Carmen DePedro obituary (2021) – Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Carmen F. DePedro, 96, of Coatesville died Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Brandywine Hospital. Born January 24, 1924 in the 800 block of Coates St. in Coatesville, he was the first Italian-American generation born to Frank and Lucia DePedro. His last name can be attributed to many different spellings from DiDomonick to Pietro, then DiPietro and finally DePedro. The bombing of Pearl Harbor saw Carmen, 17, a soldier during World War II. Returning from the war, he landed a job with Sears & Roebuck on Lincoln Highway, then married the love of his life, Margaret “Peggy” Monaghan with whom he shared 53 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2001. Carmen got her start in the flower industry at the Hurley Greenhouse on Blackhorse Hill Road to help the family, “as a 7 year old pollen runner.” It was someone who walked through the flower beds with a long stick with a piece of cotton at the end to spread pollen from plant to plant. This interest, from an early age, encouraged him to purchase the A. Muir Flower & Jewelry Shop at 334 E. Lincoln Highway in 1948. Change the name to Coatesville Flower Shop and eventually move the location to the corner of 3rd Avenue and from the Lincoln Highway, Carmen continued to work at the flower shop until 2 weeks before her death. Carmen was a faithful member of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. In addition to running her business, Carmen is involved in many community organizations; Coatesville Chamber of Commerce, Coatesville Optimist Club, VFW Post 287, Moose Lodge 297, LGM Lodge, West End Fire Co., Polish American Club and American Legion. He also enjoyed his Tuesday evening dinners with friends at Rocco & Anna’s in Parkesburg. His two sons survive him; Greg, husband of Dorrie and David, husband of Maryann; three grandchildren, John, husband of Tracy, Michael DiPietro and his wife, Ashley and Jacqueline DiPietro and his significant other, Ben. Also surviving the true loves of his life, his four great-grandchildren, Payton, Anthony, Nicky and Marisa. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lisa DePedro, and his siblings, Richard DiPietro, Vivian Berardi, Elsie DeLutis, Albert “PeeWee” DePedro, Anthony “Gus” DePedro and Nicholas DePedro. We all have the true meaning of the unconditional love that this great man gave us. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 80 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville. Parents and friends can visit family from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harris Mountain Funeral and Cremation Service, 1030 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. Please respect the masking and social distancing rules in the services. Interment will be private in St. Cecilia Cemetery, Coatesville. THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE A PRETTY FLOWER – THINK OF CARMEN! Online condolences can be presented by visiting www.harrismountain.com

Published by The Daily Local from September 20-21, 2021.

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