Paul A. Olsakovsky Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and WWII Veteran, passed away at the age of 95, surrounded by family, in Munhall, Pennsylvania on April 22nd, 2022.
Born July 1st, 1926, Paul was a native to Rankin, Pennsylvania, and was the son of the late John Olsakovsky and Elizabeth Olsakovsky. Brother of Andrew and Nicholas, and the late John, George, Albert, Elmer Olsakovsky, Michael Begala and Ann Creque. Paul was the devoted husband to Helen (Mondock) Olsakovsky for 62 years and shared a life, home, children, family, hopes and dreams. Paul’s marriage to his loving wife Helen was preceded by his marriage to the late Florence (Janovic) Olsakovsky. Paul is survived by his wife Helen, his four children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: daughter Lisa Luteran, wife to Jim Luteran and their two sons Joshua (wife Kelly and daughters Lena and Lucy) and Benjamin (fiancé Jamie Seiss); eldest son, Paul Olsakovsky Jr., husband to Susan Zarlinski Olsakovsky and their four children Paul III, Matthew (fiancé Mikyala Ishman), Alyssa (husband Daniel O'Connell) and Victoria (husband Shawn Seeley and daughter Emma); son Steven Olsakovsky, husband to Judy Mehalik Olsakovsky and their three children Lily (husband Benjamin Bamberger and daughter Lyla), Carly and Louis; son Larry Olsakovsky, husband to Carolyn Evancho Olsakovsky, and their three daughters Abbey, Sela (fiancé Kyle Graham) and Jolee.
Paul attended Rankin High School, went on to study Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and worked at Westinghouse Electric and US Steel for 22 years. Paul and Helen raised their four children in the Catholic faith, and taught them the importance of caring for others, each other and giving back to their community. Throughout Paul’s life, he shared special moments with his children and grandchildren, such as being Scoutmaster for his son's boy scout troop, as well as baking and cooking recipes of his Slovak heritage and partaking in Slovak traditions during the many beautiful holidays they spent together. Paul was called “Dzedo” by his grandchildren. He always remembered every detail of the conversations he had with his loved ones, proudly clipped news articles from papers that his family appeared in, and was always engrossed in the big moments in their lives like graduations, engagements and weddings.
Paul was a Veteran of World War II having served in both the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant. Paul was assigned to MCATS Marine Corps Aviation Technical School in Quantico, Virginia and proceeded to sail on the USS Merick which was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. After the war, Paul was a loyal friend to his Marine Corps comrades who he frequently visited in Quantico, Virginia and Cherry Point, North Carolina with his wife and children. The foundations of Paul’s life were faith, heritage and country, and his legacy will live on through the most important pillar, his family.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, at Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home, 3501 Main St, Munhall, PA 15120, where a V.F.W. Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022, at Resurrection Church, West Mifflin, of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. Internment will be held at Good Shepard Cemetery, Monroeville.
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