Obituaries

Joanne Ecker

November 6, 1938 - January 12, 2017

Joanne Ecker

On Tuesday January 12, 2017, age 78, of Avalon. Beloved wife of the late Jesse Root Ecker; dear mother of Joseph F. (Nancy) Ecker of Ross Twp., Jesse R. Ecker, Jr. of Shaler, Jean Kania of Avalon, John Ecker, Janice (Ron) Cushman of Jacksonville, FL; grandmother of Sara, Melissa and Christina Ecker, Jesse, Jr. and Jessica Ecker, Jason Willett and James Kania, Evan and Gracie Joanne Cushman; great-grandmother of Connor Joseph “Scratch” Kilpatrick, Anthony Laborers, Kayden, Cloe and Jesse Ecker. Joanne enjoyed crafts, stained glass,...

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Gary L. Winslow

December 22, 2016

Age 66, of Mt. Nebo, peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Beloved son of the late John and Kathryn Winslow; brother of Linda (the late Robert) Swazuk, Kathy Winslow, Bonnie (the late Bill) Bell, Gregory Winslow and the late Jeff (surviving spouse Diane) Winslow; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, 12 Noon at the McDONALD – LINN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, LLC, 529 California Ave., Avalon, PA 15202.

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George A. Jackson

December 30, 2016

Age 95, of Emsworth, peacefully on Friday morning, December 30, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Olive Mae (Combs) Jackson; dear father of Florence (Gary) Underhill and Lee (Stephen) Slepecki; also survived by his grandchildren, Stephen Peter, Faith Virginia, and Elizabeth Hall. George proudly served our country in the Army during WWII in the European Theatre. He retired from Suburban General Hospital. Family and friends are welcome for visitation Tuesday morning 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at the McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL &...

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Frances (Mehalic) Bodnar

August 23, 1941 - December 4, 2016

Frances E. (Mehalic) Bodnar, 75, of Murrysville, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at William Penn Care Center, Penn Township. Born Aug. 23, 1941, in Curtisville, Fran was a daughter of the late Anthony F. Mehalic and Helen (Bohach) Mehalic, of West Deer. With her parents having their roots in Czechoslovakia, Fran learned the Slovak language as a child and then learned English when she commenced formal schooling. At West Deer High School, from where she graduated in 1959, she performed the leading roles in the school’s productions of Alice in...

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Carol Hinds Speicher

January 28, 1930 - December 14, 2016

Carol Hinds Speicher

Carol Hinds Speicher, age 86, a resident of Ross Township and most recently of Sunrise of McCandless, passed away on Wednesday December 14, 2016. Born 01/28/1930 in Bellevue PA, Carol began a lifetime of faithful service at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, and graduated from Bellevue High School.  Despite the loss of her father at a young age, Carol’s ambition and her mother’s stalwart support led her to the University of Pittsburgh, in an era where college was not at all common for a young woman. Carol blossomed at Pitt. ...

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JoAnn Haslett

June 20 1931 - November 21, 2016

JoAnn Haslett

Age 85, of Ross Twp., peacefully on Monday afternoon, November 21, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Elvin E. Haslett; dear mother of Jeffrey (Debra) Haslett and Susan Haslett;  also survived by two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Family and friends are welcome for visitation on Friday from 2 until 8 p.m. at the McDonald-Linn Funeral & Cremation Service, LLC, 529 California Ave., Avalon, Pittsburgh, PA  15202, 412-766-7000.  Services will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be...

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Catherine “Cathy” Elizabeth (Gorman) Loop Johnston

April 20, 1930 - November 13, 2016

Catherine “Cathy” Elizabeth (Gorman) Loop Johnston

  Catherine “Cathy” Elizabeth (Gorman) Loop Johnston on November 13, 2016 rests peacefully with the Lord at the age of 86.  She is proceeded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Loop (1964) and William M. Johnston (1997).  Cathy is survived by her eight children; Kathleen Loop Slaney (Chuck), Karen Loop Lewis (Don), Kristine Loop Hovan (Eric), William Johnston (Cathy), Barbara Graham (Keith), Patricia Clark (Ed), David Johnston (Cheryl) and Donna Martineck (Rudy); also survived by 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Cathy...

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Mary Ruth Rager Hauser

April 17, 1931 - October 31, 2016

Mary Ruth Rager Hauser

Mary Ruth Rager Hauser, died peacefully in Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford, PA on Monday, October 31, 2016 at the age of 85.  She resided and raised nine children in Glenfield, PA for over sixty years before staying at Concordia Residential Care in Franklin Park.  Mary Ruth is is reunited in heaven with her husband Charles Bernard Hauser (1994), son Joseph Hauser (1956), daughter Gloria Jean Hauser (2000), and adoptive mother Marie Stern Stiger (1994). She is survived by her children Charlene and (Jim) Freund ofEconomy; Rose...

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Ida (Hailstone) Smith

February 14, 1926 - October 28, 2016

Of Bellevue, peacefully on Friday evening, October 28, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Ralph “Bud” Smith; proud mother of Robert (Karen) Smith and Lynne (Michael) Lubbert and the late Mary Ann Smith; cherished grandmother of Leanna (Ryan) Bird; great-grandmother of Elijah Howard Bird. Ida was a retired employee of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, recently volunteered at Marian Hall Personal Care Home of Mt. Assisi. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to Greenstone United Methodist Church, 939 California...

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Harold L.G. Deily

July 12, 1929 - October 19, 2016

Harold L.G. Deily

Age 87, formerly of North Side, Ben Avon Heights and Mercer, PA., Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Edinboro Manor in Edinboro, PA.  Son of Lathen G. and Marie M. Deily, preceded in death in 2014 by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mildred M. Deily; father of Harold A. Deily of Ben Avon and Sandra L. Deily of Edinboro; grandfather of Blaine Wolukis; brother to Jim, Janet, Ruth, Grace, Wilma and Ina; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  A 1948 graduate of Oliver High School, Mr. Deily served as owner and operator...

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