John Dzurino

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Avid Pittsburgh sports fan


John M. Dzurino, 89, of Washington, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Hawthorne Woods, South Strabane Township. He battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for the last decade of his life.


He was born June 24, 1924, in Washington, a son of the late Michael and Mary Chuey Dzurino, who were originally of Muse.


Mr. Dzurino was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of Washington.


He is a 1943 graduate of Cecil High School.


After high school, he moved to California to work in the shipbuilding yards during World War II. He subsequently returned to Muse and started his career as a plumber. Later, he was primarily a steamfitter for the majority of his working life. Starting in 1950, he worked for Bruno Plumbing and Heating and also for Chapman Corp., both of Washington, until 1992. Following his retirement in 1992, he owned and operated Dzurino Heating & Plumbing.


Mr. Dzurino has been a member of Steamfitters Local 449 for more than 50 years and also a member of Lone Pine Golf Club. He was a member of the Nemacolin bowling league and enjoyed snow skiing, in addition to bowling and golfing.


He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, initially following the Pirates and later the Steelers and Penguins as a season ticket holder for many years.


On April 7, 1956, in Washington, he married Amber Sossong, originally of Bridgeville. They made their home in Washington for the 57 years they were married and raised three sons.


Surviving, in addition to his wife, are are three sons, John C. (Lori) Dzurino of Washington, Robin G. (Brenda) Dzurino of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Gary E. (Dawn) Dzurino of Washington; four grandsons, Jonathan, Brandon, Jacob and Elijah Dzurino; three brothers, George Dzurino of Canonsburg, Michael Dzurino of Washington and Robert Dzurino of Canonsburg; a sister, Rebecca Nackoul of Florida; along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


Deceased is a sister, Mary Krashna.


Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 14, in Immaculate Conception Church, 119 West Chestnut St., Washington, with Father William Feeney as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleums of McMurray. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org or Immaculate Conception Church, www.icwashpa.org. Condolences may be expressed at www.familyremembers.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor and Lawrence K. Donovan, funeral director.


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