Stephen G. Distrola, 85, of 70 Bank St., Bradford, passed away Wednesday (June 13, 2012) at The Pavilion at BRMC.
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Born July 2, 1926, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Phillip and Mary DeAugustino Distrola.
He attended Bradford schools. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He returned to Bradford after the service and worked at Dresser Manufacturing for more than 43 years.
Mr. Distrola became a member of the Bradford Moose Lodge in 1951, he served as governor from 1991-1992, and also served as district president. In May of 1999, Steve received his calling from Mooseheart, Ill., where he received the highest award given in the "House of God" and received "The Pilgrim Degree of Merit."
He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, past member of the Drum & Bugle Corp., had served as chairman of the Memorial Day Parade, and past chairman for the Buffalo Children's Telethon, sponsored by the Bradford Moose.
Surviving is his companion of many years, Virginia Ross; two sons, Michael Distrola of Bradford and Anthony Distrola of Arizona; one brother, Phillip Distrola of Salamanca, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Tina, Gina, Patty and David Distrola; one great-granddaughter, Andy; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Patricia Lipps; one son, Robert Distrola; three sisters, Madalyn, Louise and Patricia; and one brother, Nick Distrola.
At the family's request, there will be no visitation. Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the veterans section of Willow Dale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Mooseheart in Mooseheart IL, 60539; or The Pavilion at BRMC.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era on June 14, 2012