Frank  Styduhar


Frank Richard Styduhar, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully at 8:21 p.m. Tuesday (May 14, 2019) in his home, surrounded by his wife, daughters and sisters, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.
Frank was born June 16, 1950, in Sharon, one of four children born to Frank Joseph and Mary (Kush) Styduhar.
A lifelong resident of the Shenango Valley, he graduated from Hickory High School in 1968 and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University.
Frank always had a lesson plan for life! At a very young age he had a strong work ethic and high energy level. He cut grass, had a paper route, worked as a gas station attendant and on the railroad.
All of these "jobs" paved the way for his lifelong career as a teacher at Hermitage School District. He taught 6,000 students from 1972 to 2007. Every student had a place in his heart, and he saw potential in each one of them. Frank would open his music-filled gym early every morning to help working parents or to just provide a safe and fun place to go before the bell rang.
He coached football, wrestling, track and intramural volleyball.
He founded the "Stydie Cup" to recognize the winning team.
Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and neighbor.
When Connie met Frank in their early 20s, she knew that he would be her hero. She loved his sense of humor, kindness and confidence. Their marriage was full of adventures. Frank and Connie enjoyed every minute with Valerie, Suzanne and their friends. Their Spencer Avenue home was a place where many memories were made. Family and neighbors gathered for pool parties, lamb roasts, holidays or just to stop by. With Frank around everything was just a little more lively.
He was a supportive father in many ways. His girls fondly remember all of the funny things he had to say, motivational quotes, family vacations and moving them to college and beyond in his van. The love for his three grandchildren was unparalleled. "FerFer" had so much fun with them playing outside, swimming and riding roller coasters.
Frank and Connie found a second home in Sun City, Ariz., and spent 15 winters there. They enjoyed traveling the Wild West and spending time with the Kush family. In retirement, they also took many trips to New England, Denver, and Pittsburgh.
Frank was passionate about racing motorcycles, attending sprint cars races and watching the sunrise. All of these hobbies provided everlasting friendships. He knew someone everywhere he went, and if he didn't, he made new friends. In the early morning hours he enjoyed coffee club, working in his garage, eating dessert for breakfast and Sunday mass.
Until his time ran out, he had hope, faith and strength to live his best life. He never gave up and "hammered down" until the very end.
He will be missed tremendously by all the lives he touched. He will continue to be our life coach and hero.
He leaves: his wife, the former Connie Petroski, whom he married Aug. 4, 1973; two daughters, Valerie Thomas and her husband John, of Pittsburgh, and Suzanne Styduhar, of Denver; his dearly-loved grandchildren, Delaney, Luke and Ellie; three sisters, Charlene Styduhar of Hermitage, Evelyn Perry of Girard, Ohio, and Nancy Crompton and her husband Tom, of Bedford, N.H.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents, Frank was preceded in death by a nephew, Mark Perry.
His family is grateful for hospice, the nurses, and the care that they provided. In lieu of flowers, please consider remembering Frank by donating to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 3124 Wilmington Road #305 New Castle, PA 16105 or Family House Shadyside, 5245 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Frank Richard, 68, of Hermitage.
Calling hour: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday (5-20-19) in St. Joseph Church, Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday in the church.
Entombment: St. Rose Cemetery mausoleum, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on May 15, 2019
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Terry Bandell
May 21, 2019
What a pleasure it was to have known Frank, and to know Connie! When I would see him at Val and John's house, he would always have a great story to tell! I could see the love that Luke and Ellie had for such a loving "FerFer"!
Mary Novak Rakoci
May 20, 2019
So sorry for your loss. He was taken way too soon.
Denise Aber
May 19, 2019
Sorry for your loss
Amy and Jerry Calvert
May 19, 2019
Our hearts are breaking for all of you. God be with you and be at peace knowing that Frank is with our Lord. No more
Greg Bohn
May 18, 2019
Frank and I were classmates at Hickory High School. Godspeed Frank, and rest in peace.
Debbie bonasera
May 18, 2019
Frank was such a special person..last seen him at the bakery..very early one morning.
Hazo Family (Dawn, Sam, Sam, Anna, & Sarah)
May 17, 2019
...Our deepest condolences. Love knows no boundaries. Therefore, wherever and whenever there is love felt in your family, he is there.
Jean Sapala and Bob and Nancy Irion
May 17, 2019
Dear Connie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. We are unable to come to the funeral but send our deepest heartfelt sympathy.
Bonnie Hudspeth Kahl
May 17, 2019
Connie and Char I was shocked to hear of your loss and you have my sincere sympathy at this time may he rest in eternal peace.
Jean Gamble
May 17, 2019
My sincere sympathy to your family.
May 16, 2019
My deep sorrow for Connie and FerFer's family. I have great memories of him and and many laughs when we were all together at the doings. God Bless You all at this time. All My Love
Gia Hart-Kokor
May 16, 2019
Mr. Styduhar was my favorite gym teacher! He also was my Mothers gym teacher. He use to remind me of that, and I always thought that was so neat we shared the same teacher. I remember the music that he would play in the mornings and how he always had a smile on his face. He was enthusiastic to teach every day, and brought out the best in every kid he came across. He will truly be missed by the Shenango Valley. My thoughts and prayers are with the Styduhar family.
T.R. Lazorishak (graduate of Hickory HS, 1979, Air Force veteran & living in Colorado)
May 16, 2019
Frank was a great guy. He knew my old Dad, Ted (formerly Lazorishak but now Bell), well. My heartfelt sympathies go to his wife, kids, family and friends. I'm sure he's in Heaven...where there is no pain, no worries, etc. You ALL will see him again some day! My memories of him are that he was a happy-go-lucky guy...and that's a pretty good memory! Rest in peace, guy.
Ingrid Pier
May 16, 2019
Mr. Styduhar was an amazing teacher! Not only did he try to educate us about facts but also life's lessons. He will truly be missed. RIP
Sherrie (Horton) Barborak ⚘⚘⚘
May 16, 2019
You will be missed and loved forever. God bless your soul.⚘
Pie Rossi
May 16, 2019
Sending my deepest sympathy for your family and friends. Your obituary says it all, May You RIP Frank
Do Houlette
May 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss! He sounded like a wonderful guy. Prayers going out to you, Connie and your family.
Nancy Wilson
May 16, 2019
Connie, Valerie, Suzanne and family, my deepest sympathies as you go through this difficult time. Frank was a very special person and will be greatly missed. His kindness and good works will continue on as his legacy.
marianne hilke
May 16, 2019
Sorry for your loss, what wonderful memories of your life together will be with you forever.
Gene and Joyce Bish
May 16, 2019
Connie and family you are in our thoughts and prayersπŸ™πŸ»
We'll miss Frank roaring into our driveway on summer days on his motorcycle.
Nancy Murray
May 16, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.My heart is with Franks Family.
Joan (Spangler) Tucci
May 16, 2019
Dear Evie and Char,
My heart is with you. I LOVE you both......Big Hugs of comfort,
Jerry and Joan
Dan and JoAnn Gorsich
May 15, 2019
So sorry! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! πŸ™β™₯️
Kelli Miller
May 15, 2019
Mr. Styduhar was my gym teacher when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I had a lot of trouble participating in class and instead of marking me down as a failure he took the time to talk to me. He was the first one to realize that I wasn't a bad kid; I had social anxiety and he recommended that I do track instead of team sports. He also made me promise that I would ride my bike after school and gave me gym credit for that, as well. I spent a lot of time with him in my free school time and he made it a safe haven for me. He helped me more than I could ever thank him for and he will be greatly missed.