Steve Verban, 94, of Colonna Heights, 5th Ward, Monaca, was placed into God?s hands on Friday, July 6, 2012, leaving behind his beloved wife of 69 years, Helen K. Frankovich Verban, five daughters and their families, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends. He was the son of the late Paul and Mary (Cefrick) Verban, born on January 15, 1918, in West Middlesex, PA. A sister, Diana and brother Paul preceded him in death.
Surviving is a sister, Doris Potosnak, five daughters and husbands, Sandra and Joe Bauman, Paula and Brad Davis, Linda V. Lehrian, Stephanie and Ron Bruno and Chris and Rick Carmack; a niece Marylynn Frankovich Bardocz and his grandchildren, Jeff Bauman, Kristen Kosanovich, Kelly Hanson, Terry Oakley, Karey Tuck, Katie Yakubek, Christy and Jamie Bruno, Heather and Angie Bianco, Caitlyn Carmack and Karla McIntyre. Great-grandchildren Emily Bauman, Megan, Josh and Sara Hanson, Noelle Oakley, Lilian Tuck, Nathan and Sam Yakubek always referred to him as ?Big Pap?.
Steve proudly served four years of his life in the US Army?s 70th Division, ?The Trailblazers?, 276th Infantry Regiment ? E Company. As a Staff Sargent, he fought in the Central Europe Ardennes Alsage Rhineland region. He was a Purple Heart recipient. Steve worked for Teledyne Vasco, Monaca, for 44 years and retired in 1980. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca, a life member of the 70th Division ?The Trailblazers? and the Croatian Lodge in Rochester. Steve loved Croatian music and was a bass player for the Donov Tamburitzans. With Steve?s love of the water, he and Helen also lived in Clearwater Beach, Florida, for 30 years before returning home in 2010.
Steve?s journey through 94 years of life is now complete. God bless all my family and friends forever. We shall all meet one day. Goodbye for now.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Franciscan Manor, especially Amanda and Nicole and to the staff at Odyssey Hospice.
Friends will be received Sunday from 6 to 8 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 parting prayers will be offered Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit at 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Odyssey Hospice, 190 Bilmar Drive, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Beaver County, 1475 3rd Avenue, New Brighton, PA 15066.
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