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12/22/18

Courtney L. (Denniston) Perkins Courtney L. (Denniston) Perkins, 30, of Ben Avon, died unexpectedly from a rare heart condition, Friday, Dec. 12, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Jason Perkins; mother of Arelyn, Emerson, and Wailand; daughter of Maureen (Helbling) Denniston and Timothy Denniston; sister of Jeremy Denniston; daughter-in-law of Tina and James McCroskey; sister-in-law of JC McCroskey; also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Before becoming a mother, Courtney assisted with sign language for deaf and autistic children at Pressley Ridge.

12/16/18

William R. Dugan William R. Dugan, 90, of Bellevue, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. He was the husband of 58 years of Claire (Schneider) Dugan; father of Mary Anne Foglio, Robert Dugan, and Janet (Kenneth) Briski; grandfather of Michael (Stephanie) Foglio, Nicholas Foglio, Joseph, David, Meghan, and Blake Briski; son of the late Thomas and Helen Dugan; brother of John P. (Elaine) Dugan and the late Richard (surviving wife, Jean) Dugan, Thomas (late Joanne), and Nancy Smith; brother-in-law of Jane Mousseau and the late Betty Ann Schneider; also survived by nieces and nephews.

12/8/18

Richard A. Houy Richard A. Houy, 67, of Emsworth, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. He was the husband of Maureen (Cahill) Houy; preceded in death by his parents, Benedict L. and Alice M. (Leicher) Houy, Jr.; and his sister, Janet Houy; son-in-law of David J. Cahill and the late Ann Cahill; brother-in-law of David T. (Joyce) Cahill and Donald P. (Alice) Cahill; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Rick was a USPS letter carrier for over 30 years, and a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

12/2/18

Karl Belany Karl Belany, 67, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. He was the son of the late John S. and Helen Belany; brother of Dr. John (Tonie Marie) Belany, Keith (Laura) Belany, Kathy Jean (Peter) Hanas, and Carolyn (Darryl) Sigel. Arrangements by the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Inc.

Walter D. Marshall Sr. Walter D. Marshall Sr., 79, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

11/24/18

Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick, 82, of Aleppo Township, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, November 16, 2018. She was the wife for 61 years of Warren W. Fitzpatrick; mother of Beth (Timothy) Noonan, Nancy (William) Petraivolo, Lynn (Michael) Werley, Brian (Angela) Fitzpatrick, and Keith (Mary) Fitzpatrick; sister of David (the late Linda) Messmer; and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

11/24/18

Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick, 82, of Aleppo Township, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, November 16, 2018. She was the wife for 61 years of Warren W. Fitzpatrick; mother of Beth (Timothy) Noonan, Nancy (William) Petraivolo, Lynn (Michael) Werley, Brian (Angela) Fitzpatrick, and Keith (Mary) Fitzpatrick; sister of David (the late Linda) Messmer; and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

11/24/18

Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick, 82, of Aleppo Township, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, November 16, 2018. She was the wife for 61 years of Warren W. Fitzpatrick; mother of Beth (Timothy) Noonan, Nancy (William) Petraivolo, Lynn (Michael) Werley, Brian (Angela) Fitzpatrick, and Keith (Mary) Fitzpatrick; sister of David (the late Linda) Messmer; and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

11/17/18

David F. Dramble David F. Dramble, 59, a lifelong resident of Bellevue, died Monday, November 5, 2018. He was the son of the late Blair and Shirley Dramble; father of Danielle (Shawn) McCommon and Jessica Dramble; grandfather of Dylan McCommon; brother of Donna Veiock, Sharon Jones and Connie Dramble; also survived by his beloved dog "BooBoo." Dave loved cars, bikes, anything on wheels, and could always be found tinkering with one of them. He strongly believed in being an honest, hardworking man, and was always selflessly lending a helping hand to anyone in need.

11/11/18

Barbara Ann Crumbaker Teves, 80, passed away surrounded by her family in Sarasota, FL in October 2018. She was born in September 1938 at Suburban General and grew up in Pittsburgh. She was educated at Brown University; she served in the first wave of the Peace Corps; traveled the world extensively, and had a career as a psycho-therapist for 25 years in Beaver County, PA and Dare County, NC.

11/4/18

Mary T. (Chitti) Thackeray Mary T. (Chitti) Thackeray, 96, of Avalon, died Saturday, October 20, 2018. She was the mother to Carol McFadden, Christina Patton (Robert); grandmother to Shari Butler (Michael), Michele Fisher (Jeffrey), James Patton, Jeffrey Patton (Jennifer); great-grandmother to Zachary Patton, Joseph Fisher, John Fisher, JD, Michaela, and Mackenzie Butler. She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Marie (Costantino) Fanto; husband, Joseph Chitti; and two brothers. Mary was a member of Church of the Assumption.

10/28/18

John M. Ropar John M. Ropar of Ross Township died Saturday, October 13, 2018. He was the husband of 46 years to Shirley Ropar; father of Cathy (Rick) Bayles, John (Eileen) Ropar, Jr., Mary Louise (the late Ron) Abbott, Chris (Barbara) Ropar, Tom (Lori) Mackiewicz, Andrea (Blaise) Champagne and Kathy (Jim) McCaffrey; grandfather of 12; great-grandfather of six; and brother of Florence (Bob) and the late Marcella, Dorothy, Chuck, Dolly and Denny.

10/20/18

Joseph Zimmer Joseph Zimmer, 66, of the North Side, died Monday, October 8, 2018. He was the son of the late Harold S. and Mary W. (Moore) Zimmer; brother of Robert Zimmer, Janice Zimmer, and Jane (Michael) Braunlich of Bellevue, Tammy (Terry) Bowman of Jackson Township and the late Harold A. "Tony", James and William "Rick" Zimmer; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Joe was employed as a custodian for many years in the North Boros and the North Side. He had two loves, fishing and gardening. Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.

10/13/18

James C. Braunlich James C. Braunlich, 55, of the North Hills, died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 2, 2018. He is survived survived by his wife, Kristen Braunlich; four children, Marley, Beau, James and Joseph; grandson, Jack Braunlich; mother, Diane Braunlich; brothers, Thomas and Christopher Braunlich; father-in-law, Robert Muchenski; also aunts, uncles, and cousins. James was preceded in death by his father, William Braunlich. James spent the weekend before his death with his family and friends, and he was in high spirits and surrounded by loved ones during his final days.

10/6/18

Obituaries Daniel R. Friedman Daniel R. Friedman, 33, of Emsworth, died Thursday, September, 27, 2018, after a long courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the son of Leonard Friedman and Dianne (Nick Matko) Friedman; brother of Leonard R. Friedman and step-brother of Nicholas Matko; grandson of the late Marjory and David Watkins and the late Leonard F. Friedman; nephew of David Alan Watkins, Linda Ward, Janice Markewinski, Robert K. Friedman and Ginnie Turner; cousin of Kenneth Belles; great-nephew of Janet Swanson. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors, animals, fishing and cooking.

9/30/18

Brandi Nicole Jones Brandi Nicole Jones, 26, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. She was the daughter of Christine Jones and the late Bruce A. Jones; sister of Marissa Lee Jones; granddaughter of Mary Lou (Paul) Wolfarth and the late Joseph Eugene Matesic, Jr., Gladys Jones and the late John Calvin Jones; also survived by hundreds of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-cousins, godchildren, and lifetime friends, whom Brandi cherished dearly.

9/24/18

Lenora “Babe” Bauer Lenora “Babe” Bauer, 88, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Lenora was born July 22, 1930. Babe is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; she was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Josephine (Slonika) Zawojski; husband, Harry Bauer; brothers, Felix, Stanley, Pete, Joseph, Richard, Frank, Bernard Zawojski; sisters, Stella Ban, Josephine Rudnick, and infant sister, Dolores Zawojski.

9/8/18

Thomas J. Andracki Thomas J. Andracki, 68, of Bellevue, died Thursday, August 30, 2018. Thom, a native of Lawrenceville, had also been a former resident of Shaler Township. He was the husband of the late Amy M. (Nauer) Andracki; father of Jason Andracki and his wife, Liz of Meadville; cherished Popeye of his granddaughter, Iris V. Andracki; brother-in-law of Tim Nauer (Georgine) of Shaler Township and their family, Becca, Aaron, Rachel, Joe and George; dear friend and comrade of Mike Alexander (Sue) of Economy Borough and their children.

9/3/18

Joseph F. Stowell Joseph F. Stowell, 77, of Scottsdale, AZ, died July 10, 2018, from complications related to Alzheimer’s. He was preceded in death by Gayle, his wife of 53 years. Joe was born in Bellevue, PA to the late Joseph and Mary Stowell. After graduating from North Catholic High, Joe began his civilian career at HJ Heinz and attended University of Pittsburgh in the evenings, earning his bachelor’s degree. Upon graduating, Joe rejoined the armed forces as a member of the US Army Reserve, from which he retired after 20 years of service, with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

8/25/18

James M. Aubelle James M. Aubelle, 66, of Emsworth, formerly of Swissvale, died Friday, August 17, 2019, after a nearly five year battle with cancer. He was the son of Mary Louise Aubele and the late Regis Aubele; brother of Regis, Edward (Patty), Michael (Joyce), Paul (Sherry), Mark (Gloria), Daniel (Terri), and the late Keith. Also many loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Arrangements by the Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home, Inc.

Dorothy C. Vancheri Dorothy C. Vancheri, 91, of Avalon, died Saturday, August 18, 2018.

8/13/18

Virginia Ruth (Butler) Miranda Virginia “Ginny” Ruth (Butler) Miranda, 83, of Bellevue, went home to be with Jesus and her beloved husband, Jim, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Ginny was the only child of the late James and Sophie Butler. She was preceded in death by her husband, James who passed away in 2017. She had a long and impressive career as a top-notch secretary working for a senator, a district attorney, an airline executive and retired as a public servant for Allegheny County. Ginny and Jim were active in several churches throughout the years.

7/28/18

Richard A. Barnhart Richard A. Barnhart, 82, of Bellevue, died Sunday, July 22, 2018. He was the husband of Charlotte (Schlarp) Barnhart; father of Karen (Daniel) Saunders, Donna (Nathan) Weinstein, Joanne (Stephen) Wanat and Elaine Saunders; brother of Elizabeth Outly, John (Sandra) Hart, and the late Raymond (surviving wife, Margaret) Barnhart and Marian Fitz; also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial donations are suggested to Good Samaritan Hospice. Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

7/14/18

Elizabeth H. Nickeson Elizabeth H. Nickeson, 99 of Bellevue, died Friday, July 6, 2018. She was the wife of the late William F. Nickeson; and is survived by her son, Robert G. Nickeson of Natrona Heights. Elizabeth was a great lover of birds and poetry, and she showed kindness to all. She enjoyed volunteering for many organizations and community events. During her working years, she was employed as a medical transcriptionist at the former Central Medical Pavilion. Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.

Shirley M. Veneziale

7/7/18

Alvin W. “Al” Eck Alvin W. “Al” Eck, 77, of Avalon, formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was the husband of the late Mary Lou (Wolfe) Eck; father of William Eck, Jeff (Tracey) Eck, Michelle (Tom) Darabant and the late Thomas Eck (surviving spouse, Myra), Michael Eck and Chas Laubham; also survived by companion, Janet Crossland; grandfather of Andrew Joseph, Peter, Ginny, Phillip, Chad, Fred, Julia (Zack Hubert), Andrew Dalton, Moriah and Hunter; great-grandfather of Avery and Easton Hubert.

6/23/18

Elizabeth P. Rainey A memorial service for Elizabeth P. Rainey (formerly of Plumer Avenue for over 70 years), who died December 17, 2017, will be held Wednesday, June 27. 2 p.m. at Emsworth United Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiland Ave., Emsworth 15202. Friends and neighbors are invited to bring their memories to share with the family.

Caroline “Cookie” Uzyak Caroline “Cookie” Uzyak, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, June 14, 2018.