Michael Whitco Jr.

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Michael Whitco Jr., 93, of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Sunday, December 2, 2012, in John Knox Hospice By The Sea, Pompano Beach.


He was born February 20, 1919, in Cresson, a son of the late Michael Sr. and Barbara Matzko Whitco.


Formerly of Washington, he retired in 1972 and relocated to the Pompano Beach area.


While living in Washington, he was a member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Canonsburg and, until his passing, was a member of Our Lady of the Sign Byzantine Catholic Church in Coconut Creek, Fla.


Mr. Whitco enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes and other vegetables, which he gave to neighbors and friends. He was a very creative person and should have patented some of the neat gadgets he developed. He also enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends.


He was employed by Consol Coal Co. and was a member of United Mine Workers Union. He worked 37 years in the mining industry, performing various jobs over his career. His last job title was master mechanic at Lyon Portal Mine, which he held until his retirement.


Mr. Whitco was a World War II veteran and served in Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland Ardennes Theater. He also was awarded two Purple Hearts with one oak leaf cluster and four bronze stars. He served in the medical field until he was honorably discharged.


Deceased are his wife, Mary Orlosky Whitco, who died in February 2010, and a son, James R. Whitco, who died in September 1985.


Surviving are a son, Michael (Rose) Whitco of Moncks Corner, S.C.; granddaughters Pamela Whitco and Michelle (Natalie) Whitco; and great-grandson Michael Stone.


Mr. Whitco’s brothers and sisters have all preceded him in death. They include John Whitco, Andrew Whitco, Ann Kosarik, Elizabeth Kendlick, Helen Andrews and Margaret Brezinski.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 8, in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 166 East College Street, Canonsburg, with Father Joseph Jugan as celebrant. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. A panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to John Knox Hospice by the Sea, 830 Lakeside Circle, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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