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CARTWRIGHT
LAWRENCE G.
Age 70, of Chippewa Twp., Beaver County, passed away peacefully August 28, 2016. He was born October 8, 1945, in Rochester, PA, son of the late Lawrence and Ogla Cartwright. Lawrence proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees and in 1978, began his long and rewarding career with CMU as a Civil Engineer Lab Director and Professor. He enthusiastically served there until June of this year. Mr. Cartwright was recognized with several teaching awards as he inspired many engineering students throughout his teaching career at CMU. He was known and respected for his inventive and unique civil engineering projects. Most recently, in May of 2016, he was recognized by the Andrew Carnegie Society for his numerous contributions to the University. Mr. Cartwright loved and enjoyed his Scottie dogs, woodworking, sculpting, cooking and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He will be sadly missed by his sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Dennis Cartwright -Montecalvo; and his CMU family with whom he shared high regard and mutual love. He was an Uncle to many. In honor of his request, private interment arrangements are by the SAUL - GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, INC., at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester, PA. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to any local pet shelter or to any local women's shelter. (in Pittsburgh the phone number for the WC&S is 412-687-8017). Online condolences may be offered at www.saul-gabuer.com.





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HAMILTON
CAROLE (SIMERAL)
Of North Braddock, age 74, on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Loving wife of George R. Hamilton for 56 years; dear mother of Douglas (Tammy) Hamilton of North Braddock and Kenneth (Deana) Hamilton of Robinson Twp.; grandmother of Vanessa, Samantha and Amanda; great- grandmother of Ariel; sister of Larry, Wayne and Kenneth Simeral. Preceded in death by brother, Russell. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Carole worked with Dr. Salvi and Dr. Tauberg as a surgical assistant in oral surgery for 40 years. She was proud of her Irish heritage. Friends welcome Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, INC., 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Blessing Service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Braddock Cemetery. www.laniganfuneralhome.com
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JONES
ZAK M.
Age 27, of Imperial, passed away on August 28, 2016. He was born in Charlotte, NC, on December 2, 1988, a son of Richard and Susan (Reese) Jones. He was a 2007 graduate of West Allegheny High School and also a graduate from California University, where he studied computer engineering. Zak was a talented artist, and had a love for music. He especially enjoyed playing his banjo. He had many close friends, and will be sadly missed by them and his family. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Susan; his brother, Brandon (Elizabeth) Jones; his nephew, Easton; maternal grandfather, James D. Reese II. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Catherine Reese, James (Betty) Reese III, Robert Reese, Buck (Kathy) Jones, Ron (Shelley) Jones, George (Susan) Jones, and Ed Kusen; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rosemary Reese; and aunt, Denise Kusen. Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES OF MOON TWP., (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Memorial contributions may be made to www.notonemorepgh.net.
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MELUCCI
NICHOLAS M. "NICK"
Age 92, of Upper St. Clair, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family, including his beloved wife of 55 years, Joanne Garone Melucci; his sons, John and Geoffrey of Upper St. Clair, Gregory (Laura) of Cranberry Twp., PA, Nicholas (Megan) of Murrysville, PA; and his daughter, Carmela Silodor (Jesse) of East Windsor, NJ. Nicholas, fondly called Nonno, will be sadly missed by his seven grandchildren, Charles, Daniel, Olivia, Elysia, Maria, Santino and Lucia. He was born on Palm Sunday, 1924, in Sant'Angelo, in the province of Salerno, Italy. Together with his beloved parents, John and Carmela Melillo Melucci and his late older sister, Josephine Marie Liguori (the late Alfonso) of Boca Raton, FL, he immigrated to his new home in New Kensington, PA in 1929. The family grew to six with the birth of a brother, the late Mario Melucci (Kathleen) of Sewickley, PA and his late sister, Mary Ann Flati (Richard) of Wexford, PA. Nick enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh School of Chemical Engineering in 1941, and during the early war years he served as a technical assistant at Mellon Institute of Industrial Research for the research and development of synthetic rubber. In 1944, he entered the Army military service and he received his basic infantry training at Camp Croft, SC. In January of 1945, he was assigned to the Army's Advanced Specialized Training Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA. With the release of the atomic bomb and the conclusion of the War, he was transferred to the Inspector General's Office at Fort Bragg, NC where he concluded his military service and was honorably discharged in June, 1946. Returning to civilian life, he completed his studies and received his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh in June 1947, and began contemplating his future professional career. Having been raised in a major underground coal mining region of Pennsylvania, he was greatly influenced by the harsh living and very dangerous working conditions of a coal miner and his family. Thus, he chose a career with the United States Bureau of Mines in Oakland and Bruceton, PA, that lasted 41 years as the Administrative Officer and Projects Manager of the Bureau's Explosives Research Center. During his years of service, he witnessed a dramatic decrease in the number of mine explosions and fatalities. He thanked the Good Lord for many healthy years; served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park, and attended daily Mass as long as his health permitted. He was an avid tennis player well into his retirement, and in his younger days enjoyed working in his garden. Listening to classical music, reading, and making frequent telephone calls to his many close friends was how he passed the time in his later years. In his younger days, he enjoyed traveling; he motored west to the Pacific Coast, and sailed the Atlantic to Lisbon, the Northeastern coast of Africa, southern Europe, to visit his birthplace in southern Italy. His return to the States was highlighted as a passenger on the beautiful but ill-fated Andrea Doria. In each of his roles as husband and father, Nick could always be counted on for his loving kindness and appreciation to all people, and his abiding faith in God. Relatives and friends will be received at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, from 3-7 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Thomas More Church on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. (Everyone please meet at church). Interment with Military Honors will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas More Family Life & Education Center, 126 Fort Couch Rd., Pgh., PA 15241.
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RECKER
WILLIAM L.
Age 93, of Finleyville, passed away on August 28, 2016. Husband to the late Elizabeth (Betty) for 61 years; beloved father of William (Brooke), Richard (Claudia), David (Rusti), Wayne (Cathy), James (Debbie); grandfather to 13 adored grandchildren, Keith, Kevin, Kirsten, Tracey, Heather, Bethany, Christopher, Heidi, Holly, Chad, Eric, Bryan, Joshua; great-grandfather to 18 great-grandchildren, Morgan, Grant, Madison, Garrett, Isabella, Nikolai, Katherine, Grace, Luke, Reese, Charleigh, Kayla, Blake, Hunter, Scarlett, Vava, Ella, Leo. He was preceded in death by his father, William F. Recker; mother, Madeline Recker; wife, Elizabeth Recker; sister, Virginia Hahn; sister, Muriel Strauss; brother, Roy Recker; brother of Eileen Staley, Charlotte Knight, and Celine Dowling. Bill was a plumbing and heating contractor for 35 years. He always felt that his true success in life was his family. The legacy that he passes on to them is one of a strong work ethic, loyalty, devotion, courage, strength and to enjoy life to its fullest. Bill and Betty were so very thankful for their dear circle of friends "The Gang" who provided them with many years of laughter and wonderful memories. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh 15236. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016, 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home's Chapel. Burial will take place in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Online condolences may be given at:
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ROBERTS
REBA JOSEPHINE NADELL
Born November 25, 1915, Reba celebrated her 100th birthday with her family almost a year ago. She passed away peacefully Saturday, August 27, 2016. Reba was the loving wife of the late Cyril Roberts; beloved mother of the late Jay Paul Roberts of Waterloo, Iowa and Dr. Thom Roberts and Bett Ziesche Roberts of Sewickley, PA; cherished grandmother of Jay R. and Mechelle Roberts of Centennial, CO; Jeff and Meg Roberts of Bay Village, OH; Josie Roberts Karash and Matt Karash of Orlando, FL; Chris and Suzanne Roberts of Franklin, TN; adoring great- grandmother of Tai, Lily, Ryan, Lauren, Griffin, Olivia, Will, Andrew, Leo, Kyler and Nicholas, the family she treasured above all, a family who brought joy to her life. Reba grew up on Pittsburgh's North Side, attended Allegheny High School, and graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1938, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She began her career as a public health nurse in the city of Pittsburgh. Later she earned her teaching degree and taught fifth grade at Dehaven School in Glenshaw, PA. Always active, she achieved Life Master status in duplicate bridge and played golf and tennis until she was 80, quitting only after sustaining injuries in a car accident, which took her husband's life. She never gave up, wouldn't accept inactivity, and fought her way back to independence. Throughout her entire life, she overcame adversity, accepting what life dealt her, never complaining, always going on. A remarkable woman, Reba was a role model to her family, an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Her services will be private. Professional Services by D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, LTD., Lawrenceville.
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SOVYAK
DAVID JAMES
Age 60, father, grandfather, son, brother, fire captain, Navy veteran, neighbor and friend... suddenly on August 28, 2016, David was called back to the Heavens. David loved fishing , hunting, his retirement from the City of Pittsburgh Fire Department, music and he also loved his family and friends both in Pittsburgh and Jamestown, PA. David, son of Virginia "Ginny" Sovyak and the late Harry, was their blessed first child. David is survived by his loving mother, "Ginny"; sons, Ben (Fontaine) Sovyak, Harrison Sovyak and only daughter, Samantha (Brandon) Sovyak. David deeply loved his only grandchild, Roman Sovyak, of Ben and Fontaine. David's greatest moment was when Roman recently said "Pap Pap." He loved the smiles, hugs and wonders of being a grandfather. David had lived a full life doing what he loved with the woman he adored, Margie Hutchings of Waterloo, NY and his constant companion, Llewelleyn Setter "Micah". David is survived by his children, grandson; sisters, Gail Lehman and Donna (Sovyak) Holko; uncle to Michael and Matthew, Kevin (April), Daniel and Gabriel. David was loved by many, and lived by the rules of nature, never taking more than he needed and giving back whatever he could. David was a gentle and kind soul who loved his family, often cooking meals for family and friends from the bounty of the earth. David will be sadly missed by those who loved him and called him friend, and especially by his kids. Friends received 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the THOMAS P. KUNSAK FUNERAL HOME, 3552 California Ave. Where Blessing service will be held Friday 10 a.m.
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TKACH
ANTOINETTE L. "TONI"
Age 67, of Murrysville, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 29, 2016, while surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Elizabeth (Bires) Osekowski. Beloved wife of Andrew "Andy"; loving mother of Jennifer Gundlach (Kevin), Tanya Servatius-Wood (Phillip Wood), Angela Tribou (Micah) and Mary Elizabeth Lynn Tkach; grandmother of ten precious grandchildren, Christian, Cami, Josh, Rylie, Easton, Lexi, Whittaker, Isabella, Mason and Maddox; and sister of Denise Morgan (Robert). Toni was a devoted and selfless caregiver to many. Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the GENE H. CORL, INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, at St. John Baptist de La Salle Catholic Church, Delmont, with Father Joseph Bonafed as celebrant. Interment following in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 8035 McKnight Rd., Suite 301, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, or the Magee-Womens Foundation (for Ovarian Cancer), 3339 Ward Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, please visit www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
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BESTICH
WALTER
Age 92, on Sunday, August 28, 2016, of West Deer Twp. Survived by loving family and friends. Arrangements by STEPHEN M. BRADY FUNERAL HOME, 412-321-0495.
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BREKOSKY
JOHN J.
Of Munhall, on August 29, 2016, age 90. Son of the late John and Susan (Yesko) Brekosky; brother of Lawrence (Mary) Brekosky of West Homestead, James (late Florence) Brekosky of West Mifflin, and the late Regis (wife, Barbara survives) Brekosky of West Mifflin; dear friend of Pat Odoski of Munhall. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received SAVOLSKIS- WASIK-GLENN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3501 Main St., Munhall Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Funeral Mass Thursday 9:30 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Homestead. John was a retired steelworker from the US Steel in Homestead and a US Navy veteran serving in WWII. He also served as commander of Munhall/Whitaker VFW Post 6673 for 24 years, a member of Jednota and served as an usher at St. Maximilian Kolbe. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish or to Appalachia Work Camp c/o St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish.
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