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Daniel Phillip Ternitsky Sr., went home to Heaven on Friday, November 3rd, 2023.
Dan would have been 77 on November 7th.
He lived in Uniontown, Pennsylvania but he was born and raised in Keisterville. Keisterville is a small, coal mining village in Menallen Township and a place his family couldn’t extricate from his life. He maintained a post office box there and his family believes that was an excuse for him to go there each and every day.
Dan was born on November 7th, 1946, along with his twin sister, Diane, in Uniontown, PA, to the late George and Helen (Rester) Ternitsky.
He graduated from Uniontown High School in 1964; attended Fayette Technical Institute and started his career in designing as a draftsman.
Dan became a project engineer and built steel mills in the U.S., Canada and France. He worked until his health made him retire when he was only 41.
Dan served in the U.S. Army for four years and was honorably discharged.
Dan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Geri Lee (Tissue); children, Daniel P. Ternitsky Jr. (Melissa) and Danielle Ternitsky-Howell (Ryan); stepchildren, William W. Harper II, Lee Anne Baker, R.N. (George), Lou Anne Demosky Esq. (Lee); grandchildren, Callista Ternitsky, Kali Ternitsky, Ava Ternitsky, Tate Ternitsky, Tavan Ternitsky, Evan Ludy, Captain George M. Baker III, ACNP (Kristi), Broc M. Baker, Brianna Lee Leatherman (Dan), Appolonia Leake, Lealaina Demosky, and William Demosky; great-grandchildren, Braedon Leatherman, Lorelai Leatherman, Sutton Smolka, Gianna Baker and Alyse Baker; twin sister Diane Embly (John) and special niece Gloria Poggi.
Dan loved hunting and fishing, but most of all, Dan loved Jesus and his family.
Besides his parents, Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Georgia Poggi R.N., (Jorge) and his great-granddaughter Grace Ann Baker.
The most important thing in Dan’s life happened in 1999 when Pastor Nicholas Cook answered God’s calling and opened Abundant Life Church. Dan and Geri began serving the Lord and never turned back. When Abundant Life finally had a building, Dan became the Building and Groundskeeper. He served faithfully until his health failed. To the end of his life, Dan and Geri attended many bible studies.
One of Dan’s favorite bible verses was, II Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” Dan was always looking for jobs for those who did not work.
John 14: 1-3
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there may you be also.”
Arrangements by Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville Street; Dunbar, PA.
Visitation will be held in Abundant Life Church, 1239 Brownfield Rd.; Uniontown, PA, on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the hour of service with Pastor Nicholas Cook officiating.
Military Rites accorded by Hopwood AMVETS Post 103.
Interment to follow in Lafayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, PA.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.burhanscrousefuneralhome.com or on the funeral home’s Facebook page, @burhanscrouse.