Local Marine Laid To Rest

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The local Marine who was recently killed while serving in Afghanistan is being laid to rest today.

Visitation was held Tuesday night for Staff Sgt. Justin Schmalstieg.

He was killed last week in a roadside bomb explosion.

Schmalstieg grew up in Stanton Heights and was the son of two Pittsburgh Police detectives.

He was a cross-country athlete at Peabody High School and graduated in 2000.

His funeral was held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.

Just 13 months ago in the same church, he married his wife, Anne.

“Our great sorrow is because of our great love for this more than worthy man,” Anne Schmalstieg said. “I will always love you Justin.”

Schmalstieg was a bomb technician. He had already served two tours in Iraq.

Because both of his parents are police detectives, Schmalstieg was remembered by both the military and Pittsburgh police.

Bishop David Zubik also presided over the service.

“When it comes close to home and we know the person who died or know their family members, it touches deep in the heart even more so.”

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

  • Rodney Walters

    Thank you ,for all that you done for this country to make us safe.My prayers go out to your family and gods blessings to you and your family.Sincerely Rodney Walters.

  • Amanda Delmer

    Thank you Staff Sgt. Schmalstieg for all you have done for this country and all you will do looking down on your brothers and sisters from here forward. God bless your family, my prayers and thoughts go out to them. <3 Amanda Delmer

  • Gene

    Condolences to the Schmalstieg family.

  • FXS

    Thank you for your service & protecting this great country of ours. Rest in peace. My condolences to the Schmalstieg’s.
    FXS–Brookline—Vietnam Vet-1967-1968

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