Joseph S. Vrabel, age 74, of White Oak, died October 14, 2021, at Walden's View of North Huntingdon. Born February 13, 1947, in Homestead, he was the son of the late Frank and Anna (Banyas) Vrabel and beloved husband of the late Helen (Stricko) Vrabel.
Joseph graduated from Munhall High School in 1965. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War as a radio operator on the U.S.S. McCaffery. Joseph retired from U.S. Steel as an electrician with over 30 years of service. Joe was a Volunteer Fire Fighter with Whitaker V.F.C. #298 and became a lifetime member with Rainbow V.F.C. He was a proud member of the N.R.A. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting turkey and deer. Joe loved dancing to the oldies, running, and biking.
Joseph is survived by a son, David (Eliana) Vrabel; step-son, Tom (Kelley) Tomko; sisters, Diane Vrabel, Darlene (the late John) Turner, and Patricia (the late Andrew) Swabsky; niece and goddaughter, Kim Swabsky; daughter-in-law, Christine Vrabel. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph J. Vrabel; sisters, Nancy (Raymond) Vincevich and Eleanor (George) Balta; brother, Francis (Dorothy) Vrabel.
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. Angela of Merici Church.
Burial will follow at Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or to the Parkinson's Foundation at www.parkinson.org.
Chris Odasso, Supervisor.
Originally published October 19, 2021.