Raymond Joseph DeSimone Sr.

Raymond Joseph DeSimone Sr.

Raymond Joseph DeSimone Sr., 83, of Mount Pleasant, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

Mr. DeSimone was born Oct. 6, 1936, in Avonmore, the son of Frank and Ann Busi DeSimone.

He was an active member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church and its Ministry of Consolation, and was a dedicated member of the kitchen crew for the Lenten dinners.

Ray was a graduate of BeLavon High School. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, who served in Korea. Ray was employed at Jiffys Warehouse in Saltsburg and worked as an insurance agent with The American General Life Insurance Company and for the Green Acres Construction Co. In later years, he worked as a funeral assistant for the Galone-Caruso Funeral Home. Ray will be remembered as a warm, kind and approachable person who loved to golf and bowl, and who was an avid sports fan, especially cheering on our Steelers, Pens and Pirates.

Ray is survived by his loving family: his four children, Raymond J. (Denise Balest) DeSimone, of Salina; and Jeffrey (Jennifer) DeSimone, Christine DeSimone and David (Kimberly) DeSimone, all of Avonmore; and their mother, Barbara Novasel; his six stepchildren: Patty Ann, Pam, Cindy, Ralph, Jeff and Tom; his eight grandchildren: Bryan Balest, Tyler Johnson, Trevor, Rachel Brooke, Colby, Ava, Teresa and Anastasia; six step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Peter DeSimone, of Florida, and Richard (Martha) DeSimone, of Warren.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Florence (Kita) Yeskey DeSimone, on Aug. 30, 2019.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Galone-Caruso Funeral Home, 204 Eagle St., Mount Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Richard J. Kosisko will celebrate Ray’s funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Pius X R.C. Church, Mount Pleasant.

A parish wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Private inurnment will be in the St. Pius X Parish Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.

To offer an online condolence, visit www.galone-carusofuneralhome.com.