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Obituary for Joseph A. "Joe" Schweikert

Joseph A. Schweikert, 80, of McDonald, North Fayette Township, formerly of Avella, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in Celebration Villa of Lakemont Farms, Bridgeville.

Joseph was born on October 5, 1943, in New Castle, a son of the late Carl and Catherine Spelich Schweikert.

Mr. Schweikert was a U.S. Army Veteran, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Germany. After his time in the service his dedication to his country and fellow citizens remained strong. Joseph graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. He served for many years and always had such a great love for the job. He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion and Elks Club. In his free time, Joseph loved golfing, hunting, gardening, woodworking, riding his motorcycle and in his younger years his dirt bike. He was also very talented at shooting pool.

Outside of work and his activities, Joe was still a very active man. He was known as “Mr. Fix-it” in his family. There was not a project or task too daunting for Joseph. While living in Avella for 46 years, Joe and his wife owned 10 acres of land. Every day Joe would tend to the property, cars, or something around the house. When Joe’s grandsons were born, he even built a special attachment for his tractor so that both boys’ car seats would fit on the tractor and they could cut the grass with Pap Pap. His family was his life. Everything Joe did, he did for them. He was so blessed to have such a loving and kind family, he cherished them.

Joseph married the love of his life Bonnie and the two created their perfect life. The two loved to travel everywhere they could. Once spending a week in Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and traveling to Alaska, all over the U.S. and on to many cruises to count. With each trip they would collect an ornament from the place they visited. Their vacation Christmas tree at home, is filled with so many special memories that will now last a lifetime.

Joseph and his wife were blessed with their daughter, the center of their worlds, Suzanne. Suzanne’s two sons, quickly became Joe’s new best friends when they were born. They did everything with Pap Pap and were always so happy to tag along with him.

Surviving is his loving wife, Bonnie Laurel Schweikert, daughter, Suzanne (husband, Chris Schnupp) Schweikert, grandsons, Joe and Jared Schweikert, and siblings, Marlene (Gabe) Pascarella, Larry (Dee) Schweikert, and Ron (Jean) Schweikert.

A full Military Service will be on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 2 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. All are asked to arrive between 1:40-1:50 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc. and Crematory, 5000 Noblestown Rd., Oakdale (724-693-2800)