The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

April 30, 2013

Gust D. Tsikalas Jr.

EBENSBURG — TSIKALAS – Gust D. Jr., 75, Ebensburg, passed away April 28, 2013, at UPMC Pittsburgh. Born Sept. 11, 1937, in Johnstown, son of the late Gust D. and Anna Marie (Minarchick) Tsikalas. Preceded in death by brother, Jimmy; and cousin, John Tsikalas. Survived by wife of 52 years, the former Marcia Raymond Tsikalas; and daughters, Virginia Anne “Gigi” (Andrew) Richardson, Pittsburgh; and Kelly Elizabeth (Matthew) Knouse, Lititz, Pa. Also survived by loving grandchildren, Alexa Jane and Stephanie Nicole Richardson and Abigayle Virginia and Benjamin Kostas Knouse; and brothers, Michael (Anna) Tsikalas and Spero (Jean) Tsikalas, all of Ebensburg; and John (Sally) Tsikalas, The Villages, Fla. Gust was a graduate of the former Ebensburg-Cambria High School and attended Grove City and Shippensburg universities. He retired from Central Cambria High School in 1993 as a Spanish teacher. Member of NEA and PSEA. He served in the U.S. Army during 1963-64. Also a member of Summit Lodge 312 F&AM, as well as Jaffa Shrine Mounted Patrol. He enjoyed teaching, building, carpentry, performing magic, horses and most of all spending time with his family, grandkids and pets. Longtime member of Ebensburg United Church of Christ (Congregational). At Gust’s request, there will be no viewing. A celebration of Gust Tsikalas’ life will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the back room of the Imperial Room, Ebensburg Mini Mall, followed by a closing ceremony at 7:30 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Chuck Davis. Masonic ceremony for Gust will be held at 4:30 in the back room. All friends or family are welcome to attend. In lieu of other memorials, the family suggests donations to Ebensburg United Church of Christ Memorial Fund or Shriner’s Children Hospitals.

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