Harry S. Zurasky

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Harry S. Zurasky

September 20, 1930 - October 18, 2018

"The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children...." Robert Louis Stevenson
Harry S. Zurasky Sr., 88, passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, at the Wesbury Retirement Community in Meadville, Pa. (formerly of Mitchell Road, Neshannock).
Born on Sept. 20, 1930, to the late Julius and Agnes Donley Zurasky, Harry grew up in Shenango Township and graduated in 1948.
After a year of working, he enrolled in Clarion State Teachers College. Soon after, he met the love of his life, the late Joan McQuiston Zurasky, whom he wed on April 5, 1952.
His call to service during the Korean conflict delayed his studies at Clarion. Upon his return, he again joined the Clarion football team and graduated with a degree in secondary education. He later attended several summer enrichment programs, including a Rutgers University Summer Program, receiving his Master's equivalent degree in Math, and studied at Westminster College, earning his principal's certificate and a Master's Degree in Education.
His teaching career began in 1956 at Shenango High School, where he taught math and coached football and basketball as well as serving as the 1960 class adviser, a group he kept tabs on throughout his life.
In 1966, Harry moved to Neshannock High School as a math teacher and junior high football coach. In 1969, he accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Neshannock, and in 1981 he became the Principal at Mercer Area High School, where he served until his retirement. During these years in education, he touched many lives.
During retirement, Harry worked for Watson Inc. and then returned to education as a math and advanced placement calculus teacher at Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage. He also served as treasurer of the Mercer County Athletic Board.
In later years, Harry served on the Board of the Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity and was a regular volunteer and site supervisor for projects. In the summers, he could be found in his garden in Neshannock Township raising vegetables that he sold to the community to support his church, King's Chapel United Methodist, where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served on boards and committees.
Harry's legacy continues through his adoring children, Joan Cooper and husband, Richard, of Blythewood, S.C., Joyce Ober and husband, Richard, of Herndon, Va., Janice Hanna and husband, Jerry, of New Castle, Harry Zurasky Jr. and wife, Ann, of Townville, Pa., John Zurasky and wife, Suzanne, of Portland, Ore., Christine Nelson and husband, Richard, of Columbia, S.C., Gary Zurasky of Portland; and through his 15 beloved grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers, James Zurasky and wife, Pat, of Madison, Ala., Russell Zurasky of Pulaski, and Richard Zurasky of Greenville, Pa., and sisters, Frances Sherry of Sharon, Pa., and Patricia Diana and husband, Richard, of Louisville, Ky.
Harry was preceded in death by wife, Joan; a brother, Paul; his sisters, Elsie Dean, Martha Reppart and Anna Cooley; a son, William Jenkins; and a daughter, Carol Zurasky.
Harry's life will be celebrated during a memorial service at King's Chapel United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. The Family will welcome guests at 9:30 a.m. until the beginning of the service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to a program to feed at-risk students through New Richmond United Methodist Church Food for Thought, 29776 State Highway 77, Guys Mills, Pa. 16327 or King's Chapel United Methodist Church, 861 Old Pulaski Road, New Castle, Pa. 16105.
Interment will take place in Parkside Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on November 6, 2018
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Dick McClure
Nov 11, 2018
My first experience with Mr. Zurasky was when I played as a 7th grader on the Junior High football team at Neshannock and Mr. Zuraky was the head coach. He demanded discipline, teamwork and hard work. He was a true Mentor for us even though we did not know it at the time. I had the opportunity a few years back to share with him that I played for many coaches from Pop Warner through college and I put him at the top with the best. God blessed us with this man who walked the walk for Christ and was such a positive influence on so many lives.
Beth McGaffic Krlich
Nov 10, 2018
I remember him to have been a kind man. A good man. Old school class and integrity. We could use a lot more like him.
Carl Leight
Nov 08, 2018
If all men were like Mr. Zurasky what a wonderful world this would be. RIP sir. SHS (68)
John Reeher
Nov 07, 2018
One of my favorite teachers. Made a definite impression on my life that won’t be forgotten. Well done Zur. RIP
Sandra (Gorgacz)Nasal SHS class of '65'
Nov 07, 2018
My sympathy goes out to Mr.Zurasky's family. He was a wonderful teacher and a great and caring human being. He will be greatly missed.
Sandra(Gorgacz)Nasal
Nov 07, 2018
My condolences to Mr.Zurasky's family and friends. He was a great man and wonderful teacher. He will be missed. SHS class of '65'
John Johnston, Shenango H.S. class of '65.
Nov 07, 2018
My condolences to Mr. Zurasky's family. He was a great man and a great teacher. My siblings and I still share stories of our admiration toward him when we reminisce about our high school years at SHS.