Michael H. Data, 68, of New Castle passed away at his residence on February 6, 2020 with his loving family at his side.
Michael was born on April 21, 1951 in New Castle. He was the son of the late Matthew and Lottie (Potoczny) Data. Michael was married to the former Darlene M. Hardisky. They were married on September 10, 1977 and she survives at home. Mr. Data was Roman Catholic and attended Holy Spirit Parish, St. Vincent de Paul site. Mr. Data attended Lawrence County Vocational Technical School and graduated from Shenango High School, class of 1969.
Following graduation, Mr. Data enlisted in the United States Navy on June 12, 1969. He served aboard the USS Newport News (CA-148) during the Vietnam War. Mr. Data received many decorations and citations, among them were the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Michael was honorably discharged on March 2, 1973.
Mr. Data retired from the West Pittsburg power plant formerly known as Penn Power. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Michael was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather who cherished the time he spent with his family.
In addition to his wife Darlene, Michael is survived by three sons, Matthew R. (Lauri) Data, Adam M. (Sarah) Data, and Justin J. Data, all of New Castle; four grandchildren, Braden, Ellie, Austin, and Eli Data; one brother, Robert (Ruthellen) Data of New Castle; two sisters, Marilee (Frank) Cratty and Barbara (Joseph) Hasson, both of New Castle.
Mr. Data was preceded in death by his parents.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Noga Funeral Home, Inc. 1142 S. Mill Street. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform full military honors for Michael at 5:45 p.m. in the funeral home.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Monday morning for Holy Spirit Parish, St. Vincent de Paul site, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Joseph McCaffrey, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, will officiate. Rite of Committal and Burial will be in St. Vitus Cemetery. Online condolences may be viewed or offered by visiting www.nogafuneralhome.com
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