Frank Sheridan Striffler
November 19, 1928 - March 26, 2006
Frank Sheridan Striffler was the firms president from 1965 until his death in 2006. He maintained a wonderful business reputation with full-time commitment. He gave back to his community in so many ways.
Frank S. was born on November 19th, 1928 in McKeesport, the son of the late Edgar Jacob and Hilda Sheridan Striffler. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1946 and was vice president of his class at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He then enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he served as class president. He then received his certification as a Certified Cemetery Executive from the American Cemetery Association School of Management at Memphis State University. He also attended the National Foundation of Funeral Service Management Policy School.
Mr. Striffler was a member, by invitation, to the Bunderverband Deutscher Bestatter Society of German Funeral Directors, the Selected Independent Funeral Directors Association, the Order of the Golden Rule and the Sphinx Club of Western PA Funeral Directors. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus #955 and the Amvets Post #8. He was a former president and founding member of the White Oak Lion’s Club, charter member of the White Oak Athletic Association Board of Governors and a past board member of the McKeesport Business District Authority. He was also a member of the PA Funeral Directors Association and Monument Builders of Pennsylvania.
In 1973, he donated the first ambulance ever owned by White Oak Rescue and had an affinity for antique vehicles that he maintained. His favorite was the 1938 LaSalle hearse, even though the predominant memory of it was being “hot as the dickens with lots of traffic”. A crowd pleaser at parades is the horse-drawn hearse from 1866, (the firm’s founding year), which was acquired from a farmer in the 60's. His 1956 Cadillac hearse has taken the horse’s job of pulling it in the parade. Mr. Striffler died on Marc 26, 2006 and was survived by his loyal wife, Patricia Anne Connelly Striffler, children, Edgar Patrick Striffler, Esquire and Sue Striffler (Steve) Galaski and grandson, Adam Striffler Galaski all of White Oak. He was also survived by his siblings; Gail (the late Vernon) Posey of Plantation, Florida, Ferne (the late John) Erskin of Washington, D.C. and Stephen J. (Anne) Striffler of Watsonville, California. He was preceded in death by his brother; Edgar "Bye" Striffler in 1993 and son; Frank Connelly Striffler on April 23, 2005.
Friends were received at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St.Peter's Roman Catholic Church on Market Street in McKeesport. Entombment was held in the family mausoleum.
Published in the McKeesport Daily News