James E. Sivak

Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | February 17, 2023

James E. Sivak, age 90, of Port Vue, died February 15, 2023, at Forbes Regional Hospital. Born December 9, 1932, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Michael C. and Mary (Butkovsky) Sivak, and the loving husband of Patricia (Marcinko) Sivak.
James was a former US Steel Duquesne Works employee retiring from the general services department as a hot metal expeditor. He was a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church, Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, and a former member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. He was also elected to a number of terms as the recording secretary of Local #2466 Salary Union. James worked later as a security guard for the Richard Mellon Scaife Foundation in Pittsburgh. He was a former member of Archer Hill Bowling League, St. Stephen/St. Pius dart-ball team, and a volunteer for many years with the Duquesne Community Food Bank and Port Vue/St. Mark Food Bank. James enjoyed cheering on and watching his favorite Pittsburgh sports teams, Pirates, Penguins, and especially his favorite, Steelers; he was a season ticket holder for many years. He was a member of SOAR, loved playing cards and watching old cowboy movies. James was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his children, Janice (Rodney) Howells of Frederick, MD and Michael (Paul Mages) Sivak of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Olivia Howells of Baltimore, MD and Joshua  Howells of Frederick, MD; and many nieces.
Along with his parents, James is also preceded in death by his brother, Richard Sivak.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Sunday, February 19, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Eugene Church/of Saints Joachim, and Anne Parish on Monday at 10 a.m.  Committal prayers, military honors, and  Entombment will follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank at the following link:"

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Charles A. Danforth, Supervisor

Originally published February 17, 2023.

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