samuel bakich
Samuel Bakich, 79, of Weirton, WV died Friday November 14, 2014, at the Weirton Medical Center. Born on June 24, 1935, in Shoaf, PA, Sam was a son of the late Steve and Milica "Anna" Wonkovich Bakich. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Judith Badis Bakich on December 12, 1991; his two brothers, George and Mitch Bakich; and his sister, Katherine Evans. Sam served his country as a Sergeant with the United States Marine Corp, during the Korean War. He retired after 30 years of service from Weirton Steel, where he worked as a Scarfer. During his career with Weirton Steel, Sam served as the President of the Independent Steelworkers Union from 1970 to 1979. He was a member of the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club, VFW 2716 and the American Legion Post 10. Sam is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie Schaeffer and her husband Michael of Avon Lake, OH, and Denise Bakich of Erie, PA; his brother, Pete Bakich and his wife Dora of Weirton, WV; and his two grandchildren, Kathrine Grober and Edward Grober, III. There will be no visitation. Sam's cremation arrangements are under the care of the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. His cremated remains will be laid to rest next to his wife at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Share tributes and memories at 304 748 3219

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  1. I was saddened to hear of the passing of my Uncle Sam. He helped eased the cost of my college education in the early 1970\’s my helping me find summer employment at Weirton Steel. He was also gracious enough to let me live with his family one summer. I have fond memories of Uncle Sam, Aunt Judy and his wonderful daughters, Stephanie and Denise. My prayers go out to them.

  2. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Samuel Bakich, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.

    I thank you for your service and my Freedom

    You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

    US Marine Korea Veteran, Samuel Bakich, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 â€

  3. What can be said about Sam – one of kind – Class Act – many great memories – RIP Sam – my prayers to the family – Dave Budney Tarpon Springs Fl

  4. family of sam, Sam was an outstanding leader of the wsx union. while i worked at personnel he was always willing to work with any employee that needed help. my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. jerry hamill

  5. Sam was a GREAT guy who was my union steward in the tin mill. Always enjoyed having coffee with him at the local gatherings on Saturdays. Definitely a unique character who always kept me laughing!

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