Donald J. Soltysiak

Born: Mon., Jan. 31, 1938
Died: Thu., Jul. 5, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 11, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 11, 2018
Location: Hart Funeral Home Inc

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM, Thu., Jul. 12, 2018
Location: Mother of Sorrows Church

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Jul. 12, 2018
Location: Mother of Sorrows Church

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Donald Joseph Soltysiak, age 80, of Murrysville, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Oak Island, NC.  Beloved husband of Genevieve Socha, for 59 years; loving father and grandfather of five children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by two sisters, brother and sister in laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Don was born on January 31, 1938 in Saginaw, Michigan to Joseph and Josephine Soltysiak.  After graduating from Michigan State University in 1961, Don went on to be an accomplished civil engineer.  His career began in California working for McDonald Douglas and after ten years, he took a position with Westinghouse.  Don worked for Westinghouse and on elite projects for the company for over thirty years before retiring in 2004.  Outside of his astounding career, Don loved life’s simplest pleasures.  He loved to fish, play cards and to dance a good polka with his wife.  He will be remembered for his sharp sense of humor, his love for country music, and finding him in front of a TV every Sunday cheering on his Steelers.  Most of all, Don’s love exploded for his family and yearly family vacations.  Don loved a good fishing trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, or Tennessee.  The location wasn’t as important to Don, as was who the trip was with.  Don’s most cherished times in his life have been spent on the North Carolina coast with his immediate and extended family, which became the place he took his final vacation.  Don passed away at a place he loved, surrounded by those who mean the most to him.  Family and Friends are welcome  2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hart Funeral Home Inc., 3103 Lillian Avenue, Murrysville, 724-327-1100.  Additional visitation 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the Mother of Sorrows, Murrysville with a funeral mass at 10 a.m.  Interment will  follow in the Murrysville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.  Please add or view tributes at

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Lorraine Kazmerski
   Posted Sun July 08, 2018
Sending heartfelt condolence to Jean, my life long friend and "cousin" and her family. May God guide and keep you safe during this sad time. I always loved you and Don and will always remember the good times we shared.

Tom Smigiel
   Posted Sun July 08, 2018
My deepest sympathies - worked with Don at Westinghouse/Bechtel and attended some Steelers game with him and John Burger - always a good time - Rest In Peace Don!

Mary (Nowaczyk)
   Posted Mon July 09, 2018
My dear friend, my sincerest sympathy to you and family. Take all the hugs and love shown by all. May our dear Savior give you& family strength. I experienced the same only a year ago and all of these mean so very much. God be with all. Love and prayers Mary

Ron Nowaczyk
   Posted Tue July 10, 2018
Sorry to here about Don. I always remember good old "Salty". You have my deepest
sympathy Jean. May God Bless. Take care

Don Pritchett & Kelsey Strine
   Posted Tue July 10, 2018
Kelsey and I are deeply saddened by your family's loss. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have met and spent time with Don, and have nothing but fond memories of him.

Ron Nowaczyk
   Posted Wed July 11, 2018
Jean sorry to hear about Old Salty. Take care

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