Alexander P. Pustinger
Alexander P. Pustinger, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday (Nov. 4, 2019) in El Paso, Texas, surrounded by his loved ones.
Al was born on June 27, 1934, in Farrell, and was a graduate of Farrell High Class of 1952. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1957 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering and embarked on a 42-year career with Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in 1958.
At the insistence of his brother Dan, he "re-met" Betty Jane Dunkerley on a blind date and the rest was history, for it was love at first sight and marriage three months later on Sept. 13, 1958. Al and Betty were married for just more than 52 years, until cancer took his beloved Betty on Oct. 1, 2010.
During their life's journey, Al, Betty, Paul and Jim lived in Akron, Ohio; Decatur, Ill.; Henderson, Ky.; and Noblesville, Ind.; and retirement in Panama City Beach, Fla.
No matter where they lived, Al and Betty jumped in with both feet, making lifelong friendships and participating in many Catholic and civic organizations to help their communities. In 2011, Al returned to the Shenango Valley where he reconnected with family and friends until it was time to be closer to Paul and Jim.
Al became a "Texan" in 2016, moving to El Paso where he was watched over by Paul, Elena, Jim and Jenni. Al enjoyed the Texas sunshine, mountain views and continued family traditions, mixing pierogis and tamales for Christmas Eve dinner.
During Al's journey, he went under many names: Dad, Lex, Uncle Lex, Al, Big Al, Uncle Al, Coach, Exalted Ruler and Don Alejandro to Elena's family, but his all-time favorite was being Papa Al alongside of Nana Betty.
He was a member of the Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Parish in El Paso. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, a Past Exalted Ruler of the Noblesville Elks Lodge 576 and a huge Notre Dame fan.
Al is survived by: his two sons, Paul (Elena) and Jim (Jenni); his three grandchildren, Morgan Finke (Jeff), Elizabeth and Alexander V; five siblings, Dan (Loretta), Paul (Nicola), Tom (Nancy), Kathy (Ed) Perdian, Karrie (Marty) Kardos; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Alexander E. Pustinger and Kathryn Franek Pustinger; and his beloved wife, Elizabeth J. Dunkerley Pustinger.
The family would like to thank all who took part in Al's care, including siblings, nieces, and nephews in Pennsylvania; the caregivers of Royal Estates, Armonia (Olga and Chris); the staffs at Monte Vista, the Bartlett, Sierra Providence, and Hospice of El Paso.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Indianapolis Ronald McDonald House, 435 Limestone St., Ind., 46202.

Alexander P., 85, of El Paso, Texas.
A funeral service will be held in Farrell at a time to be announced.
Arrangements by A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell.
Published on November 7, 2019


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Dennis Pustinger and family,
Nov 09, 2019
Paul and Jim words cannot convey the profound sympathies we have for you and your families. May the Lord grant you the peace that passes all understanding during this time of loss.
Larry Pustinger
Nov 08, 2019
Back in the 1990's Al and his bride were seeking to find a connection of how we might be related. Well we found no connection despite having grandparents with the same surname, all of whom immigrated from Hungary very early in the 1900's. We finally concluded to consider ourselves "cousins". My Dad would always say, "They are good people".
Al, Betty, Jim, Paul, Jenni, Elena, Morgan, Elisabeth, and Alexander V, may our Lord welcome your newest family saint, and His grace bring solace at this time, and joy at your loving memories. Prayers and masses will be offered at Our Lady of Light, in Descanso,CA. Now I learn we are brothers in Christ.