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Computer manager inspired by love of family

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Michael Biskup would do anything to be with his family members despite cancer that had been attacking his plasma cells for a long time.

“No matter how sick he was, he always had a smile on his face,” said his daughter, Jenine Biskup. “He tried as hard as he could not to leave his family behind.”

Michael P. Biskup, 67, of Allison Park, died of multiple myeloma on Monday, June 16, 2014.

He grew up in the Westmoreland County village of Hecla, but, by 17, he was serving in the army in Korea. He returned to the area to attend school in Waynesburg University and then worked as a computer manager for more than 30 years, including at Power Piping Co. in Pittsburgh.

While Mr. Biskup enjoyed his job, his true passion was his family. He frequently bought his son and daughter blue and pink carnations for random occasions and dropped into Jenine Biskup's office to share treats with the staff. Mr. Biskup adored the family beagle, Crackers, who was by his side throughout his illness.

Jenine Biskup recalled one moment when, as a teenager, she came home late after having a bad day. Instead of reprimanding her for being late, Mr. Biskup cooked her a steak at 1 a.m. because she was upset.

“He knew no boundaries when taking care of his family,” said his wife, Christine Biskup.

Mr. Biskup enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an assistant Cub Scoutmaster for the troop of his son, Michael. He enjoyed watching the History Channel and The Food Network, and often tried out the recipes he saw. His family remembered that he was first to shed a tear when watching a sad movie.

“He was very sentimental,” Christine Biskup said. “He cared about the next person more than himself.”

“My dad's the kindest and bravest man I've ever known,” his daughter said. “He would absolutely give the shirt off his back to anybody who needed it.”

In addition to his wife, his daughter, his son and his son's wife, Emily Biskup, Mr. Biskup is survived by his granddaughter, Brooklyn Biskup..

A Mass of Christian Burial and interment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Middle Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Alicia McElhaney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or amcelhaney@tribweb.com.

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