Carrier did much more than deliver the mail
Mention a name and George Andrejchak, a mail carrier for nearly 40 years in West Mifflin and Duquesne, knew the street and house number where they lived — an example of his dedication to his job and patrons.
“He was that good,” said Stanley Frank, a friend of many years who got to know Mr. Andrejchak because he delivered Frank's mail.
“He was just a good old friend ... to the people on his route,” Frank said. “He was very compassionate with the elderly.”
George B. Andrejchak of Blane Hill, Elizabeth Township, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013, at home. He was 81.
On occasion, Mr. Andrejchak would help one man on his mail route to shave. He would help one woman get her property taxes paid by purchasing a money order for her and mailing it. If he detected an odor of natural gas on the route, he would report it to the gas company. Those are among other examples of how he did his job, friends and relatives recalled.
Hunting and woodworking were other passions in his life, said Mary Ellen Andrejchak, his wife of 58 years.
They met in 1953 in Atlantic City, N.J., literally in the ocean, she said.
He was there vacationing with relatives and friends. She was there with girlfriends, on a trip from her hometown of Van Buren, Ohio.
“We met in the ocean, swimming,” she said.
They had two children, Thomas Andrejchak of Bentleyville and Donna Welsh of Greenville, Maine.
“I can remember he had his big golf umbrella so that none of his mail would get wet,” Welsh said. “He really liked his route and looked after his patrons.”
Once in his wood shop, he injured his thumb while planing a piece of wood, she recalled. Her mom sewed a covering to protect his thumb and so he could still handle the mail, because he couldn't do that wearing gloves.
In his wood shop, he made furniture and other items that he gave to friends and that are still in use at home. Stereo and gun cabinets and a grandfather clock were items they remembered most.
As a hunter, he was proficient with both bow and rifle. He had a hunting dog, Rusty, a cocker spaniel, for many years.
“He has 15 trophies and awards hanging in the basement,” Mary Ellen Andrejchak said of the mementos from his hunting trips in Cambria and Washington counties and first- and second-place awards he won from gun clubs. “He enjoyed deer hunting with his cousins.”
His wife would prepare family meals of venison, pheasant and rabbit because he did not cook, she and Welsh said.
Mr. Andrejchak did not talk about his Army career and serving in the Korean War, they said.
In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Andrejchak is survived by sister Marian Chepanoske of Elizabeth and two grandchildren. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne. Burial with military honors will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care Center for Compassionate Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
John D. Oravecz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Defying the odds makes this Thanksgiving particularly poignant
- Group’s proposed fracking moratorium for Allegheny County parks to go on council agenda
- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank adds chief financial officer Lutovsky
- Millions in pollution fines went unused for decades in Allegheny County
- Newsmaker: Daniel Eichinger
- Rare surgery helps woman beat paralysis
- Apartment development outlined for former Schenley High School in Pittsburgh
- Reading Harry Potter provides clues to brain activity, CMU researchers say
- Dinners, other Thanksgiving events planned in region
- Lower gas prices entice motorists to drive long distances for Thanksgiving
- Surgery for man shot by Pittsburgh officer on hold amid legal limbo