John Scrabis

March 26, 2016

Passed away on March 26, 2016 with peace of mind and spirt. Born on April 6, 1940, in McKees Rocks, PA, John moved to Ross Township, Pittsburgh, PA in 1986 and later became a resident of the Lake Latonka Community in Mercer, PA.
He was the son of John and Sophie (Sally) Scrabis and the brother of Larry Scrabis and Rick Scrabis. A high school graduate of St. Francis de Sales, John earned his civil engineering degree from Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon) and his Masters of Business, Executive Management, from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School. A very successful professional career within the commercial construction and construction management industry spanned 30+ years. Two highlighted projects of pride were his work on the Pittsburgh International Airport and on Camden Yards Ballpark in Baltimore.
A very rich life of family and friends was his greatest joy. John is survived by his wife, Lorie J. Scrabis (Lipinski). A marriage of total unconditional love, commitment, and respect. Surviving are his sons and daughters: John Matthew Scrabis (wife Melissa), Sharon Procyk (husband Dave), Lynn Scrabis, Dan Scrabis (wife Kathy), Kathy Scrabis, Johnna Scrabis. Also blessed with beautiful grandchildren: Alex, Isabel, Mia, Ava, Maura, Olivia, Nathan, Claire. Loved by many nephews and nieces, as well as his sister-in-law Michelle Burda, brother-in-law Larry Lipinski, father-in-law Stanley Lipinski, and best buddy, Chip.
John will be missed but never forgotten and forever loved.
Friends will be received, Friday from 5-9 PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 806 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Teresa of Avila Church, Saturday at 10 am, followed by an interment at Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery. Friends and family will then be welcomed for fellowship and lunch at Rochester Inn, directly following interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John Charles can be made to:

Sharon Regional Health System Hospice Program
1955 Shenango Valley Freeway
Hermitage, PA 16148
(724) 308-7322

University of Washington/ Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research
Merkel Cell Carcinoma Fund / UW Donation Website
University of Washington – c/o Dr. Paul Ngheim
850 Republican St.
Brotman Bldg – Rm 242
Seattle, WA 98109

Allegheny Health Network Transplant Institute
Kidney Transplant Program
320 East North Avenue- 4th floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 359-3319

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  • Mary Jamison Moore

    Hello. I’m Anthony(Pete) Scrabis and Helen Zakareckas Scrabis’s great niece. My mother’s name was Joanne Rita Peremba Moore. I’m typing these names first, because we might be related. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one.

  • Titus Nelms

    I am sorry about your loss. Death is always difficult to deal with, no matter the circumstances. Even though I did not know John, I try my best to encourage the bereaved with a comforting thought from God’s word the bible. Faith in God is vital in helping us cope with the loss of loved ones. Notice this reminder at Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 6. It says in part, "without faith it is impossible to please God well, for whoever approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him." The reward that is offered to those sleeping in death and to the living is everlasting life. This is a sure hope to those with strong faith in God’s promises. I hope that this brief thought from God’s word provides some comfort. More information is available at

  • Fran Lopinsky

    To the Scrabis Family, I was so sorry to hear about John. We were classmates at St. Francis deSales High School. Although I never kept in touch with anyone until our 50th class reunion, I remember John very well. Please accept my condolences. John will be remembered in my prayers. May he rest in peace. Fran Lopinsky


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