News Obituaries


 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.

about 10 hours ago


 Msgr. Francis X. Frey

Obituary: Francis X. Frey / Monsignor lived a vocation of joy

Monsignor Francis X. Frey is recalled for more than half a century as a priest in Texas and beyond.

about 10 hours ago


 Gerri Kay

Gerri Kay: September 10, 1943 - September 1, 2014

Her early career involved social work at what was then Reizenstein Middle School, the school that pioneered in desegregation.

about 10 hours ago


Obituary: Jeffrey E. Cortopassi Sr. / Mylan scientist, loving father

Mr. Cortopassi, a scientist at Cecil-based generic drug giant Mylan Inc., died Thursday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

1 day ago


 The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in France in 2005.

Obituary: Philippine de Rothschild / 'Grande dame' of family's wine dynasty

Philippine de Rothschild gave up an acting career to run the family’s wine business at a time when few women were in the industry.

1 day ago


Obituary: Ahmed Seif / He was tortured in Egypt and became rights defender

His contrarian nature, for good and ill, defined his career.

1 day ago


Obituary: Werner Franz / Survivor of the Hindenburg’s crew

He was a 14-year-old cabin boy aboard the airship that exploded as it approached its mooring site in New Jersey in 1937.

1 day ago


 Russell Karl

Obituary: Russell Karl / Nuclear physicist, WWII veteran and lifelong educator

Mr. Karl, who was also a classically trained cellist, had a natural affinity for learning and sharing knowledge of all kinds.

2 days ago


Obituary: Sandy Wilson / Composer of 'The Boy Friend' who made Julie Andrews a star

His agent, Nick Quinn, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.

2 days ago


Obituary: Chung Eun-yong / Amassed evidence of mass killings by American troops during the Korean War

Over the years Mr. Chung amassed evidence that U.S. troops had systematically killed more than 100, and possibly as many as 400, civilian

2 days ago


 John A. Walker Jr. is escorted in 1985 by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore.

Obituary: John A. Walker Jr. / Led family spy ring for Soviets, America's 'most notorious Naval spy'

The American sold Navy secrets to the Soviets for 18 years in what has been described as one of the most damaging espionage operations of

2 days ago


Obituary: Burkart Holzner / Former head of Pitt University Center for International Studies

The German-born scholar of sociology, dedicated to global understanding, came to Pitt in 1960 and served for 20 years as head of UCIS.

3 days ago


Obituary: Margaret M. 'Peg' Fitzgerald / Navy veteran, former nun served as nurse at county jail

Margaret M. “Peg” Fitzgerald’s entire working life was composed of service: to God, her country and to the inmates at the county jail.

4 days ago


Obituary: Frans Brüggen / Pioneer in early music

He was co-founder and conductor of the influential Orchestra of the 18th Century and a virtuoso recorder player.

5 days ago


Obituary: Valeri Petrov / Bulgaria's most prominent poet and translator of Shakespeare

Besides poems, novels and translations from Russian, Italian and English, Mr. Petrov authored numerous film scripts and plays.

5 days ago


Obituary: John Fellows Akers / Oversaw IBM during move to PCs

John Akers was with the company for 33 years, serving for six years as CEO beginning in 1985, which was a difficult and challenging time.

5 days ago


 Steeler Tom Tracy, left, with Ed Kiely.

Obituary: Ed Kiely / Steelers publicist for more than 40 years, dies

Mr. Kiely joined the Steelers shortly after World War II and retired in 1989, a year after Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. died.

4 days ago


Obituary: Regis J. Zern / Operated tiny news shop in Wilkinsburg

Zern’s News, while tiny, harbored a wide selection of newspapers, magazines and books for sale during a 20-year run in Wilkinsburg.

5 days ago


 Victoria Minella

Obituary: Victoria Minella / Chef at Bridgeville family restaurant

To many growing up in the coal mining communities around Bridgeville, Victoria Minella’s restaurant was their home away from home.

6 days ago


Obituary: Alexander 'Alex' Gavula / Broadcast buff founded his college's radio station

Alexander Gavula was one of the technical people upon whom broadcasts depend.

1 week ago


Obituary: Leonard Fein / Provocative writer on Jewish affairs

He founded a magazine and organizations to combat hunger and illiteracy.

1 week ago


Obituary: John Sperling / Founder of University of Phoenix

The for-profit college that John Sperling founded to serve working adults made him a billionaire.

1 week ago


 Peter Ladygo

Obituary: Peter G. Ladygo Sr. / Former Steelers offensive guard

Peter G. “Pete” Ladygo Sr. had a job title that would make any athlete at least a little envious, even in 1952: guard for the Pittsburgh

1 week ago


 Sir Richard Attenborough

Obituary: Richard Attenborough / Directed 'Gandhi,' cloned dinosaurs in 'Jurassic Park'

Richard Attenborough won Academy Awards as director and producer of the 1982 epic that explored the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

1 week ago


Obituary: Ted Eck / Expert in glass houses and floriculture

The land and what it produced were both his vocation and his avocation.

1 week ago


 Harry Weiland

Obituary: Harry Weiland / WWII vet served in elite Alamo Scouts unit

Harry Weiland, honored for bravery as member of elite Army unit Alamo Scouts in World War II’s Pacific Theater, dies at 89.

1 week ago


 Albert Ferguson Jr.

Obituary: Albert B. Ferguson Jr. / Founder of the University of Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Surgery Department

The University of Pittsburgh and Richard Mellon recruited Albert B. Ferguson Jr. to found the orthopaedic surgery department.

1 week ago


 Elmer Gray at Pirates spring training in 1991.

Obituary: Elmer Gray / Longtime scout for Pirates, other MLB teams

Mr. Gray retired from full-time scouting in 1994 but continued to work for the Pirates part time in various roles through the 2012 season.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


 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 week 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 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: James Jeffords / Vermont Republican who became independent

Fomer state senator and attorney general dies at 80.

2 weeks ago


 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff speaks in her Squirrel Hill apartment in 2007 shortly before her 90th birthday.

Former mayor Sophie Masloff remembered as 'the embodiment of our city'

Sophie Friedman Masloff, who made history as Pittsburgh’s first woman mayor, died Sunday morning at age 96.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: George Hansen / Former GOP Idaho congressman

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago


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

James D. Porter III had life of service to Millvale

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago



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