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Age 92, of South Park, formerly of Carrick, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Two days shy of his 93rd birthday. Born in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh to the late Paul G. Breisinger and Elizabeth (Brueggmann) Breisinger; husband of Betty M. (Reich) Breisinger; he is survived by his children and their spouses: James R. Breisinger (Donna Jean), Gary D. (Sharon), Donna J. Tressler (Terry), Larry W. (Linda), Coleen R. Roecker (Bill), Glenn J. (Becky), Terry P. (Adrianne), Dale D. (Katy) Breisinger; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws; brother of Jerry Breisinger and sister Lucille Mandarino; he was also preceded in death by brothers Paul, Thomas, Robert, Donald "Babe" Breisinger and sisters, Elizabeth Lang, Margaret Wuenschell, Salome Carlin, Dolores James, Mildred Novak and Rose Kacerik. Jim was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was a person of high integrity, honesty and faith. His passion for singing was boundless. He was a skilled craftsman who could build or fix anything. He loved sports and excelled in anything he attempted, including bowling, horseshoes and baseball. He, along with his brothers and father, won the 1948-49 Greater Pittsburgh Ten Pin Team Bowling Championship. He enjoyed teaching his children and instilled in them the values of discipline, hard work, tough love and helping others. A WWII veteran, he served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a gunner's mate on the Heavy Cruiser Canberra, which was engaged in combat in the Pacific theater. He survived an aerial torpedo attack, which killed 23 of his shipmates and nearly sank the Canberra, while operating off the coast of Formosa. He worked for various employers including the Duquesne Brewery, the Iron City Brewery and J&L 's Southside works machine shop. Visitations Friday 2-8 p.m. at the BORON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1719 Brownsville Road. Please meet in Holy Apostles Parish at St. Basil Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for his Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at St. John Vianney Cemetery, Carrick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, 1816 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or The Foundation Fighting Blindness, PO Box 17279 Baltimore, MD 21297-0495, or , Partners in Hope, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050.


Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from July 11 to July 13, 2018
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