Blanciak , Robert J. 82
Robert J. Blanciak, 82, of Vandergrift, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in UPMC East, Monroeville. He was born Nov. 30, 1931, in North Vandergrift, to the late Andrew and Catherine (Czajkowski) Blanciak. Robert lived in Vandergrift all of his life. He was a process control tester at U.S. Steel in Vandergrift for 42 years before retiring in 1985. Robert served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, Vandergrift, and active in several other service organizations. Mr. Blanciak was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed golfing. He was a 1950 graduate of Vandergrift High School. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Margaret "Margie" (Cannella) Blanciak, June 6, 2009; grandson, Joseph Taylor; sisters, Anna Kostiuk, Louise Minesky, Emma Dudzik, Marie Murphy, Jane Novesky and Sophie Anthony; as well as two brothers, John and Paul Blanciak. He is survived by his children, Robert J. (Beatriz) Blanciak Jr., of Pittsburgh, Kathleen (Dave Artkowsky) Taylor, of Vandergrift, and Christopher L. Blanciak, also of Vandergrift; six grandchildren, Stephanie Taylor, Jessica and Bryce Blanciak, Maria, Giovanni and Valentina Blanciak; and a brother, Pete Blanciak, of Vandergrift. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the BRADY-CURRAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES INC., 429 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, with Father James Loew, OSB, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690. To send an online condolence to the family, please visit http://www.curranfuneralhome.com.