Rocco M. 'Roy' Catalano
Rocco M. 'Roy' Catalano, 93
formerly of Curwensville and most recently of Clearfield died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Penn Highlands Clearfield, Clearfield.
He was born on December 22, 1924 in Cassamissima, Italy, a son of the late Michael and Rose Catalano.
Roy was employed at NARCO in Curwensville as a machinist, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Curwensville and most recently St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield. He also belonged to both the Curwensville and Clearfield Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodges, the Knights of Columbus Council #409, Clearfield and the VFW Post #842, Curwensville. Roy enjoyed working in his garden and playing cards, especially pinochle. He was an excellent marksman and hunter. Most importantly, in years past, he enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandchildren.
Roy was a weapons specialist and served in the Third Army, Sixteenth Armored Division during WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Rose M. (Sturniolo) Catalano whom he wed April 12, 1947 at St. Francis Church, Clearfield; two sons, Michael John Catalano and wife Virginia of State College and John Catalano and wife Ruthann Ryan-Catalano of Clearfield; three grandchildren, Michael John Catalano, Jr., Laura Pierce and Jennifer Virga; eight great-grandchildren, Teah, Ella, Grant, Sebi, Rocco, Mikaela, Kamerin and Virgil, Jr. He is also survived by a sister and brother, Christine Prazinko and Angelo Catalano; two sisters-in-law, Sarah Campolong and Josie Rattien; three brothers-in-law, Frank, Vincent and Emery Sturniolo; and twenty seven nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother, Antonette Hudson and Martin Catalano; and two sisters-in-law, Joanna Sturniolo and Tina Mitchell.
Mass of Christian burial will be said at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield on Tuesday at 10:00 am with Msgr. Henry L. Krebs as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.
Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Kevin A Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield on Monday from 4 - 7 pm and on Tuesday from 9-9:30 am.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Curwensville-Pike Township Historical Society for the Curwensville WWII Memorial, 240 State St., Curwensville or to St. Timothy Catholic Church, Curwensville, 306 Walnut Street, Curwensville.
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