News Obituaries


 Gerrit Butter meeting Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, at a gathering of Dutch consuls from the United States. Mr. Butter was the Dutch honorary consul in Pittsburgh from 1956 to 1981.

Obituary: Gerrit Butter / Banker and Pittsburgh's honorary consul for Holland

Mr. Butter, born in Amsterdam, came to Pittsburgh in 1955 to work for Mellon Bank and spent the rest of his life here.

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 Frank Mankiewicz, center.

Obituary: Frank Mankiewicz / Legendary Democratic strategist

Frank Mankiewicz, who was Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary and directed George McGovern’s 1972 campaign, died Thursday.

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 Harry Max Goern /

Obituary: Harry Max Goern / Retired executive stayed busy

The Alcoa executive filled the years past age 65 chairing boards, running associations, helping kids and volunteer interests.

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Obituary: Virginia “Ginnie” Birmingham / Oakmont attorney who sought to help women with legal matters

Virginia “Ginnie” Birmingham went to law school after many years as a stay-at-home mother because she “wanted to do more with her life.”

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Obituary: Geraldine Martin Zeltman / ‘Amazing lady’ loved her community

Geraldine Zeltman, one of the first black secretaries hired at U.S. Steel and active in the Urban League, dies at 86.

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 Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post

Obituary: Ben Bradlee / Washington Post editor who directed its Watergate coverage

With full backing from his publisher, Katharine Graham, Mr. Bradlee led The Post into the first rank of American newspapers.

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July 12, 1921 - Oct. 16, 2014

The Bridgeville native died Thursday at St. Clair Hospital.

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 Stan Franzos at the Duquesne Club billiard room, where he frequently photographed events.

Obituary: Stanley Lawrence Franzos / His passion for photography reflected passion for subjects

Mr. Franzos was the cheerleading Pitt panther in college days and, forsaking the family’s butcher business, became a respected photographer.

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Zilpha Keatley Snyder, author of eerie children’s tales, May 11, 1927-- Oct. 7, 2014

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, author of eerie children’s tales,  delved into subjects like witchcraft, murder and dysfunctional families.

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Marian Seldes, celebrated stage actress and interpreter of Albee Aug. 23, 1928 - Oct. 6, 2014

She was widely revered for her ability to inhabit roles comic and tragic, subtle and flamboyant

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Don Keefer, 98, Dies; Had Bad Thoughts on ‘Twilight Zone’ Aug. 18, 1916 - Sept. 7, 2014

He was a sought-after character actor onstage and in films.

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Obituary: David S. Shrager/ Criminal defense attorney who empathized with clients

David S. Shrager, a criminal defense attorney for nearly 40 years, died Thursday at the age of 67.

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Elizabeth Pena dies at 55; actress in ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘La Bamba’/sept. 23, 1959--Oct. 14, 2014

Elizabeth Pena dies at 55; actress in ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘La Bamba’

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Obituary: J. California Cooper / Wrote stories of African-American women Nov. 10, 1931 - Sept. 20, 2014

Often secretive about her personal life and her writing methods, J. California Cooper let her books speak for her instead.

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Obituary: Thaddeus T Boron / Funeral director and community servant

Thaddeus T. Boron of Carrick was considered a perfectionist who thought everyone who died should be treated with dignity.

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Obituary: Lawrence “Duke” Tomasic / Teacher, coach cared about many

Mr. Tomasic died Saturday at his home in West Homestead of complications from diabetes. He was 69.

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 David Greenglass, left, in 1950

David Greenglass: Spy who helped seal the Rosenbergs’ doom

It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War, and it rested largely on the testimony of Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass.

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Obituary: Albert N. Crawford / Devoted to serving his country and family

A veteran whose four decades serving his country began in World War II died Saturday at age 90.

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 Edward Ozimek

Obituary: Edward Ozimek / Dedicated teacher of blind children, WWII vet

No task was too big for Edward Ozimek in his service to students at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children.

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 Judge Paul A. Simmons

Obituary: Paul A. Simmons / First black federal judge in area known as trailblazer

Judge Simmons was named the first African-American federal judge in Western Pennsylvania in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.

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 The Rev. William “Bill” Wiethorn.

Obituary: The Rev. William Wiethorn / Capuchin friar served in Rome, devoted life to 'humble service'

A “healing presence” in the lives of many, Father Wiethorn was a member of the Capuchin order for more than 50 years

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Obituary: Sister Francesca Lumpp / Nurse’s life mission was caring for people

Sister Francesca Lumpp loved helping people. So it’s no coincidence that her mission in life was nursing and teaching.

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Obituary: Steve Curry / Actor’s image appeared on ‘Hair’ album

“Hair” focused on the lives of a tribe of hippies in New York City and featured songs that became pop hits for other artists.

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 Geoffrey Holder, 2005

Obituary: Geoffrey Holder / Dancer, choreographer was ‘Un-Cola’ pitchman

He was recognizable with his gleaming pate atop a 6-foot-6 frame and bassoon of a voice laced with the lilting cadences of the Caribbean.

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 In this July 1967 photo, Paul Revere, front, and the Raiders are seen in character.

Obituary: Paul Revere / Founder of rock group had Revolutionary bent

The campy rock ’n’ roll band wore Revolutionary War-era costumes and cranked out a string of grungy hits in the mid-1960s.

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Obituary: Harold Goldman / Principal taught day and night

Harold Goldman is a former principal at three Pittsburgh schools by day and a religious school principal at several congregations at night.

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Obituary: Phillip Joseph Frazetta / Self-made entrepreneur delved into several services

Phillip Joseph Frazetta was the son of Sicilian immigrants and worked from a very young age.

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 John L. McManus in 1971

Obituary: John L. McManus / Army captain spoke out for reforms

John L. McManus served multiple terms on the Green Tree Borough Council and advocated for military desegregation and fairer taxes.

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 Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as "Baby Doc," attends his hearing at court in 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as Haitian authorities charged Duvalier with human rights abuses and embezzlement but a judge ruled he should face charges only for the alleged financial crimes.

Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

Jean-Claude-Duvalier was the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising.

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Obituary: Mary Ann Schaefer / Librarian devoted her life to students at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Mary Ann Schaefer, longtime librarian at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, dies at 64.

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 Jean-Claude Duvalier in 2013

Obituary: Jean-Claude Duvalier / Ousted Haitian dictator sparked uprising

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti,  died Saturday of a heart attack

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Jerrie Mock, first woman to fly solo around world Nov. 22, 1925 - Sept. 30, 2014

Her feat in 1964 aboard a single-wing Cessna 180 covered 23,000 miles in 29 days.

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Obituary: Frank Demor / Local car dealer was relentless salesman

Frank Demor was the kind of car dealer who was relentless in his salesmanship and who had a quick understanding of his customers.

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 In this April 18, 1946, photo, Montreal Royals' Jackie Robinson, right, is congratulated by teammate George Shuba as he crosses home to score against the Jersey City Giants at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J.

Obituary: George Shuba / Baseball player who offered tolerant gesture

The Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder was best known for shaking Jackie Robinson’s hand when the latter broke baseball’s color barrier.

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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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 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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