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George Matthew Kowasic

March 17, 1938 — June 28, 2017

George Matthew Kowasic, 79, Fayette City, Naomi passed away peacefully June 28, 2017 at West Penn Hospital after an 11 year courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.  George was born on March 17, 1938 in Fairhope, son of the late George and Marge Jupin Kowasic. He was a 1956 Graduate of Bellmar High School and served in the US Army (1958-1960) in Germany. He was a member of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon and a lifetime member of the Fairhope Rod and Gun Club.  He worked at Fox Grocery, later Super Value in Belle Vernon for 37 years along with belonging to the Local Teamsters Union until his retirement in 2001.  George was a loving and devoted husband and a wonderful father.  An avid sports fan, he loved to root for his favorite hometown Pittsburgh teams.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Elsie Mellon Kowasic, one son, Matthew Kowasic  and James Parente of Delmont, daughter Kyra Kowasic and husband Greg Roman of Los Angeles, CA; brother William Kowasic, of Belle Vernon, and a sister-in-law Priscilla Kowasic of Florida. George also had nieces and nephews and many cousins and relatives who will miss him.  He is preceeded indeath by a brother Gerald Kowasic.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183.  Relatives and friends will gather directly at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church for funeral services on Monday at 10 AM with the Very Rev. Samuel Smolcic of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church officiating.  Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery.  Parastas services will be held Sunday evening at 7:30 pm

George’s family would like to send very special thanks to Dr. Andrew Zahalsky, the oncology team and caregivers at Mon Valley Hospital for the years of treatment, care and support. The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at West Penn ICU for their care and personal attention and ensuring that George was able to pass away peacefully and with dignity. Finally, the family would like to extend thanks to the Very Reverend Father Sam Smolcic for his pastoral support, prayers and attending to George’s spiritual needs throughout his illness and during his last days of needs.

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