Charles Ocepek, 97, of Claridge, PA passed away on Tuesday, March 12th at UPMC Heritage Place in Squirrel Hill. Charles was born on March 3, 1922 to John and Mary Ocepek of Claridge and was the last of their 12 children to survive. He was a lifelong resident of Claridge. In 1951 Charles was appointed by President Harry Truman to be the Postmaster at the U. S. Post Office in Claridge, PA where he served for more than 35 years, retiring in 1987. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Headquarters Battery of the 681st Glider Field Artillery Battalion attached to the 17th Airborne Division. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma (Rizzardi) Ocepek, son, Mark Ocepek, and granddaughter, Claire Geraghty. He is survived by his children, Andrea Ocepek Geraghty, Karl Ocepek (Marcy Hessinger), Jon Ocepek (Margaret), Thomas Ocepek (Louise Snyder), and Renee Ocepek Parsley (Jesse), his grandchildren, Ryan Geraghty, Anton and Marc Ocepek, Erin, David, and Mary Ocepek, and Sarah and Morgan Parsley and many treasured nieces and nephews.
Charles was a member of the Bushy Run American Legion Post 260, served on the Penn Township Planning and Zoning Board, and as a youth baseball coach. He was a member of the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Harrison City. Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Lindsay-Jobe Funeral Home, Inc., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, 10 a.m. at St. Barbara Church. Interment will follow at Denmark-Manor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Dr, Delmont, PA 15626. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com
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