Obituaries

Jane Poole Crossland

January 15, 1923 - March 29, 2015

Jane Poole Crossland quietly slipped through the morn that man has never seen March 29, 2015. Born at the foothills of Chestnut Ridge in Connellsville, her travel through life included, graduated from Bellevue High School; worked at screw and bolt; married in Arizona; worked and volunteered at Suburban General Hospital; and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Little Hill United Methodist Church in Franklin Park. She will be joining her beloved husband, Albert W. Crossland; her parents, Florence and Correll J....

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Ruth F. Sonnet

November 27, 1919 - March 18, 2015

Age 95. On March 18, 2015, Ruth passed away peacefully in her Ben Avon home of 70 years.  She now joins her beloved husband, Henry, who left this world two years ago, after 66 wonderful years of marriage.  Ruth is survived by her devoted daughters, Sheila and Pamela, who lovingly cared for her these last few years;  and by her loving sons, Thomas (Anne), Richard (late Patty), Robert (Louise). Daniel (Sara), and Bernard (Elaine).  Ruth adored her grandchildren and always found an excuse for a treat or an outing:  Benjamin (Karen), Evan...

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Catherine M. Steigerwald

May 7, 1924 - March 6, 2015

Age 90, of Hollywood, FL, formerly of Avalon, on March 6, 2015. Catherine M. Steigerwald, wife of the late George M. Steigerwald; dear mother of Kathleen J. Pollacci (the late “Chuck”), Bonnie Marshall (James) and the late George R.. Steigerwald (Rita); sister of the late Clarence Barton, Eleanora Phillips and Robert Barton; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MCDONALD-LINN...

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Rosemarie (Defibaugh) Durkey

March 2, 2015

On March 2, 2015, of Avalon. Beloved wife of 40 years to Frank A. Durkey; loving mother of Sharon (Dan) Stumpf, Karen Lingenfelser, Steve (Marianne) Defibaugh; stepmother of Carol Shultz and Lawrence Durkey; proud grandmother of Jennifer (Derek) Noll, Brian (Heather) Stumpf, Kevin (Chrissy), Ryan, Justin Lingenfelser and Christine and Steven Defibaugh; step-grandmother of David (Melissa) and Matthew Cain; great-grandmother of Helena Stumpf; and eight great- step-grandchildren; sister of Laura Beattie, Betty Babcock and William Konopaske....

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Ella J. Specht

April 20, 1928 - March 2, 2015

Riding on the wings of Angels, Ella J. Specht ended life’s journey to be with her beloved husband the late Paul R. Specht on March 2, 2015.  A resident of Avalon, she is survived by her loving children; Paula M. Markovich (Brian), Nancy J. DiBucci (Joseph), Robert P. Specht (Melissa) and Daniel A. Specht (Michele); grandmother of Angela Francis (Joshua), Renee Markovich, Kristina and Joey DiBucci, Nicole, Kaitlin, Rachel and Daniel Specht; great-grandmother of Ashlynn and Jacob Francis and Odessa Marino; also survived by many nieces and...

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Theresa M. Savickas

November 4, 1925 - March 2, 2015

Age 89, of Avalon, on March 2, 2015.  Wife of the late Joseph J. Savickas; mother of Robert, Ronald, Erik and the late Joella and Kathleen Savickas; also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Services and interment private.  Arrangements by McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Inc. Avalon.

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Vanessa Raye Mutschler

August 6, 1987 - February 25, 2015

Vanessa Raye Mutschler, 27, of Emsworth, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. She was a beloved daughter of Susan Miller and stepdaughter of Bryan Miller; devoted and loving mother of Gracen Jace Gaertner; sister of Jax Miller, Neo Miller and Celeste Mutschler; and granddaughter of Siriporn Plank and Arlene Miller. Vanessa was a graduate of Avonworth High School. Friends received from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the MCDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME INC., 529 California Ave., Avalon.  Services and interment will be private.

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Ian McGuire O’Neill

April 25, 1985 - February 21, 2015

Age 29, of Glenfield, on February 21, 2015.  Ian McGuire O’Neill, beloved son of Kerry A. O’Neill; nephew of Sharon O’Neill and her husband Michael Scott, Eugene, Susan and Sara O’Neill, Anne and Jack Toward and Rosemary and Brian Tusa; cousin of Casey, Jodie, Rory, Molly, Sean, Mary and Noah.  Friends received on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Inc. 529 California Ave. Avalon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, Bellevue. ...

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Lewis William Stringert, Jr.

December 14, 1951 - February 13, 2015

Lewis William Stringert, Jr., 63, died on February 13, 2015. He was born in Pittsburgh on December 14, 1951, the son of Betty (Webb) and the late Lewis William Stringert, Sr.  Mr. Stringert was a self-employed landscaper serving the residents of the North Boroughs and served as Captain for the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company.  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife Georgia L. (Kline) Stringert; and son, Christopher Michael Stringert.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Devlin;  also survived by an Uncle,...

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Ralph E. Bertram, Sr.

June 24, 1930 - February 5, 2015

Age 84, of Emsworth on February 5, 2015.  Ralph E. Bertram, Sr.  Beloved husband of 55 years to Edna M. (Vetterly) Bertram; father of Ralph E. Bertram, Jr. (Lynn) and George L. Bertram (Isabelle) of Connecticut;  brother of James Bertram (Victoria), Kathleen Mullner (late Frank) and the late Bobby Bertram; grandfather of Ashley, Adam, Aaron, Justine and Christina; also survived by two great-grandchildren; Abby and J.J. and many nieces and nephews.  Friends received Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Inc. ...

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