LAVALE - Joseph Homer Pellerzi, 79, of LaVale, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at his residence.

Born June 1, 1927, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late John and Ida (Lezzer) Pellerzi. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn (Schade) Pellerzi; two brothers, Leo Pellerzi, Francis John Pellerzi; one sister, Regina Dowling, and one niece, Michelle Pellerzi Dunn.

Mr. Pellerzi was a U.S. Army-Air Corps veteran. He was a 1945 graduate of Fort Hill High School, a 1951 graduate of Frostburg State University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a graduate of Columbia University, where he received his Masters of Educational Administration. He pursued further graduate studies at Penn State University and the University of Maryland. He was a teacher in the Allegany County School system for many years. He taught Science and English at Cresaptown School, and he later taught Science at Fort Hill High School. While at Fort Hill, he was also the assistant Football and Track Coach. He was principal of Oldtown High School, Mount Savage High School, and Beall High School. He then became the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Allegany County School System.

Mr. Pellerzi was a member of the Cumberland Frostburg Rotary Club, where he served as former president; and a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He served as president of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. He was a former member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Governing Board. He was one of the founders of the Christopher Columbus Italian Festival and founder of New Hope for children with special needs, for which the public schools had no program.

Surviving are two daughters, Beth Pellerzi Alldridge and husband Dennis, Madison, Wis, and their children, Travis, Joshua, Alyson, Dan and Tom; Ruth Pellerzi Hopkins and husband Bill, Charleston, W.Va. and their children, Joseph "Britton", Kathryn and Beth; two sisters, Angela Heltzel and husband Bob, Cumberland; Teresa Nixon and husband Jim, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Margie Pellerzi, Pierre, S.D., Betty Pellerzi, Silver Spring; six nephews, Mark, Kevin, Mike, Brian, John, Jeffery, Dean, and Pat and five nieces, Susan, Cheryl, Julie, Laura and Lee Ann.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. Cresaptown, ( on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap, Flintstone.

Military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Pellerzi, Mark Heltzel, Brock Arnone, Brian Arnone, Brett Arnone, and Michael Martirano.

Honorary pallbeaers will be Enordo "Moose" Arnone, Paul Lin, Joseph Carter Sr., John Helmstetter, Lonnie Nixon, Ray Miller, Rick Sebulsky, Miro Pepic, Jane Dawson, Mable Wilson, Bob Tarrant, and Gregg Fergus.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Mountain Ridge High School Stadium Campaign, c/o Allegany County Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1724, Cumberland, MD 21502.

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