U.S. Army veteran was State Farm manager and CHS Teacher
Michael "Buddy" Pantely, 76, of Eighty Four, died Friday, December 25, 2009, in his home, following a six-month illness.
He was born May 19, 1933, in Port View, a son of the late Michael and Nancy Mento Pantely.
A graduate of Canonsburg High School and Waynesburg College, he served with the U.S. Army as a military policeman during the Korean War.
He lived in the Eighty Four area since 1987 and had been a member of St. Patrick Church in Canonsburg.
Mr. Pantely had been a teacher and wrestling coach with the Canon-McMillan School District before becoming an agency manager with State Farm Life Insurance.
On May 20, 1983, he married Arlene Elosh, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Pantely of San Francisco, Calif.; a sister, Barbara McConnell of Miami, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Frank and George Pantely; and a sister, Sophia (Dolly) Thomas.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, with the Rev. John Batykefer, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Full military rites will be accorded by the honor guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Harmony Hospice or Washington Area Humane Society.
mike pantely died observer reporter dec 27.