Thomas R. “Mo” Nowak

Nowak,TThomas R. Nowak “Mo” age 72 of Level Green passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016 in the Forbes Regional Hospital Monroeville. Tom was born on February 23, 1944 in Swissvale the son of the late John P and Gladys M (Campbell) Nowak. Tom is survived by his wife of 47 years Kathleen M. (Donaldson) Nowak; his daughter Shelley Nowak of Level Green; his siblings John Nowak (Helen) of Reading, Robert Nowak (Ruth) of N. Huntingdon, and Mary Lou Novak (Jim) of Plainfield, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. Elizabeth “Betty” Hoffman, James and George Nowak. A memorial visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 7PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. A blessing service will follow visitation at 7PM with Fr. David Nazimek officiating. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Terry Lynn Kirsch

KirschTerry Lynn Kirsch age 62 of Trafford passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016. Terry was born on May 2, 1954 in Cranberry the daughter of the late Carl and Irene (Preuhs) Kirsch. Terry is survived by her children Michael Droske and Heather Droske; her two brothers Carl Kirsch Jr and Gary Kirsch. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Marvin Roy Otto

Marvin Roy Otto, age 52 of Honey Brook PA, formerly of Pitcairn, unexpectedly went to his eternal resting place August 14, 2016 ending his pain and suffering. Marvin was born August 30, 1963 the son of the late Carl G. And Catheryn (Rice) Otto. Marvin was a resident of Honey Brook for the past 10 years. Prior to his illness, he worked as a SMT operator at Innovative Solutions & Support (Exton, PA). He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in West Brandywine PA. Marvin was an avid bowler, a lifelong devoted Penguin, Pirate and Steeler fan, a honorary life member of Pitcairn Relief Co. #2, a former 911 dispatcher, and a former EMT with Pitcairn Ambulance. Marvin was involved with PBSA, EBYA and Twin Valley Little League and Midget Football. In addition to his parents Marvin was preceded in death by his father-in-law Daniel Napolitano. Marvin is survived by his loving wife Karolyn (Napolitano) Otto; his loving children Amanda Otto of Honey Brook, Senior Airman Marvin Otto Jr. (Cara) Of Charleston SC, Tyler and Kristopher Otto of Honey Brook; his loving granddaughter Brooklynn; his sister Tacy Tucker (Gary) of Monroeville; his mother-in-law Dolores Napolitano; sisters-in-laws Karen Chernega (George), Kimberly Norman (Bruce), Danni Albitz (Jeff); his aunt Dot and Uncle Frank and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 6-9 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130)Trafford and Friday from 9 to 9:45 AM Friday in the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, 4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville with a funeral Mass at 10 AM in the church. Everyone please go directly to the church.. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Starr J. (Bradley) Mikan

imageStarr J. (Bradley) Mikan, age 72, of Monroeville passed away in her home with her family by her side on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Starr was born on March 17, 1944 in Lake Placid, NY, the daughter of the late John and Genevieve (Sears) Bradley. Starr was a retired Real Estate Agent for ReMax Realty. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who deeply treasured her grandchildren. She possessed generosity of spirit, always giving to and caring for others. Starr was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of 37 years John C. Mikan in 2015; her siblings Eleanor Filey, Tony Bradley and Cindy Smith. Starr is survived by her children Dean Matis (Carol Michel) of Butler, Melissa Matis of Monroeville; her grandchildren Adam Matis (Chelsea), Nathaniel Matis, Marissa Matis and Caleb Matis; her siblings Linda Renfro of Lake Placid, NY, George Bradley (Michelle) of Marcellus, NY and Terrie Latimer of Messena, NY and her beloved dog Skippy. Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 PM and Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home, Inc. 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM on Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, N. Versailles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Heartland Hospice 3520 State Rt. 130, Irwin PA 15642. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

 

Phyllis M. (Cannillo) Miholovich

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Phyllis Marie (Cannillo) Miholovich, 80, of Level Green, passed away peacefully in her home, to spend eternal life with her Lord and Savior, on Friday, August 5, 2016, surrounded by her family. Born in Pittsburgh on September 18, 1935, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Petracca) Cannillo; the beloved and treasured wife of the late Mitchel Miholovich;  loving and devoted mother of Cheryl (Miholovich) Trujillo, Lynn (Michael) Sinchak, Mitchel (Susan Aschenbrenner) Miholovich, and Stephen (Lisa Mulally) Miholovich; dear sister to Vincent (Lisa Fischetti) Cannillo, Donna Davis (Timothy Rupert), and Marlene (Thomas) Komisak; grandmother to Amy(Tony) Teaman, Kristy Campbell (Ian Korekach), Julie Trujillo, Anthony Trujillo (Stacy Graham), and Stephanie Sinchak; great grandmother to Tyler Campbell, Dylan ,Brooke, and Ava Teaman, Claire, Anna, and Ella Korekach, and Emily Trujillo; with nieces and nephews; and many friends, especially her dear friend, Carol Moody Crawford. Phyllis was a kind and giving woman, with a heart of faith, a forever love for her husband, and a devotion to her family.  She will be remembered for her love of animals, especially her little friend,” Mopsey”, the wild bunny she fed every morning.  A stay-at-home mom, she created a wonderful place to raise her family. Her homemade Italian food and Christmas cookies were family treasures.  An avid Pittsburgh fan, she enjoyed watching the Black-n-Gold. Her strong Catholic faith, with a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, carried her throughout her life. The dedication and true love Phyllis had for her husband Mitch was a love like no other, a devotion and joy of over 64 years.  They will now share eternal life together with Jesus. Phyllis was truly a gift and a blessing to all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.  She walked by her faith, hope, and love….and the greatest of these was her love. Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home, Inc., 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford (412-372-3111).  Parting prayers will be on Monday at 11 AM in the funeral home followed by a Funeral mass at 11:30 AM in the St. Regis Church, 517 Homewood Ave., Trafford. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY 10022 www.bcrfcure.org or Action for Animals Humane Society, P.O. Box 814, Latrobe, PA 15650, afahs@aol.com. www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Julia J. (Mikan) Walko

Julia J. (Mikan) Walko age 98 of Murrysville, formerly of Trafford passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Golden Living Center, Murrysville. Julia was born on September 3, 1917 in Trafford the daughter of the late Ivan and Teresa (Martinac) Mikan. Julia was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford. Julia was preceded in death by her husband John J. Walko; her son Richard Walko; and her siblings Ivan, Carl, William and Joseph Mikan, Ann Shimits and Mary Chabala. Julia is survived by her son James D. Walko (Pat) of Murrysville and her daughter Nadine Simpson of Manassas, VA; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-granchildren. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 3-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9:30AM Thursday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 10 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. Tom Dansak as celebrant. Interment will follow in the New St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Versailles. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Cleda Muskovac

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Cleda (Exacustides) Muskovac age 82 of Level Green passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 in her home. Cleda was born on May 17, 1934 in West Homestead the daughter of the late Gus and Ethel (Grindle) Exacustides.  Cleda was a former member of the Level Green Women’s Club, a stay at home mother who took care of her kids.  She was involved and supported them with all their participation with their local and college sports, clubs, and activities.  She loved to play bingo, music, baking and cooking all her family’s recipes.  She was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan watching Pitt Football and Basketball, the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Cleda enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter Haley by having sleep overs, shopping and going to the parks and she enjoyed her grand-dogs Tigger and Zoey.  When her grandchildren who live out of town visited her she would make homemade stuffed cabbage.  She would attend the East Pittsburgh Greek Festival every year. “Yia Yia” (which means grandma in Greek) was her nickname given by her grandchildren.  Cleda was preceded in death by her husband Peter J. Muskovac in 2016; her brother William Exacustides and her sisters Gertrude Miller and Mary Hyland.  Cleda is survived by her children Peter J. Muskovac Jr. of FL, Cathy M. Muskovac of Ebensburg, Eric W. Muskovac (Laura) of MI, and Marcy Aubele (Nicholas) of N. Huntingdon; her grandchildren Peter J. Muskovac III, Lauren, Cecilia and Mariana Muskovac and Haley Aubele; her two sister Phyllis Allen of N. Huntingdon, Donnis Zawasky of  Lincoln Place and Gust “Bud” Exacustides of Cabot, AR. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130), Trafford (412) 372-3111.  Funeral services will be at 11 AM on Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Al Finney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Jefferson Memorial Park, Jefferson Hills. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.

Kimberly Ann Kardes

KardesKimberly Ann Kardes-Plecenik age 51, of Plum, formerly of Murrysville passed away peacefully on Saturday July 23, 2016. Kim was born on March 27, 1965 the daughter of John and Sally (Wertz) Kardes of Murrysville.  She is the best friend and wife of Thomas Plecenik; cherished sister of Kristen Walch (Jeff) of Wexford and Karen Raabe (Barrett) of Plum; Godmother and aunt to Makenna Raabe and Alexa Walch and aunt to Kylie Walch and Marissa Duguid; sister-in-law of Joann and fiancé Paul Rupnik of Canonsburg and Barbara Duguid (Thomas) of Bridgeville. Kim was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church in Murrysville, a graduate of Franklin Regional High School class of 1983, and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown where she was a member of the Zeta Sigma Tau Sorority (Zeta 127).  She received her Master degree from Carlow University and was employed in the Accreditation and Compliance Department at Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  Kim was a HUGE Pitt Fan, lifelong football and basketball season ticket holder, and proud alumni member.  She would travel to an away football game or March Madness every year with Tom to support her Panthers.  If it was the Pens winning their 4th Stanley Cup or sitting with dad & mom and the family cheering on the Steelers, she was a fanatic Pittsburgh fan.  By chance, a trip to cheer on her Panthers vs. Nebraska led her to adopt the Cornhuskers as her 2nd favorite team.  Kim loved to travel with her family and Disney was her Kingdom.  She would beam when talking about growing up camping with dad, mom, Kris, and Karen.  Later, the trips when Jeff and Barrett became family, traveling on cruises and Disney trips brought her so much happiness.  As a Godmother and Aunt, Kim’s abilities to bring joy and laughter to her nieces, whether on vacations or at birthday parties or them simply visiting Aunt Kimmy in her new home, made her short time here beyond any words that could be said.  Tom would always say he found the perfect travel partner, from two presidential inaugurations, to drinking wine in Paris, to walking the entire beachfront in Normandy.  Always starting her days in Germany with Nutella and banana crepes.  From cuckoo clocks and Snow White’s Castle, the hills were alive in Kim’s presence.  Kim kissed the Blarney Stone and walked alongside the St. Patty’s Day Parade in Dublin.  She stayed in the oldest castle in Austria, rode a Harley in Salzburg, celebrated Octoberfest, and was there for the nomination of a Pope.  She could hold her own drinking a pint with the boys but always presented herself at her best.  Kim’s love of scrapbooking can be seen in her books about her trips found throughout her home.  She had a green thumb and her garlic, hot peppers, beets, and cukes are being enjoyed by family and friends as we speak.  Last year she fired a bow, rifle, and a Glock, made beer and painted on canvas, became a good cook and toured wineries across the country.  Kim’s happiness came from taking care of everybody else before herself.  Kim would tell you her parents were simply the best.  She loved her uncles, aunts, cousins.  Kim and her Aunt Nancy through texts, talks, lunches, and holidays spent together always left her waiting for the next time they would see each other.  She called Tommy her Godsend, because he likes to tell everyone that his 18 years as her friend, boyfriend, then husband was the greatest time in his life.  He respected her at first, then fell in love with her and always told her how greatful it was to have John, Sally, Kristen, Karen, and especially Kim to call family.  Family and friends will be received on Monday from 6-9 PM and Tuesday from 1-3 & 6-9 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford (412)372-3111.   Parting prayers will be at 11:15AM Wednesday in the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 Noon in the Mother of Sorrows Church with Msgr. James Gaston as celebrant.  Interment will be in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont.   In lieu of flowers Kim has requested donations to The Children’s Heart Foundation (PA):  Kimberly Kardes Memorial Fund, PO Box 176, Swarthmore PA 19081. www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Joseph D. Mediate

Mediate, JoeJoseph D. Mediate age 85 of North Huntingdon passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in his home. Joe was born on April 21, 1931 in Slickville the son of the late Frank and Carmella (Macri) Mediate. Joe retired from Radform Tool as a machinist. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and golfing and was a member of the Hilltop Golf League. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years Perina (Cattani) Mediate; a brother Tony Mediate and a sister Mary Chopp. Joe is survived by his wife Lucinda “Cindy” (Miller) Mediate; his children JoAnn Miner of Dunnellon, FL, Kathleen Gatto (Nick) of Cooperstown PA, and Joseph Mediate (Patti) of Irwin; his grandchildren Angelo Gatto (Daniela), Nicole Monarch (Jason), Timothy Mediate (Kelly), Joseph Gatto (Victoria), Joshua Kettren (Cheryl) and Michelle Kester (Michael); great-grandchildren Isabella Monarch, Rosa Monarch, Alexis Kettren, Mia Gatto, Celia Gatto, Sophia Mediate, Mila Kester, Jillian Kettren, Enzo Gatto and Allaina Gatto; his siblings Bruno Mediate of Harrison City, Katherine Zemleduck of Hollidaysburg, Dominic (Mary) and Paul Mediate of Trafford. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-8 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 on Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church Trafford with Fr. Tom Dansak as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, N. Huntingdon. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com

Juliann L. Frydrych

Frydrych, JuliannJuliann L. Frydrych age 78 of Trafford passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Juliann was born on March 22, 1938 in Wilkinsburg the daughter of the late Michael and Lola (Colangelo) Bayko. Juliann owned and operated the former Frydrych Tire Services in Trafford with her husband Joe. She was a member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford, St. John Kanty Lodge (Polish Club) and the former Trafford Women’s Club. In addition to her parents Juliann was preceded in death by a brother Michael Bayko. She is survived by her husband Joseph J. Frydrych; her two sons Mark R. Frydrych and Barry J. Frydrych (Nancy) of Trafford; her grandchildren Drew Frydrych (Andria) and Carly Frydrych; and her two great-grandchildren Ryan Joseph and Tyler William Frydrych. 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 9 AM Friday in the funeral home 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 Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.. Www.dobrinickfhinc.com