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Norvelt homesteader skilled at repairs, golf

By Craig Smith
John Sofranko and his golfing buddies had a weekly routine, playing specific courses on specific days to avoid the crowds. “He was in his 70s …

Swimmer pursued medals, education with vigor

By Craig Smith
Anna Mae Lindberg and her family spent a lot of time in the water. “I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t in the water …

Battlefield, ballfield fascinated Civil War buff

By Craig Smith
Jack Halvey loved chasing down pop flies in the infield and studying the history of the Civil War. “He played softball three times a week …

Caring Realtor eased stress of moving for clients

By Rick Wills
When Joan Rosselle’s out-of-town clients visited Pittsburgh to look for a home, she would go beyond what was necessary to make them feel comfortable. “She …

Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Bob Crewe, co-writer of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83. Crewe’s brother, Dan Crewe, said Monday in an email that the …

Swissvale man devoted to family, borough, sports

By Megan Harris
Buzzy Brozovich was known as an “old-school guy” in the town in which he grew up, worked and lived. “He worked hard for the same …

Entrepreneur’s drive, attitude led to full life

By Rick Wills
In 1971, John Wagner sold 70 paper shredding machines. In 1973, he sold 400. “That was all from Watergate. People became concerned about documents after …

Mom’s strength, love, generosity inspired family

By Kari Andren
June McPherson was a strong and generous woman who could stretch a dollar and craft almost anything from materials she had on hand, family members …

English teacher leaves ‘social justice’ legacy

By Jacob Tierney
Pauline Gibson pursued learning with a passion, and spent much of her life passing on that knowledge to others. “She was an amazing woman who …

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

By The Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. — Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He …

Asbestos worker went distance for family

By Craig Smith
When it came to rough commutes, George Shaw had the granddaddy of them all. For 14 years, he left his home in Fayette City on …

Man’s desire to learn surpassed physical limitations

By Megha Satyanarayana
Josh Curry was a teen in need of a job. Through an acquaintance, he started helping Dick Baloh, an Irwin man who had muscular dystrophy …

Athletic lifestyle suited conservative executive

By Rick Wills
John Cassetti played tennis until this year, at an age when most people have long since given up sports. “He didn’t die of old age. …

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dies at 93

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention …

Teacher often led charge to improve neighborhood

By Bill Vidonic
Whether she was fighting to keep open Troy Hill’s fire station or opposing an idea to put a municipal incinerator on Herr’s Island, Mary Wohleber …

Boxer’s finessse brought wins, protected looks

By Jason Cato
Andrew A. “Andy Kid DePaul” DePaolo stepped into the ring against Jack Armitage at Forbes Field without anyone giving him much of a chance, save …

Flower arranger spent decades sharing talents

By Stacey Federoff
When World War II ended, chapters of a group called Ikebana International were organized to help the healing process through the Japanese art of flower arranging. Joan Walter became one of the charter members of the Pittsburgh chapter, No. 25, …

Professor’s life enriched by music, France

By Joe Napsha
Donald Wilkins fell in love while he was a student in postwar Paris, married his bride, returned home and pursed a career in music and …

Comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81

By The Associated Press
Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly …

Knitter kept alive Old Country neighborliness

By Craig Smith
When Angeline Brasco’s eyesight began to diminish, her daughter started picking the colors of the yarn used to knit the blankets and shawls she gave …