Kosanovich, Melvin (Sr.) 1931-2013

Beaver County Times
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Melvin Kosanovich, Sr., 82, of Hopewell Twp., passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Born January 22, 1931, in West Aliquippa, he was a son of the late Mile and Dorothy Kosanovich. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Chalfa. Melvin was a graduate of Aliquippa High School and Penn Technical Institute. He attended Penn State University and completed courses in labor studies, labor law and grievance procedures.

Melvin was formerly employed at J&L Steel Works for 18 years. He was a retired member of Local 1211 serving as General Griever for 16 years. Melvin was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a very active resident of Hopewell Twp. Melvin served as Justice of the Peace for eight years. He was an auditor for Hopewell Twp. and served as a Hopewell Twp.commissioner for eight years. Melvin was very active in many sports programs in Hopewell Twp. He coached boys’ baseball, basketball and girls’ youth and women’s softball. He loved vacations and was an avid golfer. Mostly, he enjoyed his time with his three precious granddaughters whom he loved dearly. Melvin was also a former member of the Panther Club in West Aliquippa, the American Italian Club and Hopewell Twp. V.F.W. Post 8805.

Surviving Melvin is his loving wife of 55 years, Olga (Palombo) Kosanovich; a son and daughter-in-law, Melvin Kosanovich, Jr. and his wife Mary Ann; a daughter, Judi Kosanovich; three precious granddaughters, Carly, Bria and Jaiden Kosanovich; a brother, Dr. Rudy Kosanovich, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the ANTHONY MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME INC., 21st and McMinn Streets, Aliquippa, 724-375-0496. A blessing service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Howard Campbell officiating. Entombment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The Beaver County Special Unit will conduct full military honors at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made, if desired, to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

The Kosanovich family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the many staff members at West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center for the love and care that was given to Melvin in the past 10 months.

Contributed by Jackson Edward Wilson