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Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Opsitnick, Joseph A.




September 20, 1924-November 29,2022 Joe, aka, Dad, Bert, Pap, Big Pap, was born in tiny Crabtree Pa, but grew up in Wilkinsburg. Joe graduated from Wilkinsburg High in 1942 and was an excellent football player and an elite woodworker. A straight shooter, Joe lost the election for Captain of the football team as he did not vote for himself, losing by one vote. Football did cost Joe his front teeth, which still might be in the turf of Graham Field. Even while in high school Joe built twin lathe tooled beds, as well as end tables and an upholstered chair, all which are still being used. Joe enlisted in the Navy, assigned to basic training at Sampson NY, along the shores of Seneca Lake, which he visited a few years ago, remembering his unit number so he could review his unit graduation picture. Dad was assigned to the USS Jenks, the DE-665, with the rank of Boilermaker Second Class. Dad was the “oil king” on the Jenks, and, at times, traded steam to the kitchen for freshly baked pies for his crew. Dad’s ports of call including Sicily, Morocco and Egypt. Dad, and the Jenks, was part of Task Group 22.3 which, on June 4, 1944, captured German U-boat 505, which was the first German sub captured in WW II, along with the first Enigma Machine. The U-505 is on exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Dad was able to visit on two occasions, noting his name on the roster of service personnel involved. Post war, one evening in Wilkinsburg, Dad met Dorothy Hajek of Forest Hills, and hopped a streetcar with her. As is said, the rest is history. Dad and Mom married in 1951, living on the Verona Hilltop neighborhood of Penn Hills. After Mom’s stroke, Dad tended to Mom, with all his love and ability, for over 2 years until Mom’s death. Dad spent most of his career as a Supervisor and Facilities Manager with Westinghouse Electric, retiring in 1988. Few had such a lengthy retirement as Joe did. Joe was deeply involved in both community and veterans’ activities, serving as a Republican Committeeman and an Elections Inspector at his polling place in Penn Hills, and serving as a long-time member of the Penn Hills Traffic Safety Committee. Joe was a life member of VFW Post 441 in Verona, serving in all offices including Commander and was currently a member of VFW Post 3945 in Morningside and American Legion Post 980 in Plum, and marched in numerous Memorial Day parades in Verona and Oakmont and was one of the WWII vets taking part in the Pittsburgh Veterans’ Day parade in 2021. Dad was actively involved in the Veterans service group, Military Order of the Cootie and rose to the esteemed office of Seam Squirrel with the Cooties. Also, Dad was volunteered with Sharing and Caring, a group that planned annual boat rides on the three rivers for hospitalized veterans. The boat rides were high points for Dad for decades. Joe also volunteered at the Highland Drive VA, with a group manning the Post Office on Fridays and then became a Friday volunteer at the Heinz VA Center in Aspinwall. Joe played in the Penn Hills Sr. softball league for years, until he realized that some of the players were younger than his children and spent much time at William McKinley Center on the Verona Hilltop. Joe vacationed with his family spending time at the Outer Banks and the last 21 summers in Ocean City, MD, where there were regular walks to the OC American Legion. For over 2 decades Joe was part of the Opsitnick men annual booze and cards weekend at Treasure Lake and for almost 15 years made an annual “Three Generations of Lower Rollers” pilgrimage to Las Vegas with his son and grandson, the most recent earlier this year. Dad liked casinos and slot machines. The slots never reciprocated. Joseph Opsitnick was preceded in death by his Wife of 46 years, Dorothy, as well his parents Andrew and Mary Opsitnick and his siblings Michael Opsitnick and Josephine Schoffstall. Joe is survived by his son Allan Opsitnick (Dr. Linda Kmetz) of O’Hara and daughter Janice Collins (Edward) of Plum, his grandchildren Zachary Opsitnick of Henrietta NY, Carlin Collins (Randy Garner) of Plum, Allison Young ( Robert) of Gibsonia and Kenneth Collins of Plum, and 6 year old great granddaughters Riley Garner and Harper Young. Dad loved his family, spending this past Thanksgiving with Riley and Harper. Dad also enjoyed stale jokes, most of which cannot be printed here, and a shot and an ice beer. Dad also would like you to raise your hand if you know the words to “Down in Jungle town” and if you know the correct response to “Are you a Turtle?” Finally, endless respect to the staff at the VA Pittsburgh, both in Oakland and in Aspinwall. His care over the last few years was beyond compare! And, though Dad was there for only a week, the love and warmth by the staff at Seneca Manor will never be forgotten. Friends and relatives will be received on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 2-6 p.m. at the BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. 421 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont. A blessing service will be held at 6 p.m. in the funeral home at the conclusion of the visitation with military honors. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Penn Hills Senior Center & Sites, 147 Jefferson Rd, Penn Hills, PA 15235.