Charles W. “Chuck” Hritz

Charles W. “Chuck” Hritz, 88, of 138 Bennett Road, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor, after an extended hospital stay.

He was born March 12, 1932, in Punxsutawney, son of the late Peter and Sophia Sheofsky Hritz. Chuck was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Class of 1951, and had been a resident of St. Marys since 1956. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1988 after 33 years of service, and also retired from Area Electric in 1993.

On September 24, 1955, in St. Peter’s Greek Catholic Church in Punxsutawney, Chuck married V. Joyce Snyder, who preceded him in death on September 25, 1995.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin John Hritz and his wife Renee of Front Royal, VA, and Jeffrey Gerard Hritz and his wife Hope of Uncasville, CT; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Hritz (Kelley), Jonathan Hritz (Tisha), Emily Hritz, Brooke Hritz, Luke Hritz, Levi Hritz, Charles Hritz, and Olivia Hritz; four great-grandchildren, Damien, Bailey, Tanner, and Avery; and by one sister, Marie Hudak of Mount Lebanon, PA.

In addition to his wife and parents, Chuck was preceded in death by five sisters, Ann Molnar, Agatha Pinchok, Sophia Knapik, Doris Cekovsky, and Betty Hritz; and by five brothers, Michael Hritz, Peter Hritz, John Hritz, George Hritz, and in infancy, George Hritz.

Chuck was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, where he assisted in the recording of the weekly collections received. He was also a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a former member of the Stackpole Foremen’s Club and the St. Marys Lions Club. Chuck was instrumental in building the St. Marys Public Library and the Bavarian Hills Golf Course, where he made a hole-in-one. He also enjoyed woodworking and golfing.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Monday, December 28, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday morning, from 10:00 until 10:45 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 315 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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