John Robert Ubinger

John Robert Ubinger, age 87, died peacefully at his home in Bethel Park on March 6, after a courageous battle with cancer. Despite this difficult journey he maintained extraordinary grace and dignity and an unwavering faithfulness in God. John was born in Pittsburgh to Robert and Eleanor Ubinger on June 14, 1930 which is Flag Day. The Bethel Park community came to expect to see the hundreds of flags that decorated his yard for that day and every patriotic holiday. After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in Mt. Oliver, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served three years at Castle Air Force Base, CA during the Korean War. During the mandatory third year, his fiancée Shirley Hesse flew out so they could be married on the base in 1951. Upon returning to Pittsburgh with their first child, John started working in the HVAC business. John became the owner of Admiral Heating and Cooling Co. in 1959. He served on many trade association boards. He was a national director of Air Conditioning Contractors of America. He was a proud veteran who loved his country unconditionally. An avid fan of the Steelers and Pitt Basketball. John was a passionate volunteer, always using his expertise to help the less fortunate. He was a man of great faith, a longtime, active member of the Knights of Columbus, and a Eucharistic minister and lector for St. Wendelin Catholic Church (Baldwin). He became a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church in Whitehall in 2000 and volunteered in the school cafeteria and sang with the Resurrection Choir. He found great joy in his relationships with the students there. He also volunteered for Rebuilding Together, Action Housing and IMPACT. John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Shirley (nee Hesse), brother Robert (MaryAnn) Ubinger and sister Lenore Hays, his children, Kristine Radack (the late Albert), Stephen Ubinger (Karen), Beth Nolle (Richard), Karen Bastianelli (Larry), Karl Ubinger, John Ubinger Jr., Ellen Svitko (Dan), and Jennifer Panian (Geoff). Also, 14 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. John’s family is eternally grateful to the VA Health System, the VA Hospice and Comfort Keepers for their compassionate care during his last weeks. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Prayer on Monday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Gabriel of The Sorrowful Virgin Church at 10:00 am. Donations in his name can be sent to St. Gabriel’s School, 5200 Greenridge Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 or your favorite charity. GOD IS GOOD. Please send condolences to




William A. “Bill” Knaus

Age 97, of Bethel Park, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Beloved husband of 63 years to Georgiana (Barbarich) Knaus; loving father of Barbara K. Mistick, Anton W. Knaus, Deedra K. Knaus and Carole A. Knaus (Michael Grunberg); proud grandfather of Sloane (Taylor) Davidson, Victoria Mistick, Adriana Mistick, Nicholas Knaus and Molly Knaus Grunberg; great-grandfather of Felix Davidson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton, Sr. and Leni Knaus and his brothers Oswald and Anton, Jr. “Tony” Knaus.  Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the time of his discharge.  He was the former owner of Colonial Taxi and Paratransit Services for 35 years, as well as various real estate holdings.  As a life-long resident of Bethel Park, Bill touched many lives and will be missed by those who knew him for his wit, extensive knowledge on just about every topic imaginable and dedication to his community, friends and family.  Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-5 & 6-8 pm at Paul Henney Cremation & Funeral Tributes, Bethel Park.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, 10 am at St. Valentine Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Bethel Park Historical Society, 2600 South Park Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102, Bethel Park American Legion, Post 760, 2409 Bethel Church Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102 OR the Bethel Park Veterans Memorial, 5100 W. Library Ave, Bethel Park, PA 15102.










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