Paul Black

Paul Francis Von Bloch

July 12, 1946 – November 24, 2023

Paul Francis Von Bloch (77), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, departed this life to be with his Savior on November 24, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. Paul is survived by his loving wife Linda and three children, Brian (Adrienne), Stephen (Jessie) and Sean (Emily).

One of Paul’s greatest joys in life was being Pap Pap to his beloved grandchildren Hazel, Luke, Owen and Josh. Paul was brother to Judith (George) Cranford, Evelyn (Deceased Spouse, Thomas) Hilliard and Eileen (Richard) Smith. Paul is predeceased by his parents, Paul and Alice.

Paul was born on July 12, 1946. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree of Education from Duquesne University and went on to teach middle school English at Wilkinsburg Junior High School for over 30 years. Paul was an avid world traveler in his bachelor days prior to marrying the love of his life Linda (Possino) in 1979. He was a selfless provider for his family and one of his life’s great joys was watching his sons play baseball. Paul was also a lover of music and was a supporter of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for most of his adult life.

Paul was a devoted servant to his Lord Jesus Christ and served faithfully at Church of the Ascension in Oakland for over two decades, even being recognized with a Bishop’s award for outstanding lay service. Paul also supported the ministry of Young Life, which he credited for igniting his faith, in Pittsburgh and internationally. He was known as a faithful prayer warrior, and literally wore his prayers on his sleeve.

Paul’s family will host a viewing at Devlin Funeral Home in Ross Township on Tuesday, November 28 from 4-8pm. There will be a funeral service on Friday, December 1 at 11am at Church of the Ascension in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Young Life.


James R. Carlson

James Robert Carlson died at home on July 19, 2023 after a 5 year battle with cancer.  Born in Wilkinsburg, PA, to Eric Robert Carlson and Anna Oggier, Jim developed a love of the outdoors, music, and all things woodworking.  He played trumpet and guitar, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and enjoyed camping and fishing adventures.  While attending Kent State University to earn his degree in Architecture, he met his wife, Anne Latchem of Charleroi, PA.  They married in 1968, then moved to Rhode Island during Jim’s service as a Lieutenant with the US Navy (1969-1972), and later moved to Foster, RI, into a home Jim designed.

Jim epitomized the idea “Work is love made visible.”  He believed in hard work and doing a job right, and of course believed there was only one right way to do it. If you knew Jim, you know he’d want you to “call up, get involved,” and get to work.    For 36 years, Jim worked as an architect for Robinson, Green, & Beretta in Providence, and you can see many of “his” buildings around RI, including the iconic Manchester Street Power Station. He served as a member of the American Institute of Architects writing architecture exams, was on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board,  was president of the RI AIA, and served on the New England Council of Architectural Registration Board. He also taught at RISD and Roger Williams University.

Outside of work, Jim was an active volunteer in Foster, serving as a member of the South Foster Volunteer Fire Department since 1982.  When his daughters became 4H members, Jim became a 4H volunteer.  Jim served on the Foster Zoning Board and chaired the Town Hall Building Committee.  In the early 1980s, Jim helped reestablish Foster Old Home Days, served as the fair’s chair for several years, and helped with fair operations for decades.  In serving those organizations, Jim made many life-long friends for whom he had great affection, even when he was gruffly telling them how to get a task done.  

In his free time, you’d often find Jim in his woodshop, making a custom toddler bed for a grandchild, or a toy wheelbarrow for a friend’s baby. He built furniture, and helped build and repair homes for friends and family.  For many years, he and Anne maintained a large garden, chopped firewood, and cared for horses, rabbits, chickens, dogs, and cats. After retirement, Jim filled his time with many interests, including playing guitar, fixing his boat, reading, fishing, playing volleyball, researching genealogy, vacationing in Maine, doing volunteer work for charity organizations in Florida, and traveling to 49 of the 50 U.S. states with Anne.  

Jim is survived by his loving and patient wife Anne and their two (not as patient) daughters: Kristina Carlson of West Lafayette, Indiana and her husband Christian Butzke with their daughters Lily, Lexi, and Zoe, and Maggie Stormont of Foster, RI, with her husband Gabriel and their sons Elijah and Isaac.  Jim was tremendously proud of his grandchildren and always ready with advice and support.  Family members Margot Latchem, Marian and Kirk Moss, John and Mary Latchem, Sam and Jan Latchem, and many nieces and nephews held a special place in Jim’s heart.  Jim leaves behind many dear friends in Foster, Florida, and Maine.

A celebration of Jim’s life (which will include plenty of chocolate chip cookies and probably a few chores to do) will be held later.  In lieu of flowers, Jim would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which may be made online, or to Hope Health Hospice at 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904, attn: philanthropy.


Ronald DeCecco Obituary

Ronald W. DeCecco, 76, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Monday, Aug. 14, 2023. He was born Aug. 31, 1946, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Armand and Nancy (Grieco) DeCecco. Ron was a 1968 graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he met his beloved wife of 54 years, Becky, with whom he shares the exact same birthday. He was the cofounder of Disaster Restoration Services (DRS). Ron and Becky enjoyed their winter home in the Florida Keys for more than 27 years. Ron loved boating, snorkeling and especially fishing in the clear blue water of the Atlantic Ocean. He also enjoyed fishing in Pennsylvania. Ron belonged to Larimer Fire Hall, Trafford Polish Club and was a member of VFW Post 6681, Wilkins Township, for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca L. “Becky” (Mellor) DeCecco; his sons, Jonathan DeCecco and Michael DeCecco, both of North Huntingdon; and sisters, Janet DeCecco, of Monroeville, and Nancy DeCecco, of Wilkins Township. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. Those wishing to may donate to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, to which Ron was a longtime contributor, 14600 Weston Parkway, Carry, NC 27513, http://www.v.org. For online condolences, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.