PITTSBURGH - Michael W. Helwig Jr., 75, of Cranberry Township and formerly of Lewistown, died unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, May 16, 2012, at UPMC Passavant Hospital, in Cranberry Township.
Born May 14, 1937, in Yeagertown, he was the son of the late Michael Sr. and Vera Rachitsky Helwig.
A graduate of Penn State University, in State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgy, Michael had been vice president of the metallurgy department at Standard Steel, in Burnham. His career continued at Sheffield Forge Masters, of Sheffield, England, where he was the northeast regional district sales rep from his Coraopolis office. He then worked in the sales department of Forgital Italia from his Wexford office. Currently, he worked with his wife, Ruth, who owns Gilded Lily Gifts, in Mars and Evans City.
Michael was a member of the Three Rivers Metallurgic Society. He was the co-inventor of the S-wheel, which held a patent for railroad wheels. He was a past member of the ASTM Forging Specification Review Committee and at one time served on the board of directors of the Lewistown Water Authority.
A Catholic by faith, Mr. Helwig had been in the Knights of Columbus, in Lewistown.
Surviving are: his wife, Ruth Ann Heckman Helwig, whom he married on March 21, 1979; a daughter, Sylvia Helwig, of Yeagertown; a son, Shane Sprecher, of Cranberry Township; and his aunt, Margaret Shoff, of Reedsville.
Services and interment are private under the direction of the McDonald- Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Memorial donations may be made to the Lymphoma Society of Western Pa., 333 E. Carson St., Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or to the M.S. Society, Western Pa. Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale St., Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
Condolences may be made at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com.