Bedy Richard Lizza, 96, of Lemont Furnace, formally of Dunbar, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022 in Uniontown, PA, due to complications of COVID-19.
He was born in Cleveland, OH, on September 29, 1925, to the late Bedy Lizza and the late Margaret Costabile Lizza.
Bedy was a member of the Connellsville High School graduating class of 1943.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served as a Staff Sergeant in WWII. He was a member of both the 312 Bomb Group and the 386 Bomb Squad, completing 25 missions in the South Pacific Theater during the Japanese occupation.
Bedy was a lifetime member of St. Aloysius R.C. Church in Dunbar.
An industrial engineer by trade, he worked as a manager of Anchor Hocking Glass and Closure Division for 35 years until his retirement.
Bedy was an entrepreneur and was very active in his community. He was the original founder of Yough Bank and was director there; the owner of the Comet Drive-In; a partner and board member of Keystone Fireworks; on the Advisory Board of Scottdale Bank; a member of the Connellsville Jaycees Club; president of the Kiwanis Club; on the N.C.C.M.W.A. board; former president of Dunbar Borough Council; a senior member of the Connellsville Elks; a member of Catholic War Veterans, and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his two daughters, Cathleen (George) Muzika and Nancy (Lawrence) Glad; grandchildren, Kenneth (Tiffany) VanSickle III, Claire Komacek, Anne (Heath) Miller, Elise (Ryan) Fike, Emma Glad, Ethan Glad, Emile Glad, Elora Glad, and Ean Glad, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years, Catherine D. Cupiraggi Lizza; his daughter, Christine Van Sickle; and three brothers, Wilbur Lizza, Fred Lizza and Harry Lizza.
Arrangements by Burhans-Crouse Funeral Home, 28 Connellsville Street, Dunbar, PA.
There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, February 28, 2022, at 10 a.m., at St. Aloysius R.C. Church, Ranch Road, Dunbar, with Fr. Paul Lisik as celebrant.
PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH.
Military Honors will be accorded by Hopwood AMVETS Post 103, at St. Rita's Cemetery, Connellsville, PA , where interment will take place.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.burhanscrousefuneralhome.com