News Obituaries

Obituary: Francis J. Rifugiato / Veteran, educator over decades with lifelong passion for learning

The son of an Italian immigrant family, Francis J. Rifugiato knew the value of an education.

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Obituary: Michael Harari / Israeli agent likened to James Bond

He led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

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Obituary: Robert L. Kasperik / Connected with community at family pharmacy in Derry

Robert L. Kasperik followed his father into the family pharmacy business in Derry, but he also made his own mark as a civic leader.

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Obituary: Deborah Cavendish / Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Deborah Cavendish was the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the last of the six eccentric Mitford sisters.

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 Louis Anthony Guarino Sr.

Obituary: Louis Anthony Guarino Sr. / Music producer who ‘could put it all together'

Mr. Guarino never played an instrument but, as co-owner of Calico Records and other labels, he had a keen ear for what worked.

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 James Traficant in 2010

Obituary: James A. Traficant Jr. / Maverick congressman from Ohio booted after corruption conviction

He was convicted of corruption charges in 2002 and became the second member of congress to be expelled since the Civil War.

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 Sally Kalson, Oct. 21, 1950 - Sept. 26, 2014

Obituary: Sally Kalson / Incisive, dogged Post-Gazette journalist

Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and columnist Sally Kalson died Friday from complications of ovarian cancer. She was 63.

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Obituary: Sara 'Sally' Stenson / An advocate for child care, opportunities for women

Sara “Sally” Stenson was a passionate advocate for quality, affordable child care long before the subject was in vogue.

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Joseph D. McNamara, Father of Community Policing, Dies at 79

Joseph D. McNamara, a onetime New York City beat cop who went on to become a California police chief who pioneered community policing and

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Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., lobbying giant known as "King of the Hill" Sept. 18, 1940 - Sept. 15, 2014

The son of two prominent members of Congress was a pioneer of the lobbying and fundraising industry in Washington, D.C.

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Obituary: Dan Robbins / Gave fight against cancer his all

Dan Robbins’ family members said they hope his death will raise awareness of the disease and much-needed research.

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Obituary: Terence Todman / U.S. ambassador to six nations

He became the senior black diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service

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Obituary: Michael A. D’Errico / Roofer from New Castle was master craftsman with metal

Michael A. D’Errico erected creations that ranged from gleaming crosses atop church steeples to flower boxes for a small windowsill.

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Obituary: Robert E. Poli / Leader of strike by air traffic controllers in 1981

The action prompted President Reagan to fire 11,500 controllers — a pivotal moment in the decline of organized labor.

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Obituary: Milton H. Dalbow / Cancer researcher, veteran of two wars

In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was home to the largest comprehensive cancer center in the nation.

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 Polly Bergen, left, 1963

Obituary: Polly Bergen / Versatile actress, singer

The Emmy winner was best known for her portrayal of Helen Morgan in “Playhouse 90.”

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 Gilbert "Gil" Peisakoff

Obituary: Gilbert Peisakoff / Founder of discount chain Gil's, born businessman

Mr. Peisakoff, who built a chain of two dozen discount stores that were ahead of their time, started in retail at the age of 8.

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George Hamilton IV, Country Singer, Dies at 77/July 19, 1937 --Sept.17, 2014

George Hamilton IV was a clean-cut country singer whose string of wholesome hits in the 1960s, included “Abilene” and “Before This Day Ends.

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Jackie Cain, sparkling jazz singer in duo with husband for decades, dies at 86/may 22, 1928--sept. 15,2014

Jackie Cain was the sparkling jazz singer, who teamed with her husband, Roy Kral, and became an acclaimed act on record and stage for more

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 Dr. Ross Musgrave and his wife Norma Jane Musgrave, push Madeline Pond, then 91, to help her get a flu shot in this 2004 photo.

Obituary: Ross Musgrave / Surgeon and modern-day Renaissance man

Dr. Musgrave, a clinical professor of surgery at Pitt, was also a painter and actor. His artistic inclinations infused his surgical skill.

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Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dies

Will Radcliff built a multimillion-dollar global business from the flavored, icy drinks. He was 74.

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Andy Stapp, Soldier Who Tried to Unionize the Military March 25, 1944, - Sept. 3, 2014

An opponent of the Vietnam War, he brought colorful idealism to his counterintuitive cause, and the Army did what it could to silence him.

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 Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg

Obituary: Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg / Made ’32 Olympics swim team as teen from Homestead

The former Olympic swimmer earned her college degree from the University of Pittsburgh at the age of 60,

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Obituary: Robert Charles Todd Jr. / Retired banker was devoted to family, church, community

Top banking executive who always kept family dinner a priority

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Obituary: Richard Leo Welsh / A “giant” in the field of vision services

Richard Welsh left the seminary to spend a lifetime helping the blind and vision-impaired, becoming a nationally recognized leader.

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 Hank Kuzma, 2009

Obituary: Henry J. Kuzma / He coached storied 1965 Midland basketball team

His 1965 team, considered one of the greatest in Western Pennsylvania history, contained future pros Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.

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Obituary: Paul M. Bernstein / Psychologist and counselor who loved his profession

Mr. Bernstein for many years maintained a private psychology practice Downtown, moving it to Aspinwall in more recent years.

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 Betty Ann Loresch in the 1940s as a fashion model.

Obituary: Betty Ann Loresch / Chair of Allegheny Valley Bank, former model, supporter of Lawrenceville

Betty Ann Loresch gracefully broke glass ceilings at community bank.

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Obituary: Alan Van Dine / Advertising executive known for his wit

Alan Van Dine was a highly regarded advertising executive and beloved humorist.

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 Maryanne Taptich Barnes

Obituary: Maryanne Taptich Barnes / Realtor, entrepreneur and women’s advocate

Maryanne Taptich Barnes created a career in real estate, which she pursued because it allowed her to meet people and earn a living.

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Obituary: Ian Paisley / Ulster hard-liner who made peace

The Rev. Ian Paisley was Northern Ireland’s firebrand Protestant leader who came to accept a power-sharing agreement.

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 Johannes “Jannie” Swart

Obituary: Rev. Johannes 'Jannie' Swart / Charismatic pastor from South Africa a 'bridge builder'

The Rev. Johannes Swart, a South African native and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary professor, worked for racial healing and church renewal.

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 Andy "Kid" DePaolo

Obituary: Andy DePaolo / Former boxer, referee knows as 'Kid'

Andy DePaolo won 82 amateur fights and 27 professional fights, then became a boxing and professional wrestling referee.

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 Leonard Duncan

Obituary: Leonard Duncan / He directed Great Race and marathon

Former Pittsburgh parks and recreation supervisor Leonard Duncan knew how to get thousands of people up and running.

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Obituary: Penelope Niven / Carl Sandburg biographer

The onetime teacher almost stumbled into her work as a late-blooming biographer of the nearly lost voices of an era.

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Obituary: John Nicholas Cassetti / Vesuvius Crucible president, world traveler, patriot

John Cassetti left college to join the Marines in WWII. He became leader of an industrial company and remained a loyal Goldwater man.

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Obituary: Richard C. Bower / Gym teacher who challenged his students to exercise

The longtime gym teacher at Whitehall Junior High loved running.

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 S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, poses on his son, Dan T. Cathy's, Harley Davidson motorcycle which is painted to look like a cow, in front of the company's headquarters in south Atlanta.

Obituary: S. Truett Cathy / Chick-fil-A founder controversial for gay marriage stance

He built a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for opposition to gay marriage.

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Obituary: Andrew McLaglen / Prolific director

He became one of Hollywood’s most reliable deployers of cowboys, Indians, bucking broncos, herds of cattle and posses on horseback.

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Obiutary: Ray P. DeFrances / Known for his love of roses and Steelers

Mr. DeFrances was so successful at growing roses that he became a local authority, asked to speak to various groups and quoted in articles.

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Obituary: Dorothy Booth / Longtime employee at Wendy's Downtown, worked until age 90

Everyone referred to her as “Gram,” especially her co-workers. She worked at the franchise’s Fifth Avenue location Downtown for 28 years.

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Obituary: Ed Goetz / High school basketball coach who ‘lived the game’

Ed Goetz, who coached at Sto-Rox, McGuffey and Burgettstown, died at age 64 after a long battle with diabetes..

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 Armand Bruno at the June ceremony where he received the French Legion of Honor.

Obituary: Armand Bruno / Steelworker honored for WWII service with French Legion of Honor

Armand Bruno was a staff sergeant in the 99th Infantry Division in World War II, receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

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 TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York in May. Ms. Rivers died today at age 81.

Obituary: Joan Rivers / Broke ground for female comics with caustic humor and as TV host

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure.

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 Donald Wilkins

Obituary: Donald Wilkins / Organist, choirmaster, teacher ‘exuded music from every pore’

Donald Wilkins was described as one of the most “urbane, sophisticated musicians on Pittsburgh’s musical scene.”

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 Charlie Powell was a former San Francisco 49er turned boxer.

Obituary: Charlie Powell / NFL great who boxed Muhammad Ali in Pittsburgh

He suffered a third-round knockout loss to Mr. Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, in 1963 in Pittsburgh.

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Obituary: Andrew Madoff / Last surviving son of Ponzi king Madoff

He turned in his father and insisted that he had been duped like the rest of the world into believing that he was an honest financier.

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Obituary: Edward William Heinle Jr. / Innovative Beaver County physician

Dr. Edward Heinle pushed for formation of the Medical Center of Beaver County and served as its president.

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 Beverly Ann Lewandowski

Obituary: Beverly Ann 'Bev' Lewandowski / Devoted wife, mother opened home to all

Beverly Ann Lewandowski of Mt. Lebanon was the wrestling version of a soccer mom for her sons enjoyed being a hostess at her home.

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