Paul Pecoraro, 99, of Riverside, MI, passed away Friday, February 28, 2020, 32 days shy of his 100th birthday.
Dad was born April 1, 1920 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to John and Josephine (Valenti) Pecoraro. He was the youngest of 7 children. He attended Hagar No. 6 until high school and then began working on the family farm. Dad served in The United States Army during WWII in 1945, stationed in Italy. He retired from Whirlpool Corporation in June 1981 after 30+ years of service.
He was an avid hunter in Michigan, Colorado and Wyoming. Dad loved fishing especially here on Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. Due to Dad’s love of outdoors, he took us kids camping to Perch Lake in the UP and Ely Lake in Allegan. Dad was able to spend many winters in Florida. He was a former member of the Hedgehopper Remote Control Flying Club. Dad loved flying RC planes but would never fly on a plane.
He is survived by his children: Paul (Bette) Pecoraro, Mike (Margaret) Pecoraro and Susan Lodyga. Grandchildren: Jon, Jenny, Toni, Jamie, Joey, and David. Great-Grandchildren: Alex, Zach, Ella, Nathan and Ethan. He was preceded by his parents, sibling’s, children’s mother, Margaret and his son-in-law Joseph Lodyga.
Paul Pecoraro, 99 of Riverside, Michigan passed away February 28, 2020. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 580 Columbus Ave, Benton Harbor, MI with Father Adams, presiding. Burial will immediately follow the service at Calvary Cemetery with a reception at Paul’s home. Catholic Diocese requires a mask be rn in Church.
Memorials may be made to Soldiers & Sailors Fund through the Berrien County Courthouse. Arrangements have been entrusted to Purely Cremations-Starks Family Funeral Homes – 269-926-9440. Those wishing to sign Paul’s guest book may do so at www.purelycremations.org.
Dad, you were one of a kind and will truly be missed.
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