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Joseph “Joe” Mrkonja, Jr. Obituary

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Joseph “Joe” Mrkonja, Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Mrkonja, Jr., of North Fayette Twp., handed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at the age of 63, from pancreatic most cancers.

He is survived by his devoted spouse of 33 decades, Patricia Cervi Mrkonja sisters Linda Mrkonja Warsing and Denise Mrkonja sister-in-law Mary Cervi Gaydos (John) brother-in-law James “Skip”Cervi (Cathy) brother-in-legislation Darrell Kotchka, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Thank you to cousins Georgianna Gallaher, Rich and Barb Benkowski, Mark and Monika Benkowski and Krystin and Justin Powers, for usually maintaining in contact. Joe was also in particular honored to be Kum/godfather to household close friend Zachary Schukart. Moreover, particular many thanks and recognition to nieces Kristen Theiss, Karen Kotchka and Kimberly Grabel (Robert) for their emotional and palms-on aid during Joe’s ailment.

Joe was preceded in loss of life by his mother and father, Joseph, Sr. “Chuma” and Elizabeth (Betty) Breit Mrkonja in-legal guidelines James “Jimbo” Cervi and Cecelia Cervi sister-in-legislation Jean Kotchka and his distinctive Aunt Tillie Benkowski, who lovingly provided him in so numerous loved ones functions.

He graduated from Hopewell Superior University in 1976 and his robust get the job done ethic started when he went to function for J&L Steel Mill for 7 yrs prior to starting up his vocation with USAirways (now American Airways) in 1985 where he continued for the next 35 years.

Everyone who knew Joe understands he had a distinctive connection with all animals, but he was primarily fond of pet dogs and was considered a “puppy whisperer” by a lot of of his buddies. He devoted a great deal of his free time and money to donating beds, canine treats, foodstuff, or regardless of what was necessary by the Beaver County Humane Modern society. His puppies Rusty, Barney, and Woody are anxiously awaiting his arrival in heaven.

In addition to his really like for animals, Joe also cherished athletics – in particular the Pittsburgh Pirates – but would watch anything, such as badminton, if it was on Television set. He cherished to function in the lawn and experienced a environmentally friendly thumb when it came to rising roses, but once retained a poinsettia alive for more than a 12 months. He was also a proud lefty, normally inventive, and dubbed “MacGyver” since of his capacity to repair, develop or transform just about something. His preferred food items was “just about anything spicy” and he was a good cook, especially when it arrived to soups.

Heartfelt appreciation to AHN Hospice for their excellent treatment.

Close friends will be obtained Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 10am until the time of provider at 1pm at Tatalovich Funeral Property and Cremation Services, Inc., 2205 McMinn St., Aliquippa, PA, 15001.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may well be manufactured to the Beaver County Humane Modern society in Joe’s identify.

Please abide by CDC recommendations for donning a mask if not vaccinated.

Posted on-line on February 04, 2022

Revealed in The Beaver County Occasions

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