Stephen F. Ralbovsky Sr., age 95, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 1, 2012, in Green Valley, Ariz. Mr. Ralbovsky was a lifelong resident of Johnstown; he and his wife, Jo lived on Mason St., Johnstown until late 2011. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Josephine (Simek); his daughter, Mary Ann (Steven) Johnson; his son, Stephen F. Jr. (Kathleen); six grandchildren, Kimberly (Wayne) Fraleigh, Matthew (Georgia) Johnson, Alison and Gregory Ralbovsky, Adam and Aaron (Cilla) Wolfley; four great-grandchildren, Noah and Abigail Fraleigh and Lucas and Macie Johnson; his sisters, Irma Ralbovsky and Olga Keller; and many, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Peter and his brother, Edward.
Mr. Ralbovsky was born in Johnstown on April 27, 1917, to Peter J. and Caroline (Kumpan) Ralbovsky and grew up in Johnstown. After attending Johnstown schools, he was a glove cutter before joining the U.S. Army in 1939. He served during WW II with the 4th Infantry Division and achieved the rank of Staff Sgt. He and his unit landed on Utah Beach in the D Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Mr. Ralbovsky was severely wounded in combat by a sniper near St. Lo, France on July 10, 1944. After a six month recovery period from his wounds, he returned to active duty and served the rest of the war in France as a supply sergeant. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star before being honorably discharged in 1945.
Upon returning to civilian life, he was a glove cutter until joining the U.S. Post Office. He spent his career as a letter carrier, primarily delivering in the south end of Johnstown, then became the senior carrier delivering mail on Main St. He retired from the Post Office in 1979, after 31 years with the Postal Service.
Mr. Ralbovsky was a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Catholic Parish, now Holy Trinity Parish, in Johnstown. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, Disabled American Veterans, and Sokol.
A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Valley, Green Valley, Ariz. on Saturday, Nov. 3. A memorial mass is being planned at Holy Trinity Parish in Johnstown for late November.
Mr. Ralbovsky was a kind and gentle man, a good husband, father, son, brother and uncle. He was a friend to all who knew him. He lived a long, full life of giving and receiving love, serving his country during the war and his customers on his mail routes. He will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Green Valley Mortuary, Green Valley, Ariz.