Henry J. Rafacz, 90, of Wampum passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born July 10, 1930 in Fallentimber, PA, he was the son of the late John and Josephine Gaul Rafacz . He was married to Bessie Elizabeth Stiles Rafacz for 66 years when she passed away August 31, 2020.
Henry retired from Babcock and Wilcox Hot Finish in Beaver Falls following 33 years of service. He was an active member of the former St. Monica’s and Queen of Heaven Parish in Wampum. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and always looked forward to their annual Easter Bread Sale. He currently is a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. Henry enjoyed going back to his family homestead and reminiscing about his many years in the Boy Scouts. Henry was a Veteran of the Army serving during the Korean War. An avid outdoorsman, Henry especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Family was his life, he cherished time spent with them. He loved joking playfully with his grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Denise (Mark) Loccisano of Fredericksburg, VA, Carol (Charlie) Monks of Franklin, TN; two sons, John (Tom) Rafacz of Skokie, IL, Jim (Melissa) Rafacz of Enon Valley sister, Irene Zajac of Wampum; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren with another one on the way any day.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, John, Joe, Chester, Raymond, and Edward Rafacz .
Visiting hours will be held on Monday September 21 from 5-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer Church on Tuesday at 11 am. Rev. Father Mark Thomas will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.
Jim, Melissa and Family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom and Dad. All our hearts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
Lori Hervatine and Family
Adele, Tyler and Evelyn
Robert and Aly
Denise, Carol, Johnny, Jimmy,,,
So to hear of the loss of our Mom & Dad… From me and mine our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours…They will truly be missed on Davidson St.
Jim Cragle and Family
Denise and family
We are so sad for you and your family, please accept our deepest condolences. May you find peace in the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. I am sorry we didn’t come to the funeral home. It was too late when I read the paper.
Nancy and Fred Straley
Denise, Carol, John & Jim, and family…. So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom and Dad. I am sorry I was not able to come to the viewing – You are all in my prayers. Wonderful memories of you parents – what great people! – May God give you all peace and comfort.
Linda ( Korn ) Mackenstein
My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to learn of your Father’s passing away. You have shared times, shared memories, shared joys, all these special things keep a loved one close. I got to know your Father at Queen of Heaven Church in Koppel, such a wonderful and kind man. I so enjoyed learning from him and all those dedicated parishioners making the famous Easter Bread, though those days are also gone, I won’t forget the Friendships made there or the kindness shown to me. I wish all of you strength for today and comfort in the days ahead knowing your parents meant so very much to so many people.
To the entire Rafacz family,
Our hearts were heavy upon hearing of both Aunt Betty and Uncle Henry’s passings. They were such wonderful people and a lovely couple. Please know that we have been thinking about all of you and know that you are being held in our prayers every day so that the Lord may comfort you through this most sad time. All of our love, Casimier, Gerri, and CJ Korowicki
I was sadden to see Henry has passed. He was such a fun loving person that always had a smile for everyone. I loved your Mom and Dad very much. I hope you find comfort in knowing that they are again reunited and watching over you. Hugs, Chris Loccisano