Michael J. Walker, 60, of Greensburg passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at St. Anne Home, Greensburg.
Born July 24, 1959, in Johnstown, he was a son of John J. and Francine (Marker) Walker of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Michael was a 1981 graduate of St. Francis University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. The university presented Michael with the “Mr. Frankie” award, which is presented to those who exemplify scholarship, leadership, achievement and service to the university as well as to the community. He started his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG Accounting, Pittsburgh, in 1981.
In 1993, he moved to Latrobe when he became employed at Tanoma Energy. He would go on to hold positions with American Metals & Coal International Inc. and as a partner at CME Engineering. He was the founder and owner of Loyalhanna Management Services and Mercury Trucking. He served on the board of trustees for Westmoreland County Community College as well as the board of trustees for his alma mater, St. Francis University, which bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Michael was an active member of Holy Family Church, Latrobe, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. For many years, he served on Parish Council, as chairman of the Finance Council and was a member of the Men’s Fellowship group. During the recent restoration of Holy Family Church, Michael was active in both the planning process and fundraising efforts. He was also co-chairman of the “Today’s Challenge and Tomorrow’s Hope” campaign on both the parish and diocesan levels.
With the Diocese of Greensburg, Michael served as a member of the Diocesan Finance Council and as the conference coordinator of THE WELL Men’s Conference. In 2011, he was a Catholic Charities “Salt and Light” Award recipient. Michael was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Knight with the Order of Malta, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1481, Indiana.
Michael was a loyal Pittsburgh Pirates fan and a longtime season-ticket holder. He also coached CYO Basketball at Christ the Divine Teacher School, Latrobe, and West Point Little League. At home, he loved tending to his rose garden and celebrating the Christmas season, each year, with his incredible displays. Above all, he cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Arthur Grant.
In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Janice Grant Walker of Greensburg; three sons, Gregory Walker and his wife, Valerie, of Greensburg, Jonathan Walker of Latrobe and Tyler Walker and his wife, Kelsey, of Penn Township; four grandchildren, Adam, Bradley, Eric and Kara, who was born Oct. 3, 2019; his brother, Brian Walker and his wife, Kerry, of Scarsdale, New York; three sisters, Kathleen Holsinger and her husband, Bryan, of Poland, Ohio, Beth Walker of York and Jeanne Mitsko and her husband, Dan, of Indiana, Pennsylvania; his mother-in-law, Marge Grant of Hunker; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joyce Marshall and her husband, Jack, of Washington, Pennsylvania, Ron Grant and his wife, Jan, of Greensburg and Beverly Simpson and her husband, Tom, of Indiana, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in John J. Lopatich Funeral Home Inc., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church, Latrobe, with the Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, JCL, bishop of Greensburg, as principal celebrant. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church.
Entombment will follow at Greensburg Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Holy Family Church Restoration Fund, 1200 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650, or to THE WELL Men’s Conference, c/o Diocese of Greensburg, 723 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601.
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