Veterans memorial guest speaker named
The West Newton community will honor its deceased veterans during a biennial memorial service 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 225 N. Second St. in West Newton. It has been announced that the Rev. Michael Milinovich will be the guest speaker at the service.
Milinovich graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1994 and was appointed to serve as pastor at the First United Methodist Church of West Newton from 1994 to 2001. During his tenure there, he, along with Jack McCauley, instituted the Veterans Day memorial service.
Currently, Milinovich serves as the chaplain to the staff at Monongahela Valley Hospital, where he currently works as its pensions and benefit coordinator. Starting in 2015, Milinovich will be named vice president and will begin working as an investment advisor representative with Milinovich & Co. Inc., investment advisers, in Waynesburg.
With his wife, Cathy, the Milinoviches have three children: Greg, a United Methodist Minister in Sunbury; Julia, a high school math teacher and stay-at-home mom in Mechanicsburg; and Mary, an elementary teacher in the Mt. Lebanon School District who lives in Washington, Pa. They also have six grandchildren with a seventh due in March. Cathy Milinovich continues to work in the Belle Vernon Area School District where she teaches English- AP 11 and Honors 10 and also chairs the English department for the district. The Milinoviches will be celebrating 40 years of marriage this year.
The Milinovich family continues to be grateful for the tremendous opportunity that was given to them by living and serving in West Newton.
The service, sponsored by the J. William McCauley Jr. Funeral Home Inc. of West Newton, will salute all deceased veterans and POW/MIAs of the community. The Rev. John T. Sweeney, representative of the West Newton Association of Churches, will officiate the service.
Names of veterans from West Newton and surrounding communities who died since Veterans Day, 2012, will be called and a family member will be invited to light a candle in his or her memory.
Any families who have not received an invitation to the service and who would like to have their veteran honored should contact the McCauley Funeral Home at 724-872-6699.