News Obituaries

Obituary: Donald Gruda / One of the area’s best adult soccer players in 1950s and ’60s

Donald Gruda was a skilled soccer player during an era when the game was not as widely popular as it is today.

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Obituary: B.K.S. Iyengar / Indian guru helped bring yoga to West

After sur­viv­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, ty­phoid and ma­laria as a child, Mr. Iyen­gar cred­ited yoga with sav­ing his life.

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 Hashim Khan, from the 2010 documentary "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story."

Obituary: Hashim Khan / International squash champion led sport's Pakistani dynasty

Mr. Khan, 100, became the world’s greatest squash player after humble beginnings in a Pashtun village, watching British officers play.

1 day ago

Obituary: Rev. Sidney Hills / Longtime seminary professor, volunteer

The Rev. Sidney Hills, who followed his ancestors’ paths into ministry, will be honored Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

2 days ago

Obituary: Alan William Gibney / Talented engineer had a mind for numbers

Alan Gibney spent 35 years as an engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin.

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Obituary: James Jeffords / Vermont Republican who became independent

Fomer state senator and attorney general dies at 80.

2 days ago

 Duquesne basketball coach John Cinicola with his players on March 2, 1978.

Obituary: John L. Cinicola Jr. / Natural-born coach and motivator, led Duquesne basketball to NCAA tournament

The East Liberty native, who never played for a team, was a fiery competitor who loved teaching athletes of all ages.

4 days ago

 Vernon Gallagher

Obituary: Vernon F. Gallagher / Duquesne president expanded campus in the 1950s

Vernon F. Gallagher, who served as the eighth president of the university from 1950 to 1959, died Thursday. He was 99.

5 days ago

Obituary: George Hansen / Former GOP Idaho congressman

Former Idaho Republican congressman, died Thursday of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Idaho,

5 days ago

Obituary: Jay Adams / 'Dogtown' skateboarding rebel

Mr. Adams died of a heart attack Thursday during a surfing vacation in Mexico with his wife and friends.

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Obituary: James D. Porter III / He served Millvale with pride for generations

James D. Porter III had life of service to Millvale

6 days ago

Obituary: Raymond W. Lehman / Shared his love of classical music across three decades

Mr. Lehman was a longtime broadcaster with what friends described as an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music.

1 week ago

Obituary: W. Paul Spencer / Phipps Conservatory board member and longtime volunteer

The WWII veteran was devoted to the city’s gardening organizations. “He had a way with flowers that was just remarkable,” said Toto Fisher.

1 week ago

Obituary: Anthony Mario Piccioni / West Mifflin Area wrestling coach for three decades

Anthony Mario Piccioni touched the lives of many students during his 30-year career as wrestling coach at West Mifflin Area High School.

1 week ago

 Actress Lauren Bacall

Obituary: Lauren Bacall / Legendary husky-voiced Hollywood actress

Her husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband, Humphrey Bogart, made her a defining movie star of the 1940s.

1 week ago

Obituary: Fredia Hurdle / Among plaintiffs in Pa.'s gay marriage case

Fredia Hurdle, one of the plaintiffs in the case that led to the striking down of Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban, died Thursday.

1 week ago

 Gregg Schwotzer.

Obituary: Gregg Schwotzer / Property developer who built up charities, too

Mr. Schwotzer took over Crossgates, his father’s business, and left a legacy of honest deal-making and dedicated charitable work.

1 week ago

 Thomas C. Petrone

Obituary: Thomas C. Petrone / Legislator in 27th District for almost 3 decades

Former state Rep. Thomas C. Petrone, a Democratic legislator known for his sense of humor and old-school devotion to constituents, is dead.

1 week ago

Obituary: Richard Marowitz / WWII veteran who found top hat belonging to Hitler in Munich

Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat in Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment.

1 week ago

Obituary: Dorothy Salisbury Davis / Suspense novelist eschewed violence but was fond of villains she created

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, an author whose fascination with motivation, morality and manners powered her plots, died Sunday at her home.

1 week ago

Obituary: Jason Dilliott / Northgate band director from Troy Hill

A few minutes was all it took to see how much passion Jason Dilliott, a Northgate School District band director, had for his job.

1 week ago

Obituary: Alexander Stavrides / Respected pathologist contributed to 1964 landmark report on smoking

Dr. Stavrides died July 28 at the Willows of Presbyterian Senior nursing home in Oakmont at the age of 85.

2 weeks ago

Obituary: Robert M. Lumish / Chief of Infectious Diseases at UPMC Mercy Hospital

Robert M. Lumish, a noted infectious diseases specialist, never did anything in half-measures, his daughter said.

2 weeks ago

 James Brady, left, in May 1999 with  former first lady Nancy Reagan. Mr. Brady, former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73.

Obituary: James S. Brady / After shooting, he was symbol for gun control

Mr. Brady undertook a crusade for gun control after he suffered a serious head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan.

2 weeks ago

 Sergio Edward Betancourt

Obituary: Sergio Edward Betancourt / AGH surgeon and doctor with Green Berets in Vietnam

Dr. Betancourt, a retired surgeon at AGH, was an outspoken critic of top management during the collapse of the hospital’s parent company.

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Obituary: Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B. / Teacher, mentor at Saint Vincent College

Brother Nathan M. Cochran was a teacher, student mentor, registrar at Saint Vincent in Latrobe, but is best-known for his love for the arts.

2 weeks ago

 From left: Dutch VanKirk, Navigator; Paul Tibbets, Pilot; Tom Ferebee, bombardier.

Obituary: Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk / WWII airman whose crew dropped atomic bomb on Japan

Mr. VanKirk, a Northumberland, Pa., native was the last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

3 weeks ago

Obituary: Samuel Elkind / Musician who played with PSO

Samuel Elkind spent 47 years as a violinist with the PSO.

3 weeks ago

News Obituary: Edward G. Polak / Standout athlete, coach

The standout athlete at the former Homestead High School died Sunday.

3 weeks ago

Obituary: Bel Kaufman / Told what school was really like

Bel Kaufman’s best-seller “Up the Down Staircase” has sold more than 6 million copies.

3 weeks ago

Obituary: Robert Roe / Congressman who led passage of transportation law

He also had a legislative interest in the environment and clean water.

3 weeks ago

 The Rev. William Paxton Arnott

Obituary: Rev. William Paxton Arnott / Trafford pastor spearheaded church's resurgence

He grew the church from about 300 members in 1979 to about 550 members by the time he retired in 1997.

3 weeks ago

Obituary: Margaret Zemprelli / ‘A first-class model’ in 1940s

Ms. Zemprelli was most well known for her stints during the 1940s as a spokesmodel for Pennsylvania Telephone Co. and Rinso Detergent.

3 weeks ago

 Michael Abelson.

Obituary: Michael Abelson / Longtime music teacher in city schools

A lifelong teacher of music, Michael Abelson liked to keep people on their toes with his dry sense of humor.

3 weeks ago

Obituary: Robert Panara / A pioneer in the field of deaf studies

He also was a writer and poet, becoming the first deaf professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

3 weeks ago

Obituary: James Garland / Successful coach, retired teacher had ‘‍big heart’

Mr. Garland turned around the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball program, going 143-48 in seven seasons.

4 weeks ago

Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

4 weeks ago

 Phil Axelrod with his wife, Post-Gazette theater and online features editor Sharon Eberson.

Obituary: Phil Axelrod / Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer

Phil Axelrod dreamed of playing second base for the Pirates, but instead became a writer and built a career that spanned four decades.

1 month ago

Obituary: Rev. Christian Oravec / He was the face of St. Francis University

The Franciscan friar of more than half a century served as president of St. Francis from 1977 to 2004.

1 month ago

 Leonard Scheinholt

Obituary: Leonard L. Scheinholtz / Successful labor law attorney who helped develop Reed Smith into global force

Leonard L. Scheinholtz was a foodie before anyone knew what that was.

1 month ago


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