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Daniel "Dan" Brestensky, 72 of South Buffalo Twp., passed away peacefully on May 1, 2023, at UPMC St Margaret in Pittsburgh, PA. After a very brief and courageous battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he died peacefully with his loving wife Maureen and their children by his side. Born on May 6, 1950, in New Kensington, PA, Dan was a kind, funny, and handy man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Dan is survived by his loving wife who he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on this November 12th, Maureen J. (Lowers) Brestensky, and their devoted children, Michael C. Brestensky, David R. Brestensky, and Deanna R. & Brent Heinrich. His grandchildren, Auri and Samuel Heinrich and his brother, Charles Brestensky. Dan was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Anastasia Vozar Brestensky, brothers, John and Joseph Brestensky, and his sister, Rita Szul.
A 1968 graduate of Kiski Area High School, Dan went on to attend Penn State University's College of Engineering, graduating with a degree in Drafting and Design Technology. After college he enlisted in the US Army. Dan attained the rank of sergeant in 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" where he was a member of the Presidential Salute Battery. After his service to his country, Dan came home and took a job at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge. Dan spent 34 years working as a head repairman, retiring in 2006.
Throughout his life, Dan was known for his strong work ethic and dedication to his job. Dan's love of the outdoors was evident in his many hobbies and interests. He was an avid hunter and outdoors man, with a particular passion for turkey and deer hunting. Dan's love for nature extended to his family camp, where he enjoyed spending time and creating lasting memories with his loved ones. As a member of the Freeport Sportsman Club, Dan taught hunter safety courses for many years, passing on his knowledge and passion for hunting to future generations. In addition to his love for hunting, Dan enjoyed cutting and splitting wood for his home and camp. He was an avid reader, especially of hunting magazines, which he would read from cover to cover. His family and friends will fondly remember Dan's love for the outdoors and his dedication to preserving the beauty of nature. Dan's kind, funny, and handy nature was a source of joy and comfort to those around him. He was always there to lend a helping hand, whether it was fixing anything broken or offering a listening ear. His sense of humor brought laughter to any situation, and his kindness left a lasting impact on the lives of those who knew him. Dan will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, caring brother, and loyal friend. He was the best pap and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandkids.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 4th from 2-4 & 6-8 pm in the Redmond Funeral Home Inc., 524 High St. in Freeport. Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 5th at 12 pm in the Cabot United Methodist Church, 707 Winfield Rd. in Cabot. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dan's memory to the Cabot United Methodist Church 707 Winfield Rd., Cabot, PA 16023. Dan was very involved at the Cabot United Methodist Church helping with the Food Bank, Fish Fry’s or wherever needed. To send a condolence visit, www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com Daniel Brestensky's memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. His impact on the lives of his family, friends, and community will not be forgotten. As we remember Dan, let us honor his memory by continuing to spread kindness, laughter, and a love for the outdoors.