Venanzio Giulio Pelino, 61, of Hopewell Twp., passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
He was born on January 22, 1961 in Aliquippa, a son of the late Giulio and Maria Virginia (Vapore) Pelino. He was a member of Mary, Queen of Saints Parish, Our Lady of Fatima Church and 1978 graduate of Hopewell High School. Immediately upon graduation, he enrolled in the U.S. Marine Corps. proudly serving his country. Following the Marines, Venanzio joined the U.S. Air National Guard where he found his true passion as a mechanic. His career continued as an aircraft mechanic with US Airways for 18 years before finally joining Hopewell Area School District as the Director of Buildings and Grounds. Known among his coworkers and team members as a jack of all trades and incredibly skillful with his hands, Venanzio strived to be a positive leader among others. Most importantly, being a former Hopewell graduate and lifelong member of the community gave him the motivation and desire to make a difference in education by providing a clean and safe environment for all students, staff and members of the community.
Venanzio was a devoted father, loving husband, and proud “Pap Pap” of a grandson he adored. He loved spending time with his family and friends, enjoying traditions of his Italian heritage, helping anyone and everyone in need, and being involved in his community through a variety of ways over his lifetime.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Velia Mastramico and her husband Michele.
He is survived by his wife, Prudence Y. (Witner) Pelino; a daughter, Nicole L. Haley and her husband Ian; a son, Giulio W. Pelino; a grandson, Liam J. Haley; his mother-in-law, Sharlene T. Rager; a brother, Carmine Pelino and his wife Carol; a sister, Josephine Persi and her husband Greg; and two sisters-in-law, Pamela Donovan and her husband Ed; and Nancy Kisow and her husband Ken. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and many loving family and friends.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in Darroch Cremation and Funeral Tributes, Inc., 2640 Mill Street, Aliquippa www.darrochfuneralhome.com where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:30am; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Mary, Queen of Saints Parish, Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10am.
Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.
The Beaver County Special Unit will meet at the cemetery on Monday at 11:15am to conduct full military honors.