BERTONASCHI TULIO "BERT"
Age 92, of Trafford, peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 6, 2014. Born in Solignano, Italy, in 1921 as the youngest of four sons, "Bert" immigrated to Blairsville, PA, by way of Ellis Island in 1927. After graduating from Blairsville High School in 1940, he served in the Pacific during World War II
, earning a Bronze Star
Medal. In 1949, "Bert" married Catherine Banko, his loving wife of 60 years, and moved to Trafford in 1953, where he became best-known for his work as the region's "Maytag Man", providing decades-long maintenance and sales for locals' washers and dryers. "Bert" later worked in maintenance at US Steel's Research Center, and became a master gardener in his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; and is survived by four caring sons and daughters, Fran of Pittsburgh, PA, Karen of Houston, TX, Michael of Trafford, PA, and Susan of Atlanta, GA; two envious grandchildren, Adam and Ryan of Oakland, PA; two devoted in-laws, Maureen Bertonaschi and Mark Daniels; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in the JOHN M. DOBRINICK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 702 7th St. (State Rt. 130) Trafford, 412-372-3111. Parting prayers will be at 9 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Regis Church, Trafford. Interment will follow in the Saints Simon & Jude Cemetery Blairsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. For directions or to leave condolences, please visit: www.dobrinickfhinc.com
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