MEADVILLE - Phillip J. Persichini Jr., 77, of 1001 S. Morgan St., Meadville, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2012) from complications of Parkinson's disease.
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Phillip was born in Bradford on May 25, 1934, a son of the late Phillip and Laura LaCavera Persichini. On June 20, 1959, at St. Bernard Parish, Bradford, he married Margie Colley Persichini, who survives.
Mr. Persichini worked for Gray's Drug Stores in Bradford from his preteen years until his graduation from Bradford High School. He then relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for Gray's in new store set-up until being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged after serving in Korea and returned to Bradford to learn the floor covering trade from Tantalo Floors and City Carpet. He opened Finer Floors, later expanding to Finer Floors and Furniture before selling the redeveloped area to the U.S. Post Office in 1979. Throughout this time, he bought, remodeled and resold dozens of rental and business properties, one of which was The Downbeat Restaurant, which he enjoyed operating until his retirement.
From his childhood until his thirties, Mr. Persichini entertained throughout the area, and in Korea, pantomiming the late Al Jolson, winning many contests and awards. He enjoyed traveling to Al Jolson Society functions in later years.
In addition to Margie, his wife of 52 years, Phillip is survived by a son, Phillip "PJ" (Nicole) Persichini of Meadville, a daughter, Pamela (Michael) Wolfe of Westerville, Ohio; a son, Patrick (Ivy) Persichini of Newport Beach, Calif.; as well as eight beloved grandchildren, Michaela and Tyler Persichini, Jordan, Jacob, Jared and Janelle Wolfe, Sophia and Rembrandt Persichini; and four sisters, Gloria Owens of Bradford, Vivian Russell of Olean, N.Y., Elizabeth Anderson of DuBois and Sandra Eaton of Frewsburg, N.Y.
In addition to his parents, Phillip was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Persichini and Gerald Persichini.
At the family's request, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at noon Saturday at St. Bernard Church, Bradford, with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, officiating. Interment will take place in St. Bernard Cemetery, Bradford Township.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Bradford Public Library, 67 W. Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701; to the Religious Education Program of either St. Bernard Church, 95 E. Corydon St., Bradford, PA 16701; or St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church, 383 Arch St., Meadville, PA 16335.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 16 to Feb. 27, 2012