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Raymond Gene Pasternak

June 23, 1945 - January 01, 2024

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Obituary For Raymond Gene Pasternak

Age 78, on Monday, January 1, 2024, of Whitehall.

Beloved husband of 49 years to Lois M. Pasternak; loving father of Deanna C. Pasternak and David R. (Katie) Pasternak; proud "Train Pap" of Marshall, Fletcher and Griffin; brother of Edward (Kate) Pasternak and Ronald (Mary) Pasternak. Also survived by in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. Raymond proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was an avid hobbyist who enjoyed collecting baseball cards and model trains. He also enjoyed fishing and golfing and was a retired employee of H. J. Heinz. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of his blessing service at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held privately at a future date.

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  • January 03, 2024

    So sorry for the loss of our neighbor. Our deepest sympathies to you all. Love, The Jarosz Family (Morningrise Drive)

  • January 02, 2024

    The Pasternak's have always been a second family to me, Ray Pasternak and his wife Lois, helped look after me for almost 3 decades. They treated me as a second son and I considered them parental figures, along with their two children David and Deana. I made a career as a tech consultant at one of the big 4 accounting firms. Ray and I would have a lot of discussions on the interworking's of government tax code and annual change in accounting laws. This is dry conversation for some, but I always felt that it gave us the opportunity to converse on professional subject matter expertise that kept up his vitality after his retirement. I enjoyed every moment. Ray was as American as the United States Flag; and often showed expressed his desire for his children David and Deana to have the best in life. He wasn't a man of verbalizing "I love you" similar to most military men; instead, he showed his love by the disciplined approach of taking care of his family his entire life. I would drive by their residence often and show up at their door-step unannounced; a behavioral trait that I know Ray wouldn't have put up with from just anyone. He always let me slide without a lecture and it was rare that the Pasternak's wouldn't receive me. In the few cases, he would never mis-treat me; rather he would embrace the visit for a short stay. Ray enjoyed coin collecting and sports memorabilia amongst other things; and never missed a moment to extend our conversations to present the newest addition to his collection. I spent many holidays at the Pasternak residence in caste village; particularly Independance Day on the 4th of July. Ray, his son David, and I all graduated from the same alumni at Robert Morris University. I have so many wonderful memories but one of my favorite moments with the family was during David Pasternak's wedding. Ray bought a double-sided bar of soap as a gag gift (one side read face, and the other side said butt). We were celebrating at the bar where I recall making the quip that I was going to use the face portion on my rear-end and not tell Dave. I had never seen him laugh so hard and so long. It was one of the happiest days I can remember sharing with him; He was even happier when I offered to split the bar tab. Ray loved his daughter Deana, son David, and grandchildren. It's a personal loss for me. I'm saddened and extend my deepest sympathies to the Pasternak family. Sincerely, Justin Calvin