Charles "Basil" Ursta, age 87, of White Oak, formerly of McKeesport, died January 25, 2018, at UPMC McKeesport.
Charles "Basil" Ursta, age 87, of White Oak, formerly of McKeesport, died January 25, 2018, at UPMC McKeesport. Born March 24, 1930, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Yurechko) Ursta and the husband of Geraldine W. (Montgomery) Ursta for over 52 years. Charles was a retired carpenter by trade. In his early years he worked at the former Csruso's Cabinet and Kitchen in McKeesport. He then worked at Chatham Center, as a maintenance man, with 9 years of service and his latest employment was Central Medical Hospital, in the maintenance department, with 21 years of service. He was a lifelong EMT, and former Chief of the White Oak Rescue Squad. He was Vice-President of Mon-Yough Fire Defense Council. Charles was a Sergeant in the US Army serving during the Korean War. He was in the second recon division as a tank operator. He was a member of the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, in McKeesport. Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and long rides to the mountains. In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by his children, David of White Oak, Randy of White Oak, Melissa (Bill) Huey of Derry, PA, Nicholas (Margaret) of White Oak, Kim (Jason) Mollard of McKeesport and Cindy Roberts of Kentucky; grandchildren, Michael, Jared, Ronnie, Kayla and Jeremy; great grandchildren, Devin, Kayden, Daymen, Anthony, Zachary, Nate, Kaydence and Isabella; sisters, Annie Script, Margaret Ursta, Veronica Servov and Dolly Roberts; sister-in-law, Dolly Ursta; nieces and nephews; and his loyal pet dog "Rockie." In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his siblings, George, John, Helen Romano, Julie Cooper and Mary Wojtowicz; and loyal pet dog "Champ." Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, January 29, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 2 until the time of Parastas service at 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Vincent Voss will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com
Originally published January 28, 2018.