Reunion Picnic (1935-1980)



Last Updated: 6/13/2016


The following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Rose A. DaBaldo,98, of Clairton, passed away, Friday, June 10, 2016, in LGAR Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Turtle Creek. Born May 8, 1918 in NuMine, PA, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Angeline (Palmien) Schepis and wife of the late Louis M. DaBaldo who passed away August 26, 1978. Rose was a retired Business Teacher for the Clairton School District and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. She was a 1936 graduate of Clairton High School and a 1940 graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in education. Rose volunteered at Jefferson Hospital after her retirement and also served on the Board of Directors of the Wilson Civic Association.

And the following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

DaBALDO ROSE A. (SCHEPIS) On Friday, June 10, 2016, Rose A., 98, of Clairton. Born May 8, 1918, in Nu Mine, PA, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Angeline Palmieri Schepis and was also preceded in death by siblings, Frances Straub, Margaret Rich and Theresa Schepis and brother, Frank Schepis. Rose was a retired teacher in the business department of Clairton High School where she was employed after graduating from Clairton High School in 1936 and Duquesne University in 1940. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and served on the board of directors of the Wilson Civic Association as well as a volunteer at Jefferson Hospital. Widow of the late Louis M. DaBaldo, she is survived by daughter, Diane (Jim) Trick of Clairton; sons, James (Lisa) DaBaldo of Elizabeth and William (Flo) DaBaldo of Jefferson Hills; grandchildren, Anthony, Nicholas and Dante DaBaldo, Allison Brown and Chad Licht; great-grandchildren, Sabrina, Trinity and Mia Brown, Chad and Emma Licht; brother, Peter Robert Schepis of Clairton; nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton on Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Church, Clairton. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorials may be made to Easter Seals, 233 S. Wacker St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606.

Butler, Audrey J. (Smith) Age 83, formerly of West Mifflin, passed away on April 22, 2016 in Spanish Fort, AL. Audrey was the beloved daughter of the late Harold G & Martha Smith. Wife of the late Patrick J Butler. She was the former secretary at PJ Butler Co Inc. of Dravosburg, member of Holy Spirit Church, Lebanon Women’s Club, Clairton Honey Bear’s director, Co-owner of Audrey & Eleanor’s School of Dance. She is survived by her daughters Joan (William) Byrne, Beth (Allen) Wright, Daughter in-law Sharese Butler & grandchildren John, Matthew, Grace, Taylor and Violet. Preceded in death by son Thomas, daughter Patricia, and brother Jay. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5-8 for a Celebration of Life gathering, at the Hampton Inn banquet room, 301 West Waterfront Drive, West Homestead, PA, 15120. Funeral services held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:00 am at Holy Spirit Church, 2603 Old Elizabeth Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia or Autism Speaks foundations.

Mary Ann Cypher Alfonsi (CHS'64) provided this family picture for Audrey Butler along with Mary Ann's comments as follows: This picture is Audrey's family.... her husband (deceased), Audrey, her son (deceased), Joni and Beth. She had another daughter, Patty, who passed at a young age from leukemia. To me, it's amazing how much Joni and especially Beth look like their Mom. Audrey's grandchildren look like the three of them as well! All of the females went into dancing. The grandkids dance also.

Barbara A. Ceryak, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Jefferson Hospital. Born December 8, 1923 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Eli and Mary (Britvec) Ceryak. Barbara received her Bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University and a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She retired as a physical education teacher with 34 years of service at Clairton School District and 3 at Vandergrift High School. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Barbara was a former president of the Democratic Women's Guild in Clairton, the former vice-president of the Health and Physical Education Association in Allegheny County, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society, and a former School Board member in Clairton. She volunteered at Jefferson Hospital and Clairton Meals on Wheels and Food Bank, and was also the first female athletic director at Clairton and a member of the Mon Valley's first female softball league. Barbara is survived by her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and one great-great-great niece; and she was preceded in death by her siblings: Elizabeth LaValle, Mary Demis, Catherine Ross, Joseph Ceryak, Steven Ceryak, and Anne "Honey" Barnes. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton, on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM and Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10 AM in St. Clare of Assisi Church. Procession and burial will follow to St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.

The following article appeared in the Daily News on July 24,2015.

The following article appeared in the Daily News on July 4,2015.

The following article appeared in the May 9, 2015 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It was written by Helen Plavchak Fallon (CHS'71), a member of the CHS Reunion Picnic committee, about missing her mom on the eve of Mother's Day 2015.


Clairton school director was dedicated to children, church

By Patrick Cloonan Staff Reporter - Trib Total Media

Friday, April 10, 2015

Paulette Bradford bled Clairton orange and black, according to longtime colleague and friend Richard Livingston. “We were on the school board together for 14 years,” board president Livingston said Thursday.

Bradford, 69, died Tuesday at home.

“She was able to agree and disagree with you,” Livingston said. “She said, ‘You can always forgive but never forget.'” Bradford was board vice president for six years with president Sue Wessel, starting in 2003, then served six years with Livingston, calling herself his wingman. Bradford was vice president when she died, her term slated to end in December 2017. She served on the board for 17 years. “Paulette was one of the leading forces in keeping the district financially stable and also emphasizing academics, and was able to enlist the community to help the school survive,” Livingston said. Bradford turned down the presidency in 2009. “My plate is full with my involvement in midget football, my church and other things in the community,” Bradford said. “I don't feel I am able to give the time required to be board president, but I'm able to continue in my capacity as vice president.”

Livingston recalled how Bradford voted to reinstate dual enrollment programs that gave high school students college credit, and to institute advanced placement courses, which, Livingston said, “we hadn't had in years.” He said she supported full-day kindergarten when the district was one of the first in the area to institute it, and as chairperson of the board personnel committee she worked to take politics out of hiring. “It was based on your qualifications and not who you knew,” Livingston said.

Bradford served in many roles as a lifelong member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, including choir director and chairperson of the pastor's anniversary committee. “Our families are all intertwined between the churches,” Bradford said when she co-chaired a community church picnic in 2009. “We're all just one big family. That's what it's about.”

Bradford was a founding member and past president of the Clairton Development Corp.“She's always been very involved,” Sister Mary Parks said in 2009 when Bradford was honored with a “Hats Off to Mom” award at Sisters Place Inc.'s Mother's Day luncheon honoring female volunteers in the community. With her husband, William Bradford, she founded an elementary school basketball program and resurrected the Mitey Mites football program. Livingston said that assured that “the quality of players going into high school was top notch.” Bradford followed the players to state title games, and monitored other programs in Clairton Education Center. “She made sure she went to every event in the school,” Livingston said. “She was at every football game, even when she was sick. When she was sick she drove to Hershey.”

Football was at the heart of what Livingston said was one of the hardest things she ever had to do — abstain on a 2001 vote that made her nephew Wayne Wade the high school coach.“She knew it was the right thing to do,” Livingston said. “It was split and she had (district Solicitor Daniel Beisler) advise her to abstain. She took a lot of heat from the community for it. That really hurt her and it hurt her in the community but she had to do it.” Wade was coach for a year, but came back as defensive coordinator. He was chosen unanimously a year ago to succeed Tom Nola as head coach.

At a town meeting in 2009 to promote community partnerships, she emphasized the importance of continuing to encourage and provide for students, no matter their age. “We can't give up on children when they're older,” she said. “We give up on them too early.”

In 2010, a people's-choice committee selected Bradford as the honoree at an appreciation banquet. “She is a true community leader who has the best interest of all the children of Clairton,” Livingston said at the time. “She leads by example, and everything she does is for the kids.”

Bradford graduated from Clairton High School in 1963 and went on to Bradford Business School. Her career included becoming the first female electrician journeyman at U.S. Steel's Clairton plant, and she spent 20 years at Mon Valley Travel, now BCD Travel.

In addition to her husband, Bradford is survived by a daughter, six stepchildren, 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Robert A. Waters Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Friends will be received Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Mt. Olive First Baptist Church, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or

We were recently notified by Androniki Patellis Alahouzos (CHS'55) that her husband, Emanuel John Alahouzos (CHS'53), died on February 2, 2013. He was from Bethesda, MD. Two obituaries are shown.

Richard A. "Dick" Bertini, 86, of Pleasant Hills, passed Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Granville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Filinto "Frank" and Elizena "Elizabeth" (Landini) Bertini; his son, David Bertini; nephew, Alan Bertini; sisters and their spouses, Rita (Lawrence) Nones, Inez (William) Budd and Jennie (Richard) McMonagle; and brother, Geno Bertini and wife, Nancy. He is survived by devoted wife, Cecilia (Hoffee) Bertini; loving son John Bertini; daughter-in-law, Jill (Achtzehn) Bertini; grandchildren, Isabella and Jacob Bertini; sister-in-law, Bonnie (McNab) Bertini; nephews and their spouses, Ronald Nones, Larry Nones, Richard (Tina) McMonagle and Keith (Kathy) McMonagle; niece, Trudi Sandi and husband, Ken; and many great-nieces and nephews. He was a 1946 graduate of Donora High School and a 1951 graduate of Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in education, completing post graduate degrees there also in the 1970s. He served his country honorably in the Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Dick was an accomplished musician with his own group and member of countless others. He was an employee of the Clairton School District for his entire career serving as band teacher, school psychologist and Middle School principal, retiring as High School principal. A gentleman in every sense, he was devoted to family, education and music. He will be sorely missed. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The Salvation Army.

The following article about the Clairton Bears appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette South Extra edition on December 11, 2014. Thought you might find it interesting.

The following is the obituary of Blue Eyes Gambino, a 1954 Clairton High School grad. Blue Eyes worked on the Share the Wealth function every year at the CHS Reunion Picnic at Clairton Park. We will miss him and his smiling face at the picnic and are grateful for his contribution to the picnic and the friendship that we shared.

Gloria E. Johnston, age 90 and a lifetime resident of Clairton, passed away in Clairton on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Born August 11, 1923 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late John M. and Mary (Sinai) Verbanec. A retired clerk at the former Marraccini's of Clairton and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Gloria was a 1941 graduate of Clairton High School and a member of the St. Clare of Assisi Women's Guild, the AARP Clairton Hill Chapter #2862, and a member and past officer of both the Catholic Daughters of America Court Pius #1303 and Sons of Columbus Genova Council #6, both of Clairton. She was the beloved wife of the late George W. "Buster" Johnston, who passed away August 26, 1967. Gloria is survived by her children Craig S. (Deborah) Johnston of Perryopolis, Sharon L. (James) Adair of Jefferson Hills, Janice R. (the late John) Matyasovsky of Liberty Boro, and George W. (the late Patricia) Johnston, Jr. of Penfield, NY; her grandchildren Michele (Todd) Schaetz, Tracy (Michael) Zrenchak, John (Jennifer) Matyasovsky, Matthew (Samantha) Matyasovsky, James (Lauren) Adair, April (Armand) Forlini, Kelsey Johnston, and Zackary (Crystal) Johnston; her eleven great-grandchildren; and also nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Gloria was preceded in death by her siblings: John Verbanec, Ann Belovesky, Margaret Palumbo, Florence Mortimer, William Verbanec, Helen Kaufman, and Carl Verbanec. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 1 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10 AM in St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery.

TROSCH WILBUR R. Age 75, of Fishers, passed away on May 5, 2014. Born Aug. 2, 1938, in Martins Ferry, OH, to the late Wilbur and Jennie (Kartanawicz) Trosch. Wilbur moved with his family to Pittsburgh, PA, as a child, where his father worked in the steel mills. "Tree," as he was affectionately called by friends and family, excelled in both studies and sports while attending Clairton High School in Pittsburgh, PA. Standing at 6'8" and 240lbs, "Tree" was truly, "larger than life." His hard work in the classroom and on the basketball court earned him an athletic scholarship to attend St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. Wilbur led his team to a 54-19 record during his three years of collegiate eligibility and was voted team captain his senior year by his teammates. He earned a berth in the renowned East-West All-Star game after a highlight senior season where he averaged 22ppg and 11rpg. Wilbur remains the 10th all time leading scorer, and 5th all time leading rebounder at St. Francis. 1960 was a very good year as Wilbur was selected in the NBA draft in April, as the 13th overall pick by the Syracuse Nationals (predecessor to the Philadelphia 76ers). Wilbur was a member of the Delta Fraternity and inducted into both the PA Sports Hall of Fame and St. Francis University Athletic Hall of Fame. On November 25, 1960, Wilbur married the love of his life, Carmella (Sporio) Trosch. At this time, he began giving back as both an influential and recognized high school teacher and a highly successful basketball head coach at West Mifflin High School. Both careers were rewarding and long, stretching to over 30 years. Wilbur enjoyed golf and gardening. He took extreme pride in any task he undertook and his lawn and garden were the envy of every neighbor. He was a valued friend and role model to anyone who he met. He loved his family and was a friend to so many. He has donated time to helping the Indianapolis Salvation Army. His words and actions have made a difference in many, many lives, include his favorite motto, "Attitude is Everything." Wilbur is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carmella; brother, Thomas; son, Daniel Trosch; daughter, Sandy (Dan) Walsh; and son, Eric (Misty) Trosch; loving grandchildren, Columbo, Eric, Kelsey, Garret, Katie, and Jacob. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilbur R. Trosch-West Mifflin Boys Basketball Scholarship Fund, c/o Trosch and Company, Bldg. 9, 750 Foster Plaza, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. A Memorial Service will be held in West Mifflin, PA at a later date this upcoming summer season. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. at SHIRLEY BROTHERS MORTUARIES, Fishers-Castleton Chapel, Fishers, IN. Burial to follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

TRIGLIA, FRANK J. Age 77, of Bethel Park, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Beloved husband of Mary Ellen Triglia; loving father of Joseph (Margie) Triglia, Suzanne (Mark) Bauer, and Laura (Steve) Boselowitz; treasured grandfather of Kelsey, Ryan, Jason, Maggie, Tyler, and Ben; caring brother of Larry Triglia and Rose Marie (Jim) Runatz. Frank was an avid gardener, who enjoyed sharing his harvest with everyone. He was also a dedicated member of St. Joan of Arc's Fish Fry and the SHIM Garden. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and Family are welcome at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray, 724-941-3211 on Monday 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc's SHIM Garden, 6470 Library Rd., South Park, PA 15129.

Here is a picture of Frank Triglia from the 2012 CHS Reunion Picnic (I looked in the 2013 pictures but couldn't find one of Frank.

KELLER HUGH F. On Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, age 85, of Clairton. He joins his wife, the late Marian J. (Kussell) Keller. Hugh is survived by his son, Colin Keller of Columbiana, OH; his daughters, Megan Brown of Jefferson Hills, Erin (William Whitmer) Keller of Baldwin, and Maureen (Michael) Horgan of Pleasant Hills; his grandchildren, Sarah McNeil, Patrick Keller, Katie and Michael Brown, and Brianna and Brittany Horgan; his brother, Regis H. (Audrey) Keller of West Mifflin; nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Keller, Ursula Curry, Mary Harvey, Vincent Keller, Kevin Keller, and Theresa Hallas. Friends will be received in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Church, Clairton. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.

Here is a picture of Hughie Keller from the 2012 CHS Reunion Picnic.

No.9, The check-in group: Hughie Keller (CHS'46), Barbara Bouchard Stock (CHS'56), Howard Loper (CHS'49), Toad McGowan (CHS'49), Janet McGowan, Joan Hemminger Loper (CHS'52), Dick Stock (CHS'49), talking with Anna Marie(CHS'60).

Donald J. "Red" Desiderio Sr., 75, of Elrama, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at his home. Born June 14, 1938, in Clairton, he was a son of the late James V. and Louella (Golloway) Desiderio. A retired electrician for 39 years at U.S. Steel's Clairton Works and parishioner of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Elrama, Red was an Army veteran, having served as a military policeman. He was a member of Amvets, the VFW No. 803 in Wilson, the American Legion Daniel Keffer Post No. 75, in Clairton, the Wilson American Citizens' Club and the Wilson Joppa Masonic Lodge No. 714. He was also an honorary member of the Clairton VFD, a former City of Clairton councilman, constable and committeeman. Red is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia A. "Patsy" (Keleman) Desiderio; daughters, Kelly (Mike) Fodella, of Elizabeth Township, and Danielle (Robert "Bub") Rossi, of Clairton; two grandchildren, Michael and Jaime Fodella, of Elizabeth Township; two step-grandchildren, Ryan and Max Rossi, of Clairton; brother, Charles R. (Marilee) Desiderio, of Clairton; other brothers and sisters; and also nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one son, Donald J. Desiderio Jr. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 N. 2nd. Ave., Elizabeth, Pa. 15037 (412-384-4344). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, in St. Isaac Jogues Church in Elrama, with Father Richard Tusky as celebrant. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township.

Neil Decima passed away on June 25, 2013. Many of you will remember Neil. He attended the CHS Reunion Picnic. He and his wife, Gail, also attended the Clairton picnic in Florida. Our sympathy to all of Neil's family. Here is Neil's obituary.

And here is a picture of Neil with family and friends at the Clairton Picnic in Florida on February 16, 2013. Neil (CHS'51) and Gail Decima, Earl (CHS'53) and Patty Decima, Dave (CHS'57) and Jane Price Blackburn.

Many of you will remember Bill Nanni, a Clairton High School alumnus who participated in the program at the CHS Reunion Picnics. He would help lead us in singing several songs, most notably..."God Bless America" and the Clairton High School Alma Mater. We will miss Bill and his lovely voice at our picnics. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

From the McKeesport Daily News 4/26/2013: WILLIAM E. NANNI , 88, of Clairton, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in HCR ManorCare, in Whitehall. Born April 16, 1925, in Clairton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Angelina (Galati) Nanni. He was a retired welder from the former Hercules Co., now Eastman, in West Elizabeth. During World War II he served in the Army as a private first class. Mr. Nanni was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. The oldest and longest member of Clairton Lions Club, he served as their past president and vice president. He also was a member of Yankee Doodle Dandies, Italian Sons and Daughters of America, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. William was well known for his beautiful baritone voice and sang at many concerts, weddings and funerals in the area. He was the loving husband of the late Ann (D'Emidio) Nanni, who died Aug. 2, 1989. He is survived by his daughter, Georgiana (Robert) Riley, of Avella, sons, William E. Jr. (Julie) Nanni, of Houston, Texas, Camille (Linda) Nanni, of Franklin Park, Lee (Lisa) Nanni, of Clairton, Raymond Nanni, of Los Alamos, N.M, Gerard (Bernadette) Nanni, of Arlington, Texas, and Philip (Robbi) Nanni, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Kerrie, Bill, Alysha, Zachary, Seth, Jason, Kimberly, Rylee, Christopher and Anthony Nanni, Elliot Canerday and Bethany Womack; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from Noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in A. J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Burial will take place in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Offer condolences at Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 460 Reed St., Clairton, PA 15025 or American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Sherry Soich Oluvic is asking for all Wilson Avenue picnic attendees to meet in front of the dessert table (in front of the Park Lodge) at 1:30 on picnic day (9/3/2011) for a group picture. So if you used to live on Wilson Avenue or still do, plan to join the crowd near the desserts at 1:30 p.m. What a great idea and fun thing to do! Someone please provide pictures after the picnic so we can post them to this website...

From the McKeesport Daily News 7/7/2011: John Elgin Berggren, 91, of Bedford, died Tuesday, July 5, 201, at his residence. He was born Aug. 10, 1919, in Sutersville, a son of the late John and Mary (McDermmott) Berggren. He married Eleanor Felicetty on Jan. 18, 1939, in Clairton, and she survives along with the following family, five daughters, Eleanor Denz, of Whiting, N.J., Ruth and her husband, Donald Chiappetta, of Holland, Judith and her husband, Michael Carovillano, of Delray Beach, Fla., Janet Berggren, of Bedford, and Patricia and her husband, Louis Pearce, of Bedford; one son, Thomas and his wife, Sandra Spiker Berggren, of South Park; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one niece, Patricia Bergwall, of Far Hills, N.J.; and four great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, William Albert Berggren; one daughter, Mary Rose Thornton; two brothers, Charles L. and Thomas Edward Berggren; one sister, Margaret; and two infant brothers. John retired in 1979 after 40 years working as a conductor on the Union Railroad for U.S. Steel in Clairton. He was a 1937 graduate of Clairton High School, a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church and The Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football and returning to Clairton to reconnect with his friends at class reunions. He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather, his presence in our lives will be greatly missed. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Bedford with Father Donald Dusza as celebrant. Burial Saturday at West Newton Cemetery. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the TIMOTHY A. BERKEBILE FUNERAL HOME, Bedford. Those wishing can make contributions in John's name to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, PA 15963. Our online guest book is available at

Felix "Brother" Marra and Carl Abrasheff enjoy a happy moment at the Clairton Picnic in Florida - February 2011.

From the Bekavac Funeral Home website on 7/11/2011: Felix Thomas "Brother" Marra , age 83, of St. Johns, FL, formerly of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Hadlow Center of Community Hospice N.E. Florida in Jacksonville. He was a retired carpenter for Local #142 and was also employed with U.S. Steel's Clairton Works and former owner of the Penn Clair Hotel in Clairton. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton, he was a U.S. Air Force and Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was received into heaven on 7/7/11 and is now in God's hands. Born April 12, 1928 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Frank and Philomena Fusco Marra. He is survived by his wife, Doris Jean (Dillon) Marra; daughters, Kathy (Steve) Marra Guilbert of Margate, FL, son Bill (Marlene) Marra of Clairton, PA daughter Patty (Dale) Marra Heinrich of St. Johns, FL; grandchildren, Stephanie (Kevin) Marra Manko, Felix "Phil" Marra, Jennifer Heinrich, Andrea Heinrich, Allison Heinrich, Olya Guilbert and Pasha Guilbert; great grandchildren, Alexa Manko and Marissa Manko; sister, Antoinette Girman of Elizabeth Boro; brother, Daniel Marra of Jefferson Hills; sister, Rosella Lane of West Mifflin; also, nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a sister, Marie Mackulin. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton on Wednesday, July 13th from 1-4PM and 6-9PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00AM in St. Clare Parish. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.

Raymond "Jack" Livingston, 85, of Pleasant Hills, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores Livingston; proud father of Robert (Joan) Livingston, of Jefferson Hills, and Scott Livingston, of Jackson, Wyo.; loving grandfather of Matthew (Stephanie), Becky, Samantha (Haydn) and Christopher; brother of Jean (Bill) Hummel, of Nazareth, Pa., and the late Robert Strayer; and dear friend of Carol Kragenow, who was his devoted companion. Jack was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Duquesne, son of the late Mathias and Laura (Steputis) Livingston. During World War II, Jack served in the Army Air Force, flying 41 combat missions over Europe. After graduating from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, where he was on the tennis team, he became a medical representative for the Eli Lilly Company. In 1959, he purchased a drug store in Clairton, where Livingston's Pharmacy became a three-generation family business. Jack was an avid sports fan, playing golf and tennis into his 80s. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jefferson Memorial Park's Chapel in Pleasant Hills. Everyone please meet at the cemetery. Jack's family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his name be made to either the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025; or Heartland Hospice Services, 750 Holiday Drive, Foster Plaza No. 9, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

Andrew "Duke" Sivak, age 93 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in Mt. Vernon of South Park. Born November 27, 1917 in Clairton, he was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Plisko) Sivak. Duke retired after 42 years as a blast furnace technician at U.S. Steel's Clairton Works and was a member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton, the American Legion of Clairton, Daniel Keffer Post, and the V.F.W. in Wilson. He was a veteran of the US Army, earning a Purple Heart for his service in Germany during World War II. Duke loved to dance, and that's how he met his wife of 42 years who he now joins: Catherine (Maturkanic) Sivak, who passed away November 23, 2010. He is survived by his daughter Mary Lynn "Vicky" Pivarnik of Clairton; his son Andrew (Denise) Sivak of South Park; his grandchildren Richard, Michelle, and Eric Pivarnik and Amanda and Ashley Sivak; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 2 until 4 PM and from 7 until 9 PM with a Parastas Service being held at 7:30 PM. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church with Reverend Ivan Mina officiating. Procession and burial to follow to Ascension Cemetery in Clairton.

EDITOR'S NOTE (Anna Marie): I went to the funeral home this afternoon (4/19/2011) to pay my respects to Mr. Sivak's family. Mr. Sivak was wearing his Purple Heart on his lapel; Vicky told me there will be a Military funeral tomorrow. There was also a picture of Mr. Sivak and his wife in earlier years, in the middle of a dance...Vicky told me they were doing the cha cha; they both loved ballroom dancing. A classmate of younger Andrew, Dave Chir (CHS'70), told me that Mr. Sivak looked like Fred Astaire when he was dancing. Mr. Sivak and his son Andrew and daughter Vicky had all signed up to attend the CHS reunion picnic in September. Young Andrew and Vicky still plan to attend the picnic. An earlier visit to the funeral home during the day was Jennie Prince Peterson and her daughter, Diane Peterson. Jennie was a classmate of Andrew's and organized the 75th class reunion celebration at the CHS Reunion Picnic last September. Some of you may remember that there were six surviving classmates from the Class of 1935 in attendance at the picnic. Today, Jennie wanted to say farewell to her classmate, Andrew. I just thought you might like to hear a little more about a fellow CHS alumnus, recently departed.

Bob Vitori sent the following information on Tuesday, September 7, 2010: "Marino ( Jumbo ) Fiore passed away here in Las Vegas on 31 August. He was the original owner of Deer's Tavern, (Rte 51) where we all enjoyed the best pizza around. He resided out here in Las Vegas for 18 years."

MATICH GEORGE - Age 88, of Baldwin, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, one day before his 89th birthday. Beloved husband of Smilla "Millie" (Trbovich) of 55 years; loving father of Melanie (George) Walsh and Saundra (Mark) Veseleny; cherished grandfather of Laura and Nicole Walsh, Kristen and Matt Veseleny; brother of Vida Kernich and the late Walter, Sam, Nick Matich and Mary Kolich; son of the late Marko and Sava Matich; also survived by nieces and nephews. George was a United States Naval veteran serving on the USS Brisco during World War II, member of the American Legion Post 0075, graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, long time teacher, football and baseball coach at Clairton High School and member of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9PM at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, where a Pomen service will be held at 7PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11AM at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. Interment Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 450 Maxwell Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

Lou Sekulich (CHS'49), husband of Dorothy Bekavac Sekulich (CHS'51), died on Friday, January 1, 2010. Here is his obituary as it appeared in the Daily News on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

Louis "Sonny" Sekulich, 78, of Jefferson Hills, passed away at home on Friday, January 1, 2010. Born July 17, 1931, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ann (Laver) Sekulich. Lou was a retired employee of General Motors West Mifflin plant, where he worked for over 40 years as a safty instructor for Motorized Vehicles. He was also a 50-year member of the CFU, Lodge 248 in Clairton. Lou was a 35-year vendor at the Carlisle Antique Car Show, a 50-year member and vendor at the National Antique Car Show in Hershey, a 50-year member of the Antique Club of America and past vice president of the Antique Club of America's Western Pennsylvania Region. He was featured in many local Hershey and Carlisle newspaper articles and car magazines. His cars and trucks won many first-place awards. In recent years, he spent time writing short stores. Lou was an antique car buff who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

Beloved husband of 55 years to Dorothy (Bekavac) Sekulich; loving father of Joe (Glinda) Sekulich of Jefferson Hills, Cindy (Dave) Colonna of BelleMead, NJ, Cathy (Joe) LaFleur of Bel Air, MD, and Lori (Hugh Bartrug) Bredl of Elizabeth; grandfather of 10; great-grandfather of six; brother of Bill Sekulich and the late Walter and Vivian Sekulich.

Friends will be received Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the A. J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 4, 2010, in St. Thomas a Becket Church, Jefferson Hills, with Fr. Robert Seeman officiating. Procession and burial to follow in Jefferson Memorial Park.

The family asks that any memorial contributions in Lou's name be made to either the Croatian Fraternal Union, Lodge 432, Yukon, PA 15698, or St. Thomas a Becket Church Building Fund, 509 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025.

From the 2008 CHS Reunion Picnic: Lou Sekulich, Irene Polakovic, Rosemarie, Evelyn and sister? Casaldi.

From the 2007 CHS Reunion Picnic: Betty Santolini, Dorothy Bekavac Sekulich (CHS'51), wife of Louis Sekulich (CHS'49). Susann Gemerchak Wilson.

From the 2009 CHS Reunion Picnic: The woman in the middle is Irene Matola Polakovic and to HER left is Eleanor Horgas. This was in Lou Sekulich's convertible.

Norman Mills, the husband of Dottie Tullius Mills (CHS'55) died on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Here is his obituary as it appeared in the Daily News on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

Norman K. Mills, 76, of Elizabeth Township, formerly of Clairton, died Sunday, November 8, 2009, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born October 22, 1933, in Clairton, son of the late Earle M. Mills and Elsie C. Cochran Mills Mohney. He was retired with 40 years of service as a computer operator for U.S. Steel Service Center on Southside. He attended St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elizabeth Township. Norman was an exceptionally devoted father and grandfather. He was an avid sportsman and angler and member of the Elizabeth Township Gun Club and the N.R.A. He had a passion for gardening and was a successful coach for youth baseball in the Elizabeth Township area where he coached all ages of players.

He is survived by wife Dorothy "Dottie" M. (Tullius) Mills; son Norman "Chookie" (Sally) Mills of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters Kimberly A. (Jeff) Christy of Phoenix, Ariz., and Vicki (Michael) Kuzman of Jefferson Hills; sister Patricia A. Pilgrim of Clairton; brothers Eugene B. Mills of Redding, Calif., and Maynard "Buzz" E. Mills of Cupertino, Calif.; grandchildren Katy and Danny Mills, Chelsa, Tahler and Morgan Christy and Joshua, Alexa and Samantha Kuzman; also survived by nieces and naphews. He was predeceased by his step-father Harry R. Mohney.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, PA, 15037. Blessing will be Thursday, November 12, 2009, at noon in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home with the Rev. R. Donald Jones.

Family requests donations to the National Parks Conservation Association, 1300 19th St., NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C., 20036.

Margie Henning Fairchild CHS'55) sent us the following information. "We received some tragic news...regarding one of our classmates. Bob Shuck was killed in a car accident on Saturday (11/7/2009). The day before we had one of our class luncheons, and he had driven three hours one way to join us. Friday morning at 11:00 AM he was sitting in my living room. He didn't know where St. Joan of Arc Church in Library was, so drove to my place and followed me. We never know what tomorrow will bring. Bob was sitting at an interesection waiting to make a left turn when he was rear-ended by a large vehicle, pushing him into oncoming traffic and was then hit head-on by another large vehicle....He lived in Berea, Ohio....

The following obituary appeared in the Cleveland "Plain Dealer".

In an e-mail dated Tuesday, November 3, 2009, Bob Vitori notified us that Carl Voelkel (CHS'57 - and Bob's closest friend and brother of Paul Voelkel of CHS'60) passed away a couple of weeks ago.

The following article appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Ron Lancaster was a 1956 graduate of Clairton High School.

The following article about Porky Chedwick appeared in the Wednesday, June 18, 2008 edition of The Daily News:

The following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently:

CHOTTINER, CHARLOTTE DIANA. On Monday, May 7, 2007, Age 85 and a lifetime resident of Clairton, PA where she was a school teacher for 34 yrs. She is survived by her sister Sylvia (Moe) Lampenfeld of Oakland. Nephews Myles and Gregg. Nieces Judy, Dena, Marcia and Anita. Sisters-in-law Esther and Florence Chottiner. She is prec-deceased by brothers Jacob and Louis Chottiner. A graveside service was held Wednesday at the Gemilas Chesed Cemetery in White Oak. Arrangements were handled by the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, PA 15025. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Library for the Blind and the Physically Handicapped, 4724 Baum Blvd., Pgh., PA 15213.

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Daniel McCormick , 87, of Clairton, on Friday, March 14, 2008. You may remember that Mr. McCormick was a Shop Teacher at Clairton High School and attended many of the CHS Reunion Picnics, the most recent of which was on Saturday, September 1, 2007. Here is a picture of Dan McCormick and his daughter, Alma Hoffman, at the picnic last summer.

The following obituary appeared in the McKeesport Daily News on Saturday, March 15, 2008:.

DANIEL McCORMICK. Daniel C. McCormick, 87, of Clairton, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Senior Care Plaza in McKeesport. He was born June 17, 1920, in Clairton, son of the late Charles and Edna Johnston McCormick and husband of the late Alma R. (Thompson) McCormick who died Nov. 7, 1997. He retired after 35 years as a shop teacher for the Clairton School District. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clairton and a graduate of California State Teachers College. He was a 1938 graduate of Clairton High School and enjoyed wood carving and was known for his mallard duck carvings. He was a U.S. Army Air veteran serving in World Ward II.

He is survived by daughter Alma (Dale) Hoffman of Elizabeth Township; sons Daniel C. (Christine) McCormick of Huntsville, Ala. and John C. (Lisa) McCormick of Jefferson Hills; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the A.J.Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton, Pa., 15025. Religious Service will be Monday, March 17, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home Chapel, Clairton with the Rev. John MacLeod officiating. Burial is in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

For those of you who remember Stan Berkman (Instructor - World History & Health; Head Basketball Coach), check out the news article on the following website about him: Stan Berkman - Hall of Fame

Florida Reunion Picnic. There is an annual reunion picnic of all Clairton High School graduates held in Florida. The picnic is held at Fort DeSoto Park near St. Petersburg every year on the third Saturday of February. People arrive about 10 or 11:00 a.m. Bring your own lunch and beverage. (Going South on Rt. 275 past Tampa – about ½ hour – look for sign with an arrow to Fort DeSoto Park, it will be a left turn, then go thru Tierra Verda, come to Fort DeSoto Park, make a left turn and look for Clairton Picnic signs.)

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Suzanne Phillips, on Tuesday, November 27, 2007. The following is her obituary as it appeared in The Daily News on Thursday, November 29, 2007.

SUZANNE PHILLIPS. Suzanne Phillips, 94, of Jefferson Hills, formerly of Clairton, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at home. She was born April 28, 1913, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Roy A. and Hilda (Klingelhofer) Phillips. She was an English teacher at Clairton High School, retiring in 1974. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Clairton, valedictorian of her class at Clairton High School and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Surviving is a sister, Gretchen Benack, with whom she resided; brother-in-law, George Dudiak of Penn Hills; and sister-in-law, Anne Phillips of Nacogdoches, Texas. She also is survived by eight nieces and nephews; and 14 great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings Betty Dudiak and Charles K. Phillips.

Memorial contributions can be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, 15243, or Western Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 119 Federal St., Pittsburgh, 15212.

Arrangements by A. J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 Fifth St., Clairton 15025.

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Kenneth A. Popcak, Elizabeth Township, on Saturday, September 29, 2007.

Kenneth Andrew Popcak, 65, of Elizabeth Township, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, in UPMC McKeesport.

He was born April 6, 1942, in McKeesport to the late Andrew and Ann Vossel Popcak and was the former owner of Ken's Creative Photography and a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton.

Mr. Popcak was a CCD teacher, a Eucharistic minister and co-leader of Holy Trinity Youth Group and several prayer groups in the area. He was a former choir member at St. Clare of Assisi Parish; a memb er of C.M.F. Men's Group at St. Martin de Porres Parish, McKeesport; active in a family puppet ministry, and "a joyful noise" for many years.

Husband of 42 years of Elaine Marie (Hirosky) Popcak. Father of Gregory Popcak (Lisa), of Steubenville, Ohio. Grandfather of Jacob, Rachael and Liliana Popcak. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the A.J. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 555 Fifth St., Clairton. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Clare of Assisi Church, Reed Street.

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Virginia N. Furno on Monday, December 22, 2003. The following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday, January 4, 2004.

Obituary - Furno, Virginia N. On Monday, December 22, 2003, of Whitehall. Wife of the late Joseph R. Furno. Funeral services were held privately. Arrangements were made by the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc. Virginia was a graduate of Wilson College, did graduate work at Carnegie Tech (now CMU), and received her master's degree at the University of Pgh. She participated in many community affairs. She was a volunteer and auxilion at Jefferson Hosp.; a member of the Brentwood Presbyterian Church (to whom she donated the Carillon); a member of Friends of Whitehall Library, Syria Ladies Social Club, Brentwood Century Club, Syria Temple Automobile Club and a charter member of AARP #2050. If desired contributions may be made to Brentwood Presbyterian Church or Wilson College 1015 Pennsylvania Ave. Chambersburg, PA 17201.

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Romolo "Roman" Lancianese on Thursday, January 1, 2004. The following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday, January 3, 2004.

Obituary - Romolo "Roman" Lancianese. On Thursday, January 1, 2004, age 93, of Clairton, PA, retired proprietor of TheVillage Inn of Clairton; husband of the late Rose Marie Patitucci Lancianese; father of Donna Marie (Denis) Lajcak, Ramon "Ray" and Perry Lancianese and the late Gloria Jean Vajey; grandfather of Patrick Vajey; brother of Herb Lancianese and the late Homer, William and Serafino Lancianese; cousin of Sandy Urbanski and Carl Piccioni; brother-in-law of Eleanor Ricci Lancianese and Joan Comondar Lancianese; also survived by 11 nieces; four nephews and 23 grand nieces and nephews. Friends received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th St., Clairton, 412-233-5700 on Sunday, 2-4 & 7-9 and Monday from 8:30 a.m. until time of prayers at 9:30. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, 10 a.m. in St. Paulinus Church, Clairton, PA. Memorials may be made to St. Francis University, 117 Evergreen Dr., Loretto, PA15940 or the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation Inc., 292 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017.