Peter Lawrence Mendicino, 65, beloved husband of Marcy Mendicino, passed away the morning of Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls, after valiantly battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The disease may have robbed him of his movement, but could not touch his kind heart and soul.
Born on Dec. 12, 1951, in Beaver Falls, Pete was a son of Loretta (Pasquale) Mendicino and the late Lawrence "Lottie" Mendicino.
A graduate of Beaver Falls High School, Pete remained a lifelong Tigers' fan, often saying "once a Tiger, always a Tiger!"
When the Tigers won the state football title in 2016, the team presented Pete with the game ball.
Pete earned an undergraduate degree in education from Geneva College and a master's degree from Duquesne University.
His teaching career spanned 32 years. He taught social studies and driver's education at Beaver Falls High School, teaching hundreds of teenagers how to be responsible drivers.
Pete belonged to the Pennsylvania State Education Association. He also was the ticket manager for the Beaver Falls Athletic Department.
On June 25, 1983, Pete married the former Marcy Cangey, and the couple made their home in New Castle. In their 34 years together, they raised three wonderful children and shared the incredible joy of being grandparents. Pete adored spending time with family and friends, especially with his beloved wife and friends on the golf course.
Affectionately known as "Uncle Pete," he was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his Steeler-decorated black and gold Christmas trees were legendary. He also loved the music of Bruce Springsteen.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his daughters, Krista (Nick) Kioalicas and Carly Mendicino; his son, Peter Mendicino and his fiancee, Marilee Marino; his sisters, Mary Ann (Rich) Mattes and Lori (Mark) Hammer; his brother, Larry (Tina) Mendicino; several nieces and nephews; and the light of his life, grandson Niko Maximus Kioalicas.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the ALS Society Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, officiated by the Rev. William Siple.
Interment will take place in St. Lucy Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.decarbofunerahome.com.
Published on May 1, 2017