Obituary of George John Serich
George John Serich, 96, of Schwenksville, Pa (formerly of Struthers, Ohio), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Julia Christine (DelSignore) Serich to whom he was married for over 69 years.
Born on May 25, 1924, in Struthers, Ohio, George was one of five children of the late John Serich and Alice (Bompage) Serich. George was a 1942 graduate of Struthers City High School, where he first cultivated his Wildcat pride. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1960 at Youngstown State University and later his Master of Education and Principal’s Certification in 1964 at West Minster College in Pennsylvania.
It was in 1942, in the aftermath of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s subsequent entry into World War II, that he joined the Navy, serving as an Aviation Electronics First Class Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph in the Pacific Ocean. George’s bravery and patriotism were evident during his many missions flown off of the carrier in the Pacific Ocean. His love for the United States Navy and his pride in having served continued throughout his life.
It was a blessed day when a dashing young man, now out of the service and starting his career, and a vibrant young lady attended the same wedding. From that chance meeting, George found and then married the love of his life Julie DelSignore on April 14, 1951.
Together, they built a beautiful life filled with adventures while traveling the country with their three children Karen, Ed, and David and later on with their family and friends. The years living in Arizona near their son Ed and daughter-in-law Kathy were spent discovering the beauty of the West. Additionally, the years living near their daughter Karen and son-in-law Harry, as well as their granddaughters and great grandchildren brought them great joy as they soaked up the sights and sounds of the shore and all of the history around Philadelphia.
George took his education degree and served as a math teacher at the middle school level. He then went on to become a principal in the Struthers City School District. This love of teaching trickled down to his oldest granddaughter as she followed in his teaching footsteps.
All who knew and loved George can attest to his passion for football, especially for cheering on his beloved Ohio State University, Youngstown State University and Struthers City High School teams. He was a devoted fixture at the Struthers football games and could be seen cheering on his mighty Wildcats, win or lose.
While his passion for his Ohio sports teams was great, his love for his family was even greater as evidenced by his ability to overlook the rivalry between Ohio State and Penn State and celebrate his youngest granddaughter’s decision to attend Penn State University.
His devotion to his family was never clearer than when he and Julie dedicated their lives to the care and comfort of their youngest son David as he battled a terminal brain tumor. Their unconditional love for and support of David and each other during this difficult time knew no bounds.
In addition to his love of family, traveling, and football, George was a model airplane enthusiast. He loved building and flying model airplanes and equally loved sharing his excitement for this hobby with others.
George had an easy smile and a quick laugh. He had a way of bringing others together whether that was through his volunteer work at church and making perogies side-by-side with Julie and the other church members or teaching his granddaughters how to polka dance at Croatian festivals or playing Pinochle with his friends and brothers around a table filled with love or teaching his great grandchildren how to play War (and usually beating them so that when they did win, it was earned, not given). He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know and love him.
In addition to his wife Julie, he is survived by his daughter Karen (Serich) McClay and her husband Harry McClay of Schwenksville, Pa, and son Edward Serich and his wife Kathy Serich of Prescott Valley, Arizona. He is also survived by his two granddaughters, Christine (McClay) Blair and her husband Edward Blair of Souderton, Pa, and Lori (McClay) Wayne and her husband Brent Wayne of Collegeville, Pa, as well as by his five great grandchildren: James, Julia and Logan Blair and Cooper and Lucas Wayne.
George was predeceased by his son David Serich and by his four siblings: Robert, Richard, and Peter Serich and Ann (Serich) Plevnic, all of whom he loved dearly.
In light of current restrictions on public gatherings, a funeral mass with interment following in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery in Springfield, PA will take place privately for the immediate family. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWillaismFuneralHome.com.