Thomas A. Baka, age 77 of McKeesport, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, Monday, March 11, 2019. He was born October 25, 1941 in Charleroi, the son of the late Michael A. and Mary Uchacz Baka. He worked as an electrician for U.S. Steel-Dravosburg and after retiring he loved driving for Access. He was devoted to the Lord, an usher and member of First Baptist Church, McKeesport for 37 years. He was a regular donor to the American Red Cross and a lifelong fisherman. He was an avid bowler all of his life, and his teammates named their league “Baka’s Pirates” in honor of him. Thomas enjoyed helping people in need and especially loved his family.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Baka of McKeesport; son, Thomas M. (Jennifer) Baka of New Castle; daughter, Pam (David) Jacobs of Edinburg; sister, Dorothy (Jim) Behanna of Harker Heights, TX; brother, Joseph F. Baka (Bonnie) of Leechburg; sister-in-law, Doris Baka of Charleroi; brother-in-law, Larry Frolo of New Eagle; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins; grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Thomas was preceded in death by his son, Daniel; grandson, Connor; brother, Robert L. Baka and sister, Eileen V. (Frolo) Baka.
Service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 4 pm at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, Supervisor 412-678-6177), with Rev. Gary LaPietra officiating. Family and friends will be received following the service from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. The family would like to thank the staff of Three Rivers Hospice & Palliative Care for the wonderful care they provided and requests that remembrances in Thomas’ name may be made to Three Rivers Hospice & Palliative Care, 2500 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. To share a memory or condolence visit strifflerfuneralhomes.com.
Originally published March 11, 2019.