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Ontalee S. Ruggiero


Ontalee S. Ruggiero, of West Pittston, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 in Philadelphia, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Black Walnut, PA on January 20, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ida (Pellicciotti) Soricelli.

Ontalee was a graduate of West Pittston High School and worked as an administrative assistant to the President at both WILK and later WNEP-TV 16.

She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston.

Ontalee’s family was her passion and although she and her late husband Dr. Nicholas J. Ruggiero had only one son, she loved and raised many children. Ontalee cherished hosting Friday night coffee club at her home around the kitchen table with friends and family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, talking on the phone and for the last 4 years, spending time with her beloved granddaughter. She was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She was a generous and selfless friend. She will be greatly missed by all those who were blessed to know her.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Silvio and Guido Soricelli.

Surviving is her son Dr. Nicholas J. Ruggiero II and his wife Angela, Philadelphia; granddaughter Avelina Ruggiero; brothers Dr. David Soricelli, Coatesville; Dr. Richard Soricelli and his wife Dr. Rhonda Soricelli, Media; sister Dolly Tozzi and her husband Joseph, Lafayette Hill; Dr. Duane Soricelli and his wife Rosemary, Lafayette Hill; multiple nieces and nephews.

Religious services will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:00am in the Second Presbyterian Church, 143 Parsonage Street, Pittston. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church on Wednesday morning. Interment, West Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 5pm-8pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston; The American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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