?You can shed tears because he is gone, or you can smile because he lived.?
William J. Bischak, 69, of Monaca, passed peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at home with his loving family at his side.
Born September 8, 1943, in Monaca, he was a son of the late John E. and Louise Ann Montague Bischak. A graduate of Monaca High School, Class of 1962, Bill proudly served his country in the US Army during Vietnam War and was awarded Overseas Service Bar, Vietman Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Expert Rifle. He was a retired driver for Yellow Freight and a member of the Teamsters Union for 30 years. Bill served as past commander of Monaca American Legion Post #580, Monaca VFW Post 4653 and West Middlesex VFW and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 862, Beaver County.
He leaves a son, William R. Bischak of Monaca; a daughter, Sharon L. Bischak and her companion, Josh Weese of Monaca; the mother of his children, Judy (Gilpin) Bischak; four grandchildren, Joshlyn, Emily and twins, Zoey and Zachary Weese; six siblings, Nancy (Lex) Byers in California, George Bischak in Florida, Ann (Anthony) Marchione of Monaca, Sarah (Lowell) Thompson in Ohio, Frank (Helen) Bischak of Economy and Mike (Alice) Bischak of New Sewickley Township; a brother-in-law, Mick Fetkovich in Oklahoma; a cousin, Jack (Joan) Montague and many nieces and nephews living locally and throughout the United States.
In addition to his parents Bill was also preceded in death by six siblings, Mary Bischak, John (Grace) Bischak, Robert (Ree) Bischak, Pauline Bischak, Emily Fetkovich and James Bischak.
Friends will be received Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where parting prayers will be offered Monday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 9:45 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Fr. Bill Schwartz will officiate.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Full military honors will be provided by the Beaver County Special Unit at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
A Ceremony of Roses will be conducted by the Vietnam Vets on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to VITAS Hospice for all the comfort and care given to Bill.
Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Disabled American Veterans, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 395-6241.
To view his video tribute, share online condolences, get directions and other information, please visit simpsonfuneralhome.com.