George T. Szilvasi
George T. Szilvasi, 88, of Beaver, formerly of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord Friday August 22 at Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry surrounded by his family.
He was born April 28, 1926 in Ellwood City and was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Szilvasi. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Andrew Szilvasi and 2 sisters, Margaret Szilvasi and Helen Grinnen.
George is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Joan Szilvasi, 2 daughters, Kelly (Mark) Tonkovich, Brighton Township and Sue (Paul) Metzheiser, Palm Harbor, FL, 5 grandchildren, Matthew Leclair, Tallahassee, FL, Miles and Marisa Tonkovich, Brighton Township, Luke and Jacob Metzheiser, Palm Harbor, FL, 2 sisters, Mary Veres, Ellwood City and Sister Elizabeth Szilvasi, Akron, OH and many nieces and nephews.
George was a veteran of WWII and proudly served in the Army, Navy and Coast Guard. He graduated on July 1958 from the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, was employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and served as a Land Manager in Beaver, Allegheny, Washington and Green Counties as well as a Wildlife Conservation officer for Allegheny, Washington and Beaver Counties. He retired from his position of Wildlife Conservation Officer of Beaver County in May 1986. George once said, “I have fulfilled a boyhood ambition. I’ve worked with people, wildlife and conservation. It has been especially gratifying to help youngsters and to promote the ethics of sportsmanship. And I’m grateful. Not many people get to do that. It means a lot to me.” George was a member of SS Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church of Beaver, the Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Team, the Midland Sportsman Club and the Beaver County Conservation League. After his retirement he continued to teach hunter education and for many years he assisted with Youth Field Day at the Midland Sportsman Club.
Friends will be received Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 in the Todd Funeral Home, 340 Third Street, Beaver and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 8 AM in SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Beaver by Father Robert Miller. Interment will follow in the Cemetery of the Alleghenies National Cemetery, Washington, PA. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Paramount Senior Living. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers organization, Wounded Warriors, Salvation Army or to SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Beaver.