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Age 87, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013 while under the care of Paramount Senior Living, Seven Fields. Born December 23, 1925 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Amelio and Carmella (Venuto) Coscia. In his early years, Alexander attended the St. Benedictine's Catholic School. He was a faithful member of St. Matthias Catholic Church in Evans City, and several other churches in the Pittsburgh area. Alexander proudly served his country as a PFC in the Army during WWII. He sustained injuries during the conflict and was awarded a Purple Heart. He loved traveling with his companion, Ida Blain, especially to Las Vegas to gamble, and to Canada where they enjoyed fishing. Additionally, he could be found enjoying his weekly trips to the grocery store. Alexander was also an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Panthers, and Pirates. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his niece, Jessica Locke Hoover, of Evans City; his sister, Viola T. Coscia, of Pittsburgh; and his life companion, Ida Blain, also of Pittsburgh. In addition to his parents, Alexander was preceded in death by his brother-in-law and best friend, John Locke Hoover, and a sister, Mary C. (Coscia) Hoover. Alexander's family will welcome friends on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 6 p.m. until the time of a Blessing Service at 8 p.m., at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 116 E. Main Street, Evans City, with Fr. Lawrence R. Smith, celebrant. He will be laid to rest at the North Side Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Alexander's honor in support of the St. Matthias Catholic Church, 417 E. Main Street, Evans City, PA 16033. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Alexander's family at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 14, 2013
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