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Age 86, longtime resident of Munhall, PA, Bill died peacefully February 14, 2014, at Asbury Heights, Mt. Lebanon. Born to Augustine Skufca and Anton Sabec in the Fayette County mining village of Banning, Bill was an identical twin. Life in rural areas during the Depression was hard, and going to high school required train travel to Connellsville. In June 1943, Bill left school at age 15 and a half to work for B&O Railroad's Signal Dept. for three years, repairing signals and other mechanical/ electrical tasks. In 1946, he took advantage of post-WWII hiring and began working in Hazelwood at J&L Steel's Monongahela Railroad Connecting Co. in the Bridges and Buildings Dept. For a number of years, Bill served as the local chairman for Grievance Issues for MCRR's Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, Mon Valley Lodge #2774. With 40 years service, he retired in December 1985. Bill met his late wife, Olga while painting window frames in her department at MCRR, and they were married in 1952. He is survived by daughters, Kathy Dax and Deborah Sabec; son-in-law, Robert Dax; grandchildren, Frank Ryan Dax and Stephanie Dax; sister, Irene Urbania; and many nieces and nephews who kept in touch. Brothers, Elmer and (twin) Anthony predeceased him. Bill was fun-loving and mischievous, but his early life experiences formed a man with prejudices and stubborn notions. However, he was loyal and devoted to family and friends, generously helping with any kind of home repair or manual labor. For many years he was a duffer at golf, mostly enjoying the camaraderie of being with others on the links. He was a member of Homestead Elks B.P.O.E. No. 650 for a few years. In 2002 he joined a South Hills bowling league, making new friends as a widower. Another passion involved traveling to casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, WV and PA to play the slots. However, Bill's true joy in life involved fixing and driving cars, and he taught a number of relatives how to drive. During his last days, Bill talked about renewing his driver's license and buying another car! Being physically active most of his life helped him endure health setbacks brought on by Diabetes. Like a cat with nine lives, he survived a succession of medical challenges, and struggled with severe vision loss. Many thanks for four plus years of care provided by caregivers and staffs at Asbury Villas, Asbury Heights and Family Hospice. Memorial contributions can be made to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, 1800 West St., Homestead, PA 15120, http://www.bvrspittsburgh.org. Celebration of life service Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m. at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh PA, followed by lunch. Online condolences at:

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2014
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