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Anthony "Tony" R. Rodgers

January 6, 1922 ~ June 10, 2018 (age 96)

RODGERS - Anthony R. “Tony” 96 lived all but the last year of his life in Johnstown.  He died peacefully after a brief stay with hospice care in Ohio on June 10, 2018.  Beloved husband of the late Nita A. (Pelletti).  Son of the late Edward & Margaret (King). Preceded in death by siblings:  Stanton, Walter, Charles, James (Helen Fetsko), Mary Margaret, John (Catherine Shea), and William (Ruth Wainwright).  He is survived by his brother Bill’s family:  Niece & Nephew, Robin & Randy Rodgers:  2 Great Nieces & 1 Great Nephew and 8 Great-Great Nieces & Nephews, all of Johnstown and his brother John’s family all of Massachusetts:  Niece Louise (Peter) Pommersheim, and Nephews Edward, and John ”Jock” (Kathryn Barrett) Rodgers;  8 Great Nieces & Nephews & 2 Great-Great Nieces & 1 Great-Great Nephew.  Anthony is preceded in death by his Pelletti brothers/sisters-in-law:  Nick (Carolyn Assia), Anna (Sam Modica) & Joseph (Donna Hickman.) He is survived by his sister-in-law Sandy (Pelletti) Petechik (Charles, Sr. dec’d) of Fairview Park, OH and their  children:  Infant Charles, Jr. (deceased), JoAnn (Ronald) Dudik, with whom he lived the last year of his life in North Olmsted, OH, Godson and fellow Marine Veteran Charles Rodger Petechik, Jr. (Gwen) of Indianapolis, IN and Timothy Petechik (Amy), of Strongsville, OH. Beloved by the entire Pelletti Family, Anthony had 20 Nieces & Nephews; 23 Great-Nieces & Nephews; 19 Great-Great Nieces & Nephews; and one Great-Great-Great Niece. Anthony is also survived by his Goddaughter, Carla Moreth (John) of Mineral Point and his dear friend, Alberta Ciucci of Westmont.  His family appreciates her years of kindness and friendship to him and all of us. Anthony, a WWII, Purple Heart Combat Recipient/Veteran, served in the U. S. Marines Corps from 1942–1945 in the Pacific Theater.  He and his six brothers all served their country proudly in various branches of the service.  Anthony was the only brother wounded and was erroneously reported “Killed in Action”.  After recovering from his injuries at Bethesda Military Hospital in Washington, D.C., he returned to Johnstown.  He married Nita A. Pelletti in 1947.  Tony, as he was also known, retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1981, after working 35 years in the Blast Furnace Division.  Anthony was a member of VFW Post #5107.  He was devoted to his wife Nita, of 44 years.  He will be greatly missed by both the Rodgers and Pelletti families.  At Anthony’s request there will be no viewing.  Friends may join his family for a Memorial Mass at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 124 Maple Ave. on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Fr. Matthew Misurda officiating.  Internment will be with his wife, Nita and his brother, Stanton at Grandview Cemetery immediately following the service, with Military Honors presented by the Conemaugh Valley Detachment, 287 Marine Corps League.  His family welcomes guests to a luncheon following the graveside service.  Ohio Arrangements were handled by Kolodie-Lazuta Funeral Home and Johnstown Arrangements by Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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