John A. Monocello, Sr., age 87, of Erie, died at St. Mary's Home of Erie, Saturday, January 25, 2014. Born in Erie on June 23, 1926, he was the son of the late Ralph and Dolores (DiCesare) Monocello.
John served in the United States Navy
during World War II
. He was a tool & die maker and had worked for Anson Tool for over 40 years. He was a long time member of St. George Catholic Church, having served on their men's council and school board. John was also well known for organizing several successful spaghetti dinners there. He enjoyed woodworking, watching the sporting events, in which his children participated, and was an avid gardener.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Perrina Rose (Bottoni) Monocello in 2003, a son, John A. Monocello, Jr. in 2010, and two sisters Bambina Ruccitto and Rose Macek.
He is survived by his children; Dee Smith, Rochelle Vicentini, husband Nick, Mark Monocello, wife Carolyn, Joseph Monocello, wife Betsy, Lawrence Monocello, wife Jennifer, all of Millcreek, Ann Rennie, husband Tom of West Seneca, N.Y.; daughter in law, Julie Monocello of Millcreek, seventeen grandchildren, Tim Smith, Jr., Jeff Smith, Christopher Smith, John A. Monocello, III, James Monocello, Nicholas Vicentini, Michael Vicentini, Mark Monocello, Jr., Jessica Monocello, Joseph Monocello, Jr., Jenna Monocello, Kara Rennie, Thomas Rennie, Jr, Leah Rennie, Lawrence Monocello, Jr., Alexis Monocello, and Dominic Monocello; nine great-grandchildren, Ava and Marin Smith, Ella and Colden Smith, Lydia, John IV, and Stuart Monocello, Emma and Morgan Monocello. John is also survived by his brother Peter Monocello of Millcreek, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Blvd. Services will be held there on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. George Church. Entombment in Calvary Mausouleum.
Memorials may be made to St. George Church, 5145 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509 or Erie Homes for Children and Adults, 226 East 27th Street, Erie, PA 16504.