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Lawrence J. Nemec, Jr.

April 14, 1944 ~ September 20, 2020 (age 76)


Lawrence J. Nemec, Jr., 76 of Ruffsdale, died peacefully Sunday evening, September 20, 2020 at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born April 17, 1944 in Greensburg, the son of the late Lawrence Joseph, Sr. and Faye Sumpman Nemec.

Larry was a Graduate of South Huntingdon Twp. High School Class of 1962. He then continued his education and graduated from California University in 1966 with a BS Degree in Elementary Education and his Masters Degree as well 1969. Larry then pursed his education at Pitt University and West Virginia University where he obtained the following Professional Certificates, Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal, Supervisor Elementary Education Letter for Eligibility for Superintendent.

Larry held many positions within the Yough School District from 1966 - 2008, such as Elementary Teacher Grades 5 and 6 at Sutersville Elementary, Head Teacher Grade 6 at Barren Run Elementary, Head Teacher Grade 6 at H.W. Good Elementary, Elementary Principal H.W. Good-Lowber-Mendon-Barren Run, Junior High Assistant Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Yough School District.

He held many Educational Memberships such as, YEA (Yough Education Association) as a member and President, PSEA, NEA, PASA and WCSA as a member as President as well.

Prior to his full-time employment, Larry was employed by Sutersville Lumber, South Huntingdon Twp., Cooh Asphalt Company and was a Farmer whom raised and showed Suffolk Sheep.

In his spare time, Larry enjoyed Hunting, nature, bicycling, gardening, playing the accordion and feeding the wildlife.

Larry believed that everyone should give back to their community in some shape or form and he most definitely lived this belief. He also believed that you should show respect for all. His treatment of students, faculty, staff and parents; was evident in his dealings with them. Examples of this was a standing ovation when he was introduced to the staff and faculty as their superintendent and he was also given the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Pirates Baseball game.

Larry was very involved within his community, where he was a member of Yukon Volunteer Fire Department for 7 years and Trustee.

He was a Charter Member of the Turkeytown- South Huntingdon Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, where he held various positions such as the Relief Association President, President of the Fire Company, Fire Chief for 44 plus years, he was a Life Member for 55 plus years and acquired many PA State Grants to obtain new tools and equipment for the Fire Company.

He was a member of Westmoreland County Fire Association, Westmoreland County Fire Chiefs Association, Pennsylvania State Fire Association, Mohawks Westmoreland County Association, PA State Fire Marshall Bureau Assistant and of the Founding members of the Covered Bridge 4-H Horse Club.

Additionally, Larry was a member of the NRA, Life Member of Herminie Sportsmans Association and a Past member of the Board of Review for the West Newton Boy Scouts.

He held the title of South Huntingdon Twp. Auditor for 30 years and served as the South Huntingdon Twp. Emergency Coordinator for 14 plus years.

Larry wore many hats in the South Huntingdon Twp. Community, he was known in many forms, such as a Husband, Father, Teacher, Friend and Fire Chief. He touched so many lives within the community and will always be remembered.

Larry is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him,

His loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Barbara Ceccenello Nemec of Ruffsdale.

His Loving Children:

Lauri Frost and husband Harry of St. Johns Fla.

Richard Bosch and wife Kim of New Paris, Pa.

Michael Bosch and wife Crina of Las Vegas, NV.

Kimberly Stepinsky and husband Joe of West Newton, Pa.

 His Grandchildren:

Jimmy Frost and wife McKenzie, Joel and Jesse Frost

Beau Bosch and Fiance Sarah, Rylee and Belle Bosch

Cody, Hannah and Hayley Stepinsky

His Siblings:

Frank Nemec and wife Lois of Florida

Fay Stuyvesant of West Newton

Cindy Thorne and husband Art of West Newton

Larry was always an animal lover and had many dogs and cats over the years, including his Special Dogs IKE and MIKEY, his miniature Schnauzers.

Larry’s Family, Friends and Brother Fireman are invited to Turkeytown V.F.D. Social Hall from 8 AM to 10 AM the hour of his Funeral Service, Saturday, September 26, 2020, with Pastor Steve Myers of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, New Stanton and the Firehall Chaplain, Barry D. Smith. The Doors to the Social Hall will be open at 8AM.

Entombment will follow in Westmoreland Memorial Park, Greensburg.

All Fire Departments are invited to participate. If planning to attend, please message TVFD on their Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, Larry’s family suggests that memorials be made to the Turkeytown Volunteer Fire Department at 90 Supervisor Drive West Newton, Pa. 15089.  Should you wish to send flowers, please send all flowers directly to the Turkeytown VFD Social Hall.

In compliance with the CDC covid-19 guidelines, Social Distancing and masks are required for the Service.

Larry’s Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Frank Kapr Funeral Home, Inc. 417 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale.

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