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Herman E. "Hermie" Stellitano

Born: Tue., Oct. 22, 1918
Died: Wed., Nov. 27, 2013

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Herman E. "Hermie" Stellitano, 95, of Freeport, passed away on Wednesday, November 27th, peacefully, at Highlands Genesis Eldercare in Brackenridge. He was born in Fayette City, on October 22, 1918, the son of the late Josephine (Kennedy) and Frank Stellitano. As a young man, he worked as a coal miner at the Venturini Coal Co. Lucesco Mine in Allegheny Twp. He then was employed for 30 years at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, in crane repairs, retiring in 1981. Hermie was a member of the Brackenridge American Legion Post 226, where he received a certificate of service for 60 years of membership. He was past president of the Freeport Sportsman's Club, vice president of local 1196 retired workers, a member of the Freeport VFW, and a volunteer for many years for the Freeport Area of Aging Senior Citizen Center. At the center, he performed a number of activities including entertaining and delivering meals to seniors who where unable to go to the center for lunch. Hermie also entertained at several functions such as banquets, birthdays, retirement parties, and many other gatherings. If there was a microphone, you would probably see Hermie behind it.

Hermie's passion was telling jokes. Anyone who knew him associated Hermie and jokes. He told jokes, he sang jokes, he recited poems jokingly, and he never seemed to run out of them. Although he enjoyed to laugh, he got the most satisfaction in making others laugh.
Hermie was a proud man. He would rather give than receive. He donated to many organizations, always making sure he got no recognition for his generosity. He raised his daughter with many important values, one of which was always to give. Hermie adored his family. He referred to his great-grandchildren as his jewels. He loved, provided, gave, and taught valuable lessons to them. The family is proud of Hermie, and when you remember him, smile.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anita (DiGirolamo) Stellitano; his daughter Karen (Rick) Hecker, of Freeport; granddaughter Marcy Hecker (Matt) Kelly, of Freeport; great grandchildren Marissa, Madison, and Matthew Kelly, sisters Verleen Herrigan, of New York, Eileen Kennedy, of Florida, and Marilu Stellitano, of Irvine, CA.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Marcella Rotolo, Emma Murphy, and Wilhelmina Viletto.

As Hermie gave in life, his wishes continue on in death. At Hermie's request there will be no public visitation, and his body will be donated for anatomical scientific study and medical research.
His philosophy is motivated by his wish to enlighten medical research and education. He will later be cremated and buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport. Arrangements handled through the Redmond Funeral Home Inc., Freeport.

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Pat and Joyce Ralston

Rest in Peace, Hermie. You made us all laugh with your jokes. May God keep you in His loving arms. You will be missed by all who knew you. You were a Freeport "institution".

Ron Canterna

Memories of Freeport have always included Freeport's king of entertainment. Whether at the ball park, on a street corner, walking past his house, or as the MC at a sports ceremony, Hermie always made you and everyone else feel uniquely special. God is now laughing and enjoying your grand entertainment Hermie, "Break a leg" at your new gig in the sky.

Paul White

My sincere sympathy to Hermie's family. As soon as I read that Hermie had passed, I found myself doing that which was suggested in his obituary, smiling. Hermie was one of a kind; a Freeport icon! Anyone who ever met him surely walked away being a happier person. He made us all laugh. What a wonderful tribute his obituary was. Very fitting for a fine man who led a life well lived. Rest in Peace, Hermie. Paul White, Sarasota, FL.

Margaret Swartz

Karen and Coach, I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of growing up by your parents on second street. Although when we were young we used to make your dad mad. We would get buckeyes off McDermotts tree and throw them at the door and your dad woukd come out and yekl at us

Margaret Swartz

Karen and Coach, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. I had the pleasure of growing up with your parents on second street. Although when we were young we used to make your dad mad. We would get buckeyes off of McDermotts tree and throw them at his door. He would come out and yell at us and we would run. It was wonderful having your parents as neighbor's. Always loved your parents. If you were born and raised here you knew who Hermie was. His obituary is such a beautiful tribute to the man he was. May you find comfort and strength with god during this difficult time.

Suzanne Trefelner Thompson

Aunt Neet and Karen, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Herm, I remember the good times on second street as kids, getting into his truck to go swimming at Iron Bridge, alot of good memories, he will be sadley missed. Love Suzanne

Rick Michelini

Wow...good old Hermie! Since I was a good friend of Karen, I was around him a lot when we were in high school. He was alwasys good with a joke and I remember the stories he told. He always made me laugh and was one of the kindest persons I've known! I also remember Hermie at the old Christmas parties for the kids at the White Star Club and was very sad when he quit going.

Karen and Anita, I am very sorry for your loss and will always have fond memories of Hermie. I'm fortunate to have known him and we all lost a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed! Take care.

Phyllis and Ed Petras

Our sincere condolance to Hermie's family. We also had a smile as we remembered the many occasions we had the pleasure of Hermie's humor. Rest in peace and Thanks for the Smiles and Laughter. Phyllis and Ed Petras

Murrels Inlet, SC

Janice Barbiaux

May God bless and keep your family Hermie Stellitano, such wonderful memories of this great guy. We would take the children from the nursery school and day care to the senior citizen center for every holiday, Hermie made these trips so special. Each visit ended with his special song about the goat that ate the shirts on the railroad tracks. I think every child in Freeport and the surrounding area knew this song. A generous, loving epic kind of guy. Rest in peace Herman Stellitano, you have touched many lives.



Otterman Family

You sure did leave some great memories-Friday Nights at Palkos - you and Frank can Harmonise again-Sticking your nose in the Barbershop for a quick story--Your great family We all will miss Herman but we are better for having know him. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Rest in Peace Dear Friend

Grace (Stokes) McQueen

To you the family of Hermie and all his friends, we have lost a great human being.One who made you laugh so hard you could cry. It was such a pleasure to be in his shows, years ago, or on bus trips, as there was never a dull moment. To be in his presence was indeed an education. Grace McQueen, Loveland,CO

Linda (Schwietering) Windows

You have my condolences. I remember Hermie and wife from when I was young spending time at my Grandmothers, Rhoberta Schwietering, on Second Street. My Dad was Earl Schwietering and Mom was June. They are both gone now. I always loved hearing Hermie's jokes. He was a good soul. Linda

Sally Rowley Aron

Aunt Neet and Karen and family... I am so sorry for your loss but know that Uncle Hermie and Aunt Neet are loved by all the kids on second street. He was so good about including us all and making growing up fun. You have to know how special the two of you were to all the second street gang. No other parents got to be called the endearment of Uncle and Aunt. I would always visit when I was home and he always along with Aunt Neet were so gracious. It was a joy to visit. Uncle Hermie thanks for all the wonderful memories growing and and you will be missed.

John Rowley

It was great reading about Uncle Hermie's life. It brought back so many fond memories of this great neighbor, mentor and friend. I remember him climbing the buckeye tree in front of our home and shaking it with his strong arms. The neighborhood kids would gather for this, cheer him on and collect piles of buckeyes. He always had a good joke to make me smile and wise advice for me as he sat on that chair on the porch. You knew how much he loved his family and cared about his neighbors. Cindy and I enjoyed visiting them on trips home and he would always ask about our son and daughter who he called (pumpkin) and she loved it. When I returned home from Vietnam he took me to his basement, thanked me for my service and gave me a glass of his home made wine (Dago Red) and wow did it have a kick. I many ways he filled a void for the father I lost. Uncle Hermie and Aunt Neet are an example to us all of how a neighbor should be. Love ya and will miss you. (Johnnie)

Mindy Orkwis(Johnston)

I am so sorry for your loss! I just found out! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Hermie was the greatest, I loved his jokes and him! Please know how sorry we are to hear of his passing!

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