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Basketball ref loved the outdoors, sports

By Craig Smith
Donna Menart did a lot of activities that earned her recognition as a tomboy — from coaching and refereeing boys basketball to hunting, camping and …

Attorney had broad range of private, public clients

By Megan Henney
Regan Nerone believed in ethics and morality, and, for him, his work in law was all about helping others. “Rather than trying to find loopholes …

Family man shared musical gift in theater, church

By Corinne Kennedy
Whether it was soccer games in New Mexico or family reunions in South Carolina, there was no place William Stringert wouldn’t go to see and …

Professor, organist left scholarly legacy

By Bill Zlatos
Robert Lord did the definitive scholarly research on a French composer, taught thousands of students at the University of Pittsburgh and played the organ in …

Engineer embraced technology, travel, faith

By Rick Wills
Robert Saba believed that technology could improve the lives of anyone. “He had international connections. He traveled overseas a lot for work and really believed …

Veteran led full life with jovial, can-do attitude

By Mary Pickels
When he was 8 years old, Francis Criner started saving 90 percent of his money, banking on his father’s advice that by 16, he would …

Piano prodigy shared by teaching, composing

By Kari Andren
A piano prodigy, Michael Abelson could play Mozart sonatas and concertos by age 5 and devoted his life to sharing his love of music, family …

Police major was decorated WWII vet

By Mary Pickels
Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way” was a theme of sorts for Homer Redd. And those who dealt with him in his former capacity as a …

Volunteer firefighter put others first

By Corinne Kennedy
James Curry always thought about others, even when his cancer worsened and he spent more time in the hospital. “It was never about him going …

Teacher supported wide range of education

By Rick Wills
There was almost nothing George Lange could not build or fix. “He was a real all-purpose guy. He’d fix the plumbing and wiring at home, …

Mom lived full, active life undaunted by illness

By Bill Zlatos
In her two-chair beauty shop in her home in Bairdford, West Deer, Flo Fiaretti fixed her customers’ hair and listened to their woes, but she …

Movie, television star James Garner dead at 86

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while …

Businessman loved to share knowledge as teacher

By Megan Henney
Everything Alexander Ference achieved in life came from his hard work and devotion to his family. “To him, you took what opportunities you could and …

Teacher pushed students to live up to abilities

By Alicia McElhaney
In Josephine Anderson Keibler’s English classes in Mountain View School, learning wasn’t an option — it was required. “She had one student who came back …

Author rose far above life’s challenges

By Corinne Kennedy
Robert J. Smithdas, an Overbrook native who became the second deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree after Helen Keller, died on Thursday, …

British-born mom danced, shopped with vigor

By Craig Smith
When Milly Zawrotny could no longer go to the swing dances she loved so much, a volunteer group of dancers brought them to her. “Wherever …

Lower Burrell’s Bill ‘Bub’ Hess, a sports lover dedicated to being helpful

By Emily Balser
Whether it was his always-stocked pocket of candy, his encouraging words to student-athletes or his dedication to making sure fundraisers were stocked with food, many …

Renowned stage actress, singer Stritch dies at age 89

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She …

Businessman passed on value of hard work, family

By Alicia McElhaney
Roy M. Landers was known as both a businessman with an adventurous spirit and a generous and friendly man in New Alexandria, where he and …

Bank exec brought passion to animal rescue

By Megan Henney
Don Vance once had three rescued dogs living in his home because he and his wife couldn’t make up their minds which one to adopt. …