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Faces of COVID-19

The stories behind the local lives lost to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Alma Hovis
Age: 91
Place: West Mifflin
Born in McKeesport, the longtime West Mifflin resident was an active member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church.
Yvonne Atkinson
Age: 72
Place: Beltzhoover neighborhood, Pittsburgh
Voted the top "early childhood educator that can change your familyl's life," she was the director of early childhood education at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for 15 years.
Ginny Frizzi
Age: 66
Place: Morningside, Pittsburgh
She served in many leadership roles supporting journalism with the universities, the Society of Professional Journalists and other advocacy groups with which she was heavily involved.
Lorraine Funkhouser
Age: 89
Place: Suffolk, Va.
The longtime Beaver Falls resident with the sunny disposition made her home a hangout for neighborhood children.
Frank Leone
Age: 69
Place: Franklin Park, Allegheny County
He epitomized what a brother should be.
Joseph Kissane
Age: 89
Place: New York City
A graduate of Central Catholic High School and Duquesne University, he ended his career at Columbia University as an English professor and later an administrator.
Michael Shubak
Age: 60
Place: Hampton, Allegheny County
Born with Down syndrome and autism, he was not supposed to live past his teens. But his family helped him live a full and active life.
M. Richard ''Rich'' Edmunds
Age: 81
Place: Coraopolis, Allegheny County
A strong skier and horseman, he enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, was a licensed pilot and built his own Rutan Long-EZ plane.
George Zeh
Age: 84
Place: Beaver, Beaver County
A college football star, Mr. Zeh was one of the first to survive spinal meningitis and was dedicated to family and humor.
Mark Romutis
Age: 64
Place: Conway, Beaver County
Mr. Romutis, a husband and father of one, was Ambridge's interim police chief and had just one day left of COVID-19 quarantine.
Amil Padezanin
Age: 89
Place: Annandale, Virginia
Born in Beaver County, he spent 42 years as a brakeman for Conway in Freedom and was a dedicated member of the local Serbian Club.
Howard ''Chaim'' Reisner
Age: 78
Place: Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
A furniture repairman who took his craft to the level of art, Mr. Reisner wrote a cookbook called ''Happy Kosher.''
Joe Colombo
Age: 56
Place: Ross Township, Allegheny County
Mr. Colombo, who had a lifelong, rare form of childhood diabetes, was a nurse and avid concert-goer.
Helena Morton
Age: 109
Place: Latrobe, Westmoreland County
Born in Poland, Mrs. Morton raised five children and worked as a housekeeper. She loved to garden.
Anick Jesdanun
Age: 51
Place: New York City
A Pittsburgh native and deputy technology editor for The Associated Press, he was the first AP reporter to be given the ''internet writer'' byline.
Isaiah Kuperstein
Age: 70
Place: Carmel, Indiana
He was the founding director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.
Irene Gasior
Age: 94
Place: Coraopolis, Allegheny County
She committed herself to family, establishing traditions such as homemade pizelles and her seven-dozen egg frittata for Easter.
Devin Taquino
Age: 47
Place: Donora, Washington County
The father of three died three days after his 19th wedding anniversary. He had no known underlying health concerns.
Wilhelmina Peluso
Age: 96
Place: Butler, Butler County
“This too will pass,” was a mantra oft-repeated by the strong-willed, outspoken Netherlands native affectionately known as “Willy.”
Shirley Shipley
Age: 85
Place: Richland, Allegheny County
A beloved matriarch remembered for her Christian ministry, her work as a special needs teacher and her special white pie at Christmastime.
Norman Nadalin
Age: 94
Place: Baldwin, Allegheny County
Mr. Nadalin could fix anything, an almost superhuman quality that made him valued, beloved and appreciated.
Earl Denbow Jr.
Age: 73
Place: Patterson, Beaver County
Earl Denbow Jr. loved being a grandfather. Above all, though, Mr. Denbow really just liked to laugh.
Eugene Frank
Age: 88
Place: New Castle, Lawrence County
Eugene Frank seemed healthy, someone largely devoid of the fragility that often comes with the late stage of life.
William "Bill" Slater
Age: 81
Place: North Washington, Beaver County
Many remember William "Bill" Slater's charitable nature and decades-long presence in the international rodeo scene.

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