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Kenneth W. Riling

May 6, 1964 ~ April 21, 2020 (age 55)

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Of Wilkins Twp., age 55, suddenly on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Beloved spouse of Joel Brewton who he married on July 20, 2019.

Devoted son of Mary Lou (Biedinger) Riling and the late Kenneth E. Riling.

Treasured brother of Jim (Michelle) Riling of Wilkins Twp.

Cherished uncle of Ethan Riling.

Kenny was also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Ken was a 1982 graduate of St. Thomas High School and graduated from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in 1989. He was hired upon graduation at McKeesport Hospital and spent his entire 30-year pharmacist career with UPMC.

Ken studied organ since he was a youth and even played at his commencement ceremony at Duquesne which was on his 25th birthday.

He also was a church organist at the former St. William Church and Holy Cross Parish in East Pittsburgh. He also substituted at St. Colman, and Good Shepherd/Sacred Heart Parish. Often, Ken doubled as a cantor while playing the organ and also sang with the Holy Cross choir. He also delighted in decorating his churches for Christmas and Easter.

Another passion of Ken was gardening. He became a Master Gardener through Penn State Extension course. He charitably volunteered his gardening skills at several churches and also the Wilmerding Community Center, formerly the YMCA.

Ken’s favorite place to visit was Kennywood. He was a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) and has travelled as far as Europe to ride coasters and visit amusement parks.

Ken was dedicated to his Church, his mother, Joel and his family. He was generous with his time and talent to create a better place in his world.


A drive-thru viewing will be held on Friday from 5-7pm at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory Inc; Turtle Creek / Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek 412-823-9350. All visitors are required to stay in their cars.

Ken’s service will be private to his family.

He will be laid to rest in Church Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wilmerding Community Center, 1 Memorial Field, Wilmerding, PA 15148 or to Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park, 789 Bessemer Street, Meadville, PA 16335







April 24, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
1111 Monroeville Ave
Turtle Creek, PA 15145

Please note
Ken's Blessing Service will be private to his family.
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