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Starn , Thomas R. 57

Export, Formerly of Plum

Thomas R. "Tom" Starn, 57, of Export, formerly of Plum, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at home, after losing his courageous one and one-half-year battle with brain cancer. Through it all, Tom kept his sense of humor and never let his illness reduce the quality of his life. He was born Feb. 18, 1955 in Pittsburgh, the loving son of Robert D. Starn, of Monroeville, and the late Doris Marie (Meharey) Starn. Tom was employed as vice president of operations at Iron City Uniforms in Pittsburgh. He was a member of St. Mary Church, Export, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Pastoral Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Manordale Valley Council No. 4226 in Murrysville and the LOOM No. 234 Export, where he was a Legion. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed woodworking. Tom was a volunteer at Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville Food Bank and blood drives. He was a licensed pilot and skydiver who loved practical jokes. Tom will be sorely missed by friends and family and all that had the pleasure of meeting him. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Volosin; and in-laws, Clem and Connie Tom. In addition to his father, he is survived by his beloved wife, Deborah Tom; a sister, Cynthia Best, of Monroeville; nieces and nephews, Kristine Bizich, Daniel (Stephanie) Best, John Michael Volosin, Andrew Volosin, Andrew Tom and Gary Tom Jr.; brothers in-law, John Volosin and Gary Tom; and his faithful companion, Bobo. Friends and family were welcomed at the WOLFE-VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME INC., Export, 724-327-1400. A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary Church, Export, with Father Ken Zaccagnini as celebrant. Interment followed in Grandview Cemetery, Export. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Mr. Starn's name to St. Mary Church, 5900 Kennedy Ave., Export, PA 15632.(For directions or to send online condolences, please refer to


Wolfe-Von Geis

Export PA 15632
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