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In Memory of

George Kerekanich

April 2, 1926 - May 11, 2014
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  The kiss of the sun for pardon The song of the birds for mirth One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday May 15, 2014, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery at Noon.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service at 9:30 a.m.  A light breakfast will be served.      George was born in Instanter, Pa. to Charles and Mary (Fedunchuk) Kerekanich, immigrants from Czechoslovakia and the Ukraine. He...


 



The kiss of the sun for pardon



The song of the birds for mirth



One is nearer God’s heart in a garden



Than anywhere else on earth



 A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday May 15, 2014, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery at Noon.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service at 9:30 a.m.  A light breakfast will be served.



     George was born in Instanter, Pa. to Charles and Mary (Fedunchuk) Kerekanich, immigrants from Czechoslovakia and the Ukraine. He graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946 following the war.  He received his electrical engineering degree from Trine University in Angola, Indiana in 1952 by virtue of the GI Bill.  His college years included active involvement in Sigma Phi Delta and Skull and Bones.



     George married Emmaleen (Shorty) Erlandson in 1949 and personally constructed their first home. They had five children and spent their married life in Pa., N.Y., and finally S.C.  He began his career with Westinghouse Electric Company in Meadville, Pa. in 1952. Other companies he worked for included Carborandum Company (N.Y.), Stackpole Carbon Company (Pa.) and Aerojet General Company (Calif.).  In moving to S.C. in 1968, he was the senior construction engineer of the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Company, supervising the construction of the facility and eventually retiring after 25 years of service.



     George loved the outdoors and enjoyed many happy hours gardening and sharing the bounty with friends.  He loved hunting and fishing, especially casting a shrimp net and crabbing in the South Carolina waters.  Hobbies included golfing and playing cards.  He taught his family the importance of hard work and the resulting rewards. The traditional Slovakian Christmas Eve dinner continues to be a yearly family celebration enjoyed by all the children and grandchildren at the beach.  George and Emmaleen were blessed to experience travel throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the world including Egypt, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. 



     Surviving are his wife, Emmaleen Erlandson Kerekanich; children, Steven Kerekanich (Sarah) of St. Louis, Mo., Susan Stuckey (William) of Madison, Ga., Jan Oldale (Daniel) of Arnold, Md., Peter Kerekanich (Diane) of Atchison, Kan.; and eight grandchildren, Adam Kerekanich, Marianne Harvey, Joanna Stuckey, Eric Oldale, Sampson Oldale, Emma Eileen Kerekanich, Nolan Kerekanich, Thomas Kerekanich. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Kerekanich and several sisters and brothers.



     Nostrovia to you George!  You will be missed.



 



"Dear Shorty and Family: I have many fond and fun memories of our families in the early years of Westinghouse when we were the only ones here! I remember..." Kerri Hubich-MacIntyre (Flower Mound, TX)

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