George F. Glarner Jr.

Born: Sat., Jan. 27, 1934
Died: Fri., May 10, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., May 14, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., May 14, 2019
Location: Hart Funeral Home Inc

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., May 15, 2019
Location: First United Methodist Church of Murrysville

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George F. Glarner, Jr., 85, of Murrysville passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, after an extended and courageous battle with cancer.  He was born January 27, 1934 in Forest Hills, PA, the son of the late George F. Glarner, Sr. and Mildred (Bochter) Glarner.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents, and also a son, George F. Glarner III, in the year 2013.  George was a graduate of Penn Hills High School, where he was a three-year starter on the Penn Hills Football Team.  He was part of a squad that went “9 and 6” over 3 years in the PSAC West.  George played both offense and defense positions, and was one of the top defensive linemen in the league.  He then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1956, where he also started as a tackle on the IUP Football Team. Afterwards, he went on to further his education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Business.  In tandem with his teaching career, George coached Ford City High School Football, and then moved on to Assistant Coach and then Head Football Coach at Swissvale High School in 1963.  During his tenure, he was a Four-Time ALLE – MON Conference Coach of the Year.  In 1970, George began a career with QSP, Inc., a division of Reader’s Digest, where he excelled as a National Accounts Manager for over 26 years, from which he retired in 1996.  Alongside his career at Reader’s Digest, in 1980, George and his wife, Betty, founded their own company, “Armoloy of Western PA, Inc.,” a Metal Finishing company, where he served as President until he retired in the year 2000.  George was a long-time Board Member of the Westmoreland Girl Scout Council, as well as the Murrysville Public Library.  He was also a member of the Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh, and a devoted parishioner of the First United Methodist Church in Murrysville for more than 43 years.  George’s most memorable attribute was his deep devotion and love for his family and all of his friends.  He will fondly be remembered for his enjoyable and often humorous quick wit, his incredibly keen memory, and his passion for all sports, especially PITT and IUP Football.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty J. (Davis) Glarner; his devoted children, Gregory (Kathy) Glarner of Plum, and Beth Anne (David) Nader of Murrysville; and also his six grandchildren, Gregory, Robert, Chris and Victoria Glarner, and Danielle and Jake Nader; and his three great granddaughters, all of whom will miss him dearly.  Family and friends will be received from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm and also from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Hart Funeral Home, located at 3103 Lillian Avenue, Murrysville.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 3916 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA.  Everyone please meet at church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, in memory of George F. Glarner, Jr.

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Michael Kranich Sr.
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
I was deeply saddened to learn of George's passing. I will always remember the good times I had with him and Betty....he was one of the nicer people I've known in my life.
My wife Eva joins me with condolences.

Gene Pocsatko
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
My deepest condolences for your loss to the family of Coach Garner.
I played 3 years with him as my head coach and always had the highest respect for him
RIP Coach
Gene Pocsatko
Swissvale HS class of 1965

Paul Tortorella
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
It is with a heavy heart we hear of the passing of George Glarner . He was a great supporter of IUP Football and will be dearly missed by all . George was very generous with numerous money donations to our football program and NEVER asked for anything in return . He was a class act who always wanted the best for IUP Football and the university . Rest In Peace our friend and keep watching over IUP Football . Paul Tortorella / HFC

larry hunt
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
was the best coach swissvale had i had booking classes two yr with him i was involded in football also class of 65

Ken Stewart
   Posted Mon May 13, 2019
Lorraine and I are deeply saddened to read about George’s passing. So many good memories. Betty, you are in our prayers.

Roger and Anita Holmes
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Very sad news, our sincere condolences to Betty and all the Glarner family. We have very fond memories of our time with George and Betty.
Love from Roger and Anita, Naple Fl.

Mike & Linda (Quinten) Kohut
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Mrs. G, we are sorry to hear of the Coach's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. He will forever have a place in our hearts. Swissvale H.S. was a much better place because of him. We are sure that many of his former students and players will, like us say, that the Coach was one of the most influential people in their lives. RIP Big Guy, gone but not forgotten!

C. Belvey
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
My condolences to the family of Mr. Glarner, Jr. May the God of comfort, be your refuge and strength a help that is readily found in times of distress. ( Psalms 46:1)

Luke Lewandowski
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Betty, Luke and I are very saddened to hear of George's passing. He was one terrific person and will be missed. You are in our prayers.

Kathy Balkovec Peters
   Posted Wed May 15, 2019
I remember Mr. Glarner fondly as a wonderful teacher and football coach at Swissvale High School. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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