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John D. Petruso

November 7, 1940 — January 24, 2023

John D. Petruso

John D. Petruso, Sr., 82, of Meadville, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Meadville Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

John was born in Meadville, on November 7, 1940, a son of the late Dominic J. and Lena (Frisina) Petruso.

On July 18, 1964 John married Joan Marie Lemon; she survives.

He was an active lifetime member of St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church where he served as an altar boy in his early years and a Eucharistic Minister later in life. Additionally he served on the Finance Council for many years and volunteered with church events.

John was a 1958 graduate of Meadville High School. He went on to study two years at Edinboro College before enrolling at Allegheny College, earning his Political Science Degree in 1962. He continued his education at Case Western Reserve School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree in 1969. He began his career with Stuart Culbertson's firm before opening his own practice in the early 1970's. He and Attorney Gary Fabian began working together and they eventually formed the Fuller, Kinnunen, Petruso, Gamble, Fabian and Hall Firm, retiring on February 13, 2013. He enjoyed his profession and was proud to be an advocate for his clients. He was a member of Crawford County Bar Association, having served as President, and was also a member of PA Bar Association. John was community minded and served on countless boards including West Mead Township Board of Supervisors, Kiwanis Club where he served as President, United Way where he served as Chairman, National AAA Board of Directors, President and Director of Meadville Area Little Gridders. Whatever organizations John became involved with, he took a leadership role and supported them whole heartedly. Most of his adult life, John supported the Red Cross by donating blood every eight weeks making him one of their top donors. His loyalty and devotion to his faith and his family were second to none; he was his family's rock of strength. He will be sadly missed.

In addition to his wife, Joan, of 58 years, John is survived by four children John D. "Jack" Petruso, Jr. (Lori) of Saegertown, Steve J. Petruso, Polly J. Petruso both of Meadville, Jeffrey M. Petruso of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren Alex Petruso of Salt Lake City, UT, Elliot Petruso (fiance' Miranda) of Pittsburgh; a brother Anthony G. Petruso (Holly) of Prescott, AZ, many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a brother Russell Petruso and a sister Sally Petruso.

Visitation is from 3-7 PM on Monday, January 30, 2023, at STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 404 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE, where a Scripture Service conducted by Fr. Joe Petrone will be held at 6:30 PM.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebration at 11 AM on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, St. Mary of Grace Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, with Fr. Marc Solomon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a Mass intention may be offered in John's name at The Epiphany of The Lord Parish, Meadville, PA (814) 336-1112 ( or memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Humane Society of Crawford County, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, PA 16335.

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Past Services


Monday, January 30, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. - Meadville

404 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Scripture Service at 6:30 PM

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A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church

1085 Water Street, Meadville, PA 16335

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