Obituaries

Thomas W. “Bill” McSurdy

Bill McSurdyThomas W. “Bill” McSurdy, 86 formerly of Shenandoah and Pottsville passed away peacefully into God’s care on Monday evening at Genesis Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Shenandoah, he was the son of the late Thomas and Frances (Davis) McSurdy and was raised by the late Catherine and Harvey Birklebach.

Bill was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School where he excelled in baseball and football.  He later went on to play semi-professional baseball.

US FlagHe was a decorated World War II Navy Veteran.  He received the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal.

Bill worked for many years in the mining industry as a heavy equipment operator.

He was a member of the William Penn United Methodist Church where he served as a former member on the Administrative Board and was an active volunteer at the annual Easter egg project for both the William Penn United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church, Shenandoah.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post #144 of Middleport and a life-member of the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company.

Bill spent his life teaching all of those close to him about humor, tolerance and unconditional love.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 58 years, the former Catherine M. “Kate” (Markovitch) McSurdy on March 11, 2010; two sons, Thomas and David McSurdy; a sister, Gail R. Birkelbach and a brother, James McSurdy.

Surviving are a son Robert F. McSurdy and his wife Kim of Pottsville; seven grandchildren Jacob McSurdy, Kelly Koscil, Sara McSurdy, Kristen McSurdy, Jillian McSurdy, Kaitlyn McSurdy and Daniel McSurdy; two daughters-in-law Donna McSurdy-Rakus of Ringtown and Cheryl McSurdy of St. Clair; nieces and nephews.

Prayer and scripture services will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  Pastor Peggy Reed of the William Penn United Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  There will be no calling hours on Friday evening.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the William Penn United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o 35 St. Paul Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements. 

Thomas W. “Bill” McSurdy Has 4 Condolences Posted:

  1. Claudia Moyer says:

    Bob and Kim, I believe you know that only good memories fill my thoughts of the short time I spent with Bill. His wit, determination and kind and gentle nature was humbling. Cherish every memory of him, as will those who he inspired. Remembering you in thought and prayer.

  2. Joe kott says:

    Bob,kim,kelly,and kristin and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your dad,he was a
    Wonderful person .we had alot of goodtimes with him.
    Please except our condolences, and our prayers
    And may god take him with his angels in heaven .
    Sincerly,
    Joe and bernie kott and family

  3. Michele Calik says:

    Bob, Kim, and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Your father was an amazing man and will be missed by all who loved him.

    Michele Calik

  4. Dominick Nati says:

    Bob,
    My condolences to you and your family over the loss of a Father, Grandfather and Friend. Reading his obituary made me realize he lived an amazing life. Now I know why you are who you are because he lived and was manifested through you. The sharing of his life for you should be a celebration for knowing him made you a better and richer person. You all have a place in heaven for providing him care and rest over these so many months.
    Dom