Dr. Michael Simko
Dr. Michael Simko, 79, of North Huntingdon, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, while surrounded by the love and faith of his family. Born in Kolbas, Czechoslovakia, he was the oldest son of Michael and Helen (Madoran) Simko Sr. Dr. Simko graduated from Geneva College and received a DDS degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. From 1955 to 1957, Dr. Simko served as a captain in the Air Force for the 38th Tactical Hospital at Lyon AFB (France) and was honorably discharged from the Air Force Reserve in 1973. He was self-employed as a dentist in North Versailles until his retirement in 2001. During those years, he was a part-time associate clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh Dental School (Restorative Dentistry Department), an anesthesiologist at Presbyterian Hospital and on staff at the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. Dr. Simko touched the hearts and lives of many people through his faith, his giving, his prayers and his love. He devoted his life to his family, friends, patients and his Catholic faith. A longtime parishioner of St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon, Dr. Simko was a member of the parish council, building committee, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the Men's Club. He was also a lector and Eucharistic minister. Dr. Simko and his wife, Marie, enjoyed playing cards with the Emerald Club members of St. Agnes. Affectionately known to his friends as "Doc," he looked forward to the Friday Night Golf League, fishing in local rivers and Canada, and swapping fish stories over a good game of euchre. Doc enjoyed rooting for the fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the annual family vacations in the Outer Banks, N.C., he enjoyed fishing and swimming with the whole family. Celebrating holidays and birthdays with his children and grandchildren was of the utmost importance to him. Doc shared cuttings of his roses, along with organic vegetables and fruits from his garden with family, friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents,
Dr. Simko was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Therese, in May 2008. He is survived by his eight children, Michelle (James) Monti, Michael Simko, Dr. Eric (Jeanne) Simko, Mary (Michael) Vinkler, Kevin (Nancy) Simko, Adele Jones, Therese (William) Chase and Celeste (Charles) Miller; and his 12 grandchildren, Emily Monti; Olivia, Ian and Avianna Vinkler; Hannah, Matthew, Daniel and Andrew Simko; and Billy, Brendan, Caroline and Kevin Chase. Also surviving are a sister, Helen (Elmer) Wherry; a brother, John Simko; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the JOSEPH F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak St., Irwin. Parting prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Agnes Church. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Agnes Church, 11400 St. Agnes Lane, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or Carmelite Monastery, 5206 Center Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650 or St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601. The family also asks that you say a prayer today for someone who might need special graces from our Lord. John F. Ott assisting the family with arrangements.
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