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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

LaVerne G. Copella, 65, of 29 N. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA.

LaVerne G. Copella

LaVerne G. Copella, 65, of 29 N. St. Marys Street, Apt. 2, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.

He was born, May 3, 1955, in Ridgway, son of the late Gerald Jerome and Mary Elizabeth Kline Copella.  He was a graduate of Ridgway High School and was a former employee of American Axle in St. Marys.  LaVerne enjoyed dirt-track racing, was the “supervisor” of all home improvement projects, and loved to spend time with his family.

LaVerne will be missed by his son, Gerald “Jerry” Copella and his wife Athena; his seven grandchildren: Marie Copella, Melanie Copella, Mileena Copella, Hali Butler, Savannah Butler, Makayla Butler, and Vincent Shufesky; and his four great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his second wife, Janet Beise.

A funeral service will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday morning, from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.

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