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09.20.15

Dolores Stapanik Dolores "Dolly" Stapanik died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Hardesty; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rozalia Stapanik; and four siblings, Mary Louise Wisniowski, John Stapanik, Agnes Kosinski and Helen Westover. Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Friday. Joanne Searight Joanne M. Searight, 81, of Brighton Heights, wife of the late Lynn R. Searight, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

09.12.15

Paul Glevicky Jr. Paul A. Glevicky Jr., 78, of Brighton Heights, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. He worked in the steel industry for 47 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing bingo.

08.31.15

The closing of Emanuel's Lutheran Church on North Fremont Avenue in Bellevue marks yet another passing of a long-established house of worship in the North Boroughs. With active membership no longer topping 50, a dramatic falling-off from nearly 600 members in the early 1960s, the congregation simply could no longer meet the expenses of maintaining the gothic-styled church that was dedicated in 1909, with additions and embellishments made throughout the century that followed.

07.18.15

There are no cascading waterfalls and no manicured lawns, but anyone visiting Nancy D'Angelo's Brighton Heights' garden is in for a sensory treat.

07.13.15

Dr. James V. Jordan Dr. James V. Jordan, 72, of Bellevue, died July 6, 2015. Mr. Jordan practiced law for many years from his office in Bellevue. He was the beloved husband of the late Sara "Sally" Jordan; son of the late Harry and Mary Jordan; brother of Harry and the late William Jordan; uncle of Jessica and Meggan. Visitation will be held Friday, July 10, 2-8 p.m. at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Brighton Heights. A Blessing Service will be held Saturday, july 11, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Greenwood memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

06.27.15

Robert Besser Robert John Besser, 79, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Bellevue and husband of the late Betty Schiellien Besser, died Sunday, June 7,2015. Mr. Besser was a Bellevue High School and Duquesne University graduate. He is survived by two sisters, Betty Haughin of Zelienople and Mary Alice Naylor of Bradenton, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emerick and Elizabeth Pohlot Besser; and his brother, Emerick Besser. Services and burial were held in Arizona.

Carol Lee Coward

06.22.15

Dale Pritchard Dale E. Pritchard, 50, of Avalon, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mr. Pritchard was a lifetime member of Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Co. He is survived by his wife, Cathy A. Trischler Pritchard; two children, Joseph E. Pritchard and his wife Kristen and Katelyn M. Pritchard; two siblings, Glen Pritchard and Wendy Crawford; his grandson, Landon J. Pritchard; and nieces and nephews.

06.08.15

Russell Bookser Russell Noel Bookser, 63, of Denton, TX, formerly of Pittsburgh and the husband of the late Debra Keast Bookser, died Friday, May 22, 2015 in Presbyterian Hospital, Denton. Mr. Bookser was retired from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was a member of Stanfield Masonic Lodge in Denton. He was a former member of Brighton Heights Lutheran Church, Laurel Gardens Volunteer Fire Co. and a social member of Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey American Legion Post #80, all in Pittsburgh.

04.11.15

Hedwig Richard Hedwig N. "Heddy" Richard, 90, formerly of Ben Avon and Ross Township and wife of the late Edward C. Richard, died Monday, March 30, 2015. Mrs. Richard was a 1942 graduate of Allegheny High School. She was one of the first women to sell real estate in the North Hills Multilist and had earned top sales person for several years during her 27-year career. She enjoyed garage sales and playing Wheel of Fortune with her grandsons.

02.16.15

Deborah Lee Hartwick Deborah Lee Hartwick, age 57, of Avalon, died Feb. 5, 2015. Loving mother of Michael A. Hartwick and Daniel C. Hightower (Stefanie); dear sister of Louie and John Lamonde and Alvin Clark, adoring grandmother of Keyonna, Michael Jr., “DC”, Dante and Danica; treasured aunt and friend of many. Memorial service Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in New Life Community Church, 45 N. Fremont Ave., Bellevue, PA. 15202. Arrangements by Ball Funeral Chapel, Inc.

Georgia Augustine Georgia Marie Dorben Augustine, 77, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

02.07.15

James G. Weigand James “Jim” G. Weigand, 74, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Emsworth, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. He is survived by his daughters Terri Tuma and her husband Jeffrey; LaVerne Weigand and her fiance Marc Tatton; LaTawnia Kershaw and “son-in-law” Steve Shuljak; his grandchildren Bobbie, Nicholette, Casey and Benjamin; six great-grandchildren, siblings Albert Weigand and Mary Andrews, and 23 nieces and nephews.

11.29.14

By NANCY WHYTE

More than 130 people attended a town hall meeting held in the Community of Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon Nov. 19. Hosted by Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN), the purpose of the meeting was to allow area residents to hear from and address representatives from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) regarding concerns and complaints about Neville Island's Shenango Coke Works.

05.18.14

The effects of legislative redistricting will be apparent in the May 20 primary election, and especially for voters in Avalon and Bellevue.

The two communities have been absorbed into the 20th Legislative District, which encompasses West View, parts of Ross Township, Brighton Heights and other areas of the North Side, as well as Lawrenceville. With the changes, the 20th District becomes less a City of Pittsburgh district and more evenly divided between the city and its closest suburbs to the north.

05.18.14

Kenneth Krebs Kenneth F. "Cash" Krebs of McKees Rocks, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, May 9, 2014. He is survived by three children, Debbie Reay and her husband Tom, Sherry Hutchison and her husband Mike and K.C. Krebs; eight grandchildren, Jaqui, Aaron, Vicki, Andrew, Rachel, Ethan, Sam and Eli; and his girlfriend, Dee Fedorka. Friends were received at McDermott Funeral Home, Kennedy Township, where services were held on Tuesday.

Patricia McGuire Patricia A. McGuire, 73, of Brighton Heights, died Thursday, May 8, 2014.

05.10.14

Catherine Berad Catherine L. Zdilla Berad, 95, of Zelienople, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Louis J. Berad, died Friday, May 2, 2014. She is survived by five children, Georganne Dixon of Grafton,WI, Gregory Berad and his wife Georgene of Monaca, Bernadette Berad of Cranberry Township, Catherine Berad of Stanton Heights and Dolores Nochese and her husband Steven of Fombell, PA; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ann Pasterik Zdilla; and three siblings.

03.23.14

Fr. Thomas Ferris Fr. Thomas B. Ferris died Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Fr. Thomas had been assigned to St. James Parish, Sewickley, St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh and had spent five years with the St. James Society in missions to South America, St. Joseph Parish, Coraopolis, St. Agatha Parish, Ellwood City, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Finleyville, St. Patrick Parish, Canonsburg and St. Cyril of Alexandria Parish, Brighton Heights.

03.10.14

Most Pittsburghers of an age have memories of Porky Chedwick, the iconic Pittsburgh deejay who passed away last Sunday. Porky, a.k.a. the "Daddio of the Raddio," "The Platter Pushin' Papa," "The Boss Man," and "Pork the Tork" introduced teens (mostly) to music to grow up to, music to rebel to, and for Bill Dell of Brighton Heights, to music that influenced his entire life.

"Black records were not being played on the radio back then, but Porky loved the deep rhythm 'n' blues, the black sound," Dell recalled. "He completely integrated music."

01.04.14

Dorthy Dorman Dorthy G. (Gercken) Dorman, 93, of West View, passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. She was the loving wife of the late Lawrence C. Dorman; beloved mother of June (Harry) Bolette and Nancy (Martin) Tranquada; grandmother of Fiona, Andrew, Hazel, Eileen, Colin, John, Justin, and Adam; great-grandmother of Luke and Joey. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, June; and her brother, Joseph. Friends were received Monday at 6 p.m. for a memorial service in the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, Inc., Ross Township.

Samuel Stroh

11.17.13

Rita Favorite Rita Marie Recker Favorite, 77, of West View, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Armand Favorite, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. She is survived by six children, Susan Favorite and her husband James Snyder, Sally Favorite, John Favorite, Michael Favorite and his wife Marlene, Paul Favorite and Kad Favorite and her husband Ted Lund; her sister, Judy Vogrin and her husband Don; seven grandchildren, Ed, Paul, Sara, Ben, Hannah, Megan and Luke; and two great-granddaughters, Alexis and Karina. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Recker and his wife Joan.

05.12.13

Rosalie Downs Rosalie "Rowie" Pace Downs of Brighton Heights, wife of the late James Downs, died Saturday, May 4, 2013. She is survived by five siblings, August "Ted" Pace, Jean Cej, Anthony Pace, Mary Lou Melcher and Jerry Pace; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph Pace, Edward Pace, Julius Pace and William Pace and Ronnie Pace.

03.15.13

The Brighton Heights Citizens Federation (BHCF), which recently opened its first storefront office, will host a showing of artwork by Brighton Heights artists.

The opening reception will be on Wednesday, May 8, 6 - 9 p.m. The office/gallery is located at 3629 California Ave., Pittsburgh, just off Termon Avenue in Brighton Heights.

Featured will be acrylic figurative paintings by David Horvath including a large portrait of Gino Malkin, photos featuring scenes from the Riverview Dog Park by Kent Noble, and colorful semi-abstract paintings by Ann Heckel.

02.22.13

Ted Christ Ted D. Christ, 79, of Brighton Heights, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Mr. Christ was co-owner of Christ Printing for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Seitz Christ; two children, Sandra Christ and Dale Christ and his wife Kristen; his brother, Wayne Christ; two grandchildren, Michelle and Alea Christ; and his cat, Junior. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Hilda Virginia Barbin Christ; and his sister, Sharon Whiteford.

02.08.13

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.

01.25.13

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.