Peter Michelini (96) of Ashtabula and formerly of Conneaut died on Monday afternoon at the Country Club Retirement Center. Born June 29, 1916 in Greenville Pa. he was the son of Michael and Oliva (Buratti) Michelini. Peter was a graduate of Saint Michael's High School in Greenville , he was a talented violinist and played with the Greenville symphony and the Dixie Five Combo for several years prior to moving to Conneaut. On April 25, 1942 he married the former Merceda Sauline in Saint Patricks Church, Hubbard. Peter was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Europe during WWII and receiving two bronze stars. He was retired from the Nickle Plate Rail Road. Besides music he enjoyed golfing in the tri-state area, landscaping , traveling with his wife ,and spending time with his grandchildren. Pete was a Devout Catholic with a special devotion for the Rosary , He was a member of Saint Frances Cabrini Church in Conneaut, American Legion Post 151 Conneaut , VFW Tri Borough Post 4965 in West Springfield Pa., Loyal Order of Moose 472 Conneaut, Sons of Italy of America 1169 Ashtabula. Survivors include his daughters Rosemary (Anthony) Guerriero of Ashtabula, Merceda (Thomas) Schmidt of Erie Pa., Mary Michelini of Parma Hts., sons Michael (Linda) Michelini of North Kingsville , Peter (Cecelia) Michelini of Modesto, Calif. 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Merceda Michelini. brother Germono Michelini, and sisters Serafina Perrotti, Yolanda Sauline-Rock , Mary Cervone, Olivia Perrotti and Edith Scott . Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. in Saint Frances Cabrini Church with burial to follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery Conneaut, with Military Honors provided by American Legion Honor Guard team from post 151. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 7 P.M. at Guerriero Funeral Home 1550 West 19th St. in Ashtabula.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 21, 2012