Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

George R. Garda, 79

Mr. George R. Garda, 79, formerly of Ellwood City and presently of Mars, Pa passed away on Monday, November, 28th, 2022.

Mr. Garda was born in Ellwood City on July 27th, 1943 son of the late George and Flora (Paglia) Garda. He is a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 1961 and had played center on the football team. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Slippery Rock State College in 1966 where he also played center on the football team, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. He had taught at the North Hills School District, and served as a counselor at Greece Central School in Rochester, NY.   In 1972 George was hired by the Ellwood City Area School District as elementary guidance counselor. George then became the elementary assistant principle and  later principle. He also had earned his Superintendent Certification. Following his retirement George served on the Ellwood City Area School Board for 1 term.

He is survived by his wife Renee Sulia whom he married on February 23rd, 2008, daughter Lisa (Mark) Palaski of Seven Fields, grandchildren Michael, Carolyn, Joseph Palaski, Renee’s children Tonya Sulia Goodman of Mars and Ryan (Andrea) Sulia of Hampton, Pa, grandchildren Gianna, Gino, and Carmella Goodman, Eva, and Sofia Sulia, sister-in-law Nancy Garda of New Castle, nieces Julie (Michael) Cavalier of Ellwood City and Jennifer (Richard) Moore of Queens, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister in infancy, and brother William B. Garda.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, December 5th, 2022 from 3:00 pm until the time of the service at 6:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley. Interment will be at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc..

Memorial contributions in Mr. Garda’s name may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,


  • Kevin L. Hamilton Posted December 2, 2022 7:03 am

    To Mr. Garda’s family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of him.

    He was my elementary school principal. He was one of very few that never gave up on me as a student when others did. He was always so kind and willing to listen to whatever was on your mind. He will never be forgotten and please keep a Faith in God and know one day you will all be reunited with him again.

    I will never forget you Mr. Garda, thank you for everything you did for me and the students of Hartman Elementary.

    Kevin L. Hamilton

  • Tonya Sulia Goodman Posted December 2, 2022 9:31 am

    George was such a kind and patient man. He will be greatly missed by our family.

  • Amy McCowin Posted December 3, 2022 4:38 am

    Ive known Mr.garda since I started hartmen when i was little girl . when my son started grade school at hartmen he was part pf my sons life . I surely will miss him dearly . He was someone u could go talk to about anything and was always there if ya needed him . R.I.P . mr garda for u will be forever missed.

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