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Albert Szirmae


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Albert Szirmae Obituary
Albert Szirmae died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. He was born in McKeesport in 1930 to Alexander and Rose (Koi) Szirmae. He had three brothers, Alex, Tibor and Joseph, all deceased. He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Gloria (Lyden) Szirmae; loving father of Jeffrey Szirmae; grandfather of Frank Snyder and the late Brandy Snyder, of Myrtle Beach; and great-grandfather of three. He is also survived by two nephews and a niece. Albert graduated from McKeesport Vocational High School in 1948. He served in the Air Force from 1951-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He served his last three years at Conally AFB in Waco, Texas. After 14 years of night school, Albert graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in material science. He was employed as a research scientist for 48 and one half years in the physics department of the US Steel Research Center in Monroeville. He was one of the first scientists to test the lunar samples returned on the Apollo 11 Space Flight. In 1990, he was granted an Award of Merit and the honorary title of Fellow by the American Society for Testing and Materials for his 38 years of service and leadership. He authored and co-authored numerous papers and articles. Al was a loyal member of the Monroeville United Methodist Church, serving on various boards and committees. He chaired the Western PA Conference Episcopacy Committee for six years and the District Superintendents Committee for eight years. He gave leadership with the Ashram Movement for 20 years and was a board member of the Jumonville Training Center and the Olmsted Manor Retreat Center. A coordinator of the Lay Witness Missions, he led more than 75 weekend missions throughout several states. In 2005, he organized the Turtle Creek Senior Harmonicats, composed of seniors ages 75-90. The Harmonicats gave more than 70 performances in nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals and churches throughout the area. A sports enthusiast, he won several trophies in tennis and racquetball. He had a great love for his family, his friends and people in general, a deep compassion for animals, but most of all he loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by extended family and his many friends.
Services were held at a previous date. Arrangements are entrusted to JOBE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., Monroeville/Plum Chapel, corner of Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747.
Published in Times Express on Dec. 14, 2017
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