John Warhola, Brother of Andy Warhol, Dies at 85

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Even though they were brothers just three years apart, John Warhola and famed artist Andy Warhol had more of a father-son relationship, Warhola's son said.

Just before patriarch Andrij Warhola died in 1942, he made sure John Warhola stepped in as the head of the household and shepherded his brother's future.

"My father, unselfishly, said, 'I'll do it. I'll do whatever it takes,' " Donald Warhola, John's son, said Saturday.

John Warhola, 85, of New Sewickley, Beaver County, died Friday in Allegheny General Hospital after battling pneumonia.

Andy Warhol shot to international fame with his pop art and filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s. He died at 58 in 1997 from complications of gall bladder surgery.

Donald Warhola said his uncle and father talked nearly every Sunday. Warhol sought out his brother's advice on his house, his health and everyday life, even through his fame, Warhola added.

"He really trusted my father as a father figure," Donald Warhola said.

In the wake of Warhol's death, John Warhola became one of the three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and served as its vice president for 20 years. One of the foundation's biggest accomplishments was the creation of the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side, where John Warhola frequently appeared to talk to schoolchildren. …