Memory Eternal! + Samuel Essey


Samuel Essey, 93, of Monessen, PA, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born in Syria, the son of the late Esper and Anna Abraham Essey. Sam was a 1939 graduate of Monessen High School and a member of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was the treasurer for 30 years beforer retiring.

As a veteran of WW II, Sam served with the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Arkansas in the American Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He retired from the Monessen Plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, then became the administrative assistant to the late Pennsylvania House of Representative Majority Leader, James J. Manderino.

Samuel is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elmunda "Munda" (George) Essey, a son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Teri Essey, a daughter, Ginger Gerdish, a son-in-law, Gregory Gerdish, a brother, George Essey of Monessen, four grandchildren, Jarrod, Cory, Dillion and Chad. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Sherri and Linda Essey, and by three brothers, Michael, Norman, and Gerald Essey.

Friends will be received on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dalfonso-Billick Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services, 441 Reed Ave. Monessen. Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1201 Patton Ave. Monessen, with Fr. Fred Pfile officiating. NOTE: Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Mon Valley Memorial Park, Donora. Trisagion service with Fr. Fred Pfile officiating will be held at 3:30 pm, Friday.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to: St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1201 Patton Ave. Monessen, PA 15062.

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