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Charles Carl Catania, 96, of Saltsburg, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Beacon Ridge in Indiana.

He was born Friday, Dec. 8, 1922, in Avonmore, the son of Salvatore and Santa DeGrazia Catania.

He was a United States Merchant Marine who served during World War II as a stationery engineer on the Caleb Strong, Seal Mariner, Marine Fox and the Alcoa Trader. Before his retirement, he owned Chuck & Jean’s Tavern in Saltsburg, then finished his career as an insurance agent for Prudential. He enjoyed gardening, music, dancing with his wife, Jean, and being with his family. He will be cherished as the family historian.

He is survived by three children: Charla Rots and her husband, Paul, of Florida; Andrea Cocovich, of South Carolina; and Michol Catania, of Harrisburg; three grandchildren: Richard Cocovich, of South Carolina; Jennifer Demor, of South Carolina; and Michol Cocovich, of Pennsylvania; three great-grandchildren: Marisa Demor, of California; Vincent Demor, of Florida; and Alessandro Cocovich, of Pennsylvania; his sister, Rita Pendylshok; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Verona Catania, in 2006; his son, Charles Salvatore Catania, in 1990; a grandson, Paul “PJ” Rots, in 1994; his son-in-law, Richard Cocovich; and five sisters: Mary Currieri, Sadie Cicala, Lucy Previtt, Frances Ashbaugh and Rose Abate.

Family will receive friends on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kelly L. Corridoni Funeral Home Ltd., 400 Indiana Ave., Avonmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in St. Matthew Church, 501 Cathedral St., Saltsburg, with Father John as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Matthew Cemetery in Saltsburg.

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