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Age 86, of Lancaster, PA, passed away at home on April, 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Spappy was born in Duquesne, PA, the son of the late Charles and Della Arena. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marie Rudick Arena in 2010; his sisters, Toni, Angie, and Rosie; and his grandson, Max Arena. He is survived by his children, Eileen Mudryk, Patrick Arena, Christine Jasek, Kathleen Arena, and Susan Adams; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He served with the 11th Airborne Division and was awarded the medal of honor, retired from the Union Railroad where he was a brakeman, and a member of the Fuddy Duddy Club. Spappy loved to write and read poetry, and began playing the organ at the age of 76, and enjoyed playing until he went Home. Arrangements by STRADLING FUNERAL HOMES, INC., AKRON/EPHRATA. Online condolences can be given at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 16, 2013
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