The one sad thing about periodic reunions is learning of the passing of old friends. Though I have lost touch with most I nevertheless remember the good times. Phil and I were not only classmates at Mt. Lebanon, but we were classmates at Temple Emanuel as well. Phil was a great guy – a warm-hearted friend to all. I will miss him and remember him today, the first day of Passover with the lighting of a Yahrzeit candle.
From Ivy Childs on October 8th, 2010
Phil was so very nice. I'm sad to hear of his passing.
From David Drossman on September 24th, 2010
I met Phil when we played on the tennis team together. What a competitor. We had many a battles on the courts. He was a great guy.
From Jack Rodney on October 12th, 2010
I was delighted to hear about this month's reunion until I looked through the list and saw all the deceased markers. I knew Phil in Cub Scouts, at Temple, and particularly in senior year homeroom. What a place to befriend someone. Even though we hadn't seen each other since then, I occasionally thought about Phil--always as the kind, caring guy he was. I hate to say "was" about Phil.
From Adam Barr on October 13th, 2010
Thanks to all for the kind words about my brother. It's very good to know he is remembered by his classmates.
One of you mentioned the tennis team. I remember vividly the way he played. Lots of fire, never an ounce of give-up. Nice to think about those times now.
TERESA J. (BLEVINS)
Teresa Jane Blevins Merritt passed away unexpectedly at her home in Manteo, North Carolina, Feb. 18, 2007. Born in Jenkins, Ky., Nov. 22, 1956, Teresa was co-owner of Sam & Omie's Restaurant in Nags Head and a 1974 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. Her accomplishments and memberships are too numerous too list. She lived her life to the fullest - an avid sports fisherman, a dancing fool, and she loved to laugh - but more than anything, she loved her daughter Emma. Teresa leaves behind a grieving and heartbroken family: her husband, Michael A. Merritt, and daughter Emma Kathryn Merritt of Manteo; stepsons, Chris Merritt of Colington, NC and Ryan Merritt and wife Doreen of Manasquan, N.J.; her mother, Margaret Blevins of Pittsburgh; her mother-in-law, Mary Kathryn Merritt of Elizabeth City, NC; her sister, Durinda Blevins of Manteo; brother, Steven Blevins and wife Jodye, and sister Nancy Blevins of Pittsburgh; sister-in-law, Pam Merritt Nance and husband Bill of Nags Head, NC; brother-in-law, John Merritt and wife Amy of Camden, NC; nephews, Daniel Blevins, great nephew Hayden Blevins and Matthew Blevins; and niece, Amy Kulak, great niece Isabelle Kulak. Teresa also leaves behind so many dear and wonderful friends, all of whom loved her so much and have rallied behind the family. She was a kind, generous and caring person who took care of those around her, gave whatever was necessary to whomever was in need, and donated money and time to anyone who asked. In that spirit, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, c/o Lisa Penosky P.O. Box 3384, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 or blood donations may be made in her honor. A memorial service was held Friday, February 23, 2007 at St. Andrews By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head NC by the Rev. Charles E.B. Gill. A celebration of Teresa's life, in the manner she would have wanted, followed the memorial service at Owen's Restaurant. TWIFORD'S COLONY CHAPEL OF MANTEO is assisting the family. Visit www.twifordfh.com to sign the online register.
Teresa & I were best friends for over 40 years since first meeting in 6th grade at Jefferson Elementery. She was incredibly funny, smart & beautiful. Remember those big blue eyes! I could not have asked for a more giving, loyal friend & miss her dearly as do many others. Thanks for the amazing journey Teresa!
From Dot Devlin on October 2nd, 2010
Teresa was the kind of person who made you feel incredibly special when she was with you. I will never forget her hilarious sense of humor and her devotion to her family and friends. The world has lost one of its greatest and i miss her terribly.
From Kathy South on January 4th, 2011
When I think of Teresa I think of laughter. She always looked at the fun side of everything. I will never forget the summer at Stone Harbor with her and the adventures we had. You are missed old friend.
Age 56, of Mt. Lebanon, on Monday June 17, 2013. Beloved wife of Michael W. Hendrickson; devoted mother of Ryan and Kristi Hendrickson; daughter of Maureen Coyne Portman and the late Regis J. Coyne; sister of Kathleen Coyne D'Andrea, Christine Coyne Ferris (Frank) and Regis P. Coyne (Lynne); beloved sister in law to many and Aunt Doll to numerous nieces and nephews. Colleen had a great sense of humor, loved to shop and frequent the beach and was an avid paddle tennis player. There will be no visitation hours. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Bernard Church on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity to be announced.
Gail Crawford Reid 56, of Upper St. Clair, died peacefully in her home on August 8, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Daughter of the late Thomas and Doris Crawford of Pittsburgh, Gail was born on August 20, 1956. She was a 1974 graduate of Mount Lebanon High School and a 1978 graduate of Shippensburg University. She was passionate about living life to the fullest. Described by friends as "larger than life", Gail could light up a room with her smile. She loved her family, soaking up the sun and listening to music in her courtyard garden and all things Steelers and Penguins. She was the loving mother of Andrew William Reid and the cherished wife of Gordon M. Reid. She is survived by three sisters, Dianne, Linda, Karen; and her nephews and nieces, Richard, Jeff, Kate, Adam, and Christopher. She is also survived by three stepsons and their families, Ken, Matthew, and Rebecca Reid, Tom, Julie, Alex, Meghan and Zachary Reid, and Alan, Karen, Colin, Caitlin and Tyler Reid.
Memorial Services will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Pittsburgh.
RICHARD J. JR.
Died on August 4, 2001 of complications due to a stroke. Rich moved to California 20 years ago and worked for Seagate Technology, Inc. and Adaptec, Inc. as a Software Engineering Manager. Born in Pgh., Nov. 15, 1956, he was the beloved son of Martha R. Debold of Piedmont, Ohio and Richard J. Debold Sr. of Scott Twp.; dear brother of Michael Debold (Bonnie Bradbury) of Tahoe Vista, CA, Elizabeth Debold of New York, NY and Amy Galat (Gary) of Peoria, AZ. He was deeply loved by his nephews, Dolan Thomas Debold and his namesake Richard Dalton Debold and his niece Kendall Iris Galat. Although a Software Engineer, Rich received a degree in Forest Technology from Glenville State College in Glenville, W. VA. He never lost his love for the outdoors. A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Bernard Church, Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 at 12:00 noon. Donations can be made in his name to: Stanford Stroke Center, 701 Welch Rd., Building "B", Suite 325, Palo Alto, CA 94304.
I remember Rich from Lincoln. Just a nice guy, someone you could talk to at any time. A happy kid that everyone liked. Really to sorry to read about his death.
From Tom Hill on October 21st, 2010
I best remember Rich from Jefferson Junior High, especially in the band, where Rich played the tuba, or maybe it was the trombone. I hardly saw Rich again when we went to the High School, which was like a city, but he was one of the bright spots for me in grades 7-9.
Age 49, of Mt. Lebanon, died peacefully after a lengthy illness in the Masonic V., Sewickley, PA on Monday, March 6, 2006. Beloved father of Robert Driscoll of Burlington, NC and Christina Overcash of Chapel Hill, NC; grandfather of Malachi Douglas Overcash; brother of W. Daniel (Joan) Driscoll of Edgeworth, PA, Deanna L. Driscoll of Atlanta, GA, David A. (Wendy) Driscoll of Mt. Lebanon, PA and the late Darcy L. Driscoll; son of the late William E. and Marianne A. Driscoll. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, PA (Washington Rd.) on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 2 pm. Burial private. Arrangements by the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th St., Lawrenceville. After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1975, Doug attended opticians school in Portland, OR. He then was employed as a salesman for Beitler McKee Optical Company. In 1980 Doug opened his own optical dispensary in Pittsburgh, PA called the Pittsburgh Optical Shoppe. His last place of employment was with McClements Optical Shop in Shadyside, PA. Douglas was an excellent softball pitcher and an avid dart player. He will be missed by all and remembered for his eternal smile.
Doug & I were in the same homeroom through HS. He was such a cute & sweet guy. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.
From Mitchell Burke on May 12th, 2010
I knew Doug since our days at Stephen Foster Elementary School. What I remember most about Doug was his smile. He always had a smile on his face. As with the others, it was sad to read of his passing.
From Mark Veater on July 5th, 2010
Doug was a great all around guy. I enjoyed the days playing basketball with him. He always had a smile on his face and a great personality. God Bless You.
From Kevin Yeckley on July 31st, 2010
I recall Doug as one of those ultra-friendly & agreeable guys who flashed that smile of his often, whether he was well acquainted with the person or not . . . it didn't seem to matter as he just wanted to be a welcoming guy to everybody that he met. May he rest in peace.
From Betsy Steverman on August 19th, 2010
Doug was a good friend. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a kind, happy and generous soul. Rest in peace Doug.
From David Drossman on September 24th, 2010
Doug was a good friend of mine throughout school. Spent alotof time with him just hanging out at his home. He will be missed.
Obituary: Mary Kay Eichinger / Police officer with nose for financial crimes July 28, 1956 - Nov. 29, 2012
December 4, 2012 12:15 am
inhareBy Joe Smydo / Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMary Kay Eichinger worked as an emergency medical technician and considered a career in medicine, but she found her niche -- and an outlet for her special skills -- when she shifted to law enforcement
Ms. Eichinger, 56, of Mt. Lebanon, who as the municipality's first female police officer and had a nose for financial crimes, died Thursday after a battle with cancer.
Ms. Eichinger's interest in financial cases could have stemmed from her father, a certified public account and graduate of the Wharton School."She was very, very good at solving problems," her sister, Barbara Eichinger of Mt. Lebanon, said.
Ms. Eichinger was born July 28, 1956, in Harrisburg, a daughter of Donald J. and Kay Romansky Eichinger.
Her family moved to Mt. Lebanon when she was 9. She graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1974 and took classes at Community College of Allegheny County and University of Pittsburgh.
She was working at Medical Rescue Team South and considering a medical degree when she took the police exam, her sister said. Hired in August 1981, she was the department's first female officer, Lt. Aaron Lauth said.
"She was a tough person, one you knew you really couldn't mess around with," Lt. Lauth said. At the same time, she was known for her compassion, especially for unwanted animals, he said.
Ms. Eichinger worked as a patrol officer for 10 years, then shifted to the investigative services unit. There, she liked to investigate financial crimes, which brought unique challenges.
Financial crimes "really don't have borders," Lt. Lauth said.
In 2002, Ms. Eichinger received the officer-of-the-year award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators for arresting 24 people, most of them from Detroit and Pittsburgh, on fraud charges. Lt. Lauth said Ms. Eichinger was a runner-up for the national award that year.
In 1994, one of Ms. Eichinger's cases involved a North Braddock woman who was using her 10- and 12-year-old daughters to commit fundraising fraud and other crimes door-to-door in various municipalities, including Mt. Lebanon.
"This is the perfect scam," Ms. Eichinger said at the time, describing the girls as "the cutest little things. They are adorable."
A 1999 case involved a school crossing guard who was struck by a hit-and-run driver. The crossing guard recalled the last four digits of the red car's license plate. According to a news report, Ms. Eichinger identified the driver after scouring 18 months of police reports involving red cars.
"She was tenacious," District Judge Blaise Larotonda, who retired from the police department with Ms. Eichinger in 2003, said. "She remembered everything. It amazed me. She had a memory on her and ways to connect things and solve things that were just unbelievable."
Ms. Eichinger, who also worked on the District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team, retired with the rank of senior police officer. She later worked as a fraud investigator for Dollar and Citizens banks.
Services will be held in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery mausoleum chapel at 10:30 a.m. today. Memorials to Animal Friends or the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Anne Church in Castle Shannon.
I am so sad to see this. I lost track of MaryKay when I moved away after 7th grade. I had lived a few doors away for 2yrs. I went to many of her swim meets-what a bullet in the water, and also with her family for a summer trip to the Jersey shore before I moved. With the 40th coming up I thought I'd check the alumni site & sad to read that 2 of my childhood friends are gone(also Flynn Hall).. I wish I hadn't lost touch.
From Patty Dreven on July 7th, 2014
I was so sad when I read this in the Pittsburgh paper. She was in my homeroom and I remember her as a very cool yet very nice & kind girl. Rest in Peace.
From Tom Hill on September 1st, 2014
Mary Kay was one of my dearest friends. We met in the Mt Lebanon Aquaclub in 5th or 6th grade and shared many good times through high school and for a few years after graduation. I was so happy to see her again at the last reunion, and was hoping to see more of her when I moved back to Pittsburgh two years ago. The world is a grayer, sadder place without her. Attached is a more recent picture of Mary Kay which her sister sent me. Rest in peace, my friend.
From Jeff Ridgway on September 6th, 2014
I remember Mary Kay as a friendly and outgoing girl in my English class. I also remember at a party, where she urged me to chomp into a Jalepeno, insisting that it would be OK! When I got a mouth full of burning pepper, she laughed & laughed. Doesn't surprise me that she became a police detective. I'm very sorry to see her pass away far, far too soon, but I'm happy to hear that she had such a positive effect on the community as Mt. Lebanon police officer.
ESPLEN ROBERT J., JR.
52 of Canonsburg, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Canonsburg General Hospital. He was born January 24, 1956, in Pittsburgh. Bob was Vice President of Sales for Dell Fastener, Corp. He was a member of St. Patrick Church. Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife Anna, working on their farm and spending time with his family and friends and going to the beach. And also his pets. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, uncle, godfather, son-in-law, brother-in-law, co-worker and friend to all he knew. On July 6, 1999 he married Anna Sorace, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Rachel, Ryan and Brandon, five grandchildren and ten nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at SALANDRA FUNERAL SERVICE, INC., Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A Blessing Service will be held at 9: 30 AM in the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM in St. Patrick Church. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray. Family suggest donations be made to American Heart Association in memory of Robert.
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Bob was a solid friend, and nice guy. I still remember playing tennis with him at one of the junior highs during the summer. I know no details about his passing, but remember him well.
From Ed mori on April 7th, 2010
I went to St Bernard's with Bob. I didn't know he passed away. So sad.
From Patty Dreven on April 17th, 2010
Bob was part of the tapestry that was my high school years. Such a shock and very sad.
From Frank Falvo on May 14th, 2010
So sad to hear of Bobs passing. He certainly was a part of my high school experience. A very friendly guy who had an uncanny ability to cross boundaries and bring different people together.
From Marshall Brown on September 14th, 2010
Bob and I were very good friends in high school. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great friend and one helluva tennis player!
From Becky Frisch on September 16th, 2010
Bob and I had gone to school together since the first grade and we also had homeroom together and he would just light up the room. We use to play tennis together in the summer and every once in a while he let me win a game. A big smile, a gentlemen and just a great guy.
Age 52, of Bethel Park, on Thursday, October 9, 2008; beloved husband of Linda (Kugler) Fink; dear father of Brian and Kelsey Fink; son of Judith and the late Gerald Fink; brother of Claudia Bennett, Darla Dellana, Karin Thomas and Andrew Warren Fink also survived by 17 nieces and nephews. Greg was an active member with the YMCA Questors and YMCA Trailblazers, membership director of the Dormont/Mt. Lebanon Sportsman Club and Vice President of Direct Marketing for PNC Bank. Visitation Saturday 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.at FREYVOGEL-SLATER FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 112 Ft. Couch Road, Bethel Park (opposite Macys South Hills Village). Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10:30am at St. Anne Church.
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So sad to hear about Flynn's passing. She was a wonderful, fun, great girl!!
From Alexandra (Sandy) Fairfield (Swiecicki) on July 16th, 2010
I had known Flynn since 4th grade. She was a terrific person from day one. Even in elementary school she showed a lot of athletic ability, and several times when I was over at her house she tried to teach me how NOT to 'throw like a girl'. Whenever I was sick, she was the one to bring homework home for me--not an easy feat as she had to cross Washington Road to get to my house. She also drew these cute cartoon characters in class that made me crack up. Her mom and her sisters were also fun to be around. Flynn was so nice and so smart, I was sorry we never had classes together in Junior or Senior High, but her friendliness and warmth toward me never diminished. I had heard she was ill for a very long time, and her passing has saddened me greatly. She was really a gem--I will always remember her.
From Debbie March (was Ward) on September 13th, 2010
Flynn was a fantastic next door neighbor, with a great sense of Humor. She also had great insight into people as well. I was new to the area when I started high school, and she made me feel welcome and at home. We had many late nights, sitting in our windows (our houses were that close), she would play the guitar and I would sing Stairway to Heaven and American Pie. Flynn was a great womens athelete and I was always just in awe watching her.
I miss you Flynn see you in Heaven.
From Linda Lammert on July 12th, 2013
I left Mt Lebo (and was moved to FL after my mom died that year) at the end of 7th grade, but always remembered Flynn as one of my fun friends..as the 40th comes up I thought I'd look at the alumni site.. I am so sad to see her name in the memorials. so smart, so athletic and good friend for my short time at Mellon..I wish I hadn't lost touch with her..
David passed due to heart attack
HOHENBRINK DAVID J.45, of Finleyville, on Wed., May 31, 2000, in his home. He was born Feb.8, 1955 in Pgh. A son of Anna Marie Ferguson and the late John Francis Hohenbrink. Mr. Hohenbrink was employed as a mason for McRay Landscaping & Contracting in Canonsburg, he was Catholic by faith. Mr.Hohenbrink enjoyed spending his leisure time riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Surviving is his son, David M. Hohenbrink of Finleyville; three brothers, John of Fort Worth, TX, Richard of Scott Twp., and Karl of Baltimore, MD; five sisters, Pamela Immekus of Atlanta, GA, Mary Jane Petrusky of Whitehall, Martha Burnett of Baltimore, MD, Annie Locke of Baltimore, MD and Lisa Oberfeld of Atlanta, GA; and many nieces & nephews. Friends will be received 2-4 & 7-9 Fri. at KEGEL FUNERAL HOME, INC., Tim P. Kegel, Supervisor, 3560 Washington Ave., Finleyville . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM Sat., June 3 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Finleyville with the Rev. Robert Boyle as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Finleville Cemetery.
Frederick J Lucas passed away on January 27, 2013 at the young age of 56. He was born April 18, 1956. He was married to Maureen (Murphy) for 33 years. He has four daughters, Emily, Julia, Bridget Noble (Jason) and Abby. His youngest is his son Andrew. He also has a grandson Henry Frederick White. Fred is also survived by Brothers Herbert and Stephen and Sister Kim. Also many nieces, a nephew and great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert & Dorothy Lucas and Grandparents Frederick & Katherine Davis and Herbert & Mabel Lucas. Fred a.k.a Fritz had a great passion for the outdoors and all it offered him hiking, camping and skiing. He was also very talented and creative in woodworking. His family was his pride and joy! He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
I'm really sorry to hear that MIke died. Last saw MIke when he joined us to watch the Pitt Panthers play football at the stadium back around '79. What a friendly and nice guy he was! I don't know how he died but it's very, very sad to read this about such a good guy passing away.
From Alexandra (Sandy) Fairfield (Swiecicki) on July 16th, 2010
I was so surprised and saddened to learn Mike had passed away. He was terrifically smart, funny, and friendly in all those killer classes we took in the AP 'clique'. He was so well liked by so many people. We'll miss you, Mike!
From Tom Hill on October 21st, 2010
I think I first met Mike in 2nd or 3rd grade at Jefferson, and from then on he was in many of my classes right through to graduation from the High School. He was one of the funniest people in our class, and anywhere he went, he brightened up the tone of every occasion. What a shame he's gone so soon.
Kevin and I both grew up on Pinewood Drive. I first met Kevin in a carpool of first grade kids going to Jefferson Elementary, which was a bit of a hike for us when we were so little. He had a sprightly, sparkling personality, and in high school he was one of the star performers in Julian Myers' theater productions. The world is a little bit grayer without him.
Joan, known to most people as Joanie, died peacefully Monday, December 16, 2013, in New Smyrna, Florida. Joanie grew up in Mount Lebanon and graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1974. Following the career path of her father and mother, Joanie attended Ohio Northern University, where she received her pharmacy degree. She returned to Pittsburgh and worked with her parents, Jim and Gloria Meisner, at Meisner's Pharmacy in Bethel Park. She loved to ski at Seven Springs, which she often did with her father. Eventually, the warm weather beckoned and she moved to Florida, where she married, and raised her daughter, Christina Loughren. Joanie loved watching the Steelers play and Sidney Crosby skate. Her favorite Pittsburgh spots were Mineo's Pizza and Freddie's in Bethel Park. Joanie's sunny disposition throughout her life was a delight to all she met. Joanie is survived by her adored daughter, Christina Loughren of Tampa, Florida; her mother, Gloria Meisner of Gibsonia, PA; sister, Lorene (Meisner) Smith and her husband, Bill of New Smyrna Florida; and brother, Dennis Meisner, M.D., and his wife, Susan and their children Robert, Stephen, Lauren, and Katherine. A service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. at SETTLE WILDER FUNERAL HOME/CHAPEL, 406 South Orange Street, New Smyrna, Florida 32186. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Multiple Sclerosis National Society, Florida Chapter, 2701 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751. Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb
Age 48, of Mt.Lebanon, on Wednesday, November 24, 2004. Beloved son of Tom Moore of Mt. Lebanon and the late Grace (Winslow) Moore; brother of Gary Moore & wife Wendy of Wernersville, PA, Joe Moore of Mt. Lebanon and Connie Moore (Clayton) & husband Ed of Randolph, MA; nephew of Estella Tucnik, Alice Moore and Richard Winslow; uncle of Michael Moore and Vanessa Clayton; also survived by many cousins and many good friends. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS, Friends welcome at 2630 West Liberty Avenue Dormont, (412) 531-4000 Sunday 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday 10 AM at St. Bernard Church. Interment private. Family suggests donations to Parkinson Chapter of Greater Pgh., 6507 Wilkins Ave., Pgh., PA15217.
Terry was a close friend of mine. Terry loved motorcycles. Terry and Charlie Cook drove out to Yuma Arizona in 1975 to see me when I was in the Marine Corps. Terry never rode a motorcycle before and I owned a 1975 Z1 900.He wanted to take it for a ride and kept stalling it. I had to engage the clutch for him to get going.The rest is history ! Miss you buddy. Love John
I knew Barb mostly from the Bower Hill Church youth group, but she was in many of my classes all the way from elementary school through high school. The last time I saw Barb was when she was a year ahead of me at the Pitt Law School around 1981. Barb was a sensible and serious girl, and since I am exactly the opposite, we had a kind of humorous bantering relationship along the way. I am so sorry to hear that she passed away so young - still in her thirties - from a sudden illness.
From Jeff Ridgway on September 6th, 2014
I likewise knew Barb from Bower Hill Church Youth Group. Lost touch with her after High School. I remember her as very quiet and studious, and very nice, with a lovely shy smile. I was shocked and saddened to hear that Barb passed away, so soon. It seems so unfair that such a nice person should leave us at such a young age.
From Charisse (Sistik)Simon on September 4th, 2010
Randy was in my homeroom throughout high school. He was easy going, friendly, and had a sense of humor. He went on to become a lawyer and I a nurse. Years down the road our paths crossed again when his wife also a nurse came to work with me in the CCU unit. We attended many social functions together. He has two great sons that are around my son's age. Sadly he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and passed away shortly afterwards.
Jack Staman Rodney passed away on April 4, 2014 at the age of 57. Jack grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been a beloved teacher for over 30 years. Jack worked as a teacher for several local districts including Snoqualmie Valley School District. He also wrote songs and books. Jack loved the Beatles. He was married for 23 years and has 3 sons. There will be a private burial at a local Cemetery. In memory of Jack, donations can be made to Food Lifeline.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2014
So sorry to hear about Jack. He and I were good friends during high school, and like many others, lost touch. We also carpooled together for many years back and forth to Jewish Hebrew School. His parents were so nice as well. Fond memories of a ncie guy. May he rest in peace.
From Gary Schwager on May 1st, 2014
Jack and I went way back. Our moms were best friends, which I suppose happened when we were three or four. Truth is, I can't remember before Jack. His mom was one of the sweetest people ever and the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Truth is, to say Jack was one in a million would be a tremendous understatement. It is impossible to imagine 7,000 Jack Rodneys running around in the world. He drove me crazy when it came to his music and many of his choices, especially his career choices, with the exception of teaching, which was a great fit for him. I suppose many in high school saw him as an odd ball, which I guess was pretty accurate. But that was one of the big misfortunes of high school, because odd balls were, largely, not tolerated. Because as I got older, I came to notice that some of my favorite people had some odd ball in them. I think they were more driven by their heart and their emotions than by fitting in or simply doing what made the most sense by other people's standards. And Jack always had people who were very close to him who knew him as a person with an enourmous heart, who felt great love for his friends, family, the kids he taught, his dreams, his art, music and for life in general. He will be missed.
Cyndi was my dear friend, always in my heart & my memories.
From Jim Berwanger on April 18th, 2010
I always thought of Cindy as a sweet and pretty girl. She lived on my street and I can still remember to this day getting the news she'd passed away. A very sad and tragic day.
From Cathy White on August 25th, 2010
My cousin and my very dear friend! Her light, smile and heart will forever shine. I'm blessed to have had her in my life and thankful for all the wonderful times we shared. Cindy is unforgettable and so are our memories!
From Charisse (Sistik)Simon on September 4th, 2010
Cindy was my best friend from junior high through high school. After walking home from school together we would stand on the corner and talk forever then go home and call each other and talk some more. My Dad could not understand why the conversations were endless! She and I shared a lot of firsts together like our first boyfriends that were from Bethel Park. Through Cindy I met her cousin Cathy and her friends and we all became a close group. Cindy was godmother to my first child, Heather. She was a hugh part of my life and I hold very fond memories of her, miss her, and wish that she had been around to share more memories.
From Bob Heckman on September 21st, 2010
If I had it all to do over again ,we would have shared our lives together forever. Enough said. Love You Cin.
Sue was such a good friend in high school. Lots of good memories. I was sad to hear of her passing.
From Marshall Brown on September 14th, 2010
Sue and I dated for our junior and senior years and went to the prom together. Although we didnt keep in touch, I have wonderful memories of her, Shirley and I! How much fun. Sue also had a great family. My deepest sympathy
Nick became one of my best friends during college at CMU. We had tremendous times together. Nick was always the type of guy who could draw disparate groups together and encourage friendship between all of us. He was just starting his career as an engineer when his tragic motorcycle accident occurred, and I remember it as though it was yesterday. All of us miss Nick.
From Ed Mori on April 7th, 2010
I met Nick at Lincoln on my 1st day of kindergarten! He was the tallest kid in class! We were good friends though grade school. He is missed.
From Richard Lackner on August 28th, 2010
Nick - What a great guy and teammate! Like Jay, I miss Nick - he was a lot of fun!
From Pete Rothermel on September 9th, 2010
Nick was a friend and teammate in high school and at CMU. I find it impossible to think about him without a big grin appearing on my mug. This was as true today as it was on the day I first heard of his motorcycle accident.
Mary E. ‘Beth’ Vaccaro, 54, of Belle Vernon, passed away Monday, December 6, 2010 in Mon Valley Hospital. The oldest daughter of the late E. Allan and Betty Mullen Stroup, she was born on April 3, 1956. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Dennis J. Vaccaro, one daughter, Nicole K. Vaccaro, both of Belle Vernon, one sister, Christine Stroup of Centerville, VA and one brother, John Stroup of Foxboro, MA. Originally of Mt. Lebanon, Beth had resided in Belle Vernon for the past 30 years and was the Library Director of the Donora Public Library.
Age 50, of Mt. Lebanon, on Friday, February 16, 2007; daughter of Ludmyla and the late George Tonas; sister of Victor Tonas; loving companion of Robert Venturino. Friends will be welcomed at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon Monday afternoon from 1:30 until time of Service at 2:30. Interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery
HARRY W. III "HANK"
Unexpectedly on Friday, August 6, 2010, of Brentwood. Son of the late Harry W. and Catharine F. Viehman, Jr.; loving brother of Catharine V. (Walt) Young; loving uncle of Shane Phillips. Also survived by many friends at Gorman's Pub. Friends will be received at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where prayers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Please send condolences to: WWW.JOHNFSLATER.COM
Hank was a real gentle giant. I went all-night bowling with him a couple of times in our senior year and when Hank threw the ball it barely touched the ground before it hit the pins! It's so sad he passed away so soon, and just a few weeks before our reunion.
Age 56, of Smithton formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Son of the late Franklin Watkins, he is survived by his mother, Deirdre Baird Watkins; sister, Thisbe Ozimok; brother, Hugh Watkins;sister Megan Watkins; and dear friend Leslie Koeper. Family and friends will be received at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon, 15216. SUNDAY 2-4 & 6-8 PM. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com
We becamed acquainted during elementary school at Southminster Presbyterian Church Choir, where his father was choirmaster and taught us to sing in harmony. I remember a wintertime retreat to his family's countryside farmhouse where the sky showed the most stars I ever saw and I imagine Jon now twinkles down from their midst. I cannot read or hear the phrase "flaxen-haired" nor "limpid blue eyes" without picturing Jonathan to this day! The last I had heard Jon had an active, outdoorsy life in the Rockies which seemed to fit him very well from when I knew him in his youth. I wish his loved ones well and will remember him for years to come.
WELSH MARK F.
Age 54, of Bethel Park, peacefully passed away on December 24, 2010. Beloved husband of Cyndee Welsh; loving father of Shawn, Shane and Brennan Welsh; son of Andrew and Mercedes Welsh; beloved son-in-law of Mary Lou Lange; brother of Andrew Welsh, Carol Krotec, Diane Welsh, David Welsh, Jeanne Welsh and the late Barbara Eskew, John Welsh, Michael Welsh and Marilyn Welsh. Friends will be received on Wednesday at PAUL L. HENNEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL at 10 a.m. with a celebration of his life beginning at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Welsh Family Fund, P.O. Box 803 Bethel Park, PA 15102. www.henneyfuneralhome.com
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on December 28, 2010