Julius Kovach Obituary

Julius  Kovach
Julius Kovach

February 4, 1925 - August 28, 2006
Resided in Chambersburg, PA
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Mr. Julius “Steve” Kovach, 81, of Chambersburg, PA, died at 8:15 P.M. Monday, August 28, 2006 in Chambersburg Hospital. He became critically ill three weeks ago.

He was born on February 4, 1925 in Gary, Indiana; he was the son of the late Steve and Lydia (Turoczy) Kovach. He lived his early life in Rural Valley, PA.

Mr. Kovach graduated from Rural Valley High School with the class of 1941. He then received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Pittsburgh in Sociology and Psychology. He later received his Master(TM)s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Medical Social Work.

He served in the United States Army Air Corp, during World War II, serving state side.

He and his wife, Mrs. Burnetta A. (Carbaugh) Kovach, were married on October 11, 1969 in the Central Presbyterian Church of Chambersburg. They moved to the present residence in 1976.

Mr. Kovach was employed as a social worker for the American Red Cross in Rockford, Illinois. He then worked at the Kane Hospital, Woodville Hospital and Mayview Hospital all of Pittsburgh as a social worker. He then came to South Mountain Restoration Center, South Mountain, PA and established, developed and directed the Social Service Department and also established a foster home program at the center. He retired in 1977. Following retirement, he and his wife owned and operated B.J. Nursery in Chambersburg for 26 years, retiring in 1998.

He was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church of Chambersburg, where he served as an elder, deacon and a member of the Red Carpet Gang Sunday School Class. He also was a member of the Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post 1599, Am Vets Post 224; Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 842; Warmspring Ruritan Club and Falling Spring Chapter #2840 AARP all of Chambersburg; national AARP; and the Detrich-Brechbill American Legion Post 612 of St. Thomas, PA.

Mr. Kovach also volunteered with the Toy Mission in Chambersburg.

His hobbies included model airplanes, and playing the organ.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jeffrey S. Kovach of Fayetteville, PA; Mark A. Kovach of Chambersburg; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren who called him “Nagy”; two brothers, Jesse Kovach and William Kovach both of Rural Valley, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William H. Kovach who died in 1984 and a grandson, Stephen J. Kovach who died in 1992.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, September 1, 2006 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad Street, Waynesboro with Rev. officiating. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

Family will receive friends from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Thursday in the funeral home.

Military graveside services will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post 1599, Chambersburg.


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Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home
50 S. Broad St.
Waynesboro, PA US 17268
Thursday, August 31, 2006
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home
50 S. Broad St.
Waynesboro, PA US 17268
Friday, September 1, 2006
1:00 PM
Parklawn Memorial Gardens
3218 Philadelphia Ave.
Chambersburg, PA US 17201
Friday, September 1, 2006
2:15 PM