William J. Sherakas, Jr., 87, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Genesis Schuylkill Center, Pottsville. He last resided in New Philadelphia but spent most of his life in Shenandoah Heights.
Born in Shenandoah on May 19, 1932, he was a son of the late William J. Sherakas, Sr. and Mary (Stanulis) Sherakas.
Mr. Sherakas attended St. George’s Catholic school and was a 1950 graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.
William was a decorated Army veteran having served his country in the Korean War. He received the National Defense Service Medal.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a foreman in the manufacturing industry.
William was a member of the former St. George’s Catholic Church, Shenandoah. He was an avid Notre Dame and New York Giants football fan. He especially enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his brother, Matthew W. Sherakas. William was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving are his two sons, William J. Sherakas, III and his wife Larissa of Austin, TX and Robert Sherakas and his wife Maria of Pottsville; his two daughters, Elaine Sherakas Heinly and her husband James of Selinsgrove and Diane Barlow and her husband Edward of Cedar Park, TX; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Religious services will be held on Monday morning, March 16, 2020 at 10:30 am at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the funeral home.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.