John B. (Giambattista) Andreassi
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John B. (Giambattista) Andreassi, 86, of Karns City, a well-known area resident and retired oil producer, went to be with the Lord and his departed family Monday morning at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
John was born in Villa Sant'Angelo, Italy, on Jan. 7, 1926. He was the son of Achille and Clelia Notareschi Andreassi.
He was a graduate of East Brady High School's Class of 1944. He was a long time member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Bradys Bend and was instrumental in installing veterans markers in the St. Mary Cemetery.
Mr. Andreassi was very proud of his Italian heritage and had made many trips to Italy with his wife and children, where they each visited with him the town in which he was born. John was a life member of the Sons of Italy in Bradys Bend. His membership spanned more than 61 years and he had served the organization as president.
He was a founding member of the Karns City Quarterback Club and was the last surviving original member of the club. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and held season tickets for many years.
He was a U.S Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations in the South Pacific. He saw action at both Okinawa and Iwo Jima, serving aboard the USS LST-809, a tank landing ship. He was a life member of both the American Legion Post 488 of Bradys Bend and the VFW Post 7876 of Chicora.
He was an avid gardener. Mr. Andreassi was a well-known, self-employed oil and gas producer for many years and was a member of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers. He was named an honorary director of the organization.
Mr. Andreassi was married in East Brady on Oct. 22, 1949, to the former Joanne Painter. Mrs. Andreassi preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2007.
He is survived by seven children, Kathleen Andreassi of Butler, Joan O'Donnell and her husband, Dennis, of Saegertown, Mike Andreassi and his wife, Leah, of Chicora, Amy Andreassi of Murrysville, Chris Andreassi and his wife, Valorie, of Butler, Steve Andreassi and his wife, Lori, of Chicora and Gina Andreassi of Pittsburgh; 10 grandchildren, Megan O'Donnell of Phoenix, Ariz., Kelly O'Donnell and his wife, Melissa, of Greensboro, N.C., Matthew Andreassi of Butler, Daniel Andreassi of Pittsburgh, Tony Andreassi of Tucson, Ariz., Jon Andreassi of Butler, Carlo Andreassi of Butler, Nicholas Andreassi and his wife, Kayla, of East Brady, Livia Andreassi of Chicora and Julia Andreassi of Chicora; a brother, John A. Andreassi and his wife, Mary, of East Brady; a sister, Lena Hillwig, of East Brady; two sisters-in-law, Dawn Weibel and her husband, John, of East Brady and Lucy Painter of Butler; a brother-in-law, Bill Painter and his wife, Jeanne, of East Brady, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter, and a brother, Adolfo Andreassi.
ANDREASSI - Friends of John B. Giambattista Andreassi, who passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Road, Chicora, from noon to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Bradys Bend, with the Rev. Joseph Bonafed, pastor of the St. Mary Our Lady of Lourdes in Export and St. John Baptist de la Salle in Delmont, officiating.
Interment with full military honors accorded by the Bradys Bend and Chicora American Legion posts and the Chicora VFW will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Bradys Bend.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sons of Italy Scholarship Fund, 758 Route 68, East Brady, PA 16028, or to the Karns City Quarterback Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Jim Filges, 333 W. Slippery Rock Road, Chicora, PA 16025.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hilefh.com.
Published in Butler Eagle on Nov. 27, 2012