Joseph W. Lopez

Born: Tue., Nov. 9, 1943
Died: Tue., Mar. 20, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 24, 2018
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 25, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 25, 2018
Location: Spallino Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Mar. 26, 2018
Location: St Sebastian RC Church

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Joseph W. Lopez, 74, of Belle Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  Born on November 9, 1943, he was the son of the late Frank and Grace (Weir) Lopez.  He was preceded in death by a baby brother, Joey, in 1942; and older brother, Tony, in 2004. In 1970, he married Marjorie Demko, and they were blessed with three children, Joe (Kat), of Charleroi, Laura (Sean), of Belle Vernon, and Frank (Kristy), of Belle Vernon. They have four grandchildren, Gianna Maria and Antonio Martin Lorenzo, and Grace Victoria and Vincenzo Joseph Lopez. He is also survived by three sisters-in-laws, Maryann Demko, of Florida, Joni (Gordon) Pavtis, of Arizona, and Sharon Brunetti of Detroit, MI.  Mr. Lopez graduated from Bellmar High School, class of 1961, where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball.  He was inducted into the BVA Football Hall of Fame in 2003.  After graduation, Mr. Lopez attended California University and West Virginia University where he earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in education.  He coached little league and Bronco leagues in the Belle Vernon area, winning many championships.  Lopez took his 1976 Bronco All Star team to the Bronco World Series in New Bedford, Massachusetts, losing to the best team in the World Series Finals.  Mr. Lopez served as a member of the BVA school board and on the Recreation Boards of Community. He also served on the municipal authority of Belle Vernon for many years as president and vice president.  Mr. Lopez was a P.I.A.A. official in football, basketball, baseball, and softball.  For thirty-five years, he worked many W.P.I.A.L. tournament games and altogether, officiated nearly 5,000 games in his career. He also served as president of the Mon Valley Officials for twelve years. He was a Democratic Committee member in both North Belle Vernon and Belle Vernon for many years. He officiated youth football, basketball, and baseball games in the Belle Vernon communities for many years often for little or no payment.  He belonged to the E.B.V.A.A. and the Naomi A.C. Lifetime Organizations.  Joseph was a part-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels.  He was a member of the Saint Sebastian Church his entire life where he belonged to the C.Y.O. and Holy Name Societies serving as president for both.  Mr. Lopez served as an usher at Saint Sebastian’s for fifty-four years. He was elected to the very first Parish council in Saint Sebastian’s where he served in the finance committee.  Mr. Lopez taught in the Ringgold School District for thirty-five years, taught at Caster School, Donora and Finley Junior High schools, and Carroll Junior High. His discipline was reading and literature. He was also very active as a coach in Ringgold.  He coached football, basketball, track in both the junior high and high school. He coached both the boys and girls in basketball and track where he was the first girl’s coach at Ringgold High School in the 1970’s.  His boys’ basketball teams were renowned as they won eighteen section championships in thirty-two years. He was often given credit for molding Ringgold's powerful, section-winning teams of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  He finished his athletic career as retiring with four hundred fourteen wins. Many of his former players went on to play ball in college, some reaching great heights in life. His former athletes, both boys and girls, always hugged “coach” when they would run into him in later years. He always adored his former students. In retirement, Mr. Lopez enjoyed reading, gardening, and traveling . He preferred to read biographies and autobiographies of famous people. He loved to grow beautiful vegetables in his garden which he gave most of to his close friends and family. Mr. Lopez also loved Pittsburgh sports teams. He loved to sit on his “veranda” at night and watch his favorite team play. He and his beloved wife, Marjorie, of forty-seven years traveled extensively and their favorite destination was Aruba where they traveled many times.  Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, in his son's funeral home, CARL J. SPALLINO FUNERAL HOME, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, Joseph A. Lopez, Funeral Director.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, at St Sebastian Roman Catholic Church with interment following in Belle Vernon Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Mr. Lopez asks that donations be given to Meals on Wheels Programs.

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Marcy Boyd
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
Frank, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Amber Sharp Trilli
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
Rest Easy Mr. Lopez. You will always be remembered.
Amber Trilli Ringgold class of 1989

Luann Russell
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The Russell Family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. From the Russells: Steve, Janet, Jim and Luann and their family. Joe was a wonderful man and an inspiration to many. He will be missed.

Armand Pelliccione
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
Joe, you will be missed. We did have some good times in the 60's.
"addio mio gugino tu lacura de dio"

John and Anita Pevc
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to you.

David Zema
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
Sorry to hear of Joey's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Denise Patten
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
Frank, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Monte and Toni-Jo Kunka
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and Father - may he R.I.P.

Carolyn Moore Batwinis
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
Joey touched many lives. He was my friend ever since I met him in sixth grade. I send my deepest sympathy to his family and I know Joe will rest in peace in the presence or our Lord.

Doris C. Zeli
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
Dear Margie, Joey, and Family,

My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of your dear husband and father. I have always been a great "fan" of Joe's.....his warm, caring smile, and kind words were special to me! I will surely miss his presence at Saturday evening Mass. I pray God gives you Peace, and helps you with your lives without him!

You are in my thoughts and Prayers....

Doris C. Zeli

david Lenio
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to all of your family , our love and prayers for all of you David Lenio and family , naples florida.

Gene and Jamie Pomponio
   Posted Sat March 24, 2018
Dear Joe, Katie, and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our prayers.

Janet Westcoat
   Posted Sat March 24, 2018
Frank, Sympathy to you and family on passing of your Father.

Mayor Craig Ambrose and family
   Posted Sat March 24, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the Lopez family. Joe was a champion in a lot of ways. My God bless your family in this time of need .

John Alex Kulik
   Posted Sat March 24, 2018
To the Lopez family you have my deepest sympathy and condolences in your time of loss. Sorry to here about your loss. He will be missed dearly. He was a good friend of mine and enjoyed talking to him at the Athletic club as well as any time i seen him.

Tony Watson
   Posted Sat March 24, 2018
Prayers and sympathy for your entire family. Going to miss seeing Joe in church every week.

Ed Repka
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
My sincerest sympathies to Margie and all the family of Joe.
Joe will be greatly missed by many. He touched so many lives in a wonderful way.
I will forever be honored to have been a friend and as well as a colleague of Joe Lopez.
RIP my friend and thanks for being so loyal and ardently supportive of me.

Jack and Jean Fayak and Family
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
To the Lopez Family- just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike Watson
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
Deepest sympathy for the Lopez Family. Had the pleasure to know Mr. Lopez many years. Condolences to Joe, Frank, Laura, Mrs. Lopez, and all of your family.

tom jensen
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
Joe and Katie my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your family in the loss of your father. God bless .

Tony Watson
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to your family. Will miss seeing Joe in church every week.

Joe grata
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
For more than 60 years, Joe and I shared many memorable experiences in sports, school, community and family, making his untimely loss so personal. On behalf of myself, mother, sisters et al, we extend our sincere sympathy and will keep Joe in our thoughts and in our prayers. --Joe Grata, Bellmar HS Class of '61.

Vince Vicites
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
Sorry to here about Joe"s passing.He was a great Man. My sympathy to his Family. Vince Vicites

Ed and Melanie Pearce
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
Joe's Beloved Marjorie and family,

Ed and I will always remember Joe's loving greetings when we would be ushered from our pew to receive Holy Communion at St. Sebastian's 4:30 Saturday mass. He always made each of us feel that Christian love that radiated from his face, with a big hello for me and a handshake to Ed, always with that loving smile. He made people feel special. That was his "specialty". We will always have Joe, his beloved Marjorie, and his family in our thoughts and prayers, especially each time we leave our pew for communion. His family can be very proud of the loving legacy he left all of us.

Ed and Melanie Pearce

Annette Brunetti
   Posted Mon March 26, 2018
My Uncle Joe was one of the smartest people I know. I loved to engage in discussions with him about politics, family or any topic. He was a critical thinker and could present an arguement which was tough to dispute. My love and condolences to all his family, who are also my family. We will all miss the presence of the patriarch. His love and devotion to his family is evident in the wonderful children and grandchildren who are with us and carry on the legacy.

Gordon & Janice Yeaton
   Posted Mon March 26, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to a long time friend. Rest in peace.

Joanne Latkanich
   Posted Tue March 27, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. May you rest in peace Joe the valley has lost a great man.

Mike Brna
   Posted Thu March 29, 2018
Dear Joe,
We were sorry to learn of your Father's death. We offer our sincerest condolences to you and all who knew and loved your Father. May he rest in peace and may you all be comforted by fond memories of him.
Mike and Jan Brna

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