Obituaries 3-17-17

Ruth L. Saunders
Ruth Loretta Saunders, 80, of Kilbuck Township, died Saturday, March 11 at Holy Family Manor in Ross Township.
Ruth was the youngest of four children, to the late Joseph W. and Bertha L. (DiNucci) Saunders and was raised in a loving family on the north side of Pittsburgh.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Norbert and Joseph, and her sister Mary. Ruth is survived by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ruth was a woman whose life was characterized by her passionate service to others. She was an early and proud advocate for people with disabilities, especially those in the deaf community of Pittsburgh since both of her parents were deaf. She served faithfully on many boards and volunteered countless hours so that others could receive the care they needed. She was also the first certified sign language interpreter for the deaf in the state of Pennsylvania, a role through which she enriched the lives of many.
The family suggests memorial donations in Ruth's memory be given to the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services, 1945 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home.

Margaret L. Smith
Margaret L. Smith, 83, of Avalon, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
She was the mother of Tim (Jean) Hughes, Steve (Lillian) Hughes, Douglas (Joni) Hughes, David (Rita) Smith, Dan (Kathy) Smith, Ann (late Charles) Fields, and the late Dwayne Smith; also survived by 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were private.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home.

Robert "Bob" Stringert
Robert "Bob" Stringert, of Woods Run, Bellevue and Marshall Township, died Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Fredericksburg, VA.
He was the husband of the late Virginia Graham Stringert who preceded him in death in 2011 and his brothers Howard I. Stringert (2008) and William H. Stringert (2014)
He was the father of Robert J. (Victoria Graham) Stringert Jr., Howard G. (Michelle) Stringert, Janis S. (Donald Melanson) Streich, and Jill S. (Michael) Williams; grandfather of Jaclyn S. (Jason) Presley, Graham J. Stringert, Elizabeth A. Streich, Colin D. Stringert, Owen M. Williams, and Ginny H.J. Williams; and great grandfather of Marin V. Presley, Cora A. Presley and Harrison G. Presley. Robert is also survived by sisters-in-law Mary M. (Paul) Waronsky and Lucille A. Stringert and brother-in law Robert J. (Anna Marie) Graham; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rob was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War and was the founding officer of Stringert & Bowers, Inc., in McKees Rocks, PA
Friends and family will be received Friday, March 17, 4-7 p.m. at Simons Funeral Home, 7720 Perry Highway, where a funeral service will be held Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m., followed by internment in Allegheny Memorial Park, Allison Park, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements by Simons Funeral Home.

David Young
David Young, 85, of Kilbuck Township, died Thursday, March 9, 2017.
He was the husband of Dolores Ferguson Young; father of Barbara Cannella (Craig, Sr.); and grandfather of Craig, Jr. and Christine Cannella.
Service and internment were private.
The family suggests memorial contributions to North Boros Meals on Wheels, 28 Pittsburgh St., Pittsburgh, 15202 or Ken Mawr United Presbyterian Church 1760 Pine Hollow Rd. McKees Rocks, PA 15136.
Arrangements by McDonald-Linn Funeral Home.

William A. "Bill" "Hoss" Heinlein
William A. "Bill" "Hoss" Heinlein, 55, died Saturday, March 11, 2017.
He is survived by his aunts, Claudie Heinlein and Audrey Heagerty; cousins, Sharon (Howard) Flynn and their daughter, Lydia (Joseph) Urban, Katie L. Carr, the Sadler family of Avalon, Dan, Kellee and their children, Joe and Ashleigh. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Betty Heinlein; grandparents, Milford and Elizabeth (Denny) Heinlein, John T. and Clara M. (Eives) Hamblen; and his uncle, Robert Heinlein.
Bill graduated from Northgate High School in 1979 and was a private student of the Anthony L. Pasquarelli Trumpet Virtuoso.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the ALS Foundation or a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home.

Nancy (Davis) McCausland
Nancy (Davis) McCausland, 83, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Manor Care of Ross Township.
Born May 30, 1933, she was the daughter of the late William and Ruth Davis. She was the wife of Walter Blair McCausland, who preceded her in death in 1989. She is survived by her sister, Sylvia Davis Stuckrath, of Cureglia, Switzerland. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Davis Hazeltine, of Matthews, N.C; also survived by her by nephew and nieces, Andrew Hazeltine, of Birdsboro, Pa., Susan Moshier, of Matthews, N.C., Linda Gottschalk, of Leiden, Netherlands, and Lisa Martinenghi, of Cureglia, Switzerland.
While at Avonworth High School, Nancy participated in chorus and was a majorette. She attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. While at Carnegie Mellon, she was a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Delta Delta women's fraternity.
After graduation, Nancy worked for both U.S. Steel and PPG.
She loved bowling and golfing and excelled in both. She and Walt shared a love of miniature schnauzers and they considered Tiny, Chipper and Cricket their furry children. Nancy had a lifelong love of music, singing in chorus and choir throughout school, and continued to sing in her church choirs until just a few years ago. She was also a talented pianist and organist and took great pleasure in playing. Nancy was a witty, fun loving woman with a terrific sense of humor. She was a woman of strong faith and sense of service, volunteering with her churches throughout her life.
The family suggests memorial donations to the New Life Community Church.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home.