Darell E. Glass, Sr., age 64, of Erie, passed away peacefully Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Born March 5, 1949 in Loudon, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Harold O. Glass and Aileen G. Cathcart Modé. Darell was a veteran of the United States Marines, seeing extensive combat action in Vietnam. He was proud of all the medals he earned, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Rifle Marksman Badge, and the Purple Heart. He was a graduate of Mercyhurst College, with an Associates Degree in Materials Management and Marketing, and worked for some time as a salesman with Lance Inc. Darell was a loving father, grandfather, and a devoted husband. He was an avid sports fan that was a diehard University of Tennessee Vols fan. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and all of his grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Fred Modé and his grandmother Nin Cathcart. Survivors included his loving wife of 42 years, Margaret "Margie" Candia Glass, whom he met in fifth grade; a son, Darell Glass (Courtney) of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Stacy Garrastazu (Henry Rudenski) of Erie; four grandchildren, Brandon and Matthew Garrastazu and Alexandrea and Aaron Glass; a sister, Brenda Perdue (Gary) of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters-in-law, Cornelia "Cookie" (Mark) Yacobozzi and Mary Ann Waltner of Erie; also many cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Boulevard. Services will be held there on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Shane Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Darell's family would like to thank the nurses, physicians and staff on 5 South, at UPMC Hamot and Select Specialty Hospital, for their tender, loving care and compassion. Memorials may be made to The Lupus Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1920, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 25, 2013