Childhood fire spurred career for Shaler man
Don Staub never forgot the trauma of seeing his family's home in Morningside burned to the ground.
"My father was only 15 years old when it happened," said his daughter, Dana Lynn Aigner of Shaler. "So one of the first things he did upon moving to Shaler was to volunteer, first for the Elfinwild Volunteer Fire Department and later for the Shaler Township Fire Police, where he was involved in directing traffic at the fire scenes."
Donald H. Staub of Shaler died on Sunday, June 3, 2012, in his home. He was 73.
"When the fire alarm was sounded, Dad dropped everything he did and was out of the door, regardless of the weather or what time of the day or night it was," Aigner said.
Mr. Staub took courses at the University of Pittsburgh while he worked full time for Hill-Wallisch Co. in Braddock, qualifying him to become a paramedic and work in the emergency room at Passavant Hospital (now UPMC) in McCandless.
"He worked with the cardiac and IV staff," his daughter said.
In addition to his daughter, Dana Lynn, Mr. Staub is survived by his wife, Anna Lee Koehler Staub, whom he married in 1962; daughters, LeAnn Sprow of Shaler, Lori Ann Nypaver of O'Hara and Darla Marie Hursh of McCandless; and eight grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today in Neely Funeral Home, 2208 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Shaler.