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DEMOR
FRANK J.
Age 87, of Hampton, passed away at his home, peacefully surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine (37 years) and Margaret Jean (17 years); loving father of Frank J., Jr., Kathleen, Darlene (Richard) Prendergast, Mary Catherine (James) Belmondo, Russell (K.C.), Lisa (Rex) Ours, Amy Lynn and Beth Ann; brother of Margaret Renner and the late Barbara Micklos and Helen Milkey; grandfather of William (Courtney), Mary Elizabeth and Laura Mae (Ryan). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. From humble beginnings on the North Side of Pittsburgh, where his Croatian immigrant mother supported the family by working in various factories and scrubbing movie house floors in Depression era Pittsburgh. Frank, through his determination, intelligence and hard work, founded Demor's Lincoln-Mercury and always made a comfortable living for his family. He was a prominent businessman in the city of Pittsburgh for many years and will be missed by all that came to know him. Praying for peace, love and happiness, his memories will stay in our hearts forever. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., 412-364-4444. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the St. Alexis Church, Wexford. Donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Catholic Hospice. Condolences may be offered at:
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Published Wednesday, October 01, 2014


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DOWNING
JOHN EDWARD "JACK"
A life long resident of North Braddock, age 88, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Husband of the late Gladys (Wenning) Downing for 54 years; father of Kristin (Eugene) Sciulli and Nick (Heather Brown) Downing; grandfather of Tyler and Natalie Sciulli, Brandon Brown, Colin and Samantha Downing; brother of Patricia (Neal) Sacramento. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Leckey) Downing. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was an avid sports fan, but mostly enjoyed spending time with family and friends (especially his grandchildren). In 1935, as a nine-year-old, his father took him to a Pirates game at Forbes Field and he witnessed the last three home runs ever hit by Babe Ruth. A 1944 graduate of Scott High School, he was a member of the W.P.I.A.L. Class A championship basketball team during his junior year. Jack was a staunch fan of his local football teams - the Pittsburgh Steelers, California University Vulcans and especially, his beloved Woodland Hills Wolverines. He was a longtime member of the V.F.W., Post #5008 in East Pittsburgh, the Braddock Elks and the A.O.H. Irish Club in Monroeville where he enjoyed socializing and playing shuffle board. He will be remembered as a humorous, loving, devoted family man and a friend to everyone. Friends welcome Wednesday 2-8 p.m. at the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800 where a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery.
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Published Wednesday, October 01, 2014


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HRABOVSKY
JAMES THOMAS, Jr.
Age 48, recently of Edgeworth, died tragically on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Beloved son of Katherine Unger Hrabovsky and the late James Thomas Hrabovsky, Sr.; beloved brother of Kathy Hrabovsky (Michael Oppenheimer) and Sharon Hrabovsky (Robert Serafin); loving father of Kyle, Annie and Mia; beloved uncle of Lily and Andy Oppenheimer; and beloved uncle of Bobby and Katie Serafin. Jim graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1983, where he was captain of the baseball team, and graduated from Kent State University in 1987, where he also played baseball and obtained a degree in marketing and sales. Jim went on to work in insurance and sales, most recently at National Oilwell Varco, where he was passionate about his work and excited about the opportunities. Although he loved his work, Jim's greatest devotion was to his faith and his family. Jim built a wonderful life for his children and supported them in their interests, including swimming, gymnastics and therapeutic horseback riding. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service held for Jim by his mother and his sisters at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 218 Alter Street, Carnegie, PA 15106, on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the name of James T. Hrabovsky, Jr. to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 218 Alter Street, Carnegie, PA 15106 or to Riding for the Handicapped of Western PA, P.O. Box 23, Allison Park, PA 15101-0023, (riding@rhwpa.org, 724-443-4485).
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Published Wednesday, October 01, 2014


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LEATH
ELISE "ACE"
Age 94, of the Hill District, passed away peacefully on Sept. 29, 2014. Daughter of the late Curry and Cornelia Carter; mother of Maxine Leath, Kenneth R. Leath (Lauren) and the late Cornelia "Connie" Leath; sister of the late Henry Carter, Theodore (Doc) Carter, Callie Brown, Leola Shipman, Julia Woods, Emma Hester, Alice McBroom, Martha Pinnix, Odessa Chrisp and Haley Chrisp; grandmother of Brenda Murphy and Olivia C. Leath; also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. in the SAMUEL J. JONES FUNERAL HOME, 2644 Wylie Ave. Homegoing Service on Friday, October 3, 2014, in the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2340 Wylie Ave., Pgh., PA 15219 at 11 a.m. Interment Allegheny Cemetery.
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Published Wednesday, October 01, 2014


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PALMER
LEONARD
Passed away, at age 86, on September 28, 2014. He was born on January 6, 1928, in Munhall, PA to Leonard Alexander Palmer and Dora Howden Palmer. He grew up there, graduating from Munhall High School in June of 1945. In August of 1945, he enlisted in the Marines and spent a year in post World War II Asia, serving in the China Theater. When he returned from overseas, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Political Science. For the next 36 years, he worked for US Steel, rising from the mills to become the supervisor and coordinator of the Eastern Steel Division. Leonard was married for 41 years to Helen Ann Palmer. His stepson, Joe Ripper and Joe's wife, Sharon Ripper; his stepdaughter, Doreen Ripper; and his grandchildren, Brian Ripper and Kira Ripper, survive him. In addition, he leaves behind his brother-in-law, Ken Benner; and his nieces, Kathleen Duble, Lauren Romain and Mara Benner; and a nephew, Bill Martin. Leonard loved to go to the races and was an avid Steelers fan. At his last residence, St. Barnabas Retirement Village, where he had many friends, he loved playing cards and bocce. At age 85, he fulfilled one of his bucket list items and went skydiving. He was a man who was always there for those who loved him, and he will be deeply missed. Friends will be received Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. A Service will be held for Leonard at the same location on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be given at:
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SLAGEL
GLORIA B. (SANTELLA)
Passed peacefully on Sept. 29, 2014, at the age of 86. She was a resident of Allison Park. She was the loving mother of Gary (Joyce) Slagel, and G. Anthony (Tracy) Slagel; sister of Anne Lucente and the late Herman (Viola) Santella; beloved grandmother of Matthew (Adriane) Slagel, Mark (Janet) Slagel, Savannah (Garrison) Slagel Hennig, Madison Slagel, Mackenzie Slagel, Evan Slagel and Emory Slagel; devoted great- grandmother of Arlo Slagel; and a soon-to-arrive great- granddaughter; also survived by her devoted nephew, Dennis Lucente. Friends will be received Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Dr., McCandless Twp. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Mary Assumption Church, 2510 Middle Rd., Glenshaw, PA 15116. Remembrances may be left at:
www.sperlingfuneral.com
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WILLIS-HEYWARD
JEAN AUDREY
At age 89, after a long illness our Buttercup has flown away to be with the Lord. Jean was a former resident of the North Side and member of the Metropolitan Church. She relocated to the Homewood/Wilkinsburg area, and served as a member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church. Wife of the late Edward F. Heyward; mother of the late Edward C. Heyward; sister of the late Paul E. Willis, and Herbert C. Willis; daughter of the late Paul E. and Alice R. Willis. She leaves to mourn sons, Kirby, Brian (Stacey); daughter-in-law, Tawnya; sisters-in-law, Irene Willis and Jane Willis; and granddaughter, Shannon; and a host of family and friends. Visitation Thursday, 4-8 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, where service will take place Friday at 11 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to SPRIGGS & WATSON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 720 N. Lang Ave., Pgh., PA 15208.
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WOOD
ALLEN R.
Died September 27, 2014, in Atlanta, GA from complications of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mr. Wood, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA and Bluffton, SC, is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth B. Wood; three sons, Gary A. Wood (Jody) of Roswell, GA, Jeffrey B. Wood (Claudia) of River Forest, IL, and James M. Wood of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and four grandchildren, Abby, Charley, Caroline, and Adam Wood. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dorothy S. Wood of Hardwick, MA; a brother-in-law, A. Ralph Barlow of Providence, RI; and one niece and two nephews. Mr. Wood was born March 1, 1932, in Andover, MA to the late Harold N. and Georgianna M. Wood. He received his B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College in 1954 and his M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1957. Following his military service, he and Mrs. Wood settled in Pittsburgh, PA and raised their sons in the suburb of Penn Hills. He worked for Westinghouse Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA in various executive capacities until his 1994 retirement as Director of Real Estate and Construction. Mr. Wood made friends wherever he went; he thrived being among people and will be missed by his family and many friends. He lived a life of service, using his professional skills to assist non-profit and religious organizations. He served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, the board of the Salvation Army, and in various professional societies for industrial real estate. He and Mrs. Wood retired to Bluffton, SC in 1997 and spent their summers at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, where he enjoyed gardening, lectures, and music. A memorial service for Mr. Wood will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church at 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head, SC 29926 on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment at the church's columbarium. There will be a reception afterward in the church parish house. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Chautauqua Foundation, chautauquafoundation.org, or by mail to P. O. Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722.
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ZANGRILLI
WILLIAM D.
Age 67, of Bloomfield, after a courageous 39-year battle with paralysis, peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Beloved husband of Linda M. (Bonacuro) Zangrilli; loving father of Lisa (Ken) Stevwing and Nicole (Michael) Hoh; devoted grandfather of Austin, Alexa, Francesca, Michael and Vincent; brother of Armand (Shawn) Zangrilli, Paul (Mary Pat) Zangrilli, Dan (Dorothy) Zangrilli and Maria Moio; much loved brother-in-law of Perry (Bonnie) Bonacuro and Michael (Jayni) Bonacuro; cherished uncle of Michael and Derek Bonacuro. Family and Friends received at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th Street, Lawrenceville, on Thursday and Friday 2-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Bill's family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Hank Rafkin and the entire staff of the MSICU, 2nd Floor at UPMC Shadyside, for their compassionate and loving care of Bill and his entire family for the past eleven months.
www.zalewskifuneralhome.com
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ALBERT
LUCILLE M. (KRYSMALSKI)
Age 97, of Castle Shannon, formerly of Lincoln Place, on Monday, September 29, 2014. Wife of the late Arthur Albert; loving mother of Lucille (Ed) Aschley, Emily (the late Fran) Dansevicus, Thomas Albert and Janet (John) Zitelli; also survived by 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter. Friends will be welcomed at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, INC., 1008 Castle Shannon, Castle Shannon THURSDAY 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Anne Church Friday morning at 9:30. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne School Endowment Fund, 400 Hoodridge Road, Pgh., PA 15234 or Heartland Hospice 750 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza, Pgh., PA 15220.
www.laughlinfuneralhome.com
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