Stephen F. Lugarich, age 69 of Mt. Vernon, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, July 10, 2020. Born April 7, 1951 in McKeesport, he was a son of the late Steve and Bessie (Pekarsky) Lugarich. A 1973 graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Accounting, Stephen retired in 2019 as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank. He was also a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Patrick's Church), the CFU Lodge #146, and the Penn State Alumni Association. His family will always regard Stephen as a kind, thoughtful, driven, honest, nurturing, and grounded man; and remember him as an artist, father, golfer, doting grandfather, and a man that we should all aspire to be. Also, Stephen is survived by his wife Paula (LoBue) Lugarich, whom he married in 1975; his children Kristin (Kevin) Wasko of Jefferson Hills, Stephen (Kathleen) Lugarich of Alexandria, VA, and Michael (Laura) Lugarich of McCandless; his grandchildren Brayden and Madison Wasko; his sister Kathy (Dane) Yancic of Elizabeth Twp.; and also nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two cousins who were raised with him: Daniel and Milan Dimich.
Friends will be received in the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-3454) on a limited basis on Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. Only twenty-five people will be permitted at a time; masks are required; CDC and State guidelines will be observed; and social distancing will be enforced on funeral home property. Also due to the restrictions, Mass of Christian Burial in Mary, Mother of God Parish - St. Patrick's Church will be private for Stephen, as will his committal in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Stephen's name should be made to either The Intersection, 115 7th. St., McKeesport, PA 15132 or Project Purple for Pancreatic Cancer, PO Box 884, Seymour, CT 06483. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published July 10, 2020.