Andrew Staursky, Sr.
May 14, 2021 - March 11, 2016
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the family of Andrew D. Staursky, Sr. announces his passing March 11, 2016. Mr. Staursky was blessed with a long life and a joyful spirit that remained with him all of his days. He knew love and was loved. Andrew was the loving and beloved husband of Jeanne (Bagay) Staursky, with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage. Loving father of 4 children, each of whom is proud to call him Dad: Andrew Jr. & wife Katherine of Birmingham, AL, Allen D. of Baytown, TX, Laura & husband Stanley P. Merzlak of Pine Township, and Lizabeth and husband Stephen Hurst of Virginia. Mr. Staursky was the loving and proud Grandfather of Brian J. Merzlak of Pine Township and Dorothea, Daniel and Dimitri Staursky of Alabama. Also survived by nieces and nephews. In his earlier years, Mr. Staursky was a member of Sewickley Heights Golf Club and spent many happy hours on the golf course with friends and partners. Born in Madera, PA, Andrew was a loving son of the late George Sr. and Anna (Kozak) Staursky. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Mr. Staursky was also preceded in death by Dorothy (Barney) Staursky, his wife and mother of their children: Andrew Jr., Allen, and Laura. As a young child, Mr. Staursky’s family moved to Cleveland Ohio, where he was raised and educated. He was a graduate of Fenn College, now Cleveland State University. Andrew was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Army/Air Force with the 315th Troop Carrier as a 2nd Lt. and was a proud member of the Glider Pilots Association of U.S.A. Mr. Staursky spent most of his business career employed by U.S. Steel Corp. in the public relations department. He retired as the Director of Public Relations (Pittsburgh District). Andrew’s faith and his church were very important to him. He and wife, Jeanne, were among the original founding members and benefactors of St. Andrew the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church (Pine Township) in 1975. Andrew was an active and very reliable volunteer at his church, working on the pirohi project and was instrumental in paying off the church mortgage through this project. With a big smile, he would tell his family how proud he was to have brought the pirohi project into the 21st century! He also enjoyed his time visiting the Byzantine Seminary and helping to critique the sermons of the Seminarians. We who knew and deeply loved Andy will always remember a life well-lived. He looked for the best in others and gave his best in all his endeavors. He met his life’s challenges with faith, perseverance and courage and his many friends and acquaintances will long reminisce his wit, wisdom, and optimism. A well-read individual, Andy’s knowledge, character and work ethic were an inspiration to others. Always young at heart, Andy will be dearly missed, but we will forever have the treasure of loving memories. Eternal memory. Friends and relatives will be received from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 13 at the DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 806 Perry Highway, Ross Twp. A Parastas service will be held Sunday at 3:30 pm. Panachida will be held Monday at 9:30 AM. The Byzantine Rite for Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 14 at 10:30 am at St. Andrew the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, 235 Logan Road, Gibsonia, PA with Rev. Wesley M. Mash officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Savior Cemetery.