John Zawinski

John Zawinski

Saturday, April 7th, 1945 Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

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Obituary for John Zawinski


Age 75,
Of Stowe Twp.
On Wednesday June 3, 2020

Born on April 7, 1945, the beloved son of the late Andrew and Mary Zawinski. John was a graduate of Stowe High School and Cornell University. He served his country in Vietnam as a Green Beret, earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant and a Bronze Star. John worked in the food industry as the Food Service Director of St. Francis Hospital and Sewickley Hospital.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn (Jack) Burik, Nancy (Wayne) Pile, nephews Benjamin Pile, Bradley Pile, Jason Burik, a great niece and four great nephews. There will be no visitation. John will be interred at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with Honors. Arrangements are entrusted to Valerian F. Szal Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Helen Street McKees Rocks. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at
Rest in Peace, Johnny Z.

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  • Interment

    Thursday, June 11th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
    1158 Morgan Rd,
    Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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    Thursday, June 11th, 2020

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Jason Burik

Uncle Johnny was a wonderful man who will surely be missed by many. Johnny spent countless hours with me discussing every topic imaginable. Every time I visited, he had fun trivia, and challenging, thought provoking questions. One of his favorite questions to ask people was what is the toughest sport to play (I think he surveyed half of Pittsburgh).
He would research anything you needed to learn more about, gave tech tips, loved talking about sports, politics, religion, current events, the military, and always enjoyed a good debate.

I can't thank him enough for teaching me business strategies, organization tips, how to make a resume, and the importance of looking someone in the eye and giving a firm handshake. John was extremely attentive to fine details, always had high expectations, and truly had a gift for teaching and challenging others to better themselves.

Johnny will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

- Jason Burik
Comment | Posted at 09:03pm via Condolence

Brad Pile

John was a dedicated uncle and family member that gave us all a lifetime of memories. Rest in peace, Uncle Johnny.
Comment | Posted at 08:50am via Condolence

Dennis Packanik

Kathy, Nancy and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Johnny as a brother not a cousin. I feel so bad that I was unable to visit him the past few years. He did so much to help my Father after my Mother died . I will never forget John and will pray for his soul. Rest in peace John.
Comment | Posted at 09:58am via Condolence

Ben Pile

What can I say, other than to say that it would be hard to overstate the influence John had on my life. He was everything a kid could ever hope to have in an uncle. A unique mix of seriousness and the absurd, Uncle John was full of surprises. He had a sense of humor unlike anyone I've ever met, and what rubbed off on me, will continue to get me into trouble for years to come. You could always count on him for a great story, or a perspective you hadn't heard anywhere else. You could count on him to attend every one of your high school soccer games, and give you (and all your friends) a pop quiz on current events right after it. Calling him to catch up was always a call you looked forward to (even if it meant you had to brush up on current events and Pitt basketball beforehand).

Like I said, he was full of surprises, and I will always be grateful for the memories he gave me. He was the kind of uncle, and the kind of person, that was impossible to forget. He taught me the importance of doing the right thing, even if it's unpopular, and through many fun afternoons spent together, strengthened the friendship I have with my own brother. He made sure that we knew the importance of sticking together.

I will, however, continue to wonder how he managed to wear cowboy boots for 40 years straight. Even while playing basketball with us. I am happy to see him head off to a better place but I really hope they allow cowboy boots in heaven.

Thanks for being such a big part of my life Uncle John, I will never forget all the fun we had together.

Your nephew, Ben
Comment | Posted at 10:04pm via Condolence


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