The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Obituaries

May 15, 2013

Valer ‘Val’ T. Luca

Retired buyer for stores was Mason, enjoyed travel

---- — TRUMBULL COUNTY – Funeral services will be held Saturday for Valer “Val” T. Luca of Poland Township, formerly of the Shenango Valley. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at 7 a.m. Tuesday (5-14-13) in his residence after a 10-month battle with cancer. He was 84.

Mr. Luca was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Farrell, a son of John and Maria Manitz Luca.

He was raised in Farrell and was a member of Farrell High School’s graduating class of 1946.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army, serving in Japan. After his honorable discharge, he attended Youngstown State College, now Youngstown State University.

Val started his career as a buyer with the former Sharon Store and later transferred to the former Strouss-Hirshberg Co., Youngstown, where he worked until 1979. He retired in 1991 from Shelley & Shelley Co. in Canton, Ohio.

As a Free and Accepted Mason, he belonged to Kedron Lodge 389, West Middlesex; Scottish Rite’s Valley of New Castle Consistory; and the Zem Zem Shriners Temple, Erie.

Val loved boating and water skiing and at one time belonged to the Conneaut Lake Ski Club. An enthusiastic sports fan, he loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had a great love for cooking.

Val lived a full and blessed life. Among his greatest joys was traveling. He and Elaine traveled “each and every highway” together. His favorite place was Fort Myers, Fla., where they wintered for 15 years.

He married his loving wife, the former Elaine Halman, on Sept. 2, 1962; she survives at the residence. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage last September at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, where Val was a lifelong member. He loved his church and the “family” of parishioners who continually prayed for him during his illness.

He also leaves to cherish his memory: his three children, Cindy Danis, Plymouth, Mich.; Erik Luca and his wife Laura, Avon, Ohio; and Valerie, wife of Rodney Strichek, Boardman, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Lauren, Nicholas and Matthew Danis; and Maria and Madeline Luca.

He leaves a brother, John V. Luca II and his wife Darleen; a brother-in-law, George Halman and his wife Connie; a sister-in-law, Deborah Wilson, wife of Jack; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 950 Maple Ave., Hermitage, PA 16148.

The family sends special thanks to Hospice of the Valley and his special nurse, Leslie. They were a blessing to the family.

LUCA

Valer “Val” T., 84, Poland Township, Trumbull County, formerly of the Shenango Valley.

Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (5-17-13) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, with a Parastas service at 7 p.m.; and 9 a.m. to time of service Saturday (5-18-13) in Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 950 Maple Drive, Hermitage. Masonic rites will be held at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the funeral home prior to calling hours by Kedron Lodge 389, West Middlesex. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com

Service: Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Dr. Calinic Berger, pastor, officiating.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Wallace (Wally) G. Brown obit photo Wallace (Wally) G. Brown

    Wallace (Wally) G. Brown of Milton, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, after a brief but well-fought battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. He was 73.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marian Takoch obit photo Marian Takoch

    Marian Takoch of Hermitage passed away peacefully of natural causes at 3 p.m. Friday (4-18-14) in Clepper Manor, Sharon surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was 87.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jane D. Chupka obit  photo Jane D. Chupka

    Jane D. Chupka, formerly of Lower Burrell, Pa., passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in John XXIII Home in Hermitage. She was 93.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fred Allan Eshelman obit photo Fred Allan Eshelman

    Fred Allan Eshelman of Grove City passed away at his residence on Friday, April 18, 2014, following an eight-month illness. He was 60.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elizabeth ‘Liz’ R. McCreary obit photo Elizabeth ‘Liz’ R. McCreary

    Elizabeth “Liz” R. McCreary of Hermitage passed away at noon Thursday April 17, 2014, in her home following a bout with cancer. She was 53.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • James A. Painter obit photo James A. Painter

    James A. Painter, of Sherman Ave., Sharon, formerly of Fredonia, passed away Wednesday morning, April 16, 2014, in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. He was 54.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Erin L. Robb (Gabriel) obit photo Erin L. Robb (Gabriel)

    Erin Laurene Robb (Gabriel) passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon (4-17-14) in her home surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was 25.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Wansack obit photo Mary Wansack

    Mary Wansack of Middletown, Pa., passed away at 10:45 a.m. Thursday April 17, 2014, in the Middletown Home following a brief illness. She was 98.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marshie J. Chess Marshie J. Chess

    Marshie J. Chess, Fairview Township, passed away at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Allegheny General Hospital after a period of failing health. He was 67.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arthur Eugene Swogger

    Arthur Eugene Swogger of Wood Street, Orangeville, died following a brief illness at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday (4-16-14) in Sharon Regional Health System, surrounded by family. He was 85.

    April 17, 2014

  • William John Thomas Jr. William John Thomas Jr.

    William John Thomas Jr., 2599 Shadow Drive, South Pymatuning Township, formerly of Tree Top Lane, Hermitage, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday morning (4-16-14) in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 73.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Robert Andrew Carson Robert Andrew Carson

    Robert Andrew Carson of Sharon passed away unexpectedly in his home Tuesday (4-15-14). He was 84.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donald E. Mook

    Donald E. Mook of Hermitage passed away peacefully at 11:50 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, in his home after a brief illness. He was 61.

    April 16, 2014

  • Jim ‘The Janitor’ Vorous Jim ‘The Janitor’ Vorous

    Jim “The Janitor” Vorous of Meadville passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his residence. He was 60.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charles Lewis Wallace Charles Lewis Wallace

    Charles Lewis Wallace of McCoy Lane, New Castle, formerly of Pulaski, died at his home Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014. He was 84.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Published Magazines