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Age 62, passed away at home, peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a fourteen-month brave battle with stage four pancreatic cancer on January 21, 2020. Edward was the beloved husband of Irene Marie (Walker) for 35 years, loving and devoted father of Kathryn Marie and husband, Oliver Nakano-Baker, Michael John and girlfriend, Lola Guia, Lauren Ann, and adoring grandfather of Nora Koharu Petrarulo-Baker. Edward is also survived by his caring parents, Edward and Joan Petrarulo, his younger sister, Mary and husband, Mike Dunegan, and his supportive uncle, Very Reverend John Petrarulo.  Edward was preceded in death by his younger brother, John. Ed was also the fun-loving brother-in-law to Irene's six siblings, Claudia Mals, Dr. Mary Walker, John and (Donna) Walker, Thomas and (Linda) Walker, Joan and (Paul) Mackey, and Patricia and (James) Connolly. He is survived by many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces who always loved to be around their Uncle Ed; as well as Miss Dana Williams, a close friend of the Petrarulo family who Ed affectionately called his third daughter; and Dan Special who he regarded as a brother. Ed graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. He went to Duquesne University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1980.  Ed then attended Duquesne University School of Law, was awarded the Legal Ethics award, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1985.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserve (1979-1985) as a sergeant in the 307 MP Company.  In 1981, Ed was selected as Soldier of the Year in the 336 MP Battalion. Ed practiced law for almost 35 years. He worked as a tax attorney for AYCO American Express Company in Albany, NY before returning to Pittsburgh to be legal counsel for Chambers Development Company. For the past 15 years, Ed worked as Senior Legal Counsel for Bombardier Transportation, where he negotiated and supported large bids in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With his wife Irene, Ed raised three children in a loving, Catholic home that was always open to family and friends. Ed attended countless musical performances, as he enjoyed listening to his children practice and perform.  Ed was an active Boy Scout leader, contributing as Troop 28 Scoutmaster for several years.  He enjoyed going on many camping trips and service projects with the troop and his son, Michael.  Ed was a dedicated member of St. Bernard Parish. He served as a lector, seventh grade CCD teacher, and was on the Parish Council. Ed enjoyed hiking, biking, kayaking, and home-remodeling in his spare time. Edward W. Petrarulo was a devout Catholic, and he continued his deep faith and relationship with God while battling his illness to the very end. We admire and look up to Ed for his humble strength and sense of humor.  God and family were the most important in Ed's life, and he will be dearly missed by so many who loved and respected him. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC Family Hospice for their expertise and support. Friends will be received at LAUGHLIN CREMATION AND FUNERAL TRIBUTES, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass in St. Bernard Church on Saturday morning at 11:30. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward W. Petrarulo's honor may be made to DePaul School of Hearing and Speech, ATTN:  Office of Donations, 6202 Alder Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  laughlinfuneralhome.com

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2020.
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February 2, 2020
Dear Irene,
I was so saddened to learn of Ed's death and of his long struggle for survival. I have such pleasant memories of our brief time together at Katie's and Oliver's wedding. Sending you my love and deep condolences, Nome
January 26, 2020
Irene and the Petrarulo Family-
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Ed. We attended Duquesne University in the same years (Class of 1980). He was a true gentleman, now gone from us too soon. Ed will be fondly remembered. May God's loving embrace and eternal promise of light, happiness, and peace for Ed comfort your grieving hearts.
Karen Goldbach Burke
January 26, 2020
Dear Irene: I am so sorry to read that your wonderful husband passed away. We met at DePaul events. God bless you and your family. Arlene Miller
Arlene Miller
January 24, 2020
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

So sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.- Michela Palma
January 24, 2020
Dear Irene and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Ed. We have such great memories from Scouts. He was a good leader, role model and Scoutmaster.
George, Fonda and Nick.
George Gula
January 24, 2020
Irene, I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I am so so sorry. I didn't even know he was sick. Keeping you, Michael and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May his memory be eternal.

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January 24, 2020
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January 23, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We attended Taylor Allderdice together, graduating in 1975. He was always the nicest person. Reading his obituary, it appears that he lived his life well and honorably. May his family and loved ones be comforted by his memories.
Gail Pearlstein
January 23, 2020
Dear Irene and the Petrarulo family,
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Ed. As you are aware, he was a first class gentleman. He will be sorely missed. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Theresa and Greg
Theresa and Greg Bohonek
January 23, 2020
Ed lit up any room he entered. We will miss him dearly at Bombardier as he always shared a great story with many laughs. May you Rest in Peace Ed.
Annette Snodgrass
January 23, 2020
Ed, you were such a great colleague. Diligent, professional, knowledgeable, fun loving, quirky, and most of all, awesome to work with! I am sad to the core, to hear this news. You will be missed. Rest easy my friend.
Greg demedio
January 23, 2020
May the light of your faith guide you home and may it be a comfort to your family and friends, Ed. You are dearly missed, but your light shines bright in our hearts. I and my family send our deepest condolances and heartfelt prayers for strength during this time.
Michelle Handa
January 23, 2020
Dearest Irene and family,
Your grief is shared by many who were privileged in knowing Ed.
I will always remember his sense of humor and the loyalty, great love and devotion he had for you, the children and family. God bless him and grant him peace now and forever.
Peggy Milnes
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