Merchie C. Calabrese, age 82, of Erie, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at UPMC Hamot.
He was born in Erie on June 4, 1931, a son of the late Merchie G. and Adeline M. Yacobozzi Calabrese.
Merchie was a Marine Staff Sergeant in the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart
. He enjoyed Horse Racing and his Pit Bull "Therapy Dog" Rocco.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Calabrese in 2014, a sister, Ann Dill and a cousin, Andrew Yacobozzi.
He is survived by two sons, Merchie Calabrese and his wife Robin and John Calabrese and his wife Doreen, all of Erie, two grandchildren, John Calabrese of Ohio and Jillian Calabrese of Erie, two cousins, Mary Ann Yacobozzi of Erie and Tom Yacobozzi of Florida, five nieces and nephews, Mary Rizzo of Erie, Frank Thomas and his fiancé Kim Woods of Erie, Julie Hill of Ohio, Joe Dill of Yew York and Michael Dill of Erie.
Friends may call on Wednesday at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502, from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Msgr. William Biebel officiating. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com
Burial will be private, in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Erie, 2407 Zimmerly Rd., Erie, PA 16506.