Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Memorials and Obituaries | We Remember (2024)

All Memorials and Obituaries (419)


Hilton Head Island, South Carolina JoAnn Rehak 1954 — 2024 The Chardonnay Community is mourning the loss of one of their most faithful tasters - JoAnn Rehak earned her angel wings on May 14th, 2024 surrounded by her family and her devoted pup, Barkley. JoAnn's beauty and radiance was endless - she glowed through life, and everyone she knew was touched by her warmth and generosity. JoAnn wore many hats during her 70 years with us - she was a devoted nurse, a loving wife, a nurturing mother, a joyful grandmother, a supportive daughter and fierce protector of her family. JoAnn's beautiful spirit of kindness and generosity brought people together - she was happiest enjoying a glass with family and friends on her back porch, surrounded by her loved... Ashburn, Virginia Mahrea Beth Ruzanic 1970 — 2024 It is with great sadness that we share the passing of MARHEA BETH RUZANIC, 53 of Ashburn, Virginia on Thursday, May 9, 2024. Born Friday, May 29, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Robert Ruzanic and Joyce Ruzanic. Marhea graduated with a BA from Penn State University in 1992, including a semester abroad in Chichester, England. She loved teaching and her innovative instruction reached many as an elementary teacher in Virginia. She received her master's degree from George Mason University and worked as a gifted specialist for the Loudoun County Public Schools. Marhea was vivacious and loved people. She was always busy talking to friends, neighbors, and... Alton Bay, New Hampshire Joan Helen Daley 1943 — 2024 Joan Helen (Pilarski) Daley, 80, of Jesus Valley Road, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at home surrounded by her loved ones. Joan was born on September 29, 1943, in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph Anthony Pilarski and Pauline Apolonia (Darkowski) Pilarski. Joan earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees. She also enjoyed bird watching, showing her dogs, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She is survived by her daughter Kirsten I. Ludwig, and her husband Dennis Ludwig, of Alton Bay, NH; and grandson Alexander Ludwig. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Robert P. Daley and her uncle, Ret. Capt. (USN) Leon Darkowski. For those who wish, the... Nacogdoches, Texas Albert Oren "Tex" Simpson 1935 — 2024 Albert Oren "Tex" Simpson, 89, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2024, in Center, Texas. Oren Simpson or "Pap" as he was affectionately known to his family and close friends, was born April 28th ,1935 in Nacogdoches. Oren enlisted in the United States Naval Service where he served both active and reserve roles until 1963. After serving, he moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to serve with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 28 years. He also met his future wife Kathleen Faas while working a routine call. Oren saw Kitty and her brother walking by and made sure to go over to introduce himself. Three years later Oren and Kitty married in September of 1979. They then... Leesburg, Florida Margarita Cervantes Russell 1945 — 2024 Margarita Cervantes Russell, 78, passed away April 29, 2024 in Leesburg, Florida. Formerly from Monessen, Pennsylvania, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she met her husband, Jeff. They relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in 1974 where she was a homemaker raising a family. In 2005 she moved to Leesburg, Florida where she enjoyed playing Mahjong, playing cards, cruising and traveling. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jeff, children Christopher Russell, Richard Russell, Sara Russell Grant and grandchildren Isabella Russell, Haley Russell, Hunter Russell, Kailani Russell and Levi Russell. A private funeral service will be held in St. Augustine, Florida at a later date. The family... Loganville, Georgia Lois Jean Ference 1943 — 2024 Lois Ference of Loganville, GA, was called home to the Lord on March 31, 2024. She was born in Duquesne, PA, the daughter of the late Michael and Julia (Fedor) Ference. She was predeceased by her sister, Florence Jacobs, and brother, Michael (Buddy) Ference of West Mifflin, PA. She is survived by her sisters Helen Romzy of West Mifflin, PA, and Janet and her husband Michael Gipp, with whom she resided, and sister-in-law Mary Ellen Ference of West Mifflin, PA, also nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. She had graduated from Duquesne High School and later worked for USX in Pittsburgh, PA. After retiring, she moved to St Pete, FL. She was also a Mary Kay consultant who enjoyed... Pittsburgh, Florida James R Zaborowski 1947 — 2024 Jim Zaborowski has been called home to heaven. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Jean Zaborowski, his brother Marty, and sister Ruth. Jim proudly served in the US Air Force, then acquired a master's degree at Penn State University. He Is Survived by his most loving wife Mary, their 4 children: Michele (Craig), Jerry (Juanita), Jeannie (Bruce), Margie (Fred), 11 Grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Also, by his siblings Connie Mcgrogan and Frank Zaborowski. Jim was a faithful servant of God and has touched the lives of many. His shared wisdom and love will be forever cherishedFuneral Mass at St Louise De Marillac Catholic Church 10:30 am April 27, 2024. Greenville, North Carolina Nancy Ewing Boyd 1936 — 2024 Greenville, NC - Nancy Ewing Boyd, 88, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2024. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Daniel Keith Boyd and her daughter-in- law, Denise Boyd. She is survived by her sons, Craig Boyd of Cleveland, GA, and David Boyd (Kim) of Durham, NC, and grandchildren Steven Boyd (Nisha) of San Diego, CA, Hilary Stevens (Zac) of Greenville, SC, and Rebecca Boyd (Kylie) of Asheville, NC, and sister Ann Crail Fraer of Naples, FL. A memorial service will take place on Friday April 5, 2024, at 11:30AM at the Homewood Cemetery Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may... The Villages, Florida Jacqueline D. Dorothy Weir 1944 — 2024 On March 25, 2024, Jacqueline Dorothy James Weir, of the Villages FL, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully in the presence of her husband, Clancy, and daughter-in-law, Sarah. Jackie was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA on January 12, 1944, to James and Dorothy James. She graduated from South Hills High School class of 1962 and attended Robert Morris Jr College for Certification in Key Punch Computer Programming. After graduating, Jackie went to work for Fisher Scientific in Pittsburgh, PA as a Key Punch Programmer from 1963 to 1967. She married her husband, Clarence W. Weir, on October 13, 1966. Jacqueline moved to Maryland shortly after her... Indianapolis, Indiana Bernard John Abbott, PhD. 1943 — 2024 Bernard John Abbott, PhD. Dr. Bernard J. Abbott, 80, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2024, after a brief illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Bernard Paul Abbott and Rita (Rethage) Abbott. Bernie attended Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, then received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965 and a PhD. degree in Microbiology in 1968 from Pennsylvania State University. After graduation he attended Michigan State University and completed a post-doctoral program there. In 1969 Bernie joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company, and in 1972 he moved to Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis and joined Lilly Research Laboratories, where he worked until his retirement in 1998. During... Fountain, North Carolina Tracey Fodor Smith 1950 — 2024 Tracey Fodor Smith died Saturday, March 9, 2024 in Durham, North Carolina. Born August 30, 1950 to the late Daniel and Maxine (Hepler) Fodor in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Tracey attended Hempfield Area High School, the University of Pittsburgh, and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh. Since 1972, she resided in Chapel Hill, Farmville, and Indian Beach, NC. In 1986, Tracey and Henry Lewis Smith were married. They worked diligently as a team to establish Henry's pharmaceutical manufacturing business. They were blessed to be successful. Their greatest blessing, however, was the birth of their only child in 1994, Hannah Lilly Smith. Tracey requested no... St Petersburg, Florida Patricia Carol Wiehagen 1936 — 2024 Patricia Carol Wiehagen passed on March 7, 2024 peacefully at Menorah Manor nursing home. She was born in Pittsburgh to late parents Adolf T Kaiser and Mary L Kaiser. One of 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters, she was the last surviving daughter until her passing. She is proceeded in death by her late husband Francis J Wiehagen, and after, her late partner Donald Conley. Patricia was a housekeeper and worked for various hotels including the Holiday House in Monroeville, where she met many famous performers such as Andy Williams, Milton Berle, Phyllis Diller and Tony Bennet. She was a hard worker with a kind heart, always trying to help others that she encountered in her daily life. She... Villa Rica, Georgia Robert Lee Chiles 1934 — 2024 Robert Lee (Bob) Chiles passed away on March 6, 2024 at the age of 89 following a brief illness. His companion and high school love, Clara Bell Shrader, predeceased him. Bob is survived by his son Robert Gregory Chiles and his partner Carole Davidson from Columbus, Ohio; Lee Anne Chiles and her fianc? George Spon from Greenville, Pennsylvania; his granddaughters Lauren Trunick Pearson and her husband Quentin from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Gina Miller from Greenville, Pennsylvania; his brother James W. (Jim) Chiles and his wife Dana of Calabash, North Carolina. Bob graduated from Osceola High School in Paragould, Arkansas. Two days later he joined the Navy serving at the Naval... Davidson, North Carolina George Winovich 1940 — 2024 George Winovich, 83, of Davidson, NC, passed away on February 29, 2024. He was born in Pittsburg, PA. George worked for the US Treasury Department, office of US Customs as a federal agent from 1970-1996 where he retired. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. George authored 4 books, but his prized book was Finding Uncle Simo. George is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Patrice Winovich, niece Tanya Zajch(Kenny), nephew Milan Vukas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; father, Milo Winovich; sister, Helene (Sissy) Vukas; brother-in-law, Milan Vukas; and many cousins. A memorial service will be held at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC on... Marjorie M. Harris 1928 — 2024 Marjorie (Murphy) Harris, who was born on December 1st, 1928 in Rome, NY, passed away February 19th, 2024 after a long and fruitful life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Harris, as well as three of their four sons, Richard G. Harris (Tracey), David B. Harris, and Brett M. Harris. Her sister, Anne Hall also predeceased her. She is survived by her loving son, Todd K. Harris (Mary Jo), as well as eight adult grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In love at 16 and married to her high school sweetheart at 17, she carved out a great family life while her husband built a great career in the life insurance business with Equitable Life of NY. All their sons as well as... Ijamsville, Maryland Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Edgar Allen Franklin 1941 — 2024 Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Edgar Allen Franklin, 82 of Ijamsville, MD died February 3, 2024. Edgar was born in Baltimore, MD 1941 to Roger and Maravonda Franklin. They moved to Pittsburgh area shortly after his birth and he was forever loyal to the Steel City. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of eighteen and proudly served his country for twenty years including multiple tours in Vietnam serving as part of the Naval Security Group. After retiring from the Navy he settled in Ijamsville Maryland and went to work for the US Postal Service where he was recognized with an Ironman Award for going over 15 years without missing a day of work. His full time job during this... Stuart, Florida Maureen O. Zappala 1935 — 2024 Maureen died peacefully on February 2, 2024 at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her mother Georgiane Ficht and father Jimmy Osolo, her husband Frank J. Zappala, Jr. and her son Ralph Roberto. Maureen is survived by her daughter-in-law Terri Roberto, stepsons Frank J. Zappala, III (Erica) and Mark (Debra), six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Maureen was a fiercely determined woman who was very protective of her family. She was also very charitable as a fund raiser for several organizations. She served on the Board of Directors of Hibiscus Childrens Center and organized spectacular galas and events for the Martin Memorial Health System (now Cleveland Clinic). She was...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Memorials and Obituaries | We Remember (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Rev. Porsche Oberbrunner

Last Updated:

Views: 6172

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (53 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Rev. Porsche Oberbrunner

Birthday: 1994-06-25

Address: Suite 153 582 Lubowitz Walks, Port Alfredoborough, IN 72879-2838

Phone: +128413562823324

Job: IT Strategist

Hobby: Video gaming, Basketball, Web surfing, Book restoration, Jogging, Shooting, Fishing

Introduction: My name is Rev. Porsche Oberbrunner, I am a zany, graceful, talented, witty, determined, shiny, enchanting person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.