Age 89, passed away on January 2nd, 2013. Beloved husband of 66 years of Helen (nee Amnasan). Loving father of Bob (Joni), Ray (Jane), Lynn (Charles) Brickman, Alan (Donna), Philip (Jenny), and Lisa. Dear Grandfather of Chris, Jenny, Matthew, Peter, Alex, Leah, Sydney, Madison and Benjamin. Great-grandfather of Elicia, Elanna, Estella, Emily, and Evan. Beloved and devoted son of Petru and Elizabeth (Lupse). Dear brother of Helen Calnan, Mary Scholer (deceased), and Elizabeth Foltzer (deceased). Peter's career spanned 43 years with General Motors in Cleveland, Warren, Michigan, and Indianapolis. He was a life-long member of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland.
He was one of the "Greatest Generation" and was a combat infantryman in World War II. He participated in the Amphibious landing on Salerno Beachhead, Italy as part of the 141st Combat Team of the 36th Infantry Division, the first division of the American Army to land in mainland Europe during World War II. In January 1944 he participated with the 141st Combat Team in the battle of the Rapido River just south of Cassino, Italy. This battle was one of the bloodiest battles for American forces in Europe. In May 1944, he and the 36th Infantry Division participated in the amphibious landing at Anzio, Italy and led the liberation of Rome, Italy in June. In August, 1944, his division landed on the beaches of Southern France. He was wounded in combat in Crest, France and was evacuated to a hospital in Naples, Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster.
VISITATION: Sunday Jan 6th 5-8 pm at Corrigan Craciun funeral home 20820 Lorain Rd. Fairview Park. Services Monday Jan 7th at St. Mary's Cathedral 3256 Warren Rd. Cleveland at 12 noon. Rev. Fr. Remus Grama officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery.