John G. Monyak, MD, 87, a former longtime Monaca physician, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 26, 2012, at Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born February 8, 1924, in Titusville, he was the last surviving child of the late George C. and Anna (Brincka) Monyak. A graduate of Aliquippa High School, Class of 1943, Dr. Monyak proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He went on to graduate from Geneva College in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 1952 received his medical doctorate from the George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC. In 1963 the Monyak?s moved to Monaca where he served as a community family physician until his retirement on December 31, 1997. His compassion and dedication to his profession were evident in his readiness to serve whoever was in need. A member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca for nearly a half a century, he served as a Eucharistic Minister and taught CCD classes, served on the Monaca School Board from 1974 to 1983, and was a member of the Ambridge Council of Knights of Columbus. Dr. Monyak taught natural family planning at the Beaver County Family Life Center for many years. He was a huge fan of the University of Notre Dame where four of his seven children graduated and one child graduated from St. Mary?s College, Notre Dame.
Dr. Monyak was united in marriage to Bernadine (Worsley) Monyak on February 2, 1952. Their union produced seven children, David Monyak and his wife, Linda, Nancy Mackenzie and her husband, Ian, Bob Monyak and his wife, Elizabeth, Janet Monyak, Sandra Rygg and her husband, Steve, John Monyak and his wife, Jennifer, and Eileen Shanholtzer and her husband, Scott; and 16 grandchildren, Rachel and Julia Monyak, Beth, Neil and Samantha Mackenzie, Suzanne, Claire, Casey and Isabelle Monyak, Shannon, Gwendolyn and Maura Rygg, Andrew and Grace Monyak, Alex Busby and Addison Shanholtzer.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Monyak was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Monyak, Veronica Brincka and Margaret (John) Hattery.
Friends will be received Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where a recitation of the Rosary will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and parting prayers will be offered on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. A mass of Christian burial will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Monaca.
Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Hopewell Township.
Full military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit on Tuesday at the cemetery at 11:15 a.m.
The family suggests contributions in Dr. Monyak?s memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1409 Pennsylvania Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061.
To view his video tribute, share online condolences, get directions and other information, please visit simpsonfuneralhome.com.