John S. Gira Jr., 86, of Belle Vernon, Washington Twp., passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 at his home. Born August 19, 1932 in Monessen, PA he was the son of John S. and Mary Sramko Gira. A resident of Belle Vernon for the past 62 years, Mr. Gira Jr. was a member of St. Sebastian R.C. Church and was a veteran of the Korean War where he served in the US Army. John was retired from Whg-Pgh Steel, where he worked as a rigger and was later employed by BVA School District in maintenance department, was a member of the Belle Vernon American Legion Post 659, Naomi Athletic Club and enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Hesson Gira to whom he was married 66 years; two sons & daughters in law John S. Gira III & wife Mary of Belle Vernon, Mark & Becky Gira of Perryopolis; daughter Lisa Malley of Munhall; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by two brothers Andy Gira, George Gira and an infant sister baby Gira.
Visitation will be held Monday from 5-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183. Prayers of Transfer will be held Tuesday at 9:30 am in the funeral home followed by funeral mass at 10:00 am at St. Sebastian R.C. Church with the Rev. Elmer Alforque as celebrant. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery. Belle Vernon Legion Post 659 will conduct a service Monday at 7 pm in the funeral home.