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Fick , John

Lower Burrell

John Fick, 77, of Lower Burrell died Friday (June 14, 2002) in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, Harrison.

Born Jan. 19, 1925, in Harwick, Springdale Township, he lived there until moving to Lower Burrell in 1967.

He graduated from Springdale High School in 1943.

A World War II veteran, he served with the Navy aboard a submarine in the North and South Pacific, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, China, Japan and Korea.

He retired in 1985 as a mine safety inspector with Harmar Coal, where he previously worked 35 years as a miner. He then worked for five years in the maintenance department of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Fick was a member of Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Plum; United Mine Workers of America, Alle-Kiski Senior Citizens, American Association of Retired Persons and the Burrell Care Group. He also served on the Burrell School Board for two four-year terms in the 1990s, and was a recent graduate of the Lower Burrell Police Academy. A frequent blood donor, he also was a member of the Gallon Club.

He enjoyed gardening, camping, traveling to Florida, photography and videography, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Arabelle Gorleski Fick; a son, John Stanley (Eileen) Fick of Lower Burrell; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Ella (Bruce G.) Beattie and Mrs. Diane L. (John) O'Neil, both of Lower Burrell, Mrs. Arabelle H. (Robert) Ezatoff of Harwick, Kay Lynn Fick of Tampa, Fla., and Andrea A. Fick of New Kensington; a brother, Peter (Lilly) Fick of Crafton; and three sisters, Mrs. Frances (Peter) Novick of Brownsville, Mrs. Helen (William) Powell of Upper Burrell and Mrs. Ann (Carl) Kusbit of Cheswick.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Cheryl Greenwald, Bruce John Beattie, Brad Beattie, Scott Beattie, Jennifer O'Neil, Jamie O'Neil, David O'Neil, Michael Ezatoff, Stephani Ezatoff, Jacquelyn Fick and Dylan Fick; and five great-grandsons, Justin, Nolan, Hayden and Damon Greenwald and Cameron Beattie.

He was preceded in death by a son and a daughter, both at birth; a grandson, John "Junior" O'Neil; a great-grandson, Wade Stewart Greenwald Jr.; his parents, Michael and Mary Paskorz Fick; a brother, Andrew "Sam" Fick; and a sister, Alice Storoz.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., a family-owned and -operated funeral home, 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Officiating will be the Rev. George Beattie. Burial will follow in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar, with full military honors accorded by the Vandergrift Joint Veterans Group.

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