Joseph G. Rudnik
Joseph G. Rudnik, 67, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving wife Patty, niece McKenzie, and family. Joe was the son of the late Joseph W. and Nellie (Katic) Rudnik and was a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant Borough. He was an altar boy and a member of the former Transfiguration R. C. Church and current member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church. In his youth, he played four years for the Mt. Pleasant Little League with the Kiwanis Club team and two years for the Mt. Pleasant Pony League with the Kosciuszko Club team, coached by his late father, Joseph W. Rudnik. He attended Transfiguration R.C. Church School and was a 1967 graduate of Geibel Catholic High School. He also graduated from the Institute of Computer Management (ICM), receiving a computer programming degree . In 1969, he was drafted into the U.S. Army . He completed basic training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., and he also completed his Advance Training (AIT) in military police at the same location. From there, he was assigned to Ft. Monroe, Va., as a military policeman (MP). He served a 13-month tour of duty in central Korea, stationed in Taejon, and volunteered for the MP Dog Platoon. During this time, he handled Pal and Chieftain for nine months and was Commander of the Relief (COR) for four months. He received an honorable discharge in September 1971. Upon his return to the states, Joe began an extensive career with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Wines & Spirit Shoppe. He began as a full-time clerk and progressed to assistant manager in 1979 and then to general manager in 1985, a position he held until retiring in 2006 after 35 years of service. He joined the Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department on March 20, 1973. He held the offices of lieutenant, captain, chaplain, president, county delegate and state delegate. In April 1990, Joe was elected assistant chief and had served continuously in that capacity for 15 years. He also served on numerous committees for the fire department. In September 1985, he instituted the Fire Safety Education Program for kindergarten and first- and second-grade students in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. This curriculum includes "Stop, Drop and Roll" and other safety programs. This led to him being affectionately known throughout the community by his students and parents alike as "Fireman Joe." He also conducted fire safety education classes for other organizations. His other firemen affiliations include membership in the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, the Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association, Pa. State Firemen's Association and the group called the "Gooseneckers." He was also a member of the Western Pennsylvania Fire Chiefs Association. He enjoyed his years spending time around the campfire with his friends, who will sadly miss him, at his camp at Big Bear Lake Campland in W.Va. and riding his Firetruck golf cart. Surviving are his wife, Patty Demagall Rudnik; mother-in-law, Yvonne Demagall of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Paula Klocek and husband Joseph of Mt. Pleasant; sisters-in-law, Linda Gowton and husband George of Mt. Pleasant and Anita O'Neal and husband Don of Mt. Pleasant; brother-in-law, Jim Demagall and wife Pam of Acme; special nieces, McKenzie and Harley, who were his weekend daughters; and numerous special nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews who held a special place in his heart; special friends, Richard "Loopy" and Mary Loop; and numerous aunts and uncles. The family would like to thank Excela Home Care and Hospice, especially Lynn Adamrovich, Stephanie Yothers, Angela Sipple and Maria Gaudiano for their kind and considerate care. Friends are invited from 2-8 p.m. Friday to Saloom-Rega Funeral Service, 730 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at noon Saturday, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 12:30 p.m. in St. Pius X Catholic Church, with the Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military honors, conducted by American Legion Post 446, Mt. Pleasant, will follow in the Transfiguration Cemetery. Members of the Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Joe may be made to the Mt. Pleasant VFD, 100 S. Church St., Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 15666 or the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, 1152 Route 119 N, Greensburg, Pa. 15601. Please visit Joe's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.
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