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3/8/19

Robert Dettlinger Robert Dettlinger, 62, of Avalon, formerly of Millvale, died Monday, Feb. 18. He was the husband of Susan Dettlinger; father of Amanda Durci and Bob Dettlinger, Jr.; Pap-Pap of Kayleigh, Austin and Connor; great Grandpap of Landon; son of Robert Dettlinger and the late Laura Marsico Dettlinger; brother of Diane Birch, Paula Dettlinger, Charles Dettlinger and the late Craig and Shelley. Arrangements by D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory LTD.

Mildred L. “Millie” Morgan Mildred L. “Millie” Morgan, 86, of Avalon, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

3/2/19

Roy T. Hartwig Roy T. Hartwig, 87, formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was the son of the late William A. and Philomena (Kolling) Hartwig. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Maxine (Chickering) Hartwig and his four older siblings, Leo, Earl, Marcella (Zorn) and June (Barnett). He is survived by his children, Roy C. (Gina) Hartwig of Enola, PA and Susan (Jimmy) Collins of Florence, SC; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

2/24/19

Raymond Anthony Borza Raymond Anthony Borza, 71, died Feb. 1, 2019 at his home in Merritt Island FL, after a hard fought, 4 year battle with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh June 20, 947, Ray was preceded in death by his parents Anthony & Helen (Henchar) Borza, and his wife, Sherry (Szvoboda) Borza. He is survived by sisters, Toni (Colin) Baldwin, and Emmajean (Bill) Meckler, nephews David Baldwin and Scott Meckler, nieces Colleen Briskey (Baldwin) and Christina Orwell (Meckler), six great nieces and nephews, as well as a lifetime of close friends whom Ray considered his family.

2/16/19

James D. “Trey” Buvens III James D. “Trey” Buvens, III, 30, of Sewickley, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. He was the son of Mary Anne (Williams) Buvens and James D. Buvens, Jr.; brother of the late Michael J. Buvens; also survived by aunts and uncles. Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Sr. Rose Mary (Lucille) Modzelewski Sister Rose Mary (Lucille) Modzelewski, 81, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Vazareth for 64 years, died Feb. 10, 2019.

2/10/19

Irene Porvaznik Irene Porvaznik, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Porvaznik; mother of Mary Jane Porvaznik, Nancy Dugan, Joe Porvaznik and Jim Porvaznik; sister of Annie; also survived by grandchildren. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

John H. Marker John H. Marker, age 69, of Bellevue, died Jan. 29, 2019.

2/2/19

Doris Irene Lang Doris Irene Lang, 93, of Emsworth, PA joined her beloved husband, Andrew A. Lang, Sr. and daughter, Teresa Lavery, in eternal life on January 21, 2019. It is with great sadness that her family announced her death. Survivors include: Andrew A Lang, Jr. (Mark Haestings); Nancy Lang; Linda Petley; Gregory Lan; Sherril Weil (Richard); Alan Lang (Margaret); Annette Pace (Wayne); David Lang; Carol Lang; Thomas Lang (Brigette Carman); Jeffrey Lang (Mary Beth); Mary Jo; and son-in-law Robert Lavery; 19 grandchildren, their spouses, and 7 great-grandchildren.

1/20/19

Simon James Matela Simon James Matela, 20, died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in Sewickley on June 18, 1998, to Abigail Matela and Christopher Kitner. Simon was a 2016 graduate of Avonworth High School and was studying Creative Writing at Chatham University. He was a compassionate friend and devoted to his family. Simon had an immense heart and always had the consideration of others in mind. He was wise, funny, extremely resilient, and his unique voice and perspective shone in his brilliant writing.

1/6/19

Richard C.Miller, Ph.D.

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.