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Edward Piurkowsky

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Funeral Service

10 a.m.
Friday, December 2, 2016


Piurkowsky, Edward, 92, New Florence, died Nov. 25, 2016 at the Transitional Care Unit – Lee Campus. Born Nov. 8, 1924 in Johnstown, to the late John and Helen (Slezinger) Piurkowsky. Preceded in death by first wife, Anna Mae (Kachur); son, Edward Michael Piurkowsky; and siblings, Stanley, Frank, Joseph, John, Ted, Tony and Wanda. Survived by his very loving wife Sophia Marie (Gabrysh); daughter, Antonia Hackman; step-son, James Nicholas Kiako; 5 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Proudly, Edward was employed by the Johnstown Police Department, were he held every rank and retired in 1978 as Chief of Police. Edward was a member of Johnstown Police Department’s first K-9 Force, with his faithful companion and partner a German Sheppard, King. He was a graduate of Penn State Polex Executive Course, were he was President of his Class and graduated with Honors. Edward was a long standing member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 86. After retiring from the Department he was employed by Penelec, Security Department, from 1980-1990. He also served in WWII as a radio operator with the Mechant Marines aboard the Star Reefer. Stationed in Japan, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Representatives of the F.O.P. and the Canine Corp will be in attendance. Edward enjoyed the outdoors, working on his small farm, with the companionship of his many pets and neighborhood wildlife. Ed was very proud of his Polish heritage, especially enjoyed the traditions of Easter and Christmas. And his wife singing Polish Christmas and Easter Hymns. At Edward’s request, there will be no viewing or visitation. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church in Seward. Father Robert Washko, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for prayers or donations to be made for Masses. Donations may also be made to the Indiana or Cambria County SPCA or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand.” Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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