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|A Coraopolis Entrepreneur For Half A Century|
|Isabel Berardi Dies At 91|
Isabel Berardi, a Coraopolis entrepreneur for much of the 20th Century, has died at age 91.
Mrs. Berardi and her husband, Rico, opened Berardi's Restaurant on 4th Avenue and ran it for 41 years. The restaurant was a favorite of Rockwell International Steel executives. But it was also popular with locals, who dropped by on the way home from work, after a big football or basketball game, a movie, school board meeting or borough council meeting. It was Isabel's cooking that drew them. She made everything from scratch in the kitchen : noodles, soups, meats, sauces, salads, breads and desserts. Berardi's sponsored a baseball team in the old Pittsburgh Area League, winning several championships. Games against Standard Steel, Dravo, Forgings, Shenango and Blaw Knox drew crowds, but the games against arch rival Segneri's would be standing room only. Isabel always left early to prepare the post game meals back at the restaurant.
However, Isabel had a full life before and after the restaurant. She was born September 26, 1926 in Martins Ferry, O., to John and Mary Hodor, who had eight children. She worked at Continental Can Company in Martins Ferry. When World War II broke out, she came to Pittsurgh to become a bomb ring dipper at Ackerman's. They were impressed with her work and sent her to Dravo, as a First Class welder on the LST-750 landing craft used to land soldiers on the Normandy beaches. After the war, she and Rico honeymooned at the Pittsburgher Hotel, and she saw a job listing. She applied and worked there until she and Rico decided to go into business for themselves.
Isabel and Rico did not start out in the restaurant business. First, they opened a gas station, and then added two more. After seven years, they sold the stations to launch the restaurant on 4th Avenue. While busy with these businesses, Isabel also raised three daughters and a son.
Isabel developed into quite an enterpreneur. After the restaurant had become a success, she invested in wig shops, real estate and Florida rental condos. She and Rico would use a condo for vacations, where Isabel would invite relatives down and cook for them. Long after she and Rico closed Berardi's, she continued to take great pride in her cooking.
She developed an early interest in music while singing in the choir at her Catholic church in Martins Ferry, and that led to an interest in opera. She was a devoted fan of Luciano Pavarotti, who was both a singer and painter.
She treasured a painting the famous tenor had signed. It hung in her living room and, finally, in her room at the nursing home.
Isabel was preceded in death by siblings Alishia Berardi, Mary Vetanze, Francis Groza, Nancy Smith, and Charles, William and Paul Hodor. She was the mother of Joyce Krane and Anita, Cheryl and Edward Berardi. She was the grandmother of Ryan Krane, Michael, Mark and Aaron Bodrog, Austin Manuel and Courtney and Dominic Berardi. She was the great grandmother of Isabella Krane and the sister in law of Elsie Hodor. She also had a sister, Dorothy DeFede, who survives her.
Visitation will be Sunday 2-5 pm, Copeland's, 981 Brodhead Road, Moon Township. A Blessing Service will be held Monday at noon. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery
|Eric Diana Loses Battle With Cancer|
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Eric Matthew Diana, a graduate of Moon High School who had moved to South Carolina, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 39.
He was born in Wisconsin but soon moved to Moon Township with his parents. While a student there, Eric played tuba in the band, was a disc jockey, and worked at Wendy's. He attended Lock Haven, the College of Charleston, South Carolina and Trident Tech. Eventually he became a home builder and procurement director in Charleston, accounting for 650 homes in the Coastal Carolina area. His hobbies included four wheeling, camping, collecting guns and flashlights, doing home repairs and building Lego modelling projects with his son Matthew.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cristhiane, seven year old son Matthew, his parents Andrew and Diana, sisters Rachel (Cate) of Blacksburg Va. and Allison (Tuten) of Moore SC, grandparents Genevie Diana and Dorothy Kabel, nephews Jacob and Nathaniel, and niece Lily Anne.
A memorial service will be held at the Coraopolis Presbyterian Church, 1201 Coraopolis, at 3:00 pm Sunday, January 15, followed by a reception in the Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Charleston Foundation, 676 Wando Park Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or the American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com or www.post-gazette.com/gb.
|Flo Lemley Dies in Indiana|
Longtime Coraopolis and Moon Township resident Flo Lemley has died at age 100 in South Bend, Indiana.
Flo was born June 23, 1916 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, to Sydney and Fannie Hendren. She married Ed Lemley on September 1, 1944 and moved to Coraopolis, where they lived on Montour Street for 16 years before moving to Moon Township. Ed worked with Standard Steel Spring Company, which was bought out by Rockwell Steel. When Rockwell Steel closed its Coraopolis plant Ed moved with the company to Indiana in 1960. Flo was hired by Stanley Home Products, where she became a manager and stayed for 40 years. Ed died in 2001.
She remained in good health until recently, and celebrated her 95th birthday by riding a motorcycle.
Flo is survived by three children : John and Gary Lemley and Margie Pickens. A fourth child, Mara Lynn, died in 2002, and two children died at birth. She has 11 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren. A nephew, Jeff Lemley, still resides in Coraopolis, and a niece, Helen Hayman, resides in Moon Township.
Interment will be Monday, December 5, at 10 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Mishewaka, Indiana.
|Danny DiNardo of Coraopolis Dies at 82|
Danny DiNardo, 82, of Hiland Avenue in Coraopolis, died November 23.
He will be remembered on Friday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m. at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Coraopolis, followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.
Dinardo is survived by nieces Arlene Connor of Pennsbury; Patricia Ceron of Yorba Linda, California; and Michele Dinardo of Los Angeles; and nephew Daniel Ferdinand DiNardo of Fullerton, California.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Marie Grace (DiStiso).
DiNardo graduated from Coraopolis High School, then went on to Penn State's College of Business and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He pursued a career as a tax attorney, working for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington D.C. and later at Rockwell International in Pittsburgh. He taught Business Law at Robert Morris University and remained an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association through 2015.
He was the fourth child of Daniel and Velia DiNardo, who emigrated from Abruzzo in Italy to Coraopolis in 1920. His older siblings, Valerio, Rudolph and Anne each predeceased Danny.
Much of his spare time was spent working with the Coraopolis School district and the Borough of Coraopolis in various development projects. As a former IRS tax attorney, his advice on tax matters was valued by small local businessmen, especially those just starting their businesses.