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Calling Hours:
Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 10:30-11:30am
The Gathering Space of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial:
Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 11:30am
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA
Father John Miller, as celebrant

Inurnment will be in St. Michael Cemetery

Thomas Arnold Duda, age 80, of Hempfield Ave., Hempfield Twp., Greenville, passed away peacefully of a prolonged illness with his wife Carole at his side Thursday morning, April 18, 2024. He was born in New Castle, PA on February 5, 1944 to Stephen Michael and Melania “Molly” (Piatek) Duda.

Tom was a proud 1961 graduate of Union High School, New Castle and went on to the Pittsburgh Barber School, graduating in 1962. He began his career at Vince’s Barber Shop in New Castle before moving to Greenville in 1963, where he worked for Davis Barber Shop until 1980. Tom and his partner Denny Javens then opened Javens and Duda Barber Shop, which operated until 2009. After closing his shop, he worked for the Men’s Room until 2019 and retired from Surano Family Styling on August 1, 2023. He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Fitzmartin Council #1446 and the Greenville Family Moose Center #276. Tom loved music especially jazz, even teaching himself to play the clarinet and saxophone. He also enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, biking and walking and watching baseball and football.

On September 19, 1969 he married the former Carole Jeanne Pickens, she survives. Also surviving is his son Jeffrey Duda and his wife Allison of Latrobe, PA; three grandchildren, Annie Duda, Madeline Duda and Jack Duda, sisters-in-laws, Nancy Puggie of Phoenix, AZ, Edwina Johnson and her husband Jerry of Clarks Mills, Joanie Pickens of Greenville and Carol Duda of New Castle; brother-in-law Jon “Jack” Pickens and wife Colleen of Pulaski. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Delores Pitzer a brother Ronald Duda and a brother-in-law Tracel Pickens.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael School Endowment Fund, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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17 Comments

  1. Jeff B. Jeff B.
    April 19, 2024    

    Tom was my barber for many years and was such a a kind person. I always enjoyed our conversations when I was in the barbers chair and enjoyed hearing about his trips and hobbies, especially the trip when he went with his son out west. My condolences to his family.

  2. Brady/ King Brady/ King
    April 19, 2024    

    Sending heartfelt condolences. My husband & father & father in law went to Mr. Duda for their hair cuts. He did wonderful work.

  3. Roseanne & Ralph McConnell Roseanne & Ralph McConnell
    April 19, 2024    

    So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our condolences to his family. What a wonderful person and what a loss for all of us. We remember the St. Michael Car Raffle days and the help he gave us. Forever grateful. Rest in peace Tom.

  4. Jim Loper Jim Loper
    April 19, 2024    

    So sorry, always enjoyed talking with Tom when he came into store- Giant Eagle, I saw him pop in often for something to pick up quick on his way home. He was in an upbeat mood, it seemed. I remember the afternoon he greeted me coming in the door. I said, hey, your wife just came in, he grinned, yeah, ? Never know where I might find her. …

  5. Cousin Eileen (Duda) Barnovsky & family Cousin Eileen (Duda) Barnovsky & family
    April 20, 2024    

    Sending my thoughts & prayers to his wife Carol & family.

  6. Susan McElhinny Susan McElhinny
    April 21, 2024    

    Jeff- Sending you my deepest sympathies on the passing of your dad. I have wonderful memories of your dad and mom from when we were in school at St. Mike’s. I also remember always seeing them at mass when I was in Greenville visiting my parents. Your dad was a great guy. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Susan & Bob Gerle Susan & Bob Gerle
    April 21, 2024    

    Carole sending your family our deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband. father and grandfather! I am sure he will be missed by all.

  8. Surano's Hair Styling Surano's Hair Styling
    April 21, 2024    

    Carol the love of his life. Jeff the best son he could ask for. Allison the daughter he didn’t have. Annie, Madeline, and Jack the greatest grandkids anyone could ask for. Charlie, Mary, Patty, and Sandy the co-workers that will miss there best friend.

  9. Philomena Callen-Buckley Philomena Callen-Buckley
    April 21, 2024    

    My deepest sympathies to Carol, Jeff and the family. First met Tom when we lived next door to them and Lil Jeff would come play with my son Bobby. Such a nice family and a giant of a man! Will be missed by many in sure.

  10. Chad Javens Chad Javens
    April 21, 2024    

    Dear Carol, Jeff, and family,
    I am very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. May peace be with you. Tom was a great man! I know he positively impacted the lives of all those who had the pleasure to sit in his barber chair through the years!

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 22, 2024    

    Darol, Jeff and family. We are so very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Treasure all your memories and pictures, and I know you must have lots. Sending our deepest sympathy, love and hugs,
    Fred and Betty K

  12. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 22, 2024    

    Carol, Jeff and family………..We are so very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Treasure all your memories and pictures, and I know you must have lots. Sending our deepest sympathy, love and hugs,
    Fred and Betty K

  13. Frau Graham Frau Graham
    April 22, 2024    

    With great sadness I read of Mr. Duda’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. Reg McClelland Reg McClelland
    April 24, 2024    

    Carol, I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, I always enjoyed Tom’s company. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
    I am sorry that I cant be there today.

  15. Jordan Bowen Jordan Bowen
    April 24, 2024    

    My deepest sympathies. Carole you and your family are in my family’s thoughts and prayers

  16. Melissa Boerio Melissa Boerio
    April 24, 2024    

    Jeff, Allie, and kids, sending my deepest condolences for your loss. Jeff, it sounds like your dad was a wonderful, caring man. He will be missed and yet still live in your hearts always.

  17. John & Diane Mowris John & Diane Mowris
    April 27, 2024    

    Condolence for your loss. He cut my hair for years. He will be missed by many.

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