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Patricia Ann “Patty” (Aurin) Thomas

Patricia Ann “Patty” (Aurin) Thomas

Patricia Ann “Patty” (Aurin) Thomas, 64, of Moon Twp.  passed away on April 19, 2021 in her home.  She was born in Sewickley, PA on February 9, 1957 the daughter of Margaret (Marchetti) Aurin & the late Carl Aurin. 

Patty graduated from Quaker Valley Highschool in 1975.

In addition to her mother, Patty is survived by her husband of 44 years, David Craig Thomas.  Three children:  Cara Blyzwick (Brad), Moon Twp., PA; Afton Thomas-Thangaraj (Swaminathan), Baltimore, MD & Matthew Thomas.  Three grandchildren, Abby & Elijah Blyzwick, Zofia Thangaraj. 

In addition to her father, Patty was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Aurin.

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

Private interment at Sewickley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Hair Peace Charities (www.hairpeace.org)

Nina Louise “Neen” Napoleone

Nina Louise “Neen” Napoleone

Nina Louise “Neen” Napoleone, 47, of Moon Twp.  passed away peacefully in her parents’ home with her loving family by her side.  Nina was born in Sewickley on February 18, 1974 the daughter of Deni & Frances (George) Napoleone.

Nina graduated from Moon High School in 1992 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in communications from Mercyhurst University.  Nina was the sales manager at the family business, ALDOS Foodservice, in Independence Twp.

Nina was very talented, giving, and family oriented.  She has performed in shows at Moon Area High School, Mercyhurst University, Robert Morris Colonial Theater, Stage 62, Iron Horse Theater in Ambridge, Comtra Theater in Cranberry as well as in Erie and other communities.  Nina was also the voice of the Olympic Flame.

Nina was preceded in death by her Grandparents, Agnes and Orlando Napoleone, of Coraopolis, and Martha (John) and G. T. George of Uniontown.

In addition to her parents, Nina is survived by her brother, Deni O. Napoleone (Leslie), Moon Twp. & sister, Marta Napoleone Mazzoni (Philip), Pittsburgh.  Nephews, Orlando Deni Napoleone, Luca Joseph Napoleone, a niece, Olive Elizabeth Napoleone.  Her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends will miss her as well.

Friends will be received on Thursday April 8th from 4-7PM and also on Friday from 10AM until time of Memorial Service at 11AM in The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.)

Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Twp. will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Creative Hair Solutions, 2853 Oxford Blvd. Suite 101, Allison Park, PA 15101.

Joan (Lawry) Dinda

Joan (Lawry) Dinda

On February 27, 2021, Joan (Lawry) Dinda, wife of Andy Dinda, passed away peacefully at home after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 68.  Joan had owned a family restaurant in Robinson Twp. for 32 years, not wanting to retire, Joan had worked at Robert Morris University for the last ten years. Joan loved reading books, crossword puzzles and cooking.

Joan was the daughter of the late George and Marian Lawry.  She will be forever remembered by her husband Andy, and her brothers and sisters, George (Sally) Lawry, Dorothy (Art) Tragesser, Donald (Debbie) Lawry, her twin, Jane (Frank) Boyle, Cathy (the late Jim) Downs, Peggy (Dave) Crooks, Mary (Walt) Helgerman, Julie (Jim) Morgan and Becky (Jerry) Glevicky. Sister-in-law, Patty (John) Gernat and Jenny (the late Richard) Dinda and many nieces and nephews.

There are no services at this time.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements. 

  

Frank Eugene “Gene” Beall

Frank Eugene “Gene” Beall

Frank Eugene “Gene” Beall, 71, of Butler, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior on Wednesday March 3, 2021. 

He was born in Sewickley on February 24, 1950, the son of the late Frank and “Betty” (Wolfe) Beall.  He attended Geneva College and Penn Technical Institute, and spent most of his working career doing research and analysis of rubber compounds and silica.   

He was quite the creative type, with an inquisitive mind.  He enjoyed science, music, playing guitar, and playing chess.  One hobby that brought him particular joy was doing scroll saw artwork.  He embraced it with fervor and took great care to always use his talents to the glory of God and strive for excellence.  He also had a tender heart for loved ones and animals.

He is survived by Gail, his loving wife of 43 years.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Caren Beall Ramsey.

Gene’s love will live on in the hearts of the friends and family that he leaves behind.

The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. has been entrusted with services.  Interment has taken place in John Anderson Cemetery, Aliquippa.

Memorial contributions can be made to:  Water For Life (www.lifetoday.org)              

Donald E. Tagliaferi

Donald E. Tagliaferi

Donald E. Tagliaferi, 68, of Moon Twp. died on March 3, 2021 in Curahealth Heritage Valley, Beaver.  He was born in Sewickley on October 19, 1952 the son of the late Fred & Anne (Supon) Tagliaferi. 

Donald served his country in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jan M. (Krol) Tagliaferi.  Two daughters, Anna Tagliaferi, Industry & Nicole Tagliaferi, Coraopolis.  Three grandchildren, Alec Adams, Kiara & Walter Clarit.  Two brothers, Fredrick Tagliaferi (Dolores) & David Tagliaferi.  His mother-in-law, Lois Krol, brother-in-law, Keith Krol (Liz), sister-in-law, Cynthia Tagliaferi and a dear friend, Mike Kowal. And numerous nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Tagliaferi.

There will be no public services at this time.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. is in charge of arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to:  The Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org)              

Grady Alexander

Grady Alexander

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

Mark Joseph Sedelmeier

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.

Charles William “Bill” Henderson, Jr.

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

Laura Kathryn Laquinta

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

Joseph (Joe) Diggins

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).