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Siegfried Ernest Serfazo
Siegfried Ernest Serfazo, 80, of Joliet, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Beartooth Billings Clinic, Red Lodge. He was the son of Steve and Elizabeth Serfazo, born Feb. 15, 1933 at McKeesport, Pa. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Roberta. Survivors include his sisters: Nancy O’Keefe of
N. Huntington, Pa., Eleanor Lyons of McKeesport, P a . , P a t t y ( G e o r g e ) Barnyak of McKeesport
a n d D e e D e e ( K e n ) Growden of Bedford, Pa., and numerous nieces and nephews remain. Ernie attended school in McKeesport until 1951, when he had to quit and go to work full-time to support
the family along with his mother. He later played semi-pro baseball, the love of his life, for the Boston
Merchants and a Kansas City team. Ernie worked for the United States Steel Mills during the Korean War,
then going West with a friend to Thunder Hawk, S.D., working on a ranch for Melvin Schurdahl and then working on a 10,000 acre ranch for John Khnoing, raising sheep, eleven milk cows and four horses. Later Ernest moved to Mandan, N.D. driving truck for Homer Royce and after that he drove truck for Earl Haggard hauling livestock and freight. In 1956 he married Helen Gress. They were married sixteen years and
from that union six children blessed the family; Betty Ann (Craig) Degenhardt who had two sons, Mike (Janine) Serfazo who had two daughters, John (Debbie) Serfazo who had two sons, Paula Sweeney (deceased in 1996) who had two sons, Penny (Ian) Heller who had two sons and Peggy (Geoff) Gray who
had two sons. Ernie had three great grandchildren. In 1973 Ernie married Barbara Dunn and three children blessed the family, Ernie Jr., Kullen and his three children and Lindsay. After moving to Billings, he worked for Stockton Oil, B & B Tire, Nutread Tire and in 1972 he started Ernie’s Southway Service, until 1984.
Later he worked for Bowman Grain and drove tanker for Conoco Oil. Visitation for Ernie will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday June 7 at Smith Funeral ChapelLaurel and his Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday. June 8 at the Joliet Wesleyan Church, Joliet. Interment will be in the Harlowton Cemetery. Memorials may be
you on the other side, Dad. Love You!