Obituary Stories

Penn Township crafter used sewing skills for business, charity

No sewing project was too big or too small for Cherie Clark. She sewed everything from slipcovers to wedding veils, making alterations from her home for ...

Creative mom lent talents to hospital for decades

Ginnie Wandrisco was known for her gourmet cooking, and friends often asked her to bring dessert for get-togethers. "She made extremely creative birthday cakes. I still ...

Lawyer was pioneer in trauma medicine

Anyone who was a patient in a Pittsburgh-area emergency room from the 1960s onward likely owes a debt of thanks to Dr. Roland Keddie. Dr. Keddie ...

Volunteer was always prepared to lend a hand

Aline Frazier dedicated her life to putting people first. The North Hills native was active in her church, Highland Presbyterian, and she volunteered with Meals ...

Dentist asserted love for Hungarian culture, music

McKeesport native Victor Molnar made it a point to explore his roots and share them with fellow Hungarians. Mr. Molnar served as tour director of ...

Mother served Pleasant Hills with 'grace, dignity'

When Margaret Lessmann's children were grown and gone, she decided to keep herself busy by running for Pleasant Hills Borough Council. She served for more ...

Ex-Megadeth drummer Nick Menza collapses on stage, dies

LOS ANGELES — Nick Menza, former drummer for the influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz ...

Sports fan known for competitive spirit

Tom Boland was a character. The Penn Hills native knew every route to the city that avoided stoplights, stop signs and potholes. Mr. Boland also despised ...

Educator had 'magical' influence on animals

When acquaintances despaired about getting their dog to obey and were ready to give it away, Lawrence Croake changed their minds after just 10 minutes ...

Nurse remembered as selfless caregiver

Nancy Voron always encouraged her four sons to keep an open mind and to be unafraid of a challenge. She lived that philosophy when, at 55, ...

Former '60 Minutes' newsman Safer dies at 84, days after retirement

NEW YORK — Morley Safer, the veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent who was equally at home reporting on social injustices, the Orient Express and abstract art, ...

Club owner's venue hosted big-name acts

For more than 60 years, Harry Lattanzio gave teenagers and young adults around Latrobe a place to skate, dance and fall in love. Mr. Lattanzio opened ...

Anesthesiologist pioneered simulation tools

Dr. Peter M. Winter, a renowned anesthesiologist who helped pioneer the use of simulation technology in medical training, died Saturday, May 14, 2016, according to ...

Coach's success enhanced by rapport with players

To Louis Schaper, baseball was much more than a game. It was an opportunity to make connections and have a positive impact on someone's life. ...

Zoo official's passion for job spurred achievements

Frank Cartieri was known to many as "Frank from the zoo." He worked there in some capacity for many years — first with the zoo's food ...

Fire captain overcame obstacles with courage

Don Hoyle dedicated his life to fighting fires, but he also fought health challenges, fought for his country and fought for the best for his ...

Aunt set inspiring example of embracing life

In the book "Auntie Mame," a boy is enchanted by his vivacious, fun-loving aunt. Marsha Ebaugh of North Versailles fell under a similar spell whenever ...

Judge's tipstaff recalled as tough, kind

Each of the clerks at the former Kaufmann's department store knew Audrey Kearney. She always ate lunch at the old Tic Toc Restaurant, her son ...

Lifelong athlete, family man loved for big heart

It's hard to replace a father, but in Ted Kopas' mind, his stepdad "came pretty damn close." "He was so thoughtful, so caring, so kind and ...

Longtime coach 'gave his whole heart'

Samuel DeNillo was known in his community as "Coach." It was an appropriate nickname, his family said, for a man who was a role model for ...


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