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Submitted By:
Dan Rullo (Jones)
Melissa Patrick
Melissa died at the age of 35 on Saturday, February 15, 2014. She is survived by her beloved children, Taylor, Alexsis and Emma Lynch, and their father, Michael Lynch (also of East Allgheny). Melissa was the daughter of Steven Patrick (MaryEllen), of Belle Vernon, and Peggy Patrick Bukovac (Michael), of Wilkins Township; and sister of Steven "Bud" Patrick, of North Versailles, Michael and Angela Bukovac, of Wilkins Township. She is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral arrangements were handled by Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home in East Pittsburgh and her funeral was at 10:00 on Thursday, February 20 2014 at St. Maurice Church in Forest Hills. Melissa was loved by her classmates and her ever-present smile was an iconic reflection of her personality.
Submitted By:
Dan Rullo (Jones)
Mr. James Kahl
Most of us remember Mr. Kahl as the super smart algebra/calculus teacher that we had in high school.  But he was much more than that.  He was also a loving father and husband.  And a lot of people forget this, but he was also a survivor of a plan crash that occurred years prior to our time at the high school.  He was a no-nonsense teacher and a good-hearted guy.  The following information, is taken directly from a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article published on November 22, 2005 after Mr. Kahl's death.

Four months after he retired from 35 years of teaching advanced mathematics and coaching track in the East Allegheny School District, James Earl Kahl was diagnosed with leukemia. That was in 2003.

Mr. Kahl, of Irwin, died Sunday at UPMC Shadyside following two years of going in and out of hospitals for chemotherapy treatments and other health problems. He was 59.

"He really didn't get a chance to enjoy retirement because of the illness," said his wife of 34 years, Mary Kay Knudson Kahl. "He was not a person who looked for the limelight. But he was always available and willing to give a helping hand."

Mr. Kahl taught algebra and calculus to two generations of students during his long career as an educator.

He encountered several of his former students who had joined the medical profession while he was undergoing treatments at UPMC Shadyside and Hillman Cancer Center, his wife said. And they were always happy to return the same kindness and generosity he had showed them while he was their teacher.

"They gave him special attention," said Mrs. Kahl. "He went to the head of the line. They talked to him and gave him encouragement. They often acknowledged that what they learned in his class had great value in their careers and lives."

"He excelled in math in school and in college. He was the highest graduate in his master's degree class. It was a subject that came easy for him and he also enjoyed making it understandable for others."

Mr. Kahl was best known in the school district for teaching advanced mathematics and in the gifted program. But he also was an assistant coach on the track team and taught home-bound students who were sick or unable to attend school for lengthy periods of time.

Outside of school, he was an avid golfer who often traveled great distances to play on different courses with his friends in the Holy Ghost Golf League.

"He always tried to attain a hole-in-one, but never did," Mrs. Kahl said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kahl is survived by a son, James Michael Kahl, of Whitefish, Mont.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.



http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2005/11/22/Obituary-James-Earl-Kahl-Longtime-math-teacher-and-coach-in-East-Allegheny/stories/200511220249
Submitted By:
Dan Rullo (Jones)
Steven Corey
Steve was a classmate and a friend who, unfortunately, had some struggles that consumed him throughout his childhood.  While he had many friends and easily assimilated into many social groups, some close to him have stated that Steve expressed sometimes feeling isolated.  It came as a shock to all of us, when Steve took his own life (I believe it was ninth grade, ~1993).  It was a very sad event that had a huge impact on the student body and surrounding community.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate any historical information regarding Steve's life, or his untimely death.  I would like to get a picture of Steve to post here, and possibly any available obituary information.  If anybody out there has anything, or would like to include their own words as a tribute to Steve, please let me know.

In August of 2015, I sent an email to the classmates of 1996 about my memories of Steve.  It is on this website in our email archive and is available here.
Submitted By:
Dan Rullo (Jones)
Mrs. Kathaleen (Kathy) Vamos
The following is taken from Mrs. Vamos' obituary posted in the Post Gazette.  I worked with Kathy's husband for several years from 1998 until about 2002 or so.  I was saddened to hear about her passing.

On Friday, May 16, 2003, age 54, of North Versailles; daughter of Joseph & the late Elinor Shields Monardo; beloved wife of Frank Vamos; mother of Lauren & Jordan Vamos; daughter-in-law of Frances & Ierene Vamos; nieces and nephews. She was a School Teacher at East Allegheny High School, also a member of NEAA, PSEA and Who's Who of America. No visitation. Memorial Mass will be held Sat., May 24 at 9:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Arrangements by JAMES F. KUTCH FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 433 Greensburg Ave., Rt. 30, East McKeesport.


http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=kathaleen-vamos-monardo&pid=1020021
Submitted By:
Dan Rullo (Jones)
Heather Hussey
On January 22, 2016, we learned about the untimely passing of another classmate.

The following obituary information was posted on Lanigan Funeral Home's website:
http://www.laniganfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?act=entertrib&id=588226

Heather L. Hussey
Born: Thu., May 5, 1977
Died: Fri., Jan. 22, 2016

Visitation
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 26, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 26, 2016

Blessing Service
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016

Of North Versailles, age 38, on Friday, January 22, 2016.
Preceded in death by her father, John Hussey.
Beloved mother of Haley Hussey, Michael and Dylan Ritenour.
Also survived by her loving mother, Debbie (St. Angelo) Lenart and her husband, Walter "Butch" Lenart and his daughter Jessica Lenart.
Sister of Al (Heather) Hussey of North Versailles.

Friends welcome Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8pm at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, PA 15112, 412-824-8800 where a Blessing Service will be held on Wednesday.

Burial will be in Penn Lincoln Cemetery in North Huntingdon.

Submitted By:
Dan Rullo (Jones)
Mr. George Ihnat
Tribune Review obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/triblive-tribune-review/obituary.aspx?n=george-t-ihnat&pid=177697629&fhid=9900

George T. "Iggy" Ihnat, 76, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. He was born Jan. 17, 1940, in Wall, a son of the late John and Mary (Evan) Ihnat. He was a teacher at the East Allegheny School system for more than 37 years. He was a member of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, White Oak, and the Alpha Gamma Phi fraternity. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Ihnat. He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Mary Jo (Coyne) Ihnat; sons, Bruce Ihnat and Jeffrey (Cheryl) Ihnat, both of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Calynn, Devin, Abigail and Isabelle; and a sister, Mary Janice (John) MacKinnon, of Huntingdon Beach, Calif. 
Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A private blessing service will be held in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alpha Gamma Phi Scholarship Fund or the East Allegheny Education Association Scholarship Fund, 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137. For online condolence, please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com.

Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2016

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