Anthony D. “Nino” DeBlasio, 86, of Ninth Street, West Pittsburg, died the afternoon of April 7, 2009, in Jameson Hospital.

Born Oct. 2, 1922, in New Castle, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Mary Gentile DeBlasio.

He married the former Loretta R. Papa on Nov. 11, 1950. She died March 16, 2009.

Mr. DeBlasio retired after 39 years as an electrician at the Pennsylvania Power generating plant in West Pittsburg.

A 2002 graduate of New Castle High School, he was a member of a special class for veterans.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theater as a private first class.

He was one of the first members of the New Castle Area Veterans Honor Guard and was very active in the organization. He also belonged to VFW Post 315, and was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 343.

Mr. DeBlasio was a member of the Italian American War Veterans, a former member of the board of directors of the Ohio Edison/Penn Power Federal Credit Union and a member of the West Pittsburg senior citizens group.

He enjoyed bowling and was an avid baseball fan.

His greatest joy was his family, especially his two grandchildren, whose baseball and softball games he never missed.

Mr. DeBlasio was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church and its Holy Name Society, where he was named Man of the Year.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Debbie DeBlasio of New Castle; a brother, James “Dugan” DeBlasio of West Pittsburg; a sister, Agatha “Tootsie” Chabak of South New Castle Borough; several loving nieces and nephews; and two grandchildren, Ricky DeBlasio and Mary Rose DeBlasio.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ilario DeBlasio and Larry DeBlasio.

Calling hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.

A procession will leave the funeral home at 9 a.m. Tuesday for St. Vincent de Paul Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Sparacino of St. Mary at the Point Church, Pittsburgh, will officiate.

Entombment will be in Parkside Mausoleum.

Military rites will be performed by the New Castle Area Veterans Honor Guard.

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