Thomas P. Rowe, OHS '63

April 17, 1945 ~ November 29, 2019 Age 74, of Plum Boro, on Friday, November 29, 2019.  Beloved husband of 43 years to Stella Rowe.  Thomas was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Margaret Rowe, brother Bert Rowe, and sister Carolyn Woodrow.  Thomas was employed for over 20 years by Eaton Motors and will be missed by all who knew him.  Services are private and have been entrusted to English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, Pa, 15139. 
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Wendell Carl Bergmark, OHS '55

Wendell Carl Bergmark, age 83, of Seaford, Delaware passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019. He was born on June 28, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of the late Carl and Josephine Gaghan Bergmark.

Mr. Bergmark proudly served in the United States Navy. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. He made his career as an industrial artist working for the Westinghouse Electric Corporartion for 26 years in the Electro Mechanical Division located in Cheswick, PA. He was awarded a Patent for his work improving the design of the U.S. Navy's Seawolf Submarine propeller.

Mr. Bergmark is survived by his loving wife, Katherine (Sleppy) Bergmark of Seaford, DE; three daughters: Jennifer Parks and her husband Erik of Seaford, DE, and Deborra Peelor and her husband Brent of Pittsburgh, PA, and Caroline Bergmark and her wife Francine Wargo of Alexandria, VA; six grandchildren: Kirsten Parks, Nathaniel Parks, Benjamin Parks, Morgan Peelor, Shannon Peelor, and Corey Wargo Bergmark; three sisters: Nancy Conner and her husband Milton of Detroit, MI, Dorothy Wise of Indianola, PA, and Joan Brown of Myrtle Beach, MD; sister and brother in law, Joan and Graham Murray and family; sister in law, Elizabeth Sleppy; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Quality Inn in Georgetown, DE on November 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

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David W. Schall, M.D., OHS,

BRUNSWICK, ME - David W. Schall, M.D. died on July 26, 2019 of metastatic prostate cancer.

He was born in 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated in schools in Dorseyville and Oakmont. Upon graduation from Oakmont High School he went on to earn degrees from The College of Wooster (BA 1965), Dartmouth Medical School (BMS 1966), and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (MD 1968). He completed his residency in Family Practice in one of the earliest and few residencies of its kind at the Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, N.J.

Having enlisted in the Navy in a program for medical students he served TAD summer programs in pulmonary physiology at London CT, and neurosurgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Upon completion of his residency he was assigned to Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine. He and his wife decided to make Brunswick their home, leaving the Navy in 1972.

Dr. Schall practiced Family Practice in Brunswick first with a partnership then solo then joining others to form Bowdoin Medical Group, of which he was President and CEO. He had the great pleasure of joining with some of the finest people and physicians. Bowdoin Medical Group grew to five locations and 35 professionals, always in primary care.

One of Dr. Schall's professional passions was health care delivery systems, particularly in primary care and he was the founding Director and Chairman of Health Source Maine. Health Source Maine merged with similar companies in New Hampshire and South Carolina to become a public company, Health Source, Inc. Dr. Schall served on the Board of Directors until the company was sold to CIGNA.

He was a man of many interests and hobbies. With his best friend, they personally built a large barn and started a small farm of beef animals and pigs. He earned his SCUBA certificate and dived in multiple parts of the world. Perhaps, his biggest hobby was flying. He earned his license while a resident physician but family and finance postponed real flying until later. He purchased a Mooney and flew over 2500 hours. After his retirement he flew over 125 Angel Flights around New England. He also loved traveling with his wife and, mostly after retirement, they traveled all over the world seeing all seven continents and many of the wonders.

He was most proud of his family. His wife Deborah (Mitchell) and he were married upon his medical graduation and she was his love, support, and ultimately care taker for more that 50 years. What she put up with!

They have a son, David, of Ann Arbor, Mich., who was classically trained as a musician and has his own business in sound engineering, and a daughter, Kristi, who is well known for her outgoing and bubbly personality around town. She is served by Independence Association which the Schalls have supported over the years. He was predeceased by his parents, Roy F. Schall, M.D. and Narcissa (Elwood) Schall; and his oldest brother Roy F. Schall, Jr. of California. He is survived by two brothers, Hugh Schall of Marin County, Calif. and James E. Schall, M.D. of Huntington, Pa.

Dr. Schall requests that you show your support for his family, share remembrances, and toast to what he felt was a fabulous and rewarding life, by joining them Thursday, August 29, from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern, 4 Noble St., Brunswick. Interment will be private at the Maine Veterans Cemetery.

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MaryAnn Maiorca Dentu OHS '57

MaryAnn Maiorca Dentu, 80, of Salina (born in Oakmont, PA) went to be with the lord on Monday, July 1st , 2019. She was born March 26, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria Merana Maiorca. MaryAnn was a graduate of Penn State University, and earned her Master’s degree in teaching. She was employed with Lincoln International Schools where she pursued her dream and taught for schools overseas. MaryAnn was involved with, and loved, elementary education for forty years. MaryAnn gave her life to the Lord in 1968 and it changed her life forever MaryAnn loved to spend time with her family, reading her bible, knitting, listening to Frank Sinatra, and telling many stories of her life in Africa. She had a passion for prayer and was known to call many weekly to pray with them. She was an amazing woman. 

 MaryAnn is survived by her three sons Christian Martin Dentu, Jacob Eliah Dentu Jr., and Salvatore Maiorca Dentu, her daughter ClaraMarie Kolibea Dentu-Nabors, her brother Steven Maiorca, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and brother Nicholas, she is preceded in death by her husband of thirty-one years (before his death) Jacob Eliah Gyampo Dentu.


Jersey, Jeffrey G. OHS, 65
Jeff Jersey
Jeffrey G. "Pegs" Jersey, 71 of Cranberry Twp. (formerly a longtime Oakmont resident) passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Dear Son of the late Howard and Dorothy (Hart) Jersey. Father of the late Heidi Carr. Grandfather of John Rutkowski and Gabriella Morra. Brother of James “Jim” Jersey. Uncle of Alan (Maria) Jersey and their children, and Jeralyn (Jeremy) Doberly. Jeff proudly served our country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed golf, bowling, collecting stamps, coins, and reading. Services and interment are private for the family. Arrangements by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. Oakmont



Sunset Beach - Colonel Robert Woodside Campbell, Jr., 73, passed away on June 15, 2019, at his current residence in Amory, MS. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 25, 1945, to the late Robert Woodside Campbell, Sr. and Grace Louella Neubert Campbell. "Bob" graduated from Oakmont High school in Pennsylvania. He then attended Robert Morris Junior College and before finishing was drafted into the Army in 1966. He later obtained his college degree in Omaha, Nebraska and earned his Master's Degree in Fort Lee, Virginia. Bob proudly served our country for over 28 years in the United States Army retiring as full Colonel in May of 1994. His many years of service and leadership skills influenced soldiers under him.

After military retirement, he worked for BAE, and later served as Vice President at Northrup Grumman He finally retired at age 65 in Sunset Beach, NC. He was a devoted husband and a great provider for his wife and family. He met the love of his life in the 3rd grade at the elementary school in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, they went on their first date in 9th grade, and later married on December 11, 1965. They were blessed by God with two daughters. Bob's job allowed his family to travel to several states and countries all over the world. Passionately Bob loved his wife and girls. Faith was always important to him. He was a Member of Oakmont United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania where he sang in the choir. He served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in New Jersey. At Sunset Beach, North Carolina, he was a member of the Seaside United Methodist Church. Robert was a member of the Men's Golf Association at the Sea Trail Golf Course in Sunset Beach, and he was passionate about Veterans in all aspects.

In his free time, he loved traveling, spending time with his wife, playing cards, working in the yard, walking, fishing, and golfing. He loved his daughters, their husbands, and his grandchildren. Christian music kept his faith strong, and he was a wonderful role model over the years for aspiring military leaders. His family and friends will miss him dearly, yet they are thankful for the immeasurable impact he made on their lives as well as so many others. Their beautiful memories will be cherished forever. Bob, loving father and grandfather, and devoted husband, his legacy lives on through his wife of 53 years, Sandra Campbell; daughters, Michele Coco (Chuck), Lea Turner (Mike); grandchildren, Samuel, Jonah, Douglas, Bethany, Abby, Brandon, Emily, Elijah, and Catie; sister, Barbara Charlton; brother, Bruce Campbell; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at Seaside United Methodist Church, Sunset Beach, NC. Donations may be made to The National Cancer Society Please share your memories and condolences with his family at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://


Haskins, Larry L. OHS '65
Age 83, of Oakmont passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019 with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Rebecca Haskins of 58 years; dear father of Lynn Spurling, Patricia Haskins, JoAnne Kuhn and Jessica Haskins; loving grandfather of seven and 11 great-grandchildren. Larry served in the U.S. Air force during peacetime. He retired with 34 years of service at the former Edgewater Steel Corp., in Oakmont. Along with his wife, he operated Blondies in Verona for 35 years. Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont Tuesday June 11, 2019 from 2-5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Services Wednesday, 11 a.m. Plum Creek Cemetery Chapel.
Thomas N. Trumble



Thomas N. Trumble “T”, 73 of Oakmont, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 with his Wife and Daughter by his side, never losing his positive attitude and “Trumble Grit.”

Son of the late Merle and Mable (Herrington) Trumble. Beloved Husband for 42 years of Debbie (Kiser) Trumble. Loving Father of Lieutenant Colonel Brian M. (Andrea Vargo) Trumble, Stacy Trumble, Thomas Trumble, and Christopher (Christine) Trumble. Son-in-law of Marjorie (the late Earl) Kiser. Grandfather of Kelsey, Bella, Tripp, Annabelle, and Thomas. Brother of Merle “Sonny” (Margaret) Trumble and Deborah “Debby” Baker.

A graduate of Oakmont High School Class of 1963, where he was an outstanding football player, he then went to Bucknell University on a full football scholarship, graduating in 1967. Following graduation from Bucknell, Tom was a Coach for the Oakmont Apaches Semi-Pro football team.

He started his career at Cheswick Westinghouse in Human Resources, eventually retiring in 2007 from the Kurt J. Lesker Company in Clairton. After retirement, he volunteered as a docent at Pittsburgh National Aviary. He was a member of Oakmont Presbyterian Church, always enjoying the Men’s Breakfast. An avid Steelers fan and outdoorsman, Tom enjoyed nature, birds, and gardening.

Friends and relatives will be received at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2-5 & 6-8 p.m. A Memorial service will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019, 11 a.m. in Oakmont Presbyterian Church, EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Oakmont Recreation Board, c/o The Oakmont Boro Building, 767 5th St. Oakmont, PA 15139.



Susan Farrell

Of Oakmont, age 71, on Wednesday May 8, 2019.

Susan was the beloved wife of the late Eugene T. Farrell; Loving mother of Mary Katherine (Marty) Pronio, Megan Farrell, and Christopher (Dr. Kate) Farrell; Dear “Mama” to grandchildren Joseph, Eugene, and Susan Pronio, and Conor and Cameron Farrell; Cherished sister of Connie (Dennis) Mauro; And “Pretty Aunt Susy” to niece Dana, nephew Dr. Dennis (Erin) Mauro and great-nieces Ava, Lily and Clare.

Susan is preceded in death by her parents Angelina (Matassa) and James Pernice, and her brother Frank Pernice.

Susan was proud to have lived her entire life in her hometown, Oakmont. Her greatest joys were her family, Roman Catholic faith, and Italian heritage. Her laugh, smile, and generous heart touched everyone she met and will never be forgotten. 

 A Memorial Mass was held for Susan at 10 AM on Thursday May 16, 2019, in St. Irenaeus Catholic Church. Everyone please meet at church. She was be interred in Verona Cemetery




On Thursday, April 18, 2019, age 68, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Beloved husband of Janeene Madden Hart; father of Jeffrey J. Hart of Los Angeles, CA and Jason B. Hart (Hannah) of Jacksonville, FL; son of the late Philip B. Hart and Evelyn K. Hart of Oakmont, PA; brother of P. Brennan Hart Esq. (Maureen) of Fox Chapel, PA, John "Jack" K. Hart, Esq. of Los Angeles, CA, James (Jay) B. Hart (Nan) of Rutland, VT, Leslie A. Hart of Brentwood, TN, and Joanna "Jodie" H. Spelman (John) of Franklin, TN.  A memorial service and celebration of Jeff's life will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at  the Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church, 76 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra, FL. A private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Jeff to Rotary International, httpspublicpublicpublicpublicpublic:// For further information, contact JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., (412) 621-1665. 


Age 91, of Oakmont, passed away on Friday, April 5, with her loving family by her side. Adeline is survived by her devoted husband of 71 years, Jim; son Rick (Gerry) of Hampton; granddaughter, Melanie (Bob) Brown of Oakmont; grandson, Nathan Brown of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Paul Domhoff, Rocco Brown and Bobby Brown of Oakmont; sister Tilly Flannery of Hampton; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom adored their "Aunt Ade" and considered her to be their second Mom. She was preceded in death by her father, Angelo Lustri; mother, Ernestine Lustri Curti; stepfather, James Curti; and brothers, Armand James Lustri and James Curti, Jr. Born on April 27, 1927, Adeline lived her entire life in Oakmont, the community she cared so much about, did so much for, gave so much of herself to, and with which she always will be identified. Adeline began her service to Oakmont in 1947 as a secretary in the Borough Office. When she was named Oakmont Borough Manager in 1966, she was the only female municipal manager in Pennsylvania and one of only three in the United States. Under her stewardship over the next 40 years, Oakmont earned a reputation as one of the most attractive communities and most desirable places to live in Western Pennsylvania. In addition to her position as Borough Manager, Adeline also served Oakmont in countless other capacities, from roles with the Oakmont Planning Commission to the Riverview Community Action Corporation to the Oakmont Historical Society, and she was credited with knowing everything there is to know about Oakmont and its history. Before her retirement in 2005, Oakmont honored her by naming a street in her honor – Adeline Brown Avenue, which runs parallel to Allegheny Avenue in front of Hoffstot's restaurant. Two years ago, Adeline attracted considerable publicity when she and Jim celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and both of their 90th birthdays with a huge gathering of family and friends – all of whom now are feeling an enormous void with the loss of this amazing woman who constantly supported and inspired them and who was always there when they needed her. Friends and family will be received Monday, April 8, from 2-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, April 9, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Irenaeus Church in Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to RCAC, P.O. Box 437, Oakmont, PA, 15139 or St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 387 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA. 15139


Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 7, 2019


Joyce C. (Carden) Matzko

Of Plum, formerly of Oakmont, age 78, died Sunday March 17, 2019 at Forbes Regional surrounded by the care of her family. Joyce was born on January 17, 1941 in Pittsburgh.

She was the beloved mother of Michael Matzko of TN, and Rhiannon Jauer of WI; Loving sister of Frank Carden, Chuck Carden, and Paula Ezatoff.

Joyce worked as a waitress at Kings in Penn Hills and Holiday Park, and as a bookkeeper for Edgewater Steel and Giant Eagle. She was stubborn, yet loving, and enjoyed trips to the casino.

If you wish to honor Joyce, please donate to your favorite charity in her name. There will be no visitation for Joyce. Her arrangements have been entrusted to English Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.; 378 Maryland Ave; Oakmont PA 15139; 412-828-6565.

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Catanzaro, Frank C. (OHS 1958)

Frank Catanzaro sadly passed on January 4, 2019. Born October 31, 1939 he grew up, and raised his own family in Oakmont, PA. His parents, Frank and Jean emigrated from Sicily in the early 1900’s. After attending Northern Illinois University, he followed in his father’s footsteps in the produce industry. Frank founded Sunfresh Food Service in 1980 where he spent the remainder of his career until he retired to Naples, FL with his wife of 56 years in 2014. He was a loving husband, father and adored grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, children Debra and Frank, daughter-in-law Jill, and grandchildren Jackson, Nicolas, Maximus and Quinlan. He was an honorable man of unparalleled courage, dignity, strength, bravery and kindness who was loved by family and friends. Frank will be missed beyond words but his spirit and inspiration will continue to live on going forward. Friends will be received from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday January 11, 2019 at English Funeral Home, 378 Maryland Avenue in Oakmont, PA. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday January 12, 2019 at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oakmont Carnegie Library in care of the Frank Catanzaro Fund. Online condolences may be made to:

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Age 80 of Plum passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 after a prolonged struggle with dementia and cancer. She is survived by Michael, her loving husband of 53 years. Born in Oakmont, PA on June 18, 1938 to Ernest and Mary Jane Shuster. Carol was a gifted speaker and organizer and had an exceptional flair for decorating. She loved the Lord, people and the outdoors. Special thanks to her compassionate team from UPMC Family Hospice and Pallative Care. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at MAURICE L. KNEE, LTD. FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Rd. (across from S & T Bank) Plum, Pa 15239. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, 11 a.m., Our Lady of Joy R. C. Church with Rev. Albert Zapf as celebrant. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery. 


Bainbridge, Linda M.

Linda M. “Nunny” Bainbridge, 67 of O’Hara Township passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018. Dear Daughter of Margaret (Van Ryn) “Peg” Register and the late Henry Register. Beloved Wife of the late Robert E. “Bob” Bainbridge, Jr. Loving Mother of Susan (Ashley) Wellner, Robert “Butch” (Cathy) Bainbridge, and Mandy (Michael) Maxin. Nunny of Breanna Specht, Paige Wellner, Veronica, Makenzie, and Hunter. Special Nunny to Carly, Emily, and Grace Hammers, and also to many other special children that she cared for. Sister of Robert and Kenneth Register. The family would like to acknowledge Barbara, Karen, and Ellie who traveled this journey with them and created a special bond with Linda and her family. Linda is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives will be received on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. Funeral Service Friday, November 23, 2018, 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to

Ann (Orbin) Barnes

Ann E. Barnes

Ann E. Barnes APRIL 28, 1943 ~ NOVEMBER 2, 2018 (AGE 75) Ann E. Barnes (Orbin). 75, of O’Hara Twp passed on Friday, November 2, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of Jack T. Barnes. Mother of Margaret Beals and the late Barbara Smith. Proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Sister of Clarence (Judith) Orbin, Gary (Vickie) Orbin, David (Beth) Orbin, Gloria (John) Deriggi, Patty (Rich) Kasper, and the late Marie Orbin. Ann was a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area and was employed by Contraves as an Electronics Buyer. She attended schools in Oakmont and enjoyed swimming, reading, art, and travel. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2-6 pm at English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc, 378 Maryland Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11 am in Oakmont Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Steve Wilson officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will be in Verona Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at:


Nicholas A. Maiorca (OHS 1961)

Nicholas A. (Nick) Maiorca Born 09/18/1942-Died 10/27/18, quietly at home ..surrounded by family....Cause of Death-Liver Cancer. Nick graduated from the former Oakmont High School in Oakmont, PA in 1961. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in Vietnam. He was an officer of the Washington, DC Police Force from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He later served as an officer of the Pentagon Police department from 1990-2010, retiring a 2nd time. Viewing: Wednesday, Baker-Post Funeral Home,Manassas, Va. 10-31-18 5pm-7pm. Church Service : Thursday Chapel Springs Church Bristol, Va. 12:pm-1:00 pm. Immediately following church service: Interment @ Quantico National Cemetery Triangle, Va. (Veterans Service)

Merna (Baker) Wittkopp (OHS 1960)

Wittkopp, Merna J. (Baker) WITTKOPP MERNA J. (BAKER) Age 76, died Wednesday evening, October 10, 2018. A 1960 graduate of Oakmont High School Beloved wife of the late Robert Wittkopp, Sr.; mother of Sherry (late Robert R. Leaf) Leaf-Wittkopp and the late Robert S. Wittkopp, Jr; grandmother of Lyndsey N. Wittkopp-Sciorilli; sister of Virginia (Alan) Rizzi, Christy (late Stephen) Ham, Colleen (Jim) Juran, and the late William R. Baker, Jr. and Sylvia Heakins; aunt of Sara "Tammy" Harris; and also nephews survive. Merna loved spending time at Slippery Rock Camp at "Tiny Pebble." She is now with her husband, son, son-in-law, and was greeted at the gates of heaven with her beloved dogs. "Your last breath on earth becomes your first breath in Heaven: Rest in Peace, Merna." A memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements made through BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., Oakmont.

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Ann Schuyler Eves Spayth OHS '63

Ann Schuyler Eves Spayth died Thursday evening, September 6, 2018, in peaceful, hospice care with support from William (Marcy), her twin; John (Sharon) Eves, her brother;  Margot Eves, her niece;  and an outpouring of good wishes from extended family and long-time friends.  Ann lived in Tiffin, Ohio, near John the last 11 years of her life.  She graduated Oakmont High School, 1963, and Edinboro State Teachers College, 1967.  Ann taught for several years, was a traveling representative for Gulf Oil, and subsequently married Benjamin Spayth (deceased 2006) for 25 years. She remained devoted to her Christian faith and her artistic efforts until the past year.  She was by nature a solitary person who chose to fight her battle with cancer privately until close to life end.  Ann will be interred at Verona Cemetery in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, at NOON, September 12. There will be no visiting hours or scheduled services.  Friends are welcome to join the family for lunch in remembrance of her at 1:00 PM at Hoffstott’s Café Monaco in Oakmont.  Please RSVP to Bill at 614 306 6266.


MAY 9, 1946 – AUGUST 23, 2018

Donna Jean (Schweiger) Zelahy 


On Thursday August 23, 2018 Donna Jean Zelahy, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at age 72 from rheumatoid arthritis complications.Donna Schweiger grew up in Oakmont and graduated from Oakmont High School in 1964

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 9, 1946, she is survived by her husband of over 50 years John Zelahy, her son John Zelahy Jr. (wife Juli and their sons: Jake and Jesse), and her daughter Krista Short (husband Craig).

An incredibly supportive wife and mother, Donna championed her family’s many moves throughout her life that sent them all over the world. She was a warm and loving woman who formed special and lasting friendships wherever she went. Her passion was to volunteer for the the Arthritis Foundation where she helped to coordinate special events such as the Jingle Bell Run and other activities to raise awareness of the condition. Donna loved spending time with her family and enjoyed her weekly yoga classes. She’ll truly be missed by her family and friends.


A memorial service will be held on Sunday September 16th from 11am-1pm at the Zelahy home: 207 Woods Road, Greer SC 29650. 

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Arthritis Foundation would be appreciated.

 Thomas J. Adams OHS '68


Thomas J. Adams of Shannondale (Mayport) died of a heart attack on August 18, 2018 in his home, with his wife of 41 years by his side. He was 67 years old.

Born on January 28, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Tom was the son of the late Harry La Verne and Katherine Florann (Flowers) Adams. He grew up in Oakmont, PA with his older brother, Jim. Tom or “Jungle” to his classmates at Oakmont High School, was a talented football player, recruited to play at the University of Louisville on a football scholarship. While at Louisville he played defense against such legends as “Mean Joe Green” among others.

Tom started work at People’s Natural Gas Company in 1975 at the Truittsburg Station. He met Christine (Delo) Adams in nearby Clarion, and they were married on July 23, 1977 in a small ceremony at Zion Lutheran Church in Shannondale. The couple purchased a home just down the hill from the church, and it was there that Tom began a lifetime of work rebuilding and expanding his home, doing the vast majority of the work himself. 

Tom or “Griz” as he was known to his friends and neighbors, retired from Peoples / CNG / Dominion on February 1, 2005 after 30 years of service in well maintenance and as a station engineer. Throughout his career he was an active union member. In his retirement, he was passionate about local and national politics, as an outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders and a member of the Clarion Chapter of Indivisible. He was fiercely proud of his two daughters and loved his family above all else. He especially enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren. He was exceedingly generous, quick to share his time, knowledge, and advanced skills in carpentry and woodworking to help his friends and neighbors. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing pool in his man cave, and could be found most evenings on his ATV, with his signature beard and baseball cap, watching the sun set over Shannondale. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Christine M. (Delo) Adams; his two daughters, Dr. Cathleen M. Adams (Dr. Joshua Blum), of Lewisburg, PA and Gloria A. Adams (Richard Rivera), of New York, NY; his two grandchildren, Willa Marie and Fletcher Oak Adams Blum; and his brother, H. James Adams (Sandy) of Gibsonia, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Arrangements are under the care of Goble Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarion. A private burial service will be held on Saturday August 25 at Zion Lutheran Church and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. 

Donations can be made in Tom’s name to the American Civil Liberties Union at, Free Speech TV at, or to the Democratic candidate of your choice. Friends and family may send online condolences and obtain additional information by visiting


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George E. Brocato OHS '64

George E. Brocato, 72, a lifelong Oakmont resident passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018. Beloved Husband for 53 years of Lorraine (Adams) Brocato. Loving Father of Amy (Jason) Mastrocesare, Becky Brocato, and the late Nick Brocato. Grandfather of Michael Siemianowski, Tyler Mastrocesare, Jeffrey Houston, Eric Murrell, Andrew DeChantal, and the late Emily Houston. Brother of Jack (Janet) Brocato and also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a graduate of Oakmont High School class of 1964 where he played football for the late Chuck Wagner. He was an Oakmont Volunteer firefighter for 37 years, serving as chief for 15 years immediately following his Father after he had served as the chief of the fire department. He enjoyed antique and classic cars, and was a lover of Gettysburg.

Friends and relatives will be received on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 2-7 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. Oakmont, 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont, where a fireman’s service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home at the conclusion of the visitation. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for their discretion.

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Judy (Miller) Bridges OHS '59

76 of Oakmont passed on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. OHS Class of 1959. Beloved wife of James S. Bridges. Dear mother of Sandy (Edward) Morgan, Lale (Timothy) Laubach, and Justi (Raymond Anthracite) Grubor. Sister of Susan Nicholas. Loving grandmother of Brandon, Olivia, Mia, Alex, and Eva. Friends will be received on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11 am in the English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 378 Maryland Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139 where a memorial service will begin at noon. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be made to: 

Joseph L. Luciana Jr.

Joseph Leonard Luciana, Jr., 94, of Oakmont, Pennsylvania was a man of class, grace, wisdom, professionalism, compassion generosity, responsibility, integrity and devotion to God, family and community.  Joe passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 2018, while sitting in one of his favorite chairs in the living room of the home he loved and lived in for almost 60 years.  Born on April 17, 1924, he grew up on Valley Street in Oakmont, the oldest son of Joseph and Carolyn (Von Steirheim) Luciana.  His father was an Italian immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island in the early 1900s and became a naturalized citizen in the 1920s.  Joe and his family, including his two younger sisters, Dorothy (Luciana) Slagle and Joanie (Luciana) Gorman, lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s, sometimes cooking their meals outdoors over a fire along nearby Plum Creek.   Joe was an excellent student, won the American Legion Award in 1938 and graduated from Oakmont High School in 1942.

Shortly after starting college at the University of Pittsburgh the call to World War II came and Joe enlisted in the Army Air Corps.   Following successful completion of flight school, he completed his tour of duty in New Guinea from June 1944 to June 1945 as a pilot supporting the United States war effort in the South Pacific.  Joe returned to the United States, hitch hiked across the country with his best friend and fellow veteran WWII pilot, Thomas Hill, and then resumed college at the University of Pittsburgh under the GI bill.  While in college, Joe renewed his acquaintance with June (Hulings) Luciana, the “fine freshman” as he wrote in her Oakmont High School yearbook years earlier.  They were married on December 1, 1949.  

Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English on February 3, 1950 followed shortly by a Bachelor of Laws degree on June 13, 1951 (later recognized by the University as a Juris Doctor degree).  He served his one-year “preceptorship” with a large law firm in Pittsburgh, passed the bar exam and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on April 17, 1952.  Joe practiced law for the next 66 years and distinguished himself in the areas of real estate, title insurance, estate administration and general practice. 

In addition to his legal training and career, Joe graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree on May 7, 1968 and served as interim pastor in Presbyterian and Baptist churches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.  He also frequently spoke on the Exodus tabernacle using a scale model he built himself.  As a member of the Allegheny Center Christian & Missionary Alliance Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh he taught adult Sunday school and ushered for many years.  Joe served on the Board of Directors of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a Christian youth ministry on the North Side of Pittsburgh, and the Board of Directors of Jewish Evangelism.  

Joe loved to travel, read his Bible, play bocce, golf and backyard sports like whiffle ball and touch football with his own and neighborhood kids.  He also loved to write poems and frequently composed them for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.  However, he most enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids and was a great husband, father and grandfather!  Joe is survived by his wife, June (Hulings) Luciana, his children, Joseph Luciana, III (Audrey), Richard Luciana (longtime friend Patty Kasper), Jeffrey Luciana and his grandchildren, Joey IV and Jeana Luciana.  Family will receive friends on Sunday, July 29, 2018, from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. and Monday, July 30, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME, 421 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont, PA 15139.  The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont, PA, 15139. Memorial contributions may be made to Allegheny Center Alliance Church, 250 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.







Oakmont High School, PA Class of 1957 
1939 - 2018 

Age 79, of Miami, Florida, went home to be with His Lord and Savior June 29, 2018. David was born May 5, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the late Joseph Anthony Maranto and Janina S. Maranto. David served his country in the United States Air Force and then worked 23 years for Eastern Airlines. He enjoyed restoring old guns, going to the range, motorcycle riding, model plane building and flying, quick-witted humor, and time with family. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Ruth Ann Maranto; loving father of David Maranto (wife Gwen) and Michael Maranto; cherished grandfather of Elise Miller (husband Russell), Joseph Maranto (wife Katie), Luke Maranto, Anthony Maranto, Michael Maranto, and Grace Maranto; adored great-grandfather of Lathan Miller, Evelyn Maranto, and Payton Miller; faithful brother to (the late) Joe Maranto and Jennifer Musgrave (husband Joseph); devoted uncle of Gina Maranto Adams, Ethan Musgrave, Adam Musgrave, and Caitlyn Mardis; gracious brother-in-law of Susan Butcher, Jill Reynolds, and Don Sebastian. Services pending.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 2, 2018




The Reverend Joanne Bash Hetrick, Deacon (OHS '51)

Joanne Bash Hetrick died June 23, 2018 at her home in Oakmont, PA.  Joanne was born to John and Augusta Bash on July 29, 1933 in Gary, Indiana. 

Joanne is survived by her husband of 64 years, William J. (Bill) Hetrick, sons Robert W. (Dr. Barbara) Hetrick, Dr. James A. (Karen) Hetrick and daughter, Molly A. Hetrick (Mehdi) Tadayon.  Joanne had three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren:  Marta Hetrick (Justin) Callies, Jahan Hetrick Tadayon, Jared Hetrick Tadayon, Otto Rudolf Callies and Felix August Callies.  Her brother, John F. Bash and his wife Ernestine, live in Maine.

Joanne graduated from the Presbyterian School of Nursing in 1954.  She was called to the Vocational Deaconate and ordained in 1983 by the Rt. Rev. Alden M. Hathaway, Bishop of Pittsburgh.  Deacon Joanne served for many years at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.  She and another Deacon instituted a hospital ministry program, visiting the major hospitals of Pittsburgh on a regular schedule.  Joanne was the first Chaplain on the staff of Forbes Hospice and instituted a bereavement ministry for the families of Hospice patients.  She then served as Chaplain at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital for many years.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful care and support received from Barbara Kevish MD and Christa Cerra DNP-FNP of the Renaissance Family Practice, all of the compassionate staff from Bridges Hospice and the consistent care provided by Lynne Dodson RN.  They are forever grateful for the warm support of their loving friends, neighbors and community during this time.

Friends will be received on Friday, June 29 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Avenue Oakmont.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 30 at 10 am at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 378 Delaware Avenue Oakmont, officiated by The Reverend John Bailey, Rector of Christ our Hope Anglican Church in Natrona Heights and The Reverend Jeffrey D. Murph, Rector of St. Thomas. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of Joanne’s most cherished ministries – Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veteran’s Home, 13 Pride Street Pittsburgh PA 15219 or



George Middlemas OHS '64

George Middlemas passed away peacefully in Bachelor Gulch CO on June 14, two days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. He was born and raised in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State University, received a Masters degree in Political Science from Pittsburgh University and an MBA from Harvard University. He pursued a business career at Chase Bank and Kekst & Company before landing a position in the Venture Capital unit at Citicorp in New York City where he found his true calling: working with young entrepreneurs creating and building new businesses and technologies. He was also with Inco Venture Capital and joined Apex Venture Partners in Chicago in 1991 where he spent the rest of his career. George was an active investor and on the boards of many young successful companies including America Online, Concord Communications, Security Dynamics, eSpire, Data Critical, Online Resources, Pure Cycle, Tut Systems, VP Net, and many others. He was an inspiration to many talented and creative people and received immense personal fulfillment helping others build successful enterprises. After sustaining a severe injury in high school gymnastics, George was not an athlete in college, however, he loved everything about the athletic program at Penn State. For many years until the death of his beloved Joe Paterno, whom he so admired, George attended most of the home football games and many away games. One of his greatest joys in life was cheering on the Nittany Lions. He was an active supporter of the university's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and a member of the Paterno Library Development Board and the Library Advisory Council. He created several special athletic scholarships and student tutoring programs as well as providing funding for the library's Historical Collections, including the Albert M Petska Eighth Air Force Collection, named after his father-in-law. As a young man growing up in a small town with a great golf course, Oakmont PA, George developed a lifelong love of golf and played many rounds there as well as at Olympia Fields in Chicago and Red Sky Ranch in Colorado. One of the highlights in George's career was investing in his hero Arnold Palmer's Golf Management Company in the mid 1990s. In addition to golf, George enjoyed skiing and had a home on the ski slopes of Bachelor Gulch where he spent many wonderful winters and summers. George was a history buff and particularly enjoyed reading about WWII and Winston Churchill. He also enjoyed opera and had just joined the board of the Phoenix Opera Company having recently moved to his retirement paradise of Scottsdale, AZ. He absolutely loved all things Pittsburgh - the Steelers, the Penguins, the Pirates. He will be missed by his family and friends for his wit, staunch conservatism which he enjoyed sharing with one and all, perseverance and enthusiasm for the businesses and people he believed in and his love of fine wine. His generosity with his time, his passions, his laughter was unending. George is survived by his wife, Sherry, and brother Jack and Coleen Middlemas of Oakmont, PA. Memorial celebrations of his life will be held at later dates in Oakmont and Chicago.


Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on June 22, 2018


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Paula Marie Saunders

Paula P Saunders, 76, of Blacksburg, left her earthly domain and entered her heavenly home, with her family by her side, Sunday morning June 10, 2018.. Paula is preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, M D Saunders, son-in-law Bob Uryaniak and granddaughter Jessica McCroskey.

She leaves behind four children: Christine Uryaniak, Susan and Jimmy Davis, Robbie Saunders and Danny Saunders; nine grandchildren and their spouses: Andrew and Rebecca McPeak, Stephen and Megan Davis, Sarah Davis, Hannah and Matthew Eldridge, Grace and Timothy Hight, Johathan and Katie Davis, Daniel Davis, Parker Walters Saunders and Rachel Davis all of whom loved their grandma dearly; nine great-grandchilddren: Chelsa, Summer, and Isaac McCroskey, Ethan and Emmalyn Eldridge, Eleanor Davis, Reed and Sadie Davis and Drew McPeak; her twin sister Florence Paulo, sister Kathleen Paulo; sister-in-law Mary Saunders; five nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 am in The Gospel Light Baptist Church, Christiansburg with Pastors Jimmy Davis and Shake Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Williams Cemetery in Craig County. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 pm. In lieu of flowers it would be Paula’s wish that donations be made in her name to Christ Weslyan Church, 525 Harkrader St., Christiansburg, VA or Jimmy Davis Evangelistic Association, P O Box 25, Pilot, VA 24138. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting



James A. Trangle

James A. (Jim) Trangle. Age 81 of Oakmont passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Beloved husband of Grace Trangle (Carlisano). Loving father of Gina Marie (Craig) Bauerle and the late Edward Anthony Trangle. Dearest grandfather of Zachary Bauerle. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Friday, April 6, 2018 from 3-8 pm at English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 378 Maryland Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10 am in St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont. Everyone is asked to please meet at the church. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Penn Hills. Jimmy was a staple of the Oakmont community for many years. He was well known by countless people and will be missed tremendously by his family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Jimmy and Grace’s son, Edward, to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at httpspublicpublicpublicpublicpublic:// Online condolences may be made to:httpspublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://

Francis “Butch” Santicola, 74, of Moon Township. Passed away on February 15, 2018.   He was born in Oakmont, on November 13, 1943 the son of the late Marius & Agnes (Rantucci) Santicola.

Butch grew up in Oakmont and earned his B.S. from I.U.P. where he was a proud member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.  He obtained his Masters from the University of Pittsburgh.  He began his career as a teacher in the Aliquippa School District where he was the President of the Aliquippa Education Association. He eventually went on to work as the Director of Organizing & Communications for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), where he retired after 43 years.  He was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp.  Butch was an officer of National Staff Organization, the President of PSEA Staff Organization, a former member of the board of directors for the charitable group The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, a former Chairman of the Moon Twp. Democratic Party, and was the current host of The Education Watchdog, a syndicated show as part of the Union Edge Laborers Talk Radio. Butch was a tireless advocate for teachers and laborers everywhere and an energized, engaging and unwavering person who will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.  Butch was honored with the Adler Friend of Education award in 2017.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, April (Benasutti) Santicola.  He was the proud father of two children:  Michael F. Santicola (Michele) of Moon Twp. & Amy (Santicola) Gift of Moon Twp, loving Papa to four grandchildren:  Anna Gift, Zachary Gift, Michael M. Santicola & Sarah Santicola.  He is also survived by brothers, Ronald Santicola and Henry Santicola & sister Judy Leger and sister-in-law, Michele Benasutti, as well as many very special nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.   Butch was a coach and ardent supporter of all his children’s activities and became an enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren’s activities.

In addition to his parents, Butch was preceded in death by a brother, Marius Santicola Jr and an infant son, Scott.

Friends will be received on Sunday February 18 from 1-5pm & Monday February 19 from 2-4 & 6-8pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10AM in St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp. (Everyone please meet at the church) Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Hopewell Twp.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to:  Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh (2821 Sarah St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203).


John E. Briscoe
Born: 7/21/1942 New Kensington, PA
Died: 1/18/2018 Concord. CA

Survived by daughter Christie Pillsbury; son in-law Chris Pillsbury, grandchildren Alexandra, Kaylie, Julia, Emma. Sisters Elizabeth Utchel of Scott Township, PA and Florence Mack of Merrillville, IN. Preceded in death by mother Anna Mae Briscoe, 91, February 20, 2002; father John L. Briscoe, 95, July 22, 2003. John was a 1960 graduate of Oakmont (PA) High School and a 1964 graduate of Arizona University, Tucson, AZ. A standout for Oakmont from 1957-59 as a blocking quarterback and defensive linebacker, Briscoe earned a scholarship to the University of Arizona. After playing offense and defense for the Wildcats' — until 1963 — he was a key member of the 1964 Arizona team that went 6-3-1 and tied New Mexico and Utah for first place in the old Western Athletic Conference. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1964, but a neck injury ended his career. He retired in 2000 after 36 years in sales with International Steel. After retirement he worked for the San Francisco Giants (baseball) and San Francisco 49ers (football) in public relations until his death. He spent his leisure hours on his 60 foot houseboat on Lake Oriville in Northern California. A memorial service will be streamed live on February 24th at 1:00 pm (PST) here at:; click 'live service' in order to view the service. (This is 4:00 pm EST for those living in the Eastern U.S.)


Jeanne Meanor Knox

Jeanne Meanor Knox, 96 of Oakmont passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in the skilled nursing center at Longwood at Oakmont.  Beloved Wife of the late Robert T. McElhose and the late Dr. Robert W. Knox, Sr.  Loving Mother of Carol (Robert) Gelfand and the late Craig M. Knox and Robert W. Knox, Jr.  Mother-in-law of Connie Knox.  Step-Mother of Dr. Robert T. McElhose and James T. (Donna) McElhose.  Sister of Dorothy (the late Carl) Acquiviva and the late Louise (the late Keith) Manherz.  Grandmother of 2, Great-Grandmother of 2, Step-Grandmother of 4, and Step-Great-Grandmother of 6.  Jeanne was the class president of her 1939 graduating class of Oakmont High School and thoroughly enjoyed all of the work involved in organizing all of the class reunions.  Jeanne was a devoted member of the Oakmont United Methodist Church and loved helping make the Christmas caramels every year.  In her later years, she overcame many life threatening health issues and attributed this to her strong faith.  Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont.  Funeral Service Saturday, February 3, 2018, 12 Noon Oakmont United Methodist Church.  EVERYONE MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH.  Memorials may be made in her name to Oakmont Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA  15139


Mark M. "Marko" Gasparich

Mark M. “Marko” Gasparich, 70, a lifelong Oakmont resident passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday evening, January 12, 2018.  Beloved Son of Matilda “Tillie” (Kaus) Gasparich and the late John Gasparich.  Dear Brother of Diane (Jack) Singer, Joanne (Robert) Pica, Peter (Stephanie) Gasparich, and Stephen (Deborah) Gasparich.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Marko was a man who loved his family above anything else.  He spent his formative years taking care of his many family members.  He was very generous with his support to make sure everyone had a good life.  Proudly serving our country in the Army during Vietnam as a medic, he learned to give the best “buzzed” haircuts.  Working as a grounds keeper for the Oakmont Country Club, he had 30 years of service where he would take his nephews to work during the summer inspiring their love of the game, not to mention all of the US Open merchandise and tickets he supplied his family with.  Marko opened his home and his heart to anyone who wanted to stop by for a beer, a talk, or to listen to polka.  His love for model trains brought his family excitement during the holidays.  He enjoyed gardening, especially his killer tomatoes. Marko worked at the former Gasparich Market, delivering groceries to many in the surrounding areas.  Also a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, he was a kind and gentle soul who was loved by many.  Friends and relatives will be received on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 3-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 11 a.m. St. Irenaeus Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in the Verona Cemetery, Oakmont.  Donations may be made in his name to the VA Aspinwall, 1010 Delafield Ave. Pittsburgh, PA  15215



Age 61, of Indiana Twp., passed away suddenly on Thursday morning, January 4, 2018. She is survived by her parents, Cecil and the late Shirley Tranquill; her brother, Ronald (Vanessa) Tranquill; and her two adoring nieces, Leandra and Karrah. Kathy was a graduate of Fox Chapel High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After teaching business at the Bradford School, she worked as a secretary in the city for a number of years. She was a member of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Services and interment will be held privately. Arrangements made by the BOCK FUNERAL HOME, LTD., Glenshaw. Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2018. httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://


Anthony P. "Tony" Miller

Anthony P. “Tony” Miller, 89 a lifelong resident of Oakmont passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017.  Beloved Husband of the late Helen E. Miller.  Loving Father of Mary M. Suiters and Susan J. (Matt) Baker.  Grandfather of Leah Suiters, Anthony Suiters, and Justin Bird.  Great-Grandfather of Tony Kamalei.  Tony was a graduate of Oakmont High School, proudly served our country during the Korean War, and was a 50 year member of Verona F & AM 548.  He and his wife, Helen were the owners of the former Edgewater Restaurant for many years.  Friends and relatives are invited to a chapel service in the Verona Cemetery in Oakmont on Friday, December 8, 2017at 11 a.m.  Arrangements by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. Oakmont. Burket Truby Obituaries Donations may be made in his name to the Oakmont Boulevard Project, c/o the Oakmont Borough Building, 767 5th St. Oakmont, PA  15139


Obituary: John Deringer, Class of 1966  February 12, 1948  -  November 9, 2017 

John was the first son of the late John and Millie Deringer of Oakmont, PA. Beloved grandson of the late Mary Deringer; and nephew of the late Margaret Deringer of Cheswick, PA. Beloved husband of 48 years to Elaine Dapra Deringer of St. Augustine, FL; father of John M. Deringer (St. Augustine, FL), Glenn A. Deringer (St. Augustine, FL), and Ryan M. (Kristin) Deringer (St. Augustine, FL); loving grandfather of Ryan, Margaret and Jaxon James Deringer, who will miss their PopPop; brother of Larry (St. Augustine, FL), Dave (Oakmont, PA), Mike (Fort Collins, CO) and Tim (Longmont, CO) Deringer; uncle to Andrew (Kari) Deringer (Fruita, CO); and great-uncle to our Sunshine Lilly.

John grew up in Oakmont, PA, attended St. Irenaeus School, Oakmont High School and Gannon University. Enlisted in USMC and received his wings in 1970. Flew F-4 fighter jets as a radar intercept officer. Attended Top Gun School. He was a proud Marine. He worked for Allegheny Luldum Steel for over 30 years. John built his life around his sons. School activities, soccer teams (coach and licensed referee). He supported all of his sons' activities. John was active in many church activities (at direction of Jeanne Kaus and Father Blough) for many years. You fought a brave and courageous fight. Your family and friends are going to miss you Big Guy. Special thanks to Marian Raftis, Community Palliative Services and to all Community Hospice caring and wonderful people. Please no flowers. In John's name, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. ST. JOHNS FAMILY FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements. *


Barbara Feightner McCurdy

Barbara Feightner McCurdy
Barbara McCurdy Obituary McCurdy, Barbara F. 79 of Ruskin, Fla passed away October 20, 2017. Barbara graduated from Oakmont High School in 1957. She had various jobs while raising her two sons and caring for her home and family. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul McCurdy to whom she was married for 55 years. Survivors include her two sons, Keith H. (Gintare) McCurdy and Brian P. McCurdy, a granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace McCurdy, sister Lynne Bonaroti, Clifford Feightner and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla (813) 634-9900



James Robert “JR” Dunn, Sr., 80, of Youngsville, passed away Thursday October 19, 2017 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mr. Dunn was born September 23, 1937 in Altoona, Pa., a son of the late Robert F. and Jean V. Anderson Dunn. He moved to Oakmont, Pa. at a young age. Growing up, he caddied at Oakmont Country Club where he developed his love of golf. He graduated from Oakmont High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certificate from Clarion State Teachers College, where he met his wife, Ellie. At Clarion he was a member of Alpha Gamma Phi fraternity.

Jim moved to Youngsville in 1963 to start his 34 year teaching career at Youngsville High School. He taught World Cultures and Driver’s Ed.; and coached football, softball, wrestling, and was a starter for track. He ran the time clock for wrestling and basketball for many years. He was also a long time school bus driver.

Coaching led Jim to 40 years of service to his community as a member of the Youngsville Volunteer Fire Dept. He was concerned about player injuries with no one around to properly treat them, so he trained to become an EMT. He was currently serving as vice-president and was also treasurer of the Home Association. His dedication to the YVFD earned him the top responder award for the past 20 consecutive years. The Borough of Youngsville Community Service Award was presented to him in 2001.

Jim was an avid sports fan, and, as a Pittsburgh boy, he was a passionate fan of all teams Pittsburgh. He also enjoyed reading, umpiring youth baseball, shooting pistols, canoeing, golfing, and traveling with his wife Ellie around the United States.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor “Ellie” L. Smith Dunn, whom he married June 6, 1959, in Clarion; his 3 children, Steven (Paula) Dunn, of Youngsville; Carolyn (Andrew) Yurick, of Warren; and James R. Dunn Jr., of Youngsville; 3 grandchildren, Alexander, Elise, and Erin Dunn; his siblings, Bonnie D.(Steve) Hookstra, of Ellijay, Ga.; Laurel D.George, of Plum, Pa.; Elizabeth Dunn Hays, of Marietta, Ga.; Rebecca (Lenny) Zucco, of Plum, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan L. Dunn; and his siblings, Robert A. Dunn; David Dunn Sr.; Lee Dunn; Judith Dunn Rupert; William Dunn; and Martha Dunn.

Friends will be received on Monday from 4-8 pm at the Youngsville First United Methodist Church, 225 E. Main St., Youngsville, and for 1 hour prior to a funeral service there at 11 am, with the Rev. Ricky Nelson, officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Cemetery.


Wagner, Charles V., Jr.

Charles V. (Chuck) Wagner, Jr., 82 of Oakmont passed away on Monday morning, September 25, 2017 at his residence. He was born on November 28, 1934 to the late Charles and Geneieve (Watson) Wagner. He was president of the former Wagner’s Beer Distributor in Oakmont for many years. Some of his many accomplishments include a history teacher of 23 years, high school football coach of 50 years, graduate of Bucknell University and is ranked fifth in WPIAL wins. He was a football father to thousands. He was most proud of bringing a championship to his two hometowns of Oakmont and Springdale. Beloved Husband for 22 years of Dee (Wherle) Wagner. Father of Tom (Barb) Wagner of Oakmont, Susan (Lance Stoner) Wagner of Verona, Peggy (David) Ruggiero of Murrysville, and the late Beth Ann Enyart. Step-Father of Karen (Gary Assaid) Beebe and Bill Beebe. Brother of Dan (Rose) Wagner of Oakmont and Lillian Vescio of North Carolina. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and daughter, he was predeceased by his first wife, Winnie Thomas Wagner, second wife, Nancy Gaines Wagner, and his stepmother, Ann Anuskiewicz Wagner. Friends and relatives will be received on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 and on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. Funeral Service Friday, September 29, 2017, 10 a.m. Riverside Community Church, 401 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH with Rev. Kathy Aiken officiating. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for their discretion




Pyle, Robert Lee, Class of 1958



Robert Lee Pyle, 77, of Blacksburg died Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Lewis Gale Hospital-Montgomery. Lee was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 15, 1940 to the late Robert Samuel and Margaret “Jane” Pyle and grew up in Oakmont, PA. He graduated from Oakmont High School in 1958 and went on to Penn State University and graduated in 1962 with a B.S. in pre-veterinary from the College of Agriculture. He attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a V.M.D. degree in 1965. He also earned a M.S. degree in Cardiology from the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. After finishing his V.M.D. degree, he was employed by the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine from 1965 until 1974. It was there where he met his wife Inge. Lee took a year off from academia and worked at the veterinary clinic from 1974-1975. After that he joined Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Professor specializing in cardiology for 3 years and then 3 years as Associate Professor at Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, again specializing in cardiology. In 1981, he took a position as Professor at Virginia Tech (Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine) where he retired in 2007 having held different positions including Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Associate Dean. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and served as treasurer of the ACVIM from 1977-1981 and Secretary-Treasurer from 1981-1993. From 1993 until 1994 he served as Director of the ACVIM in Denver. Lee and his wife Inge were instrumental in building the ACVIM and the FORUM (Annual Veterinary Conference). He also was a member of different veterinary medical organizations. In 1994, they moved back to Blacksburg and Lee continued his work at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Lee was a member of Blacksburg United Methodist Church, Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club and Penn State Club, which he co-founded. Although Lee accomplished a lot, he lived a simple life and cherished his family who will miss him greatly. 

Lee is survived by Inge, his loving wife of 51 years; son and daughter-in-law, Eric Pyle & Kate Savage Pyle; sons, Chris and Andre Pyle; grandchildren, Josh and Molly Pyle; sister and husband, Carol “Sis” and Jimmy Broz; sister and husband, Roberta and Dave Banks; and 5 nieces and nephews and their children.

Memorial services will be held at Blacksburg United Methodist Church on Monday, September 25, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Ralph Rowley officiating. A visitation/reception will be held after the service in the Wisner Building. A graveside service will be held at the Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley on North Main Street after the reception. 

The family would like to thank those who helped Lee during his illness, Dr. Stoeckel, the staff at Lewis Gale, the staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Care and the staff at the Radiation Center in Pulaski. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roanoke Rescue Mission (402 4th St SE, Roanoke, VA 24013) or the Blacksburg United Methodist Church P.O. Box 931, Blacksburg, VA
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home




Bonaroti, Peter D. February 3, 1942 - August 30, 2017

Peter D. Bonaroti, 75 of Oakmont, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Pittsburgh on February 3rd, 1942. He was a son of the late Gennauro and Thomasina (Calfe) Bonaroti. Husband of Sandra (Nichols) Bonaroti. Beloved father of Nicole (Gilbert) Gillman of Oakmont and Bradley (Jamie) Bonaroti of Cheswick. Grandfather of Kenzie Bonaroti and Gabrielle Gillman. Brother of Jane (the late George) Duch of Penn Hills, Geraldine (the late Emil) Kaforey of Lower Burrell, Rita (James) DeLelis of Verona, Denise (Charles) Fusaro of Blawnox, Gerald F. (Carol) Bonaroti of Oakmont, Frank (Cathy) Bonaroti of Oakmont, and Dennis (Susan) Bonaroti of Springdale. Also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Pete was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont, enjoyed golf, and was a lifelong Oakmont resident. He was very proud of his Italian heritage, his family, and proudly served our country in the United States Army. Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, September 1st, 2017 from 1-4 & 6-9 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 10 a.m., St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont with Father George Dalton officiating. Entombment will follow in The Verona Cemetery, Oakmont. Donations may be made in his name to the Riverview Relay for Life, 420 11th Street. Oakmont, PA 15139.


Obituary: James P. Eaton Saturday, February 3, 1917 - Sunday, August 27, 2017, Class of 1935

James P. Eaton. Age 100 of Oakmont passed away on August 27, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann Eaton. Loving father of James E. (Linda H.) Eaton, Donna L. (G. Lewis) Dexter, William E. Eaton, and Elizabeth A. (John) Yosinski. Brother of Mary Lou (the late Charles) Berg, and Martha Lee (Robert) Collins. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his late brothers and their late wives, Jack (Betty), E. Neal (Betty Jane), and Donald (Lois) Eaton. James along with his brother, Don, were owners of Eaton Motors in Oakmont for over 50 years. James’s true love was being a pilot for 77 years and he enjoyed working on cars and tractors. He was a member of the Oakmont-Verona Rotary, Shriners, Scottish Right, Pittsburgh Regional Horseless Carriage Club of America, the Antique Car Club, and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was the recipient of two prestigious FAA Awards; the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Friends will be received Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 378 Maryland Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Oakmont Presbyterian Church. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Interment will be in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in James’s name to the Oakmont Historical Society, 628 Allegheny River Blvd, Oakmont, PA 15139 or to the Deer Lakes Pilots Club, Attn: Steve Grabowski, Tres., 321 County View Dr, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Online condolences may be made to: httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://


Obituary: Joseph R. Connelly Tuesday, April 18, 1944 - Sunday, July 30, 2017, Class of 1963

Joseph R. Connelly. Age 73 of Oakmont passed peacefully on July 30, 2017. Son of the late Sophia Walcroft and the late Karl Connelly. Beloved father of Joanne M. Connelly and stepson, Richard Mergenthaler. Loving grandfather of Natalie Bugna. Joseph was a successful entrepreneur who founded, owned, and operated Connelly Custom Canvas Products for 37 years before retiring. He was an avid gardener and could often be found tending to his koi pond and Oakmont’s bird population. He also loved spending time with his precious granddaughter, Natalie. No services will be held but memorial contributions may be made in Joseph’s name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15237 or online at . Arrangements entrusted to English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Oakmont, PA. Online condolences may be made to: httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://


Obituary: Henley, Robert J., Class of 1969

Robert J. Henley Sr., 62, of Cheswick, passed away unexpectedly at home Sunday, July 14, 2013. He was born March 17, 1951, in Pittsburgh, to his loving parents, William and Charlotte Roth Henley Jr., of Penn Hills, and was a lifelong resident of the Valley. Robert worked as a truck driver for Advanced Transfer. He enjoyed going hunting at the family camp in Potter County and especially loved watching his grandchildren play soccer. Survivors include his sons, Robert (Ivy) Henley, of Harmar Township, and Scott Henley, of Cheswick; daughter, Traci (Mark) Groll, of Scott Township; brother, William "Larry" Henley (Judy), of Leechburg; sister, Sheri L. Logan (Robert), of Springdale; granddaughters, Jillian and Sydni; and many loving nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., with a blessing service to commence at 11 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://

Obituary: Thomas, Barbara (Gamberg), Class of 1960

June 19, 1942 - Dec. 30, 2016
Resident of Sunnyvale, CA
Barbara died peacefully at her home in Sunnyvale on December 30, 2016 at the age of 74. Barbara grew up in Oakmont, Penn, and was a graduate of Presbyterian University Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a Registered Nurse for 40 years at Stanford Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband William. She is survived by her children Karen (Edgar) Hernandez, Kristine and Susan (Duane) Spade; grand children Isabel Hernandez Gamberg, William Peixoto, Shelby, Carson and Colby Spade. She also leaves her brother Joseph Thomas Jr., and many other relatives and friends that she loved.

Obituary:  Meehan, Dr. Edward David, Class of 1958

Age 77 of Oakmont passed Saturday, June 10, 2017. Beloved husband of Jean Marie. Loving father of Heather (Joe) Fields of Plum, Timothy (Mendi) Meehan of TX, Terrance (Kari) Meehan of Allentown, and Megan (Chad) Thimons of FL. Brother of Donald (Frances) Meehan of VA. Dear grandfather of Hunter and Zach Fields; Hannah, Sarah, and Emma Meehan; Luke and Kurt Meehan; and Tyler Thimons. Friends will be received Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9:30 am at English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 378 Maryland Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139, until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont, PA. Online condolences may be made to:


Obituary: Gent, Gerald E., Class of  1959

Gerald “Porky”, age 75, of Oakmont, died Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017. Beloved husband of Judith Leon; stepfather of Daniel Leon Demchak, and Kevin Wilson Demchak; son of the late Lige and Grace Glover Gent; brother of Wayne “Butch” (Gloria) Gent, Jean Hemme, Helen (Jim) Beers and the late Lige, Jr., Vergil, Woody Edward, Donald, Larry “Skip” Gent, Paul, Dolly Seachrist, Betty Ann Lamonna; aunt, Thelma (Sam) Gent; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law of Ardyth (Steve) Redfern. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Stevens. Porky was an avid hunter and fisherman and served in the Air Force during peacetime. He was an outstanding athlete at Oakmont High School, especially football, class of 1959. Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET - TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, Gerald Gent's Page  Saturday from 3-8 p.m., at which time Veterans honors will be accorded. Family suggests memorials to the family for their discretion or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Obituary: Clites, Susan A. (Schenck), Class of 1962


CLITES SUSAN A. (SCHENCK) Susan Anne, 73 of Penn Hills (formerly of Oakmont), died Friday evening April 7, 2017. Beloved wife of Calvin A. Clites of 36 years; beloved mother of Linda (Allan) Jarrett of Prospect, Paula (Eric) Healey of Plum, and Gary Gaiser of Pgh.; sister of C. Leonard Schenck of S. Carolina and the late Christine Schutzler and Sarah Naas; grandmother of six. Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET - TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Services and interment private.



 Obituary: Rydeski, Thomas J., Class of 1972

Thomas J. Rydeski, 62 of Valencia passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Dear Son of Angela Rydeski and the late Julian A. Rydeski. Beloved Husband for 42 years of Roslyn (Bergamasco) Rydeski. Loving Father of Angela (Adam) Braun and Thomas (Cleo) Rydeski, II. Amazing grandfather to Noah, Lyla, Owen, Ava and Cora. Brother of Jerry (the late Connie) Rydeski, Phillip (Colleen) Rydeski, and the late Paul Rydeski. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Tom during his time here, among them: ice cream can fix anything, P.T. Cruisers aren’t embarrassing, brownies are a breakfast food and family is everything. It’s hard to wrap our heads around saying goodbye to such a creative and compassionate man. It’s the end of a love story that started 45 years ago, when a stock boy fell in love with his supervisor, started a family and left behind a legacy of strength, determination and love. We love and miss you dear husband, dear father, dear poppy. Our lives will never be the same without you. Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial visitation on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont, where a blessing service will be held at 2:15 p.m. during the visitation. Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.





Tranquill, Shirley, age 85 of Indiana Twp., passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 due to complications following surgery. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Cecil J.; daughter, Kathy; and her son, Ronald (Vanessa); and her two cherished grand daughters, Leandra and Karrah. Shirley graduated from Shaler High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in business education. She taught for 28 years in the Oakmont and Riverview school districts. She was very proud of sponsoring with her husband, the Oakmont Community Center (ACORNS) Saturday night dances and events for eight years and she would always say "without an incident". She belonged to the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church for 57 years. At Shirley's request, there will be no viewing. A service and interment will be private. Any donations on her behalf may be made to the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church preschool program. Arrangements made by the BOCK FUNERAL HOME, LTD.Glenshaw. 
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2017.


Obituary: Paul McCurdy

McCurdy, Paul H. 80 of Ruskin, Fla passed away January 7, 2017. He retired as owner of Paul McCurdy Insurance Agency. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bunny McCurdy. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara McCurdy, two sons, Keith H. (Gintare) McCurdy and Brian P. McCurdy, a granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace McCurdy, four sisters, Susan Tanner, Marilyn Holiday, Roberta (Leonard) Davis and Becky (Barry) Verzinkie and several nieces and nephews.Paul graduated from Oakmont High School, Oakmont, Pa...1954. He attended University of Pittsburgh and was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla (813) 634-9900


Obituary:  Mr. Charles F. Loughner, Class of 1959
Charles Franklin Loughner, 75 of Nitro, WV passed away January 1, 2017 in CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.  Mr. Loughner is retired from the State of WV and an Air Force Veteran.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mrs. Claire Loughner; children Cathleen and husband Ralph Bengivenga and Chris Loughner; Brother William Loughner and six grandchildren Loretta, Nicky, Tony, Michael, Vinnie and Thomas.  A tribute to the life of Mr. Charles Loughner will be 5:00 PM Friday January 6, 2017 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor B.J. Roberts officiating.  Inturnment will be in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday.

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Elmer Joseph Zucco, 68, of Mercer, Findley Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at his residence after a seven-year illness. Born June 8, 1948, in New Kensington, he was a son of Silvio Zucco, and was the husband of Margaret Warr Zucco, whom he married Dec. 27, 1969. He worked in worked in maintenance and alarm systems and was a teacher. He was of the Catholic Faith and was a Navy veteran. He lived for his grandchildren. He loved fishing, hunting and building. He is survived by his wife at the residence; one son, Anthony Zucco and his companion, Mary Brenner, in Tarentum; one daughter, Deana, wife of Doug Maxwell, in Jackson Center; his mother, Angeline Zucco, in Oakmont; three sisters, Sylvia Zucco, in Dayton, Ohio, Toni, wife of George Mesiarik, in Elizabeth, and Mary, wife of John Santucci, in Plum; one brother, Leonard Zucco and his wife, Becky, in Plum; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer, PA 16137. Published in Pittsburgh Tribune Review from Sept. 10 to Sept. 15, 2016 - See more at: httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://

Obituary: Robert T. McElhose, Class of 1934

Robert T. McElhose, 100, of Oakmont passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Dear Husband of Jeanne M. Knox and the late Edna (Kirby) McElhose. Beloved Father of Dr. Robert T. McElhose, Jr., James T. (Donna) McElhose, and the late Beth Edna McElhose. Step-Father of Carol Jean (the late Robert) Knox, and the late Craig Knox and Robert Knox. Brother of the late Edgar McElhose and Elmer McElhose. Grandfather of 4 and Great-Grandfather of 6, and also survived by step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Bob was a lifelong member of Oakmont United Methodist Church and a member of Lodge 548 F& AM. He was a former member of the Oakmont Lions Club, and served on the Board of the Verona Cemetery. Bob worked for many years as the director of engineering at Edgewater Steel, and remained an avid golfer until the age of 97 and was honored this year by the U.S. Open committee. Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 3-7 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. Funeral Service Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12 noon Oakmont United Methodist Church, EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will follow in the Verona Cemetery, Oakmont. Donations may be made in his name to Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139 or National Down Syndrome Society, P.O. Box 4916, New York, NY 10185.

Obituary: Carol (Bermont) Burrows, Class of 1948

Carol Bermont Burrows, longtime resident of Oakmont passed away Friday, August 19, 2016 surrounded by family. Carol was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years , John Henry Burrows, also of Oakmont. Carol and John had lived in Lakeland, Florida in recent years. Carol lived a full life centered around family, faith, community and service to others. After graduating from Oakmont High School in 1948 and Grove City College in 1950, she proudly began her career at Edgewater Steel Corporation. After marrying John and starting their family, Carol retired from Edgewater and enjoyed her children and many worthy endeavors throughout her years. She was a dedicated lifelong member of Oakmont United Methodist church faithfully serving in numerous roles over the years. She was a founding member of Meals on Wheels delivering weekly meals to those in need. A passionate gardener, she loved the Oakmont Garden Club and spent countless hours in her own backyard oasis. She was also active in the Oakmont Women's Club and a Girl Scout leader. After her children went to college, Carol pursued deeper service to her community and ran for public office. In 1983, she was elected Oakmont Tax Collector, an office she held for twelve years. Carol's heart and home was always open to neighbors, friends, and family and her kitchen table was the center of many lively conversations, a home cooked meal and fun card games ; all offered with a smile and freshly brewed cup of coffee. She and John especially loved when their four grandchildren visited where breakfast waffles with ice cream were lovingly prepared. Carol will be missed by many including her daughter , Barbara Dolan of Plant City, Florida; her son Don Burrows and his wife Meagan of Manhattan Beach, California; four grandchildren Gretchen Chernick and her husband Paul, Christina Zerega and her husband Bob, Marah Dolan and Brennan Burrows; two great grandchildren Jack Henry and Charles Alfred Zerega; and beloved sister Donna Houston of Cheswick, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 12 P.M. at Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Avenue, Oakmont, PA. 15139. Luncheon to follow. All are welcome. The Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 544 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335 has been entrusted with the care of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Avenue, Oakmont, PA 15139. Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence with the family on Carol's Book of Memories at


Obituary: Dorcas (Sutlovich) Rhinehart, Class of 1969

Age 64, of Winthrop, Washington formally from Oakmont, PA passed away July 19, 2016, after fighting Leukemia. Survived by husband, Ed; daughters, Raquel and Hannah; brothers, Rudy and Phil who reside in Washington State and Daniel who resides in Pennsylvania. Dorcas taught downhill skiing to youth at Loup Loup Ski Bowl in Twisp, Washington for 15 years and served in many capacities on their board. Dorcas asked in her passing for a memorial fund to be created for youth to learn skiing and snowboarding. Please give contributions to Loup Loup Ski Bowl, P.O. Box 1187, Twisp, W.A. 98856 div> 

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Obituary: James  Richard Houck, Class of 1958

James R. Houck died at the age of 74 on September 18, 2015 after a long illness. Jim was born in Mobile, Alabama on October 5, 1940 to Elsa and James M. Houck. His father was an engineer for Alcoa and the family moved often, eventually settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jim was interested in electronics from an early age and built transistor radios in grade school. Later, he worked as a caddy at Oakmont Country Club. Jim earned a B.S. in Physics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967. Jim joined the Cornell faculty in the Department of Astronomy soon thereafter, eventually retiring as the Kenneth A. Wallace Professor of Astronomy. Jim met his wife Elaine as an undergraduate and they married in 1965. Jim pioneered infrared observational astronomy, designing detectors and spectrographs that were flown on sounding rockets in the 1960s, on the NASA Lear Jet and Kuiper Airborne Observatory in the 1970s, and the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) in 1983 and the Spitzer Space Telescope in 2003. He also led development of Cornell's instrumentation for the Palomar Observatory Hale Telescope. Jim's research outside instrumentation focused on the mechanisms responsible for energy generation in Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies, of which he was a discoverer using the IRAS satellite. Jim also studied the formation of dust in the early Universe. Jim loved teaching his students as they explored the wonders of Astronomy. Over the course of 40 years, Jim was the advisor to dozens of graduate students, who went on to become successful scientists around the world. Jim was one of the key players in building and running the Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory on Mount Pleasant east of Ithaca. One of his favorite courses to teach was Astronomy 4410 in which the students received hands-on observational experience. Jim also taught the second semester of Cornell's year-long Introduction to Astronomy class, giving generations of undergraduates a fun and interesting way of satisfying their science requirement. For Jim's efforts in this course, he was awarded the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching. In the 1980s, he served on the committee which decided to keep Cornell's infamous swimming requirement for all undergraduate students. Jim was a leader in his field. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974, spending the year at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 2008 Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation from the American Astronomical Society. The citation states: "This award was given to Dr. James Houck (Cornell University) for his extraordinary contributions over nearly four decades to major instrumentation for infrared astronomy. From early pioneering rocket experiments and major contributions to IRAS instrumentation to most recently the design and construction of IRS for the Spitzer telescope, Dr. Houck's contributions have been seminal to making infrared astronomy among the most exciting in the entire field. Scientifically, Dr. Houck's contributions have spanned the range from HII regions to the Galactic Center to extragalactic IR sources. It is no exaggeration to say that without Dr. Houck's contributions, modern IR astronomy would never have reached its current level of maturity." NASA recognized Jim twice with one of its top honors, the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. In 1984, he received it "for outstanding contributions to IRAS, including efforts in the rebuilding of the telescope focal plane assembly and continuing scientific analysis," and in 2005, for leading the successful development of the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared spectrograph. Jim was a longtime season ticket holder for the Cornell men's hockey team. Jim was an avid traveler and loved visiting India and Nepal. In 1997, he served as Science Advisor for a trip to watch the solar eclipse in Mongolia. He was predeceased by his wife Elaine (Vezzani) Houck in 2011. He is survived by his sister, Sara Horsman of Pittsburgh; his sons, Chris (Tracy) of Boulder, CO and Rob (Michelle) of Chappaqua, NY; as well as his four beloved grandchildren, Adriana, Aiden, Joshua and Olivia. He is also survived by a niece, Cynthia Horsman of Evergreen, CO, and Richard Horsman and his wife Erica of Ann Arbor, MI. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at the Bangs Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Department of Astronomy of Cornell University in the name of Jim Houck. A private burial will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Sept. 21, 2015

Obituary:  Donald C. Evans, Class of 1965
Donald C. Evans, of Harmar, formerly of Oakmont, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016. He was born in Lancaster to his parents, the late Daniel and Peggy Dorsheimer Evans, and had been a longtime resident of the Valley. Mr. Evans was a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge, he worked and retired from Allegheny Ludlum Steel and belonged to United Steelworkers Local 1196. Don was of the Presbyterian faith, and was a car enthusiast. He enjoyed scuba diving and being with his family. Surviving him are sons, Robert (Elizabeth) Evans, of Old Lyme, Conn., and Donald Evans, of Gibsonia; sister, Cathy Komatz, of Florida; and grandchildren, Ella and Alex Evans. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Evans. Services and burial will be private for immediate family. Arrangements are being supervised by the CHARLES B. JARVIE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St., Springdale. Memorial contributions may be made in Donald's name to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.  Published in The Valley News Dispatch on May 16, 2016.

Obituary - John Ross (J. David Ross, Class of 1965)

John David Ross, 68, died Sunday, May 8, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. He was born May 15, 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Paul and Margaret Ross. He was a Civil Engineer with EMC and enjoyed woodworking. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ellen Ross of Savannah, GA, daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Michael Cecere of Winchester, VA, and his sister Kathryn Ross. Please sign our online guestbook at Savannah Morning News May 9, 2016 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at


Zoller, Richard H. (OHS '59)


The Honorable Richard Hamilton "Dick" Zoller Obituary

Dick Zoller

The Honorable Richard Hamilton "Dick" Zoller, 74, a lifelong resident of Oakmont, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 5, 2016, while on vacation in Englewood, Fla. He was born June 24, 1941, and was a loving son of Oakmonters Lionel Zoller and Lillian Hamilton Zoller. Dick graduated from Oakmont High School in 1959 and enlisted in the Army in the fall of 1959. He served for 37 months in Germany and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Upon returning home, Dick joined the Oakmont Police Department. He attended the University of Pittsburgh on the GI Bill while working as a police officer. He worked for the police department for many years until running for and being elected a district justice in the Oakmont-Verona Court System in 1987. He retired from the role of district justice in 2005 to become a senior district justice for Allegheny County, a position he held until his passing.

Dick Zoller is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Ruth, and was beloved by her children, grandchildren and extended family, all of who welcomed him into his second family and adored him immensely. He had many lifelong friends from Oakmont and the greater Pittsburgh Area and was an active member of Crosspointe Church. Per Dick's wishes, there will be no funeral or viewing.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Crosspointe Church, 2581 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, where a light lunch will be served. Additionally, a celebration of life party will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016, at his and Ruth's home. Attendees are asked to bring photos and stories to share. Local arrangements entrusted to BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., Oakmont, 412-828-3535. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to the Oakmont Food Pantry operated by Riverview Community Action Corp., 501 Second St., Oakmont, PA 15139, 

Obituary: Patricia Lynne (Rupert) Conerby (OHS '58)

Patricia Lynne (Rupert) Conerby, age 75, of Osprey, FL died on March 23, 2016. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 15, 1940, and came to Osprey form Dublin, OH in 1994. Patsy enjoyed playing golf and bridge.

Surviving family members include her husband, Murray, E. Conerby, Jr., of Osprey; sons Murray E. Conerby III and Christopher S. Conerby, both of Columbus, OH; grandchildren Alex Conerby, Cassidy Conerby, Christopher Conerby, and Samuel Conerby, all of Columbus, OH; and a sister, Elaine Rupert Palmer.Patsy was preceded in death by a son, Edward Lee Conerby.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., 4210 77th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221.

Obituary : Alan C. Zoller (OHS '53)
Alan C. Zoller, 80 of Oakmont passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016. Dear Son of the late Lionel S. and Lillian H. (Hamilton) Zoller. Loving Husband for 59 years of Mary Margaret (Schmidt) Zoller. Beloved Father of Mark (Lisa) Zoller and Cynthia (Michael) Malone. Grandfather of Courtney Zoller, Lindsey (Kenneth) Davis, Katie Malone, Kieran (Natasha) Malone, and Casey Malone. Brother of Cynthia (Dominic) Bovienzo. Brother-in-law of John and Cheryl Schmidt, and Nancy Morrison.
Alan was a lifetime Oakmont resident. Following college at North Carolina State and Pitt, he served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958. After coming home from Germany, he started working in the coatings industry, and spent most of his career as owner of the Alan C. Zoller Company, selling raw materials to paint and coatings manufacturers. He enjoyed many activities, was an excellent all-around athlete as a young man, and remained an avid golfer until just last year. His lifelong love of golf started as a teen, while working as a caddy at Oakmont Country Club. Later as an adult, he fulfilled his dream by becoming a member and this year he celebrated 50 years of membership at Oakmont. He loved his wife like they were still newlyweds. He loved his children with all of his heart, his grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he was a beloved father figure to his nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Alan’s life on Saturday, January 16, 2016, 11 a.m. at Trinity Tower United Methodist Church, 6729 Saltsburg Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15235. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Bridges Hospice, 1200 Gulf Lab, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
Of Woodbridge, Virginia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Robert McCarren and Martha Caldwell. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Kathryn McCarren; and his adored son, Michael McCarren. Thomas is also survived by his two sisters, Donna McElhose (Jim) and Patricia Maxwell (Russell); and his two brothers, Robert McCarren, Jr. (Deborah) and John McCarren (Carol). Thomas was known as Frog by many of his friends. He was very fond of his hometown, Oakmont, Pennsylvania. He was very proud of himself for accomplishing his goal when he became a professional golfer and when he was at the golf course, you could often times catch him eating a hot dog. He also loved to tear up the dance floor. When Thomas wasn't golfing, you could find him watching his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers on his beloved couch. One of Tom's most cherished moments was watching his son win a gold medal in the Special Olympics World Games in 1999. He was loved by all and will be remembered fondly. His family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation ( or the Special Olympics of Virginia (httppublicpublicpublicpublicpublic://

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dec. 31, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016


Obituary: Edward S. Cecil (OHS '61)
Edward S. Cecil, age 72, passed away at his home in Delmont PA on December 30, 2015. Born and raised in Oakmont, husband of Barbara Cecil and eldest son of Edward H. Cecil and Helen (Flowers) Cecil. Brother of Ronald (Frances) Cecil of Oakmont PA and Richard (Paula) Cecil of Debary, FL. Also survived by his daughters, Anna Marie Gonzalez of Lake Jackson, TX and Laurraine (Bruce) Mckenzie of Diamond Head, MS and three grandchildren, Alexandra Gonzalez, Holly and Derrick McKenzie as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ed was a retired Mechanical Engineer and Construction Project Manager spending the majority of his career with the Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco, California. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, along with dedicating his life to serving the Lord. Services and interment are private.

Obituary: Cynthia Allen Bartholomew (OHS '69)

July 24, 2015

Cynthia Allen Bartholomew, formerly of Oakmont, Pennsylvania, daughter of Dr. Thomas E. Allen (dec.) and Ruth J. Allen (dec.) passed away in Payson, Arizona, on July 24, 2015 at the age of 64. She is survived by her loving husband, Herbert, two step-children, Carrie Quist and Kurt, and five siblings: Cathy Allen, Christine (Allen) Murray, Carolyn Allen, Thomas J. Allen, and Candace (Allen) Uricchio. Cindy was funny, smart and generous, and she loved to laugh. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Payson off leash dog park where she and Herb loved to walk their dogs. She will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Payson Area Woofers Society (P.A.W.S., P.O Box 1108, Payson, AZ 85547).

Obituary: Raymond L. Hunter

“Raymo” 66, of Oakmont , died Saturday afternoon November 8, 2014, at his residence with his family.  Beloved husband of Pat Hunter of 29 years.  Dear father of Tammy (Chuck) Hibner of Leechburg, Raymond (Reina Best) Hunter of Upper Burrell, Shannon (Dave) Kaspercyak of West Deer, Steven Hunter of Curtisville, Jim (Amy) Cox of Georgia, Kathy Donovan of Indiana Twp.,  and Chris Cox, of Oakmont.  Brother of Dave (Sally) Hunter of Harwick, John (late Mary Jane) Hunter of Jackson Ohio, and the late Jim Hunter and Mary Jane Heil. 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ray owned and operated Oakmont Radiator since 1988.  He was a lifelong Oakmont resident, graduate from Oakmont High Class of 1966.  Raymo was an avid golfer, hunter, member of Verona Eagles, and Indianola Rod and Gun Club.  Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave, Oakmont, Monday from 2-9.  Services Tuesday 12 Noon at the funeral home.  Interment will be private.  Family suggests memorials to Oakmont Blvd. Project C/O Oakmont Borough, 769  Fifth St., Oakmont Pa 15139.


Obituary: Ian Mcclaren, Hummelstown PA

IAN McLAREN  Age 65, of Hummelstown, PA

 Ian McLaren Age 65, of Hummelstown, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, September 8, 2014. Ian was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 11, 1948, the son of the late Edward and Norma Brosius McLaren of Oakmont, PA. Ian was a 1967 graduate of the Kiski School in Saltsburg, PA, where he was the Head Prefect, captain of the swim team, and a member of the football and track and field teams and the Glee Club.

He graduated from Rutgers University in 1971 with a degree in History. After teaching at Kiski for several years, he began his career in manufacturing with the Burndy Corporation, and retired in 2012 from Sechan Electronics in Lititz, PA. Ian will be remembered for his quick wit, impressive memory, generosity and kindness to people and animals. He was a good buddy.

Surviving are his wife, Billie Ramsey; his son, Evan McLaren (Anne Helen), of Mechanicsburg; his brother, Keir McLaren (Teresa Demarie), of Los Angeles, CA ; his sister, Leslie McLaren, of Oregon; and his niece, Molly McLaren Craig (Kai), of Long Beach, CA.

Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, in the NEILL FUNERAL HOME, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to The Kiski Fund, 1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681.
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Obituary: Martha Jean Dunn


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Age 75, of Oakmont, on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Marty graduated from Oakmont High School in 1957, received her B.S. In education from Clarion State College and her master's degree from Indiana University of PA. She was a longtime history teacher in the Pittsburgh public schools, having taught at Arsenal, Schenley and Langley High Schools. Daughter of the late Robert F. And Jean Anderson Dunn. Survived by siblings, James (Ellie) Dunn of Youngsville, PA, Bonnie D. (Steve) Hookstra of Ellijay, GA, Laurel D. George of Plum, Elizabeth Dunn Hays of Marietta, GA, and Rebecca (Lenny) Zucco of Plum; also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Robert A. Dunn, David Dunn, Sr., Lee Dunn, Judith Dunn Rupert, and William Dunn. Friends will be received Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. At the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 378 Maryland Ave., Oakmont, PA 15139, where a Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The family wishes to express their thanks to the caregivers and staff at Westminster Place Presbyterian SeniorCare of Oakmont and Heritage Hospice of New Kensington. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakmont Carnegie Library, 700 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, PA 15139 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at:
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Obituary: Richard I "Smokey" McChesney OHS Class of 1952


Age 79, of Plum Boro, passed away at his residence on Friday, September 5, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Mary Patricia (Panza) McChesney; loving father of Kathy (Paul) Marino and Karen (Charles) Gumpher; grandfather of Charles Michael Gumpher; dear brother of Judith Kaminski, Patricia Barklage, Cynthia Molisee, and the late Ronald McChesney. A celebration of his life will be held at a later time by his family. Donations may be made in his name to any animal
charity of the donor's choice.


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Barbara Moore Biddle, Class of ‘71

Barbara M. Biddle, 60, of Aurora Colorado formerly of Oakmont died Monday September 1, 2014. Beloved wife of Craig Biddle of 34 years. Dear daughter of Mary Elizabeth ( Klemstine) Moore and the late Daniel L. Moore. Sister of Betsy (Carl) Mauro, David (Marty) Moore, Richard (Mary Raivel) Moore, Joe Moore, the late Tommy and Daniel Moore. Special aunt of Rachel, Hannah Moore, Bryce, Brenna Mauro. Sister-in-law of Keith Biddle, Claudia Biddle and her children Cory and Darryl. Barbara was a paralegal for the last nine years at Hughes Law firm of Denver. She had a great love for animals, sports, especially baseball; always loved Pittsburgh sports, an avid Pitt Basketball fan. Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION &ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont Saturday from 2-4, 6-8 Services Sunday 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home . Family suggests memorials to American Heart Assoc., Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave. Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, 15222 visit us at

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Dr. Rodger K. Knapp

Dr. Rodger K. Knapp On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 age 74 of Plum Borough. Beloved husband of Carol Beard Knapp. Loving father of Sean Knapp (Suzanne), Joseph Knapp, Kristen Vergerio (David), Byron Knapp (Yen Ha) and Rebecca Osawa (Sho). Dear brother of Bruce Knapp (JoAn), Rev. Donald Knapp (Beverly), Gordon Knapp (Donna) and Janet Graham (Reno). Also survived by 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Knapp worked for the Riverview School District for 38 years, serving as Superintendent from 1978-1999, following retirement, Dr. Knapp also served as the coordinator for continuing education at Penn State New Kensington for 10 years. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 10am in the First Baptist Church, Upper Burrell, Pa. with Pastor Dave Al Hefferan officiating. A private burial will follow immediately after the service in the Jefferson Cemetery, Baxter, PA Arrangements entrusted to the English Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. 378 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139. Online condolences may be made to:

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Judith (Dunn) Rupert, Class of '53

Judith Dunn Rupert, 78, of Clarion, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in her home surrounded by her family.
Born September 30, 1935 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Robert and Jean Dunn.
Mrs. Rupert graduated in 1953 from Oakmont High School as class valedictorian. She graduated from Clarion Teachers College in 1957 and received her master's degree in 1970.
She married Leland L. Rupert in Oakmont on December 15, 1956. He survives.
Mrs. Rupert was a teacher for 37 years and retired from Clarion Area School District in 1997.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarion. She was a Steven Minister and served as a missionary where she traveled to Lithuania, Mississippi, and Germany twice.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her children, Leland Rupert and his wife, Jean, of Uniontown, Ohio, Jon Rupert and his wife, Kelley, of Saxonburg, Bonnie Tompkins and her husband, Terry, of Kennesaw, Ga., Patty Abel and her husband, David, of Acworth, Ga., and Judy Wolbert and her husband, Paul, of Marble; 10 grandchildren, Lindsay Jankowski and her husband. Joe, of Gibsonia, Mark Rupert of Wexford, Jake Rupert of Pittsburgh, Lauren, Nancy and Matthew Tompkins of Kennesaw, Ga., Alex and Kirk Wolbert of Marble, and Nicole and Christopher Abel of Acworth, Ga.; a great-grandchild, Haley Jankowski of Gibsonia; a brother, James and his wife, Ellie, of Youngsville; five sisters, Martha Dunn of Oakmont, Bonnie Hookstra and her husband, Steve, of Ellijay, Ga., Laurel George of Plum, Elizabeth Hays of Marietta, Ga., and Rebecca Zucco and her husband, Lenny, of Oakmont; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Daniel Tompkins; brothers, David, Lee and William Dunn.
The family will recieve friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home in Clarion and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Clarion.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the church with the Rev. Kevin Haley, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Clarion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be sent the Clarion Forest VNA, 271 Perkins Road, Clarion, PA 16214.
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Blanche M. Asherman, Class of ‘45

Blanche M. Asherman, 86, of Plum, East Oakmont, passed away on July 5th at Seneca Place in Penn Hills.

Born in North Bessemer, Pa to Frank and Mary (Strehar) Boznar,  she was the wife of the late John (Jack) Asherman for 65 years. Loving mother of sons John Jr (Charlotte) of Coatesville, Pa and Dana (Kirsten Aguirre) of Baden, sister of the late Almeda  Fedock and Henry Boznar. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Upon graduation from Oakmont High School in 1945 she attended radio operator school for American Airlines, stationed in NY and Chicago where she met her husband. She retired in 1987 after 25 years of service from U.S. Gypsum Co in Oakmont.

Blanche was an avid dog lover and enjoyed the outdoors.  She hiked, skied and travelled throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada, and much of the United States. As a member of the Pittsburgh AYH (American Youth Hostels) Blanche was active in the maintenance of the Rachel Carson and Baker Trails and hiked the backcountry in the Sawtooth mountains of Idaho.  She bicycled  The Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal to Washington D.C., and celebrated her 50th Wedding Anniversary with a two month camping trip to Alaska.  

Blanche and her husband frequently traveled to Slovenia, the birthplace of her parents. One of her proudest moments was in 1999 when she hiked to the top of Mount Triglav, the highest point in Slovenia with a group of 100 women. At that time she was the oldest woman to do so.

She served on the Board  and was a long-time member of SNPJ Heritage Center in Enon Valley, Pa. which is dedicated to maintaining and promoting Slovenian Culture in the U.S.

Relatives and friends will be invited to a celebration of Blanche's life to be announced at a later date.  Private Interment will be at Plum Creek Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Animal Protectors of the Allegheny Valley, 533 Linden Ave, New Kensington, Pa. 15068.  Arrangements provided by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. Oakmont.  Visit us online at

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Gloria G. Hrovat, Class of ‘53

Gloria G. Hrovat, 78, of Oakmont, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at Willows of Presbyterian SeniorCare, with her family at her side. She was a beloved daughter of the late Andrew and Ann M. Yurkovich Hrovat Sr.; and sister of the late Andrew Hrovat, William (late Lucille) Hrovat, Lucy Belin and Brenda (late Ralph) Kassouf. Gloria is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, SNPJ Lodge 713 Ramblers and served as secretary for many years. She was active with the Slovene radio program and retired from Koppers. The visitation is private. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Christian funeral Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in St. lrenaeus Catholic Church, 385 Maryland Ave., Oakmont. Arrangements entrusted to BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC., Oakmont. Family suggests memorials to Slovene Radio Program, 381 Frank St., Pittsburgh, PA 15289 in her memory. Visit us at

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Dorothy S. "Dody" Meyers,Class of ‘53

Dorothy S. “Dody” Meyers, age 78, of Verona, on Saturday June 21, 2014. Beloved wife of the late James E. Meyers. Caring mother of Tammy (Patrick) Kearns and the late James E. Meyers Jr. Survived by siblings John Stover, Charles Stover, Deborah Leaf and Douglas Stover. Also survived by one grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services and interment will be private. Arrangements entrusted to the English Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. 378 Maryland Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139. Online condolences may be made at

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David S. Dunn, Class of '49

David S. Dunn Sr., 82, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 7, 2014, after a year-long battle with Parkinson's disease.  He was born June 30, 1931, in Pittsburgh, the second of 11 children of the late Robert F. and Jean (Anderson) Dunn. Dave grew up in Oakmont and graduated from Oakmont High School in 1949.

After graduating from Clarion State Teacher's College in 1953, he accepted a teaching position with the Latrobe School District. He taught algebra and was an assistant football and track coach.

In 1960, he moved with his family to Leechburg where he accepted a position with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation.  He retired in 2003 as director of Quality Assurance.  Dave held leadership positions in several technical societies.  After retiring, he attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and became a lay pastor in the Presbyterian faith. He was a member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell where he was an ordained elder. Dave was also a life member of the Oakmont Elks.

Beside his parents, Dave was preceded in death by brothers, Robert, who died in infancy, William and Lee; and a step granddaughter, Lisa Hollis Ziccarelli.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dolores "Dee" (Hagemann) Dunn; sons, David Jr. (Bonnie) and Robert H., both of Lower Burrell; daughter, Alice Ritenour, of Uniontown; grandchildren, Autumn (Lucas) Seskey, Addie Ruth Dunn (Josh Werthiem), Haley Dunn, Dalton Dunn, Beth Ann Gohn, Renn Ritenour, Charity Ritenour and Amber (Jason) Hays; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, James Dunn; sisters, Judy (Leland) Rupert, Bonnie (Steve) Hookstra, Martha Dunn, Laurel Dunn George, Elizabeth Hays and Rebecca (Lenny) Zucco; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the FRANK F GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068.

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George L. Sumner III, class of 1964

George Lewis Sumner III, OHS class of ‘64, passed away Oct. 24, 2013 at Latrobe Hospital. He was born and raised in Oakmont and spent summers with his family at Ridgeview Park near Derry, PA, where he ultimately bought and winterized a cottage for year-round living. George held a B.A. degree in Music from Westminster College and was proficient on saxophone and bass guitar. He spent the 1970s as a professional musician, based in Florida, and achieved success playing with bands ranging from jazz and blues to country rock to disco. Among his favorite engagements were concert openers for Joe Cocker and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as playing at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, TN. In 1981 he returned to the North and settled in the Derry area, working first as a technician with Adelphia Cable Co. and later as an owner-operator with Hittman Transport. As a big rig driver he was haz-mat certified and was often on the road for weeks at a time, crisscrossing the country from one nuclear facility to another. He continued to play bass with area groups until he lost strength in his hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome. He never married. He is survived by a sister, Nancy Sumner Williams, of Old Saybrook, CT. Friends are invited to a memorial celebration of his life to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Church at Ridgeview Park, Derry, PA 15627. A reception will follow at Cottage 120.

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Coach Jacob G. "Jake" Cappa

Jacob G. “Jake” Cappa, 68 of Oakmont affectionately known as “Coach” to many passed away on Memorial day morning, May 26, 2014.  Beloved Husband for 48 years of Lois (Pecora) Cappa.  Loving Father of John M. Cappa, Jason L. Cappa, Jeff A. (Nicki) Cappa, and the late Jacob M. Cappa.  Grandfather of Jacob A., Alyssa, Jeffrey, Matthew, and John G. Cappa.  Brother of Audrey (the late David) DeMarco and Donna (Tom) Dolde.  He is also survived by his four legged friend, Ontwo.  Jake graduated from Connellsville High School and was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont.  He had 2 years of coaching at the Verona High School, followed by 35 years of teaching at Riverview High School including 20 years as the athletic director, and was the head football coach from 1986 to 2001.  Friends and relatives will be received on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont from 3-8 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 30, 2014, 11:30 a.m., St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 387 Maryland Ave. Oakmont 15139.  EVERYONE PLEASE MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH.  The family strongly suggest in Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Margaret’s Oncology, 200 Delafield Rd. Suite 3050, Pittsburgh, 15215 or Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, 1158 Dutilh Road, Mars, PA 16046.  Visit us online at


William Richard Vincent OHS '57

April 14, 1939 - February 15, 2009
AIKEN, SC –William Richard Vincent, 69, died Sunday, February 15,2009. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Stewart officiating. He was born in Watson, WV to the late Carl and Pauline Vincent. Mr. Vincent worked as a Draftsman/Designer. Survivors include his loving wife, Monica Panyon Vincent, one daughter, Susan (Morris, Jr.) Faile, Kershaw, SC, one son, John Vincent, Aiken, SC, sister, Janet (Fredrick) Kress. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Vincent and James Vincent.


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