Obituary: Edward H. Humensky / Army man was Mr. Fix-It at home

Nov. 9, 1923 - Jan. 29, 2014

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When Edward H. Humensky served in the Army during World War II, he was known as an honorable fighter in combat. To his family, he was the go-to fix-it man and devoted father. At Duquesne Light, where he worked for 35 years, he was known for his work ethic. Just recently, his 1950s work uniform was donated to the Heinz History Center.

During his Army duty, he fought in Normandy and Northern France. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern medal with three bronze stars and a Good Conduct medal.

Mr. Humensky lived in Crafton for most of his life. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5111 in Mount Washington and was instrumental in the 1985 inception of the Mount Washington Heights Veterans Memorial, located at the Duquesne Incline's Grandview Station. It honors all veterans who served in the United States armed forces.

While working at Duquesne Light, Mr. Humensky started out as a lineman in 1947, then a foreman and retired as a troubleshooter in 1984.

Mr. Humensky met his wife, Ruth, at an ice cream parlor. It was love at first sight. They were married for 68 years before her death in 2012.

Mr. Humensky enjoyed his job, doing yardwork and repairing old clocks and watches.

"He was very handy around the house," said Barbara Richard Palmer, one of his daughters. "If anything was broken, he would fix it."

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Humensky is survived by three other children, Mary Loud Szydlowski, Joyce Dale and Edward Dennis Humensky; and a brother, Joseph Humensky.

Mr. Humensky was buried Friday with full military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.


Nikki Pena: npena@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1280.

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