Mario R. Sciacca, 87, of Charleroi, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, in his home. Born in Charleroi, Sept. 27, 1914, a son of the late Joseph and Caterina Mercurio Sciacca. A member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Charleroi. A graduate of Charleroi High School, Class of 1933. His career as a barber began in 1936 and was interrupted in 1942 when he joined the U.S. Army. He received five Battle Stars serving with the 509th Light Pontoon Engineers in Europe. After returning from World War II, he operated Mario's Barber Shop from 1947 until his retirement in 1993. He was an officer in the Journeyman Barbers Union and a member for more than 50 years. He served as treasurer of the Charleroi American Legion Post 22 for more than 20 years, and served as commander for three terms. He served the Sons of Italy as treasurer for 30 years and was currently president. He was treasurer of the Charleroi Cougar Booster Club for 30 years. He was president of the Greater Charleroi Community Development Corporation, and president of the board of directors for Bridging the Gap, an after-school tutoring program at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. He was also past president and member of the Holy Name Society. Mr. Sciacca also delivered Meals on Wheels for Mary, Mother of the Church. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph F. and Susan Sciacca of Penn Hills; a daughter and son-in-law, Rose Mary and Matt Rajakovic of Mapleview; a brother, A. Edward of Medford, Ore.; and four grandchildren, Michael and wife, Amy Rajakovic, Mark Rajakovic, Maria and Mario Sciacca. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Leone Sciacca, who died June 30, 1994; a brother, Angelo Sciacca; and two stepbrothers, Joseph and Anthony Cirrincione. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the LEONARD M. PAVLIC FUNERAL HOMES INC., 235 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Charleroi. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. VFW Arden Calvert Post, Charleroi, will hold services Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home, followed by American Legion Post 22 services at 8 p.m.
Published in Tribune Review on Dec. 16, 2001.