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ABBOTT, Justice L.

"Roscoe Ledger" Friday, April 14, 1911

"Life Long Resident of ________ Valley, & A Well Know Miner"
"Consumption Cause of Death"
"While Friends Knew End was Near, It came unexpectedly"

   Justice L. ABBOTT, of Elco, died at his home 10 o'clock, Sat. morning, after  a lingering illness diagnosed by the physicians as consumption.  Mr. ABBOTT  was born at Allenport, and has lived within a radius of but a few miles of his birth his entire life.  He married Miss MALOY early in life & after her death married Mrs. Emma J. FARQUHAR, widow of the late Dr. FARQUHAR, of Fayette City.
   He is survived by his his wife, one step-son, Albert W. FARQUHAR, who lives  at home, and also by the following children:  Mrs. Albert KEIFER, Coal  Center; Edward of Long Branch; Mrs. William BINKNEY; Robert; and Thomas, all  of Elco.
   Deceased was a member of the Mt. Tabor Methodist Episcopal Church, and a man  of honest dealings with his fellow men won the respect and esteem of all.  He was a coal miner, and for some time held the position of Register of Elco Borough.  Funeral services by Rev. John Lions at Mt. Tabor.  Undertaker J.E. Hines of Coal Center, interment at Mt. Tabor Cemetary.


ABBOTT, Mrs. Mary

"Roscoe Ledger" Friday, November 15, 1929.

   Mary ABBOTT, 45 years of age, died Saturday morning at 1:15 a.m. as a result  of a heart affection in her home in Stockdale.  She had been ill about a week.  Mrs. ABBOTT was for many years a resident of Long Branch, the family
having recently moved to Stockdale.  She was well known in the community as a highly respected citizen.

   She is survived by her husband, Edward ABBOTT and the following children:  Mrs. Ellen HESS, of McKees Rocks, Mrs. Jean LUTES and Mrs. Mildred DIXON, of Granville, Viola, Mary, Edward, Henry, and John at home.  Funeral Service
Monday at Mt. Tabor.  Rev L.M. Bon_____, pastor in charge.
 



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BATHURST, William J.    (contributed by Betty Stewart)

William John Bathurst, age 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Toner Bathurst, Jr. of 324 ½ Fifth Ave., died today at the private hospital of Dr. H.S. Arthur.  Friends of the family will be received at the residence.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


BEST, Mrs. Richard L.      (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Verda Corey-Best, wife of Richard L. Best, of 940 Allison avenue, Washington, Pa, died at that place this morning at 7:45 o’clock.  Mrs. Best resided at Dravosburg until about two years ago, going to Washington where her husband is connected with the Tyler Tube company.  She was a daughter of Mrs. Susan and the late Bert Corey and was a member of the First Baptist church, this city.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Anna M. Best, of 3 Orchard Place, Dravosburg.

19 January 1931   McKeesport Daily News


BOOTH, Charles       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Charles Harold Booth, 69, of 2715 Garbett Ave., died yesterday in McKeesport Hospital.  He was a retired patternmaker at the Homestead Works, U.S. Steel Corp., and a member of the First Evangelical Free Church.  Survivors include his widow, Ruth Alice Hansen Booth; daughter, Mrs. Bonnie L. Bur of Glendale Heights, IL; son, Harry E. Booth of White Oak; two grandchildren; brother Edmund Booth of Munhall; and sister, Mrs. Anna Haney of Homestead Park.  He was born May 5, 1903 in Munhall.  Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm beginning tomorrow in the Craig Memorial Home. Services will be conducted there Monday at 10 am by the Rev Charles G. Will.  Burial will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News


BRAUN, Carl       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Carl (Sonny) Braun, 59, of McKeesport died Saturday in McKeesport Hospital.  Retired from the National Plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of the Sixth Ward Welfare Association and served with the U.S. Navy.  Born in McKeesport, September 5, 1929... <page ends>

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


BRISBAN, Arthur       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Arthur, the seven year old son of Mr. G.L. and Mrs. Phoebe Brisbin, died this morning at 4 o’clock from dropsy.  The child has been ill for some time.  The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

7 June 1891 McKeesport Daily News


BUBER, George        (contributed by Betty Stewart)

George Buber of R.D. 1, Library, died at the age of 61 in his home on Thursday at 6 p.m. after a long illness. He was born in Austria-Hungary on March 26, 1891.  A retired miner for the Castle Shannon Coal Co., Mr. Buber was a member of the Greek Catholic Sojedinenij 252 of Donora.  Friends are being received at the Margaret E. Slafka Funeral Home, where a blessing will be held on Monday at 8 a.m., followed by requiem high mass at 9 in St. Nicholas Greek Rite Roman Catholic Church.  The Rev. Nicholas Pavlik will officiate, and interment will take place in the parish cemetery.  Services will be held at the funeral home tomorrow at 8 p.m.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Mary Gibson of Emsworth, Mrs. Anna Evans of Scranton and Susan of North Bergen, N.J.; a brother, Michael, in Europe and three grandchildren.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


BYARD, Clark       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Clark W. Byard, 87, of Versailles died yesterday in John J. Kane Hospital.  A retired millwright from National plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a U.S. veteran of WWI and a member of St. John Lutheran Church and Cpl. Carl A. Everett Post 514, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Born in Boston, October 28, 1890, he was a son of the late Robert and Melzina Altman Byard.  Husband of the late Gladys Byard who died Monday, he is survived by  a daughter, Pearl Parrish of Wehawken, N.J.; and three grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 pm today in the Steven J. Pavlic Funeral Home, Versailles, where services will be conducted Thursday at 11 am by the Rev. William Ervin, Jr.  Burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

16 August 1978 McKeesport Daily News


BYARD, Gladys        (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Gladys L. Byard, 79, of Versailles died yesterday in John J. Kane Hospital.  Born in McKeesport, December 12, 1898, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth Wright Thomas and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in McKeesport.  Surviving are her husband, Clark W. Byard; daughter, Pearl Parrish of Wehawken, NJ; three grandchildren; and sister, Margarte Kaeslin of Greensburg.  Funeral arrangements were incomplete in charge of the Steven J. Pavlic Funeral Home, Versailles.

15 August 1978 McKeesport Daily News


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CLARK, Blanche       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Blanche Kealey Clarke, 89, of Irwin died Saturday in Jeanette District Memorial Hospital.  She was a member and former organist for 25 years of First Presbyterian Church in Irwin, member of Irwin Chapter 400, Order of Eastern Star, charter member of Irwin Women’s Club and former member of Normandy Park South Women’s Club in Florida.  Born in Jeanette, November 12, 1899, she was a daughter of the late John and Blanche Stevens Kealey. Surviving are her husband, Edwin V. Clarke; sons, Edwin V. Jr. of Sweickley, John K. of La Habra, Calif., and David A. of Gibsonia; daughters, Phyllis Adams of Irwin, Lois Fink of Bloomington, Ind., and Gladys Carlisle of Newark, Del.,; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and sisters, Jane Barnes of Lantana, Fla., Dorothy Haeberle of Huntington, W.Va., and Lucille Stoltz of Jeanette.  Friends are being received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the Vincent Rodgers Funeral Home, Irwin, where service will be conducted at 1 pm tomorrow by the Rev Dr. Larry A. Dunster, assisted by the Rev. Stephen C. Adams.  Burial will be in Irwin Union Cemetery.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


COOPER, Edward        (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Edward S. ( Moon) Cooper, 58, of 119 W. 42nd St., Bradenton, FL, died Wednesday at home.  A retired elementary school teacher, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduated from Salem College in Wes Virginia, was active in district softball and basketball in McKeesport and was U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  Born in McKeesport, August 31, 1921, he was a son of the late Anthony and Laura Klachevski Kadlubowski.  Surviving are daughters, Linda Ann C__, Tampa, FL., and Lori Lynn Cooper of Bradenton; brothers, Andrew of Merrick, N.Y., Stanley of McKeesport and John and Matthew of White Oak; and sisters, Helen Olinski of McKeesport and Katherine Paxon of Jacksonville, FL.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

18 April 1980 McKeesport Daily News


COPENHAVER, ALICE BARBOUR
(1923-1996)

   Alice E. Copenhaver, 73, of 201 Donora Road (Grandview) Monongahela, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996, in Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny County.
   She was born  May 30,1923 in Grandview, Carroll Twp, a daughter of the late Samuel C. and Alice Pinfold Barbour.
   Mrs. Copenhaver retired in 1984 from Advest Corp. of Charleroi, where she was an administrative assistant. She served in the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II.
   In addition, she was a member of the the First United Methodist Church of Donora, Charleroi Business and Professional Womens Assoc., Charleroi AARP and a graduate of Donora High School Class of 1941
   Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Copenhaver; two brothers, William I. and Samuel C. Barbour Jr. and one sister, Jacqueline Barbour Hardesty.
   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David L. and Anne L. Copenhaver Sr., of  Grandview, Carroll Township; one sister, Mrs. Virginia Hunt, of Valparaiso, Ind.; and two grandchildren, David L. Copenhaver Jr. of Clairton and Robyn Lynne Copenhaver of Belle Vernon.
   Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9p.m. at the James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc., 701 Thompson Ave., Donora.
   Services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Sowden of the Speers Methodist Church officiating.  Entombment will be in Mon Valley Memorial Park.  The James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.


COPENHAVER, AUGUSTA STERBENZ (1909-1996)

   Augusta Sterbenz Copenhaver, 87, of 190 West Ellsworth St., California, Pa., died  Friday morning, May 3, 1996, in Washington Hospital, Pa.
   She is survived by a son Clifford Copenhaver and his wife Betty, and a daughter, Mrs. Norma Jean Copenhaver Hixon and her husband Ralph all of California, Pa., two brothers Albert L. Sterbenz of Brecksville, Ohio, Edward F. Sterbenz of California, Pa., three sisters, Alma G. Jones of Charleroi, Frances M. Roberts of Florence S.C. and Hellen M. Keller of Annapolis, Md., five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends at the John E. Greenlief Funeral Home, 323 Wood Sreet, California, Pa., today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9p.m.  Services will be held Monday, May 6, 1996 at 12:00 noon at the United Methodist Church of California.  The Rev. David H. Lindberg officiating.  Interment at Howe Cemetery, Long Branch.

The Herald Standard
Uniontown, PA.


COPENHAVER, DONALD THOMAS (DOC)  (1908-1993)
Member of United Methodist Church, California, Pa.
   Donald  Thomas  (Doc) Copenhaver, 84, of 190 West Ellsworth Street, California; died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday; January 6, 1993 in Mon Valley Hospital.
   Born November 7, 1903, in Dunlevy, Washington Co., Pa.,he was a son of Lawrence and Ethel Montgomery Copenhaver.
   Mr. Copenhaver was a member of United Methodist Church In California and United Mine Workers of America.
   He was a retired employee of the Jones and Laughlin Mines Vesta 4 and 5.
   Surviving are his wife, Augusta Sterbenz Copenhaver; a son, Clifford Copenhaver of California; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Norma Jean) Hixon of California; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
   Deceased, in addition to his parents, are four brothers, Clifford, Kenneth, Eugene and Clyde Copenhaver; and a sister, Thelma Copenhaver Venturi.

COPENHAVER - Friends of Donald Thomas (Doc) Copenhaver of 190 West Ellsworth Street, California, who died Wednesday, January 6, 1993,  will be received from 7 to 9p.m., Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9p.m. Friday in the John E.
Greenlief Funeral Home, Fourth and Wood Streets, California.  Services will be 11a.m. Saturday, January 9, at the United Methodist Church of California with the Rev. David Lindberg officiating.  Interrment in Howe cemetery, Long Branch



COPENHAVER, HUBERT LELAND     (1881-1973)

Hubert Leland, 91, of 7230 SW 53 Ct., passed away March 20, 1973.  He had been a resident here 15 years, coming from California, Pa.  He was a retired coal mine foreman.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Harriet C. Norton, Mrs. Helen C. Smith and Mrs. Virginia C. Aber, all of Miami, 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services and burial will be
in California, Pa.

STANFILL FUNERAL HOMES  10545 S. Dixie Hwy. 667-2518

(Extracted from The Miami Herald Thursday, March 22, 1973)
 



COPENHAVER, PAUL ELDRIDGE  (1921-1996)
World War II Veteran
Retired from USX Corporation

   Paul Eldridge Copenhaver, 72, of Grandview, Monongahela R.D. 1, died in Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny County, Pa, Tuesday, July 19, 1994.  He was born in California, Pa., Aug. 15, 1921, a son of the late Eldridge Mansfield and Pearl Kiesling Copenhaver.  Mr. Copenhaver retired in 1984, after 42 years in the Cold Reduction Department of the USX Corp Irvin Works.
   He served in the U.S. Army in World War II seeing action in the Normandy Campaign and Battle of the Bulge.
   Mr. Copenhaver was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Donora , past president of the Methodist Men, Washington County United Methodist Church District Lay Leader, Boy Scouts of America, Carroll Twp Volunteer
Dept and Carroll Twp secretary. He was also past president of the Charleroi AARP.
   Survivors include his wife, Alice Barbour Copenhaver, with whom he had celebrated 52 years of marriage.  David L. and Anne L. Copenhaver Sr. of Grandview; a sister, Edna Mae Walker of Cuba, Ala.; and two grandhildren, David L. Copenhaver Jr. and Robyn Lynne Copenhaver.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold, and his grandmother, Grace Carson Copenhaver.
   Friends will he received at the James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc., 701 Thompson Ave., Donora, today from 2 to 4 and7 to 9 p.m.

COPENHAVER - Paul Eldridge, 72, of Grandview, Monongahela R.D.1, died in Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny County, Tuesday, July 19, 1994.  Friends will be received in the James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc., 701 Thompson Ave.,
Donora, Wednesday from 2 to 4 7 to 9 p.m..  Services will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with the Dr. Rev. Joel Wilcher officiating.  Entombment will be in Mon Valley Memorial Park.  The James A. Rabe Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.


COOK, George     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Coroner McDowell has received a telegram from the Chief of Police of Cleveland, which establishes the identification of the man killed by the cars on the B & O Sunday morning at Riverton street.  His name is George Cook, of South Chicago.  The Chicago authorities were notified.  Undertaker Volk went to Pittsburgh this afternoon to confer with the coroner as to what disposition shall be made of the body.

7 June 1891 McKeesport Daily News



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DANDAR, Helen        (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Miss Helen Yvonne Dandar, 36, of 603 Petty Ave., died suddenly of pneumonia yesterday afternoon in Warren, O.  A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dandar, she was born here November 29, 1907.  Besides her parents, survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Raymond Berrier, Mrs. Anna Snavely, and Mrs. Donald Schaffer, of McKeesport; Mrs. William Fiber, of San Francisco, Cal.,; and Mrs. Elmer Kruschke, of Salamanca, NY; four brothers, George Jr. and Edward, of McKeesport; John of Blythedale; and Sergeant Emil B. of Colorado Springs, Colo.  Funeral services are to be held at St. Nicholas Greek Catholic Church of which she was a member, Wednesday at 8:30 am with burial following in the parish cemetery.

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News


DAUGHERTY, John R.       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John Robert Daugherty, who was born on November 16, 1947, died yesterday at the McKeesport Hospital.  Son of Wilfred and Myrtle Larson Daugherty, 723 Shaw Avenue., the child is also survived by a sister, Leslie Lorraine at home, and grandparents, Mrs. Hallie Flick of Pittsburgh and James Daugherty of McKeesport.  Services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Willig Funeral Home, where friends are being received.  William C. McDonald will officiate and interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News
 


DE MARINO, Ottaviano        (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Ottaviano De Marino, 52, died Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at his home, 1111 ½ Tube Works street, after a short illness.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Giovenino De Marino; five children, Mrs. Asunia Marchetti, McKeesport, Americo, of Canonsburg, and Alferto, Matilda and Oerino all at home; two brothers, Mike, of McKeesport, and Amidio of Italy; and four grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held from St. Perpetua’s R.C. church, Ridge street, at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, conducted by Rev. Peter Roast.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

28 October 1929 McKeesport Daily News



DERRY, BAZIL - May 1, 1899 - Daily Standard OR Genius of Liberty Newspaper (contributed by Joan Derry)
                                        (written 3 weeks before his death)

-- AN OLD HUNTER -- Bazil DERRY was born in Bedford County, Pa., in the month of April, 1786, and is now 92 years of age.  His wife, Mary, was born in the same county, in the year 1789, and is now 90 years of age; this venerable couple have lived in the same home nearly 70 years, about one-half mile south of Wood's Tannery, and near the foot of the mountain in George township, Fayette Co., Pa.
    Mr. DERRY has been confined to his bed for 8 months, is reduced to a mere skeleton and is almost blind.  They had 5 children born to them, all of whom are living.  Jacob, their only son is over 60 years of age.  Mrs. John GATES, Mrs. Samuel HUNTLEY, Mrs. Wm. EMME and Mrs. George HARTMAN are their daughters; they have a large number of grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
    Mr. DERRY was a shoemaker by trade, but followed hunting in the mountains until his eyesight failed, and it is safe to say, that he has killed more deer and bear, caught more coon, and shot more turkeys and squirrels and killed more rattlesnakes than any other man that ever lived in Fayette County; he has been to the head of Cheat River, and all over the Canann Valley on that stream in his hunting tours.  Mr. DERRY is a very singular, and excentric man; is entirely unlettered, but well acquainted with the habits and instincts of wild animals.       R.H.J.
    (Died 3 weeks after article was written on May 20, 1879)


DERRY, BASIL - Daily News Standard - March 26, 1917 (contributed by Joan Derry)

    Alone in a hut at the foot of Chestnut Ridge between Fairchance and Smithfield, Basil DERRY, aged 77, is believed to have been stricken with apoplexy Sunday morning while sitting in front of a grate fire and to have fallen into the flames.  Flames enshrouded the form when Charles GATES, a neighbor, who was attracted by the smoke rising from the little shanty,
reached the scene.  He succeeded in beating out the flames but found that life was extinct.
    DERRY was discharged from the County Home last week, after having spent the winter at that refuge, and passed through Fairchance Saturday a week ago on his way to his mountain home.  He did not seem to be well at the time and neighbors reported to officials following his death that the aged man had been sick for several days.  He is believed to have been stricken but a few minutes before his body was found by GATES.
    The charred body was taken to the home of Basil GATES, nearby from where the funeral will be held today followed by interment in the Baptist cemetery.  As far as is known he leaves no relatives.



DERRY, LUCY BELLE - Washington Observer - August 24, 1944 (contributed by Joan Derry)

    Mrs. Lucy Belle DERRY, of Millsboro, died at 2:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1944, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry MORGAN, Millsboro, after an illness of about two months.
    Mrs. DERRY, a daughter of the late Jacob and Mary VANDERGRIFT MASKILL, was born March 18, 1866.  She lived most of her life in East Bethlehem Township. Her husband, Nathan DERRY, died nine years ago.
    Surviving are four children, Earl of Crucible; Mrs. Howard HUGHES, Rice's Landing; Mrs. Henry MORGAN, Millsboro, and Joseph, Millsboro; one sister, Mrs. J. V. AMOS, Brownsville; 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


DERRY, MARTHA J.- Daily News Standard - November 14, 1914 (contributed by Joan Derry)

Mrs. Martha J. DERRY, 62 years old, died at her home in the McCormick addition Friday morning from a complication of diseases.  Mrs. DERRY was born near Haydentown, Jan. 26, 1852, and she spent all her life in Fayette county, living at the McCormick addition for a number of years.  She is survived by four children:  Nathan S. DERRY, of Millsboro; Adolph B. and Charles W. DERRY and Mrs. Pearle O. WALTERS of Uniontown.  No arrangements have been made for the funeral, but Mrs. DERRY will be buried in the Haydentown cemetery beside
her husband, the late Milchi DERRY, who died two years ago.


DERRY, NATHAN S. - Washington Observer - May 13, 1935 (contributed by Joan Derry)

    MILLSBORO, May 12 - Nathan S. DERRY, prominent Millsboro man, and district deputy grandmaster of the I.O.O.F. of which he had been a member for years, died at his home early Saturday.
    Mr. DERRY, a native of Fayette county, leaves his wife, Lucy MASKILL DERRY; three children, Mrs. Howard HUGHES of Rice's Landing, Mrs. Henry MORGAN of Millsboro and Joseph, at home, and several grandchildren.


DeVINCENTIS, Louis      (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Louis DeVincentis, 59, of 714 Jenny Lind St., died last night at McKeesport Hospital from injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile yesterday.  A native of Italy, he came to the United States 41 years ago.  For the last 30 years he had lived in this city where he was a member of St. Perpetua’s Roman Catholic Church.  His widow, Jennie Como DeVincentis; three sons, Thomas, Alfred, and James of McKeesport; three daughters, Mrs. Viola Spano, of McKeesport; Olga, at home, and Mrs. Inez Adelman, of Philadelphia; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Laura De Falcon, of Franklin, MA, survive.  Friends will be received at the residence until Wednesday at 9 am when services will be conducted at St. Perpetua Church by the Rev. Peter Rossi.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News



DONNELLAN, Maurice     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Marice Donnellan, 62, a former resident of New Castle, who had been making his home for the past several months at the Clinton hostel, died this morning at 10 o’clock.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

12 August 1931 McKeesport Daily News


DOUGHERTY, Samuel    (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Samuel C. Dougherty, 76, of West End section of Pittsburgh, died Friday in St. Joseph Nursing Home, Pittsburgh.  Owner for 35 years of Sam C. Dougherty Rugs and Carpets, Fifth Ave., McKeesport, he was a member and past governor of McKeesport Lions Club.  Born in Pittsburgh, August 8, 1912, he was the son of the late Samuel C. and Mollie Matthews Dougherty.  Surviving are  his wife, Loretta Baker Dougherty; children Nancy Seebacher and Samuel Dougherty, Jr. of Pittsburgh; and four grandchildren.  Friends are being received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the George J. Mangis Funeral Home, Sheradan, Pittsburgh.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 am tomorrow in St. James Church, West End.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


DWYER, Georgianna

    Georgianna DWYER, 92, of Coal Center, died Sunday, July 27, 1997, in the  Presbyterian Medical Center, Washington, Pa.
    She was born March 21, 1905, in Granville, Washington County, a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret MCMURRAY FURLONG.
    Survivors include one daughter, Bessie HAZELBAKER of  Coal Center; one son, William E. DWYER of Coal Center; four grandchildren, Grace Ann POLING of Coal Center, Robert W. HAZELBAKER of Alabama, Jeane SHAPORKA of Low Hill, and Robin DEPEITRANTONIA of Dunlevy; nine great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert DWYER in 1962.
    Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ed Melenyzer Funeral Homes Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe.



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ELMORE, John B.       (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John B. (Jack) Elmore, 39, former Elizabeth resident and World War veteran, died Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the United States Veterans’ hospital at Chillicothe, O.  He had been in a hospital for the past six years.  Death due to pneumonia..  Mr. Elmore was born June 8, 1890, in Elizabeth, a son of Mrs. Ella and the late John Elmore.  He served in the World War as a member of Company B, Twenty-eighth division.  He was a member of the St Michael’s R.C. church of Elizabeth.  Survivors are his mother, of 2195 Los Angeles avenue, Beech View, Pittsburgh, three sisters, Mrs. May Weise, of Belthoover, and Mrs. Rose Judge and Mrs. Margaret Stevens, of Beech View, and one brother, Eugene, of Beech View.
The body arrived in Elizabeth this morning and may be viewed at the J. Will Martin Funeral home.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 3:50 with requiem high mass at St. Michael’s R.C. church in charge of Rev. M.A. Leen.  Interment will be at Calvary cemetery.  Alonzo Weigel post Number 533, American Legion, of Elizabeth, will accord the veteran military rites.

28 October 1929 McKeesport Daily News


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FAZEKAS, Charles     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Charles Fazekas, 64, of 52_ Walnut street, Versailles, died on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the McKeesport Hospital, following a long illness.  A resident of McKeesport for 35 years, he was born on January 28, 1883, in Hungary.  Mr. Fazekas belonged to the Free Magyar Reformed Church, where he served as an elder and a member of the official board, the Hungarian Club and the Reformed Beneficiary.  Services are planned for tomorrow at 2:30 pm in the Free Magyar Church with the Rev. Paul Ferenczy officiating.  Interment will take place at the Versailles Cemetery.  Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Julia Fazekas in Hungary; his wife, Mrs. Mary Fazekas; five sons, Zolton and Alex of Versailles, Joseph of Duquesne, and Albert and Ernest, of McKeesport; three daughters, Mrs Ira Sloane of Cleveland, O., Helen Louise at home, and Mrs. Samuel Reitz of Boston; 12 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary and Esther, in Hungary.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News


FIEN, Mrs. Leona     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Leona Fien, about 71, of 20 Eric avenue, Glassport, died today at 2 a.m. at the McKeesport Hospital.  Born in Germany, she had resided 40 years in Glassport, Mrs. Fien was a member of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Glassport, the Rosary Society of the church, and the Third Order of St. Francis.  Living at home is Mrs. Regina Barchanowicz, whom Mrs. Fien reared.  Friends will be received until 8:15 a.m. on Monday at the Dumas Funeral Home, Glassport.  Requiem high mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at the  Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Glassport, with the Rev. Alexander Krajewski in charge.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Foster Rd.

14 February 1948  McKeesport Daily News


FRANTZ, W.S.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

W.S. Frantz, aged about 80 years, formerly of this  city, died Saturday in Vilas, North Carolina.  He lived in this city about 20 years ago and had lived in Florida until about three years ago when he went to Vilas.  He is survived by his wife and three children, Robert H., of Chester, PA; Mrs. Jennie Gruber of McKeesport, and Edward, of Monessen.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow in Vilas.

19 January 1931   McKeesport Daily News


FRIBERG, Mrs. Jennie     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Jennie Anderson Friberg, wife of Luther Friberg, of 1716 Willow St., died at her home early today.  A daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Anderson, she was born in Sweden, July 5, 1867.  Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Leonard V. Johnson, of this city; two sons, Joseph A., of Erie, and T.C. Friberg, of Forest Hills; a brother, John Anderson, in Sweden; and two grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 pm at the Tabor Lutheran Church, of which she was a member, by the Rev. Olof Lundgren.  Interment will be in Versailles Cemetery.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


FURLONG, Earl

    Earl FURLONG, 77, W. Malden Dr., Coal Center R.D., died at 12 p.m. yesterday in the Jeferson Center, South Hills, Pittsburgh.
    Mr. Furlong was born August 31, 1899, in Newell, the son of the late Lew and Margaret TRENTON FURLONG.
    He was a member of the United Methodist Church, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Post 377, American Legion, both in California.
    Mr. FURLONG was a retired miner with over 51 years of service.  He had worked in all the Vesta mines and his last place of employment prior to retirement was at the Banning Mine of Republic Steel Corp.
    Survivors include his wife, Emma EVANS ZEHEL FURLONG; five sons, Dr. Wendell ZEHEL, Mt. Lebanon; Sam ZEHEL, Canonsburg; Thomas FURLONG, Harry FURLONG and Wallace FURLONG, all of Brownsville; daughters, Dr. Mary Ann HORNICEK, Wilkinsburg; Mrs. Margaret FURLONG DALLY, W. Malden Dr.; Mrs. Dorothy KUTY, Brownsville; Mrs. Alice DANKO, Vesta 7; and Mrs. Wilma KUTHA, Uniontown; five grandchildren; one brother, William FURLONG, Roscoe.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lew, Dave and Ray FURLONG and two sisters, Mabel and Mary FURLONG.


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 GEHO, Ralph
     Ralph Walter GEHO, of 71 Sharp Ave., Washington, Pa., died unexpectedly at 10 p.m. Saturday in the Washington County Health Center, Washington, Pa.  He was 85.
     Mr. GEHO was born June 26 June 26, 1896, in Elco, a son of the late Wilbur Daugherty GEHO and Jennie CALLIGHAN GEHO.
     Prior to his retirement in 1962, he served as a rural mail carrier, working out of the Washington Post Office.  He was a member of the State, Local and Federal Rural Letter Carriers Association.
     Mr. GEHO was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church which he served as an elder.  He was also a member of the Church League dartball team.
     He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I.
     On June 20, 1923, he was married to Catherine PARKINSON, who died Nov. 3, 1964.
     Surviving are one son, Ralph P. GEHO, of Westerville, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane DREYER, with whom he made his home; two grandchildren, Sonia and Alan GEHO, both of Westerville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
     In addition to his wife, one brother, Earl H. GEHO, and one sister, Mrs. John M. (Bella) BERRY, are
deceased.
     Friends will be received at the Hummel and Barnhill Funeral Home, Inc., 585 Fayette St., Washington Pa., from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 9 p.m. tomorrow."
 


GOODEMOTE, Mrs. Louise S.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Louise Sloss Goodemote, 86, a resident of Duquesne for 55 years, died yesterday at 1:45 p.m. at her home, 314 Commonwealth Ave.  The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Locke, she was born on September 20, 1861, in Munhall.  Mrs. Goodemote belonged to the First Christian Church, Duquesne.  Friends will be received a the Saltzer Funeral Home, Duquesne, until noon on Monday, when the body will be taken to the First Christian Churh, Duquesne, to lie in state until the funeral at 2 p.m.  The officiating clergyman will be the Rev. R.A. Graybill and interment will take place in the Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Mrs. Goodemote is survived by five sons, James, Harvey, William, Edward, and Wilbert Sloss of Duquesne; 15 grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

14 February 1948  McKeesport Daily News


GORR, Louis     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Funeral services for Louis Gorr, 52, who died at Phoenix Arizona, Tuesday, August 4, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Robert Hughes, 321 Fawcett street.  In charge of Rev. U. Haengaertner, pastor of Baum’s Evangelical Protestant church, Pittsburgh.  Interment will follow at Versailles cemetery.

12 August 1931 McKeesport Daily News


GRIMM, Gertrude     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Gertrude Eloise Grimm, 82, of Pitcairn died Saturday in Forbes Regional Health Center, Monroeville. A retired school teacher, she was a member of the McGinnis Presbyterian Church and Corinth Chapter 229, Order of Eastern Star, both of Pitcairn.  Born in Turtle Creek, January 20, 1906, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude Keirs and the widow of A. Orville Grimm. Surviving are daughters, Gale Smith in California and Jean Nahom in Arizona; son, Allen O. Grimm Jr. of Pitcairn; ten grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News



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HARDY, Daniel     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Daniel M. Hardy, 72, a resident of this city all his life, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 1709 Union St.  He will be buried in Richland Cemetery following funeral services tomorrow at 3 pm at the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home.  The Rev. R. Cameron Billmyer is to officiate.  A son of the late David and Jane Wright Hardy, he leaves his wife, Anna Hale Hardy; a son, Dr. Daniel H. Hardy, of McKeesport; two grandchildren; and one brother, William, of this city.

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News


HINERMAN, Mary     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mary C. Hinerman, 87, of McKeesport died yesterday at home.  A member of St. Pius V. Church, she was born March 3, 1901, in Duquesne, daughter of the late George and Eva Kavlock Reichenbach.  Widow of Joseph D. Hinerman, she is survived by sons, Joseph H. of Ruffs Dale, David of Elizabeth Twp., and Gerald of McKeesport; daughter, Patricia Hinerman with whom she resided; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; a great great grandchild; and brothers, Joseph Reichenbach of West Mifflin and John of East McKeesport.  Friends will be received in Strifflers’ White Oak from 7 to 9 pm today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm tomorrow.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 am. Wednesday in St Pius V Church.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


HOAK, Mrs. Kelso R.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Sadie Owens-Hoak, age 39 years, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Sharon Hospital.  She had lived in Farrell for the past 15 years.  The body will be brought to the home of her father, John A. Owens, 407 Owens street, Liberty borough, tomorrow at noon.  She is survived by her husband, Kelso R. Hoak, four children, Stewart, Elizabeth, Milton, and Joseph, her parents, six brothers and three sisters.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from St. Peter’s R.C. Church in charge of Rev. P.J. O’Conner.  Interment will be at new St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

19 January 1931   McKeesport Daily News


HOMENICK, Mrs. Julia     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Julia Homenick, 68, wife of Peter Homenick and mother of Anna, of Dravosburg, and Mary of New York, died at her home, 920 Rostraver St., Monessen, yesterday.  Services will be held Wednesday at 9 am., at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, Monessen, in charge of the Rev. Harry Pypiuk and burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


HOPCHAK, Michael      (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Michael (Jerry) Hopchak, 64, of 15 Clearview Ave., Duquesne, died today in McKeesport Hospital.  He was born in Pittsburgh on March 26, 1908.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, a retired employee of the Duquesne works, U.S. Steel Corp., and a member of St. Hedwig Church, Duquesne.  Surviving are his widow, Mary Karbowiak Hopchak; son, Jerome Hopchak of Duquesne; sisters, Mrs. Ann Kolesar, Mrs Mary George and Mrs. Julia Minehart of Pittsburgh.  A brother, William Hopchak of Pittsburgh died yesterday.  Friends will be received after 1 pm tomorrow in the Frank J. and F.James Gregris Funeral Home, Duquesne.  A blessing service there at 9:30 am Tuesday will be followed by mass of resurrection at 10 in St. Hedwig Church, the Rev. Daniel Szezygiel officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News


HUFFORD, Mrs. Josephine     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Josephine Catherine Fragello Hufford, 26, died today at 2 am at her home on State Road, Floreffe.  She was born on September 20, 1927, in Monongahela and had lived there until eight years ago when she moved to Floreffe.  She is survived by her husband, Harry E. Hufford, and one son, Robert Lee, at home; her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Fragello of Monongahela; a brother, Samuel of Donora; and sisters, Mrs. Angeline R--, Mrs. Rose Coltargione of Donora.  Her father was Frank Fragello.  Friends are being received at the Harry E. Drum Funeral Home in West Elizabeth.  A blessing will be said at 9:30 am by Rev. T.M. Gearing.

23 April  1954  McKeesport Daily News



HUGHES, HELEN D. -
MEMBER OF RICES LANDING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

    Helen DERRY HUGHES, 95, of Rice's Landing, died Thursday, September 8, 1994, in Copper Hill, Tennessee.
    She was born May 21, 1899 in Fredericktown, a daughter of Nathaniel and Lucy MASKILL DERRY.
    Mrs. HUGHES was a member of Rice's Landing Methodist Church.  Her husband, Howard T. HUGHES, died in 1962.
    Surviving are two sons, Gerald HUGHES of Rice's Landing and Tom HUGHES of Copper Hill, Tenn.; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Ruth) WEEKS of Winston-Salem, N.C.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  She was the last of her immediate family.

 Washington Observer - September 10, 1944


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JENEY, Mrs. Anna N.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Anna Nasta Jeney, 48, of 2813 Cliff St., Highland Grove, died at 11:45 am. yesterday at her home after a long illness.  She was born March 12, 1906, in McKeesport, the daughter of Andrew and Anna Kovach Nasta.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church and its Holy Rosary Society, and she was a member of the Jednota Lodge 276 of McKeesport.  Friends are being received  at the Margaret E. Slafka Funeral Home.  A blessing will be held there at 8 am on Monday followed by requiem high mass at 9 am at the Holy Trinity Church.  The Rev. Edward J. Duwell will officiate.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.  She is survived by her husband, Michael B. Jeney; one son, Richard M. at home; three daughters, Bernice A., at home, Mrs. Marie L. Hewstom of Zanesville, O., and Mrs. Alice M. Hajduk of McKeesport; two grandchildren; one brother, Andrew Nasta of McKeesport; and seven sisters, Mrs. Mary Motel, Mrs. Elizabeth Horne, Mrs. Helen Kolar, Mrs. Margaret Vasko and Mrs. Mildred Turner, all of McKeesport, Mrs. Dorothy Kozdras of Bryn Mawr and Mrs. Agnes  Esck of West Mifflin.

23 April  1954  McKeesport Daily News


JENNINGS, Mrs. Lue:     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Lue Jennings died today at 7:05 a.m. at the age of 86 in her home at 19 Priscilla ave., Duquesne.  She was the daughter of the late Jarmin and Pattie Lue Koger Penn.  A resident of Duquesne for 44 years, Mrs. Jennings was born in Patrick County Virginia on June 12, 1865.  She was a charter member and one of the organizers of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne where she served as church mother.  Friends will be received at the late home beginning at noon tomorrow.  The body will be removed to the Macedonia Baptist Church, where friends will be received after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.  Services will be held there on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the church, conducted by the Rev. C.W. Torrey.  Interment will be in Versailles Cemetery.  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Pattie Coleman and Viola, at home, and Mrs. Tessie Woodson of Orange, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ethel Clark of Montclair, N.J. and a stepson, Killis Dickerson of Duquesne.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


JOHNSTON, Ralph     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Ralph Johnston, 71, of Greenock died yesterday in McKeesport Hospital.  Retired conductor and brakeman from the Union Railroad, he was a member of the Fuddy Duddy Club, Greenock United Methodist Church and West Mifflin Racing Pidgeon Club.  He was a U.S. Navy  veteran of World War II.  Born in Greenock, May 14, 1921, he was a son of the late Charles and Margaret Wilson Johnston and the husband of the late Roberta Dunlap Johnston.  Surviving are daughters, Barbara Campbell of Boston, Sandra Sopko of North Irwin, Mary Lee Barker of McKeesport, and Judith Ann Uhlig of Waynesburg; son, Ralph of North Huntingdon Twp.; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Peckman of Greenock; brothers, Robert and Glenn Johnston of Greenock; nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the Drew J. Gilbert Funeral Home, Inc. Elizabeth Twp., where service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. David L. Morse.  Interment will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

14 March 1993 McKeesport Daily News


JONES, Mrs. Byrd     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Byrd Jones, 57, died yesterday at 8:30 a.m. at the West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, following six months illness.
Mrs. Jones resided in this city practically her entire life, but at the time of her death lived at 526 Twenty-second street, Canton, O.  She was born March 13, 1872, a daughter of Frederick and Agnes Burkholder K_ _ ser.  She is survived by her husband, Ralph E. Jones.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, PA.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in charge of Rev. Stewart Nye Hutchison, of the East Liberty Presbyterian church at the home of her neice, Mrs. Charles Marshell, 1376 Paulson avenue, Pittsburgh, where the body has been taken.  The body will be placed in the family mausoleum at the Mount Royal cemetery, Wexford, PA.

28 October 1929 McKeesport Daily News
 



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KAESLIN, John Edward     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John Edward Kaeslin of 309 Ninth avenue, died yesterday afternoon at 5:45 o’clock at the family home following a brief illness of pneumonia.  Besides the parents, he is survived by a brother, Francis William Kaeslin.  Funeral services will be held at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, 819 Walnut street tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock in charge of Rev. J.F. Heckert, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Interment will follow at Versailles Cemetery.

19 January 1931   McKeesport Daily News


KAESLIN, Margaret     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Margaret C. Kaeslin, 75, of 780 N. Main St., Greensburg, died yesterday in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.  A former McKeesport resident, she was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Wright Thomas, born in McKeesport, August 24, 1904.  Surviving are son, Francis William Kaeslin of Greensburg; and niece and nephew, Sarah Wilson and the Rev. Jacob Thomas of McKeesport.  Friends are being received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Robert J. Kepple Funeral Home, Greensburg, where services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Goehrig.  Burial will be in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery.

18 April 1980 McKeesport Daily News


KARTALIA, Mrs. Jean     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Jean C. Kartalia, 59, of 1001 Neel St., West Homestead, died yesterday in Homestead Hospital.  She was employed by the Pittsburgh Board of Education and was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Homestead.  Survivors include her husband, Nicholas Kartalia; sons, Francis Todd Kartalia of Lincoln Place; and six grandchildren.  She was born March 29, 1913 in Pittsburgh.  Friends are being received at the R.V. Anderson Funeral Home, Inc. Homestead.  Requiem High mass will be offered Monday at 10 am in St. Mary Magdalene Church.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News


KATCHUR, George     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

A blessing service for George Katchur, who died yesterday at 1:10 a.m. at his home, 18 Camp St., Duquesne, will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the home of a son, John, of 408 South Third St., Duquesne, where friends are being received.  A service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Church, Duquesne, of which he was a member with the Rev. Stephen Loya officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  Mr. Katchur, who had lived 56 years in Duquesne, was also a member of the Greek Catholic Union, lodge 237.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Anna Katchur, five sons, George, John, and Peter of Duquesne, and Michael and Steve of Aliquippa; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Radakovich at home and Mrs. Michael Macosko of Duquesne; 15 grandchildren; and a sister in Europe.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News
 


KELLEY, William     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

William Charles Kelley, 38, of 506 Arlington Ave., died yesterday afternoon at his home.  Son of James and Elizabeth McCue Kelley, he was born in Homestead.  For the last 19 years he had made his home in this city.  Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Mrs. Freda Schoeller...  <page ends.>

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News


KILLGALLON, James     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

James Madison Killgallon, a resident of this district all his life and an employee of the McKeesport Connecting Railroad for 34 years, died suddenly at his home, 645 Petty St., last night.  He was 49 years old.  A son of Mary O’Leary and the late Pat A. Killgallon, he was born in Duquesne, November 10, 1892.  He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Besides his mother, he is survived by his widow, Florence E. Conley Killgallon; one son, James A., of McKeesport; four brothers, Michael of Sykesville, PA; Daniel and Jerry, of Gary, Ind.; and Wallace, of Martins Ferry, O.; two sisters, Mrs. Nora McGee, of Gary; and Mrs. Mae McClintock, of Johnstown.  Services will be held Wednesday at 10 am. at St. Pius Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles M. Keane in charge and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends are being received at the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


KIRSCHNER, Mrs. Mary S.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Mary Schwirian Kirschner died at the age of 69 yesterday at 9:30 p.m. in her home in Collinsburg, after a short illness.  A native of Austria, Mrs. Kirschner had resided in the West Newton district for 48 years.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church of West Newton.  Widow of John Kirschner, Mrs. Kirschner is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Mary Grahsi of West Newton, Mrs Emma Zamojc of Jennette, Mrs. Audrey Silvasy of Collinsburg and Julia at home; four sons, John of Collinsburg, Paul of West Newton and Alvin and William at home and a brother, James in Austria.   Friends are being received at the late home, where services will be conducted by the Rev. J.R. Nicholas on Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Interment will be in West Newton Cemetery.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


KNIGHT, Mrs. Lela     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Lela Blue Knight, 33, colored, of 22 Apple Alley, Duquesne, died suddenly at McKeesport Hospital, Saturday.  A resident of Duquesne for seven years, she was born in Hoffman, N.C., May 14, 1908, the daughter of the late James and Mattie Blue.  Surviving are her husband, Maron Knight and one sister, Mrs. Ruth Hotz, of North Carolina.  The body will be shipped to Hoffman, N.C. for burial.  Friends well be received at the residence this evening.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


KOESTER, William L     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

William L. Koester, 53, a lifelong resident of Greenock, where he was born on June 2, 1894, died on Saturday at his home.  His parents were the late Charles F. and Justine Wenzel Koester.  He was employed by the James Bros. Construction Co.  Friends are being received at his late home in Greenock, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. John F.C. Green officiating.  Interment will be in the new Greenock Cemetery.  In addition to his wife, Mrs. Marie A. Plummer Koester, he is survived by two nephews, Harry and Franklin Twale, at home.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News


KONAR, Mrs. Mary     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

A blessing service for Mrs. Mary Konar will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at her late home, 1009 Crawford St., Duquesne, where she died yesterday at 5 am following a brief illness.  A resident of Duquesne for 38 years, Mrs. Konar was a member of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church there.  A requiem service is arranged for 2 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Nicholas Church, with the Rev. John Matey officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends are being received at the home.  Survivors include her husband John Konar; three daughters, Miss Mary Konar, at home and Mrs Anthony Dudash and Mrs Michael Bobuk, of Duquesne; six sons, John Jr., William, Edward, and Elmer, at home, George of Duquesne, and Chief Metalsmith Michael of the U.S. Navy at Oceana Va.; four grandchildren, and two sisters in Europe.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News



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LEWIS, Alice     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Alice M. Craig Lewis, 75, of 1530 Bonett Drive, Pittsburgh, died yesterday in North Hills Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh.  A former Clairton resident, she was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church there, a past Worthy Matron and secretary of Clairton Chapter 316, Order of Eastern Star, and a past Matron and secretary of Wilson Memorial Court 40, Order of Amaranth.  Born January 28, 1903, in Charleroi, she was a daughter of the late William and Anna Wise Craig and the widow of Berty Lewis.  Surviving are a grandson, Bryce Lewis of Willoughby, Ohio; sister, Ella Small with whom she resided; nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 pm today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm tomorrow in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton.  Service will be conducted there Friday at 11 am by the Rev. Ernest Logan.  Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.

16 August 1978 McKeesport Daily News



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MARGIE, Andrew J.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Andrew J Margie, 57, of 1925 Cherry Way, Braddock, died Wednesday night at his home.  He was born January 17, 1897, in Morgan. A WWI veteran, he was a member of the American Legion, Post 99, of Braddock.  In addition to his widow, Mrs. Anna Margie, he is survived by one son, William, of Wilmerding; one daughter, Agnes, of Munhall; two grandchildren; four brothers, John of Duquesne, Michael of Fayette City, Nicholas of Washington, PA, and George of Duquesne; and one sister, Mrs. Anna Hazy of Saberton, W.VA.  Friends are being received at the Nicholas E. Lernak Funeral Home.  Military services will be conducted by  the American Legion, Post 99, of Braddock.  Interment will be in the Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock.

23 April  1954  McKeesport Daily News


MASKILL, JACOB -- Washington Observer - September 15, 1932     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

    Fredericktown, Sept. 14 --  Jacob MASKILL, aged 89 years, died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mason (should be Nathan) DERRY, of Millsboro, this morning at 11:40 o'clock after an illness of only several days.
    A son of Henry and Elizabeth NICHOLSON NELSON MASKILL, he was born at Rice's Landing October 15, 1843 and had spent most of his life in the Millsboro and Fredericktown districts.  He was the last of 13 children.
    He followed the carpenter trade and mining for a number of years, retiring 14 years ago.  He had been a member of the Millsboro Odd Fellows for 60 years.
    His wife, Mary VANDERGRIEFT MASKILL, died in 1912.  Two daughters survivie, Mrs. Lucy DERRY of Millsboro, and Mrs. Mary AMOS of Brownsville.  There are nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mason (should be Nathan) DERRY, Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. Frank Fish.  Interment will be in Fredericktown Cemetery.


MATTIE, Margaret     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Margaret Mattie, 63, formerly of Sutersville, died Sunday in Pittsburgh.  She was born in Sutersville, daughter of the late Robert and Lena Brunella Mattie.  Surviving are a brother, Albert Mattie of Irwin.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 pm today in the J. William McCauley Funeral Home, West Newton.  A blessing will be offered there tomorrow at 11 am by the Rev. Edward V. Curry.  Burial will be in West Newton Cemetery.

16 August 1978 McKeesport Daily News


MASAR, Louis Jr.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Louis Masar Jr., 45, of 345 Pine St., Port Vue, died yesterday at home.  He was a heater man for Clairton plant, U.S. Steel Corp., and member of Local 1557, United Steelworkers of America.  Born in Elizabeth, October 4, 1934, he was a son of the late Louis and Ethel Philips Masar, surviving are Louis III of Port Vue; daughters, Mary Ann of Glassport and Stephanie at home; brother Edward Masar of Gibsonia; and sister Emily Albeck of Elizabeth.  Friends will be received after 7 p.m. tomorrow in Strifflers Port Vue. Arrangements were incomplete.

18 April 1980 McKeesport Daily News


McCLURE, John H.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Funeral for John H. McClure, 87, one of Elizabeth’s oldest residents, will be held tomorrow from the Cox Funeral Home,  Elizabeth, at 9:30 am.  He died yesterday at a Pittsburgh Hospital.  Requiem high mass is set for 9:30 am at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. M. A. Lean in charge.  Burial will be made Calvary Cemetery.  A son of the late William and Mary Heffner McClure, he is survived by two brothers, James and William, both of Elizabeth.  He belonged to St. Michael’s Church.

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News


McMILLAN, Charles     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Charles McMillan, retired general yard master of the McKeesport Connecting Railroad, died early today at his home, 549 Ringold Ave.  He had served the connecting railroad for 45 years before his retirement in 1931.  Mr. McMillan was a son of the late William and Mary Devlin McMillan.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, B.P.O. Elks No. 136, and the Holy Name Society.  Surviving are his widow, Mary Elizabeth McMillan; and a brother, Louis, of this city.  Friends are being received at the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home.  Solemn high mass of requiem at St. Peter’s Church Wednesday at 9:30 am. will be in charge of the Rev. P.J. O’Connor, and interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Frostburg, MD.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


METZLER, Richard     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mass of  Christian burial will be offered Monday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter Church for C. Richard Metzler, 46, of McKeesport who died yesterday in McKeesport Hospital.   The Rev. John F. Doherty will officiate and interment will be in New St. Joseph Cemetery.  Friends will be received after 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Willig Funeral Home.  An incinerator operator for the McKeesport Municipal Authority, Mr. Metzler was a member of St. Peter Church and was active in the McKeesport Little League Baseball Association, served on its committee and was a team manager for many years.  He served with the U.S. Air Force in Korea.  Son of Mary L. Kasmarik Metzler of McKeesport and the late S. Ross Metzler, he was born October 3, 1933, in Gary, Ind.  Surviving are his mother; widow, Audrey Koval Metzler; and children, Shawn R. and Scott R. Metzler at home and Michelle R., a senior at Slippery Rock State College.

18 April 1980 McKeesport Daily News


MIHAL, John J.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John Joseph Mihal, 44, of Fifth Avenue, Ext., Fite Station, died yesterday at 1:30 p.m. in his home.  He was the husband of Mrs. Mary Mac Mihal.  A native of Czechoslovkia, Mr. Mihal was born on June 3, 1907, a son of the late Joseph and Sophie Yankovitch Mihal.  He came to McKeesport 38 years ago and worked as a crane operator for the U.S. Steel Co., in Duquesne.  He was a member of St. Pius Roman Catholic Church of McKeesport.  Friends are being received at the Willig Funeral Home, and high mass of requiem will be offered at St. Pius Church by the Rev. C.M. Keane.  Interment will be in New St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  Besides his widow, Mr. Mihal is survived by a daughter, Judith Eileen, at home; three sons, Theodore of McKeesport, James Ronald, at home, and Cpl. Robert Mihal, serving with the U.S. Army in Korea; and two sisters, Mrs. Valentine Brozyna of Masury, O., and Mrs. Vincent Lobosco of Brooklyn, NY.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


MILASINOVICH, Vaso     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Vaso Milasinovich, 53, of 9 Grandview avenue, West Mifflin died on Saturday afternoon at the McKeesport Hospital.  Born in Yugoslavia on January 14, 1884, he had lived 30 years in Duquesne and was an employee of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp.  Friends are being received at the Shaughnessy Funeral Home, Duquesne, where a blessing service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, followed by a requiem service at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Milan Popovich officiating.  Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery.  In addition to his wife, Mrs. Kata Milasinovich, he is survived by two stepdaughters, Mrs George Darby and Mrs Joseph Homoki of North Side, Pittsburgh, stepsons, Joseph and ? Cronovic, of North Side; four grandchildren; halfbrother James ? of Latrobe.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News


MILLER: Merrian F.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Merrian F. Miller, formerly of McKeesport, died yesterday morning in the Elks’ National Home in Bedford, VA.  He was born here on December 27, 1875, a son of the late W.J. and Mary E. Loughner Miller.  Survivors include a stepdaughter, Mrs. Leo McKenzie of Glassport; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Frank H. Wisser of McKeesport and Mrs. Walter E. Fike of Waynesburg.   Services and interment were to take place at 3:30 p.m. today in Bedford, VA.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


MILLER, Richard     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Richard James (Skitch) Miller, 69, of Clairton died yesterday in the Willis Center, Homestead.  Retired machine operator from the Clairton plant, U.S. Steel Corp., he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Croatian Club, Italo-American Instructive Club and Sons of Columbus of Clairton and Wilson Lodge 714, F.& A. Masons.  Born in Monongahela, February 19, 1919, he was a son of the late James R. and Clara C. Smith Miller.  Surviving are a grandchild; sister, Clara Smith of Finleyville; brother, William R. of Clairton; nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home in Clairton where service will be conducted in the chapel at 1:30 pm Wednesday by the Rev. Larry Roth.  Burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


MOORE, Mrs. Elizabeth     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, wife of Edward Moore, of 19-G Crawford Village, died at her home today at 1:45 am.  She would have been 72 on April 13.  Services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 pm at the Willig Funeral Home by the Rev. W.M. Tolson.  Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery.  A native of Staffordshire, England, Mrs. Moore had lived in this district for the past 40 years.  Surviving, besides her husband, is a son, Edward J. of McKeesport, and one grandchild.

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News



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NAU, John     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John Paul Nau, 79, of 808 ½ Fifth Avenue, died this morning at McKeesport Hospital.  He was born in Noble County, Ohio, August 31, 1862; but had been a resident of this city about 15 years.  Mr. Nau had been employed as a watchman at Copperweld Steel Co., in Glassport, and was a member of St. Mary’s German Roman Catholic Church of McKeesport.
He leaves three daughters Mrs. C.H. McCaulley, of McKeesport; Mrs. William Stafford, of Sharon, Pa; and Mrs.Clyde Douglas, of Hampton, VA; two sons, Edward and Paul, of McKeesport; 14 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Catherine Crock, of Wheeling, W.Va.  Friends will be received at the Willig Funeral Home.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News



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OBRADOVICH, Milan     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Funeral services for Milan Obradovich, 52, who died yesterday at 9:15 p.m. in the McKeesport Hospital, are planned for Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Serbian Orthodox Church, Clairton, of which he was a member.  The Rev. D. Kozomara will officiate and interment will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Friends will be received at the Finney-Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton.  Mr. Obradovich, who resided at 505 Reed st., Clairton, was employed as a custodian at the Clairton High School.  He was a member of the Eagles in Clairton.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Obradovich; a daughter, Eva at home; and three sons, William, Melvin, and George, also at home.

14 February 1948  McKeesport Daily News


ONDA, Mrs. Anna     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

A high mass of requiem will be held at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday at 9 am for Mrs. Anna Onda, of 712 Union St., who died at her home early yesterday.  Death came as a result of a fall down stairs at her home last Wednesday.  Mrs. Onda, the wife of  Anthony Onda, was born in Czechoslavkia and came to this city 23 years ago.   Besides her husband, whe leaves two stepdaughters, M? and Betty, and on stepson, Michael, at home; two sisters ? of Hudson, Wyoming; and Elizabeth of Youngstown, O.; one brother, also in Youngstown.  Friends are being received at the Check Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News



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PEARSON, THOMAS - Waynesburg Republican Newspaper - March 7, 1919

Thomas PEARSON, an aged and well-known resident of Greensboro, died Monday,  March 3rd at 1:30 pm at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Margaret FLENNIKEN.  The deceased was aged 80 years, 10 months and 3 days and was born at
Clarksville.  When a young man he located in Greesboro where he worked at the  barber trade.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and was a member of the  Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is survived by two sons and five daughters,  namely:  Alexander PEARSON of Rochester, James PEARSON of Greensboro, Mrs.  Belle BUFFLE, Mrs. Margaret FLENNIKEN and Mrs. Elizabeth McCANN, all of  Greensboro, Mrs. Lon HYATT and Mrs. Henry BLAIR of E. Millsboro.


PRIDDY, Mrs. Sue     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Sue Agnes Marie Priddy, 60, of 81 North First St., Duquesne, died yesterday at 4 a.m. in the Homestead Hospital after a brief illness.  Her husband is Arthur Priddy.  Mrs. Priddy was born in Turtle Creek on March 15, 1892, a daughter of the late John and Ellen Staderman.  Mrs. Priddy had resided in Duquesne 40 years.  In addition to her husband, Mrs. Priddy is survived by two daughters, Ellen at home and Mrs. Agnes Marie Dias of Duquesne; one grandchild; two brothers, William and John of Turtle Creek and four sisters, Mrs. Laura Clark of Wilkensburg and Mrs. Clara Grill, Mrs. Ellen Niehl and MRs Catherine Peterson of Turtle Creek.  Friends are being received at Shaughnessy’s in Duquesne.  Other arrangements will  be announced later.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


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QUALK, Hiram 1841-1913

"OLD SOLDIER PASSES" "HIRAM QUALK, CO.I, FIFTH W.VA.CAL. DIES AT HOME IN COAL CENTER"
(Died Jan.19, 1913  -Newspaper origin unknown)

    Hiram Qualk, a veteran of the Civil War and well known and highly respected throughout this section passed away at his home in Coal Center Sunday evening at the age of 71 years. Death resulted from exhaustion caused by spasms. He is survived by his wife and six children, the eldest Marion is married and lives in California; Mrs. Frank HUSEMAN, of California; Mrs. Joseph GALES, of Roscoe; Charles, of Wilson; Mrs. John McCOLLUM, California; and Julia, at home.  He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren.
    Mr. Qualk was born in Coal Center in 1841 and has made that place his home during a long and useful life. Hewas prominent in G.A.R. circles, and active worker in Coal Center Methodist church.When the war broke out he enlisted in Company I, which was raised in California and Coal Center. This company was taken to Wheeling and encamped for a time on the island and became a part of the Second West Virginia regiment which afterward was called the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry. This regiment was sent into the mountains of West Virginia near Beverly and during the war was in over 30 battles, in nearly all of which Hiram Qualk took part until wounded through the right lung at the battle of Cloyd Mountain. He was taken to the hospital at Gallipolis, O. From there he was brought home and by the skillful treatment of his physicians the wound finally healed.
    Mr. Qualk was married to Hannah JOBES a sister of Mrs. Wells, of Coal Center. His parents were Jacob and Sarah (REDD) Qualk. Jacob died two years ago at the age of 98 years.Mr. Qualk became a member of the Coal Center Methodist Episcopal church at the time of the "Snyder revival," as it is called by the order people, about 55 years ago, when nearly all the young people in the community were brought into the church, numbering nearly a 100. He always lived in Coal Center and enjoyed the respect of the entire community.
    The funeral services took place at the Methodist Episcopal church at 1 o'clock on Tuesday. The Rev. H.L. Humbert officiating.  The internment at the Phillips cemetery in charge of the G.A.R.


QUALK, Jacob Qualk, 1813- 1910
"Washington Reporter" Dec.31, 1910

"WAS ALMOST A CENTENARIAN"
"JACOB QUALK, WHO WAS 97 YEARS OLD CHRISTMAS DAY, DIED LAST EVENING"
"Had many hardships as a boy, and grew into a useful citizen"
"Six children survive"

    California, Dec.31--Jacob Qualk, one of the oldest residents of Western Pa, died at the home of his son-in-law, T.J.UNDERWOOD, of this place, last evening, of the infirmities of old age. Mr. Qualk celebrated his 97th birthday on Christmas day. He was probably the oldest odd-fellow and Mason in this part of the state, having joined the former organization 65 years ago.
    Mr. Qualk was born in Philadelphia, Christmas Day, 1813. His father was a soldier in the War of 1812. His son, the subject of this sketch, was born while his father was away in the war. His mother afterward married a German named JOHN MYERS. With his mother and step-father, he came over the Allegheny Mountains in 1820 to Murraysville, Westmoreland County, remaining a year, and then the family removed to Allegheny County. One day a Washington County miller named Harper happened to be at the Myers home, and induced Mr. Myers to allow his son, Jacob, to come and live with him. It was agreeable with his step-father, who received $10 as a compensation for giving up the boy.
    Jacob Myers, as he was then known, soon tired of living with the miller and tried to run away, but was caught and taken back. The second attempt was successful, the boy going to the neighborhood of Florence, Hanover Twp., where he agreed to live with one EDWARD HATFIELD. Jacob was not satisfied with his home, which was uncongenial, and the overseer of the poor indentured the little fellow to a man named Hanover, of Burgettstown. The understanding was that if Jacob should remain with the family until the decease of Mr. and Mrs. Hanover, who each were then over 70 years of age, he was to inherit the farm. This, it appears, did not please the grandchildren, who induced the boy to leave. He started away in the night and covered 15 miles before daylight, when he was met and went with a teamster who was taking a load of goods to his home at New Philadelphia, Ohio. There he remained some time and again returned to Washington County. He drifted to Pigeon Creek, where he heard of a man named Redd, who was to start a trip across the mountains. While passing along near the Redd home he met two girls who were picking berries by the side of the road. He stopped to talk with them, and in this way met SALLY REDD, who later became his wife.He remained with Mr. Redd for some time, and while there learned that his real name was "Qualk", which he adopted from that time on.
    Mr. Qualk was married to Sally Redd in 1836, and for six years lived in the vicinity of Redd's Mill, going to Greenfield, now known as Coal Center, in 1840. For many years he followed boating. He made many trips on coal boats and barges, piloting them down the Monongahela and Ohio rivers to market points down below.For a period of 35 years Mr. Qualk served as constable, and was postmaster for several years. When elected constable, Mr.Qualk could not write, but after two week's instruction under a writing teacher, he was able to subscribe his own name. Under the instruction of his wife he came to master
the "Three R's".
    Mr. Qualk and one of his sons, Hiram, enlisted in the same regiment and company in the Civil War. They went to Company I, 2nd West Virginia Infantry. Mr. Qualk served seven months, until crippled by lumbago, and his son saw three years' service.
He was a Democrat through life. He first voted for Andrew Jackson for President, in 1832. For more than 65 years he was an active and aggressive church worker being a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. It was with great pride that he frequently mentioned five men in particular who gave him strong and honest assistance in leading a manly life. These were Hiram Winnett, Richard Richardson, Cyrus and George Newkirk and Edward West.
    Six children survive. Mrs. UNDERWOOD of this place, Mrs. SARAH E. HOUSE of East Liverpool, Ohio, JACOB QUALK Jr., of Duquesne, and HIRAM and JOSEPH QUALK of Coal Center. Mrs. M.K. ZIMMERMAN, Mrs. JOHN KELLY and Misses REBECCA, ETTA and MARGARET BOYLE, all of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Misses MILDRED and HILA UNDERWOOD, of this place are grandchildren and there are two great-grandchildren, SARAH and MARY ZIMMERMAN.
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RUSSELL, Sarah

    Sarah Naomi RUSSELL of Coal Center R.D. 1 died Tuesday, June 3, 1986, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carcella Nursing Home, Charleroi R.D. 1.  She was 90.
    Mrs. Russell was born Jan. 10, 1896, in Newell, a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret MCMURRAY FURLONG.
    She was a member of Coal Center United Methodist Church.
    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony RUSSELL; a daughter, Margaret WATKINS; four sisters, Ella DOWLER,  Mildred MINNEAR, Janie FURLONG and Fannie COLE; and a brother, Joseph FURLONG.
    Survivors include a son, Thomas J. RUSSELL of Coal Center R.D. 1; four  daughters, Etta TIMLIN of Elco, Sophie WOLPINK of Coal Center R.D. 1, Helen SEDLAK of Long Branch and Mildred MACOSTA of Monessen; one sister, Georgianna DWYER of Coal Center R.D. 1; 19 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.
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SARVEY, Mrs. Matilda     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Matilda Sarvey, 65, died yesterday at 1:30 p.m. at her home 412 School Alley.  She was born in Sweden, but resided in this city for many years.  She is survived by three sons, William, Sam and Elmer, all of this city, four daughters, Mrs. Ellen O’Berg, Mrs. Selma Nystrom, this city, and Mrs. Hilda Shaw, East Pittsburgh, and Mrs Edith Wintruba, Munhall, 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and one brother, Eric Johnson, of Sweden.
Funeral services will be held from the late home Sunday at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. John E. Pearson.  Interment will be at Versailles cemetery.

DAILY NEWS, McKeesport, PA 25 October 1929


SMITH, Gail     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Gail L. Smith, 18 year old daughter of Albert E. and Grace MacFarlane Smith of 3409 Stockholm Ave., died yesterday in Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh.  She had completed her junior year in McKeesport Area Senior High School and was a member of the Assembly of God.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by sisters, Colleen and Sandra Smith at home; and grandfather, Thomas M. MacFarlane of McKeesport.  She was born November 1, 1954 in McKeesport.  Friends will be received after 3 pm tomorrow in F. Striffler’s of White Oak.  Services in the chapel there on Monday at 12 noon will be conducted by the Rev. David A. Blattner.  The family has suggested memorial contributions to the building fund of the Assembly of God.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News


STROM, Mrs. Anna M.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Anna M. Strom, 55, of 615 Maplehurst Drive, Green Valley, died yesterday at 7:35 pm in McKeesport Hospital.  She was born in McKeesport on July 25, 1898, a daughter of the late James Harvey and Sadie Forman Wilson, and had lived all her life in McKeesport.  She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  After 8 pm today, friends will be received at the Finney Funeral Home, where the Rev. W.W. Zundel will conduct services on Monday at 2 pm.  Interment will be in Versailles Cemetery.  Widow of Axel Strom, Mrs. Strom is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Hall at home; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Lewis and Mrs. Alice Schrieber, both of McKeesport, and two grandchildren.

23 April  1954  McKeesport Daily News


STROM, Axel     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Axel Walter Strom, 52, of 320 Twenty-eighth Ave., died suddenly at his home early this morning.  A native of this city and a resident here his entire life, he had been employed at the Swift Packing Co.’s plant here for 25 years.  When it closed during the summer of 1942, Mr. Strom was transferred to Swift’s North Side, Pittsburgh, plant as a shipper.  He was a member of McKeesport Aerie 285, F.O. Eagles, McKeesport Lodge 145, Knights of Malta, and the McKeesport Swedish Singing Society.  He was financial secretary of the last.  Survivors include his wife, Anna May Wilson Strom; a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Hall; one grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Helga Lysell-all of McKeesport.  Friends are being received at the Berkey Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 pm.  In charge will be the Rev. Olof Lundgren of the Tabor Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in Versailles Cemetery.

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News


SUDA, Mrs. Jadwiga     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Jadwiga Suda, 55, wife of Stanley Suda, of 348 Chamber St., Clairton, died at her home Saturday morning.  Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. R.L. Whitney, of Detroit; Mrs. George Hrvacic, of Clairton; and Catherine, at home.  Funeral will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Clairton, in charge of the Rev. Martin Rubicky, and burial will follow in St. Clare’s Cemetery.

30 September 1941 McKeesport Daily News


SWALWELL, Joseph     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

 Mr. Joseph Swalwell died this morning at an early hour at his home in Riverview Park.  He was 22 years of age and a well known and highly respected young man.  He went home from his work at the Tube Works, where he was employed as a clerk about two weeks ago, suffering from the grip, which disease soon developed into its most severe form, and for the past few days his condition was such that his death was hourly expected.  The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
 
7 June 1891 McKeesport Daily News



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TAYLOR, Lawrence     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Lawrence S. Taylor,  39, of West Mifflin, died yesterday at 3:50 am at McKeesport Hospital after a week’s illness.  He is survived by a daughter, Martha Taylor; six brothers,  Walter and John of Mifflin Twp.; Joseph, in the U.S. Coast Guard; Thomas and Paul of McKeesport; and Russell, of Camden Hill; six sisters, Mrs. Mary Lewis, of Dravosburg; Mrs. Carrie Evans, of Lincoln Place; Mrs. Martha Kite, of McKeesport; Mrs. Grace Voche, Mrs. Alice Dougherty and Mrs. Ruth Westerberg, of Mifflin Twp.  His parents were the late George and Martha Hill Taylor.  Friends will be received at the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home until 9 am tomorrow when funeral mass will be sung at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church.  The Rev. P.J. O’Connor will be in charge, and interment will follow in the New St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

24 January 1944:  McKeesport Daily News


THOMAS, Edgar W     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Edgar Winfield Thomas, 61, who served as head of the money order department at the McKeesport Post Office for 39 years, died yesterday at 11:30 p.m. at his home, 505 Shaw avenue.  Born on October 4, 1886, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Thomas.  Mr. Thomas belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Friends are being received at the Hunter-Edmundson-Shriffler Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held on Monday at 8:30 p.m.  with the Rev. R.E. Dozer officiating. Interment will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Erda Taylor Thomas; a son, the Rev. Jacob Wesley Thoms of St. James’ Lutheran Church, South Side, Pittsburgh; and three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson of Glassport; Mrs. Gladys Byard of Versailles; and Mrs. Margaret Kaeslin of McKeesport.

14 February 1948  McKeesport Daily News


THOMAS, Mrs. Elizabeth:     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas, 86, a resident of McKeesport for about 60 years, died yesterday at 9:20 p.m. at her home, 309 Ninth avenue.  Born in Wellsburg, Ohio, on June 11, 1861, she was the widow of John Edward Thomas.  Mrs. Thomas belonged to the Daughters of America, 45.
Friends are being received at the Willig Funeral Home, where services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. R.E. Dozer officiating.  Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson of Glassport, Mrs. Gladys Byard of Versailles, and Mrs. Margaret Kaeslin, at home; a son, Edgar W. of McKeesport; and five grandchildren.

5 January 1948  McKeesport Daily News


THOMAS,  Mrs. Elsie YOUNG

   A former Elco resident, Mrs. Elsie YOUNG THOMAS, 50, died at 6:30 p.m. yesterday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Pauline HOINSKI, 12163 Manor Avenue, Detroit, MI after a lingering illness.
   Born November 7, 1920, in Elco, She was the daughter of the late Robert and Pauline SCHWARTZ YOUNG.
   The deceased was a member of the United Methodist Church of Roscoe.
   In addition to Mrs. HOINSKI, other survivors are her husband, George, of Detroit; two sons Michael Allen and George James, both of Detroit; three sisters, Mrs. Zeta WILKIE and Mrs. Anna Jean BLACK, both of Allentown; Mrs. Margaret MCDONOUGH of Lorain, Ohio; two brothers Charles of Roscoe and Hugh of Allentown.
   Friends are being received at the Ruth Eckert Funeral Home, 1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe, beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday.

(Records indicate she died June 9, 1971 in Wayne County, Detroit.   Cause of death listed as "Huntingtons Chorea".)


THOMAS, Mrs. Erda     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Erda E. Thomas, 84, of 505 Shaw Ave., died today.  Widow of Edgar Thomas, she is survived by a son, the Rev. Jacob Thomas of McKeesport; and sister, Miss Edna Taylor with whom she resided.  She was born in Connellsville on October 18, 1888, daughter of the late Jacob and Lydia Howell Taylor.  Friends will be received in Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home after 3  pm tomorrow.  Services in the chapel there will be conducted at 10:30am Monday by the Rev. William E. Ervin Jr.  Interment will be in Richland Cemetery.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News


THOMAS, Rev. Jacob W     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Rev. Jacob Wesley Thomas, 81, of McKeesport died yesterday in McKeesport Hospital.  A graduate of McKeesport High School, Thiel College in Greenville and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, he was ordained in 1937 at St. John Lutheran Church in McKeesport and served as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Mount Oliver until his retirement.  An ordained member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and its Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, he was a member of Youghiogheny Lodge 583, F.&A. Masons, and Nu Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  Born in  McKeesport, June 7, 1911, he was a son of the late Edgar and Erda Taylor Thomas.  Friends received today from 5 to 9 pm in the Hunter-Edmundson-Striffler Funeral Home.  Service at noon tomorrow in St John Lutheran Church will be conducted by the Rev. William E. Ervin.  Interment will be in Richland Cemetery, Dravosburg.

14 March 1993 McKeesport Daily News


THOMAS, John Edward     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John Edward Thomas, 67, died yesterday at 3:45 p.m. at his home, 309 Ninth Street.  He was born at Bridgewater, VA., 1861, and moved to this city in July, 1884, with his parents, the late James W. and Mary M. Thomas.  He was a boiler maker and spent many years in the employ at the Christy Park works of the National Tube company.
On December 1884, he married Elizabeth Wright, of Southside, Pittsburgh.  In addition to his widow, survivors are three daughters, Mrs. James Wilson, Mrs. Clarke Byard, and Mrs. F.L. Kaeslin, all of McKeesport, one son, Edgar W. Thomas, an employee of the post office; four grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. T.J. Hill, of Scottsdale; Mrs. J.K. Mellor and Mrs. W.L. Fawcett, of this city, and two brothers, Charles A. of McKeesport and Thurston of Wheeling, WVA.  Mr. Thomas was a member of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tube City Lodge Number 571, I.O.O.F., and Battleship Maine council number 43, Daughters of America.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 9 p.m. by Rev. J.F. Heckert at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. James Wilson, 2112 Baldwin avenue.  Interment will be private Monday morning at Versailles cemetery.

DAILY NEWS, McKeesport, PA 25 October 1929


THOMAS, John W.     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

John W. Thomas, colored, of the Foster road, a resident of this district since 1880, died at his home Saturday about 1:30 a.m.  He was taken ill while working in a private coal mine with his son, Benjamin Franklin, near his residence, and died a short while after being taken into his home.
Mr. Thomas was born in Haneveb, MD., October 27, 1858, and was the husband of the late Margaret Thomas.  He was a member of Queen of West lodge number 34, K. of P.  He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Margaret E. Greene, of Rankin, two sons, Benjamin Franklin, at home, and James L. of McKeesport, and one sister, Mrs. Josephine Walker of Orto, PA.  The body had been taken to the home of his sister-in-law Mrs. Jella Thomas, 119 Twelfth avenue, rear, where his son, James E. resides and funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. G.F. Williams, pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. church.  Burial will be at Versailles cemetery.  Members of Queen of West lodge number 14, K of P are to meet at the home of Mrs. Julia Thomas at 8 o’clock tonight for lodge services.

28 October 1929 McKeesport Daily News


TOMS, Helen     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Services took place today at 11 am in the Metz Funeral Home, Cape Coral, FL, for Helen B. Toms, 62, of 2213 S.E. 32nd Terrace, who died there Sunday. Burial was in Memorial Garden Cemetery, Fort Myers, FL.  She was a former McKeesport resident and a member of St. Andrew Church, Cape Coral.  Surviving are daughter, Joan Markovich of Cape Coral; three grandchildren; a great grandchild; brother, Louis Svitlak of Munhall; and sisters, Irene Williams of San Jose, Calif., Martha Punzak of Duquesne, Lillian Kerr of Pittsburgh, Barbara Acaeson of Yardley and Melvine Wunder of Cape Coral.  The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Mike Formosa Fund, Cape Coral, FL.

16 August 1978 McKeesport Daily News


TURNEY, Alice      (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Alice Turney, 76, of 2405 Fifth Ave., died yesterday in McKeesport Hospital.  She was an employee of the fomer Darling Shop in McKeesport.  Born January 25, 1897, in Delmont, she was the daughter of the late George S. and Joan Hilty Turney.  Survivors include a brother, George Otis Turney of South Gate, Calif.; nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received after 7 pm today in the Willig Funeral Home where services will be conducted Monday at 1 pm by the Rev. John Creeks.  Burial will be in Delmont Cemetery.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News



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WALSH, Mabel     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mabel M. Walsh, 77, of McKeesport died yesterday in Uniontown Hospital.  Born in McKeesport, March 4, 1911, she was a daughter of the late John and Sarah Brooks and the widow of Thomas Walsh.  Surviving are sons, Thomas,  Jr. of McKeesport and Jay of Port Vue; 13 grandchildren; sister, Helen Hurrell of Circleville; brother Russell Brooks of Washington, PA; nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 pm today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm tomorrow in the Willig Funeral Home.  A blessing will be offered there Wednesday at 10 am, and burial will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


WELSER, Sam     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Dead-Oldest Circus Clown succumbs to Paralysis.  Was for Many Years a Prominent Resident of McKeesport-Close of a Remarkable Life:
Samuel Rowe Welser, the oldest circus clown, died a the home of his father-in-law, James Wilson, 4951 Second Avenue, Pittsburg, from the effect of a third stroke of paralysis, aged 85 years, at 11:45 o’clock yesterday.  His death ends a remarkable life.  Th deceased was born in Philadelphia on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1810, lived for many years in McKeesport, and had been a reident of Pittsburgh for 11 years.  At an early age he revealed a fondness for circus life, and began the career, which later gave him a world-wide reputation, by training circus horses for James Taylor, of McKeesport.  In December, 1847, he was employed in the museum at Boston, where he first began his work as a clown.  In company with the famous Dan Rice and other noted showmen he traveled with Maley & Older’s circus through South America, Central America and Mexico.  Upon his return to the United States he entered the service of Dan Rice, who started on the road with what would be called a one-horse show.
As a circus man Mr. Welser travled over the greater portion of the world, both in the capacity of wagon driver and clown, and had mastered several foreign languages.  While most of the time he was with the largest circus companies of the country, for several years he conducted a small  centriloquial and tumbling show of his own.  He was well known to all the showmen in the Western Hemisphere, and kept a meorandum of all the famous circus people he had known and what befell them.
He will be especially remembered by the older residents of this vicinity for a remarkable voyage he made many years ago down the Monongahela river from Brownsville to Monongahela in a tub drawn by four large white geese.  He was cheered by people who lined both banks of the river.  Mr. Welser had been married three times.  He was united to his first wife in Philadelphia, and to that union were born town sons, who survive him.  He came to McKeesport in 1853.  His second wife was Julia Stacey, whom he married in 1856 in McKeesport, and who died childless in 1886.  In 1889 he fell in love with Pearl Wilson, a 16 year old girl of this city, and they were married on May 10 the same year and moved to Hazelwood.  She died June 6, 1891.
The funeral services will be held this evening at 8 o’clock at the residence of his father-in-law, James Wilson, in Hazelwood, and the remains will be brought to McKeesport for interment in the Versailles cemetery, on the 11:12 B&O train tomorrow, when the services will be conducted by Yohogany Lodge No. 364, I.O.O.F., of which he was a member.  Mr. Welser was possessed of property in McKeesport valued at $60,000.

29 May 1901 McKeesport Daily News


 WELSER, MRS. Samuel (Pearl WILSON)     (contributed by Betty Stewart)
 
The remains of the late Mrs. Samuel Welser, of Pittsburgh, who died Sunday, were brought to this city this morning on the 11:20 train, and were accompanied by a large number of friends and family from that place.  Deceased was a member of the Daughters of Liberty and the funeral was conducted in accordance with the ritual of that organization.  About 50 ladies and gentlemen, members of the order, accompanied the remains to this place.  The floral tributes were numerous and of the most beautiful designs.  The body was intered in Versailles Cemetery.

7 June 1891 McKeesport Daily News


WILSON, Mrs. Elizabeth     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, 60, died today at 12:30 a.m. in her home, 535 Monongahela avenue, Glassport.  She was the widow of James Wilson.  Mrs. Wilson was born in Pittsburgh on September 10, 1891.  She had resided in the district about 30 years and in Glassport for the last nine years.  She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of McKeesport.  Survivors include one daughter, Sarah, at home and one sister, Mrs. Gladys Byard of Versailles.  Friends are being received at the L.V. Dumas Funeral Home.

29 March 1952 McKeesport Daily News


WILSON, James     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

James Wilson, 43, of 819 Walnut street, third floor, died this morning at 3:10 o’clock at his home.  He was born in McKeesport and had resided there all his life.  For 30 years he was employed as an electrician at the Wood mill.  He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church.  Besides his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, he is survived by a daughter, Sara, at home; also by his mother and three sisters.  Mrs. Sadie Hollenius, Mrs Edith Bartholomew, Mrs. Anna Strom, and Mrs. Alice Schreiber all of McKeesport.  Funeral services will be held at the home of his mother, Mrs. Sadie Hollenius, 1008 Evans street on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in charge of his pastor, Rev. J.F. Heckert.  Interment will take place at Versailles Cemetery.

12 August 1931 McKeesport Daily News


WILSON, Sara     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Sara Wilson, 70, of Glassport died Friday in Baldock Health Care Centre, North Huntindon Twp. She was born November 8, 1918, in McKeesport, daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Wilson.  No visitation is scheduled.  Graveside service will be conducted at 2 pm tomorrow in Round Hill Cemetery by the Rev. Jack Stafford.   Arrangements are in charge of Strifflers.

9 January 1989 McKeesport Daily News


WISE, Clifford     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Clifford M. Wise, 54, of 82 Huey St., died yesterday in his home.  He was a retired employee in the Firth Sterling carbide department and member of St. Pius V Church.  Surviving are sons, Clifford C. Wise of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh; and Ronald L. of Elizabeth Twp; four grandchildren; brother, Donald J. Wise of East McKeesport; and sisters, Mrs. Claire Walker of Clairton and Mrs. Lenora Schlapak of Atlanta Ga.  Husband of the late Grace Marion Wise, he was born September 2, 1918, in McKeesport, son of the late Nickolas and Lenora Sullivan Wise.  Friends will be received in the E.C. Finney Funeral Home tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday from 12 to 4 and 7 to 9.  Mass of resurrection will be offered by  the Rev. Charles M. Fink Monday at 9 am in St. Pius Church.  Interment will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery.

2 February 1973 McKeesport Daily News


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ZARDET, Pietro     (contributed by Betty Stewart)

Pietro Zardet, of 428 State St., N. Clairton, died yesterday in the Veteran’s Hospital in Aspinwall.  Born in Germany on July 1, 1905, Mr. Zardet had been  a resident of the Clairton District for 20 years and was employed at the Irvin Works of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Co.  He is a veteran of World War II.  There are no survivors.  Friends will be received at the J. Sam Whetsel Funeral Home, Sixth and Walnut Sts, Wilson, until 8:30 a.m. Monday.  The funeral service in charge of the Rev. James A. Connelly will be from the St. Helena’s R.C. Church, Clairton, at 9 a.m., Monday when military rites will be offered by the joint organizations of Dicresco-Parsons Post 803, V.F.W., and Daniel Keffer Post 75, American Legion.  Interment will follow in St. Clare’s Cemetery, Clairton.

14 February 1948  McKeesport Daily News


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