WARREN - Joseph Sarsany, 88, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Home in Boardman.
Joe was born March 24, 1925, in Trauger, Pa., the son of Michael and Anna Krehlik Sarsany.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Joe served his country during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Joe was awarded the Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and was honorably discharged on May 24, 1946, with the rank of electrician mate second class.
Joe retired from Copperweld Steel after 44 years as a crane man.
Joe was of the Catholic faith and a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren.
A "jack of all trades" and master of many, he enjoyed working with electronics, and was noted for building his own television and wiring the first home that he built. Joe enjoyed making his annual trip to Uniontown, Pa., to visit the Mount St. Macrina Shrine, and traveling the east coast with his family.
Joe was married on June 12, 1948, to the former Agnes J. Sherokee. They were married for 54 years until her passing on Sept. 13, 2002.
Joe will be sadly missed by three children, Judith (Joseph) Cibella of Howland, Thomas E. "Tom" Sarsany, with whom he made his home, and Mary Beth (Bud) Willison of Boardman; a brother, Paul E. Sarsany Sr. of Champion; and two grandchildren, Kristen (Jeff) Alberini of Howland and Jeremy Cibella of Howland.
Besides his parents and wife, Joe was preceded in death by three brothers, Michael, John and Edward Sarsany; and two sisters, Barbara Gardner and Margaret O'Malley.
Calling hours will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home, where a Parastas Service will be recited at 8 p.m.
Services will begin on Thursday with closing prayers to be recited at 10 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral service in SS Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, with the Very Rev. Andrew Deskevich officiating.
Burial will follow with full military honors provided by the Trumbull County Honor Guard in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Joe's name to National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon Parking Lot Paving Fund.
Caring and professional arrangements are being handled by the Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home.
Family and friends may visit www.sinchak-andsons.com to view this tribute and share condolences to the Sarsany family.