2020 Obituaries

James F. Bellante

August 10, 1945 ~ December 23, 2020 (age 75)

Formerly of Wilkinsburg, age 75, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 after a courageous battle with Leukemia.  Beloved father of Lisa Bellante of North Versailles and Jim (Heather) Bellante of Forest Hills. Loving grandfather of Tyler, Simon, Samson, and Alex Blau and Parker and Elijah Bellante.  Dear brother of Fran Bellante, Mary Ann Duch, Bee Bee Lilja, the late Rosemarie Amodeo, and the late Joseph Bellante.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and his former wife Betty (Beavers) Bellante.  Jim was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Notre Dame football.  He greatly enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson.  Jim was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters for over 30 years.

There will be no visitation or service.

Arrangements by Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home & Crematory; 700 Linden Ave. at Cable; East Pittsburgh, PA 15112; (412) 824-8800. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Westers PA & WV Chapter, 333 E. Carson St. Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.



December 15, 2020

Age 74, of Penn Hills, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Beloved husband of Cheryl (Bunker) Little; father of Tamara (Mark) Miller, Justin Little, and Brandon Little; grandfather of Riley, Cole, Ashton, Ava, and Tyler; brother of Marsha Balint; Preceded in death by parents, Robert James, Sr. and Margaret Little. Bob was retired from Port Authority, where he worked as a mechanic and in the body shop for over 25 years. He was a dedicated and respected coach of midget football and youth baseball up to the Legion league. Bob was a hardworking man, still cutting lawns for over 20 homes as recently as this season. He loved to spend time at his backyard pond and working to restore his classic car, while listening to oldies. Bob was loved by so many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him, including his faithful dog and buddy, Dexter. Friends received, Monday, 6-8 p.m. at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road) Penn Hills. Please note, due to gathering restrictions, visitors may be asked to wait in their vehicles before entering the building to maintain occupancy guidelines. All are welcome to gather Tuesday for the Funeral Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Tower United Methodist Church, 6729 Saltsburg Road, 15235. Those unable to attend the Funeral can watch at the following link, https://youtu.be/vFTBsOr8BDc or by visiting TTUMC website, under the livestream worship tab. Interment in Plum Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Plum Midget Football Association (PMFA), 119 Cherrywood Dr., New Kensington, PA 15068.

Published on December 20, 2020


Kathleen E. Tennant

October 19, 1946 ~ September 20, 2020 (age 73)

Of Forest Hills, age 73, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 20, 2020. She was born in Pittsburgh to Brigadier General Charles E. Tennant and Kathleen E. O’Connor. She graduated from Wilkinsburg High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh while raising 3 children. Early on she worked at Stanton Electric, but after completing her Master’s degree at Pitt she found her passion in helping youth and became a social worker for Children, Youth, and Family Services in Allegheny County. After her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and her dogs. She is survived by her brother Chuck Tennant (Cathy) of TX and sister Nancy Stough (Dale) of Penn Hills; three children, Cynthia “Cindi” Amore (Gary), Craig Kodman, and Chad Kodman (Pam); ten grandchildren, Amanda Edwards, Michael Wilkins (Katie), Jonathan Wilkins, AJ Wilkins, Alexis Amore, Miah Kodman, Charles Kodman, Travis Kodman, Joshua Kodman, and Caleb Kodman; great-grandchildren, Mila Wilkins and Mickey Wilkins; four nephews, Chris and Coley Tennant, and Dale Jr. and Danny Stough (Lisa); and her beloved dogs, Frankie and Johnny.

Friends received at a memorial reception at Wolfe Memorial, LLC, Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh PA 15221, on Thursday from 9:00am until 10:45am. Memorial Mass at St. Maurice Church of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, on Thursday at 11:00am. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org.



September 24, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wolfe Memorial, LLC.
3604 Greensburg Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15221



May 29, 2020

William Murphy passed away on May 29, 2020 surrounded by his wife, Beverly and children, Heidi Cohn Leventhal (Ken), David Murphy (Dawn), Michelle Cohn Seideman (Neal), Debra Cohn and Carrilin Murphy Hirsch (Bill). Bill also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and siblings, Edward Murphy, Joanne Logan and Susan Wallace (Richard). Donations can be made to Give Kids the World at give.gktw.org/BillMurphy.

Published on June 7, 2020

Dave had been living in Winter Park, Florida/jpl


Sandra L. Kowaleski Mehalik

Of Forest Hills, age 74,

passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ruth Kowaleski.  She was the beloved wife of Gilbert “Gibby” Mehalik for 54 loving years. Loving mother of Matthew (Deborah) Mehalik and Craig (Lori) Mehalik. Treasured grandmother of Blake, Owen and Julia Mehalik.  Sister of Dorothy (Bob) Radzevich and Janice (Tom) Trempus.

Upon high school graduation, Sandy became employed as a secretary at Point Park University. When becoming a mother, she stayed at home to raise her two boys. When Matt and Craig grew older, Sandy reentered the work force and became a Resident Advisor for the Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR for 27 years until retirement. Sandy worked for many years at Brinton Manor in Braddock Hills, the TAC Program in Braddock, and other sites throughout the TCV MH/MR network. Sandy was especially skilled in the kitchen as she loved to cook and bake. Her only passion greater, however, was her family, especially her 3 grandchildren.

Friends are welcome on Wednesday from 10-12 noon at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory Inc; 700 Linden Ave. at Cable; East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800 where a private Blessing Service will be held following the visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 112 Washington Plaza, Pgh. 15219 or www.diabetes.org


David Richard Greer

March 8, 1946 ~ August 11, 2020 (age 74)

Age 74, of Bethel Park, formerly of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Beloved husband for 40 years of the late Janice (Ruffing) Greer; devoted father of David R. Greer, Jr. (Casey), Aimee J. (Jason) Coleman and Thomas L. Greer; loving grandfather of Lauren, Lillian, Ashley, Jake, Evelyn and Ember; brother of his twin sister Darlene and the late Marjorie. Dave acquired his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Drexel University and worked for Columbia Gas some 30 years. He was an avid reader, loved all Pittsburgh sports, enjoyed gardening and singing. Dave’s true passion was being the proud ‘Pap Pap’ of his 6 grandchildren. Friends will be welcomed, while exercising all COVID-19 precautions, at Laughlin Cremation and Funeral Tributes, 222 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon on Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00p.m. A Blessing Service and the interment in Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Friday will be private. If desired, memorials may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance at ‘ocrahope.org.



October 6, 1946 – May 19, 2020

For many years a resident of Forest Hills, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Sue was 73 years old. She was born on October 6, 1946, the only child of Ellen and John Spence. She attended Atlantic Avenue Grade School, Forest Hills Junior High, and graduated in June 1964 from Wilkinsburg High School. Sue received an Associates Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in June 1966. Suzanne married Thomas R. Grieve in June 1968. While Tom served in the Navy, Sue worked at the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Oakland. They moved to Philadelphia in late 1972. Sue had two wonderful daughters, Pamela Lynn Blatnik (Jeff) and Victoria Marie Grieve (Paul). Sue was grandmother to Nicole C. Garlenski, Amanda R. Garlenski, Brennan C. Garlenski, who reside in Denver, Colorado, and Nathan S. De Morgan and Naomi R. De Morgan of Logan, Utah. Sue was a lovely, intelligent, and classy woman. She was a loving daughter, mother, and wife. Suzanne’s health declined markedly in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. She lived the last twenty plus years of her life in a care center outside of Philadelphia. Sue shall be cherished always by her family and friends. She shall not be forgotten. A Memorial Service will be held at a later time and place, yet to be determined. Arrangements with PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800



August 25, 1946 – May 24, 2020

On Sunday, May 24, 2020, passed away peacefully at the age of 73. A lifelong Pittsburgher, he was a devoted husband to wife, Kathleen Seftick Nardozzi; a beloved step-father to Deron Nanchuk (Amber) of Columbus, Ohio; and a much-loved grandfather “Gron” to Anabelle, Kenleigh and Berklee. He was a dear uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and a special son-in-law to Irene Seftick “Nina”. He is also survived by his brother, Michael Nardozzi of Portage, Indiana. He was born on August 25, 1946 to the late Mary (Angelo) Nardozzi and Michael L. of Wilkinsburg. He attended Grove City College where he earned a BA and the University of Pittsburgh where he earned an MA. He taught Social Studies for the Penn Hills School District for 30 years. Ron was engaging, could get along with everyone, a perfectionist with a wry sense of humor and enjoyed traveling to Florida and Europe. He was a member of Mother of Sorrows Church in Murrysville. A funeral mass, burial and celebration of his life will take place at a later date (due to Covid-19). Contributions in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org. Arrangements by MAURICE L. KNEE, LTD. FUNERAL HOME.

Published on May 31, 2020


Judith Babich Moore

Judith A. Moore, 73, of 1109 W. Third Street, left this earth on Sunday April 26, 2020, in UPMC Chautauqua, after a three year battle with Ovarian cancer. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, she was born August 24, 1946, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna Yakubik Babich. She graduated from Wilma Boyd School of Modeling. In 1963, she was crowned Miss A.C.R.Y. (American Carpathian Russian Youth). She enjoyed singing lead in a jazz band called the Silhouettes. She married her husband Denis on May 7, 1967. Judy and Denis had a successful advertising business (ADKO) and residential rental units. They retired from both endeavors three years ago. For the past three decades they enjoyed resort traveling with friends. She enjoyed boating on Chautauqua Lake. She was a member of Independent Order of Vikings, Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and War Vets Recreation. Judy’s vivacious personality, sharp wit, and infectious laugh would light up a room wherever she went. She was loving, charming, caring, generous, funny and compassionate. A natural beauty that was always “dressed to the nines”. Judy loved to cook and was well known for her famous “Mama Judy’s Spaghetti” and she’s not even Italian. Surviving are her husband Denis Moore: two children: Geoffrey (daughter in law Sandy) Moore of Vero Beach, FL and Michelle Moore of Jamestown. Four grandchildren: Zachary and Mackenzie Moore and Paxton and Piper Faulk. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Ronald Babich, of Pittsburgh, Pa. A celebration of life will be held at a future date when the social distancing restrictions are lifted. Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701. You may leave words of condolence at www.lindfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Lee Sherm

Of Forest Hills, age 73, returned home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  She is survived by her daughter Margret Mellon and her siblings Catherine Ferguson, Elizabeth Michael, and Steven Scherm.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Scherm and Anna (Burkhart) Scherm, and by her sister Louise Ruby.  Mary Lee was born on April 9, 1946.  She graduated from Wilkinsburg High School in 1964, where one of her fondest memories was leading the band down Penn Avenue as Head Majorette.  She went on to graduate from Point Park College.  So kind and considerate, she served as a caseworker for PA Dept of Public Welfare for 35 years.  Mary Lee most recently enjoyed spending time with her loving cat, Sweetie Mew, trips to shopping malls with her sister, Libby, and visits from her daughter.  Regular highlights of those visits included stops at Dairy Queen, drives around town to admire displays of Christmas lights, strolls through Phipps Conservatory, and going to Penguins games.  As per her wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Central Florida where all of her siblings currently reside.  Burial will take place at Wm Penn Memorial Cemetery in Churchill.  Please consider honoring Mary Lee by making a donation in her memory to Humane Animal Rescue (www.HumaneAnimalRescue.org), 6962 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15208.  Arrangements with Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800