Obituaries

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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Claire Turpen Wilwohl

June 29, 1927 - February 4, 2015

Born June 29, 1927, née Claire Laura Turpen, mother to Stephen, Scott and Jeffrey passed peacefully at home on February 4, 2015. A 67 year resident of Ben Avon, Claire was preceded in death by her husband Jack and daughter Eve. Claire was a long time member of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon where she served as church sexton for over a decade. Mayor Claire presided over the Ben Avon Council and then Ben Avon Police force for fourteen years becoming well known to both local and state officials.   She remained an honorary board...

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Mavis R. Silk

February 8, 1920 - February 4, 2015

Mavis R. Silk, 94, of Pittsburgh, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. She was the wife of the late Bradford J. Silk Sr.; loving mother of Susan Silk-Hamilton (late John), of Edmond, Okla., Bradford J. Silk Jr. (Peggy), of Leetsdale, Bonnie Ufert, of Kilbuck Township, and Douglas W. Silk, of Ben Avon; and is also survived by nine grandchildren, Brad III, Robert, Diane, Julie, Jenny, Nancy, John III, Lori Ann and Becky; 14 great-grandchildren; and one niece. Mrs. Silk volunteered as a member of the Pink Ladies at Passavant Hospital. Services and...

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Robert Wayne Ruch

March 19, 1935 - January 24, 2015

Robert Wayne Ruch, 79, retired Avalon police officer, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, of natural causes, at his home in Emsworth. Mr. Ruch was born March 19, 1935, in Iowa. He served in the Army, in the Honor Guard. Following his service, Mr. Ruch continued to serve as an officer with the Kilbuck and Avalon Police departments until his retirement. Mr. Ruch was an active member of North Hills Boroughs and Township Police Association. Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and patriot. Robert Ruch is survived by his children, Mark Ruch, of Emsworth,...

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Gerard P. “Jerry” Mascara, Sr.

July 21, 1959 - January 20, 2015

Age 55, of Glenfield, on January 20, 2015.  Gerard P. “Jerry” Mascara, Sr., beloved son of Janet L. and the late Joseph R. Mascara; loving father of Jacqueline Hartley (Adam), Gerard “Jerry” Mascara, II (Lori) and Joshua Mascara; brother of Cynthia Mascara (Sam) and Joseph R. Mascara, Jr.; also survived by three grandchildren; Carly, Colton and Brady and one niece and two nephews.  Jerry was a devoted man and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at...

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