Michael A. DiPerna
“Now we know why you always told us to be strong. You knew one day we would need the strength to bear your loss.”
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Michael Anthony DiPerna, age 76, on September 1, 2021. Cherished son of the late Michael and Angelina DiPerna. High school sweetheart of Sheila (Waple) DiPerna, adoring father of Meghan and Katie (John Cook), devoted grandpap of Kathryn, Anneliese, Leah, Maggie and Jake. Younger brother of Norma Marfisi (late Frank). Trusted uncle of Rosanne Flickenger (Don), Janet DeVinney and Frank Marfisi (Connie), and many other loved nieces and nephews.
Mike grew up on Mt. Washington and spent the best days of his youth winning baseball games at Olympia Park as a star second baseman. He graduated from St. Mary of the Mount High School and Waynesburg University, where he was MVP in baseball and known as Mr. Baseball. His love of the game inspired Mike to coach his daughters and then his granddaughters in softball.
After college, he worked as a financial analyst for Rockwell International, Delta International Machinery and Heinz Corporation. After retirement, Mike was a respected and busy volunteer of Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry, Fish Fries, festivals and a dedicated worker in the building of the OLG Grotto.
Mike considered himself a lucky man, surrounded by friends and family. He delighted in beach vacations, good Italian food, Pizza Fridays with his family, holiday feasts and drinking Crown Royal with his son-in-law. Mike was also a 50 year Steeler season ticket holder who loved to share stories about the “glory days” of the City of Champions.
Mike played a unique role in the success and accomplishments of his treasured daughters. He set the bar high. He was a constant presence throughout their lives at sporting events, musicals, dances and college decisions. Meghan and Katie were “his girls” and he was proud to be their dad.
On Friday evenings, have a slice and raise a glass to a really good guy.
Visitations on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Brusco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc. 214 Virginia Ave. Mt. Washington (412 381-2323). Funeral Mass in Mary, Queen of Peace/St. Mary of the Mount Church on Tuesday, 11 a.m. Please Meet at the Church. Burial Private. If desired, donations can be made to the Miracle League of the South Hills Baseball Club or the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank. www.bruscofalvo.com
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