Uros Emil Joseph Erdelsky 1905-1997

by Philip John Erdelsky, his son

Most of the this summary is being written from memory. Some of the dates are only approximate. Details will be added as they become available.

Uros Emil Joseph Erdelsky, the second son of Constantine Joseph Erdelsky, hardly ever used his first and third names. Throughout most of his long life, he was known as Emil Erdelsky.

He attended Rutgers University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, although he majored in Electrical Engineering.

He was unemployed during the Great Depression for about a year.

In 1939 he married Audrey E. Sullivan. They lived in Trenton, New Jersey, at first, but moved to Verona, New Jersey sometime between 1942 and 1945. He worked at Crocker-Wheeler in Newark, New Jersey.

Emil and Audrey Erdelsky had five children, all of whom are still living:

In the early fifties, his mother Elizabeth Erdelsky came to live with his family, and stayed with the family until shortly before her death in 1981.

In 1954, the Crocker-Wheeler company was bought by the Elliott Company of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, and the entire family moved to a house in Penn Township, about two miles from the Elliott Company plant.

Circa 1963, the Crocker-Wheeler division of the Elliott Company was shut down, and he took another job in Fairmont West Virginia. This time, however, his family did not move along with him. He stayed at a hotel in Fairmont and returned to Penn Township on weekends.

Approximately two years later, a better job opportunity came along in Euclid, Ohio. He took his wife and youngest daughter to Euclid, where they lived until he retired. His mother stayed in the house in Penn Township during this time.

He retired in 1970, returned to the house in Penn Township and enjoyed reasonably good health for the next 27 years. He became significantly disabled only a few months before his death from a heart attack in 1997.

The following obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on October 15, 1997:


Emil J. Erdelsky, 92, of Penn Township, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 31, 1905, in Manhattan, N.Y., a son of the late Constantin and Elizabeth Grecsny Erdelsky. He was a retired electrical engineer for the Elliott Co. in Jeannette, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Elliott Veterans Association, Hillview Senior Citizens Bowling League and Monday Seniors Mens Bowling League. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Sullivan Erdelsky in 1984; and two brothers, Stephen and John Erdelsky. He is survived by two sons, Joseph J. and wife, Patricia Erdelsky of Jeannette and Philip J. Erdelsky of San Diego, Calif.; three daughters, Ellen Erdelsky of Gaithersburg, Md., Janet and husband, David Merrelli of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Kathryn and husband, Larry Fisher of Derwood, Md.; six grandchildren, Christine Hong, Michael Erdelsky, Gregory Zamensky, Nicolo and Aronne Merrelli and William Fisher; three great-grandchildren, Amy Elizabeth Erdelsky, John Thomas and Jesse Michael Hong. Friends were received at the JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME Inc., Harrison City, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert J. Marks officiating. Interment will follow in St. Barbara Cemetery, Penn Township. Contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, 615 S. Main St., Greensburg, Pa. 15601.

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