Louis A. Dignazio|
Louis A. Dignazio, 80, of Freedom, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 3. He was the beloved husband for 55 years of Patricia (Horan) Dignazio.
He was also the loving father of Cynthia Gautschi of Freedom, Denise Webb of Lowell, Mass., Louis A. Dignazio II (Martha) of Royce City, Tex., Kathleen (Nicholas) Flynn of Sutton, Mass., and Michael (Krista) Dignazio of Marshall Twp., Pa.
He was "PopPop" to 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild and is also survived by two sisters, Carmela (George) Sassaman and Elizabeth Harvan of Lansford; a brother, Anthony (Jean) Dignazio of Ellicott City, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Kunkle and Mary Reilly.
Lou was well loved by a large family, many friends, neighbors and the wonderful members of his church family, Crossroads Church of Cranberry Twp., Pa.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Louis and Mary (Siravo) Dignazio.
Before being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1958, he graduated from Lehigh University in 1956 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He later earned his MBA from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., in 1993.
He spent the early part of his career in the aerospace industry, working for General Electric Aero-Space at Valley Forge and G.E. Re-Entry Systems in Philadelphia. As a result of this experience, he became expert in the technology of high-reliability explosive switches, critical to space vehicle operations. He was selected to serve as a quality assurance representative for G.E. to monitor the development of manned-space modules manufactured at Grumman Corporation on Bethpage, N.Y., where he interacted with several astronauts who were ultimately successfully transported in those.
After the space program ended, he successfully continued his career in the computer industry, working first for Sperry Remington (now Unisys) before moving on to several smaller electronics companies. He ended his career at AMCO before retiring in Pittsburgh.
Everyone who knew and loved Lou will miss his humor, intelligence, wit and storytelling. Yes, Dad, we did learn something from you!
Service: Funeral service 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, Devlin Funeral Home, 2678 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., Pa. (724-772-8800). Call 3-5 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions in his name may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Rd., Wexford Pa. 15090.
Published in Times News on Aug. 4, 2014