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Age 90, born in Vandergrift, PA, grew up in Bloomfield and raised his family in West Mifflin, PA. He lived his final years in Palm Harbor, Florida where he passed away on July 29, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Gray DonGiovanni; children, Bill, Judy and Steve; and his grandchildren, Sydney (his little princess) and Vinny (the Vin Man). He was raised by Rose and Lou DeShantz with whom he had numerous brothers and sisters. He is survived by sister, Millie; brother, Lou; sister, Rose; and preceded in death by sisters, Mary and Teenie; and brother, Dom. He was the son of Florence and Vito DonGiovanni and survived by sister, Chris; and preceded in death by his sister, Marie; and brothers, Fran and Mickey. He had many nieces and nephews whom he loved each and every one. After graduating from Schenley High School, he entered the service to become a decorated Army Sergeant. Honorably discharged, after serving his country in the Korean War, he continued his education at Duquense University, where he received his bachelor's degree. He continued his education and graduated University of Pittsburgh with his master's degree. He was a longtime educator at his beloved Connelley Vocational Tech & Adult Education Center in the Pittsburgh Public School system. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and had a passion for golfing. His optimism for life, positive attitude, contagious smile and laugh will be forever missed. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations in his memory be made to the . Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Holy Angels Church, 408 Baldwin Rd., Hays PA. A daylong celebration of his life will be held from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. immediately following Mass at Skyview Firehall 4, located at 660 Noble Dr., West Mifflin, PA.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2018
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