ROBERTS, John Rudolph, 81, of McDonald, Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2013, in Molinaro Manor, Oakdale.
He was born on April 30, 1931, in Francis Mine, a son of the late Frank Sr. and Christina Gecoma Roberts.
After attending Union High School in Burgettstown where he played football, he enlisted in the United States Army serving for four years during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Roberts was the body shop foreman at P&G Chevrolet in Slovan where he worked miracles on cars and retired after 17 years from Troy Design and Manufacturing in Michigan.
He was a member of the Burgettstown Italian Club, the Slovenian and Polish clubs in Burgettstown and the Slovan V.F.W.
He enjoyed gardening, bowling, big game hunting, riding and caring for his horses and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his children, Debora McCune of North Carolina and John Roberts and wife, Karen of Bulger; six grandchildren, Chelsie and Jake Roberts, Matt, Jane, Lee and John McCune; three brothers, Art Roberts of Pittsburgh, Frank Roberts Jr. and wife, Loretta of Burgettstown, and William Roberts of Michigan; a sister, JoAnn Kucera of Weirton; a sister-in-law, Donna Roberts of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased in addition to his parents are his wives, Jane Pliska Roberts who died in 1971 and Julia Bennett Roberts who died in 2007; a great grandson, Noah McCune-Cassella; a brother, Joseph Roberts; sisters, Helen Monasterio, Mary Panconi Blank, and Lil Bernola.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from noon-8 p.m. in the Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. George Moneck, Pastor as Celebrant.
Inurnment with military honors will follow in the Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at a later date.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 and/or Washington Area Humane Society 1527 Route 136 Eighty Four, PA 15330.