Bock Funeral Home

1500 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15116


Chester J. Amatangelo

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chester Joseph Amatangelo, 94, of Rosslyn Farms died peacefully at home with family Wednesday, May 15, 2019, due to congestive heart failure.  A loving and devoted father, grandfather, husband, and brother, he spent his last years enjoying many conversations, laughs with family and friends and dining with them while he ate his favorite rigatoni with homemade sauce and wine. He always wanted the best for his family and to be surrounded by them - Sempre Familgia.  Chester loved listening to the Big Bands of his youth as well as Opera.  He particularly liked going for drives with his family through Pittsburgh to visit museums, his alma maters and his old neighborhoods.  At home, you could always find him watching John Wayne, Gunsmoke or Clint Eastwood, recorded Steeler games (only if they won), playing cards and building Lego. Throughout his life, Chester believed you must respect yourself, respect others, always do the right thing, and when you do anything, commit to it.  His motto was “You know you’ve done your best when you feel it in your heart.”  He was an exemplar of the Greatest Generation. Born February 25, 1925 to Giovanni Battiste Amatangelo and Luisa Giovanna Rigazzi of Rocca Pia, Italy and Donora, Pennsylvania, Chester was the second youngest of ten children.  After graduating from Donora High School in 1943, he attended the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering receiving his degrees in electrical engineering (BS 1948, MS 1950) and was an Engineering Graduate Assistant.  Chester also attended Carnegie Tech (CMU), receiving his MBA in Industrial Administration in 1954.  During college, Chester served in WWII in the US Navy Seabees on Samar Island, Philippines.  His fondest memories while in college were his days marching across football fields playing the trombone for the Pitt Marching Band. While finishing his MS in 1950, he began a successful 40-year career as an engineering executive at the United States Steel Corporation’s Design and Engineering division within the Power and Fuel department before moving to the Peter J. Schmitt Company in Buffalo, NY.  With the arrival of his first grandchild, he retired in Pittsburgh to be with family attending their recitals, plays, football games and graduations. Chester is survived by his wife Barbara, his five children with his first wife Helen Evelyn Skiles (d. 1978): Matthew Amatangelo (Judith Stoehr Amatangelo), Roberta Amatangelo Bauer (Paul Bauer), David Amatangelo (Victoria Holland),  Rebecca Amatangelo (Robert Horn), and Marie Elena Amatangelo (Michael Hewins), sister-in-law Amy Craddock Nance (stepson Thomas Mark Nance d. 2016), his sister Evelyn Christina, and three grandchildren Jason Bertocchi, Jennifer Bertocchi and Katie Amatangelo. Friends will be received on Friday, May 17 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Bock Funeral Home, Ltd., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Philip Roman Catholic Parish, Crafton on Saturday, May 18 at 10 AM. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. A private burial will be held in Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Refugee Assistance Project. The family would like to thank the caregivers, Roya Hamilton and Kindred Hospice staff who showed gentle kindness and great compassion during Chet’s final days.



Stephanie Weigel 15-May-2019 03:18 PM

I was honored to know this man while I attended college with his daughter Marie Elena. He was such a sweet, loving and caring man. I’ve never seen children love their father so much. May you soar in heaven Mr. A.

Kathy Chiodo 15-May-2019 04:01 PM

So sorry for your loss. He was a very sweet man

Kathy and Danny

Maggie Ramshaw 15-May-2019 04:25 PM

My heart hurts for your whole family and I send condolences and prayers for him and the whole family. Elena, I love you and I know this hurts. Wish I was there to hug you.

Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, May perpetual light shine upon him and may his soul and the souls of the faithful departed Rest In Peace.

Roya Hamilton 15-May-2019 05:03 PM

THANK YOU Chet for welcoming me & always treating me fair. I’ll never forget your sweet, gentle & “spicy” spirit... you were a real fighter! You will surely be missed but your soul is free now.

Ernie Emeryk 15-May-2019 06:35 PM

God bless Chester & family. He was truly a great man.

Anne & Bill Kinast 15-May-2019 07:53 PM

So sorry about your loss. We will always remember him.
Bill& Anne

Melinda Skiles Crawley 15-May-2019 09:40 PM

We send our sympathy and prayers for your family. It has been many years since I last saw Chester, but I will always remember him as a sweet, caring ,gentle family man.

Robert A. Horn 16-May-2019 09:07 AM

What a long, full and productive life you enjoyed! I only wish that we had met earlier in life’s journey and could have gotten together to trade “ war stories “ and memorabilia. God bless you and thank you for extending your blessing to the inclusion of Rebecca to my family. She’s a treasure and we all love her so.

Fred and Linda Cobb 16-May-2019 09:16 AM

Dear cousins, family and friends, please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of my Uncle Chet yesterday. I have fond memories of holiday visits with my cousins as we rotated Thanksgiving dinners, running after my cousins down Uncle Chet’s lawn, the largest Great Dane I’ve ever seen (I was little then), feeling safe, happy and welcome. Kind words and encouragement for myself and others were effortless during Uncle Chet’s celebrated life. Thank you, Uncle Chet. ~Fred & Linda

Donna Stupy 16-May-2019 09:33 AM

Although I never met Mr. A, I feel like I've been on his journey the past few years through his loving daughter Roberta and I know the spirit he had that many have spoken of will live on in her. Have fun and rest in Heaven Mr. A and for Mrs. B - just rest!

Bob and Marilou Cook 16-May-2019 05:53 PM

Our sympathies and prayers go out to Barbara, all the children, grandchildren and siblings of Uncle Chester. For those of us left behind, our hearts are broken. May the memories fill us with joy. God bless you Uncle Chester. Say hello to all those who have gone before you!

Jim Caputo 17-May-2019 07:40 PM

Very sorry to hear of the passing of a friend that I had the privilege of knowing during my years in Thornberry. We enjoyed many days walking around the community. My prayers to the family.

Al & Sandy Smith 18-May-2019 02:10 PM

Sorry for delay Matt - we just want to extend our deepest sympathy to you, Judy, Katie as well as family and friends. After reading about your Dad...he must have been one very special and bright man. Living to be 94 years - wow. Sure he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Marietta Amatangelo 20-May-2019 12:10 PM

I am saddened to hear that Uncle Chester Passed. I loved him and unfortunately, lived away for so many years, I have not seen him for so long. I so wanted to come to see him and the family. However, I found out about his passing as I was driving to Maryland for my daughter's 30th bday.
The old guard is passing on. and life continues to go on. His wonderful children, grandchildren, and family will carry on all the wonderfulness that he has instilled in you all. I wish you all comfort, peace, blessings and wonderful memories, Love Marietta.

Lorrie (Hewins)Monteiro 21-May-2019 01:08 PM

Sending my thoughts, love and prayers to Marie Elena and the rest of the family. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting your father, Marie, it sounds like he was a wonderful human being. May God bless you all and may your father Rest In Peace in the arms of the angels.

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