The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 2, 2014

Andrew Balaschak

JOHNSTOWN — BALASCHAK – Andrew, 91, passed away Feb. 28, 2014. Born Sept. 11, 1922, son of John and Mary Balashazy. Preceded in death by parents; infant son, Robert; son-in-law, Joe Kutchma; infant brothers, Joseph and Stephen; Sister Anna Ditko; brothers, Paul, John, Michael and George Balaschak; and sisters, Mary Piatak and Helen Michel. Last surviving member of his immediate family. Survived by wife  of 66 years, Ethel (Holko); children, Joe and Deb (Calpin), Gloria Spindler, Jim and Kim (Warren), Jack and Charlotte (Bowden), Mike, Don and Carol (Haynor)  and Paul and Debbie  (Weidman); 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Worked for Campbell, Rae, Hayes and Large Architects and managed the Johnstown office for 23 years and retired from Scherin Architects in Indiana. Was scoutmaster for Coopersdale Methodist Scouts and coached basketball at St. Mary’s Church. Enjoyed fishing and bowling for many years. Served in World War II from 1942–1945 as staff sergeant in Company D 1st Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Fought in seven European campaigns and landed at Utah Beach. Fought in North Africa and in the Battle of the Bulge. Earned a French Legion of Honor, two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star and Presidential Medal of Honor. Member of Order of Alhambra and lifetime member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Moskal-Reid Funeral Home, where Parastas will be held at 2 p.m.  Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, make donations to any charitable association in his honor. Condolences may be sent at

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