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John F. Held

July 13, 1931 - November 12, 2021


Obituary For John F. Held

Age 90, of Providence Point formerly of Whitehall, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on Friday, November 12, 2021.

Beloved husband of 68 years to Lois T. Held; loving father of Kathy Schmidt, Kris (Marshall) Limetti and Karen (Bill) Leonard; caring Grampy of Michael (Brookshield) Schmidt, Matthew and Abby Schmidt; Cailin and Danny Limetti; Lauren (Jon) Kurtz and Hillary (Rob) Kaufman; proud Great-Grampy of two; brother of Rosemary Hare and the late Dan Held; brother-in-law of Ray Killen; also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families. John served in the United States Navy, he had a long time career in the steel industry as a metallurgist. He was also a long time member and dedicated volunteer at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Parish and St. Clair Hospital. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 2-7 pm. Funeral Prayer on Monday morning at 9:15 am. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church at 10 am. If desired, family suggests contributions to Our Lady of Hope Parish or Gallagher Hospice, gallagherhospice.com.

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  • My deepest sympathy to Lois and family. It was my honor to have known John as a coworker, a good friend, and a great metallurgist. . Throughout his menu years at J&L Steel and Republic Steel, John solved many complex technical challenges and pioneered many new technologies. I will always remember his wisdom, his calm manner through thick or thin, and most-of-all his friendship.

  • Kathy & family, please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of of John. I know he was a wonderful dad & husband, may all your memories keep him close to your hearts! It was a pleasure to meet you all.

  • Uncle John was a great guy that, until recently, seemed to be the guy that would out live us all. Active and full of energy, he seemed unstoppable. I can picture Uncle John greeting St. Peter with a huge smile, a firm handshake and an innocent snide remark as he tap-danced his way thru the Pearly Gates.. He will be greatly missed.

  • I am very sorry to hear the news about John. We worked together at J&L for many years. He was always such a nice person who spoke so lovingly of his family. My sincerely condolences.

  • Kathy..deepest sympathy to you, your mother, your sisters and your entire family. We will be keeping you in my prayers at this most difficult time.❤️ Bill and Debbie Pettigrew

  • My deepest sympathy to the Held Family.

  • Lois and Karen: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. John was always so pleasant to be around. May your memories last forever. We are unable to attend the viewing because we are out of town but will keep you in our prayers. God Bless. Jan, Jack and Allie Claherty