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Michael Domenic DeCriscio

May 18, 1947 - Feb. 8, 2017

Michael Domenic DeCriscio, 69, Kernersville, N.C., passed from time to eternity on Feb. 8, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Frank and Lena DeCriscio. He was married to Susan (Pipetti) DeCriscio.

Surviving are two children: Angela (Doug) Hilton and Damian (Mollie) DeCriscio, both of Kernersville, N.C.; six grand­- children: Caitlin, Hannah, Lauren, Audrey, Crystal and Ryan; a great-granddaughter, Marlee; two brothers: Albert (Lisa) of China, Mich., and Frank of Sebring, Fla.; two sisters: Marie (Gary) Stover of Taylor, and Barbara (John) Cole of Warren, Mich.; a special nephew, John; and multiple nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, in 2000; his mother, Lena, in 2016; his father, Frank, in 1995; and a brother, David, in 1977.

Michael had aspirations to become a Catholic priest, but fate intervened when he met Susan, the love of his life. After her passing, he found comfort in his children and grandchildren, and in his faith. He served at Holy Cross Catholic Church, training lectors, studying the liturgy and giving his time to the parish. Sundays were spent together as a family, pasta and meatballs on the menu, of course.

Michael took great pride in his Italian heritage, and Italian traditions were a very significant part of his life. He taught them to his children so that they would be passed down for generations to come. His grandchildren were also a big part of his life. He often brought lunch to them at school, just to spend some extra time with them. He also loved to take them shopping, especially to the bookstore, as Michael loved to read.

He will be greatly missed by all, but will be remembered for his kind heart.

Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Santella Funeral Home, Altoona. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.