Herbert Edward "Herb" Elias


November 1, 1929 ~ March 18, 2013




Herbert Edward "Herb" Elias, 83, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and guarded by the family dog, Buddy, on March 18, 2013 at 9:48 a.m.

He was born November 1, 1929 in Crenshaw, Pennsylvania to the late Frank Elias and Ethel (Johnson) Elias.

Mr. Elias was a graduate of Brockway High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University, then went on to earn his Masters of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the baseball, football and basketball teams in high school and college. Mr. Elias was a teacher in the Butler Area School District for 41 years, retiring on May 28, 1993. He owned the Elias Driver Training School for the past 60 years. It is estimated that he taught over 20,000 area residents how to drive. He enjoyed the interaction with his many students and colleagues over the years. He continued operating the driving school until his brief illness in February. Mr. Elias was an Eagle Scout, a member of the St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, the Oakview Golf Club, the Elks Club and the Pennsylvania Association of Professional Driving Schools. He enjoyed spending the holidays, vacations and special occasions with his large and loving family. He enjoyed golf, Pirates baseball and the Sunday ritual of maintaining his cars with his trusted friend, Pat Mohn.

Mr. Elias is survived by his wife, Marian J. (Burton) Elias, whom he married August 8, 1953; three sons, Rick Elias and his wife Carol of Butler, PA, Doug Elias and his wife Jen of Twinsburg, OH and David Elias and his wife Lori of Bradford Woods, PA; two daughters, Kathy Rubin and her husband Eddie of Acton, MA and Terri Ronald and her husband Carl of Allison Park, PA; thirteen grandchildren, Logan and Chelsea Elias, Avery, Lucas and Brody Elias, Sam, Jack and Ben Rubin, Nathan, Maddie and Noah Elias and Abby and Zach Ronald; two sisters, Alma Capetta and Joyce Grecco, both of Brockway, PA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Donald Elias.

Friends will be received Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, 1660 North Main Street Ext., Butler, PA, with Father James Salberg, officiating.

Entombment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery.

If desired, Memorial Donations may be made to the St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, 1660 North Main Street Ext., Butler, PA 16001 or to the Good Samaritan Hospice, 3400 Brooktree Road, Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090.




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