James A. “Tony” (Ruggieri) Ruggery, 80, Hollidaysburg, passed away Wednesday at UPMC Altoona.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Giovanni and Eva (DeAntonio) Ruggieri. He married Barbara Yingling on February 12, 1966 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara, at home, son, Anthony Ruggery (Krista) of Duncansville, daughters Kathleen Bates (Grant) of Houston, TX, and Christina Nunemacher (LtCol Kyle Nunemacher, USMC) of Jacksonville, NC. Tony is also survived by his 7 grandchildren: Victoria Geis, Catherine Salmons (Cole), Colton, Payton, and Morgan Ruggery, Claire and Cecelia Nunemacher; and his siblings, Donald, Joseph, and Victor Ruggery, Regina Pagliara, and Marguerite Albarano; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond and Robert.
After graduating from Altoona Area High School, Tony proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard, and then as a member of the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1963.
Tony was a member of the Ironworkers Union, Local 772, and enjoyed many years as a welder, construction worker and foreman. He retired as a Project Manager with Somerset Steel in 2014. Tony was a member of the Selective Service Board, served 3 years on the Altoona City Planning Commission and 15 years on the Board of the Altoona City Water Authority. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Tony was dedicated to his family, especially his grandchildren. “Papa” was their biggest fan and supported them in all their activities. He was a familiar face at their tennis matches, football, baseball and basketball games. He never missed a Saturday breakfast with his brothers and loved hunting with his family. Tony’s warmth, sense of humor and smile made him a friend to all. He will be deeply missed.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Monday, October 8, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, October 9, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, with Rev. James Dugan, officiating. Committal at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Elevator Fund, 2716 Broad Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.