James Anthony "Tony" Pertile, 84, of River Road, North Sewickley Township passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford. Born in Ellwood City on March 18, 1927 he was the son of the late Luigi and Pierina Barbieri Pertile. Tony was a 1945 graduate of Lincoln High School and a veteran of the US Army, serving during WWII. Tony retired from the Ellwood Works of US Steel in 1972 where he worked as an inspector. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, formerly Queen of Heaven. He was also a lifetime member of the Ellwood Moose Lodge and a member of the Ellwood VFW. Tony enjoyed golfing and watching sports, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, the former Delores "Teddy" Dukas, whom he married on June 28, 1952, two children and their spouses, Lou and Terry Pertile of Del Ray Beach, FL and Joni and Cy Saba of Ellwood City, four granddaughters, Erin McClean, Brande Gonzalez, Shannon Hockenberry and Carlee Sontag and four great-grandchildren, Charlee, Chase, Jeffrey and Jadyn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Novalesi and Theresa Crepp. Friends will be received on Sunday, March 18th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 19th at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran's Honor Guard.
Chris (Mailelli) MacDonald
Joni, Teddy, and family - I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers at this time.
Dennis and Brenda Whitlatch
Our prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family at this time. I am so very sorry!
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
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