William J. Bankovic, 90, a resident of Elk Haven and formerly of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 6, 1924 in St. Marys, son of the late Walter and Eva Frkonja Bankovic. He was married to Elaine Mains of Pittsburgh.
He attended Sacred Heart School and Central Catholic High School. While in Pittsburgh, he completed high school and attended Pittsburgh Musical Institute and the Robert Morris College. He worked at Stackpole Carbon Co. for several years and in Pittsburgh worked for the American Window Glass Co. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Store System in 1987.
Mr. Bankovic was a member of the American Legion and served in the U.S. Army, 38th Infantry Division during World War II from March 1943 to December 1945, when he was discharged with the rank of corporal. He was awarded the Purple Heart for action in the European Theatre of Operations. He also received the Good Conduct Medal and the Infantry Badge.
He is survived by a stepson, Robert Bankovic of Pittsburgh; a sister, Mary Lou Bankovic of St. Marys; and a brother, Joseph Bankovic of St. Marys.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Kathryn Stauffer, Barbara Fleming, Anne Bickmire and Rose Bankovic; and two brothers, Paul Bankovic and Walter Bankovic.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for William J. Bankovic to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, May 29 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, as celebrant.
There will be no visitation.
Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Memorials can be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 339 Center St., St. Marys, or to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.