Richard J. Sestric
December 07, 1938 - October 01, 2020
Visitation: Sunday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home Inc. Ross Twp.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church Monday 1:30 p.m.
Richard John Sestric, 81, of Pittsburgh, died on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Arden Courts of North Hills after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born December 7, 1938, in Pittsburgh to George and Mary (Pavlic) Sestric. Richard married Jane (Mueller) Sestric on June 5, 1971, and she survives.
Also surviving are his four daughters, Cristina (Greg) Kulik, Nicolle DeSilva, Mary Sestric (Chris Sichok), and Laura (Jose) Portillo; grandchildren, Phoebe DeSilva, Devin DeSilva, Marina Sichok, Antonia Sichok, Ricardo Portillo and Isabel Portillo; and one sister Patricia Sestric. Richard’s father, mother, and eight of his nine brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Rich is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rich graduated from Connelly Trade School in 1956. He joined the U.S. Army in 1958 and was a member of the 82nd Airborne and U.S. Army Reserves as a Master Sergeant and jumpmaster. He was proud to have more than 100 jumps. He served as a Peace Corps volunteerin Colombia in the 1960s. Rich was a graduate of Point Park College and received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Rich held a variety of roles throughout his life, including director of special events at the Carnegie Music Hall. But as a life-long time resident of Pittsburgh’s Northside, he was most passionate in his volunteer work as a community organizer. Together with his wife Jane, he founded Observatory Hill Inc., to which he devoted countless hours. In 2019, Rich and Jane were awarded the Northside Leadership Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren, Richard loved to travel and enjoyed music and reading. Rich was proud of his Croatian heritage and an active member of Pittsburgh’s Croatian community, especially through his devotion to the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church on the Northside and the Preserve Croatian Heritage Foundation.
Visitation is from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, October 4, at Devlin Funeral Home Inc. , 806 Perry Hwy North Hills; mass of Christian burial in Our Lady of Mt Carmel parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church at 1:30 PM on Monday, October 5. The burial will be held with military honors at the Allegheny Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rich’s honor may be made to the Peace Corps or to Riverlife https://secure.riverlifepgh.org/