John E. Halvonik Formerly of Natrona Heights John Edward "Hully" Halvonik, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md. He was born May 27, 1921, the second of eight children of John and Catherine Korpak Halvonik, of Tarentum. The elder Mr. Halvonik had emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the United States in 1910, but, owing to the outbreak of World War I, he was separated from his wife and first son, Rudolph A. Halvonik, not reuniting with them until 1920. Mr. Halvonik was born a few weeks after the family returned to the United States. He attended St. Clements Church (now Holy Martyrs) in Tarentum as a youth and played high school football for Tarentum High School, graduating in 1941. He joined the Navy during World War II and served from 1943 to 1946. He trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago, Ill., and was stationed in Montauk Point on Long Island, N.Y. and Norfolk, Va. After the war, he resumed his job as a crane operator at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. Brackenridge Works, eventually serving 42 years until his retirement in 1983. He married the late Elena I. Mangini, of New Kensington, in May 1962, residing in East Deer Township and attending church at Holy Family Catholic Church in Creighton, both until 1970. He lived in Natrona Heights until 1983. He has one son, John P. Halvonik, of Rockville, Md. He was widowed and remarried the late Genevieve Bash Ippolito, of Freeport, in 1983. Mr. Halvonik resided in Buffalo Township until 2006 and spent the last four years living with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. An avid sportsman, Mr. Halvonik enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, gardening as well as raising dogs and picking mushrooms. He was active in the Jednota fraternal organization (First Catholic Slovak Union) of Tarentum, including participating in their duckpin bowling league for many years. He won several local golf tournaments and qualified for the regional section of the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Worker's Union tournament in 1981. In his latter years he played mostly at the Buffalo Golf Course in Buffalo Township. He attended Mass regularly at Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights until moving to Maryland. He is survived by his son, John P. Halvonik and his wife, Lyn; and one granddaughter, Vania E. Halvonik, of Rockville, Md.; as well as his sister, Mary Gehenio, of East Deer Township. His brothers and sisters predeceasing him were the Rev. Rudolph A. Halvonik, Joseph Halvonik, Anne Lesney, Elizabeth Halvonik, Mildred "Millie" Jeckovich and Frank Halvonik. Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Burial will be in St. Clements Cemetery, Tarentum. Visit aspca.org to make a contribution. Visit: dusterfuneral.inc.
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