Joseph G. Rudnik
19, 1949 - February 14, 2017, Mount
Joseph G. Rudnik,
67 of Mount Pleasant, passed away, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at his home. Joe
was the son of the late Joseph W. and Nellie (Katie) Rudnik and was a life-long
resident of Mount Pleasant Borough. He was an altar boy and a member of the
former Transfiguration R. C. Church and current member of the St. Pius X
Catholic Church. In his youth, he played four years for the Mount Pleasant Little
League with the Kiwanis Club team and two years for the Mount Pleasant Pony
League with the Kosciuszko Club team coached by his late father, Joseph W. Rudnik.
Transfiguration R.C. Church School and was a 1967 graduate of Geibel Catholic High
School. He also graduated from the Institute of Computer Management (ICM)
receiving a computer programming degree.
In 1969, he was
drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia
and he also completed his Advance Training (AIT) at the same location in
Military Police. From there he was assigned to Ft. Monroe, Virginia as a
Military Policeman (MP). He served a tour of duty for 13 months in Central
Korea, stationed in Taejon and volunteered for the MP Dog Platoon. During this
time, he handled Pal and Chieftain for 9 months and was Commander of the Relief
(COR) for 4 months. He received an honorable discharge in September, 1971.
Upon his return
to the states, Joe began an extensive career with the Pennsylvania Liquor
Control Board (PLCB) Wines & Spirit Shoppe, he began as a full-time clerk
and progressed to Assistant Manager in 1979 and then to a General Manager in
1985; a position he held since that time, until retiring in 2006 after 35 years
He joined the
Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department on March 20, 1973. He held the offices
of Lieutenant, Captain, Chaplain, President, County Delegate and State
Delegate. In April, 1990, Joe was elected Assistant Chief and had served
continuously in that capacity for 15 years. He also served on numerous
committees for the fire department.
1985, he instituted the Fire Safety Education Program for Kindergarten, First
and Second grade students in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District. This
curriculum includes the "Stop, Drop and Roll" and other Safety
Programs. This led to him being affectionately known throughout the community
by his students and parents alike as "Fireman Joe". He also conducted
fire safety education classes for other organizations.
His other firemen
affiliations include being a member of the Westmoreland County Firemen's
Association, the Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association, PA State Firemen's
Association and the group called the "Gooseneckers" . He was also a
member of the Western Pennsylvania Fire Chiefs Association.
He enjoyed his many years spending time at his camp at Big Bear Lake Campland
in WV and riding his Firetruck golf cart.
his wife, Patty; a sister Paula Klocek and husband, Joseph of Mt. Pleasant;
mother-in-law, Yvonne Demagall of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law, Linda Gowton and
husband George of Mt. Pleasant, Brother-in-law, Jim Demagall and wife Pam of
Acme and sister-in-law, Anita O'Neal and husband Don of Mt. Pleasant; special
nieces, McKenzie and Harley, his weekend daughters and numerous special nieces,
nephews and great nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart.
The family would like to thank Excela Home Care and Hospice, especially, Lynn
Adamrovich, Stephanie Yothers, Angela Sipple and Maria Guadiano for their kind
and considerate care.
invited from 2 to 8PM Friday to SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE 730 W. Main Street
Mount Pleasant where a blessing service will be held at 12 PM Saturday,
followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 12:30PM in St. Pius X Catholic Church
with Rev. Richard J. Kosisko as celebrant. Interment with military honors
conducted by American Legion Post 446 Mt. Pleasant will follow in the
Transfiguration Cemetery. Members of the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department
will meet at 7PM Friday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions
in memory of Joe may be made to the Mt. Pleasant VFD 100 S. Church Street Mt.
Pleasant, PA 15666 or the Humane Society of Westmoreland County 1152 Route 119N
Greensburg, PA 15601. Please visit Joe's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com
to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director. Get Directions