SHARON, PA—A funeral service for Andy Walko was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. May 21, 2013, at J. Brad- ly McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, State Street, Sharon, Pennsylvania, with Rev. Mary Ann Rufener, pastor of Hartford United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hermitage, PA.
He died unexpectedly at 11:47 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, trying to prevent a home invasion at his stepsons home. He was 44 years old.
Andy was born Sept. 27, 1968, in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. In 1971, his father’s assignment to Thailand ended. He and his sister Nancy were brought to the U.S. and resided with their grandmother, June Galardo Walko Lattyak in Sharon, PA.
In 1973, a new family was formed when his father remarried and they began their life together in Columbus, Ohio, where the family was assigned as part of the USAF. From there they were sent to McDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, and four years later retired and settled in Rockdale.
Andy attended school in Florida and Rockdale before deciding to return to Pennsylvania and live with his grandmother. While there, he attended Sharon and Sharpsville schools.
Andy worked for Sharon Fence for 14 years as a supervisor in its Wheatland location.
In 1998, he married Jennifer A. Verill and became father to her three sons.
His favorite things were fishing, barbecuing on the grill, beer and his dog.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, June Galardo Walko Lattyak of Sharon, PA, and uncles Ralph Hoffman, Sharpsville, PA, Kenny Carlson, Sulpher, Louisiana.
Survivors are his wife Jennifer, Ferrill, PA; three stepsons, Josua Verrill, Mercer, PA, Nicholas and Bradley Verrill of Ferrill, PA, and their families; his parents, Tony and Barbara Walko of Rockdale; sister Nancy Walko of Victoria; three brothers, Patrick Walko of Humble, Michael Walko and wife Amy, Ron Embrey and wife Hazel, all of Rockdale, and their families; aunts Beverly Walko Redmond, Sharon, PA, Nancy Walko Hoffman, Sharpsville, PA, Gayle Walko Carlson, Sulpher, LA, and Janice Lattyak Goodnight, also of Sulpher, LA; his cousins who welcomed him to the U. S., Ralph ( Ralphie) Hoffman, Tim Hoffman, John Hoffman, Fritz Hoffman, Joey Hoffman, Tina Hoffman O’Toole, Tracy Hoffman, Terri Goodnight and Randy Goodnight, all of the Shenango Valley area.
The family would like for people to know Andy was a good man. He was a loving husband, father, brother, cousin, son and grandson. And a friend to many.