METALA, JOHN W., 88 OF BRENIZER, PA
passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at his daughter's home in Pittsburgh, PA. He was born June 26, 1933 in Coral, PA, the son of the late John Metala and Ann (Harbosky) Shafer. John was a US Army Veteran having served during the Korean War from 1953-1955. He retired in 1994 from Blairsville Westinghouse having worked in the Maintenance Department. John was a member of the SS Simon & Jude Church, Blairsville, Blairsville Italian Society and American Legion Post #0407. He enjoyed working in his tool shop making items for his Children. He had a passion for the outdoors, which included hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed shooting pool, having a cold beer and listening to country music. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vivian G. (Baracca) Metala, Brenizer, PA; daughter, Rhonda Weber & husband, Kurt, Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Susan Hicks & Carl Deiner, Palmyra, PA; grandchildren: Alison Costanza & husband, Chris, Gainsville, VA, Jessica Weber, Pittsburgh, PA, Julie Simcik & husband, Lance, Gainsville, VA, Jennifer Lucas & husband, Mark, Bridgeport, WV and Jonathan Hicks, Warwick, RI; great grandchildren: Maeve, Mia & Lucas; brother, Ronald Suman & wife, Patricia, Brenizer, PA; brother, Jerry Suman, New Alexandria, PA and also many Nieces & Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, John Anthony Metala. The family will receive friends at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., 25 W. Market St. Blairsville, PA 15717 on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 1-4 PM. A blessing service will be held in the Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 1:00 PM. Fr. Stephen R. Bugay will officiate. Interment will be held in the SS Simon & Jude Cemetery, Blairsville, Pennsylvania. US Army Active Duty and the Blairsville Military Honor Guard will conduct graveside military services.
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