John Guido Taras

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John “Moe” Guido Taras, 73, formerly of Bentleyville, died peacefully Saturday, December 22, 2012, in St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, after a valiant six-year battle with cancer.


He joins his beloved first wife, Gloria Jean Cursi Taras, who died May 22, 2002.


Mr. Taras was born August 22, 1939, a son of the late John Sr. and Flora Bertocci Taras. He spent most of his life in Bentleyville.


He was a 1957 graduate of Bentleyville High School and played for the Bears varsity football team.


Mr. Taras was a loving husband and father; he instilled in his family a competitive nature with a “never quit” attitude that has served them well in life.


Helping to construct, reconstruct and repair thousands of miles of Pennsylvania’s roadways for more than 50 years, he was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 66, and mastered practically every machine used in road construction. He retired in 2000.


An avid gardener and bicycler, he loved playing pinochle, poker, cutting wood and working out with weights and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


He was former member of St. Clements Church in Ellsworth and a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and Glenwood YMCA in Erie.


Mr. Taras leaves behind his elder brother, Eugene Richard Taras and wife Lucy Taras of Geneva, N.Y.; his second wife, Lucy Felton Taras of Erie; a son, John Eric Taras and wife Helen Elizabeth Taras of Belchertown, Mass.; a daughter, Kristen Renee Taras Zimmer and husband Paul Michael Zimmer of Willis, Texas.; and two stepdaughters, Melissa Brown and husband Herman of Waterford and Christine Zimmer and husband Christopher of Erie.


Deceased is his eldest daughter, Karla Jean Taras Dziak in 2004, formerly of Lancaster. Her husband, Gary Dziak, survives.


He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Lauren Dziak of Lancaster, Jordan Taras and Caitlin Taras of Boston and Hannah, Jacob, Sarah and Paul Zimmer of Willis; and several stepgrandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, in Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1603 West 32nd Street, Erie. An outdoor memorial celebration will be held May 25, 2013, in Geneva, N.Y. Request information and RSVP for May event by emailing fgstaras@gmail.com. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/waystohelp.


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