Leslie Harvath

Leslie M. Harvath

Wednesday, November 12th, 1947 - Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
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HARVATH, Leslie Mark, 73, of Hempfield Township, passed away Wednesday March 31, 2021. He was the son of the late Edward J. Harvath of Westmoreland City and the late Stella (Matovich) Harvath of Biddle. Les is survived by his best friend, loving wife and caregiver, Jane Ann Mizikar, of Hempfield Township, and their son, Schuyler E. Harvath and his wife, Briana L. of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Les and Jane celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last August. He was a 1965 graduate of Norwin High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Duquesne University in 1969, and a Master’s degree in Education from Duquesne in 1973. At Duquesne, He was a three-year starter for the Dukes baseball team and set season-and career records for stolen bases (which have since been eclipsed). Les also received West Penn Conference and Tri-State Coaches honors for the Dukes. After graduating from Duquesne, he spent 35 years in the Norwin School District Social Studies Department, teaching traditional and Gifted World Cultures classes. Continuing his athletic careers Les served for eight seasons as an assistant baseball coach to Tom Shirley and spent 20 seasons as the Knights’ head coach. Having never forgotten his world history background, turning his love of history into a passion, traveling to the Olympic Games in Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980), Sarajevo (1984), Seoul (1988), Albertville (1992), Beijing (2008), and PyeongChang (2018).
The family would like to acknowledge the outstanding compassionate care Les received for the past two and one-half years from the staff on the fourth floor at Hillman, especially from the stem-cell team. The family also would like to thank family and friends for having their “boots on the ground” and for all the love, support and prayers while traveling on this journey.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be sent to the Hillman Cancer Center of Pittsburgh UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B 5150 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15232, the Norwin Historical Society 304 Main Street Irwin PA 15642 or Wreaths Across America PO Box 249 Columbia Falls, ME 04623. Friends will be received 2-4 & 6- 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ott Funeral home Inc 805 Pennsylvania avenue Irwin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Greensburg. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery Latrobe.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Ott Funeral Home Inc.
    805 Pennsylvania Avenue
    IRWIN, PA 15642
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  • Service

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 9:30am
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 9:30am
    Blessed Sacrement Cathedral
    300 North Main Street
    GREENSBURG, PA 15601
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  • Interment

    St. Vincent Cemetery
    300 Fraser Purchase Road
    LATROBE, PA 15650
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Donations are being accepted for: Norwin Historical Society.


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Michael Plumb Jr

Posted at 02:02pm
I was deeply saddened to hear of Les's passing. I met him in the 60's at the Strawpump Playground thru his Cousin Jeanne who was one of our instructor's. I looked up to him initially because he was a great Baseball Player & I loved the game myself. I eventually had him for a Teacher at Norwin too (1970). He was a great, all around Role Model, truly one of a kind, from his unique "bounce in his walk", to the way he carried himself, a real Class Act that I'll never forget. Rest in Peace my Friend.

Diane Brown

Posted at 09:47pm
Jane Ann, My heart breaks with you at the loss of your husband/best friend and father. Leslie had a great sense of humor and was such pleasure to be around. He will be truly missed.

Erin Kehoe Hildreth

Posted at 07:34am
Mr Harvath was one of the most creative and fun teachers I ever had... on a side note, as a nurse, I have embraced "cultural competence" and attribute my interest in this area of nursing to the "COW" (Cultures of the World) class I had with Mr Harvath. I don't know if anyone could ever account for the many lives he influenced.

Matt Ellis

Posted at 01:51pm
Mr. Harvath was extremely passionate and inspirational teacher. I was able to enjoy his Cultures of the World class in the late 90s. His passion for travel and visiting places has led my family and I to take many a travelling adventure over the years.

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Posted at 12:16pm
Prayers to you and your family ! We love you Jean!
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