Peter L. Dreistadt, Jr., 82, of Pleasant Unity, died Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born July 30, 1939 in Penn, a son of the late Peter L. Sr. and Gladys I. (Davis) Dreistadt. Prior to retirement Pete was employed by Standard Steel for 35 years. He was a Navy veteran and spent most of his four years overseas. He was a member of St. Florian Catholic Church, United, lifetime member and past commander of the former Pleasant Unity VFW Post #8643 and lifetime member of Donegal VFW Post #6743. Pete also was a member of United Slovak Club, United Amvets and Unity Township American Legion Post #982. Pete enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends at his hunting camp, Oak Lodge. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Daniel, Richard and John (Marianne) Dreistadt, three sisters, Elsie (Archie) Bossart, Donna (Chuck) Dickson and Margie (John) Martelli and a sister-in-law, Bea (Puskar) Grates. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Christine F. (Puskar) Dreistadt, four children, Beverly (Rich) Smith of Norvelt, Peter M. (Danielle) Dreistadt, III of Pleasant Unity, Dawn (Eric) Firestone of Pleasant Unity and Jeffrey (Missy) Dreistadt of Hostetter, eight grandchildren, Chelsey (Jamie), Nicholas, Chad, Alex, Corey, Pete, Amber and Colette and four great grandchildren, Rylee, Malia, Noah and Ace. Also surviving are three sisters, Grace (late Lester) Specht of Acme, Dorothy (late Richard) Danser of Humphreys and Marcie (Jim) Novak of Mt. Pleasant Township, three sisters-in-law, Marianne Bradford and Loretta Iannuzzo both of FL and Priscilla (Russ) Shaffer of Latrobe, brother-in-law, George (Sally) Puskar of Pleasant Unity and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, Inc., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:30 AM Saturday in the funeral home followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated at 10 AM in St. Florian Catholic Church with The Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Military honors by the Armbrust Veterans Group and interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Hospital.
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