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FFC2023 - Blog - Rick Tarsala

Rick Tarsala, a part of our church family, fell asleep in the Lord on December 23, 2023. He joins the great cloud of witnesses awaiting the resurrection at our Lord's glorious return. Please pray for his family and friends as they mourn this loss in the certain hope of the gospel. 


Richard John Tarsala, 76, of McKeesport, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, December 23, 2023. he was born March 27, 1947 in Braddock and was the son of the late John Andrew and Ruth (Nemanick) Tarsala. Richard was a member of First Evangelical Free Church, McKeesport, and strived to live his life by his favorite Bible verse, Galations 2:20. He retired from Ikon Office Solutions. He was a US Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, playing Volleyball and Softball, and belonged to the Norwin Senior Softball association and Norwin Senior Volleyball & Basketball association. He loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events and performance's, and always taking them where they needed to be. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon (Raymer) Tarsala, daughters, Cindi Higdon, Amy (Rob) Chambers, and Jayme (Justin) Schmidt Fazek of McKeesport and Wendy (Brian) Forrest of Port Vue, grandchildren, Caleb, Haylie, Jonah, Jace, Colby, Amelia, Brianne, Alex, Ben and Eric, brother, Ronald Tarsala of Latrobe, , sister, Joan Cochran of Herminie, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alyson Higdon and son-in-law, Joseph Higdon. Friends are welcome Tuesday, December 26, 2023 from  2-8 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-63220 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Service will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 11 am at the First Evangelical Free Church, McKeesport (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH). Private inurnment with Military Honors will be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville. Condolences may be made at