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Skilled Italian cook valued family, nature, travel

By Mary Pickels
Gatherings at Josephine Strednak’s home always included food and hugs. “She was a tremendous Italian cook. We never bought cookies, cakes or pies,” said her husband, ...

Natural ‘Santa’ hired for looks, charm

By Jacob Tierney
George Wilhelm’s cheery, round face and bushy, white beard brought him many comparisons to the North Pole’s most famous resident. “Even during the summer time, little ...

Former Connellsville councilman’s foresight led to happier trails

By Laura Szepesi
The thousands of people who hike and bike along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail through Connellsville and the hundreds of local residents who enjoy ...

Longtime restaurateur lived to cook up smiles

By Tory N. Parrish
Michael Colucci loved to make great food that put smiles on people’s faces, his family said. When he and his wife ran Earl’s Lunch diner in ...

War veteran knew how to balance hard work, fun

By Bobby Kerlik
John Pawlik considered himself lucky to survive the Battle of the Bulge and World War II despite seeing a lot of action in the war. “He ...

Psychologist valued work, arts, heritage

By Jason Cato
Sometime after high school,  Joseph Bansavage grew a mustache and styled his hair into a pompadour. That earned him a nickname that stuck for 75 ...

Lee Kuan Yew, Singaporean leader who built financial hub, dead at 91

By Reuters
SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, a towering figure in post-colonial Asia, oversaw tiny Singapore’s transformation from British tropical outpost to an affluent, global city in just over a generation, setting the example for developing economies from China to Dubai. Lee died ...

Working mom took care of family, community

By Bill Vidonic
When a new woman moved into her Ben Avon neighborhood, Ruth Sonnet made sure to gather other ladies in the neighborhood and invite the newcomer ...

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bednarik dies

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died early Saturday the Eagles said. ...

Businessman improved hometown quality of life

By Greg Reinbold
Bob George was a fixture at Mt. Pleasant community events and in charitable organizations for decades, always working to promote and improve his hometown. “I think ...

Nurse cared for patients, neighbors with aplomb

By Bobby Kerlik
Whether it was tending to neighborhood kids or working on patients in the operating room, Patricia Bauder spent her life caring for people as a ...

Longtime barber was full of energy, fun

By Nicole Chynoweth
Longtime barber Geno Pagliari lived to entertain. He amassed a slew of magic tricks and jokes in his comedic repertoire and favored outrageous outfits over everyday ...

Harrison City contractor built home, tended family

By Craig Smith
When Emil Lock decided to build his house across the street from the Harrison City dairy farm where he was born and raised, he turned ...

Former teacher, Arnold councilman left indelible mark

By Liz Hayes
Scipione “Skip” Alcibiade served his country in the Air Force and his community as a New Kensington-Arnold School District teacher and an Arnold councilman. But his ...

U.S. Steel engineer helped found Forbes Regional

By Adam Brandolph
Richard Manning’s work at U.S. Steel was deemed so critical to the nation’s effort at the start of World War II that when he was ...

Alcoa engineer valued family, work ethic

By Bobby Kerlik
George MacZura traveled extensively in his 44 years at Alcoa and was recognized as an expert in refractories and ceramics, but his family came first. “He ...

Attorney’s civic efforts a boon to city he loved

By Jason Cato
Even when the Pittsburgh Opera struggled financially in the late 1990s, longtime board member Charles Harff understood the importance of its resident artists program. The ...

Beloved principal from New Kensington ‘wanted what was best for the kids’

By Braden Ashe
Ralph L. Varrato Jr. is dead, but his lasting legacy in education is very much alive. A longtime New Kensington resident, Varrato died Wednesday from ...

Coach’s energy benefited city, family, athletics

By Craig Smith
Growing up in Tom Sphon’s home meant eating, breathing and sleeping sports. “It was 365 days a year,” said son Nate Sphon of Pittsburgh, a ...

‘Renaissance man’ appointed to post by Reagan

By Mary Pickels
Robert Miller was a bit of a Renaissance man, a musician and banker with interests ranging from the Pittsburgh Steelers to politics. “He was an economist ...