Obituary Stories

World traveler was fan of Pitt, Disney

No one could say Kim Kardes- Plecenik wasn't organized. It was a habit that followed her on her trips throughout the world. "A month earlier, she'd start making ...

Accomplished professor connected with students

For a man who spent nearly 50 years employed at one of the country's most prestigious research universities, it was connections with students that defined ...

Decorated veteran shared generous spirit

Ray Capone had a generous spirit. The real estate broker offered financial assistance to veterans looking to buy a home, and he slipped silver dollars to ...

Chemist hit the highway to fulfill lifelong dream

Whether at work or at play, Leon Wilson actively pursued his passions. A skilled chemist, the Murrysville man created patented processes for USX Corp. and its ...

Veteran excelled as engineer, father, traveler

Mary Rueckl remembers her father as an engineer with an "engineer's mind." "He was very analytic and organized," she said. "He liked thinking about things and ...

Beloved Pittsburgh TV, radio personality Bill Cardille dies

Jim Rogal grew up watching "Chilly Billy" Cardille every week on television, long before he met and married the man's daughter, Lori Cardille. But it wasn't ...

Dress shop owner was tireless seamstress

Bettie Blank's love of sewing could be seen in the clothes she made for everyone, from her children to her great-great-grandchildren. From a suit for her ...

Writer-director Garry Marshall dies at 81

LOS ANGELES — Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included "Happy Days" and ...

Millvale constable was family's 'cheerleader'

David "Pinky" Reihart so loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the company's legendary orange paint that he had his beloved El Camino covered in it. When he bought ...

Scientist developed nuclear fuel for USS Nautilus

In a lifetime of major technological accomplishments, Zalman Shapiro was proudest of being one of the developers of the nuclear fuel for the world's first ...

Executive from Beaver County made mark with TV appearances

June Luciana had a difficult time describing her remarkable sister, Margery Lawrence. Some of Ms. Lawrence's accomplishments included starring in a cooking show on WQED and ...

Veteran sold produce, antique cars with gusto

Ralph Hemminger ate more chocolate than anyone. His grandson believes that might have been the World War II veteran's secret for living so long. "He should ...

Larger-than-life businessman was devoted to family

Hans Lange is remembered by his family for his outsized personality. "He was outspoken, belligerent and completely unfiltered," said Richard James Bazzy, Lange's stepson and ...

Mom lived example of loving, well-rounded life

Laura Detar loved her garden, church, Pittsburgh sports teams and most of all, her family. "She and my dad were soul mates," said her daughter, Carol ...

WWII pilot took care of family, fig tree

Ralph Lashinsky didn't have children, but he nurtured his great-nieces and his backyard fig tree as if they were his offspring, family members said. "When I ...

Jack Riley, Penguins' 1st general manager, dies at age 97

Jack Riley, who never played in the NHL but became the first general manager of the Penguins, died Wednesday. He was 97. Riley twice held ...

Horticulturist from Murrysville had talent for art, languages

Betty Olhoeft's artistic talents were so advanced that her daughters could spot a beautiful dress while shopping and she would sketch it, purchase fabric and ...

'Purple Haze' exuded humor, zest for life

Hazel Purvis used to joke that when she died, she wanted to be buried in a purple casket. Purple was her favorite color. Dick Settlemire, ...

Mom of 7 treated restaurant guests as family

Rose Chiaverini loved three things most in her life: slot machines, her garden and especially her children. Mrs. Chiaverini passionately played the slot machines at ...

Trib executive had lifelong love of newspapers

From a young age, Charlie Fry was enamored with newspapers. He sold them in Miami as a boy and used earnings from that job to pay ...


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