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DUNIK
BLANCHE "MISSY"
Died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the age of 91 as a resident of Concordia in Fox Chapel. Blanche, the first of ten children, was born of Marion and Bernarda (Kwolek) Gasiorowski May 16, 1924. Missy worked as a Pittsburgh crossing guard at the corner of 14th and Sarah Sts. for over 30 years and was a lifelong resident of South Side of Pittsburgh. Blanche married Michael "Do" Dunik and gave birth to two daughters, Linda and Patricia "Cookie". Sadly, her husband, a veteran, died in 1953 and on her own, she raised the two girls who were just 18 months and four years old. You could often find "Blonk" in her kitchen, taking care of her dogs, reading a mystery novel or the newspaper, or listening to the radio. She enjoyed getting dressed up and going shopping downtown. She was a wonderful mom and grandmother to her family, had a good sense of humor, and many admired her for her strength of character. She said, "I am too easy going" and she had a strong faith and love for Jesus. Her daughter, Linda, is married to Ken Surdick, and Cookie is married to Dennis O'Neill. Blanche has five grandchildren, Heather (Jared) Miller, Rachel (Kevin) Schaffer, Lauren (Roy) Howard, Michael O'Neill and Sarah O'Neill. She has seven great-grandchildren, Gracie, Ella, Luke, Natalia, Chloe, Lily and Scarlett. Blanche had nine brothers and sisters and is survived by Rose Nachylowski, Mary Serzen, Sophie Pielin, Michael (Joan) Gasiorowski, and Helen (John) Vensak, Jessie Parrish and Tony, Dolores and Johnny Gasiorowski have predeceased her. Blanche has many nieces and nephews. Friends and family are received Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the JOHN J. GMITER FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 119 S. 15th St., Pgh., PA 15203. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Prince of Peace Parish, St. Adalbert Church, 160 S. 15th St., on Monday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. If desired family suggests contributions to Little Sisters of the Poor.
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Published Friday, July 31, 2015


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FUHRER
RICHARD E. "DICK"
Of Oakmont, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Born February 12, 1928, in East Brady, PA, Dick grew up during the Great Depression and matured into an amazing athlete as WWII raged on. He set scoring records in basketball for East Brady High School that stood unbroken for decades until only another great athlete by the name of Jim Kelly came along to finally break them. Dick enlisted in the Marine Corps at the tail end of WWII but was turned away due to bad eyesight! He went on to Westminster College where he also enjoyed basketball success and was a key member of the team that was actually ranked tenth in the nation, an era when tiny Westminster was a basketball powerhouse and literally lived up to its nickname of "Towering Titans". Westminster is also where he met the beautiful Gladys Stitt and the two were married April 5, 1951. They settled in Oakmont, PA where Glad actually grew up and began a family. Dick originally started his business career as a pharmaceutical sales rep and while perhaps secretly always desiring to be a physician, he quickly migrated to the life insurance business where he set a standard of excellence that once again put him into a category of success that can only be described as a "Towering Titan". He started his own independent agency, Fuhrer's, Inc., in 1962 and was not only a lifetime member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table but also qualified five times for their elite status of Top of the Table. His legacy is evidenced by the many clients he served and families that he helped make whole during their time of need. In addition to the insurance business, Dick's other passion was golf. He was a life member of the Oakmont Country Club and President of the club in 1983-84. And once again, he left an indelible footprint in the golf world that many fans of golf today might not realize. Dick very much can be recognized as the inventor of the "modern US Open" where the golf course is set to a standard of excellence and difficulty that demands that the winner of the event play his very best and thus the championship itself produces the most deserving winner. In 1983 when the US Open Championship came to Oakmont, Dick demanded that course be set to a standard that the leaders of the USGA of that time did not agree with. They thought Dick's standard was too difficult, in particular, the height of the rough that captures errant shots. However, Dick's preference prevailed and the Open was a major success. Since then, the USGA sets its Open venues to extreme difficulty, often to the dislike of the players participating, but nevertheless the modern Open is accepted as "The" toughest test in golf, admired by golf fans worldwide for its demanding nature and producing great champions. They can thank Dick Fuhrer and his unyielding stance in 1983 for today's modern Open! However, Oakmont was not the only golf course that Dick had an influence on. He also owned St. Jude Golf Club which he bought as a nine-hole public course in 1979 and eventually built into an 18-hole facility. St. Jude was known for its fast greens and own difficulty and built a revered following of members and elite golfers in Western PA representing another lasting legacy of Dick's strong personality and vision. His life was one of remarkable accomplishment and enduring influence. Gladys predeceased him in 2000, but he leaves behind many friends, clients, and cherished family, brother, Frank Fuhrer (Heidi); and sister, Mary Lou Waltman; his daughter, Gayle Hitchcock (Doug); and sons, Kurt (Becky) and Steve; along with grandchildren, Amber, Erik, Ashley, Brad, Steve, Drew, and Wil; also great-grandchildren, Carter, Lucca and Colton. Friends and relatives will be received at the BURKET - TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont on Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m. St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Oakmont. EVERYONE MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH. Private interment will take place in St. Eusebius Cemetery next to his wife, Gladys. Donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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NAYLOR
Fr. RONALD J.
Of Norfolk, VA, formerly of Turtle Creek, age 81, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was born October 23, 1933, the third of 12 children to the late Percy and Alice Naylor. Fr. Ron was ordained in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia on May 3, 1960, and he served ten years at various parishes throughout the Diocese. In 1970, Fr. Ron was commissioned by the U.S. Navy as a member of the Navy Chaplain Corps and served at duty stations throughout the world. Brother of Theresa Mignogna, Nan (Lou) Renda, Jerry (Rose) Naylor, Bill (Diana) Naylor and Dan (Susan) Naylor; preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn Seibel, Regina Naylor; and his brothers, Arthur, Charles, Joseph and Mickey Naylor. Friends welcome Sunday 2-8 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK / MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145, 412-823-9350. Translation to St. Colman Church on Monday at 9 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Ron will be laid to rest with Military Honors in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
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BEZILA
PATRICIA V.
On Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Wife of Steven J.; daughter of Rose and the late Arthur Vignale. Friends received 2-8 p.m. Saturday only at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave., where a blessing service will be held Saturday 7:30 p.m. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, www.cancer.org.
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BRINEY
ALLAN KING, MD, FACR
Born in Wilkinsburg, PA, Nov. 17, 1921, died June 15, 2015, peacefully at home. Attended University of Pittsburgh, BS summa cum laude 1943 and MD 1945. Fellowship in Radiology at University of PA 1948-51. Private practice in Whittier, CA. Chairman of Radiology at PIH 18 years and Chief of Staff in 1979. Retired in 1996. Fellow of American College of Radiology. President of LA Medical Association in 1969 and on Board of Trustees 17 years. Co-founder and Chairman of SCPIE. Expert snow skier and sailor. Enjoyed hiking, fishing, ham radio, classical music, and world traveling. He leaves his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren.
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BURKHART
JACOB G. "JACK"
Of Shaler Twp., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Mr. Burkhart was the beloved husband of the late Rita M. Kaiser Burkhart; father of Bonnie A. Burkhart of Hampton, Robert Burkhart of Shaler, Jim Burkhart (Amy) of Shaler and Laurie Mushinsky (Richard) of Hampton; son of the late Jacob and Anna Spehar Burkhart; brother of Bernadette Sutter Zang (Bob) of Gibsonia and Betty Kunich (late Ed) of Florida; grandfather of Jake, Brett, Paige, Josh and Ava. Mr. Burkhart was a retired Regional Field Manager for AT&T for 35 years. Jack was a consummate professional who loved to cook, garden and entertain especially for the Annual Pig Roast at his home. Celebrate Mr. Burkhart's life with his family on Sunday from 12-4 and 6-8 p.m. at PERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Rt. 8, Shaler Twp. Funeral Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Glenshaw on Monday at 10 a.m. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to Hope Hospice, 3356B Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Leave condolences at:
www.permanfuneralhome.com
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CONNELLY
ANITA
On Thursday, July 30, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Michael Connelly; daughter of the late Ella Kublanov and Bernard Serbin; sister of Richard (Francie) Serbin; aunt of Lawrence, Haley and Joshua Serbin; lifelong friend of Suzanne Altman. Graveside Services and Interment will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. in Homestead Hebrew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Family House, 5245 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC.
www.schugar.com
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DEVINE
PATRICK ERNEST
"MR. WONDERFUL"
Age 78, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was born in Sewickley, PA, on September 14, 1936, the son of the late Ernest Francis and Helen Ellen (Paley) Devine. He is survived by his wife, Diana Vee Johnston, whom he married July 9, 1959; two sons, Keith (Susan) and John Devine; three grandchildren, Shawn, Bryant and Sarah Devine; and brother, Robert (Susan) Devine. He was a General Science teacher at Langley High School for 32 years, where his students often remember him for his unique and interesting science experiments. He was active for many years in the Boy Scouts, earning the Silver Beaver award. He coached Langley High School volleyball, Sheraden Little League Baseball and Girls Slow-Pitch Softball. In the past few years, his favorite activities included singing with the Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh and performing with the Vintage Radio Players. He belonged to Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Sheraden, where he was Choir Director for many years. He was a founding member of the West End Christian Ministries (WECM). He enjoyed being with his family, fishing and going to his campsite. Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at TRINITY EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, immediately followed by a wake to Celebrate his Life! Memorial gifts may be sent to Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 3102 Sherwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15204. Interment of his ashes will be in Chartiers Cemetery, Carnegie, PA.
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DONLEY
RUTH E.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, formerly of Carrick. Daughter of the late John F. and Mary Elizabeth (Bittner) Donley; sister of Edward (Mary Jean), James (late Patricia), and Thomas (Margaret) Donley, and the late Mary Alice (Henry) Fry, Jean (Harry) Thomas, and John (Helen Jean) Donley; also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. Visitation Sunday 3-7 p.m. at the BORON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1719 Brownsville Road. Funeral Prayers on Monday at 11:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul of The Cross Monastery at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul of The Cross Monastery or St. Paul's Passionist Retreat Center.
www.BoronFuneralHome.com
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EISNER
SAMUEL M.
Age 78, of Squirrel Hill, on July 29, 2015. Beloved son of the late Ethel and Louis Eisner; brother of Rosalyn (late Joseph) Wein of Pittsburgh, and Jay (Jill) Eisner of Sarasota, FL. Sam was also survived by his loving nieces and nephews; along with many cousins and friends. Sam had a big heart, was kind to all and was a gentle soul. Arrangements by the GESHER HACHAIM JEWISH BURIAL SOCIETY.
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