Francis J. "Cheech" Esposito, 82

Francis J. "Cheech" Esposito, 82, Brockway, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 8, 1930, in Brockway, a son of Frank and Maria Carmella Provenzano Esposito.

He was previously married to Martha Hoskavich, who survives, of Brockway.

He was the owner of Esposito Beverage in Brockway from 1951 until 2006.

He was a member of St. Tobias in Brockway.

Cheech was a lifetime member of the S.O.I. Club in Brockway and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He previously had served on the Brockway School Board and the DuBois Central Catholic School Board, and he was a Board member at First Commonwealth Bank for many years.

He also belonged to many Beverage Associations over his career.

Cheech also was a member of the Kiwanis Club and belonged to the Hoofers Club.

In his younger days, Cheech loved playing the game of baseball.

This carried over as he got older, and he spent many years as a Little League Coach.

He also helped organize and was a founding member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Brockway.

After his retirement, he enjoyed farming and growing Christmas trees on his property, which he called “Paradise Hill.”

Cheech also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.

Surviving relatives include five children, Dr. Francis “Mike” (Peggy) Esposito of Raleigh, N.C., Richard “Dick” Esposito of Brockway, Karen Ann Esposito of Chantilly, Va., Thomas (Vicky) Esposito of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Gregory James (Maureen) Esposito, also of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two brothers, John (Jerry) Esposito and Richard Esposito, both of Brockway; two sisters, Josephine Bruzga of Ellicot City, Md., and Patti Esposito of Brockway; and seven grandchildren, Gina, Andrew, Sarah, Nicholas and Maura Esposito and Emily and Alyssa Golden.

Cheech is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Esposito; and four sisters, Theresa Prosper, Ensign Connie Esposito USN, Geraldine Esposito and Anna Benson.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at St. Tobias Church in Brockway with Msgr. Charles Kaza officiating.

Interment will be at St. Tobias Cemetery in Brockway.

Memorials may be made to the Jacqueline DeMarco Student Loan Fund at the Brockway High School; the Mengle Memorial Library, 324 Main St., Brockway, PA 15824; or to the American Heart Association.

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