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Steve VulanickAugust 25, 1923 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 94)
Steve Vulanick passed away on Wednesday January 17th. He was born on August 25, 1923 son of Matthew Vulanich and Cathrine Pregley. Steve's interest in music began when he started listening to country music from WSM radio out of Nashville, TN during the great depression. He couldn't afford to buy a guitar so he traded his fishing pole outfit for his first guitar. Self taught, Steve played the guitar, tamburitzan bass, and vocals throughout his teens. Steve joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was stationed at Valley Fall, Oregon. During World War II, he served in the US Army from 1943 to 1944 in the 37th Division, Special Forces Infantry. He fought in the Southwest Pacific, the Solomon Islands and the Georgia Pacific Island Group. Steve is a life member of the DAV. He worked for US Steel at the Mcdonald Mills for 39 years. Steve married Jacqueline Maletich on August 16, 1947. A daughter, Karen, was born on August 20, 1954. Jackie died on October 25, 1999. Steve has played bass in many local bands playing various types of music from country to polka and other ethnic styles. Some of the bands Steve has played for are: The Zemko Brothers Orchestra, Cy and the Roving Playboys, Johnny Matus Orchestra, The Ted Zalac Band, The Polka Beats and The Del Rezek Orchestra just to name a few. For a short time he also had his own group, The Polka Varieties. He has performed on radio at WKST, New Castle, PA, WIC, Sharon PA and WKBN, Youngstown, OH. Steve is a member of the AFM, Local 860242, Youngstown, OH and a charter member of St. Christine Parish,Youngstown, OH and a former usher at 9:00 Mass. He also belonged to St. George's Croatian Home Lodge #66. Steve has been a member of the Penn Ohio Polka Pals since March 2000.
He is survived by a daughter Karen Pavligo of Youngstown, 2 sisters; Helen (Frank) Vari of Ravenna and Kathy (Art) Reedy of Canton, Ohio ,a sister-in-law Connie Vulanich of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, a brother, John Vulanich, a sister Josephine Vulanich and son-in-law James Pavligo Jr.
Friends will be received on Sunday January 21st from 1 to 4 pm at the Vaschak- Kirila Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday January 22, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and 10:00 at St. Christine's Church.