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Geno Pernazza

Born: Wed., Sep. 15, 1926
Died: Tue., May 21, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 23, 2019
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., May 24, 2019
Location: Redmond Funeral
Home, Inc.

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., May 25, 2019
Location: St. Mary, Mother of God Church

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Geno Pernazza, 92, of Freeport, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Geno displayed extraordinary courage fighting daily to stay on this side of heaven one more day to be with his beloved family. He was born in Freeport, on September 15, 1926, a son of the late Celeste (Rompietti) and Valentino Pernazza. He attended St. Mary Parochial School, Freeport High School and New Kensington Business School. He served his country in the Army Air Corp from 1944 to 1947, and was stationed in France and Germany during World War II. Geno married the love of his life, Lillian Segorek, on August 21, 1948; she was his partner in all his activities throughout their 70 years together. Geno retired after 44 years as a crew dispatcher and yardmaster with the PRR, Penn Central, and Conrail Railroad. He was an active member of St. Mary's Church in Freeport for decades participating as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, choir member, and serving on St. Mary's Pastoral Council. He was also extremely active in the Freeport Community serving several years as a member of the Freeport School Board, and Freeport Borough Council serving as president of both. He actively participated in Kiwanis and Freeport Little League holding office of president in both. A lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign wars, Post 6648 in Freeport, he was in charge of the Memorial Day services for 16 years. Geno was extremely proud and honored to give the dedication speech at the Dedication of World War II Honor Roll at Riverside Park in 1990. He was also a long time member of the Freeport VFD and EMS, joining in 1954 where he was a former secretary and president and was actively involved in fundraising. Geno was an accomplished speaker. His voice and talent was always in demand. He was Master of Ceremonies and speaker at many events, including parades, luncheons, banquets, and church activities. He was the proud recipient of the Unsung Hero Award during the Freeport International where he announced games every year. He was an avid and knowledgeable sports fan. He supported and attended all of his grandchildren’s activities-and was an avid follower of the Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Geno was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, three children, Cathy (Bill) Singer of Sarver, James (Janet) Pernazza of Sarver, and Terri (Mark) Beacom of Saxonburg. He was the proud grandfather of Ashley Pernazza, Tyler Singer, and Mark and Celeste Beacom, and great grandfather of Ella Greiner. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Angelo and Peter, and two grandsons, Mark and Tom Greiner. In Geno's own words he said, "I strived daily to be the best person I could. I love my home town of Freeport. It was a wonderful place to raise my family. I am so grateful I had time to be with my grandchildren. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 23rd from 6-8 p.m. and Friday, May 24th from 2-8 p.m. in the Redmond Funeral Home, Inc. 524 High St. Freeport. A Freeport Fireman's Service will be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. A parting prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday May 25th followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Freeport with Father Sebastian Hanks, OSP officiating. Burial with military honors will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Freeport Volunteer Fire Department 400 Market Street Freeport, PA 16229 or St. Mary, Mother of God Church 608 High St., Freeport, PA 16229

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shari montgomery (thorpe)
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
To the Family of Geno;
So sorry to hear of Geno's passing.
He will be greatly missed by Freeport.
Thoughts & prayers to the family.

Lynne A. Ralston
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Please accept my most sincere and deepest sympathies.

Nancy Zema
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Pernazza Family
Geno was an extraordinary man a great supporter, of the town of Freeport. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. May the angels wrap their arms around him and lead him into Paradise. My heart aches, for Lil and the family❤️

Lee Ann (Fair) Pawlak
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
So sad to hear of Mr. Pernazza's passing. Freeport will not seem the same without his presence. My thoughts are with the family. We share in your sorrow at the loss of such a notable citizen of our little town.

Denise Binder
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Sending my most sincere sympathies for the Pernazza family loss. He clearly made the world a better place!

Victor Rutkoski
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Lillian, Cathy, jim and Theresa I has greatly saddened by Geno's passing. He was so influential in my railroad career as both a mentor and friend. He was one of those individuals who was a pillar of the community. He will be greatly missed and long remembered. May he rest in peace. Vic Rutkoski, Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul White
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Well done, Geno. May perpetual light shine upon you.
Paul White

Kirby Decroo Jr
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Geno, what a great guy. Never saw the man mad or have a negative thing to say about anyone.

Freeport will miss you. Deepest sympathy to Lil and the family.

God Speed.....

Becky Rutkoski Podobnik
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
To the Pernazza family:
Geno was my dad's best friend. I'm sure the Freeport section of heaven welcomed Geno with open arms. He was a gentleman. He was a family man. He was the epitome of everything that was good about Freeport. May deepest sympathies to you all.
Love, Becky

Ed and Phyllis Petras
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
We were so sorry to read of Geno's passing. Geno wore many hats through the years in service to his community and will be missed by all. Lillian, Cathy ,Jim, and Terri please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers. Great man, great family. Phyllis & Ed Petras Murrells Inlet, SC.

Margaret Swartz
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
To the Pernazza family;
So very sorry to learn of Mr. Pernazza's passing. I attended many banquets for the firehall where I had the pleasure of enjoying him as master of ceremonies. And alway's looked forward to talking to him and your mom on their evening walk through towb.He will be greatly missed by many.

Paulette [Trettel]
   Posted Fri May 24, 2019
So sorry to hear of jeno's passing. Our condolence to the family. Freeport will surely miss him.

Tatia Zack Marks
   Posted Sat May 25, 2019
Please accept our deepest sympathy. It’s never easy to lose a loved one. Praying for peace and comfort in the memories of a very special man. Remember it’s not ‘good-bye’ but ‘so long for now until we meet again.’

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