George M. Suhon
Warco-Falvo Funeral Home
336 Wilson Ave
Washington, PA
George M. Suhon, 57, a native of the Western Pennsylvania area, being born and raised in the small community of Avella, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. At the time of his death, he was living in West Alexander.
He was born August 31, 1958, in Washington, a son of the late George Michael Sr. and Stella Mariani Suhon.
Mr. Suhon was raised by his stepmother, Anne Strho Suhon, who lives in Avella. His mother Stella died after giving birth to him.
He was a graduate of Avella High School in 1976 and a graduate of Washington Institute of Technology.
Mr. Suhon was a member of Washington & Wheeling Church of Christ.
He was a musician/entertainer for many years. His musical career started with his dad playing banjo and guitar, and he playing accordion and cousin John Harding playing bass guitar when they were eight and nine years old. They were called Georgie's Polka Gems, and they later added a drummer, Bobby Maracinni.
By the 1970s, he had come into his own and was proficient at many instruments including piano accordion, button accordion, piano/organ, guitar, banjo, bass guitar and drums. When his father could no longer play because of health reasons, they added a sax player/keyboardist, Mike Bishop, to join the band and Frank Mavrich, to play drums. He and his cousin formed the band Silver Sky around 1976. He learned to play the accordion, guitar and banjo without taking any lessons, learning completely by ear.
Silver Sky continued through the '70s, '80s, '90s and even into the 2000s. In 2002, he began entertaining full time as a solo entertainer/vocalist musician. They went through numerous musicians throughout the years but he and his cousin played together for 33 years keeping Silver Sky going with drummer Brian Berry, Dave Stirk, Ed Makowski, Larry Divis and many other talented musicians. The variety of music was astounding, playing oldies, big band, waltz, cha-cha, Sinatra era, old-time standards, country two step, country and western, country rock, swing, doo wop, '50s, '60s and '70s rock 'n' roll, disco, funk and polka with his repertoire consisting of more than 500 songs.
Mr. Suhon worked at Sprowls hardware and Blue Diamond Enterprises. He eventually opened his own TV/electronic repair shop named Suhon Electronics and Repair in Washington.
He coached many of his children's baseball and softball teams. He also coached youth baseball and softball up through Colt league. He was a member of Avella Athletic 300 Club for many years.
Mr. Suhon taught Bible class for many years and some of his passions were discussing religion and politics. He was an avid Pirates fan.
On July 24, 1999, he married Beth Ann Harris, who survives.
Also surviving are his children, son George (Aprile Smith) Suhon of Coraopolis, son Richard Anthony Suhon of Oakdale, daughter Christina Fuller of Scott Township, son Sgt. Andrew (Jennifer) Suhon, daughter Alexandria Moore of West Alexander, daughter Gina Suhon of West Alexander, and daughter Maria Suhon of West Alexander; granddaughter Paige Suhon; sister Elaine Yerger of Washington; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Deceased are a stepbrother, John Haught, and a sister, Cheryl "Shelly" Gavazzi.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m .Thursday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, with the Rev. John Wright and the Rev. Dave Deagel co-officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Turner Syndrome Society at Turner or to the family in care of the funeral home.
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Published by Observer-Reporter from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2016.
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He was such a blessing to everyone he knew and worked with. Still missed and loved deeply. Rest easy my friend
Barbara Burge
March 23, 2019
Just learned of George's passing .. some 2 yrs. late. What a great musician he was. Seems all the great Polka bands are gone. George, and his music, will be missed.
L William Somrak
July 19, 2018
I will never forget the music George shared with his audiences. I got to know George through our mutual friend, Dave Stirk. Dave used to play with George in "Silver Sky Duo" years ago. Being friends with Dave and also having a disability, I always needed driven to their performances. Whenever possible, Dave would make sure I could get to an occasional performance that they played together on. I loved to listen to their music and then afterward go on the late night early morning trips to Eat N' Park for Sunday very early morning breakfasts with David and George. Then I remember the Sunday night at a performance, George invited us to his family's home for deep fried turkey between sets. Love and condolences to his family and friends. You're already missed so much!!!
Lee Hassinger
April 17, 2016
We will never forget the music George brought into our lives. We could dance to everything he played. During breaks, he would always find time to stop by our table to chat. Whenever we put on a dance, it would be George we called first. Chris and Dave Goodwin
April 12, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss! George is probably singing songs and hymns in heaven. I know he loved his children and family very much. Alex and Maria, my deepest condolences to you both. God Bless each of you in this sorrowful time.
Mrs. Tutay
April 11, 2016
We said goodbye to a great uncle. I will always have wonderful memories of you and your music. I hope your singing and dancing in heaven with your sister. Give her a big hug and kiss from us! We love you and miss you Uncle George.
Love and prayers to Beth and family.
Melissa, Shawn and Zach Border
April 11, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting George at a private party in Wheeling. He was the absolutely amazing entertainment. What a nice guy. He will be missed by many. Prayers for you and your family.
Patti West
April 10, 2016
George was such a talented and soulful performer. He was so delightful to talk to and discuss things with. He just brought enjoyment into any room he played in. He will be missed so very much especially by our residents at Presbyterian Senior Care. My prayers go out to his family.
Mary Jo Bongiovanni
April 10, 2016
Beth and family, my sincerest condolences to all of you, George was a great husband, father and all around great guy. Yall lost a really great man. May God give you strength at this sorrowful time.
Pam Whitco
April 10, 2016
So sorry for the Suhon family loss, George was a great person and will truly be missed by so many. God Bless you all. We truly will miss him at the casino in Wheeling, and im sure he got them dancing in the streets of heaven. Love and big hugs to all of the Suhon Family.
Barbara Burge
April 10, 2016
I'm so sorry, my prayers are always with you and your family.
Terri Birchok
April 10, 2016
My condolences to the Suhon Family for their great loss.Everyone loved George and his music.My prayers to all.
Deborah Duncan
April 10, 2016
Prayers, thoughts, love and hugs to all of you at this difficult time. May your happy memories live in your hearts and bring you joy! xo
Laura & Tim Maloy
April 10, 2016
George was such a great friend to us. He was like a brother to Raymond. He always had a smile on his face. We miss him so much. No one will ever be able to replace him. He would sit at our table at The Sons of Italy and talk about his children that he loved so much and Beth was the love of his life. He is in heaven sing to the Angels. Bless him. Praying for Beth and the family.
Patsy & Raymond Vinka
April 9, 2016
Alex, Sending my deepest condolences for you and your family. Many prayers for healing hearts.
Lori Bertus
April 9, 2016
George will be missed
Enjoyed his music
Prayers to all
Bonnie cowden
April 9, 2016
So sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers!
Debbie Miller Byerly
April 8, 2016
Deepest sympathy from St. Barnabas. We loved him and he was always my favorite. A wonderful, humble man. We will miss him.
Pam Fickes
April 4, 2016
May cherished memories, the comfort of family, and the sympathy of friends help to console you in this time of sorrow. George was a great entertainer/
musician and we loved his music. He certainly will be missed by all our seniors.
Rosemary Arnold and Frank Grassel
Rosemary Arnold
April 3, 2016
Our condolences to to the Suhon family. George will be greatly missed. We enjoyed listening and dancing to Silver Sky Duo when they played at the Eagles in Wheeling WV. My husband and I planned our wedding around his schedule because we wanted him to sing for us. Thanks to his family for sharing George with us. We will be eternally grateful. Heaven has gotten another beautiful voice. RIP George. Karen and John Salkovick
April 3, 2016
Bill and I enjoyed dancing to all George's music at Herminie, Ligonier, casinos, Holy Cross in Youngwood, etc. We listened to his music daily. He was kind and loving to everyone. Our hearts go out to the whole family. We can't believe he is gone. May Jesus say onto you at heaven's gates enter in thy good and faithful servant. Love in Christ. Bill & Donna
Donna Shearer
April 2, 2016
Thanks for sharing your GREAT music with us George. Loved dancing to it....Our deepest sympathy to the Suhon family.
Dan and Chris Simonik
April 2, 2016
My condolences to the Suhon family, I am sure he will be sorely missed.
Chucky Seik
April 2, 2016
With deepest sympathy and love, Janice and Gene Andiorio, your friends from Evanstown.
April 1, 2016
Beth and family. Thank you so very much for sharing your husband and father with us at the many events he played. He brought many hours of enjoyment to all who partook of his musical talents. Dancing will never be the same. He was loving and thoughtful to all people who know him and he poured his heart and soul into everything he did. God bless and comfort you all (and us) in this time of grieving. Our hearts are breaking it's so unbelievable. He will be sorely missed by all who know him. RIP George.
Kira Jones
April 1, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tina King-Pemberton, RN
April 1, 2016
George and I crossed paths many times through the years with great respect for each other. After my stroke I would enjoy listening to george at the wheeling island casino. I was devasted to hear of this tragety. I am so sorry.

Denny Pasz---of the Denny Pasz Band.
Denny Pasz
March 31, 2016
To George's family, our sympathy for you. He was such a nice guy. Thoughts and prayers, The Cianelli Family, Marianna
Gianna Sloan
March 31, 2016
My heart goes out to his family especially his children. I am so sorry that your hearts are breaking right now. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. XO
Terry Lemley
March 31, 2016
My sweet Uncle, who will give me chocolate covered pretzels at Christmas? You are dancing with your mother for the first time and playing banjo with your old man. I will listen to your music and smile. Rest in peace. I love you.
Becky Yerger
March 30, 2016
George played for our Women's Society Christmas party for several years and was always well received. He was a very nice and talented man. We will miss him at our events.
Carol Dougherty
March 30, 2016
Beth Ann, After being a widow for these past six years, I feel your pain and know your loss. I wish I had known George better. I only knew him from the dances at Whg. Downs and then when he played by himself here at Stratford Springs, where I work. Thank you for sharing his life with those of us, his fans. And thank you for detailing his life thru the obit. Who would have known y'all have 7 children? God be with you and the family. Sorry I cannot express my grief in person but I live and work in Wheeling. To God be the Glory for George, his life and his music.
Phyllis(Mustang Phylly) Jenkins
March 30, 2016
A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven.May his soul be at peace
Muhammad Manzoor
March 30, 2016
Beth, I am still at a OMG. You and Alex have my condolences. I loved me some SUHON. His Blue Diamond friend forever :)
Patricia Patterson
March 30, 2016
My heart and prayers go out to Beth and his Children in this very hard time, praying that knowing how much he touched our heart helps a little. My sister and I loved going to the track to here him play. We will never forget him saying this one is for Armond and Mary, or Dave 41. My dancing days will never be the same without your George,Keep playing and singing that beautiful music for us to hear please.
Roxanne Konczal
March 30, 2016
I saw George entertain on several occasions. When my aunt and uncle where in Presbyterian Home they always looked forward to his entertaining music. He was a blessing to those whose lives he touched.
Kathy McFeely
March 30, 2016
My deepest sympathy to Beth and family.He was agood frend and musician.He will be missed by meny.God bless.
Teo Zatta
March 29, 2016
Dear Suhon family,
You have my deepest sympathy! George was a good friend and inspiration to me, for getting into music so young! I knew George from the age of eight. And he was my neighbor in Avella later in life. God bless you and you better believe there's music in the Silver Sky!
Cal Carter
March 29, 2016
March 29, 2016
George was an amazing musician, probably one of the most talented I've ever met, and an even better person. He brought smiles and happiness to all that met him, and he will be dearly missed.
Michael Wach
March 29, 2016
Miss you Uncle Georgeie you will always be in my heart.
Erin Hought
March 29, 2016
My heart goes out to his wife and kids, prayers to all
Valerie Schuerer
March 29, 2016
George gave David "#41" many hours of dancing enjoyment and fun. He also enjoyed talking with George. We both met his lovely wife Beth and she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. We couldn't miss a night that George was playing at Wheeling Casino. David had such fun dancing to George's 50's, 60's and even some of the new songs. George was a very special person to all who knew him and he will be missed by everyone. The dance floor at Wheeling casino will never seem the same without George.
David #41 & Bonnie Baughman
March 29, 2016
George was a great source of joy and fun to David "#41". We both met his wife Beth and she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. We never missed a time at Wheeling when George was playing his fabulous 50's, 60's and even his new songs. David enjoyed dancing to his music and talking with George. His passing has left a large hole in our hearts and Wheeling casino dance floor will never be the same without George. He was a very special person to all who knew him.
David #41 & Bonnie Baughman
March 29, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. George will be very much missed as an example of an excellent musician and entertainer who provided many hours of enjoyment for thousands.
Ann Marcinko
March 29, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the Suhon family.
We will always remember George as a good friend, wonderful person, and a very talented musician whose music we enjoyed so very much. We love him and will miss him.
carole zagar
March 29, 2016
I will keep you in my prayers along with my best friend from school, Alex Moore, I will be praying for your whole family and siblings. Let God be with you
Breanna Deems
March 29, 2016
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