85, of Monongahela, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Monongahela-Valley Hospital. Born in Monongahela on August 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Antonio G. and Maria (Pontiere) Bartolotta. Following his graduation in 1945 from Monongahela High School, Aldo served two years in the U.S. Navy nearing the end of WWII. After returning home from the Navy, he partnered with his brother Leo and opened Bartolotta's Meat Market in Monongahela until 1960 when Leo closed the market and opened his first grocery store. Over the next 14 years they acquired ten stores until Leo's retirement in 1974. Aldo took over the Fisher Heights Shop n Save, and over the next 20 years, added three more stores, Charleroi in 1981, opened the Finleyville Shop n Save in 1990 and Mt. Lebanon Shop n Save in 1994. In 1996, he turned his Shop n Saves into Giant Eagles Stores and was currently still involved with his remaining three stores Fisher Heights, Finleyville and Uniontown Giant Eagle's. Surviving are his wife of almost 60 years, Joan (Greco) Bartolotta whom he married May 18, 1953; a daughter and son-in-law, Toni Jo and Robert J. "Archie" Allridge; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jamie) FitzGerald, Bart Allridge, Damon J. and Dante A.W. Bartolotta, Danielle M. (Matthew) Steingraber, Devin J. Bartolotta; and a great-granddaughter, Claire FitzGerald; a daughter-in-law, Camera Bartolotta, and his former daughter-in-law, Nancy Bartolotta. Preceding him in death were his son, Bruce A. Bartolotta who died November 16, 2009; four brothers, Vincent, Eugene, Leo and Armond Bartolotta; and a sister, Catherine A. Monte Carlo. Friends will be received at the MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela, 724-258-6767,, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and noon-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday. A Blessing Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home on Thursday, December 6, 2012 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10 a.m. in St. Damien of Molokai Parish, (Transfiguration) Church with Fr. William Terza as Celebrant. Entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Fr. Leger Fund, 722 West Main St., Monongahela, PA 15063 or Mon-Vale Health Resources, 1163 Country Club Rd., Monongahela, PA 15063.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 4, 2012