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Frank Peter Morgiewicz

Frank Peter Morgiewicz

It is with great sadness that the family of Frank Peter Morgiewicz announces his unexpected passing on Jan 8, 2018 due to medical complications.

Frank was born on July 11, 1953 to Eleanor Brogdowski and John Morgiewicz in Port Jernis, NY.  Frank was a graduate of Port Jernis High Scool, class of 1971, a graduate of SUNY Albany and obtained his master’s degree at the University of Coral Gables at Miami, Florida.

His professional achievements are many.  The most recent include being the COO of Gordon Logistics; prior to that he lead ArrowStream in Chicago as their CEO where he transitioned to their Board of Directors.  He also made numerous travels globally to establish franchises for PepsiCo Corporation.

Frank’s survivors include his beloved wife Laurie Caraher Morgiewicz; his beloved mother Eleanor Morgiewicz Roll; his children Mara Paradis, Kat Morgiewicz (Nic), Mike Morgiewicz (Lenore), Connor Zahrobsky, Owen Zahrobsky and  Cara Zahrobsky; his precious grandson Aiden Leonhardt; his siblings Ann Dilger(Rich), Carol Burns (Ron), and John Morgiewicz (Debbie); his first wife Linda Lee and his many nieces, nephews and in-laws.


Frank was predeceased by this fraternal and maternal grandparents, his father John Morgiewicz and his nephew,

Jerry Dilger.


Frank will never be forgotten. Goodbye is not forever, goodbye is not the end. It simply means I’ll miss you until

We see you again.


Please contact the family for inquiries regarding memorial contributions in Frank’s name.


Friends will be received on Sunday from 1~4pm and 5~7pm in the Huntsman Funeral and Cremation Services of Moon Twp., 1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00AM in St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Parish Moon Twp. Everyone please meet at church.


Jean Marlene (Street) Gillie

Jean Marlene (Street) Gillie

Jean Marlene (Street) Gillie, 78, of Moon Twp., died on January 7, 2018, at home with her family. She was born on April 2, 1939 in Philipsburg, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph & Louise (Tubo) Street.

Jean worked at Robert Morris College for over 22 years and was a member of the Twenty Year Club at the college. She was also a member of the Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James Gillie; Five children, Scott Gillie (Pattie), North Fayette; Todd Gillie, Moon Twp.; Mark Gillie, Hopewell Twp.; Robb Gillie, Crescent Twp.; Jennifer Kiss (Michael), North Fayette. Fifteen grandchildren, Meghan, Ian, Mackenzie, T.J., Aaron, Daniel, Julian, Emily, Rachel, Jessica, K.C., Skylar, Michelle, Viggo & Leatrice;  A brother, Joseph Street and a sister, Marion Geer.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Jean Gillie.

Friends will be received on Thursday January 11 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 AM. Interment will follow at Sewickley Cemetery.

Stanley J. Sieracki

Stanley J. Sieracki

Stanley J. Sieracki, 71, of Moon Twp. died peacefully on January 7, 2018. He was born in Washington, PA on September 4, 1946 the son of the late John and Jennie (Kurdy) Sieracki. Stanley was a graduate of Trinity High School and loved following local sports. An avid fisherman and DIY’er, he was constantly trying new hobbies after retiring from the river barge industry—at the time of his passing, he was learning to play the ukulele; previously he grew tomatoes and built furniture for his grandchildren. He enjoyed cooking elaborate meals from America’s Test Kitchen recipes, and bicycling in Presque Isle. A prolific storyteller, he was known for his epic drives around Pittsburgh, only doing the crossword in pen, and insisting every fall the Steelers would go 8 and 8.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Janet (Bova) Sieracki; two children, Jill Bukowski (Michael), NJ, and Adam Sieracki (Brandi), Moon Twp.; three grandchildren, Mason and Madelynn Sieracki, and Ryan Bukowski; and a sister, Lois Navrotski.

Friends will be received on Wednesday January 10 from 2-4 & 6-8PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) where a funeral service will be held on Thursday at 12 Noon. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.

Wolfgang Bitterolf

Wolfgang Bitterolf


Wolfgang Bitterolf, 76, of Crescent, died on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at U.P.M.C. Shadyside. He was born in Vienna, Austria on June 15, 1941, the son of the late Karl and Hilda (Weiner) Bitterolf.

Wolfgang spent most of his youth in Caracas, Venezuela. He travelled to Austria at 16 to continue his education before returning to Caracas for a career in marketing. It was here that Wolfgang met this cute Catholic girl from the U.S. Her name was Faith. He wooed her with his guitar and Spanish love songs; they were married in 1969 and had two sons. The Bitterolf family moved to the U.S. in late 1978, finally settling in Pittsburgh where Wolfgang was the marketing director at Vesuvius Crucible. But Wolfgang was his own boss, and in 1984 he founded Bitterolf Marketing which he managed successfully for over 30 years before he retired in January of 2015.

Wolfgang was brilliant and curious and something of an autodidact. A true gearhead and tinkerer, Wolfgang did electrical work, photography, made his own picture frames, designed model train sets, taught himself computers, made videos, designed websites, played accordion, guitar, piano, and he spoke three languages fluently. English was his third language, and he spoke it better than most of “yinz”!

Wolfgang is survived by his wife of 47 years, Faith (Timlin) Bitterolf; sons Paul Bitterolf (Jori) and Stephen Bitterolf (Jennifer Bailly); four grandchildren, Jackson, Willem, Henri, and James; and his sister Dagmar Schwertberger.

Friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering on Sunday, November 5th from 1-5PM at the Huntsman Funeral Home in Moon Township, 1522 Coraopolis Heights Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 6th at 11am at St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Crescent. Interment will take place at a later date in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Santa’s Kids ( which was previously known as the Spirit of Christmas. This was a charitable organization that Wolfgang was involved with for over a decade. Donations may also be made in Wolfgang’s memory to Angels’ Place, an organization in Southfield, Michigan that provides support for adults with developmental disabilities (


Waldo A. Shelton Jr.

Waldo A. Shelton Jr.

Waldo A. Shelton Jr., 82 of Raccoon Twp. formerly of Moon Twp., passed away on Wednesday August 31, 2017 in Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab.   He was born on February 14, 1935 the son of the late Waldo & Anna Shelton Sr. He worked with the Local 66 of Operator Engineers.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Jim Shelton in 2013 and a brother Henry Shelton.

He is survived by his wife Mary Shelton; three children: Shirley Morris; David (Lisa) Shelton; and Thomas Shelton, all of Raccoon Twp., 4 grandchildren: Stephanie (Ryan) Thomas, Brittany, Shawna, and TJ Shelton; 4 great grandchildren: Logan, Evan, Lana, and Amber; a brother: Kenny (Jeanie) Shelton, Moon Twp.; and a sister-in-law: Cathy Shelton, SC.

Friends will be received on Saturday from 2pm until 6pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp.

Ruth L. Myers

Ruth L. Myers


Ruth L. Myers, 83, of Crescent Twp. (formerly of North Versailles, PA and Maitland, FL), passed away peacefully on August 27th, 2017.

She was born in Turtle Creek, PA on July 23, 1934 the daughter of the late Richard R. & Helen (Ament) Saul.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joe, sons Joseph and Patrick, siblings Virginia, Richard, and Robert and her parents-in-law Joseph and Velma Myers.

Ruth’s passions included spending time with her family, visiting the library, volunteering at the West Hills Food Pantry, attending mass at St. Margaret Mary weekly with her family, all genres of music, and completing those challenging New York Times daily crossword puzzles.  She had an amazing ability to quote well-loved poetry and the words to her favorite hymns.

Ruth is survived by her children: Janice (Ron) Purnell, Tampa FL and Steve (Becky) Myers, Moon Twp.  Six grandchildren: Jacqueline & Joseph (Yui) Detwiler, Sean, Brendan, & Julia Myers, and Raymond Myers.  She is also survived by her loving brother John Saul (Canby, OR) and her dear friend and sister-in-law Lauretta Saul (Sarasota, FL), as well as many loving nieces & nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of her extended Ohio family, caring friends and neighbors who visited her daily and sent countless well wishes and her caregivers who provided comfort in her final days.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday September 23rd at 9:30 AM in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Moon Twp. A private celebration of Ruth’s life will be held following the mass.  Interment will be private at Good Shepherd Cemetery, Monroeville.  The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests memorial donations be sent to West Hills Food Pantry in Ruth’s honor, 522 Carnot Rd, Moon Twp, PA 15108.  If desired, flowers will be received at St Margaret Mary Church, 1 Parish Place, Moon Twp, PA 15108 the day of service.

Lawrence D. Michalik

Lawrence D. Michalik

Lawrence D. Michalik, 72, of Robinson Twp. and Punta Gorda, FL, Passed away on June 1, 2017. He was born in Butler on October 1, 1944 the son of the late Lawrence & Mary Michalik.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Susan (Henzler) Michalik. Son Jake Michalik (Georgia Green), Pittsburgh. Daughter, Larra Daniels (Jim), Moon Twp. Two cherished grandchildren, Aidan & Delaney Daniels.

His passion in life was fishing and his dogs.

Friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering on Tuesday June 6 from 6-8PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) And also on Wednesday from 9AM until time of Blessing Service at 11AM. Private interment will take place at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Humane Animal Rescue ( or the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation (www.


Michael “Zese” Bruzzese

Michael “Zese” Bruzzese

Michael “Zese” Bruzzese, 33, of Moon Twp. died on April 18, 2017. He was born on October 31, 1983 in Sewickley, the son of Terri (Manning) Bruzzese and the late Domenic Bruzzese.

Michael served his country in the US Navy and was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

In addition to his mother, Michael is survived by a daughter, Gianna Marie Bruzzese, brother, Steven Bruzzese, and his dog, Diesel.

Friends will be received on Monday April 24, 2017 from 4PM until time of Navy Honors at 6 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Township (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.)

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Pennies From Heaven,

Peter Nick Altobelli

Peter Nick Altobelli

Born Pietro Natale on Christmas Day, 1921 to Carmela (DiMarco) and Lorenzo Altobelli in Marianna, PA. He crossed over on April 5, 2017 at the age of 95, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Mt. Lebanon, surrounded by his family.

Pete graduated from Charleroi High School. When he applied to the local coal mine where his father worked he was told, “You don’t want to work here, you’re too little.” He enlisted in the Army and played in the band in Army War Shows across the US. When WW II escalated the band had to “lay down their instruments” and he was moved to the 28th Division Infantry in Europe. He was awarded three bronze stars for the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe Campaigns. When the 28th Division Band in Europe was decimated by the enemy, the General requested auditions of infantrymen to form a new band. He joined the 28th Division Band and marched in Paris after Japan surrendered. His sentiment regarding his service was not one of patriotism and glory, but rather deepest sorrow at the “young ones” lost, whom he spoke of by name until his dying year. He grieved the extensive loss of lives, and the destruction of landscape and cultural treasures, both Allied and ‘enemy’.

He was fully appreciative of and never forgot the difference the GI Bill made in his life, giving him the means to attend Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and graduate with a degree in Fine Arts. He spent the majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was ever amazed, and grateful, and humbled, that he was given the opportunity to perform with his French horn in all of the worlds’ most beautiful and renowned venues.   Prior to his retirement he came to be known as one of the “old dogs” of the Orchestra. He loved that.

By far, the part of Pete’s life which was the most important to him was his family. He lived his life for them. He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Jewel (nee Schmiedeke) in 1993.   He leaves here his four treasured children; Kim Ann (the late Jarmo) Sulkava with whom he lived in Moon Township, Lawrence Keplar (Jan), Rebecca Melanie (Paul) Hoelsken and Christina Marie Altobelli. He adored and helped raise his grandchildren; Nathan Nicholas (Lindsay) Nery, Vaughan Ida-Maria Sulkava, Pietari Olavi Sulkava, Elka Jewel Hoelsken, Claire Maria Hoelsken, Christian Lewis Martine and Brian Peter (Kayla) Martine. The loss of grandson Jack (John Adam Martine III) just last year was devastating. On many occasions he told us that Jack was with him, holding his hand, as he lingered these past months. He was tickled to watch his great grandsons; Nolan Nicholas Nery and Declan Clarke Nery come into our lives.

Pete is survived by his youngest brother, Robert Altobelli (Marian), of whom he has always been so very proud. Welcoming him on the other side are his siblings; his beloved sister Mary (James) Veltri, Gilda (surviving Dom) Pesognelli, Lawrence Altobelli (Libby), and Jennie (surviving Joe) Bartina. His many nieces and nephews were always special to him.

The quiet type, Pete is a gentle and giving soul. Throughout his life he acted on the compassion he felt. He always wanted to feed everyone the minute they walked through the door. He is loved by all who have come into his life and came to be known as “Granddaddy” to young and old.

There will be no services per Pete’s wishes. Interment in Monongahela Cemetery will be private with Taps played on the French horn by Jeffery A. Jaworowski, CW2(R) 28th Division US Army National Guard Band.   If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Open Door, a youth ministry of the Crafton Heights United Presbyterian Church. He raised his family in this community, and while not a church-goer, he greatly applauded the needed grassroots work the Open Door has done and continues to do for all of the children of the community. The Open Door, 50 Stratmore Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or

Always stay humble and kind

Arrangements entrusted to the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Township.