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Dermatologist led UPMC residency program

By Tony Raap
Several rounds of chemotherapy didn’t stop Lisa Grandinetti from treating her patients. Dr. Grandinetti, a dermatologist at UPMC, made her final rounds about two weeks ago, ...

Engineer who worked on bridge renovation was 1st across

By Joe Napsha
Harry Jones of West Hempfield had a passion for his career as an engineer, and he took special interest in what he considered his greatest ...

Former NFL player humbly helped others

By Tony Raap
A number of years ago, Buzz Irvine anonymously paid for the funeral of one of his bank employees. Mr. Irvine, the third-generation leader of NexTier Bank ...

New Kensington businessman’s discipline brought success

By Mary Ann Thomas
Working almost full time up until a few months before his death, it’s no wonder that Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, grew the family business ...

Nurse’s heart guided her to special-needs children

By Jason Cato
Anne Keim dined with the  Gensheimer family while she worked as a student nurse in Mercy Hospital. Ernest Burke “Bud” Gensheimer drove the young woman ...

Centenarian enjoyed travel, needlework

By Jason Cato
Anne Sabo thought she could squeeze in a few more minutes of shopping while on shore in France. Though the crew warned that the cruise ...

Chef’s compassion showed through food ministry

By Bill Vidonic
Lance Harris’ father founded a kitchen in a former Methodist church in Homewood-Brushton and passed along a lesson that the younger Harris took to heart ...

Mom was tireless in serving needs of community

By Greg Reinbold
Marian Detman did not pass up an opportunity to be an advocate for others. “She helped everybody,” said her daughter Elaine Detman of Natrona Heights. “She ...

Notre Dame President Hesburgh expanded school, improved academics, fought for civil rights

By The Associated Press
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for ...

Earl Lloyd, 1st black player in NBA, dies at 86

By The Associated Press
Earl Lloyd was a player and coach, an NBA champion and later a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he’s something much bigger. He was ...

Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek’, dies

Staff and Wire Reports
For generations of “Star Trek” fans and others throughout the world, actor Leonard Nimoy will always be known as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer ...

Notable deaths of 2015

By The Associated Press
March 1 — Minnie Minoso, regarded as baseball’s first black Latino star and major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago in 1951. The Havana ...

Broadway dancer became kind, skilled professor

By Stacey Federoff
When he was about 3 years old, Ron Tassone stood on his tiptoes to put nickels into the jukebox in his grandparents’ ice cream parlor ...

Helicopter mechanic was family man who loved his toys

By Craig Smith
When Harrison Ford’s helicopter needed service or Greg Norman wanted a shark painted on his, they called Fred Wagner’s helicopter service at Mt. Pleasant-Scottdale Airport. ...

Forest Hills Mayor O’Malley dead at 73

By Bob Bauder
Forest Hills Mayor Marty O’Malley was a happy warrior against social injustice, who went into battle with a smile and ball cap emblazoned with pins ...

Restaurateur ran tight ship with homey touch

By Tony Raap
Alice Kessler always dreamed of owning a restaurant with her husband, Jack. Her dream came true in 1971 when they bought the Village Inn, an old-fashioned ...

Nurse tended to dignitaries, family, business

By Jason Cato
A chance meeting in Braddock Hospital between a girl from a Westmoreland County coal-mining town and a young Italian immigrant led to a New Year’s ...

DNC delegate fought lifelong civil rights battle

By Chris Fleisher
Evelyn Richardson was dedicated to Democratic politics, and her life’s work culminated on the first Tuesday in November 2008. She was confident that Barack Obama would ...

Corrections officer was knowledgeable educator

By Craig Smith
Don Edwards was among a contingent of New York State Correctional officers sent to clean up the Attica Correctional Facility after inmates took over in ...

Businessman ‘wore his roots as a badge of honor’

By Nicole Chynoweth
Matthew Canestrale loved the community in which he lived. A lifelong resident of Monessen, Mr. Canestrale built businesses to provide for his family and help others ...