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Edward Klaphake

Jul 17, 1949 - Nov 28, 2023

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Penn Hills, PA

Edward L. Klaphake, 74, of Penn Hills, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 25, 2023. Born on July 17th, 1949, in the neighborhood of Carrick, in Pittsburgh, PA. Ed was a gentleman and a gentle man. He touched all who knew him, from his classmates and basketball teammates at St. Wendelin's and Penn; to his friends from the HSVL volleyball league; to his co-workers at Westinghouse and SinterMet. In retirement Ed enjoyed coaching basketball at Falk School and delivering prescriptions to the ...Read More

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Lois H Franklin

Died : Feb 19, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Lois H Franklin (Weaver) passed peacefully on February 19, 2024 at the age of 88. Lois was a stylish and caring individual with a sharp wit. She was known as a good friend to many and enjoyed singing and music in her free time. She is survived by her loving husband, Walter T Franklin and her daughters, Lynn Franklin and Paula Franklin. Lois was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph G Weaver and Herbert C Weaver. A private service will be held to honor and remember Lois H Franklin. To to the family or in memory of Lois H. Franklin, please

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Maggie Durham

Feb 12, 1925 - Feb 07, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Maggie was born February 12, 1925 in Winnsboro, S.C., the second child of Robert (Bob) and Reese Davis. She had an older sister, Eliza, and a younger brother, Johnny. On May 10. 1942, Maggie married James (Bo) Durham and from that union there were five children: Carl V., James S., Carolyn A., Asenath, and Vivienne. Maggie learned the truth about Jehovah God, dedicated her life to serve Him, and was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1956. She was an avid servant of his for the next 70 years, spending much of her time in the door-to-door ministry, and studying the bible with many of those she met. She is preceded in death by James, her loving husband of 65 years, who passed away in 2007, also her oldest son Carl Van, who passed away in 2016 leaving his widow Karen. She is survived by her children: James S. Durham (Marcia) of Monroe N.C., Carolyn A. Durham of Sewickley PA, Asenath Wright (Dwight) of Verona PA, and Vivienne Durham of Sewickley PA. Also 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Memorial Service: March 17, 2024 Place: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses/ 1132 Morrow Rd, Aliquippa, PA 15001 Time: 4:00PM Phone: (724) 375-5066 Zoom ID: 641 210 064 Password: 789632 To to the family or in memory of Maggie Durham, please

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Essie Mae Googer

Oct 19, 1919 - Feb 09, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Essie Mae Googer was born October 19, 1919, to the late Mr. Carlton and Willie Mae Henderson of Atlanta, Georgia. She attended public school in Atlanta, Georgia, and Booker T. Washington High School. She was united in marriage to Henry Moses in 1938, to their union one son, Henry Jr. was born. Essie and her son Henry went to Pennsylvania to live in 1939 where she met and married William C. Googer some years later. He preceded her in death in 1972. They belonged to the St. Paul Baptist Church of Donora, Pennsylvania, where they sang in the choir together. She was Matron of the Eastern Star O&S Chapter #99 Deborah. Heroines of Jericho. St. Elk Keystone Temple #92 Donora, PA and Omega Chapter Pittsburgh, PA. She returned to Georgia after her husband's death to care for her parents. She joined Andrews Chapel Church in Jonesboro, GA, where her parents were serving and served on the stewardess board serving communion. After her parents' death, Essie joined Wesley Chapel Church which was closer to her home. There she also served communion as a stewardess. She is now a member of Browns Hill Baptist Church of Monroe, Georgia. She leaves to treasure in her memory one son, Henry Moses, Jr. (Darlene); grandchildren, Timothy Moses, Colleen Moses, Alishia Morrissette, Anita Tolliver; great-grandchildren, Robert, Leon, Todd, Jeremy, Brittani, Stettani, Alyssa, Calvin, Najee, Jonathon, and Frank; eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-great grandson, Kashton; and a host of family and friends. To to the family or in memory of Essie Mae Googer, please

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Linda Jean Law

Oct 19, 1950 - Feb 07, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Linda Jean Kirkland’s story begins on October 19, 1950, at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Linda is the first child born to Rev. Charles and Jean Kirkland who lived in Wilkinsburg, PA. As the eldest child, Linda was raised to love God and support her younger siblings: Charles, Christine, Carol, and Donna. It is with God’s love that Linda grew up within the church as part of the youth ministry and youth choir. Linda graduated from Wilkinsburg High School. Her service to God at a young age led her to fall in love with God’s Word, God’s Music, and her high school sweetheart (the love of her life), Dwight C. Law. On January 1, 1970, Linda J. Kirkland married Dwight C. Law on his birthday. Surrounded by the love of family and friends, Linda and Dwight start a life together as husband and wife. Their love created 2 children: Nicole (born in Pittsburgh) and Dwight II (born in Glendale, CA). As their children grow up in Glendale, CA, Linda and Dwight raise their family to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, and spirit. God leads the Law family on different paths in their lives. Linda’s path leads her to return home to Pittsburgh, PA, and start her journey in ministry. With her parent's support and love, Linda attends Greater Works Outreach Bible School to earn her certificate of ordination. In trusting God’s order of steps, Linda begins to minister throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area for different church denominations. Eventually, Linda started New Joy Ministry filled with determination to share the gospel with anyone who would listen to God’s Word, a prayer, or even a song. Linda’s love for God helps her serve and support the Wilkinsburg community. Linda becomes a Chaplain, serves as a board member for the Pittsburgh Housing Development Association (PHDA) and Wilkinsburg Sun Community Newsletter, as well as supports the community as a volunteer police member and an election worker for the polls. Linda enjoys helping to make Wilkinsburg a community full of love through different program opportunities at Hosanna House. Linda found that her mission in life is to inform and build communication bridges that would strengthen communities, encourage happiness, give support, and create soul mindfulness to enhance one’s experience and help evolve a person for a greater tomorrow. Linda communicates very passionately any chance that she can that her love, her life, and her best friend is Jesus Christ. Linda decides to take her ministry to the next level and accepts the calling to serve as a Minister at Legacy International Worship Center under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Michael Day. Linda works under Legacy to reach the senior community and continues her dedication to the Lord. Linda’s final journey to return home to glory happens on February 7, 2024. Linda is home celebrating God’s love with her parents Charles and Jean Kirkland, her son Dwight II, and all God’s children who were called home to glory. Linda’s life is celebrated by her siblings Charles, Christine, Carol, and Donna, her beloved daughter Nicole, her nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and all the daughters and sons of the Most High God. Linda will be remembered by all who know her for her willingness to help others, her passion for sharing God’s Word, her praise and worship, her hugs, her prayers, and most of all her loving smile. To to the family or in memory of Linda Jean Law, please

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Claude Smith

Nov 30, 1948 - Feb 04, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Claude Smith was born November 30, 1948, to Bertha Smith and Claude Johnson. Claude was called to eternal rest on February 4, 2024 Claude grew up in Princeville, NC. Claude later graduated from W.A. Patillo High School. Claude relocated to Pittsburgh, PA in 1976. Claude later met and married his wife Barbara L. Clark on June 20, 1998. Claude held several jobs including working in the public school system, and Allegheny General Hospital where he later retired after 20+ years. Claude had two children from his previous marriage, Tiwanna Simmons and Claude Maurice Smith. Claude enjoyed baseball, The Redskins, and The Steelers. Claude is preceded in death by his daughter Tiwanna Simmons. Claude leaves to honor his memory his wife, Barbara, son, Claude, sisters, Bertha Huger of PGH, PA Laura and Melvin Roberts of Florence SC, Thelma and Willie Wiggins of Princeville, SC, Forest and Song Smith of Columbus, GA, Beluah S., Mary S., and Sherry Boyd of Columbia, SC, four grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. To to the family or in memory of Claude Smith, please

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Peggy Tate

Jun 30, 1948 - Feb 01, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Peggy Tate was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1948. She was one of ten children born to the late WC and Louise Craig. Peggy graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1966. She received her degree in nursing from St. Francis Nursing School. She worked in several hospitals as a registered nurse in Pittsburgh including West Penn, Presbyterian and Magee Women’s Hospital. While at Magee Hospital she was the operating room nurse during the birth of her niece, Jeanna. It was a blessed time for all. She retired from United Healthcare in 2014. Peggy met and married the love of her life of more than 47 years, George Tate and to this union one son, Michael Tate was born and later the two adopted their son, Jermaine Beard. She loved and adored her family and they were the air she breathed. Peggy was baptized at an early age at St. James Baptist Church and remained a devoted member throughout the years serving in many capacities such as the choir, trustee, Missionary Society and First Lady. She also provided her expertise in many areas in the church such as breast cancer awareness, an exercise program and an annual street fair in which she and the congregation collected food, clothing, shoes and bookbags to distribute to members of the community free of cost. Peggy made every member of St. James feel special by giving them a gift for their birthday and every holiday she satisfied her sweet tooth along with everyone in the congregation with a bag of candy. Peggy was an amazing and an absolutely beautiful person. She always greeted people with a smile and remained active despite her challenges. She served in many leadership positions (which raised breast cancer awareness), the Silver Cord Association and African American Women’s Speaker Bureau. Peggy departed this life on February 1, 2024, and was escorted to the heavenly by God’s Angels. Peggy leaves to mourn, her husband Pastor George Tate; two sons, Michael and Jermaine (Sharee) Beard; three granddaughters, Leah Tate, Dashane and Daijah Beard; two sisters, Mourden Baldwin and Virginia Craig; three brothers, Jerry (Karen), Richard and Spencer Craig (Kim deceased) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. To to the family or in memory of Peggy Tate, please

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Lonnie Cunningham Sr

Jul 07, 1926 - Feb 04, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Lonnie Cunningham Sr, affectionately known as “Dad” to his family, was born to the late Banks and Geneva Cunningham-Grier in Fort Lawn, S.C., on July 7, 1926. Lonnie Sr. was educated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. At sixteen, he joined the United States Navy, serving this country as a sailor. In 1946, Lonnie married the love of his life Kathleen Campbell. A year later the couple moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where five children were born. Lonnie Sr. worked as a mechanic at J&L Steel Southside for thirty-three years before retiring. For the first twenty-three years, he never missed a day of work until the death of his oldest daughter. After retiring, Lonnie Sr. worked as an armed security guard at several department stores. Lonnie Sr. enjoyed golfing, bowling, and drawing. He also loved landscaping and home remodeling in his spare time. He was a dedicated Father and Grandfather who loved and provided for his family. In 1961, Lonnie Sr. and Kathleen joined Christian Chapel A.M.E. Church. They were very active in the church ministry. After his wife passed, he returned to Charlotte, NC, where he joined Reeder Memorial Baptist Church and became a Deacon. He returned to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2002, and started attending Baptist Temple Church, and later joined. He was a faithful member who attended regularly until recent health challenges. He departed this earthly life on February 4, 2024. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Kathleen Cunningham, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage; son, Lonnie DeWayne Cunningham; and daughter, Cheryl Cunningham; great grandsons, Robert Hampton Jr. and twin boys Saint and Syire Mathis. He leaves cherished memories to daughters, Lynda (Wallace) Hamilton and Deidra L. Thompson; Lonnie (Lillian) Cunningham, Jr. and the granddaughter he raised, Kelley (Andre) Buefort; thirteen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, and thirteen great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. To to the family or in memory of Lonnie Cunningham Sr., please

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Vera June Patterson

Feb 28, 1927 - Feb 02, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Vera June Patterson, known by most as “Mama June” was a loving, caring fiercely faithful, and committed woman of God. In her ninety-six-plus years, she lived an eclectic, often painful, but fulfilling life. Born February 28, 1927, she was one of ten children born to Josephine Browning and Spencer Lee Tolbert, Sr. She attended and graduated from McDonald High School in McDonald, PA. She studied Mortuary Sciences with Mr. Percy Law, Sr. in Washington, PA., and worked for a time at White Memorial Funeral Home. She also worked at Weigman’s factory in Wilkinsburg, before joining the Wilkinsburg Police Department, working as a Community Liaison Worker for many years. At the end of her career, she worked as a Personal Care senior Companion throughout Allegheny County. She was also a long-time member of the Mosiwedal Temple #38 IBPOEW of the Hill District. Vera first attended Macedonia Baptist Church, then became a member of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where she excelled as a soloist in the Concert Choir, bringing joy to all who heard her sing. Vera joined Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church on August 14, 2005, where she served faithfully with the missionaries, and became the Church Mother. Vera June was preceded in death by her daughter, Joanne Brown Bunch, parents Josephine Browning and Spencer Lee Tolbert Sr., and siblings Spencer Lee Jr., Harold, George, Doris, Calvin, Frank, and Donald. She is loving remembered by her “adopted daughters”, Gwen-Renee Williams-Landau and Dr. Marian Landau, grandsons Anthony Burch, Sr., Donald Burch, and Samuel Williams III, granddaughters Renee Ann Burch and Jasmine Burch, and her “favorite” great-grandson, Za’Vion Williams. She is also survived by siblings Betty Jean Bartlett of Detroit, Michigan, and Clarence Tolbert of Greensboro, North Carolina; nieces Doris Williams, and Rhonda Leach of Monroeville, PA., and a host of other nieces and nephews. Vera June Patterson’s life was a tribute to her faith in her God, and her love for her fellow humankind. She will be missed by all who knew her well. She is now resting in Eternal Peace, in the loving arms of her Christ Jesus. To to the family or in memory of Vera June Patterson, please

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Kevin Paul Basilico

Aug 27, 1974 - Jan 26, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Kevin Paul Basilico was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1974. He departed this life on January 26, 2024, after a long illness. He was the son of Anthony Basilico and Gwendolyn (Buckner) Basilico. Kevin attended Penn Hills schools and graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology in 2006, with honors, with a degree in Design Technology. Kevin was employed by the Pittsburgh Regional Transit Authority (PRT) for the past 10 years. Prior to working for PRT, he held various positions, including Electronic Technician at Dave and Busters and Graphic Technician at Leeds Business Accessories. Kevin was a very talented artist who enjoyed fusing art with technology. He was an avid gamer who enjoyed attending the Otakon Convention yearly. Kevin also loved going to the gym and keeping physically fit. He was a Steeler fan, loved cats, and enjoyed fishing, good food, and working on his car. He leaves to mourn his mother, father, sister Felicia (Jerome) Drew, and a beloved nephew, Jerome “Beanie” Drew, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. To to the family or in memory of Kevin P. Basilico, please

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Anthony Dewayne Moore

Jul 16, 1962 - Jan 22, 2024

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Penn Hills, PA

Mr. Anthony D. Moore better known as "Boneyard", "Bonerizzy" and "Rizzy" was born on July 16, 1962, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late James Thompson and Doris Smith. He was the baby boy, the only boy of the family. He was a graduate of Westinghouse High School in 1981, and before his accident in 2014, he was employed with Quality Services as a maintenance worker. Some of Anthony's hobbies were tennis, fishing, basketball, cooking and dancing. He loved having a good time. In 1986, he met the love of his life Catherine Johnson, and the two united in marriage on February 3, 2017, although they were together for thirty-five years. They became a blended family with daughters, Tenika Johnson and Sharpinaa Cunningham. He loved and adored his family and there was nothing he wouldn't do for them. On January 22, 2024, Anthony transitioned from life on Earth to his eternal rest. He was preceded in death by his father, James Thomas; mother, Doris Smith; three sisters, JoAnne Moore, Carol Gilmore and Barbara Moore; and uncle, Clarence Smith. He leaves to cherish his memory; his wife, Catherine Johnson; his son, Paris Anthony DeWayne Moore, his daughter, Mariah Marie Moore; two step-daughters, Tenika Johnson and Sharpinaa Boyd; stepson Shaquille Johnson; sister, Charlotte Moore; stepsister, Darlene Claggett-Patterson; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. To to the family or in memory of Anthony Dewayne Moore, please

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