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Monsignor’s personal touch enriched homilies

By Aaron Aupperlee
Monsignor Francis “Fran” Frey filled his daily Mass at Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville with surprises, keeping the services lively, personal and touching. “People were …

Veteran’s organizing skills benefited community

By Bob Bauder
Joe Scott loved to putter around the house when he wasn’t busy with youth sports leagues. Family members said Mr. Scott should have written the …

World War II hero stood up for fellow soldiers

By Paul Peirce
George Stairs didn’t get stressed out about much upon returning home to Westmoreland County in 1945 when he finished serving in the Army during World …

Sailor sold classified data to Soviets

By The Associated Press
RALEIGH — A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a …

Former longtime Steelers publicist Kiely dies

By Alan Robinson and  michael Hasch
Ed Kiely, a longtime aide to Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., a former team publicist and important behind-the-scenes figure as the franchise segued from a …

Businessman found joy in serving community

By Craig Smith
Ned Booher loved old postcards and antique clocks. The clocks — large and small — found homes with various family members over the years, but …

Ex-policeman doted on kids, grandkids

By Tom Fontaine
After serving in the Navy and with Pittsburgh police, Robert Cicchino devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, family members said. “He always helped …

Caring businessman charmed family, community

By Chris Togneri
George Mervosh may have been the life of the party, but he hated to dance. So it was a stroke of luck — or possibly …

Marine escorted Eisenhower funeral cortege

By Adam Smeltz
Vietnam War veteran William Voelker wore a Marine Corps ball cap everywhere he went, especially after doctors diagnosed him with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, …

Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

By The Associated Press
LONDON — Richard Attenborough was a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded “Gandhi” and an unflagging pillar to British cinema. But Attenborough, who died …

Pitt orthopedics chief pioneered health solutions

By John D. Oravecz
Dr. Albert Ferguson was a mentor to as many as 50 leaders in orthopedic medicine departments worldwide whom he trained at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Minister energized by calling to serve others

By Stacey Federoff
Morgan Reynolds worked in steel mills for most of his life, but the ministry was his calling. “He was a service-type minister. He wanted to …

Accountant unwound with family, outdoors

By Mary Pickels
Dykes Gadelmeyer was so dedicated to customer service that he made office visits to his accounting clients. “That was a special touch. He always did …

Longtime Pirates scout picked Bonds

By Jacob Tierney
“Dutch” Gray helped shape his hometown team as a longtime scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and leaves a legacy of a sports lover with friends …

Executive secretary liked to write, cook

By Tory N. Parrish
Helen Santini was a caregiver of her baby sister, who later in life returned the favor. “She was a wonderful sister. She was 12 years …

South Butler School Board director not afraid to stand alone

By Jodi Weigand
From his coin collection to his interest in history and politics, Rich Sefton was fascinated by the legacies of others. At the same time, he …

Announcer known for voice, not face

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” …

Planner shared skills with beloved hometown

By Rick Wills
Frank Bunda of Versailles spent nearly a lifetime in public service, having last been elected to office at 80. “He was devoted. He loved the borough, and the borough loved him,” said Emerson Fazekas, president of Versailles Council and a …

Duquesne coach’s tough, fair style led to victories

By Bill Zlatos
The last men’s basketball coach to lead Duquesne University to the NCAA Tournament, John Cinicola displayed both a fiery and fatherly side. “He was the …

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff dies

By Mike Wereschagin
Sophie Masloff, a no-nonsense pathfinder with a common touch and a voice all her own, rose from the Hill District home of immigrants to the …