Peter Washtician

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September 20, 2011

Peter Washtician, 91, of Jonestown, passed away Tuesday at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Mount Pleasant, he resided in Jonestown since 1935. He was a son of the late John and Anna Cooper Washtician.

Peter was a 1939 graduate of Cass Township High School, the Jourden Technical School, Philadelphia, and the National School of Aeronautics, Mo.

A World War II Staff Sergeant, he served as an airplane engine mechanic in Europe and Africa.

In 1977, he retired from the Alcoa plant in Cressona.

He was a lifetime member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sunny Rod & Gun Club and American Legion. An avid sportsman, he particularly liked to hunt and fish. At the young age of 80, Peter learned the sport of surf fishing and went on to win fishing contests on Long Beach Island, N.J. He also enjoyed gardening, travelling, fixing things, and watching the Philadelphia sports teams. Always young at heart, he loved children and spending time with his family. A hard worker, he remained very active until a few months before his passing.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Joseph; a sister, Catherine Spirko; and a brother, Michael Washtician.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, the former Mildred "Millie" Samilo; three daughters, Diane and husband George Szilier, Gerilyn and husband Doug Hess, Donna and husband Michael,Epright; five grandchildren, Greg and (Laura) Szilier, Dan (Dana) Szilier, Lauren and Rachel Hess, and Michael Epright; three great-grandchildren, Kiersten, Evan and Trevor Szilier; and a sister, Mary Padelsky. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Cancer Institute and Pinnacle Health Palliative/Hospice Care.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Requiem Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Nicholas Parochial School, Minersville. Interment with military honors will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Branch Township. Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St. Minersville, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Republican & Herald on Sept. 21, 2011
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