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COLONEL GENE F. PIAZZA


1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
COLONEL GENE F. PIAZZA Gene Frank Piazza, born December 22, 1927 in Panama, IL went to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, March 13, 2014. He passed away peacefully at his residence in Pharr with Elizabeth, his loving wife of 63 years beside him. A veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corp and, later, the U.S. Army, Colonel Piazza retired as a Colonel with over 40 years of service to our country. He was quick to tell his nurses to call him Colonel. Receiving a PhD in Criminal Justice, he worked for several different agencies in the area of law enforcement he so loved. He was a member of Church of the King in McAllen and considered the members his extended family. Colonel Piazza had many life stories to tell, but one of the most special events was becoming Colonel Sir Gene Piazza after his receiving the Knight of Honor and Merit of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta on June 30, 1981. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Hardison Piazza of Pharr; one daughter, Gina Lisa (Glen) Golemi of Covington, LA; one sister, Darla Johnson of Port Orange, FL; one brother, Douglas (Sheila) Piazza of Munchie, IN; four grandchildren: Dominic, Angela and twins, Marissa and Miranda Golemi; and two great grandchildren: Gabrielle Isabella and Grayson Vincent Golemi. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 16th, at 1:00 PM at Church of the King, 7401 N. Ware Road in McAllen with Pastor Ron Smith officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Skinner-Silva Funeral Home of Pharr. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries


Published in The Monitor from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2014
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