News Obituaries


 Alfredo Di Stefano, 1956

Obituary: Alfredo Di Stefano / Legendary soccer star in ’50s, ’60s

The soccer star built a legendary career when he moved to Europe, leading Real Madrid to five straight Continental club championships.

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Obituary: Charles Barsotti / New Yorker cartoonist known for subtlety

Charles Barsotti‘‍s clean-lined cartoons, often depicting dogs, kings or overbearing businessmen, were a staple of The New Yorker magazine.

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Obituary: Eduard Shevardnadze / Ex-Soviet Foreign Minister, former Georgia leader

He helped Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev open their country to the West before the fall of communism in 1991.

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Obituary: William Roberts / A boxer-turned-jeweler collected antique cars

By all accounts, Mr. Robert’‍s warm character garnered as much respect as the watches and engagement rings he sold.

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 Marilyn McDevitt Rubin

Obituary: Marilyn McDevitt Rubin / Former PG food journalist poured heart into writing

Marilyn McDevitt Rubin will be remembered for her lifelong celebration of food and all the joys that surround it.

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Obituary: Paul S. Amos / Founder took Aflac to the office

Paul Amos worked with his brothers to create the insurance giant.

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Obituary: Robert J. Milie | Greensburg lawyer, school solicitor had 'civil, tactful manner'

A graduate of St. Vincent College and the Pitt School of Law, Mr. Jones served with the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in Korea.

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Obituary: Jim Brosnan / Relief pitcher changed style of baseball writing

Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a pitcher, gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it.

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 Richard Mellon Scaife at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Tribune Review printing plant at the Thorn Hill Industrial Park in 1997.

Obituary: Richard M. Scaife / Ideologue, philanthropist, newspaper publisher

Mr. Scaife was one of the few Western Pennsylvanians to end up on the annual Forbes list of wealthiest Americans.

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 Dozia Newton Frazier Jr.

Obituary: Dozia Newton Frazier Jr. / Civil engineer who worked on Civic Arena, U.S. Steel Building

Dozia Newton Frazier Jr. was a pioneering engineer and devoted teacher.

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Obituary: Paul Mazursky / Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director

His films explored sex, marriage and social mores as sharply drawn comedies of errors.

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 Morris Turner, center.

Obituary: Morris Turner / OB-GYN devoted to bringing health care to women in underserved communities

Dr. Turner was the medical director for the Magee-Womens outreach sites at Wilkinsburg and Monroeville.

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Obituary: Eric Murray / Electrician by day, boxing coach in the evenings

When son Antonio Manno expressed interest in the sport at age 6, Mr. Murray stepped that love affair up a notch.

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 Gary Carlough

Obituary: Gary Kelly Carlough / Innovative architect, teacher left mark on Pittsburgh’s landscape

A co-founder of EDGE Studios, he helped shape structures such as Gateway Center Station and inspired young architects as a teacher.

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Obituary: Frank Cashen / Executive who turned Mets and Orioles into champions

He made shrewd trades, but he focused on building farm systems, even with the arrival in the mid-1970s of bidding wars.

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Obituary: Thomas J. Terputac / Thoughtful judge ruled on high-profile W&J case

Thomas J. Terputac rarely ruled from the bench, taking great care in crafting thoughtful opinions and decisions.

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Obituary: Meshach Taylor / Star on 'Designing Women,' 'Dave's World'

He played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom.

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Obituary: Rev. Neil McCaulley / Roman Catholic priest who supported ordination of women and married men

The longtime Pittsburgh-area priest espoused liberal causes in the Roman Catholic Church, often having editorial letters published.

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Obituary: Rollin King / Pilot who founded Southwest Airlines

His idea for a low-fare, no-frills intrastate airline grew into the nation's top domestic carrier.

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Obituary: Martin Lazzaro / Personal injury lawyer had personal touch with clients

Martin Lazzaro reserved some of his most ardent feelings for the men, women and children whose personal tragedies he took to heart.

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 William Russell Blakey served as director of operations at Hill House for 60 years.

Obituary: William Russell Blakey / Community advocate was a fixture of the Hill District

William "Bill" Blakey was born and raised in that city neighborhood and worked at the Hill House Association for six decades.

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 The Tennessee Republican, in the middle with eyeglasses, whose words helped frame the Watergate investigation and who served as White House chief of staff during the Reagan administration, died in Huntsville, Tenn. He was 88.

Obituary: Howard H. Baker Jr. / ‘Great conciliator’ of Senate, linked to Watergate panel

The Republican leader from Tennessee served three terms and found fame from a Watergate hearings catchphrase.

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 Ron DePascale

Obituary: Ron DePascale / Music educator for more than 20 years in Montour schools

Mr. DePascale’‍s more than 20-year career at Montour School District followed many years of commitment to music education.

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 This Nov. 10, 1987 file photo shows Treasury Secretary James Baker, left, and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker huddle on Capitol Hill in Washington as they prepare to meet with Congressional negotiators to agree on ways to cut the federal deficit. Baker died at 88.

Howard Baker, senator who joined Reagan White House, dies at 88

Mr. Baker had first made his name in Congress as the top-ranking Republican of the Senate committee that investigated Watergate.

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New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel dies at 93

He conducted the Pittsburgh Opera production of "The Barber of Seville" in 2003 and several productions with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

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 Eli Wallach in 1987.

Obituary: Eli Wallach / Actor best known for two classic westerns

A veteran stage, screen and television actor, he specialized in in playing bandits, thieves, mafia dons and other criminals.

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 Steve Rossi in 2009.

Obituary: Steve Rossi / Singing half of comedy duo

He rose to fame in the 1960s as the straight man to Marty Allen.

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 Felisa Vanoff

Obituary: Felisa Vanoff / Groundbreaking dancer and choreographer

Mrs. Vanoff died May 29 in Beverly Hills, Calif., after an extended battle with cancer. She was 89.

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Obituary: Danny King / Firefighter who lived for good deeds

Danny King‘s fellow firefighters often joked that if he didn‘‍t go to heaven, he would just put out the fires down below.

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Obituary: Joseph Kopnisky / College football star who became coach

Joseph Kopnisky was a football star at West Virginia University who went on to a decades-long career in coaching.

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Obituary: Frank H. Kohne Jr. / Mellon Bank executive, local politician who liked to help others

Mr. Kohne, who served as a commissioner in Ross for 16 years, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 85.

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Obituary: Daniel Keyes / Author of 1966 novel 'Flowers for Algernon'

"Flowers for Algernon," which Mr. Keyes initially wrote as a short story, goes inside the head of Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of 68.

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Obituary: Gerry Conlon / Inspiration for 'In the Name of the Father' film

His conviction was overturned after he served 14 years in British prisons for a deadly Irish Republican Army terrorist bombing in the 1970s.

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 Robert "Lucky" Johns

Obituary: Robert 'Lucky' Johns / Operated some of Pittsburgh's first gay social clubs

A pioneer of Pittsburgh's gay bar scene, "Lucky" Johns' clubs eventually wove into the larger quilt of late-night social and bottle clubs.

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Obituary: Gerry Goffin / Lyricist who co-wrote seminal '60s hits

With a style known as “uptown rhythm and blues,” Mr. Goffin and Carole King formed one of the most successful musical teams of the 1960s.

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Obituary: Charles Barsotti, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, dies at 80

Charles Barsotti, whose jaded canines, outlaw snails, and obtuse monarchs made readers laugh for more than 40 years, died Monday.

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 Stephanie Kwolek wears regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented.

Obituary: Stephanie Kwolek / Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

DuPont chemist and CMU graduate Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of body army component Kevlar, dies at 90.

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 Anna Kao was a cooking teacher, owner of a popular restaurant and a cookbook author.

Obituary: Anna Sy Kao / Cooking teacher, popular restaurant owner

Penn Hills teacher, author and former restaurant owner, Anna Sy Kao taught the art of cooking to many.

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Obituary: Mark Arthur Glickman / Furniture store owner devoted to family

The family store would sell at prices tailored to the financial constraints of the customers, allowing the needy to pay in increments.

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Obituary: Frederick Bray / McKeesport fire chief had 'fire in his heart'

Around McKeesport, firefighter Frederick Bray was known as “Freddie Fire,” both for his profession and for his passion.

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Obituary: Isaac Patch / Cold Warrior smuggled books into Soviet Union

The CIA-funded effort got reading materials, including modern novels and medical texts, behind the Iron Curtain.

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 Ultra Violet, left, and Andy Warhol in 1968.

Obituary: Isa­belle Collin Du­fre­sne / One of Warhol’s superstars as Ultra Violet

In 1973, Ultra Violet had a near-death experience, for which she blamed her habits of excess in the decade before.

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Obituary: Pat F. DeCe­sare / Contractor who expanded masonry business

Pat DeCesare took over a masonry business from his father and expanded it into DeCesare Homes, which has built many homes in Murrysville.

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 Nick Cenci

Obituary: Nick Cenci / Launched careers of Lou Christie and The Vogues

Nick Cenci was founder of Co & Ce Records, which helped start the careers of Lou Christie, The Vogues and Tommy James and the Shondells.

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 Casey Kasem after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Obituary: Casey Kasem / Top 40 'countdown' radio host

Earnest, upbeat and just a little bit square, Casey Kasem counted down each week's hit tunes.

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 Betty Jo Wareham-Sahler

Obituary: Betty Jo Wareham-Sahler / Indiana County native who inspired a love of music in others

A singer, musician, composer and a voice coach, she spent much of her music career building the choral program in Penn Hills schools.

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 Franco Harris, left and Joe Greene carry Chuck Noll from the field after the Steelers won Super Bowl IX for their first-ever title on Jan. 12, 1975 in New Orleans.

Chuck Noll, the coach who led Steelers to 4 Super Bowl titles, dies at age 82

Success was never a destination for Chuck Noll. It was not a road that had an ending, rather always a new beginning.

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 Maggie Kimmel

Obituary: Margaret Mary Kimmel / Former chairman of library science at Pitt

Maggie Kimmel, children’s literature expert and advocate for the disabled, dies at age 76.

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 Ruby Dee

She defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway

Ruby Dee was an African-American actress who defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway.

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Obituary: Thomas R. Mager / Retired Westinghouse engineer

The Murrysville resident was known as one of the leading nuclear scientists in the world.

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