John T. SheligaApril 24, 1930 ~ August 20, 2017 (age 87)
John T. Sheliga, 87, formerly of Slickville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Richmond, Va., with his loving family at his side. John was born April 24, 1930, in Slickville, son of the late Theodore and Natalia (Machulak) Sheliga. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Arsay. John is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Loretta (Marafka) Sheliga; daughter, Nancy Sheliga, of Mechanicsville, Va.; son, Michael Sheliga, of Slickville; daughter, Carol Sheliga, of Howell, N.J.; cousin, Mary Jane Dvorak, of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and eight nieces and nephews. John graduated from Saltsburg High School in 1947 and proudly served as a member of the Army from 1952 to 1954, serving in the Special Category Army Reassigned With Air Force (SCARWAF) engineer aviation unit. John began working at Nicholas Kitch's Confectionary in Slickville during high school, delivering groceries by hand and later by truck. He later worked at John Roman's country bank mine, Westinghouse Air Brake in Wilmerding, Grabiak's garage in Slickville/New Alexandria, and as an independent body shop operator in the basement of Mike Kitch's garage in Slickville. John then worked for nearly 30 years as a forklift mechanic with Beckwith Machinery Co. in Murrysville until retirement. John was a member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Slickville where he served as trustee, vestryman and vice president of the Parish Board. John was also a member of American Legion Post 18 in Slickville for more than 60 years. John was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams, enjoyed tinkering in the garage, and loved being outside working in his garden and fruit tree orchard.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with parastas at 7 p.m., at BASH-NIED FUNERAL HOME, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont (724-468-8381), where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Father Robert Popichak presiding. Cemetery committal services will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with full military honors provided by VFW Post 33 of Greensburg.
For directions and online expressions of sympathy, please refer to the funeral home website at www.bash-niedfuneralhome.com.