April 10, 1927 - Jan. 18, 2020
Joseph Raptosh, 92, Canonsburg, formerly of Portage, died peacefully at home on Saturday.
He was born, in Portage, son of Andrew and Mary Wargo Raptosh.
Surviving are two sons: David B. (Danelle) Raptosh of Enola and Father Joseph Raptosh of Canonsburg; a grandchild, Anna (Shawn) Myers; two sisters: Agnes Mietta of Greenville and Dolores Tillman of Lake City, Mich.; and 44 nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his spouse, Dorothy (Perich) Raptosh; and 10 siblings: Andrew Raptosh, Mary Havrilak, Paul Raptosh, Julia Afton, Anna Raptosh, John Raptosh, George Raptosh, Catherine Weshalek, Edward Raptosh and Stephen Raptosh. He was the last surviving son of his immediate family and he and all of his brothers were proud veterans.
Mr. Raptosh was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Portage, where he was a member of the choir and a cantor.
He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy as a helmsman on USS Ardent (MCM-12) during WWII.
He worked at the A&P as a produce manager for many years, and later with the Next Corporation, Holtz Division, where he was a mutual fund and stock broker until his retirement at age 85.
He was a member of the American Legion, post 430, and the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 131.
Great Panachida will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 21, 2020, at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Canonsburg. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, Portage. Parastas will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, the Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 143 Church Road, Portage, followed by burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Sollon Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd., 30 E. College St., Canonsburg, PA, 15317, 724-746-1000, Phillip L. Sollon, Supervisor.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorials to St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church or Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
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