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Earnest W. Meharra

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Dr. Earnest William Meharra, formerly of Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in McKinney, Texas. He was the youngest of four children born to Michael Meharra and Irene (Kaslo) Meharra in McKeesport. Dr. Meharra was a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe and was awarded his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He served his country proudly for 21 years in the Navy and retired as a captain. Dr. Meharra received the Navy Achievement Medal with a "V" for his service in Vietnam with the Marine Corps, the Navy Commendation Medal and nine other service ribbons. Dr. Meharra married Eileen Irene Kunf on May 26, 1980, in Cleveland, Ohio. He practiced dentistry for 37 years in Turtle Creek, and upon his retirement, Dr. Meharra joined his children and their families in Texas. His great interest in the American Civil War led him to become a reenactor at historic sites. Later, Dr. Meharra presented Civil War programs to interested civic groups in the Pittsburgh area and at his Masonic Lodge. He fully enjoyed his retirement in Texas - he continued his love of learning by attending courses at a local college; spent countless days at his grandchildren's soccer games, football games, band concerts and graduations; and enjoyed playing with his newest baby grandson, Bryce. Bill embraced his move to Texas and having his family all together. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Eileen Meharra, of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Lynda (Mike) Willingham, of Prosper, Texas, and Kristen Marie Meharra, of Wichita Falls, Texas; son, Philip William Meharra, of Addison, Texas; grandsons, Michael Hollen Willingham, Ryan Philip Willingham and Bryce Philip Tucker; sister, Eileen Meharra Bishop; brother, Michael Meharra; and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Meharra was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Irene Meharra; and sister, Marion Meharra Filotei.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at WOLFE MEMORIAL LLC, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Interment is to follow in Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery, 733 Patton St. Ext., Monroeville, PA 15146.
Memorials may be made in Dr. Meharra's honor to the Students First Fund at St. Vincent College, online at ssl.charityweb.net/stvincent/, or by calling 724-454-1800.


Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Jan. 11, 2019
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