James LoFaso, 80, a lifelong resident of Monaca passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born on October 18, 1937 in the family homestead on Ninth Street, Monaca, he was a son of the late Salvatore and Maria (Zaffuto) LoFaso. Jim was a proud alumni of Penn State where he majored in metallurgical engineering and professionally was employed as a supervisor with the former St. Joe Zinc Corp., Potter Township and later with the Neville Chemical Company. Looking for something to do following his retirement , Jim spent the next 15 years working as a storeroom assistant at Heritage Valley, Beaver. A man who looked upon life with a positive attitude, he previously served his hometown of Monaca as a councilman and was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Center Township. He loved to visit the casinos, take trips and was an avid sports fan of the Penguins, Pirates, Steelers and Penn State football.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 48 years, Jacqueline Barbara (Krell) LoFaso on June 7, 2007; a granddaughter, Anna Mary Gragan; two brothers; Matthew and Sam LoFaso, Sr., two sisters; Mary Baghetti and Josephine Lang.
He leaves two daughters; Jamie Gragan of Center Township and Shari (Michael) Whitico of Allison Park, six grandchildren; Michael and Josh Whitico, Rachel, Justin, Kelly and James Gragan and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Monday, June 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca, where prayers will be offered on Wednesday at 10:15 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Center Township with Reverend Father Martin R. Bartel, OSB officiating. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Monaca.
Memorial contributions may be made in James’s memory, if desired to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, Colorado 80502.
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