STANKO - Rev. Andrew C., 75; passed away November 9, 2020 at Garvey Manor, Altoona. Born May 30, 1945 in Johnstown, son of Andrew C. Sr. and Anna (Mley) Stanko. Preceded in death by parents; maternal grandparents, Andrew and Anna (Zidik) Mley; paternal grandparents, John and Anna (Kashak) Stanko. Survived by many cousins and brother priests. Andrew was a graduate of Bishop McCort High School, Class of 1963. Received his BA in Philosophy from St. Francis College in 1967, Masters of Divinity from St. Francis Seminary in 1971, and Master of Arts in Counseling from Villanova University in 1971. Ordained Priest on May 15, 1971 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, PA. He held his first solemn Mass on May 16, 1971 at St. Therese Church, Johnstown. Certified Chaplain by the U.S. Catholic Conference, as a hospital chaplain in 1975. He was an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church, Portage, PA from 1971 to 1973; Instructor of Religion at Bishop Carroll High School from 1971 to 1973; hospital chaplain at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown; In residence at Visitation BVM from 1973 to 1986, pastor at St. Mary Magdalene in Frugality. PA where he oversaw the construction of the parish hall; and St. Richard in Blandsburg, PA from 1986 to 1995; pastor at Immaculate Conception Church, Johnstown, and St. Michael the Archangel Church, Brownstown, from 1995 to 2000; and appointed pastor of St. Stephen Catholic Church, and West End Catholic School in 2000; and pastor of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mundy’s Corner. He received the Bi-ritual Faculties from Sacred Congregation of Oriental Churches in 1984 for Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. Active Fourth Degree member of Knights of Columbus, where he helped to establish a local council in Frugality and received numerous awards including, Knight of the Year Counsil 467. A 12 year board of director member for Birth Right. Active in ecumenism and member of West End and Glendale Ministerium, including helping establish food bank in Frugality. He was also elected to the priests’ Senate and Presbyterial Counsel. Fr. Andy enjoyed classical music, chess, reading, sports and classical guitar. Friends received Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 536 Decker Ave. Johnstown; where Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., the Most Rev. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak. Committal will take place at Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements by Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Broad Street. Condolences may be sent at fgozogfuneralhome.com
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