Alverta I. “Bertie” Turchan age 89 of Trafford passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 in her home. Bertie was born on March 5, 1926 in Pitcairn the daughter of the late Michael and Bessie (Slavonchak) Praksti. Bertie was a devoted member of the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Wall. Bertie previously worked for the Papercraft Corp. in Blawnox and was currently working for A & S Carpet in Trafford and Allison Park. Bertie gave her time as a volunteer for the former Beverly Manor (now Golden Living) in Monroeville for 10 years. Bertie was preceded in death by her siblings Mike, John “Bill”, Edward and Willis Praksti and Elsie Smith. Bertie is survived by her children Bonita A. “Bonnie” Vanek (David) of Irwin and Daniel R. Turchan of Millvale; her grandchildren Aric, Sean and Christopher Vanek; her brother Joseph Praksti of Pitcairn and Anna Marie Madjerick of Monroeville. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 & 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 9:45AM on Thursday in the funeral home followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 AM in the Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Wall. Interment will follow in the Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville. Panachida services will be at 7 PM Wednesday in the funeral home. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Charles W. Gestrich Jr. age 45 of Avonmore formerly of Trafford/Level Green passed away unexpectedly in a vehicle accident on Tuesday September 29, 2015. Chuck was born on December 29, 1969 in Pittsburgh the son of Charles W. Sr. and Mary E. (Lee) Gestrich of Delmont. Chuck was a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic HS class of 1988. Chuck was a good basketball player and continued with his children in helping and coaching them in softball. In addition to his parents Chuck is survived by his wife Brandy (Womack) Gestrich; his four daughters Dallas (Dylan), Dakota, Dalaney and Devyn Gestrich all at home; his two brothers David Gestrich (Christina) of FL and Stephen Gestrich Kris of Plum and their children Madison and Kelsie; his sisters-in-law and their children Pam Jamison, Casey Harmon and daughter Kera, Terry Harmon and children Tyler, Carterra, Carter and Daquan and a special friend who Chuck considered as an adopted daughter Tomi Lewis. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM in the St. Regis Church 517 Homewood Ave. Trafford with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. EVERYONE PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the family. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
John C. Mikan age 77 of Monroeville passed away on September 24, 2015 in his home with his wife and children at his side after fighting a hard battle with cancer. John was born in his Trafford home on April 25, 1938, son of the late Ivan and Mary (Belli) Mikan. John, a graduate of Trafford High School, served six years in the Army Reserves, and took great pride in his career as a car dealer and co-owner of Mikan Pontiac with his brother Robert. John was a passionate devotee of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was a beloved husband, stepfather, and grandfather. He is predeceased by his mother Mary (Belli) Mikan, his father Ivan Mikan, and his canine friend Bee Gee. John is survived by his wife Starr (Matis) of 37 years; his son Dean Matis (Carol Michel) of Butler and Melissa Matis of Monroeville; his grandchildren Adam Matis (Chelsea), Nathaniel Matis, Marissa Matis, and Caleb Matis; his brother Robert Mikan (Nancy), two nieces and a nephew; his dog Skippy. Family and friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 PM on Monday in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 7th Street (State Rt. 130) Trafford (412) 372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9AM on Tuesday 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. Entombment will follow with military honors in the New St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, N. Versailles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to either Heartland Hospice, 3520 Rt. 130 Irwin PA 15642 or the Hillman Cancer Center of Pittsburgh, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15232. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Nellie J. (Devroude) Mills age 98 of Level Green passed away on Wednesday September 9 2015 in William Penn Skilled Nursing Center, Penn Twp. Nellie was born on March 27, 1917 in Turtle Creek the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Larouere) Devroude. Nellie was a graduate of Indiana Univ. of PA School of Nursing and retired from the Penn-Trafford School District with 20 years of service as a school nurse. She was a devoted member of the Trinity United Methodist Church Trafford. Nellie was an extraordinary wife, mother grandmother and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years Robert A. Mills in 2008 and six brothers and sisters. Nellie is survived by her children Robert A. Mills Jr. (Mary Taylor) of Medford OR, Marjorie Orzechowski (Dick) of Level Green and Janis Mills (Lori Gochenauer) of Annapolis MD; her grandchildren Missy Lewis (Christian), Chad Orzechowski (Cassandra), Rachel Mills, Robert Mills III; great-grandchildren Ava, Athena, Marcus and Charlie. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday September 13, 2015 at 1PM in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 407 Duquesne Ave. Trafford with Pastor Justin Judy officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to either the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212 or the Trinity United Methodist Church. The John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. Trafford is assisting the family with arrangements (412) 372-3111. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Elizabeth Rose (Damico) Balkovec, 93, of Trafford, left this earth on September 10, 2105 at home surrounded by her loving family. Affectionately known as Gram, she was born on August 3, 1922 in Larimer the daughter of the late Philomina and Antonio Damico. She was also preceded in death by her husband Joseph F. (Shorty) Balkovec. Liz was a Gold Star Grandmother, having lost her devoted grandson SFC Robert James Fike in Afghanistan in 2010. Liz was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was preceded in death by siblings Fred, Peter, Patsy, Anthony, Felix and Ann Bernardo. Liz was a member of the St. Regis Parish, Trafford. Left to cherish her memory are daughters Christine M. Fike (James) and Catherine A. Kozubal (Mark); grandsons Christopher J. Fike (Nicole) and John J. (JJ) Kozubal, great-grandchildren Alexa, MacKenzie, Tristan, Parker and Zooey Fike. Aunt Liz will also be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews who considered her to be ‘like a second mother.’ The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at Allegheny Health Network for all their compassionate care. Family and friends will be received on Friday 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 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. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Irwin. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Trafford American Legion Post 331 or the Trafford American Legion Auxiliary (Shorty was a WWII veteran and Purple Heart Recipient; Liz was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
Dorothy (Evelyn) Behe age 91 of Trafford passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Murrysville. Dorothy was born on August 13, 1924 the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Pasterchak) Smorey. Dorothy was a member of the St. Regis Church Trafford. Dorothy was a beloved and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Dorothy loved sports, bingo, the casino and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold J. Behe on January 7, 2015, her siblings Margaret Smorey, Florence Kraly, Martha Clark, Valeria DePalma, Albert and Julius Smorey. Dorothy is survived by her children Regis Behe, Barbara Sawchak (Alan), Raymond Behe (Hope), Frances O’Connor (Donald), MaryAnne Culleiton and Sandra Behe; her grandchildren Elizabeth, Melissa, Kyle, Devin, Megan and Matthew; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. 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. Parting prayers will be on Tuesday at 9 AM in the funeral home followed my a funeral mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15205. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
Josephine N. Gunia age 97 of Trafford passed away on Tuesday September 1, 2015 in Manor Care of Monroeville. Josephine was born on June 13, 1918 in Trafford the daughter of the late Paul and Antonia (Krauz) Magusiak. Josephine was a member of the St. Regis Church and its former Altar Rosary Society, St. John Kanty Lodge #881 Trafford and the Polish National Alliance. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband Stanley J. Gunia in 1986, her daughter Janet McWilliams in 2002, her sister Blanche Lawrence in 2013 and her brother Edward Magusiak in 2004. Josephine is survived by her children Pauline Kljucaric (Nick) of Monroeville, Marlene Ray (Paul)of Tampa, FL and Stacia Boehm of Turtle Creek, son-in-law Charles McWilliams of Trafford; her grandchildren Nick (Lynn)and Stanley Kljucaric, Lori Doran (Jack), Christine Frick (Gregg), Dana Ditter (Don), Charlie McWilliams, Jill and Chris Ray (Christie), Jason Boehm (Brittany); 15 great-grandchildren. 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 9:30AM in the St. Regis Church Trafford with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
Thomas J. Babeo age 83 of Trafford passed away on Monday August 24, 2015. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Antonio and Elizabeth StAngelo Babeo, his wife Vera “Dot”, his son Thomas J. Babeo Jr, and his siblings Nick, Russ and John Babeo and Anna Marie Hetherington. Tom is survived by his children Debra Bayer (Frank), Joyce Miller; his grandchildren Keli, Justin, Ashley and Lauren and great-granddaughter Maria; his brother Vince Babeo (Mary). Tom was a devout Catholic and member of the St. Regis Church Trafford, a veteran of the Korean War with the US Army, a graduate of California Univ. of Pennsylvania, he retired from Westinghouse in E. Pittsburgh then was the head of security for Boyce Campus of the CCAC in Monroeville, a retired member of the Trafford Fire Co. #1 and served as Mayor of Trafford and on the Trafford Council. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 6-8 PM and from 2-4 & 6-8 PM on Thursday in the John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. 702 7th St. (St. Rt. 130) Trafford 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9:30AM on Friday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 10AM in the St. Regis Church Trafford. Entombment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.
John A. “Jack” Reilly age 87 of Trafford died peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2015 in his home. Jack was born in 1927 in Wyoming PA the son of the late William and Anne (Hooper) Reilly. Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Josephine (Fetah) Reilly; his four daughters Laura (Charles) Ward of Dayton OH, Denise (Scott) Emery of Ligonier, Ann (Todd) Patterson and Jacqueline (Gary) Sieber of Irwin; his grandchildren Matthew, Courtney and Tyler Emery, Julie and Katie Ward, Alexandra and Cade Patterson and Reilly and Jack Sieber. Jack served in the Marines during WWII. After the war he attended Duquesne University, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and was commissioned a Captain in the US Air Force Reserve. He taught mathematics in the Penn-Trafford School District for 36 years, delighting his students by walking on the chalk tray and drawing perfect circles on the board. An avid craftsman, he was truly a Jack-of-all-trades, building and remodeling numerous houses, fixing cars and gardening. Jack was a long-time member of the St. Regis Church, Trafford. He will be remembered for his love of discussions, inquisitive nature and thrifty habits. To the end he was always in search of a bargain. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 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 in the funeral home Wednesday followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 AM in the St. Regis Church Trafford with Fr. David Nazimek as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville. The family kindly suggests contributions in lieu of flowers be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs KY 41076 or cst.dav.org. www.dobrinickfhinc.com
William Welch Rochester, 87, of Monroeville, PA passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015. Bill was born in Stanford, Kentucky on June 21, 1928 to the late John Welch Rochester and Sallie Mills Craig Rochester. He is preceded in death by two of his three siblings, Ephraim Owsley Rochester and Sue Craig Gingles. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Kern Rochester; daughter, Sallie Madia (son-in-law Greg Madia), son, Craig Rochester (daughter-in-law Thea Cooper), daughter, Susie Roman (son-in-law Manuel Roman); adored grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher, Alex, Maya, Jane, and Ian; a brother Sam Rochester. Bill served briefly in the U.S. Navy before enrolling at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. After graduating he tried his hand at journalism before finding his calling in electrical engineering in Pittsburgh. He spent his career designing rail switching systems for Westinghouse Airbrake, Union Switch and Signal in Swissvale. He had a curious mind and read newspapers voraciously all of his adult life, sharing articles thoughtfully with those he knew would be interested in them. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had a quick wit and a gift for storytelling; his sense of humor was much loved and will be missed dearly by those who survive him. Bill was a solid, kind-hearted, generous man who lived his life with honesty and integrity on his own terms. He set an example of steadfastness and responsibility for all who knew him. There will be no visitation and a funeral service will be on this Friday at 10 AM July 17, 2015 in the Old Stone Church, corners of Monroeville Blvd and Strochein Rd. Monroeville with Fr. David Nazimek officiating. Inurnment will follow in the cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to University of Pittsburgh Simmons Center and mailed to Medical & Health Science Foundation, Forbes Tower, Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213. The John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc. Trafford 412-372-3111 is assisting the family with arrangements. www.dobrinickfhinc.com.