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Judith Ann “Judy” (Hoskinson) Hays

Judith Ann “Judy” (Hoskinson) Hays

Judith Ann “Judy” Hays (Hoskinson), 76, of Moon Twp., triumphantly claimed her victory in Jesus Christ after a courageous 10-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, surrounded by her immediate family at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford, PA.

Judy Hoskinson was born in Glenwillard, PA to William Clifford Hoskinson and Thelma Rae Hoskinson (Kiernan). She was the devoted wife of David William Hays, proud mother of Eric Kiernan Hays and mother-in-law to Stacey Lynn Hays (Boyle), and loving Nana to Ty Kiernan Hays and Brody Hunter Hays of Moon Township, PA. Judy was the beloved sister of James Nathan Hoskinson [Carol Granitz Hoskinson] of Ambridge, PA and Richard Keith Hoskinson [Marjorie Boring Hoskinson (d), Lin Ace Hoskinson] of Fayetteville, PA, preceded in death by brothers Ronald Gene Hoskinson, and William Clifford Hoskinson of Tucson, AZ.  Judy also had many sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins who mourn her loss.

A 1961 graduate of Moon Area High School, Judy was a lifelong resident of Crescent Township.  She earned an Associate’s Degree in Business from Duff’s Business Institute and spent her professional career primarily in commercial real estate in the positions of the Secretary Treasurer of the Martin W. Wise Company in Sewickley and as Office Manager for the Buncher Development Corporation in Squirrel Hill.

Judy was a woman of many exceptional talents. A gifted alto vocalist, Judy sang with Freddie Sacco (later “Lou Christie”) and the Crewnecks while in high school. She was a featured alto soloist in the Moon Area Community Choir’s rendition of Handl’s Messiah, and sang as an alto member of her church choir for nearly 55 years. Judy developed a passion for gardening during her life and completed her Master Gardener certification from Penn State University and served as treasurer of the Moon Garden Club. Her beautiful gardens at the family home on Reynard Drive in Crescent Township were featured many times in the Moon Garden Club’s Annual Garden Tour. Service to her community was a constant driver in Judy Hays’ life, as she served on the Board of Elections for Crescent Township, and as a driver for Meals on Wheels and Faith in Action. In 2019, Judy was honored by the PA State Attorney General and by the Pennsylvania Health Action Network for her work in patient advocacy.

More than all those things listed above, Judy Hays was an exceptionally bright light in this world.  She was dear to her friends, which were too numerous to count; she was beloved by all of her family. Her warm smile, her love of laughter, her keen sense of humor, her loving care for others, and her lifelong, steadfast faith in the Lord profoundly enriched the lives of all who knew her.  While she will be terribly missed, she will also be very fondly remembered by the many lives she impacted while she walked among us.

In keeping with Judy’s original wishes, and respecting of the current global pandemic, there will be no scheduled funeral visitation. The family will plan a celebration of her life at Judy’s church, St. Philip’s of Moon Township, with details to follow, as soon as the public health situation permits. Judy’s mortal remains will undergo cremation and will eventually be interred at her family’s plot at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester, PA. Judy has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her honor to the American Diabetes Association, in support of her grandson Brody. Contributions can be made online at – A link to donate can be found at the top of the page. Checks can be made out to the American Diabetes Association, and mailed to: American Diabetes Association, C/O Team EPIC in Memory of Mrs. Hays, 1100 Wythe St. P.O. Box 879, Alexandria, VA 22313.

The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements.


John “Jack” Wilson Sheffler (Postponed)

John “Jack” Wilson Sheffler (Postponed)

John “Jack” Wilson Sheffler said goodbye to his family and friends on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He had great support from the people whom he loved, especially his wife Sally, his best friend. He was born on February 16, 1943 in Indiana, Pennsylvania to Olive Winona (Wilson) and Marvin Ross Sheffler, Sr. He will be forever missed by his loving wife of 53 years Sally (Calvert) Sheffler, son Justin Wyatt Sheffler (Amanda), daughter Andrea Leigh Sheffler Solitro (Stephen), and his six grandchildren who love their Papa:  Zoe, Willum, Oden, Maximo, Elle, and Maddie, his brother Marvin Ross Sheffler, Jr., sister Winona Lynn Sheffler Martin (Richard), brother and sister in law, nieces and nephews.  Together we carry many memories of Jack in our minds and his spirit in our hearts.  Jack earned the highest award in DeMolay, The Degree of Chevalier.  He loved music and played the trumpet in the Indiana Junior and Senior High School bands, and in the marching band at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at IUP.  He received a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  In the education field he taught at Baldwin-Whitehall, Pittsburgh, worked in independent education programs, and became an elementary principal in New Jersey.   For many years he was the principal at Hyde Elementary School in Moon Township, PA. Jack enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in soccer, volleyball, music, and dance.  He loved grilling, cooking, fishing, gardening, watching Pitt and Steeler football games, traveling (domestically and internationally), backgammon, concerts, plays, target shooting, computer classes, and poker.  He and his family took many road trips and had fantastic adventures with friends and family along the way.  Always prepared with a joke or amusing one-liner, he made us laugh and be happy.

(Postponed until a later date, per family request, 3/15/2020)

Friends will be received on Thursday, March 19th from 3-7pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.)

A Memorial Celebration will be on Friday, March 20th at 10am in the Sewickley United Methodist Church, 337 Broad Street Sewickley, PA 15143 Contributions may be made to

Judith D. Yeck

Judith D. Yeck

Judith D. Yeck, 76, of Moon Twp., passed away on Sunday March 8, 2020 in Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver. Born in McKees Rocks, PA on November 25, 1943 the daughter of the late William Loerch and Clara Loerch Bedner. She was a long time an active member of Sharon Community Presbyterian Church in Moon. She was an elder, a member of the Willing Workers, and ran the Advent and Funeral Lunches for many years. She was a graduate of the Lay Ministry program with the Presbyterian Church and was a moderator for the Presbytery Women of Pittsburgh.

She is survived by her husband John A. Yeck; two sons: Richard A. Yeck, Moon Twp. And David A. & Kimberly Yeck, Bentleyville; 3 grandsons: Hayden, Logan, and Collin Yeck; two brothers: William Loerch, AL and Donald & Susan Bedner, NC.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 15th at 3pm in Sharon Community Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice 134 Marwood Rd. Cabot, PA 16023

Todd Lathrop

Todd Lathrop

Todd Lathrop, 51, of Clinton, PA, passed away on February 26, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Mr. Lathrop was born on April 7, 1968, in Jackson, MS to Lawrence & Sally Lathrop.  He graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1986 and served in the US Air Force from 1986 to 1997.  He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

He was employed by Eaton Corp., Pittsburgh, as an engineer and worked on the design and implementation of many products, traveling worldwide to oversee installation of his work.  As an active member and executive of EGSA (Electrical Generating Systems Association) Todd held many positions and enjoyed any opportunity to teach others in his industry of new and emerging practices.

Todd pursued many hobbies, including showing Bernese Mountain Dogs competitively, training his dog, Sea-B, to perform.  He also enjoyed league bowling and played on a team for many years.  He was a skilled golfer and an avid sports fan.  Mr. Lathrop always attended the Opening Day of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball season.  He also enjoyed camping and time on the water in his pontoon boat.

Above all, Todd enjoyed spending time with his wife, Beth Huffner, with whom he has shared his life for the last 18 years and his stepson, Andrew Huffner.

Mr. Lathrop is survived by his wife, at home; his stepson Andrew Huffner, at home, as well as his parents Lawrence Lathrop, of Bradford, PA and his mother, Sally Steibinger and her husband, George Steibinger, of Greensburg, PA; 2 brothers, Larry (Lyn) Lathrop, of Rochester, NY and Cameron (Karen) Lathrop of Fort Mill, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today, Friday February 28th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) And also on Saturday from 9AM until time of Blessing Service at 11AM.  Private interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society (


Geraldine A. “Gerri” Bires

Geraldine A. “Gerri” Bires

Geraldine A. “Gerri” Bires, 89 of Moon Twp., passed away peacefully on Saturday February 8, 2020 in her home. She was born in North Braddock, PA on July 25, 1930, the daughter of the late Anna (Regrut) & Michael Pavlik.

She is survived by her three daughters: Dr. Jill Bires, Atlanta; Janet & Bill Boslett, Chicago; and Beth & Stephen Henry, Moon Twp; Gerri will be missed by her brother and sister-in-law, Ronald & Jeanne Pavlik and many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her four legged friends, Grace and Ruby.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years Edward; an infant daughter Jean Ann; and a brother Norman.

Gerri worked as a teaching assistant for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit assisting special needs children. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Parish. In her retirement years, Gerri enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with family. Passing along her Slovak heritage to future generations, Gerri will be remembered for her expertise in pierogie, babalki and nut roll making. We know she is dancing in heaven with her beloved Ed and her heart is now complete.

A special thanks to Mary Beth and Jeff for their care, love and friendship.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, February 12th from 3pm~7pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) where a prayer service will be held on Thursday at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Margaret Mary Parish. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Gerri’s name may be made to St Margaret Mary Parish, One Parish Place, Moon Township, PA 15108.


Antonio Alvarez-Pedroso

Antonio Alvarez-Pedroso

Antonio Alvarez-Pedroso, 80, of Moon Twp., died peacefully on January 29, 2020 in UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh.  He was born in Havana, Cuba on July 19, 1939 the son of the late Antonio & Graciela (Otero) Alvarez Pedroso.

He graduated from Villanova University with a master’s in Chemical Engineering, and retired as a Chemical Engineer.  His interests included the stock market, traveling, and going to the gym several times a week, but above all it was spending time with and being there for family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Joyce (Price) Alvarez-Pedroso in 2010.

He is survived by his son, Anthony Alvarez-Pedroso (and wife Antoinette), Pittsburgh.  A granddaughter, Talia Alvarez-Pedroso and a sister, Graciela Garcia.

Friends will be received on Wednesday February 5th from 2-4 & 6-8PM in The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.)  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10AM in St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp.  (Everyone please meet at church).  Committal will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Boy’s Town, PO Box 8000, Boys Town, NE 68010.


Richard A. Barth

Richard A. Barth

Richard A. Barth, 66, of Moon Twp., died on December 31, 2019 in Heritage Valley Beaver. He was born in Pittsburgh on November 24,1953 the son of the late George & Sally (Miller) Barth.
He worked for many years for Aircraft Service International Inc. and Walmart.
Richard was a wonderful provider and loved his family more than anything. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing and loved the Steelers and Penguins.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lorraine E. (Thomas) Barth.  Four children: Tommy Barnabi (Monique), Hopewell Twp.; Amanda Shriver, Oakdale; Kelly Hines (Jeremy), Bethel Park; Lindsey Barth, McDonald.  Seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Marylynn Krieger.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Barth and a sister, Darlene Barth.
Friends are invited to a memorial gathering on Saturday January 11  th from 2-6PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.)
Mary E. (Damron) Durrett

Mary E. (Damron) Durrett

Our hearts are saddened, Mary E. (Damron) Durrett, 82, of Beaver Falls, PA (formerly of Reisterstown, MD), passed away on December 30, 2019 from complications of the RSV. She was born in Logan County, WV the loving daughter of the late Fred & Carrie Damron.

Mary was a very caring mother, aunt, sister, cousin and friend. She always greeted everyone with a warm and welcoming smile.  She loved life and was an example to all. She never spoke an unkind word about anyone.

Mary enjoyed playing fun games and chatting on the phone with both friends and family. While working at MCI, she met so many great friends. Mary had a knack of making everyone feel like family. She stayed connected to friends (both old & new) and family via “The Kindle “per our mom.

Mary is pre-deceased in death by her son Jack L. Durrett Jr.  She is survived by her children Debra Montgomery (Jeff) PA, and Dianna Bell (Sean) MD, grandchildren Bryon Montgomery, Nicholas Montgomery (Lindsey), Nathaniel Durrett, Mackenzie Bell and Topher Bell.

Family invites you to celebrate Mary’s beautiful life on Saturday, January 18th at 1:30 pm in the Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 1010 Frederick Rd. Catonsville, MD 21228.

Forever in our hearts, our mom’s final journey home to West Virginia will be held in April. More details will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  The American Heart Association ( or the American Lung Association (


Gerald Carl “Jerry” Hagadorn

Gerald Carl “Jerry” Hagadorn

Gerald Carl “Jerry” Hagadorn,75, of Moon Twp was called Home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family on Monday December 9, 2019 after receiving hospice services from Kindred Healthcare for stage 4 cancer since May 2019. He was born in Swissvale on August 30, 1944, the son of the late Carl Francis & Fannie (Luce) Hagadorn, brother of the late Beverly (Hagadorn) O’Leary Giles.

Jerry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1968. Upon graduation, he married the love of his life for the past 51 years, Patricia (Hendrickson) Hagadorn. He went on to serve his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War during which time he became a Marksman and was decorated with “The National Defense Service Medal”, along with “The Good Conduct Medal”. He was a member of the Sewickley United Methodist Church where he participated in the choir before his health declined as well as a member of the American Legion in Coraopolis.

Jerry worked for Westinghouse for many years in Robotics and specializing in assembly line automation which led him to finish his career as a subcontractor for Kawasaki Rail in NY in 2008. He is also listed in Who’s Who and was known for his brilliant mind, his musical abilities, and his kindness. Those who knew him best knew him to be a man of strong faith, and a very “easy going” and humble man who deeply loved his family and His Savior.

Survived by his wife, Patricia “Patty” (Hendrickson) Hagadorn, their four children:   Cheryl Cavanaugh (Shane), Hopewell Twp.; Beth Hohman, West Mifflin; Steven Hagadorn, Moon Twp. & Jeffrey Hagadorn, Moon Twp and  nine grandchildren, Caitlyn, Alana, Matthew, Joseph & Ethan Cavanaugh and Samantha, Emma, Nicholas & Kaitlyn Hohman, along with many nieces and nephews, and in-laws. Jerry (Dad) was a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. During the last year of his time here, he was overjoyed to discover and to connect with his biological younger siblings, Marlene (Bob) Lott of PA and Faith Free of MI. In addition to his parents and sister, Jerry was preceded in death by his beloved son-in-law, Vinny Hohman.

A memorial service will be held on December 21 at 11AM at Sewickley United Methodist Church, followed by a “Celebration of Life” luncheon in the Simpson Room until 2PM. Interment with military honors will take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on December 18, 2019 at 12:30PM.

The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Township will be in charge of arrangements.

Mary E. Fowler

Mary E. Fowler

Mary E. Fowler, 72 of Moon Township, affectionately known to her grandchildren as “II” or “Gram” was called home to the Lord on April 8, 2019. She is survived by her loving husband Ted of 45 years and their two daughters Lisa Tolliver-Lehman (Benjamin Lehman and the late Michael Tolliver), Dorothy (Justin) Sikora; 5 grandchildren: Theodore and Melina Tolliver; Reef, Searra and Saylor Sikora; brothers Edward and David Pfohl; nephew Michael Pfohl; aunts Dorothy Lieb and Helen Phister; in addition to many cousins. Mary Edith Pfohl was born 1 November 1946, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Edward and Edith Pfohl of Patton, Pennsylvania. Mary attended a two room school house in Saint Lawrence, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, PA in 1964. After graduation Mary had ambitions to become a hair stylist and graduated from Prounto’s Hair Design Institute in Altoona, PA. She obtained her Pennsylvania State Certifications in Cosmetology, Teaching and Beauty Salon Owner/Operator’s licenses. Because of Mary’s love of music she also attended the Dusseldorf School of Opera in Germany and lived with her brother Ed and his wife Crystal while in Germany. Mary returned  to the United States in 1971 and was employed by the Scheonemon Beauty School in State College, PA as the director and teacher. In 1973. Mary and Ted were married at the Saint Augustine Church, Saint Augustine, PA. Mary and Ted continued working in State College until they relocated to  Moon Township in 1977. Mary opened “Mary Fowler’s Beauty Salon” in 1988. In addition to operating her beauty salon, her interests included volunteering at the schools, baking large amounts of cookies; but Mary’s main interest was race walking. She was a race walking coach for The Wing’s of Moon Track Club for many years. Due to her skilled coaching she had athletes qualify for the Junior Olympics in Oklahoma and Louisiana. Many of you most likely saw Mary training around the township, obtaining 9 minute miles! When she wasn’t training and working she was singing for the Saint Margret Mary’s Choir, Mary was very dedicated to her five grandchildren….whether it be a soccer game, a play performance, or a trip to Ocean City or Florida….she was vested in each of their lives. Mary showered them with “gram” cookies or the treasure she purchased for them. Over the years she developed a very special bond with the “fab five”. Mary never let a blade of grass grow under her feet…she was a mover and a shaker and liked to get things done. Mary continued to successfully operate her business until March 28, 2019. She will not just be a Sister or Wife or Grandmother that has passed from us, but she was a model, and in that role we could not have asked for a better or stronger woman. Mary had the voice of an angel, a laugh that rose above a crowd and a generous hand to anyone that needed it.  A Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Margret Mary Catholic Church, 1 Parish Place, Moon Township, PA on April 13 2019 at 11:00 AM, followed by a luncheon at the church, internment shall be a Saint Joseph Cemetery, Old Thorn Road, Moon Township, PA at 1:00 PM In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to support Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.