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George Kocak

May 22, 1936 ~ May 27, 2018 (age 82)

 George Kocak, 82, of Moon Twp., died Sunday, May 27, 2018, in UPMC Cranberry Place. He was born May 22, 1936, in Ambridge, to the late Michael and Helen Cicvak Kocak. He worked for the former J&L Steel Corporation, Aliquippa Works with 30 years of service and was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Ambridge, where he was a pirohy worker for many years. He worked for US Airways for 10 years. After graduating from Ambridge High School in 1954, George went on to become a pitcher in the minor leagues for the New York Giants. George served his country during peacetime as a proud member of the United States Army. His passions in life included visiting his grandchildren, his many trips to Las Vegas, and he was an avid follower of all the Pittsburgh sports teams; Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, Lillian Guzan Kocak; two brothers, Michael and John Kocak; and a sister, Mary Narkevic. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Marisa Kocak of Media, Pa.; three grandsons, Conrad, Dryden and Sawyer Kocak; brother-in-law, Bruce (Sally) Bobick; nieces and nephews, Dr. Carol Narkevic, Donna (Dean) Praskach, Richard (Debbie) Narkevic, Chris (Michelle) Kocak, Lisa (Blaine) Davidson, David (Joann) Kocak, Bridget (David) James and Bryna Bobick; along with numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge. A Parastas service will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. A Panachyda service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a church service at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church with his pastor, Father Mykhaylo Shkyndya officiating. Full military honors provided by the Beaver County Special Unit and the United States Army will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery Chapel. Interment will follow in Economy Cemetery. A memorial rosary will be prayed on Sunday, June 3, at 10:20 a.m. prior to the 11 a.m. liturgy at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church dedicated to the memory of George Kocak. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. May his soul through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen.

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