In the early overnight hours of Sunday morning November 29, 2020, Dan Hanczar passed away after an extended battle with complications from Covid 19. Dan was a musician and songwriter. His music celebrates his legacy as a man who loved God and family. His music reflects Dan’s heart… earthy and yet full of faith and celebrating his faith tradition. His music will continue to speak and remind us of the treasure of his life and legacy.
Below is the tribute to Dan which was shared at his Memorial Service.:
Dan was born on January 30, 1952, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Constantine and Alma (Windsheimer) Hanczar.
Mr. Hanczar carried a master’s degree in education, which led him to teaching social studies at West Allegheny Middle School for 35 years.
Dan was a talented musician and one-of-a-kind guitarist; he was a member of many bands and produced his own albums, performing from Rennerdale to the Jersey Shore to the Bahamas. He used his gifts to bring joy and help others in need by holding benefit concerts.
Dan was a really, truly selfless and caring man, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Earthkeepers, and friends in need. He attended Oakdale U.P. Church and St. Peter & St. Paul Orthodox Church. While his love for his community was exceptional, his love for his family was unmatched. For 47 years, Dan was most proud of raising a beautiful, loving family alongside his beloved wife. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen “Kate” (Hartman) Hanczar of Oakdale; children, Nils (Stephanie Brea) Hanczar of Pittsburgh, Rory (Lynette) Hanczar of McDonald, Danielle (Mike) Jancel of Robinson Twp., and Katia (Tom Meyers Jr.) Hanczar of Oakdale; siblings, Bill (Deb) Hanczar, Connie (Henry) Yoder, Dave (Kris) Hanczar, and Greg (Patty) Hanczar; grandchildren, Max Kuzio, Lily and Rylan Hanczar, Nico and Mario Jancel.