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Frank Makarevich | Obituaries | News from the castle

November 5, 1953
April 13, 2022

Frank J. Makarevich, 68, of Neshannock Township, died suddenly on the evening of April 13, 2022.
Frank was born November 5, 1953 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to the late Frank T. and Mafalda (Muffy) DiMuccio Makarevich.
Frank leaves his beloved family, his beautiful wife of 40 years, the former Linda Mascio; daughters, Ashley (Colby) Beeson and Caitlin Makarevich (Adam Stroia); sister, Cheryl (Bob) Sciarro; grandson, Austin John Beeson; nephew, Nicholas (Danielle, Santino, Nicco) Sciarro; and several other nephews, nieces and relatives.
A proud graduate of New Castle High School in 1972, Frank played as a starting tackle under Coach Lindy Lauro. He anchored the line for the 1970 Hall of Fame Red Hurricane football team and earned first-team All-MAC and Pennsylvania Big 33 all-star honors in his senior year.
With an untouchable athletic ability, Frank was recruited by dozens of Division I colleges, ultimately deciding to bring his talents to the University of Miami. After a successful college career as a three-year-old starting lineman and Sunkist All American, Frank’s journey shifted from player to coach, returning to his alma mater and beginning his coaching journey alongside Lauro.
In 1982, Makarevich left his hometown to join Mercer High School, where he would spend most of his career as a football coach and physical education and health teacher. He spent 13 seasons with the Mustangs, serving two terms as head coach with three teams that qualified for the 10-AA District playoffs, including two consecutive appearances in the D-10 AA Championship.
His journey came full circle when Makarevich returned to New Castle as offensive coordinator in 1998 and 1999, coaching the 1998 Red Hurricane team to a WPIAL championship and state championship appearance.
He was a fixture in the Mercer and New Castle communities, impacting countless lives.
In 2002, Frank was inducted into the Lawrence County Historical Society Sports Hall of Fame and retired from New Castle High School in 2014 after 36 years of teaching.
Frank was the quintessential outdoorsman. Having learned from his father and uncles at a very young age, he developed a passion for hunting, fishing and gardening. From hiking through the majestic morning woods during the spring turkey season to babbling the river amidst the changing fall foliage while casting his fly rod, he enjoyed and connected with the beauty and the serenity of nature. Together, Frank and Linda built a beautiful home, often admired for its abundant flowers and vegetable garden.
He was known for his multitude of accomplishments, but was most proud of what he considered his greatest achievement, his family. Everyone who knew him knew his daughters were everything. He and Linda celebrated 40 years of friendship, love and laughter. They raised, as he often said, two beautiful daughters and was delighted to tell people about their accomplishments.
Frank added another important title to his ranks, Paw Paw. He was lucky to have his grandson Austin whom he loved very much. Frank and his family shared a special bond and held so many treasured memories.
To many he is simply known as Coach and he wore that title as a badge of honor.
His burly exterior was matched by his loving heart and caring spirit. He embraced his Catholic faith and was a member of Holy Spirit parish. He was a man who always did the right thing.
Frank’s voice was iconic. He was a storyteller and a conversationalist, always seeming to find a way with words to share wisdom or perfectly worded quotes to capture an emotion. He was a teacher beyond the classroom, constantly seeking to share his vast knowledge with those fortunate enough to receive it.
During his journey, he found and nurtured kindred spirits from all ends of the spectrum, allowing his life to overflow with so many friends and family, and above all, love. His influence, his mentorship and his legacy will be forever lasting for all who were fortunate enough to have crossed his path.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, 941 S. Mill Street, New Castle PA 16101.
A procession will depart from the funeral home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10 a.m. for a Christian burial mass at 10:30 a.m. at Saint-Esprit Parish, Saint-Guy Church. Father Joseph McCaffrey, pastor, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory, please consider making a donation to the Healing Waters Fly Fishing Project, the National Wild Turkey Federation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences for the family can be shared by visiting www.decarbofuneralhome.com.

Published on April 15, 2022