Herman Louis Muko, 92, formerly of Sewickley, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in the company of his loving family. Herman was born Nov. 15, 1928, in New Salem, to John Joseph and Helen Marie (Sabula) Muko. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Babe" (Kachurik) Muko; his second wife, Josephine (Marlinga) Muko; sons, Thomas and Daniel; brothers, Raymond and Lawrence; and sisters, Mary Ellen and Norma Jean. Herman is survived by his family, Cynthia (Frank) Bailey, of Pittsburgh, Ron (Sharon) Muko, of Maryland, Amy (Michael) Minnock, of Sewickley, Sharon Jamieson, of Texas, and Sister Sandra (Richard) Ekstrom, of Shadyside; eight grandchildren, Colleen, Amanda, Christina, Julia, Elizabeth, Michael, Thomas and Natalie; two great-grandchildren, Marissa and Braylon, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly. Herman grew up in the small coal mining town of Renton, where he learned the value of hard work as the local paper boy. In high school, he was the news staff printer, an apprentice for two print shops, member of the Boys Center Club and the HI-Y (affiliated with YMCA). Herman served in the Army in 1951 during the Korean War as a map printer of Korea. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and a United Nations Service Medal for his commendable service. After returning home, he joined the Army Reserves and attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He began his printing career with Community Press, in Oakmont, married Babe and began a family. As his printing career flourished he acquired his own printing business, Sewickley Printing Service, Inc. In 1968, Sewickley became his new home for his wife and five children. He was successful and active in the printing business and was awarded the Businessman of the Year and served as president of the Printing Association of Western Pennsylvania. Herman was a loving man and a devoted father. He was a Cub Master for the Boy Scouts, coached Little League and was voted the neighborhoods Best Dad based on all the attention and respect from the local children. He was a member of the Kiwanis, Rotary Club and VFW. In March 2021, he received a 50-year certificate of continuous membership from the American Legion. He was a church usher, enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, dancing to big bands and polkas and loved his family vacations and family gatherings. Herman's famous crazy chocolate cake was a favorite for family birthdays. He also enjoyed berry picking with his young children, baking delicious pies, enjoyed making fresh homemade pizzelles and was always ready to share for his visitors. After retiring from the printing business at the young age of 68, he attended the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy to begin his new career as a Myotherapist. Herman helped hundreds of patients well into his late eighties. Herman's friends from Stonebrook Village stated he was always willing to help others and was a kind and generous man. He had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes every time you saw him. Herman was well cared for by his private caregiver, Kim. She was wonderful in engaging our father in many activities and keeping his smiles alive. Arrangements are by RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143, where friends and family are invited from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. A Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in St. Mary Church, Glenfield, with Father David Jastrab. Interment will be in St. James Cemetery, Sewickley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to the Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St., Sewickley, PA 15143.
Published by Sewickley Herald on Oct. 14, 2021.