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John Repella

John Repella, 91, of Amsterdam died early Monday morning, Dec. 19, 2011, in the Laurels of Steubenville.

Born Jan. 4, 1920, in Wolf Run, he was the son of the late Valadamir and Anastasia Goetz Repella.

He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, serving in the intelligence section as an interpreter.  He retired as a coal miner for North American Coal Co. working at the Jensie Mine at East Springfield, then Powhatan No. 4 mine at Powhatan Point.
He was a member of All Saints Orthodox Church of Wolf Run and St. Andrews Church of Mingo Junction.  He was a member of United Mine Workers, Amsterdam American Legion and VFW.

He is survived by two sons, Valadamir (Connie) Repella of East Springfield and David (Imogene) Repella of Florence, AZ; three daughters, Patricia (Fred) Bendle of Bergholz, Judy Houston of San Diego, CA, and Yvonne (Fr. Michael) Matska of Pouller, GA; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Repella of Amsterdam and Olga Novak of Pittsburgh, PA; and a brother, Steve Repella of Steubenville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Keyes; his second wife, Amelia; six brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. in All Saints Orthodox Church of Wolf Run with Fr. John Kopcha and Fr. Mike Matska officiating.  Burial will follow in the All Saints Cemetery in Wolf Run.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home in Amsterdam with Parastas service at 8:30 p.m.

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