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Thomas C. Tommelleo, 86, of Mahoningtown died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Jameson Care Center with his beloved wife of 62 years, Rita Mae Tommelleo, at his side.
Born Jan. 16, 1931, he was the youngest of eight children of Italian immigrants, the late Tommaso and Maria (Zeppetella) Tommelleo.
Tom graduated in 1948 from New Castle High School and, shortly after that, enlisted in the Navy. A radioman aboard the destroyer USS Harry F. Bauer, Tom served from 1948 to 1952. His tour of duty included the North Atlantic, exposing him to many European ports, Iceland and New York City.
Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Youngstown State and studied civil engineering, which led him to his 35-year career with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. As an assistant district construction engineer, Tom oversaw a number of new road and bridge construction in western Pennsylvania, including Interstate 79 and Route 60. He retired from PennDOT in 1986, but continued to work in construction in the private sector for several years. He was a consultant with Bruce and Merrilees and then finished his career as a project superintendent with AJ Dick Corp.
Tom was a skilled hunter and fisherman, possessing lifelong love of the outdoors. But his true love was his family.
He married the former Rita Mae Cangey on May 5, 1955, and together the couple raised three children. He also introduced his family to "the mountains" in Elk County, Pennsylvania, where he built a hunting camp on old farmland and it became his peaceful retreat for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Donna Marie Tommelleo of Connecticut; sons, Thomas (Lynn) Tommelleo III and Andrew John Tommelleo, both of New Castle; four grandsons, Andrew Tommelleo Jr., Thomas (Corinne) Tommelleo IV, Aaron Tommelleo and Anthony Tommelleo; two great-grandchildren, Brennan Lombaiso and Clara Jean Tommelleo; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Louis, Rocco, Tony and infant brother Arthur; and three sisters, Lucy Rainey, Helen Tuscano and Delphia Isabella.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1 Lucymont Drive.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday with the Rev. Frank Almade officiating.
Burial will be in St. Lucy Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the William F. and Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home, 926 Cunningham Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence County Humane Society, 628 Pearson Mill Road, New Castle, PA 16101; or Family Hospice, 3124 Wilmington Road, Suite 305, New Castle, PA 16105.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.williamrogerdecarbo.com.
Published on October 12, 2017
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