PALOMBIZIO, Edward Joseph, 93, of Steubenville, died February 20, 2013, at Trinity Medical Center West. Edward was born July 29, 1919, in Steubenville. He is the son of the late Donato and Maria Carmel Demayo Palombizio.
Edward's wife, Anne Pauline Gualtieri Palombizio of 48 years preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his sister, Helen Harden and brothers Dominick and Frank (Crackers) Palombizio.
Surviving are two sons, Edward Joseph Palombizio Jr. of Edgewood, PA and Michael David (Donna) Palombizio of Steubenville. One sister, Anne Rosta of Las Vegas, NV. Two grandchildren, Michael David Palombizio Jr. (Tracy) and Anthony Joseph Palombizio (Laura). Great grandchildren, David Palombizio and Zachary Palombizio Cousins, Ernest Carducci, Alfred Carducci, and Robert Carducci of Steubenville, Herman Carducci of MI, John Demayo of NV, Delores Demayo Tortis of NJ.
After his retirement from the railroad, he was an active member of the St. Anthony's Men's Club faithfully serving for over 20 years as an usher at 8 a.m. mass on Sunday mornings until the church merged into Triumph of the Cross in 2006.
Most recently he enjoyed listening to country and western music during the week and Italian music on Sundays.
He enjoyed Wednesday evenings at the PAC (Polish Athletic Club), gnocchi with meat sauce at Scaffidi's, spaghetti with oil and garlic at the Ville, and Budweiser on ice anywhere. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 472 Third Degree, American Legion Post 33, Young Men's Society, St. Anthony's Men's Club, Jolly Fellow's Club and Disabled American Veterans.
He was especially proud of his great grandchildren David and Zachary and looked forward to their visits.
After 17 years he is finally reunited with Anne, his bride of 48 years. Also he rejoins Jim, Murph and Cam, the original "Ice House Crew" are back at full strength.
He was not known to be an avid traveler, however, in April 1942, he was awarded an all expenses paid trip to Europe courtesy of his Uncle Sam. His trip took him through England, France, Belgium and Germany and included stops at Normandy, Rhineland and Ardennes. His tour group was the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division, 36th Armored Infantry. Included in his souvenirs were a Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory medal, European African Campaign medal with three bronze stars (lapel). While in Europe he had the opportunity to visit a hospital because of a rifle shot wound in the shoulder, however, he was released early in order to participate in a side excursion to the "Bulge" in Germany. After his return he rarely discussed the trip other than to say that based on his experience he found the European cuisine to be overrated.
Although he was humble and quiet, he truly enjoyed life. He was a friend to everyone that he met. He would often strike up conversations with total strangers, and within minutes they would be sharing stories about common friends and acquaintances. He sometimes struggled with remembering first names, but he could recall the family history of nearly everyone he met (and he had the tact not to reveal the little hidden secrets).
While he did not accumulate great wealth or fame during his time here on earth, he had a very successful life. He earned his way with hard work and was respected. As he enters the gates of his next destination, he can truthfully say that in his 93 years he never caused any harm or injury to anyone. Not a lot of people can make this claim. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him.
Calling hours are 5-8 p.m., Sunday February 24, 2013 at the Mosti Funeral Home, 4435 Sunset Blvd. Steubenville. A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Monday at Holy Name Cathedral, Fr. Tom Nau celebrant.
Entombment at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Resurrection Mausoleum. There will be vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Women in Action Against Breast Cancer Coalition, 4152 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952
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