Enso Raymond Pisaneschi, 89, a longtime resident of West Wyoming and recently of Reading, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
Enso was a 1940 graduate of West Wyoming High School, and the son of first-generation Americans, Ferdinando and Gemma Pisaneschi, whose families emigrated from the Tuscan village of Cireglio, Pistoia, Italy, in search of a better life in America.
Born on the Fourth of July, Enso joined the Army
and served his country in World War II
. He served on the battlefields of Europe and Africa as a cook, and told many stories of danger and generosity during the war.
During the era when coal was king, his family settled in Coalport, where Enso was born, and later moved to West Wyoming. Enso began to pick coal when he was 5 years old, and as a young man, he worked in the mines as a carpenter. He progressed to become a full-time carpenter for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, where he earned a 20-year service pin. When he worked for the Beretta Construction Co. and Sordoni Construction Services, Enso helped build many local commercial buildings, including the Salem Township nuclear power plant. When he retired, he continued to make wooden crafts for gift shops in the Poconos.
Enso was the youngest of 10 children, including his older brother, Orfeo. In the 1940s and 1950s, they worked together in the Italian Consumers Co-Op Association, a grocery and general store founded to assist the struggling miners to provide for their families.
Enso was married for 56 years to his beloved wife, Lydia Romagnani. He is survived by their two sons, Gene and his wife, Pauline, Cibolo, Texas; and Mario and his wife, Alice, Pottstown. Enso is also survived by five grandchildren, Michael Pisaneschi, Horsham; Daryl Cross, Pittsburgh; David Cross, London, England; Rebecca Schwartz, Washington, D.C.; and Abagail Schwartz, Chevy Chase, Md. He will be missed by the many loving nieces, nephews and neighbors who were his extended family.
Military funeral services will be accorded at 11:30 a.m. Saturday by the AMVETS Honor Guard at Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon at St. Monica's Parish at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Eighth Street, West Wyoming, with the Rev. Leo McKernan, as celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation by mail to Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation, P.O. Box 98, Annville, PA 17003, or online at the "Donate" section of the Foundation's website at www.paveteransfoundation.org