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Donald B., 81, Johnstown, died April 15, 2017, at Windber Hospice. He was born April 25, 1935, in Johnstown, son of the late Reno and Anna (Archihofsky) Facciani. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Rose (Weaver) Facciani; infant son, Patrick Facciani; sister, Nancy Facciani; brother, Ronald (Pookey) Facciani; infant brother, Raymond Facciani; sister-in-law, Pamela Weaver; brother-in-law, Paul Weaver; and nephew, Brian Weaver. He is survived by his children, Michael Facciani, Johnstown; John Facciani, and wife, Theresa (Rok), Johnstown; and Mary Elizabeth Facciani, Johnstown; grandchildren, Dominic John and Brielle MaryRose; brother, Leonard J. Facciani, Sr., and wife, Ardith (Helsel), Johnstown; sister, Sally Anne (Facciani) Plotkin, and husband, Stuart, Manakin-Sabot, VA; sister-in-law, Barbara Meritt; brother-in-law, Richard Weaver, and wife, Kathy, Johnstown; numerous loving nieces and nephews; loving great-nieces and nephews; as well as very special lifelong friends, many dear cousins, and his beloved cat, Sammy. Donald was born and raised in "Elim" and attended Westmont Schools, and was a lifelong dedicated member of St. Clement Catholic Church. He was an avid sports fan with great support and attention to St. Francis College, and he was a proud U.S. patriot. He entered the U.S. Army in 1958 and was assigned to be an assistant to a Chaplin. In 1959, after an injury, he received a medical, honorable discharge, and returned to Johnstown to begin work for his father, Reno R. Facciani, who founded Modern Art and Plate Glass Company. After years of work in the field and office, the company was turned over to his direction and ownership for the next 30 years. Upon his retirement, the company was turned over to Donald's nephew, Leonard J. Facciani, Jr., and the family business proudly thrives today. Donald will be lovingly remembered and missed for his gentle sincere heart, his wise guidance, amazing memory stories, and his ever present love for his family and friends, as well as his unforgettable smile. Much gratitude is given by Donald and his family for his special care and generous support given during his illness from family members, friends, caregiver, and friend, Dorothy Samone, and the staff at Conemaugh Hospital and Windber Hospice. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at John Henderson Company Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Clement Catholic Church, the Rev. William E. Rosenbaum, celebrant. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made in Donald's name to Windber Hospice. (www.hendersonfuneralhome.com)
Published on April 16, 2017
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