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David Edward Sokulski

June 13, 1968 ~ January 7, 2019 (age 50)

Age 50, passed away suddenly in Pittsburgh, PA. on Monday, January 7, 2019. David was born on June 13, 1968 in Pittsburgh to Edward and Rita (Estu) Sokulski. David graduated from Plum High School in 1986, then earned a degree in Chemistry from Duquesne University in 1990. In 1995, he spent a year teaching English in South Korea and returned to the United States to earn a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, then in Watertown, MA, in 1999. That same year he married Melissa Oliphant, also an acupuncturist, and his first daughter, Molly Sara Sokulski was born. Together in 2000 they returned to Pittsburgh. In 2004, David and Melissa had their second daughter, Ella Dara, and in 2005 opened the Birch Center for Health on Pittsburgh's South Side. In 2007, David was preceded in death by his daughter, Molly, then eight years old. David was a valued member of the community, quick to help others any way he could. He was friendly and outgoing. One of his favorite things to do was go to Zenith for Sunday brunch with Ella and be seated with strangers, he loved to talk to and learn about others. David, Melissa, and Ella visited Rome in 2016, and more recently have traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to London, Ontario, Canada, in support of Ella and her crew team, Three Rivers Rowing. David is survived by his wife Melissa, daughter Ella, 14; sister Sharon (David) Mannella; and parents Rita and Edward. A memorial service celebrating David's life will be held at the Birch Center, 1931 East Carson Street, on Sunday, January 13, beginning at 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Melissa Sokulski, 1931 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA. 15203.

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