Bernard M. Oriss, 89, of North Huntingdon, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at Forbes Regional Hospital. He was born March 26, 1934 in North Braddock, a son of the late Michael and Marie (Takosky) Oriss. Prior to his retirement, Bernie was a school teacher for Woodland Hills School District where he taught Social Studies and History. During the summers, he coordinated school picnics for Kennywood Park for 39 years and was awarded twice for P.S.E.A. Teacher of the Year at Swissvale High School/Woodland Hills. He was a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Korean War and a member of St. Agnes Parish. He was the coach and athletic director for Scott High School, North Braddock, assistant coach of golf and was inducted into the East Boro Hall of Fame for Basketball and Baseball. Bernie enjoyed golfing, gardening and attending events for his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Oriss. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Oriss; son, Timothy Oriss and his wife, Carol; daughter, Karen Oravitz and her husband, Ken; grandchildren, Nicholas (Sabrina) Oriss and Andrew Oriss, Natalie and Bradley Oravitz; sister-in-law, Lois Oriss; and nieces, Lisa (Troy) Sands and Amy (Jonathan) Oriss. Friends will be received from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church. Interment will be private in Grandview Cemetery. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published September 14, 2023.