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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Elnora (Scandrole) "Ellie" Kuder After battling complications from diabetes, she went to dance with Jesus on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, age 74, of Emsworth. Daughter of the late Louis and Erminia Scandrole. Loving mother of Deanna Kuder and Marilyn (the late Brent) Adams. Proud grandmother of Daniel and Jason. Sister of Virginia (the late Ken) Bagnato of Bemville, formerly of Willock, and the late Ruth (Max) Brown. Also survived by nieces, Marisa and Lisa, and nephew, Richard.


Vera Wolfe Vera Margaret Wolfe, 88, of Glenfield, wife of the late George William Wolfe, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 in Masonic Village in Sewickley. Mrs. Wolfe was a member of St. Mary Church in Glenfield.


Dorothy Drucis W. Dorothy Drucis of Avalon, wife of the late Thomas Drucis, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Mrs. Drucis grew up on the North Side and attended Oliver High School before graduating from Duff's Business School. She worked in the engineering department at Crucible Steel and for Derby & Co. She then became a real estate agent, working for Young Agency, Bernhard Realty, Northwood Realty and Stonebridge Real Estate.


Marjorie Grubbs Marjorie L. Grubbs, formerly of Avalon, died Thursday, July 26, 2012. She is survived by five children, Colleen Andrews and her husband Donald, Amy Durnil and her husband Robert, Melissa Szuch and her husband Alex, Heather Young and her husband David and Earl Grubbs and his wife Lori; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services and burial were private. Arrangements were made by Rex T. Smith Funeral Home.

Robert Thal Jr. Robert R. Thal Jr., 77, of Penn Hills, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012.


Dale A. Gilliland A memorial service will be held at the Riverview United Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. for Dale A. Gilliland, 79, of Bellevue, who died June 28, 2012.

Joseph McMillan Joseph George McMillan, 86, of the North Boroughs, husband of the late Dorothy "Petie" Cook McMillan, died Monday, July 16, 2012.


Audrey Baker Audrey E. McAllister Baker, 77, of Emsworth, died Sunday, July 15, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Albert M. Baker Jr.; two children, Michael S. Baker and Karen A. Crowe; three siblings, William McAllister, Norma Priest and Marlene Stamper; three grandchildren, Darlene, Matthew and April Crowe; two great-grandchildren, Alivia and Preston; and 16 nieces and nephews. Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon. Services and burial were private.

Charles Gooden Sr. Charles Ralph Gooden Sr., 83, of Avalon, died Saturday, July 14, 2012.


Angelena Hunter Angelena A. Franze Hunter, of West View, formerly of Troy Hill and wife of the late Edgar R. Hunter, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Mrs. Hunter was a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and a member of St. Athanasius and Holy Name Christian Mothers. She had worked for Keystone Box Co. and H.J. Heinz Co. and was a volunteer at Allegheny General Hospital and Observatory Senior Center for many years.


Dale Gilliland Dale Alexander Gilliland, 79, of Bellevue, died Thursday, June 28, 2012.


Wilbert McSteen Wilbert (Will) Regis McSteen, formerly of Ross Township, 87, went to his Lord on June 13, 2012 at Valley Care Masonic Center, Sewickley.


Helen Rosenberger Helen C. Rosenberger, 90, of Bellevue, formerly of Avalon, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012. She is survived by her sister, Rose Seethaler; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Constantine and Walburga Rauwolf Rosenberger; and her sister, Marie Savage. Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Saturday. Memorial contributions are suggested to her church at 45 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202.

Barbara Schmitt


Shirley Leininger Shirley R. McMillin Leininger, 79, of Bellevue, wife of the late W.C. "Bill" Leininger, died Sunday, June 3, 2012. She is survived by four children, Susan Enzerra and her husband David, Kenneth Leininger and is wife Cindy, Matthew Leininger and his wife Sandy and Lori Rankin and her husband Wade; three siblings, Glenn McMillin and his wife Eleanor, June Seamon and her husband Oliver and Earl McMillin and his wife Nancy; and 12 grandchildren.


Brother Harry Dierks Brother Harry Paschal Dierks, OFM, 82, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Brother Harry was a member of Franciscan Friars, St. John the Baptist Province. He ministered at St. Anthony Friary in Uniontown, PA, St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA, the former Franciscan House of Evangelization in Pittsburgh and Holy Family Friary in Avalon. He is survived by three siblings, Rosemarie Sacharnski, LaVerne Dierks and Thomas Dierks, all of Union City, NJ; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Catherine Dierks.


Catherine Smith Catherine Smith, 83, of Avalon, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Ms. Smith was retired from Bell Telephone Co. She was an active member of Telephone Pioneers. She is survived by her sister, Joan Moore and her husband Paul; her brother-in-law, Clarence Dively; nieces and nephews; and aunt of Pam and Jessica Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Stella Smith; and five siblings, Anna Dively, Mary Lamberth, Jim, Jack and Tom Smith.


Ernest Rahm Ernest Rahm, 68, of Ben Avon, husband of the late Cynthia Moses Rahm, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012. He is survived by two children, Eric Rahm and his wife Jill and Heather Abbott and her husband Pat; two sisters, Helga and Shirley; and three grandchildren, Eric, Christopher and Jacob. Services and burial were private. Arrangements were made by McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon.

Edythe Clair Edythe M. Hite Clair died Saturday, May 19, 2012. Mrs. Clair was a former business owner in Bellevue.


Audrey Kirsch Audrey K. Trunick Kirsch, 74, of Bellevue, died Thursday, May 10, 2012. She is survived by her husband, James R. Kirsch; four children, Bruce Kirsch and his wife Kim of Pittsburgh, Keith Kirsch and his wife Lesley of Audubon, NJ, Pamela Michelitsch of Port Allegheny, PA and Glenn Kirsch and his wife Beth of Emsworth; four siblings, Leah Carlisle, Shirley Tyson, William and Harold Trunick; and nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Samantha, Allison and Carolyn Kirsch, Ryan Michelitsch, Alexandra, Cameron and Baylor Kirsch.


Dean Larkin Dean Larkin, 90, of Trunkeyville, PA, died Sunday evening, April 29, 2012 at his home.