OBITUARY

Albert John Orwasky

March 17, 1929October 7, 2021
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Albert “Bugs” Orwasky, born March 17, 1929 in Weirton, WV, went home to be with the Lord October 7, 2021.

Al “Bugs” graduated from Weir High School in 1947 where he was awarded All-State honors in basketball and baseball. In 1949-1950 he played semi-professional baseball in the Western Minnesota League.

From 1951-1955 Al served in the United States Air Force, stationed out of Andrews Air Force base. He served in special service. He was selected for the Air Force basketball team and participated in Goodwill games throughout Europe and Africa.

On September 25,1954 “Bugs“ married Veda Danze at the First Baptist Church in Weirton, where he served as a Deacon, Trustee and volunteered working on many maintenance projects.

Employed at the Weirton Steel Company, “Bugs” was a pipe-fitter foreman and later worked in the maintenance department for the Steel Works Employee FCU.

He was co-chairman of the Weir High School 1947 Class Reunion committee, member VFW, the Savage Club, Elks and Moose Lodge. “Bugs” loved to golf, enjoyed bowling and watching sports.

Al was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Albert and Mary Orwasky, brothers Raymond and Norman Orwasky and sister Irene Riddle.

Albert “Bugs” was a wonderful family man and always gave of his time and talents for family, friends and others. He is survived by his wife Veda, son Dr. Michael Orwasky (Dr. Carol), grandchildren Alexandra DeHart (Nick) and David Orwasky and great granddaughter Penelope DeHart.

For the past 10 years, Albert and Veda have been residing near their family in Sarasota, FL. He will be laid to rest with military honors at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

A visitation and funeral service will be held for family and friends at the Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home - Wiegand Chapel, 7454 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 beginning at 10:30 am, with service at 11:30 am. Commital service to follow at 1:30 pm at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Faith Baptist Church, 8751 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240, or First Baptist Church, 307 Homewood Ave., Weirton, WV 26062.

Services

26 October

Visitation

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home - Wiegand Chapel

7454 S TAMIAMI TRL
SARASOTA, FL 34231

26 October

Funeral Service

11:30 am

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home - Wiegand Chapel

7454 S TAMIAMI TRL
SARASOTA, FL 34231

26 October

Committal Service

1:30 pm

Sarasota National Cemetery

9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

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Patricia Nagle

October 13, 2021

Sadly we say goodbye to an amazing person always willing to go the extra mile. It was an honor to have Al (Bugs) as part of our family. He never complained was just always a helpful, pleasant person who will be missed by those he left behind.

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Biography

Albert “Bugs” Orwasky, the son of Albert and Mary Orwasky was born in Weirton, WV on March 17, 1943. His youth was centered around sports were in high school he was a standout player. He received first team All-State honors in both basketball and baseball. A three-year starter on the basketball team, “Bugs” became the school’s all-time leading scorer. As the game and scoring changed his record still stood until the 1960s. “Bugs” still remains near the top today.

Out of high school Al had a scholarship offer to play basketball in college and an offer to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. He ultimately chose to play in the Western Minnesota professional baseball league where he was selected to the All-Star team. In the off season “Bugs” played in a hometown area professional basketball league where he led the league in scoring.

In 1951 he joined the Air Force. He served in special services and as fate would have it, part of his duties revolved around basketball and baseball. His tour of duty took him throughout Africa and Europe where he played basketball. Winning the African tournament, his team lost in Europe. “Bugs” was one of seven players selected to join that team as they returned to the US for a World-wide tournament. While home on leave he met his soon to be wife Veda Danze.

After his Air Force duties were over, Al returned to his hometown where he married Veda on September 25, 1954. Deciding he was done with sports and travel; they built a home in Weirton. Al was employed at the Weirton Steel company where he would eventually go on to become a pipe fitter foreman. They added to their family and on July 7,1959 when Albert and Veda had a son Michael.

They lived next door to Veda’s sister Fran, her husband John and their two daughters. Along with their Parents, other sister Pat, her children, Al’s brothers Ray and Norman, sister Irene, their families, and many other cousins in the area they formed a strong family bond. Al and Veda shared in years of loving family gatherings that are a blessing to have been part of and filled our lives with cherished memories.

“Bugs” had many friends he and Veda remained close with over the years, enjoying many activities together. He was active in the First Baptist church where he and Veda got married and was often there helping with the various renovation and maintenance projects. Al was also generous in helping family and friends with their many home projects, often revolving around plumbing and construction needs. Always one to maintain the home, he provided care and attention to keep things running smoothly and provide a safe loving home for his wife and son.

Often involved in the life of his family, Al spent time coaching basketball and baseball for his son’s teams and took time to share valuable lessons in a subtle lead by example way. He was there at all of life’s big events and the small ones. As Michael grew, went to college and eventually starting a career, marriage and family, Al and Veda were always there for support.

Even with his Son and Daughter-in-law in Florida, when construction was needed with for their first office, he was there with hammer in hand. Projects around their home, he was always ready to give his time and talents. Once his grandchildren Alexandra and David were born, he continued to show his love and generosity toward them. Giving them his time and attention.

As the years go by and time and distance become difficult Al and Veda moved to Sarasota, FL to be by Michael and his wife Carol. Michael and his Father continued to enjoy golf and watching sports together. Al and Veda joined Faith Baptist Church where they continued being faithful to God. Albert and Veda enjoyed 67 blessed years of marriage, filled with love and all the ups and downs of life together. Never one to complain of life circumstances, “Bugs” brought a positive attitude, joy and love to those around him. A wonderful example of life in so many ways. We love you deeply and thank God for having brought such a wonderful man into our lives.