News Obituaries


Obituary: John Hobart Miller Jr. / Custom home developer who rode suburban wave

The developer of homes for the affluent, known as the man who built Pittsburgh’s suburbs, came from humble roots.—

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 Rod McKuen

Obituary: Rod McKuen / Critical acclaim eluded prolific poet and lyricist

His work was prized by readers for its gentle accessibility while being condemned by many critics as facile, tepid and aphoristic.

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Obituary: Charles H. Townes / Physicist helped develop the laser

Mr. Townes’ invention transformed  modern communications, medicine, astronomy, weapons systems and daily life in homes and workplaces.

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Obituary: Bill Dwyer / North Side contractor helped to build neighborhood program

Bill Dwyer helped to renovate a former school for The Pittsburgh Project, a program that emncourages youths to help the elderly.

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Obituary / William K. Foster Sr.: Banker lived to help others

William K. Foster Sr. worked helping minority communities through banking and agencies such as the Urban League of Pittsburgh.

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Obituary / Darrell Winfield: Marlboro Man persona was real for cowboy

He was  one of the most recognizable Marlboro Men who roamed the  western United States in ads for the cigarette brand.

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Obituary / Steve Katz: Devoted baseball coach built lasting program

Steve Katz loved sports and was a devoted coach and mentor to all.

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 Elizabeth Kealey

Obituary: Elizabeth Kealey / Marine Corps pilot didn't waver in wake of challenges

Everyone agrees that Elizabeth “Betsy” Kealey did great things with her life, but to her, it was no big deal.

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Obituary: Madeleine Hershey / Massage therapist was advocate for transgender youth

A woman who fulfilled her life’s purpose, Madeleine Hershey is celebrated for her authentic nature and attention to people.

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 Frank A. Koren

Obituary: Frank A. Koren / Funeral director in Pittsburgh for over five decades

Mr. Koren had a full career at the prominent Pittsburgh funeral home H. Samson. Upon retirement, he joined Patrick Lanigan in East Hills.

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Obituary / James C. Bailey: World War II flyer who ran family coffee business

James C. Bailey escorted the first aerial photographers over Nagasaki, Japan, and helped his family run Breakfast Cheer Coffee Co.

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Obituary / Areta Kalogeras: North Hills marching band director wanted students to 'strive for excellence'

Areta Kalogeras insisted her band students be not just great musicians, but great people.

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Obituary: Timothy Menees / Former journalist and baseball writer

He is remembered as a good guy who loved to write about sports, handled a night beat with enthusiasm and strived for progressive causes.

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Obituary / Peg Albert: Master organizer who worked with the Urban League of Pittsburgh

Peg Albert of Point Breeze was a writer and champion of social justice, medical equity, education and the arts.

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Obituary: Edna H. Starkey / Advocate for the mentally disabled

Edna Starkey became deeply interested in the challenges faced by mentally disabled people with the birth of her daughter.

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Obituary: Guy McCracken / He worked his way up from engineer to president in steel industry

When Guy McCracken retired as president from Jessop Steel in 1988, he received a golf club as a parting gift from the union.

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 Bernard Elinoff

Obituary: Bernard Elinoff / Longtime manager of Squirrel Hill Theater

Mr. Elinoff always stood by the velvet rope in the lobby and greeted customers. “He loved being on the front lines,” said his son.

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Obituary: Stuart Loory / LA Times journalist who helped build CNN

He was one of the reporters on the Nixon White House’s enemies list that was released in 1973 by the Senate Watergate Committee.

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 Steve Kovacev

Obituary / Steve Kovacev: Devoted member of Duquesne Tamburitzans

Steve Kovacev never missed a performance and was always on tune through his 38 years with the Duquesne Tamburitzans.

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 Helen and William Allen

Obituary: William and Helen Allen / Couple wed 70 years die within 2 days of each other

They met and married in the U.S. Navy, eventually settling in Bethel Park, where they spent most of the 70 years together.

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Obituary: Maureen Budway / Vocalist, with soul, tone and pitch

Ms. Budway, taught voice at Duquesne University, her alma mater, died Monday after a two-decade battle with breast cancer.

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Obituary: Stanley A. Smith / Mayor, police chief in Pleasant Hills

Stanley A. Smith made his first beach landing in World War II, was shot twice and won a Bronze Star all before his 16th birthday.

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Obituary: Alva L. Hill / WW II fighter pilot led local architecture firm

By the time Mr. Hill retired in 1989, Burt Hill was the region’s most prominent architectural firm.

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Obituary: Stanley A. Smith / Former mayor, police chief in Pleasant Hills

Stanley A. Smith, who went into public service after winning a Bronze Star in World War II,  “lived and breathed Pleasant Hills.”

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 Henry Bent in 1980

Obituary / Henry Bent: Pitt professor proved chemistry can be fun

Henry Bent, a University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor, used fun demonstrations to teach chemistry to high school students.

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Obituary: The Rev. Bertin Roll / Longtime director of Pittsburgh-based Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers

The Rev. Bertin Roll was a priest in the Capuchin Franciscan Order whose only job was with Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.

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Obituary: Maranne Welch / Promoted theater and the arts for children

Maranne Welch led the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Festival, elevating children’s performing arts in Pittsburgh.

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 Edward Emack

Obituary: Edward F. Emack / Mt. Lebanon man created donation pool of mobility devices

Retired salesman Edward F. “Ed” Emack founded a ministry that provided free canes, wheelchairs and other mobility devices to thousands.

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 Stuart Scott

Obituary: Stuart Scott / Prominent ESPN sportscaster

Stuart Scott, was known for blending of pop culture references in his reports, died early Sunday. He was 49.

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 William L. Standish in 1981.

Obituary: William L. Standish / Federal judge who was compassionate on the bench and at home

Judge William L. Standish served 25 years on U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh before retiring in 2012.

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Obituary / Edward Brooke: Pioneering African-American in U.S. Senate

He was the first popularly elected black senator.

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Obituary: Nicholas Fisfis / Dedicated veterinarian from South Hills

The owner of South Hills Animal Hospital for five decades, Mr. Fisfis also turned his family’s love of boating into a marina business.

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Obituary: Donald F. Mushalko / Promoted appreciation of music, Poland

He was a longtime music teacher at Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School and the University of Pittsburgh.

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 Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died Thursday at age 82.

Obituary: Mario Cuomo / Three-term governor of N.Y.

He was a stalwart defender of liberalism, even in age of President Ronald Reagan.

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 Michael Komichak

Obituary: Michael Komichak / Voice of a distinct Ukrainian identity

For the past 65 years, Michael Komichak’s voice narrated the triumphs and tribulations of a distinct identity and culture originating

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 Ruggero J. Aldisert in 1986

Obituary: Ruggero J. Aldisert / Respected federal judge who trained fellow jurists

Ruggero J. Aldisert rose from immigrant parents in Carnegie to become president judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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