George P. Valetich, of Hermitage, passed away under hospice care Sunday evening, Dec. 10, 2017, in his home. He was 84.
Mr. Valetich was born June 6, 1933, in Sharon, a son of Stephen E. and Arialda (Vanetti) Valetich.
A lifelong area resident, George was a graduate of Sharon High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was employed by Daverio Construction, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Sharon Steel and General American Transportation Corp. (GATX), from which he retired. Following his retirement, he worked in security for the Kilgore Agency, Hermitage.
A devout Catholic, George was a lifelong member of Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon, before its closing and was currently a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex. He and his wife were missionaries to Africa since 1980 and operated Lady Star of the Sea in Sharpsville, which his wife began in 1998. He made more than 75,000 rosaries that he sent to the people of Africa, a place where he was passionate about helping the poorest of the poor.
George loved sports and was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Duke basketball. He was also an avid reader.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, the former Betty DuBois, whom he married Oct. 6, 1962, in Church of the Sacred Heart.
He also leaves a brother, Carl "Spike" (JoAnne) Valetich of Franklin; a sister, Stephanie (Richard Chesnik) Valetich of Moon Township; and several nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Jellette.
George was a pleasant and kind man who had a special gift in making people smile.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea, 557 Charlotte Ave., Hermitage, PA 16148.
George, 84, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: None, at George's request. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service:A private Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Rose Cemetery chapel, Hermitage, with the Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, as celebrant.
Entombment: St. Rose Cemetery mausoleum, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on December 11, 2017