Peter P. Cordelli, Sr., of Peckville, PA, died peacefully on December 22, 2018 at Elmcroft Senior Living Center. He was the son of Settimo and Leticia Cordelli, born March 28, 1926 in Eynon, PA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond and his wife of 62 years, Helen Popovich Cordelli.
After his junior year in high school, Pete proudly served in the Navy in WWII and returned to complete his senior year at Blakely High School. He played football for Coach John “Papa Bear” Henzes and earned a scholarship to George Washington University. He was a two-sport star, baseball and football at George Washington University. He came back to Blakely High School in Peckville, PA where he taught and coached football under his mentor “Papa Bear” Henzes. Pete then was persuaded to teach and coach at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA by his friend and colleague John Petercuskie. He impacted many as he lived a teaching and coaching life with passion and devotion for 35 years. He earned many awards to include induction into the NEPA Sports Hall of Fame.
He was an avid golfer and singer of Italian songs, and was a member of the Peckville VFW. He retired to Peckville with his wife Helen and began his second career as beloved Grampy and Biz - Nono.
His proud family includes:
Peter, Jr. and wife, Lorri (Gillock) of Memphis, TN,
and daughters – Katie and husband Dan Myers and sons, Sam and Luke;
Kelly and husband Bert Hoover and children, Ephraim and Eleanor;
Lisa and husband, Patrick G. Reilly, M.D. of Oakmont, PA.
and children – Sean Patrick, Michelle and husband Richard Beckermeyer;
COL. (Retired) Bruce A. Cordelli, Sr. and wife Deborah (LeBlanc) of Alexandria, VA and children – Bruce A. Cordelli, Jr., Cassidy Cordelli and fiancé 1st Lt. John Kennedy;
Mark and Teresa (Pascucci) of Scranton, PA.
He is also survived by a sister Carolyn Farrell and a sister-in-law, Mary Cordelli and their daughters.
His family is extremely thankful to Pete’s care-givers, Kathleen Topa and Mindy Tallo. We extend our thanks to the kind staff at Mid-Valley Manor and MVHCC.
Visitation will be at James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, PA on January 4, 2019, 4 - 8 pm and on January 5, 2019, 8:30 - 9:30 am.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Parish Church, Peckville, PA on January 5, 2019 at 10:00 am.
Pete loved his family, friends, students, those he coached and his country. It was a good run Coach. God-speed.
Donations may be made to:
Wounded Warrior Project
Neshaminy Football Hall of Fame