Herman Louis Muko, 92, formerly of Sewickley, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2021
in the company of his loving family. Herman was born November 15, 1928 in New Salem, PA
to John Joseph and Helen Marie (Sabula) Muko. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary
“Babe” (Kachurik) Muko; his second wife Josephine (Marlinga) Muko; sons Thomas and Daniel; brothers Raymond & Lawrence; sisters Mary Ellen and Norma Jean.
Herman is survived by his family Cynthia (Frank) Bailey of Pittsburgh; Ron (Sharon) Muko of Maryland; Amy (Michael) Minnock of Sewickley; Sharon Jamieson of Texas, Sister Sandra (Richard) Ekstrom of Shadyside. Eight grandchildren: Colleen, Amanda, Christina, Julia, Elizabeth, Michael, Thomas and Natalie, two great-grandchildren: Marissa and Braylon, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly.
Herman grew up in the small coal mining town of Renton, PA where he learned the value of hard work as the local paper boy. In High School, he was the news staff printer, an apprentice for two print shops, member of the Boys Center Club, and the HI-Y (affiliated with YMCA). Herman served in the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean War as a map printer of Korea. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and a United Nations Service Medal for his commendable service.
After returning home, he joined the Army Reserves and attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He began his printing career with Community Press in Oakmont, PA, married Babe and began a family. As his printing career flourished he acquired his own printing business, Sewickley Printing Service, Inc. In 1968, Sewickley became his new home for his wife and five children. He was successful and active in the printing business and was awarded the
Businessman of the Year and served as President of the Printing Association of Western Pennsylvania.
Herman was a loving man and a devoted father. He was a Cubmaster for the Boy Scouts, coached Little League and was voted the neighborhoods Best Dad based on all the attention and respect from the local children. He was a Member of the Kiwanis, Rotary Club and VFW. In March, 2021 he received a 50 year certificate of continuous membership from the American Legion. He was a church usher, enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, dancing to big bands and
polkas, and loved his family vacations and family gatherings.
Herman’s famous crazy chocolate cake was a favorite for family birthdays. He also enjoyed
berry picking with his young children, baking delicious pies, enjoyed making fresh homemade
pizzelles and was always ready to share for his visitors.
After retiring from the printing business at the young age of 68, he attended the Pittsburgh
School of Massage Therapy to begin his new career as a Myotherapist. Herman helped hundreds
of patients well into his late eighties.
Herman’s friends from Stonebrook Village stated he was always willing to help others and was a
kind and generous man. He had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes every time you saw
him. Herman was well cared for by his private caregiver Kim. She was wonderful in engaging
our father in many activities and keeping his smiles alive.
Arrangements are by Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Inc. 328 Beaver Street, Sewickley, PA
15143 where friends and family are invited on Tuesday, October 5th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.
A Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, October 6th at 10:30am in Saint Mary Church,
Glenfield with Father David Jastrab. Interment in Saint James Cemetery, Sewickley, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to the Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn Street, Sewickley, PA 15143.
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