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Francis S. Lavella, 76, of Brockway, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Chandler, Ariz.
He was born Sept. 28, 1937 and raised in Crenshaw. He was the son of the late Frank and Melinda Lavella. He married Veronica Armanini on Sept. 26, 1959, and she survives. They celebrated 54 years of marriage.
Francis was a graduate of Brockway High School class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the ship USS Fessenden. He was employed by Brockway Glass as an electrician for 15 years before buying his first business, Behind the Moon Restaurant at the DuBois Airport. He later owned The Station Inn in St. Marys. He was an avid bowler and was a member of the Professional Bowlerâ€™s Association. He was inducted into the PA Bowlers Hall of Fame. After retirement he took up golfing and fishing. He enjoyed spending the winters in sunny Arizona with two of his children.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Patrick (Jill) Lavella of Venetia, Michael (Leanne) Lavella of Chandler, Ariz., Linda (Michael) Olivio of Brockway, and Diane (Tony) Fernichio of Mesa, Ariz. He also had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Francis S. Lavella will be celebrated on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Tobias Catholic Church with Msgr. Charles Kaza officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at St. Tobias Church. Full Military services and interment will be held at St. Tobias Cemetery immediately following the church service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the facility that took such good care of him. Archstone Care Center, c/o Administrator, 1980 West Pecos Road, Chandler, Ariz. 85224 or St. Tobias Church 1100 Hewitt St. Brockway, Pa. 15828.
Arrangements are by Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home, Brockway, Pa. 15824.