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BIESER
DEAN JAY
Age 67, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away the morning of Friday, August 22, 2014. Dean was born November 28, 1946, in Sanborn, Iowa to Oscar Bieser and Gladys (Mouw) Bieser. An intelligent and confident child, Dean went on to graduate high school with honors, going on to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education. There Dean met his beautiful wife, Gail Jean (Kroese) Bieser, daughter of Charles Kroese, Jr. and LaVonne (Bolks) Kroese. Dean and Gail married and gave birth to their two beloved children, son, Troy and daughter, Carrie. Dean worked tirelessly for his family, most prominently as a Property Claims Adjuster for ACE U.S.A. The family eventually moved from their midwest roots in Iowa and Minnesota to Pennsylvania where Dean and Gail built a new life for themselves and their children, eventually retiring in Mars, Pennsylvania, to be near their daughter, Carrie, her husband, Regis Evanov, and their two adored grandchildren, Sadie and Ella Evanov. Dean's lifetime love of baseball began as a young man. He would travel from Iowa to catch the nearest team, The Milwaukee Braves. He stayed with the team his entire life, championing them as they became the Atlanta Braves. Dean's knowledge of the franchise and their minor league team was unparalleled. He loved the game. He loved ballparks. And he loved pickle relish on his hot dogs. To his family, Dean was the bravest, kindest, brightest, strongest, most beautiful, most eloquent, and most selfless man in this world. He was a deeply loved and adored son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and brother-In-Law. He made good in this world and brought good things into it every day. Through his devotion to his family, his fierce heart will live on. Dean is survived by his wife, Gail Bieser; his son, Troy Bieser; his daughter, Carrie (Regis) Evanov; and grandchildren, Sadie and Ella Evanov; as well as countless extended family and friends. And this year's Atlanta Braves. Dean asked for no flowers or gifts in his passing. Memorials may be directed to Good Samaritan Hospice, a place that provided comfort to him and his family in their final days together. URL: www.concordialm.org/charitable-giving. Arrangements by BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL, INC.
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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CRAMER
MARIE A. (BRAMER)
Age 82, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, formerly of Knoxville. Wife of Calvin D. Cramer; mother of Donna (Brian) Marko, Richard, Thomas (Linda), and Janet Cramer; grandmother of Nicole (Marko) Raybuck, Ashley Marko, Christopher Cramer, Chelsie Cramer, Robert Burkhart, Matthew Cleary, and Emma Cramer; great-grandmother of Tyler, Damien, Raelee, and Peyton. Visitations Monday 2-9 p.m. at the BORON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1719 Brownsville Road. Funeral Prayers on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Wendelin Church at 10 a.m. Mrs. Cramer was the manager of the lunch program at Overbrook School and a member of Y-Knots Square Dancers. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
www.BoronFuneralHome.com
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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DALEY
ELLEN A.
Age 84, of Mt. Lebanon, on Friday, August 22, 2014. Beloved wife of John J.; mother of Kathleen White of Albuquerque, NM, Eileen (Richard) Arthurs of Upper St. Clair, Janice Daley (Peter duBois) of Tucson, AZ and Jennifer (Gary) Smallshaw of Erie, PA; sister of Wilbert (Betty Jane) Spieler, Iris (Jerry) Przybylek, Loretta (Bill) Tiegel, Patsy Laufer and the late Kenneth Spieler and Elizabeth Begley; grandmother of Sean, Faye, Samuel, Ian, Taylor, Michael and Rowan; great-grandmother of Leila and Anna. Friends may call at the FRANK F. DeBOR FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380, Monday 6-8 p.m., Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at 1:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Ellen's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
www.deborfuneralhome.com
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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ECK
THEODORE J.
Age 78, of Gibsonia, Pine Township, on Friday, August 22, 2014. Beloved husband for 42 years of Janet (Ecker) Eck; loving father of Raimee H. Eck of Baltimore, MD and Thea A. (Matthew Shlian) Eck of Ann Arbor, MI, Stefanie Koessler, William Rossi; and a son, Theron, from a previous marriage; brother of Patricia (Jerry) Dominick of Florida and Tom (Dot) Eck of Georgia; proud grandfather of Fjora M. Eck-Shlian of Ann Arbor, MI. Ted was born in Oklahoma City in 1935. His family moved to Nashville, TN and then to Savannah, GA where Ted was a graduate of Savannah High School. He was active with the marching band and the Savannah car clubs, and went on to attend the University of Illinois earning a B.S. in Floriculture, like his father before him. Upon graduation, Ted served his country in the Georgia National Guard and worked with his family greenhouse operation, Eck's Laurel Green Nursery, in Savannah, GA. He then took a job with the Fred C. Gloeckner Co. as a horticultural consultant and salesman, where he never retired and worked for over 52 years. A passionate horticulturalist, Ted came from a line of pioneer Galesburg, IL Swedish farmers and carried a love of the earth. Upon marriage, he and his wife purchased and founded the Bradford Gardens Greenhouse, now the Bradford Woods Conservancy. He was past president of the Men's Garden Club of Pittsburgh, board member of the Pittsburgh Civic Gardens Center and the Penn State College of Agriculture Advisory Board, and longtime volunteer director of the Western Pennsylvania Flower Growers. He belonged to the West Mifflin Men's Garden Club and the Hosta and Daylily Society. Ted enjoyed the camaraderie of the Frosty Beer Exchange and the men's all-talk and no-work breakfast garden club. He spoke perfect botanical Latin, led tours with his wife, Janet, to famous European Gardens, and gave many horticultural lectures. The renowned and tireless "family driver" exchanged his two-seater Volvo for a Ford van. Ted was a longtime co-coach with Pine-Richland Soccer Club and helped to establish the Pine-Richland High School Girls Soccer team. He served as a parent-on-duty with the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, volunteered with the Pine-Richland High School marching band, and particularly enjoyed listening to the ska band that practiced on the front porch one fateful summer. A devoted member of St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields, he was a longtime member of the Vestry and was an usher. He hated pruning their apple trees every spring, loved microbrew beers of any kind, stayed abreast of the new technologies and techniques in his industry, and was completely engaged in all facets of his life. Ted loved being around farm people, visiting his clients, working in his gardens, and most of all loved his family, especially his precious granddaughter, Fjora. He will be deeply missed by all who had the fortune of knowing him. Family will welcome friends on Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA 15007. Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Church-in-the-Fields, with Fr. Ronald Baillie, officiating. Family suggests donations to Lighthouse Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Bakerstown, PA 15007 or Penn State Trial Gardens, 233 Ag Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please pay tribute at :
www.schellhaasfh.com
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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FERGUSON
ALBERT B., Jr., M.D.
June 10, 1919, to August 20, 2014. Albert B. Ferguson, Jr., M.D., passed away the evening of August 20, 2014. Dr. Ferguson was a resident of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania and Kingwood, Pennsylvania. He was born in New York City on June 10, 1919. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1941 and from Harvard Medical School in 1943. After spending three years with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific area, Dr. Ferguson trained in surgery and orthopaedic surgery in Boston Children's Hospital, Peter Bent Brigham, and Massachusetts General Hospitals. In 1953, he was appointed the Silver Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Ferguson was honored by the British Orthopaedic Association and the Japanese Orthopaedic Society with honorary fellowships. He served as president of the American Orthopaedic Association, a founding member of the Hip Society, and president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Ferguson was recognized for his contributions to orthopaedic surgery by the American Orthopaedic Association in 2006 and by the Pennsylvania Medical Society by their Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Dr. Ferguson authored numerous articles related to orthopaedic research and many well-known orthopaedic texts relating to children's and adult orthopaedics, metals and engineering in orthopaedic surgery, and the treatment of athletic injuries. The graduates of his training program held professorships in orthopaedic surgery in many medical schools in the United States as well as in England, Japan, Korea, and Turkey. Dr. Ferguson was a member of the Fox Chapel Golf Club. For over 40 years he undertook the development of a tree farm in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ferguson was married to the late Louise Enequist Ferguson for over 60 years. They had four children, Sanford, who is married to Kelly Westhoff Ferguson, Bruce, who is married to Rose Marie Emanuele Ferguson, Gary, who is married to Frances Calvanese Ferguson, and Laurie, who predeceased him. They had 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. No visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Ferguson's memory to the University of Pittsburgh- Albert Ferguson Orthopaedic Resident Education Fund at the Medical and Health Science Foundation, University of Pittsburgh, 3600 Forbes Avenue, Suite 8084, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements by WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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FRITZ-MATHIS
MILDRED "MILLIE"
October 15, 1922, to August 16, 2014. Age 91, of Beaver, formerly of Pittsburgh. Millie died peacefully at home with family by her side. She was preceded in death by Margaret and Edward Brophy and Raymond Fritz, Sr. She lived a full life devoted to her children, Donald "Fuzzy" (Mary Jo) Fritz and Raymond "Buddy" (Lani) Fritz ; seven grandchildren, Scott (Dana) Fritz, Wendy Fritz, Lance (Rebecca) Fritz, Dan Fritz, Amy (Brendan) Blanton, Eric Fritz, and Mandy (Mike) Parker; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was blessed to enjoy a wonderful second marriage to Victor A. Mathis, Jr., who preceded her in death. She was loved by his children, Fred (Carol) Mathis, Rebecca (Joe) Greco, Skip (Mary Jean) Mathis, and Patricia (Jim) Tracy; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was the youngest of six children, Ed Brophy, Betty "Sis" Scanlon, Chuck Brophy, Tom Brophy, and is survived by her sister, Babe Crowley. Her fierce, unwavering love, support, concern and commitment to her family were just some of the multitude of qualities that set her apart. Her zest for life, openness to new adventures and unwavering faith will remain an inspiration to many. She loved to play cards with her closest friends, Gloria, Wilma, Rita, Barb, and Linda, but most of all cherished the time spent with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all. A Memorial Mass will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 200 Third Street, Beaver, PA 15009, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014. A celebration of her life will follow at the Lodge at Two Mile Run Park, 1925 Gypsy Glen Road, Beaver, PA 15009. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Church.
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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GORDON
MARJORIE CHRISTINE (WEST)
Age 73, of Baldwin, on Friday, August 22, 2014. Beloved wife of 55 years to Harold R. Gordon; loving mother of Harold R., Jr., Jason (Ronell), Kelly and the late Martha "Sissy" (James) Pinkston; sister of Janet Lawson, Ronald West and Marva Rose; also survived by ten grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was employed over 15 years at John Kane Regional as an LPN. She will be remembered for her beautiful flower gardens. Visitation will be held on Monday 6-9 p.m. at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a Memorial Service will be held Tuesday in the Funeral Home Chapel (please call 412-655-4501 for time of service). Condolences may be given at:
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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HERFORD
PORTIA
Age 74, of Brighton Township, passed away August 19, 2014, at the Heritage Valley Beaver. Born September 7, 1939, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Gerhard and Katharine Derge and had been a resident of Brighton Township for over 20 years. She retired as a Montessori teacher with both Ohio Valley and Beaver Valley Montessori Schools. A 1957 graduate of Aspinwall High School, she later graduated from Case Western Reserve with her bachelor's degree in social work. She is survived by her brother, Jeffery Derge and his wife, Dorothy, State College; a nephew, Gillmer Derge, Cohoes, NY; a niece, Katharine Gipe and her husband, Phil, State College; and a great-niece and nephew, Alice and Lewis Gipe; and several special cousins. As per her wishes, cremation services were conducted by the NOLL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 333 Third St., Beaver. Online condolences may be shared at www.nollfuneral.com. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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KOERTS
JOHN WILLIAM
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, age 78, of West View. Beloved husband of Carol (Lutty) Koerts; father of John W. (Cassandra) Koerts, Jr., and Michele (Robert) Fester; grandfather of Josselyn Maria Fester and Christian Alexander Fester. John was a West View Boro Councilman, veteran of the U.S. Army and retired warehouse supervisor at H. J. Heinz Company. No Visitation. Service and Interment private. Arrangements by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., West View. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Salvation Army, 100 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Please pay tribute at:
www.schellhaasfh.com
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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KROPF
JANE A.
Age 96, of Mt. Lebanon, on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Wife of the late Victor J. Kropf, Sr.; beloved mother of Jane Lee (Fred) Lash, Kathy (Kevin) Dorrian, Victor James Kropf, Jr. (Lynn Baltich) and Debbie Sue (Vince) Russo; loving grandma of Michael Prescott, Kelly Prescott, Candy DeMatte, Kasey Dorrian, Kelly Dorrian, Julianna Russo, Rienna Russo, Victoria Russo and Dan Hersh; cherished great-grandma of Mathew, Rachel and Hayley; sister of the late Bud Averman; also survived by nieces and nephews from the Keevil and Averman families. Jane was a graduate of Perry High School where she was valedictorian. She was an accomplished seamstress studying to be a dress designer until she gave up her aspirations to raise a family. She also was a ballet dancer in her younger years and her love for dance stayed with her the rest of her life. She absolutely loved her summers in the Adirondacks ("the mountains"), but church, family and Holiday gatherings were her focus as she believed in hard work, a respect for others and always maintained a positive outlook on life. Friends welcome Thursday 7-9 p.m. WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-3800) 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. Funeral Service Friday 10:30 a.m. in the Mt. Lebanon Christian Church, 367 Cedar Blvd.
www.slaterfuneral.com
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Published Sunday, August 24, 2014


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