Angelo C. Silvagni, 90, of Williamsport, passed away at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center ER on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Angelo was born on April 26, 1923, in Newberry, the son of Vincenzo "James" and Rose A. Sabatella Silvagni.
He was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church and had been a longtime member of the Loyalsock Lions Club. He was member of the Nittany Lions Club and an avid Penn State fan and enjoyed fishing and golfing.
Angelo attended The Williamsport Technical Institute for Aviation, he then left to work at the Federal Ordinance Works, soon after that he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served overseas in the 5th and 7th Army, serving in campaigns in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany and Belgium attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He attended aviation and engine mechanics courses and was licensed as an Air and Engine Mechanic. During his tenure there he purchased a Taylorcraft E-2 from Piper Corp. that was not airworthy, to raise the money to buy it he formed a club with a handful of students, they completely rebuilt it and had it flying. He eventually left there to work as an A & E mechanic and had a plane but no automobile. Following his work as an A & E, Mechanic. He left to work for Sylvania in Montoursville and Sonotone Batteries in New York State. They made a battery taken from the German Air Corp and was manufactured secretly, which is now commonly known as Ni Cadmium battery. He came back home to join his brothers as a partner in the appliance business, which was well known in the area, F & A. Sivagni. He and his brother were known as the two guys on the John Archer and Tom Sawyer morning radio program.
He enjoyed family and friends and especially his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marilouise A. Hill, they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on Jan. 18, 2014; three children, Angela C. Silvagni, Michael W. (Faith) Silvagni, Melanie S. (Rusty) Thomas, all of Williamsport; eight grandchildren, Mary Jo Westbrook, Eric Lukehart, Alex Mendler, Sara Greenaway, Tripp and Taite Thomas, Kelsey and Angelo Silvagni; two great-grandchildren, Marissa Barnett, and Tanden Thomas; and three sisters, Mary Piccolo, of Williamsport, Nancy Burkhart, of Montoursville, Beverly Bower of Florida.
In addition to his parents, a daughter, Barbara Jo Lukehart and three brothers, John, Frank and Anthony Silvagni, all preceded him in death.
The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
The funeral will be held Wednesday 9:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, with his pastor, Rev. John J. Victoria officiating. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery with military honors provided by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.
The family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics PA Lycoming County, P.O. Box 265, Montoursville, PA 17754-0265.
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