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Cantor was passionate about church, heritage

By Aaron Aupperlee
When Michael Drabik led the Divine Liturgy during Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Braddock, he would occasionally slip in a …

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, …

Connellsville native Stafford remembered for her generosity

By Mark Hofmann
A woman who donated both money and ideas to her hometown passed away this month and is being remembered for her generosity. Nancy L. Stafford, 80, was born in Connellsville to Tweek H. and Minnie Behrens Stafford on Nov. 17, …

‘Lady Cop’ made protecting children her focus

By Tory N. Parrish
Margaret Wagner loved children, so it made sense for her to make a career of protecting them, her daughter said. Wagner spent 31 years working …

Former Gateway official thrived on service

By Bill Vidonic
Harlie B. Dunham didn’t do retirement well, his family said. He loved to make things and enjoyed woodcrafts. He could convert old post office boxes into banks and make decorative butterflies out of pop bottles. He made his share of …

‘The Sarge’ dedicated life to family business

By Stacey Federoff
When his grandchildren were young, “Sal” Avolio would hook up a wagon to his tractor and take them out to scour a field for rocks. …

Steelworker put shoulder to task at hand

By Joe Napsha
John Oblack of Turkeytown embodied the work ethic of a bygone era — earning 50 cents a day as a 9-year-old farmhand, enduring the dangerous …

Client was focus for criminal defense attorney Shrager

By Adam Brandolph
For longtime criminal defense attorney David S. Shrager, success meant working hard for all of his clients, his longtime associate said Thursday. “Dave cared about …

Music, God were foundations of organist’s life

By Bob Stiles
Amelia Bronson-Grace cared about people and loved to sing the praises of the Lord, her family members said. “She loved to sing, play the organ …

Amputee lived for family after WWII service

By Bobby Kerlik
Joe Benvin lost part of his left leg in World War II to a German mortar round, but he never let it stop him from …

Teacher believed 1-on-1 attention bred success

By Adam Brandolph
For more than four decades, Duke Tomasic helped hundreds of students who struggled in his math class, even tutoring them at home for free. “He …

Former submariner was vessel of knowledge

By Matthew Santoni
When the submarine USS Requin became a museum ship outside the Carnegie Science Center in 1990, former submariner Eugene Camarota taught the first batch of …

Centenarian’s faith, attitude provided joyous life

By Bill Vidonic
One reason Ethel Smyers lived for more than a century was because the little things in life made her happy, one of her granddaughters said. …

Teacher’s life enhanced by Pirates, singing, travel

By Stacey Federoff
Donna Shapiro, a neighbor of Jim Hunter for 37 years in the Penn Highlands area of Penn Township, will remember him for his stories. She …

Former ‘SNL’ cast member Jan Hooks dies at age 57

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jan Hooks has died. The 57-year-old Hooks died Thursday in New York, according to The New …

Popular designer quick to share skills, knowledge

By Jacob Tierney
Andrew Lefevre was an artist and interior designer whose curtains, bedspreads, tablecloths and drapes were valued by clients across Western Pennsylvania. “He was very artistic …

Golf suited salesman’s work, play to a T

By Craig Smith
Jack Elder was able to get his grandson close to some of the greats of the game he loved while serving as a marshal at …

Nun was driving force in nursing profession

By Bobby Kerlik
Sister Francesca Lumpp had a deep desire to serve others and wanted her nursing students to reflect the same. “She said she tried to influence …

Industrious entrepreneur lived American Dream

By Rick Wills
Work started early in life for Phillip Frazetta, who for years managed concessions in Pittsburgh’s city parks and at festivals such as the Three Rivers …

WWII veteran found joy in traveling, dancing

By Jason Cato
John Miller had a penchant for dancing, loved rambling across the country in his motor home and had a knack for fashioning wood into furniture. …