Leo Panighetti, 87, of Cherry Avenue, Weedville, died on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at home following a lengthy illness.
He was born on April 10, 1925 in Byrnedale son of the late James Vincent and Mary (Rotonda) Panighetti.
He married Ethel I. (Llewellyn) on April 10, 1947. She survives.
He attended Bennetts Valley Schools and lived all his life in Bennetts Valley.
Leo served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army, Battery B, 174th Field Artillery Battalion, during WWII in Rhineland, France, the Ardennes and Central Europe, receiving the Silver Star, which he refused, suggesting the medal be given to one of the fallen members of his squad.
He retired after many years as a Hyster driver for Corbett Cabinet and Babcock Lumber of St. Marys. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener, woodworker and accomplished accordion player. He enjoyed his time with friends, family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Leo is survived by twin daughters, Charlene (Edward) Warmbrodt of Weedville and Charlette (Tony) Gerg of St. Marys; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, with the 13th due next month; and three sisters, Angie Auman of St. Marys, Theresa Brooks of Erie and Sarah (Jaques) Loth of Arizona.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, James Panighetti; two sisters, Mary Broche` and Anna Louise Panighetti; and one daughter, Marguerite, in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Leo Panighetti will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force, with Father Thomas Tyler officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Bennetts Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Weedville.
Visitation will take place on Monday, Aug. 13 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home in Penfield.
The family suggests memorials to DRMC Hospice or the St. Joseph Church of Force.