News Obituaries


 Skyliners Jimmy Beaumont, left, and Wally Lester flank radio legend Porky Chedwick at the premiere of “Since I Don’t Have You” at SouthSide Works Cinemas.

Obituary: Walter 'Wally' Paul Lester / Original singer for the Skyliners

Singer performed on the hit "Since I Don't Have You."

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Obituary: A. Alfred Taubman / Developer of the suburban mall jailed in art auction scandal

Taubman Centers is one of the top mall owners and operators in the country, specializing in higher-end locales.

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 The Skyliners entertain at Stockdale in 1958.The original group was (from left) Jimmy Beaumont, Joe Verscharen, Janet Vogel, Jack Taylor and Wally Lester.

Obituary: Wally Lester / Original Skyliners singer

Wally Lester, an original member of one of Pittsburgh's most successful and popular groups, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at age 73.

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 Chizmo Charles in March 1992.

Obituary: 'Chizmo' Charles Anderson / Singer known as ‘Pittsburgh’s Elder Statesman of the Blues’

The Lawrenceville native got his start as a jitterbug dancer, and decided in his 20s to take the microphone.

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 The Rev. Thomas E. Smith hoofing it up at the McKeesport Inn in 1982.

Obituary: Thomas E. Smith / The 'Singing and Dancing Priest'

He took to the altar by day, footlights by night, bringing his Broadway-seasoned “theatrical evangelism” from local parishes to TV studios.

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Obituary: Roland S. Catarinella / Homebuilder in eastern suburbs

Roland S. Catarinella’s concrete legacy lies in the thousands of homes he developed around Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs since World War II.

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 L. Van  Dauler.

Obituary: L. Van V. Dauler Jr. / Respected executive, philanthropist

Mr. Dauler, chairman of Neville Chemical Co. supported a wide range of cultural and health-related charities in the region, died Sunday.

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Obituary: Robert P. Griffin / Senator who urged Nixon to quit

As a member of the U.S. House, the Republican co-sponsored one of the nation’s most rigorous laws to fight corruption in unions.

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 Blanche Kiesel

Obituary: Blanche Kiesel / Steelers talk show caller known as 'Babe from Penn Hills'

“I guarantee you that she knew what she was talking about,” said radio host and former Steeler Tunch Ilkin of Ms. Kiesel, 90.

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 Cardinal Francis George on Nov, 17, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Obituary: Cardinal Francis George / Key voice in Catholic orthodoxy and former archbishop of Chicago

He played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare.

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Obituary: Joseph David Hughes / Longtime political activist

Joseph David Hughes, longtime leftist political activist who dressed as Uncle Sam.

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Obituary: The Rev. Philip Fink / Capuchin monk oversaw parishes, mentored novices

Father Fink, of Lawrenceville was described as a humble man, who believed no job was beneath him.

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 Percy Sledge in 2008

Obituary: Percy Sledge / Sang ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’

His soulful ballad of eternal love and fidelity topped the charts in 1966.

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Obituary: Jim Mutscheller / Former Beaver Falls tight end played in 'greatest NFL game ever'

Jim Mutscheller had a stellar career at Beaver Falls and Notre Dame, plus eight years with the Baltimore Colts, including two championships.

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 Ambrose Lawrence “Larry” Spencer

Obituary: Ambrose Lawrence 'Larry' Spencer / Entrepreneur was dedicated to YMCA

A. Lawrence “Larry” Spencer took his knowledge from the military to start several businesses and used some profits to help the YMCA.

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 James and Karin Legato of Emphatics at the grand opening press show at One Oxford Centre in 1983.

Obituary: James Legato / Emphatics boutique owner had big impact on fashion

For 50 years the store was a mecca for high-end fashions in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Obituary: Eugene Faccuito / Creator of jazz dance style

The Steubenville, Ohio-born dancer and choreographer was one of the world’s foremost teachers of his art.

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 Guenter Grass in 1992.

Obituary: Guenter Grass / Nobel winner, Germany's controversial moral conscience

The author of “The Tin Drum” saw his reputation falter when he belatedly revealed that he had served as a young soldier in Hitler’s SS.

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Obituary: Charles Kraus / Charmed customers buying cars in Dormont

Charles Kraus followed his brothers to World War II, then

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Obituary: Marc Marotta / Lawyer, Central Catholic basketball star

Mr. Marotta died of a brain aneurysm at age 52 in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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Obituary: Sandy Mason Theoret / An entertainer since childhood, she wrote a number of country hits

The artist from Tarentum, who made her name in Nashville, died April 1 at age 75 of pancreatic cancer in Ormond Beach, Fla.

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Obituary: Michael Chromulak / Donora Lumber president had blue collar work ethic

Known to many as “Mr. Donora Lumber,” Mr. Chromulak supplied lumber to Kennywood and Three Rivers Stadium.

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 Ronald W. Bair

Obituary: Ronald W. Bair / Dedicated his life to emergency services in Wilkins

Ronald W. Bair, 61, of Wilkins, followed his father in the volunteer fire department and now his daughter is following him.

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Obituary: John Tuttle / Barber conducted Etna borough business from his office

John Tuttle cut hair in Etna for 66 years and his contact with residents led to two terms as mayor of the borough.

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Obituary: Sandra L. Baker / Heinz museum volunteer leader knew how to maximize talents

The head of Heinz History Center’s volunteers was known for melding people skills with institutional needs and a smile that will be missed.

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Obituary: Joanne Gradkowski / NFL grandmother and devoted family chef

Called “Nunny Jo” by her grandchildren, Ms. Gradkowski whipped up meals for her kids and grandchildren, including Bruce Jr. of the Steelers

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 Susan Scott Schmidt

Obituary: Susan Scott Schmidt / Aide to county commissioner, writer, restorer of historic homes

Pittsburgh’s Susan Scott Schmidt had careers in politics, writing and building restoration.

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 Lincoln Wolfenstein

Obituary: Lincoln Wolfenstein / Internationally known physicist who taught at CMU

Lincoln Wolfenstein, a theoretical particle physicist who taught at Carnegie Mellon University for more than 50 years, died March 27.

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 Billy O'Connor playing drums with Debbie Harry in Blondie in the '70s  FOR OCONNOR0403

Obituary: William P. 'Billy' O'Connor Jr. / Original drummer for rock band Blondie was also a chemist

Billy O’Connor returned to Pittsburgh to play in a number of local bands, most recently The Elliotts.

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Obituary: Edward C. Acrie / Shuman employee helped kids on the job and on his own time

Edward C. Acrie was an counselor at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center who organized sports leagues to help keep kids out of trouble.

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 The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., speaks at the church Jan. 28, 1996. Rev. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who brought his message of "possibility thinking" to millions, died early Thursday in California.

Obituary: The Rev. Robert H. Schuller / ‘Hour of Power’ televangelist motivated millions before fading

At his height, Rev. Schuller had been one of the most influential preachers in the United States, a feel-good outlier among the

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Obituary: Thomas A. Bird Sr. / Mt. Lebanon businessman fought in Battle of the Bulge

Mr. Bird was a businessman who owned several gas stations in Mt. Lebanon including a Texaco station on Cochran Road.

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Obituary: Kathryn 'Kay' Stolarevsky / Music instructor, camp founder taught thousands to love the arts

Kathryn Fell Stolarevsky teamed with her late husband to run the Chatham College Music and Arts Day Camp to teach children to love the arts.

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Obituary: Miriam Bienstock / Co-founder of Atlantic Records

She helped to lay the groundwork for what became a colossus of the recording industry.

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Obituary: Robert L. Hite / Survivor of Doolittle raid and Japanese imprisonment

The raid inflicted relatively light damage on military and industrial targets, but it delivered a moral victory to Americans.

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Obituary: Louisa Rosenthal / Small business owner supported the arts ---

Ms. Rosenthal committed herself to spreading appreciation of and support for the arts.

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 The Rev. Dennis Colamarino in August

Obituary: Rev. Dennis Colamarino / Priest with ALS ‘taught us how to live and … how to die’

Rev. Dennis J. Colamarino, pastor of the Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, dealt with Lou Gehrig’s disease with grace.

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 Francis J. Goldcamp

Obituary: Francis J. Goldcamp / WWII vet, steelworker, father of 13

Francis J. Goldcamp completed 38 missions and received four Air Medal oak leaf clusters and two European Theater Bronze Stars.

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Obituary: Rod 'Hot Rod' Hundley / Outsize basketball personality

He parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century.

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 Sherif Abdelhak, former CEO for Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation

Obituary: Sherif Abdelhak / Embattled health care CEO died quietly

The CEO of AHERF (Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation), once the state’s largest health system, was jailed after its fall.

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 Joseph P. Pavlovich, a former math teacher at Shady Side Academy.

Obituary: Joseph P. Pavlovich / Longtime math teacher loved his work

A lucky break allowed a lad who had lost his father to attend a private boarding school, providing a springboard to a teaching career.

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Obituary: Charles Marvin 'Chuck' Coffey / Former Squirrel Hill dentist was known for his light touch and gentle manner

A friend described Charles “Chuck” Coffey as “a plain, simple, nice man” who practiced dentistry for 25 years in Squirrel Hill.

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Obituary: Florence 'Peggy' Greenberg / Devoted to family, community theater

A life devoted to family and community theater remembered.

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Penguins coach Johnston's mom dies

Shelia Margaret "Mickey" Johnston, the mother of Penguins coach Mike Johnston, died Friday in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She was 81.

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