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Obituaries

March 8, 2014

Joseph Hanak

JOHNSTOWN — HANAK – Joseph, 88, Johnstown, passed away March 6, 2014, at home. Born Nov. 15, 1925, in the Minersville section of Johnstown, son of Michael and Anna (Balo) Hanak. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, John, Michael Jr., George, Andrew and William Hanak; and sisters, Anna Polochak, Helen Jackman and Mary Hanak. Survived by wife of 61 years, Mary Ann “Mamie” (Chappie) Hanak; sons, Donald Hanak, Roswell, N.M., and David Hanak, Phoenix, Ariz.; granddaughters, Robin, wife of Joseph Zipfel, DuBois, and Rebecca, wife of Bryce Jenkins, Hobbs, N.M.; and great-grandchildren, Kaylynn Zipfel and Devon and Paige Jenkins.  Also survived by sisters, Dorothy, wife of Ned Bayconish, River Vale, N.J., and Margaret Blehi, Raeford, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Mary (Jelenc) Hanak, Chicago, Ill.; Alberta (Guizo) Hanak, Johnstown; Olga (Chappie) Kisiel, Windber; Leona (Chappie) Mihalaki, Mechanicsburg; and MaryAnn (Molchany) Chappie, Johnstown; as well as many nieces and nephews. Joe was a 1944 graduate of Johnstown High School and a U.S. Army veteran, earning the Bronze Star while serving in Europe during World War II.  He retired from Bethlehem Steel Rod & Wire Division, Johnstown, after 38 years of service. Joe enjoyed working in his garden, fishing and travel. Friends received from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the William Kisiel Funeral Home, Graham Avenue and 11th Street, Windber, where Panachida service will be held at  7 p.m. Monday.  Member of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Johnstown, where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Buczak. Interment, Grandview Cemetery, with graveside military honors by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christ the Saviour Sunday school program.

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