Our History

In 1919, Joseph A. “Proky” Prokopovitsh, along with his father, John, moved from the hard coal county of Scranton, Pennsylvania to the Steel Valley to open the Joseph A. Prokopovitsh Funeral Home. The first funeral home was a store front on the corner of 5th Avenue and Dickson Streets in the 5th Ward of Munhall.

In those days, visitation took place in the home of the deceased. With expansion of the steel mills around 1940, the 5th Ward gave way to progress and Proky was forced to move the business to the corner of 9th Avenue and Dickson Streets in Homestead. Following World War II, his son-in-law, Albert J. Savolskis, a Navy veteran, joined the business. Proky continued his fine tradition of helping families until his death in 1988.

In 1965, the original St. Therese Church at the corner of Main and Superior Streets in Munhall was dismantled. On that hallowed ground, the Savolskis Funeral Chapel was erected to serve the people of the community. 

The funeral home was built on the original foundation of the dismantled church building. It was the first funeral home of its kind in the Steel Valley, and was built from the ground up with the sole purpose of being a funeral home. Conveniences such as handicap accessibility, wider doorways and off street parking were attractive features in the new building.

Soon after opening for business, Al was joined by his sons-in-law, David R. Wasik and William C. Glenn, and the business became known as the Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home. In 1981, Dorothy Savolskis Wasik joined her grandfather, father, and husband as a licensed Funeral Director with the family business. After expansion of the funeral home in September of 1996, the facility offers additional space for viewing and/or chapel services, and a spacious coffee lounge and merchandise selection room.

We have faithfully continued our services over the years, and are honored to occupy this sacred location. Our goal is to create a loving and lasting memorial for your loved one. Today, our staff includes lifelong members of the Munhall community, Michael T. Perovich, Alisha M. Metz, Benjamin W. Perovich, and Kyra C. Mangold-Ostovich, who continue to carry on the fine traditions of Funeral Directing inspired by their founder, Joseph A. Prokopovitsh. We are here to serve you 365 days a year, and are honored that you place your trust in us. 

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