Michael A. Hostovich
brightened and touched so many lives.
smile was contagious, his
personality was endearing and his
love for his
family and friends was enduring.
Michael A. Hostovich
, age 70, was welcomed to this world on January 27, 1945 and was given his
angel wings on September 04, 2015.
developed esophageal cancer and fought a tough battle to try to beat it.
kept telling us that he
still had things to do.
How we prayed he'd get his
also leaves behind many good and lasting friends.
In addition to his
was preceded in death by his
inlaws, George E. and Rita F. Kucan, along with his
brother Ronald and his
wife, Ann (Dolly) of Monongahela, and his
brotherinlaw Gary Stegenga.
attended school in Peters Township.
He began working in the family business, Brookwood Nursery and Landscaping, while in Jr. High and through college.
He then graduated from California State College.
was a selfmade man.
paved and paid his
own way through life.
was determined to build the type of life for his
family that he
had growing up.
succeeded quite nicely.
met Elaine when they were both in their later teens.
It was a chance meeting that resulted in four years of dating until he
was through with college.
was a beautiful person and a wonderful husband, they were happy and best friends in their marriage.
was a caring and devoted father.
was Brandon's "rock" who was always there to support, encourage and to pray.
loved him so very much.
was accepted into the Army National Guard Reserves during the time of the Vietnam War.
As fate would have it, he
was recruited the day before he
was to be drafted.
felt honored to have served his
After his initial service training, he went to work for the JCPenney Company where he had a 33 year career.
worked a large portion of his
career in the Pittsburgh area including north, south and in the eastern suburbs.
also worked in Niles, Ohio.
He served on the District Staff as District Operations Manager and then again as District Sales Manager.
For the last step of his
career with the company he
was transferred to Warren where he
served as Store Manager.
outstanding staff of employees and was so disappointed when the company chose to close the Warren store.
It was at that time he
decided for himself to take an early retirement.
being the caring person he
was, had been devastated by the closing and was concerned for his
employees needing to find work.
found a job for every single employee that needed to continue to work feeling honored to be able to vouch for their commitment to the company.
was proud of the dedication those employees gave to the company and thought that was the least he
could do for his
always thought the people from this county were very special.
was no longer content to just sit around fishing all the best known creeks.
probably would have stayed in retirement if the Steelers would have played every day!
Yes, everyone was aware he
was a diehard, devoted fan.
went on to do some substitute teaching in the Warren Area School District
came home on days he
subbed just bubbling as he
talked about the students he
had that day.
loved them all but especially loved teasing and joking with those in the senior high schools.
To this day, young people would come up to one of us while we were just around town and praise him for how special he
made them feel.
It was always so nice to hear especially since we heard it from so many different young people.
They not only had an effect on him,'but he
had a lasting effect on them.
decided it was time to come out of retirement as he
was itching to do something more meaningful with his
life on a fulltime basis.
He was hired as the Executive Director of the United Fund of Warren County.
What a great fit for all involved.
Through the fund he
met such wonderful people who loved their town and believed so much in the people of this county.
was gratified seeing how people wanted to help each other through volunteering, the agencies, or by contributing funds to assure those who were unable were made able.
made many good friends in this town who were there for his
family at a time he
could not be.
was an honest man and sincere with anyone he
met, and his
love was unconditional.
loved to joke with everyone.