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.
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.