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4/17/17

Karen Lee Lang Karen Lee (Deily) Lang, 71, of Brighton Heights, died Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles F. Lang and her parents Catherine and Hiram Deily.

4/9/17

Joseph R. Vacek Joseph R. Vacek, 80, of Avalon, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017. He was the husband of 59 years to Janice (Zajackowski) Vacek; father of Gina Funk (Jeff), Michael Vacek (Gina), Steve Vacek (Jennifer), Ann Kuszajewski (Gregg), and Frank and the late Joseph Vacek; proud Pap of 10 grandchildren; brother of Fr. Carl Vacek, Sandra Burns (Donald), and Patricia Hodgson. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

3/27/17

Earl F. Harold Earl F. Harold, 87, formerly of Bellevue, died Friday, March 17, 2017. He was the husband of the late Clare (Lowrie) Harold; beloved father of Catherine (Ed) Mancini, Martin (Michele)Harold, Joseph (Lisa) Harold, Thomas Harold and James (Charlene) Harold; brother of Bernard Harold and the late Harold Harold; grandfather of Kristan Fisher, Megan Spanos, Eddie Mancini, William and Allison Harold, Shauni Johns, Brandi Harold, Austin and Hunter Harold. Great grandfather of Madeline Fisher and Michael Spanos; also many nieces and nephews.

3/18/17

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.

3/11/17

Ruth “Genny” Steigerwald Ruth “Genny” Steigerwald, 93, a former resident of West View Towers, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was the wife of the late Robert F. Steigerwald; beloved mother of Debbie (Charles) Conway, Ed (Fran) Steigerwald, Rick (Charlene) Steigerwald and the late Robert L. (surviving wife Linda) Steigerwald; also survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

3/6/17

Sr. Genevieve Mary Jurick O.S.F. Sister Genevieve Mary Jurick, formerly Sister Assumpta, 95, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis United States Province, in her 76th year of Religious Profession, died Feb. 26, 2017, at Marian Hall Home in Pittsburgh.

2/25/17

Jeffrey D. Brink Jeffrey D. Brink, of Ohio Township, died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. He was the father of Brittany and Logan Brink; son of James W. Brink and the late Mary T. Brink; brother of James D. Brink, Diane M. Brink and Douglas R. Brink. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jeff was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and a Pittsburgh sports fan. Memorial contributions are suggested to Animal Friends or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by the Devlin Funeral Home.

Hilda L. Fiorenzo Hilda L. Fiorenzo, 97, of Belleuve, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

2/17/17

David H. Lawhead David H. Lawhead, 82, of Avalon, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

2/13/17

James A. Donovan James A. Donovan, 90, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

1/30/17

Michael Benjamin Patak Jr. Michael B. Patak, Jr., 80, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. He was the son of the late Michael B. Sr. and Emma (Morgan) Patak; husband of the late Dolores (McCartney) Patak; beloved father of Michael B. Patak III of Bellevue, Patrick J. Patak of Emsworth and Timothy S. (Denise Aubrecht) Patak of Bellevue; loving grandfather of Alicia M. (Patrick Garrison) Patak, Johnathan M. (Corinna) Patak and Sabrina M. Patak; loving great-grandfather of Logan Garrison.

1/23/17

Joanne Ecker Joanne Ecker, 78, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2017. She was the wife of the late Jesse Root Ecker; mother of Joseph F. (Nancy) Ecker of Ross Township, Jesse R. Ecker, Jr. of Shaler, Jean Kania of Avalon, John Ecker, Janice (Ron) Cushman of Jacksonville, FL; grandmother of Sara, Melissa and Christina Ecker, Jesse, Jr. and Jessica Ecker, Jason Willett and James Kania, Evan and Gracie Joanne Cushman; great-grandmother of Connor Joseph “Scratch” Kilpatrick, Anthony Laborers, Kayden, Cloe and Jesse Ecker.

1/14/17

Hannah Isabelle Milbert Hannah Isabelle Milbert, 15, of Ohio Township, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Born April 3, 2001, Hannah was the daughter of Eric J. and Maureen J. (Aiken) Milbert; granddaughter of William and Marie Milbert and Shirley Petrovic; sister of Jennifer (Sean) Waters, Laura (Rocky) Yusi, Matthew (Emily) Milbert, Emily Milbert and Marissa Milbert. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

5/15/16

Frances Hayden Frances Psomas Makray Hayden, 94, of Ohio Township, wife of the late Lawrence J. Makray Jr. and Eli Hayden, died Thursday, April 28, 2016. Mrs. Hayden had been a member of the Ohio Township Ladies Auxiliary and St. Mary Women's Guild.

4/10/16

Edward Swidal Edward W. Swidal, 87, of Pittsburgh, husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Swidal, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Mr. Swidal was a decorated Korean Conflict veteran.

4/3/16

Ronald Augustine Ronald A. "Augie" Augustine, 77, of Ross Township, husband of the late Georgia Marie Dorben Augustine, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He is survived buy two children, Ron Augustine and his wife Tina and Lori Walters and her husband Steve; two siblings, Patricia Hubbard and Doug Augustine; six grandchildren, Shannon, Kristen, Ashley, Ronnie, Ryan, Andrew and Kira; and two great-grandchildren, Haydin and Lennox. Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon, where a blessing service was held on Friday.

June Williams

3/20/16

Cynthia Vancheri Bednar Cindy died Sunday, March 13, 2016, at her home in Midlothian, Virginia. She lost her three year battle with ovarian cancer; her family was with her. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and grandmother. Cindy was born in New Castle, PA, to Michael and Carol Vancheri. She was a 1973 graduate of Bellview High School.

2/13/16

Mary Ellen Nelson Mary Ellen Nelson, 86, formerly of Bellevue and wife of the late Carl Nelson, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. She is survived by four children, Judith Arthur, Bridget Robbins and her husband Kenneth, David Nelson and his wife Leslie and Richard Nelson and his partner Shawn; 10 grandchildren, Brandy Reischman, Kristy Fry and her husband Brian, Joshua Satory and his wife Jen, April Kirkpatrick, Morgan, Samantha and Jayden Nelson, Dillon and Derek Robbins; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

2/8/16

Audrey Garbe Audrey G. Garbe, 85, of Emsworth, wife of the late Henry E. Garbe Jr., died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Mrs. Garbe was a longtime member of St. James Lutheran Church in Emsworth and a member of Eastern Star. She is survived by four children, Edward R. Garbe, Grace M. Garbe, Shirley A. Logan and her husband Ernest and Glenn J. Garbe; her sister, Virginia Connor and her husband Sonny; her granddaughter, Melissa Castner; and two great-grandchildren, Miranda and Mason Castner. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Sandra Garbe.

1/23/16

Margaret Halligan Margaret Mary Parker Halligan died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. Mrs. Halligan served in the WAVES during World War II.

12/12/15

Robert Kiefer Robert C. Kiefer, 69, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. Mr. Kiefer was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the USS Hornet. He is survived by four siblings, Patricia Bachmann and her husband Jim, A.J. Kiefer Jr. and his wife Kathy, Raymond Kiefer and his wife Lucetta and Beverly Kiefer; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Augustine J. and Margaret Hallstein Kiefer.

12/7/15

Mary Rieger Mary F. "Mae" Kuhn Rieger, 85, of Ross Township, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Elmer Rieger, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. She is survived by two siblings, John Kuhn and his wife Rosemary and Dorothy Hasenbein; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Mary Kodovsky Kuhn; and her brother-in-law, Herbert Hasenbein.

11/22/15

James McCarthy James M. "Jimmy" McCarthy, 83, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Mr. McCarthy was born in Limerick, Ireland and moved to New York to work on a farm. He was a horse jockey in Ireland and England and rode a number of winners, notably in the Curragh with Martin Quirke and Tom Costelloe in Clare, and he rode the most famous Montcapitane, sire to the legendary Gold Cup winner Captain Christie in 1977. When he moved to Pittsburgh, he worked on Barberry Farms in Sewickley.

11/16/15

Marie Wehner Marie Marion A. Wehner, 96, of McCandless, formerly of Spring Hill and Avalon, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Ms. Wehner was retired from US Steel after 44 years of service. She is survived by her sister, Clara Freel; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Wehner and Robert Wehner. A funeral mass was held in St. Ambrose Church, Holy Wisdom Parish, North Side, on Monday. Arrangements were made by Sperling Funeral Home.

Patrick McGivern Patrick J. McGivern of Reserve Township died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

11/6/15

John Lutchko John R. Lutchko, 80, of Ross Township, husband of the late Patricia Paulson Lutchko, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. He is survived by two daughters, Karen Martin and her husband Kevin and Carrie Anderson; his sister, Jean Brown; and a grandson, Tyler Martin. Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Church of the Assumption today, Friday, at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery.

Rev. Norman Young