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Michael J. Moroney
June 26, 1938 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Mike Moroney passed away after an illness at the age of 85.
Preceded in death by his Mother Helen (Koval), Father, James Moroney, and brother Jimmy (Brenda) Moroney.
Mike spent his childhood on Mount Washington where he played with the neighborhood kids on the sidewalks overlooking Pittsburgh.
Nicknamed "Champ" at Verona High School, Mike ran the 100 Yard Dash and made the incredible achievement of playing semi pro football in his early 20s. He served in the United States Army and then as a police officer in Verona. With the wisdom of his wife, he worked his way through night school at Pitt to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice. He then served as the head of security at Westinghouse EMD for over thirty years, enjoying walking the hallways and the many times he had with his coworkers and friends.
His wife took care of him for their entire 56 year long marriage, readying his clothes for his work, preparing lovingly made and delicious meals and later making sure he took his nutritional supplements, which almost certainly extended his life for years when he began having health issues.
Mike was immaculate in his organization. He built from bedrock his house and took care of it long into his years. He discussed political movements and loved the game of football, always taking opportunity to watch a game, college or professional.
Mike proudly served as President of the Knoch Football Boosters during his son's time playing. He graciously and proudly provided for college for his son and held the camera for his family, grandchildren and for football games so those times could be relived and cherished. He played catch even when he didn't want to and gave rides to his son's friends in the cold winter so those times could be enjoyed. He was immersed in tradition, enjoying the opportunity to carve the Thanksgiving turkey and to continue the times he grew up with, such as watching toy trains and making an annual winter trip to Wholey's. Mike exuded a peculiar and beaming joy at Christmas, smiling while basking in the love of giving his own wrapped presents to his family.
He would laugh at himself in his conversations with his mother in law. He would love and hug his grandchildren, push them in strollers, and was always there for their birthdays and special events. He met his match in his daughter-in-law, greatly enjoying their conversations, as well as lauding the beautiful meals she prepared for family gatherings.
His household was sometimes loud, but it was one that was open. And it is indisputable that he chose to provide the all important foundation of a stable household comprised of a Father and a Mother.
We thank the Lord for the opportunity of communicating in his final days and his affirmative responses of openness to his necessity of a loving Savior from sin.
A warm and special thanks to the nurses and doctors of Butler Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann, his son Shawn and his wife Erika, his beloved grandchildren Gavin, Alana and Joyanna, his dear sister, Donna (Don) Baer of Verona and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 2-6 pm at the Fox Funeral Home, Inc., 410 W. Main Street, Saxonburg.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 11 am at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Bell officiating.