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William “Bill” Rio

August 5, 2012

William “Bill” Rio, 86, of Bennetts Valley Highway in Penfield, died on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1925 in Tyler, son of the late Giacmo and Anna (Kovalick) Rio.
He married Olga (Kematick) on Aug. 21, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2009.
Mr. Rio was born and raised in Tyler and lived most of his life in Penfield. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from Rockwell International of DuBois.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, VFW Post 813 of DuBois, American Legion Post 978 of Weedville and the Penfield Firemen’s Club. He enjoyed walking, gardening, woodcrafts and polkas.
Mr. Rio is survived by three children, Maureen VanDervort of Meadville, Mary Ann Goga of Level Green, and Dennis Rio of Ebensburg; four grandchildren; one brother, John “Jake” Rio of Penfield; and one sister, Anna Greco Serafini of Kersey.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by four brothers, Joseph “Red,” Frank “Flink,” Cosimo “Chuck” and Rocco “Dutch” Rio; two sisters, Mary Rio and Barbara Facchine; and two grandsons, Brian Rio and Ethan VanDervort.
A funeral service for William “Bill” Rio will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force, with Father Thomas Tyler officiating.
Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home in Penfield.
Military honors will be accorded by the Bennetts Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail. Interment will take place at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Bennetts Valley Ambulance.

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