• JOSEPH R. PARKNAVY Age 90, of ...

JOSEPH R. PARKNAVY
Age 90, of White Oak, PA, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Family Hospice & Palliative Care in Pittsburgh, PA. Born October 18, 1928, in New Castle, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Goffus Parknavy. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 70 years, Jane Waskowitz-Parknavy, of White Oak; sister, Joan (Ron) Corman, of Ft. Myers, FL; loving children, Joseph J. (Debbie) Parknavy, of White Oak, Carol (late husband Dennis) Burlikowski, of Murrysville, and Robert (Cindy), of Upper St. Clair. He was "Poppy" to his grandchildren, Joseph C. (Darlene) Parknavy, Jonathan (Jennifer) Parknavy, Joel (Chelsea) Parknavy, Michael (Erin) Burlikowski, Anna (Paul) Eichner, and Robby Parknavy; great-grandchildren, Kahlan and Elena Burlikowski, and Evelyn and Adam Eichner. Joe graduated from McKeesport High School in 1946 and played shortstop on the 1945 Championship McKeesport High School Baseball team, where he crossed the plate as the winning run in their championship game played at Forbes Field. He was also a staff writer of the McKeesport High School Red and Blue newspaper. Throughout his life, he enjoyed sharing memories and serving on many Class of '46 alumni high school class reunion committees. After graduation, Joe held construction management positions at J.M. Foster Company, Bess Construction Company, and US Steel Corporation in its Central Engineering Department, where he managed large projects at the Irvin Works and Clairton Coke Works. Upon retirement from US Steel, Joe became the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer of White Oak Borough for 9 years of service. Joe also enjoyed his time with his many local friends in the McKeesport Rotary Club. Joe's talents were many, but his most notable was as lead singer in the vocal group, the Wright Brothers, where their MGM Record's hit single, "If I Give My Heart To You" climbed to #9 on the charts of the September 18, 1954 "Billboard" magazine. The Wright Brothers followed that hit up with other singles under the "Jem" and "Fee Bee" labels with a strong Pittsburgh following. During their popularity, the Wright Brothers entertained hundreds of fans at area clubs such as "Paulie's Look Out in West Mifflin and "The Lamplighter" restaurant in Delmont. Joseph was a member of Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church in McKeesport, where he served on the rectory building committee. His incredible singing of "White Christmas" at the annual Holy Family Christmas "Wigilia" dinner, was legendary. There will be no visitation, but family and friends are asked to participate in the celebration of Joseph's life and Funeral Mass at Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church, 1921 Eden Park Blvd., McKeesport, PA 15132, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. 2019. Burial will be private. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Polish National Catholic Church Organ Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences and memories may be shared at jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
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PostedMay 26, 2019