Kenneth W. Potemra, 77, of Newell, formerly of Monongahela, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born March 9, 1946 in McKeesport, PA he was the son of the late Thomas E. Potemra and Mary Andrejcak Poljak and stepfather Thomas C. Poljak. A resident of Newell for the past five years, Mr. Potemra was a member of St. John The Baptist RC Church, Perryopolis. He was a retired supervisor from US Steel Clairton Works and was a proud U.S. Army Special Forces veteran and served in Vietnam War. He graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School and was a standout track athlete. In his spare time, Kenneth enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his dog Gracie, cooking, golfing, traveling and cruise vacations, the casino and a good all-you-can-eat buffet.
He is survived by his wife Roxanna Shento to whom he was married to for 10 years, daughter, Tracy Hudak of Cape Coral, FL, two stepchildren Linda & Robert Hannan of Belle Vernon, Jason & Lisa Lane of Newell, brother, Thomas S. (Marlene) Potemra of Cheswick, two grandchildren, Matthew Hudak and Alissa Hudak, four step-grandchildren, Evan Hannan, Raya Hannan, Kasey Lane and Alissa Lane, pet great granddogs Jackson and Sara Lee, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by first wife, Patricia Plauchak Potemra to whom he was married to 38 years.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 191 Liberty St. Perryopolis, PA 724-736-2515. Prayers of Transfer will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM in the funeral home followed by funeral mass at 10:30 AM at St. John The Baptist RC Church with the Rev. Rodolfo Mejia as celebrant.
Interment will take place at a later date in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Members of St. John the Baptist parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Kenneth Potemra on Wednesday at 3 pm in the funeral home. The Family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Kenneth Potemra to in the form of a Memorial Mass or to the Washington County Humane Society.