John E. "Jack" Kovalyak, 81

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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