William "Willie" Monaco (1922 - 2015)

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William "Willie" Monaco passed away at the DuBois Penn Highlands Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, two days short of his 93rd birthday.
Born Jan. 16, 1922, at home in Sykesville, he was the youngest of six children of Orante and Flora D'Aurelio Monaco.
His father Orante Sr. died in a local mining accident when Willie was 11 years old. His mother Flora died in February 1992.
After graduating from Sykesville High School in 1941, he worked for a short time in Erie.
In November of 1942, he enlisted in the Navy. Willie served onboard the USS Iowa as a member of a five-inch gun crew. He participated in combat throughout the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman First Class in November 1945.
After the war he worked as a machinist in the local "screw works" then later moving to "Rockwell Meter Works" until retiring as a foreman in 1982.
Willie was an avid baseball fan. Over the years he played for Sykesville, Kramer, and Reynoldsville. In town he helped organize the Sykesville Boys' League and coached little league, Teener and Legion ball. He was well known and respected as an umpire throughout the local area.
He was a member of the Sykesville American Legion, both the Sykesville and Reynoldsville Eagles and the Elks Lodge of Reynoldsville.
As a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Reynoldsville he served on the Church Council and as a Worship Assistant.
He married Evelyn Kline in May of 1946.
They had two sons. In addition to his wife, two sons survive him, William J. Monaco (wife Ann Dunmire) of DuBois and Donald L Monaco (wife Desiree DeLaite) of Shirley, Mass.
There are four grandchildren: Steven J. Monaco, of Charlotte, N.C., Gregory Monaco, of DuBois, Daniel Monaco, of Leominister, Mass., and Katherine Sullivan, of Shirley, Mass. There is also one great-grandchild, Kaycee Sullivan, of Shirley, Mass.
Willie was the last surviving member of his family.
He was also preceded in death by his four brothers: George, Orante (Ranny), Vincent (Hack), Joseph, who died at age two months and his sister, Madeline.
Friends will be received from 3-6 p.m. Saturday and from noon until 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Leo Nedza Funeral Home in Sykesville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville with the Rev. James Steingrass officiating. Burial will follow in Sykesville Memorial Cemetery in Sykesville.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 329 Jackson St., Reynoldsville, PA, 15851 or to the .
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Leo Nedza Funeral Home
212 East Main Street
Sykesville, PA 15865
(814) 894-2230
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Published in The Courier Express from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2015
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