Obituaries 7-10-09

Robert Harkins
Robert G. Harkins, 58, of South Park, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Mr. Harkins was a systems analyst at the Information Security Group of UPMC Churchill Center. He was a graduate of North Hills High School and received a bachelor of science degree in chmistry from Duquesne University, and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He was an avid supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Diabetes Association through cycling.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Tellman Harkins; 11 siblings, Jim Harkins and his wife Barbara, Marge Harkins, Bill Harkins and his wife Beth, Mary Ann Buckoske and her husband Dave, Jack Harkins and his wife Cathy, Dee Schuster and her husband Paul, Kathy Appel and her husband Bob, Rosemary Wuenschell and her husband Ken, Tom Harkins and his wife Lauren, Patti Wery and her husband Bernie and Laurie Donat and her husband Wayne; his mother-in-law, Norma Fay Tellman; two sisters-in-law, Norma Fay Tellman and Margaret Scheboth and her husband Phil; 23 nieces and nephews, Sarah and Daniel Brager, Jennifer, Brenda, Billy and Michael Harkins, David Merriman, Bill Merriman and his wife Jessica, Chrissy Buckoske, Teresa and J.P. Harkins, Evan and Ally Schuster, Ashley Appel, Kenny and Emily Wuenschell, Corben and Tippen Harkins, Paul and Matthew Wery, Shane and Heather Donat and Stephen Scheboth; a grand-nephew, of Garry Merriman, and grand-niece Kelly Sinagra; and his uncle, Al Martin and his wife Kathy. He was preceded in death by his parents, George R. and Dorothy Martin Harkins; and his father-in-law, John Tellman.

Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Monday. Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Diabetes Association.

Robert Austin
Robert L. “Roscoe” “Sawdust” Austin, 84, of North Side, husband of the late Catherine R. Ulrich Austin, died Sunday, July 5, 2009.

Mr. Austin was the owner and operator of Pittsburgh Shavings and Sawdust 1947-1972, at which time he retired. During retirement, he was a purveyor of produce to several restaurants. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and survived the sinking of the USS McCawley at Rendova. He served on the USS Hayes, USS LCI 336 and the USS Lofberg destroyer. He was discharged as a gunner's mate 3rd class in 1946. He also was treasurer of the USS McCawley Survivors Association and a member of the LCI Association and VFW Post 418 in McKees Rocks.

He is survived by four children, Karen Panchalk and her husband John, Terry Austin, Sueann DiPasqua and her husband Joseph and Mike Austin; his sister, Alice L. Austin; and seven grandchildren, John, Jennifer and Aaron Panchalk and his wife Juliana, Thomas Rebele Jr., Nicole, Max and Alexis Austin. He was preceded in death by six brothers, Emerick, John, Frederick, Richard, William and Edwin Austin.

Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church on Thursday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

Arthur Allshouse
Arthur G. “Art” Allshouse, 89, of Brighton Heights, husband of the late Mary “Betty” Bloom Allshouse, died Monday, July 6, 2009.

Mr. Allshouse was a member of Emmanuel Christian Church and the Fraternal Order of Odd Fellows. He was a World War II veteran.

He is survived by two children, Bill Allshouse and his wife Lois and Kathy Miller and her husband Jim; seven grandchildren, Heather Edmonds, Jill and Kelly Allshouse, Brian, Jim and Glen Miller and Connie Plashey; and three great-grandchildren, Logan and Zachary Plashey and Marena Miller.

Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side, where services were held on Thursday. Contributions are suggested to Antioch International Ministries, c/o Glen Miller, 3535 Gerber Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Samuel Conway
Samuel Robert “Tiger” Conway, 45, of Emsworth, died Thursday, July 2, 2009.

He is survived by two children, Shane Robert and Gabrielle “G” Alicia Conway; his parents, Samuel Joseph and Darlene Mae Conway of Ben Avon; two sisters, Dana Glad and her husband Ed of Leetsdale and Diane Winter of Ohio Township; his grandparent, “Fuzzy.” He was the nephew of Gary Gray and his wife Vickie and their son, Michael, Marilyn Gearhart and Ronnie Gray and his son, Rick. He also leaves eight nieces and nephews, Jason, Jessica, Audra, David, Jeffrey, Ben, Jake and Katie; and two grandnephews.

Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Wednesday. Donations are suggested to a trust to benefit his children.

Bruce Weissenstein
Bruce O. Weissenstein, 70, of Ohio Township died Monday, July 6, 2009.

Mr. Weissenstein retired from Duquesne Light Co. after 39 years of service.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Fishel Weissenstein; two sons, Kevin B. and Todd D. Weissenstein; his brother, Donald Weissenstein and his wife Arlene; and his grandson, Zachary Weissenstein.

Friends were received at T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills. Funeral services were held in Christ Church at Grove Farm on Thursday.

Dolores Romig
Dolores A. “Dodie” Romig, 87, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Ted Romig; two daughters, Barbara Hartle of Gibsonia and Lisa Hartung-Franklin and her husband Bill of San Jose, CA; two grandsons, Greg Hartle and Randy Hartle and his wife Renee; her great-grandson, Ryan; and Thomas Wareham and Helen Franklin.

Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue, until the time of services on Sunday.

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