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Past District Governor and King Lion David J. Stitely. Lion Dave was a member and King Lion of the Stewartsville Lions Club in North Huntingdon, PA. He served as District Governor for District 14-E from 2012-2013. Dave held numerous positions in the Club, District, and State Lions organizations and received numerous recognitions from Lions Clubs International.
He was born July 15, 1957 in Braddock, PA, a son of the late James H. Stitely Jr. and Frances L. (Schendel) Stitely. Dave was a certified Lumber Grader for Snavely Forest Products where he retired with 30 years’ service. Dave was employed by the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the Immaculata Men’s Group. Along with his family, Dave was a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). He enjoyed fishing, visiting breweries and sampling craft beers, and Dave Matthews Band concerts. He was a dedicated volunteer for the Westmoreland County Food Bank at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Dave was a devoted family man a loving husband, father and pappy. Surviving is his wife of 44 years, Lion Katherine “Kathy” (Smith) Stitely; daughters Lion Suzanne Mesher (PDG Jason), of North Huntingdon, Heather Piekarski (Vincent), of New Jersey; grandchildren and Little Lions Avery and Delaney Mesher; a sister Mary Kay O’Brien (Michael), of North Huntingdon, brother-in-law Harry “Joe” Smith (Linda), David Smith (Chris); and many, many, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
PDG Dominic G. Acalotto Jr., 85, of North Huntingdon, died Sunday, March 6, 2022, at home. He was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Irwin, a son of the late Dominic G. Sr. and Aurora (Marsiglio) Acalotto. Dom was retired from the Air Force and also the U.S. Postal Service. Following retirement, he worked as a greeter and assistant for William Snyder Funeral Home in Irwin, a job he loved and was well suited for. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Dom was a past president and longtime active member of the Irwin Lions Club and also served as district governor for District 14-E in 1999-2000. He was past president and board member of the Westmoreland County Blind Association and a member of the American Legion Post 344 and VFW Post 8240, both of Jeannette. He is survived by his wife, Anita M. (Hrapchak) Acalotto
PDG Robert “Bob” Kosko, 75, of Monessen, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Penn Highlands Mon Valley Hospital. He was born on Sept. 13, 1946, in New Eagle, the son of the late George L. and Margaret Cowie Kosko. Lion Bob grew up in Donora and was a 1964, graduate of Donora High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Once discharged from the service, he attended St. Vincent College. Bob retired from the Social Security Administration, having worked as a social insurance expert. He also worked at H&R Block. Lion Bob was a member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church and the Monessen Lions Club, having served as past president, and was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was also a past district governor for Lions District 14-E, having served 2007-2008. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Stamatia “Tommie” Kosko.
PDG Richard M. Dudas, 90, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Jan. 8, in UPMC Horizon Hospital in Farrell. Born in Monessen on Oct. 15, 1932, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Dudas. He was a graduate of Monessen High School, Class of 1950, and the Kerpel Institute of Technology in Washington, D.C. Richard served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the German occupation. For 35 years, Richard, a certified dental technologist, managed the dental laboratory for the Drs. Dudas Dental Associates in Monessen and later opened Cosmetique Dental Arts. He was a past Exalted Ruler of Monessen Elks Lodge 773, past Grand Knight and fourth-degree member of Monessen Knights of Columbus Council 954, the Monessen Lions Club and past district governor of District 14 consisting of all Lions’ Lioness and Leo Clubs in Westmoreland County. Richard was also a Boy Scout leader and trainer. While attending the former Holy Name church in Monessen, he served on the parish council for many years and on the Monessen Catholic School Board. He also was a member of American Legion Post 28 and VFW Post 1190. Richard was a member of the Dental Association of Dental Technologists. After moving to Hermitage, he joined the Hermitage Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight. He was a member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church of Hermitage. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna Stofka Dudas; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Paul Hilliard of Hermitage; five grandsons; one granddaughters; two brothers; a sister-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.