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Juanita G. Philyaw

  • On May 23, 2024

Juanita Gail Philyaw, age 68, of McKeesport, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.  Born on August 19, 1955, in Philadelphia, PA she is the daughter of the late Charles Ansley Philyaw and Sarah Frances (Towles) Philyaw. Loving mother of Kasha Philyaw(Reggie Davis), Sameera (Curt) Philyaw-Burton, Ashlee (Daris) Johnson and fur-baby Frankee; sister of Donna (Greg) Morgan and Helen Marie Philyaw; also 14 grandchildren Teyron-30, Caleb-28, Isaiah-26, Nehemiah-25, Zechariah-23, Nahdia-18, Micah-12, Kobe-9, Rj-6, Peyton-5, Layla-2, Auri & Nova-2, 5 great-grandchildren Makhya, Zayne, Zayden,Teyvir, Ni’Daiya, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Juanita recently retired from Urban League of Pittsburgh where she loved working with seniors as a Lead Program Counselor and social worker. She took pride in her academic and professional achievements including graduating cum laude in 2020 with a 3.5 gpa, researching the displacement of seniors due to urban redevelopment, and various trainings. God and her family were the top priorities in her life. She never hesitated to share an encouraging word or give direct and honest advice. Juanita was learning how to drive and invest in the stock market. She was a fashionista that loved dancing, shopping and eating. She was funny, witty and beautiful in looks and personality. She was always there when you needed her and made a memorable impact on anyone’s life that she has touched.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 11:00am at Mount Ararat Baptist Church 217 Paulson Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 followed by a reception.

Arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, Robinson Township, PA.


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Michael Buzzelli
Ms. Philyaw was caring, kind, and graceful. I looked forward to seeing her every morning. She brightened up my day here at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Her passing was such a shock. My thoughts are with all of her family, friends, and all who knew her. I am proud to have known her.
Sameera Philyaw-Burton
Mommy, you'll be forever missed and loved!! We gained a guardian angel, too soon!
Charming Beautiful Woman. Sending our condolences,💐 prayers, and love to her children and family!