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Richard J. Szelong

Szelong, Richard J. “Ric”, 63, entered his eternal rest on December 7, 2021 following a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Born August 18, 1958, he was the son of the late Zigmund and Betty (Zeoli) Szelong. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by infant son, Aaron Szelong; brother-in-law, David Frank, mother-in-law, Phyllis Frank; aunts and uncles Carl and Geni Casale and Paul and Joyce Frank, and cousin Mary Gregory. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Brenda Frank; son Joshua and his fiancé, Alyssa Rouser; daughter Sarah and her companion, Brandon Schuerman; brother Ron (Jennifer) Szelong; sister, Angie McDaniel; father-in-law, Richard Frank; sister-in-law, Janet (Frank) Colwell; niece and goddaughter, Abby Szelong; niece Cody (Chet) Ball; nephew Jesse (Nicole) Frank; great nephew, Terrin Frank; great niece, Avery Ball, his furever friend, Luna Doodle, grand-dogs, Sara and Molly and grand-bunny, Pumpkin. Also survived by aunts and uncles, AJ and Toni Hozempa and Cliff and Darlene Fligger and by cousins Margie (Greg) McGee, Kathy Casale, Michael Frank and Susan Frank as well as a host of neighbors, friends and colleagues who showed him so much love and kindness during this journey. Ric was a 1976 graduate of Richland High School. In 1982, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and in 1985 earned a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He taught English at United High School in Armagh, PA for 32 years, retiring in 2017. In addition to teaching at United, he served as the yearbook advisor, public relations liaison and junior high football coach. He was also the Chairperson of the English Department for many years until his retirement. He was his children’s biggest fan and loved coaching them in many sports during their childhood. He served as an officer for many years in the Arbutus Youth Baseball League. He enjoyed any beach vacation, but especially traveling to Punta Cana and loved strolling through the neighborhood with his Luna girl. The family welcomes visitation on Sunday Dec. 12, from 2-8 pm at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland where Vigil Service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday Dec. 13, at 10:30 am at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Geistown. Fr. David S. Peles, Pastor. Committal will be at Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to either St. Benedict Catholic Church, 2310 Bedford St. Johnstown, PA 15904 or Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, PA 15963 in memory of Ric. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)

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I sincerely apologize for my late comments but I recently joined this group.
Rick was my neighbor when I lived in Richland… I lived at the corner of Lilly and Kenneth avenue .. 317 Kenneth Avenue …… we were in the same class together.
We walked home from the bus stop together. He was always very sweet and kind.
He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a great guy.
I’m so very sorry for your loss….
We moved to Pittsburgh in June of 1974.

Laurene (Umenhofer) Beck Mar 31 2022 11:28 AM

Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory. We are so glad we were a part of your lives together- from sharing your wedding day to graduation parties to conversations after church at St Benedict! My fondest memory of Ric is watching him in line to receive communion w/ Sarah and Josh. What a great role model he was as a father and husband.
When done you love becomes a memory, all those precious memories become a treasure that no one can take from you. May they give you peace in the coming days!!!

Stan and Mary Ellen Ambro Dec 17 2021 9:59 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Marc Houck. Group of 1 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Richard J. Szelong.

Marc Houck Dec 15 2021 9:01 AM

Mr. Szelong was a teacher that stands out in my memories. I still tell stories of his humor even though I have been out of school for 25 years. May he Rest In Peace and continue to consider the road less traveled for its beauty. Thank you to his family for sharing him with his students.

Janelle Taylor Dec 13 2021 11:04 AM

Y deepest condolences so sorry for your loss
I worked with him for many years at united
Tested in peace old friend

Rd Sutter Dec 12 2021 7:16 PM

Condolences to the entire Szelong family. I taught in the same department as Ric for many years at United. We usually seemed to find some humor in those department meetings at the end of the day! Thanks for keeping them short Ric! Rest in Peace

Barbara Hudnall Dec 11 2021 7:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Szelong

Darice Higgins Marsh Dec 11 2021 11:50 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Szelong

Laura Bloom Cooper Dec 10 2021 8:13 PM

Dear Brenda and family, please except my sympathy at the passing of Ric. One of the hardest things in this life is to say Good-by to a loved one. Praying that God will give you the strength and peace you will need for each day of this journey of grief that you are now on. I had Sarah in my Awanda Cubbies group many years ago. She was a delightful little girl. In Christian love, Debi Csarak from Emmanuel

Debi (Rager) Csarak Dec 10 2021 12:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Szelong

Greg Dec 10 2021 11:24 AM

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