Stanley Araneicka (1924 - 2018)

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Stanley Araneicka, 93, of McDonald, was called to heaven Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in UPMC-Passavant hospital, Cranberry.

He was born August 18, 1924, in Shenandoah Valley, Va., a son of Joseph and Mary Hilarski Araneicka. He grew up in Cecil and lived in McDonald for the past 68 years.

Mr. Araneicka was a proud member of the "Greatest Generation," serving in the U.S. Army 502 Artillery Division in the Pacific Theater. He was in the first wave of the invasion of Leyte Gulf, Philippines, and participated in the release of POW's from the Bataan Death March. He was on a ship bound for the invasion of Japan when the United States dropped the atomic bomb.

Mr. Araneicka was a master machinist and tool and die-maker who was employed by various companies throughout the Pittsburgh area. He retired from Consol Energy in 1985.

He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and metalworking, stock investing, reading and watching World War II documentaries, cooking and especially making pierogies.

On July 27, 1950, he married Rose Marie Taborski, who died April 25, 2016.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl L. Araneicka of Aliquippa; a son, David S. (Vickie) Araneicka of Gibsonia; and a brother, Walter Araneicka of Bethel Park.

Deceased are two sisters, Mary Stepnak and Alice Wasik, and two brothers, John Araneicka and Anthony Novak.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 East Lincoln Avenue, McDonald, PA 15057, where a blessing service will take place at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 16. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to McDonald Meals on Wheels, 119 Station Street, McDonald, PA 15057, or to Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 Route 136, Eighty Four, PA 15330.

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Nation Funeral Home, Inc.
218 East Lincoln Avenue
McDonald, PA 15057-1428
(724) 926-2300
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Jan. 12, 2018
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