George Ristvey

Born: Mon., Mar. 19, 1934
Died: Tue., Dec. 15, 2020


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George Ristvey, 86, of Edinboro, Pennsylvania reposed in the Lord peacefully in the early hours of December 15th, 2020 at Abington Hospice after his long battle with cancer. George was born on a wintery day in Sharon Pennsylvania on March 19,  1934 to John and Susan (nee Sheftic) Ristvey and was the youngest  of 9 children.  He is  preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ann, Mary and Susan and his brothers,  John, Jr., Michael, Stephen, Joseph,  and Nicholas.

George grew up in the shadow of a hard-working, entrepreneurial family, from whom he learned the values of hard work, perseverance, and leadership.  

George met his only love, Margaret (nee Tatusko)   in the choir of  St. John’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Sharon, PA.  They were married at St. John’s  on June 10, 1956, marking the beginning of over 64 years of a wonderful life together.

In the early years of their marriage, George was drafted into the Army, where he actively served two years in Darmstadt Germany, working in radio communications and artillery signaling. After his return to the U.S., he spent another two years on active reserve.

George’s aspirations for a better life motivated him to attend college, despite the removal of the G.I. Bill by the Eisenhower Administration. To afford his education and to provide for his family, George worked several jobs. His efforts and strong work ethic allowed him to complete a bachelor’s degree in Library Science   from  Edinboro State College (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)  in 1965 . He earned a Master of  Education, Communication and Technology   degree  from  Indiana  University,  Bloomington.  George was the  librarian and media instructor at Bradford Senior High School, Bradford, PA before accepting a position as an associate professor at Edinboro State College, specializing in Educational Media and Technology where he taught future teachers the new  method of  applying visual aids and technology in the classroom. At the college George was the advisor of the Library Science Fraternity  influencing the lives of many teachers who now carry his legacy throughout the country. He was an active member of the AECT and the PSEA. George also attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked on his doctorate.

George and Marge were blessed with three children who made them very happy. The best memories of his family recount  traveling thousands of miles in a station wagon across the United States.  George loved spending quality time with people and creating memories together. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing, and cooking with his family and church friends. As a father, he was a Den Leader of the Boy Scouts, assisting the scouts  in obtaining their photography badge.

George lived his life in absolute devotion to his Orthodox Christian faith and his loving family. During most of his life, he was an active  member of Ss. Peter and Paul  Orthodox Church, Crossingville, PA, where he served on the parish council, men’s club and was an integral part of the kitchen crew preparing halupki and pirogi for church dinners and fund -raising events. He also attended Saint Mark’s Orthodox Church, Newtown, PA toward the end of his life.

George is survived by his wife Margaret, his two daughters Valerie and Stephanie, his son Andrew (Lorelly),  his granddaughter Margaret Ann and his beloved  dachshund grandpuppies,  Dagmar and Ingrid, as well as his niece Susan Beerbower (James), Tipp City, OH,  nephews Michael (Nancy) Ristvey,  Dan (Carol) Ristvey, Tom (Melinda)  Ristvey all of Hermitage, PA, many great nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, his church family, and friends.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, funeral services will be by family invitation only and will take place at Saint John’s Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church, 3180 Morefield Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.  For those unable to attend, services will be  LIVE STREAMED by visiting www.stjohnacroc.org. Interment will follow at St. Johns Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Johns Carpatho Russian Orthodox Church 3180 Morefield Road, Hermitage, PA 16148, Saint Mark Orthodox Church, 452 Durham Road, Newtown, PA 18940 and to the Building Fund of Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church.  25636 North Mosiertown Rd., Edinboro, PA 16412.

Arrangements entrusted to the Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA 16148.

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Ann Marie Mecera
   Posted Sat December 19, 2020

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Marie Gidus, and Ann Marie .

May God comfort and embrace you in His everlasting love during this difficult time. Your family is so very special to us. Memory Eternal! With love in Christ, Marie Gidus, and Ann Marie & Gus Mecera


John Ristvey
   Posted Sat December 19, 2020
Dear Ristvey family,
My prayers are with you during this time of loss. 2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort...

Patricia Donnelly Klenk
   Posted Fri December 25, 2020
Dear Ristvey Family,
I was a student in your dad's class back around 1973-74 for Ed Com Tech. He was a wonderful professor and person. I remembered that I missed class one time and when I went to tell him that I missed because I was at my uncle's funeral, he asked me who my uncle was. My dad's family was from Sharon so when I said my uncle's name, your dad kept saying, "Fred died?" Here, he knew my uncle and some of the other uncles. I sent my dad the obituary notice on your dad. My dad is 95 and lives in North East, PA. Just thought you'd like to know the connection.
Patricia Donnelly Klenk, Edinboro

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