William J. â€śJiggsâ€ť Covatch, Sr., 86 of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Oct.r 7, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Covatch was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Rossiter, a son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Nancy L. (Restifo) Covatch on April 23, 2002 â€” they were married March 24, 1951 â€” and by his son, William Jerry Covatch, Jr., on Oct. 12, 1985.
He was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Korean War.
William worked for the Dodge Motor Company in Detroit, Mich., and later for J & L Steel in Aliquippa before retiring.
He loved hunting, fishing, bowling and cooking.
He is survived by his daughter, Roxann Cole and husband Randy of Wyalusing, Pa.; two brothers, Harold Covatch and wife Gyneth and Richard Covatch; three grandchildren, Taylor Cole, Sam Covatch and wife Tanya and Neil Covatch; three great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Frances Tribisondi and husband John and Kay Covatch; his special nieces, Nancy White, Cathy Brocious and Marie Burkett; and special friends Clayton â€śHamâ€ť Riddle and Joe Zambory.
In addition to his wife Nancy and son, William, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd, Charles and Albert Covatch, and a sister, Betty Pezutti.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Joseph Buterbaugh officiating.
Interment will follow at Pearce Cemetery, Rossiter.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com