George Washington Miniaci Sr., 86, of Eureka Rd., Edinboro, passed away Friday, June 4, 2010. He was born January 6, 1924, in Clermont, Pa, son of the late Frank Miniaci and Margaret Cole Miniaci Dodge. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Nellie Cox Miniaci. They met when he was stationed in her village during WWII and were wed in Leicester, England on October 13, 1945.
He was a resident of Edinboro for over 60 years. He attended the Eureka School House in the early 30’s. He resided in Little Italy in 1942, and after fulfilling his military duty returned to Erie in 1946 with his new bride. George moved back to Edinboro when he and Nellie purchased their Eureka homestead in 1950. He was employed by the Bessemer Railroad in Albion for 5 years and over 30 years by the Erie Malleable Iron Company where he was a Maintenance Man.
He was a World War II veteran of the US Army Air Corp, Eighth Fighter Group, 737 Squadron from 1943 to 1946. Member of the American Legion Post 567, Albion PA.
His passion was his farm. He loved raising animals, putting up hay, growing vegetables, woodworking, cutting and splitting firewood and anything that involved hard work. He made the most of every day and loved to help out his neighbors when he could. He will be remembered for his show of strength and for not knowing what the word quit meant.
Proceeded in death by three brothers, Patsy, James and Tony Miniaci; a sister Mary Miniaci and a stepfather, Archie Dodge.
He leaves to cherish his memory a son, George Washington Miniaci Jr. and his wife Nancy of Byhalia MS; a daughter, Tina Miniaci McCord and her husband Ken of Edinboro. Three Grandchildren, Jon Miniaci of Waverly NY; Dusty and Sydney McCord of Fort Worth TX; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie St., Edinboro. Funeral services will be there at 1 p.m. on Thursday with Rev. Charles McClung officiating.
Burial will be in Hope Cemetery by horse and wagon, and military honors. Funeral dinner to follow at Franklin Center UMC, Old State Rd., Edinboro, all are welcome.
Memorial donations can be made to the family, c/o Glunt Funeral Home and will be used to purchase a Memorial Bench in his name for the Albion Fair. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.