JOSE H. ORTEGA
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
Dallas; and one sister, Rosa Medrano
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
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
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
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
of Yakima and Fr. William Berkey
of Mr. St. Peter R.C. Church officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial
Park Mausoleum, Lower Burrell.