David Michael Petrochello, age 78, of Ashtabula, passed away peacefully at 6:02 a.m., Thursday, May 27th, 2021, surrounded by his family.
David was born September 23rd, 1942 in Ashtabula, Ohio the son of Joseph and Helen (Torok) Petrochello and had been a lifelong area resident. Dave graduated from Saint John High School class of 1960. After graduation Dave worked on the railroad briefly before he enlisted in the United States Navy in March of 1961. a Tin Can Sailor, Dave was stationed on the Destroyer the USS Willard Keith, and was honorably discharged on December 28th, 1964. Upon his return home, Dave went back to work for the railroad while attending classes at Lake Erie College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business in 1981 and retired from Conrail in 1993. Never a man to rest, Dave had many part-time jobs after retirement and shared fond memories of them all.
He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Peace Parish and as a devout catholic, his faith and family were the most important parts of his life. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Calvo) Petrochello of 53 years, and their 3 children; Lori (Sean) Jennings of Wooster, OH, Christina (Jason) Hergenroeder of Avon, OH, and Anthony (Gina) Petrochello of Ashtabula, OH; 8 Grandchildren, Nathan, Dylan, and Leah Hergenroeder, Madison and Chase Jennings, and Anthony, Salvatore, and Mara Petrochello. His Sister; Rosann (Ron) Cimorell, and 2 brothers Kenny (Noreen) Petrochello, and Gary Petrochello, and many nieces and nephews.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents; Joseph Petrochello on March 13th, 1991 and Helen (Torok) Petrochello on January 10th, 2012.
He made a friend everywhere he went, he was well-known in the community, and would always try to put a smile on your face. He had a love of nature and animals; he would sit on the patio for hours and just listen to the birds, and always made sure he had dog treats readily available for any neighborhood dogs walking by. He was also an avid reader with a love of Science Fiction Novels, but would also settle for a good Western on T.V.
David was a faithful friend to many and will be sadly missed by family and friends.
In Lieu of Flowers: Donations can be made in his name to Catholic Charities of Ashtabula and/or the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League.
Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday May 29 at Noon in Our Lady of Peace Parish , St. Joseph Church with burial to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Navy. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 at Guerriero Funeral Home 1550 West 19th St. in Ashtabula. Condolences can be made at guerrierofuneralhome.com
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