The Obit For Alex DeRosa

Alex DeRosa

Observer-reporter.com 8/9/2010

Alex DeRosa, 77, of Monongahela, died in his home, Saturday, August 7, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Gallatin, November 4, 1932, a son of the late Dominic and Susan Pascarella DeRosa.

In 1983, after 30 years, he retired from U.S. Steel Clairton Works.

He was a 1950 graduate of Monongahela High School.

Mr. DeRosa served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Monongahela and its Knights of Columbus Council 2600.

Some of his memberships included Pitt Panther Club, Carroll Township American Legion Post 949 and Monongahela Elks Lodge 455, and he was an honorary member of Monongahela Neighborhood Boys Club.

Mr. DeRosa was known for his great athletic ability in both baseball and football, and in the late 1950s he played catcher for a season with the former New York Giants baseball minor league team. He also tried out as a kicker and was offered a position on the Green Bay Packers football team. He enjoyed going to the Pitt football games with all of his good friends, but most of all he enjoyed being with his loving family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Gloria Zonca DeRosa; two sons and a daughter-in-law Jeffrey DeRosa and Stephen and Deanna DeRosa of Monongahela; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Anne and Paul Simpson of Charleroi; three grandchildren, Gary, Natalie and Gino DeRosa, and their mother, Cheryl DeRosa, who had always been like a daughter; two sisters, Marcellina and husband David Hruby of Finleyville and Antoinette Cortese of Monessen; a brother-in-law, Peter and wife Rita Zonca of Bethel Park; his mother-in-law, Anita Zonca of Monongahela; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

He also leaves many cherished friends.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday in Marshall Marra Funeral Home, 216 Chess Street, Monongahela (724-258-6767). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, in Transfiguration Catholic Church, with Father George Chortos as celebrant.

Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township, with full military honors conducted by Mon-Valley Honor Guard and Firing Squad.

Donations may be made to Albert Gallatin Hospice, 100 Stoops Drive, Suite 300, Monongahela, PA 15063, or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.