David Jon Kernisky

Born: Sat., Sep. 24, 1960
Died: Thu., Jun. 2, 2016

Gathering of Family and Friends

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Jun. 06, 2016
Location: Robert A Billick Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 06, 2016
Location: Robert A Billick Funeral Home, Inc.

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David Jon Kernisky 55 of Monongahela formerly of Monessen on Thursday June 2 2016 in his home. Born in New Eagle on September 24 1960 he was the son of the late George and Lorraine Sweda Kernisky. He was a 1978 Graduate of Monessen High School. He was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church. David was employed by Vista Metals.He is survived by two brothers and sisters in law, George and Frances Kernisky of Mt Joy Pa. adn James and Carol Kernisky of Monessen. One sister Renee Horn of Mt. Ville Pa. Three nephews Robert Resch, Mathew and Michael Kernisky and one niece Jenifer Clarke. Friends will be received on Monday from 10 until 11 am in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 am in the funeral home with Fr. Stephen Wahal officiating. The family requests memorial donations to be made to one's favorite charity    

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Trish Reisinger Walton
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016
I always thought of Dave as an angel and now he's with them all in heaven. He was a wonderful person who made me smile and laugh from the first instant that I met him in our dorm lobby at IUP. He loved his family and friends and never said a negative thing about anyone. He taught me to stop taking life so seriously, to worry less, play more and enjoy music of all types. He will be missed beyond measure. To his loving family, I extend my deepest sympathy.

Trish Reisinger Walton

Don Smith
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016
I met Dave in the early 80's when he answered an ad that I placed for musicians to form a band. We became fast friends and had many adventures together through the years both in music and in other endeavors. As so often is the case it seems we didn't have enough time in each other’s company. I know that I will never pick up a guitar or play a tune without a thought of time spent and music played with Dave. He will be sorely missed.

To his family I extend my deepest sympathy.

Don Smith

Rita Lutz
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016
I met Dave through Don Smith. I always marveled at his ability to play the guitar. I loved listening to him play. When I found out how much Dave loved food, I would make sure to make something for him to eat when he came over to Don’s home. He was a wonderful, kind and loving person. I will miss him coming around.

I send my prayers and sympathy to his family.

Rita Lutz

John Jacobs
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Johnny Lola and Dylan .

Our deepest sympathy love Johnny Lola and Dylan

Eugene Conn
   Posted Sun June 05, 2016
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Harry M Rogowitz
   Posted Mon June 06, 2016
My best memory of Dave from school, was his humor and making us laugh.
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I know he will be missed.

Harry M Rogowitz
MHS Class of 78

   Posted Mon June 06, 2016
I will miss a impromptu punk version of Stephen Stills and Manassas song and the sudden insertion of The Red Rose Tea theme in the middle of set but mostly I will miss ,my friend Dave, playing music together and all the quirkiness and fun of knowing him. My life was always a bit brighter for it.

Eric Lennert
   Posted Tue June 07, 2016
I met Dave through Don Smith & Jerry Hamric & he was as good of a person that I have met ! Always good mood, Laughing, making jokes & playing Guitar. When my Mom Passed away he came to the Funeral Home & stayed all 2 hours & only person he knew was a mutual friend & I ! never met anyone else in my family. But that is the person Dave was! It is so hard type "Was" R.I.P. Dave !!

Jerry H.
   Posted Sun June 12, 2016
This news came to me late, directly out of the blue. I am late in posting, due mostly due to my own self-imposed exile from old friends/acquaintances. Sometimes news travels slowly.

We last spoke four or five years ago, by our cars getting ready to go back to our homes; it was a stilted conversation, as we hadn't been in much contact before that; absence does this. You fall out of touch, and your common ground seems to shrink as well. We parted with a warm handshake and well wishes, but we weren't the same people we were before; at least I wasn't. Our lives steer us in sometimes odd directions.

But, as several of these people posting here have said already, humor played a big part in his life, he could laugh uproariously at the most banal, ordinary things and cause others to join in. His laugh was as funny as any joke, take that to the bank.

One thing I consistently saw in him was he was a generous friend; he would literally give you his last dollar if he thought you needed it. And even though drinking isn't a healthy vice, he would always treat if you were with him that day. But it wasn't alcohol, he would always share what he had with his friends, and the only people who weren't his friends were the people he hadn't met yet. Certain people have this quality, and he was one, the real deal.

We come into this world, we live a while, we interact with others, and when time is up, we leave. Again, we weren't in close contact with one another toward the end, but we parted as friends; this isn't always possible, so when it is the case, there will always be a hole where a friend once was, but every interaction helps steer you into being who you wind up being. If you carve your initials into a tree trunk, they will always be there. Even if you don't see the tree again, the tree will continue to grow, and your interaction with that tree is documented in its trunk; you have made a mark in its existence. Our lives went off into different directions, but thinking back, I can still see some of his friendship's influence on me. Just little things, but it's still there.

This was a little long winded, but I meant every word; despite falling out of touch, he remained my good friend.