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Francis V. "Horse" Churney

January 21, 1932 — April 4, 2020

Francis V. “Horse” Churney age 88 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully Saturday morning April 4, 2020 in Paramount Assisted Living, McMurray. He was born January 21, 1932 in Canonsburg a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Churney. Fran proudly served with the United States Army as a Corporal in the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post 191 in Canonsburg. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. He was a self-employed builder, as Churney Brothers, until the death of his brother in 1971. They built many buildings in the area including Cherry Hills Golf Course. He had been employed with various builders over the years and prior to his retirement had been employed at McGraw Edison Power Systems and Cooper Industries, for over 30 years in the Electrical Finishing Department. While also taking on building projects for family and friends, he was known as “Horse” due to his tireless work ethic. Fran was a volunteer for the Canonsburg 4th of July Celebration for over 40 years and was famous for the “That’s All Folks” sign on his vehicle at the end of the parade. In his retirement Fran took a great deal of pleasure helping friends and especially his children and grandchildren. He was the kindest gentlest, hard working person that would give the shirt off his back without ever asking anything in return. On June 1, 1957 he married Geraldine Marcischak, who survives after 62 years of marriage. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his four beloved children, Adrienne Podrasky, Terry (Kelly) Churney, Margaret Churney (Eric Coss) and Jan Churney(fiance Melinda Powell), a sister Dorothy of Ashtabula, Ohio, six grandchildren, Alexis Coss, Zack (Lauren) Podrasky, Conrad Churney(fiance Hunter Erickson), Colton Coss, Cassidy and Kendall Churney, a great grandson Jett and several nieces an nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents are brothers and sisters, Joe, Marie, Betty, Martin, John, Albert, and Katherine and his son ion law James “Po” Podrasky

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be a private family only visitation (limited to 10 people) in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where a Catholic Blessing Service will be held at 11am Tuesday April 7. 2020. THE SERVICES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT THAT TIME. Please visit our website www.salandrafunerals.com for viewing and to extend or view condolences. Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Twp. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated a a later date.

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