Uhal , Perry F. 85
Perry Francis Uhal, 85, of Charleroi, went home to the Lord Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home. He was delivered into the hands of his parents, Steve and Mary (Kopko) Uhal, by a midwife April 9, 1928. From the 9th through the 12th grade, he attended Vocational School (electric shop) and graduated from Monessen High School in 1946. He loved playing baseball at Ninth Street Park and swimming in the river (BAB). While in Monessen, he coached Little League Baseball, was an auxiliary policeman and served as second lieutenant for the Monessen Fire Department downtown. He also played baseball for the Monessen Ozarks, CIO 1229 and other valley baseball teams. Perry played minor league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wilmington, N.C. He played first base and was a left-handed pitcher. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Charleroi, the Holy Name Society and was a member of the church ground crew, the Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department, and served on the Charleroi Vacancy Board. In 2005, Perry ran for the Charleroi Borough Council, May primary, and won. He choose not to serve his term to take care of his wife who had cancer. He retired from working at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Monessen Plant, in 1985 and needed a hobby, so he took up cross stitching. He liked religious projects because they were the most colorful. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Paulick Uhal of 46 years; a son, Kevin Uhal and wife, Rita, of Florida; a daughter, Marna Hughes and husband, James, of Carroll Township; three grandchildren, Japheth A. Tirpak and wife, Amber, Emily E. Hughes and fiance, Joe Cappelli and Brittany Uhal; two great-grandchildren, Lily Tirpak and Cadyn Tirpak; a brother, David Dean Uhal and wife, Carol, of Michigan; brother-in-law, John Paulick; and a devoted niece, Jonalyn Paulick; and his loving cat, Whisper Michael; special neighbors and friends, Carrie, Steven and Nolan; and his compassionate nurse, Jessica. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Perry Pat Uhal. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the SCHROCK-HOGAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church, 7th and Washington Ave., Charleroi, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald Mikonis. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Charleroi. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department, Mary, Mother of the Church or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.schrock-hogan.com.