In memoriam Armel Eugene Lashley August 27, 1939-August 15, 2023 Armel Eugene Lashley, affectionately known as “Gene” or Geno,” was born in Harlem New York to Lorraine Thomas (deceased) and Armel C. Lashley (deceased) on August 27, 1939. He also had a sibling Susan Johnson (deceased). Gene attended New York public schools and graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York. While attending Boys High, he was a track and field star, and known by his teammates as “Flash”. He won dozens of medals and was recognized by the Boys High Alumni Track and Field Inc. in 2008 for his participation 50 years earlier on the legendary 4×440 relay team, the first team in NYC public school history to break 3:21.00. Gene’s interest in track was lifelong, and he made yearly pilgrimages with his friends and former teammates to the famous Penn Relays — where they gathered and cheered sitting in the “grey heads” section, and where many of his track triumphs from long ago were recorded. After graduating from high school, Gene attended Virginia State University, and later, Gene enjoyed a modeling career, appearing in Essence, Ebony, and Jet magazines in the 1960s. With his charisma, wit, and natural gift for developing personal relationships, Gene was a top salesman for Pennsylvania Bell Yellow Pages. He later took those skills to form his own ethnic greeting card company in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1970s. In the 1980s, Malcolm Dunn, Gene’s lifelong friend, brought him on board Dunn & Sons, the New Jersey-based commercial cleaning company. Later, Gene retired after several years working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Gene loved fishing, particularly with his cousin Charles Morris at Charles’ fishing camp at Walpole Island First Nation in Canada. It was always a big fun family affair when cousins David, Timothy, and David, Jr. were there with Charles’ fishing partner, KC, “The Catfish Hunter.” Gene married Augusta M. Jones in 1960, and from that union, came two children, Linda and Armel Jr. Following Augusta’s death, Gene was widowed for many years. In 1996, he met and married Myrna Le Sueur of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where he settled and remained until his passing on August 15, 2023. Eugene was a wonderful father, a loving husband, and a good friend to many too numerous to name. He is survived by his wife Myrna of 27 years, his two children, Linda and Armel; his grandchildren Jessica Durant, Faraad Kelly, Isaac James; and great-grandchildren Jayden and Zoey Durant; Samirah Kelly and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family of Armel Eugene Lashley wishes to acknowledge with sincere appreciation and gratitude the many comforting messages, prayers, and other expressions of kindness and concern. The memorial service will be held on August 25, 2023, at 11:00 am at Rose Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Located at 10940 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15235. For everyone unable to attend the funeral the service will be streamed via Zoom. Meeting ID: 796 4230 2379 Passcode: 3nxAcb
Passed away Thursday, July 20, 2023
Rudy P. Putkovich, age 91, passed away on july 18, 2023. Rudy was a modern-day Renaissance man. The brilliance of his mind and the skill of his hands led him to many endeavors, in all of which he excelled. At various times in his life, he was a photographer, mechanic, winemaker, moonshine distiller, painter, philatelist, stained glass artisan, jewelry designer and creator, architect and builder, and most of all a gardener extraordinaire, and the famed “Tomato Man” of Savannah Avenue in Regent Square. He was always researching, planning, or beginning his next project. His wit was incomparable, and there was never a broken item that he wasn’t able to fix. Rudy grew up in Joffre, PA. For many years, he worked as an electrical engineer and division manager at Westinghouse’s Research & Development center in Churchill. He began his career as an automotive engineer for Chrysler Corporation in Detroit. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Doris (Raynovich); daughters Fay Putkovich, Amy Kennedy, Eve Putkovich, and Lynn Armocida (husband, William Radke); grandchildren August Armocida, Camille Armocida, and Christian Armocida (partner, Ciara Short); great-granddaughter Marceline Armocida; brother Ken Putkovich (wife, Betty); sister-in-law Mary Anne Raynovich (the late George); and nieces and nephews Donna, Diana, Ken, Jr., George, and Andy. Rudy’s family is indebted to his wonderful caregivers both at Seneca Hills Village and Seneca Place, especially Rita and Kathy, and to Family Hospice. To honor Rudy, please raise a glass to him and to his well-lived life; laugh much; and spend more time playing and creating. Enjoy life.
Passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Age 81 of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully after a 12-year battle with dementia. On Friday, July 14, 2023. Beloved mother of Renee, Debra, and Alan, Jr. Devoted grandmother to four; great-grandmother to nineteen; great-great-grandmother to four. Sister of Muriel Williams, Joe Holman, and Bruce Holman, and the late John Holman, Jr., Martha Holman and Candiss Pipes. Helen was a community activist and active with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. She loved music and dancing. Helen was well-known in her community. Services private.
Edna Dorean Allen, of Pittsburgh, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, July 13, 2023. Edna was born July 11, 1925, in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, and then graduated from Bellevue School of Nursing in 1943 as a registered nurse. She worked at Montefiore Hospital, Columbia Hospital and the VA Hospital, Oakland, where she retired in 1978. Edna was married to Wendall Allen for 44 years. He died in 1992. Edna is survived by son, Wendall Allen, of Chicago, Ill., and Karen Allen, of Pittsburgh. Mom loved working in her garden, trips to flower shows, garden centers, farmers markets and Pirates baseball games with her children. She was a lifelong member of the Church of the Holy Cross, Homewood. Her favorite vacations were summers on Presque Isle, Erie, and numerous cruises to the Caribbean. Mom was my best friend. She was loving, kind, patient and always had a positive attitude; a devoted mother and wife. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and generosity. We enjoyed so many great times trying out new restaurants and visiting so many wonderful places on our cruises and other vacations. She loved her two pups, Spanky and Bandit. They miss her so much. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Women’s Cancer Center at Magee Women’s Hospital and the staff on 7 West at Shadyside Hospital for their care and compassion for our mom. Final remembrance for Edna will be private. We kindly request that donations be made to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh, 6926 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.