Joseph A. "Pizza" Scutella, 72, of Hemlock Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly at Penn Highlands Elk on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
He was born on April 27, 1950 in Kane, PA, a son of the late Anthony and Mary Palumbo Scutella.
On June 14, 1991 at Sacred Heart Church, he married Diane Herzing, who survives. Together they shared more than 31 years of marriage.
Joe was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, class of 1968, and received his
bachelor degree from State University of New York, Brockport, NY. He also earned a Master's Degree from Clarion University and a Master's Degree from Gannon University.
Joe retired in 2005 from the St. Marys Area School District after 31 years of service. He was known as a tough and intense teacher, which former students appreciated later in life. In his younger years, Joe was a coach, and spent a lot of his summers at Memorial Park and also the Boys Club. He enjoyed following the Pitt Panthers, and New York Yankees. He was an avid golfer, he enjoyed working out and boxing in his home gym. Joe took pride in keeping his yard looking pristine. One of his greatest joys in life was spending time with his "little rascal", Vinny Krise.
In addition to his wife, Diane Herzing Scutella, he is survived by 1 sister; Frances Zimmermann of St. Marys, 2 special nieces; Melissa (Roy) Newcome, and Ashley Herzing, 1 special nephew; Travis Herzing, 1 great niece; Maddie Newcome and 1 great nephew; Tony Newcome, 1 uncle; Patsy Scutella. He is also survived by 1 brother-in-law; Thomas (Colette) Herzing, and numerous special cousins.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law; Thomas and Helen Herzing, and also 1 brother -in-law; Mark Zimmermann.
Funeral Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Marys Boys & Girls Club.
Lynch-Green Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 151 N. Michael St, St. Marys, PA 15857 is handling the arrangements and online condolences my be offered to the family at www. lynchgreenfuneralhome.com
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