Obituary for Raymond J. "Tootie" DeMichiei
Raymond J. "Tootie"
Age 87, at his childhood home, on Saturday March 10, 2018. Ray was born on October 4, 1930 in Renton, Plum Borough. Loving husband of 40 years to the late Pauline Eleanor (Koban) DeMichiei who passed in 1993. Beloved father of Raymond V., of Morningside, Renee DeMichiei (Bob) Farrow of Stanton Heights, Randy of Butler and Robert (Amy) DeMichiei of Hampton. Proud Pap of Rob Farrow, Rachel Farrow (Andy) Swellie and Ryan (Lingling) Farrow, Lauren DeMichiei (Joe Serkoch), Christopher DeMichiei, Matthew DeMichiei, Andrew DeMichiei and Alaina DeMichiei. Great-Grandfather of Jasper Serkoch, and Jack Swellie (Due May 21). Tootie worked for 43 years at Edgewater Steel in Oakmont as a ring roller for airplane and railroad wheels and was a proud union member. He was driven to live a life of honesty, integrity and an amazing work ethic, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a member and served every office of the Circolo Febo Italian Social Club in Renton, member of the Plum American Legion, New Kensington Eagles, Moose and Elks. His nights and weekends were filled with many games of Bocce at the Renton Italian Club, Plum American Legion and a league in Penn Hills with his brothers and friends. Other nights you could find him playing cards (Euchre) and dancing every weekend at the Eagles. He traveled to his parent’s homeland in Northern Italy where he met his mother’s two sisters, cousins, and visited his father’s old farm. Tootie loved the sport of Baseball, which he played on several sandlot teams till the age of 39, winning a championship in 1952. He even had a tryout with his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates in his younger years and was excited to see them play a game on Thursday. Later in life, he would often visit his niece’s Sandra & Connie in Arizona and watch Major League spring training.
He was a Democratic Committee member for his district in Plum. Tootie invited many local and state politicians to meet and announce their candidacies at the Italian Club and was able to see his son Rob serve on Plum Council and his daughter Renee run twice for office in the county and city. He was the son of the late Giovanni and Virginia (Sanvido) who emigrated from Northern Italy looking for the American Dream while leaving behind their entire families. Ray was the last of 9 siblings, preceding him were 6 brothers, Corrado (infant, passed at age 2) Volio (killed at age 19 in the Renton mine), Conrad (Duck), Emil (Nanny), Merle (Cuddy) and Laverne (Vernie) DeMichiei, 2 sisters, Trieste Mennow and Corrine Pivik. Surviving him are his sister and brother in law, Jim & Carolyn (Koban) Nesbit and Katherine Koban, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ray was a friend to all, especially his childhood friends, Louie Ghia and Mario Bortoluzzi, who made frequent visits to Renton. Besides his brothers, waiting for him to celebrate the Big Renton Reunion are Mike Kachurik, Robert (Bowser) Lang, Kenny Fellabaum, Lester Mulholland and Andy Mutto along with many more. Ray was a kind, smart and gentle man who along with his wife loved their family deeply and were always there to help them any way they could. He was proud of his four children’s accomplishments and although he never told them, he let everyone else know. His first son, Ray was in the first class of Pittsburgh EMS, along with his son in law Bob, and rose through the ranks to Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the City of Pittsburgh, having a 41 year career. Renee ran a successful business, Decorating Details for many years and continues working in the design field at Architectural Innovations in Pittsburgh. Randy is a Program Manager with the National Background Investigations Bureau in Boyers for the last 30 years. Rob is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) since 2004. His grandchildren were his world and he loved watching all their sports and activities, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Lacrosse and going to their High School plays and listening to original song lyrics and beautiful music. His first grandchild, Rob started in the first class for the TSA at Pittsburgh Airport and loves to caddy at Oakmont Country Club, where his pap did also. Lauren, a picture of his wife, is the owner of Orion Vega on the Northside and is a singer songwriter, Rachel was a NCAA Division I Lacrosse player at St. Francis University and works at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ryan is the owner of Farrow Golf Design, traveling the word designing and building golf courses for acclaimed designers and developments. Christopher received a Lacrosse scholarship at Seton Hill University and is working at Quest Healthcare and enjoying his first job in Graphic Design, Matt graduated from Allegheny College and is completing his clinical psychology doctorate studies at the William James College in Boston, Andy is at Ernst & Young after completing studies at Marquette University last year, while receiving an athletic scholarship for Lacrosse and winning two Big East championships, and was drafted to play professional lacrosse in Florida. Alaina just started her first year at Boston University studying Political Science, and hopes to have a career in politics, enjoying the same passion as her pap. Ray was always smiling when he talked, listened, and joked while enjoying many family vacations and dinners with his wonderful children and grandchildren. He is at peace knowing that they all succeed and are living the life he offered them, by being honest, protecting your family name, and working hard for what you want in life. Friends and family received Thursday and Friday, 1-4 & 6-9pm at Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd./Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road) Penn Hills, where a Funeral Service will be held, Saturday, 11:00am. Interment to follow in Plum Creek Cemetery. The family would like to thank all the special caregivers over the last few months at Presbyterian Senior Care and Family Hospice. Special thanks to Trista, LuAnn and the staff at CareAtHome for their love, care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pgh., PA 15243 and Plum EMS, 1990 Old Mine Road Plum, PA 15239 .