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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).

the Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka

the Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka

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

Albert “Butch” Stetzer

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

Rosemary T. (Toia) Scally

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

Edward “Ed” A. Jenkins

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

Barbara Ann (Hoover) Kennedy

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

Maureen Elizabeth Sleber

Maureen Elizabeth Sleber

Maureen Elizabeth Sleber, 76, of Leet Twp., passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020 in Heritage Valley Sewickley. She was born in Hermine, PA the daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth Sleber. She was the Clinical Services Director for Passavant Memorial Homes. Maureen loved her family fiercely and was an amazing mother, having adopted 5 children with her partner of 43 years.

She is survived by her partner: Rebecca Beyer, 4 children: Sandra, Stephen, Tay and Kye King; and a brother: Richard (Alicelyn) Sleber.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kristopher King and her sister, Karen Demer.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2~4pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Moon Twp., where a service will be conducted at 4pm. 1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kristopher King Foundation, Inc. or the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (C.O.R.E). 

Doris (Johnson) Jockers

Doris (Johnson) Jockers

Doris Johnson Jockers, 88, formerly of Moon Township, PA passed away on December 20, 2020 in Good Samaritan Hospice House, Wexford. 

She was born on December 27, 1931, the daughter of the late Harry A. & Mary Lowstetter Johnson.  Doris met the love of her life, Robert in German class at Pitt and they were married on December 17, 1955.  Doris graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology.  She worked as a chemist for H. J. Heinz Company and Westinghouse.  Throughout the years, she was involved in Junior Women’s Club, Moon Township Garden Club, West Hills Art League, Moon Township Historical Society, and P.E.O.  Doris was an avid painter and stain glass creator, who loved to play golf and bridge.  She and her family loved to travel and she was happiest spending family time together.

She is survived by: her son Jeffrey and wife Eleanor (Walsh) of Moon Township, PA; daughter Jill Boyle and her husband Gerald of Gibsonia, PA; son Bradley Jockers of North Port, FL; daughter Lisa Pagano and husband Daniel of Melbourne, FL; and son Darryl Jockers of Northglenn, CO.  Proud grandmother to Andrew, wife Michal; Matthew, Rachel and Tim Jockers; Erin and Aubrey Boyle; Anthony and Paige Pagano; and great-grandson son Liam Jockers. Doris is also survived by her brother, Harry Johnson and his wife Judee; brother-in-law James Jackson; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. 

Doris was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Dr. Robert A. Jockers; infant son Robert; sisters Carol Jackson and Mary Jane Roderus and her husband, William Roderus.

She will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

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

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, internment will be private, however a memorial service will be held at a future date.  Please do not send flowers.  In lieu thereof, memorial contributions may be made to either: P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education by going online to (www.donations.peointernational.org/peo-donation-pce); Chapter BN, Sewickley

OR Good Samaritan Hospice House; (www.concordialm.org) 146 Neely Road, Wexford, PA 15090.

Norma J. (Davies) Spicher

Norma J. (Davies) Spicher

Norma J. (Davies) Spicher, 89, of Moon Twp., Died on December 18, 2020 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  She was born in Aliquippa, on February 7, 1931, the daughter of the late Emlyn & Adella (Somerlade) Davies.   

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Lynn Kneib (Karl), Scott Twp. and son, Robert A. Spicher (Diane), Moon Twp.  Three grandchildren, Melissa Balcerek (Joshua), Jared Lioi (Ashley) & Jeremy Spicher.  Three great grandchildren, Sydney Balcerek, Amelia Balcerek & Mason Lioi.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Spicher in 2016, and a brother, Robert E. Davies.

Friends will be received on Sunday December 20 from 4-7PM in The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 AM.  Current covid-19 restrictions will apply (Masks required, social distancing and limited numbers).  Private entombment will take place at Allegheny County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Impact Christian Church (www.impactpittsburgh.com)

William D. “Mac” MacCumbee Jr.

William D. “Mac” MacCumbee Jr.

William D. “Mac” MacCumbee Jr.,76, of Moon Twp, Died on November 27, 2020 in his home.  He was born on February 12, 1944, the son of the late William D. & Lois (Soules) MacCumbee and grew up in Swissvale.

William served his country in the US Army Honor Guard in Arlington, VA. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 55yrs, Nancy J. (Kaczmarek) MacCumbee; a daughter, Debra Griffith, Sewickley; two grandchildren, William D. MacCumbee IV & Ian R. MacCumbee; a sister, Barbara Kann; and many nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by a son, William D. MacCumbee III, a granddaughter, Alexis Karchella MacCumbee and a brother, James MacCumbee.

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

Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, December 4 at 10 AM at St. Margaret Mary, Moon Twp.  Interment with military honors will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org)