News Obituaries

 Ira H. Gordon

Obituary: Ira H. Gordon / Businessman invested time in community

Ira H. Gordon spent much of his life in Pittsburgh helping others in his community, through his business and his philanthropy.

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 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

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Obituary: Rod H. Altmeyer / Used his broadcasting background to promote his home furnishings business

Rod H. Altmeyer Sr. took over Altmeyer’s Bed, Bath & Home from his father and moved stores from small downtown area to shopping centers.

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 William Thomas McKinley in 1985.

Obituary: William Thomas McKinley / Jazz-loving composer born in New Kensington

Mr. McKinley, 76, was “one of our most important Pittsburgh artists of any kind,” said composer David Stock, a classmate at Carnegie Tech.

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 Anne Gensheimer and her husband, Bud.

Obituary: Anne Gensheimer / Retired school nurse who never stopped giving

Anne Gensheimer “put her money where her mouth was” in her endless efforts to help those in need, according to friend Jim DelBianco.

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Obituary: Carole Morgan Connors / IBM programmer who loved maps

Carole Connors of Upper St. Clair resented when people started ignoring maps in favor of GPS systems.

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Obituary: Richard List / Longtime Edgewood Symphony violinist who was a 'lifelong learner'

Richard List, a founding member of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, dies at 78

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 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

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Obituary: Earl Lloyd / Broke color barrier of 1950s-era NBA

“Lloyd would forever change how African-Americans would integrate into professional basketball,” according to the Hall of Fame website.

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 Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles Friday.

Obituary: Leonard Nimoy / Famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek'

Mr. Nimoy tried to escape his role as Spock on ’Star Trek’  but eventually embraced it, long after the TV series ended.

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Obituary: Robert Potter / College student, avid skier dies in accident on slopes

“One of his dreams was to ski for a whole winter,” said his father, Bob Potter. “His plan was to go back to finish up school.”

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Obituary: Carmen Tedesco / Chef thrilled race fans with creative food

Carmen Tedesco was someone everyone knew.

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Obituary: Herman Rosenblat / Holocaust love story was beautiful but false

The story brought Mr. Rosenblat national recognition, especially after he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

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Obituary: Irving Kahn / Wall Street's oldest stockbroker

Irving Kahn had watched the markets since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Obituary: Patricia MacDonald / Advocate started her own feminist magazine

McCandless resident was passionate about women’s issues and once started her own newspaper devoted to women of Pittsburgh.

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Obituary: Ron Tassone / Broadway dancer and Point Park professor

Long-time performer established the dance program’s jazz major at what is now Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

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 Forest Hill mayor Marty B. O'Malley.

Obituary: Marty B. O’Malley / Forest Hills mayor fought for social causes

Mr. O’Malley died Monday of natural causes at his home in Forest Hills. He was 73.

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Obituary: Donald W. Johnston / Penn Hills military man served for 35 years

World War II fighter pilot who flew combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater.

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Obituary: Ernest Sternglass / Physicist issued warnings about danger of low-level radiation on public health

Ernest Sternglass was radiology professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who was against environmental testing.

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Obituary: Richard A. Szczypinski / Lifelong cobbler had a role in L.C. Greenwood’s gold shoes

Mr. Szczypinski began working with shoes when he was just 9 years old in the Butler Street shop of his uncle.

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Obituary: Beryl Johnson / A take-charge woman who got things done

Beryl “Randy” Johnson, 88, of Moon was a psychologist at Dixmont State Hospital who was involved in community activities.

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Obituary: Marion Petrov / She taught generations of ballet students here

Marion Petrov taught at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and at Point Park University’s dance program.

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 In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, file photo, singer Lesley Gore poses for a photo at Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York.

Obituary: Leslie Gore / Singer-songwriter registered 1963 hit at 16 with ‘It’s My Party’

She topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst.

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Obituary: Joanne Knapil Brubach / Ran family vending business while raising family

“She had all the savvy,” said her son David Brubach, while his father was a hard worker. “It was a good team.”

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 Bob Simon in 2010

Obituary: Bob Simon / Award-winning CBS reporter was held captive during Gulf War

He was a  “60 Minutes” correspondent who reported for CBS from 130 countries over 47 years.

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 William Penn Snyder III

Obituary: William Penn Snyder III / Civic leader, longtime supporter of AGH and the arts

Mr. Snyder, part of an old Sewickley industrialist family, played key roles in Pittsburgh’s postwar renaissance and beyond.

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 Claire Wilwohl

Obituary: Claire Wilwohl / Three-term Ben Avon mayor, ‘the face’ of the community

Claire Turpen Wilwohl, a former mayor often called the Pearl Mesta of Ben Avon, devoted herself equally to family, community and politics.

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 John Murray

Obituary: John E. Murray Jr. / Scholar, community leader and former Duquesne University president who revitalized the school

Mr. Murray, who also was a professor of law, served as the first lay president of the university, from 1988 through 2001. He was 82.

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Obituary: Sister Marie Flaherty / Nun was committed to teaching math, physics

Sister Marie was acclaimed as a teacher, school administrator and assistant treasurer for her religious order.

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 Television journalist Bob Simon attended the New York premiere of "The Railway Man"  in New York.

‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon killed in car crash

The New York native worked at “60 Minutes” for nearly 20 years and won a total of six Emmy awards.

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Obituary: Robert Hugh Peery / Wrestler who became a North Hills dentist 'to help people'

Hugh Peery was a three-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Pittsburgh, where his father was his coach.

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 Congressman Joseph M. Gaydos

Obituary: Joseph M. Gaydos Sr. / Lawmaker fought for workers

Joseph M. Gaydos Sr,, the first Slovak-American elected to Congress, died Saturday from complications of chronic leukemia. He was 88.

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Obituary: Billy Casper / Twice won the U.S. Open

He was also a Masters champion and the player with the seventh-most wins in PGA Tour history.

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Obituary: Dean Smith / Giant of college basketball and champion of equality

He built the University of North Carolina basketball team into a perennial national power in his 36 years at Chapel Hill.

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 Dean J. Hirschfield

Obituary: Dean J. Hirschfield / Worked in jewelry and helped found South Hills synagogue

He served as Temple Emanuel president, and was also a fundraiser for both the synagogue and the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh.

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Obituary: Helen Jacob / Aspinwall woman prided herself on family

For Helen Jacob, it was easy to be good, to be kind, to show a generous heart and live a simple life of service to others.

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Obituary: Darrell Hess / Longtime, well-known figure in Steel Valley sports scene

The former chairman of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame also wrote a column for the Valley Mirror newspaper in Homestead.

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 Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to former professional golfer Charlie Sifford in 2014.

Obituary: Charlie Sifford / First black player on PGA Tour

He was almost 40 when broke the color barrier in 1961 and paved the way for the likes of Lee Elder and Tiger Woods.

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Obituary: Terrance 'Terry' Verakis / Banker was staple of Canonsburg

Terry Verakis was known for his work in banking and charity efforts.

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Obituary: Bernie Matthews / Tough Saint Vincent coach valued family

Bernie Matthews stressed discipline and attending class to his basketball players at Saint Vincent College, where he coached 33 years.

4 weeks ago

Obituary: Ian Young / Cystic fibrosis patient who loved mechanics

His family said Ian O'Neil Young loved anything mechanical and used that love to drive racing vehicles and design parts for them.

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