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Kurt L. Gerstel

November 17, 1962 - January 07, 2021

Obituary For Kurt L. Gerstel

Age 58, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, January 7, 2020, of Brentwood, formerly of Penn Hills.

Beloved husband of 33 years to Donna E. (Focer); loving dad of Elizabeth (Zachary) Roberts, Christine Gerstel and the late infant Andrew L. Gerstel; proud pappy of Emma and Madeline; brother of Thomas (Kathy), David (Maria), Jeffrey (Jeannie), Dale (Suzon) and George (Julie); brother-in-law of Christopher Focer and Michelle Martini; also loved and will be missed by nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and many friends. Kurt was a loving husband, dad, pappy, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, neighbor and friend. He was truly loved by everyone that knew him well. Kurt enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, looking for Big Foot, being a big kid and having sleepovers with his grandpuppies, Ella and Penny. He adored the most recent additions to the family, Emma and Maddy. Kurt will be greatly missed, and will always be our Mr. Incredible. Due to the public health advisory, visitation and services will be held privately. Arrangements handled by the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227.

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Donna, we will keep you and the girls in our prayers, so sorry to hear this sad news. May the memories of happy times live in your hearts forever. Donna & Eugene Werner
- Donna Werner
I was saddened to read of Kurt,s passing. My husband Bill and I were good friends of his parents Jean and Clarence. We so enjoyed our visits to their loving home. They were so proud of their five boys. Sending many prayers to you and your family.
- Roseanne Hajek
I have many happy memories of my cousin Kurt. When we were young and growing up, we always went to The Gerstels house on the end of the street and I always had a great respect when we arrived. I had a healthy respect for Uncle Clarence and Jean. I understood to behave myself or else! Kurt had the respect for his Mom and Dad and I learned to show that respect to all the adults in my life. Kurt and all of the Gerstel brothers taught me respect. I am grateful for how they taught me this valuable lesson in life! Kurt will be gratefully missed and always loved by those who were lucky enough to know him. Love Always The Getty Family
- Michael Getty
Donna and family, we are deeply sadden to hear of Kurt's passing. Please know we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Mike and Colleen (Sammel) Arendash.
- Colleen Arendash
Marrying into the Gerstel family has been both an honor and adventure with such strong minded men (and wives) who deeply value family. It seemed to me, that Kurt was always the poster child of the boys.. A gentle giant, wanting nothing more than to have a lot of fun, share his big heart and have peace amongst all. I've always been touched by how much he adored Donna and his girls, and can imagine what a giant he was to his granddaughters. We have all been blessed to have known him, and his child-like spirit and love of family will always be in my heart. Much love, Kathy
- Kathy Mausshardt
Im Bob, Donna's cousin, I dont have specific memories to share since I lived most of the time in Md and now Florida but I always felt Kurt was like Clark Kent, AKA Superman. He always seemed to be just a hell of a good man and was always happy my cousin marries well. I will keep Kurt in my daily thoughts as I do with my favorite aunt and uncle. My Aunt Gloria and Uncle Ted. I think Donna married someone close to her dad since Uncle Ted was a great man as well. Big heart, excellent role model and soft spoken. My thoughts and prayers go to all in the family and his girls. What a tragedy Kurt passed at such a young age. Again what a man and will be greatly missed.
- Bob Norris
Sending hugs and prayers to your family. Mr. Kurt was always so welcoming, fun, and sweet to us girls when we would come over to your house for play dates as kids, sleepovers, and pool days. Our hearts and prayers are with you.💙 -Emily (Boehm) and Bill Barrett
- Barrett Family
There are good sons, brothers, men, husbands, and fathers who then become Grand Fathers! My brother, Kurt, in all of his relationships humbly walked this earth filling family, friends and strangers with love, kindness and an abundance of joy! His generosity of spirit, hearty laugh, (if not sly giggle) and kindness toward all, will forever be with us! I remain in awe of his "attitude of gratitude" throughout his journey in this life. Much love & big hugs my brother!
- Tom Gerstel

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