Richard A. Massironi, 77, of Chippewa Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2016, in the comfort of the Lord our God.
Richard was born April 18, 1938, in Beaver Falls, PA. He was the son of Italian immigrants Joseph Massironi and Lucy Massironi Suigo, and the step-son of Alexandro Suigo. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1957. He was co-captain of the “Fighting Tigers” football team and he also played basketball.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960 in the Honor Guard Company “The Old Guard” 3rd Infantry Regiment at Ft. Myers, VA. His duties included serving as Honor Guard casket bearer for military funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. He was recalled to active duty U.S. Army Reserves 475th QM Company at Ft. Lee, VA in 1961-1962 due to the situation in Cuba. Richard played football for the Ft. Lee Travelers and the Company “B” softball team.
He retired from the former St. Joe Lead Zinc Corporation of America with 39 years of service in the sheet metal layout and fabrication department. He was a founding member of the United Steelworkers Local Union 8183, recording secretary, and grievance person for the mechanical maintenance department.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother Lucy Massironi Suigo (1981), father Joseph Massironi (1940), step-father Alexandro Suigo (1976), brother Mario Massironi (2003), and twin brother Raymond Massironi (1994).
Surviving is his beloved wife of nearly 55 years of marriage, Mary (Medarac) Massironi, who is the flower of his life. He is also survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Beverly (Dan) Martin of Columbus, OH, and Sandy Massironi of Coatesville, PA, as well as granddaughter Andrea Martin and grandson Alex Martin, both of Columbus, OH. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his twin brother’s wife, Pat Massironi.
Richard lived life with a remarkable work ethic that he modeled for his daughters and grandchildren. He found great joy in taking care of his home and landscaping, a passion he shared with his wife. He was a skilled craftsman and as his hobby he enjoyed creating everyday things and unique pieces that decorate the home and yard. He was a wonderful storyteller and was loved by family and many friends.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Parish in Chippewa Twp. with Father Kim Schreck as celebrant, followed by burial at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Beaver Falls, PA, with full military honors presented by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made for catholic education tuition assistance at Saint Monica Catholic Academy, for the “Angel Fund,” 609 10th Street, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, or the Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver, 3500 Brooktree Rd., Suite 320, Wexford, PA 15090, to support end-of-life care and comfort for families in their time of need.
Arrangements by GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.gabauerluttonfuneralhome.com.