John J. Drabick

John J. Drabick

John J. Drabick, Cordia Commons at the Shenango Inn, Sharon, formerly of Indiana Avenue, Farrell, passed away unexpectedly at 6:35 p.m. Monday (6-12-06) in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 97.

Mr. Drabick was born May 28, 1909, in Ellsworth, Pa., a son of the late John and Mary Jupina Drabick.

He moved to Farrell as a young boy.

Mr. Drabick was employed by the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant and then served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Sharon Steel and retired in 1971 after 44 years of service as a craneman.

After his retirement, he enjoyed many afternoon fishing outings with his son, John.

In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, and in his younger years, was an avid golfer, entering many tournaments. He was a fan of John Wayne, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Cleveland Browns.

He looked forward to visits from his children and grandchildren who lived out of state. One of his favorite pastimes was attending his granddaughter Christe’s grade school and high school cheerleading events.

Mr. Drabick had been a resident of Cordia Commons for 12 years and enjoyed joking with his two favorite caregivers, Linda Petway and Joyce Easterling.

Mr. Drabick was very devoted to his Catholic faith. He attended novenas and Catholic retreats regularly. He was a member of St. Ann’s Church, Farrell.

His wife, the former Laura F. August, whom he married on Aug. 30, 1941, in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sharon, passed away March 15, 1997.

Surviving are: two daughters, Dorothy Miller and her husband Ronnie, Eaton Rapids, Mich.; and Denise Isabella and her husband Ray, Avon, Ohio; three sons, John R. Drabick and his wife Sandi, Farrell; and Joseph P. Drabick and his wife Karen, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; and Donald Drabick, Sharon. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Repas, Farrell.

Mr. Drabick was blessed with nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. To his brothers, he was well known as “Posey.” His grandchildren named him and always called him “Grandpa Snazzy.” He was known by the young and old as “Grandpa.”

Mr. Drabick is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Anne Wasko, Mary Kovach, Helen Stefanac and Margaret Drabick, and two brothers, George and Steve Drabick.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Mercer County, Box 1046, Hermitage 16148.


John J., 97, Sharon, formerly of Indiana Avenue, Farrell.

Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday (6-17-06) in St. Ann’s Church, Farrell, with Monsignor Charles Murcko, pastor, as celebrant.

Calling hours: Family will receive friends immediately following the Mass. Friends may e-mail condolences to:

Interment: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Hermitage.

Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.