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Gerald J. Roncolato


Last updated 12/7/2020 at 2:59pm

Gerald J. Roncolato, 96, of Meadville, Pa., died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Grace Nursing Home, Wesbury Retirement Community, of COVID-19.

Born in Allentown, Pa., Jan. 4, 1924, he was the son of Italian immigrants, John and Mary Roncolato. He married Polly Sauerman (Pauline) July 12, 1947. She preceded him in death in 2002.

A graduate of Allentown High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. During World War II, he served combat duty in the Atlantic and Pacific. Returning home, he attended Moravian College and went on to complete an MBA from Harvard University. He held multiple positions in business management, including the president of Roblin Steel, Buffalo, N.Y.

The great loves of his life were his wife, “butch;” two sons, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He imparted to each of them the value of family, friends, integrity, and hard work.

He was a devout Catholic who found community in the Order of the Knights of Columbus, peace in nightly prayers with his son, and service through the making and sharing of rosaries.

He is survived by his son, Capt. Gerard D. Roncolato, USN (retired), of Bristow, Va., who, like his father, served in the United States Navy; son, Dr. David P. Roncolato, of Allegheny College, and his spouse, Rev. Sarah D. Roncolato, of Stone United Methodist Church.

In addition, he is survived by grandchildren, Carolyn Roncolato (Mike Allgeier), of Chicago Ill., Leanne Roncolato (Alex Roomets), of Lancaster, Pa., Daniel Roncolato (Kylie), of Springfield, Ohio, Jonathan Roncolato, of Nashville, Tenn., Nicholas Roncolato (Juliana), of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Joseph Roncolato (Ellie Whitt), of Manassas, Va .; and great-grandchildren, Lola, Desi, Brody, Buckley, Briggs, Benjamin, Carter, and Kai.

His life motto was, “No problems, only opportunities.” His longevity can be attributed to his positive outlook and good red wine.

The family is particularly thankful for the outstanding care and love “Gerardo” received during his years as a part of the Wesbury Retirement Community.

Due to COVID, a Mass of the Resurrection will be held at a future date, which will be announced.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc. of Meadville, Pa.

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