Cosmo A. DiPierro Sr. -  May 17 2009

Ravena- Cosmo A. DiPierro Sr. (Pop), 85, of Ravena passed away peacefully Sunday May 17th, 2009 surrounded by his loving family.  

          Born February 2nd 1924 in Albany New York, he was the son of the late Leonardo and Theresa DiPierro, step son of the late Addolorratta DiPierro.

          Cosmo was a graduate of Albany High School.  He proudly served in World War II in the 401st bomb group, 8th air force as a radio gunner on a B-17 from 1942-1945. He completed 32 bombing missions during his tour of duty, the second most in World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as the air medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters amongst other awards and honors.

          After he arrived home from the war he married Charlotte Blais, the love of his life.  They resided in South Bethlehem where they raised their family.  Cosmo was a mason by trade, but retired as plant supervisor after 24 years with Atlantic Cement (LaFarge).  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis of Delmar and the VFW. Cosmo loved to sing and most recently performed with the Vets of Albany Choir under the direction of Rachelle Vishneowski. The family would like to especially thank Michael Battisto, his best friend of 69 years, for introducing him to the choir nine years ago and for enriching his life.

Cosmo was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Charlotte and sisters Mary Gisotti, Grace Girzone, Antoinette Hess, and step brother Archangelo Losavio as well as many nieces and nephews. 

He is survived by his loving children, Leo (Marybeth) of Monroe North Carolina, Denise (Luther) Legg of South Bethlehem, Cosmo (Julie) of Portland Maine, and Claire Roberts (John Zolner) of Ravena, brother-in-law Denis (Shari) Blais of East Greenbush, brother Rocco (Angelina) Spinelli of Albany. He leaves behind twelve loving grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren who called him Pop, as well as his devoted canine companion Chloe.  

Calling hours will be Thursday May 21st from 3-8 at Babcock funeral home in Ravena.  Funeral services will be held on Friday May 22nd at 9 AM at St. Patrick’s church in Ravena.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vets of Albany Choir, mail code 117, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Officers and members of Mother McAuley Council 3424 Knights of Columbus are requested to meet at the Babcock Funeral Home, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21 to pay respects to their departed member, Cosmo DiPierro. Jim Feuerbach Grand Knight