Willard Mecklenburg Willard M. Mecklenburg, 86, of Avalon, husband of the late Barbara Gavin Mecklenburg, died Thursday, June 16, 2011. Mr. Mecklenburg was retired from Duquesne University where he was an associate professor of journalism. He served on Avalon Council 1976-79. He was a member of Avalon-Bellevue Kiwanis Club.


Mary DeFrank Mary G. Carcara DeFrank, 89, formerly of the North Side and wife of the late Michael J. DeFrank, died Thursday, June 9, 2011. Mrs. DeFrank had been a teacher in the Catholic schools of the North Side for many years.


Charles Mehrmann Jr. Charles Franklin Mehrmann Jr., 73, of Melbourne, Australia and Ordino Andorra, formerly of Brighton Heights, died Monday, May 30, 2011.


Rosemarie Schuchman Rosemarie Rebel Schuchman, 85, of Avalon, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, May 27, 2011. She is survived by two sons, Paul Schuchman and his wife Arlene and John Schuchman and his wife Barbara; two siblings, Sr. Myron and Carol Beck; two grandchildren, Paul Ross and Sarah Ross Schuchman; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four siblings, Betty Scarbough, William, John and Edward Rebel. Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Mary Church in Glenfield.

Albert Crossland


Joan Bechtel Joan Marie Bechtel, 75, of Clarks Summit, PA, formerly of Bellevue, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore, PA. Ms. Bechtel was a Bellevue High School graduate. She was a retired executive secretary of Harbison-Walker in Pittsburgh. She was an active volunteer at Meals On Wheels and at Allegheny General Hospital. She was an avid traveler.


John Vuksic John M. Vuksic, 48, formerly of Bellevue, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011. He is survived by two sisters, Maryann V. Pfund and her husband Robert and Teresa Pelle and her husband Peter; a niece, Nicole; and two nephews, Peter and John. He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. Sr. and Anna Rock Vuksic. Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon. Funeral services were held in St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Allison Park, on Saturday.

Olive Jackson Olive Mae Combs Jackson, 87, of Emsworth, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011.


Irene Hawk Irene B. Hawk, 96, of Ben Avon, wife of the late Dr. Brainard Hawk, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011. She is survived by four children, Dr. Alan Hawk and his wife Sandra, Dr. David Hawk and his wife Brenda, Linda Kluge and her husband Roger and Susan Coy; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Noah, Lisa, Ellen, Leah, David Jr. and Jessica; and three great-grandchildren, Kelly, Madeline and Paul. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Hawk.


Roy Gansauer Roy Henry Gansauer, 92, of Moon Township, husband of the late Ruth Dreibelbis Gansauer, died Friday, April 8, 2011. Mr. Gansauer was a 1936 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and a World War II, U.S. Army veteran of the 4th Armored Division stationed in Europe under Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army. He was retired from Gibson Electric Co. He was a 32nd degree Mason and past master of Samuel Hamilton Lodge. He was a member of Sharon Community Presbyterian Church in Moon Township.


Audrey Lomb Audrey A. Lomb died Monday, April 4, 2011. She is survived by two brothers, Edward F. Lomb and his wife Patricia and Harry Lomb and his wife Irene; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four siblings, Marie, Mildred, Francis and Raymond. Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in St. Cyril of Alexandria Church on Saturday.

Alfred Woods Alfred Gene "Woody" Woods, 68, of Sewickley Heights, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011.


Sharon Woods Sharon E. Woods, 60, of Avalon, died Thursday, March 31, 2011. She is survived by two daughters, Melissa Slepski and her husband Thomas Streiff and Shannon Slepski; two brothers, Charles D. Woods and his wife Marylyn and Ronald J. Woods; her granddaughter, Jaedyn Slepski; her former husband, Glenn Slepski; and nieces and nephews. Friend were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where services were held on Sunday. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Edward Pritchard


Mary Ann Montgomery Mary Ann Ross Montgomery, 80, of Ben Avon, wife of the late Robert I. Montgomery, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011. She is survived by two daughters, Jody Antonelli and her husband Raymond H. Jr. of Hopewell Township and Judy Keith and her husband Perry of Portersville, PA; four grandchildren, Raymond R., Sarah, Zachary and Brooke Ann; two great-grandsons, Gavin and Wesley; and her niece, Suzie Mura. She was preceded in death by two siblings, Irene Louise Brown and Eugene "Butch" Brown.


Phillip Hahn Phillip C. Hahn, 64, of Aliquippa, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Claudia Hahn; two daughters, Lori Frocek and her husband John of Wilmington, DE and Kristin Bennett and her husband Brian of Emsworth; his mother, Marion Hahn of Ohio Township; two siblings, Robert and his wife Cheryl of Evans City and Gloria of Ohio Township; three grandchildren, Zane, Luke and Anna; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward W. Hahn; and his brother, Edward C. Hahn.


Raymond Seekford Raymond Seekford, 69, of Emsworth, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mr. Seekford was retired and a member of Iron Workers Local #3 for 43 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea.


Eleanor Capps Eleanor Virginia Capps, 95, of Greensboro, NC, formerly of Avalon and North Hills and wife of the late Harry Russell Capps, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Mrs. Capps was an Oliver High School graduate and an accomplished pianist who entertained many social groups and organizations in the Pittsburgh area.


Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick Rev. Robert B. Fitzpatrick, 87, of Thornburg, PA, husband of the late Claire Hood Fitzpatrick, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.


Ann Deckenbach Ann L. Erdner Deckenbach, 93, of Oakmont, formerly of Avalon and wife of the late Charles Deckenbach, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Paula "P.J." Bombara; three sisters, Margaret Diroll, Sophia Pike and Dorothy Delp; and her granddaughter, Alecia M. Bombara. She was preceded in death by six siblings, Edith Munk, Mary Backe, Paul, Joseph, John and Edward Erdner. Friends were received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home, Oakmont, where services were held.

Dolores Hutchinson


John Kaclik John Gabriel "Gabe" Kaclik, 83, of Ohio Township and Punta Gorda, FL, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.


Catherine E. Desso Catherine E. (Cass) Desso, 91 of Leeper, PA, formerly of Bellevue died January 26, 2011. She was preceded in death by Paul, her husband of 52 years. She retired from Suburban General Hospital after 18 years as a pediatric supervisor. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and a charter member of the Christian Mothers Guild at Assumption Church.


Margaret Robinette Margaret B. "Peggy" Robinette, 83, of Sewickley, wife of the late William Alexander Robinette, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.


Pauline Klasterka Pauline R. Yankovic Klasterka, 88, of Ross Township, wife of the late Frank E. Klasterka, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. She is survived by two children, Joane Lapsley and her husband David and Frank L. Klasterka and his wife Lisa; her sister, Anna Marie Zacharias; three grandchildren, Bill Lapsley, Frank and Katelyn Klasterka; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosemary Miller and Eleanor Hirsch.


Edward Sullivan Edward J. Sullivan, 82, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Olga "Ollie" Sullivan; his daughter, Barbara Ann Lint and her husband John of Scottdale, PA; his sister, Joan Gulizia and her husband Fred; three grandchildren, Michael "Buddy" Lint, A.J. And Christopher Sullivan; two great-granddaughters; and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Edward Barry Sullivan.


Anne Bookser Anne M. "Peggy" Bookser, 86, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Pittsburgh and wife of the late Samuel D. Bookser, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. She is survived by her son, David J. Bookser and his wife Barbara; her sister, Sr. M. Cortona Owens, S.S.N.D.; two grandchildren, Megan L. and Mallory E. Bookser; her sister-in-law, Martha Owens; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, S. David Bookser Jr.; and six siblings, Grace E. Owens, Roberta McVay, Sr. M. Roberto Owens, S.S.N.D., J. Joseph Owens, Fr. Paul F. Owens and John E. Owens.


Margaret Milliken Margaret Ethel Thompson Dillman Milliken, 84, of Seven Fields, formerly of Ben Avon, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.


Betty Jane Titler Betty Jane Sharpnack Stevenson Titler, 86, of Avalon, formerly of Brownsville and Youngstown and wife of the late Eugene Stevenson and Guy Titler, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Mrs. Titler was a registered nurse, taking care of veterans of World War II. She then worked in Ohio and at Bellevue Suburban General Hospital in the neonatal unit. She enjoyed reading, playing the slot machines and watching soap operas.