In Remembrance of Robert C. Siragusa
Robert C. SiragusaClarks Summit, PA August 12, 1942 ~ October 30, 2014 Date of Service: November 3, 2014
Robert C. Siragusa, 72, of Clarks Summit, died Thursday afternoon at home. He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley Kratochvil. The couple celebrated 43 years of marriage on May 29th.
Born in Pittsburgh, son of the late Vincent “Jimmy” and Rose Piazza Siragusa, he received his bachelor’s degree from California State University and his M.A. in American History from Montclair State College. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served from 1964-1968, ultimately attaining the rank of Sergeant. Prior to retirement, he was a school supervisor at High Point Regional in New Jersey where he was honored as Teacher of the Year and a two-time Coach of the Year for cross country.
He was an avid athlete, which included finishing eighteen marathons, a champion weightlifter in the Air Force and a Division I college football player at Western Michigan University. He was president of the High Point Teacher’s Association and a past member of both UNICO and the Vernon Township Board of Education in New Jersey.
Also surviving are daughters Michelle Reisser and husband William, Swoyersville; and Attorney Shannon Siragusa and husband Matthew Birney, Simsbury, CT; grandchildren Olivia and Grace Birney; sister Bess Tener, OH; brother Vincent Siragusa, Pittsburgh; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a sister Elvira Siragusa.
The funeral will be Monday at noon in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment to follow in the Abington Hills Cemetery, Clarks Summit.
Friends will be received during shiva at the family residence on Monday evening from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, kindly send contributions in Robert’s memory to Fred’s Team c/o Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 633 Third Ave., 4th floor, New York, NY 10017 or mskcc.convio.net and enter Robert Siragusa as the participant name.