Jose H. Ortega, 101, of Aurora, Colo. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, in Aurora.

He was born Aug. 10, 1903 in Jalisco, Mexico. In 1930 he married Carmen Guzman. Together they lived in Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, Calif. The family moved to the Yakima Valley in 1942.

He is survived by one son, Jose Ortega Jr. and wife, Maria, of Los Angeles; five daughters, Mary Helen Cardenas and husband, Jose, of Sunnyside, Lydia Hernandez of Dallas, Mary Lou Orozco of Los Angeles, Lupe Ortiz and husband, Lalo, of Seattle and Viki Ayala and husband, Julian, of Aurora; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Frank Ortega of

Dallas; and one sister, Rosa Medrano of Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen, in 1983; and one brother, Juan Ortega.

Good-bye Grandpa, we will always remember how much you loved to dance, listen to music, and go on your daily walks, but now you will be dancing with the angels in Heaven. Love you forever, all your grandchildren.


James A. Spezzano, 80, of New Kensington died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont.

He was born Feb. 8, 1924 in Arnold, Pa. to Aniello and Maria Carmella (Musttano) Spezzano.

He was a resident of Arnold until the age of 73, when he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Yakima, in the State of Washington.

He owned and operated A/G Food Market on Drey Street in Arnold, Spezzano’s Deli & Bakery and Lower Burrell and Parnassus Auto Parts. He also was a Pittsburgh public school teacher, where he taught meat cutting. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a sergeant during WWII.

He enjoyed the opera and was a voracious reader. He also enjoyed fine food and good wine.

He was pastor of St. Francis X. Cabrini R.C. Church in Benton City and also was a member of Mt. St. Peter R.C. Church, New Kensington. He was also assistant pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

He was a member of Priests for Life, Knights of Columbus and Sons of Italy, both in New Kensington.

He received his degrees from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh and his Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh.

He is survived by one daughter, Maria (Philip) McCalister of New Kensington; one stepdaughter, Linda (Chad) Mallett-Miltenberg of Lewiston, Idaho; one granddaughter, Captain Cari McCalister-Nielsen of San Antonio, Texas; four grandsons, Andrew McCalister of Washington D.C., Gene Mallett of Flanders, N.J., Eric Mallett of Albuquerque, N.M. and Scott Mallett of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Theresa (Peter) Torkeo of California.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Jean Spezzano; one son, Anthony James Spezzano; one brother, Albert Spezzano; and his parents, Aniello and Maria Carmella (Musttano) Spezzano.

Friends will be received Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Giunta Funeral Home Inc., 1509 5


Avenue, Arnold.

A prayer service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at 9:30 a.m. at Giunta Funeral Home Inc. A Christian Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at Mt. St. Peter R.C. Church, New Kensington, with Bishop Carlos Sevilla

of Yakima and Fr. William Berkey of Mr. St. Peter R.C. Church officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell.


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