The Obit For Andrew Tkac

Andrew V. Tkac
Elizabeth Township 12/22/2008

Andrew V. "Panda" Tkac, 81, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, in Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 7, 1927, in McKeesport, Andrew was the son of the late Michael and Anna (Buzek) Tkac.

A member of Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Glassport, he had 14 years of service as a machinist for National Tube in McKeesport and retired after 21 years as a machinist and tool and dye maker for Continental Can in West Mifflin.

Andrew attended Holy Trinity Grade School in McKeesport and graduated from McKeesport Vocational High School in 1945. He was also a veteran of the Navy, serving in the Reserves from December 1945 to August 1946 and on active duty from November 1950 to November 1952 during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Tarama.

Andrew was a member of the Polish National Alliance of Glassport and the Local Machinists Union.

An avid sportsman, he loved golf and baseball. As a golfer, he was a member of the Glassport Golf League, the National Tube Golf League and the West Mifflin No. 3 Fire Hall Golf League. He also attended many golf outings with the Polish National Alliance Golf League in Cambridge Springs and Riverview golf courses for many years. Andrew truly loved the very first week of November when, for 18 years, he would meet on the links with 30 other golfers in Santee, S.C.

He was also an accomplished baseball player, playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates Class D Farm Club Minor League team in Bartellsville, Okla., and for 14 years in the Daily News League for the Duquesne Zemps and the Kelsay-Hayes teams. He also coached Little League in Elizabeth and was treasurer of the association for 14 years.

Andrew is survived by his wife of 57 years, Theresa "Terry" (Honacki) Tkac, who will remember him as the best husband and one-of-a-kind, who will certainly be missed. He is also survived by his son, Gary F. (Angela) Tkac, of Ohio; his grandchildren, Andrew Robert (Kristine) Tkac, Erica Tkac, Mary Beth Tkac and Joseph "J.J." Tkac; his brother, Albert Tkac, of Michigan; and also nieces and nephews. Andrew was predeceased by his siblings, Margaret Strom, Anna Sentesi, Michael Tkac, Joseph Tkac and Paul Tkac.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Glassport with Father Casmir Kedzierski officiating.

Procession and entombment will follow immediately thereafter in McKeesport/Versailles Cemetery in McKeesport.