Rudolph F. Zupancic
1932 - 2021
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Rudolph F. "Rudy" Zupancic, 88, of Nevillewood and Sarasota, Fla., died Sunday, May 30, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Kopec) Zupancic; loving father of Marilyn Zupancic, Wayne (Rebecca) Zupancic, Karen Zottola, and the late Michael Zupancic and his wife, Becky, who survives, and the late Laurene (Regis) Verikas; devoted grandfather of Bradley and Ryan Zupancic, Joseph and Joshua Campanella, Kristin and Kevin Verikas, Justine Hofmann, Joseph Zottola and the late Kyle Verikas; and is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Zupancic was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Lawrenceville, the son of the late Rudolph and Mary (Frank) Zupancic. Graduating from Central Catholic High School, class of 1950, he considered it to be the most important opportunity of his life. He was fortunate to enroll at Central Catholic only by virtue of the financial assistance he and his mother received from the Parish Church at St. Mary's Assumption. From very humble beginnings, after losing his father at age 5, he worked odd jobs to support his widowed mother during the depression. As a teen, he focused on his job at his local Thorofare supermarket in Lawrenceville, where at age 19, he became one of the youngest store managers in the chain's history. At Thorofare, he ascended the corporate ladder from store manager, to district manager and finally to vice president of retail operations, all before the age of 40. When the chain sold its assets in 1982, he secured his former store location in Lawrenceville and opened his own Shop 'n Save supermarket on Plummer Street. After obtaining a second Shop 'n Save location in East Rochester, he left the Shop 'n Save banner to acquire the Giant Eagle supermarket in Bridgeville. He secured a second Giant Eagle location in Gibsonia in 1992, and in 1994, he received top honors from the Pittsburgh Association of Manufacturers Representatives (PAMR) "Lifetime Achievement Award," and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) as "Retailer of the Year." In 2001, Rudy and his family had added two more Giant Eagle stores in Butler, and in 2004, the entire Zupancic family were named "Retailers of the Year" by the same industry groups. Rudy enjoyed a very successful career in food retailing that spanned over 70 years which have provided meaningful employment, benefits and advancement opportunities to literally thousands of Western Pennsylvanians. He was well known for his favorite saying: "The harder I worked, the luckier I got." In recognition of his deep gratitude and appreciation of Central Catholic, he contributed to and became a member of their esteemed Lasallian Society. In 2009, he established "The Rudolph F. and Patricia K. Zupancic Family Fund Endowment," providing scholarships "in perpetuity" to financially challenged students. This was his way of giving thanks for his good fortune by providing scholarships for needy students that local parishes no longer can.Rudy was inducted into the very prestigious Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni on Oct. 6, 2015. Through his generous donations, Central Catholic was able to institute and build a new STEM facility, which opened for academic study in September of 2016. The facility was appropriately named The Zupancic Family STEM Center at Central Catholic High School. He also was instrumental in founding and funding the Michael R. Zupancic Seizure Response Dog Endowment Fund, in honor of his late son who had epilepsy and loved his dog, which provides guidance and financial support to individuals with epilepsy/seizures in order to obtain specially trained dogs that provide assistance. Lastly, he worked closely with the PA Commonwealth through their Educational Improvement Tax Program, to provide scholarships to many students over many years. An avid and lifelong golfer, his compilation of memorabilia from his golfing experiences rivals any private collection. The family wishes to acknowledge and show appreciation to the staffs of Asbury Heights and Family Hospice for their compassionate care and support. Family and friends may be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the WARCHOL FUNERAL HOME INC., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, 412-221-3333. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Barbara Church of Corpus Christi Parish. Everyone please meet at church. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA or to Central Catholic High School. View and share condolences at

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June 5, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
keith mohn
June 5, 2021
Rudy will be sadly missed. He touched so many lives and continues even now to help others, the world is a much better and Blessed place because he has walked this earth. Blessings, Prayers and Healing Thoughts to all the Family members and Friends. Gone but not Forgotten RIP Brave Warrior. Mike Ross III Viera Florida
Mike Ross
June 4, 2021
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of God, friends and family carry you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2:16,17.
June 3, 2021
My name is James Miller I work for him . Life long resident on Butler Street. Best remember of Rudy was my mom Florence Miller when mom got injured at Thorfare he was so worry about her . A great man .
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