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Louis R. Morelli, 103, formerly of 313 Ash St., Ridgway, died Aug, 14, 2013 at Ridgmont, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 28, 1910, in Coal Hollow, the son of Narciso and Alma Morelli.
He was the oldest of five siblings who preceded him in death.
On May 3, 1939, Louie married Marie F. DePanfilis at St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. They enjoyed 59 happy years together. She preceded him in death on June 6, 1998. He attended Meat Cutting School in Toledo, Ohio. Following school, he was employed as a butcher at the A&P in Ridgway. He enlisted in the service, and was a member of the 75th infantry division of the U.S. Army in the European theater during WWII. During his service he participated in four major conflicts including the Battle of the Bulge.
In the early 1950s, he and his brother-in-law, Guy Gatto, opened the Center Market on Main Street in Ridgway where he served the public until 1972 when he retired. Having been an avid outdoorsman all of his life, he spent his retirement enjoying hunting, fishing, trap shooting, golf, and his family. Many of todayâ€™s outdoor lovers benefited from his knowledge and experiences. His stories were well known and enjoyed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his two daughters and their families, Loretta Matha and her husband Richard of Ridgway and Marcheta Shrefler and her husband Larry of Edinboro. His grandchildren are Lisa Connelly and her husband Bill, Amy Matha with Ralf Berkesel, Chris Matha and his wife Carrie, Nathan Shrefler and his wife Amanda, and Lizzie Langill and her husband Brandon. His great-grandchildren are Carissa Delhunty and her husband Joe, Breiana Villella and her husband Paul, Shea McKnight with Adam Brigger, Ryan Connelly, Daniel Connelly, Olivia Matha, Kelly Matha, Henry Shrefler, Madie Shrefler, and Wyatt Langill. He also enjoyed his two great-great-grandsons, Ricky and Rocco Delhunty. He is also survived by three sister-in-laws, Geraldine Zappia, Donna Nivius, and Doris DePanfilis; along with many nieces and nephews from both the Morelli and DePanfilis families. At 103, there are too many to name, but he loved them all.
His family expresses their appreciation to all his friends and caregivers at Ridgmont. He truly enjoyed his home away from home because of their kindness and devotion. He was much loved and enjoyed his family and friends. He touched many peopleâ€™s lives and will be missed by all.
The family of Louis R. Morelli gathered at a private service to celebrate his life on Aug. 16 at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home.