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Alexander J. Pircsuk

Alexander J. Pircsuk

1928 - 2017

Alexander J Pircsuk, 89, died peacefully in his sleep on Father’s Day at Summit Village in Watertown. He battled Parkinson's Disease for many years.

Alex was born April 13, 1928 in Elyria, Ohio, son of John and Mary Almasy Pircsuk. He graduated Salutatorian from Norfolk High School in 1946 with perfect attendance.

As a proud Hungarian and a child of the depression, his work ethic was inspiring. Alex helped with family expenses, giving his mother part of his earnings every week. As a youngster, he mowed lawns at church and delivered newspapers.  At the age of 12, he was bagging and delivering groceries for The Grand Union after school.  He could be found making malted milkshakes at Tiernan’s ice-cream parlor if he wasn't working at the grocery store. He was part of a summer crew that worked on the Norfolk dams on the Raquette River. In the mid-40’s Alex worked nights and weekends as the motion picture projector operator at the Empress Theater.

After graduation he worked as the Assistant Paymaster and Cost Accountant at St. Regis Paper Company in Norfolk until he joined the United States Army in 1950. He was stationed in Germany where he received the Army of Occupation Medal.

He married Eva Mae Steinburg on December 6, 1952. They had three children.  After her death, he married Dawn A. Grant on December 4, 1965.

Alex had a 31 year career at ALCOA in Massena, rising to the position of Payroll Supervisor. He helped move the payroll process from manual records to IBM computers. In the 1970s Alex and his son ran a privately owned wholesale warehouse as a distributor and installer of ALCOA business products. He built and supervised the operation of AJ’s Sub Shop in an apartment building he owned and renovated in downtown Norfolk. Years later he leased the building to the U.S. Post Office.

Alex retired from ALCOA in 1980 and settled in Florida for 30 years, spending summers in the North Country. While retired, he held many part-time jobs. He sold real estate, worked as a butcher, delivered mail, worked at a storage facility and was employed by a funeral home.

He returned to Northern New York in 2010, residing in Syracuse before moving to Ives Hill Retirement Community and Summit Village in Watertown.

Alex was a communicant of The Church of the Visitation in Norfolk serving the church as an altar boy and later as President of the Holy Name Society. He was known for his Hungarian cabbage roll dinners. In Florida he was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. He enjoyed carpentry, cooking and hosting gatherings of family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dawn Grant Pircsuk, and two daughters, Cathy Pircsuk and James Burr of Watertown and Mary Clary of Hannawa Falls; three sisters, Julia and Pat McArdle of Los Gatos, CA, Mary and Jack Maroney of Potsdam and Joanie and Chris Hastings of Morley.

A son, John (2014), and a sister, Irene (Edie) Laramay, died before him. He is also survived by grandchildren Bernard J Clary, King of Prussia, PA, Jeremy Burr of Indianapolis and Laurel Burr of Miami.

There will be a graveside service at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with DL Calarco Funeral Home Inc. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com.

Contributions in Alex’s memory may be made to his son’s scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Norwood-Norfolk senior.

Contributions may be sent to the John G. Pircsuk Scholarship Fund in care of the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.


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Dear Mary and Cathy,
I was so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Please know you are both in my prayers. Although it has been many years since we all ran between each others houses as kids, I think of you and your family often and cherish all the memories from those days gone by. Love to you both.

By Margo Richards Vivlamore on 06 29, 2017


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Alex and I took Hungarian dance lessons together in Massena many years ago and once a year all the Hungarian families gathered in a restaurant on Route 37 (no longer there), where all the main dining room was decorated with flowers and huge bunches of grapes and other fruits carefully hung from the ceiling to make the venue look very festive.  This was an annual event where all the Hungarians could get together and speak their native language and watch their children dancing to Hungarian music.  My Godmother made a lovely Hungarian costume for me, including the white skirt and blouse, decorated with red and green ribbons, a pretty red satin vest decorated with sequins, and a beautiful crown-like red headpiece with long red, white and green ribbons hanging from the back of it.  We thought we looked very elegant and we had such fun performing.  Alex was my partner.  This all evokes such sweet memories for me.  I extend to all of The Pircsuk family my deepest condolences.

By Elsie Gabri Scruggs on 06 27, 2017


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Cathy and Mary, I am so sorry for your loss.  I had an opportunity to meet him many years ago on a visit to Norfolk.  I will remember him in my prayers.  God bless to both of you and his wonderful family.

By Joe Rich on 06 26, 2017


Condolences left by other guests:

I!m so sorry to read about Alex’s passing.  My Jim had so much love and respect for him as they were growing up and became adults.  They died within three months of each other and will probably meet each other on the way to meet our Lord.. May he rest in peace.  My sympathy to all of you.

By Anita Cseledy on 06 25, 2017


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Sorry to hear of Alex’s passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  God Bless!!!

Dale & Rita Lavigne

By Dale & Rita Lavigne on 06 25, 2017


Condolences left by other guests:

Sorry for your loss,even though i have not seen him in years, i still remember when he and John ran the siding sales business on the corner in downtown Norfolk. Great memories of both of them.Sounds like he had a great life.  Craig and Tammy LaBarge

By Craig LaBarge on 06 24, 2017


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So sorry for your loss.May your happy memories help you and bring you comfort. My sympathies are with you.MaryJane Purves

By Mary Jane Purves on 06 24, 2017


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Cathy and Jim, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know what it is to lose a father.

Marcia and Bob Dynko

By Marcia and Bob Dynko on 06 24, 2017


Condolences left by other guests:

I’m so sorry for the loss of Alex. My mom is a resident at Summit and I only met Alex a couple months ago while I was visiting my mom. However every time I visited my mom since the first time I met him, I always would look for him in the dining hall or hallway to say hello and chat for a bit. On the Wednesday before his passing, I had my 8 year old Grandson with me visiting my mom. Alex was in the hallway as we walked through, I said, “good evening Alex, how are you tonight?” He looked at my grandson (Carson) and said, “you would look great on the news.” Lol my grandson and I both giggled. He was cute as a button and had a personality I couldn’t help but love. My mom called me and told me of his passing on Sunday evening (Father’s Day) and I immediately got tears in my eyes. I only knew Alex such a short while but he made a lasting impression on me. I will miss seeing his smile when I visit my mom. May he rest in peace. My condolences to your entire family❤️Sincerely, Tammy Allen

By Tammy Allen on 06 24, 2017


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I am saddened to here of Alex’s passing. I had not seen him since a young man, but I have nice memories of him as he was always kind to me. My condolences to all of you. Jim

By James Almasy on 06 24, 2017


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So sorry for your loss Mary. My condolences to you and your family.

By Julie Fetcie on 06 23, 2017


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