WARREN - Peter P. Puskar Sr., 91, of Warren, died Monday morning, July 14, 2014, in Warren.
He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in New Kensington, Pa., the son of the late Peter Paul Puskar and Katherine Zalac Puskar Bonich.
Peter graduated from Leavittsburg High School and then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation ordinanceman.
Peter played professional baseball for the Statesville Owls under manager Jim Poole in Class D North Carolina state baseball league. He also played for the Fort Pierce, Fla., and the Salisbury Giants ball clubs.
He worked as a bartender at the family business, the Evergreen Inn, worked as a carpenter for many years and was the owner / operator with his wife, Margaret, of Ohio Crating in Warren, retiring in 2002.
Peter was a member of St. Mary's Church in Warren, the Carpenters Union Local 171 and the YMCA, where he swam a mile every day. He and his wife also enjoyed going to the casinos.
His love for his family was unparalleled. He loved spending time with his family and attending their activities and sporting events. Peter was respected and loved by all who knew him.
On Nov. 13, 1943, at Roosevelt Naval Base chapel on Terminal Island, Calif., he married the love of his life and his wife for 70 years, Margaret H. Nadzan. She preceded him in death on March 7, 2014.
His stepfather, Eli Bonich, two brothers and one sister also preceded him in death.
Surviving are five children, Kathryn Puskar of Seminole, Fla., Peter P. Jr. of San Jose, Calif., Judith Maloney of Warren, Thomas of Seminole, Fla., and Cheryl (Jim) Collins of Louisville, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Amy Maloney, Thomas (Emily) Puskar Jr., Daniel Puskar, Kelly (Derrick) Cunningham and Jacob, Zachery and Chase Collins; and four great-grandchildren, Colin Maloney, Lucy Puskar, Penny Puskar and Maci Cunningham.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Lane Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel in Warren, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Warren, with the Rev. Bernard Schmalzried celebrating the Mass.
Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery, Bazetta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 301 High St. N.E., Warren, OH 44481. Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.robertsclarkchapel.com.