Obituaries 4-28-17

Colleen Connolly Rau
Colleen Connolly Rau, 65, of Bainbridge, GA, died Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017.
She was born July 13, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of John Lawrence Connolly and Doris L. Ogilvie Connolly. She was a member of V.F.W. Post 8681 Ladies Auxiliary in Spring Hill, FL and Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church. She loved cooking.
Survivors include her husband, David H. Rau of Bainbridge, GA; her children, Rodney Anderson and his wife, Bonnie, of Bainbridge, GA; David L. Rau and his wife, Kelly, of Crawfordsville, FL; Cynthia Rau of Jasper, AR; Natalie Meshburn and her husband, Keith, of Durham, NC; and Priscilla Buis and her husband, Nick, of Maderia Beach, FL. She is also survived her siblings, Danny Connolly, Raymond Connolly and his wife, Cindy, of Pittsburgh, PA; Jack Connolly, of Tampa, FL; and Steven Connolly, of Pittsburgh, PA; also six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughters, Misty Dawn Wells and Lindsay Dunn.

Susan Jean Crown
Susan Jean Crown, 67, formerly of Neville Island, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
She is survived by her children, Kristen (Muchenski) Braunlich, Robert Muchenski, Jr. and Kelly Muchenski; former spouse of Robert Muchenski, Sr.; sister of Jack Crown and Patricia Hahne; grandmother of Marley and Beau Braunlich, Caden and Abby Muchenski and Everly Muchenski; also survived by nieces and nephews.
Susan had been a dispatcher for Bellevue Police Department and had worked for MCA Universal Studios as an administrative assistant.
Internment will be private.
Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Shirley A. (Deegan) Benson
Shirley A. (Deegan) Benson, 80, of Ross Township, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
She was the wife of the late F. Thomas Benson; mother of Francis (Karen Males) Benson III, Chris (Clyde) Wessel, Theresa “Terry” Benson, Patrick (Stacey Markham) Benson and the late Elizabeth “Betsy” and Margaret “Marty” Benson; sister of Paul (Margie) Deegan of Jacksonville, FL and late Jane Suchevich; grandmother of Lucas (Krista), Benjamin, Jacob (Terra) and Bridget Wessel, Collin, Riley and Layne Benson; great grandmother of Greyson, Ellis and Colvin.
Shirley was a longtime community swim program director at Northgate, a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader, and Salvation Army Auxiliary member. She loved camping, sewing and music. Her front door was always open and she was a “mom” to all. She adored her grandchildren and never missed the grandkids at the Auglaize County Fair.
Family and friends received Saturday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m. at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc. 460 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 10 a.m., at the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue.

Peter J. Cortese
Peter J. Cortese, 88, of Allison Park, formerly of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
He is survived by his wife Rosalina Cortese and her children, Maricris, Zyra and Raymond; father of Ralph Cortese and Carol Ann Vance; brother of the late Sam Opipery, Dom Opipare, Al Opipare, Louis Opipare, Anthony R. Cortese and Rose Opipare Corea; also survived by grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Peter was a member of the Sprinkler Fitters Local Union # 542 and was a veteran of the US Army.
Family and friends received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc. 460 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, 1 p.m., at the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue.

Jack Wilbur Hanselman
Jack Wilbur Hanselman, 90, of Emsworth, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jack was the husband for nearly 69 years of Gloria (Ellenberger) Hanselman; father of Bonnie (Frank) Glazer, Sherri (Greg) Conner and Jack (Jani) Hanselman, grandfather of Frank (Andrea) Glazer of New York City, Ryan Hanselman of Cleveland, Marty Mazie of Emsworth and Katie (Brian) Gillum of Cleveland, as well as four great grandchildren; Oliver Mazie, Aydan and Ethan Gillum and Greta Glazer.
He was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Deutschtown. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Violet and Andrew, his sister Norma Ostronic, brother Roy, and is survived by sisters Gloria Stern and Nancy Stanger. He is also survived by loving brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rose and Jim Ellenberger.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea, retired from the optical business and drove a school bus for ten years for the Avonworth School District. He had a strong love of family and was known for telling long funny stories. He was a member of Christ Church at Grove Farm. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Allegheny Health Network Hospice for their exceptional compassionate care as well as the Bellevue office of Home Instead.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer's Association: Greater Pennsylvania Chapter-Pittsburgh Office.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral & Cremation Service.

Solomon Isaac David
Solomon Isaac David, 7 months and six days old, died peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in his father’s arms.
He was the son of David and Lori David; and baby brother of Braeden Michael David; grandson of Tracy and Kathy Carson and Calvin Nolen and the late Marquita David; great-grandson of Eleanor Nau; great-nephew of Angela Thomas; also survived by many other family members.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral & Cremation Service.

Juanita C. (Albinger) Ciocco
Juanita C. (Albinger) Ciocco, 79, died April 20, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospice.
She was the daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia Albinger; sister of the late Charles Albinger, Jr.; mother of Lisa, Thomas and her “Baby” Christina; grandmother of Nikita, Tony, Thomas, Jr. and Joshua.
She will be missed by her friends and loved ones who will miss her smile, stories and jokes.
Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements by the McDonaldd-Linn Funeral and Cremation Service.

Franca Golin-Bisello
Franca Golin-Bisello, 51, of Shadyside, died Friday, April 21, 2017.
She was the wife of Alessandro Bisello; mother of Emma and Margherita Bisello.
Services and interment will be private.
Arrangements by the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Kathryn M. Flaherty
Kathryn M. Flaherty, also known to her older friends and family as “Sis,” 74, died Monday, April 17.
She was born, raised, and worked the earlier part of her life in Emsworth and Avalon; a 1960 graduate of Avonworth High School, where she was an award winning athlete and a majorette. She married early and, after having a son, was widowed at the age of 20; she worked for Dr. Irvin (Sony) Templeton for many years and began a decade of prominence in the Northern Boroughs.
Her vivacious personality and beauty are surely remembered by a generation of Dr. Templeton's patients, just as she is remembered for the impact she had on her archery and volleyball students at the Bellevue YMCA, where she volunteered during the Sixties. During this time, Kathryn was an award winning volleyball player who participated on a traveling YWCA Volleyball team based out Pittsburgh.
In 1970 Kathryn decided to go back to business school in order to expand her professional horizons; in 1971 she graduated from Duff's School of Business and embarked on a career that eventually led to her leading accounts payable operations for several cities across the country on behalf of Control Data, one of the largest IT operations companies in business during the seventies and eighties. Kathryn's success, both as a woman and a non-traditional professional, are testaments to her intelligence and her unrelenting resolve and work ethic. Unfortunately, the end of the eighties were not kind to Kathryn and, absent a 4 year degree, her industry moved past her and she had to reinvent herself yet again.
Kathryn's resilience led her back to where she started and she returned to Dr. Templeton's practice as his practice manager; many of her former patients from her days as a dental hygienist now brought their children in to meet this kind and outgoing person who made a visit to the dentist a better experience.
Kathryn was an accomplished artist, first in oil painting and later in ceramics, where she was a regular with the group at Divine Providence led by Sister Mary Louise. Kathryn also loved to bake and knit, the latter skill she taught to neighbors in her McCandless neighborhood.
Kathryn Flaherty loved people…she loved talking with people and people gravitated towards her; this was gift and a pleasure that she shared with her Father (David Friedman), whom she so closely resembled. Kathryn overcame many barriers and suffered more than any person should; she is best remembered as she was in her twenties, Sis Flaherty, beautiful athlete, teacher of children, friend to all, possessor of an electric smile, lover of music…forever young.
Kathryn is survived by her son, Patrick, daughter in law, Teresa, sister, Gayle Rozum, two grandchildren, Leah and Sean, and her nephew James Rozum.
Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.

John R. Durler Jr.
John R. Durler Jr., “Pork Chop,” 56, a native of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
He was the husband of 22 years to Paula A. (Wilson) Durler; father of Sydney, John III, Gage and Emily, all of Bellevue; pappy of Liam Andrew and Milo Allen Durler; brother Anthony of Bellevue, Jacqueline Lenhart of McKees Rocks, James of New York, Michelle of Donora and the late Donald Durler of Bellevue.
Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.

James Thomas Brunner
James Thomas Brunner, 70, of Ben Avon, died Thursday, April 20, 2017.
He was the son of the late Fred J. and Edith E. (Morris) Brunner; brother of Peggy (Wayne) Stratton, Ruth (Joseph) Hudspeth, Carole Brunner, the late Fred and Evelyn Brunner and Sally Cisco. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.