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Monday, January 12, 2015

John Rotella

CHS59 Classmate Passes

John Wayne Rotella

1/9/1942 - 12/4/14

John Wayne Rotella "Coach" (72), of Hawthorne, CA for 48 years, passed away on December 4, 2014 after a long 3 year battle with cancer. He was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on January 9, 1942 to John and Augustina Rotella (both deceased). 

He was a dedicated teacher, football and wrestling coach for Morningside High School for 36 years. John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Janice Rotella of Hawthorne, CA; his son, John Rotella of Torrance, CA; his daughter, Theresa Rotella of Maple Grove, MN; granddaughter, Megan of Aurora, CO; grandson, Cory of Hawthorne, CA; and great grandchildren, Atticus, Eisley, Athena and Ayden.

Visitation will be Friday, December 12th, from 4 - 8pm at Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230; 310-836-5500. Rosary will be at 6:30 pm also at Holy Cross Mortuary. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, December 13th, 12:30pm at Chapel of the Risen Christ, Holy Cross Cemetery. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 

in John's name. Please sign the guest book - See more at:

Monday, December 22, 2014

McCrory's Grand Re-Opening

Long before Kmart, Walmart, etc...  McCrorys debut its "Super" Store! 
The Canonsburg McCrory's originally opened its doors in 1919 and 21 years later on October 4, 1940, after months of renovation the Grand Opening of its Super Store!

Canonsburg McCrory's Employees

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Christmas Wishes

The Town Park...
 an oh so special place... my grandfather helped build.
A setting for many enduring childhood memories...
 and yes, each Season... summer, spring, winter, fall...
 it was a wonderland of awe....

The Best Of The Season To All! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Montgomery Ward's 1934 Christmas catalog.

Some of may remember the Montgomery Ward's catalog.  
these pages are from the 1934 Christmas Catalog
mazing, but true to the memories of many of us. 



1934 Christmas Catalog
Subject: 1934 Christmas catalog
Be sure to look at the last line on order form....go all the way to the end!!!
1934 Christmas Catalog from Montgomery Ward.
Note the last line above

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

George Richard Wyland


George Richard Wyland died peacefully Friday, September 26, 2014, in his home, surrounded by family.

He was born in Canonsburg.
After serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era, Mr. Wyland relocated to Richmond, Va.

For more than 50 years, he worked as an installer of new equipment for such companies as AT&T, Western Electric and Lucent Technology.
Deceased are his parents, Mary and Frank Galizia; an infant brother, Kenneth Leroy; a sister, Rosemary Patton; and a son, Richard Joseph Wyland.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Danis; a sister, Nancy and husband Gene Clemens of Canonsburg; sons Gregory and Tammy Wyland of North Carolina, Richard "Rickey" and Sidney Wyland and Keith and Patty Davis; a daughter, Twila Gauthier; grandchildren Matt, Will, Robert, Sean, Katrina, Angela, Michelle, Amanda, Kayla and Autumn; a great-grandchild, Erica; nieces Sandra Craig and Pamela Veltri; a nephew, David and wife Sharon Clemens; and great-nieces Amanda Clemens and Valerie and husband Jake Knauer.

Mr. Wyland was laid to rest Wednesday, October 1, in Dale Memorial Park, Chesterfield, Va. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[Canonsburg Friends] The Daily Notes - April 1957

As I recall,  Bobby Vinton  while attending Duquesne(1952-56) started a vocal group named the "Hi-Lites" which later became the "Tempos". Upon graduation, he was called up to serve(drafted) and while in the Army, the Tempos, without Vinton...  record  "See You in September."... their one and only HIT.