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Funeral director was admired for professionalism

By Bill Vidonic
No matter whether the name was Heinz or Caliguiri, or Smith or Jones, funeral director Frank Koren helped each family the same way, his son ...

1st Jewish MIss America’s scandal ended political career

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the “Bess Mess” ...

Banker, civic leader found joy in serving others

By Rick Wills
Some of the proudest moments of William Foster’s life were pointing out businesses his bank loaned to as he drove around Pittsburgh with his children. ...

Hall-of-famer Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

By Chicago Tribune
Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first ...

Professor’s devotion advanced university, students

By Mary Pickels
Jose Luis Florez-Estrada first saw his future wife at a party in Madrid, Spain, where she was studying on a Fulbright Travel Grant. “She was so ...

Neville Island native, surgical pioneer Giacobine dies in California

By Tribune-Review
Jim Giacobine, who was raised on Neville Island and became a pioneer in the field of open-heart surgery, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Encinitas, ...

Church trustee found fulfillment in mission trips

By Craig Smith
Harry Rorabaugh met his wife in 1961 when he landed in the hospital because he crashed his motorcycle. “He had horrible long hair,” said his ...

Saudi King Abdullah, a gradual modernizer, dead at 90

By The Associated Press
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long have held a lock ...

Navy vet falsified age to serve her country

By Craig Smith
Berenice George lied about her age to join the Navy in 1943, a secret she kept from her father for decades. “Everybody had to keep ...

Director built marching band into powerhouse

By Tony Raap
Her last name was Kalogeras, but to her students, she was known as Ms. K. She taught orchestra and band for 33 years in the North ...

Family woman embraced life with enthusiasm

By Bobby Kerlik
Gail Grossi was never one to pass up family outings to attend antique car shows or tour the Great Lakes aboard the family’s 60-foot yacht, ...

Tony Verna, inventor of TV instant replay, dies at 81

By The Associated Press
PALM DESERT, Calif. — Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81. Verna passed away Sunday in his Palm Desert home. He had acute lymphoblastic ...

Nonprofit co-founder’s successes inspired by love

By Jason Cato
Making sure her daughter with developmental disabilities was loved and cared for helped define the life of Edna Starkey. That her efforts helped other families ...

Professor’s support was boon to Tamburitzans

By Tory N. Parrish
Steve Kovacev liked John Wayne movies and other Westerns because of the common theme of their endings, his daughter said. “Because the good guy always wins,” ...

Businesswoman was devoted to spreading joy

By Bob Stiles
In the front window of the bicycle shop she operated with her husband in the Paradise section of Greensburg, Mary Jane Masilli kept track of ...

Darrell Winfield, long-serving Marlboro Man, dies in Wyoming at 85

By The Associated Press
RIVERTON, Wyo. — One of the last of the Marlboro Men has died in Wyoming. Darrell Hugh Winfield was 85. He died Monday at his home in Riverton, Davis Funeral Home said. The Marlboro Man was a macho cowboy whose image in ...

Political philosopher, Lincoln scholar guided modern conservativism

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Harry V. Jaffa, an Abraham Lincoln scholar and political philosopher who made the ideas of America’s founding fathers a cornerstone of modern conservative thought, died of natural causes Jan. 10 in Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. He ...

Conservative scholar awarded National Humanities Medal by Bush

By The Washington Post
Walter Berns, a political scientist and philosopher who rebuked liberalism with an impassioned conservative view of American democracy, constitutional government and patriotism, died Saturday in his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 95. The cause was pulmonary failure, said his wife, ...

‘Mr. Bluebird’ remembered for loving nature

By Mary Pickels
Alberth Goga once trained a bluebird he named “Bluey” to perch on his shoulder when he called. Though he had lost his eyesight at the end ...

Marine’s love of life, country drew myriad friends

By Jacob Tierney
Sgt. Derrick H. Uniatowski was a fun-loving man and a proud Marine, his family remembers. They remember him as a man fiercely devoted to his country ...