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Paul J. "Gice" DiFonzo, 83, of 1448 South Ave., Lewis Run, passed away peacefully Thursday (April 18, 2013) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born July 9, 1929, in Lewis Run, he was a son of Alexandria Fair DiFonzo-Torcasio and Joseph A. DiFonzo. On June 3, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, he married Mary Beth "Betsy" Lindholm DiFonzo, who survives.
He was a 1948 graduate of Bradford High School and worked for Hanley Brick Co. for three years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 13, 1951 and was honorably discharged Sept. 25, 1953. After his military service, he returned to Bradford and worked at Graham Packaging, retiring after 25 years of service.
He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, The Smethport Country Club, a troop leader for Boy Scouts of America Troop 495 in Lewis Run and a member of The Mutual Aid Society, also in Lewis Run.
In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, he is survived by a daughter, Laurie Boser, of Bradford; and four sons, Ed (Janet) DiFonzo of Smethport, Marty DiFonzo of Gifford, Jim DiFonzo of Kennedy, N.Y., and Paul (Terri) DiFonzo, of Gifford; seven grandchildren, Susan DiFonzo, Tony DiFonzo, Mathew Boser, Nicholas Boser, Delanie DiFonzo, Zachary DiFonzo and Benjamin DiFonzo; three sisters, Miranda Masisak of Virginia Beach, Va., Margaret (Carmen) Pascarella of North Rose, N.Y., and Sandra DiFonzo of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, John DiFonzo of Mechanicsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph A. "Butch" DiFonzo, who died Nov. 6, 2010.
Family will be receiving friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday in Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., South Avenue, where a prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Lewis Run, with Rev. Steven Collins, pastor, as celebrant. Committal services, military honors and mausoleum entombment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the
, Upbeat at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church or to the
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
33 South Avenue Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 20 to Apr. 27, 2013