Emma J Rhodes, affectionally called Aunt Emmie and Nana, was born on February 10th, 1925. in Louisa County, Virginia to the late Fred and Mable (Brown) Brice and stepfather Green Freeman “Pop”. On June 17th, 2021, she entered into eternal rest after a long and courageous battle with illness. During Emma’s early childhood, the family migrated to Pittsburgh, PA where they initially settled in the Garfield area of the Pittsburgh. Emma attended Garfield Elementary School and was a proud graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1944. Emma was employed by the City of Pittsburgh for 35 years where she started out as a Traffic Court Clerk and worked her way up to retire as a Supervisor of the City Information Systems. At which time she was instrumental in helping to develop the first automated payroll system, through IBM, for the City of Pittsburgh. After retiring she worked at Sears in Monroeville, PA. However, her greatest joy was her volunteer work at the Children’s Institute. She loved working there and befriended many of the staff members and patients. As much as Emma loved the staff and the work they were doing, the staff loved her more. She was affectionally knows as “grama” and was highly respected by all. Emmie also volunteered with the Foster Grandparents Program. During her life, Emma received numerous awards from Government leaders and volunteer organizations. Everyone knew her to be a woman of faith growing up in the Sixth Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she sang with the Senior Choir and engaged in many church activities. Emma also taught Sunday School at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. She was a stalwart member and past matron of Cyrene Chapter #9. Order of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.) Emma was pre-deceased by her parents, four brothers; Joseph, Albert, Lewis and William; and a sister; Sylvia (Freeman/Smith) Wright. She was also pre-deceased by Theodore B. Allen and Richard C. Rhodes, Sr. Emma leaves to cherish in her Book of Life her two loving and devoted sons; Louie F. Allen (Peggie) and Richard C. “Ricky” Rhodes, Jr. who were the loves of her life.; grandsons Christopher B. Allen, Jonathan F. Allen and Oliver R. Rhodes (Whitley); great-grandchildren Christopher B. Allen, Jr., Sydney N. Allen, Olivia A. Rhodes, Brandon L. Allen, Wyatt A. Rhodes and Sophia J. Allen. She also leaves to mourn her passing a special longtime friend, Mary Lois Session, Raymond and Cathy Ellison, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. A special thanks to the staff at St. Vincentian de Marillac for the excellent care they provided. Friends and family are invited to call on Wednesday, June 23rd between 11:00am and 1:00pm at Sixth Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 6556 Shetland Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Service will follow immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Emma’s name to The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, 1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 www.amazingkids.org/giving
Jean Sandidge, wife, mother, sister and friend to many, passed away June 16, 2021, at home, in Pittsburgh, PA. Born on June 19, 1942, Jean was a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and an avid Steelers fan. She was the daughter of the late William and Margaret (McLaughlin) Conway of Pgh and was predeceased by her son Ronald Sandidge of Witchata, Kansas, and a brother Jerry Conway also of Pgh. Jean worked at Pittsburgh National Bank for over 20 years as a Data Processing Supervisor before retiring in 2001. She was a member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church, in East Liberty where she and her husband attended every Saturday evening. Among her activities, Jean loved to collect music boxes and elephants. She said elephants are a sign of good luck. Jean is survived by her loving husband of nearly 54 years John G. Sandidge, daughter Sonja Sandidge, son John G. Sandidge Jr, brothers William Conway (Erin) of Harrisburg , and Charles Conway, Jerome Conway (Mary)of Pittsburgh, as well as 4 grandchildren and .8 great grandchildren. Jean centered much of her attention around her family. She will be dearly missed. A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Rose Funeral Home, 10940 Frankstown Rd Penn Hills, Pa 15235. Funeral services will be held on June25, 2021 at 11am at Mt Ararat Baptist Church. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Homewood Cemetery.
September 1, 1942- June 16, 2021 Age 78, formerly of Luray, VA, passed away on Wednesday June 16, 2021 at the VA hospital in Aspinwall. Beloved husband of Jean M. Cubbage, loving father of Samuel J. Cubbage II (Bobbie), brother-in-law to Denise Hall, Richard Brown (Betty). He was a US Army veteran who served in Vietnam as a Helicopter Gunner. He was also a lifetime member of local 66 Operating Engineers. During his retirement, he managed his own kennels; where he raised beagles and fox hounds. He was a dedicated Steelers fan, and loved college football. Funeral arrangements held by Rose Funeral and Cremation Services. Visitation will by 4pm-8pm Monday, June 20th. Funeral/Military Honors will be Tuesday, June 21st @ 11am.
Age 63, of Wilkinsburg, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 11, 2021. Daughter of the late Jack and Marylee Whitfield; sister of Robin Hurt and Kara Whitfield; aunt of Corey (Jennifer) Whitfield, Brandon Whitfield, Renee (Jerrell) Parks, and Robert Hurt, Jr. JJ is also survived by a host of great-nieces, nephews, other family and friends. She was a wonderful loving aunt, a great cousin and a good friend. Janice served in the United States Army, Sargent First Class and was a member of OES Eastern Bathsheba 25. Friends received Thursday 4pm to 8pm at ROSE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 10940 Frankstown Road, Pgh., PA 15235, where service will be held Friday at 11am
Age 82, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away at her home on Friday, May 28, 2021. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Charles, Sr. and Nettie Clark; her husband, Robert Beasley; two sisters, Bessie Essex and Barbara Clark; and one brother, Charles Clark Jr. She is survived by her three children, LaVonne McCain, George (Zelma) McCain, and Kevin L. McCain, all of Pittsburgh, PA; a sister, Venetta Greenhouse; three grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren; and by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Loretta will be truly missed and loved. Services private.
Passed away on April 29, 2021