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Andrew J. Vrabel Jr., 89, of Union Township completed his life journey to join God and his beloved wife on Feb. 4, 2017, with his family by his side.
Andrew was born June 20, 1927, in Ramey, Pa. He was the son of the late Andrew S. and Josephine Kotnik Vrabel. Andrew was married to the late Stella M. (Krupa) Vrabel. She preceded him in death on June 17, 2016. They were married for 67 years. Andrew was Roman Catholic and a member of Mary, Mother of Hope Parish. He was a graduate of Bessemer High School, class of 1945.
Andrew was a United States Army veteran, serving as a sergeant with the Military Police in the European Theater. Andrew entered the service on Oct. 25, 1945, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 31, 1947. He received the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Andrew honorably served as guard at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials. Mr. Vrabel retired after 38 years of service as an Electrician for the Bessemer Cement Co. Andrew was an avid outdoorsman; he loved going hunting, fishing, and playing golf every Wednesday night with his good friends, and bocce at the Bessemer Croatian Club.
Mr. Vrabel is survived by his three children, Andrea L. (Alex) Domico of Port Orange, Fla., Dennis A. (Joann) Vrabel of New Castle and Cheryl A. (Gerard) Golub of New Castle; sister, Monica Bader of New Middletown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Alexis Domico, Alicia Domico, Micaela Golub and Christian Golub; one stepgranddaughter, Kimberly (John) Zombeck; two great-grandchildren, Trenton Domico and Cameron Domico; and one stepgreat-grandson, Justin Zombeck.
In addition to his parents and wife Stella, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernadette Vrabel and Katherine Horney; two brothers, Daniel E. Vrabel and Cyril Vrabel; and one stepgrandson, Richard Myers.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill St., New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. for Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. The Rev. Frank D. Almade, pastor of Mary, Mother of Hope will officiate. Rite of Committal and burial will be in Madonna Cemetery. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery, following the committal. Donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123, or St. Jude Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Online condolences may be viewed or given by visiting nogafuneralhome.com
Published on February 6, 2017
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