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Michael Joseph Langianese Jr., 87, died at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2012.)
Born May 20, 1925, in Lewis Run, Michael Langianese Jr. was a son of Michael and Josephine Benedict Langianese Sr. Michael grew up with four brothers and one sister. He graduated from Bradford Area High School, where he played quarterback; ultimately leading him to earning a spot on the 36th Division Football Team, and he also attended Edinboro University. Michael was a veteran of World War II, for which he received two Purple Hearts after being wounded.
After the war he returned to Lewis Run, where he met and married Gloria Douthit on March 17, 1951. Michael and his late wife, Gloria, had five children.
Michael was the manager of the former Valley Hunt Club and later became owner and operator of Bradford City Beers. He was very civically and charitably minded. Michael was a member of the Bradford Exchange Club for 48 years. His leadership qualities were recognized when he was elected president of the Pennsylvania Exchange Club. Michael spearheaded the Golden Chariot Banquet, which raised funds for the Exchange Club and the Bradford Area Catholic School System by cooking a number of spaghetti dinners for which he became famous.
He was a board member of the Lake Erie Family Center for Child Abuse. He served as chairman of the Lewis Run Boy Scouts and for 12 years served as chairman of the Lewis Run School Board prior to the merger into the Bradford Area School System. Michael sponsored the Annual Bud Golf Tournament for the Spina Bifida Charity, which he always said was his favorite charity. He was a member of the Big 30 All Star Charity Classic for more than 25 years and served as Big 30 president for five years.
Michael founded the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department and served as assistant chief for many years. He was a charter member of the Bradford Midget League and past president of Pine Acres Country Club. Michael received the Paul Harris Award, presented by the Bradford Rotary Club, and was also named the Jaycee of the Year by the Bradford Jaycees in 1997. He also was a member of the Board of the former National City Bank. Michael was also largely involved with the Bradford Friendship table, where he prepared countless meals and volunteered countless hours. Michael was also a member of the American Legion Post 108 of Bradford and the 40-8 Club.
Always the guy with the heart of gold and a smile for anyone that met him, he touched the hearts of many. He will be greatly missed and thought of often, and he will live on forever in countless memories and all of our hearts.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; his brothers, Frank and Anthony Langianese; as well as his parents Michael and Josephine.
Michael is survived by his five children, Joseph "Butch" Langianese, Tina Slaven, Toni (Tom) Vickery and Michael "Pink" (Karen) Langianese, all of Bradford, and Molly Jo Langianese of Ellicottville, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Dennis (Linda) Hannon, Joe Colestro, Jamie (Jarrod) Kemper, Kara, Emilee, Heather and Holly Vickery, Sammi, Ryleigh and Mikiah Langianese, Taylor and Tate Slaven; three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Wes and Grace Hannon; his brothers, Matthew Langianese of Beaumont, Texas, and Sam (Florence) Langianese of Lewis Run; his sister, Jeanie (Mike) Senuta of Olean, N.Y.; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; his brothers, Frank and Anthony Langianese; as well as his parents, Michael and Josephine.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Mascho Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lewis Run, with the Rev. Stephen Collins and the Rev. Leo Gallina as con-celebrants.
Military honors and entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Michael's name to CARE for Children, P.O. Box 616, Bradford, PA 16701; or the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, 1158 Dutilh Road, Mars, PA 16046.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com
Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 27, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013