Lawrence J. Brehl, 87, formerly of McCandless, died Friday, January 22, 2021 at Redstone Highlands in Murrysville. He joins his beloved wife of 55 years, Dorothy, who preceded him in death in 2011. Born on April 11, 1933, in Washington, Pa., Larry is survived by his children, David Brehl, of Goleta, Calif., Marcy Paul (John), of Irwin, and Stephen Brehl (CeCe), of Carmel, Ind., and grandchildren, Jenny Paul (Ryan), Nicole Paul, and Lexi, Evan and Luke Brehl, as well as his sister, Kitty Yancosek (Richard), of Pittsburgh, his loving niece, Karen Dionise (Jim), of Wexford, and numerous other nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Marietta, and eight brothers and sisters.
Larry was a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in journalism and worked as a sportswriter for the Washington Observer following graduation. He then served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Macon. After his service, Larry began a 34-year career at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in communications, human resources and benefits administration, although he remained a journalist at heart and often could be found meticulously scanning a copy of the day’s newspaper. Larry was an active volunteer in his community, including through the McCandless Lions Club and Junior Achievement. After his retirement from Westinghouse in 1991, he volunteered at the Vincentian Home in McCandless as part of the Westinghouse SURE retiree group and at his parish, St. Alexis Roman Catholic Church in Wexford. He enjoyed completing the daily crossword puzzle and playing bridge with his wife.
After his wife’s death in 2011, Larry was a proud and happy resident of Cumberland Woods Village in Allison Park, where he made many new friends, and later, of Redstone Highlands in Murrysville, where he also received hospice care. He and his family very much appreciated the continuous support of the staff and nurses at both institutions.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in Murrysville. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Due to current restrictions, services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Little Sisters of the Poor – Pittsburgh, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh.