Francis Anthony Fulkerson, New Castle, PA

J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.

May 31, 2021

Francis Anthony Fulkerson, New Castle, Pennsylvania-obit
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NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Francis Anthony Fulkerson, 72, of New Castle, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, May 31, 2021, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Fulkerson was born February 20, 1949, in New Castle, a son of the late Alfred and Lillian (Preisel) Fulkerson.

He was a 1967 graduate of New Castle High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Youngstown State University.

He honorably served in the U.S. Navy, as a machinist mate during the Vietnam War.

Francis was employed for various companies as a stationary engineer, most recently he worked for NRG, Pittsburgh. He was also a member and instructor for the local Operating Engineers, Local 95, Pittsburgh.

He was a “jack of all trades” and always fixing or working on a project. He also enjoyed brewing beer and fishing. Above all, he cherished the time he was able to be with his family.

His wife, the former Scheryl Desatnik, whom he married November 29, 1969, passed away just over two weeks prior to him on May 15, 2021.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Bright of Bessemer, Pennsylvania; a son, Eric Fulkerson and his wife, Lauren, of Pulaski; five grandchildren, Kylie and Brandon Bright and Aiden, Alyssa and Dylan Fulkerson; two sisters, Wanita Reese and Judy Byerly, both of New Castle and four brothers, Robert Fulkerson and his wife, Linda, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Patrick Fulkerson and his wife, Fran, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Timothy Fulkerson and his significant other, Cindy Davis and Daniel Fulkerson and his wife, Bonnie, all of New Castle.

In addition to his parents and wife, Francis was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Fulkerson.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, at

Calling hours will be 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 111 West Falls Street, New Castle where the funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Neshannock Township.

A television tribute will air Friday, June 4 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.

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