Kelly , Thomas W. 78
Thomas W. Kelly, 78, of Irwin, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at his home. He was born in Turtle Creek, Feb. 17, 1928, a son of the late James P. and Zelpha (Huggins) Kelly. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was retired from the Westinghouse semi-conductor division, in Youngwood, later known as Powerex. He had previously worked as a surveyor for Hopkins & Stotler in Turtle Creek. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a pilot of his own plane for many years, and also restored airplanes. He served as a mechanic for the Fort Pitt blimp and attended many air shows over the years. Thomas also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Emily A. (McFadden) Bernick Kelly; three sons, Stephen (Paula) Bernick, of North Huntingdon, Raymond (Susan) Bernick, of Defiance, Mo., and Shaun Kelly, of Erie; three daughters, Kathryn (Albert) Pierce, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Terrie (Walter) Wichrowski, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Cynthia (William) Pieniadz, of Penn Township; two sisters, Dorthea Schwoeble, of Turtle Creek, and Jeanne (James) Locke, of Level Green; 11 grandchildren, Beth Ann, Sean and Hollie Pierce, Mathew and Christina Wichrowski, Brandon, Lacey, Michael and Brian Bernick, and Alex and Emily Pieniadz; and a great-grandchild, Kendall Bernick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Regis Kelly and Robert Kelly. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the VINCENT V. RODGERS FUNERAL HOME, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Samuel Scheiderer officiating. Interment will follow in the Irwin Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be made to Excela Health Homecare and Hospice, 134 Industrial Road, Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601 or to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Free Care Fund, 1251 Waterfront Place, Floor 5, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Thomas will be deeply missed by all who loved him.