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2/8/13

Barbara Kull Barbara K. Kull, 71, of Brighton Heights, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. She is survived by her brother, Dave Kull; and her cat, Jack. Visitation and burial were private. A memorial service will be held later. Donations are suggested to a favorite animal charity. Arrangements were made by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon. Virginia Cyburt Virginia W. Miller Cyburt, 95, of Ross Township, wife of the late Henry F. Cyburt, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

2/4/13

Nancy Brooks Nancy Jean Brooks, 76, of Kilbuck Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Mrs. Brooks was a summa cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. She was an administrator and educator at Eden Christian Academy for 15 years. She is survived by her husband, M. Richard Brooks; two sons, Richard L. Brooks and his wife Donna and Ronald Charles Brooks and his wife Lynda; five siblings, Virginia Held, Karen Miller, Kathryn Nordorff, Jim and John Kirch; and three grandchildren, Richard L. II, Dayna J. and David Brooks.

1/25/13

Nan Wittler Nan Kelley Wittler, 57, of Ohio Township, formerly of Binghampton, NY and Allentown, PA, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in Good Samaritan Hospice House, Wexford. Mrs. Wittler was president of her company, Hugs & Wishes, Inc., a porcelain doll company, from 1990 until 2001. She had constructed and hand-painted collectible dolls. She crocheted chemo caps and afghans and made stained glass creations. She worked as a claims specialist.

1/19/13

Elsie Scialabba Elsie L. Macaluso Scialabba, 100, of Cohasset, MA, formerly of Metowers in Avalon and wife of the late Sam Scialabba, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in Sunrise Assisted Living in Cohasset. Mrs. Scialabba was a longtime member of the Church of the Assumption.

1/11/13

M.L. "Petey" Hager

1/6/13

Anthony R. Bisese Anthony R. Bisese of Ross Township, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Dearest husband of 66 years to Phyllis (DeRubbo) Bisese; loving father of David J. Bisese (Lisa) and Amy B. Keener (Scott); brother of Joseph Bisese, Charles Bisese, and the late Robert Bisese and Laura Hubbard; loving grandfather of Stephanie, Emily, and Kimberly; step-grandfather of Kellsie. Friends were received Sunday at T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., North Hills, where a Blessing Service was held Monday at 11 a.m. Tony was an avid golfer at North Park Golf Course.

1/6/13

Anthony R. Bisese Anthony R. Bisese of Ross Township, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Dearest husband of 66 years to Phyllis (DeRubbo) Bisese; loving father of David J. Bisese (Lisa) and Amy B. Keener (Scott); brother of Joseph Bisese, Charles Bisese, and the late Robert Bisese and Laura Hubbard; loving grandfather of Stephanie, Emily, and Kimberly; step-grandfather of Kellsie. Friends were received Sunday at T.B. Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., North Hills, where a Blessing Service was held Monday at 11 a.m. Tony was an avid golfer at North Park Golf Course.

12/21/12

Donna Wollen Donna Wollen (Vuksic) passed peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Wife of James, loving mother of Cheryl (Koehler) Delanko, Robert Koehler III, grandmother of Robert Koehler IV, Michael Koehler and Matthew Delanko (deceased). Memorial to be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd., Blawnox.

Lillian Shaughnessy Lillian Daubman Shaughnessy, 91, of Bethel Park, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Melvin J. Daubman Sr. and Albert Shaughnessy, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

12/14/12

Kathleen Dunn Kathleen Ann "Kathy" Walsh Dunn, 72, of Waxhaw, NC, formerly of Bellevue, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in Hospice House of Union County, Monroe, NC. Mrs. Dunn enjoyed reading. She is survived by her husband, Joseph T. Dunn; four sons, Buddy Dunn and his wife Elizabeth and Patrick Dunn and his wife Callie, all of Seattle, WA, Christopher Dunn and his wife Sara of Downingtown, PA and Kevin Dunn and his wife Heather of Pataskala, OH; two siblings, Joe Walsh and Jane Walsh, both of Santa Cruz, CA; and eight grandchildren.

12/7/12

Dennis Michaels Dennis J. Michaels, 65, of Ross Township, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Mr. Michaels was a retired audit supervisor for the Liquor Control Board. He is survived by his wife, Janet Olszewski Michaels; three children, Stephanie Ondo and her husband Ron, Dennis Michaels and his wife Jessica and Elizabeth Michaels and her husband Jason Manse; and five grandchildren, Anthony and Natalie Ondo, Dennis Michaels III, Bradley Michaels and Lola Manse. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Sophie Michaels.

12/2/12

Frank E. Hirsch Frank E. Hirsch of Marshall Township, formerly of Bellevue, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. He leaves his wife, Lori (Rodgers) Hirsch; children, Amanda L., James J. and Frank R. Hirsch; his parents, James "Chub" and Mary Ann "Boots" Hirsch. he was the brother of Kim E. Motycka (Steve), Amy K. O'Niell (Leo), and the late Patrick J. Hirsch and his surviving spouse, Jane; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends were received at the Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Ferdinand Church.

Verne Maus

11/24/12

Albert Ejzak Albert Lawrence Ejzak, age 72, of Emsworth, passed away Nov. 19, 2012. Beloved husband of JoAnne L. (Wojtczak); father of Josie Ramsey and Steven Ejzak; grandfather of Douglas and Thomas Ramsey; also survived by his brothers, Charles and William Ejzak. He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Veronica Ejzak, and his brother, Raymond Ejzak.

11/16/12

Anthony Rekasie Anthony L. Rekasie, 92, husband of the late Doris B. Rekasie, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Mr. Rekasie was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by three children, Cheryl Brown and her husband Lloyd, Joyce Wright and her husband Phillip and Larry Rekasie and his wife Amy; his sister, Anna Spece; and three grandsons, Chad and Cory Rekasie and Travis Wright. He was preceded in death by four brothers. Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Saturday.

Veronica Wagner

11/9/12

Claudia Veder Claudia Veder, 93, of Emsworth, wife of the late Charles Veder, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Mrs. Veder was a 1937 graduate of Oliver High School, where she had been valedictorian. She was a volunteer at Sacred Heart Church in Emsworth and at Suburban General Hospital. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.

11/2/12

Amy McElroy Amy Sheaffer McElroy, 50, of Ohio Township, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford. She is survived by three siblings, Dru Dubuque and her husband Jed, Francie Cech and her husband Alan and Jennifer Bates McElroy; two nieces, Natasha Dickson and her husband Andrew and Alexandra Cech; and a grandniece, Aila Elizabeth Dickson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Sheaffer and Dorothy Thornily McElroy.

10/26/12

Cyril J. Elker

10/19/12

Tristan Grande Tristan L. "Pete" Grande, 85, of Ben Avon, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Mr. Grande was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired U.S. Postal Service employee.

10/12/12

Robert Swazuk Robert S. Swazuk, 66, of Worthington, OH, formerly of Ben Avon, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Mr. Swazuk attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Avonworth High School. He joined the U.S. Army at age 16. General Matthew Ridgeway interceded so he could join the 173rd Airborne Brigade, A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Platoon in Okinawa, Japan in 1964. In April 1965, the unit was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a unit radio operator. After the war, he continued his education. He was a manufacturing representative in plumbing and HVAC.

10/5/12

Genevieve Opperman Genevieve R. "Jean" Kowalski Opperman, wife of the late James Q. Opperman, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. She is survived by four daughters, Valerie A. Bottles, Marita L. Baginski and her husband Tom, Barbara J. DeTemple and her husband Donald and Terry A. Walsh and her husband Mike; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy E. Opperman; and two brothers. There was no visitation. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Saturday. Arrangements were made by O'Brien Funeral Home, North Side.

Mildred Staley

9/28/12

Julia Bamberger Julia Bamberger, 97, of Bellevue, wife of the late William Bamberger, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. She is survived by four children, Richard Bamberger, William Bamberger, Connie Redman and Barbara Boyd and her husband Howard; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kay Bamberger. 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. Burial was in St. Boniface Cemetery.

9/21/12

Everett Niemela Everett Arthur Niemela, 90, educator, woodworker, and WWII veteran, died Sept. 13, 2012 of natural causes at White Horse Village continuing care community in Newtown Square, PA. Mr. Niemela was a long-time resident of Ben Avon. Born in rural Long Branch, PA to Finnish immigrants, Mr. Niemela was the youngest of 11 children growing up on a working farm. He graduated from Charleroi High School in 1939. He volunteered for the Army Air Force at the start of World War II and served as a flight engineer on a B-24 crew stationed in England, earning three Bronze Stars.

9/17/12

Karl D.Kaminski Kaminski, Karl D., Age 45, of Avalon, formerly of McKees Rocks, on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Beloved husband of Becky Lynn (Daugherty); son of Florence and the late Michael; brother of Michael Jr. (Heather) and Mark (Naylene); Also survived by aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. Karl was a proud Mason of Lodge 725.

9/8/12

Walter Todorowski Walter E. Todorowski, 63, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Brighton Heights, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Todorowski; his mother, Frances Todorowski; and six siblings, Elaine Scorza, Mary Jean Walko, Lisa Papinchak, Donald, Daniel and Michael Todorowski.

Harry Comerer Harry S. "Hank" Comerer, 94, formerly of Emsworth and Avalon and husband of the late Bertha M. "Betty" Comerer, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

8/31/12

Mary Coda-Anderson On Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, Mary Virginia (Vilani) Anderson, lifelong resident of Bellevue, preceded in death by husbands Raymond E. Coda and Sidney J. Anderson; survived by daughters, Judy Carmichael and Faith (Ed) Sherk; stepdaughter, Beth Anderson (Jim) Miller; special niece, Donna Coda; grandchildren, Kevin Carmichael (Alexandra Miskalis), Kaitlyn and Jacob Panko, Natalie Sherk and Sarah Miller; sister Madeline (Richard) Cenci; brother, Anthony (Joan) Vilani; dear friend, Nancy Coda.