John P. Cerqua

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | September 23, 2020

John P. Cerqua, age 91 of Jefferson Hills and formerly of Clairton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in Grandview Manor, Elizabeth.  Born September 21, 1929 in Clairton, he was a son of the late Antonio and Rosaline (Polsinelli) Cerqua.  A US Army Veteran of the Korean War and member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Thomas a'Becket Church in Jefferson, John worked as a carpenter for Zell Bros. in McKeesport, for himself making custom built kitchens, and at Magee Women's Hospital as a carpenter and in maintenance.  In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, camping, playing poker, travelling, casinos, and square dancing.  John was also a Scoutmaster for the St. Paulinas Pack 68 Cub Scouts.  He was also family oriented and loved to spend summers camping in Laurel State Park or vacationing in the Outer Banks.  Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth (Petersen) Cerqua; his brothers Joseph< Reno, Louis, and Sundae Cerqua; and his sister Rose Coletta.  He is survived by his wife Austa M. (Reckhouse) Cerqua; his daughters Mary Rose (Fred) Adams of Moorestown, NJ and Dianne (Nick) Curinga of Forward Twp.; his sons John (Michelle) Cerqua of New Eagle, David Cerqua of of Pleasanton, CA, and Anthony Cerqua of South San Francisco, CA; six grandsons; twelve great-grandchildren; brother Peter Cerqua of Ephrata; nieces and nephews; stepchildren Elizabeth (Martin) Baxendell, Linda Lamberger, Walter (Jennifer) Butler, Mark (Debbie) Butler, and James (Cheryl) Butler; and thirteen step-grandchildren. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020 in Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Thomas a'Becket Church, Jefferson Hills at 10 AM with Fr. Kenneth Kezmarsky officiating.  Procession and interment with military honors will follow in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton.  Memorial contributions in John's name should be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2835 E Carson St Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15203,  Arrangements by the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700)    

Originally published September 23, 2020.

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