Tony 'Luigi''s Story
Tony "Luigi" Dalessandro of Hermitage passed away peacefully at 1:37 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in his home. He was 91.
Mr. Dalessandro was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Farrell, a son of Pasquale and Rose Sciortino Dalessandro.
He was a 1944 graduate of Farrell High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Silenus during WWII. He was a recipient of the American Theatre and Victory Medals and the Asiatic/Pacific Medal with one Bronze Star. He was a member of VFW Post 5286, Farrell.
Following the war, Tony attended DeForest's Training Inc., Chicago, where he received training in radio fundamentals and servicing, sound motion picture equipment and transmitters and receivers. Prior to establishing his pizza parlor, he repaired jukeboxes and pinball machines for a living. Tony was a ham radio enthusiast (K3IGN) his entire life and enjoyed talking to people all over the world. He was a member of The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which is a national association for amateur radio.
At the age of 30, Mr. Dalessandro established the well-known Luigi's Pizza in Hermitage in 1955. Tony was a daily figure in the pizza shop for over 60 years and was still working past his 90th birthday.
He was an avid gardener and enjoyed repairing many types of electrical machinery.
Tony was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell.
His wife, the former Anna Mae Rogan, whom he married July 31, 1965, passed away Sept. 19, 2013.
He is survived by a daughter, Diane Lynn Dalessandro and her husband Brett Peterson, Hermitage; a son, Duane Anthony Dalessandro, Washington, D.C; and a brother, Louis Dalessandro and his wife Dorothy, Sharon.
Besides his parents, Tony was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Philip and Major Dalessandro.
Tony will be remembered as a kind and generous man with a wonderful sense of humor and infectious smile, and will be missed dearly by many.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a local animal charity organization.
Tony "Luigi," 91, Hermitage.
Visitation: None. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on August 12, 2017