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Zajicek , Carl J.

McKeesport

Carl J. Zajicek, 90, of McKeesport, died Sunday, July 4, 2010. He was born June 5, 1920, in Clairton, son of the late Florian and Mary Spitzelberger Zajicek. He was retired from Fisher Body GM Plant, a member of St. Pius Church in McKeesport, VFW Post 514, White Oak American Legion Post 701, NRA, Ducks Unlimited-Uniontown Chapter, and a lifetime member of the Clairton Sportsman Club and Shaner Gun Club. He was a pilot in World War II, serving in the Army Air Force. He served in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group and the 412th Squadron out of England. He was inducted into the Hall of Valor at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew more than 25 missions. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Lorraine Hays Zajicek; children Sharon (James) Maher of North Rose, N.Y., Karen (Robert) DeVos of Boca Raton, Fla., Michelle (Gary) Trbovich of Elizabeth Township and Karl G. (Denise) Zajicek of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Kelly Maher-Roberts, Sean Maher, Lisa Luttenauer, Corrine Zajicek and Alexander Trbovich; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Roberts and Tyler Luttenauer; also a stepsister, Patricia Palyo of Torrance, Calif. He was preceded in death by stepsiblings John Gazdick and Geraldine Martin. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Striffler’s of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Pa., 15131, (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177). A Mass will be Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church. Inurnment will take place in McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery. To share tributes with the family, please acknowledge at Strifflers@verizon.net.

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