News Obituaries


Obituary: Albert C. Van Dusen / Administrator raised Pitt’s international profile

Albert C. Van Dusen was a University of Pittsburgh administrator who forged international ties.

2 days ago


Music teacher instructed students for more than 80 years

Mr. Reichenfeld taught music for more than 80 years and helped found and conduct the Wilkinsburg Symphony.

3 days ago


Obituary / Chandler G. Ketchum: He lived to make world better

Mr. Ketchum helped establish the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh as well as what’s now known as the Chartiers Center in Bridgeville.

about 11 hours ago


 Thomas Lloyd Sr.

Obituary: Thomas Lloyd Sr. / Longtime Dormont mayor

Mr. Lloyd was elected to five terms as mayor after serving for 18 years on borough council, but his long tenure was rocky at the end.

5 days ago


Obituary: Dick Rich / Ad exec who put whimsy into TV commercials

He turned the disadvantages of indigestion and outsize cigarettes into classic 1960s TV spots for Alka-Seltzer and Benson & Hedges 100s.

5 days ago


Obituary: William J. 'Bill' Walter / Westinghouse Electric Corp. executive

William J. Walter overcame a stutter, became a Westinghouse Electric Corp. executive and headed the Service Core of Retired Executives.

1 week ago


 Albert "Al" Alu performing as Conrad Birdie in Pittsburgh CLO's 1972 production of "Bye Bye Birdie."

Obituary: Al Alu / Pittsburgh-native entertainer found a home in Los Angeles

The actor, artist and arts educator found success on Pittsburgh stages before becoming a regular on the Los Angeles theater scene.

1 week ago


Obituary: Gorman Lowe / A fixture on theater scene, ‘he had a voice like the angels’

Gorman Lowe, longtime Pittsburgh comedic actor, drew laughs through illness.

1 week ago


Obituary: Cecelia ‘Cel’ Battistel Meyers / Her Squirrel Hill home became a garden spot

She rented rooms to graduate students, turning some of her lodgers into lifetime friends.

1 week ago


Obituary: Sy Berger / Creator of the modern baseball trading card

Baseball cards date to the 19th century, but for Sy Berger, the decade after World War II was the perfect time to revitalize them.

1 week ago


Obituary: Michel du Cille / Prizewinning photographer

He won his first Pulitzer for spot news in 1986 for coverage of the eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano in 1985.

1 week ago


 Dennis Petronko

Obituary: Dennis A. Petronko / Belle Vernon native traveled world for business, pleasure

Dennis A. Petronko of Mount Washington was a decorated Vietnam veteran, engineer and entrepreneur.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: Tynan “Ty” Moore / Record-breaking state wrestling champion

Ty Moore was one of the most successful wrestlers in Pennsylvania history.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: Joyce Baskins / Activist, youth advocate and “everybody’s second mom.”

Joyce Baskins was dedicated to helping North Side children, mostly through Community Literacy Center at Community House Presbyterian Church.

1 week ago


Obituary: Bernard Queneau / 102-year-old Eagle Scout

Bernard Queneau was honored Saturday by the Laurel Highlands Council and the National Eagle Scout Association and died Sunday.

2 weeks ago


 German-American game developer Ralph Baer shows the prototype of the first games console during a press conference at the Games Convention Online in Leipzig, Germany in July 2009.

Obituary: Ralph Baer / Engineer became the father of video game industry

His design helped lay the groundwork for an industry that transformed the role of the TV set and generates tens of billions of dollars.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: Jean Kathleen Roche / Care for others, study and travel motivated her

After her five children were settled, the teacher returned to school at age 60 and earned post-grad degrees in child development and law.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: Elmer 'Bud' Breitenbach / Guitar teacher and master musician

Bud Breitenbach was a guitar teacher who focused on the fundamentals.

2 weeks ago


 David Stoecklein

Obituary: David Stoecklein / Photographer celebrated ‘Western way’

Photographer David Stoecklein’s legacy remains in images that preserve the cowboy way of life and the Western landscape.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: William F. Provenzano / CEO who led Ohio Valley Hospital through difficult times

William F. Provenzano rebuilt the finances at Ohio Valley Hospital and found a niche to keep the small facility independent.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Sister Mary Catherine Vukmanic / Last surviving member of Ursuline Sisters of Pittsburgh

Sister Mary Catherine Vukmanic, who died Nov. 22 at age 95, was an educator who in later worked at rural parishes in eastern Kentucky.

3 weeks ago


 In this April 29, 2009, Associated Press file photo, Anthony Marshall arrives with his wife, Charlene, to State Supreme court in New York where Mr. Marshall, the son of philanthropist Brooke Astor, was charged with plundering his mother's fortune.

Obituary: Anthony Marshall / Son who stole from wealthy philanthropist mother

Anthony Marshall, who was convicted on 14 of 16 charges including grand larceny against philanthropist Brooke Astor, died at age 90.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Crystal Lennartz / Greenfield violin teacher ‘always energetic’

Crystal Lennartz, 52, taught and performed throughout the area since she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Mark Strand / Poet Laureate focused on ‘surreal’ imagery

He was named poet laureate of the U.S. in 1990 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 for his collection “Blizzard of One.”

3 weeks ago


 Marcaysia Dawkins

Obituary: Marcaysia C. Dawkins / Ex-Clairton student wanted to see world

“She wanted to do so much with her life,” said her mother, Charisma Dawkins.

3 weeks ago


 Sam Spatter

Obituary: Samuel L. Spatter / Career as reporter, editor covered 62 years

Shadyside native Sam Spatter, who wrote about Pittsburgh real estate for decades, dies at 87.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Michael D. Patterson Sr. / Ex-county jail physician

He dedicated his professional life to serving the poor, elderly and incarcerated.

4 weeks ago


Obituary: Aron E. Szulman / Doctor, pathology professor, mentor

Pathologist’s memorable contributions to medicine and education inspired others.

4 weeks ago


Obituary: William Ubinger / Doctor tirelessly studied family medicine, addiction

The family physician made house calls as a family medicine doctor and later worked with veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol.

1 month ago



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