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November 4, 2013

Daniel Joseph Morfenski (Dan)

MEADVILLE — Daniel Joseph Morfenski, (Dan), of Meadville went home to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully at 3 o’clock in the morning on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the young age of 54. He was surrounded by the comfort and warmth of his loving family and friends and cared for by his children and family friend, Chris Bearce, during his brief and courageous battle with cancer.

Dan came from God on June 28, 1959, to bless the lives of Lewis and Jennie Morfenski of Meadville; both preceded him in death.

Dan met the love of his life, Theresa M. Servidio (Teri), in 1974, and they married Aug. 25, 1979, after graduating Meadville Area Senior High School.

Dan’s irrepressible love of life and fierce commitment to his family will be deeply missed, though never forgotten, by his wife Teri, and their children and grandchildren: Michael, his wife, Heang, and their daughters, Talaya, Nivea and Malea, of Chandler, Ariz.; Daniel Jr., and his children, Xavier, Almaleah, Merrick, Mitchel, Ethan and Issac, of Meadville; Jenna, her husband, Roger Moore, and their children, Destiny and Isaiah McMillan, and Mya and Monroe, of Puyallup, Wash.; and Andrew, his companion, Kelly, and their children, Kaylin and Liam, also of Meadville.

For years, Dan led his family as devoted members of the 150th Pennsylvania Bucktails reenactment regiment and St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church. He also took an active role in his children’s lives as a Cub Scout/Webelos troop leader.

Also surviving Dan are his brothers, Edward Morfenski and his wife, Barbara, of Huntsville, Ala., and David Morfenski and his wife, Mary, of Indiana; sisters, Barbara Byham and her husband, Bill, of Meadville, Kathleen Morfenski and Victoria Morfenski, both of Meadville; nieces and nephews, Stephen and Kelly Morfenski, Jeff and Chuck Byham, Chrissy Yamrick and husband, Joe, Ellie Morfenski; and great-nieces, Brooke and Madison Byham. Several other extended family members also survive.

In his younger years, Dan was employed by American General Life Insurance Co., The Meadville Tribune and Lakeport Distributors. However, Dan soon felt himself drawn to a community where his deep care and compassion, as well as his unique and infectious sense of humor and spirit of joy was most needed. He dedicated the past 18 years to providing love and support to individuals with developmental disabilities while employed at Dresden Inc./TouchStone Solutions Inc. It was there that he felt he could make the most profound impact on his community and the lives of countless men and women who grew to adore Dan and were touched by his rare and deeply rooted humanity.

Always willing to go the extra mile, Dan served on the state subcommittee for LifeSharing Thru Family Living while he and Teri provided care in their home for three young men. Additionally, Dan volunteered his time, energy and efforts as a member and president of the Vernon Township branch of the Lions Club to encourage the involvement of his client-and friend-in the club. He possessed the rare ability to recognize extraordinary qualities in everyone and helped to encourage strength in all of those he encountered.

Dan was the business owner of Morf’s Electric & Emporium and an avid collector who found value in almost everything. He loved to fish, hunt and tend to his flowers. In his quiet moments, Dan found strength in his wife, Teri, and the belief that all things are possible. Dan will continue to be deeply loved and missed by all who were lucky enough to know his wonderful spirit. His family and friends are comforted by the knowledge that Dan is looking down on them from Heaven with one of his many quirky and contagious smiles.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all at Southern Care Hospice, Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute and Cancer Treatment Centers of America for the extraordinary care that was given to Dan.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where a scripture service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church, 383 Arch St., Meadville, with Father Johnathan Schmolt, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment will take place in St. Brigid Cemetery, West Mead Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Brigid RC Church, 383 Arch St., or CHAPS, 944 Liberty St., both in Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Share your condolences at miznerfuneralhome.com.

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