John Kostyk Jr., 99, of Moon Township, Pa., and longtime resident of Fair Oaks, Pa. peacefully went home to be with the Lord on February 14, 2017, at his residence with his devoted wife by his side.
Born November 13, 1917, in Ambridge, Pa, he was the son of the late John Kostyk Sr. and Anna Moroz Kostyk. John was a 1935 graduate of Ambridge Area High School. He worked briefly for Central Tube Co., AM/Byers Company and was later employed by the American Bride Company as a machinist for 43 years before his retirement in 1980. Mr. Kostyk proudly served his country in World War II in the 392nd SQDN 5th Air Force as sergeant from 1941 to 1946, in the battles and campaigns of South Philippines Liberation Luzon. He acquired decorations and citations of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars, Philippine Liberation Medal, American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was a lifelong, very dedicated and active member of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ambridge, Pa. He served on the Parish Advisory Council and through the years was committed to entrustments placed in his care. He was a lifetime member of the Ambridge American Legion, Leetsdale VFW, UNA Branch 161, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was a member of the Sewickley Senior Men's Club.
John's passions were God, his family, his church and the celebration of life. He enjoyed reading, gardening and sports and excelled in playing softball. He was also involved in organizing and coaching the parish elementary school's basketball team.
For many years, John lovingly cared for his aging father. He also touched many lives with his selflessness, kindness, understanding, sense of humor, and generous helping hand with an infectious, friendly smile. He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmothers, Anna Wolosonovich Kostyk and Anastasia Wolosonovich Kostyk and his brother, Michael Kostyk.
Surviving are his loving wife of 36 years, Catherine Sema Kostyk; sisters and brothers, Mary Kostyk Ferrante of Phoenix, Ariz., Helen Kostyk Krivan (Steve) of Grand Rivers, Ky., Peter Kostyk of Glendale, Ariz., Joseph Kostyk (Roseanne) of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Patricia Janicki Kostyk of Chicago, Ill. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to visit the family on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 547 Eighth St., Ambridge, (724-266-2549). Parastas service will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. A divine liturgy and service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 404 6th Street, Ambridge, Pa., with his pastor, the Rev. Michael Polosky officiating.
Interment with full military honors will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Cathy would like to extend her most sincere gratitude and thanks to Dr. Eles and Dr. Chris T. O'Donnell. Finally, she would like to single out Allegheny Health Network Hospice staff who did a phenomenal job with their thoughtful concern and compassionate care they so lovingly provided in the last weeks of John's life.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor John's memory may consider contributions to SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 404 6th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003.
Alice Harvatin, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Dofner born December 31, 1926. She died February 14, 2017, at Broadmore Senior Living in Bridgeville, Pa., where she was a resident for a little over five years.
Alice was the first of 12 siblings in Ambridge and grew up on the 600 block of Glenwood Ave. At age 16 she left high school to work in American Bridge to help support the family. During the war years, in August of 1947, she married her neighbor a returning World War II veteran, Tony Ordons with whom she had five children. Sadly Tony died in 1966 leaving her to raise their family on her own. She trained as a nurse's aid and worked for 22 years at Beaver Valley Geriatric Center. In 1988 she married Louis Harvatin. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Eagles in Ambridge having served as President and other offices.
She is survived by her children, Kathleen (James) Harr, Michael (Clemy) Ordons, Lorraine Edwards and James Ordons; grandmother of Mark Edwards, Amanda (Wilford) Cruz, and Brieanna Edwards; great-grandmother of Isabella; sister of Delores Chilberti; her companion, Leo Kokoski and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husbands and infant son and siblings, John Dofner, Ann Kolesar, Michael Dufinecz, Irene Pirosko, William Dofner, Margaret Bennett, and Jane Serak.
Friends received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 547 Eighth Street, Ambridge, (724) 266-2549. Mass of Christian burial Monday 9:30 a.m. at Good Samaritan Church. Burial in Good Samaritan Cemetery. Ambridge Eagles Women Auxiliary service Sunday 2:15 p.m.
Family request memorial contributions to Good Samaritan Parish, Alzheimer's Assoc. or Women's Auxiliary of Ambridge Eagles.
Irma H. Truskowski, age 88, of Ambridge/Baden, went home to the Lord on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Irma Caskey; her husband, Joseph Truskowski; daughter, Bernadette Truskowski, and sibling, Elizabeth Bigrigg.
Beloved mother of Joseph (Tessie) Truskowski of Baden, David (Louann) Truskowski of North Carolina, and Michael Truskowski of Ambridge, she is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Ruth Costanza of Ambridge.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 547 Eighth St., Ambridge, (724-266-2549). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Good Samaritan Church. Burial will be in Good Samaritan Cemetery.
Bill Steve (Mitch) Mitchell, age 59, of Leetsdale, died suddenly on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Father of Amber Rose Mitchell of Leetsdale and Tim Mitchell of Beaver Falls; grandfather of Mya Mitchell; brother of Gary Westfall of Ambridge, Mark Mitchell of Hopewell and Judy Mitchell Underwood of Ambridge and dear friend of Cindy McPherson, Guy and Brenda Jones and Children, Bob Glasser, and Richard Knight.
Preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Billy Mitchell and siblings, Stephanie, Patty, and Diane.
Friends received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the KASPER-HAHN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 547 Eighth Street, Ambridge, (724) 266-2549. Parastas service Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ambridge.
Burial in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery.
Mitch was the owner of Mitch-Ski's Motorcycle Shop. He stayed true to the motorcycle all his life.