U.S. Navy veteran
Leonard Briselli, 83, of Canonsburg, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, in Washington Hospital.
He was born October 21, 1929, a son of the late Pietro and Brigida Bertoni Briselli.
After Mr. Briselli graduated from Cecil Township High School in 1947, he joined the U.S. Navy and served tours in Asia and Europe. During the Korean War, he served an extended tour on a destroyer, the USS English, and saw seven months of action, receiving the United Nations Service Ribbon and Korean Service Medal.
Following his naval career, he worked at Universal Cyclops, Dreon Lumber and Silhol Builders Supply until his retirement in 1995.
He followed Pittsburgh sports, was an avid card player and traveled extensively to warmer climates for winter vacations, especially on cruises, which reminded him of his days in the Navy.
On August 23, 1958, he married Mary Anne Stankus, who survives.
Mr. Briselli leaves behind his devoted sister-in-law, Dorothy Briselli; a nephew, Stephen Briselli; a brother-in-law, John Stankus; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-nieces and great-nephews of whom he was very proud.
He leaves his beloved cat, Pookie.
Deceased are three brothers, Baptista, Secondo and Vincent Briselli, and two sisters, Bruna Graziotto and Olivia Adair.
Mr. Briselli was the last surviving sibling.
Friends are welcome from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, in St. Mary’s Church, Cecil. Entombment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.