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John, 85, Johnstown, died March 20, 2017, at Laurelwood Care Center. Born July 6, 1931, in East Taylor, son of Demetro and Mary (Toporila) Buriak. Preceded in death by parents; beloved wife, Evelyn (Costlow) Buriak, who died July 18, 2010; brother, Harry; and sisters, Ann Slavich, Kathryn Feuhr, Helen Newman, Pearl Marharsky and Nellie Botteicher. Survived by brother-in-laws, Lawrence Costlow, Beltsville, Maryland; and Donald Costlow, Gaynesville, Virginia; sister-in-law, Violet Mae Costlow, South Fork; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Barry and Pat Cigich and Bob Ernest and family. John was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, Conemaugh. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Bethlehem Steel Corporation after 38 years of service. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., South Fork., where Parastas will be sung at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service will begin at the funeral home at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday and continue immediately at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, the Very Rev. George Johnson. Committal, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Military graveside service by Conemaugh Valley Detachment #287 Marine Corps League Ritual Team. www.DimondFuneralHome.com
Published on March 20, 2017
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