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Arthur Pitell

November 1, 1925 - August 10, 2016

Arthur Pitell, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, age 90 of Ross Township. Loving husband of 53 years to Wilma Pitell. Devoted father of Anthony "Tony" Pitell (Barbara), Dean Pitell (Pamela) and Susan Wallisch (Kurt). Proud Pap-Pap of Julia, Dana, Matthew and Natalie. Brother of Thomas Pitell and the late Jean Vavrina, Jerry Pitell, Mary De Fazio and Angela Yeager. Also...
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Sandra L. Kessler

September 28, 1946 - July 27, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Heard Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Patricia Ann Scisciani

July 19, 1941 - June 26, 2016

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, Patricia A. Scisciani, age 74. Beloved mother of Darlene Bauer, Mary (Tony) Scafede, and James A. Scisciani; daughter of the late Anthony and Carmella Marotti; sister of Rose (Eugene) Getsy and the late Peter Marotti; grandmother of John, Jessica, Anthony and Nicole. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family received Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m....
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Edward John Roach

July 13, 1926 - April 29, 2016

Edward John Roach, of Pittsburgh, age 89, on Friday April 29, 2016. Son of the late Edward and Florence (Anselm) Roach; loving brother of the late Thelma M. and George J. Roach; dear friend of the O'Connell family, and many others. Friends will be received on Monday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Heard Funeral Home, Inc., 4047 Perrysville Ave, Observatory Hill, 412-931-0200. Mass of Christian...
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Ann Bickert

December 12, 1927 - April 17, 2016

Ann Bickert passed away on April 17, 2016. Ann was born December 8, 1927 in Connemara County Galway, Ireland. She moved to Pittsburgh in 1953 and settled on the upper North Side, her home for more than 58 years. Ann was known as hardworking and strong-willed. She loved children. After raising six of her own, she was a nurturing grandmother and babysitter for neighbors. Ann also enjoyed tea,...
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Thomas S. Dzamko

February 12, 1949 - March 22, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, age 67, of the North Side. Loving husband of 43 years to Carol S. Dzamko. Devoted father of Jeffrey, Carrie (Larry), Christy and Mark (Melinda) Dzamko; proud Pap-Pap of Daniel, Mercedes, Joshua, Mariah and Miley; brother of Gloria (Tom) Surman and Gary Dzamko. Family and friends are welcome to join in celebrating Tom's life on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, from 11 a.m...
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Ethel G. Leibach

October 31, 1922 - March 14, 2016

Age 93, formerly of Observatory Hill, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016. Wife of the late Bernard F., Sr.; mother of Bernard F., Jr. of Saxonburg, William (Virginia) of Ross Twp. and Ethel (Richard) McCarthy of Avella; sister of the late William J. Kalb, Ruth Fox, Florence Skeehan and Homer Kalb; grandmother of Laura Morse (Todd Vickers), Kelly Dunkle (Josh), Burt Leibach (Jill Herrold),...
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Gladys E. Gallagher

February 14, 1926 - February 28, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Heard Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Sharon Davis

May 8, 1952 - January 25, 2016

Age 63, of Ross Twp., formerly of the North Side, on Monday, January 25, 2016. Beloved wife of William H. Davis; loving mother of Amy (Carl) Brown and Samantha (Brian) Miller; grandmother of Davis and Adyn Brown and Ethan Miller; sister of Mary (Harry) Ng, Kirk (Kathy) Basko and the late Janet (Joseph) Boyer. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received Thursday 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m....
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Anna Pfalzgraf

July 14, 1916 - January 11, 2016


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Rosemary A. Mihm

June 5, 1924 - December 26, 2015

Age 91, of Observatory Hill, died peacefully with her family by her side, on Saturday, December 26, 2015. Devoted wife of 41 years to the late Paul A. Mihm, Sr.; beloved mother of Maureen (Tom) Molyneaux, Melinda (David) Massucci, Paul, Jr. (Jacqueline) Mihm and Richard (Kathleen) Mihm; loving grandmother of Maura, Meredith (Chris), Erin, Paul III (Jaclyn), Blaise, Tom, Monica, Kristine, Rick,...
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Dolores M. Reyes

August 8, 1929 - October 13, 2015

On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, age 86, of the North Side. Wife of the late Felix M. Reyes, Sr.; loving mother of Felix M. "Marty" Reyes, Jr. (Gloria), Raymond Reyes, Joyce Lee (George), June M. Faber (Joe), Steve Reyes (Colleen) and Dolores Ward (the late Billy); also survived by many grandchildren. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4047...
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Betty A. Kalkowski

June 14, 1934 - October 8, 2015


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John F. Shiring

January 2, 1917 - October 2, 2015

JOHN F. "MANNY" SHIRING, JR.On Friday, October 2, 2015, age 98 of Ross Township, formerly of the North Side. Beloved husband of the late Alice M. (Valancius) Shiring; father of John J. Shiring; grandfather of Jason and Kimberly Shiring; brother of Flora Chiaramonte, Marlene Montemurro and the late Raymond Shiring; cousin of Thelma "Sis" Thomas; also survived by nieces and...
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Anna Rosine Freund

March 1, 1917 - September 22, 2015

Age 98, of the North Side, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Samuel Grover Freund; loving mother of Samuel (Lynne) Freund, David (Sally) Freund and Barbara (Paul) Roser; proud grandmother of Sandra Montgomery (Bill), Samuel Freund, Susan Cooper (Mark), Tim Freund (Beth), Robin Apostolakis (Robert), Erika Smith (Nicholas), Kerri Hanson (Cody) and Matthew Roser ...
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Mary B. Averell

March 19, 1928 - August 2, 2015

Age 87, of the North Side, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Beloved wife of the late John W; loving mother of Janet (Rob) Fabrizio, Judi Shuster, Joyce (Tom) Carrigan and Paul (Lori) Averell; proud grandmother of Rachel, Erica and Tyler; great-grandmother of Landon; sister of the late Jack and Billy Hart. Betty Mae was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams. Friends will be received...
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Philip H. Bohr

April 2, 1944 - July 23, 2015

PHILIP H. BOHR , Jr. On Thursday, July 23, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, age 71, of Observatory Hill. Beloved husband of 51 years to Rosemary (Brisco) Bohr; cherished father of Philip III (Kathy), Nicholas (Bridgette), Michael and Thomas (Kristy) Bohr; adored pappy of Samantha and Taylor Bohr; brother of Eileen Gordon, William Bohr and Margie Korsak; also survived by many nieces, nephews...
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Dorothy M. Ackerman

July 30, 1920 - July 16, 2015

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, age 94, of West View. Wife of the late Edward R. Ackerman. Loving mother of Dennis Ackerman of Miami, FL and Linda Prasky (Robert) of Ross Township. Proud grandmother of Brian Prasky (Amy) and Jennifer Burns (Brian) and great-grandmother of Weston and Addison. Sister of Arlene Burlingham of Michigan. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held in...
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Mercedes E. Radick

February 17, 1925 - July 9, 2015

Mercedes E. (Brill) RadickPeacefully on Thursday, July 9, 2015, age 90 of Observatory Hill. Wife of the late John Radick; loving mother of Kathy (Bob) Jessop, Denny (Joan) Radick and Elaine (Bob) Dailey; proud grandma of Lyndsay (fiancé John), Bobby, Matt (Megan), Karie (Travis), Michael, Tracey, Justin (fiancée Ashley), Bobby, Jason and Ryan; sister of Bob (June) Brill and the late...
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Patricia J. Graf

October 1, 1932 - July 4, 2015

Age 82, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, of Pittsburgh. Wife of the late Robert O. "Pete" Graf; daughter of the late Catherine and Claude Hardesty; loving mother of Pete (Mandi) Graf and the late Robert O. Graf, Jr., and Pamela J. Graf; grandmother of Jacob Taylor; sister of Ronald (Mary) Hardesty. Patsy was an entertainer and singer that performed in the Pittsburgh area for many years. ...
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Donna Jean Fetchak

September 10, 1946 - May 3, 2015

Unexpectedly on Sunday, May 3, 2015, age 68, of Franklin Park, formerly of West View. Cherished daughter of the late Frank and Mary "Emma" Fetchak; proud sister of Frank "Ted" (Carol) and the late Robert Fetchak; loving aunt of Nicholas T. and Daniel J. Fetchak. Friends received Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 12 noon at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC.,...
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Frank R. Hoffman

May 18, 1940 - April 19, 2015


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Roberta L. Leitch

October 8, 1938 - April 3, 2015

Unexpectedly on Friday, April 3, 2015, age 76, of Brighton Heights. Beloved wife of the late Calvin J. Leitch, Sr.; mother of the late Calvin J. Leitch, Jr.; loving sister of Johanne Paff (Dick), William Llewelyn (Louise), Margaret Shaw and the late David Llewelyn; cherished sister-in-law of June & Robert Brill and their daughters, Linette Ammer (Tom), Patti Weber (Pat), Becky Brunger (Dave)...
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Mary E. Fetchak

January 22, 1924 - March 29, 2015

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, age 91, of Franklin Park, formerly of West View. Wife of the late Frank Fetchak; beloved mother of Donna Jean, Frank T. (Carol) and the late Robert Fetchak; grandmother of Nicholas T. and Daniel J. Fetchak; sister of the late Loretta Weiss, Thomas A. Erwin, Betty Foster, William C. Erwin, II and Shirley Jean Oaks. Friends received Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of...
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Mary Emily Reilly

October 6, 1920 - March 11, 2015


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Joseph Tunstall

May 4, 1939 - February 11, 2015

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, age 75, of Avalon. Friends received Thursday 2-4 and 6 until time of Blessing Service at 8 p.m. at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4047 Perrysville Avenue, Observatory Hill.
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Virginia M. Holtgraver

August 5, 1956 - January 23, 2015


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David A. Fuller

July 17, 1944 - December 24, 2014

Age 70, of West View, formerly of Ross Twp., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 24th, surrounded by his loving family. David fought a courageous battle against Parkinson's disease for many years. Son of the late Lawrence and Grace (Stewart) Fuller; loving father of Jennifer (Tom) Sheran, David (Jill) Fuller, Beth (Severn) Wright and Jeff Fuller; devoted Grandfather of Tristan,...
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Mary Patricia Conlon

March 20, 1942 - December 5, 2014

Age 72, of Ross Twp., passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014. Wife of the late Walter F. Conlon; loving sister-in-law of Patrick "Duke" Conlon, Mary Theresa Taylor and Anna Louise Kallams; devoted aunt of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4047 Perrysville Ave., Observatory Hill,...
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Thomas C. Dailey

October 1, 1956 - November 29, 2014

Suddenly, on Saturday, November 29, 2014, age 58, of the North Side. Husband of Terry Dailey; devoted father of Thomas, Jr., Zachary and Dalton Dailey; son of Rose Cummings and the late Norman Dailey, Sr.; brother of Norman (Marilyn) and Robert (Elaine); son-in-law of Helen D. and the late Louis F. Erk; also many nieces and nephews. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and 2-8 p.m. Tuesday...
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Peter A. Marotti

September 4, 1945 - November 28, 2014

Age 69, of Ft. Wayne, IN, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away on Friday, November 28, 2014. Loving husband of Gaye Marotti; cherished father of Peter A. Marotti IV of Ft. Wayne, IN, Rayna E. Marotti of Los Angeles, CA and the late Lisa Marotti; proud grandfather of Rhys Marotti; brother of Rose Getsy and Pat Scisciani; also survived by stepchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. ...
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Ann Virginia DiMatteo

September 26, 1921 - November 28, 2014

Peacefully on Friday, November 28, 2014, age 93, of Observatory Hill, originally from Piedmont, SC. Wife of the late Samuel L. DiMatteo. Cherished mother of Samuel R. DiMatteo. Sister of the late Emily, Willene & Mary Terry. Devoted sister-in-law of Betty Crownover and the late Josephine Melodini. Also survived by loving nieces & nephews. Friends received Wednesday from 10 a.m....
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Rita M. Meister

December 19, 1919 - October 25, 2014

At age 94, on Saturday, October 25, 2014, Rita peacefully passed away, formerly of Reserve Twp. Beloved wife of the late Earl "Red" Meister; loving mother of Paul Meister (Peggy), Patricia "Patty" Thomas (Dale) and the late Robert Meister; also survived by ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Friends received...
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George G. Biddle

February 26, 1928 - October 11, 2014

Age 86, of the North Side, passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret L. "Peg" (Rummel) Biddle; loving father of the late Thomas G. (Marianne) Biddle, Sandra L. (Jeff) Harrington and David G. Biddle; grandfather of Joseph, Bonnie, Laurie, Jennifer, and Andrew; great-grandfather of Blaise; brother of the late Roy W.C. Biddle. Friends will...
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Frank F. Veneziale

April 12, 1953 - September 6, 2014

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, age 61, of the North Side. Loving son of Shirley W. and the late Frank F. Veneziale, Sr.; brother of Debra Veneziale Ricci, John J. and the late Bob Veneziale; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4047 Perrysville Avenue, Observatory Hill, where...
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Eleanor F. Hearty

August 11, 1924 - September 4, 2014

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, age 90, of the North Side. Wife of the late Thomas J. Hearty; loving mother of Kathleen Bocka, John Hearty (Sue) and Joanne Ramsden (Daniel) and the late Margaret Gallagher; proud grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of ten; sister of Esther Emerick and James, William and Eileen Dailey. Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC...
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Clifton C. Stork

October 10, 1931 - August 16, 2014

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Clifton C., Jr., 82, of Observatory Hill. He was the son of the late Clifton C., Sr. and Magdalena M. Stork. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. in the HEARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4047 Perrysville Ave., Observatory Hill. (412-931-0200) A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Incarnation of the Lord Parish, 4071...
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Rose Wachter

December 3, 1924 - July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, age 89, of the North Side. Wife of the late John M. Wachter; loving mother of Mary "MiMi' Trimmer (the late Gary) and Jan K. Wachter; grandmother of the late Brian Trimmer; sister of Dorothy Defide, Frederick Hall, Karen Torquato, Marcia Kasarkis and the late Thomas Assad and Sarah Schaum; also survived by many nieces and nephews; daughter of the late Mary...
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Donald E. Ross

October 6, 1926 - June 18, 2014

Donald Edward Ross, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on June 18, 2014 in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Kitty of Mt. Lebanon, daughter Susan Ross of Lowell, Massachusetts, daughter Peggy Thompson and her husband Carl of Moon, Pennsylvania, and their sons and daughter-in-laws Ben & Rebecca Thompson of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and...
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Cesira Broz

March 12, 1917 - May 15, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Heard Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Carolyn T. Rockey

July 16, 1932 - May 9, 2014

On Friday, May 9, 2014, age 81, of Observatory Hill. Wife of the late Richard R. Rockey; loving mother of Mary, Patricia, Linda, Richard and Joe Rockey and Carolyn Maerkle; also survived by ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister of Joan Portman, Patricia Wilker and the late Robert and Raymond Portman, Mary Moser, Betty and Emil Portman. Carolyn was a member of the Legacy of St....
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