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Talented musician taught, arranged, composed

By Craig Smith
When the Pittsburgh Symphony needed an extra trumpet player for gigs at New York’s Carnegie Hall during the 1950s, they called Bob Haberman. “We took three ...

Salesman, golfer set example by striving to excel

By Bob Stiles
Harry Pugh always strove to do his best — as a husband and father, a school supplies salesman and a golfer, his children said. “He never ...

Former Point Park President J. Matthew Simon dead at 73

By Rick Wills
J. Matthew Simon, a former president of Point Park College, was credited with acquisition of a new library at the school in downtown Pittsburgh. Mr. Simon, ...

‘Happy’ Rockefeller, widow of former vice president, dies at 88

By The Associated Press
Margaretta “Happy” Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly ...

Former newspaper executive put employees first

By Craig Smith
Joe Soforic’s job title at the Laurel Group weekly newspaper chain was secretary-treasurer/business manager, but he wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get ...

Doctor’s life exemplified generosity, love of family

By Katherine Schaeffer
During five decades working in the Pittsburgh area as a doctor, Jim O’Keefe developed a reputation for compassion — sometimes even accepting plates of cookies ...

Businessman, township official put people first

By Tony Raap
The gas station’s hours of operation were displayed on a sign in the window. But Peter Catanese, co-owner of Catanese Brothers Auto Wrecker in Russellton, never ...

Architect remembered for talents, generosity

By Bill Vidonic
Dick Rittelmann’s legacy that grew from his internationally known Butler architectural firm reaches far beyond buildings, a former co-worker said. “His greatest project was the people ...

Engineer left mark with inventions, humor

By Craig Smith
Jimmy Justice loved a good giggle. “He used to say he was way past his sell-by date,” said his daughter Wendy Justice of Deltona, Fla. James ...

‘King of the Blues’ B.B. King dead at age 89

By The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him ...

Mom’s quest for knowledge inspired family

By Greg Reinbold
Susan Lau placed a premium on education as a student, mother and teacher. “It was an inspiration to learn because she set the example for us,” ...

Longtime Penn State football radio voice Fisher dies

By Bob Cohn
Fran Fisher, the legendary voice of Penn State football familiar to countless fans, died Thursday in State College. He was 91. News of Fisher’s death was ...

Shop owner looked on the bright side

By Stacey Federoff
John Umek attributed his long life to avoiding rich foods, though he indulged in bourbon on occasion, most recently on his birthday two weeks ago. But ...

Entrepreneur grew Today’s Home with wife by his side

By Rick Wills
There was almost nothing along McKnight Road in Ross when Sigmund Lenchner and his wife opened Today’s Home furniture store in 1953. “There was a bowling ...

Mom’s life set example of commitment to family

By Katherine Schaeffer
Janet Gildea dedicated her life to caring for three generations of her family — looking after her siblings when her father died, raising five children ...

Longtime ‘Martian’ embraced life’s simple joys

By Natasha Lindstrom
John Roberts grew up on a family farm caring for horses and learning self-reliance and problem-solving — skills that contributed to his success as a ...

Businessman’s strength kept things afloat

By Bill Vidonic
As the steel industry collapsed in early 1980s, William Loeffler fought to keep afloat the family business, the galvanized steel company Hanlon-Gregory Industries in Lawrenceville, ...

Decorated war veteran enjoyed work, family life

By Jacob Tierney
Barry Stoddart didn’t talk much about his experiences fighting World War II, but every once in a while he would tell his children a story. The ...

Biomedical expert’s life marked by spirit of giving

By Craig Smith
Myron Hartman wore many hats over five decades, from college professor to author, disc jockey to world traveler. “I don’t know how he did all ...

Allegheny County councilwoman Danko dies at 61

By Aaron Aupperlee
Barbara Daly Danko, an Allegheny County councilwoman who stuck to what she thought was right, even if it wasn’t popular, died Wednesday, her family said. ...