Thomas G. Krivak

August 21, 1940 ~ August 30, 2022 (age 82)


Thomas G. Krivak, PhD, 82, of Zelienople, PA, formerly of Harrison City, PA, and Akron, OH, died holding the hand of his beloved wife of 59 years at 8:30 a.m. on August 30, 2022, Mars, PA. He was born on August 21,1940, in Windber, PA to John Krivak and Helen Krivak (Fialko) who preceded him in death. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joyce (Ripple) Krivak. Tom and Joyce were together since eighth grade having their first date over 64 years ago. Tom is survived by three children: Sandra Fowler of Zelienople, PA, Thomas C. Krivak of Pittsburgh, PA, and Katherine Krivak of Mars, PA; six grandchildren; Courtney, Thomas, Miriam, Victoria, Addison, and Aedan. Mr. Krivak is also survived by one sister; Virginia (Krivak) Stevenson and preceded in death by brother, Joseph Krivak and sister, Katherine (Krivak) Naret. He was a former member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Harrison City, PA and never missed a mass no matter his location across the country or world. Tom was a graduate of Shade High School (Cairnbrook, PA), University of Pittsburgh and the University Notre Dame. He worked 37 years for PPG Industries as a senior research chemist holding 90 United States Patents; 89 of which he was the primary investigator. Dr. Krivak was selected as a Distinguished Corporate Inventor through Inventure Place, Home of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Tom’s nieces and nephews, family, friends, and coworkers truly appreciated the way he spent focused time with them sharing stories and laughter. Thomas Krivak will always be remembered for his love of sports, scouting football and softball games, fishing, his love of learning and the love he had for his family. Tom enjoyed fishing the streams of Central City, PA, kept a meticulous lawn and always enjoyed attending any sporting event. He never missed his children’s or grandchildren’s school or athletic activities always aware that the most important gift that we can give our children is to be present. A private mass will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Central City, PA with burial to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, September 18, 2022. For more information email Memorial Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice. 


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