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Donald P. Speer
Donald P. Speer, 94, of Apollo, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Logan Place in Lower Burrell. He was born Saturday, June 25, 1927, in Arnold, the son of the late Paul and Kathryn Linsenbigler Speer. He was an Army veteran. He enjoyed woodworking and astronomy, and he loved... Read More
Kelly L Corridoni Funeral Home Ltd - Avonmore
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2021.
Clayton G. Davidson
Clayton Glenn Davidson, 37, of Newport, Tenn., formerly of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Ottumwa, Iowa. Born April 3, 1984, he is the son of Mark Hubert, of Freeport. Clayton was a carpenter by trade. Clayton is survived by his son, Kaeden Davidson, and his daughter... Read More
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2021.
Linda A. Mock
Linda A. Adelman Mock, 71, of Harmar, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Linda is survived by her beloved husband, Aaron J. Mock; her granddaughter, in whom she took great pride, Jules Adelman (Amy); sisters, Beverly Stabile and Lillian (Glen) Franceschina; her nieces, who were... Read More
Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2021.
George P. Rosato
George P. Rosato passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. He was born Sept. 23, 1928. George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anita; six brothers; and two sisters. George is survived by his children, Deborah Rosato, Barbara Koury (John), Pamela DeSimone (Dan)... Read More
Hart Funeral Home Inc
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2021.
Jeffrey Tesone
Jeffrey Tesone, 47, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Pittsburgh, tragically passed away Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. He is survived by daughters, Julia and Bethany; parents, Clifford (Bonnie) Tesone and Patricia Tesone; and siblings, Scott Tesone and Melinda (Raymond) Rietzel. Friends and... Read More
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2021.
Joseph M. Timko
Joseph Martin Timko, 60, of Slippery Rock, Brady Township, passed away at his residence suddenly Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, of natural causes. He was born March 20, 1961, in Pittsburgh , to Albert Gerome Timko Jr. and Joan Lucy DiCarlo Timko. He married Joan Marie Conwell on Oct.... Read More
Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 17, 2021.
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Emma E. Headen
Emma Elizabeth (Kemp) Headen, 92, of Arnold, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born May 11, 1929, in Arrington, Va., to the late Jacob and Elizabeth Irvin Kemp. Emma loved to cook and clean, listen to the baseball games, and loved... Read More
Joseph J Cardaro Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.
John F. Cooper
John F. Cooper, 94, of Cheswick, passed away at home Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. He was born Nov. 19, 1926, to his parents, the late Ralph and Lenora Cooper, and had been a lifelong resident of the community. Mr. Cooper served in the Navy and later worked as a truck driver for the former... Read More
Charles B Jarvie Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Louise Drum
Louise Drum, 63, of Frazer Township, joined her son, Jeremy, in heaven, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. She was born July 6, 1958, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Nick and Helen (Duraj) Petroff. Louise was a former bus driver for the Fox Chapel School District. She enjoyed all the time... Read More
Siemianowski Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Larry M. Ezyk
Larry Michael Ezyk, 79, passed away at 5:25 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. He was born May 21, 1942, in Harrison Township, to the late Joseph and Augusta (Kalinoski) Ezyk as their second son. He was proudly married for 50 beautiful years to Jacqueline (Scandrol) Ezyk that would produce... Read More
Rusiewicz Funeral Home - Lower Burrell
Published in The Valley News Dispatch from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.
Gerald L. Kunkle
Gerald L. "Jerry" Kunkle, 82, of Kiski Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot. Born Jan. 10, 1939, in Girty, he was a son of the late Philip J. and Esther L. (Rupert) Kunkle. Jerry was a graduate of Elderton High School, and proudly served our... Read More
Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Thomas J. Mellon Jr.
Thomas "T.J." J. Mellon Jr., 35, of Mars, passed away at home unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. He was born March 28, 1986, to his father, Thomas Mellon Sr. and his mother, Connie Edgington Vuckovic. He worked as a landscaper for Treesdale Landscaping Co., and enjoyed the outdoors... Read More
Charles B. Jarvie Funeral Home, Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Patricia J. Paskorz
Patricia J. (O'Malley) Paskorz, 81, of West Deer Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital. Patricia was born in Pittsburgh, Aug. 8, 1940, daughter of the late Martin M. and Katherine (Phillips) O'Malley. She was a 1958 graduate of West Deer... Read More
Siemianowski Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Eugene R. Rosati
Eugene "Gene" R. Rosati, 81, of Arnold, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. He was born Oct. 19, 1939, in Arnold, the son of John and Agnes Rosati. Eugene was a 1957 graduate of Arnold High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh where he played football. Gene began his... Read More
Giunta-Bertucci Funeral Home Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Kathleen F. Speck
Kathleen "Kathy" Frances Speck, loving mother, grandmother and sister, was led into heaven Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at the age of 62. She was born Feb. 17, 1959, in York, Pa., to the late Tom and Eithne (Heffernan) Hartnett. She was the eldest of seven children. A woman of strong faith... Read More
Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 16, 2021.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Darryl Hamley
Darryl "Chief" Hamley, 54, of Cheswick, died tragically in a house fire and went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. He was born Feb. 18, 1967, in Manitoba, Canada, and was a Chippewa Indian. He was the son of Kathryn Matus and the late Donald Hamley. Darryl was a 1986... Read More
Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 15, 2021.
Mark L. Heckman
Mark Leo Heckman, 71, of Lower Burrell, passed away at home Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, surrounded by his immediate family. Mark was the oldest of two siblings, and shared a beautiful bond of friendship with his sister, Mary Lee. He was born in McKeesport and grew up in Whitehall, where... Read More
Giunta-Bertucci Funeral Home Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 15, 2021.
Leah F. Riggle
Leah F. Riggle, 81, of Ford City, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 1, 1939, in Slaton, Texas, daughter of Earl Warren and Lela Ratcliff Warren. She has been a resident of the community for the past 53 years. She was the wife of... Read More
Jeff Mantini Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 15, 2021.
Tami L. Smith
Tami L. Smith (Baker), 62, of Upper Burrell, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, James E. Smith; daughters, Dr. Ashley (Nathan) and Kristi; and siblings, Cheryl Stadterman, Joe (Nancy) Baker and Tom (Jess) Baker. She was preceded in death... Read More
Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 15, 2021.
Denise A. Zabinski
Denise A. (Konkle) Zabinski, 66, of Kiski Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle against esophageal cancer. Born Oct. 31, 1954, in Butler, she was a daughter of the late Walter Konkle and Hannah (Curran)... Read More
Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 15, 2021.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Arthur R. Bash Sr.
Arthur R. Bash Sr., 62, of Tarentum, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Jan. 12, 1959, in Natrona Heights, to the late Raymond H. and Irene Kirkland Bash. He graduated from Highlands High School and worked as a laborer for many... Read More
Joseph J Cardaro Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
Caroline Cernicky
Caroline "Cool" (Bitterice) Cernicky, 94, of New Kensington, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont, with her family by her side. She was born April 13, 1927, in New Kensington, a daughter of the late Michael and Helen (Moses) Bitterice. Caroline... Read More
Duster Funeral Home, Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
Lee E. Elder
Lee E. Elder, 88, joined his beloved wife, Rita, in heaven Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. A private family memorial will take place this fall. Lee and Rita were married 62 years ago in their native town of New Kensington. The couple were graduates of "Ken Hi." Lee served proudly in the... Read More
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
Veronica Hotkowski
Veronica (Gasper) Hotkowski, 97, of Sarver, formerly of Indianola, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Concordia of Cabot. She was born June 23, 1924, to her parents, the late Michael, and Mary Rogozinski Gasper. Mrs. Hotkowski was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Mary's... Read More
Charles B Jarvie Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
David J. Lazzari
David J. Lazzari, 76, of Cheswick, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. David is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Kathy Lazzari (Leskovic); children, Deanne (Walter) Lazzari, Deana (Jeff) Snyder and Mike (Nicole Ficorilli) Lazzari; grandchildren, Dylan, Lacey Emily, Justin... Read More
Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
James B. Lorenzini
James B. Lorenzini, 84, of Natrona Heights, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 20, 1936, in Tarentum, a son of the late Bruno and Emma Louise (Maltagliati) Lorenzini. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Tarentum High School. He was... Read More
Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Hom
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
Tami L. Smith
Tami L. Smith (Baker), 62, of Upper Burrell, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, James E. Smith; daughters, Dr. Ashley (Nathan) and Kristi; and siblings, Cheryl Stadterman, Joe (Nancy) Baker and Tom (Jess) Baker. She was preceded in death... Read More
Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
Paul J. Vassar
Paul J. Vassar, 80, of Washington Township, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born in New Kensington Sept. 2, 1941, and had been a resident of Washington Township since moving from Lower Burrell in 1976. He worked in construction for... Read More
Rusiewicz Funeral Home - Arnold
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 14, 2021.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Laura Lee Barr
Laura Lee (Waltenbaugh) Barr, 73, of Spring Church, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Arden Court, Monroeville. Born May 30, 1948, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late Eugene L. Waltenbaugh and Edna M. (Beck) Waltenbaugh. Laura Lee was a graduate of Kiski Area High... Read More
Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 13, 2021.
Stanley J. Marchlewski Jr.
Stanley J. Marchlewski Jr., 72, of Brackenridge, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. He was born in Natrona Heights to the late Stanley J. Marchlewski Sr. and his mother, Evelyn (Mele) Mellon, living in Natrona Heights. Stanley was a... Read More
Duster Funeral Home, Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 13, 2021.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Darrell W. Lewis Jr.
Darrell Wayne Lewis Jr., 38, of New Kensington, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. He was born Oct. 21, 1982, in New Kensington. Darrell was employed for South Point as a traffic control flagger. He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell W. Lewis Sr.; and grandmothers, Lorraine... Read More
Joseph J Cardaro Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 12, 2021.
Dane S. Fine
Dane S. Fine, 57, of Springdale Township, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at UPMC-St. Margaret Hospital, Aspinwall. Dane was born July 31, 1964, in Pittsburgh, to David S. Fine and the late Phyllis M. (Pezzilo) Fine. Dane graduated from Fox Chapel High School and was a retired owner... Read More
Robert Peters F.H. Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 12, 2021.
Kimberly A. George
Kimberly Ann George, 50, of Lower Burrell, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, as the result of a fire in her home. She was born March 24, 1971, in Natrona Heights, to Thomas D. and Sharyn L. Macarovich Bowser, of Fawn Township. Kim had been a resident of Lower Burrell since 2007, having... Read More
Rusiewicz Funeral Home - Lower Burrell
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 12, 2021.
Leonard F. Lapato
Leonard F. Lapato, 74, of Ephrata, passed away at his home, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 28, 1946, in Springdale, he was the son of the late John and Helen (Matthews) Lapato. He was the devoted and loving husband of Betty Ann (Haggerty) Lapato... Read More
Charles B Jarvie Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 12, 2021.
Stella J. Tantlinger
Stella J. Tantlinger, formerly of Tarentum, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Concordia Fox Chapel. She was born in Moon Township and resided in West Deer Township and Tarentum most of her life. Stella had been employed at Papercraft Corp., Blawnox and Wal Mart in Natrona Heights... Read More
Duster Funeral Home, Inc.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 12, 2021.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Ann E. McAlpine
Ann E. (Stanga) McAlpine, 92, of West Deer Township, died Wednesday Sept. 8, 2021, at Seneca Place, Verona. She was born May 21, 1929, in Russellton to the late Joseph and Amelia (Demas) Stanga. Ann grew up in West Deer, graduating from West Deer High School, Class of 1947. In Ann's... Read More
Siwicki-Yanicko Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Steven R. Ankney
Steven R. Ankney, 40, of Allegheny Township, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2021. He was born in Natrona Heights, to Ronald G. Ankney, of Upper Burrell, and Sandra L. Paulik Ankney, of Lower Burrell, and was a lifelong resident of the local area. Steve was a 1999 graduate of Burrell High School... Read More
Rusiewicz Funeral Home - Lower Burrell
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Mildred E. Bryan
Mildred Ellen Bryan, 82, of Beechton Road, Brockway, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at her residence. Born May 4, 1939, in Kelly Station, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Marceal Wolfe Fennell Sr. On Sept. 9, 2000, she was married to Steven W. Bryan and he preceded her... Read More
Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Alfred J. Cesario
Alfred J. "Lefty" Cesario, 90, of Vandergrift, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in QLS-West Haven Manor, Washington Township. Born Aug. 11, 1931, in Vandergrift, he was a son of the late Clement Cesario and Rosina (Iuliano) Cesario. Lefty was a graduate of Vandergrift High School... Read More
Brady Curran Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Francis Janosky
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our father, Francis "Frank" Janosky, 86, of Lower Burrell. He passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, with his daughters by his side. He was born July 25, 1935, to Daniel and Agnes (Stossel) Janosky, of Natrona. After high... Read More
Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Angela Maughan
Angela "Angie" (Pierro) Maughan, 79, of Plum, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. She was born Sept. 20, 1941, in Pittsburgh, to the late Patrick and Margaret (Gamerlengo) Pierro. She was preceded in death by her loving companion, Angelo Ferraco Jr. Angie was the loving mother of... Read More
Frank F. Gigler Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Anthony Santucci
Anthony "Tony" Santucci, 63, of Verona, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Anthony was the brother of Joann (Ron) McCarrison, Joseph (Pamela) Santucci and Tina (Gary) Pish; uncle of Adam (Nicki) McCarrison, Jason (Kala) McCarrison, Jessie (Jennifer) Santucci, Jacob Santucci and... Read More
Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Nancy L. Troup
Nancy Lee (Previni) Troup, 72, of Allegheny Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in her residence. A daughter of the late John Previni and Faye (Baker) Previni, she was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Hyde Park. Nancy had been employed as a bank teller at First Commonwealth for 11... Read More
Clawson Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Howard D. Vokes III
Howard D. Vokes III, 47, of New Kensington, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. He was born Aug. 31, 1974, in Homestead, Fla., to Howard Jr. and Barbara Evanski. Howard is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Amanda; his loving children, Jeremy, Jacob, Holly, Matthew, Martin and... Read More
RJ Slater IV Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Jerry L. Watterson
Jerry Lee Watterson, 76, of Butler, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at UPMC Passavant. Born Jan. 28, 1945, in Saxonburg, he was the son of the late George A. Watterson Sr. and Deretha Faye Seybert Watterson. Jerry worked as a truck driver for Glenshaw Glass Company, retiring after... Read More
Fox Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Cathleen Weiland
Cathleen (Shevlin) Weiland, 61, of Scott Township, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. She was born Oct. 28, 1960, to her father, David Shevlin and her mother, the late Joanne Damico Shevlin. Mrs. Weiland graduated from Peen Hills High School and later realtor school... Read More
Charles B Jarvie Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 11, 2021.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Carol A. Abt
Carol Ann (Lobur) Abt, 64, passed away Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Beverly Hills, Calif. Carol was born Aug. 19, 1957, in New Kensington. She was raised in Arnold, by her parents, Julia and the late Paul Lobur, alongside her three brothers Paul, Daniel and the... Read More
Rusiewicz Funeral Home - Lower Burrell
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 10, 2021.
Albert C. Anthony
Albert C. "Peep" Anthony, 87, of Allegheny Township, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Concordia Health & Human Care, in Cabot. A son of the late William G. Anthony and Loretta M. (Zimmerly) Anthony, he was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Natrona Heights. Albert was a 1954 graduate... Read More
Clawson Funeral Home
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 10, 2021.
David J. Herrle
David J. Herrle, 71, of New Kensington, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. He was born April 16, 1950, in Pittsburgh, to the late Edward and Rita (Schmoltzer) Herrle. David is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jacqueline; and his brothers, Ken, Don, Ricky and Tom. All services... Read More
RJ Slater IV Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 10, 2021.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT
Candise J. Clark
Candise Jean Bier Clark, 72, of Apollo, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. She was born Monday, Dec. 27, 1948, in Vandergrift, the daughter of the late Irvin and Helen Shirley Bier. Candise was a retired homemaker who enjoyed playing bingo with her... Read More
Kelly L Corridoni Funeral Home Ltd - Avonmore
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 9, 2021.
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