Albert W. Durniok, age 87, of West Drive, W. Salem Twp., Greenville, passed away after a brief illness Tuesday afternoon, October 10, 2017 in UPMC Presbyterian Pittsburgh. 

He was born in Pittsburgh on July 8, 1930 to Paul M. and Catherine (Helsel) Durniok.  Al was a 1948 graduate of South Hills High School and received his Associates Degree in Business from Youngstown State University.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and had retired in 1995 as Sr. Vice President of Human Resources at the former R.D. Werner Co., where he had been employed for forty-five years. 

Al served for over thirty years on the Board of Directors of Greenville Regional Hospital and had also been a Jamestown School Board Member for fifteen years.  He was an adoring father of his five children and was a life long Pittsburgh Sports Fan.  Al's other interests included, golfing, fishing, the outdoors and gardening, collecting and restoring antiques, and always staying active. 

On September 2, 1993 he married the former Judith Louise Jackson, she passed away on December 11, 2006.  His previous wife whom he had all five of children with, Donna M. Durniok, passed away on September 2, 2002. 

He is survived y his five children; Wayne Durniok and his fiance Debbie Wetzel of New Wilmington, Lynne Onufer and her husband Terry of Mars, PA, Brian Durniok of Jamestown, PA, Christopher Durniok of Greenville and Beth Williams and her husband Doug of Pittsburgh and nine grandchildren; Lindsay Onufer, Ian Onufer, Max Onufer, Kristen Rebstock, Trevor Wetzel, Brihanna Wetzel, Rachel Durniok, Megan Williams and Haley Williams. 

Al was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and previous wife, a brother Merle Durniok and a grandson Kyle A. Durniok.

Memorial contributions may be made to UPMC Horizon Greenville, 110 N. Main St., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Bruce Ruditis Bruce Ruditis
    October 12, 2017    

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  2. Glenna Wickline Hyde Glenna Wickline Hyde
    October 12, 2017    

    My thought and prayers are with the family. I currently work at Werner Co. and when I started here in 1987 Al was the head of HR. He was a delightful man. Friendly and very helpful He listened and never judged anyone. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. RIP Al with Judy.

  3. Matthew Ruyechan Matthew Ruyechan
    October 12, 2017    

    Brian – Please accept my condolences at the passing of your Dad. You and your family have my prayerful support

  4. Tammy Trubic Tammy Trubic
    October 12, 2017    

    My thoughts are with all of you, it was a pleasure to help care for Al all these years at Greenville Medical Center.

  5. Lois and Dick Werner Lois and Dick Werner
    October 12, 2017    

    My wife, Lois, and I extend our sincere condolences to the Albert Durniok family upon the death of your father and grandfather. Al and I worked together during most of his forty-five (45) year career at the Werner Company. As our chief Human Relations executive, Al reported to me while I was president and also executive vice-president of the Werner Company. He was a very nice guy, very fair and concerned for the well-being of our employees. He was highly regarded by everyone. Al had an interesting career as he started out at our Greenville plant as a Steelworker’s Union leader. He sat on both sides of the negotiating table and knew well the issues facing both labor and management. It was my privilege to have worked with Al for many years.

  6. Sue Bialo Sue Bialo
    October 12, 2017    

    Brian – You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Kristy Schnell Kristy Schnell
    October 12, 2017    

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Denise Jones Denise Jones
    October 12, 2017    

    Brian and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Losing a parent – no matter at what age we may be – is tough to handle. I pray the fond memories of him will help you make it through this time of sorrow. I will keep you and your family lifted in prayer.

  9. Pastor Martin and Sally Roth Pastor Martin and Sally Roth
    October 12, 2017    

    We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Al Durniok family. It saddened us to learn of the death of such an engaged and engaging man. When Al and I served together on the UPMC Horizon Board, he was like a beloved elder brother to me, helping me “learn the ropes,” and encouraging me to always ask questions of the administration. His work experience and personality shaped him into a person who could listen and speak from multiple perspectives. He “leaned into” each meeting. I learned a great deal from him and am grateful that I had the opportunity to come to know him and to experience his use of his many gifts–for both relating to people and understanding how systems work. He was a model of how to serve the common good. I will miss Al’s sharp mind, quick wit, wisdom and willingness to speak truth to power. I regret that Sally and I will traveling out of town this weekend, thus unable to greet you in person. Please know you are in our prayers as you walk through the “valley of the shadow” of Al’s death.

  10. Anne Wansor Anne Wansor
    October 13, 2017    

    Want to extend my sincerest sympathies to the Durniok family. Had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Durniok threw my work. Great guy. Witty and smart. He left an impression on me. It was obvious that he was a good father, mentor and family man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Take care,

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 14, 2017    

    Chris – my deepest sympathy to you and the Durniok family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God confort you during this difficult time.

  12. Mona Ankrom Mona Ankrom
    October 15, 2017    

    Chris – my deepest sympathy to you and the Durniok family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God confort you during this difficult time.

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