Emilio E. "Amos" Spinelli, 93, of Cheswick, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. His eternally gentle soul departed its earthly vessel. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 66 wonderful years of marriage, Ann Spinelli; his daughter, Deborah (Jeffrey) Engles; his sister, Jean (Bill) Michalak; and his grandchildren, Dana (Michael) Kerpsack and Dylan (Karly) Engles. He will be received warmly in the kingdom of peace by his dearly departed parents, David and Rosa (Camela) Spinelli; and his siblings, Lucy Walmsley, Amy Klopsic, Sadie Pati, Dominick Spinelli, Lana Ficerai and Jim Spinelli. Amos was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. All who spent time with him knew of the love he had for his family, and particularly his grandchildren. Born in New Kensington to Italian immigrants, Amos grew up in Acmetonia with a big family in a small house where he learned resilience, the importance of tradition, and a love of nature. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines, and was later also drafted into the Army. He saw the world over and learned skills he would use the rest of his life. He met people and had experiences which would make him the man we all knew and loved. After his service, he moved back to Acmetonia, where he worked for the U.S. Gypsum Co. for 45 years. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Springdale and a life member of the Harmar Township Fire Department. He loved to take Ann out dancing at the Acme Club. They enjoyed the friendly competition of playing cards and visiting casinos. He could often be found bowling, golfing, playing bocce ball, or watching horse races. He also took great pride in his homegrown lettuce, tomatoes, Italian herbs and garlic. He loved to tell stories about stomping grapes for wine, his father singing in Italian, his mother preparing beautiful meals, and so many more. All these things we love about Emilio he has helped pass on to his loved ones; whether through gardening tips, stories of great wisdom, or jokes and songs, his spirit will ring heavily in the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to have experienced his sweet and gentle charm. Christian funeral Mass and interment in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery are private for his family. Arrangements are by THE CHARLES B. JARVIE SPRINGDALE FUNERAL HOME INC., 801 Pittsburgh St. In lieu of flowers, the Spinelli family has asked donations be made to the Allegheny Valley Volunteer Fire Department or Lower Valley Ambulance Service. www.jarviefuneralhome.com.
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