Craig Kirschner, 71, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Born and raised in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Vaun and Leona (Franko) Kirschner.
Craig graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School in 1967. After school he worked at WEDO radio as a disc jockey. He joined the US Navy in 1969 where he trained as a radio technician and was stationed on the USS Intrepid from 1969-1972 until the ship decommissioned in New York and later became a museum. He finished his tour of duty upon the USS America from 1972-1974. Craig worked at US Steel Irvin Works as an electronics mechanic until 1976. He also worked at Elizabeth Carbide, Compact Tooling, and D & D Electronics before returning to US Steel where he worked at the Edgar Thompson Works until his retirement in 2015. Craig was an EMT with the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department and later became Fire Chief and also President where he became a lifetime member. He was on the radio committee for the Mon Yough Fire Defense Council and announced fire department parades for Elizabeth Borough, Buena Vista, and all Mon Yough Area Fire Departments. He was also an Assistant Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 96 of Greenock and was a member of the Irwin American legion for 42 years. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dolores (Boka) Kirschner, sons, Michael (Summer) Kirschner of Hollywood, MD, and Ken (Nicole) Kirschner of Elizabeth, and grandsons, Christian and Levi Kirschner of Hollywood, MD. There is no visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township. (412) 751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.c
Originally published January 22, 2021.