Joseph M. DiFrischia, 80

Joseph M. DiFrischia, 80, of Chippewa Twp. peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

DiFrischia was born on July 28, 1935 in Fombell to the late Dominic and Margaret Williams DiFrischia. Joe had served with the U.S. Army from Nov. 27, 1953 until his discharge on Nov. 9, 1956. He had served in Germany during the Korean War Era as an equipment repairman. Following his service with the Army, Joe worked at the Babcock and Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls as a spell hand in the extrusion department for 35 years.

After his retirement, when the mill closed, he worked at the Old Navy department store in the Beaver Valley Mall for five years. He is a member and past commander of the Highland V.F.W. Post 5945. He is also a member of the United Methodist Church in Chippewa. Joe enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as gardening.

DiFrischia is survived by his wife Mary Armann DiFrischia, whom he married on May 16, 1957, his two daughters, Debra (Barry) Balmer of Big Beaver, and Patricia M. Connell of Indiana, Pa., his son, Joseph C. DiFrischia of Sharon, his seven grandchildren, Jacob Balmer, Domenic Balmer, Justin Connell, Kristen Connell, Brie DiFrischia, Bradley DiFrischia, and Bryan DiFrischia, his six great-grandchildren, his sister, Dorothy (Gilbert) McQuiston of Arizona, and his brother, Donald T. (Dorothy) DiFrischia of New Castle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Jean Bellian, Virginia Daufen, Vivian Strohecker, and Margaret Witte, and his brothers, Albert, Evan “Ed,” and Richard DiFrischia.

A private visitation and service will be held for the family on Friday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. The service will be officiated by Rev. Rod Smith. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. DiFrischia’s name may be made to the United Methodist Church in Chippewa or to the Vitas Hospice.

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