George H. Pann
Age 100, formerly of Natrona Heights, passed away peacefully with his niece by his side on Monday, March 27, 2023 in Magnolia Place of Saxonburg. Born on April 22, 1922 in Glassmere, PA, he was the son of the late George and Rose (Kostalnik) Pann.
George, a World War II Pearl Harbor survivor, enlisted in the United States Army after high school at the age of 18. At the time of the bombing on Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to the 55th Coast Artillery Regiment in Oahu as a gunman. He served in the Pacific Theater in the Gilbert Islands, the Philippines, and Okinawa, Japan until 1945. After his military service, George worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries for 38 years. George was a member of Guardian Angels Parish, the former Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Creighton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 894 Natrona Heights. He was an avid reader, enjoyed going to horse races, and playing the Stock Market. He returned to Pearl Harbor many times to pay respect to those who were lost.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, August J. Pann, Joseph M. Pann, Ludwig Pann, and Frank J. Pann and his sisters, Helen Bobinich, Elizabeth Gawaldo and Mary Fritch.
Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to Noon on Monday, April 3, 2023 in the Paul R. Ajak Funeral Home, 921 Freeport Road, Creighton, PA 15030. A blessing service will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023 in the Our Lady of Hope Cemetery Chapel, 1898 Bakerstown Road, Tarentum, PA 15084 officiated by the Rev. John B. Lendvai, Pastor of Guardian Angels Parish, Natrona Heights, PA. Full military honors by the Vandergrift Honor Guard will be rendered. Entombment will follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local veteran’s organization in George’s honor.
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