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Duncan Heights Cemetery
a/k/a Lakeview Cemetery
Duncan Road, McCandless Twp., PA

Lattitude: 40°33'57.52"N / Longitude: 80° 0'3.04"W


The original history and records of this flood-prone cemetery have been long-lost over time. Prior efforts to restore the cemetery were foiled by a deed that could not be cleared. Its primary owner died in 1961 -- the last year of any known burials -- and other shareholders vanished with all records. Research has determined that this property was supposedly owned by a small colored church around 1931, which they later abandoned. The 6 acre cemetery then became known as a pauper's cemetery, and the last burial was in the mid 1960s.  In September 1961, the American Legion (32nd District) tried in vain to acquire assistance from then County Commissioners and the Office of Veterans Affairs. The Legion filed a letter of concern stating "that a deplorable and disrespectful condition existed with regard to the care granted the graves of war veterans".  But, without proof of ownership, nothing could legally be done. The condition of the cemetery remained unkept for many years afterward.

In June, 2007 an organizational meeting of interested parties of this cemetery, took place in the McCandless Township Municipal Building.  A result of the meeting led to the formation of the "Duncan Heights Cemetery Association", whose plan was to take over ownership of the property that the township now concedes is long abandoned.  However, in late September, 2007 the Association issued the following statement:

"After considering all of the options to restoring the cemetery at last night's Board meeting, and realistically considering our ability to raise the necessary funds ($120K minimum) as well as the sustainability of the group to meet the challenges to obtaining title/501(c)3, the Board voted unanimously to disband the group. We will be returning all donations to the donors . . . "

(Directions: McKnight Road North from Pittsburgh - pass Northway Mall on left and McIntyre Square on right.  Approx. 1/2 mile, make a right at the traffic light at Duncan Rd..  Proceed past next 2 traffic lights.  Allegheny Memorial Park Cemetery is on your right and Duncan Heights is on the left - BEFORE the next traffic light.)


Estimated burials here range from 400 to possibly 2,000. Without official documentation there is no way to tell at this time.  Some existing military markers appear to have been moved from their original locations, either through vandalism or forces of nature, and some may have been removed completely. The listing below was compiled from an earlier (1991) reading (marked by asterisks) and current visible markers in 2007. As new discoveries are made they will be added to the list.

Unless otherwise marked, Copyrighted & Contributed by Elizabeth Miller, ejmiller3159@veri-nospam-zon.net

Posted:  January 5, 2007       Last Update:  November 3, 2011


Surname, First Name, Birthdate, Deathdate, Other

ADAIR, Harry Glenn, 1881 - 1942*
BANDI, Wayne L., 6-8-1910 / 11-17-1952, PFC 141st ARND SIGNAL CO AUS, Enlisted 6-27-1942, Discharged 8-30-1945
BEATTY, Samuel Sr., 3-23-1890 / 3-2-1959, PFC CO H 167th INF, Enlisted  6-25-1918, Discharged 5-3-1919
BECK, William, 8-16-1891 / 7-24-1959, PVT CO F 318th INF, Enlisted  4-5-1918, Discharged 6-3-1919
BLAKELY, Ben F., died 1933
BOBO, Benjamin O., 11-10-1894 / 3-3-1958, COOK CO 1 332nd INF, Enlisted  9-21-1917, Discharged 5-3-1919
BOROWICS, Michael, Sept. 22, 1885 / July 5, 1945, PVT Batry B 11th FA, Enlisted June 5, 1917, Discharged Feb. 6, 1918*
BOWLES, George, 1881 / Jan. 17, 1934, PVT. CO. A 1ST W.VA. INF., Enlisted  May 11, 1898, Discharged Feb. 4, 1899
BRYAN, Clifford Paul, 8-4-1892 / 8-30-1957, PVT 8th CO 155th DB, Enlisted  6-25-1918, Discharged 11-22-1918
BUCHNER, William E., 4-1-1911 / 3-23-1958, TEC 5 78th MP AUS, Enlisted  4-1-1944, Discharged 6-8-1946
BUCY, Clarence Ray, Feb. 21, 1892 / Mar. 10, 1952, PVT CO E 318TH INF, Enlisted  April 6, 1918, Discharged Feb. 3, 1919
BUETZOW, Albert Carl, Sept. 7, 1899 / Dec. 31, 1953*
BUTENAS, Peter, 7-1-1885 / 4-18-1951, PVT TRP E 6th CAV, Enlisted  6-12-1917, Discharged 7-3-1919
COYNE, Albert E., 3-4-1887 / 9-23-1954, PVT CO F 30th INF, Enlisted  10-14-1917, Discharged 2-13-1918
CROMWELLl, Edward, died 1933
CRUSAN, Charles S., Sept. 4, 1900 / Mar. 30, 1945, PVT ENT RES CORPS, Enlisted  Nov. 4, 1942, Discharged Nov. 11, 1944
Daily, George B., born June 5, 1885, Died March 31, 1956, son of James Daily and Ellen Gardner, (Source: e.emmerick@at-nospam-t.net)**
DEMKO, Steven, 1898 / 1952, Father
ENLOW, John J., 10-15-1894 / 7-9-1961, PVT MG BN US ARMY, Enlisted  4-13-1918, Discharged 6-12-1919
GORDON, Cavin, 3-30-1911 / 3-13-1954, PVT MED DET AUS, WORLD WAR II
GRIFFIN, Money (Vet), died 1934
HACIC, Louis, Aug. 10, 1894 / June 15, 1948, PVT Co B 17th M.G. BN, Enlisted Aug. 25, 1917, Discharged June 22, 1919*
HARTZELL, George J., 4-2-1901 / 4-6-1953, PVT CO M 110th INF, Enlisted  6-21-1916, Discharged 5-23-1919
HENDERSHOT, ??????,  1873 - 1952
KELLY, James, January 1903 - June 1950, RGE 16(?), RGE 17(?)
KLAUCK, George, 7-3-1885 / 3-15-1954, SGT US MARINE CORPS, Enlisted  4-10-1917, Discharged 5-28-1919
KLIENSCHMITT, Veronic(a?), 1883 - 1949*
LAYDEN, Joseph Lee, Dec. 1, 1896 /  Oct. 20, 1950, MM 1/C US NAVY, Enlisted  Sept. 17, 1917, Discharged Sept. 29, 1919
MARTIN, Edward S., 10-14-1882 / 9-25-1957, PVT CO A 27th INF, Enlisted  3-7-1901, Discharged 3-6-1904
MAY, Nichol A., Apr. 8, 1888 / Feb. 5, 1958, PVT US Marine Corps., Enlisted May 31, 1913, Discharged May 30, 1917*
MORGAN, John Michael Jr., Oct. 6,  1905 / Dec. 26, 1951, h/o Camilla Hilda (Bailey), f/o Esther, Charles, Margaret, Philip, Catherine,  Mary, "known as Maizie", Richard & Marlene, (MRP)
NUCERA, Albert E., 11-30-1908 / 7-22-1957, TEC 4 CO 407th INF, Enlisted  1-14-1943, Discharged 12-14-1945
O'LEARY, Daniel P., 1-9-1900 / 7-5-1947, PVT HO 2ND BN 48th Armored Regt., Enl. 12-4-1942, Disc. 3-25-1943, WWII Vet (plate in front)
PAPRZYCKI, Joseph, Jan. 3, 1884 /  ???? 16, 1951, PFC 329TH (ELO?) (?MT?) SQ AUS, Enlisted Jan. 11, 1918, Discharged July 10, 1919
PAULL, Carrie A., 1883-1959, Wife
PAULL, John H., 1885 / 1948, Husband
PELOZZI, Joseph H.,  3-27-1911 / 7-12-1945, PFC SV DET STA COM, Enl. 10-8-1942, Disc. 9-23-1943, US American Legion (plate in front)
PETTNER, John H., 1-13-1887 / 4-6-1953, PVT SUPPLY CO 315th FA 80th DIV, Enlisted  2-9-1918, Discharged 6-9-1919
POLLARD, Rev. A. J., 1862 - 1936*
PORTER, Henry, died 1934
RACE, Albert M., 6-2-1894 / 11-17-1952, PVT 76th SPRUCE SQ AUS, Enlisted  6-23-1918,Discharged 1-11-1919
ROUP, George W., 4-4-1883 / 7-12-1954, SGT BTRY B 1st PA FA, Enlisted  6-15-1914, Discharged 5-14-1917
ROY, William A., died 1939
SIMS, Harry E., 11-12-1882 / 12-6-1955, PVT US ARMY, Enlisted  6-22-1916, Discharged 5-21-1919
SPROUL, Thomas J., 11-18-1889 / 3-7-1954, CPL CO E 15th ENGRS, Enlisted 6-4-1917, Discharged, 5-15-1919
STEIN, Edward J., June 5, 1886 / Mar. 7, 1945(6?), PVT Col 332nd Inf., Enlisted Apr. 2, 1918, Discharged Apr. 24, 1919*
STOCKS, William H., 7-31-1890 / 3-17-1957, PVT 395th SV SQ AUS, Enlisted  10-8-1942, Discharged 3-17-1943
THORNTON, Robert Jr., died 1932
TOMPKINS, John, 6-6-1888 / 4-6-1953, PFC 56th INF REGT, Enlisted  8-8-1918 / Discharged 6-25-1919
TRAINER,  Michael E., 3-20-1895 / 3-24-1957, PFC CO M 320th INF, Enlisted  4-3-1918, Discharged 6-8-1919
VALUNAS, Anthony C., 11-3-1915 / 10-31-1957, PFC 29th MT BN AUS, Enlisted  11-29-1943, Discharged 10-12-1945
VAN BUREN, Lawrence, 4-22-1892 / 7-17-1954, PVT 30th RECRUIT CO USA, Enlisted  10-4-1918, Discharged 12-10-1918
VAN BUREN, Martin A., 12-11-1888, 4-3-1956, PVT CO B 3rd MG BN, Enl.  7-23-1918, Disc.9-26-1919,  WWII US 1917-1919 (plate in front)
VAN SUCKLE, Earl, 7-31-1894 / 8-4-1961, CPL BTRY A 58th CAC, Enlisted  6-6-1917, Discharged 2-26-1920
WALKER, Willie, died 1932
WARE, Louis D., 4-6-1888 / 2-6-1954, PVT CO L 163rd INF, Enlisted  7-22-1918, Discharged 7-16-1919
WHITE, William L., died 1933
WORTH, Carl Frederick, 5 May 1895 in Idlewood, PA / 11 Dec 1950, no marker, (BPS)
WRIGHT, Durward C., 12-26-1909 / 8-14-1953, SGT 413th AAF BU, Enlisted  11-2-1936, Discharged 10-25-1945
ZORN, Isidore, 9-23-1888 / 2-27-1957, PVT HQ CO 319th INF, Enlisted  9-20-1917, Discharged 7-23-1919
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*  from 1991 transcriptions by Shirley & Alex Righi, Beverly Anderson and Donna Gottschalk
** He was single, a laborer, lived at 14 E. Erie St.  (Northside of Pgh.)  buried from Sirlin-Leonard Funeral Home on April 4, 1956 . Funeral Home was at 6-- E. Ohio St.  Pgh.



Contributors:
(BPS) = Beckie Peterson Schuster, odielion@g-nospam-mail.com
(MRP) = Mary R. Peterson, mrp@e-nospam-pix.net



Clean-up photos (below) credits -- Duncan Heights Cem. 6/5/2007
PA022 USAF JROTC UNIT -- North Allegheny High School
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