James R. Stricklin, age 83, of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Allegheny General Hospital. He retired from the payroll department at U.S. Steel, South Side, and was a former school bus driver for the Elizabeth Forward School District. An Army veteran, he was a member of St. Joachim and Anne Parish, St. Michael Church, in Elizabeth Twp., and a lifetime social member of Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. Born February 11, 1938 in Wheeling, WV, he was a son of the late Harry and Roberta (Thomas) Stricklin and husband of the late Bernadette Ann (Chasko) Stricklin. He is survived by daughters, Renee (Robert L.) Gillie of West Newton, Dana Stricklin of Elizabeth and Jill (Ronald) Orosz of Baton Rouge, LA; son, James M. (Lisa) Stricklin of Plum; grandchildren, Dr. Brandon (Theresa), Zachary, Garrett, Aaron, Jacob (Cassandra), Benjamin, Nicholas and Gabrielle; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Claire, Willow and Raylee; brother, Harry Stricklin of Elizabeth Twp.; sister-in-law, Patricia (Duane) Coulson of Elizabeth Twp.; also, nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 3-8 PM. In order to comply with Covid-19 restrictions, guests are required to wear masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines. You may be asked to limit your visiting time so that all guests will have an opportunity to pay their respects. The family would like to express their understanding to those who are unable to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A Blessing will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10 AM in the funeral home with Deacon Dale DiSanto officiating. Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Rails to Trails at railstotrails.org or Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Company, 409 Oxford Drive, Elizabeth, PA, 15037 or an animal charity of one's choice.
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