David J. Falatko, known to his friends as ” OSO”, 61, of Taylor Township went home to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle against cancer.
Born September 14, 1955 in New Castle, he was the son of John M. Falatko and Joyce K. Pavkovich Falatko. Surviving him is his beloved wife of 30 years, the former Miss Robin Hedlund, whom he married on May 29, 1987.
David was a self employed contractor. He was affiliated with the Victory Christian Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling. An avid outdoorsman, David enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a Pittsburgh Sports Fan.
David was a loving man who spent years balancing work, God, and family, not necessarily in that order. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, friend, and mentor to many. He enjoyed many things in life, but most of all he loved helping things grow. His sons and daughters, as well as his garden are a testament to this. David’s sense of humor and patient and loving spirit will be remembered by all the many people he touched during his life.
In addition to his wife, mother, and father, David is survived by his children, Rudy Vellone, Heather and her husband Wayne Ferrell, Johnna and her husband William Pocza, Jarrod Falatko, Caitlyn Falatko and T.J. Palipchak; his brother, Michael Falatko; his grandchildren Zachary and Brayden Ferrell, Kaileah, Nate, and Haley Vellone, as well as two great-grandchildren, Alex and Spencer.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday February 20 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street, Wampum Pa. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Jere Beulah of Victory Christian Church officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at marshallsfh.com.
My deepest condolences to you Robin and children, Mr. and Mrs. Falatko and Chipper and family. I have good memories of Oso especially playing basketball at our West Pittsburg playground. He had these big hands and could palm that basketball with no problem. He was very athletic and could do pretty much anything in all sports. He was just laid back and always respectful and thoughtful of others. That’s what I will always remember about you my friend. RIP Oso!!!
Joyce, Jeep and family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Unfortunately I haven’t seen Dave for a long while yet have many fond memories; clearly the dominant one is just what a great guy Dave was … so pure of heart. Not surprised at all of his affiliation with Christian counseling.
Goodbye my friend of many years. Rest in heaven. You will be missed by so many. Thanks for some great memories and lots of laughs.
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave was one of my very first Christian brothers in the Lord after an El Salvador trip. Johnna, my heart is with you.
Sending love, hugs and prayers,