KANE - Rudolph "Rudy" Straneva, 82, of 1064 Wetmore Road near Kane, died Thursday afternoon (March 12, 2015) at UPMC Hamot in Erie after a brief illness.
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A first generation American, he was born April 6, 1932, in the Wetmore home in which he resided for 73 years, the son of Gustav and Mary Jashurek Straneva. On Oct. 24, 1953 in Kane, he married the former Betty Rietter, who survives.
Rudy was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a dairy and beef farmer for much of his life, then worked in union construction for many years, first with Local 836 in Bradford then for Local 603 in Erie, from which he retired in 1994.
He was a life member of the Ludlow Sportsman's Club, having served as its president for 26 years. He also belonged to the VFW Post #1132 in Kane, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the National Rifle Association.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Debra Gillespie of San Antonio, Texas, Beth (Darrel) Hillard of Ormond Beach, Fla., Susan (Chris) Cochran of Sheffield and Laurie (Neal) Cole of Wetmore; a son, Joseph Straneva of Wetmore; a sister, Pauline Bross of Harborcreek; eight grandchildren, B.J. Lorenzo, Cassandra Johnston, Tara Straneva, Melissa Turnbow, Lisa Lorenzo, Abigail Cochran, Zachary Duck-Straneva and Isaac Duck; and five great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Kelsey and Karter Turnbow and Paityn and Bryce Johnston.
He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by brothers Gust, Frank and Paul Straneva, and sisters Frances Dickout and Mary Straneva, plus his best friend, Edward "Spitz" Caliguire.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home Inc. in Kane, and may attend a service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with the Very Rev. Philip Pinczewski, pastor of St. Callistus Catholic Church in Kane, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ludlow Sportsman's Club, P.O. Box 58, Ludlow, PA 16333, or to Alstrom Angels, 3807 106th St., Lubbock, TX 79423.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com
Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home
103 South Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 13 to Mar. 21, 2015