Grady Alexander, “Your wings were ready; but our hearts were not.” It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Grady Alexander, age 91 years, of Crescent, PA. He passed peacefully at his home on February 9, 2021, with family by his side. He was a wonderful husband, loving father and proud “Pap” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grady was born at the Alexander Homeplace in Cleveland, GA (Home of the Cabbage Patch dolls). His parents were Ancil Elijah Alexander and Pearlie Jane Hulsey. He enjoyed his early years on the family farm. Shortly after he turned 18 years of age, he headed North with several buddies, to work at J&L Steel in Aliquippa. He retired with 33 ½ years. Grady enjoyed his side job most; he was the proud owner of Grady’s Body Shop for sixty plus years. He always loved working on cars from an early age. This led to a full-fledged business. Along the way, he made many friends for life. He is the last to pass away from the PA/Georgia bunch. The young men & their families from Cleveland, GA remained friends for life. Grady was a Coraopolis Mason for 56 years; he received his 50yr pin on February 9, 2015. Through the years, Grady enjoyed collecting old cars. He loved his collection. He was proud to drive many of them down the road on his way to the local car cruises. To relax, Grady could be found socializing with friends at the Aliquippa Hideaway, or as a member of the Aliquippa VFW (Hopewell) and the Aliquippa Serbian Club. Above all, Grady loved his faith and his southern gospel hymns. He always enjoyed taking his family and going to Cleveland’s Campmeeting Days in Cleveland, GA. There he would visit family & friends he grew up with. He cherished the days when his children & grandchildren would gather and celebrate special occasions, celebrations and holidays. He loved family dinners, but he always made sure there was a pie for dessert. Grady will be sadly missed by Lois Jean, his loving wife of 69 years. Mourning his loss are his five children, three daughters and two sons: Cheryl (Sam) Ellis, Carol (Mark) Capuano, Carla (Dan) Quinn, Ron Alexander, Todd Alexander: Five granddaughters are missing their “Pap”: Jada (Pedro) Portela -Miami, FL, Nia (Jeremy) Bates -Williamsville, NY, Falicia (Mark) Andrews -Elmira, NY, Laura (Andrew) Alexander McDonald -Pasadena, CA, Amanda Alexander -Greentree, PA. The great-grandchildren loved their “Pap”: Mila & Zara Portela, Lena, Nigel & Baby Girl Bates, Brayden, Landon & Cameron Andrews. Grady is survived by his beloved sister in GA, Opal Suggs, 98 years young. He was predeceased by his parents, and his siblings in GA: his twin brother, Grover Alexander, and his brothers, Charlie, Fred and Lawrence and his sister, Margie Nell. He leaves behind many loved relatives in Georgia & Ohio. To Grady, his family meant the world to him. And his family loved him back through all the years. We’ll carry you in our hearts forever. We’ll cherish the precious moments we shared with you. “Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning.” -Psalm 30:5 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” -Psalm 23 Friends will be received on Tuesday February 16 th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) and also on Wednesday from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 11 AM. Interment will follow at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester. Face coverings and social distancing will apply to all services. www.huntsmanfuneralhomes.com
Mark Joseph Sedelmeier, 69, of Moon Twp., passed away peacefully in his home on January 28, 2021. Born in Canton, OH to Shirley (Young) Sedelmeier and the late Joseph H. Sedelmeier, Mark grew up with a meticulous nature and a desire for learning. On numerous occasions, Mark could be found taking apart broken household appliances and clocks to figure out how they worked. In his youth, Mark was a member of DeMolay International, a youth leadership organization that strived to shape young men into leaders of character. During his time with DeMolay, Mark received the Degree of Chevalier, DeMolay’s highest honor. Mark graduated from the University of Michigan and went on to pursue a career in electrical engineering. In his spare time, Mark enjoyed fishing and following the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Mark’s true passion was spending time and vacationing with his family.
Mark is survived by his mother Shirley, his wife Marcia E. (Snezak) Sedelmeier, his brother David, his sister Karen MacClaren, and his two sons Benjamin and Jacob. Mark considered the raising of his two sons to be his most challenging yet rewarding accomplishment. Mark will be remembered as a loving and caring father, a devoted husband, a beloved brother, and a kind son.
A memorial will be held at a later date to celebrate the life of Mark J. Sedelmeier. The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements.
Despite his supposed allergies, Mark loved his pet Collies and cats which brought him so much joy. In honor of his pets that helped make his house a home, we ask that any memorial contributions be made to the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (https://humaneanimalrescue.org/donate/)
Charles William “Bill” Henderson, Jr., 79 of Moon Twp., passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 peacefully at home. He was born in Latrobe, PA on May 24, 1941 the son of the late Virginia G. (McDowell) McMaster and Charles W. Henderson, Sr. Bill was an electronic technician in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964, proudly serving as a submariner on the USS Chivo. He worked for USS Chemicals/ Aristech Chemicals at the Neville Island plant from 1974-1992. Bill moved to Aristech’s Corporate Engineering in 1992, and retired in 2003 from Sunoco Inc. as a project manager. He was a member of the American Legion Post 924 in Coraopolis. Bill will be remembered for his infectious laughter, his humility, selflessness, and his devotion to family. He was a terrific dancer and loved telling stories about the family’s history to anyone who would listen.
He is survived by his beloved wife Ramona; 3 children: Daniel (Barbara) Henderson, Pittsburgh, Gregg (Michelle) Henderson, Munroe Falls, OH, Cheryl (Michael) Graves, Venetia, PA; two step sons: Jonathan (Brigitte) McDonald, Grove City, PA, Chad Hanson, Pittsburgh: 9 grandchildren: Jake, Ethan, Logan, and Tanner Henderson, Joseph and Julia Graves, Zane and Lexen McDonald, and Norah Hanson; 2 brothers: Daniel (Kathy) Henderson, Enola, PA and Terry Henderson, Bolivar, PA; and his mother-in-law: Margaret Yoders.
Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2~4pm and 6pm until the time of Blessing Service at 7pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp.
Interment will take place on Friday at 11AM in Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests you donate to your favorite charity.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
Laura Kathryn Laquinta, 29, of Moon Twp., died on January 26, 2021 in her home. She was born in Pittsburgh on December 4, 1991 the daughter of Brian & Lynn (Cianciosi) Laquinta.
Laura graduated from OLSH High School in 2010 and studied at Robert Morris University. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Coraopolis.
In addition to her parents, Laura is survived by her daughter, Alana Sofia Laquinta, Alana’s father, Joshua Paslow, and her maternal grandparents, Paul & Shirley Belsterling.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Richard & Carolyn Laquinta.
The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday February 1st at 11AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Coraopolis. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp.
Joseph (Joe) Diggins, age 75, of Moon Twp., returned to his Lord and Savior on January 17, 2021. His cause of death will officially be recorded as Covid but those who know him well know that a broken heart was the true cause. Joe longed to be reunited with his wife, Joanna, of 100 years (as Joe would tell anyone, “50 years for her and 50 for me”).
Joe was a loving, caring grandfather who always cherished his time with his 13 grandchildren. He particularly enjoyed organizing elaborate water balloon battles in his backyard every summer as well as passing on his love for wood working or jewelry making by planning projects for them. He was the father of 6 children as he would say, “three by birth and three through marriage.” Embarrassingly, he would brag even to complete strangers how proud he was of them. Most significantly, he was a devoted husband who cherished completely his Joanna. Always holding the door for her, coming up with elaborate gifts, never leaving her side and making her laugh were only a fraction of what he did for her during their marriage.
Joe was born in Philadelphia, on July 5, 1945, the son of the late Joseph and Ann (Schmidt) Diggins. Joe is survived by three children, Joseph Diggins (Hope), Sewickley; Brian Diggins (Amy), Moon Twp.; Tricia Flagg (Jon), Wexford; thirteen grandchildren, Reilly, Pierce, Alexandra, Tyler, Ethan, Reagan, Lucie, Avery, Cameron, Jiovanni, Xzavion, AJ, and Ah’mir; three brothers David Diggins, Paul Diggins, and Kevin Diggins; and two sisters Joanne Palmer and Geri Morrison.
A private ceremony for family and close friends will be held in the HUNTSMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, of Moon Twp., (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.). Private interment will take place at Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The People Helper’s Ministry of St. Stephen’s Church (405 Fredrick Ave. Sewickley, PA 15143).
The Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka, 77, of Moon Twp., died on January 15, 2021 at Apple Blossom Memory Care, Moon Twp. She was born in Pittsburgh on August 17, 1943, the daughter of the late Earl and Elfreda (Baumgart) Forster.
Bonnie’s education/ordination(s) included South Hills High School (1961), Duff’s Business School (1962), Grace Bible College (1992), Logos Bible College BBS (1994), and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (1994). Bonnie was remarkably devoted to Jesus, her husband, and her family. As a beloved pastor, her life was one of profound and tender service exemplified by her commitment to church planting, especially New Hope Christian Community of Ambridge. Bonnie was an avid Bible scholar (come look at our library numbering in the hundreds!) Hilton Head Island held a special place in her heart as an annual family summer vacation destination. She loved the beach! She enjoyed so many activities – tennis (playing net so she didn’t have to run so much!), crosswords (enriched by her dry sense of humor), playing with her grandchildren, special (venison) dinners, games (Night Golf). She also loved to travel here and abroad, including Hawaii, Israel, and Germany (three trips), and never once did she forget to send a postcard. Bonnie was incredibly musical and shared her talents with those around her and enjoyed singing with Dave, but only when they were alone.
Bonnie is survived by her loving husband, David Prepelka, two sons Matthew and Michelle (Banks) Prepelka, Nathan and Lauren (Willis) Prepelka, daughter Sonja Kazar, and six grandchildren: Abigail (Prepelka) Hodde, Matthew (Matty) Prepelka Jr., Gabriel Prepelka, Brooklynne Prepelka, Lukas Prepelka, and Grace Prepelka. She is also survived by her two sisters Suzanne (Forster) Nace and Georgia (Forster) Evans, and ten nephews and nieces.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday January 20th from 6-8 PM and also on Thursday the 21st from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd. Moon Twp.) A funeral service will be held on Friday January 22nd at 11 AM at St. Stephens Church (405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley). A private interment will take place later at Jefferson Memorial Park.
For any who wish to donate in lieu of flowers, two of Bonnie’s favorites are her home church New Brighton Christian Assembly (1810 Valley Ave., New Brighton, PA 15066), and Bonnie’s last church plant, New Hope Community Church (592 Beaver Rd, Ambridge, PA 15003).
Face coverings and social distancing apply to all services.
Albert “Butch” Stetzer, 81, of Moon Twp., passed away on Thursday January 14, 2021 in his home. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 17, 1939 the son of the late Albert H. and Anna Stetzer. He was an airplane mechanic starting his career with Allegheny Airlines and then moving into a managerial position with US Airways. He was a US Air Force Veteran serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In years past, he was very active with the Moon Township Baseball and Football Associations. Butch loved to build model airplanes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son David Jeffrey Stetzer and a sister Jane Maceikis.
He is survived by his loving wife, Vaudie “Jodi” Stetzer; three children: Rickey Joe (Deborah) Stetzer, Moon Twp.; Lori Lynn (James) Heinlein, Claysville; and Michael Alan (Roxanne) Coraopolis; 6 grandchildren: Katie (Paul) Stewart, Jamie Stetzer, Sara (Matthew) Ambrose, Michael (Erica Brodenski) Stetzer, Richard Stetzer, and Matthew Spriggs; and a great granddaughter Izzy Stewart.
All services are private.
Rosemary T. (Toia) Scally, 91, of Moon Twp., peacefully went home to be with the Lord on January 13, 2021. Born in Pittsburgh on May 9, 1929, she was the daughter of the late James & Mary (Abinanti) Toia.
Rosemary was a graduate of St. Benedict High School in Pittsburgh, and was a co-owner of Scally’s Golf Center in Moon Twp.
She is survived by her three children in whom she took great pride: Phyllis Silvestri (Carl), Donna LeMasters (Jeffrey) and Philip W. Scally Jr. (Diana), all from Moon Twp, along with her dear sister and best friend, Angie Suchacek (Frank) of West View.
She was the cherished and beloved Grandma to Dr. Michael Silvestri, Leann Walko (Christopher), Chad LeMasters, Christian Silvestri, Justin Scally & Ava Scally.
In addition to her parents, Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Philip W. Scally Sr. in 2009.
Rosemary will be remembered as a generous, kind and gentle soul who, when she wasn’t busy caring for her family and tending to the family business, spent her days in prayer and devotion to God and the Saints. By her faithful example, her children and grandchildren have learned the power of prayer and that wonderful things happen when you place your trust in the Lord.
Friends will be received on Sunday January 17th from 2 PM – 6 PM at Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10AM at St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church in Moon Twp. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp.
Face coverings and social distancing will apply to all services
Memorial contributions can be made to: The Little Sisters of the Poor www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org
Edward “Ed” A. Jenkins, 76, of Moon Twp., passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2021 in Sewickley Hospital. He was born in McKees Rocks on August 27, 1944 the son of the late Garnet Smola and Dorsey Jenkins. He was a hotel engineer at the Courtyard by Marriott. A member and elder of the Coraopolis Presbyterian Church, Ed attended church and served as a handy man. He instilled in his children and grandchildren a strong sense of honor, dedication, and an un-ending love and commitment to family. Ed was always willing to give a helping hand and encouragement. He will be dearly missed each passing day by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife: Barbara Jenkins; 4 children: Todd (Laura) Jenkins, Gibsonia; Craig Jenkins, Chippewa, Kirk Jenkins, Moon Twp., and Irene Cunningham, Greensburg: 9 grandchildren: Nicholas, Christopher, Alexander, Amber Marie, Kevin, Bradley, Chance, Samantha, and Abigail; a brother: Gail Jenkins, McKees Rocks; and a nephew: Chad Robert (Melissa) Jenkins. There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 23rd at 11AM in the Coraopolis Presbyterian Church.
Barbara Ann (Hoover) Kennedy, 66, of Crescent Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 25, 2020 in her home. She was born on June 22, 1954 the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Hoover. She was the Accounting Office Manager for many years at Ron Lewis Automotive Group and has also been working recently for the Airport Auto Mall. She was a lifetime member of the Crescent Township Fire Department Auxiliary and the Glenwillard Boat Club. She loved dogs, traveling, the ocean, sand dollars, crafting and flamingos. She was an amazing caretaker, a wonderful friend, wife and mother. She was always willing to help and was able to make the best out of any situation. She was the world’s best Gigi.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth Kennedy, whom she married on February, 14, 1976; her two daughters: Beth & Christopher Lehmier, Moon Twp.; and Lori & Brian Tinlin, Moon Twp.; 4 granddaughters: Kayli Cannon, Morgan Tinlin, Kennedy Lehmier, and Brenna Tinlin; a sister Marilou & Gary Trimmer; and her two dogs: Lefty and Momo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Susan Moran and recently her beloved dog, Louie.
Friends will be received on Tuesday from 2~4pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp., 1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd. Masks and Social Distancing are required.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Two Ladies Four Paws Rescue at http://twoladiesfourpawsrescue.com