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Carl A. Colteryahn, Jr.

October 25, 1926 - March 02, 2021

Obituary For Carl A. Colteryahn, Jr.

Age 94 of Providence Point, formerly of Whitehall, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

He was the son of the late Ellen and Carl Colteryahn, Sr.; beloved husband of Esther Ries Colteryahn; father of Marilyn Silliman, Carl Colteryahn, III and Sandra (John) Eby; grandfather of Michael (Sheri) Donas, Kaylee and Brett Donas, George Silliman and Julie Colteryahn; great-grandfather of Michael Donas, Jr.; brother of Martha (Donald) McCune and the late Dorothy (William) McIlroy. Carl graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Dairy Husbandry-Dairy Manufacturing and played percussion in the Blue Band. Although his work at the Carl Colteryahn Dairy began as a young teen, he became fully involved after college graduation and eventually assumed the role of President in 1973 upon the death of his father. He saw a new opportunity in the convenience store industry and acquired Stop-N-Go stores in Pittsburgh. He eventually changed the name to CoGo's while acquiring and building new stores. He served as past president of Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers, Greater Pittsburgh Dairy Industry Association and All Star Dairy Association. He was an active member of Whitehall United Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder and sang in the choir. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. Masks and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Due to Covid-19, a Memorial Service will be for family and Whitehall Church members only. However, the service will be recorded and can be viewed after March 11, 2021. If you wish to view, please go to www.YouTube.com and enter into the search box "Whitehall Presbyterian Church" or copy and paste the following link into your browser https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGRsvZ1krBfsogQyBHDa2bw/?guided_help_flow=5. Or click on this link in gray box to the left of this post. Burial will be held privately. If desired donations may be made to the Whitehall Presbyterian Church, 4935 E. Willock Road, Pittsburgh PA 15227.

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Mrs. Colteryahn, Marilyn, Carl & Sandy; I am so very sorry for your loss. I, too, remember him from growing up in Whitehall UP Church. Like Dee, I remember his kindness and smile. I also remember his faith and his humility notwithstanding his many accomplishments in life and I remember his love for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Barbara Bonn Powell
- Barbara Bonn Powell
Dear Esther, Marilyn, Carl III, Sandy, and families, Please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of a great man, Carl Jr. We always enjoyed his laughter and his pleasant personally. He was a great example of a loving, caring, Christian man. We have such great memories of the times we hunted with all three Carls. They made it such a great experience, and the stories they could tell, even his mother Ellen could tell of hunting over on the mountain, We will never forget the wonderful times with the whole family at "Green Acres". I remember Clifford telling how the whole Messner family adopted the whole Colteryahn family into our family at my Great-grandparents 50th Wedding anniversary celebration. Time passes on, but our love for your family will remain in our heart forever.
- Fred & Darlene (Messner) Smith
The Colteryahn family has provided leadership to and shared their talents with the Pennsylvania dairy industry for generations. Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your family patriarch.
- The Itle Family
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at the dairy for many years and I am so grateful for that. My prayers are with you Esther, Marylin, Carl and Sandy
- Diane
Esther, Carl Jr and entire Colteryahn family. My sincere condolences on the loss of Carl Sr. May Shimer
- Kay shimer
I am so sorry for your loss. Carl played a significant role in my life as he helped a struggling teenager get his footing in this world. He employed me for three summers when I was in high school and my first year of college. I didn't have 2 cents to rub together and he paid me well enough so that I had spending money for the rest of the year from my summer work. I did what ever was needed at the plant on a given day from serving as vacation replacement to truck jockeying at the end of the day to cleaning out the milk vats at the end of the bottling day. I worked in the late fifties which saw the transition from home delivery service to supply of dairy products into retail stores. He had a fleet of 57 Divco trucks which went out each day on home delivery routes. At the end of each day I was responsible for jockeying the trucks around to put them into a specific location in each garage for the following morning...taught me how to practice my unskilled driving and maneuver a truck in small spaces and often blind spots. I learned not to "bruise the fenders nor bend the bumpers". He was a good mentor for me! I often thought about him and his support for me but never came back to Pittsburgh to thank him for his efforts. So belatedly, Carl, Thank you! He taught me that you can't pay back someone for their encouragement and support, but you can pay forward. In my career as a long time university faculty member, I always impressed upon my doctoral students that "You can't pay someone back for their support, but you can pay forward" and I tried to practice that during my 45 year professional career. So rest in peace old friend for a life well lived and an outstanding career! William Loadman II, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
- William Loadman !!
Carl and family my deepest sympathy at the loss of your father.
- Cynthia Cecere-Creighton
Sorry for your loss .i enjoyed talking to him .Terry Tague
- Terry Tague
I have fond memories of everyone coming to the farm. Aka Green Acres.
- Mary Esther(Messner) Zimmerman
Mrs. Colteryahn, Marilyn, Carl and Sandy, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of this wonderful man. I have many memories of him from growing in the church and he always had a smile on his face and kind words to say. Know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Dee Ladley-Hurrell
- Dee Hurrell

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