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John E. "Jack" Kovalyak, 81

March 24, 2011

John E. "Jack" Kovalyak, 81, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and Anna (Kallas) Kovalyak.

Aug. 30, 1952, he married Shirley (Dorworth) Kovalyak, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Kovalyak was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byznatine Church.
He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. He was hard-working and independent all of his life, and was very fond of his four-legged friends, especially his dog Roxy.

Surviving relatives include four nephews and four nieces.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, LuAnn Blaniar; three brothers, Rudy Kovalyak, George Kovalyak and Joseph Kovalyak; and three sisters, Mary Ronko, Helen Mikelonis and Martha Hibbard.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church, Punxsutawney, with Fr. Simeon Sibenik as celebrant.

Interment will follow at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Mr. Kovalyak's name to the charity of the donors choice.

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