Grande, James J.
Age 91 passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday March 25th, 2023. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years Patricia (Pat) Grande (Loeffler). James is survived by his three sons James E. (Kathleen), Frank (Eileen) and Alan (Carol), seven grandchildren Kristy (Kenneth) Meier, Kevin (Sarah), Jennifer (Robert) Rizzo, Michael, Caroline, Jacob and Therese, and two great grandchildren Kenneth Xavier and Gabriel James Meier.
Son of Italian immigrants, Nicola and Teresa Grande, James was born and raised in Ben Avon with his two brothers (Joe & Pete), four sisters (Libby, Betty, Mary & Norma) along with his cousins that lived in the house next door. The Grande home was always a welcoming gathering place for many relatives and friends. He is survived by one sister Palma (Betty) Kmetik (Grande).
James graduated from Avonworth High School in 1949 and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later earned an associate degree from Robert Morris Business School.
James lived a life of unselfish service, always being willing to help friends and family at any moment. He enjoyed every minute he spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. When not spending time with them, he could be often found on his front porch watching the Pirates and the Steelers.
Family and friends will be received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home on 529 California Ave. Avalon, PA 15202 on Wednesday March 29th between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be performed at Regina Coeli Parish, Church of the Assumption on 45 N. Sprague Ave. Bellevue, PA 15202 at 11 a.m.
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