John S. Petronka, 88, of Washington, died peacefully on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born on October 11, 1933 in Washington to the late Stephan and Mary Kopcha Petronka.
Mr. Petronka graduated from Washington High School in 1951, where he played the clarinet in the marching band and was Letterman on the wrestling team for four years.
After graduating from high school, he served as a Seabee in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Petronka enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana for the GI Bill, where he earned his BA in Police Administration with a minor in Psychology. Mr. Petronka also served on the wrestling team for four years while studying at Indiana University.
After graduating from Indiana University, Mr. Petronka embarked on a professional career that included employment with the Liquor Control Board and the Department of Public Welfare. He was also a licensed broker who owned Sentinel Security and had previously worked as a police officer and supervisor for the North Franklin Township.
Mr. Petronka was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing to polka music. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a real family man, whose family meant everything to him. Nothing was more important to him than his family and he made many sacrifices throughout his life to provide for their sustenance. He will be very missed by all who knew and loved him.
On September 26, 1965, he married Geraldine “Geri” Petronka, who survived. A son, Chris (Wendy) Petronka from Washington, also survived; three daughters, Dr. Kathleen Hutton-Klein and Dr. Jeff Klein from Newport Beach, California, Dr. Amy Hutton McIlwaine and John McIlwaine of Newton, Massachusetts, and Sandra (George) Winter of Presto; a brother, Nick Petronka from Washington; two sisters, Eva (Dr. John) Chupinsky from Washington and Olga Povich from Houston; nine grandchildren, Elan, Luke, Dora, Paytra, Isabela, Evan, Bram, Sean, and Conor; several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Petronka was preceded by four brothers, Frank and Pete Petronka, and Michael and Alex Petronka, who died in infancy.
Become friends on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Avenue, Washington, S. Timothy Warco , Supervisor / Director. Holly Renay Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director, Park N. Crosier, Director.
On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. there will be a Parastas service in the funeral home.
At the family’s request, all funeral home guests are requested to wear face-covering.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 601 Boone Avenue, Canonsburg, under the direction of Father John Kotalik.
Visitors to the funeral service are asked to go straight to church on Wednesday.
The burial takes place in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.
Full military rites are bestowed by the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post # 175 and the United States Navy.
Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist.
Condolences can be expressed below www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com
Published by Observer-Reporter on December 6, 2021.