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Edward Rawski

Edward D. Rawski

Friday, September 13th, 1963 - Friday, April 16th, 2021
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Obituary

Edward “Ed” D. Rawski, 57, of Camp Hill Pennsylvania passed away at home on April 16, 2021 after a brave battle with cancer. Ed was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania to the late Edward and Nellie Rawski. He is survived by his sister Kathleen Brindza and her husband Larry, his niece Christine Foster and her husband Anthony. He is also survived by his long-time girlfriend Wendy Lloyd.
Ed worked for 34 years as an Environmental Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Central Office Air Quality and Safe Drinking Water Programs, as well as the Southcentral Regional Office Waste Management Program. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and from Penn State Harrisburg with a master’s in environmental engineering. In 1991 he obtained a P.E. in Chemical Engineering.
He loved the outdoors and was a whitewater kayaker, a SCUBA Divemaster, a downhill skier, cross-country skier, and snowboarder. He also enjoyed time at the shooting range as well as being an avid Steeler’s fan who used to take vacation time and go to Steeler training camps. He was a Commissioner for a state softball league as well as a coach for his team “Gang Green”.
Ed went through life with an optimistic spring in his step and a smile on his face. He enjoyed a good political debate. He was a devoted Catholic and a lifelong member of St. Benedict Church in Johnstown Pennsylvania.
A local service will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Myers-Baker Funeral Home at 1903 Market Street, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with a viewing 6-8 pm followed by a service. The following week a southwest Pennsylvania viewing will occur from 6-8 pm at Harris Funeral Home at 500 Cherry Lane in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening May 4, 2021. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:30 pm at St. Benedict’s church at 2310 Bedford Street, Johnstown PA with internment to follow at Richland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Christian Appalachian Project.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Myers-Baker Funeral Home
    Address
    1903 Market St.
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Harris Funeral Home
    Address
    500 Cherry Lane
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904
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    Notes
    A Mass of Christian Burial for Ed will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in St. Benedict's Church, 2310 Bedford St., Johnstown, PA.
  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 8:00pm
    Location
    Myers-Baker Funeral Home
    Address
    1903 Market St.
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
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    Officiant
    Rev. Neil S. Sullivan
  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Richland Cemetery
    Address
    1257 Scalp Ave
    Johnstown, Pennslyvania 15904
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    Notes
    1257 Scalp Ave, Johnstown, PA 15904

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Kristen Furlan

Posted at 05:47pm
My deepest sympathies to Ed's loved ones and friends.

Ed was a most kind and caring colleague. And an extremely patient softball coach! I am shocked and saddened at the recent news. Ed was such a good spirit here on earth -- he really brightened a day. He's no doubt a very special spirit now in Heaven.

Because I knew Ed through DEP, I have requested that trees be be planted in his memory.

Blessings and prayers.


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Deb Rotz

Posted at 06:33pm
Ed was one of the members of a DEP Safe Drinking Water Staff Development Team. We met often and all of us became very good friends. Chaz Spacek, another team member, died in 2001 and our team wanted to give Chaz's very young daughter Jessica some memories of her Dad. Ed wrote "Men in Their Caves" as a memory of Chaz and our time together.

Here is what he wrote:
"So Chaz and I are sitting there, in front of everyone, discussing life, as we are so apt to do. The conversation gradually evolved to a discussion of the differences between guys and gals. I immediately seized the opportunity to present my latest and craziest theory on the rogue, outcast male versus the communal female. Chaz definitely wanted to listen to me pontificate on this subject.

I went on to explain that men are, by biological design, meant to compete with each other. Women, on the other hand, are meant to be supportive of each other. I asserted that men have no business hanging out with each other, and that male bonding was a myth. It’s as if women were destined to join a sisterhood, whereas men were destined to live their lives isolated from each other in separate caves. At that point, Mark suggested that my theory might have been a result of me not having any friends. But Chaz knew better. He knew that I had at least one friend for that evening, and that he was that friend."

We shared so many wonderful times with Ed who was one of the happiest people I have ever met. He was so full of life and I always enjoyed being in his presence. I will miss his positive attitude and his smiling face. I hope that Wendy and Cathi will cherish the wonderful memories they have of Ed for the rest of their lives.

Deb Rotz
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Joseph Sieber

Posted at 02:51pm
I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing, shocked, and offer condolences to Wendy and Ed's extended family back in Johnstown. Oh, we had fun - met, living at Bunker Hill Apartments in the early 90's, along with Ed, great neighbors Ricke Hood, Jerry, Booker, hung out, years of DEP softball team/ Subway, ABC, kayak lessons, football rivalries. Nobody was more dedicated at work and uplifting to all he encountered. Forever in our hearts.
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