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Andrew S. Laska, 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Wellington Heights.
Mr. Laska was born on March 8, 1924, in Sportsburg, a son of the late Zolti and Julia (Grabetz) Laska.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marie (Quashnock) Laska on Jan.
He was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a member of the Sportsburg United Methodist Church.
Mr. Laska was a US Army Veteran of WWII, having served in the Pacific.
He was discharged in 1946 as a Sgt. Major. He served during the Berlin Crisis at Ft. Bragg as a Chief Warrant Officer and retired from the Army in 1977 after 31 years as a Chief Warrant Officer W-4. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Unit Citation, Pacific Theater Medal and Meritious Unit Citation.
He was a past commander and life member of the Robinson-Morrison VFW Post 2076, a past commander and life member of the American Legion Post 62 and a past commander of the Jefferson County American Legion, having served as a Registered Service Officer for the VFW for 45 years.
He served eight years as Director of Veterans Affairs for Jefferson County, four terms as Jefferson County commissioner, 12 years on the Jefferson County Library Board and was a past member of the American Red Cross and the Roseville Grange.
He was also a member of the Brookville Kiwanis Club and Punxsutawney Lions Club, spent 18 years as director of Community Action and 17 years as director of the Conservation District. He was a Rural Development Committee, member of the IUP Trust, the founder and a member of the Route 119 Improvement Committee, a member of the Barclay Park Committee and the past chairman of the North Central Development Commission.
Mr. Laska was a dairy farmer and Christmas tree farmer before retiring in 1984.
He is survived by a son, Dennis Laska and wife Christina of Greenfield, Ind.; a daughter, Denise Handyside and husband James of Punxsutawney; one brother, Dessie Laska of Punxsutawney; four grandchildren, Alexis Laska, Andrew Laska and wife Sara, Ashlie Byler and husband Toby and Jimmy Handyside; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Marie, he was preceded in death by and infant son, David; four brothers, Arpad Laska, Zoltan Laska, Daniel Laska and Steve Laska; and two sisters, Helen Dymond and Ethel Uterhardt.
Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013, at McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Sportsburg United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Tobar officiating, followed by military honors accorded by the Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
Private interment will follow at the American Legion Cemetery at Circle Hill.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sportsburg United Methodist Church or Punxsutawney VFW Post No. 2076.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.