Robert “Bob” / “Burg” Bongiorni, 89, died on Monday December 13, 2021. Born November 27, 1932, in Slovan, he was the son of Eugene and Julia Patterson Bongiorni.
He is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Gene “Jigsy”, Richard “Ducky” and his sister, Brenda.
His memory remains to be cherished, his beloved wife of 66 years, Patricia Cline Bongiorni; his adored children, Diane Bongiorni, of Bridgeville, Bob Jr. (Karen) Bongiorni, of Elizabeth, Lee (Joyce) Bongiorni, of Burgettstown, and Donna (Robb) Gedrys, of Cecil; and seven grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Joseph Longin (Chrystal), Lee Bongiorni, II., Christin Bongiorni, Dante Bongiorni, Alex, Drew and Anthony “AJ” Gedrys; four great-grandchildren, Austin & Abigail Longin, Arianna and Allison Bongiorni. He is also survived by his beloved sister, Maculette “Macky” Walters, of Burgettstown, as well as many relatives, friends and neighbors.
Bob met the love of his life, Patty Cline, in 1953. Their love lasted throughout his years in the military, and they married in 1955. They were devoted to each other. until the end.
Bob began a long, hard and productive career during his teenage years, starting at his uncle’s packing station in Hickory.
Bob reached the rank of Corporal in the United States Army, serving overseas as the Logistics Coordinator at the Yokohama Supply Depot in Japan from 1953 to 1955. He truly appreciated his years of service and especially loved all of his buddies. of the army and the time he spent in Japan.
After his return and the start of his family, he started his own septic tank cleaning business, and later worked as a salesperson and driver for Testa Machine Co. of Slovan. During his many years of service with Testa, Bob made many friends, was well respected in the coal industry, and was known for his charm, attention to detail and prompt service to his customers. A testament to his passion for his job, he did not retire and return his favorite Ford F-450 until he was 80 years old.
Her infectious smile, laughter and sense of humor have earned her a special place in the hearts of many. Whenever they took a walk with their father or grandfather, Bob’s children and grandchildren were always amazed at how many people he knew and how much he was loved everywhere he went.
There was always music in the house. He enjoyed listening to his and Patty’s favorite songs on the radio, whistling his favorite songs and playing the trumpet.
He was naturally the center of attention, especially on stage playing the trumpet with The Outfit or singing everyone’s favorite rendition of Achy Breaky Heart, he was the life of the party, the first to go a joke, and brought joy and happiness to many.
To honor Bob’s wishes, services and burial with military honors at Fairview Cemetery, Burgettstown will be held in private for his immediate family.
Family and friends are welcome to a Celebration of a Lifetime and 2 p.m. lunch on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at Slovan VFW, 65 Run Street, Slovan, PA 15078.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org
Arrangements are in the care of Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown.
Posted by Observer-Reporter on December 15, 2021.