Army veteran during World War II, Esio was involved in several European campaigns. He was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service. Esio was the epitome of the phrase “work ethic.” He began working with his father in a small bakery at age 12. That led to employment at Pittsburgh’s A&P bakery until 1972. Later, Esio worked in electronic maintenance with the United States Postal Service more than a decade. He retired in the mid-1980s. But while Esio, a self-taught electrician and mechanic, loved to work, he also loved to play. He enjoyed recreational sports, which included swimming and competing in softball, bowling and horseshoe leagues. He also was proud of his medals won during multiple appearances in the Pennsylvania Senior Games. Esio was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, George Hisom and Edison Macosta; a nephew, George Hisom, Jr.; and a great-niece, Stacey Walker. Survivors include his daughter, Marie (Raymond) Copper of Erie; two grandsons, Michael Copper of Erie and Christopher (Toni) Copper of Raleigh, North Carolina; a sister, Gloria Hisom of Pittsburgh; a niece, Judy Herrle of Pittsburgh; a great-nephew, Shawn (Jacki) Walker of Murrysville; a sister-in-law, Elaine Macosta of Charleroi; and his dear companion, Doris Hunton, a Springhill resident. The family of Esio would like to thank the Springhill and Forestview staffs for the service and care they provided. Calling hours will take place Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at ROSE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 10940 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh. A service will be held there Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 111 Erhardt Drive, Pittsburgh. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.Esio Joseph Bertoncini, 97, a resident of Springhill Senior Living Community’s Forestview Skilled Nursing, died Sunday, October 6, 2019. Esio was born April 5, 1922, in Burgettstown, son of the late Antonio and Delphina (Tartaruga) Bertoncini. He lived most of his life in the Penn Hills area of Pittsburgh until he moved to Harborcreek Township in 2001. He was a Springhill resident since 2009. Esio wed Carmella Fagnelli on January 31, 1942, in Pittsburgh. They were married 65 years until her death on April 20, 2007. As a U.S.
Passed away 9-29-2019
Blanche Jean Bruce Henderson, 85, of Pittsburgh, PA, transitioned from this earth on September 25, 2019 at Allegheny General Hospital. She was born October 2, 1933 to the late Blanche and Clarence Bruce, Sr. She received her formal education in the Pittsburgh public school system and graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1952. After graduation, she was employed by Bell Telephone Company. She was also employed as a Teaching Assistant within the Pittsburgh public school system until retirement. Along the way, Blanche met and married George Jackson Henderson who preceded her in death. From this union two sons were born, Steven Mark and John “Jack” Charles. She was an avid reader and spent many hours of her young life at Carnegie Library. Jean, as she was fondly called by her family, was very passionate towards her family and loved to cook, watch movies and enjoyed family gatherings. She and her husband frequented Atlantic City and Virginia Beach for vacations. She leaves to cherish her memory, her two sons, Steven and his wife Gail Henderson of Pittsburgh, PA and John “Jack” and his wife Janice Henderson of Exton, PA; her loving grandchildren, Kristen Jade and Marcus Jackson; two sisters, Ada Gay Graves of Hayward, CA and Yvonne Lipscomb of Pittsburgh, PA; sisters-in-law, Marguerite Bruce, Darlene Henderson and Clara Henderson; a brother-in-law, Anthony Henderson; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Bruce, Jr. and Charles Bruce; and one sister, Joan Griffin. Blanche will be sorely missed by all who knew her!
Passed away 9-5-2019
Passed away 9-25-2019
ROSE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, where Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m.Age 90, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Frank Costantino; loving mother of Deborha (David) and Carole (David); devoted grandmother of five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister of Lillian Hartung. Friends received Wednesday 4-8 p.m. at