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A.B. Horn

  • On January 17, 2022

It is with great sadness the family of Adolph Belber Horn of Mt. Lebanon, formerly of McMurray, announced his passing on January 15, 2022. Known as Bud to family and friends, he was born June 15, 1928 in Point Breeze to Morris and Selma Belber Horn. He attended Falk School and high school in Pittsburgh.

At age sixteen, Bud joined the US Navy serving on a minesweeper “somewhere in the Pacific” until the end of World War II and spent 8 years in the Naval Reserve. When he returned from the war, Bud married Elizabeth Berwick and their daughters, Patricia Gunther (Bob) and Constance Sechler (Bill) were born. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris College.

After Elizabeth passed, he married Kathie Ortolf Chiodo and was step-father to Carrie Vanistendael (Mark), Gina DeCola-Bottone (David), Julie Vuillemot (Jay) and Faith Bjolobok. With their blended family, Bud and Kathie moved to McMurray where they lived for 30 years.

Bud’s family called him their Renaissance Man. His interests were many and varied. Mountain climbing, long distance bicycling, horseback riding and training, folk dancing, building computers and clocks. He was an artist, musician, and competitive bridge player. He built a harpsichord and grew award winning irises. He had a quick wit and among family and friends his puns were legendary. Until his retirement he worked, along with his brother, as vice president of the former Pitt Metals & Chemicals, Inc., the chemical manufacturing business, started in 1935 by their father.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Horn Rom (Marvin). Surviving are his wife of 50 years Kathie and their six daughters. His grandchildren: Elizabeth Horn, Eric Vanistendael, Wil Sechler (Meghan), Salvatore Michael DeCola, Olivia Vanistendael, Ryan Vuillemot, Leah Vuillemot, John Vuillemot, and his brother Richard Horn (Maxine), and his nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were entrusted to Pittsburgh Crematorium and Funeral Care, McMurray, PA.  Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date.  A celebration of his life is being planned for the summer of 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gallagher Foundation Hospice Services or Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans padogsforvets.org (donation button).

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