Anthony Tony Simonetti
1933 - 2020
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Anthony "Tony" Simonetti, 87, of Frazer Township, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry. Tony was born March 3, 1933, in Horning, Pa., son of the late Dominick and Alice (Ruzzi) Simonetti. He was a graduate of West Deer High School, class of 1951, and was a leader for his six brothers in sports, especially football. As a young boy, he was a caddie at South Hills Country Club, where he was taught the game of golf by his mentor and uncle, Lou "Rip" Ruzzi. Tony served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was discharged as a Sergeant First Class. He then received his education through the GI Bill to become an electrician. Upon completing his education, he was employed by PPG Industries. Tony worked at the Creighton and Ford City plants and also served as the union president for AFL-CIO-CIC, Local No. 12. Tony met the love of his life, Betty Ann Vrana, a secretary at PPG, Creighton, and became married in 1957. He also had other jobs to support his family. He drove school bus for the Fox Chapel Area School District, worked at Michael Brothers Nursery, Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, and was a local mushroom grower and co-owner of Simonetti Mushroom, where he worked along side his wife and extended family. One of Tony's greatest accomplishments was co-founding Deer Lakes' Youth Football program, in 1972. To support this program, he established a local bingo fundraiser that was held every Friday night at the Italian Club, Russellton, for over three decades. This football program is still part of the West Deer Community today and in 2012, a football field near West Deer Senior Center was dedicated in his name, Simonetti Field. Tony was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Creighton, and Italian Workers Aid Society of Russellton. Tony enjoyed getting together with his large family, gardening, watching sports, and volunteering his time supporting his youth football program. He is survived by his children, Anthony J. (Cristine) Simonetti, of Canonsburg, Daniel R. Simonetti, of Frazer Township, and Linda M. (Keith) Moyer, of McConnellsburg; grandchildren, Nicole and Evan Simonetti; brothers, Valerio (Marilyn), Donald, Dominick (Sandy) and Joseph (Marsha) Simonetti; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife of 62 years in 2019, Betty Ann Simonetti; and brothers, Richard and Robert "Gary" Simonetti. Visitation was held privately in the care of ADAM SIEMIANOWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 179 Starr Road, Russellton, PA 15076. A Christian funeral Mass was celebrated at Guardian Angel Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Campus. Tony will be laid to rest next to his wife, Betty, at Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 21, 2020.
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Michael Simonetti
November 21, 2020
There are so many words that i can say about Tony. He was such a caring person, a fair and Honest man. He always tried to do his best to help others. I know God is going to take care of Tony because he was God's angel down here on earth. Tony wasn't only my union President, he was also my friend. I had the upmost respect and caring for him. He always got me out of a jam at work but made sure I knew what I did wrong and not to do it again. I went to his bingos and functions he helped at his church. It was such an honor to know him and to work with him. God speed my friend. Your in good hands.
Andrea Speedy
November 21, 2020
I worked with Tony i had the upmost respect and love for my friend. He was always fair and done right for his fellow workers. I even went to his bingos to support him. He will surely be missed. God got another angel. God Bless his family. R.I.P. Tony
Andrea Speedy
November 21, 2020
I'm very sorry Dom.
John Albanese
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