Andy was born on October 13, 1946, at Columbia Hospital in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He passed away at the age of 75 on March 18, 2022, at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio.
His parents, John and Caroline Ann (Sliwiak) Holupka and an older brother, John Michael Holupka, preceded him in death.
He is survived by a sister, Helen (Holupka) Ahlborn, her husband, Fred Ahlborn, a niece, Anna Sophia Ahlborn Spellman, Tim M. Spellman, and their three children Sophia, Sujitra, and Tim.
Andy grew up in a close-knit extended family with many aunts and uncles and about 20 cousins most of whom lived in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
During his early years he participated in baseball, scouts, and church in Pitcairn, Pa. Being active in many camps, he completed the Order of the Arrow at Scout Camp. For many years he kept a large newspaper delivery route. He took clarinet and accordion lessons and ran dances for teens. At Gateway High School, Monroeville, Pa, he played football under Coach Antamarino who taught him how to be a center. The quarterback was John Nemec who was also the class president while Andy became the treasurer.
College years were spent at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Youngstown State in Ohio. During the Vietnam War years, he was placed at Gibraltar in Spain where he mastered computer operations. While there he became fluent in Spanish. He loved the Spanish culture and lifestyle. He and his wife, Jean Chatterton of Kidderminster, England were married on the Rock of Gibraltar. They returned to Pitcairn and began to raise a family of four children, Heidi, Andrew, Caryn, and Claire. They now have four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Andy became the youngest councilman in Pitcairn and was proud of helping to build a new community center. He worked for US Steel in Pittsburgh and completed his studies in business and economics at Pitt. His business travels took him to Brazil and the Philippines. Eventually he moved to the family farm in Leechburg, Pa., and established his own company in New Kensington.
For the time that Andy lived in Marysville, Ohio, he never failed to make new friends and participate in local activities. Thanks to the Union County Veterans Services for helping with care for him.
During his entire life Andy showed true passion for life and he loved people. There are many friends including the staff at the Ohio Veterans Home who have expressed what a joy he has been.
All of you are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life luncheon at The Lamplighter Restaurant in Delmont, Pa on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 11:00 am.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio has assisted with arrangements.
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