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Thomas Lynn Shank, 70, of Industry, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Monaca, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 28, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Tom was born Feb. 15, 1947, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Clifford L. Shank and LaVerne Bender.
He was a 1964 graduate of New Castle High School.
Tom retired in 2010 from First Energy Corporation, where he worked as a maintenance mechanic.
He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Aliquippa.
Tom is survived at home by his loving wife of 49 years, the former Maureen A. O'Loughlin. Also surviving are his two sons, Timothy W. (Amy) Shank of Chippewa and Patrick T. (Jamie) Shank of Industry; three sisters, Mariann Brice (Mark) of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, Linda McGough (Pat) of Johnstown and Karen Kelly of Hilton Head, South Carolina; three brothers, Ed Markum (Volga) of Valdosta, Georgia, Clifford Shank (Joan) of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Charles Shank (Barb) of Salisbury, North Carolina; and his two grandchildren, Kamrin and Landon Shank.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford L. Shank; his mother, LaVerne Markum; stepmother, Emma Crossen; stepfather, Edward Markum; a son, Thomas Patrick Shank; and two sisters, Barbara Irons and JoAnne Fancella.
There are no calling hours planned.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Teresa of Calcutta Maronite Catholic Mission, 3357 Constitution Blvd., Darlington, PA 16115, with the Rev. Antoine Kairouz serving as celebrant.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made in Tom's name to the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa 15209.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on January 31, 2018
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