David S. Amoriello

David S. Amoriello, 84, of Erie, passed into the arms of the Lord on October 22, 2013, at UPMC Hamot Erie. David was born in Tyler, Pa., on November 22, 1928. He was a son of Samuel and Ethel (Walker) Amoriello, and was raised in Hollywood, Pa. He moved to Erie in 1948, to work at General Electric. He later worked at American Meter and the USPS, as a Special Delivery Messenger and then as a City Carrier until his retirement in 1988 with nearly 30 years of service. David served in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 33 years, Dorothy (Pinczewski) whom he lovingly cared for throughout her numerous illnesses until her death in 1988. He was also preceded in death by his son, James S. Amoriello in 1978, and his brothers Clarence, Joseph and Donald Amoriello.

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Sally (Fred) Mott of Jefferson, Ohio and Daytona Beach, Fla., and his son Paul (Leah) Amoriello of Joplin, Mo. Daughter-in-law Cynthia Farrell of Gibsonville, N.C. His sisters Anna Mae (Thomas) Levenduski of Penfield, Pa., and Agnes (Karl) Wegemer of St. Mary's, Pa. Grandchildren who dearly loved their Papa are Kyndra and Breanna Mott of Daytona Beach, Fla., James D. Amoriello of Erie, Scott (Anna) Amoriello of Gibsonville, N.C., Sherri (Thomas) Welborn of Greensboro, N.C., and Mary (Mike) Bundy of Covington, Wa. Great grandchildren James Amoriello of Erie, Shawn Lee of Covington, Wash, Cole, Mitch and Bryce Amoriello of Gibsonville, N.C., and Katelyn Welborn of Greensboro, N.C.

During the past 12 years, David was blessed to have shared his life with his loving companion, Gertrude Zawistowski. David greatly loved Gert and always said he didn't know what he'd do without her in his life. They met at the Erie Center for Life and Aging (Lifeworks Erie). She lovingly cared for David each and every day. David became a part of Gert's family as time went by. The Pat Regan family of Edinboro, Pa., and the Robert Toski family of Cambridge Springs, Pa., graciously and lovingly included David into their lives. "Papa Dave" enjoyed their visits and delighted in watching the children grow up. He loved cheering them on in sports and academic endeavors.

David was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, NARFE, Lifeworks Erie and the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Erie, Pa. He was a volunteer at Lifeworks, working the front desk as a Greeter and regularly helping at the flu shot clinics each fall. He gave his time to help the NALC annual food drives as well as their MDA fundraisers.

David loved sports. He enjoyed playing golf and attending local high school and college basketball and football games. He loved to watch baseball and golf on television. He was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the health care professionals that cared for David with such respect and dignity as he battled cancer and other serious health issues.

Special regard to The Regional Cancer Center Erie, Dr. Kevin Fisher, Dr. Jan Rothman and his staff, Dr. Steven Heaney and staff, Dr. Raymond McAllister, Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and UPMC Hamot Erie & Infusion Center. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of those people who gave of their time to donate blood. Although we cannot thank you individually, please know that your donation of blood helped David continue on in his battle with CLL.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, Inc., 459 E. 12th St. Services will be at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a service at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 643 W 17th St., at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 643 W. 17th St., Erie, in David's name.

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Garr Funeral Home
459 East 12th Street Erie, PA 16503
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 24, 2013