News Obituaries


 Mary Ellen Quinn

Obituary: Mary Ellen Quinn / Built family around church, activism

Despite raising nine children, Mary Ellen Quinn of McCandless found time to be active in her church and peace movements.

about 14 hours ago


 Donald Kaelin

Obituary: Donald Kaelin / Franklin Park farmer had passion for growing flowers, relationships

Donald Kaelin helped to turn his family’s farming equipment business in Franklin Park into a retail farming and greenhouse operation.

about 14 hours ago


Obituary: Anthony James Belski / Cashier with ‘a very big heart’ was favorite of customers at grocery store in Bethel Park

Anthony “A.J.” Belski of Castle Shannon was so gregarious that customers changed lines to go through his supermarket checkout line.

1 day ago


 Elva H. Perrin.

Obituary: Elva H. Perrin / From career as clothes purchaser to dedicated volunteer

Gracious and generous, Elva Perrin also taught languages and served in WWII effort. “She had love in her heart for all,” said her daughter.

2 days ago


Jack Ely, whose garbled version of 'Louie Louie' became a sensation, dies at 71

With its infectious rhythm and facile chord changes, “Louie Louie” was the first song many aspiring teen bands learned in the early 1960s.

about 21 hours ago


 Peggy Neal

Obituary: Peggy Neal / Longtime volunteer at Homeless Children’s Education Fund

Peggy Neal, who died March 8, mentored many others at Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

3 days ago


 Ben E. King in 2011

Obituary: Ben E. King / Soulful baritone sang hit ‘Stand By Me’

Mr. King, whose career spanned several decades, was the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters in some of their biggest hits.

3 days ago


 Terri Taylor

Obituary: Terri Taylor / Journalist’s intensity, passion showed in her work

Terri Taylor was intense about pursing justice, making local and worldwide community a better place.

4 days ago


Obituary: August 'Gus' Linder / Local auto racing legend

Local racing luminary August “Gus” Linder passes away at 86, leaving behind a decorated and memorable legacy.

4 days ago


Obituary: Pio Olindo D’Orazio / Italian immigrant who co-founded Donora clothes manufacturing company

Pio Olindo D’Orazio, 89, of Jefferson Hills, helped to found Donora Sportswear in 1964 and the company thrived making London Fog raincoats.

5 days ago


Obituary: Jo Anne Hardick / Special education supervisor for Wilkinsburg schools

As she moved up the ranks of the Wilkinsburg School District, Jo Anne Hardick never lost sight of the students and teachers.

6 days ago


Obituary: Maurice 'Tito' Braunstein / Passionate about theater, the arts

Attorney Maurice “Tito” Braunstein devoted his time and talent to the stage and music, including starting the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh.

1 week ago


Obituary: Bernard Stollman / Jazz label’s founder

His staunchly independent record label, ESP-Disk, provided an indispensable chronicle of the free jazz of the 1960s.

1 week ago


 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."

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: Joseph David Hughes / Longtime political activist

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

2 weeks ago


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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Charles Kraus / Charmed customers buying cars in Dormont

Charles Kraus followed his brothers to World War II, then

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Marc Marotta / Lawyer, Central Catholic basketball star

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

3 weeks ago


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.

3 weeks ago


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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


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.

4 weeks ago


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.

4 weeks ago


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

4 weeks ago


 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.

1 month ago



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