News Obituaries

Obituary: George Franklin McGinnis Jr. / Sailor survived typhoon, kamikaze attack in WWII

Mr. McGinnis, 91, formerly of Dravosburg, died Sunday at Sunrise of Upper St. Clair, apparently of a heart problem.

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Obituary: Monique J. Lemaitre Leon / Professor of Latin American literature and language

Monique J. Lemaitre Leon, 81, of Squirrel Hill, a scholar, died Nov. 5 in Shadyside Hospital after a lengthy illness, her family said.

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Obituary: Frederick J. Birkel / Banker was ultimate storyteller

Former bank executive Frederick J. Birkel took duties seriously as son, husband, father and Marine.

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Obituary: Anthony F. Lisanti / Civil engineer, loyal friend

Anthony F. Lisanti, the former CEO of Chester Engineers and a U.S. Navy veteran who gave of himself long after retirement, died Nov. 14.

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 Dr. Lee M. Hershenson

Obituary: Dr. Lee M. Hershenson / Physician and photographer

Dr. Hershenson taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and served as president of the UPMC Shadyside.

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Obituary: George A. Anderson / Vice president for Beaver Falls Historical Society

Engineer who maintained elevators and was on call for emergencies, and vice president and treasurer of the Beaver Falls Historical Society

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Obituary: David Casasent / Prolific researcher at CMU

Mr. Casasent, 72, of Fox Chapel died of a heart attack Monday.

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Obituary: Doris Jean Marsilio / Respected German teacher, pianist

Ms. Marsilio of Scott died Sunday. She was 67. She taught German in the Carlynton School District for almost 22 years.

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Obituary: Chris Copetas / Mentor to young prosecutors, proud Duquesne Law alumus

Longtime lawyer, prosecutor and courthouse character mentored scores of young attorneys.

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Obituary: Jean DiFatta / Owner of boutique in Oakmont was a community leader

Jean DiFatta grew up watching her father buy and sell fruits and vegetables. So it was perhaps inevitable that she, too, would go on to

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Obituary: Stuart Kline / Pioneering oral surgeon, educator believed health care was a right for all

Stuart Kline devoted his life as a specialist in oral surgery and as an educator who taught and mentored new generations in the field.

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Obituary: Patricia Dunbar / Dedicated her life to evangelization

Patricia Dunbar of Mt. Lebanon took mission trips to Russia and Ukraine as well as serving as a volunteer with a Christian women’s ministry.

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Obituary: Melvin Henderson / Volunteer, youth wrestling official helped spread his love of the sport

A fixture in the Mt. Lebanon wrestling community died Nov. 9 from congestive heart failure.

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Obituary: Florence "Sister Carita" Shields / Nun, educator who served far and near

“She always had time to take care of other people, in a beautiful, loving way,” said Sister Eileen Johnston, a friend  for 50 years.

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 Aaron Sheon

Obituary: Aaron Sheon / Pitt professor of art and architecture

In his 47 years of teach­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Pittsburgh, he made sig­nifi­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the art world.

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Obituary: Raymond J. Burgo / Former Giant Eagle president who started as produce clerk

The New Castle native “always taught us to put other people first,” said a daughter. Mr. Burgo retired at 55 and died Thursday at 64.

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Obituary: Leonard Wanzco / South Side native moved up through ranks at U.S. Steel

Leonard Wanzco, 64, of Whitehall, was a progressive U.S. Steel administrator, a  Pitt sports fan and a regular at Fat Head’s Saloon.

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Obituary: Nicholas Bolkovac / Former Pitt football player, booster

Nicholas Bolkovac, who made one of the best plays in Pitt football history to upset Penn State, founded a group called Pitt Rocks.

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 Seymoure Krause

Obituary: Seymoure Krause / Cardiology pioneer in 70-year career

Longtime, pioneering Pittsburgh cardiologist  who cared for his patients beyond their illnesses.

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Obituary: Barbara J. Griffin / Longtime journalist described as ‘Renaissance woman’

A former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor, described by one of her bosses as a “Renaissance woman in journalism,” died Monday in Michigan.

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 Ahmad Chalabi, shown in 2010 during an interview in Baghdad.

Obituary: Ahmad Chalabi / Exiled Iraqi’s claims led U.S. to invade

He never achieved his ambition to lead postwar Iraq and left a legacy replete with missteps.

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Obituary: James Casimir 'Wiz' Wisniewski / Won awards for his work at ad agencies

Lawrenceville native went on to become New York advertising copy writer before returning to Pittsburgh.

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 Composer David Stock, whose legacy includes the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, died this morning. He was 76.

Obituary: David Stock / Composer was 'personification of new music in Pittsburgh'

He helped establish the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, providing early commissions for some of the country’s most esteemed composers.

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 Gary Zimmerman

Obituary: Gary Zimmerman / Crusading attorney loved life

Gary Zimmerman was a fighter — whether in the courtroom or on the soccer pitch. He thought everyone should view the world as he did through

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Obituary: Sister Genevieve Brandstetter/ Sister was devoted music educator

Longtime member of the Sisters of Divine Providence spent decades teaching music and religion.

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 Matthew Bulvony.

Obituary: Matthew Bulvony / Pittsburgh photographer noted for his images

His 1986 color photograph “Pontiac Tempest” is now part of the collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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 Michael Kovacic

Obituary: Michael Harvey Kovacic / Always ready to lend a hand

A married father of two, Mr. Kovacic, of Cranberry, died after collapsing near the finish line of the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler race.

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 Donna Davis

Obituary: Donna Davis / 'High priestess' of Pittsburgh jazz

Ms. Davis, 57, of Lincoln-Lemington, often referred to as the “high priestess of jazz,” died of cancer Tuesday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

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Obituary: Richard Maley / South Hills physician devoted to his patients

The South Hills physician had a private practice for more than four decades.

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