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Albert Turick Obituary

Albert Turick, 98, a guest at the Manor at St. Luke Village, Hazleton, for the past two years, passed away Wednesday morning shortly after being admitted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

Born and raised in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Michael and Veronica (Harvilla) Turick and a lifelong resident of the area. He had a Depression-era childhood, where he learned to live with the necessities of life: humility, kindness and family.

Al was a graduate of Hazleton High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a range gunner.

After serving his country, he was employed for more than 50 years as a road salesman for the beer industry, most of his career with Tri-Area Beverage. His reputation as a genuine, hardworking, good guy was well known to all his clients. He took great pride in his career. Upon retiring, he continued to visit many of his former clients. Over the years he had established many friendships.

Most important to Al was building a life with his wife, the former Martha Welkie. Their courtship and marriage was a romance of a lifetime. They shared 60 years of marriage prior to her death in 2010. Al often reminisced that those years were the most beautiful and happiest years of his life.

Together they raised two sons and taught them core values that guided them through their lives. There was always encouragement to be passionate about their career choices. He taught his sons to enjoy nature and each Sunday they would walk through the woods and return home to a delicious chicken dinner.

As time went on, Al became a grandfather and was affectionately known as "Pop Pop." He took great pride in his grandsons lives and taught them to embrace life fully.

Al was a master craftsman. He spent countless hours doing wood working projects around his house, transforming it to a beautiful home for his wife and family to enjoy. He also enjoyed tinkering with cars in his garage and was truly an automotive genius. He enjoyed family trips to the Jersey Shore and traveling to Las Vegas.

He was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, the Church of St. Joseph and the Eagle Club.

Al will forever be remembered for his love and commitment to his wife and family. He now shares eternity with his adoring wife, Martha.

In addition to his beloved wife, Martha, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jake and Joseph Turick; and one sister, Theresa Clark; grandson, Michael Turick; and daughter-in-law, Joyce Elizabeth Turick.

Al is survived by his devoted sons, Robert Turick, Hazleton; Albert Turick, Hazleton; his cherished grandsons, Robert M. Turick and Daniel A. Turick; a daughter-in-law, Kasey Turick; one sister, Dorothy Wisemiller, Hazleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish at the Church of St. Joseph, Hazleton.

Interment will follow with military honors in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Hazleton.

In following COVID-19 guidelines, wearing masks and social distancing are required.

Memorial donations may be made to the .

Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph B. Conahan Funeral Home Inc., 532 N. Vine St., Hazleton.

Condolence messages may be entered on the funeral home website, www.conahanfuneralhome.com.


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