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Geraldine “Gerry” (Grannis) Gonet

Geraldine “Gerry” (Grannis) Gonet

Geraldine “Gerry” (Grannis) Gonet, 90, of Moon Twp.  Passed away on Sunday February 17, 2019.  She was born in Philipsburg, PA on June 13, 1928 the daughter of the late William & Mary (Gavlock) Grannis.

She was an employee of Montour Railroad and the Shenango Corporation, but her most treasured role was that of Mom and Grandma.  She was also a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp.

Gerry was a devoted wife to her husband of over 63 years, Norman W. Gonet, who preceded her in death in 2016.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Grannis and a sister, Mary Jane Bagatini.

Gerry was a caring mother to five children:  Robert Gonet (Gail), FL; Karen Betz (Jim), Moon Twp.; Andrea Wagner (Bob), Kennedy Twp.; Thomas Gonet, Moon Twp. & Brian Gonet, SC. She was a loving Grandma to eight grandchildren, Ryan Gonet, Alex Gonet, Jarrod Betz, Justin Betz, Jamie Kluchurosky (Joe), Jennifer Bolea (Zach), Sarah Wagner & Kevin Wagner and five great grandchildren: Owen, Eli, Nora, Lucia & Enzo.  She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no public viewing.  Friends will be received at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Coraopolis, starting at 12 Noon until Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30pm on Saturday February 23.  Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp. The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements.

The family wishes to thank the loving staff at Good Samaritan Hospice and her exceptional home care aides, Kara & Macey.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions, can be made to: The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or Good Samaritan Hospice (www.concrdialm.org)

Marlene (Dietz) D’Amico

Marlene (Dietz) D’Amico

Marlene (Dietz) D’Amico, 70, of Imperial, lost her battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on Monday February 11, 2019 with her family surrounding her.  She was the beloved wife of 50 beautiful years to Ronald R. D’Amico.  She is also survived and will be dearly missed by loving daughter Deanna (D’Amico) Leach and loving granddaughter Marley Leach of Moon Township.

Marlene was preceded in death by her mother Alberta (Elm) Dietz and a brother Harold Dietz.  She is also survived by a brother Ron Dietz, and sister Ruth (Dietz) Weber.

Marlene’s gentle character and kind nature was deeply loved and will be missed by many people including her husband’s family; Jack (Jill) D’Amico, Joseph D’Amico (deceased), Al D’Amico, Ann (John) Rago, Deborah D’Amico. She is also survived by and holds a dear place in the hearts of her nieces and nephews, Jack D’Amico, Annie J. Rago, Emily J. Rago, John Henry Rago, as well as Kim Dietz, Jeff Dietz, Kathleen (Dietz) Christensen, Lynn (Dietz) Powell, Kirk Dietz, and Karen Dietz.

Friends and loved ones will be received at a memorial gathering on Tuesday February 19th from 1PM until time of blessing service at 3PM pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Private interment will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrf.org).

Barbara (Eckel) Guida

Barbara (Eckel) Guida

It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara (Eckel) Guida, 77, of Moon Twp. passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 12, 2019.  She was born in St. Paul, MN on May 14, 1941 the daughter of the late Joseph & Ann (Filler) Eckel.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard L. Guida in 2014.

Barbara, known to family as ‘big red’, had a contagious laugh and lived life with a smile that would light up any room.  Barbara demonstrated a love that knew no bounds by giving herself fully in the care of her husband Richard, during the last difficult years of his life. She learned and did so much to help him through those challenging times. It was a monumental testament to the love they shared; a strong bond that never faltered.

Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her three children:  John Guida, WA; Ann Garcia (Jose`), FL and Kathleen Cook (Jason), Moon Twp., five granddaughters: Amanda, Amber, Gabi, Isabel and Elena, brother Joseph Eckel and sister Kathleen Booth.

Friends will be received on Monday February 18 from 2~4pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp. where a blessing service will be held at 4PM.  Private entombment will take place in Coraopolis Cemetery.

Memorial donations in memory of Barbara may be made to The University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center (www.adrc.pitt.edu/volunteer/donate/) or Alzheimer Disease Research Center Attention: Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator, UPMC Montefiore, Four West 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582

Norma Jean (Uram) Slan

Norma Jean (Uram) Slan

Norma Jean (Uram) Slan, of Moon Twp. Died peacefully on January 30, 2019.  She was the daughter of the late Anna K. (Kitik) Uram, beloved wife of the late John M. Slan, and cherished mother of Vanessa Lynn (Keith) Santucci and Eric John Slan.

All services are private, the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to: Animal Friends, Pittsburgh (www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org).

Bernard Raymond Bercik

Bernard Raymond Bercik

Bernard Raymond Bercik, 85, of Moon Twp., Passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019. He was born in Donora, PA on February 23, 1933 the son of the late Julia & Peter J. Bercik.  His American dream began by playing football at Donora High School and by receiving many football scholarships, among them one to Georgetown University. There he met Jacqueline Daley, now his beloved wife of 62 years.  He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, served on active duty for three years, in the Reserves for 13 years and was discharged as Captain.  He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1961, practiced law in Pittsburgh, founded Merrit Development, Inc., and established himself as a commercial and residential real estate developer throughout Allegheny County.  His company survives him and his loyal employees continue to manage his properties.

Bernard was preceded in death in 1960 by an infant daughter, their third child.  He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, his children, Bernard J. Bercik (Mary Lynne), Michael J. Bercik, Judith A. Bercik, Mary Elizabeth Leonard, Barbara McConnell (Todd), his beloved grandchildren, Katherine Glusica, Elizabeth Rugh (David), Robert L. Leonard III (Anna), Jacqueline Dobies (Justin), Julia Neel (John), Alberta Leonard, Caroline McConnell, Bernard R. Bercik, John Paul Bercik and 10 cherished great-grandchildren.  Also survived by a sister, Mary Ann Finotti, brothers Peter J. Bercik (Peggy), Richard C. Bercik (Verna) and many nieces & nephews.

Family wishes to thank those who helped care for him, foremost Lynne McCullough and his son Michael, Melissa Kanfoush and the staff at West Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Felician Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent in Coraopolis, and St. Margaret Mary Church, Moon Twp. and The Salvation Army.

There will be no public viewing.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday February 2, (Everyone please meet in the back of the church beginning at 9:00 AM), Mass will start at 9:30 AM in St. Margaret Mary Church, Moon Twp. Bernard will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., at a later date.

Thomas Daniel Davies

Thomas Daniel Davies

Thomas Daniel Davies, 97 of Moon Twp., passed away on Monday January 28, 2019.  He was born on July 21, 1921 the son of the late Thomas and Helen Davies.  He was a retired electrical engineer from Shenango Incorporated.  He was a WWII veteran serving with the US Army Air Force as a weather observer.  He was a member of the Coraopolis United Methodist Church and the Sharpsville F&AM.
He enjoyed square dancing and bowling. He was a recreational pilot, and loved traveling with his family to the beach and national parks

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Geraldine “Gerry” Aiello

Geraldine “Gerry” Aiello

Geraldine “Gerry” Aiello, 71, of Moon Twp., Died on January 15, 2019 in UPMC Shadyside.  She was born in McKees Rocks on June 22, 1947 the daughter of the late August & Helen (Crnkovic) Safranek.

She was a graduate of Mckees Rocks High School, worked for many years as a bank teller and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp.

She is survived by her husband Joe Aiello.  A son Joey Aiello Jr. and his wife Rhonda, Moon Twp. and a daughter, Heather Polit and her husband Tony, Scranton, PA.  A granddaughter, Farrah Polit, and a brother, Rich Safranek.

In addition to her parents, Gerry was preceded in death by her brother, James Safranek.

Joe and Gerry recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Gerry was the most wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend anyone could ever ask for.

Friends will be received on Friday January 18th from 4-8PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) where a blessing service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM. Committal will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp.

 

A. Richard Tarquinio

A. Richard Tarquinio

A. Richard Tarquinio, 64, of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Moon Twp. Died on October 18, 2018. He was born on March 7, 1954, a son of the late Arthur D. Tarquinio & Rose E. (Venneri) Tarquinio.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne, his daughter, Mia and siblings, Joseph (Mary Ann), Anita (Sam) Marcocci, Ronald (Jennifer), Rosemary and Edward (Deborah) and many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Per his wishes there will be no visitation.  A memorial mass will occur Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Coraopolis by Rev. Richard Jones.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to:  West Hills Food Pantry, C/O Joe Tarquinio, 1134 Thorn Run Rd., Moon Twp. PA 15108.

Donald L. Brainerd

Donald L. Brainerd

Donald L. Brainerd, 87, of Sewickley passed peacefully on Wednesday October 10, 2018, In UPMC Shadyside. He was born in Baltimore, MD on July 29, 1931 the son of the late Eldred & Evelyn (Webb) Brainerd.

 

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Toni Brainerd. Three children: Steven Brainerd (Marian), OH; Douglas Brainerd (Faith), OH & Kimberly Mirolli (Timothy), OH. Two sisters, Barbara Williams & Dorothy Ritsko, a brother, James Brainerd. Five grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren.

 

Donald graduated from Penn State in 1953 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned in the US Navy and served 27 years, retiring as a captain. After early retirement from 30 years with DuPont, he continued his career with Sun Chemical for 17 years. He was very active in the Chemical Association of Pittsburgh. Golf was one of his lifetime passions and won him many trophies. He also loved performing semi-professionally and at family gatherings as “The Great Braindini” Magician.

 

There will be no public viewing. The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is entrusted with arrangements.

 

A memorial service will be held at The Masonic Village, Sewickley on Saturday October 27th at 11:00am. Private interment will be at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville on another date.

LaVerne W. Heisler

LaVerne W. Heisler

LaVerne W. Heisler, 81, of Moon Twp. died on Wednesday October 10, 2018 in Concordia at Villa St. Joseph, Baden.         She was born in Pittsburgh on February 1, 1937 the daughter to the late Ralph & Ruth (Degenhardt) Wright.

She is survived by her husband of 60 yrs. Best friend, loving husband, and travel companion Robert J. Heisler Sr. two sons, Robert J. Heisler Jr. (Lisa), Moon Twp. & Bruce J. Heisler (Kimberly), Moon Twp.. She was a devoted “Grandee” to her three grandchildren, Shelby Heisler Jarosh (Matt), Annie L. Heisler & Cooper B. Heisler.

In addition to her parents, LaVerne was preceded in death her brother, Ralph “Bucky” Wright.

She had and adventurous life. If she wasn’t on the beach reading a novel or traveling to visit friends, LaVerne could be found tending to her beautiful garden, doing ceramics and painting.  She loved her Bob, spending time with her family and sneaking treats to her grand dog, Gucci.

She had multiple careers which ranged from modeling, working for an insurance company, Robert Morris College, manager at the family bar, Moon Area lunch lady, and working for the Pittsburgh Port Authority.

She was an original and active member of St. Andrews Church, member of The Eastern Stars, den mother for her sons, played in the Moon Woman’s Softball League.  LaVerne loved traveling the world, including trips to St. Thomas, several European countries and Hawaii.

Always stylish (wearing her Chico’s outfits), she was ready to jump on a plane at any moment, ready for her next adventure.

LaVerne loved and was well loved by her family and all of her friends.

Friends will be received on Friday October 12 from 3-8PM in The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Also on Saturday from 10AM until time of Funeral Service at 11AM in St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Moon Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Concordia at Villa St. Joseph (www.concordialm.org)