Obituaries

Edna M. Vetterly Bertram

September 21, 1938 - July 20, 2015

  Edna M. (Vetterly) Bertram, 76, of Emsworth, died Monday, July 20, 2015. She was the wife of the late Ralph E. Bertram Sr.; dear mother of Ralph E. Bertram Jr. (Lynn), of Avalon, and George L. Bertram (Isabel), of Connecticut; sister of Jack and Howard (Gail) Vetterly, Clara Baehr, Alice Karlik (Bill) and the late George, James (surviving, Dorothy) and Harry (surviving, Linda) Vetterly; grandmother of Ashley, Adam, Aaron, Justine and Christina; and is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Abby and J.J.; and many nieces and nephews....

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James A. Downs

February 2, 1953 - July 6, 2015

James A. Downs, 62, of Avalon, died suddenly, Monday, July 6, 2015.He was the beloved husband of Cathy A. (Lawry) Downs; dear father of James M. Downs (Lindsay), Kristy L. Druzak (Joshua) and Nicholas A. Downs (Amy); brother of Mary Jane Mahoney (Douglas) and Patrick J. Downs (Pamela); grandfather of Atom J., Brooke C. and Cora N.; also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Committal services will be held...

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Olive Tresky-Skursha

January 23, 1921 - June 30, 2015

Olive Tresky-Skursha

Age 94, of Bellevue, on June 30, 2015. Olive Tresky-Skursha, wife of the late William Skursha; beloved mother of Valerie Keeley (Patrick) and Brad Tresky (Kathleen); stepmother of William, Jr. and Linda Skursha, Thomas and Sandra Grimm and the late Patricia Busch and Kenneth Grimm; sister of Robert Deckhart (Ann) and the late Merle Hansel, Ruth Barker and James Deckhart; dear grandmother of Brad II, and David Tresky and Nick and Jenna Lampo; and step-grandchildren, Shannen and Jonathan Skursha; great-grandmother of Ciara, Tyler, Madelyn,...

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Jane L. Espy

June 19, 2015

Jane L. Espy

Jane L. Espy, 91, the Matriarch of her family, died peacefully Friday, June 19, 2015. Jane was a gracious and elegant lady who cherished her family and friends. She was born and raised in Ben Avon where she married her high school business teacher, Bob Espy, after he returned from the Navy following World War II. Together they lived in Ben Avon for more than 45 years and raised their children and operated a successful catering business, restaurant and grocery store. Jane loved to entertain and her home was always open to family and friends....

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Patricia A. (Hertz) Derbish

February 4, 1945 - June 12, 2015

Patricia A. (Hertz) Derbish, 70, of Emsworth, died peacefully Friday, June 12, 2015, after a long, courageous battle following a double lung transplant. She will be missed by her beloved husband, John R. Derbish; sons, Daniel Derbish (Amanda), John Dodge (Julie) and James Dodge; daughter, Lorrie Krause (James); sister, Etta Sauers (Roy); brother, Robert Hertz (Carol); three grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters. She is also survived by several stepchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to...

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Dale E. Pritchard

February 23, 1965 - June 10, 2015

  Age 50, of Avalon, unexpectedly, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  Dale E. Pritchard, beloved husband of Cathy A. (Trischler) Pritchard; loving father of Joseph E. (Kristen) and Katelyn M. Pritchard; dear grandfather of Landon J. Pritchard; brother of Glen Pritchard and Wendy Crawford; also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Dale was a lifetime member of Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Company .  Friends will be received on Sunday from 1 until time of services at 3 p.m. at the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Inc.  529 California Ave....

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Sandra A. Smith

December 15, 1939 - June 2, 2015

Sandra A. Smith, 75, of Ben Avon, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at St. Barnabas. Born Dec. 15, 1939, in Shillington, she was predeceased by her parents, Joseph H. Smith and Margaret Fleming Smith; and her brother, Joseph H. Smith Jr. She is survived by her faithful nephews, Joseph H. Smith III, of Durham, N.C., and Brian David Smith, of Marina Del Ray, Calif. A graduate of Westminster College, Sandy had a distinguished career with the Department of State, serving in several countries until her retirement in the mid 1980s. She returned to her...

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Charles R. Grosick

May 24, 2015

On Sunday, May 24, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Anna F. Grosick; beloved father of Glenn (Connie) Grosick of Florence, SC and David (Tracy) Grosick of West Chester, OH; brother of William (Joan) Grosick of Canton, OH; grandfather of Benjamin, Rachel, Abby, Josh, Natalie, Joseph and Jackson Grosick. Friends received Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at McDONALD – LINN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon. Service Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11 a.m. Interment Union Dale Cemetery.

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Margaret P. (Hayduk) Winter

May 23, 1921 - May 27, 2015

Margaret P. (Hayduk) Winter

Born May 23, 1921, age 94, on May 27, 2015, of Ben Avon; Beloved wife of the late John B. “Jack” who preceded her in death on July 6, 2004; Loving mother of Patricia Jean and her Husband Richard Helbig, John David “Dave” and his wife Susan and Robert Mark “Bob”. Grandmother of Rich Helbig, J.D. and Beth Winter and Jake (Kim) and Katie Winter and the late Ben Winter. Great-grandmother of Nolan Winter. Sister of Rosemarie (Rich) Glassbrenner and Claudia Hayduk and the late Helen J. Kralosky.  Also many...

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Delores M. Zabawsky

October 16, 1929 - May 22, 2015

Delores M. Zabawsky

Age 85, of Avalon, went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2015. Delores M. Zabawsky, daughter of the late Carmen Viglotti and Lee Constance Reed and stepdaughter of the late John Reed. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Joseph Zabawsky;  loving mother of one daughter and two sons, Sandy DePauw and husband Andy of San Diego, Steve Zabawsky and wife Suzanne of Chicago and Joe Zabawsky and wife Sorojini of Sommerset; Dear grandmother of Ryan, Stephanie, Joey, Jeffrey, Zachary, Cameron and Trinity; She was preceded in death by one...

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