Julio J. Pietrangeli, 81, of Hickory Lane, a former businessman in Niagara Falls, died Wednesday (Sept. 1, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, after a long illness.
A native of Stewartsville, Ohio, Pietrangeli moved to Italy when he was 2 years old. He moved to Niagara Falls when he was 14 years old.
Pietrangeli worked at the former Oldbury Chemical Co. in the 1930s and 1940s. He owned the J&M Color Re-Nu Rug and Upholstery Cleaning and Dying business in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1967 to 1973, he owned the former Jay-Lu Restaurant on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. From 1974 until 1985, when he retired, he owned Harpor Janitorial and Paper Products.
He was a member of Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church and of St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and an honorary life member of Father Flanagan's Boys Town.
Pietrangeli enjoyed wood working, bird watching and playing the banjo mandolin in the former Morrell Orchestra. Family members said he was happiest when he was surrounded by relatives and friends, telling stories, jokes and brain teasers.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mafalda "Mickey" Marigilio; four sons, Frank and Christopher, both of Lewiston, and Michael and Peter, both of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Flora DiNobile of Port Colborne, Ont., and Anna Zito of Niagara Falls; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 1120 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, following prayers at 9 in the M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.