HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania – Carl C. Jaklic, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, passed away at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 in his residence, after a brief illness. He was 63.
Mr. Jaklic was born November 27, 1953 in Sharon, a son of Albin and Anna Seemuller Jaklic, who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1951.
Carl attended the former St. Anthony’s Parochial Grade School, Farrell and was a 1972 graduate of Kennedy Christian High School, Hermitage. He earned an Associate’s degree in Mass Communications from Penn State University, Shenango Valley campus in 1976.
He initially worked at the former McWethy Advertising.
His love for music and playing the guitar led him to become a music instructor at Sebastian Music and Mark’s Music, both of Hermitage. Carl’s high school band director, Chuck Hitmar, taught him music theory and the skill to improvise.
Carl was a member of many bands throughout his life, including, Buster Crabbe, Nachez, Smooth Sailing, Stinger and Blackhawk. He and his wife, Maureen, founded the band “Soundbite” in 2005.
During the 1980’s, Carl was a dispatcher for the Hermitage Police Department. When the 911 Center came to Mercer in the 1990’s, he worked there as a supervisor until being promoted to Quality Assurance and retired in 2014.
An avid reader, Carl was well versed in military and world history and had a particular fondness for the Civil War period and the Battle of Gettysburg. He also enjoyed painting miniatures and was a loyal fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Surviving is his wife, Maureen S. Murray-Jaklic, whom he married September 19, 1998; two sons, Daniel Patrick Jaklic and his wife, Ivy, of Denver, Colorado and Steven Michael Jaklic of Brooklyn, New York and their mother and Carl’s former wife, Becky Swanson, of Hermitage; a sister, Inge Sykes and her husband, David, of West Middlesex; a brother, Albin Jaklic and his wife, Marie, of the Ross Township section of Pittsburgh; his mother-in-law, Donna Murray, of Sharpsville; nieces and nephews, Heidi Anderson and her husband, Scott and their children, Megan, Tyler, Julie and Kelly and Eric Sykes and his children, Brian and Jessica as well as Olivia and Brendan Jaklic.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Austin Murray.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to any local animal advocacy organization.
Calling hours will be from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service on Friday, May 19 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 19 in the funeral home.
Please visit www.mcgoniglefuneralhomeandcrematory.com to send online condolences to Carl’s family.