VOELKER FREDRICK THEODORE Surrounded by his loving family, Fred Voelker passed away peacefully, at the age of 88, on January 8, 2017, of Swissvale. Beloved husband of 71 years to Lydia (Maisto) Voelker to whom he was deeply devoted; preceded in death by sons, Thomas and Dino; loving father of Fred, Jr., Donna, Robert, Kimberly, Timothy (Valerie) and daughter-in-law, Judy; Pappy of Kate (Drew) Miller, Lydia Bujarski, Olivia and Luke Voelker; great-grandfather to Sammy; brother of Catherine Mirenzi; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Fred was born February 18, 1928, in Monongahela, PA to William and Ora Voelker. He was a lifelong resident of Swissvale and an active member of the Word of God Parish. Fred worked at the ET Mill for many years before moving on and retiring from the US mail Service in 1991. He also moonlighted at the Open Pantry during his mailman days. He loved all the Pittsburgh sports teams and he loved watching his children playing sports as well. His children saw him as a pillar of strength and character. Those who knew Fred held him in the highest regard and utmost respect. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and co-workers. Family and friends received 1-8 p.m. WEDNESDAY ONLY at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Mass of Christian Burial in the Word of God/ St. Anselm Church on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Word of God Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale, PA 15218.
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