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Girt , William B. 42


William B. Girt, 42, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013. Born Aug. 8, 1970, in Brookville, Bill was a son of James R. and Kathy J. (Girt) Bell, of Clarion. Bill was a member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, and was a seventh-grade world cultures teacher at Greater Latrobe Junior High School. He had his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Clarion University and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa at Clarion. He was very active in his children's activities, cheering at hockey games for his son, and watching horseback riding with his daughter. Bill was a member of the Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's, and was an avid sports fan, especially the Steelers, the Penguins and Notre Dame. He will also be remembered as an excellent cook. Bill was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, James K. and Jane V. (Gourley) Girt; by his paternal grandparents, Raymond T. and Dorothy J. (Boyer) Bell; and his grandmother-in-law, Genevieve Sopcisak. He is survived by his wife, Tina M. (Betz) Girt, of Greensburg; son, Ian Michael Girt, and daughter, Jenna Nicole Girt, both at home; three sisters, Jodie L. Acey and husband, Brian, of Clarion, Shondra D. Wareham and husband, John, of Clarion, and Kara R. Shpakoff and husband, Brian, of Limestone; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Terry and Nancy (Sopcisak) Betz, of Latrobe; brother-in-law, Terry A. Betz and wife, Jennifer, of Ohio; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with the Rev. Robert Lubic as celebrant. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Commercial National Bank, 1920 Lincoln Ave., Latrobe, PA 15650, to go towards a trust fund for Bill's children. To sign our online guest book, send condolences, or to view detailed obituary and funeral home information, please visit



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