Andrew J. Aniceti, Sr., 92, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 in the Wexford House.
Andy was born on June 9, 1923 in New Castle to the late Giovanni and Camille Peltier Aniceti. At the age of 13, Andy joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program that allowed teenagers to work on public related projects. For the next five years he worked on building cabins near the present day location of Seven Springs. Andy enlisted with the U.S. Army on March 1, 1943 and served with the 616th Ordnance Base Armament Maintenance Battalion until he re-enlisted on March 10, 1946 and again on Jan. 24, 1949 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was discharged on March 14, 1951 and had been awarded the American Theater, EAME Theater, Asiatic Pacific Theater, National Defense and Good Conduct Medals. In 2013 , Andy received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest social and military decoration during a ceremony at France’s U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C.
After returning home from the Korean War he served with the Army Reserve for 11 years and held the rank of Master Sergeant. Following his service with the Army , Andy worked at the tube mill in Ellwood City and later at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Koppel, Beaver Falls and Ambridge. A carpenter by trade, Andy also worked as a self employed contractor and had built numerous houses in the Ellwood City area. Andy is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish family.
Andy is survived by his daughter, Agnes Maria Aniceti of Shenango Twp., his sons, Andrew J. (Beverly) Aniceti, Jr. of Chippewa Twp. and Anthony J. (Carrie) Aniceti of Ellwood City, his six grandchildren, Ann Dee (Jeffrey) Radice, Simone Aniceti, Drew Aniceti, Michael (Jen) Buzzelli, Jr., Giovanni Aniceti, and Joshua Aniceti, and his two great-grandchildren, Mikayla Camille Radice, and Renata Radice.
He is also survived by his sisters, Gina Ferruchie and Elizabeth Petro both of Wampum, and his brother, Alfred Aniceti of Ellwood City. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Flora R. Filigenzi Aniceti whom he married on June 7, 1947 and passed away on Feb. 1, 1999, and his daughter Camille Buzzelli in 1995.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Aniceti will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Zachary Galiyas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the church on Wednesday by 11:45 a.m. to conduct full military honors. Those attend the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday by 10:20 a.m.
The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at www.teolisfuneralhome.com.