Michael Pesta

MICHAEL PESTA, 93, OF PHOENIXVILLE Michael Pesta, 93, husband of the late Veronica C. (Panoc) Pesta, of Phoenixville, died on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at home. Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Kovatch) Pesta. Michael was a graduate of Phoenixville High School, Class of 1936. In July of 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served in the Mighty 8th Air Force. As a Ball Turret Gunner, he flew 25 missions on B-17 and B-24's. In August 1944 he was shot down, captured, and was held as a Prisoner of War in Germany for one year. He was awarded the Purple Heart and POW Medal. He worked at the former Phoenix Steel Corp. He was a Sports Reporter for the Daily Republican in Phoenixville. He then worked for the Norristown Times Herald for 36 years as a Court Reporter, and was author of the column, "Courthouse Hill". After retirement, he became executive director of PAEDCO. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Phoenixville, a member of Catholic War Veterans, Brandywine Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Caterpillar Club, Veterans of Foreign War Post 1564, Phoenixville Oldtimers Association, Phoenixville Historical Society and the Disabled American Veterans. Surviving are daughters, Melanie Anne Pesta of Phoenixville, Emilie Anne Pesta of Phoenixville and Christine Anne Pesta of Phoenixville; son, Mark Michael Pesta and wife, Karen of Oxford, and grandchildren, Kimberly Anne Pesta, wife of Nick Caton of Brooklyn Heights, NY; Michael George Pesta of Los Angeles, CA, and Julie Anne Pesta of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Maurin C. Pesta, and his brothers, Raymond Pesta and George Pesta. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Devlin Rosmos Kepp & Gatcha Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Main Street at Fourth Avenue, Phoenixville, on Tuesday, February 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 148 Church Street, Phoenixville, at 10:30 a.m. with Monsignor John M. Galyo officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Phoenixville. A viewing will be held at funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday morning from 9:30 to10 a.m. Contributions is his memory may be made to , ATTN: Phoenixville, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422, or to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Suite 304, Washington, DC 20003. Condolences may be given to the family at www.DevlinRosmosKepp.com.

Published in The Mercury on Feb. 10, 2012