Costanzo "Buck" Verdill, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
Mr. Verdill was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James and Caroline (Rich) Verdill.
On Aug. 14, 1948, he married Eleanor (Leasure) Verdill, who preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 1988.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
Buck worked 40 years for Cement Local 526 of Pittsburgh as a cement
finisher and a life member for the Elk Run Fire Department.
His pride and joy was gardening and planting flowers around his home.
He also enjoyed his woodshop, where he made wood cut-outs for the holidays and Groundhog Day. These decorations can still be seen today in yards throughout Jefferson County.
He also made birdhouses, feeders and other items, with his grandson Mark always insisting his were better.
He adored his three grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
He always looked forward to cooking Sunday dinner and did the cooking for every holiday and birthday.
Everyone loved his spaghetti, scalloped ham and garlic tomatoes.
Also, who could forget the pig roast with his famous sauce?
He loved having his family all together.
Buck is survived by one son, Jim Verdill, and one daughter, Joanne Young and husband Tim, all of Punxsutawney; one sister, Rose West and husband Charles of Niagara Falls, New York; four sisters-in-law, Barb Verdill and Marion Whitfield, both of Punxsutawney, Mary Leasure of Georgia and Darlene Leasure and husband Clark of Erie; three grandsons, Matt Young and wife Randi of N. Huntington, Chad Young and Mark Young and wife Bobbi, all of Punxsutawney; three special grandbabies, Madison, Emma and Gage Young, all of Punxsutawney; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor; three brothers, Rocco "Duke," Anthony "Steppy," and Guy; and two sisters, Jenny Verdill and Bernie Snellbaugh.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church with Msgr. Joseph Riccardo as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville.
Donations may be made in Mr. Verdill's name to SS.C.D. School or DuBois Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.