Alexander Kustra, 81, of New Stanton, PA, (Madison, PA) passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 31, 1939 in Herminie, PA. Son of the late John and Catherine Podafaly Kustra. Alexander was a graduate of the former Sewickley Township High School class of 1958. He then went on to join the U.S. Army where he served during the Vietnam War where he was an expert rifleman. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Herminie, PA, the West Hempfield Post #53 American Legion where he served as an officer and the Herminie #2 Game Association. He was a machinist by trade. Alexander was very family oriented. He enjoyed hunting and helping anyone he knew with home improvement projects. He and his wife loved to travel. They went to places such as Aruba, Bermuda, Hawaii, Canada, Las Vegas and many other destinations with their family – Annie and Albert. He is preceded in death by both parents, 4 child siblings – John, Peter, Mary and Anna and one brother – Harry Kustra. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years – Ruth E. Gelet Kustra of New Stanton, PA (Madison, PA), one daughter – Jayeann R. Hart and husband David of West Deer, PA, three sons – Alexander Kustra (Vicki Pezzano) of Madison, PA, Christopher Kustra and wife Angelina of Arona, PA and David Kustra and wife Kimberly of West Newton, PA, two brothers – Michael Kustra of Hahntown, PA and Nicholas Kustra and wife Joan of Greensburg, PA, three sisters – Mary Ann Karr of Darragh, PA, Annie Lojas and husband Albert of Irwin, PA and Helen Kustra of Herminie, PA, six grandchildren – Jeffrey (Sarah), Christopher, Derrick, Anthony, David and Davilyn, one special great grandchild – Avery, one brother-in-law – Donald Gelet of Wyano, PA, four sister-in-laws – Loretta Gelet of Mt. Pleasant, PA, Bernadine Gelet of Fitz Henry, PA, Barbara Cook of Hannastown, PA and Donna (Bob) Karfelt of Scottdale, PA and many nieces, nephews and their families. Friends will be received from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 9 pm on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc. Rt 136 Madison, PA. A Parastas service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 6 pm. Divine liturgy will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Byzantine Church at 10 AM with Fr. Michael Huszti officiating. A graveside interment will follow at the Westmoreland Memorial Park Cemetery in Greensburg, PA with the Armbrust Veterans accorded. Anyone wishing to attend Alexander’s Divine Liturgy is asked to go directly to the church – 5, 2nd St. Herminie, PA 15637. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, masks must be worn at all times during visitation and church services, as well as social distancing protocol. A maximum of 25 people at a time is all that is permitted at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Brenda, Britany, Melanie and Martin of Heartland Hospice for there love and compassionate care they showed Alexander. Ronald A. Rich Jr., Supervisor/FD.
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