Rev. Peter A. DeGerlando, who died March 11, 2012 at the age of 90, was born in Luzerne, Pa. the son of the late Salvatore and Assunta DeGerlando. He was the last surviving member of his family of six children.
Peter served his country during the WW II time period by joining the United States Marines, and served until he was discharged in 1946. It was while he was in the service he met and married Ada Comstock. After he was discharged, they established residence in Union City, Pa. He wore many hats in the process of serving his community, such as president of the local PTA, set-up man at GE, General Foreman at Pelham Electric. He bought a shoe business in Union City. It was while he conducted his shoe business that his most frequent customers were the local ministers.
He is survived by his present wife the former Maxine (Brown) Bickel, two daughters, Cheryl Reynolds and husband Ron of Union City, Pa., and Susan Perkins and husband Gordon of Cary, North Carolina. Also surviving are five grandchildren; Aaron, Troy, Laurie, Angie, and Jamie, nine great grandchildren; Brooke, Brett, Ben, Allison, Tyler, Alex, Adley and Bryden, Luke and Tori. Peter is further survived by five stepchildren; Karen Nellis, Rosalyn Bickel, Carol Gibbons, Mary Smith and Gary Bickel. There are also ten surviving step- grandchildren; Melissa, Andrew, Matthew, Stephanie, Susan, Emily, Grant, Erik, Christian, and Zackery. Three step-great grandchildren survive; Daniel, Ashton, and Elizabeth. There is one Makalia, who went to be with the Lord.
A memorial service was scheduled at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 921 Center Street, Corry, Pa., on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. Rev. David Ewing and Rev. Donald Russell were to officiate with a private family interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Union City, Pa.
Memorials are requested to the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 921 Center Street, Corry, PA 16407, or to the Eureka Lodge #366, in Care of Lynn Sill, Secretary, Masonic Hall, 10 Prospect Street, Union City, PA 16438, or to the American Legion, LeBaron Post #237, 1 South Main Street, Union City, PA 16438.