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Harry Senyo, 87, of Girard, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and the supportive staff of Millcreek Manor on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. He was born October 31, 1926 in Cranesville, Pa., the youngest child of eleven, to the late George and Pauline (Lengel) Senyo.
Harry was a longtime member of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Crossingville, and a current member of S.S. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church in Girard. He served with the 11th Airborne Division, Five hundred-eleventh Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of operations and was stationed in Sendai, Japan. He reached the rank of Corporal and was awarded the Airborne Parachute Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Sharp-Shooter Badge, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, WWII
Army Occupation Medal and WWII Victory Medal. As well, he received his rifle bar. He then returned to the family farm on Bowman Town Rd. in Cranesville, Pa.
Harry went on to a career at Morlite in Girard, starting as a line worker and retiring as the plant manager. After retirement he worked in various business and local industries. He was elected to the Girard Borough Council and sworn in on January 2, 1990, being reelected on November 5, 2013. He was an advocate for the community fire, police, and borough employees. Harry was readily available to residents in the community, including efforts to pass the ordinance to improve air quality for the people of Girard because it would improve their quality of life.
In his younger years he enjoyed polka and square dancing at the Crossingville Orthodox Church, bowling in the men's Beaver Paint bowling team and couples league. He was a member of several golf courses, including Culbertson Hills Country Club, Conneaut Country Club, where he was the President of the Board, Windy Hills Country Club, Elk Valley Golf Course, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Senior Golf League. On August 15, 1963, Harry successfully made a 225 yard hole-in-one on the twelfth hole at the Culbertson Hills Country Club, a feat commemorated by a card he carried in his wallet for the rest of his life. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus third degree, American Legion Post 494 (Girard), the Springfield VFW
Post #4965, the Albion Area Sportsman Club, and life member of Ludlow Sportsman Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman since his teen years. He especially enjoyed hunting at his lodge in Russell, Pa. with his son, grandsons, nephews, and many friends. Through the years Harry spent special time with his grandchildren, enjoying the driving range and go-cart riding. He got the most enjoyment from spending time with his great-grandchildren, playing Nintendo DS with Bryce, receiving Callan's numerous hugs, and holding Ella. Harry had a green thumb, cultivating a large garden annually, including a vast variety of vegetables like his large 20 lb. tomatoes. He was known for famous fried potatoes, pancakes, Easter horseradish and beets, and canning of salsa, tomato juices, and jelly.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Helen (Felege) Senyo, who passed November 16, 2010; brothers: John, George, Peter, Mike, Paul, William; sisters: Mary Winne, Anna Kotula, Elizabeth (Betty) Grettler, Helen Omelian; two infant sons: Robert John and Michael Thomas; and son-in-law, Michael G. Boury III. Harry is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Boury of Knightdale, N.C.; a son, Harry Greg Senyo and his wife, Tonija and her daughter, Laurel Kolenda of Warren; his grandchildren, Stacey Shun (Dave), Amanda Boury (Jay D'Angelo), Michelle Boury (Brian Shinkle), Gregory Senyo (Theresa), Michael Senyo, Sienna Senyo and her mother, Sandy Ritchie; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Callen Senyo and Gabryiella Shun; also several cousins, nieces and nephews. Harry always had a container of biscuits by his chair for his grand-dogs, Elby, Tucker, Brodie, Daisy, Molly, Emma, Lilly, Karley, Ellie and Melina.
Friends may call (today) Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. A Parastas will be held at 7 p.m. by Archpriest Michael Senyo, nephew. A Prayer Service will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy at S.S. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church, Girard, at 10 a.m. with Fr. John Mihalco officiating.
Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Girard, with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16501 or to the A.F. Dobler Hose Co., Relief Association, 37 Walnut St., Girard, PA 16417.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 8, 2013