Dr. Richard E. Schwirian

Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | July 25, 2022

Dr. Richard E. Schwirian, age 83, of Pleasant Hills, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired nuclear engineer for Westinghouse Nuclear Center in Cranberry Twp. He was a 1959 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, a 1961 graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology, a 1964 graduate of Case Institute of Technology and a 1968 graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He was an avid actor and singer in little theater, a published historical novelist, and enjoyed outdoor sports and activities. Born September 23, 1938 in Elizabeth, he was a son of the late Richard E. and Mary Irene (Patton) Schwirian. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lydia J. "Jo" (Yanderly) Schwirian; daughters, Tami Licht of Pleasant Hills, Letti (Dean) DeSantis of Pleasant Hills and Stefani (Steve) Kowalski of Ross Twp.; grandchildren, Jonathan (Elise) Licht, Dr. Steven (Melissa) Licht, DJ (Paige Gardner) DeSantis, Dante DeSantis, Dana DeSantis and Sam (Naomi Mullins) Kowalski; sisters, Patti Meehleib, Sandi (Tom) Toth and Suzi Kenders; brother, Larry (Caroline) Schwirian; also, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Friday, July 29, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 10 AM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Mark Whitsel officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Western PA, 575 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Offer condolences at

Originally published July 25, 2022.

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