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Near-death incident never broke musician’s spirit

By Tony Raap 12:17 a.m.
Mary Simcic’s trunk was packed. Her mother arranged for Mary, a musical prodigy at 17, to tour Europe once she graduated high school. But a near-fatal ...

Phipps relative dedicated to preservation

By Jason Cato 12:01 a.m.
A lawyer, military intelligence officer and preservationist, Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. made it a mission to save for the ages his family’s home on Fifth ...

Pediatrician humbly served country, community

By Katishi Maake
As a child in a poor, Slovakian family during the Great Depression, Michael Krak never thought he would go to college. He held that notion through ...

Tax collector valued civic service, travel, Steelers

By Tony Raap
The doorbell rang one Thanksgiving Day. Ed Gazda, who served as Delmont’s tax collector for 20 years, opened the door. Someone came to pay taxes. “He welcomed ...

Harrison officer known for sense of duty, humor

By Chuck Biedka
Officer James L. Nold’s partner often played practical jokes, until one day in the early 1980s when Nold turned the tables on him. Nold coated his ...

Councilwoman enjoyed decades of waitressing

By Katherine Schaeffer
When 80-year-old Rosella Capo broke her hip, doctors told her that her days of waitressing at Sub- Alpina Beneficial Society’s Club in Turtle Creek were probably ...

Electrician lived for family, travel, antique cars

By Matt Faye
Robert Plance marched to the beat of his own drum, and he didn’t care who knew it. “He was very rebellious; he always went against the ...

Family man set example of strong work ethic

By Debra Erdley
Randall Stashick used to talk with his dad back in Mt. Pleasant almost every night on his way home from work in Atlanta. Stashick, who is ...

Account exec competitive but fun-loving

By Bob Stiles
Michele Mikus of New Kensington did everything she could to live by the motto, “work hard, play hard,” her family and friends said. Whether at her ...

Writer had keen insight into steel industry, towns

By Katishi Maake
McKeesport native and journalist John Hoerr believed that big business and its workers could thrive together, despite witnessing first-hand the decline of the steel industry. ...

‘Eight is Enough’ star Dick Van Patten dies at 86

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who appeared on Broadway as a child, starred on TV in its infancy ...

Decorated WWII vet made mark with kindness

By Rick Wills
James Rauch usually thought of others before himself and kept quiet about his generosity. “He did a lot of things for people over many years ...

Accountant loved to make old things new

By Tony Raap
The gas station in David Kincel’s neighborhood was an eyesore when he bought it in the early 2000s. The Shell station on Rodi Road in Penn ...

History buff kept Westinghouse’s memory alive

By Bill Vidonic
More than 300 times, Ed Reis sported gray muttonchops, a top hat and other formal attire to bring North Point Breeze inventor and entrepreneur George ...

WWII vet gave to country, community, family

By Matt Faye
Whether he was fighting for his country or fighting fires in the community, Frank Madonna always found a way to give back. A World War II ...

Family-centric nurse cared for church, elderly

By Matt Faye
Millie Brallier had a passion for nursing so strong, she wouldn’t take a day off — not even on her wedding day. A registered nurse, she met her husband, Dr. John “Jack” Brallier Jr., an oral surgeon, while they worked in ...

Green Tree man was veteran of 3 wars

By Craig Smith
Uncle Sam must have had Chet Oddis on speed dial. He answered every call, serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and at the Pentagon. “He ...

Kirk Kerkorian, billionaire investor and Las Vegas casino mogul, dies

By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas’ biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM ...

Lawyer defended against social injustices

By Tony Raap
George Miller was outraged when he learned a woman was arrested for attempting to speak at a Blawnox council agenda meeting in 2008. Mr. Miller, ...

Legal secretary oversaw peers’ education

By Katishi Maake
Working as a legal secretary at a law firm was not enough for Miriam Nonnenberg, who made it her mission to educate those who pursued ...