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June 18, 2014

Andrew (Sonny) Joseph Hercula

SAEGERTOWN — Andrew (Sonny) Joseph Hercula, 73, formerly of Cochranton, and a resident of Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown, for the past three years, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his residence. Born Oct. 21, 1940, in Blossburg, he was a son of Andrew and Alice Kroll Hercula. He married Jacqueline Castro and she still resides in Cochranton.

He was a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Returning from the war he worked in tool and die in Detroit, Mich., also he sold insurance and real estate, as well as building farm silos and truck driving.

In 1988 he began working with troubled teenagers in Lakemont, N.Y. Through his experiences and training he turned his desire of helping teenagers into Life Building Ministries, located outside of Cochranton, which he founded and directed beginning in 1998. Due to health reasons, he was forced to retire in 2009; the legacy he created is still running today.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Benedict and her husband, Jim, of Seattle, Wash., and Gina Hercula of Cochranton, and two sons, Shawn Hercula of Cochranton, and Blair Hercula and his fiancée, Laura Johnson, of Jacksonville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Janelle Jewett, Michael Hercula, Jason Hercula and Angela Hercula; and three great-grandchildren, Cole, Kalila and Matthew.

Friends will be received at Dickson Family Funeral Home Inc., 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bob Lynch, retired pastor from First Baptist Church in Kane, officiating.

Interment will be in Peters Cemetery, Canal Township, Venango County.

The family asks that memorials be made to Life Building Ministries, 30314 Drake Hill Road, Cochranton, Pa. 16314.

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