Giuseppe G. Coletti, or “Joe” to most of those who knew him, age 88, passed away peacefully in Pittsburgh on January 26, 2022. Joe was born in Ripa di Fagnano Alto, L’Aquila, Italy on March 10, 1933.
In 1952, he moved to Aliquippa, PA and was drafted by the US Army and served in Austria. After his honorable discharge, he worked at J&L Steel, obtained a BS from Geneva College and a Masters from Carnegie Tech in Engineering. In 1959, he began a 30 year career with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District designing locks and dams and retired as Chief of the Design Branch. His many contributions are honored in the book The Headwaters District Roundtables – An Eyewitness History of the Pittsburgh District, US Army Corps of Engineers. He married Josephine Rosa in 1964 and they raised three children. In his free time, Joe enjoyed gardening, landscaping, carpentry, home improvement projects, mushroom hunting, making homemade wine, sausage and prosciutto, and sharing all of them with friends and family. He loved history and architecture.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Josephine, his three children, Domenic (Angela, grandchildren Rebeca and Elizabeth), Julie (Giovanni Mineo, Jr.) and Michael, his brother Bruno (Lucia) and his treasured nephews and nieces and their children in Italy.
He is preceded in death by his sister Maria and brother Ugo.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Linn Funeral Home in Avalon (529 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202), on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Church - Emsworth. Burial will be private.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh in honor of Giuseppe Coletti for Otto’s room or to the Alzheimer’s Association.