OSOVICH, John P., 89, of Bridgeport, OH, died Monday, December 10, 2012, at Forest Hills Retirement Center.

He was born April 24, 1923, in Neffs, OH, a son of the late Andrew and Bernice (Lopachimski) Osovich.

John was Catholic and a long-term parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wolfhurst; he was retired from Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry.

John was an outstanding athlete at Bridgeport High School, lettering in football and baseball. His baseball talents earned him a contract with the Cleveland (Indians) Baseball Company in 1942. While working through the farm leagues, the U.S. Army called him to duty for WW II, and he served in Europe, both in combat and as a musician entertaining the troops.

John will be well remembered for the many bands he played with in the valley, especially Eddie Garczyk’s Band.

Following the war, John was recruited by Kent State for his baseball and musical talents. He chose baseball. But upon finding the love of his life, John returned home, married Rose, and together they started their family.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Rose (Seita) Osovich in 2005; four brothers, Stanley, James “Lottie,” Charles, and Michael; two sisters, Jean Klimek and Carol Hegedus.

John is survived by a daughter, Diane M. (Earl) McWhorter of St. Clairsville; a son, John J. (Deborah) Osovich of Bridge port; grandchildren, Brian P. (Carrie) McWhorter of Morristown, Jill (Mike) Shrodes of Hilliard, OH, and J. Jordan (Brigid) Osovich of Wheeling; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and his sister- in-law, Patricia Seita of St. Clairsville.

Friends are invited to a celebration of John’s life on Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road, Brookside.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday December 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church Wolfhurst with Fr. John Mucha as celebrant.

Interment in Linwood Cemetery, Blaine. Wake service will be recited on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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