Edward F. Genetti

Nov. 12, 2017

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / NATION -

Edward F. Genetti, 81, of Su­gar­loaf Twp. passed away Nov. 12 in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla.

Born in Ha­zle­ton, he was the son of the late Stan­ley and Eleanor (Rauzi) Genetti and was a mem­ber of St. John Bosco Church, Su­gar­loaf Twp.

Ed star ted his ca­reer by be­com­ing a bus­boy in the fam­i­ly­owned Ty­rolean Room. He also worked on the fox and mink far m and then in the Genetti su­per­mar­kets.

Ed grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia Whar­ton School of Busi­ness, where he served in his se­nior year as pres­i­dent of the Psi Up­silon fra­ter­nity.

In 1961, he was called into the U.S. Ar my dur­ing the Ber­lin Cri­sis.

Af­ter his re­turn, he de­vel­oped Town­view Es­tates in Ha­zle­ton, and in 1965, with his brother, Richard, he built and op­er­ated Pantry Quiks, the first con­ve­nient store chain in the area. In 1967, he built the Church Hill Mall in nine months. Ed also owned sev­eral AM and FM ra­dio sta­tions and started Panorama Mag­a­zine in 1981. At his death, he served as the chair­man of the board of Genetti-owned en­ter­prises and com­pa­nies.

He was ac­tive in sev­eral civic or­ga­ni­za­tions, hav­ing chaired the United Way Cam­paign in 1968. In 1978, while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ac­tion for the Eight­ies, he helped de­velop the project for the build­ing of the se­nior com­mu­nity cen­ter in down­town Ha­zle­ton.

Ed had many in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing im­port­ing Hanove­rian horses from Ger many and rac­ing cars on the east coast. In his later years, he loved trav­el­ing, read­ing and his­tory, espe­cially the study of World War II.

Pre­ced­ing him in death, in ad­di­tion to his par­ents, were his first wife, the for mer Rose­mary Gau­di­ano, in 2001, and his brother, Richard Genetti, in 1983.

Sur­viv­ing are his wife, the for­mer Edwin a Roland Ustynoski; sons, Ti­mothy Gen etti and his wife, Michelle, Sug ar­loaf Twp.; and Alan Genetti and his wife, Dana, Su­gar­loaf Twp.; grand­chil­dren, Stephen, Dou­glas, Alexan­dra and Ava Genetti; sis­ter, Bev­erly Perry, Vir­ginia; five stepchil­dren; and many nieces and neph­ews.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be cel­e­brated Satur­day at 10 a.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

En­tomb­ment will be in Cal­vary Ceme­tery, Drums.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends Fri­day from 6 to 9 p.m. at Jose ph A. Moran Fu­neral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Ha­zle­ton.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Ha­zle­ton Pub­lic Li­brary, 55 N. Church St., Ha­zle­ton, PA 18201; the United Way of Greater Ha­zle­ton, 134 S. Wy­oming St., Ha­zle­ton, PA 18201; and the Greater Ha­zle­ton Con­cert Se­ries, P.O. Box 2781, Ha­zle­ton, PA 18201.

Con­do­lences may be sent through www.moran­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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