. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, the GBU bowling league and Homestead Slavs bowling league and was a US Army Air Force veteran of WWII.

Friends will be received Sunday from 6 to 8 pm and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service in the memorial home Tuesday at 9:15 am will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service will be offered Monday at pm in the memorial home.

VASILISIN, Stephen “Steve” 2005/05/11

Stephen (Steve) Vasilisin, 76, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at home. Born in Duquesne, January 16, 1929, he was the son of the late John and Mary Sutak Vasilisin.

Beloved brother of Mary, Michael and Robert Vasislisin all of Duquesne. Also survived by sister-in-law, Margaret Vasilisin, niece, Karen Vasilisin, and nephew, John Vasilisin all of Duquesne. He was preceded in death by brothers, John and George Vasilisin.

He was a retired vendor and a member of the GBU in Duquesne.

Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the William S. Slovranko Memorail Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be offered at the memorial home Friday at 10 am by the Very Rev. Daivid Lesko officiating. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas R.O. Cemetery, West Mifflin.

VOYTKO, John Jr. 2005/01/18

John Voytko Jr., 88, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, January 18, 2005, in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Born in Cambridge, OH, March 4, 1916, he was a son of the late John and Susan Barno Boytko and husband of the late Mary Chekan Voytko.

He is survived by son, John L. Voytko of Duquesne; daughter, Mary Jane Voytko of New York City; brother Paul Voytko and sister, Pauline Giovannucci of Lakeland, FL; 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Michael Voytko and sister, Mary Tkacs.

He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 188 of Duquesne, a retired employee of US Steel Duquesne Works with 40 years of service as a millwright (b.O.F.), former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and a US Army veteran of WW II serving in the European Theater (35th Combat Engineers) Normandy Beach and Battle of the Bulge.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Friday from 2 to 9 pm. Blessing service at the memorial home Saturday at 10 am with the Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service at the memorial home Friday at 7 pm.

YAROSIK, Ann E. (Hudek) 2005.04/24

Ann E. Hudek Yarosik, 86, of Duquesne, died Friday, April 25, 2003, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and its Ladies Guild. Born July 15, 1916, in New Brighton, she was a daughter of the late William and Ethel Borscani Hudek and wife of the late John Yarosik.

She is survived by a son, John A. Yarosik of Stow, OH; daughters, Kathleen Yarosik Drapchak of Duquense and Barbara J. Yarosik of Fairborn, OH; two grandchildren; sisters, Mary Rengers of Hickory, NC, and Ethel Mravunich of Pittsburgh; and brothers, Edward Dobrenick and Joseph Mravunich of Clymer.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Wednesday at 9:45 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. Basil Marchak as celebrant. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon Twp.

YAROSIK, John W. 2005/08/20

John W. Yarosik, 77, of Duquesne, died Saturday, August 20, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. Son of the late Stephen and Mary Petrisko Yarosik, he was born in Duquesne, July 2, 1928.

He is survived by a daughter, Denise Weixel of North Huntingdon; sisters, Margaret Yarosik of Duquesne, Marie (Paul) Cmar of Duquesne and Betty Tucak of West Mifflin; a brother, Bernard (Constance) Yarosik of Lexington, OH; two grandchildren, Jason (Natalie) Weixel and Kristi O’Toole both of North Huntingdon; and a great grandson, Thomas Weixel; also several nieces and nephews.

Retired from US Steel Homestead Works, Mr. Yarosik was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, Duquesne Eagles and Duquesne VFW Post 188. Mr. Yarosik was a US Marine Corps veteran.

Friends received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing in the memorial home at 9:15 am will be followed by funeral liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Parastas service will take place Tuesday at 7 pm.

YELLICH, Josephine J. (Kulik) 2005/04/23

Josephine J. (Kulik) Yellich, 72, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at the home of her daughter, Yvonne Dale in West Mifflin. Born in Duquesne, July 24, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Sophie Kulik.

Beloved wife of Joseph Yellich. Beloved mother of Beverly Govanucci of McKeesport and Yvonne Dale of West Mifflin. 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Brothers Emmanuel Kulik of Belle Vernon and John Kulik of North Huntingdon. Preceded in death by daughter, Marilyn Yellich and brother, Walter Kulik.

She was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Tuesday from noon to 9 pm. Funeral service at the Memorial Home Wednesday at 11 am with pastor Jack Kelly officiating. Entombment will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery mausoleum, West Mifflin. Family wishes for memorial contributions to the First Evangelical Free Church, 4001 University Dr., McKeesport 15132.

ZAJAC, Helen (Miskolci) 2005/02/22

Helen (Miskolci) Zajac, formerly of Duquesne, died Tuesday, February 22, 2005, in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Daughter of the late Emory and Maria Balog Miskolci. Wife of the late Stephen Zajac. Survived by daughter, Marilyn Zajac and son, Stephen E. Zajac, both of Pittsburgh.

A retired beautician, she was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, Holy Name Church, Duquesne AARP, Duquesne Senior Citizens and a member emeritus of the Duquesne Women’s Club.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Thursday from 2 to 9 pm. AA blessing at the memorial home Friday at 9 am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in Holy Name Church, Duquesne. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. Family requests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Pittsburgh Race for the Cure, 1620 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh 15217.

ZAVACKY, Mary K. (Kolcun) 2005/12/10

Mary K. (Kolcun) Zavacky, 80, of West Mifflin died Saturday, December 10, 2005, in UPMC McKeesport. Born in Midway, OH March 29, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Katherine Straka Kolcun.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne; its Ladies Guild and Rosary Society.

Beloved wife of John Zavacky, she is also survived by sons, Francis T. Zavacky of Stuebenville, OH, and Robert J. Zavacky of West Mifflin; daughters, Mary E. Smith of White Oak, Irene A. Algeri of West Mifflin and Patricia M. Post of Escondido, CA; brothers George Kolcun of Dunmore and Steve Kolcun of Pittsburgh; also 7 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Friends will be received Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave, Duquesne. A blessing at 10:15 am Wednesday in the memorial home will be followed by Funeral Liturgy at 11 am in SS. Peter and Paul byzantine Catholic Church with Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

2004 Obituaries

ARTIM, Mary “Marion” (Kruszka) 2004/12/18

Mary (Marion) Kruszka Artim, 77, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, December 18, 2004, in Las Vegas, NV. Born in Duquesne, June 19, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Valentine and Antonina Sikora Kruszka.

Beloved wife of George Artim, she also is survived by brothers, Valentine Kruszka of Duquesne, Brunno Kruszka of West Mifflin and Albert Jance of Greenock; sister, Wanda Buri of East McKeesport; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Joan Lieber, Sigmund Kruszka, Theresa Stratton, Agnus Shanowski and John Kruszka. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne and a former member of St. hedwig Roman Catholic Church in Duquesne.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Blessing service in the memorial home on Firday at 9 am will be followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Hedwig Church (Christ the Light of the World Parish) with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Hedwig Cemetery, West Mifflin. Daily News, Tuesday, December 21, 2004.

AXELSON, Arthur H. 2004/12/18

Arthur H. Axelson, 85, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, December 18, 2004. Born in Mifflin Township, September 1, 1919, he was a son of the late John A. and Emma Strom Axelson. Husband of the late LaRue V. Robis Axelson, who passed away April 19, 2004.

Survived by two sons, John and his wife, Pat, and Dennis and his wife, Lorrie, both of West Mifflin; two brothers, Walter Axelson of Florida and Robert Axelson of West Mifflin; also six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceded in death by four brothers, Carl, Albert, William and Wilbert Axelson and sister, Lillian Axelson. A retired employee of U.S. Steel Duquesne Works as an overhead craneman in the BOF Department, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne, a life member of the Shaner Sportsmen’s Club and a U.S. navy veteran of WWII.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service at the memorial home Wednesday at 10 am with the Rev. Judith Slater officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park.

AXELSON, LaRue (Robis) 2004/04/19

LaRue V. Axelson, 82, of West Mifflin, died Monday, April 19, 2004, in UPMC Braddock. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Duquesne. Born in Duquesne, September 1, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Edith Walker Robis.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur H. Axelson; sons, John (Pat) and Dennis (Lorrier) Axelson of West Mifflin; grandchildren, Joseph (Lynn), Nicole, Kari, Heather, Kyle and Colin Axelson and Erikka (Tom) Wodarek; six great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Adams of White Oak, Martha Andrews in Florida and Myra Yuna of McKeesport; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richfor and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. And in the First Presbyterian Church Friday from 9:30 am until the hour of service there at 10:30 with the Rev. Judith Slater officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

BILCSIK, Elizabeth (Breda) 2004/05/09

A former West Mifflin resident, Elizabeth Breda Bilcsik, 88, of North Versailles Twp., died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at home. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. Born in McKeesport, March 25, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Pagey Breda and wife of the late Michael Bilcsik.

She is survived by daughter, Elsa (George) Seman of North Versailles Twp. with whom she resided; son, Michael (Karen) Bilcsik of Munhall; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and sister, Marie Artz of Holiday, FL.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memoriall Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Wednesday at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Parastas will be offered Tuesday at 7 pm in the memorial home. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the MS Society.

DANKO, George P. 2004/02/14

George P. Danko, 78, of Duquesne died Saturday, February 14, 2004, in Sycamore Estates Personal Care, Duquesne. Born July 6, 1925, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Girovsky) Danko. He was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, Raymond C. Burns VFW Post 188, Duquesne and the American Legion Post 380. He was a retired employee with the U.S. Postal Service and was a World War II Army veteran serving with the 209 Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge.

He is survived by two sisters, Mary Danko of West Mifflin and Dorothy Jossi of Estero, Fla.; two brothers, Michael Danko of Annapolis, Md. and Donald Danko of West Farmington, Ohio; also one niece, one nephew, two great-nieces, two great-nephews and a great-great-niece. No visitation is scheduled. A memorial funeral liturgy will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Duquesne.

DiCENCO, Anthony F., Sr. 2004/02/14

Anthony F. DiCenco Sr., 74, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A retired broker from South Pittsburgh realty, he was a member of Good Shepherd Church in Braddock and an Army veteran. Born in Mingo Junction, OH, February 7, 1930, he was a son of the late Gabriel and Mary Orseni DiCenco.

He is survivied by his wife, Rose Caban DiCenco; sons, Anthony F. DiCenco Jr. of West Mifflin and Joseph DiCenco of Bethel Park; four grandchildren; sister, Donna Fontanesi of Sutersville; and brother, Vincent DiCenco of North Versailles Twp.

Friends are being received today from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow at 9:30 am in Good Shepherd Church.

FATULA, Michael Nicholas 2004/05/13

Michael Nicholas Fatula, 94, of Braddock, died Thursday, May 13, 2004, at home.

Retired from the metallurgical department of U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock.

Born in Duquesne, January 24, 1910, he was a son of the late Simone and Barbara Fencik Fatula.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Hyzy Fatula; sons, John, William and Michael Fatula of Pittsburgh, James Fatula of Rochester, NY, and David Fatula of Stuebenville, OH; daughters, Sister Mary Ann Fatula O.P. of St. Mary the Springs in Columbus, OH, and Rita Fatula Mastroianni of Baltimore, MD; and grandchildren; Michaelene, Barbara, Dominic, Anthony, Michael, David and Ann Marie. He was preceded in death by sister, Rita Barbara Fatula.

Friends will be received in the William S. Slovranko Memorial Home, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 am in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock, with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas will be offered Friday at 8 pm in the memorial home.

FRAIKOR, Mary (Inhat) 2004/11/01

Mary Inhat Fraikor, 93, of Aurora, CO, formerly of West Mifflin, died Monday, November 1, 2004, in Life Care Center, Aurora. Born in Slovakia, July 6, 1911, daughter of the late John and Mary Inhat. She was the wife of the late John Fraikor Jr.

Survived by daughter, Frances McInroy of Aurora, CO, and son, Frederick Farikor of Golden, CO. Also six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, and the Rosary Society of the church.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy Monday at noon in SS Peter and Paul Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will follow in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements by William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne.

HALLAHAN, Martha (Babey) 2004/01/07

A former Duquesne resident, Martha Babey Hallahan, 80, of Pleasant Hills, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Duquesne.

Born in Duquesne, December 15, 1923, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna Cherpak Babey and wife of the late Andrew Hallahan.

She is survived by a sister, Anne Stalmack of Pleasant Hills.

Friends will be received today from 5 to 8 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorail Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there tomorrow at 9:30 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church with the Very Rev. David Lesko as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, West Mifflin.

HVIZDOS, Albert J. 2004/06/07

Albert J. Hvizdos, Jr., 80, of Duquesne, died Monday, June 7, 2004, in Homestead.

Retired from the Duquesne and Homestead plants, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member and usher of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin, member of Raymond C. Burns Post 188, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Duquesne and an Army veteran of World War II.

Born in Duquesne, September 20, 1923, he was a son of the late Albert and Anna Janicko Hvizdos. He is survived by brothers, Alex (Marcella) Hvizdos of West Mifflin and John (Barbara) Hvizdos of Garden Grove, CA; sister-in-law, Yolanda Hvizdos of Duquesne; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, George and Frank Hvizdos.

Friends will be received Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9 pm only in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing service will be offered there Saturday at 9:15 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Wet Mifflin.

MATTHIAS, Ann (Ragan) 2004/02/13

Ann Ragan Matthias, 67, of Duquesne, died Friday, February 13, 2004, at home.

A retired secretary from Duquesne School District, she was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild. Born in Duquesne, December 24, 1936, she was a daughter of the late John and Teresa Jakuba Ragan.

She is survived by her husband, James Matthias; sons, Robert Matthias of Asburn, VA, James Matthias of Mason, OH, Michael Matthias of Leonardtown, MD, and William Matthias of Duquesne; seven grandchildren; sister, Mary Adams of Duquesne; brothers, Albert J. Ragan of Elizabeth Twp., George E. Ragan of Clearwater, FL, Fr. James Ragan of Beverly Hills, CA, and Thomas Ragan of Duquesne; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm and tomorrow from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 9:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

MAYER, Marie A. (Ganzy) 2004/01/14

Marie A. Ganzy Mayer, 71, of Elizabeth Twp., died Wednesday, January 14, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. Retired from McKeesport Hospital, she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, North Versailles Twp. Senior Citizens and White Oak Chapter 2294, American Association of Retired Persons.

Born in West Mifflin, October 10, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Gortek Ganzy.

She is survived by her husband Paul J. Mayer; daughter, Cynthia Steffens of Norfolk, VA; sons, John Wright of Pittsburgh and James Wright of South Park Twp.; stepchildren, Laurie Ann Hudson in Texas, Raymond Mayer in Florida and David Mayer in New Jersey; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Rose Zorn of Pittsburgh, Dolores Cisar of West Mifflin, Georgiann Branter of Whitaker and Frances Nau of North Versailles Twp.; and brothers, Raymond Ganzy of Butler and Francis Ganzy in Georgia.

Friends will be received today and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 9:15 pm followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS. Petr and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

MORAN, Lawrence “Larry” 2004/01/24

Lawrence (Larry) Moran, 61, of Duquesne, died Saturday, January 24, 2004, at home.

A scarfer foreman from the Homestead and Edgar Thomson plants, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Raymond C. Burns Post 188, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Teutonia Mannerchor and Social Club and Slovak Club, in Duquesne, and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Born in Duquesne, April 25, 1942, he was a son of the late John P. and Anna Matura Moran.

He is survived by his wife, Michaeline Baldosky Moran; daughters, Tracy Moran and Charissa Bost of Duquesne; sons, Lawrence Moran of Griffing, GA, and Tommy Moran of Duquesne; five grandchildren; and brothers, John (Jack) Moran of White Oak and Richard Moran of Scottsdale, AZ.

PALYO, Steve E. 2004/12/25

Steve. E. Palyo, 73, of West Mifflin, died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at his home. Born in Duquesne, January 3, 1931, he was a son of the late Julius G. and Mary Harbulak Palyo.

Survived by his loving wife, Ethel Brezicky Palyo; sons, Edward of Fort Wayne, IN, Robert of West Mifflin, David of Glassport and Joseph Palyo of Pleasant Hills; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, David Jr., Christopher, Rachel, Justin, Jennifer M., Adam and Stephen Palyo; great granddaughter, Allysa Rose Playo. Preceded in death by brothers, Julius and John Palyo.

He was a retired tool and die maker, Westinghouse Electric, East Pittsburgh, a member of Holy Trinity Church, West Mifflin, Men’s Club, usher, choir member and Eucharistic minister of the church, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Third Order of St. Francis, Duquesne West Mifflin Council 4210 Knights of Columbus, volunteer Eucharistic minister at Allegheny General Hospital for 13 years and an officer in FCSLA.

Friends will be received Monday from 7 to 9 pm and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Blessing service at the memorial home on Wednesday at 9:30 am followed by Mass of Chirstian Burial at 10 am in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PASTOR, Francis J. “Frank” 2004/02/27

Francis J. (Frank) Pastor, 80, of Duquesne, died Friday, February 27, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport.

Retired from Allegheny County in the maintenance department of White Oak Park, he was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish and American Legion Post 448 in Duquesne, an Army veteran of World War II and social member of the McKeesport Hungarian Club, McKeesport.

Born in Duquesne, December 13, 1929, he was the son of the late Paul and Barbara Adorjan Pastor and husband of the late Ann Stajger Pastor who died August 24, 2003.

He is survived by daughters, Rhoda Zepp of Ligonier and Patricia Peters of Columbus, OH; sons, Richard Pastor of Philadelphia, Robert of Dravosburg, Ronald of West Homestead, Francis of Shaler Twp. and Allen and Keith of Duquesne; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and sister, Mary Vereb of Duquesne.

Private visitation will be in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. Private blessing will be offered there Monday at 11 am by the Rev. Dennis Colamarino. Interment will follow in St. Elias Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PETRISKO, Dolores (Sotak) 2004/02/09

Dolores Sotak Petrisko, 72, of West Mifflin, died Monday, February 9, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin. Born in McKeesport, April 6, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Maria Pavelko Sotak.

She is survived by her husband John (Whitey) Petrisko; daughter, Lynn Beck of West Mifflin; son, John (Jay) Petrisko of Buena Vista; two grandchildren; brother, Michael Sotak of Elizabeth Twp.; and sister, Mary Pensenstadler of Glassport.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 pm and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Thursday at 9:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Joseph Grosko as celebrant. Interment will folow in Calvary Cemetry, Port Vue.

PINKOVSKY, John Edward 2004/09/22

John Edward Pinkovsky (Pinky/Herkie), 72, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, September 22, 2004, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Born in Duquesne, May 24, 1932, he was the son of the late Stefan and Anna Pristas Pinkovsky. He was the husband of the late Mildred Ondechek Pinkovsky who passed away in 1992.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Axelson of West Mifflin and her husband Joseph; granddaughter and best buddy, Christine Axelson; sister, Elsie Gockel of Hempfield Twp.; brother-in-law, Robert Ondechek and his wife Anna Mae (Cvejkus) of York; nieces and nephews.

He was retired from US Steel Duquesne Works with 33 years of service, attended SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, was a member of several clubs in Duquesne including the G.B.U., Moose and Croatian Club. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was later a member of the Navy Reserves. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Stephen Pinkovsky Jr. and two sisters, Mary Gorscak and Bette Hogan.

Friends will be received at the William S. Slovranko Memorial Home, Coomonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Saturday, 7-9 pm and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral services Monday 11 am at the First Evangelical Free Church, McKeesport, with Pastor Kirk Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PORVAZNIK, Mary “Mayme” (Hrinda) 2004/02/04

A former West Mifflin resident, Mary (Mayme) Hrinda Porvaznik, 86, of McKeesport, died there Wednesday, February 4, 2004, in the home of her nephew and caregiver, Andrew Hrinda. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and its Rosary Society and Ladies Guild and member of the Republican Women’s Club in Duquesne.

Born in Homestead, December 2, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Magness Hrinda and wife of the late George Porvasnik.

She is survived by sister, Irene Underwood in Florida; nieces and other nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 10:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 11 in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

SHIELDS, Steven “Iggy” 2004/10/27

Steven “Iggy” Shields, 44, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, October 27, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. Born January 9, 1960, in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Son of the late George and Pauline Hrizo Shields.

Survived by sister, Toni Vranick of Duquesne, three brothers, Greg “Flash” Shields of Tennessee, Jon Shields and Bruce Shields, both of Duquesne. Also aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews.

He was a former employee of Liberty Poltrusions of West Mifflin. He was a member of the Tribe Motorcycle Group.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Friday from 2 to 8 pm at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. John Gropp officiating.

TERZA, Robert V. 2004/10/08

Robert V. Terza, 88, of Duquesne, died Friday, October 8, 2004, in Latrobe Area Hospital. Born in Duquesne, September 2, 1916, he was the son of the late Richard and Baldina Reggiani Terza. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Betty) Bogacik Terza.

He is survived by sons, Raymond (Linda) Terza of Peters Twp., Norbert (Debbie) Terza of Georgia and daughter, Darlene (Ron) Sand of Duquesne. Grandchildren, Robert, John, Joseph, Josh, Raymond and Katie Terza and 2 great grandchildren. Nieces and nephews.

He was retired from Duquesne Fire Department with 35 years of service, a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Holy Name Church in Duquesne and was a life member of Moose Lodge 75 in Duquesne. He served in the Army during World War II.

Friends will be received at the William S. Skovranko Memorial home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Blessing services Monday at 11:30 am at the memorial home followed by Mass of Christian Burial with his nephew, the Rev. William Terza, and the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as concelbrants. Burial with military honors will follow in Holy Name Cemetery, West Mifflin.

VASSEL, Steve C. 2004/11/23

Steve C. Vassel, 85, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004, in UPMC McKeesport. Born November 28, 1918, in Duquesne. He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Vassel.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marge Sabol Vassel. Devoted father of two sons, Craig (Brenda) Cassel and Eugene (Rosalba) Vassel, both of Walnut Creek, CA; two sisters, Betty Johnson of Virginia and Margaret DiMucci of McKeesport; nieces and nephews.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in education, Mr. Vassel was a retired vice principal of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. A US Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne, its Men’s Club and the American Legion.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, on Friday from 5 to 8 pm. A blessing at the memorial home on Saturday at 9:15 am will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church at 10 am with the Rev. David Bosnich officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Parastas service will be conducted Friday at 7 pm in the memorial home.

VEREB, John P. 2004/04/01

John P. Vereb, 93, of Duquesne, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in UPMC Braddock. Retired from the Homestead plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Hays. Born in Munhall, February 21, 1911, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna Macy Vereb.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Pastor Vereb; daughters, Arleen Bottesch and Barbara Vereb of Duquesne; grandchildren, Jamie, Robyn and James J. Bottesch; great grandchildren, Kasi, Morgan, Ethan, Riley and Naia; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home Inc., Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 9 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Elias Cemetery, West Mifflin.

WERNTGES, William H. 2004/06/24

William H. Werntges, 83, of Duquesne, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at home.

A retired fireman from the City of Duquesne with 30 years of service, he was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish and Raymond C. Burns Post 188, Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Duquesne and an Army Veteran of World War II. Born in Duquesne, March 28, 1921, he was the son of the late John and Winifred Joyce Werntges.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dolores M. Rufft Werntges; loving father of William H. Werntges Jr., Nancy (Frank) Siffrinn and Judy (Mark) Schlaich; and grandfather of Matthew Siffrinn, Bernadette Werntges, Renee Wertges, Dan Schlaich, Michael Siffrinn, Patrick Schlaich, Paul Werntges, Johhny Schlaich and Katie Siffrinn.

Friends will be received Sunday from noon to 4 and 6 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne. A blessing will be offfered there Monday at 10:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be held in Holy Name Cemetery, Wet Mifflin. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

2003 Obituaries

ARTIM, Helen (Devitis) 2003/07/02

Helen Devitis Artim, 68, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at home. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. Born in Wilkins Twp., May 27, 1935, she was a daughter of the late James and Maria Antrilli Devitis and wife of the late Elmer J. Artim.

She is survived by children, Sheila M. And Glenn A. Artim of West Mifflin; three grandchildren; brother, John Devitis of Portsmouth, VA; and sister, Mary Tucker of Pitcairn.

Friends will be received today and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Funeral Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 9:15 am followed by funeral liturgy at 10 in SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BALDOSKY, George Sr. 2003/08/11

George Baldosky Sr., 73, of Duquesne, died Monday, August 11, 2003, in UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Retired from the Duquesne plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesen. Born in Duquesne, May 6, 1930, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Balent Baldosky.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica Vrano Baldosky; daughter Margaret J. Repicky of Glastonbury, CT; sons, George T. Baldosky Jr. of Stockbridge, GA, and Joseph M. Baldosky of South Huntingdon Twp.; and four grandchildren.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 6 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Thursday at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Byszantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BALLOUGH, Philip “Pete” 2003/12/07

A former Duquesne resident, Philip (Pete) Ballough, 66, of Winston-Salem, NC, died Sunday, December 7, 2003, at home. Retired from the Air Force with 20 years of service, he was a 1955 graduate of Duquesne high School and a former member of St. Joseph Church, Duquesne. Born in Duquesne, November 16, 1937, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Budai Ballough.

He is survived by children, Cynthia Hall and Teresa and Philip Ballough in North Carolina; three grandchildren; sister, Ann Carek of McKeesport; brothers, Bernard Ballough of McKeesport, Charles Ballough of North Huntingdon Twp. And Michael Ballough of Irwin; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne, tomorrow from 2 to 4 pm and 7 pm until the hour of a memorial blessing there at 8:30 with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin. The family has suggested memorial contributions to a favorite youth athletic organization.

BISH, Anne L. (Ivan) 2003/12/26

Anne L. Ivan Bish, 88, of West Mifflin, died Friday, December 26, 2003. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne and Duquesne/West Mifflin Knights of Columbus Council 4210 Senior Citizens. Born in McKeesport, April 14, 1915, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Elko Ivan and wife of the late Michael Bish Jr.

She is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Ayers of Martinsville, VA; son, Michael S. Bish of Swissvale; four grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Lyskava and Mary Kirasic of West Mifflin.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 12:15 pm followed by Liturgy at 1 in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

BOCH, Anna C. (Brinsko) 2003/08/06

Anna C. Brinsko Boch, 80, of West Mifflin, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, in Serra Manor, Munhall. A former bookkeeper for McKeesport Candy Co., she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. Born in Duquesne, October 28, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Galajda Brinsko and wife of the late Michael Boch.

She is survived by a niece and nephews. Friends will be received tomorrow from 3 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

CIMBA, Anna (DZVONIK) 2003/05/02

A former Duquesne resident, Anna Dzvonik Cimba, 80, of McKeesport, died there Friday, May 2, 2003, in Senior Care Plaza.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild. Born April 30, 1923, in Wheeling, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Dzvonik and wife of the late John Cimba.

She is survived by children, Audrey Rodriguez of Amelia Island, FL., and John Cimba Jr. in New Hampshire; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin, by the Rev. Joseph Grosko. No visitation is scheduled. Arrangements are in charge of the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne.

CONNOLLY, John M. 2003/10/16

John M. Connolly, 85, of West Mifflin, formerly of Duquesne, died Thursday, October 16, 2003, in Southwestern Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hills. Retired from the chemical lab at the Duquesne plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a founding member of midget football in Duquesne and an Army veteran of World War II. Member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, he was recipient of two Purple Hearts and past commander of the Raymond C. Burns Post 188, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion Post 448, both in Duquesne. Born in Duquesne, September 14, 1918, he was the son of the late Festy and Anne Grealish Connolly and husband of the late Thelma Johnson Connolly.

He is survived by sons, John A. Connolly of West Mifflin, Joseph F. and David F. Connolly of Elizabeth, James T. Connolly of Menton, OH, and Dennis P. Connolly of Lake Mary, FL; and 10 grandchildren.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 9 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Holy Name Church with the Rev. Dennis Colamarino as celebrant.

DIVJAK, Catherine “Katie” (Kostelac) 2003/08/05

Catherine (Kostelac) “Katie”, 91, of Monroeville, formerly of Duquesne, on Tuesday, August 5, 2003.

Wife of the late Michael Divjak; mother of Mildred (Burke) Pavlovich and the late Mary Ann (Louis) Obradovich; sister of Ann Kreider, John Kostelac, Frank Kostelac; grandmother of Nicholas Pavlovich, Cathy Obradovich, Melinda Caldwell, Louis Obradovich, Diane O. Meneskie; also six great-grandchildren.

Friends received at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne Wednesday 7-9 and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service on Friday, 10 am. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, McKeesport.

DOJCAK, Mary Ann (Bereznak) 2003/08/01

Mary Ann Bereznak Dojcak, 74, of Elizabeth, died Friday, August 1, 2003, in UPMC McKeesport. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne and its Ladies Guild and Rosary Society. Born in Mantramck, MI, June 18, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Catherine Vargovich Bereznak.

She is survived by her husband, John Fojcak; daughter, Stephanie Dojcak of Elizabeth Twp.; son, Gregg Dojcak of Winchester, VA; a granddaughter; sister, Irene Meininger of Elizabeth Twp.; and brother Steven Bereznak of Monroeville.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Funeral Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be held there Monday at 9 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne by the Rev. David A. Bosnich. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

DUGAS, Anna (Seko) 2003/06/07

Anna (Seko) Dugas, 95, of West Mifflin, on Sat., June 7, 2003; wife of the late Joseph A. Dugas; mother of Dolores Demko, Robert S. Dugas and Joseph E. Dugas; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; sister of Mary Delaney and Elsie McCoy.

Friends received WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, Richford & Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne, Monday 2-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10:00 am, Resurrection Church, West Mifflin.

FORGASH, Betty (Sudzina) 2003/11/19

A former Duquesne resident, Betty Sudzina Forgash, 86, of Pleasant Hills, died there Wednesday, November 19, 2003, in Southwestern Assisted Living Center.

A retired home health aide with Allegheny County, she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne and its Rosary Society and Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild of St. Joseph Church in Duquesne, Court Duquesne 871, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, former National Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation Senior Citizens in Duquesne and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Raymond C. Burns Post 188, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Duquesne and volunteer with the American Red Cross Foster Grandmothers and Diabetic Prevention Program in Pittsburgh.

Born in Duquesne, September 9, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Chir Sudzina and wife of the late Walter Forgash.

She is survived by sons, Walter Forgash of Chantilly, VA, and David of Bradenton, FL; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sister, Sister M. Consuella Sudzina with the Siters of Mercy; brothers George Sudzina of North Versailles Twp., Brother William Sudzina with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of Wernersville and Edward Sudzina of North Huntingdon Twp.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Saturday at 11:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at noon in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery in West Mifflin.

GAYDOS, Vera (Andrejcak) 2003/08/06

Vera Andrejcak Gaydos, 82, of Duquesne, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, in Kane Regional Center, McKeesport.

A former employee of Duquesne School District, she was a former librarian at Duquesne Catholic School, a 20-year employee of Kennywood Park in West Mifflin and a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne.

Born in Duquesne, January 17, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Susann Petrick Andrejcak and wife of the late Michael Gaydos.

She is survived by children, Shirley Bost of Munhall and David Gaydos of Canonsburg; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sister, Susan Goffee of Byesville, OH; nieces and nephews.

Friends are being reveived today from 2 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there tomorrow at noon followed by Funeral Liturgy at 12:30 pm in SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, North Versailles Twp.

KALO, Mary M. (Viszokai) 2003/07/22

Mary M. Viszokai Kalo, 90, of Duquesne, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, in UPMC McKeesport.

A cook from the former Paule’s Look-Out in West Mifflin, she was a member of St. Pius V Church in McKeesport and former member of St. Stephen Church in McKeesport and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Born in Inancs, Hungary, Augsut 23, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Krivna Viszokai and wife of the late Paul Kalo.

She is survived by daughters, Alice Betzner of Elizabeth, Betty Gilbert of Edinboro and Margie Urda of North Versailles Twp.; eight grandchildren and six great granchildren.

MANZLAK, Albert A. 2003/12/24

Albert A. Manzlak Sr, 78, of West Mifflin, died Tuesday, December 24, 2003, at home.

Retired from the United States Post Office in West Mifflin, he was a member of the Postal Union and National Association of Letter Carriers, SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne, Duquesne/West Mifflin Council 4210, Knights of Columbus and its Senior Citizens and Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701 in White Oak, a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War and received a Purple Heart.

Born in McKeesport, February 5, 1925, he was a son of the late George Sr. and Anna Vancura Manzlak.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Lengyel Manzlak; son, Albert A. Manzlak Jr. of Newport News, VA; four grandchildren; sister, Vera Rathi of Springfield, VA; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there Monday at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

METZ, Ricky Earl 2003/08/15

A former Duquesne resident, Ricky Earl Metz, 50, of White Oak, died Friday, August 15, 2003, in UPMC McKeesport.

He was a maintenance supervisor from Riverview Homes in West Mifflin. Born, July 21, 1953, in McKeesport, he was a son of Roscoe Metz of Duquesne and the late Lucille Wasko Metz.

He is survived by his father; wife, Donna Younkin Metz; children, Robert Metz and Rachel Schmude of West Mifflin and Katie Metz at home; three grandchildren; sister Wanda Pederson of Duquesne; a niece and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 pm and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. Service will be conducted there Monday at 11 am by the Rev. John Gropp. Entombment will be in the mausoleum of the McKeesport and Versailes Cemetery.

MURE, Mary Jane (Cimba) 2003/08/31

A former West Mifflin resident, Mary Jane Cimba Mure, 85, of Duquesne, died there Sunday, August 31, 2003, in Sycamore Estate.

She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. Born in Llanfair, August 23, 1918, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine Magera Cimba and wife of the late Andrew Mure.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends are being received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing will be offered there tomorrow at 9:15 am followed by Funeral Liturgy at 10 in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church with the Rev. David A. Bosnich as celebrant. Interment will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.

PASTOR, Ann (Stajger) 2003/08/24

Ann Stajger Pastor, 79,of Duquesne,Died Sunday, August 24, 2003, in UPMC McKeesport.

She was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish, Duquesne. Born in Budapest, Hungary, July 9, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Safko Stajger.

She is survived by her husband Francis (Frank) Pastor; daughters, Rhoda Zepp of Ligonier and Patricia Peters of Columbus, OH; sons, Richard Pastor of Philadelphia, Robert and Keith Pastor of Dravosburg, Ronald Pastor of West Homestead, Francis Pastor of Brentwood and Allen Pastor of Duquesne; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sisters and brother, Helen Barron of Duquesne, Rosie Russell of Munhall and Mary Chorman and Albert Stajger of West Mifflin.

Private blessing will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Colamarino in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. Interment will follow in St. Elias Cemetery, West Mifflin. Visitation will be private.

PILLETTE, Irene Irma (Rubosky) 2003/08/24

A former Duquesne resident, Irene Irma Rubosky Pillette, 85, of Reston, VA, died Sunday, August 24, 2003, in Fairfax, VA.

A retired secretary from J.C. Penny Co., she was a member of the First Baptist Church in McKeesport and graduate of Duquesne High School and Douglas Business School.

Born September 4, 1917, in Duquesne, she was a daughter of the late Istvan (Stephen) and Elizabeth Pokol Rubosky and wife of the late Frank Ernest Pillette.

She is survived by son, Sterling Stevan Pillette with whom she resided; two granddaughters and a great granddaughter; brothers, Michael Rubosky of Belle Vernon and Albert Rubosky of West Mifflin.

Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 pm and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. A blessing service will be conducted there Thursday at 10:30. Interment will follow in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.

THOMAS, Edward 2003/07/31

Edward Thomas, 77, of Duquesne, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Retired from the Duquesne plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of Holy Trinity Church in West Mifflin and Teutonia Mannerchor & Social Club of Duquesne.

Born in Duquesne, June 28, 1926, he was the son of the late Paul J. and Mary Pirpak Thomas.

He is survived by sisters, Eleanore Waugh of Duquesne and Margaret Nese of West Mifflin; brother George Thomas of West Palm Beach, FL; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be private. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at noon in Holy Trinity Church by the Rev. Joseph Grosko. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin. Arrangements are in charge of the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 am in St. Pius V Church. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin.

VIRCIK, Helen (Pavlick) 2003/11/18

Helen Pavlick Vircik, 79, of Munhall, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, in Lawson Nursing Home Inc., Jefferson Hills. She was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Munhall.

Born in Duquesne, August 8, 1924, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Medulic Pavlik and wife of the late John J. Vircik.

She is survived by sisters, Mary Pearson of West Mifflin, Olga Bonay of Swissvale, Margaret Dupal of Rankin, and Dolores Karako of North Huntingdon Twp.; nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received tomorrow from 1 to 9 pm in the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Duquesne. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 am in St. Therese of Lisieux Church by the Rev. Hugh Lang. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery.