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Michael Petro, of Youngstown, formerly Sharon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in his residence. He was 94.
Mr. Petro was born Aug. 24, 1923, in Sharon, a son of John and Mary (Bacik) Petro. He was a 1941 graduate of Sharon High School and also attended a technical school in Chicago, Ill., where he was trained to repair televisions, radios and small appliances.
Michael was a proud World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist in the European Theatre of Operation.
He retired from Commercial Intertech, Youngstown, where he worked as a storeroom and inventory clerk for many years.
Michael was a lifelong member of Saints Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sharon. His parents were founders of the church, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary in June 2017. Michael held the distinction as the church's oldest living member prior to his passing.
In his active years, he enjoyed golfing and had made a hole-in-one at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course, Hermitage. He also enjoyed working on and repairing televisions and electronics.
His wife, the former Ann Ruscak, whom he married Aug. 26, 1962, passed away June 26, 2002.
Surviving are: a sister, Mildred Balash, Ocala, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Helen Ruscak, Youngstown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Michael was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Suzanne Boor and Marie Arthur; and three brothers, John, Andrew, and Paul Petro.
The family would like to thank Dave Kirtos for the exceptional care and compassion he had provided to Michael.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 699 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon, Pa. 16146.

Michael, 94, of Youngstown, formerly of Sharon.
Calling hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday (1-10-18) in Sts. Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Funeral: Noon Wednesday in the church, with Rev. Jacob Deal, pastor, as celebrant, immediately followed by the rendering of military honors.
Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on January 6, 2018
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