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A memorial mass will be offered Saturday for James R. Maizie, 77, who died of cancer last Saturday in his McKees Rocks home. The service will be offered at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Church Ave., McKees Rocks.  Mr. Maizie was retired after 50 years with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, during which he served as assistant international membership director, state president and state secretary. The Army veteran was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 1331, McKees Rocks.  Survivors include his wife, Magdaline; a daughter, Barbara Ann Maizie of Oakland, Calif.; a sister, Angeline PANUCCI of Coraopolis; and a brother, Lawrence, of Laguna Beach, Calif. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) - August 9, 1990
Edgar "Ed" F. Maloney, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007 at HealthSouth in Mechanicsburg, PA.  Born August 26, 1930 in McKees Rock, PA, he was the son of the late Frank and Gladys ASHTON Maloney.  Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Bobbie Jean EVANS Maloney; 2 children, Michael J. Maloney and wife, Brenda of Mechanicsburg, PA and Luanne Maloney of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; 2 grandchildren, Carey Maloney MILLER and husband, Dan of Boiling Springs, PA and Bryan GRUNDON and wife, Holly of Lincoln, Vermont; 3 great-granddaughters, Genevieve Miller, Sarah Jane Grundon and Carlyle Grundon; one brother, Walter J. Maloney of Farmington Hills, Michigan; 2 sisters, June REESE and husband, Art of Byesville, Ohio and Grace MALLOY of Pittsburgh, PA; 6 nieces and 6 nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Mary Jane CHOJNICKI and Ruthie Maloney.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 2, 2007, in Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA, with Rev. Jon Uhlinger officiating. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m., until the time of service.
John A. Mamrak  Sr., 83, of Mount Holly, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Mount Holly.  Mr. Mamrak was born in McKeesport, Pa., and lived in McKees Rocks, Pa. for 27 years before moving to Mount Holly a year ago. He was a retired meat cutter.
Survivors: his wife, Lottie; a son, John Jr. of Mount Holly; two daughters, Barbara CHAPKO of Chester, W.Va., and Patricia PICKWORTH of Naples, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.  Services: held Monday; Lee Funeral Home, Mount Holly.  Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - August 8, 1990
James Bryan "Corny" Mann, 86, longtime proprietor of Mann's Hotel in McKees Rocks, died Wednesday of kidney failure in Central Medical Center & Hospital.  Mann was the owner-operator of the 182-year old hotel, at 23 Singer Ave., which has been in his family for 166 years. It is the oldest building in McKees Rocks and one of the oldest in Allegheny County. He is survived by three stepsons, Ted, of Robinson Township, Robert, of McKees Rocks, and Daniel, of Florida. He is also survived by two sisters, Violet GOMBESKI, of Ambridge, and Catherine RIDDLE, of Robinson Township. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow at the McDermott Funeral Home, 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kennedy Township. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug 11, 1984
Of Stowe Twp., on Sat., Dec. 9, 2006. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (SHUKES); loving father of Sheila (the late James, Jr.) MOLLICA, James (Mary) Mars, Lisa (Dan) McCABE, Melanie Mars, Melissa (Allen) DENCH, Maria (Fred) RAYMOND; dear grandfather of James III (Michelle) Mollica, Veronica Mars, Anthony Mars, Tatianna McCabe, Andrew Mollica, Matthew Mollica, Daniel McCabe, Mia Raymond, Laura Mars, Jesika Mars, Chloe Raymond and Luca Raymond; great grandfather of Sofia Mollica; brother of Katherine MELL. Friends may call 2-4 & 6-8 PM Tues. and Wed. at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks  Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 AM Thursday St. John of God Parish the church of St. Mary's.
Constance "Connie" Hemme Martucci, age 83 passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2007 at Pleasant Ridge Manor West. She was born on November 13, 1923 in McKees Rocks, Pa., the daughter of the late Norbert H. and Mary (ANDRASKO) Hemme. She had worked for the City of Erie in the Accounting Department. Connie was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and its ladies guild. She loved playing golf and played in many leagues over the years. She enjoyed the Erie Playhouse and painting. Connie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 37 years , Salvatore Joseph Martucci in 1984, and a son Lyle N. Martucci. Survivors include a son, Joel Martucci, wife Jane, of Osprey, Fla., two grandchildren, Ian and Maia Martucci, and several cousins. Calling at the Brugger Home for Funerals,1595 West 38th at Greengarden Blvd. Wednesday 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services there Thursday 10:30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Sacrament Church 11:00 a.m. Burial on the family lot in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to the American Cancer Society, 2115 West 38th Street, Erie, Pa 16508-1999.
Tony J. Marzlak, 84, of Crescent Township, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999, in Allegheny General Hospital. Born Dec. 26, 1914, in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Anton and Frances CAVLOVIC Marzlak, he was a retired employee of the Seamless Tube Department of LTV Steel, Aliquippa. He was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Crescent Township; C.F.U. American Serbian Club; Crescent Township Volunteer Fire Department, and the Allegheny County Chiefs Association. Surviving are his wife, Pauline FABEC Marzlak; a son, Ralph Marzlak, Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Bonnie Marzlak, San Francisco, Calif., and a sister, Cathryn SWARTZ, Crescent Township. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Marzlak. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WAYNE N. TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 2205 McMinn St., Aliquippa.
Betty (Yacho) Masterson, 75, a life-long resident of McKees Rocks, died on Tuesday, March 20 [2001], at her home. She was born on July 20, 1925 in McKees Rocks. Mrs. Masterson was a waitress at the Sewickley Country Inn and a member of the St. Malachy Church. Her husband, Charles Masterson, preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Richard WOLATA of Kennedy Township; Kathleen Wolata, North Versailles; Steve KOTIK, McKees Rocks-Robinson Township; and Sandra JULIUS, Kennedy. Also surviving are her two sisters, Martha SMITH of Florida and Roberta SHIELDS, New Jersey, along with nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation was held in Anthony J. Sanvito, Inc. Funeral Home, Stowe Township


Joseph C. Matyaz, 62, of State College PA, formerly of Springfield, VA, died Thursday, December 8, 2005 after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Stowe Twp., PA, he graduated from Penn State in 1964, and George Washington University in 1976. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1985 and served at the Pentagon in the Office of Special Investigations for many years. He was also a manager at Fischer's Hardware, Springfield, VA. He is survived by his mother, Katharine, Pittsburgh, PA, his wife, Bernice, and two sons, Joseph, Bethesda, MD (married to the former Mary Anne Link), and David, Cheswick, PA. The funeral service was held on Monday, December 12, 2005 at Koch Funeral Home, State College, PA. Burial was
in Boalsburg Cemetery with full military honors.  Washington Post, The (DC)
Mrs. Harriet McAleer, 73, died Saturday, January 11, 1936, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John S. FRAZIER, in McKees Rocks. Mrs. MCALEER was born in Hampton township and had been a resident of McKees Rocks the past 47 years. She was a member of the McKees Rocks Presbyterian church. She leaves besides Mrs. FRAZIER, four other daughters, Mrs. James ARNOLD and Mrs. Edward GREER, both of McKees Rocks; Mrs. Claude IRWIN of McDonald, and Mrs. Frank NORMAN of Gibsonia, and three sons, Robert, Benjamin, and Norman, all of McKees Rocks. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Mt. Calvary cemetery, McKees Rocks.Funeral services were held Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Mt. Calvary cemetery, McKees Rocks. Jan. 17, 1936 Obits McDonald Record-Outlook


Albert W. McElhaney, 72, of Butler, died at 4:48 a.m. Friday, March 19, 1999, in St. Francis Central Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Oct. 1, 1926, in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Albert William McElhaney Sr. and Sarah (KELLEY) McElhaney, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He retired from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and had also worked for 15 years with Fisher Control in Coraopolis and the Betchel Corp. in San Francisco. Surviving are his wife, Virginia C. YOUNG HILDERBRAND McElhaney, whom he married Aug. 24, 1974; five daughters, Mrs. Rick (Lynn) RUTTINGER, Moon Township; Mrs. Jack (Connie) BRUTT, Hopewell Township; Mrs. Al (Diane) FARAGO and Mrs. John (Lori Ann) D'ANGELO, both of Moon Township, and Mrs. Herbert (Kimberly) SCRIBNER, Butler; a son, Albert "Skip" McElhaney, Hopewell Township; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Carl (Isabelle) CASSIDY, Louisville, Ky., and a brother, James McElhaney, Lakeland, Fla. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Luella Mae McElhaney, and a sister. Friends will be received today from noon to 3 and 7 p.m. until time of services at 9:15 p.m. in the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 West Jefferson St., Butler. Burial will be private.


James F. McFeeley Sr., 83, of Grove City died at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at his residence after a long illness.  Born Dec. 3, 1921 in McKees Rocks, he was the son of William J. and Elizabeth Paula BERGER McFeeley.  He retired in 1983 from Cooper Energy Service in Grove City where he was a coremaker for 31 years. He also had been employed at Johnstone Foundry in Grove City.  He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock.  Mr. McFeeley was a World War II Navy veteran. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family.  Surviving are two sons, James F. and Mark A. McFeeley, both of Grove City; two daughters, Edith ANDERSON and Emilie McFeeley, both of Grove City; a brother, Raymond "Rip" McFeeley of Grove City; and eight grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois L. MCCARL McFeeley, whom he married July 2, 1949, and who died April 9, 2003; one brother, and one sister. Friends  will be received from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME,
306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Armstrong, his pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1965 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Age 77, of McKees Rocks, on Saturday, December 22, 2001. Wife of the late Wilbert; mother of Rose SZWECKI, Renee HARRIS, Michele MLYNARSKI and Wilbert P. McIntyre; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Sister of Joseph and Edward Doubt. Friends may call 2-4 & 7-9 pm Wednesday and Thursday at MCDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks (Family owned & operated since 1886) where services will be held Friday at 11 am. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Published Wednesday, December 26, 2001, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Thomas F. McKee, one of the first settlers in what is now McKees Rocks, died yesterday morning at 11:50 o'clock at his residence, 59 Shingiss Street, that borough. Death was due to general debility incident to old age. Mr. McKee was born in Union township, back of Temperanceville, in 1827, and in 1857 he took up his residence in McKees Rocks, where he had resided ever since. He was married on June 27, 1855 to Miss Rebecca Lockhart. Six children survive him - Mrs. John R. Thompson, of Evergreen; James E. McKee, of the East End, Pittsburg, and Alexander G. McKee, Mrs. George Jones, Mrs. E. J. Black and Elmer A. McKee, all of McKees Rocks. Deceased is also survived by his widow. Mr. McKee was the son of John and Elizabeth McKee, and a grandson of John McKee, from whom the town took its name. He was well known to many Pittsburgers, having at one time had a stand in the Pittsburg market. He retired from business many years ago. Funeral services will be held this evening at 8 o'clock at his late residence and the interment will be in Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Greentree borough, tomorrow morning.


WWII Army Air Corps Veteran, age 89, of McKees Rocks, on November 6, 2008. Beloved husband of Margaret (KESSLER) McMahon; loving father of Kathie (Gene) PERCUDANI, Daniel (Marlene) McMahon, Peggy (Robbie) HOFFMAN, Elizabeth (Thomas) DIECKS, Marci (Dave) GRENICK; survived by 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews; brother of Regis McMahon and the late Anna Rose BLODIS and Marcella PINAK. Friends received Saturday, 6-8pm and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8pm at the McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. Funeral Prayers Monday 11am at the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial 11:30am at St. John of God Parish, the Church of St. Mary. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Special Olympics of Allegheny County, 404 First Ave., Heidelberg, PA 15106. Interment National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.


Age 82, of McKees Rocks, on Monday, December 18, 2006. Preceded in death by his parents James and Mary (BOFF) McNally; survived by cousins Joyce RAMELLA and Alfred Boff. Mr. McNally served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater during WWII and was awarded several service medals, he was also a member of Teamsters Local 249. Friends may call at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. (Family Owned and Operated Since 1886, a member of the Good Grief Center) Friday 9am until time of service
at 11am.
McKees Rocks.  Elma (Double) McNavish, 70, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001. Mother of Rod McNavish and his wife, Lea, of McKees Rocks; grandmother of Nina, Cassandra and Sophia. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received in the Anthony J. Sanvito, Inc. Funeral Home, 1650 Broadway, Stowe (Family owned and operated since 1936), Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. Burial in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
Bruce Richard Metts, 90, of Bonita Springs, FL, and Wellsville, PA, died Saturday, April 14, 2007 in Florida.  He was born March 26, 1917 in McKees Rocks, PA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, retired from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Navy Reserves with 24 years of service. He was a member of New Bethel Methodist Church.  Bruce was the loving husband of 11 years of Catherine Herman Metts. He is also survived by 1 step son, Kenneth S. Herman; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; 1 sister; 2 step grandsons, Kyle and Jarred Herman; 4 step-great grandchildren, Blaise, Sky, Memphis and Zoe; and 2 sisters-in-law, Elizabeth WALTERS and Marie LEO. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Gamble Metts in 1984; a son, Bruce R. Metts in 2006; 5 brothers and 2 sisters.  Visitation will be held Thursday, April 19, 2007 from 6 to 8 p.m. Kyper Funeral Home at Mt. Royal Cemetery, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Funeral service will be held Friday, April 20th at 10 a.m. at the Chapel at Allegheny County Memorial Park, 1600 Duncan Avenue, Allison Park, PA 15101. Entombment will follow with military honors
Mrs. Mary Meyer, 86, widow of Conrad Meyer, who died late Thursday afternoon at her home in Kennedy Township, was buried at St. Mary's cemetery in McKees Rocks on Monday morning. Requiem mass was celebrated at nine o'clock at St. Mary's Church. Born in Derry, Penna., she has lived in McKees Rocks for 85 years. She and her husband were one of the pioneer families of the McKees Rocks district and were charter members of the St. Mary's church. She leaves nine children: Four daughters, Mrs. Jennie Minch, Mrs. Mary Dunmire, Mrs. Helen Siebert, and Anna; five sons, Blazius, John, William, Julius, and Frank; 32 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren; one brother John J. Beck, of Aliquippa; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Notte, of Kennedy township; one half-brother, Blazius Beck; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Mack, Mrs. Stella Burkhard and Mrs. Catherine Reckert of Detroit, Mich. Friends were received at the Heinauer Funeral home, 907 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA.
 age 94, of Lake Mary, FL passed away September 26, 2007. Vera was born June 23, 1913 in
McKees Rocks, PA to Ludwick and Sophie BUMBUL. She had been a homemaker, was a Catholic and a member of the Daughters of Isabella for 65 years. Vera is survived by her son, Ray Miles of Lake Mary, two daughters, Helen PISARSKI of Michigan and Tina Miller of Longwood, FL; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchldren, one great great grandchild; one brother and one sister. Services will be held in Michigan at a later date. Memorial Services in Florida will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by BALDWIN FAIRCHILD OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 5000 County Road 46A, Sanford, 407-322-4263.  Orlando Sentinel, The (FL)
Funeral services for August V. Miller, 81, retired Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad employee who died Monday morning in his home, 3313 West Carson street, will be held tomorrow morning in St. Mary's Catholic Church, McKees Rocks. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery, Forty-fifth street. He was born on the Northside and spent the greater part of his life in the McKees Rocks district. He retired in 1920 after 30 years of service with the railroad. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Johanna Blum Miller; three daughters, Mrs. Lena MEYERS and Mrs. Bertha Meyers, both of McKees Rocks and Mrs. Grace FRANKLIN of New Brighton; four sons, Joseph C. Miller, Youngstown, and Frederick D., Frank T. and Anthony P. Miller, all of McKees Rocks; four brothers, Edward and George Miller of South Heights; Joseph Miller of Weirton and John Miller of Conneautville; four sisters, Mrs. Joseph GABERT and Mrs. John GILCHRIST of Glen Williard; Mrs. Mary KOTCHEY of Conneautville and Mrs. Oscar TROTTER of Beaver Falls.  Post Gazette - Aug 26, 1942
James E. Minda, 44, of Butler died at 6:10 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2003 at Sunnyview Nursing Home.  Born Aug. 22, 1958, in McKees Rocks, Allegheny County, he was a son of Earl and Jeannette PERGANTIS Minda.  He had worked as a welder for Pullman Standard and Trinity Industries.  Mr. Minda was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Laura CUMBERLAND Minda; two daughters, Maria Minda and Sara Minda, both of Butler; and two brothers, Timothy Minda of Butler and Greg Minda of Volant.
He was preceded in death by a brother.  Private services were today at the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME in Butler. The Rev. John Neyman officiated. Burial was in West Sunbury Union Cemetery.
Age 98, of McKees Rocks, formerly Bethel Park, on December 30, 2006; wife of the late Bob Miridak; great aunt of Judy (Ray) CARRABBIA; great great aunt of RJ and Casey Carrabbia; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received at the ANTHONY M. MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME, 700 7th St., McKees Rocks. Visitation TUESDAY ONLY 2-4 and 6PM until Blessing Service at 7PM.
Michael J. Morgus, 90, of Butler died Monday evening, Feb. 21, 2005, at Butler Memorial Hospital.  Born in McKees Rocks, Oct. 24, 1914, he was a son of Nicholas and Josephine Morgus.  In 1977, he retired from the Montgomery Ward store in Butler, where he had been the carpet manager when the store was on Main Street and also when it was at the former Butler Mall. Prior to that, he had owned and operated Painters Restaurant that had been on West Jefferson Street. He was a life member and the longest active member of the Butler Elks Lodge 170. He enjoyed sports, especially football at every level from youth midget leagues, Butler High School athletics to the college and professional level. He loved to spend time daily visiting his friends at Clearview Mall and enjoyed playing the lottery. He was a former Eucharistic Minister and member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are a son, Michael P. Morgus of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Patrick (Kathryn) COYLE of Meridian; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, John Morgus of Johnson City, N.Y.; a sister, Ann PREBULA of Butler; numerous nieces and nephews.  His wife, Catherine RATTIGAN Morgus, whom he married June 24, 1940, died March 1, 1991. He also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Ave. The Rev. James Dolan will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Michael Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations may made to the Butler Area Rural Transit (B.A.R.T.) Bus service, 100 Sunnyview Circle, Butler, PA 16001 The Bereavement Committee of St. Michael Parish will hold a parish vigil service at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
On Tues., Aug. 2, 1977, Helen Walsh Morrison (formerly of McKees Rocks) wife of the late Albert L.; mother of Robert, Lois DREXLER, Ruth ENGLISH and Ronald; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister of Nora BLUMLING, Anna HEINAUER, Stella COCHENOUR and Agnes WILLIAMSON. Friends received McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, 1225 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks. Visitation 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Time of funeral given later.
On Thursday, July 17, 1947, Michael, of 92 Orchard St., McKees Rocks. Survived by his wife,
Suzanna; sons, John, George, Steven; daughters, Mrs. Mary HORBATH and Anna. Funeral from his late residence Sunday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m., with services at St. Mary's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Source: Pittsburgh Press - July 18, 1947)
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