Obituary Stories

Arnold Palmer, Latrobe legend who reshaped golf, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major champion who from a humble upbringing in Latrobe transformed professional golf with his charisma and daring style, died Sunday at ...

Devout sister became ideal teacher, role model

While Maria Harden's siblings did their chores or helped prepare meals, she planned blessings. "We'd go outside to play, and she would plan a Mass," said ...

Turtle Creek police officer made mark with kindness, humor

When Al Culotta's police motorcycle rumbled down the streets of Turtle Creek, children would chase the patrolman to ask for a ride to the next ...

Salem Township woman showed early adventurous streak

Martha Valenga left the small anthracite coal mining town near Wilkes-Barre as a young woman and struck out for New York City. The move changed the ...

Outgoing Greensburg dad won many friends with charity work

John Butala loved golf, his local basketball teams and, most of all, his family. "When he was younger, he played a lot of golf, and he ...

Can-do New Kensington businesswoman relaxed with art, family

Elsie Mazzotta was a business-minded woman at a time when female business owners were somewhat scarce, family members said. For 37 years, Mrs. Mazzotta and her ...

Teacher made mark with skills, generosity

Tom Byrnes literally gave the clothes off his back to others who needed them more. In the mid-1960s, when he returned to Pennsylvania from a ...

Veteran joined American Legion to keep serving

Herb Michaels was quick to point out that he wasn't drafted. He volunteered. He was 15 when World War II began, and he was 17 ...

Aspinwall mayor poured caring, effort into community

From its baseball fields to the mayor's office, Aspinwall meant a lot to Ben Killian. He and his wife, Dorothy, devoted much of their lives to ...

Jeannette mom inspired many with drive, leadership

Dottie Sutor was not one to take half-measures. As a mother, homemaker, artist and businesswoman, she approached everything in life with passion and dedication, her ...

Acclaimed engineer from New Kensington shared values by example

Art Skelley was everything from self-taught gourmet cook to acclaimed scientist who held patents and gained industry recognition for inventing a technology to eliminate a ...

Resilient mom was always there for kids

Margaret Reed is remembered by her family as a loving matriarch and proud contributor to her community. "She definitely had the attitude of God first, ...

Longtime Braddock baker remained unbowed by adversity

In 2007, Bernie Joscak nearly lost his left arm while working at a bakery when it got caught in a large mixer. The accident left him ...

Dedicated Plum firefighter strengthened company

Rick Borgoyne devoted his life to firefighting. "He loved working with the community," said his former wife, Judy Borgoyne of Plum. "He loved firefighting." Richard G. Borgoyne ...

Industrious police officer was devoted to service

Andrew Kuremsky didn't speak until he was almost 3 years old, his mother said. When he finally did, he politely asked her — in a perfectly ...

Mom worked, nurtured family with selfless joy

Natalie Caroline played in a country and western band, worked as a chemistry lab technician, kept the books for her husband's trucking company and, at ...

Amiable veteran enjoyed animals, tinkering

Bill Music lived in Greensburg only a few years, but the friends and neighbors he met during that time said he was a valued member ...

Devoted family woman from Greensburg had gift for retail, modeling

Mary Nauman was a talented saleswoman and model, but no job meant as much to her as being a wife and mother, her children said. "She ...

'Worldly' boutique owner had eye for fashion

Lida Ed loved the worlds of fashion and travel and blended them perfectly, working as a manager at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, ...

Craftsman pursued unusual musical passion

The sound of David H. Goetz's Chinese musette was like "fingernails down a chalkboard." "It was horrible," said his son, David A. Goetz. "When you put ...


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