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George E. Gasper | 94

November 4, 1926 - October 4, 2021

George E. Gasper, 94, of McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, and formerly of St. Marys, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021, at Brookdale Senior Living Community, after a brief illness.

He was born November 4, 1926, in Windber, son of the late John T. and Ann Sotak Gasper. George was a graduate of Windber High School, Class of 1944. He continued his studies at Indiana State Teacher’s College and earned his Masters of Education from Penn State University. George was a member of the St. Marys community for almost 70 years.  During that time, he was a high school teacher, principal, and guidance counselor at the St. Marys Area School District.

On August 25, 1956, in St. Mark’s Catholic Church, in Emporium, he married Joanne Kinsler, who survives. They were blessed to share 65 years of marriage together.

George is survived by one daughter: Julie Chiesa and her husband, Dan, of Pittsburgh; two grandsons: Brad (Monika) and Eric (Laura); two great-granddaughters: Brooklyn and Madeline; and by many nieces and nephews.

George was a staff sergeant in the United States Army, serving our country in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 103, St. Marys. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and volunteering at the high school during his retirement years. He cherished his time with his loving wife and the family with which they were blessed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday morning, from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to Gallagher Hospice, 1370 Washington Pike, Suite 401B, Bridgeville, PA 15017.



October 7, 2021
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

October 7, 2021
11:00 am
Queen of the World Church

Final Resting Place

October 7, 2021
12:00 pm
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Mr. Gasper was one of the best Guidance Counselors of all time at SMAHS. Rest in peace Sir.

  2. My sympathy on the passing of your loved one, George. I met George and Joanne at the Ridgway YMCA. George was always a gentleman and regularly asked about my mother, while on the tread mill, during her final days. He is fondly remembered by many there.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I called him Georgie. I worked with him for many years. When I would have a heavy work load, he would come to the office and help me file. He was a great supervisor and a friend.
    I missed our phone calls after he moved to be with Julie. After we would do testing, he would call me over. He would ask me to make an envelope out to Julie. He would mail the money from the test to her. He was so proud of her and loved her so much.
    He loved his Joanne too.
    We had many laughs over time.
    I will miss him very much.
    God be with Joanne and Julie and all of his family.

  4. Joanne, Julie, Dan, & family,
    Extending our most heartfelt sympathies to each of you in the loss of your loved one. We always enjoyed the visits at the Chiesa’s.
    God bless,
    Dave & Susie Weinzierl & family

  5. Julie. We send our sympathies to you and your family. May the Lord hold your father in the palm of his hand as he makes his final journey. May all of you find peace in celebration of his long life shared with all of your family

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