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George  Lazarcheck
Passed: Saturday December 31, 2016

George “Skip” Lazarcheck, age 94, of Hopwood, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 31, 2016 with his loving family by his side. He was born August 28, 1922 in Coolspring, PA a son of John and Mary (Mehall) Lazarcheck. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters and his wife, Wilma Jean Layhue Stokes Lazarcheck in October, 2003. He proudly served in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of WWII where he landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and fought in Europe. He received two bronze stars and a purple heart. After returning from war he worked as a coal miner and coal hauler. He eventually retired after 50 years as a professional house painter. He enjoyed wood working, Pirates baseball and playing the PA lottery. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Left to cherish George’s memory is his sister, Margaret (Peg) Mihok; two daughters, Georgia VanSickle and husband Brian of Coolspring, PA; Brenda Lazarcheck of San Antonio, TX; one son, Edward Samuel Stokes and wife Roseann of Detroit, MI; ten grandchildren, Christopher Joiner and wife Angela, Heather Landman and husband Anthony, John Michael Stokes, Matthew VanSickle, Jennifer Contreras, Joshua Stokes, Adam VanSickle and wife Jessica, Jacob Stokes, Rebecca Contreras and Jeanna Stokes. George was blessed with five great grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Cassie, Chloe and Colby Joiner, Maci Matthews and Austin Landman. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Leroy Pickstone and wife Wanda and sister-in-law, Ruth Ann McNally; two pet companions, Teddy and Cuppie and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA where the family will receive friends on Thursday, January 5, 2016 from 2 until 4 pm and 6 until 8 pm. Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Friday, January 6, 2016 from 10 until 11 am followed by a service celebrating George’s life at 11:00 am with Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded at graveside by AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Face Book page.

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