Rudolph A. "Rudy" Coccia, 84, formerly of Franklin Ave., Ellwood City, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Trinity Living Center in Grove City. Rudy was born on January 11, 1929 in Ellwood City to the late Marino and Anna Zona Coccia. After graduating from Lincoln High School, he went on to attend Geneva College and then graduate from Penn State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He served in the US Army Signal Corps and upon his return to Ellwood City, he worked at National Tube. Rudy worked as an engineer at Westinghouse Electric in East Pittsburgh, Westinghouse Airbrake in Wilmerding, PA, Bendix Corporation in Ann Arbor, MI and finally retiring from the Aetna Standard Engineering Company. Rudy conceptualized, designed, developed, manufactured and tested control systems for mass transit. He held three patents and engineered products in India, Germany and South Korea. Rudy was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. He enjoyed golfing and working around the house, and enjoyed working with his brother Richard. Rudy is survived by his sisters, Elsie Marsano of Ellwood City and Frances Amelia of Bluefield, WV and a brother, Richard Coccia of Ellwood City. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Aniceti and a brother, Albert Coccia. Friends will be received on Thursday, October 31st from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A Blessing Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, November 1st at 11:00 AM with Fr. Camillus Njoku of Holy Redeemer Parish. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery. Full military rites will be offered by the Veteran's Honor Guard. Rudy's family would like to thank the Hospice of the Valley and the nurses and staff of Trinity Living Center for their compassion and care.
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