Obituary Stories

Nursing educator was dedicated to serving others

Caring for others was a way of life for Mary Beth Freda. The North Huntingdon resident devoted her working hours to the health care and emergency ...

WWII bomber pilot valued education

Joseph Nader looked back with pride on the 65 missions he flew with the "Bridge Busters" bombing squadron during World War II. But, according to ...

Attorney took pride in Alle-Kiski Valley roots

New Kensington attorney Gary Alexander's multi-faceted life took him from college basketball to modeling to attorney and political contender. "He was a great guy, and he ...

N.J. native followed his heart to W.Pa.

Frank Kane and Dawn Caldwell met on a dating website, and their first phone conversation lasted 14 hours. About a month later, in October 2006, ...

Nun strove to help young people succeed

Sister Donna Marie Tahaney tried to instill three things in her many students over the years: live life to the fullest, do something meaningful every ...

Longtime nurse had a hug for everyone

Bernice Bitkowski made sure to warn people about what was coming. "I'm a hugger," she would say. "And if you didn't like being hugged, it was too ...

Doctor recalled as true renaissance man

Dr. David Toney's interests ranged from model ship building and mountain climbing to gourmet cooking and painting. He was a man so well-read and intellectually gifted ...

Navy veteran made the outdoors his home

In his late 80s, Richard Heinritz was finally able to cross off one of the top items on his "bucket list": a fishing trip to ...

Devoted volunteer's work ethic unparalleled

A few years ago, Jean McGlothlin thought it was time to step away from her volunteer work with the Tri-City Meals on Wheels, for which ...

Veteran stayed sharp with engineering, hobbies

Robert Simcic left high school midway through his senior year to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II, but he kept a couple ...

Attorney's desire to help clients led to long career

When Elizabeth Bailey was about to retire, Jim Creenan and his law partner, Walter Baczkowski, sat down with her and talked her out of it. ...

Signe Anderson, original Jefferson Airplane singer, dead at 74

NEW YORK — Signe Toly Anderson, a vocalist and original member of the Jefferson Airplane who left the band after its first record and was ...

Veteran solved problems for family, work, Navy

When Walter Haidet's daughter Ellen was getting ready to go to medical school more than 30 years ago, he realized she needed a desk. So he ...

Civil rights leader, politician Georgia Davis Powers dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Georgia Davis Powers, a giant in the fight for civil rights in Kentucky and the first woman and African-American elected to the ...

Model's careers embodied service, responsibility

Mary Ann Zebrowski of Ligonier went from a postwar mill town in the Mon Valley to modeling clothing on a runway in Europe to hosting ...

Kind businessman found joy in farming, family

When Kenneth Hitchman moved his family from New Derry to a 144-acre farm in Indiana County in 2003, he told his wife he felt like ...

Conductor loved bringing music to people

When it came to his music, Jacques Brourman had an intensity that showed in his face. He was an orchestra conductor who directed the Boise Philharmonic, ...

Businesswoman soaked up knowledge, culture

The world fascinated Sara M. Brown, who traveled China's Silk Road and traced the route of explorers Lewis and Clark. "She loved to travel because she ...

Executive, veteran approached life 'full-bore'

In June 1955, while David Assard was serving in the Navy as part of a secret intelligence program called Project Pioneer Ferret, his plane was ...

Abe Vigoda, sunken-eyed character actor, dead at 94

NEW YORK — Character Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series ...


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