North Huntingdon coal miner and Army Ranger was tough, giving
When J.R. Acalotto of North Huntingdon began dating the woman who would become his wife, he was quickly introduced to her coal-miner father, Anthony Mulac.
“He was tough at first,” Acalotto said. “But he had a great personality. He was a giving person who looked after his family.”
Anthony M. Mulac of North Huntingdon died Thursday, Sept, 6, 2018. He was 86.
Mr. Mulac was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Port Vue, a son of the late Daniel and Anna (Flanyak) Mulac.
He worked in the Bethlehem Mine in Marianna, Washington County, and served as an Army Ranger airborne paratrooper during the Korean War.
Mr. Mulac also enjoyed antiquing and attending flea markets and auctions with his wife, Dorothy.
“She collected cookie jars, and they’d go all the time,” Acalotto said. “When he’d go to auctions with me, he’d always have an eye on military rifles or handguns, or coinage from wartime. He also used to collect a lot of antique glass.”
In his free time, Mr. Mulac could often be found tending his vegetable garden.
“He loved his tomatoes,” Acalotto said. “We built a little porch garden for him after he couldn’t climb steps anymore.”
Shortly after marrying into the family, Acalotto learned just how much he doted on his four daughters.
“When Christmas time came, my wife said it was an unbelievable sight,” he said. “He spoiled all his kids to death.”
That generosity quickly extended to Mr. Mulac’s sons-in-law.
“He helped me and the other husbands all the time with different things around the house,” Acalotto said. “He was always there to lend a helping hand.”
is survived by his children, Susanne Petrulak and her husband David, of Jeannette, Sherry Acalotto and her husband Don of North Huntingdon, Patricia Acalotto and her husband J.R. of North Huntingdon, and Pamela Beranek and her husband Bob, of Irwin; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main St., Irwin. A 9:30 a.m. blessing service will be held Monday, with interment to follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.