January 20, 2021 - August 03, 2014
Louis A. Dignazio, 80, of Freedom, Pennsylvania died Sunday, August 3, 2014. Lou was the beloved husband for 55 years of Patricia (Horan) Dignazio; loving father of Cynthia Gautschi of Freedom, PA; Denise Webb of Lowell, MA; Louis A. Dignazio II (Martha) of Royce City, TX; Kathleen (Nicholas) Flynn of Sutton, MA; and Michael (Krista) Dignazio of Marshall Twp., PA. He was “PopPop” to 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Lou is survived by two sisters, Carmela (George) Sassaman and Elizabeth Harvan of Lansford, PA and one brother, Anthony (Jean) Dignazio of Ellicott City, MD and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by two sisters, Louise Kunkle and Mary Reilly. Lou was well loved by a large family, many friends, neighbors and the wonderful members of his church family, Crossroads Church of Cranberry Twp., PA. Lou was born to Louis and Mary (Siravo) Dignazio on July 18, 1934 in Lansford, PA. Before being honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1958, he graduated from Lehigh University in 1956 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Lou later earned his MBA from Rivier College in Nashua, NH in 1993. He spent the early part of his career in the Aerospace industry, working for General Electric Aero-Space at Valley Forge, PA and GE Re-Entry Systems in Philadelphia. As a result of this experience, he became expert in the technology of high-reliability explosive switches, critical to space vehicle operations. He was selected to serve as a quality assurance representative for GE to monitor the development of manned-space modules manufactured at Grumman Corporation on Bethpage, New York where he interacted with several astronauts who were ultimately successfully transported in those. After the space program ended, Lou successfully continued his career in the computer industry, working first for Sperry Remington (now Unisys) before moving on to several smaller electronics companies. He ended his career at AMCO before retiring in Pittsburgh, Pa. Everyone who knew and loved Lou will miss his humor, intelligence, wit, and storytelling. Yes, Dad, we did learn something from you! Friends will be received on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 3:00 PM until time of service at 5:00 PM at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, (724) 772-8800. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Good Samaritan Hospice House; 146 Neely School Road, Wexford PA 15090.