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Raymond J. DeMichiei


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Raymond J. DeMichiei Obituary
Raymond J. "Tootie" DeMichiei, 87, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at his childhood home. Ray was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Renton, Plum Borough. He was the loving husband of 40 years to the late Pauline Eleanor (Koban) DeMichiei, who passed in 1993; beloved father of Raymond V., of Morningside, Renee DeMichiei Farrow (Bob), of Stanton Heights, Randy, of Butler, and Robert (Amy) DeMichiei, of Hampton; proud Pap of Rob Farrow, Rachel Farrow Swellie (Andy) and Ryan Farrow (Lingling), Lauren DeMichiei (Joe Serkoch), Christopher DeMichiei, Matthew DeMichiei, Andrew DeMichiei and Alaina DeMichiei; great-grandfather of Jasper Serkoch and Jack Swellie (due May 21). Tootie worked for 43 years at Edgewater Steel in Oakmont as a ring roller for airplane and railroad wheels and was a proud union member. He was driven to live a life of honesty, integrity and an amazing work ethic, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a member and served every office of the Circolo Febo Italian Social Club in Renton, member of the Plum American Legion, New Kensington Eagles, Moose and Elks. His nights and weekends were filled with many games of Bocce at the Renton Italian Club, Plum American Legion and a league in Penn Hills with his brothers and friends. Other nights you could find him playing cards (Euchre) and dancing every weekend at the Eagles. He traveled to his parent's homeland in Northern Italy, where he met his mother's two sisters, cousins and visited his father's old farm. Tootie loved the sport of baseball, which he played on several sandlot teams until the age of 39. He was as a Democratic Committee member for his district in Plum. Tootie invited many local and state politicians to meet and announce their candidacies at the Italian Club and was able to see his son, Rob, serve on Plum Council, and his daughter, Renee, who ran twice for office in the county and city. He was the son of the late Giovanni and Virginia (Sanvido), who emigrated from Northern Italy looking for the American Dream while leaving behind their entire families. Ray was the last of nine siblings. Preceding him were six brothers, Corrado (infant, passed at age 2) Volio (killed at age 19 in the Renton mine), Conrad "Duck", Emil "Nanny", Merle "Cuddy" and Laverne "Vernie" DeMichiei; and two sisters, Trieste Mennow and Corrine Pivik. Surviving him are his sister and brother-in-law, Jim and Carolyn (Koban) Nesbit and Katherine Koban; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ray was a friend to all, especially his childhood friends, Louie Ghia and Mario Bortoluzzi, who made frequent visits to Renton. Besides his brothers, waiting for him to celebrate the Big Renton Reunion are Mike Kachurik, Robert (Bowser) Lang, Kenny Fellabaum, Lester Mulholland and Andy Mutto, along with many more. Ray was a kind, smart and gentle man, who along with his wife, loved their family deeply and were always there to help them any way they could. He was proud of his four children's accomplishments, and although he never told them, he let everyone else know.
Friends and family will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Plum Creek Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all the special caregivers over the last few months at Presbyterian Senior Care and Family Hospice. Special thanks to Trista, LuAnn and the staff at CareAtHome for their love, care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243, and Plum EMS, 1990 Old Mine Road, Plum, PA 15239.
Published in Advance Leader from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2018
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