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Gary J. Wyrwas
WYRWAS—Gary, 67, peacefully rose into the arms of our Lord February 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, due to complications of Parkinson’s. Gary grew up in East Conemaugh, a son of Edmund (Slick) and Sara Jane Wyrwas. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Cecelia, and her husband, Dr. Harold Ringler, mother and father-in-law Anthony and Josephine Ragno, brother-in-law Don L. Gallucci and sister-in-law Karen Wyrwas. He is survived by the love of his life since they both were 15, wife of 47 years Carmellina (Ragno) and his wonderful and devoted children, son Garrett (Susan Sefcik), twin daughters Melina (William) Hudec and Carisa (Ralph) Burrows, and daughter Gina (Shaun) Schellhammer. He is also survived by his amazing and very loved grandchildren, Christian Wyrwas, Julia Hudec and Luke and Ava Schellhammer. He is also survived by his brother Leonard Wyrwas, sister Mary Jane (Charles) Frank and sister Roberta Wyrwas; brother-in-law Phillip (Belinda) Ragno and sister-in-law Marie (Ragno) Gallucci. Also many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Gary was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish (formerly St. Anthony’s). Gary worked in the Car Shop of Bethlehem Steel/Johnstown America for 35 years. He started as a pipecutter and then became the manager of the Air Brake department. During early years of layoffs, he went back to college and earned a degree from Saint Francis University and worked as a computer programmer. He is a 1969 graduate of Conemaugh Valley High School. Gary put God and family first but he loved people. He had a great camaraderie with the guys at work. He would help anyone with anything. He was a great fisherman, swimmer and loved family vacations at the beach. Gary was Scout Master of Summit Chapel troop 205. He coached East Taylor/Jackson Little League team Dodgers, he owned his own Santa suit and would deliver packages to his friends’ children. He could fix and do anything. He was always our “Rock” and my “Knight in Shining Armor.” He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and especially loved going to his children and grandchildren’s concerts, plays and sporting events. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, 229-231 First St., Conemaugh. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Clare of Assisi Church, Maple Avenue, Johnstown, Father Matthew Misurda officiating. Committal, St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Geistown. Special thanks to the Conemaugh Valley Regional Ambulance Association. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation may be made in memory of Gary to Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, PA 15904 for their thoughtful and compassionate care. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.
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Carm Feb 20 2019 12:00 AM
Carm I am profoumdly sorry Gary and I have a lot of history goimg back to kindergarden Gary was our rock he kept the guys together I am empty
russell Verbano Feb 18 2019 12:00 AM
My sincere sympathy to the Wyrwas family. I went to high school with Gary. He was always friendly and a truly nice person. May the family be comforted with their many loving memories.
Annette Kamzik Feb 18 2019 12:00 AM
Carm - So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Gary. Thoughts and prayers to you and yourfamily at this difficult time
Melissa Landis Feb 18 2019 12:00 AM
Carmellina. It is cousin Anthony Magro sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. I will keep Gary and you in my prayers.
Anthony Magro Feb 17 2019 12:00 AM
Gary was a great neighbor and will be missed by all who's life he touched. My prayers are with your family my neighbor!
Rade Feb 16 2019 12:00 AM
As a childhood friend of his son Garrett, He made a lasting impact on my life on how to interact with family and friends. The way he would always greet you with a huge smile and make you feel so welcome. Thank you inviting to partake in the fishing trips to Hyner Run. And most of al,l I can't ever thank you enough for helping me get into the car shop. My condolences to all those you have touched in your travels, especially your immediate family at this time of sorrow.
Rob B. Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM
Im so sorry for your loss. Id like to share some real hope with you. In Psalms 146:4 tells the condition of the dead. In Acts 24:15 and Isaiah 26:19 the Bible promises a resurrection of our loved ones. Ack to earth. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, he brought him back to earth. That was a foregleam of the future. In Psalms 37:11+29 says man will live forever on the earth in peace. That was Gods original purpose, for man to live forever in the garden of eden. Gods purpose hasnt changed. In Isaiah 45:18 says God created the earth to be inhabited. Thats why he gave his son to die for us, John 3:16, so we could have everlasting life on earth. In Revelation 21:4 says therell be no more pain or death. Since theres no pain or death in heaven,those are future conditions here on earth as God had intended. www.JW.org
Joy Holt Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM
What fond memories we have of Uncle Gary. He was one of the most kindest, sweetest men I know. I enjoyed spending time with he and Aunt Carmellina when we were younger. He will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
Karen Halliday (Ragno) Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM
There are no words...Uncle Gary, you will truly be missed. I love you! Thank you for all of your love, support and guidance you gave all of us. My deepest sympathies to all! Rest in Peace, sir! Love, Dan
Dan McNulty Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM