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Thomas E. Rice. Sr., 82, formerly of Fallowfield Twp. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Sunday, December 13, 2009, in Adult Assisted Living in Dunlevy. He was born January 18, 1927, in Roscoe, a son of the late Earl and Wanda Wenzel Rice. He was a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society, all of Charleroi. Thomas was a graduate of California High School, Douglas Business School and attended California State Teachers College. He was employed for 32 years as a State Inspector for Penn Dot and was well known in the Mon Valley as Thomas E. Rice Advertising Specialties. He was a founding member of the Fallowfield Twp VFC and a former member of the Moose, Dutch, and Slovak Clubs of Roscoe. Survivors include six children; Denise M. Bruno (John) of Carroll Twp., Wanda J. Russell and Thomas E. Rice II (Robin) both of California, Pa., and Damian A. Rice (Sonya) of Fallowfield Twp., Kevin E. Rice (Cheryl) of Scenery Hill and Elizabeth A. Wolff (Jared) of Shaler Twp., twelve grandchildren; John Bruno Jr. (Leigh), Joseph Bruno (Jodi), Jenna Russell, Thomas E. Rice III, Hannah Russell, Cody Levine, Halee Fedrick, Diego Fedrick, Caroline Rice, Carson Wolff, Parker Wolff and Cameron Rice, three great-grandchildren; Kirstie, Anthony, Giovani Bruno, one sister; Pat J. Mozina (Joe) of Latrobe and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Kostich Rice on August 9, 2005. Friends will be received in the Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes, & Cremation Service, Inc. Roscoe from 2-4 & 6-8 on Thursday December 17, 2009 with a Memorial Service by the Knights of Columbus at 7:00 p.m. A time of reflection service will be held, Friday, 12:00 noon in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church, Charleroi. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Twp.
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