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John A. "Jack" Mendel

February 24, 1947 - February 05, 2021

Obituary For John A. "Jack" Mendel

Of Finleyville, formerly of Brentwood, passed away at the age of 73 surrounded by family at home on Friday, February 5, 2021, after a lengthy, courageous battle with complications from Agent Orange exposure. He served in the United States Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Jack was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 24, 1947. He met Janet Eisel in Kindergarten and she was his beloved and devoted wife for 51 years. Jack was an avid, lifelong sports fan and a GPFOA football official. He worked in banking for 40 years, retiring from Northwest Bank as a Senior Vice President. Jack was predeceased in death by parents Joseph and Edith and is survived by his wife Janet and three sons, Scott, Jason (Kimberly), and Ryan (Shawna). He was the brother of Elaine Koch (George) and Margie Hager (Bruce), and brother-in-law to Barbara Stephan (Michael) and Cindy Valenta (Gary). Jack said his grandchildren Olivia, Giuliana, Charlotte, Jack, Max and Sydney “warmed his heart”. His strong spirit will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, close friends and coworkers. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Wednesday morning at 10:00. Mass of Christian Burial in St. John XXIII Parish, St. Francis of Assisi Church at 11:00 a.m. Due to Covid restrictions and limitations, interment will be held privately at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Attn: Donor Services, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

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Dear Janet and family I'm sorry for our loss jack was truly a class act. I will miss him I knew him from the time I was knee high he used too throw me in the air so he was still a teenager playing football. I'm sorry I was unable to attend but if there is anything I can do to help please contact me at this number 4125572624. Janet if you speak to Marge please pass on my condolences God bless Christopher bender
- Christopher bender
Scott, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Elaine (Scheller) Gaetano
Aunt Janet, Scott, Jason and Ryan -- so sorry to hear about Uncle Jack. Please know that you are all in our prayers. We always remember the holidays spent together. God bless all of you and here's hope for comfort in knowing he is in a wonderful place. My Mom Jackie and The Grushecky Family send their condolences as well. Please, take care! Pam, Jordan and Alex Koch
- Pam Koch
Mendel family, Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Jack (father, husband, grandpa). Unfortunately, we will not be able to show our sympathy in person. Jack will always be remembered as a good friend and we shared many good times together. I know his loss will be felt by many including us. Dave and Barb Egan
- David Egan
Janet: My wife, Janet, and I had the pleasure of meeting John in 1973 at the Fifth & Liberty Office of Mellon Bank. My best memories of working in that office for seven years were working with John and sharing a laugh and a good story. I hope that you and your family are comforted in your grief. May he rest in peace.
- Lew Soltis
Please accept my deepest sympathy. Jack was a friend through football officiating, I enjoyed working with him numerous times. He was a good official. Rest in Peace. Sincerely, Jerry Jones
Dear Janet, Scott, Jason, Ryan and Family, sending deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort...we have been blessed with many great memories from kids Dear Janet, Scott, Jason, Ryan and Family....sending my deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort for all of you...we have been blessed with many great memories from baseball, football with the kids and football referring days..love to all ..Joy Lang
- Joy Lang
Dear Janet, Scott, Jason and Ryan: We all feel the loss of Jack deeply! He was very special man! Loved his humor, the twinkle in his eyes and his handsome smile! You always knew you were going to have a good time when Jack was in the room! He was a good friend to our family! We all loved him! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time! Hugs. To all! Carol, Bill,, Pam, Denise, Kristin
- Carol and Bill Derion
Dear Janet, Scott, Jason and Ryan: My heart is broken for all of you . I can't imagine you (or us) going on without him. Jack was a true Gentleman. A kind and happy man with a big beautiful smile for everyone . Jack was a true Hero ! After suffering all the complications of exposure to Agent Orange from the Vietnam conflict, Jack died still loving his country. May you always feel the warmth of his loving. arms wrapped around d you ! Rest in Peace my friend! We love you dearly !
- Rich and Kathy Moeslein

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