Michael Joseph Langianese, Jr. died at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, December 25 at the age of eighty-seven.
Born May 20, 1925, in Lewis Run, Michael Langianese, Jr. was a son of Michael and Josephine Benedict Langianese, Sr. Michael grew up with four brothers and one sister. He graduated from Bradford Area High School, where he played quarterback; ultimately leading him to earning a spot on the 36th Division Football Team, and he also attended Edinboro University. Michael was a veteran of World War II where he received two Purple Hearts after being wounded.
After the war he returned to Lewis Run where he met and married Gloria Douthit on March 17, 1951. Michael and his late wife, Gloria had five children.
Michael was the Manager of the former Valley Hunt Club and later became owner and operator of Bradford City Beers. He was very civically and charitably minded. Michael was a member of the Bradford Exchange Club for 48 years. His leadership qualities were recognized when he was elected President of the Pennsylvania Exchange Club. Michael spearheaded the Golden Chariot Banquet, which raised funds for the Exchange Club and the Bradford Area Catholic School System, by cooking a number of spaghetti dinners that he became famous for.
He was a board member of the Lake Erie Family Center for Child Abuse. He served as Chairman of the Lewis Fun Boy Scouts and for 12 years served as Chairman of the Lewis Run School Board prior to the merger into the Bradford Area School System. Michael sponsored the Annual Bud Golf Tournament for the Spina Bifida Charity, which he always said was his favorite charity. He was a member of the Big 30 All Star Charity Classic for over 25 years, and served as Big 30 President for 5 years.
Michael founded the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department and served as assistant chief for many years. He was a charter member of the Bradford Midget League and past President of Pine Acres Country Club. Michael received the Paul Harris Award, presented by the Bradford Rotary Club, and was also named the Jaycee of the Year by the Bradford Jaycees in 1997. He also was a member of the Board of the former National City Bank. Michael was also largely involved with the Bradford Friendship table, where he prepared countless meals and volunteered countless hours. Michael was also a member of the American Legion Post 108, Bradford and the 40-8 club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria and his brothers, Frank and Anthony Langianese, as well as his parents Michael and Josephine.
Michael is survived by his five children, Joseph “Butch” Langianese, Bradford, Molly Jo Langianese, Ellicottville, Tina Slaven, Bradford, Toni (Tom) Vickery, Bradford, Michael “Pink” (Karen) Langianese, Bradford, twelve grandchildren, Dennis (Linda) Hannon, Joe Colestro, Jamie (Jarrod) Kemper, Kara, Emilee, Heather and Holly Vickery, Sammi, Ryleigh and Mikiah Langianese, Taylor and Tate Slaven, three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Wes and Grace Hannon, his brothers, Matthew Langianese, Beaumont, TX, Sam (Florence) Langianese, Lewis Run, his sister, Jeanie (Mike) Senuta, Olean, NY along with several nieces and nephews.
Always the guy with the heart of gold and a smile for anyone that met him, he touched the hearts of many. He will be greatly missed and thought of often, and he will live on forever in countless memories and all of our hearts.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lewis Run, with the Rev. Stephen Collins and the Rev. Leo Gallina as con celebrant.
Military honors and entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
Donations may be made in Michael’s name to CARE for Children, P.O. Box 616, Bradford, PA 16701 or the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, 1158 Dutilh Road, Mars, PA 16046.
Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.