Joseph Trovato

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Joseph “Little Joe” Trovato, 79, of Canonsburg, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, with his loving family by his side, after an extended illness.


He was born March 23, 1933, in Curinga, Provezia di Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, a son of the late Giovanni and Caterina Monteleone Trovato.


Mr. Trovato lived in Canonsburg since 1955 and was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.


He was the proprietor of Little Joe’s Market on Jefferson Avenue in Canonsburg for more than 50 years. In addition, along with his wife and sons, he ran the popular Trovato’s Italiano Ristorante for 25 years. He was very active in Italian heritage organizations and was known for his delicious spaghetti Aglio e Olio at the annual Cara Amici picnic at Meadowlands Farm.


Mr. Trovato enjoyed cooking with his family, including his mother-in-law, making wine, curing olives, playing cards and gardening. He was an avid bowler.


Upon his death, his doctor and longtime friend, Robert Lesnock, said, “Canonsburg has lost one of her great sons, who gave generously to the community.” He leaves behind, in addition to numerous friends, his two faithful pets, Angel and Wrinkles.


On June 1, 1963, he married Anna Marie Bazan, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Joseph Trovato of McMurray and John (Melissa) Trovato of Canonsburg; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.


Mr. Trovato was the last of his immediate family. Deceased are three brothers, Nicolo, Antonio and Sebastian Trovato; and a sister, Vittoria Tilliegi.


Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, no visitation on Thanksgiving, in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 24. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg, followed by interment in St. Patrick Cemetery. The Christian Mothers and Guild of St. Patrick will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. To view or extend condolences, please visit www.salandrafuneral.com.


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