Sylvester “Babe” Balanti

Sylvester “Babe” Balanti age 86 of Level Green passed away on Monday March 20, 2017 in Manor Care of Monroeville. Babe was born on October 5, 1930 the son of the late Hugo and Jean (Mazzoni) Balanti.  Babe was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the Air Force.  He retired from Prudential Life Insurance Company as a sales manager, and worked at McDain’s Golf Center after retirement.  Babe was a devout Catholic and active member of the St. Regis Church in Trafford, a charter member of the church’s Pastoral Council, an usher and money counter.  Babe was a lifetime member of the Elk Lodge in Braddock, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a semi-pro bowler, avid golfer and loved to shoot pool. Above all Babe was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and he was always proud of his family.  Babe was preceded in death by his grandson Cameron Comito.  Babe is survived by his wife of 65 years Marion (Capaccione) Balanti; his children Linda Ruffo (Frank), Lorraine Comito (Ralph), Barbara Morris (Todd), Robert Balanti (Hope) and Marilyn Rauso (Richard); his grandchildren Melissa Beyer (Chris), Michael Ruffo, Christopher Comito (Shelley), Broderick and Hayden Balanti , Matthew and Daniel Rauso; his great-grandchildren Dominic and Francesca Beyer, Madison, Leah, Megan and Lindsay Comito ; his siblings Ed Balanti (Carol) and Virginia Osley (John) and numerous nieces and nephews.  Family and friends will be received on Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111.  Parting prayers will be at 9:30 AM Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10AM in the St. Regis Church Trafford with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant.  Entombment with military honors will follow in the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Monroeville. www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Raymond M. Kantorowski

Raymond M. Kantorowski, age 56, of Trafford passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Ray was born on May 1, 1960 in Erie, the son of Lillian Kolbas. Ray was a manufacturing supervisor for Aloma Shim & Manufacturing in Verona. Ray was a great man and always put everyone else’s needs before his own. He loved working with his hands, solving problems, and remodeling his home. Ray was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Scott Grove, grandmother Anna Kolbas, nephew Alan Kantorowski, and father-in-law Thomas Hewitt. Ray is survived by his mother, Lillian Kolbas; mother-in-law Linda Hewitt; wife Lisa (Grove) Kantorowski; his children, Joe Kantorowski (Kayla), Leslie McMillen, and Kevin Kantorowski; his grandchildren, Thalia Van Luven, Alexis Suba, Silas, Ryker, and Nolan Kantorowski; his siblings, Toni Kantorowski, Lillian Britner (Marty), Karen Seggi (Eric), Cherilyn Perez (Leonardo) and Christopher Kolbas and eight nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 4-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th Street (State Rt. 130) Trafford. Parting prayers will be on Thursday at 10:15 AM in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 11AM in the Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Susan C. (Aschenbrenner) Miholovich

Susan C. (Aschenbrenner) Miholovich age 53 of Level Green passed away on Tuesday March 14, 2017 in UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Susan was born on November 27, 1963 the daughter of Joseph G. Jr and Dolores Aschenbrenner and was preceded in death by her sister Karen Aschenbrenner. Susan is survived by her husband of 13 years Mitchel J. Miholovich; her brothers and sisters Joseph Aschenbrenner III of St. Petersburg FL, Diane Aschenbrenner of Penn Hills, Linda Stoehr (Adam) of Sterling Heights MI, and Keith Aschenbrenner of Penn Hills along with numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Susan enjoyed life to the fullest and her laughter was unmistakeable; her deep faith carried her thru her struggles and her undeniable strength kept her spirit willing to continue the fight. Throughout her illness, her gratitude to those healthcare professionals who took care of her was evident—the Hillman Cancer Center, Shadyside Hospital, NIH Bethesda and Seattle WA. Susan loved camping, gardening and shopping not to mention wildlife and birds and she was the proud dog mom to Cassie and Rio. Susan was a graduate of Robert Morris University and was a 20 year employee of the Pittsburgh Press/Post-Gazette in the Marketing and Advertising Sales Department. Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Mausoleum, Delmont. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Mario Lemieux Blood Cancer Center at the Hillman Center or Action for Animals in Latrobe. www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Walter G. “Smitty” Smith

Walter G. “Smitty” Smith age 69 of Trafford passed away unexpectedly on Sunday March 12, 2017 in the UPMC Presbyterian-Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh. Smitty was born on September 6, 1947 in Slickville the son of the late Glenn A. Smith and Anna Baloga. Smitty was veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the Army and then joined the Air Force and retired from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.  Smitty retired from Chrysler­-Daimler.  Smitty was preceded in death by his brother R. James Baloga.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years Victoria (Nichols) Smith; his two daughters Carrie Ann Smith of Phoenix, AZ and Amy Daugherty (Jamie) of N. Huntingdon; his  three grandchildren Marsala Krupp, Kamryn and Athena Daugherty; his faithful friend Judge and his siblings Beverly Brown (Gene) of Oil City, Robert Smith of Indiana and Norma Jean Trybus of Saltsburg.  Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111.  A funeral prayer service will be at 8 PM Thursday following visitation.   Private interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to a charity of one’s choice in Walter Smith’s name. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.

Lucille E. (Pedder) Ferguson

Lucille E. (Pedder) Ferguson age 90 of Trafford passed away on Wednesday March 8, 2017 in the Forbes Regional Hospital Monroeville. Lucille was born on January 10, 1927 in Penn Twp. the daughter of the late William and Virginia (Holsinger) Pedder.  Lucille was a member of the Level Green Presbyterian Church, she was active with her kid’s activities as they were growing up, she loved to bake, knit, sew, crochet and she loved her dog Snoopy.  Lucille was preceded in death by her husband John G. Ferguson in 2011 and her two sisters V. Helen Thurston and Clara Flick.  Lucille is survived by her children Tom Ferguson (Kathy) of Mechanicsville, VA, Donna Ferguson of Trafford, Ron Ferguson (Debbie) of Pitcairn and Debbie Ferguson (Steve Shotts) of Jeannette; her three grandchildren Anthony, Kenzie and Kristi Ferguson, her great-granddaughter Riley; many nieces and nephews, as well as her wonderful Ferguson in-laws .  Family and friends will be received on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111.  A funeral service will be at 11 AM Monday in the Level Green Presbyterian Church, 105 Olive Drive in Level Green with Pastor John Simpson officiating. Funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 AM to go to the church.  Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, N. Huntingdon    www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Josephine E. “Pep” Horvath

Josephine E. “Pep” Horvath, age 91, of Trafford passed away on Wednesday March 8, 2017. Pep was born on July 17, 1925 in Trafford, the daughter of the late Marco and Mary (Descina) Ivicak.  Pep was a member of St. Regis Catholic Church, Trafford.  She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Horvath in 2012 and her siblings Joseph Ivicak, Katherine Antolovich, Mary E. Grgurich, and Joseph Grgurich.  Pep is survived by her children Pamela J. Hauser (Jim) of Elmhurst, Illinois; David A. Horvath (Tracy) of Level Green; and her four grandchildren.  Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 5 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (St. Rt.130) Trafford (412) 372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9:00 AM in the funeral home on Monday followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church, Trafford, with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant.  Interment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.     www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Carol E. (Szekely) Martin

Carol E. (Szekely) Martin age 58 of Trafford passed away with her family by her side in her home on Wednesday March 1, 2017. Carol was born on December 19, 1958 the daughter of Gerald and Janet (George) Szekely of Penn Twp. Carol was a graduate of Penn Trafford High School Class of 1977 then graduated from Penn State University Class of 1981. Carol taught in the Penn-Trafford School District and was currently with the Yough School District Middle School, teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford where she taught Religious Education for many years. Carol was preceded in death by her infant son Jason Martin. In addition to her parents Carol is survived by her husband of 35 years James D. Martin Jr.; her sons Jeffrey Martin (Brenna), Daniel Martin (Katherine) and Tyler Martin; her eight siblings Gerald Szekely Jr. (Kim), Michael Szekely (Paula), William Szekely (Carolyn), Amy Szekely, Diane Califano (Albert), Jennifer Staranko (Scott), Andrew Szekely (Michelle) and Christopher Szekely (Jill); her father-in-law James D. Martin Sr. (the late Irene) and a multitude of family and friends. Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 6-8PM and Sunday from 1-3 & 6-8PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM Monday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery Monroeville. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15205. www.dobrinickfhinc.com

James R. Johnson Sr.

James R. Johnson Sr. Age 86 of Trafford passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Jim was born on June 4, 1930 in N. Braddock the son of the late Jabez and Margaret (Belin) Johnson. Jim was a veteran of the Army during the Korean War, he was a bus driver for the former McCoy Brothers Bus Co. and then retired from the Port Authority of Allegheny Co. after 33 years service. He was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Trafford American Legion Post 331, the AARP and he loved hunting and fishing. Jim was preceded in death by his grandson Jeremy Johnson and a brother Charles W. Johnson Sr and a nephew Charles W. Johnson Jr. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years Thelma (Bostedo) Johnson, his sons James R. Johnson Jr. (Joan) of Apollo and Jeffrey A. Johnson (Tammy) of Trafford; his grandchildren James R. Johnson III, Jacqueline Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Timothy Johnson; his two great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Aiden Johnson; a nephew David Johnson (Wendy); an aunt Ruth Belin and numerous cousins. Family and friends will be received on Ash Wednesday from 6-9PM and Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Justin Judy officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Churchill Cemetery, Wilkins Twp. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 407 Duquesne Ave. Trafford PA 15085. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Dolores “Dee” D. Quinter

Dolores “Dee” D. Quinter age 89 of Level Green passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. Dee was born on June 16, 1927 in Wilkins Twp the daughter of the late Stephen and Bertha (Stein) Schaffer. Dee was a retired registered nurse with the Grace Hospital in Detroit. Dee was one of the founding members of the Word and Worship Church in North Braddock and she attended church at the Murrysville Campus. Dee was preceded in death by her siblings Jennie (Falke) Adams, Albert and Harry Falke, Gladys (Falke) Fischbacher, Walter and Howard Schaffer. Dee is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Charles R. Quinter; her children Carolynn Williams (Robert) of Level Green and Charles W. Quinter of Spring Hill FL; her granddaughter Nicolette Macdonald and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 AM with Pastors Rick Paladin and Keith Tucci co- officiating. Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, N. Huntingdon.

Mary (Capan) Ondulich

Mary (Capan) Ondulich age 84 of Trafford passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Brookdale Sr. Living Center, Murrysville. Mary was born on December 17, 1932 in Trafford the daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Vidmir) Capan. Mary was a member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. Mary was preceded in death by her husband William Ondulich, her sister Helen Pohl and two brothers Joseph and John Capan. She is survived by her sons William J. Ondulich of Clearwater, FL (Cherish Jones), Thomas J. Ondulich (Elizabeth) of Laytonsville, MD and David R. Ondulich (Bobbi Jo) of Trafford; her grandchildren David, Hannah, Matthew, Stephen, Lisette, Billy, Robert, Mary Beth and Ryan Ondulich, Leann Pinkerton and Jennifer Shamburger and 10 great-grandchildren; her siblings Ann Adamik of Level Green, Catherine Capan of Trafford and Frances Padilla of Tucson, AZ. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 6-8PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM on Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in the All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery, Braddock Hills. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave. Trafford PA 15085. www.dobrinickfhinc.com