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Steel foreman enjoyed family time

Michael A. Hlatt, of White Oak, a veteran of World War II and a retired metallurgy foreman for U.S. Steel, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, of a bone infection. He was 83.

Throughout his life, Mr. Hlatt dedicated himself to three things: family, work and church. For him, few things could compare to the satisfaction of a hard day’s work and quality time spent with his family.

“He was always anywhere his family needed him,” said his daughter, Theresa Kapadia. “He really taught me the importance of family and being there for your family. Aside from his family, work and church were everything to him.”

Mr. Hlatt grew up in Duquesne and attended Duquesne High School. After graduating from high school, he went to work for U.S. Steel at the Duquesne Works.

When he was 22, Mr. Hlatt enlisted in the Army and served in World War II. After training in radio mechanics in the Army’s technical school in Wisconsin, he served with the Army Air Corps in England as a radio mechanic. After three years in the military, Mr. Hlatt was promoted to corporal.

After leaving the Army, Mr. Hlatt returned to U.S. Steel. In 1954, he began taking classes in metallurgy from a Penn State University extension school. It had always been a trade that he was interested in, feeling that metallurgy was one of the backbones of the steel business.

In 1982, he retired as a foreman.

For Mr. Hlatt, retirement meant more time to focus on his family. He enjoyed baby-sitting and spending time with his three grandsons.

“He was a very caring person,” Kapadia said. “He was a strong family man. He was willing to give to anyone who needed help.”

Mr. Hlatt is survived by three daughters, Theresa Kapadia, of Jefferson Hills; Mary Jane DaParma, of White Oak; and Cathleen McDowell, of Munhall, and three grandsons.

He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine; a brother, Joseph; and two sisters, Helen Remas and Mary Mihal.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home, 2703 O’Neil Blvd., McKeesport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Angela Merici Church, White Oak. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, West Mifflin.


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