March 28, 1957February 10, 2021

John Lee Elinsky, age 63, of Pittsburgh, died on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at his residence. Born March 28, 1957, he was the son of the late John Elinsky and Patricia McClain. John was a Inspector for PennDOT, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed traveling, snowboarding, and researching Theology. He was a Sergeant in the United States Marines, also serving as a Navigation Technician.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son; John Christopher, and two brothers; Thomas Roscoe and Matthew Paul Elinsky.

He is survived by three sisters; Kate Puhl; Marsha Kairis; and Maggie McCormick, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, 1014 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.


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Judy DePalma Beery

February 18, 2021

Even tough we were a few years apart, we were good friends. One memory that comes to mind as I remember you was listening to Carol King albums in your home when we were in high school. It was a snowy nite with a full moon, and how silent and beautiful it was when you walked me home. That is the vision I carry with me when I remember you.
Kate: I am so sorry for the loss of another sibling.

Bill Bellow

February 17, 2021

I’m sad that John and I had little time together since I was raised in Michigan. We did spend part of one summer together at Grandma & Grandma Elinsky’s at their home in McKeesport during the summer of 1963. We both were survivors of broken homes, but managed to make our way in the world.

It was really great to see and spend a little time with John at the last family reunion in Pittsburgh a couple years ago.

We both served in the military, though my duty was in the Air Force.
May we all be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ, and we when He returns the righteous dead and living will be raised together to meet Him in the air.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV
[51] Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed- [52] in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last …

Come quickly Lord Jesus, come...

Gina Trebilcock

February 17, 2021

Dear Cousin, your kindness was always front and center. We will keep with us the fond memories of your deep soul and gentle ways- may your spirit soar to our maker in heaven, God Bless. ~ Mike & Gina, Alyssa, Michael, Kristian

Maggie McCormick

February 16, 2021

As your littlest sister, I looked up to you. I was honored and thought how tough you must be when you joined the Marines. Then my time came to make the decision to join the military. I remember our conversation well, you specifically told me to "go over seas". As scary as that was, chose to go to Germany, it was a great decision...thank you. I was so excited when you came to see me in Germany; we saw castles, churches, wineries....such a wonderful time.

I will forever miss our phone conversations, they may have only been once every couple of months, but we would talk for 2+ hours, all kinds of subjects.

Lastly your humor was like no other and I found it so funny that we like the same "bad for us foods" from DQ & McD's

You will be missed and in my heart forever. Love Peg

Tim O’Hara

February 15, 2021

Was one of the best people I knew. Too many stories to tell. He will be missed

Cherryll Daoud

February 13, 2021

I was honored to meet John 40 years ago.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing.
My prayers of peace and comfort to his family and friends.
RIP John.
Cherryll Daoud

Marsha Kairis (Elinsky)

February 12, 2021

You will be missed. I know we had a few more round of golf to play... with love I will remember camping at Lake Anna, golfing in Somerset at Down River, making homemade sausage with our cousins...your fantastic beef stroganoff....your many attempts at homemade beef jerky (I loved them all). Your laughter you would try to contain with your hand over your mouth...I will miss this the most...❤Mish