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Chief Warrant Officer 2 George J. Savakinas, 87, of Gordon, passed away on Wednesday, September 25th at his home. He was born in Turkey Run on April 23rd, 1932 to the late John and Stella “Zarcufsky” Savakinas.
George was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He worked as an agent for American General Life Insurance company for many years until his retirement. Outside of his military and work career, he enjoyed fishing, doing rub-off tickets, going to the casino’s, and betting on horses.
Besides his parents John and Stella, he was also preceded by his stepmother, Helen Savakinas, and 2 brothers, John and Ralph Savakinas.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen A. “Hand” Savakinas, 1 son, George Savakinas Jr. with his wife Kimberly – West Chester, Pa, 4 daughters, Mary Ellen Murphy with her husband Daniel – Shenandoah, Pa, Estelle Schreppel – Ashland, Pa and son-in-law Thomas of Zion Grove, Pa, Anna Lee Lorman with her husband John – Waldorf, Md, and Shannon Stefanisko with her husband Neil – Gordon, Pa, 1 brother, Ronald Savakinas with his wife Nancy – Ringtown, Pa, 1 sister, Beverly Savakinas – Shenandoah, Pa, 9 grandchildren, Shawn Schreppel with his wife Lisa, Thomas Schreppel, Jaime Murphy, Kellie Murphy, Alicia Smith with her husband Chad, John Lorman with his wife Kelsey, Matthew Lorman, Jacob Shearn, and Luke Stefanisko. Also surviving are 7 great grandchildren, Sheldon Schreppel, Abigail Schreppel, Ethan Meyer, Cooper Smith, Ainsley Smith, Savana Lee Schreppel, and Shelby Cicero, and several beloved aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 4th at 10:30am in Divine Mercy Parish – Sacred Worship Site – St. Casimir’s, 229 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah officiated by Fr. Dominic Pham. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday evening from 5 to 8pm at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah and again on Friday morning from 8 to 10am at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held at 12:30pm on Friday in Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.
The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, Shenandoah are handling the arrangements